First, Middle, and Last Impressions – December 1, 2021

Obviously, it’s no longer December 1st, but, since this was supposed to post on the 1st, I’m keeping it.

I love taking a look at a book cover and description and then coming up with my own idea of what the book will be about. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m so wrong it’s almost funny. So I’ve decided to launch myself off of WWW Wednesday, a bookish meme run by Sam@Taking on a World of Words, and write about my first, middle, and last impressions of each book I read.

The first impression is based solely on the cover and description. What do I think it will be about?

The middle impression is kind of a check-in on how the story is going about halfway through.

The last impression is my final thoughts on the book, what I’m left thinking.

I hope you have as much fun with this as I will!


The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart – Fantasy

the bone shard emperor andrea stewart

First Impression: I have no clue what this second book in the series is about, but I only have one word: Mephi.

Middle Impression: A tangled web is certainly being woven, but it also seems kind of repetitive with the same ideas being thrown about by different characters on different islands.

Last Impression: Overall, this one felt a little slower than the first book, but I loved all of the story developments that appear to be very nicely setting up the last book, and getting some answers to some burning questions was a lot of fun. Mephi, of course, stole the show quite a bit, but it was nice to see the characters really holding their own against such an adorable creature with a really fun new, um, quirk.


A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill – Fantasy

a swift and savage tide chloe neill

First Impression: Definitely hoping for more of the same as the first book: a fun, easy, quick fantasy. This seems to be a regency style fantasy with lots of action and battle and a healthy side of romance.

Middle Impression: A fun story of war and romance. It’s moving quickly, but slows down in just the right places.

Last Impression: My best description is Jane Austen plus regency romance crossed at a far from the middle angle with the Tide Child Trilogy and blended with Napoleonic era literature. It’s a fascinating mix that works really well for a focused, fast-paced fantasy.


Murder in the Vineyard by Denise Jaden – Cozy Mystery

murder at the vineyard denise jaden

First Impression: I’m hoping for more of Mallory and Alex since this has them going to a bible study at a vineyard together. But I’m also hoping for a lot of food and a lot of Hunch the cat, and, of course, a fun, fast-paced cozy mystery.

Middle Impression: All can I say at the halfway mark is this is super smooth sailing so far!

Last Impression: As always, fun and fast, but this one seemed a bit more dangerous. Hunch was incredible, and Jaden can really craft a wonderful cozy mystery!


Lucky King by Bruce Griffin Henderson – Fiction

lucky king bruce griffin henderson

First Impression: No real clue, honestly, but I’m hoping for an interesting story about an ensemble cast eventually crossing paths or having their lives affected by the other characters.


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7 thoughts on “First, Middle, and Last Impressions – December 1, 2021

    1. It really is interesting, both the story and the cover. Since I read mostly ebooks, it’s easy to overlook the covers, but it’s so nice to take a moment and look at them sometimes.

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