Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Audio review. Deadly Abyss


Narrated by: Carly Robins


Series: Mist and Mirrors, Book 3


Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins


Release date: 07-26-22


Publisher: Tantor Audio


Fantasy romance / to review





This is the final part of the trilogy, and it had me worried that there would be no conclusion. But when   then end grew close all pieces came together.




Agoth, well previous books sure threw me for a spin. Agoth/Belle, yes it does get confusing, and these truly has to be read in order. There are some real twists and turns.




The world is being engulfed by the mist. There are dark things in the mist. One kingdom holds on, but that kingdom is pretty messed up as we found out in the last book.




As for Agoth, she went into the mist and sees that the "monsters" are not monsters after all.




I enjoyed the series.  It was fantasy, action, romance, and some hot times.




Good narration. I have enjoyed listening to this series by her and she does a great job






The stunning conclusion to Mist and Mirrors featuring betrayal and discovery on the journey to triumph.




Entering the Abyss with its tainted mist is terrifying but there is no other choice. The Valley is in danger and the only hope lies in the hands of the enemy. But are Zanir and his people the real problem? A great crime was committed and the repercussions are finally coming to a head.




As the past continues to reveal itself, the one known as the orphan of the night wonders who she is. What is she capable of? If prophecy can be believed, the fate of the world rests on her. Failure isn't an option. Now if only she knew who to trust.




She'll travel deep into the deadly Abyss seeking answers. She'll find more than she ever expected. But will it be enough?


Tuesday, 9 August 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.





8/9/2022 Do you read middle grade books? Why or why not?



When a fun looking audio comes up then yes then I might accept. Mostly it seems to be fantasy cos those are cute. MG fantasy also tends to be less angsty and you name it.



But I do not go looking. Still I hope when my kid grows older maybe we could read some together, or out loud. That sounds fun








8/16/2022 What do your family and friends think of your blogging?


8/23/2022 Does length of series matter for you when you are picking out books to read? 


8/30/2022 Which books are you looking forward to reading this fall? (Sept-Nov)


9/6/2022 Tell us about your library (photos welcomed) 


9/13/2022 Do you ever read out of your comfort zone? And if yes, does it work for you?


9/20/2022 For audiobook listeners: what hobby do you enjoy while listening?


9/27/2022 Do you follow your favourite authors on social media? Do you interact with them?





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Monday, 8 August 2022

Carole's Monday: The book of accidents

 



Author: Chuck Wendig
Title: The Book of Accidents
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, SCI-FI, Thriller
Format: ebook
Pages: 528
Published: July 20th 2021
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Amazon)

Summary: 
Long ago, Nathan lived in a house in the country with his abusive father—and has never told his family what happened there.

Long ago, Maddie was a little girl making dolls in her bedroom when she saw something she shouldn’t have—and is trying to remember that lost trauma by making haunting sculptures.

Long ago, something sinister, something hungry, walked in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of their hometown in rural Pennsylvania.

Now, Nate and Maddie Graves are married, and they have moved back to their hometown with their son, Oliver.

And now what happened long ago is happening again . . . and it is happening to Oliver. He meets a strange boy who becomes his best friend, a boy with secrets of his own and a taste for dark magic.

This dark magic puts them at the heart of a battle of good versus evil and a fight for the soul of the family—and perhaps for all of the world. But the Graves family has a secret weapon in this battle: their love for one another.

Review:
This is one of our books for book club. Finally getting back to the book club joys now that the wedding is over!!

We follow Nate and his family. Nate had a terrible childhood and was horribly abused by his father. After his father passes, they decide to move into that house in the country. After moving in things seem to get weird. Maddie, his wife, starts having old memories resurface. Nate seems to be haunted by his father. And then there is Oliver, the son, who makes some normal friends but there is one older boy that is...off. There is something sinister in the tunnels and the mountains. There is also dark magic that will put them at the heart of a battle of good versus evil. They will have to fight for the soul of the family and the world.

I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I thought this would be an a-typical dark book with ghosts or demons or something....boy....I was partially wrong. There is such a deep complexity that starts to unfurl the further along you get. Much like that sinister tunnel. *shudders*

This was creepy and a little bit scary. At some points, I would put the book down and say, "Damn" and then I would try to explain to my hubby what was going on. There were so many twists and turns...I literally had zero ideas what was going to happen next. 

I will say there is a trigger warning to go along with this. This does talk about abuse quite a bit. Nate had been horribly abused and so was another character(s). There is also a serial killer we run into. Along with some other dark things. I can't spoil it. But yes, there is a touch of gore but not TOO much where it took away from the plot. 

