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Weekly Wrap Up (August 5th through August 11th)

Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red Book 2)

Incognito

Deliverers (Mud, Rocks, and Trees #6)

Golden Skies (The New Order Trilogy Book 1)

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

The Raging Ones—review coming August 14th, 2018

The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones, #1)

Down with Love—review here

Down with Love (Laws of Attraction, #1)

Blood Cure—review coming August 21st

Blood Cure (Blood Type, #3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blood Match—review here

Blood Match (Blood Type, #2)

The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer—review here

The Middleman

Dark Alpha’s Hunger—review here

Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper, #6)

 

Rust & Stardust—review here

Rust & Stardust

Grace and Fury—review here

Grace and Fury

The Ascending—review coming August 13th

The Ascending (Zola Flash, #3)

Broken Perfection—review here

Broken Perfection

Diana Christmas—review here

Diana Christmas

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Sleepover

A True Cowboy Christmas

First Earl I See Tonight (Debutante Diaries, #1)

Dear Santa

 

 

Email Request (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Aaru: Halls of Hel (The Aaru Cycle #2)

Tetterbaum's Truth

Until We’re Free (No Amazon or Goodreads page)

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up

ARC · book review · Minotaur Books · NetGalley · St. Martin's Press

The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer

The Middleman

2 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books

Date of publication: August 7th, 2018

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Where you can find The Middleman: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

New York Times bestselling author Olen Steinhauer’s next sweeping espionage novel traces the rise and fall of a domestic left-wing terrorist group. Told from the individual perspectives of an FBI agent, an undercover agent within the group, a convert to the terrorist organization, and a writer on the edges of the whole affair, this is another tightly wound thriller, and an intimate exploration of the people behind the politics, from a master of suspense.

My review:

I made a mistake when I got The Middleman from NetGalley. I wasn’t paying attention, thought I hit the Read Now button for another book and ended up with this one instead. I do not like political/espionage thrillers. I have read them, even reviewed them, in the past. I can’t get into the books. So, I wasn’t very happy when I realized what I did. But, I decided to suck it up.

I couldn’t get into the book. I struggled to finish it. If I didn’t have a personal goal of not DNF’ing a book, then it would have been DNF’d and forgotten about. But, I stuck it out. It took me 4 nights to finish this book. 4 torturous nights of me falling asleep while reading. That is something I rarely do.

I did like the plot. It was something that I could see happening in real life. 400 young people disappearing all at once. All 400 have traces to a domestic terrorist group. Told from 4 different POV’s, this should have been a riveting book. Instead, I ended up getting bored with the book halfway through. If the author had stuck with one or two POV’s, then it would have worked. But with 4 different ones. Well, I had a hard time keeping track of everything. Even with the chapters marked.

I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. It drove me nuts because I need to have at least 1 connection in the book. I didn’t have any.

I did feel that the book did fit in with the mystery genre pretty well. The story with the 2nd in command of the terrorist group was well-played out. I didn’t see him being who he was until it was explained at the end. As for the thriller genre, not so much. I kept losing attention, which isn’t good in a thriller. You need to be sucked into a thriller book and then spit out at the end feeling. The Middleman didn’t do that. The same thing goes for suspense. The book should have been fast-paced right from the start. Instead, it started off slowly. It did pick up steam by the middle of the book, only to slow down by the end of the book. Very frustrating to read.

I do feel that there was a huge hole in the plotline in the middle of the book. Take for instance Rachel being in the hospital. I had to reread the chapters leading up to her being injured for any mention of her getting hurt. There was nothing. But suddenly, she was on medical leave from a bad injury. Made 100% no sense to me. There are a few more examples but I don’t want to make a novel out of my review.

There was also some lag in the plotline. One right around Rachel’s injury. The other was when Kevin was in Europe, chasing leads all over the place. The author recovered very well but still.

The end of The Middleman was confusing. Not in the sense how it ended. I agreed with the explanations that Rachel got about the case. It was the ending involving another key character. I kind of shook my head and wondered “Why was she there? How did she get there?” I was also left wondering if that group was going to be reborn. Something about what the men were talking about made me wonder that. There were also some unfinished storylines that made me go “Huh“. I hate it when storylines are left unfinished. I hate it even more when it was attached to a major storyline. No closure makes me cranky.

