Monday, 11 December 2017

Demon Apocalypse - Book Review


Demon Apocalypse (The Demonata #6)
by Darren Shan


What is it about:
Hell is revealed in the sixth nail-biting, hair-rending, creepy cool episode of the Demonata.Fire! It's all around me, fierce, intense, out of control. I feel the hair on my arms singe and know I have only seconds before I burst into flames. Total panic. There's a horrible shrieking sound, piercing and destructive. My eardrums and eyeballs should burst. "It's hell!" I moan.One boy's life ripped to shreds before his eyes...One wrathful demon master hellbent on revenge...An army of grisly Demonata on the rampage...It's the end of the world as we know it.

What did I think of it:
This is yet another entertaining read.

Shan pulls a stunt he also used in the Cirque du Freak series and which isn't something I particularly like. Still it's not as big a cop out as it is in Cirque du Freak, so I let it pass with only a little bit of grumbling.

All in all an entertaining read with one very interesting development. On to the next book.

Why should you read it:
It's an entertaining read.


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Friday, 8 December 2017

The Kiss of Deception - Book Review


The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)
by Mary E. Pearson


What is it about:
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.


What did I think of it:
What can I say?

Although I can understand that Lia isn't happy about her arranged marriage, I thought she really didn't think through the consequences of her actions before running off. But then again Lia isn't the sharpest tool in the shed.

She has this huge very recognizable temporary tattoo made especially for her marriage. So when she and her maid have reached the town they want to start their new life, she of course goes bathing in a creek instead of waiting for her maid to finish bathing in the tub inside their cottage! And they talk about their former life while walking around town. At times it's like Lia wants to get caught.

And you don't want to know how prejudiced Lia is, or the weird conclusions she draws from a minimum of information.

The main suspense for a big part of this book is which of the two handsome strangers is the prince and which is the assassin. Both of course fall head over heels for Lia, although it's a bit of a mystery for me what it is in Lia that makes her the object of their obsession. As for which one is what: let's say that I would have written the story differently.

The worldbuilding is sparse, but imo hints at this being a SF Fantasy world. In other words: A long long time ago, in a galaxy far away they once set out to colonize a new world and somehow ended up going back to medieval/renaissance times. But I could be wrong.

Still this is an entertaining read, even if it's just to see what stupid things Lia gets away with. I also liked some of the secondary characters. I will most probably get hold of the next book to see if Lia will learn or will keep bumbling around.

Why should you read it:
It's an entertaining YA Fantasy read.


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Thursday, 7 December 2017

In McPig's TBR Pile - Crossed

I fell in love with Matched and immediately bought the other books in this trilogy.

And then I let them linger on my shelves, because I'm afraid they won't be as good as Matched...

One of these days I'll gather the courage to pick this book up.


Crossed (Matched #2)
by Ally Condie


The Society chooses everything.

The books you read.
The music you listen to.
The person you love.

Yet for Cassia the rules have changed. Ky has been taken and she will sacrifice everything to find him.

And when Cassia discovers Ky has escaped to the wild frontiers beyond the Society there is hope.

But on the edge of society nothing is as it seems...

A rebellion is rising.

And a tangled web of lies and double-crosses could destroy everything.



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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Otherworld - Book Review


Otherworld (Otherworld #1)
by Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller


What is it about:
The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.


What did I think of it:
I'm a gamer as well as a book addict, so this sounded like a cool read.

It starts out with Simon playing Otherworld, but after one chapter it switches back to the normal world. It takes forever to get back to Otherworld, and I even wondered why they had the book start this way. The first chapter didn't seem necessary to the story apart from giving Simon easy access to information I had wanted to see him struggle for.

Anyway:
This story is very different from what I expected. Apart from Otherworld only getting a bigger role later in the story it's also less about Otherworld as it is about conspiracies and human greed, with Otherworld as backdrop for part of the story.

And it's an entertaining story, but at a couple of points not very believable. I'm not talking about the setting here, but about the mechanics of the conspiracy. Otherworld itself didn't really do it for me either, it was bland compared to the worlds in games I love.

All in all a nice read, but if you want a book about gaming I advice you pick up Erebos by Ursula Poznanski or Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

Why should you read it:
It's an entertaining YA read.


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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Teaser Tuesdays - MEA Initiation

As there will be no DLC for the game, I decided to feed my Mass Effect addiction with the prequel novel, even though I really don't like Cora.


Edit Team 1: Can we use Vaenia's music?
Edit Team 2: No, are you high? We want "inspired," not "let's go f*ck an alien."

(page 7, Mass Effect Andromeda Initiation by N.K. Jemisin and Mac Walters)


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Monday, 4 December 2017

Dangerous - Book Review


Dangerous
by Shannon Hale


What is it about:
Maisie `Danger' Brown needs excitement. When she wins a harmless-sounding competition to go to astronaut boot camp, that's exactly what she gets...

But she never imagined it would feature stumbling into a terrifying plot that kills her friends and might just kill her too. Now there's no going back. Maisie has to live by her middle name if she wants to survive - and she'll need to be equally courageous to untangle the romance in her life too.


What did I think of it:
This is a decent read.

I liked Maisie, her best friend, and her parents. For most part of the book I was invested in what happened to Maisie.

I did not like the love interest however and things happen that only made him more of a skeeve in my opinion. No matter the explanations after the fact. In fact one remark late in the story made me dislike him even more!

The action was cool although the story did drag a bit. Some events could have been left out or sped up a bit, but overall it was entertaining enough to keep me reading.

All in all a nice read. I might investigate what other books Hale has written.

Why should you read it:
It's an enjoyable YA SF read.


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Saturday, 2 December 2017

TBR Orphans Update


I'm still having trouble concentrating, so I picked up easy reads in November. It turned out a lot of those reads were Orphans, so I read six books that were on my shelves for more than three months.

The City of Ember
has been on my shelves since July 2015
Dangerous since January 2017
Spell Games since February 2016
The Kiss of Deception since early August 2017, making it a very recent Orphan
Blood Beast since September 2016
Demon Apocalypse since December 2016

All in all a good month for my orphaned books.

How did you do in November?

