Friday, December 7, 2018

Review: Shadow Sight

Shadow Sight Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

And, as is now too often the case, I just added a book to my TBR, and wanted Amazon to send me a sample, only to be informed by Amazon that I bought this already half a year ago...

DNF at page 108, then backwards from end to get the main end (chapter 24 or 25), then FF to end of book.
Some scenes where ok or even good, but too much information on the side, meshed up with world-building, and background. Not enough straight suspenseful story for me. Read a few of the other reviews, they basically confirm this. Not for me.

Bought the next book cheap, and a collection of novellas/short stories. Read one of the short stories, and it was way better, straighter, not too much information etc. May try the next book, wether it gets better. But probably not soon.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Review: HELIX - Sie werden uns ersetzen

HELIX - Sie werden uns ersetzen HELIX - Sie werden uns ersetzen by Marc Elsberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Waited a long time for the price to sink. Now that the paperback is near, it finally sank under 10 Eur, so I picked it up. As this is a German book, review in German. Read the XXL sample, and expect this to be good, but would have liked to read this earlier, as the obvious link to Monsanto (bought by Bayer) I thought was interesting and time relevant and constricted, I feared that the product or company would be forgotten soon (but it is not...).
Wartete sehr lange darauf, das der Preis sinkt. Nun steht das Taschenbuch kurz bevor, und damit ist der Preis unter 10 Eur, also habe ich es gekauft. Habe die XXL-Leseprobe gelesen, und erwarte, daß dieses Buch gut ist, aber hätte es gerne früher gelesen, wegen der offensichtlichen Verbindung zu Monsanto (gekauft von Bayer), die ich interessant fand und zeitlich relevant aber begrenzt, ich hatte befürchtet, daß das Produkt oder die Firma bald vergessen währe (aber ist es nicht...).

Das Buch geht weit darüber hinaus, wobei logische Entwicklungen von heutigen state-of-the-art Technologien logisch extrapoliert werden in ein SF-Szenario, daß in der nahen Zukunft spielt. Es werden ethische und moralische Dilemma aufgezeigt, die im Buch diskutiert werden. Das ist unterhaltsam, anspruchsvoll erklärter Stoff, über den lange nachgedacht werden kann, anhand der vielen wichtigen Personen im Buch werden verschiedene Standpunkte deutlich gemacht. Über allem bzw. auch hinterher, bleibt die Frage - wie würdest Du selber entscheiden?

Das Buch besteht aus lauter kurzen Kapiteln mit abwechselnden Hauptpersonen, wobei einerseits dadurch schnell mal ein Kapitel beendet werden kann (irgendwann will ich auch mal was essen oder schlafen oder wasauchimmer), also gut eine Pause eingelegt werden kann. Andererseits habe ich überlegt, dafür einen 1 vollen Stern abzuziehen, da es recht lange dauert, etwa bis 50% bis die verschiedenen Handlungen zusammenfinden, und es sind sehr viele (8?) und das Buch an Tempo zulegt. Ich kann mir vorstellen, daß viele bis dahin ausgestiegen sind, oder sich zwingen müssen, weiterzulesen, aber m.E. lohnt es sich.

Das Ende, wer genau aufpasst, ist etwas offen, theoretisch ist ein 2. Band möglich. Andere werden das Ende unbefriedigend finden - während ich es leider sehr realistisch finde, würde ich mir in der Realität doch ein anderes Ende wünschen.

Zwischendurch kann mal ins Internet geschaut werden, z.B. hier:
CRISPR/Cas-Methode Wikipedia
Die Techniken, die Beschrieben werden, sind so noch SF, aber logisch aus den aktuellen Techniken weitergedacht, und damit im Bereich des zukünftig möglichen.
Damit müssten die Probleme, die hier im Buch aufgezeigt werden, jetzt in der Gesellschaft diskutiert werden, bevor sie zum Einsatz kommen.

Damit hat HELIX für mich neben der gelungenen Unterhaltung und dem Thriller-Aspekt eine Relevanz erreicht, die 5Sterne und eine klare Empfehung rechtfertigen. Intelligentes Lesefutter, das zum Nachdenken anregt.

Etwas störend war, das es im EBook einen langen Anhang mit einer XXL-Leseprobe von Blackout gab, von einem älteren Elsberg-Buch, das ich schon kannte. Damit stimmt beim Kindle die "restliche Lesezeit" nicht, was ich recht ärgerlich finde - obwohl ich es auf dem Tolino (konvertiert nach EPub) gelesen habe, nervt mich das, wenn die Anzahl der angezeigten Gesamtseiten so falsch ist (+80 Seiten?). XXL-Leseproben sollten extra als EBook erhältlich sein, ausserdem ein älteres Buch? Dann lieber eine Einsicht in das nächste Buch, wenn überhaupt.

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Review: Lügen haben rote Haare

Lügen haben rote Haare Lügen haben rote Haare by Käfer, Anne-Marie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review in German, probably no english version available.
Einfache HEA Romanze. Etwas sehr viel Rum-Gelüge für meinen Geschmack.
Nette Unterhaltung für Zwischendurch.
Entsprechend lange habe ich daran gelesen, während ich bessere Bücher gelesen habe.
Sympatische MC, aber trotzdem keine Empfehlung, warscheinlich werde ich auch kein weiteres Buch von der Autorin mehr lesen. Immerhin habe ich es preiswert bekommen, aber den normalen Preis halte ich für zu hoch gegriffen. Ist der Beginn einer Serie.


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Review: Amokspiel

Amokspiel Amokspiel by Sebastian Fitzek
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars.
As this available in English and has been translated in other languages, review both in English and German. Read ebook in German, may buy the Audible Hörspiel (radioplay), but it is rather expensive without Audible subscription.
Know Fitzek and stumbled over this book because it was filmed for TV and this week ( November 27th, 2018) gets send in German TV (although Sat.1 is a sender I do not have programmed with too much advertising and normally no program to see for me).

The book is a little over the top, and no real detective-who-did-it-mystery, but rather a few well integrated infodumps on the reader, where key persons tell their part of the story. Also, while I guessed some of the twists, there where enough I did not guess which made this fast-page-turner interesting.
Also, as a German, I can relate to some of the things told and how they happened, spot-on!

Recommended fast read, a little torture, sex mostly talked about (happening of-page), little romance, not too bloody. Half the time you will keep guessing what really happened and wether the victims are dead or not.

