Books I've read and reviewed.
Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of The Blue Monsoon (Blue Mumbai, #2)
4/5: Chapter one is completely in italics – as was all chapters from the antagonist’s POV – and it messed with my eyes as italics are wont to. Publishers please: think about those of us who are neurodivergent when you choose fonts, use of italics, etc. I was so busy fighting the italics, I missed out on the story. Besides, on eReaders, fonts and font sizes are changed to suit the reader – so adding italics to the mix (even for clarity of POV) just makes it more difficult to enjoy the story. I t
Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of Making Midlife Marvels (Forty is Fabulous, #4)
4/5: An exciting conclusion to the series. I liked all the various types of magic and the way the Tablets are almost alive. The twist on the Sirens was interesting. The ending and all it entails was almost perfect as it tied up all the loose ends – and gave way to another adventure to start. I liked that Ava was able to do all the things she should do the way a heroine does – with family. A bit more blood and gore than in the previous books, though, more on par with the novella that came bef
Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of The Omen of Crows Nest
1/5: It starts with electrodes in the brain, jumps back to what happened before, jumps to talking to a shrink (which somehow ends in group therapy?) to talking with her mum and then getting paroled from the psychiatric facility for rich people. Yet she tells of her house needing repairs, her mother being sick in bed and then suddenly having her committed to wanting her free. I like the cover. I like the title. I find the blurb intriguing. But the clear insanity of this MC scratched at parts of
Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of When Smoke Rains Down (Kingdom Come, #2)
1/5: It’s good, but Julia irritates me with her self-righteous non-committal attitude. She wants to be an angel warrior? Awesome. She doesn’t want to commit to the angels? WTF? She’d rather be friends with demons? Seriously? No. There are good themes here and I get that her waffling between two sides is about the human condition, and that it’s good to explore these things, but I’m in a place where something is either right or wrong and you have to choose your side. So I’m not going to finish thi
Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of The Sugar Queen
1/5: This book was recommended to me, but reading about a Southern Belle who hides food in her closet, has to do whatever her mother says (she’s an adult), and the highlight of her day is seeing the mailman, just isn’t my cup of tea. Good pacing, though. DNF 8%
Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of The She-Wolf of Kanta (The Wolves of Kanta Book 1)
4/5: I enjoyed it for the most part. Some steampunk stuff, werewolves, a dystopian feel, and a mad scientist. Her father beating her, not so much. And the chapter from his POV felt unnecessary to me – his final actions were more powerful. Can be read as a stand-alone, though I do want to know what happens to Mercy next!
Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of Midlife Bites
4/5: A LOL funny book about women face in midlife (40-60) and some advice on how to navigate this treacherous road that “nice women don’t talk about”. Not for everyone, as the author uses a lot of F-bombs and is the angry type with a list of people she wants to punch in the throat. I loved this book and will recommend it to all the older women in my life who need to know that they’re not alone.
Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of How To Write Non-Fiction (Books for Writers Book 9)
4/5: An interesting take on writing non-fiction. I liked that what could be trivial to me could be exactly what someone else needs to learn. The quotes throughout were fun. I especially liked the chapter on dictation.
Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of Her Perfect Life
3/5: Three POVs giving depth to the story. One psychotic man manipulating three women. Of course, the scene where they have him at their mercy is perfect. Though there’s enough mystery to keep one reading, I didn’t like the characters. Greer with her passive-aggressive obsession with her job and Lily. Lily with her lack of trust – and trusting the wrong people. Cassie being so naïve I wanted to slap some sense into her. I liked that it took place in Boston (watching shows like Boston Legal and
Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of Son of Set (Descendants of Isis #2)
1/5: As much as I enjoy dark fantasy, secret societies and Egyptian mythology, this book isn’t for me. Especially when Sean (the super bad guy) somehow evokes lust (and more) over a distance in Natti, leaving her scared and violated. So no. DNF 9 % DNF series