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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

The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
Trek Science - mit Warpgeschwindigkeit in die Zukunft? (German Edition)
Inga Nielsen, Stefan Thiesen

Yeah, not so much...

The Cursing Stones (Avalon Rising) (Volume 1) - Sonya Bateman

It is always risky to go for a retelling of the most famous legends - like Avalon, Arthurian legends and so on.


And this was not really interesting.


It felt off and didn't manage to really generate interest in the main characters.

Enjoyable dystopian UF

In the Shadow of Dragons (Aftermagic) - Sonya Bateman

Really liked this!


It was the mixture I think. And the complexity of what is right and what is wrong. 


With a good turn in the end.


Very enjoyable!

Uncomplicated, fun read.

Summer Heat - Jay Northcote

Friends to lovers, no great complication, nice little story.


Nice read, but not more.

Have to deduct some stars...

Twisted Twosome - Meghan Quinn

One for the incredibly stupid story line.


And one for the totally unlikable heroine. She was spoilt, stupid and totally construed as a character.

The whole "I have dreams too and Daddy is so mean" didn't really ring true. Yes, he didn't invest a six figure in your wedding dress shop, but he paid for your education etc. Stop complaining.


It made me really angry.


Racer would have deserved a better story. This was bad.

Very predictable and repetitive, but still a good read.

My Best Friend's Ex - Meghan Quinn

It wasn't great, but it was entertaining.


It had some good and funny dialogue, but couldn't really live up to it.

Too much cliches, too much "misunderstanding".


But a good read.

His best one yet!

Wrap It In A Bit of Cheese Like You're Tricking The Dog: The fifth collection of essays and emails by New York Times Best Selling author, David Thorne. - David Thorne

This truly made me laugh out loud.


I immensely enjoyed this book. It also had some more emotional stories in there - not going to spoiler here, but it made for an even better read, as it gave the humour some human touch. Even sarcastic a**holes know how to love and to be loyal...


Very good read for a good laugh!

This was surprisingly good!

Eye of the Tiger: A Paranormal Space Opera Adventure (Star Justice) (Volume 1) - Michael-Scott Earle

The title, the kitschy cover - the whole tiger-man thing.


But it was a good read! Not exactly totally original or beautifully worded, but the story had a fast pace and the characters were interesting enough to keep me interested in their fate.


I might pick up the next one in this series...

Good crime story, that feels quite current

Night Drop (The Pinx Video Mysteries) - Marshall Thornton

though being set in the 90ies - with L.A. burning...very well described, felt vivid and realistic to me.


Really interesting read! I enjoyed it, the characters were well fleshed out, I liked the kind of shy and smart Noah.


There is no love story in it, just a hint of an attraction - it is explained a bit in the end.


I hope for some nicer things to happen to Noah when the series is continued though...

DNF after 60%

Pent Up - Damon Suede

I don't know. This just felt very tedious to read. I tried to get throught with it, but it really was so boring and at times confusing.


I didn't really feel any of the main characters.


So I stopped reading, I just couldn't motivate myself to power on...

Great addition in the starship mage universe

Interstellar Mage (Starship's Mage: Red Falcon) (Volume 1) - Glynn Stewart

I truly hope to read some more about Damian Montgomery in the future, but this will nicely tide me over ;)


I was drawn into the story, loved it! 


I didn't love the author's other books/worlds as much as the starship mage/mageking of mars universe. They just didn't klick with me the same way.


I would recommend though to start with the original series before picking this one up.

The timelines do overlap a bit (e.g. Hand Stealy is still alive in this one), but that doesn't hurt the story.





Very good book, mediocre love story

Unspeakable - Sandra Brown

This was a fulminant story.


It read like a classic family drama/crime history. It had different strings that came together in an explosive finale.

I enjoyed the different characters, their stories and how it all tied together.


The love story is why I deducted half a star. It was unnecessary and felt sloppy, like an afterthought, after the publisher said: but you need some lovey-dovey crap in that book!


Some of the story was over the top, but the writing gripped me.

DNF at 20%

Stolen Magic (Shadows of the Immortals) (Volume 1) - Marina Finlayson

I had high hopes and they were quickly thrashed.


Insta-attraction to the hot and mighty fire shaper. 


And a pretty stupid heroine who is afraid of "Shapers" because of prior bad experiences, but still decides to live in a shaper town instead of in a country where there are no shapers...and then decides to piss off a shaper in the beginning of the story, just "to stick it to him" - which doesn't make anything better for the people for whom she takes "revenge".

Stupid and unnecessary.

Wow, talk about depressing...

Das Schlimmste kommt noch oder Fast eine Jugend - Charles Bukowski

This was not an enjoyable read.

Sometimes "good" books aren't, but at least they make you think or inspire you or something along those lines.

That wasn't the case here either.


It was the really depressing story of a young boy growing up in a unloving, violent and dysfunctional family. 

To become? Well, we don't know. The story ends before there is any conclusion, any step away from all the depressing factors of his life.


As it is auto-biographic - at least in part - we know that he will make quite a success out of himself with his stories.


This book doesn't even hint at that.


It only describes a very sad growing-up - with a lot of bullying, violence, pain, humiliation and so on. And a lot of sexual awakening, dirty thoughts and so on. But they don't bring anything positive to the story either, so there you have it.


Overall, very depressing.

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".