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review 2018-05-24 15:44
Audio Review: Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs (Narrator: Holter Graham)
Dead Heat - Patricia Briggs
Dead Heat

Alpha & Omega #4
Patricia Briggs (Narrator: Holter Graham)
Urban Fantasy
Brilliance Audio
March 3, 2015
Audiobook
11 hours and 25 minutes
Rantings of a Reading Addict

 

The new Charles and Anna novel

 

Praised as "the perfect blend of action, romance, suspense and paranormal" (Rex Robot Reviews), the Alpha and Omega novels transport listeners into the realm of the werewolf, where Charles Cornick and Anna Latham embody opposite sides of the shifter personality. Now a pleasure trip drops the couple into the middle of some bad supernatural business....

 

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles' role as his father's enforcer. This time their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way....

 

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae's cold war with humanity is about to heat up - and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

 

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Dead Heat is book four in the Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs.

 

I enjoyed Dead Heat, but not as much as previous books in the series. Things where slowed down in this one. The storyline takes us on a vacation to Arizona to buy a horse and visit an old friend of Charles. We get to meet the Hosteen’s pack, see a different side of Charles, reconnect with an old love and witness some flashbacks. Their is some tension in the story and on their mini-vacation things go a little aria with a Fae who is kidnaping children and causing problems.

 

To me the story was tame compared to previous installments. We do get some action, but it doesn’t happen until the end when they confront the Fae. Most of the book is about horses and Anna wanting a child. Briggs does a wonderful job on the detail with the breeds, gaits, temperament, etc.. As an equestrian it was a little much, but for those that may not know about horses and all the aspects involved with breeding, showing, etc.. it’s probably helpful. To me, it became redundant. As for the kid aspect. I found the options Anna shared viable and Charles concerns legitimate. It would be nice if they could have children, but we know why the wolves can’t carry to term.

 

I did enjoy learning more about Charles and seeing a different side to him. His relationship with Joseph was wonderful; however I wasn’t happy with Maggie’s role aka the ex. Leslie Fisher the FBI agent showed back up to help with the missing kids. And, Anna and Charles characters continue to grow.

 

I will say that Briggs is an amazing writer. She knows how to make her characters interesting and to keep adding to the world and growth. I like Anna and Charles, but Mercy Thompson will always be my favorite.

 

Audio Narration: I love the audiobooks for the Alpha & Omega series. Holter Graham did a superb job. He is perfect for the narration of this series. The voices of all the character’s come to life with him. I highly recommend the audiobooks.

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

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Challenge(s) (2018): Audiobook – March Take Control of Your TBR

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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text 2018-05-24 15:06
Reading progress update: I've read 234 out of 416 pages.
A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny

OMG, it was difficult to set this book down last night!

 

I spent a couple of hours in the evening with a friend and her big lovable oaf of a dog.  She works for a Guide Dog charity and they are collecting clothing, suitcases, bedding, towels, etc. for an enormous garage sale to raise money for the organization.  I packed an huge, heavy suitcase with clothing.  Then I emptied out the bottom of my coat closet--a garbage bag of shoes!  Looking around, I saw my mom's cedar chest--with a thick coating of dust on it.  Hmmm....I can't be using whatever's in there!  Three more garbage bags of sheets, towels, blankets.  The cedar chest is empty now and I feel like I've had a weight lifted off me.

 

I highly recommend a good purge to make life look a little brighter!

 

But when I got home from my delivery mission, I had to have another visit with Inspector Gamache, and it ran a little late.  *Yawn*

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review 2018-05-24 03:31
Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood #2)
Leah on the Offbeat - Becky Albertalli

Wow, I don't even know where to start with how awful this book is.

 

Terrible bi rep? Check.

Terrible girl rep? Check

Terrible fat girl rep? Check.

 

I loved Simon Vs The Homo-Sapiens Agenda and fell in love with all the characters (well, not Martin) and I felt especially drawn to Leah. So when I found out there was going to be another book, centered on Leah, I got excited. Then the blurb mentioned that she's suddenly bisexual, and I got concerned because there was zero indication or hint of that in the first book. But it couldn't be that bad, right?

 

Other reviewers have said it better: this story felt like fanfic. And not even good fanfic. It felt like the really bad fanfic that you don't admit to reading. The AU kind where everyone's gay and acts so out of character as to be unrecognizable in order to force together the writer's OTP that makes zero sense in canon but dammit they're going to make it work no matter what. 

 

On top of that, there's no plot. It's just a string of scenes that are connected only be the fact they happen chronologically (aside from a couple of flashbacks). Leah exists just to be awful and condescending and rude to everyone, yet for some reason everyone still loves her.

 

There's also no heart. We never learn why Leah acts the way she does because there's zero reflection on her actions or feelings, and so she never learns or develops. She's the exact same awful person at the end of the book as she is at the start of it, and she's taken everyone else down with her. This is just Leah referring to herself as a bitch for 300 pages because isn't it hilarious when girls call themselves slur words? There's no reason to care about Leah, so there's no reason to care about anything that's going on around her.

 

There's a really awkward attempt at addressing racism that feels more like it was written as an overhanded after-school special message than an actual examination of racism and all of its nuances. It's there solely to give Leah one shining moment of being not completely sucky. 

 

In a word, this book is superficial.

 

The first half dragged because nothing happened aside from Leah being rude, not knowing how to express herself, and constantly having brain freeze, stopped heart and flipping stomach, because that's what hormones do to seventeen-year old girls. And apparently being bisexual means you develop crushes on everyone. I couldn't take the plodding pace of non-action, so I did skim most of the second half starting around 60%. Thankfully, not much happened in that section beyond prom, Leah and her girlfriend being selfish and awful to everyone at prom, and the writer leaving a bunch of dangling threads.

 

This was a huge disappointment and read like the Ms. Albertalli just phoned it in.

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review 2018-05-23 18:28
ANNIHILATION by JEFF VANDERMEER
Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer

Audiobook

If there was a drinking game for every time the author wrote "perhaps" I'd be dead. Things happen but not really. Things are seen but not really. Is that a rat or something else becoming a rat? I could never really figure out whether events really happened to the characters. And there was way too much reminiscing/self-reflection going on for my taste. I way come back to the remaining books of this trilogy or I may not.

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review 2018-05-23 08:42
The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers' Journey Through Curiosities of History
The Secret Library - Oliver Tearle

This started off super-slow for me for the same reason any overview of history does:  it starts with ancient history.  I know it's important.  I know it influences just about everything today, but it's, forgive me, a bit dull.  

 

Once we got through The Classical World and the Middle Ages though, things picked up.  For each age, Tearle selects a few texts that can, or should, be considered significant.  Some of them are the no-brainers we've all heard of (Shakespeare) and some are names or titles that have unjustly fallen into oblivion (Mary Elizabeth Braddon, whom he argues might be the author of the first English detective novel. Trail of the Serpent).  Whether widely known or not, Tearle tries to focus on thoughts, ideas, or facts that aren't widely known so that there's something new here for likely anyone, no matter how well read.

 

Informative, readable, and once past the Middle ages, very enjoyable.

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