Tuesday, 25 September 2018

TMST: Love your Library


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.

September 25th: Love Your Library Post
I meant to do a cool post, and then suddenly it was the 24th!

When I could put S on my bike, and when she could walk we started going to this library which is the closest to were we live. 15 min by bike. I am trying to make her love the library like I do but for now she loves it more to say hi and wave to the librarians :) This was the library I went to as a kid and well you never forget your first library!

Of course when I was little I went to the bookmobile cos that one came close by, but going to the real library always felt like a treat

(photo taken by Korsholms Bibliotek)

I always feel joy going to a new library. And even though town is really close I had not been before I went to high school.


via GIPHY

Heaven! Now I seldom go there, instead I browse their catalog and order books that come to the bookmobile I can pick them up. Since we live close to the city limit it stops only a 10 min walk from us. I am just so rarely to town anymore and I love that I can do it this way. They are the best!

(photo by Vaasa Library)

Reasons to Love My libraries:
  1. They listen to requests. And I have requested a LOT of books that they then have bought.
  2. I like that I can request a book and go and pick it up at the bookmobile since that is closer to me. Before you had to pay for that but now it is free
  3. I love that I have 2 libraries that are close to me. And that one has a bookmobile close too. The other one does not but that is cos we live so close to that library.
  4. I love that I can borrow books. I love books, but to buy them all would leave me poor as a church mouse.
  5. I love how friendly librarians are.
  6. Go visit your local library today!


Monday, 24 September 2018

A Blade so Black - LL.McKinney


Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Titan Books Ltd
YA UF PNR
For review

My Thoughts:
Alice in Wonderland. Wonderland being that what Dreams is made of, nightmares and all kinds. And Alice being a teenager who is attacked by a nightmare and saved by Addison Hatter. Yes the Mad Hatter is just some 20 year old (who is immortal and older) and not mad at all, or attending tea parties. Instead he is a fighter that protects us little mortals.

Alice was a normal teen, who is now a superhero of sorts. Her mum was SO over protective. I mean I am all for a mother who is present in YA lit, so many are not. But this mum worried all the time. And yes I get it, we d hear about the black girl who was shot by cops while doing nothing at all. So of course Alice's mum wants her safe and sound at home. But how much was Alice really home? Maybe her mum was right to be mad. Can't have your kid running wild now can we. Honestly how did Buffy do it?

Addison, well he is mysterious and we learn more later. He is in exile and at the same time he has to protect the Wonderland/Earth border. And of course they will hook up some time, what else is an immortal guy for...yes I do wish he had been 20 for real instead.

The bad guy, oh I fear he was the down part of the book. It was all good until the bad guy showed up. He talked like a modern snotty teenager. He was all over Alice. It was frankly weird. Why is she so special? I wish he had been scary or evil. Not so meh.

Personally I wanted more, more of something. A stronger book.

Conclusion:
But it was an interesting story, and a different Alice. More will come as the ending was evil. 

Blurb
The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally. 


Sunday, 23 September 2018

Carole's Sunday Review: Be careful what you wish for

Be Careful What You Wish For
Author: A.C. Hutchinson

Title: Be Careful What You Wish For
Genre: Short Story, Horror
Pages: ebook
Published: October 31st 2015
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon Freebie)


When David Patzpowski takes his breakfast at a motorway diner, he discovers the clientele to be a little on the strange side.


A random freebie from Amazon! Just what I was looking for. Something short and something a touch spooky. 


The story follows the man who gets everything he wishes for. I can’t say much else…but he is visited by someone who has a message to send him. 



I felt bad for him in a way because I do not really believe he truly understood he had a gift. I don’t want to believe he is a baddie….but still…maybe he did know? He had to have an inkling, but then a certain event happened and I don’t think he really knew that it was a gift. 



But yes, this was a short one. I would’ve liked a little more backstory and more about the power. Was it a power? Was it karma? Was it luck? I wanted more detail. 



Overall, though, this was a pretty good read. Didn’t scare me too much, but it does make you think. I’ll give this 4 stars. 






Friday, 21 September 2018

Audio: Cowboy Seal Christmas - Nicole Helm


Audio CD, 10 h
Published September 4th 2018 by Tantor Audio
Navy SEAL Cowboys #3
Narrator: Abby Craden
Contemporary romance
For review

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed the previous two and I was looking forward to reading Gabe's story.

Gabe was the one who was always smiling in previous books, but not really talking a lot about himself. And I get why, poor man. He has some issues that he carries around. And unlike his friends who has PTSD, he has other things on his mind. But I did like him, but oh how he struggled with his feelings.

Monica is a widow. She has a 10 year old who she is afraid to let out of her sights. And she is the one who will work with the soldiers and their trauma. So of course she does not want to get involved with Gabe. But then he has never come to her, since he has no trauma like that. Anyway, she is a good person and she needs to learn how to stop controlling everything and also to love again.

Which is perfect cos Gabe sure needs someone to love him ;)

They have known each other for a while now as people around them have fallen in love. I knew they would have some ups and downs and that they had. I enjoyed seeing them realise things. And it really was a lovely book that made me want Christmas.

Conclusion
A lovely book

Cover
Sweet

Narrator:
A great voice for this. With range from 10 year olds to men and women

Blurb:
Single mom and Revival Ranch's on-site therapist Monica Finley has dedicated her life to helping brave servicemen and women, but former Navy SEAL Gabe Cortez is the one man whose shell she just can't crack. Yet with the holidays fast approaching, she may finally have a plan. In a bid to get Gabe to open up, she'll ask for as much help as possible-cutting down the Christmas tree, stringing lights, the whole nine yards. Who could possibly be a Grinch with so much holiday cheer in the air? Gabe has always hated Christmas-the holiday never fails to remind him just how alone he truly is. But the more time he spends with Monica and her young son, the more he finds himself drawn to their cozy little family . . . and the more he begins to realize his long-suppressed Christmas dreams may finally be coming true.


Thursday, 20 September 2018

Audio: The Secrets She Carried - Barbara Davis


Author Barbara Davis
Narrated by Tiffany Morgan
Publication date Sep 4, 2018 by Tantor Media
Running time 13 hrs 5 min
Historical fic/Women's fiction

My Thoughts:
I could not really put my finger on what was missing in this novel. I am still not sure. But I knew it was something when I fell asleep (not the first time), and did not rewind so to say. Instead I went forward and did not feel I had missed much. That is when I do know that something is missing for me. And I do not know what!

Maybe it was that it was two parts? I felt like the Adele story could have been a really good and tragic book. But now we had to read about Leslie too, and sure her part could have been good too, but maybe without the Adele bits. I never got Leslie's obsession and why Jay did not help her more.

And the end was the final nail in the coffin. There was still one road not taken and instead we got a haha, what a good book that would be. No, I want to see how that turned out!

So we have two stories that just do not flow well together...I guess. And maybe I did not take to Leslie. Adele I got.

I also wondered about so many things! Like yes I get that your mum died, but why did you stay away for 30 years? Why didn't your gran just come and visit you? Who did your gran marry? We never heard about that. Poor grandmother Maggie!

Conclusion:
Only ok from my point of view.

Narrator
I did like her, but maybe her voice was too smooth. I do listen a lot in the dark after all. She had such a pleasant voice and she did make the book better. 
Of course at the same time, her voice was very even since the book did not really go up and down either.

Blurb:
When a young woman returns to North Carolina after a thirty-year absence, she finds that the once grand tobacco plantation she called home holds more secrets than she ever imagined.

Though Peak Plantation has been in her family for generations, Leslie Nichols can’t wait to rid herself of the farm left to her by her estranged grandmother Maggie—and with it the disturbing memories of her mother’s death, her father’s disgrace, and her unhappy childhood. But Leslie isn’t the only one with a claim to Peak.

