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review 2019-08-12 14:19
Review ~ Decent read
Death Warmed Over - Kevin J. Anderson

Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.

 

With the unlikely event of the Big Uneasy our world was thrown into a post-apocalyptic paranormal scenario the likes of which has never been seen before. All things fantastical or paranormal are now pretty much everyday life. The problem with such a big change happening so quickly, the laws haven’t had a chance to catch up yet. Enter the office of Chambeaux & Deyer Investigations.

 

Dan Chambeaux was a live PI. Now he’s a dead one. After his murder he came back as a zombie. Their secretary Sheyenne is a ghost (she was murdered first), and Robin is their human attorney. Together they make a great team if not a lot of money. With a habit of taking Unnatural cases pro bono they really need to solve their paying cases. So, they get to work and in-between, Dan tries to solve his and Sheyenne’s murders.

 

Well, this is quite the fix to be in. Who knew that a highly unlikely series of events could activate a spell that could turn everything upside down? Well, not literally upside down. Man, they don’t need that on top of everything else. The world is intriguing and I like the characters. The cases the trio are working on are varied and interesting. And then there’s Sheyenne’s and Dan’s murders to solve. Lots going on here, but not too much to overwhelm. The writing is decent, but there’s something a tad off about the whole book and I can’t put my finger on what is bugging me. In any case, it’s still a good read.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/08/death-warmed-over.html
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review 2019-05-30 18:49
Review ~ Disappointing
Desire the Night - Amanda Ashley

Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.

 

Gideon is a couple of hundred years old, a vampire, and he’s being held captive in the basement of an evil witch because his blood keeps her young looking. Vain much? When she tosses Kiya “Kay” Alissano into the cell with him as his next meal, the bitch witch gets more than she bargained for. Kay is the product of a werewolf father and a human mom. While not a full-blood werewolf, she still shifts at the full moon and is wicked strong. With the full moon only a couple days away, she only needs to keep the vampire from killing her and they can both get free.

 

I started out really loving this story. The part with just Gideon and Kay is great. The part with her dumbass father, the pack, and his dictate for her to marry his chosen one even though she can’t stand the guy is just stupid. The fact that Kay even goes back to the pack is stupid. Everything about the pack is stupid. Also, there’s marital rape. WTF This could have been so much better, but it fell apart because Kay has no spine. Ugh! I’m not interested in any more of this series because of the way this one played out.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/05/desire-night.html
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review 2019-05-20 16:31
Review ~ Awesome!
Act Of Terror - Marc Cameron

Book source ~ Arc. My review is voluntary and honest.

 

Enter a setting that could be all too real: home-grown terrorists are staging attacks all over America. When an attack happens inside CIA HQ, the most important question now becomes how? How did they pass all the background checks? If they can figure that out then they may be able to stop the terrorist cell once and for all. When the government needs answers and they need them right damn now, they call Jericho Quinn. Because sometimes only a hammer will get the job done.

 

Life interfered with this series. I read book 1, National Security, years ago and loved it, but it took me forever to get back to Jericho Quinn. Man, what a ride! Act of Terror is everything National Security is and will not disappoint. It’s fast-paced, so strap in and hold on for dear life. Tons of action, excellent characters, great dialogue, and twisty roads will lead to an explosive finish that is worth every minute invested in the reading. My only complaint is with the timeline, but it’s a tiny bitch and easily pushed aside in favor of the badassery that saturates the pages. I love Jericho Quinn. Seriously. There are only a handful of characters I love as much as him: Scott  Bell’s Abel Yeager, Russ Hall’s Al Quinn (no relation that I’m aware of lol), S.J. Parkinson’s Steven Anderson, Christopher Golden’s Ben Walker, and Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden (ok, so he’s Fantasy, sue me) are the ones on the short list. I can’t wait to start book 3, State of Emergency and watch Quinn and Company in action again. Bring on Hammer Company!

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/05/act-of-terror.html
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review 2019-04-16 23:46
Vulnerable - Mary Burton

4.5 Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Three teens went into the woods and only one came out. Amber Ryder was found with a broken arm, a concussion, and no memory about what happened. Nashville forensic technician Georgia Morgan has been assigned the five year old cold case because the father of one of the victims is rich and connected. He keeps pushing for more investigation even though the police haven’t managed to find anything in five long years. Georgia has read all the files and has contacted Amber who now resides in Texas, but before she can really get going on interviews another body is found in the woods - a body that leads Georgia and her team to the missing teens. What fresh hell is this?

 

There are twists and turns and revolutions both surprising and icky in this suspenseful murder mystery. I’ve read one other book by Mary Burton and I like her writing style. She woos with words and coaxes you to keep looking for answers all while dropping breadcrumbs to follow. Sometimes you think you have it figured out only to doubt yourself with the next revelation. It’s frustrating, but in a good way. There is plenty of science involved without it overwhelming the story and there’s even more foot work involved by Detective Jake Bishop. Police work is a collaborative effort between beating the bushes and science and I’m glad this story shows that. I look forward to reading more stories by Mary Burton.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/04/vulnerable.html
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review 2019-01-30 16:17
Review ~ Urban Fantasy
Souls of the Damned - E.S. Moore

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Kat Redding is a vampire who hunts down rogue bad supernatural beings. But she’s tired of it all. The death, the darkness, the claims so many have on her - she’s tired of being Lady Death. When an opportunity pops up for her to take out a rogue angel, she initially says no. But eventually she gives in because it’s the only way to advance the plot.

 

I’m so disappointed in this book. This series started out kickass with Kat as a great but flawed heroine and a cast of side characters worth noting. And then it deteriorated. This last book (that I can tell since there’s not another listed in the series) is completely ugh for me. Kat is whiny. So whiny. And mad all the time, taking it out on everyone and they put up with it. She hasn’t grown and neither have her companions. She does stupid shit when she should be smarter and balks at things she shouldn’t. This book ended with me sighing in relief that it was over instead of hoping that someday there would be more to Kat’s story. So much potential wasted. Oh, well.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/01/souls-of-damned.html
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