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May 03, 2015

Deaths Keep

I haven't said that much in this review, partly because I didn't want to spoil the story. The other reason is that the more I say the less it feels like I liked the story, which is simply not true. Though I just can't think of anything else to say without describing the story.

The Book of Lokk: Death's KeepThe Book of Lokk: Death's Keep by Sommer Nectarhoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very original concept, with some great storytelling. I think I would have liked a little more gore and a little more urgency and fear through the story. Saying that the story plays out really well, and I loved the idea of Greek style gods and their servants.



April 26, 2015

CIA Thriller

The Shadow CartelThe Shadow Cartel by Layton Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very well layered CIA thriller. There's a complexity to both he characters and the story that changes how you read the story. The character's emotional investment is clear, and heightens the reader response. What's more is that all the characters are likeable, they're all flawed people, but their subtleties are compelling. The antagonist characters are less well developed in places, but their motives are nonetheless clear. If you like action-thrillers, this is one for you. The action never stops. My only qualms are: I want to know what happens to Charlie. And I would have liked more graphic histories of Grey and Lana.


April 25, 2015

Jill Kismet Book Review

Jill Kismet: The Complete SeriesJill Kismet: The Complete Series by Lilith Saintcrow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Saintcrow writes about a tainted heroin with the weight of the world on her shoulders. There's crimes to solve, hell breed to be stopped and souls to save, most notably Kissmet's own. The action and drama are thoroughly enjoyable in each of these books and though the resemblance to the Dante Valentine stories is striking the story in my opinion reads much better.
Saintcrow needs to work on her repetition. Reading the books back to back brings to light cases where cut and paste seems to be the writing style of choice. Don't get me wrong this doesn't happen too often or in more than a paragraph at a time, but for me it was glaring. I would have also liked to see some of the more emotional topics of Kissmet's life broached on a deeper level. Kissmet doesn't develop as a character she is more a constant of the universe; whilst that fits with the description of a trained hunter the more human aspect is sadly escaped. The over-arcing storyline was subtle but there, though again could have been made more interesting on a character interplay level.
I don't want this review to sound over critical as I hugely enjoyed reading these books, hence the 5 star rating.

This one I read a while ago, probably sometime last year. I wanted to test what this format looks like on my blog. Since I write the reviews anyway, I thought I might as well publish them here as well as just on Goodreads. Hopefully, this will enable me and I guess you, if anyone even reads this, to track changes in writing style. With any luck, these will be changes in the right direction.


May 07, 2014

Crime Thrill Ride

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Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

Well this was a thrill ride and a half, both in an action sense and an emotional one. There were points that little was happening, but somehow the expectation of violence keeps you hooked. The vast majority of the characters had minor roles, but even then their mannerisms were well portrayed. The major characters were deep with their own motivations and morales. I loved it and will be reading the rest, when time permits.


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