So, not only do I have that taking up blogging time, but Game of Thrones just totally sucks me in. This season has been astounding, and I’ve honestly found it hard to think about anything else. With the show surpassing the books, and us long time book readers finally getting some answers, I can think of nothing else! I mean, on one hand I can write a blog post, but on the other, I can read another crazy fan theory how Ned and Lyanna Stark are somehow still alive and hiding in the swamps!! Oy. It’s not even a conscious decision, it just happens. I am looking forward to the end of this season, where I plan on cracking open my post from last year and seeing what theories got shot to hell.
Aside from that, I have still been reading and listening to my audio books. I’ve started Harry Potter (again) and have a couple other indie novels I need to get reviews up on. I’ll get back into the swing of reviewing with Kiss Me Dead, by Dale Ibitz.
I picked up this book after going on a mad search for Angel mythos. I did find a few that dealt totally with our feathered friends, but somehow Ibitz caught my eye with this tale about a reaper-human hybrid. The book doesn’t have many reviews, so if you do pick it up and take a fancy to it, please do a fellow author a favor and smack a review up there on Amazon or Goodreads, or your platform of choice. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, good reviews mean the world to us!
Now, on to this juicy little tale and my three star review.
This book was really delightful. I know that the three star review might seem a little low for a book I like, but it is a really good story, and it is also told well for the most part. There were just a few issues that I wasn’t able to overlook that I hope my review can be constructive on.
The way Ibitz knitted these stories together really showed her skill as a writer and was one of, if not THE, high point of the book for me.
My first issue was due to the overuse of flowery prose. Now, some flowery prose is needed and refreshing in a book or manuscript, but there were several instances where it felt the prose went a little bit overboard. Everything was flowery, and it was sometimes hard to decipher descriptions which led to an exhaustive read for something that should have been simple. Prose needs to be changed up some. Highs and lows, ebb and flow. Flowery and simple. A book needs them both.
Never underestimate the use of simplicity. “It was cold.”
Need to be a little bit more descriptive? “It was cold.”
The next issue I had was heartbreaking.
I followed Ibitz on Amazon. Her work is definitely worth it, and a preview of Kiss Me Dead is below for your convenience. Gives it a clicky and see what you think!
That’s it for my review and now I’m only two books behind on reviews! Double yay!! That is, until I finish reading my next book… Oopsie.
Welp, all you Game of Thrones fans out there, hold on to your butts for Bastard Bowl next week, and I’ll be back soon with my thoughts on this season!
Until then, Happy Reading!!! (and… watching?)