I’ve finished 3 ARCs/Free Readers this week so I’ve decided it’s just best to do them in one fell swoop.
I’ll just go in the order that I finished them.
- Boneseeker: Here Walk the Dead
I think it was my overall lack of belief that Holmes would have a daughter that had made me skeptical of this book of Arabella, but if he ever would have been written to have one, no doubt she would have similar emotional issues just like Brynn has written Arabella. Henry is nice, he’s real, and he’s also quick to show his emotions which makes a nice contrast. I was actually SO disappointed that the one thing that seemed plausible for her to feel in regards to being conventional in a role as a wife was suddenly just changed for the love of Henry.She had a really nice writing voice but she was just a bit too all over the place. Really, having Holmes’s daughter and Reich Brides in the same novel is just too much for me. I will be going back to read the first book because if it’s paced more evenly and has a less ludicrous plot, then I will totally enjoy it more. And I did give this three stars because I did enjoy it, it just wasn’t out of the water amazing because of the issues I had with it personally. [SideNote: The author liked my review on GoodReads and all I thought was ‘oh god does she secretly hate me now’ lol] If it wasn’t for her writing style I probably would have given this 2.5.I read this as a free reader copy from Netgalley and was not paid or swayed in any other way on my rating and opinion of this book.
- Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire
It took me until 25% to actually get into this book. For those of you who have seen Hot Fuzz, it’s that type of humor and with that type of level of gore at times as well! The problem for me was that I liked it when I had it in my hands but didn’t want to pick it up again when I put it down, until 25% and then I really got into it and just accepted the humor for what it was. At first, I wasn’t sure what was going on, but either way, in the end, I really enjoyed this! Some nice use of misdirection, some annoying characters that were blessedly meant to be annoying and a whole gang of ridiculous constables that had me chuckling at times. I can’t imagine how Inspector Church didn’t smack them all about. Also, I feel like everything I read lately is the Late 1800s-WWI/WWII era, I don’t know how this happened. If you enjoy a mystery novel that doesn’t mind taking a laugh and not being too serious, I would recommend this. It is the first in the series so no stepping into the middle and being confused for me.I read this as a free reader copy from Netgalley and was not paid or swayed in any other way on my rating and opinion of this book.
- Hashtag Authentic
If you’re not interested in Instagram or tips about it then I wouldn’t recommend this. If you are, then I would highly recommend this, Sara has a really nice writing voice and I have a sneaking suspicion she’d write a pretty good motivational speaker book. It’s a quick pleasant read and as someone who is trying to interact more with a certain community via Instagram, I found this helpful and even bookmarked a few pages to go back to! I’ve rated this on how useful and enjoyable it was to me, it’s not meant to be a literary masterpiece and she gives you exactly what she says she will as far as content goes. [Kudos to this being a short read!]Again, if you’re NOT interested in building up your Instagram/or doing it via help from an Instagram coach, it will be a horrible read for you. There’s nothing mind-blowing in here, some of it is very obvious and if you already have a style on Instagram, keep it, no need to lose your voice to find it/find a different one if you’re happy lol.