Last Dragon Standing by G.A. Aiken

Last Dragon Standing (Dragon Kin, #4)Last Dragon Standing by G.A. Aiken

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a very involved book. For one, it was hard to decipher if the dragons were in their dragon forms or in their human forms unless you read through the subtle clues given while reading. That made things a little difficult when attempting to sort out whatever the situation was in my head.

Apart from that little quirk, this was a politically based book, feuding royals, long grudges, coming of age dragons, centaurs, actual humans, witches, and many other unique things kept the plot moving. Though the book makes it seem like it’s only a fantasy romance, it is much more than that. In fact, the majority of the book revolves around the Kyvich, a faction of witches coming down from the north.

This is also part of a series, the fourth book and I haven’t read the first three. Now I like series where the books can stand alone, apart from the series, where each book builds on the other, but you can jump in with any book and know what’s going on. This book does this, so in all, I liked it.

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Whitman: Poems by Walt Whitman

Whitman: PoemsWhitman: Poems by Walt Whitman

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I found that this book of poetry was much more enjoyable when my Kindle read it to me, rather than me just reading it to myself. The poetry works better when spoken to my ears. Having only read “O Captain, My Captain!” and no other poetry from Whitman previous to reading this collection, I found it very much an ode to the United States of America.

O Captain, My Captain is paying homage to Lincoln, and there are a few more addressed to the late president. There is an entire section praising democracy too. Having not been very political myself, I found these poems quite different, as my sense of poetry is flowery words about nature and love.

While I didn’t make too much of Whitman’s style, it did open up another side of poetry I had never thought of, and made me want to read more poetry to have a better experience of poetry itself.

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Natural Causes by James Oswald

Natural Causes (Inspector McLean, #1)Natural Causes by James Oswald

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a crime ebook from an author I’ve never read before, though I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. There is a lot going on with this one. It’s a police crime novel, but our main character police man isn’t just working one case, he has three(?) at least.

I like that idea, it kept the plot moving, it kept our main character moving, and kept the reading interesting. There’s no real inkling of how it’s going to end, and I liked that too. This is a series, and I haven’t looked at the next book, but I’m left wondering how the series continues on from here.

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Minimalist Living Guide for Frugal Living by Speedy Publishing

Minimalist Living Guide for Frugal Living (Boxed Set): 3 Books In 1 Minimalist Living and Lifestyle Guide to Frugal LivingMinimalist Living Guide for Frugal Living (Boxed Set): 3 Books In 1 Minimalist Living and Lifestyle Guide to Frugal Living by Speedy Publishing

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a collection of three ebooks by three different authors but somehow they all manage to talk about the exact same things. Minimalism as a lifestyle, how to declutter, going on from decluttering, and so on.

They don’t even have differing strategies on how to declutter, or how minimalism works as a lifestyle choice, it’s the exact same things rehashed in each ebook. And it’s all basic things that you can find all over the internet, there’s nothing profound here.

I guess if you’re getting started, have no idea how to get started, don’t know what minimalism is, etc, this could be a way to get started, but it’s also essentially the same ebook repeated three times.

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Fire Starter by David J. Normoyle

Fire Starter (The Sentinels, #0.5)Fire Starter by David J. Normoyle

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a prequel novella to an ebook series, and if I’m honest the whole fire starter thing is completely over done. Stephen King has written the famous Fire Starter book, I’ve read Mortal Ghost which is another fire starter (but with a different spin on it) and now we’ve got this.

I legitimately like the idea behind this world in this ebook, but it’s very over done. See the Cursed review I did and you’ll get an idea of what this world is like. Throw in a corrupt cop and you’ve pretty much got it.

Not that the story was bad, it wasn’t. I just want something that isn’t a man throwing fire at a werewolf.

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No Way Out by Christine Kersey

No Way OutNo Way Out by Christine Kersey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m guessing this is what’s called a “Cozy Mystery”. The main character is a woman, there is no blood, guts, murder, or violence to speak of either. What happens is her husband disappears, then there are rumors he’s done something illegal, which stretches the boundaries of their marriage.

The pacing is alright, the characters are believable, I’m just not sure I’m a fan of this genre? I’ve honestly not read a cozy mystery either in a long while or ever, so I’ve no frame of reference for this. Also, it plays off as a crime/mystery novel which more reminds of something that James Patterson would write, but this isn’t that.

It’s not terrible, it’s just not my cup of tea.

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Just a Touch Dead by Jordaina Sydney Robinson

Just a Touch Dead (Bridget Sway, #.5)Just a Touch Dead by Jordaina Sydney Robinson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This little novella is the prequel to series of ebooks about, well, a ghost or spirit. This one chronicles the main character of this series journey from life to death to government employment. It gives a decent introduction to the main character herself and the environment she now inhabits.

I don’t know if I’ll be checking out the rest of the series, mostly because I have plenty to read already, but it is an interesting concept and it was entertaining.

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