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review 2017-04-18 08:00
If I'm Found
If I'm Found (If I Run Series) - Terri Blackstock

Casey Cox is still on the run. She's blown her cover, and will need to start again. Dylan is still looking for her, or is he?

I liked this book less than If I Run, when I'm honest. I felt a bit like the story was stretched out too much and it should have just been one book. Also, If I'm Found just follows the same story as If I'm Run. There's another case which Casey really feels she just has to solve even though at this point she knows she's not just a wanted criminal but also that her life is in immediate danger. Besides, I got the feeling this book was much more preachy than the previous one, and I never like it when something gets pushed at me.

It was still a quick read, with enough suspense to keep it going. But I was slightly disappointed.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-04-17 08:21
David Baldacci | Im Auge des Todes
Im Auge des Todes: Thriller. Will Robie 3 - David Baldacci

Ich gebe auf. Diese Serie kackt sowas von ab. Aber sowas von! 


Fertig gelesen habe ich das Buch nur, weil mich die Szenen in Nordkorea wirklich interessiert haben. Das Thema finde ich spannend, das Leben dort, die Strukturen, die Lager. Zwar habe ich mich noch nie richtig damit beschäftigt, aber es liest sich gut recherchiert, wenn ich das als absoluter Laie auf dem Gebiet überhaupt beurteilen kann. 


Alles andere ist Mist. 


Zum einen entwickelt sich die Reihe von der Will "Auftragskiller" Robie - Reihe zur Jessica "Heulsuse" Reel - Reihe. 


Die Frau ging mir so auf den Senkel. Ich glaube so langsam, Baldacci kann für mich einfach keine sympathischen Frauen schreiben. Da wird zum Beispiel ständig behauptet wie abgebrüht und kalt und stark und super Jessica Reel angeblich doch ist; de facto bricht sie ständig in Tränen aus, braucht Hilfe versinkt noch mehr in Selbstmitleid als in Teil zwei. 


Ja, sie hatte eine schwere Kindheit und ist augenscheinlich davon traumarisiert, aber dann sollte man einen solchen Charakter auch von Anfang an mit seinen Schwächen präsentieren und ihn nicht zur Super-Sue-Überfrau erklären. Da komme ich mir als Leser verarscht vor, weil einfach nicht drin ist, was drauf steht.  Dazu verliert der Charakter an Glaubwürdigkeit, weil Dinge die über ihn gesagt werden und wie er bei mir als Leser ankommt einfach nicht zusammen passen. 


Der ganze Plot um Jessica Reel und ihren Nazi-Vater kann man in die Tonne kloppen. Dieser Handlungsstrang hat absolut keinen Einfluss auf, keinen Sinn und Zweck für die Haupthandlung. Würde man diese Seiten streichen, würde man absolut nichts verpassen. 

Gut, es sei denn, man findet Jessica Reel ganz toll und möchte mehr über sie erfahren. Das hätte man dann aber auch als Side-Story veröffentlichen können. So zieht es die Haupthandlung nur unnötig in die Länge und statt Spannung aufzubauen war ich mehr und mehr genervt davon. 


Die Haupthandlung an sich ist allerdings auch nicht mehr als "Präsident in Gefahr" - Einheitsbrei. Wer das in gut haben möchte, der sollte 24 mit Jack Bauer Koma-Glotzen. 


Fazit: Kauft euch ein Buch über Nordkorea, wenn ihr das Thema auch so interessant findet, wie ich.  Den Rest dieses Buches braucht sich keiner anzutun. 


Bewertung: Töte es, bevor es Eier legt!

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text 2017-04-09 18:28
.What I'm Reading | March 2017.

This post can originally found at MissKatiEllen.


Welcome to my March post, I’ve been feeling rather determined to finish about three books a month and so far I’ve been managing this. If hope to get a bit more in but I struggled with one of my books.



I’ve really been enjoying Laini Taylors series, the second book starts off almost where we left it. Karou with all her memories back and living in hell. This book is set in the other world and the narrative jumps between her and Avika, as well as random seraph and chimaera. I felt this was a nice touch as it makes the story more grounded, more real. Seeing the war through those not directly evolved.


