24 Feb 2015

AlterWorld (Play to Live #1)

    
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Genre:
Fantasy/SF

AlterWorld
(Play to Live #1)
by D.Rus
Published July 18th 2014
 by Amazon Digital Services

I rarely decide to write a review before i finish a book, so this is one of those rare moments.
It usually happens when i am disappointed by the book, so after some time reading it, i just can't go on anymore. This however is not the case.
Quite opposite! I am very thrilled by this story, so much that i want to share it with all of you as soon as possible. And that "soon" is about 50% of the book, so far i have read till today. I am sure i will finish it in a day or two and i am sure that my opinion of the book won't change because i like it so much already.

You will be happy to know that this is a 5 books series (more books to enjoy, yay! ) and that all 5 are already written, we just have to wait for the last two to be translated in English as the books are written in Russian. And i must say the translation is done excellent - you will not even notice it's not the original.
The Books are MMO related and exceptionally well written.
If you never played a Multiplayer online game or any RPG game you might be kind of lost and confused in all the terminology and game psychology so to say.
 But if you did experience this kind of gaming, be prepared for a lot of fun!
The other so far published books are The Clan and The Duty.
Here is a bit more info about it from Amazon and if you read the book as well, please leave a comment how did you like it.


"D. Rus is a young Russian author whose books took the Russian literary market by storm in 2013. AlterWorld - the first novel of his Play to Live series - made him a bestselling author overnight as critics now credit him with single-handedly creating a new science fiction genre: LitRPG.

Set in the virtual reality of MMORPG - Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games - his books tell stories of real people who'd become stuck in the game and are forced to follow its rules while preserving their intergrity and fighting to make their new world a better place.

The five books of the series have created a huge following as more authors followed suit, making LitRPG the latest bestselling Russian genre that merges science fiction, fantasy and gaming conventions. D. Rus has been nominated for Start, one of Russia's prestigious literary prizes for the best debut science fiction novel.

The first three novels of the Play to Live series - have been translated into English, and talks are under way to have the rest of the series published on Amazon."



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23 Feb 2015

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3)

    
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Genre:
Fantasy

 Dreams of Gods & Monsters
(Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3)
by Laini Taylor
Published April 8th 2014
 by Little, Brown & Company

I wish writers would write a reminder about previous sequels on every next book in the series..
It happens to me often that i forget many things from the previous books and this fact lessens the amount of sequel-reading-enjoyment.

This third and probably last (or not?) sequel was excellent and the only thing i have to complain about
is that it has some amount of unnecessary words. I think the book could stay amazing and wouldn't loose any of it charm with even 1/3 less of content. But i just skipped reading them, so we are ok. And here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

"By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?
"



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22 Feb 2015

A Draw of Kings (The Staff and the Sword 3)

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Genre:
Fantasy

A Draw of Kings
Patrick W. Carr
Bethany House
Bethany House Publishers

A Draw of Kings is a great ending to an amazing Fantasy series that rests now on my favorite shelves. Like the two previous books this one didn't disappoint either.The world building,the characters, the story - everything is deep, thorough, full and rich even complicated at times.
It is full of action and it hardly ever or even never drags away.

The kingdom of Illustra is on the breeches of war.And the kingdom still hasn't find there king.The one who is supposed to fight for his kingdom and die saving it.But whenever they cast the lots, they get the same results-Errol and Liam.Both names.
    So who will be the next king?

Errol Stone's adventures continue with a lot of suspense action and plot twists that kept me on edge and guessing until the very end.
I gave it four instead of five stars just because at moments i felt a bit lost as things tended to get overcomplicated.

But i really enjoyed this series and  it's very much worth recommending!
Here is the summary from Goodreads:
""Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, much is changed on their return. In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and his intentions are to marry Adora to bring an heir.
With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war–and at growing risk from the armies of Merakh and Morgol.
A dangerous mission to free Errol succeeds, but the dangers facing the kingdom are mounting with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw near. Will the revelation of Illustra’s next true king come in time or will all be lost?




