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review 2019-04-22 14:18
Review: Redemption Point (Crimson Lake #2) by Candice Fox
Redemption Point (Crimson Lake #2) - Candice Fox

 

When former police detective Ted Conkaffey was wrongly accused of abducting Claire Bingley, he hoped the Queensland rainforest town of Crimson Lake would be a good place to disappear. But nowhere is safe from Claire's devastated father.

Dale Bingley has a brutal revenge plan all worked out - and if Ted doesn't help find the real abductor, he'll be its first casualty.

Meanwhile, in a dark roadside hovel called the Barking Frog Inn, the bodies of two young bartenders lie on the beer-sodden floor. It's Detective Inspector Pip Sweeney's first homicide investigation - complicated by the arrival of private detective Amanda Pharrell to 'assist' on the case. Amanda's conviction for murder a decade ago has left her with some odd behavioural traits, top-to-toe tatts - and a keen eye for killers . . .

For Ted and Amanda, the hunt for the truth will draw them into a violent dance with evil. Redemption is certainly on the cards - but it may well cost them their lives . . .

 

 

 

 

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 

TW: Again this book mention the crime on minors.

 

 

 

I really enjoyed the last book, but I thought this book was even better than the last.

I like the growth we get with Ted and Amanda. I like the friendship we get with these two, they are an odd pair but yet work together so great. 

Ted is still trying to hide to stay out the public eye as much as he can, but of course things are not in his favor n some things. In last book I liked Ted but he still gave me a bit if the creeps at times.  He is doing much better in this book and maybe even working towards his peace. Like I said I liked the growth of his character and it is a big part of the story.

Of course I liked Amanda, she has her issues and we learn a bit more about her but she also is a bit of comic relief at times.

This book kept me captivated to the last page, it is suspenseful, had so many twist and turns. Again some things were easy to predict nut the big and fun things... not at all and had me in awe.

We meet some new and interesting people, that fit in m opinion right in with Ted and Amanda. 

I loved the landscape and surroundings of Australia.

Overall I really loved this book and highly recommended it to anyone that enjoys thrillers.

I rate it 5 ★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2019/04/22/review-redemption-point-crimson-lake-2-by-candice-fox
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review 2019-04-18 14:31
Review: Crimson Lake (Crimson Lake #1) by Candice Fox
Crimson Lake - Candice F. Ransom

 

Crimson Lake, by Sydney-based, Ned Kelly Award-winning author Candice Fox, is a thrilling contemporary crime novel set in Queensland, Australia, perfect for readers of authors like James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, and Tana French.

 

 

How do you move on when the world won’t let you?

12:46: Claire Bingley stands alone at a bus stop

12:47: Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her

12:52: The girl is missing . . .

Six minutes in the wrong place at the wrong time—that’s all it took to ruin Sydney detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of a brutal abduction,Ted is now a free man—and public enemy number one. Maintaining his innocence, he flees north to keep a low profile amidst the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake.

There, Ted’s lawyer introduces him to eccentric private investigator Amanda Pharrell, herself a convicted murderer. Not entirely convinced Amanda is a cold-blooded killer, Ted agrees to help with her investigation, a case full of deception and obsession, while secretly digging into her troubled past. The residents of Crimson Lake are watching the pair's every move... and the town offers no place to hide.

 

 

 

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 

TW: This book is about a guy accused of a crime on a minor.

 

 

 

I really enjoyed this book, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

It is basically three mysteries in one book. Three different crimes and three different suspects. You would think it gets confusing but it really doesn’t. The writing is great and even though the three different stories in one, it is super easy to follow.  

It takes place in Australia, I never been there yet I had a great picture if it form the book, I really enjoyed the world building. It was well described but not overly, just the right amount.

The book, keeps you guessing, it gets you close and then jus leaves you with more question until the end. Something friendship and relationship wise I saw coming but the main plot and “who done it”, I did not see coming as much if at all. I thought about it a couple times but then was like “nahhhh” but that is just part of how the story plays with you.    

One of my favorite parts of the book were the “Dear Jake” letters, creepy and fun to read.

Characters, I liked them and I liked the mix of a bit of everything. From nice to bad and the weird and everything in between.

I liked Ted…. I think …..for the most part I liked him but there were a few definite moments and actions I was really  weirded-out by him and not sure what to think of him , But I think that was meant to be by the author.

I really liked Amanda, even with all her quirks … maybe even more so.  She also brought a bit of humor into the story.

Fabina….. I’m honestly not sure about her … maybe we see more if her next book.

 I liked how everything came together at the end, and how other things left a bit open for the next book.

I for one, am really looking forward to read book two.

I rate this book 4 ★

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2019/04/18/review-crimson-lake-crimson-lake-1-by-candice-fox
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text 2019-04-18 00:19
Reading progress update: I've read 400 out of 400 pages.
Redemption Point (Crimson Lake #2) - Candice Fox

finished this a bit ago , just didn't update it yet lol... 

