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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Review: Battle Ground

Battle Ground Battle Ground by Jim Butcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Peace Talks set the field, and Battle Ground delivered the action. There has never been an installment of Dresden that was this packed full of action! Much of the book was the HUGE battle that we knew was coming after the events of Peace Talks. Did I mention that it's HUGE? Seriously, biggest battle yet. Almost every major player we've seen hits the battleground.

If I'm being completely honest, I don't mind the battle scenes, but I read mostly for the character and plot development, so the sheer volume of pages that were action sequences could be a little bit of a slog for readers like me, but I still really enjoyed them. This is one of the battles we've been building towards for a long time.

The best parts about this book for me? There are some plot threads that have been set up for a LONG, LONG time that rear their ugly heads, culminate, come to fruition, payoff, finally happen. LOTS OF THEM. And there are so many more things coming. New threads that are going to lead us down some dark paths. I am so there for these. I can't wait for more.

But I will say, as spoiler-free as possible - prepare yourself for some heartache. War is dangerous.
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So many plot threads culminate in this one... and leave more dangling for future stories.

So much destruction and heartache...

So much further to go...

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Review: The Ghost Tree

The Ghost Tree The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!

I really enjoyed this book! It read just like watching a horror movie. It had the great setup. It had the slow reveal. It had multiple story-lines converging into one big ending. It had people to root for. It had mystery and darkness!

It was not at all what I expected going in. I won't spoil the fun. I've only ever read The Mermaid by this author before, and it was decent, but this one was a step up. It makes me want to check out her other stories like Alice and Lost Boy and The Girl in Red. I'll definitely be reading more of her work in the future!

I did take off a star because of one thing I predicted way too easily.

Highly recommended for people who like retellings (this is very Sleepy Hollow/headless horseman type story) and horror.

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Review: One by One

One by One One by One by Ruth Ware
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

So I figured out the whodunnit pretty early on, or had my suspicions, but still loved this book. Very Agatha Christie, isolated remote cabin, explosive personalities, suspects dying off one by one...

Don't want to spoil anything by saying too much, but this one dumps you smack dab in the middle of some work drama that boils out of control quickly.

I very much enjoyed this one, and can't wait for more of Ruth Ware. I still need to go back and read her first two, In A Dark, Dark Wood and The Lying Game, but I definitely will at some point, because I really enjoy her Christie/thriller mix.

Definitely recommend.

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Review: A Killing Frost

A Killing Frost A Killing Frost by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

It's no secret that I'm a huge Seanan McGuire fan. I love her Wayward Children series, Incryptid is just tons and fun, and Middlegame was top notch... but my greatest love is her October Daye series. This world is so developed and deep and expansive. There are schemes aplenty, with long-term payoffs for following the series. This one is no exception - it brings some long-running storylines to the front, reveals that you already knew some of those secrets the whole time if you were paying attention, and smacks you across the face with how blind you were to seeing them.

I really want to say more, but I'm afraid to spoil things. I mean, it turns out that we already knew *******, that you can't count villains out just because ******* *********, that the world of Faerie has strict rules about so many things but is completely okay with ******** ***********, that ***** really is *********. (please note that asterisks aren't indicative of number of letters. I'm not risking ANY spoilers!

I'm glad we have a few more books contracted, but I don't want to wait for the next one!!!

Highly recommended, but start at the beginning.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Review: The Night Swim

The Night Swim The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book was heavy. It was a tough read. It focuses around the stories of two rapes, both in the small town of Neopolis, NC, but 25 years apart. One never made headlines, and the other is the subject of a widely reported public trial.

This book wasn't really as "thriller-y" as her debut, The Escape Room, but it dealt with similar themes - the depths and lows of human kind, and how trauma can cause such dark issues.

I would have given it five stars, because it was a really strong book that truly made you think about how rape is handled in the American justice system, how the female is usually made out to be a tramp, and the male is usually lauded as a stand up guy who is having his reputation trashed by a slut who changed her mind. Alas, the few twists that were there were either not set up enough or were really predictable, so it lost a star.

Overall, highly recommend both of her books thus far, and will look forward to seeing what she comes up with next.

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