Sunday, 18 March 2018

The Ghost, The Owl by Franco, Sara Richard (Illustrator)




ARC PROVIDED BY NETGALLEY

Three stars exclusively for Sara Richard's illustrations, because the story is underdeveloped and mediocre.

And even Richard's illustrations, though absolutely amazing when depicting the forest animals, were a bit incongruous when it came to the ghost girl, who looked like some kind of manga fanart.

The dialogue was very simplistic and sometimes grammatically unsound, like when the owl refers to something as "more strange" instead of stranger. 

All in all, Richard's art deserved a much better story. 


Monday, 5 March 2018

Releases To Look Forward To



 Tricks for Free (InCryptid, #7) The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday HorrorIce Wolves (Elementals, #1) Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava #1)
 Along the Indigo The Wicked Deep Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars, #0.5) Daughters of the Storm (Blood and Gold, #1)
The Mermaid's DaughterChildren of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)The Astonishing Color of AfterReflection (Twisted Tales, #4)

'Tricks For Free' by Seanan Mcguire (Incryptid #7), pub. by Daw Books, March 6th - genre: urban fantasy
I am normally a fan for everything that Seanan Mcguire writes... tapeworms and zombies excluded, although I still haven't started with the Mira Grant's series. This one? I am way behind it!

'The Wicked Deep' by Shea Ernshaw, pub by Simon Pulse, March 6th - genre: YA Fantasy

'InkMistress (Of Fire and Stars, #0.5)' by Audrey Coulthurst , pub by Blazer+Bray, March 6th

'Children of Blood and Bone' by Tomi Adeyemi, pub. by HHB for Young Readers, March 6th

'The Mermaid's Daughter' by Ann Claycomb, pub. by William Morrow, March 7th

 The Merry Spinsters by Mallory Ortberg; pub by Holt McDougal, 13th March
Genre: Fantasy/Retellings/ Horror
A while back I read Ortberg's book 'Texts From Jane Eyre' and I pretty much loved it; so of course I'm curious about this book. Also, Isn't 'The Merry Spinster' a great title?

'Along the Indigo' by Elsie Chapman, pub. by Amulet Books, 20th March  _genre: Contemporary YA

'The Astonishing Color of After' by Emily X.R. Pan, pub. by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 20th March

'Ice Wolves' by Amy Kaufman; pub. by Harper Collins, 27th March - Genre: Middle Grade

'Aru Shah and The End of Time' by Roshani Chokshi; pub by  by Disney/Rick Riordan Presents, 27th March - Genre: Middle Grade

'Reflection (Twisted Tales #4) by Elizabeth Lim, pub. by Disney Press, 27th March

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks




This is such an odd book to rate...

I honestly love to learn about the plague so I was really excited when I read this book's summary, and to be fair for the first few chapters it was very satisfying, but then it all devolved into ignorance and silliness. And I don't mean from the part of the characters, I mean from the author.

Brooks claims in the afterword to have studied these events extensively, but she shows very little knowledge of the medieval day-to-day reality of 1666. 
It's not as if a quarantined plague village lacks for drama on its own, but Brooks had to bring in more sensationalistic drama, which would be more at home in a Hollywood movie that portrays medieval times as simply dark, ignorant, and hopeless,  refusing to acknowledge the true historical facts of the time period.

I was especially upset at how Brooks brought up witchcraft into a story that didn't need it. I hate it when the wise women of those times are cast as witches or as adhering to satanic beliefs - just leave that kind of thinking to the insane misogynistic ramblings of the clerical women-haters of the time, there's no place for that sort of thing in a book written in modern times.

All in all it was entertaining enough, but Brooks seemed to have more of an intention to shock than to write in an informed way.


Friday, 23 February 2018

Out This Month

Books that I may get to read one of these days... except for Shadowsong, that one's for Isa ;)
Hopefully I'll start the 'Casey Duncan' series by Kelley Armstrong, still this year...
'The Belles' has gotten a whole lot of publicity, so I'm curious about it.

