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Review
3.5 Stars
Planck
Planck: Driven by Vision, Broken by War - Brandon R. Brown

Every now and then I am looking for an interesting book about a famous scientist and this time it was Max Planck, founder of the quantum mechanics. I was pretty unaware about his history except being German and an important physicist. I'm glad I learned about his fascinating life as well.

Told in an interesting format, where basically the last year(s) of the second world war are the starting point from each chapter which is then also looking back at the rest of Planck's long life. This adds a suspense that I haven't encountered a lot in non-fiction. However, there is also a downside. Some facts were repeated a couple of times too much which made it a bit repetitive.

Would recommend 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
Deceptively Beautiful
Deceptively Beautiful: A Daath Wedding - Eliza Tilton

Deceptively Beautiful was an unexpected surprise, as I thought the series was already concluded after the third book. While it is brought forward as book 4, it is more of a novella though. It takes place around the wedding of the main characters.

It's been a while since I read the other books, but while it was a quick and nice read, I was wondering what it ultimately adds to the series. I would recommend it to fans, but for the story, it is not that important.

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
Footsteps In The Sky
Footsteps in the Sky - Greg Keyes

The cover for this Open Media edition of Greg Keyes' Footsteps in the Sky was so fascinating that I requested it without actually knowing what the story was about. In some future, humans have left earth in search for other inhabitable places. A group of Hopi end up on Fifth World, a planet that seems almost too ready for habitation. After a while with internal struggles, the original 'owners' of the planet show up.

While the premise was fascinating I had a hard time focussing on the story. The characters never felt alive to me and I had to force myself to pick it up. When finally reading it was nice, but was missing something special. Thinking of everything else I have still to read, I wouldn't immediately pick up more books by Greg Keyes.

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
An Argumentation Of Historians
An Argumentation of Historians - Jodi Taylor

Collective noun for historians: an argumentation.

One of the consequences of having a Mt. TBR that is just short of keeping me awake at night (both literally and figuratively speaking) is that there are few times I'm really waiting for a book to be published, because I have at least twenty (or a hundred) that are constantly screaming for my attention. However, An Argumentation of Historians was one of those few books, that I immediately bought on release day and I dropped all the rest so I could read it.

St Mary's is one of my favourite series. It is so light and British I find it the ultimate way to relax. Luckily the tone of this book is lighter compared to the previous one, and I enjoyed it much more. (Apparently Jodi Taylor received much complains about And the Rest is History, because she mentions it in her introduction). If you ever wanted to know what people get up to when they are 'investigating major historical events in contemporary time' read this series (this is book #9 and they should really be read in order). Don't bother with the science though, you will find very little of that, which is just fine because it is their not having an idea what they're doing that's at least half the fun of it. Additionally, it makes their responses when they historian better. Oh, and if you can't stand tea, stay wide from this series, because you will be reminded about it every second page or so.

This all being said and done, it is not all gold that glitters of course. There were some things I didn't like, so the next part will contain some spoilers for this book and the previous ones in the series.

After ATRIH I was pissed off, because she pulled the 'assuming someone was dead' again, and it is just such a cheap plot point. So I was glad she stayed far away from that in this one (even though it was clear from the start that Max would eventually return to the right St. Mary's). Which was really good, because in a fit of rage I might have declared to throw the entire series out of the window. See, I've certainly learned from the impulsiveness of everyone at St. Mary's. As I mentioned above, there is not a lot of scientific explanation to the workings of the time travel, but apparently it can't be that hard, since there are enough rogue time travellers to keep an full police force going. Also, the moments it bordered more on science fiction were some of the weakest in the series, in my opinion. Ellis' explanation of the future, with the Time Police's involvement in almost all things, was really bad. It would have better been left out. Finally, I feel the Ronan storyline should have ended some time ago. It feels rather repetitive at this point and I think there would be more than enough nice, interesting historical events to explore without him.

I see a new short story is due in 10 days, I can't wait!

Review
3 Stars
Arrivals
Arrivals - Michael Underwood

Arrivals is the first installment in a new series from Serial Box and since I had just finished this season of False Idols, I was looking for my next serial. It was quite a switch from False Idols, as Arrivals provide what feels like an old-fashioned but well thought of and enjoyable high fantasy.

There is a lot of introduction of new characters which made it a little bit chaotic and I didn't feel a connection yet with the characters, but some of the things show promise to become very interesting. I particularly liked the floating lands.

For now I will continue.

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

Review
3 Stars
The Eighth King
The Eighth King - Matt Weber

The Eight King was a difficult book for me. I wanted to like it so bad. It was original fantasy, set against a Chinese background, but maybe because it featured so many different and special elements, I found it hard to follow and to concentrate on the book.

As I'm always reading multiple books at the same time, I had to cut down the portions I read of The Eight King because I noticed the reading always haltered there. Which I think might be due to the writing which was to say the least special. Told from the all knowing third person perspective, the characters always feel far away, and with the characters each carrying multiple names (many of which have some sort of Ape in it) it was difficult to connect to them (or tell them all apart at times). At times the writing felt slightly condescending towards the characters.

It was a shame, because I loved the way magic was interwoven in the world. It was very whimsical, mainly providing problems rather than easy solutions. The politics involved were also really nice. I would like to know where the world is going, but I hope the writing would change a bit.

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

Review
3 Stars
First Activation
First Activation: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller - D.A. & M.P. Wearmouth

I'm afraid of flying, so whatever drove me to read a horror book with a plane on the cover right before boarding a flight beats me. Luckily for people like me, the flying is certainly the safest mode of transport in First Activation. It's when they reach their destination that things become, slightly weird, as everyone feels the need to murder-suicide themselves. It's here that veteran brothers Jack and Harry are trying to survive.

I liked the first half of the book best, because it was reading really fast and felt like I was watching a movie. It was the right amount of confusing, gross and enthralling, just what I needed at that moment. About half-way, the pace slows down quite drastically and it is much less about survival and much more about the why and who behind the sudden urge to kill. I was still interested in the story, but things started to get really convenient and unlikely, which was a slight let down.

Since I already had a copy of the sequel, I've started it already. Curious where the Second Activation will bring everyone.

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 Little Red Wolf
The Little Red Wolf - Amélie Fléchais, Andrea Colvin

I immediately fell for The Little Red Wolf because of the beautiful artwork. It is a real pleasure for the eyes, and I especially liked the colouring. It was done great.

However, I had not expected to find such a cute story to accompany it. It was just wonderful. A young wolf is sent out to his grandmother to bring her a rabbit, for she is too old to hunt herself. While his mother warned him to stay on the path since there are dangerous humans around, the world is so fascinating the young wolf soon forgets all warnings.

Most certainly recommended!

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
Inherit The Stars
Inherit the Stars - Tessa Elwood

Inherit The Stars is the first book in a duology by the same title. It has some problems, sure, but after reading the negative reviews, I was bracing myself for much worse.

Asa, as youngest daughter of a great House, pretends to be her older sister and gets married to the Heir of another great House. All of this is rather impulsive, which really characterizes Asa. She's not likeable and difficult to feel any kind of sympathy for. The romance I think, will not surprise anyone. However, besides these things it was a rather fast and nice read. Since I already have the second book in the duology, I will be reading it some 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
Cold Dream Dawning
Cold Dream Dawning (Pale Queen Series) - A. R. Kahler

I haven't read the first book in the Pale Queen series, and neither any of the other trilogies by A.R. Kahler, but besides some minor confusion during Cold Dream Dawning this didn't bother me, and it could also be read as a standalone.

The beginning was rather slow, and it was a bit harder to keep focused on the book but once the pace picked up it was an entertaining read. The characters were quite nice and I'm considering reading the next instalment in the series to see where it 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
1 Stars
Bloody Mary
Bloody Mary - Garth Ennis, Carlos Ezquerra

Bloody Mary is a reprint of an original series from 1997. So, I assumed that at least some people thought it had stand up to time and was worthy of a new edition.

However, not often I've been able to say that I didn't like a book more convincingly than with Bloody Mary. It really wasn't for me. Neither style, story or art could bother me. A struggle to finish.

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 Wrong
DEAD WRONG a gripping detective thriller full of suspense - HELEN H. DURRANT

Dead Wrong introduces us to detectives Calladine & Bayliss in the start of a new series of police procedurals. A lot has been said and done in that genre so it is difficult to stay original but they make nice quick reads.

The balance is a little bit too much towards the personal life of Calladine, which couldn't really interest me. The case was not that complicated but kept my interest. I've got some other books in the series as well, and will read them at some time.

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

Review
3.5 Stars
The Sky Is Yours
The Sky is Yours - Chandler Klang Smith

I can not start to describe The Sky Is Yours, but I'm sure it will end up on my most talked out list for sure. Dragons (who seem to just be there) have taken over Empire Island and the surviving humans try to make the best of it run either by the super-rich or the mafia. Amidst all this, Duncan and Swanny prepare their forced marriage. And then, hell breaks lose.

I feel conflicted about The Sky Is Yours. At first, I didn't know what to think about it, and honestly, I was having some trouble to keep my attention focused on the book. Duncan and Swanny are both rather flawed characters, which made them interesting and a little bit annoying at the same time, but I couldn't figure out what kind of book it wanted to be (after reading all of it, I'm still not sure).

What I can say though is that it is unlike any of the other Dystopian or dragon filled books that I've read, and I've read quite a few. This is one of those books I can only classify as genre-defying. Is it all good? No, there are quite a few stereotypes being played out and some of it is just a bit too much. Would I recommend it? That's a difficult one, since it certainly isn't for everyone, however it had something of a fresh tone (that we so desperately need in the Dystopian scene) so I'm looking forward to Chandler Klang Smith's next work.

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

Review
3 Stars
Patch Job
Patch Job (ReMade Season 2 Episode 1) - Gwenda Bond, Matthew Cody, Andrea Phillips, E. C. Myers, Amy Rose Capetta

Patch Job is the first episode in the second season of ReMade and rather than starting of where the first season ended (without answers on a cliffhanger), this starts something new. A character that was thought to be gone for good is in a sense ReMade all over and dropped into the world again. Also, there is a special connection with the caretakers.

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
2 Stars
The End Of The Beginning
The End of the Beginning - Kiersten White, Matthew  Cody, Gwenda Bond, E.C. Myers, Andrea  Phillips, Carrie Harris

The End of the Beginning doesn't really provide either an end or a beginning. Instead we are served a cliffhanger and no answers. I hate it when a book or in this case a season cannot stand on its own but instead the reader is forced into continuing just in order to get some of the answers.

Inez's point of view is a bit tiring at this point, as I can't seem to like her. There is also some last minute death that didn't make a lot of sense either. Rather disappointing conclusion from a series that by times was really nice and for the most has been a fun, quick read. I've dedicated to reading the second season, so I hope the story will pick up again.

Review
3 Stars
The Slow Fade
The Slow Fade - Matthew  Cody, Kiersten White, E.C. Myers, Andrea  Phillips, Carrie Harris, Gwenda Bond

For me there was some time between reading these episodes and the rest of the first season, but it didn't really form a problem. There is some tension rising as you feel they are nearing the end. Holden is one of the more interesting characters in the series, and he plays a major role in this one. However, at this point, I'm ready for this season to end.

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