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DARK IN DEATH

 

DARK IN DEATH by JD Robb

Dark In Death by JD Robb
Book 46 of the In Death series
Narrated by Susan Ericksen
Genre: scifi crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobookAudible Books

 

 

About Dark In Death:

It was a stab in the dark.

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime — from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.

The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama — and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.

Source: Info in the “About Dark In Death” was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35466342-dark-in-death on 31/01/2018.

 

DARK IN DEATH by JD Robb (UK)

My Thoughts:

5% into the book and it had me thinking about that Sharon Stone movie where the crime author was the killer… However that sense of similarity to that movie soon faded as Dark In Death‘s story unfolded. Anyway, and just for fun, below is the trailer for Basic Instinct

I was looking forward to this book for a year but once I started reading/listening to it, it kinda got boring and I was afraid that the staying power of this series has finally started to wane on me. It probably is not the book, it’s most likely just me. But I guess it gotta happen sometime. Anyway, I still enjoyed the book but not as much as I used to with this series. Or even like the last book. For some reason this one is mediocre to me compared to previous books. Anyway, I still like meeting Bella again! That one I really liked! And the plot is quite solid with this book, too. This time its not just Dallas, all by her lonely self (again), who got the murderer. This time it was actually a team effort that they got the bad guy. I like that, rather than it’s only ever Dallas who got the antagonist in the end. That was ok for the first few books. After reading it like that, book after book after book, it kinda lost its novelty. Not only that, it also gets annoying. However, this book is not like that, so kudos to this book!

Just because I whinged doesn’t mean I not a fan anymore. I still am. And would still continue buying this series for some time to come. I just wished that I hadn’t gotten jaded yet… It was more fun then…

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (13 hrs & 25 mins listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

BASIC INSTINCT Trailer:

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook copies of the book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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19/03/2018 Posted by | 4 cherries, audible, audible.co.uk, audiobook, audiobook review, audiobooks, book review, Cherry's review, Cherry's reviews, crime fiction, ebook, In Death series, JD Robb, kindle, kindle ebook, review, reviews, Roark, science fiction, Susan Ericksen | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WOLVES AND THE RIVER OF STONE

 

Wolves And The River Of Stone by Eric R. Asher
Book 2 of the Vesik series
Read by William Dufris
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audio

 

 

About Wolves And The River Of Stone:

Philip, Zola’s boyfriend from one hundred and fifty years ago, is not nearly as dead as we thought. I really wish he was. Not only has he kidnapped Zola, but he’s raising an army to scour humanity from the earth. Hopefully the local werewolf pack will help. What could possibly go wrong?

Source: Info in the About Wolves And The River Of Stone was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18765663-wolves-and-the-river-of-stone on 24/12/2016.

 

My Thoughts:

As a follow-up to Days Gone Bad, this book also had the beautiful world building and character development seen in the first book. Another plus is the humour strewn through out the story telling! Kudos to the author’s writing style! Another thing I like about this book is the appearance of the wolves! The already wonderful world building just kept getting richer! This series also introduced me to chimichanga which is quickly becoming a favourite of mine! I didn’t know that such food existed until Vesik kept eating it! On the down side, for some reason I needed breaks from it every so often. This brought the pace of this book down. And the plot is a little bit on the thin side. However despite that, I still rate this book as a good read because I did enjoyed it!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (10 hrs & 4 mins listening time)
Plot = 3
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Vesik Series:

Book 1: DAYS GONE BAD   Book 2: WOLVES AND THE RIVER OF STONE   Book 3: WINTER'S DEMON   Book 4: THIS BROKEN WORLD   Book 5: DESTROYER RISING   Book 5.5: WHISPERS OF WAR   Book 6: RATTLE THE BONES   Book 7: WITCH QUEEN'S WAR

 

About Eric R. Asher
Eric Asher

Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.

www.daysgonebad.com | facebook | facebook author page | twitter | goodreads | pinterest | google+

 


 

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05/02/2018 Posted by | 4 cherries, audible, audible.co.uk, audiobook, audiobook review, book review, Cherry's review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, Eric R. Asher, kindle ebook, kindle review, necromancers, review, reviews, urban fantasy, vampire, vampires, Vesik series, William Dufris | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ECHOES IN DEATH

 

ECHOES IN DEATH by JD Robb

Echoes In Death by JD Robb
Book 44 of the In Death series
Narrated by Susan Ericksen
Genre: scifi crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobookAudible Books

 

 

About Echoes In Death:

This chilling new suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb is the perfect entry point into the compelling In Death police procedural series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas.

As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil”…

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

Source: Info in the “About Echoes In Death” was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31384635-echoes-in-death on 10/02/2017.

