Legally Blind Luck by James J. Cudney
****.5 (4.5 stars)
Jay has done it again!! I say this every time I read one of his books but I just love everything he writes. I do want to say I beta read this book for Jay but that doesn’t affect my opinion on the book whatsoever. Of course Kellan has found himself in the middle of another murder mystery. How someone can be so unlucky to keep finding dead bodies is beyond me. Once again I was stumped on who the killer was. Jay does a great job of making you suspect everyone. I’ve never been able to guess who the culprit was in any of his books. The reason I docked a half star is because in the last book we are left with this crazy cliffhanger and I was expecting this book to start of basically where we left off in the last book but that’s not the case. It’s been a while since I read the book so I can’t remember exactly how much time has passed since the ending of the last book but it has been several weeks. We get told the outcome of that book in this book in a nonchalant way which was a little bit of a let down for me personally but I totally understand why the author did it this way. Of course this book just like all of the previous books in this series leaves off on a little bit of a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to see what Kellan gets up to in the next book. I can pretty much guarantee you he will find more dead bodies. These books can be read as standalones but I recommend you reading them in the order they were released because there are side stories that grow more in each book.
Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
**** (4 stars)
I ended up enjoying this one so much more than the last few books in this series. This book follows Rilla which is Anne’s youngest child I think. At first I found Rilla to be very whiny and annoying but she grew on me. She matured so much throughout this book. This takes place during a World War 1 I believe. I actually teared up a couple times while reading this which I wasn’t expecting at all. I’m trying to think of what I can say without spoiling anything. This book just felt different than the rest to me. I will say that it ended abruptly. I was listening to the audiobook and when it stopped I was like that can’t be how it ends. Overall I really enjoyed this book and the entire series even though I had some issues with some of the middle books.
Valentine Shorts: Flash Fiction edited by Barbara Venkataraman
**** (4 stars)
A few days ago I saw James’ post talking about this book. This was a complete surprise to me as it probably was for everybody. I have to read everything Jay writes so I of course went and got the book. So this was a little challenge that several authors did. The challenge was to capture a mood, a memory or a romantic encounter using exactly 100 words. This was the first time I’ve ever read something like this and overall I really enjoyed it. We get shorts from 6 different authors 2 of which I have read books from before. For what this is it was really good. I enjoyed some shorts more than others. These were short and sweet and some of them were funny as well. I definitely recommend giving this a go if you want something quick and easy to read.