The Death of Mrs. Westaway

by Ruth Ware
Published on:  May 29, 2018
4-stars-1

Death of Mrs. Westaway

Audio Review: Upon turning on the audio version of The Death of Mrs. Westaway, the reader is immediately met with beautifully eerie music that sets the tone for the story perfectly. After which, a slowly unravelled story surrounding a girl, Hal, who receives a letter from a lawyer stating she has been left an inheritance begins. Even though Hal knows this cannot be correct, she goes to the funeral and to the home afterwards in hopes that the Will may leave her with just a little to pay off her debts. The longer she spends time with the family, the more she sees their estrangement from each other and the more questions raise up within her regarding the history of Trepassen estate.

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Sword of Kaigen

A Theonite War Story by M.L. Wang
Published on: February 17, 2019
4-stars-1

Sword of Kaigen

“It was a harrowing climb to the high school. Eight hundred twenty-one steps.”

To be honest, I delayed writing this review. I realize now what the issue was.  The issue that I have been ignoring or dreading.  The issue is the emotional trauma I felt after reading this book. Before I picked up the book, when I read others reviews there were several that mentioned that there are 2 climaxes in the book. But these climaxes are not both at the end.  One occurs about 1/2 way in and the other occurs at 70-80% in.  When I initially heard about the 2 climaxes I was like “Awesome. More greatness!”  That, of course, was before I experienced the first climax first-hand.  Before I experienced the emotional trauma.   At that point, I put down the book down for a longer period than I thought I would and I wasn’t even sure I would ever pick it up again.

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Vault of Dreams

by Luke Taylor
Published on:  July 27, 2016
4-stars-1

It doesn’t take very long when you first begin the Vault of Dreams before you see the poetry of the writing.  The poetry begins on the very first page where the author introduces us to Aerlyn starting from a young girl to the current day where he tells us the name she is now known by. In fact, I was stunned by how beautifully he introduces us to her nickname and have re-read that portion several times.  It really was that lovely.  Her story continues for several chapters before being introduced to the remaining 6 different points of view that are used throughout the book.

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The Burning Issue of the Day

Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #5 by T.E. Kinsey
Published on:  April 18, 2019
4-stars-1

Burning IssueI love a book that makes you smile while reading it and then leaves a smile long after.

“We should at least be able to secure a conviction for cruelty to books.” – Flo

Summary
January 1910. A journalist has been killed in a suspicious blaze. Everything points to a group of suffragettes, but the apparent culprit insists she is innocent.

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An Incomplete Revenge

Maisie Dobbs #5 by Jacqueline Winspear
Published on: April 1, 2010
4-stars-1

Maisie Dobbs 5An Incomplete Revenge is my first Jacqueline Winspear and Maisie Dobbs novel. I checked Maisie #5 out from my local library and listened to the audio book version and did not technically “read” the book, which possibly alters my response to the book, but I really hope not.

In the story, Maisie investigates specific matters for a potential land purchase. As she investigates she interviews various villagers of Heronsdene in regards to two main themes: Random fires that occur on an annual basis and a Zepplin encounter that occurred during the war. But Maisie also has a private life outside of investigating and that story is told as well.

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The Aeronaut’s Windlass

The Cinder Spires #1 by Jim Butcher
5-stars

The Aeronauts WindlassAudio Book Review: I loved listening to this on audio. Euan Morton did a fantastic job, especially in regards in regards to how he read the cat parts. When he read their dialogue, I could “feel” the cat’s overall indifference and disdain and sounded exactly what my mind thought a cat should sound like.

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Sidney Sheldon’s The Silent Widow

by Tilly Bagshawe
Publication Date:  May 7, 2019

Silent widow

A mystery that will keep you engaged.

In The Silent Widow Nikki Roberts is a psychologist who is still grappling with the loss of her husband that happened one year prior when she is found to be a common link among two recent murder victims. With the police beginning to ask questions as well as suspect her, Nikki turns to a private detective to help find answers to the murders as well as answers to her husband’s death.

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The Carbynarah Chronicles

The Carbynarah Chronicles #1 by Jon Franklyn
5-stars

From the very first page of The Carbynarah Chronicles, you are thrust into a story that has already begun. The story is in play and you and the first 2 characters you meet are there to catch up. There is war and it is in progress and from the first page on you never stop being in a battle or preparing for a battle. You always feel like you are driving toward a destination only to meet another diversion or reason that takes you and the main character away to fulfill the need of another part of the war. Although the entire book is set within a war, the actual main story revolves around a Maiggii named Yron. (Maigii meaning not full wizard). As he is pulled into the needs of the moment, we watch his journey and magical growth. However, the magical growth comes with questions and more questions.

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Foundryside

Founders #1 by Robert Jackson Bennett
Publication Date:  August 21, 2018
4-stars-1

Foundryside RD4 clean flatI hate writing reviews for books I have no great love for or no great hate for. I read the book earlier this year, but held off on the review in hopes that somehow I would magically develop some keen insight on my feelings. Alas, it did not occur. So, my outstanding critique and review of the book is that I found Foundryside to be “fine”. I’m rating it a 4, but a very weak 4. More like a 3.89 or something similar.

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A Deadly Course

Sugarbury Falls Mystery #1 by Diane Weiner
Published on:  September 2, 2016
3 stars

A Deadly CourseFirst, I want to say I enjoyed this book. Sometimes giving a book 3 stars might give a bad impression. That’s not the case – I liked the book. I liked the characters and the town and the story, but there were a few things that weighed it down while I was reading it, which is how I came to give it 3 stars.

Sometimes when I read a book it starts dragging or slows down somewhere in the middle. As a reader I will wish there was some action or additional subplot to catch my attention and speed things up. But that is not the case with this story. One of the things I kept wishing for or wanting in the story was for it to slow down. The author has carefully crafted her plot, her victim(s), her suspects, her locations, but I felt that we went from point to point too fast. However, it got me to thinking that perhaps it wasn’t too fast, but instead there wasn’t enough prose or breathing room between plot points. Leading me to then think that what I felt it needed was better transitions, although I still would like some room to breathe and think between plot moments.

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