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Friday Mini Reviews #101: Sierra Simone, J.D. Robb & Карина Демина


American Queen by Serra Simone (American Queen Trilogy #1)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
It starts with a stolen kiss under an English sky, and it ends with a walk down the aisle. It starts with the President sending his best friend to woo me on his behalf, and it ends with my heart split in two. It starts with buried secrets and dangerous desires…and ends with the three of us bound together with a hateful love sharper than any barbed wire.

My name is Greer Galloway, and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States.

This is the story of an American Queen.
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 8/10
Despite the predictability of the plot twists, I really enjoyed this book. It was cracktastic in a way Tiffany Reisz and C.D. Reiss books are. Very hot, very magnetic characters, great separation of the chapters going back & forth in time. You can see how talented the author is, and you bet your backside, I'll be grabbing book two in this series pretty soon. UPD: I am reading it right now! Recommended.
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Несмотря на предсказуемый сюжет очень понравилось. По накалу страстей, по магнетичным персонажам напоминает Тиффани Райс и С.Д. Рейс. Классное разделение глав на прошлое и будущее. Видно, что очень талантливый автор, и я кстати уже читаю книгу вторую. Рекомендую!

Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #43)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads

The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people lay dead at Central Park's ice skating rink. There's a sniper loose on the streets of New York City, and Lieutenant Eve Dallas is about to face one of the toughest and most unsettling cases of her career.
Eve knows that only a handful of people could have carried out such an audacious but professional hit. Even more disturbing: this expert in death has an accomplice. Someone is being trained in the science of killing - and they have a terrifying agenda of their own. With a city shaken to its core, Eve and her team are forced to hunt not one but two killers. Worse still - this talented young apprentice has developed an insatiable taste for murder...

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8.5/10
Another fast-paced, entertaining, easy read with a great villain. J.D. Robb writes the best sociopaths, you know? *grins* There are some cute moments like Bella's birthday and Eve's office redesign scattered here and there - normal, everyday life, which only sweeten the whole experience that otherwise, would have been more formulaic. Recommended.
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Ещё одна, наполненная экшном, развлекательная, читающаяся очень быстро книга. Классный злодей, но Джей Ди Робб всегда умеет зафигачить персонажей-социопатов ещё ого-го как! *смеясь* Есть и очень милые моменты, как например, день рождения Беллы или редизайн кабинета Ив, что оживляло в остальном формулаичный сюжет. Как обычно, рекомендую!

Невеста by Карина Демина

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Война закончилась, но в мире нет мира. И Оден, бывший пленник королевы Мэб, получает свободу, а с ней - шанс умереть от рук разъяренной толпы, ведь железных псов ненавидят на землях лозы. Его спасение и единственная надежда выжить — Эйо, альва-полукровка. С ее помощью получится пройти по заповедным тропам, добраться до перевала и избавиться от метки королевы. Для Эйо, вынужденной скрываться от охотников за живым товаром, Оден - обуза. Но дорога, разделенная на двоих, многое меняет. И неудобный спутник становится близким человеком, без которого невозможно представить ни дом, ни саму жизнь.
Вот только многим союз альвы и железного пса покажется противоестественным.


ЛитМир

8.5/10
Ну вот, практически никогда не рецензирую книги на русском языке, а тут вышло, что подруга на Гудридс посоветовала мне почитать Невесту, так как я любительница творчества Грэйс Дрэйвен. И я конечно от неё оказалась в диком восторге! Превосходные герои, какая-то цепкая, немногословная и суровая любовь, в которой поступки кричат о чувствах, а не слова. Ну и естественно, богатый, интересный мир. Читалось на лету, очень рукомендую!
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I almost never review books in Russian for obvious reasons, but my friend on Goodreads recommended me The Bride because I am a big fan of Grace Draven, and I loved it to bits! Awesome main characters, understated, quiet, harsh love of few words, which screams about its feelings with its deeds, not words, and of course, lush, gorgeous world-building. I am totally reading book two as soon as I have time. It was fabulous.

Urban Fantasy Book Review: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #10)


Egalley courtesy of Ace Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone...

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...
 


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8.5/10

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 It's such a different experience to read an exceptional book instead of an ordinary one, peeps. I always thought of Mercy Thompson series as the former, not the latter, and Silence Fallen only strengthened my admiration for Patricia Briggs' talent.

Historical Horror Fantasy Audiobook Review: Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories by Kim Newman

Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories by Kim Newman 


audiocopy courtesy of Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
A brand new collection of chilling stories by master of horror Kim Newman, in which Jack the Ripper still stalks the streets, Frankenstein’s monster rises from the Arctic ice, and the terrifying legacy of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde haunts fog-shrouded London. This volume also includes a brand-new, exclusive Anno Dracula story, ‘Yokai Town: Anno Dracula 1899’, which sets the scene for the forthcoming novel Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju.

