Carolyn Cannot Live Without Books!

Hi, I'm Carolyn F and I've been an avid reader since elementary school when dinosaurs roamed the Earth (also known as the 1970's). My favorite genres change every five to ten years so who knows what it is now.

THE ROMANCE READER'S GUIDE TO LIFE by SHARON PYWELL

The Romance Reader's Guide to Life: A Novel - Sharon Pywell

There's a book within a book here which at first I liked and then because the main story was so good, I started skipping those parts of the book. I loved the story of the siblings and of her dog in the afterlife. This book was sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes scary and sometimes romantic. Very good book.

UNBINDING by EILEEN WILKS

Unbinding - Eileen Wilks

I was so glad this wasn't about Lily although from a glimpse at the cover I thought that was another artist's rendition of her and kept waiting for her to pop up. The story was good, the villain was a good at being bad villain and the ending was enjoyable. 4 stars out of 5.

HOME IMPROVEMENT UNDEAD EDITION - VARIOUS AUTHORS

Home Improvement: Undead Edition - Simon R. Green, Heather Graham, James Grady, Charlaine Harris, S.J. Rozan, Rochelle Krich, Toni L.P. Kelner, E.E. Knight, Victor Gischler, Stacia Kane, Melissa Marr, Suzanne McLeod, Seanan McGuire, Patricia Briggs

Anthology The rating I'll round up to 3 but only a few of the stories were worth reading

1. If I Had a Hammer, Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #13.1). It's been awhile since I read a Sookie book so this was really nice to read about her now. Even though I thought I'd everything out there this story was new. I liked it, I just wish the Sookie wouldn't be hypocritical where other people are concerned. Sookie even acknowledges it but is more like, "Oh well, that's how I think." Very good story. 4 stars.

2. Wizard Home Security, Victor Gischler. A wizard is robbed, pays for security, is trapped by the security and then thwarts the robber. Super short. 3 stars.

3. Gray, Patricia Briggs: (Mercy Thompson universe). A very good story about a female vampire who moves back home hoping to find some peace. 4 stars.

4. Squatters' Rights, Rocelle Krich. A story about a house with a bad history and how that affects the new owners. I have no idea what was going on with the "squatters". 2 stars.

5. Blood on the Wall, Heather Graham. A mild mannered detective stops a killer that's targeting a fake demon cult. We never figure out why they were targeted in the first place. 2 stars.

6. The Mansion of Imperatives, James Grady. A strange story that I think the author was trying to make scary but didn't really suceed. 2 stars.

7. The Strength Inside, Melissa Marr. Sisters and the children they take care of are trying to improve their home and use unconventional (or should I say ancient) methods to do so. Strange story. 3 stars.

8. Woolsey's Kitchen Nightmare, EE Knight. Morbid and flippant don't usually go together and they don't in my opinion. 2 stars.

9. Through This House, Seanan McGuire (October Daye #4.5) A good story about Goldengreen and some of the horrors that took place there. 4 stars

10. The Path, S J Rozan. I really tried to read this story but it was soooo slooowww. I just gave up. No rating.

11. Rick the Brave, Stacia Kane (Downside #5.5) I miss Terrible and Chess! Please Stacia Kane, write another book in their series!!! This is a short story about a home improvement project that goes bad. 5 stars.

12. Full-Scale Demolition, Suzanne McLeod (Spellcrackers) Cute story about a Sidhe who's job is to round up fae that are causing a commotion. There's a kelpie that the heroine is attracted to if she can get beyond the kelpie tendencies to drown people. Throw in a couple of lamias and children to rescue - it should have been a lot of fighting but mostly it was getting hit, passing out and then waking up. (Another book I'm reading has the same passing out theme. A little frustrating.) 3-1/2 stars.

13. It's All in the Rendering, Simon Green. This couple lives and works in a sanctuary house for the normal and paranormal world. Both sides inspect the home and say all kinds of changes need to be done. The couple and the guests discuss different options, end up doing nothing and that's what works. What the frick!? 2 stars

14. In Brightest Day, Tony Kelner. The author was trying to write humor for the main character or at least make her humorous. To me, it didn't work. And bringing back the same guy over and over was really cruel. The reason didn't seem enough for me. 2 stars.

HAVEN by LAURY FALTER

Haven - Laury Falter

A few kids get caught in their school when a zombie apocalypse occurs. It seems the principal and the cook were preppers because there's a lot of stuff there to help them out. The only problem is they're magnets for the undead who surround the school. The ending is a cliff hanger. Not a huge one but enough that you want to see what happens next. 4 stars

A FATAL THAW by DANA STABENOW

A Fatal Thaw - Dana Stabenow

Audiobook

This audiobook is narrated by Marguerite Gavin and must be one of her early narrations because her voice is very young and actually sounds different. I listened to the first book in this series that was narrated by her years later. The thing I'm liking most about this earlier version is she gives Kate the gravely voice that's mentioned in the book. In the first book the director must have talked her out of it. Now I understand why Kate can no longer sing.

