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Obsidian Blue

Government drone by day and book lover and geek girl by night!

Currently reading

Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles Book 1)
L. Penelope
The Nature of the Beast
Louise Penny
Progress: 100 %
A Great Reckoning
Louise Penny
Progress: 30 %
Nnedi Okorafor
Half a Heart
Karen McQuestion
Paris Ever After
K.S.R. Burns
The High Tide Club
Mary Kay Andrews
Progress: 10 %

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Reading progress update: I've read 10%.

The High Tide Club - Mary Kay Andrews

This book isn't making a lot of sense. A woman hires a lawyer to stop the state from taking her land and tells her to find her three friends who were part of a so called High Tide Club. Then she tells her that one of them still sees her and the other friend is dead. So that's just one friend she needs to find. This is my puzzled face.

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

A Great Reckoning - Louise Penny

My least favorite thing in this series is the corruption at the Suerte. The mystery of the map is intriguing but I'm not much interested in the cadets or the academy.

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Nature of the Beast - Louise Penny

Wow. This was ridiculously good. After a bunch of books that fell flat to me in a row,The Nature of the Beast worked on so many levels. There was a lot less angst in his one (thank goodness) and we have a lot of conversations concerning what free speech really means which I enjoyed reading about. Gamache though retired to Three Pines is still sharp and gets to the who behind the murder of a young boy and a resident of Three Pines. 

Not a Great Thriller

My Husband's Wife: A Novel - Jane Corry

Well this wasn't that great to me. We have two characters that were terrible in their own ways and I guess what the author considered twists/reveals. In the end the lack of development and interesting plot left me bored when the book finally gets to the end. I would call this out as similar to "The Girl Before" with two women who should know better getting involved with sub-par men. It drives me up the wall that the big thing in this genre now is a woman who either is being lied to by a man and or is lying to a man. The woman is probably blonde and or attractive. And the man in question may as well hold up a sign saying "I am evil" and the woman ignores all warning signs about the man and just goes traipsing along like it's not a big deal. 

"My Husband's Wife" has two main characters, Lily and Carla. The book starts off with newly married Lily working on a potential case of an innocent man who was tried and convicted for the murder of his live in girlfriend.

Carla is Lily's 9 year old neighbor. Carla is dealing with her mother and her being gone a lot now that her mother is dating someone named Larry. Carla wishes that her mother was home more and wants more than anything to be rid of Larry. 

Eventually the two characters stories sync up (it takes a little bit) when Lily comes home one day and finds Carla injured after an incident at her school. Carla's mother then starts to depend on Lily and her husband Ed to watch Carla for her. 


Eventually things come to a head and the story skips ahead 16 years later when Carla is in her late 20s and Lily is in her 40s or I think just turned 40. The time jumps got to me after a while and I stopped paying attention. 


Lily has issues galore. She is still shaken over the death of her brother from about a decade ago. She loves her new husband, but feels like he is only with her out of charity. The angst you get from Lily concerning that her husband can't love a woman her size (she's a 14) and the anger she has about his ex girlfriend is constant in the early part of the book. Lily also is naive as anything. She starts obsessing about the convicted criminal whose case she is working on who reminds her of her brother. That says it all right there right?

Carla is not a great character as child and it's even worse when she pops back up again as an adult. Carla runs around thinking she is owed something and uses her looks to get back at those she thinks have wronged her.

I have to say that books that come out saying they are a psychological thriller should actually be a psychological thriller. There is no "there" in this book. The author takes us down a long winding road to get to what happened with LIly's brother. And then it doesn't make sense to me when we get the reveal why in the world did Lily's mother react this way to her son's death (pretending he's not dead). I just rolled my eyes. 

The writing wasn't great and the flow was awful. I think having an adult and a child as the main characters for the first half wasn't that great of an idea. It also grossed me out a bit when we get to the second part of the book when you read about Carla and who she eventually gets involved with. 

The setting of London ends up reading as bleak and oppressive. Everyone is a liar and everyone is grossly unhappy.

