Wednesday, 7 December 2022

Audio Review: Dead Things


By: Stephen Blackmoore


Narrated by: Rudy Sanda


Series: Eric Carter, Book 1


Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins


Release date: 10-18-22


Urban fantasy / to review





I do not want to call it dark, just gritty you know. Shitty life, shitty things happening. Poor Eric doesn't have it easy. He is a necromancer. He left his only living family member 15 years ago. And everything is very dark.




His sister is killed and he comes back to LA. A town he left under penalty of death if he comes back.




The hunt is on. Who killed his sister, and are they after him?




It shows to be an interesting world. There is a Aztec Goddess of Death that we meet, and it makes me wonder what else is out there. Except for the ghosts, demon, zombies and what else we meet.




I liked it, it kept a fast pace and stuff was always thrown at the poor guy.




I have listened to this narrator before and he is very good. He really lived into this world and his words. 







Necromancer is such an ugly word, but it's a title Eric Carter is stuck with. He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He’s turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course. When he left L.A. fifteen years ago he thought he’d never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him. But now his sister’s been brutally murdered and Carter wants to find out why.




Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it’s the patron saint of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who’s taken an unusually keen interest in him. Carter’s going to find out who did it and he’s going to make them pay.


As long as they don’t kill him first.


Tuesday, 6 December 2022

TMST

 


 

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12/6/2022 Which character from a book would you like to be friends with and why? 




There are lots of characters I like, but to be friends with..ehhh. No. Like all my UF heroines, hell no, they live so dangersously that I would end up dead or in danger too.



It would probably be someone from a historical romance or contemporary. They tend to live quiet nice lives ;) But who? No idea. Whoever is kind, stands by you, funny and whatever else makes a good friend





12/13/2022 Do you have a favorite quote/s from a book? 

12/20/2022 What are your favorite holiday-centric movies? Do you rewatch them every December?

12/27/2022 What are your favorite books/audiobooks that you read in 2022? 











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Monday, 5 December 2022

Carole´s Monday: Hooked


Author: Emily McIntire
Title: Hooked
Series: Never After #1
Genre: Retellings, Dark, Contemporary Romance, & Fantasy
Format: ebook
Published: September 7, 2021
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon)

Summary: 
A dark and delicious fractured fairy tale reimagining of Peter Pan.

He wants revenge, but he wants her more…

James has always had one agenda: destroy his enemy, Peter Michaels. When Peter’s twenty-year-old daughter Wendy shows up in James’s bar, he sees his way in. Seduce the girl and use her for his revenge. It’s the perfect plan, until things in James’s organization begin to crumble. Suddenly, he has to find the traitor in his midst, and his plan for revenge gets murkier as James starts to see Wendy as more than just a pawn in his game.

Wendy has been cloistered away most of her life by her wealthy cold father, but a spontaneous night out with friends turns into an intense and addictive love affair with the dark and brooding James. As much as she knows James is dangerous, Wendy can’t seem to shake her desire for him. But as their relationship grows more heated and she learns more about the world he moves in, she finds herself unsure if she’s falling for the man known as James or the monster known as Hook.



Review:
This was picked for our book club. Seen it before and it seemed interesting, but never picked it up. 



This is a retelling of the classic 'Peter Pan'. James, aka Hook, has always had one agenda...destroy his enemy Peter Michaels. When Peter's twenty-year-old daughter, Wendy, shows up in his bar...he finally has the perfect plan. Seduce the girl and use her to help unfurl his plan. It goes perfectly until things in James's organization begin to crumble. There is a traitor in his midst. On top of that, his plans for revenge get a little more complex when he starts to see Wendy as more than just a pawn in his game. Wendy has been cloistered away most of her life by her absent father. She is pretty much the mother of her little brother. When she agrees to a spontaneous night with her new friends, she finds herself in an intense and addictive love affair with James. He is dangerous and the world he lives in is dangerous...but she can't stop herself. 



This was certainly intense at times. James isn't messing around with his charms and good looks, plus Wendy is the perfect victim so it wasn't too hard for him to seduce her. She has been emotionally abused and neglected by her father after her mother died. She's been alone and taking care of her little brother for years. 



I felt so bad for Wendy. She was a pawn for her dad and then, for a time, a pawn for James. The girl has a heart of a saint. She was never allowed to stick up for herself. Joining James in his dark world does toughen her up a bit and helps her find her voice. 



