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text 2018-10-18 20:07
What to read next?
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine - Lindsey Fitzharris

I got my flu shot today and I´m a bit tired tonight because of it. I have finished my Halloween bingo reads, though, so I have to line up my next reads (I don´t want to fall into the reading slump trap). I´m not too tired for that. After perusing my shelves, I went for two books:

 

  1. I´m in the mood for a classic and I picked a short one with Alice in Wonderland.
  2. The Butchering Art is a new addition to my TBR and the subject matter is right up my alley. I cannot wait to read it. So off it goes onto my currently reading list.

 

And maybe Michael Connelly´s The Black Echo will arrive in the mail tomorrow, so this might be jumping on my reading list as well. I think that´s a pretty neat line up for the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-10-18 19:44
Sometimes it's a fine line between love and obsession...
No Tears for Darcy - Vicki Reese,Brock Hatton

It's a fine line between love and obsession...

 

Cameron's trying to get over the loss of his loved ones but it's hard when the people you care about keep dying...first it was his parents, then his boyfriend and now his friends seem to be falling victim to this mysterious curse that's following him.

 

Pete Minchelli is recovering from an injury sustained during his job so he's come to visit his family and friends as he heals and begins to consider his growing discontent with the direction his life has been going in. When Pete's friend,Will Carson, from his academy days ask for help with a case that brings Cameron into his life. Ultimately Pete's confusion over things is only compounded.

 

Pete and Cameron are drawn to each other from the moment they meet and as the story progresses their attraction grows increasing Pete's resolve to keep Cameron safe and find a way for them to remain in each other's lives. Along with his growing attraction Cameron is trying to deal with his past and the wreckage of a relationship that

he's quickly beginning to realize is was even more less than ideal than he had ever thought it could be...as an ever increasing number of lies and deceptions are revealed. As the number of lies and deceptions his relationship was based on increases, so do the number of bodies. It begins to seem like there's one secret that someone's willing to do anything to hide...leaving everyone wondering if anyone is safe from Cameron's stalker...even Cameron himself.

 

There was a lot about this story that I really enjoyed but unfortunately for me there was one thing that really detracted from it and that was the fact that I figured out who the stalker was far to early. While this doesn't always bother me in this case the story was too dependent on the mystery aspect of things and I really needed for the story to have kept me guessing longer than it did. 

 

I liked both of the MCs and as a couple, for me, they worked. Next add in some interesting secondary characters and this should have worked better than it did. However, even though I was able to figure out the mystery part of it earlier than I would have liked and for me that did take away from my over all enjoyment of things I also think the fact that I still gave this 3.5 stars speaks to the fact that there is still a good and enjoyable story here.

 

Now at this point your probably thinking 'who the hell is Darcy?' or maybe even 'Is there a Darcy?' well I will tell you there is a 'Darcy' in this story but what I'm not going to tell you is who they are or what role they play. So if you're curious about Darcy you'll need to either read the story or listen to the audio narrated by Brock Hatton.

 

As well as my first time with this author 'No Tears for Darcy' was also my first audio experience with Brock Hatton and it appears to be this narrator's first audio narration. I have to say I was suitably impressed and look forward to seeing what future efforts will produce. I think my only real concern with this book from an audio perspective was that at times, mostly at the beginning of a chapter, it felt like the narrator was reading a little fast almost like his voice was in a race with a stop watch. This was not a really big variance and honestly some people may not even notice it, nor was it consistent which is probably why I did notice it because as the narrator progressed in the reading his voice seemed to level out into a slower more natural rhythm that combined with the individual voices and their expressiveness that I quite enjoyed. While I was definitely impressed with this first time effort, I'm also looking forward to following this narrator and seeing how he progresses and what future narrations his talents will enhance.

 

The ending for this story is more of an HFN (Happy For Now) with strong potential for an HEA (Happily Ever After) and while I would have preferred a more solid HEA I can see it happening based on where this story leaves us but I can't say I wouldn't be interested in reading a little more about Cameron and Pete and finding out just what else might happen on their way to happily ever after.

 

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An audio book for "No Tears For Darcy" was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2018-10-18 03:55
Reading progress update: I've read 225 out of 399 pages.
Nightshade - John Saul

I want all these rich snobs to die. I hate people that harp about breeding, like only BAD people come from BAD families. "Know the father, know the son." Yeah, well, fuck you. My grandfather abandoned his son, and my daddy turned out to be a great guy. POTUS knows his family tree, and he's a fucking nightmare. Breeding doesn't mean shit. Especially since all these rich families are usually so inbred I'm surprised they don't have extra toes.

