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Avid Multi-Genre Reader. Lover of Books with Unique Settings. Audiobook Fanatic. Sweet Tea Addict. Mom of Two Boys & Mistress of Two Very Energetic Black Kittens.  -Empress Reece

Currently reading

Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
Steven Callahan
Subhuman (A Unit 51 Novel)
Michael McBride
Despite Lupus: How to Live Well with a Chronic Illness (1)
Sara Gorman
A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie
Kathryn Harkup
Progress: 3 %

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Kill Your Darlings - Yellow Team (My Wrap-up Post)

Books Read:

As Death Draws Near (A Lady Darby Mystery) - Anna Lee Huber Daughter of the Siren Queen - Tricia Levenseller Gunslinger Girl - Lyndsay Ely,James Patterson A Man Lay Dead: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #1 - Ngaio Marsh Daughter of the Pirate King - Tricia Levenseller An English Murder - Cyril Hare The Gender End - Bella Forrest Zero Limit - Jeremy Brown   Hunting Prince Dracula - Kerri Maniscalco A Brush with Shadows - Anna Lee Huber The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman Artists in Crime - Ngaio Marsh Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen Craven Manor - Darcy Coates The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman The Burning Page - Genevieve CogmanThe Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman The Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #10) - Joseph Delaney,Christopher Evan Welch Death in a White Tie - Benedict Cumberbatch,Ngaio Marsh  

 

 

Round 1- 5 pts
As Death Draws Near: (Author starts w/ A in Arsenic) Crime Scene- Arsenical Toothpaste 

Round 2- 5 pts
Daughter of the Siren Queen: (Book w/ animal in story) COD- Mauled by a Demon Hound

Round 3- 5 pts
Gunslinger Girl: (Main character carries a gun) Victim- The Gunslinger

Round 4- 20 pts
A Man Lay Dead: (Main character is a doctor) Victim- Dr. John Watson

Round 5- 25 pts
Daughter of the Pirate King: (Author Last Name begins w/ L) Suspect- Harper Lee


>>Collect Victim- Ariadne OliverAn English Murder by Cyril Hare (Book set in U.K.)


>>Collect Victim- Lydia BennettThe Gender End by Bella Forrest (Annoying character-King of Patrus)

Round 6- 20 pts
Zero Limit: (Read a book set in the future) Crime Scene- The Hob, District 12 

Round 7- 15 pts
Hunting Prince Dracula: (Read a YA book) Cause of Death- Killing Curse


>>Collect COD-Run Over By A CarriageA Brush with Shadows by Anna Lee Huber (Author Last Name Begins with H in Horse)

Round 8- 15 pts 

The Invisible Library:  (Author's first name begins with G In Meg) Victim- Meg Murry


>>Collect CS- The Dark TowerArtists in Crime by Ngaio Marsh (Series >8 books)

Round 9- 10 pts
>>Collect CS- WattsWake of Vultures by Lila Bowen (Character is a POC)

Round 10- 10 pts
>>Collect Suspect- Stephen KingCraven Manor by Darcy Coates (Read a Horror Book)

Round 11- 20 pts 
>>Collect COD- Stabbed w/ a Sword The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman (Silver on Cover)


>>Collect CS- Green Dragon PubThe Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman (3 Word Title)

Round 12- 20 pts 
>>Collect Victim- Atticus Finch The Lost Page by Genevieve Cogman (Author Last Name Begins with C in Finch)


>>Collect COD- Bow & ArrowLure of the Dead by Joseph Delaney (Teenage Hero)

Round 13- 10 pts 
>>Collect COD- Dark Alley Beat Down Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh (Book written b/t 1925-1975)

Overview:
Victim 1: Atticus Finch ✔ 10
COD: Bow and Arrow ✔ 10
CS: Watts, LA ✔ 10 

Victim 2: Ariadne Oliver ✔ 10
COD: Run Over By A Carriage ✔ 10
CS: The Dark Tower ✔ 10

