Thursday, May 30, 2019

Review: No Exit

No Exit No Exit by Taylor Adams
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Lent this with a free Kindle Unlimited trial, and felt like DNFin it during
the first chapter. Fell for the blurb (again...).
No suspense, no likeable persons, DNF shortly after skimming a few 2 star reviews. Not even interested how it ends.
Not recommended.

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Review: You

You You by Caroline Kepnes
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

At 30%: Nearing DNF - does not grip me...
Two of my friends / people I follow said it very well:
Chelsea Humphrey's 3 star-review
and
this 2star review from Ari.

The cover my edition shows is for the Netflix TV-series. That series, and the blurb is what made me buy this book, I wanted a stalker, but would have liked the roles reversed (female stalker, male victim).
But given that this book is rather long, I already started another one, which is a sure hint towards DNF for me. Will try to watch more episodes (currently only the first seen) of the TV-show and then decide wether to abandon this or not.
The first episode was imho 1:1 like the part of the book, but maybe it is not such a waste of time to watch that in contrast to grudgingly and reluctantly reading it?

Oh, and the book I started? Pre-ordered, and just published, short and suspenseful:
Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan
Keep This to Yourself! So far highly recommended.

Back to "You", DNF at 30%, jumped to 80% then skimmed or FF till the end.
Worst book I picked so far, and now I even dread watching more Episodes from the TV series,
although I might still watch 2 more to decide wether it is worth finishing it.

As this is a book about a stalker this should have been my kind of book, but I did not look all (!) characters and even though I could relate to some of the books and most of the movies (Pitch Perfect), this bored me out of my mind. Would have liked a female stalker more.

No Suspense, no good writing, will never pick up a book from this author again!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Review: Somewhere Only We Know

Somewhere Only We Know Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Recommendation from Epic Reads 2019 TBR.
Pre-ordered this December 1st, 2018, and read it in-between the soon to be DNF'ed You.
Earnest YA-romance with two teens growing up on a special day in Hongkong.
Swoon-worthy! Listened to K-Pop during reading (sometimes, mostly Blackpink / Red Velvet, as I am not so much into Boygroups).
Lots of eating in the book, which made it feel very real - one of my pet-peeves, when people during a story don't eat or sleep without an obvious reason (Dan Brown, I'm looking at you!).
Also very inspiring and uplifting book about how to realise your dreams.
Highly recommended fast read. Would like to see this filmed as a limited TV-series (1 Season).

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Review: Somewhere Only We Know

Somewhere Only We Know Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Recommendation from Epic Reads 2019 TBR.
Pre-ordered this December 1st, 2018, and read it in-between the soon to be DNF'ed You.
Earnest YA-romance with two teens growing up on a special day in Hongkong.
Swoon-worthy! Listened to K-Pop during reading (sometimes, mostly Blackpink / Red Velvet, as I am not so much into Boygroups).
Lots of eating in the book, which made it feel very real - one of my pet-peeves, when people during a story don't eat or sleep without an obvious reason (Dan Brown, I'm look at you!).
Also very inspiring and uplifting book about how to realise your dreams.
Highly recommended fast read. Would like to see this filmed as a limited TV-series (1 Season).

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Review: Keep This to Yourself

Keep This to Yourself Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great read, both a book about a serial killer and a coming of age book of a gay teen.
Could not guess most twists, and was kept guessing till the end who the killer was.
One suspect later in the book gets a short, very well built up to the suspicion and a typical situation of the lone detective walking into danger. Liked that scene a lot!
Fast read, very suspenseful and highly recommended. Way better than the book a will probably DNF which I took a break from for this, You (also a TV-series on Netflix)

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Review: Delta-v

Delta-v Delta-v by Daniel Suarez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like this author a lot, and had this pre-ordered for a price well above my usual 10 Eur price limit.
Was it worth it? Just about, as I was in the mood of reading a good SF book, so, ok, but my guess is, you could wait for the price to drop, it will be SF for a few years to come and not be surpassed by real life events, even though some are currently being prepared to become reality.

Hard near-future-SF, sometimes gritty, very well thought out and detailed in its realism and world-building.
In parts not very suspenseful and also some things that happen are obvious and foreseeable, some twists though I did not guess.
Not to spoil the plot, but I was thinking at least one of the crew would be a traitor and try to sabotage the mission - well there was not.
Would have given 4 stars, but it was well rounded and had a "further reading"
section, so I gave 4.5 stars rounded to 5.
Recommended although it took too long for my liking and could have been more suspenseful.

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