Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Review: Sworn to Silence


Sworn to Silence
Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This writer popped up on my list for books as "other people have bought/lent/stolen this" whenever I searched for certain books or bought a book, so I researched this a bit and finally caved, got a good deal from Amazon.De (after realizing they sell 2 differently priced eBooks of this, I bought the cheaper one), too.
Also I had an Amazon Gift Card from XMas, so I did not really pay for it myself.

Great page-turner, a few nice twists, some romance, a short non-explicit, plain sex-scene.
But also rape, lots of blood and very grizzly murders. Not for the squeamish!

Hm, what to tell about the book without spoiling anything? Could have had more twists, but I can live with that.
The information about Amish and their way of life was very interesting and the thrown in language makes this an interesting read (the words and expressions look like Dutch and/or German, but have often a slightly different, special meaning, having evolved from their origin).
Highly recommended book about a serial killer. Bought the next book in the series instantly.

Goal:
this might well be my last finished book for 2014.
On Goodreads I have now read and reviewed 107 books with a self-set goal of 104.
In reality, counting novellas as books, I read a few more, some I did not find at Goodreads, or did not review:
read in 2014 gelesen
115 englisch + deutsch (English and German books together)
5 deutsch (German)
110 englisch (English)
of these
114 where eBooks (Kindle, ePub converted to Kindle) and
1 Paperback.

I have started quite a few books (12 in 2014, I think) which I have not finished, but also cannot bring myself to count as abandoned ( DNF ), I hope to finish some of them sometime.

Even though this was not work, sometimes you have other things to do, I will not set my goal for 2015 higher but will stay with 104 books. We will see how that turns out.



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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Review: Falling Angel: A Novel


Falling Angel: A Novel
Falling Angel: A Novel by William Hjortsberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This book was just recommended to me. As I love the movie which was based on this book, I already read it a few years ago (I just looked at Amazon.De, the paperback was bought in August 2001). The story is a strange one, and, like the movie, not for all. It features grisly murders, blood and voodoo. It is one of the books I wanted to read again, and having bought the movie again on Blu-ray, I will certainly do so. As I have a lot of books more or less unsorted, it was easier, just to buy it again and it helped, that the ebook is quite cheap, both at Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

If you are not squeamish, I highly recommend this book, which strays into dark realms: the occult, religious and fantastic.
A link to IMDB: Angel Heart



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Review: The Loyal Servant: A Very British Political Thriller


The Loyal Servant: A Very British Political Thriller
The Loyal Servant: A Very British Political Thriller by Eva Hudson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Barely 3 stars, more family drama then suspense thriller, the main story could have fit in a 100 pages or less and would have read better.
Too much family. No sex, no (or not much) romance.
The characters where real, however and I really liked the main character (which for me is Caroline), but am a bit ambivalent about Angela Tate, who sometimes comes across as a not very likable unscrupulous reporter.
Bought this because I liked the Skyberg/FBI Embassy-Books, where Angela Tate pops up in a supporting role.
Not recommended, but as I bought the cheap edition (when the price was low) with two other Angela Tate books, maybe the others are better.




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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Review: Death Never Sleeps


Death Never Sleeps
Death Never Sleeps by E.J. Simon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Lend with Amazon Prime, one book free per month, this is for December 2014.
Great idea, but more action than necessary, too little about A.I. and the turn to ether, souls, death etc. not very real.
It was not entirely explained, more like "I will throw this in, do not know how it will develop", leaving space to grow in the next book, but I am not entirely sure, it will be good, although I guess I will read it, as soon as the price drops more (hoping for a free prime lend or a 1 $ bargain).
It strays into Religion and I would have been entirely satisfied if there was more about AI and the SF-style absolutely real.
Sold three stars, recommended to people, how do not really care and know about computers and can suspend believe - I cannot and I do know too much about AI and am an Atheist, so do not really care about the religious part, which was not really well done.
Without that part it could have easily been a 4 star book, and a recommendation to anyone. It is not, sorry.



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Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Bones Never Lie: A Novel


Bones Never Lie: A Novel
Bones Never Lie: A Novel by Kathy Reichs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Waited far too long till I began this book, even after only few pages I know why Kathy Reichs is one of my favorite writers.
Interesting and a good read, even when it gets complicated.
And while I guessed the twists, except for two (one medical and the one ending the book), shortly before they occurred, it was still a page-turner.
Mostly the case-solving was a team effort and near the end it was a bit much that Tempe nearly solved the last puzzles alone, you had to suspend your believe, and she positioned herself again in a dangerous situation.
Highly recommended, and a solid 5star. Can be read as a standalone, but I think it is better to read all books and in order.





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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone


Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Great beginning, and one of my favourite cities: Prague.
When I was there, my last real vacation, 1984 or 1985, it was still a communist country, Tschecheslowakia (since then parted in Tschechei and Slovenia).
Given the old roads and cobblestone it was an adventure, although I managed some parts alone, and most with a group of people who I had "Advenced Philosophical Study" with (a rare Leistungskurs in German school, for some a glimpse of what to study): I am sitting in a wheelchair and Prague is just about one of the un-accessiblesed (sp?) cities I visited. Cameras and Military Personell about, even way before 9/11 (yeah people, there was a time with surveillance before that - in non-democratic countries ... and elsewhere). But I will not rant more.
So I was thrilled to read a book playing there, as I knew that Prague has not changed too much since then.
I am currently two minds about this book, one part does not want to finish it, and that my main computer broke down helped some, I had to save data and try to repair it or write a detailed report for sending the Mac mini to Apple. And I read a different book (a novella) in between, as I was constantly distracted.
The other mind is, I am not sure, after skimming some reviews of the second book, wether I will enjoy that.
And then, at 75% now, it kind of drags along (ok, that makes three minds, not two).
My favourite character are Karou and Zuzana, I do not like Akiva.
Threw caution to the wind, at 98%, a few minutes left reading, I bought the second book in the series.
A review can only be practical after the trilogy has ended (if I do not DNF the second or third book, ah the joy of the double negative ...).
The circle this book goes, I am sorry to say, I did not guess that, not having thought much about the book during the breaks I took.
Maybe if I had forced myself to read it faster, more than a month is entirely too long even with reading and finishing several other books in between.
So I will not spoil it, but I still think, it dragged around the 70%-mark, when the action left Prague.