The ending fizzled out a lot. It was just more justifications for the character of Lily to make about why she's a terrible person, but has reasons for it. 

Reading progress update: I've read 384 out of 384 pages.

My Husband's Wife: A Novel - Jane Corry

This book was such a muddle. Too much was happening and I didn't care for either of the characters we followed (Lilly and Carla). It made me think a bit about "The Girl Before" where the two women find themselves drawn to a man that has not a good choice written all over him. 


The development of the characters was thin. The plot was not great. The writing was just okay and the flow was hampered by jumping between two characters and then the timelines jumping ahead. 

Not a one star read, but probably more towards a two star read. Review to follow. 

Why it Always Pays to Get Multiple Estimates

So I have been dealing with an ongoing small leak in my basement (cue sad trombone). I would be doing laundry and notice a small little puddle (not really a puddle, a piddle, anyway it was tiny) near the main pipe and wonder what was going on. I have had no issues for the six years I have lived here and finally just called two plumbing companies with big names thinking they would come out and assess things.


Plumber Number One (Michael & Sons)-arrives barely looks around and goes that it will cost me $5,000 for them to tear up the foundation and to figure out where the leak is happening from. 


My response: You didn't even look at anything with a camera or test a thing out so why would I give you $5,000 for you to dig around.

Cue him standing there staring at me, me staring back and saying yeah I would like you to leave now. 

And then the guy leaves trying to tell me that this is blue book value and no one else would do this for under $5,000. 


Plumber Number Two (Roto-Rooter)-much nicer and not condescending, but still says that it will be about $4,000. Also doesn't use a camera or test to see how the leak is occurring.


I then went and called three other places and finally got the answer to what was going on.

Plumber Number Three (Cardinal Plumbing)-comes in and tests. Turns on the dishwasher, flushes toilets, turns on the washing machine. We realize the water is beading from the pipe when the washing machine is on spin. He tells me that the pipe I have needs to be replaced (my house was built in 1984) and that the glue has probably worn out. Also though the way that the pipe is bent is not up to code now so he wants to fix that as well. Total cost $485.


I promptly call the other two places who were going to come out and cancel and hire Cardinal on the spot. I just liked the guy. He explained everything to me and showed me the price break down and was very nice.


Owning a home as a woman often comes with a special point of pain due to the fact when you do have issues and don't know about them, people will just try to come in and bully you into accepting what they are saying and you just pay them whatever. I also had to tell people to pound sand who would just send me an estimate with no breakdown of the costs (showing me labor, materials, etc.) and would just send me something with the total amount due. 


Now all the water is shut off and am hoping that I can get some reading done while I hear all of the banging going on today. 

Reading progress update: I've read 135 out of 384 pages.

My Husband's Wife: A Novel - Jane Corry

Going to work on this today so I can take it back to the library tomorrow.

We now have a reveal about Lily's husband that makes me wonder why he did marry her. They both appear to be miserable and she's still obsessing about the possible murderer in jail. 

Reading progress update: I've read 25%.

The Nature of the Beast - Louise Penny

Wow. I haven't been this invested in a long time. Characters are clicking, dialogue is on point, and I am really interested to see where this is going. 


One has to wonder who would murder a little boy though in the village. And I am wondering if this is tied into Gamache and the infamous serial killer John Fleming?


I do like the ties-in with the "The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf" though. 

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Reading progress update: I've read 5%.

The Nature of the Beast - Louise Penny

Damn it. My friend was right. Much better so far than the last couple of books. Penny has me hooked. 



Didn't Love it, Didn't Hate it

The Sign of the Four  -  Arthur Conan Doyle

I don't see me re-reading this in the future. It's not a bad book, just not compelling. Reading about Holmes going in deep with his cocaine addiction is not interesting. And Watson hoping the case they are looking into keeps Holmes engaged is not that interesting either. If anything, I would say this book was just a big step towards Watson's development of a character (he meets the woman who is to become his wife).


