Monday, July 25, 2016

Lady Friday AND Superior Saturday AND Lord Sunday

Title: Lady Friday

Author: Garth Nix [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Series: The Keys of the Kingdom, Bk 5

ISBN: 9780439700887

Length: 304 pages

Obtained:  Personal hardcover copy ; unsure when I obtained, but despite excellent shape, book was used.

Why this book?:

I'm reading the series.


It is more urgent than ever for Arthur and friends to move quickly.  Despite that, this story seemed more mellow than some of the previous books.

Title: Superior Saturday

Author: Garth Nix [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Series: The Keys of the Kingdom, Bk 6

ISBN: 9780439700894

Length: 278 pages

Obtained:  Personal hardcover copy ; unsure when I obtained, but despite excellent shape, book was used.

Why this book?:

I'm reading the series.


Oh, boy.  Arthur is struggling to remain true to himself - and not be so quick to temper.  I had trouble relating to the hauteur and anger, but I definitely understood Arthur's need to stay himself.

Title: Lord Sunday

Author: Garth Nix [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Series: The Keys of the Kingdom, Bk 7

ISBN: 9780439700900

Length: 317 pages

Obtained:  Library Copy

Why this book?:

I was finishing the series.


Hmm. I don't want to give anything away, because this was the finale.  And yet, this was the finale, so it was a big deal.  And it had a different feel from the other books in the way it was set up.  Arthur did less exploring and adventures in the world of the House, and more inner exploring and philosophical thinking (not that philosophy wasn't an underlying note in all the books) about who he is, what he's capable of, how the world should work, how things should be, etc.

The ending was sudden.  I can't say I liked it, although things were certainly tied up.  Just, whoa.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sir Thursday (while briefly addressing Drowned Wednesday)

Title: Drowned Wednesday

Author: Garth Nix [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Series: The Keys of the Kingdom, Bk 3

ISBN: 0439700868

Length: 389 pages

Obtained: Personal hardcover copy ; unsure when I obtained, but despite excellent shape, book was used.

Why this book?:

I've been reading the series.


I read Drowned Wednesday awhile back, but I can't recall enough detail to do any proper commentary on it.  Mainly that Drowned Wednesday's demesne was the Border Seas and that she couldn't stop eating everything.  Oh, and that it had a creepy cliffhanger.  Suffice it to say I enjoyed it enough to want to continue with the series.  The break is because I wanted to post about it before I started the next one and they blurred together.  Obviously, that idea backfired.

Title: Sir Thursday

Author: Garth Nix [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Series: The Keys of the Kingdom, Bk 4

ISBN: 0439700876

Length: 344 pages

Obtained:  Personal hardcover copy ; unsure when I obtained, but despite excellent shape, book was used.

Why this book?:

I'm reading the series.


I mostly flew through this one.

I'm eager for everything to work out for Arthur, but he sure comes up against quite a few extraordinarily difficult issues.  I hate feeling helpless, so I hate when the characters in the books I read are helpless as well.  Arthur continuously finds himself in seemingly helpless situations.  It's lucky he generally pulls out (with the help of friends and luck), or I would never be able to read these.  But that doesn't make them less scary/icky-feeling while the events are unfolding.

I need to start on Lady Friday soon, because this ended on another cliffhanger.

Friday, July 15, 2016

in a dark, dark wood

Title: in a dark, dark wood

Author: Ruth Ware [Twitter][Facebook]; Read by Imogen Church [Website][Twitter][IMDb]

Publisher: Simon &Schuster Audio

ISBN: 9781442390515

Length: 8 discs ; 9 hours

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I selected the audio of this title for the collection because it was well-reviewed in my professional magazine.  My reasons for choosing it to listen to were slightly different.  I was going over audiobook titles recently added to the collection that hadn't circulated yet, and this was on that list.  It especially caught my interest because the co-worker with the desk to the right of mine has had the ARC of the print sitting right where our desks meet for FOREVER, and I've had plenty of time to stare at and mull over the cover and title.  So I'm saying to myself (internally), "This is a well-reviewed book that looks intriguing?  Why isn't anyone checking it out? Well, if they won't, I will!".  I promptly placed a hold on it, and checked it out as soon as it came in (though I couldn't start listening until I finished Career of Evil).



