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review 2017-08-16 16:43
Review: Love, Special Delivery by Melinda Curtis
Love, Special Delivery (A Harmony Valley Novel) - Melinda Curtis

The first half of the book is a solid 3 stars, but it falls apart in the second half. The plot moppets (Maddie's sister and Ben's godchild) grated on my nerves and sucked a lot of enjoyment from reading Maddie and Ben's story. And this is the second book I read this week that did not resolve the paternity question that is the heart of the hero's motivation - so frustrating!

 

Maddie is an okay heroine, although her constant smiling drove me up the wall. She has the stereotypical tragic back story, a little OTT for my taste. Her mother abandoned her and her younger sister to their grandparents, her grandmother died of cancer, her grandfather died from complications due to mismanaged diabetes and dementia, her sister is a cancer survivor, and since she had to take care of her younger sister after all that death, she never went to college and instead became a postal worker. She was given the promotion of postmaster in Harmony Valley, her grandfather's old post office that hasn't been open in more than a decade. The younger sister is a piece of work, closing in on 18 going on 8.

 

Ben's story isn't puppies and rainbows either. He left a fire station in Oakland, CA to move with his dying dad and mother to Harmony Valley so that his dad can finish out the 10 months left for a full retirement and benefits. Dad is the new fire chief, Ben is regulated to firefighter and to cover for dad's less than awesome health in front of the council and mayor. Oh and he is the guardian of a bratty seven year old after the brat's mother (and Ben's colleague) died in the line of firefighting duty. He is searching for said brat's father (named John Smith on the birth certificate) but there might be a chance the brat's his daughter. His mother "naps" a lot and the brat leaves the house to explore the town and find critters of the animal variety to bring home. Ben just wants to find the brat's dad, get his own dad safely to retirement, then leave this crap town for good and become a fire investigator.

 

Needless to say, I didn't warm to anybody in this book and I actively hated the sister and godchild/possible daughter by the end. Maddie and Ben love being in denial about their lives and constant crappy decision making. The arsonist villain got off with a slap on the wrist (excuse me "psychological evaluation") due to his advanced age. I have no interest in continuing reading this series.

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review 2017-08-13 19:35
Missed the mark for me
Dirty Bet - Melinda Minx Dirty Bet - Melinda Minx

I'm usually a big fan of this author's work, but this one missed the mark for me. It's an interesting enough read and it did keep me turning pages to see how it would all play out, but some things about the story bothered me. I understand the need for Eric's complete 180, but it was almost like he was two different people. He was extremely arrogant in the beginning and had the attitude that any woman would be made better if she was on his arm. For me, he just became way too much of a good guy, way too fast. Ruth wasn't just a plain Jane, her description was so over the top that is was almost laughable. That may have been the point as there were some amusing parts in the story, but it was a little much for me. I did like the ending and the way everything was wrapped up. While this isn't my favorite book from Minx, it is worth the read and I will read other works by her.

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review 2017-07-05 17:43
Fun Story!
Royal Dick - Melinda Minx Royal Dick - Melinda Minx

Such a fun story! It's a fast-paced read with lots of action and intrigue, steamy goodness, and some funny to lighten things up. While not realistic in the slightest, Royal Dick is fairytale-like and whimsical in a very adult way. The whole story is over the top and at times felt like watching a completely unrealistic action movie, but it was just so much fun that I couldn't stop reading. Rikard and Jane are so good together, and even though the name in the title suits our hero through most of the book, he's still a lovable character. So, throw the realism out the window with this one and just enjoy the read. That's what I did.

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text 2017-07-02 12:40
My June 2017
The Sleeping Prince - Tödlicher Fluch - A. M. Grünewald,Melinda Salisbury
Der Näher: Thriller (Martin Abel 3) - Rainer Löffler
Girl on the Train: Der Roman zum Kinofilm - Paula Hawkins,Christoph Göhler
This Impossible Light - Lily Myers
Exodus of Magic (The Mysterium Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) - Simone Pond
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 (Alias (2001-2003)) - Michael Gaydos,David Mack,Brian Michael Bendis,Bill Sienkiewicz
Der Augenjäger - Sebastian Fitzek
Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More - Kelly Sue DeConnick,David López
The Sleeping Prince - Tödlicher Fluch - 5 stars
Der Näher - 4 stars
Girl on the Train - 5 stars
This Impossible Light - 5 stars
Exodus of Magic - 5 stars
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 - 4 stars
Der Augenjäger - 5 stars
Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More - 4 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: every single one of them

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Artificial Sweethearts, The Book of Whispers

 

This has been the greatest reading month I had so far. 8 books finished, and I love all of them. This rarely happens, so I'm gonna hold on to that amazing feeling for the rest of the year.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-03 13:45
Tödlicher Fluch // The Sleeping Prince
The Sleeping Prince - Tödlicher Fluch - A. M. Grünewald,Melinda Salisbury

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

German and english review

 

Es ist das zweite Buch in der The Sin Eate's Daughter Trilogie, also wird es einige Spoiler geben, außerdem kann ich mich nicht zurück halten und muss einige Dinge direkt aussprechen die in dem Buch passiert sind. Weiterlesen auf eigene Gefahr.

