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Review
3.5 Stars
Time Salvager
Time Salvager - Wesley Chu

In a time where resources are scarce, what better way to generate new ones by plundering the past. I mean, it is not as if anyone is still alive to complain about it, right?

Meet the Chronmen, they travel back in time to 'salvage' these valuable resources, accompanied by armor that almost super-human, it is hard to remain with both feet on the ground. However, there are some rules. One rule is the most important of them all: at the end of the day everyone should be in his/her own time.

I like time travel stories, in general, but this was also a nice take on it. The characters are not very likeable, being arrogant and all, but it sort of makes sense in the light of the work they are doing. Time travel is dangerous. There are not many people who make it to their retirement.

The story was a fast one, and my biggest problem was that it felt like a set-up for the series. The real story only seems to start at the end of the book, almost forcing you to continue the series (which I planned to do anyway, but still). Either way, I'm curious to see where this is going.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
4 Stars
Away From The Dark
Away from the Dark (The Light Series) - Aleatha Romig

I will try to keep this as spoiler-free as possible. It follows straight on the events of the first book and I recommend reading them back to back, even though the most important parts of the first book are mentioned here as well.

I was very pleasantly surprised by Into The Light, so my expectations for Away From The Dark were much higher. At first I was slightly taken aback, I couldn't really figure out exactly why though. After a while it was again a very thrilling read with loads of twists and turns. The Light is much more than it seems. The only things I didn't really like was the relationship between Sara and Jacob, it was too much in my opinion. Also, they apparently love going into dangerous situations.

But anyways, a very entertaining read!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
2.5 Stars
The Surrendered
The Surrendered (Surrendered Series Book 1) - Maynard Case

Imagine a world in which one has to pay taxes for each of their children (more than 1 child per family) and these taxes are so high that rather than pay them, people send their en masse to farms and workhouses where they are treated as slaves. I should think that people would consider birth control in this case, but apparently this is also something that has been lost in the transition towards a Dystopia society.

Maybe, just maybe, I would have bought it if only I saw what the government was doing, why all these people were happy to give their children away. But, even with all the help the government apparently provides (there are also groups who try to live on their own, but the general assumption is that this is not possibly) the people seem to be barely scraping through.

Enter Vera, and her twin brother. They are only months away of completing their lease and reentering the society (there should be some awkward silences on family dinners though). However, when their younger sister in one of the newly surrendered kids (which means her parents 'did it' again, as the sister was the reason why they were surrendered in the first place), Vera decides to take matter in her own hands.

I was not very much impressed by The Surrendered. It started interesting enough, although I had some questions about the worldbuilding. Relatively quick it became rather predictable. I won't spoil the story, but you've probably read it before. It was however still pleasant to read and a very fast read as well. Just not very original, and the world doesn't make too much sense.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
3 Stars
We're Dead In This Ghost Town
We're Dead in this Ghost Town (ReMade Book 11) - E. C. Myers, Andrea Phillips, Carrie Harris, Gwenda Bond, Matthew Cody, Kiersten White

The group has finally arrived in the city spotted some episodes earlier and are making their way down the completely deserted place. Despite several mentions on how dangerous it is, Holden and Loki decide to go and take a look at the Mall.

Finally something is happening that looks like it is going to add to the solution of what is going on. I do think that the characters were not adequately freaked out by their somewhat spooky new surroundings, but this was only a minor concern after what has passed already in this series.

Only four episodes to go, can't wait to get to the conclusion!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
2 Stars
Doctor Who: The American Adventures
Doctor Who: The American Adventures - Various

I've read a lot of Doctor Who stories before, and unfortunately The American Adventures wasn't one of the good ones. They were decent, but since six short stories were cramped into an altogether rather short book, they in the end all fell flat.

None of the stories really stood out for me, either in positive or negative sense. What I did miss though was the feeling this was the Twelfth Doctor. If it wasn't for the cover, I wouldn't have been able to tell.

A shame really. Hope things will be better when the Doctors stays at this side of the pond.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
2 Stars
Alone On The Beach At Night
Alone on the Beach at Night (Little Black Classics #10) - Walt Whitman

This one wasn't for me. I had of course heard of the author, but had never read anything by him. Based on this collection, a selection from Leaves of Grass, I don't think I will either.

With the Little Black Classics you never know up front what to expect, there have been some very nice surprises so far, but also some that disappointed, like this one. I didn't like Whitman's style and most likely won't be picking up more of his work.

 

Little Black Classics #10

Review
3 Stars
City Of Ashes
City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare

For some reason, I'd completely forgotten that I was reading this book. Out of guilt, I then decided to give it priority and finish it immediately. It was a quick read and the number of obligatory eye rolls was not as high as I initially assumed.

I'm not completely sold on this series yet though. The characters are just so, I don't know how to explain, but I can't say I like them. Even when in they are in trouble, I can't say I feel for them. They are all so 'special', and even the only one of the main characters who is mundane doesn't end the book that way. (I have heard he's to play an important role in the later stories).

