Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey

Five star review for Cibola Burn by James S. A. Corey

James Holden is sent as a peacekeeper when squatters on one of the newly found worlds clash with a scientific group sent by a corporation. But defense mechanisms the earlier inhabitants of the world left behind have other plans. This was the best in the series so far. And I'm so glad the Expanse TV series found a home so this story can be told.

The Fated Sky (Transgressor Trilogy, #1)

Five star review for The Fated Sky by E. M. Swift-Hook

In the first installment of the Transgressor Trilogy, we’re introduced to several memorable characters: Avilon, called the Kashlihk, an off-worlder who is aboard a ship that crashes and is found by a caravan; Chola Durban, a kind of jokester and information distributor; and the Black Vavasor, whose name is really Jariq Zaringor. About halfway through this well-written book the three team up to get Avilon and Jariq away from a warlord who’s trying to gain rule of all of Temsevar. This world, on the periphery of the Coalition of worlds, is truly a backwater with little of the technology found elsewhere, creating a mix of fantasy and science fiction rarely found elsewhere. The adventures of Avilon and Jariq carry the rest of the book.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Book review Tuesday on Wednesday

A Darker Shade of Sorcery by William         Collins

4 star review of A Darker Shade of Sorcery by Will Collins

Evan, who lived in an orphanage in London and was bullied by schoolmates, and Brooke a typical teen girl are kidnapped by Venators, i.e., demon hunters. The first part filled with monstrous beings was not my cup of tea, but then the descriptions of their school and magic and physical training, reminding of Hogwarts, was easier to read, although slightly too long. The world building with the various realms was good and the character development was too. Will Collins is a talented writer. I'm not sure I'll continue with the Realmers series, but that's due to my very personal dislike of ghouls and demons.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Book review Tuesday

Rafferty Lincoln Loves... by Emily  Williams

Four star Review of Rafferty Lincoln Loves…  by Emily Williams

Those who enjoy horse stories will love Rafferty Lincoln Loves… but the story is more about loyalty, promises made and kept, bullying, secrets and rumors. These are issues that teens everywhere deal with. The characters were well-developed even though the story only covered a few months as they make new connections (not accepting that those are friendships) and care for a horse. Tension developed partly because they weren’t certain whether Minty was the missing racehorse that had been in the news. As the author states, proceeds from sales of this book go to the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre, a worthy and appropriate cause.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tuesday Book Review

Mistletoe and Murder by Robin  Stevens

Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens - five stars

Daisy and Hazel are spending the Christmas hols at Cambridge, where Bertie is studying and Alexander and George are visiting George’s brother. Of course there’s a murder, or rather two. But with the Detective Society and the Junior Pinkerton’s on the scene, the murderer can’t hope to get away with it. Told in Hazel’s wonderful voice as she journals every step of the way as the two rival agencies compete to find the killer first, this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are full of fun and surprises. I may have been able to predict parts of the story but Daisy and Hazel never disappoint.This is the fifth novel in the series. There’s one more and a book of short stories to read. I’m looking forward to the next one.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Tuesday Book Review

Tuesday Book Review
Water Lily by Crystal Packard
Water Lily by Crystal Packard. Five stars

Very enjoyable read. A fantasy adventure and romance. Lily likes to escape from her demanding mother and memories of her best friend’s death by visiting her grandmother, called Mémé. But when she arrives her great-aunts tell her that her grandmother has gone off somewhere. Unhappy, Lily finds a mural on Mémé’s wall. When the moon shines on it, the mural radiates and when she touches the water in it, her hand comes away wet. Lily passes through the painting and arrives in an old-fashioned world. Believing her grandmother is somewhere in that world, she meets people who help her and others who don’t. Her adventures teach her who she loves and what abilities she has.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Early Tuesday Book Reviews

Locked Rooms: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (A Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes Mystery Book 8)Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King - Five stars

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes in early twentieth century San Francisco. Throw in Dashiell Hammett and a few other interesting characters. Mary must unlock the rooms in her brain to solve the death of her parents and brother, always thought to be an accident, and their Chinese servants. Wonderful exploration of her suppressed memories. I also enjoyed seeing San Francisco through Sherlock's British viewpoint. I'd heard about this series and when a friend gave me a copy of this book, I gave it a try. If the others are as good, I'll read the entire series.

The Deadly Art of Deception (Caribou King Mysteries #1)

The Deadly Art of Deception by Linda Crowder - Four stars

Caribou King runs an art gallery in a town on the inner passage in Alaska that gets many tourists during the season. Her friend returns a year after the death of the friend's husband, an artist. Everyone lies to Carbou. The plot is convoluted, and hard to follow in places. But I enjoyed the story and characters, and will eventually read the sequel.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Belated Tuesday Reviews

Polar Bear Dawn: A Detective Bernadette Callahan Mystery (Detective Bernadette Callahan of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Book 1) by [Nicholson, Lyle]

Polar Bear Dawn by Lyle Nicholson - Four stars

Good detective story with excellent descriptions of the settings. Bernadette has her hands full when financial and petroleum interests try to use the invention of a scientist to manipulate the trade of oil stocks and the scientist has his own ideas. I tended to skim over the parts about the weapons people used. There were lots of bodies. Although we were in the heads of several of the players, we never really got to know most of them.

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth Book 3) by [Jemisin, N. K.]

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin - Five stars

I'm so glad this trilogy had an ending that was the logical conclusion to this saga. The writing is superb. The combinations of second person for Essun and third for her daughter, Nassun, and of course first for the narrator, Hoa work to separate the three stories that are all part of the same story. As a scientist, I'd like to know more about how the Plutonic Engine worked, but don't need that to comprehend what's happening. This is the first of Jemisin's work that I've read, but I'll definitely read more. Loved it.