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21 Feb 2015

Thief's Magic

    


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Genre:
Fantasy

Thief's Magic
Book 1 of Millennium's Rule
Trudi Canavan
Little, Brown Book Group UK
Orbit




I was so happy when i found out about this new series, because herBlack Magician trilogy
is on the top of my favorite books.
So i am very thankful to the Orbit publisher for providing me the book.

In this story we actually follow to story's. One is about Tyen, the magic and archeology student
and the second is about Rielle the daughter of a good-standing dye-works family.

And this to stories are very different, and they never meet each other, never intercept. Ah well, maybe they will in the second book.

Anyway, the stories even happen in different countries and the only similarity is one big problem they have.
Namely, they are running out of magic.

In one country they use it as fuel for different kind of machines so they spend it a lot and fast and in the other country they don't spend as much but
that's because only priests are allowed to use it.

There is romance, there is action, there are secrets and gossip, there is friendship and betrayal, there are so many things happening!

The world building and the characterization is very advanced and thorough, i was completely engrossed  in this fantastic story
and couldn't let it go all the 500+ pages.

It all felt really true and believable- the dialog, the social interactions, the mean enemies and the not so flawless friends.
Trudi Canavan again proved us she is a seasoned and talented author and she definitely has an enormous imagination and knows very well what she is doing.
It is smart and very well written so i definitely recommend it to all the fantasy fans who like to have in a fantasy book a bit more beside just swords,battles dragon and spells:)


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19 Feb 2015

The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)

    

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Genre:
Fantasy

The Magician's Land
Lev Grossman
PENGUIN GROUP Viking
Pub Date   Aug 5 2014 
Source: Advanced reading copy received from  publisher in exchange for an honest review.


        This is the third and last part in the trilogy, and i must say i relay liked it.The writing and the style is good and similar to the previous two books.Lev Grossman made yet again a fantastic, rich and colorful adventure for us to enjoy.I wonder sometimes where do writers like him get such a never-ending imagination.

Quentin Coldwater found out that the land in his favorite fantasy novels was actually real so he traveled (who wouldn't) there and had many quests and adventures with his friends.
It did remind me a bit of the serial.

He is a very complicated character - sometimes a bit spoiled,very often a great dreamer, definitely a sensitive soul, and a brave and unexpected hero.
Through all three books we can follow him growing from a  childish teenagers ( who got on my nerves more then one time)
to an adult, experienced magician who participated in many battles but still didn't loose his fate in wonders and fantasy.
The Magician's Land  wraps up most of the loose ends from previous books and still keeps you on edge and reading through the night.
A nice and fulfilling conclusion to a beautiful trilogy.


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7 May 2014

Sixth Grave On the Edge (Charley Davidson 6)






                

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Genre:

Urban Fantasy - Romance- Thriller-Mystery


Author:
Expected publication:
May 20th 2014
 Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Advanced reading copy received from St. Martin's Press publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Darynda Jones is a writer that has such a great skill for creating humorous and clever
dialogs between her characters that you can be sure to have a good laugh reading her series.

This latest installment of her Charley Davidson series is action pact, funny and hot like
any of the previous we enjoyed.

There will be some major revelations, some moments where you just have to laugh out laud,
some very hot and spiced scenes ( every page on which Reyes appears is hot and spiced is it not ;) )
a lot of mystery, great friendship, romantic moments, heartbreak minutes, and everything else that we are used to get delivered by Darindas skillful writing.
And of course a sweet and intriguing ending, just to makes as wish for the next book to read as soon as possible.
I recommend this book very much for urban fantasy lovers .

You can read my review of the previous book here .

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5 Jan 2014






What a beautiful morning!
 Not so by looking to the murky weather outside my window but more for looking on my phone screen :)

 Still in bed i cast a glance at my e-mails and there they where!

