In-depth review of Silver by Rhiannon Held

Andrew Dare is a werewolf. He’s the enforcer for the Roanoke pack, and responsible for capturing or killing any Were intruders in Roanoke’s territory. But the lone Were he’s tracking doesn’t smell or act like anyone he’s ever encountered. And when he catches her, it doesn’t get any better. She’s beautiful, she’s crazy, and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her veins. She says her name is Silver, and that she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift any more.

The packs in North America have a live-and-let-live attitude, and try not to overlap with each other. But Silver represents a terrible threat to every Were on the continent.

Andrew and Silver will join forces to track down this menace while discovering their own power and their passion for each other.

(GoodReads)

This is the second book this year that I have felt very strongly about. I flew through it really quickly because I couldn’t put it down. The pacing was just right, character traits I was worried about at first were quickly addressed, and the story was genuinely interesting to me.

“You don’t need this warrior. If you come with me, the monster won’t be able to find you,” Death said in the voice of her brother’s mate. Always sensible. Sensible advice.

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Short review of The Emancipation of B by Jennifer Kavanagh

The+Emancipation+of+B_Jennifer+KavanaghB is not a child of his time. As an outsider, he hides his secrets well. Freedom is all he dreams of. But when it comes at last, it is in the most unexpected way – and at a considerable cost.

(GoodReads)

When I first started reading The Emancipation of B I was counting down the pages, waiting for a more engaging plot to arise. Around page 50 I stopped. It was hard to figure out where the story was headed because it’s presented differently than my usual read – ones that guide you along events that are full of action or mystery. But it was a great break from that, almost a meditative read. It focuses on B, a character I found myself, as an introvert, relating strongly to, as he figures out what sort of life he wants to lead and how to get there in a world not made for him. As his world becomes filled with mindfulness you become mindful of each word you’re reading. It’s a great read between action packed page turners if you’re looking for something that is a little different and a little spiritual. It deals with death, family, and becoming an adult. It also tackles racism gracefully, something I found very refreshing considering my recent reads.

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An in-depth review of Story of O by Pauline Reage, translation by John Paul Hand

 

Starting this post is hard. The description on the back of the book is more explicit than I want before a cut on my blog and it feels odd to use the description given on GoodReads because it’s essentially a part of someone else’s review or whathaveyou on the book (clearly GoodReads felt it was too explicit as well?). I don’t think I’ll be reviewing erotica often but when I do I will make sure to make that part clear. I know some of my visitors aren’t interested in such books and I do want my blog to be friendly to all visitors. If I’ve set this post up in a way that makes it uncomfortable for you to visit my blog, please let me know so I can figure out a better way to organize posts like this. Either through comments or by emailing me at thatbookjournal@gmail.com

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This is an erotica book about a woman’s journey into a world of BDSM slavehood. It was originally written in French.

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An in-depth review of Please Don’t Tell by Elizabeth Adler

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Fen Dexter’s quiet life on the idyllic California coast is interrupted one stormy night when a blood-covered man shows up on her doorstep, claiming to have had a car accident. He tells her that he is on his way to San Francisco to help the police solve the murder of his fiancé. Unable to make it to the hospital because of the storm, he stays the night at Fen’s, and the attraction between them is obvious. The next morning he heads to the hospital where Fen’s niece, Vivi, is an ER doctor. Vivi is treating the most recent target of a serial killer whose signature move is to leave a note saying “Please Don’t Tell” taped across his victims’ mouths. When Fen’s mysterious stranger comes to Vivi to have his wounds stitched she agrees to set him up to talk with the police about his fiancé. Who is this man, really? What does he want with Fen and her family? And will they live long enough to uncover the truth?

(From GoodReads)

I just finished the book and realized why I don’t really read mystery novels. This isn’t really a mystery, it’s a suspense romance, but there’s a murder and some of the focused on characters are cops. It has elements from what I expect in cop-related mystery novels that turn me off of it. It was a little hard for me to get through until near the end when the plot rises suddenly with the official unveiling of who-dun-it. Though who the murderer is wasn’t a huge surprise to me, it got the ball rolling in a way that is more familiar for me. I need that in the beginning to get me into a book – perhaps that’s why horror tends to be more my genre.

Ignoring all my personal genre issues, the novel itself is fabulous. It is a bit slow to start, that’s not just my genre preference, but when Alex is finally on his way it picks up a bit. It follows a dynamic female cast, has a strong single parent (though not biological, Fen does raise JC and Vivi herself), and shows women supporting women. The romance between the female leads and their love interests doesn’t lead the story. It comes naturally and each develops differently. And to some, not at all. There is self love and character growth. And the love between the women, the family dynamic, is beautiful. I don’t relate to the characters strongly, but they’re well developed. Even the side female characters were awesome. I’m a tad in love with the barkeep. She can be my book girlfriend for this novel and I would love to have a spin off of her story.

Anyhow, he smelled good, sort of like lemonade.

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A short review of Somewhere Beyond the Sea by Amanda James

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Doctor Tristan Ainsworth has returned with his family to the idyllic Cornish village close to where he grew up. The past has taught him some hard lessons, but he’ll do anything to make his wife happy—so what’s making her so withdrawn?

Karen Ainsworth daren’t reveal her true feelings, but knows her husband has put up with her moods for too long. A chance to use her extraordinary singing voice may set her free, so why shouldn’t she take it? Surely her past can’t hurt her now?

As a tide of blackmail and betrayal is unleashed to threaten the foundations of their marriage, Karen and Tristan face a difficult question. Is their love strong enough to face the truth when the truth might cost them everything?

(From GoodReads)

This is the first book I’ve reviewed this year that is giving me this sort of the trouble. The kind of trouble I wish every book I read gave me. It’s hard to find a fault with it.

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A short review of Devil’s Gambit by Lisa Jackson (DNF)

Devil's GambitI did not finish this one. And it’s the first I’m rating at one star. I read four chapters and decided I couldn’t do it.

My first issue was the first chapter Ms. Jackson didn’t want to use pronouns so I read a lot of Tiffany this and Tiffany that in one paragraph. This let off in the rest of the chapters and could have been forgivable if I had no other glaring issues.

My second issue was the constant repetition. Every third or fourth paragraph repeated something about Tiffany’s worry about the horses, what could this stranger she’s strangely attracted to be up to, and X and Y just happened like I didn’t read it on the last page. It would have been more fitting for me to start this one yesterday because it was very deja vu and hard to read. If the rest of the book continues in this fashion it could easily be reduced to a 100 page story and be a lot easier to read.

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An in-depth review of Horns by Joe Hill

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Merrin Williams is dead, slaughtered under inexplicable circumstances., leaving her beloved boyfriend Ignatius Perrish as the only suspect. On the first anniversary of Merrin’s murder, Ig spends the night drunk and doing awful things. when he wakes the next morning he has a thunderous hangover . . . and horns growing from his temples. Ig possesses a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look – a macabre gift he intends to use to find the monster who killed his one true love. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. Now it’s time for revenge…

It’s time the devil had his due…

(From the back of the copy of Horns I read)

GoodReads Entry

It wasn’t quite what I thought it would be. But I mean that in a good way. My first introduction to this book was advertisements for the movie. What little I remember of those did not prepare me for the extensive back story and time line hopping. It did not prepare me for who Ig is.

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