Super good , review to come 

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review 2019-04-17 10:11
Wie, ihr mochtet es nicht? O.O
A Crown for Cold Silver - Alex Marshall

Ich bin ein bisschen irritiert, dass so viele Rezensent_innen von „A Crown for Cold Silver“ davon sprechen, dass der Autor unbekannt sei, weil Alex Marshall ein Pseudonym ist. Es ist zwar korrekt, dass Alex Marshall nicht der wahre Name des Schriftstellers ist, aber es handelt sich um ein weiches Pseudonym. Es ist kein Geheimnis, wer sich dahinter verbirgt: Jesse Bullington. Bevor er die Low Fantasy – Trilogie „The Crimson Empire“ schrieb, veröffentlichte Bullington drei übernatürliche historische Romane. Es ist nicht ungewöhnlich, anlässlich eines Genrewechsels ein Pseudonym zu implementieren. Rätselraten ist also nicht nötig. Alias oder nicht, für mich war der Autor ohnehin nicht ausschlaggebend, als ich entschied, „A Crown for Cold Silver“ zu kaufen. Es war das Rachemotiv.

 

Alt werden stinkt. Von der Frau, die Zosia einst war, ist nicht mehr viel übrig. Fort ist ihre Jugend, dahin ihr kobaltblaues Haar, das ihr den Namen verlieh, unter dem sie jeder Mann, jede Frau und jedes Kind auf dem Stern kannte. Aber an der Seite ihres Ehemannes Leib war all das in Ordnung. Mit Leib konnte sie ihre düstere Vergangenheit hinter sich lassen – die Rebellion, die Kobalt-Kompanie, ihre Fünf Schurken, sogar die Krone. Sie inszenierte ihren Tod und verschwand in die Anonymität eines kleinen Bergdorfes am Rande des Karmesinroten Königreichs. 20 Jahre ist das nun her. Sie glaubte, Leib und sie wären sicher. Ein furchtbarer Irrtum. Eines Morgens reitet eine Kavallerieeinheit in ihr Dorf und metzelt die gesamte Bevölkerung nieder. Zosia kann als einzige entkommen. Sieht aus, als wäre sie doch noch nicht so ganz vergessen. Fest entschlossen, herauszufinden, wer ihr ans Leder will und für das Massaker verantwortlich ist, sinnt Zosia auf Rache. Es wird Zeit, dass Cold Cobalt von den Toten aufersteht.

 

Abgesehen von der Ratlosigkeit bezüglich der wahren Identität des Autors Alex Marshall irritierten mich die Rezensionen zu „A Crown for Cold Silver“ aus einem weiteren Grund: der Trilogieauftakt kam bei anderen Leser_innen weniger gut an, als ich erwartet hatte. Ich mochte das Buch sehr und war völlig von den Socken, als ich herausfand, dass ich die Geschichte und besonders die Charaktere komplett anders wahrgenommen hatte. Ich verstehe gar nicht, wie es möglich ist, dass unsere Meinungen so weit auseinandergehen. Ich kann ihnen lediglich darin zustimmen, dass sich „A Crown for Cold Silver“ zieht. Ja, es ist langatmig und erfordert Geduld, aber da es sich um den Beginn eines Dreiteilers handelt, kann ich Alex Marshall das gemächliche Tempo verzeihen. Dadurch erhielt ich viel Zeit, um eine Bindung zu den zahlreichen Figuren aufzubauen, was mir im Gegensatz zu anderen Rezensent_innen mühelos gelang. Ich fand sie glaubhaft, faszinierend und liebenswürdig, von den prominenten Akteuren bis zum letzten Statisten. Die zentrale Antiheldin Zosia eroberte mein Herz im Sturm. Ich verfiel ihrem spröden Charme im Handumdrehen und konnte mir problemlos vorstellen, dass diese eindrucksvolle Frau 20 Jahre zuvor eine Revolutionsarmee anführte. Es gefiel mir, dass so viele Figuren nicht mehr jung sind, weil ich mich an der latenten Altersdiskriminierung in der Fantasy störe. Ebenso freute mich, dass Alex Marshall ein beeindruckend emanzipiertes Frauenbild vermittelt. Starke weibliche Charaktere sind in „A Crown for Cold Silver“ die Regel, nicht die Ausnahme und ein Geschlechterkonflikt war für mich überhaupt nicht erkennbar. Zosia ist in den mittleren Jahren und blickt auf eine bewegte Vergangenheit zurück. Unterstützt von der Kobalt-Kompanie und ihren fünf engsten Gefährten, den Fünf Schurken, putschte sie sich auf den Thron des Karmesinroten Königreichs. Der Realität des Regierens hielten ihre Träume von einer gerechten Zukunft jedoch leider nicht stand. Enttäuscht gab sie auf, fingierte ihren eigenen Tod und lief davon. Ich fand diese Hintergrundgeschichte sehr originell, weil Revolutionen in High und Low Fantasy meist positiv konnotiert sind. Selten wird illustriert, wie schwierig der Weg zur Gerechtigkeit ist und noch seltener ist Scheitern eine reelle Option. Als Zosia nach dem Massaker ihr Dorf verlässt, muss sie feststellen, dass sich die Lage im Königreich seit ihrem „Tod“ nicht verbessert hat. Die aktuelle Königin Indsorith und die Kirche der Burnished Chain konkurrieren erbittert miteinander, worunter das einfache Volk natürlich zu leiden hat. Dieser Konflikt bildet die Basis der Trilogie. Es geht allerdings um deutlich mehr als politisches Gerangel und Zosias privaten Rachefeldzug, denn die Chain entpuppt sich als gefährlich fanatische Institution, die mit dunklen Mächten kokettiert, um eine Neuordnung der Welt zu erzwingen. Dennoch eignet sich selbstverständlich niemand besser, sie aufzuhalten, als die in die Jahre gekommene Ex-Generalin auf mörderischer Mission.

