Oh so very, very good

Review:

No Good Reason - Cari Hunter

This book has been on my TBR list since before it was published. Full disclosure – I’m a friend of the author. I’ve known her for several years and love her sharp wit and dry, dark humor. I also love her writing voice and style and I knew that I’d enjoy this book. So why did I wait so long to read it? Easy: I have very little time to read anything with my eyeballs and I didn’t want to use a text-to-speech reader for this book. Sanne and Meg sound like Cari and when I’m reading with my eyes, I hear their voices. Normally, I’m fine with text-to-speech for British English books, I even have a special voice downloaded for them but it just didn’t cut it with this one. I needed to let my imagination give them voices. So it took me a very, very long time to finish the book.

It was well worth the wait and I’ve already gotten the second in the series opened up and ready to go.

But before I go to it, I just want to share a few words about why I find Hunter’s writing – and No Good Reason in particular – so engaging and good. I’ve seen other folks mention how real her characters are, and I agree completely. It’s so important to be able to connect with the characters in a book you’re reading. You have to care about them and believe that they’re real to truly become engrossed in the story. But that’s not it for me. I absolutely love the way Cari writes a scene. She brings it completely to life: the smells, the sounds, the colors, everything. But not in a way that the reader feels bogged down in it. Just enough to drop us there, next to Sanne or Meg and force us to experience what they’re living. Not many authors whom I’ve read over the past many years can do this as well as Cari Hunter.

Yeah, she’s my friend but a friend who wouldn’t want me to say anything flattering just to help her sell a book or to make her feel better. She’s got an insane amount of integrity – particularly when it comes to her writing. So if I didn’t believe what I’m writing here, I wouldn’t bother taking my time to do it.

But don’t take my word for it. If you like gritty, dark crime stories with very human characters, download a sample. You’ll know right away if it’s going to be for you.

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Very good read

Review:

Ashley Bell - Dean Koontz, Suzy Jackson, Recorded Books

After a slow start, I ended up enjoying the book. Lots of interesting twists and turns and an ending that made me rewind and listen again.

I definitely recommend it. It’s the third Koontz book I’ve read (one was when I was a teen, but still) and this one is my favorite.

I received an advanced copy from NetGalley but ended up getting the audio book later. The narrator did a great job.

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Winner for Williamson

Review:

Blurred Lines (Cops and Docs) (Volume 1) - Kd Williamson

I was hesitant to read this book for several reasons… I saw all the great ratings and reviews and was immediately skeptical. I also read the author’s first published book many years ago and didn’t care for it much at all – again for several reasons. And lastly, I’m still not sure how I feel about published fan fic when it’s so very obviously fan fic. I regularly debate this last one with myself and friends. It certainly makes me much more critical of the published version, at the very least.

With all that right out there, I enjoyed this book a lot. I have a soft spot for well done Rizzles fics (Rizzoli and Isles) and I thought the author did a great job of capturing the spirit of those characters. I’m also pretty sure that if I had no idea who the characters in this book were based off of, I’d still have had a very enjoyable experience – maybe even moreso. I don’t think I would have really gotten why Nora was so out of touch with popular culture – unless I missed that in the book, which is possible I suppose.

I thought the protagonists had a good deal of depth – which doesn’t seem to happen as often as it should in published fan fic – and the secondary characters weren’t flat either. The dialogue was good and flowed well and the story arcs were interesting. I liked pretty much the whole damn thing. I wish it had been different enough from the show that I would have been able to not see Jane and Maura and everyone else in the characters but it was a good, fun read. I enjoyed the author’s voice which seemed so much different from her first book.

I’m glad I finally caved to peer pressure and read Blurred Lines and I honestly look forward to reading the next in the series.

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Back in the mood for GoT.

Review:

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: Being the Adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall, and His Squire, Egg - George R.R. Martin

I really enjoyed meeting characters I’ve read about in the Song of Ice and Fire series. It was sort of a slow read with plenty of blood and gore and political intrigue but nothing on the level of the other books.

I’m happy I read it and any fan of the series would enjoy it, too, I think.

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Mostly enjoyed but still made me cringe

Review:

Casino Royale - Ian Fleming, Simon Vance

I thought it was a fairly fun book to read. I’ve never read a Bond book before and think I’ve only seen one or two movies and remember nothing about them. If it weren’t for the horrible, absolutely terrible sexism, I would have likely loved it. Yes, I completely understand that it must be taken in context of the time and the sort of man Bond is and his profession. I get all of that but it still took away from my enjoyment of the book.

 

I don’t think I’d read another but I’m glad I read this one. I don’t know. Maybe I would read another. Maybe.

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