Review: I had The Witcher series by Andrzey Sapkowski on my reading list for years but somehow I never got around to reading it. After finishing the Kate Daniels series I needed something new and different so here we are, jumping into another world of magic, mythical creatures and a man that desperately tries to escape what he is.
Review: Magic Binds is the 9th book of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and by now I am really out of nice things to say. Looking back I realize with awe how much more complicated and serious the story became without loosing its specific humor and passion. Most series fall prey to this but not this series – and thank god for that!
Kate has claimed Atlanta and she is trying her best to protect it from her father and every creature with ill intentions that crosses its borders. But her father is playing coy, building a castle just outside the limits, baiting her by entering her territory, sending spies and whatnot. But they both know that this game of cat and mouse can’t last forever.
Review: I’m done with book eight of the series and by now I love the series to death. Literally. It has been a long, long time since I loved books series with such passion and I missed it. And it is not just that I am so familiar and attached to the characters that I want to know what happens – each and every book is somehow different, it uncovers a new mystery and introduces two more. <3 In Magic Shifts we follow Kate around as she, Curran and Julie try to acclimate to their new life outside of the Pack and the Keep.
Review: Crooked House by Agatha Christie is just one of many entertaining, intricate mysteries that her wondrous mind gifted us with. For the fans of the genre I can only image the pleasure and anticipation that grows inside of you as you turn page after page while your mind connects clue after clue – and still gets surprised at the end.
I am usually more of a fantasy type of girl but good books are good books, and good plots are my favorites. I haven’t read much of Agatha Christie (yet!) but it is easy to say that she is incapable of building a straight-forward, easy-to-guess plot.
Review: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare is one of my favorite series I’ve read in the past few years. It is a teenage drama mixed with a lot of magic, action, witty remarks and unrealistically attractive teenagers 😀 I can see why it appealed to me then and I kind of still think it’s awesome. A bit childish at times, but the story is interesting and the characters are exciting.
City of Bones, the first book of the series, follows Clarissa Fray, a normal teenage girl who finds herself at the wrong place at the wrong time – or maybe the right place at the right time? She becomes a witness to an unusual murder performed by a few weird people covered in weird tattoos.
Review: When I finished the second book of the Ender series, Speaker for the Dead, by Orson Scott Card I was super excited about writing the review. It’s been a long time since a book enchanted me this way – and not by cool action, smart-ass characters or otherworldly magic or creatures. Instead, it was the calm, truthful and extremely powerful themes and questions which Orson Scott Card brought up within the book that took me on a journey that left me breathless. So here I am, writing a review that probably won’t do the book much justice.
Review: I am not sure why it took me this long to write this review. I devoured the first six books like Winnie The Pooh a pot with honey but then I hit a ditch. Now finally, I crawled out of the ditch 😀 So let’s focus on the beautiful 6th book of the Kate Daniels series, Magic Rises, by Ilona Andrews.
The story this time moves to a new location, Georgia, Europe, where Kate and Curran are invited to settle a dispute for a pregnant lady and three rivaling packs. The author’s humor shows in everything she does – the pregnant shifter is expecting twins and each of them is from a different man part of the two of the rivaling packs.
Review: For those who know me you know I am not a big fan of straight up romances or sappy love stories. Don’t get me wrong, I think the romantic angle is essential to almost any story and some erotic scenes are pleasure to read (pun intended 😀 ) but I will never intentionally go for a story that has only that and nothing else.
In one of my blog posts I mentioned that the best way to learn what works for you, how to write something that is not your strength or simply to figure out what you want to write, is to read everything. Good, bad, favorite genres, genres you don’t like – everything. I am sticking to that notion and I carefully sliding into an uncharted territory – romance/erotica novels.
Review: I hated it. I hated everything. Said no one ever when they read Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews 😀 No, seriously, there is literally nothing to hate here. In the other books I found things I hate or things I dislike, here it was action after action, humor after fight, sweet after scary. I didn’t get the chance, I was so into the story.
The plot follows Kate after she quits/gets fired from the Order and gets mated to the Beast Lord. She has her own business now and no clients. None. Nada. Luck finally smiles at her, kind of, when a vampire gets loose from its navigator and Ghastek calls her to ask for assistance. She helps, alright, and he gets hold of the vampire’s mind only to drop it a few minutes later. Something almost impossible for a navigator of Ghastek’s caliber.
Review: So in a spring of the moment I changed my mind (again!) and decided to put aside the Wheel of Time in favor of The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. It just felt right and here I am, done with the first book – Wizard’s First Rule.
I read a few books of the series maybe a decade ago but I never finished them all so I think it is high time I did that.
I remember I was super in love with them and found them mesmerizing and amazing. The bestest, as Rachel would say (if you have read the book you’ll know who Rachel is 😀 )