Jay Davenport, Peak’s reclusive caretaker, has his own reasons for holding onto the land bequeathed to him by Leslie’s grandmother. Before she died, Maggie hinted at a terrible secret surrounding Adele Laveau, a lady’s maid who came to Peak during the 1930s and died under mysterious circumstances. Jay is haunted by Maggie’s story, yet the truth eludes him—until Leslie uncovers a cryptically marked grave on the property.

As they delve into the mystery of Adele’s death, Leslie and Jay discover shocking secrets that extend deep into the roots of Leslie’s family tree—secrets that have the power to alter her life forever.


Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Audio: London's Wicked Affair - Anabelle Bryant


Audio CD, 9 pages
Narrator: Victoria Aston
Published August 28th 2018 by Tantor Audio
Series: Midnight Secrets #1
Historical romance
For review

My Thoughts
I thought for the entire book that his name was London...ooops, it was Lunden, well close enough I say.

Lunden has a dark secret and he has been away from polite society since he was 15 and his brother died, and the gossip said Lunden did it. Poor Lunden, all he wanted was to mourn his brother and the gossip mongers made it impossible to even be in the city. So he fled. And I get that he wanted to keep things secret, but at the same time, he suffered too.

Amelia must marry, her father is ill and wants to see her happy. But she is one of those oh so common heroines, lol, outspoken and a disaster. When I heard of things she had done I just wanted to laugh. he is also very protective of of her friend (and I am glad that her book is next cos what on earth is going on with Charlotte and her husband!?).

Lunden has things to take care of and visits his old friend (I know I know, Matthew made mistakes but I really wanted him to get a book too, hopefully he will. Poor guy!!!) And yes there is Amelia again, all grown up and beautiful.

He helps her find a husband and have a bit of fun. And obvi they will fall in love and the drama is that dark secret. And he is all brooding and no you deserve better than me! I wanted to shake him and say, but hello, look at what she is offered. You ARE the better alternative!

At one time I gasped and went around with a big grin on my face ;)

Conclusion
Secrets, wicked deals and romance. I enjoyed it

Narrator:
I always like Victoria Aston. She is perfect for his rom!

Blurb
Lunden Beckford, Duke of Scarsdale, has chosen to exile himself far from London, with its painful memories and cruel gossip. Forced back to town on business, he's eager to make his stay as brief as possible. But first, he must honor his promise to find a suitable husband for his friend's little sister. On one hand, Amelia Strathmore has grown into a stunning, statuesque beauty. On the other, the willful chit is more likely to scandalize a drawing room with her outspoken opinions than blush prettily. At least she agrees to accept his help—if he fulfills
certain conditions.

Though duty-bound to marry, Amelia longs to secretly enjoy some of life's freedoms first. In this, as in many things, Lunden proves an excellent guide. In fact, Amelia's girlhood admiration for her brother's friend is fast becoming something far less innocent. Lunden believes he's known too much darkness to offer any woman happiness. Yet Amelia is starting to see how much pleasure can lie within the right partnership—especially if one is willing to be a little wicked.



Tuesday, 18 September 2018

TMST Fall Reading


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.

September 18th: What do you love about Fall reading?

I do not really think of Fall reading as anything special. In December I try to put in an xmas book or a winter book, and in summer I might be drawn to something with summer. But Fall does nothing for me.

Or because we can stay inside during long dark evenings? Well honestly no season makes me read more, I always read whenever I get a chance.

Or cos in Fall you can read horror? Eh, I can do that anytime.

Poor Fall.



Monday, 17 September 2018

Audio: Bluestone & Vine - Donna Kauffman

Audio CD, 10 pages
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Published July 31st 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published June 26th 2018)
Blue Hollow Falls #2
Contemporary romance
For review

My thoughts:
Seth is a man trying to start grow grapes and make something out of it. He is ex ranger. Kind of silent. Nice and he wants to be left alone to get some work done. But hey who can blame him, he has a lot to do.

In comes the whirlwind that is Pippa. She needs to relax and find herself again. She is a famous folk-music singer (ok how that makes her a household name I do wonder, and it makes me want to hear her music.) She is to stay there (not his idea!). i liked Pippa, she was so sweet and kind to everyone. She become friends with everyone at once and made them feel good.

