2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
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Book Review: Scavenger Girl: Secrets of Blood by Jennifer Arntson

Jennifer Arntson’s Scavenger Girl series is one of my favorite finds – as is the author herself. The series has five books – four currently available – and this newest is actually not a part of the official series but a companion novel that expands upon the backstory of several of the characters who play important roles in the series. It can be read as a standalone or at any point in the narrative of the larger series. It is a whole story; you do NOT have to have read anything of the Scavenger Girl world to read this one. While offering additional depth and breadth to the larger series, it is also, and primarily, the story of a major new character (Anna) who plays a vastly important role in the world of the series, but without anyone ever knowing who she is – until now. Continue reading Book Review: Scavenger Girl: Secrets of Blood by Jennifer Arntson

Book Review: Shark’s Tooth: Emerald Coast Murder by Michael Guillebeau

This was a fun collection – and I’m not usually a fan of short stories! I have read the author’s full-length novel featuring Emerald Coast Beach (Emerald Coast: Free Money – which I have reviewed on here if you’re curious), which is what drew me to this collection. I loved that one – very fun and quirky characters and a fantastic setting – and wanted more set in that world/with those characters, and this title had been published previously so I agreed to take a look despite my long-standing antipathy to the format of shorts.

I found what I usually do: I thoroughly enjoyed the stories set in the world/with the characters that I already knew and loved. But I also found a surprise: I quite enjoyed a number of the others, with new (to me) characters as well. Continue reading Book Review: Shark’s Tooth: Emerald Coast Murder by Michael Guillebeau

Book Review: The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson AND a Video Interview AND Chance to Win a Trip to Fall River!

Wow. This was SO detailed, and yet at the end of the day, I don’t feel like I know anything more than I did before… Which is, of course, almost entirely the point.

This was a minute-by-minute covering of the infamous trial of Lizzie Borden. I’m a lawyer, and I probably enjoy a courtroom procedural more than the next guy. The nuance, the order in which things happen/are revealed, the decisions over legal minutiae that seem insignificant but turn out to have unimaginable importance – these fascinate me.

But even I found them a bit overwhelming after a while. Continue reading Book Review: The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson AND a Video Interview AND Chance to Win a Trip to Fall River!

Book Review: The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

Apparently I missed the description mentioning this was horror. I started reading it expecting a tale of banal human evil, but found so much more…

This was a creepy tale that, even if not wholly original in premise, was very entertaining nevertheless, largely because I enjoyed the characterizations. Not the characters, mind you – many of them were odious. But the characterizations were brilliant and spot-on for the tale. Continue reading Book Review: The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

Book Review: The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni

I really like Dugoni’s writing style – he’s engaging and devises intriguing characters that jump to life off the page. His Sam Hell book is one of my favorite finds in 2018. This story had everything I enjoy – besides great characterization, there were spies and secret identities and lies and betrayal, which all make for a great tale. My only complaint is that this felt rather like two books cobbled into one…. (Hence only three stars.)

The first portion is all about the spy stuff – and it was EXCELLENT. Absolutely spot-on in recapturing the cold war spy thriller feel of Le Carre or DeMille. There’s action, adventure, palace intrigue, people being left out in the cold. Continue reading Book Review: The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni

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