Sunday, 22 October 2017

Carole's Sunday Review: Of flame and fate - Cecy Robson

Author: Cecy Robson
Title: Of Flame and Fate (Weird Girls #8)
Genre: UF and Romance
Pages: ebook
Published: September 26th 2017
I Got It: My shelf (Amazon)

Taran Wird, who commands the power to wield fire and lightning, is an oddity in the supernatural world. But neither Taran nor her unique sisters compare to the bizarre entity known as Destiny. And Taran is assigned to protect her.


Born of two witches, Destiny is revered among the supernatural elite for her acute ability to predict the future. Her biggest prophecy involves Taran’s sister, Celia, whom Destiny decreed will bear children strong enough to take on the evil that’s rising. Yet Destiny is not alone in her predictions, or individuality.



When Johnny Fate, a rock star among humans and a male version of Destiny is discovered, his powers and Destiny’s clash, triggering the start of Destiny’s demise and altering the fate of Celia’s unborn children.



Taran, her werewolf lover Gemini, and their allies must determine if it’s Fate who will decide what will become of Celia’s children, or if their lives and the world will perish with Destiny



I was so excited when I realized I had pre-ordered this book. I totally forgot! When I opened my kindle and this started loading I squealed with joy and the moment it was done I dove in. 



Oooooooooooooooooooooooh this was good! 



And look at that cover? BEAUTIFULLLLL!



The beginning started right where the short story left off and I had to try and remember what happened previously. Once I got my footing, I couldn’t put it down. 



There really is no break for Taran and her sisters. Evil never sleeps I guess. So yes. Like normal the baddies are after the sisters, but now the baddies have their sights on some big players for the good guys. This includes Destiny who I simply adore! 



Gemini is still my favorite wolf I think, but he was annoying. Yes, yes, I get he wants to protect Taran, but I feel like he was being a little over-protective in this one. But I guess I get it after their break-up and getting back together. He is scared to lose her again. I get it…but a girl’s gotta do her part in protecting the world and her family. Taran is a tough cookie. 



Yes. This was so good. I loved Fate and his whole story. I want to learn more about the whole Destiny/Fate thing for sure. 



There were a few SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW moments that had me bored. Which happens. 



The ending was something else. I cried in happiness and laughed like a loon. Dang it for feels!



In the end, this was really good. The beginning was a little jarring because it started RIGHT after the short story and it had been a while since I read the last story. Gem needs to calm down. He did get better near the end. I highly encourage reading the past novels before diving into this one. There is a lot of backstory going on and has a HUGE part to play in the story. 



I shall stamp this with.....4 stars. 






Saturday, 21 October 2017

Saturday Movie Review: The Flowers of War

In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John (Christian Bale) arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he discovers the meaning of sacrifice and honor.

Writers: Heng Liu (screenplay), Geling Yan (novel)
Stars: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang 

Jin ling shi san chai (original title)
R | 2h 26min | Drama, History, Romance 
2011


My thoughts:
I watched this movie and then never wrote a review, and then I wanted to write a review, so here I am, way too long afterwards.

I seem to watch Bale play drunken people a lot, oh well, he does it well. He is just there in the background because the real stars are the girls and the prostitutes. The enmity between them at first, the friendship and the respect. 

This is a hard one to review. The brutality of the Japanese soldiers and the destruction of the town is staggering. All while Bale as the priest tries to protect those within his walls and claim sanctuary since he is a Westerner. But we all know that can not last....

There is also another story woven into this, a group of Chinese soldiers trying their best to fight the Japanese. But they are not many, they do not have a lot, but they fight.

A good movie that made me cry. But then I watched it when I was pregnant and all movies made me cry then. But then I also chose sad ones.


Friday, 20 October 2017

Audio Review: The Scotsman who saved me - Hannah Howell

A brutal attack on Emily Stanton's family has left her for dead . . . until she is found in the woods by a handsome stranger with a thick brogue who vows to protect her. There's only one problem: As a woman with a noble English background, she has no business keeping company with such a man. For Scotsman Iain MacEnroy, Emily's high-tone accent is a bitter reminder of the oppressive regime he left behind. The last thing he needs is to be burdened by the needs of a beautiful, blue-eyed Englishwoman. But taking care of elegant, educated Emily begins to transform Iain in ways he never imagined. Could it be that the deep divisions from the old world no longer apply in the new-and that Iain and Emily can share a passion as lush and wild as the Scottish highlands themselves?

