Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Tell Me Something Tuesday: To request or not to request: how do you limit ARC requests?

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

This week's conversation starter: 

June 27th: To request or not to request: how do you limit ARC requests?

I request those that I really really want. Sometimes I do fall for a nice request even if not my genre, but I am all I should give it a go. You never know.

Those emails I get are the easiest to say no to. I just do not bother. They always claim they have read my reviews and then I get a request for something that I would never review. They are always so full of themselves too and come with demands. Those ARC requests I just delete. Less to think about.

I have also gotten better limiting, well good emails ;) My weak point now is netgalley. I try to stay away, but sometimes they just look so shiny! I am sort of glad Edelweiss turns me down 99% of the time, and that I just can not navigate that site.

I also do check that I do not have to many requests, I can not read them all after all. And I want to read some of my own books too, that is the project I started 2 years ago. Read my own books, request less.

Luci in Feb

Monday, 26 June 2017

Audio Review: Silver Silence - Nalini Singh

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed...

My thoughts:
I have not read all of the psy-changeling book, I actually did not see Silence Fall. But hey I knew Silence had fallen and it felt like the new series it was.

Silver is still silent. Cold psy, all business and in danger. I liked her, the psy are just so freaky, cold and emotionless. So filled with logic.

Nikolai is her opposite. A bear who likes hugs, who will do anything for his clan and who has decided that she is his. Oh man, she does not stand a chance.

He chases her and well duh of course things happen- It's a romance after all. But I will not say how it happens or how Singh manages to tear my heart apart with her evil ways. So perfectly evil and awesome.

The plot going on in the background is a part of the who poisoned her thing. Everyone is not happy that Trinity is ruling. That all are equals, some just do not believe it to be so. Dang idiots. It felt so real with terrorists running around and innocents getting hurt.

A good book with romance, suspense and bears I want to meet

Narration by Angela Dawe
I was weirded out at first by her voices. All the Russians, male and female sounded like they had smoked too much and drunk too much vodka. It was strange. But I got used to it (still weird though and not sexy.)

But she did a good job and I enjoyed listening to her voice. I would def want to listen to the next one. it works perfectly on audio.


16 hrs and 1 min
Audible Audio, Unabridged, 17 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Tantor Audio
Psy-Changeling Trinity #1, Psy-Changeling #16
Paranormal romance
For review

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Carole's Sunday Review: Heart of Stone - Debra Mullins

Author: Debra Mullins
Title: Heart of Stone (Truth Seers #2)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 320
Published: October 2014
Where I Got It: Borrowed from library

Darius Montana is a Seer. With his gift of empathy, he can see into the hearts of others, both human and Atlantean. When his family comes into possession of one of the legendary power stones of Atlantis, Darius is sent to find the Stone Singer.

Faith Karaluros is the last Stone Singer. Manipulated all her life for her rare ability, she is widowed after her husband tried to steal her power for the Mendukati, an extremist group that hunts Seers. Faith wants nothing more than to stay out of this war when Darius comes to find her—just in time to rescue her from being kidnapped.

Faith goes with Darius, determined to do the job and be on her way with the money that can set her up where no one can find her again. She didn't count on the Mendukati sending a hit man after her. Darius swears he can protect her, but when she discovers he is one of the rare Atlanteans whose powers work on their own kind, can she trust him to keep his word, or is she being used again?

I am really loving this world. It is such an interesting concept with interesting characters. There is a lot to learn about this world and all the different powers, but I am glad that the author is slowly introducing the world and history to the readers. I can't wait to learn more. Honestly, the first book should be read first due to the backstory. 

This story follows Darius is a Seer, who has the ability to feel other people's emotion, and Faith who is a Stone Singer. They have a lot of issues internally and there is a war that started brewing in the last book. 

I really loved Faith's power! It's hard to really explain, but I would want her power...except I wouldn't want to be the only one left and people are hunting me to wrangle the stones of power.

The only issue with the book was the ending. The ending just, well, ended. Sure, I want to read the next one, but it was so anti-climatic and a sad attempt at being a cliff-hanger. 

GAH!!!!! I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ADRIAN! Who are you mysterious man?!  He seems so complex and has a crazy past. There was a huge reveal. I anticipated something of that nature, but it was still a good twist. 

In the end, this was a good read! I am really liking this world and the characters. Can't wait for the next book. The ending was a meh, but the rest was good. I'll stamp this with 4 stars. 

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Saturday Night Movie: Horns

In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to find strange horns sprouting from his temples.

Director: Alexandre Aja
Writers: Keith Bunin (screenplay), Joe Hill (based on the novel by)
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella 

2 h /Drama Fantasy Horror / 2013

I have read the book, but I could not remember all of it. Yes the whole horns thing, his gf being dead. Everyone thinking he did it. But I did manage to forget how it ended. Which was good, cos it was a bit of a mystery then.

I did like the concept of the horns and what they made people do. It moved this ordinary mystery murder drama to the fantasy realm. Weird ass horns doing weird ass things.

And I hate the townspeople. Stop judging him! Find the real killer! But at the same time I had doubts a bit into the movie. Who really did it?

Radcliffe is good, he gets darker and darker and does it well. Not Potter there ;)

Good movie. I like the dark humour, well humour and humour, more the effed up way people gets.


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