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Friday Mini-Reviews #94: J.D. Robb, Brandon Sanderson & Kitty Thomas



Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #37)

borrowed on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads
In the latest suspense thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, the year 2060 is drawing to a close in New York City and loved ones are coming together for Thanksgiving. But sometimes the deepest hatreds seethe within the closest relationships, and blood flows faster than water…

Lieutenant Eve Dallas has plenty to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke’s big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood.

Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying in their home stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned—and heartbroken by the evidence that they were murdered by their own son. Twenty-six-year-old Jerry hadn’t made a great impression on the bosses who fired him or the girlfriend who dumped him—but they didn’t think he was capable of this.

Turns out Jerry is not only capable of brutality but taking a liking to it. With the money he’s stolen from his parents and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Eve and her team already know the who, how, and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry’s going to strike next.
 
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 8.5/10
This was a very enjoyable read because the killer was a whiny young man who thought he deserved more and had really high opinions of himself. Dallas & Peabody led a kickass investigation, and as usual, Eve managed to buy all her Christmas presents while at it to Peabody's complete outrage at how little time and effort went into it. *laughs* A great book, very much recommended.
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Очень мне понравилась эта книга. По большей части потому, что убийца был просто отвратительным молодым человеком, который вечно жаловался на свою жизнь и считал, что ему все что-то были должны, пока наконец не решил наказать "виновных" в его неудачах и забрать их деньги. Ив и Пибоди не только стремительно проводят расследование, но и лейтенант умудряется опять легко найти всем идеальные рождественские подарки к полному возмущению Пибоди. *смеясь* Читайте, очень интересно!
 
 Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas

kindle freebie

Synopsis from Goodreads

Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He's far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity.

Told in the first person from Emily's perspective, Comfort Food explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a story about consensual BDSM. This is a story about “actual” slavery. If reading an erotic story without safewords makes you uncomfortable, this is not the book for you. This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent.

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8/10
A twisted dark romance I did not expect to like! Once you get past initially slow and boring chapters, the book is riveting like one giant mindf*ck. I 'm in awe of Miss Thomas and almost afraid to read more of her work. It might be a bit too much for me. Read at your own peril.
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 Очень закрученный тёмный роман, и я не ожидала, что он мне так понравится! После скучных первых глав книга неожиданно захватывает и не отпускает до самого конца. Я прям боюсь читать что-то ещё у этого автора, так как мозг она мой превращает в кашу. Читайте на свой страх и риск.

 The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #4)

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads
 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson returns to the exciting world of the Mistborn in The Alloy of Law.

In the three hundred years since the events of the Mistborn trilogy, science and technology have marched on. Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads, electric lighting, and even the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

Yet even with these advances, the magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for those attempting to establish order and justice.

One is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax must now put away his guns and assume the duties incumbent upon the head of a noble house—until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.

 
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7.5/10
It was an okay read. A bit dry, although Wayne was a fantastic character. Great action sequences as usual, and I got a bit excited in the end seeing an unexpected visitor from a previous trilogy. Most likely, I will continue with this series, but I'm not sold on the main character yet.
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Нормальное чтиво. Немного суховатое, хотя Вэйн оказался классным, живописным и юморным персонажем. Шикарное описание боёв как обычно у Сандерсона, да и очень интригующая концовка с неожиданным гостем из предыдущей триологии, однако главный герой мне не очень пришёлся по душе. Посмотрим, продолжать серию буду.
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