And there is not even any major drama. Except for these two to get that they should be together. He is so busy, and yes obviously they live on different continents. But I liked how nothing dramatic happened or how they communicated (so many don't). and I like that.

Everyone else were lovely too. Seth's elderly neighbor was a sweetie. The two kids that help out with the animals were fun. And then there was someone who I hoped would get a book and yes the next book will be about that person.

Conclusion:
A sweet romance. It is only missing some music!

Narrator Amanda Ronconi
She did a good job with everyone, and I am a sucker for an Irish accent :)

Audio Sample


Sunday, 16 September 2018

Carole's SUnday Review: Wolf Bride

Author: Elizabeth Moss
Narrator: Charlotte Anne Dore
Title: Wolf Bride (Lust in the Tudor Court #1)
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: Audiobook
Published: August 29th 2013
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)

BOUND TO HIM AGAINST HER WILL...
Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII's court to claim his new bride: a girl who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors.


Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit to a man she barely knows and who-though she is loath to admit it-frightens her more than a little.



Their first kiss awakens in both a fierce desire that bares them to the soul. But as the court erupts into scandal around the ill-fated Queen, Eloise sees firsthand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives...


What drew me in? It was the blurb and then that cover. It is beautiful.


Now, the story follows Eloise who is a lady-in-waiting for Queen Anne B. Lord Wolf is ready for a wife to start a family with. He remembers sweet Eloise from their childhood and decides she is the wife for him. He gets permission from her pop and the King. Soooo they are forced to get married. Poor Eloise, but at least he is pretty hot. 



The first scene of the book nearly pushed me away. BUT I trekked forward and it got better. I was a little bitter with the author and still am. Mmmm. I cannot say what but I was annoyed with how the author made Queen Anne B look. Sure nothing happened, but I was annoyed. That is all I will say there. 


It was interesting to see this relationship pan out. They are not friends. They do not get along. They do not want love. The only thing they share is lust. Slowly, they grow to like each other, but it was hard. Every single time they seemed to be on the same page SOMEONE has to ruin it. Either Wolf or Eloise. It did get old. I do not like head game's and these two are terrible. COMMUNICATION PEOPLE! *shakes fist* UGH. 



What was even more frustrating was the fact they got mad if the other player played mind games to them. UMMM then stop all the mind games if you don't want it back on you!!!! GRR!



Things happen and they are forced to bear witness to the fall of Queen Anne. This scares Eloise as would any wife! I wouldn't want to marry. Seeing a man so easily shake off his wife and have her killed is sort of scary especially if your life revolves around men. First your pop and then your hubbie. Scary, scary. 



But yes, this was a pretty good story. This was pretty dark and no one is perfect. You can see WHY these characters have issues but it does grate on the nerves when the solution is so, so simple. Communicate!!!!! Sighs.  I had a hard time walking away and I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. 



The narrator was...eh. I liked her accents and drama she added. But my goodness...she was overdramatic at parts. She would be whispering and then SCREAM! Made me jump. Too much for me. I think I would've liked reading this more. 



Overall, I did enjoy this story even with these bone-headed characters who liked to play mind games but don't like the game turned on them. SMH. I am curious to see Eloise's sister's story in the next book. I'll stamp this with 3 stars. 





Friday, 14 September 2018

The Surface Breaks - Louise O'Neill



Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by Scholastic
YA Fiction /Fairytale re-telling
Library

My Thoughts:
I have read 2 of her previous books, and yes those were dark, but this one was more dark depressing.

Gaia is a mermaid. They are meant to be pretty and sweet and without a thought in their head. But she wants to see the surface and what lies there. Her sisters are all nice and follow their father's lead (oh I can never watch the Little Mermaid again, her dad is an ahole!)

There are also Rusalkas in the seas and they live with the Sea Witch. These Kingdoms have a truce at the moment. Oh and if you do not know your lore Rusalkas are women who have died in water and come back as Rusalkas. 

