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BOOK REVIEW-Dead Ice-Laurell K. Hamilton

Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #24)Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dead Ice has what I love best about Hamitlon’s Anita Blake books-action zombies, vampires and were-animals, and suspense and thrills- both horrifying and titillating.

I am thrilled that Hamilton is back firing all guns in this installment of the Anita Blake series after the novella Jason, which seemed a placeholder. However, I did skim read parts which I felt over explained domestic/ bedroom arrangements. The sex-politics are getting overcomplicated. I understand that Hamilton wants to give all of her readers a fix of who they fancy, but I’m having trouble keeping up with the who’s-who of Anita’s lovers. Perhaps I’m being selfish, as I’m all-over Jean Claude.

I enjoyed the crime investigation and supernatural elements… It will be exciting to see where Hamilton goes from here..
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It will be exciting to see where Hamilton goes from here, exploring Anita’s new powers. The twist on the the zombie trope was fun and scary. Though I was happy how the relationships panned out.

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BOOK REVIEW-The Secret King-First Contact-Dawn Chapman

The Secret King - First ContactThe Secret King – First Contact by Dawn Chapman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading the first book of The Secret King Trilogy, I was excited to find out what happened to Kendro and his people. I was not disappointed. This sequel has even more explosive action, political intrigue, romance, and betrayal.
As the Aonise make first contact with the humans that inhabit the planet earth, which they hope to make their new home, we are introduced to a host of new, human characters some friendly, some not so accepting of the new refugees. Kendro and his people strive to establish a base on the new world, helped by some familiar allies and new friends, while continuing to negotiate their own society’s conflicts and their personal lives. Most of the Aonise want to make friends with the human residents, and build bridges with those who want them to leave. Some have a much different, darker agenda.
While this space opera has the fantastic elements of aliens with strange powers, and futuristic technology, the tensions and bonds between the two species are believable and realistic, and the characters are well rounded and empathetic.
I especially liked the interrelationships between human and Aonise characters, which highlighted the similarities and differences between the two species.
I was happy that some of my favourite characters got to explore and thrive in this new world, discovering new friends and strange customs (having a pint). There were also heartbreaking moments which left me shocked. The ending was bitter sweet but satisfying. Now need to know what happens next!

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BOOK REVIEW-Soul Catcher-Rowanne S. Carberry

The Soul CatcherThe Soul Catcher by Rowanne Carberry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable read. Being a fan of supernatural crime stories, and kick-ass female protagonists, I loved the premise of this novel.
The reader is plunged straight into Jemma’s world, sharing her confusion and fear as events unfold.
Scenes of torture and carnage are described in gruesome, but not gratuitous detail. The villains were terrifyingly believable.
While I empathised with the main character, seeing the horrors that that she is forced to witness, I felt I would have liked to have had more backstory to know her better. I like Jemma is vulnerable and upset through many of the scenes, but does harden and begin to embrace her role as the story progresses.
While the chemistry between Jemma and her love interest felt exciting and believable, it did seem progress quite rapidly.
I want to read more of her exploits, and see how she adapts to her new role. Also it would be lovely to read more about the rest of the supernatural team, and her relationships with them.

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Book Review-City of Bones-Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The characters are multifaceted and believable, the story is well written and the world intriguing; with fantastical elements, yet with basis in real world.

I enjoyed this first book of the series, but it didn’t immediately hook me into the world or its characters in the same way as Clare’s Infernal Devices series (think it was the Steam Punk element and historical setting which I liked).

I am still looking forward to reading the rest of this series and discovering more about the world of the Shadow Hunters post-Infernal Devices.

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Book Review-Dreaming of America-Glenis Stott

Dreaming of America: A Journey of BetrayalDreaming of America: A Journey of Betrayal by Glenis Stott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This fascinating story explores the reasons for Clara leaving her husband and other children to make a new life in US with her lover and their daughter Jenny. It also examines the repercussions for the family she left behind. life in 1900s England is vividly captured. I love that the point of view switches between that of Clara and Jenny in US, and her family in England. This story is moving without being sentimental, and delves into the main character’s actions and motives without being judgmental.
The epilogue is poignant-brief biographies of the author’s family on which the novel is based.

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Book Review-Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops-Jen Campbell

Weird Things Customers Say in BookshopsWeird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lovely book that made me laugh, cringe, & shake my head at the funny, ridiculous, and sometimes inappropriate things customers say. The witty illustrations throughout compliment the text. A great book for when you’re in need of a quick read that will cheer you up.

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