"The Sign of the Four" has a woman (Mary Morstan) coming to Holmes and Watson in order to find out why someone keeps sending her a pearl on the anniversary of her father's disappearance.  Holmes agrees to take the case with he and Watson trying to track down what everything means. 


I have to say though that there is so much coincidence in this book it was a little hard to swallow. Also there are just random things inserted in this story...one word, crocodile. I started to wonder if Doyle was on cocaine when writing this story. 


We find out what happened to Mary's father, but I thought the whole thing sounded beyond hinky. And then from there we get to a young man who is behind sending Mary the pearls. I did want to go though really you decided in the end to send this woman a pearl a freaking year? Anyway, I could be here all day pointing out the weirdness and strange happenings in this story that defy common sense. 


I can't say much about Holmes beyond his views on women are appalling (and normal for the time I would say) and him being on cocaine made me wonder how he could even complete deductions at all. It sounds sickly based on Watson's description of him in the book. 

Watson seems a bit fed up at times with Holmes, but keeps hanging in there.

There's also a dog in this story (Toby) that made me think of the Agatha Christie book (Dumb Witness) which made me wish I was reading an Agatha Christie book. 


The writing was okay, but the flow was off through the whole book.


Some lines in the book though made me go, how did we go from brilliant amateur detective in "A Study in Scarlet" to this I am so into cocaine person we get in "The Sign of the Four."


"Which is it to-day?" I asked,—"morphine or cocaine?" He raised his eyes languidly from the old black-letter volume which he had opened. "It is cocaine," he said,—"a seven-per-cent. solution. Would you care to try it?" "No, indeed," I answered, brusquely. "My constitution has not got over the Afghan campaign yet. I cannot afford to throw any extra strain upon it."


Gee. If someone I was living with was all here is some cocaine I would be out of there. Also is 7 percent a good thing or what? I am not a coke head so I don't know.


"None. Hence the cocaine. I cannot live without brain-work. What else is there to live for? Stand at the window here. Was ever such a dreary, dismal, unprofitable world? See how the yellow fog swirls down the street and drifts across the dun-colored houses. What could be more hopelessly prosaic and material? What is the use of having powers, doctor, when one has no field upon which to exert them? Crime is commonplace, existence is commonplace, and no qualities save those which are commonplace have any function upon earth."

By the way most of this book is Sherlock being a total pill. 


"The division seems rather unfair," I remarked. "You have done all the work in this business. I get a wife out of it, Jones gets the credit, pray what remains for you?" "For me," said Sherlock Holmes, "there still remains the cocaine-bottle." And he stretched his long white hand up for it.



The setting of the book goes from England to India and I didn't get much a sense about India when we get bogged down with a re-telling of what went down with some of the characters we heard about earlier in the story. 


I just found myself getting bored and when we get to the ending where all is revealed via dialogue. I was just glad to be done. What a weird story in the adventures of Holmes and Watson. 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Sign of the Four  -  Arthur Conan Doyle

I don't know if I liked this or not LOL. Sherlock is taking cocaine and flailing about trying to solve the mystery of some hidden treasure. I wasn't bored while reading, just not fully engaged really though. Watson seemed to be a bit over Holmes at time, and even I would have had it with the cocaine, constant walking back and forth, etc. 


It is pretty cool to see Watson and the woman who ends up becoming his wife though. 

TBR Thursday: March 22, 2018

Well I had a lot going on this past week. I got some books via Netgalley.

Netgalley books (5):


Checking OutThe High Tide Club: A NovelThe Art of French KissingParis Ever AfterHalf a Heart


Amazon Prime (2):




Bought (0):


Managed to restrain the urge. 


Currently Reading (3):


The Sign of the Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)Binti (Binti, #1)My Husband's Wife


Borrowed (2):

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Holds (14):

This is still really big which is why I have been reluctant to run around buying more books.