As you know the story Gaia will eventually go up to the surface for the love of a human boy. And omg this girl was a brainless idiot. She was in love with someone she saw once and she thinks that he will love her back just like that ?! She gambles everything on it. Oh this story is crazy. So yes I was not the biggest Gaia fan cos she was so silly.

Oh and ALL MEN are rapists. Or at least give of a rapey vibe. Not the man she meets, but he is a narcissist. I was not a fan of this, not all men are rapey creeps. I wish there had been some normalcy.

I liked the book, and it felt depressing. I know the real story of course, not the silly DIsney version so I knew what to expect. But throw in all rapey men with incest and pedo vibes. Ugh, what a depressing world.

Conclusion:
Still, an interesting re-telling.

Cover
Nice

Blurb
Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen's original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.


Thursday, 13 September 2018

Audio: The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo



Audio CD, 10 h
Published August 28th 2018 by Tantor Audio
Victorian Rebels #6
Historical romance
For review

My thoughts:
This guy was dark and someone that you really should stay away from, but BUT she is his light, the only light in his life and I was lost.

Lorelai saves a boy who is almost dead. She is 14 at the time (I mean yes she has help obviously.) He is the light in her life. Her brother is a bully and her even her father has resigned to his fate and is bullied. She really was a little mouse, and at the same time a lioness.

Ash has no memories of his past (in Newgate as this is the opening). And the beautiful angel that saves him is forever imprinted in his heart. She is the only goodness he knows.

But things can not go that well now can they. Boy meets girl and lives happily ever after...or not.

Then begin present day as they meet again. He had promised to save her! Why didn't he before now? And why is he this dark twisted man? I mean dark, so dark. The thoughts he has should make anyway shy away from him, but they are just thoughts. I know he loves her even if he thinks he can no longer love.

So he has to win her over and she has to try and see the boy he was. And I so wanted her to see that cos hello, he saved you!

The feels! The darkness! Poor man. It was not before the end I realised how much he had suffered.

Conclusion
A twisted romance about two people who want to feel again.

PS. I have only read 2 other books in this series, but I really should read more cos I want more dark men building a new life for themselves,

Narrator Derek Perkins
I think it was my first time with this narrator, but I liked his English accent, and his voice range.

Blurb:
The bravest of heroes. The brashest of rebels. The boldest of lovers. These are the men who risk their hearts and their souls-for the passionate women who dare to love them . . . He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival-and salvation-lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who finds him. Who nurses him back to health. And who calms the restless demons in his soul . . . A LEGENDARY LOVE Lorelei will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who's been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms? 


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Audio: Dark Lord of Derkholm - Diana Wynne Jones



Audio CD, 14 pages
Narrator: Gildart Jackson
Published August 28th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published 1998)
Derkholm #1
Fantasy
For review

My thoughts:
She really takes every cliche and throws it in here, and still she manages to create something that is not just humour. It still stands on its own.

There is a fantasy world that is being exploited by the evil Mr Chesney from what I assume it our world. Oh he was an ass. He was all, I am doing you all a favor! Letting 1000 pilgrims run around pillaging, killing and raping. Sure the people in this world get paid, but now they have realised that it is too little for all the people who get hurt every year.

So they take the worst wizard (who is actually a good one, but he just focuses on other things like genetic manipulation) to ruin it this year. Derk is to play the Dark Wizard and there are so many rules. Dang that Chesney guy!

There are also other stereotypes that the pilgrims get to see.

But yes I liked Derk and his family. Griffins that he made (I said he was weird). I liked them. His son Blade was rather annoying at times (but then he was meant to be that). And his daughter Shona, well there is this thing that happened that really bothered me and felt brushed over. I wish she had skipped it entirely or done it properly.

It is a fun adventure where we follow Derk as he is trying to be the Dark Lord. All awesome side characters too make it fun to listen too. I really should read more of her books.

