Friday, 10 July 2020

The lost princess returns by Jeffe Kennedy

More than two decades have gone by since Imperial Princess Jenna, broken in heart and body, fled her brutal marriage—and the land of her birth. She’s since become Ivariel: warrior, priestess of Danu, trainer of elephants, wife and mother. Wiser, stronger, happier, Ivariel has been content to live in her new country, to rest her battered self, and to recover from the trauma of what happened to her when she was barely more than a girl.

But magic has returned to the world—abruptly and with frightening force—and Ivariel takes that profound change as a sign that it’s time to keep a promise she made to the sisters she left behind. Ivariel must leave the safety she’s found and return to face the horrors she fled.

As Ivariel emerges from hiding, she discovers that her vicious brother is now Emperor of Dasnaria, and her much-hated mother, the Dowager Empress Hulda, is aiding him in his reign of terror. Worse, it seems that Hulda’s resurrection of the tainted god Deyrr came about as a direct result of Jenna’s flight long ago.

It’s up to Ivariel—and the girl she stopped being long ago—to defeat the people who cruelly betrayed her, and to finally liberate her sisters. Determined to cleanse her homeland of the evil that nearly destroyed her, Ivariel at last returns to face the past.

But this time, she’ll do it on her own terms. 

Kindle Edition, 170 pages
Published June 29th 2020
Series: The Twelve Kingdoms Complete Universe [publication order] #11.5, The Uncharted Realms #5.5
Fantasy
To review

Was this really the ending? I mean everything was wrapped up with a nice bow on it. So all these journeys are over? I am sad, I am also happy to have an ending at last, but yes mostly sad. I will miss them all.

In this one, novella length. Ivariel is back, the lost princess Jenna who learned that women are not chattel and she created a new future for herself. And she is needed to bring down an Empire. Together with Jepp, Kraal, Harlan, Karyn, yes yes a lot of oldies will help with bringing down Hestar.

And that is what this book is about. Rallying the troops for a quick coup.

I did like how it all came together, how the old couples are always shown, and how it was quick, cos sometimes you need a quick coup.We have had enough bloodshed through out the books.

But still, was this really it? I need more novels in this world :D
Oh, I did ask the author and she said we will see. Sometimes a world just feels like home

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Vacuum in the dark by Jen Beagin

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 4th 2019 by Oneworld Publications
Fiction
Library

I honestly do not know what I was supposed to feel about this book. For writing she will get a good grade, but, yeah I do not know.

Everyone seemed to want to sleep with Mona, every man and woman she met.
Then she has flashbacks of her creepy pedo grandpa.

She cleans around with houses, befriends her employers, since everyone also wants to be her friend, and do her

spoiler
Was Dark her father? The end was so unclear and weird. But he had another last name. God, I do not know. This was a effed up book filled with incest, rape and wtf. LIKE WTF  spoiler

Maybe cos I had nothing else to read, but wtf was this book. I do not recommend it. But it was still good, I just wished that it would not have been so creepily sexualized.

Also laugh at loud? What, no, sure she finds poop everywhere in a house, but that is it

Mona is twenty-six and cleans houses for a living in Taos, New Mexico. She moved there mostly because of a bad boyfriend—a junkie named Mr. Disgusting, long story—and her efforts to restart her life since haven’t exactly gone as planned. For one thing, she’s got another bad boyfriend. This one she calls Dark, and he happens to be married to one of Mona’s clients. He also might be a little unstable.

Dark and his wife aren’t the only complicated clients on Mona’s roster, either. There’s also the Hungarian artist couple who—with her addiction to painkillers and his lingering stares—reminds Mona of troubling aspects of her childhood, and some of the underlying reasons her life had to be restarted in the first place. As she tries to get over the heartache of her affair and the older pains of her youth, Mona winds up on an eccentric, moving journey of self-discovery that takes her back to her beginnings where she attempts to unlock the key to having a sense of home in the future.

The only problems are Dark and her past. Neither is so easy to get rid of.

A constantly surprising, laugh-out-loud funny novel about an utterly unique woman dealing with some of the most universal issues in America today, Vacuum in the Dark is an unforgettable, astonishing read from one of the freshest voices in fiction today. 

