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Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall
Blue Asylum
by Kathy Hepinstall
read in December, 2014
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The forced-into-an-asylum concept had me hooked right away. The prose was good too, especially the frequent descriptions. But the romance plot felt awkward and forced. Rather than a natural build up of emotion and tension, it felt like the leads were ...more
Donna rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Walks With Men by Ann Beattie
Walks With Men: Fiction
by Ann Beattie
read in December, 2014
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Choppy, overwritten, and underwhelming.
Donna rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
Lucky Us
by Amy Bloom
read in October, 2014
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This is one of those books you read more for the style than the oddball characters or meandering plot. There's plenty of pretty, heavily crafted prose, but I doubt this one will stick with me for very long.
Donna rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
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I think I enjoyed this one more than the first because the mystery was balanced so well with the personal side of the story. I liked the characters, and the literary angle was a lot of fun.
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The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander
The Counterfeit Heiress (Lady Emily, #9)
by Tasha Alexander (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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I enjoyed this more than the last two because the leads spent more time together again, but the mystery felt awkward and unsatisfying. The (view spoiler) inspiration made the murder into a clear afterthought despite Col ...more
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Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
Acceptance (Southern Reach Trilogy, #3)
by Jeff VanderMeer (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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I loved Saul's story and the things we learned about the biologist. I thought the answers we got were totally in line with the strange, dreamy nature of the rest of the series.

The point of view shifts were jarring though, especially the second person
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Donna rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
The Girl from the Well
by Rin Chupeco (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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The episodic plot seemed to have little emotional impact on the characters, and the narrative style didn't work thanks to an awkward, inconsistently written POV.

It's dull and not a bit scary, and I kind of wish I'd spent this time just reading Ring a
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Donna rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler
The Shadow Throne (The Shadow Campaigns, #2)
by Django Wexler (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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This book's political bent was more my speed than the first one's focus on heavily detailed battles. The pacing seemed a lot more even, making it a smoother read.

The author has a real knack for taking fictional tropes that I am sick to tears of and m
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The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison
The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13)
by Kim Harrison (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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If a book is going to rely this heavily on magical developments, then that magic needs to feel clear and consistent. The Hollows used to have that. Unfortunately, the past few books have turned the magical system into a sloppy, overcomplicated mess t ...more
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Empire of Mud by Jeff D. Dickey
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I received a copy of this book from the Goodreads Giveaway program.

While the author clearly put time into research, this is more a collection of chronologically arranged anecdotes than a coherent history. The focus seems to be more on throwing out se
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“I was thinking that I should be content to kiss him until the break of day. Bertrand ran out of kisses too soon; desire made them superfluous in his eyes. They were only a stage on the road to pleasure, not something inexhaustible and self-sufficient, as Luc had revealed them to me.”
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