Conclusion:
Fun times! Not your usual kind of fantasy

Narrator
He did a good job with everyone and it was enjoyable listening to. A great voice for this kind of fantasy

Blurb
Mr. Chesney operates Pilgrim Parties, a tour group that takes paying participants into an outer realm where the inhabitants play frightening and foreboding roles. The time has come to end the staged madness . . . but can it really be stopped?

Master storyteller Diana Wynne Jones serves up twists and turns, introduces Querida, Derk, Blade, and Shona and a remarkable cast of wizards, soldiers, kings, dragons, and griffins, and mixes in a lively dash of humor. With all the ingredients of high fantasy, this unforgettable novel will delight fans old and new.


Tuesday, 11 September 2018

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.

September 11th: Picks for Fall

Oh I do not know! I am so bad at keeping track. Suddenly there is a new book and I am all what?! When did that happen?!

I can quickly check GR and see what my To Buy List says:
Nothing there.

Ok, what about my wishlist then
Nothing.

Huh. There must be something I have missed then, no surprise there.

That is all.


NO PICS please! ;)


Monday, 10 September 2018

Audio: Bring me their hearts - Sara Wolf


Audio CD, 12 h
Published August 21st 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published June 5th 2018)
Bring Me Their Hearts #1
Em Eldridge (Narrator)
YA fantasy romance
for review

My Thoughts
This is one of those cheesy books that are good, but yes so cheesy. At least there was no love triangle! I was really surprised by that.

The Positive:
The narrator! She was great and I can promise you that if I had read this I would not have finished it. But the narrator made it fun. I liked her monster voice (and from what I can see that would have been annoying in text). But here it worked great cos you could not see the weird way it was written.

Interesting world where witches have been hunted to almost extinction. Though since they create heartless isn't that a good thing? I mean they are evil. but then the author points out they are not evil. But they create heartless! But then we learn that Nightsinger only creates heartless from those who are dying. But they are still slaves! Anyway, as you can see, an interesting world. Plus a new god who I already loathe, boooo new gods, they always come with genocide.

I do like witty banter (to a certain degree). And I guess to survive in this world you have to be able to do it, cos everyone sure did it (so yes yes both pos and neg, neg it being way too often)ö

The negative
Zera has been heartless for 3 years. She has in that time become a master thief and a master swordswoman (only for 1 year she has had a 10 year old "warrior" helping her). But sure, sure, I am sure she got that good that quickly *eyeroll* I am tired of YA heroines that are so perfect and good (and then the author mentions that she has been killed 47 times, and then a man saves her) But she is still the best warrior around. *eyeroll* Please stop with this in fantasy YA. Just stop it.

She wears her sword to her coming out...she wears her sword to church. Omg, I get it, she has a sword! Those are times that sword should be left at home. I get it, women can wear swords in this world, stop rubbing it in. Men would not wear swords all the time either.

Her sword is rusty, then it is not, then it is. Make your mind up.

She is frankly a little spoiled brat. She talks back all the time, she is rude, and the prince loves her for that. There is this line between speaking your mind and being sarcastic all the freaking time. I got to be too much. What was she 13? No, 19 really.

Why Nightsinger the witch lets a 16 year old and 10 year old guard her beats me. I would kill real warriors and have the guard me. Not silly kids.

She talks about killing 5 people all the time! Being all torn up cos they were unarmed. Ahem, they killed and butchered your family. Cut yourself some slack!

The In between
Obviously they fall in love too quickly, but hey it is YA. Kids fall in and out of love all the time.

And it is silly and cheesy like a B movie and it makes it fun to listen too. Yes it has negative parts and positive parts. And it is SO YA. YA fantasy lovers will eat it up! They will swoon over the romance and the back talk and root for them to get the baddie. As for me...not the biggest YA fantasy fan ;)  This brought nothing new to the game, at all. Also it reminded me of that cheesy Caelena books, they both being awesome at what they do, and in reality they suck, but not really as they are awesome.

Conclusion:
If you like YA fantasy, then you will absolutely like this one

Narrator.
She brings it home for me. A good narrator can pull off anything.