I won't explain it...but I will say that I ended up feeling a little bad for Jake. I get why he was the way he was.

Loved Fig! 

Loved Nate, Maddie, and Oliver. I just wanted them to have the best life. They really deserved it. That poor family. 

Okay. Now...the ending? I have a love-hate with. I cheered about one scene at the very end. But then it was over. I hoping for something for someone, but it didn't come to be and then I felt myself get really, really sad. Sobs!!!! Again...trying not to spoil anything. But yes. It was a cool ending scene, but then it was over and I felt sad. I even waited a whole day before writing this review to see how I ended up feeling. I wanted more. I wanted something for someone and I don't think it'll happen. Unless we get some sort of sequel? However, a sequel would ruin things I think. I loved how everything else ended but one character deserved more.  

Overall, this was a kickass book. It was dark and creepy, but there was a sprinkle of hope throughout. You can't help but root for this family! They really deserve the sun and more. The ending left me...with complicated emotions. Hate and love and all of it in between.  I highly recommend this book to those looking for a thriller with some paranormal/SCI-FI twists and turns. Oof. A rating? Mmmmm......I've been contemplating for over a day about what I want to rate this.....mmmm.....4 stars. I would give it a 5, BUT I am still very conflicted on my feelings for the ending. 





Friday, 5 August 2022

Audio review: For Butter or worse

Narrated by: Mela Lee


Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins


Release date: 07-26-22


Publisher: Harlequin Audio


Contemporary romance /to review






Enemies to lovers. They are hosts for a popular cooking show and sparks fly, but all the wrong sparks.  Leo gets all the love, Nina gets all the distaste as she is the tough one.




There was some real drama and trauma in this one. Leo has issues when he feels the whole world rest on his shoulders. Nina has issues because of internet hate and trolls, and Leo does not make it better. He does make a real asshat move.




To save their images they fake date, pr stunt. And he learns she is more than the fancy chef, and she learns he is more than the pretty face. But those underlying issues does come bubbling up and threaten to destroy everything.




I liked it, it was funny, cute, and it did have a real impact in showing how their psychological scars can be overwhelming.




I think this was my first time listening to this narrator, but I enjoyed her voice and I felt she did the characters justice.






Chef Nina Lyon dreams of cooking her way to culinary stardom and becoming a household name. She thought hosting The Next Cooking Champ! was her golden ticket, but she and her cohost/arch-nemesis, Leo O'Donnell, go together like water and oil, and he undercuts her at every turn.




So when Nina unexpectedly quits the show - on live TV, no less - to focus on her restaurant, she doesn't anticipate the he-devil himself showing up at her door begging her to come back. Nor does she expect the paparazzi to catch them in what looks like a passionate kiss, but is actually Leo tripping into her. When the fans go crazy over Nina and Leo's "secret romance", keeping the ruse going might be the only way to save both their careers. That is, if they don't kill each other first....




Thursday, 4 August 2022

Audio review: Storm Echo

Narrated by: Angela Dawe


Series: The Psy-Changeling Trinity Series, Book 6


Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins


Release date: 08-09-22


Publisher: Tantor Audio


Paranormal romance / to review





You know what, I will give this the best rating there is cos I devoured it in a day! I listened all the long. I did not stop, I could not stop.




The book gave all the feels. I loved Ivan, cold, merciless, psycho hiding in his brain. But then he meets Soleil, and his soul seems to come alive.




Soleil is a ray of sunshine. A changeling healer that sees past his cold exterior. She was so kind and sweet and together they made so much sense.



But then they loose each other. And the next time she is sadder and traumatized. And the psy network is falling apart. People are dying. And Ivan is thinking about the thing in his head.




Action, romance, two broken people that will help each other heal. And all the feels! I did not want to stop listening to this story. So amazing. You have to listen to this!




And of course, excellent and wonderful narration by Angela. She pulled out all the stops as always. So much emotion and feeling. I was there with them. The perfect voice for the series. A must listen to.





Silence has fallen. The Psy are free to feel emotion. Free to love. But Silence was never a prison for Ivan Mercant. The biggest threat to his future lies dormant in his brain—a psychic monster that wants only to feed. And now, the brutal leash he’s kept on that monster is slipping. He prepared for this day, for the end of Ivan Mercant . . . but that was before he met Lei.




As primal as she is human, this wild changeling brings color into his life, laughter to his soul. Then the dream shatters in a rain of blood, in silent bodies in the snow. Lei is gone. Vanished without a trace . . . until he meets strangely familiar eyes across a busy San Francisco street.




