To be fair, Undead and Done on its own is probably not a 5 star book. However, as a series finale? Um, hell yes. That's how you go out. You answer a wTo be fair, Undead and Done on its own is probably not a 5 star book. However, as a series finale? Um, hell yes. That's how you go out. You answer a whole buncha questions, you remind people why they loved the series in the first place, and you leave the door open just enough that your fans can imagine the ongoing adventures/stories.
For awhile, I was worried that the Undead series had faltered and just would not be able to come back around to being the same as they were before. And they didn't. They went deeper and characters changed and grew and things got darker even as Betsy desperately clung to fluff and seriously, this ending works so well. ...more
I've long since given up on the Anita Blake series and for the most part, I don't miss it. However, I was more of a Merry fan to begin with so eventuaI've long since given up on the Anita Blake series and for the most part, I don't miss it. However, I was more of a Merry fan to begin with so eventually curiousity got the better of me and I had to give it a whirl.
It starts badly, with a dream that isn't a dream but is a dream (and this is all less redundant than the actual book) that sets Merry up as a) a goddess and b) super duper pregnant. Honestly, if this first part had been handled a little better/cleaned up more and hadn't been repeated so often for the rest of the book, I wouldn't fault it quite so much as an opening.
Time moves strangely in the Merry books and this is no exception. There is a lot of conversation that should and could have been cut entirely or at least only gone through once or twice. How often do I need to know that Maeve Reed is the Golden Goddess of Hollywood? Surely not three or four times a paragraph, right? Or how often do we need to repeat the My Darkness/My Creature moments? Seriously, how often? And goddess, don't even get me started on Frost or "Cornish for Rose" because that's a drinking game no one could win.
Thing is, beyond that repetition, I still find the world interesting. A risk was taken, some thought was given, and a decent story was lurking. Character growth was actually achieved! Also, character death. Who knew? ...more
The short review: I liked Chaos well enough, but it is strangely set up and I can see why others would not enjoy it.
The longer review: Not much happenThe short review: I liked Chaos well enough, but it is strangely set up and I can see why others would not enjoy it.
The longer review: Not much happens in the first 1/2 of the book. I feel that half may be generous and it might've even taken close to 2/3 of the book to really get much going but we'll go with half. The real action happens in the last three chapters and I feel like this is kind of how the last few Scarpetta books have gone.
I still don't like Benton all that much, so the having to tag along on the date with him and then the switch a bit later to FBI Benton ...meh? Marino is actually a lot better in this book, and I really enjoyed Scarpetta's snarkiness towards the FBI once a body finally turns up.
Carrie shows up again and I'm hoping we can let the woman just fade into the background now, but with the last minute twist I'm thinking that's less than likely. ...more
It's fun when a book appears mysteriously on your doorstep and you have no memory of it even being a thing in the universe. So I went in with no real It's fun when a book appears mysteriously on your doorstep and you have no memory of it even being a thing in the universe. So I went in with no real idea of what the story was, other than the assumption that a past version of me must've thought it sounded interesting.
And it is. The Nearness of You deals with mothers and daughters, and what happens when daughters want desperately to avoid turning into their mothers when they become mothers themselves. Suzette Kendall, a brilliant heart surgeon, has never allowed herself the dream of children because she fears passing along her mother's mental illness. Unfortunately, despite a first date mention of this, her husband decides after years of marriage that he desperately wants to see his own lost family in his child's eyes. Luckily there's a solution and Hyland suggests surrogacy. Suzette reluctantly agrees and naturally things go wrong.
There's far more to the story than that, but I don't want to give away the Twist later in the book, and besides, the magic lies in the storytelling. I started and finished The Nearness of You in one day, simply because I couldn't put it down. "One more chapter..." eventually led to the end of the book.
I'm giving it 4 stars, but it's more of a 3 and 3/4 stars because the ending feels rushed and the last... quarter of the book feels a bit off for me.
Also, what is it with me getting books to review that have Walgreens in them? ...more
**spoiler alert** Good news, bad news: book edition!
Good news: Flew through this one in about an hour and a half (hey, I had feline help) so it's a qu**spoiler alert** Good news, bad news: book edition!
Good news: Flew through this one in about an hour and a half (hey, I had feline help) so it's a quick read.
Bad news: At the end (if you're me) you're left wondering, "Is that it?"
I swear, I thought I'd heard about TGN elsewhere but I'm drawing a blank. In any case, it's a case of a book being a 2.5 but there aren't half stars to hand out so I rounded down because I didn't feel very... fulfilled by the book's end. The whole thing flew by and I didn't really care one way or the other about anyone or anything and I think this could have worked somehow, if it had felt intentional. Instead... meh?
Also, points are seriously taken away for having Eris being nutter butters. Names, man. Names....more
I think I'd have bumped this up to a 4 star if I wasn't left a little confused as to how Melanie seems to be aging backwards. Some of her comments toI think I'd have bumped this up to a 4 star if I wasn't left a little confused as to how Melanie seems to be aging backwards. Some of her comments to Aunt Peg, the ones she says aloud and not just in her head, are a little OOC and her not recognizing who the heck The Fab Four are (after they've just said the names) is a little...jarring. Like there's no way in hell Melanie wouldn't know that, and I'm pretty sure that she and I are supposed to be around the same age at this point. Ah, the joys of comparing your age to a fictional character who ages so much more slowly... Anyway, cap that off with her not recognizing a lyric from "Imagine" which I don't buy either because holy hell, this woman is young enough to have lived through the painful years of radio stations playing the song into the ground every October 9th and December 8th annnnd... yeah, I can shenanigans.
