Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: Fallen

Fallen Fallen by Lauren Kate
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Saw the trailer for movie and thought I should read this, was sitting on my bought-TBR for a few years now (since October 15, 2014). And this is not even my oldest unread ebook by far.
Was in the mood for something different after I read a few (well done) police procedurals.

At 30% possible DNF, currently going in Fast-Forward-mode through the book as I want to see how it ends. Read some reviews, 2 of which I will link instead of going into the deep end and sinking this book.

Heroine is bad, meek, unsure, often late without good reason (would drive me crazy), Twilight comes to mind, but in my opinion, even that was better (still think, Twilight without Edward Cullen would have been better). Some review (Dark Faerie, see link below) said, World-Building was bad, and I agree. So, to not repeat what others have written, I will link to it.
Two Star Review from Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* and
One Star Review from Dark Faerie Tales
Comparing the little the trailer for the movie has shown, my guess is, it is not better, but shorter (and wastes less time).

Not recommended, boring time-waster. Cannot understand how this sold or even got filmed. Maybe they all fell for the beautiful covers (as I did). Also, pesky and not very good love-triangle. Yawn!

In all probability I will not even think of beginning Torment anytime in the future. Was not real cheap as a two-book-in-one-ebook deal, so waste of money.

Wow, the ending finished it for me, with a few nice twists I did not guess, and a little action and some explanations which where all missing from rest-say-95% of the book.
So, now my favourite character is not Pennyweather Van Syckle-Lockwood (the geeky one), instead it is the only person who nearly gets the job done. But only just. Miss Sophia Bliss. Not to spoil anything, but she is my kind of woman, strong and willful. Most other characters, including Cam and Daniel, are so weak. And to think out of this story the author managed to squeeze 4 more books and 1 or 2 novella(s)?! Big Yawn!

Instead read The "Penryn & the End of Days"-Trilogy by Susan Ee, at least it has action and some of the worldbuilding is not half bad (although too gruesome, imho).

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Review: Fallen

Fallen Fallen by Lauren Kate
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Saw the trailer for movie and thought I should read this, was sitting on my bought-TBR for a few years now (since October 15, 2014). And this not even my oldest not read ebook by far.
Was in the mood for something different after read a few (well done) police procedurals.

Possible DNF, currently going in Fast-Forward-mode through the book as I want to see how it ends. Read some reviews, 2 of which I will link instead of going of rambeling deep end and sinking this book.

Heroine is bad, meek, unsure, often late without good reason (would drive me crazy), Twilight comes to mind, but in my opinion, even that was better (still think, Twilight without Edward Cullen would have been better). Some review (Dark Faerie, see link below) said, World-Building was bad, and I agree. So, to not repeat what others have written, I will link to it.
Two Star Review from Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* and
One Star Review from Dark Faerie Tales
Comparing the little the trailer for the movie has shown, my guess is, it is not better, but shorter (and wastes less time).

Not recommended, boring time-waster. Cannot understand how this sold or even got filmed. Maybe they all fell for the beautiful covers (as I did). Also, pesky and not very good love-triangle. Yawn!

In all probability I will not even think of beginning Torment anytime in the future. Was not real cheap as a two-book-in-one-ebook deal, so waste of money.

Wow, the ending finished it for me, so, now my favourite character is not Pennyweather Van Syckle-Lockwood (the geeky one), instead it is the only person who nearly gets the job done. But only just. Miss Sophia Bliss. Not to spoil anything, but she is my kind of woman, strong and willful. Most other characters, including Cam and Daniel, are so weak. And to think out of this story the author managed to squeeze 4 more books and 1 or 2 novella(s)?! Big Yawn!



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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: The Janus Stone

The Janus Stone The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Most of my review from the first book also applies here:
too introvert, personal issues, nice scenery, but not too suspenseful.
Interesting MC, but I do not really like Nelson, the policeman. The other persons are interesting and believable. Felt too long, and it is more a 3.5 star, rounded up to 4.
Recommended for the MC and the scenery, although I have not been to that part of the UK.
Felt more like a romance-drama with a bit of crime thrown in, the dramatic scenes near the end where way over-the-top, too much (fog etc.) happening and thrown in.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review: Ruth's First Christmas Tree

Ruth's First Christmas Tree Ruth's First Christmas Tree by Elly Griffiths
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Got this as an Amazon Free ebook, short addition for fans.
Nice idea, a little romance, and private live with a crime thrown in, but while it is clear whodunit in the end, the motive remains unknown.
Recommended if you have read all other books (which I did not, so far, also I read this out of order, will read the 2nd book in the series now). Not advised to read as a standalone.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: One to Watch

One to Watch One to Watch by Rachel Amphlett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fast page-turner and this time it felt more like being in the UK (as I remember the UK, which may certainly differ from todays UK). One of the side-stories shows how BREXIT, even before it is final, is one of the reasons a firm fails and gets bankrupt.
The second storyline with lost evidence starting in the first book gets twisted later in the book. While some is explained and a few colleagues exonerated it is still not solved.

Highly recommended, I paid a reasonable price, which has since risen, as far as I have checked, given this is again a fast read, you must decide wether the price is justified - I think it is still ok. Following this author and will certainly read the next one, and pre-order it as soon as possible (I think somewhere it was said to be published this year?).


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Review: The Trapped Girl

The Trapped Girl The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! What a book. A few very well done twists, although I guessed the one at ca. 50%, saw that coming. This is a top-notch-page-turner, highly recommended. And can be read as a standalone, as some background from the previous books is re-hashed, without being boring.
Although this is a long read, it did not feel this way, and the few days it took me where mostly spend reading, with other tasks falling by the wayside.
The next book in the series is already pre-ordered.


