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review 2018-07-06 15:22
When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason
When Twilight Burns - Colleen Gleason

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had a great time with this book! I had such a good time with the third book in this series that I had to start reading this installment right away. This is the fourth book in The Gardella Vampire Hunters which is a series that really needs to be read in order. This was a book that I wanted to read for hours at a time and was completely consumed by the story. I am so glad that I decided to pick this one up.

This book takes Victoria back to London and picks up right after the events of the previous book. Victoria has survived a really close call but not without a few lingering effects. She has a lot to deal with in her own life and will need to move since the heir to her late husband's title has been found. Victoria's mother is back to her match making ways and it appears that there is a vampire in London that is able to move around in the daytime. There is plenty of things going on in this book to keep the pages turning.

I love the excitement of these books but the characters are really what keeps me reading. Just when I think I know all the important stuff about this group of people, some vital piece of information is revealed that changes everything. I am not usually a fan of love triangles but I think that they way it was handled in this book made it work well. I feel like romance is part of the story but the fight against the vampires is always the focus. Victoria does not spend her time swooning over men. I like that she isn't afraid to take what she wants and I think that the chemistry between Victoria and both men felt very authentic. There were a lot of important developments between the characters in this installment.

I would recommend this series to fans of urban fiction. This series has really had everything that I look for in this kind of book with great characters, complex mysteries, and lot of action. I can't wait to read the next book in this fantastic series very soon.

Initial Thoughts
I am loving this series! There is a lot going on in this book and I wasn't sure how things would work out at times. I am really falling for these characters and I hate to see them come to harm or encounter any kind of pain. This book takes Victoria and the others back to London where there is a vampire that seems to be able to move in the daylight. There was a love triangle that played a rather big part of this story. I am not a big fan of love triangles but I think that it works in this story with the way that it has been handled.

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review 2018-03-29 15:20
Classic Koontz
Twilight Eyes - Dean Koontz

This was pretty weird and kept me guessing for a long time. Was the protagonist really able to sense shape shifting goblins or was he psychotic and killing people because of a hallucination?


It is set mostly in a carnival and the author seems to have done some research into carny slang and lifestyle, but occasionally slips up and has things like elephants that you would only see in a circus. The side show seems a little elaborate for a carnival too but I just suspended my disbelief and read further.


I'm glad I did. There are some high action moments and toward the end the tensions get high. I can see why this is one of Koontz's most popular stories. There are plenty of surprises in the twists and turns of plot and I honestly couldn't predict exactly how it would end or whether any of the leading characters would make it through.


Definitely recommended.

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text 2018-03-12 19:10
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy - Christopher L. Hayes

"All the smart people fucked up, and no one seems willing to take responsibility."

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text 2018-03-10 22:58
Reading progress update: I've read 17 out of 304 pages.
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy - Christopher L. Hayes



I know far too many people who fit that last sentence.

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text 2018-03-10 21:35
Reading progress update: I've read 10 out of 304 pages.
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy - Christopher L. Hayes

My tendonitis is better, but now I think I'm coming down with a cold.


The list of non-fiction books I really want to read is horrendously long, and of course it grows each time I peruse the digital offerings from my public library.  Life being what it is, I often get a good start on these books but then never finish them.  Even though I should be out in the studio working on something or other for the next art show, I'm giving in to the vague cold symptoms with an afternoon on the couch, the laptop, and the library's free downloads.


I started with Chris Hayes's book for a variety of reasons, most important being that it's from the BT era (before trump) and I wanted to get some perspective.  Right away, things started jumping out at me:



That was in 2012 or so.  Less than a decade later, here we are.

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