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Book Review: That Time I Got Drunk And Saved A Demon, by Kimberly Lemming

I purchased a copy of Kimberly Lemming‘s That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon.
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All I wanted to do was live my life in peace. Maybe get a cat, expand my spice farm. Really anything that doesn’t involve going on a quest where an orc might rip my face off. But they say the Goddess has favorites. If so, I’m clearly not one of them.

After saving the demon Fallon in a wine-drunk stupor, all he wanted to do was kill an evil witch enslaving his people.

I mean, I get it, don’t get me wrong. But he’s dragging me along for the ride, and I’m kind of peeved about it. On the bright side, he keeps burning off his shirt.

my review

This was a ‘TikTok made me buy it.’ I’d seen it recommended so many times that I finally gave in and bought/read it. And I’m glad I did. I really enjoyed it. It’s a fun read. Now, it’s silly-fun. There is nothing here to be taken seriously, including the plot and characters. Unbelievable conveniences pop up constantly to keep the story moving along. The characters aren’t deep or prone to phenomenal personal growth. The villain is a caricature and defeated with ease. The modern vernacular felt weird at times.

But, IMO none of that matters because it’s not why I read the book. I read the book to laugh and enjoy my time with it. And in that it was a success. I think I grinned the whole time I read it. I have no complaints on that front.

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Book Review: That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon by Kimberly Lemming

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Book Review: Before Again, by Claire S. Duffy

I accepted a review copy of Claire S. Duffy‘s Before Again from R&R Book Tours.

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He’s been killing for hundreds of years.
But he reckoned without her.

Kirsty has always been alone.

It’s fine. It’s what she’s chosen. People, as a general rule, are more trouble than they’re worth. It’s why God invented batteries.

But when she comes across the man being burned alive on the banks of the Clyde, she can’t just let him die. Without a second thought she batters in to save his life…

And accidentally tears the fabric of time.

Now an ancient serial killer is on the loose and only Kirsty can make him regret he was ever born.

Even if it means killing the only person who ever loved her.

Sometimes she can bloody well see all these magic destiny shenanigans far enough.

my review

I enjoyed the heck out of this. It was fun, snarky, and kept me interested.

I did struggle with some of the Glasgow slang. Most of it I could guess from context, but some I just had to shrug at. But I also accept that not every book is written for the American market/reader, so I don’t consider this a big deal. I just mention it as an FYI.

What was a big deal was the super over-abundance of the word wee. I realize that culturally some people use this word more than others. But I also think there is a limit to how many times a reader should have to encounter a word in a single manuscript and this book has far, far, far exceeded it. We’re talking more than one per page sometimes, from multiple characters. I kept wondering if this was actually going to be revealed as an authorial joke at some point. It. Was. Not.

All in all, I really liked the author’s humor, that the main character is a little older than you’d expect, the obvious love for the city of Glasgow, and Frej. How I could adore a character who didn’t talk for half the book so much, I don’t know. But I did.

I didn’t realize when I picked this book up that it is part of a series. So, I wasn’t expecting the cliffhanger ending. But I’ll be looking for book two. before again photo