Look Both Ways, the third in the charming Witch City Mystery series doesn’t disappoint. We have all the expected charm of New England, old Victorians,Look Both Ways, the third in the charming Witch City Mystery series doesn’t disappoint. We have all the expected charm of New England, old Victorians, cats, witches, antiques, and retired librarians that we have come to expect from this series.
I can’t say enough about how much I love the atmosphere that Perry creates in these books. Some readers may find the details pedantic (and perhaps a bit too “chick lit”) for their taste, but I love being able to see, feel, smell and taste the world that is being created.
I loved watching Lee struggle with how to move forward in her relationship with Pete while keeping such a huge secret. Trust and honesty are key in any relationship and she starts buckling a bit under the strain of not being able to tell Pete how she’s figuring out certain aspects of the puzzle. And more importantly as she starts to embrace this part of herself, she knows that she will need him to be able to do the same in order for their relationship to move forward.
As with the previous two books, Look Both Ways is a “traditional” paranormal cozy…lots of possible suspects, too many coincidences, plenty of red herrings and maybe a bit too obvious of a conclusion, but none of that take away from the great writing, characters, setting and charm that this series holds.
I can’t wait for Book 4 in the Witch City Mystery series!...more
Another fun edition in the Witch Mystery Series, Tails, You Lose may actually be even better that Caught Dead Handed. I love first books in series…thaAnother fun edition in the Witch Mystery Series, Tails, You Lose may actually be even better that Caught Dead Handed. I love first books in series…that whole getting to know you honeymoon period with new characters and places. Tails, You Lose did a great job of building on the first in the series.
Lee grows as a character.
I love how much more we get to know her and her personality. We know her back story and her insecurities and can really feel her personal struggle with acknowledging and accepting and even using her special talents.
The budding relationship with Pete, the police detective and her struggles to keep her abilities a secret add extra dimension to the story. The relationship moves nice and slowly and it feels very grownup and real.
Cats make everything better!
O’Ryan lends his help as usual (with an assist from all the neighborhood cats) and makes me wonder why every book doesn’t have cats!
We also get to know Lee’s Aunt Ibby even better…and who wouldn’t love a partially retired reference librarian who organizes her home library by Dewey decimal system....more
As I’ve mentioned before and will continue to mention, K.A. Tucker just does New Adult “right.” Yes I know that this is a subjective field…but just taAs I’ve mentioned before and will continue to mention, K.A. Tucker just does New Adult “right.” Yes I know that this is a subjective field…but just take my word on this :)
Each and every story K.A. Tucker writes stands out.
K.A. Tucker writes great complicated romance with a dash of suspense thrown in…a perfect formula for a really enjoyable read. These are not cookie cutter stories where she’s changed the names and tweaked the plot and basically rewritten the same tale.
Surviving Ice has an edge that the previous books in the series did not…Tattoo parlors, biker gangs, hit men…this tale was gritty and down to earth.
I love how her characters are all unique.
All of her characters are well developed with interesting back stories that really speak to the people they’ve become and make their actions and thoughts believable and easy to understand. Ivy is such a strong and independent woman, she was a pleasure to get to know better. And Sebastian…well who wouldn’t love a mysterious ex-military man hell bent on doing whatever necessary to make the world a safer place.
That’s never as simple as it would seem though…and as Sebastian and Ivy get closer, he starts questioning whether he’s really knows who he’s working for and why…
Surviving Ice was a great conclusion to the Burying Water series.
Not my favorite…ah River…LOL…but a solid read that won’t disappoint!...more
Sideswiped was a great introduction to Kim Harrison (for me) and to the world and characters of her new series The Peri Reed Chronicles.
We are introduSideswiped was a great introduction to Kim Harrison (for me) and to the world and characters of her new series The Peri Reed Chronicles.
We are introduced to Silas, Peri, Summer and Allen and find out a little bit about exactly what it means to be a drafter and an anchor and a little bit about the training that those with this special ability were subject to. I phrase it that way because…WTH?! You’ll have to read it to understand…
I definitely recommend picking up this novella as it does a great job of setting the foundation up for The Drafter. You probably won’t be completely lost without reading it, but I promise it will make the start of The Drafter that much more enjoyable....more
I am very choosy about the Middle Grade that I read since I don’t read much and it can be very hit or miss for me to find MG titles that, I as an adulI am very choosy about the Middle Grade that I read since I don’t read much and it can be very hit or miss for me to find MG titles that, I as an adult can enjoy. When I saw the synopsis for A Curious Tale of the In-Between, I knew it was one that I should read. I’ve really enjoyed Lauren DeStefano’s Young Adult titles and I adore her writing style and just knew that she would write Middle Grade beautifully. I’m so happy that I wasn’t let down with this 1st in her new Pram series.