Why I rated The Middleman 2 stars. There were huge holes in the plotline mid-book. There were dropped storylines. There were too many POV’s. There were some things that I did like about The Middleman. I did like the plot. I felt that the mystery angle of the book was well written.

What I liked about The Middleman (to recap):

A) The plot

B) The mystery angle of the book was well written.

What I disliked about The Middleman (to recap):

A) Huge holes in the plotline

B) Dropped storyline

C) Too many POV’s

I would give The Middleman an Adult rating. There is no sex. There is graphic violence. There is language. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would not reread The Middleman. I would not recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review The Middleman.

All opinions stated in this review of The Middleman are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

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Weekly Wrap Up (July 22nd through July 28th)

Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

The Middleman

Grace and Fury

The Ascending (Zola Flash, #3)

Incubation (The Incubation Trilogy, #1)

Eye Bleach

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page)

Missing: The Morris Mysteries (review here)

Missing: The Morris Mysteries #1

The Third Step (review here)

The Third Step

Immortals’ Requiem (review here)

Immortals' Requiem

Rough Ride – review here

Rough Ride (True Brothers MC, #4)

Believe Me – review here

Believe Me

Everytime You Go Away – review here

Every Time You Go Away

Dark Alpha’s Hunger (review coming August 7th, 2018)

Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper, #6)

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Rough & Ready (Lightning)

Email Request (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up

**No review for Eye Bleach

**No review for Incubation

ARC · book review · NetGalley · Non ARC

WWW Wednesday: July 25th, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Again, not too much going on here. WoW rolled out its pre-patch for BFA last week and I have been a little preoccupied…lol. On another note, I will be on vacation next week. So no WWW Wednesday until August 8th.


What I am currently reading:

Grace and Fury

(click on the picture for Amazon link)

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace – someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

I am freaking LOVING this book. I started it last night and I had to force myself to put it down. Publication date is July 31st, so be on the lookout for my review after that date.


What I finished reading:

The Ascending (Zola Flash, #3)

(click on the picture for Amazon link)

Escaping to Earth changed Zola’s life forever. She found happiness on a foreign planet. And she found truths from an unlikely ally.

Zola has never wanted to claim her throne…

Until now.

Because now, the people of her planet need her.

And she’s tired of running.

It won’t be easy taking on an old and controlling group of power-hungry dictators, though. And she’s going to need all the help she can get to claim her crown and prove the Court has been wrongly guiding the galaxy for centuries.

Zola was once an innocent marred by war.

This time, though, she’s not so innocent anymore. 

This book was good but made me so mad. I wanted to smack a certain male character upside his head, several times, during the book. The Ascending will be published on August 13th, so be on the lookout for my review then.


What I am reading next (click on books for Amazon links):

The MiddlemanSister of MineDown with Love (Laws of Attraction, #1)Deliverers (Mud, Rocks, and Trees #6)The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones, #1)Bishop (Arizona Vengeance, #1)

The Middleman – I had this on here a couple of weeks ago. I ended up rearranging my review schedule. It got pushed back. So here’s to like it, I hope. Keep on the lookout for my review. This book will not be published until August 7th.

Sister of Mine: Again, another push back because of rearrangement of my review schedule. I am hoping that I like it. Be on the lookout for my review at some point in the near future.

Down With Love: I am very interested in reading this book. From the cover, it looks like it will be a sexy read but the blurb screams funny. So, we’ll see. It will not be published until August 7th, so be on the lookout for my review around that time.

Deliverers: I am stoked about reading this book. It is the last book in the Mud, Rock, Trees series, which I have reviewed from book 1. I have very high hopes for this book. Be on the lookout for my review in the near future.

The Raging Ones: I thought that the blurb for this book was interesting. Plus I liked the cover. It won’t be published until August 14th, so be on the lookout for my review then.

Bishop: Another hockey romance. They are a dime a dozen these days. But I have read and reviewed Sawyer Bennett books before and, for the most part, liked them. So I decided to give this one a try.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!

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WWW Wednesday July 11th, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading. Also, I will let y’all know what has gone on in my life this past week.

My couple weeks off of not reviewing books was good for me. I am almost caught up with my backlog of reviews <woot, woot>. In my life, things are going ok. Still, summer vacation and trying to keep these kids occupied is making me want to pull out my hair. I have a Dr’s appt tomorrow to draw blood. I have Hashimoto’s Disease and my Dr needs to make sure my medication is working. So, I go to the vampire every 4-6 months. Yay, fun…lol.