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Review: The Ocean Dark: A Novel


The Ocean Dark: A Novel
The Ocean Dark: A Novel by Jack Rogan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Actually the author of this is Christopher Golden, writing under Jack Rogan.
That was the main reason for me to buy this book, sounded like a Clive Cussler-novel.
Could have been shorter, nearly all major characters (5-8?) get a flashback-background story, and I could have done with less.
Good use of romance conflicting with job or task at hand, short sex-scenes add to the story, and are ok.
At one point I think there is a procedural mistake, where someone sprains his/her ankle and a few short pages later hears it break but nothing is mentioned after that - the person should have been unable to do most of the running around in the book after that.
Parts of the story could also have been by the Douglas Preston - Lincoln Chil-Duo of writers.

Still, except for being to long, highly recommended, to fans of Christopher Golden and Clive Cussler, and also maybe Preston-Child-fans.




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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Review: The Kill


The Kill
The Kill by Jane Casey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



As with the last one, this was a page turner and for a me a welcome break from struggling with other books.
The romance took an interesting turn, two near-sex scenes played out different from my expactation, one bordering on rape, the other was left hanging.
The case - or are they cases and the revisiting of old enemies takes some nice turns. The story and the meandering investigation keeps you guessing, at least in my case. Some facts (key facts) are only told in the who-dunnit-reveal, Agatha Christie-like, so the reader has no real chance to solve the puzzle before.
The ending has a nasty surprise, and with that two lines of the story remain open for the next book, which is not yet published.
Highly recommended. As a standalone you miss out on some background, but not much, the main facts are explained.



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Friday, December 5, 2014

Review: Mariposa


Mariposa
Mariposa by Greg Bear

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Read Quantico again, to be in the mood for this, but this took one major turn in style, and was somehow not well edited, more like 2.5 points.
There are no spelling errors, and some grammar errors or missing words may have been deliberately (slang/speech from characters), not too distracting, but also left me feeling like a bad scan or shoddy editing (or no editing).
The idea was good, so 3 stars it is.
I may add to this review in the next few days.
Recommended with warning, do not expect too much, this should have been a page-turner, but for that it was too complicated.
This an SF-take on something Brad Thor might write, or from the Tom Clancy-Group (think Netwars).
A very specific US-Future which has a lot of true ideas and some good thought out political twists.




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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Review: Mörder ohne Gesicht


Mörder ohne Gesicht
Mörder ohne Gesicht by Henning Mankell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Amazon Prime lend. Nice first one a series, but also too long.
The main story of the brutal murders of a married couple meanders along. The side stories where ok. real problems and real people.
One of the themes was the rise of racism, fueled by asylum-seekers.
Could have been less other side stories, to give a shorter book and a faster read.
Not too much romance, sex only hinted at, taking place off-page.
Recommended. For fans of Sweden and a different take on crime for US-readers, this being typical European problems. I read this in German translation, the english one may be different.



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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: The Hunter


The Hunter
The Hunter by Chris Carter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Short story, too short to pay something for it. Should be tacked to a book ending. Or given away for free.
Nice intro for a new hero, this being the first case. Well done, highly recommended, I will certainly read more of this author and series!



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Review: Extraction


Extraction
Extraction by Douglas Preston

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Short story, too short to pay something for it. Should be tacked to a book ending. Or given away for free.
Scary Pendergast-telling of a nice children-bedtime-story, a twist on the Tooth-Fairy.



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Review: Deep Hurt


Deep Hurt
Deep Hurt by Eva Hudson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



The series gets better! So 4 stars it is, also highly recommended.
A few nice twists, some I guessed, but the main one was a surprise. And a conclusion to a slower background story.
This review is short as I have computer problems and as a former helpdesk-professional I am the person to solve these problems. Currently taking a break from using computers for far too much (and far too long, since late 1984).



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Monday, November 17, 2014

Review: Run Girl: Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thrillers Prequel Novella


Run Girl: Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thrillers Prequel Novella
Run Girl: Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thrillers Prequel Novella by Eva Hudson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Novella, rather well done, and so far the best one in the series. Ingrid is not really acting alone and that does a lot for me to make this more realistic.
Her finance requires a mere mention, setting the stage to the next (first) book, this being the prequel to the series.
As one of my computers (the main client) broke down, it took me longer than normal to read it. It is a good novella, and not too short.
Recommended, and I will read the next book in the series (#3) soon.



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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Review: A Dark Mind


A Dark Mind
A Dark Mind by T.R. Ragan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Amazon-Prime-Lending (one book per month, this is for November 2014).
Thought about DNFing, but managed to finish it.
There are several interesting stories, but interwoven in an unnecessary complicated way, with flashbacks and the current stories.
In the end, all parts where concluded, and what I really liked, not all neat and clean.
But the problem I had with the book (and which I also saw reflected in some other reviews, maybe influencing me), there where to many parts.
It is a fast read, and you should not really stop (which I did), or maybe take notes. For the Kindle, X-ray is active and it should have helped, but did nothing for me, to many names, to many stories, to many cases and not all really interesting.
The romance was ok, not drawn out, but also no sex-scenes, rather a "when will this case be over, so we can have sex again", probably happening after the book, off-page/print?!
Also the character I like most is Haley, which is a minor character. Lizzy (the main heroine in the book) was a bit much, with her background story and while I can understand her, I think she is not a good P.I. and should consider a different job. Jessica I could not dig at all, she wants to be a Profiler, but sounds like she should be an accountant, chained to a 9to5 desktop-job. As a Profiler (read books from John E. Douglas) she would do much more fieldwork than now, and she does not like it, nor is she too good at doing research, easily trumped by Haley.

The 3 stars given are solid, not rounded up or down, but also I cannot honestly recommend this to anyone. Having not paid for it helps, I cannot set a price value I consider right. In all probability I will sometime read another book by her to see wether it is better or not.



