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review 2018-11-13 13:31
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Truth in Lies (The Generators #2) by Jennifer DiGiovanni
Truth in Lies (The Generators #2) - Jennifer DiGiovanni

Truth in Lies is the second book in The Generators series, and we reunite with Cara and Alex. Cara is still keeping her powers a secret from her family. Alex is keeping secrets from Cara and Nate. Nate is keeping secrets from Alex. It's a whole big secret-fest! The pressure is ramping up for them though, and the chances of them being 'normal' young adults seems to get further away.


I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story, although I did get frustrated with Cara at times. However, I had to remind myself she is only eighteen, and would I have done any different at that age? This is a high action book, with plenty of angst throughout. The story is fast-paced so make sure you keep up. I will admit to loving where this is going, and I can't wait to see where Jennifer DiGiovanni takes it next. Definitely recommended by me.


* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *


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review 2018-11-06 02:10
Bosch Enters New Territory and Revisits some Old in Two Very Different cases
Two Kinds of Truth - Michael Connelly
...he had never planted evidence against any suspect or adversary in his life. And this knowledge gave Bosch an affirming jolt of adrenaline and purpose. He knew there were two kinds of truth in this world. The truth that was the unalterable bedrock of one’s life and mission. And the other, malleable truth of politicians, charlatans, corrupt lawyers, and their clients, bent and molded to serve whatever purpose was at hand.

Harry Bosch continues to work as a volunteer San Fernando cold case detective until a very hot case comes in -- a murder. Harry steps in to guide the full-time detectives through this investigation at a family-owned pharmacy. Quickly, they determine that there's a tie between this killing and a criminal enterprise involving prescription drugs (opioids, to be specific). Soon, Harry's doing something he's never really done before to find some answers and hopefully bring the killers to justice. It's a great setup to a story. There's a blast from Harry's past involved in the prescription drug side of the investigation, and I never thought I'd see this character again. It was a nice surprise.


That's not only blast from the past in this novel. An old case of Harry's is being re-opened (by "old" I mean pre-Black Echo, I think) -- supposedly some new evidence has come to light exonerating the man Harry and his old partner arrested. Harry's last LAPD partner, Lucia Soto, is one of the detectives being used by the DA in the re-opening of the case -- but that doesn't mean Harry's getting much of a break. The position of the LAPD and the DA's office is that Harry and his partner put away the wrong man -- framed an innocent man -- and it's just a matter of time until he's released and Harry will be sued for his role. Harry does the smart thing right away and gets Mickey Haller involved, he's going to need legal help -- and emotional support -- to get through this.


The resolution to the Drugs/Murder story was a bit too easy, a bit too rushed for my taste -- which is a shame, because I thought there was a lot more that Connelly could've done with it, and I was really enjoying it. That said, other than the resolution to it -- I thought it was a great story, and if it even skews toward the truth when it comes to how these pills are procured/distributed, it's one of the more disturbing stories that Connelly has ever told.


On the other hand, the resolution of the False Conviction story was never in doubt -- Connelly's not going to do that to Harry. The only question was how he was going to be cleared/how the murderer was going to be proven guilty again. The way it involved the work of Harry, Cisco, and Mickey together -- especially with some wily moves on Mickey's part was a whole lot of fun. I do think Harry's reaction to his half-brother's craftiness reeked of hypocrisy -- he's not above some of the same kind of moves (just not in a courtroom). The difference laying (in Harry's eyes) in that he's a cop, seeking justice and that Mickey's a lawyer, seeking a win. Honestly, that reaction annoyed me a lot -- which is one of the best parts of this series, I frequently am annoyed by Harry Bosch -- he's arrogant, hypocritical, and blind to his own faults. In other words, he's human. He's also dedicated, determined and generally honorable -- qualities you can't help but admire.


I know that this novel is one of the books that's going to be the basis of the next season of Amazon's Bosch, and I couldn't help wondering throughout -- how? Both storylines depend on an older Bosch than Welliver (the wrongful conviction story less-so), and one of them involves Mickey Haller, and I don't see how they could use that character (but it could be done without him, if necessary). There are probably umpteen articles easily found online about how they'll do it, but I'll just wait to watch it. Still, the thought nagged at me throughout reading.


