Circus, monsters and curiosities

Hello, guys. I’ve got my first review of 2017 for you! If you like supernatural creatures, curious carnivals, deadly monsters and a bit of romance then this books is just for you.

freeks-coverFreeks by Amanda Hocking

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Mara is traveling with her mother and the rest of the carnival to yet another location where they are promised a nice check of money for the entertainment they can provide. What could go wrong in this little, seemingly friendly if a bit strange town?

It seems quite a lot. Starting with some strange vision, disappearing member of the troop and a brutal attack on another. But there are also good things in this town, especially for Mara. Or rather one thing that’s of particular interest to Mara – a rather interesting guy with a curious glint in his eyes. Continue reading “Circus, monsters and curiosities”

Cute and cuddly mystery strikes again :)

Remember these short and fast-paced mysteries I reviewed before? I’ve got another one for you :). One that’s being published today!

self-serve-murderSelf-Serve Murder (Death by Cupcake #3) by D.E. Haggerty

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What would you do if you woke up in your bed with a naked dead guy next to you? Without any memory of what might’ve happened? That’s exactly what Kristie has to deal with. Being a good girl and a social worker makes things even worse. How could she end up in a situation like this? It seems she’ll have to find out… with a bit of help from her boss lady, coworker, and two policemen who seem to be glued to their ladies ;).

Yet another fun and light read from D.E. Haggerty. It was just what I needed during these cold days in overcrowded trains. Well… can’t say it’s cold inside a train like this, but there’s the waiting part before it finally arrives. Continue reading “Cute and cuddly mystery strikes again :)”

Romance, theatre and hypnosis

If you read Heartless City, you’ve already met the energetic Philomena Blackwell. If you haven’t then you’ve got an occasion not only to observe her as a side character but as the main heroine of this brand new story full or love, singing and topped with a bit of a mystery.

the-hypnotic-cityThe Hypnotic City (The Gold and Gaslight Chronicles #2) by Andrea Berthot

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Philomena and Jenny were finally able to leave London and move on to the city of opportunities – New York. It’s there that the young, determined girl want to find a place for herself preferably as an actress. With her lovely singing voice,and newly found ability to imitate accents, she’s trying to get the best role she can.

When it seems like she got her wish, something is not right. The young stage manager has a strange influence over his employees and his audience. But what does it mean to Philomena and her friends? Continue reading “Romance, theatre and hypnosis”

Romance, strange planet and survival

These Broken StarsThese Broken Stars (Starbound #1)
by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

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I might’ve mentioned some of my initial thoughts on my monthly summary post, so I’ll just put a reasonable shortcut here since I think they’re kind of fitting 😉

The book that was started as a random and bought pretty much due to the cover (and some fantastic reviews) almost fell off my TBR shelf after the first chapter. Not that I didn’t like it, but it had two things that bother me. First – it concentrates on romance. Second – it was love at first sight. Plus there’s this forbidden love factor, but it’s not always so bad and most of the time I don’t mind.

What kept me reading? After the first chapter – only that I was too far and yet too close to home to start another one. And second – magical writing of Amy Kaufman. She caught me with “Illuminae” and now she got me on this one. And yes, I know she’s a co-writer, but since both of these stories got me I’m blaming her ;).

After the third chapter, I was already hooked! Continue reading “Romance, strange planet and survival”