Review: When I started the first book of the Raven’s Shadow series by Anthony Ryan, Blood Song, I wasn’t sure where all of this was going and if I wanted to be on that journey. The style was good, the story was interesting but there was too much focus on fighting, fighting and fighting. For sure, a fantasy story without a war or fighting is sacrilege but Ryan took it to another level.
Review: Every time I write a review on a book that is considered ‘classic’ or the sort I’m afraid I am missing something or that, I don’t know, I’m not smart enough to understand the underlying message of the story. Or maybe, just maybe, the fact that some books are considered outstanding in their themes, characters or plots doesn’t make them any less boring to death.
Review: I don’t know if it is just me but when I am reading a series I grow to like them more and more with every next book. I’m not sure if the author is getting better or the stories, if I am just more familiar with the style and the story but it has been true for almost every series I read (where I managed to go past the second book).
The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin, the fifth book in the series, is living proof of that. And the funny part is that the books in the Hainish cycle are not even following the same storyline. In the best case scenario we have a brief mention of planets or species we know from before but other than that every book starts with new characters, new planet and new social, racial or alien issue.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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 inclined to believe them.
Review: 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 (and that says a lot).