Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: The Dollmaker

The Dollmaker The Dollmaker by Mary Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lot of what I wrote in the review of the first book from the Forgotten Files I could repeat here.
Look into that short review.
This gets solid 4stars for few more (straight, non-kinky) sex-scenes, and this time I did not guess the killer at any point until the big reveal. Could have done with a little less romance, at times the thoughts of the couple where repeating too much.
Still, recommended fast read for a great sick twisted killer.

This was also the book, that drew me to this series.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Review: Moon Called

Moon Called Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

KickAss start for a series.
Bought this ebook cheap, probably for a promo price, not so long ago, had this on my wishlist rather long. Currently going without rhyme or reason through my TBR. This has Vampires and Werewolves, which after Twilight and other series I wanted to stay away from.

Mercy alone is interesting enough to make want to read the second book, although probably not so soon (and it is not really cheap, even as an ebook). She stands on her own and is rather headstrong, and so far she is single, although that may change. With this book she is my kind of heroine: strong, independent, submissive when needed, but so far her head is screwed right on.

World building rather well integrated during the story with flashbacks and learning by the MC (Mercy) on the job. Better than Magic Bites (link to my review), where I decided not to read more than this first book

Skimmed a few reviews of the second book and am not so sure wether I will like it or not (but will buy it and begin reading it), what with the religion etc. .

This book is a recommended 5stars, strong beginning of a series, lots of action, suspense and well done fight scenes.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Review: Daisy in Chains

Daisy in Chains Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Twisted and I almost never guessed what will happen next.
Also a different style of writing with presenting handwritten letters, emails, newspaper cuts. Only the handwritten letters are graphics and cannot be zoomed so I had a hard time reading them. Short chapters and a lot of them help this to be a fast page-turner.
Also I did not see plot-holes, but maybe that is just me.
Good use of social media, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, email, well integrated but not too much.
Really liked the heroine.
Some may view the past when Hamish Wolf and his fellow students and what happened then, toned down and more or less excused as normal Student-Behaviour near the ending. This was not punishable (too long ago), but still Hamish Wolfe gets painted in a wrong light, imho, he is a bad guy, no matter what they say in the end.

Highly recommended fast read, and I for one really liked the ending, others did not.
Also not too bloody or brutal, some abuse, for a long time you did not know how the victims where killed. Hints of darker deeds, which never where described in detail and did not surface in the plot.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Review: Chimera

Chimera Chimera by Celina Grace
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Snatched this one up for free, as I really like these books and subscribed to the email-info from the author and was informed of the promotion.
The case is ok, but otherwise this is the worst of the series so far.
Little romance, no sex.
Kate nearly alienates a few friends and me with them, by an overly weepy and hysterical reaction to some news of her gay friends, due to her past, which I had forgotten and only a few pieces where rehashed, so I had to guess what happened. And too much thinking about being alone by Kate, way too insecure for a good Heroine and boring.

Not to rehash too much, a link to my review of Pulse (Kate Redman Mysteries, #10), which I read out of order. A lot of what I wrote is also true for this book. If the case had been a little worse, I would have given 2 meagre stars.
Cannot really say I am looking forward to the next book, which I already own.

Not a long read, but not totally a page-turner either.
Still I stand with the 3 stars I gave.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: The Shark

The Shark The Shark by Mary Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good first book in a series, maybe 4 stars is a bit much, a few twists, later in the book a little straight sex-scene, some romance. Did not guess the correct killer, but was not too surprised.
Ending ok, but as expected, again, could have given 3 stars on a different day as it was obvious from the beginning. No taking the law in ones one hands, although it was nearly what happened. Then it would have been 3 stars for sure.
Recommended fast read, for a good book about a serial killer and street wise down on the luck teens sinking into drugs and prostitution. Already own the next two books, as these were all available for 99 ct. (Euro-Cents, Germany) each.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: Die Würfel sind gefallen

Die Würfel sind gefallen Die Würfel sind gefallen by Jenny Rogneby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb read good, as both the english edt. and this one is a translation, and the price was ok, I bought the German eBook, also I might recommend this book to family and friends.
OK, some things that happen are beyond real, starting with the first bank robbery, which would in my view not have happened how it did. But if you are able to read on, this is one twistet book, I almost never knew what would happen next, and in this case, that was what kept the suspense for me.
Trigger warning: child abuse.
Mostly written from POV of the female MC.

While this is going in to a different direction and hacking plays only a little, minor role, this is by far the best female MC since Lisbeth Salander - the Huntress from Alexandra Sokoloff would have been just as good but that series is mostly from a different POV if I remember right (Insert book/author does not work now, will change to link later). Headstrong, independent, although married with children, not the typical romance, nor the typical wife.

Hoping that the english translation of the original is as good as the german one.

Highly recommended 5 stars and I am just planning when to buy the next book in the series (price is a bit high, got this one for under 5 Eur, but the price of this has also risen, was just lucky, could have been an Amazon Promo Price).
Will recommend this to my mother and the rest of my family, although she does not like to read too much about abused children, but this one is too good to miss.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Review: Lauernde Schatten

Lauernde Schatten Lauernde Schatten by Katrin Rodeit
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Amazon Auslese Promo Preis für einige Zeit. German Book, review therefore in German, I did not check, wether there is an english translation available, and as it is not recommended by me, you need not search for it. Standard-fare, a few twists, but not enough suspense.

Standard Krimi, nette twists, vor allem, da ich bis kurz vor Ende nicht auf den Schuldigen für den 2. Teil gekommen bin, obwohl ich das schon eine bekannte Gruppe eingeordnet habe.
Wenigstens kein plötzlich auftauchender Unbekannter.
Brauchbares Lesevergnügen, aber auch nicht so spannend, mit ein bischen viel Familien/Background geschwurbel, hätte in der Tiefe und Länge nicht sein müssen.

Solide 3 Sterne, aber hebt sich nicht von anderen guten Krimis ab. Heldin ist ok, wobei mal wieder ein gefährlicher Alleingang wie in vielen anderen Krimis als Spannungsmittel nicht sehr überzeugt - ich halte diese Art der Alleingänge, auch bei den zufällig wieder mal nicht ausreichend geladenen Handy (wieso kaufen die eigentlich alle kein Ladegerät/Halterung etc. für das Auto?) für oftmals, hier auch wieder, völlig unrealistisch. Entweder hinterlasse ich rechtzeitig bei Kollegen / Freunden eine Nachricht, das ich eine Spur verfolge, jemanden besuche etc., und/oder ich sorge dafür, das mein Handy aufgeladen ist. Oder ich nehme als Polizist(in) gleich Verstärkung mit.

So wie es ist, ok, solide 3 Sterne, keine Empfehlung. Nicht spannend genug.

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