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December New Book Releases I'm Dying to Read!

Well, hell! Not very promising, this month's book releases, eh?
What are you waiting for, peeps?

Friday Mini Reviews #55: J.D. Robb, Jane Lovering & Darynda Jones

Holiday in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #7)

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is on the trail of a serial killer and has made a discovery - all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours, New York's most exclusive dating service. As the murders continue, Eve enters into a world of people looking for their one true love - and a killer searching for his next victim.
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Holiday in Death was creepy and engaging, and it also gave Peabody more active role to play as a bait for the killer. I also adored her budding relationship with MacNabb. These two are hilarious. The villain is somehow more obvious to the reader than to Eve Dallas, but it's forgivable. And Eve in her unique style manages to do some Christmas shopping without really doing it. *grinning* I wish it was my superpower...
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 Праздники в Смерти - книга, навевающая холодок, и в то же время я ей заслушивалась. Пибоди умудряется сыграть более активную роль в расследовании в качестве приманки для убийцы, да и на неё с МакНаббом с их развивающимися отношениями смотреть смешно. Ев в типичном для неё стиле, умудряется закупиться рождественскими подарками без похода по магазинам, и даже очевидность злодея не убивает нашего хорошего настроения.

 Vampire State of Mind by Jane Lovering (Otherworlders #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads

Jessica Grant knows vampires only too well. She runs the York Council tracker programme making sure that Otherworlders are all where they should be, keeps the filing in order and drinks far too much coffee. To Jess, vampires are annoying and arrogant and far too sexy for their own good, particularly her ex-colleague Sil, who’s now in charge of Otherworld York.

But when a demon turns up and threatens not just Jess but the whole world order, she and Sil are forced to work together, and when Jess turns out to be the key to saving the world it puts a very different slant on their relationship. The stakes are high. They are also very, very pointy and Jess isn’t afraid to use them, even on the vampire that she’s rather afraid she’s falling in love with ...
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This book started really well but lost itself between paranormal romance and urban fantasy along the way. Great ideas, fabulous British snark, and on the whole, recommended! I am pretty sure there are a few more books in this series, and I'll be grabbing more of them.
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Эта книга началась замечательно, однако по дороге запуталась между жанрами: остаться ли ей городским фэнтези или перейти в паранормальный роман? Читателю остаётся непонятным послание автора. Однако идеи свежи, британский юмор как всегда остёр и книгу в целом рекомендую!

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #8)


Synopsis from Goodreads

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….
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My major complaint about this book which I've rated as the lowest in this series, is the last quarter of it. WTH?!! It felt like a total cop out. All the build up, the tension and anticipation,and then poop! It all conveniently disappears. You'll know what I meant when you read it for yourself.
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Больше всего меня в этой книге разочаровала последняя четверть сюжета! Ну уж очень не понравился рояль в кустах для Чарли, который так удобно разрешил все её проблемы. И это после нескольких лет напряженного ожидания противостояния с дьяволом...

The Postman Knock #143

Hello, everyone!
Another week of olive picking has gone by which means that now we have almost a tonne of olives in the press. I am quite happy with our progress and have been enjoying listening to non-stop audio books as they are perfect for this kind of work.


GIRL WAITS WITH GUN was much more timid and slow than I expected. I still enjoyed it though. DELUSION IN DEATH  was pretty good as well, quite intense and interesting. At last, CHRISTIAN was fabulous, and I inhaled it in one go.


Thanks to Penny Reid, St. Martin's Press and Audible Studios!


Reading it now, yum!

Hope you are enjoying your reads as much as I do mine, peeps! Have a great Sunday, tchau!

Friday Mini Reviews #54: J.D. Robb, Caroline Hanson & Jessie Burton

Vengeance in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #6)

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads
He is a madman with the mind of a genius and an expert with technology who stalks his prey, then taunts the police. Eve Dallas found the first dead man in his own home and the second in a vacant apartment. They both had links with a secret.
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This is a pivotal book in Eve/Somerset relationship. He finally sees her as an asset to Roarke and as a good human being despite all her shortcomings. Great mystery story as well!
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Это поворотная книга в отношениях между Ив и Сомерсетом. Он наконец-то понимает, что в ней видит Роарк и примиряется с её присутствием в его жизни. Да и сам детективчик хорош!

Love is Darkness by Caroline Hanson (Valerie Dearborn #1)

kindle freebie

Synopsis from Goodreads

Valerie Dearborn wants a cotton candy life filled with light sweetness, but it’s more like a puffer fish: pointy, unusual, and—if not prepared exactly right—deadly.

In London for graduate school, Val knows she's finally free. Her father and ex-almost-boyfriend are back in California and she's out of the Vampire hunting biz for good. Or is she?

She draws the attention of Lucas, a 1600 year old Vampire, and King to his kind. He’s also wicked hot. As golden as Lucifer, and just as tempting, he makes Valerie an offer she can't refuse— help him find out if the Others (Empaths, Fey and Werewolves) still exist or he'll stop protecting those she loves.

Lucas tells her that Empaths were a Vampire’s biggest weakness before going extinct hundreds of years ago. While the Fey or a Werewolf might kill a Vampire, an Empath could enslave them, seducing or harming with emotions at will. The one detail he leaves out? Valerie is an Empath.

And after 1600 years of an emotionless existence, Lucas wants Valerie like a recovering alcoholic wants a wine cooler.

Can she keep those she loves alive, stop Lucas from munching on her, survive a fanged revolution and still find a way to have that boring, normal life she’s always wanted? Probably not, but boy is she gonna try!

This is a full length novel and contains adult content.
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Carmel from Rabid Read recommended this series, and I quite enjoyed the first book. It's not overly melodramatic, and the vampires in it are believable. They are bored,capricious and ruthless. The fans of D.B. Reynolds and Laurel K. Hamilton should appreciate it.
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 Знакомый мне блог порекомендовал эту серию, и первая книга мне понравилась. Вампиры здесь умирают от скуки, капризны и кровожадны, так что придутся по вкусу любителям Д.Б. Рейнольдс и Лорелл К. Гамильтон.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton 

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam-a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion-a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery, in the tradition of Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters, and Sarah Dunant

"There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed..."

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella's world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

Johannes' gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand-and fear-the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?

Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.
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It is a really pretty book to read, beautifully written, gloomy, quirky and atmospheric. I know a lot of people had trouble with slow narration, but on audio it worked really well. The characters is the strength of this book, weird, wonderful and so very different from each other.
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 Это красивая книга, передающая атмосферу истеричной нервозности, мрачная и экцентричная. Я знаю, что многим не понравилось очень медленное развитие сюжета, однако в аудио формате слушалась эта книга превосходно. Сила Миниатюриста в его замечательных, сильных и интересных характерах. Читайте!
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