Sunday, June 16, 2019

Booklikes-opoly 2019 | Roll #9

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I finished Going Rogue for my previous roll, mere minutes after midnight into the 16th, so I get to roll again today.  Going Rogue is one of few YA books I've read in a long time, and it was quite enjoyable!  It also got me $3 for it's 321 pages, which now brings me to a whoppin' $58!  In spite of that temporary drag I had with one of my earlier books, I think I'm making some great progress!

I'll have a short review for Going Rogue posted within the week, hopefully.

The rest of this update is written in a bit of a rush, so please excuse any typos you may come across.  It's a busy, busy day today, but I still wanted to get this post out as soon as I could.  Even as I say that, I still managed to comb through it once already, as my super anal retentive attention to detail wouldn't let me NOT edit it at least once before publishing.


This next roll got me a 10, and landed me on Beach Week 10.  And this one seems like a fairly easy square to fulfill since I'd already made a list of a bunch of authors I have books for that would fit the 'BEACH' criteria above.


It's like we go back and forth between questionable Monkey poses to a quieter Zen Monkey, but whaddya gonna do?  He certain keeps things interesting, that's for sure.


As far as books for this particular square, I haven't quite made a decision yet.  Having gone through five months of historical fiction, I'm actually looking to read something more contemporary, of the romantic suspense variety.  And I'm looking at reading something with a crime thriller basis, rather than a military romance.  Or at least something with more of a murder mystery bent, so it might take some time before I make a decision.  Hopefully, I'll come up with something before the end of the day, or at least by tomorrow.

Most importantly, I'm trying really hard to stick with books I already own, so while I have a lot of possible authors to choose from... well, I have a lot of authors to choose from.  Decisions are hard, man!

So on that note, since I know you all are expecting more on the "Baby/Bear Saga."  =D


This was actually an earlier picture from the first week that Bear was here with us.  I'd just gotten home from work and the two of them greeted me at the top of the stairs, something I always love seeing!  But hey, they look like they're getting along in this picture, even if it's a lie.

Fortunately, the two of them are a lot better now.  And unfortunately, I don't have any newer pictures.  My brother and his fiancee are in town and have picked up bear for the weekend to stay with them at her parents' house.  But Bear will be back with us soon, as my brother and his fiancee are still tied up with a lot of last minute work obligations they need to finish up before their wedding and following honeymoon.

So stay tuned!  Bear is always up to some sort of antic or another!


Novelty Cards Currently In My Pocket




My Progress


Current Bank:  $58
Prison Library Donation:  0 pages
Books Read:  8
Pages Read:  2,732

Table notes:
*Dates link to corresponding dice roll updates / other links for related activities included.
*Book titles link to reviews if written.
*Page/Cash values in parentheses are still pending reads/ not yet cashed out.

Date
(Roll #)
Dice Roll Space/Prompt Book Title / Author Pages Cash
5/20 Game Start $20
#1 5 The Silk Road:
Read a book set in any of the 40 countries along Silk Road, or by an author from any of those countries.
Hard Target by Pamela Clare 261 $3
5/22
#2a 8 Novelty Card Robot -- save for later
(Create a numbered list of ten books, and let a random number generator pick for you)
n/a n/a n/a
#2b 4 Mountain Cabin 16:
Read a book that is considered mystery/suspense genre, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.
Tightrope by Amanda Quick 320 $3
5/25 See Also: Roll #3 and Memorial Day Bonus Roll Activities
#3 5 The Lake House 20:
Read a book that features a dog or which has a dog on the cover; or that is set in an area known for its lakes or on a fictional lake.
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle312$3
Memorial Day Bonus Rolls
#4 7 The Summer Blockbuster 27:
Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale); or that has a word related to space in the title (i.e., star, planet, rocket).
Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier 516 $5
#5 9 European Vacation 35:
Read a book set in Europe; or that was written by an author who was born in Europe; or that involves travel by boat or that has a picture of a ship on the cover.
A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber 433 $5
6/8
#6a 10 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
Novelty Card Race Car -- save for later
(Race around the game board to the space of your choosing and read!)
n/a n/a n/a
#6b 11 Mountain Cabin 18:
Read a book that is set west of the Mississippi in the USA, or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is considered part of the Western genre.
Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin 357 $3
6/10
#7a 7 BL Square:  Spin the Wheel Decide n/a n/a n/a
Wheel Decide:  Take one extra roll n/a n/a n/a
#7b 10 European Vacation 33:
Read a book set in the UK, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-O-N-D-O-N.
The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa 212 $3
6/13
#8 5 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
School's Out For Summer 1:
Read a book that appears on any school related "summer reading list," or that is identified as YA or MG
Going Rogue by Robin Benway 321 $3
6/16
#9 10 Beach Week 10:
Read a book that appears on any beach reads list, or a book whose author's first or last name begins with any letter in B-E-A-C-H.
TBA
TBA



