Book review: Environmentally Friendly

Environmentally FriendlyEnvironmentally Friendly by Elias Zanbaka

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Song: 30 Seconds To Mars – ATTACK

**The book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

Very interesting, well-written, action filled story about a war veteran, Sgt. Major Bushnell, trying to claim revenge on Mother Nature, and a police officer intent on helping him. From the description of the book above you’d think that Bushnell was the main character here, but no, it was the officer – Schaefer. I did sympathize with what he tried to accomplish – helping mentally unstable person to get closure and find some piece, but I thought Schaefer went too far with it. It’s one thing to attempt doing it in a completely controled environment, it’s another thing to risk countless lives to appease one man’s fantasies.

I think the story could win a great deal from being made into a full novel. I would’ve loved to get different POVs, it would have rounded it up nicely. Maybe we could get a little more of an insight into Bushnell’s mind and why he chose to blame Mother Nature. It could be interesting.

Over and out

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Book review: Anti-Stepbrother

Anti-StepbrotherAnti-Stepbrother by Tijan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Song: Kate Voegele – No Good

My first book by Tijan and I have to say, now I understand what all the hype was about. Finished this one practically in one sitting. And that was a feat, I tell you, ’cause I started reading it right after I finished the book before that and it was already 1AM. I loved it, I am deffinitly coming for seconds. Who needs sleep, right?

I laughed, I cried, I’ve punched my pillow a few times. Summer was the perfect MH for me, she couldn’t have been any better in this. Spunky, funny, inherently good and a little nuts. She was coming into her own after high school and bloomed into this amazing character, that I couldn’t help loving. Oh, and those tirades? It cracked me up like nothing in my resent memory.

Can we all agree that Caden is the most perfect specimen since Travis in Beautiful Disaster? His family situation is heartbreaking and more the reason to admire him and seriously, he deserves it.

Kevin on the other hand is the embodiment of assholest asshole. When Summer talked about maiming and guts and stuff, I was right there with her.

I won’t give you any quotes because I would have to post a whole book here, and I’m pretty sure that’s frowned upon. You’ll just have to read it for yourself and I promise you, you won’t regret it.

Still not convinced?

Over and out

Book review: After the Dark

After the DarkAfter the Dark by Max Allan Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It

Huh, ok. So this is how it ends? I love happily ever afters just as much as the next person, but wrapping it all with a nice little bow seems uncharacteristic to the series. I wouldn’t mind that comet having some kind of impact on mass populace, if only a minor one. On the other hand, this is the last book and I can understand author wanting to give fans closure. Still, I was hoping for maybe seeing Sandeman there in the end. Oh well.

The writing is still very good, all the characters captured perfectly and I’m thinking Max Allan Collins was quite a fan of the show himself. Anyone who watched it would be, there’s no other way to go about it. Max and Co were pretty awesome and I’m happy I got to spend a little more time with them here.

Over and out.

Book review: Skin Game

Skin GameSkin Game by Max Allan Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: blink-182 – I Miss You

Raise of hands from the ones who remember these two at their best and quirkiest?

As a Dark Angel fan I was happy to know that the cliffhanger we were treated to in the end of season two wasn’t the end. The canon continued in the books format. And I had these books for a bunch of years before I finally read them. Why? Because with all the transgenic stuff I wanted my english to get to the point where I could actually understand what I would be reading about.

Now, I haven’t watched the series for a long while, but I thought that this book did it justice in terms of characters and relationships. The writing was quite good too, wich I wasn’t really expecting. And it picked up right where the show left it time wise. My only problem was that this was a relatively short read but it was treated like a full size novel, with unnecessary attention to the side characters, when all I wanted was to know what the main core was doing. I was hoping for more Alec and Max interaction (strictly platonic, come on, they’re like siblings busting each other’s balls), more Max kicking White’s ass, some Logan developments, maybe a clue or two about Sandeman. I mean it still could happen in the next book, but could they really squeeze all the answers in that one little book? I guess I’ll find out soon enough.

Over and out

Book review: Witch Hunt

Witch HuntWitch Hunt by S.M. Reine

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Song: Lady Gaga – Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)

Maybe I’m missing something, no scratch that, I am definitely missing something, because this book just didn’t do anything for me. Despite the cool Firefly reference. My friends seemed to enjoy it and yet I found myself unimpressed. The world as well as the main hero felt a little flat. Desert Eagle was certainly wasted on Cesar Hawke. Oh well, maybe it will prove useful in the future. Good luck on your journey, Cesar.

