This will be a difficult review for me to write. Not because it was a difficult book to read –no, not that-it is just that I do not want to give you s This will be a difficult review for me to write. Not because it was a difficult book to read –no, not that-it is just that I do not want to give you spoilers, and to let you know how wonderful this book was, I may end up doing just that. I will try to let you know if anything I am writing will be a major spoiler.
I have a favorite author, Anne Bishop who wrote the Black Jewels Trilogy, and if anyone can take an unusual world and make it come to life it is her…until now. Ms. Johansen nearly surpasses Ms. Bishop’s ability to take me from my world and transport me to another unusual, unique world and make me believe that I was actually living there. She makes me believe IN this world, the people in it and to understand the differences of it.
What we do learn in this, the second novel in the Queen of the Tearling trilogy, that this is not merely a dystopian world…it is so much more. We see Kelsea’s world but we also get to watch a different world though the eyes and life of a new character named Lily. A world where Tearling all started.
We are also kept on the edge of our seats by the coming war with the Red Queen, and it is closer than you think. A relationship blossoms for Kelsea but not with whom you may hope it to be. And you will find Kelsea going through some very unexpected and in my opinion, not very well explained, physical changes. Then again, I have just devoured this book quickly and will have to re-read this slowly to find all the bits and pieces that I missed. This was quite a long book at over 500 pages and it most likely that some of what confuses me or seems unexplained may just be something that I can’t at this moment recall.
Unfortunately the book ends on a sort of cliff hanger, with so many threads to tie up. You may even wonder, as you finish this book, just how the author is going to be able to tie all this up with just one more book in which to do it in.
Read book one before trying to read this and if you have read book one already, give it a re-read to refresh your memory. I am very grateful that I did, because there was a lot I needed to remember before I dove into this book.
--->WARNING<---Some scenes may be too intense for some -scenes of spousal abuse and spousal rape.
I bought this book not ever having read anything by this author. I ordered it because I love stories about the Fae and this sounded like a great optioI bought this book not ever having read anything by this author. I ordered it because I love stories about the Fae and this sounded like a great option, and in some ways this book was great. However, in other ways this book left me cold. The first 50% of the book, I was thinking about throwing it against a wall and promising myself not to buy anything else by this author, but I kept on and really enjoyed the last half of the book.
My problems were that the heroine of the novel was such a spineless, nearly TSTL, unthinking and wimpy woman. The men around her had egos the size of Texas, they almost seemed like caricatures (especially Frank her ex-husband and Egan his buddy) and all they did was use her, even Conn. As I kept reading I realized that her spinelessness was due to being an untrained Druid - yes she still was unthinking, putting herself into constant danger, but these actions made more sense the further you read.
I think with the next book, (and I have already bought it) I will have a better understanding as to what I am reading and enjoy it more.
The world building in Cold Iron was a little sporadic at times. The character building of the main characters Beth the Druidess and Conn the Destroyer was fairly in depth and they were smartly written. In a way I don’t think we were supposed to like them very much until the story grew. The secondary characters are fascinating and I am glad to know that they have their own book Silver Skin, which is the next book in this series.
There is romance but less actual sex than you would have expected – there is more building up to it than the actual act. Don’t mistake me there is sex, but this is more of a traditional romance and the act takes up less page time than the coming to love each other does.
The ending with Conn and Beth is great –I love it when women have the upper hand to some extent yet the men are still their own creatures. ...more
If you love reading about the Fae that you find in the Merry Gentry series by Laurell Hamilton but would prefer no sex…at least so far - you are in foIf you love reading about the Fae that you find in the Merry Gentry series by Laurell Hamilton but would prefer no sex…at least so far - you are in for a treat with this book. The worlds are quite similar. So is some of the story-line. The exception is that there is no Dark Court and no Light Court – there is only one Sidhe High court and High King, but there are the other types of Fae that we’ve come to understand from other books. The romance is very much lacking in this first book, but there is plenty of action to take your mind off of that aspect. There are also vast differences in the two series also; besides the lack of sex. I’m thinking that with this first book, this series is going to be just a tad better also. Then again, you never know just how something will turn out.
This book deals with several story lines at one time and it is told through several points of view. This is a little different than I am used to, but I really liked hearing about the different situations right from the ‘horse’s mouth’ shall we say! It is interesting to hear what Nick, a human who has come to Faerie sort of by accident has to say about what is going on around him.
Speaking of Nick, a human policeman – he is probably the shakiest aspect of this story and his character isn’t as fleshed out as some of the others. It is clear though, that as he gets a bigger part in this series, we will be learning more about him and his brother David.