Ignoring the weird musical side step we just took, the mystery was interesting enough and I enjoyed the road trip, even if Faith probably didn't. ...more
Oh, are we supposed to be comparing this to Gone Girl? If so, here's the obligatory comparison: In Gone Girl everyone is horrible all of the time, mosOh, are we supposed to be comparing this to Gone Girl? If so, here's the obligatory comparison: In Gone Girl everyone is horrible all of the time, mostly. There's also a twist or three. The Girl on the Train has a twist or three and people are horrible, but they aren't always and sometimes you cheer them on and sometimes you recoil in horror. I read the book in one sitting (minus one dog walk) and enjoyed myself. Then again, it's also going to depend on how reliable you like your narrators and how much leeway you give to characters for likability. ...more
Huh. Mums recommended I read this when she was done with it and I gave it a whirl. I've gotta say that I enjoyed it, though I imagine if you've read aHuh. Mums recommended I read this when she was done with it and I gave it a whirl. I've gotta say that I enjoyed it, though I imagine if you've read all 900 billion other dystopian future books that've come out in the last forever, this probably isn't going to add anything super new.
Aside from the complete and utter lack of a love triangle. I'm not saying one couldn't develop over the life of the series, but as of the end of book 1? No triangle! Seriously, this alone is worth a star and a half. The fact that I enjoyed the rest of the story is just a bonus. :P
I didn't really see Joy as the typical shy, special snowflake that others have reported her being. Reserved? Yes. But that's not the same as shy. Can't help you with the special snowflake side, considering that's just the nature of the beast.
The hounds were fun and I liked most of the people Joy met. Having mythical creatures be real is also a bonus. ...more
A mix of Ocean's 11 and The Shining? I'll grant you the Ocean's 11 comparison, because it's pretty obvious, but I get more of King's Rose Red, honest A mix of Ocean's 11 and The Shining? I'll grant you the Ocean's 11 comparison, because it's pretty obvious, but I get more of King's Rose Red, honestly. And I happen to love Rose Red, so that's definitely a bonus. I enjoyed the ride and while others complain that the characters rely too much on tropes, I think it works here. You immediately know what kind of people you're dealing with and the story is able to zoom onward. Sometimes being able to use shorthand is advantageous to the story. About 2/3 of the way through the story, things start to shift. Some twists are obvious and some aren't and I enjoyed both kinds. I also enjoyed the glimpses into the house's past, I liked the story, and I'm exceptionally glad that the story doesn't cliffhanger. It works as a standalone if you need it to for whatever reason....more
Gonna be upfront about this: I remember very little about The Mediator series. I remember I read it (most of it? All of it? Sadly, I don't recall offGonna be upfront about this: I remember very little about The Mediator series. I remember I read it (most of it? All of it? Sadly, I don't recall off the top of my head) and enjoyed it and then continued on about my life.
So with that in mind, I'm not the person to ask how well this fits in with the series. Are all questions answered? Um, dunno. Probably not. Is it a fun book that I dragged my feet about ending? Yup. I enjoyed it thoroughly and every few pages I'd think "gotta mark this down for a quote" and if I'd actually gone through and followed up with all the quotes, it'd basically just be copying maybe a fourth of the book.
Now. Who do I have to bribe to get a series about the triplets? ...more
**spoiler alert** First up, let's get this straight. I'm not crying, you're crying. Yeah, let's go with that. Anyway, one of the big things in MH is t**spoiler alert** First up, let's get this straight. I'm not crying, you're crying. Yeah, let's go with that. Anyway, one of the big things in MH is the fact that Cleo's mother has been MIA for a good long while. If one goes by the doll diaries, it pre-dates Cleo's mummy status (I believe). That doesn't seem to be quite the case here, but it's been a long time.
Alas, right off the bat on page one, I'm thrown right out of things because when I think Ancient Egypt, I don't think of mother-daughter rom-com movie dates. Not even if you go all MH and call them "boovies" instead. I'm well aware that maybe this will only bother me, but it's also possible someone else will be bugged and we can complain together.
That aside, I really liked the book. Thing is, I'm not sure how much is due to the book itself and how much is due to wanting Cleo to have her mother back and being happy for her. But the book definitely shows that while Cleo is a diva, she's a diva with a heart of gold. There are multiple examples that show Cleo thinking nothing of helping a friend and it's never really out of character and I dig it.
I like Cleo's mom and I wonder how she and Nefera will get along.
I wouldn't say I'd start your MH reading here since I think the payoff for Dedyet de Nile's return is greater if you have more invested in Cleo prior to this, however it's a good little book....more
**spoiler alert** Okay, we're skipping right to the end because I was with you right up until the end, book. Right up until the end!
What the fuzzy? Ho**spoiler alert** Okay, we're skipping right to the end because I was with you right up until the end, book. Right up until the end!
What the fuzzy? Holly and Poppy spend a good chunk of the book with 'cursed' hair and then they wake up and poof, everything is fine again? I'm assuming that ~fairytale magic~ kicked in because Holly felt like she was living a lie and just when things were turning out perfectly, it kicked in and poof, insta-curse. Which means that when she decided that hair or no hair, she was living the Rapunzel destiny and believed in it wholeheartedly again, poof, curse broken?
Or was it learning that the true meaning of Punzie's story is freedom?
To be fair, I was super hoping it was some weird clause in the contract she signed but I guess not. Woe.
Also, Sparrow is shown to have red hair, or at least a very similar shade of auburn (the twins are described as having auburn hair when Poppy's isn't purple) so I'm not buying "shaggy brown" as his hair color. Not even a little. ...more