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The Viscount's Son [20 Jul 2017|12:35am]

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The Viscount's SonThe Viscount's Son by Aderyn Wood

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This novella had an interesting set up. Emma is a book conservatory/historian who's set up a blog (she's a newbie to the idea) to discuss and translate a sixteenth century diary by someone named N.C. So the novella flip flops between Emma's blog and NC's diary. She was happy to have something to break up the monotony of inputting death registries for soldiers in the Middle Ages and her partner thinks the diary is a fake. Emma doesn't believe so.

It's quickly obvious why he thought the diary was a joke because NC, the bastard son of a Viscount, is a soldier who's fallen for a gypsy woman and just as obviously she's a vampire and is likely to make NC one too.

I have to say what happens in the modern day runs on some pretty predictable rails and the writing is a bit passive in places but still, it's entertaining enough and short. It does have an open end and there is a sequel. I had fun with it.



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Hammered [15 Jul 2017|01:31am]

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Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #3)Hammered by Kevin Hearne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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Rip Tides [12 Jul 2017|10:40pm]

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Rip Tides (Lei Crime, #9)Rip Tides by Toby Neal

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Dyer Consequences [05 Jul 2017|10:32pm]

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Dyer Consequences (A Knitting Mystery, # 5)Dyer Consequences by Maggie Sefton

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



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Bedlam Stacks [04 Jul 2017|10:12pm]

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The Bedlam StacksThe Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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Secret Prey [03 Jul 2017|07:48pm]

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Secret Prey (Lucas Davenport, #9)Secret Prey by John Sandford

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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The Pilgrim of Hate [29 Jun 2017|11:03pm]

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[ mood | sore ]

The Pilgrim of Hate (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #10)The Pilgrim of Hate by Ellis Peters

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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The Library of Souls [29 Jun 2017|12:25am]

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Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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Three Manga [23 Jun 2017|10:29pm]

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Noragami: Stray God, Vol. 14 (Noragami: Stray God, #14)Noragami: Stray God, Vol. 14 by Adachitoka

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


According to Goodreads the volume name is Aftermath which is perfect. That’s exactly what this is, the aftermath of the things Yato’s ‘father’ did last volume. Hiyori’s family is all but destroyed and we get to meet her older brother and her grandmother as the family tries to recover. Yato, much to Hiyori (and Yukine)’s heart ache has distanced himself from Hiyori trying to save her from Father’s wrath. Yato has been taking jobs for a young man that will have unexpected consequences.

Bishamonten and Kazuma are also having a terrible time thanks to Father. The Stray has warned Yukine to be wary of Kazume (which sets up seeds of doubt in him). Kazuma and Bishamonten begin to fall apart as Father’s spells cause the chaos he intended by showing the god’s secret (the day of the shiki’s death which they can not handle seeing) to Bishamonten’s shiki and Kazuma is going to find Father no matter what, no matter who he has to go through.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this manga is heart wrenching. I could see it having an unhappy ending and that feeling perfectly right (even though I hope not) and it’s beautifully drawn. The writing/drawing duo that make up the creative team know what they’re doing. This is excellent.



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デビルズライン 3 [Devil's Line 3] (Devils' Line, #3)デビルズライン 3 [Devil's Line 3] by Ryo Hanada

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Anzai can’t bring himself to believe Hans Lee that human blood can heal a ‘devil’ in spite of the evidence of his own body. Still, Hans is a convincing young man and he and Anzai settle into an uneasy alliance. Anzai seems better equipped to understand what a powder keg that tidbit is.

The rest of it (and it seemed short as far as a volume is concerned) deals with the Machiavellian power plays of the organization that seems to be fomenting a war between the devils and the humans, including the assassination of some of the devils. The transgendered one who might be a witness at a place Anzai knows is targeted.

It’s still interesting but the story seems to be inching along. There was a side story at the end to help fluff up the page count because like I said, this is a bit on the short side. I’m enjoying it but the story’s pacing needs a bit of work.



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School-Live!, Vol. 1 (Gakkou Gurashi!, #1)School-Live!, Vol. 1 by Norimitsu Kaihou

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I got this one from Loot Crate Anime and to be honest I probably wouldn’t have bought it for myself as I am not a zombie fan (literally my least favorite urban fantasy sub group). It’s more like a 2.5 read. It has some interesting ideas but the world building is seriously lacking (keeping in mind I’ve also not seen the anime which was apparently huge last year).

