Review: The Word for World is Forest [Hainish Cycle #5] 5/5 (1)
All , Fantasy , Sci-Fi / June 16, 2019

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: Planet of Exile [Hainish Cycle #2] 4/5 (1)
All , Fantasy , Sci-Fi / June 7, 2019

Review: I started Planet of Exile by Ursula Le Guin convinced I wouldn’t like it. After all, the previous book was a great disappointment for me. Funny enough, I was surprised.

The Hainish Cycle is a series of short novels connected only by the author’s name and a few distant connections between characters and places. So essentially you don’t have to read the other books to understand this one. From one side this is awesome since every book would be expected to provide a satisfying ending and resolution of the plot. On the other side, each book is too short for me to really fall in love with the characters or the story. And I don’t get to read about them again so even if I do, I’ll be left wanting more.

Review: The Other Wind [Earthsea cycle #6] 3/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / June 2, 2019

Review: I don’t know why but all book or series endings leave me with a bitter taste in my mouth. Maybe I hate endings, or maybe I don’t like how the author decided to end their story — either way, I am never happy to read the last page.

The Other Wind, the sixth book of the Earthsea cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin, and so far the last one confirmed, was not what I expected as a conclusion of the story. It started promising with a bit of mystery and new, diverse characters (something that has been missing for me in the previous books) and then when they all got together their personalities more or less disappeared and it was hard to tell them apart. I don’t say that juggling a big cast of characters is easy, oh no, but I’ve read many books where it is done marvelously. And here, well, it was OK.

Review: Kingdom of the Wicked [Skulduggery Pleasant #7] 5/5 (1)
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / March 9, 2019

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 never one of them.

Review: Blood of Elves [The Witcher #1] 3/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / March 1, 2019

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: Sword of Destiny [The Witcher #0.2] 3/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / February 27, 2019

Review: I have finally finished Sword of Destiny, the second collection of short stories accompanying The Witcher series, and I am left with very mixed feelings. By now I realized that Andrzej Sapkowski‘s style is a bit too philosophical, too pompous at times and I have come to terms with that. Maybe it is just the translation, as I am reading it in English, but there are times when the characters talk and talk about things as if for the sake of talking, as if the author wants to show he is verse in all themes. It’s rare to find a story where you love the style, love the characters and you love the story. In most cases you get just one of those.

Review: Magic Triumphs [Kate Daniels #10] 5/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / February 23, 2019

Review: Every good things must come to and end, or so people keep saying. Magic Triumphs is that end for the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. I’m devastated. Not because it was bad but because it is the end, no more books about Kate ;( I’ll have to console myself with the Iron Covenant but it is not the same… )

I started reading the series last year after a friend recommended it. I ate up the first six books like my life depended on it. The story, the main characters, the love drama, the action – it all just clicked in place for me. Until these series I have always hesitated when asked ‘What is your favorite book or series?’ because there are so many I like. But now I know I won’t hesitate (too bad the whole series doesn’t have a name )

Review: Iron and Magic [Iron Covenant #1] 5/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / February 20, 2019

Review: Iron and Magic, a spin-off series by Ilona Andrews from the world of Kate Daniels, was a major surprise for me. The first book of a trilogy with just as much magic, mythical creatures and interesting characters – and yet I almost decided not to read it. What is the reason? High D’ambray.

I know many girls go head over heels for bad boys, I have fallen pray to this too, but me and Hugh – we just didn’t click in any of the books from the Kate Daniels series. He was hot, strong and sarcastic which are my three favorite things about male characters. Yet, he felt short, probably because I was comparing him to Curran all the time and because he failed in everything he tried.

Review: Magic Binds [Kate Daniels #9] 5/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / February 19, 2019

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: Magic Breaks [Kate Daniels #7] 5/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / February 14, 2019

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 (