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The Postman Knock #155

Peeps, I am sorry I missed Wednesday post! I fell down a black hole called Angel. I finally have a chance to watch Angel for the first time and I've been sucked in. So good!

I love how Boreanaz finally coming into his own. There is a great sense of humor, and Cordelia obviously adds her own puns. Aaah... *sighs*

Anyway, I READ abysmally little in the last 2 weeks:

I wasn't happy with THE BOURBON THIEF, and I'll tell you why on Monday. FIRST TOUCH  pissed me off a little bit, and I bitched about it last Monday. GRIN AND BEARD IT  was gorgeous, and I'll review it on Friday. But, honestly? Buy it now! LUCK, LOVE AND LEMON PIE was just as sweet and lovely as the first book by Amy E. Reichert. I really enjoyed it. THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET was a fantastic listen! What great book, and a very easy sci-fi for beginners. At last, MAKE ME BURN was a DNF. It just wasn't grabbing my attention and I had to put it aside.




Well, this is it for me. And how was your week, peeps?
Over and out.

Also, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was so much fun!!! Anyone watched it?

Friday Mini Reviews #72: Pierce Brown, J.D. Robb & Kevin Hearne

Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Red Rising #1)

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads
"I live for the dream that my children will be born free," she says. "That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them."

"I live for you," I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. "Then you must live for more."

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies... even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

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A very strong listen on audio. There are flaws of course. The main character loses the plot halfway through because of his enormous pride but it's to be expected really, with the sheer brutality of  what's going in. To be honest it' so nerve wracking and brutal I don't think I have the stomach to read the continuation of the series. Very strong imagery and characters, BUT. Darrow is just not very likeable. *shrugs* Still, recommended.
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Очень сильная книга на аудио. Конечно, в ней есть и недостатки. Главный герой теряет свой моральный компас и первоначальные цели посреди сюжета из-за своей гордыни, чему я совершенно не удивилась. Очень брутальная книга. Яркие описания происходящего, настолько яркие, что у меня аж живот крутило иногда. Прямо боюсь читать книгу следующую, честно говоря. Ну вот, не пришёлся мне Дарроу по душе, и в этом проблема. Однако, книгу всё-равно советую.

Origin in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #21)

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

Set in 2059 in New York City, the number-one bestselling In Death series has given fans a searing glimpse into near-future law and order. Now, as scientists work to expand the limits of technology, Detective Eve Dallas tracks the cunning, cold-blooded killer of a father and son. A pioneer of modern reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Wilfred B. Icove, is found dead in his office--murdered in a chillingly efficient manner: one swift stab to the heart. Struck by the immaculate condition of the crime scene, Dallas suspects a professional killing. Security disks show a stunningly beautiful woman calmly entering and leaving the building--the good doctor's final appointment. Known as "Dr. Perfect," the saintly Icove devoted his life to his family and his work. His record is clean. Too clean for Dallas. She knows he was hiding something and suspects that his son--and successor--knows what it is. Then, like father, like son, the young Dr. Icove is killed . . . with the same deadly precision. But who is the mystery woman--and what was her relationship with the good doctors? While her husband, Roarke, works behind the scenes, Dallas follows her darkest instincts into the Icoves' pasts. What she discovers are men driven to create perfection--playing fast and loose with the laws of nature, the limits of science, and the morals of humanity. Origin in Death proves once again the incredible appeal of Eve Dallas and the bestselling popularity of her creator. Whether writing as herself or as J. D. Robb, Nora Roberts continues to push the boundaries of suspense--and she takes delighted fans along for the ride.

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One of the best books in this series (and I'm telling this to you looking back from catching up to almost all of them). Very convoluted, futuristic plot worthy of a movie. There is a huge moral battle, many emotional moments and an incredible ending.  The consequences of this book will echo in many more books in the future so you can not miss it! Roarke and Eve come very close to dying. Very much recommended.
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Одна из лучших книг серии с сюжетом, заслуживающим полноценного превращения в кинофильм. Это я говоря с уверенностью, так как на момент этой рецензии, книги я прочитала почти все. Готовьтесь к трудному моральному выбору, тяжёлым вопросам, вызванным прогрессом науки и медицины, а также ко многим эмоциональным моментам. Рорк и Ив чуть ли не умирают. Книга эта будет отзываться эхом во многих последующих книгах серии, так что её пропускать нельзя.

 Staked by Kevin Hearne (The iron Druid Chronicles #8)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Iron Druid Atticus O'Sullivan, hero of Kevin Hearne's epic New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series, has a point to make—and then drive into a vampire's heart.

When a druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he's bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers—led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus—have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It's time to make a stand.

As always, Atticus wouldn't mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: Turns out when you stiff a troll, it's not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki's mark and elude his powers of divination—a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares.

As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won't come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.

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 I do think that in general this series is losing steam, but I also was enormously relieved that this giant vampire plot arch finally came to its end. Hallelujah!  Owen was okay, Granuaile is still not my favorite, although Polish witches were nice. Atticus is still his old self. Loved the ghost story. Very nice touch, Mr. Hearne! *smirking* So, overall not bad, but I am more than ready for a fresh start for all the characters.
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 Да, я думаю, что эта серия постепенно и неумолимо теряет свой блеск. Как-то восторга последние несколько книг у меня не вызывали. Нить сюжета о вампирах наконец-то оказалась завершена, о чём я прочитала с огромным облегчением. Оуэн был в порядке, хоть и довольно скучноват. Грануаль мне никогда особо не нравилась, хотя её общение с польскими ведьмами было очень милым. Ну а Аттикус как обычно - Аттикус! Понравилась история с призраком в Канаде. Хорошо была она написана, мистер Хирн. Так что, в общем, неплохо, но я более чем готова к новым, свежим поворотам сюжета.

