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review 2018-11-06 19:59
ARC REVIEW Never Let Me Fall by Abbie Roads
Race the Darkness (Fatal Dreams) - Abbie Roads
Hunt the Dawn - Abbie Roads

 

 

 

Fatal Dreams #3, Each of the Fatal Dreams books can be read as a standalone. While this one didn't quite have the same umph as Roads last three books it was still a fantastic read. Very deep in the internal conflict of recognizing who they are together and what they are becoming. A dark fairy tale/folklore at the root of it all tells a tale of never ending love and the power it holds and the reincarnated souls that carry on that power.

Thomas Brown lost the ability to see color when his step father tried to kick his face in, the resulting damage caused serious problems to the optic nerve. He also has the ability to see a person's "death shadow" which tells him basically how evil a person really is and after a person dies it can show him the person's life up until their death. Helena Greyse was tried and convicted for a murder she never committed and spent the last ten years fighting for her life. Helen survived many attacks while in prison some that should have killed her, even her last night there she barely made it out with her life. When they meet for the first time, the day Helen was released, they both knew their lives have unequivocally changed. Helen has brought color to Thomas' life and for the first time in ten years Helen felt safe with Thomas. Thomas and Helen's lives are tied together in so many ways but there is still one giant obstacle for them to overcome. Can their love overcome this common enemy who has been a source of pain for them both?   

Overall, this book was outstanding it's an emotional read, it's dark, it's paranormal, it's suspenseful, it's heavy on the internal conflict without the characters sounding whiny and useless. They are each other's strength, they are the balm for their souls it's a beautiful insta-love romance. The external conflict wasn't as traumatizing for me as the other two, it was still bad but it almost feels like it was glossed over and leaves you with just assuming how bad the events were; but it was still good and I loved the conclusion.  

 

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review 2018-10-03 16:00
Toller Krimi
Nie zu alt für Casablanca: V.I.E.R. auf ... Nie zu alt für Casablanca: V.I.E.R. auf Kreuzfahrt - Elisabeth Frank;Christian Homma
V.I.E.R.  besteht aus Gero Valerius, Ina-Marie, Elonora und Rüdiger. Die vier kennen sich aus ihrer Kindheit und spielten schon damals gerne zusammen Detektiv.
Nachdem sie sich, nach dem Abi aus den Augen verloren haben, finden sie nach 40 Jahren wieder zusammen. es geht um geschmuggeltes Elfenbein. Die Spur führt die Freund auf ein Kreuzfahrschiff. Dort ermitteln sie und bringen gut gehütete Geheimnisse ans Licht.
 
Dieses Buch ist ein muss für Freunde von TKKG oder den ???. Gemeinsam ermittelt V.I.E.R. bei dem Elfenbeinschmuggeln. Sie halten zusammen und nutzen geschickt die Stärken des Einzelnen. 
Es war einfach in die Geschichte hineinzufinden, denn der Schreibstil lässt sich flüssig lesen. Die Atmosphäre des Kreuzfahrtschiffes wurde gelungen eingefangen und wieder gegeben. Ich wurde gut unterhalten.
Die Charaktere sind direkt aus dem Leben. Nicht jeder von ihnen hatte es leicht und es ist schön, wie sie einfach füreinander da sind und sich gegenseitig helfen.
 
Besonders gut finde ich es, dass die Freunde in Sache Elfenbein ermitteln. Die Tiere haben leider keine eigene Stimme und so ergreifen sie für die Dickhäuter das Wort.
Die Spannung ist das ganze Buch über vorhanden. Auch das große Finale hatte Spannung und es gab auch die ein oder andere überraschende Wendung. 
 
Das Ende des Buches macht Hoffnung auf einen weiteren Teil und auch da wäre ich gerne mit dabei, wenn V.I.E.R. wieder ermittelt. 
 
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text 2018-07-03 08:10
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Once their passion unleashes, there's no going back...
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"Shayla?"

 

For the longest moment Zack's brain couldn't process the sight in front of him. Seven years, ten months and twenty-seven days. That was how long it had been since he'd seen her. That was how long it had been since he'd lived a life without regret.

 

Fight promoter Zack Grayson is on the prowl for a rising star. As the top recruiter of a prestigious MMA promotion company, he wants to take someone where he was never able to go: the top of the professional league. He didn't expect that someone to be the woman he loved...and left.

 

Top-ranked MMA amateur fighter Shayla "Shilla the Killa" Tyler built walls around her heart when Zack left her seven years ago—and again when her husband turned violent. Now, seeing Zack is nearly enough to send those walls crumbling. But she can't risk the exposure of the limelight, and she definitely can't risk another heartbreak.

 
As Shayla and Zack grow closer, though, business turns personal. And once their passion unleashes, there's no going back...
 
 

About the Author: Sarah Castille is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Redemption Series, Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series, Legal Heat series and the Ruin & Revenge series. A recovering lawyer with a fondness for dirty-talking alpha males, she now is a full-time writer, who lives on Vancouver Island. Sign up for her newsletter to hear about new releases: http://sarahcastille.com/subscribe/

 

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review 2018-03-28 03:23
Not really all that gothic, not really all that romantic
The India Fan (Casablanca Classics) - Victoria Holt

So, I didn't actually hate it.

 

Let me begin with a gif, though. 

 

 

That's Drusilla, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And, sadly, that is what I pictured every single time I read the name of the main character. It was . . . distracting.

 

Now that I've gotten that out of my system, I shall talk about the book.

 

When I read a gothic romance, I expect two things. Gothic. Romance. This was a very low key romance - so low key, in fact, that I do not believe that the two romantic leads actually ever touched each other until the hero proclaimed his undying love for the heroine. There was basically no chemistry between them at all.

 

What does "gothic" really mean? To me, it absolutely requires a certain aesthetic that invokes gloom, dread and a sense of supernatural possibility and danger. I suppose that the titular India fan was supposed to offer that "gothic" feeling, but it really didn't work because sensible Drusilla just didn't buy it and so the reader didn't buy it, either. The other dangerous elements - specifically, Drusilla becoming embroiled in the Sepoy Mutiny of 1858, wasn't even remotely gothic.

 

As a piece of historical fiction, it rather reminded me of The Shadow of the Moon, by M. M. Kaye, which I quite enjoyed. Unfortunately, Holt simply does not write at the level of M. M. Kaye. I didn't find it to be awful, but there was nothing special about it.

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text 2018-03-27 15:54
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
The India Fan (Casablanca Classics) - Victoria Holt

The backstory of this book felt like it took fully half of the book to develop. I've just now gotten to the point where the main character, Drusilla, has inherited the titular India Fan. There is very little gothic going on at this point. I don't dislike it, necessarily, but when I read a Holt gothic, I'm looking for some sense of suspense or brooding mystery, which is not the atmosphere so far.

 

Having read a number of Holt books over the last couple of years, I feel like she is just retelling Jane Eyre over and over with varying levels of success, by plucking elements out of Bronte's classic and plugging them into her current writing book. This isn't a criticism so much as it an observation, since this particular device worked really well for her, and when it is done with panache and delicacy it can be very effective. Unfortunately, in this one, her main Eyreian (yes, I just made up that word) device - the mysterious woman in the attic - is pretty clunky and doesn't generate the suspense that it should have in order to work.

 

Anyway, now that we've - hopefully - gotten to the point, I shall read on.

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