 Cobweb Forest, Book Three of the Cobweb Bride Trilogy is out and i am offered a free copy to do my review thing again :)

Yay!
I am very happy to have a chance to read the sequel so soon after i finished the 2. part . Can't wait to cuddle up and start reading
( sorrowfully not right now, as piles of laundry and some dishwasher unloading have priority).

And the second good news is (it's the second not because is less important or less good but because it was in my inbox a bit later)  that i am offered to do a blog tour for
 A Draw of Kings by Patrick W. Carr ( by Bethany House Publishers).Yay again!

I am still a very "young" 42 year old blogger and maybe not so very active on the daily basis like some, so i still get exited when offered books and tours freely from publishers, not having to chase after them my self and ask for books to review:)

So,yeah .It's a happy morning and now i am off to make breakfast for my kids, coffee for hubby and me   and then..sigh off to the battle with laundry and dishes ;)

(Check in later  for some free giveaways as i am kindly offered  to  share my happiness by sharing some nice books)
Bye!

19 Dec 2013

Cobweb Empire




TITLE:
Cobweb Empire
(Cobweb Bride Trilogy #2)

Author: Vera Nazarian
Release Date:
  September 25th 2013
Source: received from the author for review





Imagine a world where no one is dying.
Yay that's a great idea - you would say at first.But think about it.It's not just that you would become immortal or that your loved ones would never have to depart from you.Think about the sick, think about the old people already on there dying bed...
They wouldn't just jump up, become healed,healthy and young again. No,they would be sentenced to endless suffering with no sleep or rest.Nothing can die.Not the old,dying grandma,not the assassinated beautiful princess,not the little child who fell and hurt it self, not even the pig who was on the slaughter table at the moment when death stopped.Still thinking this is a good idea for a world to be? I think not.But it is how it is.Mr.Death him self decided it is time for him to have a bride,but he cant find her.He doesn't now how she looks like nor where she is but he can feel her somewhere in the world.So he decides to stop doing his job until the bride comes to him.

   This is the story that we learn of in the first installment of the Cobweb Bride Trilogy.

In this second sequel we will have the honor to join the journey of Persephone through the land at war against the dead armies,on her way to find the Cobweb Bride.
If i would write any more of it it would have to much spoilers so i'll just say that you can expect to engage a handsome,dark knight;a cute and clever peasant girl by the name of Persephone,some spoiled aristocrats;a funny, heartwarming, middle-aged witch;a clever mare;a noble death princess,an assassin in love and regret,and a lot more beautiful and deeply developed characters that will grow to you and become your best friends and foes.

A worthy sequel if not even better as the first part! Such beautiful and poetic writing... The story starts a bit slow at the beginning but takes a nice turn later on with more romance and action. Some really clever parts like the nature of the Lethe river and the final chapter revelation, where i almost thought-OK this is the end, nice and happy-turned to be a huge surprise and smart cliffhanger. They made me smile and happily think of future hours spend reading the promised third part... hopefully sooner rather then later. Thumbs up dear Vera, for this beautiful sequel and thank you for sending me the book when i asked for it.I am very much recommending this serial and i can't wait to lay my eyes on the third book:)

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5 Oct 2013

Nomination for The Shine On Award

Thank you Kristalia for nominating me for the award!

 And this are the Shine On Award "rules" :
1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog, and link back.
3. Share seven, random interesting things about yourself.
4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the Shine On Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.

1. Done
2. Done
3. Seven things that i like :
  •  1.Fantasy Books
  •  2.Kindle
  •  3.Two dogs & one cat
  •  4.Fantasy tv series
  •  5.Baking Pancakes
  •  6.Watching the sky
  •  7.Coffey
4. Nominating 15 bloggers...
   This will be kind of a struggle. There are great blogs out there but i don't have the time right now,
i hope i manage to do it this days..

  1. http://bookwormdream.blogspot.com/
  2. http://www.themidnightgarden.net/
  3. http://www.alisoncanread.com/
  4. http://books-and-insomnia.blogspot.com/
  5. http://www.thenocturnallibrary.com/
  6. http://jacitamati.blogspot.com/
  7. http://supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com/
  8. http://bookishwhimsy.blogspot.com/
  9.  

