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review 2018-09-21 23:26
"Huntress Moon" by Alexandra Sokoloff
Huntress Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff

I enjoyed "Huntress Moon" from beginning to end. It's original, genre-savvy, character-driven and kept me engaged and guessing all the way through.

 

The premise sounds conventional enough, a Joe Friday, tightly-buttoned up FBI agent leading a manhunt to find someone he thinks caused the death of one of his agents, except that this is a womanhunt and he's not entirely sure what she did to cause the man's death.

 

The FBI guy is so old-school noir that it took me a while to realise the story was set in this decade.  I thought Andrea Sokoloff did a great job in painting a picture of a man who sees himself as introspective, enlightened, skilled at reading people and dedicated to doing his job well, while still letting me see that the man has no awareness of how irrepressibly male his perceptions and assumptions are.

 

Twisting itself around the story of the male hunter, like ivy on a tree, is the story of a deadly, driven woman who kills men, sometimes subtly, sometimes with a great deal of blood and keeps moving. This woman, the Huntress of the title, isn't the typical step-inside-the-mind-of-a-killer-and-be-glad-you-don't-live-there kind of character. Even though we're right there when she does some of the killing, she remains much harder to read and much more intriguing than that.

 

As the Huntress follows her own blood-strewn path and the FBI man plays catch-up, what kept me reading was a desire to know two things: why the Huntress does what she does and what Special Agent I'm-so-straight-I'd-break-rather-than-bend will do when he finds out.

 

I won't go into the plot here other than to say that it's well constructed, full of surprises and grim without ever being exploitative.

 

The book works as a stand-alone novel, reaching a satisfying conclusion but leaves the door open for the dance between the straight-man and the woman-who-kills to continue. So far there have been four books in the series. I'll certainly be reading the next one.

 

Alexandra Sokoloff also writes supernatural novels and I'll be giving them a try as well.

 

I recommend listening to the audiobook. R. C. Bray's performance is close to perfect and his range of voices is impressive. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.

 

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I read "Huntress Moon" for the Modern Noir square in Halloween Bingo.

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text 2018-09-20 08:27
Reading progress update: I've read 65%. - surprising - I've no idea where this is going
Huntress Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff

What started as a competent-dedicated-so-deeply-male-he's-unaware-of-it FBI agent hunting bad guys has become something more original and more interesting.

 

Twisting itself around the story of the male hunter, like ivy on a tree, is the story of a deadly, driven woman who kills men, sometimes subtly, sometimes with a great deal of blood and keeps moving.

 

She's fascinating. I want to know why she does what she does.

 

I also want to see what Special Agent I'm-so-straight-I'd-break-rather-than-bend will do when he finds out.

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text 2018-09-18 21:03
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.American Noir with a hard boiled FBI guy being all no nonsense and probably about to have his mind blown
Huntress Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff

This FBI tale is so Joe Friday it took me a while to realise that it’s set in this decade. The man character is a thinker who still seems to have no awareness of how irrepressibly male his perceptions and assumptions are.

 

Im intrigued by the woman in black who seems to be the huntress of the title.

 

Its  a relief to move to this find-the-baddy. Kind of noir' filled with attitude but free of real introspection after having lived in the long night of Scandi Noir.

 

 

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review 2018-09-13 18:10
The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
The Final Six - Alexandra Monir

When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition.

For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk.

As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives. - Synopsis

 

I actually really liked this book. There were some things in the book that made it hard for me to believe... things that just wouldn't be possible to do in a closely guarded government facility but I have learned to leave my common sense at the cover and not dwell too much on things like that. The book leaves you on a cliffhanger so I am hoping she writes another as I would definitely read it.

 

I am using this for the Doomsday square!

 

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text 2018-09-09 21:36
Halloween Bingo - Doomsday
The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken

In The Darkest Minds, a disease hits the US that kills over 90% of all the kids. Those that survive develop powers and are locked up in internment camps by the government where they are abused or killed. Outside of those camps, the world falls to chaos as everyone divides into groups and fights over what to do. With almost all the country's children dead and the few left alive being targeted by the government, the future is looking pretty dire in the US. And the rest of the world seems to have cut off all contact as it destroys itself. I decided to go with the Doomsday square for this one.

 

 

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