Tag Archives: action adventure

Cozy Mystery in Salem: Look Both Ways

24 Oct

A friendly cozy mystery featuring a modern day reluctant “witch” who can see things in shiny objects. Nicely plotted, engaging and warm characters, this third book in a series works perfectly for those who like their mysteries without blood, gore or suspense. The cat character is a hoot. Fun series and worth the read.
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The Thief Taker becomes The Fire Catcher in London’s Great Fire

24 Oct

I quite liked this book – this is a relatively unexplored time in history and the character of Charlie Tuesday is very engaging. Interesting plot, great descriptions, quickly paced plot = fun read! This is the second book in a series and now I’m going to hunt down the first book and catch up. Would be a nice fit for YA readers looking for historical action. Well done!!
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Steampunk, Airships and Etheric Energy: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

2 Oct

A rollicking steampunk yarn replete with quirky characters kicks off this new series by Jim Butcher. As I was reading, I could see this playing on the big screen, albeit with the feel of an old time serial. Swashbuckling airship captains, talking cats, bold women, enormous bugs, crystal powered flight and so much more. As the first book in a series, this book sets up the world, the conflict and the main characters, and left me eager to read the next…
The “naval” battles in the sky are quite well done. I initially started skimming through those sections but then quickly realized that I could follow along and understand the action.
Fun, fast read. Good YA action for both boys & girls, with several strong female characters.

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The “Wool” series by Hugh Howie – Lives Up To the Hype

23 Jul

I recently signed up for Kindle Unlimited and during the free 30 day trial, found myself thinking there wasn’t much in the back catalog titles that seemed to make it worthwhile to pay $10/month. But Amazon knows all, as scary as that is, and presented me with a spotlight on Hugh Howie – famous as a self-published ebook author who got discovered and who is the poster child for that pathway.
I downloaded the 5 part series that makes up the book Wool and instantly understand why Hugh Howie receives so much acclaim. The man can write! The characters are memorable and strong.
The story is set in a post-apocalyptic future, where everyone lives in a giant “silo” buried in the ground. We are dropped into this world initially through the character of the Sheriff and then through others. As the richly imagined world comes to life, the action intensifies, turning this into one of those books that you can’t bear to put down.
I’m a total convert – have now downloaded the next two books and can’t wait to dive in.

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The Next Blade Runner? Richelle Mead’s Gameboard of the Gods

1 Apr

Honestly, I had no idea what to expect when I started this. I hadn’t previously read any of Mead’s YA fiction – so was pleasantly surprised, and then became addicted.  I love the way she builds out this world and reveals depths to her characters, Mae and Justin. The back-story to this futuristic world, how society collapsed and then came to be rebuilt, is fascinating.It felt like an interesting combination of His Dark Materials, Terry Prachett and Hunger Games.

The plot of the first novel in what I am assuming will be a series, rolls out inexorably – turning this into one of those books that I hated to break away from to work, sleep or eat. When I finished, I couldn’t wait for the next installment – loving these characters, including the sassy provincial teen Tessa, and the set-up for their on-going stories. Highly recommend!