Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: #Hater

#Hater #Hater by Cambria Hebert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Still good, but a bit long, imho. More suspense, but no real twists.
Most of what I said about the first book #Nerd can be applied here again.
A bit too much for me with the romance, but that may feel that way because I read this directly after #Nerd, so that you are warned, and the sex-scenes save it a little.

Major open ending leaves cliff hanging with open questions and nearly forces me to buy and read the next one in the series.
But I will grit my teeth and read something different, maybe the ebook someone exchanged for a review.
Recommended, but I would advise not reading the books in the series back2back unless you want something for a rainy, sad weekend and read all of them in that time.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Review: #Nerd

#Nerd #Nerd by Cambria Hebert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In comparison to Geekomancy and Adorkable more adult themes, a little sex and more drinking than in Geekomancy. Alternating POV between the female MC and the male pupil she gets to tutor. Read this after Adorkable, and found this way better, but realized, that Adorkable is YA (more like Y, without the A), and this is NA, shows that I do not like books (and other things) being put into a box - I still think A Clockwork Orange is YA, both from the contents and for the target audience.
This has a little, but in that context spot on, swearing and a few good, steamy sex-scenes to go with the straight romance.
Very well written, some sentences were a bit strange with the grammar or word order, but I am not sure wether that was the intended pattern of speech for the teens and tweens, or overlocked bad style, it was not disturbing, so I let it slide without reporting it.
Nice use of hashtags for the chapter-intro, and Apps, smartphones etc (ok and not too much) in the story. Felt real for me.

Recommend the book, not sure of the intended age-group, I would say 14 and above, but NA might mean 18 and above? Whatever, I am way older, so I really do not care.
So, why not 5 stars or 3? Would have given 5 stars if the ending had been different (guessed it early, even to what happens in the kitchen in the last scene). Or 3 stars if something bad had happened to Rimmel. As it was written, I thought that entirely possible.
And I bought the next book - #Hater - the instant I finished this one!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Review: Adorkable

Adorkable Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just read the info on Goodreads again about the author and feel bad giving only 3 stars.
It was what was promised, a feel good HEA.

Fluffy romance, a few minor errors, but I am sorry to say, I have not submitted these to Amazon, some where debatable and no spelling errors, I think, only some words wrong or double in a sentence, some not really wrong, but (for me) bad style or not enough editing, like "she gave it some thought and thought about it", certainly correct grammar, but not well written. German was spot on, and could have saved the book to 4 points for me, had it been shorter or had more twists.
No sex, only romance, no swearing (or not much), which is a plus for me. But no sex for the age-group both in the book and the one intended to read it, a little unrealistic, but ok.

A rainy weekend-feel-good read to snuggle with your favorite blanket on the couch with a hot cup of chocolate, coffee or tea. Recommended, well done, but no real surprises. Could have been shorter (or have shorter chapters, to pause in between). The 3 stars are more like 3.4 rounded down, on another day I might have rounded 3.5 up to 4, but it does not feel like it for me. Will check out the next book, maybe the author grows, both on me and in her writing style. Recommended.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Review: Geekomancy

Geekomancy Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From the blurb and the cover this looked interesting, but somehow it is not gripping me, I will try to finish it soon. Nice twist at around 47%, but this does not save the book.
World-Building is made up on the fly and does not really work for me, it is not deep enough. Maybe Steampunk is not my Genre?! Heroine is great, though!
So, 3 stars it is, and I cannot honestly recommend it. Will probably not read the next one in the series. Was blended by the cover-girl, sorry I fell for it. It is a nice fluffy steam-punk fantasy, very little romance, and if all Steampunk-stories are like this, that genre is probably not for me (although does Clockwork Prince The Infernal Devices-series count as Steampunk? liked that one a lot and still have the other 2 books in that series on my TBR-bought-pile)

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Review: Not Alone

Not Alone Not Alone by Craig A. Falconer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Got this for free from the daily email from Bookbub, linking to free or inexpensive books.
The blurb was good, and the cover reminded me of the recent X-Files-reboot (so far nothing like the cover occurs in the book, so that was probably the intention, although it reeks of a DMCA waiting to happen).
In the beginning a fast paced, suspenseful book, some parts with rather too much happening without slowing down. Very well written, might get a solid and well deserved 5 stars in the end. But then, around the 60% mark, after a certain event, it slows down for me and bore me until around 80% where it twists twice in a short time, one twist I guessed, the second not.
As it was written before the BREXIT decision, this is not in the book, otherwise the book is as up-to-date as possible (China!) and sneaky and twisty as can be. For conspiracy-nuts and alike they will get what they deserve.

