Monthly Archives: January 2016

5. Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

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.Plot.

Kate is fighting a foe that no one is sure can be beat, though they’ll certainly try and more of her past comes forward as she and Curran battle the tension between them.

.Characters.

Kate Daniels is a strong character and in this, with her vulnerabilities blatantly shown and her inability to deal with relationships on display I finally identified with her. She is not weak, but she is human and it was nice to see it in ways that are shown more than physical.

Curran is still a character I’m not sure about and I do find aspects of their relationship to be problematic but understand that it might be just because of the genre. However his behaviour at times, as hers does, would be concerning in a real life partner.

.Tone and Setting.

The tone of this novel was ominous, but wonderful. It was a page turner. The setting is amazing, and the world building phenomenal.

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommended for: Fans of Urban Fantasy, or authors such as Diana Rowland or Patricia Briggs.

Reading Project January-February Kelley Armstrong

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I love Kelley Armstrong. I met her before I loved her writing, before I’d read a single word and she was a warm, friendly person. I wish I could meet her now to tell her that I’ve tried to read every word she’s written and it’s still an ongoing project for me, and that the world’s she’s created are amazing.

And thus, my reading project for January, February and possibly March even begins.

I am going to read the Otherworld series in chronological order. It doesn’t seem hard right? Except I’m including the novella’s and short stories as well.

That is, at current count, 61 different pieces of writing, novels, short stories and novellas included.

It has resulted in Otherworld Nights, Men of the Otherworld and Tales of the Otherworld appearing as follows: IMG_3932

This is going to be a very interesting project, and will hopefully lend more depth to the stories I’ve loved for a while. In a way it will be nice to be reintroduced to the characters who have always felt a little bit like friends, or dysfunctional family members.

4. The Chemistry of Death by Rebecca Cantrell

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Plot

Joe and Edison are at it again, scanning people’s brains to better understand PTSD and mental illnesses amongst other things. But someone is killing women in the tunnels, and Joe’s moral compass is spinning. This book is chilling, and oh so well written. The plot moved along quite smoothly and this book was definitely a page turner.

Characters

Joe is still lovely, and vulnerable yet strong at the same time. The way his mind works still fascinates me.

Celeste was in this novel a little less, and yet, I was more interested in her than ever.

Vivian is still a pillar of strength in these novels, and a female character I certainly admire.

All of the characters are written in a way that is very real, and very true to life. They have their strengths but are not without their vulnerabilities.

Tone

For me the tone seemed to shift a little more toward the menacing side in this novel than in the previous two, but I really appreciated it.

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommended for: Rebecca Cantrell fans, even if you mainly liked the Hannah Vogel series. I would also recommend this for people who like hard mysteries.

3. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

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Plot

This novel gripped me quite quickly, as I read about the fictitious beginning of one of the royals I have always been most intrigued about. The unraveling of the beginning of Catalina’s life was quite well written, and her love for Arthur definitely believable.

Characters

I read this novel for Katherine/Catalina of Aragon, and her fire, and her determination which was definitely admirable. I wish there was more accounts of her life, even if they were slightly fictional, as she deserves the attention.

Arthur is a person/character I ended up falling for as well, with his smarts, and his own ideas of the perfect Camelot.

Setting

The settings in this novel, as well as the dress etc are so well described that it was quite easy to close my eyes and picture what was happening, and what the scenery looked like.

Overall:

I got what I wanted out of his read, which was something that would take place in a time I always have been fascinated by. It was a real page turner, and it was obvious that research had been done. It was salacious and enjoyable.

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommended to: Katherine of Aragon fans, people interested in Tudor history, those who want a quick, immersive read.

2. The Tesla Legacy by Rebecca Cantrell

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Plot

This is a very natural continuation to the previous novel in the series, with Joe trying to cope even further with the revelation of why he is agoraphobic, and new revelations about his familial connections. The discovery of a dangerous device, created by none other than Nikola Tesla himself really does drive this plot in a great way.

Characters

My love for Joe Tesla only grows within this book and I can’t wait to read more of his adventures, or misadventures as they may be. His mind is truly an amazing thing, even as it turns against him in certain ways. There is more vulnerability for him within this novel, which only makes me care about him more, as though he is a real, live human being.

His enemies are twisted, almost more so than in the first novel. Ash is truly sinister, and a completely unreliable narrator, despite the reasons he gives for doing what he’s doing.

Characters I would like to learn more about: Vivian

Tone and Setting

The tunnels and his new home seem almost like coming home as a reader, as we are given the opportunity to become more familiar with them. The tone of this novel is more sprawling, from fear, to almost abject terror at one point. It’s a true mystery though.

Overall:

I’ve already got my hands on the second novel and I can’t wait to read it. Rebecca Cantrell is a fantastic writer, one who knows how to do her research as well.

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommended to: Nikola Tesla fans, mystery lovers, people who have read anything else by Rebecca Cantrell.

1. The World Beneath by Rebecca Cantrell

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Rebecca Cantrell is easily one of my favourite authors, as the way she manages to weave a tale together is truly inspired.

Plot
This book, and the story within it had me rapidly turning the digital pages, eager to find out what happened. Joe Tesla’s life within the tunnels is definitely a hard one, and one worth reading about. Though there were a few filler chapters overall this book and its plot are well written.

Characters
Joe, despite all his riches and presumable good fortune is an easy character to like. He’s also easy to empathize with, someone who is kind to those he meets but who is unable to deal with the outside world.

Dubois is a truly mad scientist, trying to play with things that no one could help to understand.

Edison, the yellow dog, is easily one of my favourite characters. Sweet, and charming he’s well trained. I was truly amused that he was named Edison, all things considered.

Vivian is not someone I am sure I can trust as of yet, but I do look forward to getting to know her.

Tone
The tone of suspense all throughout the novel was well kept up, and I found myself cringing and wanting to stop at certain moments when Joe was in true danger.

Setting
The setting, the New York City tunnel system is a character within itself in this novel. Sinister, dank, and scary this setting was well lent to the tone and feel of this novel.

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommended for: Those who like medical suspense, or who have read Rebecca Cantrell’s previous novels.

2016

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I’ve fallen down on the job when it comes to updating this in 2015 so I am going to try and do a better job with that, and will only really be taking on a couple of reading challenges at a time.

So I’ve set my GoodReads goal to 85 for this year, since I read 84 books last year.

I am trying to figure out my own kind of way of reviewing books still, and find my footing in terms of that.

Please let me know what you would like to see as well.