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Audio: About a rogue by Caroline Linden

Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
Series: Desperately Seeking Duke, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 06-30-20
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio
Historical romance
In exchange for an honest review

It did not take long to know where the drama and secrets would come from, and mostly I am all, what not speak up!? But, then it was explained and I understood, some secrets if told too soon will not be seen in the best light, even if to us they are nothing. So for once I had to agree with secret keeping.

Max is suddenly the heir to a Duke, but he is rake, and he needs to prove himself. In comes the Tate family and their pottery factory. There he can show that he is more than meets the eye. If he can only get the Tate daughter to marry him.

Ok so he kept a secret. Bianca despised him at once cos she saw him as a no good rogue that only wanted her for her money.

She argues, he is patient. He is falling, she thinks he is a scoundrel. He learns everything there is to know about their company. She looks at his well turned calves, wait what? Yes she is slowly melting by the sight of that.

I liked Max. He saw an opportunity. He had connections, they had money. And he liked her spirit. It was a fine dance they had

I liked the narrator. Good male and female voices. Good pace and I could easily fall into it 

Cover
Omg look! It fits so well!

Bianca Tate is horrified when her sister Cathy is obliged to accept an offer of marriage from Maximilian St. James, notorious rake. Defiantly she helps Cathy elope with her true love, and takes her sister's place at the altar.

It's not even the match that was made...

Perched on the lowest branch of his family tree, Max has relied on charm and cunning to survive. But an unexpected stroke of luck gives him an outside chance at a dukedom--and which Tate sister he weds hardly seems to matter.

But could it be the perfect match?

Married or not, Bianca is determined to protect her family's prosperous ceramics business, even when Max shows an affinity for it--not to mention a dangerous ability to intrigue and tempt Bianca herself. And when Max realizes how beautiful and intelligent and desirable Bianca is, he'll have to prove he's no rogue, but the passionately devoted husband she craves..

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

TMST



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.

 July 7th: How do you feel about book banning?

A big no to book banning. But at the same time, think about some books written, like horrible evil ones, with morally, ethically things in them, well those should never be.

But then when books are banned it's often for wrong reasons. How others try to control what others read. Books that should be read.

Oh my brain can't think, someone else will say it betetr

Monday, 6 July 2020

Carole's Monday: Stone song by Tricia O'Malley



Stone Song: The Isle of Destiny Series
Author: Tricia O'Malley 
Narrator: Amy Landon
Title: Stone Song
(The Isle of Destiny #1)
Genre: Fantasy, PNR
Format: Audiobook 
Pages: 296  
Published: June 2nd 2016
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)

Summary: Clare MacBride has her life in exactly the order she wants it. In a year, she’ll have finished her geology dissertation, though she’s no closer to figuring out the answer to one question that plagues her.

Why does she feel stones pulse with energy?

A centuries-old curse, a mysterious faction of protectors, and a mythological godstone all sound like old world fairytale nonsense to Clare. It only takes one rainy evening with a silver-eyed fae and a handsome stranger promising protection to rock her world forever.

With her life plans shattered at her feet, the lines of science and fiction blur as Clare is forced to throw everything she knows about the world out the window and look deep within her heart for answers.



Review:
Sooooooo I finally decided to try another book of this author since I am having withdraws from the series I just finished (which I heard a rumor she is adding a book to that series. eee!)

The story follows Clare who thought she had life all set up and ready to go. Her plans shatter like glass at her feet when she realizes she is chosen by forces beyond her control. She must put her life and heart on the line on this journey. 

My favorite part of this book is the fact that it takes place in the same world as the other series! You do not have to read the other series to understand, but it really made it feel like I was at home. It was so nice to see a couple of people from the previous books make a quick appearance. ^_^

Oh Clare. Oh Clare. I have mixed feelings about you. 

Blake...he was okay. Very grumpy but he has been in love with Clare for 10 years and couldn't even say hi to her without messing up her fate. So sad. 

I LOVED Clare's friend. She was adorable. I think I would've liked her to be the Chosen One ;) hehe. 

This was far too short. I feel like we need more time as they try and solve the mystery and find the stone. I wanted more time with these 4 adventurers. Maybe we'll see them more in  the next book? We shall see. 

The narrator is awesome as per normal. Love her voices!!

Overall, I liked it, but I felt like there should've been more. I'll have to read book 2 someday. I'll give this 3 stars. 







