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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-06 08:07
Reading Anniversaries: First in a Series & Singles–February Edition


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on March 6, 2018.






Magno Girl by Joe Canzano

An old review:


What I Thought:


the book was about a female superhero…but the book was not from the superhero’s POV but the guy dating her!


some of the jokes and situations were too funny and silly — I loved them! — but the jokes did get tiring at the end


I enjoyed every conversation that Magno Girl had with her mother. They were all laugh out loud funny! It also made sense that Sandra would use the issues that Magno Girl had as a curse.


All kinds of discrimination were made fun of and I liked how the author made us see the silliness when it comes to advertising, pregnancy etc. but the MCs continuously joked about the short stature of one of the villains.


The character of the teenage girl who became increasingly vapid was fun to read about but her curse was made into such a big deal and then it was solved just like that!

Legalman was my favorite character — he would find a reason to sue you even if it killed him you!


I do not know what it was but I kept wanting to put the book away and could not gobble it in one go. I kept wanting to enjoy it and get hooked but that didn’t happen. That is why, I am rating it 2.5 rather than 3 stars. However, if you want to try something unusual and funny, Magno Girl is a good idea!






Botanicaust by Tam Linsey


Another old review:


What I liked:


the concept this story was based on was really interesting and it didn’t disappoint, as I read ahead

the cover--suited!

all three races, if they can be called that, were as different as day and night but the most advanced ones-I forget what they’re called- were the scariest!

the author did research and it showed-I loved the part about telomerase and the chloroplasts, as well as the part about Ripening.

the ending wasn’t impractical-it was quite realistic

I sort of threw a tantrum when one of the little girls was taken by the cannibals-I’m pretty sure we’ll see her again, if there’s going to be a sequel but still!


What I didn’t like:


the whole people turning into cannibals part wasn’t too well-thought. If plants will grow in one place, surely people will work to grow them elsewhere.


If you want to read about photosynthesizing people, cannibals and an apocalyptic world, give this one a try-it doesn’t disappoint!






Eona by Alison Goodman


Epic YA fantasy that is fun, not just about winning the boy, and about an imperfect protag. She also happens to have powers that have been denied to women of that world ever since the beginning of time. This series broke tradition in another way i.e. by not being a trilogy but was instead a duology! I devoured it and then reached for the second one. Recommending it recently to a friend made me realize that its magic remained in place!





World War Z by Max Brooks


Huh, so I did write a review for this one back when I read it:


This book is all kinds of good. I love the scope of the book since it gives you a global perspective of a zombie apocalypse. It also follows the progression of the zombie infection as it spread universally. Moreover, it sketches a situation that has its roots based on reality, when talking about the aftermath of the infection.


An addendum:

Looking at the world today, I think it wouldn’t be remiss if I objected that the two countries to start a nuclear war would be Pakistan and India. The rest of the world presents us with more likely candidates!






The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


People have called it verbose and boring. But I found the writing lyrical and the magic of love…well magical! The book made quite an impression on me.





Zombie Nights by Tom Lichtenberg


An old review:


This is a highly entertaining short story and instantly made me want to start reading other books by the same author. The author didn’t waste time in describing things that weren’t important to the story and I loved how he was able to let us feel how dangerous the bad guys/bullies were, even while laughing at them. All I’m saying is I want more!





Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist


Another one:


Okay, so I want to rate this book 4 stars but what stopped me was my pet peeve-unnecessary details involving characters who weren’t important to the story. Other than that, the book is amazing for several reasons:

the vampire is a little girl (almost)-who wouldn’t want to read about that, right?
the vampire kills and there’s no covering that up-no sexy smooth talking vegetarians here.

you connect with both the kids intensely-when Oskar gets bullied, I wanted to go save him.

the violence and the sadness and the loneliness just gets to you..chokes you up and keeps you reading.

be warned, you WILL need Teddy Bears if you want to get through this book with the least bit of depression

the ending..well it takes the cake!


I haven’t seen the movie yet (any version)and will add to my review once I do.





Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost


This one too:


Loved this book!!

The story opened in the perfect way.

I loved every bit of the action and of course, it had one of my most favorite things in it-a kick ass, smart-mouthed heroine.

I did not like Bones right away. But gradually, he became awesomer and more awesome.
Another thing which always tips the scales for me is good humor and this book had that down pat.