28 Aug 2013

The Annihilation of Foreverland



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 Genre:
Science Fiction > Dystopia>Thriller>Computers





Author:Tony Bertauski
Release Date December 31st 2011
Publisher: Bertauski
Source: Advanced reading copy received from Netgally.


                             I was pleasantly surprised by this story.
It was one of the ARC-s i acquired from Netgally and i kind of started reading it more because i am due over to do some reviews then because i was in a reading mode.But the story managed to suck me in right from the beginning (i so love books that don't drag) and kept me interested to the very end.

There isn't much i can say about the summary without doing some major spoilers, so I'll just keep it short.
This is a story about few teenage boys who are awakened on some tropic island with a memory loss.
The main character vaguely remembers his ant calling him Danny Boy so this is how everyone else start calling him. There are weird things happening on the Island and as the story develops more and more is reviled and the suspense and the curiosity will keep you reading deep into the night.
The Characters are very good developed all though i would maybe give Danny few years more then 13 considering his maturity and to the way he responses to all the events that are happening to him.
I am a mother of a 13 year old boy so i couldn't avoid compering. Some things that Danny said were hard to imagine coming from a 13 year old, but on the other hand - he is some kind of genius so maybe he shouldn't be compered to ordinary kids that age :).

I so can see a movie made of this book,it has all the necessity's for a great sf thriller:) 

Looking forward to read the next part.

Goodreads summery :

When kids awake on an island, they’re told there was an accident. Before they can go home, they will visit Foreverland, an alternate reality that will heal their minds.

Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland. He doesn’t remember her name, but knows he once loved her. He’ll have to endure great suffering and trust his dream. And trust he’s not insane.

Danny Boy, the new arrival, meets Reed’s dream girl inside Foreverland. She’s stuck in the fantasy land that no kid can resist. Where every heart’s desire is satisfied. Why should anyone care how Foreverland works?



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24 Feb 2015

AlterWorld (Play to Live #1)

    
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Genre:
Fantasy/SF

AlterWorld
(Play to Live #1)
by D.Rus
Published July 18th 2014
 by Amazon Digital Services

I rarely decide to write a review before i finish a book, so this is one of those rare moments.
It usually happens when i am disappointed by the book, so after some time reading it, i just can't go on anymore. This however is not the case.
Quite opposite! I am very thrilled by this story, so much that i want to share it with all of you as soon as possible. And that "soon" is about 50% of the book, so far i have read till today. I am sure i will finish it in a day or two and i am sure that my opinion of the book won't change because i like it so much already.

You will be happy to know that this is a 5 books series (more books to enjoy, yay! ) and that all 5 are already written, we just have to wait for the last two to be translated in English as the books are written in Russian. And i must say the translation is done excellent - you will not even notice it's not the original.
The Books are MMO related and exceptionally well written.
If you never played a Multiplayer online game or any RPG game you might be kind of lost and confused in all the terminology and game psychology so to say.
 But if you did experience this kind of gaming, be prepared for a lot of fun!
The other so far published books are The Clan and The Duty.
Here is a bit more info about it from Amazon and if you read the book as well, please leave a comment how did you like it.


"D. Rus is a young Russian author whose books took the Russian literary market by storm in 2013. AlterWorld - the first novel of his Play to Live series - made him a bestselling author overnight as critics now credit him with single-handedly creating a new science fiction genre: LitRPG.

Set in the virtual reality of MMORPG - Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games - his books tell stories of real people who'd become stuck in the game and are forced to follow its rules while preserving their intergrity and fighting to make their new world a better place.

The five books of the series have created a huge following as more authors followed suit, making LitRPG the latest bestselling Russian genre that merges science fiction, fantasy and gaming conventions. D. Rus has been nominated for Start, one of Russia's prestigious literary prizes for the best debut science fiction novel.

The first three novels of the Play to Live series - have been translated into English, and talks are under way to have the rest of the series published on Amazon."



