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review 2017-04-24 08:00
The Stravinski Intrigue
The Stravinsky Intrigue (Fugue & Fable) - Darin Kennedy

I read The Mussorgski Riddle some time ago, and I enjoyed its unique style and story, so I was looking forward to The Stravinsky Intrigue although I had to admit that the details from the first book had become a bit fuzzy and I'm not really acquainted with the ballets from Stravinsky that play a major role in this book.

At times I was a little bit disappointed with The Stravinsky Intrigue. While the story resembled The Mussorgski Riddle, there were some things that annoyed me (that I don't recall from the first book). There are many coincidences, and Mira jumps into danger at almost any possibility. The rest of the time she's defending her psychic-ship in a condescending manner which I disliked. Also, the story seemed rather finished at the ending, but since I know there's a third novel coming, probably everything will be resolved (taking any suspense there was about the main characters).

What I did like, as in the first novel, was all the music. It is a nice introduction to the music, and I would certainly recommend to listen to it while reading. I enjoyed that a lot. The story is also moving forward rather quickly, and there's a mystery to be solved (before it's too late).

Not as good as the first one, but I'm still curious as to how it's going to end.

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 2017-04-15 08:00
Mercury In Retrograde
Mercury in Retrograde - Merethe Walther

One lesson to be learned from Mercury in Retrograde: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Aralyn, just released from the galaxy's worst prison, gets an offer she can't resist. One more job as a smuggler and she will be able to retire. That is, if the job won't retire her first...

Mercury in Retrograde was an okay book. It had a bit of everything in it, which was probably also why I couldn't connect to the story as much as I'd liked. The characters are just too busy running from one thing to another, there's no time for any development. Even from Aralyn subjective POV it is immediately clear who will be the good guys. I've complained at length before about throwing everything in a book instead of really making one thing good in a book, so I will resist the urge to do it here. It got me out of my flow though, and when they were on the run for the nth time, I admit I started looking how much of the book was left and how long it would take me to read it.

I think it had more potential, what with the prison planet and the world in general. But quite a bit of it seemed as the surroundings for the romance plot, unfortunately. I'd expected a bit more.

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

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review 2017-04-12 08:00
Heartborn
Heartborn - Terry Maggert

I feel bad, because I feel like most of this book has passed me by and left me wondering just what I just read. Quite a lot of the plot is explained already in the blurb, but much more than that, I find it hard to describe.

Because of this I found it very hard to connect with the story or with any of the characters really, and I think it's save to say that the book was not for me. I didn't really care for Livvy, Keiron or any of the other characters.

I did like the way it was written as it made an easy read.

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 2017-04-11 08:00
Myths Of Mish
Myths of Mish (Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles Book 2) - Katie Hamstead

This second installment in the Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles features different characters from The Princess of Tyrone, which I was looking forward to. Meet Hansel and Gretel, ten years after the events in the well known fairytale.

Please let me introduce to you my theory: the real villain in this book is no-one less than: Hansel himself. He's an ass. Acts like an ass for the entire book and I'm supposed to cheer for him? No thank you.

As it might have become clear, I didn't like Hansel as the main character. The other characters only filled the background in my experience. The space travel and the other stories fitted better in this one, since it was not - as far as I could tell - a retelling, but Hansel ruined what could have been a nice story. It felt a bit like there were too many things the author tried to fit into the story, but otherwise I liked it better.

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

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review 2017-04-10 08:00
Princess of Tyrone
Princess of Tyrone: Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles, Book One - Katie Hamstead

I'd initially missed out on Princess of Tyrone, but with Myths of Mish coming, I decided to give it a try. I'm a bit picky when it comes to fairy tale retellings, so please bear with me.

Young Appoline doesn't know anything besides her life in a small cottage in the woods, almost hidden away, raised by her three fairy godmothers (who for the record, are almost as cringeworthy as the ones from the movie Maleficent, and make her recite fairy tales at random). Either way, since there is space travel in this universe, she meets a young prince pretending (but utterly failing) to pass as a commoner. They spend most of the book wondering about their respective matches, as both have been betrothed since birth, as of course, all commoners are. The rest, as they say, doesn't really come as a surprise for the reader.

I wasn't sure what to expect, and I can't really say whether or not I found it with Princess of Tyrone. While it certainly was a quick and easy read, I kept thinking to myself that it was all a little bit too obvious. There was no real surprise, everything fitted together a bit too well for my taste. Also, the space travel and general fairy tale mix up was a nice touch but didn't seem to add to the story really. I hope Myths of Mish will be more up my alley.

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

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