Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Jupiter Myth (Marco Didius Falco #14) by Lindsey Davis





Another Falco adventure in his least favourite place... Britain.
The man hates the weather, isn't crazy about the local baths, and the bartenders are just fishy. And don't even get him started on the beer *ugh*... although water ends up being way... dangerous for everyone's health!

Luckily his closer family is with him: His beloved wife, Helena Justina, their two infant girls, and of course, Nux the family's dog.
(...)
Oh, and his sister Maia Favonia, her children, and lets not forget his BFF Petronius.
So of course, with this cast, we have mayhem and insanity. 
There's this scene in which we have Amazons, chariots, a f****g Bear, and people trying to kill each other! A circus, I tell you!

A man with connections ends up killed, so of course Falco ends up being recruited to find his killer.
A dangerous woman from his past makes an appearance, and Helena Justina decides to adopt a girl.
His youngest daughter has a close encounter with a bumblebee...oh yeah, and Falco makes a number of very stupid, STUPID, mistakes.
Typical Falco. I liked it, but it could be shorter.


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Lost Souls ( Cainsville #3.5) by Kelley Armstrong




                                           Arc Provided by Subterranean Press through Netgalley
                                                     
                                                             Release Date: March 31st

The greatest compliment  I can give to this novella, is that after being thoroughly pissed of with the way things ended in the third Cainsville novel, I am now _once again _ determined in finishing the series! So, well done! Objective achieved, lol
As to what happens in this novella, obviously I'm not going to spoil it for you guys, but I'll say that the basic plot was extremely interesting... okay, there's ghosts...and other supernatural beings involved.
Patrick, aka Gabriel's... now what have you read?
Have you read the first four books and the anthology "Led Astray" who has some pretty good shorts on Gabriel and his childhood? Because in the case that you haven't, let's just keep things...secret. Okay?
So, I was talking about Patrick who is a writer amongst other things... Olivia would probably use a much more colourful language about the guy!*snort*
Patrick decides to get more involved in Gabriel's life, and of course things don't go as they probably should. A big mess ensues. Gabriel and Olivia's relationship is still on the mend, and people are getting lost. In more ways than one...
Now if you're wondering, after all my blabbering, if you can read this novella without reading the previous stories, the answer is yes.
Of course by doing so, you'll be losing more than half of the "fun" :)

Author's Official Site

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Thursday, 2 March 2017

March Releases


A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2) Magic for Nothing (InCryptid, #6) The Truth About Love and Dukes (Dear Lady Truelove, #1) Star's End

Lost SoulsRomancing the Rogue (Gothic Historical Romance, #2)Garden of Thorns Bad Blood
                        Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) Hunted Saga, Vol. 7

"A Crown of Wishes (Star Crossed Queen #2)" by Roshani Chokshi, pub by St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: March 28
Genre: Fantasy

"Magic For Nothing ( Incryptid #6)" by Seanan Mcguire, pub by Daw
Release Date: March 7 th
Genre: Urban Fantasy

"The Truth About Love And Dukes" by Laura Lee Guhrke, pub. by Avon
Release Date: March 28 th
Genre: Historical Romance

"Star's End" by Cassandra Rose Clarke, pub. by Saga Press
Release Date: March 21st
Genre: Sci-Fi ; Space Opera

"Lost Souls (Cainsville ) by Kelley Armstrong, pub. by Subterranean Press
Release Date: March 31 st
Genre: Urban Fantasy

"Romancing The Rogue (#2)" by Erica Ridley, pub. by WebMotion
Release Date: March 21 st
Genre: Gothic Historical Romance

"Garden of Thorns" by Amber Mitchell, pub. by Entangled Teen
Release Date: 6 th March
Genre: YA ; Fantasy

"Bad Blood" by Demitria Lunetta pub. by Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Release Date: 14 th March
Genre: Fantasy; YA

"Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10)" pub. by Ace Books
Release Date: 7th March
Genre: Urban Fantasy

"Hunted" by Meagan Spooner, pub. by Harper Teen
Release Date: 14 th March
Genre: Retelling; Fantasy

Saga (#7), by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples, pub. by Image Comics
Release Date: March 28 th
Genre: Sci-Fi; Comics ; Fantasy

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Pretty Face by Lucy Parker






                                      Arc Provided by Carina Press through Netgalley
                                                      Release Date: February 20 th



Another winner! Author Lucy Parker definitely knows how to write the perfect story, because I never thought that theatre "stuff" was that interesting, and then I just want to live in these stories. And be friends with these people. Grumpy Richard (from "Act Like It) included.
And as such, I am now going to re-read it, because I don't know when I'll read another good story.

Lily is much more than a pretty face: she's smart, witty, and much more than meets the eye.
Luc on the other hand, likes to live his life preferably free of taxing emotional dramas. He's forty _lol _ he's "old", and he already has enough on his hands with his latest project. He's known for his professional behaviour and he doesn't need someone with twenty six years old ( OMG! lol) mixing up things in his life. When these two meet, they definitely pay attention to each other...
What happens next is a very well built story. I never felt like saying "oh, move on already..". I liked the "view" from the road, and meeting all the other characters? It was not a bore. When the time comes I'll be more than happy to read about them, because this author is most definitely on my auto buy list.
As for now, all I can say, is that this is my first favourite novel of 2017, and I'm no longer easily impressed these days ;)

Author's Official Page

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Emily Carroll's Short Comics



Since reading Through the Woods I've been a hardcore fan of Emily Carroll's work.
She is such a talented artist! 
Not only does she have a gift with the written word but she complements it perfectly with her art.


Here are some of her short comics (just click the images and you'll be taken to them):

The Hole The Fox Did Make
Regan is a young girl fascinated by a nearby creek. Her mother says someone drowned there once, so she's forbidden to go. But a mysterious lady in the creek whispers tantalising clues about Regan's father: the Prince of Foxes.


Anu-Anulan & Yir's Daughter
The goddess Anu-Anulan was in love with Yir's Daughter's bright silvery hair.
And she intended to make it all hers.


All Along The Wall
A little girl wants to hear a scary story at a Christmas party.
An older girl tells her a story about a little girl just like her who feared the monsters that scuttled along the walls at night.
But the little girl doesn't find the story scary enough... she wants more.



The Hare's Bride
While shooing a hare from her garden, a young maiden lets herself be convinced to sit on the hare's tail and go with him to his little hut.
The hare tells her to cook while he goes to fetch the wedding guests.
Soon the hare is back and he tells the maiden to open the door because the guest are merry. To open the door because the wedding guests... are hungry.



Emily Carrol's official site (with more free stories!)

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Cold Wind by Nicola Griffith




The thing is, if you know portuguese, you automatically know what the protagonist is. 
And the short gives you very obvious clues as to what the other one is too.
Knowing both their identities together you get the whole story before it barely starts...

Still, the language was beautiful and vivid, and that deserves 3 stars on its own.


You can read it here @ Tor!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

A Local Habitation (October Daye #2) by Seanan McGuire




The real mystery here is: why do I want to keep reading when this is so bad?
The answer is that McGuire has some real writing talent, even if this book failed spectacularly.

For instance: Toby should not be a detective. She's not just bad at interpreting clues to solve crimes. She's bad at using the simplest common sense in day to day life , every second of every day.
This woman was sent by her liege to check on his niece who hadn't been picking up the phone/calling back. She gets there and the niece says the uncle hadn't been picking up the phone/calling back. 
I'm not even going to put this under a spoiler because that would be insulting you guys, but it takes her until page 280-something out of 377 to figure out that someone was interfering with the phone lines. 
She does stupid shit after stupid shit, ignores the most blatant clues - the killer shows up and any reader with a brain from that very page on goes, "That's the murderer". 

It was soooo frustrating to read a book where not only Toby, but everyone else was tstl. 

The thing is, Toby is tstl, inept, unable to interpret emotions/actions from those close to her, just a plain mess of idiocy. ...but I like her?!
McGuire, wtf?! How do you do this?!
Now I have to read the rest of the series >:(

Also I have a senseless hatred for Connor, I know nothing about him, he seems nice, and I can't stand him. I don't know why :/

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