The Roses of May by Dot Hutchison ~ Fiction Book Review

36232011This book picks up shortly after where the previous book, The Butterfly Garden, ended. Same special agents, even a few of the same girls from the previous book, but this one has an entirely new main character, new mystery, and new killer.

I didn’t love this book as much as the previous one. I liked the character, enjoyed the mystery, and found myself repeatedly doubting my speculations as to who the killer was (always great when it’s not obvious). However, this one lacked the same spark of the other one. The clock wasn’t ticking as fast, the impending peril wasn’t as dark and pressing, and while the stakes were the same (life or death), they didn’t feel as breathlessly high.

It was, however, a fun read that kept me hooked, and I’ll definitely be reading the third and final instalment of “The Collector” trilogy, The Summer Children, as soon as it’s released. 4.5 stars!

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

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The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison ~ Fiction Book Review

The Butterfly Garden (The Collector Trilogy Book 1) by [Hutchison, Dot]Every once in a while a book comes along that makes you say, “Wow.” It stuns and amazes and leaves you slightly breathless. You find yourself thinking about it when it’s not in your hand, longing to finish the tales that’s drawn you in so completely. This was one of those books to me.

For once, I loved the main character – she was snarky, sarcastic and difficult – who wouldn’t? And while the subject matter was dark and twisted and horrid, there was enough levity to keep from getting that poisoned by the book you’re reading feeling. This author, in my opinion, is awesome!

So, while I get that everyone has their own tastes, different things that float their boats, to each their own, blah blah blah, I loved this book and will shout 5 stars from the tops of the mountains. If it isn’t for you, I probably won’t even register your dislike – I’ll be too busy reading the next book in the triology. That’s right!!!! There’s more!!! 5 stars!

 

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

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The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner ~ Fiction Book Review

25837341The writing was good, the pacing was fast, and the mystery was . . . a mystery. This book was quick and simple, but it kept my attention and kept me guessing until the end.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the lead character. There were some plotting issues, some issues with the timing of events, relationship jumps, and events and actions that seemed implausible, but I think with time this author is going to write some stellar books. Not everything has to be explained, but certain things do need to be addressed, and when a character is suddenly using a car that was in the shop, and the author puts a line in addressing that she had picked the car up from the shop after said character is in a scene driving with the car, a bit of editing may be needed.

But, all in all, I enjoyed the book, although the ending was awfully open. There must be a sequel coming. I think this is an author to watch. 4 stars.

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

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Truly Madly Deadly by Hannah Jayne ~ Fiction Book Review

18025833I have some mixed feelings about this book. I liked the writing, and I liked the story. It was fast paced, witty, and, although I did suspect the culprit, it wasn’t entirely predictable. The author did a good job of providing enough red herrings that the reader could never be entirely sure.

That said, there were times when I felt the female lead was portrayed as too stereotypically weak female. Obviously there are times when a character is going to be this way – there are people in real life this way – but I always find it a little grating and wonder is the author is writing the character with these attributes as part of the character’s flesh and dimension, or because this is the way they believe women are and should be portrayed.

(Surprisingly, I’ve read several female authors whose female characters are always weak, insipid little idiots – sorry, I might be a little ornery today.) That said, by the end of the book, it was a character trait that the character broke free of, so all is well in the land of ‘women aren’t simpering door mats’. I actually really enjoyed this book, and because it struck me as fresh and a bit mold breaking, I give it 5 stars.

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