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Review: A Dark Mind


A Dark Mind
A Dark Mind by T.R. Ragan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Amazon-Prime-Lending (one book per month, this is for November 2014).
Thought about DNFing, but managed to finish it.
There are several interesting stories, but interwoven in an unnecessary complicated way, with flashbacks and the current stories.
In the end, all parts where concluded, and what I really liked, not all neat and clean.
But the problem I had with the book (and which I also saw reflected in some other reviews, maybe influencing me), there where to many parts.
It is a fast read, and you should not really stop (which I did), or maybe take notes. For the Kindle, X-ray is active and it should have helped, but did nothing for me, to many names, to many stories, to many cases and not all really interesting.
The romance was ok, not drawn out, but also no sex-scenes, rather a "when will this case be over, so we can have sex again", probably happening after the book, off-page/print?!
Also the character I like most is Haley, which is a minor character. Lizzy (the main heroine in the book) was a bit much, with her background story and while I can understand her, I think she is not a good P.I. and should consider a different job. Jessica I could not dig it all, she wants to be a Profiler, but sounds like she should be an accountant, chained to to 9to5 desktop-job. As a Profiler (read books from [a:John E. Douglas|54208|John E. Douglas|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/m_50x66-3fbaf32fc1fc48e6ffaf3f63a026f0ff.png]) she would do much more fieldwork than now, and she does not like it, nor is she too good at doing research, easily trumped by Haley.

The 3 stars given are solid, not rounded up or down, but also I cannot honestly recommend this to anyone. Having not paid for it helps, I cannot set a price value I consider right. In all probability I will sometime read another book by her to see wether it is better or not.



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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review: The Lost Island: A Gideon Crew Novel


The Lost Island: A Gideon Crew Novel
The Lost Island: A Gideon Crew Novel by Douglas Preston

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Over the top action and a retelling of Homer's Odyssey (I do not consider that a spoiler!) did not save the book.
The duo authors entertain, but it would have been better with less action and more real discoveries and people.
The 3 stars are rounded up, more like 2.5 stars the book deserves. Regarding that the Gideon Crew books where always not as good as the Pendergast-Series, and even there I found the last few sorely lacking (Nazis? for real?), I think they have lost it. The next book by them, White Fire, is already on my new Kindle Voyage, but I will read other books first.
Not recommended.



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Friday, October 31, 2014

Review: Brilliance


Brilliance
Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Amazon-Prime-Lending (one book per month, this is for September 2014), so did not buy it. Read other books which interested me more, in between so I did not finish it in September and had to struggle to finish it on the last day (Halloween, October 31st).
While the book is straight forward, it reminds me of a John Brunner Novel like Stand On Zanzibar or The Shockwave Rider or a film by Paul Verhoeven like Robocop or Totall Recall. Like these books&films there are short fake news and short ads for fake books. But unlike Brunner, there is only one story, and with only few twists, the main one I guessed early on - what would happen to the hero and John Smith, so I do not count that as a spoiler, I will not go into details.
Around the time after 60% (train-platform / meeting Shannon) the search for John Smith began and the book started to drag for me, I had trouble to get over that point, guessing how it might play out, not in detail - that was nicely done and very well written, saved this book getting 3.5 rounded to 3 stars. In some places it gets 4.5 stars, but as a whole and for being predictable (nearly from the beginning) 4 stars it is.
Recommended to fans of a believable alternative future, where in the past 9/11 has not happened, instead, part of population was gifted.
I will certainly read at some point the next book in the series (probably all, but the third is not published yet).



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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: Stolen


Stolen
Stolen by Allison Brennan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Not enough Twists for a 5 star, but still good, 4.5, rounded to 4 stars.
For me, with not too much romance, a short non-kinky sex-scene and the story about hacking and b&e in highly secured buildings, just my kind of story. Could even had more detailed descriptions of the tech, but ok.
In the end not enough surprises and twists to warrant 5 stars, still, highly recommended and I think so far the best one in the series.



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Review: Reckless


Reckless
Reckless by Allison Brennan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Reading the beginning of Stolen, the next real book in the Lucy Kinkaid-Series, I thought I missed some storyline.
Through Fictfact.com (strong suggestion to all readers of Series register there for the easy following of Series) I found out, that I missed a Novella.
Usually I am reluctant to buy that, if it is too pricey - and this one was over my self-set-barrier of 1 Eur, but I caved and bought it nonetheless.
Just a strong suggestion: Novellas should be a cheap teaser and cost 0.89 Eur or just 1 Us$ - or be entirely free.
Or there should be a collection if a series is closed of all short stories and novellas - but also cheap.

Highly recommended before reading stolen, nice short read, before reading Stolen, the next full book in the series, I think it helps with some background but is not essential.



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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Review: Stalked


Stalked
Stalked by Allison Brennan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



As usual a fast read, true page-turner.
A little romance, but not too much, one side-story-romance was a bit much for me, but it is not clear, how it will play out in the next books (Suzanne/Joe). One short non-kinky (read boring) sex-scene.
The books is up-to-date with tech like surveillance and computers, does not go too much into details but never feels invented or over-top.
No real twists.
Still, I like the style, and recommend it to fans of the series and the writer. Should finish other books first, but just felt like reading this first.
And instantly bough her next book (Stolen) and started it.




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Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: Ghost Country


Ghost Country
Ghost Country by Patrick Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Lots of action, but also in between a few things to think about.
Not much to add, read my review of the first book, sorry for that.
Will probably write a longer review of the third book Deep Sky - (Travis Chase, #3) Patrick Lee.
Highly recommended, fast-page-turner.



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review: The Breach


The Breach
The Breach by Patrick Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Although the beginning and the way the story is told is way different, the scenario reminds me of Signal to Noise - Eric S. Nylund and the sequel A Signal Shattered, the main character, the Alien named "Wheeler" was one of the most interesting characters I read. "Whisper" seems to pursue similar goals and the idea of the Breach as a way to be given Alien Technology is so far not explained but seems similar to "Signal to noise". Although I just started it yesterday and have been doing other things I am at 37%, still very good, might be a 5star so far and I will certainly read the next book in the series.
A few nice twists, although I guessed some properties of the Breach, others came as a surprise as did the origin of of Whisper.

