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Urban Fantasy Audiobook Review: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch (Peter Grant #4)

Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame — whatever that is.

Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast. With the new year, I have three main objectives, a) pass the detective exam so I can officially become a DC, b) work out what the hell my relationship with Lesley Mai, an old friend from the force and now fellow apprentice, is supposed to be, and most importantly, c) get through the year without destroying a major landmark.

Two out of three isn’t bad, right?

A mutilated body in Crawley means another murderer is on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil, who may either be a common serial killer or an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man — a man whose previous encounters I've barely survived. I've also got a case about a town planner going under a tube train and another about a stolen grimoire.

But then I get word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on a housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans, and inhabited by the truly desperate. If there's a connection to the Crawley case, I'll be entering some tricky waters of jurisdiction with the local river spirits. We have a prickly history, to say the least.

Just the typical day for a magician constable.

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository | Fishpond | Audible US/UK

8.5/10

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Wow, what an ending, ladies and gents! I'm still processing it...

Since I've been too busy to read these past two months I've been trying more books on audio but only with the narrators that captured my attention straight away. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was one of those lucky finds.

Paranormal Fantasy Joint Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy #3)


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Synopsis from Goodreads
The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close. 

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository | Fishpond

8/10

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 Karina:
Well, I'm actually at a bit of a loss, my dear readers. I did a marathon reread of the previous two books in the series so I wouldn't get confused by any references in The Book of Life, but in the end the re-reads only outlined what I would have noticed anyway more clearly - I think that after a strong first and even stronger second book, the final instalment in the series was all over the place and felt like a right mess.

What do you think, V.?

The Postman Knock #92

Hello, my darlings!
I am mostly back to normal now, and thankfully picked up my reading pace again. Amen to that.

Here is what I've READ:


BURN FOR ME was ah-mazing! Another one from Andrews couple this year that will be one of my favorite reads of 2014. Seriously awesome. MAID FOR THE BILLIONAIRE was a sweet, simple read and I quite enjoy it, because it was a total zone out. DESTROYED was a DNF for me. I think I need to give up on dark romance. I keep trying and trying, and I just don't have stomach for it. At last, BEAUTY AND THE MUSTACHE was gorgeous, poetic, sexy and touching. At some point I had to hold back tears. Please, read it. It's out next week.

BOUGHT:

It's been a long time

KINDLE FREEBIES:

All were recommended by my favorite authors, so I'm looking forward to reading them!

This is it for me. 

Also, Outlander? *fans herself* 
I'm enjoying it sooo much! 

 She is an amazing Clare!

How about you? Have a great Sunday,
Tchau!

Friday Mini Reviews #28: Jessica Clare, Meredith Wild & C.D. Reiss







Once Upon a Billionaire by Jessica Clare (Billionaire Boys Club #4)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Fans of Maya Banks, Melody Anne and J. Kenner - prepare to be dazzled by Jessica Clare's Billionaire Boys Club.


The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society of six incredibly wealthy men who have vowed success in business - at any cost. but success when it comes to love is a different matter...


When scholarly billionaire Griffin Verdi must return to his country for the wedding of the century, he needs a good assistant at his side. Unfortunately for him, he's stuck with Maylee Meriweather, a pretty, charming, and thoroughly unsuitable woman who doesn't know a thing about high society...but she sure can kiss. But will Griffin be able to get past Maylee's lack of polish? And will Maylee be able to fall for a man that looks down on everything she's come from?

Amazon kindle US/UK

8.5/10
Oh my stars, for me this was the most hilarious fairy-talish and outlandish romance Jessica Clare managed to come up with so far, and I enjoyed it immensely! *grinning* If you want a Cinderella story, look no further, and you find a kind, naive Southern belle paired with a snotty European royal who has absolutely no social skills. Funny and outrageously entertaining. Recommended.
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Ржала как лошадь с этой современной юморной истории про Золушку! А если серьёзно, - отлично, чаруще, романтично и очень смешно, так как ни автор ни герои себя серьёзно не воспринимают. Читайте, если позарез хочется узнать как друг в друга по уши влюбились высокомерный европейский принц и наивная милая красотка с жутким акцентом аамериканского юга.



Hardwired by Meredith Wild (Hacker #1)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads

Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation, she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling startup. The only thing she didn’t prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who seems determined to derail her presentation.

Billionaire and rumored hacker Blake Landon has already made his fortune in software, and he’s used to getting what he wants. Captivated by Erica’s drive and unassuming beauty, he’s wanted nothing more than to possess her since she stepped into his boardroom. Determined to win her over, he breaks down her defenses and fights for her trust, even if it means sacrificing a level of control he’s grown accustomed to.

But when Blake uncovers a dark secret from Erica’s past, he threatens not just her trust, but the life she’s fought so hard to create.

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository
8/10
Not bad actually. Typical plot akin fifty shades, but the main heroine is gutsy, and he is a hacker for a change. There is a bit of overblown drama as usual, but I'll reserve judgement until I finish this trilogy. Plus it's in Boston, which I find very charming!
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Неплохо, хотя сюжет слизан с 50 Оттенков Серого. Главная героиня, слава богу, дверной коврик своим поведением не напоминает, герой - хакер, что само по себе свежо, а сюжет развивается на фоне очаровательного Бостона, хотя я бы чрезмерную драматизацию убрала. Я воздержусь от какого-либо осуждения пока не дочитаю всю трилогию.


 Use by C.D. Reiss (Songs of Perdition #2)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads

In the end, did I stab him to be free of him? And free to what? Fuck? Snort? Party? Or free to be normal?

It was a very interesting situation, up there on Maundy,” Elliot said.

“Nothing like it in the world. It’s a safe place for people like me.”

“People like you? Can you be more specific?” He ran his finger on the edge of his blotter, and a chill went up my inner thighs.

“People like me means, I don’t know. Fuckers. We fuck because it’s what we do. Bus drivers drive. Accountants account. Policemen police. I’m a fucker. I fuck.”

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK
9/10

Oh wow! I can't help but admire Miss Reiss's talent. This serial might be short, but the author manages to use such succinct, sharp words, their impact on the reader is enormous. It's like there is this vast amount of information behind each sentence, and I can't help being compelled and wretched by it all. I want more!
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У меня даже нет слов, честно говоря. Мисс Рейсс - просто королева коротких новелл. Она умудряется пропитать маленькие предложения таким количеством информации, что под конец остаётся ощущение, что прочёл полноценную книгу. Я обожаю её чёткие, веские, глубокие диалоги и характеры, которых просто невозможно не полюбить. Вот ведь правда,  краткость - сестра таланта. Блестяще и остро написано, хочу ещё!
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