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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 2019-08-03 17:43
Review ~ It's okay
Emeralds and Envy - Angela McRae

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

 

Emma Madison used to be a newspaper reporter, but she left that grind behind to start her own business creating new jewelry from old costume jewelry and other things, like buttons. Her designs are really taking off and while she’s not rich, by any means, she’s at least making a profit. Most months anyway. One morning she hits a garage sale jackpot and heads over to show her friend Carleen, owner of the antique shop Silver Squirrel, only to get there and see the shop is a crime scene. Luckily, Carleen is okay. Not so fortunate is her employee, Tina LeMann, who has been murdered. Emma vows to Carleen that she’ll figure out who the murderer is before anyone else gets hurt. Or dead.

 

There’s a lot to love about this story: an eclectic collection of artists, small town living (and gossip), lots of jewelry descriptions (if you’re into that thing), and a mystery that didn’t have the murder suspect immediately pegged. And then there’s the rest. There is a lot of mundane shit happening that could have been left out. And it’s not just here and there. It infects the entire book. It all leads nowhere and doesn’t advance the plot in any way. As a long time reader, I can tell you I do not need all of a character’s daily details spelled out for me. Including the minutiae only bogs a story down especially when those details have nothing to contribute to the plot. I’m hoping the next book is more streamlined. In addition, Emma is a bit irritating. Just because she was once a reporter, doesn’t mean she can run around town investigating a murder and not suffer consequences. I tolerated her fairly well though except for the scene at the police station where she gets all high and mighty with the detective. I really despised her dumbass attitude in that instance. I mean, seriously? Ugh. However, while this first book isn’t ideal, I’m still interested enough to see what else happens in a Roseland, Georgia sequel.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/08/emeralds-and-envy.html
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review 2019-08-02 16:47
Review ~ Awesome!
April's Fool (Sam Cable #1) - Scott Bell

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

 

Texas Ranger Sam Cable has been assigned to bodyguard April Marie Fortney, a US Senate candidate while she campaigns. No one is more surprised than Sam when he wakes up next to her dead body. And they’re both naked. What?! Someone is going to a lot of trouble to make it look like he killed Fortney, but Sam knows in his gut (since he can’t remember what happened) that he did not. So, instead of sitting around while others look no further than his own yummy self (my words), he starts poking around on his own. The big question is: can he find the real killer before he gets locked up good and proper? Time is ticking…

 

Well, how often does a book start off with a naked Texas Ranger in bed with a naked candidate for Senate? Ok, so maybe that start is out there somewhere, but how often is the woman dead and the nommy Ranger clueless about what happened? Talk about getting a book up and running from the get go. How about we stir the pot? Not only is Sam being set up, but he’s white and she’s black. White law enforcement officer, dead black woman. Oh, man. Talk about a powder keg. Sam has his investigative work cut out for him. Luckily, he has help when the FBI gets involved and Rita Goldman is put on the case. Add in Sam’s brother, some helpful co-workers, and a peach of a boss and things start looking up for Sam. Just a tiny bit, but we’ll take it, right?

 

The writing will toss you in the deep end (kinda like Sam from page 1 on) and you’ll need to keep swimming along with Sam to get to shallow water. The characters are awesome. Seriously. And the plot is twisty and turny enough to keep you guessing. Nice! I can’t wait to go on more adventures with Sam and his dynamic crew. If you’re looking for a fast-paced intriguing whodunit with great characters then be sure to pick this one up!

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/08/aprils-fool.html
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review 2019-06-18 14:57
Review ~ Great concept
Coil - Ren Warom

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

 

There’s a twisted serial killer on the loose in the Spires. City Officer Stark needs the best mortician he can get and that’s Bone Adams. Except Bone is not part of his jurisdiction, so Stark has to find a way to get Bone in on the case before more bodies pile up. Once he accomplishes that, they are off and running, but it seems like the serial killer they’ve named Rope, is always steps ahead of them. In the course of trying to find Rope, Stark finds out more than he could possible believe, about his city, his old friend Burneo, and about Bone. What is seen and known, cannot be unseen or unknown.

 

Set in the distant future, this is one twisted and dark Sci-Fi story. I wish I could say that I came away from it with that deep euphoria one gets after finishing a really good book, but I can’t. I was confused for most of it and the writing just isn’t my style. It seems like everything is a simile or metaphor. I have nothing against these things when used judiciously, but when I can’t read more than a page or two before the entire thing becomes entire passages of symbolism…well, it just gets tiresome. For me anyway. And that ending? Totally didn’t get it and I feel like I missed something huge. There is a lot that I did like: the descriptions of the city and the people are fascinating. Stark and several other characters are pretty good, but I couldn't get a handle on Bone. I thought I'd love him, but I didn't. Rope is terrifying. What I brought away from this is the future is pretty damn bleak. I hope we can avoid that particular path.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/06/coil.html
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review 2019-06-05 17:28
Review ~ Not my cup of tea
Touch of Smoke - Karissa Laurel

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

 

Rikki Albermarle ran away from her tiny home town in the NC Smokey Mountains to Chapel Hill. She convinced herself she was doing what she always said she was going to do: go to UNC to be an oncology nurse. While she did do that, what she was really doing was running away from the man who killed her best friend. A monster. The man she had fallen in love with, Owen Amir. But after three years she had to go back and get some answers for her own sanity. Nightmares plagued her and it was beginning to affect her work, so back to Evansville she goes. With bridges to mend and a gut-wrenching confrontation with a killer in her plans, she’s not sure she’ll survive again.

 

This story alternates between past and present and sometimes that makes it hard to keep things straight. Also, Owen and Rikki are kinda hard to like. For me anyway. I’m sure many will like them just fine. Owen wants Rikki to trust him, but he won’t share his secret and Rikki is just too angsty. To be honest, I don’t particularly care for either one of them, so I’m not invested in their outcome even though that outcome is damn interesting. I did enjoy the big reveal and the final showdown, but I’m glad it’s over. Does that make any sense? LOL I this is one of those love or hate books and while I didn’t hate it I also didn’t love it. However, don’t let my ambivalence stop you from giving it a go. It just might be up your dark alley, so to speak.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/06/touch-of-smoke.html
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