Hidy ho readers. Last full week of March. Tell me, where’d the month go? And how was your weekend? What is one, memorable thing you did? The family and I had a midday trip to celebrate our 10 year anniversary; we spent Saturday in Half Moon Bay (go here if you’re curious) for some sight-seeing and for good grub. Sunday it was time to “mow the lawn” (give the husband a 2 cut on top and a 1 fade on the bottom) besides blogging, catching up on blogs, and consuming Mountain Mike’s.
How was your immersion into the written word over the week? I was able to finish two formats of books over the past seven days.
Kindle Book #1
I may have asked this in my last book post: Have you ever gotten addicted to a series where you’re left scattered breadcrumbs in terms of knowing who, what, why, and how but you just don’t care because you just have to read more? This is what’s happening to me for this Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I’ve read books two and three back to back. That hasn’t happened since the Twilight series had come out.
Faefever is the second installment. It’s full of darkness, dissent among those of the light, and in-house squabbling. There are secret plans and something bad’s going down! Finally, more 411 about one of the main players was dished out; however, the content is more about the history of certain events. Mac’s getting tougher and is getting smarter by learning how to play her cards better all the while being monkey in the middle. I was like a fisherwoman reeling in yards of fishing line to get to the very end.
Four stars. The fourth installment was downloaded to my Kindle immediately after and I’m already over halfway through it.
Kindle Book #2
I can see now why the Stephanie Plum series has such a huge fan following. I love it! The throwback references – VHS movies, tape decks in the cars, wearing Doc Martens (I used to have the combat boots with Cookie Monster bow biters), and pegged pants (had to teach my older cousin how to do that back in the day) – to trends I grew up with is so fun to come across.
I love Stephanie’s Jersey girl sassiness. Her character is believable and she ain’t perfect. Her family’s a riot, especially her grandmother. I like how Stephanie falls down but brushes herself right off and gets back up for more.
And the main, male characters in her life? Oh boy, that yummy Joe Morelli. His and Stephanie’s conversations are entertaining banter:
I stood there for a moment, visualizing the pine boxes stacked chocablock. Here one day, gone the next. I turned to leave and almost crashed into Morelli.
‘Jesus,” I exclaimed, hand on heart, after squelching a yelp of surprise. ‘I hate when you creep up behind me like that. What are you doing here, anyway?’
‘I don’t want to be followed. Isn’t that some sort of an infringement of my rights? Police harassment?’
‘Most women would be happy to have me follow them.’
“I’m not most women.’
‘Tell me about it.’ (Loc 931 @22%)
And that Ranger? “If you gave Ranger fifteen minutes he could assemble a team that would make the invasion of Kuwait look like a kindergarten exercise.” (Loc 1668 @39%)
Even though he’s a bada**, I love how he took Stephanie under his wing in the first book and how he helps her out if she needs it.
The crime in this plot was creative and in how it was carried out. I liked how it brought in characters from book one and brought in more characters of the community. Four stars.
Add another tally mark to that bunch of audiobooks! Because I had enjoyed the first Booktown Mystery and had the characters fresh in my brain, I listened to the second installment, Bookmarked for Death.
Katherine of I Wish I Lived in a Library commented last week, “I’ve enjoyed the Booktown series as well though sometimes Tricia gets on my nerves.”
While listening to this audiobook, I totally got that. I thought I’d get tired of Angelica, Tricia’s older sister, who is such a diva but you know what? She is entertaining and I love how no matter what, by any means necessary she’ll defend her baby sister. If anything, the sheriff is an annoying witch on a power trip; I do wonder though, will there be a book in this series where the sheriff has to wear the shoe on the other foot and be a suspect in a murder? That certainly would be an interesting twist.
Four stars for this installment. The plot was interesting and definitely led me down a road or two I didn’t expect. The violence was taken up a notch also. At one point I was like whoa! And I totally got the killer wrong; the reveal was a total surprise.
What I’m Reading/Listening to Right Now
- The Chemist by Stephenie Myer
- Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
- Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
- On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle
What the Crew’s Reading
- Husband? Same ol.
- The tween? She’s reading The Pages Between Us by Lindsey Leavitt and by Robin Mellom.
- The baby? She’s reading Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah.