Review: As you can see, I am still going strong with the Ursula Le Guin‘s wave and I even think I’ll be able to finish all her works (that I have) in no time. I did notice, however, that the more I read the more I realize that just good prose is not enough. When I started with the first two books, A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan, I thought that their plot would be connected in some way. It turns out that the only connection so fa...

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Review: As I expected, I dipped my toes in the pool of fantasy and now there is no power on earth to get me out of the water 😀 I’ve missed the intricate world-building and the wizards and powerful darkness lurking in the shadows. The Tombs of Atuan is the second book of Earthsea cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin and my favorite so far. It has the same melodic prose that was present in the first one, it has the taste of magic and secre...

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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 th...

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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. Th...

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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 T...

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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...

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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 issue...

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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 th...

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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 h...

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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 nev...

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Review: The Great Hunt [Wheel of Time #2] 5/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / January 29, 2018

Review: The Great Hunt is book two of the epic saga Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan in case you’ve failed to read the title of this post 😀 So you can expect more of the same – awesome adventures, magic and a whole lot of magical creatures, secrets, lies and darkfriends everywhere. Oh, and an invasion! If you’re reading this then you’ve probably finished book one which means you’re awesome and I like you 😀 If...

Review: The Eye of the World [Wheel of Time #1 ] 5/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / January 26, 2018

Review: The Wheel of Time is an epic fantasy series by Robert Jordan which basically sets the base for all future fantasy stories to come. Along with Tolkien, those two men are like ‘the founding fathers’ of fantasy genre and with a good reason. The Eye of the World is the first book of fourteen (I know, I know, that’s a lot) and every one of those books can be used as a weapon and I don’t just mean that the language and wr...

Review: Death Bringer [Skulduggery Pleasant #6] 5/5 (1)
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / January 19, 2018

Review: Death Bringer is the sixth book of the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy, and if you ask me (wait for it) the best book so far! You didn’t see that coming, did you? OK, maybe you probably did because I said this for every previous book but… it’s true, I swear! I can’t decide if I am just getting more immersed and invested in the world and that’s why I like it or it’s just getting better and better. Wait, I...

Review: Mortal Coil [Skulduggery Pleasant #5] 5/5 (1)
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / January 15, 2018

Review: We are now on the fifth book of the Skulduggery Pleasant Series, Mortal Coil, by Derek Landy and by now you should all be going crazy about the Skeleton Detective and his smart-mouth partner, Valkyrie. Honestly, I am currently pumped up after reading the last book (just finished #6 and you’ll be getting that review soon) so I may be a bit incapable of being impartial in this. Scratch that, I don’t remember ever being impar...

Review: Dark Days [Skulduggery Pleasant #4] 5/5 (1)
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / January 12, 2018

Review: Dark Days is the fourth book of the famous series Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy and my favorite one so far. I will go ahead and assume you have already read the previous ones – with this one you can expect a great amount of action, dark and witty humor, punching, threatening and boasting. And, yeah, and some dark, ominous prophecy. To be honest with you, I don’t necessary think this is the best of Landy’s books ...

Review: The Faceless Ones [Skulduggery Pleasant Series #3] 5/5 (1)
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / January 8, 2018

Review: The Faceless Ones is the third book of the famous series Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy and the beginning of the darker, more serious themes of the stories. It still retains its humor and witty conversations(in less quantities, unfortunately) but it is painfully obvious that Stephanie has grown and with that, the point of view changes. Valkyrie is already fourteen(I think? I am on the next book so the age is kind of f...

Review: Playing with Fire [Skulduggery Pleasant Series #2] 5/5 (1)
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / January 5, 2018

Review: Playing with Fire is the second book of the famous series Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. Much like the first one it is full of mad adventures, remarkable humor and another villain, Baron Vengeous, who is out to destroy the world and bring back the Faceless ones. I had read the first book some time ago and when I sat to write its review recently I remembered how much I actually enjoyed it so I decided ‘Heck, high time to ...

Review: Skulduggery Pleasant [Skulduggery Pleasant Series #1] 5/5 (1)
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / January 1, 2018

Review: Skulduggery Pleasant (now carrying the name ‘The Sceptre of Ancients’) by Derek Landy was the beginning of one amazing, intelligent and extremely funny saga that I can’t wait to finish. I don’t even know why I am still prejudiced towards stories in the ‘children literature’ genre when some of my favorite books like Harry Potter and The Lie Tree started there. If I have to be perfectly honest I would have n...

Review: The Kill Order [The Maze Runner Series Prequel #1] 3/5 (1)
All , Dystopian fiction , Sci-Fi / December 31, 2017

Review: The Kill Order is the fourth book of the Maze Runner series by James Dashner, and the events inside take place thirteen years before the beginning of Book 1. It follows a group of people have that are trying to survive in a world ravaged by solar flares, tsunamis and whatnot which turned the everything we know in an unfavorable place at the expense of millions of lives. In this group are Mark and Trina, childhood neighbors ...

Review: The Death Cure [The Maze Runner Series #3] 4/5 (2)
All , Dystopian fiction , Sci-Fi / December 28, 2017

Review: The Death Cure is the third and final book of the James Dasher‘s series The Maze Runner. Unfortunately, I cannot say it was the best one. While it did maintain the quick pace and action-packed chapters there were a few things that kind of broke my heart. But we’ll get to that in a bit. The Death Cure plot starts with Thomas who had been kept in isolation and finally released by the ‘Rat man’ – Assistant Director ...