Review: Black Cipher Files Trilogy

Blowback (Black Cipher Files series Book 1)Betrayals (Black Cipher Files Romantic Suspense)Burned (Black Cipher Files #3)Burned by Lisa Hughey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’m going to do something I’ve never done before–review multiple books in the same review. I’m doing this for two reasons, the first is that I received the Black Cipher Files Trilogy as one ebook. The second is that it is all part of the same story, without NEEDING to be read as such.

The thing that I like about all three books (Blowback, Betrayals, and Burned) is that they all have their own plot, but added together they help make sence of the underlying plot.

All three couples are unique and well thought out, keeping the romance of the books on the steamy side. They all deal with high level government agencies and extremely sensitive information. Each couple’s story have their own quirks and I adored them all. Although Zeke and Sunshine (of Burned) are my favourite.


Review: Speaking in Bones

Speaking in Bones (Temperance Brennan, #18)Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second ‘Bones’ book that I’ve read. Both completely out of order, but neither book needed the background of the others to be enjoyed. and that is the sign of a good storyteller.

Kathy Reichs’s Temperance Brennan reads as if she is actually speaking, which makes the character appear more realistic. There were times while reading that I could relate to Brennan, there were points that I wanted to scream at her for being so careless. I’ve always found that the more realistic and relatable a character the better the book tends to be, and that is definitely the case with Speaking in Bones.

The missing persons case that Brennan was investigating throughout the story was interesting and well connected, I just found it to be a slight bit too connected. For such a realistic book, the fact that everything in her life somehow connected to her current case was a little too much.

There were only two other things I didn’t really like how they were left. The big box of invoices and receipts; I enjoyed the sense of normalcy that comes with doing taxes and like that it was incorporated in the story, but what the heck happens? Do they sit on her table forever? And the date with Ramsey. Granted with that I may not fully understand as the Ryan plot wasn’t really explained and if I understood correctly they used to date and then broke up, and then he proposed, so clearly there is a lot of history there, but did she say no, did so go–but told him she’s still with Ryan? I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but it’s weird how all the other loose ends are tied up nice and neat and these two things, however small, are left.