Victim 3: Lydia Bennet ✔ 10
COD: Dark Alley Beat Down ✔ 10
CS: Green Dragon Pub ✔ 10

Victim 4: John Watson ✔ 20
COD: Stabbed by a Sword ✔ 10
CS: The Hob, District 12 ✔ 20

Murderer: Stephen King ✔ 10
Incorrect Guesses: Six ✔ 30


Total Points: 180 

Kill Your Darlings - Yellow Team (Round 11, 12 & 13-Finale)

The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman The Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #10) - Joseph Delaney, Christopher Evan Welch Death in a White Tie - Benedict Cumberbatch, Ngaio Marsh

Round 11
>>Collected COD- Stabbed w/ a Sword- Read The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

(Silver on Cover)


>>Collected CS- Green Dragon Pub- Read The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

(Three Word Title)

 


Round 12
>>Collected Victim- Atticus Finch- Read The Lost Page by Genevieve Cogman

(Author Last Name Begins with C in Finch)


>>Collected COD- Bow & Arrow- Read Lure of the Dead by Joseph Delaney

(Teenage Hero)

 



Round 13
>>Collected COD- Dark Alley Beat Down- Read Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh

(Book written between 1925-1975)

 

 

Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn Series Book #7

Death in a White Tie - Benedict Cumberbatch, Ngaio Marsh

Another good book by Marsh...this one is set during the London season and starts out with Detective Alleyn on the hunt for a blackmailer and winds up looking for a murderer too. By the end, he professes his love to Angela Troy again with an ultimatum that if she doesn't love him back, then he can't bear to see her ever again. I flipped back and forth between reading and listening to the audio. The audio narration had me cracking up! Some of the voices they used for the women especially Lady Alleyn's was hilarious but it was a very accurate representation of what I pictured Lady Alleyn to sound like. : ) 

The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney- Book #10

The Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #10) - Joseph Delaney, Christopher Evan Welch

The Last Apprentice series is like my go-to audiobook series when I'm not sure what else I want to listen to next but I know the story will be good and the narrator will be good because it's always consistent. It also never has huge cliffhangers so I know I won't feel pressured to listen to the next book like "right now." I've been slowly making my way through the series for a long time now and I like it that way. 

 

In book 10, Tom is still trying to prepare to defeat the Fiend. They have his head, which has to be separate from his body or the Fiend can come back so Grimalkin has been trying to keep the head away from enemy hands until Tom can locate the third blade that he needs to defeat the Fiend once and for all. 

 

This wasn't one of my favorite books of the series just because it was more of a filler story I thought and I'm to the point where if they don't hurry up and kill the damn Fiend I'm going to find a way to do it myself.

The Lost Plot...

The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman

The Lost Plot is the fourth book in The Invisible Library series and it was my favorite of them all.  There was tons of action and overall it felt like the whole story was constructed better then the others.  Plus, Albreicht didn't make an appearance- thankfully. That storyline is completely played out so I was glad to get a break from it. I wasn't ready for the ending though so I'm dying to see what happens with Kai.

The Burning Page...

The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman

So I have a couple of things I need to vent about...

 

One, I absolutely can not believe Irene kissed %$&#! I totally did not see that coming! I guess I should have though since she's a huge fan of "The Great Detective." She just couldn't resist that storyline. Lol  Sorry I'm a Dragon fan myself. : )

 

Second, I found it completely unbelievable that Irene did not realize Zayhanna's 'role' from the moment she showed up unannounced. Now that I did see! It came across as hasty and weak plot construction.

 

And what's up with Albreicht- is he or isn't he?? I'm sure I already know the answer to that but his story is starting to get old to me.

 

Lastly, what happened to Bradamant and the rest of the Librarians that were off preventing ways to stop Albreicht. They never did make an appearance at the end.

 

Also just to note, I switched from listening to the audio book to just reading the book because I didn't care for Susan Duerdon's performance in this one. Surprising a little because, I really liked her in The Rook but she just didn't do it for me in this one.


 

The Masked City...

