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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...)

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

I mostly enjoyed this...

Master of Magic - Angela Knight

The first half was really strong.

I liked the heroine a lot! She was reasonable, strong, but also pragmatic and not too proud.

 

So that really went off to a strong book within the Mageverse - but then it unfortunately all came tumbling down with very unnecessary insta-love with family planning basically 5 days after meeting for the first time.

 

I really really disliked this rushed HEA - it ruined the characters and most of the story for me.

 

So I deduct a full star for the last third of this book, because it sucked. Hard.

Good fun and adventure and drama BUT

And the Rest is History - Jodi Taylor

The author pulled the same trick again.

 

Leon was killed again. I actually had a suspicion from the beginning that it would turn out as a fake again, but thought Naw, she won't do that twice. But yes, she did.

(show spoiler)

 

Also I really didn't understand the direction the story took with Matthew. This made Max look really really bad. The way she felt, or rather the lack of emotion towards him that she exudes, and also the way she handled it.

I also disliked that Max was told by everyone how she was the heart and soul of everything St. Mary's. That felt a bit like a Mary Sue moment - and no amount of self-deprecation ("look at my fat thighs and how unathletic I am") counters the devotion and admiration that seems to come out of thin air. That's the problem with the first person narrator - there is basically no elegant way to tell how great the person is. It will always sound stupid or narcissistic...

 

As always there was a lot of banter and also dry humour.

 

Well, it was a good read, but it could have been better. Maybe it is time to have a different person as the protag?

 

Found it a bit confusing

An Unsuitable Heir - K.J. Charles

I started reading this and wasn't really into it. The story and the characters didn't really catch my interest.

 

 

A little meh.

Cover Up: A Skin Deep, Inc Novel (Skin Deep Inc.) - L.A. Witt

This is the third one about the boys in the tattoo parlour and the military guys the hook up with.

 

And it feels very repetitive. The same scheme of "we're just having fun, nothing serious" and then it evolves into a real relationship and both are surprised, but one has a bit of a crisis, little drama, easily resolved, all good.

 

And it had too much sex - it took just too much space up in the story.

 

It was an ok read, but in combination especially with Jon's story, it felt like a cheap copy of the same mold...

DNF after 15%

Kings of the Wyld (The Band) - Nicholas Eames

I had this on my wishlist forever. 

Then the price was reduced and I bought it.

 

And it just couldn't hold my interest.

It sounded so good in theory.

 

But I was bored with it from the start.

Very "fantastic"

Der Schaum der Tage - Boris Vian, Antje Pehnt

This was supposed to be about love.

 

But it was actually an absurd book, sad and also simplifying.

It was well written, the language was beautiful, the characters more like sketches of ideas than real people, but I assume that was deliberate.

 

I didn't really enjoy it.

 

It also reduces love to infatuation. It doesn't capture what I would call love at all.

Meh.

Sins of the Heart - Eve Silver

This had a 90ies/00ies fantasy bad ass superhuman alpha males feel to it.

 

It reminded me of a lot of those typical PNR books from that era.

Hm, not sure about that one.

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic - Meghan Ciana Doidge

The female lead is a bit of TSTL. And also a Mary Sue. Everyone wants her, bla bla...

 

The world-building was not so bad, but the strange (and for PNR or UF strangely poly) lust/crush/infatuation stuff going on didn't help.

 

 

I have to give 5 stars

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir - Jenny Lawson

It made me laugh out loud.

So much so that I read out loud some parts to my husband.

 

It was hilarious. 

And sad.

And interesting.

And unbelievable.

 

A very good read.

Great fantasy story

Hope and Red (The Empire of Storms) - Jon Skovron

Only little niggle: feels a bit simple.

 

But it is fast paced, interesting world-building and a good set of main and side characters.

 

Made for a great read.

Great love story.

Dear Aaron - Mariana Zapata

Yes, I got a bit impatient in the end with all the self-doubt and so on.

Some unnecessary misunderstanding.

 

But all in all a beautiful read.

 

Really really enjoyed it.

 

A slow burn love story that really lets you get to know the main characters.

Vacation re-connect romance...

Lovestruck: A Romantic Comedy Standalone - Lila Monroe

I don't really dig those re-warmed romance stories.

 

It wasn't bad, but had a lot of cliches, and it wasn't particularly original.

 

All in all it was entertaining enough to keep me reading till the end.

Fun romance with zombies...

Kick at the Darkness - Keira Andrews

This was a more or less cute read - but with Zombies.

 

The romance part was not too rushed. And the werewolf stuff was neatly tied into all this.

 

Some drama, some sadness, a lot of love story.

 

Not a bad read - for a gay werewolf romance set into the zombie apocalypse...

Simple love story

The Last Guy - Ilsa Madden-Mills, Tia Louise

with a hero that's way too good to be true.

 

Rebecca is ok as the female lead, but having a drag queen room mate is not enough to make you an interesting person. The mini-drama/jealousy/misunderstanding part should have been left out.

 

And for the record: no professional TV reporter would ever trust animals or small children in a live TV piece...

Interesting enough

In the Wreckage: (M/M Sci-Fi Military Romance) (Metahuman Files Book 1) - Hailey Turner

It did entertain me - it had some action, some interesting twists and turns.

 

Wasn't totally sound and the story didn't always make sense, but it kept me interested.

Good crime story!

Teach Me To Die - Sonya Bateman

With fascinating main characters.

 

Unfortunately the paranoid conspiracy stuff in the end diminished it a bit.

 

Still, a very good read - different from the author's normal work (more SciFi, UF stuff).