♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ This is the beginning of an epic series that drew me in quickly and kept me knowing I would find out the answer at any minute. I love the anticipation of knowing something that your character doesn’t. The novel starts in the 1920s and tells a story of struggle and triumph, mistakes and consequences. The class distinction of the titled and entitled is a hard line, a barrier. This is the stuff of mankind, maybe a part of being human; quite possibly as a species, we don’t learn and nothing changes? Archer tells the story from each main character’s viewpoint. I found it interesting to relive a scene from a different character’s perspective. It had been awhile since I had jumped into an historical fiction and I’m happily reminded that I love that genre. I’ll put The Sins of the Father on my to read list.
♦ ♦ ♦ First and foremost, Molly Harper cracks me up. That being said, this wasn’t as funny to me as her previous books. Lots of people thought it was amazing, over 4 out of 5 stars on average. That’s pretty damned funny to most people. It was a light read, of course, but well, maybe it was too light. Her characters, though sometimes funny, seemed a little forced a bit often. Though, parts of the book are just plain snort worthy and some of the ideas are genius, I can’t say it was great. It was fine, and entertaining, meaning I didn’t want to turn it off, but it didn’t have me circling the block, either. It was definitely predictable, but light reads so often are. So, if you want a divorcee gets revenge (and that’s the part that was hilarious, and very well written… envy worthy really) and finds herself and her future in the process, pick it up, or give it a listen.
♦ ♦ ♦ .5 Depravity. Raw and unhinged, so much so that I felt a little sick. Holy moley. I like murder mysteries and thrillers, but there’s a line at which I start to wish maybe it hadn’t been crossed. This is one I wouldn’t recommend to my kids who are both teenagers. The crimes committed in the book are brutal and sick. Yes, I know that most serial murders are brutal and sick, but … sigh. I’ll admit, I did enjoy this book (I liked the cops), but found myself listening with expressions of horror clearly written on my face. My hubs and I were listening to this one together and I actually remember gasping out loud and using some colorful language at the images clearly painted in my head. So, be forewarned that this one is brutal, but the characters (the good guys anyway) had me cheering them on.
♦ ♦ ♦ Here’s a book I read because it was a requirement for my kid’s freshman English class. I’d never heard of it, and he thought it was pretty decent, so I jumped in. The first thing that struck me was that the main character, a teenager, was in a position that is every mother’s nightmare. He’s been implicated in a crime and thrown in jail. He’s old enough to be in regular prison. As a mom, it freaked me out. The district attorney even calls him a monster, thus the title. I won’t ruin the book, it’s a short one, but suffice it to say that it will make you think. It will also make you examine your own feelings about people on trial. We are guaranteed the right to be “innocent until proven guilty.” Next time you’re watching the news and see that someone’s been arrested, dissect your thoughts about that person. It’s quite interesting. This book was good, not great, but worth a read. I might have given it two point five diamonds had it not been written from such an interesting point of view.
♦ ♦ ♦ .5 I don’t think I’ve ever read/listened to a book set in Japan. I didn’t know what to expect, but this “Tales of the Otori” series was rated really highly on Audible. Over 6000 people gave it an average of 4 stars. So, we dipped in. It definitely took awhile for me to be fully engaged in the story. The language was lovely, the narration was good, so maybe I was just distracted. Eventually, though, I was pulled in. There’s magic, deception, fighting, special powers, romance and a floor that sings like a nightingale. There are pretty girls, swords, torture and loyalty which all turn into a surprisingly good read. Go get it!
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ According to my family, I was late to the party on this book. Both my kids and husband had listened to this one, and because of their enthusiastic banter about it, I decided to give it a go. And, just so you know how enthusiastic, this book even inspired my college freshman to consider, for a split second, writing a book of his own. That’s some real high praise. I’m sure it had a little to do with the fact that he had to write a few pages of fiction for his freshman writing class. He sent it to me, and it was actually very good, but alas, I digress. This book was full of action, guns, war, and even covert ops in the middle east. There was deception, and factions going after the same targets for different reasons. So, I’m not very generous with the 4 star reviews, in fact, I’m very picky. This deserved it though. Well done Larry Correira. This was different from his Monster Hunter Series, better I think.
I’m a pantser. Yep, I know. Typical. Me. Hell, two weeks ago, I had no idea my writing style had a name!
Okay, I love this news. Well, it’s not really new news for us readers, is it? Haven’t we always known that people who read are more intelligent? I mean, it’s obvious right? Well, it is news to me that fiction stimulates the brain in ways that non-fiction, or fact base information cannot. This short video by Discovery News is an interesting and short watch. Makes you want to pick up a novel, too! Feel free to check out my book reviews (shameless plug) for 2013 and 2014! I love to hear what books have made you happy too! Please comment and leave a recommendation or three. Enjoy and share!
And just because I think that readers are super intelligent and extra smart, I’m sharing my favorite poem performed by the super cute poet himself. I don’t care how many times I watch this, I love it every, single, TIME! Thanks Mark Grist! You are adorable!
♦ ♦ ♦ ◊ My husband and I finally finished this bad boy in the car in Colorado. We’ve listened to all of the previous in this series and will continue until Larry Correira is finished. There’s tons of action and all our favorite monster hunters make at least an appearance. This one focuses on just a couple of characters, but we know that the series is building up to something big. I love reading/listening to these books with the hubs. I often wonder what the characters look like to him. You know the saying, “two people can pick up the same book and read two different stories”, well, I bet that’s particularly true for us. My imagination is way wilder than his, but that’s what makes these books so good. There’s something for both of us. He loves the action, the blood, the guts and the gore. I like the characters, and the action and all that stuff, but I focus on the characters and the imagination behind the writing.
This was another good story in the Monster Hunters series, which I do recommend!
♦ ♦ ♦ I’m blaming this Vampire book thing (I’ve read a few now) on Audible. They have these sales, see. It’s not my fault, they used the two words “book” and “sale” in the same sentence. I am not alone in this. Admit it. So, this last sale happened to be a “First Two Books in a Series” sale for $5.95 each. These books are normally $29 + if you just buy them flat out, so it’s a real deal. So, I tend to peruse the books on offer by looking at how many people have rated them, and then look for books with no fewer than 4 stars. I love it when book has over 1,000 reviews and has 4 stars. That’s saying something. So, I thought that even though I’m not a huge vampire book fan, if it’s got really high ratings, why not? So, this is the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1. There are vampires in rural Louisiana y’all. Although this is not the best book I’ve read, I’ll admit I enjoyed the “southern charm” of it all and totally love hearing the author’s interpretation of vampires, what they’re like, their habits, their looks, where they sleep and who and what they kill. Did you know that there’s a famous singer who is now a vamp? Humor always pleases me, in the right context, of course. This one works. I will probably read/listen to the second one too! Anyone got some synthetic A Positive laying around?