Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Siri, Who Am I? A novel by Sam Tschida





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I tried my best to finish this, but in the end, just the thought of picking it up again, felt like a killing blow to my reading mood...
It started out not that bad, as long as I could suspend my disbelief that someone with amnesia was being released from a hospital without having a clue of who she was... but then I was like, 'well this is merica, so maybe this is how they do it?' #Baffled
Thing is, after awhile Mia started to get on my freaking nerves, and I coulnd't stand her "voice".
She's this _supposed_ rich girl, and even without having a home, and money, she manages just fine due to a small amount of hare brained twats, that decide to do her biding... -_-
Well the girl's favorite show is the Kardashians, so I really have no one to blame but myself.
Also there can be such a thing as too many hashtag's mentions.
Not for me.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Bringing Down The Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women #1) by Evie Dunmore








First things first. The bloody misleading title and the historical period in which the story takes place...
"Bringing down the supposed suffragette" ( A league of not that Extraordinary women, #Annabelle", would have been more correct. For a supposed feminist read this reads awfully like a man cave fantasy. The idiot heroine is a fu****g damsel in distress. And an idiot one to make matters worse.
She's not interested in being a suffragette and she only participates in the reunions because she has too; it's a condition for her acceptance in Oxford... which is also a BIG CARROT for us readers, because that part is not a big deal in the book. 

She only wants to go to Oxford to escape her miserable life in the clutches of her cousin, and maybe to make her late father proud of her... in the last pages we are told that she had an opportunity to go somewhere "SHE HAD ALWAYS WANTED TO GO", but preferred to keep sunbathing along with hubby...

The bloody "hero" who ended up being an alpha douchebag... what to say of him?
He's this blond Eros that for twice makes remarks about her being a courtesan or making arrangements with her... the second one being after they have sex, so that was really UGH and are you kidding me?!



He's like "girl, you're too far beneath me, so marrying you would be a scandal"... romantic am I RIGHT?

Oh, and he's the MANLY TYPE that doesn't name his horses, because a horse is not a DOG! What are you? A plebeian or what? AS IF!


He bullies his younger brother forcing him to elope.
When he does decide to propose to Annabelle, he tells her something along the lines of HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILERS yesterday I fell of the horse, and I hit my head, and now I think we should marry! Aren't you happy, love? I'm going to make an honest woman out of you! YAY
Of course she thinks he's rattlebrained and probably suffering from a concussion, lol, and also HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT? YOU WILL BE RUINED! YOUR LIFE WORK WILL BE RUINED! AND YOUR BROTHER WILL BE RUINED! o_O When a couple pages back she was like "I want to marry you."
So she takes the "noble" stand and says no. 
So he gets really drunk, and he never drinks, so you know MANLY DRUNK behavior am I RIGHT?
But then things get fixed, all is well, yay for love, and in the last pages we have his pov, because as other readers have pointed out this is actually Sebastian's book!
So in his POV, he get to hear him abt (Highlight for Spoilers ) mount the wife again.

"Just what I want to hear/read" in a fucking romance! NOT


Utter crap and now I could "listerine'd" my brain. Ugh.

p.s- Also what with the "Annabelles" books? They're normally idiots. Are they the historical Karen's?

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Scandal (Ladies of Infamy #1) by Navessa Allen





TW: CHILD ABUSE, MENTIONS OF RAPE, ATTEMPTED RAPE

Wow, what a book!
This is my first book by Navessa Allen and I can't wait to read the others! I honestly stayed up 'till 5 a.m. to finish this one!

Katherine is bound to marry a horrid man, but a twist of fate binds her instead to the Duke of Hampshire, John. Being an abuse survivor, she is quite content that her husband prefers the company of his lover Henry, but with time things between the three of them begin to change into something more than friendship... until an old mystery threatens their newfound happiness. 

I loved, loved, loved this book!
I know this sounds sad, being a reflection of the current rape culture, but this is an absolute gem for its enthusiastic and reiterated consent! I hadn't even realised how tired I was of the same old so-called alpha males who require consent only once and then manhandle their partners like they're property. 
The romance in this book was so sweet, I absolutely loved both male characters and I'm so glad she doesn't have to choose one of them - hopefully more authors will do away with the loathed love triangle and replace it with polyamorous relationships!

I can't recommend this book enough!


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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Night And Silence (October Daye #12) by Seanan Mcguire




It's hard to say for sure if this was actually one of my favorite books of 2019, but since I've read so few titles this year, it would be hard for me not to include this as one of favorites... it's been an atypical year book wise...

But *sigh* I love Toby and the rest of the gang. I enjoy the world this series takes place in and all the world building. What I do not enjoy, is the author's constant repetition of facts well known to the series' readers...
I get why she does it, but no one should start reading an urban fantasy series on the twelfth installment and hope to know what the hell is going on! Stop being lazy and pick up the first book, and suffer through the second one like all of us dedicated fans had to do!

So... that constant info dump was boring. But manageable I guess. I did manage to finish it.
Some plots were the same old things: Toby's (usual) almost bleeding to death scenes... Tybalt's missing for a great chunk of the book, the Luideag saving the day and Gillian (highlight to read) being hit with an elf shot again, for crying out loud.
I did however enjoy the new "family" developments. They were straight out of a soap opera script, lol, but why not? SPOILER ALERT (highlight to read it): Gillian's stepmother is actually Amandine's mother, aka Toby's grandmother! Meaning that Toby's ex is now married to Toby's grandmother! How fu****d up is that?! (hide spoile
But hey, I definitely did not see that one coming, so cookie points for that I guess...
The author also seems to be paving the way for the new generation to take front and center, so let's see how it goes. I've never been a Gillian fan *understatement*, but this new development is interesting enough to keep reading. And since it involves the Luideag, I'm definitely in.



Sunday, 12 May 2019

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill





Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch ★★
Open the Door and the Light Pours Through ★★★
The Dead Boy’s Last Poem ★★★
Dreadful Young Ladies ★★★
The Taxidermist’s Other Wife ★★
Elegy to Gabrielle, Patron Saint of Healers, Whores, and Righteous Thieves ★★★★
Notes on the Untimely Death of Ronia Drake ★★
The Insect and the Astronomer: A Love Story
The Unlicensed Magician ★★

I rated these stories on the author's skill, not on my enjoyment. I must admit, apart from Elegy to Gabrielle, I truly enjoyed none of them. 
I felt like all the pretty words were only there for the aesthetic, and that the narrative was not tight enough, which in short stories is an unforgivable sin to me. 
But just because I didn't like it doesn't mean it's not good. It simply wasn't my cup of tea. 


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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse so Dark and Lonely #1) by Brigid Kemmerer





Too bad this isn't a stand alone, had it been I would probably give it 5 stars, because Idon't remember the last time I was that invested in a story! Re-reads aside...

This started out great; Harper is that kind of character who we'd love to be friends with, she's quick witted, and loyal to default to her family. 
She has cerebral palsy, that makes her limp, but she doesn't let that stop her from trying to be some sort of bad-ass warrior princess... Sorry, but you 'll have to read it to understand it ;)

Grey *scary Grey* and Rhen were also extremely well developed. So much so that at times, and with the way this ended, I was getting some 'love triangle mess' vibes, *dear writer, NO*, but after reading the summary of the next volume and thanks to the author's own replies, I'm glad to report that a love triangle will not be happening: thank you!
Now I only have to wait until January to read the sequel!
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Friday, 8 March 2019

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





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                                                         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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