Posted in 2018, Books, Reviews

“Grave Visions”: A Book Review

Grave Visions Alex Craft annoyed the crap out of me.

Not the writing, not the author, not the plot, not the setting, not the other characters in “Grave Visions”. It is Alex Craft herself.

I’ve been mulling it over for a couple weeks and I’m not sure if the author is doing it on purpose now that we know Alex is fae (it’s not a spoiler if it’s on the book jacket). She’s not fully human so maybe her priorities and actions don’t match up with human values.

I thought about going into why I think she is being selfish, stupid, annoying and hurtful with each major decision she makes. But, then I realized I was just getting upset with her all over again and I need to let it go.

Great book with a main character that I wouldn’t want as a friend, coworker or even enemy.

 

Posted in 2017, Books, Reviews

“Trouble in Mudbug”: A Book Review

Mudbug

Trouble in Mudbug may not hit every check box for a label of ‘Cozy Mystery’ but it is where I would shelve it on my bookcase.

While there was one cringe worthy sex scene the majority of the book was what I’d expect. There was the kooky best friend, the love interest who is both insanely hot and part of law enforcement, a back story of a love/marriage gone wrong, the substitute parental figure, just enough paranormal to affect the plot but nothing so powerful that it is of any real use and a heroine who is smart, self sustaining, needs to solve a murder and somehow grow into her community.

The only ‘cozy’ things that were missing was the description of an excessively cutesy town and a pet. Given that the town itself is named Mudbug I can forgive the first one and for reasons I don’t want to spoil, the lack of a pet made sense too.

What I couldn’t get over in Mudbug was Maryse’s job and the way it handled the science going on in the background. To be clear, this is not a science heavy book and I am always OK with a bit of hand waving in fun mystery/romance novels. What irked me was that none of the obviously ridiculous things needed to be there, the plot and story could have been carried out just fine if a little more care had been taken with that aspect.

Maryse is supposed to be a character who is throwing herself into her work at the beginning of the novel. Her apparent incompetence at her job throws a wrench into believing this fundamental part of her personality. It kept yanking me out of the story as I either mentally or literally found myself rolling my eyes.

This was so close to being a 5 star book for me. The pervasive mistakes in the big details had me seeing stars flying off the page even as I kept reading because I really wanted to know who did the deed in the end.