Amazon TBR – October (Part 2)

My semester is done, sickness is gone from my house, and I am no longer working 60 hour weeks. Time to play post catch up.

Here are the rest of the books I listened to in October.

The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis by Patrick Kingsley
This was an amazing book, and an important one given current world events. There are extremely good reasons why people flee their countries, and those kinds of reasons will cause them to take incalculable risks on the chance of getting to a save place to start a new life. The narrative flips between the stories of individual refugees and commentary on the crisis as a whole.

 

Liar Temptress Soldier Spy by Karen Abbott
It interesting if a bit sensationalistic at times. While I knew women participated in the Civil War (and pretty much every war), I never heard anything more than that. I liked that the book showcased women from both sides of the conflict, and that each woman’s way of contribution was different. That being said, I wonder at how accurate some of the information was given the use of personal diaries and the fact that the some of the women parlayed their deeds into fame and notoriety after the war was over.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
I almost DNF’d this one multiple times. I liked the premise, but the execution was lackluster at best. The whole book didn’t sit well with me. The pace was slow and the somewhat boring, and I didn’t like how Tiger Lily went from strong and independent to needy and codependent once Peter entered her life. It was definitely not a love story.

 

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
The premise of two sisters attending an artists retreat in an attempt to rebuild their relationship and grapple with how utterly controlling and cruel their mother is drew me in. I definitely felt a kinship with the characters with aspects of their severely dysfunctional family relationship. It is dark and beautiful with strong fairy tale elements.

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
It took me some time to get into this book. I found Cat to be somewhat whiny, but kept listening. It was worth Cat’s growing pains because I’ve ended up listening to most of the series with plans to finish it and the spin-offs. This is very solidly an urban vampire fantasy, but I like both the storylines and world building.

 

Hounded by Kevin Hearne
I’ve been reading a lot of urban fantasy over the past yearish, and have found that if I make it through the first book and think the series/worldbuilding/storylines have potential, will keep listening to it. This is how I felt about Hounded. I wasn’t wowed by it, but I haven’t yet read a book with druidic magic as the main magical theme. I have the next two books on Audible, though I have not yet made the time to listen to them.

Bite Me by Ilona Andrews
Because I really liked the Kate Daniels series (I have a soft spot for mouthy female MCs who don’t take crap from anyone), I decided to give this one a go. The cover notwithstanding, I enjoyed it. Andrews is creative with both worldbuilding and lore/magical rules. I mostly liked Nevada, and I while I sort of liked Mad Rogan, I don’t know how I feel about him as a romantic interest.

 

Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
A surprisingly interesting teen vampire book, I liked this more than I was expecting to. The lore was unique (though inconsistent at times) and didn’t feel like a riff on anything. (I don’t generally read teen vampire books). I like Tana and how the story unwound.

DNF

After Alice by Gregory Mcguire
I did not make it very far into this book at all. I do love narrator Katherine Kellgren, but between the bombasticness of her voice and the pretentiousness of the story, I couldn’t handle it. The tone was too grandiose, and it felt like Mcguire overused his thesaurus and made sentences more complex than was necessary.

Insatiable by Meg Cabot
Another book I didn’t listen to for very long. The writing was boring and the characters cliche.

Flicker Men by Ted Kosmatka
This might have been a good book, but there was too much high concept science that I didn’t understand. It also felt light the expositing about science detracted from the plot.

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Could not handle this one. Luna was an idiot who made dumb, life-threatening decisions, Fowler internal-monologued like a teenage girl, and the writing/romance was just awful.

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