I also loved Spades and would want to read more about him and meet Ian.

There was no one big bad wolf until the very end and I liked that–it made the story more interesting.

Oh and I hated the mom’s guts like I was supposed to.

It was only the too-typical ending that kept me from rating this book 4 stars.


Onward to the next one!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-03 11:30
Reading Anniversaries: First in a Series & Singles–January Edition



Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on March 3, 2018.






The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross


I don't much remember what went on in this book, except there being a plot to replace the Queen with an automaton clone. Must have made an impression on me because I rated it 4 stars on GR. Oh, and the covers in the series are beautiful! I recently and reviewed the second book in this series.





Must Love Hellhounds by Various Authors




GR tells me that I loved most of the stories from this anthology. Must have been a good collection. I remember trying it out because it also included a story by Ilona Andrews -- a favorite author couple of mine.





Frostbite by David Wellington


If you don't yet know that an awesome vampire series by David Wellington's exists, then you haven't been paying attention. Like the Laura Caxton series, this one is creepy AF. My GR review tells me I recommend it to:


                         people who like werewolves without the romance and cheesiness


I loved it and I don't even like horror much! Here, let my gushing adoration convince you that you need to try Wellington's books.




Stray by Rachel Vincent


When I first read it, one of the most annoying things about this series was its heroine. She was a whiny, selfish brat who didn't care about the consequences of her action. One of the best things about it, as I continued to plod along, is how she changed! By the end of the series, the events have transformed her into the alpha her father always knew her to be. If that doesn't float your boat, maybe stay for all the violence and the gore? Oh, and did I mention that the series is complete? You can binge read it!





The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan


Maybe I have a soft spot for tortured, lonely werewolves or maybe it's something else. Either way, I just completed this series. While the first had impressed me, the second and third fell short. All I'm saying is that even with the cliffhanger at the end of the first one, it can easily be read as a standalone.






Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card


I have had much to say about the second book in this series on this blog. All good things, I promise. Therefore, it won't come as a surprise that I loved the first one, as well! The ending blew me away even when I have become so jaded about last-minute twists that change everything. Check this one out!





He was a Hero, He Shouldn't have Died by Kenneth Mugi


If you asked me to describe this book in a word, I'd probably say weird. But wait, this is what I said in my review:


I got this book for free, in exchange for an honest review from Making Connections. Get your copy here.


This book is very different from the plethora of Paranormal novels out there- it turns the idea of Dorian Gray’s picture on its head.


What I really liked about it was that the touch of fantasy/paranormal elements didn’t overwhelm Kasumi’s story.

Another thing to like was that if the new edited version had any errors, I couldn’t find them.


There is enough humor to balance the darkness in the story.


I would have liked to see more of Morgan but watching Kasumi grow into her powers would be exciting too.


Hoping that there are some fight scenes in the next book!


This book isn’t for everybody but if you’d like to read something unique, give this one a whirl.




The Gods Among Us by D.C. Belton

An old read, an old review:


The author was kind enough to give me a free review copy.

You know those books that you just don't wanna put down? Not because there's something exciting happening in the story or it is a good story...not only that but mostly because the writing flows and the story is being told so smoothly that you just read on and on. This book was such a book.


The parts I loved the most began when Pallas is aboard the ship and meets the crew. Their humor, lightheartedness and loyalty towards each other made them lovable.

I also liked that we're set up to hate Elena in the beginning of the story but we find out she has more depth and understands political intrigue much better than her younger sisters give her credit for.


Othello, I feared and hated just like I was supposed to. Even when I laughed at his antics, I wasn't less creeped out by him!




About the gods and their machinations: a) I'm not yet sure if they're actually deities and not humans who know what opposable thumbs are, b) they just don't care whose life they ruin, do they? Even Pallas who claims not to believe in gods & goddesses can't escape their schemes!


Pallas keeps mentioning how her father must miss her and I couldn't shake the feeling that there's something wrong there. Poor Pallas!


What would have made the book even better was a little more world building, maybe? Or a map, so we could understand what this world is like even better.




Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Lovely, fun at times and sad at other times, quirky as heck read. I liked it, maybe you would too?


Well, those were my faves from the past years. You can also find reviews of books from 2018 that stuck with me. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-01 08:59
February 2018 — A Wrap Up


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on March 1, 2018.