Highly recommended, and takes a different approach with no solution as to the origin of the Entities coming of the Breach (although it is hinted with Whisper).
Solid 5 star and I just bought the other two books in the Trilogy - Ghost Country - Travis Chase, #2 and Deep Sky - Travis Chase, #3.
Some scenes are very brutal and bloody and the hero of the story Travis Chase is aware of that but kills nonetheless without a lot of remorse even if some is not justified.



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review: Kill Plan


Kill Plan
Kill Plan by Eva Hudson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Nice, fast read. Not too much romance.
The case was very straightforward, no real twists or surprises. A should-have-been twist with the last killing was too obvious to surprise.
Ingrid also acts again most times alone, just asking other people to supply information, not very realistic (as in the first book).
For a short read recommended, also the romance goes in a direction I really like, but also I thought this would be the direction even in the first book.
For a break between longer and better books recommended.



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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review: Broadchurch: A Novel


Broadchurch: A Novel
Broadchurch: A Novel by Erin Kelly

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Saw the TV-Series first, so I knew the how-dunnit and it was still a good book, even without the suspense.
As with the UK-TV-Series, binge-watched from Blu-ray in 2 days, the focus is on all the victims this crime has, and not so much on the killer. Still, I did not guess who the killer was in the TV-series.
Compared to the show, the book is less subtle, you get more insight in the actions and more background, to name just one, which was for me muddled and unclear in the show: Lucy. Maybe I was not watching with the same concentration with which I read a book and I missed some details, to name it here, would be to spoil both the book and more so the show, for those who have not read the book nor seen the show.
As a standalone, without the TV-show it is a good book, maybe for some not worth 5 stars, but as an addition to the TV-show it is great.
Highly recommended for fans of UK scenery (Dorset), UK-TV-shows and to anyone who has watched or will watch Broadchurch or the US-remake Gracepoint (although they are supposed to change some of the story, I watched the first 2 episodes and they where nearly identical to Broadchurch, which makes me question the point of a remake, they even put David Tennant in the same character in the US-version).



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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review: Silenced


Silenced
Silenced by Allison Brennan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Great story, but not enough twists. Romance was just in the right amount. Very small sex-scene.
Story was straightforward, no real surprises, well, one little. Fast read, very good paced.
Highly recommended, but no 5 star.



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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Review: Exit Strategy


Exit Strategy
Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



And again I had trouble wading through a rather boring book.
No suspense, one little twist, a nice showdown, and then it drags again for a few pages.
I wanted to add the author to my pile of good authors, but this ain't it.
This is about hit-men and -women banding together with their teacher to hunt down a former hit-man turned would-like-to-be serial killer.
They have too much dialogue, boring stakeouts and hunt, with enough false information being hunted down to make the book even longer.
Too long, to boring, no suspense and I did not really like all characters, the decisions they make or do not make are drawn out and they try to "do the right thing" - like not killing innocent bystanders, children etc. - wow, I would not really care for that, if I where a killer, I would relish every dead body, no matter how old it was, 1 or 99 or anywhere in between. Also, a good hit-man would not think so much. And innocent by standers? Talk about an oxymoron. No one is innocent.
Paint dries with more suspense.
So, nothing to save that book, 2 stars it is for a good idea. Not recommended and I will not read the other books in this series anytime soon - if ever.
Might not even read a book by this author anytime.



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Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: Avogadro Corp


Avogadro Corp
Avogadro Corp by William Hertling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Read most of the book September 23d till 29th, 2014.
Just as I looked for the book in my Kindle, I had bought it more than 2 years ago, they updated it with a new version.
Maybe 5 stars is too much, regarding character development, and the Author states that was improved in this version (still laking, but the main story more than makes up for it). So if the first ebook-version had problems, I only read the second, words and grammar where ok, but I still saw one or two mistakes (words in the wrong order in a sentence, or a short word missing).
I will try to read the next books in the series soon, [b:A.I. Apocalypse|15288278|A.I. Apocalypse (Singularity, #2)|William Hertling|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1339083531s/15288278.jpg|19065889] and [b:The Last Firewall|18305964|The Last Firewall (Singularity #3)|William Hertling|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1376236926s/18305964.jpg|25798891] and write a better (maybe longer) review after finishing the 3d book. If it is supposed to be the last (I am not sure).

Highly recommended book about the release of an Artificial Intelligence.

Influenced by Ray Kurzweil, he even gets mentioned both in the book and in the Author's Note in the end.
As John Brunner based [b:The Shockwave Rider|41070|The Shockwave Rider|John Brunner|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1386921650s/41070.jpg|868164] on the non-fiction view of the future of Alvin Toffler [b:Future Shock|466537|Future Shock|Alvin Toffler|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1175007455s/466537.jpg|280121], this books is based on the writings of Ray Kurzweil [b:The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology|83518|The Singularity is Near When Humans Transcend Biology|Ray Kurzweil|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348757857s/83518.jpg|1080] and others.



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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review: Under The Final Moon


Under The Final Moon
Under The Final Moon by Hannah Jayne

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



Struggling to read, Sophie gets on my nerves and there is not enough of the Vamps (Nina and Vlad).
Sophie comes across more whiney and unsure than ever, or maybe I am just not in the mood and fett up with the series.
Reading the other reviews this may end up to be a 2 stars, too much misery and not enough story.
And well, it might be the last, a bad ending or the last one for me in this series. But so far I am not nearly at the end, so I'll wait and see...
Wow struggling on, reading way better books in between and am now at 70% nearing the end and cannot wait to put it away.
After getting this far, I ask myself wether the other books in the series where really that better or if I had changed.
Without reading them again, I cannot say for sure.
But this book feels too long and as with other books I get the impression that the author gets paid per word-/page-count, which just does not produce anything a reader like me wants (for nearly the same reason I do not read Stephen King).
This could have worked better in a much shorter way, like a novella. Or by killing Sophie in the beginning, or whatever else good comes to mind.
As it is, her bad self-image, no decisions-making attitude and her whiney, tear-filled moods are killing me. And destroy my wanting to read another book in this series or another book by this author. And this is a book I preordered and was looking forward to ... I shudder to think of it.

