Friday, 17 August 2018

Audio: A wolf apart - Maria Vale

Narrated by Roger Wayne
Publication date Jul 31, 2018 by Tantor Media
Running time 9 hrs
The Legend of All Wolves #2
For review

My thoughts
I liked the book, and then it ended, and I realised how much I liked it. It was strange, but it hit me after it was done what a great book this was. What an amazing world she creates and how it resonates with me.

Elijah may be an alpha. He may be great with women. But he is dying, well his soul is slowly rotting away. He goes through the emotions and at the end I am aching for him. All he wants is to run free and be the wolf he is. But he has to be this amazing lawyer, boss and stay in a city that is killing him. He hates it. He hates it all. How can you not feel for the guy. Just let him come home! And not just for a few days each month.

This is what I like about these books. They are not shifters. You know the drill, those mega alpha ones that are roar! Hear me! And then walk around being happy humans. No, Elijah is a wolf. His soul is a wolf. His kind spend their first years as wolves. They are awkward and even though they have a teacher to teach them to be humans, they make mistakes. Because they are not humans. They are more like wolves who can change into humans. But they are truly themselves when they are wolves and it shows with everything. Their mindset and how they interact. Even when human. An alpha does not have to be all roar! He will take someone down with his eyes alone..submit. And it is the world that always pulls me in.

So we have a guy who wants to be wolf again, after 30 years in this horrid city that smells of iron, carrion and dead things. 

In comes the woman who might just save him.. but stop, I would still not call this pnr. It is so much more. Yes there is the relationship that is to be built, but more so is the whole tone and feel of the book. It is not a romance to me. It's about a wolf finding solace.

Thea was, omg it broke me at one point how calm and understanding she was. Dang! But yes she is this calm woman who lives alone in the middle of nowhere and prefer it so. She is the aloof one, he is the one that finds he needs more. And it emerges slowly. Some are meant to be. They can be quiet together.

Of course a human can never be with a wolf....
And there are still those pesky shifters that wants to kill the wolves....

Omg, those last 2 hours. It tore at me. And it made it a great book. The world is worth it all.

It was my first time listening Roger Wayne, but he did an amazing job bringing Elijah to life. I really felt the despair of this sad wolf.  

Thea Villalobos has long since given up trying to be what others expect of her. So in Elijah Sorensson she can see through the man of the world to a man who is passionate to the point of heartbreak. But something inside him is dying...

Elijah Sorensson has all kinds of outward success: bespoke suits, designer New York City apartment, women clamoring for his attention. Except Elijah despises the human life he's forced to endure. He's Alpha of his generation of the Great North Pack, and the wolf inside him will no longer be restrained...

She sizes me up quickly with eyes the color of ironwood and just as unyielding.
"Thea Villalobos," she says, and it takes me a moment to get my breath back.
Thea Villalobos. Goddess of the City of Wolves.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Graphic Novel: Haunted - Cemetery Girl

Paperback, 120 pages
Published August 9th 2018 by Jo Fletcher Books
The Cemetery Girl Trilogy #3
Thriller /Paranormal 
for review

My thoughts:
I do not read many graphic novels a year so I am not sure, but at least here I have never come across the format of this one. It was like a trade paperback size? And I loved it! It was the perfect size for reading, much better than those bigger ones.

I also came in at book 3, but they had done it really well and I did not feel like I had missed much other than the obvious. Calexa being killed and dumped in the cemetery. Her living there. 2 people dying and going into her (well that sounds freaky)! And it seems meeting some old man and his son and that son getting hurt (and there are obvi feelings between Calexa and the son).

And with that the story began. Someone still wants her dead, but why?
A PI is asking questions and wanting to find her, but can he be trusted?
Winter is coming! Which is bad since she lives in a cemetery ;)

Last thoughts:
A nice conclusion to a series (yes yes I did not read them all), but I am glad a conclusion came. I wanted answers too and now I can not say more cos spoilers.

Great artwork too. That is all that counts for me.

Calexa Rose Dunhill died once, just for a moment - but now someone wants her dead permanently

The shocking conclusion to Cemetery Girl by Charlaine Harris, no. 1 bestselling creator of Sookie Stackhouse, and Christopher Golden, bestselling co-creator of Baltimore.

They call her the Ghost of Dunhill Cemetery, but most people think 'the Cemetery Girl' is just a story. In some ways, that's true. Her chosen name is Calexa Rose Dunhill, but she doesn't know her real name. When she first arrived here, all she knew was that someone had tried to murder her: they'd dumped her body and left her for dead. Calexa has been hiding out here, afraid to seek out her true identity for fear that her would-be murderer would find her and finish the job. And someone is searching for her . . . a man named Salazar, who holds the key that will unlock the secrets of Calexa's past.

Calexa has new secrets as well, including the fact that she was murdered: she did die, if only for a moment - but in that moment, something changed inside her. Now, if someone dies near her, their spirit is drawn to Calexa, drawn into her. It has happened twice before, but now, as her worst fears come true and the killers have found her trail, the third ghost to take up residence in Calexa's soul will change everything.

The Cemetery Girl's story is about to reach a shocking conclusion! 

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Audio: An affair with a spare - Shana Galen

Audio CD, 10 h Narrator: Victoria Aston
Published August 7th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published July 3rd 2018)
The Survivors #3
Historical romance
For review

My thoughts:
Rafe is and both is not a total playboy. I men yes he loves women, but women really love him. And he can not say no! So it has come to that point where he is all, omg can't they just find someone else to hunt! Seriously man, learn to say no! ;) But he is also the kind of hero you just have to love, he really is the most charming man in London.

While Colette took some getting used to, because she is a spy for the French. It is a bit hard to like her then. But she is a  really good person. She loves her dad and would do anything for him. She is also a really crappy spy. Not to mention she is shy. It was all very amusing.

And it was interesting to see how the well known bachelor would fall and fight against it. Not to mention how they would deal with this whole mess! She is still a spy. Her dad is still an assassin. But, without saying too much, I enjoyed how it was dealt with.

It was also great seeing the men from book 1 and 2. I really like this group of survivors. And I can not wait to get their books (omg the blurb for the next one is not up and I am all eeeeek!).

A fun book with some suspense, passion and friendship.

Is that like the Thames? Not really fitting, even if pretty

I enjoy Victoria Aston's voice and she fits historical romance so well! All her voices work,

Rafe Beaumont, fifth son of an earl, uses his irresistible charm with the ladies to glean dangerous war secrets. Now he's putting those skills to the ultimate test: capturing an elusive assassin by seducing his daughter. The problem? She's entirely immune to Rafe's flattery. Never before has Collette Fortier met a man as attractive as Rafe. But her father's life is at stake, and succumbing to Rafe would be disastrous. But when Rafe turns the tables on her, offering support and friendship instead of a fleeting affair, Collette finds herself tempted in ways she never could have imagined . . . 

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

TMST: Long running series

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.

August 14th: At what point do you think a series has gone on too long?

Short answer: When they start to suck...

Long Answer: I can not say a number. A kind of magical number seems to be around 7. Some start at 5. Some series should not be dragged out. One I really enjoyed got to be a chore and they keep on coming but I stopped reading.

Others I tried to keep up with even though they are not as good, cos at least they are ending.

But yes, it is sad when they start to drag. When there is nothing new. When the main pov runs around for an entire book and accomplishes nothing. When the love story draaaaaags, I mean just hook up!

I get that you want to keep on writing cos the series is loved, but I would rather end on a yay note, than on a well thank you gods that it is finally finished!!!


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