Department 19: The Rising by Will Hill


Several things about this book annoyed the heck outta me, including:

I have begun to detest Jamie who is a Mary Sue if there ever was one!


Talbot stared at Jamie, admiration on his face. “Bravo”, he said. “There are men and women a lot older than you who fail to understand that. You’re absolutely right…”


He is the youngest this and the smartest that while also being the best at everything! Oh, and he actually left his female friends behind because he “couldn’t bear if anything happened to you”. One of them is a vampire with superstrength and other powers. Both of them are members of a covert organization that keeps the supes under check. They are at least as old as Jamie is.


The worst part: they let him They understood he was just worried about them. Needlessly worried but Jamie’s just so sweet, y’know? Ugh!


There are at least two instances of a character who looked as if about to say something but “then the door rolled shut with a loud thunk.


Every development was repeated endlessly. If one character found out about it, they’d tell the others and we’d be there for every conversation!


We are almost 65% into the story and a new character who is supposed to be dead shows up. And I am not even talking about the other character who also died in the first book and showed up in this one alive. At least, that guy had the decency to arrive right from the start!


We also spend a lot of time learning about people who have nothing to add to the story. Seemed like filler so the book would swell up to 560+ pages.


So yeah, bad experience! Read my review of the first book here.



The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett


During my second visit to Discworld, I discovered the following to be true:

Luggage is my favorite character:

“The Luggage said nothing, but louder this time.” 

And then there is all the Pratchett-ness to love and laugh at:

“It looked like the sort of book described in library catalogues as ‘slightly foxed’, although it would be more honest to admit that it looked as though it had been badgered, wolved and possibly beared as well.” 





A big part of that is because he can poke fun at almost anything. Have a look at his disregard for the Asgardian deities:

In fact the Gods were as puzzled by all this as the wizards were, but they were powerless to do anything and in any case were engaged in an eons-old battle with the Ice Giants, who had refused to return the lawnmower.

Also, I finally figured out that I am Twoflower. Evidence:

It’s not that he doesn’t appreciate beauty, he just appreciates it in his own way. I mean, if a poet sees a daffodil he stares at it and writes a long poem about it, but Twoflower wanders off to find a book on botany.

That Rincewind will stay true to his character. Even when he has a chance to be less cowardly, he does the expected…or the unexpected!

A fun book and quickly finished.



The Dinosaur Knights by Victor Milán


One of the complaints that I had after reading the first book:

Insufficient dino-action. Yeah, that complaint wasn’t reirst bmotely true for this one. Epic dino-battles shook the world like literally!

A quote that stayed with me:

Through the trees on the far heights emerged a colossal silvery-grey shape. Even the Companions gaped: it was a Tirán Rey, a bull Tyrannosaurus rex, most feared of all Aphrodite Terra’s dinosaurs. Even at this range Jaume could see the monster dwarfed Falk’s albino adolescent Snowflake.
“Beautiful,” murmured Rupp. “He must weigh seven tonnes!”
Jaume found a smile inside himself. “You shame us, my friend, finding Beauty where even we find only terror.”

The other complaints, such as the princess being a pain in the butt, remained as they were. In fact, she was even more of a pain in this one. She is improving but her getting her friends killed in every scene can get tiresome!

We finally get to see the Grey Angels in action and it is pretty much horrifying what they can do. I loved every bit of it!

I wanted to rush in to read the next book in the series immediately but found out that the author recently passed away.  Sad sad news but it made me want to save the last book to read later. Because there will be no more Game of Thrones and Jurassic Park hybrids for us!



Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde


Thursday Next steals people’s hearts and I am no exception. She gets into all sorts of literary trouble but handles it in a no-nonsense way. She is into solving problems and not whining. Next also isn’t afraid to ask for help or doesn’t judge people by their looks, species, gender, or whether they are real or not. I like her; it is likely that you will too!


Plus, the humor in this series is decidedly Douglas Adams-ish! Next named her son Friday Next. Has a pet dodo whose son is a hooligan and doesn’t have the decency to go Plock. He goes Plick just to be contrary! This book also had cameos by the Cheshire Cat, Hamlet, and many other literary darlings.



Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones


I was reading reviews for this book on GR and people seem to think it was dull, cheesy, and repetitive. I don’t get how it can take them 8 books to realize that! Since I will be reading it anyway, why bitch?



