Monthly Recap: April Edition

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I had such big plans for this month. I had a list of book I was going to read and review. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow it at all. I did, however, manage to read nine books this month. Which, is pretty good for me. Some of these books have not been reviewed yet and some won’t be reviewed. But that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a mention! So, here are my April reads.

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April had some reading highs and lows. Changes was probably the highest of the high points, leaving me desperate to read the next book in The Dresden Files series. I would say that this has happened with every book in that particular series, but that would be a lie. Ghost Story just did not impress me that much. I understood the need for it in the grand scheme of things, but after reading it I needed a break.

While Ghost Story was a bit of a letdown, Boundary Crossed was the low point of month. Now, let me say that I did not hate that book. The fast paced nature was enjoyable. I just found myself wanting more out of the characters. If you are interested you can read that review here

I apologize for the review light month. The blog was only open a little over two weeks in April, but I still think I could have managed more than four reviews. I promise to try harder in May!

So, all in all, not too bad of a month! Reviews for the remainder of the Parasol Protectorate and Uprooted will be posted in the near future!

Now, what am I going to be reading in May? I need your help to update my TBR. What do you think I should read? Let me know in the comments!

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Not my Lex Luthor: A Review of Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson

crossedTitle: Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic #1)
Author: Melissa F. Olson
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: 47north
Publication Date: May 1, 2015
Kindle Edition: 302 pages
Source: Kindle First

After her twin sister’s brutal murder, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie. So when two vampires try to kidnap the baby, it quickly turns into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is.

She wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has miraculously survived the fight, and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces…and a target for creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee her niece’s safety, Lex makes a deal with the local vampires. She sets out with the mysterious—and undead—“fixer” Quinn to track down whoever’s responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her newfound magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become.

Boundary Crossed is a dark, thrilling journey into a world where the line between living and dead isn’t nearly as solid as it appears…

“The third time I died was early on a Monday morning, a week after Labor Day.”

The opening line of Boundary Crossed is, by far, the high point of the novel. Olson does a great job of capturing your attention in the first chapter, but I found my interest waning in chapter two. From there it plateaus into a flawed but easy read, allowing you to relax and enjoy the Benny Hill sketch that is Boundary Crossed complete with vampires, secret witches and whispers of werewolves.

The character of Lex Luther has so much potential. Unfortunately, she fails to live up to her borrowed name. Olson could have told the story of a troubled character struggling to deal with the ghosts of her past as well as the vampires of her present. Instead, we read the tale of a woman who seems to be awfully well adjusted for having died three times and served two terms in the US Army.

I expected a character who was still trying to hold her life together only to have it thrown back into chaos when her niece it kidnaped. Olson delivers on the chaos, but from the point of view of a character who barely reacts to being thrown into a car by a person she just met. It seems to me that that author was too caught up in writing a strong heroine that she failed to make the character feel whole.

Unfortunately, Lex is not the only character who feels underdeveloped. The entire roster of supporting characters suffer a similar fate. Though, I must admit that supporting characters in a series may develop more over time. The main character, on the other hand, should have felt more complete from the start.

But the book wasn’t all bad; the fast paced plot is often fun and engaging, with few lulls, and there is a bit of romance that I suspect will progress further as the series continues. If you are looking for something fun and fast, this new series might just be right up your alley, but remember, don’t look at the first installment with too much scrutiny, or you might be disappointed.

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