Review: The Red Plague Affair

The Red Plague Affair
The Red Plague Affair by Lilith Saintcrow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a tough book for me to rate…it’s definitely a 3.5, but not quite a 4. I liked it every bit as much as the previous Bannon & Clare book, The Iron Wyrm Affair, but I found this one more confusing and hard to follow. Perhaps that was my fault, reading it late at night, but it just didn’t seem to have the plot cohesion of its predecessor. That said, I really like these characters and will definitely snatch up a further book in the series. There’s a lot of very interesting stuff going on in both the setting and the lives of the characters, and I love the world the author has created.

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Review: First Evidence

First Evidence
First Evidence by Ken Goddard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I did enjoy this police-procedural-meets-alien-contact combination; it was well-written and engaging, and really rates more of a 3.5 than just a 3 from me. My only quibble is the level of detail that the author sometimes went into…things were happening, certainly, but sometimes they took a l o n g time to happen. There were also a few questions I had at the end…but overall definitely a good, fun, summer read.

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Review: The Other Normals

The Other Normals
The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A couple of years ago, my daughter read Ned Vizzini’s “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” in school, and enjoyed it immensely. Although it didn’t sound like my kind of reading, this book did, so with her recommendation of him as a good writer, I thought I would give it a try. She was right; he’s an excellent writer.

About halfway through, I began to worry that the author (knowing, as I did, that he was more a mainstream writer) was going to cop out at the end of the book and play the “it was all a dream” card, or something similar. I should not have doubted him! The end was wonderful and stayed true to the promises the book made all the way through.

Fun, engaging, and fast-paced. Highly recommended for YA readers and anyone who lived through being an “other” at school. ;)

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Review: Clean

Clean
Clean by Alex Hughes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the mix of genres in this book–police procedural, future society and characters with psychic abilities. It was fast-paced and the plot had a number of nice layers, with good interactions and interesting relationships among the characters. I did find it slightly confusing at times and sometimes the characters acted in ways that were a little hard to understand, but that did not seriously undermine my enjoyment of the book. I’ll definitely read more in this series.

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Review: Abaddon’s Gate

Abaddon's Gate
Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Again, fabulous space opera and characters that you really care about. I was so worried toward the end of the book that something really awful was going to happen that I actually had to put it down for a few days before I had the courage to read on. :) But I was very satisfied with the ending and the series as a whole. Just excellent storytelling! All space opera should be this good!

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Review: Trunk Music

Trunk Music
Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A nicely-done police procedural in the Harry Bosch series. Although this is the fifth book in the series, it’s the first one I’ve read. The plot is interesting, as are the characters, if they do fall a little flat from time to time. My editor brain cringed a few times at some things I thought the book’s editor should have caught and fixed–especially since this is not a first-time author. However, it’s not something likely to bother the average reader. Definitely recommended if you like mysteries/procedurals; I’ll likely look for more books in this series.

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Review: Spirits Rising

Spirits Rising
Spirits Rising by Krista D. Ball
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the Newfoundland setting in this supernatural novella; it’s obvious the author has spent time there or done her research well. The story is brisk and well-paced and the characters interesting, especially the narrator/main character, who has a lot of personal life things going on. I liked her and want to know more about her, so I expect I’ll be following this series. I also liked the way the author did NOT play to expected tropes in many supernatural stories these days, but put an original twist on things. I read the ebook version and found it nicely formatted on my Kobo (which is soooo important for ereaders!).

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