Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

Granddaughter of Oceanus, daughter of Titan Helios and sea nymph Perseid, Circe was different from the start. While her siblings discovered their unique gifts very early on and gained their independence—either by claiming their inheritance, like Perses and Aëstes, or by marriage to a wealthy demigod, like Pasiphäe—, Circe remained among her family in the halls of the gods. Her love for young fisherman Glaucus changed everything. Circe used a potion to transform Glaucus into a worthy suitor. Glaucus, seeing his station changed, fell in love with one Circe’s cousins, a sea nymph named Scylla. Out of jealousy, Circe put a potion on Scylla’s bath and, unintendedly, transformed her into a monster. Circe’s confession forced Helios to go to see Zeus, for witchcraft is something that gods fear can tip the balance of power. Zeus declared an eternal banishment for Circe from the halls of the gods to the island of Aiaia.

Exile was not easy but, as Circe learned, it had its advantages; being away f…

Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets (♦♦♦½)

Amy Raye is married, has a kid of her own plus her husband's daughter as well. Everything seems fine from the outside, but Amy has a secret double life. Every once in a while she engages in sex with other men. Danger appeals to her on a primal level.

Amy Raye has hunted wild game since she was a child. Her grandfather taught her early on invaluable survival skills, which she has polished over the years. Her survival instincts and skills come in handy when she disappears in the wilderness of Colorado for three months in relatively unfamiliar terrain while hunting elk. Pru, a dedicated law enforcement officer, doesn't believe in failure, and it is that drive that ultimately leads her to Amy Raye.

I had an uneven experience with this book. I really liked the first 20% or so, but as the search dragged on and Amy Raye's character started to be fleshed out, it became heavy reading for me because I couldn't understand or condone her behavior. Luckily for me and the author as well, Amy Raye was a complex woman, one determined to survive and seize the opportunity life seemed to be offering her, and I liked that.

DISCLAIMER: I received from the publisher a free Galley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Your review makes me curious to see what happened!

  2. Ha Ha. One of my reading groups has a slogan: "Take a chance on a book." Sounds like that is what happened here.

    1. You are right, Judy. I typically read murder mysteries, political thrillers, historical fiction, and paranormal with a mixture of other genres. I wanted to explore more contemporary fiction and this is what I got. Serves me well. :-)

  3. A secret double life eh? Oh I didn't realize it was exactly like that. Thankful for your review. Had this on my list but I'm not sure.

    1. The story is told in two voices: Amy's (the missing woman) and Pru's (the rescue patrol woman). Both women's lives are explored during the course of the search to give a fuller picture of how they got to that point and what is at stake.


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