Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Alex, approximately - Jenn Bennett

Classic movie buff Bailey "Mink" Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by "Alex." Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush. Faced with doubts (what if he's a creep in real life-or worse?), Bailey doesn't tell Alex she's moved to his hometown. Or that she's landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she's being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth-a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she's starting to feel for Porter . . . And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex . . . Approximately. 

My thoughts:
Since they love movies and all I guess this is like you got mail :) Of course Bailey would go by the older version of the movie.

Bailey has a crush on this guy she knows online. They are perfect for each other and love movies the both of them...but, she never told him she moved to his town. She wants to find him and then tell him. But how to find him? She does have some issues and is afraid to open up. And the more I get to know her, the more I know she would fun to hang out with.

Porter is everything she does not want. Surferboy, annoying and hidden dephts? Things are not always like the seem. And yes I liked Porter, but I did not like when he donned his surfer boy persona. But he does say he has many faces.

They hate each other, nah, she dislikes him, he fancies her. They grow closer and closer. And I have been way out of the loop when it comes to YA books because ...oh, I can not say spoilers.

But the reader knows that Porter is the guy she has been talking to online and we all know a big drama or mess is heading their way. I mean hello it is so obvious, get a clue girl!

Conclusion
A good ya fiction book. I felt it dealt with real things and real feelings. No angst or silly drama

Narration by Melissa Bentley
She did a great job. LOL, even when she faked talking to a sneeze it fit so well. I liked her voice for this

Cover
I think she sat by the pool once. So no I do not feel it fits.


Audio CD, 10 h
Published August 15th 2017 by Tantor Audio (first published April 4th 2017)
Contemporary YA
For review


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Wrayth and TMST: Who are some authors you have been meaning to read?

In the Empire of Arkaym, the Order of Deacons protects and shelters the citizens from the attacks of the unliving. All are sworn to fight the evil forces of the geists—and to keep the world safe from the power of the Otherside… 

Although she is one of the most powerful Deacons in the Order, Sorcha Faris is still unable to move or speak after her last battle. Even her partner, Merrick Chambers, cannot reach her through their shared Bond. Yet there are those who still fear Sorcha and the mystery of her hidden past. 

Meanwhile, Merrick has been asked to investigate a new member of the Emperor’s Court. But when Sorcha is abducted by men seeking Raed Rossin, the shapeshifting rival to the throne, Merrick must choose where his loyalties lie. 

My thoughts:
From the beginning I had the same issue with this one as book 2. There I just thought that maybe it was not the right time to read it. Well, now I know, it's the book. I just can not connect! Book 1 was nothing special, but it was good enough and I read more in case it got better. It was very light fantasy and fast to read. Anyway, it did not get better. It got worse.

I tried to get through this book but omg so dull! There was nothing magical about it anymore. I started to skim so I would get to the end then I read some reviews of book 4 to see how it ends. Cos I am done done with this series. So done. Bleh, why did I even get this one!?

Mass Market Paperback, 309 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Ace
Book of the Order #3
Fantasy
Own



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:
August 22nd: Who are some authors you have been meaning to read?

No! Do not ask me that. This is going to be really short! I honestly do not know. I have the WORST memory. I see reviews and I am all I have to try that author! Then I forget about the name. Because I do not go at once to goodreads to put them on my wishlist. My wishlist I want to keep kind of tiny and then those other authors I try when given a chance.

But hey, what are some authors that YOU have been meaning to read? Give me some ideas who I have to try.



Monday, 21 August 2017

The Captain's girl - Nicola Pryce

Cornwall 1793 - As the French Revolution threatens the stability of England, so too is discontent brewing in the heart of Celia Cavendish. Promised to the brutal Viscount Vallenforth, she must find a way to break free from the bounds of a life stifled by convention and cruelty. Inspired by her cousin Arbella, who just a few months earlier followed her heart and eloped with the man she loved, she vows to escape her impending marriage and take her destiny back into her own hands. She enlists her neighbours, Sir James and Lady Polcarrow, who have themselves made a dangerous enemy of Celia's father, in the hope of making a new life for herself. But can the Polcarrows' mysterious friend Arnaud, captain of the cutter L'Aigrette, protect Celia from a man who will let nothing stand in the way of his greed? And will Arnaud himself prove to be friend...or foe? 

