Review: The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig

January 23, 2014 3.5 stars, 4 stars, Book Review 14 ★★★★

The Cormorant

Miriam is on the road again, having transitioned from “thief” to “killer”.

Hired by a wealthy businessman, she heads down to Florida to practice the one thing she’s good at, but in her vision she sees him die by another’s hand and on the wall written in blood is a message just for Miriam.

She’s expected…

Miriam is back in The Cormorant with as much in your face spunk as you’ve come to expect from her. She’s been through a lot since Blackbirds and I must say you’ll see here come quite ways here as well. There were some very some turns that I did not expect and frankly a few that I was somewhat disappointed in, but overall a good showing and great character growth was achieved for Miriam.

I was of course immediately sucked in with the violence, mystery,thrills and the typical awesomeness which Chuck Wendig had indoctrinated me to with Blackbirds and Mockingbird.

The Good: I can promise you more graphic grizzly deaths, a positive for me because hey Im just that twisted. A kicking sweet scene with birds the likes of which Hitchcock himself couldn’t top, I shit you not. SPOILERS BEWARE: Jailtime, kidnapping, and attempted dismemberment and maybe perhaps a night of drunken debauchery? Top that all off with some good old family feuding and self loathing and what have you got but a deliciously toxic mix of kick ass.

Now, some of the Bad: Unfortunately, for me The Cormorant started to fall short after about the 40% mark, lacking some of the punch that I had experienced in the previous two books. I could blame this on myself as I was amping myself up for an even bigger and badder nasty villain than before. In that respect I have to say I was…let down. Ok so was the villain sick, twisted, and a realistic type creep? Yes, yes and yes. So why then Tabitha were you disappointed? I can’t say that I know exactly why. This and several things about the latter part of the plot just didn’t quite light my fire in the same way. Perhaps I was just anticipating more than what I got or something different. There was some good, there was some bad, there was the hurt me so good ugly but even so I find myself fence sitting on this one a bit.

The Cormorant was still a good addition to the Miriam Black series. She does go through some reality checks and a smidge of growing up and self realizations that no doubt have been a long time coming. I can tell there is definitely more in store for her and hopefully the next installment will return me to the heapings of love for Miriam’s badassery. Because of course you know I plan to continue.

The Cormorant (Miriam Black #3)

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When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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14 Responses to “Review: The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      No, that wasn’t it for me. I think it was the villain? Or maybe my mood at the time? I’m leaning toward it was my mood? I did read it afterall when I was feeling like I was in a nasty pit of despair. So lets blame this one on me lol.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      The cover art is amazing isn’t it! You should check out the cover for the first book Blackbirds. And the birds definitely to play heavily in the book!

  1. Richelle Nicole

    MUST read it! You know I love me some Miriam! Yes! Course you remember I did tell The Chuck that I could be very much like Miriam, minus the crack whore bit, yes yes, and the whole portents of death *sigh* Ok, so I’m the fatter, kickass version who can’t tell you how you’re going to die. Lol
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  2. Samantha Degraff

    Hey Tabitha, I know Im a few days late commenting on this post, but thats because after this review I went out and got the first and second in the series, and Ive actually been in a bit of a reading slump lately, but I started Blackbirds and literally couldn’t put it down! Read it straight through that day, and now Im on Mockingbird! Just what I needed to get me going again! I loved her sailors mouth (maybe because I happen to drop the f-bomb a lot to!) and smokes like a chimney! All though Im cutting back lately! lol But I definitely just loved Miriams’s character for some reason! Through in a little supernatural too and BAM its just awesome, so thanks again, it always seems to be your posts that I get that most greatest books out of. 🙂

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Wow I’m so glad that you decided you were interested enough to rush out and read the series! You are like soo my book pushing success story. *squeeeeeeeeeeee* I bet by now you’re already onto the third one aren’t you??!! Isn’t Miriam just flipping amazing?

      • Samantha Degraff

        Yep your right I’m a little more than halfway through the third one, and I cannot wait to see what happens! Does she get Ashley and save her mom? Do we ever see Luis again? Lol just some of the questions going through my head right now! But yes Miriam is definitely a lil badass! She was definitely just what I needed! lol 🙂

        • Tabitha the Pabkins

          Hah! The suspense!! Glad you are enjoying it so much. That means you’ll probably love his other stuff as well! The Blue Blazes and Under the Empyrean Sky

  3. Samantha Degraff

    Ahhh, I just finished it! Thats the end?!? It seems like it could definitely lead into another book! Ew and the way Ashley went! Gross, but deserved, shit he turned pretty evil! Yes I will definitely be getting his other books. Have you read any of his other ones?

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I have read Under the Empyrean Sky (its his first YA book that he released last year), I haven’t read The Blue Blazed but I hear its amazing…he also has a vampire/zombie book called Double Dead that sounds great. Pretty much I can already tell I love his writing style.

      Of course there has to be another Miriam book!!! We need more Luis!