The Asylum Novellas by Madeleine Roux

The Asylum Novellas: The Scarlets, The Bone Artists, & The WardenThe Asylum Novellas: The Scarlets, The Bone Artists, & The Warden by Madeleine Roux

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been interested in this series, so I bought this one. It has three novellas as (from what I can tell) a bit of backstory, but are rather interesting in themselves. This book also contains a sampling from the trilogy they belong too, a bit of a teaser you could say.

Did I like it? Do I want to read more?

Yes, yes I do. Madeleine Roux does a wonderful job giving her readers just enough to be interested in the rest of the series. The novellas are complete stories in themselves, but they leave you wondering a few things, like “what happened after all that?” and “how does this pertain to that other thing?”

I will be reading more of her work.

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OUT NOW: After Life / Bleed / A Disturbing Affair

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A trilogy of crime, thrills, and deceit!

After Life:
Mason Fletcher is an ordinary man, until he wakes up in an unfamiliar alley. With no memory and no idea where he is Mason takes to the streets and meets some unlikely friends. But the bodies keep piling up and Mason soon discovers that everyone he meets is connected in a heinous circle of death. Now it’s a race to discover Mason’s own identity before someone else winds up dead.

Bleed:
Deep inside Adam an obsession is forming, a wild and unstoppable force that will eventually drive him to murder.

A Disturbing Affair:
Janice Porter lost her job as an accountant and is in danger of being tossed into the street when a promising position turns up at Meyer Publishing. Her potential new boss is friendly enough, almost too friendly. So why do all her co-workers call Deidre Horton the dragon lady?

 

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The Black Witch by Michael Rivers

The Black WitchThe Black Witch by Micheal Rivers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t know why but suddenly every where I turn I find a sailing reference.

When I started reading this book I forgot that it was a Kindle ebook, and thought it was a Kindle Classic. This did eventually show it’s true colors and age as I continued reading however. Not that this was a bad thing, but I don’t think the book flowed as well as it could have.

For some reason I don’t read seafaring novels, and after reading this one I’m questioning that subconscious decision. This was quite good, the writer was quite good for a “Free Kindle eBook” author, and one that wasn’t a romance of any kind.

Anyway, enough about Kindle, more about the book.

The book comes with a short story at the end, which was fine, it didn’t really have an ending but I was entertained while I read it. The main story does end, and ends a little confusingly, but leaves room for a sequel.

The ending was probably my least favorite part, but I will still say if you can get your hands on it (especially if it’s free again) it’s worth a read.

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Pay Me In Flesh by K. Bennett

Pay Me in Flesh (Mallory Caine, Zombie-at-Law, #1)Pay Me in Flesh by K. Bennett
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m not even sure where to start with this book. First, K. Bennett is a pen name of James Scott Bell, a lawyer and writer. I always question when writers do this, it confuses me. He’s published under K. Bennett and James Scott Bell. Why not stick to one name?

Anyway, this is not supposed to be about the author specifically, but about his book, a paranormal legal thriller. A hybrid book. The legal side of this book I have no offense with, he’s a lawyer it reads a bit like a light-hearted John Grisham sometimes.

But the paranormal bit about zombies, just keeps getting weirder.

It starts off with the zombie lawyer, Mallory Caine. We know this going into the book so it’s not a shock that there are other zombies hanging around and people who would want them eternally dead. Yes? From there, the rest just turns more and more…well unrealistic. Not that zombies happen in real life, but the beginning of the book makes that kind of play and then towards the middle sort of goes “Nope! Fooled you!”

The ending is abrupt, washes over all the major plot lines, and doesn’t really answer any of the big questions proposed at the beginning of the book. I suppose this is a trilogy, and I do like Mallory Caine, but I don’t want to be disappointed by another non-ending ending.

Also, the fact that Mallory Caine is so beautiful that two different men pursue her relentlessly even though she’s forcefully said no multiple times is a pet peeve of mine. Blechk. That’s bordering on stalking/rape culture which I definitely have strong feelings against.

I purchased this book at The Dollar Tree, so I guess I got my money’s worth.

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Book Haul // Thrift Stores

A little more than awhile ago I went thrifting with my mother. I was looking for one specific non-book item. But if you’re a book lover like me, you’ll find interesting books even if you weren’t on the look out.

These descriptions got a little long…read them under the cut.

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