2.07.2016

The #crudite is ready & so are we #superbowl #superbowlfood #foodstagram #veggies #couchpotatoes


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2.04.2016

Book Review: Death Wears a Mask (Amory Ames Mystery #2) by Ashley Weaver

Death Wears a Mask (Amory Ames Mystery, #2)Death Wears a Mask by Ashley Weaver
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A worthy addition to the series and I'll definitely be continuing with the series. Amory is still a delightful heroine and I do enjoy she & Milo working together to solve these mysteries. I do wish their personal problems could abate a bit. They mystery in this book was a bit predictable but the return to the state of Amory and Milo's marital woes wore on me. Hopefully in the next it'll be resolved one way or another because Amory's dithering is already as tiresome suspected cad behavior. I'm still hoping he's working for the Foreign Office as a spy. Overall, this was a light, quick read and worth the time.

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2.03.2016

Book Review: Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There was no doubt that I was going to enjoy this third installment in the series but I didn't count on caring so very much about Cormoran and Robin's relationship. I cared in the last two books but now I REALLY care. The investigation of who has sent Robin a severed leg involves three men from Corm's past, all human detritus. As such we get a lot more information on Cormoran's past, from his youth living rough with Leda and his last step-father to his time in SID. It all helps to explain more about him and his motivations. It also served to blind him fairly well to what he needed to see to solve the case. The tough ones are always the personal ones.

Robin, who was already fairly awesome, upped her awesome game here and we're treated to more about her background. Her past holds a crime committed against her and gives a wider scope to her personality. One thing was resoundingly clear, she really doesn't need to marry Matthew, I don't care if we're breathing on the culmination of all the plans we've been reading about since book one. Much of my time was spent restricting myself from jumping to the end to see if she does or doesn't. I'm not saying. I will say that Matthew continues to be a real jerk. There's a nice flip of a coin shown between the personalities of Cormoran and Matthew. (spoiler removed) It was very telling about both men and how they see Robin and I really enjoyed that. I'm just waiting on her to see.

Can I also say that there was no Charlotte sighting here and I'm half glad but honestly was hoping she'd turn up as a murder victim. Her full on crazy was not missed but I'm still annoyed with her from past books. I also was wishing for Matthew to be dispatched since he was an obstacle to the killer who had targeted Robin. Alas, no joy there either. I've resigned myself to Matthew continuing on with us but I'm going to take that to mean that when Robin gets rid of him, it'll be epic.

And I can't forget to say that the newest "addition" to Team Strike is awesome! Shanker, you can stay! I loved his backstory that explained how he and Cormoran came to know one another and I like that they've kept in touch all these years. Also, he totally had Cormoran's back when things got real there at the end.

A few stray observations before I wrap this up:

*I'm starting to expect these books to be like watching an episode of Luther where I learn about all manner of murderous deviance. Like, seriously there's abuse of corpse and then there's these killers. This one didn't top The Silkworm in ick factor but there was plenty that made me cringe.

*I found myself actually worried about Cormoran's financial situation. I need him to be more solidly liquid because it's wearing on my peace of mind. More than two paying customers at a time, please!

*I honestly didn't know if I was supposed to care that Elin was around or not but I do know that I'm not a fan of the random heart stopping, drop dead gorg, woman MM character is sleeping with that he doesn't really like just to have something to do in every book.

So 4 stars for this one & I highly recommend it. It's still early enough in the series to get in if you haven't yet. I'll be impatiently awaiting the next book.

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2.02.2016

Book Review: Caliban's War (The Expanse #2) by James S.A. Corey

Caliban's War (Expanse, #2)Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this second installment in the series but a little less than the first book. I felt it dragged a bit in the first half (basically the search for Mei and all things Prax) and given how many chapters there are, it felt interminable at times. Still though, I loved finally getting to Avasarala and all the politics going on and I very much enjoyed all things Bobbie Draper and I look forward to following her story more. Naomi, Amos, Alex and Holden were all good here and it was nice to see where they were as a group and individually after the big events of Leviathan Wakes. I'll be continuing with the series but I want to pace myself with the SyFy show so I won't be jumping right into the next book immediately.

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2.01.2016

I stayed up way too late #reading #luckiestgirlalive by #jessicaknoll. It's like a collision of #hausfrau by #jillalexanderessbaum & #ThoseGirls by #Laurensaft #bookstagram #novels #fiction #currentlyreading #amreading #bibliophile #books


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