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The second book in the Chicagoland Vampires Series starts just after the conclusion of the first. It does more character building and we get more time spent with Merit's family as Ethan wants to make in-roads with some of the prominent Chicago families. We get to learn more about Merit's past, some about Ethan and some others in the house. These are all good things, but the house is treated almost like a Frat/Sorority house with the way it functions, not like the way decades old + vampires should live and act. It's neat, but it gets silly. The antagonist from book 1 is back, and that would have been interesting except that nothing really gets resolved this time around. Something else threatens the house this time around and it's something we've seen before and it just didn't work for me. I gave it 3 stars because I like the world, and I like the Chicago setting, but the series feels more like a TV show where nothing much happens week to week, or in this case book to book. It's not bad, but there's better Urban fiction/Paranormal romance out there. I'm done with Chicagoland Vampires
The second entry in the Lost Fleet series fits the mold with book 1. It's got some good twists and turns, but it largely follows book 1 in terms of the journey. I don't know if there's enough substance to keep the series going for 6 books as they journey home. I know the battles are good and well written, but 1 large scale battle per book becomes very formulaic. I think there's some good likable characters, and I'd like to see the other fleet captains get more plots. I'm interested in book 3, but after that, there needs to be more in terms of plot, not a just new star system and a fleet battle.
This is a great novel Jason Matthews weaves together a great story of intrigue. Great characters on both sides of the US/Russian line. The main cast all get a good bit of screen time, but Dominika and Nathaniel are both good characters. Marble is another great character. The CIA players are all on their game and so are the SVR, though they are clearly the villains in this story and can come off a bit cartoonish. A lot of this reminds me of "The Americans" TV show. Both sides have a lot to play for and have spies everywhere. This is stellar spy thriller and the best book I've read or listened to this year. Matthews will be an author to watch.
Another series from Molly Harper narrated by the great Amanda Ronconi, sounds great! This has the makings of a great series, but my biggest turn-off was that this story was rushed. The first third was pretty fun with some good flirting and dialog. Then the story was in a hurry to get to the end.
The mysteries in these books aren't particularly deep and this was no exception, but it gets the job done. I wasn't surprised by who the villain was, but it wasn't telegraphed from the start either.
The romance between Mo and Cooper was cute and sweet, but it just didn't click in the same way as the Jane Jameson series. I think the characters would have been better served if the story was another 2 hours longer. It would have given more time for character development without the story getting dragged down.
Book two promises a new story with some different characters being featured. We'll give it a listen, but it's not at the top of the must listen list.
Laini Taylor weaves a wonderful story in the final piece of her Smoke and Bones Trilogy. This really should be a five-star book, but she introduces some important characters in this book, that should have had some pages dedicated to them in Days of Blood and Starlight. I won’t say it feels rushed, because it’s a long book and ample time is dedicated to all plots, but if these key people were introduced, it wouldn't have been so jarring. The hubby and I have really enjoyed it, but having these crucial characters introduced so late feels almost like a plot coupon because there wasn't enough plot with the characters introduced before to complete the story with who we had in the last book. I think she did the best she could without the story going completely off the rails or some ret conning.
We listened to the audio version and Khristine Hvam delivered another spectacular performance. She was right on the button with the usual suspects and all the new characters were also brought to life by the performance. I will say my only issue with the production was point-of-view changes during a chapter. There was no additional pause other than a normal paragraph pause. I don’t expect the break like between chapters, but there were more than a few times where it changes a point-of-view and it took a paragraph or so to understand whose point of view we were focused on. I won’t say it’s the end of the world, but it was distracting more than a few times especially early in the book.
I really can’t in good conscience not recommend this book. It’s got a lot of great pieces, but the additional important characters introduced in this book, feel a little cheap. If you’re read the first two books in the series, what are you waiting for? Read this! If you haven’t read the first two, this is a great place to start and it’s not the typical teen romance love triangle shtick that’s been making the rounds since Twilight made it big.
This book is better than the sum of its parts. The story isn't stellar, but it's solid, same goes with the performance. However, it can be seen that Campbell has big plans for how the series can play out. There's a lot of deeper things going on than just the Syndics vs. the Alliance. However, we just were teased about it in this book. One of the things that detracts most from this story is that it doesn't stand alone. It just sort of ends, and we're meant to pick up book 2. I like it when books in a series have a clear stopping point, so that if I don't start the next one right away, I don't feel like stopped in the middle. It's just disappointing because the action is written well, and the dialogue is sharp. I enjoyed this book will pick up the next one in the series, but I wasn't compelled to jump right in to book 2.
I've typically enjoyed the Wyman Ford series, but The Kraken Project was dull. None of the characters were particularly likable including Wyman Ford who felt like he was just along for the ride.
Melissa Shepherd the female lead was just annoying and really unlikable. She tried to hard to be tough, but when it came to the AI program she was overly protective and does not make a good female lead to Wyman Ford.
The AI Dorothy was insufferable. She starts off freaking out and threatening to destroy everything in her path, and as she 'evolves' she becomes very childlike in her interactions. Don't turn me off and throws temper-tantrums, and tries to become a benevolent overlord as the book goes on.
Jacob.. What can I say other than he's useless and the story would be better without him. He really doesn't have any redeeming qualities. From the time we meet him he's just feeling sorry for himself and his parents don't seem to care because of the 'accident' I don't know why he's in the story, he doesn't really serve a purpose except as a plot coupon, but not a very good one.
