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review 2017-08-13 15:38
Book Review: Assassin's Victim
Luc Bertrand: Assassin's Victim (Deadly ... Luc Bertrand: Assassin's Victim (Deadly Studies Book 1) - A. F. Grappin

*I received this book from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Luc loves playing lacrosse but wishes he was taller and bigger. Maybe he'll have a growing spurt. Luc is then offered a chance to study with great players if he joins the Knights Templar, a place that the recruiter claims Luc's father works. A wedge of distrust starts between Luc and his parents, and Luc finds himself doing things he's never done before. Will Luc see the truth of the Templar before he's drawn in?

This book is Luc forming into the person he becomes. He's young, 15 years old, and given an opportunity in something that could help him in what he loves - lacrosse. But he learns it's a lie, to get to him. When his family life is destroyed, he vows to find the people who did this.

This is a short, quick read. The story felt like a prequel to me in a way because it starts at the beginning, telling us what happens in Luc's life. With doing this it's a slower read at the start. We get to see Luc in his life with an offer to help make it more. After I finished the book, I read the notes from the author and found out that this is the back story for a character in another series. So, it is sort of a prequel view into the characters life. I'm thinking now that I'm past this introduction, the remaining novella stories will move faster.

This book is of a Young Adult nature, as Luc is 15 years old. There are things that kids face - bullying, desire to be better at something, and more. Yet, there is a big fight that's deadly. We don't get the gory details but we do know the bodies are dead. And sadly there is a terrible event in Luc's life that's hard for Luc to digest mentally. I can't blame the kid.

I noticed that most of the book is Luc's thoughts and view of things. We get some interaction but most isn't. This fits with the feel of Luc and where he is in his mind after what he lives through. Like he's on the outside looking in which moves time by quickly.

Luc has interactions with Templars. The interactions grow in intensity each time Luc meets them. They are a great deal different than they originally lead on.

By the end of the story, Luc is ready to move into the next stage of his life. This leads us into the next novella story of Luc.

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review 2017-08-09 02:30
The Moonlit Garden (Audiobook)
The Moonlit Garden - Alison Layland,Corina Bomann

This was a pleasant surprise! Especially for an Amazon First selection since usually those books are not that great. This is translated into English, but I didn't notice any awkward phrasing to the translation was well done. 

 

I wasn't sure what I was getting into with this one, except that at some point there'd a moonlit garden :D so I was just going along for the ride and it was a good one. Lily owns an antique shop in Berlin and one day an old man comes in, hands her an old violin, tells her it's hers and leaves. The rest of the book goes back and forth between Lily trying to solve the mystery of the violin and Rose, the violin's original owner, a master violinist in the earliest part of the 1900s.

 

There's enough left out in the historical parts to keep the mystery moving in the current timeline. It's just nice to have a mystery that doesn't revolve around murder for a change, and trying to figure out how all the pieces fit together. And while parts of this take place in England and Germany, a good chunk of it takes place in Sumatra, Indonesia, which was also a nice change of pace as I don't often come across books set in Asia.

 

The narrator has kind of a soft voice but it didn't bother me too much. I do wish she had more range in her voices, especially for the men since despite some slight differences to their accents, it was difficult to tell them apart because they all sounded so similar. She does a somewhat better job differentiating the female voices. 

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review 2017-08-04 17:12
The Betrayals - Sarah Ovens,Huw Parmente... The Betrayals - Sarah Ovens,Huw Parmenter,Whole Story Audiobooks,Fiona Neill,David Thorpe,Kate Lock

With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

 

I enjoyed Fiona's last book The Good Girl, I have to admit when I saw The Betrayals I requested it before reading the synopsis.  I am glad to say Fiona did not betray the trust I had in her writing, I loved it.

 

First of all I liked the front cover of this book.  If I saw this in a bookshop it would compel me to pick up the book and read.  Rosie and Lisa have been best friends since school.  Years later Rosie  married Nick a scientist and Lisa married music journalist Barney.  Rosie's daughter Daisy and Lisa's daughter Ava also became best friends.  Both families remained close and Rosie was a shoulder to cry on when Lisa's marriage was failing.

 

When the families go on their annual holiday to Norfolk, Lisa and Nick start an affair.  When Rosie finds out she throws Nick out of their house and the two families become estranged.  After he father left Daisy was diagnosed with crippiling OCD.

 

Seven years later Rosie intercepts a letter from Lisa wanting to see Rosie.  The letter prompts Daisy's OCD to return.  People often make jokes about OCD but the description of Daisy's rituals just to function sounded exhausting.  In this book we find out what happened on the Norfolk holiday through the eyes of Daisy, younger brother Max, Rosie and Nick, but how reliable are their memories?