Audio CD, 8 h - Published September 26th 2017 by Tantor Audio - Seven Brides for Seven Scotsmen #1 - Historical romance - For review

My thoughts:
Quite the beginning with Iain and his brothers finding a burned cabin and dead bodies inside. And everyone is so calm with the violence cos sadly it could happen. But yes it starts with a bang.

Emily's sister and brother in law are dead. And what is she now to do? Well luckily she was saved by a sexy Scot who is all kind and nice and brings her to his home. Emily was a survivor and determined to succeed. She may have been gentry but those days are over. I liked her, she had a good head on those shoulders.

Iain hates the gentry since he is Scottish and they sadly kicked out a lot of Scots. But American is the land of dreams. At times I did wonder about things, in listening it comes across as weird at times, I wonder if it is like that in print. He never did ask, just always went for it, and then there are her thoughts. I guess I wanted her to be more yay kisses and more. Cos now it seemed...weird. Which it is so not meant to be. They are swept away by lust, aren't they always.

There is something more but I do not want to spoil it all. The danger that is after her. What happened to her sis and brother in law and more...danger.

And then there is getting a glimpse of all his brothers, and they all seem lovely and I hope they all find love.

Conclusion:
Scots in America. Scots are needed everywhere. A nice romance

Narrator Justine Eyre.
I did like her voices, but a woman can never make a Scot sound as sexy as a man can...nope ;) But I still enjoyed her male and female voices. Her voice for Mrs ONeill was perfect, a totally no nonsense matron.

Listen to a sample


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Audio Review: Spells and Sorcery - S Usher Evans

You have magic.

One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I'm not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.

Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb--she's magical.

Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he'll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.

My thoughts.
At first (well a long time) things did annoy me. Like why was her sister such a bitch! Trust me, such a bitch, that girl needs a slap in the face. And why couldn't they just teach her magic? And tell her things? For the love of magic tell her stuff! Also everyone So over reacted. Chill people, chill.

BUT, in the end there was a reason why they did not teach her and tell her everything. Though I still felt they could have chilled a bit and told her some. Though why her sis was a raging bitch beats me. Lexie was also really immature, I mean who starts spending time with some old man they just met? Girl, haven't you watched movies?!

Still it was light and I kept wondering why they did not spill the beans. What was up with that? What was up with the secret...I can't say? I needed answers and fast. And at the end I did want more. I am still curious how things will work out when things are out in the open. Some major twists and turns there.

I also felt it refreshing that at least in this one she did not even once think about romance! Phew.

Narrator:
Hmm, is it the author herself? Nothing on GR.
But she does a good job and her voice fits that of a teen who is way over her head ;) Its light and nice
I enjoyed listening to this book

Audible Audio, 7 hours
Expected publication: December 22nd 2017 by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing (first published October 4th 2016)
Lexie Carrigan Chronicles #1
YA, paranormal
Own


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Audio: Grave Ransom - Kalayna Price

Grave witch Alex Craft is no stranger to the dead talking. She raises shades, works with ghosts, and is dating Death himself. But the dead walking? That's not supposed to happen. And yet reanimated corpses are committing crimes across Nekros City. Alex's investigation leads her deep into a web of sinister magic. When Briar Darque of the Magical Crimes Investigation Bureau gets involved, Alex finds herself with an unexpected ally of sorts. But as the dead continue to rise and wreak havoc on the living, can she get to the soul of the matter in time? 

Audio CD, 9 h
Published October 3rd 2017 by Tantor Audio (first published July 4th 2017)
Alex Craft #5
Urban fantasy
I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

My thoughts:
My memory was a bit shaky. It was 1,5 years since I read book 4. My memory was shaky in that review too as the space between book 3 and 4 was 3 years. And that is why you have reviews! I also never felt lost for a second, the author is good at that.