I had no problems immersing myself into this book once I got past the prologue and first chapter…as a matter of fact, I just could not put it down; to use a horrid old cliché!
This is a quick wonderful read, one that ends on a bit of a cliff hanger. I certainly cannot wait for the next book in this series.
On one hand I wanted to give this book a solid 5 stars because I love Lucy and her family. I love the era that these earlier books are set in (a timeOn one hand I wanted to give this book a solid 5 stars because I love Lucy and her family. I love the era that these earlier books are set in (a time before cell phones as cheap and common tools of the everyday, having a video camera that costs more than a thousand dollars!) and I adore the setting of Tinker's Cove. I liked learning about how spouse abuse was handled in this time period and the murderer was difficult to really figure out (plenty of red-herrings).
I also wanted to give it a one star because of what I really thought doesn't fit in a typical cozy. Now I realize that this is not a typical cozy series. What I hated was the brief passages about child abuse and even infant abuse, by the child's own father. Yes, I know it is more common than I really want to know about...but not in my cozy mystery. However, this abuse was an integral part of the secondary story line.
So I took my 5 stars and one star and settled on a 3 star rating.
The story itself was an interesting one or should I say, both stories were interesting. One story dealt with the disappearance of a beloved elderly ballet teacher who I thought had been murdered. I thought that this was who the story would revolve around. But I was wrong. The murder mystery actually was about someone else. An elderly really nasty man and everyone thought that the murderer was someone who had (maybe), years ago killed her husband. Read to the end…it was sure a surprise to me!...more
Without a doubt, this was one of the most unusual murder mysteries I have ever read. I have never met such an evil, bone chilling antagonist that wasnWithout a doubt, this was one of the most unusual murder mysteries I have ever read. I have never met such an evil, bone chilling antagonist that wasn't written into a horror novel before!
Nina think that she is safe defending a filmmaker from having her film of long ago disappearance, suppressed. Little does Nina know that this is going to become so much more.
With this novel we learn so much more about Nina and her son Bobby, Nina's brother Matt and even about Nina herself.
This turns into one of the most seemingly convoluted mysteries I have ever read. Several times I wanted to just put it down, but something about it kept calling to me to finish it-that I would never figure out who done it and why. I would never have a moments peace unless I knew what happened. I'm glad I kept at it, because the ending was just WOW!...more
I am not sure if I read the same book that everyone else did. Here is what I feel are the Pro's and Con's:
It was a light, pop-corn typeThe Murder Pit
I am not sure if I read the same book that everyone else did. Here is what I feel are the Pro's and Con's:
▲ It was a light, pop-corn type read.
▲ No sex, just innuendo.
▲ No violence, just a dead guy. ▲ I finished it.
▼The Author/Editor made a lot of mistakes, enough to pull you out of the story occasionally and go 'Huh?'. This might make you lose your place as you check back in the book for some confirmations.
▼ Was there a book before this one? I know there wasn't, but there are parts to this story that make me think there should be...things that are assumed but never explained. For instance -why did Daisys husband get so upset that she had a date before they got reacquainted? This detail was over-looked and under-played. The back-story was undeveloped.
▼ The town’s residents and especially her so-called friends are just horrid. The kids are pretty annoying too.
▼ Home-schooling seems to be a major theme and I don't like to be preached to. I did not like how this author treats home-schooling. Do the kids actually ever get any lessons? Do they really learn things while playing in the snow or video games or even board games? Yes they read -wonderful - but not enough educating.
▼I found this not to be a humorous book.
▼The main characters are (especially Daisy Savage) ditzy, easy to anger and somehow unlikable. Jake was just an annoying passive/aggressive complainer.
▼ The reader goes through the book never knowing how the dead guy died. And yes I doubled back to double-check.
All in all, I ended up doing a lot of skimming a second time to see if I had missed something important to the story. ...more
Wow, this book, the second book in the Midnight Texas trilogy (according to Ms Harris' web-site) gives us even more action than we had in book one. WeWow, this book, the second book in the Midnight Texas trilogy (according to Ms Harris' web-site) gives us even more action than we had in book one. We have more action, but we also learn so much more about some of our favorite characters. Have you wondered what was up with the Rev? We had a good idea what he was, but not what type of what! LOL! Now we know! I love how we are seeing characters from Sookies world –so now we have seen characters from all of Ms Harris’ series –I love this concept. Who do you think we’ll see in the third of this trilogy?
There is so much going on in Midnight –a company has come in to reopen an old time hotel. They’ve turned it into a longer stay hotel and a sort of elder care for those not quite ready for assisted living place – it is interesting that all of the older people who come to stay had interesting lives in Reno!
