Better than volume one…

Coffin Hill Vol. 2: Dark EndeavorsCoffin Hill Vol. 2: Dark Endeavors by Caitlin Kittredge
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The plot of volume 1 left a lot to be desired. The writing was choppy. A lot of scenes were left hanging and there were plenty of plot holes. Regardless, I decided to give the second volume a chance. Here we go.

It was better. The story was more streamlined, the time jumps were not as jarring. The artwork was good. It did tie up some loose ends from the first volume.

I am still not a huge fan, but I guess I will read the third volume as well to find out where it all leads.

The additional story at the end was nice, in a creepy way.

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Wicked witch… meh!

Coffin Hill Vol. 1: Forest of The NightCoffin Hill Vol. 1: Forest of The Night by Caitlin Kittredge
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The plot leaves a lot to be desired. The writing is choppy. A lot of scenes are left hanging or simply don‘t make sense and open up many plot holes. Good scenes started and petered out into thin air.

It took around 40% into the comic for anything resembling a coherent storyline to emerge and my interest perked up. Two thirds into the story I started to loose it again, because the whole thing just didn‘t mature into anything meaningful.

The artwork was decent. Nicely done layouts.

Eve is an unlikable character in the beginning. And she pretty much remains unlikable, together with the rest of the characters. I did not care what happens to any of them.

And what kind of a lame ending is that? And this contrived cliffhanger? Why does Eve lie on the ground in the last panel? Yeah, no, the storytelling does not get many points.

Oh yeah, last issue/epilogue, whatever… Is that her mother? Grandmother? Do I care?

I will have a look at the blurbs of volume 2 and 3, but right now it is unlikely that I will read them.

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Shamans, warlocks and scary rats

A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies, #2)A Case of Possession by K.J. Charles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Main story, Case of Possession:
Brain candy with magic, mentions of exotic locations, some fairly graphic m/m sex and a simple murder/revenge plot with shamans and scary rats, historical setting. Has a Regency Victorian feel to it (timing, not tone), I am not sure when exactly it takes place.

The plot is nothing too twisty or deep, this is a quick and entertaining read. The ending was a bit rushed. I was pretty surprised to stumble into the dramatic climax all of a sudden, also because I wasn’t aware that there was another story at the end. Best read in chronological order of the series, including the short stories.

Additional short story at the end, Case of Spirits:
I read this before, but now, in correct chronological order, the hints at previous events make more sense. Separate comments will follow.

3.5 mildly entertained, fluttery stars.

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The wilds of Montana

Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega, #5; Mercy Thompson World - Complete, #15)Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very early in the book there is a brief conversation between Charles and Anna, that upset some of my goodreads friends quite a bit. It might cause them to stop reading this series and also Mercy Thompson. I was surprised when I read that conversation, mulled it over a little, but was not massively perturbed by it. It might or might not be a plot bunny for later books, we shall see.

Unfortunately the comment thread of that review had spoiled me by revealing who the traitor in this story is. That obviously took some of the suspense out of the story.

The plot as such was pretty straight forward and simple, the action was good, we get a deeper look into Anna‘s ever developing skills with her gift. Leah gets some page time that helps to make her a more interesting character. I liked it, solid addition to the series.

Playlist:
Johnny Cash, Hurt
Bobby Dylan, Knockin‘ On Heaven‘s Door
Waylon Jennings, I‘ve Always Been Crazy
Johnny Cash, Personal Jesus
Patsy Cline, Crazy
Dolly Parton, The Company You Keep

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