Although near the end, I just had to read a different, better book before closing this for good (or bad, or whatever).
Choosing from my huge virtual ebook stack of paid for but yet unread books: [b:Kiss Me, Kill Me|8401387|Kiss Me, Kill Me (Lucy Kincaid #2)|Allison Brennan|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1394495620s/8401387.jpg|13261409], a realistic romantic suspense-thriller.

Having finished it, it was too long with no real story, bad or no twists (if you call the ending a twist).
The ending was ok, but could not save the book, as it was accompanied with more self-doubt and whining about her decision (and inner monologue).
So, I hope this series will not get another book.
Not recommended, except for closing the series or die-hard fans. In looking back at the other books of the series I am not sure wether I gave them too much credit. Maybe I have changed. And this gets 2 stars and a promise to myself not to read another book by this writer anytime soon.
This should have been a short 2-3 read, but the 25 days from start to finish reflect how much I struggled to read this book.
As it was pre-ordered and paid for, and once I got over the 30% barrier I also hated to abandon it. As it is: a time-consuming mistake not to abandon it.




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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Review: If I Should Die


If I Should Die
If I Should Die by Allison Brennan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Started this the instant I finished the second book in the Lucy Kincaid-series, this being the third.
Way too much self-doubt from Lucy regarding her commitment and love to Sean. And with it too many romance scenes or inner monologue by her.
So in the End 4 stars is a bit much, more like 3.5 stars.
The main storyline is good, with lots of action, but no real good twists, some little ones I did not care about and some others where signaled long before they occurred.
I would have finished it faster, but the iPhone 6 was delivered in the middle of it and I had to backup my old iPhone, transfer it to the new and work on the old one to give it to my mother.
Still a solid book, I recommend it. The attached novella was better, as a prequel to the series Lucy had not yet met Sean and there was less romance, but still self-doubt and inner monologue, but not too much. Alone I would give 5 stars to the novella, but think as a fast, short read, it is good I did not pay for it extra, the last novellas (Karin Slaughter, Kathy Reichs) where rather expensive. Novellas should cost 1.30 Us$ or less (1 Eur or less), or better be free.



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: Kiss Me, Kill Me


Kiss Me, Kill Me
Kiss Me, Kill Me by Allison Brennan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Great beginning and with the theme of current problems, mobile phones, computer, social media and unsocial media, my kind of book.
The Lucy Kincaid series proves to be one of my favorite series by Allison Brennan.
A few nice twists, a bit much romance, but not too disturbing. Nice sex-scenes, detailed but non-kinky, not too boring either, simply good, but could have been more interesting.
Did not guess the killer until the reveal.
The main story is describing an up to date behaviour of the current teens and tweens, as far as I can judge from my older view.
Might give some parents insight in their kids, they otherwise might not get from the kids themselves.
The end could have been better, and again people get themselves in danger despite orders not to do so, happens too often in these books.
At least no one took justice in their own hands, no vigilante killing.
Although lengthy, it was a fast read for me.
Highly recommended, solid 5star.



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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Review: The Girl with a Clock for a Heart


The Girl with a Clock for a Heart
The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Started 3 (!) books today. This the September 10th, 2014 BOTM of the Goodreads Group Crime Detective Mystery Thriller Group.
(Added Sept 14th, 2014) Oh well, make that 4 books.
Regardless, this is about one book. So, having reached the end, and not wanting to spoil it, how to describe?
Great title, great idea, as explained after the book, this was a novella which grew into a book.
Beginning was slow, it picked up for me, as I forced my self to read on.
Two different times, the flashback story of 20 years ago & college time and the here and now, each given a whole chapter (or two) and then the other time-line was continued. But for me no real twists, as most where signaled long before they where revealed or solved.
So, one star less, as there is only one twist that I did not guess long before it happened (or at least not before it occurred in the story).

One other reason: did not like most characters, George was ok, but did not think too much with his brain, rather with a part below his belt.
While late in the book, at least at some point he questions himself and recognizes his foolishness, but then again even in the end he does not learn from his mistakes.
He is constantly being lied to, and helps this person again and again although he was fooled in the past by her and while he does not know the truth what happened 20 years ago, he suspects and what he knows for sure should be enough to keep away from her, regardless of the good sex they had.
The saying "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me" is appropriate here.
The sex scenes are short, not very detailed and non-kinky, but not too boring either.

At some points in the story it would have played differently if cell phones where used, by being constantly reachable and probably GPS-Trackable, but it was well explained and made sense, that the main female heroine (or rather anti-heroine) did not use a cell phone for these reasons.

So, for me this is a solid 3 star, not enough twists and once again a foolish hero, who is obviously intelligent but still falls for the woman.
This could have gotten 4 or 5 stars if George or one of the other characters would have made a play for it and twisted the plot around in his or her favour. What saved this from getting less than 3 stars, was Boston, since Spenser (the Robert B Parker-Books & TV-Series) one City in USA I really like, and colder than LA & SF, my kind of City, and of course that George went to the police at some late point in the story.
Still, I recommend this book, but it starts slowly and is rather long, I think it could work better as the mentioned novella or with something like 10% less pages, some parts where too long and others not needed for the story.




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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Review: One Kick


One Kick
One Kick by Chelsea Cain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



A beginning of a new series. And as I like Chelsea Cain a lot, I nearly spent more than usual for this ebook. But luckily I compared prices and found it at Barnes and Nobles cheaper than at other places.
Although not much happens, the book goes deep in to the themes human/children abduction, trafficking and abuse (so far, 74%, the abuse is only hinted at, implied and making movies, no gory or perverse details).
While not really much happens and there is no whodunit, it is a real page-turner, and I will certainly read the next book, as this is supposed to become a series. My only regret is the next book is said to come out in August 2015, and I would not be surprised if that slips further to a future date.

Highly recommended and while the main theme of abuse, abduction and (child) human trafficking may be disturbing or touch a nerve, there is only one short torture scene, and the abuse is not spelled out in detail. Solid 5star.



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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: Take One With You


Take One With You
Take One With You by Oak Anderson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Amazon-Prime-Lending. Slow going, as I was reading the BOTM of Psychological Thrillers mostly.

One of the films I really like is Suicide Circle (aka Suicide Club), a real-movie-filmed-manga, so I wanted to see a different take on the subject. The basic idea of both is based on reality, in Japan people find partners in chat-rooms and commit suicide together (at least they did a few years ago, not sure wether it is still happening).

