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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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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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)

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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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An in-depth review of Interstellar, novelization by Greg Keyes

Interstellar: The Official Movie NovelizationI knew I would be biased in favor of this book when I bought it. I first watched Interstellar on January 1, 2015 around 3pm. Then I watched it again on January 2, 2015, again, around 3pm. And I sobbed both times. In a good way. Sort of. I loved it, it was touching, had great music, and plot was fabulous, and it brought up some emotional personal history.

The novel didn’t disappoint. But I made it a point to use tab stickies for points so this didn’t become a short gush review with no actual content.

There were some obvious mistakes in the book. Typo mistakes that I noticed. Page 138 has an extra N on “could.” It’s a movie novelization so it was probably rushed a bit and things get overlooked. Forgivable if they don’t take you out of your immersion like they did for me.

Men and women had been out there. Men had gone to the moon, and no rewriting of any textbook would ever change that reality.

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An In-Depth Review of Casting Shadows Everywhere by Tim McBain & L.T. Vargus (Free Download!)

This book took a while to hook me. I was 3/4ths done before I was really curious about what would happen next, mostly due to my preferences than the writing itself. It’s a journal-style novel about an outcast named Jake. He’s going through a phase of self-discovery as most teens do. I can certainly see why people may be hesitant to buy this for a younger teen – it has a lot of dark themes from the ethics of stealing and murder to kidnapping and abuse. I argue it’s because of these dark themes that this book should at least be available. As much as I’d love to think nothing like this ever crosses the minds of teens, it does. The questions Jake tackles are questions I know I’ve played through my head many times while growing up and still sometimes do. It’s very realistic and the end really frames what’s important in life without slapping on an false and-he-lived-happily-ever-after ending and without saying this is the only way to view the world. The journal-style works in theme’s favor this way. It’s not confrontational about morality, it’s not forcing views. It leads the reader through the problems Jake is facing, makes you question what you would do, and lets you decide what’s right and wrong for yourself.

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