I used to be so Team Death, quite sad, it seemed the time between book 3 and 4 changed that, and now again it changed. He is just so distant, and he is obviously dead. Not the best boyfriend material. Sorry girlfriend but you can do better *coughs Faelan coughs*.

Alex is a grave witch, she can speak with the dead, she can raise their shades. She know things about the dead that others do not. She is also Fae and learning about her new abilities. But she is not equipped to deal with zombies or what on earth are crawling around Necro at the moment.

Luckily she has friends, a distant boyfriend *hmpf* and a pesky agent that wants her help. She may not be physically kick-ass but she can do other things. And I like that, her powers leaves her so depleted that she goes blind. Not that that is a good thing! But it makes her human *wink wink*. 

Conclusion:
I enjoyed this adventure and I am hungry for more.

Narrator Emily Durante
I think it was a good thing there was some time between my last visit to this world. Because after 4 books in print and then suddenly one in audio, well I might have had my own idea of her voice. But like it was now, Emily's voice is Alex and she does her well, and everyone else too. Though Death did sound very grim, oh the puns keep rolling off me today.

It was also my first audio UF and I like it. It works really well.

Listen to a sample


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

TMST: Paranormal gift

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.

October 17th: If you could have a paranormal gift what would it be and why?

What, only one gift!? How to choose then?


  • Ok take Wolverine, sure it would be good to heal, but to live that long. Hmm, yes books are good but still.
  • To hear thoughts would just be creepy. To stop time would be good in a way. Like take a long nap or read a book, but then when you have read that book you do need a nap and yes complicated.
  • Fly, why?
  • Telekinesis, if I am too lazy to do something, sure, but still nah
  • To see the future...noooo. What if it is scary!?

  • You know what, I am just gonna go with Hiro's gift from Heroes. He could travel through time, maybe he could also stop time? I do not remember, but I wanna time travel! Go back in time to every cool period. Do something fun and then be back to the exact time I left. Omg I could be gone for days. read book and chillax and then nothing has passed. yes




Monday, 16 October 2017

Howl's moving castle - Diana Wynne Jones


Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye. 

My thoughts:
Well this one was simply delightful. I do not think I can write a review that shows how delightful I thought it was. I went in all meh (after a few dnfs), and then I was charmed. By the simple, funny, cute and humorous tone of the book.

Sophie gets turned into an old woman by a wicked witch. So she leaves her home and sets out in the world. Where she meets the moving castle. And she goes from mouse to whatever, I am old and can do whatever I want. She meets Michael, apprentice to the wizard. She meets a firedemon, oh he was great. And finally the great wizard Howl. I was so amused how she just stepped up and told him she was there to stay. She bullied the demon, Michael was mostly surprised and the wizard did not stand a chance. He was amused by her, and who would not be. The whole situation was funny.

I liked how Sophie changed when she got turned old. She was awesome. I also liked Howl, he was sure not as he seemed, and I already said Calsifer was great ;)

Conclusion:
This one surprised me. It was amusing and cute. It never took itself seriously. It was a joy to read.

Paperback, 429 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1986)
Howl's Moving Castle #1
Fantasy, YA


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Carole's Sunday Review: Make it count

Author: Tamar Sloan
Title: Make it Count
Genre: YA and paranormal
Pages: ebook
Published: October 10th, 2017
I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

He’s irresistible…but she’s the one person who knows his days are numbered

Casey’s touch can reveal the one thing a person would never want to know — the number of days they have left to live.

By the time Casey turns seventeen she’s learnt to withdraw. But the phobia she fakes in order to avoid human contact is sorely tested by hot, persistent, motorcycle riding PJ. For a girl who craves contact, maple eyed PJ is impossible to resist. When the inevitable happens, when hands, bodies and lips collide, Casey sees PJ's number, one that can only be seen as a cruel twist of fate. 

Now she must decide. Will she continue counting the days of her life, or start living a life that counts?

I was instantly drawn in by the cover and then by the summary. The cover is stunning and the summary is certainly intriguing. 

Casey has always had this little gift of being able to see how many days left someone has before they die. It is for sure a curse in my opinion. There is no positive about it. Sure, she can try and save someone, but it is not guaranteed. She tried once and it failed horribly. 