Voldemort, ehm Valentine of course, is causing a lot of trouble, but it mainly is some angst and family issues in City of Ashes. Hope that the next book will be a bit more than just some easy reading...

Review
4 Stars
Three Tang Dynasty Poets
Three Tang Dynasty Poets (Little Black Classics #09) - Wang Wei, Li Po, Tu Fu

This is exactly why I thought the Penguin Little Black classics would be great. This edition contains three poets from the Tang Dynasty and I will be the first to admit that it wasn't something that I would have usually picked.

But I'm very glad that I read it now, because I was most pleasantly surprised by the deceptive simplicity of many of the poems. They were really quite charming. In honesty, I liked all three the poets, and usually I'm not even that much into poetry.

Certainly recommended! I might even look for a longer collection of their poems.

Little Black Classics #9

Review
3 Stars
Mirror Of Fate
Mirror of Fate (ReMade Book 10) - Gwenda Bond, Matthew Cody, Kiersten White, E. C. Myers, Andrea Phillips, Carrie Harris

It was another fast read. What troubles me though is that I have no idea where the story is going. It feels like every episode is a transition episode, but to what? The end of the ninth episode was promising, but they don't reach it in this episode. I understand that the season has 15 episodes, but we are already at two-thirds of the story and know nothing...

Not that it wasn't nice to see some background of Seyah. I think she's one of the more interesting characters in the story.

Hope there will start being some answers soon!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
4 Stars
The Star Of New Mexico
The Star of New Mexico - Seanan McGuire

The Star of New Mexico continues where Broken Paper Hearts ended (it would have probably been better had the two stories been combined, considering how short they both are). This one, however, was by far the saddest of them all. It's a very short stories, but considering this is a complete series of short stories, it doesn't really feel like a short story any more.

The part with the Aeslin mice was truly heartbreaking. Now I need some light reading to forget all this.

Review
3 Stars
Broken Paper Hearts
Broken Paper Hearts - Seanan McGuire

Broken Paper Hearts was very abrupt. It was also very short. While I see this extra settles the abruptness of the terribly events in this story, I was a bit unsettled by it. I knew it had to be coming since I was nearing the end of the short stories, but somehow it still took me by surprise (which it really shouldn't have been considering the title).

I'm not looking forward to reading the last story, The Star of New Mexico, now...

Review
4 Stars
Snakes And Ladders
Snakes and Ladders - Seanan McGuire

The last couple of short stories were rather dark with a lot of death and sadness, so it was nice to see one that was a bit lighter and more funny as well. It is Halloween and Fran, Alice and her babysitter are trick-and-treating. That is, until Alice is snatched by yet-another snake cult. However, things are not going exactly as planned for said snake cultists.

This was real fun. There was some stress about Alice being kidnapped of course, but knowing that she is Verity's grandmother and still has a Covenant boy 'to turn to the Dark side' was reassuring during this part. The mice are great as they always are, but also really come in to save the day. I would certainly recommend this story.

Review
3 Stars
Bury Me In Satin
Bury Me in Satin - Seanan McGuire

Bury Me In Satin was a lot darker and sadder than I had anticipated. I'd expected a slightly more relaxed story as the Healy family is slowly settling down and watching Alice grow up. Instead it was more or less an emotional rollercoaster. It was really sad, however, it was good that some things are finally resolved.

Review
3.5 Stars
Oh Pretty Bird
Oh Pretty Bird - Seanan McGuire

Another short in the InCryptid series. Jonathan and Fran have finally tracked down those responsible for the death of Daniel. It is a harsh reminder that some of the things they have been trying to protect are indeed real monsters.

It was good to finally see the characters get their revenge. As always nice to see the Aeslin mice again.

Review
2.5 Stars
Girl Number One
Girl Number One - Jane Holland

Eleanor witnessed her mother's murder as a little girl. Now, she finds a body in exactly the same spot. Only, the police can later not find it.

I find it slightly ironic that while I read this book I was very annoyed by the main character, while one of the main points of the stories is that the police and everyone think she is not completely in her right mind. Eleanor made such strange decisions and was complaining a lot, which really decreased my appreciation of the story. The story on the other hand was never that much of a surprise for me. There are a lot of twists in the story, as Eleanor considers every male characters as the potential murderer. Only, anyone who's ever read the same kind of book before, it will be no surprise whether or not the body Eleanor found is real...

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
3 Stars
The Bank Job
The Bank Job (A Seventeen Series Short Story: Action Adventure Thriller) - AD Starrling

The last of the short stories in the Seventeen series, it focuses on how the two main characters in the fourth novel, Ashstorm meet. And it is rather embarrassing as they happen to be robbing the same bank and the same time. It shall be clear, this is how partnerships start.

It adds some new information, but it is not essential for the main series. I, myself, however always really want to complete series, so I'm glad I've read these as well. 

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