Ruby Rain, Jim Brady

Caution, mild spoilers ahead.

“The grass is always greener on the other side.
Two women will find out just how wrong they both are.
One longs for freedom, the other just wants her loneliness to end. But what will happen to them once those wishes come true and what lengths will they go to have these wishes granted?”

I bought this book from a fellow writer on twitter. The name was interesting and the description, intriguing. I wanted to love this book so much because nothing is better than to meet a good rising author. But I was disappointed.

The story is told on 188 pages and the main characters are introduced in a fast manner. One is a woman abused by her husband with a severe OCD, the other one is a private investigator who hears voices in her head and incites others to murder.

I found the story superficial and boring. The surrounding world was not developed and when a detail was missing it was added promptly between parenthesis to avoid any plot-hole.

The characters in the story are not easy to relate to. They have their flaws and their strengths, and they undergo a development through the pages of the story. But they are also told about in a plain fashion, giving no interest in their lives. They undergo a change swiftly, without you being able to feel for them.

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Fighting Destiny, Amelia Hutchins

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“A few things go through your mind when you do something stupid. Like, oh hell this was stupid, along with that moment of perfect clarity that this might be the last stupid thing you ever do.”

I was ready to abandon this book when I was 80-pages in. In fact, I did. But then I read Playing with Monsters by A.Hutchins and thought maybe I should give it a second chance.

It all began with the overconfident disclaimer

“This read is a soul crushing, tear jerking, and leave you hanging on the edge of your seat, fast paced read. Side effects may include, but are not limited to: drooling, lip biting, wet panties, crying and screaming at the author. If any of these things happen, do not seek medical attention – get the next book in the series and enjoy the ride!”

I did want to scream at the author and indeed it was a side effect of this book, but only because of its quality, not its content.

I found the characters overconfident of their abilities and too perfect. It was not a character with whom I could associate so I was not interested in what would happen to them. Syn was getting slightly more interested by the end, but there was too little to hold onto. She was more annoying than anything else, she makes constant bad decisions and is claimed by Ryder. Claimed, as in owned. Which is supposed to be hot? Hm… Okay… Let’s agree to disagree…

I hate a man who treats a woman as property. I do not find it exciting, I do not think it should be. I am not talking about erotica written around submission and domination, as long as it is voluntary. I am talking about rape. And it didn’t appear in the first chapters and then flourished into something else. It kept going and there was just a blurred line between rape and consent.

I wanted to scream ‘Show, don’t tell!’ over every page. I don’t like when I have no imagination left to do, I am not reading fiction to read a dissertation on how a character felt at any given moment.

There is a tingle of a promising story with all the Fae and witches and their abilities and hidden agendas. The mystery hidden behind the case makes you want to keep turning the pages, but the story is too boring and too slow to develop. Most of the time it is just Syn and Ryder arguing if she is his property or not.

I should have left it unfinished instead of picking it up again.

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Venom, Adrienne Woods

Caution, mild spoilers ahead.

“I guess even in a world of magic we are all slaves to cell phone towers.”

I guess you could guess the quality of the book only by the quote I chose for it. But here it goes.

This is a very short book, a novelette so the review is gonna be shorter than usual.

I searched for the definition of a novelette and, for my information and of all of you: Novelette is a short novel, typically one that is light and romantic or sentimental in character.

It was light but it was not romantic or sentimental.

I was at around 50 % when I asked myself the following question, “What does this book add to the story?”. And the answer was that it didn’t add anything new at all.

The only thing that was of any interest is the part where Blake and Elena have their first almost kiss. But even though to write 100 pages for it, it seemed a little bit too much.

There is no story, it is boring and too long for nothing. So if you wonder if you can skip it and go on with the rest of the series, then the answer is a clear “Yes, you can”. It is better to skip it than to force yourself to read it.

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