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Debbie's Spurts

Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.

 

Currently reading

The Glittering Court
Richelle Mead
Right Hand Magic (Golgotham #1)
Nancy A. Collins
Progress: 15 %
White Trash Zombie Apocalypse
Diana Rowland
Progress: 20 %
Sisters of the Raven
Barbara Hambly
Progress: 80 %
Gemina (The Illuminae Files)
Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Caliban's War
James S.A. Corey
Progress: 2 %
Chaos Choreography
Seanan McGuire
The Dragonbone Chair
Tad Williams
Progress: 14 %
Terminal Uprising
Jim C. Hines
Heroine Worship
Sarah Kuhn

Favorite Book Quotes


"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading progress: 66%.

Shadow's Bane (Dorina Basarab #4) - Karen Chance

"“Then what is it about?” Marlowe staggered back to his feet, and Louis-Cesare hit him again.

 

“I don’t like his face.”

 

“Oh, that’s mature.”"


Reading progress: 52%.

Shadow's Bane (Dorina Basarab #4) - Karen Chance

"The night was muggy, I was sweating and miserable, and nobody even bothered to try to hijack me so I could take out some aggression."


Reading progress: 32%.

Shadow's Bane (Dorina Basarab #4) - Karen Chance

"She didn’t agree with Claire, but she wasn’t going to argue with a frantic mother who was low on sleep.

 

That never got anybody anywhere."


Reading progress: 27%.

Shadow's Bane (Dorina Basarab #4) - Karen Chance

"I wasn’t usually the screaming type; I’d trained myself out of it years ago, because it doesn’t up your chances of survival if you broadcast to the enemy both the fact that you’re wounded and exactly where you are."


Reading progress: 24%.

Shadow's Bane (Dorina Basarab #4) - Karen Chance

"The upshot was that the house had become a little . . . eccentric . . . over the years, almost like it had a mind of its own. Or a personality, anyway. Specifically, that of a crotchety old woman who didn’t like people messing with her stuff."


Queued up for Dewey's Readathon and Bookshelf BINGO

Chaos Choreography - Seanan McGuire Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman Sisters of the Raven - Barbara Hambly Heroine Worship - Sarah Kuhn Magic Binds -  Ilona Andrews White Trash Zombie Apocalypse  - Diana Rowland Terminal Uprising - Jim C. Hines

On the ereaders and ready to go for April!

 

And I'm kidding myself even planning a TBR because no telling what I'll wind up reading or how many.


I signed up for "Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon"

I have zero time to do this, but I think I need to for stress reasons.  I always enjoy it.  Signups are at http://www.24hourreadathon.com/april-2019-readathon-reader-sign-ups/ for April 2, 2019, readathon.

 

Source: http://www.24hourreadathon.com/april-2019-readathon-reader-sign-ups

Reading progress: 37%.

Chimes at Midnight  - Seanan McGuire

“Will this army do?”


Review of "Archangel's Viper" (Guildhunter, #10) by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Viper - Nalini Singh

This reader's personal opinion, ©2019, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 

 

I love how this author writes and am always drawn into her worlds.


But, this one -- while a very good book -- disappointed me. It was too sweet, too "easygoing," too forced in the banter because it went on for so long at start of book. But what really disappointed was how softened the characters of Sorrow/Holly and Venom were.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed their story and am glad I read it. It just didn't seem like I was reading about Sorrow and Venom but instead entirely new characters. I'm happy for their happy-ish "ending" but expected more action and tension from these two. Possibly it's just that I was really over-anticipating Venom's story and didn't appreciate some wishy-washy parts. Based on past books, I like these characters as a couple; based on this book, I just don't get the romance element which made for something really missing.

All that said, I'm still looking forward to rest of the series.


*©2019.  All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have cross-posted on Libib, LibraryThing, and other sites including retailers like kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties or indicate release of copyright.  

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)


Reading progress: 68%.

Archangel's Viper - Nalini Singh

“Then how are we—” Holly stared at the backpacklike thing he held up with a wicked grin. “Is that a parachute?”


Reading progress: 11%.

Archangel's Viper - Nalini Singh

“All for a weird Chinese girl who had the bad luck to survive a massacre?”

Starting this one for the Bookshelf BINGO for Paranormal.


5 Women Writers Breaking the Mold

*sigh*I would have added the books to the post but were published after booklikes stopped importing book data.  I'll look into manually adding once I'm home with desktop versus posting from a mobile device.

Source: http://getliterary.com/women-writers-breaking-the-mold

Just Pre-Ordered "Protect the Prince"

Protect the Prince (Crown of Shards #2) - Jennifer Estep Kill the Queen - Jennifer Estep

The second in the Crown of Shard series, Protect the Prince - Jennifer Estep, is dropping July 2, 2019 -- I just preordered.

 

It's the sequel to Kill the Queen - Jennifer Estep  .

 


Review of "Wild Country" (The World of the Others) by Anne Bishop

Wild Country - Anne Bishop

This reader's personal opinion, ©2019, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 

 

I finished this one a while back but was having trouble reviewing.

 

While reading it, I was thoroughly caught up in the story (and it was a stay in seat until finished read).

 

But, like Lake Silence, it introduced more new characters.  Oh, some familiar faces made an appearance.  And some really fascinating new "others" were introduced.

 

I think it missed the 5-star mark for me because it was too brief to get as hooked on the characters as I did with The Others series. 

 

I hope the next installment gives us more of the characters from these two books rather than a new main character.  Even if not, I'm looking forward to more in this world so am continuing the series. 


*©2019.  All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have cross-posted on Libib, LibraryThing, and other sites including retailers like kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties or indicate release of copyright.  

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)


Review of "Kill the Queen" (A Crown of Shards, #1) by Jennifer Estep

Kill the Queen - Jennifer Estep

This reader's personal opinion, ©2019, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 

 

Damn, who wrote this?

 

Seriously, I have enjoyed other books and series by Jennifer Estep.  Gave them good ratings, devoured series in their entirety and was a fan.  But there were always things to pick on, some pacing, some repetitiveness, various other things that didn't stop my enjoying her books.

 

This book was extremely well written.  Start to finish.  Fast paced.  So fast paced that surprisingly this first book has a very complete story arc, an absolute opposite of a cliffhanger.

 

The main character -- oh, sheesh.  Not perfect but perfectly written.  Not in the least perfect, but a fully developed, believable, character to root for.

 

The story unfolds believably and logically even with the twists.

 

Boy, I'm not writing good reviews.  But I've had these books languishing waiting on a review so for now this is the best I can do.

 

Definitely continuing the series when more are published.  Ms. Estep has gotten really good as an author.


*©2019.  All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have cross-posted on Libib, LibraryThing, and other sites including retailers like kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties or indicate release of copyright.  

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)


Quick note, not really a review

Raising Innocence - Shannon Mayer

This reader's personal opinion, ©2019, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 

 

Best in the series so far.  Rather clearcut with some big huge game changers for the characters (versus some murky running around trying to figure out things that did drag a bit in previous books).

 

Series had been decent so far but not really hooked.  This one hooked me.


*©2019.  All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have cross-posted on Libib, LibraryThing, and other sites including retailers like kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties or indicate release of copyright.  

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)