Friday, 1 December 2017

Fall of the Flamingo Circus - Book Review


Fall of the Flamingo Circus
by Kate Rigby


What is it about:
Fall Of The Flamingo Circus is the story of a strong and independent girl’s childhood and adolescence, her desperate battle to make something of the fearful hand dealt to her.

Through her eyes we see the realities of poverty in England – hunger and junk food, boredom and noise at home, snobbery and notoriety at school – and the fear of a brutal father...over the years we watch Lauren’s voice grow in power and imagination, as her life – a rebel, a punk, admired by her gang but rejected and victimised by men – bursts out of its sad confines...

but Lauren is always alone with her restless and furious self: she alone will discover the pain and loneliness of being different, crazy, colourful in an England turned grey, obedient and satisfied.


What did I think of it:
I first read this book back in 1990 in the Dutch translation and fell in love with it. I reread it many times in the years after, but not since I switched to mostly reading in English.

Not long ago I mentioned this book to a friend and it made me want to do another reread. I got hold of the English version this time.

And again I was gripped by this story and I was reminded why I fell in love with it all these years ago.

Lauren is a bit of an antihero. She doesn't fit in and is angry at the world. Then Punk arrives and it's like it is made for her. All her rage and disgust find an outlet. She revels in being different, in shocking people. In rebelling against the world she finds her place in it.

But then her friends all find purpose in life, other ways to live and they move away from the Punk scene. Can Lauren find a way to do the same, to find peace and a way to move into adulthood without losing herself?

So many things in this story spoke to me back then and still resonate with me now. Lauren's life might not be like my own, but many of the feelings she struggles with feel familiar.

Told like a diary the story begins when Lauren is seven years old. One of the things I like is how her writing progresses as she grows up, making it feel real.

Lauren isn't easy to love, but to those who struggle, or have struggled, to find their place in life she's very relatable.

Why should you read it:
It's a strong story about finding your place in the world.


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Thursday, 30 November 2017

On McPig's Wishlist - Beyond a Darkened Shore


Beyond a Darkened Shore
by Jessica Leake


The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world.

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.



Expected publication: April 10th 2018

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The City of Ember - Book Review


The City of Ember (Book of Ember #1)
by Jeanne DuPrau


What is it about:
Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked…but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all—the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness…

But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember. Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone? Will the people of Ember listen to them?


What did I think of it:
This is a really nice read.

Meant for children this book is at times too easy for older readers (and for a lot of children as well, I imagine), giving away most of the suspense of what's going on right at the beginning of the book. I'd have enjoyed this book even more if things had been a bit less obvious at some points.

That being said: I liked both Lina and Doon. They're both resourceful and smart, but still make mistakes, which made them feel real. I liked the world building and the way the story developed. Even while knowing what the two would discover I was invested in their actions.

All in all a fast and entertaining read.

Why should you read it:
It's an enjoyable Dystopian read.


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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Teaser Tuesdays - Otherworld


Iclimbed every ladder and lay inside every shelter. I felt like I'd made one of those discoveries no one makes anymore. I'd stumbled across an abandoned world.

(page 21, Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kristen Miller)


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Monday, 27 November 2017

Six of Crows - Book Review


Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
by Leigh Bardugo


What is it about:
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done - and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable - if they don't kill each other first.


What did I think of it:
I loved the stories in The Language of Thorns, so decided to give Six of Crows a try.

And what a cool story!

Yes, Kaz is a bit too clever and too well prepared for the things coming his way for a seventeen year old, especially when you know when he started on his life of crime. Yes, the people he works with are all surprisingly good at their chosen profession for their age as well. But as they're not rubbing it in or do stupid things that contradict their life story I could go with it. Especially as the story is really cool.

There are six main characters and the viewpoint switches between the characters. I liked some of them more than others, but none were so annoying I wanted to skip their viewpoint. My favorites were Inej - a former acrobat turned spy, and Jesper - a sharpshooter addicted to gambling. I really liked how most of them are not good guys, but people who by circumstance or by design ended up in a life of crime.

As they put their plans into action things get more and more suspenseful. Will they pull it off? I was totally rooting for them all to succeed and roll in money for the rest of their lives.

This being the first book in a duology the ending leaves you eager for the next book, so you bet I'll be getting my trotters on it soon.

Why should you read it:
It's a great YA Fantasy read


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Friday, 24 November 2017

Midnight Blade - Early Book Review


Midnight Blade (Soul Stones, #0.1)
by T.L. Branson


What is it about:
Kingdoms rise and fall by the blade.

For Davion Callum, that blade is closer than he'd like. Ever the pawn in a scheme of epic proportions, he is given a choice to stand beside those who would wield him as a weapon or defend those who would call him friend.

When the lines blur between ally and enemy, all is not as it seems. Will he uncover the truth? And what will he do when he does?


What did I think of it:
I really enjoyed Soul Siphon, so when I was offered a review copy of Midnight Blade - which is set in the same world, but earlier than Soul Siphon - I jumped at the chance.

This story is a bit longer, so there was more room for character building. The lead character is Davion Callum who also had a role in Soul Siphon. This made that I already knew what choice he would make, but I can't say I minded. Callum is easy to relate to and I rooted for him from the start. Even knowing what he'd eventually decide this is a suspenseful story.

There were several fight scenes again and these were all well written and enjoyable. I also really liked seeing more of the world and being introduced to more characters. Branson already managed to paint a picture of the world in Soul Siphon, but here that picture gets even more interesting details.

All in all this is yet another cool Fantasy story. You can read this one either before or after reading Soul Siphon in my opinion. You bet I'll be keeping n eye out for the next Soul Stones story.

Why should you read it:
It's a cool and enjoyable Fantasy read.


Expected publication: December 5th 2017
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Thursday, 23 November 2017

On McPig's Wishlist - Recoil


Recoil (Recoil Trilogy #1)
by Joanne Macgregor


When a skilled gamer gets recruited as a sniper in the war against a terrorist-produced pandemic, she discovers there’s more than one enemy and more than one war. The Game is real.

Three years after a series of terrorist attacks flooded the US with a lethal plague, society has changed radically.

