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Lissylaine Reads

I've loved books and reading ever since I can remember and my great-grandmother read "Miss Suzy" to me over and over again. My tastes change over time, but tend toward paranormal romance, thrillers and mysteries, science fiction, some fantasy and urban fantasy, YA, and dystopia to name a few.

Currently reading

Queen of Shadows
Sarah J. Maas
Seams Unlikely: The Inspiring True Life Story of Nancy Zieman
Marjorie L Russell, Nancy Zieman
Progress: 50 %
Lover Reborn: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
J.R. Ward
Progress: 21 %
Asunder - Jodi Meadows I really enjoyed Incarnate, the first book in this trilogy, and was afraid that this book would suffer middle book syndrome. I was glad that it did not; it was even better than the first. The world she builds is fascinating, both similar to ours and quite different at the same time. The story is well-written, and I can't wait to find out more. I just hate that it will be another year before that happens.
Legend - Marie Lu 3.5 stars, will probably read the next one in the series.
Incarnate - Jodi Meadows I really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to reading the next one.
Cat Trick - Sofie Kelly The mystery is okay, but these books for me are all about the relationships and the cats. I try not to rush through them to the end, because I so enjoy the journey. Looking forward to the next one. And I just love Hercules and Owen. They are written spot-on.
Flashback - Michael Palmer 3.5 stars. Slow to begin, but picked up the pace. First novel I've read by this author, and I believe I'll read more. I may have found my replacement for Robin Cook.
Pines - Blake Crouch 3.5 stars. Enjoyed the story, but the writing could have used a little more polish. I kept stumbling over some sentences and having to re-read them because the cadence seemed off. It kept me guessing about where the story was going until the end. I will probably read this author again.
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1) - Kami Garcia,  Margaret Stohl I struggled to make it 2/3 of the way through this book in 6 weeks. Couldn't bring myself to care about the characters, the story, anything. It is way too long and time to move on to something else.
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn This book definitely kept me on my toes, a thrilling rollercoaster ride. Like other reviewers, I didn't necessarily like either Nick or Amy, but I couldn't put it down, couldn't wait to see what came next.


Brainbox - Christian Cantrell This was a short story that did not live up to my expectations. Like another reviewer mentioned, I found it in need of some editing, and the story itself was fractured. I may still try to read another of Cantrell's books, because the concepts are interesting. I borrowed this through Amazon Prime.
Before I Go To Sleep: A Novel - S. J. Watson It has been a while since I read a book that I didn't want to put down. And I'm a sucker for a good amnesia mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and hope that the author delivers more that are as exciting to read as this. I felt fully immersed in the story, felt the confusion, the fears, the triumphs, or supposed triumphs of Christine. Bravo.
Living Dead in Dallas - Charlaine Harris

The second book was better than the first, in my opinion, and I will definitely be reading more. We are also watching the television series based on the books, and it is interesting to compare the two.
Destined (House of Night, #9) - P.C. Cast,  Kristin Cast

The story advances just the slightest bit, and I wasn't enamored of several events near the end (no spoilers). Here's hoping Hidden will be better.
Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris First read April 12, 2009
Re-read July 2012

I started listening to the audiobook, but changed over to the Kindle version about halfway through. The narrator of the audiobook was excruciating to listen to (and I'm from the South). Her accent was just way over the top to me. It colored my reading of the book afterwards too, I wish I'd just started out reading it myself.

The mystery was decent, relationships were okay. This book was recommended by people who have also read Twilight. I see where some of the comparisons come in, but the two series are really worlds apart. I was not as emotionally connected to Sookie and Bill as I was to Bella and Edward, and in my opinion a comparison really does them both a disservice.

I'll probably read the next one in the series, just to see where it goes and if it picks up any.
Copycat Killing - Sofie Kelly I never tire of visiting Mayville. The people there, while often embroiled in a mystery, are ones I'd love to know personally. And Hercules and Owen are written so well - even though they each have a magical characteristic, the author nails the cats' personalities perfectly. More Hercules and Owen please! Looking forward to the next adventure.
Pandemonium  - Lauren Oliver

Holy crap. Holy crap. That's the feeling at the end of this book. It took a while to get there, and I think I enjoyed Delirium just a little more than Pandemonium, but this book certainly took me on a ride. And then the bottom fell out. Looking forward to the next book.
Everneath - Brodi Ashton Thank goodness this was an audiobook because I never would have made it all the way through, reading it myself. The concept sounded fascinating, and I was unfamiliar with the story of Hades and Persephone. Unfortunately, the first two-thirds of the book was boring and not enough to make up for the final, slightly more interesting third. I don't think I'll read any more in this series.