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April 11, 2017

I'm Back with my Genre Mash-up



Has it been three weeks since I’ve been away? It feels like forever! It's been busy several weeks for me and things have never been this good in a long time. And with all these happy changes that have been going on in my life, my mood readings have become more severe. I did a lot of genre hopping, unsure of what kind of story will appeal to me not to mention finding the time to read has also been a big challenge. Still, I’m happy that I’ve managed to squeeze in a few titles despite my busy schedule and all. Anyways, let me brass-tack my reading pile: 

Let me kick this off by saying that if you haven’t read The Others, not only are you missing out, I’m also begging you to pick up Written in Red! Anne Bishop simply wove a magical and truly unique world with this one. Everything about The Others is inspired, memorable, and truly enthralling. Each installment is a gem which is why it was a blow to this clueless reader that ETCHED IN BONE is the last of the Lakeside Courtyard arc. Part of me is happy that it ended on such a high note while the other part of me is dead curious about Meg and Simon’s relationship. These two is one of the cutest couple that I’ve come across with and I’m dying to know how they’re going to make their relationship work considering they’re essentially two different species. If you’ve read the series, you’ll understand that this couple goes beyond the usual were/shifter-human pair-up. Anyway, I’m happy that ABishop isn’t done with this world. Needless to say, I’m dying to get my hands on Lake Silence (2018), a new arc featuring new characters set in a human town. I just can’t get enough of this world and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying, KEEP IT COMING!


TURN & THE DRAFTER: I read these Kim Harrison bestsellers back to back. I haven’t read The Hollows and I thought it’ll be a good intro to start with TURN, the prequel to KHarrison’s epic urban fantasy series. I’m unsure about TURN, as a prequel I was expecting this to have a “standalone” feel, like an arc that’s completely separate from The Hollows novels, yet I felt like I’m the plus one in a high school reunion. 

As for THE DRAFTER, I have to say that I’m super impressed by the work that went on in the plot. There’s a lot of ins and outs, lots of forwards and backward that only a master storyteller can pull off. I took breaks in between reading just to marvel how utterly brilliant KHarrison is while trying to imagine what her plot chart looks like. My mind went BOOM! by the sheer complexity of this series’ universe and plotline. Dare I say that KHarrision outdid herself, and perhaps other sci-fi fantasy authors, by adding the word “omnipotent” to her resume?

Now although I enjoyed these two novels, I also felt a certain degree of disconnect with KHarrison. At firs,t I thought THE DRAFTER is too intricate for my puny mind to grasp but TURN also felt almost alien to me. It’s one of those things that I can’t specify like was it the dialogue or the style? I can’t say for certain, all I know if that I was unable to fully connect with KHarrison’s voice in both novels. 


A DEATH BY ANY OTHER NAME is the third in a historical cozy mystery series and I seriously think I could’ve enjoyed and picked up from this point without having read the first two if not for all the talk about roses. I love roses but my knowledge about horticulture and roses, in general, are nil. One could argue that I could’ve ignored the technical stuff, and I agree! I even tried to keep up by Googling the jargons, roses, etc. but it got too much that the plot started to feel slow and my interest eventually slipped away. Sadly, this was a DNF for me.

Meanwhile, GIRL IN DISGUISE, another no-go started with such promise! Set during the Civil War with a heroine as the first female detective in the famed Pinkerton Agency, the novel has a strong feminist tone to it. It started off real good but it slowly turned into some sort of a memoir where the protagonist was just going through career highlights and didn't really dig deep in terms of character development and show compelling experiences to establish how being a detective changed her. I may be wrong because I did DNF this, but at 60% into the novel, there were a lot of missed opportunities like when she had a case assigned to her that brought her to Tennessee where she witnessed slaves being dragged through the streets by their owners like pets. These instances could've reinforced how strong of a woman Kate Warne is and that she is a woman beyond her time versus summing it up in so few a words missing the mark in terms of painting a more compelling scene.








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23 comments:

  1. Genre hopping can be good. I always switch it up

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  2. Nice to see you back, sounds like everything went well and you are happy, which is awesome! I love genre hoping with reads, definitely keeps things interesting. ;)

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  3. Welcome back! As you know, I just started to read The Others and I'm loving it. I was starting the second book and calling up my sister and demanding she go to the library and get a copy of Written in Red to read because I knew she'd love it.