Sixteen year-old Jinxy James spends her days trapped at home – immersed in virtual reality, worrying about the plague and longing for freedom. Then she wins a war simulation game and is recruited into a top-secret organisation where talented teenagers are trained to become agents in the war on terror. Eager to escape her mother’s over-protectiveness and to serve her country, Jinxy enlists and becomes an expert sniper of infected mutant rats.

She’s immediately drawn to Quinn O’Riley, a charming and subversive intelligence analyst who knows more about the new order of government and society than he is telling. Then a shocking revelation forces Jinxy to make an impossible decision, and she risks losing everything.



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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Gift - Book Review by Voodoo Bride


The Gift
by Margaret Mallory

Lily’s well-honed sense for trouble tells her no healer is safe in London while gangs roam the city looking for witches to burn. In the dead of night, she escapes on a northbound ship, intending to return after Christmas celebrations calm the city’s witch fever. But when Lily lands in the wilds of Scotland, her skills for surviving in the city can’t save her.

Roderick MacDonald is on a secret mission for his chieftain when he finds a lass near death on a barren hillside and is forced to take her with him. Though this mysterious Sassenach may have The Gift his clan needs—and he burns with passion for her—he’s determined to resist the enchantment she weaves on his scarred heart.

When love blooms amidst the harsh winter beauty of the Highlands, will these two obstinate souls from different worlds accept the Yuletide gift?


What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
Sullivan met Margaret Mallory at the Love Letters Convention in Berlin and got me this novella as he thought I might enjoy Mallory's writing.

This is a nice read.

As it is a novella the attraction and romance move fast, but not unbelievably so. I liked both Roderick and Lily, although at one time during the story I thought everyone, including Roderick, was being very unfair towards how Lily is feeling. But this being a novella there's not a lot of room to work with storywise, so I decided to not hold it against Roderick too long.

The ending was a bit rushed in my opinion. I'd have loved another more intimate scene between hero and heroine before being ushered to the Happily Ever After epilogue.

Overall this is an enjoyable novella though, and I think I'll investigate what other books Mallory has written.

Why should you read it:
It's a nice historical romance.


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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Teaser Tuesdays - Dangerous


"My team and I have been holding and studying these for years," said Howell. "As you can see, we're perfectly fine."
That might be a matter of opinion, I thought.

(page 63, Dangerous by Shannon Hale)


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Monday, 20 November 2017

Spell Games - Book Review


Spell Games (Marla Mason #4)
by T.A. Pratt


What is it about:
Brain-eating fungi, wannabe sorcerers, long-lost relations–does even a hard-core witch stand a chance?

Mad sorcerers, psychic vampires, an army of vengeful demons, Marla Mason would rather face them all than a flesh-and-blood ghost from her dysfunctional family past: her con artist brother, Jason. As Felport’s chief sorcerer, Marla would ordinarily consider it her duty to protect her town from such an unscrupulous ne’er-do-well. As his sister, things are a lot…trickier. Now, as Marla attempts to train an apprentice oracle whose magical wires have gotten crossed, Jason is setting up an elaborate sting and drawing her ever-so-corruptible partner Rondeau into the ruse.

Their patsy is a filthy-rich wannabe mage and their bait is something so valuable, so dangerous, so sought after, it probably doesn’t exist. But now word’s gotten out that the Borrichius spores do exist and instead of a sucker Jason and Rondeau have a much bigger–and much deadlier–fish on their line: a reclusive sorcerer whose devotion to the mushroom god and command of vegetal magic could bring a fungal apocalypse to Felport. It’ll be the mother of all bad trips unless Marla can pull off the ultimate magical switcheroo…and somehow live to tell about it.


What did I think of it:
It 's been a while since I read Dead Reign, but I remembered all too well how it ended, so it took me no time at all to get back in Marla's world.

And this book is yet another roller coaster of action. Marla has her hands full with trying to keep her beloved city from danger. A character from a previous book is back to help her, and he was just as cool as I remembered. And there's Rondeau of course, Marla's right hand man.

With each book there are new things added to this world, but in a way that makes you feel they've always been there. They just needed to be encountered. I liked the glimpse into the magic of the other sorcerers in the city, and of the mushroom god who sets eyes on Felport.

It was also good to see that with all her power Marla has her flaws and weaknesses. It makes it easy to root for her and her close friends.

The ending was gut wrenching and heart breaking. I need the next book!

Why should you read it:

It's a really cool UF read.


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Friday, 17 November 2017

Zombies vs The Living Dead - Book Review


Zombies vs The Living Dead (Surviving The Evacuation 0.5)
by Frank Tayell


What is it about:
The outbreak began in New York. Within days the world descended into chaos as the infection spread to every corner of the globe. Across Britain, millions of people are told to leave the less defensible villages, towns and cities for the safety of one of the enclaves being established around the coast.

For George Tull and the other residents of the Waverly-Price Retirement Home, evacuation is not an option. Finding the staff have left, George has to choose between trying to save those he loathes, or abandoning the woman he loves to an uncertain fate.


What did I think of it:
This is a nice short read with zombies.

George Tull is a character I could sympathize with and I cheered him on as he's trying to find out where all the staff is gone when a zombie invasion is imminent. He's resourceful and can kick zombie ass better than many younger guys could.

For a short story there's a really decent story line and the suspense and action build up nicely towards the ending.

All in all an entertaining read.

Why should you read it:
It's an enjoyable zombie read.


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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Ashes by Laura Bickle available as a stand-alone ebook!

Until very recently you could only get Ashes by getting the book Fantasy Medley 3, which contains 4 stories by 4 different authors. But now you can get Ashes as a stand-alone ebook!


Ashes (Anya Kalinczyk #3)
by Laura Bickle


With “Ashes,” Laura Bickle revisits Detroit arson investigator and powerful spirit medium Anya Kalinczyk as she, her five-foot-long salamander familiar Sparky, and Hades’ Charon pursue a destructive fire elemental named the Nain Rouge through the city’s festival in his dubious honor.


