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VENDETTA IN DEATH

 

Vendetta In Death by JD Robb (US cover)

Vendetta In Death by JD Robb
Book 49 of the In Death series
Narrated by Susan Ericksen
Genre: scifi crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobookAudible Books

 

 

About Vendetta In Death:

The predator becomes the prey in the newest thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series featuring homicide detective Eve Dallas.

She calls herself Lady Justice. And once she has chosen a man as her target, she turns herself into a tall blonde or a curvaceous redhead, makes herself as alluring and seductive as possible to them. Once they are in her grasp, they are powerless.

The first victim is wealthy businessman Nigel McEnroy. His company’s human resources department has already paid out settlements to a couple of his young victims — but they don’t know that his crimes go far beyond workplace harassment. Lady Justice knows. And in one shocking night of brutality, she makes him pay a much steeper price.

Now Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke, are combing through the evidence of McEnroy’s secret life. His compulsive need to record his misdeeds provides them with a wide range of suspects, but the true identity of Lady Justice remains elusive. It’s a challenging case, made even more difficult by McEnroy’s widow, who reacts to the investigation with fury, denial, and threats. Meanwhile, Lady Justice’s criminal crusade is escalating rapidly, and if Eve can’t stop this vigilante, there’s no telling how much blood may be spilled…

Source: Info in the “About Vendetta In Death” was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43263551-vendetta-in-death on 04/09/2019.

 

Vendetta In Death by JD Robb (UK cover audiobook)

My Thoughts:

Crazy is as crazy gets.
That is what this book is all about.

This installment is quite predictable. A few chapters in and we know who dunnit. But despite that, JD Robb has a way of telling a story that makes reading the book enjoyable anyway. Annddd… I got my little dose of Bella! It was short and sweet, but I still had it, none-the-less. So, this series is now starting to get the “same old, same old” feel. However, becasue one gets a year to wait for the next book, that feeling fades by the time the next installment is published and I wanted to read about the characters again like meeting old friends. Thus I remain a fan of this series.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (12 hrs & 42 mins listening time)
Plot = 3.5
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook copies of the book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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STORM CURSED

 

Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
Book 11 of the Mercy Thompson series
Read by Lorelei King and George Newbern
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: hardback, ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Storm Cursed:

My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.

And a coyote shapeshifter . . . And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.

Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.

The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.

But we are pack, and we have given our word. We will die to keep it.

Source: Info in the About Storm Cursed was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25026912-storm-cursed on 02/09/2018.

 

My Thoughts:

Being an old fan of Mercy Thompson, I have probably said all that I have to say about this book in my reviews of previous books in this series. Nevertheless, it is still true that this book is masterfully written and a wonderful read! However, I am not sure why this book is titled Storm Cursed though… and the ending was slightly drawn-out.
 

Now that Mercy has discovered her new affinity for zombies, I wonder what this new ability will do for her and for the pack in the future… and what would now happen to Wulfe, after his encounter with the Hardesty witches… and after Mercy told him to be “at peace”.

 

Looking forward to the next Mercy Thompson book!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 5
Plot = 5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Mercy Thompson Series:
Click on the cover image to go to my review or to the GoodReads page of the book for more info.
                     

 

About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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WILD COUNTRY

 

The Others #7: WILD COUNTRY

Wild Country by Anne Bishop
Book 7 of The Others series
Narrated by Alexandra Harris
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook, & audiobookAudiobook

 

 


About Wild Country:

There are ghost towns in the world — places where the humans were annihilated in retaliation for the slaughter of the shape-shifting Others.

One of those places is Bennett, a town at the northern end of the Elder Hills — a town surrounded by the wild country. Now efforts are being made to resettle Bennett as a community where humans and Others live and work together. A young female police officer has been hired as the deputy to a Wolfgard sheriff. A deadly type of Other wants to run a human-style saloon. And a couple with four foster children — one of whom is a blood prophet — hope to find acceptance.

