Monday, October 31, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Halloween Night

Halloween Night Halloween Night by R.L. Stine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More like a 3.5

I've been wanting to re-read the collection of books that I've had since I was a teen. Since this one was perfectly titled for the season, I decided to pick it up. Truthfully, I didn't even remember the story, so this was like a first read through for me.

It was a fast, easy read. Enjoyable, but the rivalry between the cousins and their antics got irritating after a while. I suppose that may have something to do with the fact that I'm reading it as an adult. Still, towards the end I still had no idea how this would turn out. I do have the sequel to this book, so I'm looking forward to jumping into that shortly.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Bird Box

Bird BoxBird Box by Josh Malerman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It's been a while since I've read anything creepy and this had just enough of it to keep me on my toes. Truthfully it is probably one of the best books I read all year. So now you're wondering why I didn't give it 5 stars.

What really lowered the rating for me was our main character Malorie. I just could not get behind some of the things she did or the way she acted. The way she raised her children could be classified as abuse, both physical and mental.

I do understand that in the world that this book occurs in, you couldn't possibly know how you yourself would act if raising children, but I don't agree with how she went about it. As a mom myself, she really boiled my blood and I couldn't bring myself to really care about her. I actually liked her better before she became a mom and am glad that with the way this book is formatted, we get to see that.

The ending of this book is another small issue for me. That being said, the longer I'm away from the book, the more I find myself wondering about the world. Maybe the end of this book doesn't actually bother me as much as I had originally thought.

If you haven't read this yet, I'd definitely recommend it. It wasn't creepy enough to keep me up at night, but it did hold just the right amount of creepiness and suspense to keep me reading.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on A Perfect Crime

A Perfect CrimeA Perfect Crime by A Yi

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In all honesty this is probably a 1.5 and not a 2.

Did I enjoy this book? No. Is it a book that's meant to be enjoyed? I don't think so. Then why did you pick up this book? I thought that with a title like A Perfect Crime, this would be a great crime novel. Was it a perfect crime or wasn't it? But I was mistaken.

I can't even say why I disliked this so much without giving things away. I guess what I can say is that the narrative was very harsh and in the end, what I got out of reading this does not equal the time I took to read it and I am very disappointed.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Brownies and Broomsticks (Magical Bakery Mystery #1)

Brownies and Broomsticks (A Magical Bakery Mystery, #1)Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read as part of #Book1CoziesClub

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Katie Lightfoot’s tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah’s quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees.

In the Honeybee Bakery—named after Lucy’s cat—Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren’t just tasty—Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

But when a curmudgeonly customer is murdered outside the Honeybee Bakery, Uncle Ben becomes the prime suspect. With the help of handsome journalist Steve Dawes, charming firefighter Declan McCarthy, and a few spells, Katie and Aunt Lucy will stir up some toil and trouble to clear Ben’s name and find the real killer.

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This was one of October's selections for the First in a Series Cozy Mystery Book Club. I really enjoyed it! I listened to the entire book on audiobook and thought the narrator was very good. I did not know who the culprit was until the end and all of the goodies in the bakery sounded absolutely scrumptious.

The romantic storyline being set up bothered me a bit in the beginning but it didn't play too much of a roll in the story at all, which I appreciated. After the crime was solved, I thought that the book ended on a very appropriate note. I'm curious to see what becomes of that.

I will definitely be continuing on with this series and look forward to the next installment along with its recipes.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Spy High: Mission One (Spy High #1)

Spy High Mission OneSpy High Mission One by A.J. Butcher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Entertaining but it definitely has it's eye-rolly moments. It did pick up action wise, towards the end of the book, but for a book with less than 200 pages, this took me way too long to finish. Some happenings at the very end of the book was very unnecessary in my opinion, and to end the book with that as one of the last things on my mind, ugh.

I enjoyed the fact that Bond Team had some diversity with one African American and one Chinese American in their ranks. Several of them were also from different social statuses. I also enjoyed meeting the different members and seeing how they were selected. The very first parts of the book were probably my favorites to be honest.

I will be reading on to the next one eventually, as there was some foreshadowing to something that I think will be interesting to see unfold.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

#Book1CoziesClub: November Books of the Month

This is the announcement video for the First in a Series Cozy Mystery Book Club November Selections. Links for all books can be found after the break.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Inferno (Robert Langdon #4)

Inferno: A Novel Unabridged EditionInferno: A Novel Unabridged Edition by Dan Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought this was a very interesting story with a relevant topic at its core. This was much more thrilling than The Lost Symbol for me and my mind kept returning to the story at hand whenever I wasn't reading/listening to it. It is a bit scary to think about the possibility of the story happening in real life. I really hope the movie does this book justice, and I can't wait to see this story come to life.

Looking forward to seeing what the next story in this series holds, though the title is already turning wheels in my head. I have not read any of the author's books outside of this series, but since there's a little less than a year to wait for the next installment, that definitely gives me some time to do so.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Manga: September Wrap Up Part 2

This contains my thoughts on the manga that I read in September. Links to series or people mentioned as follows:

Laura's Channel Manga Hoarder 

Blood+ by Asuka Katsura

Hell Girl by Miyuki Eto

Red River by Chie Shinohara

Monday, October 10, 2016

Books: September Wrap Up Part 1 - Novels

This video contains my thoughts on all the novels I read in September. For my thoughts on the manga I read in September, keep an eye out for Part 2 of my Wrap Up. Goodreads links to all books mentioned can be found after the break:

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on A Tisket, A Tasket, A Fancy Stolen Casket (Callie Parrish #1)

A Tisket, A Tasket, A Fancy Stolen Casket (A Callie Parrish Mystery #1)A Tisket, A Tasket, A Fancy Stolen Casket by Fran Rizer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More like a 3.5
Read as part of #Book1CoziesClub

Synopsis (from Goodreads):  Mortuary cosmetologist Calamine Parrish stares death in the face every day. But when she finds a hypodermic needle in the neck of an "accidental" drowning victim, and the victim's fancy casket is stolen, Callie finds herself in over her head-and in the way of a killer.

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I really enjoyed the look into Callie's job. It was the fact that she was a Mortuary Cosmetologist that made me buy this book in the first place. This did not disappoint and those scenes were some of the most interesting in this book for me. I also enjoyed her relationship with her family, and her relationship with her blind friend Jane. I thought their friendship was very realistic, especially in the aftermath of an argument or disagreement. I also enjoyed the fact that Callie loves mystery books!

A couple things I didn't enjoy were the nicknames several of the characters had. It seemed so immature and unnecessary. I also wish Callie was less obsessed with the size of her chest. She mentions something to that regard quite a bit throughout the book and her comments irritated me after a while. I also question her taste in men a bit.

The pieces to the mystery kind of fell into Callie's lap, without her even doing anything. Not something I expected, as I thought she'd definitely be more inquisitive and take action. It was a nice change from other cozies I've read. I had no clue who the culprit was until the reveal, which is always a plus.

I do have the next book in the series, so I will be continuing. All in all, this was an enjoyable read, and I'm glad I finally got to it.

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