A Hodgepodge of Bits & Pieces is a bimonthly link round-up of articles and posts found online that may be of interest to writers and readers.
Month: April 2013
When his marriage fell apart, Ethan Garrett never really recovered. Now a highly paid bodyguard, Ethan quickly slips back into combat mode when he learns of Darcy’s disappearance.
First in the Consortium thriller series revolving around a secret underground agency set on remaking the world. My Take This was good with a cast of characters with whom I empathized and cried for. …I don’t think I’ll ever understand evil, other than that it exists. I was conflicted over a “3” or a “4” and chose to rank it up simply because it was a treat to read — no grammatical issues to leap out and trip my eyeballs up and very nicely translated by Simon John. The story incorporates flashbacks — and I’m very grateful for the notice at each chapter start that tells me where I am in the story! — that flash over a range of decades from Hitler’s imprisonment for the Beer Hall Putsch in 1923 to Jay’s memories of his childhood. I thought Khara was reasonably evenhanded in how he treated soldiers in the German army, pointing out that they and the German people didn’t have a lot of choice with how the Jews were treated nor did he pull his punches with how most Germans thought of Jews. Yes, it was contradictory, but isn’t that human nature? It does make me wonder, if […]
A Scottish warrior with immortal powers, unprepared for the lass before him. The woman he had sworn to destroy, that a trick of fate sent back 700 years in time.
An immanent post from KD Did It with imminent news about an eminent Word Confusion.
Second in the St. Viper’s School for Super Villains fantasy series for kids. My Take It’s cute, but it’s missing some of the joie de vivre of the first book, The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery, in this series. I did like the graphics in this story; they were simpler and their greater contrast rendered better on a Kindle. This one is a lesson in not getting too full of yourself, and poor Demon…it’s a hard lesson to undergo. He isn’t helping matters either with his bragging and cockiness. It just makes it easier to make a fool of Demon until he starts to pay attention to other people. Then there’s that last revelation at the end…hoo, boy. Donovan continues the praise for the kids being evil — I do love this angle. It’s such a head spinner! I guess that’s why it’s difficult to reconcile my wanting Demon to be nicer to his friends and teammates. Speaking of which, when evil and betrayal are the order of the day, shouldn’t it be part of all the student relationships? Even within Demon’s team. Well, hmmm, actually Demon is being mean to his teammates… It must be so very lonely without friends […]
I do hate to be wrong, so I was pleased to know accidently isn’t too bad a choice even if accidentally is better in this Word Confusion from KD Did It.
Second in the Blood of Eden dystopian series for Young Adults revolving around a young woman turned vampire who returns to the city of her birth, New Covington. I received The Eternity Cure as an ARC from the publisher. My Take This was a nice change from The Immortal Rules, which was just too same-same. Too much like other dystopian stories, albeit with a vampire as the good guy! Instead, whew, Kagawa’s descriptions alone are enough to send you racing through The Eternity Cure! I do like how Kagawa retains most of the usual disaster issues, but with twists: plague that wipes out mankind with surviving pockets here and there; some pockets are independent while others are ruled over by a “strong man”, in this case, the strength is represented by the vampires; scientists on both sides of the problem; the betrayal from one of their own, in this case, a vampire attempting to help humanity; and, a forbidden love story — with tremendous problems as opposed to the usual issues of merely opposing beliefs. One of the few times, a “bad guy” gets to suffer for his sins. Only it’s the wrong “bad guy”. Ooh, tricky bringing Jackal into […]
A novel about expectations and relationships, and culture clashes. Yes, I consider this a romance, but more of a love affair about wine. In 2014, Imperfect Pairings was nominated for the Indie Excellence Awards. In 2013, it won Chick Lit – IndieReader Discovery Awards, the Chick Lit/Women’s Lit – USA Best Book Awards, and the Global Fiction – ReaderViews Reader’s Choice Awards; it was given an honorable mention in the General Fiction – Writer’s Digest Book Awards in 2013; and, it was a finalist for the IndieReader Discovery Award for Chick Lit. My Take This story explores Imperfect Pairings on so many levels. It’s almost exhausting to consider. Townsend broke open old wounds, made me re-examine past relationships, wondered about wine, and checked for flights to Roma. I confess that I was torn between a “3” and a “4”. The “4” for Townsend’s diving into the negatives of both cultures, for dissecting Jamie’s relationship with her family. The “3” for her heavyhanded and undeveloped approach to it. I will confess that both her primary characters drove me nuts — Jack was standoffish and cold until food or football came up while Jamie was an uptight workaholic insisting on the superiority […]
A short story in the School for Heiresses historical romance series set in England. The couple focus is on Eliza Crenshawe and Colin Hunt, the new Lord Montieth. This is an ARC I received from the publisher. Although, I tend to think of an ARC as a never-before-published story. “Ten Reasons to Stay” was previously published in The School for Heiresses. My Take Very nicely done. It’s a complete story for all its short length, and Jeffries drops us into it immediately with just the right amount of background at just the right times. No info dumps here, thank god! I do love how Jeffries incorporates the wife’s behavior in to explain away Colin’s handling of Ellie. It’s a nice introduction of the erotic as well through the prints Colin has brought to England, and I did enjoy Jeffries’ use of those ten reasons…oh, my! It drops a point for me when Jeffries falls back on that old cliché of giving him up to save him. Particularly since her reasoning is so lousy. Oh, brother. The Story Her uncle’s betrayal finds Ellie on the run. She knows that if she can just get to London, to her friends, they’ll find […]