4,5 Sterne aufgerundet auf 5 Sterne.
Das Buch ist auch in Englisch und anderen Sprachen verfügbar, deshalb die Rezension in Englisch und Deutsch. Das deutsche ebook wurde von mir gelesen, kann sein, daß ich das Audible Hörspiel kaufe, klingt interessant, ist allerdings recht teuer ohne Audible Abo.
Kenne Fitzek und bin über dieses Buch gestolpert, da es verfilmed wurde für TV und diese Woche (27. Nov 2018) im deutschen TV gezeigt wird (obwohl Sat.1 ein Sender ist, den ich nicht programmiert habe mit zuviel Werbung und normalerweise nichts für mich zu sehen bringt).

Das Buch ist etwas überkandidelt, kein richtiges Detektiv-wer-war-es-Mystery, stattdessen einige gut integrierte Info-Dumps für den Leser, wo Schlüsselfiguren ihren Teil der Geschichte erzählen. Ausserdem, obwohl ich einige Wendungen erraten habe, blieben genug, die ich nicht erraten habe, dies diesen schnellen Thriller interessant machten.
Und, als Deutscher, kann ich einiges nachvollziehen, was erzählt wurde und wie es passiert ist, das war spot-on!

Empfohlen als schnelles Lesefutter, ein wenig Folter, sex wird grösstenteils nur drüber geredet (passiert ausserhalb des Buches), kleine Romanzen-Szenen, nicht zu blutig. Die halbe Zeit ist offen, was wirklich passiert ist und ob die Opfer tot sind oder nicht.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Book Cover to identify for Goodreads

These 2 images are for a Goodreads Group, see here (I will reply with a link to this page, a little redundant, sorry).
Goodreads Post asking for info about the book for these images.

These two images are from the Netflix Series "La casa de papel" aka "Money Heist", Part 2, Episode 05, 3min 41sec. . Taken with an iPhone 8, as Netflix on a Mac (and probably Windows) does not allow screenshots (they turn out black). The scene is only a second or two long and rather dim and unclear. These are the original images, no editing. Hopefully someone can identify the book. My guess is the red big A on the cover is before a park-bank with a wreath, like for a funeral?!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Review: Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nice sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, with Leah as mc (obviously).
Drama, romance, no sex although some graphic thoughts, but nothing cringeworthy.
No triggers, as I expected this to be like "Simon vs ...", I did not have the feeling like in "Simon ..." that something bad was going to happen at some point (like a school-shooting or a bloody fight or someone trying suicide for a change).
LGBTQ+, my age-advisory is 12 and above, others may differ.
Well written characters, sometimes they are rather confused, but rightfully so, I could relate to most of them, very engaging.
Read this in two days, although no thriller, for me it was a real page-turner and I stopped doing other things for it.
Recommended reading for the aware person, straight, gay, both or otherwise.
Would really like to see this filmed, so far no sign for it.

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Review: Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nice sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, with Leah as mc (obviously).
Drama, romance, no sex although some graphic thoughts, but nothing cringeworthy.
No triggers, as I expected this to be like "Simon vs ...", I did not have the feeling like in "Simon ..." that something bad was going to happen at some point (like a school-shooting or a bloody fight or someone trying suicide for a change).
LGBTQ+, my age-advisory is 12 and above, others may differ.
Well written characters, sometimes they are rather confused, but rightfully so, I could relate to most of them, very engaging.
Recommended reading for the aware person, straight, gay, both or otherwise.
Would really like to see this filmed, so far no sign for it.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Review: One Perfect Lie

One Perfect Lie One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nice twist I did not see coming after that beginning (I think it was with Step 2).
A little over the top action-sequence in the end, and it was a little too neat after that, nearly bordering on hea (hope this does not count as a spoiler). For this and the lone-hero feeling 1 star less, could easily have been a 5star read.
A few times different POV, but all in all not too many and well done.
Sex mentioned but happening off page, although Sexting plays a certain role in the story.
The problems of the different families felt a bit much, but where all in all very real.
Main parts of the book read like one lone hero trying to save it all, hindered by having one chef with his own goals and playing it by the book.
Nice integration of current technology (Smartphones, surveillance App), I think no hacking or (luckily) even embellished/unrealistic use of technology.

Recommended, reasonably fast page-turner, no real thriller, though. Would have wished for a more bloody ending, with lots more casualties. Standalone, nicely finished. Will probably remember this author and try to read more of her, depending on theme.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Review: Expose

Expose Expose by Danielle Girard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lent with Kindle Unlimited.
Trigger Warning: Torture, short but detailed, rape mentioned a few times but happening mostly of-page.
Read back2back with the one before it ( Excise ), which imho was better.
This one has too many threads which take a long time to come together.
Also while there where some unexpected turns, in the end an explanation sequence like Agatha Christie was needed to bring the main case to reasonable conclusion.
Way too complicated, could have been better written.
A lot of personal life happening, but romance and off-the-page-sex-scenes are ok in this amount and felt real, even with the taking-it-slow-approach.
What kept me from liking the book more was the main victim (Bitty), I could not really relate to her suffering and her actions.

Also the ending of the book was something I expected since nearly the end of book #02, so no surprise there.

Still recommended, 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 as I cannot really wait for the next book, to see how the cliffhanger will continue. Also, not sure, but it felt longer then the last one, and till 50 or maybe 60% percent I had to push myself sometimes to read it. Not such a good fast page-turner until it comes together.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Review: Excise

Excise Excise by Danielle Girard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Most of it this book is a fast page-turner, a little dragging for me when the therapy of the MC is described.
A few deaths and a twist from the last book, where a bad decision bites back in this book.
Serial killers and some brutal scenes, but not enough to warrant a trigger warning.
And for once, also turn toward the right and the wrong way to bring someone to trial (see above...) and no vigilante or going alone into dangerous situations. Also tech is up-to-date playing some little role, without being embellished or unrealistic: things take time, not everything is recorded by traffic-cams, mobile phone tracking in a big city is not precise enough, etc .

The two decisions of the MC later in the book regarding her private life are great stuff, just my kind of woman, strong and willful, even with all her problems independent and headstrong. Wow! These two turns alone are worth 1 star for me.

Have the next book lent with a KU trial and will read that next before I pay for Kindle Unlimited (which I consider not worth the amount it costs, but as long as it is a free-trial it is ok).
Might be a 4 star for some but, I feel good about it, and it was a fast 3 days read, and with the strong MC, so 5 stars it is and highly recommended.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Review: Aftermath

Aftermath Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Obvious Trigger warning: Bullying.
After reading and the reviewing That's not what happened I was in the mood for more school shootings, and this turned out, to be even better. Again about the way the story that gets known is not really what happened, with an obvious twist I guessed early on, and a few other twists, I did not guess.