Blurb
Zera is a Heartless-the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger's control, she serves the witch unquestioningly. Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince's heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she's discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera's heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles. Crown Prince Lucien d'Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him-every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him-until the arrival of Lady Zera. She's inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The prince's honor has him quickly aiming for her throat. So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all. Winner takes the loser's heart-literally. 


Sunday, 9 September 2018

Carole'S Sunday Review: Escapement


Author: Kristen Wolf
Title: Escapement
Genre: Historical Fiction 
Pages: ebook
Published: July 30th 2018
Where I Got It: On My Shelf (Given to me by author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)


Cristofer Vaughn's star is poised to rise. Everyone expects the dashing and gifted composer to soar to the heights of musical genius—an expectation that terrifies the young artist as much as it drives him.



Walking into the fire with Cristofer is his housekeeper, Henri, a passionate and handsome young woman who takes pleasure in dressing as a man. Tending to her famed employer’s domestic needs, Henri crafts a carefree life of routine and diversion behind which she hides the truth of a dark and tragic past. Possessed herself of an extraordinary musical gift, she loyally steers her employer through the tempestuous trials of his artistic and romantic pursuits—while carefully guarding his most closely-held secret.



But Henri’s deceptively simple life is ripped apart when a wealthy and ruthless patron grants Cristofer a spectacular commission, then unwittingly hires Henri—whom he believes to be male—to give piano lessons to his alluring wife, Ava.



The tension intensifies as Cristofer struggles to create music of epic proportions while Henri’s heart is swept away by Ava and a love more powerful than any she has ever imagined possible. 



The ensuing entanglements rise to a dangerous pitch when Cristofer's patron catches wind of a perverse duplicity within his circle and quickly mobilizes his henchmen to target the threat. Soon the only hope for Cristofer and Henri’s survival depends on one publicly exposing the other’s hidden truth—an act that would defy the bonds of love and friendship and bring all their lives crashing down. 



Will Henri sacrifice her heart to stop the oncoming tragedy? Or will she find a way to save both her friend—and her truest love?



I was drawn in from the cover and the summary. What an intriguing story! I had no choice but to try it just to quench my curiosity. 


So the story follows Henri. Henri is a woman who dresses as a man for multiple reasons. One of the main reasons is to help her employer, Cristofer, manage his career and romantic pursuits. Cristofer knows of Henri's secret and is a total supporter and loyal to keeping the secret since it benefits him as well since Henri is equally as gifted with music as he is. They meet Ava and her husband who decide to be patrons of Cristofer and hire Henri as Ava's personal teacher for the piano. Of course, Henri falls for Ava hard. Things happen and everything hangs in the balance. 



Can you blame Henri for wanting to be a male in this world? Being a woman can really suck in this society. The only real goals for women is to marry and have children. Henri wants so much more! She wants to write music and if she has to write with Cristofer then so be it. I did like Henri a lot, but she really is tortured by her past and her obsession with Ava. Poor thing. 



Ava? She was okay...I didn't really get the allure of her. Sure she is pretty and likes to play music, but I really didn't get it. I wish we would've gotten to learn more about her. She felt 2D to me. 



Other than that? I had no real issues. I enjoyed the story. It was a little slow here and there, but I felt it was necessary. It fit the tone of the book. It was told in a very musical way. The author did wonder in the writing style. It truly fits the story. 



The ending was good. I wasn't sure what to expect! I had my theories and I was wrong. Very good indeed!



In the end, this was a pretty good read. I enjoyed the story and the ending surprised me. There were some slow parts but it seemed to fit. I didn't quite get Ava or really like her much, but the story is about Henri. Henri was intriguing. I recommend this to everyone who likes a good people story. I'll stamp this with 4 stars. 











Saturday, 8 September 2018

Movies that were actually good

I have not watch a lot of movies since she started walking so I am all out and must review omg...good ones!!! Nooooo. I will try to remember what I thought ;)


Omg, non stop laughter!!! Ryan Reynolds is beyond funny! This movie has to be watched!



MIL was terrified throughout the whole movie ;) 
Scary it was not, but it was fun and I liked the end.