But as they reopen the stores and the professional offices and start to make lives for themselves, the town of Bennett attracts the attention of other humans looking for profit. And the arrival of the Blackstone Clan, outlaws and gamblers all, will uncover secrets…or bury them.

Source: Info in the About Wild Country was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40508188-wild-country on 28/12/2018.

 

The Others #7: WILD COUNTRY audiobook

My Thoughts:

I am just not convinced of Virgil‘s background and he can still become a Sheriff of a town like Bennett. It just doesn’t compute. The authenticity factor is shot to hell and back. Another issue I have trouble suspending disbelief with is that there were a lot of humans able to accumulate around Bennett in the wild country territory with the Elders around when the Elders were suppose to eat humans in the wild country. The story line there just doesn’t add up. And others things like that, peppered through out the book that brought the ratings of this book down.

As usual Alexandra Harris‘ voice is lovely, her reading is not.

At the end of it, I still enjoyed this book, but not as much as I did the previous books.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 3
Story itself = 3.5
Writing Style = 3.5
Ending = 3.5
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 3
Pace = (17 hrs & 57 mins listening time)
Plot = 2
Narration = 1.5

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Others Series:

           

 

The Author
Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel, Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestseller list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

Crawford Award (2000)

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book, in all its formats, were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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TREECAT WARS

 

Treecat Wars by David Weber and Jane Lindskold
Book 3 of the Stephanie Harrington series
Read by Khristine Hvam
Genre: science fiction YA
Format: hardback, ebook, & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Treecat Wars:

New York Times and Publishers Weekly Best Selling Young Adult Series. Book Three by international writing phenomenon David Weber. Two young settlers on a pioneer planet seeks to stop a war and to save the intelligent alien treecats from exploitation by unscrupulous humans.

The fires are out, but the trouble’s just beginning for the treecats

On pioneer planet Sphinx, ruined lands and the approach of winter force the now Landless Clan to seek new territory. They have one big problem — there’s nowhere to go. Worse, their efforts to find a new home awaken the enmity of the closest treecat clan — a stronger group who’s not giving up a single branch without a fight

Stephanie Harrington, the treecats’ greatest advocate, is off to Manticore for extensive training — and up to her ears in challenges there. That leaves only Stephanie’s best friends, Jessica and Anders, to save the treecats from themselves. And now a group of xenoanthropologists is once again after the great secret of the treecats — that they are intelligent, empathic telepaths — and their agenda will lead to nothing less that treecat exploitation.

Finally, Jessica and Anders face problems of their own, including their growing attraction to one another. It is an attraction that seems a betrayal of Stephanie Harrington, the best friend either of them have ever had.

Source: Info in the About Treecat Wars was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17334535-treecat-wars on 24/08/2017.

 

My Thoughts:

For some reason this little meerkat munchkin reminds me strongly of Survivor and this meerkat society of the Skinny Cat Clan, including two pups play fighting and another two little ones sleeping in a pile. They’re very cute! If I had a photoshop software, I would give this little guy six legs and a more feline face and he will be Survivor!

Unlike the previous books, this one has a more layered plot this time. The authors threw in a couple of unexpected twists, which is great! So the character development and the world building has long been established a long time ago with the previous books. And also like the previous books, this one is also a very good read! This being the third installment in a trilogy, I was kinda hoping for a great grand finale to the Stephanie Harrington series… but it wasn’t… it was just kind of another book in the series with lots of room for more to come. But this book having been published in 2013, I don’t think there will be another installment in this series, like six years later, which is the greatest downer with Treecat Wars. Of course, there is always a hope that the authors will someday pick it up again and write another installment… hopefully…. As usual, the narration is fabulous! Can’t complain with Khristine Hvam at all!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 4.5
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Stephanie Harrington Series:

The Authors
David Weber

David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.

Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.

