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review 2018-09-23 00:54
Halloween Bingo - 1st Square Filled
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater

I finally finished my first book for Halloween Bingo by re-reading The Raven Boys. While it can go many places I am counting it for the Raven Square.

 

The first time I read The Raven Boys, I listened to the audiobook, and was enchanted.  This time, while my delight  was somewhat lessened by already knowing the major reveals, Maggie Stiefvater's language was almost as magical in print as it was as an audiobook.

 

Reducing my rating from 5 stars to 4.5 because you can't be delighted by a book for the first time twice.

 

 

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review 2018-09-21 12:49
Borrower of the Night
Borrower of the Night - Elizabeth Peters

Dr. Vicky Bliss is a strong, intelligent woman, who learned very young that because she was smarter than the boys in her class they felt threatened by her. When she blossomed into womanhood, it just got worse for her. "She collected degrees like other women collected engagement rings." was the quote that I remembered the best. When she is hired to be a teacher at an exclusive school in the mid-west, she meets Tony, another teacher who is not threatened by her looks or intelligence. He proposes to her frequently. It is then that he feels that the only way she will accept him is if he is able to "control" her. One night, while waiting for him to finish his work, she starts reading a book in the pile of books and her imagination is started and they individually plan a trip to Germany to find the missing piece of art. 

 

The book was interesting and fun to listen to (in the car while driving) and fun to read when I was at home. It provided some history and other information and showed the relationship between Vicky and Tony and the changes it makes throughout the trip. 

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review 2018-09-19 02:50
Color Me, Murder
Color Me Murder - Krista Davis

This is a new series by Krista Davis. It is set in Washington, DC and Florrie is the manager of the bookstore and makes adult coloring books. She is on good terms with the owner of the bookstore and when he asks her to move into his carriage house, she is happy to do so. Then all that could go wrong does go wrong. The nephew of the owner starts causing trouble for everyone and tells Florrie that he will one day be the owner and she will be gone. The owner is not happy with his behavior and tells her so. The next day, Florrie finds his body in the bootleggers hiding place and then begins to hunt for the person who really did this. 

 

I did enjoy this story and look forward to the next book. It was different from some others and introduces us to many of the things that are part of the DC area, bootleggers hiding places, tunnels for runaway slaves and just trouble that some of the older families have in their lives. 

 

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text 2018-09-18 12:17
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 432 pages.
Meg - Steve Alten

Not my usual cup of tea.

 

Reading this because there is a movie and there is a chance that I'm going to see this one. 

 

Always like sharks movie. So much fun.

 

Plus it fits quite well for fear of drowning deep square. 

 

Not bad. It is about a really big and thought to be extincted shark type found in the deep sea. 

 

It is horrifying. But not that logical that it would happen as there aren't enough food for it to survive without surfacing. 

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review 2018-09-17 23:51
Review: Odd Thomas
Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz

Let me preface my review by saying that I saw the movie a few years ago and enjoyed it very much, so I fully expected to enjoy the book.  And I did.  However, I couldn't stop picturing Anton Yelchin as Odd and it made me very sad.  That being said, the movie was a pretty fair representation of the book.  Minus the parts with Odd's insanely bad parents.  OMG they were terrible, horrible people!

 

The story is told by the protagonist, Odd Thomas, who can see the dead...and other otherworldly things.  He lives a life of simplicity as a fry cook in a small town and wants nothing more than to settle down with his soul mate, Stormy and maybe get a job selling tires...eventually.  He does his best to help the dead settle whatever business they still have on this plane so that they can finally cross over to the next.

 

But that all changes the day the Fungus Man comes into the diner where Odd works. This man is  the precursor to the tragedy about to hit Odd's town.  Odd is then in a race to figure out what horrible thing is about to happen in his town, learn what the Fungus Man has to do with it all, and keep as many people safe as possible.

 

Having enjoyed the movie so much, I kind of expected the book to blow me out of the water.  It did not.  It was good, very good even, but not great.  The story was very sad really.  Learning the way Odd and Stormy grew up, the burden of his "gift", the ending.  I'm a little hesitant to continue with the series, but really, I need to find out what happens to Odd next.

 

Even though it didn't knock my socks off, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who's into the supernatural.

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