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Kisscut

Kisscut
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, Book # 2
HarperTorch
2002
470
English
March 3, 2022 March 4, 2022
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Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale for as long as anyone can remember, but when a teenage quarrel explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton—the town's pediatrician and medical examiner—finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy.

What seemed at first to be a horrific but individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications. The autopsy reveals evidence of long-term abuse, of ritualistic self -mutilation, but when Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver start to investigate, they are frustrated at every turn.

The children surrounding the victim close ranks. The families turn their backs. Then a young girl is abducted, and it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime, one far more shocking than anyone could have imagined. Meanwhile, detective Lena Adams, still recovering from her sister's death and her own brutal attack, finds herself drawn to a young man who might hold the answers. But unless Lena, Sara, and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide, it's going to happen again . . .


About the book

Saturday night in Heartsdale. The local skating rink seems a place like many others where you can meet to chat for a while and to relax after the work or school week just passed. But when Sara and Jeffery get caught up in a chilling incident in which a teenager loses her life, they quickly realise that things aren’t entirely clear. Investigating, they find themselves in front of a case beyond their reach and Sara wonders why she has never seen anything, no signs on these guys, her patients.

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The Dragon Republic

The Dragon Republic
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, Book # 2
Harper Voyager
August 6th 2019
Hardcover
658
English
January 14, 2022 January 22, 2022
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In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.

With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.

But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.


What I think

I liked the beginning of this book, but the middle was quite slow, nevertheless I liked it, too. The final part. . . eh. . . not so much, or rather I found it quite mediocre since the ending was obvious. I mean everyone told Rin that “thing” and then it happened. . . Then, the final part is so fast! Comparing it with the middle I would have preferred a smaller middle and a more detailed finale.

I do think this book was so hyped that I had higher expectations, but don’t get me wrong, I still liked it and I will finish the serie (especially because the last book has purple stayed edges and I love purple, it will be nice in my room).

Bye the way, in my first review of the series I said that I didn’t know that the Japanese did experiments on foreigners during the period this book is based on, now I know, they did and I’m going to read more about this subject because I do want to know everything about Japan, the good and the ugly. Every population has its bad behaviour and in every war there are bad things happened so it is right to know the ugly, too. A long time ago, my teacher said that we study history so we won’t repeat our ancestors mistakes, but I see that’s not the case. We are repeating the same stuff over and over again.