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review 2017-02-16 15:28
DNF: The Shadow Society
The Shadow Society - Marie Rutkoski

Calling it quits at 200 pages.

 

Not for me. I made it 200 pages but I'm just not connecting with the main character and not that interested in the plot, I'm finding it very boring and repetitive. DNFing.

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review 2017-02-15 16:03
The Crepes of Wrath
The Crêpes of Wrath: A Pancake House Mystery - Sarah Fox-Davies

Author: Sarah Fox

Series: A Pancake House Mystery # 1

Rating: 3 stars

 

Book Blurb: When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.
 
After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation. But if she’s not careful, she’s going to get burned by a killer who’s only interested in serving up trouble.

 

Not bad for the first in a series. I enjoyed reading it... for the most part.

What I liked:    The story moved at a nice pace. The mystery was decent - there were some nice red herrings to keep you guessing. The story does not seem to be weighed down by a love triangle so that's a definite plus. Yay!

What I didn't Like:    For some reason, I failed to connect with the characters in this series. I didn't feel they had any depth to them. Even the main character, Marley. When she's revealing a pretty dark back story - unusual for a cozy but kudos to the author for trying this - I felt a lack of empathy. The narrative didn't engender the right amount of emotion for what I was reading.  This is what kept the book at 3 stars for me. I kept reading to find out what happened, but I wasn't emotionally invested. I may pick up the next book, but I'm not going out of my way.

 
 

 

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review 2017-02-13 15:26
A Likely Story
A Likely Story - Jenn McKinlay

Author: Jenn Mckinlay

Series: Library Lover's Mystery #6

Rating: 3.5 stars

 

Being this is the 6th book in the series, I will keep it to impressions.  Our MC, Lindsey is trying to solve a murder of one of her patrons. She discovers him dead when dropping off his books.

 

1.  This love triangle is ridiculous. That last line annoyed me. 

 

2. That being said I loved the characters and setting. I want to live in this town. Though the crime rate is off putting...

 

3. The mystery was decent. You knew who it was, but the why was interesting.

 

4. Emma - the police chief and Medical Examiner Griffiths. I wanted to read more about them from one page of banter than I did Lindsey and Sully. Please make this happen.

 

All in all not a bad cozy read. I'm listening to the next book on audio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-02-13 11:41
Review: Frostblood
Frostblood (The Frostblood Saga) - Elly Blake

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

Initially I went into this one not knowing much about it. It was a bit of coverlust, really. Though rereading the blurb when my Netgalley request was approved it sounded like a generic YA fantasy, also sounding a bit too much like Red Queen (which I really didn’t like) though Frostblood wound up really surprising me. I didn’t quite finish it before it came out, but before I was half way through I purchased a finished copy.

 

The main character Ruby lives in a world of ice ruled by Frostbloods who are cruel and vicious. Ruby has a special power of her own, she can create and manipulate fire – she’s a Fireblood. Firebloods are hunted down by Frostbloods and either killed or imprisoned. There’s a big dramatic history between the two factions of why things are the way they are which is revealed as the novel progresses.

 

Sounds a bit generic, but the world building is surprisingly in depth with well thought out mythology and history and works well with the plot. Ruby is captured by Frostblood soldiers after an attack on the village near her home which results in a personal tragedy for her, driving her need for revenge. Rescued by local monks Ruby is given an opportunity to help them bring down the Frostblood king.

 

Not all the monks are happy to have Ruby with them – she is unpredictable, can’t control her powers and a dangerous liability. Ruby has to train to master her ability. With the help of Arcus, who comes across as one of the monks less than pleased to have her there. He’s mysterious, and quite rude and obnoxious. He and Ruby rub each other the wrong way. It’s kind of obvious immediately where it’s going but it’s delightfully shippy, and quite fun to get into their training and snide back and forths with snarking at each other. (I did find myself wanting to shove them together and yell JUST KISS ALREADY! As they sort out their true feelings for each other).

 

Ruby has her doubts about what she’s got to do, and learns a few things that she’s unsure about. There’s of course a prophecy involved, a few twisty setbacks, and one big ass plot twist towards the end that was really good and completely unexpected when the truth of Arcus’s real identity and his intentions are revealed.

 

Despite the fact that the plot is nothing that hasn’t been done before, the novel is exceptionally well written, the characters are all interesting and well fleshed out, a mix of good guys, bad guys and one or two you’re not quite sure about. Good solid world building with an interesting history and its own belief system of gods and goddesses which work well within the plot and ties up nicely.

 

A lot of fun. I have already pre ordered the sequel, and am really looking forward to more from this series.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2017-02-13 02:47
Did You Ever Have a Family?
Did You Ever Have A Family - Bill Clegg

Read this after Fates and Furies when Lauren Groff thanked her agent, Bill Clegg, and I remembered this book on my to-read pile. Have wanted to read this one since the day I bought it, the cover was just so perfect. The book inside, not surprisingly, was just as good.

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