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errand?

Posted: December 25th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Books, C+, Fantasy, Fiction, Rated | No Comments »

The Belgariad

David Eddings

pawn of prophecyThis five volume series is an expertly and cynically constructed slice of epic fantasy.
Nearly every clichéd trope of the genre is trotted at one point or another but the sheer pace of storytelling stops it from becoming boring.
I’ve read this series many times but even after now I find myself enjoying some of the characters and rooting for the (inevitable) happy ending.
It’s outdated, generic as all hell but it’s one of my comfort reads.
If you’re looking for a quick, easy-to-read fantasy fix then this is an acceptable option.

Rating: C+

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tanzania?

Posted: December 13th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: B-, Books, Ebook, Fiction, Rated, Romance | No Comments »

A Gift From the Comfort Food Cafe

Debbie Johnson

Single mum Katie has slowly been putting her life back together in the little Cornish village of Budbury. Her past littered with broken and dysfunctional relationships and when a possible new love interest arrives on the scene she doesn’t know how to react. The fifth book in the Comfort Cafe series isn’t quite up to the standards of the earlier books.

Rating: B-


auction?

Posted: December 10th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Books, C+, Ebook, Fiction, Rated, Romance | No Comments »

Married By Morning

Lisa Kleypas

A historical romance where a governess with a secret pass becomes involved with charges’ older brother.
The two leads are enjoyable but the whole story is incredibly cliched and it took a bit of motivation to finish the whole story once the ‘scandal’ was revealed to be nothing the heroine could reasonably be blamed for.

Rating: C+


mate?

Posted: December 4th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: B, Books, Ebook, Fiction, Rated, Romance | No Comments »

Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe

Debbie Johnson

The third Comfort Cafe book tells the story of Zoe. Zoe has taken on the responsibility for her best friend’s teenage daughter Martha after the friend dies from cancer.
Escaping to Budbury to distance her charge from the trouble she’s getting into at home things take an unexpected turn when the kid’s Australian father turns up to help.
Decent story and the extended cast really works.

Rating: B


briar?

Posted: December 3rd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: B, Books, Ebook, Fiction, Rated, Romance | No Comments »

Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe

Debbie Johnson

The fourth Comfort Cafe book tells the story of Willow. A pink-haired young woman who is entirely devoted to the care of her Mother Lynnie who suffers from Dementia. With a little help from the community she’s able to work enough to keep her head above water. Her little cleaning business brings her to an old residential home where she meets the millionaire geek, Tom, who has bought the place.
This is an enjoyable contemporary romance with a great cast of recurring characters

Rating: B


mutant?

Posted: December 2nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: B, Books, Ebook, Fiction, Rated, Romance | No Comments »

Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe

Debbie Johnson

This is an enjoyable contemporary romance. Part of a series centred on a village cafe in Dorset.
In this one we follow the perspective of Becca. She’s a graphic designer from Manchester and she comes to Bunbury to visit her sister for Christmas.
Notoriously immune to the charms of the festive season She finds herself falling for the charms of the villagers and in particular for the handsome Irishman Sam.
I liked that Becca was less than thrilled by Christmas and that she could be spiky and difficult with people. All too many Christmas romances (both novels and films) have protagonists filled with starry-eyed joy at the prospect of all things Christmas.
I particularly liked that the characters actually talked to each other about their feelings (a pet peeve of mine is the dumb misunderstanding) but on the other hand some of the plot points were clunking and obvious.

Rating: B


teal?

Posted: October 2nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: B, Books, Ebook, Fiction, Junior Fiction, Rated, Romance | No Comments »

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Jenny Han

I only read this one because I enjoyed the Netflix movie.
Lara Jean Covey is put in a pickle when her unsent love letters are mysteriously posted. It would be embarassing enough but one of them is to her older sister’s very recently ex-boyfriend.
Almost accidentally she finds herself fake dating another letter recipient called Peter Kavinsky.
It’s a pretty good young adult fake dating story but it doesn’t work as well as the movie.

Rating: B


americium?

Posted: September 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: A, Audiobook, Books, Fiction, Rated, Science Fiction | No Comments »

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Hank Green

The first novel from the younger Vlogbrother is a fast-paced & whip smart Science Fiction thriller and also a deeply considered meditation on the nature of fame – especially fame gained through a carefully constructed persona on the Internet.
Recently graduated from college struggling graphic designer April May stumbles across what she initially assumes is a temporary art project in the streets of Manhattan. On a whim April and her friend Andy put up a Youtube video about the giant robot statue and she accidentally finds herself famous & at the centre of a huge worldwide story.
The central characters are well drawn and the feel of April’s world feels completely natural even when weird things happen.
It’s great fun to read and also seriously thought provoking. I’m just blown away by how good it is for a debut novel.
This is another book that I part read and part listened to. The narrator of the audiobook does great work and if you’re an audiobook person it’s definitely work checking out.

Rating: A


bandolier?

Posted: August 4th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: A-, Audiobook, Books, Ebook, Fiction, Rated, Science Fiction, TV tie-in | No Comments »

The Day of the Doctor

Steven Moffat

A Target novelization of an old Doctor Who episode shouldn’t be as much fun as this.
Moffat adds and modifies the original script to give the story more depth, more humour and more clever clever twistiness.
I really really enjoyed this.
I split reading this between the ebook and the audiobook (that Amazon synergy at work) and I normally leave my audiobook reviews to the end of the year but I just enjoyed this one too much!
Nicholas Briggs is excellent as the narrator and voices the various Doctors with much relish. Even the little bits of audio atmospherics actually add to the story for a change. Briggs does have one weakness – he seriously cannot do Clara’s accent.
Anyway very highly recommended if you like Moffat era Doctor Who.

Rating: A-


rags?

Posted: July 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Books, C+, Ebook, Fiction, Rated, Romance | No Comments »

Always On My Mind

Jill Shalvis

One of my favourite romance series is Lucky Harbor. Set in an idyllic seaside town in the Pacific Northwest the books jump from resident to resident as they find love.
This book finds talented baker Leah falling for firefighter and best friend Jack. It’s actually a fake dating story as Leah tells Jack’s ailing Mother Dee that they’re together to make her happy.
It’s got a small arson subplot to add to the action but it’s mostly confused mutual pining.
It’s full of clichés and the writing never elevates above readable but it’s a fun read and if you like a sweet contemporary romance this is a good one.
Read before but not reviewed in the 2014 epic romance binge.

Rating: C+