Thursday, 15 February 2018

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare

The Duchess Deal has everything that normally gets on my nerves:
_It has an insane plot (Ema decides to confront a Duke in order to get paid for a dress she made for his ex-fiancée... but here's the thing, she's a seamstress that works for a modiste -_-?
_It has an alpha douchebag, a scarred alpha douchebag with a LOT of emotional baggage
_The story focus solely on a few number of characters with only a few descriptions of the surroundings... unless we're talking about what drapes Ema is planning to destroy...
_Once again _ because it's Tessa Dare _ we have goats; okay I don't mind the goats...
_ Every single person in the book is slightly deranged; in a endearing kind of way, but still deranged.
_ The main characters spend a great number of pages acting like horny rabbits. o_O
Cute, with a great chemistry, horny rabbits... okay, this may have to go in the positives as well...

As for positives, well the banter is pretty good in a passive aggressive/did I mention insane/ hilarious way.
There's a cat. So bonus point for the cat.
Oh, Ash's sidekick is pretty funny, LOL

Negatives yes, again... oh the drama that lasts a few pages towards the end, but which is so lame. And pointless... and did I mention lame?
But you know what?
Most of the time I did have fun reading it, lol

Grave Witch (Alex Craft #1) by Kalayna Price

DNF at 73%

And it starts...
I really didn't want to start so soon DNFinishing books, but I'm really not into anything in this story, and if I keep this up, it will be 2017 all over again; with me wasting time on books I'm not enjoying.
The worst part about this, is that when I started reading it... I thought I had found another series to follow. The first paragraph is really good:

The first time I encountered Death, I hurled my mother’s medical chart at him.As far as impressions
went, I blew it, but I was five at the time, so he eventually forgave me. Some days I wished he hadn’t— particularly when we crossed paths on the job.

Thing is, when I'm reading an urban fantasy series I need to... you know, understand the world I'm reading, and why things are the way they are... and basically what makes the magic work for the characters?
For instance, Alex Craft taps some reservoir of power in a ring she uses; a ring that needs to be recharged and did I miss that? Did she connect an usb cable to the thing and to a power outlet?
Because I was left wondering how the hell the thing was charged!
Sorry peeps, but I need to know these things; otherwise my brain just disconnects.
Then the world building...
Eh... so magical beings came out of hiding seventy years ago because humans were start to forgetting about them, and their power was diminishing as a result of that...
Honestly when I read 'that', my first thought was, "what, no blaming tomatoes?" *see Rachel Morgan for answer to that*
Look, I still haven't read all my Rachel Morgan books mainly because some vampire gets on my fucking nerves with her stalking, but Kim Harrison's books are way better than this; they give the reader answers, and everything is perfectly detailed. This, as I have been saying over and over, is not.
Then there's this douche-bag character with long blond hair and Fae origins and I was like, two Trentons? -_- No
Fallon, unlike Trenton, reads as this one dimensional douche-bag, with the respective sports car and a tendency to boss Alex around.
As for Alex, it's like she doesn't know the world she's living in, so she's always making mistakes.
It was frustrating to read about.
As for another character, Death, he reads as a fluffy kitten.
I give up.


Artistic License by Elle Pierson

Loved it! 
Another well written and developed story by author Lucy Parker.
I loved the characters, especially the fact that Sophie is an introvert; a courageous introvert that doesn't let that stop her from living her life. At the same time, the author doesn't shies from showing us the particulars of what make us introverts. It was nice to read a story in which love isn't shown as "all healing".
Her relationship with Mick was sweet and cute...except when it was HOT, lol
There were a number of moments that made me laugh out loud; like the moment when Sophie gives Mick a cup of tea _ black tea! _ in a Snoopy cup.
Trust me; you have to read it to see why it was so funny.
Sophie's clumsiness and Mick's good heart will surely stay with me for a long time.
Definitely recommended to readers who want to read romances that take their own sweet time, without feeling the urge to kill an overbearing, asshole alpha "douche".

P.s- Now can we have Sean's book? :D

Buy it!  (Amazon's ebook)

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Someone to Wed (Westcott #3) by Mary Balogh

An engaging story, lovely written. I've come to love most of the author's books because of the care that it's placed on everything. The setting, the characters, the atmosphere, they're all perfectly done.
Also the fact that they mostly have a story besides _eventually _ disrobing... helps.
This story has all the things that I like:
_No insta love;
_No insta attraction;
_No pointless drama;

Instead there's friendship and companionship from the part of a big crazy family.
From my experience, I found that a little far fetched, lol, everyone getting along brilliantly; but it was nice to read...okay, a little less sweetness would have been preferred, :D but that's just me being emotionally stunted.

I loved the way the romance developed... calmly (most of the time). Alexander never once behaved like a neanderthal towards Wren, and that was vastly appreciated.
I am done with brutes and alpha jerks.

