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2 Stars
The Curse Keepers
The Curse Keepers - Denise Grover Swank

The Curse Keepers was a bit of a let down for me. Unfortunately, I had the entire series to work my way through, but I was optimistic it could improve.

What irked me about the story was mainly how special the two main characters were (they were literally the only ones who could stop the curse/the ending of the world). These main characters also annoyed me, as they make their way offending each other instead of getting the job done. This takes a lot of place in this book. The touches of Native American folklore were nice, since I don't know a lot about it.

What I'm hoping for in the next book is a bit more balance (more story, less will-they-won't-they).

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

Review
3.5 Stars
Seed
Seed - Lisa Heathfield

Seed follows Pearl as she slowly starts to recognize that the isolated community that she grew up in is not the paradise it claims to be.

This was a very interesting read. Much of the very bad things that are going on are mostly insinuated rather than pushed into the reader's face, which I liked. It was, disturbing as it was, always better to show don't tell. Pearl was naive, as one would have expected, but she grew on me.

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
Sourdough
Sourdough: A Novel - Robin Sloan, Therese Plummer

I read Robin Sloan's previous book, and I liked it a lot so naturally, I was looking forward to reading Sourdough. I didn't know a lot about Sourdough (compared to the books in the previous novel) but have googled a bit since then, but it sounded fascinating.

It was a really nice read. The author clearly has a love for San Fransisco, it was nice to see him so enthusiastic on the topic. I recently saw a documentary on sourdough and apparently San Fransisco is the place to be when it comes to it.

I find myself still thinking about this book from time to time.

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
I.D.
I.D. - Emma RĂ­os

I.D. focuses, as the name already suggested, on a couple of central topics about identity in a futuristic world where people (at a price) have more possibility than today to do so.

Some of the questions posed by this were very interesting, but the overarching story couldn't really hold my interest as much. The artwork was okay but nothing special.

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
Elgin Park
ELGIN PARK: Visual Memories of Midcentury America at 1/24th scale - Michael Paul Smith, Gail K. Ellison

This was a surprisingly interesting read! I never thought that building miniature building could be so interesting and contain so many different aspects. It was great to see how much eye for detail there is in all these miniatures, and although I don't have any particular feeling with Midcentury America, it almost made me want to visit it.

What I liked best though was the meticulously positioning of the camera to blend in real surrounding with the miniatures. That was very well done.

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
Dead Silent
DEAD SILENT a gripping detective thriller full of suspense - HELEN H. DURRANT

Dead Silent continues the story of Calladine and Bayliss through another gruesome case. As this series is shaping up to be a full series of rather short-but-enjoyable police procedurals, I couldn't help but wonder whether the focus was not a little too much on the personal lives of the main characters.

Both their personal lives are rather a mess, and Calladine has a lot of problems with his cousin also. The case was interested and kept me reading, but it never really stood out.

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
Disposal
Disposal - Tara Tyler

Disposal has still follows Geri and Cooper but the Pop travel which gave the series its title is of less concern in this one. The science fiction here is not very prominent, so you can sit back and enjoy more of a thriller than hard sci-fi.

I was never the biggest fan of the main characters and they still haven't really grown on me after this third book. It was a quick read, which was nice.

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

Review
2.5 Stars
Lady Stuff
Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman - Loryn Brantz

This one wasn't as much fun as I had hoped. I'd previously read some other comics collections like Sarah's Scribbles and I think I liked them more. There was a lot of repetition in this one, and I wouldn't really say this one told any secrets to being a woman.

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
Rise Of Hypnodrome
Rise of Hypnodrome - Matt Fuchs

Rise of Hypnodrome's premise seemed a bit like Brave New World. Everything for happiness but why is the main character not happy, as he obsesses about his new robot?

I couldn't get into the story. There were a lot of different concepts thrown together and it pains me to say, but I felt that even though it's only a novella, it was too long. Not for me.

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
Nightshades
Nightshades - Melissa F. Olson

This was a nice new start of an urban fantasy series. And yes, it did involve vampires, or shades as they are called, and of course, we have seen more than a fair share of them already in recent years, but still... It didn't bother me too much.

There was a lot ongoing in this book and a lot of characters that were being introduced and then, a huge cliffhanger...

Still planning to read the next one, though.

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
Rust
Rust: The Longest War - Jonathan Waldman

Why ever read a biography of Rust? I also asked myself this question when I started reading it. But then I remembered I once read a book on Rain and wondered the same thing. However, both rust and rain are parts of life and their respective books were more interested than previously expected.

There were some genuinely interesting parts in this, some things I had previously never even considered. Like the restoration of the Statue of Liberty but more importantly the part on the canning industry. Made me look differently the next time I took a can.

Some parts were a bit long winded though, but I think more people than expected will find this interesting.

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
Appetite For Innovation
Appetite for Innovation: Creativity and Change at elBulli - M. Pilar Opazo

This definitely was an interesting read into the world of Elbulli, critically acclaimed to be the best/most original restaurant in the world. While I still have to eat these kind of experimental dishes myself, I really liked reading about it.

I'm sure the book was well researched, but sometimes I had the feeling the book was a bit too dry for my taste. And as with food, nobody likes it too dry.

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
Unborn
Unborn - Amber Lynn Natusch

The cover looked cool. So I decided to read it.

It is one of those novels where you better don't stop and start to think about it. It is fast paced and an easy read, which makes it perfect to relax but not much more than that. The main character is thrown into the hands of a band of vigilante brothers who actually turn out to be HER brothers. It's that kind of book. So don't expect anything deep, but it is a fast read.

Might continue anyway, since I already have a copy of the second book.

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
Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel - Matthew J. Sullivan

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore had a couple of things going for it. First and most importantly a bookstore. These kind of books always find a way onto my reading list. The main character being a bookseller also helps. Add to that some mysterious messages that are left and a death to investigate. It sounded like nothing could prevent this from being an amusing read.

And it was a nice read, just I had expected a little bit more from it. The past narrative from the main character made I couldn't focus on the ongoing investigation and I never really got into the story. While the writing was nice and made it an easy read, it wasn't anything special either.

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 Gene
The Gene: An Intimate History - Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Genome is a wonderful thing, and whether you - like me - spend daily time wondering/working on it or not, it is always there and could not be more intimate as it is in all your cells. I previously read, The Emperor al all Maladies, and really liked it, so obviously, I was even more looking forward to reading The Gene.

Without going in too much detail (you should read the book yourself), I really liked it and the anecdotal way the story is told made there was still something to learn, despite my biomedical training. I would like to end with an anecdote from myself. I once went to an X-men movie (don't remember exactly which one), and they acknowledged Mukherjee for generating interest into the topic.

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
Silent Scream
Silent Scream: An edge of your seat serial killer thriller (Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 1) - Angela Marsons

There was a time I was really into detective stories. Either on television or in books. I never seemed to tire from them. Until there was a moment where I felt I wanted to diversify the reading, and found I'm not really reading a lot of them at this point.

Silent Scream was one of the few I wanted to give a try though. And it was a bit of a mixed bag. On the plus side, I didn't foresee the ending and was actually quite surprised with it. For me, this might be the single most important factor in detective stories. It is nice to be able to figure things out before the detective, but sometimes you just want to get a run for your money (even if it is a review copy and you're not actually spending money on it). However, I didn't really like the main character, D.I. Kim Stone, she was a bit the textbook troubles detective who doesn't work by the book but apparently is so good at what she does that nobody seems to care. I hope she will improve her habits, as I plan to read some more books in the series.

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

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