Friday, 26 June 2015

Short & Tweetish #5: Until the Beginning & Third Grave Dead Ahead

I'm back again with a couple of Short & Tweetish Reviews (There's no way I can keep it to 140 characters!).  This style of reviewing was introduced to me by Mary@The Book Swarm  and Karen's @For What It's Worth

Until the Beginning (After the End #2) by Amy Plum
Publisher: Harper Audio
Publication date: May 5th 2015
Length: 8 hrs and 30 min
Narrator: Emily Rankin, Graham Hamilton
My rating:  4.5 stars 
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My Thoughts:
Excellent conclusion to an exciting duology!  This is YA at its best! I definitely recommend the audio version.  Emily Rankin and Graham Hamilton’s performance made the story come to life!

I was amazed with Juneau and Miles ability to strategize and use whatever they had available in pursuit of the ultimate goal of saving Juneau’s clan.  Juneau had to sort through her beliefs to and find her own truths, but she didn’t let the questions hold her or her powers back.  I have to say her father and clan trained Juneau well, in spite of the lies they told. 

I loved the positive character growth Miles had through this journey, and I was pleased he caught on so quickly and became a real asset. The romance was lovely. Not so much that it took over the plot, but enough swoony moments to satisfy this romance junky. 

Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3) by Darynda Jones
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: January 31st 2012
Length: 9 hrs and 51 min
Narrator: Lorelei King
My rating:  3.5 stars 
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My Thoughts:
As usual I laughed my ass off (got weird looks from my hubby all the while, lol!) at Charley’s antics.  The mystery was addictive, but I put a few things together way before Charley should have.  I was surprised by at how things got serious real quick and there were grisly parts that creeped me out and wrenched my heart!  Darynda really put Charley through the ringer in this installment! Betrayals from loved ones and something sad at the end made me feel terrible for Charley!

I wished we got more meaningful interactions between Charley and Reyes, and that we got more information on him.  I’ve already started the next book, and I’m happy to report we are finally getting somewhere on that front!



  1. I'm so glad you found Until the Beginning to be a good ending, Rachel. I loved how it all wrapped up too and I completely agree with everything you said. I honestly can't wait for Amy Plum to write more books.

    I'm happy that Third Grave continued to be a hilarious book, Rachel. I would be frustrated by the lack of interactions with Reyes too. But yay for answers in the next book! I need to catch up on this series.

    Lovely reviews, Rachel!

  2. I loved Third Grave Dead Ahead... You just have to love this series and Reyes he just keeps you going. It's one of those you can't get enough of and you can read them after another. I still have 3 to read... Great mini reviews. :)

  3. My hubby gives me the looks too... sometimes his are exasperated at me laughing at my books

  4. I'm a great believer in laughing out loud while reading :) It's the hallmark of a great book! Both reviews are delightful, Rachel :)

  5. I liked Third Gave okay, too. That series is a good light, funny read for the most part. I've had After The End on my TBR for a while; didn't know it was a series!

  6. Gorgeous reviews Rachel :D I'm so glad that you loved Until the Beginning. <3 I haven't read book one yet, but I own them both, and planning on reading them some day ;p Yay for good romance. <3 Thank you for sharing your awesome thoughts about both these books :)

  7. Really need to read After the End. Ah so many books, I tell ya. Oh and I'm sad you didn't quite enjoy the 3rd Charley book, but hopefully the fourth one will make up for it. :) Happy reading, Rachel!

  8. I'm so happy you loved Until the Beginning! It was just so much better than the first for me. Loved the banter, romance, and characters. :)

  9. Must read both of these Rachel! I'm frighteningly behind on Charley's series, I'm still on book two. FAIL! I'm going to get caught up this year though. I am. And I'm really looking forward to the Amy Plum duology:) Fabulous mini reviews!

  10. I haven't read the first series, but I'm a fan of D. Jones' Charley Davidson series from the very beginning. The first 4 books are the best ones in my opinion while later on I liked the books but had some "issues" with the story. One of them is the story behind Charley's and Reyes' origin which is a bit confusing for me, but I still like the series. Hope you'll continue reading them.

    Great review, Rachel! :)


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