My thoughts:
Celia knows her duty. Marry the guy they tell her to marry. But trust me, no one would want to marry that guy and when she finds out, well what can she do? What could any woman do at this time when you had to obey your father and then your husband. But she has a streak of wild in her and plans an escape.

First, her cousin Arabella who ran away. We only hear about that. I do not know Arabella, but I was all, I want her story too! How did Arabella fall in love? How are they now? Sometimes those side characters that are not even there really grab your attention. But let us forget about Arabella, I am sure she is happy somewhere. I guess I should read more of the authors books even if she is not in them.

There are more things going on that just Celia's marriage to be. The French revolution is still felt and the English worry about spies (this being a book set at the coast and all). Something is strange about the neighbors and they have their problems. And of course then there is the handsome strangely French captain that she meets.

Conclusion:
Romance, spies, wonderful side characters (not just the that cousin we never even met) and drama.

Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 6th 2017 by Corvus Books
Romantic historical fiction
for review


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Carole's Sunday review: A fistful of love

Author: Om Swami
Title: A Fistful of Love
Genre: Nonfiction, Humor, & Philosophy
Pages: ebook
Published: Feb 2016
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

Wisdom and Humour from a Monk's Bowl A man was sitting with his friends in a local inn. After a couple of drinks, he asked his friends, "Do you love me?" "Of course, we do," they replied. "So do you know what I need?" No one answered. "If you don't know what I need then how can you say you love me?" To love and to be loved is the most basic human need. No wonder we are attracted to people who give us attention, care about us, and love us. Yet, love also remains the greatest challenge in most relationships. Why? A Fistful of Love is a collection of insightful, thought-provoking nuggets of wisdom appreciated by millions around the world. This book is full of humour and narratives most beautifully woven into learnings of life that will make you stop and think. A must read. Om Swami is a mystic living in the Himalayan foothills. He has a bachelor's degree in business and an MBA from Sydney, Australia. Prior to renunciation, he founded and ran a multi-million dollar software company successfully. 




Not sure why but I really love books like this. I love looking at life through another's eyes. I love learning about other people's philosophy and view on life and everything in it. This was a no-brainer for me to pick up and read. 


I am so glad I read this. This was awesome and I loved it! Lots of wisdom, but it had humor too which made me really like the author. The author seems so wise but also so down-to-earth that the words on the page really struck a chord with me. 



I soaked this book up and all of the pages. The author was honest and made amazing points. Sure there were a couple of points where I had my own opinion and might not change my viewpoint, but it gave me a chance to see something different. 



I think the quote that really struck me was: 



"Life does not know what you want. It only sees what you do. And even if it could understand what you want from it, it is too unattached, too wise, to take you seriously. Have you ever noticed how a split second flies? This is the life we dearly hold, protect, cherish, and cling to for decades."



Life waits for no one.



The little anecdotes made the points really shine. Also, I really think the format and organization of the book made it better. 



In the end, this was a wonderful book. I really connected with this book on a lot of levels and just reading it gave me a sense of calm. The sprinkles of humor made this even better. In a way it symbolized how you should live your life....yes, take it seriously but you need to have some laughs and good stories too. Highly recommended. This gets the shiny 5 star stamp. 




Saturday, 19 August 2017

Saturday Night Movie: Queen of the Desert

A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Director: Werner Herzog
Writer: Werner Herzog (screenplay)
Stars: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis

2 h 8 min /Biography drama history (2015)

Musings:
I might have heard the name before, it did ring a bell. But other than that I knew nothing about her.

Here she was portrayed as a strong woman who wanted more than balls and suitors. Her mother despaired since her father had sent her to university and now she was too smart for me ;) Go Gertrude!

Later she  heads out and falls in love with the desert. She travels, she experiences things. She is an archaeologist, explorer, writer and yes there is that whole look at this white woman who is all in love with their freedom thing. I try not to think too much about that. To her it was freedom since a lady like her was stuck in ballrooms and here she just saw a mighty desert. And she did seem to get it all, actually understand it their way of life. Not just think she did.

It is a rather slow movie. But hey those are the movies I always review for some reason. And I do like to review the smaller ones, instead of the bigger ones.