Challenge(s):

- #29 for Audiobook Challenge


Friday, 3 July 2020

Best of June







Happy July!! 

Here are our favorites for last month. Hopefully, everyone is safe and doing okay!



Best Book of the Month:

My pick...........Alpha Night by Nalini Singh



"Best book of the month goes to Alpha Night by Nalini Singh :D Though there were a few other close contenders"

Carole's pick......Entreat Me by Grace Draven

Entreat Me

"I had a few reallllly good ones this month, but in the end, I had to pick this one. It was so good! I highly recommend it!"


Best TV show of the Month:

Carole's pick............the Bold Type (Season 4)

The Bold Type Poster

"Season 4 just started and I am already loving it. The last episode made me sooooob!"

Blodeuedd's pick...............Atypical & Instant Hotel

Atypical PosterInstant Hotel (TV Series 2018- ) - Posters — The Movie Database (TMDb)
"The tv series I watched and enjoyed this month was Atypical. Really good. And at the end of the month I got hooked on Instant Hotel. Ha, I recommend it!"

Best Movie of the Month:


My pick...........


"Nope. Watched maybe 2."

Carole's pick........My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Poster

"So funny. If you liked the first, you'll get a kick out of the 2nd one!"



Best Cover of the Month:



Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)
No cover said WOW this month, but I liked this nice simple colorful one

Entreat Me
I am in love with this cover. A great contender for best of the year ;) 









Thursday, 2 July 2020

Audio: Seduce me at sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
Series: Hathaways, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 06-23-20
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio
Historical romance
In exchange for an honest review

In book 1 you could see where this book was leading too. Win and Kev grew up together, fell in love, but nothing happened. So it was a long time coming.

But there is a big hurdle to get over first, Kev is Roma, and hey I get it, you do not want to let Win suffer. The Ton are asshats. They look down on people in trade, they will def look down on someone who marries a Roma, and as we will see in this book that happens, as Win's sister married one in book 1.

So it is one of the, she wants him, he resists because he thinks he knows best. And then there is the plot how she went away to get better from being ill, and comes back, with, ohh another man. Drama. Who was another total asshat by the way

Oh and a sidestory of how Kev does not want to help Cam find his family, or Kev's. Since they both are Roma, and not in contact with their families.

But what the book did not have coming for it was the fact that well these were actually in love from the beginning. I guess I like a little drama, mistaken identities, haters to lovers and all that. Because then you wonder, and here you knew he would give in.

Still it was a sweet story with some added outside drama. And there are more siblings to come. I lok forward to those.

Narration
I liked the narrator. She has just the right voice for historical romance. She did not though always have distinct voices, but it was still easy to follow along and I enjoyed her narration

He has tried hard to forget her.

Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins—and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation…and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.

Can she remember the man he once was?

Then, Win returns to England…only to find that Kev has hardened into a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, an attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny—or risk losing the only woman he has lived for…

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Audio: Daring and Duke by Sarah MacLean

Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Series: The Bareknuckle Bastards, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 06-30-20
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio
Historical romance
In exchange for an honest review

Narration
Justine Eyre is great narrating as always. She makes me forget that her male voices are actually her. She always sweeps me away with her range. I like how she does them.

Story
Did I think I would like Ewan after what he has done in the past 2 books? Not really, BUT, see, my memory is lacking. And it was a year since I listened to book 2, which means I had totally forgotten what an ahole he had been.

Ewan and his 2 half brothers was pitted against each other by their crazy ducal father. Grace was the Duchess' bastard who was made to pretend to be a boy until the Duke could get one of his bastards to take over. Ewan won, the rest fled for their lives, and built themselves as kings and queen of the bad part of London. Oh and Ewan hates his brothers cos he think they failed to protect Grace, and that is why he has been a total evil bastard for the last two books.

But she is alive. And she hates him. And he really loves her and would do anything for her. Damn, see there is where he got me, he loves her, all he ever did was for her.

And she is a true queen of the underworld. With her fancy brothel catering for women, her gang of spies and her security force of kickass women. She needs no man. But then she still loves him underneath that hate.

SO they spar. So he tries to win her back. It was another sort of book. Revenge, lost love and sadness.

I enjoyed it.


Grace Condry has spent a lifetime running from her past. Betrayed as a child by her only love and raised on the streets, she now hides in plain sight as queen of London's darkest corners. Grace has a sharp mind and a powerful right hook and has never met an enemy she could not best...until the man she once loved returns.