 

BROTHERHOOD IN DEATH by JD Robb audiobook

My Thoughts:

By now, Susan Ericksen‘s voice is firmly entrenched in my head as Eve Dallas‘ voice, just as Johanna Parker‘s is Sookie Stackhouse‘s. Flaws and all. So it no longer matter what previous dislikes I might have for the narration, it is all good now.

The plot is just a little on the side of fantastical rather than crime fiction this time. Or maybe it has always been like that and this is just the first time that I really let myself see it. I do have the tendency to want to keep my fantasy bubble and be obstinately blind. Or maybe I am becoming less enamoured by this series and start getting cynical (I hope not). Anyway, it is still a flipping good read.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (13 hrs & 43 mins listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 4

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
Ebook and audiobook copies of the book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

11/02/2017 Posted by | 4 cherries, audiobook, book review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: THE DAYLIGHT WAR

 

The Daylight War by Peter Brett
Book 3 in The Demon Cycle series
Read by Colin Mace
Genre: epic fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobook

 

 


About The Daylight War:

On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

Arlen Bales was once an ordinary man, but now he has become something more—the Warded Man, tattooed with eldritch wards so powerful they make him a match for any demon. Arlen denies he is the Deliverer at every turn, but the more he tries to be one with the common folk, the more fervently they believe. Many would follow him, but Arlen’s path threatens to lead him to a dark place he alone can travel to, and from which there may be no returning.

The only one with hope of keeping Arlen in the world of men, or joining him in his descent into the world of demons, is Renna Tanner, a fierce young woman in danger of losing herself to the power of demon magic.

Ahmann Jardir has forged the warlike desert tribes of Krasia into a demon-killing army and proclaimed himself Shar’Dama Ka, the Deliverer. He carries ancient weapons–a spear and a crown–that give credence to his claim, and already vast swaths of the green lands bow to his control.

But Jardir did not come to power on his own. His rise was engineered by his First Wife, Inevera, a cunning and powerful priestess whose formidable demon bone magic gives her the ability to glimpse the future. Inevera’s motives and past are shrouded in mystery, and even Jardir does not entirely trust her.

Once Arlen and Jardir were as close as brothers. Now they are the bitterest of rivals. As humanity’s enemies rise, the only two men capable of defeating them are divided against each other by the most deadly demons of all–those lurking in the human heart.

Source: Info in the About The Daylight War was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8176879-the-desert-spear on 03/01/2016.

 

My Thoughts:

I went into this book with a lot of prejudice. That didn’t help any. So yes, this is a slow read, audiobook or not. And just like Book 2, it’s just another chapter of a bigger book. Which makes this series, obviously, not a trilogy. This series seems to be becoming an ongoing thing so much like Robert Jordan‘s Wheel Of Time series. Hopefully, unlike the Wheel Of Time, the author won’t die before the final book is published! **fingers crossed** …And also unlike the Wheel Of Time, there would be less padding… hopefully…

Also like the previous books, The Daylight War also has the same story telling style. The story has multiple threads and jumps from thread to thread every couple of chapters or so. Like for example I was reading about Arlen for the last couple of chapters. Then the next chapter jumps to Leesha. I have to go back to the last chapter where Leesha left off because I had forgotten what had happened to her last while being immersed in Arlen‘s story. The continuity of the story is broken. This story telling style feels jarring to the reading flow. And this is the very reason why I stopped reading Ian Irvine… And another reason why this book is a slow read. And then it ended in a whoopping, big-ass cliffhanger….

However, even after all that moaning, it still has a masterful world building! So much so that no matter how I dislike the story telling style, I could not, in all honesty give this book a less than 2. Well, 2, is not exactly the sum of its parts when broken down in the Empirical Evaluation, but that is what I give this book anyway. Cliffhanger endings is sooo not to my liking.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 3.5
Writing Style = 1.5
Ending = 1
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 1.5
Plot = 3
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 cherries

 

About Peter Brett
Peter V. Brett

Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, Peter V. Brett (“Peat” to his friends) has been writing fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Art History from the University at Buffalo in 1995, and then spent over a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in Brooklyn.

www.petervbrett.com | facebook | facebook author page | twitter | goodreads | pinterest | instagram | google+

 

Books in The Demon Cycle series:
Book 1: THE WARDED MAN   Book 1.5: BRAYAN'S GOLD   Book 1.6: THE GREAT BAZAAR AND OTHER STORIES   Book 2: THE DESERT SPEAR   Book 3: THE DAYLIGHT WAR   Book 3.5: MESSENGER'S LEGACY   Book 4: THE SKULL THRONE   Book 5: THE CORE

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook copies of this book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

13/04/2016 Posted by | 2 cherries, audiobook, book review, Cherry's reviews, review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: BROTHERHOOD IN DEATH

 

BROTHERHOOD IN DEATH by JD Robb
 

Brotherhood In Death by JD Robb
Book 42 of the In Death series
Narrated by Susan Ericksen
Genre: scifi crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobookAudible Books

 

 

About Brotherhood In Death:

Sometimes brotherhood can be another word for conspiracy…

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.

