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Monday, September 19, 2016

Read All the Things - Reading Recap!!! Vol 2

Almost there! Here's a few more reviews and I'll be caught up!

Death and the Redheaded Woman by Loretta Ross is another I stumbled upon when looking for audiobooks narrated by Amanda Ronconi.  The first in a mystery series (An Auction Block Mystery), auctioneer Wren Morgan stumbles across a very naked dead guy. This murder investigation and jewel heist leads her to meet Death Bogart, a bounty hunter/private investigator who is also a down on his luck former marine. Wren and Death work together to solve the crime and find the treasure as they realize that their mutual attraction just might lead to something great for both of them.

The mystery elements are well plotted as are the primary characters.  Some of the supporting cast is a bit one note but show promise.  I enjoyed the overall story and the pacing. There's just enough humor and action.  There is a stellar cliffhanger at the end and I can't wait to get to book 2!

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The second in Chloe Neill's Devil's Isle series, The Sight once again follows Claire in a post-apocalyptic New Orleans where the introduction of magic drastically changed the world forever. With Paranormals and other magic Sensitives persecuted and forcibly imprisoned, Claire is constantly looking over her shoulder now that she's learned that she too is a Sensitive capable of wielding magic. She and bounty hunter Liam have already saved New Orleans from another war; however, with a dangerous cult on the rise, they must join together with allies and foes in order to protect all that they love.

I enjoyed this - good pacing and overall plot. The build up of tension between Claire and Liam was great - I like their dialogue and interactions. There is just enough give and take plus angst to engage the reader. The secondary characters are fantastic as well--a notable strong point for all of Neill's writing. That ending is a doozie! Neill needs to hurry up with book 3!!!!

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is one of those classics that I was shocked I've never read or been assigned for a class.  Her first memoir, Angelou shares stories of her adolescence that include her feelings of abandonment, racial prejudice and the brutal rape she endured at age 8, which had a profound influence on her life for years to come.

This is a beautifully written narrative, which is truthful but difficult to read at times because of its emotional stakes and content.  I admire Angelou for telling her story. Most interesting to me was not only its connections to racism but also feminism and education.

The narration of this audiobook was extra special since it was read by Angelou herself.  She has the most magnetic and mesmerizing voice! A truly powerful and inspiring read.

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin was a huge disappointment for me.  Very rarely do I write...DNF; however, I could not engage with the text at all, even after starting from the beginning twice.

Someday I may try again, but alas it will be a good long while.

Final rating: 1 out of 5 stars.

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