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AVR Weekly News ~ 286th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 286th Edition

 

It's officially Spring!

I also turned 51. I think something glitched in the Space-Time Continuum because that couldn't possibly be correct!

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/avr-weekly-news-286th-edition.html
Review
3.5 Stars
Review ~ Decent read
Wicked for Hire (Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery) (Volume 1) - Lotta Smith

Book source ~ Kindle Lending Library

 

Amanda Meyers was kicked out of her medical program when three people died after she had seen them. With the rep of the grim reaper following her around the higher ups didn’t want her near their patients. So, she gets recruited to the FBI’s Paranormal Cases Division and partnered with Special Agent Rick Rowling. Rowling has a reputation, too. But he’s allowed to be eccentric when he’s rich and connected. So, Amanda begins her new career and goes with the weird flow because she has a mountain of student debt to repay even though she’ll never practice medicine.

 

This is a quirky and humorous paranormal mystery that will give a bit of light entertainment should you need it. Amanda is funny, but Rowling is just a tad annoying. However, the overall story is decent if a bit too much like a paranormal Stephanie Plum. I enjoyed it enough that I would continue on with the series.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/wicked-for-hire.html
Review
5 Stars
Review ~ Awesome
Warped Passage (Jo Riskin Mysteries #2) - Debbie S. TenBrink

Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.

 

Lieutenant Jo Riskin of the Grand Rapids Police, Homicide Department has two murders, in a fairly close time span, that appear to be related. But the investigations are going nowhere. She, her partner Detective Lynae Parker, and her department are stumped. Oops. I said stumped. Considering the two victims are missing an extremity that is unfortunate wording. And also slightly funny. Come on, you know it is.

 

But wait! There’s more! Not only is Jo trying to find what could be a serial killer in her city, but the case against her husband’s killer suddenly goes sideways. Now she’s scrambling on two fronts. Thank goodness she’s pretty damn good at her job and she’s also got a top notch team.

 

It takes a special kind of talent for an author to run a primary murder (murders!-is this a serial killer?!) and keep us guessing, but it takes an extraordinary author to run two separate murder mysteries in tandem and not come out smelling like a big pile of crapola. I am happy to say that Ms. TenBrink smells like a field of flowers. Or maybe a midway filled with fair food. Or pies baking. Mmmmm…where was I? Oh yeah! Not only do we get the possible serial killer angle, but we get the continuation of Jo’s quest to bring her husband’s murderer to justice. See book 1 for how this particular part begins. Don’t worry though, this can be read as a standalone. However, I don’t know why you would want to skip book 1. It’s awesome!

 

I have nothing bad to say about this book. The plot, the pacing, the characters, the mystery, and the dialogue are all sublime. I hated leaving Jo and her crew in Grand Rapids when the last page was turned. Debbie S. TenBrink is most definitely one of my favorite authors. Period. The End.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/warped-passage.html
Review
4 Stars
Review ~ Decent read
Vampire Dead-tective - Mac Flynn

Book source ~ Free on Amazon

 

Liz Stokes came across a guy in the bushes one night when she was heading home. No, he wasn’t stalking her or choking the chicken. Actually, he was beat up pretty good, so she took him home with her. Luckily Timothy Hamilton was a good guy and not some serial killer. They ended up being roommates and occasional lovers until the day he was murdered. And that’s when the life as she knows it gets tossed out on its ass and her new unbelievable, are you fucking kidding me, life begins.

 

With the murder of Timothy, Liz inherits his weird ring and his even weirder business partner and is suddenly thrown into a paranormal life she had zero idea existed. The learning curve is steep and Liz isn’t buying it even though she’s seeing this shit with her own two eyes. So, while I like Liz and her snarky attitude, I really can’t stand how dumb she is at times. Vincent is an asshole. But he’s supposed to be so it’s all good. Lol

 

The story could use a bit more editing, but it’s a great idea with a decent execution. For this first book there’s really only three main characters: Liz, Vincent, and some strange guy named Frederick “Bat” Batholomew. There is a Big Bad in the form of Lord William Ruthven, but I don’t yet know who or what he is or what he wants. I suspect he’ll play a bigger role in the next books. The story is suspenseful, humorous, and intriguing, so I’m looking forward to reading more.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/vampire-dead-tective.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 285th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 285th Edition

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/avr-weekly-news-285th-edition.html
Friday Featured Spotlight

The Green Room Chronicles

Naughty paranormal fun!

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/friday-featured-spotlight-green-room.html
Review
4.5 Stars
Review ~ Great read
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century - Timothy Snyder

Book source ~ Library

 

I don’t normally read non-fiction, but I found this on someone else’s book list/post/blog (sorry I can’t remember which or who) and felt it extremely relevant in these dangerous times. Because they are dangerous. It’s unreal to me that Hitler isn’t that far back in our history, a mere blip in the entirety of Earth’s history, and yet it seems as if we are making the same exact mistakes that Germany and others did back in the 30s & 40s. Totally unreal. I’m not sure if having the internet and access to social media is good or bad, but I’m leaning towards good so that those fighting for democracy can reach more people. But the vast amount of disinformation out there being shared with and by people who don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about, not to mention those who do not have the best interests of the many in mind, is needless to say, alarming.

 

Our government is corrupt. It’s been corrupt for decades now and the only good thing to come out of Trump’s presidency is that more and more people have finally woken up to the fact we’re getting royally screwed by the people who are supposed to be working for us. US. The citizens of the United States of America. Because, I’m just going to say it, Americans have gotten lazy as fuck. Me included. Combined with loss of funding for essentials such as education we’re also raising Americans who are dumb as fuck. Yes, I said it. Lazy and dumb. Just what our government wants us to be so they can keep lining their and their buddies pockets with more money than they could ever spend in 3 lifetimes.

 

I’m going to put this out there, it may sound crazy, but I don’t care. I think Russia wants to be the new Roman Empire, taking over the majority of the world. They seem to be playing the long game and sustaining themselves by eating the elephant one bite at a time. And we’re stupid enough to let it happen. Shame on us. But it hasn’t happened yet and we really need to make sure the lessons from the past follow us into the future. Short memories will get us killed. I recommend this book to everyone.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/on-tyranny.html
Review
4.5 Stars
Review ~ Awesome
American Gods Volume 1: Shadows (Graphic Novel) - Neil Gaiman, Scott Hampton, Walt Simonson, P. Craig Russell, P. Craig Russell

4.5

 

Book source ~ Library

 

I read the book years ago and then I recently found out there’s a graphic novel. Of course I had to read it, but my library didn’t have it. So I suggested the purchase and they obliged. My library is awesome!

 

First in a trilogy (or so I’ve heard), this volume covers Shadow’s release from prison and his introduction to Mr. Wednesday, all the way to where he’s leaving the funeral home of Ibis and Jacquel. For those who don’t think they can do the longer novel version I recommend the graphic novel because it hits all the high points of the story. Because of the medium it can’t quite get all the nuances (obviously), but it’s a really good adaptation. Since I read the book years ago, I didn’t really remember most of it until I started reading this one. Then it began to come back to me. The artwork isn’t really all that for me, but it’s nice all the same. It reminded me of some of Gaiman’s Sandman comics so I did some research and a few volumes use the same illustrators. Look at me! I recognized some artwork! Impressed myself, I did. Lol I may need to check out the tv show now. Maybe. We’ll see.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/american-gods-vol-1-shadows.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 284th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 284th Edition

 

I was out of town so I'm just trying to catch up with my blog posts. :)

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/avr-weekly-news-284th-edition.html
Review
4 Stars
Review ~ The End?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 12, Vol One The Reckoning - Christos Gage, Joss Whedon

Book source ~ Library

 

Buffy and gang have been living their life in the wake of the last big near-apocalypse. Magical creatures are laying low and life is quiet. Buffy and Spike have broken up, Dawn and Xander are married with a baby and living in the burbs of San Fran, Giles is his old self again, and Willow is teaching women how to empower themselves. But something big is coming. Bigger than anything they’ve ever faced before. And they’ll need everyone on board to stop it.