Over and out

Book review: Darkfever

DarkfeverDarkfever by Karen Marie Moning

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: Monotone by Katy Rose

Buddy read with my girls Jilly and edge of bubble.

Meet Mac. Clueless 22 year old Georgian Belle. The biggest loves of her life are pink color, her blond hair, rainbows and her sister Alina.

Alina gets killed in Ireland and after only 3 weeks of investigation the case is closed as unsolved, and Mac travels there to give the piece of her mind to the local police. Then all this weird stuff starts happening and Mac is thrown in the middle of a supernatural tresure hunt. And she doesn’t even like anything paranormal, never mind believe in it, no sir.

Vampires? Eew. Dead. Enough said. Time-travel? Ha, give me creature comforts over a hulking highlander with the manners of a caveman any day. Werewolves? Oh please, just plain stupid. Who wants to get it on with a man who’s ruled by his inner dog? As if all men aren’t anyway, even without the lycanthrope gene.

I gotta agree with her on that last one.
We’re not dealing with any of that, though. Well, maybe a vampire (although it’s not confirmed), and I have my suspicions about maybe a werewolf (or some kind of were-something), no, we’re dealing with fairies.

No, not that fairy. More like something out of Resident Evil creature like fairy. Not something you’d want to give your tooth to, or anything at all, for that matter. Of course there are pretty ones as well, but they are royalty and anyway they can sex you to death, so who knows what’s worse.

When they’re done with a woman, she’s a mess. It gets in her blood. Unprotected Fae-sex awakens a frenzy of sexual hunger inside a woman for something she should never have had to begin with.

We meet one of those too – prince V’lan of the Seelie Court (Light Court, not to be mistaken for a good one). Every meeting with him leads to striptease and self loathing from Mac, but I kind of start to like the guy – he just can’t help himself. Oh, ah nothing happens in the sex department, I forgot to mention that.
So, everyone is just crazy, looking for this mythical book of dark spells, shisa-do, wich Alina in her massage to Mac, asked her to find before anyone else.

“No, wait – how do you spell it?”
“S-i-n-s-a-r,” he spelled.
“Sinsar?” I said it phonetically.
He shook his head. “Shi-sa. Shi-sa-du.”
“Oh, that makes great sense. And the ‘du?”
“D-u-b-h.”
“Dubh is do?” I was incredulous. It was no wonder I hadn’t been able to find the stupid word. “Should I be calling pubs poos?”

Ireland, go fugure!
The thing is, Mac is not so normal herself. She’s a sidhe-seer (she-seer!) and sees through the glamour of Fae to what they really are. In this race to find the book and avenge her sister’s death, Mac is assisted, or rather exploited by Jericho Barrons. Mysterious owner of a book shop and all around asshole with some kind of powers, knowledge of almost everything and arrogance wich only rivals Mac’s stupidity. They try to adapt to each other, but just barely. He did paint her nails when she had her arm broken, so there’s a picture for you.

There’s just so much shovinizm in this book, that I just can’t help but to sympathize with Mac, trying to stand her ground. It’s a struggle, honey, I know, be strong. She would probably succumb to Barron’s “charm” at some point, but so far she’s smart at least about that. It’s actually fun to see how she manages to stumble through all of this mess around her.

Over and out.

Rapid Fire Book TAG!

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No one seems to tag anyone on this so I just jumped on it when I saw Mischenko do it. She has a pretty neat blog about books if you want to check it out.

I guess originally this TAG was made by GirlReading over Youtube, so be sure to stop by and check her out HERE.

Now to the Q&A!


Question 1: E-Book or Physical Book?

E-book. If I had to carry around all my books with me always, I’d look like a Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Question 2 : Paperback or Hardback?

Hardback. Paperbacks are flimsy.

Question 3 : Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-Store for physical books. Definitely.

Question 4 : Trilogies or Series?

Series. Just because there are so many I love, can’t say the same about trilogies.

Question 5 : Heroes or Villains?

Villains. I have a thing about them. Also heroes don’t have much room for character growth, but villains have endless potential.

Question 6 : A book you want everyone to read?

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh.

Question 7 : Recommend an underrated book?

Night Watch by  Sergei Lukyanenko. I wouldn’t call it underrated, just not hugely known in the big world.