The Belles (The Belles #1)Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, #1)Shadowsong (Wintersong, #2)A Girl Like That

American Panda Hello Stranger (The Ravenels, #4) Tess of the Road This Fallen Prey (Casey Duncan, #3)

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #0.5) Speak: The Graphic Novel
Blood of a Thousand Stars (Empress of a Thousand Skies, #2) By the Book By a Charm and a Curse A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)
Tarnished City (Dark Gifts, #2)The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, #1)When My Heart Joins the ThousandBanished (The Storymakers, #3)
Heart of IronDaughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2)The Prince and the DressmakerThe Great Alone

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare





The Duchess Deal has everything that normally gets on my nerves:
_It has an insane plot (Ema decides to confront a Duke in order to get paid for a dress she made for his ex-fiancée... but here's the thing, she's a seamstress that works for a modiste -_-?
_It has an alpha douchebag, a scarred alpha douchebag with a LOT of emotional baggage
_The story focus solely on a few number of characters with only a few descriptions of the surroundings... unless we're talking about what drapes Ema is planning to destroy...
_Once again _ because it's Tessa Dare _ we have goats; okay I don't mind the goats...
_ Every single person in the book is slightly deranged; in a endearing kind of way, but still deranged.
_ The main characters spend a great number of pages acting like horny rabbits. o_O
Cute, with a great chemistry, horny rabbits... okay, this may have to go in the positives as well...

As for positives, well the banter is pretty good in a passive aggressive/did I mention insane/ hilarious way.
There's a cat. So bonus point for the cat.
(...)
Oh, Ash's sidekick is pretty funny, LOL

Negatives yes, again... oh the drama that lasts a few pages towards the end, but which is so lame. And pointless... and did I mention lame?
But you know what?
Most of the time I did have fun reading it, lol


Grave Witch (Alex Craft #1) by Kalayna Price





DNF at 73%

And it starts...
I really didn't want to start so soon DNFinishing books, but I'm really not into anything in this story, and if I keep this up, it will be 2017 all over again; with me wasting time on books I'm not enjoying.
The worst part about this, is that when I started reading it... I thought I had found another series to follow. The first paragraph is really good:

The first time I encountered Death, I hurled my mother’s medical chart at him.As far as impressions
went, I blew it, but I was five at the time, so he eventually forgave me. Some days I wished he hadn’t— particularly when we crossed paths on the job.


Thing is, when I'm reading an urban fantasy series I need to... you know, understand the world I'm reading, and why things are the way they are... and basically what makes the magic work for the characters?
For instance, Alex Craft taps some reservoir of power in a ring she uses; a ring that needs to be recharged and did I miss that? Did she connect an usb cable to the thing and to a power outlet?
o_O
Because I was left wondering how the hell the thing was charged!
Sorry peeps, but I need to know these things; otherwise my brain just disconnects.
Then the world building...
Eh... so magical beings came out of hiding seventy years ago because humans were start to forgetting about them, and their power was diminishing as a result of that...
Honestly when I read 'that', my first thought was, "what, no blaming tomatoes?" *see Rachel Morgan for answer to that*
Look, I still haven't read all my Rachel Morgan books mainly because some vampire gets on my fucking nerves with her stalking, but Kim Harrison's books are way better than this; they give the reader answers, and everything is perfectly detailed. This, as I have been saying over and over, is not.
Then there's this douche-bag character with long blond hair and Fae origins and I was like, two Trentons? -_- No
Fallon, unlike Trenton, reads as this one dimensional douche-bag, with the respective sports car and a tendency to boss Alex around.
As for Alex, it's like she doesn't know the world she's living in, so she's always making mistakes.
It was frustrating to read about.
As for another character, Death, he reads as a fluffy kitten.
I give up.

 

Artistic License by Elle Pierson





Loved it! 
Another well written and developed story by author Lucy Parker.
I loved the characters, especially the fact that Sophie is an introvert; a courageous introvert that doesn't let that stop her from living her life. At the same time, the author doesn't shies from showing us the particulars of what make us introverts. It was nice to read a story in which love isn't shown as "all healing".
Her relationship with Mick was sweet and cute...except when it was HOT, lol
There were a number of moments that made me laugh out loud; like the moment when Sophie gives Mick a cup of tea _ black tea! _ in a Snoopy cup.
Trust me; you have to read it to see why it was so funny.
Sophie's clumsiness and Mick's good heart will surely stay with me for a long time.
Definitely recommended to readers who want to read romances that take their own sweet time, without feeling the urge to kill an overbearing, asshole alpha "douche".

P.s- Now can we have Sean's book? :D


Buy it!  (Amazon's ebook)
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