 

Inhalt: Das Land ist in Aufruhr. Die Königin hat eine alte Legende entfesselt und den gefährlichen Schlafenden Prinzen nach vielen Jahrhunderten wieder zum Leben erweckt. Nun bringt er Krieg und Zerstörung zu den Menschen von Tregellian. Die junge Apothekerstochter Errin versucht verzweifelt, sich in diesen gefährlichen Zeiten über Wasser zu halten. Doch seit ihr Bruder Lief verschwunden ist, muss sie sich alleine um ihre kranke Mutter kümmern. Über die Runden kommt sie nur, weil sie verbotene Kräutertränke braut, die sie heimlich verkauft. Als Soldaten sie und ihre Mutter aus ihrem Dorf vertreiben, gibt es nur einen, an den sich Errin wenden kann: den mysteriösen Silas. Ein junger Mann, der tödliche Gifte bei ihr kauft, aber nie verrät, wozu er sie verwendet. Silas verspricht, Errin zu helfen. Doch als ihr vermeintlicher Retter spurlos verschwindet, muss Errin eine Entscheidung treffen, die das Schicksal des Reiches verändern wird ...

 

Ich habe die Inhaltsangabe vorher nicht gelesen, sondern habe mich gleich in das Abenteuer gestürzt und natürlich Twylla erwartet. Und sie nicht bekommen. Stattdessen wurde die Geschichte in diesem Buch von Errin erzählt. Ich habe eine Weile gebraucht um damit klar zu kommen, dass muss ich ganz ehrlich gestehen, allerdings ist Errin ein richtig klasse Hauptcharakter, dass sie mich wirklich schnell überzeugt hat.

 

Errin ist einer dieser Charaktere, die wirklich die ganze Last der Welt auf den Schultern trägt. Sie muss sich alleine um ihre kranke Mutter kümmern, muss sich mit einem alten, schmierigen Richter rumschlagen, der nicht nur hinter dem Geld für ihre Miete hinter her ist. Ich habe nicht gleich gewusst, dass Errin Lief's Schwester ist, sondern es wirklich erst begriffen als es im Buch klar und deutlich ausgesprochen wurde (ja, die Inhaltsangabe verrät es, vielleicht sollte ich es mir doch angewöhnen sie zu überfliegen).

 

Und wir hatten Silas, einen unbekannten Freund und Helfer, bei dem man sich allerdings nicht immer sicher sein kann ob man ihm vertrauen kann oder nicht. Ich war sofort von ihm begeistert. Offensichtlich.

 

Ich fand die Beziehung der Beiden einfach wirklich interessant und war wirklich froh, dass sie sich doch wirklich auf ihn verlassen konnte. Sie hat wirklich jemanden gebraucht, der ihr nicht viele Fragen stellt aber ihr trotzdem aushilft. Was mir besonders gefallen hat war die Freundschaften der verschiedenen Mädels in dem Buch, Errin, die auf ihrer Reise in ihrer alten Heimat landet und ihre Freundin Lirys wieder trifft. Außerdem das Gespräch das Errin mit Lirys' Mutter vor ihrer Abreise hatte. Ich fand diese Momente so unglaublich wichtig. (Ich hoffe wirklich das die Beiden okay sind und es ihnen gut geht.) Und dann natürlich Dimia/Twylla und Errin. Die Beiden haben wirklich so viel gemeinsam, deswegen bin ich unheimlich froh, dass sie sich gefunden haben. Ich hoffe, dass wir in dem letzten Buch noch viel mehr davon bekommen.

 

Lief. Statt dem freudigen Wiedersehen der Geschwister, haben wir DAS bekommen. Wieder Verrat von seiner Seite aus. Mann, ich hab den Kerl am Anfang des ersten Buches so sehr gemocht und dann ging alles den Bach runter und es gibt keine Aussicht auf Besserung.

 

Und das Ende. Okay, hier werde ich nichts verraten aber es war so gut. SO GUT.

Allgemein macht mich die Situation am Ende wirklich total nervös aber es gibt Hoffnung.

Ich kann es echt kaum abwarten das letzte Buch zu lesen. AAAAAAH!!!!!

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It's the second book in the The Sin Eater's Daugher Trilogy, so there will be Spoilers, also because I can't keep my mouth shut and need to talk about things that happened in this book. So beware of Spoilers ahead.

 

Summary: Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

 

I didn't read the summary before I started the book, because I just wanted to dive back into the world and the adventure, of course I expected Twylla. She wasn't there. This time we read the story from Errin. to be completely honest, it took me quite a bit to get used to it BUT Errin is such a great main character, that she got me on her side pretty fast.

 

Errin is one of those characters that carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. She has to take care of her sick mother all alone and has to deal with the old, sleazy judge, who is not just interested in the rent money she owes him. I didn't know right from the start, that she was Lief's sister, I only got it when it was clearly stated in the book (the summary clearly tells it, but yeah, maybe I should start to at least skim through the summaries)

 

And we got Silas, a friend and a helper, even though it took Errin a long time and an accident to finally see his face. You just never know if you could trust him or not. I loved him. Obviously.

 

I loved the relationship between the two, so interesting and I'm so glad that at the end of everything she really could count on him. She just really needed someone around her that didn't asked questions but helped her anyway. What I also really loved were the friendship between the ladies in the book, Errin, who on her journey, came to her old home and met her friend Lirys. Also the talk Errin had with Lirys's mother before she left. I thought these moments where so important. (I really hope that both of them are okay, that they are safe somewhere.) And then of course Dimia/Twylla and Errin. They have so much in common and I'm so happy they found each other. I hope we get more of that in the last book.

 

Lief. Instead of the happy reunion of the siblings, we got THAT. Betrayal from his side, again. Man, I loved the dude in the beginning of the first book but since then everything went to hell, seems like there is no turning back for him now.

 

And the end. I won't say anything about that but it was so good. SO GOOD.

Overall the situation at the end makes me super nervous but there is hope.

I can't wait to read the last book. AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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