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 6/10

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 I actually requested this book for review by mistake, peeps. I've wanted to read Anno Dracula for a long time and thought this was the actual novel and not the collection of stories.

Oh, well. I did enjoy some of the stories, and I did get a feel for Kim Newman's writing which is very much a mix between Justin Cronin and Joe Hill.

So, the stories.

Friday Mini Reviews #100: J.D. Robb, Ilona Andrews & Tiffany Reisz




Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #42)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads

JUSTICE IS SERVED.
Edward Mira is a powerful man, with a lot of enemies. But when the former senator is violently abducted, Lieutenant Eve Dallas suspects his kidnap is more personal than political. Someone is seeking justice; the bloodier the better.
Edward's cousin Dennis was injured during the abduction - and that makes things very personal for Eve and her husband Roarke. Dennis is a beloved friend, married to NYPSD's top profiler Charlotte Mira.

But as Eve delves deeper into the case, dark secrets emerge that could tear the family apart. Edward Mira has friends in high places - and they all seem to be hiding something. As her investigation takes a shocking turn, Eve finds that not all victims are innocent, and that some bonds are forged not in friendship, but in blood.

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8/10 
In this book Eve discovers a series of crimes going back many years. It concerns rape, and the people she tries to protect are the bad guys. So, it's definitely a very difficult case and a very emotional one. Dramatic and fast-paced, and as usual, very enjoyable.                                                                          
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 В этой книге Ив расследует серию преступлений, совершённых на протяжение многих лет. Здесь затронута очень трудная для неё тема сексуального насилия, и она ещё к тому же вынуждена защищать злодеев, а не жертв, что превращает дело в очень тяжёлое эмоционально для нашего летейнанта. Драматичный, быстро развивающийся детектив. Читала с удовольствием.



One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #3)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, is glad to have you. We cater to particular kind of guests, the ones most people don’t know about. The older lady sipping her Mello Yello is called Caldenia, although she prefers Your Grace. She has a sizable bounty on her head, so if you hear kinetic or laser fire, try not to stand close to the target. Our chef is a Quillonian. The claws are a little unsettling, but he is a consummate professional and truly is the best chef in the Galaxy. If you see a dark shadow in the orchard late at night, don’t worry. Someone is patrolling the grounds. Do beware of our dog.

Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your host, Dina Demille, will defend you at all costs. We ask only that you mind other guests and conduct yourself in a polite manner.


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 8.5/10
 How I love this amazing series, peeps!  The plot just keeps expanding beautifully, the characters are yummy, and the world-building - absolutely fascinating. 
 “Yes, the princess you were expecting put on her armor and left to kill the dragon. So sorry.”
THIS. This is pure Ilona Andrews. Can not recommend it enough. READ IT!
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Как  мне нравится эта офигительная серия, дамы и господа! Сюжет красиво раскрывается всё больше и больше, герои многослойные и построение мира просто завораживает.
"Да, принцесса, которую ты ожидал, надела доспехи и ушла убивать дракона. Ну, извиняйте."
ВОТ. Вот это классическая Илона Эндрюс. Обожаю,ЧИТАЙТЕ!

The Scent of Winter by Tiffany Reisz (The Original Sinners #6.5)

free on author's website

Synopsis from Goodreads
The 2016 Original Sinners Christmas story, free on December 20th.

Kingsley Edge thought he was being driven to the airport. He never expected he'd be kidnapped and relocated to a cabin in the middle of nowhere, Maine to help Søren celebrate his birthday. But it's not quite the sexy party Kingsley hoped for. Søren has been keeping a secret from Kingsley for several years and it's finally time to confess. But will Kingsley absolve his priestly lover of his sins or will this winter be the coldest one yet?

This novella takes place the December before the events of The Virgin and The Queen. Warning: Spoilers ahead--read through The Queen before reading The Scent of Winter. Stars Kingsley and Søren and a cabin in the woods...




Website

7/10
 It's a sweet but very tame novella about Kingsley and Soren spending Christmas in a log cabin and reminiscing about the past. It was an okay read but comparing to Something Nice it had less emotional impact. It's free on the author's website, so judge for yourself.                                                                            
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 Милая, но очень робкая повесть по сравнениюс предыдущим рассказом от автора. Вот как-то не тронула она меня эмоционально своими воспоминаниями о прошлом Сорена и Кингсли пока они вдвоём отмечали Рождество в лесах Мэйна.В общем, нормальный рассказ,- судите сами. Он выложен на сайте автора.
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