Thursday, November 9, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Outtakes from the Grave (Night Huntress #7.5)

Outtakes from the Grave Outtakes from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed reconnecting with these characters. It's been a while since I read volume 7 so things aren't as fresh in my memory as to the goings on in each installment. As such, there were times I was a little lost in regards to timelines, but I still enjoyed these little snippets. It's interesting to hear why these scenes were cut from the original publications and it would've been nice to have these extras as I was reading the series. Each scene is cut into a separate chapter and starts with a preface from the author stating which installment the scene is from and why the scene was not in the final publication.

I found the narrator, Tavia Gilbert, when I started this series and she has become one of my favorite narrators. Each character has their own unique voice and she really does a great presentation. Even if this type of book is not your thing, I'd definitely recommend giving any book narrated by Tavia Gilbert a listen.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Origin (Robert Langdon #5)

Origin Origin by Dan Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to admit that I do enjoy these books, even if they're a bit formulaic and in this particular one, I guessed something about the story pretty early on. This installment held my interest almost until the end, and then I got bogged down by the science in the later part of the book. Once that part passed and we headed towards the end, the story renewed my interest.

I was expecting that we'd find the world in the aftermath of the occurrences in Inferno, but I didn't find that at all. I don't think it was even mentioned, unless I really missed something. This book discusses some pretty highly controversial topics, so I think it's something to consider before starting this book.

I did listen to a majority of this book in audio and enjoyed the narration. I'm not usually one to pick up a book immediately upon it's release, but after Inferno, I was curious about this one. Though it wasn't what I expected, I did enjoy it quite a bit.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on The Shark (Forgotten Files #1)

The Shark The Shark by Mary Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Picked up this book because I won the second one in a giveaway. Interesting mystery. Had no idea until it was revealed, who was involved. Based on the sneak peek of the next book that was at the end of this installment, I think I'm going to enjoy that story as well.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland #3)

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Listened to this one on audiobook and I have to say that the experience this time around was much easier than I had with the previous installments. The narration was very soothing also.

These books are never what I expect, to be honest. We find September a year older in this one, but she doesn't seem to have matured at all. The story wasn't gripping for me and I really think I need that for a book to be more than just enjoyable. These books are definitely more like a stroll where the destination is never really set until you get there. At least that's how I feel. The uncertainty of where the story is finally going to end up I think also hinders my enjoyment because I'm constantly looking for how the story will resolve.

I will still continue with the series as I do like them. The end of these books always makes me curious about what will happen in the next installment, and this one didn't disappoint in that regard.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Primal Waters (MEG #3)

Primal Waters Primal Waters by Steve Alten
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This installment has taken me the longest to finish so far and it was the least enjoyable as well. Fast forward a couple decades and we have an older Jonas and his family including two teen children, one who thinks she can do anything she wants because she's almost 18. She really grated on my nerves and I did not like how her character progressed at all. We again have the dual POV situation here, but it didn't bother me in this installment as much as it did in the second book.

The reality TV show aspect of this installment wasn't enjoyable at all and it wasn't believable to me considering the situations these characters were in. I am still going to progress through to the next book in the series though, because though I enjoy them less and less, this series is still keeping my interest at the moment.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed revisiting this story. It was more hilarious than I remember the original to be for sure. I'm not sure if it was because the lines sounded different in my head, if it was the way the narrator delivered them, or if they were in fact slightly different. There are a few differences in the story as well, which I found interesting. It's been several years since I read the original series and I will need to go back and re-read it just to see what differences were made other than the obvious ones.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)

City of Ashes City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally got to the next book in this series and I'm really enjoying it! Yes, I am watching the TV show and enjoying that as well. The differences in the book and show are interesting and I'm curious what will happen in the next installment. I really feel like with adaptations, I need to watch them first before reading the text. I seem to be able to enjoy the show for what it is without the constant voice in my head telling me things are different or being disappointed as to why certain things aren't in the show.

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