Friday, 23 July 2021

Audio: A Scot to the heart by Caroline Linden

 

Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick


Series: Desperately Seeking Duke, Book 2


Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins


Release date: 06-29-21


Publisher: HarperAudio


Historical romance


to review





I have become bad at writing reviews at once when on holiday! So here I go, a few days later; Andrew has been in the army and now he is the heir to a Duke! Sadly an English Duke, boooo, but hey it will give him the chance to better support his mother and sisters. But he must take a wife first. Andrew was nice, just good you know





Ilsa is living life. She is a widow, her husband was an asshat. People thinks she is rather scandalous, and all I say is you go Ilsa! She was great. A thirst for living. Held back by her father, aunt and society.





They meet. She is not proper Duchess material. But Andrew is pulled to her.





There will be drama, I can't tell you, but this is real drama! And it made me mad and I would not be as forgiving as Ilsa. I was glad she had Andrew.




But then the end, what about the next book? New couple! And even more drama regarding something. Ohhh, pretty sure I know who one of them is.





Good narrator. I enjoyed listening to her and I felt she did justice to the voices and accents





Captain Andrew St. James always knew he came from a noble family, but his branch grew far from the wealth and status. Nothing shocks him more than learning that he now stands as heir presumptive to his distant cousin the Duke of Carlyle. There is much for Drew to learn and adjust to - but first he goes home to Edinburgh, to tell his mother and three sisters of their startling good fortune.



Ilsa Ramsay yearns for some adventure and fun, not another husband. When she discovers the handsome soldier who sweeps her off her feet for a rollicking dance is her friend’s brother, soon to be an English duke, she tells herself he’s not for her, no matter how tempting he is. But one impulsive kiss, then another, and another...says otherwise.



Drew means to marry a respectable, dignified Englishwoman - a very proper future duchess. The spirited Ilsa is none of that. Still, when she’s caught in a dangerous scandal, he leaps to her aid without hesitation. And neither family duty nor future obligation can make them ignore what’s in both their hearts.



Thursday, 22 July 2021

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke


Format: 245 pages, Hardcover


Published: September 15, 2020 by Bloomsbury


Fantasy Fiction Mystery Magical Realism


Library





Ok so this was weird. I hardly know what to say cos if I say anything that might be a spoiler.




Right, so this man lives in a weird house. The house has oceans and tides. Hallways filled with statues. No one living there except a man he calls The Other. And some skeletons. Such a weird place. No recollection why he is there, and if there exists anything else but this house.




Was it great? Nah. But I really wanted to know why this man was living in this house, that is not a house but a strange world at the same time. Hall after hall, you can walk for days.




And we do get an explanation, grateful for that. I can not say anything more.




And about the characters. Well, we know nothing about The Other. He is just there. Piranesi, as the Other calls the man, well we know nothing about him either. He is resourceful, he keeps a journal. He loves this house and likes to explore.




I did like it, because something kept me reading





Piranesi's house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.




There is one other person in the house—a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.




Tuesday, 20 July 2021

TMST


 

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. 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. Feel free to leave your links in the comments if you are participating.




7/20/2021 What authors have you recently discovered and loved?




How recent is recent? Like within a year? Cos omg last fall I totally binged on Elly Griffiths!!! She is amazing. The only modern mystery thriller that has been a total hit.





An amazing series :D



The rest of the year I have mostly read authors I have tried before, and I do not like to mention authors I tried one book from. Cos the rest might suck!



But I did listen to 2 Elizabeth Lim books and I did enjoy those. I like the world she created













7/27/2021 Where is your favorite place to read during the summer?





Monday, 19 July 2021

Carole's Monday: The Perfect play

Carole Szymanski 5:11 PM (5 hours ago) to me



Author: G.S. Carr
Narrator:  Trei Taylor & Ryan Kailbourne
Title: The Perfect Play
Genre: Short story, Contemporary Romance, Sports
Format: Audiobook
Published: June 10th 2021
Where I got It: Audible

Summary: 
Simone Thompson wakes up in a Vegas hotel suite to discover three things:

Her headache might kill her.
The guy spooned behind her isn’t some random Vegas hookup—it’s James Sumner, the NFL’s bad-boy wide receiver and her twin brother’s teammate.
There’s a ring on her finger—you know, the finger.