Liked the MC's Skye & Jesse, with how they changed after the shooting and grew up, not talking to each other for 3 years and then meeting again when Skye is forced to change school again. Swoonworthy realistic romance during a rocky patch in their live.
Very good characterizations, even in the minor characters, like the adults and Tiffany and Chris. As this is a current book, technology (chats, video sending, hacking) was integrated. And very well, no mistakes, everything is very real without being embellished or too much hacking. For that alone I could have given 1 star extra, so far I found a lot of books are missing the technology angel or get it wrong. But even without that I would have given 5 stars.
So suspenseful, I read it rather fast (under 3 days), well done romance-thriller about a school shooting, with current technology and a real page-turner.
Solid 5 stars, Highly recommended.

Family-ending may be a little to neat for some, but I can live with that.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Review: That's Not What Happened

That's Not What Happened That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Would have liked more about the shooter, and some real twist.
Mostly I thought one or more of the survivors where in on it or even shooters themselves.
Still, for being to straight 1 star less, it is still a good fiction about a school shooting.

Solid 4 stars giving a few different POV of a school shooting (and aftermath).
Recommended, also reasonably short read, could be finished in a day or on a rainy weekend.

Even before I finished it, I looked for other books about school shootings and more or less randomly picked these from a goodreads list:
Hate List (owned that one already as an ebook bought 6 years or more ago, not read yet...)
Aftershock - Andrew Vachss is one of my favourite authors, but ebook is too expensive
This Is Where It Ends (bought today as an ebook)
Aftermath (bought a few months ago as an ebook)
School Days (looked for Robert B Parker books way back, August 2009, bought and read the paperback, may read it again)
Quicksand by Malin Persson Gilolito As it would have been a translation anyway, I bought it today in the German translation as: Im Traum kannst du nicht lügen (Malin Persson)
and
In the Skin of a Monster (bought today as an ebook)

no ebook - Endgame Nancy Garden
no ebook - Quad C.G. Watson, Carrie Gordon Watson
That I have bought these books does not really mean I will read and review them. The Spenser one I read already, this one offers a nice twist on the reasons for a school shooting. Worth reading for that, as a Spenser thriller, it is as expected, wether you like them or not. Recommended.
A different kind of school shooting is also to be found in Andrews Vachhss first book which was a long time unpublished - A bomb built in hell. The story was and probably still is available on his webpage for free, but I think you can also buy it in different formats in the usual shops.
Also, I still have Columbine in my TBR-bought pile (looked into that, the reviews where rather mixed, but I still want to read it someday).

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Review: Fury

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

Received an ARC from the Author for an honest review.
Read and liked the first 3 books in the series, read some of the others out of order, and have not yet read books 6 till 9.
What I said about the other books, too much romance, Kate being to insecure as to what she should do, I will not repeat that here. For me she should cut her losses, split from the man who does nothing for me and the story - and is not even a police-man anymore, being forced in early retirement (or fired?). The case is ok, but the book without the unnecessary parts (romance etc.) would have been 50% shorter, more like a novella. Will read one more, when it is published and then decide wether to stop reading these.
There are way better books / series, sorry to say, but my time is to short to read books I do not really like.


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Review: The Lost Causes

The Lost Causes The Lost Causes by Jessica Koosed Etting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read this review by Jennifer and wanted to buy the book, only to be informed, I alread bought it... So, I will try to read it soon.
(Added months later)
Has been sometime since I read this, sorry. Reminded me a little of Jennifer Lynn Barnes "Naturals"The Naturals The Naturals (The Naturals, #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

Currently a single book, not sure wether is going to be series or not, so currently a standalone.
Recommended, not sure, wether 4 stars is a bit much, whatever.

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Review: The Lost Causes

The Lost Causes The Lost Causes by Alyssa Embree Schwartz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read this review by Jennifer and wanted to buy the book, only to be informed, I alread bought it... So, I will try to read it soon.
(Added months later)
Has been sometime since I read this, sorry. Reminded me a little of Jennifer Lynn Barnes "Naturals".
(somehow inserting links only works after I saved once).
Currently a single book, not sure wether is going to be series or not, so currently a standalone.
Recommended, not sure, wether 4 stars is a bit much, whatever.

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Review: Don't Turn Around

Don't Turn Around Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 rounded to 3
Romance ok, but could have done without it, not sure, wether you would call that a love-triangle, also when the book ends, it is open who loves whom.
Could have done with more hacking, but what was there was ok, without details, so as not to give a blueprint for aspiring hacker-wannabes (I dare to count myself in that group, with a basic knowledge of Unix, bash, html and having learned more than 25 years ago Cobol85, Assembler and Modula 2).
Too expensive, should have cost helf that. Will try to read the next books in the series sometime, but with KU or if they are cheap!

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Review: The Lost Causes

The Lost Causes The Lost Causes by Alyssa Embree Schwartz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Has been sometime since I read this, sorry. Reminded me a little of Jennifer Lynn Barnes "Naturals".
(somehow inserting links only works after I saved once).
Currently a single book, not sure wether is going to be series or not, so standalone.
Recommended, not sure, wether 4 stars is a bit much, whatever.



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Review: Ostfriesensünde

Ostfriesensünde Ostfriesensünde by Klaus-Peter Wolf
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Review in German, as this is a German Book, not available in English)
Nachdem mir die vorigen Bände schon recht gut gefallen haben, wird in diesem Band die Geschichte um den Vater von Ann Kathrin gelöst und beendet (m.E.).
Ein Effekt, der mir bei einigen (wenigen) Autoren auch aufgefallen ist: die Bücher werden zunehmend besser, mit fortschreiten der Serie. Ob das so bleibt, muss sich zeigen.
Habe diesen Band, zusammen mit #05 und #06 wieder als (ebook) Sammelband gekauft. Einzeln finde ich die zu teuer.
Der 1. Band wurde verfilmt, und das bietet sich bei den anderen (vor allem diesen) auch an, darüber weiss ich aber nichts, habe nichts gefunden.
4.5 Sterne, aufgerundet auf 5 Sterne.
Empfehlung, aber kann nur als Serie gelesen werden, obwohl wie immer Sachen wiederholt werden, ist dies als Standalone nicht logisch sinnvoll zu lesen.

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Review: Take a Walk on the Dead Side

Take a Walk on the Dead Side Take a Walk on the Dead Side by Jada Ryker
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Got this for free, informed by a Book Raid Mail.
Blurb and title sounded interesting.
Possible DNF, too much side-remarks which do nothing to the story, but will try to get further. The characters are funny, could have done without the fart-machine, though, but ok, US humor (I am more on the German or UK side of funny things, being German).
Ok, so I read it, all of it, some in FF (skimmed).
In German I would say "Das war ein Griff ins Klo" (Sticking you hand in the toilet...).
Did not like the writing style, too much tell, not enough crime, not enough story.
There where two stories, one concluded at roughly 50%, so nice planning.
Two stars, the basic idea was ok, I really liked the cat - the real MC in the story. And Wikket's magical capabilities are not explained, just hinted at.
The romance, and the major crime was like a merry-go-round, but not very logical, also way too much romance for me, ok for a book which has chick-lit on the cover, this should be expected, so my fault. And I would have liked a logical, twisted crime-romance, but this was not for me.
Also, I will probably stay away from this author and never read something by her in the future.

