Reviewing the Unreviewed: July 2015

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I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. I thought I’d start doing a post once a month  with just the couple thoughts I shared on Good Reads

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After the Storm (Kate Burkholder #7) by Linda Castillo. Read July 14-17. 3.5 stars.

I enjoy this series and did enjoy this book, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite of the group. The main mystery felt pretty predictable and didn’t really contain any surprises (except for *SPOILER* a guy who we’ve only seen in a wheelchair, doesn’t actually need it. I still don’t understand what the purpose of that was. Why would he need to fake a stroke or whatever? For thirty years no one suspected him of anything *END OF SPOILER*). There were some exciting scenes with Kate and an unknown shooter that kept the book interesting, though.

On the personal relationship front, I was kind of annoyed at the new development. Tomasetti and Kate both learn something about themselves that bode well for the future, though, so I guess it’s ok. Tomasetti had a few moments where he got to be part of the investigation(s), but mostly his role was just Kate’s boyfriend – which isn’t a bad role, but I miss seeing him be more front and center.

Overall, After the Storm, is a good installment to the Kate Burkholder series and I look forward to the next one.

The First Wife

The First Wife by Erica Spindler. Read July 18-19. 3 stars.

So this is basically a Lifetime movie. And like most Lifetime movies, I felt oddly compelled to finish it, no matter how corny things are along the way. The writing left a lot to be desired, the characters weren’t really ones I connected with or rooted for. The resolution of the mystery seemed so blatantly obvious that I knew it couldn’t be right and I wanted to find out the twist. Though a lot of the book was drawn out and repetitive, it did do a good job of keeping me guessing. I suspected nearly everybody at one point or another and there was a couple of twists that surprised me.

I generally enjoyed the book, though I won’t be running out to read anything else by this author in the near future. I think fans of Lifetime mysteries would enjoy it.

Ink (Paper Gods, #1)

Ink (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun. Read July 25-26. 3 stars.

I’m not sure if this would have been a book I tried if I hadn’t won it in a giveaway, so I’m glad that I did!

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set in Japan before, so the setting was definitely interesting. I enjoyed learning a little bit about the culture. One thing that always bugs me about multi-cultural books is when they say things in a different language and they don’t explain what it is. I was looking up a bunch of terms as I was reading and it wasn’t until I was almost done (I was actually counting the remaining pages last night so I could decide between going to bed or finishing the book)when I discovered there was a glossary in the back of the book! While I would rather terms be explained in context (and to be fair, some of them were), I definitely appreciate having a glossary.

I’m also really glad that I got to have an actual hard copy of this book. There’s illustrations throughout (and it’s always iffy how they turn out in my simple e-reader) and even a couple of instances where there were some doodles on the side of several pages that end up being like a flip book animation, which was cool.

The story itself was enjoyable. I thought that the explanation of the Kami could have been a little better done, as I was left a little confused through most of the book. The characters were likable and the two main characters, Katie and Tomohiro, were well developed. I knew Jun was going to play a bigger part in the story and thought it was fairly obvious what that would be, but I was ok with that.

I’m interested to see what will happen next and am looking forward to the next book!

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Audio Book/Re-read

I've Got Your Number

A few weeks ago I went to Canada for the first time to visit my sister and brother-in-law and my meet my new baby niece! The drive is about ten hours and I get really bad motion sickness if I try to read in the car, so I browsed the library for available audio books and downloaded I’ve Got Your Number, which is one of my favorite chick lit books. This was the first audio book I’ve ever listened to the whole way through and I really enjoyed it. I liked the narrator, too. The real kicker, though, was that I talked my parents into listening to it during the drive and they both really enjoyed it!

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RE-READS

The first half of July was the month of the Re-read. I’m not going to go into great detail, but I enjoyed all these just as much as the first time.

Untold (The Lynburn Legacy, #2)  Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)  Just One of the Guys  Definitely, Maybe in Love (Definitely Maybe, #1)  Someday Maybe (Definitely Maybe, #2)

Untold (The Lynburn Legacy #2) by Sarah Rees Brennan
Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan
Just one of the Guys by Kristan Higgns
Definitely, Maybe in Love (Definitely Maybe #1) by Ophelia London
Someday Maybe (Definitely Maybe #2) by Ophelia London

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Reviewing the Unreviewed: November

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. I thought I’d start doing a post once a month  with just the couple thoughts I shared on Good Reads.

So due to NaNoWriMo I did not have a very big reading month, so this post will be pretty short! The only books I read and wrote book reviews for was The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon and Suspicion by Alexandra Monir (but that was after I won NaNo).

Someday Maybe (Definitely Maybe, #2)

Someday Maybe (Definitely Maybe #2) by Ophelia London. Read October 30 – November 2. 3 stars.

I really loved Definitely Maybe as a Pride and Prejudice re-telling. I was super excited for this book because it’s a Persuasion re-telling, which is definitely one of my favorite Jane Austen books. I was left a little disappointed. It didn’t have as many of the pivotal scenes I would’ve liked. It was a little more like most re-tellings that I’m used to reading, which has more of an “inspired by” vibe. However, it was still a cute read and I’ll read whatever re-telling London puts out next!

Yes Please

Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Read November 17-21. 3.5 stars.

For the most part I found this book enjoyable and funny. I would’ve liked more info on Parks and Rec, though. Some chapters weren’t as funny or interesting as others, but of the three Funny Lady memoirs I’ve read (this, Mindy Kaling’s book, and Tina Fey’s book), this was probably my favorite.

Married for Christmas (Willow Park, #1)

Married for Christmas (Willow Park #1) by Noelle Adams. Read November 23-25. 3 stars.

This is currently a FREE ebook at Barnes and Noble

This was a cute, quick read. I liked that the characters were Christians, yet this wasn’t a “Christian Fiction” book. There’s even a note in the beginning of the book that this is not an “inspirational” read, but the faith of the characters is just one aspect of their lives. Despite not being “inspirational”, I still thought there was some great messages conveyed in the story, without every being preachy.

To almost make up for the religious aspects of the book, there were a few graphic scenes. I couldn’t done without those, but they were your typical romance style scenes and easily skimmed over.

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BACK ON THE TBR SHELF

The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)

The Jewel (The Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing. I just couldn’t get into this book. Maybe it was because I was coming towards the end of NaNoWriMo and was more focused on writing than reading. Or it just failed to interest me, despite the oh so pretty cover. Either way, I’m not ready to DNF it, so back on the TBR shelf it goes!