A Voracious Reader
Review
4 Stars
Review ~ Entertaining!
Popped Off (Stay at Home Dad Mysteries) - Jeffrey Allen

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

 

Deuce Winters is a stay-at-home dad who inadvertently solved a mystery with the help of a private investigator (see book 1 Stay At Home Dead). Now, it seems he needs the annoying PI again for a case of the missing King of Soccer and $73K of youth soccer association fees. The more Deuce digs the more complicated things get, but he feels he needs to find Moises Huber and the money for the kids’ sakes.

 

Humorous and twisty this mystery kept me guessing until the end. Lots of colorful characters and amusing situations, but Deuce’s daughter, Carly, takes the spotlight. Adorable! If you like small town stories with humor and a decent mystery then don’t pass up this book or book 1. You won't be sorry!

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/10/popped-off.html
Review
3.5 Stars
Review ~ Whoa
My Beautiful Suicide - Atty Eve

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

 

Cosette has had a rough life. Her brother was killed by a texting driver, her parents got divorced and her dad took everything for his new trophy wife, and she’s being bullied at school. At 16 she thinks the answer is suicide, but she doesn’t want to be selfish. So she comes up with the idea to go out and invite a serial killer to do the job for her. Oh, okay.

 

Cosette’s story started out pretty good. She’s troubled and in pain, but watching her work through the things that happen to her kept me engaged. It’s dark and angsty and a little too convenient at times, but damn. What a ride. And then…the last 20% or so, the entire thing fell apart for me. It goes from being edgy to what-the-fuck to what-the-fuckity-fuck until the grand finale ending is a you-got-to-be-shitting-me moment and not in a good way. Plus, cliffhanger anyone? No. I was all in until about 80%. After that? I’m not entirely sure I want to continue. Maybe someday. Just to see where Cosette ends up as she grows up, but I’m in no rush because honestly? I feel cheated and betrayed by that measly 20%. And in need of some serious cleansing. Because ewwwww. She is nothing like Dexter.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/10/my-beautiful-suicide.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 315th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 315th Edition

 

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/10/avr-weekly-news-315th-edition.html
Friday Featured Spotlight~TWR Blog Tour

All the posts gathered from #TWRBlogTour in one spot.

 

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/10/friday-featured-spotlight-twr-tour_25.html
Reading progress update: I've read 6%.
The Corpse Wore Stilettos - Eugene O'Neill

This has a very promising start. lol

Review
4.5 Stars
Kindle Review ~ Entertaining!
Bobbles and Broomsticks - Nancy Warren

 

Lucy Swift is an American transplant in Oxford, running the wool shop she inherited from her dead grandma. And by dead I mean vampire. Lucy spends her days running the shop and solving the occasional murder. At night she hangs out with her vampire friends while they knit at tremendous speeds or learning to control the witchcraft she also inherited from her grandma. Hanging out with her vampire friends is much more fun. When her friends Alice and Charlie (Charlie owns the bookstore across the street and Alice is his assistant) get married she’s prepared to enjoy her friends’ lovely day. Until there’s a murder right in the church. What the hecka?!

 

Now, in between running her shop and taking broom flying lessons, Lucy and her amateur sleuthing vampire friends need to find out who the murderer is before someone else dies. It’s just another uneventful day in Oxford.

 

I love this series so much. Each book is easy to read and even with the sadness of a murder (or two) it’s a light and often humorous way to pass a few hours. There’s mystery, humor, paranormal elements, great characters, and even some romance sprinkled in. This is book 8 and I’m not even close to being tired of the Oxford shenanigans. Bring on book 9!

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/10/bobbles-and-broomsticks.html
Review
4 Stars
Review ~ Entertaining!
Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece - Stephen Fry

Anyone who hasn’t heard of the Greek gods or the myths associated with them must have been hiding out in a barren wasteland. I’m no stranger to them having learned about them in school and then reading all kinds of books about them over the years. But this book by Stephen Fry is not only comprehensive from the very beginning of their reign onwards, but it’s funny as fuck, too. Because, you know, Stephen Fry.

 

I had no idea how often Zeus stuck his dick in gods and mortals alike. Sweet Baby Jane, that guy was a Class A Horndog. But you know who else was? Poseidon and Hermes. But do you ever hear about their wild debauchery? Noooooooo. You know who the stand up guy was? Hades. Go figure, right? Anyway, there were a fuckton of offspring from these gods and it all gets a bit confusing. I don’t know how anyone could keep them all straight, but Stephen Fry lays it all out and covers it all with a warm fuzzy blanket of humor. I recommend this book to anyone who has even the slightest interest in Greek Mythology.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/10/mythos.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 314th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 314th Edition

The One Where We Finally Got Some Rain!

