Friday, 20 May 2022

The Ruins - Book Rant

 

The Ruins
by Scott Smith

What is it about:
Trapped in the Mexican jungle, a group of friends stumble upon a creeping horror unlike anything they could ever imagine. Two young couples are on a lazy Mexican vacation–sun-drenched days, drunken nights, making friends with fellow tourists. When the brother of one of those friends disappears, they decide to venture into the jungle to look for him. What started out as a fun day-trip slowly spirals into a nightmare when they find an ancient ruins site . . . and the terrifying presence that lurks there.

What did I think of it:
*spoilers ahead*
I read this book for the Horror Book Club I'm part of.

So... 

In the first chapter the characters are introduced. There's a German with an eagle tattoo among others... Not long after the adventure begins once again attention is steered towards the 'creepy' tattoo. This all turns out to be a big fat red herring, leading nowhere.

Then there's the Greek who is so flat as a character (he can't even communicate with the others as he only speaks Greek), you just know he's the red shirt.

The two young couples are not much better. All of them act so stupid you actually want them to die a terrible death.

All of this might be overlooked if the actual danger would be cool.

Alas...

The 'terrifying presence' lacked any real horror for me. At times it seemed that even without it everything would have gone to shit anyway with how stupid everyone acts.

No real explanation about why the 'presence' is there and is doing what it does, is given. And seeing as it does some pretty unbelievable things I really wanted an explanation for it to make any sense.

And I don't mind an author using another language (even though it felt like a lame way to try to up the creep factor here), but if they do: please check if it's right! (And yes: I know my English isn't always flawless, but I'm a reviewing amateur (and a piggy at that), not a published author)

All in all the only reason I finished this book is because I wanted to see if there was an explanation for what's happening, and to see if maybe it would get better.

You bet it won't be a reread.

Why should you read it:
Yeah... I got nothing. 


Thursday, 19 May 2022

On McPig's Wishlist - Improbably Yours

 

Improbably Yours
by Kerry Anne King

An unusual inheritance leads to a life-changing journey in a novel of romance, secrets, and the treasure of found family.

Blythe Harmon is on the fast track to a life she never wanted. On her thirtieth birthday, just as she’s about to lock herself into a high-powered job and accept a marriage proposal to match, an unusual bequest from her beloved late grandmother, Nomi, offers an escape and an invitation to adventure.

Equipped with Nomi’s urn of ashes and a treasure map, Blythe sets off for a small island in the San Juans where she rents the mysterious and unsettling Improbable House. Secret by secret, clue by cryptic clue, she begins to unravel the puzzle her grandmother has left her to piece together. Her quest is complicated, though, by a powerful attraction to an enigmatic islander and empathy for his orphaned niece, both of whom are inexorably tied to the old house.

Just when Blythe thinks she’s on the verge of solving the mystery, her quest takes an unexpected turn and she discovers that the treasure she’s really seeking is something that could never be buried in the ground. On the treasure hunt of a lifetime, the past and the future are coming together in this magical novel by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of Whisper Me This.



Expected publication: October 18th 2022


Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Under One Roof - Book Review by Voodoo Bride

 

Under One Roof (The STEMinist Novellas #1)
by Ali Hazelwood

What is it about:
A scientist should never cohabitate with her annoyingly hot nemesis – it leads to combustion.

Mara, Sadie, and Hannah are friends first, scientists always. Though their fields of study might take them to different corners of the world, they can all agree on this universal truth: when it comes to love and science, opposites attract and rivals make you burn….

As an environmental engineer, Mara knows all about the delicate nature of ecosystems. They require balance. And leaving the thermostat alone. And not stealing someone else’s food. And other rules Liam, her detestable big-oil lawyer of a roommate, knows nothing about. Okay, sure, technically she’s the interloper. Liam was already entrenched in his aunt’s house like some glowering grumpy giant when Mara moved in, with his big muscles and kissable mouth just sitting there on the couch tempting respectable scientists to the dark side…but Helena was her mentor and Mara’s not about to move out and give up her inheritance without a fight.

The problem is, living with someone means getting to know them. And the more Mara finds out about Liam, the harder it is to loathe him…and the easier it is to love him.

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
I absolutely loved The Love Hypothesis, so I preordered this novella in hope it would be just as delicious.

It was a nice enough read.