Friday, June 14, 2019

Thoughts: Stone Cold Heart

Stone Cold Heart

by Laura Griffin
Book 13 of Tracers

~ Goodreads ~

Rating:  3.5  Stars

When local rock climbers stumble upon abandoned human bones in a remote Texas gorge, Sara Lockhart is the first to get the call.  She has a reputation as one of the nation’s top forensic anthropologists, and police detective Nolan Hess knows she is just the expert he needs to help unravel this case.  Although evidence is scarce, Nolan suspects the bones belong to a teenage climber who vanished last summer.

But as Sara unearths strange clues, she finds chilling similarities to a case from her past—a case that now threatens to rock Nolan’s community.  While Sara digs deep for answers, the stakes rise higher as another young woman disappears without a trace. Investigators work against the clock as Sara races to discover the truth, even if her harrowing search brings her face to face with a stone-cold killer.


Stone Cold Heart is another intriguing addition to Laura Griffin's Tracers series, and no matter that the formula always seems similar to a previous book in the series, I'm always excited to get my hands on the next book.  There's just something about the combination of a crime thriller and elements of the forensic investigations that gets me all pumped.  Forensic science is something I studied in college, even if it wasn't my ultimate career path, so books that have any kind of forensic angle are always up my alley.

In this particular case, the main heroine, Sara, is a forensic anthropologist, which makes me doubly excited!  There are also mentions of how Sara's career path having taken her on some missions to help uncover mass graves of massacre victims, which reminded me of one of the books I recently read, The Bone Woman, a memoir by Clea Koff.

Anyway, as I've already mentioned, I always enjoy these particular books by Laura Griffin, and Stone Cold Heart was no exception.

While this book didn't really stand out much, there were some interesting inclusions into the story line that kind of calls out to a few of the modern technologies and services we have in present-day, but putting a rather sinister twist to it.  The book actually opens with a young girl who is out on the town with her cousin, but gets separated from the party.  And while she's heading home, she comes across what can only be implied as an Uber driver, or whatever the fictional equivalent the author was going for, since the name Uber was never mentioned.  But the girl notes a sticker on the windshield, and tells the driver that she didn't call for a ride and doesn't have the app.  She gets in the car anyway when the driver tells her he'll make an exception, and the next thing she knows, she's being abducted.

There's also a scene with a drone, which is tech that I've been seeing a lot more in more recent books.

I don't know why, but those things kind of stood out to me.

The romance wasn't really much to write home about, but it DID come off quite sweet and fairly angst-free, so I found I enjoyed it in it's own quiet, unassuming way.

The crime thriller itself was quite intriguing, and the investigation was outlined well.

I DID take a bit of issue with Sara when she started jumping into the investigation in ways that were clearly outside of her expertise.  I admired her skills and her penchant for technical thinking and problem solving, and I don't mind that she also partakes in discussing the investigation with Nolan, as she is able to bandy some good ideas around with him.  But then she decides to pull a TSTL moment by chasing after potential suspects and I just felt kind of frustrated.

I mean, I'm sure she wouldn't appreciated it if the detective just suddenly decided to jump into her dig site and start digging without any proper training.  So I'm not sure how she could justify chasing after a potentially dangerous suspect (a serial killer nonetheless), unarmed, and without the proper training to keep herself safe if anything unexpected happens... like getting run off the side of a road into woods.

I mean, I thought that it was kind of cook when she just harnessed herself in, grabbed all that climbing gear, and went down the side of the mountain, as the fastest route to the first crime scene at the beginning of the book.  At least we are told that Sara used to climb when she was younger and used to volunteer for Search and Rescue.  She had the proper training for that, while any other person would have just taken the longer trail.

