Friday 1 March 2024

Best of February

 


Feb flew by! Here are our bests of last month!


Best Book of the Month:

Blodeuedd -  Nadda this month

"I am not gonna give a best book. Because they were all good, but none of them was better than the rest."




"Dare is always so much fun. This was extra fun. Loved it so much."








Best Movie of the Month:

"Gotta love a good mystery. This was a mystery in everyway. Loved it! I want more of these movies!"






Blodeuedd - The Abyss (2023)
"I watched this one and it worked in places, but all I am saying the Swedes can not bring the emotions the Norwegians can. Pretty boring at times too."








Best TV show of the Month:


Blodeuedd - Bluey (s1-s2)
"Pretty sure I finished something, but eh. I watched a lot of Bluey, without watching, but at every third watch of an ep  I had seen it all. Yeah I know them."






"Decided to re-watch all of this after the actor, Andre Braugher, passed away. He was my favorite on this show so I felt like I needed to re-watch. Such a good show. Def binge-worthy."






Best Cover of the Month:


Carole's pick

Blodeuedd's pick




















Wednesday 28 February 2024

Audio: Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani


By: Intisar Khanani


Narrated by: Soneela Nankani


Series: Sunbolt Chronicles, Book 1


Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins


Release date: 01-30-24


Publisher: Tantor Audio


YA Fantasy / to review





Hitomi is a thief. She is nice, and does her best to survive. She is also a part of a organization trying to help since the island is going to hell. They got one of those evil mages, you know how it is. Drama, wickedness, revolution is coming...or not.




We do not get that much of the world. Hitomis worldview is narrow, the city, best places to hide from soldiers, best places to hide from anyone. I would like to learn more though, cos there are other lands, the whole mage thing and so on. Oh and a map, I love those. But this was an audiobook after all.




In the story some people needs protection . Things go badly. And a twist too that I did not expect.

And then even more things happen and Hitomi does not have it easy at all.




BUT, it does not end with a cliffie, the ending is one of those all good for now, but soon you are in trouble again. One of those look the sky is blue, we are happy, but oh oh, you missed those dark clouds at the horizon......I look forward to getting more from this story.




Good narration, but then I always enjoy her narrations. She has a great voice, and she is wonderful when it comes to fantasy. She really gets the characters and the overall feel of the story.






The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.




When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi's, and much worse fates than execution. Betrayed and captured along with her charges, it will take everything Hitomi can summon to save them—and herself.


Tuesday 27 February 2024

TMST

 


 

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2/27/2024 Which books are you looking forward to reading this Spring? (Mar-May)









Oh no, this question! No idea what is coming out, but what I do know is that my TBR pile is GROWING
















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Monday 26 February 2024

Carole´s Monday: The Governess Game



Author: Tessa Dare
Narrator: Mary Jane Wells
Title: The Governess Game
Series: Girl Meets Duke #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Audiobook
Published: August 28, 2018
Where I got It: Borrowed from library

Summary: 
He’s been a bad, bad rake—and it takes a governess to teach him a lesson

The accidental governess.

After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart... without risking her own.

The infamous rake.

Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to give her an education—in pleasure. That should prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling... and he’s in danger of falling, hard.



Review:
I needed some Dare in my life!!

Chase has become the heir to a Dukedom after many tragedies. Along with that....two young girls become his wards and they need a governess. He wants no attachments so he needs to get them trained up and sent to a school as soon as possible. Enter in Alex. She accepts the role after her livelihood literally slips through her fingers. She is tasked with the near impossible to transform two unruly girls and ignore her feelings for Chase. 

Why is Dare so dang good? There is romance and some darkness, but there is comedy too. She did such a great job with balancing everything. 

I also love that you don't HAVE to read in order. However, I do recommend book 1 first because the couple does show up here and it makes it more special knowing the past. But again...it would do fine as a standalone. 

Alex, Chase, and the girls have their sad pasts but they need each other. I loved this.

The girls were great. 

Alex was great. 

Chase was great even though I was SO mad at him at one part. GRR! Alex should've made him sweat some more.

Always a blast. I can't wait to read book 3. 

OOO. The narrator was fantastic. Perfect voices for everyone. 

All-in-all, this was a joy. I needed a nice HR. 5 stars from me. 








Challenge(s):
- Audiobook #11
- Romance Reading Challenge #7 (borrowed from library) 


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