TAG: Desert Island Discs Blog Tag

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I would like to thank Nel@reactionarytales and Mischenko for tagging me. Be sure to stop by their blogs and say Hi, they’re amazing people with much to say to the world. You’ll feel right at home on those pages.

The Rules:

  • Link back to BookBum’s original post, so she can see all your answers! (Remember to do this via pingback, she won’t get a notification if not!)
  • Thank the person who tagged you… show some love!
  • Come up with your answers
  • Then tag others to keep the tag going!

The Premise:

You are cast away onto a remote desert island:

  • You can bring 5 albums – what are they?
  • You can bring one book – which is it? You are provided with a Bible/ other religious text if you want it, as well as the Complete Works of Shakespeare. No series!
  • You can have one luxury item (it has to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island) – what is it?

What I’m bringing:

  • Albums

If I only get to have 5 for an unforeseeable future, I gotta make sure to pick the ones that invoke different emotions, right? That means I’m bringing:

Jagged little pill             Veronica Mars OST                    Divide                               Lungs                                  25

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Alanis is for angst, Veronica for when I’m feeling mellow, Ed for my happy mood, Flo for when I’m feeling like crazy and Adele for when I’m lonely. If it’s a deserted island my guess is I’ll be listening to a lot of Adele.

  • Book

Shakespeare is great, but I’m more of an Oscar Wilde girl myself. I have a big book of his works and that’s what I’ll be taking with me. It has something for every occasion, so you can’t go wrong.

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  • Luxury item

A nice sturdy camping tent would be great. Too much sun is bad for skin and I burn easily anyway, so I’ll need a tent. Plus you can hide from the rain in it and sleep without moskquitoes eating you, it’s an all around great thing to bring on an island. Not sure it could shelter from a big storm, so I’ll probably have to bury it in the sand or something and tie myself to a palm tree for the time being, but otherwise it’s a sound investment.

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I’m tagging:

Patty

Jay

Panic At The Bookstore

Safira

Emma

Feel free to skip it if you don’t feel like doing it. It’s not supposed to be a chore but a thing you do for fun )) Thanks for participating if you do and for reading all this.

Cheers!

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Book review: Feversong

FeversongFeversong by Karen Marie Moning

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Song: Lifehouse – You And Me

“Good and evil didn’t exist, there was only power and choice. Power went where you willed it, wrong or right, dark or light.”

Whatever good thing I can say about this wonderful conclusion to a series I came to love, it wouldn’t be enough. Not nearly. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. Everything, and I do mean everything, was handled just Right. My emotions were all over the place, ranging from soaring joy to an overwhelming sadness. I was clutching a fist to my heart and holding my breath, that’s how affected I was and how involved. I tip my hat to miss Moning for weaving her magic so thorougly over me and I can honestly say that whatever comes next – I’m in.

“Fire to his ice.
Frost to my flame.
Forever.”

I dare you to not feel this book!

Over and out

Book review: Feverborn

FeverbornFeverborn by Karen Marie Moning

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: Papa Roach – Last Resort

First of all, let me say big fat sarcastic “thank you” to miss Moning for giving me a disgusting visual for every time I will think about Papa Roach (the band). ‘Cause for the rest of my life that name, instead of a perfectly normal band, will be synonimous with this…

Brrrrrrr, I just know I’m gonna have nightmares

On second thought, she compensated that with one cranky, mopey wizard/bear/cat manic-depressive binge-eater, who strongly reminds me of cheshire cat.

meet Shazam

That coupled with Lor and I can forgive her the roach thing. I’ll get back to you on that one if my nightmares would continue. Back to Lor.

Do women sit around all day dreaming up bipolar-crazy-ass conversations just to make us bugfuck crazy?

Yep, we totally do, at least some of us. No? Is it just me? Oops, nevermind. What he was actually referring to was that Jo told him that she “doesn’t wanna wanna fuck him anymore” but if she changes her mind he should say no to her. Aha, like that’s gonna happen.

This installment follows the path of the previous books, where it starts slow and has lots of Mac’s inner monologue and then shit starts really exploding in the last third of the book. It seems it’s coming full circle with Cruce and Sinsar-Dubh taking the spotlight again.

Jada/Dani is growing on me, she’s not cold at all, despite what the others initially thought. I like her this way, Ryodan’s gonna have his hands full. Speaking of Ryodan, dude turned a total 180. Girl is seriously messing him up. I approve.