 

This graphic novel says Volume One, but it feels an awful like The End to me. I know I read that Joss Whedon and Dark Horse were parting ways after Season 12, but I’m not sure if there will be a Volume Two to this one. Maybe?

 

I’m really not happy with the fast forward. What the fuck? So many changes and no explanations. Then Angel and Illyria show up and I find out they are lovers? Again, I say wtf?! Where is all this coming from? Apparently the Angel and other comics have some major shit going on that I missed.

 

What I like about this last gasp: The humor, the appearance of some major characters, the fight scenes.

 

What I don’t like: the fast forward, the huge changes dumped on me with no explanation, a lot of the artwork is just…off. There were many times I couldn’t tell who was who in this. Ugh.

 

I really get the feeling this is it – the end. So, good-bye, my friends. I’ll miss you.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/btvs-season-12-vol-1-reckoning.html
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Review
4 Stars
Review ~ Decent read
Haunted and Hexed - Misty Bane

Book source ~ Kindle Lending Library

 

Drusilla “Dru” Rathmore Davis is having some terrible luck starting her new life. Two cars stolen and a flat on the third one would make most people take it as a sign to turn around and rethink the new plan of settling in Blackwood Bay. But Dru is made of sterner stuff. She intends to claim the inheritance from the grandmother she never met or even knew about and that’s final. But so is death and people are dying. Can Dru figure out who the killer is before she’s the next victim?

 

If you’re looking for a paranormal cozy mystery with humor and great characters then look no further. Dru is a little slow on the uptake, but the rest of the story is mostly light hearted and pretty fun entertainment. I say mostly, because people do die. Ouch. I really needed this after the duds I’ve finished recently. So, murders aside, this is just what the book doctor ordered. I look forward to more in this series.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/haunted-and-hexed.html
Review
4 Stars
Review ~ Decent read
Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1) - Amy A. Bartol

Book source ~ Kindle First

 

Roselle St. Sismode is the secondborn child of the Fate of Swords. Firstborns, depending on their family, may rule their Fate. Secondborns have to go into military service. Forget thirdborns – they’re killed if found. Fourth thou shalt not count and fifth are right out. Hehe I paraphrased a Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail tidbit there. I couldn’t help it. Ok, moving on…

 

The book begins with Roselle’s Transition Day. Most secondborns are taken younger, but Roselle is 18 when her mother sends her to do her military duty. Even though Roselle is basically royalty and the whole Republic has pretty much watched her grow up on some kind of Truman Show-like program, her life in the military will be brutal and most likely short. Everyone knows her face and secondborns from privileged families are hated by the other less fortunate secondborns. And there lies the danger to her. But others are manipulating her life behind the scenes and Roselle must stay alive long enough to change the Republic. Whether she wants to or not.

 

The beginning of this story is confusing as the world gets laid out for the reader. It took me awhile to grasp all the families, structure, terminology, and relationships. About the time I got all that down the story started to take off down the tracks and I was belted firmly in and definitely along for the ride. The characters are well-developed, the plot intriguing and Roselle is no slouch though she may have a touch of Mary Sue-ness about her. Just a touch though. There’s intrigue and danger and even some romance in this intricate tale of rebellion. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger. Well, more of a transitional slope than an actual dive off a cliff. Roselle’s journey is far from over and it’ll be interesting to see what happens next.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/secondborn.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 283rd Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 283rd Edition

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/avr-weekly-news-283rd-edition.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 282nd Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 282nd Edition

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/02/avr-weekly-news-282nd-edition.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 281st Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 281st Edition

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/02/avr-weekly-news-281st-edition.html

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