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Tami

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

Stolen Magic (Shadows of the Immortals) (Volume 1)
Marina Finlayson
Das Schlimmste kommt noch oder Fast eine Jugend
Charles Bukowski
Die linke Hand Gottes
Paul Hoffman, Reinhard Tiffert

A bit boring, to be honest.

Death and Relaxation - Devon Monk

It had nice moments and an original world building.

 

But it wasn't really funny and the story was not fascinating. It was not quite clear why the police chief protag Delaney felt that solving the murder was more urgent than finding someone to house the god power - which has a strict time limit of seven days and catastrophic consequences if missed. Definitely a WTF moment.

 

Overall I didn't like the obviousness of the story turns and how slow Delaney was to pick them up.

 

The romance was meh.

Ok read.

Breath of Fire - Amanda Bouchet

But it feels a bit repetitive.

 

Heroine has strong magic, gods help, she nearly dies while trying to save everybody, doesn't want to be like her mother.

 

Also it feels like a lot of standard fantasy elements found their way into the world, it also felt a bit "westeros"...

 

 

Great fantasy novel.

A Promise of Fire - Amanda Bouchet

With some cool romance.

 

I really enjoyed the world building, the two protags and the "team". 

 

 

I like it!

White Hot - Ilona Andrews

It has an interesting world building and some great main characters and awesome side characters. It has atmosphere, humor, action.

 

I really enjoyed it.

Good read.

Wrong Side of Hell (The DeathSpeaker Codex Book 1) - Sonya Bateman

This is a slightly unusual UF series, insofar as the protag is a man and there is no romance.

It has fae, demons, shifters and a bunch of other standard fantasy entities.

 

The storyline is solid, the main character's voice is good and the read overall enjoyable.

 

Some of the side characters remain pale despite the author trying to make them interesting, e.g. Sadie. I have not clear picture who she is supposed to be as a person. She has a function in the story, but she didn't feel like a person to me.

 

I liked that Gideon's backstory did not remain a secret too long, a lot was revealed quite early on, it gave a good overview on him and the world-building.

 

It was a good and enjoyable read, but I probably wouldn't have picked up the whole series if it wasn't on kindle unlimited and therefore free for me.

 

It just didn't grip me...

 

PS: I have one minor niggle with the concept of the villain here - they are supposed to be a religious hate group. But there is nothing even remotely religious about them.

 

Some nerdy rant about Latin names: their cult's name, milus dei. It is explained to mean "soldiers of god" in Latin. But soldier in Latin is "miles" and the plural "milites"...it is only one google search away...yes, I might only have noticed this because I had Latin in school and graduated on that subject. But still. I mean if you create a hate group to be the villains over a 6+ book series, you could at least take ten minutes of searching before naming them...I spent a way too long time trying to find out if milus is even a word. I couldn't find it. Funnily enough "dei" is absolutely correct, that is the genitiv of deus, meaning god...

This was depressing.

THE FOREST SAVAGE - Claire Davis

And the title and cover are misleading.

 

I didn't especially dig the story and the MCs.

 

Not sure, what it was exactly, I simply didn't enjoy it very much.

 

 

Hm.

Come lie with me - Linda Howard

I normally like Linda Howard's writing. 

 

But with this one?

 

Let's say, I see now why it's on 0.99 Euro on Amazon...

Scratching my head with this one...

Red Knight Falling (Harmony Black Series Book 2) - Craig Schaefer

I really liked Harmony when she was first introduced.

 

I think the strange suit and tie thing didn't really work well, but was willing to overlook it.

 

Now I feel like she completely lost her voice. She morphed into a strange protag between Daniel Faust, some unknown law enforcement and someone totaly non-descript.

 

She was a by-the-book kind of character. After one and a half stories, she starts to cut corners.

 

Hence the Daniel Faust deja vue.

 

The story like could have been done without including the Nazis, but ok.

 

The overall "new" story arc with the "kings" - I am just not interested in it.

 

And the overall theme of the good guys always being outgunned and outsmarted, got old real fast.

Liked this even better than the Daniel Faust series.

Harmony Black (Harmony Black Series Book 1) - Craig Schaefer

All around good UF/crime fiction.

 

I like Harmony as a protag better than Daniel - maybe her backstory? Her being law enforcement instead of criminal?