A truly Gothic tale written in dreamy language…
A Curious Tale of the In-Between enfolds you from page one and carries the reader along as if drifting through grey cloudy skies and murky pond water.
Orphaned as a baby and raised and home-schooled by her spinster Aunts in an old house which they have converted into a retirement home, Pram has had a fairly isolated childhood. Add in the fact that she can communicate with ghosts…and the fact that one in particular Felix, is her best friend…and you have the makings for an incredibly unique main character. I loved getting to know Pram, seeing how her mind worked, and how she viewed the world around her.
Each relationship she develops is so beautifully nuanced…from her interactions with the Elders, to her aunts, to Felix and then her new friend Clarence. She smart and sensible, sensitive and empathetic beyond her years.
Felix and Clarence also make compelling secondary characters, each with his own interesting back story that unfolds as we get to know them. They are so very different yet the one thing that they undoubtedly share is their care for Pram.
The heart of A Curious Tale of the In-Between though is the amazing way that DeStefano paints a picture of both our world and the spirit world…and then still leaves room for the world beyond that.
Suicide, death, abuse, abduction are all woven into this dark tale.
This is a read that deals with some pretty heavy subject matter, but it handled with such sensitivity and finesse that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to my nieces....more
I’m so glad that I’ve finally read Kim Harrison and am able to see why she is so loved.
The Drafter is the perfect start to a great new series.
After reI’m so glad that I’ve finally read Kim Harrison and am able to see why she is so loved.
The Drafter is the perfect start to a great new series.
After reading Sideswiped, I was confident that I was in for a thoroughly enjoyable ride with The Drafter…and I was so right!
This was a wonderfully paced novel that accomplished everything I could hope for in the start to a new series. The world building was consistent and methodical…slowly building us a picture throughout the tale without feeling like there was any sort of information dump.
The character development was also spectacular…especially considering the fact that so many characters’ backgrounds, motivations, etc are ambiguous or shadowed due to the plot and the nature of drafting. I really loved Peri’s personality. She’s a take no nonsense sort of person stuck in a situation where she is left incredibly vulnerable much of the time. I loved seeing how she reconciled the two.
And the premise itself was incredibly fascinating. I love books with a little bit of a science fiction bend and The Drafter definitely has that. Although never fear it is not to the point that it bogs the pace down at all. Everything was easily explained and understood…it’s really just the implications and possibilities of it all that leaves one’s mind working…
I really enjoyed The Drafter and will definitely keep an eye out for book 2.
This world and these characters have immense potential!...more
A perfect holiday romance, Evergreen Springs, exceeded my expectations. Revisiting the small town setting of Haven Point during the holiday season andA perfect holiday romance, Evergreen Springs, exceeded my expectations. Revisiting the small town setting of Haven Point during the holiday season and all of it's denizens made it so easy to fall right into this story and get swept away in the charm and magic of the holidays and RaeAnne Thayne's romance.
I'll be honest, I had a little bit of trouble with the main characters in this one at first. Devin is a very reserved, fairly regimented individual who was a little hard to connect with at first. Cole is an ex Rodeo Cowboy (a career choice the animal lover in me can not admire) and a parolee to boot. It didn't take long though for me to check my reservations and let the past stay in the past (as Devin so admirably did) and soon both of these characters began to really grow on me.
Cole is now trying to save the family ranch, while harboring his pregnant sister Tricia and struggling with the new full time parenting upon the heels of the tragic death of his ex wife.
Devin steps in and shows how big her heart and that of Haven point is. She finds herself drawn to Cole despite her reservations and can't help but feel a pull to his children who've so recently lost their mother. She makes it her mission that they have a real special Christmas...and from there the magic just happens.
This is a really heartfelt and warming tale with a great mix of personal challenges, second chances, familial issues and resolutions and of course heartwarming romance. And it all takes place during the most magical time of the year in an amazing small town setting that will charm the mitten off you.
I'd been looking forward to Devin's story and her Happily Ever After and was so happy that she found it with Cole. You will be too.
Don't hesitate to pick this one up. Save it for a chilly afternoon and curl up with a mug of cocoa and Evergreen Springs...I promise it will warm you right up:)...more