Dy's Take

January 12, 2012

Changeling by Yasmine Galenorn

Filed under: ChickLit,Disappointing,Erotica,Paranormal — Dy @ 22:56

(04) Otherworld #2

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

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December 29, 2011

The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox

Filed under: ChickLit,Disappointing,Paranormal — Dy @ 23:50

(101)

December 10, 2011

Destiny by Tallulah Grace

Filed under: ChickLit,Disappointing,Indie Author,Paranormal — Dy @ 20:32

(94) Timeless Trilogy, book 3

This was by far the most disappointing of the three books in this trilogy.It was so upbeat and happy that I felt like I needed to brush my teeth after reading to make sure they don’t rot from all the sugary sweetness.  This was a wrap-up novel for a trilogy, I get that. But still, it had no tension, no suspense.  The characters of the love story in this one really got the short end of the stick in terms of character development and action. Having all the tension in the flashbacks just made the current era scenes that much flatter.

The biggest disappointment for me, though, was the fact that I expected an indie author to improve as she gained skill, and it just didn’t happen. By a vast margin the first book in this series is the best.  All in all, read the first one for some fluffy fun, but skip the rest of the series.

Spellbound by Tallulah Grace

Filed under: ChickLit,Indie Author,Paranormal — Dy @ 10:00

(93) Timeless Trilogy, book 2

The formatting and spell checking on this one were even better than the first book in the series; the improvement is natural, but, honestly, unexpected in an indie book, and  I am again pleasantly surprised.

The story in this one was weaker than the first book and a bit less interesting. There simply wasn’t even danger/conflict and the MC’s acquisition of her magical abilities came way too easily.

The writing was still pretty good, but couldn’t overcome the weak plot. Another fluffy romance for fans of old-school Harlequin romances; sex is basically non-existent.

2.5/5

November 27, 2011

Naamah’s Blessing by Jacqueline Carey

Filed under: ChickLit,Fantasy,Favorite Authors,Romance — Dy @ 22:14

(88)  Kushiel’s Legacy #9

Not the strongest entry in the series. Overall, I’ve enjoyed Moirin’s trilogy more than I liked Imriel’s, though neither holds a candle to the original trilogy featuring Phedre.  This was the weakest of Moirin’s three books, IMO.  Partly because it was lots and lots of travelogue leading up to the confrontation that was supposedly the purpose of the story, then said confrontation was resolved far too quickly and easily, to my mind.   I think the story lacked some tension that was present in the other because of Moirin’s married state — the tense romances are a hallmark of the Kushiel books and the tension was noticeably lacking in this one.  A decent finish to the trilogy, but all in all very wordy and the words were used on the wrong parts of the story.

November 17, 2011

Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn

Filed under: ChickLit,Paranormal — Dy @ 13:30

(84) Sisters of the Moon #1

Meh.

I really, really wanted to love this book, since the author is one who is admired by a number of authors I admire. But I just didn’t. The plot was fine, but the prose was stilted and the backstory revelations were very heavy handed. I have the first 7 or so in the series courtesy of paperback swap.  Here’s hoping the writing gets better :-S

October 25, 2011

Fate by Tallulah Grace

Filed under: ChickLit,Indie Author,Paranormal,Review Book — Dy @ 21:53

(82) Timeless Trilogy, book 1

This Kindle freebie was entertaining enough that I bought the second one.

Oops. I was digging through my Reviews folder and found this mentioned. Apparently it was a review copy (which I got for free from the reviewer who declined it).

Pretty good formatting and spell checking for an indie book, I remember being pleasantly surprised.

The story is fairly predictable, but in romance that’s not really a minus — girl meets boy, they face adversity/are separated (bonus — this had BOTH these plot points!), they overcome, they live happily ever after in a committed relationship.

The writing was good enough that I only noticed ~the writing~ once or twice. My issue with most indie books is that the writing is bad enough to make me notice the words rather than the story. This book didn’t suffer from that.

I did think it could stand to be a little longer, and the foreshadowing of the romances to come in the other two books of the trilogy was a bit heavy-handed at times. All in all, a fluffy, fun little romance for fans of old-school Harlequin romances; sex is minimal and tame.  Not quite enough heft to be a beach read — more like a commuter read; something you can pick up and put down while on the train or bus and not worry about missing something if your attention wanders a little occasionally.

3.5/5

October 15, 2011

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Filed under: ChickLit,Favorite Authors,Paranormal,Series I Like — Dy @ 11:23

(80) Sookie Stackhouse #11

I, like most people I know who were fans of Sookie and co. before True Blood, have been disappointed in the last few books in this series.  The last one I genuinely enjoyed was All Together Dead — yea, 4 books (and years) ago…

As a Sookie book this was another disappointing and forgettable one. I’m writing this review on the 23rd, 8 days after I finished the book, and I can’t remember anything worth remembering in this one, other than a minor character’s overly dramatic demise.

