Mini-reviews: U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton; City of Glass by Cassandra Clare; and Wounded by Claudia Mair Burney

uTitle: U is for Undertow
Author: Sue Grafton
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Putnam
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
First line: What fascinates me about life is that, now and then, the past rises up and declares itself.

I wasn’t a big fan of T is for Trespass, but with this latest edition in the Kinsey Milhone series, I am firmly in the Sue Grafton fan-camp again. I loved the dual-storyline: the crime 20 years earlier, and Kinsey’s attempt to put the pieces together. Plus some delving into Kinsey’s past added new depth to her character.

cityofglassTitle: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA urban fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderberry
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library
First line: The cold snap of the previous week was over; the sun was shining brightly as Clary hurried across Luke’s dusty front yard, the hood of her jacket up to keep her hair from blowing across her face.

I loved visiting with Clary, Jace, Alex, Luke, and Isabelle again! These books are all page-turners. This foray into the world of Nephilim and Vampires, Faerie and Werewolves, wraps up the trilogy neatly for people who want closure. I’m glad, though, that Clare has decided to revisit the series in the future.

woundedTitle: Wounded: A Love Story
Author: Claudia Mair Burney
Genre: Christian fiction
Publisher: David C. Cook
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library
First line: Friar John-Francis walked to the podium and stood front and center before the large expectant congregation.

I don’t want to say too much about this one, because I’m participating in a round table discussion, with a post to go up later in the month. It was well-written and made me think – thus the 3 stars – but I had some issues with it that you can read about on the 27th.

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8 Responses to Mini-reviews: U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton; City of Glass by Cassandra Clare; and Wounded by Claudia Mair Burney

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Wow, I am in awe! Three reviews, boom boom boom. Not a bad idea! I am a fan of Grafton. I’ve read the entire series, except for U. Need to get going on that. At this point, we just have to see it through to Z, don’t we? Some installments are better than others, but reading about Kinsey is like putting on my comfy sweats and chatting with an old friend.
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Monday Movie Meme – Old Man Winter =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – exactly how I feel about the Grafton series! Wonder what the title will be for some of those harder letters – like X and Z?

  2. Sheila DeChantal
    Twitter: bookjourney
    says:

    I have yet to read a Grafton book. I have no idea what has taken me so long…LOL

    I just bought City of Bones over the weekend as a girl in my book club is raving about these books.

    I am reading Wounded with you for the Round Table and look forward tot eh ongoing discussion.

    And finally – I love how you post the first lines of the books!

    Have a great week!
    .-= Sheila DeChantal´s last blog ..It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sheila – I really like the Grafton series – with most of the strongest ones being early in the series. I’m loving the round table discussion, by the way – it’s making me think!

  3. Kathy says:

    I’m so glad U is for Undertow is good – I love Sue Grafton and Kinsey Millhone. I’ll be reading it soon.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Our Life in France – banking, money and numbers =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – I definitely enjoyed it – and it was my first Kinsey book an audio – great narrator!

  4. My husband is reading U is for Undertow right now and enjoying it. I still haven’t gotten to T yet. I tend to like her books even when others are a bit disappointed, so I’ve still got high hopes for T is for Trespass. 🙂
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..Monday At the Movies: Taking Chance =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – and really, if you’ve invested all the way through S, you pretty much have to finish, right?