*I jest…not really…yes yes…I do 😉
*I jest…not really…yes yes…I do 😉
Title: Asunder (Goodreads)
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Title: Something Like Normal (Goodreads)
Publisher: Avon Books
Title: Silent on the Sanctuary
Amateur detective Lady Julia is back! Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn picks up a few months after Silent in the Grave ends. The story opens with Lady Julia and her brothers on holiday in Italy until they are summoned home to the family estate for Christmas. (Seems no matter the year or how old you get parents will always have a pull on their children. lol) As with the first book I loved Lady Julia’s family. They are loud and eccentric and are far from normal but they all have a deep love for each other and embrace their oddities. Even though society doesn’t always do so.
As with Silent in the Grave there is a murder to be solved and luckily Nicolas Brisbane is there to do so. Which is a good thing since Lady Julia does tend to bumble about even though her intentions are good. As with the first book there is lots of wonderful tension between Brisbane and Lady Julia as well as lots of witty dialogue. I really love these two together and I really love all of the crazy March clan.
The mystery in this book is different than the one in the first book as there is a confession shortly after the crime. But things aren’t as cut and dry as that because if they were then we wouldn’t have a book. There are some twists and turns to keep the reader guessing and the end result is a plausible one. There are no WTF sort of reveals in this book. Just a well paced story contained in a well written book. I found that once I started to read this story that I had to see it through until the end. If you like smartly written mysteries and a good historical book then I highly recommend Deanna Raybourn’s books. They are delightfully delicious in every way.
Title: The Opposite of Hallelujah (GoodReads)
Place(s) Traveled to: Maple Grove, Illinois
Book 1: Enclave
Enclave by Ann Aguirre was a book that I had heard about but wasn’t sure that I wanted to read until recently when it seemed to pop up on various blogs that I read. I became curious about it and so used one of my audible credits to download the audio. I was glad that I did and I do have to admit that I am not sure if I’d have enjoyed this one as much if I hadn’t listed to it. The narrator, Emily Bauer, does a fabulous job bring the complex nature of Deuce to life. For Deuce is both very mature for her age but also very naive.
Enclave is a fast-paced story that really sucks a read in. I loved the post-apocalyptic world that Aguirre created and I also loved that there was also an explanation for it. All too often, we as readers, are just supposed to accept that the world we know ended and fell to ruins but are never told why. Now while Aguirre doesn’t go into long details there is enough mentioned that there isn’t any blind acceptance and its a believable one as well. Deuce’s world isn’t pretty its dark and controlled and there is the constant danger of being attacked by a freak. Freaks are zombie-like creatures that live only to eat the flesh off of those few humans that live in the tunnels that make up Deuce’s home.
When Deuce’s world is shifted and she finds herself leaving the enclave that she’s called home life becomes very uncertain. But Deuce isn’t alone, her partner and friend Fade leaves with her with his stories of life on the surface. A world that Deuce was always told meant certain death. There then comes many tense moments where the reader is left on the edge of their seat wondering if Deuce and Fade will survive to the end of the book. There are battles and discoveries and lots of personal growth for both Deuce and Fade. I loved their relationship and I loved that it wasn’t a romantic one. Yes there was an attraction between them but neither character sat and made mooney eyes at the other.
There was no insta-love and no long, obsessive inner monologues from Deuce whining over how her love is not returned and she’s not good enough and ZOMG does that wink mean he likes me? No, this book was more about Deuce and Fade learning to trust each other more than they’ve had to in the past and really building on their friendship. It was refreshing to “read” a book that wasn’t romantic-centric.
As I mentioned above, Enclave on audio was a truly excellent performance. Emily Bauer does a fabulous job of bringing Deuce to life her toughness as well as all of her uncertainties. She brings just the right amount of tension to the story where tension is needed. She does a great job with differing voices and I never doubted who was speaking when. Her narration of the description portions of the story were also well done. Bauer is a narrator that I will be on the look out for because hers is a style that I really enjoyed. As with several of the audios that I’ve listened to and fallen in love with it makes me wonder on if I’d have enjoyed this one if I’d read it in print. Overall, this was an excellent read and I its one that I’d highly recommend to all. Especially those that love a good post-apocalyptic dystopian stories with a zombie-eske twist.
Place(s) Traveled to: Henrietta, Virginia
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