 

This was a fascinating book, if this family were real they would be guests on Jeremy Kyle.  I look forward to Fiona's next book.

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review 2017-07-29 21:59
Review: Lukas (This is Our Life #4) by F.G. Adams
Lukas (This is Our Life) (Volume 4) - F. G. Adams,Julia Goda

 

 

Oh, the foolish games we play.

The moment I was gifted a test drive of the luscious Sage Blackwood, I knew she was mine. I was broken, half a man, until she pieced me back together. She changed my world forever with her magnetic humor and hot body. Sage is an expert of subterfuge. Her logic overrules her cravings. It doesn’t matter if she feels the same; I’m the master at games and puzzles. And I’ll win this game in the end. I always do.

Oh, the tangled webs we weave.

Pushing the wrong buttons is Lukas Rogers' forte. Except he presses all the right ones when he’s sending me to heaven with each and every delicious touch. But I can't give him what he wants. I will never give myself completely to another. It just doesn’t work in my world. I bury those dreams deep. My job connected us. Now this powerful bond scares me. My body desires to cling to what Lukas offers, while my mind is telling me to run away.

Far.

Fast.

Forever.

 

 

4 ½ ★

This is the 4th and final book in the “This is Our Life Series”. But it can easily be read as a standalone. I’m actually reading them out of order and still very much enjoy them very much.

I really like FG. Adams writing style. It makes for a really smooth reading experience. Love the setting and the characters and the realistic situations they have created. Also love how they go back and forth in time in a really smooth manner, and it is not confusing.

I really enjoyed Lukas While he is suffering and has some real issues, he is still is funny. He said some truly funny things only Lukas would come up with. I liked that even with his tough and protective exterior, he still had a very vulnerable site to him, which only a few got to see.

I also enjoyed Sage. She was the perfect match for him and just what he needed. She stood up to him and but also gave him a shoulder to lean on. She was his crutch when he needed it the most. She was also funny and very loyal.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, it was funny, heartbreaking, swoon worthy, sexy and heartwarming all in one and at the right times.

If you like second chance contemporary romance, than this book is most defiantly for you.

 

I rate it 4 ½ ★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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F.G. Adams

 

F.G. Adams writes contemporary and paranormal romance about sexy alpha heroes and feisty-mouthed heroines. The wonder twins forming F.G. enjoy a healthy obsession of reading that started at a young age. Their books reflect an avid imagination that was cultivated by their grandmother who taught them the mind has no limits and to use both hands when reaching for the stars. Partners in writing, they both thrive on creating unique storylines for you, the reader to enjoy. When not writing, you can find them on a beach with their significant other enjoying the waves or riding a Harley on a country road somewhere in the USA.

 

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review 2017-07-29 14:27
Miss Mapp
Miss Mapp - E.F. Benson

Ever since Summer-time had been inaugurated a few years before, it had been one of the chronic dissensions of Tilling. Miss Mapp, Diva and the Padre flatly refused to recognize it, except when they were going by train or tram, when principle must necessarily go to the wall, or they would never have succeeded in getting anywhere, while Miss Mapp, with the halo of martyrdom round her head, had once arrived at a Summer-time party an hour late, in order to bear witness to the truth, and, in consequence, had got only dregs of tea and the last faint strawberry.

Ah, Miss Mapp and her merry band of villagers who are too refined to ask indelicate questions and therefore thrive on the misunderstanding that is fuelled by assumptions, gossip, and the hard of hearing. 

 

There is again much to love about the characters and their adventures such as the interaction between eccentrics who are trying to outperform each other only to realise that they also need each other as a respective audience. 

 

In this second book of the Mapp & Lucia series, a little too much whisky and a little too much eagerness for drama takes the story to its heights when a duel is arranged.

 

As much as I enjoy parts of the stories, they lack the pace that would make them something I could look forward to. The pace is injected in the dramatisations, but in the books I find the lack of plot development is keeping my enthusiasm at bay. Had the books the same spark as the tv dramatisations, I would liken the stories to Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest, which is what I had to think of a few times when reading about the exploits of Captain Flint and Major Puffin, and their supposed rivalry for Miss Mapp.

“If your status in Tilling depended on a reputation for bloodthirsty bravery,” he said, “the sooner it was changed the better. We’re in the same boat: I don’t say I like the boat, but there we are. Have a drink, and you’ll feel better. Never mind your status.”

“I’ve a good mind never to have a drink again,” said the Major, pouring himself out one of his stiff little glasses, “if a drink leads to this sort of thing.”

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