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.

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.

CRAVINGS by LAURELL K. HAMILTON, ETC

Cravings - Laurell K. Hamilton, MaryJanice Davidson, Eileen Wilks, Rebecca York

Anthology 4.75 out of 5 stars. Excellent for an anthology.

1. "Beyond the Ardeur" (An Anita Blake tale) By Laurell K. Hamilton - I started reading this and I kept thinking that I've read this before. I searched for this title or series # in the list of titles. Nothing. So I kept reading, knowing what was coming next. Then I went back to the anthology's blurb and saw this: ***This short story is a condensed version of Incubus Dreams, book 12 in the Anita Blake series! No wonder, I have read it. I gave Incubus Dreams 5 stars, so I'll give this 5 stars.

2. "Dead Girls Don't Dance," by MaryJanice Davidson. I've read this one too. I have a feeling I read this before I was on Goodreads. I liked this story. Thought it was funny and sweet. 5 stars.

3. "Originally Human" by Eileen Wilks. Read it previously also. He's a "something different" that fell in love with her from afar. Cute story. 4 stars.

4. "Burning Moon" by Rebecca York. Okay I read all of these stories but this one was worth a re-read. Serial killer after handicapped woman and a werewolf who is there to stop him. 5 stars.

REMEDIAL MAGIC by JENNA BLACK

Remedial Magic - Jenna Black

Short story

Veronica's job is to help out people that appear to be part of fairytales with whatever violent means she needs. Lots of action for such a short story.

NO REST FOR THE WICKED by REBECCA KNIGHT

No Rest for the Wicked - Rebecca Knight

Short story

Veronica's job is to help out people that appear to be part of fairytales with whatever violent means she needs. Lots of action for such a short story.

FIRST FROST by JENNIFER ESTEP

First Frost - Jennifer Estep

Short story

I keep saying that I'm not into young adult books but I need to stop because I keep getting surprised by how good they are. I'm 50+ years old for goodness sake so I shouldn't enjoy reading about high school students but this author has done such a good job that I'll definitely be reading more of this series. 5 out of 5 stars.

PERFECT LITTLE TOWN by BLAKE CROUCH

Perfect Little Town - Blake Crouch

Wow, really gruesome story. Makes you scared to stay in nice, friendly, small towns. 3 out of 5 stars.

600 HOURS OF EDWARD by CRAIG LANCASTER

600 Hours of Edward - Craig Lancaster

When I started this book I was wondering if I would finish it after description, after description of Dragnet's color episodes and the weather. Then the book started getting a little more interesting, and then a little more, until I was fully invested to find out what happened to Edward. I was afraid it was going to be a bad turn but it ended up being a HEA (happy ever after) for Edward - not over the top happy but for him it was huge. Loved the book.

PROJECT ELFHOME by WEN SPENCER

Project Elfhome - Wen Spencer

Because I love to complain - I will start off with I HATE THE COVER! This author's Elfhome books usually have these wonderful illustrations (not always true to the book but then again I'm a complainer so what did you expect). However this is like a frat party gone bad cover. The guy with his hands in the air looks especially stupid.

The description of this book kind of confused me because it said it was short stories but the author must have turned the short stories into a longer narrative while interspersing some short ideas she had for stories that I'm not sure she will ultimately use. It's a behind-the-scenes look at the Elfhome's main story, which was really interesting. Overall, the book was really good.

ETCHED IN BONE by ANNE BISHOP

Etched in Bone  - Anne Bishop

What a fantastic book! All I could think of was I needed to get back to reading it. Another reviewer had mentioned that they thought this was the end of the series. I HOPE NOT!! PLEASE MS. BISHOP, DON'T LET IT END YET!

Loved, loved, loved the ending.

ON TURPENTINE LANE by ELINOR LIPMAN

On Turpentine Lane - Elinor Lipman

What a sweet, funny book! There were several times I would read a phrase and think, "I need to write that down and pretend I just made it up." I just loved this book. There's a murder mystery that's only a slight mystery. The love story was great. Even the fights with the ex's were written with humor and kindness. Fantastic book! I'd recommend it to anyone who loves contemporary romance written with humor. I'm planning on reading more by this author.

ELLORA'S CAVEMEN: TALES FROM THE TEMPLE III

Ellora's Cavemen: Tales from the Temple III - Jaid Black, Cheyenne McCray, Mary Wine, Delilah Devlin, Anya Bast, Diana Hunter, Sherri L. King

Anthology Average is 3 stars out of 5

1. Wolf’s Law by Cheyenne McCray. Okay story about a werewolf coming upon a woman sold into slavery and falling in love/lust. 3 stars.

2. Scarlet Sweet by Anya Bast. The fae separate to separate planets and find themselves in dire straights. One has the potential to be "embraced" which makes her something more and maybe finding someone more. Good story. 3 stars.

3. Writers Unblocked by Diana Hunter. A couple who have been married for two years finally come clean about what floats their boat. 3 stars.

3. Looking Forward by Mary Wine. Colonists come to a planet and one of the women becomes an unwanted widow until the planet's inhabitants get a look at her. Good story. 3-1/2 stars.

4. Raptor's Prey by Delilah Devlin. He's part of a dream but he's not. They have sex in these dreams but she's not sure if it's real because he ended one talk with a really cryptic remark. And what's up with the hawk? 2-1/2 stars.

5. Voyeurs Overexposed by Sherri L. King. People living under Earth's crust fight evil and try to stop humans from finding out. One of the Shikar meets a photographer who took pictures of a battle. Why they sent this girl, I have no idea. Okay story. 3 stars.

THE BEES by LALINE PAULL

The Bees - Laline Paull, Orlagh Cassidy

This book is the monthly pick for my sci-fi book club so at least a 1/3 of the way through this book I thought the bees were aliens, then I didn't think they were aliens, then I was back to thinking they were aliens, finally figuring out it's just about bees. I think I hurt my brain.

So after finishing this book (it's really about bees), I ended up really liking it and actually tearing up at the end. This author has a wonderful imagination. 4 out of 5 stars.

AT RISK by PATRICIA CORNWELL

At Risk - Patricia Cornwell

Am I the only one that found the plot way too convoluted? Taking an older murder from another state, sending the blood evidence to a lab in California and having this huge conspiracy about insider trading with a rape thrown in for no good reason that I could see. And I'm so jaded I thought the rape was [SPOILER actually a BDSM sexual encounter that was taken the wrong way (hide spoiler)].

I'm pretty sure this is my first time reading this author and I don't plan on picking up any of her other books anytime soon.

A COLD DAY FOR MURDER by DANA STABENOW

A Cold Day For Murder - Dana Stabenow

Audiobook

Another book that proves I either have prognostication powers or I read it before. I kept thinking, "This sounds familiar" throughout the whole book. The mystery conclusion was really sad because things could have turned out so much better if people would stop thinking only about themselves. I'm planning on working my way through the series. Very good series. Marguerite Gavin was the narrator. I've listened to her in other audiobooks and didn't know if that would taint my appreciation of this book but she did a great job. 4 out of 5 stars.

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Stacey Kennedy, Eve Langlais
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Laura Jo Phillips