Same old, same old

Triad Soul (Triad Blood, #2)Triad Soul by Nathan Burgoine
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

„Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—sidestepped tradition by binding themselves together.“
Without this sentence in the book synopsis I would have been completely lost. Even with it I struggled to keep the characters and names straight.

Minimal to no set-up or world building. All the characters felt the same. The magic kept reminding me of other UF or PNR I have read. Same old, same old, read this many, many times over.

Everybody else seems to like this, but it is not for me, DNF at 24%, 2 not very sparkly stars.

In a galaxy far, far away I received this free e-copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you! Sorry that it took me so long. Too many books, too little time. I will try to do better.

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Battle mages at work

Broken Homes (Peter Grant, #4)Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Slightly spoilerish.

The beginning confused me. I couldn‘t figure out how we got from the guy in the car accident to him being a suspect. I also struggled a little with keeping some of the other characters straight. Not sure if that was me or Aaronovich. Might be me, as I am still not quite sure about the evolution of the Faceless Man and his various iterations.

Most of the book seemed slower than the other books and the plot a bit directionless. It all sort of meandered along. The spring festival for example felt like a completely pointless addition without any impact on the main plot. Set-up for later books?

Pity that we didn‘t get to see more of Abigail.

Once it all picks up speed at the end, it‘s great. Loved the battle at the farm. Although the best parts happened in the off. Really liked the finale. Great visuals, would make an excellent ending for a movie with spectacular special effects.

Surprising plot twist was surprising. I did not see that coming. Well, there was a small twitch earlier, when you-know-what was mentioned and I though uh-oh, potential for problems! But oh my, that was a shocker.

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Underground

Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant, #3)Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Out and about in London. Love and geographical knowledge of London makes this even more fun. I recommend to have a map of the London burroughs handy or maybe an AtoZ. I did.

Entertaining police procedural with a magic twist. I am finally hooked on this series. And once I am through with this series buddy read, I will re-read the first book. This time around my rating will most likely be quite a bit higher.

Some editing mistakes in the ebook, mostly missing prepositions and articles.

I am picturing Zach as Rhys Ifans in the movie Notting Hill. Having more of Lesley was fun. Abigail was a good addition. She has potential.

Was Peter‘s architectural interest there in the previous book and I missed it or was that new?

When did it become a standard that magic and technology don‘t interact well? Harry Dresden doesn‘t do well with electronics and Kate Daniel‘s world jumps from one to the other, but they don‘t coincide. It feels like a theme.

The plot was good, I liked being underground. Good humour. I liked what they found there and I have actually seen the movie. Reminds me of my horrible Hammer movie adventures. Loved all the quotes and hints at books and movies, Ben Aaronovitch is my kind of nerd.

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Magic!

Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant, #2)Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I expected to not like this much, as I struggled with the first book. I apparently had forgotten how much I enjoyed the first book, until I didn‘t.

About a third into the book, I liked it. I liked Peter, I liked Nightingale. In my head he looks and sounds like an older Benedict Cumberbatch. I am thinking John Boyega as Peter for my mental casting list.

In the end I wasn‘t head over heels for the story, but it was a pretty enjoyable read and I will continue with the series. I am tempted to get the comic, too. I am looking forward to finding out how Peter‘s magical skills will develop.

‘Fuck me,’ I said. ‘You can do magic.’

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