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review 2018-09-25 15:47
Pre-Review Thoughts: The Splendour Falls
The Splendour Falls - Susanna Kearsley,Barbara Rosenblat

The Splendour Falls

by Susanna Kearsley
narrated by Barbara Rosenblat


I have been enjoying Susanna Kearsley as far as the only couple other books I've read by her, so it was probably inevitable that I'd come across a disappointment--I just hadn't expected it so early on.  The Splendour Falls dragged something awful, and the truth is, the actual story's conflict doesn't even quite surface until about 8 hours into the audio book; 8 hours out of a 12 hour audio book.

As I had had a good impression of Kearsley since the first book I'd read, I'm hoping the next one will be a bit better.  I've noted that The Splendour Falls is apparently NOT her best work, and there's a general consensus that it might even be one of her lesser novels.  The book is still beautifully written, with lovely characters whom, while abundant and sometimes hard to keep track of, sort of came alive.  Except for our main heroine, Emily... she continued to be the boring speshul snowflake and I had a hard time relating to her.

I will have a full review out soon.

 

 



 

Halloween Bingo 2018
(a genre or mode of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance)

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/09/pre-review-thoughts-splendour-falls.html
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review 2018-09-25 14:16
Review: Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs
Cry Wolf - Patricia Briggs

Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack... and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna's inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.

I read and love the Mercy Thompson series so of course I wanted to read this series as well and I’m happy that I did.

Of course I already know most of the world and setting from the Mercy books and some of the characters but of course we get some new elements and storyline and some more new characters and that made the book just great and fun to read.

I should say that I never was  big fan of Bran, Sam and especially Charles and had a bit of a rough start with Charles in the beginning. But at the end he stated growing on me…. I’m still not his biggest fan and more than once wanted to punch him but I did up liking and understanding more of him.

Also I did not read the pre-quell Alpha & Omega and think it would have helped especially in the beginning of the book. I was a bit confused but things cleared up fairly fast.

Anna, I really enjoyed her , while she started out pretty timid and quiet you could still tell she is a pretty strong charades, She thinks things through and she will not back to down from people. She is really kinda feisty and of course has her funny moments.

Charles as mentioned not my fav but he is growing on me. Anna just makes him so much more likable. But I did enjoy seeing a bit more of his magic from his mom’s site .

I liked how Anna and Charles grew and got to know each other as mates and as a couple throughout the book, it was fun to follow them.

Bran, like I said earlier he I never really liked him all that much but after this book I actually like him a lot. We learn a lot more about him, his history and really Charles and Sam’s history as well .

Asil. Ohhh Asil, I really liked him, he became one of my favorites in this book, I knew from the first time we meet him there is more to him. I just like everything about him.

Overall I really enjoy this book, I really enjoyed and looking forward to learn more about Omegas I thought it was very interesting. I also liked the witch part and always love a good witch stories and such.

So in short I really enjoyed this first book in this series and looking forward to book two

I rate it 4 ★

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/09/25/review-cry-wolf-alpha-omega-1-by-patricia-briggs
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review 2018-09-25 05:27
Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot - Bill O'Reilly,Martin Dugard

Another one that's been on my "to listen to" list for too long.  Exceeded any expectations I might have had, and really enjoyed Billy O'Reilly's narration.  

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review 2018-09-24 22:34
Iron and Magic / Ilona Andrews
Iron and Magic - Ilona Andrews

Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast.

Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she's trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify.

Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are infamous for betraying their allies, so how can they create a believable alliance to meet the challenge of their enemies?

 

Buying and reading this novel was my birthday treat to myself. And what a good treat it was!

I remember wondering at one or two points in the Kate Daniels series if Kate shouldn’t have been a little more tempted by Hugh d’Ambray--I wasn’t completely sold on Curran at the beginning. Now, the Andrews give us another look at things from Hugh’s point-of-view and I had some of my questions answered.

Hugh becomes more than just a tool of Roland in this story—he acquires a backstory which helps the reader to gain some sympathy for someone who seemed altogether evil in the Kate Daniels series. He also shows hidden depths and possibilities for redemption that I would never have believed possible. Very similar with what they did with Mad Rogan in the Hidden Legacy series.

With Elara, the Andrews manage to produce a woman of sufficient depth and complexity to match Hugh—in short, someone who is at least his equal and who can’t be overwhelmed by his bigger-than-life stature and who isn’t intimidated by his fearsome reputation. I am intrigued by her and will look forward to getting to know her better in subsequent installments.

There are lots of adventures, including a pow-wow with the Bouda Clan, led by Rafael & Andrea. I’m a forever fan of the were-hyenas, so I was glad to get to see them again. As usual, the authors create a number of characters and creatures that make me want to read on as soon as possible. How is it that Hugh’s horse Bucky can glow sometimes? And is his second in command going to learn ASL to impress one of Elara’s council? Can the Iron Dogs integrate themselves into the witchy community?

An entertaining enemies-to-lovers romance with all kinds of fun by-paths to explore. Now I just have to practice patience until the release of Magic Triumphs.

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review 2018-09-24 21:50
The Invisible Man / H.G. Wells
The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells

This masterpiece of science fiction is the fascinating story of Griffin, a scientist who creates a serum to render himself invisible, and his descent into madness that follows.

 

I read this book to fill the Classic Horror square of my 2018 Halloween Bingo card.

I remember owning the Classics Illustrated comic book of this title as a child and being rather fascinated by the idea of an invisible person. I remember being captivated by Griffin’s fake nose! If I’m remembering correctly, though, I don’t think the violence in the comic was equal to Wells’ original work. It was probably watered down a little to be suitable for a juvenile audience (although nowadays I’m not sure that would be necessary).

I spent a great deal of last year on the cataloguing of a very large collection of books by and about Herbert George Wells and I was interested to read another of his fictional works. I’ll work through more of them as I can. He was an interesting person and a prolific writer.

This is definitely horror-lite. The most horrifying part is actually the behaviour of Griffin, the invisible man of the title. His lack of empathy for his fellow human beings (and the cat that he tests his invisibility device on) is scarier than his actual achievement. During the reading I kept wondering, was he mentally ill and became fixated on this idea or was he fixated on the idea before he became mentally ill? Someone with more empathy could have charted a far different course—co-operating with his fellow beings, rather than trying to terrorize them.

Reminiscent of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, another tale of a scientist making dubious moral choices.

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