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My rating scale:

 

5: Loved it

4.5: Great

4: Good

3.5: Liked It

3: OK

2-2.5: Didn't like it

1-1.5: Hated it

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The Illustrated Man
Ray Bradbury
The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt
Mirror, Mirror - J.D. Robb, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, Mary Blayney

Just read Taken in Death by JD Robb.

Reading progress update: I've read 42%.

Found in You - Laurelin Paige

I was enjoying the book up until this point. Alayna is making decisions that are going to blow up horribly in her face and I hate how predictable her actions, and upcoming consequences, seem. I really hope the author is going to go a completely different route or I'm going to be disappointed. 

Unseen - Rachel Caine

Re-read: 7/15/15 - 3 stars

Originally read: 5/1/11 - 3 stars

I'm sad to write that I was disappointed with Unseen. It lacked the excitement and adventure of the first two books. The attraction between Luis and Cassiel was missing; they almost seemed to be going through the motions. I was extremely annoyed with Luis's reaction to the task that Cassiel had assigned herself. He didn't have to like it or agree with her, but he should have supported her decision. It's not like he didn't know the reason she was placed on earth as a human. The last fifty pages were interesting but it didn't make up for the rest of the story.

Unknown - Rachel Caine

Re-read: 7/6/15 - 4 stars

Originally read 5/20/10 - 5 stars

This book was just as good as the first one. Cassiel is a smart, tough and flawed heroine. Her desire to save humanity instead of destroying it felt genuine. Her emerging romance with Luis was just the right touch; it wasn't the main focus of the story, but simmered nicely in the background. There was plenty of action and suspense to keep me on the edge of my seat and I anxiously await the next installment.

Reading progress update: I've read 30%....DNF

The Time Machine - Alan Munro, H.G. Wells

I listened to about 5 chapters and I couldn't take it. I thought it was mind numbingly boring. 

Undone - Rachel Caine

Re-read: 6/7/15 - 4 stars

 

Originally read 3/30/2009 - 5 stars

 

Undone was fantastic. Ms. Caine does an excellent job in drawing this reader into a great spin-off to the Weather Warden series. It's about a former Djinn named Cassiel. She was banished to a human body for disobeying her leader. The course of the story follows Cassiel as she learns to deal with her human limitations and the world that the Wardens live in. It was suspenseful from the very beginning. It was action-packed, funny and, at times, tender and left me wondering what road this was taking. It was nice seeing the transition from cold Djinn to caring human. In Caine's usual fashion, we are left with a cliff-hanger, but I cannot wait for the next one.

SPOILER ALERT!
Crave - J.R. Ward

I had serious issues with this book. So serious, that I am not continuing reading this series. The beginning was fine. We get to know Isaac and Grier. I thought they had great chemistry, but that was it. The further into the book I got, the less convinced I was theirs was a love match. I thought the book focused too much on them, and frankly, it was boring and dragged on.

 

Jim's part of the story was better, but I really disliked the interference from both sides. What's the point of having Jim be this savior, if both sides are going to "cheat"? It made for a predictable outcome. Not much happened with Eddie and Adrian, which was a shame. Devina torturing Jim seemed gratuitous and did nothing to further or enhance the story. 

 

I realize that I initially gave this 3 stars, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I didn't like this at all. 

Reading progress update: I've read 42%...DNF

NOS4A2: A Novel - Joe Hill, Kate Mulgrew

I really tried to finish this but I didn't like Vic at all. I know she went through bad stuff with Manx, but I couldn't empathize with her and I found her personality abrasive and off-putting. 

Reading progress update: I've read 33%...DNF

Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr, Alyssa Bresnahan

I couldn't take it anymore. This was absolutely BORING! Nothing was going on, all the characters were flat and I just didn't give a damn.

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr, Alyssa Bresnahan

I'm listening to this. The narrator is bad and the story isn't that good. I'm going to listen a little more to see if the story gets better, but it may become a DNF.

A Secret to Die For (Secret McQueen) - Sierra Dean

I found this slightly disappointing. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen and the ending just seemed so generic and boring. She didn't come across as smart and made a lot of impulsive decisions.Part of my disappointment is her

choosing Desmond over Holden. I kept thinking she'd change her mind and realize she made the wrong choice.

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It wasn't meant to be, I guess. There were good moments though, so it wasn't a bust overall. It just wasn't the ending I envisioned for Secret. 

Chaos in Death - J.D. Robb

This is the first time that I did not like the mystery involved in an In Death series. While some of them have been just ok, this one was ridiculous. The whole

Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde

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 thing did not work at all, IMO. I know this is set in the future, but it was too incredulous. I guess they can't all be wonderful.

 

Night Shift - Nalini Singh, Lisa Shearin, Ilona Andrews, Milla Vane

I only read Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews, 2.5 stars

Magic Rises  - Ilona Andrews

This was excellent! Best book in the series so far and one of the better books I've read in a while. There were so many twists and turns and nothing played out how I thought it would. Kate continues to amaze me and the relationships she has built are fantastic! I was in tears the last chapter and I'm anxious to see what happens next.

Hex Appeal - P. N. Elrod (Editor)

I only read the Ilona Andrews story, 3 stars

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2) - E.L. James

This was my second time reading this and I didn't like it as much. I may have been wearing blinders on regarding Christian's issue, but they were off this time and I wanted Ana to run far away from him. This man is damaged and love won't fix that. His possessiveness and controlling ways were troubling. I still liked Ana but she was meek and didn't come across as strongly as she did in the first book. I'm not even sure if I want to re-read the last one.

 

Originally read: 5/1/12 - 4 stars