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review 2018-11-05 23:57
The Wolf Siren
The Wolf Siren - Karen Whiddon

Lilly has been held captive and tortured for 15 years. Thought dead by her twin brother Lucas, she is rescued by him and The Pack (in The Lost Wolf's Destiny). Turns out there are some of the group that escaped and are free and are after Lilly. Kane, one of The Pack's Protector's, is assigned as her bodyguard.
I thought Lilly started out very meek, scared at her own shadow at first. I liked how she gradually got stronger and more self confident. I liked how she was able to save herself and didn't require rescuing. I was pleasantly surprised!
One thing that I thought was strange was how Kane was surprised more than once by the approach of someone. As a wolf shifter, I would have thought he had enhanced hearing and would have heard. 

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review 2018-10-22 02:38
Buried Truth
Buried Truth (A Siren Cove Novel) - Jannine Gallant
This was an average read for me, but after finishing it, I had too many issues with the events towards the end. See the spoiler. I can't give this more than a 1*.
So Leah dumped Ryan they were 18, heading off to college, because she felt they were 'too different." Ryan, hurt by this, always held himself back in relationships. Leah marries an asshole and divorced him when she realized he was an asshole. She regrets what she did to Ryan. He is the "one who got away" for lack of a better phrase. 
For their issues, I thought Leah and Ryan fell in love quickly before really talking about things. It was irritating at times when she'd dwell on the past repeatedly (move on please. I know you regret it, this is the umpteenth time it's been said. Just stop!). Likewise, Ryan as well. Dude, you were 18! And now you are both 30, you've lived, and (I assume) know exactly what you want!
The suspense I thought was lame. There was a secondary story-line of someone stealing from seniors (fake real estate). More time should have been devoted to this, or it should have been left out. It didn't add to the primary story-line. It was distracting. I thought the end was a bit rushed. I still don't know who put the film in the time capsule. (Not that it matters).
And really? 
Satan worshipers? A sacrifice on Samhaim? I didn't like the reference to a pentagram automatically meaning Satanism. While it is a symbol for that, the pentagram means many different things. Ditto in regards to Samhain. Plus, were Edgar and Sloan aware of the group? 
(spoiler show)

Halloween Bingo:  Terror in a Small Town

 

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review 2018-09-28 21:36
The Siren by Kiera Cass
The Siren - Kiera Cass

 

I saw this square and immediately thought "Sirens!"....maybe because I have seen Ice Age 4 about a million times and there is the scene with the sirens borrowed from The Odyssey. Anyway, the Sirens! thought led me to this book, a stand-alone YA about Kahlen, a nineteen year old in the late 1940s/early 1950s who was saved from drowning by The Ocean (aka SHE) in exchange for 100 years of service as a siren. The Ocean needs sirens to kill people, whose souls nourish/fill in a need that The Ocean is desperate to keep a lid on. Fast forward to the early 2010s, and Kahlen is just 19 years away from the end of her service and a chance at a normal life. She is living in Miami with her fellow siren-sisters, and feeling increasingly angsty about what she has done to at least hundreds of people she killed in her duty to The Ocean. And then she meets Akinlin….

 

I really liked this book and found it refreshing and the world building solid and immersive. Kahlen has never felt truly settled in her life as a siren, but her older sister siren Aisling was a fount of strength for her; when Aisling was finished with her service and it was time to move on to her third (and final) life, she chose Kahlen to help her make the transition. That's Kahlen - service wasn't just for The Ocean but also to her sister sirens, who she tries to be an older sister without lecturing or smothering them. But she had deep periods of depression, especially after a killing. Meeting/falling in love with Akinlin only heightened the depression. 