The story starts near the end and then jumps back to the start to show how Mara and Liam end up together. I wasn't a fan of the moments-in-time-like storytelling this novella uses. I didn't feel connected to Mara, so wasn't very sympathetic to her troubles.

Liam was nice. I could understand why he doesn't like Mara at first. The way they finally get together felt contrived though.

I will confess that the Enemies to Lovers trope isn't my favorite either. Apart from the rare exception it feels like Enemies to Lovers is either 'Not actual enemies, but snarky lust' or 'Why the actual F do these people want to be in a relationship after all that?'.

All in all not a bad read, but not what I was hoping for. I will give the next novella a try though, in the hope it will reach the same heights as The Love Hypothesis again.

Why should you read it:
If you like Contemporary Enemies to Lovers you might like this.


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Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Teaser Tuesdays - Bitten and Smitten

 

For a dead woman, I felt surprisingly good.
I figured I had to be dead, since the first thing I noticed after opening my eyes was someone burying me in the cold ground.


(page 1, Bitten and Smitten by Michelle Rowen)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Monday, 16 May 2022

Ascendant - Release Alert

 

Ascendant (The Made Ones Saga #3)
by Vicki Stiefel

If You Were Young Again…

Would it be a dream come true or truly a nightmare?

For Sybelle, the youngest of the Balazova sisters, awakening on the parallel world of Eleutia is no dream come true. From near suffocation to changes in her flesh, Eleutia seems a strange and hostile place, though the world itself feels oddly familiar. Her resonance with The Kestrel, the mysterious leader of the CastOuts, only increases her bewilderment, as does the appearance of Mother Tree. 

As Mother pulls Sybi into her orbit, the controlling Alchemics continue to tighten the noose on Eleutia. War is brewing—no longer will Eleutia’s symbiotic animal clans tolerate the Alchemic strictures. 

Could Sybelle be the fulcrum fated to avoid destruction and save this strange world? Or is she merely a pawn to be used by the Alchemics in their battle for supremacy?

Worse, Sybi’s tug-of-war may ultimately destroy her, the sisters she adores, and the man who has come to mean the world to her? 

Or will Sybelle ascend, triumphant, and save all she holds dear? 


Read the prologue here

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Friday, 13 May 2022

Tall, Dark & Dead - Book Review

 

Tall, Dark & Dead (Garnet Lacey #1)
by Tate Hallaway

What is it about:
The line between magic and sanity is very thin.
That's part of why I, Garnet Lacey, quit cold turkey.
Never touch the stuff. No exceptions.

But magic is so addictive...and my inner Goddess Lilith is hard to resist. Besides, restraint isn't easy when you manage Wisconsin's premiere occult bookstore, and get customers like Sebastian Von Traum--piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body in denim and black leather. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he's dead...

And that means trouble. I guess I'm a sucker for it. The Vatican witch hunters are on to us. My long-lost vampire ex has crawled out of the woodwork looking for action. And Sebastian's frustrated ex is stirring in her grave.

So what's a girl to do if she's hot for a dead man walking? Run like hell--and take full advantage of the nights...

What did I think of it:
I was browsing the shelves of a friend's bookshelves and came across this book. It sounded fun, so I decided to give it a try. 

And it was everything I had been hoping for!

This book is a great mix of funny and suspenseful. I loved Garnet, and could understand why she tries to stay away from magic. But magic and adventure manage to find her. I was really intrigued by Garnet having an actual Goddess inside her, and loved discovering what it did to her.    

Sebastian is a cool character as well, I was eager to find out what his deal was, and once I did I had to keep reading to find out if Garnet could save Sebastian, herself, and the day.

The romantic entanglements in this book were just a bit triangly, but not in an annoying way. I'm curious to see how things will develop in future books. 

There are some really fun side characters as well. I loved Garnet's friends and hope they'll be in future books as well.

The ending is satisfying and you could read this as a standalone, but you bet I borrowed the next three books in this series to see what's next for Garnet.

All in all a very enjoyable read.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun and suspenseful Paranormal Read.


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Wednesday, 11 May 2022

The Kitchen Witch - Book Review by Voodoo Bride

 

The Kitchen Witch (Accidental Witch Trilogy #1)
by Annette Blair

What is it about:
Do you believe in magic?

IS SHE A GOOD WITCH OR A BAD WITCH?

