Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Book Review: Tempest's Fury by Nicole Peeler

Tempest's Fury (Jane True, #5)Tempest's Fury by Nicole Peeler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I always enjoy reading Jane's adventures. Hard to believe our little Jane has come to be a Champion! She's learning so many things as she goes along and she has amazing friends at her side to help her along the way.

This story brings me what I was hoping for for Jane since book 1. The person she's paired with. By this point, you know who she's seeing and loving. The smexy in this book is great. They tease each other so much and it's a building relationship.

There's more to the story than who Jane's with. They are here to save the world from the Red and White. Very interesting how this works out. Trying to see who's on which side is hard! Crazy twists happening through this book as you go.

I love the growth of Jane as we've gone through this book. She's seeing, as are we, how far she's come.

The end of the book.... DEFINITELY leaves you wanting the 6th book. And I'll be reading it (probably after the book I just picked up.) I need to see how it all ends and what happens to Jane.

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Thursday, July 20, 2023

DNF: Winemaker of the North by J.T. Williams

Winemaker of the North (Saints of Wura #1)Winemaker of the North by J.T. Williams
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I'm sorry. I wanted to give this book as much of a chance as I could. But when the ruler of an area takes a new "winemaker" into secret areas without knowing him, I had enough.

The author put in words why Sviska needs to do as told. But, he never gave me proof or a feel for it. There was no physical or what felt like true motivation for the main character to follow direction. Especially after noting he didn't want to do the assassinations anymore. So why not run? Give me something to go on here.

The first chapter is good, then the story slows to a crawl. I even noticed there were times things were repeated, phrasing the same thing in different ways. Sviska's to be an assassin, but as he enters places we don't get any feel that he's aware or eyes on things. Makes me wonder on his skills. He's a very boring character. Especially for one who doesn't know what he's to be doing.

I gave this book 4 hours of listening, and I felt like I was getting nowhere.

I'm sorry. I hope you enjoyed it if you listened to it.

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Monday, July 10, 2023

Audio Book: Citadel of Smoke by Carrie Summers

Citadel of Smoke (Stonehaven League, #4)Citadel of Smoke by Carrie Summers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm enjoying how this story is written with the troubles with the AI and how they tie into the real world for the players. Devon needs to help her friend through the game, but has to trust in herself to do what needs to be done. And, thankful for friends who can help her along too.

I'm enjoying these books. Venturing through the gaming world that's become like a second home to the players. Devon has started to expand her friend circle, from the village she's creating with NPC's to those she once was in a guild with in another game, to new players arriving at her village, as well as new players she meets and knows in the real world. Devon is normally an introvert, but she's learning to trust in others and herself through these adventures.

I love how Devon uses her abilities to her benefit. She's true to herself and makes it work out. Great going!

It's always neat to see the new area to be explored for the next relic. This relic... finds it's way to Devon in a different way. I really liked this! It's showing how things are adjusting and growing. And to see that an AI is what created this world and nuances, as we see Emerson experience it all for the first time. He's surprised and impressed!

The voices. Love listening to these narrators. They adjust the voices to fit the characters in tone, accent, and cadence. And, when there's a demon talking, there's a difference to the voice for that too.

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

Audio Book Review: Shifters in the Night by Molly Harper

Shifters in the Night (Mystic Bayou, #5)Shifters in the Night by Molly Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mystic Bayou is growing! And they need to add some new buildings such as apartment buildings for those arriving to town. Lia is here with the company she works for to help with that.

I love how the story starts with Lia running freely through the woods, relaxing and enjoying the fresh air. And how she accidently meets Jon. lol.

I'll say, I love how the men in these books are respectful of the woman being their own strong selves. But that the men love these woman for WHO they are and not just body parts.

Lia's work environment slowly turns into something that's not as comfortable as it once was. And her boss.... I know she says this is out of norm for him, but I don't know how she's worked for him for so long. Wow. But with this, Lia finds there's more trouble here than she expected.

I love how Lia, who's been focused on her work finds something in Mystic Bayou. She finds friends that she's never really had. She also finds love. I know it sounds like another hard working woman finds what she didn't know she wanted. But there's a nice flow to Lia's story in how she really does find a home instead of constantly moving.

And as for Jon. I love how he's starting to come out of his shell and be around people again. Having Will return in the last full book has helped Jon with this, but he's starting to make the steps and grow. And finding Lia is something he'll have to work towards thinking he is worthy after so long alone.

Another sweet story with great friends.

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Monday, July 3, 2023

Audio Book Review: One Fine Fae by Molly Harper

One Fine Fae (Mystic Bayou, #4.5)One Fine Fae by Molly Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a quick novella listen/read. We meet a new character, Charlotte, as she arrives in Mystic Bayou to help Jillian with a...personal thing. (If you've read the series, you know. But I don't want to ruin it for those who haven't listened/read yet.) When she arrives she sees a man she's drawn to, and how he trips and narrowly misses knocking down the pie pyramid at the wedding. There's something about him, a curse. But she's also attracted to him.

This is a quick story where we learn more about Leonard. I some how missed he had a family curse on him in the previous books. But nice Leonard finds a girl that will love him. And maybe be able to help him and his family.

This was nice to see a little more of Leonard and meet the newest member of Mystic Bayou, here to help with families in a way Dr. Will's not able. Leonard and Charlotte seem like a nice couple. I'm loving the quick doubts but then talking it out as there is worry there. We all have worries and fears. That there's not a love triangle thing here, just people dealing with extraordinary circumstances and living through it.

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