Soleil Bijoux Garcia is a healer who has lost everything. She exists in a world of desolate aloneness . . . till the day she finds herself face-to-face with a lethal stranger. The animal who is her other half knows this man, but her memories are tattered fragments. Sorrow and a need for vengeance are all that drive her. Her mission? To kill the alpha of the DarkRiver leopard pack.




But fate has other plans. Soon, a deadly soldier who believes himself a monster and a broken healer might be all that stand between life and death for the entire Psy race.


Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Best of July








Happy August everyone!




Here are our best for last month!


Best Book of the Month:


"Best book goes to Storm Echo because omg I listened to it in a day!!!!"








"Had a couple goodies...but I decided on this one. Fantastic."









Best Movie of the Month:


"Such a cute movie. Funny and heartwarming!"








Blodeuedd - The Princess (2022)

"By the gods. I expected, well not this bloodbath! Good, but wtf all that gore and blood. LOL!"







Best TV show of the Month:


Blodeuedd -  The Lincoln Lawyer &The Umbrella Academy (season 3)
"I watched The Lincoln Lawyer, liked it more than I thought I would. And of course s3 of Umbrella academy!"










"This show is so good. Creepy...sad...and scary."













Best Cover of the Month:

Blodeuedd's pick.



Carole's pick








Best Book of the Month Honorable Mention:

Blodeuedd: Promise of blood by Brian McClellan
"But I have to mention Promise of blood, a re-read that was still fantastic."





"This was def almost number this month. It was a tough race between this and the other. I HAVE to call this one out though. So stinkin' good."






Tuesday, 2 August 2022

TMST

 


 

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8/2/2022 What is/are your favorite post/s from your blog?




I....have no idea!? I can't say anything makes me go YES more then anything else







8/9/2022 Do you read middle grade books? Why or why not?


8/16/2022 What do your family and friends think of your blogging?


8/23/2022 Does length of series matter for you when you are picking out books to read? 


8/30/2022 Which books are you looking forward to reading this fall? (Sept-Nov)


9/6/2022 Tell us about your library (photos welcomed) 


9/13/2022 Do you ever read out of your comfort zone? And if yes, does it work for you?


9/20/2022 For audiobook listeners: what hobby do you enjoy while listening?


9/27/2022 Do you follow your favourite authors on social media? Do you interact with them?





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Monday, 1 August 2022

Movie Discussion: Persuasion

 






This month we decided to review the new 'Persuasion'. 


I am in blue and Carole in purple.



Title:  Persuasion 
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Released: 2022
Rating: PG


Eight years after Anne Elliot was persuaded not to marry a dashing man of humble origins, they meet again. Will she seize her second chance at true love?

Click here for the trailer


DISCUSSION:

Someone called it Austen for GenZ, and yes I can see that. I liked it, but it was also super cringe.



Agreed. They for sure added some modern terms and simplified some of the scenes. I liked it, but it was so cringy whenever she spoke directly to the camera and overexplained her feelings. Just act and show us. No need to tell us. 



When she called him her ex, like wtf woman? Or when she spoke of cappuccinos not yet invented. Or when she talked about her hentai dream to a duchess or whatever she was. Like OMG were you raised in a freaking barn?!



Oh! And when she awkwardly bragged about Mary’s hubby wanted to marry her first. I wouldn’t do well in society….but even I know that shouldn’t EVER be brought up in front of guests. 



So embarrassing, I totally get why her father and sister did not like her. Which is wrong! We are supposed to root for Anne, but srsly, she was a looser. Cringy and ugh Anne, just no.



Anne is supposed to be sophisticated and smart and clever. Kinda sad, but sweet. There were times when she was all those things. But then those out-of-character awkward moments. Like I thought it was sweet and funny when she had the jam on her face when playing with the kids. That wasn’t cringy. But the other moments? That is NOT Anne. Sure, I still liked her by the end but dang…I would be embarrassed to have her around. I would tell her flat out, “Please be normal. Don’t be embarrassing tonight.” lol



 Yes! And walking around with that wine bottle all the time, damn Anne, you are an alcoholic. You can be sad, but if she has been drinking for 7 years then she needs help. She is the embarrassing aunt who should not be invited to things.



Maybe she was drunk during those moments? But no one really thought to be like “Hey girl…I get you’re sad you and Wentworth broke up 7-8 years ago now….put the bottle down.” She has a problem and I don’t think that should be the message sent to Gen Z and younger. I wouldn’t play this version in HS.



