Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“I can’t help thinking it’s a shame he’s such a sadistic bastard, because he has wonderful manners.”

“The door opens and he stands in the doorway, my handsome, psychopathic husband.”

I have seen Behind Closed Doors discussed several times in different groups and decided to give it a try. I seriously couldn't put it down until I finished it. It's pretty similar to Gone Girl, just less twisted. It's not so much the surprise at how things happened, or how they played out but the horrible reality of it all that makes you want to get to the end. There isn't a lot of suspense because you know pretty early exactly what's going on, but each page introduces a new horror or the next step towards the end.

Grace and Jack are the ideal couple. They're the beautiful people with everything you could hope to one day have, and everything about them is perfection. Behind closed doors, things are anything but perfect though they will do anything to keep their secrets.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: Silence Fallen

Silence Fallen Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Mercy Thompson series is probably the longest running series I still read faithfully. Silence Fallen is written in two different timelines, with alternating points of view from Mercy and Adam. Mercy helps in explaining the changing timeline. There are so many characters that have become an integral part of the story, most of which make an appearance in Silence Fallen. Mercy finds herself in the middle of yet another conflict between the supernatural when she is kidnapped by the world's most powerful master vamp. Fortunately, she is able to escape, but she is stuck with nothing in Europe, and unable to reach her pack. I'll list a detailed review below for a recap to use before starting the next book.

Mercy is kidnapped by Marsilia's ex, Iacopo "Jacob" Bonarata and his second Guccio after he learns of the alliance between the fae, wolves and vampires in the tri-cities. He is under the impression she is the most powerful person in the area and discounts her as weak a little too quickly. She is able to escape him, and his pet wolf, Lenka. She hops a bus in coyote form and ends up in Prague where she asks Libor, the local pack alpha for shelter. Meanwhile, Adam, Honey, Marsilia, Stefan, Elizaveta (witch friend), and Larry Sethaway (goblin leader) are all headed to Milan to retrieve her. Of course, Mercy can't sit idly by and wait to be rescued, so she, Jitka and Martin (wolves from Libor's pack) head out to locate Mary the head of one of two seethes causing trouble in their territory. Mary and Kocourek both have their own seethes in a very small area which is typically a disaster waiting to happen. What she finds while out looking, and getting kidnapped for the second time is that Guccio and Mary have a thing; well Mary has a thing and Guccio is using Mary for her power because as well as being a vampire she is also a witch. They have taken over Kocourek's seethe and made plans to usurp Bonarata which he tries to use Adam for. It all comes down to plots upon plots when Honey is forced to kill Lenka, masterminded by Bonarata because he is losing control of her, and Adam is forced to kill Guccio. Guccio thought he was using Adam by trying to bind him to kill Bonarata, but gets himself killed in the process. The Columbia Basin pack returns home to Aiden having caught their garage on fire while doing his homework.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Review: Etched in Bone

Etched in Bone Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unfortunately Etched in Bone marks the end of The Others series, but FINALLY we get the good stuff, though not nearly enough. It only took five books to get us there, and I hate that we don't get to see how the relationship between Meg and Simon plays out. Bishop has said that 2018 may bring a spinoff series, so maybe we will get small updates that way. The Others quickly became one of my favorite series due to the originality of the world and characters created. It's no easy task to reinvent what's already been overdone. Each group of the terra indigene, and each member of that group is unique and contributes to the overall story of Lakeside. Meg came in and changed things up a bit for all involved including the humans. What's left was more than a functioning group of others and humans, but more of a family working together for the safety of all.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review: The Gunslinger

The Gunslinger The Gunslinger by Stephen King
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

The Gunslinger was recommended to me and I can definitely see the appeal. However, it's just not my thing. It took me forever to finish even though it started out promising. The premise is fascinating, but the writing style makes things too complicated. In King's defense, I almost never enjoy male writers and I have no idea why. The imagery was amazing in some places and so overboard that it bored me in others. I wanted King to just get to the point. It's the same way I feel when I read some of the old classics, yes, it's brilliant; but if I'm not enjoying it, then it's pointless.

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