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Friday, June 2, 2017

Review: Will to Live

Will to Live Will to Live by Rachel Amphlett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bought this while still reading her first book, this is a series for me, highly recommended, barring any bad ending for the first or this book.
See the review of the first book for more information and comparisons (both book and review not finished yet).
Great twist near the end I did not see coming.
Again, some might find this too short, and I do not feel all the time like I am in England, could have played in some US-town, but then they are drinking tea, and using British expressions and feel it again.
The second storyline with lost evidence starting in the first book gets more complicated and still not solved.
Highly recommended, will order the next book as soon as it is possible to. Some may think 5 stars is too much, what with the fast read, again a little short, but I like this, and I stand by it.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Review: Lord of Shadows

Lord of Shadows Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Arrived today on my Kindle as I pre-ordered it as soon as it was possible.
Will start reading instantly!

And as expected, I enjoy this a lot, because these characters are so real, and I care about them, even though I cannot stand some (Jace).

“You think angels are gentle,” said Julian. “They are anything but. They bring justice in blood and heavenly fire. They take vengeance with fists and iron. Their glory is such it would burn out your eyes if you looked at them. It is a cold and brutal glory.”


A bit too much with the Julian / Emma relationship, and with Julians spindoctoring and putting family first instead of The Greater Good (meaning the rest of the whole world), this book resulted for me in strongly disliking Julian, nearly as strong as Jace (an arrogant bloke). In fact, if he is not stopped I see him going down a dark fork in his life-path.
The females, be it the few girls or the women are much better (exceptions like the Faerie Queen just prove the point).
Most of the time I considered how many major characters and which I would kill in the end and while I was not entirely wrong, I was still surprised by the final showdown. Although I would have killed a few different people different.
Ending with a brutal fight and major cliffhanger.

Recommended page-turner, does not work as a standalone, Lady Midnight should be read before, the other Shadowhunter-books not necessarily, but it helps. And now I am waiting for the next book, which is listed on Goodreads with a publication date of 2019, nearly 1.5 - 2 years away.

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Review: Lord of Shadows

Lord of Shadows Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Arrived today on my Kindle as I pre-ordered it as soon as it was possible.
Will start reading instantly!

And as expected, I enjoy this a lot, probably these characters are so real, and I care about them, even though I cannot stand some (Jace).

“You think angels are gentle,” said Julian. “They are anything but. They bring justice in blood and heavenly fire. They take vengeance with fists and iron. Their glory is such it would burn out your eyes if you looked at them. It is a cold and brutal glory.”


A bit too much withe the Julian / Emma relationship, and with Julians spindoctoring and putting family first instead of The Greater Good (meaning the rest of the whole world) this book resulted for me in strongly disliking Julian, nearly as strong as Jace (an arrogant bloke). In fact, if he is not stopped I see him going down a dark fork in his life-path.
The females, be it the few girls or the women are much better (exceptions like the Faerie Queen just prove the point).
Ending with a major cliffhanger.

Recommended page-turner, does not work as a standalone, Lady Midnight should be read before, the other Shadowhunter-books not necessarily, but it helps. And now I am waiting for the next book, which is listed on Goodreads with a publication date of 2019, nearly 1.5 - 2 years away.


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: Scared to Death

Scared to Death Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Snatched this up for 99 ct. (Euro) than I got the daily email from the Fussy Librarian informing me of the bargain. Spur-of-the-moment-buy, blurb sounded interesting, takes place in the (as of yet pre-BREXIT, still united) UK, and was endorsed by Robert Bryndza, while I normally ignore popular authors endorsing, sometimes even condemning such endorsed books to the "never-read-never-buy" list (from S. King, J. Patterson I cannot believe people buy these to be real), I needed no more convincing to buy this, and the price was just right for a new author. Female heroine!

Starts as a page-turner. And keeps that pace, although some of it is by the numbers.
So far, I will say, the endorsement by Robert Bryndza is correct, pushes quite a few buttons for me: strong heroine with a bad incident in her (just happened) past, UK, up-to-date technology-wise, she is in a normal relationship with a man, romance is ok, but plays so far not big role in the story, which is ok for me.

Throw in bullying and a twist I did not see coming after the 50% mark, a place where some books, even from well-known and (by me) respected authors drag.
The twist adds a theme I really like, with hints of the saw movies, hard to tell without spoiling anything.

The writing is appealing to me, comparable to the following authors / series, bearing in mind, that it is set in the UK (as of yet with BREXIT voted for and looming, but not negotiated). Some expressions might seem strange to US-American used readers.
For fans of these series (Author - Heroine):
Angela Marsons - Kim Stone
Robert Bryndza - Detective Erika Foster
M.J. Arlidge - DI Helen Grace
Celina Grace - Kate Redman (too much romance and not strong enough heroine for me)
Griffiths, Elly - Ruth Galloway (must admit, I have only read the first book yet)
Robert Dugoni - Tracy Crosswhite

Which also means, if you know yet only some of these and really like them, I would guess, you might like the others, too.
Though I would have stopped reading the Kate Redman series, but I subscribed to an email newletter by the author and was invited to write a review for an arc and I also was informed by the author when a book is cheap for short time.

Finished it yesterday evening/this morning in bed just after midnight.
All loose ends where solved, some a little to neat, and one to many family ties.
After the case a nice ending with a good idea.
Length was just right for me, but some may find it too short, but the normal price of the book should be just right for that length, I think.

Recommended, 5 stars for the beginning of a good series, hopefully the next book(s) are as good as this. Already bought the second book.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review: Queens of Geek

Queens of Geek Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Liked this a lot, but it just seems too neat, I was always fearing something REALLY bad happening, but it did not. Instead most things just solved itself, it was just to neat & meek, and in the end it felt, meh, just to nice. So no 5 stars for this.
Recommended and will probably read more books from this author (would like a sequel to this!).

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review: Scared to Death

Scared to Death Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Snatched this up for 99 ct. (Euro) than I got the daily email from the Fussy Librarian informing me of the bargain. Spur-of-the-moment-buy, blurb sounded interesting, takes place in the (as of yet pre-BREXIT, still united) UK, and was endorsed by Robert Bryndza, while I normally ignore popular authors endorsing, sometimes even condemning such endorsed books to the "never-read-never-buy" list (from S. King, J. Patterson I cannot believe people buy these to be real), I needed no more convincing to buy this, and the price was just right for a new author. Female heroine!

