Review: Silenced by Nicole Given Kurtz

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4.50 Chocolate Kisses

Silenced by Nicole Given Kurtz is a hard book to rate.  I say this because there were moments that I thought were 5 stars and other parts which I thought of as less than 5 stars.

The setting and world building were 5 stars.  I just loved these kinds of settings where you are not given exacting details, but just enough to get your imagination rolling until you have it in your minds eye.  It was one of things that kept me reading because I was extremely curious about the ‘place’.  The description of the people was also well done as it was a very mixed bag with hints of what they looked like so it was very easy for me to have a picture in my mind which might be very different from what the next reader might imagine.  It was refreshing to not be bombarded with skin complexions and the like so I was able to settle quite nicely with multicultural characters.  And even when there was a little more details about the characters, the story never lingered on the race, it was just part of a description in the scene.  I wonder if this makes sense.  But I really loved that about the book as well.

I totally savored this book.  It was like eating a salt and dark chocolate candy bar – YUM!

This was a sci-fi hard boiled mystery.  The Heroine, Cybil, and her working partner Jane were somewhat rough around the edges, tough girls who could wield knives and big laser guns.  The mystery was compelling and I thought realistic in how it played out.  Though some places I could figure out some of the mystery, there were other times where there were twists so it kept me guessing.  I sometimes felt that there was a sequel to another book because references were made to incidents that happened prior to the story, which added to the turn the page factor.  There was so much that I wanted to know.  I also felt that the characters were complex and  very well drawn.  Nothing was what it seemed as at first.

So overall this was a very satisfying read even with some grammatical errors.  I totally enjoyed this book.

 

 

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Review: Dark Genesis (The Darkling Trilogy, #1) by A.D. Koboah

Dark Genesis (The Darkling Trilogy, #1)

4.5 chocolate kisses

I really enjoyed this book and thought it was brilliant. I truly felt as if I were on a journey with Luna through her trials and tribulations. The subject matter is one that does not usually draw me in regards to slavery in the United States. I found that to be the most intriguing part. The character, even though she lived her life in that manner, kept it distant from her soul and I appreciated the distance and it was not quite so heartbreaking to read. The men and women secondary characters were brave in the face of such adversity and well drawn. Basically it was just the world that surrounded the main story of her relationship with Avery.

It was refreshing and I will read the next one because I want to know more. These are the best kinds of books for me – where I want to know more.

The reason that it is not 5 stars was because I thought the ending was kind of rushed. No more details in that area because I really do not want to do spoilers.

But I found it to be an excellent read.

And the cover art is gorgeous!

Review: The Secrets of Life and Death by Rebecca Alexander

The Secrets of Life and Death

I received this as an arc from Netgalley for an honest review.

4.5 chocolate kisses

I am very hard put on how to write this review because this novel is unlike anything that I have ever read before.

It is both a historical and a contemporary novel. That was the easy part.

From the beginning, I had a sense of unease that I can only describe as the feeling I had while watching the movie ‘Alien’ for the first time at a midnight show the night it opened. Later I was to find out that the sound track had channel where they used the sounds of someone trying to catch their breath. So the novel had a delightful tension all the way through it. I just knew something bad was going to happen in the present and the past.

The story developed slowly with the historical and the contemporary meeting with a crescendo. It was excellently done, the characters well drawn and the world building – all I can say is that I am very glad I did not live in 16th century Eastern Europe. The world was a visceral experience, at times I thought perhaps I could even smell the odors from the author’s description.

Quite fab story and I would read this author again. I have a little hope that she will continue with these characters in another story, but there is no cliffhanger and as a stand alone it is fine.

There is some romance, just enough to keep me happy that there was a connection on that level. And in fact, I liked the amount just fine and prefer it at this point in my reading life.

I enjoyed this book because both the historical and the contemporary dealt with the unseen in the spirit world very differently than a normal paranormal or urban fantasy story. The was an awareness that this is not just a normal day, that they were delving in dangerous things and this gave it an edginess that I liked. Maybe it goes on my religious paranormal shelf, but that is not quite right either.

Also, this was a refreshing look at a historical character who was known as a monster and how she came to be that way. This was very satisfying and intriguing because it was a culmination of entitlement, curses, magic that was interwoven into the very fabric of the time and the juxtaposition with historical and contemporary was very telling in how much of the unseen is discarded in contemporary approach to puzzles. It is more empirical – for better or worse.

I recommend this book to people who like dark fantasy.