And maaaan this version of Hook....dang. He reminded me of the 'Once Upon a Time' version, but darker and more tragic. This James/Hook went through some stuff especially because of his Uncle. He is damaged and angry....as we all would. And then what Peter did? Oof! You can't help but root for Hook here.



There was one twist that angered me. I mean...it was good and surprising...but it made me really, really sad. I can't say because it literally is the big reveal near the end. Sobs!



I will say the resolution of the conflict was....too easy. I wasn't a fan. I feel like it was anti-climatic in a way. And I feel like a certain character wouldn't do what they did and be okay with it at the end of the day. Just didn't sit well with me. 



The epilogue had me "aww"ing the whole time. It was perfect. 

All-in-all, I did like this. It was certainly a dark retelling so be warned! I liked Hook and Wendy was certainly a darling. The ending resolution was too easy and I was bummed with the big reveal/twist because it made me super sad/mad. Other than those couple of things, I liked this. It was fun and steamy. If you like darker romances and retellings....I suggest this one. I'll give it 3 stars. 

 




 

Sunday, 4 December 2022

The seamstress of Sardinia

By: Bianca Pitzorno


Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan


Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins


Release date: 12-06-22


Publisher: Harper Audio


Historical romance / to review




It is the tale of a seamstress in the early 1900s. Life is not easy, her grandmother takes her in and teaches her her trade.




Her work takes her into other lives. Esther who marries a nobleman. The Americana, a journalist, who lives life her own way. A social climbing family who will have their downfall, and more.




It shows life as it was back then in Sardinia. And some really messed up things. Most shocking was the whole thing how a woman could be completely be cast out if she was unlucky. And because she had no home she would be branded a prostitute and sent to a brothel. I mean how many ways of effed up is that? It was not easy being a woman back then and the seamstress will learn that too.




The ending is so bittersweet. I was actually rather upset. But then it turned out well in the absolute end. Still, it does show that life is never eas.




I liked the narration. It fitted well with the era and tone. It flowed so well 





Born into poverty, the seamstress spends her days sewing in the houses of wealthy families. Her work is simple and honest; taught by her nonna, she skilfully prepares nightgowns, undergarments and children’s clothes, leaving the finer work of dressmaking to the ateliers in Paris.




Her story weaves in and out of the lives of the people she works for, whose secrets and scandals she is privy to. Some are kind and generous, others blinded by their desire to climb the social ladder. She dreams of freeing herself from the hardscrabble life she has inherited but can’t help being pulled back in by the love of the people around her.


Thursday, 1 December 2022

Best of November

 





Here are our best for November! Can't believe we are in the final down!!


Best Movie of the Month:

"Best movie. Guardians xmas special. Hilarious!"





Carole - Nadda this month. 
"Really only watched one movie and it was just okay. Too busy reading this month."





Best Book of the Month:

"So flipping good!"







"Best book! Awesome series."



Best TV show of the Month:


Blodeuedd -  What We Do in the Shadows (Season 3)
"What we do in the shadows s3 finally showed up on Disney. Binge!"





"The new season for Bob's Burgers is so funny and so good so far!! Still going strong. Finished the last two seasons of the Musketeers. Had me wanting more, but it had a good ending too."









Best Cover of the Month:

Carole's pick






Blodeuedd's pick












Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Audio: Whiteout

 

By: Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon


Narrated by: Danielle Shemaiah, Nic Stone, Shayna Small, Bahni Turpin, Alaska Jackson, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Kevin R. Free, James Fouhey, Korey Jackson


Series: Blackout, Book 2


Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins


Release date: 11-08-22


Publisher: HarperAudio


YA fiction romance / to review






Usually I do not have this much trouble with many povs, but...yeah something did not click. Maybe it was all the different narrators? Maybe I can keep better concentrated when one person does all the voices. Now there were a lot of narrators and a lot of couples. I think maybe this one would have been better in print for me.




Right, smart girl messes up and now she has to get her girlfriend to forgive her. All her friends come to help. All while Atalanta is experience a snowstorm. People get stuck here and there and we get to see different couples and flashbacks of their stories. I did want more of a connection to the main person, now everyone had their time and for me that did not work as well.




It was good, but it could have been better for me. I just lost the connection






As the city grinds to a halt, twelve teens band together to help a friend pull off the most epic apology of her life. But will they be able to make it happen, in spite of the storm?




No one is prepared for this whiteout. But then, we can’t always prepare for the magical moments that change everything.




From the bestselling, award-winning, all-star authors who brought us Blackout—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon—comes another novel of Black teen love, each relationship within as unique and sparkling as Southern snowflakes.