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Cover image for Broken HarborCover image for Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely FineCover image for RenegadesCover image for We Were Eight Years in Power

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Cover image for Meet CuteCover image for One of Us Is Lying


Read (8):


Perfect by Judith McNaughtHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)First Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesTwo Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly

The Summerhouse by Jude DeverauxThe Dark Half by Stephen KingThe Long Way Home (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #10)The Art of French Kissing


Total TBR is 24 books. 

Insecure Main Character Drags Book Down

The Art of French Kissing - Brianna Shrum

Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my review or rating. 


Well the book started off promising and then faltered for me pretty early on. And even when the book tries to right-side itself it goes back down again due to the actions of the main character (Carter Lane). I did read the book synopsis so the author/publisher is up front about the fact that Carter is going to get revenge on a boy that screwed her over in a culinary competition she is competing in. The issue is for me, what the boy did was minor, he apologized repeatedly, and the actions that Carter took could have gotten him sent home so I was not on her side. But the words he used when talking to her were sexist so they pretty much cancelled each other out. There was also very little discussion of food to be had. I didn't get a sense the author was a cook. I wanted more descriptions of what the food they were making was and the ingredients they were using. 


"The Art of French Kissing" has 17 year old Carter Lane going to Savannah, Georgia to compete in a culinary competition. Carter wants the win so bad she can taste it (pun intended). However, the first day of the competition, a rival, Reid Yamada lies about cheese she needs for a grilled cheese sandwich and she vows to get revenge on him. The revenge consists of Carter tripping the guy in a kitchen and I was not down for that. All I could think of was how he could have been hurt and injured someone else. 

So most of this book is Carter hating Reid and doing things to get back at him and bah. It was not that interesting to me. Besides the big issue I really had is that they both like each other and you are supposed to be rooting for two people who acted like a couple of assholes towards each other when they first met and afterwards.


The competition is mentioned, but the author doesn't even bother describing the secondary characters beyond a few. And for me, I was more interested in two secondary characters (Will and Riya) than I was in Carter and Reid. I wish we had gotten a chance to know more than just four characters. We also have a bigoted ass in the competition which I think we are supposed to be happy gets taken down a peg by Carter, but she actually shoves this guy at one point and I just rolled my eyes. She goes around shoving and grabbing to the point I wanted to say "just because you are a teen girl does not mean you don't respect others spaces." 


The writing is just okay. I wanted more description of the food, the recipes, I wanted to see why Carter was supposedly so good at cooking cause I didn't get that at all. I said in one of my updates, that a good idea would have been to end each chapter with a recipe of the food that Carter was cooking in the competition or something she mentions so that way there is a nice linkage there. 

I also had a huge issue with most of the story reading about Carter's feelings of doubt, insecurity, and immaturity. I just was over it by the end of this book. You find out she's lashing out at Reid because even though he never said anything, she feels inadequate and like she shouldn't be at the competition. This comes out of nowhere by the way. I think it was just a justification for once again why Carter is an ass to Reid. It also doesn't work for me that it would be Reid making her feel this way since bigoted ass character flat out tells her repeatedly she's not good enough to be there, so her ire should really be focused on him. 


The flow was not great. I thought things got better once Carter and Reid came to their "truce" and actually seemed to be working together and were not being jerks. Of course that all comes to an end due to Carter being an ass again. I was so happy to be done with this book.

This takes place in Savannah, but besides the author talking about how hot and humid it is, she didn't work a lot of the city in this book which is disappointing. Savannah is a great place to eat some Low Country food. I would have thought a culinary competition taking place in the south would have at least thrown a soul food or country challenge at the teens. Also speaking of the competition, it was not interesting at all. Probably because we only follow four (well five if you count bigot and okay six because the author does mention another female competitor by name) and you don't get a chance to really hear how others cook. I love Top Chef and other food shows like that so I was thinking this book would be up my alley. Instead I was just bored and really annoyed you had people hiding food and sabotaging recipes and the "judges" not saying anything about it.

The ending was okay, I just was glad to be done with this book when I finished.