This was my bedtime book for a while. It was rather boring. But during that boring time it was educational and relatable for me. Having been diagnosed...moreThis was my bedtime book for a while. It was rather boring. But during that boring time it was educational and relatable for me. Having been diagnosed with clinical depression in 2002, I could relate to Sage, the main character's, problems. I learned of other ways to look at things I went through. I learned questions I hadn't thought to ask my doctors. All through Sage's experiences.
Meanwhile, during the day I was reading scarier books that I knew I didn't dare read at bedtime. This arrangement worked out nicely. Until at about 20% into Of the Lilian, that is. Without giving a spoiler, I found that this book had to replace the daytime read, which fortunately I had finished by this point.
From that 20% mark the book became quite exciting. It became the thriller/mystery it was promoted as. It kept me quite anxious, worried for Sage and her family. I couldn't decide which I liked better the slower beginning or the angsty rest.
Though I don't mind the writer's style, and love her ideas in this book, I found the jerking between viewpoints confusing and annoying. I had to go back and reread things to know whose eyes I was looking through. This made it a very tough read. Even still, don't let my opinion stop you from trying the book out. You might find some gems just for you in the story.
By the way, this book was a read/review freebie. Thank you!(less)
Though I am reading the three-book boxed set, I think it is fair to give a review of each individual book. Since I did buy both, and as I want to enco...moreThough I am reading the three-book boxed set, I think it is fair to give a review of each individual book. Since I did buy both, and as I want to encourage writing for seniors, the reals ones not the ones in twelfth grade in high school. Besides, it doesn't hurt my reading goals to review individually. ;-)
It is so exciting to actually read something that includes people, womyn, who are not teens. Was it as well-written as I would like? Not so much. I would give this three and a half stars. This needed more editing. And did we have to fall into the trap of the romance? I like when womyn can think for themselves and stand without a man coming to their rescue. Agnes did that for the most part, but she got all weak kneed and girlie when the man of her dreams comes into view. I loved Eleanor, the ninety-something sex crazed side-kick better than the main character. She pulled no punches and got what she needed from the world.
That world is Tawas, Michigan. I've never been there so it seemed like another country, to me. The author did make it sound like the kind of place I'd like to visit sometime.
I love how Madison Johns, the author, captures all kinds of senior citizens within this book. She laughs at some who seem like they would enjoy the joke while holding respect and sympathy for those not so blessed or able. And I love how Ms. Johns addresses fem issues. You wouldn't think that the issues would be so strong once womyn were no longer in the work force, but it seems to affects us all a lot more. Ms. Johns doesn't draw attention to these issues, but rather, states them as is and moves on, leaving the reader to draw their own conclusions.
The tags 'mystery, thriller, suspense' are the most accurate. Chic-lit or cozy mystery seem too light for the contents. Rape, murder, and sex-trafficking are some topics involved which are dealt with in a serious manner. I found that fact a little too much to deal with. I don't like reading stories that are too realistic. I get that on the news. Give me a good sci-fi or fantasy to get lost in, any day. But all in all this was a good read and I will continue the series with delight. Go, Seniors!(less)
Well, I have finished with the first combined book that encompassed books 1-3. I have to admit that it was fun. By reading the books this way I was ab...moreWell, I have finished with the first combined book that encompassed books 1-3. I have to admit that it was fun. By reading the books this way I was able to watch the characters grow into believable people. The story became more and more real. I felt the humor the author sprinkled in as hugs from a friend.
I bought them all individually but chose to read the books with the box set so as to get more deeply into Madison Johns's cozy mysteries. Besides, when I find someone doing what I think is right, I try to support them with my money, meager as it is. In this case, I had been researching stories that featured older womyn. I don't like mysteries, especially the murder-y kind. I would rather read science fiction or fantasy with crones, senior ladies, being the ones getting to have the adventures. When I think that the baby boomers are the largest generation, then having stories about us, especially the womyn, should be easy to find. But alas, that isn't the case. Anyway, that is how I found this series and invested into it.
Cozy isn't the word I would apply to murder of any sort. These books do contain that wicked element. But the author doesn't spend time dredging up the blood or other details I'd rather not have in my head before going to sleep. The thrill is in watching the main characters sort through the facts and figure out the whodunnit and why. So I suppose that is how it rates the 'cozy mystery' tag.
