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review 2018-05-14 19:58
Blackfish City - Sam J. Miller
Blackfish City: A Novel - Sam J. Miller

It probably deserves more than 3.5 stars.


Blackfish City is elegantly written, offers tremendous world-building, creating a city, a future, that not only seems plausible but feels very lived in, with lots of history and backstory to it. It's a political thriller taking the political to the personal level. The characters are well crafted and develop in realistic ways. It also has an orcamancer and not only an orca, but also a polar bear.


And yet.


And yet I wasn't fully invested. 

It's not as emotionally intense as I have come to expect from Miller - whose stories belong to the most emotionally intense I've read from an contemporary author, competing only with Kai Ashante Wilson and maybe Watts. Maybe it's a bit too elegant, lacking the rawness and roughness of some of his earlier works. Maybe it's just me. Whatever's the case, I wasn't fully invested in the story, in the characters, and didn't fully care about their fate.


It's still a book that deserves to be read.

And very probably it deserves a more attentive reader, someone with more fucks to give.

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review 2018-04-10 15:04
Review: Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) by Laura Thalassa
Pestilence - Laura Thalassa

They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.


When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.


Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.


Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.


And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she'll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.



2 ½ -3   ★


I had a hate-love relationship with this book. Well maybe not that drastic but close lol.

I really liked the idea of the book and it had me really intrigued, I liked the sassy snarky character and it was really easy to follow.

What I didn’t like was the insta lust/ love, not really love in the beginning but the lust was there for sure. That was not even the part that bothered me it was more the timing of said lust really was distracting at times. For an example:

He shot her in the back TWICE with arrows, just yanked out the arrows tied her back to the horse and dragged her through the snow for hours so hard that her arms came out of her sockets after she finally passes out from the pain hours later and wakes up and cant care for herself because of all the injuries and he needs to carry her to the toilet, all she can think about is how hard his chest it and how close his lips are to her.

There were a few more situations like that.  Also some others were a bit awkward to read like he being an almighty higher being that is pretty much older than dirt and then he sits there and stares at her like a teenage boy seeing boobies for the first time and then starts awkwardly “suckling” on her nipple. SO yeah not sure if that was all supposed to be a bit funny but it really kind of felt awkward to read.

But then again it had a lot of funny moments in it, but also some dark and thought provoking moments that I really enjoyed.

Overall I ended it up liking it more than I thought I would but not loving it by far and some parts where just way of chart and overplayed.

This all might just me and I’m sure plenty of people can overlook some of the awkward stuff and will love it.

I rate it 2 ½ -3   ★





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review 2018-02-26 13:24
I want to have tea with Sophia and Lavinia.
Irresistible (The Horsemen Trilogy) - Mary Balogh

Sophia may be the main character and pivot for much of the heroism going on but Lavinia is a hoot and deserved a book of her own!


Sophia's husband died a hero at the battle of Waterloo and she was granted a house and servants by the crown. Only now she has to deal with a blackmailer who is leeching her dry, as well as the Four Horsemen, two of whom are married in previous books (that I haven't read but want to).  Sophia wants something more from life but fears what the blackmailer will do to others. She tries to strike a balannce but it's hard work.  Meanwhile she finds herself attracted to Sir Nathaniel Gascoigne, again, he's looking forward to marrying off his sister and ward and having batchelor freedom for a while, but Sophia is distracting him.


It's light and fluffy mostly but it deals with a complex problem of the time.

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text 2017-05-29 15:56
I resisted this one
Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America - John Nichols

On Netgalley now. I'm still waiting to hear back on Brexitland.

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text 2017-05-06 15:01
Irresistible (Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse series Book 3) by Mary Balogh $1,99
Irresistible (Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse #3) - Mary Balogh

Sophia Armitage does not consider herself attractive. Even her late husband treated her more as a companion than a lover when she accompanied him to war. But Sophia hopes to enjoy a Season in London as her niece makes her social debut—until, that is, her hopes are dashed when she is faced with a threat she can reveal to no one. Then she meets Sir Nathaniel Gascoigne, an old army friend, and falls in love with him even as she must discourage his growing passion for her. Nathaniel can sense Sophia's unhappiness and fear, but does not understand that his attempts to protect and help her can only bring about her downfall...


by Mary Balogh

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