It took me a little while to figure out what was going on (in spite of the back cover blurb). We have the School Living Club which until the first chapter we don’t realize isn’t just a school club because we’re seeing things through the eyes of Yuki (which the back cover calls ‘ever optimistic which isn’t really the case). She and two other girls (the shovel loving Kurumi and the big sister type Yuuri, according toe the blurb), along with the club leader, Megumi Sakura are in the club. Yuki isn’t just optimistic and a poor student (and not tremendously bright) she seems to be in complete denial, seeing the ruined classrooms (which we don’t see as ruined until the last panels of the first chapter) and zombies as if they were whole and the zombies as students still going to school. We don’t know why she’s delusional (though it’s hinted something’s happened to her causing a psychotic break apparently).

It took me longer (in spite of Sakura being in a dress and not a school uniform) to figure out Sakura was a teacher because she’s drawn looking the same age as the girls. I’m not sure if it’s a thing in Japan that schools have ‘stores’ in them or is that part of the barely there world building but it seemed weird to me that they could go ‘shopping’ and that there are zombies in the school itself because we’re not shown how the girls have fortified their roof top gardens or the classroom they’re living in. I can see the zombies outside the school but inside? Why aren’t they just outside the bedroom door then?

The girls don’t go anywhere by themselves at least. Yuuri and Kurumi don’t have much personality other than they’re very protective of Yuki. That and Kurumi loves killing zombies with a shovel as the shovel killed the most men in the trenches of WWI (according to her). I don’t know what their goal is (other than survival). I don’t know they ended up in this position or if there are other survivors. I’m sure as we go we’ll learn more but it seems like it’s in a vacuum. I’m not sure I’d get more of this unless a library has it.



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(Un)masked [21 Jun 2017|11:51pm]

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(Un)Masked(Un)Masked by Anyta Sunday

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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X-Wing Fighter: The Krytos Trap [18 Jun 2017|11:57pm]

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The Krytos Trap (Star Wars: X-Wing, #3)The Krytos Trap by Michael A. Stackpole

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



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The Cold Dish [18 Jun 2017|10:26am]

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The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire, #1)The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Popularized by the television show Longmire, I have to admit - I like this novel more than I do the TV series.

Walt Longmire has been a sheriff for twenty-five years and before that, he served in Vietnam. He is looking forward to eventually retiring, leaving his office to his second in command, Victoria Moretti. But first, there are local things to take care of, like Pancake Day and the death of Cody Pritchard. The question is - was Cody's death because of a hunting accident, or was he murdered?

There are a lot of people who might've wanted to murder Cody because he and three of his erstwhile friends were sentenced regarding the rape of an Indian girl, Melissa Little Bird. Everyone believes the boys got off lightly and someone appears to have taken their punishment into their own hands with Cody's death. The finding of an eagle feather at the scene puts Walt on the alert, because that indicates maybe one of Melissa's many family members - including Walt's best friend, Henry Standing Bear.

When another of the boys is found dead, Walt knows the killer is going to try and get all four of the boys and tries to keep George and Brian safe, despite George's intent on running away no matter how dangerous it could be 'out there' for him. With George having shot Henry and wounding himself in the process of attempting to escape, and a haunted Cheyenne Sharps rifle riding shotgun with Walt, ghosts from the past might just be rising up to consume them all.

There is much more humor in this novel than was ever evident in the TV series, though it's hard to reconcile my brain to Henry Standing Bear being massive while seeing Lou Diamond Phillips in my head. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of this series.



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Spymaster: Book one of The Dragon Corsairs [17 Jun 2017|06:56am]

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Spymaster (The Dragon Corsairs #1)Spymaster by Margaret Weis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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The Agony of the Leaves [14 Jun 2017|10:04pm]

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Agony of the Leaves (A Tea Shop Mystery, #13)Agony of the Leaves by Laura Childs



My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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Live to See Tomorrow [12 Jun 2017|03:02pm]

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Live to See Tomorrow (Catherine Ling, #3)Live to See Tomorrow by Iris Johansen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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Crime and Poetry [10 Jun 2017|09:51pm]

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Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop, #1)Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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The Eterna Files [07 Jun 2017|12:44am]

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The Eterna Files (Eterna Files, #1)The Eterna Files by Leanna Renee Hieber

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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One Tequila [05 Jun 2017|11:11pm]

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One Tequila (Althea Rose Mystery, #1)One Tequila by Tricia O'Malley


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Broken Mirror [01 Jun 2017|09:24pm]

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Broken MirrorBroken Mirror by Cody Sisco

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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Ten Dead Comedians [01 Jun 2017|12:10am]

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Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder MysteryTen Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery by Fred Van Lente

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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