At The Water’s Edge: A Novel

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I started a weekly book reading challenge at the first of the year with some friends. The first book for me was At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen.  I have friends who love the novel Water for Elephants that she also wrote but the blurb doesn’t speak to me.  I wanted to give the author a shot anyway and I am glad I did.  While this is not a book I will feel the need to read again, I did enjoy it.

Most books set in the Highlands of Scottland go over well with me. And this time that’s what kept me reading.  The book blurb made me think a search for Nessie would be a prominent part of the book but what I got was a coming of age style story about a wealthy American trophy wife finding herself on the banks of Loch Ness.   Oddly enough, I don’t think she realized she was lost until she got there.

I’m going to give it 3.5 stars out of 5.  I didn’t connect to the characters themselves so much as the story itself.  I may even give Water for Elephants a shot soon.  The story was captivating to me and I found myself unable to put the book down even as I thought the American characters were obnoxious.  It did have something I value above all others in my books, character growth.  This book had that in spades, that growth of character made this a novel well worth reading at least once.

Obsidian Son: A Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller

by Shayne Silvers

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Nate is not your typical billionaire, he has no desire to take over the family company, he runs his own book store instead. Oh and he’s also a Wizard.

Shaken by the death of his family, sent on to find a nameless book by a mysterious young man, attacked by multiple dragons, and inheriting the family business. Nate Temple is having a rough week. Throw in a dual with the Minotaur, being followed by the police, and being forced to reveal that he is a wizard and you’ve got a recipe for an adventure.

What  I liked:

Nate is a good guy but not so much a great one. I’ll admit, I didn’t have high hopes for this book at first. I expected a low grade Dresden Files rip off. It certainly has a Dresden like quality but I was pleasantly surprised. I couldn’t put the book down and I couldn’t stop laughing. No matter how bad things got there was something to laugh about. His best friend Gunner may actually be my favorite character though. I love a good werewolf.

What I didn’t like:

I spent a good chunk of the book trying to figure out where his 2nd friend went. He was in the beginning where he was set up to be important but then just disappeared for the next 3rd or so of the book. When he did show back up, he was in fact, important to the plot.

Also there were a lot of typos and grammar problems in the book. I don’t get worked up about that stuff in most Kindle Unlimited books because few of those authors are able to afford the price of editors and end up doing the work themselves. That said a good beta reader and a good editor would go a long way on this one.

Would I recommend it, to whom?

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes urban fantasy, the Dresden Files, and a good fight with a dragon.

I give this book:

 out of 5 stars.


I”m not the first to talk about this book, here’s link to an interview with the author.