Here’s what I have been up to reading-wise this past week:

What I am currently reading:

Project Prometheus (Assassin Fall, #2)

The Academy stole everything from Hades, their perfect assassin. Angry and leaving bodies in his wake, he finds two other ex-assassins doing the exact same thing.

Tyler and Shannon once killed for The Academy. Now they’re tracking and hunting down its scientists. So why is The Academy only after Hades?

Shannon will do whatever it takes to protect Tyler, even if it means teaming up with a former rival. While she seeks answers to her past, Tyler wants to learn the truth about the mysterious white room, which no one has ever seen except him.

As for Hades? He simply wants revenge.

They all need answers, even if it means returning to the organization where it all started.

I am super excited to be reading this book. Like fan girl excited. I had reviewed Project Pandora last year and was blown away by it. So when I was approached to review Project Prometheus, I jumped on it. So far, it is living up to my expectation and beyond. My review will go live July 30th, so be on the lookout!!!


What I finished reading:

The Warrior of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior, #3)

LOVE TAKES NO PRISONERS

Derryth MacClaren is on the run. Traveling under heavy guard, she has been sent from her castle home to avoid capture by the vicious nobleman known as the Wolf, who has vowed revenge against the Clan Kincaid, and any who support them. When a surprise attack leaves her vulnerable, Derryth ends up in the hands of an enemy warrior who claims her, with the Wolf’s blessing, as his prize. But her captor’s gentle words and touch seduce her heart—and body—completely…and when she discovers the tattoo on his arm that proves him to be the legendary, long-believed dead son of the murdered Laird of Kincaid, Derryth knows she must find a way to alter his fate—and her own.

Cull has no memory of his family or past—all he knows is the life of a warrior, trained to fight on behalf of the Scottish king. If he can help the king’s law officer of the North, the Wolf of Badenoch, defeat a rebellious faction of Highlanders, Cull will be met with untold riches beyond possessing beautiful, innocent Derryth. But now that she has informed him of who he really is—Cullen Braewick, the youngest son of the slain laird—he is torn. If Cull exacts revenge against the Wolf, who executed his father, he stands to lose the precious lass who he has come to love. What is he willing to sacrifice for Derryth to keep her safe…and in his arms?

I am a big fan of Scottish Historical Fiction. So, I was a little disappointed by this book. I had it built up in my head and it fell short of what I expected. My review will go live on July 31st. So, be on the lookout for it.


What do I think I will read next:

Snow (The Black Ice Trilogy, #1)Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper, #6)Immortals' RequiemSister of MineThe MiddlemanGrace and FuryEight Goodbyes

I know that this is a lot of books and I know I won’t get to all of them. But, I can hope…lol.

Snow: I should be banned from even looking at books when NetGalley sends out their Read Now emails. Because this is where I found this book. Honestly, I got the book because I liked the cover. I hope that the book is good too. Look for my review within the next couple of weeks.

Dark Alpha’s Hunger: I was approached by the publisher to review this book. It seems like a different shifter book. I mean, they are Alpha males who are assassins for Death and they go after Fae. But we’ll see. I have a high standard for shifter romances. The book won’t be published until August 7th. So be on the lookout for my review then.

Immortals’ Requiem: I am super excited to be reviewing this book. It is a zombie, vampire, shifter, supernatural book and I cannot wait to sink my teeth into it. Since I missed the publication date for the ARC (whoops), my review will be up within the next couple of weeks.

The first three books I will be definitely be getting too. The next 4 are iffy.

Sister of Mine:  This was another Read Now email pick up. This book intrigued me because it explores a toxic relationship between two sisters. Look for my review to be out within the next couple of weeks.

The Middle-Man: Again, another Read Now email. And I don’t even like these types of books. Political suspense. I really should be banned from those emails. The book will not be published until August 7th. So be on the lookout for my review then.

Grace and Fury: I cannot wait to read this book!!!! I was so happy when I got approved for the review. The book will not be published until July 31st. So be on the lookout for my review at that time.

Eight Goodbyes: I was struck by the blurb of this book. It looks like a tear jerker. The book will not be published until September 5th. So be on the lookout for my review then.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!