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Friday Mini-Reviews #74: J.D. Robb, Grace Draven & V.E. Schwab



Haunted in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #22.5)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Number Twelve is an urban legend in 2060 New York City. The hot club in the 1960s, it is now reported to be haunted?and cursed. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called there to investigate the apparent murder of Radcliff Hopkins, its new owner and the grandson of the man who made Number Twelve a cultural icon. Several bullets from a banned gun end his dream of returning the building to its former glory. With everyone around her talking about the supernatural, pragmatic Eve won't let rumors of ghosts distract her from hard evidence. The case becomes even more bizarre when it appears to be linked to the suspicious disappearance of a rock star eighty-five years ago. As Eve searches for the connection, logic clashes with the unexplainable. She may be forced to face the threat of something more dangerous than a flesh-and-blood killer.
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 6/10
It was an okay short story, peeps. Unusual, because there were heavy paranormal elements here which is unusual for this series, but it was amusing when Eve kept trying to find a logical information for a situation which could not be explained. Of course, Peabody was the opposite and too eager to believe in scary ghosts.
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Ну адекватная повесть, ребята. Больше ничего воодушевляющего сказать не могу. Необычная для этой серии, так как в ней присутствовали сильные паранормальные элементы, что в расследованиях Ив обычно отсутствует, однако смешно было следить за тем, как Ив металась, пытаясь объяснить паранормальное логически. Естественно, Пибоди поверила в призраков с радостью, и постоянно раздражала своими объяснениями Ив.

For Crown and Kingdom by Grace Draven and Jeff Kennedy:
The Undying King by Grace Draven
Ecopy thanks to the author
Synopsis from Goodreads
~Two fantasy romance tales by bestselling and award winning authors Jeffe Kennedy and Grace Draven~

***The Crown of the Queen: a novella of the Twelve Kingdoms by Jeffe Kennedy

It's been a lifetime since librarian Dafne Mailloux saw the coronation of the tyrant who destroyed her family. She did her part to pull him off the High Throne. But his daughter, the would-be Queen, and her sisters must still tame their conquest. If her victory is to last, Dafne must forge peace with the subtle, ruthless methods of a diplomat--and the worst memories of her life...

***The Undying King by Grace Draven

The stories are told in whispers, even after so long: of a man whose fair rule soured when he attained eternal youth. Imprisoned by a sorceress wife in a city out of time and place, he has passed into legend. Few believe in him, and fewer would set their hopes on his mercy. But Imogen has no choice. To break the curse that's isolated her since birth, she'll find the Undying King--and answer his secrets with her own...
 
Author Note: The Undying King is intended for more mature audiences and contains graphic descriptions of physical intimacy.  
Amazon kindle US/UK
 8.5/10
 Please note, that I'm only reviewing The Undying King by Grace Draven as me and Jeffe Kennedy's books unfortunately do not get along well. The Undying King was fabulous, peeps! To my surprise it was a whole new world not connected to the books I've already read, and I found the characters of Cededa and Imogen really engaging. Also, talk about scorching hot intimate scenes. *phew* Totally worth a read!
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Заметьте пожалуйста, что я рецензирую только повесть от Грэйс Дрэйвен " Неумирающий Король", так как я и книги Джефф Кеннеди несовместимы, поэтому я её перестала читать посе второй книги серии. "Неумирающий Король оказалась прекрасной повестью, и к моему удивлению построение мира здесь совершенно было не связано с уже прочитанными мною книгами мисс Дрэйвен. Седэда и Имоджен - занимательные, интересные персонажи, а интимные сцены меду ними просто сжигали простыни своим жаром. В общем, читайте, не пожалеете!


Vicious by V.E. Schwab (Vicious #1)

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

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9/10
Absolutely freaking fantastic book! And you know what is so great about it? Victor is an antihero who does good deeds against his own nature because they suit his purpose at the time and because he needs to stop someone who went completely deranged thinking himself a real hero and just going on a killing spree on innocent people. It's a fascinating read, and I was mesmerized by the author's immense talent. Definitely, recommended. A characterization to die for.
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Шикарнейшая книга, мои дорогие! И вы знаете почему? Потому что Виктор - антигерой, почти что злодей, который делает добрые дела против своей натуры и инклинаций, чтобы победить своего давнего друга, который сошёл с ума, убивает всех подряд с паранормальными способностями и считает себя героем. Очень рекомендую, меня этот автор заворожил! Характеризация убийственная.
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