My review:
This is a really cool and touching story. Anya and Sparky team up with Charon to save the city from destruction. I will keep hoping for more books and stories in this series, but if this story is the last then I'm happy with how Bickle leaves things for Anya and Sparky.


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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Grid Seekers - Book Review


Grid Seekers (Grid Seekers #1)
by Logan Byrne


What is it about:
In a dystopian future, WorldNet, a semi-autonomous evolved form of the Internet, controls daily life. WorldNet allows people to plug themselves in, transporting their minds and sensory organs into what citizens call the grid while their physical bodies stay put. Inside WorldNet they can shop, bank, dine, travel, and do everything they can do in the real world, and although WorldNet itself is free, there’s a cost for doing business.

Any citizen aged sixteen to sixty who accesses WorldNet during the year is entered into a lottery. Twenty-four people, four from each of six megacities, are randomly chosen to compete in an annual televised competition in which they’re plugged in and forced to search for one of two hidden talismans. If they fail to find one of the talismans, or if they die in the process, they’re sentenced to three years of hard labor. But if they win, they’re granted one wish, any wish, that could completely change their lives—or the world.


What did I think of it:
24 people battling it out every year as a punishment for a rebellion a long time ago. Does that sound familiar?

Yup, this book is The Hunger Games all over again, including the participants getting trained before being send off to fight it out in a foresty (virtual) world.

But as The Hunger Games isn't original either and draws heavily from Battle Royale, I couldn't hold it against Grid Seekers.

This is an entertaining read. I had hoped that Byrne would use the fact that these games are set in a virtual environment to its full advantage, but alas. Apart from some minor thing the whole virtual part of the games could have been left out. I also didn't get Alexia. You get entered into the lottery if you used WorldNet in the previous year. Now maybe I missed something and Alexia did use it earlier that year, but it read like she decided to use WorldNet the day of the lottery and could have escaped being entered that year if she would have waited just one more day.

These things aside it's a fun, uncomplicated read. The ending feels a bit easy, but maybe that will be remedied in the next book.

Why should you read it:
It's a nice Dystopian read.


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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Teaser Tuesdays - Spell Games


"You have a brother?" Langford said.
"I do," Marla said. "Don't get any ideas. You aren't allowed to dissect him."

(page 136, Spell Games by T.A. Pratt)


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Monday, 13 November 2017

Blood Beast - Book Review


Blood Beast (The Demonata #5)
by Darren Shan


What is it about:
Grubbs Grady has so far escaped the family curse, but when he begins to experience alarming symptoms at the onset of the full moon, he is scared that the jaws of fate are opening and about to swallow him whole.

He has cheated death, defeated demons, moved on with his life. But Grubbs is torn between the world of magic and his wolfen genes. Can he fight the beast inside or will he fall victim to his tainted blood?


What did I think of it:
I loved Bec, which could easily be read as a standalone, so it took me a while to gather the courage to pick up book 5 in this series, knowing I'd be going back to the continuing adventures of Grubbs.

You see: I do not like Grubbs most of the time. He's a self centered little jerk. He's friends with those who are useful to him instead of being friends for who they are. And he is telling himself and the reader that is ok, because all kids act like that. I can tell you: no, not all kids are like that. Just jerks like Grubbs are like that.

Still the story was compelling enough to keep reading although there was a lot of grumbling towards Grubbs. I sure am starting to hope that Bill-E will man up and kick Grubbs ungrateful ass.

Things are a bit predictable in this book again, and it seems there was a red herring in a previous book, because something I expected to happen there and thought I'd gotten wrong, happened in this book.

All in all a nice read, although I'm reading it more for the action and the other characters than for Grubbs. I'll pick up the next book soon.

Why should you read it:
It's an entertaining read for younger teens.


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Friday, 10 November 2017

Dead But Not Forgotten - Book Review


Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse
Anthology


What is it about:
Charlaine Harris' smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories. Written by a killer lineup of authors, including New York Times best-sellers Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry and Seanan McGuire, and with introductions by Charlaine herself, Dead but Not Forgotten puts your favorite characters center stage.

The stories included in Dead but Not Forgotten are:

"Nobody's Business" by Rachel Caine (featuring Kevin Pryor & Kenya Jones)
"Tyger, Tyger" by Christopher Golden (featuring Quinn)
"The Real Santa Claus" by Leigh Perry (featuring Diantha)
"Taproot" by Jeffrey J. Mariotte (featuring Andy Bellefleur)
"Knit a Sweater Out of Sky" by Seanan McGuire (featuring Amelia)
"Love Story" by Jeanne C. Stein (featuring Adele Hale Stackhouse)
"The Million-Dollar Hunt" by Jonathan Maberry (featuring Mustapha Khan)
"Borderline Dead" by Nicole Peeler (featuring Desiree Dumas)
"Extreme Makeover Vamp Edition" by Leigh Evans (featuring Bev & Todd)
"Don't Be Cruel" by Bill Crider (featuring Bubba)
"What a Dream I Had" by Nancy Holder (featuring Alcide Herveaux)
"Another Dead Fairy" by Miranda James (featuring Claude & Claudia Crane)
"The Bat-Signal" by Suzanne McLeod (featuring Luna)
"The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars" by Dana Cameron (featuring Pam Ravenscroft)
"Widower's Walk" by MaryJanice Davidson (featuring Eric Northman)

Dead but Not Forgotten was edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner.


What did I think of it:
I thought the idea of letting other authors write stories in the Sookie Stackhouse universe was too interesting to let this book go unread. It was on sale at bookdepository as well, so all the more reason to finish my Sookie Stackhouse experience by reading this anthology.

And it is a fun read.

It was interesting to see what characters the authors had picked to write about. Some were favorites of mine as well, others left me cold.

My favorite stories were Nobody's Business by Rachel Caine, The Real Santa Claus by Leigh Perry and The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars by Dana Cameron.

I will confess I skipped a few stories, especially the ones about characters I really didn't like (Amelia, anyone?).

All in all a nice read that I recommend to fans of the series.

Why should you read it:
It's an enjoyable anthology.


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Thursday, 9 November 2017

On McPig's Wishlist - Rage


Rage (Stormheart #2)
by Cora Carmack


Princess or adventurer.

