Review: Wolf Tracker by Maddy Barone

4 Chocolate Kisses

I find myself reading books much more slowly these days.  Savoring them.  And I like a book that can sustain me, give me a great reading experience each time I pick it up and does not make me have to gobble it up in one sitting.  It may be a matter of self control of course, but I also think that the page turner can be exhausting and sometimes a leisurely journey can be very satisfying as well.   Wolf Tracker by Maddy Barone is perfect like that.  Similar to the main male character, the story moves forward with a steady pace.   It is confident and unhurried; a delicious read.   In terms of chocolate, it is like a bag of Malteasers or a bar of Toblerone.  Yummy nougat!

For some reason I did not know that this book is the third in a series.  That explains a few issues that I had with the book.  I think reading the first two books, which I will do, will help the reader have  more information in regards to that future society as well as the supporting characters.  That in turn would get rid of the patchwork feeling I had at first.  I thought it was the style, which is fine.  But as I continued to read the book I thought  that I am missing something.  So when I found out that it is the third book, it made more sense.  The world is previously realized in the prior books and she is just plugging in new characters.  That is not necessarily a bad thing.  Maddy Barone’s  world building is excellent.

It would have been enough for me that the book is a Time-travel Western.  But it has a big element of paranormal that I cannot quite decide if I like or not.  But the element is both pivotal and a matter of fact.  The matter of fact part is due to it being part of a series.  I suppose that is my one issue with the book if it is read as stand alone, that element could be more flushed out.  But that may not be the author’s intention.

The main characters in the book are an excellent pair.  They both clearly transform in a very satisfactory way.

 

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Review: Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison

 

Re-reading 2/05/2014

4 Chocolate Kisses

It was not as bad as I remembered and am raising the book to 4 stars. After reading some contemporary romances and enjoying them, this seemed much better to me.

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1 Chocolate Kiss.

I really wanted to like this book.  I thought that the first book of the Elder Races by Thea Harrison was most excellent.  Loved it.

The story had me going though up until she started pulling on her Oracle power.  It reminded me of Octavia Butler’s Mind of my Mind, but not nearly as good.  There was so much telling and not showing.  I thought it was rushed and after that the story just went down hill for me.

I put it down.

I really wanted to love this book.

I do not know what it is, but Ms. Harrison has her moments when she really has me in the palm of her hand, swept up.  I love her take of types of heroes.  Ancient, alien – very OTHER.  I just loved that in her DRAGON BOUND book and even at the beginning of this book.  I really liked Khalil.  She really has a talent with that.

But then there is the rest of it that actually makes a good book, here she misses it with some sort of fluff piece with  domestic living like a contemporary romance.  The kind that is totally uninteresting to me.  And not what I usually look for in a paranormal romance.

I just felt the book was all over the place.

But from all the 5 and 4 stars, maybe it is just me.

I will buy her next book as it is about Pia and Dragos, my favorites, so I will try yet again.  Call me wacky!  But after that…