Saturday, 25 November 2017

Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli

The images didn't load, so I only read the dialogue and it was honestly one of the scariest things I've ever read in my life: this presence haunting the owl... the ending so abrupt and nightmarish... I was spooked!


But when I re-read it with the images it was a pretty cute story.

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Lady into Fox by David Garnett

David Garnett: Picture this, a lady... turns into a fox! Isn't that the wildest thing you've ever read?!

Me: *having read his bio and knowing he was sleeping with a married man, decided to be present at the birth of that man's daughter, jokingly wrote to a friend, "I think of marrying it. When she is 20, I shall be 46 – will it be scandalous?", and later on actually married her*: Not really...

Friday, 10 November 2017

The Brightest Fell (October Daye #11) by Seanan Mcguire

                                                   Arc Provided by Daw through Netgalley

Well this one started out with a bang, but towards the end I was fervently wishing for it to end asap.
I've read all the previous books, probably all the shorts as well, so I'm familiar with this world.

 This means that having the same old things, the same old stories, the same old - character _ quirks thrown at me at infinitum became tiresome. And depressing...
Why is it that when a series starts going downhill, the publisher decides to publish it in hardback?

The author knows how to write and I have been a fan of this series since forever (book #2 excluded), but with this book I felt that the author was more concerned in keeping new _ potential _ readers up to date in Toby's world.
Hope that things will pick up in the next volume, and that Toby will kick some... you know who's ass!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The language of Thorns ( Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic)

Sometimes miracles do happen and I actually enjoy, nay, love a story! In this case a whole bunch of stories. Beautiful written dark stories that turned the author into a must read!

Ayama and The Thorn Wood
The story of the not so pretty daughter and the monster prince...

The Too Clever Fox
You can see where this is going, right?

The Witch of Duva - TW: Incest

This one's the creepiest of them all. Get ready for some chopped limbs and even creepier things.
Ugh, Disgusting bastard, if only all children in danger could be replaced by cookie facsimiles.

Little Knife
Don't underestimate rivers; just saying.

The Soldier Prince
A retelling of the nutcracker; this one I actually liked.

When Water sang Fire
Mermaids, friendship and betrayal: get ready for the gore... also, can I have more?

Definitely recommended!

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The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

The thing with book comparisons is that sometimes you are left wondering if they didn't get the wrong book... like when someone decided to say that the Star Touched Queen was the perfect read for people who loved Calaena, "I am going to kill you all... not"
Look, I am a avid The Star-Touched Queen fan. I loved the writing, the story, the whole Indian mythology; that means that I had sky rock expectations for this story which as you guys can see for the rating, were completely crushed.
I understand that the writer wanted to keep Amrita faithful to her background; as such she sounds very naive and young... well, at certain things, but with the consistency of a mousse, the girl became extremely annoying to "deal" with.
Also, almost right from the start, the author decides to get the girl a romance with her bff, so there can be some cannoodling.

The passage from best friends to best friends with benefits was extremely fast, which made it even more difficult for me to care about those two.
In fact, the whole "romance" felt more new adult than actual YA, something that I found strange.

The writing...well it is readable, but not that great. Not Star Touched Queen great, so if you didn't like STQ's writing, maybe you'll like this one :D

The plot
Evil dictator _ pleonasm much?_ visits Amrita's kingdom with the intention of gaining control of some obscure substance _ honestly, I could have used more info here.
Soon enough, Amrita decides to be a bargain chip between her father's kingdom and evil dude, Sikander (actually an old friend of her father), gifts are exchanged, and Thala appears.
Thala is what made me keep reading, she is a seer and a slave owned by Sikander. Maybe if the story had been all about her, I wouldn't have felt like I had eaten some sour lemons by the end of the story...
As for Amrita, most of the times I just wanted to shake her and tell the girl to start moving!

But with no actual plot, the whole library of fates quest ends up being a faded dream, everything just dwindled to "special ones"characters Amrita of course, guys, because apparently the bff [just wasn't the one... not compared with reincarnation bs, which once again makes romance development unnecessary!
Then there was the time travel thing, that felt... strange, and lacking.
Honestly this was just too much of a mess for me. Another waste of a perfect amazing cover :/
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Out This Month

An Enchantment of Ravens The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic Girls Made of Snow and Glass The Death of All Things

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1) Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1) Archangel's Viper (Guild Hunter, #10) Secrets in Death (In Death, #45)

Odd & True The Brightest Fell (October Daye, #11) Wishtree Quests for Glory (The School for Good and Evil: The Camelot Years #1)

A Skinful of Shadows The Glass Town Game The Dollmaker of Krakow Speak Easy, Speak Love

The Day the Angels Fell The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate #1) The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Starfish 

An Enchantment of Ravens: September 26th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Warcross: Published September 12th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers 
The Language of Thorns : September 26th 2017 by Macmillan
Girls Made of Snow and Glass : September 5th 2017 by Flatiron Books

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