Tuesday, 29 November 2022

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11/29/2022 Which books are you looking forward to reading this winter? (Dec-Feb)




Oh you know me, I have NO idea what comes out when.




As for books I just want to read and own, well I still have last years's xmas books to read. Omg, I am behind. Also I want to read the ones I get this xmas








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Monday, 28 November 2022

Carole's Monday. All want for Christmas



Author: Michelle Stimpson
Narrator: Eboni Flowers & Reginald James
Title: All I Want for Christmas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Published: December 2, 2021
Where I got It: Audible

Summary: 
When a doctor and nurse with very different views on Christmas are thrown together on a decorating committee and bond over a special patient, they each learn the most important Christmas lesson: all they want for Christmas is each other.

Dr. Allison Hall is staring down the prospect of her first Christmas in a new town and her first without her son, who is spending the holiday with her ex. As the new doc on the block, she's on duty for the Christmas shift and glad of it. When one of her favorite patients lands back in the hospital, and it looks like this might be his last Christmas, she hopes she can help connect him to his estranged daughter.

Dante Price thinks Allison should mind her own business. He's a nurse—and admittedly a bit of a Christmas Scrooge. But when he gets put on a decorating committee with Christmas-loving Dr. Allison, he starts to see the holiday in a new light.

Soon the two are working together to deck the halls with boughs of holly—but can they pull off a Christmas miracle and reunite a father and daughter?


Review:
Tis the season! I couldn't resist this one. That cover....that title....a doctor and a nurse....a scrooge and someone who loves Xmas....see? How can you resist?

Dr. Allison Hall loves Christmas, but she is staring down the prospect of her first Christmas in a new town and being alone. Her son is spending the holiday with her ex and her mom is on vacation. When one of her favorite patients lands back in the hospital, she is saddened because this looks like it might be his last. She hopes she can reconnect him with his estranged daughter. Dante, the nurse, feels like she should mind her own business. He doesn't care for Christmas, but he somehow gets put on the decorating committee with Allison. Soon the two are working together to decorate and create a Christmas miracle. 

So much fun! This has everything a good Xmas love story needs and more. This would be a cute Netflix Xmas movie (hint...hint Netflix gods). 

I do wish this was longer! I want to see them flourish as a couple. It worked good for the length, but I am just greedy and want more time with them. Maybe a sequel?

My only issue was that I did want to understand WHY a certain character changed their mind. I would've liked a conversation. Didn't have to be long, but one can only assume and I don't like assuming.

But yes, quick and sweet. Loved seeing this couple come together. 

The ending was perfect. 

The narrators were fantastic. Both perfect for their characters. 

All-in-all, this was a nice novella to start the Xmas season! It has everything you need. Sweet, thoughtful, and a cute couple. 4 stars.








Challenge(s):
- #53 for Audiobook challenge

Saturday, 26 November 2022

Saturday Movie: Christmas with you

 




This month we decided to review 'Christmas with You'.


I am in green and Carole is in red.



Title:  Christmas with You
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Family
Released: 2022
Rating: PG-13
Site: On Netflix 


Follows a pop star who's got a career burnout and escapes to a small town where she finds not only inspiration but a shot of love.

Click here for the trailer. 






DISCUSSION:
It’s Xmas time people! Woot woot!


It is finally Xmas movie time!


Yesss! This was my first one of the year so far. Can’t wait to watch more! This was a nice movie to start the holiday off. 


When it comes to xmas movies I can forgive fast and easy love, I mean it is xmas. They do not have a lot of time so if they are suddenly in love, good for them ;)


LOL yep! They have like a week before Xmas so they have to fall in love quickly. I like to think it is a Xmas miracle ;) Santa is cupid!


Omg, Santa is Cupid! Who needs V days when you have Santa. Srsly I just read a book with pretty much that premise ;)


That is hilarious!! But yessss who needs V Day???? I loved this whole premise…they were so obviously perfect for each other. And I loved how they came together. She needed a perfect Xmas song…so she found a wholesome family with a music-loving daughter and Dad. 


She found love and found a family at the same time. Perfect, and omg why did she even bother with that ex. Likes are not that important.


Yesss! So perfect! And that grandma was the cherry on top. LOL. And yesss f that ex of hers. TBH she would’ve gotten more followers and etc when they broke up. People love a good scandal. 


Yes that scandal is more juicy than that boring guy. I am glad she found someone better.


For real! I even think the ex was secretly relieved. He didn’t fight for her at all to stay. Let him date that new popular girl. She deserves love. Maybe they would be happier.


