Thursday, November 23, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (A Domestic Diva Mystery #1)

The Diva Runs Out of Thyme The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read for #Book1CoziesClub

Pretty enjoyable read. Had no idea who the culprit was but I did not care for the heavy focus on one character in the hopes of luring us into believing that person had something to do with it. That made it pretty obvious it wasn't that person for me. One thing definitely made me laugh out loud, and I enjoyed the recipes that are provided at the end of the book.

I listened to a majority of this on audiobook and thought the narration was ok. It was done well enough that I will probably continue to listen to subsequent novels in this series (at least partially) on audiobook. I look forward to seeing where this series goes in the future.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Nightstalkers (MEG #5)

Nightstalkers Nightstalkers by Steve Alten
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enjoyable but I wish the author would get away from the reality TV plot line. That didn't play a big part in this book thankfully. Another creature is introduced in this volume and that always brings interest for me.

Something to note is that this book drops what I think are spoilers to the author's Loch series. It is a series I was interested in reading, so not knowing things were revealed in this book that pertained to that series bothered me a bit. If you are interested in the Loch series, definitely stay away from this installment until you've read the first 2 books in that one.

I believe this series will conclude in 2018, so I'm interested to see how this all will wrap up.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Outtakes from the Grave (Night Huntress #7.5)

Outtakes from the Grave Outtakes from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed reconnecting with these characters. It's been a while since I read volume 7 so things aren't as fresh in my memory as to the goings on in each installment. As such, there were times I was a little lost in regards to timelines, but I still enjoyed these little snippets. It's interesting to hear why these scenes were cut from the original publications and it would've been nice to have these extras as I was reading the series. Each scene is cut into a separate chapter and starts with a preface from the author stating which installment the scene is from and why the scene was not in the final publication.

I found the narrator, Tavia Gilbert, when I started this series and she has become one of my favorite narrators. Each character has their own unique voice and she really does a great presentation. Even if this type of book is not your thing, I'd definitely recommend giving any book narrated by Tavia Gilbert a listen.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Origin (Robert Langdon #5)

Origin Origin by Dan Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to admit that I do enjoy these books, even if they're a bit formulaic and in this particular one, I guessed something about the story pretty early on. This installment held my interest almost until the end, and then I got bogged down by the science in the later part of the book. Once that part passed and we headed towards the end, the story renewed my interest.

I was expecting that we'd find the world in the aftermath of the occurrences in Inferno, but I didn't find that at all. I don't think it was even mentioned, unless I really missed something. This book discusses some pretty highly controversial topics, so I think it's something to consider before starting this book.

I did listen to a majority of this book in audio and enjoyed the narration. I'm not usually one to pick up a book immediately upon it's release, but after Inferno, I was curious about this one. Though it wasn't what I expected, I did enjoy it quite a bit.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on The Shark (Forgotten Files #1)

The Shark The Shark by Mary Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Picked up this book because I won the second one in a giveaway. Interesting mystery. Had no idea until it was revealed, who was involved. Based on the sneak peek of the next book that was at the end of this installment, I think I'm going to enjoy that story as well.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Hell's Aquarium (MEG #4)

Hell's Aquarium Hell's Aquarium by Steve Alten
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this installment a lot more than the previous two. This one got back to the things I really enjoyed about the first book. I did again listen to a majority of this in audiobook, but I also picked up a physical copy from my library. The physical copy included pictures of the other animals mentioned in this installment, which were very interesting. Looking forward to the next one!

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland #3)

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Listened to this one on audiobook and I have to say that the experience this time around was much easier than I had with the previous installments. The narration was very soothing also.

These books are never what I expect, to be honest. We find September a year older in this one, but she doesn't seem to have matured at all. The story wasn't gripping for me and I really think I need that for a book to be more than just enjoyable. These books are definitely more like a stroll where the destination is never really set until you get there. At least that's how I feel. The uncertainty of where the story is finally going to end up I think also hinders my enjoyment because I'm constantly looking for how the story will resolve.

I will still continue with the series as I do like them. The end of these books always makes me curious about what will happen in the next installment, and this one didn't disappoint in that regard.

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