Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb

This is a fairly fast paced murder mystery with an extreme magical bent.  Andrews creates a very fascinating world.  Her world-building tends to be subtle, sort of getting the gist of things as we go along and the plot unfurls.  Honestly, this is the kind of world building that I appreciate.  While I rushed through this trying to figure out who the murderer was, I was able to get the gist of what Andrews world involves.  While some extra information about how the world became what it is in Andrews time, there are enough hints to get the shape of what happened.  I presume that if I continue reading the series I will get more background as things develop.

If you are looking for a Kick Butt female lead, Kate Daniels, that admits to her own insecurities, then this is a good book for you.  A powerful magic user loses her last connection to the past, her family, and Daniels needs to find out who killed him.  Daniels dances between shifters, necromancers that control vampires, and the governing body.  She manages to attract and piss them all off, and seems very tired doing so.

A fast paced, kick butt, novel that leaves a lot more questions than answers.  The initial mystery is solved at the end of the book, but there are a lot of questions left about Kate Daniels as well as the world in which she lives.  I really did like this book and I look forward to reading more.


One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

one fell sweepThis is a fun, fascinating, tear-jerker of an addition to this series. Finally we get to meet some of the innkeeper’s family, and the plot line advances greatly. It is fun and fascinating to see how the different characters interact and evolve along the way. I will frankly admit *mini spoiler* I was reduced to tears near the end

of the book and the entire thing ended on an cliff-hanger *end spoiler*
I am dying to read the next book in this series and really enjoyed this addition.

If you are looking for a good book that jerks on the heartstrings and gets the blood pumping with action and adventure then this is the book for you. I will add that I love how this romance progresses, it takes 3 books before the characters really admit their feelings, etc. This seems realistic as opposed to meet, fall in love, fall in bed, & marry, within a few days. I am definitely going to be exploring more of this author, as soon as I have more Audible Credits, or can find them at my local library, lol.

Happy Reading!

Sweep In Peace by Ilona Andrews

sweep in peaceWhat do intergalactic vampires, merchants, and a sworn enemy of the vampires have in common? They all want to mineral rights to a particular planet. Since they cannot solve this problem themselves they decided to hire an arbitrator. Of course he decided to use an Inn on Earth to conduct these negotiations.

From there, things get interesting. Join us as we discover the adventures awaiting us at this little inn. Following the initial innkeeper novel this addition, apparently, brings in some characters from one of Andrews other series.  If you do not know about her other books then this novel can still be read with a lot of enjoyment.  I believe, since I have not read her other series I cannot say for certain, that if you have read her other series there is considerable depth added to this book by understanding the crossover characters.  Even without that understanding, I’m seriously considering reading her other books to gain that insight, this is a very enjoyable addition to the innkeeper series.  If you are looking for an amusing, action-packed adventure, with likable characters and a lot of hear then this is the book for you!

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Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

If you enjClean Sweepoy fantasy that isn’t to heavily involved in world-building, those that let you learn about the ‘world’ that the characters inhabit as you read along, then this is the book for you.  While Andrews’ world is very different and complicated the reader/listener is not treated to an hour of someone describing the universe you are thrown into, rather as interesting things come up, werewolves are from outer-space, they are brought up, explained and we move on.  Are you completely immersed, understanding every nuance of this new world, no, but you are certainly intrigued enough to wonder what you will discover in the next novel.

This was a fun, quick read, with fascinating characters and a bright new take on werewolves, vampires, and other fantasy concepts.  If you are looking for a fast, fun, Clean, romance to read, while still discovering a whole new world with amazing characters, then this might be the read for you.   The characters were kick butt without being vulgar or crude.  The depiction of gentlemanly and courtly behaviors were charming without being overdone.  The main character was both feminine and strong, a very hard balance to achieve.  The characters did not tug on my heartstrings, nor did I become emotionally involved in them, but I am still fascinated by them.  I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to listening to the rest.

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How Audiobooks Made Me Appreciate Non-Fiction by Yaika Sabat

This is a good article to introduce you to a new format, or rather an old format that you might not have considered before.  This author has trouble reading non-fiction books.  Not that she lacks the desire, interest, or intellectual capacity, they just tend to be a bit dry and hard to get through.  I find myself with the same problem.  Like this author, I tend to look more toward the fiction books, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, etc.

This author emphasized that the reader (voice actor/actress) can make a difference in your reading experience, just because you dislike one voice actor doesn’t mean that the entire genre is bad.  I know that the voice actress that helped create the early Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich was not to my taste. Eventually then switched voice actors and now I really love listening to the new installment in this series.

If you are having trouble getting through non-fiction, detective novels, epic fantasy, science fiction, or another genre then try listening to Audio books.  (maybe not romance unless you can take hearing graphic sex explored…found that out the hard way, fortunately there was  ‘skip ahead 30 seconds’ button….hit that 4-10 times and you’re usually past the graphic bits. )

In recent months I have found that Audible has access to the Great Courses.  I love the idea of listening for 20+ hours at the same price of a 7+ hour book.  (I’m a bargain hunter at the root of it which is why I like libraries *free* best of all).  Now that the author of this article informed me that The Devil in the White City is about H.H Holmes and the Chicago World Fair I have that waiting for me….just as soon as I figure out where Overdrive downloaded it to on my iPad.

Happy Reading!

Random Audio Additions

In Addition to reading the article “Is Audio Really the Future of the Book”

I have been listening to a great number of Audio Books.  Due to a family health problem I have not had a lot of free time or attention to do much extracurricular library research, though I have been able to get through an inordinate amount of audio books.  Many of them were ‘re-reads’ but some were new.

Among the re-reads are:

Origin in Death; Conspiracy in Death; Indulgence in Death; Promises in Death; Salvation in Death; Betrayal in Death; Judgement in Death; Loyalty In Death; Witness in Death; and Brotherhood in Death by J.D Robb. As well as Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich.

The New Audio Books that I have read are:

Apprentice in Death by J. D. Robb and Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich.

These 13 Audio books have certainly pushed forward my goal for the Year, though I will still probably not make it.

I also re-read several Shelly Laurenston Books, namely:

The Mane Squeeze; Beast Behaving Badly; Wolf With Benefits; Bear Meets Girl; Big Bad Beast; Mane Attraction; Mane Event; Bite Me; and The Beast in Him.

I guess I was more prolific than I though by reading 9 books to escape what reality I could not change.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading all that I could.  I will hope to continue reading even prolifically for the next few weeks until the years end.