Nonetheless, those few questionable actions weren't enough to deter me from liking her, even if I felt like she could have exercised better judgment in some of her actions in the latter half of the book.

Nolan was a pretty typical romance hero, but he was also charming and sweet in his way.  He didn't exhibit any broody alpha male vibes, and he also didn't throw around any neanderthal tendencies.  So I liked him, even if he didn't really stand out much.

Overall, this was a rather enjoyable read!


***


Booklikes-opoly 2019

Roll #6:
Square: Mountain Cabin 18 | Read a book that is set west of the Mississippi in the USA, or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is considered part of the Western genre.

How it fits:  Book is set in Texas, which is west of the Mississippi.
Page Count:  357
Cash:  $3

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Booklikes-opoly 2019 | Roll #8

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Today's BL-opoly update is brought to you by the "Baby and Bear Saga," closing in on Week Two!


Please ignore the dirty kitchen rug and my father's pajama-clad legs.  The pups are getting along a lot better now, up until the point where Baby decides he's done sharing his toys, his space, and his humans.  This seems to be a back and forth thing, as sometimes Baby seems to be fine with Bear playing with his toys, but other times he wants his toys back.

Yeah... we DO kind of spoil that one.

And meanwhile, Bear is just his happy-go-lucky self, climbing chairs and tables, sitting outside on the deck contemplating life, and just being all around adorable!  He also likes to use your lap, your stomach, or your legs as his sitting spots.  Right now, we've discovered that when he climbs on top of my legs and then drapes himself over the armrest of the couch I'm next to, it means he's getting tired, and, well, puppy needs his nap time.



And now back to our regularly scheduled BL-opoly update!

So it's been three days since my last roll, so I'm definitely ready to roll again.  I read The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa for the European Vacation 33 square, which took a bit longer than I'd expected for a 212 page book.  I added $3 to my bank and ended up with $50!

I'll have a review out soon, but as is typical of these Haruhi Suzumiya books, this one was both strange and strangely enjoyable.

Moving onto Roll #8:


As we can see, I rolled a 5, which took me passed GO, gaining my $5, and landing on School's Out For Summer 1.  As we can see the card pretty clearly, I won't reiterate what it says, but this particular task will take some thought.


I sometimes wish I knew what Monkey is trying to do... but then I remind myself that maybe sometimes I don't want to know.  Meanwhile, the stars are filling in on Penni's gameboard, and we're taking this simple roll as an opportunity to relax and play with Keychain Puppy!


Since I rolled before I went to work, I didn't get a chance to post anything earlier.  Meanwhile, I went ahead and started looking for possible books for this square while I was there.  Determined to read something that I already owned, I went through all of my Kindle shelves and considered reading Juliet Marillier's Dreamer's Pool, but when I looked it up, I wasn't a hundred percent sure that it was considered a YA book.

My other options had been Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo, A Darker Shade of London by V.E. Schwab, Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor, Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine...  all a bunch of YA books that have been languishing on my Kindle shelves because I just haven't been in the mood for YA in a long time...

... and then I came across Going Rogue by Robin Benway, a book I'd been meaning to read for a very, very long time now.


So I started reading it to see how I felt, and immediately recalled why I had loved the first book when I read it years ago.  So I'm choosing this one, guys!  =D

Going Rogue by Robin Benway is 321 pages, Kindle version, which will get me $3 upon completion.


Novelty Cards Currently In My Pocket




My Progress


Current Bank:  $55
Prison Library Donation:  0 pages
Books Read:  7
Pages Read:  2,411

Table notes:
*Dates link to corresponding dice roll updates / other links for related activities included.
*Book titles link to reviews if written.
*Page/Cash values in parentheses are still pending reads/ not yet cashed out.

