From description: In the land of Montane, language is literal magic to the select few who possess the gift of Telling. This power is reserved for the Bards, and, as everyone knows, the Bards have almost always been men.
Seventeen-year-old Shae has lived her entire life in awe of the Bards—and afraid of the Blot, a deadly disease spread by ink, which took the life of her younger brother five years ago. Ever since, Shae fears she’s cursed. But when tragedy strikes again, and her mother is found murdered with a golden dagger—a weapon used only by the Bards—Shae is forced to act.
Language as a curse and a weapon sounded fascinating! Unfortunately, the book doesn't live up to the concept. It feels as if the author rushed through to get to a certain point, but by rushing, failed to establish ample world-building, character development, and motivation.
I won't be looking for the next book.
NetGalley/St. Martin's Press
Fantasy/YA. Oct. 6, 2020. Print length: 364 pages.
Dead Wicked is the 10th book in this series by Helen Durrant, and I have not read any of the previous books.
From description: DETECTIVES CALLADINE AND BAYLISS HUNT FOR A VICIOUS KILLER
I think not having read the previous books kept me from enjoying this one as much as some other readers. I didn't have the feeling of reconnecting with various characters which is often a crucial element of liking a series book.
This isn't to say I didn't enjoy it, I did like the characters. The villain was fairly easy to spot early on, and eventually DI Calladine's suspicions prove true. Predictable, but if I'd had a relationship built on previous books, I might have liked it better.
Police Procedural. July 2, 2020.
Trust No One by Debra Webb is a complicated case of revenge and secrets. It is also the beginning of a series featuring Detectives Kerri Devlin and Luke Falco.
from description: A double homicide and a missing woman lead a detective to unearth disturbing secrets in this gripping thriller from USA Today bestselling author Debra Webb.
It’s the worst possible time for Detective Kerri Devlin to be involved in an all-consuming double-homicide case. She’s locked in a bitter struggle with her ex-husband and teenage daughter, and her reckless new partner is anything but trustworthy.
Although I did not like the prologue, the book eventually pulled me in. There are a few things the reader knows from the very beginning, thanks to the voice of the missing wife which appears every so often, but keeping track of all the connections that branched out with every interview the two detectives conducted kept me deeply involved as I read.
While it is a contrived plot, especially the way connections also lead to Devlin's family, it was certainly an engrossing labyrinth of an experience. I look forward to more of Devilin and Falco.
Kindle Unlimited/Thomas & Mercer
Police Procedural/Thriller. August 1, 2020. Print length: 427 pages.
It is hot here, and I'm still staying home. Reading. A lot. Reviewing. Not so much.
A lot of the books I've been reading won't be published for months, but I'll tell you that I loved the new Jane Casey, Sherry Thomas, Val McDermid, and M.R. Carey books!
Underneath the bird feeders, I've been leaving the sprouting sunflower seeds. I even like the buds, but best are the blooms. :)