Like when she just pulled down her dress to pee in the woods, girl, check behind the dang tree. She was not the Anne I love. How Wentworth still loved he is beyond me.



Not sure if they were trying to make her more relatable? Or just adding humor? But none of the other characters were that off track of their normal behaviors so it was just awkwardly done. I might’ve been more okay with it if she didn’t talk to the camera. Like…is she insane? Who is she talking to?



You can make it fun without making it like this. Dunno about you, but I loved Mary! Mary was horrible, but had the best lines. Pathetic and perfect, without being a loser like Anne.



OMG Mary had me laughing. Like her line about how she is an empath. LOLLLL Girl, you are delusional. Or the one when with Louisa and how she stills wants to be invited even though she doesn’t like walking. She was fun. Anne is supposed to be serious and sweet. The humor comes from her siblings and dad and even Mr. Elliot. They are supposed to be comic relief. 




They were great and like they are supposed to be. But what can one expect from this really, I mean Anne sits in her nightdress when Wenthworth comes in and they worry about the jam. And did one of the sisters dance with a footman? It was not the times, not even pretending to be. So I guess Anne can be a loser alcoholic then. Maybe she can go to rehab



I don’t remember the footman, but I remember Anne being in her PJs. I think the creator/writer/director, threw decorum out the window. Anne and other women at that time would’ve rather been dead then been caught in their nighties. Same with the dudes. But yes, this version of Anne was a bummer. What makes me sadder was that there were times she was the PERFECT Anne. The one we all love. It’s like two different writers did different scenes and didn’t talk about it. LOL



Sad. I liked watching it, but if I had to re-watch I will go with the version that brings all the feels, and with a letter that makes me believe in everlasting love.



Same. That was a classic and a Wentworth that I drool over. Like I said on Facebook…I would’ve loved if the Wentworth and Mr. Elliot switched roles. I think Henry Golding would have been better at brooding and making the heart go. But again…I could be biased because I adore that actor more. LOL. 



And I say no, because Golding was perfect as pretty boy Elliot. As Wenthworth he should be more rugged as he spends all his time on a ship.



I think Golding could’ve pulled off rugged ;) But I will say, I applauded the end and what they did with Mr. Elliot. I also liked that Mr. Elliot wasn’t necessarily “evil” or “bad”. He just wanted the title. 



I liked this Mr Elliot. I can’t say more than that :D Go Mr Elliott. Boo Anne. Oh and I hated the Anne is not pretty in this one, ahem, who are you kidding. If you had say Anne has no manners then I could be onboard lol



Team Mr. Elliot! LOL. Never thought I would type or say those words ;) But right??? Anne was BEAUTIFUL. They should’ve had the older sister play her. She was so plain…like how Anne is supposed to be. This Anne was lovely. 



I thought the same, the older sister was the least pretty of them all.



Agreed. And it wasn’t that she was ugly. Just very plain and in the background. She would’ve been the perfect Anne. 



We do seem to feel the same then, except for who should play Elliot ;) You just want Wentworth to be eye-candy too. Now he was rather boring



Hahahaha I am biased because Golding is my favorite and I’ve liked him in other things. 



Oh god, what if they make other new genz versions?! Like could you see Lizzy going around drinking wine while walking around and just, ugh, now I am scared.



Ughhhhh I hope not. Maybe they just tried to make Anne more interesting because I’m sure GenZ think she is boring because she is so nice. At least some of the other gals from JA have related flaws. Like Lizzy has a big mouth and can be super judgey herself. So maybe they’ll leave those alone. This made me want to rewatch the original Persuasion and even the Bridgerton show. Bridgerton walks the line well. It keeps the tone of the times but has enough sprinkle of modern-ness. This tried too hard to blend the lines. 



Bridgerton is good without going crazy like this. You can still change Anne without making her like this, I would not want to meet her.

And yes I wanna watch Persuasion again!!



I have the DVD. I may make my hubby watch it tonight ;) But like I said, I didn’t HATE this film. It had it’s moments but I was really sad how they did Anne dirty. She and Wentworth are some of my favorite characters of all time. 



I used to love PP the most but when I got older I liked Persuasion more. I would NOT have done that after this version.



Same. And I really wanted a newer version, because PP ALWAYS gets a new version every few years. I was so excited, but I guess I gotta stay with the classic. 



Though…I could still do with a new PP, just do not destroy the spirit of Austen. That lady was witty!



For real. I want all the books to get a new movie, but maybe NOT from this team. Poor Anne. 



Not from this team.

The end?



*shakes head* not this team at all. 

The end!




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