 

I really enjoyed Kahlen's and Akinlin's relationship, from that first meet cute to the HEA. Thankfully there was a HEA, or else those passages of deepening depression would not have been worth the trouble of reading. A solid, good read that would be better if an editor took their red pen to a lot of the depression passages. This was self-published before The Selection series, so the cover at the top of this review is the original cover. After The Selection took off, the publisher bought the rights to re-publish this book with a cover that is very similar brand-wise with The Selection series, seen here:25817407 

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text 2018-09-28 18:28
Friday Reads - September 28, 2018
The Siren - Kiera Cass
Presumed Guilty - Tess Gerritsen
A Touch of Midnight - Lara Adrian
Kiss Me Hard Before You Go - Shannon McCrimmon
Fairest - Marissa Meyer
Croc's Return (Bitten Point Book 1) - Eve Langlais
Eighth Grade Bites #1: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Graphic Novel - Julia Laud,Heather Brewer,Tony Lee

My AF library is losing subscriptions to a number of databases/ebook services due to budget issues at USAFE HQ, so my Halloween Bingo list went to crap. I had hoped to use much of my library's eboo/digital audiobook stock to get my card to black out, but now I am combing through my own books to replace those that I lost access to.

 

This week I DNF'd two books for Halloween Bingo (Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury and In the Woods by Tana French). I have an alternative for the carnival square, but I am just not cut out to read Noir, so I am leaving this square blank. I've read The Siren by Kiera Cass (Drowning Deep square) last week and Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritsen (Diverse Voices), so reviews to follow.

 

This weekend is the our Cub Scouts pack's Rain Gutter Regatta, and the kids and my husband had a lot of fun building their boats for tomorrow. On Sunday, I am pulling babysitting duties for friends' so they can have a kid-free trip to the Harry Potter Studio tour, the last "To Do" item on their UK list before they move back to the States next month. 

 

So this weekend's/upcoming week reading:

1. Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian (Relics and Curiosities)

2. Kiss Me Hard Before You Go by Shannon McCrimmon (Creepy Carnivals)

3. Fairest by Marissa Meyer (Grimm Tale)

4. Croc's Return by Eve Langlais (Shifters)

5. Eighth Grade Bites by Tony Lee et al (Dead Lands)

 

I have Seduction in Death (#13) for the Unlucky 13 square and Leverage in Death (#47) by JD Robb for the New Release square on request/wait list at the library. Fingers crossed they come into my possession sometime this week.

 

Continued good luck to those participating in Halloween Bingo and Happy Reading to all!

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review 2018-09-15 00:19
The Siren And The Specter
The Siren and The Spectre (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Jonathan Janz

David Cane has made a living exploring haunted houses. He has yet to find proof that the supernatural exsists but that may soon change. His latest project is to write about the Alexander house, a place that has a horrifying history for both Daid personally  and for the community surrounding it.

 

The Alexander House was built in the 1700's by a land baron. He used it as a home for his son who practiced black magic and murdered several people in the town near by. David is haunted by the home because 20 years ago he broke up with his girlfriend  who committed suicide in the house. Now his former friend Chris and his wife want him to research the house but they may have an agenda and David may find that the supernatural is real and he has to pay for his past sins.

 

The Siren And The Specter by Jonathan Janz is a haunted house story that rises above other haunted house stories. This book starts simple with a paranormal researcher spending time in a haunted house. Then it builds on that by adding layers with complex characters, plot twists and sub plots. What was really interesting was how every little detail adds to the whole story. For instance at one point we're introduced to a dysfunctional family and after that a love story. When we first got into it I wondered how does this add to the ghost story but it does and it makes the book better. 

 

My favorite part of this book was when David reads from a diary of a paranormal researcher who visited the Alexander House in the 1800s. The diary excerpts show how good of a writer Jonathan Janz is. The way the diary is written is in a style that makes it feel like it was from a different era and then we hear David's findings from the present day. Jonathan  uses two different writing styles and it adds a lot to the book.

 

The characters are brilliant also, they aren't all good or all bad, they have layers and come across as real. For instance the lead character  David is self-absorbed but as you get into his bacstory you see why he is that way. Then you have his ex-friend Chris who is a jerk but you see how he acts and knows he has a sympathetic side.Though some of his acts are unforgivable I found I could relate to him. The Siren And The Specter isn't just a good horror novel, its a good novel period. You don't  have to be a horror fan to like this one, if you love great writing you will love this book.

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