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review 2018-08-16 10:49
Finding Jack
Never Say Die (Alex Rider) - Anthony Horowitz

Finding Nemo Alex Rider version. 

 

With more actions. 

 

I thought this is the last book. So happy that new one is coming soon.

 

Alex Rider lost Jack in the last adventure. Now he thought he got some vague hints that Jack might still be alive. And it is all a cruel trick on him to let him feel the pain of losing the only adult that care for him constantly.

 

Good that his Sabrina's father took him in.

 

But Alex Rider wouldn't let go of even a small chance that Jack is still alive and he could find her again.

 

Sometimes we read YA because it reminds us of how life look like when we are still young, and the world is both scary and exciting at the same time.

 

I wanted to read book that has less cynicism that reflect the cruel human made reality that we are living in now. 

 

And YA has an additional advantage of usually not ended too badly for the main characters. 

 

Anthony is a good writing for adding humors into the story. And the character building for Alex has done pretty well. Although the villains are usually too forthcoming with their evil plan, that reminds us of most of the animations on TV. iit is not really that distracting. 

 

Action adventure teenage spy stuff is pretty addictive if it is done correctly. 

 

Highly recommended this for a summer read. 

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review 2018-08-16 00:57
Keeps Getting Better
Empire of Ruins - Arthur Slade

***Possible spoilers you’ve been warned***

 

This series is so consistent and does not disappoint. So we covered the city, we covered the sea in the second book. Now it’s time to go into the deep jungles and go on an exciting adventure that involves natives, flying ships, an Egyptian temple placed in Australia (I know right?), which results in an Indiana Jones type of adventure but involves secret agents, spies, and horrible clockwork falcons that can kill.

 

You can’t get more exciting than this. It starts off at a good pace and it’s steady. I enjoyed how during the ‘down times’ there is focus on Modo and Octavia’s character development. Modo still has some childish characteristics in him but as the novel progresses he slowly gets over that and the change stands out. You really do feel for him as his appearance starts to affect him, especially with his relationship with Octavia. His encounter with the natives help him to be comfortable in his own skin and I think because of this he starts acting more headstrong and does the talk back to Mr Socrates (which was a great scene to read. Wowwweee Modo, you do that clap back because Mr Socrates sure can’t take it haha)

 

I felt for Modo when he reveals his true likeness to Octavia. I get where she’s coming from though. She had this mental picture of Modo and it was nothing like the real thing so of course she wouldn’t know how to react. It hurt to read though. I couldn’t even imagine how crush Modo would have felt considering how much he feels for Octavia.

 

The plot in itself was super good and filled with action during the last half of the novel. The bad guys run with their tail between their legs in this one (enjoyable to read no doubt) but they come back with a vengeance towards the end. I rather expected the temple to be a little more of a challenge to go through (more traps please) but then perhaps that would prolong the adventure just a little too much.

 

I’m wanting to know what’s going to happen between Modo and Mr Socrates considering they had a falling out in the novel. This is going to get good and I hope the fourth and final novel will close this on a good note. Greatly recommend this series so far, pick it up and enjoy! It’s a great adventure!

 

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review 2018-08-15 09:23
Kastrierte Priester und eine verliebte Katie
Gequälte Engel: Thriller - Graham Masterton

Inhaltsangabe

Welches Geheimnis verbirgt die katholische Kirche von Irland?

An einem kalten Frühlingsmorgen in der Grafschaft Cork finden zwei Fischer im Blackwater River den aufgeblähten Körper von Father Heaney. Hände und Füße sind gefesselt und um den Hals trägt er die Würgemale einer Garrotte. Zudem ist er kastriert worden. 
Kurz darauf wird ein zweiter Priester auf die gleiche Weise zu Tode gefoltert. 
Katie Maguire befürchtet, dass ein Serienmörder gerade erst mit seinen Taten begonnen hat… 

 

Meine Meinung 

Wer Katie Maguire bereits aus „Bleiche Knochen“ kennt, der weiß, dass ihr tote und kastrierte Priester deutlich besser stehen, als eine verliebte Blindheit.

