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review 2017-12-08 12:45
Artemis by Andy Weir
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir


Jasmine Bashara is pretty much a female Mark Watney. I liked her, but she quickly got on my nerves. Luckily, the author kept things moving and I didn't have a lot of time to focus on her personality.


Jazz has been living on the moon with her father since she was 6. She's a trouble maker, she likes sex and she can weld the heck out of anything. Her relationship with her father is rather strained as he is a devout Muslim and she's a smuggler. It's expensive to live in Artemis, the moon's only city, so Jazz is always looking for opportunities to make more money. She's offered a chance to pull in the haul of a lifetime and she takes it, even though it's extremely dangerous. Will she be successful? You'll have to read this and see for yourself!


I loved the world building and the city of Artemis. I loved how the author created the economy of it as well as how different races from earth took over certain industries in the city. I didn't even mind how much I learned about welding. In fact, I liked that Jazz had a job that here on earth, would mostly be filled by men.


What I didn't like were her constant quips and smart-ass remarks. In The Martian, I didn't mind them as much, (as I said Jazz and Mark Watney have the same sense of humor), because Watney was alone on Mars and was attempting to keep the dark away. Jazz, who has a photographic memory, by the way, didn't need this humor to get by and as such, I found it annoying at times. There were some portions where the dialogue was clunky and also, how does the daughter of a Muslim grow up to love sex, drinking and smuggling? To me, there wasn't enough information there to explain those things. That bothered me, not enough to stop me from reading, but enough to prevent me from giving Artemis all the stars.


Overall, I enjoyed this science fiction/action novel. I especially liked the character of the moon's mayor and I wouldn't mind reading more stories taking place in Artemis. I just wouldn't mind less of the quips and maybe just a little less welding.


Recommended, especially for fans of science fiction and Mark Watney.


*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2017-11-29 23:58
The Final Showdown – Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold @Carolyn_Arnold
Power Struggle (Detective Madison Knight series Book 8) - Carolyn Arnold

Oh yeah, Power Struggle is another fabulous Detective Madison Knight thriller by Carolyn Arnold.


So, let’s step inside and read about the final showdown with her hitman!


Power Struggle





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Power Struggle (Detective Madison Knight)
Mystery/Crime Fiction
8th in Series
Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (November 28, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988353661
Paperback: 460 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988353647




Major Crimes Detective Madison Knight has mixed emotions about Jimmy Bates murder. Maybe it was Karma that he’s lying in his bed, brutally murdered. After all, he was responsible for her grandfather’s death.


Could the hitman that had almost killed Madison be back to finish the job? Could the Russian Mafia be tying up loose ends? Can she, will she, be able to move past the personal and be a professional? Her friends, coworkers, and family are concerned, but they do not stand in her way.


She lives with the head of the Stiles Police Department Swat Team, Toby Sovereign. I am hoping she doesn’t do something foolish, like keeping secrets from him and putting herself and those closest to her in danger.


I love Toby. Thank goodness he has the patience to put up with her stubbornness. Madison has has severe commitment issues. Lies by omission are still lies. I would find it hard to trust her, as does Toby, but he loves her dearly and hopes she will come around, me too.


Sometimes I wonder if she has a death wish because she can be so reckless and careless. I think that strong characters do have a wish to keep those they love from being a victim or put in the path of a bullet, and feel they are able to handle things themselves. And I do love my strong women, so who knows, maybe I would do the same thing if I wasn’t more of the spectator type.


Power Struggle is a complicated mystery. As the deaths pile up, the mystery and danger grows. Lives are at stake and we know Bulldog Madison will put it all on the line. Maddie, if I am ever in trouble, I’ll be calling on you. Even when she’s on the verge of losing her self control and sanity, there is that special something that clicks in her mind, refusing to give up as the pieces fall into place.


Action, suspense, not so much romance, but lots of love from Troy, Terry, her partner, coworkers, family and friends. They all play an important part in her life and I feel like they are my friends too.


I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold.


