Daughter of Smoke and Bone (GER edition) by Laini Taylor, 2011.
The first book of a YA fantasy romance trilogy featuring angels and demons and a blue haired girl with lots of tattoos. The human girl Karou grew up among chimera. She's an arts student in Prague, but she's also dealing in teeth for her 'adoptive' father, the chimera Brimstone. When, on one of her errands for Brimstone, an angel attacks her, and subsequently all the doors to Brimstone's workshop are magically burnt shut, Karou has to face the angel Akiva to find answers about her life and a way back to the shop. I've read Karou's and Akiva's story several times. This time I read it in German with my daughter. The story is still as good, the translation leaves room for improvement though.
5/5 Harpy Eagles – because we enjoyed the mistranslations very much
The Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari, expected publication 7 June 2022. (ARC provided by the publishers through NetGalley)
A murder mystery set in London in the 1930s with a strong female heroine. Saffron Everleigh is working on her PhD in botany. As a woman in academia, in the 1930s, she has to fight a lot of uphill battles already. When the wife of one of the professors of the department is poisoned at a party, Saffron is determined to proof the innocence of her mentor. There are some really villainous villains and a lot of very dumb detectives; and there's chemistry between Saffron and her sidekick. Brimming with botanical information that isn't at all dull, and, most importantly for me, not too obvious plot twists.
5/5 Harpy Eagles
Evershore. A Skyward Flight novella by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson, published 28 December 2021.
This is Jorgen's story and it's taking place at the same time as the third Skyward Flight novel Cytonic. Jorgen is trying to master his cytonic abilities. He's training with the alien Alanik. This is how they pick up a transmission from Evershore, the Kitsen home planet. Jorgen and part of Skyward flight travel to Evershore, where they meet Kitsen, see clouds, the sea and beaches for the first time; and find out - among a lot of other things - that sand truly gets everywhere.
4/5 Harpy Eagles
Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove, published 2017.
Lovegrove knows how to spin a yarn, just as well as Dr Watson. Three manuscripts, by Dr Watson, were found. Those manuscripts are the true accounts of what Holmes and Watson faced. In 1880, logical Sherlock Holmes comes up against the occult for the first time. Lovecraft's Elder gods are roaming Victorian London. Can Sherlock Holmes' rational reasoning handle the inexplicable? Magic? Has this been done before? Sure. Did it entertain me? Couldn't put it down.
4/5 Harpy Eagles
Cackle by Rachel Harrison, published 5 October 2021.
Annie, after being dumped by her BF of ten years, moves from Manhattan to a small town in a rural area. The quaint town offers her a new start. Alas, Annie is a doormat and hence gravitates towards the self-confident and charismatic Sophie, who surprisingly wants to be Annie's friend. She wants Annie to recognise her true self. Annie wants her ex back, wants a man in her life, wants to drink her body's volume in alcohol. Honestly, this woman drinks a lot. Tension? Horror? Not really. Female empowerment? If that means you should be obnoxious and rude, then no. Best character, even though he was more like a children's book character, the pet-spider Ralph.
1/5 Harpy Eagles
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