What I DID like/love/adore in this book was a glimpse of Lily Bard.  Before I read Sookie, I read Lily and I’ve been sad for years that the Lily Bard/Shakespeare series just stopped – no resolution, no denouement, nothing. They just sort of stopped.  This book implied that this was not the first time Sookie and Lily have met, and I may have to go back and re-read to find their first meeting since I didn’t catch it.  Nice to see Lily is well and happy.  Looking at the timeline courtesy of Wikipedia, Lily fell off the radar after Sookie was first published, so now I know what happened to the character and the series.

This was a library book. I haven’t bought a Sookie since book 5, and based on how they’ve been since, I doubt I ever will again. That makes me sad, since I like to support authors I enjoy — but I haven’t enjoyed this series enough to feel the need to own in a long, long time.

July 18, 2011

Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

( 59 ) Stephanie Plum #17

April 6, 2011

A Taste of Magic by Tracy Madison

Filed under: ChickLit,Paranormal,Romance — Dy @ 17:37

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Not too bad for a Kindle freebie 🙂  It has a couple of moments of explicit sex, but not enough, IMO, to qualify as erotica.  It’s mostly a story about personal discovery and surviving emotional upset with a little bit of sex, romance, and magic thrown in. Great beach book.

March 29, 2011

Hooked on Murder: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman

Filed under: ChickLit,Mystery — Dy @ 22:22

(27) Crochet Mystery #1

I have this one and book 2 in the series from PB Swap and doubt I’ll pursue the series beyond them. It was okay, but the MC was a bit whiny, I’m kinda over the cozy thing, and the crochet pattern and recipe elements felt a little too much like a knockoff from a number of foodie mysteries plus Earlene Fowler’s quilt series…

Pacing was problematic… It was okay when I got into it each time I picked it up, IF I read for at least 15-20 minutes to get back into it. Just a bit dull (though I am happy to say I didn’t see the whodunit coming) and I am SO sick of cops-n-cozies. Surely there HAS to be another way for an amateur sleuth to do their job without sleeping with a lawman (or ex-lawman in China Bayles’ case…)

So, young mystery writers, think of a new cop connection, or, better still, find a way to write a cozy ~without~ the cop connection and I’m there.

February 5, 2011

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

Filed under: ChickLit,Humor & Satire — Dy @ 12:43

(11) Stephanie Plum #16

A fun romp. I would have liked to see more of Grandma Mazur, since her exploits frequently make me laugh out loud while reading.  I enjoyed getting to know a little more about the slimy cousin/boss and to see Evanovich finally give him a little humanity – he’s been a caricature for 15 books now…

4.75 / 5 — I’d have given it a five, but I didn’t laugh as much as I usually do. Of course, that’s probably my issue, not the book… Fine.

5/5

November 16, 2010

Dancing with Butterflies by Reyna Grande

Filed under: Book Club,ChickLit,LitFic — Dy @ 23:11

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Populated by stereotypes that made me cringe for women everywhere even as I enjoyed learning more about folklorico. I could have cheerfully throttled ALL the female leads in this book.

Reading about abuse victims who don’t stand up for themselves drive me crazy.  As a woman fast approaching middle age and shocked at how my body has changed since high school it is all too easy to my own potential in the plastic surgery addict. The illegal…that’s hard. I live in a border state and it’s hard to look at that issue from the other side. I appreciated the glimpse into the mindset, and, particularly, the look at what many illegals are running from (profound poverty) but I can’t bring myself to approve. The school teacher? No. Just no. I’ve been where she was and there is no excuse for that behavior. Period.

This was a good book for book club because it was something I never would have chosen on my own. I just didn’t like the story/characters.

The language though? I don’t know if it was a translation issue, or just that author’s native language is Spanish, but there were moments when the beauty and lyricism of some of her phrases took my breath away.

Still, I doubt I’ll read any more of this author’s work, unless my book club makes me again.

August 12, 2010

Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

Filed under: ChickLit,Paranormal — Dy @ 18:14

(48) Women of the Otherworld, book 11

I liked it. Less busy than some of the other books in this series (okay, I admit it, less werewolves; for some reason her Weres just rub me the wrong way). I liked that we picked up the story of the little girl we met several books ago as an adult.

And, even though they normally make me crazy, I loved the cliffhanger ending. Fun read, and especially nice after the heavy King I read before this one.

July 12, 2010

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig

Filed under: audiobook,ChickLit,Historical Fiction,Romance — Dy @ 12:56

(39) Pink Carnation, book 6

Definitely my favorite so far.  Penelope is the most honest, gritty of the heroines in this series to-date. She’s also on her own most of the book, making her much less dependent on series regulars.

Rumors abound that the next novel in the series will star Turnip Fitzhugh since all the first and 2nd string characters have had their happily ever after, save one.

WHEN is the book about Jane? Or are we operating on the outdated notion that she cannot be an action star and romantically involved? C’mon Ms. Willig, we wanna know!

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