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review 2018-06-17 02:00
Endless Knight - Kresley Cole

So glad the next book is available. I knew this is where the book was headed, so exactly what I needed right now. Who will she pick I the end? It’s a hard choice, I dunno. NEXT BOOK....

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review 2018-06-15 04:20
Poison Princess
Poison Princess - Kresley Cole

This was... AWESOME! On to the next! Love how dark it is, love the desperate world it’s set in. Ugh... why did I keep putting these off so long. I have read one of the other books, liked it, but after reading this is feel it will be just as great.

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review 2018-06-14 23:25
SCARDOWN by ELIZABETH BEAR
Scardown - Elizabeth Bear

I'll start with complaints. 
1. If your book is written in English, if you use another language in same book make sure you have the English translation. I've seen this done before in many book I've read. It's irritating if you don't have access to the internet to translate sometimes whole paragraphs of dialogue.
2. When the POV changes, maybe list in the paragraph title whose POV it is or maybe "Casey thought. . ." so we have an idea who is talking. One chapter took me over 1-1/2 pages to figure out whose POV it was.

I loved the ending. The one man, two women (not lesbian) thing - I just couldn't imagine it working so smoothly. Overall, a good book/series.

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review 2018-06-13 00:55
A Medical Miracle? by Alec Birri
CONDITION - Book One: A Medical Miracle? - Alec Birri

I was pretty impressed with this book. My favorite thing about it was that I was right alongside Dan Stewart, the main character, as he discovered one thing after another. It was absolutely delicious trying to work this story out. As Dan fits one puzzle piece together after another, so did I. Dan didn’t always have it right at the first go, but even his wrong guesses gave us another smidge of info.

Dan is plagued by the same daily questions from his doctor, visions of his brother Bryan, and that odd feeling that folks around him are constantly lying to him. Is he paranoid? Maybe… maybe not. Tracy, the head nurse who he interacts with the most, seems to have his best at heart but he’s still not sure about that. It could just be that he’s in love with the size of her bosom. His wife and good friend Tony seem to have secrets from him too, the kind that makes his blood boil. Even Bryan refuses to answer some of his basic questions.

Every time I thought I had the underlying mystery figured out, a new bit of info would present itself and I would figure out that I’m wrong. I was totally OK with that because it meant this story had more to offer. At first, it appears Dan is being treated for burns and has been unconscious for 6 months, which would explain his muddled mind. But why all the little lies from staff and family?

This story has one weakness and that is the ladies. Tracy gets the most page time and has the most developed character. However, most of her character centers on her chest and her desire for a serious romance. The Lady Prime Minister could turn out to be an interesting character later in the series but right now she is one dimensional: righteous anger. Dan’s wife gets a few lines here and there and she’s just in the story to be of comfort. There’s a few other female minor characters.

The real villain of the tale, Professor Savage, doesn’t make a strong appearance until the last third of the book. He’s the genius behind this new treatment for the ‘condition’ and yet he may have an ulterior motive. He doesn’t seem to mind sacrificing a few eggs to make an omelette. I look forward to him being a bigger character in Book 2. 4.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Jonathan Keeble did a very nice job with this story. He makes a perfect Dan, with his posh air and demanding to know this and that while also keeping him very human in his confusion, anger, and fear. His female voices were good too. Each character is distinct in his performance. I especially liked his sinister, older voice for Professor Savage. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Alec Birri. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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review 2018-06-13 00:43
The Curing Begins by Alec Birri
The Curing Begins - Alec Birri

Note: This is Book 2 in the series and works best if you enjoy Book 1 first.

This book starts off in 1970s Argentina instead of 2026 UK where Book 1 left us, so be prepared for that. Perhaps half the book is spent in the past instead of the near future and while that initially threw me for a loop, I was also immediately drawn into the life of a young cop in Argentina. He’s been assigned to look into a missing person case even though there isn’t much hope in finding the person. If I recall correctly, his name is Emmanuel…. but I could be wrong.

So in this little village of native Argentinians, there is an orphanage and the local reverend appears to be helpful. His assistanct at the orphanage is Maria who is perhaps in her early 20s. Now I didn’t really care for the instant love thing that happens between her and Emmanuel but I did like both characters quite a bit.

As Emmanuel digs into the case, he notices some very odd things about the kids. They seem to have undergone some brain surgeries and some seem to be mentally slow while others have other abilities. Then there’s the mysterious Uncle Joe who is nowhere to be seen but everyone speaks highly of him as the village’s savior. Eventually, as the description of the book says, Emmanuel discovers he’s dealing with a former Nazi in hiding. Things turn exciting in Argentina!

Then we jump forward a few years as the hunt continues, then a few more years, and eventually we find ourselves in 2026 UK for the second half of the book. Once again, we get to hang out with Professor Savage, nurse Tracy Richards, Dr. James Adams, and PM Alex Salib. Several months have past since we last saw them. The remainder of the Alzheimer’s patients from Book 1 have died, either by natural causes or voluntary suicide.

The first half of this book was very well done. The characters were interesting and in an interesting plot. Maria, while the only female character with lines and a name, had plot relevant status. She had dimension and secrets of her own. Meanwhile, in the second half of the book, the ladies are back to being love interests and comforters. Tracy has potential but mostly she’s here for the sex fantasies. Alex Salib is a little more interesting this time around but she’s still pretty one dimensional – righteous anger.

On the other hand, the plot has thickened. Professor Savage isn’t up to what I thought he was up to. Now I think he’s determined to do something much more wide-ranging and sinister. I’m very intrigued by him. Then I also really felt for Dr. Adams though I felt he gave up the fight a little too easily. He is positive he didn’t download that image of a child yet other than some verbal protests he caves in to Professor Savage’s suggestions and guidance really easily.

The ending leaves us with plenty of questions for where Savage plans to take the world and the future for these beloved characters. I also look forward to seeing what the solid tie is between Argentina 1970s and Savage of 2026 UK. I have an inkling but I want my guess confirmed. Looking forward to Book 3! 4.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Jonathan Keeble did a great job with this narration. I loved all his accents and he kept each character distinct. His female voices were believable. I especially liked his portrayal for Emmanuel who goes through some character growth and also quite the range of emotions in this story. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Alec Birri. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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