Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Out This Month

An Enchantment of Ravens The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic Girls Made of Snow and Glass The Death of All Things

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1) Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1) Archangel's Viper (Guild Hunter, #10) Secrets in Death (In Death, #45)

Odd & True The Brightest Fell (October Daye, #11) Wishtree Quests for Glory (The School for Good and Evil: The Camelot Years #1)

A Skinful of Shadows The Glass Town Game The Dollmaker of Krakow Speak Easy, Speak Love

The Day the Angels Fell The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate #1) The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Starfish 

An Enchantment of Ravens: September 26th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Warcross: Published September 12th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers 
The Language of Thorns : September 26th 2017 by Macmillan
Girls Made of Snow and Glass : September 5th 2017 by Flatiron Books

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

                      Arc Provided by Central Avenue Publishing through Netgalley

                                                  Release Date: October 2nd

Here's my two cents about this book: I normally don't fall for a book that is being hyped; in fact I normally go the other way, because I'm stubborn and I don't like media telling me what I should read.

With this one, I guess that the title, add the cover, plus the fact that this seemed to be a stand alone (AND I DO LOVE STAND ALONE STORIES), made me decide to risk it and request it...
... not a good decision.
Going by the title, and with goblins to the mix, I was hoping for something dark, urban fantasy type.
Which I didn't get, because this is actually a new adult story with _poorly_ developed traces of paranormal.
Unfortunately once again it seems that the new adult genre is synonymous to very basic writing, stupid and underdeveloped characters and a plot that is only there to get the characters together.
Not my thing.
Like I said, the characters are so undeveloped that when the author decides to create two couples and having them perform sexual acts; the thing reads as awkward and uncomfortable as this phrase. They feel as puppets, and maybe that was what the author was reaching for, but she forgot their souls!
In forgetting that, the whole thing reads as an awkward and boring story about four _ really uninspired _ people.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais

arc provided by Diamond Book Distributors through Netgalley

This is the prettiest, cutest, most enchanting book I've read this year!
I honestly feel so lucky to have found this!

A little red riding hood wearing Wolf pup is tasked by his mother to bring a fat juice rabbit to his wolf grandmother who has lost her teeth, and thus is no longer able to hunt.
She warns him away from the Hunter and his daughter, and though the little Wolf promises to do so he soon finds himself distracted by the beauty of the forest, following pretty beetles, bold mice in the their underground little houses, and elusive golden clouds of pollen. Before he knows it, he finds himself quite lost...

I really cannot recommend this book enough!
From the artwork, to the lovely story, everything was amazing!
I can't wait for October to get here so I can buy it!

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Light by Rob Cham

This was so absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
The artwork was amazing - the way Cham used light and shadow... it was breathtaking! 
I'm definitely looking forward to more from Cham!

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Disney Manga Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas by Jun Asuka

Was this just a sample? 
The story is incomplete!
Not only that but the artwork was really not to my tastes :(

Very disappointing.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

WitchTown by Cory Putman Oakes

               Arc Provided by HMH Books for Young Readers through Netgalley

When you're expecting something along the lines of"Ocean's 11" but instead get stuck with the unwatchable "Ocean's 13".
Oh, this is going to get a rant of epic proportions. -_-

First of all, have you seen *that* title? Witchtown? Wow, you would think that this story was filled to the brim with an amazing number of gifted people, right?
Wrong. You know what's the right title for this book?
Boringtown, filled with boring and stereotypical people. Even the poltergeist is boring as hell.
 There's barely any magic at all in this book, and most of the one there is _ like a very important scene close to the end _, is basically, "Oh, I don't know what I'm doing here, I'm just improvising as I go, and look, IT WORKED."
Really? How the hell was this published? -_-

Then there's the deceiving summary wrote by someone who mustn't have read this book...
I was hoping for a FREAKING MYSTERY! I WAS HOPING FOR COMPANIONSHIP BETWEEN MOTHER AND DAUGHTER! I was honestly hoping for a heist along the lines of "Ocean's 11".
 Clearly I'm an idiot.
"But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven (...)"
spoiler (highlight) AUBRA, Macie's mother is a cartoonish villain, there's no bonding between those two. Macie is being used by her mother! As for the "mystery", surprise! The heaven is broke.
Because you have a lesbian couple? A goth girl?
They have the depth of air. Every single person that appears in this book is a fricking stupid stereotype.
Also, blond people everywhere... except for one person, but I'll get there. Eventually.
And what is worst, is that the beginning was actually promising: In some sort of future (yeah, that also isn't explained), witches have been outed. In some part of my brain I kept expecting that tomatoes had been involved in it, like Kim Harrison's "Rachel Morgan's series", lol, but I digress.

So the rest of the population started freaking out, and Havens started being created to house the witch population... the native American reality happening over again.
In this reality where witches exist, there's people who don't have any type of power. Not learned or inherent (natural). Those are called void, and check this out: these people who have been supposedly persecuted in "our" world, people who needed shelter end up branding with an hot iron those who are Void, so that other havens will not accept them. BUT, there's a character in Witchtown, about whom there's rumours of "voidness" o_O AND NO ONE FREAKING CARES!!
If Havens are supposed to be fortresses to the rest of the world, why not ask the people who want to join their "club" to put on some sort of magic display as proof of their abilities?
Wouldn't that be less time consuming and idk... CRUEL??
Also as fortresses, these places leave a lot to desire when it comes to security: people are constantly entering and leaving the things!! See? There's no consistency in anything; just plot-freaking-holes everywhere!

Another aspect that you don't get to anticipate with this summary is that there's "luvey duvey" involved in this story. Two guys, although not a love triangle...
One of them is presented as this black dangerous dude who Macy initially thought was as a drug dealer. Really author?? With the blatant racism that exists in America, who think that is a line to casually drop in the middle of a teen/new adult story?
And I say "new adult" (highlights) because in flashbacks it is left to your imagination if Macie had sex with Rafe, the black dude who ends up not being a criminal, but a really great guy.
The other dude, of whom I can't even remember his name anymore (I don't care!) is this golden witch boy who is just great with kids, and about whom Macie starts salivating about, just days after something heartbreaking happened between her and the other guy Rafe.
Oh, my waning patience... and my shrivelled heart. -_-

So let me just recapitulate:
The writing style is basic and choppy; the story line (what story line?) and characters boring as hell.
Then there's the author's comparisons in the summary...uh, I haven't read anything by Danielle Paige (so, I'll leave it as that), but I'm PRETTY sure this has nothing to do with Alice Hoffman's stories.
So, yeah, this is a freaking mess that I definitely don't recommend.
The two stars? Because I ended up reading the whole thing due to the amount of incredulity that I was feeling at the time.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Puss In Prada by Marie Jacquelyn

This was a cute story of what happens when "your" self absorbed... well self, gets turned into a cat by an annoyed witch!
Are there more of those witches?
I don't know, the witch is not really a character in this novel except as the agent that causes Alex's transformation.
Note to self: try to not run down people... because you never know. o_O
Also, it's not you know... nice :D

Alex used to be a famous writer.
He is still a writer, but now he's also a cat. A cat who wears clothes, because "hello, I'm naked down here"(pretty conservative for a cat is all I'm saying), and who lives with his ex boyfriend. 
The ex boyfriend is pretty much a saint, because Alex was already annoying as f***k when he was not a cat. Now? He's impossible.
And he sheds.
You should read this :D

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Woodwalker (#1) by Emily B. Martin

You know what?
This book's title really doesn't lie, so get ready for a lot of walking through the woods, lol
That being said, I can't say that this story disappointed me, despite usually not being a fan of this type of narrative; I'm thinking about a book by Juliet Marillier in which I got to a point in which I wouldn't have minded if all the characters had fallen of a cliff...