Poor Manfred---well he just about has the poop kicked out of him when a client of his dies as he is holding a sort of séance for her to meet up with her dead husband. So now poor Manfred now looks like a murderer, since she has died under very unusual circumstances…but wait…her son Lewis also is accusing Manfred of a huge theft -Lewis is, how can I say this nicely? A shmuck!
In the first book we learned quite a bit about Fiji and Bobo; in this book we learn a lot about Olivia and the Rev…Lemual is away from town so there is very little about him in this book.
The Rev…what can I say. We finally find out just what he is and we get to do it in such an interesting way. The Rev is child sitting. Yep, that’s right; he is watching after a very unusual youngster who literally grows right in front of your eyes. A youngster whose father had to go off for a job…a father who was once one of Sookies lover’s (though not for very long).
Great writing, great set up for the next novel, some frustration because we get no satisfaction with Fiji and Bobo (will there really be any? At least, to our satisfaction?) And just why the heck are Teacher and Madonna in Midnight. How the heck does everyone live –there really are no customers.
Many questions are asked but not all are answered.
This book is an interesting mix of Robert’s earlier work Swan Song, mixed with Stephen King’s The Stand add a healthy dose of War of the Worlds and st This book is an interesting mix of Robert’s earlier work Swan Song, mixed with Stephen King’s The Stand add a healthy dose of War of the Worlds and stir. Then you shake all these up and add a smidgen of comic book action –Zombies, flesh eating and shape shifting, Area 54 - to it you will have The Border.
This was a great book, although pontificating and plodding at times; then there are other times that it just felt it was going at warp speed. Some of this book really made me philosophical and had me pondering the state of our universe, the world cockiness as to how we think we are ‘the big bad’ and what may or may not be out there; some other parts just made me roll my eyes.
It seemed to me that the characters had not been fleshed out very well. I never really felt for any of the characters. I never had any sympathy for what they were going through nor did I ever feel enough about them to have any empathy for them. Learning about Ethan –what he was becoming, what he was is a fascinating aspect of this book. I wish this aspect had been explored a bit more. I never thought I would say this about a book, but I think it should have been maybe 200 to 250 pages longer and then it really could have fleshed the characters more, made the story seem less comic bookish and made more of an impression on me. ...more
This novel is as I said in the title, a bleak but mesmerizing look into feminism, the weight loss industry and one woman’s dissatisfaction with her ro This novel is as I said in the title, a bleak but mesmerizing look into feminism, the weight loss industry and one woman’s dissatisfaction with her rotund body. To top it off there is a fascinating and mysterious side story about a group called Jennifer who are in the business of revenge and avenging mistreated and exploited women around the world.
This is not a frothy story with a typical happily-ever-after; this is the real deal –alternately depressing and eye-opening. This novel is written in a rather unique style, more like and auto-biography than a fictional novel. The characters are well fleshed (no pun intended) and mostly depressing or down-right dislikable, at times that will include the main character Plum AKA Alicia. Plum will run the gamut from a whiney, overly self-involved egotist. I can sympathize with her at times because I too am a fat woman, but only at times. Sometimes I just want to smack her hard with a turkey and wake her up out of the dream that dieting ( if skinny is all she really wants) is going to be a piece of cake –that a program will do it for her, that she doesn’t need to change, that dieting is easy. Other times I want to laugh with her.
Some of this book just doesn’t seem as if it really needed to be included.
It may take you a while to get into this book; it took me quite a few chapters to do so. Sometimes while reading this, I would think that I should be scouring my toilets instead of reading this (I thought I might not be able to finish this book) so I wouldn’t be forced to continue reading it then there are many moments later on where I don’t think I could have put it down even if my hair had been on fire.
Wow...just WOW. This is by no means the perfect book, nor is it even the most enjoyable. However it is a book that grabs you by the back of the neck aWow...just WOW. This is by no means the perfect book, nor is it even the most enjoyable. However it is a book that grabs you by the back of the neck and shakes you until you don't know whether you are coming or going. It forces us to face the question of -do we really know the people we love the most in the world, and how far would we go to make them happy.
As the synopsis says - Hanna is the only one left alive when her husband and she are attacked by Cricket bat wielding intruders. Hanna did live through massive injuries but not with all her memories intact. Now the man put behind bars for this murder is getting a new trial and just guess as to who his beloved girlfriend is, and she has been since before the attack...Dawn, Joe and Hanna's youngest and oddest daughter. She too had been implicated but never brought to trial.
This book is told from Hanna's point of view, more like an autobiography than a novel. This ploy helps us keep on track of wondering what really happened that fateful night.