After a horrible event that she tried her hardest to avoid, she is now a hermit. She has developed a phobia and stays at home. You can't really blame her. I wouldn't want to go out anywhere that could touch people. Her parents finally decide that enough is enough and they are done enabling her because they want her to enjoy her life and have a future outside of being in their house. They take her to a therapy group for fellow kids with phobias. During all this, she meets PJ the hunky motorcyclist.

Things happen and they become an item, but the stinky part is that is days are seriously numbered and Casey has to decide if she should just accept that he will die soon or do something about it. 

I really feel bad for Casey. That is NOT a power I would want. I couldn't stand knowing someone I love or even a strange I brushed against on the street is going to die in 2,000 days or 2 days. It would all be too much. I honestly would become a hermit and never go outside. 

There was some comedy here and there that helped lighten the story, so it wasn't all doom and gloom. I'm glad for some happy moments. 

The writing style was done well. It didn't feel like a YA all the time. There were some very YA moments that were over-the-top, but a ya is still a ya in the end and those moments were bearable since the rest of the book was done well. 

The ending was okay. There some plot holes left open and I feel like there needed to be more of an explanation of a certain event. 

The romance between Casey and PJ was done well. It wasn't insta-love and it wasn't cheesy like some YA romances can be. It was a sweet romance. 

In the end, this was pretty good. Casey and her power were interesting and I connected with her especially with her dislike of cheese. I dislike cold cheese. I don't mind melted cheese, but I used to be like her and HATE all cheeses. But, yes, the story was interesting for sure. Some overly YA spots and there were some things I am still scratching my head about, but I enjoyed this story. I'll give this 4 stars.  











Saturday, 14 October 2017

Saturday Night Movie: Bitter Harvest

Set in 1930s Ukraine, as Stalin advances the ambitions of communists in the Kremlin, young artist Yuri battles to save his lover Natalka from the Holodomor, the death-by-starvation program that ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians.

Director: George Mendeluk
Writers: Richard Bachynsky Hoover (screenplay), George Mendeluk (screenplay) |
Stars: Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Terence Stamp 

1h 43 min / Drama Romance War (2017)

Musings:
The soviets were evil bastards, it sure did not make me like Russians more. But then again, to be really honest, I have never liked them, we have been a battlefield for centuries for them to plunder. Ok, I shall not think about Russia now.

But damn, people just died left and right. They had no good, because the Russians took everything, and I mean everything. They wanted them all dead. It was genocide.

The backdrop is the country dying. And we get to see Yuri leaving his village to make money, leaving behind his wife. The Soviets kill anyone they want, do anything they want and steal every bit of grain they can find. The Ukrainians try to fight back, but that goes badly every time.

I can't say the acting was of the highest order, but it was a sad movie that should be watched. Too many people forget things that has happened in the past.



Friday, 13 October 2017

Duke of Desire - Elizabeth Hoyt

Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him . . . only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

Much to Raphael's irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involves herself in his life-and bed. Soon he's drawn both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael's past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael's own demons? 

My thoughts:
I wanted their story when it was mentioned in the previous books how he watched her.

And here we are, and omg...I mean there are scarred heroes and then there are scarred heroes with some really big issues.

Raphael saves Iris from the Lords of Chaos and marries her to protect her. First the Lords are some crazy evil creeps. Rapist, pedos, murders, sadist. They really need to be wiped out. Raphael's dad was the leader and now he is out to destroy them. So yes, it is quite obvious that something happened and that is why he want them all gone...but what? And why does he have that big scar. I knew the answer would be bad, and so it was. No wonder he has a chip the size of Everest on his shoulders.

But Iris falls for him, and he tries to keep away (yes yes they are married, but hey the Lords wants to rape and kill her. He just wants to protect her, just not get close.)

Not a lot happen in a way. They talk. Someone is after her. And at last the Lords of Chaos will be brought down. I just hope they stay down.

It was hard to warm up to him, mostly because there is dark and then there is dark. Poor guy, I did want to hug him further into the book.

Now the question is, will there be more? What is next?

