I’m trying something a little different for some of my reviews this year. I’ve only done a few stand-alone reviews so far this year so I’m going to do a post about the books I read each month, I will list all the books I read (in this case January 2018) and write a few sentences about each one and give a link to the review if I’ve already reviewed the book. I really want to get my reviews under control.
The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch
Series: Peter Grant #5.5
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Novella
Source: Ebook, purchased
My Rating: B+
Reviewed: April 19
Bottom Line: A quick read, but a satisfying story. Great for Peter Grant fans.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Series: Winternight Trilogy #1
Genre: Historical Fantasy, FairyTale Retelling
Source: Audiobook, library (11 hours, 48 minutes)
Narrator: Kathleen Gati
I listened to the audiobook and loved the narrator. She does a really good job with this historical fantasy. I think this is a good book to listen to since it’s a fairy tale retelling and I think fairy tales are great to read aloud. It reminded me of when my mother would read fairy tales to me when I was a child–especially ones like “East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon.”
The story kept me guessing about how it would end especially since fairy tales told by Hans Christian Anderson or the Brothers Grimm do not always end well for the main characters. The setting is in a fantasy medieval Russia–very exotic. This has so many fairy tale images–a stepmother and stepsisters, a nanny who tells the old stories of magic and spirits and how the smart people honor these spirits. Vasilisa loves the old stories and follows her nanny’s teachings which puts her in opposition to her stepmother. A wonderful story with memorable characters . . . a true tribute to fairy tales.
My Rating: A
Narrator Rating: A
A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn
Series: Veronica Speedwell #2
Genre: Historical Mystery
Source: Ebook, library
I read the first book in the series when it came out. I’ve read a number of Deanna Raybourn books through the years and enjoyed them. I liked the first book in the series more than this one–maybe the setting seemed newer to me in the first book. However, that may have more to do with me and my mood when I read this one. I do like the main characters–Veronica Speedwell and Stoker. (The books remind me a little of Jayne Ann Krentz’s books when she writes books set in the 1800s using the pseudonym Amanda Quick.)
This is quick, fun, light reading. However, I’m not sure I’ll read the next book since this didn’t holding my interest as much as the first book.
My Rating: B-
Evan Help Us by Rhys Bowen
Series: Constable Evans #2
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
Source: Audiobook, purchased (6 hours, 52 minutes)
Narrated by Roger Clark
This is a series Rhys Bowen wrote before her Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness series. I love the setting in Wales and Evan Evans is a very fun character. (He reminds me of Hamish in the Hamish MacBeth series by M.C Beaton.)
I like the cover of this book since the story is about someone in the village finding ruins. The villagers immediately begin thinking the ruins must be a castle and that it will put the village on the map. They even think about renaming their village! Then the person who found the ruins is murdered. Does his murder have something to do with the discovery of the ruins?
I listened to the first book in the series last December and I really like this series. In my genealogy research it looks like some of my ancestors came from Wales to the United States in the 1700s. I have someone in my family tree named “Ellis Ellis!” So that makes me love the Welsh setting even more! I also like how Ms. Bowen shows that the villagers don’t like incomers–especially from England. If the villagers are speaking English they quickly switch to Welsh! It’s these little touches which make me like this series.
My Rating: B
Narrator Rating: B
Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff
Series: Keeper Chronicles #1
Source: Ebook, purchased
My Rating: B-
Reviewed: April 17
Bottom Line: This was fun, but a little too cute. Not my favorite Tanya Huff book.
A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron
Series: Heartstrikers #4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Ebook, Kindle Unlimited
One of my favorite series and now there’s only one more book before the series ends. That makes me sad since I love the characters and feel the world building is excellent. However, I’m glad when an author decides a series is finished and ends it so they can move on to other stories they want to tell.
A Dragon of a Different Color really moved the story along and I can see an ending in sight! It seems things just keep getting worse and worse for Julian and the Heartstrikers. Lots of things he thought he knew and understood are in doubt–including who he can trust. Julius has gone through so much, lost so much and in this book there is more to come.
The arrival of the dragons of China is very dramatic and it doesn’t look good for the Heartstrikers. It’s hard for Julius to show much interest in what’s happening, but he has to continue to step up. And, of course, all is not as it seems. If you haven’t read the books before this one you really need to read them before you read this one. And I do recommend you read this series especially if you like fantasy, urban fantasy, good world building, dragons and good story telling!
My Rating: B+
Starman Jones by Robert A. Heinlein
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Audiobook, purchased
My Rating: A-
Reviewed: March 30
Bottom Line: One of Heinlein’s Juvenile series and a good science fiction adventure story.