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Here are the last of my one-sentence audiobook reviews. I know one resolution I have for 2023 – not let the number of outstanding reviews pile up throughout the year!

The Last Emperox by John Scalzi

There is nothing quite as satisfying as a series, whether it be on television or written, that never loses its intensity throughout its span and ends with a spectacular finish, as Mr. Scalzi does with this one.

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

I don’t think I could fully appreciate this one, but I can understand what Mr. Yu was trying to accomplish for his readers.

Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

I loved this fascinating look at post-war Japan until the end, which made me want to forget the entire thing because it frustrated me.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I love Gothic novels, and this one, with its creepy setting and even creepier family, hit all the right notes.

In the Study with the Wrench by Diana Peterfreund

A continuation of the first book in the Clue mystery series that continues to delight and has one killer ending that immediately had me starting the final book.

Float Plan by Trish Doller

Excellent fluff if that is your jam; it is not mine.

The Guncle by Steven Rowley

I was expecting many more laughs but found an endearing story that surprised me with its emotional intensity.

In the Ballroom with the Candlestick by Diana Peterfreund

The final book in the series didn’t contain as many surprises as I would have liked, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Oh, how I enjoyed this story full of magic and mystery, Edwardian customs, and a surprising romance!

The Wedding Ringer by Kerry Rea

While usually not my thing, I did enjoy this story because Maisie is such a hot mess who deserves a win.

The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

I might have enjoyed this one more had I known that kaiju is an entire genre and got into that genre, but it is still a John Scalzi novel which means I enjoyed it anyway.

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