This is a very gripping tale.  I listened to the audiobook straight through every time I drove anywhere (unless I had passengers) as well as spending a few hours just sitting parked listening to it.  The suspense builds so I wanted to know what was going on, even when parts seemed strange.

Imogen Church did well with the narration and creating mostly distinct voices, including some that suited different areas of Britain (not that I'd recognize if they were inaccurate.  I just know they were different and sounded good.).  Nora (Leonora) - who is narrating the story - was definitely my preferred voice as it was soft and easy to listen to.  I don't think I could have managed listening to too much of the character Flo, for instance.

While I liked Nora and was rooting for things to work out for her, she did seem to loose her backbone when it came to Clare (the "hen").  Apparently distance and time hadn't done much good in that area.  I can't go too much into the story because I don't want spoilers.  I did pick up on certain events sooner than Nora at the very end, but much of it was just as much a blank to me as it was to Nora until she gradually unraveled it.  She has a secret she keeps for the bulk of the book, from both the other characters and the reader, and such a deal was made of it that I way over-thought it.  By the time it was revealed, I'm all "Duh, Jo.  That was an obvious possibility.  You couldn't think of that?"

Between this book and Career of Evil, the language was rough enough, often enough that by the time I finished the book I had to mentally censor myself when words I wouldn't normally use were within reach of my tongue.

Monday, July 11, 2016

'Til Death Do Us Part

Title: 'Til Death Do Us Part

Author: Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krentz [Website] aka Jayne Castle

Publisher: Berkley Books

ISBN: 9780399174469

Length: 342 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I'm a JAK/AQ/JC fan.


Hmm.  I started this one before reading Dead End Street and finished it after.  I had no problem going with the story while reading it, but if I stopped (had to go back to work, etc.) I didn't feel that extreme motivation to pick it back up again.  I'd guess its because while the characters were likeable enough, I didn't get the connection I've come to expect from an AQ book.  I feel like the heroines, while still going against the grain education and career wise, don't have the same spunk and quirkiness I had come to expect.  They've become more mellow and serious.

I'll keep reading on.  I still look forward to more JAK/AQ/JC.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Cemetery Girl ; The Marshal's Justice ; Secret Sisters

Title: Inheritance

Author: Charlaine Harris [Website][Facebook][IMDb] and Christopher Golden [Website][Facebook][Twitter]; Illustrated by Don Kramer [Website][Facebook]; Colors by Daniele Rudoni; Letters by Jacob Bascle

Publisher: InkLit

Series: Cemetery Girl, Bk 2

ISBN: 9780425256671

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

Charlaine Harris.  Plus I found the first one interesting.


Girl can't catch a break.  Fast paced (read it within an hour).  Looking forward to book 3.

Update: Read this one about a month ago? I think? While sitting in a hospital. No worries, nothing bad.  It was one of my dad's frequent hospitalizations for his mental illness.

Title: The Marshal's Justice

Author: Delores Fossen

Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue #1635

Series: Appalosa Pass Ranch

ISBN: 9780373699025

Length: 219 pages

Obtained: Free copy from BEA

Why this book?:

In the mood for quick romance.


I did NOT believe the love between the heroine and hero.  Lust, sure.  Love of the child, sure.  But otherwise?  He spent to much of the book not trusting and not forgiving.

Update: Nothing really to add for this one. 

Title: Secret Sisters

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz [Website] aka Amanda Quick aka Jayne Castle

Publisher: Berkley Books

ISBN: 9780399174483

Length: 336 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?: it's a JAK book.


Was not immediately gripped the way I usually am.  Liked Jack, Abe, Madeline, and Daphne well enough.

