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My Goodreads Reviews Part 15

Welcome to the new compilation of My Goodreads Reviews Part 15! Five new books I’ve read and reviewed for you on Goodreads. Hope you give them a chance too.

The Mercy of Snakes (Nameless #5), Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle, #1), The guy from another league, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, The Handmaid’s Tale

Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors of all times. But reading this series, I cannot connect to it. I don’t know what is wrong and why I am left indifferent. I miss the spark; I miss suspense and excitement and passion that won me over in Watchers, the first book by Dean Koontz I’ve ever read. If Nameless were the first books I’ve read from Dean Koontz, I would stop there and he wouldn’t be one of my top authors. I miss my old Koontz, and I want him back.

Dean Koontz didn’t forget to write, he just forgot to put his soul into these short stories. How else to explain that the best part of The Mercy of Snakes is his closing paragraph I quote here: “The night is deep, and the vast lake to his right is as dark as the waters over which Death poles the gondola carrying passengers who sit in breathless silence, their hearts forever stilled.”

I hope the last book in the series will grab my attention and that Nameless series won’t turn into the Soulless one.

Adam Silvera spoiled me with his four books I’ve read before Infinity Son, and he spoiled me big time. Maybe that’s why I flinched when I first heard he was publishing a fantasy novel, which isn’t my favorite genre. But since I adore More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, They Both Die at the End, and What If It’s Us, I wanted to give it a shot. Sadly, it didn’t resonate with me. I miss the charm, emotion and passion of his other books, which in Infinity Son I’ve found only in traces. I miss the reality of situations his earlier characters were thrown into when they fought for their love, and I wanted to help them and fight with them too. I hope Silvera will get back to his original stories and genre soon and do what he is doing best: trigger our emotions. Three stars are generous hoping Infinity Cycle ends quickly.

This short story is a realistic portrait of a young woman who fell for the wrong guy. Unattractive bad guy with a criminal record, Davor, was a bait a young and ambitious woman, Renata, couldn’t resist. Out of her league, with nothing in common but chemistry and sex drive, he was a terrible choice on their first date already. But Renata kept giving in to him and his seductive techniques, putting at stake her reputation, health and future, thinking she could change him into a better person. Sometimes it is hard to resist the primal call of carnal desires and accept the fact that some people will never change. Even if it results in disgrace. Renata couldn’t do it, repeating her mistakes from one sexual encounter with Davor to another. Until she saw his true colors and decided that she would no more feel like an intruder or be a girl put in the corner, because her place was in the center.

There are books that simply own you. This one is one of them.

PERFECT in every way.

First I loved the TV series, then I loved the book. Grand job is all I need to say.

Happy reading!


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