2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
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Book Review: Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine

I LOVED this series!! I am beyond sorry to see it end, but what an ending…

The Great Library is on its last legs. Enemies are closing in on all sides. The team is facing unbelievable new provocations, threats, and opportunities. And merciful heavens, did they – and the story – rise to the challenge!

This has been an incredible series, with exemplary world-building and characterization. Caine has done a remarkable job with it, and I think it is by far her strongest, best work. In this final installment the action and tension are ramped up to an almost unbearable level, yet she manages to tap-dance among land mines, keeping her cast moving forward at levels that exceed previous expectations – and that’s no small feat AT ALL. Continue reading Book Review: Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine

Book Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

This was such a cool story! It reminded me in some ways of Sylvain Neuvel’s Themis Files (but in a wholly different way, if that makes any sense at all).

The appearance of something unexpected with the attendant worldwide consequences that accompany Things We Don’t Understand lends itself to everything from slapstick antics to thoughtful consideration of what it means to be human in the modern world, and in the hands of a talented writer (which Green clearly is) that blend makes for a marvelous ride. I also REALLY enjoyed the exegesis on fame, social media, and the fleeting nature of public opinion in this day and age. Add in excellent writing and spot-on pacing, a clever heroine (who is, in the nature of the best heroines, often too clever for her own good or the good of those around her), a fantastic (literally and figuratively) idea, and the result is a book that pulled me in from the opening salvo and never let go. Continue reading Book Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Book Review Blurb: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware writes very compelling thrillers, full of secrets and drama and mysteries that leave everything up in the air as a possibility right up until the moment they resolve themselves. This time she’s taken on the nanny-family relationship, and the result is eerie and delightfully twisty – as expected. Sort of. Until it ended – in about 3 pages. Ugh.

I really liked this one – right up until it ended, rather abruptly and oddly given the lead-in to the resolution. It felt like someone called “TIME, pencil’s down!” and the author had ten seconds to resolve everything and did the best she could with the time she had… It made this a 3-star read for me instead of a 4-, and left me feeling oddly unsatisfied, which is all the more frustrating since the slow burning build to the dramatic end is one of the things I usually like most about Ware’s writing. It was still an enjoyable read, but the ending left me wanting more and felt like an unfortunate change-up…

Thanks to NetGalley for my review copy.

Book Review: The Nobody People by Bob Proehl

This was a really excellent story that grabbed me in the opening pages and never let go – although I must confess to being disappointed that it stopped rather than ended… There are a LOT of loose ends left hanging, and in a way that felt unfinished rather than cliff-hanger’ed.

Despite that, I loved the story – and for me, that’s an unusual statement to make. Continue reading Book Review: The Nobody People by Bob Proehl

Book Review Blurb: The House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin Craig

This is another exceptionally deceptive short review of an exceptionally entertaining story. Don’t let the brief blurb turn you off – it’s a long and involved read and well worth the time!

I read another reimagining of the 12 Dancing Princesses not that long ago, set in the Jazz era, and it was a very good and very entertaining. As good as that one was, this was better… It was dark and Gothic and weighty and extremely well-written, with horribly creepy details and marvelous characterization. The sisters were unique and marvelously detailed in their presentation. The World created was wholly fresh and the way the plot and reveals played out was masterful. I will definitely be on the lookout for more from Erin Craig!

My review copy was provided by NetGalley.

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