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Review: Intrusion

Intrusion Intrusion by Reece Hirsch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lent (like the first one) with Kindle Unlimited. One of the few books I hope will be good. Some authors I do not know, but the first book in this series was good, and I have already bought the third book (Surveillance) for a reasonable price.

A little too much info which is not needed (places, background info on history, people) and not enough hacking. The case, with all of its twists, even the surprise with the killer and the excursions into privacy law etc. where very good and I look forward to reading the next book in the series. What I also found very good, the moral of the MC after he had to defend himself - in this case, not as a vigilante nor planned, together with the PTSD also of Zoey his girlfriend, who has two people on her conscience.
But still, for me could have done with more hacking and more computer scenes, action and storyline was very good.
For laypersons computer things are explained, but as a retired IT-Helpdesk-slave I am not sure wether it is enough for all, I just hope so.
Recommended.


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Friday, August 24, 2018

Review: Lost Library

Lost Library Lost Library by Kate Baray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Got this for free from a BookBub email info.
Liked the blurb and the cover.
Skimming through a few 2star reviews, this might have been updated, they say Lizzy kept the magic for 2 years without deciphering it? It was a much more reasonable 2 months, just checked again, before she gets approached by John.
As the reviews said, World-Building was bit much of an info-dump at times, I agree, but it was not as bad some other books I read.
A little too much self-doubt and too much thinking about romance cost this the 5th star for me. And could have done with a little bit more action early on or in the middle.
It gets better near the end with the settings in London and Prague.
Also, other reviews mentioned a cliff-hanger at the end, I do not see the ending as a cliff-hanger, more a finished book with open threads to lead into the next book. The different problems (kidnapping, magic, etc.) are solved and concluded.

So recommended and I just checked and bought not the next book but the Lost Library Omnibus 1-3 for the price of one ebook Lost Library Collection: Books 1-3- there are now 4 books, with a 5th to be published November 1st, 2018.

So, recommended 4 stars it is, a little sex, lots of romance, could have been a little less for me. Action later in the book, and I am more interested in the library, which also was not mentioned enough in this book, hopefully this will change with the next book(s).

(Update a few hours later:)
After looking into the Collection, I skimmed the final chapter (#45 instead of #50) and there was an Epilogue, then I looked at the beginning of chapter 2, and there was the mentioned "two years later" as the time-frame of checking the book. Read the Epilogue and then gave the ebook back to Amazon and bought the single issue ebook of #02 Spirited Legacy, even though I will pay more if I read on, but I wanted an updated version, not knowing wether I will get it or not. Will only buy the other ebooks when I read that one.

So just to be clear: the ebook Collection is cheap, but you get currently not updated versions, while with buying the single ebook issues at some higher price you get the chance for updated version, with the first (lost library) certainly updated as an ebook - which I was lucky to get for free, so at this point I have not spent too much money.

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Review: Nemesis - Verkaufte Unschuld

Nemesis - Verkaufte Unschuld Nemesis - Verkaufte Unschuld by Stefanie Ross
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lent with KU, luckily I did not pay for it, wasted time anyway.
German book, so short review in German:
Nicht empfehlenswert, zu viel Aktion, nicht glaubwürdige Zusamenarbeit, zuviel Familie, zuviel alles.
Könnte 2 sterne vergeben, aber die Idee war ok, war nicht mein Stil, so 3 Sterne aber ausdrücklich nicht empfehlenswert! Werde keine Bücher von dieser Autorin mehr lesen.

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Review: Lost Library

Lost Library Lost Library by Kate Baray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Got this for free from a BookBub email info.
Liked the blurb and the cover.
Skimming through a few 2star reviews, this might have been updated, they say Lizzy kept the magic for 2 years without deciphering it? It was a much more reasonable 2 months, just checked again, before she gets approached by John.
As the reviews said, World-Building was bit much of an info-dump at times, I agree, but it was not as bad some other books I read.
A little too much self-doubt and too much thinking about romance cost this the 5th star for me. And could have done with a little bit more action early on or in the middle.
It gets better near the end with the settings in London and Prague.
Also, other reviews mentioned a cliff-hanger at the end, I do not see the ending as a cliff-hanger, more a finished book with open threads to lead into the next book. The different problems (kidnapping, magic, etc.) are solved and concluded.

So recommended and I just checked and bought not the next book but the Lost Library Omnibus 1-3 for the price of one ebook Lost Library Collection: Books 1-3- there are now 4 books, with a 5th to be published November 1st, 2018.

So, recommended 4 stars it is, a little sex, lots of romance, could have been a little less for me. Action later in the book, and I am more interested in the library, which also was not mentioned enough in this book, hopefully this will change with the next book(s).

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Review: Was der Nebel verbirgt

Was der Nebel verbirgt Was der Nebel verbirgt by Maximilian Seese
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ausgeliehen mit KU.
Langweilig, Hauptfigur unglaubwürdig, die meisten Wendungen vorhersehbar, diejenigen, die ich nicht vorhergesehen habe, retten das Buch nicht. Genausowenig wie das Setting in UK.
Polizeiprozeduren waren teilweise gut, teilweise völlig neben der Spur (vor allem gegen Ende).
Viel Nebebeikram, der weggelassen werden könnte und nichts zur Geschichte, geschweige denn Spannung (welche Spannung?) beiträgt.
2 Sterne, weil mir keine Fehler aufgefallen sind. Keine Empfehlung. Hab versucht das in FF schnell zu durchblättern. Für KU ok, aber wenn ich das normal bezahlt hätte, hätte ich mich geärgert. Werde wohl kein Buch vom Autor mehr lesen.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Review: Sturmflut: Ein Fall für Suna Lürssen

Sturmflut: Ein Fall für Suna Lürssen Sturmflut: Ein Fall für Suna Lürssen by Kerstin Wassermann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mit KU geliehen.
Nette Story, aber Auflösung am Ende durch einen der Schuldigen, nicht durch Ermittlungen, auch wenn vieles schon vermutet wurde. Ein wenig angedeutete Romanze, könnte auf eine Verbindung in den nächsten Büchern hinauslaufen, oder auch nicht, da die Personen ihre Wohnungen / Büros in unterschiedlichen Orten und Ländern haben.
Werde bei Gelegenheit weitere Bücher der Reihe lesen.
Realistische Beschreibung der Vorgehensweise bei den Ermittlungen, mit etwas Sylt lokal-kolorit.
Solide 3 Sterne, mit Empfehlung, liest sich schnell, gut für ein verregnetes Wochenende.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Review: The Caller

The Caller The Caller by Chris Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Trigger warning: torture, very bloody, detailed murders - but for a book about a serial-killer, that is expected, you get what you came for.

