A Voracious Reader
Review
4.5 Stars
A humorous cozy
Death by Diploma (Chalkboard Outlines Book 1) - Kelley Kaye

 

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

Emma Lovett lands her very first teaching job in Pinewood, Colorado. The southern belle transplant embraces her new life with much enthusiasm until the morning she goes to work early and discovers the kindly janitor dead in the school office. Convinced the police detective is incompetent she and her new friend, fellow English teacher Leslie Parker start an investigation of their own. And they learn more about their students, colleagues, and community than they thought possible.

 

Emma is a great character! Sweet without being overly so, intelligent, and a bit of a scaredy cat who wants to be braver, she probably represents the majority of women out there. Her friend Leslie is always so well put together, fierce and outgoing that she makes a nice contrast to Emma. Other characters are, well, characters and add depth to the story. I was pretty sure I knew who the murderer was fairly close to the beginning of the story, but there were enough shenanigans going on that I wasn’t concrete about my conclusion. My only complaint is the use of “Ah” for “I” because Emma is from the South. The use was not consistent, switching back and forth sometimes in the same paragraph. Either stick with the accent or don’t. The resulting mishmash here was annoying. Overall though, there is more than just a murder mystery in this tale and it makes for a rich and satisfying read.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/12/death-by-diploma.html
#BookishResolutions Progress Report ~ November 2016

#BookishResolutions Progress Report ~ November 2016

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/12/bookishresolutions-progress-report.html
Review
4 Stars
NetGalley November
Far Far Away - Tom McNeal

*Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Jeremy Johnson Johnson of Never Better can hear voices and ever since he made the announcement as a child the townspeople have treated him like crap which got worse after his mother skipped town and his father became a recluse. But Jeremy usually doesn’t let it get him down. He has the ghost of Jacob Grimm as his companion and a goal to go away to college to keep him going. Until one day Ginger Boultinghouse turns her considerable charms on him and things go mostly downhill from there. With one of the Brothers Grimm by his side, do you think Jeremy has a happy ending?

 

This fairy tale retelling is a weird one to follow. Jeremy is kinda boring except for his ghost friend Jacob and his daring friend Ginger. But the tale is told from Jacob’s POV so it’s actually more interesting than it starts out. Jacob is supposed to be protecting Jeremy from someone or something called The Finder of Occasions. As the story is told, Jeremy goes about his fairly unremarkable life, trying to figure out a way to keep from getting evicted and the tension builds and builds and builds because this sinister-sounding Finder takes plenty of time (nearly the entire book!) to show up. The suspense was almost unbearable! I kept wondering when the shoe was going to drop. And when it does? Holy shit! Yeeeks! I can’t really go into detail without giving it away, so I’ll just say I was unsatisfied with the Finder’s part of the story. The why is left hanging. Or maybe I missed it. Not sure which. Anyway, this is still a decent read.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/far-far-away.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 171st Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 171st Edition

 

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/avr-weekly-news-171st-edition.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 170th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 170th Edition

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/avr-weekly-news-170th-edition.html
Review
4.5 Stars
NetGalley November
Blood Assassin - Alexandra Ivy

*Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Fane is a muscled warrior, a guardian Sentinel and now that his decade long protection of Callie is over he’s decided to leave Valhalla and go back to the monastery to train new Sentinels. But Serra, the powerful and sassy psychic, has been in love with him for years and she doesn’t want him to go. Except she can’t change his mind. It’s only when she’s kidnapped that Fane comes to his senses. But is he too late?