Still I continued to watch, while doing other things.



Friday, 18 August 2017

Idle Hands - Tom Fletcher

Desperate to cure his son Billy of the disease Idle Hands, Wild Alan must find a way back into the Pyramid from which he was exiled. But, trapped in the barren wasteland that is the Discard - the area surrounding the Pyramid - there isn't much he can do alone.

Bloody Nora, the mapmaker, has her own reasons for wanting to get into the Pyramid; she believes that the secrets of Gleam's history can be found in the Pyramid's vaults. And she has worked with Wild Alan before.

There are more secrets there than either imagined: those vaults hold the key to destroying the Pyramid's tyranny, but saving Billy and uniting the Discard against the Pyramidders is going to be far from straightforward.

My thoughts:
I really do not know how to explain this book. Weird dystopia fantasy? I mean how to even explain where it takes place. There is this pyramid where people work work die. Then there is this swampland where people eat moss and, you know what. This is a book better read than explained. You have to see it to believe it. It really is the strangest land, and I wonder why it is like that. We get some more hints in this one. Freaky fantasy? Oh I must read my review of book 1 and see if I called it something.

Alan is trying to save his son who has a disease called Idle Hands, a freaky one for sure, but then the whole world is freaky. He has to go back to the place he escaped from to save his son. Honestly what are they doing at that place!

He has help. A gay biker who was discared for being day (told you the pyramid people are weird). Nora who makes maps and knows the Pyramid are hiding some.

I really can't say a lot about the plot, spoilers you know. There is adventure, danger and freaky stuff. At times the book might just be too weird for me.

I need to know those hidden truths! I need to know about the world and the pyramid. Oh those secrets. Secrets drives me crazy, cos I want answers at once.

And I check and I did not know how to explain the world then either. I will just call it the future? gone to hell ;)


Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 27th 2017 by Jo Fletcher Books
Fantasy / Dystopia
For review


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Darcy in Wonderland - Alexa Adams

Twinkle, twinkle, amber cross!
For a chain, it’s at a loss.
Heavy links or simple loop,
Do not dunk it in your soup.

The worlds of beloved authors collide as Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jane Austen’s immortal hero, finds himself thrust into the topsy-turvey world of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland.

Many years have passed since Elizabeth Bennet became mistress of Pemberley, and the Darcys’ six children are a testament to their enduring love. As the eldest prepare to enter the world, the youngest, Alice, makes sure that life at Pemberley never grows dull. She stands out as the most intrepid of the brood, and while beloved by all the family and staff, her curious mind and penchant for mischief often proves rather inconveniencing. Never is this truer than when her father follows her down a mysterious rabbit hole, disrupting his orderly world in ways never before imagined. A treat for the young and the old, Darcy in Wonderland is both an adventure and an homage to two of literatures greatest minds. 

My thoughts:
I must confess, I really do not recall all events in Wonderland. Last I saw something from that book was in the latest movie. So how much is in this mashup...well, I do not know. But it sure is Wonderlandesque. More so than PPesque.

Darcy and Lizzy have been married for ages and have a few kids. All good behaved lovely children/almost adults. Except for Alice who has a truly vivid imagination. And I, omg, this is horrible, but I totally understood the eldest one, Bennett, when he said his sister is insane. In those days, being as she was, well Lady Catherine sure would not have liked it. Not really a proper young lady this one.

Alice is sure lucky to have parents like Lizzy and Darcy. That is for sure.

Anyway, I am blabbering. The mad hatter got to me. Darcy and Alice will have an adventure in wonderland and everything is turned on its head.

Quite a different sort of Pride and Prejudice sequel. I think Alice will grow up to be an author. I am sure of it.

Enjoyable for a silly fun time.

Paperback, 254 pages
Published July 21st 2017 by CreateSpace
Pride and Prejudice Sequel
Alice in Wonderland re-telling
For review


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Tougher in Texas - Kari Lynn Dell

Rodeo producer Cole Jacobs has his hands full running Jacobs Livestock. He can't afford to lose a single cowboy, so when Cousin Violet offers to send along a more-than-capable replacement, he's got no choice but to accept. He expects a grizzled Texas good ol' boy. He gets Shawnee Pickett. Wild and outspoken, ruthlessly self-reliant, Shawnee's not looking for anything but a good time. It doesn't matter how quickly the tall, dark and intense cowboy gets under her skin-Cole deserves something real, and Shawnee can't promise him forever. Life's got a way of kicking her in the teeth, and she's got her bags packed before tragedy can knock her down. Too bad Cole's not the type to give up when the going gets tough . . .

