Well, I didn’t read much in April and it is easy to pinpoint why … the Expanded Universe announcement for Star Wars was released and I, along with my husband, promptly immersed ourselves in Star Wars: The Old Republic. I have been formulating my reactions to the Expanded Universe (EU) announcement and that will be written up this week too but for now, without further rambling, here are the books I read in April.
The first of a trilogy, one book per alias for a continuing series usually written as Amanda Quick. Either I’m growing old and grumpy or highly successful writers use a plug and play formula too much. I suspect it is a little of both. The book was good, I mean I got it for a buck from Amazon including shipping and it was an actual book and not an e-book. The characters were memorable, if not entirely believable. Premise was typical paranormal romance for the series, light and non-challenging read. I will admit that the ending of novel one left me wanting more so it is a pretty safe bet I will finish the remainder of the trilogy, now if I can just get them on sale!
Book two in the Yellow Rose Adoption mystery series set in Houston, Texas. Definitely a cozy mystery that involves believable characters in believable situations. Characters in this book are shallow, surface drawn caricatures that seem to be the new norm for what is passing for fiction lately. I’m not saying they are anywhere as complex and complicated as a James Joyce character but you don’t instantly despise any character for being vapid and too stupid to live either. Overall, I enjoyed the story and I enjoyed the setting. I will pick up more books by the author.
I could almost cut and paste the above review here, which says more about my reading habits than it does book similarity. Characters here aren’t quite as well fleshed out as the previous review, but there are more characters in the book than the previous review. What I really like about this series, it is a cozy mystery series about a pet sitter/lawyer, is that the main characters grow over time. Relationships change and mature and the world isn’t static. Plus I’m a huge pet person and I love how the character growth in this book saw the main character realize that there are other, less litigious ways to utilize a law license.
I previously reviewed this one separately as part of my unknown author challenge. My reactions haven’t changed in the last month.
That’s it, that’s all I managed to read in April. I’m fine with that to be honest. Sometimes a girl just needs to lose herself in Star Wars, whether or not that Star Wars is considered canon or not.