Cover
Nope


Kindle Edition, 300ish
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Grand Central Publishing
Maiden Lane #12
Historical romance
NetGalley


Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Sworn - Gail Z Martin

Summoner-King Martris Drayke must attempt to meet this great threat, gathering an army from a country ravaged by civil war. Tris seeks new allies from among the living - and the dead - as an untested generation of rulers face their first battle. Meanwhile, the legendary Dread are stirring in their burrows after millennia of silence and no one knows what hand wakes them and whom they will serve when they rise.

Now, Drayke turns to the Sworn, a nomadic clan of warriors bound to protect the Dread. But even the mighty Sworn do not know what will happen when the Dread awake. All are certain, though, that war is coming to the Winter Kingdoms.

My thoughts:
I think this was a bit weird, I mean the last series took place just 6 months before this. At least make it 10, or 25 and have it about their kids or something. Let them fights some battles.

I am never awed by these books, yes I know that sounds bad, they are good, just never awesome. They are light, fast to read and since this is a two book series I will read book 2 even though I totally know it will not be awesome, but it will be good.

Right, so it has only been 6 months since that last series and something bad is coming again.
Tris and Kiara worry about their kid, and the fate of their two kingdoms since peeps are all we will not be ruled by those other guys! Omg chill people. You are still your own kingdom, they just have to make enough babies to go around.

Jonmarc and his wife are with their vamps, to be honest, I was never a fan of his. But I liked how there are vamps in this world, it fits considering all the ghosts too.

A new player comes in, a prince from another country and his wife has knowledge of those who could help. I liked these two, they could totally have a tragic book of their own.

So yes it's a light fast fantasy, sure it has many pages, but it's so light that they just disappear. People die likes flies, but it still totally light. At least to me.

Conclusion:
Since it's only one book left I guess the war will come and end.

Cover
ok

Paperback, 563 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Orbit
Fallen Kings #1
Fantasy
own


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Audio Review: The Lady and the highlander - Lecia Cornwall

Laire MacLeod's father has married a mysterious widow who is a vain beauty that deals with potions and spells. Laire does not drink them with the rest of her family and is the only one who could see through her stepmother's games. When Laire flees to find help from her uncle, the Lady's huntsman follows her with orders to kill. Laire must survive in a dangerous new city and find the antidote to a poisonous potion before it is too late. Iain Lindsay is cursed. He is bound for seven years to be the hunter of a Lady who uses him to bring back birds to use in her potions. When Laire MacLeod escapes the Lady's nets, Iain tracks her to Edinburgh, where she's found shelter with an unusual band of thieves, but he cannot bring himself to harm her. Instead, he finds himself falling in love with the MacLeod beauty. But a Highlander's oath is his bond, and the price for helping her is death-both his own, and of those he loves. 

Audio CD, 9 hPublished September 20th 2017 by Tantor Audio (first published April 4th 2017)A Highland Fairy Tale #3Historical romanceFor review

My thoughts:
The last one felt like a tale with no magic, even if people believed in things. But here, well I do not really know how I could explain the things happening. Totally magical!

Laire's dad gets married to a witch who enchants him and the whole castle. All except for Laire who runs away. Which makes this to a Snow White fairytale. The wicked step mother, the fair princess, the Seven Thieves and the Hunter. The one who has to kill her, and the one that is the prince in this story. So there is poison, a wicked witch, magic and of course romance.

Laire runs away. She is strong, fierce and can handle a dirk. She wants to save her family and I liked her.

Iain, yes what to say about him. I mean he serves Viviana for reasons we do not know (and some of those reasons, well another thing that he had not done well in his past.) He kills birds for her and he sets after Laire for her. So how am I supposed to like him when he is all must kill her. But of course he has doubts, of course he wants to save her (and we all know the fairy tale.) So yes I did like him, he was all dark and broody and then, he had to be saved. Laire could save herself, but who would save him...

Conclusion:
I enjoyed this tale and I do wonder what the next book will be about. I sure hope there is more, I mean there are a LOT of sisters after all.

Narrator Ruth Urqhart
I like her Scottish accents and her male and female voices. She never makes the male ones too dark and the female ones are light and nice. It's a joy listening to her narrate


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Ancillary mercy - Ann Leckie

For a moment, things seemed to be under control for Breq, the soldier who used to be a warship. Then a search of Athoek Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist, and a messenger from the mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq's enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai - ruler of an empire at war with itself.