My thoughts:
Cowboys! And this one takes place on the rodeo circuit. Can't say I have ever read one like that.

I liked Cole. He seemed to practical with his lists and doing things his way. Very logical, and then we are told he has aspergers, well that does explain it. The thing he said about hugs, *nods* I felt she did it well. And he so wants a family...and then he meets Shawnee.

Oh my, Shawnee. Loud, opinionated and a total mess. She has some secrets and fears and she might act all tough and independent, but she is scared through. She certainly does not want family.

There was this drama thing, not about them, but still there, I really did not see the craziness behind it. Eh, I guess I missed something, or people overreacted.

Two people falling in love. Some rodeo drama. Some love drama and a happily ever after. Just like I want it.

Narrator Johanna Parker
I really like her voice and accent. She would totally be my go to narrator when it comes to western romance. She is perfect for it.


Audio CD
Published August 1st 2017 by Tantor Audio
Texas Rodeo #3
Contemporary romance
For review


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

TMST: Do you think bloggers and authors can really be friends?


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:
August 15th: Do you think bloggers and authors can really be friends?

This is a tough one. I honestly do not know! I was friendly with this author back in the day and it did feel like I had to write really positive things about her books. But then again that was my early blogging days and like I have said before, I was a spineless creature, lol. But it also felt like when we drifted apart it was tougher, we clashed when I did not enjoy her books anymore. She had these ideas about that if you do not have anything nice to say then do not say anything at all!

I am not dissing all relationships now just because of that early one. When I got over my "author fear" ;) I could take authors as they are. And it does help that there are authors that actually realise that all ratings are good to have. Sometimes you get a 1, sometimes you get a 5. I have hated a book by an author, just to read another book that I ended up loving.

But it is still a rocky road. I have sure seen it on Goodreads when author friends flock and give 5s and loooove the books *eyeroll*. If you are going to be friends with an author you have to be honest too. And the author has to get that.

So yes, bloggers and authors can be friends. But it has to be an equal kind of friendships that is built on honesty.


Luci at Easter


Monday, 14 August 2017

Audio Review: Daniel's true desire - Grace Burrowes

An Honorable Life Daniel Banks is a man of the cloth whose vocation is the last comfort he has left- and even his churchman's collar is beginning to feel like a noose. At the urging of family, Daniel attempts to start his life over as vicar in the sleepy Kentish town of Haddondale, family seat to the earls of Bellefonte. Challenged by Passion Resigned to spinsterhood, Lady Kirsten Haddonfield welcomes the new vicar to stay at her family's home while his is under renovation. Suddenly the handsome visitor has Kirsten rethinking her ideas about love and marriage, but a dreadful secret from Daniel's past may cast a shadow too long for either of them to overcome.

My thoughts:
At first I was scared most of the book would go by without anyone knowing he was married. Phew, it did not. The truth was out early on.

Have I ever read about a vicar? I really do not know. And yes I mostly thought about Mr Collins *shudders* I tried to imagine a hottie instead. A vicar is also a tricky hero cos you never know it he would be all God and all that. But he was not. He really loved his job, but that was all. Oh right, he also has separated from his horrible wife who is living with someone else. A real shrew. But if he divorces her he can not be a priest anymore.

Which brings is to Lady Kristen. Sweet, some failed love stories behind her and she is all about the new hottie vicar. Poor gal can not even control herself. Seriously, she really fancies the guy, and even though she realises he can never be free, she still fancies him (and he her). 

But obviously things are not that easy. He is married after all....so yes there will be some drama before everyone lives happily ever after.

Conclusion:
I enjoyed it. Burrowes writes these cute romances where people actually talk a lot.

Narrator James Langton
This is my third book by him and I like him. I like his accent when he read these. His female voices can be a bit, well he is a man after all. And his male voices can be a bit big. But they all blend together perfectly in the end. Honestly how could I ever listen to a Burrowes book if he did not read it. I had to google him, he is actually from England, so no wonder he does it splendidly.

