Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Book Review Tuesday

Review of The Silent Shield by Jeff Wheeler

The Silent Shield by Jeff Wheeler

This is the fifth book in Jeff Wheeler’s reworking of the Arthurian legends. It’s the second about Trynne Kiskaddon, the daughter of the protagonist of the first three, Owen Kiskaddon, and a very worthy successor. I did guess early on that she’d marry [spoiler]. The action is credible. Many of the characters are well-drawn. I’m looking forward to book six. Hoping for the return of Trynne’s mother and father. Love the theme of history repeating itself.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Book Review Tuesday:

Dying for a Vacation: A Dai and Julia Mystery

Dying for a Vacation by E.M. Swift-Hook and Jane Jago

In an England where the Romans were never kicked out, Dai Llewellyn is investigating the stealing of antiques in England, while his pregnant (and Roman) wife Julia has escaped his overbearing attention by traveling to Egypt. This is a strong addition to the Dai and Julia series of mysteries. The addition of Egypt and an archaeological dig as setting for a part of the story was great. I also love the addition of Hook-Beak’s wife. She’s a wonderful character. And of course, Dai and Julia solve the crimes.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Book Review Tuesday

Two Tuesday Reviews

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

This story about a man who’d built a bookshop on a barge in the Seine, but it’s also about finding a book to meet each purchaser’s emotional needs, and about the bookseller’s journey to meet his own. Lyrically written about heartache and loss and the possibilities of new beginnings, this book is filled with interesting characters and beautiful scenery. Probably not for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

Trust a Few by E.M. Swift-Hook

Trust a Few: Haruspex Trilogy part 1 by E. M. Swift-Hook

Every main character in this story has an agenda and a viewpoint and they manipulate the others to give twists and turns to the plot as we see the story play out. Each of the characters has a complex backstory that contributes to how they interact. I’ll admit I didn’t love all of them equally, but they were interesting, flawed individuals. I’m looking forward to reading more about them.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book Review Tuesday

Can't believe I haven't posted this review here: The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemison

Deserving of ten stars

Jemisin has created a weird and terrible and wondrous world. Her masterful use of second person POV and present tense let the reader experience what happens to Essun and everything she does. I'm looking forward to reading the concluding novel in the series. I'm obsessed with the story. I can understand why the books have received so many awards and nominations.

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Book Review Tuesday

This is the latest book I read to give the author a review:

Necrotic City – by Leland Lydecker

Heroes can be Heroes

Adrian is a Hero in every sense of the word but because he takes his oath to help others seriously, it gets him into trouble, especially in a city where the rich and powerful live at the top, and when folks are downgraded socially and economically, they’re literally downgraded to lower levels of the city. The familiar idea of creating classes based on wealth is dressed up with great world building and engaging characters. I enjoyed this story and hope there’s a sequel so I can find out what happened to Adrian and the others who escape the city.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Book Review Tuesday on Wednesday

Life II by Scott Spotson    4 Stars

I enjoyed this book, especially the fact that it was unpredictable. When Max was given the opportunity to go back in time he had no idea what would change or how different his life would be. Through this long novel we saw how his choices affected those around him. Some remained friends no matter what. His emotions concerning the children he left behind were palpable. Interesting take on time travel.