Single-minded and ruthless, Ewan, Duke of Marwick, has spent a decade searching for the woman he never stopped loving. A long-ago gamble may have lost her forever, but Ewan will go to any lengths to win Grace back...and make her his duchess.

Reconciliation is the last thing Grace desires. Unable to forgive the past, she vows to take her revenge. But revenge requires keeping Ewan close, and soon her enemy seems to be something else altogether--something she can't resist, even as he threatens the world she's built, the life she's claimed...and the heart she swore he'd never steal again. 

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Audio: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Audible Audio, 5 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Macmillan Audio
Series: Wayward Children #3
Fantasy
Own

These are so much fun, and this was definitely the lightest so far.

Cora is a student at Eleanor's house for Wayward Children. All she wants is to return to her world where she was a mermaid.

Christopher wants to return to his skeleton girl. Cade wants to find answers.

In comes Rini, looking for her dead mother Sumi, who died before Rini was before. And off they go to a world of nonsense where everything is made out of sugar, loved that! That world truly was nonsensical. Pure craziness.

I enjoyed this quest, and as always, I want everyone to find their doors again! This series is so much fun

Narration
I liked the narrator and I felt she did a good job with different voices and the craziness of the story

Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.


Monday, 29 June 2020

Joint Discussion: Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine



Hello all! Carole and I will be discussing "Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman. I am in red and Carole in purple.


Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Title: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Genre: Fiction
Published:  May 9th 2017 
Format: audiobook & Hardcover
Pages: 336 

Summary: No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.


But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she'll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.


Discussion:
So this was one of our try one at sort of random and do not look for the one we really want to read.

It was fun going random! I think it took off the stress a little bit!

And it did work out, this book was good, weird, I’d still not recommend it, I am so torn, lol.

It did! I liked it. I totally recommend it. Buuuuut I did the audiobook so maybe the audio was better than the paper/ebook version?

I think I am torn because I am not sure everyone would like it, but considering I could not put it down, and that ending was wow. Who knows, maybe I would rec it too

Ahhhh true. I didn’t think of that. Eleanor...she is an interesting character. She is hard to like and even remotely understand. She for sure went through a lot of traumatic things as a child and there is something mentally wrong with her. I think I read somewhere she has Asperger syndrome I believe. 

I felt at once when I read it that she had Aspergers, and that is why I worried when you went the audio route, if the narrator could bring that to life. Because reading it is so obvi. And yes, poor woman, trauma shaped her. Not to mention she does seem to be a functioning alcoholic too

Yess and I think she just fell down that rabbit hole. She had no friends or family to care about what she was doing and when. I think once she started getting friends it was easier for her to get off the juice. Poor thing. I am so glad Raymond realized how awesome she was. 

Her coworkers, ugh. Raymond was the sweetest man ever! I am glad he accepted her for the person she was. The rest were so blind cos she was not “normal.”

Screw her coworkers, they were asshats. I liked her boss tho. He seemed very nice. Yassssss Raymond was adorable. Such a good pal. His mama was sweet too. 

I liked her boss.Ray’s mom was a cutie. Eleanor finally found better people to talk with. 

 Yesss Eleanor needed friends. Maybe one day she’ll find a guy who really loves her. But she has a lot to work out. I would love a book 2 even if it's just a quick little novella/short story. I want to see her happy! 

I had some weird pink stuff in my writing, weird..
I still have hope for her and Raymond, wait, is that a spoiler?!

Nawww I don’t think so. This isn’t a romance and it made clear at the beginning they are only friends. We can always cover it that bit!


Ok, yes not a romance. Just a story about a messed up woman who needs to deal with her past. Why is her mum in prison? Oh and damn that ex of hers! I know she was not bothered, but damn!

I think deep down she was bothered, but it is just another layer of her terrible, sad past. It’ll probably bubble up as well one day and she’ll have to work through that, but it won’t be nearly as traumatic as her mummy. OMG I hated that she called her mummy. Hahaha I think that is my only complaint. Esp how the narrator said it. It bothered me. Maybe it was because we knewwwwwwww she was a bad person and you only say mommy or mummy to a mom you really adore and care about (or little kids).. It’s very childish and it felt wrong because that lady was a monster!

