May was the month of finishing series, and beginning of clearing off my To Be Read bookcase.
Camp Half-Blood Confidential by Rick Riordan
I listened to the Audible Audiobook, narrated by Jesse Bernstein. Overall, it was an entertaining listen while I did some mindless tasks at work. However, I don’t feel like it added too much to the world of Percy Jackson and his friends other than giving a little insight to the camp. I love everything Rick Riordan puts out…except these “guides.” At first, they were really helpful, and I read them because I genuinely wanted to know more about the world he has created, and which versions of the myths he was using. However, they are beginning to invoke a feeling of a money grab.
Engaged at the Chatsfield by Melanie Milburne
This is one of those really short prequel novels (61 pages) that serves as an intro or a teaser to a Harlequin series. I have no idea where it came from, but it has been sitting on my shelf for years, so I figured I’d get it out of the way. The storyline isn’t a bad premise for a Harlequin novel, however because it is so short, in time and length, nothing is believable. *spoilers* Juliet is an emotionally fragile girl with manipulative friends. She doesn’t want to admit she is single, so she hints at a lover and then the “friend” jumps to the conclusions, Juliet doesn’t correct her, and then the fake fiancé shows up. They argue, he buys her a real ring for her to wear to keep up the lie until the weekend is over, she admits she likes him, they sleep together, he realizes he likes her, he skips an important business meeting to have dinner with her and her friends, and later proposes for real. Overall, I’m not sure I want to read the rest of the series.
Secret Weapon Spouse by B.J. Daniels
I grabbed this off the bookshelf to read while sitting next to the bonfire. The basic concept of the book is that Alex’s sister was hit by a car and he and his sister’s wedding planner/secret agent are trying to find out who did it and why, plus trying to locate the groom. It was entertaining. I wasn’t impressed by the wedding planner/secret agent’s “secret” nor the groom’s secret. Plus the ease of forgiveness and how happy everyone is at the end bothered me.
Matched to a Prince by Kat Cantrell
The king traps his son and his son’s ex girlfriend on an island together. He tells his son to get her to marry him and change her political stance because it is ruining the King’s reputation. It was a new and refreshing plot for a romance novel, but personally I just didn’t like the two main characters at all.
Island of Glass by Nora Roberts
Book 3 of 3 in The Guardian’s Trilogy
I actually really love Nora Robert’s trilogies. This was the conclusion to her latest series, and I loved it. The ending was easy to see coming, (in terms of the romance) but the conclusion of the main conflict was intense and really well executed.
Secret Star by Nora Roberts
Book 3 of 3 in the Stars of Mithra Trilogy
While I liked the first and second books in this trilogy, I wasn’t as thrilled with the third. I didn’t find either of the main character’s likeable, and their romance really confused me. The addition of the “past lives” thing felt forced into it. If that had been brought up in the first book and woven throughout, I think it would have made this book alot better. However, I was happy with the conclusion of the series and to finally find out who-dun-it.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I listened to the Audible audiobook that Scarlett Johansson read. She did an amazing job and I wish she would narrate more! I really can’t “review” a classic like this other than to say that it really isn’t my cup of tea. It is funny and entertaining, but just not something I want to reread over and over again.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
I listened to the Audible audiobook read by Aiden Gillen (Littlefinger in Game of Thrones). He did an amazing job. I highly suggest it to anyone who loves audiobooks.