Update: This JAK is an old post that's been sitting, and I'm adding it with these others for space and scheduling reasons.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Dead End Street

Title: Dead End Street

Author: Sheila Connolly [Website][Facebookaka Sarah Atwell [Berkley Prime Crime]

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery

Series: Museum Mystery, Bk 7

ISBN: 9780425273470

Length: 297 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I'm a fan of the series/author.


A couple people invested in renovating and renewing some very run down, i.e. dangerous, neighborhoods in Philadelphia have approached Nell about a property that they've recently determined the Society owns and has long forgotten.  The building itself is beyond redemption, but it could be used as a symbol with some help from Nell and the Society's resources.   Or so they are attempting to convince Nell of when there is a shooting aimed for the vehicle Nell is in.

Now - perhaps partially as a way of dealing with this act of violence that she was caught in - Nell does some looking into what happened.  But more, she begins looking at how the neighborhoods of Philadelphia have changed and what the Society's role in preserving the history of these less well-to-do neighborhoods might be.

I'm a fan of the show Rehab Addict (which I understand tends to bring out a love-it or hate-it response).  But the point is, Nicole Curtis is really into rehabbing old homes to their "former glory" and reviving communities that have become rundown.  So I have an interest in the subject that contributed somewhat to my enjoyment of the book.

There was some repetition throughout the story again, but I picked the book up today and finished it tonight - something that doesn't always happen with cozies anymore.  Sheila Connolly's writing generally has a way of pulling me in.

I once again look forward to more...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Career of Evil

Title: Career of Evil

Author: Robert Galbraith [Websiteaka J. K. Rowling [Websiteaka Joanne Rowling ; Read by Robert Glenister [IMDb]

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Series: Cormoran Strike, Bk 3

ISBN: 9781478962663

Length: 15 discs ; 17 hours

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:
I've been enjoying the series.


Robin's getting married.  Or is she?  I can't say this was my favorite thread of the storyline, but it was certainly part of it.  We also learn more about her past, which adds to her character, but makes quite the contrast from when she is being strong and overcoming vs. when she feels weak and is losing herself to the horror in her life.

And then there were the men who could potentially be out for Strike.  They had all done horrible things, particularly to women.  I'm sure the title can be taken multiple ways, but whenever I reflected on it I thought of how Cormoran Strike's career had brought him into contact with such evil.

Anyway, this one book me a while to get through, but certainly picked up quite a bit toward the end.  There was one scene in particular that had me in knots.  The adrenaline and nerves were so strong I found myself thinking I probably shouldn't have been driving.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A compilation of SOME of the randomness I've recorded about my reading over the past several months

Title: A Silent Voice aka Koe no Katachi

Author: Yoshitoki Oima [MyAnimeList]

Publisher: Kodansha Comics

Series: A Silent Voice, Vol. 1

ISBN: 9781632360564

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I saw it on Wowbrary.  The description sounded intriguing.


So this first volume is primarily back story as to what happened in 6 years earlier between Shoya and Shoko, prior to Shoko transferring to another school.  I was a little too interested in what comes next, so in addition to requesting the library purchase the next several volumes, I also looked up the overall story arc.  I now know what is supposed to happen in general terms.  Hopefully that doesn't ruin the rest for me.

Update: I haven't read any more yet, but they won't be ruined when I do, because I've already forgotten what I looked up.

Title: Indexing

Author: Seanan McGuire [Website Bio 1][Website Bio 2][Website Bio 3][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: 47North

Series: Indexing, Bk 1

ISBN: 9781477809600

Length: 404 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I've been reading a bit by this author.  While I was waiting on more from the October Daye and InCryptid series, I decided to read this.


Took me 1 or 2 "chapters" (it was originally a Kindle serial) to really get into it, but it's a pretty fascinating concept that fairy tales are these negative types that you can be stuck in if your life has certain similarities or like characteristics or events.  I look forward to reading the next one, Indexing: Reflections.

Update: Thoughts on  Indexing: Reflections have already been posted because I wasn't paying attention...