Question 8 : The last book you finished?

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. Epic series!

Question 9 :The Last Book(s) You Bought?

Insatiable by Meg Cabot. I had to, it was a compulsion.

Question 10 : Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

Another book.

Question 11 : Used Books: Yes or No?

No. Just because I don’t even have access to places with used books. Libraries don’t count.

Question 12 : Top Three Favorite Genres?

Paranormal/Fantasy, Romantic comedies, Mystery

Question 13 : Borrow or Buy?

Buy. I prefer to read in original language and my friends don’t.

Question 14 : Characters or Plot?

It’s a double trouble. If the only thing interesting about the book is its main character I doubt I’d continue reading. Same goes for books with dull characters you can’t connect to but good plot.

Question 15 : Long or Short Books?

Long. A quick fix is not that satisfying most of the time.

Question 16 : Long or Short Chapters?

Long. Same reasoning really.

Question 17 : Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Question 18 : Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Cry. They have the most impact.

Question 19 : Our World or Fictional Worlds?

I live in both so…

Question 20 : Audiobooks: Yes or No?

No. I’m seeing the world the author is building only when I’m reading myself.

Question 21 : Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Gulity. But have you seen the covers out there? They’re so pretty.

Question 22 : Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Depends on the people involved.

Question 23 : A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

The Vampire Diaries. The books were too childish for me.

Question 24 : Series or Standalone?

Series. The world building is better and it’s more entertaining.


I’m not going to tag anyone because I wasn’t tagged, but you just go ahead and do it if you didn’t! I’d love to see your answers. Thanks for reading mine ))

Book review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and RuinA Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Song: Thirty Seconds To Mars – This Is War

When I first saw the number of pages in this thing I was asking Mother above to give me strengh. 700 pages long must be my personal record or something. I don’t remember reading anything longer than 500 or so pages. When it came to ACOWAR, though, it was different. If I didn’t have to go to work I wouldn’t have put it down. 700 pages didn’t seem nearly enough.

I mean ACOTAR was good but I didn’t really get into it until somewhere in the middle. ACOMAF was what made me fall in love with the series and ACOWAR just made an emotional yo-yo out of me.

Thank you, God, for my booze storage

It’s not to say the book was perfect. No. It was spotty and the writing was uneven in places, and I also have a few questions that were bugging me during reading. Unfortunately, I can’t list them all because of the spoilers, so I’ll just stick with these three:

1. When did Feyre master her powers to that degree we’ve seen her use in Spring Court? As far as I could tell at the end of ACOMAF she only just started to learn to walk, metaphorically speaking.

2. Was it just me or characters’ speach became much more modern comparing to ACOTAR?

3. Did anyone see the reveal about Mor coming?

And to that point, I couldn’t figure out what was her problem with Nesta. Not cool, just not cool. And Az? That’s just cruel.

And can pleeease someone make me a chart of who’s good and who’s evil, because they switched pretty easy back and forth. I couldn’t decide what to make of anyone. That’s a good thing by the way, Fae are supposed to be tricky that way.

Seeing as there are too many open storylines to explore, the next book could either be a continuation or a spin-off, but I don’t think it’d be a prequel. I know SJM said it could be anything, but I just don’t see the point in going that route. I’ll read it anyway, I love this world too much not to, just saying that it would be weird.

That’s all I have to say, uness I think of something more and decide to edit the shit out of it.

Over and out

The Sunshine Blogger Award!

 

sunshine-blog-awardI am amazed at how awesome people here are and I have to thank you all for taking me into the fold. Many thanks to Nel @Reactionary TalesJay @this-is-my-truth-now and Mischenko @ReadRantRock&Roll for nominating me. Your blogs and your wisdom were truly inspirational for me in this early days of my blogging, I don’t know what I would’ve done without you.

 


Rules

1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.


My Q&A

If you never had to sleep in your whole life, what would you do with all that extra time?

Besides reading? I would learn how to bake, ’cause who doesn’t love cakes, muffins, cookies and all this sugary goodness? At this time I can’t even make the dough rise.

What fictional place would most like to visit?

Hogwards, duh! I’d want the whole tour too, from the train station to all the secret chambers and stuff.

What’s your favorite genre of music, or your favorite band?

I really don’t have one favorite genre. I like it all. Depending on the mood I’m in it could be anything and anyone, from Aaliyah to Manson to DNCE.

What’s your favorite song right now?