He can chase likes, she found real love. Even if I must admit that FP JR was a bit dull at times, just sayin’


Oh for sure. And dating that new up-and-comer girl will give him what he wants. Plus I’m sure she wants likes too. Ugh. Thank you for saying it….I felt bad thinking about it. FP JR was a bit dull, but……he was a boring school teacher. I wish he would’ve done…something? Maybe they needed more passion earlier on or something. Not his finest acting. 



Phew, yes! He was rather dull. I wanted a bit more passion from him. More anything really. But I did like the end, they felt normal and relaxed. But…but bit full yeah


She had the sexy thing going so it would’ve made sense that he could have drooled more over her? IDK…something.



Ok, I think they need to make a bit more spicy xmas movie, lol. Just damn, passion people. Xmas passion.


Yesss maybe add 10 extra minutes to give it more passion and spice!! I didn’t feel the lust or love until near the end. :/


Yes! I do like that they are all cute and such, but I do want to feel smth before the end. Hear that netflix?! Gives us a smexy xmas movie too. Like at least 2 kisses in it.


They had the perfect scene for the first kiss…under all the lights and whatnot…wasted!! Wasted scene!! Kiss and then have her have inspiration. Sighssss. 


I never realised how chaste xmas movies are! =_= Perfect setting for that first kiss. How did they even make that baby in the xmas prince movies? Because people obvi never do anything in these movies


Super chaste! But normally I can feel their connection and love more. I’m sure the smex is boring af, but they love each other! I didn’t feel the love as much as normal here…not until the very end. 


Total boring, but they are happy so that’s good haha. I did like the movie, but slooow connection. I blame the guy


Same here. It was cute and funny and sweet and chaste and music and so cheesy! Yeaaah I’m sure she would’ve made out with him earlier if he made ANY sort of move. He was all “I’m a boring teacher dad”. LOL


Aye, boring teacher dad. Maybe she will bring some spice into his life. Poor guy is in a rut


Maybe we’ll get a sequel? See some more spice and passion? I can see they will have issues in the future. She is still a star and he is still boring. I would watch a sequel.


Hmm, yes, she gets this other big chance…no, he gets a big chance with his old band! And maybe becomes less boring.


Yessss! I am game for a second movie. He deserves to have some joy…he needs to take more risks and not be boring. She needs to slow down. The second movie can be about them finding a happy middle. 


Let’s say cheers to that!'


Hopefully Netflix is listening ;) 


They need to hire us


Yes! We could make them a lot of money and good stuff hahaha. 


So much money, and I might not give FP another chance. Sorry man. Oh he could be the boing guy that gets dumped!


Hahaha. Yes! Maybe marry the neighbor or something. ;) 
Or a bandmate!


We are on fire. Lol. I would honestly love to make a xmas movie


That would be fun!!!!


The end for now?


Yep! The end for now. I gotta clean my kitchen from Turkey Day. Maybe watch another xmas movie while doing that ;)

Thursday, 24 November 2022

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan

 

Series: Powder Mage (#3)


Format: 580 pages, Hardcover


Published: February 10, 2015 by Orbit


Fantasy / Own




Re-read: 


Same feelings as the first time around. I did feel this one was the weakest link. It was still good, but not as amazing as the first two. The war was coming to the end and well I just liked being in the thick of things.





And as it ends as it does, damn, I feel like I should re'read his other series now!






The capital has fallen...

Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing, his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away.




An army divided...

With the Kez still bearing down upon them and without clear leadership, the Adran army has turned against itself. Inspector Adamat is drawn into the very heart of this new mutiny with promises of finding his kidnapped son.




All hope rests with one...

And Taniel Two-shot, hunted by men he once thought his friends, must safeguard the only chance Adro has of getting through this war without being destroyed...


Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Children of Ragnarok by Cinda Williams Chima


Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya


Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins


Release date: 11-08-22


Publisher: HarperAudio


YA Fantasy /to review





Eiric and Liv get in trouble with their stepdad's relatives. But he and they are aholes after all. And now Eiric is charged for murder, and no way out.




Set after Ragnarrok, the gods are dead. Magic is disappearing. Monsters are less seen (I mean that is good and all). And some says they gods might come back. Oh, that I actually want, hey give is that!




I kept wondering this one thing, why is he called Halvorson, when his dad's name is Leif? You get your dad's name, not inherit some older name. That's like only 200 years old. Yes, things like that bug me.




Then there is Reggin, a slave with a weird master. I wonder about that, is this so YA that he will suddenly turn nice, or become a love interest? That would be bad.




