Review: Ah, true old-school fantasy feels like home <3 I used to avoid reading in the fantasy genre out of fear that it would influence my writing and ideas but as many, much better writers have said, writers must read. So I think this book marks my return to what inspired me to read and write. A Wizard of Earthsea is the first book of the series by Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the very first big fantasy writers (and a woman at that). I got the books from my mom who first bought and read them shortly after giving birth to me (or was that The Wheel of Time? Can’t remember). So when we talk about the series calling it old-time fantasy is really accurate.
Review: Lately, I’ve noticed I pick the most random things to read. Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn was one of those choices. And I’m afraid that the review to follow will not be very flattering.
The beginning is promising — we have the human world on one side and the Otherworld, a place of magic and magical beings, on the other. In the very center are three sisters – Camille, Delilah and Menolly – who are half-human, half-faerie. They have recently moved to the human world as secret agents that are there to investigate any crime faerie-related and report back to their faerie equivalent of government. Also, humans know about faerie and other magical creatures. So far we have the premise of a good story that can be taken so many places. I was so hopeful since I was sick and tired of the same old plot about vampires or werewolves that hide among humans.
Review: Every time I pick up a classic I am feeling insecure. Not because of how amazing and worthy it may be, or because I feel like my life will change or something, but because I rarely fall in love with classics as other people claim to do. Indeed for a book to become a classic it must have touched on a major subject, has an outstanding writing style or idea but rarely those things ring the bells of heaven in all of us.
When I started Their Eyes Were Watching God, and after reading the short summary, I did my best to keep an open mind and enjoy the story. What made it more difficult than usual was the fact that I know little of American history and I had a horrible time understanding the dialogue due to the stylistic approach Zora Neale Hurston had taken.
Review: I’m still trying to understand what most people find so appealing about romantic or erotic novels. I mean, I do get the love angle but love (or sex) is not the only thing in a person’s life and those novels tend to obsess with that. Maybe that is why I don’t read so much of them – they just leave me with a ‘That’s it?’ question at the end. Anyway, moving on.
One Night in Paris is the second installment of ‘Front Man’ series by Adora Bell. This one takes place a few months after the night Jack and Sarah spent together and the location is – you guessed it! – Paris.
Review: I’ve never been that much into fangirling over real people, except maybe a few writers, so I expected to be unable to relate or like Front Man by Adora Bell. Surprisingly, I was wrong.
The story revolves around Jack, the front man of a band called Compass, and Sara, his biggest fan since the beginning of the group. The plot twist here is that Jack is not the typical arrogant, better-than-you rockstar but a man with doubts and issues. I liked that although considering his anxiety episodes I am not sure how he could handle the pressure of being in the spotlight all the time. Sara is, well, she is a girl with unrealistic expectations and questionable morals but hey, we all have our weaknesses
Review: It turns out this week would be romance/erotica week so here we go with Clay’s Instinct, the second story of the series ‘Wolf Call’ by Abbey Polidori.
Instead of the story picking up from where Logan and Sarah left us it switches to Clay, a local sheriff in a small city called Faith. He is also persecuted by a secret organization bent on catching and experimenting on superhuman creatures like werewolves and vampires (so far those are the only two types we have heard of but only have seen werewolves). The story itself expands and now instead of purely romantic/erotic storyline we have a bit of conflict. It’s still very much on the background since this story is more or less about yet another couple mating – Clay and the reporter Lucinda.
Review: Well, well, it’s been awhile since I’ve been this unsure about how I feel about a story. When I started Logan’s Calling I was fully aware what I was getting into – a short, erotic story with paranormal element. Sounds good enough right? Well, be careful what you wish for.
The story started alright, more than alright even. We have Logan – a soldier who served time in Afghanistan until an accident that left him scarred and his whole team – dead.
Review: Oh, how I missed Skulduggery and Valkyrie. It has been a long time since I read the last book and now that I am thinking about it I am not sure why I allowed such a big break between them. Derek Landy is definitely one of my favorite authors – his humor, his easy-going style and the numerous adventures packed tightly in single book do not allow room for boredom. I have felt many thinks reading the books of the series but boredom was never one of them.
Review: After reading the first two books I was left with mixed feelings for this series. I really wanted to like it because many of my friends read it and liked it, and because I’ve seen some of the cinematic of the game and they looked awesome. So I said to myself, Blood of Elves (first book of the main storyline) will be better. It would grab me and keep me up late at night and make up for the boring moments in the previous two. Unfortunately, we don’t always get what we want.
Review: I have finally finished Sword of Destiny, the second collection of short stories accompanying The Witcher series, and I am left with very mixed feelings. By now I realized that Andrzej Sapkowski‘s style is a bit too philosophical, too pompous at times and I have come to terms with that. Maybe it is just the translation, as I am reading it in English, but there are times when the characters talk and talk about things as if for the sake of talking, as if the author wants to show he is verse in all themes. It’s rare to find a story where you love the style, love the characters and you love the story. In most cases you get just one of those.