Review: Blood of Elves [The Witcher #1]
All , Fantasy / March 1, 2019

Title: Blood of Elves Author: Andrzej Sapkowski Genre: Fantasy/ Adventure Publication date: 1994 Summary: For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf. Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world – for good, or for evil. As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt’s responsibility to protect them all – and the Witcher never accepts defeat. The Witcher returns in this sequel to The Last Wish, as the inhabitants of his world become embroiled in a state of total war.     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…

Review: Magic Breaks [Kate Daniels #7]
All , Fantasy / February 14, 2019

Title: Magic Breaks Author: Ilona Andrews Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure Publication date: 2014 Summary: No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it… As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate. As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…    Oh, how I…

Review: Crooked House
All , Mystery / February 11, 2019

Title: Crooked House Author: Agatha Christie Genre: Mystery First Publication date: 1949 Summary: In the sprawling, half-timbered mansion in the affluent suburb of Swinly Dean, Aristide Leonides lies dead from barbiturate poisoning. An accident? Not likely. In fact, suspicion has already fallen on his luscious widow, a cunning beauty fifty years his junior, set to inherit a sizeable fortune, and rumored to be carrying on with a strapping young tutor comfortably ensconced in the family estate. But criminologist Charles Hayward is casting his own doubts on the innocence of the entire Leonides brood. He knows them intimately. And he’s certain that in a crooked house such as Three Gables, no one’s on the level…      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…

Review: Claiming The Alpha [Wild Obsession #2]
All , Erotica , Romance / April 13, 2018

Title: Claiming the Alpha Author: Adriana Hunter Genre: Paranormal romance Publication date: 2013 Summary: Jax has fallen in love with Nikki, the complicated ex-stripper with a tragic past. But he hasn’t told her everything, and with the clock ticking he has only thirty days to convince her that he is everything she needs. Will Nikki accept Jax for who he really is, and leave everything behind in order to join his pack? There’s a sinister force at work, a killer on the loose, and the most unlikely couple falling in love despite everything that stands against them. Can they make it through the darkness ahead?      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…

Review: Dead Man’s Folly
All , Mystery / March 9, 2018

Title: Dead Man’s Folly Author: Agatha Christie Genre: Mystery Publication date: 1956 Summary: Ariadne Oliver, Queen of Crime Fiction, has been asked to devise a “Murder Hunt” for a fête at Nasse House, the home of Sir George Stubbs. But she begins to suspect that someone is manipulating the scenario of her game and fears that something very sinister is being planned. She sends for her old friend Hercule Poirot. At first he is not inclined to take her very seriously but soon a series of events propels him to change his mind. Then suddenly all Ariadne’s worst fears are realised when the girl playing the part of the murder victim is found strangled in the boat-house. For Hercule Poirot, the Murder Hunt has become a grim reality.     Dead Man’s Folly is one of the numerous book written by the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie. Recently I got my hands on an enormous collection of Christie’s books and I’ve decided to give them a go. I mean, I’ve often been told by friends and teachers that she is the best in this genre and that her mysteries remain mysteries until the very end. After reading this book I am…

Review: The Picture of Dorian Grey
All , Classics , Fantasy / March 2, 2018

Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray Author: Oscar Wilde Genre: Classics/ Fantasy/ Horror Publication date: 1998 Summary: “The Picture of Dorian Gray” is Oscar Wilde’s classic tale of the moral decline of its title character, Dorian Gray. When Dorian has his portrait painted by Basil Hallward and wishes that he would stay young while his picture changes, his wish comes true. In exchange for this Dorian gives up his soul and as he ages the bad deeds that he commits are reflected in his painting and not him. “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, arguably Wilde’s most popular work, was considered quite scandalous when it was first published in the late 1800s in Victorian England.      The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only novel of the infamous author Oscar Wilde, and one that I find strangely controversial. I rarely read classics (like everybody else, don’t lie) but I was really looking forward to this one. It was mainly due to movies I’ve watched some time ago – the adaptation on ‘Dorian Gray‘ from 2009 and the TV Series – Penny Dreadful. And unfortunately I have to say that I was more interested in the movie adaptations than the book…