Erotic Romance Audiobook Review: First Touch by Laurelin Paige

First Touch by Laurelin Paige (First and Last #1)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
When Emily Wayborn goes home to visit her mom while on hiatus from her hit TV show, she receives a voicemail from her former best friend, Amber. Though the two were once notorious party girls, they haven't spoken in years. Although the message might sound benign to anyone else, Amber uses a safe word that Emily recognizes, a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild days. And what's more chilling than the voicemail: it turns out that Amber has gone missing.

Determined to track down her friend, Emily follows a chain of clues that lead her to the enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis, a hotelier known for his shady dealings and play boy reputation. Now, in order to find Amber, Emily must seduce Reeve to learn his secrets and discover the whereabouts of her friend. But as she finds herself more entangled with him, she finds she's drawn to Reeve for more than just his connection to Amber, despite her growing fear that he may be the enemy. When she's forced to choose where her loyalty lies, how will she decide between saving Amber and saving her heart?

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 Erotic romance is very individual, isn't it? It's really hard to find the books which would really connect with us on a deep, subconscious level, and as you can guess this one didn't.

Friday Mini Reviews #71: J.D.Robb, Tamsen Parker & Sabaa Tahir

Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #20)

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads
No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city - not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal - but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision. The state-of-the-art security was breached, and the killers used night vision to find their way through the cozy middle-class house. Clearly, Dallas is dealing with pros. The only mistake they made was to overlook the nine-year-old girl cowering in the dark in the kitchen. . .

Now Nixie Swisher is an orphan - and the sole eyewitness to a seemingly inexplicable crime. Kids are not Dallas's strong suit. But Nixie needs a safe place to stay, and Dallas needs to solve this case. Not only because of the promise she made to Nixie. Not only for the cause of justice. But also to put to rest some of her own darkest memories - and deepest fears. With her partner Peabody on the job, and watching her back - and with Roarke providing the kind of help only he can give - Lieutenant Eve Dallas is running after shadows, and dead-set on finding out who's behind them.
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 Fantastic book, strong plot and wonderful character growth. There were some emotional moments because the victim Eve's fighting for is a child and through her eyes we see a lot of very painful stuff. Eve is fabulous in that, but so as everyone else. Well done!
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 Фантастичная книга, сильный сюжет и очень хороший рост характеров. Много эмоциональных моментов, так как жертва преступления - ребёнок, и очень многое оспринимается более болезненно через её взгляд на происходящее. Ив - красотка просто, да и вся остальная команда тоже. Надо читать!

 Intimate Geography by Tamsen Parker (The Compass #2)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Fiercely protective of her heart, India Burke let down her defenses when Cris Ardmore went from another notch on her D/s playdate belt to everything she could never admit she wanted.

But being disowned by your family and betrayed by your lover aren’t easy to get over, and India’s old fears of intimacy creep in against a backdrop of professional drama that forces her return to a place that never really felt like home.

Though she proved her loyalty when it mattered most, love is about more than grand gestures and Cris wants all of her—which may be more than India is able to give. Can Cris and India navigate to a shared future or will they forever be off course?

** Please Note: Intimate Geography is Book 2 of The Compass Series and CANNOT be read as a stand-alone. Personal Geography, the beginning of Cris and India’s story, released on December 1st 2014.**
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 A sweet read, a realistic situation, and I really liked that nothing was straightforward. Both characters had hard choices to make, lives to re-arrange. The low rating is mostly because a lot of issues were unresolved and the book would have only won by being longer to do just that. Great plot which truly needed expanding. Overall, fab duology.
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Милая книга, реалистичная ситуация, и мне очень понравилось, что простых решений здесб не было. Обоим героям нужно было обдумать, как продвигать отношения дальше и кому пожертвовать своим комфортом и изменить жизнь, чтобы быть со своим партнёром. Оценка занижена, так как в сюжете осталось много неразрешённых линий, и надо было книгу расширять. Автор талантливый, спору нет, но книга закончилась лениво.
 An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in The Ashes #1)

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
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 The amount of kickass women in this book is beyond awesome. Nevermind Elias. Helena saves his backside every time, Laia uncovers conspiracy on her own, and the main villain in all her cruel, sadistic glory is Elias's mother. One monologue of hers about Elias's birth is worth the whole book. Men are pretty much worthless to the plot. A lot of chemistry in here, a lot or cruelty and fast action. I enjoyed it sooo much and looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Количество шикарных баб в этой книге зашкаливает по шкале Рихтера. Забудьте, Элиаса. Хелена вытаскивает его задницу из различных передряг каждый раз, Лайя раскрывает заговор в одиночку, а главная злодейка во всей своей беспощадной, садистской красе - мать Элиаса. Один её монолог о рождении Элиаса стоит всей книжки! Очень много здесь жестокости, брутального экшна и магнетизма между главными героями. Талантливый автор, жутко хочу читать дальше!
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