Thursday, September 28, 2023

Audio Novella Review: First Sight by Faith Hunter

First Sight (Jane Yellowrock, #1.5)First Sight by Faith Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quick listen with only being 8 minutes. I honestly don't remember if I thought Bruiser was attracted to Jane at that first meeting... I do remember Jane admiring him though. And always ready for a fight.

It's always fun to see these moments from the other person's perspective. :)

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Audio Book Review: A Farewell to Charms by Molly Harper

A Farewell to Charms (Mystic Bayou, #6)A Farewell to Charms by Molly Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is Eva and Alex's story. It's a little rocky at the beginning, which being from two different backgrounds and having their own damaged's expected for both to be a little shy on the love front.

There is trouble that happens. Eva's past years come out as to why she's being so quiet about her past. And that all comes to...visit. There's trouble that stirs from it, and puts her love in harms way.

I love the family and friendship bonds created. We see all the characters pop in and how they have become so close. The jokes and fun they all have together is great. They are all so comfortable with each other. I smiled at some quick clips and jokes that are made. Such a comfortable place.

This is also the last book of the series. Molly does a nice little tie up with where the characters are. It feels to leave the characters where they are happy. Could there be more written in Mystic Bayou? Maybe, because all lives do go on. Are there stories here with them? Maybe. But, for now the town and our favorite people here are in their places in the world.

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Monday, September 18, 2023

Book Review: Requiem for the Dead by Kelly Meding

Requiem For The Dead (Dreg City, #5)Requiem For The Dead by Kelly Meding
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Things are changing. The world for supernaturals is coming together, yet falling apart. The team they've created at the Watchtower has created new bonds between humans, shifters, and vampires. They had and still have common enemies to fight against. There's also separation inside these groups because of the alliance created. Some thing this should not happen. Are they stronger working together or keeping to themselves? Will the friendships created across barriers stay strong and help?

Evy has grown so much as a person. She's seeing things are not what they were told as Hunters. And she's growing to love the friendships she's created and the new ones that are just starting. Wyatt. Oh Wyatt. He's grown into so much more and learning to trust his new side with Evy and others. He's even taken on a few young friends as family.

Evy does what she can to help all and still takes a beating. There's so much happening here and it feels like in such a short time.

We are left with hints of help to clear up all that's happening with the Fae at the end of the book. I have the next book and will be picking it up to finish out the series.

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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Audio Book Review: The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller (DNF)

The Reborn King (The Dragon's Blade #1)The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I'm sorry. I REALLY wanted to like this book and series. But, I had to stop when I didn't care if I listened to it any more or not. I couldn't connect with the story or the characters.

The beginning didn't draw me into the character. I felt I just got facts of a war being fought and demons. Then there's Darnuir who wants to fight where his father wants to keep falling back. But NO details to why either wanted to do their picked action.

I kept going after the major event with Darnuir, hoping I'd feel connected to the new person he becomes. But the way the story is written didn't pull me to him. It's fast glimpses of what the author feels are important moments in his life as he grows up. I never felt anything in these moments other than just glimpses. No emotion there.

So, at about 6 hours into the 13 hour 30 minute audio book, I decided to DNF. When I don't care if I listen or feel like I don't have reasons to keep going as I'm not really getting any answers, it's time for me to stop.

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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Audio Book Review: Travel by Bullet by John Scalzi

Travel by Bullet (The Dispatcher, #3)Travel by Bullet by John Scalzi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This novella was good, we have the "rules" in place and friends that are....questionable in their work, which leads to this story happening.

The ground work has been put in place with Mason and his grey to dark area of work with dispatching, and being a friend of Tony's that can bring trouble to his doorstep. And it does.

Tony amazes me as he's always laid back and doesn't stress over things, and figures out some way to play the game with the shady characters he comes across. He's great at protecting himself and helping others at the same time. That's a fine line to walk, and he can do it.

This story fell a little short for me compared to the first two. Why? I'm thinking it's hard to explain. It's well written and the mystery along with trouble is all here. But, it just didn't feel to work for me with Mason. Tony obviously sees Mason much more a friend than Mason sees Tony as. I know the story is far fetched to begin with, but the events seemed to be out there for the rules of the murder world, again I know it's said that no one knows why it works for some and not others. I felt the story focused more on Mason's involvement with some crypto scheme rather than being a dispatcher. Dispatching is used by these terrible people, but that's only a side to the story. I really liked when Dispatching was the focus of the story.

All in all, the story is well written to solve for all the stumbles and troubles we see along the way in this short book. I'll definitely keep an eye out to see if more of these come out in the future.

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Monday, August 28, 2023

Audio Book Review: Murder by Other Means by John Scalzi

Murder by Other Means (The Dispatcher, #2)Murder by Other Means by John Scalzi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm drawn to these books for the thought process. I like when a book makes me thing about the possibilities of getting around the rules put in place. This series does that. What constitutes murder and suicide? Who will return? Then, there's the mystery that makes Tony look guilty. How's Tony going to get out of this one without revealing too much about what he's really doing?

Yea, sounds like a tough subject, but in this world it's not. It really has me thinking as to what could help or happen. And there's people who want to be "murdered" so they can return. It's a thrill for them... but there's always that 1 in a 1,000 that they may not.

This book is 2 years after the first one. Tony is dragged into a... suicide... and a few other illegal events. And we see a few "old" friends again. Interesting to see where everyone is in 2 years time.

I'll be listening to the 3rd story here next. :)

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Thursday, August 24, 2023

Audio Book Review: Vault of the Magi by Carrie Summers

Vault of the Magi (Stonehaven League, #5)Vault of the Magi by Carrie Summers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was thrilled to get back into this world. We had solved for Owen's being stuck in the game in the last book. This book we know the demons will come, but when.... And Devon has the last relic to find. Hopefully before the demons attack.

Stonehaven is growing and buildings are expanding. Devon has a lot to watch over and tend to with her town needing to grow to protect, her friend joining her, and the expected demon attack on it's way. But, who would have thought Vaya would have started brand new players at her walls too?

There's Owen we are curious and concerned about as well. Is he okay? Then Hayley....we get to see how her real world life is going....and hints at something more happening. I'm looking forward to learning more about both these characters as we continue into the next books.

Then there's Bob! I'm very curious to learn more about who he is or what he belongs to. It seems like he's helpful.....but is he? Who is he?

I'll have to wait a few months for credits to continue the series, but I'm totally looking forward to it! I'm hooked here!

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