Saturday, September 24, 2016

Review: Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb

Apprentice in Death Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a big fan of the In Death series by J. D. Robb. The characters are fun to read about and some of the technology they have in the future are incredibly fun and I'd love to own! Ms. Roberts doesn't disappoint with the newest addition to the series. The case is a little predictable if you watch cop shows but still interesting and fun to follow. But the true draw are Eve Dallas and her wonderful relationship to husband, Roarke.

How their personalities clash and interact, his help with her murder cases and the large group of friends they've made over the years are still the best parts of the books. We get to see Mavis and Leonardo with daughter, Bella, Nadine Furst, which we haven't seen a lot of in recent books, Trina and many more. I really loved the different discoveries Eve makes about herself and her influence on products that Roarke develops for his business because of her. I do wish that there had been more personal interactions between all of the characters and must admit that if they hadn't shown the birthday party they'd been talking about during the book I wouldn't have liked this book nearly as much! All in all are great addition to the series!

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Book 2 of the Kingmakers trilogy)

I loved the first book in this series, A Promise of Fire, and was waiting with bated breathe for this one!  I am so glad that as a librarian I am eligible to read advanced readers copies of books! 

Amanda Bouchet is a new author that continues to prove herself an excellent writer (this is only her second novel).  This story starts right where A Promise of Fire leaves us.  You are captured by the chaos and emotions of the first interactions between Cat and Griffin in the first few paragraphs.

Watching as Catalia learns to accept that her secret is out, that she now has family to protect and she must come to terms with her destiny is a wonderful, crazy ride.  And if Griffin has anything to say about it, people to protect and nations to seize control from the corrupt. I was able to guess one of the subtle, secrets within this novel but was surprised at every turns with the new creatures to battle and powers people had.  I seriously love that the mythology aspects had a bigger presence in this novel too!

Overall an excellent novel!  One I'm exceedingly glad I didn't have to wait until it's release date in January 2017 to read!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Project Renovation - Picnic Table: Part 2

It's finished!

After finishing three coats of yellow paint, I could still see some of the gray through it.  Since I had already had to buy a second quart of paint I decided to definitely do a Tye-dye affect with spray paint.  I raided my spray paint collection and decided to only use the purple, teal and silver.  All I did was spray randomly until I got a finished product that I liked. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Review: Crimson Death

Crimson Death Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not a bad addition to Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series. It does continue where the last book left us, but at this point in the series there are so many characters that there's almost no real expectation of remembering exactly who any of the new people are. Ms. Hamilton enjoy throwing people into big orgy piles and they are entertaining to read but not easy to follow along. I miss some of the older really good characters such as Wicked and Truth and am no longer that interested every time she throws new people at you.

At least in televisions shows or some other series if you have this many character in this many life threatening situations you expect people to die and this is the first book that I can remember in a long time where someone actually died, and it was a character you could actually remember their plot line too.

I also have almost no concept of how time passes in Anita's world. Not much progress has been made in her main relationships with the engagement and marriage is concerned but all of a sudden Cynric is heading to college and not the 16 year old boy anymore. It's all very weird. I have been a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton a long time but I miss when her intricate and detailed plots were the point of her books and not the sex.

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