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  4. Hey you!
    Glad to see life is good for you.

    Oh, you did bounce around there with the genres. Glad a few were to your taste. The Others is on the agenda. And someday the Hollows, too.

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  5. Hmm I wonder if you read The Hollows if you'll feel a disconnect as well.

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  6. Welcome back. MIssed you. I am so glad you loved The Others, a fav series of mine. I am slowly listening to Ethched in Bone, not wanting it to end. I don't think The Turn stands well on it's own. Yes, you can read it without having read the Hollows, but there is so much you miss. I still need to read Drafter, I tried twice a when it came out but I couldnt' get into it. I really want to give it another chance.

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  7. Yes, to the Others. I loved Etched in Bones and if it wasn't for the next book, albeit in a different town I would still be in the fetal position.

    Ooo no, I would not recommend The Turn as a standalone, it is really a look back and has too much significance to the series.

    I am so glad you loved the Drafter, I am in to this series and find it brilly.

    I am not familiar with Girl in Disguise, but see why you picked it up, Bummer.

    Welcome back my friend, it was lovely to see you pop up on the blog :)

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  8. Everyone's saying Bishops novels are amazing. I need to get them on my shelves. :) But I've heard the same thing about Harrison's newest novel. It seems like it's missing something. Maybe it'll come out in the next one?

    Thanks for sharing!

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  9. You've definitely read quite a variety of books since you've been gone. Thanks for the heads up on The Others' spin off series. Looking forward to that one!

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  10. Glad to see you back! The Turn is a prequel and can be read as a standalone, but having read The Hollows, I would think people who haven't would have similar feelings as you. It's definitely better after reading the series.

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  11. I did read the 3 first books and I like them too! I'm glad to see you back Braine!

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  12. Woot Woot welcome back. I have The Turn on my shelf and it may stay there awhile because I too was hoping for a true prequel and from the other reviews I've seen there are a lot of tie ins. The Drafter I had a hard time reading the first time but its still on my shelf and I intend to try again.
    So glad to see you :)
    xo

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  13. I'm really starting to change as far as my reading tastes. But I'm trying to make a dent in my physical TBR pile before I start buying MORE books!

    It doesn't feel like you've been gone that long since I still see you on Instagram all the time. You haven't fully deserted me lol

    For What It's Worth

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  14. Yay for things going good. Genre hopping can be a fun one :D

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  15. Welcome back, sis! Missed ya! I think Melissa read The Hollows a while back, and it's been so long, I can't remember what she thought of it, lol.

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  16. I'm sorry the last two did not work for you, that is a shame, it looks like they had a lot of promise also.

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  17. I love the Peri Reed Chronicals but I have stopped/started The Drafter like 5 times. I need to just sit down and listen. I keep putting off listening to Etched in Bone! I just don't want that arc to end :(

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  18. I agree with you that The Turn is not a great place to start with The Hollows series. I love that series and hope you'll give Rachel and the gang a go. I'm not a fan of the Peri Reed series. I tried the first book and thought it was okay. Listened to the second book and just didn't love it. I'm not sure if I will pick up book three. I LOVED The Others. I'm so going to miss Simon and Meg. I am excited to see where she goes next with this world.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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  19. Nice to see you're back and that things are good for you. I haven't read any of those books but have heard a lot of good things about a lot of them.

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  20. I can't wait to read the next series by Bishop, myself. Etched in Bone wasn't as great for me as the previous books, except the last 30% or so. Still, I almost started crying because it's over.

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  21. We're always thrilled to see you! That info was sent to your info on Charleston. Can't wait to hear all about it! Hugs...

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  22. You should have asked me about The Turn, Braine! I would not recommend that one as a stand-alone, it felt a lot more like a huge gift to Hollows fan... Where we got answers to questions we asked while reading that... I totally get why you'd feel like a plus one at a high school reunion - I was clapping with glee, but I already knew of a lot of what happened...
    And let me know... do you own the first Hollows book?
    I haven't read Anne Bishop, but since you are begging me to do so, I guess I will ;)
    it's nice to see you back, Braine, even if I've been MIA myself :D
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  23. I have heard that Anne Bishop writes some fabulous books, and she is on my list to read soon. What book would you recommend I try out first? I love a author that writes great world building.

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