Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Puss In Prada by Marie Jacquelyn

This was a cute story of what happens when "your" self absorbed... well self, gets turned into a cat by an annoyed witch!
Are there more of those witches?
I don't know, the witch is not really a character in this novel except as the agent that causes Alex's transformation.
Note to self: try to not run down people... because you never know. o_O
Also, it's not you know... nice :D

Alex used to be a famous writer.
He is still a writer, but now he's also a cat. A cat who wears clothes, because "hello, I'm naked down here"(pretty conservative for a cat is all I'm saying), and who lives with his ex boyfriend. 
The ex boyfriend is pretty much a saint, because Alex was already annoying as f***k when he was not a cat. Now? He's impossible.
And he sheds.
You should read this :D

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Woodwalker (#1) by Emily B. Martin

You know what?
This book's title really doesn't lie, so get ready for a lot of walking through the woods, lol
That being said, I can't say that this story disappointed me, despite usually not being a fan of this type of narrative; I'm thinking about a book by Juliet Marillier in which I got to a point in which I wouldn't have minded if all the characters had fallen of a cliff...

In Woodwalker, the characters come out as real, flawed, secretive and interesting as hell, so no, I didn't want any harm to befall them.

Mae, the main character, has fallen into hard times following a forced banishment from her country.
A former woodwalker _ park ranger _ she got into a fight with her country's former king, and is now trying to survive in her ~new~ condition of when the opportunity of escorting three royals comes along, well, it's not like she had a full schedule, you know? o_O
And like she says, she has enough money to buy a whole peanut -_-

Mae is a great character. She's strong, resourceful, patient ~manages to not strangle Mona or even Arden through their long, long walk~ but she's so much more than meets the eye.
Throughout the story, the author manages to insert some basic ecology information; nothing wrong if she can bring some readers to the green side, lol

Now the negative, I wasn't a big fan of the way of the way some things were named, because the bad guy/invading country here, is named Alcoro...not so far from the word Alcoran, right?
~I do have politics in my mind, so it's kind of hard to avoid these kind of links~
That for me, could/should have been avoided. This is fantasy book, I don't want to feel as I'm being indoctrinated regards religion: good religion vs bad religion.
Maybe the author only wanted to show what happens when you take prophecies way to far... but it still left me somewhat discomforted by it.

As for romances, rest assured that there isn't a love triangle, in fact there barely is a romance;)
Well, no, actually there's a romance, we just don't know that it is there; because they're sneaky about it. And that was actually well done, so of course I'm not going to spoil it.

So, here you have it, a four star rating, because this had a pretty strong ending, which left me really keen in getting my hands on the second book. The only downside being, according to some reviewers, that Mae is no longer going to be the main character.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Alpha's Fate by Nora Ash

This was such a cute story, from a new (to me) favourite author!

Poppy Rose is a kitchen witch. Her spells aren't that reliable, but she can bake with the best of them.

When Jackson comes to investigate the death, at the hands of a demon, of one of Thompson's Mill's inhabitants, Poppy fears her past is catching up to her.

Even though this is quite short it was still very entertaining, and I liked Jackson and Poppy's relationship.

I definitely recommend it!

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Monday, 3 July 2017

Deklan by Shay Savage

TW: Kidnapping, Murder, Child Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse

I really like Shay Savage's writing style. It draws you in and keeps you hooked, it flows naturally.

I have a few mixed feelings about this book, though.
I really appreciate how Shay Savage knows how to handle issues regarding consent and literally never messes up on that. 

But there were still a few trigger warnings when it comes to the main relationship.
I absolutely can't stand it when the hero gets mad and, though he never physically hurts the lady, he smashes shit around the house, yells at her, and slams a fist into the wall right next to her head.

I mean... that's so obviously still abuse? It's emotional abuse, which can be seriously damaging.
And it made no sense that Deklan, being such a sweetheart, would do that at all, especially considering how deeply aware he was of Kera's past. 
Having him constantly apologising afterwards didn't make things any better.

I think romance writers need to stop depicting these situations unless they make it clear that they're unacceptable.
Sure, they're romance staples when the hero is a bad boy, but I hate how it normalises this form of abuse, especially by not showing it as abuse at all. 
Kera just stood there and took it, feeling guilty for making him act that way. Like... wtf.
Let's stop this stuff.