 I felt it fitted. She was a child back then, her mommy was her mommy even if she was a bad person. So she still thinks of her mother as her mommy. She never had another mommy. In her brain the 10 year old child is saying it. Also, well  that stuff ;)

Valid, valid. I guess it makes sense when the big ol’ secret and truth comes out. It still bothers me LOLLLL. 

I guess the narrator went full out on the mommy then ;)

Yesss she really did. And when the mom called herself mummy. Like “Tell your mummy”.  I got goosebumps. Her evil lady voice was spot on. It was creepy. 

I want to listen to that too! Cos her mother was the worst!

She really was! Gah. Poor Eleanor.

Ok, what else. That ending? Wasn’t it amazing!

THAT ending. I guessed one of the secrets but the big one? SHOCKER! I had backed it up and re-listen so I could make sure I heard what I thought I heard. LOL. 

It really was all wait!? What?! Damn! I did feel it was the best part of the book


It was. Everything built up to that reveal. Like holy cannoli batman. Dang gurl. 

Anything more to add? I am still conflicted. Hard to put down. I binged it, but it might not be for everyone. I am glad I read it, and yes ending, WOW!

Yess I binged too esp near the ending. The last 4 hours I could not stop. So good. But nothing more to add for me without major spoilers ;)

The end then

The end! Until next time folks!



About the Authors
Carole and Blodeuedd have been blogging for a long while now. The last few years the epic duo has 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.



Friday, 26 June 2020

Audiobook challenge mid-year check in



I will easily reach marathoner 50+ that I am reaching for since 100 is out of my reach these days.

40. Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean

 How to Defeat a Demon King in Ten Easy Steps
Rowe, Andrew *

Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1)
Kleypas, Lisa *


The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires
Hendrix, Grady *

Alpha Night (Psy-Changeling Trinity, #4; Psy-Changeling, #19)
Singh, Nalini *

Daughter of the Reich
Fein, Louise *


Nothing Compares to the Duke (The Duke's Den, #3)
Carlyle, Christy *

Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1)
Harrison, Kim *


Chaos Reigning (Consortium Rebellion, #3)
Mihalik, Jessie *

The Jane Austen Society
Jenner, Natalie *

Always Be My Banshee (Mystic Bayou, #4)
Harper, Molly *

Night Shift Dragons (DFZ, #3)
Aaron, Rachel *


The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs, Alaska #1)
Morgenthaler, Sarah *

The Easy Part of Impossible
Tomp, Sarah *

Race the Sands
Durst, Sarah Beth *

First Comes Scandal (Rokesbys, #4)
Quinn, Julia *

A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe (The Wyoming Cowboy #3)
Clare, Jessica *

Wild Country (The World of the Others, #2; The Others, #7)
Bishop, Anne

Badger to the Bone (Honey Badger Chronicles, #3)
Laurenston, Shelly


If I Never Met You
McFarlane, Mhairi *

The Earl Takes a Fancy: A Sins for All Seasons Novel
Heath, Lorraine

Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson, #12)
Briggs, Patricia

A Cowboy Like You (Heart of Texas #4)
Donna Grant *


For the Sake of a Scottish Rake (Besotted Scots, #3)
Bradley, Anna *

Love Hard (Hard Play, #3)
Singh, Nalini *

Undone (Start Up in the City, #3)
Rimmer, Kelly *

Yes No Maybe So
Albertalli, Becky *

Chasing Cassandra (The Ravenels, #6)
Kleypas, Lisa *

Sword of Fire (The Justice War, #1)
Kerr, Katharine *

Terminal Uprising
Hines, Jim C. *

This Light Between Us: A Novel of World War II
Fukuda, Andrew

A Heart of Blood and Ashes
Vane, Milla

How the Marquess Was Won (Pennyroyal Green, #6)
Long, Julie Anne *

Just Breathe 
McGovern, Cammie *

Loveboat, Taipei
Wen, Abigail Hing

All the Ways We Said Goodbye
Williams, Beatriz *

Three Things I Know Are True
Culley, Betty *

Lake Silence
Bishop, Anne

What I Did For a Duke (Pennyroyal Green, #5)
Long, Julie Anne *

The Claiming of the Shrew (The Survivors, #5)
Galen, Shana *

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As for my Carole's for fun Romance bingo I do have bingo!
But I will continue cos omg how do I NOT have a short story? Among other things




Thursday, 25 June 2020

Audio: How to defeat a demon king in 10 easy steps by Andrew Rowe

Narrated by: Suzy Jackson, Steve West
Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
Original Recording Audiobook
Release date: 04-30-20
Language: English
Publisher: Audible Original
Categories: Fantasy
In exchange for an honest review

Oh this was fun fun fun! Think playing a game, but instead of game you live in that world, that makes no sense in a way, but make total sense to them.