Starts as a page-turner. And keeps that pace, although some of it is by the numbers.
So far, I will say, the endorsement by Robert Bryndza is correct, pushes quite a few buttons for me: strong heroine with a bad incident in her (just happened) past, UK, up-to-date technology-wise, she is in a normal relationship with a man, romance is ok, but plays so far not big role in the story, which is ok for me.

Throw in bullying and a twist I did not see coming after the 50% mark, a place where some books, even from well-known and (by me) respected authors drag.
The twist adds a theme I really like, with hints of the saw movies, hard to tell without spoiling anything.

The writing is appealing to me, comparable to the following authors / series, bearing in mind, that it is set in the UK (as of yet with BREXIT voted for and looming, but not negotiated). Some expressions might seem strange to US-American used readers.
For fans of these series (Author - Heroine):
Angela Marsons - Kim Stone
Robert Bryndza - Detective Erika Foster
M.J. Arlidge - DI Helen Grace
Celina Grace - Kate Redman (too much romance and not strong enough heroine for me)
Griffiths, Elly - Ruth Galloway (must admit, I have only read the first book yet)
Robert Dugoni - Tracy Crosswhite

Which also means, if you know yet only some of these and really like them, I would guess, you might like the others, too.
Though I would have stopped reading the Kate Redman series, but I subscribed to an email newletter by the author and was invited to write a review for an arc and I also was informed by the author when a book is cheap for short time.

Finished it yesterday evening/this morning in bed just after midnight.
All loose ends where solved, some a little to neat, and one to many family ties.
After the case a nice ending with a good idea.
Length was just right for me, but some may find it too short, but the normal price of the book should be just right for that length, I think.

Recommended, 5 stars for the beginning of a good series, hopefully the next book(s) are as good as this. Already bought the second book.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review: Three Corners to Nowhere

Three Corners to Nowhere Three Corners to Nowhere by Martin Caidin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Have a search running here on Goodreads for a book since July 2014, look here: plot details of a book I am looking for.
Stumbled over the German version "Verschwunden im Bermuda-Dreieck" and bought it for a few Euros as a paperback. Not even finding a blurb at that time, it was a long shot.

As Waldo asked for it, a quick review:
This is for the German translation, my guess is, the original will be the same. Even though the book is from 1975, computers play a certain role in the plot, but they do not go into technical details. Aviation and quite a few well known (and a few made up) disappearances in the so called Bermuda Triangle are featured.

This began slow, speeded up and was staying interesting for me, as I am well aware of the various theories and explanations of the instances in the Bermuda Triangle, about 40 years ago I read the german translation of Bermuda Triangle.
But others may find the suspense lacking sorely after about mid-book.

Without giving away the ending, it was a surprise, even for me.

Solid three stars, regarding that you have search this book and might only find it used, also maybe overpriced, I would advise to only buy it cheap, less than 5 Eur/Us$ + p&p. An ebook would have been preferable, the German Paperback had very small print for me (as is often the case with paperbacks). Currently (May 16th, 2017) there is no ebook in English nor German available.

Recommended 3 star-read, do not expect too much, but as it is, I found it to be reasonable realistic, if you can say that about the Bermuda Triangle, so it is not too fantastic or make believe. The search for answers follows the advice of Sherlock Holmes, without mentioning it in the same words, always an open mind. Rather well done was the analyzing of statements which came from a military background and turned out to be glossed over and sugarcoated.

It would have been a rather fast read with 176 pages, if not for the small print (for me). My guess is, you could read it in a few hours of a long, rainy Sunday afternoon.
The German cover (a face of a woman) has nothing to do with the content, although a few women are featured. There is smoking, a few macho sexist remarks, but nothing over the top and for the time when it was written and published, normal. Nothing racist, and as computers and technology play a role here, it was as up-to-date as it could be.

There could have been more mystery or suspense and a certain angle was not researched (the rocket-start). But then it would have been longer, and that could have made this well boring.

The ending might disturb some, but I found it while un-satisfying, at least interesting.

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Review: Three Corners to Nowhere

Three Corners to Nowhere Three Corners to Nowhere by Martin Caidin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Have a search running here on Goodreads for a book since July 2014, look here: plot details of a book I am looking for.
Stumbled over the German version "Verschwunden im Bermuda-Dreieck" and bought it for a few Euros as a paperback. Not even finding a blurb at that time, it was a long shot.

As Waldo asked for it, a quick review:
This is for the German translation, my guess is, the original will be the same. Even though the book is from 1975, computers play a certain role in the plot, but they do not go into technical details. Aviation and quite a few well known (and a few made up) disappearances in the so called Bermuda Triangle are featured.

This began slow, speeded up and was staying interesting for me, as I am well aware of the various theories and explanations of the instances in the Bermuda Triangle, about 40 years ago I read the german translation of Bermuda Triangle.
But others may find the suspense lacking sorely after about mid-book.

Without giving away the ending, it was a surprise, even for me.

Solid three stars, regarding that you have search this book and might only find it used, also maybe overpriced, I would advise to only buy it cheap, less than 5 Eur/Us$ + p&p. An ebook would have been preferable, the German Paperback had very small print for me (as is often the case with paperbacks). Currently (May 16th, 2017) there is no ebook in English nor German available.

Recommended 3 star-read, do not expect too much, but as it is, I found it to be reasonable realistic, if you can say that about the Bermuda Triangle, so it is not too fantastic or make believe. The search for answers follows the advice of Sherlock Holmes, without mentioning it in the same words, always an open mind. Rather well done was the analyzing of statements which came from a military background and turned out to be glossed over and sugarcoated.

It would have been a rather fast read with 176 pages, if not for the small print (for me). My guess is, you could read it in a few hours of a long, rainy Sunday afternoon.
The German cover (a face of a woman) has nothing to do with the content, although a few women are featured. There is smoking, a few macho sexist remarks, but nothing over the top and for the time when it was written and published, normal. Nothing racist, and as computers and technology play a role here, it was as up-to-date as it could be.

There could have been more mystery or suspense and a certain angle was not researched (the rocket-start). But then it would have been longer, and that could have made this well boring.

The ending might disturb some, but I found it while un-satisfying, at least interesting.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review: A Perfect Evil

A Perfect Evil A Perfect Evil by Alex Kava
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not very suspenseful, even if some reviews say otherwise.
Nice romance, but way too much, and no real sex scenes.
Ending saved it somehow, as I really liked the cliffhanger ending leading into the next book. Also not everything is solved with history repeating itself, not to spoil anything I will tell no more.
What disturbed my reading-flow most, was the POV changing a lot, with POV from 5 or more different persons. The Killer could have been more fleshed out.
But also, despite the solid 3 stars (with respect to the ending), not really recommended by me. Read at your own risk. May warrant reading the next few books to see wether the story and author grows better. Not really sure wether I will do that, although some are reasonably priced. Also, this book was way older than I thought, so they still use Modems and only few have cellphones (no smartphones). So, maybe I skip a few from the series and read one of the newer ones. Going through the list, I just realized, I already read one of the newer ones, but did not rate it nor reviewed it (it was before I wrote reviews for Goodreads).

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Review: A Perfect Evil

A Perfect Evil A Perfect Evil by Alex Kava
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not very suspenseful, even if some reviews say otherwise.
Nice romance, but way too much, and no real sex scenes.
Ending saved it a somehow, as I really liked the cliffhanger ending leading into the next book. Also not everything is solved with history repeating itself, not to spoil anything I will tell no more.
What disturbed my reading-flow most, was the POV changing a lot, with POV from 5 or more different persons. The Killer could have been more fleshed out.
But also, despite the solid 3 stars (with respect to the ending), not really recommended by me. Read at your own risk. May warrant reading the next few books to see wether the story and author grows better. Not really sure wether I will do that, although some are reasonably priced. Also, this book was way older than I thought, so they still use Modems and only few have cellphones (no smartphones). So, maybe I skip a few from the series and read one of the newer ones. Going through the list, I just realized, I already read one of the newer ones, but did not rate it nor reviewed it (it was before I wrote reviews for Goodreads).

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: Ready or Dead

Ready or Dead Ready or Dead by P.M. Kavanaugh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Short Romaction, just so ok. Thought this would be the prequel to a series, and it should be, but there is so far just one other book, not really a series. Not sure wether I will buy and read that. Had this on my wishlist at Amazon.De. Cannot really remember why.
Straying into SF/Near Future with the Gadget-driven technology. A longer book could be Cyberpunk, but this one does not really feel like it.
Not recommended, not enough suspense nor twists, too much reliance on romance. Maybe 3 stars is too much for this, but it was reasonably cheap (1,08 Eur, that is 1.18 Us$), and without reading more from the author I tend to give the benefit of doubt.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Review: Truly Madly Famously

Truly Madly Famously Truly Madly Famously by Rebecca Serle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Complications, revelations, better than the first.
Lots of romance, more twists, drama, also a few revelations I did not see coming.
Still no sex, squeaky clean, which just does not feel right with me.
Paige is growing, and as I do not want to spoil it, I will stop here.
Four stars for the differences to the first book and some more adult decisions.
Basically this feels for me the whole time like something bad will happen soon, but I am surprised that it does not, so it feels a bit shallow. Missing suspense, crime, catfights, whatever, so thinking about it, 4 stars may be a bit much. Still have not seen more than the first episode of the TV-show, there was more drama, but also a lot changed, so I will add to this review than I have seen the first season.


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Review: Famous in Love

Famous in Love Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Redhead!
Had to read this after I saw episode one of the TV-series and read somewhere (or looked it up on IMDB) that it is based (loosely) on a book. The book so far is romance but ok, except for a love triangle. As far as I have seen major changes book2tv, not sure wether for better or worse. And as the whole season 1 is out I can binge it when I find the time.

Also both the book and the series smells suspiciously like teen-spirit, no, more like a pesky love-triangle. Well, I'll read how it develops.

Somehow only romance, no sex, very clean. Feels a bit juvenile.

Not sure wether I will recommend it, will decide when I have read the next book.
For now 3 stars.
Love triangle not solved, but not really left hanging, in the end a curious decision from Paige more for "The Greater Good" (the next 2 movies to be made). Not what I would have liked or guessed, but also no real surprise. Reading the next book in the series, although these two books are not my usual reading, could have done with sex, a murder or more drama.

As I have not yet watched more of the series, I looking forward to it - yet it might not entertain me as much as I hope.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review: Change Agent

Change Agent Change Agent by Daniel Suarez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

May be 4 stars is too much, and as I pre-ordered it and bought it for rather high price (Eur 13,99 which is today Us$ 15.99), I think it was not worth it, I must control my self better not buy ebooks too expensive (or pre-order them for a high price).

The theme is very well written and researched (manipulating human genes for profit), but it was not very suspenseful and had nearly no real twists, I guessed the outcome early on.
Short notices:
Chapter 36 / page 327 (as per Kindle): Journey way too long, boring.


But the book has a section Further Reading in the back, and that is one of the things I sorely miss in most near future SF books (and even some thrillers, crime and mysteries).

So, recommended if you want a realistic view at a future that could have been thought up by German Nazis, the Übermensch not selected but genetically engineered.
And, with that, 4 stars it is.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Review: Abaddon's Gate

Abaddon's Gate Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great fight scenes, ending obvious, as there are more books to the series.
Should watch the series, but am so far in the first episodes of season 1, and season 2 has just been published on Netflix, so I am not sure wether this will get filmed or not.
Rather high body count.
The title of book is again some reference I had to look up, not having heard nor read that term before, so for the curious the link to wikipedia: Abaddon.

Highly recommended, but cannot really be read as a standalone, you are better of having read the first 2 books in the series. Will certainly read the next one in the series, but not soon, I still have Gemina "Gemina (The Illuminae Files #02)" barely started or maybe something totally different (crime/mystery)?

Added thoughts, a day later after thinking about it, this book and the book before had no real twists, and the ending was as expected. This is ok for this book, as this is a series and still not finished, but for the rating of this book and also more so, "Caliban's War" it might be that 5 stars are too much, more like 4 stars. Bear that in mind when reading. Still I will not change both 5 star ratings.

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Review: Abaddon's Gate

Abaddon's Gate Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great fight scenes, ending obvious, as there are more books to the series.
Should watch the series, but am so far in the first episodes of season 1, and season 2 has just been published on Netflix, so I am not sure wether this will get filmed or not.
Rather high body count.
The title of book is again some reference I had to look up, not having heard nor read that term before, so for the curious the link to wikipedia: Abaddon.

Highly recommended, but cannot really be read as a standalone, you are better of having read the first 2 books in the series. Will certainly read the next one in the series, but not soon, I still have Gemina "Gemina (The Illuminae Files #02)" barely started or maybe something totally different (crime/mystery)?

Added thoughts, a day later after thinking about it, this book and the book before had no real twists, and the ending was as expected. This is ok for this book, as this is an series and still not finished, but for the rating of this book and also more so, "Caliban's War" it might be that 5 stars are too much, more like 4 stars. Bear that in mind when reading. Still I will not change both 5 star ratings.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: Abaddon's Gate

Abaddon's Gate Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great fight scenes, ending obvious, as there are more books to the series.
Should watch the series, but am so far in the first episodes of season 1, and season 2 has just been published on Netflix, so I am not sure wether this will get filmed or not.
Rather high body count.
The title of book is again some reference I had to look up, not having heard nor read that term before, so for the curious the link to wikipedia: Abaddon.

Highly recommended, but cannot really be read as a standalone, you are better of having read the first 2 books in the series. Will certainly read the next one in the series, but not soon, I still have "Gemina (The Illuminae Files #02)" barely started or maybe something totally different (crime/mystery)?

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Review: Abaddon's Gate

Abaddon's Gate Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great fight scenes, ending obvious, as there are more books to the series.
Should watch the series, but am so far in the first episodes of season 1, and season 2 has just been published on Netflix, so I am not sure wether this will get filmed or not.
Rather high body count.
Highly recommended, but cannot really be read as a standalone, you are better of having read the first 2 books in the series. Will certainly read the next one in the series, but not soon, I still have "Gemina (The Illuminae Files #02)" barely started or maybe something totally different (crime/mystery)?

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Review: Gods of Risk

Gods of Risk Gods of Risk by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not sure how it will fit in with big story, so for now 4 stars, as I do not see it as significant. No chapters, one POV.
OK read, recommended but not necessary as far as I can see, but that may change when I read the other books in the series, currently reading Abaddon's Gate, Expanse #03.
Reasonably long read (took me too long) for the price, more than a shorty or novella, just not long enough to be counted as a novel, I think.

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Review: Gods of Risk

Gods of Risk Gods of Risk by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not sure how it will fit in with big story, so for now 4 stars, as I do not see it as significant. No chapters, one POV. OK read, recommended but not necessary as far as I can see, but that may change when I read the other books in the series, currently reading Abaddon's Gate, Expanse #03.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Review: Caliban's War

Caliban's War Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Seriously. Now?” she said. “We’re talking about your captain going off to his death, and all that’s going through your head right now is ‘Ooh, boobies!’ ”



Most of what I said for the first book can be applied here, with Holden again playing a major role, alternating the POV with a politician who is a regular professional Spin-Doctor. The slang which made it sometimes hard to get in the context of the story in the first book is not as heavy or I am now used to it. Thinking back to the first book and the first few episodes of the TV-Series, I found it difficult to understand at first, part of the reason may be that I am German, English being my second language, with a leaning to British English, so I am no Native, and notice the differences between US and UK (which will soon not be a U anymore, and cutting the ties to Europe, sadly).

Some commented rightly, that the story-line is similar to the first book: searching for a girl. That could have warranted 1 star less, but I am ok with that, as long as the next book is different, hopefully it is. Also I wonder, why they suspected during searching the girl may be dead, avoided discussing it, but did not think not discuss the far worse outcome that I saw coming, that she would be alive but genetically enhanced becoming protomolecule?!

In hindsight I think the banter between Holden and other crew-members seems lighter than the first book, also a bit more realistic.

One strange thing is the title, which I had to Google, it is a character from Shakespeare "The Tempest", see Wikipedia for more (also, as it is in the Public Domain, you could download an ebook): Wikipedia The Tempest.

Thinking about what happens, the title should have been "The Cascade". Think of a chain-reaction of tumbeling domino-pieces in a row.

The technology and biology, as far as I can tell, is solid and based on extrapolation of current technology logically into the future.

Not really working as a standalone, you should have read the first book "Leviathan Rises".
For me a solid 5 star, but some may think less of it.
The book ends with a whopping cliff of a hanger I did not see coming.
Highly recommended. Will certainly read the short stories, novellas and the next books in the series.

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Review: Bad Blood

Bad Blood Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Maybe 5 stars are bit much, but most twists I did not see coming and the complicated story-arc which now spanned 4 books, these twists and the arc are very well done.
Brutal, torture, deaths, not really YA some of the time. Some romance, no sex, although it would have been realistic considering the age of the teens in the book.
Hopefully this is not the end of the series, with a worthwhile new addition to the Naturals I would like to read another book in the series sometime in the future.
Waited for this to be sold for Kindle from Amazon, which took nearly half a year after the Hardcover was published, probably the time it took to publish the paperback, which also made it cheaper than the last book, where I did not wait and instead bought it for Nook fro Barnes & Nobles, and paid about double the price in $ of this book.

Highly recommended, but this will not work as a standalone, you should have read all other books in the series. Level of torture and violence might turn some readers off, but then it is not too explicit, and readers of say Mo Hayder, Val McDermid, Simon Beckett (among others) might find this tame.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Review: Ninja Girl

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

Like Adorkable from the same author, it was what was promised, a feel good HEA.
And again 3 stars, rounded down from 3.4 stars. For 4 stars there should have been more surprise or suspense, as it was I guessed the outcome way early, so no surprise, no twists.

No sex, only romance, no swearing, which counts as a plus for me.

Recommended for reading on a rainy depressed weekend, fluffy romance feelgood like Mac'n-Cheese most what I wrote for Adorkable also goes for this book, only I cannot remember having seen any errors this time. Like Snow-Soon a lot, even if she is way too young for me, and swoons a bit much - so, ok, thinking about that, one more reason for no more than 3 solid stars. Not too sure, wether I will read the next book from this author, but I like her stile even though it is probably aimed at younger teens (12-14yrs?), not 50year olds like me.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review: Killer Frost

Killer Frost Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series ending here. Most I have said in the reviews for the other books is still true.
No love-triangle , no insta-love, no sex, romance ok. While I still think, Richelle Meads: Vampire Academy and Bloodlines-Series are more gripping, I rated the last few books with 5 stars. Maybe a bit much, see it as 4.5 rounded up to 5.
Overall the series gets 4-5 stars, so that may also be seen as 5 stars.

While a few nice twists, and I did not see everything coming, ending as guessed, with Gwen making again a very tough and mature choice for the Greater Good. Could have done with more suspense or more blood and deaths for me, as it is, the ending feels just a bit too good to be true. But the choices made, even not killing someone, are well done, no unnecessary killing, a little cruelty where it may have been more kind to kill someone.

Recommend this book and the entire series and will certainly look into other books by this author.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Desire in Frost

Desire in Frost Desire in Frost by Alicia Rades
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

This looks like it will not even get 3 stars from me currently. Bad idea to read them back2back. And so far no real growing up, just more of the same from the first book. And looking at the time it takes me to get through it, I am contemplating DNF.
OK, forced myself to finish it, but regret buying the other books in the series before reading this one.
After thinking about it, I guess I am not really the audience for this, maybe more targeted at to the 12-14 year-old?
Again no sex, but more romance then in the first one, slowly developing.
Story a bit more suspenseful, but still dragging.
MC is crying too much for my taste, without real reasons (for me), should toughen up.
Some things are thought about too much, and explained too detailed to be real thinking.

Read at your own risk, if you read and liked the first, this is better than the first, but not really recommended. Even with the probable intended target-group it feels immature and too young, and could be more suspenseful. Solid writing and going safely in the same direction as the first one warrants the 3 stars for me, but from some other reader or at some another date this would get 2 stars. It is a short read, so something very light for a rainy afternoon, but I know better books I would read instead.

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Review: Desire in Frost

Desire in Frost Desire in Frost by Alicia Rades
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

This looks like it will not even get 3 stars from me currently. Bad idea to read them back2back. And so far no real growing up, just more of the same from the first book. And looking at the time it takes me to get through it, I am contemplating DNF.
OK, forced myself to finish it, but regret buying the other books in the series before reading this one.
After thinking about it, I guess I am not really the audience for this, maybe more targeted at to the 12-14 year-old?
Again no sex, but more romance then in the first one, slowly developing.
Story a bit more suspenseful, but still dragging.
MC is crying too much for my taste, without real reasons (for me), should toughen up.
Some things are thought about too much, and explained too detailed to be real thinking.

Read at your own risk, if you read and liked the first, this is better than the first, but not really recommended. Even with the probable intended target-group it feels immature and too young, and could be more suspenseful. Solid writing and going safely in the same direction as the first one warrants the 3 stars for me, but from some other reader or at some another date this would get 2 stars.

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Review: Spartan Frost

Spartan Frost Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shorty, not sure if this counts as a novella. Good addition to the series, from POV Logan (Boyfried of the MC of the series). Nightmares and a fight scenes away from the academy without Gwen.
Recommended, but as it is rather short, it should be free (as a teaser) or integrated in some other volume. Paid less then a 1 Eur for it (78 ct.), that feels just ok, but mostly because I wanted to complete the series, as the longer books are not so expensive it feels balanced, also I just checked and I bought 1-4 as cheap Omnibus.


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: Fire in Frost

Fire in Frost Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Got an email on a day when it was available for free, so I snatched it up. When it was updated (as Amazon does that) on March 15, 2017 I just finished the Trilogy "Penryn and the End of Days" (Susan Ee)End of Days and felt like reading something lighter so I started this on the day it was updated.
Strange combination, parts of the story (no sex, very little romance), seem for a younger audience, but the main problem is very real and mature: abuse of a spouse, physically but not too many details. The MC is well written, younger, and just grows into her powers, fumbles with the problem and how to help. Very well written how she feels along till the solution, also with working together with people she knows and trusts, even if she is not sure if all believe in her power - which she just learned of herself and does not know to the full extend what she is capable of.
Recommended, but only 3 stars as I think parts could have been more mature, maybe the next books will grow into it (just bought the next 3 books, as they where not too expensive).
Though I must admit I might have given 4 stars (rounded up from 3.5), just as easily.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: The Dirt Diary

The Dirt Diary The Dirt Diary by Anna Staniszewski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a nice cosy read, and not really 4 stars, more like 3.
A hint of romance, no sex, feels a bit too young (the MC is 14 if I remember right).

As I do think some US-authors use the same few swear words over and over again (f*k, s*t, b*h), and not always in context (those who read The Martian might know what I mean, worst wrong use of these swear words so far in a book I read) - so kudos, 1 star extra for inventing new, silly swear words. In this context very personal heartwarming for me, as my late father did the same for us kids (my sister and me), only at school did I use (and sometimes learn) the usual bad words.

Recommended as a short, nice feel-good read for a rainy weekend, like eating Mac'n Cheese.
Will certainly read the next book in this series to see how she grows up (she does grow up, doesn't she?).

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Review: End of Days

End of Days End of Days by Susan Ee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“These are the rules we live by. We are soldiers, Penryn. Legendary warriors willing to make legendary sacrifices. We do not ask. We do not choose.”


Actually I should just finish this. Actions-Scenes, fights are great. Rest of story so-so.
Also, while there are no Zombies per se, the Changed People and the Resurrected are bad enough.
The election who from the Angels gets to be leader gets even worse, not to spoil the story, but I could do without.
My main reason for reading this was that I somehow got the impression this gets made into a movie, ok, it is planned: News from November 2012. Now after reading this, I am not too sure I want to watch a movie (let alone 3) from this material. Liking some of Sam Raimi & Rob Tapert's works (Xena, Evil Dead etc.), I can only guess how they should film it: bloody and brutal as the book describes some scenes, or toned down to get a greater audience. Both is not possible, and with dark and gritty dystopia these books describe, a toned down version would not do it justice. Wether even I would enjoy such a movie, I am not too sure.

But then again, I am not finished yet with this book.

Hm, so now the final thoughts after finishing this - finally.
As said before, the fight scenes where very well done, vivid and bloody.
Romance was ok, though a bit obvious, and no-sex scenes, very tame in contrast to the brutal and blood fights, for that I would have expected more. That might be my upbringing, but I never understand why the Americans do not mind brutal and bloody, even sadistic scenes, but shy away from nudity and sex, as a movie this might have been rated FSK 18 (adults-only, NC-17 or even X in USA) in Germany, but probably PG-13 (comparable to our FSK 12) in USA.

The trilogy as a whole is a fast read, I just took my time, as I saw the structure and the end was as guessed. There could have been some twist, or more back-story, more philosophical pondering or or or, I am not sure, but writing this, 4 stars feel a little too much. More like 3.5 rounded up. As it was good entertainment, with short chapters I stand by the 4 stars but can understand when some might not feel these warranted.

No love triangle, no unnecessary swearing, no sex, also nothing risky, like LGBT, feels a bit tame in that way (almost PC). Not really sure whom I would recommend it to.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: Sündige Opfer: Sex & Crime 3

Sündige Opfer: Sex & Crime 3 Sündige Opfer: Sex & Crime 3 by Harry Hold
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

German, felt too short, I read in 2-3 hours.
Also, as in most of the other books, some things where just too unbelievable.
The strong 4 star entry with the second book in this series (I read most out of order) looks like an exception.
Main reason for buying this was, that the price sank from 4.99 to 2.49 Eur, which also feels much more in line for me regarding the reading time (roughly 1 Eur/hour).


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Review: Descent

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

Received this as an ARC from the author for an honest review.
This is a short novella, so as expected a fast read, can be read in an afternoon.
Reading time displayed by my Kindle is off, I think it displayed 17 min. reading time left, as I had the story finished. The reason for this is, there are quite a few 2-3 page-previews in the book, I think seven or more. Which is too many and not enough reading material even for teasers, 2 longer previews would have been enough - and I had already read some of the books, so I did not even skim the previews.
For a short story (novella?) this could have been easily 4 stars - but again Kate's too meek as a heroine for me, and her situation as it was in the last book does not really get better. On a personal level she can not decide to talk with her lover about all her problems and fears to clearly commit herself. This is true both in her personal life and in her job.
Both take a little turn in the end, but by his action and suggestion, not by deciding for herself. Without him she would be indecisive and fret about more about these decisions, as she does during part of the story.
The case gets solved by a gut-feeling, and then by a little added police-work to prove that gut-feeling - not enough real work, and forcing a confession, while the scene is well written, it was not really satisfying - which Kate reflects on, so ok, even she thinks that was not really a solved case with a clear villain, leaving only a destroyed family and losers in the end.

While part of this too long review might read like I should have given 4 stars, I still think, 3 stars solid for this, also it is too short to think longer about it.
As I got it free for a review, and I think it is not yet published, the question is, how much the price will be, and will it be worth it, sorry to say, but even if you like the Kate Redman series, beware not to pay too much for it. For teaser for next book it should be given away.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review: Perverse Opfer: Sex & Crime 2

Perverse Opfer: Sex & Crime 2 Perverse Opfer: Sex & Crime 2 by Harry Hold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read this in German (my first language), this is not translated into English.
The price was half of what I remembered, so I bought this and the third together for the same price I think was the price of one book last year - and that is for the short reading length of the book just the right price.

Somehow I gave this 4 stars, while the others so far read got 3 stars.
As expected a nice fast, sexy read. Really liked the killer and the thoughts of the killer.
Very well done, this is a little above the others and warrants the fourth star.
Also this time the two MC's do not make obvious or totally stupid mistakes during investigating. The story from the first book (which I barely remember) swaps into this book with very well done behavioural change in one person after a traumatizing event.

Also the killer is traumatized, and this is well done without being too detailed, bloody or exploiting. The murders are gruesome, sadistic and brutal, with the killer relishing it's work and slipping into torture.

Recommended, imho the best in the series of those I read so far (1, 2, 4, 5). For a bloody raining weekend.


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Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: Operation Hail Storm

Operation Hail Storm Operation Hail Storm by Brett Arquette
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Received an ARC from the author for an honest review. As the author indicated that a week or so after I downloaded this book there might be an update, I saved the spot in the book and downloaded a newer version and this review is based on this newer version.

Short version: too long, chapters too long, too many details. Not enough action, the real mission starts way too late in the book for me.

There is a short encounter with pirates that serves as a demonstration of the capabilities of the tech and the crew - that could have served as a free short-story / novella, and teaser.

Given the length of the book I thought it would be two missions, but it was only one, and that was well done, but could have been shorter and more suspenseful.
As it was, it is very detailed, with no logic errors or wrong technological details as far as I can tell (as a former IT-Helpdesk-slave, I do not know much about weapons, explosives and languages), there went a lot of work in these details, it is like the author tried too hard to got that right and while that is certainly important, there is just too much and too many details explained. So it also took me long to get into the book and I read several shorter books in between to keep me entertained.
This also reminds why I stopped reading Brad Thor, there where just the wrong kinds of decisions (torture, vigilantism). In this book this develops and is well explained, so you might feel sympathetic when the good guys/gals try to kill the bad guys - there are no women on the really bad side, if you do not count the US-president (a woman, but not based on Clinton, imho) or the female CIA-Agent.
So the actions with the MC basically promising to the US-President to kill the Top-10-FBI's-most-wanted are questionable and shortly discussed in the book, but basically the President just wants plausible deniability, nothing more. But if there are more books with this characters, there should be serious repercussions looming or at least someone voicing real discontent.

While a lot of characters are well developed and most (all, I think) have a little well done background, again there are too many, not all need background and also they are sometimes too simple black-white / good-bad.

Actions have consequences, but the actions in this book end just too neat, solved, explained and then business as usual, maybe. In a next book (if there is a next book) I would like to see repercussions and some failure in a mission. This one went a little too smooth.

Added later: just saw that this is the first in a series, so that was correctly guessed and I will probably read the next one to see how the people change and the series progresses.

Solid 3 stars. Recommended. Tech is up-to-date with a little slipping into near future, entirely believable.

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Review: Engel in schwarzem Leder

Engel in schwarzem Leder Engel in schwarzem Leder by Tawny Weber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(This book is in German, my first language)
Got this free thanks to lesen.net EMail-Newsletter, which I receive 3-4 times a week.
Do not expect too much, will probably be a steamy fast read.

Nice read, but real sex-scenes come only later in the book (after 50%?), before that they always get disturbed or break it off for different reasons. Sex-scenes are ok, real but not very kinky. Got this free, so checked the price today, and I do not think that it is really worth it for the sex scenes, the story is well writen and rather interesting. But, it is still free, so grab it while you can, if you are interested.
Solid 3 stars, nice short story, a little adult sex. Would give it to teenagers age 16 and above, but some would say it is for adults, so whatever. For a rainy weekend-read.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: Rumors

Rumors Rumors by Erica Kiefer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Got this free (twice, as I did not realize I already owned it), once from the "Fussy Librarian" daily mail with free and cheap ebooks, the other time from "Bookbub", which is also sending a daily mail.
The book is ok, but sad, and does not really end, more ore less forcing you buy and read the next books if you want to know what happens.
Wanted something different, this book is about death, loss and how to cope with it.
Interesting, but except for the twist how someone drowns not very suspenseful. While the people are real, I liked only the heroine, some of the rest where blah or really bad and dragging her into dangerous shenanigans. Not so sure, I will buy and read the other two books in this series. A few chapters from the next book where given as a teaser and I read that, but it is more of the same.
Solid 3 stars, well written, just not geek-nerd-etc. enough, and too heavy without a real solution (in this book, that may change with the next too). Also though it was shorter, but with the theme it felt too long (it may have been described as a novella, which it may be, but it took me too long to finish it). Not to be read if you are feeling depressed, imho.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Review: Dating on the Dork Side

Dating on the Dork Side Dating on the Dork Side by Charity Tahmaseb
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Had to throw something in between reading all of End of Days books back2back. And then I got this for free, I began reading it, and it felt like had read it before. A quick search found the sampler for this book, which I had read the first few pages, so I was right. But now I am really reading it, and will finish it soon, probably today.
Nice fluffy read with no sex (so far).
OK, sex is hinted at but happening off-page. Could have been happening on page for me, but that may also easily have gone wrong, what with the problems the people have in this book.
Not so fluffy, I found it rather sad, but that may be just me.
Also the length was just what I needed, not too long, not too short. Heroine was great.

It is a solid 3 star, I never knew how they would solve this mess, or how it would end, and for that it is rather well done, the tech (facebook, videos, wiki etc.) is spot on and not too technical for the lay-person and very real, no uber-hacker, just a simple password guess possible through the use of an easily guessable password from a jock.

Recommended as fast rainy sunday or weekend read. This goes in the same direction as
#Nerd and Adorkable, even with the sport-theme.
The hacking and tech could have played a bigger role for me, or there could have been more suspense. But as it was and without violence, it was ok. Read between the 2nd and 3d book of the Penryn and the End of days trilogy to read something different. But somehow it was not as uplifting as the other books mentioned, more sad. So beware, there is a reason I only gave 3 stars.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Review: World After

World After World After by Susan Ee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

‘I’m revoking your warrior status,’ he says as he watches Clara and her family. ‘I had warrior status?’ ‘For about thirty seconds.’


As with the first book, well written, great fight scenes, but not enough story to warrant me giving 5 stars. And I wonder wether I would really like to see this filmed. My dislike of some monsters including Zombies and Scorpions/Locusts.
And in this book the Zombies are not Zombies, but something else and the Scorpions/Locusts-Monsters are even worse.

Fast read, also most times a page-turner, with something I saw first in Kathy Reichs books (she admitted to having taken a writing class, and I think Susan Ee might have been in that class, too): the chapters are short, you think you can just finish one more and then ends with a question, twist or cliffhanger which forces you to read on.

Suspense is not much, I just want to see how it plays out, who survives what and how.

Still, I recommend it, and I will read the third and final book directly after this.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review: Angelfall

Angelfall Angelfall by Susan Ee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Will read the other two books in the trilogy and write a review covering all 3 books then.
Got this one for a bargain price (Eur 1) in February 2015, nearly 2 years ago.
Short chapters giving you lots of point to stop and take a break.
Reasonably fast read, world-building very well integrated, but lots not explained in this volume - hopefully that is written in the two other volumes. For that 1 star less, for 5 stars there is too much background missing for me.
Recommended. Like the Heroine.

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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!
#RimmelRocks

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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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