Book Reviews

June 2020 ~ Wrap-Up

I must say this has not been the most productive month in terms of reading (or maybe in terms of anything). With strawberry season, work has been crazy and I’ve basically been on the work, eat, sleep, repeat cycle for the past three weeks. Ah well, hopefully this month will be better.  Anyway, enough of the chit chat. What did I read this month?

Pawsitively Swindled by Melissa Erin Jackson

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Shadow in the Empire of Light by Jane Routley

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The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm by Daniel Mays

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I also started reading The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, but I could not bring myself to finish it. I found that it was hard to follow and I could not connect with the main character.

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Shadow in the Empire of Light by Jane Routley

I was quite looking forward to this one. It sounded interesting and, amusingly, had a picture of a cat on the front just like my last read: Pawsitively Swindled

However, I will be perfectly honest with you already here at the start: I was rather disappointed and could not find the motivation to finish it. I don’t want to tear this book to shreds so I will keep my observances down to a few points. 

Firstly, there was so much talk about sex. I mean maybe I should have expected it a little as the description mentions a Fertility Festival, but I didn’t think that would mean people were simply allowed to have sex with whomever they pleased. Now, just so you know, this isn’t all explained in explicit details, but from the 30% that I read, sex is frequently mentioned or observed. 

Secondly, the plot was rather weak. There seemed to be too many other things that happened or were spoked about that bogged down the driving force that the plot could have had. 

Thirdly, this was an intriguing world. I am sad it was executed the way it was.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Pawsitively Secretive (Witch of Edgehill #3) by Melissa Erin Jackson

 

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Once again, Melissa Erin Jackson hit the mark! Pawsitively Secretive was a fun and suspenseful read. The entire atmosphere of Edgehill is charming and totally makes me want to live there! A town obsessed with cats?!? Yes, please!

Image result for cat silhouetteOne of my favourite things about this book was the relationships. First off, Chief Brown and Amber were hilarious and adorable. Part of me wishes that he was single so Amber and him could end up together. I think he is absolutely fabulous! But at the same time, I love their friend relationship and that it isn’t complicated by a romance. I really enjoyed the development of Edgar and Amber’s relationship. He may be grumpy, but he is super duper sweet and I kinda like him (despite his strange pizza toppings). And lastly, Kim really came through in this book. She’s a little crazy and talks a lot, but somehow I love her. Also, I’m so glad Amber has a good friend she can rely on. 

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One thing I found, though, was that the pacing was a touch slow. There was this push and pull between the mystery and planning for the Hair Ball and sometimes the planning was a little heavy. Plus, there was a ton of description. It was nice to see the world come alive, but at the same time it slowed things down. 

This was mostly a clean read. There is some mild language, but nothing terrible. 

Lastly, can we talk about the ending!?! Oh my goodness! Like what just happened? Near the end of the book, I started wondering if Alan the PI would end up becoming a love interest, but then that twist at the end and now I have no idea what to think! I thought THAT was over. Anyway, now I cannot wait for book 4! Just three months! Just three months before it comes out. I think I can wait that long….   

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Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC.

If you have been wondering whether or not you should read this series. You definitely should!

Plus, book #1 only has 97 reviews on Goodreads! It deserves more.

 

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Finding Balance by Kati Gardner

This was a really sweet and at the same time heartbreaking and empowering story. Although it is fiction, it still felt real because these are real-life struggles. I am sure the author used many of her personal experiences to inform the story and that gave it a rich depth.

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This is Book #1 in the Brave Enough Series. (Isn’t the cover gorgeous!?!)

Mari was a champion of a character. Despite the fact that people continued to degrade her for her physical appearance, she kept her pride and continued to soldier on. In the book, she keeps saying how she’s not some sort of hero, but I think this previous fact makes her a hero. At times, even those with less challenging situations are not as strong as her. 

At the beginning, I totally disliked Jase. However, I did eventually warm up to him. I think, though, that the transition from them being hostile to liking each other was a little quick. Suddenly, they were totally in love and I still had 30% of the novel to go. With that said, I did find that there was a good deal of unnecessary dialogue and this made the story drag. Other than that, though, the plot was fairly solid.   

Unfortunately, this was not a clean read. There was a fair amount of coarse language. 

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.