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review 2017-11-21 16:29
a 4 star scorcher!
Temptation and Treachery (Dangerous Desi... Temptation and Treachery (Dangerous Desires) - Sahara Roberts
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Using the official blurb, cos whatever I write comes out all kinds of wrong! Andres “Rio” Rivera became his ICE profile years ago. Cold and calculating, he never promises anything beyond right now. But when he ends up with a cancelled flight and a shared hotel room with the secretive Celeste Patron, the fire behind Celeste’s buttoned-up exterior melts every barrier. He may only have her for one night, but that’s long enough to make her every fantasy come true. When Celeste leaves, Rio returns to hunting a notorious cartel leader. His shock upon arresting the man is eclipsed when he discovers the woman he fell for is his daughter…and she’s pregnant with Rio’s baby. I was thinking, before I started this book, I really need a down and dirty book. One with instant powerful attraction and a good deal of heat, maybe a scorcher, just to lose myself in. And boy did this deliver! Celeste's attraction to Rio is instant and extremely powerful. her alter ego Vix strongly approves of Celeste's choice! They get their down and dirty on early in the book, and once they get their wires uncrossed, and Celeste realizes that Rio is trying to keep her safe, they get it on again! Phew!! Other than the scorching heat level, the fact that Rio is after Celeste's father for Cartel crimes, and that he might not actually be responsible for those crimes, I figured really quickly who might really be. I did not think he would put Celeste's life in danger. Surprised at that bit! This is, from what I see, book 3 in the series. I did not know that before I went in, so I saw some future stories playing in my head as I read this one. But it appears all that plotting and planning was for nothing, since the pair I set up together, have their own, SEPARATE books! I would like to read them, especially if they are as hot as this one! A very well written, well needed.... 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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review 2017-11-02 15:52
Obsession: Mafia Ties: Christian & Mia
Obsession: Mafia Ties: Christian & Mia - FIona Davenport,Elle Christense,Rochelle Paige

I Picked Up This Book Because: I wanted a quick read and I’ve loved previous installments of Mafia Ties

The Characters:

Mia Ricci:
Christian DeLuca:

The Story:

Well I got what I asked for, a quick read. That doesn’t mean I’m happy with it. Most of this story happens within 24 hours. Christian and Mia are in love and Christian is ready to be married before he even speaks one word to Mia. I cannot suspend reality for this but I won’t continue to complain as that would make this review longer than the book. I did enjoy the second half of the story.

Writing: Okay.
Forward Motion: Fine
Overall Interest: It was rough in the beginning
Length of Reading Time: Took longer than I wanted due to lack of interest
Re-read-ability: No.

The Random Thoughts:

The Score Card:


2.5 Stars

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-04 05:35
Solid new entry in the series
Mafia and Magics (Aberrant Magic Book 5)... Mafia and Magics (Aberrant Magic Book 5) - Lyn Gala

Angel Zamora has always looked out for numero uno, even after getting sent to prison for robbing a convenience store at knife point. But now two crazy feds show up to tell him he has undeveloped magic. And they want him to inform on a group that has been recruiting and disposing of magic users. When Angel agrees, he expects to play the feds until he can make his own escape plans. However, once he's inside the mafia and developing his Talent, he starts to realize that he's not as concerned about his own skin as he is young Matteo. The only son of the mob boss Mr. Luschese, Matt is even more trapped than Angel. His hot temper, disdain for authority, and deeply in-the-closet attitudes are all so familiar that Angel aches for the young man. A relationship that starts with Angel seeking one more potential advantage quickly turns into Angel's worst nightmare--a deep sense of commitment to another human being. Escape routes are closing, and Angel fears he is going to end up one more body dumped in the river...and if Angel plays this wrong, Matt could die with him.


Dear Lyn Gala, I really enjoyed the previous books in this series. Darren, Kabon and the rest of FBI Talent team were such wonderful characters and Darren’s spirit guide Bennu stole my heart. However, I will be honest as much as I wanted to see more adventures set up in this world, I thought that at the end of the book four Darren and Kabon’s love story was pretty much completed. I did not think that they had any more of internal obstacles to overcome on the way to their happy ending. I suppose what I am saying is that I both wanted and did not want to see more of them because I did not want to see the guys overcoming contrived obstacles.

When one of my book buddies mentioned that book five is out I of course bought it despite my reservations and was so pleasantly surprised because the story continued with the new couple being front and center and we still got to see Darren and his lover and their teammates because they fit in the story and not just came to play “oh how happy we are” cameo.

How does the FBI talent team fit in the story of Angel and Matt? They were investigating the case of course and Angel managed to end up front and center of the investigation. Apparently one of the mafia families was recruiting untrained magic users in prison, trying to teach them how to use their craft and then use them to commit crimes with more ease. Only the previous three recruits either did not like their new classes and tried to quit, or mafia decided to get rid of them on their own. In any event the result was that three men ended up dead and Darren and the rest of the team try to prevent Angel from ending up dead next.

