Dark Lycan by Christine Feehan

Dark Lycan (Dark, #21)Dark Lycan by Christine Feehan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m reading these out of order and I like it for myself. I read Dark Wolf (the next book) then this book. I also have the book after Dark Wolf, Dark Blood. I know it’s all a bit strange as series are made to be read in order, but for this plot line I like what I’ve done. It’s building the suspense and anticipation for what’s to come in the next book.

Dark Lycan is the story of Tatijiana Dragonseeker and Fenris Dalka, the first Guardian of All or Lycan/Carpathian mix. There is progress on Dimitri/Skyler and Zev/Branislava, but also there is plot of Lycan and Carpathian politics that continues in the next book.

The only thing I find a little unimaginative is the name Fenris. Fenris is a very traditional well known Norse mythical wolf name, not sure I care for that decision, but the characters all call him Fen anyway so maybe it’s just my delicate sensibilities crying out for something more creative.

Aside from that, the book flows very well, is an enjoyable read, and continues the Carpathian race.

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C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Millhone, #3)C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kinsey is back working out the kinks from what happened in the last book. I like this subtle continuation of the series, it links back to the previous book without need to explain or read the entire previous book.

I was also happy to see that no new love interests inserted themselves into Kinsey’s life, a nice break from the previous two books. But! Someone else who is a staple in this series has a brief interlude with love. We also meet more of the neighbors, which I liked.

This plot line kept me guessing until the very end. I kept trying to put two and two together and kept coming up with three. I like these kinds of books too, that way the ending is a surprise!

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Little Wizard Stories by L. Frank Baum

Little Wizard Stories of Oz (Oz Series)Little Wizard Stories of Oz by L. Frank Baum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Different book representatives put this book as either #15 in the series, or #7.5. Either way the 6 short stories in this book do not have a place in the events of the full story books. My collection of Oz stories has this book as #15, so it’s the last book in my series.

The six short stories are all less than 10 pages long and my copy has a lot of pictures as well. So these would almost be flash fiction stories. Each story follows a different set of characters through a mini adventure in Oz.

The Cowardly Lion and Hungry Tiger get tired of being docile, Dorothy and Toto go exploring, Tik-Tok has a run-in with the Nome King, Ozma and the Wizard check on their subjects, Jack Pumpkinhead and the Saw-Horse go on a rescue mission, and Scarecrow and Tin Woodman have an accident.

They’re quick, they’re cute, and I liked reading them.

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Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Full Dark, No StarsFull Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stephen King is firmly lodged in the section marked “Sarah’s All Time Favorite Authors”, but what lured me to this short story collection was the fact that two of the short stories have been made into Netflix Originals; 1922 and Good Marriage.

I will also admit to watching 1922 before reading 1922. And…the movie follows the book closely. Like, really closely. I can’t think of anything that wasn’t in the book that isn’t in the movie (did that make sense?).

The other short stories are easily just as good even if they weren’t made into Netflix Originals (thought they probably could be). I related to “Big Driver”, as I try my hand at writing every now and again and have cats myself. Fair Extension is an interesting read, and I’m slapping myself for missing Good Marriage while it was on Netflix. I think I would have enjoyed it too.

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B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I’m reading through this series I’m detecting a little pattern. Each case is connected to a cold case, and in each book Kinsey brushes up against a romantic entanglement. So far the romantic entanglements each have ended differently, which I like because if she ended up just dumping them at the end of the book it would get boring and predictable.

I do like the characters presented in this book, and early on I had a theory as to what was happening, but I dismissed it as Kinsey presented the facts, and then it turned out my theory was right! That’s the reason I like mystery novels, figuring out the plot before the main character does.

I like the character progression that continues from the first novel, and I like that the second novel gives you enough information to just jump right in without having to read the first one. I love that about book series.

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The Makeup of a Confident Woman by Trish McEvoy

The Makeup of a Confident Woman: The Science of Beauty, the Gift of Time, and the Power of Putting Your Best Face ForwardThe Makeup of a Confident Woman: The Science of Beauty, the Gift of Time, and the Power of Putting Your Best Face Forward by Trish McEvoy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Don’t apologize for the way you look.

This is not just a “how to put on makeup book” (she does do that, but it’s not the entirety of the book), this is a self-care handbook based on makeup. Yep. The first chapter or two is basically “making time for yourself” and “if you look good, you feel good”, which works well with makeup.

After that, Trish gets into her 8 Step System, with 3 Levels of intensity. She explains it all in her book so I won’t get into it too deeply, but Level 1 people are those who wear makeup sometimes, but mostly are indifferent. Level 2 people take some time to put makeup on most days, and Level 3 people should have been makeup artists in another life.

Then she gets into the tutorials, following the steps and going through the levels. There are 5 tutorials, and then a series of how to correct your flaws, plus a section on tools. This book will not turn you into a makeup artist, but it can give you some tips on how to do your own makeup a little better, or give you a new technique to try.

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Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan

Dark Wolf (Dark, #22)Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another book in the Dark series from Christine Feehan, and yes I’m still going out of order. This one does tie in to several other books, but the one that sticks out for me is Dark Celebration, a book I read several years ago.

This one carries on with one of the couples that were mentioned in that book, Skyler and Dimitri. This series revolves around lifemates, and these two already know they are intended. But, Skyler is human, very young, and with a dark past that haunts her. Dimitri is stuck between two factions, the Lycans and the Carpathians, because he is both. The political atmosphere is murky, and there are traitors in their midst.

Some issues are resolved, and some issues are too big to be resolved in one book. The next book in the series, Dark Blood, seems to continue almost exactly where this one leaves off (she includes an excerpt) and I now want to read that one too!

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