Man gönnt der Frau als Leser ja so einiges an Glück, aber hier hat Graham ein wenig zu sehr auf rosarotes Papier gesetzt, aber dazu später mehr.

 

Nach dem Lesen des Klappentextes war ich mir noch nicht ganz sicher, ob mir die Thematik Kirche zusagt. Denn eigentlich ist das nicht mein Thema, aber der FESTA Verlag konnte mich bei „BIGHEAD“ schon einmal umstimmen.

Denn nach dem Auffinden des ersten toten Priesters und kurze Zeit später Opfer Nummer 2, wird schnell klar, dass der Autor hier weniger Wert auf die Kirche an sich legt, sondern die Story in eine blutige und von Rache getränkte Richtung fließen lässt.

 

Das erste WARUM und WER kommt einem beim Lesen sehr schnell in den Sinn, aber das stört hier nicht weiter, denn Masterton schreibt toll. Der Perspektivwechsel zwischen der ermittelnden Katie, dem Opfer und dem Täter bringt immer frischen Wind in die Geschichte. Vor 7 Jahren wurde gegen 12 Priestern wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs ermittelt. Kein neues Thema, ich weiß, aber der Autor bestätigt diesen Missbrauch nicht einfach, sondern lässt es offen.

Fakt ist, dass sich jemand an diesen Priestern rächt. Und Graham Masterton bringt hier für mich ein paar neue Foltermethoden ein, die ich mir auf meinem privaten Zettelchen vermerke. Falls es mal zum Äußersten kommen sollte, legt euch lieber mit jemand anderem an, denn ich lese FESTA- Bücher und bin zu allem bereit.

 

Der Fall hat es in sich und die Antwort auf die gequälten Engel wird recht lang zurückgehalten, kommt dann aber mit Blitz und Donner.

 

Und dann komme ich noch mal kurz auf Katie zu sprechen. Eigentlich darf ich sie hier gar nicht allein nennen, denn da fehlt noch die zweite Hälfte des Gefühlsübels. John, den einige noch aus dem ersten Band der Reihe kennen sollten, geht Katie nicht mehr aus dem Kopf und es bahnt sich was an. Vielen stößt allein dieser Part in dem Genre schon negativ auf. Ich muss sagen, dass ich eigentlich recht menschlich auf solche Szenen reagiere, ABER womit ich ein großes Problem habe, sind starke Frauen, die sich zu Mimosen verwandeln. Eigentlich verwende ich das Wort Mimosen lediglich für Männer, aber hier muss Katie auch mal dran glauben. Sie lässt ihre starken und selbstbewussten Charakterzüge hier durch einen Mann unterbinden und das finde ich schade.

Schreiend an Katie:

„Katie zieh den Finger und sei wieder die Alte!“

 

Denn ein kleiner Hoffnungsschimmer lässt mich sehnsüchtig auf Band 3 freuen.

 

Mein Fazit

Mit dem Fall an sich und seinem exzellenten Schreibstils kann mich Graham Masterton wieder für sich gewinnen. Lediglich Katie schwächelt mir hier zu sehr. Nicht so sehr bei den Ermittlungen, sondern es ist der Privatbereich, der mir hier ein Dorn im Auge ist.

Ansonsten lässt der KT zu Band 3 hoffen, also an alle Katie-Fans, verpasst diesen Fall nicht und Amen den armen Priestern!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-08-14 21:33
Book review : the king of bourbon street thea de salle
The King of Bourbon Street - Thea de Salle

July 19-23


Hotel chain mogul Sol DuMont is about to learn that some of life’s biggest surprises come in deceptively small packages—namely a petite heiress named Rain who’s hell-bent on upsetting her family’s expectations—in this first book in the all new series by Thea de Salle, set against the sultry backdrop of New Orleans.