Breq refuses to flee with her ship and crew, because that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. The odds aren't good, but that's never stopped her before. 

Paperback, 330 pagesPublished October 6th 2015 by OrbitImperial Radch #3ScifiLibrary


My thoughts:
One really should not read sci-fi a year apart..well at least not me. I do have problems with sci.fi in a way, not bad problems, just that I forget things, and the tech stuff and...yes I was all wait wait? How was she a AI again? I had forgotten the most important things, not that the main POV is AI, but how...

So if you do read these, do not wait a year between books! ;)

Forgetting all that, I really do like Ann Leckie. I should check if she has anything new out. I like military sci-fi for some reason, I gravitate to it, no idea why, I mean seriously, I am all tech? And still I got for the AI and ships. I also like how she uses the pronoun she...for all of them. The Raadch do not care about gender and use the word she for everyone.

I am rambling, I can not concentrate today. Anyway the leader of this corner of the universe is fighting with herself ..she is many...and Breq, who was a ship and is now just one person takes a side. Breq is a good, well person, being AI and all.  But the one that steals the show in this one is a translate from an alien race, oh she was a hoot. I like that these are not heavy sci-fi, they do manage to be light, considering.

Conclusion:
Oh whatever, i can NOT write a review today. I suck. 
 Just read the series ;)

Cover
Dull

I am doing a TMST over at Carole's today :D Best horror



Monday, 9 October 2017

The accidental sorcerer - KE Mills

Gerald Dunwoody is a wizard. Just not a particularly good one. He's blown up a factory, lost his job, and there's a chance that he's not really a Third Grade wizard after all. So it's off to New Ottosland to be the new Court Wizard for King Lional.

It's a shame that King Lional isn't the vain, self-centered young man he appeared to be. With a Princess in danger, a talking bird who can't stay out of trouble, and a kingdom to save, Gerald soon suspects that he might be out of his depth. And if he can't keep this job, how will he ever become the wizard he was destined to be...

My thoughts:
I actually tried this once, but I was so not in the mood for humour fantasy at that time. So I tried it again now. Oh, it has silly names in it, the main character tends to act like a bumbling fool and yes it's not to be taken seriously. I enjoyed it a lot. But I had to be in the mood for it.

Gerald is a wizard, sadly not a good one. But he has a good heart, he wants to be a wizard and he does not let those noble blood wizards put him down..well not too much. I liked him. He also has a talking parrot, and by talking I mean she has mouth diarrhea. She was quite the character.

The story takes us to another country where he becomes the court wizard (yes there is a story to that). The king is strange. The prince is weirder. And the princess dresses like a man.

Conclusion:
It's light humorous fantasy. It's fun to read and I will read more. Quite a few things happen at the end that makes the next book interesting to read.

Cover
meh

Paperback, 535 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Orbit (first published 2008)
Rogue Agent #1
Fantasy


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Carole's Sunday Review: Survive Camp Terror

Author: Kenny Abdo
Title: Survive Camp Terror
Genre: Fiction, Suspense, and YA
Pages: 115
Published: September 2017
I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

After decades closed, the doors to Camp Dream Haven have reopened to the next generation of kids looking for the best summer of their lives. After a rafting trip goes horribly wrong, two polar-opposite campers, Maddy and TJ, are forced to team up in order to survive the night in the forest and make their way back to camp. But the deeper they go into the woods, the more a terrifying “local legend” seems like it might be reality



What a fun, quick story! It was short and easy to read, but it was good. 


The story follows a couple of teens who are both about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. TJ is the bad boy who gets his kicks off of being mean to those weak. Maddy is TJ's new victim who just wanted to come to this camp and be a normal kid and make some friends. Things happen and TJ and Maddy are separated from the rest of the rafters and are forced to try and survive the wilderness. 



Of course, this story is about them growing to know themselves and be more understanding of each other. However, they also have to learn to trust each other especially when something scarier and more unstable then nature shows up. 



I was shocked at the big twist. I honestly did NOT expect that at all. Very good and it worked well.



The Native American lore was an excellent addition. It added a little something. 



