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Friday Mini Reviews #77: J.D. Robb, Nalini Singh & Becky Chambers


Eternity in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #24.5)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
When club-hopping bad girl Tiara Kent is found dead in her plush Manhattan apartment, the killing has all the earmarks of a vampire attack. The ever-practical Lieutenant Eve Dallas has to deal with superstitious cops carrying garlic and stakes, as well as the ever-hysterical press. None of the wealthy young victim's friends seem to know much about the Dark Prince she has been secretly seeing. The chase to stop him before he kills again will lead Eve and her team into areas of the city that not even the most intrepid cop wants to visit, and into the very heart of darkness.
 
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7.5/10
Oh, this was so much fun! is the Dark prince a vampire or not? What does Roarke believe in? It was a very cute, short story, and I did enjoy paranormal references. It made me think of Buffy. *grins* Recommended.
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Ха! Посмеялась я с этой повести. Вампир ли Тёмный Принц или он просто притворяется? Во что верит Роарк, который беспокоится о безопасности своей жены? Эта была хорошая, свеженькая и прикольная повесть с паранормальными оттенками, что заставили меня вспомнить Баффи. *смеясь* Рекомендую. 
 
 

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #5)

borrowed on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy--cool, calm, emotionless...at least on the surface. Inside, she's fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety, but to the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace.

DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard's rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian's agenda. But charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules...
 
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7.5/10
Okay, Ashaya is a much better character than the previous book's heroine, and there was more plot and technical details here. I also enjoyed her connection to the psychotic twin and the ending. It was a pretty good read for this series if you discount the formula which makes men uber alpha and uber masculine and where all the girls are supposed to be extremely feminine. Ashaya's son was pretty awesome as well.
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Окей, Ашайя оказалась гораздо лучше как характер, чем героиня предыдущей книги, и здесь было больше сюжета и технических деталей. Мне также были интересны связь между Ашайей и её психопаткой сестрой, и её очень классный сын. Так что, если отбросить саму формулу серии, что представляет мужиков убер альфами и супер мачо, а женщин хрупкими и очень женственными, то оказалось совсем неплохо.
 
 

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.
 
 
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8.5/10
I absolutely loved this book! So imaginative and lovely. This sci-fi unusually for the genre has human/non-human interaction at the forefront of the plot, and the characters are absolutely gorgeous. The actual journey revolves around the inside dramas of the crew, which was fantastic. Definitely recommended eve to sci-fi newbies. I LOVED IT.
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Ну вот очень, очень мне эта книга понравилась! Душевно написано и с большим вкусом. И главное, что сюжет сосредоточен на человеческих (не-человеческих) отношениях внутри команды корабля. Поэтоу и диалоги и персонажи просто шикарнейшие. У каждого своя история и своя трагедия. Очень рекомендую. Подойдет новичкам жанра.
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