This is typical Connelly/Bosch -- a strong, well=constructed story with compelling characters, a good pace and some twists that you won't see coming. If this was written by anyone else, I'd have likely given it more stars. Maybe that's wrong of me, but . . . something tells me Connelly will be fine no matter what I say. It's a strong book, it's an entertaining book -- there's a lot of good moments, but it could've been better.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/11/05/two-kinds-of-truth-by-michael-connelly-bosch-enters-new-territory-and-revisits-some-old-in-two-very-different-cases
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review 2018-10-30 19:09
Truth Kills by Nanci Rathbun
Truth Kills: An Angelina Bonaparte Mystery - Nanci Rathbun

I love that our hero in this tale is an independent, older woman. Angie Bonaparte is an independent investigator that often works closely with the local Milwaukee police. However, she’s also got some character flaws that made it difficult for me to like her. She’s really hung up on looks and comparing herself to other women. Angie assumes all women do this and she does so through out the entire book. I would have liked more self-confidence in her character. She trades some petty gossip about her boyfriend and that puts her in Mean Girl territory. I felt it was small of her… but then I liked how things ended there and felt she deserved it. So, yeah, I had a love/hate relationship with Angie. Despite that, I have solid hopes that she will grow as a person and do better in Book 2.

The plot itself is solid and I quite enjoyed this aspect of the story. Anthony Belloni, a mob boss, is the obvious suspect when his dish on the side (Elisa Murano) gets murdered. Angie was hired by Gracie Belloni (Tony’s wife) to look into whether or not Tony was having an affair. After digging around in Tony’s affairs, she believes Anthony was honestly re-prioritizing his life with the imminent birth of his 4th or 5th kid by his wife. Of course the local police assigned to the case are way more skeptical.

I especially liked Ted Wukowski, one of the police detectives assigned to the case. He’s grumpy and not personable but Angie sees there’s something more going on there. It was a joy to see the back and forth between these two.

The story does beat on one particular drum quite often: a woman’s independence. Angie comes from a very traditional Italian family that expects women to be stay at home wives and mothers. Angie, after her divorce, has broken away from that. She went even further by choosing a traditionally male occupation. I like all of this but, even so, sometimes that drum beating was a little too often. Angie has a bit of a chip on her shoulder while also being a bit silly worrying over her personal sex appeal. I would have liked the story a little more if this aspect had been toned down a bit.

The pacing is good with clues, some action, character building, and this budding relationship between Angie and Wukowski. Over all, I look forward to Book 2 and seeing if Angie can gain some self confidence. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Kieren Calland Metts was OK for this book. Her narration needs some polishing all around. She has a decent voice for Angie and her pronunciations are very clear. She is hesitant with any accent so sometimes it came out a bit fumbled or over-accentuated. Her male voices need some masculinity. The pacing is a little slow and the volume sometimes fluctuates a bit. 3/5 stars.

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

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text 2018-10-30 17:37
Reading progress update: I've read 39 out of 382 pages.
Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers Book 1) - Penny Reid


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review 2018-10-30 11:38
The Chicken's Head Rose: "Soul of the Fire" by Terry Goodkind
Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth, Book 5) - Terry Goodkind

(Original Review, 2002) 

"Hissing, hackles lifting, the chicken's head rose. Kahlan pulled back. Its claws digging into stiff dead flesh, the chicken slowly turned to face her. It cocked its head, making its comb flop, its wattles sway. "Shoo," Kahlan heard herself whisper. There wasn't enough light, and besides, the side of its beak was covered with gore, so she couldn't tell if it had the dark spot, But she didn't need to see it. "Dear spirits, help me," she prayed under her breath. The bird let out a slow chicken cackle. It sounded like a chicken, but in her heart she knew it wasn't. In that instant, she completely understood the concept of a chicken that was not a chicken. This looked like a chicken, like most of the Mud People's chickens. But this was no chicken. This was evil manifest."

In "Soul of the Fire" by Terry Goodkind.

Goodkind is responsible for the worst thing ever written by a human being; the now legendary evil chicken scene (quote above).



If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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