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Novella –  Origins by Ilona Andrews

Novella – Origins by Ilona Andrews

Posted May 14, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

    This is a novella which was originally part of an anthology, Angels of Darkness, released in October 4, 2011 by Berkley. Origins was just released on its own. I polished it off in a couple of hours. As one would expect, something by Ilona Andrews would be well-written enough to hold attention. This was tense and somewhat fast-moving. As with any new world, there were the details to learn and understand. I often take the feel of the main character. Karina was brave and smart; I think she was unrealistically so. I couldn’t believe she could manage so much of what she did. I felt more confused and unsettled, than caring, amused, enlightened or uplifted. It went too fast and ended too quickly to […]


Leviathan (and the Lost Fleet series) by Jack Campbell

Leviathan (and the Lost Fleet series) by Jack Campbell

Posted May 12, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

This is the latest in a spinoff series. The original series is The Lost Fleet; this series is Beyond the Frontier. It all feels like one series, even one story, as each book picks up where the last one left off. I listened to every book but this one on audio, CDs in my car. I enjoyed them so much and the world feels very comfortable and dear. The narrator was Christopher Rummel. I enjoyed his voice for the different characters.  His steady rendition seemed to fit the strength of the main character, John “Black Jack” Geary.  I liked the occasional feel of fear/frustration; the character feels honest in this vulnerability.  The voice was clear and easy to understand. It didn’t feel like Rummel was […]


To Kill a Kettle Witch by Barb Hendee

To Kill a Kettle Witch by Barb Hendee

Posted May 5, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

       It was a pleasure to read To Kill a Kettle Witch and it did move things along with the characters and their lives. I continue to be surprised by how much I enjoy this when typically I haven’t been big on historical fantasy. This is the fourth book in the Mist-Torn Witches series. You do need to read them all in order or some of my review will be a spoiler of sorts.  Finally, there is more about Mist-Torn witches, their history and the family of Celine and Amelie. It’s exciting to get some answers here. Our girls go to another kingdom to help in a time of troubles. Jaromir goes on the journey with them, so he and Amelie have time […]


Admiral by Sean Danker

Admiral by Sean Danker

Posted April 29, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 3 Comments

     Another book I wouldn’t have picked and really loved which came from Ace Roc stars.  I seriously need to consider more space opera / science fiction because I enjoy it so much.   The world building is scattered into various dire circumstances.  The politics and rest of the world are a shelf in the background which the characters reference occasionally.  The layer of military and societal consequences dust their choices.   The four characters are interesting and well done, but the Admiral is awesome.  His point of view tells us this survival story and he’s smart, funny and self-deprecating at times.   The MacGyver style of making things happen is a big win for me.   We never learn his name; he’s only The Admiral. […]


In Shining Armor by Elliott James

In Shining Armor by Elliott James

Posted April 28, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 6 Comments

I love John Charming. He’s funny, smart, badass and even a faithful lover. Pax Arcana series is always humorous which is amazing.  The chapter titles in In Shining Armor are great. I was giggling away over them.   This is a world with a wide variety of supernatural characters. These are not your typical supes. They are built with a broad imagination and various mythologies.  John is not typical, not even close. But heroes are often unique with a special something.  The wide-ranging supes give us a chance to see how smart John is.  He has studied up on them and their idiosyncrasies.  And he remembers these details! John is a rather fearless and badass fighter.  Since he has knowledge from his research on supes, […]


Ain’t She Sweet by Marie Force

Ain’t She Sweet by Marie Force

Posted April 21, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

      I’ve enjoyed every book in the Green Mountain Series. It’s somewhere between traditional contemporary romance and the newer, more realistic contemporary romance.  The setting is a small town in Vermont with limited to no cell phone service.  It’s close enough to New York and Boston to draw in elements of them.  The romances have been happening to the ten children in the Abbott family. Marie Force has managed to use some traditional tropes without being cliché. There are shades and layers to make the “trope” more realistic.  There has been insta-love, friends to lovers, and unrequited love, for example.  In particular, unrequited love has been used with Megan, Hunter, Ella and Tyler, in various degrees and interesting ways.  It’s something so relatable; […]


Thrifty Thursday: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Thrifty Thursday: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted April 14, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

      THE PURPOSE OF THRIFTY THURSDAY IS TO PICK A BOOK WHICH WAS FREE (AT SOME POINT). It’s currently $ 5.99 on Amazon, Nook, and Kobo.   It was free on November 10, 2015. This choice worked on many levels. It was a Kindle freebie and I’m trying to read and review some of my massive collection of those. The author is Jennifer Armentrout. She will be at Nola Storycon so I want to have read some of her books.   Obsidian is a young adult paranormal story.  There are high school kids, aliens and action / adventure. There is even a budding romance.  I liked the characters but wanted more depth. This makes it clear to me why I don’t read young adult very […]


Arena by Holly Jennings

Arena by Holly Jennings

Posted April 7, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 5 Comments

      This is another book I probably never would have read if it weren’t for Ace Roc stars. I would have been missing out!  This is science fiction in the world of virtual reality gaming with a touch of romance and humor, a very light touch.  I appreciate that it is a new adult rather than young adult. It started a bit slow for me to get into the world and everything was detailed. Then the emotions hit and the characters became real.  The story is from Kali’s point of view and we know her the best. The others are mostly not as well drawn.  That is the only thing lacking for me. And it was getting there by the end of the book. I […]