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review 2017-08-14 18:14
Look At This Beauty That I Won – Seeker by Veronica Rossi @rossibooks
Seeker - Veronica Rossi

Welcome to my One Sentence Review for Seeker, Book II of the Rider duology, by Veronica Rossi.

 

I would like to start off by thanking Book Nerd and Veronica Rossi for Seeker and the goodies I won.

 

After reading it, I would love to have read Riders first, but it’s not necessary.

I mean…check out this beauty.

 

Seeker (Riders #2)

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MY ONE SENTENCE REVIEW

 

Horses rising from shadow, fire, ash and light, danger and suspense that had me shucking and jiving, flawed characters that had me eating out of their hands, and a storyline that had me twisting and turning to the end left me with a warm fuzzy feeling and a few chuckles in this paranormal/supernatural romantic fantasy that I highly recommend.

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review 2017-08-13 15:48
Audio Book Review: Demon Magic
Demon Magic (Dragon's Gift: The Seeker B... Demon Magic (Dragon's Gift: The Seeker Book 2) - Linsey Hall

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Del learns she has bigger problems than she thought. Not only does she have to learn to control her powers for herself, but also to keep from taking other demon souls. She released one soul in the previous book, and now attracts other demons to her. The Order of Magica has picked up that a demon has died, but it's soul is still on Earth. The man that kissed her once and now is acting strange has an idea. Roarke has an acquaintance at Cambridge, in the magical University of England, who may be able to help her master her powers. Del agrees to go, with Roarke and her sisters, Cass and Nix.

I've grown accustom to listening to Laurel voice this world. I enjoy the voices she gives the men, and all characters. But the men with accents, yes ma'am. lol. There are accents needed for secondary characters as well, and Laurel voices them to give us a feel as we are traveling in those areas of the world.

Now, this book feels more Del than a Cass remake. Sure, there are similar patterns with the guy, learning her new magic, and soul stealing. We even meet a new character - Horatio - who reminds me much of Professor that Cass talks to for help. But the events around all that are very different and very Del like. I like the death magic associated with Del. It's different yet very believable system. Roarke even has his own system of contacts to call when things are needed.

We learn a secret of Roarke's when Del finally shares her big secret. Yes, the one about his brother. Though, it's a big thing for him and makes him who he is, it didn't feel that weighted as it was told to us. It is a terrible feeling he carries with him though and something that affects his thinking on their potential relationship. Roarke is a wonderful companion for Del. He feels to fit her well with the darkness of the Underworld in him, and Del.

I very much enjoyed this story as we learn about Del and her parents. Though we haven't met them we get a feel for how she grew up. This is interesting and I'm curious to learn more about them, and who they are. I really think they are special.

This book leads us to something (or someone) that will be who Del has to fight. There is a reason for the curse on her, yet no one knows it. This book leaves the hints of a possible next adventure for Del to learn about why the curse from who cursed her. And maybe a big battle with that person.

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review 2017-07-19 08:02
Spannender Auftakt einer Reihe
Soul Seeker - Vom Schicksal bestimmt (Soul Seekers, #1) - Alyson Noel,Ariane Böckler

Die evermore Reihe der Autorin habe ich geliebt! Da war es für mich gar keine Frage und ich musste diese hier natürlich ebenfalls lesen. Allerdings war es hier auch so, dass ich anfangs Schwierigkeiten hatte und teilweise durch viele Geschehnisse verwirrt war. Aber ich kann definitiv sagen, dass mir dieser erste Teil weitaus besser gefallen hat und ich bin unheimlich gespannt, wie es weiter geht.

 

Inhaltlich wird ja eigentlich alles im Klappentext gesagt und genau das bekommt man geliefert. Rund um - pures Fantasy und ständige Spannung. Deswegen möchte ich auch nicht weiter auf den Inhalt eingehen, da ich sonst spoilern würde. Manchmal habe ich geglaubt, dass ich wissen könnte, was als nächstes kommt, aber ich wurde stets überrascht. Mit dem Ende habe ich so überhaupt nicht gerechnet und jetzt schwirren mir einige Fragen im Kopf herum. Natürlich muss ich bald den zweiten Teil lesen, denn ich will unbedingt wissen, ob meine Vermutung passt, oder eben nicht.

 

Wie immer, hat es mir besonders der böse Zwillingsbrude Cade angetan. Ich weiß nicht, ich stehe immer auf die Gegenspieler. :) Aber auch Dace hat mir diesmal sehr gut gefallen und im Vergleich zu evermore, hat mich hier die Hauptprotagonistin Daire nicht genervt. Was mich zum Schluss nur etwas wunderte, war, die Stelle mit den Mädchen aus der Schule. Aber mal schauen, wie und ob sich das noch entwickelt. Rund um waren alle Figuren sehr authentisch und das hat mir sehr gut gefallen.