The world is being taken over by a demon king, but that happens every 1000th year. Which makes no sense. Cos he has not been defeated every time, but the world still stands. Oh this world is crazy, I loved it.

A hero also always rises to fight the demon king. But this demon king is smart and will have conquered everything by the time a hero comes along. Oh and the hero always has to do the same thing too, wear the same clothes, same weapons, same dungeons. Same songs. How this world still stands I do not know.

Anyway in comes Yui, f that hero bs. She will save the world! By her way. And her way is awesome. The ways by how she does it, I applaud her. I also really liked her at once. She does not give up, even if she has to fight every slime monster in the world.

Humor, adventure, and an unlikely hero that turns out to be the best heroine the world can ever want. What was there not to like! Recommended for the weird fun

Narration
The narration was spot on. There are two narrators, one for Yui and one for levelling up, the "video game voice" ;)

The narration for Yui was filled with everything she was. She truly nailed it there. Her demon king voice, oh my, loved it, but then the demon king was *laughs, spoilers!* Fun!
Great narration with the feel of the book done perfectly.

For thousands of years, there has been a cycle: a Demon King rises and conquers, and a Hero is reborn a hundred years later to defeat him. Each time, civilizations are ground to dust beneath the Demon King's hordes, but humanity has remained secure in the belief that a Hero of legend will always save them. There's just one slight problem. It's only been 23 years since the Demon King's latest rise, and this time, he's already conquered more than half the world. If humanity simply waits for the Hero's return, there may be no world left for him to save.

And so, Yui Shaw sets out with an ambitious plan. A 10-step plan.

She'll find a way to obtain the Hero's legendary sword. She'll earn obscure classes, gain levels, and increase her skills. She'll travel to the meticulously-crafted dungeons that seem designed for one specific Hero to complete. And, if she's truly (un)fortunate, she might even find a fairy.

She might not be a Hero—but if she can fake it long enough, she might still be able to save the world.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

The fiery crown by Jeffe Kennedy

Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by St. Martin's Press
Series: Forgotten Empires #2
Fantasy
To review

I know my example might sound like a cliffhanger, but hear me out;

The end, omg so intense. It was like the author took the characters, took them to a cliff, laughed manically and then pushed them all over, and made them hit everything on the way down. "Luckily" they did land before the ground, and they did break everything. So it was not a total freefall, and for now they are safe on a tiny tree sticking out from that cliff and it might break any second.

Poor Lia. How could you be so cruel to Lia! In the first book I was a bit blaze about everyone, but here, Lia is not truly human, I do not get the whole thing. I wonder about so much since well queen of something that might waken, that will be intense too.

Conri, I was not impressed by him either in book 1, frankly he deserved to be pushed from that cliff and not saved. But he saves himself here, and I will not push him. I get that his life has been hell and all he wants is revenge.

Oh and the evil emperor must die a really painful slow, like really slow, like brought to death, nursed back, brought to death, nursed back and then have every piece of him..oh oh bloody eagle. Yes let's eagle that sucker!

Two people dancing around each other because they both want to save the world. Then darkness, so much darkness. Romance, no, this is not a romance. But it might be. One day.

Omg Lia! I am still in freefall from that cliff.

Book 3 will be something else 


Conri and Lia’s marriage of convenience has turned into an uneasy alliance. If only the two leaders could agree on something. Driven by revenge, Conri wants to attack Emperor Anure before the tyrant gets to them first. But Lia needs to keep Calanthe safe, and refuses to sacrifice her kingdom. Their ongoing battle for control has built up tension they’re both more than happy to release in bed, the only place where they find common ground. But Conri and Lia are developing deeper feelings for each other that are complicating matters. In the second book in the Forgotten Empires trilogy, Conri and Lia find their loyalties torn, and with Emperor Anure’s threat growing, will they be able to risk everything with each other before it’s too late?

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