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: Oh, how I missed Kate. Why did you stop reading it if you missed her so much, you’d ask? That’s a good question to which I have no answer. But I am so happy I found the time to get back into the world of Ilona Andrews that I am having hard time writing this review.
Magic Breaks is what you’d expect (in a good way) – Kate being badass smart-pants, risking her life and making impossible choices; Curran being sexy and protective and very scary when he roars; the Pack being well, dicks for the most of the time (
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: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve was something unexpected. I have to admit that I didn’t hear about it until I saw the movie. Most of you would say, and I would agree with you usually, that the book is always better than the movie. Well, in this case I am not entirely sure.
Now that I finished the book I realize that the movie was waaaay off the book plot and half of the things in it never happened in the book but it was thrilling, interesting and I think the choices in the movie script were super cool.
Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness was a bag of corn and green peas for me. You know what I mean. You don’t? Well, it means that it has a lot of things I liked (like corn) and a lot of things that made me ugh (like the peas). But the fact that I stayed until 9 a.m. to finish it suggest that maaaybe there was more corn in the bag than damn green peas.
I learnt about the book from the TV show with the same name. Now that I’ve read the book I’m astounded at how closely the TV Show is following the book plot – more than any other book screening I’ve ever seen. I really liked the show – well, most of it – so I decided to check out the book since we all know books are always better. And that’s where the bag of peas and corn appeared.
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: Claiming the Alpha by Adriana Hunter was the second part of the short series ‘Wild Obsessions’. When I say short I am being literal. Both parts are around 80 pages each and looking back at them now they should have been one book. There wasn’t enough action in each to make them look accomplished apart.
As my first attempt at romance/erotica I am rather happy with my choice. There were some good moments that help me gain new perspective as ti how to write romantic/sex scenes and as a writer I am really curious about that. The book was in both Nikki and Jax’ point of view which was an excellent choice since if Adriana Hunter had stuck to one it wouldn’t have worked out.
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: 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 😀 )