One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name is an homage to C. S. Forester’s character Horatio Hornblower and her last name from a fleet doctor in Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander. Her story, together with the “Honorverse” she inhabits, has been developed through 16 novels and six shared-universe anthologies, as of spring 2013 (other works are in production). In 2008, he donated his archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.

Many of his books are available online, either in their entirety as part of the Baen Free Library or, in the case of more recent books, in the form of sample chapters (typically the first 25-33% of the work).

 
Jane Lindskold

Jane Lindskold is the author of more than twenty published novels, including the six volume Firekeeper Saga (beginning with Through Wolf’s Eyes), Child of a Rainless Year (a contemporary fantasy set in Las Vegas, New Mexico), and The Buried Pyramid (an archeological adventure fantasy set in 1880’s Egypt).

Lindskold is also the author of the “Breaking the Wall” series, which begins with Thirteen Orphans, then continues in Nine Gates and Five Odd Honors. Her most recent series begins with Artemis Awakening, released in May of 2014. Lindskold has also had published over sixty short stories and numerous works of non-fiction, including a critical biography of Roger Zelazny, and articles on Yeats and Synge.

She has collaborated with several other SF/F writers, including Roger Zelazny, for whom, at his request, she posthumously finished his novels Donnerjack and Lord Demon. She has also collaborated with David Weber, writing several novellas and two YA novels set in his popular ”Honorverse.” She wrote the short story “Servant of Death” with Fred Saberhagen.

Charles de Lint, reviewing Changer, praised “Lindskold’s ability to tell a fast-paced, contemporary story that still carries the weight and style of old mythological story cycles.”[1] Terri Windling called Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls “a complex, utterly original work of speculative fiction.” DeLint has also stated that “Jane Lindskold is one of those hidden treasures of American letters; a true gem of a writer who simply gets better with each book.”

Lindskold was born in 1962 at the Columbia Hospital for Women, the first of four siblings and grew up in Washington, D.C. and Chesapeake Bay. Lindskold’s father was head of the Land and Natural Resources Division, Western Division of the United States Justice Department and her mother was also an attorney. She studied at Fordham, where she received a Ph. D. in English, concentrating on Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern British Literature; she successfully defended her Ph.D. on her 26th birthday.

Lindskold lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband, archaeologist Jim Moore.

 

The Narrator
Khristine Hvam

Khristine Hvam is an award winning audiobook narrator, director, and voice over actress. Having studied acting for the theater and film, she soon discovered a love of voice over. You will hear her in TV/Radio commercials, video games, animated series, and most notably in over 200 audio book titles. Khristine has been honored with several Audio Publishers Association Audie Award nominations and in the summer of 2012 earned her first Audie Award in the fantasy category for her performance of Lani Taylor’s “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” and a second for “Astray” by Emma Donoghue. Khristine has also received five AudioFile Magazine’s Earphone Awards for her performances. Most recently she has begun directing audiobooks, a journey she never imagined taking, but one she is thrilled to be exploring. Khristine is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA.

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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BLOOD VICE

 

The Book

 

Blood Vice by Angela Roquet
Book 1 in the Blood Vice series
Read by Hollie Jackson
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Blood Vice:

Detective Jenna Skye bombs her first week on the St. Louis County Police Department’s Vice Squad when she’s bitten by a vampire in a supernatural brothel. Her day only gets worse from there. She wakes up in the morgue and discovers that her partner is dead. Before the sun rises, she realizes she is too. Jenna vows to continue their investigation until justice is served, but a werewolf squatter, an unexpected visit from her estranged sister, and a nosy FBI agent stand in her way. Not to mention her fresh aversion to sunlight and a thirst for something a little stiffer than revenge.

Source: Info in the About Blood Vice was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35022378-blood-vice on 02/01/2018.