Duty or freedom.

Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.

If Aurora knows anything, it's that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan.

In disguise as the rebel Roar, she puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different—they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent.

This feels like more than rage.



Expected publication: June 5th 2018
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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Dead Ever After - Book Review


Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13)
by Charlaine Harris


What is it about:
There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart...

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough...


What did I think of it:
I did it! I managed to finish the Sookie Stackhouse series.

I will admit: it was a bumpy ride. Sookie wasn't an easy character to love for me, and in book eight I got so angry at her it took me years to continue the series.

Still I enjoyed the series overall. The characters, the mysteries, the world building were all enticing enough to convince me to get reading again, even after my anger at Sookie.

I couldn't help being spoilered about the ending of the series: it was all over the internet when this book came out. But I think Harris worked towards this ending, so even without the spoilers I wouldn't have been surprised. I thought it was a fitting end for this series.

The overall plot of this book isn't the best in the series, but entertaining enough that you won't hear me grumble. And all's well that ends well for one of my favorite characters, so I was happy about that.

All in all a nice ending for an entertaining and mostly enjoyable series.

Why should you read it:
It's an enjoyable UF read.


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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Teaser Tuesdays - Bodies in Motion


"Yes." The word was divorced from any emotion, her face blank and uncaring.
"So, you would have the skill level to open a door in the Enclave Shield."

(page 22, Bodies in Motion by Liana Brooks)


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Monday, 6 November 2017

Fairytale Christmas - Book Review


Fairytale Christmas (The Fair Folk Saga #1)
by Merrie Destefano


What is it about:
Three thousand years ago, a war began between the immortals and the mortals. It's a war that continues to this day...

Before history began, a legendary queen battled a foreign army, braved the death of her husband, and faced betrayal at the hand of someone she trusted. This is the story of Eire, Queen of the Faeries, the Immortal One, and the leader of the Tuatha de Danann.

To this day, her homeland, Ireland, bears her name, and this is the story of the war that drove the Immortal Ones into exile. It's also the tale of how she found help from an unexpected place, leading her to a love like she had never known before.

Fairytale Christmas is a story that spans thousands of years. It's also the beginning of all of our fairytales and legends; it's where mortals and immortals survive because they love one another, proving that love is the greatest gift of all.

This is the first installment in the Saga of the Fair Folk, a journey that lasts until the end of time.


What did I think of it:
I usually don't want anything Christmassy before December 6th, but the cover of this novella was too gorgeous to resist.

And luckily it also turned out less Christmassy than the title suggests, making it a beautiful read for any time of the year.

This is a story about Eire, Queen of the Faeries. It is a beautiful, bitter-sweet tale of betrayal, loyalty and love. I was hooked from the start and finished it in one sitting. I could easily picture Eire and the trials she goes through. There was one scene where things got a bit confusing, but apart from that this is a magical and suspenseful tale.

I will certainly keep an eye out for more.

Why should you read it:
It's a beautiful Fantasy read.


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Friday, 3 November 2017

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns - Book Review


Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1)
by Julie C. Dao


What is it about:
An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress--and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins--sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.


What did I think of it:
I love a good fairytale retelling, or as in this case reimagining, so when I heard about this book it immediately ended up on my wishlist.

And this is a wonderful read.

Even though this is a reimagining instead of a retelling and it tells the story of the rise to power of the Evil Queen - something the original fairytale of Snow White doesn't show - there are similarities to be found. But this tale is so beautiful and engrossing that those similarities are the last thing on your mind. I was too invested in the story to be busy comparing anyway.

Xifeng is a character who I could both relate to and despise, depending on the choices she made. During the story my opinion on her kept changing, but even at the moments I didn't like her I still wanted to keep reading to find out if her plans would work out.

The world building is absolutely beautiful. I could easily picture the settings, from the enchanted forest to the palace everything felt real.

The way this books ends makes that you could easily read it as a standalone, but also hints at enough things still to come to make you want to get hold of the next book. I will most certainly keep an eye out.

Why should you read it:
It's a wonderful Fantasy read.


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Thursday, 2 November 2017

TBR Orphans Challenge - Update



Thanks to the fact I decided to try to finish the Sookie Stackhouse series I read a total of 4 orphans in October.

Two of them had been in my TBR pile since May 2014 and one since last January. Add the second book in the Mediator omnibus to that and I'm on a roll.

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The Language of Thorns - Book Review


The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (The Grisha)
by Leigh Bardugo & Sara Kipin (Illustrator)


What is it about:
Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.


What did I think of it:
This is such a gorgeous book!

My copy was an extra book in the October 2017 FairyLoot box and as I understand it differs from the regular version in that the text on the cover has another color.

That explained: Just look at the beautiful illustrations within this book:


Even if the stories had turned out to be mediocre or worse, I'd have kept this book just for the illustrations alone.

Luckily the stories are also amazing!

They all read like Fairytales or Fables. In some the fairytale that inspired the story is still faintly recognizable, but Bardugo has taken them in new directions and made them her own. I understand these are the tales people in her Grishaverse books tell each other, and these stories made me curious about this world. You can bet I'll read more of her books in the near future.

There are six stories, and I loved them all - The way Bardugo tells them paints a vivid picture and the beautiful illustrations in the margin build up to a climax along with the story - but my favorites are The Soldier Prince and When Water Sang Fire. Both of these have a certain melancholy that spoke to me.

All in all this book was more than what I had expected and it is a definite keeper. I can advice this to anyone who loves a good fairytale.

Why should you read it:
It has gorgeous illustrations and beautiful stories.


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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Happy Halloween!

Anyone looking for a Halloween read should check out:


The dead are easy to talk to. Live people, not so much.

Charlie Sulliven thinks she knows all the secrets of the dead. Raised in a funeral home, she’s the reluctant “Ghoul Girl,” her reputation tied to a disastrous Halloween party. But navigating her life as a high school sophomore is an anxiety-inducing puzzle to her. She haunts the funeral home with her parents, emo older brother, Garth, their pistol-packing Gramma, and the glass-eyeball-devouring dachshund, Lothar.

