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Into My So-So Stack
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2018
This is the second book of the author's 'Lavender Tides' series I have read, and I found it just about as lacking in substance as the first book of this series. I have read numerous other books by Colleen Cobble, which left me completely satisfied as an avid reader, but these two have not been among those much better books. The writing seems stiff, somewhat elementary, and full of unnecessary filler. "he turned on the flashlight app on his cell phone"....who cares?? And, there were so many thoughts from Gray about Ellie's beautiful hair, no matter how it was styled, and her perfect skin. The plot was somewhat interesting, albeit once again rather unbelievable....2 young women agains a terrorist cell of violent killers who are plotting a terrorist attack, and the women eventually outwitted them. And, as another reviewer said....terrorists were on the loose in the area and only an Elvis Presley look-alike sheriff seemed to be available for help? I also didn't understand why each chapter began with a blog quote from Hammer Girl...they had nothing whatsoever to do with the plot and were more of a distraction for me than an addition to the story. The book just seemed rather hurriedly written, without much development of the characters. The two sisters just weren't very likeable, especially Mackenzie. Gray, on the other hand, was very likeable. By the time the main villain was uncovered, I had forgotten just what role his character played to start with. One dangling plot theme from the first book of this series was eventually brought to conclusion, and I assume another one from the first book still left dangling will be concluded in the 3rd book of this series, even though the description of the characters in that 3rd book seems to be of totally different characters than in Books 1 and 2. This was just a ho-hum book, for me. I do appreciate the absence of bad language and explicit sexual situations, and that's one reason I turn to Christian authors for most of my choices in fiction. There are some really great authors in this category, and I'm not excluding Colleen Cobble from this list. She has written some really intriguing and well crafted books. This just doesn't seem to be one of them, in my opinion.