As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed — and locked — doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.

Source: Info in the “About Brotherhood In Death” was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25337081-brotherhood-in-death on 19/09/2015.

 

BROTHERHOOD IN DEATH by JD Robb audiobook

My Thoughts:

42 books into the series… and one would expect “same old, same old” yet somehow, JD Robb manages to put a fresh spin to it all. It is a credit to her story telling abilities that this series’ staying power hasn’t faded on me yet. In fact, I am as enraptured with it as I ever was. I think waiting for the next book for a year may have contributed to it, that every time I get my hands on the next book it was like meeting a long lost friend again. Which is exactly what this book felt like. The down side is, I didn’t see Bella in this book. This book also reminded me why I don’t really like crime fiction… because crime fictions gotta have crime in it! Uglies in life is not my kind of thing. I’m an escapist reader. I read to escape the uglies! Having said that, JD Robb does make it worth my while to read through the uglies to read an enjoyable book! So it’s 4.5, not a 5 out of 5, only by virtue of it being a crime fiction!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (13 hrs and 37 mins listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 4

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
Ebook and audiobook copies of the book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

06/04/2016 Posted by | 4 cherries, audiobook, book review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: THE DESERT SPEAR

 

The Desert Spear by Peter Brett
Book 2 in The Demon Cycle series
Read by Colin Mace
Genre: epic fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobook

 

 


About The Desert Spear:

The sun is setting on humanity. The night now belongs to voracious demons that arise as the sun sets, preying upon a dwindling population forced to cower behind ancient and half-forgotten symbols of power. These wards alone can keep the demons at bay, but legends tell of a Deliverer: a general — some would say prophet — who once bound all mankind into a single force that defeated the demons. Those times, if they ever existed, are long past. The demons are back, and the return of the Deliverer is just another myth . . . or is it?

Out of the desert rides Ahmann Jardir, who has forged the warlike desert tribes of Krasia into a demon-killing army. He has proclaimed himself Shar’Dama Ka, the Deliverer, and he carries ancient weapons — a spear and a crown — that give credence to his claim. Sworn to follow the path of the first Deliverer, he has come north to bring the scattered city-states of the green lands together in a war against demonkind — whether they like it or not.

But the northerners claim their own Deliverer. His name was Arlen, but all know him now as the Warded Man: a dark, forbidding figure whose skin is tattooed with wards so powerful they make him a match for any demon. The Warded Man denies that he is the Deliverer, but his actions speak louder than words, for he teaches men and women to face their fears and stand fast against the creatures that have tormented them for centuries.

Once the Shar’Dama Ka and the Warded Man were friends, brothers in arms. Now they are fierce adversaries. Caught between them are Renna, a young woman pushed to the edge of human endurance; Leesha, a proud and beautiful healer whose skill in warding surpasses that of the Warded Man himself; and Rojer, a traveling fiddler whose uncanny music can soothe the demons — or stir them into such frenzy that they attack one another.

Yet as old allegiances are tested and fresh alliances forged, all are blissfully unaware of the appearance of a new breed of demon, more intelligent — and deadly — than any that have come before.

Source: Info in the About The Desert Spear was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8176879-the-desert-spear on 03/01/2016.

 

My Thoughts:

In this book we are introduced to a more sinister kind of nemesis. This time around the demons are not just mindless but strong, fast, with sharp claws frightening beings. We get to know a higher kind of demon with vicious cunning. Can fly and command vast armies. Mankind has no chance! Aha! And then we read on….

Like The Painted Man, this book is also a slow start despite the convenience of the audiobook. I think the other reason for this book being particularly slow start is because it openned with the story of Jardir whom we met in Book 1. I didn’t like him. And that dislike colored my views about reading his side of the story. Thus it took a great deal of perseverance on my part to plod through his story. Consequently, it dragged the pace of this book down considerably. Usual fantastic world building. Masterful story telling quality. And the dreaded “jumping-through-multiple-threads” style of telling the story. **sigh**

The story has multiple threads and jumps from thread to thread every couple of chapters or so. Like for example I was reading about Arlen for the last couple of chapters. Then the next chapter jumps to Leesha. I have to go back to the last chapter where Leesha left off because I had forgotten what had happened to her last while being immersed in Arlen‘s story. The continuity of the story is broken. This story telling style feels jarring to the reading flow. And this is the very reason why I stopped reading Ian Irvine

No, it’s not graphic sex that tacked the “Parental Advisory” sticker on this book/series. It’s the rape, incest and other issues. This also contributed to this book’s slow pace. Although the author kind of glossed over it.

