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Silver Storm (Rakes & Rebels Book 1)
Silver Storm (Rakes & Rebels Book 1)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying and boring simulatenously, 16 July 2016
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I gave up on this part way though - the characters aren't particularly interesting or likable, the story line is annoying and boring at the same time (how many times does the poor heroine have to get threatened with sexual violence in one story? After a while it became quite queasily expected - the story's dragging a bit so let's try and add some excitement by having the heroine nearly raped again). Just not worth the effort of finishing.


Leather and Lace (Lonesome Point Texas Book 1)
Leather and Lace (Lonesome Point Texas Book 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay but unsatisfying, 16 July 2016
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This was okay, I suppose, but I found rather unsatisfying. There's not nearly enough conflict keeping the main characters apart. And Sawyer is too perfect, too nice. I know that sounds weird - he's a romantic hero, you want him to be a nice guy - but he's too sweet, too understanding, to be believable. He just doesn't seem real.

Plus I found the abusive past subplot a little uncomfortable, and the psycho-behaviour of the ex too pat and predictable. Most abusive partners don't have obvious delusional disorders, and making him act this way is not only unrealistic, I also think it's too much of a neat solution, a cop out: "oh, just make him a psycho" - it's an easy out to avoid having to do the hard work of explaining abusive behaviour.


Witch Rising
Witch Rising
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas but needs a good editor, 16 July 2016
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Hmm. I found this more frustrating than it should have been.

There were some nice ideas, but the author is quite new to writing, and it shows. The characters are a little more shallowly developed than I would like - Hades' brothers are a little too one-dimensional, and the human characters are too quick to accept the fantastical when they see it. Plus i didn't really get enough of a feel of Hades and his cronies' experience (or world weariness), as you'd expect from someone who was thousands of years old.

The book desperately needs a copy editor, as the grammar is atrocious, and it really takes me out of the story to keep encountering mistakes and typos. Actually, the whole novel could benefit from a good editor, to help the author tighten up the problems mentioned above.

It's not a bad book - I managed to finish it - but it's always a bit frustrating to see something that isn't half as good as it could have been.


Friending The Devil: A Thriller (The Meta-Human Series Book 1)
Friending The Devil: A Thriller (The Meta-Human Series Book 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lack of focus lets it down, 16 July 2016
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I'm not really very impressed with this one.

For a start, mysteries are supposed to have clues as to the real killer's identity, as well as the usual array of red herrings and false leads. This one seems to have no clues whatsoever apart from red herrings - the "reveal" comes completely out of left field and makes no sense whatsoever. Which is not playing fair by the reader (at least as far as mystery novels go). So it doesn't work as a classic mystery.

The killer, once revealed, is a completely different character than they were before the reveal - all narcissistic cackling and I'm-a-psycho posturing - and is just not believable. The psychological makeup of all the characters is not believable, quite frankly, and it's frustrating that the hero detectives are supposed to be really clever and capable, and yet never have a clue what's going on. So it doesn't work as a police procedural or a psychological suspense.

How the victims are connected is given away in the title (no spoilers there - it's called Friending the Devil). But that means that the killer's big "reveal" of how he did it is rather ho-hum, because it's perfectly obvious.

Finally, this is part of a whole series about meta-humans, except the meta nature of some of the characters is completely irrelevant to the story. So why include it? It strikes me as a wasted opportunity. So this doesn't work as a science fiction or scifi-mystery, either.

My personal feelings is that this would have worked better if the author had picked one type of story /genre they wanted it to be, and focused all their energy on trying to make it work as that type of story. As it is, it feels like this is trying to be too many different stories at once, and as such, it doesn't really succeed at any of them.
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Hannibal - Wendigo
Hannibal - Wendigo
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is absolutely adorable (especially wearing the tiny flower crown I made for ..., 15 July 2016
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This is absolutely adorable (especially wearing the tiny flower crown I made for it). Unfortunately this one doesn't stand up that well - it tips forward if you're not careful. Still, where else can you get a tiny, cute Wendigo figure?


Funko POP Hannibal: Hannibal Lecter
Funko POP Hannibal: Hannibal Lecter
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 July 2016
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Arrived quickly, looks cute, and stands up well.


Wild Hearts: (Blood & Judgment, #1)
Wild Hearts: (Blood & Judgment, #1)
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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit boring, 13 April 2016
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2.5 stars

This started off promising, but I found my attention wandering before long. The two female characters are too much alike in personality, speech patterns, etc. They're supposed to be very different women, but in reality, it can be hard to tell them apart a lot of the time.

The relationships weren't particularly believable (they all go from enemies fighting each other to horny for each other like teenagers in lightning time). The sex scenes were very frequent but quite boring, to be honest, and seem quite male-oriented (very quickly into penetration with little kissing, touching or foreplay, just "I need you now" then moaning about how wonderful his massive dick is, and almost instant orgasm). I know romance novel sex isn't real sex, but this isn't even sexy. That's how old-fashioned and softcore porn displays sex, and it's SO boring.

So, overall, that's a no from me. It's not a terrible book, just not one I found particularly good.
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A Slip In Time
A Slip In Time
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2.0 out of 5 stars Had high hopes for this, but nope, 13 April 2016
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This was the first book by Ms Kirkwood that I've read, so all I know about her work is that she's won several romance writer awards and apparently been quite successful. I suspect, however, that this doesn't represent her finest work. The plot is essentially Outlander, without the love triangle element (the hero even calls the heroine a Sassenach).

I found their relationship not hugely believable (they pretty much fall into each other's arms immediately, and declare their undying love with indecent haste, before spending that much time getting to know each other) and everyone's fairly calm and accepting about travelling in time.

What annoyed me the most, more than the shallow characters or the obvious plot, was that no one talks like a human being. When the heroine first gets sucked back in time, and is confused about where she is, she runs into the hero and asks his name. His reply? "I'm so-and-so, in the year of Our Lord, fourteen hundred and thirty seven." Well, that was convenient of him, wasn't it??!!


Angel of Death: (Reaper Series, Book 1)
Angel of Death: (Reaper Series, Book 1)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Gave up, 13 April 2016
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I have to admit that I gave up on this around page 50. There was some nice imagery, although the characters were a little black and white for my taste, rather than realistically nuanced. But the main reason I gave up was that I found it really rather predictable, and annoying how the hero kept telling all the other characters details they shouldn't need to know, for no reason, other than the author obviously wanting to use it in the plot later on. For example, instead of saying: "I met this interesting woman," and the conversation flowing normally from there, he'll say: "I met this interesting woman; her name is X and she works at address Y." Cue the other character going after Miss X. It was just a bit too clumsy for me to bother finishing.


Medusa's Web
Medusa's Web
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, fantastical, and familiar, 9 April 2016
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I've been a massive Tim Powers fan for yonks, ever since I first read both The Anubis Gates and the Stress of Her Regard, but I will admit not all of his books are perfectly to my taste (by this I mean they're still pretty good, just not devour-in-one-day-and-then-immediately-start-rereading-all-over-again-amazing), so I wasn't certain how this one would fit into my canon.

The closest comparison is Three Days to Never. In fact, in many ways, it's the same book - similar characters, a similar mcguffin, etc. I won't go into details here because I don't want to give away any spoilers, but if you've read Three Days to Never, you'll keep making mental check-marks as you read. That's not a bad thing, per say. But it does give the other Powers fans an idea what sort of book this is.

Like pretty much every thing Powers writes, it's certainly worth a read.


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