Hope to finish it soon.
OK, took me a few books in between to finally finish it.

It might have been better served split into two books, ending the first book at 80% or earlier giving a sort of (false) closure and then the second book starting with the two twists which then occur.

Still, after reading it so far, I would gladly have paid a normal price for it (up to 10 Us$ or 9 Eur for the ebook) and I think it should be translated into German, so I can recommend it to my family and friends.
After the 80% mark and the two hard twists I had trouble finishing it, some of it was, "Oh NO, this book is going to end", some was "could have stopped there and done a 2nd book with more ending story and few more twists". But, ok, although not much happens after 80% and I still think for a single book it was too long after that, it was nicely done, with a well deserved ending.

Therefore a solid 4star with a recommendation for all people, SF, non-SF, Geeks, Nerds and non-Geeks, non-Nerds alike.
Except for BREXIT and Trump this is rather up-to-date, with great use of social-media, the tech we use today etc. President Slater looks to me like a Hillary Clinton clone, with all her mistakes, and that could have well been on the point, if not for the chosen US-Presidency "we need a change to believe in". We will see, how that turns out for all of us.

Will certainly look for other books from this author.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Review: Exhume

Exhume Exhume by Danielle Girard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Got this cheap, less than half the normal price, cannot remember why, and had this for a few months on my virtual bought-TBR-pile of ebooks.
Needed a break from Not Alone (although I should gritt my teeth and read the last 45min. or so to end that finally), this was updated on my Kindle January 21st, 2017 so I started it that day.
Most of the story is suspenseful and interesting idea - the heroine, Anna, is separated from her abusive husband, named Spencer, for 7 years now, he is not signing the divorce papers. Instead he stalks her.
The story of her having no proof for the abuse and how she lived a few years in that kind of marriage, her own mother standing by his side and not knowing what happened to her own daughter, is entirely belivable and rings of a sad truth. The situation supported by laws and society where they live, making divorce difficult without proof of abuse, playing in his hands.

This part gets 4 solid stars from me, others later would get 3 stars, with an uncertain ending, so I settle for 3.5 stars, for a good first one in a series rounded up to 4.

Main reason for maybe getting 3 stars is the plan to get him convicted, steering clear into illegal ideas, and at least one time thinking about killing Spencer. At the time this plan is hatched, there is no proof he directly killed anyone, and even if he ordered it, others might get free because of that plan.
Description of places, animals, plants where good, and not too much, a plus for me, as remember a few books which lost steam because of the descriptions (Dark Places comes to mind). Then Anna has a medical problem, which gets a bit much, but is very well integrated in the plot, leaving it open how it plays out and wether somehow Spencer was responsible.
Medical things where also very well done, this is for me (I am no expert, though!) on par with Kathy Reichs and others. This info from the blurb was what probably got me into buying that book, as I have no notes of a recommendation or review (if someone did, sorry).

Also, while the case itself is not entirely solved, he had people doing things for him and that situation is open in the end - this may all be solved in the next book, meaning this is not to be read as a standalone. As the second is yet to be published Excise on August 22nd 2017 as per Goodreads, I will reserve judgement until then - but am not too sure that I will buy that book and read it.

Thinking about it, there where entirely to many threads unsolved, so I would advise to read this with the second book available or near its publishing date, to read them back to back.
Wether this really warrants the 4 stars I gave it, remains to be seen. If and when I read the second the book, I will add a comment here and review the second book accordingly.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Review: Deliver Us From Evil

Deliver Us From Evil Deliver Us From Evil by Allison Brennan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ending ovious, not enough twists. Could have been cheaper.
Recommended as a sexy romance book with supernatural story-line.

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