Saturday, 20 December 2014

Book Blog Walkers: Weekly Check-In December 19 2014 + 2 reviews

This challenge is organized by Felicia over at the Geeky Blogger's Book Blog

Sat, 30 min walk
Sun, 1.20 h walk
Mon, 6 km bike
Tue, 2 km bike and 1 hour walk
Wed. 4 km bike and 30 min walk
Thu, 4 km bike and 1 hour walk
Fri, 4 km bike and 45 min walk 

Sunday's walk

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When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.

I’m on the FBI’s wanted list. 

I have a werewolf for a pet, a Witch of a best friend, and have no need for anyone else in my life. 

But when a salvage starts to spin out of control, help comes from a most unexpected direction. One that is dangerously dark, brooding, and doesn’t know a thing about the supernatural. 

My thoughts:
I have no idea why I was not all coool! about this book. It was ...ok. Sometimes better, sometimes not.

The FBI agent, honestly he should have been in jail for stalking. The whole she murdered her sister!? was silly.

Rylee was good.

The werewolf was soooooooooooooo annoying.

Too much happened, and nothing happened.

In the end, no idea what went wrong, there was something that just did not lift the book for me.

Kindle Edition, Second Edition, 269 pages
Published June 2013 by HiJinks Ink Publishing
Rylee Adamson Novel #1
Urban fantasy
Own

Thousands are dead. Lady Champion Bethany's tainted sister is slain. Her home lost forever. And Magic yet survives. Bethany thought she'd given everything in the fight against Magic. She was wrong. When the deaths of those closest to her shake her already crumbled world, she doesn't wilt and die. She still has one thing left to gain even now: revenge.

Prophecy or no, half-goddess or not, Bethany vows to bring order back to the world with the edge of her blade. No matter who she must defy. No matter what stands in her way. No matter who must die.

For what they've done to her, all will pay.

My thoughts:
Was this a two book series? Did it end like this? Wtf? That makes no sense and what about that whole prophecy, well a part of it? That spoke of something else? I am not happy.

Beth had a LOT of baggage, and goes through the book unhappy most of the time. Her lover is gone and gets his own fate..ok.

Her sister is crazy, and honestly there needs to be more. That was not dealt with either.

Tell me someone! Is there more? This was not an ending. I can't talk about the book when there are so many lose threads. At the moment it just feels like one big plothole..


ebook, 264 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Mundania Press LLC
Tales of Tranquility #2
Fantasy
Own

Friday, 19 December 2014

Thief's Magic - Trudi Canavan

In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, discovers a sentient book in an ancient tomb. Vella was once a young sorcerer-maker, until she was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been gathering information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.

Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests since a terrible war depleted all but a little magic, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows from her ability to sense the stain it leaves behind that she has a talent for it, and that there are people willing to teach her how to use it, should she ever need to risks the Angels’ wrath.

Further away, a people called the Travelers live their entire lives on the move, trading goods from one world to another. They know that each world has its own store of magic, reducing or increasing a sorcerer’s abilities, so that if one entered a weak world they may be unable to leave it again. Each family maintains a safe trading route passed down through countless generations and modified whenever local strife makes visiting dangerous. But this is not the only knowledge the Travelers store within their stories and songs, collected over millennia spent roaming the universe. They know a great change is due, and that change brings both loss and opportunity. 

My thoughts:
It was different, but then fantasy mixed with industrialism always is. Flying cars + magic, makes it different. 

The book has 2 POVS, 2 worlds. First there is Tyen, a student of magic and sometimes archaeologist (well grave robber). Here they use magic for a lot as technology has made it into the world, but it does not work by its own means, but by magic. Tyen was somewhat grey at times, he was a follower, but he finds his way. And grows a bit of backbone.

The other world was actually more interesting. Here priests rule and if you use magic you are brought somewhere else and probably killed. In This world we have Rielle, whose family is trying to better their status. I must confess that she was grey at times too. She was a follower, but like Tyen she finds her own way too. With quite a bang, for her at least.

That world grew even more interesting at the end when I learned some hidden truths. While Tyen's world was a bit too modern, not in a bad way, but they were all yes magic, but haha, oh silly magic, we use you. They did not think of their actions.

