October 20th, 2019

Book with cat: On stack

2019 books: The Ghost Seekers, The Bloodwolf War, The Fishing Widow

The Ghost Seekers (The Soul Keepers) by Devon Taylo
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Hated (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

This was one of my most looked forward to books of the year, and sadly it completely didn't work for me.

In the first book we met the crew of dead people (mostly teens) who traveled the world in a 'ghost ship' (ship of the dead) to save the souls of newly dead people.

The first 10% of this book was one long action scene, complete with a car chase. Yawn. I tried to stick with the story, since I had enjoyed the first book, but my attention kept wandering and so I stopped reading at the 27% point. Sad.

The Bloodwolf War (The Equinora Chronicles Book 1) by Paula Boer
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

Positive elements of this book:
- A "talking animals" story -- my favorite!
- The horses were 100% realistic. I fully believed them as horses. Yay!

The negatives:
- The story was completely unoriginal. If you switched out the horses for human characters, I've read this story a million times. (One young kid/colt was chosen to save the whole world, turned out to have a surprising bloodline, reluctant hero, picks up other people to help him on his quest...)
- The fantasy element. With such realistic horses, unicorns were jarring.

Stopped reading at 57%.

The Fishing Widow by Amy K Marshall
Traditional or self-published: Self-published
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

This was the very oldest book on my Kindle. The writing completely didn't work for me (book was set on a boat, but the author didn't write in a way that non-ship people would be able to just get lost in the story). Also, the book was horror, and I don't enjoy horror. (How did it get onto my Kindle? I think it was one of those free monthly giveaway books from the publisher.) Stopped reading at 2%.

Partial book credits:
Point reached in these books: 27 + 57 + 2 = 86%
Previous abandoned book total: 574%
New total: 660% (6 books)