2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.
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Book Review: The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Wow. I could not stomach this one… It seems most of the reviews are raves or regrets, and I’m firmly in the latter camp.

I didn’t know the author before this title – I was curious and intrigued, both by the fantastic cover and the blurb, which promised a thriller and a mystery, set in a less-common world (polygamous marriage) than most. Sounded good to me, so I requested it tout suite. I’m really going to have to start looking authors up before doing that – this is not the first time I’ve been surprised by an author’s shift into a new genre, nor is it the first time I’ve been disappointed at the way that worked out… Continue reading Book Review: The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Book Review: Signalz by F. Paul Wilson

I love the Repairman Jack series and the Adversary Cycle – but I haven’t read either in quite some time. I was delighted when I saw that there were new stories in this universe, with this and The Last Christmas. I think this book was every bit as marvelous as the earlier books in the series. I do think it helps to have some familiarity with the series, conceptually, but as I didn’t remember very many details beyond the fleeting sense that several of the names were familiar and an understanding about Nightworld as a concept, I had no difficulty following the story or enjoying it on its own merits. Continue reading Book Review: Signalz by F. Paul Wilson

Book Review: The Last Agent by Robert Dugoni

I LOVED IT!! I was a little nervous going into this one… I loved the spy bits of the first book, The Eighth Sister, which comprised about the first half of the book, but the remainder was a bit more courtroom drama than I am normally interested in, so I netted out at three stars. Still, I loved the characters and the Cold War, old-school spy feel of the parts that focused on the mission and escape so much that I knew I’d give the next in the series a chance, and I was not disappointed! Continue reading Book Review: The Last Agent by Robert Dugoni

Book Review Blurb: Overstrike by C.M. Angus

This one offered a novel take on the multiverse and almost-time-travel. I liked it, but frankly a few times I got a little lost in all the characters and perspectives and timelines and had to backtrack to make sure I was staying in the story. The underpinning idea is very intriguing though, and seeing how it would play out is what kept me reading even when I occasionally got frustrated trying to keep it all right in my mind (an ironic statement if you know the book and the characters’ struggles to do the same!). While I found it a little tough to follow sometimes, that feeling did contribute to the overall sense of the story – a weird gestalt that I both liked and didn’t. There’s a fantastic construct for the end/next book though, and I’m curious about how that will work itself out but do hope things tighten up a bit (either in the book or in my mind) to help me stay in the action instead of occasionally losing the feel for it as I try to keep up…

Thanks to the good folks at Elsewhen Press for my obligation-free review copy.

Book Review: Carpe Glitter by Cat Rambo

This one totally intrigued me upfront – the cover, the blurb, Cat Rambo: what’s not to love?? I requested a review copy and was delighted to receive it. I dug in eagerly – the opening grabbed me straightaway – it was full of mysterious intrigue, hints of dark family drama, secrets and hoarded treasures (and not-so-treasures)… It was, in a word, sublime. Until it wasn’t…

Weird. Continue reading Book Review: Carpe Glitter by Cat Rambo