I guess these two will eventually meet, as there are more than one dimension or whatever and it's possible to travel between. If you have lots of magic that is, and knows how too. Other than that I do not really know what will happen.

Conclusion:
At the end, well it was good, still it also felt like it lacked something, but it was good enough and I'd read more.

Cover
Meh


Hardcover, 553 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Orbit
Millennium’s Rule #1
Fantasy
Library

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Mark of the Tala - Jeffe Kennedy

The tales tell of three sisters, daughters of the high king. The eldest, a valiant warrior-woman, heir to the kingdom. The youngest, the sweet beauty with her Prince Charming. No one says much about the middle princess, Andromeda. Andi, the other one.

Andi doesn't mind being invisible. She enjoys the company of her horse more than court, and she has a way of blending into the shadows. Until the day she meets a strange man riding, who keeps company with wolves and ravens, who rules a land of shapeshifters and demons. A country she'd thought was no more than legend--until he claims her as its queen.

In a moment everything changes: Her father, the wise king, becomes a warlord, suspicious and strategic. Whispers call her dead mother a traitor and a witch. Andi doesn't know if her own instincts can be trusted, as visions appear to her and her body begins to rebel.

For Andi, the time to learn her true nature has come. . . 

My thoughts:
I should have written this review at once, but sometimes it's just so hard to write a review, you all know it. Been there, done that.

So, oh I hate when I am at a loss for words. Think now, think!

Right, we have Andi. The invisible princess who has pretty been blind too. She has been living her happy life, invisible to others, and happy on her own. Her family is a happy one and all is good. Or is it? Has she been blind to what truly is going on? What her father really is? Is he a good king or not?

He father is High King over 12 Kingdoms. And then there are the Others, the Tala. The demons in the woods. A demon she meets, a demon who tells her she is his. But are they  witches, demons and bad people that the whispers say?

I liked how everything was not as it seemed to be. How the happy fairytale like book turned darker. Filled with conflict and magic. And I liked Andi, who slowly started to question things.

But things are far from over so I look forward to reading book 2 :D I do wonder about that book as it is about her sister who is the happy Cinderella one.

Conclusion:
A good fantasy romance. 

Cover
ok

Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Kensington
The Twelve Kingdoms #1
Fantasy romance
Own

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The emperor's blades - Brian Staveley

The circle is closing. The stakes are high. And old truths will live again . . .

The Emperor has been murdered, leaving the Annurian Empire in turmoil. Now his progeny must bury their grief and prepare to unmask a conspiracy.

His son Valyn, training for the empire’s deadliest fighting force, hears the news an ocean away. He expected a challenge, but after several ‘accidents’ and a dying soldier’s warning, he realizes his life is also in danger. Yet before Valyn can take action, he must survive the mercenaries’ brutal final initiation.

Meanwhile, the Emperor’s daughter, Minister Adare, hunts her father’s murderer in the capital itself. Court politics can be fatal, but she needs justice. And Kaden, heir to an empire, studies in a remote monastery. Here, the Blank God’s disciples teach their harsh ways – which Kaden must master to unlock their ancient powers. When an imperial delegation arrives, he’s learnt enough to perceive evil intent. But will this keep him alive, as long-hidden powers make their move? 

My thoughts:
I did feel it started of a bit shaky, not shaky bad, just not..awesome. Ok that sounds weird, but you know it's when someone tells you the book is gonna be awesome and you expect it from the start. But as I got to know the characters the book got better and better.

But, honestly was is necessary to use the swear word kent-kissing on every page?! I have nothing against swear words but it was overkill. Moving on.

There are 3 main characters, but the sister, Adare only got a few pages, so I do not know her at all. Disappointing.

Valyn, the 2nd son has been training for 8 years. A tough shitty life with some mean ass soldiers. And now he wonders if someone is after him. He seemed a bit dumb at times but he grows, I liked him.

The heir to the throne Kaden was sent to the mountains to train with some crazy ass monks who had him working hard. He was smart, he thought about things, I liked him. 

The best part though was the first 2 pages, intriguing stuff right there. The whole world building is interesting, I do want to learn more.

Conclusion:
And at the end, yes I want to read book 2

Cover
ok

Hardcover, 480 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Tor Books
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #1
Fantasy
Library

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