Sample

Audio CD, 11 h
Expected publication: August 8th 2017 by Tantor Audio (first published November 3rd 2015)
True Gentlemen #2
Historical romance
For review


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Joint Discussion: Reported Missing



Happy August everyone!  Feels good to be back to discussing some books!

This month Carole and I read and discussed "Reported Missing".  Blodeuedd is in red and Carol in blue. 
Author: Sarah Wray
Title: Reported Missing
Genre: Thriller & Mystery
Pages: ebook
First Published: July 2017
Where I Got It: Netgalley



Four months ago, Rebecca Pendle’s husband disappeared. So did 14-year-old Kayleigh Jackson.

Just a coincidence? Rebecca wants to believe so… But as the police start to draw parallels between Chris and Kayleigh, it’s getting harder for her to trust his innocence.

Faced with an angry town that believes Chris has abducted the teenager, Rebecca tries to discover the truth.

But what she finds shocks her more than she ever thought. How well does she really know the man she loves?


So we wanted to try a new genre or something. We had originally meant to read Gather the Daughters, and omg we could have discussed so much! Sorry Carole! But that did not work out and here we are thanks to netgalley.

Uggh! So sad I wasn’t able to get it :( Oh well..can’t win them all. However, I am kinda happy we were able to read this one.

Netgalley is a good source for books, and we did pick one we could discuss! Win! So what did you think?


I liked it overall. I was a little unsure as I was getting started but once more details and whatnot of the case(s) of the missing husband and girl was revealed I was hooked. You?

First, I liked that it was set in England, it’s just different from US counterparts. There is just something in the tone. Second,  I liked how we never knew things- Is the girl dead? Is the man dead? Did they run away separately? Did they run away together? Did he take her? Did Rebecka actually know something? So many what ifs

Yes and that is what made it good. So many questions...so many possibilities. I also really liked how unreliable Rebecca seemed even though I felt she was the most honest. Everyone else seemed to be holding something back. Especially Jeanie...I suspected her on SOMETHING. IDK what, but she was guilty of something. And btw...screw all the people in that town. JERKS!

I did always trust her. That she knew nothing, BUT, something doubts crept in, she was just sad sad and kept on drinking. She was so distraught. But most what ifs obviously came about the husband. I wanted to believe he had just left or something. Not that he was a phedophile.  Also YES omg those fuc*ing townpeople! It was not her fault. Omg it was not like she put him to like little kiddies, like if she was better looking or put out more he would have stayed. ALSO, we do not know if he did anything! Innocent until proven guilty asshats! I did hate how they looked at her like she was tainted.
As for Jeannie, no, did not wonder there. I...lost my point...wait a minute….SimoN! Yes I did give him the shifty eye a few times.

Yes, I really didn’t understand all the hatred. If anything they should’ve felt bad for her and pitied her. Jerks the lot of them. And yes, I had my doubts here and there about Reb. I think the author did that on purpose. Even though you KNOW she is innocent and miserable...there are some times when you have to give her the shifty eyes. I liked that. And yes Simon...he was a little suspect here and there.

I know that some do not like unreliable characters since there has been so many of them, But I did how the author made it here. It is not really that she is unreliable. It is more that we know nothing. Nothing at all. And the cops are sure not talking. So the entire book is her trying to know more. About the missing girl, about her husband. And I liked that since it made me question everything and everyone.

Yes. It was well done. Now, I did NOT like the ending and how everything came to light. I feel like it was too easy in a way. I’m not sure...but I didn’t like it. Did you?

I felt it was too sudden. I was seriously wondering if she was in a coma or something. It just felt like I missed something and then aha...ok good I guess?

Yeah...it kind of just ended. I didn’t really expect the final answers. I had my guesses but I didn’t expect it. I wish we could say more without giving away any spoilers. LOL!!!

It did become clearer as we read on so yes I guessed it too, half of it at least..wink, since we can not say more. Alas spoilers. But all in all, made me mad, had me guessing. I guess it was a good book then.

Hahaha dang spoilers! But I agree. It was pretty good. Not amazing and the ending disappointed me. I loved the mystery and how everything was slowly revealed to us as the story went along. I do recommend it for those that like a good mystery.

