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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January Releases

Here's some books that will be making their début in January 2018.

The Hazel Wood Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3) The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)The Wedding Date Markswoman (Asiana, #1)
As You Wish The Defiant (The Valiant, #2) The True Queen (The Impostor Queen, #3)
This Fallen Prey (Casey Duncan, #3) The Forgotten Book Let's Talk About Love
Blood and Sand  Everless Shadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver #1)

'Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the "real" world. '

'Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist.
(The Wedding Date from Gr's synopsis)

Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, a highly trained sisterhood of elite warriors armed with telepathic blades. (Gr's Synopsis) 

'Alice had her whole summer planned.(..)The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual). Alice is done with dating--no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done. But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for(..)'
(Let's Tall About Love)

'A Jane Austen-inspired YA tale about a sixteen-year-old girl who finds a magical book—and discovers that anything she writes inside it comes true.' (The Forgotten Book)

'Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.' (The Cruel Prince)  Pub Date: January 2nd

'Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels.' ( The Hazel Woods)
Pub date January 30th  

'Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.' Batman: Nightwalker   
 Pub Date: January 2nd 

'In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.' (As You Wish)   Pub Date: January 2nd

'In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.' (Everless)
 Pub Date: January 2nd

'When Casey Duncan first arrived at Rockton, the off-the-grid, isolated community built as a haven for people running from their pasts, she had no idea what to expect.(...)She certainly didn't expect to become the town homicide detective.' ( This Fallen Prey- Casey Duncan #3) Pub Date: January 30th - Kindle edition

'The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus...' (Blood and Sand) Pub Date: January 16 th

'The shadows that surround us aren’t always as they seem…
Emmeline has grown up with a gift. Since the time she was a baby she has been able to control shadows. And her only friend and companion is her own shadow, Dar.
'- Shadow Weaver - Pub Date: January 2nd
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