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I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent. 

 

Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.

 

A+  Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A    Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A-   Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+  Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B    Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B-   Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+  Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C    Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C-   Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D    Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E    Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
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TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish

 

updated July 9, 2015

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Review: Misery's Way by J.C. Daniels

Misery's Way: A Kit Colbana World Story - B.J. Daniels

Frankie is a non-human of unknown origin. She keeps her true nature and identity hidden for fear of being captured, or worse. She’s torn by her dark side, which craves and needs misery and suffering. However, she also has a side that longs to heal and fix pain. She balances both parts by posing as a faith healer; however now that someone has discovered Frankie, it’s time to move on.

 

Misery’s Way is a short story told from the first person POV of Frankie. It is set in the Kit Colbana world, and although not told from Kit’s POV, the story is germane to Kit’s whole journey and the overall series. So, it’s a “must read” for series regulars, and probably not the best place for newbies to begin. And honestly, if I hadn’t read all of the books in the series, I would have been lost at times. One issue I had with Misery’s Way was the feeling of disconnectedness as the story jumped from scene to scene, especially when Frankie explores Kit’s memories.

 

And with that, I have mixed feelings about Misery’s Way. First, the story is VERY SHORT and is more like the prologue to the next book, albeit told from someone else’s POV. Second, the book ends at the 38% mark of the mobi version, followed by a previously released novella (which I’ve already read and reviewed), and then an excerpt from the author’s upcoming sci-fi title. With those two things in mind, I struggled to understand why this short story wasn’t integrated into the next full-length title rather than left as a stand alone story. Granted, it is from another person’s view point, and it does add value to the overall series and world, but it just felt so incomplete, it left me frustrated.

 

Overall, the storyline is interesting. I enjoyed reading about Frankie and her partner, Saleel. However, I’m so used to reading from Kit’s POV, I struggled a bit with confusion when reading the book from Frankie’s POV, especially when she shared page time with Kit. However, Frankie and Saleel both intrigued me, and I expect they will be a large part of an upcoming Kit book based on what happens between Kit and Frankie. I honestly look forward to that, regardless of my frustration with this story in particular.

 

Misery’s Way is an interesting and intriguing addition to the Kit Colbana series, and I believe it will help evolve the series into the next story. I enjoyed meeting the mysterious Frankie and her companion Saleel, and I look forward to finding out more. However, the fact the story is more like the opening prologue for a longer story, and that it was so short, I was left feeling frustrated. 

 

My Rating: C+ Liked It, but I had issues

Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
Review copy provided by NetGalley