Body of Lies (Eve Duncan #4) REVIEW

272279Body of Lies by Iris Johansen

Published March 4th 2003

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 369

Source: Bought it

Eve Duncan, the signature character of #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen, thought her past was long buried. Until she finds herself tracking a killer so deceptive he leaves no trace behind–except for his victims.

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has been summoned to Baton Rouge by a high-ranking government official to identify the remains of an unknown murder victim. Eve wants nothing to do with the project. She has finally found peace from her own tragic past, living a quiet life with Atlanta detective Joe Quinn and her adopted daughter, Jane. Then a stunning series of seemingly unrelated events turns Eve’s new world upside down.

Now, in a special government facility, she takes on the project of identifying the victim’s skeleton. But she hasn’t even begun when another death occurs. Someone totally ruthless, who can strike anywhere at any time and with seeming immunity, is determined to put a halt to her work, her life, and the lives of those she loves. Eve has stumbled onto a chilling conspiracy. There is only one person who can give her the devastating truth . . . and he’s already dead.

Body of Lies is the fourth book in the Eve Duncan series. The links for the previous books of the series are in the bottom of the page.

In this novel, Eve Duncan is asked to do a reconstruction of an unknown murder victim in Baton Rouge. She wants nothing to do with it but, after a series of unexpected events, she accepts the job and leaves Atlanta.

I love this series. I started Reading it last year and enjoyed every book (even though some were better than others). In this novel, Eve Duncan is the main character again. There were introduced new captivating characters but my favorite is still Eve. I’ve also come to love Jane and Toby, though.

The plot was amazing. It started off with a huge plot twist and the action followed from there. I really enjoyed the fact that there weren’t “dead” moments in the book, there was always something important going on.

This series has kept me interested for some time and I will, for sure, keep reading the next books.

Rating: 4,5 stars

The Face of Deception (Eve Duncan #1) REVIEW

The Killing Game (Eve Duncan #2) REVIEW

The Search (Eve Duncan #3) REVIEW

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Claimed by the Cyborg REVIEW (Book Club)

33147708Claimed by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

Published December 29th 2016

Genre: Romance

Pages: 326

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.
The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty.
Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

In this book, March travels to Xenia with the hopes of finding Jules, his long-lost lover. When he discovers that Jules is actually Julietta, the daughter of the Emperor who is about to marry another man, he tries to leave the planet but his plans don’t go as he wished.

This book was never supposed to be mind-blowing. It is a stereotypical romance, nothing out of the ordinary.

The plot was simple, there were some plot twists but nothing extraordinary.

The characters were also what you’d expect from a book like this, not that complex.

Nonetheless, I still had some fun.

Rating: 3 stars

Thatonenerdygirl and I wrote a Book Club Discussion of this book over on her blog. Check it out here! Just keep in mind that it might have SPOILERS.

June Wrap Up

Books read

34728667I started off the month by finishing Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi  Adeyemi. In this book, magic has been gone for eleven years and, with its disappearance, the king of Orïsha took the chance to murder all adult maji, leaving only their children. Their white hair marks them as divîners, maji without magic, and makes them a target for oppression, discrimination and even enslavement. Zélie, the main character, is a divîner. Her mother was killed during the Raid, along with numerous other maji, leaving Zélie, Tzain, her brother, and their father alone. When an escaping princess asks Zélie for help, she reluctantly agrees. The princess Amari has run away from the castle with a very important scroll and, when Zélie touches it, she feels the magic in her veins. After that, Zélie, Amari and Tzain embark on a dangerous journey to bring magic back to Orïsha. I was not expecting to enjoy this book, to be honest. I knew about the hype but had also heard mixed reviews, which made me hesitate to pick it up. The truth is that I’m glad I did it. I loved this book! It was fast-paced and the story kept me reading. Even though it is fairly big, I feel like I flew through it. I recommend it.11737266

After that, I read Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield. This was a huge disappointment. I was expecting some kind of murder mystery but that was only the background. The book focused on Becca, a girl who lives in a small town but wants to leave it as soon as she can. But, when Amelia’s dead body appears on the side of the road, she starts to reconsider her decision. I didn’t care for Becca at all, which made the book completely boring. I actually liked the few chapters from the point of view of Amelia Anne but they were so scarce they didn’t save the book at all. The person who killed her was jokingly easy to guess, which made me dislike the book even more. Even though it was fairly quick to read, it wasn’t good so I don’t recommend it.

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Next, I read Major League, which is the fifth volume of Chew, a graphic novel series by John Layman. This whole series centres around Tony Chu, a cibopath, which means that, when he eats something, he can tell where it came from, how it grew, and how it was harvested. He joins the F. D. A. and we follow his adventures from there. I had not read Chew for a while and it felt good to come back to the series.

 

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Finally, I read Shore of the Dying Light which is the third volume of Low by Rick Remender. I really enjoy this series. I’ve talked about it on my blog but I feel like the main character, Stel, is completely different from what I’m used to. When her daughters were kidnapped and her husband killed, she was left alone with her son, Marik, who was heartbroken by the news. They fell apart in the following years but, when Stel detects a probe with proof on another habitable planet, Marik and her set out on a journey to retrieve it.

Blog posts

I started off the month by posting my review of the first volume of Low, The Delirium of Hope. I already talked about this series above but feel free to check out my review here.

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After that, I posted my review of the Book Club Book of the Month, The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner. In this book, we follow Araina, a Mahk living inside the Labyrinth. When Darith and her see a man passing through one of the walls and being arrested shortly after, they begin a journey to save him and escape the labyrinth. This book was easy to read but not at all mindblowing. The story and the characters were nothing out of the ordinary but it was still enjoyable to read. If you want to know more, check out my review here.

 

Next, I continued posting my reviews of Bookburners (link).

After that, I posted my reviews of Chew, which I’ve already mentioned above.

Finally, I posted my June Book Haul.

Books added to my TBR

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The first book I added to my TBR this month was The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. This book came out in February and it seems to be quite interesting. From what I can gather, Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered and the day keeps repeating itself until the murderer is discovered. I had heard of this book before but only now did I finally check out the synopsis and, guess what, I’m really looking forward to reading it someday.

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Then, I added Relic by Alan Dean Foster. This book comes out in August and it is about the last human. It sounds interesting and I haven’t seen a lot of science fiction books featuring the last member of humanity, so I want to read it.

 

 

Let me know in the comments which books you read this month and which ones are you planning on reading next!

 

June Book Haul

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The books I got this month were:

  • Dark Lady by Richard North Patterson
  • If You Knew My Sister by Michelle Adams
  • The Song of Kali by Dan Simmons
  • Dark Banquet by Bill Schutt
  • His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
  • Pompeii by Robert Harris
  • The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

 

Let me know in the comments of you read any of these books and which ones I should prioritize!

Major League (Chew Volume #5) REVIEW

13556942Major League by Rick Remender

Published April 18th 2012

Genre: Graphic novel, Mystery

Pages: 120

Source: Bought it

Tony Chu – the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats – has been kidnapped! He was ambushed, knocked out, brought to a remote location, and bound securely. His captor intends to feed Tony from a menu of his choosing, to find out what Tony can see, in order to learn from him. His daughter, Olive, has been kidnapped for the exact same reason. Two kidnappers, two captives, and two very different outcomes. Presenting the fifth storyline of the New York Times bestselling, Harvey and multiple Eisner Award-winning series about cops, crooks, cooks, cannibals, clairvoyants – and kidnappers!

In case you don’t know, Chew is about Tony Chu, a cibopath, which means that, when he eats something, he knows its origin, how it grew and how it was harvested.

In this volume, Tony gets fired from the F. D. A. and is transferred to the traffic police. While this is happening, Olive, Tony’s daughter, is kidnapped by Savoy, who wants to mentor her. After a few days in his new job, Tony is also kidnapped.

The characters of this series are great, I love Tony. The art is gorgeous and out of the ordinary, which I adore.

The plot is fast-paced and it always makes me want to read more when I finish a volume.

Chew has become one of my favorite graphic novel series and I recommend it. Just keep in ming that it is pretty graphic so, if you’re affected by that, maybe you shouldn’t read it.

Rating: 4,5 stars

Taster’s Choice (Chew Volume #1) REVIEW

International Flavor (Chew Volume #2) REVIEW

Just Desserts (Chew Volume #3) REVIEW

Flambé (Chew Volume #4) REVIEW

Flambé (Chew Volume #4) REVIEW

11325591Flambé by John Layman

Published August 2nd 2011

Genre: Graphic novel

Pages: 120

Source: Borrowed

These are strange times for Tony Chu, the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from the things he eats. Strange writing in extraterrestrial script has appeared in the skies of Planet Earth – and stayed there! People don”t know if the end days are upon them or not, but they don”t seem terribly concerned about the laws of the FDA, and what was once the most powerful law enforcement agency is rapidly descending into irrelevancy. So where does that leave the FDA best agent, Tony Chu?

After the appearance of strange letters in the sky, people start believing that the end of the world is near and the FDA loses authority. Then, Tony joins forces with his sister in a confidential NASA mission.

The characters of this series are amazing. In this volume, we saw more of Antonelle and Olive, which I really liked.

The plot of this volume picks up where the last one ended and gave us more information about what happened after the chicken prohibition.

I’m really enjoying this series and recommend it.

Rating: 4,5 stars

Taster’s Choice (Chew Volume #1) REVIEW

International Flavor (Chew Volume #2) REVIEW

Just Desserts (Chew Volume #3) REVIEW

Time Capsule (Bookburners S3 Ep5) REVIEW

35612805Time Capsule by Mur Lafferty

Published August 16th 2017

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Magic is real…and hungry.

Sal and Perry try to entertain their parents in Rome…without revealing how totally weird their lives have become. Although they know the Orb has warned of an imminent attack on the Vatican museums, they’re unable to keep their parents away, placing them all smack in the middle of the magical chaos when it comes. And that chaos has its source with someone Menchú knows all too well.
Things have changed for the Vatican’s magic-fighting Team Three: their forces are depleted, and internal rifts are coming close to tearing this close-knit group apart. But some things never change. Magic still threatens to overwhelm our world, and when a startling appearance from Menchú’s past reveals new dimensions to this danger, the team will have to reassess their loyalties—to their jobs, their beliefs, and even to each other.

In this episode, Sal’s parents visit her in Rome and go to the Vatican Museums. While they’re inside, there’s a magic outbreak and Sal, with the rest of Team Three and Grace, have to stop it.

I liked this episode. It was fast-paced and, on top of that, we got to know Sal’s parents.

Bookburners in na amazing series and I can’t wait to see the damage Hannah is going to do next.

Rating: 4,5 stars

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