With a flip of her raven black hair, a flash of her topaz eyes, and a shake of a stick, rumored witch Melody Seabright has cast a spell on single dad Logan Kilgarven. What else can explain what's happening to him? Logan, a television producer, can't seem to concentrate on anything since he met his enchanting new neighbor....

LOGAN HOPES SHE IS BAD, *VERY BAD*.

When Logan agrees to help Melody find a job at his TV station, he never expects the culinary-challenged siren to land her own cooking show. Her charisma keeps things bubbling on the set, and behind the scenes, things are starting to steam up between them. Logan knows he can't resist her charms -- but is there more to their attraction than the here and now? If only he had a crystal ball to show him...

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
This is a fun romance.

When Logan really needs a babysitter for his son, he promises his neighbor an audition for a new cooking show. Melody manages to land the job. There's only one problem: she can't cook!

The situations Melody manages to get herself into are fun and funny. I had such a great time seeing her mess things up only to turn events her way and come out on top.

I even liked the little kid in this book, and I usually don't like kids in my romances.

Logan had to grow on me. He has a stick up his @ss at first, but slowly he starts to unbend until I really could root for him and Melody to solve the problems that keep them apart.

All in all a delightful read. I might try other books by Blair in the future.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun Contemporary Romance.


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Monday, 9 May 2022

The Bone Bride - Book Review

 

The Bone Bride: A Short Story
by Merrie Destefano

What is it about:
Grimm's Fairy Tales meet Dark Epic Fantasy.

A high-born girl learns she’s been sold as a bride to a dead goblin prince.

Being betrothed to a goblin prince is bad enough—they’re all ugly and horrid and live in dark tunnels underground. But being betrothed to a dead goblin prince? That’s an immediate death sentence!

Nineteen-year-old Rowan attempts to flee when she learns about her arranged marriage. But there’s no escaping a contract signed by the dreaded Goblin King.

Now, all the dark magic in the Realm is against her. The gruesome King of Death himself will be looking for her soon.

Rowan’s only hope is to convince the fair Nicholas—the boy she planned to run away with—to destroy her marriage contract. But it must be done before the sun rises.

And already, the sky is brightening with light.

Please note this 30-minute short read is a Dark Fantasy with Grimdark elements and unreliable narrators.

What did I think of it:
This is a really cool read!

It is atmospheric and dark. It reminded me of old Irish ghost stories in mood and the way it was told, and I was drawn in from the start.

The story has several viewpoint characters and I liked reading them all. I was eager to find out what would happen and if Rowan would escape the marriage her father arranged for her.

The story ends in a way that has me eager to get my trotters on the next book. You bet I'm stalking Destefano's facebook page!

Why should you read it:
It's a beautiful, atmospheric short story.


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Thursday, 5 May 2022

Sorcerous Moons Now in Kindle Unlimited!

 


Jeffe Kennedy's Sorcerous Moons series got brand new covers AND is available in Kindle Unlimited!
All 6 books will be available in print as well! 
Guess what this piggy will be getting his greedy trotters on.

Go read this series now: It's awesome!

Find out more here

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Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Kingdom of Needle and Bone - Book Review

 

Kingdom of Needle and Bone
by Mira Grant

What is it about:
It begins with a fever. By the time the spots appear, it’s too late: Morris’s disease is loose on the world, and the bodies of the dead begin to pile high in the streets. When its terrible side consequences for the survivors become clear, something must be done, or the dying will never stop. For Dr. Isabella Gauley, whose niece was the first confirmed victim, the route forward is neither clear nor strictly ethical, but it may be the only way to save a world already in crisis. It may be the only way to atone for her part in everything that’s happened.

She will never be forgiven, not by herself, and not by anyone else. But she can, perhaps, do the right thing.

What did I think of it:
I love some of Grant's book, while I don't care about others. Sadly this novella falls in the second group.

For one the writing was too detached to make me care for what was happening. Reading this two years into a global pandemic and seeing how people reacted to that didn't help either. On top of that I thought that if Grant was trying to make a case in favor of vaccinating that she didn't do a good job at it. I was both bored and annoyed.

And then there was the ending... That put this novella even more firmly in the 'not for me' category. I will pick up the last book in the Parasitology trilogy soon, but this novella won't be a reread.

Why should you read it:
Maybe you'll be able to enjoy it more than I did.