Chewed human bodies are appearing in her parents’ morgue…and disappearing in the middle of the night. The bodies seem tied to a local legend, Catfish Bob, who has resurfaced in the muddy Milburn river near Charlie’s small town. When one of Charlie’s classmates, Amanda, awakens in the cooler as a flesh-eating ghoul, Charlie must protect her newfound friend and step up to unravel the mystery…and try to avoid becoming lunch meat for the dead.



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Monday, 30 October 2017

Deadlocked - Book Review


Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12)
by Charlaine Harris


What is it about:
Sookie has a murder investigation on her hands.

A young girl has died at a vampire party - and it looks as though her lover, Eric, might be responsible. Eric swears he didn't do it, the police don't believe him, and even Sookie isn't so sure. Nor is she inclined to take his word for it, not having caught him enjoying the victim's blood minutes before she was killed.

But something strange is going on. Why had Sookie been asked to come to the fateful party a few minutes early - just to catch Eric in the act? And why had the victim spiked her own blood before approaching Eric? Was it simply because she wanted to be irresistible, or was it something more sinister?

Sookie will have to find out ... but it's the worst moment to investigate, as her Fae family are having troubles of their own and Sookie is, inevitably, drawn in. And there is one last complication. The cluviel dor her grandmother left her. It will grant her one wish, which could fulfill Sookie's heart's desire. The only problem is, she still doesn't know what - or who - her heart truly desires ...


What did I think of it:
My attempts to finally finish this series continue.

And this was yet another very enjoyable read that had me firmly engrossed in the lives of Sookie and those around her. Maybe it's that I already know a bit about how this series ends, but to me it seems this book and the previous one are clearly paving the way for that ending. And I must say I'm looking forward to seeing everything falling together. Something I'd never thought would happen after book 8.

Talking about that book. There was one minor grumble in this book: Sookie hears from Quinn and apparently he had something with a were-tigress called 'Tijgerin'...

Yeah...

Tijgerin is the Dutch word for tigress, so... that's like calling your daughter Girl or Woman. Those parents should be kicked in my opinion.

That grumble aside this was a fun and entertaining read. I hope my copy of Dead Ever After arrives soon, so I can find out how everything ties up.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun UF read.


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Friday, 27 October 2017

Dead Reckoning - Book Review


Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11)
by Charlaine Harris


What is it about:
With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows...

What did I think of it:
Even though Dead in the Family started really slow, I was firmly back in the world and story at the end. So I decided to pick up the next book to see where things were going.

And this book was much better in my opinion. There was action from the start, interesting developments, and I even agreed with Sookie about some things.

There is more revealed about Sookie's family and Sookie's particular talents, and next to some cool action scenes there are developments in Sookie's love life as well. Some things are resolved, but others promise to play a big role in the next book.

All in all I'm enjoying this series again, and I'm planning to finally finish it. I already have Deadlocked on my shelves and I ordered the last book so I can finally read the apparently controversial ending that had so many people in a snit.

Why should you read it:
It's an action-packed and fun UF read.


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Thursday, 26 October 2017

On McPig's Wishlist - Gunpowder Alchemy


Gunpowder Alchemy (The Gunpowder Chronicles #1)
by Jeannie Lin


In 1842, the gunpowder might of China’s Qing Dynasty fell to Britain’s steam engines. Furious, the Emperor ordered the death of his engineers, eliminating China’s best chance of fighting back.

Since her father’s execution eight years ago, Jin Soling has kept her family from falling apart. With her mother addicted to opium and her younger brother in danger of being sent off to the factories, Soling has no choice but to sell off the last of her father’s possessions. Unwittingly, her actions bring her to the attention of the imperial court—the same court that betrayed her father.

The Crown Prince has launched a secret mission to bring together the remnants of the former Ministry of Science. To restore her family’s name, Soling must track down the rebel alchemist who holds the key to powering the imperial fleet. Her only ally is a man she’s just met—the engineer with a mysterious past who was once meant to be her husband…



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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Dead in the Family - Book Review


Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10)
by Charlaine Harris


What is it about:
It's all about family ...

Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a whole host of family problems, ranging from her own kin (a non-human fairy and a telepathic second cousin) demanding a place in her life, to her lover Eric's vampire sire, an ancient being who arrives with Eric's 'brother' in tow at a most inopportune moment. And Sookie's tracking down a distant relation of her ailing neighbour (and ex), Vampire Bill Compton.

In addition to the multitude of family issues complicating her life, the werewolf pack of Shreveport has asked Sookie for a special favour, and since Sookie is an obliging young woman, she agrees. But this favour for the wolves has dire results for Sookie, who is still recovering from the trauma of her abduction during the Fairy War.


What did I think of it:
It's been awhile since I read the previous book, but I finally decided to try to continue this series.

And maybe this isn't the best book to pick up after being in a series slum. it was slow.

The previous book had lots of action and heartbreak, so maybe it's not so strange that Sookie is taking things easy, but for me it felt like ages before the story was going somewhere. Still I decided to stick to it and finally stuff started to happen and I was dragged into the world again. At the end of the book I was happy enough about developments that I might just pick up book 11 soon.

Why should you read it:
It's an enjoyable UF read.


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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Teaser Tuesdays - Heat Stroke


The Ifrit purred, "Peace to you, my sisters."
"War, my sister," Rahel answered softly.

(page 93, Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, 23 October 2017

Ninth Key - Book Review


Ninth Key (The Mediator #2)
by Meg Cabot


What is it about:
Everything is going great for Suze. Her new life in California is a whirlwind of parties and excellent hair days. Tad Beaumont, the hottest boy in town, has even asked Suze out on her very first date. Suze is so excited that she's willing to ignore her misgivings about Tad... particularly the fact that he's not Jesse, whose ghostly status - not to mention apparent disinterest in her - make him unattainable.

What Suze can't ignore, however, is the ghost of a murdered woman whose death seems directly connected to dark secrets hidden in none other than Tad Beaumont's past.


What did I think of it:
This is yet another fun book by Cabot.