TJ needed a kick in the pants. Sure, I felt bad for him in a way, but he needed someone to set him straight...little jerk. I liked Maddy. She reminded me a little of myself at that age. Poor girl. 



This was scary in a way, but more suspenseful. What was going to happen? Who is that? Why? When? Where? 



The dialogue was a little sketchy at some points. Sometimes it didn't feel natural and what people would say especially the young. Maddy is an exception because she is a nerdy girl who would have a better vocabulary.



There were some grammar errors here and there, but it was minimal. 



In the end, this was a fun read. A good Halloween story for every age group. It may be a YA, but it does work for everyone. A good twist, some scary moments, some suspenseful moments, but there were a couple grammar issues and the dialogue didn't flow naturally here and there. I shall give this 4 stars. 






Saturday, 7 October 2017

Best of September



Hi All! Happy September! 

This is just a fun little meme that Blodeuedd and I are going to try  and do once a month. Give a little shout-out and "badge" of honor to our favorite book and movie of the previous month. This month we'll share our favorites of September.


First, favorite movie:

Blodeuedd selected..............Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon



"As for movie, blergh, nothing amazing this month either. What do even mention? Honestly, I was watching the beginning for Transformers 3 one day and why not, best movie of the month! It is only the millionth time I have seen parts of it"



Now, my choice for the month is........................Annabelle (2014)


"There was no competition this month. I had no choice BUT to pick this one. SO scary! It was so scary BF and I had to sleep with the lights on. That doll....*shudders*....creepy and scary. This was so good though! If you like scary movies this will get you in some way shape or form. That dang doll *shudders and hides under blanket*"



Now, favorite book:

First, here is my pick.................................Dark Mafia Prince by Annika Martin




"Honestly...I didn't at all expect to like this book as much as I did. It was an Amazon freebie...and at best I thought it would just be okay. However, I was wrong...I LOVED this book. The characters were complex and the story even more complex. Plus that  cover and Aleksio? He can kidnap me anytime. haha."


Now, here is B's choice this month.................Asking for it by Louisa O'Neill




"Another audiobook is getting best book! This one was so good, sad and just FUCK I HATE YOU ALL! Damn humans, damn men, boys, women, girl, damn you all for putting this girl through this. Yes it made me angry and I can still hear her thoughts in my head. This is a must read."



About the Authors
Carole and Blodeuedd have been blogging a long while now. The last couple of years the epic duo have been discussing books, watching movies, and even wetting the pen and sharing their stories with the worldwide web. They both love cats, chocolate, and a good story.





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What was your favorite book of the month? Please share below! 








Friday, 6 October 2017

Audio Review: Stung - Bethany Wiggins

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered—her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.

Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.

Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall.

Length: 7 hrs 30 min
Audiobook, Unabridged
Published September 12th 2017 by Tantor Audio (first published January 1st 2013)
Stung #1
Dystopia/YA

My thoughts:
It has been some time since I read a dystopia. Here everything is dead cos humans are stupid. Sigh, do not mess with nature! We sure know how to destroy things. And yes the world turned to crap. People that are lucky hide behind walls. Beyond them it is every man for himself. Cos either you starve to death or the beasts kill you. Sucks being you!

And to this Fiona awakens without a single memory. She does have a tattoo, just like the beasts. So little by little we learn why there are tattoos, and what the beasts are and why the world went to hell.

Fiona is lost, so you can't blame her for making mistakes. She really does not know a single thing. Though to be honest, yes there will be romance, obviously, and that sure happened fast, but hey at least there is no triangle ;)

She needs to figure what is going on. She needs to survive and the worlds needs saving. I did enjoy it since I wanted to know why things were as they were.

One thing though. Trading with honey? Everything is dead. I'd rather have some real meat or chocolate. Who cares about honey? I have not had honey in a year. Give me chocolate!

Even though there is another book this one wraps up fairly nicely. It felt like we could be happy and leave it like this. I did feel that was a nice touch. No evil cliffie lurking, but still there are things to be done.

Narrator Nicole Poole
A good steady voice, I liked her male and female voices. Nothing felt overly male or female. I really do not have more to say. She was good, the book worked perfectly on audio and I do feel it should be listened too, rather than read. Cos then the little things wont bug ya.



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