For me the only thing that kept this from being a perfect read was the last pages. I think that cutting a few pages and taking it easy on the sweetness might have helped.
But I really liked it and I do see myself re-reading it! ;)

Author's Official Site 

Monday, 1 January 2018

Best Books of 2017

2017 was a disaster in my life due to numerous reasons, most of them pet oriented. I am not going to get into it because life sucks for all, and you probably have been there as well...
I'm just going to say that that, made it even more difficult for me to have a "normal" reading year. That is, normal for me in the way that I usually read at least a hundred books.
My tastes have changed, my patience has mostly disappeared and I get bored by the same old things. 
Basically I'm at a point in which I look at my library and think, 'I don't care about most of you any more'. It's depressing.
And sad.
But there's still some favorites _ thank the book's Goddess for that _ some of them found this year.
So here they are, my 2017 favorite books:

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)Slightly Dangerous (Bedwyn Saga, #6)WishtreeDeath and Night (The Star-Touched Queen #0.5)

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)Girls Made of Snow and GlassA Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)Pretty Face (London Celebrities, #2)      The Forgotten Beasts of Eld Lost Souls

                                                 Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

This was brilliant... in a dark and twisted scary way. The writing was brilliant, and now I need to go and read more books by this author.
                                                    Wishtree by Katherine Applegate 

 "Trees can't tell jokes.
But we can certainly tell stories.
And if all you hear is the whisper of leaves, don’t worry.

 Most trees are introverts at heart."

This was all kinds of wonderful. A sweet and engaging story_ featuring a very charming Oak and his friends _ that will surely appeal to most readers.

                                                    Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh

I absolutely loved this romance. I am not going to recommend all the books in this series, but this one was fantastic and if you love Pride and Prejudice, you'll love it even more so.

                                                   Death and Night by Roshani Chokshi 

This was a lovely novella about how Lord Death and Lady Night first get to know each other. I can't wait to get my hands on the paperback that is going to be edited in 2018 which includes this novella, and two more.

                                        Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

As you can see, 2017 was Leigh Bardugo's year for me. I read the Grisha anthology (no, I haven't read the previous novels and I don't think I will), which I loved; then there was this one and I also read the first book in the Six of Crows duology.
I haven't seen the movie, but this book was amazing. I loved seeing a young Diana trying to do what she thought was right... despite the consequences.

                                   Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

And...we finally come to a retelling :)
Read my review here! 

                                         A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi 

In one word... perfection.
Read my Review Here!  

                                                    Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong

I'm way behind when it comes to this series... especially because I decided to do a re-read.
My review here! 

                                                   Pretty Face by Lucy Parker 

I just love these books; the plot is engaging and you want to be friends with the characters... well, with most of them.
 Another winner by the author of "Act Like It". My review here!

                                  The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. Mckillip
An epic story that I just don't know how to review, so just go read it and see for yourself ;)

What about you guys, what were your favorite books of 2017? 

Sunday, 31 December 2017

December's Reads

These are the books that I managed to finish this month. As you can see, with very few exceptions they weren't very memorable.

The Little Red WolfThe Christmas ShowSad Animal FactsTarget Practice (InCryptid, #0.22)

The Lay of the Land (Incryptid, #0.21)When the Duke Was Wicked (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #1)The Snow Queen (Five Hundred Kingdoms, #4)Beasts Made of Night

                                      Secret Sisters Song of the Current (Song of the Current #1) 

Amélie Fléchais, The Little Red Wolf , Graphic Novels/Retellings - 4 Stars
 I didn't bother with writing a review because you guys can already read Isa's review. But the art is truly great and I bet that little readers will also enjoy it. A retelling that shows us the importance of listening to both sides of a story.

Pat Cardigan, The Christmas Show, Tor Novella - 2 Stars
 This one actually started out very promising and I was looking forward in finding out about a certain curse...but the reason for it was never revealed, and the whole thing was just pointless wasted away...

Brooke Barker, Sad Animal Facts, Graphic Novels/Humor/Non Fiction - 4 Stars
Isa's Review!

Seanan Mcguire, The Lay of The Land (Incryptid 0.21) - short story - 3 Stars
I would love to have these shorts compiled in a single book.

Seanan Mcguire, Target Practice (Incryptid 0.22)- short story - 3 Stars

Lorraine Heath, When The Duke Was Wicked (#1) - Historical Romance - 3 Stars
I actually found this kind of boring, but it was well written.

Mercedes lackey, The Snow Queen (Five Hundred Kingdoms #5) - Retellings/Fantasy - 1 Star (DNF)
There's a limit to the times I "want to" read about clothes and food.

Tochi Onyebuchi, Beasts Made of Night - Fantasy - 1.5 Star (DNF)
Great concept but the execution needed more work. Taj, the main character, ended up being way to juvenile.

Jayne Ann Krentz, Secret Sisters- Contemporary Romance - 2 Stars
Boring, boring, boring. The romance lacks sparks and the mystery was red herrings everywhere.

Sarah Tolcser, Song of The Current (#1)- Fantasy/Ya - 1.5 Stars (DNF)
Dnf at 70% because I'm stubborn, but the writing style didn't work out for me since page one.
There were so many pointless nautical terms, but I couldn't "see" what was out there surrounding the boats, the river. The characters were okay in a 'nothing particularly remarkable about them, but I didn't feel like throwing them overboard kind of way...'
The political intrigue was poorly done... that, or my head gave up on me, because I couldn't make sense or care about it.
The concept was good, but if you're not a first time sailor reader, it feels that it could still use some work.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Sad Animal Facts by Brooke Barker

This was such a cute book!
The whole thing was a mix of #same:

And #godiwishthatwereme:

I highly recommend it!

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