These are great beach reads or quiet reads to accompany tea. One needs lighter reads like that, occasionally. By the way, I do have the next boxed set ready to read but I have a lot on my read-to-review shelf that I need to read first. I do plan to continue enjoying Aggie and El again, soon.(less)
Disclaimer: I was given this Kindle ebook by the author for an honest review.
This book took me longer than it should have to read. It started out with...moreDisclaimer: I was given this Kindle ebook by the author for an honest review.
This book took me longer than it should have to read. It started out with strong pro-Earth promise. I was willing to see what was going to happen to this soul that hurt the planet so deeply. I love the fact that Earth spoke and had her own entity.
Ms. O'Gorek's writing and characters were awesome! Even the demons seem to have depth. That would have rated five stars. BUT I am not Catholic, nor do I hold to their priests being holy. I think that on a whole religion and particularly the Catholic church has caused more damage than a million demons could. And to watch these main characters put up with the restraint imposed upon them by the church was more than painful. And what does all this have to to with the oil in the other side of the planet? The book never addressed that again. In my mind that lowered the rating to three stars. So I averaged it out in my system to a 3.5 and rounded up.
Oh, and my worst possible complaint: cliffhanger! If it left me with more of a feeling about where the series is going. If it left me with a few tied up loose ends. Either of those would have helped me want to read the next book. A suggestion that might help is the first chapter of the next book or s blurb that entices the reader to look further into this story.
A note: Since I read using my tablet or fire on occasion, I found the font brightness changing from dim to bright and back again. It wasn't my settings. I was forced to use my 2nd generation Kindle and used text-to-speech to get through. I don't know if this font this is an issue that can be addressed easily, but for some of us with weaker eyes, that is nearly a deal breaker. Luckily I do use tts a lot so I could still flow with the story.(less)
Oh. My. Gosh! I think this is the best book ever! Thank you to all that recommended it so highly. I, too, now sing its praises!
Laini Taylor is the sto...moreOh. My. Gosh! I think this is the best book ever! Thank you to all that recommended it so highly. I, too, now sing its praises!
Laini Taylor is the storyteller's storyteller. Once I started into the world that she created I didn't want to leave. In fact, though the copies I had of the hardback and the CDs were borrowed from the library, I couldn't bear to return them had I not gone ahead and bought the Kindle and Audible versions to read again. And while I was at it I picked up the next in the series.
Oh, and I need to sing a few praises to the narrator, Khristine Hvam. I was caught up in the sound of her voice and her ability to wring out every nuance each word and even syllable the book had to offer.
The main character, Karou, is real, palpable. I could see through her eyes, smell what she smelled, anguish in choices to be made or mistakes that resulted. The cast of characters surrounding her were also real. I keep trying to come up with another word, after all this IS fantasy, but that is all I can come up with, real.
Magic is in abundance in the book, whether it is meant to be or not. Yet it is highly believable. And always leads to hope. Hope is the theme, I think. It made me feel it deep inside in places that haven't felt it for a while. Hope. How many books give you that? That is a priceless commodity.
Please read this book with the audio along side. It immerses you into this world and you will feel hope, too.(less)
Oh. My. Goodness. I love, love, love this series! Oh, how I wish this would have been around when I was a young adult. I think it would have been the...moreOh. My. Goodness. I love, love, love this series! Oh, how I wish this would have been around when I was a young adult. I think it would have been the motivation I needed to pursue being an astronaut, math skills be damned!
Don't be afraid to read it if you are a little younger than a "young adult". I think even as young as a 10 year old could read it as this is a fairly benign story. Still it is a great adventure with space travel and futuristic life on Mars and Earth. I'm 64. I can't get enough of these books. There are older characters to relate to in the story, too.
Speaking of characters, as much as I love the girl from Mars, Jess, her brother, Eth, is even more fascinating. He is a highly functioning autistic person or maybe he has Asberger's syndrome. The author never applies a label, which I find refreshing. Eth uses what he knows and plays the role he is assigned in the mission even through his own disabilities. But then the rest of the crews does the same thing. Each character has their own short-comings and strengths. That is why the series works so well.
As I have stated in the reviews of the first two books, I think guys would like this as much as the gals as there are characters they can relate to, and the action and adventure just keeps coming.
