Wednesday 29 May 2024

Audio: Dreadful by Caitlin Rozakis


By: Caitlin Rozakis


Narrated by: Keval Shah


Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins


Release date: 05-28-24 by Tantor Audio


Fantasy / to review





Another fantasy book that I do not quite know what to make of. Delightful, funny, dreadful. A really great book.




A man wakes up, dang! Worst place to be, some evil wizard lair. Double damn, he is the evil wizard. Ok, yes, I love that concept. Absolutely love it. So Gav is trying to get the feel of things. But people are trying to kill him, he is involved in an evil plan, there is a princess in a cell, and goblins running around. Also Gav is not keen on this whole "evil" concept.




Oh Gav, I mean I loved him. He was all, nope, evil sounds shitty, I want to try something else. Is he doing well? Absolutely not.




And the castle is a mess. The village outside is a mess. And there are plans, and knights running around. A hilarious tale




Great narration. From evil wizards, to townsfolk to goblins. He does it well and he kept me entertained.





A sharp-witted, debut high fantasy farce featuring killer moat squid, toxic masculinity, evil wizards, and a garlic festival-all at once.




It's bad enough waking up in a half-destroyed evil wizard's workshop with no eyebrows, no memories, and no idea how long you have before the Dread Lord Whomever shows up to murder you horribly and then turn your skull into a goblet or something.




It's a lot worse when you realize that Dread Lord Whomever is . . . you.




Gav isn't really sure how he ended up with a castle full of goblins, or why he has a princess locked in a cell. All he can do is play along with his own evil plan in hopes of getting his memories back before he gets himself killed.




But as he realizes that nothing-from the incredibly tasteless cloak adorned with flames to the aforementioned princess-is quite what it seems, Gav must face up to all the things the Dread Lord Gavrax has done. And he'll have to answer the hardest question of all-who does he want to be?




A high fantasy farce featuring killer moat squid, toxic masculinity, an evil wizard convocation, and a garlic festival. All at once. All in all, Dread Lord Gavrax has had better weeks.




Tuesday 28 May 2024

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5/28/2024 Which books are you looking forward to reading this Summer? (Jun-Aug)





Oh you know me. First of all, I have NO clue what is coming when. I still plan to read my own damn TBR. I confess, not a lot has happened there. I have my job cut out for me




6/4/2024 What outdoor activities do you like to do in the spring/summer?

6/11/2024 Have your reading interests changed over time?

6/18/2024 Share some LGBTQ-character books you've recently enjoyed.

6/25/2024 Mid-Year Check-In: What books have you loved so far in 2024?




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Monday 27 May 2024

Carole´s Monday: Booklovers by Emily Henry


Author: Emily Henry
Title: Book Lovers
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
Format: Paperback
Pages: 377
Published: May 3, 2022
Where I Got It: My shelf (Xmas gift)


Summary: 
One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn't see coming...

Nora is a cut-throat literary agent at the top of her game. Her whole life is books.

Charlie is an editor with a gift for creating bestsellers. And he's Nora's work nemesis.

Nora has been through enough break-ups to know she's the woman men date before they find their happy-ever-after. That's why Nora's sister has persuaded her to swap her desk in the city for a month's holiday in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. It's a small town straight out of a romance novel, but instead of meeting sexy lumberjacks, handsome doctors or cute bartenders, Nora keeps bumping into...Charlie.

She's no heroine. He's no hero. So can they take a page out of an entirely different book?


Review:
Got this as a giftie at Xmas and I was waiting for warm weather to read it. Look at that cover! Def a spring/summer book. 

We have two rivals. One is Nora who is a cut-throat literary agent. The other is Charlie who is an editor with a gift for creating bestsellers. The two find themselves in a small town for the summer. Nora is there to get-away with her very pregnant sister. And Charlie is there to help his family. They keep bumping into each other and maybe, just maybe, love will blossom. 

What I love about this book most is that Nora and Charlie are both the archetype characters who are ALWAYS dumped for the local hottie in a small-town. This is the romance for those characters who aren't evil or bad....but city folk who loves the city and their jobs. I simply LOVED this trope. Such a refreshing thing to read. 

Love Nora. Love Charlie. They are perfect for each other, but like lots of stories....it takes a cute small town for them to stop and smell the roses and fall in love. CUTEEEEEEE!

This book took me a while to read. It was like a dry, strong wine. Tasty, but best in small sips. There is a lot at play here and Nora has a LOT of demons to work out before she can get her well-deserved HEA. Charlie also has some stuff to work out as well. I loved watching them go from enemies, to friends, to lovers. It was well-done.

OOOO the banter was great!

That ending had me teary-eyed. And I literally "AWWWWED" so loud that it woke the puppy up from his nap. Whoopsies. 

All-in-all, this was a gem. I really, really enjoyed it. I had to take small baby sips so it took me a while to finish it, but not all books are races. Great characters. Great town. And lots and lots of book references. This is perfect for book-lovers who love love. 5 stars. 


ONE WORD SUMMARY: Refreshing





Challenge(s):
- Romance Reading Challenge #15 (Waterfront on cover)



Saturday 25 May 2024

A Lady´s guide to fortunehunting by Sophie Irwin

By: Sophie Irwin


Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson


Series: A Lady's Guide, Book 1


Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins


Release date: 12-05-22 by Harper Collins


Storytel.fi/historical romance





This one was fun. It was def more Austen then your traditional historical romance. Those usually go meeting-drama- lusty times-drama- lust. While here it was more an Austen adventure, and I really enjoyed that.




Kitty has 3 months and then they are out on the street. She has 4 sisters and as of now, no prospects. She takes matters into her own hands, goes to find a friend of her mother, and launches herself into the pre season. Hunting for a good match. Not too low, not too high. 




Sure she is a pure mercenary, but she does it for the love of her sisters. I can respect that.




But as always, someone is watching and does not want a mercenary into their family. But hey I totally got Lord Radcliff too, he saw her for what she was.




Just a really good time. Fun, cute, some danger, blackmail, good times indeed. I will definitely  be reading more.




Great narration too. At times though some voices blended into each other, but it did not take away from my enjoyment







The season is about to begin—and there’s not a minute to lose…


Kitty Talbot needs a fortune.


Or rather, she needs a husband who has a fortune. This is 1818 after all, and only men have the privilege of seeking their own riches.


With just 12 weeks until Kitty and her sisters are made homeless, launching herself into London society is the only avenue open to her. And Kitty must use every ounce of cunning and ingenuity she possesses to climb the ranks.


The only one to see through her plans is the worldly Lord Radcliffe, and he is determined to thwart her at any cost.


Can Kitty secure a fortune and save her sisters from poverty? There is not a day to lose and no-one—not even a Lord—will stand in her way…


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