Sleigh Bell Tower by James J. Cudney
***** (5 stars)
This is the 8th book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries series by James J. Cudney and as always it was another hit. While this review is spoiler free it might spoil things that have happened in previous books so if you haven’t read them yet you might want to skip this review. I say this every time I write a review for a book in this series but these can be read as standalones, but I highly recommend reading them in order to get the whole story. I’ve been a beta reader/reviewer for the author pretty much since he started writing but that doesn’t affect my opinion. James knows how to pull you in and keep you hooked. I’ve never been able to guess who the killer is. He makes you suspect so many people and I’ve never been able to narrow it down to one person. I would make a horrible detective I think. I loved the Christmas theme in this book. It’s my favorite time of year and I think James did a great job of weaving together the holiday aspect along with the family time as well as the cozy mystery side. As always Nana D is still my favorite character. She has been my favorite since book 1. I just love her sass. I also love how April who is the Sheriff and Kellans girlfriend seems to trust Kellan more now with cases despite him not actually being a cop. They just work so well together. Now to wait for the next book in the series.
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
***.5 (3.5 stars)
I buddy read this book with a group on Instagram back in October. I did end up liking this, but I was expecting to enjoy it more than I did. Don’t get me wrong overall I did enjoy it but there were some things that bothered me that I just couldn’t overlook. This might be slightly spoilery so if you haven’t read this book yet you might want to skip this review. First of this book is told in an interview format which was fine for me for the most part but every time he stopped telling the story and started talking to the person he was telling the story to it took me out of the story. That happened all throughout the book. Louis was one of the main characters and he was probably my favorite character, but his constant brooding got annoying. The relationship between Louise and Claudia was weird at times to read. Nothing actually ever happens between the two characters but the way it was written made it sound kind of sexual and given that Claudia was a child it was just weird to read at times. I’m not sure if that was how it was meant to come off but to me it did. Other than that I really enjoyed it. I ended up being more into toward the end because a lot started happening. I would be interested in continuing on with the series but I’m not in any hurry to pick up the next book.
Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
**** (4 stars)
This book was not what I was expecting. This review is going to have spoilers because I feel like I need to include some trigger warnings so if you want to go into this book knowing absolutely nothing about it then skip this review. Trigger warnings include abuse and rape and probably others that I am forgetting since it has been a while since I read it. The abuse/rape is very descriptive in this. Going into this I was expecting a cute romance and while we do eventually get a cute romance in the end we have to go through all of the difficult stuff first. This one was hard to read because like I said it was very descriptive. I felt so bad for Iris but I loved how strong she became in the end. August wasn’t my favorite hero but the romance between him and Iris was so cute and sexy at times even though it was kind of a case of insta love. I would definitely continue on in this series.
Danse Macabre by Stephen King
* (1 star) DNFed @ page 208
Novembers #KeeperofKing read was Danse Macabre. This is a nonfiction book and I don’t typically read nonfiction but last year I read and loved On Writing so I thought I would give this one a try. Unfortunately this one didn’t work for me. He was talking about a lot of books and movies that I haven’t read or watched and he was spoiling all of them for me and I also found myself just not caring so instead of forcing myself to read it I decided I would give up on it and focus on other books I was really interested in reading.