I haven’t done a book chat in a while and now I’m overdue! Let’s first talk about what I’ve been reading lately, besides my own book, THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE, which I have read twice and still need to read again this weekend!
While I was on vacation, as soon as I was done reading DD, I picked up SPARING THE HEART, which is the third book in the Pastime Pursuits series by my awesome and totally wonderful critique partner, Tracy Krimmer. This may be my favorite book of the series! I really identified with Kate and her desire to start over in a new town with a new job and new friends. I did that once when I moved to NYC, and it’s both thrilling and terrifying. I haven’t bowled in maybe ten years but I loved being there with Kate, at the bowling alley, in the shoes, with the ball in her hands. There was something very relatable about her that I think readers will really love. The romance was especially good in this one too. Kellan Valentine was all sorts of fun and alluring. Mmmm. Definitely pick this one up if you love a good come-back story with a solid romance.
In audiobooks, I finished SPELL OR HIGH WATER which was fun, witty, and charming. I had no idea what to expect when Martin and Philip went to Atlantis to hang out with the sorceresses. But there was a funny twist with Old Brit and Young Brit and all the time travel was a little mind bending. Still, very fun follow-up on this first of this series. I will definitely be checking out Book 3 very soon.
Now to my latest audiobook that I just finished a few hours ago while making dinner. Folks, there’s a reason why this book has won awards, and that’s because this was awesome. Weirdly fantastic and spell-binding. This is the stuff science fiction is made of. I can’t say enough good things about LEVIATHAN WAKES. It’s the first book of The Expanse series, so I’ll be moving on to Book 2, pronto. In the introduction to this world, Earth, Mars, and the Belt are all at odds with each other. There’s real Cold War tension going on, and everyone’s on edge. The cast of characters is real and wide, deep and understandable. I loved all the little details of Ceres, Eros, The Canterbury, Tyco, and the Rocinante. I loved Miller, Jim, Naomi, Amos, and Alex. There’s was one part of this book where the action got OMGWTFBBQ, and I was listening to it night and day. Wow. And with descriptions like describing multiple G’s of thrust like “a room full of elephants swan-dived onto his chest” you can’t go wrong. Corey’s writing is incredibly strong.
I started listening to this book because I watched the first season of the adaptation on Syfy, which was really, really good. So I’m excited to have found something “new” for me to read and enjoy. I can’t wait to listen to more and dive deeper into this universe.
From the Syfy adaptation of THE EXPANSE