Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Audio: The Henna wars by Adiba Jaigirdar


Narrated by: Priya Ayyar


Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins


Release date: 05-12-20


Publisher: Listening Library


YA fiction


To review






One of my audiobooksync books, and since I was out of books I gave it go.




Set in Ireland, which was refreshing for once. Not that we got that much Ireland in the end, lol.




Nishat is Bengali. Attends a Catholic school. And she is gay. So first there is always racial tension, since there are not many poc students. And then the whole school finds out she likes girls. She also has problems at home because muslims are not gay. This book tackles so much, like when there is a contest at school and she decides to do henna, but her Brazilian-Irish crush also decides to do henna. So then we got cultural appropriation too.




If I have to judge something, then maybe it is handling too much. It all works, it's just, instead of anyone learning or accepting things just happen. Her parents barely speak to her, and suddenly they are cool with it. She accepts that her school is a bit racist and homophobic and that is it. I know that that happens, but no one learns a thing. Not that is her job though. But maybe a focus on 2 out of 3 would have given more time for subjects.




Because now we have Nishat falling for Flavia, and maybe there is romance too ;)




All in all, it was a good book that tackled a lot of difficult subjects. I can't say if I have read a single book set in Bangledesh or with Bengali characters. It's always their western neighbors that you read about




Good narration. She did well with different characters and got tone and age very well.






When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants—as long as she isn’t herself. Because Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, but she also doesn’t want to lose her relationship with her family. And her life only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life.




Flávia is beautiful and charismatic and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat choose to do henna, even though Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture. Amidst sabotage and school stress, their lives get more tangled—but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush on Flávia, and realizes there might be more to her than she realized.


Tuesday, 18 January 2022

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.






1/18/2022

What have been your most fulfilling blogger/author interactions so far?




Author interaction *crickets*, I honestly do not know. I can not say that anything has stood out beyond other ones. Maybe one day I will have that fulfilling one.




Blogger interaction, but that is easy! All my blogger interactions are fulfilling <3






1/25/2022

What do you do when that pesky review makes you work for it?


Monday, 17 January 2022

Carole's Monday review: Changeling by Yasmine Galenorn

 




Author: Yasmine Galenorn
Title: Changeling
(Otherworld / Sisters of the Moon #2)
Genre: Fantasy, UF, Paranormal Romance
Format: ebook
Pages: 304
Published: June 5th 2007
Where I Got It: My shelf (Friend gave me copy)

Summary: 
We're the D'Artigo Sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, we're savvy--and sexy--operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But our mixed-blood heritage short-circuits our talents at all the wrong times. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch whose magic is as unpredictable as the weather. My sister Menolly is a vampire trying to get the hang of being undead. And me? I'm Delilah. When I'm under stress, I transform into a tabby cat--and a series of violent murders is really getting me bent out of shape...





Review:
My friend gave me book 2 a while back. Kept forgetting/running out of time to get started. Finally dusted this off and give it a read!

Camille was book 1 and now we have the next sister named Delilah. These sisters are half-human and half-Faerie. They work for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency and they are good at their jobs except that because of their mixed blood sometimes their talents get short-circuited. Delilah, when she is under stress, transforms into a tabby cat instead of a big cat. When a series of violent murders start happening, they need to get to the bottom of it. 

I adored Delilah. I liked her WAY more than Camille. Not that Camille was a bad egg or anything....I just really liked Delilah. Camille is okay but I get SO annoyed by her. She is so perfect and so hawt and all the men in the world want her. UGH. Annoying. Delilah is much more relatable. Yes, she is a hawtie...but it's not in your face. 

She does have a mini love triangle pop up, but you know one is just lust and the other guy she actually really wants to be with. The Fae do not play by mortal rules though....they usually are not a one-partner-type. Good for them, but UGH I would get annoyed about hoping the men play nice. 