Got this cheap (promo price?) as an ebook and read the blurb which pointed to social media, stalking and a serial killer, so obviously a book for me, with the tech up-to-date.
Fast paced page-turner, which was just not worth 5 stars for me, as a lot of times the (short) chapters ended with a cliffhanger, but the next chapter was a different POV or scene. Not always, though.
This interchanging of scenes/pov's sometimes break the stream of reading for me, sometimes not.
A little romance, no sex.
Very gristly murders (expected), a few nice twists, and good ideas.

Instead of "swap", the author uses "swop", never read that before, googled it, as I thought this was an error, and wanted to report it (it is not, the word is used in the same manner and context as swap, I am German, and my english education is heavy on UK, which I prefer, even though most english books I read are in US-english, so pardon my french).
A completely real error is in chapter 64, using a wrong name when a person calls out (in the ebook I own it is currently "Jeffery" when he calls for him, but the person is named "Michael" and I see no reason for the name Jeffery and the name is not used in other parts of the book. Will report that (Kindle), so it can be corrected.

So, imho writing is bit uneven, there might be other places, but still it was good enough.
In catching the killer, one of the detectives (the MC) breaks a few rules and it was the often (too often) case of going after killer alone and getting in a situation where the MC could have been killed. Too obvious that never happens, yawn, so too predictable. One should kill the MC once every other book imho, just to keep the reader guessing.

Recommended 4stars, but as have read one other novel and a short novella from this author, I think, this is one of the better ones (or the author is getting better with each book). Might read other books from this series depending on price (or if I can lend it with KU). Can be read as a standalone, as I did.

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Review: The Caller

The Caller The Caller by Chris Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Trigger warning: torture, very bloody, detailed murders - but for a book about a serial-killer, that is expected, you get what you came for.

Got this cheap (promo price?) as an ebook and read the blurb which pointed to social media, staling and a serial killer, so obviously a book for me, with the tech up-to-date.
Fast paced page-turner, which was just not worth 5 stars for me, as a lot of times the (short) chapters ended with a cliffhanger, but the next chapter was a different POV or scene. Not always, though.
This interchanging of scenes/pov's sometimes break the stream of reading for me, sometimes not.
A little romance, no sex.
Very gristly murders (expected), a few nice twists, and good ideas.

Instead of "swap", the author uses "swop", never read that before, googled it, as I thought this was an error, and wanted to report it (it is not, the word is used in the same manner and context as swap, I am German, and my english education is heavy on UK, which I prefer, even though most english books I read are in US-english, so pardon my french).
A completely real error is in chapter 64, using a wrong name when a person calls out (in the ebook I own it is currently "Jeffery" when he calls for him, but the person is named "Michael" and I see no reason for the name Jeffery and the name is not used in other parts of the book. Will report that (Kindle), so it can be corrected.

So, imho writing is bit uneven, there might be other places, but still it was good enough.
In catching the killer, one of the detectives (the MC) breaks a few rules and it was the often (too often) case of going after killer alone and getting in a situation where the MC could have been killed. Too obvious that never happens, yawn, so too predictable. One should kill the MC once every other book imho, just to keep the reader guessing.

Recommended 4stars, but as have read one other novel and a short novella from this author, I think, this is one of the better ones (or the author is getting better with each book). Might read other books from this series depending on price (or if I can lend it with KU). Can be read as a standalone, as I did.

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Review: Alex, Approximately

Alex, Approximately Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

No Triggers, imho, so no Trigger Warnings!
YA Romance, sex talked of, a little mentioned, but rather tame.
Felt too long, and as it was big on romance, not really a book for me. A few scenes where suspenseful, but the main story began to drag for me, I think about 60% into the book, too late to DNF, although the ending was as expected. One real problem was well handled (gun), but the problem of the female MC did not really grab me.

3.5 stars, rounded down to 3, as it is it was too long and not interesting enough for me. Would have worked for me with 20-30% less pages, or a few other problems.
What saved it, was the wording and use of language, the movie references. This exceptionally well written, a big notch above usual YA romance fare and/or some indie-self-published ones, imho. As it was very hot, I tended to rate it harder, with colder weather I might have rounded up to 4.
As it is, I stand by it, recommended 3star, but am not sure, wether I will read a book by this author again. Have not followed the author anywhere, as I tend to do with other books ( authoralarms, Amazon.de / .com follow this author etc. ).

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Review: Juli.Mord.: Sylt-Krimi

Juli.Mord.: Sylt-Krimi Juli.Mord.: Sylt-Krimi by Bodo Manstein
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ohne den Epilog hätte es 3 sterne gegeben, 1 weil es ein Debüt ist, und ich da immer
vorsichtig bin - einige Autoren, gerade selfpublished, werden von Buch zu Buch besser.
Bis zum Epilog ist es eine lockere Krimi-Romanze, nicht sonderlich spannend, und mir
fehlten Twists, also vor (unvorhersehbare) Wendungen.

Habe ein paar der anderen Reviews überflogen, es wurde die alter Mann - junge Frau
Romanze etwas kritisiert, vor allem, da der eine Mann sie schon seit der Geburt kennt.
Wurde nicht ausgelebt, also fand ich das, wie immer bei Romanzen, uninteressant, hat
mich nicht weiter interessiert. Die andere Romanze (mit Sex aber nur angedetet) fand
ich glaubwürdig, aber langweilig.

Ortsbeschreibungen waren noch das Beste am Buch, aber dazu kenne ich Sylt zuwenig, um
zu prüfen, ob das so stimmt. Lebensstil usw. war ganz ok, aber deswegen kaufe ich ja
das Buch nicht, ich will spannende Unterhaltung, und die hatte ich hier nicht, die
Ermittlungen waren ok, aber zu sehr auf die Hauptperson abgestellt.
Das wirkte konstruiert.

Der Epilog hat es für mich ruiniert, jetzt hätte ich das Buch nochmal lesen müssen,
um zu prüfen, ob das logisch in der Handlung passt und evtl. sogar zu erkennen ist.
Ich denke nicht, kann mich natürlich irren, dafür war es einfach nicht spannend genug.
Vor allem, ohne Epilog ist das Buch weitgehend abgeschlossen, ein paar lose Sachen
können auf ein nächstes Buch, aber mit einem neuen Fall weisen, der Epilog lässt fasst
alles offen. Das war natürlich Riesen-Twist, eine Wendung, aber gerade deshalb auch so
unglaubwürdig und aufgesetzt.