The narration – by now I am already used to Colin Mace‘s reading. I still don’t agree with all of his interpretations of the book, but, it is easier for me to just let it go now.

But here is the real kicker, the book ended in a big whooping cliffhanger! This book is just a chapter of a bigger book. The story didn’t start nor ended in this book. At all. Just a chapter.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 3.5
Writing Style = 3
Ending = 1
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 2
Plot = 3
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

 

About Peter Brett
Peter V. Brett

Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, Peter V. Brett (“Peat” to his friends) has been writing fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Art History from the University at Buffalo in 1995, and then spent over a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in Brooklyn.

www.petervbrett.com | facebook | facebook author page | twitter | goodreads | pinterest | instagram | google+

 

Books in The Demon Cycle series:
Book 1: THE WARDED MAN   Book 1.5: BRAYAN'S GOLD   Book 1.6: THE GREAT BAZAAR AND OTHER STORIES   Book 2: THE DESERT SPEAR   Book 3: THE DAYLIGHT WAR   Book 3.5: MESSENGER'S LEGACY   Book 4: THE SKULL THRONE  

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook copies of this book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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Review: THE PAINTED MAN

 

The Painted Man by Peter Brett
Book 1 in The Demon Cycle series
Read by Colin Mace
Genre: epic fantasy
Format: paperback, ebook, & audiobook

 

 


About The Painted Man:

As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night.

Source: Info in the About The Painted Man was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3322866-the-painted-man on 03/01/2016.

 

 

My Thoughts:

It took me a bit of time to get into this story. The first couple of chapters were hard going. But the worst thing about it is the story telling style of the book. The story has multiple threads and jumps from thread to thread every couple of chapters or so. Like for example I was reading about Arlen for the last couple of chapters. Then the next chapter jumps to Leesha. I have to go back to the last chapter where Leesha left off because I had forgotten what had happened to her last while being immersed in Arlen‘s story. The continuity of the story is broken. This story telling style feels jarring to the reading flow. I really didn’t like it! It also drags down the reading pace despite the convenience of the audiobook format. However, I like this author’s story telling quality and the world building. It is just simply beautiful! I also do not agree with all of the narrator’s interpretations, but I can live with it. All in all, I enjoyed this book and, of course, am now reading Book 2.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 3
Ending = 3
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 3
Plot = 4
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

About Peter Brett
Peter V. Brett

Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, Peter V. Brett (“Peat” to his friends) has been writing fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Art History from the University at Buffalo in 1995, and then spent over a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in Brooklyn.

www.petervbrett.com | facebook | facebook author page | twitter | goodreads | pinterest | instagram | google+

 

Books in The Demon Cycle series:
Book 1: THE WARDED MAN   Book 1.5: BRAYAN'S GOLD   Book 1.6: THE GREAT BAZAAR AND OTHER STORIES   Book 2: THE DESERT SPEAR   Book 3: THE DAYLIGHT WAR   Book 3.5: MESSENGER'S LEGACY   Book 4: THE SKULL THRONE  

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
The paperback, ebook, and audiobook copies of this book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

09/01/2016 Posted by | 4 cherries, book review, Cherry's reviews, review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: DEVOTED IN DEATH

DEVOTED IN DEATH by JD Robb ebook

Devoted In Death by JD Robb
Book 41 of the In Death series
Read by Susan Ericksen
Genre: scifi crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobookAudible Books

 

 

About Devoted In Death:

Eve Dallas tracks a couple whose passion is fueled by cold brutalityin the newest crime thriller from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Obsession in Death and Festive in Death.

When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart—and initials inside reading E and D . . .

Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don’t ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo’s got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else’s. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone—an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again.

As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve . . .

Source: Info in the About Devoted In Death was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22571696-obsession-in-death on 13/02/2015.

 

DEVOTED IN DEATH by JD Robb audiobook

My Thoughts:

This book showcases to us that there really are sick fucks out there! But I guess that’s what crime fiction books does. But what makes this book stands out from the million other crime fic books out there is the fact that JD Robb can spin a tired old tale into something new and exciting! And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what I call a masterful story telling quality! As evidenced by the fact that this is now book 41 down the line and the staying power of the series is still going strong and true. As if compelling story telling quality is not enough, this book also have a substantial plot (like the rest of the books in this series), contributes to it’s magnetic pull on the reader… Okay, so I am an old die-hard fan… so I tend to “fan rave”. But that does not make what I said any less true.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 5
Plot = 5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 


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Ebook and audiobook copies of the book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.
 

