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text 2019-03-22 00:00
Snakes and Ladders Progress Update: Roll #5
Queen of Hearts - Rhys Bowen,Katherine Kellgren

Well, my S&L updates are sadly lagging behind my actually dice rolls and book reads; hopefully I'll pick up the pace on posts.


So my fifth roll using two dice gave me an eight which took me to square #40 and the prompt: "Characters involved in the entertainment industry". The eighth book in Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series has been sitting on my TBR pile for a while, and it fits the prompt perfectly. "Queen of Hearts" finds our protag, Lady Georgiana Rannoch, accompanying her actress mother to the US for a quickie Reno divorce and a film shoot in Hollywood. 


TBH, this series started getting old for me around book four, and I'm a little upset with myself for continuing to buy the audiobooks.  Initially the premise was fun, and while the characters were somewhat stereotypical and short on depth, it was still a frothy humorous cozy read. Unfortunately, the continuing lack of character development in later books has led to a cast of mostly annoying caricatures, and the writing can be repetitive and simplistic at times, so my expectations for "Queen of Hearts" aren't high.


ETA: Weakest entry so far. If I didn't already have book nine, I'd bail on the series at this point. :(



Progress to Date:



 1. Author is a woman / start: Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis


     Roll #1 - Two Dice Roll:  3 + 3 = 6

     Timestamp: 2019-02-24 21:59:09 UTC (working on the screen shot thing) 


 7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D: The Mysterious Affair

     At Styles by Agatha Christie 


     Roll #2 - Two Dice Roll:  5 + 5 = 10

     Timestamp: 2019-02-26 07:26:51 UTC


17. Genre - horror: The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (skipping horror)


       Roll #3



21. Set in Europe: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell


       Roll #4



32. Genre: thriller: The Dry by Jane Harper


      Roll #5



 40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry: "Queen of Hearts" by Rhys 






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review 2019-03-20 01:58
I Know All There is to Know About the Lying Game
The Lying Game: A Novel - Ruth Ware,Imogen Church

I ended up reacting to this book much as I did to Ruth Ware's Woman in Cabin 10.  I felt compelled to keep listening and listening until I got to the end, but once I was done, I wondered why I'd spent all that time.


The "lying game" of the title doesn't ultimately seem that significant to the central "mystery" of the book.  Although Ware tries to make the lying game relevant to the lie and cover-up the four former boarding-school classmates share, I think she fails at that.  The lying game was all about fooling classmates or teachers to believe their lies--the more of a "whopper" the better.  But the conspiracy of silence between main-character Isa, Fatima, Thea, and Kate was to protect Kate, and had nothing to do with their whoppers.


There was also just so much that was implausible.  There was a "scandal" that resulted in the girls being given a choice between expulsion and leaving voluntarily, and they all opted for the latter.  But it's ridiculous that the girls are blamed for the "scandal."  There is a scene where the school's current headmistress says the situation would be handled completely differently "today," but you'd think the "scandal" had taken place in the 1950s, instead of being in 2000 or thereabouts.


Isa is supposed to be a lawyer, but it's hard to believe she had the intelligence to become one.  And her grasp of criminal law seems fairly shaky.  There were times when I'd be thinking "Don't do that--it's so stupid and dangerous!"  Then she'd acknowledge that it was stupid and dangerous.  So you know better, but do the stupid, dangerous things, anyway?  Including endangering your baby?  Excellent.


If you were "meh" about The Woman in Cabin 10, and you are hoping The Lying Game will be an improvement, you may want to take a pass.

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text 2019-03-17 15:25
FINISHED! Another reading game in the rearview mirror!


I finished A Treacherous Curse, so I'm finished with my Snakes and Ladders game! 




1. Author is a woman:  The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie King; rolled 1 & 5.

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D: Why Didn't They Ask Evans by Agatha Christie; rolled 3 & 7.

14. Author is dead: Killer's Payoff by Ed McBain; rolled snake eyes

16. Genre: fantasy: Oathbound by Mercedes Lackey; rolled 5 & 3

24. Set in Africa: Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie; rolled one die for 6

30. Someone travels by train: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha; rolled 5 & 3

39. A reread: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; rolled 3 & 1.

43. Characters involved in the law: Island of the Mad by Laurie King; rolled 5 with one die.

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019: The Huntress by Kate Quinn; rolled 6 & 1 

55. Is more than 500 pages long: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (734 pages long); rolled 5 & 3;

57. Was published more than 50 years ago: She Came Back by Patricia Wentworth (published in 1945); rolled 4 & 2.

63. Cover is more than 50% blue: ladder: The Black Cabinet by Patricia Wentworth; climb ladder to space 95

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow: The Sittaford Mystery; rolled a 6

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover: The Smouldering Fire by D.E. Stevenson; rolled a 3 & a 6.

79. Main character is a woman: Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie; rolled 4 & 4.

87. Snake - go back to 57: Ugh. Landed on this one, so back to 57 I go.

95. Memoir: Wolf Pack by C.J. Box; rolled one dice for a 6.

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes: A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn came out on top of the poll.

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review 2019-03-16 19:32
Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
Wolf Pack - C.J. Box

The Joe Pickett series is one of my favorite series I read.  I can never put an order to what my favorites are, but a new Joe Pickett comes out, it is my next read.  Hopefully, none of my other favorites come out at the same time.  That would just be pure hell.


Without getting into spoilers, wolf pack has different meanings other than just being the title.  At the end of the last book in the series, The Disappeared we find Joe fired from his Wyoming warden job by the Governor, but this being a Joe Pickett series, former Governor Rulon sees to it that Joe gets his old job back, along with a scandal for the new Governor and Joe gets a new boss.  He gets his old district back, his old badge number and a new truck and house since his old house had burned down due to arson.  These aren't really spoilers because you learn this in the first few pages of the book.


If you want to know about what the book is about then read the book cover.  Box comes up with things probably no other warden would ever come up against.  One thing about Box is that he is not the best writer you will come across.  Where he excels at is that he is a storyteller, like Craig Johnson.  His books are never too long, never padded with filler that starts to bore you, he just tells a story about Joe Pickett, his family, and friends.  I can't wait until his next book.


Wolf Pack by C.J. Boes

Book 19 in the Joe Pickett series

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review 2019-03-15 19:44
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Long Game - Jennifer Lynn Barnes



Fixer #2


๏ ๏ ๏  Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏ 

Political Intrigue
Scandals & Terrorists
Young Adult
Book #1 Rating: ☆3.8☆

With Audio Performed by Cassandra Morris


๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

I love JLB's Naturals Series so much, she can really pull off a story that has both teens and mystery unlike anyone else I've read before.  Her writing is not only engaging and smart but feels completely conceivable...she writes in a way that just feels, believable.
While I liked the first book in the Fixer series, it just didn't have the pull that the Naturals Series did for me, but this second book was chocked full of non-stop action, plus intensely gripping political intrigue, I flew through this Audio in no time at all.  The narrators sound is a tad on the annoying side, but overall not too bad.  At least she didn't ruin the book for me...although I'm not sure that could happen...it was just too badass.

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 




๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 


Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3.7/5
Characters⇝ 4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really, but I am wondering if there will be a third book...
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Book Cover⇝ Awesome
Setting⇝ Washington DC
Source⇝ Own Audible Audiobook
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๏ ๏ ๏ Links ๏ ๏ ๏


Kindle eBook | Audio

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