The ending came too fast. It was more ok now I need an ending so I am gonna fast forward a bit. So that could have been done better. It was a confusing jump. But all in all good, and for those who like to keep on guessing then this is a good book for you.
And we tried something new, yay.

Yayy!! I am glad we read this. It was good to read a mystery. I really do love them.

I wonder what she should do next? I guess you turn since I did send you a bunch of Ng links this time

Good pick for our first discussion in a long time! I gotta make sure I pick a good follow up. Hahaha

And good that we kept it sort of short since baby woke up :)

Short and sweet. It’s hard to really get in depth about a mystery due to avoiding spoilers ;D Give baby some love. The end?

So true ):) The end

:D


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.




Saturday, 12 August 2017

Saturday Night Movie: Sacrifice

Sacrifice is the story of consultant surgeon, Tora Hamilton, who moves with her husband, Duncan, to the remote Shetland Islands, 100 miles off the north-east coast of Scotland. Deep in the peat soil around her new home, Tora discovers the body of a young woman with rune marks carved into her skin and a gaping hole where her heart once beat. Ignoring warnings to leave well alone, Tora uncovers terrifying links to a legend that might never have been confined to the pages of the story-books.

Director: Peter A. Dowling
Writers: Peter A. Dowling (screenplay), Sharon Bolton (based on the novel "Sacrifice" by) Stars: Radha Mitchell, Hilary Rose, Ian McElhinney 

1 h 31 min
Fantasy Horror Mystery (2016)

Musings:
It was not the best of movie at times, it moved slowly but then it got more suspenseful. It was interesting, but I would have wanted more about the legend and the whole why cos I did not it at times.

Something strange is going on on Shetland. Are people just insane, is there something more to the stories and well it did keep me guessing.

Tora just frankly seemed a bit insane at times, trying to find her answers, but then no one else dared to look. And the actress did a good job, it really was her movie and she was the one that stood out.

I would not call it horror. It was never scary, but it was a murder mystery and paranormal undertones. It's good for a rainy afternoon
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Friday, 11 August 2017

Audio Review: In his hands - Adriana Anders

Abby Merkley has been a member of the Church of the Apocalyptic Faith since she was a child, and there's no way out-except death. She will fight the odds to survive, but there's no one in the world she can trust, nowhere she can run that the cult can't find her . . . until her handsome, brooding neighbor takes her into the safety of his arms. Luc Stanek craves a quiet life. But he doesn't hesitate when a desperate woman lands, bloodied and branded on his doorstep. Soon he finds himself drawn into her chaotic world, caught in the center of an apocalyptic war . . . and determined to save the fierce beauty no matter the cost. 

My thoughts
I was reading a cult book at the same time as I listened to this one. I did wonder at times who was it who had eaten dirt in a cellar, oh the other cult book. Cults are scary, I will tell you that.

Abby grew up in a cult. She was married too young to an old man. Her mother blindly follows the faith and honors her husband, the leader. But Abby wants to leave, she wants more. She does not want this miserable existence. She is naive, but that makes sense since she lives in this sheltered backwards place. 

Luke lives on the same mountain. He does not like people, he just wants to farm. To be left alone.

They did come together rather fast. They had not known each other for long. But I guess he was lonely, she wanted something new. And they did fancy each other.

The story is about them falling for each other, and her trying to break away from that horrible cult. The journey from that is long. Cult people are creepy weirdos. Scary bastards.

Conclusion:
It did have a slow start but it got better as it got scary

Narration Wendy Tremont King
I have gotten hooked on a fast speed and with this one I listened really fast. Some voices do really well in faster speed.

I liked how she did her voices. A great difference between them. Luke's accent though, eh, see it is so easy to make those caricature accents. I have met French people, not had those tv accents. I am sure some have, but in this day of age at least I got my accent from watching tv. But I guess it was needed to make us get he was French

She did a good job

Audio Sample 

By the way, every audiobook lover out there. Where do you find good samples that you can put directly on your blog?
Audio CD, 13 h
Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Tantor Audio
Blank Canvas #3
Contemporary romance / Romantic suspense
For review


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Pocketful of dreams - Jean Fullerton

It's 1939, and the Brogan family of London's East End are ready to show Hitler what for. But things don't seem so rosy when rationing, evacuation and air-raids start to put this larger-than-life family to the test.