Wyman Ford is the main protagonist, but he feels out of place and almost gets led around by Dorothy and Ms. Shepherd. I won't say it's character assassination, but he just didn't do as much in this book as he's done in the past.
The story has some good hooks, but I just couldn't get excited about them. The antagonists want to use Dorothy for some nefarious reasons which aren't all that interesting. They go through all this to get her copied over and it just sputters out without any meaningful impact. Rogue AI goes crazy and people try to get their hands on her, and be evil. It's not that original, but even with the hooks in the story this didn't work. I'd like to see more Wyman Ford, but not in situations like this.
Scott Sowers wasn't the best in this story. He usually does a pretty good job with Wyman, but this time around he was unable to make the story engaging. Source material or direction, I don't know, but this was disappointing.
This is a difficult book for me to review. I enjoyed this book more than the first in the Fargo series, but it's far from perfect.
What I really like about the story are the characters. Sam and Remi are great characters and can really carry a story. Their friends are also really well written from Selma and her staff, to their friends in high places.
The setting is also fantastic. From the jungles of Africa to their high tech home in California and everywhere in between. They are all awesome settings.
Treasure hunting was also a lot of fun. The searching for all the different things from diving to digging to using technology to research the artifacts.
What really drags the book down for me are the antagonists. They feel like cheesy comic book villains. The artifact will destroy everything I have worked so hard to protect and take down civilization as we know it! It gets a bit silly and goes a bit against what Cussler does well with his Dirk Pitt series. Grounded villains. Not all the villains are this way, but the main antagonist is and his number 2 follows orders and never questions them and that takes some of the fun out of what is really a pretty good story.
I like treasure hunting books. They're a lot of fun for me to read, but I like them to have a complete story with good characters good and evil, a good plot, unique settings and most of all it needs to be fun. This book gets most of it right, but the villains really hurt the story for me,so it gets a 3 in terms of story. Scott Brick orates the story using his great voice and brings the Fargo's to life and has enough different accents for all the characters.
Yes, Maberry keeps the action moving and uses different points of view to keep the readers up to speed as to what all the different plot lines are doing. As the story reaches the climax, he brings all the plots together in some explosive action sequences, which almost feel as frantic as being there. Even the action scenes in the rising action are exciting and make you want to keep listening.
Ray Porter does a great job with this type of book, and he was the narrator in one of my favorite books that we listened to last year 14 by Peter Clines. He does an outstanding job with dry humor and sarcasm and when it's time to be serious, he cuts to the chase. His cadence is perfect and brings excitement and the thrill to the action.
The titular hero in this case. Ledger has seen some crazy things both as a cop and now as part of the Department of Military Sciences. Hearing some of those stories would be really exciting and terrifying.
Really enjoyed the start to this series, and we're looking to hearing more of this series in the future and seeing what crisis Ledger and the DMS will try to stop next.
The Second book in the Honor Harrington universe and it's a big step up from the first in the series. This book features Honor and co. visiting the planet Grayson and attempts to sign a treaty to help in the upcoming war against Haven. Haven in the mean time is teaming up with the Masadan's whose arch enemy are the Graysons. Both countries are religious fanatics and believe that women should not be soldiers, much less captains. It's up to Honor to work through the prejudices and get the treaty signed without letting Masada destroy Grayson and try to stop war between Haven and Manticore.
This is a big step up from the first book. The stakes are higher and there's a much more complete story here. Weber lets us know that no one is safe in the Honorverse, and there are repercussions for everyone's actions. I thought that the story was really fleshed out with the politics of Grayson and Masada and their philosophies around religion, women and politics.
Allyson Johnson does a great job with her cast, but there's a point where speech patterns change for a character and she doesn't quite hold it together for the rest of the book which is understandable as it would be very difficult to narrate that for a large portion of the story.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading more about Honor Harrington and the world he's created.
This was a strange book and while i liked it, there's a plot line that just doesn't really fit. The whole book felt like a lot of fan service. I think that it could have been OK, but I didn't buy it all the way. They start off trying to figure out how to get to Madigan, after a quiet period for Cat and Bones. Things quickly get out of control, and they use their allies to try and save themselves and prevent a war. That's the quick synopsis. There's a lot of characters in this book that get a quick nod or shout out. It's very fan servicey. It wasn't that it was poorly done, but it was just glossed over. The story was a little weak, and I don't know that there was enough for a full book here. It felt rushed and parts weren't fully developed. I gave it 4 stars overall, but Tavia Gilbert's performance was top notch as always, and it does pull everything together. If you've read the other books in the series, this is a must read, but it doesn't break new ground.
The Katie story line was pretty silly. The reaction by Cat felt really over the top. I get the basic concept that she now has a 'daughter' but the whole I must protect her at all costs even though I hardly met her felt very forced. Even my wife rolled her eyes at it. I get the whole parenting situation, but this felt forced because it was a paranormal romance and Cat's mom was a bad mother, so Cat needs a daughter so she can be a good mom didn't work. Having her probably be Tate's kid as well made me really roll my eyes, and I didn't think he was all that likable of a character, but maybe he was? I'm still looking forward to see where she takes her storytelling next.
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