The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman

This second book was a huge improvement over the first. I finally felt like I understood the Library's role in the balancing of order & chaos and I got a clearer picture of the roles the Fae and Dragons play. And it's always fun to read about books! 

 

 

Kill Your Darlings - Yellow Team (Round 10)

Craven Manor - Darcy Coates

 

 

 

 

Today I'm collecting the Suspect Card for our famous Murderer and Author Stephen King, with the paranormal horror book I read Craven Manor by Darcy Coates. (Read a Book in Genre Horror ) 

Reading progress update: I've read 36%.

The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman

The story and my brain, feel a lot less chaotic and muddled this time around. Although, I'm just at the point where Irene is going with Lord Silver to the high-chaos world of alternate Venice to try and retrieve Kai, so it remains to be seen if they stay that way. But so far-so good! 

Craven Manor...

Craven Manor - Darcy Coates

This was the first book I've read by Darcy Coates and it was really good!

 

If you don't like very scary books, no worries, you won't have to sleep with the lights on or anything. It's just a little creepy and there's a few 'hold your breath' and 'make you jump' scenes but nothing over the top.

 

I'm kind of picky about ghost/ haunted house stories especially the endings but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It wrapped up nicely and didn't leave you hanging with a million questions which seems to be the case in a lot of the ghost stories I seem to read.

 

I personally want to read all of her books now including her upcoming release The Carrow Haunt which sounds like it's going to be awesome too! My poor TBR is never going to decrease.

 

Before you stay at Craven Manor though, you need to know the Rules:

 

No strangers are allowed onto the property.

Do not enter the tower.

Do not leave the groundskeeper's cottage between midnight and dawn.

Draw your curtains.

Keep the door locked. If you hear knocking, do not answer it.

 

 

 

 

 

Kill Your Darlings - Yellow Team (Round 9)

Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen

 

 

I'm collecting the Watts, LA- Crime Scene card today in honor of Nettie Lonesome who "lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one."

 

(Read a book with a POC character)

 

The Shadow Series- Book 1...

Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen

I LOVED this story! It's going on my 10* favorites shelf. I think you absolutely have to listen to the audio to get the full experience of Nettie Lonesome aka Nat aka Rhett.

 

On the surface it's a dark and gritty, western fantasy but down deep it's a whole lot more then that. The author touches on quite a few serious topics-gender identity; sexual orientation, racism, cultural identity, slavery etc.

 

The entire story was just so well written too. If you haven't read it, you should definitely add it the audio to your 'TBR-Now' pile.

 

Book Mail!

— feeling happy

 

I know what I'm reading next!  : )

Kill Your Darlings - Yellow Team (Round 8)

The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman Artists in Crime - Ngaio Marsh

 

Who is the Bibliokiller's next victim?

 

I read The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman and I'm going to use it to play the Victim Card for Meg Murry.  (Author first name begins with G In Meg)

 

 

I'm also collecting:

The Dark Tower- Crime Scene card for Artists in Crime by Ngaio Marsh (Series has >8 books)

The Invisible Library...

The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman

If anyone is familiar with the Bookburners serial then you know that it's remarkably similar to The Invisible Library series. I really like the Bookburners serial so I was excited to come across something else comparable.

 

I enjoyed The Invisible Library too and really can't believe I waited so long to read it, but one thing I thought could have been better was the world building. It just wasn't as defined as I would have liked it, and I'm referring more so to the Chaos concept, the alternate realities, the Library Language even some of the characters and their abilities were underdeveloped.

 

I realize it's a pretty complex system but there were a couple of times I wondered if the author even knew where she was trying to go with it.  Maybe those loose ends are tied up in the next book but, I personally like for the foundation to be laid out and nicely detailed, right from the start. It drives me nuts when authors use future installments to fill in gaps and missing pieces.

 

I am intrigued by the Library though and I really like Kai, Irene and Vale so I'm definitely going to continue the series with hopes that the many underlying layers of the Library develop into something a little more cohesive.