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review 2018-04-19 13:19
2 Out Of 5 "for the levels of ick" STARS
Jar of Hearts - Jennifer Hillier

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Jar of Hearts

Jennifer Hillier

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A compelling story of murder, betrayal, and the secrets of the past…

Georgina, known as Geo, is a 30-year-old rising executive when her world comes crashing down. Her high school boyfriend has been identified and arrested for a series of serial murders, including Angela, Geo's best friend in high school. Angela disappeared without a trace at 16 and her body has just been found. Now Geo is under arrest for helping her then-boyfriend cover it up. And it's one of her other close friends from high school, Kaiser Brody, who arrests her.

While Geo is sent to prison for her part, Calvin escapes from custody and is on the run. Geo, now thirty-five, is about to be released from prison to try and start over. But someone has started killing people and dumping their bodies in her old neighborhood, with some of the markers of the missing Sweetbay Strangler—her old boyfriend Calvin. Is these killings some kind of message from Calvin? Are they some of revenge? Is she herself now in danger?

Everything turns on what really happened that tragic night back when Geo and Angela were high schoolers. Everyone thinks they know the truth, but there are dark secrets buried deep within other secrets, and it may be too late for anyone to survive the truth.

 

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~MY REVIEW~

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In the beginning, I was enjoying this well enough, despite the many, and I mean many, typo's. I really hope they clean this up before they publish it because at times I was so frustrated with just how many extra words/missing words there were, that I thought about not finishing.  Add to that, the unlikable characters, and the not unforeseen twist at the end…and this was shaping up to be a very mediocre read.

 

I felt some elements of the story only bogged it down, like most of the prison chapters and I also felt like many scenarios would have never played out the way they did.  I don't know, ultimately…this just didn't sit well with me.  

 

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~MY RATING~

2STARS - GRADE=D

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 2.5/5

Main Characters~ 2/5

Secondary Characters~ 3/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 2/5

Addictiveness~ 2.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 1/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 1.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3/5

Originality~ 2/5

Ending~ 1.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ The only pretty thing about this book is its cover.

Publisher~ St. Martins Press -Minotaur Books

Setting~ Sweetbay, Washington

Source~ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-04-18 13:43
Legacy of the Diamond by Andrea Kane
Legacy of the Diamond - Andrea Kane

The black diamond, a gem of unfathomable wealth and beauty, has plagued the Huntley family for generations. It prompted the feud with the Bencrofts, it supposedly brought a curse upon the Huntleys...and now resulted in Aurora Huntley being kidnapped and held for ransom.

Slayde Huntley is more than happy to give up the diamond if it means saving his sister's life...Only it's not his sister that he saves, but Courtney Johnston, a sea captain's daughter whose ship had been attacked by pirates and whose father had been forced overboard. Aurora, on the other hand, had merely been in London for a short trip with a longtime family friend...



This book was a huge disappointment.

From the characters (the heroine and the hero's sister acted like children instead of young women and the hero was a curse-believing idiot for the better part of the story) to the suspense which could've worked if the story wasn't overburdened with the drama and angst of the characters. As it was, the big reveal of who the villain was, came as a huge surprise (the only plus of the book), while the motive ended up sounding rather idiotic, and the whole thing was resolved too quickly (a matter of pages).

It wasn't badly written, but was unfortunately weighted down by the characters and poorly developed suspense plot.

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review 2018-04-16 19:36
Das Labyrinth der Zeit - Die Zeitpforten-Thriller (3) | Patrick Lee
180415 Zeitenthriller 3
Autor: Patrick LeeTitel: Das Labyrinth der ZeitReihe: Die ZeitpfortenThriller (3)Übersetzerin: Ulrike ThiesmeyerGenre: Sci-Fi, Zeitreise, ThrillerVerlag: Audible Studios, [24.08.2017]Hörminuten: [716 Minuten], ungekürztes HörbuchSprecher: Matthias Lühnauch im eBook- und TB-Format erschienenWhispersync for Voice verfügbargehört über die Audible-Appklick zu Amazon.deklick zu Audible.de