Date
(Roll #)
Dice Roll Space/Prompt Book Title / Author Pages Cash
5/20 Game Start $20
#1 5 The Silk Road:
Read a book set in any of the 40 countries along Silk Road, or by an author from any of those countries.
Hard Target by Pamela Clare 261 $3
5/22
#2a 8 Novelty Card Robot -- save for later
(Create a numbered list of ten books, and let a random number generator pick for you)
n/a n/a n/a
#2b 4 Mountain Cabin 16:
Read a book that is considered mystery/suspense genre, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.
Tightrope by Amanda Quick 320 $3
5/25 See Also: Roll #3 and Memorial Day Bonus Roll Activities
#3 5 The Lake House 20:
Read a book that features a dog or which has a dog on the cover; or that is set in an area known for its lakes or on a fictional lake.
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle312$3
Memorial Day Bonus Rolls
#4 7 The Summer Blockbuster 27:
Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale); or that has a word related to space in the title (i.e., star, planet, rocket).
Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier 516 $5
#5 9 European Vacation 35:
Read a book set in Europe; or that was written by an author who was born in Europe; or that involves travel by boat or that has a picture of a ship on the cover.
A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber 433 $5
6/8
#6a 10 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
Novelty Card Race Car -- save for later
(Race around the game board to the space of your choosing and read!)
n/a n/a n/a
#6b 11 Mountain Cabin 18:
Read a book that is set west of the Mississippi in the USA, or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is considered part of the Western genre.
Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin 357 $3
6/10
#7a 7 BL Square:  Spin the Wheel Decide n/a n/a n/a
Wheel Decide:  Take one extra roll n/a n/a n/a
#7b 10 European Vacation 33:
Read a book set in the UK, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-O-N-D-O-N.
The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa 212 $3
6/13
#8 5 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
School's Out For Summer 1:
Read a book that appears on any school related "summer reading list," or that is identified as YA or MG
Going Rogue by Robin Benway (321) ($3)
TBA
TBA



Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Thoughts: A Grave Matter

A Grave Matter

by Anna Lee Huber
Book 3 of Lady Darby Mystery

~ Goodreads ~

Rating:  3.5 Stars

Scotland, 1830.  Following the death of her dear friend, Lady Kiera Darby is in need of a safe haven.  Returning to her childhood home, Kiera hopes her beloved brother Trevor and the merriment of the Hogmanay Ball will distract her.  But when a caretaker is murdered and a grave is disturbed at nearby Dryburgh Abbey, Kiera is once more thrust into the cold grasp of death.

While Kiera knows that aiding in another inquiry will only further tarnish her reputation, her knowledge of anatomy could make the difference in solving the case.  But agreeing to investigate means Kiera must deal with the complicated emotions aroused in her by inquiry agent Sebastian Gage.

When Gage arrives, he reveals that the incident at the Abbey was not the first—some fiend is digging up old bones and holding them for ransom.  Now Kiera and Gage must catch the grave robber and put the case to rest…before another victim winds up six feet under.


This is another great installment to the Lady Darby series, and I very much enjoyed it.  Of course, if I had to compare, I DO feel like the previous books were better, and the conclusion to A Grave Matter felt a bit abrupt.  Maybe even too easily concluded.  That was probably my only complaint about this book, as each time a grave is dug up and skeletal remains "kidnapped" and ransomed, the way in which the investigation is handled seemed a bit haphazard.

I was feeling frustrated alongside Mr. Gage and Kiera, but I think I was more so because it almost seems like there was no way to capture the culprits, in a logical enough fashion within the story without the conclusion feeling like an author's decree.

Although, as frustrating as the investigation was, I did like the premise of it--body snatchers stealing the skeletal remains of a deceased loved one and ransoming them for money.  I'm just not sure I cared for the ending very much.

The romance was more prominent in this book, and Sebastian Gage's presence is more felt.  I think I'm starting to see the chemistry between Kiera and Mr. Gage a bit better... although because Kiera persists in calling him "Gage," I sometimes forget that his given name is "Sebastian" and not "Gage."  Even I'm referring to him as "Gage" and feeling a bit awkward about it.  If that makes any sense.

I appreciate how the romance was handled between Kiera and Gage, as the two are actually open with each other, in spite of the fact that Gage still has his secrets.  They talk to each other, and the modicum of respect that Gage has for Kiera in her abilities, both to help with the inquiries as well as to take care of herself, is a breath of fresh air.

There maybe could have been less angst involved on Kiera's end, although I can kind of see where she's coming from, even if she was being kind of silly about it.