I expected more deaths....but, omg for the first time I liked Captain America. I have never been able to stand him. He is so nice and blergh. But now he had a beard! Haha.
So this was the first Avengers movie that I enjoyed. But the Guardian crew kind of sucked here :/



Friday, 7 September 2018

Audio: Magic Triumphs - Ilona Andrews



Audio CD, 12 h
Renee Raudman (narrator)
Expected publication: August 28th 2018 by Brilliance Audio
Kate Daniels #10
UF

Own


My thoughts:
Are you crazy! Audio for book 10! Whaat? And yes I was all, no, that is not Kate, no, that is not Curran. I have lived with them for 9 books and to suddenly hear was so freaking weird. The only person who was right at once was def Conlin, lol. But then slowly everything fell into place, and I felt this need to start from book 1 and listen to them all.

What can I say. It was the end of an era. I am sad. I read Andrea's book, I have read Hugh's book, and I read that Derek and Julie one. But nothing compared. They were good, but not great. And now I do despair. Will I ever love like this again? At the end there was a pairing that did feel right, and all I am saying is that if that makes it to a book, then maybe...just maybe I will love again. It felt funny, it felt right.

Kate is facing a new threat. Oh and there is the ever present Roland (so hard to hate him at times, damn, I like him. He just wants to rule it all.) 

Curran, omg, there is this thing that happens that just had me whaaaaaat?!

Their kid was adorbs! Omg the thing with...ahem eyes, ha, it cracked me up.

Erra!

The new threat brings old enemies.

And then  the perfect ending. I did not think it could happen but it did, and I felt satisfied. See, this is how a series should end! On top! Not after a couple of meh books.

I am sad. Farewell! Come here kitty kitty

Narration
It was so weird, because after years of hearing Kate's voice, I suddenly heard Kate's voice. And it was not at all as it was in my head. But then it just was right. And she is a great narrator, range, emotion, oh she brought it all. There at the end I almost cried.


Cover
Awesome

BLurb:
Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She's made friends and enemies. She's found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate's doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

For her child.

For Atlanta.

For the world. (less)


Thursday, 6 September 2018

The Angel's Mark - SW Perry



Hardcover, 424 pages
Expected publication: September 6th 2018 by Corvus Books
Historical fiction /mystery
For review

My Thoughts
Someone is killing people and leaving marks on them. And there is just one person who finds this strange. But then why would the rest care, poor people die all the time.

Nicholas is a physician. A good man. An honest man. And then he kind of looses himself. Poor man.

I find it hard to review this one without saying too much. I did not expect it to be this hard.

So, it is a country of suspicion. You have to belong to the right church or else!
A woman doing a man's job! Take her down!
And physicians doing what they think is best (ugh, medicine in those days wasn't the best as you can imagine.)
And when Nicholas goes a bit ...crazy, no one gets why. Idiots.

It is not an easy mystery to solve. Usually some clues are found in books, but here, nothing. This is a killer that knows how to hide and as the pages got fewer and fewer and did not know if he ever would find the answer.

And of course I never saw it coming, but how could I? Neither did he.

I wonder why authors like mystery books in Elizabethan England, because I have read a few. Weird. Must be a  good setting! And it is with all the things going on in the background.

Conclusion:
You will never see it coming.

Blurb:
LONDON, 1590. Queen Elizabeth I's control over her kingdom is wavering. Amidst a tumultuous backdrop of Spanish plotters, Catholic heretics and foreign wars threatening the country's fragile stability, the body of a small boy is found in the City of London, with strange marks that no one can explain.

When idealistic physician Nicholas Shelby finds another body displaying the same marks only days later, he becomes convinced that a killer is at work, preying on the weak and destitute of London.

Determined to find out who is behind these terrible murders, Nicholas is joined in his investigations by Bianca, a mysterious tavern keeper. As more bodies are discovered, the pair find themselves caught in the middle of a sinister plot. With the killer still at large, and Bianca in terrible danger, Nicholas's choice seems impossible - to save Bianca, or save himself...


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