When a mysterious young man arrives at the Brogans' local parish church, he provides just the dazzling distraction they need - and for eldest daughter Mattie, the promise of more than she'd ever wished for. But as the pair fall deeper in love, they are drawn into secret dangers, rife on the very London streets they call home.

As the young couple race to protect the East End as they know it, can their dreams survive the darkening backdrop of war-time...?

My thoughts:
A war time saga, I have read quite a few taking place in the East End. But this one showed another side than those. Those were more about family while this one dealt with things like British Nazis and what they got up to.

Mattie has dreams, but then the war begins. She does her duty and she meets a good guy too..ok fine, not a good good. She thinks so but from the start we get his POV here and there since he is a Nazi sympathizer and wants to bring them to England. To be honest, he was a bit too evil.

Then there is this hottie priest too *whistles* But I am not going to go all thorn birds on you all.

One thing did have me worried in the beginning and I was sure Mattie was anti-semitic, I seriously thought so and was quite horrified until she lit a few Sabbath fires and I realised she was not. I just wish that first situation was handled better. It showed a Jewish store owner in such a bad light. A caricature. But no need to worry, she was obviously not. It did not help when she fell for the Nazi either, not that she knew but you know.

Conclusion:
There is romance. Drama and even a bit of suspense as things turn dangerous for everyone involved. But I must say, not a lot of war in this one. We hear sirens, but not a lot of war going on. No bombs either. I guess this really is a homefront kind of book.

Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: August 3rd by Corvus
Historical fiction
For review


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The White City - Karolina Ramqvist

Karin knew what she was getting herself into when she fell for John, the high-flying criminal and love of her life. But she never imagined things would turn out like this: John is now gone and the coke-filled parties, seemingly endless flow of money and high social status she previously enjoyed have been replaced by cut telephone lines, cut heat and cut cash. All that remains of Karin's former life is the big house he bought for her - and his daughter, the child Karin once swore she would never bring into their dangerous world.

Now Karin is alone with the baby, and the old promise of 'the family' has proved alarmingly empty. With the authorities zeroing in on organized crime, John's shady legacy is catching up with her, and the house is about to be seized. Over the course of a few nerve-wracking days, Karin is forced to take drastic measures in order to claim what she considers rightfully hers.

A slow-burning psychological thriller with a sophisticated, dreamlike atmosphere, The White City is both the portrayal of one woman's struggle to pull herself up from the paralyzing depths of despair, and an unflinching examination of what it means to lose control - over your body, your life and your fate.


My thoughts:
It did feel strange when I realised I was reading a book translated from my own language, oops. The translation seems to have been done well from what I can see.

This is a novella about a few days in Karin's life. Something has happened. She is now left with a big house. No money. Too many bills to pay and her man is gone. Jail, dead, something. And she has a baby to care for in a freezing house.

Karin, well she is obviously someone who is not great caring for herself. She needs a man to do things for her. She is left with resentment now when she never wanted a kid and now she has one. She is trying to find a few out of the mess that has been left to her. So did I care for her, not at first, but she does try to pick herself up, even if not always by the best ways.

I liked the quietness of her watching her young daughter play and not saying anything because Kari never talks to the child anyway. Which of course is horrible.

But I did feel it would have been better to read the previous book. Not that it is a series but there seems to be a book before this one where she is trapped in that same house, alone and wanting him there. Right, the house is important, aha, this is one of those books you should dissect at the table of literature. Great now I can feel my uni degree awakening, better step away.

Conclusion:
A short novella that takes no time at all to read

Cover
I do like snow

Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Grove Press; Main edition (3 Aug. 2017)
Translator: Saskia Vogel
Fiction
For review


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

TMST: Do you feel pressure to read more in genres that other bloggers read?


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:
August 8th: Do you feel pressure to read more in genres that other bloggers read?

Not really. I guess in the beginning I felt I should read more YA cos everyone was reading YA. It was just YA YA YA YA. I felt like I should read some too since everyone was so crazy about it. And sure I still read YA since I see some interesting books now and then, and I do like interesting books :D But I no longer see that YA hype everywhere. I never really followed only YA bloggers either, but still YA was everywhere and I have seen less of it now.