This book has a lot of pieces thrown together like a jigsaw-puzzle, not a single story-line.The different pieces read like short-stories of depressing lives. And sometimes too much information, which does nothing for the main-story-line.
In between newspaper-articles, chat-logs and the like. Not bad, but also not very suspense-full or gripping.
Will read a different book in-between ( [b:The Stranger You Know|18404155|The Stranger You Know (Maeve Kerrigan #4)|Jane Casey|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1396817866s/18404155.jpg|22098234] ).
(edit: changed a few sentences around)
Had a hart time finishing this one, glad I have not bought it. The story was ok-ish, but not overwhelming and too many pieces. Reads a bit like a John Brunner-SF-Novel, [b:Stand on Zanzibar|41069|Stand on Zanzibar|John Brunner|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1360613921s/41069.jpg|2184253] or [b:The Shockwave Rider|41070|The Shockwave Rider|John Brunner|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1386921650s/41070.jpg|868164] or a movie by Paul Verhoeven (Robocop), transcripts from hearings, Websites, News, in between.
But compared to Brunner, here is not enough story and the people, while it is tried to describe them deep, are not really deep or feel real. The main hero, Charlie, it simply not audacious enough.

Mainly finished it as I got over the 30% self-set-border for abandoning/DNF a book, and wanted to lend something new in September.
Solid 3 star, I am glad, I did not pay for it. Still recommended for a good idea and for feeling current, it plays in the now and here, and these facts are on the point and real. Although these are only mentioned in passing, not explained (may puzzle a non-tech layperson) in the story like Websites, The Pirate Bay, Torrents and how to set up a Website so it can not be taken down easily.



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Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Das System: Thriller


Das System: Thriller
Das System: Thriller by Karl Olsberg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Bought this as it was cheap and sounded interesting.
Part of the story takes place in my town, Hamburg, Germany.
The template for the startup was more or less obviously copied from the German firm Star Division.
Fast paced page-turner, with a little romance and a boring small non-kinky sex-scene.
Not enough twists, end was obvious from the beginning, which cost it the 5th star.
I would even understand if someone questioned the 4th star, but I like the style and the persons where believable - even the bad ones (and not entirely bad, more in between). And it helped that a lot of the action took place in my home-town.
There could have been a twist in the end, some sort of backlash, making a sequel possible.
But unless you want a sequel, this one is a standalone, and a good one.
The tech is spot on, and for that I think 4 stars is well deserved.
Highly recommended for German readers, as it is not available in other languages as far as I have checked.
Also recommended to readers of [b:Blackout. Morgen ist es zu spät|13113378|Blackout. Morgen ist es zu spät|Marc Elsberg|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1332421033s/13113378.jpg|18287167] (also only available in German)






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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Blood Harvest


Blood Harvest
Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Wall comes tumbling down on a dark graveyard.
Feels like a perfect counterpart to a standalone by Val McDermid: A Place of Execution [b:A Place of Execution|91487|A Place of Execution|Val McDermid|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1311971779s/91487.jpg|1179513]. Dark book about dead children.
Long buildup - 50% of the book after the prologue of finding 3 female children dead in one grave, set free after the wall near the grave came tumbling down.

Full of twists and while all the people are known to the reader I did not guess the killer.
A bit of bitter romance, love not fulfilled and an unnecessary twist in the end.
While I can understand the reviews lamenting the reveal of the killer or the epilogue, I still think this is a book that is pure genius.
It could have been written by Val McDermid, and that is no small praise from me. The setting is near lancashire, and who has never been there (I have not), should look it up on Google Earth. Beautiful scenery and I can just imagine the fog and rain.

The killing scenes where bloody and cruel, but not overly graphic, as least not disturbing.

Highly recommended! Also for Fans of Val McDermid and Mo Hayder.



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: Fresh Doubt - Episode One: An Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thriller


Fresh Doubt - Episode One: An Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thriller
Fresh Doubt - Episode One: An Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thriller by Eva Hudson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This was a bookbub freebie, I feel a little bad giving only 3 stars for a book I did not pay for.
It may still be free and if not, sometimes the same books get the Promo Bookbub/Freebie treatment again.

Bookbub for recommendations
Not very solid first book in a series, but I will surely read the second to see how the heroine and the series develops.
A female FBI-Agent posted in the US-Embassy in London.
Interesting and I like the US-UK comparisons.
Romance is only hinted at, a fiancé in the US with a decision still open at the end of the book, wether to break-up and stay in the UK, with a possible love-interest in a cop, also not solved or even clear at the end of the book. That was ok with me, I do not like too much romance, but leaving all this unsolved for the next book to hopefully go one way or the other? Feels wrong.

There are two cases, one lesser handled totally unprofessional and not solved, the other one solved with a totally unsatisfying action from Ingrid.
Thrown in to the mix are an interesting female cop and a female reporter with whom she works a solution I really do not like, while the female cop only suspects what happened, she does nothing to put it right. While this is also the case with other cops in other books and sometimes even in RL, it is nothing I can accept, or understand. And for once I would like to read more books with agents playing it by the book (Twin Peaks Dale Cooper comes to mind).

Also the baddie in this book was obvious to me after a third of the book or earlier, in the beginning there are a few scenes to point in a different direction, but it just got too much.
This could have been a solid 4 star book with a solution by the FBI-playbook or both cases connected through a twist, or more twists, both cases solved or whatever.

This is comparable to the Maeve Kerrigan-Books by Jane Casey, and there it is now obvious to me, where this book fails for me:
while the amount of romance (and sex) is a little higher in the Casey-Books, Maeve plays by the rules, and also has partner some (most) of the time.
While I like Ingrid acting alone, I do not think the FBI (or every other agency) would let an agent act alone most of the time.
Given the high risks she takes, and her being just lucky to escape a few accidents, she is more like a female Rambo.

As it is, without reading the next book I cannot safely recommend this. Probably this review will get changed if and when I read the next book in the series.




