CHANGES by Jim Butcher

I just finished… CHANGES (The Dresden Files, Book 12) By Jim Butcher

I read the end of this book last Thursday and started to write my review of it, but I proceeded to stare at the blank screen for a good ten minutes. I realized I needed to let it sink in because this book lived up to its name–it changed things. Everything really. And I wasn’t entirely sure what the next book would bring.

From the beginning, this book was emotional. The very first line had me hooked. I didn’t want to put it down. I had to find out what happened. Which is a mark of a good book by anyone’s definition. If I hadn’t read the previous eleven books, and been so invested in the characters, the beginning wouldn’t have had such a strong hook. But I had, so it did.

Harry Dresden and Susan Rodriguez have a child. A daughter that Susan never told him about. And of course, the Red Court of vampires took her.

The rest of the book is about getting the child–Maggie–back. Like all of Butcher’s Dresden books, it’s never that simple. There are a lot of parts moving behind the scenes, and we learn some other surprises, some of them little and some huge.

I had one big part in the plot that bothered me, to save anyone from spoilers, it’s hidden at the very bottom unless you want to read it.

I have to read the next one, because I HAVE TO KNOW how in the HELL Butcher’s going to continue this, though I have to think Demonsreach is involved. Somehow…

Loved the book ♥♥♥♥♥ out of ♥♥♥♥♥

Loved the audiobook  ♥♥♥♥♥ out of ♥♥♥♥♥  (Seriously, anyone would doesn’t find Marsters amazing as the narrator of these books needs their head examined.)

What I’m reading next…  GHOST STORY (The Dresden Files, Book 13) By Jim Butcher & still reading SAVE THE CAT!® STRIKES BACK By Blake Snyder & EVERYBODY WRITES Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content By Ann Handley (for the day job, but it might carry over.)



TURN COAT by Jim Butcher

I just finished…  TURN COAT (The Dresden Files, Book 11) By Jim Butcher

I’m a big fan of Harry Dresden and the world Butcher has created. I love that Harry is a flawed character, who has made serious mistakes. Some of those mistakes were made with the very best intentions, kind of like what happens in real life.

I was a little late getting onto the Dresden Files bandwagon, only having started the series this year. The audiobooks are narrated by James Marsters (remember Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer?) and are amazing. One of the best audio book narrations I’ve heard. His voice is right up there with my favs. And the acting/reading… I almost like listening better than reading, which is saying something for me.

In this book, Harry’s old tormentor is back. The Warden who shadowed him in the first book, just hoping he would slip up, Morgan comes to Harry wounded and on the run from the White Council. Harry’s in a unique position to know exactly what if feels like to be innocent when everyone thinks you’re guilty, and has made no bones about his feelings for the Council’s brand of strict justice.

He decides to help Morgan by trying to prove his innocence. But of course things don’t go easy…

This book it an amazing example of all the pieces and details adding up and building on top of each other until the final picture makes them all click together in a picture that has you awestruck with Butcher’s mastery of weaving that all together so seamlessly. It’s also poignant and heartbreaking and I’ll admit I cried once, okay twice…

I think this might be my favorite book yet in the series, though it’s a close race. And I’m raring to go to read the next one to answer the lingering questions dropped in my lap through this one.

Loved the book ♥♥♥♥♥ out of ♥♥♥♥♥

Loved the audiobook  ♥♥♥♥ out of ♥♥♥♥♥

*The audiobook didn’t get five hearts because it didn’t allow me to switch between the ebook and the audiobook (the Kindle Read & Listen thing.) That’s not really a criticism of the audiobook, more Kindle, but it was still a pain.

What I’m reading next…  CHANGES (The Dresden Files, Book 12) By Jim ButcherSAVE THE CAT!® STRIKES BACK By Blake Snyder – Note: I don’t read a lot of craft or non-fiction, so there’s no telling how long this will take.