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Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Teaser Tuesdays - The Monsters Club

  

'You're back?' He laughed through a mouthful of food.
'Yes. Since its early in Japan. We might as well do another one.'


(page 18, The Monsters Club by Lotté Jean Elliott )
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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Monday, 2 May 2022

The Lottery - Quick Book Review

 

The Lottery
by Shirley Jackson

What is it about:
In a small American town, the local residents are abuzz with excitement and nervousness when they wake on the morning of the twenty-seventh of June. Everything has been prepared for the town’s annual tradition—a lottery in which every family must participate, and no one wants to win.

“The Lottery” stands out as one of the most famous short stories in American literary history. Originally published in The New Yorker, the author immediately began receiving letters from readers who demanded an explanation of the story’s meaning. “The Lottery” has been adapted for stage, television, radio and film.

What did I think of it:
Maybe it was because I already knew what this short story was about, including the ending, but it didn't do much for me. The style was pleasant enough, but otherwise it didn't draw me in. Yes: it's a classic, and it questions tradition, but overall it wasn't for me.

Why should you read it:
It's an American Classic.


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Thursday, 28 April 2022

Of Claws and Fangs: Spotlight, Excerpt and Giveaway

 

 About OF CLAWS AND FANGS:

New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter presents a stunning collection of stories from the world of shape-shifting vampire hunter Jane Yellowrock and beyond.

Collected together for the first time, this volume contains shorter works featuring heroines Jane Yellowrock and Nell Ingram, as well as a host of other characters from the Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series. Faith Hunter is “an expert at creating worlds filled with intriguing supernatural elements and exciting scenarios”* and her skills are on full display in this collection. From a vampire-filled Halloween evening in New Orleans to the searing tale of how a certain were-leopard first got his spots, this collection has something for everyone, and each story is sure to put the super in supernatural.

With eighteen stories in all, Of Claws and Fangs will enrich and entertain—it’s a must-have for Faith Hunter’s readers and all lovers of fantasy.

Preorder links:

Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Books-a-Million

IndieBound - The Book Depository

Kobo - Google Books - Apple Books

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Excerpt:

Shiloh and the Brick

First appeared as a serial short in 2016 for the release of Blood in Her Veins. In the timeline, Jane is an Enforcer for Leo Pellissier.

Yes. You are going, Shiloh Everhart Stone,” Molly said, enunciating every word with pitiless determination. “You and your blood-servants. You do not have the control you need, as evidenced by your reaction yesterday.”

A man had pinched Shiloh at a bar-and-grill near dawn, and she had come within a hairsbreadth of biting him. Unasked. And when her blood-servant stopped her, she nearly set the woman’s hair on fair with an inflammatur witch working. Shiloh was a major incident waiting to happen. The girl whirled to me. “Are you going to let her do this to me, Enforcer?” Shiloh demanded.

Ohhh. Nice move with the Enforcer title. Too bad I’d seen it coming. And too bad she used it. Making me choose between witches and vamps sounded good on the surface, but calling me Enforcer decreased her possible avenues of argument and backed her into a corner she hadn’t seen yet.

I shrugged. “You’re a witch, as powerful as anything I’ve ever seen.” I crossed the fingers hidden behind me. I had seen Angie Baby. So . . . liar, liar, pants on fire. “And a vamp. And you lost control. Therefore, yeah. I’m letting your aunt and uncle send you to witch training camp.”

This is so not fair,” Shiloh spat.

Thanks, Jane,” Molly said, her tone nowhere near calm and reasonable. Behind her, Big Evan smiled, the expression barely visible behind his full red beard. Molly shoved her own bouncy red curls out of her face and scowled at her niece, her words still strident. “You need formal schooling. It’s not an option. No witch in New Orleans can take you on to train, not with the work taking place putting together the Witch Conclave. The Charlotte coven accepted you as a student for six weeks and assured us of your safety. You. Need. Training.”

I’m not going.” Shiloh stamped her foot.

I curled my lips under to keep from laughing aloud. I had never seen a vamp stamp their foot.

And you can’t make me. Right, Enforcer?”

That’s what happened when you got three redheaded people, two of them witches, and one a witch-vamp, all in the same room with a Cherokee skinwalker. Trying to get them to work together to solve our problem had been difficult. Actually, impossible, so far.

