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text 2017-05-31 16:10
Books I Read This Month (May 2017)
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
Always and Forever, Lara Jean - Jenny Han
Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

Hope everyone had a great reading month!

At this point I am almost at the 59 percent mark for my reading goal for the year! At this point in time I have read 199 books/comics/graphic novels.


 

This month I read 46 books. Believe me that is all due to me going on vacation to Ecuador. 

 

My favorite book for the month of May was "The Hate U Give". Seriously, go read it. It's really good. A close runner up was "Always and Forever, Lara Jean." My least favorite book was "Solitude Creek." I am still mad I wasted my time on that series. 

 

5 stars

 

Anansi Boys by Neil GaimanThe Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael ConnellyBlack Rose by Nora Roberts

American Gods by Neil GaimanCome Home by Lisa ScottolineAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny HanCrimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman

Burn Marks by Sara ParetskyAngels Fall by Nora RobertsGwendy's Button Box by Stephen KingThe Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Desire by Amanda QuickGuardian Angel by Sara ParetskyThe Hollow House by Janis Patterson

 

 

4 stars

 

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. DickThe Ghost Brigades by John ScalziMy Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott KingSomeone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Moon Called by Patricia BriggsNo Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthyWho Do You Love by Jennifer WeinerStill Life by Louise Penny

Total Recall by Sara ParetskyEnchanted, Inc. by Shanna SwendsonHouse of Reckoning by John SaulWindy City Blues by Sara Paretsky

The Mother by Pearl S. Buck

 

3 stars

 

Blood Shot by Sara ParetskyHercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha ChristieThe Witches by Stacy SchiffOnce Upon Stilettos by Shanna Swendson

The Mistletoe Murder by P.D. JamesJust Wait Till You Have Children Of Your Own! by Erma BombeckTrouble in Mudbug by Jana DeleonPoirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

 

2 stars

 

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad RiccaTrigger Warning by Neil GaimanMuch Ado About Magic by Shanna SwendsonDon't Hex with Texas by Shanna Swendson

Damsel Under Stress by Shanna Swendson

 

1 star

 

This Lullaby by Sarah DessenSolitude Creek by Jeffery DeaverMr. Maybe by Jane GreenNo Quest For The Wicked by Shanna Swendson

 

DNF

 

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

 

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review 2017-05-15 14:43
Read This Book if You Hate Yourself
Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

Once again, if not for Booklikes-opoly I would have DNFed this thing. I wanted the page count though so I put up with it. FYI, this book is awful. 

 

I gave this book half a star since it doesn't even deserve a full star. The entire book from start to finish was nonsensical and just insulting to anyone that has been reading this series. I honestly am  baffled at how Deaver writes Kathryn Dance since he manages to write Amelia Sachs (The Lincoln Rhyme series) as a well developed character. Dance is written so terribly in this book, one wonders how the heck she even has a job. I also don't get why she has one man, let alone two wanting to be with her. You never get to see what is so great about her.

 

Dance is busted down in this one due to the fact that due to her reading a suspect wrong, he manages to get away. That segues over into Dance being asked to go over the insurance/documentation at at place called Solitude Creek. There was a recent incident at Solitude Creek that left several people injured and dead. That doesn't really matter though, the big issue is that Dance is not supposed to be investigating due to her new status, but does so anyway and you keep reading Dance having asides to herself about the fact she's not supposed to be investigating. When Dance's colleague Michael O'Neill is called in to help, she feels annoyed because she doesn't get why he's mad at her (probably because she's not supposed to be investigating a thing and is also not carrying a gun and that could lead to other people being hurt).

 

Between Dance trying to force herself back into the investigation that has a suspect on the run and trying to figure out what is going on at Solitude Creek the book already felt full. But nope, Deaver throws in some issues with Dance's two kids who still read like robots come to life. Then there's the question of Dance and her relationship with her boyfriend that she has been seeing for maybe a year book timeline wise. 

