transmission
20Apr/17Off

camp?

Scrappy Little Nobody

Anna Kendrick

Kendrick's short memoirs are entertaining but never particularly revealing (unless you're surprised to learn that a twentysomething has taken some recreational drugs).
The best parts are about her early days as a child actor breaking into Broadway and the sacrifices her family made to get that to happen.
I would have been disappointed by this book if I had paid full price for it. At a discount it was worth it.

Rating: B-

2Mar/17Off

glaive?

Armada

Ernest Cline

I gave this a re-read to see if it improved on a second go-through. It really didn't
I really have nothing new to say about the book so read my earlier review.

Rating: B-

11Jul/16Off

charter?

The Puffin Island Trilogy

Sarah Morgan

first time in foreverThis trilogy of romance novels are mainly set on the idyllic holiday spot of Puffin Island located on the North East coast of the US.
Book 1 is First Time in Forever which follows Emily as she takes custody of her recently deceased movie star half-sister's child. They move to Puffin Island to hide the kid from the paparazzi. It's a perfectly competent romance novel even if the lead character is a bit of a wet blanket. This one I read as an ebook. Rated C+
Book 2 is Some Kind of Wonderful. This one follows Brittany as she returns to her native Puffin Island afer breaking her arm while working at an archaeological dig in Crete. On the journey back she discovers that her ex-husband from a ten day teenage marriage is back in town.
This one has much better leads than the first book. Rated C+
Book 3 is Christmas Ever After and it is the best of this series. It tells the story of Skylar and what happens to her after rejecting a public marriage offer from her distant politician boyfriend and is left alone in London at Christmas time. I really like the couple in this book. Rated B-

Rating: B-

8Mar/16Off

samir?

The Twenty-Sided Sorceress

Annie Bellet

justice callingThis is a series of short urban fantasy novels. Sorceress Jade Crow has made a life for herself the remote community of Wylde, Idaho. Friends with the large shape-shifter population and making a living selling games to college students it's a pretty decent life.
This all starts to fall apart when a shape-shifter Justice comes into town with a vision of disaster and her at the heart of it.
They're all brief but they run efficiently through all sorts of genre tropes but in entertaining fashion.
I acquired the first book free from the Kindle store and I picked up all the other books in short order because they were reasonably priced.
Recommended for urban fantasy fans looking for a quick, fun but utterly predictable fix.

Rating: B-

30Dec/15Off

sober?

What I Did For Love

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

what i did for loveThis is an exemplary piece of Fake Marrieds romantic fiction. I read it last year during my great glut of romance reading but I didn't give it more than a rating then.
This is the story of a former teen TV comedy star whose recent divorce from the biggest male star in Hollywood has caused the paparazzi to make her life hell. After a night out in Las Vegas she wakes up married to her hated (and washed up) former co-star. Despite their mutual loathing they stay together for the sake of her image and his bank balance. Of course real feelings turn up along the way.
This book coasts along brilliantly until the weird section with the quarantine lockdown. From there to the happy denouement there are some really ugly bits that very nearly spoil the book.
Still recommended if you, like me, have a thing for the Fake Married trope.

Rating: B-

19Oct/15Off

merlin?

Off To Be The Wizard

Scott Meyer

off to be the wizardThis is a comic science fiction novel about a hacker who discovers the secrets of controlling the universe via a garbage file on a server he's broken into.
He quickly finds himself in trouble after changing reality to suit his own needs and he escapes into the past of medieval England.
The premise is more entertaining than the actual story and while I wouldn't mind reading the sequel it's certainly not something I'm super keen to acquire.

Rating: B-

19Oct/15Off

gyro?

Trade Me

Courtney Milan

trademeA contemporary romance novel by the author of the Brothers Sinister series.
A dirt poor and struggling student swaps lives with her billionaire tech company heir classmate.
It's certainly well-written and readable but the tech stuff is approaching laughable and the conclusion is a bit of a mess.
I'm up for reading the next book in the series - if only to see if Milan handles contemporary romance with a more sure hand in the future.

Rating: B-

19Oct/15Off

elopement?

A Week To Be Wicked

Tessa Dare

a week to be wickedThe second book in the series begun by A Night To Surrender.
The lead female character is just brilliant. Unfortunately the story runs of out steam about halfway through and I struggled to maintain interest all the way to the conclusion.
Really with a much more brutal editor these could have been much shorter much more enjoyable reads - especially given the author's ability to create characters you want to root for.

Rating: B-

19Oct/15Off

militia?

A Night To Surrender

Tessa Dare

a night to surrenderThis is a well written historical romance with a decent story and very enjoyable leads that is just plain too long.
The female lead runs an isolated community of women who don't fit in 'polite' society and whose ordered life when the male lead turns up looking for a chance to regain his command in the army.
After a certain point I felt the story began to drag and I just waiting for the resolution to happen. I would have rated it higher but for that.

Rating: B-

19Oct/15Off

starfighter?

Armada

Ernest Cline

armadaCline's second book, like his first, is guilty of rampant nostalgia for a certain strain of 1980's US nerd culture.
Unlike Ready Player One this book has next to no charm. Ripping off sci-fi properties like The Last Starfighter and Ender's Game left and right I found this novel to be empty of original ideas and full of clich├ęd characters.
The story is incredibly slight but it is very readable. I suspect I'd enjoy it more on a re-read or as an audiobook now that I know not to expect better of it.

Rating: B-