On this, the third book for me, I found it a little less action and more setting the stage for more to come. I can hardly wait for the next book, but I have to wait for my next paycheck as I have spent my allotment for books for this month. By the way, this three volume set is still $.99.
I think everyone, especially science fiction buffs will love this series. The author has done her homework and even gives websites for Mars fans to look up all they need to know about Mars and spaceflight. Enjoy!(less)
After reading the first book, I found I wanted to read the rest of the series. Luckily, this three book deal came out for $.99 so I grabbed it up and...moreAfter reading the first book, I found I wanted to read the rest of the series. Luckily, this three book deal came out for $.99 so I grabbed it up and continued reading. I have to admit that the rest of the series was even better than the first book. Much more exciting! I cared more deeply for the characters. I found myself skipping meals to see what could happen next.
Lately, I have found myself bored with YA books. They seem to have similar themes regardless of sub-genre. Teen angst thrown onto another planet or fantasy world. AND, why is it called Young Adult when it should really be adolescent girls? AND where are the books like this for older adults? We don't even have a genre unto ourselves. Anyway, I have been reading these YA books as there were few strong-fem main characters in my youth. It was the boys that got the adventures and had to solve the problems. I am so happy that today's young women are able to find gems like these written by Cidney Swanson. By the way, I think guys would like these books, also, as there are scenes from both of the main characters' points of view.
Oh, the intrigue! I felt my palms sweating toward the end. What if this could happen? I would hope there are smart people out there who can outsmart any 'bad-guys' that may pop up in real life. Great writing. It was so much fun!(less)
This was a fun book. I loved the characters, plots, and sub-plots. It was very sexy, romantic. If you don't like lesbian romance this isn't for you. I...moreThis was a fun book. I loved the characters, plots, and sub-plots. It was very sexy, romantic. If you don't like lesbian romance this isn't for you. I believe love is love and found this delightful.
I especially liked the little daughter. The author made her so realistic. I wanted to give her a hug and kiss on the forehead.
For those who might feel hesitant to read a mystery/thriller, know that the levels of anxiousness are not too high. I don't think I will have any bad dreams about this book. The good feelings far outweigh the bad.
At midnight, I finished the book yet wasn't ready to go to sleep, so I started book 2. Book 1 didn't end with a cliffhanger, so it could be read and left behind until you are ready to read the next book. All threads were nicely tied up.
One small thing, there were a lot of places that could have used better editing. But that didn't detract from the story; plot and character kept me engaged.(less)
Another great work by S.M. Reine. I love her characters and stories. It was fun to go back and see Rylie, Seth and Abel. I find their evolving relati...more Another great work by S.M. Reine. I love her characters and stories. It was fun to go back and see Rylie, Seth and Abel. I find their evolving relationships so intriguing. They can't live with modern societies rules of love. Two Alpha werewolves and a Kopic. Two brothers and the girl of their dreams. Human needs versus werewolf needs. A little polyamory needs to play out.
I keep trying to write this review on this batch of episodes but I am already reading book number five. I just couldn't stop reading at the end of this four book box set.
Check out the Seasons of the Moon series first. The Cain Chronicles just gives us more time with the same cast of characters. Who doesn't love to spend time with friends? Now, can I get back to book five? I am 67% into it and enjoying it thoroughly. :-)(less)
Disclaimer: I received Rowena Through the Wall as a gift from the author for an honest review.
I hate taking the time away from the series to write a r...moreDisclaimer: I received Rowena Through the Wall as a gift from the author for an honest review.
I hate taking the time away from the series to write a review! That's how good this first book was. The ending prodded me to make sure I had number two lined up. Don't get me wrong, number one didn't leave you on a real cliffhanger. It just leaves you wanting more.
This book remind me of P.C. Cast's Paratholon series. I loved that series so to find something similar, yet unique, made me a happy reader, indeed!
Rowena is a modern womyn, independent, self-actualizing, and funny. I loved her! I loved that this wasn't a squishy romance novel. There's plenty of action, much of it unwanted, but squishy is just not a part of this great adventure. There is science and magic. There is time-travel, of sorts. Or should I call it world hopping? Well, written and believable. Well, that is, until I need to explain it here.
You know, I think this series could be a movie or television series. It is that much fun. It keeps your attention dwelling in the book and the real world disappears into Rowena's.
I think males or females from young adult on could read it and find it a gripping read.(less)
If it weren't for Audible I wouldn't have been able to read this book. The font is so small that I can't stay with it for long. Having the story narra...moreIf it weren't for Audible I wouldn't have been able to read this book. The font is so small that I can't stay with it for long. Having the story narrated to me helped. When I didn't understand a passage I could check it out in the book for understanding.
I love this series. I read them all a long time ago. It is so fun to get back into Pern and enjoy the dragons and fire lizards. Anne McCaffrey wrote so beautifully. I loved her vocabulary and the extent that she researched the sciences of these books. Her characters are well developed and fallible. In this part of the series the traditions of a male dominated system are challenged. The dragons make those changes happen. A new more equality-base system is about to emerge. I look forward to more in the series.(less)
Strong fem lead. Check. Space ships and shuttles. Check. Dystopian post apocalyptic world. Check. Adventure. Check. BUT... The story had holes and oft...moreStrong fem lead. Check. Space ships and shuttles. Check. Dystopian post apocalyptic world. Check. Adventure. Check. BUT... The story had holes and often lost me. Dare I even say, it bored me? Yet, I couldn't resist looking to see if I have book two. Big mistake. I've started reading it. Actually, not only do I have the next book, I have the omnibus edition with all three books. So that is what I will be reading from next.
Space Junque has been on my to read shelf for so long I had forgotten it. I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. It is unique in the genre. I'm hoping the next parts of the story are better. (less)
Disclaimer: I was given this book, free for honest review, from the author.
I want to give this book 3 1/2 stars. Though it had a good story and fairly...moreDisclaimer: I was given this book, free for honest review, from the author.
I want to give this book 3 1/2 stars. Though it had a good story and fairly good editing, it took me a while to get into it. I couldn't decide if I liked the main character, Elsabetha Ellery, or if in fact she could have as much spunk as she had for the condition she was in. Female MC's do best, in my opinion, if they have spunk. Later, when she feels better, her personality rocks!
It had been a while since I read the blurb about the book. So imagine my surprise when I realized I was reading a sci-fi! No longer was it just a book about amnesia which might be interesting enough, there was much more involved here. This surprise alone would've gotten the book 5 stars.
The problem I had with this book was the ending. I finally like the character. I finally like the plot. I like what was going on and I'm scared to death –and – there's the cliff. I hate cliffhangers! If it wasn't for the author giving me the book and she was so nice… I would've given the book 2 stars. Good editing and plot and character can't rescue the bad feeling I feel when I'm left hanging like that.
All that aside, I'm hoping there's a book two. I do want to know what happens next in the story.
Thank you, Samantha LaFantasie, for letting me read your book.(less)
Disclosure: I was given this book by the author for an honest review.
This was quite the fun, exciting story about three possibly four people who consi...moreDisclosure: I was given this book by the author for an honest review.
This was quite the fun, exciting story about three possibly four people who considered themselves flawed. The one I related to most was the empath who couldn't get around crowds of people without feeling everyone else's emotions. I find I can get around crowds for the same reason I am overly sensitive to everybody's emotions I can't seem to zero in on one at a time. But I've come to rely on it is a good way to know the people who were around me. I find it's missing when I'm talking on the phone, which makes me avoid the phone.
The young college students are fun to read about Becca Campbell makes you feel like you are there with them as they go wall climbing, repelling and rafting. All the characters are believable even the bad guy, unfortunately.
The book is amazing! From the minute you start reading this book you are into it. It keeps you in suspense and wondering how the characters are going to solve their problems.
I understood that this was an ARC, so I'm not going to complain about the little errors along the way. The story kept me going anyway. I doubt that I would've noticed. What did stop me in my tracks, was the use of Scripture. It felt out of place. Just as it would if you were reading Santa Claus Is Coming to Town ,and there was a Scripture about a child wrapped in swaddling clothing. It isn't that I think it was the wrong Scripture it just felt out of place in a fantasy. Maybe an * near the prayer that the main character prays, referring to that Scripture, would keep the story flowing a little bit better.
Regardless, I love this book and can't wait to read the rest of the series. Thank you, Becca for letting me read your great bookthe mission(less)