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/10/avr-weekly-news-314th-edition.html
Review
3 Stars
TWR Book Tour ~ So-so
Shadows (Sapphire Smyth & The Shadow Five #1) - R. J. Furness

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

 

Sapphire Smyth’s 18th birthday may not be the most enjoyable of birthdays, but it sure is memorable. After all, it’s not every day that you turn 18 and get kicked out of the foster home where you thought they cared about you. Abandoned as a child by her father when her mother died and now again by the only family she’s really known. What kind of bullshit is this?

 

Then something freaky happens. Is she going nuts or is she seeing shadows come to life? And what does her best friend Ben have to do with any of this? She wants answers but Ben isn’t talking. That should piss her off, but Sapphire is a bit of an idiot. And she’s easily distracted from questions needing answers. This is what I consider a major flaw of hers and it is supremely irritating.

 

Since this is part one of a five part serial I know it won’t come as a surprise that it’s about 100 pages and ends in a cliffhanger. The world building is sparse and the character development lacks, most likely because it is a serial and I think the story gets short-changed in this format. Probably why I don’t read serials. In any case, I think it would read better and be less frustrating (I’m looking at you short-attention-span Sapphire) if it were beefed up a bit. Since the story is very incomplete I may continue on to see what happens and review it as a whole. But I sure hope Sapphire gains some focus. And some answers. Because I just want to smack some sense into her at this point.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/10/twr-tour-shadows.html
Blitz

My Beautiful Suicide Audio Blitz & Giveaway

 

I'm listening to book 1 now. Still teen angsty, but different, too. I'm enjoying it.

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/10/my-beautiful-suicide-audio-blitz.html
Reading progress update: I've read 59%.
The Conjurer - Cordelia Frances Biddle

Seriously. Why am I still reading this? I should just skip to the end and be done with it.

AVR Weekly News ~ 313th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 313th Edition

 

I haven't even decorated for Halloween yet. That is SO wrong!

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/10/avr-weekly-news-313th-edition.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 312th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 312th Edition

Things are slowly getting there. Too slow for me. I want it all done right now! lol

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/10/avr-weekly-news-312th-edition.html
Reading progress update: I've read 24%.
The Conjurer - Cordelia Frances Biddle

I have no idea WTF is going on in this book. May have to DNF soon.

Review
3 Stars
TWR Book Tour ~ Disappointing
The Gilded King (Sovereign #1) - Josie Jaffrey

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

 

The Blue is the last city in the world where the Nobles can feed on uncontaminated humans. If a human goes out into the Red then they can never return to the Blue without running the risk of contaminating everyone. If the Nobles drink from a contaminated human then they lose their immortality. So they need to be sure no one wants to venture out into the Red willingly. Stories of how horrible it is out in the Red have grown with each decade that passes until the citizens of the Blue have no desire to brave it. But as with every long peace, there comes discontent.

 

This story is told mainly from two POVs. Julia who is a young woman low on the pecking order as a server who ends up becoming an Attendant to a Noble. An Attendant is someone who feeds the Noble. And by feed, I mean blood. Nobles are vampires who go by the name Silver in the Blue or Izcacus out in the Red.

 

 The other POV is Cameron who is a Silver and part of the dwindling Solis Invicti, the elite military bodyguards for the ruling person/family. He has spent tons of years, like 100s I think, out in the Red looking for someone called Emmy. Most of the book there’s no explanation about her, only that Cam is going nuts searching for her and most everyone else has given her up for dead. Since there’s virtually no backstory for Emmy (I think she might be the old Queen?) I find myself not caring about her- whether she’s alive or dead or if Cam even finds her.

 

While this story is a different kind of vampire story and should have been enthralling, the lack of oomph makes it only so-so for me. Julia is wishy-washy, her friend Claudia is at times a too silly nitwit, but at others she pulls up her big girl panties and becomes someone I could get behind. Cam is just a moron. Sorry, but that’s how I feel. For a being over a 1,000 years old he does some really stupid shit. In addition, I read the 1st half of the book in a constant state of confusion. I had no idea what was going on, so the world building lacks for me. Maybe others are getting something out of this that I missed, but I’m not really interested in continuing with the series.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/10/twr-tour-gilded-king.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 311th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 311th Edition

A few things still up in the air, but for the most part we're setting into the new normal.

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/09/avr-weekly-news-311th-edition.html

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