Month: July 2014

Book Review: Peter May’s The Blackhouse

Book Review: Peter May’s The Blackhouse

First in the Lewis Trilogy mystery series and revolving around Fin McLeod, a conflicted man. The Blackhouse won the Barry Award for Best Novel in 2013. My thanks to NetGalley and Quercus Books for providing this ARC for my enjoyment. My Take Oh. Wow. In so many ways, this was depressing as hell although I only cried a few times, and yet if you enjoy a good mystery in a desolate area where everyone knows your business, if you’re interested in families, the past, traditions, this one’s for you. Just know that once you start The Blackhouse, it’ll be hard to put down. It’s an easily followed back-and-forth as May takes you back in time as Fin remembers his past before we swing back to his present and the case he’s investigating. As he sees his past with the perspective of an adult. It’s a past that revolves around his best friend, Artair, and the girl who loved him, Marsaili. It’s also one that revolves around Fin’s loss of memory. A loss that will devastate him and those around him. May is also excellent at telling us nothing! Arghhh, he just dribbles out bits and pieces, slowly filling in the […]

Posted July 31, 2014 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Thea Harrison’s “Peanut Goes to School”

Book Review: Thea Harrison’s “Peanut Goes to School”

This very short story is 6.7 in the Elder Races paranormal romance series, and the third in the Peanut internal trilogy. The focus is back on Peanut, and he’s definitely picking up on his parents’ morals. Normally, I’d give this a “3”, but I love the message Harrison is sending in this…so…hey,I’m a sucker for child empowerment… My TakeIt’s a bit stiff, but a lot of fun to read. It’s all the crummy bits of school rolled into one day for Liam, and you can immediately tell that he’s not putting up with any crap. He’s honest, protective, and extremely observant. He’s also a little boy with a little boy’s dreams and fantasies. Wrap them up in a being able to change into a flying dragon, and…whoa, nelly, lol. He’s also a little boy with a child’s fears. It’s a family with a few upgrades in ability. It’s a boy on a fast track of growth, one most moms will be grateful their children aren’t going through at quite the same pace. “It was so charming how Pia’s thinking went straight to the justice system, while he thought of things like vivisection and dismemberment.” You will crack up as you […]

Posted July 31, 2014 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments