Saturday, December 30, 2017

Review: Twelve

Twelve Twelve by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Even for a novella (or short read) worth the money and very well written.
As the other books in this series changing POV and flashbacks. Nice twist.
Not too sure wether this can be read and enjoyed as a standalone, I guess you should have read more of the series.
And here is hoping that this will not be the last and also, that some picks this up for a TV-series (Netflix or Prime).
Highly recommended, but beware can be read on a rainy afternoon or weekend.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Review: Once Gone

Once Gone Once Gone by Blake Pierce
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Snatched this ebook up for free, twice, not realizing I already had it, informed by the email newsletter from Bookbub and The Fussy Librarian.
While the case is interesting with the serial killer, Riley is as bad as it gets for a divorced, single mother heroine as an FBI-Agent. The problems with the last case (happening off-page but used in flashbacks) paint her as a rather good profiler, who has gone off the rails and continues to repeat her mistakes again and again, something I cannot stand, making a mistake once is ok, but one should learn from it. Her partner is rather dumb, enabling her making her mistakes, again, once would be acceptable, but twice or if you count different situations even more.
Riley constantly goes places and situations alone, even when it is not warranted or even standard procedure. What she does should get her fired from the FBI forever and most probably thrown in prison. In one situation she endangers the case in a way which, had that been the Killer, would assure that he would walk free if brought to court. Not wanting to spoil it, I will not go into details, but this is not necessary for a good thriller, and I would rather like some straight FBI-Agent solve her or his cases with following procedure and working in a group.
Case in point, the last book I read before this one, built a situation where the heroine was finally alone with the killer in a way which had them (herself and her colleagues) later question themselves wether they could have prevented that - but admitted that they followed protocol and that the heroine gave a direct order as a superior to leave her, thinking she was save with a supposed witness who led her in a trap.
So, it is not needed to overstep borders or disobey rules to built suspense.

As I am near the end, DNF is no use, but I will certainly not recommend it, but warn against it, and not read the second book, which I also got for free - lucky me, no wasted money on these two. Icing on the cake is for that the title and cover have nothing whatsoever to do with the story.

Shame really, the writing is otherwise ok, but I hate it when people are acting like this and do not learn from their mistakes and repeat them.
So, now that I am finished, reluctantly as the idea is ok, and the writing otherwhise sound, 2 stars it is, not recommended. Will glance in his other (free) books I own, but this is most probably not an author to watch for.
Topped is this with the Killer and Riley having a showdown I feared coming almost since the first page, and which I loathe as much in this book as in others where no justice is served.
It would have been a nice surprise if that had played out differently.

In the ending on the last page there is a nice twisty cliffhanger to make me want to read the next book. But even that was not a real surprise. Yawn.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Review: Hell to Pay

Hell to Pay Hell to Pay by Rachel Amphlett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Short notes, I may expand this when I find the time.
Good police procedure, UK, nothing about BREXIT, no sex. 1 star less as it was too straight and not enough twists / surprises.
Fast read, short chapters.

Still recommended.

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 (only read the two books and a short story yet)
Robert Dugoni - Tracy Crosswhite

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Review: Hunger Moon

Hunger Moon Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trigger-Warning, will not spell it out, like the other books in this series.
Wow! Feeling bad living in the USA? Reading this book is like dark mirror, and after that you fear for the near future.

This one dark tale, with an up-to-date political climate change that is all to real, and hits the target. FBI is all about chain-of-command and obeying orders, but in this book they seriously question what is ordered and why, going rogue (again) or thinking of it, or thinking of quitting.

It will be interesting to see which way the story turns in the next book. This is a risky path to take for a book, with POTUS used but not named in the book.
As I live in the EU (Germany), I cannot really feel wether the book exaggerates or not.

The integration of the current state of the internet in the story will feel for some like an account of the real-life they are living online, all mentioned without getting too technical.

Recommended, solid 5star (would have given more), a fast read with some philosophy and some supernatural elements, which are well integrated. An interesting story which leaves me with stuff to think about (moral, ethics, protest).

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Review: The Hangman

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

A lot of what I wrote in the reviews of the first and second book from the Forgotten Files I could repeat here.
Did guess the Killer wrong, so one more twist for me, yay...
Three small straight, non-kinky sex-scenes rounded the romance, which was obvious from the start, so no surprise there.

Recommended fast read for a good thriller with a serial killer no 5star as I think it could have had more twists and less romance.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Review: Elon Musk: Wie Elon Musk die Welt verändert - Die Biografie

Elon Musk: Wie Elon Musk die Welt verändert - Die Biografie Elon Musk: Wie Elon Musk die Welt verändert - Die Biografie by Ashlee Vance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Got this for free from Amazon. Last chapter, nearly finished, as I read the appendix in between when I needed and wanted to.
Interesting, thought investing in Tesla, but saw that they do not pay a dividend (yet?), one of the reasons I like Apple so much, a good investment, but also my biggest part of my investments, and if Apple fails and loses value a big part of my retirement money will be taken with it. But so far Tesla is not for me, as much as he was likened to the late Steve Jobs in this book - and rightfully so.

Recommended if you are interested in one of peoples who are shaping the future, and not in a bad way. Reasonably fast read, and also not very sugar-coated, you also get to know the bad sides and a few of his ideas where so far out, he could have gone bankrupt a few times, but somehow just manages to succeed where others fail. Truly remarkable!

Got the German translation from Amazon for free, so did not read the original.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Review: Blaze

Blaze Blaze by Kristina Stanley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfect sequel to the first book in the series.
Starting with an out-of-control fire (the title gives it away).
Not much to say, more of the same, with a little more suspense, but may be I was just in the mood and knew what to expect.
Recommended, a little romance, no sex, still like the setting in the mountains and the small-town feel, but some is a bit much. Would advise against reading these books back2back and will certainly take my time before reading the third one or buying more.

Did not feel like reading this as fast as it should be (2 days/a weekend) and will most probably miss my reading goal of 2 books a week / 104 books a year this yeas, although I did not read much of the big ones: A song of Fire and Ice #03 not even started, Atlas shrugged still at the beginning and a few more books only started, but did not really get into them. Some books long on my "currently reading list" should be moved to "abandoned" as they are DNF-material (like A Darkling Sea).

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Review: Strange Dogs

Strange Dogs Strange Dogs by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shorty, hm, novella? Paid 1,99 Eur for it, which I consider way too much, sorry folks. Should have been free as a teaser for the series. And this is listed as 80 (print) pages on Amazon, but the story is only half of that, the other half is teaser for two other books by different authors.
Which I really do not read most of the time (unless I already now the author, but chances are then I will by the book from which the excerpt/start chapters are anyway).

Nice weird story, told from the POV of a child (10-12 yrs I guess, not sure wether it is mentioned).
Also this planet-system is the one which is mentioned in Babylon's Ashes, so some background from Babylon's Ashes should be known. Not sure how the next book (will be published in a few days) connects to this, so not sure wether this is required reading.
My guess is yes, when it plays a larger role in the next book, no, if not.

With the still high price, recommended for fans or try to borrow it.

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