You Don’t Know me by Faleena Hopkins – Book Review

I’m not sure what to feel about this book.

On the one hand, I found the story nice. I particularly liked the dynamic between the two brothers, Sean and Jack Stone, the famous golden boys. Their characters were well-described, with all of their flaws explained and justified.

On the other hand, the female main character, Rue, the illegitimate Stone sister, was so annoying. She managed to lose herself without a strong enough reason, for me. And the romance between her and the rockstar was gratuitous at best. The story could move forward without it but I understand the necessity of it and the conflict it was supposed to bring. But it didn’t, or it was so easily dissolved, so there went whatever that love story had to offer.

I rated this book with 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

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Crescendo (Song of the Fallen, #2) by Rachel Haimowitz – Book Review

Rarely I like a sequel more than the original book. And yet, Crescendo managed to make Haimowitz’s duology an even more enjoyable read and a more interesting world than Counterpoint had established.

At a point where the war between men and elves should had reached its peak, the reader got surprised by false loyalties, misjudged characters and unlikely trust so beautifully portrayed among the book’s pages.

In this second part, we also learn why the entire series is called “Song of the fallen”.

I hope I’ll keep picking such fine books to read.

I rated this book with 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

Counterpoint (Song of the Fallen, #1) by Rachel Haimowitz – Book Review

Counterpoint is set in a fantasy world like so many others and yet distinctly different.
Two enemies, a forbidden love, contrasting ways of life, pride and prejudice. What more do you need?
It’s fortunately the kind of book where the background story not only doesn’t overshadow the main love story making the book boring, but adds to it and creates the necessary hype to make you keep turning the pages.

I rated this book with 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

Atlantis by David Gibbins – Book Review

I did not finish this book.
There is no story to it. Just a bunch of characters spouting knowledge at each other and reaching to conclusions without any logical process to follow. Because they are all amazing, genius scientists apparently.
Poorly written and no character development. If you are a fan of the genre, read Dan Brown instead. The guy deserves a Nobel prize compared to this book.

I rated this book with 1/5 stars on Goodreads.

Brothers of the Wild North Sea by Harper Fox – Book Review

!WARNING!
Vague spoilers will follow

“Brothers of the Wild North Sea” was the first book I read this year that had something powerful to say behind the titillating romance. Many will stop at the forbidden love of a monk and a Viking soldier but I will go beyond that and into something that the author managed to bring to my mind with every well-crafted sentence.

Religion of any kind can be violent. Wars have been fought under Gods’ names and crimes committed worse than any other.
Science and religion are viewed as enemies and yet a study of both of them – no blind acceptance – can bring peace. Learn what science has to say and teach yourself to look behind the colourful stories religions preach.

If love conquers all, then knowledge is the spring that brings all kinds of love to life.

I rated this book with 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

The King of Forever: Book Four of Scarlet and the White Wolf by Kirby Crow – Book Review

Probably my favourite book in the series. Even better than the first one. The fifth star is missing from my rating because it was still short for a full novel and we were left with a cliff-hanger that will not get addressed soon as it seems. Book 5 in “Scarlet and the White Wolf” was supposed to be out ages ago from what I read, but no luck so far.

Something that annoyed me: We spent the previous book being told how Scarlet was hated by everyone. In the “King of forever”, around the 80% bookmark, suddenly he feels “welcomed, even liked”, although we haven’t seen him interacting with anyone but three or four people. Perhaps the author should have concentrated on that instead of keep repeating hair and skin differences.

Something I liked: The romance is back! Liall turns his attention back to his lover, trying everything in his power not to hurt him despite the politics surrounding the court and a kind-of-arranged marriage.

I rated this book with 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

The Land of Night: Book Three of Scarlet and the White Wolf by Kirby Crow – Book Review

The author manages to save face with this book after the previous one in the series. Lots of intrigue and power games make “The Land of Night” an interesting and enjoyable read.

The romance between the two main characters seems to dwindle as more attention is given to the politics. Not a very good balance there.

As for the writing, it keeps being repetitive and tedious at places. The whole story could be told in two books instead of four (and a fifth supposedly coming soon).

I rated this book with 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

Mariner’s Luck: Book Two of Scarlet and the White Wolf by Kirby Crow – Book Review

I really don’t understand how this story qualifies as a full novel and is priced as much as the other installments in the “Scarlet and the White Wolf” series. I don’t want to be too strict and say that nothing happens, because we do get to learn a little more about the two main characters but that’s it. This book, taking place almost entirely on a ship, is so short it could just be part of Book One. Rip-off at its finest.

The repetition killed me. Scarlet gets sick and Liall nurses him. Then Liall gets sick and Scarlet nurses him. And we get told dozens of times that no one likes poor Scarlet. Redundant.

Finally, for a 6-dollars, really short novel (=novella), I expected much better editing.

Three stars and not two on Goodreads, only because the author still managed to move the story a tiny bit forward and keep her story interesting.

Scarlet and the White Wolf by Kirby Crow – Book Review

A fantasy book with a M/M romance, in some ways better than all the cliché stories out there. The slow-build is sweet and leaves you with strong feelings for the two main characters. No explicit scenes in this first part of “Scarlet and the White Wolf” series. The author handled that expertly. Where she could just throw in a sex scene to make things steamy, she decided to play with her characters’ qualms instead. Kudos to that.

The only negative was the too many names (for places, not people) and new words that sometimes I needed to look up. In the end, I just had to learn the two or three most important ones and discard everything else to move forward with the story.

I’m starting the second book now. It looks just as short which can be annoying for a story with so many installments.

I rated this book with 4/5 stars on Goodreads.