Friday, 8 March 2019

The Austen Playbook ( London Celebrities #4) by Lucy Parker





                                         Arc Provided by Carina Press

                                                         Release Date: April 22nd

I love author Lucy Parker's voice! She creates the most lovable characters... some of them are of the cuddly variety, the type I would love to be their friends with; others are more of an acquired taste.
Like... radish, maybe...

First we may want to hit them with a frying pan ;) but we end up loving those 'old' cranky souls. *cough, Richard, cough, Griff*

The Austen Playbook has all of the author successful trademarks: Lively dialogues, witty banter, *seriously people, if you need to trade barbs with someone, you should read these books*, a couple who feels real enough to cheer for, and a bunch of interesting secondary characters, some of them slightly insane... you know? The usual :D
And then there's Sadie... remember her? *Inserts fake smile*
That woman is fucking terrible!

I loved 'seeing the romance' about lively Freddy and *I don't have any sense of humor* Griff. Once again, I had a great time reading about that whole theater drama scenario. Mixed with it we have family drama, siblings dynamics, secrets about to be unveiled, Austen's plays and... Sadie. -___-

GUYS, hell's about to break loose! And you'll love reading about it! ;

p.s- When can I read the next one?

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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao




This is a solid fantasy novel, beautifully written, and with interesting characters.
Xifeng is one of those characters that is not easily forgotten, and I hope to re-read this soon enough; reading it in less than a month will 'probably' improve my reading experience.
The scenario is lush and sometimes brutal. Be warned that there's some gory scenes like decapitations and hearts _yup_ being eaten. One of an animal, so :/
I would say this is more new adult than ya. Although there isn't anything graphic about it.

Romance is not a focus point of the story, which I liked. Until the end, Xifeng keeps herself faithful to her sociopath and later on psychopath self... so that was 'fun'! :D

I only wish that the story had been told in less pages. Towards the end it gets a little tiresome, but I was not in a good place and time when I was reading it, so who knows? Maybe I just need to re-read it in another moment.
So yes, I'm definitely looking forward to reading the follow up.


Damsel by Elana K. Arnold





                                 *A 2018 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book*

DNF at 25%

TW: Graphic animal deaths, Rape (from what I've read from other reviewers, since I didn't want to read it)

I was reading this and feeling as if my hands were full of chalk (you know the feeling?) and the 'sound' of impending doom in this was driving me insane.
This story describes a f*****g nightmare. A long, tedious (the writing style is SO basic), nightmare.
Which was the point, right? Here's how a 'real' 'fairy tale' was actually like in (more) patriarchal times.
But with a story so obviously dark, I think that a little more work in the writing style was actually needed. Urgently.

It was irritating/frustrating in the sense that I could feel that some trickery had been done, and I wanted to find out what it was, but the basic writing style and 'lets keep the reader in the dark plot' really annoyed the hell out of me. And you know what, I'm not going to re-read it, hell NO _ I was pretty much hating it (view spoiler) so, there, I quit.
I'm old and my life is dark enough, thank you very much. And gratuitous animal violence is really not my thing...
I did go and read the last pages, which were probably the best thing in this story. In an incredibly gory _ although deserved _ kind of way.
Don't go into this expecting a typical romance.
Such a pretty cover (even with the bleeding hearts -_-) for such an ugly story.

The Bear and The Nightingale ( Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden





Here's the thing, if it wasn't for the last _ I don't know _ 10% of the story, I would've mostly hated this.
Yes, it is beautifully written, but it has so many boring details, that I was seriously losing my patience with it. And don't even get me started on the religious BS -_- , because we don't have one crazy zealot character, there's actually TWO, with lots and lots of 'air time'. Which explains the length of the book... and my reaction to the characters.

It was draining to read and to care about so many characters, when in reality only Vasya and her interactions with some fantasy characters drew my attention.
So why did I finish it?
lol Because I didn't want to start DNF'ing books so early in the year.

But c'mon the story starts even before Vasya is born!
Why? Who cares about smelly socks and cabbage?
So, yes, it was tedious to watch Vasya grow, and to await this Bear and Nightingale arrival... and let me tell you that they took their own sweet time.
So, why oh why, am I considering _ after all this rant _ reading the second volume?
Well, obviously I'm deranged, but _ and it's a BIG and cute BUT _ there's talking horses!  
Oh and there's also this ice demon dude with issues...
So, yeah, I may give the second one a try... even though religious insanity drives me bollocks.
 


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Tuesday, 1 January 2019

January 2019 Releases

Here's some of the titles that are going to be released this month and that seem interesting enough...

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1) The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1) Slayer (Slayer, #1) A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1)
            Dragon Pearl The Girl King Echo North 
                               Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2) The Severed Moon: A Year-Long Journal of Magic


'Slayer':
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Simon Pulse 
 
'The Girl King':
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Bloomsbury YA
 
'The Gilded Wolves':
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Wednesday Books


'Echo North' -
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Page Street Kids 
 
'Dragon Pearl':
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Rick Riordan Presents
 
'Song Of The Dead':
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Razorbill 
 
'King Of The Scars':
Expected publication: January 29th 2019 by Imprint
 
'The Severed Moon':
Expected publication: January 29th 2019 by Imprint
 
'A Curse So Dark':
Expected publication: January 29th 2019 by Bloomsbury Children's
 

Monday, 19 November 2018

Petit by Hubert




Book provided by Lion Forge through Netgalley

TW: gore, attempted rape, cannibalism

   In a royal family of monstrous ogres, continuous inbreeding has been yielding smaller and smaller children. Petit is the smallest yet. So small his mother did not know she was pregnant with him until she birthed him. Instantly reviled for his human size, the court demands to eat him, so such blight can be erased from the royal family.
   His mother, however, believes Petit will bring about great things, much as their distant ancestor: the Founder, who mated with humans and thus had bigger and bigger children. 

   I absolutely LOVED this! Petit reads as a grotesque fairy tale, certainly not for the faint hearted, but amazing just the same. The monstrous court, violent and stupid, feasting on humans and reveling in their reign of terror, the bizarre architecture of the gigantic palace, the story meandering through the present interspersed with short stories about the great ancestors of the royal family... it was all absolutely delicious! 

   I highly recommend this one, and I can't wait for the second volume!

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Saturday, 17 November 2018

Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval






ARC provided by Lion Forge Comics through Netgalley

   Watersnakes is a beautiful graphic novel. 
   I'd heard of Sandoval before, but I'd never checked his work until now, and I'll be sure to see what else he has to offer. 

   In Watersnakes, Milla is a girl on summer vacation who, on one of her wanderings, meets Agnes and falls in love with her. Her fascination with Agnes' teeth and their role in the story, as independent entities, as warriors, is surrealistically fetishistic but fits into the world of dreams and magic where nothing has to be logic as long as it propels the story forward. Agnes turns out to be a ghost who lingers in this world because an ancient octopus king resides inside her. And with Milla's help, perhaps Agnes' octopus king and his warriors can wage war on their enemies. 

  Watersnakes' plot and artwork really manage to convey a dreamy, somewhat disjointed atmosphere which is what really sells the book. 

   Hope to see more from Sandoval!


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Monday, 12 November 2018

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother by Danielle Teller






So... I haven't written a proper review in so long, that I don't even know if I can do it anymore...

In my case, the thing that mostly draws me to retellings is that magical element. The anything can happen vibe mixed with a dash of serendipity. That is not the case with this story, because it removes every magical/serendipity element and gives its readers a cold hard reality.
A cold harsh reality of people living difficult lives in dangerous and bleak times, especially for women.
That was not what I was expecting, because it ended up being a boring narrative most of the times.
Like I mentioned in one of my updates for this book, this could be called 'Agnes: A Tale of Drudgery'.
There's a lot of 'not going anywhere, and not specifically interesting' details!
Most of those details are right at home in a literary fiction work, but with a retelling? o_O
(...)
So, what kept me reading, you might ask?
 Well, unfortunately for me, it is extremely well written. -_- So, even when I was mumbling to myself, 'please, no more hair descriptions...', I was reading it!
And I think I finished this in less of a week; which for me lately is almost a miracle! Ha!!

                                                         
So, what can you expect from this?
Well imagine if a fairy tale was deconstructed of all of its interesting/magical/loving details and Ella was actually a spoiled brat, you'd pretty much have this. :D
Oh, and all the 'bad things' that the stepmother is rumored to have done to the Cinder girl ?
Yeah, actually they were just misunderstandings. -_-

 And people needing therapy for all the lying they do!!
(...)
But, it is really well written!

Monday, 5 November 2018

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn






TW: SELF-HARM, CHILD ABUSE, RAPE, TORTURE, MURDER

This book is absolutely brutal. Crime books usually are, but they don't usually throw us into the dynamics of such a messed up family as this. 
It was so emotionally trying to read about the things little Amma was doing at such a young age, the things Camille went through at that same age, and Adora's vile parenting. 
The crimes were awful, but being in the midst of that family was suffocating and nightmarish.
I literally can't say much about this book without giving away major plot points, but suffice to say I loved it and highly recommend it to anyone. 


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Thursday, 26 July 2018

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw






This is one of those books that I read ages ago _ okay, it feels like it was a long, long time ago _ and that got me so mad, that I thought 'what the hell, I'm not even going to bother to write a review for it'... unfortunately it seems that I'm still mad about it, so here it goes!

Premise
Great premise, but extremely poor execution with the story entering cliché land with over used and abused plot lines...
Thing is, when the blurb talks about the three sister's witches?
Yeah... no. The author couldn't even be bothered to develop likeable characters who actually liked one another; no, she had to follow the harpy route, in which each sister pretty much hated/ despised or just plain ignored one another.
Highlight for spoilers...They were not witches, just plain stupid.

Then there's the main character who is as interesting as white bread.
The writing started out decent enough, but then definitely takes a swift turn at purple land.
The "romance"...
Ugh, ugh and ugh. :/   #ConsentWhereAreThou

The guy appears out of nowhere, and she just takes him home to the island where she lives _ ALONE _ with her mother. #ThisIsHowPeopleGetsKilled
 
Of course romance ensues _ not really, but (they just start having sex ) because why not, Love of my life. And the whole thing was strange and icky.

Honestly at this point I just wanted to know what had happened to her father, because the rest was so ludicrous that I was getting migraines from constant eye rolling.
The guy had the emotions of a sociopath and she was basically a leech; worst couple ever!

So, yes, this is one book I definitely cannot recommend. 
p.s. The cover is pretty though.

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