As per usual, the writing is descriptive and moody, adding onto the macabre-ness of the crimes being committed in graveyards.  Side characters are excellent, and I'm glad that the books include more than just Kiera and Gage stumbling through investigations.  I'm glad that we still get to see a lot of Phillip and Alana, and that others in the St. Mawr family as well as relations are included.

I loved the inclusion of Kiera's brother, Trevor and hope to see more of him in future.


***

Booklikes-opoly 2019

Roll #5: (See Also Memorial Day Bonus Rolls Activity)
Square:  European Vacation 35 | Read a book set in Europe, or that was written by an author who was born in Europe, or that involves travel by boat or that has a picture of a ship on the cover.

How it fits:  This book is set in Scotland.
Page Count:  433
Cash:  $5

Rambling Thoughts: Wolfskin

Wolfskin

by Juliet Marillier
Book 1 of Saga of the Light Isles

~ Goodreads ~

Rating:  2.5 Stars

All young Eyvind ever wanted was to become a great Viking warrior--a Wolfskin--and carry honor out in the name of his fathergod Thor.  The chance to make it happen is his when his chieftain Ulf brought the tale of a magical land across the sea where men with courage could go to conquer a land and bring glory to themselves.  They set out to find this fabled land, and discover a windswept and barren place, but one filled with unexpected beauty and hidden treasures... and a people who are willing to share their bounty.

Ulf's new settlement begins in harmony with the natives of the isles led by the gentle king Engus.  And Eyvind finds a treasure of his own in the young Nessa, niece of the King, seer and princess.  His life will change forever as she claims his heart for her own.

But someone has come along to this new land who is not what he seems--and to him Eyvind swore a childhood oath of lifelong loyalty.  Now he's calling in the debt of honor, but what he asks of Eyvind might just doom him to kill the only thing that Eyvind has ever truly loved.

Will the price of honor create the destruction of all that Eyvind holds dear?


I hate to say this, but this book pretty much gave away its entire plot in the beginning during the "tale" that one of Eyvind's Wolfskin brothers tells, about the honorable warrior who chose loyalty over love, thus killing the girl he was to marry because his mentor wanted vengeance against her people... or some such nonsense... and then ended up living a life of regret and sorrow.

This is definitely not my favorite Juliet Marillier book, and I had considered giving up on it at least twice.  Truth be told, I had a hard time finding any character to relate to or like, and found myself a bit frustrated with everyone, if only because of the whole "blind loyalty and honor" crap that was being thrown around.  But Marillier has a way of writing that is magical and draws you in when you least expect it.  And so I persevered, being both determined and too stubborn to give up, if only because I wanted to know how Eyvind's tale would end differently than the tale that was told by the Wolfskin brother at the beginning of the book.  Because I knew it would, if only because the laws of plot twists kind of dictate it... sort of.

As I'd already mentioned, I had a hard time liking ANYONE in this entire book... save maybe Rona, the wise woman, just because she seems to be the only voice of reason, as brief as her appearances are.

I had a brief discussion with a friend about this book when I was a little over 25% into it, wherein some of the main adventure was starting, but wherein you already had an idea how everything was going to progress.  And even though my friend was not also reading this book, after what I told her about it, we both decided that Eyvind's so-called friend, Somerled, was not really much of a friend at all, and we both wondered why they were even still friends.  But yes, I know--loyalty, and honor, and blood oaths, and such.

I get that Eyvind felt the need to protect and stick by Somerled's side, no matter how terrible of a person he was, no matter how toxic his behavior and words were, and no matter how many others in the community he managed to successfully alienate because he didn't seem to understand how to be polite... or even tactful, for that matter.  Eyvind was all about the honor and the loyalty and following commands from his warfather, Thor, or his chieftain, without asking questions--that was how he grew up and that was how he understood life.

Somerled was a bonafide drama queen, wallowing in his own angst, always complaining about the fact that no one cares about him, and no one likes him.  But then he'd turn around and spout off terrible things, insulting everyone around him, even Eyvind without even caring that he was doing so.  And this wasn't even a lack of self-awareness in Somerled's behavior--this person was very much conscious of what he was saying, what he was doing, and you could tell that he felt himself superior to everyone else, and so he didn't care who he hurt or pissed off.  Everything he did or said was carefully calculated to cut as deep as possible, and so no matter how lonely and pathetic he was portrayed to be, I just couldn't see any of it as justification for his behavior, to be honest.