As part of a football family, Simone knows all about the game, the good, the bad, and the ugly. That’s why she joined her brother’s trip to Vegas in the first place—to keep an eye on him, not to end up entangled with her crush. Her very out-of-her-league crush.

James has always had the hots for Simone and now that they’re married, he sees an opening to prove to her that he's more than just a playboy and that they really do belong together. But if he’s going to win over his bookish princess, he’ll need to execute the perfect play…


Review:
This was recommended to me to check out and it's a freebie on Audible so why not!

We follow Simone and James. The two wake up in a Vegas hotel suite and discover they not only had a crazy night...but they are married. However, this could never work! They are so different! Simone has been a book-nerd and even works at the library and she was only in Vegas to hang out with and make sure her brother doesn't get into too much trouble while he parties with his NFL friends. James is NFL's bad-boy wide receiver. They soon realize that they have both been crushing on each other and this might be a chance to see if there is something there. 

Ahhhhh booze and Vegas mix too well but can lead to a crazy, insane night even for an innocent like Simone. 

I adored these two and they really were perfect! A weird way to start a romance. Maybe it was the push Simone needed to finally find her happiness in life! Yesss, yesss she feels she has to be the mother hen to her bro and her dad....but she deserves to be happy!

James is adorable and I loved him. 

I hope we get more books. Maybe something for Simone's bro or even another book following Simone and James. I feel like they still have some issues to get through. More pleaseeeee.

The narrators were perfect for the characters. Love them!

In the end, this was short and sweet, but there was some serious character development here and it was adorable to see them fall in love. Totally recommend it. 5 stars. 







Challenge(s):
- #40 for Audiobook challenge


Friday, 16 July 2021

Audio: Last Guard by Nalini Singh

Narrated by: Angela Dawe


Series: The Psy-Changeling Trinity Series, Book 5


Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins


Release date: 07-20-21 by Tantor audio


Paranormal romance


To review





All the feels, I am truly enjoying these, and every time I think that I want to start the whole series from book 1. But that is 19 books ago, yikes. But still, they always make me want to re-read (and well read those periods ones I have not read, 10 books ago.) And definitely listen because Angela Dawe is amazing.




Ok, so obvi this is book 5 of trinity, but before trinity there was 14 other books. Getting free from Silence, and after Silence. The psychic field that holds the Psy together is crumbling, and forces are tying to tear it all down. A lot going on, start from book 1, or start from book 15. The ride is worth it.




In this one Canto, an A psy is trying to bring As together because they are the Anchors that hold everything together. He meets Payal and awww, all the feels.




Canto is so not a child of silence. He was not like other Psy. Payal has all her shields up and is the perfect Psy robot.




Lost of talking, lots of falling, lots of trying to fix their world. Some bears, and some danger. The perfect book.




I did not want to stop listening.




Angela Dawe is amazing, she truly makes these for me. Paranormal romance is perfect for listening and she does it so well. Distinct voices and accents, the coldness of the Psy and the warmth of changelings.






Termed merciless by some, and a robotic sociopath by others, Payal Rao is the perfect Psy: cardinal telekinetic, CEO of a major conglomerate, beautiful—and emotionless.




For Canto Mercant, family and loyalty are everything. A cardinal telepath deemed "imperfect" by his race due to a spinal injury, Canto cares for the opinions of very few—and ruthlessly protects those he claims as his own. Head of intel of the influential Mercant family, he prefers to remain a shadow in the Net, unknown and unseen. But Canto is also an Anchor, part of a secretive designation whose task it is to stabilize the PsyNet. Now that critical psychic network is dying, threatening to collapse and kill the entire Psy race with it.




To save those he loves, Canto needs the help of a woman bound to him by a dark past neither has been able to forget. A woman who is the most powerful Anchor of them all: Payal Rao. Neither is ready for the violent inferno about to ignite in the PsyNet…or the passionate madness that threatens to destroy them both.


Thursday, 15 July 2021

Audio: The girl least likely by Katy Loutzenhiser

Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky


Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins


Release date: 06-29-21


Publisher: HarperAudio


YA Fiction romance


To review





I enjoyed this one, it was fun, and not so serious that my YA usually is.




Gretchen loves rom coms. I mean who doesn't! I just wish they were as good as before. And she she starts to notice that a lot of things that are happening are totally rom com plots!




She has fallen for her best friend. Something kind of happens where she pretends to be someone else. Right rom com stuff.




The best friend thing, well a crush is a crush. That does not make them right for each other. I cheered on someone else. You will see.  The pretending to be someone else, well it was a reasonable thing to do. Of course she should also have stopped it.




But it was fun, cute and would make such a cute movie, do you hear me netflix!?




Great narration too. Good with young and old voices. And certain parts that took a bit more.






Gretchen has always been more of a “least likely” than a “most likely” kind of girl. So how does she somehow find herself living out every trope from her favorite rom-coms?




The best friend crush: Why is it suddenly so hard to act normal around her childhood BFF, Samuel? Must be time for a...




Makeover(!): Black leather pants and some red lipstick are apparently enough to lend Gretchen the bravado to do an impromptu set at a comedy club and catch the eye of...




The roguish bad boy: Jeremy, the alluring young comic who thinks her name is Sabrina. It might just be...




The perfect cover: a way for Gretchen to escape into her new funny-girl alter ego and figure out who she really is - and what she really wants. But as rom-coms have taught her, leading a double life can only last so long....




Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Audio: The Highlander's Destiny by Mary Wine

Narrated by: Timothy Campbell


Series: Highland Rogues, Book 2


Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins


Release date: 07-20-21


Publisher: Tantor Audio


Historical romance


To review




I do wish at that one book would have a woman come in to a new keep and everyone would be all; Nice to meet you! Oh we like you, let's be friends! But alas no, everyone be bitches.




Cora has an intended she has never met. But she is fierce, strong, and sure she would like to meet him, but she also wants more.




Faolan is a bastard, and well that blurb is weird. The whole keep is close to the coast and that tower is used for protection. A lot of people gets sent there. But many are asshats since he is the son of the previous ruler, and his half brother rules now.




Faolan and Cora meets during a storm. Why she isn't just sent back the next day, dunno. But instead she meet everyone at the castle. Ugh everyone is calculating, or mean. There is always a bitchy woman too. But things does progress quickly. Things go down and since we all know they will fall in love they will. A rocky road, but she wont let anyone hold her down, not the Church (booo you guys), or someone else.




I do like these books. Some hardships and love conquers all, and then everyone thinks they are awesome.




I also like that there are always new characters that intrigue me. I want Rolf to find someone, and Cormac. I need those books




I also think the narrator is great. I have listened to lots of highland romances with him now and I think he is great at accents and different voices. He fits well





Faolan McKay was the spawn of recklessness. A child conceived by moonlight outside the bonds of wedlock. His mother was banished to the rocky shores of the Highlands where she committed an even greater sin than seducing the laird’s son—she survived. And raised her son to be everything everyone whispered about him. To be feared was better than any position or sword.




Cora Mackenzie has been promised since she was five. But her intended has never even penned her a single note. Cora takes to the moors, finding satisfaction in building strength and pitting herself against the elements. She discovers a thirst for succeeding where everyone says a girl shouldn't.



Faolan wasn't one for tales by the firelight, but seeing the woman perched on the rocks of his island made him stop and stare. Battered by the wind and rain, she cared nothing for her hair or dress. Instead, she stood in the face of the elements, celebrating her survival. Aye, a mythical creature, one he should ignore but just can't seem to. Fate has locked them together, leaving him battling to resist the pull of his guest.




Whether or not she wants to know the man who saved her isn't up to her. A storm forces them to shelter together or die if they attempt to leave. She might not survive the encounter, but it's hardly the first time life has offered Cora no choice but to face what is placed before her.


Tuesday, 13 July 2021

TMST


 

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. 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. Feel free to leave your links in the comments if you are participating.




7/13/2021 What are your favourite posts to read?



Reviews, always Reviews :D




But I did read this fun post about who you would do (paranormal beings). So yes I would like more posts like that. I could so not write one though, maybe it it was a tmst lol



Oh this was short







7/20/2021 What authors have you recently discovered and loved?


7/27/2021 Where is your favorite place to read during the summer?





Monday, 12 July 2021

Carole's Monday: Burning ground




Author: D.A. Galloway
Title: Burning Ground (Frontier Time Traveler series, #1)
Genre: Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Format: ebook
Pages: 450
Published: July 6th 2021
Where I Got It: Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion

Summary: 
Does time heal all wounds? Or do some last forever?


Pennsylvania, 1971: Graham Davidson is a young man with survivor’s guilt after the death of three siblings.

Estranged from his father and seeking a direction in his life, Graham learns about vision quests from a Crow Indian. He secures seasonal employment in Yellowstone National Park and embarks on a spiritual journey.

Wyoming Territory, 1871: Under a full moon at a sacred thermal area, Graham finds himself in Yellowstone a century earlier - one year before it was established as a national park. He joins the Hayden Expedition which was commissioned to explore the region.

Although a military escort provides protection for the explorers, the cavalry’s notorious lieutenant threatens Graham. His perilous journey through the future park is marred by a horrific tragedy in a geyser basin, a grizzly bear attack, and an encounter with hostile Blackfeet Indians.

Graham falls in love with Makawee, a beautiful Crow woman who serves as a guide. As the expedition nears its conclusion, Graham is faced with an agonizing decision.

Does he stay in the previous century with the woman he loves or travel back to the future?


Review:
Been excited about this book since the book cover reveal! I simply adore time-travel novels and I love Westerns so this is perfect!

Here we follow Graham who is trying to find himself and find some sort of happiness after his tragic past. There has been a lot of tension and some estrangement over the years due to lots of guilt and sadness from losing three of his siblings. He learns about vision quests from his friend who is Crow. He accepts a summer job at Yellowstone to try to have a vision quest. Under a full moon, Graham finds himself being transported to 1871 and goes on a journey that will forever change him. Should he stay in 1871 or go back home to the future?

Poor Graham. He has had a lot of sadness and guilt. I can't even imagine his guilt or his parents' guilt. So tragic. He for sure needed to get away. Maybe a whole century away seems a lot, but I think it was good for him. 

Awwww Makawee. Loved her. I did want more time with her. I want to learn more about her. She was so strong and she deserved love. OoooOOoo it's so hard to give away spoilers. ;)

But yes, Graham and Makawee deserved each other. I was for sure rooting for them!!

I am super curious to see what is next in the series. This is book 1 and there was a slight cliff-hanger so I want more for sure!!!! Ooooo! I want everyone to be happy!!!!!! I can't wait for the next book. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!!!????

Oh! I loved the photos that the author included here. It helped bring the story a live. It felt like Redfield or someone was writing Graham's story or something. It was really neat. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this. There is something here for everyone. Love, action, drama, and a people story. This was really good. I highly recommend it. I'll give this 4 stars. 








Friday, 9 July 2021

Bright Familiar by Jeffe Kennedy

Series: Bonds of Magic (#2)


Format: Kindle Edition


Expected publication: July 9, 2021 by Brightlynx Publishing


Fantasy romance


To review




This world feels so dark to me, not that that is a bad thing, just you know, I would not want to live there! I feel so sorry for familiar and so many wizards are asshats.




The world is grey and unforgiving. You can go a long time thinking yes I will be a wizard! And then BAM! Nope, you are a familiar. Suddenly you are the dirt beneath someones feet, and do not even get me started on the choosing process, getting raped, and I guess if you are lucky meeting someone like Gabriel who you choose to be with. Yes, dark world. I want these two to rise up, take over and BURN it to the ground. The familiars are the ones making the wizards great, so more power to the familiars! I want a revolution started. Intriguing world, oh yes.




Gabriel is still weary, he is not a fan of the wizarding world and how the rule, and tell him how to rule. He likes Nic, she is his wife, he wants to protect her and not just use her as a magical tool. And Nic has sure realised that Gabriel is the best that could have happened to her. He let's her be her, he is hot, and she will try her best to make his House great again.




But the stupid wizarding rulers want her to bend and be rehabilitated. And she has a wizard to teach, a Mansion to rebuild and a House to make one of the big ones again. Ugh those damn idiots in charge. Revolution people, bring them down. Or let a a slow process start of showing others that they can be nice to each other.




I do wonder about book 3. I hope things goes they way, and now they have his sister to worry about too. I have no idea how this will turn out.




Passion, danger and one intriguing , yet dark, world.





Lady Veronica Elal has been freed from her tower—and entered a life of servitude. It doesn’t matter that her wizard master has odd ideas about circumventing Convocation tradition and making their  relationship equal. Nic prides herself on her practicality and that means not pretending her marriage is full of hearts and flowers. Besides she understands that, despite her new husband’s idealism, they face obstacles so great the pair of them could be crushed to nothing, even without dashing themselves brainless trying to fight the Convocation.



Lord Gabriel Phel has come this far against impossible odds. He was born with powerful wizard magic, the first in his family in generations. He’s managed to begin the process of reinstating his fallen house. And—having staked his family’s meager fortune to win a familiar to amplify his magic, a highborn daughter to be mother to his children, his lady, and lover—he rescued Nic in a distant land, successfully bringing her home to House Phel. Though she’s cynical about their chances of success, he’s certain they can defy their enemies and flourish. Together. But, the more Gabriel discovers about working with the fiery Nic, attempting to learn the finer points of wizardry and marriage, the more illicit fantasies plague him. His need for Nic—and the dark cravings she stirs in his black wizard’s heart—grow daily. Though Nic has reconciled herself to being possessed by Gabriel—and indeed yearns for even more from her brooding and reluctant master—creating a new life for herself isn’t easy. Especially when Gabriel seems determined to subvert the foundation of her world.




Thursday, 8 July 2021

The girl in red by Christina Henry

368 pages, Paperback


Published: June 18, 2019 by Titan Books Ltd


Apocalyptic


Own




I tried reading this one last year, but I just could not. The world is falling apart cos of The cough, yeah, that was too real. Now it was easier to get into it.




Red is all alone in the woods trying to reach her grandmother, yes there is a little red riding hood connection. In flashbacks we meet her family as they plan to make the trek. But yes obvi something happens.




The woods are not without danger. There is the risk of meeting sick people, of meeting soldiers rounding up everyone for quarantine centers, crazy militia people or just effed up people.




I liked it. She was tough, she just wanted to live. There is some utter craziness going on too. I always read everything Henry writes






It's not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn't look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.




There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there's something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.




Red doesn't like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn't about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods...




Wednesday, 7 July 2021

The postscript murders by Elly Griffiths


Series : Harbinder Kaur (#2)


Format: 344 pages, Paperback


Published: September 29, 2020 by Quercus


Fiction Mystery Thriller


Library




Another Griffiths! I do have some left to read, from another series, but alas, there has been this evil hacking of the database and you can't even borrow books. ANIMALS! Anyway, no more books right now then.




But this one. As in the previous books it has many povs, this one has Harbinder's POV, the detective on the case. An then there is Natalka, Ben and Edwin, the busy trio. One a carer, one a former monk turned coffee shop owner, and one senior citizen.




A 90 year old is murdered. Her friends wants answers. Harbinder needs to solve it, cos oh my these three does try to find clues on their own, and more bodies follow.




I liked the busy trio, they were fun. And I like Harbinder, she has her head straight, I mean she has to as a detective, but still.




I enjoyed the book, I could not figure out who did it, as always, I never does. A good mystery





The death of a ninety-year-old woman with a heart condition should absolutely not be suspicious. DS Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing to concern her in carer Natalka's account of Peggy Smith's death. But when Natalka reveals that Peggy lied about her heart condition and that she had been sure someone was following her...




And that Peggy Smith had been a 'murder consultant' who plotted deaths for authors, and knew more about murder than anyone has any right to...




And when clearing out Peggy's flat ends in Natalka being held at gunpoint by a masked figure...




Well then DS Harbinder Kaur thinks that maybe there is no such thing as an unsuspicious death after all.





Tuesday, 6 July 2021

TMST


 

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. 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. Feel free to leave your links in the comments if you are participating.




7/6/2021 How do you approach writing reviews?



I am probably watching something on tv. I open goodreads, check the blurb so I can spell names, and I write a review. Fast and easy. Then, probably not, I might schedule it on my blog. Or a week later when I am all, eeek, must fix this now!



No sweat. No worry. I just write what I feel right then. I try to write one as fast as I can so all those feelings are close by.





7/13/2021 What are your favourite posts to read?


7/20/2021 What authors have you recently discovered and loved?


7/27/2021 Where is your favorite place to read during the summer?



Monday, 5 July 2021

Carole's Monday: Miss Frost braves the blizzard

 


Author: Kristen Painter
Narrator:  Hollis McCarthy
Title: Miss Frost Braves the Blizzard
(Jayne Frost #5)
Genre: Paranormal romance, Fantasy, UF, Mystery
Format: Audiobook
Published: January 17th 2018
Where I got It: Audible

Summary: 
Christmas is over, the new year has begun, and life is thankfully slowing down for Jayne, giving her more time to chill with her new guy. That is, until Myra Grimshaw’s death reveals the elderly fae had a strange obsession with Jayne’s royal family and an unauthorized collection of exclusive winter elf objects. Including one very questionable snow globe.

Then a whiteout of magical proportions snows the town in and unraveling the mystery of Myra and the objects becomes job number one. Especially when Jayne suspects one of those objects is behind the dangerous creatures now roaming the town’s streets.

Things take a chilling turn when one of Jayne’s dearest friends is kidnapped and rescuing her means cracking the secrets of Myra’s past. But when Jayne discovers blood really is thicker than water, her own life is suddenly on thin ice. Can she save the town and her crown?


Review:
Yayy! Book 5!

Christmas is finally over and life has slowed down for Jayne for now. Jayne has a new beau and she's beginning to think he is the one. He has a cat that Spider likes and everything seems great. That is...until Myra Grimshaw's death reveals the elderly fae seemed to have a strange obsession with Jayne's royal family and she has a lot of unauthorized objects that should only belong to a winter elf including a very questionable snow globe. Overnight a huge whiteout of magical snowstorm hits the town and Birdie is kidnapped. Can Jayne save the town, her crown, and her friends?

This was of the most intense mysteries Jayne has faced yet! There was a lot at play here and everything was tied together somehow, someway. I'm glad the author upped the game here. The last couple the mystery seemed rather easy to solve, but this one I was unsure how Jayne was going to fix EVERYTHING and figure out what was going on. 

And that twist about Myra. That was great. 

I'm beginning to like Jayne's new boy. I'm sad it didn't work out with the vamp because I adored him, but this new guy seems to be perfect for her and Spider and I am happy. 

Can I just say how happy I am that the original narrator is back!!!!! Don't get me wrong...the guy who did 4.5 was good, but I adore this narrator so much more. Her voices are perfect for the characters. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Probably one of my favorites of the series so far. The mystery was fun and I had no idea how Jayne was going to save everyone and everything. I'm liking the romance and the original narrator is back. Yayy! I'll give this 5 stars. No issues. Adored it. 


 




Challenge(s):
- #38 for Audiobook challenge


Sunday, 4 July 2021

Best of June and Update

 




Happy July all!


Here are our best of June!


Best Book of the Month:


"I had an awesome month, and for once it is hard to choose a best of cos I had so MANY great books! But Last Guard by Nalini Singh. Damn, Angela Dawe is just so good narrating these."









"No contest. I read a lot of good ones, but I adored this one so much!!! Narration was great and the story was fun. Best of the series methinks."







Best Movie of the Month:

Carole - Fatherhood
"I have to give it to Fatherhood....I felt ALL the emotions and Kevin Hart was fantastic."









Blodeuedd - Fatherhood & Awake
"Best movie can go to Awake and Fatherhood 🙂"




 

Best TV show of the Month:


Blodeuedd - Katla (Season 1)
"I binged on Katla on netflix. Freaky"








"Finished Mom finally and I cried. I want more seasons. This was too good! I love the cast!"











Best Cover of the Month:


Carole - "This book really took June by storm! I want that dressssss"













Blodeuedd - " Pretty!"