It’s a new one each week. Right now it’s At My Best by MGK feat. Hailee Steinfeld.

What’s your favorite book you’ve read this year?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. The first one was good and I liked it too, but this one was EPIC! I’m honestly floored at how much I love this series after I’ve tried evading it for so long.

Are you an early riser or do you like to sleep in?

Early riser? Nooooooooooo. No one can accuse me of being that, especially my family. They love making fun of me too much.

What’s your favorite childhood book or fairytale?

I had a Fairy Tales book by Alexander Pushkin when I was a kid. I think I loved it the most. It had the best stories and ilustrations were just the bomb.

What’s most likely to send you off on a rant?

I honestly can’t think of anything at this time. Chill is me ;P

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?

I need to consult a map for that. One sec….

That would be Dominican Republic. Best beach vacation ever!

What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?

Twitter. Any social media really, but Twitter is the most weird one. I tried it and tried it and tried again and it still doesn’t stick with me. Sure, it might be great for celebrities getting in touch with their fanbase, or whatever, for normal people though? I’m just not that interested in what some random stranger eats for breakfast.

Would you rather have an evening out, or a night in?

50/50. I stay home most nights, but I love to go out sometimes too. Movies, bars, karaoke, quests I enjoy. Clubs – not so much.


My Nominees:

  1. This is Lit
  2. A Romance Bibliophile
  3. The Girl Who Read Too Much
  4. Darque Dreamer Reads
  5. Panic at the Bookstore
  6. Journey to the Heart of Love
  7. The Mystique Reader
  8. MELTINGPOTSANDOTHERCALAMITIES
  9. Little Fears
  10. Book ★ Bastion
  11. Book Addict Haven

Congrats to all! Keep doing what you’re doing and I’ll be seeing you on your pages every day.


Questions for nominees:

  1. If you had a choice between writing a book or being the main character in a book, what would you choose?
  2. If you had to paint your bedroom just one color without being able to change it ever again, what color would it be?
  3. You have a day and unlimited funds. What do you do?
  4. Would you rather meet your favorite musician or your favorite author? 
  5. If you could travel back in time to change just one thing, would it be something personal or something that could effect the whole world?
  6. What invention you would like to live long enough to see in the future?
  7. What is your favorite place to go with friends?
  8. What is your favorite place to go alone?
  9. What is the thing that makes you want to smile even when you’re in the deepest funk?
  10. Chocolate or ice cream?
  11.  Name one experience that you didn’t have as a kid that you’d still be excited about.

Thanks for reading!

Soul Ripping Romance TAG

I have to give thanks to Nel @ ReactionaryTales for this awesome new tag. She and I was discussing another one when she decided it’d be fun to play on people’s heartstrings. Good Job, Nell. Thanks for involving me 😉

The Guide:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and create a pingback to the original author (me).
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heart strings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas.
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own).

Brace yourselves:

Tara and Willow

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

It took me some time to get over Willow and Oz ending things, I thought they were perfect for each other. And then Willow and Tara met and it was beautiful. They had their share of problems, struggles and even break-ups. It was all the more beautiful when they overcame all that. The end was sudden, nothing and no one was the same after that.

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Annette and Sebastian

Cruel Intentions

Let’s be honest, Sebastian didn’t have the best intentions towards Annette at the beginning. They were too different as it was, him being a bastard and all. Maybe if Catherine wasn’t messing with them… Then again, no, he would still probably take it as a challange. Still, I cried for them.

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Will and Lou

Me Before You

I knew going into it that the movie would wreck me, I was trying to prepare myself. I was a fool. Nothing, absolutely nothing, could stand in the way of me crying my eyes out. I’m never going to read the book now, it’s too hard.

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Noah and Allie

The Notebook

Is there any other love story that is more beautiful than theirs? I think not. If you haven’t seen the movie, you must be living under a rock, seriously. Go watch it and prepare yourself to be Notebooked.

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Chantel/Phillipe/Gemma

Blind Obsession by Ella Frank

Wondering why there are three names up there? No, it’s not a love triangle. Each and every one of those three had a tether to each other that was magical and terrible at the same time, making you bleed and cry for them, root for them. Ella Frank ripped my heart out with this one.

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I tag:

What couples make you all emotional? Joy, tears, tell us everything. Share your heartache and we’ll share Kleenex. I have a stack of unused boxes still. Cheers!