I’m Jane Yellowrock. I was on my own, hunting and staking rogue vamps when I was Shiloh’s age. Now I’m the Enforcer to the MOC of NOLA and, with my partners, I run Yellowrock Securities, Inc., chasing and fighting “things that go bump in the night.” I can do tough. But I’d rather fight a ten-foot alligator with my bare human hands—buck naked—than deal with a teenager.

No. They can’t,” I said, and I thought poisoned darts would shoot from Molly’s eyes. I grinned and stood, pulling my cell. “And I can’t.” On the cell’s face, I tapped the name Leo Pellissier, my boss and the Master of the City of New Orleans. I handed the girl the cell. “But he can.”

I’m not talking to him,” Shiloh said, her eyes bleeding scarlet, her pupils dilating vamp-black.

I just laughed, the sound a little catty, a little mean, and shook my head. “Take the phone before he answers or I’ll stick you under my arm and carry you to vamp HQ and watch him convince you. It won’t be pretty.”

Shiloh ripped the cell out of my hand and said, “What?” A moment later she scowled and added, “Sir. What, sir? It’s Shiloh, sir.” She turned away and hunched her shoulders. I smiled at Molly and her husband Evan. It was a fake smile but it was all I had left, and it was nicer than the one I had shown Shiloh.

Molly’s niece had disappeared at age fifteen, a runaway. That same year, she had reappeared in New Orleans, in a teen shelter, just in time to be swept up by the Damours, witch-vampires who were looking for witch children to use in black-magic, blood-magic sacrifices for a big-ass spell to . . . never mind. It’s convoluted. But I could still feel the chill in my bones from the day I discovered she had been taken. Soon after, Shiloh had been turned and used by vamps to accomplish their own ends.

Except for running away to New Orleans—and look how badly that gone—Shiloh had never made a single decision in her own life. She had lived every moment at the behest of others, and she had suffered trauma. Her mother had commited murder and killed her father. Witches had abandoned the girl. Vamps had used and abused her. Her remaining family hadn’t known what to do with a witch-vamp.

All that made me want to let her go, let her make this decision with her own life, let her face the consequences on her own. If she was the only one to face repercussions, I’d likely let her go. But that wasn’t going to happen. If Shiloh Everhart Stone let a witch working explode, or bit a tourist, or, God help us, both, it would create major reverberations throughout the witch and vamp worlds. The whole country might face the results with her. And there wasn’t enough of me to protect everyone.

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About Faith Hunter:


 Faith Hunter is the award-winning New York Times and USAToday bestselling author of several series: Jane Yellowrock, Soulwood, Rogue Mage, and Junkyard Cats. In addition, she has edited multiple anthologies and coauthored the Rogue Mage RPG. She is the coauthor and author of 16 thrillers under pen names Gary Hunter and Gwen Hunter. Altogether she has 40+ books and dozens of short stories in print and is juggling multiple projects.

She sold her first book in 1989 and hasn’t stopped writing since.

Faith collects orchids and animal skulls, loves thunder storms, and writes. She drinks a lot of tea. She likes to kayak Class II & III whitewater rivers. Some days she’s a lady. Some days she ain't.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Skinwalker - Book Review (repost)

 

Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock #1) by Faith Hunter

What is it about:
Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind—a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. Back from hiatus, she’s hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katies’s Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps.

Amidst a bordello full of real “ladies of the night,” and a hot Cajun biker with a panther tattoo who stirs her carnal desire, Jane must stay focused and complete her mission—or else the next skin she’ll need to save just may be her own…


What did I think of it:
A very promising start of a series. Jane is a cool, intriguing character who knows how to kick ass. Her Cherokee skinwalker ability is really cool and used to the fullest for the story in my opinion. I also love the setting and the over all world building. Talk about scheming, creepy vampires! There's two points of view in this book and I must confess it took me some time to get used to the voice of the second character, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. The story is intense and full of action and there's lots of cool, interesting characters, I'm already looking forward to learning more about some of them in future books.

Why should you read it:
It's got a kick-ass skinwalker and scheming vampires.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Teaser Tuesdays - Death and the Girl He Loves

 

"Pfft, you did," he said as though I'd insulted him.
"Yes, and I don't know how. If you do this, Malak will kill you."


(page 55, Death and the Girl He Loves by Darynda Jones)
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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Monday, 25 April 2022

Symbiont - Book Review

Symbiont (Parasitology #2)
by Mira Grant

What is it about:
THE ENEMY IS INSIDE US.