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23 Feb 2015

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3)

    
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Genre:
Fantasy

 Dreams of Gods & Monsters
(Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3)
by Laini Taylor
Published April 8th 2014
 by Little, Brown & Company

I wish writers would write a reminder about previous sequels on every next book in the series..
It happens to me often that i forget many things from the previous books and this fact lessens the amount of sequel-reading-enjoyment.

This third and probably last (or not?) sequel was excellent and the only thing i have to complain about
is that it has some amount of unnecessary words. I think the book could stay amazing and wouldn't loose any of it charm with even 1/3 less of content. But i just skipped reading them, so we are ok. And here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

"By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?
"



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22 Feb 2015

A Draw of Kings (The Staff and the Sword 3)

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Genre:
Fantasy

A Draw of Kings
Patrick W. Carr
Bethany House
Bethany House Publishers

A Draw of Kings is a great ending to an amazing Fantasy series that rests now on my favorite shelves. Like the two previous books this one didn't disappoint either.The world building,the characters, the story - everything is deep, thorough, full and rich even complicated at times.
It is full of action and it hardly ever or even never drags away.

The kingdom of Illustra is on the breeches of war.And the kingdom still hasn't find there king.The one who is supposed to fight for his kingdom and die saving it.But whenever they cast the lots, they get the same results-Errol and Liam.Both names.
    So who will be the next king?

Errol Stone's adventures continue with a lot of suspense action and plot twists that kept me on edge and guessing until the very end.
I gave it four instead of five stars just because at moments i felt a bit lost as things tended to get overcomplicated.

But i really enjoyed this series and  it's very much worth recommending!
Here is the summary from Goodreads:
""Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, much is changed on their return. In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and his intentions are to marry Adora to bring an heir.
With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war–and at growing risk from the armies of Merakh and Morgol.
A dangerous mission to free Errol succeeds, but the dangers facing the kingdom are mounting with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw near. Will the revelation of Illustra’s next true king come in time or will all be lost?




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21 Feb 2015

Thief's Magic

    


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Genre:
Fantasy

Thief's Magic
Book 1 of Millennium's Rule
Trudi Canavan
Little, Brown Book Group UK
Orbit




I was so happy when i found out about this new series, because herBlack Magician trilogy
is on the top of my favorite books.
So i am very thankful to the Orbit publisher for providing me the book.

In this story we actually follow to story's. One is about Tyen, the magic and archeology student
and the second is about Rielle the daughter of a good-standing dye-works family.

And this to stories are very different, and they never meet each other, never intercept. Ah well, maybe they will in the second book.

Anyway, the stories even happen in different countries and the only similarity is one big problem they have.
Namely, they are running out of magic.

In one country they use it as fuel for different kind of machines so they spend it a lot and fast and in the other country they don't spend as much but
that's because only priests are allowed to use it.

There is romance, there is action, there are secrets and gossip, there is friendship and betrayal, there are so many things happening!

The world building and the characterization is very advanced and thorough, i was completely engrossed  in this fantastic story
and couldn't let it go all the 500+ pages.

It all felt really true and believable- the dialog, the social interactions, the mean enemies and the not so flawless friends.
Trudi Canavan again proved us she is a seasoned and talented author and she definitely has an enormous imagination and knows very well what she is doing.
It is smart and very well written so i definitely recommend it to all the fantasy fans who like to have in a fantasy book a bit more beside just swords,battles dragon and spells:)


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19 Feb 2015

The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)

    

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Genre:
Fantasy

The Magician's Land
Lev Grossman
PENGUIN GROUP Viking
Pub Date   Aug 5 2014 
Source: Advanced reading copy received from  publisher in exchange for an honest review.


        This is the third and last part in the trilogy, and i must say i relay liked it.The writing and the style is good and similar to the previous two books.Lev Grossman made yet again a fantastic, rich and colorful adventure for us to enjoy.I wonder sometimes where do writers like him get such a never-ending imagination.

Quentin Coldwater found out that the land in his favorite fantasy novels was actually real so he traveled (who wouldn't) there and had many quests and adventures with his friends.
It did remind me a bit of the serial.

He is a very complicated character - sometimes a bit spoiled,very often a great dreamer, definitely a sensitive soul, and a brave and unexpected hero.
Through all three books we can follow him growing from a  childish teenagers ( who got on my nerves more then one time)
to an adult, experienced magician who participated in many battles but still didn't loose his fate in wonders and fantasy.
The Magician's Land  wraps up most of the loose ends from previous books and still keeps you on edge and reading through the night.
A nice and fulfilling conclusion to a beautiful trilogy.


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7 May 2014

Sixth Grave On the Edge (Charley Davidson 6)






                

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Genre:

Urban Fantasy - Romance- Thriller-Mystery


Author:
Expected publication:
May 20th 2014
 Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Advanced reading copy received from St. Martin's Press publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Darynda Jones is a writer that has such a great skill for creating humorous and clever
dialogs between her characters that you can be sure to have a good laugh reading her series.

This latest installment of her Charley Davidson series is action pact, funny and hot like
any of the previous we enjoyed.

There will be some major revelations, some moments where you just have to laugh out laud,
some very hot and spiced scenes ( every page on which Reyes appears is hot and spiced is it not ;) )
a lot of mystery, great friendship, romantic moments, heartbreak minutes, and everything else that we are used to get delivered by Darindas skillful writing.
And of course a sweet and intriguing ending, just to makes as wish for the next book to read as soon as possible.
I recommend this book very much for urban fantasy lovers .

You can read my review of the previous book here .

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5 Jan 2014






What a beautiful morning!
 Not so by looking to the murky weather outside my window but more for looking on my phone screen :)

 Still in bed i cast a glance at my e-mails and there they where!

 Cobweb Forest, Book Three of the Cobweb Bride Trilogy is out and i am offered a free copy to do my review thing again :)

Yay!
I am very happy to have a chance to read the sequel so soon after i finished the 2. part . Can't wait to cuddle up and start reading
( sorrowfully not right now, as piles of laundry and some dishwasher unloading have priority).

And the second good news is (it's the second not because is less important or less good but because it was in my inbox a bit later)  that i am offered to do a blog tour for
 A Draw of Kings by Patrick W. Carr ( by Bethany House Publishers).Yay again!

I am still a very "young" 42 year old blogger and maybe not so very active on the daily basis like some, so i still get exited when offered books and tours freely from publishers, not having to chase after them my self and ask for books to review:)

So,yeah .It's a happy morning and now i am off to make breakfast for my kids, coffee for hubby and me   and then..sigh off to the battle with laundry and dishes ;)

(Check in later  for some free giveaways as i am kindly offered  to  share my happiness by sharing some nice books)
Bye!

19 Dec 2013

Cobweb Empire




TITLE:
Cobweb Empire
(Cobweb Bride Trilogy #2)

Author: Vera Nazarian
Release Date:
  September 25th 2013
Source: received from the author for review





Imagine a world where no one is dying.
Yay that's a great idea - you would say at first.But think about it.It's not just that you would become immortal or that your loved ones would never have to depart from you.Think about the sick, think about the old people already on there dying bed...
They wouldn't just jump up, become healed,healthy and young again. No,they would be sentenced to endless suffering with no sleep or rest.Nothing can die.Not the old,dying grandma,not the assassinated beautiful princess,not the little child who fell and hurt it self, not even the pig who was on the slaughter table at the moment when death stopped.Still thinking this is a good idea for a world to be? I think not.But it is how it is.Mr.Death him self decided it is time for him to have a bride,but he cant find her.He doesn't now how she looks like nor where she is but he can feel her somewhere in the world.So he decides to stop doing his job until the bride comes to him.

   This is the story that we learn of in the first installment of the Cobweb Bride Trilogy.

