Welcome to my train of thought. Just a warning, there might be turbulence. I'm a little eccentric, but hopefully you'll find something here that'll make the crazy worth it. Stay tuned for book reviews, ramblings on random things, and all sorts of stuff that tickles my fancy. But keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times. My brain is a scary place!

Friday, December 6, 2019

Review: Queen of Air and Darkness

Queen of Air and Darkness Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this trilogy. It had a lot of fun points, twists and turns, magic and mayhem. I liked that the author was being inclusive and diverse in her characters, but it felt a little bit too much like she was checking off boxes. But I do appreciate the effort, so it's hard to be disappointed in it.

Anyways, I'm ready for the sequel trilogy. I know she's got The Last Hours coming up, set as a followup to Infernal Devices. I'm excited about that for sure... but after this ending, I'm ready for her to bring on The Wicked Powers, the trilogy that will tie everything up. I need to know what happens next!

I guess a lot of people are tired of these books or don't like Cassandra Clare. To me, though, the books are FUN. They're not amazingly written. They're not masterpieces, crown jewels of literature... but they're entertaining and fun and magical, and provide a few hours in a world of magic and mischief. I'm game for more of that!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Review: The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was good, but I actually didn't find the twist all that shocking, and I really wish I'd had someone to root for. I would have been rooting for Alicia, but I didn't feel very connected to her at all.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Review: Tallowwood

Tallowwood Tallowwood by N.R. Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really really enjoyed this one. The main reason I deducted a star is because there was ONE very unbelievable moment, near the end. If you read it, you'll know what it is. The smart, on top of it cop wouldn't make such a stupid mistake.

But overall, I really adored this book. NR Walker is so great!

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Review: Revolution

Revolution Revolution by W.L. Goodwater
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.

If you haven't picked up Breach, then you're missing the first book in the series so you'll need to read that before you pick this one up.

I really like the main protagonist, Karen O'Neil. The first book showed her gumption and drive to become a great magician, and this book continues that journey for her. She also shows a great compassion for others, a deep moral compass, and a sense of responsibility to using magic properly.

Unfortunately for her, unchecked capitalism is what it is, and the drive to profits and power has led some to abuse the strength of power and start harming kids. And she just won't stand for it.

I really enjoyed this one, but it isn't perfect. Pierce felt like a cardboard cutout without much depth, and the villains seemed kind of stock/trope types. But the plot is pretty fast paced, draws you in (because who doesn't want to root for the good guy trying to save a kid!?), and shoots you to an explosive finish.

There's enough left hanging for at least one more. I'll definitely be picking that one up.

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Review: Lord of Shadows

Lord of Shadows Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


At least this book kicked it up a notch from the last one... but it still probably could have cut 200 or 300 pages and been complete.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Review: Sharpest Sting

Sharpest Sting Sharpest Sting by Jennifer Estep
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not great, not terrible, a little predictable, but I’m still invested and will finish the series. All in all a decent entry.

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