Archive for December, 2013

A Review: Ruby Red

11531817Goodreads Review:  3 out of 5 stars

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier was written as part of a series (the gem trilogy). Even if I hadn’t know this ahead of time, the ending-that-wasn’t-really-an-ending would have given it away. (The second book reads like a continuation of the first as well).

Gwyneth Shepherd grew up in a family who expected her cousin Charlotte to inherit a time traveling gene. Her cousin has been prepared her whole life for the eventuality that one day she will travel through time. Imagine Gwyneth’s surprise when she travels back in time instead. After her third uncontrolled trip through time, she finally tells her Mother what’s happening. Gwyneth is introduced to a secret society – the lodge of Count Saint Germain.

This book was okay, and it kept me reading to find out what happens, but it felt like it was missing something to me. The secret society and the gemstone references along with the snippets in between chapters of pages from a secret journal or logbook just made it a little confusing and at times silly to me. I will likely finish the trilogy, and I’m hoping it improves as it goes along and more gets explained.

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A Review: Dark Witch

A Goodreads Review: 3 out of 5 stars

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In Dark Witch: Book One of the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts, we meet Iona Sheehan. Iona has ventured to Ireland to learn more about her family history and to meet her cousins, Branna and Connor. Iona finds that she and her cousins must work together to defeat an evil sorcerer.

I haven’t read anything by Nora Roberts in years. I gave up on her when she decided to jump into the vampire genre with Morrigan’s Cross (what an awful book that was!). I’m not sure how I feel about Dark Witch. It had its moments, and it’s typical Nora Roberts. It was a fairly quick read to an unsatisfying conclusion that leads to the next book in the series. I wish she had done more with character development. She didn’t explain a lot about Iona other than to say she was sunny and talked a lot and had been raised by parents who were cold and unfeeling. If that was the case, how did she turn out as cheerful as she was? I would also have liked to know more about the hero, Boyle (kind-of an unfortunate name). He owned a stable and used to be a boxer. Other than that, we don’t learn much about him personally either. Why does Iona fall in love with him other than for his good looks?

I am hoping NR explains more as the series continues, but I doubt she will. The second book will be about the second couple, and the third book will be about the third couple with a glossing over of what makes them all tick as well.

I get the feeling lately that Nora Roberts now rushes to meet deadlines and turns out only mediocre books. Maybe she doesn’t have to try as hard. I used to enjoy her novels very much.

A Review: Safe Haven

Goodreads Review: 2 out of 5 stars

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Meh. I put Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks aside to pick something else up and haven’t gone back to it. I guess that means I didn’t care enough for it to finish it. I kept dreading the moment the husband would turn up and make trouble for everyone in the story. I hate stories with an abusive ex. Some enjoy that kind-of tension in a story. I don’t.