He's implied on multiple occasions that he thinks of Eyvind as a simpleton, who only knows how to fight, kill, and go to war, often telling him to stick to what he knows, because he believes it's obviously hard for Eyvind to try thinking with his brains.  He manipulates Eyvind's friendship with his self-pity, and then he throws Eyvind's loyalty in his face whenever Eyvind even so much as disagrees with him.  If this is how Somerled treats the only friend he has, then I already had an idea how he was going to treat everyone else, especially his enemies.

He insults women with innuendos of what he believes their worth is, which, if you can imagine, is not terribly nice or acceptable.

And so it frustrated me to no end that Eyvind continued to stand by Somerled's side in spite of all the suspicions he has about Somerled: the rape of a girl, or even the strategic murder of a man made to look like an accident...  It boggled the mind how Eyvind could continue to blindly stay loyal to Somerled even though you could see him feeling conflicted about Somerled's toxic behavior, or his suspected wrong-doings.

The book started picking up more when Eyvind meets Nessa.  Their interactions are a bit deliberate, and their romance extremely insta, but that didn't really bug me too much.  Nessa was a great heroine, and I liked that we got to see more than just Eyvind's POV regarding Somerled and the evil tyranny that started taking place.  In fact, I actually enjoyed more of the book when Somerled wasn't in the picture, which is strange considering how I DO like a good villain with some depth.  But somehow, Somerled was so cliched and so predictable that I had issues with him.

On top of that, I felt like he was way overpowered.  Really, Somerled held onto his power with a simple ideal of blind loyalty.  While I might have understood the blind loyalty, I never understood why everyone around him was so afraid to go against him.  Somerled is not physically strong, nor does he have any otherworldly power.  If the Wolfskins really wanted to, they could overthrow him if they felt he was overstepping his authority in his lust for power and control over the Light Isles, blind loyalty be damned.  I mean, I find it hard to believe that Eyvind is the only one of the Wolfskins, or even of the settlement of Norsemen, who realized Somerled had broken all the rules of fair warfare and battle.  That he wasn't leading his people to simply winning a kingdom, but massacring helpless villagers and enslaving women and children.

I had a hard time believing that no one else would have been against Somerled, or that the ones who didn't agree with his ways simply slunk off quietly to evade notice.  Especially since many of the Wolfskins who had been Somerled's brother, Ulf's, followers knew him for a conniving, unwanted troublemaker in the beginning.

Marillier DOES touch upon a good point that might have explained the Norsemen's eagerness to follow Somerled into the slaughter of the islanders, though.  There's an implication that the islanders's culture and spiritualism produced fear among the Norsemen who'd settled.  After the death of Ulf, Somerled used the unknown mysticism surrounding the islanders and the Light Isles, to rally his cause, by insisting that typical warfare could not be used against them if they wanted to win this war.  And so those who followed Somerled were willing to cut down all the helpless islanders because of their prejudices and Somerled's misrepresentation.

It makes a kind of sad sort of sense, really, but that doesn't make it right, and it doesn't mean I have to like it.  But it IS human nature, as much as I hate to admit it.

Anyway, aside from my complaints about Somerled, the rest of the book was actually pretty good.  The writing was excellent, the story premise was promising, and I liked Nessa... to an extent, because she had her moments where I didn't really care about her.  The writing might have gotten a little overboard in flowery prose, but nothing that dragged or felt like stuffing.

I may or may not continue with the next book in this duology just for completion's sake, but I probably won't be rushing out to find access to it too quickly.


***

Booklikes-opoly 2019

Roll #4:  (See also Memorial Day Bonus Roll Activities)
Square:  The Summer Blockbuster 27 | Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale), or that has a word related to space in the title (i.e., star, planet, rocket).

How it fits:  This book is a hero's journey.
Page Count:  516
Cash:  $5

Monday, June 10, 2019

Booklikes-opoly 2019 | Roll #7

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Romantic suspense books are always quick reads for me and Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin, which I read for my previous roll, was no different.  This book was read for Mountain Cabin 18, fitting into the part of the square prompt as a "book that is set west of the Mississippi", taking place in Texas.  Stone Cold Heart was 357 pages, which netted me $3 to add onto my bank total, bringing it to $47.

