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Series review of The Lost Stars  by Jack Campbell

Series review of The Lost Stars by Jack Campbell

Posted May 26, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

     I got all but the newest of these books at the library as Kindle ebooks. These stories are in the world of Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet books. They start  at the point where the Alliance / Syndicate war has ended and now the governments need to refocus and rebuild their economies. This is the same timeframe as the Lost Fleet / Beyond the Frontier series. Both series are a spinoff of sorts on The Lost Fleet series. The Syndics  are the “enemy”  of my beloved John Geary (of the Alliance) or are they? This is a fascinating look at things from another perspective. There are more details of the same events.  I love space opera but there are always politics.  The books are […]


Thrifty Thursday: Marked by Kaylea Cross

Thrifty Thursday: Marked by Kaylea Cross

Posted May 19, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

Currently, it is free on Amazon, Nook, and Kobo. The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to pick a book which was free (at some point).   I read Marked while traveling and I’d been looking forward to it. I reviewed the author’s first book in the Titanium Security series, Ignited  which I really enjoyed and I’m surprised I haven’t managed to continue on with the series. The Hostage Rescue Team, featured in this series, was introduced to us in that book. So I was happy to see some of the team members again here. The couple in this story has known each other for a while.  They liked each other but their timing was always bad.  Now they are working together at a time they are […]


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; […]