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review 2017-10-25 22:13
Sadly for now...I've come to the end of the line...
Absinthe of Malice - Rhys Ford,Tristan James

'Absinthe of Malice' is the 5th and...nope, it's not the last book in the 'Sinner's' series...there's one more to go and unfortunately it doesn't have a release date yet but like all good things I know it's going to be worth the wait. 


And in the meantime, I've loved thoroughly and unashamedly delighted in this revisiting this this series from start to finish on audio and depending on when that last book is released I will probably do this again at least once...or twice...or who knows...


Absinthe of Malice was a bit of a departure from the other stories in this series because the focus was more on Miki, Damien, Forest and Rafe as they took their act on the road...don't misunderstand here this doesn't mean that we were deprived of the Morgan clan...nope throughout this story we were treated to visits from Kane, Sionn, Connor and Quinn and of course what's a 'Sinner's' story without Brigid and Donel. 


Back in my original review I told a story about how I'd once wanted to have a book store and rather than the usual categories of fantasy, romance, etc. etc. I was going to use food categories because for me books are food for the brain and I went on to say that for me this series is 'comfort food' and while it's only been a little over a year since I first read this book, it's been 4 years since I've read the first book in this series and suffice it to say when I was feeling a bit out of sorts about some stuff that was...well,actually wasn't happening in my life this weekend I didn't have to give a lot of thought to what would make me feel better about the world. 


Rhys Ford's 'Sinner's' series + Tristan James, narrating = calorie free comfort food!!!


Original Review: Absinthe of Malice

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review 2017-10-14 16:32
The Malice by Peter Newman
The Malice - Peter C. Newman

Series: The Vagrant #2


Years have passed since the events of The Vagrant. I'm not certain of how many, but one review I found said it had been twelve years, which is consistent with how Vesper acts. Vesper, the little baby from the first book, takes centre stage as the main character of this one. When the Vagrant, whom she calls Father, doesn't answer Gamma's sword's call (the Malice), Vesper tries to take it to those who would help. Instead of being accompanied by the old goat, Vesper takes along the old goat's baby kid who is adorable and instrumental in the story (and not just as bait). The kid held the book at three stars, despite some of the clumsiness in parts.


This is basically an alternate fantasy world with technology that has fallen into a kind of Dystopia after the world is invaded by the infernals through the Breach (a kind of crack in reality). Infernals take over human bodies (sometimes in gross combinations) in order to survive in the new world. Something massive that's being called the Yearning is making its way through the Breach with potentially dire results for everybody, even for the infernals already there, halfbreeds and tainted humans. It is hoped that the Malice will be able to stop the Yearning, which is why Vesper journeys south.


Despite feeling fuzzy on how much time has passed since the events of the first book, I'm pretty confident that the source I found stating twelve years is pretty close if not spot on because Vesper certainly acts like she's twelve or thirteen and by the end of the book she's physically grown a bit. So I'm comfortable using this for the "Chilling Children" square for the Halloween Bingo. It could also be used the "Supernatural" and "Genre: Horror" squares, I think.


I know I mentioned that the kid is adorable but he's seriously adorable.


Previous update:

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text 2017-10-11 18:30
Reading progress update: I've read 13%.
The Malice - Peter C. Newman

I'm trying to read this for "Chilling Children" but I don't have a clear idea of how old Vesper is. She sounds young and is referred to as a "girl" but if there are clues in the text, I've missed them. I don't remember how long it was after the world was invaded that she was born.


I did find this blog article that indicates that she's about twelve, which would match how old she seems, but I don't know if that's right. If it is, then I should be able to use this book for "Chilling Children". I tried reading "The Turn of the Screw" because it was short but I didn't make it more than two pages into it before I gave up...


There is an adorable baby goat following Vesper around though. Actually, I've just noticed that she's carrying it on the cover.

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text 2017-10-02 15:46
With Malice - Eileen Cook

Look I know this was a spin on the Amanda Knox story that took place in Italy. However, other than that, I really don't get why Eileen Cook insisted on the book taking place there. We don't get a sense of Italy at all. We also take a long way around to figure out what happened. When the truth is revealed I pretty much laughed cause it doesn't make sense at all. 


The story follows 18 year old Jill Charron. She finds herself in the hospital in a lot of pain and wishing for her best friend Simone. Jill is shocked to find that she has been in a the hospital for several weeks, and her friend Simone is dead in an accident that it appears Jill is responsible for. 


I didn't like Jill from the first. Maybe because she sounds robotic and not normal at times about things we get to see from her POV. I need to have a bit of empathy for a main character instead of feeling bored by her and waiting for the other shoe to drop. I also didn't get why Jill was even friends with Simone based on the tidbits we get to read via other people and what is said/not said about their friendship. When we get to the reveal I just rolled my eyes. I was wanting something else there that would be surprising. Cook definitely does not hide anything at all, you know which way the story is going since the story is littered with clues. 

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text 2017-10-01 13:08
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
With Malice - Eileen Cook

This book really didn't work for me. I swear unreliable narrator stories only work if there's an actual twist to be had. Also including texts, transcripts, etc to break up the book didn't help either. You don't know who people are exactly and it just made things confusing. The reveal was laughable. 

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