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text 2018-10-18 00:51
Reading progress update: I've read 104 out of 399 pages.
Nightshade - John Saul

I would like to take a moment here to make a PSA to Gerry Conroe, the editor of the Granite Falls Ledger, and anyone else who thinks deer hunting is "pointless": deer hunting is good for the environment because deer reproduce rapidly and humans, being the stupid creatures that we are, have killed off most of their natural predators. This means they can keep spawning and spawning without any population control, and that, my friends, is devastating to agriculture. Deer can leap most 10 foot fences, and they are notoriously aggressive during mating season. Without people hunting deer to keep them in check, crops would be wiped out, top soil would erode and other animals would starve. Now, I'm not saying everyone is entitled to just go shoot as many deer as they please. No. You are only to hunt males, and only so many, and only during deer season. And for the love of God, eat what you hunt. Don't be that guy. I despise big game hunters, trophy hunters that shoot beautiful animals just for the horns, or the skin or a cool photo. With those people, it's not sport. Sport would be winning the hunt bare handed against the lion, not from 100 yards away with a rifle and a scope. 

 

But anyway, hunting is sort of necessary. A necessary evil, a lot of people say. Until wolves and cougars are more numerous in the wild again, animals like deer, rabbit and ducks have to be kept under control. Those are just facts. 

 

Now back to your regularly scheduled reading.

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text 2018-10-17 23:40
Halloween Bingo Update #13

My 20th Book Read is for Shifters Square

 

 

Book Read/Listened:  Pack by Mike Bockoven

 

My 21st Book Read is for Modern Noir Square

 

 

Book Read/Listened:  The Last Town by Blake Crouch

 

 

I only have two books left to read for a full card!!!

 

My Called and Read Cards

 

 

 

With Fear the Drowning Deep being called I have a double bingo and now have my Four Bingo's (plus 1)!

 

MY BINGO CARD

 

 

 

 

SQUARES CALLED:


9/1- Classic Horror (not on my card)
9/3- Cryptozoologist (not on my card)
9/5- Cozy Mystery

9/7- New Release

9/9- Southern Gothic

9/11- Terrifying Women

9/13- A Grimm Tale

9/15- Modern Masters of Horror (not on my card)

9/17- Creepy Carnivals

9/19- Relics and Curiosities

9/21- Diverse Voices

9/23- Murder Most Foul

9/25- Amateur Sleuth

9/27- Genre: Suspense

9/29- Supernatural

10/1- Ghost Stories
10/3- Doomsday
10/5- Shifters

10/7- 13

10/9- Terror in a Small Town

10/11- Darkest London

10/13- Gothic

10/15- Genre: Horror (not on my card)

10/17- Fear The Drowning Deep

 

 

 

 

MY BOOKS READ, NOT CALLED:

 

 

1~ Contagion by Erin Bowman (Dead Lands)

2~ Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher (Romantic Suspense)

3~ The Last Town by Blake Crouch (Modern Noir)

 

 

 

 

MY BOOKS CALLED AND READ:

 

Free Space:  Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

New Release:  Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Cozy Mystery:  A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder by Julie Anne Lindsey

Terrifying Women:  City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

A Grimm Tale:  

All the Ever After's: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother by Danielle Teller

Southern Gothic:  Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Creepy Carnivals:  Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

Relics and Curiosities:  The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

Murder Most Foul:  A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer

Ghost Stories:  Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Doomsday:  In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

Supernatural:  Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

13 {Wild Card}:  The Swan & the Jackal by JA Redmerski

Genre: Suspense:   An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Darkest London:  Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Diverse Voices:  Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

Gothic:  Alice by Christina Henry

Terror in a Small Town:  Wayward by Blake Crouch

Fear the Drowning Deep:  Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Shifters:  Pack by Mike Bockoven

 

 

 

 

I am not currently reading or listening to anything that will go toward Halloween Bingo...I only have two more books to go...and one of those I've been not-so-patiently waiting for a hold from the Library on.  That one is for Amateur Sleuth Square and for Spellbound...I just can't decide what I'm going to go with...I might use a book by my Wild Card Author, JA Redmerski.

 

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