The Crown is an entertaining mystery set during the reign of Henry the VIII of England, revolving around Sister Joanna Stafford. Although it slows down a little at times, it quickly picks up again with a satisfying, although dragging, conclusion. I'm definitely looking forward to Nancy Bilyeau's next novel.
I chose this audiobook since I have enjoyed similar stories in the past, such as Elizabeth Moon's Vatta Wars and Jack Cambell's various series. Unfortunately, Andromeda's Fall didn't work for me. I listened the audiobook on and off for several months before I was finally able to finish it. Not a good sign. The main character, McKee (aka Catherine Carletto), was too on-spot and lacked any imperfection. She reminded me of the Mary-Sue stereotype from my fanfic days, making it hard for me to cheer her on.
On the other hand, the plot was intriguing and enjoyable. I haven't decided whether I will finish the series, since the storyline was great but I really disliked McKee. I will definitely be continuing my search for great SciFi, because this did not meet expectations.
Elizabeth Peters blend lots of humour, a questionable romance and history into a stumbling caper that I couldn't wait to finish. I'm not always a fan of first-person narratives, but Vicky Bliss's straight forward, yet sarcastic personality really carries this series. In the third installment, Vicky travels to Stockholm on a supposed vacation, where she soon learns that John Smythe, her occasional beau and an art-thief, has less than honourable intentions for their visit.
As I previously mentioned, this is a part of a series, but the Silhouette in Scarlet could definitely be read out of order. However, I would definitely recommend starting with the second book which is entitled the Street of the Five Moons. Fortunately, this book is spoiler free!
The Tarnished Knight is an offshoot of Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series. Anyone who was at all curious about the Syndicate Worlds will enjoy this new perspective which follows CEOs Artur Drakon and Gwen Iceni in their bid for power. Neither trusts the other, but must rely on faith when facing their more ruthless advisories... the ISS Snakes who want Midway to remain under Syndicate rule.
For those who aren't familiar with the series: I believe you will still enjoy the book, but may have a steep learning curve as there are many reference to the prior books. Listening to the Lost Fleet series definitely enhances this story.
My only dissatisfaction is that this book ends in a cliff-hanger, but the next volume isn't released until October 2013 :(
Did you know that this book is sad, tragic even? Because I sure didn't, so I just thought I would warn you. To be fair, I probably should have seen it coming, but I assumed that it would be more about the events after the suicide and how they changed Grace. Be warned, it is not.
As for the story, while it was really long (and some parts really dragged), it's very engrossing and almost addictive at times. But I hated the fact that it was so sad... so I have about 30 minutes left, and a minute away from the big reveal. However, I'm not going to listen to the end. Instead I'm just going to imagine my own ending. It's better that way...
I decided to pick up Where There's Smoke after devouring both Mirror Image and White Hot. I'm glad it was on sale. The story wasn't bad, but it didn't live up to my high expectations after reading the first 2 books. Although the book maintained a good pace throughout with many twists and turns, I had a hard time enjoying it, especially after its conclusion.
One of the big problems with the audiobook was that the main characters weren’t likable. Key was more relatable than Lara, but halfway through the book he was still acting like a playboy. And while Lara wasn't a bad person, I found her very self-righteous, which turned me off her character. She was always preaching or harping at someone, which was funny since an affair had landed her in her current situation.
However, my biggest dislikes were the sex scenes and the final mystery. Usually I have no issues with sex in books, but in this case I found the vocabulary used vulgar. It wasn't sexy at all! And then the twist at the very end also put me off. Had it been revealed closer to the beginning I would have found Lara more relatable.
Although Where There's Smoke was an entertaining audiobook that contained a maze of mysteries, there are better books out there, including ones by Sandra Brown. I guess I'll just have to resume my search for the perfect book, because I didn’t find it here.
Having never read Connie Brockway before, I wasn't sure what to expect from the Other Guy's Bride. Fortunately, the novel, which is set in Eygpt, makes good use of its exotic location. The story involves a good dose of adventure, comedy, and romance, as well as two sparring adventurers with a lot of chemistry.
Nate thinks he has found the perfect deal when an acquaintance tells him about a cheap studio apartment. But soon he realizes that the cheap price of his LA bachelor can't make up for the strange things happening in the building. Soon he, along with a group of neighbours, begins to focus his energy on finding out what's behind the many locked doors, why do all the cockroaches have seven legs, and why is there no information on the building's origins?
14 was a great listen that blended mystery, horror and even a little romance into one story. Nate, an average guy, is easy to route for and he surrounds himself with a great group of interesting characters. As someone who has never lived in LA, it's an interesting take on the city, since everyone in this book loves LA, even though LA doesn't love them back. They're trying to make ends meet, which means they're stuck living in a strange apartment building. I quickly found myself looking for more housework so I could learn more of theKavach building's mysteries.
Like many others, I was intrigued by the title, Snow White Must Die. I don't often venture into mystery books, but fortunately my curiousity got the best of me this time. This book, translated from from the German and set in a seemingly quaint German village, quickly shows that village life can be far from idyllic.
What I loved most about this book was that no one in Tobais's village is what they seem and every member is hiding some kind of secret. Tobais's return to Altenhein quickly sets in motion a chain of events which begins to unravel years' old secrets that when uncovered have the potential to ruin more than one person's life. I found the mystery engaging, suspenseful, and more importantly unpredictable.
I hope to hear more from the author soon!
I'm usually a big fan of SEP but I found the Great Escape lackluster compared to her previous books. The story itself is very formulaic (heroine hides out from normal life, big conflict causes separation, the big reconciliation…), and Lucy and her alter-ego didn't live up to other SEP heroines. Sex scenes were used to try to maintain interest, but beyond those scenes, the story was kind of boring. I lost interest halfway through the story and ended up taking four months to finish… Unheard of!
Melanie Middleton and I would not be friends. But I'm okay with that, because even though I can't stand Miss Middleton (urgh), I love Karen White's Tradd Street series. I love that these books are set in Charleston (now I really want to visit!) and the tangled webs that run through this series heightens the mystery and intrique. The ghost story in this book is very engaging and Jack is super sexy (except possibly his taste in Melanie).
Even though Melanie is a prickly heroine, that strangely doesn't detract from this book. It's definitely worth the listen.
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