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Friday Mini Reviews #39: Elizabeth Moss, Jacqueline Carey & Jim Butcher



Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss (Lust in The Tudor Court #1)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
England, 1536. Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII's court to claim his new bride: a girl who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors. Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit to a man she barely knows and who - though she is loath to admit it - frightens her not a little. Then comes that first kiss. It awakens in both a fierce desire that bares them to the soul. But as the court erupts into scandal around the ill-fated Queen, Eloise sees first-hand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives. Dare she surrender her body and her heart?

Release date: May 5th 2015.
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3/10

To be honest, what started promising, went downhill really fast. Too much unnecessary angst, anachronistic for the historical era, unconvincing main characters and the mention of FSoG on the cover will only harm this book in comparison. They have nothing in common. Unfortunately, not recommended.
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Если честно, то что, началось обещающе, скатилось в полное ничтожество довольно быстро. Неловко написано, нехарактерно для исторической эры и с отталкивающими главными героями. Сравнение  с Пятидесятью Оттенками Серого тоже этой книге не помогает, так как между Мосс и Джеймс нет ничего общего. В общем, не советую.

Kushiel's Justice by Jacqueline Carey (Impriel's Trilogy #2)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads

This heroic fantasy novel continues the trilogy begun in Kushiel's Scion, extending Jacqueline Carey's grand Kushiel series to five volumes. At the onset, protagonist Imriel de la Courcel is caught between duty and desire. His passion for his beautiful cousin Sidonie has propelled him into a dangerous affair with her, but he knows that as the prince of Terre d'Ange, he is bound to wed princess Dorelei of Alba. With a sorrowful heart, he journeys with his new mate to her homeland. But danger, not solace, awaits him there: Political intrigue makes him a target. In a savage attack, he loses not only his wife, but only his infant heir. As the scion of Kushiel, he must seek revenge. A distinctive authorial voice.
Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository
8.5/10

This series continues to be amazing! Imriel who is secretly in love with Sidonie, marries a princess of Alba and loses her due to a terrible prophecy. Now he needs to travel to faraway lands of Wralia (prototype of Russian Empire) to avenge his wife and come back to his beloved. This book is tragic, epic and philosophical. I absolutely loved listening to it on audio, and since then bought and read the rest of the series as audiobooks as well. Hugely recommended.
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Просто завораживающая серия! Имриэль, который тайно влюблён в Сидони, вынужден жениться на принцессе из Альбы, но когда трагическое пророчество стоит той жизни, он пускается по следам ее убийцы, и после многих перепетий вершит правосудие над ним в заснеженной Вралии (прототипе Руси). Книга эта трагичная, эпичная и философская. Я безумно наслаждалась голосом Саймона Вэнса в аудиокниге, и уже купила и прослушала книги остальные. Очень советую.


Summer Knight by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files #4)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
HARRY DRESDEN -- WIZARD

Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment

Ever since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry Dresden has been down and out in Chicago. He can't pay his rent. He's alienating his friends. He can't even recall the last time he took a shower.

The only professional wizard in the phone book has become a desperate man.

And just when it seems things can't get any worse, in saunters the Winter Queen of Faerie. She has an offer Harry can't refuse if he wants to free himself of the supernatural hold his faerie godmother has over him--and hopefully end his run of bad luck. All he has to do is find out who murdered the Summer Queen's right-hand man, the Summer Knight, and clear the Winter Queen's name.

It seems simple enough, but Harry knows better than to get caught in the middle of faerie politics. Until he finds out that the fate of the entire world rests on his solving this case. No pressure or anything...
 
 Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository
8.5/10

 James Marsters continues to astonish me with his sexy, sarcastic as hell, voice over of Harry Dresden. Listening to this book was like eating my favorite candy, - I couldn't get enough. Even if previous book struck me as more dramatic, stronger installment, I still enjoyed the heck out of this one. Off to the next one. Another fabulous audiobook!
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Джеймс Марстерс продолжает ошеломлять меня своим завораживающим голосом и саркастичной передачей характера Гарри Дрездена. Насколько я не хотела читать эту серию, настолько аудиокниги с его подачи пошли у меня на ура. Рыцарь Лета хоть и не настолько сильная книга серии как книга предыдущая, однако мне очень понравилась. Читайте или слушайте, - это прекрасно!
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