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text 2018-04-04 22:47
PocketBook Touch HD 2 w nowej wersji Ruby Red


PocketBook kontynuuje politykę różnicowania kolorystycznego oferty swoich czytników. Tym razem przyszła kolej na nową wersję PocketBooka Touch HD 2. Na polski rynek wchodzi wersja Ruby Red. Podobne edycje widzieliśmy już w przypadku Touch Lux 3 i Touch HD.


PocketBook Touch HD 2 Ruby Red (źródło: mat. prasowe producenta)


PocketBook Touch HD 2 Ruby Red od swojego poprzednika różni się tylko kolorem obudowy. Poza tym, nie wprowadzono żadnych zmian. To czytnik z dotykowym ekranem E-Ink 300 ppi, zintegrowanym oświetleniem o regulowanej temperaturze barwowej oświetlenia oraz fizycznymi przyciskami. Wersja na rynek polski posiada fabrycznie wgraną aplikację do obsługi wypożyczalni Legimi. Cena nowej edycji jest taka sama, jak modelu z czarną obudową – 699 PLN. Więcej o PocketBooku Touch HD 2 pisałem w momencie jego rynkowej premiery (wpis: „PocketBook Touch HD 2 – pierwszy PocketBook z regulowaną temperaturą barwową oświetlenia”).


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review 2018-04-02 16:20
Ice Planet Barbarians
Ice Planet Barbarians: The Complete Series: A SciFi Alien Serial Romance - Ruby Dixon

Ice Planet Barbarians, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: Group read with my online book club.

The Characters:

Georgie Carruthers:Abducted human,
Vektal: Chief of the Not-Hoth
Other abducted girls

The Story:

This one took a lot. I was so disinterested in the first few parts (chapters) because the kidnappers were terrible. There was no consent when the main characters meet. (view spoiler) It was just all uncomfortable and really made me want to walk away from the book. Since this was a group read for my online book club and I had read many glowing reviews I kept going… inch by inch.

I won’t say I came to like the book but I did like Georgie and Vektal’s bond in the end. I’m curious about how the others get along with the aliens but I’m not sure if I’ll be continuing the series.

The Random Thoughts:

If I never hear the “word” Kuhi again it will be too soon.

The Score Card:


2 Stars

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review 2018-02-04 00:00
The Ruby Eye
The Ruby Eye - Hajime Kanzaka,Rui Araizumi Overall this book doesn't seem too bad, whoever it loses massive stars to that whole trying to rape Lina thing. Even if it was changed to "A kiss" it's still sexual assault and the author thought it was a good idea to put in his book.
In the afterword he mentions how he has to "think like a girl" which, men just can't do. Considering they never listen when women are talking and just assume things I can only wonder what the next books will be like.
At least in the end it's Lina that gives the finishing blow and not Gourry.
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review 2018-02-04 00:00
If You Give a Rake a Ruby
If You Give a Rake a Ruby - Shana Galen My third Galen novel and they just keep getting better and better. On my way to Hoopla to check out the next book in the series!
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review 2018-01-30 00:08
The Ruby Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logan
The Ruby Brooch - Katherine Lowry Logan

I was pretty excited to dive into this time travel novel because I played way too much Oregon Trail as a kid and this book is set in the mid-1800s along the Oregon Trail. Kit MacKlenna is a modern day paramedic living on her ancestral horse ranch. Yet she has questions about her heritage and a small package left to her tempts her into the past to discover her true roots. I really liked that she knowingly traveled to the past. She plans well, studying up on the time period and packing certain supplies. Now I will say that I was a little surprised by how many modern things she decided to take with her (flashlights, IVs, pregnancy tests, etc.) and I did worry that would lead to many, many questions for her later. Also, she chose to take her dog and cat along for the trip as well. While I do like having furry companions in any story, I did find this an odd choice and I deeply worried the pets were going to be Red Shirts for drama down the road.

Then we’re off into the semi-civilized lands of Missouri. She knows that it will be hard to get a place on a wagon train as a single woman so she’s hoping to find a group that will accept her. She’s capable of seeing to her own food, camping gear, and animals so it’s really a matter of bending the social norms of the time. At first, the mid-1800s characters held to their social morays but as the story progresses, I did notice that there were sometimes unlikely reactions to Kit’s modern attitudes. Those little breaks in character took me out of the story from time to time and I wish that Kit had to work harder to either hide her modern ways or win others over to her ways quietly.

There is a strong romantic element to this book. I did like Cullen though I found the insta-luv between him and Kit to be rather convenient. Cullen is an interesting character but once he becomes involved with Kit they had this silly emotional roller coaster. Flirting, fighting, showing off to one another, ignoring each other, kissing, making up, etc. I was much more interested in the historical elements of this story but, alas, those were rather lacking once the tale was set up and off and running. This is a romance story first and foremost and a historical fiction second.

Despite the silly romance, Kit is a woman who does get stuff done. She’s a good shot, knows how to ride well, and has her medical skills. She’s also skilled at sketching. So she has a lot going for her if she can just wrangle in her emotions and stay focused. This mystery about her true relatives eats away at her throughout the story. While I can understand how that mystery can drive a person, I did feel she was a bit too needy at times, forgetting all the good things her upbringing modern Kentucky did have. I can’t help comparing The Ruby Brooch to other time travel books by the likes of Diana Gabaldon and Connie Willis. This book isn’t on the same level as those works. It’s more romance than historical fiction.

Some of the other interesting characters include Braham McCabe, who adds a bit of comedy here and there.The Barrett Family was very good to Kit and I feel I got to know Mrs. Barrett and Frances the best among them. Elliot Fraser is Kit’s godfather in modern Kentucky and he provides wisdom and safe household to return to if needed. All told, 3.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Teri Schnaubelt was awesome as the narrator. I really liked her variety of accents and the range of voices she had for men and women. Kit cried so much in this book (a little too much for me) but Teri did a great job with all the emotions. Schnaubelt sounded engaged throughout the story and all her character voices were distinct. There were no technical issues with this recording. 5/5 stars.

➜ Susan received a free copy of this book from the narrator. Her opinions are 100% my own.

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