Damit so mal eben nur noch 2 Sterne, die ich als Gnadensterne empfinde, und ich werde
selbst kostenlos kein weiteres Buch des Autors lesen, keine Empfehlung, eher
eine Warnung. Der Preis, den ich für das Buch gezahlt habe, war m.E. ein normaler
Preis, aber wert war es mir das Buch nicht. Kostenlos, KU oder 99 ct. würde ich
für angemessen empfinden.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Review: Ragdoll

Ragdoll Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trying a paid for service, which I just realized I should not yet write about and share, as it is still in Beta.
This is one of the three recommended books. Price is ok, instant ebook buy.

Fast paced page-turner, set in the UK (London mostly).
Wow, what a ride!
After a grisly find of a puzzle-like-ragdoll-staged-death consisting of body parts from several different victims, this story keeps its fast pace with a serial who leaks to the press, and sets a short timeline to stop his killings.

A lot is standard police procedure, but under very high pressure, and with several not sleeping and or not sleeping well for days on end (with the obvious problems such behaviour brings).
People and places well written, with several POV, and a few flashbacks.
Most twists I did not see coming, and a few persons are not simply black-and-white, but more a muddled morally grey, veering into being vigilant or at leas sympathetic to being vigilante.
One member of the police was doing manual data-mining during his supposed sleep or free time in going through old evidence. This felt very real, amassing lots of data, sometimes mining them with a computer, but also trying to locate and speak to every person of a large group to see wether they could offer information or simply are still alive. Although computers where used and some special programs, the large amount of work felt like a lot of old detective work, where computers only added or helped to come to some conclusions, others where simply guessworks or intuitions.

This being the first from three paid-for-recommendations, I can safely say: this one is a success, on the point for me!

Will certainly look for the sequel (this is supposed to be a series) and probably buy it soon.
Read this as an EPub and page-count was strange, so I cannot really say, how long this book is. But the short 3 days it took me to read it where mostly spent reading, with lights-out late on a few days (11:30 pm, 1 am).

A little romance thrown in, sex hinted at, but happening off-page. Very grisly murders with several scenes described en detail, not for the faint-of-heart, but not veering into SAW-material either, keeping it real and no torture.

Highly recommended, for fans of serial killers, UK-settings.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Review: Sanctuary

Sanctuary Sanctuary by Caryn Lix
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Preordered the Kindle ebook with Amazon.de, but they cancelled on publication day, due to a price rise.
Found it cheaper elsewhere - owning Kindle and a Tolino ereader, I can buy and read Kindle and EPub ebooks even with DRM.

As we have a heatwave in Germany, I read a few hours and managed with little sleep, and was more than half through when I turned the lights out, a quarter to midnight on the first day.

Very well written, so far lots of action and twists I did not see coming. A little obvious and expected romance, no sex. After the not very suspenseful (link will be inserted today) These broken stars, which dragged at times, this is way better - so far, but my guess is, it will stay that way. Might get 5 stars, so far. Ok, so it is more like 4 to 4.5 stars, but I rounded to 5 for the first in the series.
Hopefully the next one will be as good or better.

Romance, not really sure, if this counts as instalove - I think not - no sex. Suspenseful and no toned down death-scenes, might be a little too gruesome and bloody for some. Also quite a few real characters die.

What warrants less than 5 stars, some might even give 3:
- at times too much thinking about the same things again and again
- a few too much coincidences aka deus ex machina, convenient, but summed up not too believable.

Still I stand by my 5 star rating and highly recommend it, it was a fast page-turner for me.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Review: Mörderisches Ostfriesland

Mörderisches Ostfriesland Mörderisches Ostfriesland by Klaus-Peter Wolf
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

#01 Ostfriesenkiller (filmed, TV-Movie) - angefangen 04-Feb-2018 / durch 08-Feb-2018
#02 Ostfriesenblut - angefangen 08-Feb-2018 / durch 23-Feb-2018
#03 Ostfriesengrab - angefangen 14-Jun-2018 / durch 19-Jun-2018
3,5* rounded down?

Leicht durchgeknallte MC, Polizeiarbeit ok, Fall je nach Buch gut bis extrem gut, etwas viel Privatleben, Romanze, kaum Sex (Jugendfrei). Übergreifender Fall, wo es um Ann Kathrin Klaasens Vater geht, der in diesen 3 Büchern ziemliche Wendungen nimmt und nicht gelöst wird.

Gutes Buch für den Strand, aber eben weil für mich zuviel Privatleben reinspielt, auch nur 3.5 Sterne, insgesamt abgerundet auf 3. Allerdings sind die Fälle zum Teil recht heftig, also etwas Mischmasch zwischen Thriller mit Romanze, nicht 100% leichte Kost, bis auf das etwas zuviele Privatleben fand ich es recht gelungen ausgewogen.
Empfohlen, wobei ich finde, die sind zu teuer, bzw. sollten ggfs. nur geliehen werden, oder eben als Sammelband gekauft werden. Bis jetzt ist nur der 1. Band als TV-Movie in Deutschland verfilmt worden, mit ein paar Kürzungen, und damit wird die Hintergrund-Geschichte um ihren Vater nicht richtig klar. Ob weitere Filme geplant sind, ist offen.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Review: All Systems Red

All Systems Red All Systems Red by Martha Wells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bought this cheap with a coupon. More a novella than a novel, lenght-wise.
Fast gripping read, well done world-building.
Highly recommended, already bought and pre-ordered all other books (as ebooks), although I must say I find the price too high for the short reading time.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Review: The Fifth to Die

The Fifth to Die The Fifth to Die by J.D. Barker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Had pre-ordered this for Kindle and checked the price, as Amazon had previously cancelled an ebook where price had risen, and saw 2 things: the price had risen, and while the publication date was July 10th, 2018 (today being July 3d), it was already available as an EPub elsewhere in Germany for a good, low price, so I cancelled my Amazon order and snatched this up to read it soon. Having both a Tolino epos and (two) Kindle Voyage, I am even without tricks from the Apprentice able to buy and read ebooks from most retailers.
Currently reading A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe (link inserted later), after I finish that, I might start this immediately - started evening July 4th, 2018 happy holiday to the US.

Just finished it, during lunch and after that.
Enough twists I did not see coming, to build a circular staircase in an old library ....
Saw my few words about the first book, and realize I was even than too lazy to write much.
This book is near current regarding the tech, the description with the router and Mac-Addresses is spot on (although I still think, a MAC-Address can be faked, but I am not sure how easy).