 

Books in the Blood Vice series:
Book 1: BLOOD VICE   Book 2: BLOOD AND THUNDER   Book 3: BLOOD IN THE WATER   Book 4: BLOOD DOLLSBook 5: THICKER THAN BLOOD   Book 6: BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS

 

Review

 

My Thoughts:

I bought this book because I became a fan of this author’s Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series. I wanted to see if this author’s awesomeness would carry over to her other books. And I’m glad I checked out her other books because Angela Roquet‘s wonderful story telling quality does carry over to her other books! Unfortunately, so did the TSTL (too stupid to live) element. It has reared up it’s ugly head again. And that is why, even though this book is good, I do not think that I would be buying/reading another book in this series again. I just couldn’t tolerate the TSTL!

The plot… like the Pocket Full Of Posies, of the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, was pretty simplistic. Or rather, it ranges from simple to non-existent. However with Lana Harvey I could excuse it by saying that it was never a crime fiction or thriller to begin with. That series was more of the “fantasy” bit rather than the urban, in the urban fantasy category. Blood Vice though is suppose to be a police/crime sort of thing. I kinda expected the plot to be a little thicker. Guess I was expecting too much.

This would be my second book series listening to Hollie Jackson and I’m happy to say that I still like her narration. I still agree with her interpretation. And would happily buy her books again!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 3
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 2
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = (5 hours and 40 minutes listening time)
Plot = 3
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

 

The Author

 

About Angela Roquet:

USA Today bestselling Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, random craft supplies, and all things Joss Whedon. She’s a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you’re doing isn’t hurting anyone, she’s a fan of you, too.

Angela lives in Missouri with her husband and son. She’s a member of SFWA and HWA, as well as the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse, her epic book critique group, where she’s known as Death. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows.

GRAVEYARD SHIFT, the first novel in Angela’s Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, is now available for FREE on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, & iBooks. You can find Angela online at www.angelaroquet.com

 

The Narrator

 

About Hollie Jackson:

With over 200 audiobooks narrated and produced, Hollie Jackson has worked with both indie and USA Today bestselling authors across a wide range of genres. Hollie’s voice brings characters of all types to vibrant, compelling life, allowing the listener to sit back and enjoy the story.

Growing up in a military family, Hollie found herself lost in the world of poetry and prose, and truly enjoys sharing that joy with others through spoken and written word. As an author, she understands the importance of drawing the reader into the world of the story. As a voracious reader, she enjoys an eclectic range of genre and carries that over into the studio: from contemporary romance to paranormal thrillers, historical fiction to epic fantasy, from erotica to tamer New Adult/Young Adult titles.

Everyone has a story to tell, and Hollie loves to bring those stories to life, one word at a time.

The information about Hollie Jackson was taken from https://tantor.com/narrator/hollie-jackson.html on 25/12/2017.

https://tantor.com/narrator/hollie-jackson.html | goodreads

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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FOR THE BIRDS

 

The Book

 

For The Birds by Angela Roquet
Book 3 of the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series
Read by Hollie Jackson
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 


About For The Birds:

Lana Harvey isn’t just any reaper. She’s the new captain of the Posy Unit, a specialty group dedicated to harvesting mass quantities of souls from natural disaster sites, battlefields, and the like. The new title didn’t come without a price though. Lana made some promises along the way, and now it’s time to follow through… even if that means putting herself in the path of the three Fates, a fickle and mighty force to be reckoned with. The Fates run a soul recycling plant in Limbo City, and if Lana isn’t careful, they just might recycle her.

Source: Info in the About For The Birds was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17830430-for-the-birds on 30/12/2017.

 

Books in the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series:

 

Book 1: GRAVEYARD SHIFT   Book 2: POCKET FULL OF POSIES   Book 3: FOR THE BIRDS   Book 4: PSYCHOPOMP   OFF THE BEATEN PATH 1: EIGHT TALES OF THE PARANORMAL   Book 5: DEATH WISH   Book 5.5: SEASON'S REAPINGS   Book 6: GHOST MARKET   Book 7: HELLFIRE AND BRIMSTONE

 

Review

 

My Thoughts:

With this book, the series has really taken off. The first two books were good, but they mainly involved establishing the “basics”, as in, laying the ground work for the rest of the series. Like a “coming of age” kind of theme. With this book, our main protagonist kicked ass! So this book is no longer a 4.5, but a full 5, even though it still ended in a cliffhanger. This book therefore is the best in the series yet. Hopefully, it will be up and up from here on and not a jump off the ledge at some point… Like the previous book, the title still do not make sense… And this book might be the best story but it is the worst cover art yet in the series… However, despite all that moaning, I would still give this book a five. Yes, it was a good read! And no, the individual rating of the parts does not come up to 5, but, the whole is more than its parts. By now, this series and author has gained a firm fan in me. So much so that I bought the first book in another series by this author. We’ll see how the goodness of this author translate in her other books…

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 3
World building = 5
Cover art = 3
Pace = (6 hours and 45 minutes listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

The Author

 

About Angela Roquet:

USA Today bestselling Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, random craft supplies, and all things Joss Whedon. She’s a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you’re doing isn’t hurting anyone, she’s a fan of you, too.

Angela lives in Missouri with her husband and son. She’s a member of SFWA and HWA, as well as the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse, her epic book critique group, where she’s known as Death. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows.

GRAVEYARD SHIFT, the first novel in Angela’s Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, is now available for FREE on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, & iBooks. You can find Angela online at www.angelaroquet.com

 

The Narrator

 

About Hollie Jackson:

With over 200 audiobooks narrated and produced, Hollie Jackson has worked with both indie and USA Today bestselling authors across a wide range of genres. Hollie’s voice brings characters of all types to vibrant, compelling life, allowing the listener to sit back and enjoy the story.

Growing up in a military family, Hollie found herself lost in the world of poetry and prose, and truly enjoys sharing that joy with others through spoken and written word. As an author, she understands the importance of drawing the reader into the world of the story. As a voracious reader, she enjoys an eclectic range of genre and carries that over into the studio: from contemporary romance to paranormal thrillers, historical fiction to epic fantasy, from erotica to tamer New Adult/Young Adult titles.

Everyone has a story to tell, and Hollie loves to bring those stories to life, one word at a time.

The information about Hollie Jackson was taken from https://tantor.com/narrator/hollie-jackson.html on 25/12/2017.

https://tantor.com/narrator/hollie-jackson.html | goodreads

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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THE SKULL THRONE

 

The Book

 

The Skull Throne by Peter Brett
Book 4 in The Demon Cycle series
Read by Colin Mace
Genre: epic fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobook

 

 


About The Skull Throne:

The first three novels in New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett’s groundbreaking Demon Cycle series — The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, and The Daylight War — set a new standard for heroic fantasy. The powerful saga of humans winnowed to the brink of extinction by night-stalking demons, and the survivors who fight back, has kept readers breathless as they eagerly turned the pages. Now the thrilling fourth volume, The Skull Throne, raises the stakes as it carries the action in shocking new directions.

The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty.

Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honor and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all.

But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honor refuse. Rather than risk defeat, Arlen cast them both from a precipice, leaving the world without a savior, and opening a struggle for succession that threatens to tear the Free Cities of Thesa apart.

In the south, Inevera, Jardir’s first wife, must find a way to keep their sons from killing each other and plunging their people into civil war as they strive for glory enough to make a claim on the throne.

In the north, Leesha Paper and Rojer Inn struggle to forge an alliance between the duchies of Angiers and Miln against the Krasians before it is too late.

Caught in the crossfire is the duchy of Lakton — rich and unprotected, ripe for conquest.

All the while, the corelings have been growing stronger, and without Arlen and Jardir there may be none strong enough to stop them. Only Renna Bales may know more about the fate of the missing men, but she, too, has disappeared…

Source: Info in the About The Skull Throne was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13630171-the-skull-throne on 20/03/2016.

