Posts Categorized: B+

Stories of the Raksura, Vol 1 by Martha Wells

Stories of the Raksura, Vol 1 by Martha Wells

August 29, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 0

Stories of the Raksura, Vol 1 by Martha Wells Series: The Books of the Raksura #1 Genre: Fantasy Setting: The Three Worlds Published by Night Shade Books, 2014 E-book, purchased 206 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: In The Falling World, Jade, ruler of the Indigo Cloud Court, has travelled with Chime and Balm to another Raksuran court. When she fails to return, her consort Moon, along with Stone and a party of warriors and hunters, must track them down. Finding them turns out to be the easy part; freeing them from an ancient trap hidden in the depths of the Reaches is much more difficult. The Tale of Indigo and Cloud explores… Read more »

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Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

August 14, 2015 2015, A-, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Armada by Ernest Cline Narrated by Wil Wheaton Series: None Genre: Military Science Fiction Setting: Beaverton, Oregon; Nebraska; space; dark side of the moon Published by Crown Publishing, 2015 (Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2015) Audiobook, Library 368 pages 11 hours, 49 minutes Grade: B+ Narrator grade: A- Synopsis: Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with… Read more »

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Review: The Siren Depths by Martha Wells

Review: The Siren Depths by Martha Wells

August 7, 2015 2015, A-, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 0

The Siren Depths by Martha Wells Narrated by Christopher Kipiniak Series: The Books of the Raksura #3 Genre: Fantasy Published by Night Shade Books, 2012 Audiobook, purchased 277 pages 15 hours, 47 minutes Grade: A- Narrator grade: B+ Synopsis: All his life, Moon roamed the Three Worlds, a solitary wanderer forced to hide his true nature–until he was reunited with his own kind, the Raksura, and found a new life as consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. But now a rival court has laid claim to Moon, and Jade may or may not be willing to fight for him. Beset by doubts, Moon must travel in the… Read more »

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Review: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

Review: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

July 25, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 0

A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2 Genre: Contemporary Mystery (police procedural) Setting: Canada–Montreal and a small village south of Montreal (Three Pines) Published by Minotaur, 2007 E-book, purchased 311 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder. No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter—and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death. When Chief Inspector Armand… Read more »

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Review: The Deep End by Julie Mulhern

Review: The Deep End by Julie Mulhern

July 23, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

The Deep End by Julie Mulhern Series: The Country Club Murders #1 Genre: Historical Mystery Setting: 1974, Kansas City Published by Henery Press, 2015 E-book, purchased 255 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Swimming into the lifeless body of her husband’s mistress tends to ruin a woman’s day, but becoming a murder suspect can ruin her whole life. It’s 1974 and Ellison Russell’s life revolves around her daughter and her art. She’s long since stopped caring about her cheating husband, Henry, and the women with whom he entertains himself. That is, until she becomes a suspect in Madeline Harper’s death. The murder forces Ellison to confront her husband’s proclivities and his crimes—kinky sex,… Read more »

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Review: Still Life by Louise Penny

Review: Still Life by Louise Penny

June 13, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 6

Still Life by Louise Penny Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1 Genre: Contemporary Mystery (police procedural) Published by Minotaur Books, 2005 E-book, purchased 377 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montréal and yet a world away. Jane Neal, a long-time resident of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more but Gamache smells something foul this holiday season…and is soon certain that Jane died at the hands of someone much… Read more »

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Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

June 5, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop Series: The Others #3 Genre: Fantasy Published by Penguin Publishing Group, 2015 Library book 400 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: The Others freed the  cassandra sangue  to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him. Meg is still deep in… Read more »

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Review: A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

Review: A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

May 29, 2015 2015, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 1

A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny Narrated by Ralph Cosham Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #4 Genre: Mystery (police procedural) Published by Blackstone Audio, 2009 (originally published by Minotaur Books, 2008) Audiobook, purchased 322 pages 10 hours, 52 minutes Grade: B Narrator grade: B+ Synopsis: It is the height of summer, and Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse, an isolated, luxurious inn not far from the village of Three Pines. But they’re not alone. The Finney family — rich, cultured, and respectable — has also arrived for a celebration of their own. The beautiful Manoir Bellechasse might be surrounded by nature, but there is… Read more »

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Review: Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson

Review: Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson

May 9, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson Series: Boundary Magic #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by 47 North, May 2015 E-book, purchased 302 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: After her twin sister’s brutal murder, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie. So when two vampires try to kidnap the baby, it quickly turns into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is. She wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has miraculously survived the fight, and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces…and a target for creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee her niece’s safety, Lex… Read more »

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TBR Review: Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown

TBR Review: Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown

April 15, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 10

Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown Series: The Cycle Path Mysteries #1 Genre: Mystery (cozy) Published by Berkley, 2014 E-book, purchased 288 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it’s up to one resourceful visitor to get things running again… Hoping to shift her chances of a promotion in her favor, Evie Bloomfield heads to Mackinac Island to assist her boss’s father. Rudy Randolph has broken his leg and operating his bike shop, Rudy’s Rides, is too much to handle by himself. But Evie’s good turn… Read more »

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