While the diary bored me sometimes, it is essential in understanding the story.
Otherwise this is a page-turner, but with changing POV (chapter wise and clearly marked).
No love, romance, nor sex.
Bloody. Cruel torture, at times shocking, but not too much, and keeping it way below SAW-levels.
On par for the good serial-killer-book, not unexpected.

Highly recommended page-turner, also I think it might help to read the first book (again), although some things are repeated. Next book will be pre-ordered as soon as possible!

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Review: A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Can be read as a standalone, but the ending points to the next book with a new adventure.
Pre-ordered that.
A little sex, romance, and lots and lots of well designed fights and action. Could easily have been a 5 star book with more twists. As it is, recommended, solid 4star. SF with Magic (!).

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Review: Der Fledermausmann

Der Fledermausmann Der Fledermausmann by Jo Nesbø
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Just saw I did not list it, this was a few years ago one of the worst books I ever read, boring with epic background to characters I did not like, neither the MC nor the minor ones.
So I chose this as one of the first books I DNF'ed very early.
Just saw the movie to Snowman, so I am looking into that book, but skimming and skipping
things, going FF, just to see, if he gets beter (that being the #07th book in the series).
This one is supposed to be a serial killer case, but as far as I got, the case plays only a little part in the book, not something I want to read in a book heralded as a good thriller?! Wonder what boring drivel this people read to label it thus.

This is not recommended and stay away from this author, time-waster, no suspense.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review: The Becoming of Noah Shaw

The Becoming of Noah Shaw The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great follow-up to the Mara Dyer Trilogy .
That you should have read before, although some flashbacks to it are integrated into the story, necessarily, even for me - as it has been nearly 3 years since reading the last book.

Also have all these on Audible, so I listened to some part of it. Should have read Mara Dyer again before, or listened to it. Will probably listen to it soon, when I find the time.

Interesting, but short. Still recommended, these books are among the best I read this part of the century. For some reason the book, that now comes to mind, is A Clockwork Orange, which I also want to read again and/or listen to.

Pre-ordered this as soon as read of it, and have pre-ordered The Reckoning of Noah Shaw, which I will buy as an ebook (as I do most books nowadays) and if possible as an Audio (meaning I try to get the Kindle-Audible-Whispersync-Deal if possible).

(Added later)Realized that have given no reason to read this book or why I liked it. And in light of some other reviews (and a few 1-2 stars even from people who liked the Mara Trilogy) I will change that, but this might take a few days, sorry.

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Review: No Escape

No Escape No Escape by Michelle Gagnon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rather short addition (was free for me, I do not think it is worth anything to pay for it, so be aware).
OK introduction, but no hacking, and I did not really get into it, not having read anything else yet.
Bought the first novel today, to read it. It may be a mistake to read this first, or add no value.
Hopefully the novel is better, else I see a DNF coming...
Will add to this review wether it may be necessary to read this after finshing the novel.

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Review: The Becoming of Noah Shaw

The Becoming of Noah Shaw The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great follow-up to the Mara Dyer Trilogy .
That you should have read before, although some flashbacks to it are integrated into the story, necessarily, even for me - as it has been nearly 3 years since reading the last book.

Also have all these on Audible, so I listened to some part of it. Should have read Mara Dyer again before, or listened to it. Will probably listen to it soon, when I find the time.

Interesting, but short. Still recommended, these books are among the best I read this part of the century. For some reason the book, that now comes to mind, is A Clockwork Orange, which I also want to read again and/or listen to.

Pre-ordered this as soon as read of it, and have pre-ordered The Reckoning of Noah Shaw, which I will buy as an ebook (as I do most books nowadays) and if possible as an Audio (meaning I try to get the Kindle-Audible-Whispersync-Deal if possible).

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review: Find Me

Find Me Find Me by Romily Bernard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Trigger warning: suicide, abuse, child-abuse/teen-abuse, a little bullying.
Had this on my TBR for nearly a year now, but not yet bought, which I did today.
Just read a recommendation and liked the blurb.
Although I had been burned in the past by a few of these recommendations and will stay away if the bad-word-tag (Gone Girl-alike, Psychological Thriller, meaning to me DNF / total-bore) pops up, still think, I will like this and am just in the mood for it. Price was ok.

Could have more hacking, but ok, for what it delivered. MC was ok, but not totally convincing, feel at a loss to put my finger on why.

Recommended, but a little too much romance, no sex. For a debut 1 star extra, not sure if and when I will read more of this series. Reasonably fast read, had to wait for a delivery which came late and nearly read 80% during the hours of waiting.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Review: You Were Gone

You Were Gone You Were Gone by Tim Weaver
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Dead Good Books recommended - have to be more careful with these recommendations, way too many bad books started / bough in the last years. If I ever see the moniker "psychological thriller - page-turner" again, I should stay away from it.

Boring, way too long. Two stars for a good idea.
This certainly brings to turn the page - to get to the reveal much faster.
No suspense, not enough twists, one was obvious to me nearly from the beginning (only revealed in the final crime scene at the house with the woman).
One more of author for never-buy-never-read-again-pile. Pitty. Sounded good from the blurb.
While after reading it, a lot felt unreal and ridiculous, stranger things have already happend in RL, so I cannot safely say it is to far out there.

There was too much not needed and boring information about the life of the MC and others in there, that could have been cut without changing the story. And it was as much as 50%, by my best guess.
Not recommened. Skipped a lot, going fast-forward through it, but the time it took me (a week) is testament to the unnecessary length of the novel, even after the solution-reveal there came more story I really did not want to know.
Not very entertaining. And it was not even cheap, I paid full price for it, which I regret now!

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Review: First Grave on the Right

First Grave on the Right First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For a first book, start of a series, I rate this a generous 4 stars. Not really sure if that is entirely deserved. As the main case ended it felt too long, then came the side story of Charly's love-live.

Nice sex-scenes (explicit but rather non-kinky and straight).
Like the POV-tone of the MC Charley, snarky, but sometimes also a bit unsure and whiny, but not too whiny.
World-building nicely integrated in the story as the MC does not know everything, even in the end there are things hidden from her. So far luckily no Zombies, no Vampires, so that is a plus, also no love-triangle, and no insta-love (open to interpretation, some might say it is insta-love).

For the older YA-Generation, would not really see this for a 12 yr-old, I guess 14 and above. Bloody death scenes, torture described, and all that. Maybe not even YA but more NA.

