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Teaching children to read

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Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
Blood Fruit edited by James E.M. Rasmussen
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
Deadly Décisions by Kathy Reichs
Demon Eyes by Scott Tracey
Emeraldalicious by Victoria Kann
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
f2m by Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy
The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland - For a Little While by Catherynne M. Valente
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Highway Robbery by Kate Thompson
How to Dine on Killer Wine by Penny Warner
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
Polly and the Pirates 01 by Ted Naifeh
Poor Rich by Jean Blasiar
Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life by David Treuer
Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
Sarah Emma Edmonds Was a Great Pretender by Carrie Jones
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Six Chinese Brothers by Hou-Tien Cheng
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8




Demon Eyes: 02/10/13

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Demon Eyes by Scott Tracey is the sequel to Witch Eyes. Braden has come to Belle Dam for answers about his past and his unusual magical ability (as well as the crippling migraines caused by it). Instead, he's found himself in the middle of a decades long feud.

As the book opens, Braden comes to realize that the danger he thought was past is still lingering. No one believes him and he must do everything in his power to prove his hunch.

Along with Braden's family problems, his health issues and the on-going feud, is his homosexuality. In the previous book the plot was more focused on the mystery of Belle Dam than on anything else. Now though as things reach the lull as the midpoint in a trilogy often does, Braden's sexual desires are brought to the forefront to fill in the gaps left by the plot.

Rather than build a single relationship that could put two men in conflict with the town politics, Braden has a rather in effectual love triangle. Really it's more of a lust triangle in that neither man seems all that interested in this outsider with horrendous migraines and a bad attitude. Frankly, given how much Braden is prone to whining in Demon Eyes, I don't blame them!

The book quickly falls into a predictable flow of events: Braden decides to assert himself, someone decides to stop him, one or both of Braden's would be boyfriends comes to the rescue, Branden is forced to use his power, Braden faints. Rinse, wash, repeat. It was an unsatisfying sequel to such a strong start to a series.

Read via NetGalley

Three stars.

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