 

The POVs were Dance, the bad guy in this one and then for some odd reason we go into a POV of a friend of Dance's as well as Dance's boyfriend. At that point I wanted to scream that just because the guy works with computers does not mean that he speaks to himself in freaking programming language.

 

And what's sad is that the most important part about Dance's character, ie her skills with kinesiology are not displayed at all. For some weird reason Deaver does some freaking cut aways and then you have other character remark at how awesome Dance was and how she was able to get information from a witness/suspect. Um are you serious? Why in the world wouldn't you show that?

 

The writing was really poor as was the flow. Deaver tries to throw some red herrings in here and there and I was actively rooting for her or her kids to end up dead in this one since that meant the series may be coming to a close. That's not a good thing to admit, but I was just sick of reading about Dance and her whole family by the time the final page was turned. 

 

The ending was a joke and a half. We had someone propose to Dance (whatever man) and someone else saying goodbye to her romantically. 

 

Bank:
April 15: $20
April 17: $23. I read "The Wangs Vs the World", electronic pages 368.
April 24: $28. I read "Dream Wedding", electronic pages 512.
April 25: $28. Landed on BL and had to post a vacation photo or tell a story about a vacation.
April 29: $31. Read "Whitethorn Woods", 354 pages Kindle edition, $3.00
April 29: $34. Read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", 256 pages;$3.00.
May 4:   $37. Read "The Ghost Brigades" Paperback, 346 pages; $3.00
May 8:   $42. Read "American Gods" Hardcover, 465 pages; $5.00.
May 8:   $45. Read "Moon Called" 298 pages Kindle edition; $3.00.

May 13: $50. Read "Solitude Creek" 434 pages electronic; $5.00. 

 

 

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text 2017-05-12 23:14
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

I need a new word for terrible.

 

There are so many plot points none of them hung together while we still had the ridiculous triangle between Katherine Dance, Michael O'Neill, and Dance's longtime boyfriend Jon and the resolution to that was freaking stupid I just I don't know. I don't have any more words the whole book was just a waste of time and it took me two days to finish because that's how much I did not want to finish this book. Bah. 

 

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text 2017-05-11 15:12
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

I am at 1 percent and already bored. Good times.

 

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review 2016-11-12 23:17
Review: Injustice/Gods Among Us #11: Showdown at the Fortress of Solitude by Tom Taylor and Tome Derenick
Showdown at the Fortress of Solitude - Tom Taylor,Tom Derenick

Fills in the Insanity square on DC Comic Book Bingo Card

 

In this series, the superheroes of the DC Universe are divided into two factions; one led by Superman and aided by Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman and the other led by Batman (of course). Superman and Luthor have discovered/invented the technology to create super humans and the mechanism for delivery is little pills that are swallowed like any other vitamin or medicine. The pills are in Superman's fortress of solitude, so the mission in this issue is for Batman's team to retrieve a few pills and deliver them to the US government for testing/research purposes.

 

Superman is holding some very special people in his igloo and Batman realizes that the mission is more complicated than he thought. The Atom tries to distract Superman long enough for the others to get in and retrieve the pills. Wonder Woman throws a monkey wrench in that plan and the Atom, Wonder Woman, and Superman go on a little trip to space. Superman survives intact, but Wonder Woman is gravely hurt and the Atom is no more. Seems like Superman is not only a villain, but a user of this new technology (which is why I placed the comic in this square; something is not right in Superman's head even if his body is even stronger than before).

 

Back at the fortress, Batman, Catwoman, and Black Canary are behind a wall of snow and ice; on the other side is Green Arrow (the original Ollie) with the Kents. Green Arrow completes the mission but loses his life, leaving Canary heart broken. I ship Ollie and Dinah hard, so this ending is bittersweet; on one hand, the mission is a success, on the other hand Green and Black are no longer a couple.

 

I loved the story telling, especially in the quips and one liners delivered by Green Arrow. The artwork was clean and bright. 4 stars for not being afraid of killing DC's darlings when the story calls for it.

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