Anyway, these all will meet and all Hel will break loose. Because there is still magic in the world, and so much more.




It was long, lots happened. I do not want to say too much. I did hope to hear something about wakening gods, but sadly not. Maybe in the next one.




I did like it, and I wonder what will happen next. Not something good. Things turned out really really bad.




Good narration. Everyone had good voices that I always knew who was where and when





Since Ragnarok—the great war between the gods and the forces of chaos—the human realm of the Midlands has become a desperate and dangerous place, bereft of magic.




Sixteen-year-old Eiric Halvorsen is among the luckier ones—his family has remained prosperous. But he stands to lose everything when he’s wrongly convicted by a rigged jury of murdering his modir and stepfadir. Also at risk is Eiric’s half-systir, Liv, who’s under suspicion for her interest in seidr, or magic. Then a powerful jarl steps in: He will pay the blood price if Eiric will lead a mission to the fabled Temple at the Grove—the rich stronghold of the wyrdspinners, the last practitioners of sorcery.




Spellsinger, musician, and runecaster Reginn Eiklund has spent her life performing at alehouses for the benefit of her master, Asger, a fire demon she is desperate to escape. After one performance that amazes even herself, two wyrdspinners in the audience make Reginn an irresistible offer: return with them to the Temple to be trained in seidr, forever free of Asger.




Eiric’s, Liv’s, and Reginn’s journeys converge in New Jotunheim, a paradise fueled by magic and the site of the Temple. They soon realize that a great evil lurks beneath the dazzling surface and that old betrayals and long-held grudges may fuel another cataclysmic war. It will require every gift and weapon at their command to prevent it.


Tuesday, 22 November 2022

TMST

 


 

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11/22/2022 Tell us about your favorite books as a kid.





So...I should know this right? What do we count as a kid? I remember listening to audiotapes as a kid, and I freaking loved them! Greek mythology, I fell asleep to those and I was not that old. No wonder I like fantasy now. I also read all the mythology books I could when I could read. Other kids read about ponies, I read about Gods




There was also this Norwegian book about a girl in the viking age. And I loved that book. I later found it at a library book sale and had to get it. I should re-read it.






11/29/2022 Which books are you looking forward to reading this winter? (Dec-Feb)











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Monday, 21 November 2022

Carole's Monday: Dangerous Magic by Monica Fairview

 



Author: Monica Fairview
Narrator: Jennifer M. Dixon
Title: Dangerous Magic
Series: Mr. Darcy's Magic #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Retelling, Historical fiction, Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Published: September 28, 2021
Where I got It: Audible 

Summary: 
A sparkling tale of Regency England, a forced marriage, and two magicians who must work together to save the Kingdom.

Elizabeth Bennet is stunned when someone from the Royal Mage Academy comes to her peaceful country home to take her away. She is even more bewildered when she is commanded to marry a powerful gentleman by the name of Fitzwilliam Darcy. She has always dreamed of marrying for love, and an arranged marriage with an arrogant stranger was never part of her plans.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is equally dissatisfied with this match. An obscure young lady from the middle of nowhere is hardly worthy of his position. But Darcy and Elizabeth have no choice in the matter. Uniting their two forms of magic is essential if they are to defeat Napoleon's magicians. They may dislike each other on sight, but Elizabeth and Darcy have to overcome their differences and find common ground before it is too late.

Fortunately, it is not long before the sparks begin to fly between them



Review:
Been itching to check this one out! I've seen a lot of reviews loving it. Magic and Darcy? Okay. Sign me up!

Elizabeth Bennet is stunned and a little mad when someone from the Royal Mage Academy comes to take her away. She is forced to marry a powerful gentleman and be his partner. She has always dreamed of marrying for love. Darcy is equally dissatisfied with this match. She is a nobody from the middle of nowhere and did not get formally trained. She is not worthy of being his equal and partner....and especially taking the title of Mrs Darcy. They may dislike each other but they have to work together for the good of England. 

This was a lot of fun. I loved seeing everything flipped around on them. They are married and have to learn to like each other, see past the flaws, and fall in love. 

I am sad we didn't get to see Jane and Mr Bingley! Maybe book 2 they will finally meet and fall in loveeeee. But yes, I'm really sad! They are such a cute couple and they are both adorable. Hopefully book 2 *fingers crossed*

I also loved seeing Caroline calm down. She was still snooty and rude...but she was actually palatable. I hope she gets a HEA. 