 

Action, intrigue, mystery, steaminess, and great characters, this paranormal romance has it all. There are good guys, bad guys, an ambiguous guy, badasses and strong women. Fane is too alpha for my personal tastes, but that’s really my only complaint. This is an excellent story that kept me turning the pages as long as real life didn’t interfere. I’m enjoying this series so far and looking forward to more.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/blood-assassin.html
Review
4 Stars
NetGalley November
The Cypher (Guardians Inc. #1) - Julian Rosado-Machain
*Book source ~ NetGalley While job hunting, Thomas Byrne and his grandfather Morgan stumble upon a multinational company called Guardians Inc. It turns out that Thomas is a Cypher and much wanted by both Guardians Inc and the Warmaster. Every 500 years the Oracle comes back to Earth and the balance between magic and technology gets all wonky. Depending on who finds all the Oracle’s clues, the balance could tip either way, to magic or technology. If magic wins, humans lose though so it’s a race against time. This story grabbed my attention from the beginning. There are parts where I rolled my eyes a bit too much, but for the most part I enjoyed it. Thomas is almost 16 so this is a YA, but there’s magic and creatures and a fight between two factions. In fact, just about everything except the kitchen sink is included, so it does get a tiny bit confusing at times. It’s obvious at the end that the battle is only just beginning. There is a stopping point, but no real resolution. An enjoyable read nonetheless.
Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-cypher.html
Review
3 Stars
NetGalley November
Hero of My Heart: A Loveswept Historical Romance - Megan Frampton

*Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Mary Smith’s asshat half-brother sells her (and her virginity) in a seamy pub, but lucky for her Alasdair Thornham is there to save her from a nauseating fate. But is the marquess any better than the rabble who would have bought her? Damsel in distress meet wounded hero.

 

For the most part this is a decent tale of rescuing the damsel who, while not a totally strong heroine, is not simpering either. Mary has an interesting background as does Alasdair, but what could have been a heart-wrenching story turns out to be only so-so. Alasdair’s addiction recovery is totally unbelievable. In fact, it’s absurd. I do like the fact he’s an addict because who likes a perfect hero? But his addiction should have been handled a little more realistically. In addition, the characters do a few really stupid things. I wanted to bang their heads together like the Three Stooges. So frustrating. Finally, there wasn’t a lot of back story on the so-called villains of this piece and they were disposed of a little too easily. All-in-all, not a horribly written historical romance, but one that could have been so much better with a bit of work.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/hero-of-my-heart.html
Review
4 Stars
NetGalley November
Twisted - Rebecca Zanetti

*Book source ~ NetGalley

 

After being rescued from the Kurjans Maggie has lived with the vampires, in the Kayrs compound, but now she needs to spend some time around other wolf shifters in the hopes it will help her with her lost memories. Somehow Alpha wolf Terrent Vilks is tied to her past, but he refuses to say how. He wants her to remember on her own. Shifters can live a very long time, so he has plenty of patience. However, after years, his patience is starting to wear thin. It’s time Maggie remember her promise to him.

 

Another decent read in the Dark Protector series. Even though it’s short, it doesn’t lack in action, mystery and hotness. For once we get a view outside the Kayrs compound and focus on some of the other players in this series. It makes for a nice change, no matter how much I love the Kayrs clan and their mates. I love the reveal at the end, too. lolol I look forward to seeing more of Maggie and Terrent.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/twisted.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 169th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 169th Edition

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/avr-weekly-news-169th-edition.html
Review
2 Stars
NetGalley November
Full Blooded - Amanda  Carlson

*Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Jessica McClain was born the only female in a male dominated race of shifters. Sharing a special bond with her twin Tyler didn’t make things any easier. Her very existence created unease and outright fear due to an ancient prophecy. When she didn’t change in her teens the tension died down somewhat. However, ten years after she should have shifted she suddenly does shift becoming the only full-blooded female werewolf ever known to exist. Only she isn’t exactly a werewolf like her father and brother. She’s something else. With factions gunning to either kidnap or kill her, it’s no longer a question of whether she should exist, but whether she can stay alive long enough to figure out why she exists.

 

*sigh* This story had so much promise. It was a little rocky in the beginning, but I can overlook that in a first novel. However, when it degenerated down into a stinking pool of ridiculousness I had to cry foul. Its crimes:

  1. Trying too hard to be badass
  2. Exposition in the middle of a fight as if your enemy is just going to stand around with his thumb up his ass while you talk and talk and talk and, for the love of all that’s holy, talk some more.
  3. Yelling at people that time is of the essence and there’s no time to talk about her change when the police are on the way and there’s a dead body in her apartment!!!!! then her dad calls and all of a sudden she wants long winded answers RIGHT NOW by gum! *petulantly stomps foot*
  4. Insta-love
  5. Badass insta-love interest turns into dumbass insta-love interest because Jessica is all that
  6. Jessica is so very speshul but no explanation is really given as to the speshulness
  7. formulaic writing

 

I’m done. No more of this series for me.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/full-blooded.html
Review
3 Stars
NetGalley November
In the Company of Wolves - James Michael Larranaga

*Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Quin Lighthorn is working undercover for the FBI at Safe Haven in an attempt to find out what happened to two agents. While finding the agents is his top priority it’s not long before he starts unraveling a much bigger problem and since he’s not the most mentally stable guy he’s not positive he’s finding what he thinks he’s finding. What’s real and what’s part of his imagination?

 

I had high hopes for this story, but the more I read the more confused I became. Is Quin mentally unstable? Or does he possess some kind of psychic gift? It’s hard to say. The plot is not very sophisticated. In fact, it’s very simplistic. And Quin experiences some serious TSTL moments. So dumb that I want to shake some sense into him. I mean, really?! Anyway, I enjoy the wolf trivia, but the comparison to the characters in the book to wolves got tiresome after awhile. I do like the plot revolving around viatical settlements. It seems like there should have been other murder mysteries with that plotline, but I can’t recall any. In spite of the flaws though I wouldn’t mind reading more about Quin and his companions.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/in-company-of-wolves.html
Review
3.5 Stars
NetGalley November
Freefall - Jill Sorenson

*Book source ~ NetGalley

 

On her way to start her vacation with her sister, Faith, park ranger Hope Banning gets a call that sends her to a plane crash on a mountain top. Hope persuades Faith to continue on to the white water rafting trip and tells her she’ll catch up when she’s done.  Except this assessment and rescue turn out much different than Hope could have believed and now she and civilian Sam Rutherford as well as Faith and several others are fighting for their lives.

 

This story is a bit frustrating, but overall not a bad read. There is plenty to love about the characters and the writing, but the plot stretches the bounds of believability a bit. Add in majorly stupid decisions by smart people, physical trauma that doesn’t seem to slow anyone down and an ending that drags along for far too long and the balance ends up somewhere in the middle of the road. It could have been better, but it also could have been worse. I do love the characters though. They seem so real.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/freefall.html
Review
4 Stars
NetGalley November
Provoked  - Rebecca Zanetti

*Book source ~ NetGalley

 

War is taking its toll and Jase Kayrs is enduring more than his fair share of the brunt of it. Kane Kayrs and his brothers have not given up hope that they’ll find their youngest brother, but it’s been years since his abduction by the enemy. When they learn of Amber Freebird and her rare ability to affect demons they send Kane to bring her in. The problem is, Amber has no clue that’s she’s other than human.  They must convince the vegan pacifist to fight for them. For Jase. Before all is lost.

 

I didn’t enjoy this story as much as the others in the series. Kane comes off as much more arrogant in his story than the stories that came before and, man, for a genius, he is certainly stupid when it comes to love. Lol There are content errors, mostly with timeline, but other than these issues the story is fast, hot and exciting. Prepare to have your heart wrenched out of your chest when it comes to Jase though. That poor man has really been put through hell.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/provoked.html
Review
2 Stars
NetGalley November
The Flesh Cartel #4: Consequences - Rachel Haimowitz

*Book source ~ NetGalley

 

This is the continuation of Dougie and Mat’s story of how they were kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery. They have begun their training with Nikolai who must mold them into the perfect submissives before they are sent off to their new Master.

 

It’s not the story, it’s definitely me. I’m just not interested in Dougie and Mat’s dilemma anymore. I don’t know if it’s all the psychological stuff, all the internal debate, Nikolai or it’s just not moving fast enough for me, but I’m done with this series. It’s still well-written with great characters, but apparently my tastes have changed. Don’t let my ennui put you off reading this series.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/flesh-cartel-consequences.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 168th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 168th Edition

My 1000th Post!!

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/avr-weekly-news-168th-edition.html

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