And also an update from Carole's and mine Bingo Challenge. I do have Bingo, finally! But I want to catch them all, but it has been over a month since I had something







Saturday, 3 July 2021

Audiobook Challenge Check-in


I am doing a mid year check in and I landed on a nice round number. I have listened to 40 audiobooks so far :D And at the moment I can't remember what I am striving for. But that new level at 75+ looks very nice so that would be cool :=)


  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multitasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+
  • Over-Achiever (Power Listener) 75+ << New Level for 2021!
  • The 100 Club (Audiobook Elite) 100+

Last guard by Nalini Singh


Scandal in spring by Lisa Kleypas


Devil in winter Lisa Kleypas


Unravel the dusk by Elizabeth Lim


just last night by Mhairi McFarlane


The wolf and the woodsman by Ava Reid


Hang the moon by Ava Bellefleur


Where the rhythm takes you by Sarah Dass


Glitter gets everywhere by Yvette Clark


how to find a princess by Alyssa Cole


In search of us by Ava Dellaira


Spin the dawn by Elizabeth Lim


A cowboy kind of love by Donna Grant


A wicked bargain with the duke by Megan Frampton


It happened one autumn by Lisa Kleypas


Her first desire by Cathy Maxwell'


Scoundrel of my heart by Lorraine Heath


Love of a cowboy by Jennifer Ryan


Secrets of a summer night by Lisa Kleypas


The bone maker by Sarah beth durst


Tech me by Olivia Dade


The bachelor cowboy by Jessica Clare


Kisses and scandal by Shana Galen


Flirting with forever by Cara Bastone


The girl from the channel islands by Jenny lecoat


The highlanders excellent adventure by Shana Galen


Hit me with your best scot by Suzanne Enoch


vacation hell by Eva Langlais


The dream guy next door by Lauren Blakley


One fine fae by Molly Harper



Girl on line by Faith Gardner


Hells revenge by Eva Langlais


Love in the afternoon by Lisa Kleypas


Snowballs in hell by Eve Langlais


Lucifers daughter by Eve Langlais


The valet who loved me by Valerie Bowman


The heiress gets a duke by Harper st george


Married by morning by Lisa Kleypas


How to catch a queen by Alyssa Cole


Duke looks like a groomsman by Valerie Bowman


Friday, 2 July 2021

Skumtimmen by Johan Theorin (Echoes from the dead)

In English: Echoes from the dead


Series: The Öland Quartet (#1)


407 pages, Paperback


Published: January 1, 2008 by Månpocket


Crime thriller mystery






I can't remember the last time I read a book in Swedish, it was weird. But I would never read a translation when I can read the real thing so off I went.




Was it awesome? No, but it had me so curious that I had to read more.  So yes a good book for sure.




It is a about a missing child, and decades later there is a shoe in the mail. Whaaat? Who sent it? The grandfather, in his old age, tries to investigate. The mother comes and what I liked here is that her story was more about letting go and not holding her grief as a way to shut away the world.




A body that was never found. A story about someone sinister who used to live nearby. What happened?




Oh it had me guessing until the end. I do like that. So for that I quite enjoyed it




Can you ever come to terms with a missing child?' Julia Davidsson has not. Her five-year-old son disappeared twenty years previously on the Swedish island of Oland. No trace of him has ever been found.




Until his shoe arrives in the post. It has been sent to Julia's father, a retired sea-captain still living on the island. Soon he and Julia are piecing together fragments of the past: fragments that point inexorably to a local man called Nils Kant, known to delight in the pain of others. But Nils Kant died during the 1960s. So who is the stranger seen wandering across the fields as darkness falls?




It soon becomes clear that someone wants to stop Julia's search for the truth. And that he's much, much closer than she thinks…


Thursday, 1 July 2021

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

498 pages, paperback


First published November 13, 2018 by Orbit


Series: The books of Ambha #2


YA fantasy





I liked that it was inspired by India (though I did feel that the map that was exactly India was a bit too much.)




Mehr is a noblewoman, but also illegitimate and from a people that is being hunted down. She is just normal, but will learn her strengths.




I liked the magic. Her people can form the world through dances. There are sleeping gods, and Daivas.




And then there are the bad guys, the mystics, the Maha and the emperor. And they get their claws into her because of her magic.




The romance for me felt a bit lacking. She is thrown together with someone, and I guess they fell in love? I have no idea because there was no romance, or love. There was a budding friendship, fear and some respect. But yes no romance. I can't see them staying together. I also wanted a bit more from the world




What I did like about this one is that it ended! yes there is a book 2 but that is about her sister and I assume it takes place many years after this one.




I do want to read more, the world is turning dark and I want to see what happens






Empire of Sand is Tasha Suri’s captivating, Mughal India-inspired debut fantasy.



The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited.




When Mehr’s power comes to the attention of the Emperor’s most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda. Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance…



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