In Woodwalker, the characters come out as real, flawed, secretive and interesting as hell, so no, I didn't want any harm to befall them.

Mae, the main character, has fallen into hard times following a forced banishment from her country.
A former woodwalker _ park ranger _ she got into a fight with her country's former king, and is now trying to survive in her ~new~ condition of when the opportunity of escorting three royals comes along, well, it's not like she had a full schedule, you know? o_O
And like she says, she has enough money to buy a whole peanut -_-

Mae is a great character. She's strong, resourceful, patient ~manages to not strangle Mona or even Arden through their long, long walk~ but she's so much more than meets the eye.
Throughout the story, the author manages to insert some basic ecology information; nothing wrong if she can bring some readers to the green side, lol

Now the negative, I wasn't a big fan of the way of the way some things were named, because the bad guy/invading country here, is named Alcoro...not so far from the word Alcoran, right?
~I do have politics in my mind, so it's kind of hard to avoid these kind of links~
That for me, could/should have been avoided. This is fantasy book, I don't want to feel as I'm being indoctrinated regards religion: good religion vs bad religion.
Maybe the author only wanted to show what happens when you take prophecies way to far... but it still left me somewhat discomforted by it.

As for romances, rest assured that there isn't a love triangle, in fact there barely is a romance;)
Well, no, actually there's a romance, we just don't know that it is there; because they're sneaky about it. And that was actually well done, so of course I'm not going to spoil it.

So, here you have it, a four star rating, because this had a pretty strong ending, which left me really keen in getting my hands on the second book. The only downside being, according to some reviewers, that Mae is no longer going to be the main character.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Alpha's Fate by Nora Ash

This was such a cute story, from a new (to me) favourite author!

Poppy Rose is a kitchen witch. Her spells aren't that reliable, but she can bake with the best of them.

When Jackson comes to investigate the death, at the hands of a demon, of one of Thompson's Mill's inhabitants, Poppy fears her past is catching up to her.

Even though this is quite short it was still very entertaining, and I liked Jackson and Poppy's relationship.

I definitely recommend it!

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Monday, 3 July 2017

Deklan by Shay Savage

TW: Kidnapping, Murder, Child Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse

I really like Shay Savage's writing style. It draws you in and keeps you hooked, it flows naturally.

I have a few mixed feelings about this book, though.
I really appreciate how Shay Savage knows how to handle issues regarding consent and literally never messes up on that. 

But there were still a few trigger warnings when it comes to the main relationship.
I absolutely can't stand it when the hero gets mad and, though he never physically hurts the lady, he smashes shit around the house, yells at her, and slams a fist into the wall right next to her head.

I mean... that's so obviously still abuse? It's emotional abuse, which can be seriously damaging.
And it made no sense that Deklan, being such a sweetheart, would do that at all, especially considering how deeply aware he was of Kera's past. 
Having him constantly apologising afterwards didn't make things any better.

I think romance writers need to stop depicting these situations unless they make it clear that they're unacceptable.
Sure, they're romance staples when the hero is a bad boy, but I hate how it normalises this form of abuse, especially by not showing it as abuse at all. 
Kera just stood there and took it, feeling guilty for making him act that way. Like... wtf.
Let's stop this stuff.

Kera was also way tstl, like the bad guy straight up confesses something terrible to her right at the beginning, he honestly could not have made it any clearer, he wasn't cryptic at all, he just literally confessed, but it was only near the end that she goes, "omg... now that I think of it... maybe... he did something bad D:". 
Deklan also does a lot of stuff that anyone with half a brain would have been able to figure out pretty much immediately.
But this stuff always completely flabbergasts her. Honestly this girl does not have a clue.

That being said, it had a solid plot, a nice romance, likeable characters, a truly repellent villain, and a (spoiler) HEA (/spoiler), so it was entertaining :)

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