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review 2018-09-25 12:36
Truth isn't always easy
Truthwitch - Susan Dennard

The treaty has held for many years but now it's crumbling and at the centre of this is Safiya and Iseult. Two friends who want some adventure but not as much as is heading their way.

Iseult is a truthwitch and that skill is rare, now she want to try to hide this and have some freedom but a ball and the handsome Merik might make her wonder about possibilities. Then there's kidnapping, chases, a seemingly deathless bloodwitch and a lot of shennigans.

 

It was an interesting read with interesting characters. It's did have some moments where the story stuttered a bit but overall I want to read more in this series.

 

With a little stretch this could be Creepy Crawlies (between the bloodwitch and the Sea Foxes) much of the adventure occurs at sea so it could be Fear the Drowning Deep if I hadn't used that one already, it also falls into Spellbound, but I've also used that as well.  Ah well, I'm going to regard this as a miss for the game.

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text 2018-09-23 23:03
Reading progress update: I've listened 33 out of 585 minutes.
Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Audio) - Wanda,Donada Peters McCaddon,Susan Elia MacNeal,Donada Peters

So it looks like here we have a British-born, American-raised MC working as a secretary for Churchill during the war.

 

Crossing my fingers...

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text 2018-09-22 22:51
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Angelfall - Susan Ee

This story has a tangy, fresh feel to it - not an easy thing to achieve in a YA post-apocalyptic novel. We've all read about the end of the world so often now that if it were to happen tomorrow it would feel like a reboot.

 

What Susan Ee has done is to avoid the kick-ass smart-mouthed heroine model and give us something grittier: a seventeen-year-old girl who has lived for years with a mentally disturbed, often violent and then remorseful mother, who is motivated to valour against the odds to try and save her crippled little sister from her evil angel kidnappers.

 

The writing is... robust.

 

Here's a sample. Our heroine and her mother are hiding out in a deserted start-up office in Silicon Valley when intruders break in. Our heroine goes to look for her mother. She tells us:

 

"I find a man lying in the hallway leading to the kitchen. His chest is bare, his shirt torn away. Six knives stick out of his flesh in a circular pattern. Someone has drawn a powder-pink lipstick pentagram with the knives at the end of the points. Blood bubble up from each of the knives. The man is all eyes and shock as he stares at the ruin of his chest as though unable to believe it has anything to do with him.

 

My mother is safe.

 

Seeing what she did to this man, I can't help but wonder if that's a good thing. She has purposely missed his heart, and he will slowly bleed to death.

 

If we had been back in the old world, the World Before, I would have called an ambulance despite the fact that he had attacked my mom. The doctors would have fixed him up, and he would have had all the time he needed to recover in jail. But unfortunately for all of us, this is the World After.

 

I step around him and leave him to his slow death."

 

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review 2018-09-10 14:11
Great Book and Great Characters
Web of Deceit - Susan Sleeman

Kait works for the FBI. Her brother in law- Fenton Rhodes- is a computer  genius- his notorious cuper criminal Vyper- using his ability to steal from unsuspecting victims while escaping the law he accidentally kills his wife - Kait's  identical twin sister Abby- when he intended to kill Kait she had tried to arrest him. Kairt seen Fenton kill Abby right in front of her. . Kait has made her priority for three years searching for Finton - he finally turns up but has no intention of being caught. Fenton wants to get his daughter from Kait and get his revenge for ruining his life.  Kait had met Sam who was a detective three years ago at the scene if her sister’s murder he had tried to comfort Kait. Now Kait has to juggle a job and raising a three year old Lily. There has been a series of grisly murders.Sam is assigned to the case. Kait teams up with Detective Sam Murdock. Then a computer code that’s likely Fenton’s work comes surfaces and her team hurries to check out the lead. But Portland Police are already there with a murder victim.  Fenton plays cat and mouse with Kait and Sam. Sam is determined to keep Kait safe. Kait and Sam have suffered losses and are leery of relationships.. Sam and Kait are attracted to each other but fight it. Kait never breaks promises and she promised to get Fenton and justice for her twin sister Abby.

I  absolutely loved this book. It was a great suspenseful read with just enough romance with it. First off Fenton is a sick S O B in my opinion even if he didn’t ,mean to kill Abby he did mean to kill her identical twin sister Kait. I like that the author took on computer scammers that are evil and use their computer expertise on criminal activity as I had my bank account scammed as have others I know/ This pulls you right in at the beginning and doesn’t let you go until the end. There was a lot of suspense, intrigue, drama, and danger and I loved it.  I loved how Sam asked questions if he didn’t know something. The author did a great job on writing about the murders. I felt like I was right there with Sam and Kait. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend it.

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review 2018-09-06 15:47
Shallow world building
Angelfall: 1 (Penryn and the End of Days) by Ee, Susan (2013) Paperback - Susan Mallery

 

 
Men with wings. Angels of the Apocalypse. Supernatural beings who’ve pulverized the modern world and killed millions, maybe even billions of people.

 

This is categorized as YA, which made me a little nervous but besides having a heroine, Penryn, who I think is supposed to be around 17yrs old and some causal, leaning towards immature talk, this read adultish.
 
Even the worst of the new street gangs leave the night to whatever creatures may roam the darkness in this new world.
 
The beginning had me pretty locked in, I'm always up for an apocalyptic story but as the story went on, I started to get frustrated with the lack of world building. This is only book 1 in a 3 book series but I'm growing a little tired of incomplete stories for the sake of stretching out to sell more books. This is all from the pov of the heroine, so we only know her side of things about the angels attack and a lot of the time she is awfully tight lipped about what happened. The angels seemed to have dropped down to earth one day and started blowing up cities but frankly, even that is vague. Did they attack all over the world? There is talk about humans (maybe) killing Gabriel, but was it at first sight or was there some communication?
 
Not even the angels know why they are here. 
 
Through some conversations with our heroine's companion Raffe, an angel she saved from being killed by other angels, we, again, vaguely get some intel from the angel's side of things but Raffe doesn't seem to know a whole heck of a lot either. This can work to create some mystery and excitement to read on in the series, to gain and learn the answers but it can also make the world building seem flimsy and lazy, keeping me from wanting to read on. 
 
 
My mind swirls with conflicting emotions. Who is the enemy in this room? Whose side am I on?
 
Since our heroine is so young, it felt a little awkward with the alluding to a building attraction between her and who is supposed to be a millennial old angel. She thinks his chest and face is hot, he seems to admire her fighting skills and towards the end of the book, thinks she looks hot in a tight dress, there wasn't much for me to go on with the hit you at the end supposed to be epic love loss. 
 
From the front, they look human, but from the back and the sides, they look utterly alien. Plump scorpion tails grow out of their tailbones to curl over their heads. They end in needlelike stingers, ready for piercing.
 
Most of the book is the heroine and angel traveling together and us readers getting a vague introduction to the world and characters. There is obviously something up with the heroine's mom but, again, vague. Towards the end, we get hit with some truly creepy described visuals and the dirty, grungy, and hungry apocalyptic world, starts to bleed into more of a horror show. The wall of children was some truly inspired horrific stuff. 
 
The author had a great way of writing scenes that gave me some fantastic visuals but the character depth and world building was lacking for me. Even though this is a series and I expect some questions to be left answered in the preceding, I need a solid foundation to want to carry the interest over to the next books; not completely sure that happened here. The visuals were good, having an agnostic angel was intriguing, but the attraction between the heroine and hero was awkward and the world building felt shallow.
 
 
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