 

Es tut mir leid, dass „A Crown for Cold Silver” einige Leser_innen nicht begeistern konnte. Ich verstehe ihre Kritik, kann mich dieser aber nur begrenzt anschließen. Ich fand den Trilogieauftakt toll. Die Geschichte hat es in sich, nichts ist, wie es scheint und alle Figuren verfolgen eigene Ziele und Pläne, was ich als äußerst spannend empfand. Außerdem ist das Buch einfach witzig. Alex Marshall beweist einen beiläufigen, subtilen Sinn für Humor, der immer wieder hervorblitzt, ohne die Ernsthaftigkeit der Handlung zu untergraben oder sie ins Lächerliche zu ziehen. Low Fantasy muss nicht zwangsläufig grimmig oder düster sein, sie darf die Leser_innen durchaus zum Lachen bringen. Mir hat die Lektüre deshalb viel Spaß bereitet und ich freue mich auf die Folgebände. Es gibt noch so viel, was ich wissen möchte! Warum gründete Zosia einst die Kobalt-Kompanie? Wie lernte sie ihre Fünf Schurken kennen? Wie genau soll die neue Weltordnung der Burnished Chain aussehen? Ich fand „A Crown for Cold Silver“ wirklich vielversprechend – schade, dass es nicht allen anderen Leser_innen ebenso erging.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/alex-marshall-a-crown-for-cold-silver
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review 2019-04-17 08:45
Conceited (Crimson Elite #3) - T.L. Smith

Let's start off by saying this is a fairly new author for us and we really enjoyed our second read by them .The only thing we disliked is we wish that the author had written and Epilogue. I strongly dislike authors that end books just like this author did as we love seeing a glimpse into the future especially if the romance was a rocky road to get to a happily ever after.Just a personal pet peeve of mine.

 

We really loved the character's Ariel/Raven and Falcon (love their names) they were a lot of fun and both of them had vibrant personalities which we love.Falcon the man whore who has women falling at his feet and then you have the feisty Black haired raven who is mouthy as all get out and we loved her sassiness and her spunk as she made us laugh time and time again. Raven's character's was a hoot ! We found her to be strong,successful,smart,independent,caring funny,and one of those women who doesn't even know her own sex appeal."We loved her from the very beginning!"

 

Falcon-We love his name! We found Falcon to be way to cocky for his own good,sexy as sin ,was confident ,had this dangerous aura than surrounds him, is dangerous but, he could also be playful and tease but, not one who gives up the chase quite so easily.

 

We love the other character's as well like Darby,Echo,Creed all had different personalities some of them light and funny,others all serious like and others dark and dangerous.We loved Tracey and Chad as they livened things up and were tell it like it is kind of people the perfect friends who will have no problem giving you a kick in the a** when you need it. grinning.....

 

The plot was a lot of fun we loved the cat a mouse chase going on between these two Falcon and Raven ,we loved their banter and we even loved Falcon's cockiness because his antic's really made us smile throughout the whole story.We loved to that we saw that he had some vulnerability to him and the whole relationship was a new learning platform for him.That saying is true for Falcon "When the Fall they Fall Hard " because his besties new he was in love even before he did or at-least they suspected it because of his actions and deeds .Raven and Falcon had some major chemistry for sure and just one taste of one another will never be enough but, with these two stubborn and strong willed people will never make falling it love easy but, their journey will gives us tons of laughs and smiles along the way.

 

Some favorite quotes of ours from this story

 

"Stop stealing my kisses.” … “Those kisses are being begged to be stolen. So, I’ll keep stealing them each and every time.”

 

"He told me he wanted me to be his first, last and everything in between.”

 

"Falcon is like a fine wine, while you have him you have to savor him.”

 

Overall the story was quite enjoyable and we loved getting to know all the character's and we can't wait to read Darby's,and Creed's story.This was one fun read that was full of tons of chemistry and had really hot sexual interludes as well as making us laugh out loud time and time again.I really think we are really going to love this series. We recommend the read to all ! We are looking forward to reading more of this author's works !

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