12/10/2015 Posted by | 5 cherries, audiobook, Cherry's review, In Death series, JD Robb, Lt. Eve Dallas, review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: DAYS GONE BAD

 

Days Gone Bad by Eric R. Asher
Book 1 of the Vesik series
Read by William Dufris
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: kindle ebook & audiobook

 

 

About Days Gone Bad:

My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We’ve vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and…damn, I need a vacation.

©2013 Eric R. Asher (P)2014 Eric R. Asher

Source: Info in the About Days Gone Bad was taken from Audible at http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Days-Gone-Bad-Audiobook/B00KX959A4#publisher-summary on 15/06/2015.

 

Buy Link(s):
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My Thoughts:

I came across this book as a recommendation in a comment in Ilona Andrews’ giveaway for an ARC of Magic Shifts. And mighty glad I did! It was an awesome read!!

Chapter 1, I wasn’t very convinced. But by Chapter 3, I knew it was gonna be good! And by the end of the book, Eric Asher has gained a new die-hard fan! You got your vampires, fairies, old gods, power-wielding humans and more. Hopefully the author will expand more about the werewolves and witches in subsequent books in the series. Needing a good urban fantasy fix? Pick this book up! I just wished they hired a more ruggedly appealing model for the cover though. Don’t have to be handsome, just more appealing. Anyway the suggestion of magical elements in the cover art makes up for it. So not a total loss. I also like William Dufris‘ narration and his interpretation of the story. He obviously brought his own flavor to the book which made it ultimately more enjoyable! And of course, I already bought the second book and currently reading it 🙂

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = ( 8 hrs & 50 mins listening time)
Plot = 4
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Vesik Series:
Book 1: DAYS GONE BAD   Book 2: WOLVES AND THE RIVER OF STONE   Book 3: WINTER'S DEMON

 

About Eric R. Asher
Eric Asher

Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.

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08/08/2015 Posted by | audiobook, book review, review | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ARALORN: MASQUES & WOLFSBANE

 

ARALORN: Masques & Wolfsbane by Patricia Briggs
Books 1 & 2 of the Aralorn series
Read by Katherine Kellgren
Genre: fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About ARALORN: Masques & Wolfsbane:

After an upbringing of proper behaviour and oppressive expectations, Aralorn fled her noble birthright for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. But her latest mission involves more peril than she ever imagined.

Agents of Sianim have asked her to gather intelligence on the increasingly popular and powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae’Magi. Soon Aralorn comes to see past the man’s striking charisma – and into a soul as corrupt and black as endless night. And few have the will to resist the sinister might of the ae’Magi and his minions.

So Aralorn, aided by her enigmatic companion, Wolf, joins the rebellion against the ae’Magi. But in a war against a foe armed with the power of illusion, how do you know who the true enemy is – or where he will strike next?

This omnibus edition contains the two titles MASQUES and WOLFSBANE.

Source: Info in the About ARALORN: Masques & Wolfsbane was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16074463-aralorn on 26/04/2015.

 

My Thoughts:

I was in an “In-Between-Good-Books” funk and looking for something to read. Since I am an old Patricia Briggs fan with the Mercedes Thompson series, I went looking for more of her work to read. Thus this book got bought and read. I was a bit apprehensive going into this one because I came across polarized reviews about this book/series. Plus, there was the intro by Patricia Briggs where she went on to say that this was her first work and did not sell too well back then. However I was hoping I won’t be too disappointed given that she has edited it extensively since then. So I went into this book “hopeful” but not with raised expectations. Which was good! Because if I went into this book with high expectations, I think I would have been disappointed. As it is, I enjoyed the book just the way it is, with no disappointments. I would say that this book was not as good as the Mercedes Thompson series but not a disappointment either. In fact, it was more than just a “not a disappointment”, it was good! The storytelling quality is the same Patricia Briggs good. The plot however tend to meander a bit which was not her usual style. The world building was also not as good as I would have expected of this author either. However, the narration was bang-on. I like Katherine Kellgren‘s interpretation of the book. The voice quality is not as pleasing as Johanna Parker but I agree with her interpretation. Overall, I would give this book a 4 out of 5.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 4.5
World building = 4
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = 3.5
Plot = 4
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 


 

16/06/2015 Posted by | audiobook review, book review, kindle review, review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment