Book Review: Bloodline (Whyborne & Griffin #5) by Jordan L Hawke

Bloodline (Whyborne & Griffin #5)Bloodline by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What the last book lacked in personal feelings this one had in excess!

Bloodline has us joining Whyborne and Griffin on the eve of a horrible event that shakes the Whyborne family to the core. Little did I know that, as the book progressed, the horrific toll this entire ordeal would take on the Whyborne family as well.

This book had everything that I’ve come to love about these books, relationships of all sorts, mysterious plot twists you don’t see coming, ‘how will they survive this?!’ action sequences, and this one has those things all in a far larger scale than the previous ones have. I love how this brought back some of the threads that had been introduced all the way back as far as the beginning of the series and finally it all made sense. I confess, I realized what was coming when the poem was revealed, but it still was a shocker to actually see it all unfold. I genuinely didn’t expect the sweet ending of this one, but there were moments I nearly cried I was so sure all was lost, so that was a very nice touch.

Once again, this series is like someone took my wants and put them on pages for me. I cannot express enough how much I love this book, which was easily the best of the entire series so far.

Eagerly heading onto the next one RIGHT NOW!

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Book Review: Stormhaven by Jordan L. Hawk

Stormhaven (Whyborne & Griffin)Stormhaven by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Still As Wonderful As The Last

Every book further I read in that series I expect has to fall in quality, because I rarely give 5* reviews, but I really think the author just shares my tastes in literature.

In this installment’s adventure, Whyborne’s co-worker is accused of murdering his uncle in a fit of madness and is condemned to Stormhaven asylum. When Griffin takes the case, it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is what it seems.

I really felt for poor Griffin in this one. We got more of an insight into his past, his family, and the horrors of his time committed to an asylum, and all of it was so, utterly heartbreaking. This book leaves you so happy for him that he found Whyborne to care for him when he needs someone to make him feel whole.

Also, no spoilers, but that climax was incredibly dramatic and not at all what I expected (in the best way of course!)

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NaNoWriMo Day 30: Look What I Did!!!

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I ended NaNo with another win… this time with the end of a sex scene. Lol. Talk about going out with a ‘bang’!

In all seriousness, this was my first year doing NaNoWriMo with a full time job, and it wasn’t as hard as I feared it would be, but I have had to neglect a lot of other hobbies to make it work. I really struggled for most of the middle, as you see from my progress chart. I have no idea how people with families AND jobs do this shit every year. I see it all the time, people talking about their kids and their job while NaNo-ing and I’m just like, “HOW?!?!”

Unlike last year’s NaNo story, that I hated and still loathe to this day, this one I plan to finish, like my first year. I’m really into this story and 50k is really only MAYBE half of this story. It’s science fiction so all the world building takes up time and space (lol). I’ll keep you guys updated to the progress of Into the Beyond as I continue it in the future.

Thank you guys so much for keeping up with my progress this year, and I wish you all luck in finishing up your NaNoWriMo tonight (if you haven’t already) as well!

NaNoWriMo Day 29: I Really Wanted To Finish Early

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The goal was to catch up and finish tonight, and if not before midnight, then write on until I had to go to sleep and finish or at least get it down to a few hundred words.

As you can see, I didn’t finish tonight. That still leaves writing after midnight and finishing that last 2,000 words easily, right?

Yeah, well, I’m so sleepy tonight – the ONLY TIME EVER – that my eyelids have been drooping as I write this.

Since the clock struck midnight, I’ve gotten it down to 1,659 words left. I can knock those out easily tomorrow, but tonight, I have to throw in the towel.

Even if you’re further away than me, DON’T GIVE UP HOPE! If people can win NaNo in the first week, you can write that last 20k in the last 24 hours with no problem whatsoever!!!

Book Review: Threshold by Jordan L. Hawk

Threshold (Whyborne & Griffin, #2)Threshold by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, I immediately bought the next book, just like I said!

After Whiddershins, I kind of wondered how the story could go on, what would happen, and if it would be nearly as good as the first… it was. It really was.

Threshold follows our favorite philologist, detective, and archeologist trio as they go to investigate the strange happenings at a mine Whyborne’s father has a stake in, a mine in a godforsaken gorge in the middle of the wilderness at the base of Threshold Mountain. With frightful stories of disappearances of anyone who goes into the woods – and some who didn’t – after the discovery of a cave in the forest, I knew that this was going to get creepy, but DANG it got dark!

I would say this reminds me of Hound of the Baskervilles meets At The Mountains of Madness. It gets very creepy and super dark. There’s some really frightening stuff in this book and I loved every second of it. Also, Christine is still my favorite person in the whole book.

I cannot WAIT to get to the next book.

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Book Review: Whiddershins by Jordan L. Hawk

Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin, #1)Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s like the author knows me!

What are my top 3 favorite genres?

-Mystery
-Historical Fiction
-Queer Fiction

WHIDDERSHINS tells the intriguing story of Percival Whyborne, a philologist at the Ladysmith museum, who gets dragged into a world of mystery, supernatural, and even love upon the arrival of Griffin Flaherty, a private investigator looking into the murder of one of the museum’s board members’ son. Along with his very interesting and amusing friend, Christine, a woman archeologist who doesn’t let anybody tell her how to live her life, Whyborne must help his handsome detective discover the truth before it’s too late.

Basically this book is all my favorite things wrapped into one thing. If you like mystery, this has a very intriguing one! If you like historical fiction, this one is an interesting setting! If you like queer fiction, this is a lovely romance that’s very believably done, not rushed-feeling or anything! Add the lady archeologist who is independent and badass, and it’s basically the perfect book for me. After a few real stinkers in queer romance there I’ve read this year, the standouts have all been historical romances.

I’m definitely going to go instantly buy the next book in this series right away!

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