Sunday, September 30, 2018

Finished Series: Catacomb (Asylum #3)

Catacomb Catacomb by Madeleine Roux
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Again, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one, but I can't exactly tell you why. These books are really fast reads and I am glad that I finally read them. As far as this particular installment goes, I almost feel like it doesn't quite belong with the other two though.

Sure, we're following the same characters and there are connections, but the main thing that I feel ties the first two stories together, doesn't really apply to this one. I did enjoy finding out more about Dan. The elements were interesting also, but I feel like this is more like its own story. I think this is what throws me off when I think of this installment as part of a series. The end was a little abrupt for me as well. I fully expected for there to be more when I turned the page, but there wasn't any more.

Regardless of this, I did like these books and am looking forward to the other books in the series, as well as other work by this author.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Knitting: Flax Sweater

My Flax Sweater is complete! I knit this for the Flax Sweater Knit-a-long with The Budget Knitter. Finished it just in time as the deadline was the end of September. I really like it ^-^ If you'd like to see more photos, check out my Ravelry project page linked below.

Pattern: Flax Sweater by Tin Can Knits
Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala in Genie
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Lies We Told

The Lies We Told The Lies We Told by Camilla Way
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was my first ready from this author and I had high hopes for this book as the synopsis sounded very interesting. Unfortunately, this book and I didn't get along. I wouldn't say that I disliked it, just that it was ok.

The story was very slow to grab my interest and I almost put it down without finishing it. When things finally started to click into place, the story did pick up, but the end portion of this book I feel was either misplaced in the story line or wasn't quite necessary. I knew going into it that we would be bouncing between at least two different story lines, but that still confused me a bit. I wasn't curious about any of the characters, and I didn't find the story suspenseful at all. Maybe it's because I read a lot of mysteries that this didn't quite grab my attention, but I'm beginning to think that psychological suspense is just not a genre for me.

Thank you to the Penguin Random House First to Read Program for providing me with a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Knitting: Cascading Colors Mitered Blanket

Finally finished this blanket! It took much longer than I thought it would, but I'm happy with the end result. It is a wedding present for my cousin and his new wife, and I hope they like it even if it is a bit delayed. They're family, so they'll understand, right?

Pattern: Mitered Colors Mitered Blanket by Caron Design Team - available for free

Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn

Books: My Thoughts on Sanctum (Asylum #2)

Sanctum Sanctum by Madeleine Roux
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to be honest and say that I didn't care for this book as much as the first book in this series. Not unusual for me and second books in a series though. I did still find it an entertaining listen/read. Some of the situations were definitely creepier and I again really enjoyed the pictures included in the book. Curious to see how this trilogy ends.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Asylum (Asylum #1)

Asylum Asylum by Madeleine Roux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read this as part of #OurLostLibrary #Lostathon - Logging this for Book that starts with A and Booktube find

I thought I'd get an early start on some spooky reads this year and this fit the bill nicely. The momentum in this book was great and though I listened to a majority of this on audio, I definitely recommend the print book. There are pictures from actual asylums included that gave a different feel to the story for me. I am excited to see how this story continues and have already started the next installment.

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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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