Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review: Vortex

Vortex by Julie Cross

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great read, bought the next book this morning from my Kindle Voyage.
Complicated, but as far as I think, no errors in the timeline (maybe wrong, it is very complicated).
The romance is there, and getting even more messed up, no easy solutions. No sex-scenes.
A few people die, but only in one timeline, while in others they still exist.
Normally this grates my nerves when dead people are brought back, and you can never be sure wether they stay dead, but here the explanations and complicated twisted timelines make this all work within the storyline. Also, as no one has all the knowledge how things work, even the main players can only guess and theorize.
This could be read as a standalone, it has an ending, but you will want to read on, as the third (and last) book of the trilogy is published, you will buy it instantly and read on.
A few minor errors where words where not correct (wrong word, or no space where one should be) did not distract too much, I reported at least one� (Kindle EBook Edition bought February 19th, 2015 in Germany).
Highly recommended.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Review: Tempest

Tempest by Julie Cross

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Love this book, and have bought Vortex, the second book in the trilogy before I had read 50%.
Great love scenes, although nearly no sex. Sacrifice, death, watching loved ones dying.
Actually this is a perfect mixture, and while full of action, and the hero tries to do the right thing, but does not always know what it is.
Full of twists, you never know when or where it the next step leads.
The time-travel is well done, with the world-building totally integrated in the story, the hero learning about it, as we do, and never entirely sure, if that was all and wether it is the truth or not. And nuances in the capabilities.
I think there might be a few errors in the ebook, where words where left out, but I am not entirely sure, as that might also be intentional, and did not distract me from reading, so it was not too often. Otherwise and in contradiction to these errors, I could not detect any other mistakes, which given the complicated time-jumping-logic is surprising, there was obviously a lot of work put into getting that and the timelines right.
And very well done.

After the letdown the over-hyped Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) turned out to be, with no suspense, being to long etc. I had to read something better, and saved this one since buying it in October 2012. (the 3d, a German national holiday for celebrating the end of the 2 German countries BRD and DDR becoming one whole country again 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall).
One of the reasons for not reading it sooner was that I wanted the chance to buy and read the trilogy without waiting for the next book to be published.
Highly recommended, clear 5 stars. I just hope the next books are as good (but I guess I will find out soon).

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Review: Gone Girl

Gone Girl
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Blu-ray of the movie arrived and it is time to read the book before I see it.
This drags along at no pace at all, without the film or having liked "Dark Places", I would have DNF'd it at 20%-25%.
Currently at 33% and have force myself to read it.
Mostly I hope for some great surprising plot twist, but having time to think about it during reading, as my mind wanders, which is never a sign of a good book, I think of several twists I would like to see: like committing suicide without leaving a body.
I can see how a film could work better for me, just now I do not see the reason for the success the book had and still has (hass, the german word for strong dislike seems fitting here...),
My rating so far would be 2 stars for a nice idea.
As they reportedly changed the ending for the film (if I remember right, during writing Flynn had written two endings, so she could chose).
If only the ending has the big twists, the film might also fail for me.
Anyone who wants to read the book should pace it to finish it real fast.
Or use it instead of sleeping pills.
Currently at 69% no twists and no surprises, I had not guessed long before (mostly the events had been signaled).
So far the only reason for this book is, to give it to pre-teenagers as a warning, never to marry and never to have kids. The few simple sex-scenes they can skim over or learn from them, if they even interest them at that age.
As a lot of books are hyped as the "next Gone Girl" and this was also hyped, I fear to read the ones I have on my TBR, at least one of them already bought.
But then I already read Dark Places from [b:The Novels of Gillian Flynn: Sharp Objects, Dark Places|15784966|The Novels of Gillian Flynn Sharp Objects, Dark Places|Gillian Flynn||21503090], which I liked, but found too long.
The 20% I would have cut in that book, where in between, animals, flora, fauna, places, which did nothing for the story, but surrounded by story, some twists or surprises, which made the main story interesting enough, and the characters where more likeable.
With Gone Girl, you have a male Douchebag and a Fake Cool Girl as main characters with Alzheimer Dad (his) and normal parents (hers), once perfect overachievers but now failed losers. The only character I like a little is his sister Go.

Forcing myself to finish this, it stays disappointing. The final twists fizzles, no Big-Bang, no bloody Bonny-Clyde-shootout or even a simple suicide.
Instead it gets worse, into a future that is surprising and audacious for a book like this, but it is also not very interesting.
The whole book was way too long, and as you get every twist signaled before it happens, only little surprise, no real twists.
The question is not who did it, but rather will she or will he kill the significant other (or will they both kill each other at the same time)?
Without the ending, this could have been a 1 star disappointment, so, now it is only little better, with the second star for both the ending and a good idea to begin with. What I fail to understand is why this book was as much hyped and such a success. Already I fear to read Sharp Objects, but her Dark Places was way better.
And I can imagine the film being better, with a different twist in the end (hopefully a good one, but that remains to be seen, I hope to see the film soon).
Not recommended, and I am not sure I will buy another book by her, I will reserve final judgement till I read Sharp Objects.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Review: Eye Candy

Eye Candy
Eye Candy by R.L. Stine

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Saw the first 3 episodes of the new MTV-TV-Series, and thought this might be a good read.
Well, it was not, first, the heroine is blonde model-like woman, blah, no blondes for me.
In the TV series, she is way more interesting.
And the book is from 2004, no mobile phones, only a little internet (dating site).
The TV-series ist not too obviously based on this, luckily.
What really put me off, the stile of writing, a scene and chapter ended, and the story jumped ahead, leaving things out, some to be explained later, some not, so many questions and wrong decisions open, that I did not really engage with the characters and the 1 and 1/2 twists which came near the end, I did not see coming.
Looking back on how long it took me to finish the book, I should have DNFd it near the beginning or fast read it in one day.
Wether you like the TV-Series or not, do not read this book, not recommended!

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Review: The Mime Order

The Mime Order
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Preordered this. And started it the day it landed on my Kindle.
Great action and fight scenes. Complicated, but not as complicated as The Bone Season, if you read that one.
Very good use of language, words I had to look-up, rich and requires a high level knowledge of english, with a strong basis in British English, as opposed to the current flood of cheap, low-level-english from some self-published YA-targeting-writers, very sophisticated. But requires also more work during reading, so this no light, fast read. And therefore better, imho, although I usually read 3-4 fast-read-low-level-YA books, this took me longer.
Also as the next book is not in sight, I did not want this one to end.

This is a book about a revolution, an insurrection, but only the planning and the first steps, it is unclear, how it will play out over the next books.
Should not be read as a standalone. More hints of romance, with a twist.
And in the end a really stunning cliffhanger.
Most highly recommended, solid 5star.

In my review for the first book, I said this is supposed to be a Trilogy, I learned since that is wrong, this is planned as 7 books. If this points to another popular series, you know what I mean, but I will not mention it. It is totally different, but I hope it will be as interesting.

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