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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Review: A is for Alibi


A is for Alibi
A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Was mentioned somewhere on Goodreads and sounded interesting and was very cheap (unlike the others in the series), like a promo or maybe as it is the first book in the series.
The heroine is great, being single and stubborn.
Little romance, even less sex (and the sex scenes only hinted at, not very interesting), so that was ok.
The case meanders through the story-line and the book was very dated, with no cell-phones and computers only used by accountants for book-keeping and finance, and a side story based on the switch, putting data from paper into computers.
A few twists with a nice showdown, but no real hard to guess whodunit.
Still, a solid and well deserved 3stars and a recommendation for a female P.I. .

As there are a lot of books in the Alphabet-Series, I will probably skip the next 10 and look into those which are newer and may feature more up-to-date technology, but will also check reviews first before buying.




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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review: Jung, blond, tot


Jung, blond, tot
Jung, blond, tot by Andreas Franz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Read in German, so far not translated to english, I think.
For a start of a series, "Julia Durant", 4 stars, it may be too much (1 too much), as it is too long and all major characters have some private problems.
Then again, it is very realistic even in the description and the problems (yeah, again) of minor characters.
Gruesome, very detailed mutilations and killings. A second storyline about power and teenage/child abuse, also very detailed.
Both could be disturbing for squeamish readers.
Book is a bit dated, with most people smoking heavily and mobile phones (just emerging then) only owned and used by rich people.
Also computers are only used by experts, giving the task of searching to people outside the main group of police.
The book takes place in Frankfurt, as I do not know that town personally, I cannot say how accurate it is, but the description of traffic jams etc. feels real even and might even be the same today as then it was written.

No real twists, and the killer is named at ca. 80-85% in the book, with the main killings solved and the killer in jail two or three chapters before the end. All problems are solved and most concluded, but some in a disturbing way (how to put it without spoiling it?), not neat but a bit much, this, together with no twists and being too long fails to get the 5th star in the rating.

As German ebooks are sometimes rather expensive, I am glad I got this cheap.
I just checked, it is as of this date even cheaper, but most other books in the series are 9,99 Eur, which is too much.
Recommended if you can read German and want a book about a serial killer.



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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review: Let Me Go


Let Me Go
Let Me Go by Chelsea Cain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Gretchen is back!
And helps Archie celebrate his birthday and then Halloween - Gretchen-style.
A party by Leo's father, Jack the Mobster, on his private island in Lake Oswego, attended by Archie to gather information about Jack's Russian friends ends with a body washed to the shore near the island. The events on the party are scattered in the story, to be revealed piece-by-piece, as Archie missed some of the fun and the killing. One revelation I guessed, it was obvious even in the last book, that Archie was fooled. Or as someone in this book put it so right "Men are ruled by their dicks" (Claire, Henry's pregnant cop-girlfriend).
A nice scene with a pole-dancer leads to unwarranted jealousy.
A few kinky (or sick?) sex-scenes, one of them of the "kids, don't try this at home"-type, dangerous and going into s/m-territory show how inventive Gretchen is, wow, that was a new one, have not thought someone would try this. And also by hacking some computers Gretchen forces Archie to come clean to a few people, most have known about his affair anyway.
While end is just too neat, all other parts fit nicely together, lots of death, torture hinted at, only little romance, a break-up, perfect book, way above 5 stars, probably the best book yet in the series so far.
Although long, it did not feel that way, fast paced page-turner, which made me read the whole book in just little more than two days - the first few pages late in the evening to get into it, the last (hospital) after midnight as I had other things to do and two days in between.

Highly recommended, female-serial-killer, page-turner.



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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Review: The Stranger You Know


The Stranger You Know
The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Started this and the first chapter reads familiar, like I have already read it sometime ago. Looking at the previous read books by Jane Casey wether I read a preview, I did not find any for this book, strange feeling, or Casey is copying her own work somewhere... .
Reading on, no, after the first chapter or a few pages it is new to me.

Excellent twists, keept me guessing till near the end who would the killer. Although there is a bit of deux-ex-machina there in the final conclusions when all is explained. Could warrant a star less for some, a touch too neatly solved everything and they had no real evidence for some things, only guesses and unsolved cases with suspects.
Just a few romance-scenes, exactly measured, not too much, nothing distracing from the crimes and a side-story (beginning in the last books) is integrated with the romance and leads to some unexpected scenes and again ends with a nice, unexpected twist.
Real page-turner, highly recommended. Could just stop myself from buying and reading the next book in the series.




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Friday, August 1, 2014

Review: Bet Your Life


Bet Your Life
Bet Your Life by Jane Casey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Not quite as good as the first one, too little action and too much romance, but still very good.
The (romance) problems with Dan, Will and her mother are too much and not solved, rather getting more complicated, making me fear for the next book.
The YA-Theme with bullying, pranks and lots of badly behaving teens are spot on and very good.
Highly recommended, but only gets four stars from me.



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Review: Silver Shadows


Silver Shadows
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Preordered this one February 1st 2014 and looked forward to reading it.
So much so, I nearly abandoned all other books and activities when it arrived on my Kindle.
Wow! Did not see the twist coming, although it was a logical decision, and one with big repercussions on the life and interactions in the book(s) to come.
While not planned to be that way, this twist will even influence the political realities in the series, the fallout me be difficult to guess, but it could be a split between factions.
Just the perfect mix of action and romance for me.
Sydney is my favorite person in this series, headstrong and intelligent.
The book is rather short, but as I think a lot of books could be shorter, this was ok for me, here I found nothing to cut away.
The next one is preordered already, supposed to be published February 2015: [b:The Ruby Circle|8709528|The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)|Richelle Mead|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1403034054s/8709528.jpg|18752344].
Highly recommended.




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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: Swipe


Swipe
Swipe by Kathy Reichs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Short and in my opinion, expensive, although I waited a long time for it to get cheaper, no dice, I caved and bought it.
That said, it delivered, but 1 star less as I guessed early on where the T-800 was.
Good story though, I just wish it had been longer.
Highly recommended.




