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Feb. 17th, 2011 02:47 pm
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Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #4)Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very good, I think I even liked it better than Dime Store Magic. The books seem to be getting better with every one. Good plot, no strange endings dangling anywhere, suspenseful, straight forward, nice amount of action. Characters are well fleshed out and believable. I had fun!

I'll be happy to give this book away, just let me know if you want it.

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Le Tour Gourmand - Ein kulinarisches Reisetagebuch von Bad Ischl bis PekingLe Tour Gourmand - Ein kulinarisches Reisetagebuch von Bad Ischl bis Peking by Christoph Wagner

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I dumped this book after 20 pages. It was irritating. The author was building endless sentences, that meandered along senselessly. Maybe he was trying to look smart, I don't know. Authors writing in German have a tendency to do that. I guess German is a perfect language to stick on another comma and yet another sentence and another comma and... repeat ad infinitum. It's one of the reasons why I dislike reading novels in German so much.

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Jan. 2nd, 2011 04:51 pm
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Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #3)Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I did not like Paige very much in the previous books, so this ended up sitting on my shelf for over a year. She was as annoying as I remembered in the first half of the book. But I liked the plot and the action picked up nicely in the second half, so I tried to ignore her more stupid personality traits. The book ended up being fun.


Irresistible Forces (Kimani Romance)Irresistible Forces by Brenda Jackson

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


A free Kindle download. So predictable that I could summarize it after reading the first chapter and was almost spot-on. I skimmed after the first few chapters. Shallow and uninspired, it was painfully boring. Really? If I had paid money for this, I would not have been happy.



Books I've read in 2010 )

The list is pretty pathetic. One of my two New Year resolutions is to read more in 2011.

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Dec. 18th, 2010 04:12 am
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Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, #1)Touch the Dark by Karen Chance

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Very entertaining. What a pleasant surprise! Feels a little like early Anita Blake, when those books still had a plot. Likeable heroine, interesting gift with lots of potential for future storylines. Suspenseful. I will definitely pick up the next in the series.



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ReadingStolen (#2 of Women of the Otherworld) by Kelley Armstong

From Amazon:
"When two desperate witches lure part-time journalist and full-time werewolf Elena Michaels into a carefully laid trap, she quickly learns that her perceptions about humanity are based on some fundamental flaws. In Kelley Armstrong's supernatural thriller, Stolen, the world is populated with vampires, demons, half-demons, magical shamans and other supernatural races living anonymously among the human population--a concept that Elena has a hard time accepting, just as she struggled with her own lupine identity in Armstrong's remarkable debut, Bitten."

I read Bitten two years ago and have had Stolen on my shelf ever since. I liked bitten, but obviously not enough to immediately read the next one. It's been too long to remember, why I wasn't totally convinced by the story. Something was there in the back of my mind. I did not like Clay and the relationship between him and Elena left me with a lukewarm feeling at best.

When I started Stolen, I was therefore pleasantly surprised, how much I did like it. However, I disliked Paige a lot. Ok, that was probably the point. I don't think the character was supposed to be all that likeable at first. But it put me off a bit. What I also did not like so much was the use of magic towards the end of the book. It's a supernatural novel, so there is bound to be some magical elements. They just did not feel real, if that makes sense. It felt like an easy way to drive the story ahead.

So, it was not bad, but I am not totally convinced either. To put a further damper on things, the third book of the series is told by Paige and presumably features heavily on her brand of magic. I put Dime Store Magic on my BookMooch and BookCrossing wishlists, maybe I will get it at a later time if I should run out of more interesting stuff to read.
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Book NookLaurell K Hamilton, Skin Trade (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #17)

Anita ends up in Vegas -- slightly strange, as I just read a Kitty Norville novel set in Vegas, also including vampires and weretigers. Is Vegas the place to be at the moment or are my favourite authors borrowing ideas from each other?

Anyway, the action is good, the usual mayhem, sex and violence takes place. I enjoyed this a lot -- which is great, as the whole series felt a bit tired in the last few books. Either my tastes have changed or the books feel perkier again. I will definitely get the next book. A bit more of Jean-Claude would be nice, pretty please!

I think I will read a Kelley Armstrong Novel next. I haven't gotten far with that series at all. I read Bitten about 2 years ago and have had Stolen on my bookshelf since then as well. So, finally picking it up! Making a little lunch now and then will get started...

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