 

Das Cover finde ich ebenfalls klasse. Ich ärgere mich immer wieder, dass ich die Bücher der Autorin nur als E-Book habe, denn sie würden wunderbar in mein Regal passen.

 

Der Schreibstil ist, wie man ihn von Alyson Noël gewohnt ist. Sehr einfach und gut verständlich. Mir gefällt das. Es gibt keine umständlichen Sätze und man wird im Lesefluss nicht gestört.

 

Mein Fazit ist ganz klar. Das Buch hat mir sehr gut gefallen und ich empfehle es auf jeden Fall weiter. Man bekommt Spannung, knisternde Romantik und ein super Fantasy Paket.

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review 2016-11-13 19:28
The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert
The Lion Seeker - Kenneth Bonert

This is an engaging historical novel, and given the quality of writing and characterization I can see Bonert going on to write excellent literary novels in the future. This one falls short of its ambitious goals, but it’s still worth a read.

The Lion Seeker follows a young man named Isaac, a Jewish refugee from Lithuania, growing up working-class in South Africa in the 1930s. Numerous threads follow various aspects of Isaac’s life: his complicated family, his romance with a rich girl, his work – this last is a surprisingly large part of the book, as Isaac is pulled between his own desire to work on cars (encouraged by his craftsman father) and his mother’s urging that he make as much money as possible, by fair means or foul. The social situation of the day also intrudes, both in ways that make Isaac’s blood boil (anti-Semitism) and ways he refuses to acknowledge (oppression of black South Africans).

All these threads are woven together in an engaging way. The style, meanwhile, is on the literary side and takes a little getting used to: quotation marks are not used, and there’s a lot of South African slang. It’s all easy enough to understand if you roll with it, and the local language lends vibrancy to the text. The characterization, meanwhile, is very strong. Isaac is a prick – selfish, none too bright, easily moved to anger and violence – but drawn so believably that rather than spending time disliking him, I was engaged in seeing how his life would play out. By drawing readers into Isaac’s life, Bonert does a great job of creating empathy for him without trying to convince us to like him.

My biggest issue with the book is the way it falls apart towards the end. Isaac does something awful, though understandable given the hundreds of pages we’ve read before, and then the book mostly peters out. He joins the army, which we don’t see, but which is perhaps meant as some sort of atonement, and then he returns home and still is not particularly remorseful, and finally the book ends with little sense of any thematic arcs coming to a close. I was left wondering about the point of many of its threads, especially the romance (which was always the least believable aspect of the book, though at least it ends believably). What is this book ultimately about? It’s hard to say. And for such an ambitious novel, that is an issue.

I’ll also add, even for folks who don’t think of themselves as sensitive readers, that the book includes a couple of particularly horrific death-by-torture descriptions. Honestly, they’re so gruesome I’m not even sure I find them believable. It seems like there’s so much of this out there now that authors feel they have to outdo all other authors for such scenes to have an impact.

Ultimately, I did enjoy this book, and for immersion in a time and place and in the life of a flawed protagonist, it’s excellent. I look forward to seeing what Bonert writes next.

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review 2016-08-30 22:02
Good Story and Characters
Dream Caller (A Dream Seeker Novel Book 3) - Michelle Sharp

Jordan had moved in with Tyler.Jordan was a St Lewis narcotics detective. She could also connect with the spirits of murder victims while sleeping in her dreams. No way could Jordan come across normal. This last dream Jordan had actually seen the murderer as well as his victim - Hailey- as she died. Ty knew Jordan had dreams often from cases she was working on and the information came from the dead. This was the first time Jordan had really tried to work out a relationship. Ty was a homicide detective. Jordan was know living with Ty and had a pet for the first time a dog named beauty. Beauty was astray who collapsed on Ty and Jordan’s property after a fight with a coyote. Beauty was a sweet loving dog. Ty was at another homicide scene with Victim - Hailey- who had been nineteen. Bahan was an FBI agent who used the excuse to see Tyu and Jordan’s new home to come to see her. Jordan thought Bahan was bringing her a new case. Jordan had just found out her dad was not a drug dealer that she had hated for twenty years because of what he did but actually he had been with the FBI for seven years and a St Lewis cop before that. Her dad and another agent had been deep undercover in a drug cartel when something went very wrong. This had happened twenty years ago.  Jordan had been there hidden when her father, mother, and sister had been murdered.

I liked this book alot. I hadn’t read the previous books but I am going to try to get them. I did enjoy this book anyway. I did think they made too much of Ty’s and Isabel’s past. Jordan should have been more secure with Ty as he obviously cares deeply fro her or they wouldn’t be living together. I loved the way Jordan is determined to know the truth about her family’s murder. This is just all around a good story. I loved the plot and the characters were really good. I also really liked the ins and outs of this story and I recommend.


I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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