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text 2018-03-09 16:22
Next books due at the library
The Librarian of Auschwitz - Antonio G. Iturbe,Lilit Zekulin Thwaites
Dunbar - Edward St. Aubyn
Victoria And Abdul: The True Story Of The Queens' Closest Confidant - Shrabani Basu
Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World - Noah Strycker

I'm over halfway through The Librarian of Auschwitz, so will finish it this weekend without fail.  The story is fascinating, though the writing is pedestrian.


Dunbar is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, the retelling of King Lear.  I'll at least make a start on it over the weekend.


Looking ahead, I'll hope to start Victoria & Abdul.  I saw the movie version last year and really enjoyed it. 


And, as temperatures here finally begin to warm up to the freezing point (we may get to +3 C today), I'm getting the itch to go birding.  Hence Birding Without Borders to get me fired up for the new birding year.


Have a fabulous weekend, friends!

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review 2018-02-08 00:00
Red Obsession (Lace Masquerade)
Red Obsession (Lace Masquerade) - Nanea ... Red Obsession (Lace Masquerade) - Nanea Knott I really loved these short stories all taking place at the Lace Masquerade. Each one while being over the top sizzling hot definitely had its own feel and story. Like I said in the previous review I would love it if the author did a bit more exploring in this series... and even perhaps a full-length novel. I think there are still lots of stories that could be told!
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text 2018-02-05 17:08
Maybe Put On Hold For Now: The Heir
The Heir (Duke's Obsession,#1) - Grace Burrowes

The Heir
by Grace Burrowes
Book 1 of Windham
-- Book 1 of Duke's Obsession trilogy

Rating:  None -- Book put on hold for time being

I am just not getting into this book, which is quite disappointing since the synopsis seemed quite interesting to me.  On top of that, I'm interested in some of the later books in the Windham series, as well as spin-off series.

But this book simply dragged out something terrible.  And to be frank, I'm not really sure what's actually going on except that I got terribly bored with the mundane, very banal goings-on of our hero and heroine as they tip-toe around each other in a very exhaustively, boring courtship.

I'm hoping it was just my mood that left me grasping for more, so I'm just going to give up on The Heir for the time being, and maybe come back to it another day.



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/02/maybe-put-on-hold-for-now-heir.html
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review 2018-01-17 06:02
Dragon Love
Fury of Obsession (Dragonfury Series Book 5) - Coreene Callahan

I listened to the audiobook of this and I was underwhelmed. At first I was excited since it's interracial. The heroine is a beautiful, dark-skinned African American woman and the hero is a dragon shifter (Caucasian in human form) from Eastern Europe. I still dug that about the story even though I was overall disappointed. I think that the major issue is that it was too derivative for me. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and I like that it's had an impact on paranormal romance, but I would like to see an author inspired by these books to take to some diversions in storytelling that make their story more unique. While the author chose to inhabit her story with dragons of all kind, which was very cool, I felt like the style of storytelling, the number of subplots, and the set up of the group that Venom fights with is way too similar to the Brotherhood. There are characters that you can identify as certain BDB characters. Also, I feel that there is a lot of similarity to the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian. Another issue I have with the story is the dropped plotlines. At the beginning of the book Evelyn is in trouble with some Russian gangsters. It's like that all goes away. I was really confused about that. And some of the point of views I could deal without. I don't mind if we see the villain's POV somewhat, but not if they're not that interesting. I would rather have a scene where Venom kicks the crap out of the Russian gangster. The plot resolution suffered and failed to impress me. It was very anticlimactic. When the book ended, I was like, that's it? Yeah, I was pretty disappointed with this. I'm interested in the one character who reminds me of John Matthew before his transition, I think his name in Osgood. I'd definitely read his book. Overall thoughts: The dragon aspect, good. Romance: pretty good. Sort of an instaluv vibe, but I can live with that. Characters: Mostly forgettable. Plotting: poor. Too many storylines. Narration: I give the narrator some points for enthusiasm and style, but his Scottish accent was ferociously bad. Some of his European accents sounded like a campy version of Vlad Tepes aka Dracula. But I liked him despite that. He was having fun and that made me have fun. Overall rating: 2.5/5.0 stars.

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review 2017-12-03 18:25
Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb
Obsession in Death - J.D. Robb

There is someone in New York, killing for their friend, the other half of them, Lieutenant Eve Dallas. First was a bitchy defense attorney, next it was a funky-junky snitch...Their major sin was showing disrespect for Eve, at least according to the messages the killer left for her at the crime scenes.

Eve and the rest of the crew know it's just a matter of time before the admirer turns onto the object of their obsession, but Eve hopes that turn comes soon—she'd just love to meet her biggest admirer.

Just when I started to despair that this series might've lost its edge, this book slammed me right back into fangirl zone.

The suspense was through the roof in this one, the sense of urgency palpable and almost stifling, and the waiting game as to who might come next and when the switch from admirer to enemy might occur excruciating. Sure, the pacing had its weaker moments, but once it picked up for the last time, it was non-stop, breakneck hurtling toward the finishing line.
And because of that sense of urgency and, let's face it, all-around danger, the "personal" aspects of the story shone even more. The characters, the relationships, the family the connections, the conversations and confessions...And in the middle of it all, Eve and Roarke with their ever-strengthening bond, the protectiveness of what they share, provided loads of quotable material.

Roarke bulled his way through Central as he'd bulled his way through downtown traffic, carving away the distance to Eve with single-minded focus.

He didn't think his heart had beat since Eve's face blinked off his 'link screen.

Tingles and shivers up and down my spine, and with that final showdown at Eve's "house", the urgency, the danger, the suspense...It was so thick you could cut it with a knife. It's fiction, and it's a series, so you know everything would work out, but there were a few moments in that last chapter that made me think it was touch-and-go. This is what good writing brings to the table.
I didn't even notice the formula or cared about the template, I just wanted to learn who the killer was and wanted everybody safe and sound at the end of it.

God, I loved this one.

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