I'll have a review out soon, though I'm having a bit of trouble gathering my thoughts--in short, Stone Cold Heart was another intriguing entry into Laura Griffin's Tracers series... but it doesn't stray far from her usual formula.  It was still enjoyable and entertaining, which is all I really ask for, so no real complaints, to be honest.

My next roll ended up being another two-fold one, so let's get on with it, shall we?

Roll #7 ended up being Roll #7a when I rolled a 7 and landed on the BL Square, which says to "Spin the Wheel Decide."


And so I went to my summary page (link above) where I have the Wheel Decide conveniently embedded for easy access, and happily spun the wheel since I've been wanting to do so for a long time now.  =D


Meanwhile, on the live board game...


Lookin' lively!  Everyone's happy!  That's all I ask for, right?  I mean, taking an extra roll is serious business, y'all.

So when Monkey's blessing, I move onto my extra roll for this turn...


Roll #7b gave me a 10 and sent me to European Vacation 33.  Ahh, I'm quite happy with this square.


And apparently so is the rest of the gang!  I'm glad you all approve!  Monkey's cheering, Puppy look ecstatic... and I'm not sure Penni ever looks anything but excited, but that's what makes her so much fun to have around, right?


I'm entirely happy with this latest square because it allows me the chance to read a book I'm hoping to get to so I can knock out a monthly requirement for Reading Assignment 2019's Summer Semester!  I'm so, so excited!


The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya is written by author Nagaru Tanigawa, in which the romanization of said author's given name (or first name) starts with an 'N', which fits in with the 'LONDON' prompt above.  I'm all for that!  The paperback of this book that I own is 212 pages, which will net me $3, and upon completion will bring my sum total bank to $50!

That wasn't quite as complicated a roll as I'd thought it'd be when I first rolled my dice.  So, cheers everyone!  I'm off to start my book now!


Meanwhile, let's stare at puppy as he stares at nothing in particular, while enjoying a nice breeze that came about in between some sweltering weather lately.


Novelty Cards Currently In My Pocket




My Progress


Current Bank:  $47
Prison Library Donation:  0 pages
Books Read:  6
Pages Read:  2,199

Table notes:
*Dates link to corresponding dice roll updates / other links for related activities included.
*Book titles link to reviews if written.
*Page/Cash values in parentheses are still pending reads/ not yet cashed out.

Date
(Roll #)
Dice Roll Space/Prompt Book Title / Author Pages Cash
5/20 Game Start $20
#1 5 The Silk Road:
Read a book set in any of the 40 countries along Silk Road, or by an author from any of those countries.
Hard Target by Pamela Clare 261 $3
5/22
#2a 8 Novelty Card Robot -- save for later
(Create a numbered list of ten books, and let a random number generator pick for you)
n/a n/a n/a
#2b 4 Mountain Cabin 16:
Read a book that is considered mystery/suspense genre, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.
Tightrope by Amanda Quick 320 $3
5/25 See Also: Roll #3 and Memorial Day Bonus Roll Activities
#3 5 The Lake House 20:
Read a book that features a dog or which has a dog on the cover; or that is set in an area known for its lakes or on a fictional lake.
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle312$3
Memorial Day Bonus Rolls
#4 7 The Summer Blockbuster 27:
Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale); or that has a word related to space in the title (i.e., star, planet, rocket).
Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier 516 $5
#5 9 European Vacation 35:
Read a book set in Europe; or that was written by an author who was born in Europe; or that involves travel by boat or that has a picture of a ship on the cover.
A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber 433 $5
6/8
#6a 10 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
Novelty Card Race Car -- save for later
(Race around the game board to the space of your choosing and read!)
n/a n/a n/a
#6b 11 Mountain Cabin 18:
Read a book that is set west of the Mississippi in the USA, or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is considered part of the Western genre.
Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin 357 $3
6/10
#7a 7 BL Square:  Spin the Wheel Decide n/a n/a n/a
Wheel Decide:  Take one extra roll n/a n/a n/a
#7b 10 European Vacation 33:
Read a book set in the UK, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-O-N-D-O-N.
The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa (212) ($3)
TBA
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