[Mini Review] The Dire King (Jackaby #4)

33590221“The fate of the world is in the hands of detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby and his intrepid assistant, Abigail Rook. An evil king is turning ancient tensions into modern strife, using a blend of magic and technology to push Earth and the Otherworld into a mortal competition. Jackaby and Abigail are caught in the middle as they continue to solve the daily mysteries of New Fiddleham, New England — like who’s created the rend between the worlds, how to close it, and why zombies are appearing around. At the same time, the romance between Abigail and the shape-shifting police detective Charlie Cane deepens, and Jackaby’s resistance to his feelings for 926 Augur Lane’s ghostly lady, Jenny, begins to give way. Before the four can think about their own futures, they will have to defeat an evil that wants to destroy the future altogether.” – Goodreads

The Jackaby books quickly became one of my favorite series.  I love it when mythical creatures and the such mix in with our world. I love it even more in Victorian/Victorian-esque settings. The writing was also quite good and very easy to get through. I’m a little sad that the series has ended, but it was an excellent journey. Continue reading

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[Mini Review] Zita the Spacegirl #1

8879121“Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye.

When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don’t even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest. ”

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this graphic novel. It’s so much fun! Just, so much fun! Both the characters and the world setting are very interesting. I actually wish the author had spent a little more time world building because there’s so much that could have been explored.

The characters were very likable, and even though I could see the villain/antagonist and “twist” coming a mile away, I was so immersed in the story that it didn’t take away from the excitement.

I highly recommend this series and will continue reading it.

Score:4/5

[Min Review] Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris

685387“Harper and Tolliver are experts at getting in, getting paid, and then getting out of town fast – because the people who hire Harper have a funny habit of not really wanting t know what she has to tell them. At first, the little Ozarks town of Sarne seems like no exception. A teenage girl has gone missing, and Harper knows almost immediately that this girl is dead. But the secrets of her death – and the secrets of the town – are deep enough that even Harper’s special ability can’t uncover them. With hostility welling up all around them, she and Tolliver would like nothing better than to be on their way. But then another woman is murdered. And the killer’s not finished yet…”  – Good reads Continue reading

[Mini review] Beastly Bones by William Ritter

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Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter is the continuation of what is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. Soon after their first case came to a close, Detective Jackaby and Miss Abigail Rook head off to a small town in New England to solve the case of a missing dinosaur tooth. If only it was a simple case of thievery. Bones are being stolen and then returned, there are beastly foot prints in the dirt, baby goats and sheep are getting eaten, and dinosaur bones might not be dinosaur bones at all. Continue reading

[Mini Review] Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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“Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?” Continue reading

Atomic Number Sixty (Sixty Minute Reads Book 1) by Dave Johnston

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Holly Holloway is locked in a dusty room, strapped to a ticking bomb.

What would you do, if you only had one hour left to live?”

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Get the book free on Amazon Dec. 11 – Dec. 15th

Writing (world building, characters, style, etc.):

Sixty Minute Reads Book 1 is exactly as the title suggests, a book designed to be read in about an hour. The book has 60 chapters, with each chapter meant to take the reader about 1 minute to read. As someone who loves short books and short chapters, I really enjoyed the style of this book. I also liked the use of different timelines counting down to the last few seconds in the protagonist’s life. Continue reading