But that really is the only genre I felt a pressure to read. I read almost every other genre anyway. I love them all, I like them for different reasons. Fiction for some reality. Fantasy because I love it. UF for some kick-assness. Historical romance for escapism. And so it goes on, something for every mood, every season.

It was not pressure, but thanks to blogging I decided to try more sci-fi. I was a bit afraid of it because of all the tech stuff, not that interested in that. But you just have to find your niche. And I even read some of the techy stuff in the end and enjoyed that too! So not because of pressure, but because I wanted to try more.

The same goes with mystery/suspense/thrillers. I do not read a lot of that yet, but I have slowly tried some. I have not felt pressure there either, but I have been curious when others have been reading those genres.

That is why blogging is great. It has made me try more new genres.




Monday, 7 August 2017

Skullsworn - Brian Staveley

Pyrre Lakatur doesn’t like the word skullsworn. It fails to capture the faith and grace, the peace and beauty of her devotion to the God of Death. She is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer--she is a priestess. At least, she will be a priestess if she manages to pass her final trial.

The problem isn’t the killing. Pyrre has been killing and training to kill, studying with some of the most deadly men and women in the world, since she was eight. The problem, strangely, is love. To pass her Trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the ten people enumerated in an ancient song, including "the one you love / who will not come again."

Pyrre is not sure she’s ever been in love. If she were a member of a different religious order, a less devoted, disciplined order, she might cheat. The Priests of Ananshael, however, don’t look kindly on cheaters. If Pyrre fails to find someone to love, or fails to kill that someone, they will give her to the god.

Pyrre’s not afraid to die, but she hates to quit, hates to fail, and so, with a month before her trial begins, she returns to the city of her birth, the place where she long ago offered an abusive father to the god and abandoned a battered brother—in the hope of finding love...and ending it on the edge of her sword.

My thoughts:
Ok I confess, I do not remember much of Pyrre from the series that happens after this book. But that is me, I forget things, I read too much. But would I read one page from that series it would all come back.

This happens before then. She is not a priestess yet. She has her trial to finish and damn the skullsworn are freaky things. All in awe of their Death God, willingly killing everyone and dying for their god. Her trial will have her kill, if they are innocent who cares. One she must kill is one she loves. Is this something she worries about? Not in the way you think. She does not love anyone and can't pass her test. That she would have to kill that person does not bother her one bit. But I like her, her sociopath cult is quite interesting.

The place where story takes place is even more interesting. A deadly place where everything will kill you. There are tiny spiders that kills you like that. I would so not even get near that place. But there are even more deadly things there and dang, that was even more interesting. I was all whaaat?!

I can't say more but...yes it gets good. Death, deadly things and romance? Haha if you call it that. She must find love after all. And everything throws you for a loop.

Conclusion:
A good story. Read it after or before the other series. It does not matter.

Cover
Good

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 20th 2017 by Tor
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 0
Fantasy
Library


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Best of July


Hi All! Happy July! 

This is just a fun little meme that Carole 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 July.


First, favorite movie:

For July, My pick....................Boss Baby (2017)



"Bad movie month as always, baby gets fussy in the evenings and never goes to sleep. So July's winner is Boss Baby. It did make me lol and Boss Baby reminded me of Siggi haha"


Now, Carole's pick is...................From Time to Time (2009)


"Not a lot going on Movie-wise this month for me. I had only one good one that I consider worthy of our beautiful trophy. From Time to Time was an interesting film for sure. It had some meaning and made me feel. The ending and big twist was very guessable, but it was still worth a watch."



Now, favorite book:

First, here is Carole's pick.................................Mistress of the Wind by Michelle Diener



"The best book for the month goes to Mistress of the Wind. It was just so good. I didn't anticipate that this amazing book was an Amazon freebie. It was a beautiful retelling of an old classic. I loved the characters and the world. I really want some sort of sequel. It is a for sure a must read. "


My pick is ..................................Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed



"The best book of the month goes to Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed cos it was so good! It showed this horrible cult and everyone was happy, but when you read on you saw the cracks and so many miserable people. And it sent chills down my spine and that kick in the gut, damn, wtf.  You have to read it."



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





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