2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.
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Book Review Blurb: The New Girl by Harriet Walker

I liked this one, especially in the beginning, although found it a bit draggy by the end and things happy-ended way more than I anticipated/expected/enjoyed… Continue reading Book Review Blurb: The New Girl by Harriet Walker

Book Review Blurb: Under Pressure by Robert Pobi

Oh my goodness but I love love love these books!! Lucas Page is amazing, his wife and Whitaker are rockstars, the mysterious underpinning each book are original and well crafted, and the back and forth revelations – inch by painstaking inch – of his history with Kehoe are fascinating to witness unfold… There’s so much going on, layered seven secrets deep here – I want five more books to come out tomorrow just so I can watch it all unravel at the current pace, which is perfect for this series. If you haven’t started this series yet, do so quickly – there’s a lot going on and you won’t want to waste a minute catching up when the next installment hits the shelves!!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation-free review copy.

Book Review: The Unexpected Spy by Tracy Walder

I struggled a bit with this one… From the descriptions, both in the blurb and from the publicist who introduced me to it, I expected a very different story – this did not read like fiction, it was not a spy story per se nor fast-paced throughout. While it painted a fairly involved picture of one agency (CIA), it did not do much other than offer a dark snapshot into the other (FBI). And it did all of those things with redactions that sometimes involved entire paragraphs… Continue reading Book Review: The Unexpected Spy by Tracy Walder

Book Review: They Never Learn by Layne Fargo

Oh but how I LOVED this one!! I read Temper when it came out, and was thoroughly entertained. I expected the same this time around, but was blown away by how much she’s improved as a writer/storyteller – and that’s after an exceptional first offering in Temper… This was a marvelous revenge fantasy, but it was so much more than that. The characterization, the plotting, the pacing, the revelations – everything about this one was spot-on. I was captivated by the darkness, horrified (but not surprised, sadly) by the bad behavior, tickled and saddened by the naivete and its attendant consequences… But mostly I was entertained by it all! Continue reading Book Review: They Never Learn by Layne Fargo

Interview: Charles Porter, Author of Shallcross: Animal Slippers

In 2017, I shared a guest postfrom author Charles Porter, whose novel series Shallcross brought the Hearing Voices Movement front and center. Today I’m pleased to bring you an interview with the talented Mr. Porter, whose new Shallcross novel, Animal Slippers, is now available. Enjoy!

Welcome back Charles. We did this two years ago for your book Flame Vine, the second book in the three book series, and now we are here with your third book, Shallcross: Animal Slippers. I see you received a blue star from Kirkus and a starred review from Blue Ink Reviews. I also saw this book was picked as Best Indie Book this year by Kirkus and Blue Ink. Congratulations on all of that! Continue reading Interview: Charles Porter, Author of Shallcross: Animal Slippers