Book Review: Career of Evil

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Robin Ellacott, assistant and maybe-partner to private detective, Cormoran Strike, signs for a package outside the office one day.  To her immense shock, instead of items for her impending wedding, inside is a woman’s leg.  Strike can think of four men who might send him a leg.  Together, he and Robin begin narrowing the list down, investigating the men from Strike’s past, each with their own motive for murdering and dismembering a woman as revenge on Strike.  They must race against the clock as the murderer draws closer, this time, his knives intent on Robin.

I really enjoyed this book.  It was a slow paced and took its time to explore the suspects and their pasts.  I liked seeing Robin’s increasing competence in the world of detecting and appreciated getting more backstory on her.  I don’t remember if it was revealed in previous books that she’d always been drawn to police work, but the reminder (or, in my case, revelation) helped me understand more about her character and her interests.  I like the way she and Cormoran work together and their easy camaraderie.

I had some dislikes about the novel, too.  I know all the books have had scenes from the side of the villain, but they really didn’t work for me in this book.  I get why they were included, but it dragged down the pace and frustrated instead of intrigued me.  I am also so, so tired of the drama with Matthew.  I hope, but don’t think, that it will end with this book.  To me, it really puts a damper on the story overall.  I wish Robin would just dump him and be done with it.

Overall, it was a great read and a really solid book.  I look forward to reading more adventures of Robin and Strike.

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Quote of the Week and Teaser Tuesday

No picture with my quote today because, wel, I didn’t draw one.

“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.” Franklin P. Jones

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

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• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser is from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.  It’s a reread in preparation for (maybe) reading the next in the series.

From chapter 22 (57% through)

The bells rang everywhere.  Perry couldn’t tell where the sound was closest.

 

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Quote of the Week

This week’s quote comes from Ellen Burstyn and it’s really lovely.  All of these are my favorites, but I think this is a favorite of my favorites.

 

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What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.

 

(I tried taking a picture of my doodle this time instead of scanning it; it didn’t work very well.  Also, once again, I wrote the quote wrong, at least according to Brainy Quotes.  Ah well.)

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What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling).  It’s good so far.  I really like Robin and Comoran and their interplay a lot.  I always forget how much I enjoy mysteries when I’m not reading them.

 

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy.  It’s the sequel to The Fifth Wave.  These books really pull no punches.   They feel even more brutal than the Hunger Games, although I’m not exactly sure why.  Hunger Games was no walk in the park for anyone, especially Mockingjay, but these fell rougher than they did.  I really enjoyed both (although I preferred Fifth Wave).  I can’t wait for the last one to come out.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I honestly have no idea.  I’ve had Career of Evil on my to-read list for awhile, but nothing beyond that.  I’ll have to poke around and get some ideas.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

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• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

career of evil    Through the busting Arcadia shopping center he followed The Secretary and her boyfriend, gliding behind them like a ghost or a god.  Could the Saturday shoppers ever seen him, or was he somehow transformed, doubly alive, gifted with invisibility?  Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

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Quotation of the Week

I love quotes.  I’ve been collecting them since I was in high school, and I decided this year, I would share some of my favorites.  So, once a week, I’ll post one of my favorite quotes.

ImaginationImagination is the highest kite one can fly.   – Lauren Bacall

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Book Review – The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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Aliens are invading Earth in waves that are wiping out humans. Cassie is a survivor with one purpose: to save her brother. She wanders the countryside alone, hiding from the Others who are hunting her and any human they come across. She believes the only way to survive is to stay on her own, until she meets the mysterious Evan Walker, a boy who says he wants to help her, but whose story doesn’t quite add up.

I really enjoyed this book. Despite its length, it was a fast read and kept a good pace. It’s a split narrative where some is told from Cassie’s point of view and the other from the POV of Zombie, a teenage boy who is recruited to fight the aliens by the army… or so he thinks. His section of the book was a lot more brutal than I was expecting. All in all, it’s a book about survival and loyalty and was an exciting read.  I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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What I’m reading I am currently reading The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy.  It is about an alien invasion that devastates the world and one girl’s fight to survive.  Well, so far it’s just one girl.  I’m only on page 101; I’m assuming other characters will show up.  I’m really enjoying it so far, even though some of it popped up unpleasantly in my dreams last night.

 

What I just finished Terms of Use by Scott Allan Morrison.  There’s a conspiracy and action and a lot of unpleasant people.  It was all right.  I got it as a free book though Amazon Prime.

 

What I’m reading next I have no idea.  I’m having trouble thinking ahead on books or even being motivated to find them.  Any suggestions?

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Book Review – Winter

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Princess Winter, the stepdaughter of the evil Lunar queen, Levana, is beautiful, kind, and gentle.  She’s also insane due to her refusal to use her “Lunar gift”, which gives her the ability to manipulate others’ biochemistry into believing whatever she wants.  However, despite her insanity, Winter is determined to help her long lost friend, Princess Selene, better known as Cinder, the rogue cyborg from Earth, regain her throne and defeat Levana for good.

Winter, by Marissa Meyer, is the last book in the Lunar Chronicles.  It wraps up what began in Cinder and continued in Scarlet and Cress.  The story of four very different women, Winter does a good job of furthering their characters and wrapping up the plot in a satisfying way.  It’s a huge book, coming in just over 800 pages. n

 

I liked how terrifying the Lunar society is.  It was also satisfyingly difficult for Cinder and her friends to accomplish their task and each woman was pushed to their limits.  While each romance was satisfactorily concluded, I do wish that Cress and Thorne could have had more time devoted to them.  I found myself not as interested in Winter herself, and while it was necessary to spend time on her in the story, I got to the end wishing their had been more of Cress and sort of resenting Winter for it.  Poor Winter.

 

I really love this series and highly recommend it to others.  It’s an exciting reimagining of four beloved fairy tails and the characters are strong, well developed women who were a pleasure to know.

 

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winterI’M READING WINTER!!!!!  I FINALLY HAVE IT IN MY COLD LITTLE HANDS!!!  I’m so happy. 🙂

Also, I’m kind of reading Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, which is the third in the Throne of Glass series, but I’m not really enjoying it.  This is my second time attempting to get into it, and it’s just hard.  I don’t care about any of the characters, at least not like I did in the first book.  It’s disappointing.

What I just read

Fairest_cover-Final-677x1024This was Queen Levana’s story from the Lunar Chronicles.  It’d forgotten a lot of it and am glad I reread it before getting to Winter.  (WINTER!!!)

What I’m reading next

Nothing.  Nothing matters any more once I’ve finished Winter.

Actually, I’ll either read Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger, the last book in the Finishing School series or Career of Evil by Robert Gabraith (aka J.K. Rowling).

I wish I didn’t have to work on report cards tomorrow.  Otherwise, I’d read all day

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