The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world's population began attacking their hosts turning them into a ravenous horde.

Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped. 

What did I think of it:
This book is mostly a really cool read.

It takes off where the last book ended. Sal discovers things about herself she will has to comes to terms with, and she'll have to pick sides in what looks like a looming war. And then there's the sleepwalkers: people who turn into a kind of zombies due to their tapeworm implants.

I was invested and eager to see where things would lead. I love both Sal and her boyfriend Nathan, and cheered them on. There are really cool and interesting things happening, and there's some nail-biting action along the way.

Near the end I felt that the developments were a bit unbelievable though. I just couldn't get why certain people acted like they acted. It seemed to go against their nature. This made that the last part of the book started to drag a bit for me as I wasn't as invested as before.

The ending however made up for the dragging bits before though, and now i'm eager to see how things will end in the last book of this trilogy. So you bet I'll try to read it soon.

 Why should you read it:
It's a cool Near Future read.


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Friday, 22 April 2022

An Affair with a Spare - Book Review by Voodoo Bride (repost)

 


An Affair with a Spare (The Survivors #3)
by Shana Galen


What is it about:
Rafe Beaumont, fifth son of an earl, uses his irresistible charm with the ladies to glean dangerous war secrets. Now he's putting those skills to the ultimate test: capturing an elusive assassin by seducing his daughter. The problem? She's entirely immune to Rafe's flattery.

Never before has Collette Fortier met a man as attractive as Rafe. But her father's life is at stake, and succumbing to Rafe would be disastrous. But when Rafe turns the tables on her, offering support and friendship instead of a fleeting affair, Collette finds herself tempted in ways she never could have imagined...


What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
This book sounded fun, so even though I haven't read the previous books I decided to give it a try. And luckily as with most Historical Romances it can be read as a standalone.

I really liked Collette and wanted her to succeed. She is surrounded by strangers and on a secret mission, her only ally is more of a jailer than someone she can trust. Rafe seems to be a bit shallow at first, he is so used to women falling at his feet, that he says some really vapid things. When he has to change tactics when Collette doesn't swoon like he expects, he starts to get more likeable and he actually goes through a bit of a change as a person.

Once the two begin to give in to their attraction they will have to decide if they trust each other and will share their secrets. This leads to a more adventurous storyline that had me worry about how things would end for both of them.

All in all this is a very enjoyable and fun read, just like the other books by Galen I've read. I most certainly will read more of her books when I'm in the mood for Historical Romance.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun Historical Romance.


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Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Salvaged - Book Review (repost)

 


Salvaged
by Madeleine Roux


What is it about:
In this dark science fiction thriller, a young woman must confront her past so the human race will have a future.

Rosalyn Devar is on the run from her famous family, the bioengineering job she's come to hate, and her messed-up life. She's run all the way to outer space, where she's taken a position as a "space janitor," cleaning up ill-fated research expeditions. But no matter how far she goes, Rosalyn can't escape herself. After too many mistakes on the job, she's given one last chance: take care of salvaging the Brigantine, a research vessel that has gone dark, with all crew aboard thought dead.

But the Brigantine's crew are very much alive--if not entirely human. Now Rosalyn is trapped on board, alone with a crew infected by a mysterious parasitic alien. The captain, Edison Aries, seems to still maintain some control over himself and the crew, but he won't be able to keep fighting much longer. Rosalyn and Edison must find a way to stop the parasite's onslaught...or it may take over the entire human race.


What did I think of it:
This is a very entertaining read.

I had heard it's scary and creepy, and although there was indeed a nice creep factor at times, it wasn't all that scary to me. But I have to warn you: It seems I'm not easily scared by books.

The viewpoint switches between several characters, and at times this is a strength, but it also reduced the suspense for me. I think this book could have been stronger with less viewpoints. Still I was interested from the start and flew through the book to see where the story would lead to.

I must say my favorite character wasn't Rosalyn or Edison, but rather one of the other crew members aboard the Brigantine. I felt myself rooting for that character and it made me more invested in Rosalyn finding a solution. The ending is not a cliffhanger, but does leave room for Roux to create a sequel.

All in all this is a fun and entertaining read. I'll most definitely keep an eye out for more by Roux.

Why should you read it:
It's a very entertaining SF thriller.


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