Posts Categorized: B+

The rest of the short reviews from 2015

February 12, 2016 2015, A-, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B, B+, book rating, C+, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

I’ve finally finished all my reviews for 2015 with these last six shorts. Three of these are short stories, one is a book of short stories and the other two are novels. I have two science fiction, three fantasies and one contemporary fiction. These are very short snippets of reviews…lol. At least I have a post about them which makes me happy! “Earth and Fire” & Earth 2788 by Janet Edwards “Earth and Fire” is a prequel novella. It’s a story about Jarra when she learns to fly a plane (takes place before the trilogy Ms. Edwards wrote). I enjoyed the glimpse into Jarra’s life before the books began. Grade:… Read more »

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Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney

Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney

February 2, 2016 2016, B+, book rating, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 8

Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney Series: Palace of Dreams #1 Genre: Fantasy Setting: a fantasy world with sensitives and complex political systems Published by Roc, 2016 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: February 2) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 400 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Shironne Anjir’s status as a sensitive is both a gift and a curse. Her augmented senses allow her to discover and feel things others can’t, but her talents come with a price: a constant assault of emotions and sensations has left her blind. Determined to use her abilities… Read more »

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The Leftovers–Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reviews

The Leftovers–Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reviews

January 30, 2016 2015, 2016, B+, book rating, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Another set of mini-reviews from books I read in 2015 The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet #1 Published 2014, 518 pages Science Fiction (space opera) Action-packed and fun, rollicking science fiction space opera. I read this book as part of Sci-Fi Month 2015 and a read-along in November and even though the last part of November (Thanksgiving) kept me from participating in weeks 3 and 4 of the read-along I loved talking with others about this book. You can check out my week one and week two posts. However, if you plan to read the book watch out… Read more »

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Mystery Reviews

Mystery Reviews

January 22, 2016 2015, 2016, B, B-, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

I have a few books I read in 2015, but didn’t get reviewed. I’ve decided to group them together in three or four posts. Mysteries come first! A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson A Very English Mystery #1 Published 2015, 306 pages Historical Mystery–England, 1953 I really enjoyed this mystery. I haven’t read too many books written in this time period. Real events are the background for this historical mystery. Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess defected to the Soviet Union in the summer of 1951. They were both part of what later became known as the Cambridge Spy Ring because they were recruited in the 1930’s when they… Read more »

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Christmas Miracles by Mary Balogh

Christmas Miracles by Mary Balogh

December 17, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 1

Christmas Miracles by Mary Balogh Series: None Genre: Historical Romance Setting: Regency England at Christmastime Published by Class Ebooks Editions, Ltd., 2015 E-book, purchased 170 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: CHRISTMAS MIRACLES brings together three previously published and long out-of-print novellas, each of which demonstrates how the wonder of the season can bring together two would-be lovers or two estranged lovers and create a bond between them that will last a lifetime and beyond. In “The Wassail Bowl” an aristocrat has summoned his young son to a family house party but is disconcerted when his estranged wife and her illegitimate daughter arrive with him. When he expresses his displeasure, she picks up… Read more »

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Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

November 2, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Goodreads, NetGalley, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier Series: Blackthorn & Grim #2 Genre: Historical Fantasy Setting: Ancient Ireland Published by Roc, 2015 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Nov 3, 2015) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 448 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Disillusioned healer Blackthorn and her companion, Grim, have settled in Dalriada to wait out the seven years of Blackthorn’s bond to her fey mentor, hoping to avoid any dire challenges. But trouble has a way of seeking out Blackthorn and Grim. Lady Geiléis, a noblewoman from the northern border, has asked for the… Read more »

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The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

October 31, 2015 2015, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton Narrated by Penelope Keith Series: Agatha Raisin #1 Genre: Contemporary Mystery (Cozy) Setting: The Cotswolds in England Published by Blackstone Audio, 2012 (originally published 1992) Audiobook, purchased 272 pages 6 hours, 26 minutes Grade: B+ Narrator grade: B+ Synopsis:  Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: Surely a blue ribbon for the best quiche will make her the toast of the town. But her… Read more »

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Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

October 29, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 0

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews Series: Kate Daniels #8 Genre: Urban Fantasy Setting: post-Shift Atlanta, Georgia Published by Ace, 2015 Library book 342 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters. So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order… Read more »

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Death & the Redheaded Woman by Loretta Ross

Death & the Redheaded Woman by Loretta Ross

October 10, 2015 2015, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 6

Death & the Redheaded Woman by Loretta Ross Narrated by Amanda Ronconi Series: An Auction Block Mystery #1 Genre: Contemporary Mystery Setting: Missouri Published by Midnight Ink, 2015 Audiobook, purchased 264 pages 7 hours, 15 minutes Grade: B+ Narrator grade: B+ Synopsis: A strange death calls on Wren to be a jewel-seeking sleuth As someone who appraises and prepares houses for auction, Wren Morgan has seen her share of fixer-uppers. But when she arrives at her newest project, Wren is unprepared to find something she can’t easily fix–a naked, dead man. Soon after her disturbing discovery, Wren meets Death Bogart, a private investigator and surety recovery agent who’s looking for the… Read more »

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The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

September 29, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Goodreads, NetGalley, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher Series: The Cinder Spires #1 Genre: Fantasy (steampunk) Published by Roc, Sep 29, 2015 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: September 29, 2015) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 640 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion,… Read more »

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