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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Dates Read: September 8, 2022 – September 14, 2022
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Source: Owned paperback

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I’m going to start with a quote lifted DIRECTLY from this book that I feel describes this book perfectly. It’s literally all you need to know…

“Oh that’s a long boring story. Mostly I sold mussels, oysters, and smoked fish to Jumpin’.”

There you have it. That’s the book. Ok, well, that’s part one anyway.

Part one: Kya is abandoned by her entire family. Her father is abusive. She starts cooking grits and mussels and selling what she could/didn’t need to Jumpin’, the keeper of the marina where boaters come in for fuel and food.

Part two: A murder trial takes place in court and eventually… the verdict.

Ok, so there. THAT’S it. That’s the book.

“Please don’t talk to me about isolation. No one has to tell me how it changes a person. I have lived it. I am isolation.”

There are some little romance tidbits sprinkled in there but that’s basically it. I sat and read descriptions of the marsh and the landscape and the bugs that flew by. I read about bird feathers and sea shells. I read about the way the marsh grass moves.

Not really my thing.

I did appreciate the way the author stayed consistent with Kya and her personality. Someone who has been living alone and taking care of themselves since they were 6 years old would certainly shy away from the general public and act odd around other people. However, in other aspects of the story, there were inconsistencies that I was just supposed to accept and believe could happen in the short amount of time that they happened.

I’m still giving this book a three-star rating solely for the one paragraph at the end of the book that made me chuckle. Not because I was surprised. Just because of the way things were revealed in the end.

I guess when I see that a book has gone into Reese’s Book Club, I should just skip it. I’m currently 2 for 2!

That’s really all I’ve got you guys.

I also feel compelled to tell you that I just had déjà vu. That was weird.

Until next time!

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The Darkest King by Gena Showalter

Read Dates: March 12, 2020 – March 26, 2020
Date Published: February 25, 2020
Source: Owned (and signed) Hardback

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From Goodreads:

To become a king of the underworld at long last, William must resist an irresistible beauty—or a curse will ensure his end…

A merciless prince feared by all…

Cursed by a vengeful witch, William of the Dark will die if he ever falls in love—murdered by the woman who steals his heart. His lone shot at redemption is a book filled with indecipherable code. Break the code, break the curse. Now, centuries later, he’s condemned to a string of one-night stands…until he finds the only woman in the worlds able to set him free.

A rare creature of myth and power…

One of the last living unicorn shifters, Sunday “Sunny” Lane works from the shadows as a cryptanalyst, on the run from assassins and poachers. Then the darkly seductive William abducts her, holding her captive in Hell. The closer they get, the more she hungers for his touch…and the stronger a mystical desire to kill him becomes…

But which desire will prove stronger—lust or death? And who will give in first?

When I came to you guys with my review of The Darkest Warrior, I already told you all I wasn’t going to care for this book. Anddddd I didn’t. Look, I went into this with an open mind. I really did try. But William’s character is SO ridiculous. I know some people love him for it but I am the exact opposite.

Sunny, however, was brilliant. For the most part. Of course, like most of these paranormal romance books, she made terrible decisions. That’s to be expected. But I really enjoyed how she was kept true to her character. The species she is is known for their inability to lie and their ability to identify a lie from truth. I did enjoy how that was kept consistent throughout.

When it comes to the meat of the story… there really isn’t any. We go back and forth with this book that has cursed William and Sunny deciphering small parts of it at a time. This book isn’t so much about them deciphering the book and falling for each other. It’s more so a book about two people who enjoy torturing each other and find ways to annoy each other throughout the entire story.

There was a moment really close to the end when I started to gain a shred of hope. I started to feel like things were getting interesting. Everything was all chaos and uncertainty and I was getting really excited…

And that’s when the bomb went off.

The bomb that ended the book.

So here’s my thing… if you like a book about two people whose sexual tension is at an 11 throughout, who also enjoy finding ways to annoy each other, who also enjoy making the other jealous… then by all means, read this.

But if you’re looking for a good romance book with a decent plot and a good ending to bring it all together… well, this isn’t the one.

If you ask me, the book didn’t even matter according to the ending… or… the ending didn’t even matter according to the book. One of those. There was absolutely no point. And you CANNOT tell me that after living with this curse for 100s of years, ol big ego, self destructive Willy wouldn’t have tried to do exactly what they did at the end. It just doesn’t make sense. I’m trying not to spoil anything here but I’m getting fired up again about a book I read MONTHS ago. SOS

Anyway… 3 stars. In summary: I enjoyed some parts. The characters were alright. Not the greatest plot. Terrible ending.

I’ll be taking a break from paranormal romance for a bit until Gena’s next release comes out (Heartless). Now that one sounds like a book I can get behind. Enemies to lovers? Not sure about the heroine’s name being Cookie but we’ll see how it goes. Until then, I am going to try my best to finish my current read which is the latest from Leigh Bardugo (one of my all time favorite authors), Rule of Wolves. My kid just turned one so I’ve been planning parties, making food, setting up parties, and entertaining family who have come into town. And yes. I mean parties as a plural. We had two.

Anyway, until next time! 🙂