Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

If you enjClean Sweepoy fantasy that isn’t to heavily involved in world-building, those that let you learn about the ‘world’ that the characters inhabit as you read along, then this is the book for you.  While Andrews’ world is very different and complicated the reader/listener is not treated to an hour of someone describing the universe you are thrown into, rather as interesting things come up, werewolves are from outer-space, they are brought up, explained and we move on.  Are you completely immersed, understanding every nuance of this new world, no, but you are certainly intrigued enough to wonder what you will discover in the next novel.

This was a fun, quick read, with fascinating characters and a bright new take on werewolves, vampires, and other fantasy concepts.  If you are looking for a fast, fun, Clean, romance to read, while still discovering a whole new world with amazing characters, then this might be the read for you.   The characters were kick butt without being vulgar or crude.  The depiction of gentlemanly and courtly behaviors were charming without being overdone.  The main character was both feminine and strong, a very hard balance to achieve.  The characters did not tug on my heartstrings, nor did I become emotionally involved in them, but I am still fascinated by them.  I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to listening to the rest.

Happy Reading!

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Slow Start

We are one week into the new year, and I haven’t read a single new book.  I have listened to J.D. Robb’s Festive in Death,  I am almost through it for the nth time.  It is entirely possible that I suffer from a bit of SED, Seasonal Effectiveness Disorder, since I am always at my lowest productive ebb during the winter.  Despite this, I hope to see a lot of progress as winter goes forth.  Last week was a weekend to take stock and try and get over this cold/flu thing that’s dogging me.  This upcoming week is going to be spent taking stock and figuring out what interests me at this point in time and immerse myself into it.

Happy Reading, and I hope the Winter doesn’t get You Down!

New Year, New Reading Goal

Okay, so not really a new goal.  I am going to try to read 100 books in 2018.  It is my fondest hope that I will be reading 100 new books, but some re-reading is inevitable.  At the end of 2017 I found myself in a reading rut.  Honestly, when I am reading or watching movies/television I find myself hesitant to try something new.  Part of this is that I have weird taste and therefore I have a hard time finding things that I like.  A portion is, of course, I have too many things going on in my life and I fail to take the time to explore new books and genres.  Of course, considering how much I despised Tom Clancy’s first two books, it could simply be that I only like to read a couple of genres at a time and have very little interest in books outside those genres.

Fortunately for me I know that J.D. Robb is coming out with a new book January 30, 2018.  Shelly Laurenston is coming out with a new book March 28, 2018.  January tends to be my time to re-read some old favorites as I try to get my new year in order.  Who knows, maybe this year will be different.  It already occurs to me that I might consider going back and seeing which of my Audible books I haven’t yet read.

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Life sometimes interferes with reading.  Sometimes it just interferes with Blogging about reading, LOL.  I had a minor flood in my finished basement, surprisingly this has left me little time in recent weeks to think about blogging my reading.  Fortunately, with my current obsession with audio books, I have had time to listen to books.  Though it is often the same book over and over.  Here is my accounting of my current audio book obsessions:

The Mane Squeeze by Shelly Laurenston

Judgement in Death by J. D. Robb

Bite Me; The Mane Attraction; Bear Meets Girl; Beast Behaving Badly; Hunting Season; and The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb

and Finally, Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich.

I have listened to each of these books several times.  Hardcore Twenty-Four is the only New book in the sequence, but I have listened to it at least three times.  Previously Diesel has only made an appearance in the Between the Plums novels as well as his own series.  Once more Evanovich has brought Diesel into the Stephanie Plum world.  Not really to anyone’s benefit from what I can tell.  I usually really enjoy Stephanie, alright she has been getting a little trite these past few years…but really…I don’t like where she is headed.  *SPOILERS* Previously Stephanie had some ‘Catholic Guilt’ about her attraction to and the ability to attract so many handsome men…this novel she just kind of shrugs and goes with it.  I did not really like this book, every aspect seemed so forced, and Diesel was brought back into the series like an old friend instead of an awkward stranger.  Hopefully next year’s will be better.

I suppose we could consider me up to 77 books this year, if we are counting re-reads.  Might as well, really.  I don’t think I’ll make my goal this year other things seem to have been given priority.  I’ll try again next year and see how things go!

Happy Reading!

67/100 Ink Witch by Lindsey Fairleigh

This book seems to have it’s own mythos that spin off of the Egyptian pantheon. I believe that they allude to a series that came before this one, but it seems to be comprehensible on its own. If things like assassinations, off-spring of Egyptian Deities, and magic in general offend you, then this is probably not a good fit for you. If these things don’t bother you too much, and you enjoy mystery, betrayal, and a bit of magic thrown in, then this might be a series for you.
There is a bit of “loose morals” but if you choose to think of them as a different culture whose moral beliefs you should respect, then it isn’t too bad. It helps that they in no way consider themselves Human.
Really, this was a decent read. I got through it quickly, though I do not believe I will worry about getting any others in the series. For a dramatic, mythos heavy, book, this is one of the decent ones.

Happy Reading!

66/100 Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett

This is a great book to warn you that you don’t know even half of what you know.  Everything you ever thought was wrong, if you even thought it to begin with.

This story involves monks, witches, death, death’s granddaughter, Time…and anything more will give the whole thing away.

Like all of the Discworld novels, they only vaguely resemble reality, and are not meant to be taken seriously.  On the other hand they cover important topics and should be thought about.  I know, this review doesn’t make any sense if you have never read a Terry Pratchett Novel before.  Honestly, I would say if you can read Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter then you are going to get along well with the Discworld series.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend this series to people that don’t mind laughing at the absurd, even if they are the absurd ones.

65/100 A Tangled Yarn by Betty Hechtman

This fifth book in the yarn retreat series is awesome.  It really is better if you read these books in order, but I don’t have 3&4 on Kindle so I have to read them in paperback.  I’ll go back and read them soon!  You can easily read these out of order if you do not mind spoilers, the characters are fun and funny.  The crafts mentioned tend to be interesting, I wound up learning finger crochet and arm knitting when my mom read the books, and the personality conflicts keep everyone hopping.  With all of the pressure on Casey during these retreats, balancing baking, the retreat, a murder investigation, and two guys interested in her, she must just sleep between retreats!

If you ‘re looking for a fun, fast paced, fiber oriented mystery then this is the book for you.  There is a bit of romance, but it occurs at a reasonable pace.  In Romance Novels boy meets girl, or boy, or girl meets girl, and the next thing you know you have to skip five pages+ for a graphic sex scene.  There is none of that here, though something is alluded to from book 3 or 4 so I’d better get reading!

Happy Reading!