Anyway....the mystery was good. It took me a while to really get into this. Things seemed to drag on and on though. I found myself wanting to skim a couple of times. But once the ball got going, I couldn't stop reading. 

Overall, I did have fun. It was slow sometimes, but I was curious and I liked Delilah a lot. I am interested in book 3 because I want to learn more about Menolly the other sister. I'll give this 3 stars. 





Friday, 14 January 2022

Audio: The highlander's captive by Mary Wine


Narrated by: Timothy Campbell


Series: Highland Rogues, Book 3


Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins


Release date: 01-18-22


Publisher: Tantor Audio


Historical romance


To review







The concept are usually similar, but i still enjoy them all. And this time around the heroine had it easier, cos some of them are sure made to suffer.




Annis had a crappy marriage, now she wants away cos her inlaws suck. But this is Scotland and they like to steal bride so she gets stolen so to say, and then saved (it's complicated). In comes Rolfe, clan leader, and now with Annis under his protection.




I liked that this clan was welcoming, cos all the evil clans in past books, yikes. Instead this one (ok not everyone!), but most were welcoming. She settled in, tried to figure out her next step, and fell for Rolfe.




I liked them, he wanted her, she wanted to change her own fate, and he liked that.




A nice romance, that brings some drama and adventure




I really like this narrator, and by now I have listened to lots of his Scottish romances and they are always good







Annis is a prize. Born of a royal blood line, the fact that she's illegitimate isn't really important. With her mother gone, her kin barter her and send her off to Scotland, where her husband's family is eager to see her produce heirs to their line with impeccable lineage.




Rolfe Munro is sick unto death of the topic of marriage. His marriage is one everyone seems to have an opinion of. So, when his father offers him the chance to escape the Munro stronghold for a bit, Rolfe happily takes the chore! But he knows it's only a brief respite. Duty is the other currency of the Highlands. He's the son of the laird, and he'll have to settle down or risk leaving the clan in a fight when he dies. Still, he's not ready to steal a bride. Even when his fool cousin takes one and needs rescuing. Rolfe isn't going to get involved beyond making sure his cousin survives. That's his plan. And it's a firm one. At least, until he lays eyes on Annis. Rolfe has seen his share of pretty women.




Annis is different. Her allure is something he can't put into words or ignore, it would seem. By the time he escorts them to his cousin's stronghold, all Rolfe is thinking about is how to steal Annis away.


Thursday, 13 January 2022

Audio: Last dragon standing by Rachel Aaron

Narrated by: Vikas Adam


Series: Heartstrikers, Book 5


Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins


Release date: 03-01-18


Publisher: Audible Studios


Urban fantasy


Own





Have you noticed that I did not really have any review books in Decemeber, wink wink




Last time I re-listened I did not have time, I know! So this time around I did them all again!




Alas, this was the end. i am sad to see them go, I loved Julius and the gang. He was the nicest dragon in the universe.




My heart was in my throat a few times too.




Loved it




Best narrator






The Great Seer of the Heartstrikers isn’t the only one whose schemes are nearing completion. The Nameless End is coming, and even the machinations of the world’s most brilliant dragon seer might not be enough to stop it. As the world comes crashing down, it’s up Julius to prove what he’s always known: that seers can be wrong, and Nice Dragons don’t always finish last.


Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Audio. Five daughters out at once by Jayne Bamber



Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman


Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins


Release date: 12-06-21


Publisher: Jayne Bamber


Austen variation


Own







I do like a fun PP variation, and here I soon realised this would be quite different.




Lady Catherine the Burgh was nice! Yes, I know I was shocked. She had suffered losses and now wanted to take the poor Bennett sisters under her protection as they also had suffered losses.




Mr Collins was still an asshat by the way.




But that is not what was different, no, there is to be a houseparty and suddenly a lot of other Austen men shows up. Mr Ferrars, Henry Tilney, Colonel Brandon among others. And even though this was pride and prejudice so manages to mix in Persuasion, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey for some Gothic mystery, and Mansfield Park. Very well done.




Lots of drama, new love interests, a Darcy that is really shy, a Georgiana who is writing a book, and a mystery.




A fun story since I never knew where it would lead me with all these new people in it. But at least one thing is constant. Lizzy will always get her Darcy in the end.




Stevie Zimmerman was a great narrator. Considering the cast of character she did well with different voices. You always knew where you had everyone. She was a really good fit for this book and made it truly enjoyable.







After the untimely death of their parents, Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters are left to make their own way in the world, and the dubious decision to stay at Longbourn until they are forced out leads to chaos and confrontation two years later, when their cousin Mr. Collins comes to claim his inheritance. Hot on his heels is his noble patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, a woman consumed by grief of her own after the loss of her husband and daughter in a terrible fire at her estate, Rosings Park. While her nephew Mr. Darcy is shocked by his aunt’s interest in the five orphaned girls, her niece Georgiana thinks it just the thing to soothe the dowager’s low spirits. Moved by the bonds of sorrow and a shared contempt of Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine offers the Bennet sisters her protection and assistance in society – and what better way to help them than to find them all rich husbands?




Much to her chagrin, Lady Catherine is not the only one to meddle in Meryton’s marriage mart – Richard Fitzwilliam joins her, at leisure to make mischief, Charlotte Lucas, now an heiress in her own right, has a secret of her own, and Georgiana Darcy finds herself inspired to write a novel that will document – and change – the lives of her new friends.




Tensions rise between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy as they both bristle at Lady Catherine’s plans – for very different reasons. Misapprehension and misunderstandings abound and plans go awry as the great lady rents Netherfield Park and hosts a horde of single gentlemen in possession of good fortunes, who must be in want of wives. Will the Bennet sisters find love and happiness? What other Austen heroes and rakes might appear in the once dull village of Meryton? Will Darcy and Lizzy overcome the obstacles of their own making?


Tuesday, 11 January 2022

TMST. Resolutions

 


 

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.





1/11/2022 Resolutions/words of the year - do you do them? What are they for 2022?


Nope, I mean I am sure I have thought of something some years, and then forgotten it the next day. So that would be a no.



Just trying to make to through another year






1/18/2022

What have been your most fulfilling blogger/author interactions so far?

1/25/2022

What do you do when that pesky review makes you work for it?


Monday, 10 January 2022

Carole reviews Harry Potter 20th Anniversary



Film Title:
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary- Return to Hogwarts
Length:   1h 42m
Released: 2022
Genre:  TV special, Documentary
Rating: PG
Where I Got It: HBO Max

SUMMARY:
Cast members from all "Harry Potter" films reunite in a retrospective special to celebrate the anniversary of the first film, including interviews and cast conversations

REVIEW:
I wasn't planning on reviewing this. But I also planned on watching it LIVE, but didn't. Breaking all the rules, eh? 

The cast of the Harry Potter movies are back to chat and go behind-the-scenes. A reunion of sorts. 

I am so glad I didn't watch this live. From what I read on Twitter and other sources I guess there had been a couple oopsies. Like putting the wrong name on the wrong person. Yikes!!!

The producers when back and made the fixes before it was placed on HBO max for us non-livers who wanted to watch. I'm glad they made the fixes, but just WOW. They should've double-checked their work FOR sure. 

This really did bring the feels. It was awesome learning about some behind-the-scenes stories and seeing some clips that didn't make it into the films. It was fun learning about personal relationships between the cast. I also loved seeing them talk and just remember the good and the bad times. Like Rupert asked Emma why she thought about leaving the HP films. He had never asked in the past, so he thought to ask then.

I do wish, though, that we had a scene at least where everyone that could sat together at a table and had dinner. I get with COVID, I'm sure some of the actors probably didn't feel comfy, but I would've loved it. We mainly had maybe 2 or 3 together at most. Some solo interviews too. I thought it woulda been nice to see them all around the table like the Wesleys enjoying each other's company and some HP inspired food. Or something. 

Overall, this was a very sweet and fun documentary. I loved seeing all these familiar faces. I grew up next to these guys! It was nice to learn more about the people who played our beloved characters. 

I for sure recommend this. I'll give it 4 stars. 





Friday, 7 January 2022

The Free Bastards by Jonathan French


Series: The Lot Lands (#3)


Format: 539 pages, Paperback


Published: September 23, 2021 by Orbit


Fantasy


Own





I do not have a lot to say. Book 1 was amazing, book 2 was good, but yeah not great. And this one, I could not connect, I could not care, honestly I could not get into the world at all. And no idea why?!




So stuff happens, blah blah. war is coming, and it ended.




I was disappointed, and no idea why it did not work





The Hisparthan armies on the horizon are mighty, bolstered by divine champions, dread sorcerers, and gunpowder. It’s almost more than the half-orc rebellion can hope to repel. But Oats has won impossible fights before. He’s a thriceblood, after all, more orc than man. And he hasn’t forgotten how to kill. He’ll stack the bodies high for his chief and his brethren, if that’s the price of freeing the Lots from human tyranny.




Besides, the invading forces are getting a damned sight more than they bargained for. They’re not facing a handful of half-orc hoofs, but a true army—one forged from all the peoples of the Lots. At its head are Fetching, in full command of the ruinous power that runs through her veins, and Jackal, armed with the blessings of a dead god.




Yet Oats can’t help but find his faith wavering. Once the strongest Bastard, he soon realizes that in this battle, even the strength of a thriceblood is easily conquered. And after a grievous loss strikes, he begins to fear that this war will lead the Lots not to freedom but to ruin.




So when another path to peace beckons, he has no choice but to walk it. Even if it means betting the Lots’ fate, and his own, on the promises of the Bastards’ wiliest adversary—and making a perilous journey into the heart of Hispartha itself.




Thursday, 6 January 2022

Audio: A dragon of a different color by Rachel Aaron


Narrated by: Vikas Adam


Series: Heartstrikers, Book 4


Length: 21 hrs and 25 mins


Release date: 09-12-17


Publisher: Audible Studios


Urban fantasy


Own





3rd time listening!



Book 4 done.



Amzing as always, how could it not be!?




Though I did get another book to listen to so book 5 must wait, but do not worry book 5! I will get to you too.




Recommened.




What are you waiting for?!?!?!?!?!?






To save his family from his tyrannical mother, Julius had to step on a lot of tails. That doesn't win a nice dragon many friends, but just when he thinks he's starting to make progress, a new threat arrives. Turns out, things can get worse. Heartstriker hasn't begun to pay for its secrets, and the dragons of China are here to collect. When the Golden Emperor demands his surrender, Julius will have to choose between loyalty to the sister who's always watched over him and preserving the clan he gave everything to protect.




Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Audio: Lying Mirror by Eve Langlais

Narrated by: Carly Robins


Series: Mist and Mirrors, Book 2


Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins


Release date: 01-04-22


Publisher: Tantor Audio


Fantasy


To review





This is really good, but I do confess confusing at times too. See, Agatha has some years uncounted for so as she is trying to figure it out, I am also trying to figure out how it all comes together. Not to mention that is is not Agatha either. Oh yes, quite the ride.




Agathe lives in a world that is getting overun by the mist, and in the mist there are monsters. But this books shows that who are the monsters really? And whose fault is everything? Everything is not as it seems to be.




With her she has her fellow sisters in arms, and Meric, her lover.




Though one thing that I guessed back in book 1 showed to be true. I can't say I am glad to say I was right. It was quite the shock.




It is such a fun book. Adventure, danger, some love, betrayal and monsters. I am really looking forward to the conclusion.




Great narration. She did a good job with keeping the book alive and making all characters pop






Despite her best efforts, Agathe didn't kill the King, but she did escape with something even more valuable. Stealing back her magic was a good start. Now, she must find a way to save the Kingdom from the rising mist and the threats within. The spells that used to protect are fading fast with deadly consequences.



After more than a century of peace, the monsters have returned to attack the towns and villages, but they're not the only danger. A sickness in the mist mutates everything it touches-except for Agathe. She's special. If only she knew how to use that to her advantage.Who can she ask for help? Who should she believe?



Maric, the King's most valued soldier-and her lover-wants her to return to the Citadel and join forces with the monarch who stole her magic once before. Then there's Zanir, a smooth-tongued liar who taunts her via a mirror. He promises her answers. Demands that she come to him so he can show her the truth. The fact is, both men want to use her, and the wrong choice might mean the end of Agathe-and the Kingdom.


Tuesday, 4 January 2022

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.




What are your blogging goals for the new year?




NO STRESS!!!!!



ENJOY :D



C'est la vie





1/11/2022 Resolutions/words of the year - do you do them? What are they for 2022?

1/18/2022 What have been your most fulfilling blogger/author interactions so far?

1/25/2022 What do you do when that pesky review makes you work for it?


Monday, 3 January 2022

Carole's and Blodeuedd's Best of the year Awards

 



Welcome to the BC Awards!!! Blodeuedd and Carole will be presenting awards to their favorites of 2021! 



Best Movie:


Blodeuedd's pick......DUNE


"Best movie of the year is Dune! Omg amazing and beautiful."




Carole's pick.......Fatherhood (2021)



"This has everything. Humor, tears, and joy. A must-watch."

Best Show:

Carole's pick.....Bridgerton (Season 1)

















"This wins! I had a lot of shows I fell for this year, but this one takes the cake."




Blodeuedd's pick.....Shadow and Bone (Season 1)



"Who cares about whatever her name was, I can not even remember cos Ben Barnes people, Ben Barnes! OMG"



Best Book Cover:

Blodeuedd's pick.....Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim






























"Prettiest cover!"






"Had a lot of goodies....but this is the most stunning methinks."




Best Book:
Blodeuedd's pick...........
Circe by Madeline Miller



"Best book of the year goes to Circe by Madeline Miller. I thought I knew Circe, I did not"




Carole's pick........Paris in Ruins by M.K. Tod









"This was a captivating story. It for sure is worth the read!"



Best Re-Read: 

Carole's pick......Persuasion by Jane Austen



"My favorite Austen forever. I loved the audio version just as much! This performance was fantastic!"







"Oops, I am doing it again, but I am re-listening to Heartstrikers by Rachel Aaron, and if I have to choose the best audio I have to go with Vikas Adam!"





And that is the end of the BC Awards. I am excited to see what 2022 has in store for us!!





Saturday, 1 January 2022

Romance Reading Challenge and last's year's Bingo

 



Hosted by: Blodeuedd @ Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
           Jen @ That's What I'm Talking About
                                                                             Carole @ Carole Rae's Random Ramblings



We are hosting another Romance challenge! Instead of the "bingo sheet" from the past. We are shaking it up a bit. The challenge is to read a book and check all the boxes! 
 

Rules:

– It HAS to be a romance novel (HFN/HEA). 

– One box per book (if your book meets a couple of these, you have to pick just one)

– No changing the box. Once you put a book in a box, you can’t move it.

– Books can be used in other challenges (examples: Goodreads, Library Love, TBR, Audiobook, etc.)

– Gotta try to check all the boxes!

– Starts 1/1/2022 and ends 12/31/2022

– Join whenever.







- We have an excel sheet that we 3 use so everyone is free to join to make it easier


ps. Do not try to make it easy and check those books months after reading a book. Nope check one at once. No cheating ;)

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
So how did I do last year?


We realised Bingo is easy to we decided to try and get all but alas. How did i not read a Single Earl book?!?! No rakes either, or sci.fi, or library book, or other holiday. Next year I will get them all mowuahahahahahahaha




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