Kera was also way tstl, like the bad guy straight up confesses something terrible to her right at the beginning, he honestly could not have made it any clearer, he wasn't cryptic at all, he just literally confessed, but it was only near the end that she goes, "omg... now that I think of it... maybe... he did something bad D:". 
Deklan also does a lot of stuff that anyone with half a brain would have been able to figure out pretty much immediately.
But this stuff always completely flabbergasts her. Honestly this girl does not have a clue.

That being said, it had a solid plot, a nice romance, likeable characters, a truly repellent villain, and a (spoiler) HEA (/spoiler), so it was entertaining :)

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Lover's Knot (Dorina Basarab #3.5) by Karen Chance

Finally another Dorina story!
This is honestly one of my favourite series!

I was pleasantly surprised that this one focused quite a bit on my absolute favourite thing about these books: Dorina's relationship with her father Mircea. 
There is so much to explore there and it's so nice to see how devoted Mircea was/is to his daughter, and Dorina finally regaining some of her memories. 

I wish they'd interacted in the present day as well.

Other things I loved:

- Horatiu. He was just so great! I love his constant admonitions to keep the family acting properly, and turning Dorina into a young lady. And I'd love to see him in the present time thinking about how he failed on that.
- Anthony. Honestly he's probably the best character, I guess it helps that I imagine him as James Purefoy in Rome. But he's such a fun character, and I want to see more of him!
- Radu. He's been acting more uncle-like and I love it!

All this being said I can't wait for a proper full book in this series.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1) by Nalini Singh

This was so nice!

I'd grown disenchanted with this series, there were a lot of issues regarding consent that absolutely sickened me in past books, so it was such a nice surprise to see them absent in this book!

The relationship between Silver and Valentin felt a bit rushed at the beginning, but it was nicely developed later.
I loved how Valentin was so respectful of Silver's boundaries and took consent so seriously!

Also, FINALLY a gay relationship in a Nalini Singh book! 
I certainly hope to see more of it!
There was also a bi character so, yay!

All in all I'm looking forward to the next books!

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Missing by Kelley Armstrong


The thing with Armstrong's books is that once you start you can't stop.

I have to admit I was entertained by this one even if I found it disappointing that (HIGHLIGHT SPOILER) the killer was someone who wasn't even in the plot until the very end (/SPOILER), so I kind of felt robbed of the opportunity of solving a whodunit.

Also weird to me is how, in the middle of escaping a rabid serial killer, Winter and Jude found time for romance. 
I felt like Rod from Get Out, trying to shout some sense into these kids' heads.
But I guess some romance is to be expected in YA...

With all of this said and done, I did enjoy the book, even if the ending didn't really live up to the rest of it. 

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Stolen Legacy (Sky Full of Stars #3) by Lindsay Buroker

Now this is sci-fi!

Look what this book has!

- An ancient alien civilisation
- A quest for a lost artifact that'll give its​ wielder unfathomable power
- Hiding in a creepy asteroid field 
- Exploring an ancient space ship full of the bodies of people who died in a shift and mysterious way
- Ethical and moral discussions worthy of star trek tos
- Betrayal!

I wish all sci-fi/space opera books were like this!

Also, I'm pleased that a certain relationship became more certain, even if I believe it needs more boundaries re.: mind reading...

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Angle of Truth (Sky Full of Stars #2) by Lindsay Buroker

I really loved this book straight from the start so A+ on that re.: the last one.

Jelena and her crew are still amazing characters, even if Thor still mopes around acting like an edgelord. At least he's becoming somewhat more likeable.

I really loved the whole war conflict and the moral decisions the characters had to make.

For such a prolific author Buroker never fails to fully flesh all the characters she writes, I don't know how she does it, but it's amazing.

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The Rogue Prince (Sky Full of Stars #1) by Lindsay Buroker

This book only became interesting to me at the 50 something percent mark, which is unusual with any of Buroker's books. But after that it became amazing!

As usual I loved all the characters.
And while it feels like we're reading star wars fanfic, it's good star wars fanfic so that's ok.

I have to admit I don't have much patience for characters like Thor: the brooding, emotionally constipated assassin who is obsessed with his lady love.

I didn't like it with Sicarius and I doubt I'll like it with this series.

I guess I'm getting old but I prefer to read about relationships were both partners are contributing the same amount of emotional labour to the relationship.

Besides, having established how abhorrent mind rape is in previous books, it's incredibly horrifying to have Thor constantly reading Jelena's mind at. all. times., like wtf, this isn't romantic or even cute. It's revolting!

That being said I really like everything else, even if I always read Jelena's name as Jolene (please don't take my man).

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