Inhaltsangabe (Audible):

Keine 24 Stunden. Dann naht das ENDE DER WELT. Der Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten hat gerade eine Fernsehansprache gehalten, da löscht vor den Augen der Welt ein Raketenangriff das Weiße Haus aus. Kurz danach überleben Travis Chase und Paige Campbell nur knapp ein Bombardement auf ihre Forschungsstation tief unter der Erde von Wyoming. Was steckt hinter diesen Angriffen? Ein jahrzehntealtes Geheimprojekt? Travis sieht nur einen Weg zur Lösung des Rätsels: den Weg zurück in der Zeit. In seiner früheren Existenz in Gestalt eines Kindes macht er sich auf eine Reise quer durch die USA, um den Mächten der Zerstörung zuvorzukommen.

>> Diese ungekürzte Hörbuch-Fassung wird Ihnen exklusiv von Audible präsentiert und ist ausschließlich im Download erhältlich.

©2012 Rowohlt Verlag GmbH (P)2017 Audible GmbH

Meine Meinung:

 

Ein spannender dritter Teil der Trilogie mit Schwächen

 

Der Titel in seiner Übersetzung ist meines Erachtens nicht so wirklich gut gewählt, denn mit einem Labyrinth hat es wenig zu tun und auch Zeitsprünge geschehen nur mittels einer Entität namens “Anzapfer”, um in der Erinnerung etwas klarer zu sehen bzw. mehr zu erfahren. Der Originaltitel “Deep Sky” macht da mehr Sinn.

 

Patrick Lee führt seinen gewohnten Stil voller Action, Spannung und rasanten Wendungen innerhalb einer durchdachten Story fort, so dass es Spaß macht, sich wieder mit Travis Chase und Paige Campbell bei der autark agierenden Organisation “Tangent” einzufinden. Dieses Mal reisen die beiden in ihren eigenen Erinnerungen zurück, Paige um nähere Informationen zu einem Geheimprojekt “Skalar” von ihrem Vater zu erfahren, Travis, um als Kind einem verlorengegangenen Notizbuch hinterher zu jagen und dem Rätsel von dubiosen “Anweisungen” auf den Grund zu gehen. Und natürlich agieren sie unter Zeitdruck, weil “das Ende der Straße” angekündigt wurde.

 

Der Plot ist typisch amerikanisch, die Protagonisten bekannt und fast immer nur in Action, daher bleibt wenig Raum für Zwischenmenschliches. Die Antagonisten allerdings bleiben ohne wirklich erkennbares Motiv seltsam blass. Und das Ende hat es dann so dermaßen in sich, dass man schon ins Grübeln kommen kann ob der moralisch folgenschweren Entscheidung, der sich Travis stellen soll.

 

Matthias Lühn spricht mit viel Pathos und Empathie, was mir teilweise etwas zu überzogen erscheint. Und leider neigt er immer noch dazu, ganze Worte oder Silben fast ohne Stimme zu lesen. Beim Lesen im Auto wirklich ein no-go.

 

Für den Abschluss der Trilogie gebe ich 08/10 Punkte.

 

 

Bücher der Reihe:

 

1. Die Pforte – beendet 10.11.2017 – 09/10 Punkte
2. Dystopia – beendet 07.12.2017 – 08/10 Punkte
3. Das Labyrinth der Zeit – beendet 15.04.2018 – 08/10 Punkte

 

- Mind Reader – rezensiert 10.10.2014 – 10/10 Punkte

 

Das Labyrinth der Zeit (Die Zeitpforten-Thriller 3) - Audible Studios, Matthias Lühn,Patrick O'Brian 

Source: sunsys-blog.blogspot.de/2018/04/gehort-das-labyrinth-der-zeit-patrick.html
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review 2018-04-16 17:02
Wishes in the Wind by Andrea Kane
Wishes in the Wind - Andrea Kane

Someone is threatening her father's life, because the renowned jockey wouldn't throw a race, so Nicole Aldridge, willing to do anything to save her father's life, masquerades as a boy in order to seek employ with the Marquis of Tyrenham.

