23 May 2017

The Dark Days Pact - Alison Goodman (was the ending really necessary?)


Regency adventure combined with supernatural aspects
#2 in the Lady Helen series
after reading and enjoying "The Dark Days Club" last year
I finally read the second book
this time it was a bit easier to connect with the characters
to feel at home in the world Alison Goodman created
she has written a fascinating and fresh story
with complex characters
and a plot
that not always worked for me perfectly
especially some developments towards the end of this book
didn't work for me
however I'm hopeful
that they will move into other directions in the next book of the series
I had a good time with "The Dark Days Pact"
and would recommend the series to readers of historical books
who also like supernatural aspects. 

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22 May 2017

Proxy + Avalon + Polaris - Mindee Arnett (an entertaining space adventure)


young adult duology
Science Fiction
I recently read Mindee Arnett's entertaining YA SciFi series
the series took me on a fun and diverting adventure
the SciFi world Arnett developed was fascinating and at times cruel
trying to survive, to get your freedom often seemed impossible for the crew
the world could have been a bit more complex
but overall interested me enough to keep me going
the stories took me on an entertaining space adventure
most of the characters were pretty fascinating
even though some secondary characters were a bit underdeveloped
and it seemed as if the author took the easy way out
with the characters who didn't survive the journey
because all of the main characters survived
but you know me
I'm not going to complain about books having a good, happy ending
because I love them
all in all I had a good reading experience with this duology
it wasn't perfect, however entertained me well.

The next book by Mind Arnett is called
Onyx and Ivory
and I plan to get it once it's out in 2018. 
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21 May 2017

A high-end finish + This old homicide - Kate Carlisle (not my favourite cozy mystery series by the author)


A high-end finish + This old homicide
cozy mystery
books #1 + #2 in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series
I love Carlisle's other cozy mystery series
the Biobliphile Mysteries
so I also expected to enjoy this one
I read the first book last year and wasn't sure about it
now I bought the second book and read #1 + #2
unfortunately I did not have a fantastic reading experience
I couldn't connect to the characters
and the main character being interested in two guys
and having a hard time deciding between them
is a no go for me when reading a cozy mystery
I think I gave this series a fair chance
but it's not for me
I will continue to read the Bibliophile Mysteries
but will stay away from the Fixer-Upper one. 
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