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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review: How to Fall


How to Fall
How to Fall by Jane Casey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Fast read, YA-Teen-Thriller. Very good characters, both good ones and bad ones, some are in between (not simply black and white).
Jess Tennant, the heroine is very likeable, stubborn, intelligent and has a good sense of doing the morally right thing or telling other people that.
A nice twist in the solving of the case.
A decision by her mother near the end of the book hints at the next book.
Unputdownable page turner, although I guess some may differ or will not see it.
As with her more adult Maeve Kerrigan-series, some chapters are rather long, and that makes it difficult for me to stop.
Recommended, I really like the style and the scenery (UK, but, sadly in this case I could not look it up on Google Earth, like in her last book).
Have bought and started the next book in the series, [b:Bet Your Life|18041969|Bet Your Life|Jane Casey|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388620529s/18041969.jpg|25317380] and I guess I will have finished it by tomorrow evening.



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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Review: The Last Girl


The Last Girl
The Last Girl by Jane Casey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Great twists, although I nearly guessed the killer.
Some romance, like in the last book, but not too much.
I think in skimming through 2-3 star-reviews I saw complaints, that this book is not as good as the first 2 and I beg to differ.
Three different story-line intertwined, one without conclusion and a good continuation with characters and problems from [b:The Burning|10769683|The Burning (Maeve Kerrigan, #1)|Jane Casey|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1317067725s/10769683.jpg|14449306].
Cannot wait to read the next book, but will start instead with [b:How to Fall|17934525|How to Fall|Jane Casey|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1405301180s/17934525.jpg|21968740] (her new YA-series), before going back to other (probably YA) books.
High recommendation, for some 5 stars might be too much, but I think the great scenery and the people warrant it.



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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: The Maze Runner


The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Started February 3d, 2014 with the free sample on my Kindle PW1.
On finishing the sample (I think the first about 3 chapters, the sample ended in between), bought the book without further checking, wether it would be cheaper at a different shop or as a 3-1 Trilogy-complete bundle.
Very good world-building integrated in the story, as we know as little or as much as the hero, Thomas.
While I guessed the first twist (the next newbie), the beginning is entirely gripping.
So far, a page-turner and I am not too sure how long I can do other things before reading on.
Reason for starting now, I had the sample on my kindle for some months now - as I do have free samples of other books.
And lots of unread books, both freebies and paid for.
So, the reason to start now is the trailer for the upcoming movie. Dark and gritty.
Had to pause a few times, reading other things during the pause.
Am now close to the end, and one of the reasons to pause is that I do not like to see it end.
There was a built-up to a short, devastating battle. While that was as bloody and deadly as expected, it was rather short and a bit of a letdown for the long built-up to it. As I have skimmed a few of the reviews, I know what to expect, no real explanation, but I am currently not sure wether I will read the other books (0.5, the prequel, #2 and #3 in the trilogy) soon.
Currently I guess it will be a solid 4star recommendation.
Later after lunch and reading all: Yup.
Just finished. A sort of explanation what happened (the Flare) and why (Maze) is there, I wonder why so many reviews gripe about there being none.
Nice, evil twist in the Epilogue, after all went to sleep after the ordeal.
Also the ending is setting the stage for the second book, but also offers bit of breathing time and closure. Bodes well for the film, as it can be filmed without the need for a change in the ending, in case the second film is not made. Being that this is one of many YA-Dystopias in cinemas last year and this, I hope this does not fail and sink.
Regarding the book, 4 stars it is and a recommendation, I will read the other books, but probably not soon, having a huge backlog of bought (mostly e-)books.




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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: Enslaved By the Others


Enslaved By the Others
Enslaved By the Others by Jess Haines

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Had this preordered for Kindle.
Great story. Maybe 5 stars is a bit too much, but a nice sex-szene at the end and good fighting scenes where worth it.
No long review, but then I do that for books I do not like (3 stars or less), like I have to justify me...



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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Review: You're Next


You're Next
You're Next by Gregg Hurwitz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This is the July 2014 BOTM read of the Goodreads Group "Psychological Thrillers".
The opening (Prologue) is quite interesting, something I am surprised parents don't do more often.
For a while the timeline jumps between chapters titled "Now" and "Then", so you get a glimpse what happens as the child from the Prologue grows up and some explanation how he became what he is (and also his friend who helps him later).
Currently on page 197 - 36%. And I am staying away from the discussion thread on the group to avoid spoilers.
Had some personal stuff to do, or I would have finished it sooner, this is a real good page-turner, realistic, good persons ( William Burrell !), technology used in both good and bad ways, very up-to-date on surveillance by the powers that be.
And while not outright criticising this surveillance it should make you think wether it is good or bad to compile all these facts about everyone, free to be abused as it is shown in the book. A few years ago (even as it was published) I would have said that was not possible, but the still ongoing revelations showed us all how it is in fact quite possible.
Also the technology was used by both the bad guys and the good, and sometimes it bites back, as in the case when a connection with the internet is traced back to the hotel room.

The persons where believable and deep, their decisions well explained and for me feel real and understandable, not produced out of thin air, also, the action felt real. Even Kat the child was not bad, a first for me, who usually finds children whiny and childish and would gladly do as in the Prologue (that is one more reason I will never have a child). And no Deus ex machina, nothing felt constructed.
Still, my favorite person in this book is William Burrell, a really good bad guy, with a disease very detailed and realistically described, a professional torturer who knows pain himself knows how to inflict pain (although Dodge does the work).

Beware: a few people are tortured, and some die rather bloody deaths.
This book is highly recommended, and I am glad we chose it as a Book-of-the-month (see above). I will probably read more of his books.



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Friday, July 4, 2014

Review: Shaken


Shaken
Shaken by J.A. Konrath

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Lend this with Amazon Prime for free, as I needed a short break from [b:You're Next|10148340|You're Next|Gregg Hurwitz|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1393104022s/10148340.jpg|15046649]. Gripping beginning.
And it is a short read.
A few different timelines are chapter wise swapped and tangled. As it is obvious from the beginning, that Jack (not Daniels the whole time) is alive till the last timeline (2010), not all of it is very suspenseful. But great writing. Be aware, quite a lot of detailed torture.
A few different serial killers pop up in the book, some playing major parts.
As with some of the other books by Konrath I read, a few unbelievable escape scenarios.
So 4 stars might be a bit much, but I recommend it, and read it out of order, which, given the different timelines was ok, I do not think it would have helped a lot read all Jack Daniels books in order to understand this one.



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