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review 2018-01-21 00:13
The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley (reread)
The Stars Are Legion - Kameron Hurley

Still a pretty awesome book, although not quite as great the second time around. I think I was just in the perfect head space to read it initially. The reread did help in picking up explanations about the world that weren't as obvious the first time around. And I felt like things picked up once we encountered Casamir, the tinker/engineer who thinks Zan is mad because she believes there's an outside.

 

Original review here.

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review 2018-01-20 22:39
Agent Bayne (PsyCop #9)
Agent Bayne (PsyCop Book 9) - Jordan Castillo Price

*happy sigh*

 

I didn't read Skin After Skin, so the last new PsyCop book I read was Spook Squad which was FOREVER ago. To say that I've been impatiently awaiting this book is not an exaggeration, and it did not disappoint.

 

This is around the time in most long-running series where the author runs out of steam (if they hadn't already) and just start phoning in their books. Not JCP though. She keeps this series fresh, keeps finding new ways to challenge her characters and push their boundaries, and keeps delivering hilarious commentary on the absurdities of life. (Vic vs smartphone is my new favorite.)

 

I loved seeing Vic in this new environment at the FPMP. He finally starts to realize just how toxic things were at the precinct when his new coworkers are not only nice to him but actually excited to work with him, and some are genuinely in awe of him. It's a lot for him to adjust to. Along with that, he has a new assignment unlike anything he did when working homicide and he has to figure out how to work with Darla.

 

Darla is a great addition to the cast, and her history with Vic has a lot of possibilities for exploring not just their shared pasts but their ever-changing understanding of what it means to be a medium. Jacob also does some growing here, though not quite to the degree as Vic. He is not okay after the events in Spook Squad and has some anxiety to deal with. It's the first chink in his armor that we've seen and it brings him more down to Earth in his view of psychic abilities. 

 

As for the mystery, the perp was pretty obvious from the get-go, and while we expect Vic to be clueless and obtuse, I was rather bemused that Jacob didn't start asking the necessary questions sooner. Thankfully, the mystery isn't the sole focus here. Vic's got his mediumship project and he's also starting to unearth some memories of his childhood and realizing that his fuzzy memories don't mean what he always expected they did. But they all tie together and it opens this whole new realm for exploration in future books.

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review 2018-01-20 20:59
4.5 Out of 5 "Angelkins" Stars
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild - Audible Studios, Allison McLemore,Diana Rowland

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

This is my favorite book of the series since the first one.  A lot more action and less slow-boring time.  It was a little tedious in the beginning when she was abusing the V-12 (not sure if that is correct spelling…{{{because of audio}}}.  It quickly moves from that into some action complete with some angel-style ass-kicking. 

 

Alison McLemore brings Angel and her southern twang to life.  I totally recommend audio for this series…even if you've been reading them so far because she sounds exactly like I think Angel should.  If an audiobook can be pitch perfect…this would be that.

 

~MY RATING~ 4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 4.3/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.5/5  Cliffhanger~ A "to be continued", feel to it.

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Book Cover~ Quite Busy, but I'm oddly drawn to it despite it having nothing to do with the actual story.

Narration~ Fantastic narration by Allison McLemore, she is Angel Crawford.

Series~ White Trash Zombie #5

Setting~  Tucker Point, Louisiana

Source~ I Own on Audible

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review 2018-01-20 16:47
Jack Reacher got dumped and found a case
The Midnight Line - Lee Child

Jack Reacher got dumped by a woman. The drifter lifestyle is not for everyone. 

 

It seems pointless. But a lot of things is really pointless.

 

Reacher came crossed a West Point ring and used his usual persuasive method to get to know where it came from. 

A person has to go through a lot to get that ring. It is important to a person and shouldn't be given up that easy.

 

So it is either a stolen ring that needs to go back to its owner, or this person is in serious trouble and have to give up her ring. 

 

So he went and chase after whoever this ring belonged to.

 

He first find a drug dealer. 

 

Then the drug dealer pointed him to another person Sy. 

 

Turned out Sy was dead long ago. It is just for the drug dealer to put a hit on Reacher. 

 

He survived, of course. 

 

Now a private detective got involved, turned out he was looking for the same person.

 

Now where is she?
 

It turned out that she was in hiding.

 

There is a few twits in the end. Overall story is quite straight forward. Reacher found a person, a former Army personnel who needs help. And he helped. 

 

The backdrop of the story is the black market of prescriptive drugs. 

 

Still an okay story. 

 

4 stars read.  

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review 2018-01-20 15:32
slow realisation of love
The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrel) - Sarah MacLean

Well that was interesting.  Sophie pushes the bratty husband of her sister in a pond when she finds him with another woman.  She flees the scene, hoping that she will get away. However she ends up in Kingscotte 'King' the Marquess of Eversley's coach as his footman who is heading to his father's estate, many miles from London.

 

She wants to escape the world of London and the strictures but she has no real way to do this without a cascade.

 

King has a problem with his father and the death of an early love he doesn't want love in his life again but she is tempting and he finds himself caring a lot about her and what happens into her. There's shennigans and misunderstanding and a lot of fun and sparkling banter and I really enjoyed it.

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