The magic additional was done wonderfully! It was woven in perfectly. It made sense and I hope we learn more soon especially with Elizabeth shaking things up! England is so stuffy and needs to change things up or they will lose against the French. I feel like the Bennets will save England at this rate hahaha. Can't wait to see what happens next. 

Ooooo that twist at the end was good. I knew it had to be something like that...but I couldn't put my finger on it. I guessed the who and the why...but the HOW? Mmmm. 

The narrator was good. Her male voices fit well and they were different enough to work. 

In the end, this was a fun P&P variation. Magic, danger, romance, friendship, and a good twist. I can't wait to dive into book 2. I'll stamp this with 4 stars. 





Challenge(s):
- #51 for Audiobook challenge

Friday, 18 November 2022

The crimson campaign by Brian McClellan

 

Series: Powder Mage (#2)


Format: 596 pages


Published: May 6, 2014 by Orbit


Fantasy/own




I read and loved these years ago. But I borrowed them from the library, and I wanted to own them. So this year I decided to finally do that. I bought them, and I started to re-read




Omg, just as amazing as the first time I read it. Yes this series stood the test of time *ahem, ok a few years, but hey still!* Love it. Go Tamas! Taniel, my man. Just great fantasy.






Tamas's invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies, and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god. In Adro, Inspector Adamat only wants to rescue his wife. To do so he must track down and confront the evil Lord Vetas. He has questions for Vetas concerning his enigmatic master, but the answers might come too quickly. With Tamas and his powder cabal presumed dead, Taniel Two-shot finds himself alongside the god-chef Mihali as the last line of defence against Kresimir's advancing army. Tamas's generals bicker among themselves, the brigades lose ground every day beneath the Kez onslaught, and Kresimir wants the head of the man who shot him in the eye.


Thursday, 17 November 2022

Audio: How to excavate a heart

Narrated by: Hope Newhouse


Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins


Release date: 11-01-22


Publisher: HarperAudio


YA fiction romance to review






 It looked xmassy so I thought it would fit the soon season to be.




Shani is still getting over a bad breakup. She took an internship in DC over the holidays to get away.




And then she meets May. Friendship, feelings, and the start of something new. All while she is trying to come to terms with the feelings of her old relationship.




Not an xmassy book in that sense, since she does not celebrate it. But you know the whole December feeling and with a snowstorm that gives some forced proximity.




I enjoyed the book. Short, easy and with something that will turn out just right.




Good narration with a new to me narrator. She did well with different voices and moods. An easy voice to listen to and one I would listen to again





It all starts when Shani runs into May. Like, literally. With her mom’s Subaru. Attempted vehicular manslaughter was not part of Shani’s plan. She was supposed to be focusing on her monthlong paleoichthyology internship. She was going to spend all her time thinking about dead fish and not at all about how she was unceremoniously dumped days before winter break.




But when a dog-walking gig puts her back in May’s path, the fossils she’s meant to be diligently studying are pushed to the side—along with the breakup.




Then they’re snowed in together on Christmas Eve. As things start to feel more serious, though, Shani’s hurt over her ex-girlfriend’s rejection comes rushing back. Is she ready to try a committed relationship again, or is she okay with this just being a passing winter fling?


Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Until the last of me - Sylvain Neuvel


Series; Take Them to the Stars (#2)


Format; 304 pages, Hardcover


Published March 17, 2022 by Michael Joseph


Scifi/ His fic / library





I was not that keen on book 1, but it was still really compelling and I could not let it go. So I read more.




Mia and her daughter is on the run. Just as all women before them have done for the last 3000 years. Oh and they are all clones of each other. And aliens. And the men hunting them are also the same race that want their people to come there.




Always run. Avoid the psychotic men hunting them. Give knowledge to mankind, oh and find that bloody thing that the hunters are after.




Yes this one was better and now I really want book 3, cos damn...damn! Damn






Over 100 generations, Mia's family has shaped Earth's history to push humanity to the stars, making brutal, wrenching choices along the way. And now Mia finds herself about to help launch the first people into space. She can't take them to the stars, not quite yet. But with her adversary almost upon her, and with the future of the planet at stake it's becoming clearer that obeying the First Rule is no longer an option.  For the first time since her line's first generation, Mia will have to choose to stand her ground, knowing that the overwhelming odds mean that she risks not only her bloodline, but also the future of the human race.


A darkly satirical thriller, as seen through the eyes of the women who sacrifice all to make progress possible and the men who are determined to stop them...


Always run, never fight.

Preserve the knowledge.

Survive at all cost.

Take them to the stars.


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