Month: October 2014

Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ At Last

Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ At Last

Fifth in the Lucky Harbor romance series and revolving around Lucille, the matchmaker of the town — nothing and no one gets past her gimlet eye. The couple focus is on Amy Michaels and Matt Bowers. My Take The start of At Last is too funny with a humiliated Amy getting rescued by the man she’s attracted to. The man she doesn’t want to be attracted to, and Matt is happy to tease her along. Shalvis cracked me up with Matt getting heated up at the thought of Amy wearing nothing but her city-girl boots. The cliché is for men to get turned on by those high, high heels, but it makes so much sense that the nature-loving Matt would get turned on by hiking boots. It only made me love that boy more. One of the many things I enjoy about Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor is the snark. I love how the characters call on each other and won’t let each other get away with anything. It’s all in love and loyalty, friendship and caring — yep, even the guys! Hmmm, now that I think about it, I think the guys do the best snark… “‘You keep going at each […]

Posted October 28, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: Seanan McGuire’s “Midway Relics and Dying Breeds”

Book Review: Seanan McGuire’s “Midway Relics and Dying Breeds”

A short story on tor.com with a dystopian flavor and revolving around a green circus. My Take This was cute and cry-worthy with McGuire creating a dystopian world obsessed with maintaining the environment even Billie has a right to vote! It was clever all the inventions McGuire came up with that allowed the carnival to continue to perform, merging the old-fashioned with the very high-tech. I’d like one of those tents, although I think I’d be more careful than Cousin Mae. McGuire kept the old-fashioned going with the sociopathic Davo’s patriarchal demands and underhanded maneuverings. For all that it’s short, McGuire created an entire story with lots of show. The Story Ansley loves the freedom of the circus — it’s about the only place where Billie fits as well. The only downside is Davo, the newest Big Man, and the need to prove it. The Characters Ansley is in charge of the animals, especially Billie, a genework Indricothere, a 9-ton land mammal and a precursor to the rhinoceros. Her grazing license is as a firebreak. Uncle Ren helped Ansley acquire Billie as a baby. The Big Men, the men in charge of deciding where and how the circus will move, […]

Posted October 26, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments