Reading is a thing that happens. Sometimes life gets in the way of that thing, but that’s okay. Life is the reason I have reading apps on my phone, one of which is the Barnes and Noble NOOK. Just like in Kindle, some books are offered for free by the publisher or indie author. Sometimes there are promos where prices are reduced drastically for a limited time. In any case, I’ve been going through the books I’ve been hoarding in my NOOK account (and a couple of other places).
Lucas Soul has just died for the 14th time. Born of a union between members of the two rival, immortal clans, Lucas is shunned by both sides of his lineage. Forced to watch his parents die at the hands of Hunters, he managed to escape and live a mostly quiet life through the ages. A couple hundred years later, in America, Lucas runs a private detective agency with a human, ex-cop partner named Reid. A mere handful of hours after accepting a case, Lucas Soul has died again – twice – and his final, 17th death is approaching. He and Reid sprint off on an international chase involving family, ex-friends, traitors, and a shocking plot that could end the world as they it. “Soul Meaning” is a full-throttle, fasten your seatbelt action flick, but with words. 3 stars for actual plot, 4 stars for sword fights, gunplay and excessive explosions.
I read Trash by Elizabeth Camali (which I obtained under a free promotion eons ago).
Alem “the Asshole” Reed is running out of chances. Raised by a single father, he pushes through his 17th year with the promise he made to his mother – to graduate from high school – heavy on his conscience. When he is expelled from his 5th school for fighting, his future looks bleak. Offered the chance of a lifetime in the form of a full scholarship to an unknown private school, Alem packs his bags and jumps feet first into a world he did not existed. He learns the truth: monster are real, and they’re coming for him. Short book, easy readability. Alem is as asshole, but i think that’s more a defense mechanism than his actual personality. Because the book is so short, the world-building feels rushed. A cliffhanger ending begs for the sequel to be read, but only if the reader has a healthy curiosity about what happens next. 3 stars.
I got a chance to read an ARC of The Private Eye Cloudburst Edition (The Private Eye #1-10) by Brian K. Vaughan& Marcos Martin. (The link points the “deluxe” edition and I honestly don’t know the difference. Maybe you do.)