As well as Days of Blood and Starlight I also read the short story, Night of Cake and Puppets. Zuanna and Mik both appear in the second book, providing so much needed stress relief, but this short story is just for them. How they met, it’s a cute little story that takes place during the first book, after Zuanna has discovered the truth and before Karou disappears completely.


I don’t know why but I had quite high hopes for The Picture of Dorian Gray. I think because there have been various adaptions of the story and character I expected a bit more to the story. I did enjoy it on the whole, but there were the odd moments where I felt like I was skim reading. It was very descriptive heavy, which I found unfortunate.

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review 2017-04-02 19:30
.Winds of Salem Book Review.
Winds of Salem - Melissa de la Cruz

This review can be found at MissKatiEllen.

"Freya Beauchamp is trapped in 1692, in Salem of all places, with no recollection of her past. When little Annie Putnam is one of the first to make accusations of witchcraft, her landowner father jumps at the opportunity to consolidate his power and expand his holdings in Puritan Salem Town.
Meanwhile, twenty-first-century North Hampton has its own snares. Joanna and Norm consult the Oracle for advice, and Freddie and his pixie allies search for a missing totem that could reopen the passages of time and help bring his sister home. When Ingrid bumps into an old flame, she finds that her new love for Detective Matt Noble is in doubt."


It's safe to say I had a lot riding on this book and little pay off. I don't think it's possible for one book to salvage a whole series, and if it was this book didn't do it. 

This book got its half star for the Salem section of this story, giving us an insight to what the three witches went through the first time round. Like the Crucible, it goes to show what people will do for power and the enormous consequences of rumours and whispers. When no one can be trusted Freya has to be careful, if she is caught by the wrong person...game over.


Back in the present her family scramble to find a way to bring the young witch back before it's too late. Once again this family never talk to each other, never tell each other what they plan to do in there efforts to save one of their own. They're all working towards the same goal, but they never work together. Something that this family fail at in each book.

Ultimately I'd watch the Lifetime series that was cancelled far too soon. I had high expectations for this series after I read the Blue Blood novels, I enjoyed the Norse mythology behind the witches and the Salem element; but it was wasted.

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review 2017-03-29 22:06
.Fathomless Book Review.
Fathomless - Jackson Pearce

This review can be originally be found at MissKatiEllen.


"Celia is a harbourer of memories, knowing what has already been always seemed so insignificant- until she meets Lo. Lo's memory is drowning in the vastness of the ocean. She's transforming into a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid- terms far too pretty for the soulless monster she's becoming."


I cannot stress how much I've been enjoying this series, at this point I would definitely recommend reading the previous two books. In Sweetly it didn't matter if you hadn't read Sisters Red, but there is a thread linking these books together. And it's that tiny thread from Sweetly that becomes the main subject of this book. Ocean girls.


From reading the full blurb I thought this was going to be a love triangle, and with a sigh I accepted. The fact that the previous two books weren't like that meant I could get over the love triangle thing. I can gladly say no love triangle, these girls have their own lives, own paths and their interest is Jude is different too.


Celia is one of three sisters that possesses a gift, seeing past, present and future. It's not that Celia doesn't want to embrace her gift, she doesn't want to be like her sisters. Using it for their own gain, getting boys to fawn all over them. Plus what use can she be knowing someone's past in an instant?? But then Lo appears and she finally feels useful. She can help this strange, and slightly scary girl to remember who she was, what happened to her and where she came from.


Lo. Lo is an ocean girl, knows nothing about who she, or who others like her were. All she knows and understands is the now, to become human again you must take a soul. Easier said than done, a lesson learned early on. But what Lo, and everyone else like her knows is that one day if they're lucky the angels who brought them to the ocean will come back for them, leading them to their new life. Queue Celia throwing a spanner in the works, Lo starts to remember and becomes torn. When she's in the ocean she's happy, it feels part of her, natural. But the small part of her that remembers won't go down without a fight.


The theme of these books are all about identity, Lo has to fight to cling on to the memories of her past or let them go like the rest of her kind and Celia is learning there is life outside of her sisters shadow.

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