Dy's Take

July 11, 2012

Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs

Filed under: Mystery,Series — Dy @ 17:16

(41) Temperance Brennan #5

Again, the cross-confluence of geography and mystery stretches credulity. Again, the resolution was so far out from the main story line I truly didn’t see it coming, though this time it felt a little more forced and made me wonder if the left-field solution wasn’t a last minute cop-out because she’d written herself into a box? Nonetheless, starting book 6 tonight and ordered up through book 12 from PB Swap.


July 8, 2012

The Twelfth Enchanment by David Liss

Filed under: Fantasy,Historical Fiction,Literary Locals,Mystery — Dy @ 22:48


Loved it. The language was fun–it rolled around in my head like Austen and the character’s internal dialogue felt very true to the period, especially in the earlier parts of the book. The multiples twists were fun, and I hope Liss pens more in this vein.

July 7, 2012

Kiss the Dead by Laurell K Hamilton

Filed under: Disappointing,Paranormal,Series — Dy @ 22:43

(39) Anita Blake #21

Meh. The Anita in this book is so very different from the conflicted Anita of the early days. This is not a bad thing, but the book’s plot was super thin and resolved far too quickly — the bulk of it was an overdose of unnecessary sex scenes and Anita’s ruminations on the nature of love. Basically a whole book to show us in overabundant detail how her moral stance has shifted.  Glad it was a library loaner.

July 5, 2012

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Filed under: Fantasy,Literary Locals,Series — Dy @ 22:39

(38) Heroes of Olympus #2 <aka Percy Jackson #7>

Yes, Percy is back. Nice to get an inside view of the Roman camp, as well as meet the Roman faces of gods we thought knew from Percy’s series and to see the differences between the Greek and Roman versions. Some are subtle (Hera v Juno) and some are remarkable (Ares v Mars).  Fun read, good series, great author.

July 2, 2012

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Filed under: Humor & Satire,Literary Locals,Memoir — Dy @ 22:33


As a longtime fan of  The Bloggess, it was inevitable that I would read Jenny’s book — as soon as my number came up on the library’s waitlist (we’re thinking about moving so I’m making a conscious effort to not bring more books into this house this year). If you’ve read her blog, you get it.

Me? I laughed so loud while reading it that my husband first thought I was choking, then made me take it downstairs so I wouldn’t keep him up. I did the same at work and now my office mate is reading it. She laughed so hard her mom and sister are reading it, too, to see what the fuss is about. Yes, it’s that damned* good.

*swearing is for emphasis… and because if you’re going to read this book you’re going to have to get used it, she does it a lot.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Filed under: Fantasy,Series,YA — Dy @ 22:26

(36) Fire and Thorns #1

I really liked this and cannot wait for book two (current pub date 9/18/12!). There was so much to like in this I don’t know where to start. The MC wasn’t persecuted, not truly — she imagined she was, but I think a lot of that was in the character’s head. Her growing up in this book was fun to witness as she grew to own the things that made her different. The book covered a lot of ground, and, with the exception of a vapid male lead, had characters with depth who changed and grew over the course of the story.

Read this. Really. For more info on the series (or the author’s novella that takes place in the same world with the same MC but prior to the events of this book) check out the Rae Carson’s website.

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