This story skips around quite a bit, helping us to fill in the personalities of the main players. It helped me so much that I wanted to alternately smack the heck out of the parents sometimes and then smack the daughter other times. The mother can come off as very naive, head-in-the-sand type, yet she is loving with her whole heart. The daughter can come off as a pathetically bullied misfit - but on the other hand, she can give you chills.
Now Hanna is regaining her memory-in huge chunks and it is fascinating to be there when she realizes just what happened that night and all is not what she was led to believe.
An ensnaring novel that is both gritty and clever, at times tedious yet still fascinating enough so you can't put it down. ...more
This was an interesting book that could be called a ‘cozy’ although I would not do so. This is the fifth book in the Pru Marlowe series. While some peThis was an interesting book that could be called a ‘cozy’ although I would not do so. This is the fifth book in the Pru Marlowe series. While some people could read this as a standalone, I would not suggest you do so. This was the first book I read in this series and found that because I hadn’t read the other four books, I was at a disadvantage. The concept behind this series is an interesting one, although it has been done before. Pru is an animal behaviorist who can also ‘talk’ to animals and they talk to her. In this novel she sort of stumbles into, what on first glance, looks like an accidental death. A kitten that one of the deceased daughters got him is what causes Pru to be there in the first place. Confusion ensues, accusations are thrown back and forth and Pru is in the middle. Now Pru’s instincts are telling her it is murder.
I had several problems with this novel and the most difficult for me was the fact that the protagonist Pru is a difficult person to like or to feel empathy for. She may care for the animals but she sure doesn’t seem to give a darn for any humans and I have a feeling that this may have been explained in earlier books. (like why she is the *itch that she is). Her heavy drinking and bootie calls, leaves something to be desired also.
The writing and especially the dialogue is choppy and sometimes very difficult to follow, the clues are all there (some things are quite obvious right from the very start) but the characters choose not to ‘see’ them. While this pushes the book to the climax, it can make this a frustrating read.
I will admit to a curiosity that will have me reading at least the first book to see if some of my difficulties with this book and these characters had already been explained.
I've done my research and found that this is actually BOOK 4 in this series. I was worried that I had missed a book - perhaps there had been somethin I've done my research and found that this is actually BOOK 4 in this series. I was worried that I had missed a book - perhaps there had been something on Ms Snyder's web-site that might make up book 4 but there has been nothing in print.
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This was an interesting book in that it gives a lot of back-story on Valek. I am most familiar with the first book Poison Study and loved how it was all from Yelenas perspective. The next two books didn't leave that big of an impression on me and that means I need to re-read them so I can understand this one better. This book Shadow Study, is a different style totally from the first book. This is a story told, or should I say three different yet intersecting stories told from three different perspectives.
Sometimes the book gets a little confusing with the three different stories happening at the same time. You just find yourself getting into the groove with one and you find yourself yanked out and thrust into one of the others. Yes the three stories are working towards a common goal, but it still can be a little disconcerting to the reader.
This book makes it clear that the series will be continuing and those we have come to trust may be ones we can't trust too much anymore. New characters that will play pivotal rolls, and most likely become major characters, are introduced and fleshed out fairly well, but not well enough so there is no mystery to them left.
This was an enjoyable read that took me a while to get into it....more
Until space travel was invented, Alaska was known as the last frontier. Yet, this author proves just how much those in the 'lower 48' don't really kn Until space travel was invented, Alaska was known as the last frontier. Yet, this author proves just how much those in the 'lower 48' don't really know what it's like to live in such a State like this one. In so many ways, Alaska still IS the last frontier and will most likely always stay that way.
Most of us, not all of course, probably could never conceive of living where we couldn't get access to our public safety officials within a matter of minutes. Alaskans who don't live in one of the very few larger towns or cities, live with this constantly. Imagine having an emergency that needs a police officer or paramedic pronto and learning that you won't get one for hours.
That is what this book is all about. It is a sometimes extremely dry narrative (nearly report like) but an always informative look into the jobs and lives of some of these men (nope, no women troopers in this book). There is a great deal of information, both historical and geographical in this book and I enjoyed that aspect a lot.
Even some of the stories that had meant to be humerus took on a the authors dry aspect. The exception was one notable story concerning a dead moose and a trooper trying to get this carcass off of the road. He was doing this in 40 below weather with the moose actually frozen onto the black-top! This story had me in stitches.
I wish that some of the stories had been from the last few years so we could have seen exactly how far Alaskan troopers had come, but I am hoping to see a sequel.
*ARC supplied by publisher for reviewing purposes...more