2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
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Book Review: Last Night by Karen Ellis

This second-in-series was every bit as engaging as the first – despite a much slower start and the relegation of one of my favorite characters (Elsa, who was THE major detective in book one) to an exceptionally minor side role… It took me longer to connect to the characters this time; Saki is, by design and personality, not an easy character to engage with, nor is Glynnie. But Crisp and JJ were delightful and heart-breaking and I found their unfolding tales to be all too believable and real. It made some of the reading difficult, but in a good, emotionally-charged, way. Continue reading Book Review: Last Night by Karen Ellis

Book Review: The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Prior to this, I only knew Elly Griffiths from the Magic Men series. This book could not have been further from that in style or scope, but as I’ve always enjoyed the writing in those, I thought this seemed like a great way to break into her contemporary work. I did still enjoy the writing, although not quite as much – and the back and forth perspective shifts that included the presentation of overlapping events from the perspective of various characters was interesting but did require more page flipping back and forth than I suspected or, to be frank, enjoyed. Continue reading Book Review: The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Book Review: Ghosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer

I’m a long-time fan of the hidden world-within-the-world idea of magic/magical creatures coexisting with us “regular” humans; there are, after all, more things on heaven and earth and all that… In the hands of a strong and creative author, this type of story setting offers up a panoply of options for original and entertaining story telling that blends magic, mystery, and marvelous surprises on every page. Craig Schaefer is one of those authors. Continue reading Book Review: Ghosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer

Book Review: A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

What an extraordinary find this was! Elsa is a marvelous creation and a fantastic protagonist. After a childhood that was nothing short of horrid, she is bent but not near as broken as she thinks – and it is precisely this knife’s-edge amalgamation of personality quirks that makes her such an amazing investigator for the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment unit. It’s also what makes her such an incredible character, particularly in the hands of a talented writer. Continue reading Book Review: A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

Book Review Blurb: The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr

What a weird, wild, darkly compelling and fascinating read this was… I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. It wasn’t what I got, and while at first I thought that was going to be a problem, as the story wound on and things got more and more involved, I found my feelings changing. This was a rather slow burn, but the character development and multiple story lines required a lot of set up and we’re definitely worth the effort. I wound up quite enjoying the meandering direction the book took, and the resolution was thoroughly satisfying when it finally came.

Thanks to NetGalley for my review copy. The book releases in the U.S. on April 9, 2019.




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