Monday, September 10, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on First Family (Sean King and Michelle Maxwell #4)

First Family First Family by David Baldacci
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read with World of Sleuths Readalongs. Also counting this for #OurLostLibrary #Lostathon for the Audiobook, Golden Leaves, and Over 400 Pages Squares.

I liked this one much better than book 3. I again listened to a majority of this one on audiobook, but the narrator is different than the previous installments. It's a little jarring when you're used to a certain voice for a character and then it gets changed up on you. It probably wouldn't have bothered me as much if I didn't listen to them so close together. I did still enjoy listening to the narration. They started adding sound effects at the ends of chapters and during suspenseful sections, which I'm not sure I like, but I still thought the story was interesting.

It does touch on things that were brought up in book 3 and there is a separate case that I didn't quite put together why it was a part of this story, until we're told how it ties in. It also deals with some topics which could be triggering to some. I am still enjoying seeing King and Maxwell's teamwork and am looking forward to the next installment.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hovering between a 2.5 and 3, this was a disappointing read for me. I had picked it up because I was going to go to a real life book club to discuss it, however after I started reading it, the story didn't grab me and I ended up putting it down for a period of time. That being said, I didn't finish the book in time to go to discuss it at the book club. This was probably a good thing, looking at how I feel about the book now that I've finished it.

This was not suspenseful or thrilling for me. That's probably where a good portion of my disappointment is coming from, as I had set myself up for something of that nature when I first began reading this. This was mostly family drama. Though there was a little mystery element in it, it wasn't enough for me to be curious or invested in the story at all. I had expected the mystery element to be bigger than it came across to me. I ended up figuring out what was going on a little past half way through the book and then it was a wait until I could see if what I thought had happened, actually did.

I do have other books by this author, but I think I'll wait a bit until I pick another one up. I need to put myself in a different frame of mind before I read another one I think. I expected something out of this book before going into it, and because that wasn't met, I was left disappointed.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)

City of Glass City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I always wonder what takes me so long to come back to this series! I enjoy this world and these characters so much, and this read through was made even more enjoyable because I buddy read it with my friend Shannon. Really looking forward to finally making my way through the rest of the books in this world.

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Finished Series: My Thoughts on The Wrath of Mulgarath (The Spiderwick Chronicles #5)

The Wrath of Mulgarath The Wrath of Mulgarath by Tony DiTerlizzi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An entertaining and enjoyable series. I highly recommend the audiobooks as I think Mark Hamill does a great job. So glad to have finally read this series.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Simple Genius (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #3)

Simple Genius Simple Genius by David Baldacci
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read with the World of Sleuths Readalongs Group.

Not my favorite in this series so far. Though I did enjoy the investigative parts, the parts about Michelle I could've done without. Not sure why we needed that information as readers and I didn't see anything leading up to this installment that would require that information.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying this pair's partnership and am looking forward to the next one in September.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

#Book1CoziesClub: My Thoughts on Murder in the Mystery Suite (Book Retreat Mystery #1)

Murder in the Mystery Suite Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read for #Book1CoziesClub. This one is hovering between 3.5 and 4 for me, but I'm rounding up.

I enjoyed this one and really want to attend a book retreat now. It definitely sounded like a lot of fun, minus the murder of course. The story surprised me with a second story line that I wasn't expecting and on retrospect, the last half of the book was more about that second story line than the book retreat which took away from the story for me. Of course with first books, there's always the setup that we need to get through so hopefully now that all that has been laid out for us, the next one will be smoother.

The only thing that bothered me about this book was the fact that the author kept mentioning Aunt Octavia's weight, in what I wouldn't consider nice references. There would be the mention of how much they loved her or something to that effect after the mention, however to me it came across like they were trying to make a statement then trying to make it ok because following statement. It just left a bad impression on me and deterred my enjoyment even though I loved Aunt Octavia's character.

I will be continuing the series because it sounds like they have some fun events planned in the future, but I hope that the one thing that bothered me in this book doesn't continue to the others.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Give the Dark My Love

Give the Dark My Love Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting story of love and loss and how it affects these characters in a place that is being ravaged by a plague.

This was my first book by this author. When I started, the story was very slow to build for me. I was almost uninterested in Nedra and Grey. It took me more than a quarter of the book to finally be swayed by their story and what was happening in the world.By the halfway point, I was hooked and needed to find out not only what would happen with these two, but what was going on in their world in general.

So many twists that I didn't see coming towards the end, and an ending that leaves you wondering what happens next. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment. Thank you to the Penguin Random House First To Read Program for giving me the opportunity to read this as an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.

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