 

Review

 

My Thoughts:

The world building is nice, but that is not it’s most prominent feature. It is woven in such a way that it hooks into your brain sneaky-like and you find yourself craving to read more of the world in odd moments. It encroaches into your real life. It is addictive. So if you are masochistic like that, just plod through Book 2 and Book 3 and you’ll get here.

The writing style still has multiple threads but now the author writes them in bigger chunks and therefore is a whole lot less annoying. And I like that very much!

The Skull Throne still ends with a cliffhanger, but then, we already knew that going in. What makes it insidious is that, it seemingly ends in mid-chapter and The Core starts straight where it ends. Starts mid-chapter. Same sentence. Real stealthy! So my advise is, don’t start reading The Skull Throne until you have The Core in your hands too.

I actually bought The Skull Throne
when it first came out, like a year before The Core, and stopped reading about three quarters into the book because I knew it was going to end in a cliffie. Another incentive for me to stop reading there was that a favourite character died and it took me a good year to grieve him before I could continue on reading in this world again. It was that much of a shock.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 3.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 4
Plot = 3
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

The Author

Peter V. Brett

Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, Peter V. Brett (“Peat” to his friends) has been writing fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Art History from the University at Buffalo in 1995, and then spent over a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in Brooklyn.

 

Books in The Demon Cycle series:

 

Book 1: THE WARDED MANBook 1.5: BRAYAN'S GOLDBook 1.6: THE GREAT BAZAAR AND OTHER STORIESBook 2: THE DESERT SPEARBook 3: THE DAYLIGHT WARBook 3.5: MESSENGER'S LEGACYBook 4: THE SKULL THRONEBook 5: THE CORE

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
The copies of these books were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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THE WOMAN IN THE WOODS

 

The Woman In the Woods by John Connolly
Read by Jeff Harding
Charlie Parker series Book 16
Genre: paranormal crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobook

 

 

About The Woman In the Woods:

The new thrilling installment of John Connolly’s popular Charlie Parker series.

Charlie Parker aids the police when a buried, semi-mummified body of a woman is discovered. She apparently died of childbirth. Parker has to find out who she was and what happened to the child.

Source: Info in the About The Woman In the Woods was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35628855-the-woman-in-the-woods on 09/04/2018.

 

Buy Link(s):
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My Thoughts:

This series has always had a paranormal bent, however, I believe that this book might be the turning point from a “tendency to have paranormal bend”, to really paranormal crime fiction. I’m not complaining though, I like where its going… however, some of the die-hard crime fiction geeks might not appreciate it…

Another thing that I am happy about this book, is that I get to see more of Angel and Louise! I just wished that there was a little bit more of Sam as well.

Incidentally, or perhaps not so incidentally, the book touched on a subject which is in-line with current events and perhaps, an issue which resonates in a lot of us. Parker opining that “bigotry and hatred appeared newly empowered”… Watching the news, that seems awfully true now a days… it gives a reader an eerie sense of surreality.

This book is another good instalment in the Charlie Parker series. John Connolly is his usual fabulous self. Wonderful story telling quality! Good story… An enjoyable read. Being a long time fan, it is worth the wait. However, it just doesn’t seem to feel like as good as the first few books in this series for some reason. It might just be me becoming jaded… or it is just one of those fluctuations like any other series have… either way it did not warrant a 5, but it does not feel like a 4 or under either. If you add up all the parts, it’ll get a five, but when it comes to a book, the whole is not always the sum of its parts. Thus this book gets a 4.5.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (14 hrs & 33 mins)
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Charlie Parker Series:
 

                           

 

About John Connolly
John Connolly

John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute.

He is based in Dublin but divides his time between his native city and the United States.

This page is administered by John’s assistant, Clair, on John’s behalf. If you’d like to communicate with John directly, you can do so by writing to contact-at-johnconnollybooks.com, or by following him on Twitter at @JConnollyBooks.

www.johnconnollybooks.com | twitter | facebook | google+ | goodreads | amazon

 

About Jeff Harding
Jeff Harding

Jeff Harding is one of the most active American actors based in Britain. He is regularly seen in film and TV but he maintains interest in fringe theatre. He is particularly active in voice-over and radio. Having competed in rowing for many years, he still lives by the Thames and rows regularly – an appropriate sport for the reader of Ben Hur.