Endurance by Jay Lake


I wonder how I ever got along with the protag from this series — well enough to have completed the first book! She is annoying, reckless, rude, manipulative, and as if that wasn’t enough, she also thinks she is better than everybody else! Should I explain it all away by saying that is how teenagers are? I don’t think I should!


There were other issues that made this a difficult read, such as the copious amount of foreshadowing. If only she had known…if only she had done that…and so on! Aptly placed and lightly done foreshadowing is always welcome but this book didn’t have it.

The only part that made me laugh:

though five centuries past this had been the very pinnacle of architectural taste in Copper Downs.
A good education never went to waste. If I did die here, at least I would have the comfort of knowing I’d passed on amid high style.

The only part that stayed with me:

I wondered how it had been for the miners, back in the morning of the world. Had they broken open the crust of the world only to find a population of haunts and legends already awaiting them? Or had they brought their fears with them on first creating the Below?

Some readers might like the endless descriptions of everything that was around the protag at any given time but I didn’t!

So, there. If I do read the next one in the series, I wouldn’t be reviewing it.



Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs


An okayish installment since I wasn’t too worried about anything bad happening. After the horror stories we were told about Underhill, a visit to the place didn’t have that intensity or scariness.


Then there is the Walking Stick. I think the author got that it was turning into a deus ex machina and got rid of it — even if it took her the whole book to do that!


And, of course, Mercy didn’t shift. Not even once.


The good things about this one:

1. No Stefan. I have no idea why he was even introduced in the series


2. Adam finally realized what his pack had been doing to Mercy since like forever. I mean what he did next was the worst thing he could have done but at least, he opened his eyes.


3. A Doctor WHO reference!



4. The scary-ass little not-really-human but not-fae-either kid that the pack had to provide shelter to! He broke my heart by being so broken.


I hope the next installment is more exciting!



Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman




The book refers to a backstory that I read and reviewed before. You will find the review here.



The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross


Something about this series makes me think not-YA. It could be that the main characters are struggling with darkness and the struggle is real. Whatever it is, while the story failed to wow me — and I could see the major reveal coming from a mile away —, I still liked the book.


So, this is what I did in February. What have you been doing?

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-28 08:01
The Drab Side of the Nightside Books


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on February 28, 2018.





Here is what is wrong with this series — and not just with the two books in question:


1. John’s third eye and the powers that come from it are a huge deus ex machina plot device. I don’t think there is any way around it though since Hell to Pay is the 7th book in the series!

2. The prose is repetitive. Each place is the worst place on earth. It is always so bad that sane people avoid it like the plague.
The same is the case with all the villains that show up. Really bad and scary but John still manages to one-up them.
And then there are all the sexual fetishes. Nightside is all about gratification. We know that. But the descriptions of the less than civil proclivities of its denizens and tourists are becoming one big blur. For instance, the way all that naughtiness that happened in Hell to Pay was written made it seem like a rehash of a previous book — the one with the nightclub singer, Raven.


3. Time travel and the confusions/paradoxes associated with it.


4. Suzie Shotgun. I dunno what to make of her. The way John tells it, she would sell her own mother if it served her purpose. So what is it that attracts him to her? Why does she stay with him?


5. The previous books were all preparing us for the big event. The showdown between John and his otherworldly parent — well one of them — Lilith. She was ultimate world-ending bad news. I’ll even buy that he managed to defeat her and save the world. Now what? Everything seems paler in comparison now that Lilith was taken care of. It seems like the author intended for the series to end after the 6th book but couldn’t make it stick.


6. Which villain will the next few books be setting us up for? Oh right, the devil. Doesn’t seem too original though, does it?


7. The mysterious people who controlled Nightside were exposed to be ordinary obscenely rich men with inflated egos and no clue about the kind of bad news that Lilith could prove to be. How is that even possible?


8. And now that they are gone, Walker just takes over and easily replaces them. Not buying it, dude!


Why do I keep reading you ask? Because of the humor! It is funny as heck and the saving grace in face of all the problems I have with the series. Will I be reading the next book? Yes, I will!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-23 14:08
Shōgun (Asian Saga #1) by James Clavell is Full of Quotable Quotes!







I already have the second in the series, Gai-Jin, which I bought at the KUBF'18. This is the edition I own:




Have you read any of these doorstoppers? What did you think of them?


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on February 23, 2018.

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