Suze is jumping to conclusions rather fast, and has poor judgement at times, but it makes for an enjoyable story, so I won't grumble about it. It did feel like there was less action in this story, but that may be because in the first book lots of things had to be explained and had to happen to get to know Suze, so it might have felt like a faster story because of that.

All in all this is a fast and entertaining read. I might pick up the next book when I'm in the mood for something breezy.

Why should you read it:
It's an enjoyable Paranormal YA read.


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Friday, 20 October 2017

Ashes of the Phoenix - Book Review


Ashes of the Phoenix (Phoenix Rising #1)
by Jess Haines

What is it about:
Lyra Adams enjoys her job as a rare books dealer, but when an angry wizard barges into her store and demands she fork over a unique tome from the antiquities section, she's not about to let him get away with grand larceny without a fight.

Except it's suddenly very difficult to defend her wares, seeing as the wizard turned her into some kind of weird red bird by flinging a handful of ashes in her face.

Her only hope of returning to her normal, human self lies in the hands of the one man she never wanted to see again: her lying, stealing, sorcerous scumbag ex, James Pierce. The same light-fingered thief who tried to steal that very same tome from her a few days before.

She knows she can’t trust James with her heart or her inventory. Can she trust him to turn her back?


What did I think of it:
I love Haines' H&W Investigations series, so when I had an Amazon gift card to spend Ashes of the Phoenix (which isn't available at bookdepository where I get most of my books) was one of the books I just had to get.

And this is a fun book.

It's set in the same world as the H&W Investigations series, with Lyra being a normal human who gets mixed up in the affairs of wizards.

I liked Lyra and the way she reacts to the things that happened. I did not like her ex. As so often there was another man I thought would be a much better fit with Lyra, but I'm used to that by now, so it didn't diminish my enjoyment.

This being a book of about 150 pages, it's a quick read. There's also lots of action, so I finished it in a couple of hours. The ending is satisfying, but leaves a lot open for more adventures to come. I'll be keeping an eye out for the sequel.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun UF read.


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Thursday, 19 October 2017

On McPig's wishlist - Like Never and Always


Like Never and Always
by Ann Aguirre


A dark, romantic YA Suspense edged in SF and with plenty of angst, layering the secrets we keep and how well we truly know the ones we love best.

On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever.

Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s.

Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ann Aguirre deftly weaves an enthralling tale of twisted realities, salacious intrigue, and pulsing, page-turning suspense. This is Ann at her best, an extraordinary tale of endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal.



Expected publication: July 17th 2018 by Tor Teen

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

White Trash Zombie Unchained - Book Review


White Trash Zombie Unchained (White Trash Zombie #6)
by Diana Rowland


What is it about:
Angel Crawford has finally pulled herself together (literally!) after her disastrous dismemberment on Mardi Gras. She’s putting the pieces of her life back in order and is ready to tackle whatever the future holds.

Too bad the future is a nasty bitch. There’s a new kind of zombie in town: mindless shamblers, infectious and ravenous.

With the threat of a full-blown shambler pandemic looming, and a loved one stricken, Angel and the “real” zombies scramble to find a cure. Yet when Angel uncovers the true reason the plague is spreading so quickly, she adds “no-holds-barred revenge” to her to-do list.

Angel is busting her ass dealing with shambling hordes, zombie gators, government jerks, and way too many mosquitos, but this white trash chick ain’t giving up.

Good thing, since the fate of the world is resting on her undead shoulders.


What did I think of it:
I love this series.

In this book Angel has just recovered from literally falling apart, only to discover there are shamblers about and that there's a leak within the zombie organisation she's a part of.

With stuff like that going on, there's not a dull moment in this book. I was hooked from the start and had a hard time putting the book down. Angel is resourceful, smart and has great instincts, which lead her in the right direction to try and save the day, but it also puts her in the line of fire.

There are developments both with old characters and new ones. One seemed to go a bit fast, but for the sake of the story I was willing to go with it. I'm also starting to like angel's father more and more I must say.

All in all a great read. I hope there will be more books in this series, because this series keeps getting better and better.

Why should you read it:
It's a cool zombie read with gators!


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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Teaser Tuesdays - The Mediator


"Murder?" Suddenly, I forget all about the prom.
"What about a murder?"

(page 372, The Mediator Omnibus - Ninth Key by Meg Cabot)


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Monday, 16 October 2017

There's Someone Inside Your House - Book Review


There's Someone Inside Your House
by Stephanie Perkins


What is it about:
Over a year after her parents sent her away from Hawaii to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, Makani Young is still adjusting to her new life. She's made a small group of close friends and even flirted with romance, but her past in Hawaii is still hard to forget. And then . . . one by one the students of her new high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders.

Makani doesn't know who's next on the list. Between this, and a secret scorching relationship with the school weirdo, this school year may turn out to be one to die for . . . literally.


What did I think of it:
I picked this book up because Voodoo Bride liked two of the three other books by Perkins that she read, and because this sounded like a nice Halloween read.

I did enjoy this book, but can't say it's in anyway scary though.

The book started out with a murder and I was hoping for it to continue like this, but that was not to be. The story turned out to be more of a love story between Makani and outsider Ollie than an actual slasher. After the first murder there are 5 chapters that are mainly about Makani, her mysterious past that isn't actually named until much, much later, and Ollie.

Not that I minded. The romance between Makani and Ollie was awkward and cute, and I also liked Makani's grandmother and friends (although their role could have been bigger). So after the initial disappointment that this was less suspenseful than I hoped, I settled in and enjoyed this romantic slasher-light.

There are more murders after the first 6 chapters, and Perkins mostly avoided the cliches I feared would be used. All in all not the scary read I was looking for, but entertaining and enjoyable nonetheless. I'll keep an eye out to see what Perkins writes next.

Why should you read it:
It's an enjoyable YA read.


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Friday, 13 October 2017

Angel-Seeker - Book Review


Angel-Seeker (Samaria Published Order #5/chronological #3)
by Sharon Shinn


What is it about:
The award-winning author returns to Samaria in this richly romantic tale that begins where Archangel left off. In that time, the women who craved the attention of angels were known as angel-seekers, a term used with awe by some--and scorn by others.