Little does she know, Dustin Kingsley would recognize her for the woman who's stolen his heart during a short conversation on the bank of the Thames and that the aristocrat will do anything to keep her father and her safe.


Unfortunately, this doesn't hold a candle to its predecessor. Not in characterization, romance (if you want to call it that), nor suspense.

The characters were unfortunately mere sketches, not truly developed beyond the initial story needs, the romance was rushed, hasty, and too instantaneous to be plausible, even less believable, and while the suspense could've been the saving grace of this novel, it was pushed into the background, playing second fiddle to the "romance". There was no real intrigue or intensity, and no real feel of peril.

I feel Dustin deserved more.

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review 2018-04-16 16:21
Officially Over Thrillers With Terrible People-You Cannot Achieve Gone Girl Status! Stop it!
You Were Made for This - Michelle Sacks

Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not impact my rating or review.

 

Huge sigh. This book was a mess. At first I was momentarily intrigued because the book seemed to be setting up things with the husband in this story (Sam) to be sinister. All of his rules for mothers/wives seemed to be playing that way. But then you get further into the book, and when Merry's "best friend" Frank comes to visit, the book just goes freaking dark. I just needed something to break up this mess. There was nothing redeeming about a single character. You don't even get a semblance of characters getting their just desserts. Instead you know that it seems that the cycle will continue again in maybe 10 or 20 years. This book gets one star for taking place in Sweden. That's about it. 

 

"You Were Made for This" is about a husband and wife (Sam and Merry) who move to Sweden to live in a house that is left to Sam. There are some allusions to something happening that caused the family to move. But you never get the full details. Just other characters blurting out things later on dozens of pages later. 


Sam is happy in Sweden, but struggling to make ends meet. He used to be a professor at a university in New York. And now is trying to be a filmmaker. 


Merry used to be a set decorator (that sounded cool and wish we had gotten more details about) but is now a full time mother to her son Conor. Merry is not feeling seen anymore as a stay at home mother. Instead she is trying to follow the rules for motherhood that Sam seems to think she needs to do (which includes making homemade baby food and scrubbing the whole house with organic ingredients). Merry I was initially sympathetic to, but Sacks blows that away pretty quickly when you find out about the darkness in Merry. Merry is dreading, but also wants her best friend Frances (known as Frank) to come visit.

 

Frank and Merry have a toxic friendship. There is no other word for it. I just could not with Frank once you saw everything she had done in the past, and what she currently did in this book. Her talking about being the only one to "see" Merry was just head shaking to me. 

 

Merry wants to show off for Frank to show her "that she's won" and Frank is not worth as much since she's not married and has no children. That could have been an interesting dynamic with two women who chose two different paths. Heck even show the dark side of motherhood and talk about post par-tum depression. Instead we don't get that at all.

 

Sam is obviously awful, you don't really get why Merry wants to be with him. You do get why he wants to be with her though. He has someone to mold into whatever he wants. There are some hints there that something dark happened to Sam. Once again though, you don't know since the author doesn't like to spell things out. I for one got really tired of people talking past things. 

The secondary characters that we get (there are barely any) don't figure into this book at all really. We have Merry and Sam's closest neighbors who are there merely to move the plot along. 

 

I really didn't like the writing. The multiple POVs with Merry, Sam, and Frank didn't help. They all started to sound the same after a while (psychopaths with the need for instant gratification). And the book started to feel endless after a while along with being repetitive. 

 

The setting of Sweden was the only reason why I gave this book a star. I was intrigued about the location, the mention of the lakes, the ability to be truly alone if you want to be in the place that Merry and Sam lived. 


The ending was a mess. I think that Sacks should have changed the ending. It felt like such a waste to me to have to wade through this book for no reason in my opinion. I think she was going for a Gone Girl twist, but it didn't work. I just sighed really loudly at this point because you are given enough context clues that it seems the cycle would just continue for all parties. 

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