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FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
 

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LAKE SILENCE

 

The Others #6: LAKE SILENCE

Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
Book 6 of The Others series
Read by Alexandra Harris
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook, & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Lake Silence:

In this thrilling and suspenseful fantasy, set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Others series, Vicki DeVine and her lodger, the shapeshifter Aggie Crowe, stumble onto a dead body . . . and find themselves enmeshed in danger and dark secrets.

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others — vampires, shapeshifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget . . .

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki’s have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what’s out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe — one of the shapeshifting Others — discovers a dead body, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the man’s death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, things get dangerous — and it’ll take everything they have to stay alive.

Source: Info in the About Lake Silence was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35463752-lake-silence on 13/08/2017.

 

The Others #6: LAKE SILENCE audiobook

My Thoughts:

When I read the synopsis for this book as soon as it was released, I was dismayed to know that this might now be a tangent storyline in the world of The Others and Meg & Simon might now be sidelined, if seen at all, again. It made me depressed.

In this book we meet a whole new set of characters from that of the previous books in this series. And yes, we hear about Meg and the Lakeside Courtyard in the sidelines, however, the masterful story telling quality which is a trademark of this series is still there. so even though I went into this book dreading a little, I was not disappointed. In fact, I am now looking forward to reading more about Vicki and Aggie and Chief Grimshaw in subsequent books.Although the formula of the book is the same to that of the previous books, group of bad guys against our good guys… la di bla di bla… to the point of feeling repeatitive, it is still a good read. Despite the books taking on a “same old, same old” theme, the way the story is told beats that “same old, same old” feel.

By now, I am used to listening to Alexandra Harris, however, I still need the ebook otherwise parts of the book won’t make sense with her reading.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 5
Plot = 5
Narration = 3.5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Others Series:

         

 

The Author
Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel, Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestseller list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

Crawford Award (2000)

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book, in all its formats, were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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DARK IN DEATH

 

DARK IN DEATH by JD Robb

Dark In Death by JD Robb
Book 46 of the In Death series
Narrated by Susan Ericksen
Genre: scifi crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobookAudible Books

 

 

About Dark In Death:

It was a stab in the dark.

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime — from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.

The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama — and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.

Source: Info in the “About Dark In Death” was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35466342-dark-in-death on 31/01/2018.

 

DARK IN DEATH by JD Robb (UK)

My Thoughts:

5% into the book and it had me thinking about that Sharon Stone movie where the crime author was the killer… However that sense of similarity to that movie soon faded as Dark In Death‘s story unfolded. Anyway, and just for fun, below is the trailer for Basic Instinct

I was looking forward to this book for a year but once I started reading/listening to it, it kinda got boring and I was afraid that the staying power of this series has finally started to wane on me. It probably is not the book, it’s most likely just me. But I guess it gotta happen sometime. Anyway, I still enjoyed the book but not as much as I used to with this series. Or even like the last book. For some reason this one is mediocre to me compared to previous books. Anyway, I still like meeting Bella again! That one I really liked! And the plot is quite solid with this book, too. This time its not just Dallas, all by her lonely self (again), who got the murderer. This time it was actually a team effort that they got the bad guy. I like that, rather than it’s only ever Dallas who got the antagonist in the end. That was ok for the first few books. After reading it like that, book after book after book, it kinda lost its novelty. Not only that, it also gets annoying. However, this book is not like that, so kudos to this book!

Just because I whinged doesn’t mean I not a fan anymore. I still am. And would still continue buying this series for some time to come. I just wished that I hadn’t gotten jaded yet… It was more fun then…

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (13 hrs & 25 mins listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

BASIC INSTINCT Trailer:

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook copies of the book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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