What did I think of it:
Of the Samaria books this one is most easily read as a standalone as the action and romance mostly isn't connected to the larger worldbuilding that is going on in this series.

This tells the story of two very different women: Elizabeth - a young woman who dreams of nothing more than finding an angel-lover and carrying his angelic offspring. And Rebekah - a young Jansai woman, who has her life planned out for her by the males in her family and grudgingly accepts this. Until she finds a wounded angel that is...

I will confess that although Elizabeth's journey to love and happiness is really well written, I just never clicked with her, even on rereads. She's too shallow at first and her change seems to go too smoothly. Still it's a nice story that shows that dreams don't always come true the way you want.

I love Rebekah's story. I know: the Jansai are once again all painted as scum, with Rebekah's younger brother as the one exception. Still I love the romance between her and Obediah. I love how she is so attracted to the angel that she can't stay away from him, but still refuses to leave her confined, but certain life behind for him and an uncertain life of freedom.

It's this love story that makes me reread this book and grumblingly accept the black and white worldbuilding. For fans of the series there are also cameos of characters from Archangel, and it gives a view of how people move on from events in that book as well.

All in all a very enjoyable read that I'm sure to revisit again in the future.

Why should you read it:
It's a very enjoyable SFF Romance read.


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Thursday, 12 October 2017

In McPig's TBR pile - Dead in the Family

Sookie and I have a rocky relationship. She even made me so angry it took me years to pick up book 9 after reading book 8. Still the overall world and the writing is cool, so I might pick this book up as my next TBR Orphan.


Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10)
by Charlaine Harris


It's all about family ...

Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a whole host of family problems, ranging from her own kin (a non-human fairy and a telepathic second cousin) demanding a place in her life, to her lover Eric's vampire sire, an ancient being who arrives with Eric's 'brother' in tow at a most inopportune moment. And Sookie's tracking down a distant relation of her ailing neighbour (and ex), Vampire Bill Compton.

In addition to the multitude of family issues complicating her life, the werewolf pack of Shreveport has asked Sookie for a special favour, and since Sookie is an obliging young woman, she agrees. But this favour for the wolves has dire results for Sookie, who is still recovering from the trauma of her abduction during the Fairy War.



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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Flight - Book Review


Flight (Samaria #1.5 chronological order)
by Sharon Shinn


What is it about:
The anthology Quatrain contains 4 stories, but I'm only reviewing one of them at the moment:

Flight
To be chosen as the lover of an angel is the highest honor in Samaria, but narrator Salome knows the hidden dangers of such a life and tries to warn her niece Sheba.


What did I think of it:
When rereading the Samaria books I discovered I didn't have all the short stories yet, so got my trotters on Quatrain which contains the Samaria story Flight.

I will confess: although this is a nice story, it's my least favorite of the shorter stories. This might have to do with the fact I do not like it when older siblings or family members try to interfere with the choices of the younger sibling/family member.

I liked discovering Salome's past and I liked how she got a second chance at something that went wrong so long ago, but I must say I could really understand why Sheba acts like she does. Salome is acting much too smothering.

All in all a nice story, but it won't be high on my reread list. I might give the other stories in this book a try and see if there's another series by Shinn I should give a try.

Why should you read it:
This one is for fans of the series. Don't use it as a start.


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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Teaser Tuesdays - Ashes of the Phoenix


Right now, he was her best option.
Her only option, if she was being honest.

(page 25, Ashes of the Phoenix by Jess Haines)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, 9 October 2017

Seeded By The Alien Tentacle King - Book Review by Voodoo Bride


Seeded By The Alien Tentacle King
by Maci Bright


What is it about:
Amanda is fed up with her life and decides to take a break from it all.

A king in need of someone like her has been waiting. Will Amanda be able to give the king and his two bodyguards what they need....


What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
After the disappointing lack of tentacle action in Tentacle Lord I went in search of something better. After two tries that went wrong (first was ridiculous, second was disturbing) I stumbled across this title.

And if you're looking for creative tentacle action this is a fun quick read. No romance build up, just a small bit of actual story, lots of tentacles.

It's a short read, so there's not much more than I already mentioned. If anyone knows of a book that combines a great story with some tentacle or other alien action, let me know.

Why should you read it:
Tentacles!


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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Tentacle Lord - Book Review by Voodoo Bride


Tentacle Lord (Tentacle Lord #1/#5)
by M. La Mer


What is it about:
Stranded on a decaying 19th century lighthouse out at sea, a beautiful and wealthy socialite wants nothing more than to return to the comforts she knows. Yet when a mysterious, intimidating stranger living within the lighthouse makes himself known, her desire to return to an unfulfilling life on the mainland is put on indefinite hold.

Unable to resist his multiple arms and fiery passion, Margaret finds she is desperate to get close to the tormented man/creature who has opened her up to discover and explore her own dark desires before the outside world threatens to intervene.


What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
I ran into this title and was too curious to resist. The story is divided into 5 separate novellas, and I decided that if I was going to indulge in something called Tentacle Lord anyway I might as well get the boxed set that contained them all.

While reading this series of adventures I was torn between two thoughts: "WTF am I reading" and "I expected more tentacles".

This series is described as an ongoing romantic adventure story. Well, there is indeed adventure. The first novella is about how Margaret gets involved with the Tentacle Lord, Corwin. (I must say even after finishing the series I'm not sure where the Lord part comes from except that it sounds cool.) It involves murderous husbands, crashing helicopters, and instalove.

In the next four books Margaret and Corwin have all kinds of outrageous adventures, including a sort of The Island of Dr. Moreau, a SciFi, and a straight up kidnapping. Luckily for the both of them there's time for a little sensual tentacle action along the way.

And there's where this series is lacking in my opinion. With a story called Tentacle Lord, with such outlandish adventures, and warnings of mature content, I would have expected both more tentacle action and creative tentacle action. Alas...

All in all this is a wildly unbelievable and erratic series, but if you're looking for a 'WTF is happening' read that's not too daring on the tentacle action, this is an entertaining series.

Now to find a tentacle read that's a bit more heavy on the tentacles.

Why should you read it:
It's a highly entertaining read.


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