At the beginning of the story Darren and Rima came to prison trying to explain to Angel that a) he is already being watched by mafia most likely and he has untrained magic talent and b) he should basically go undercover when mafia boss will make contact with him and help them out . As I said Angel was already in danger so the offer made sense to me. FBI did not try to place him in danger in the first place, they were indeed trying to help him to make the best out of the situation, although of course having Angel go undercover and tell them more about who was trying to recruit untrained magic users in prison would have been advantageous for FBI as well.

I really liked Angel and his pragmatism. I liked that he decided to agree to FBI offer not because he suddenly discovered in himself hidden desire to help out law enforcement, but more out of the self -preservation. I also thought that Angel always had a scenario in mind where he would tell FBI to go take a hike if staying with mafia would be better scenario for him. Having said that, since we (the readers who had been reading these series) know that Darren and Rima and the rest of them are indeed good people, it was fun for me to see how a new character like Angel who is also not very sympathetic to them initially sees them and slowly develops at least some grudging admiration (or I thought so anyway).

Of course when Angel decides to accept FBI offer to spy for them if he is recruited, he leaves the prison and very soon he is approached by mafia people and invited (kidnapped basically) to join one of the mafia families where Boss Mr. Luschese will supposedly teach him magic.

Mr. Luschese is indeed very happy to teach Angel more magic to make him more efficient criminal for the most part and as a bonus we learn that Angel is a pretty fast learner. Initially when Rima and Darren tried to help Angel learn some initial lessons, it was made that Angel was not a shaman since Darren could recognize other shamans and he didn’t, and I thought it was made clear that Angel had the potential to be incantations user so Rima was teaching him some spells amongst other things.

I thought Angel did an excellent job as a reluctant undercover agent, or more precisely as somebody who was put in a difficult situation and was trying to survive while trying to keep at least small part of his decency to himself no matter how hard it was because he sure was forced to do some terrible things while “visiting” Mr. Luscheze.

I actually thought Angel was one of the most self-aware flawed characters I have read about in m/m for a while. I loved that he did not make excuses for himself and knew exactly who he was and what his faults were. Of course he had some kind of moral compass, but I would say he could make his piece with some things that a lot of people would not do. I also think that Angel learned a lot by the end of the book. He was not changed in the fluffy bunny by love of course, but I do think that love did play a role in his character growth.

 "“If Reynolds was stupid enough to borrow money, then he can live with the consequences,” Angel said with a shrug. He had to believe that, because he was crossing a line here, and he had to know where his new line was. He needed to hold on to some piece of his decency."

"“And we’re collecting.” Angel kept his voice even, but his head started to spin. Angel had hurt people in the past. He’d laid one security guard out with a football tackle. He’d threatened people with knives to make a living holding up convenience stores. He had lost his innocence a long time ago, but he had never set out to hurt another person. Physical violence was something that happened when Angel lost control of the situation. It was never his primary purpose."

"How the hell had this kid survived growing up in this house? Sure, he was about the same age as Angel, but he shot right past optimistic and idealistic and landed in the land of fairy tales. “Look, I haven’t been a crusader for good in my life. Not only did I go to prison, but I deserved it. I didn’t trust my gut on that last robbery, and I got caught. That sort of stupidity is worse than my willingness to rob stores. So if you’re trying to appeal to my ethical side, realize my ethics are limited to what benefits me.” Angel expected that to drive Matt away. Instead he said in an almost fond voice, “You’re oddly self-aware and honest.” “Odd. That’s me,” Angel agreed. “Then again, I think most people are motived by their own self-interest. The ones who aren’t are either saints or conmen, and there aren’t many saints in this world.”"

Speaking about a love story between Angel and Mob Boss’ son Matt, I actually thought that as a beginning of the romance it did work quite well for me, but only as a beginning, I do not think they had much time to work on their relationship and can’t live without you did feel kind of sudden. I would not mind seeing couple more books with them as main characters at all. I really liked Matt too and thought that he could do some growth as well in the future books. In this one he seemed more simplistic character than Angel.

We learned some new things about magic and how it works in this world. I also liked that this book continued to develop the theme that incantation users are not inferior magic users to Shamans. I am not sure if this was made clear in the first book ( although maybe it was deliberately vague so I could check their own assumptions and discovery that I was wrong), but I interpreted that Shamans’ magic was vastly superior since they can power the tools that other magic users use and their magic came from spiritual plane.   I was very happy that we learned in this book that incantation users get their powers from the earth magic same as shamans from the spiritual plane.

Grade: B/B+






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