Title: Roadside Magic

Author: Lilith Saintcrow [Website][Facebook][Twitter] aka Lili St. Crow

Publisher: Orbit

Series: Gallow and Ragged, Bk 2

ISBN: 9780316277877

Length: 315 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I've enjoyed this author's work in the past, and read the first book in this series.


I'm not always good with Faerie stories.  I've been reading more lately, but they can be difficult for me.  This is one whose world is especially troublesome for me, because I start to feel "trapped" if you will in all the bad events and "surrounded" by all these characters who are horrible and don't allow the primary characters, Gallow and Ragged, to escape.

 I found myself especially frustrated, because I was not even given the relief of the story ending.  Rather than individual stories that are resolved by the end (even if their is still a larger arcing story in progress), as I have come to expect of series, this ser ...

Update: I literally left that mid-word.   I think I was about to say more about it being cliffhanger, or no real ending.  But I'm not sure.

Title: Say I Love You. aka Suki tte Ii na yo.

Author: Kanae Hazuki [MyAnimeList]

Publisher: Kodansha Comics

Series: Say I Love You. Volumes 1 - 5


Obtained: Library Copy

Why these books?:


I never recorded comments at the time of reading this.  So by memory: This series almost crosses into too much for me (content-wise), but I found myself curious about the "what next"?  Unfortunately, by the time the rest of the series came in for me (I had to put them on hold), I was out of the country.  I lost that push, but I'll still follow up eventually.

Title: Grave Visions

Author: Kalayna Price [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: ROC Fantasy

Series: Alex Craft, Bk 4

ISBN: 9780451416575

Length: 331 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

Have enjoyed the rest of the series.


It's about time!  I read it within a day of it finally coming in, and was eagerly awaiting the latest release date before that.  Hope the next one is a bit more timely.

Update: Short but sweet, right?

Title: The Obsession

Author: Nora Roberts [Website] [Facebook] aka Eleanor Marie Robertson Aufem-Brinke Wilder aka J. D. Robb aka Sarah Hardesty aka Jill March

Publisher: Berkley Books

ISBN: 9780399175169

Length: 453 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

New NR, need I say more?


Great, intense intro.  Good characters... they fall within NR template.  I guessed the bad guy with the first murder.

Update: Again with the short clip.  But better than nothing.

Title: Bitter Bite

Author: Jennifer Estep [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Pocket Books Urban Fantasy

Series: Elemental Assassin, Bk 14

ISBN: 9781501111273

Length: 374 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

Love this series.


Oh, Finn!!!! This one had me very grumbly.  Poor Gin.

Update: This one is brief because otherwise I'd be rambling nonstop spoilers.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

READ IN 2015

Title: First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

Author: Charlie Lovett [Website][Facebook][Twitter]; Read by Jayne Entwistle [Website][Twitter]

Publisher: Books on Tape General Fiction

ISBN: 9780553546576

Length: 9 discs ; Approx. 11 hours

Obtained: Library Audiobook Copy

Why this book?:

Read a review in a professional journal.  Was intrigued.


Despite the narrator being a favorite of mine from the Flavia de Luce series, and despite being a book centered around books, I had some trouble really getting into this.  It was okay, I just didn't fall in love with it.  And that's what lingers in the time that has passed since listening to it.

Indexing: Reflections

Title: Indexing: Reflections

Author: Seanan McGuire [Website Bio 1][Website Bio 2][Website Bio 3][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: 47North

Series: Indexing, Bk 2

ISBN: 9781503947740

Length: 325 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

Enjoyed the first one, Indexing.


Set aside the preaching, and this was another gripping fairy-tale story.  I really like Henry and her team.  And something happens to Henry relatively early in this story that had me tense (thoughts of "How can she [the author] do that?" echoing in my mind).  It is my understanding she wrote this after readers wanted more from the first book, so I hope the same happens and that there is a book 3.  I'd like to read more, and the ending certainly allowed for a continuation.