And even though Kate is known for having been a good police officer or whatever her title was, twice her dog has saved her in this book alone. I think Mutt is the one that should get all the credit for stopping the shooter and for saving Kate after the earthquake. She even found Kate's backpack after the avalanche. This is some spectacular dog!

I gave it a 4 star rating, but I was a little disappointed with the ending. The party seemed more spiritual and meaningful than the mountain trek.

HUNTED by MEAGAN SPOONER

Hunted - Meagan Spooner

The beginning was good, but the middle just seemed to repeat the same day over and over and over again. I don't know if the author was just making the book a certain word count, but it detracted from me enjoying the book from beginning to end. And speaking of the end, the ending was really good.

IT'S A GOOD PARTY IF I CAN BRING BOOKS - DEBBIE TUNG
IT'S A GOOD PARTY IF I CAN BRING BOOKS - DEBBIE TUNG

IT'S A GOOD PARTY IF I CAN BRING BOOKS - DEBBIE TUNG

 

This reminds me of the party Obsidian Blue went to :) 

THE TURN by KIM HARRISON

The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death - Kim Harrison

Wonderful book! This is about how Trent's mom and dad got together and everything that happened because of their relationship. All I could think of was poor Trent. Also, I wonder what happens with Orchid. Hopefully there is a second prequel book in this series.

THE LIGHT IN THE LAKE by RON FOSTER

The Light In The Lake - Ron Foster, Cheryl Chamlies

I'm not loving the way the women are depicted in this book. It's not done overtly demeaning or anything but the small amount is pretty constant when the women are mentioned. Hey author, I'm the level-headed one in my family! It's my husband that needs a little push to get going and then he's great but I'm the one that reacts first to an emergency. And I'm positive I'm not the only one.

This book was a little too happy for me. There was mention of bad people on the other side of the lake and of people being robbed but the ending was a little unrealistic to me. I'm not saying there would be all out war but I didn't see any mention of rationing or people losing at least a little bit of weight that I would normally expect especially since there were so many people with their group. Also David only had a passing problem with people borrowing his guns - for long periods of time. So good book but not as good as the others.

BUT OUT PREPPERS ON THE MOVE! by RON FOSTER

Bug Out! Preppers on the Move!: Bug Out to Live and Eat After Emp. - Ron Hollis Foster, Cheryl Chamlies

The same complaints as the first one - the main character David is a little bit of a hot head, turning jokes out that kind of sound mean. But otherwise really good book. Some helpful hints and good books to purchase including one by this author on traps and snares. I'm not sure about all of these alternative vehicles working after an EMP but then what do I really know.

THE LONGEST WALK by RON FOSTER

The Longest Walk - Ron Foster

First off, I really like the drawings that accompany some of the descriptions of devices the author talks about. I would have been thinking, "What?!" several times throughout the book without them.

The voices are a little stilted and it seems the hero is a hair trigger from angry or frustrated, but overall I liked the book. I especially liked how he had to start from nothing because his bug-out bag was 18 miles away with his car. Why he wouldn't have brought his own car to the interview, I have no idea but at least it gave you an idea of what to look for as you're trying to get home with only your wallet & keys/purse & keys.

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EMILY AND EINSTEIN by LINDA FRANCIS LEE

Emily and Einstein - Linda Francis Lee

Audiobook

3-1/2 out of 5 stars. Cute and kind of sad book. I have a little barker who single barks "Let me in!", "Pick me up!", "I want some!", etc. He's so demanding it cracks me up. So Einstein's little exclamations and Emily understanding them was believable to me.

The "old man" part I didn't understand. The quitting and not accepting paying jobs in New York for a career as a writer I didn't understand. She's not Nora Roberts and she's just starting out. That wasn't responsible especially living in the Dakota. And the marathon race didn't seem very pivotal to me even as much as the author was trying to portray it as such. Those are the reasons for my lower rating.

ENEMY WITHIN by MARCELLA BURNARD

Enemy Within - Marcella Burnard

This book is super dark and really sad. There's love from afar, torture, betrayal. It was hard getting through some of the book toward the end.

THE PLAGUE by ALBERT CAMUS

The Plague - Stuart Gilbert, Albert Camus

3-1/2 out of 5 stars. Translated from French.

I purchased this audiobook because I'm into apocalyptic/dystopian books and thought from the cover that this is what the book would be about. It's slightly like that. There's an outbreak of the bubonic plague in a town in Algeria which ends up being cut off from the outside world until it ends. So, an American book would have mayhem, bad guys trying to take over, love in the middle of the plague, starvation - this book had none of that. There was some discouragement but even the camp where people were stuck for months wasn't bad. The American version would have the camp be a hell on earth. There were a lot of speeches by different characters - a couple were actually moving. The book ended very mildly too. I'm just not used to this type of non-dystopian book.

ALL THINGS NEW by KELLY MINTER

All Things New - Bible Study Book: A Study on 2 Corinthians (Living Room) - Kelly Minter

I read this for a Bible study at my church. This was good but usually the Bible studies I read are, "Now what do you think about that verse" where this was "Name the 5 reasons Paul gave for writing to the Corinthian church". I guess the emphasis was on the word "study". It was good but with 5 sections each week it was a struggle to finish it during my lunch hour.