Thirty-seven-year-old Sol DuMont is a divorcee and the owner of a mid-sized hotel chain in New Orleans. Since Hurricane Katrina, his father’s death, and the decision that he and his ex-wife Maddy are far better off friends than lovers, he’s lost interest in almost everything he held dear—parties, people, and pushing limits.

All his limits.

Then Arianna Barrington checks into his hotel.

Twenty-four-year-old Arianna “Rain” Barrington could have been society’s sweetheart. Her family is moneyed, connected press darlings, and make sweeping headlines from coast to coast for reasons both good and bad. But when her mother shoves her at Charles Harwood—the obnoxious, entitled heir of Harwood Corp—to cement a billion-dollar business merger, Rain does the only thing she can think of to escape: she creates a scandal so big Harwood doesn’t want her anymore before fleeing to New Orleans for much-needed rest and relaxation.

All she wants is jazz piano, beignets, and to sail the Mississippi. What she gets is Sol DuMont, a whirlwind affair, and a hands-on education in sex, power play, and pushing limits.

All her limits. 


Review : I freaking love this book it was cute and sexy and body positive . Rain goes to new Orleans for a vacation after a scandal about her and a sex tape so her and her brother go to a hotel and there she meets sol who i love he is the owner of the hotel he's a dom and bisexual he and rain strike up a relationship and I love them together the only problem is rains crazy ass mother who is trying to ruin sol hotel .so rain goes to Connecticut to do an interview threatening to do a tell all book about her mother her mom tells her not to and rain says she won't if she leaves her and sol alone . She goes back to sol. I can't wait to read the rest of the series


Quotes :


of course I’d pick the girl with an ex-marine for a chaperone


Sol almost pointed out that Vaughan couldn’t smoke the cigarette in the hotel, but he liked his face and so far this had been an amicable exchange.



Sol DuMont seemed heaven-sent. He was handsome and funny and sexy and sweet, which meant, by some cosmic joke, he probably had dead bodies stored in The Seaside’s freezer. Or maybe he sniffed socks when no one was looking. Or maybe he had a back-hair fetish.


Kitten.” “Yes?” “Are you trying to seduce me?” “Maybe? Is it working?” “Fantastically

 

 

 

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review 2018-08-14 21:30
Nobody's Baby But Mine
Nobody's Baby but Mine - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
A friend lent me this book and I needed a book with a baby on the cover for Ripped Bodice Bingo. I'm using this shitty book for that square! And here's why I thought it was a shitty book: rant ahead. And maybe a little spoilery. And maybe a little cussing. You've been warned.

So, Jane. Jane is a GENIUS and DESPERATELY wants a baby. So does she do what a NORMAL person would do? Fuck no! Why would one use a sperm bank (don't cha know that medical students are notorious for sperm donation?!) when one could trick an unsuspecting guy instead?! Now, granted, she doesn't get pregnant the first time when she sabotaged a condom. No, that happens the second time when they have unprotected sex. But, see it's okay becomes she didn't enjoy herself. Amiright? 
The whole "I'm super smart and it was hard for me growing up, so I want a less intelligent baby! So, I'm going to pick a football player because they all lack intelligence!" just pissed me off. Judgmental much? She's such an idiot. 
On the other side, Cal. I really didn't like him either. "...why should he chose a desperate 30 year old..." Yeah, he is 36. Anyone over 24 is "too old." FUCK YOU ASSHOLE!! I thought he was mean, spiteful, ageist. Granted, he had every right to be pissed, but he took it too far.
I could not forgive (or forget) anything that they did.  Much less like them or even want these 2 toxic people to be together.  What she did was mortally and ethically wrong. 
The best parts of this book were Lynn, Annie, and Jim.
This just hit a lot of my hates. It definitely feels like I didn't read the same book that so many others read (and loved).
 
 

 

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