 

This was a great read in any way. Only a tiny bit more steam or romance would be nice...

Liked the writing.

Enemies With Benefits: a prologue - Annika Martin, Joanna Chambers

But had to suspend disbelief over the male/female disguise - this really does not work in real life. 

 

Also the butch protag who is apparently too stupid to live.

 

Also didn't like the sub/dom vibe with the humiliation.

 

 

Huh. Interesting twist.

Drinker of Blood (SPECTR Series 2 Book 3) - Jordan L. Hawk

I liked it as much as the others. 

It's a solid series.

 

And I liked the twist with the new entity.

Great continuation from the last few installments

Boystown 9: Lucky Days (The Boystown Mysteries) (Volume 9) - Marshall Thornton

The Jimmy English case unravels finally.

 

It was an interesting plot - with a nice sideline - but I liked the crime part better than Nick's personal life.

 

I don't know why, but I just didn't really warm up to Joseph. Maybe it is the open relationship he wants to have? It still feels like cheating from Nick's point of view - because it obviously wasn't what he wanted and only accepted it because he loved Joseph.

I guess it is realistic, but it doesn't endear Joseph to me especially. I am all for having fun and testing out things - but in this constellation with a relationship with someon who wants to be exclusive it just feels like a foul compromise.

This is very short.

Coyote Bluff - Marshall Thornton

The story ended at ca. 36% on my kindle. I got it for free via unlimited and would have been furious had I paid for it.

 

The rest was promo for the author's other work.

 

The story was a bit confusing, as for me there was no real story. A glimpse into a couple's long-term relationship. I am probably missing something, but to me it read quite pointless - as a short story. As part of a bigger story it might become an interesting scene, but like this I wasn't interested in the characters.

Not as light-hearted as the blurb might suggest.

My Favorite Uncle - Marshall Thornton

It did have some humorous moments, but it wasn't a comedy. At least not to me.

There were too many issues that each character had to battle.

 

It was very well written, with interesting, un-perfect characters and a solid plot.

And the part that was hinted at in the blurb with nephew and uncle trying to set each other up, was the most uninteresting part of the whole book.

 

It was less gritty than the boystown series (no murders, huh), but it had some of the themes (relationship and committment issues - fidelity, aids etc.) and also the teenager who was mistreated by the conversion therapy people that his parents delivered him to.

 

So, not exactly light comedy material. Still fun to read and also some substance.

DNF soon to come...

Truth or Beard - Penny Reid

I was trying to make myself go on reading, but did re-reads of some old favourites instead. Will stop reading this now.

 

The whole set-up is silly. 

 

The protag could have been so cool.

 

She is not.

 

She is the math nerd who is hot and totally into sex though she doesn't have much experience - huh?

Yeah. You know the problem with those "I want my female heroine to be a virgin but bow to realism and let her have one lame totally un-hot experience"? They make the heroine totally unconvincing. It is a very hard sell, that someone is totally into sex and then never does the deed...like someone who loves chocolate, but says "ah, na, I'd rather have this delicious broccholi instead."

 

My next problem was this new "nerds are cool" story lines. Where the female protag is instantly cool and likable because she is into nerd stuff.

 

News flash: That's not how it works.

 

And in this case another big problem: The protag doesn't seem to understand how irony and social criticism works.

Exhibit A: Her helloween costume.

She decides to go as sexy gandalf, totally in an ironic way, because going half naked and super sexy shows the ironic understanding of how stupid those sexy little helloween costumes for girls are, right?

WRONG. It shows that you sail in the same boat as the sexy nurse, sexy cop or sexy bumblebee.

What would have been ironic? Going as the unsexy cop with a fake beer belly and donut in hand. 

 

This is very disappointing, as I read some good books by this author. But this is not something I want to continue.

This felt dated...

The Welcoming (Silhouette Special Edition No. 553) - Nora Roberts

It was a typical romance novel. 

With a very unoriginal plot, including the big secret/misunderstanding/forgiveness/immediate wedding...

 

It is a pity as I really liked the female protag. She was a capable, strong person.

 

She deserved better than this "love at first sight, wedding after two weeks" bullshit.

 

I don't know if there are people out there who are that sponteous (read careless) for real, but I just don't buy it.