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Tami

I'd do nothing but reading if I could (ok, maybe eat some great food, buy some fancy shoes between two books...oh, and spend some quality time with the gorgeous guy I married while I am on reading-break anyway...)

Currently reading

Alias Grace
Margaret Atwood
Trek Science - mit Warpgeschwindigkeit in die Zukunft? (German Edition)
Inga Nielsen, Stefan Thiesen

Had a tear in my eye, not lying.

Christmas Past: A Chronicles of St Mary's Short Story - Jodi Taylor, Zara Ramm, Audible Studios

This was a really nice short read, for fans of the series.

 

It was all in the story - a bit of heartbreak for the realism in the christmas past.

 

And a bit of a christmas miracle :)

Same as the first installment...

Three Trials - Kristy Cunning

It felt a bit repetitive. Not sure about two further books - I truly hope the author will develop a bit more of the story.

 

And finally around 80% some sexy action.

 

This was really slow burn - they only do the deed after 1.80 books in...

 

And it wasn't all that.

 

A bit of a disappointment to be honest.

 

The protag and her voice are still the best thing for me about this.

 

Not sure I will continue the series though.

Liked the story even though it was SOOOO obvious.

The Finder - J.E. Lorin

It was clear from the beginning who the culprit would be in the crime part of the plot.

So obvious that I thought it was a red herring...

 

The mystery/fantasy part about the protag's paranormal ability was well done.

 

The romance part was sweet, but a bit too good to be true.

 

I had the feeling that the author can really write, but the story just wasn't that fantastic. Hopefully some of her other books will have both elements.

I loved the protags inner monologue.

Four Psychos - Kristy Cunning

Her voice was fun.

That was the best part of the book.

 

The rest was meh.

 

It was supposed to be "reverse harem". But there was no action whatsoever (a few tame kisses and so on). The "romance" part was therefore not interesting to me.

 

But the protag was fun enough for me to check out part 2 (spoiler alert: I am 50% in and still no "action"...).

I liked the setting.

The Boy Next Door: A Short Story - Josh Lanyon

But it felt way too short.

 

This could have been really good, but it didn't have enough flesh to be a real story.

Enjoyable read.

Destroyer (Hidden Planet Book 1) - Anna Carven

I liked this world-building, the differenct fractions and the ancient history of the desolate ship in the sky.

 

The romance part was ok too, but to be honest the SciFi Alien part was much better.

The Aliens were really foreign, the author did a quite good job in inventing a very different society.

A quite sad story.

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

I didn't expect to pity Jay Gatsby. But that is what I felt.

I never saw any of the movies, so I had the totally wrong expectation.

 

I really detested Daisy. She deserved Tom. They deserved each other.

 

But Jay Gatsby did not deserve what came to him.

 

A great story. About infatuation, a romantic heart and the cold pragmatism that rich little girl Daisy showed in this story.

 

I liked the narrator for his loyalty till the end although I didn't really understand his own romantic endeavours.

Very nice love story with some christmas cheer

Desperately Seeking Santa - Eli Easton

I liked the characters, the slow burn, the tension between both main characters. This was done really well. There was enough honest conversation to make the falling for each other believable and interesting.

 

It was entertaining and enjoyable.

 

 

The only reason I deduct half a star is for the unoriginal reporter/journalist story line.

And like nearly always I disliked this part of the character.

 

I do not understand where this "the public has a right to know" stuff comes from - especially if it is about exposing regular non-celebrity non-public people. I find it not only an invalid argument, as the public has no stakes in that concrete situation anyway, I also simply hate the trope as a whole. And also this whole "honour of a journalist" thing is quite strange for an intern in a small local newspaper.

 

 

Horrible, but great.

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

This was part of my real life book club.

 

And it was depressing. A very good book, a horrifying dystopia - especially in the current times.

 

At least the epilogue gave some hope within this world.

 

 

Good urban fantasy with known weakness in the romance department.

Changeling's Fealty (Changeling Blood Book 1) - Glynn Stewart

I have read the fantasy space adventures written by this author with great enjoyment.

 

This book was also a very good story with a likable main character.

 

The strength of it certainly came from the storytelling.The thrown in romance was unnecessary and didn't add at all to the story imho.

 

The world-building was solid and had some interesting twists - there was a not so unexpected turn hinted at in regards to the "power level" of the main character, so I am sure there is more development to come.

 

I really liked the Calgary "mundane world" setting, it gave the story atmosphere and depth.

Hm. Pretty much as expected.

The something girl - Jodi Taylor

This was more or less a seemless continuation of The Nothing Girl.

 

It was a nice read, some really fun banter and great humour, but no original story, just a warm-up of the last drama, the same evil villains, nothing surprising.

 

So all in all a nice read, but not like the fresh and wonderful read of the first installment.

Typical Crusie

Trust Me on This - Jennifer Crusie

This was a fun ride - the overall (and very much in your face) topic was "risk something".

All four characters who formed the two couples in the book were bumbling along in their lives and with a little shove changed their live to the better.

 

I immensely enjoyed the humour - a trademark of this author.

 

I loved the main character though she was not perfect, she was interesting and a lot of fun.

 

But my favourite was Aunt Victoria. She was just incredibly cool. I am not 100% sure I love the way the love story played out with her - throwing away her career at this point felt truly stupid to my feminist heart - I would have enjoyed reading an ending where the guy gives up his career to support his woman for once, but that was asking too much obviously...

Nah.

Oath of Vengeance (Vigilante Book 2) - Terry Mixon, Glynn Stewart

I nearly DNFed.

 

This was incredibly boring. I started to dislike the protag as well.

 

Again: leave the romance out - that is not helping the story! This is not something those authors do well at all.

 

Brad Madrid's journey for revenge is losing its appeal. It felt lackluster and boring, I skipped a lot in the end and was glad when it was over.

It becomes more convoluted...

Reconnaissance in Force - Terry Mixon

I am starting to lose track of all the fractions.

 

And I do not care for the "romance" part - this felt like channel surfing while watching scifi and accidently hitting a soap opera.

 

I still want some conclusion on this epic space adventure.

The villains are very villainous...

Paying the Price (Book 5 of The Empire of Bones Saga) - Terry Mixon

Until they are just pathetic.

 

And in one case basically mentally unhinged. I still can't fathom how anyone would support someone who obviously lost touch with reality, but ok.

 

The family/relationship part was not exactly thrilling unfortunately.

That is not where the author's strength lie.

 

But enough action and space to make up for it :)

This world-building gets more complex

Ghosts of Empire (Book 4 of The Empire of Bones Saga) - Terry Mixon

And unfortunately a tad confusing - but still very solid, fast-paced space action.

 

The characters develop at least a little, though still quite stereotypy.

 

I still can't get my head around the "Princess Kelsey" thing - the name is pure distraction!

 

Also, I do not appreciate the old "oh, she discovered 21st century earth pop culture, so expect funny references" - nope. Don't go there. Not good.