Recommended four stars, might read the next book, but not too soon, I think.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: Mitgift

Mitgift Mitgift by Kirsten Wendt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Das Buch alleine hätte knapp 3.5 Sterne bekommen, je nach Stimmung auf- oder abgerundet auf 3 bzw. 4 Sterne.
Drei Sterne sind jetzt für die ganze Serie.
Das Buch, ebenso wie das vorige war einfach zu kurz. Als ein etwas längeres Buch alle 4 Bände würde ich besser finden. Die beiden Krimifälle, ein eigener und der Buch-übergreifende Fall der Kindesentführung werden beide gelöst, wobei bei einem die Lösung klar ist, aber nicht zuende geschrieben wird, das Buch endet einfach.
Die Fälle im letzten Band waren ok, aber nicht kompliziert, keine überraschenden Wendungen. Das hätte gerne länger und komplizierter sein können, die übliche Mischung aus Privatleben und Fall, aber durch die Kürze ist mir das Privatleben etwas viel geworden Die Technik ist up-to-date, spielt aber selten eine Rolle und leider auch keine tragende. Hätte gerne mehr sein können (social media, IT, Computer, Mobilphone-Ortung etc.).

Zurückhaltende Empfehlung, alle 4 Bände zusammen können wohl an einem Wochenende oder schneller gelesen werden, hätten anspruchsvoller sein können und länger. Würde für einen angemessenen Preis auch eine Fortsetzung lesen. Diese 4 Bücher sind auch was zum Leihen, glaube nicht, daß ich die Bücher nochmal lese.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Review: Gone Without A Trace

Gone Without A Trace Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

DNF at 15 % / Page 44 from 293 (as per Tolina epos display).
Skimmed the last few chapters and the epilogue.
Not my kind of book, this was recommended by BookRiot, and I have to remind myself, to check other sources before buying or reading a book.
MC and all other characters unlikeable, could not even pity Matt. And Jamie is a creep as bad as they come.

Some of what I said in the review for Girl I used to be also applies here, so I will not waste time repeat it, read it if you want to be warned. My 2star review of Girl I used to be

The ending in the epilogue is the main reason for the second star with this book.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Review: Straßenköter

Straßenköter Straßenköter by Stefan B. Meyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Trigger Warnung: Pädophilie.
Die ersten beide Bände der Serie Mordkommision Leipzig hatten beide je etwa 140 Seiten, dieser hier 109 (Anzeige Tolino epos). Entsprechend schnell war ich fertig mit dem ebook.

Der Hauptfall ist ok, nicht übel vor allem am Ende. Die Kindesentführung war im 2. Buch kaum Thema, hier ist es fast genauso wichtig, wie der Hauptfall, vor allem, da aus allen Teams Leute abgezogen werden.

Mit der um ca. 1/3 reduzierten Länge des gegenüber den anderen Bändern hat das Buch einen Preis von knapp 1 ct./Seite. Wobei ich nicht sicher bin, ob das ein dauerhafter Preis ist, oder nur als Einführung herabgesetzt - dann würde es m.E. bei einer Preisanpassung zu teuer.
Angemessen währe ein Sammelband für 2,99 Eur, oder weniger, wenn der 4. Band erschienen ist (ca. 1 Woche).

Guter Krimi, glaubwürdig, Technik (Handyortung etc.) aktuell, aber nicht dominierend und auch nicht übertrieben. Solide 3 sterne Empfehlung von mir.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Review: Hurenball

Hurenball Hurenball by David Gray
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Wie das erste, ok, 3 sterne, wobei in dem Fall der Kindesführung nichts passiert, ausser das einer der beiden Polizisten Gewissensbisse bekommt.
Nette Aktion-Szenen, wilde Schiesserei und mehrere Schwerverletzte.

Was ich beim ersten Band geschrieben habe, gilt auch hier, kein Sex, kleine romantische Anwandlungen, die aber nicht ausgelebt werden. Dafür wird Missbrauch, Padöphilie und Kinderpronografie gestreift, aber nicht explizit oder ausführlich.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Review: The Girl I Used to Be

The Girl I Used to Be The Girl I Used to Be by Mary Torjussen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Trigger Warning: boredom, nearly no sex, too much family, no suspense. Real trigger warning: Rape, but not very explicit.
DNF, will go FF till the end.

Fell (again) for a blurb which made the book sound way more interesting than it is.
Also some reviews had "page-turner" in the reviews. Well, more like, stick-together-pages-I-had-to-cut-if-I-was-not-reading-an-ebook.
Just checked, the main recommendation was from BookRiot, also I have Gone Without a Trace (bought it cheap), which was also a BookRiot-recommendation, now I am wary, I will probably look into it, with the goal to decide early on, wether to read it and finish it, or if that is also another DNF.

Stopped reading in earnest at the beginning of chapter 12, I think.
This reads more like a romance, than a mystery or thriller.
Boring, takes to long and too much familiy with barely a hint, what is wrong. No page-turner so far, and I am near DNFing it.

Still wonder what other people read, that they think it is a fast-paced page-turner.
Two stars for a good blurb, and I regret pre-ordering this and paying for it, price was ok, though. Will FF to the end and add to this review a little then.

Skimmed a few 4/5 star reviews. And one said, this is "on the lighter side" in comparison to Gone without a trace, so here's hoping, that will be better. There is supposed to be a twist, bit so far I have not read it.

(Added a day later) So, now I have FF through until the end. What a chore! A few little twists, of which one was obvious, the others not so much, but did not save the book from the boredom it transpires. Not sure, wether this warrants 2 stars, but at least there was no vigilant-killing and the reason for not calling the police before the finale was well written.

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Review: Rampensau

Rampensau Rampensau by Marcus Hünnebeck
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Short series, with 4 different authors writing about the murder-squad in Leipzig.
Review in German, this is so far not available in English, I think.

Kurze Serie, 4 Bände, die in Abstand von 2 Wochen publiziert werden, 2 habe ich schon, einer erscheint morgen (07. Mai 2018) und der letzte am 14. Mai 2018.

Die Bände sind preiswert (noch?), aber auch nur so ca. 140 Seiten kurz. Also alle 4 Bände kosten knapp unter 4 Eur, und sind zusammen etwa ein langer Roman.

Die Titel sind etwas reisserisch, ich hatte auf so etwas wie die Sex & Crime-Reihe vonm Harry Hold gehofft, das war es nicht.

Normaler Krimi, mit netten Polizisten, etwas Lokal-Kolorit, und einem kurzweiligem Fall. Nix perverses, kein Sex, als Trigger höchstens die Kindesentführung, aber die ist im 1. Buch auch nicht aufgeklärt. Mir währen ja vor allem Polizisten lieber, die sich an Gesetze halten, mal sehen, wie sich das in den nächsten Büchern entwickelt.

Empfehlung für ein verregnetes Wochenende (bzw. evtl. nur einen verregneten Nachmittag). Bin gespannt, wie die anderen Bücher sind, und wie gut die Zusammenhänge sind. Aber eben auch nur 3 Sterne, mehr nicht, sorry. Das werde ich anpassen, wenn ich die anderen Bücher gelesen habe.

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