Monthly Archives: September 2011

Review: The Trophy Exchange

The Trophy Exchange
The Trophy Exchange by Diane Fanning
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes I find it interesting in how we discover new authors. Case in point, I picked this book up because I needed it to fit a random challenge category (the initials of the author had to match my own) and I found it by browing the F shelf at the library. But I really enjoyed it overall. I loved that as a character Lucinda wasn’t the perfect cop. The supporting characters were intriging, I want to hear more about Ted (one of the Sgt’s who works with her) and his family; and hoping that there will be a re-appearance of other characters. I’ll def. be reading the next one in the series.

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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Book Review


Review: Me, Myself, and Why?

Me, Myself, and Why?
Me, Myself, and Why? by MaryJanice Davidson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was different…I’ve read MJD in the past and found her Undead series to be lite and whimsey for the most part (I mean, a Vampire addicted to shoes)…in this new series, she takes on an individual with mental health issues (multiple personalities) who is also a federal agent.

Overall I enjoyed the book (although I listened as an audiobook) and might consider picking up another one in the series in the future. However, this isn’t one that you can listen to or read if you are easily distracted, because some chapters will stop mid-sentence as another of Cadance’s personalities makes an appearance. I’ve never met anyone with MPD, so don’t know if this is how it happens – but I hope not, because I felt sorry for Cadence in some of the situations she found herself in at times.

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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Book Review


Review: Out of Africa

Out of Africa
Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I’m sure others liked it, but it just didn’t do anything for me. Seemed very disjointed and not cohesive…oh well

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Posted by on September 8, 2011 in Book Review


Review: Succubus Revealed

Succubus Revealed
Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is bittersweet in so many ways. I realized as I finished listening to it on the commute home tonight, that there is no more Georgina and Seth. Over the course of the last five books, plus this one, i’ve come to enjoy them, and while I might have bitched and moaned in previous reviews about their behavior – there is something about them, that is so life like (well, as much as a succubus can be 😉 )

For most people who have been following the series, the conclusion probably came as no surprise and looking back through the previous books you can see hints that the author dropped to lead you to this final climax. But how we finally got there was the ride of a life-time. I don’t remember the last time when I physically sat in my car for almost fifteen minutes after getting to work, because I HAD to hear what happened next. There were times where I laughed and many more where I nearly cried.

One thing that really drew me to this installment in the series was the development of the secondary characters. Sure, G&S were there in all their glory, but it was the smaller people who have appeared in all the other books and it was finally in this one that I came to know them more like people and less like characters on a page: the Mortensen girls (Morgan and Makenna especially); Peter and Cody; Hugh (the imp that he is) and the new characters that were introduced – Seth’s mom and brother (although I definately had a few WTF moments with Ian at times).

I’ll look back on these books in the future (and who knows, maybe even fit in a re-listen) and hope that Ms. Mead will eventually take up back to the world of Georgina and Seth, be it Seattle, or wherever they might. Even just a visit would be nice. I want to know what happened to Roman (if we ever will) and find more out about Carter – maybe the next person he is there to save will be the basis of another series (pretty please). All I can say is that Ms. Mead is definately going on my auto buy list in the future (at least for her adult titles – YA i’m not so sure about yet). Luckily, I still have her Dark Swan series to check out.

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Posted by on September 7, 2011 in Book Review


Review: Retribution

Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

most like a 1.5 than 2 stars…about the only saving grace was the fact that I got it from the library and didn’t fork out any money for it…

so from the previous book (No Mercy) a whole new cast of characters were introduced, but were any of them followed up here…nope…instead we find ourselves in Las Vegas with Sundown – now, i’ve been waiting for Sundown’s book since he was introduced in Zarek’s, but this was just a disappointment. There wasn’t even really the normal mythology undertones that are in her previous books, but rather a whole new cast of characters in native american myths and legends…

save your money and get it from the library. if i keep reading any of her books, that is the only way i’ll be doing it – but this one might just have been bad enough to stop me from reading her again

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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in Book Review