Book Review – Monster Hunter Nemesis

Monster Hunter Nemesis (Monster Hunter International, #5)Monster Hunter Nemesis by Larry Correia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Monster Hunter Nemesis by Larry Correia is the fifth book in the Monster Hunter International series. It is all about Agent Franks, who plays Frankenstein’s monster in the series.

Despite his lack of emotion, Agent Franks is a sympathetic character, and I hoped to like this book more than I did. But the gore was so overdone it became boring. The fight scenes went on for too long. In one such scene, I became more concerned about the damage being inflicted on a house than on the two combatants. In addition, there were time jumps into the past via Agent Franks’ memories which were jarring and sometimes confusing. The revealed backstory didn’t further the plot, and I suspect they were there only to make the book longer.

All in all, I enjoyed Monster Hunter Nemesis because I enjoy the Agent Franks character, but I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone but a fellow monster hunter.

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Book Review – Monster Hunter Legion

Monster Hunter Legion (Monster Hunter International, #4)Monster Hunter Legion by Larry Correia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Monster Hunter Legion by Larry Correia, the fourth book in the Monster Hunter International series, brings us back to Owen Pitt’s viewpoint as he battles an interdimensional creature who can bring nightmares to life. That premise has been done before, to be sure, but the plotline is saved by a truly diabolical villain and a wonderful character named Management.

Monster Hunter Legion is filled with interesting monsters drummed up from the memories of the monster hunters involved. I believed it when the nightmare creature picked up Las Vegas and transported it to a dimension peopled with such monsters, but I did not buy into Pitt escaping that dimension by flying a helicopter out of it.

As with previous books in the series, Monster Hunter Legion is chock-full of gory action, and I recommend this book to readers who are looking for an afternoon’s escape.

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Book Review – Monster Hunter Alpha

Monster Hunter Alpha (Monster Hunter International, #3)Monster Hunter Alpha by Larry Correia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Monster Hunter Alpha by Larry Correia, we get to know a little more about Earl Harbinger, who is the leader of Monster Hunter International and a werewolf. Earl follows an old adversary to upper Michigan during an unnatural snowstorm.

I have a soft spot for werewolves–and this book has a lot of them. I liked that there were different types of werewolves, including zombie werewolves. I liked that the two villains had good reasons for doing what they did. The story kept me guessing. I never knew what was going to happen next. There were some laugh-out-loud moments and a particularly grisly scene involving a snowblower.

The story ends with the two main werewolves falling in love. It felt contrived. There was no chemistry between them, no flirting, no tender moments to tip the reader off that they were attracted to one another. He is four times her age, so it’s like the world’s oldest werewolf getting together with the world’s youngest werewolf. Nothing in common but the need to feed. I didn’t buy the love story, and I wasn’t happy with the ending.

However, I enjoyed the majority of Monster Hunter Alpha. It’s fast-paced, gory, and has a nice take on werewolves. I recommend this book to other werewolf lovers.

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Book Review – Monster Hunter Vendetta

Monster Hunter Vendetta (Monster Hunter International, #2)Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Correia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Correia is the second book in the Monster Hunter International series. In it, our hero, Own Pitt, faces off with the Shadow Man, an invincible necromancer who works for the Old Ones. We meet Owen’s family, who are pulled into the crosshairs because of Owen’s new job as a monster hunter. And we are also privy to a lot of backstory thanks to Owen’s new-found ability to read people’s pasts simply by touching them. Which is a convenient way to handle things.

Owen Pitt is a difficult character to understand. He’s supposed to be a mensa-level genius, but he doesn’t speak as if he’s particularly smart and his first inclination is to shoot or to blow things up rather than figure them out. His love interest is also a killing machine, but she seems tempered by a need to find out the truth first.

In any case, Monster Hunter Vendetta is a fast-paced story full of gore and with enough laughs to keep it interesting. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy action-packed plotlines.

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Book Review – Monster Hunter International

Monster Hunter International (Monster Hunter International, #1)Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Imagine that monsters were real. Every fairytale. Every horror movie. Every Lovecraft creature. All of it. Real. And imagine that they were out to get you. Who are you going to call? Monster Hunter International, of course. They’re like Ghostbusters only with really big weapons.

Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia is a fun book about Owen Pitt who joins the ranks of a monster hunter after killing a werewolf with his bare hands. As a character, Owen is rather abrasive and unlikeable. The book is written entirely without contractions, which doesn’t feel natural and was at times difficult to read. It gave Owen a stilted, somewhat standoffish vibe. But the story was entertaining enough to make up for it.

I recommend Monster Hunter International to readers who enjoy a lot of action and gore.

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Book Review – Peace Talks

Peace Talks (The Dresden Files, #16)Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a long-time fan of The Dresden Files, and I was eagerly awaiting Peace Talks, the latest installment. It did not disappoint. In typical Dresden fashion, the problems keep coming at him from all directions. I don’t know how he’s going to get out of this one.

Which brings me to an important point. Peace Talks is only Part One, and it leaves you right in the middle of the action. I heard that when the book was written, it was humongous, and the publisher decided to split the story into two books. I applaud that decision. I would rather have two books than one book that has been edited to death. I don’t want to miss any of the good parts. And it’s all good parts.

Peace Talks is a fun and engrossing read. It brought back all the characters I love. And now I am happily awaiting Part Two.

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Book Review – ShockWaves

ShockWavesShockWaves by Suzanna Williams

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ShockWaves by Suzanna Williams is about Jack and Paige, two teenaged orphans who are linked telepathically. They can see what the other sees and feel what they feel through what they call shockwaves. The story picks up when Paige is kidnapped and Jack tries to save her. The action is well written and kept me turning the page.

Yet, the story is not without its flaws. No explanation is given as to why these complete strangers were mentally linked. I expected to read that they were twins separated at birth, or that they were together when a laboratory blew up and spewed a chemical cocktail into the air. But there was nothing.

There is a telepathic police officer in the story, but he wears glasses to block his special powers. You could remove his telepathy from his character and not change the story at all. Yes, he mentally tells Jack how to find a room he’s looking for, but Jack would have found it on his own.

The antagonist is a real nut job, but his reason for abducting Paige is flimsy. If he only wanted to vex the telepathic policeman, any girl would do. And yet he went out of his way to trap and keep Paige as if obsessed with her. I expected the policeman to dream of Paige when he took off his glasses at night, perhaps feeling her plight, but no such connection was made.

Despite its flaws, I enjoyed ShockWaves and recommend it to teen and pre-teen readers.

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Book Review – Vanished

Vanished (Freaky Jules #1)Vanished by Tom Upton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Vanished by Tom Upton is about a snarky, angst-ridden teenager with powers. This girl can do it all. She can talk to the dead, read your mind, move things with her thoughts. If she touches you, she can see your past. I thought it was convenient and a little unfair that she could do everything. But there you have it.

Vanished is a fun read for teens and pre-teens.

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Book Review – Warbound

Warbound (Grimnoir Chronicles, #3)Warbound by Larry Correia

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Warbound, book three of the Grimnoir series by Larry Correia, is an alternate reality story that takes place in 1933. It’s about magic — the haves and have-nots — and a space monster that is about to destroy the world.

In Warbound, everyone thinks Faye is dead, so she nips off overseas to learn more about why her magic is different from everyone else’s. In her absence, Jake and the rest of the Grimnoir crew enact a desperate plan to prove that the magical space alien is real and about to murder every human on the planet.

Warbound had me laughing, crying, and biting my nails. I love this series and highly recommend it.

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Book Review – Spellbound

Spellbound (Grimnoir Chronicles, #2)Spellbound by Larry Correia

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spellbound, book two of the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia, is an alternate history story that takes place around 1930. It is an age when part of the population has magic, such as the ability to teleport, to turn gravity on its head, or to start a fire with a thought, but the majority of the population does not, leading to distrust and prejudice.

In Spellbound, my favorite character, Faye, returns home to face the demons of her childhood and finds a literal demon who is out to kill her. The demon/villain was chilling, and the climactic battle had me on the edge of my seat.

Spellbound is funny and engrossing. It goes directly to my favorite books shelf. I know I’ll return to it whenever I need a pick-me-up.

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