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Lillie Loves to Read

Reader of all kinds of books but favorites genres include mystery, sic-fi, romance, thrillers, YA, fantasy, general fiction, memoirs. I'll try anything once.

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse) by James S.A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) - James S.A. Corey

Fun. Haven't read a space opera for a long time. Will check out his next book in the series.

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell

Instructions for a Heatwave - Maggie O'Farrell

Why couldn't the characters have talked to each other? I guess there wouldn't have been a book if they'd had any kind of heart to heart conversations. Waste of time. Disliked all the characters.


Final verdict: I wish I hadn't wasted my time with it.

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Whiskey Beach - Nora Roberts

Have a bias here- I love Nora Roberts. I think I have read possibly 99% of her books. She is a comfort author for me. I get excited when I see that she has released a new title. Every now and then, especially when you go back to her earlier works in the 1980's, you'll come across a stinker. But I figure everyone strikes out at the bat sometimes. 


With this story, I loved the 2 main characters, the setting and even the mystery. It stayed with me even after I closed the book and returned it to the library.


Final verdict: Perfect beach read.

Every Boy Should Have a Man by Preston L. Allen

Every Boy Should Have a Man - Preston L. Allen

Have no idea how to describe this book. I was so lost for the first half. Wasn't sure if this was an alien/sci-fi story or a dystopian society or...? I couldn't stop reading though. I had to know what it was about.

Final verdict: Glad I read it but now I need a beach read.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel - Neil Gaiman

I'm so glad that I discovered Neil Gaiman in the last couple of years. I don't know why I didn't pick up anything by him before. Absolutely loved American Gods. Loved the road trip, gods, saving the world angle. Very Sam & Dean Winchester.


So, I got very excited about this book. I anticipated it's release along with everyone else. When the library let me know that they had it in, I jumped in my car to get it. It did not disappoint. I read it in one setting and when I got to the end, I flipped it over and started it again.

Only quibble is that this should be considered a short story, not a full length novel. And that's why it's not a 5 star book for me.


Final verdict: Magical. Terrifying. Lovely.

Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich

Notorious Nineteen  - Janet Evanovich

I keep reading these in the hopes that they'll get back to what they were in the beginning. The last few have so disappointed me that I wasn't going to pick this one up. But, curiosity and hope got the better of me and I went for it. Stephanie Plum and her assortment of friends were fun again.


Final verdict: Better than her previous few in the series. And J.E. still has me, I'll pick up the next one too.

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Spencer Black by E.B. Hudspeth

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black - E.B. Hudspeth

Interesting premise but I wish it had been better executed. The way it's written is as a journal of Dr. Black, there are sketches included. There's a feel that you're reading a non-fictional account. I wish the story had been more compelling. Like what led him down the path he went on. 


Final verdict: Good but not great.

Voices: a Reykjavik Thriller by Arnaldur Indridason

Voices - Arnaldur IndriĆ°ason, Bernard Scudder

Happy to read another entry in the series. I enjoy Inspector Erlendur. I enjoy the setting (Iceland). I enjoy the mysteries. If you've read the Scandinavian mysteries, this series fits right in there. The setting is gloomy, the gritty world is just under the surface, detectives are flawed. And yet, it's a world that you don't want to leave too soon. 

5 stars for our library for always having such a wonderful selection in the new books section!


Final verdict: Great mystery series.

Bad Monkeys by Matt Huff

Bad Monkeys - Matt Ruff

A friend recommended Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaason but I picked up this one mistakenly.


It started out fun but by the end I was so lost. I like different but this was very very different. Its starts off with Jane Charlotte's arrest for murder. She tells the police that she works for a government agency. They put her in a mental hospital. And that's the beginning of this very bizarre story.


Final verdict: Way too strange for me

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Raven Black  - Ann Cleeves

Did not like the mystery whatsoever. Wanted to put it down but I was interested in where the author was taking me. Unfortunately, it was somewhere I didn't want to go.


Final verdict: Not sure I'll pick up the next one in the series (update: though I haven't picked up another one in this series, I have read another of her series and loved it).

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken: A Vish Puri Mystery (Vish Puri Mysteries) - Tarquin Hall

It took me too long to read this one. I wasn't engaged although there were some interesting parts as well as humorous ones. This is the 3rd in a mystery series set in India.


Final verdict: Enjoyed the first two a lot more. Definitely will read the next one.

The Burning by Jane Casey

The Burning - Jane Casey

The debut of a new young detective Maeve Kerrigan, which is a nice change from the older woman detectives (though I love those as well). She is ambitious and smart and looking to solve the mysteries. Loved her grit.


Final verdict: Looking forward to the next in the series

Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez

Gil's All Fright Diner - A. Lee Martinez

A book about killer zombies, and a vampire and a werewolf as heroes! How could you go wrong? Well, you do if you read this book. I was so bored.


Final verdict: Eh. Didn't hate it. That's the best I can say about it.

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

The Weird Sisters - Eleanor Brown

I knew within a couple pages that I would enjoy this book. If you're looking for high drama, this is not the book for you. It's a lovely quiet family drama about 3 sisters coming back home to help care for their mother with cancer.

The only thing that I had a bit of trouble with was what's called the first person plural narrative (I had to look it up). The narrator shifts between the 3 sisters. Once I got used to it, it was fine.


Final verdict: Lovely family "drama"

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Shadow of Night - Deborah Harkness

Have no idea why I picked up this sequel as I don't remember enjoying the first one. Annoyance was my biggest recollection. This one is fun. Think if you like historical fiction with some magic woven in, you should try this one.


Final verdict: Definitely better than the first

Canada by Richard Ford

Canada - Richard Ford

I thought I would be reading a story set in historical Canada with some actual Canadian history, something I don't know too much about. Have no clue as to why it was titled Canada as it's used only as a backdrop. It could've just as easily been titled Montana.


Final Verdict: Disappointing.