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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!

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Review: The Serpent in Heaven

The Serpent in Heaven The Serpent in Heaven by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery/Saga Press for gifting me an advanced copy. The following is my honest review!

I've really enjoyed the Gunnie Rose series so far, and this one was so refreshing! We got a story from Felicia's perspective, and I think it was a breath of new air that we needed - I mean how often can Lizbeth get into trouble? Her sister is just as big of a trouble-magnet, so I'm glad we get a turn to see some of her shenanigans.

Felicia's got a lot to deal with. She's literally growing up fast, she's in a new place, and she's got chaos around her in the form of unknown assailants.

This one has a little big of everything - magic, romance, intrigue. Definitely recommended, but I'd strongly suggest that you read the three prior books before picking this one up for some important context.

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Saturday, October 29, 2022

Review: His Reluctant Cowboy

His Reluctant Cowboy His Reluctant Cowboy by A.M. Arthur
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thanks to Harlequin Carina Press and Netgalley for the early copy. Below you'll find my honest review.

Major content warnings galore for this one: abuse (physical and sexual).

I've loved the Clean Slate Ranch series and the first book in this Woods Ranch spinoff, but I really am not sure how much I liked this one. It just felt like nonstop pummeling of one of the main characters mixed in with a lot of repetitive phrases and a very formally wooden naughty scene.

I didn't hate it, but I really was hoping for more from the story, and less of the trauma.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Review: Archangel's Resurrection

Archangel's Resurrection Archangel's Resurrection by Nalini Singh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thanks to Berkley and Netgalley for the advanced copy! The following review is my honest opinion.

Oh, man, that ominous title got me!

I really enjoy Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series. It's creative and fun, and I'm invested in a lot of the relationships. I was especially hoping that this one would be part two of the 'ship from the previous book, which progressed a lot slower and didn't go as far, romance wise, as the couple's usually do in these books. That being said, when I found out it was Alexander and Zanaya, I was a little disappointed. But I enjoyed this story too, and the long history of "Xander and Zani."

The current timeline plot was good too - a dark force rises from the grave (no spoilers!)... but what I really struggled with was the way this book was structured compared to others. In most of the books, if there is history between the characters, we see flashbacks sprinkled throughout the modern day storyline. In this one, it started waaaaaay back in the day at their very beginning, and the first 40% or so of the book was their history, with minimal reference to the current events. It made for a slow, slow start, in my opinion.

I also struggled with Alexander and Zanaya's on-again, off-again relationship and constant repetition of the issues that they faced in their relationship. It got very tiresome to have the same thoughts and feelings dredged up over and over and over. We got it the first few times.

All in all, I still love this series and will definitely continue, but this one was a weak entry for me. Three and a half stars, rounded down. I absolutely still recommend this series, and don't suggest skipping any, this one included.

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Review: Sign Here

Sign Here Sign Here by Claudia Lux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to Berkley and Netgalley for the advanced copy. Below is my honest review.

I was sold when I read the blurb for this one. A worker from Hell who makes Faustian deals as a main character? Yes, please. A family with dark secrets as some of his targets? Yes, please. A character named after Legend of Zelda? Yes, please.

This one had great plotting - the reveals were just at the right times, the character development was spot on, the darkness of the secrets was sufficiently deep. There were some twists that were, well, predictable, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of watching it play out on the page. In fact, this would have been a five star read for me in spite of that, if not for what, to me, feels like a very abrupt ending that didn't provide the most satisfying ending after building emotional connections with these characters throughout the book. Thus, I had to make it a four star rating.

Overall though, it was compelling and hard to put down, and I am now hankering to get my hands on any other Faustian deal books I can find. :)

Definitely recommended - and I'll definitely read more Claudia Lux.

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Friday, October 21, 2022

Review: Dead Man's Hand

Dead Man's Hand Dead Man's Hand by James J. Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for the early copy. This is my honest review.

Jim Butcher has made a big name for himself in the Urban Fantasy book world. He's huge! So when his son decided to throw his name into the ring as well, I knew I had to give him a shot - a fair one, of course, without judging him by his father's reputation.

I'm so happy that I did! What a fun story! The world-building was great - it was revealed as needed, and explained thoroughly without coming across as info dumps or lecturing. The cast is recognizable based off of some tropes, but also provided enough depth and characterization so that they're not JUST tropes. The plot was well-constructed, and things that seemed extraneous had huge payoffs by the end.

The author also manages to avoid some of the things that people complain about in his dad's work, namely the commentary on every female character's body.

All in all, I really enjoyed this one and will pick up book two if and when it releases. Recommended for urban fantasy fans.

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Friday, September 30, 2022

Review: The Sacrifice

The Sacrifice The Sacrifice by Rin Chupeco
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and Netgalley for the advanced copy. Below is my honest review.

I was really in the mood for a good horror novel, and this one fit the bill.

Deep in the wilds of the Philippines lies a mysterious island, said to be cursed and home to a god, waiting for sacrifices to awaken and remake the world. Young Alon and their dog are the only locals willing to step foot on this island, full of things seen only out of the corner of the eye, so when a film crew swoops in to make a documentary of the sordid history of strange occurrences and deaths, Alon steps in to help guide them in an attempt to quell the spirits of the island's desires. Thing is, not everyone who came along is there to be respectful, and inner demons will clash with outer ones in this dark tale of secrets and judgment.

Also really liked the multiple forms of representation in this book. It was really well done.

I just wanted a little bit more, so four and a half stars, rounded to four.

Definitely still impressed with this one, and absolutely want to pick up more of this author's works.

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Review: House of Hunger

House of Hunger House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for the advanced copy. Below is my honest review.

I really enjoyed the author's debut novel, The Year of the Witching, so when I saw this one, I knew I had to pick it up.

This one was fantastic! It was an interesting take on a historical legend (no spoilers), and was really well done. It was so compelling that I read it in less than a day! I just had to know what was going to happen next... and then I got the end and was disappointed that such a good story was over.

Looking forward to her next idea! :)

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