In this second sequel we will have the honor to join the journey of Persephone through the land at war against the dead armies,on her way to find the Cobweb Bride.
If i would write any more of it it would have to much spoilers so i'll just say that you can expect to engage a handsome,dark knight;a cute and clever peasant girl by the name of Persephone,some spoiled aristocrats;a funny, heartwarming, middle-aged witch;a clever mare;a noble death princess,an assassin in love and regret,and a lot more beautiful and deeply developed characters that will grow to you and become your best friends and foes.

A worthy sequel if not even better as the first part! Such beautiful and poetic writing... The story starts a bit slow at the beginning but takes a nice turn later on with more romance and action. Some really clever parts like the nature of the Lethe river and the final chapter revelation, where i almost thought-OK this is the end, nice and happy-turned to be a huge surprise and smart cliffhanger. They made me smile and happily think of future hours spend reading the promised third part... hopefully sooner rather then later. Thumbs up dear Vera, for this beautiful sequel and thank you for sending me the book when i asked for it.I am very much recommending this serial and i can't wait to lay my eyes on the third book:)

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5 Oct 2013

Nomination for The Shine On Award

Thank you Kristalia for nominating me for the award!

 And this are the Shine On Award "rules" :
1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog, and link back.
3. Share seven, random interesting things about yourself.
4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the Shine On Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.

1. Done
2. Done
3. Seven things that i like :
  •  1.Fantasy Books
  •  2.Kindle
  •  3.Two dogs & one cat
  •  4.Fantasy tv series
  •  5.Baking Pancakes
  •  6.Watching the sky
  •  7.Coffey
4. Nominating 15 bloggers...
   This will be kind of a struggle. There are great blogs out there but i don't have the time right now,
i hope i manage to do it this days..

  1. http://bookwormdream.blogspot.com/
  2. http://www.themidnightgarden.net/
  3. http://www.alisoncanread.com/
  4. http://books-and-insomnia.blogspot.com/
  5. http://www.thenocturnallibrary.com/
  6. http://jacitamati.blogspot.com/
  7. http://supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com/
  8. http://bookishwhimsy.blogspot.com/
  9.  

28 Aug 2013

The Annihilation of Foreverland



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 Genre:
Science Fiction > Dystopia>Thriller>Computers





Author:Tony Bertauski
Release Date December 31st 2011
Publisher: Bertauski
Source: Advanced reading copy received from Netgally.


                             I was pleasantly surprised by this story.
It was one of the ARC-s i acquired from Netgally and i kind of started reading it more because i am due over to do some reviews then because i was in a reading mode.But the story managed to suck me in right from the beginning (i so love books that don't drag) and kept me interested to the very end.

There isn't much i can say about the summary without doing some major spoilers, so I'll just keep it short.
This is a story about few teenage boys who are awakened on some tropic island with a memory loss.
The main character vaguely remembers his ant calling him Danny Boy so this is how everyone else start calling him. There are weird things happening on the Island and as the story develops more and more is reviled and the suspense and the curiosity will keep you reading deep into the night.
The Characters are very good developed all though i would maybe give Danny few years more then 13 considering his maturity and to the way he responses to all the events that are happening to him.
I am a mother of a 13 year old boy so i couldn't avoid compering. Some things that Danny said were hard to imagine coming from a 13 year old, but on the other hand - he is some kind of genius so maybe he shouldn't be compered to ordinary kids that age :).

I so can see a movie made of this book,it has all the necessity's for a great sf thriller:) 

Looking forward to read the next part.

Goodreads summery :

When kids awake on an island, they’re told there was an accident. Before they can go home, they will visit Foreverland, an alternate reality that will heal their minds.

Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland. He doesn’t remember her name, but knows he once loved her. He’ll have to endure great suffering and trust his dream. And trust he’s not insane.

Danny Boy, the new arrival, meets Reed’s dream girl inside Foreverland. She’s stuck in the fantasy land that no kid can resist. Where every heart’s desire is satisfied. Why should anyone care how Foreverland works?



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