Mac’s stinky fan club turned out to be Sweeper’s minions. He is some kind of Fae fix-it enthusiast, who decided Mac needs some fixing. I know it’s a popular opinion among you guys that she really could use it, but I for one like her the way she is, so …

There were some really touching moments between Barrons, Ryodan, Christian and Mac. I was so proud of them, I was like “awwwww, guys that’s precious”.

Cruce is alive and kicking and plotting. I missed that dude, he has a special place in my heart, reserved for diabolical hot guys. I’m walking on the dark side and I’m not ashamed to admit that.

Of course among all the chaos, Barrons seems unshakable. I’d like to end this review on my favourite quote of his.

“Ms. Lane, when the world goes to bloody hell, I will always be by your bloody side.”

Over and out

Book review: Burned

BurnedBurned by Karen Marie Moning

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On

Now this is better. Much better. Welcome back, Mac! I actually did miss you.

So many juicy bits to share, I don’t know where to start. How’s this? That thing I was hoping for, it finally happened. Dani grew up! Of course it involved spending some time in Fairy. Like we didn’t see that coming, right guys? She’s about 19-20 now, sexy as hell, lethal as a blade and smart as a whip. The only downside is – she lost her cheery personality along the way. Literally. But that’s a fight for another day.

We find out why Mac and Barrons weren’t there to help save the day in Iced. Sinsar-Dubh inside Mac is acting out, driving her to seek ways to contact the Unseelie King so he can suck that thing out of her. Yeah, no luck there. Instead she got her own creepy fan club, consisting of some new caste of Fae, following her everywhere and making her stinky.

We meet the first (the only?) Unseelie princess. She’s weirdly fun.

Jo finally got the balls to dump Ryodan. Yay! No time like the present to reclaim your dignity. That girl doesn’t wallow and eat ice cream by the gallons, she finds her cure in Lore. And that’s the funniest and probably my most favourite part of the book. I feel love in the air. I can’t believe we were deprived of Lore’s awesomeness for 6 whole books. He’s a real firecracker, that one! I think he could be my favourite of the Nine, well, he and Barrons can share that spot. Untill further notice.

Kat desided to follow Ryodan’s advice and lower herself to the sewer level, metaphoricly speaking. That involves living and training with Kasteo, for some reason. Was that just me or was there a hint that Ry-O played a matchmaker for those two? I’m crazy, right?

When sidhe-seers figured out Mac was carrying the dark book within her, she became a target. So what does she do? She becomes invisible to get away from them. Hmmm…

There are some major perks to that, like spying on everyone and listening on private conversations. Yeah, there’s lots of that but I was kinda hoping for a weird sex scene (or any sex scene, really) with Barrons and invisible Mac…


… unfortunatly, that didn’t happen. Oh well, maybe in the next book.

Lots of other stuff going on in this book. Princes getting what they deserved, Christian getting saved, Mac and Dani possibly going in the direction of forgiveness, the King trying to get through to the Queen, etc.

Unlike the previous book, the multiple POVs in this one were handled much better and were actually interesting to me. Some surprises were found in the dictionary/glossary? in the back of the book. I’m not saying what they were but I’m really excited to see it play out.

Over and out

Book review: Iced

IcedIced by Karen Marie Moning

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Song: Urge Overkill – Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon

 

So I went from this…

to this…

… in a span of just a few chapters. How can I even explain it to you without sounding like a raging bitch? For the sake of my immortal soul I will try. If I let a few fucks slip somewhere, I apologize in advance.

Let’s start with things I liked so it won’t seem like I’m totally unreasonable, shall we?
1. Dani is smart. Probably smarter than people give her credit for. Probably because she had to figure out all the important stuff real early. Also I suspect she could use her memory for more than just freeze framing, ’cause it’s some kind of photographic memory and that could be very cool if she explores it.

2. Dancer. There’s something to be said about a guy without (seemingly) any superpowers, who can hold his own in the company of all the superfreaks surrounding him. I really hope we don’t find out he’s some kind of undercover baddy, he’s my only hope for humanity in this series. Also he’s a genious and the only age appropriate love interest for Dani.

And that’s where the good things end. What’s left is the constant stream of stupid behavior from the adults, bullheadedness from Dani, lots of shades of psychosis and obsessiveness from the male population, and a total disregard of the fact that Dani is FUCKING FOURTEEN YEARS OLD!

Here we have Ryodan (who we have no idea how long’s been walking the earth) and Christian (who’s in late twenties going on infinity at this point) practically having a pissing contest over a girl, they have no business salivating over. Again, SHE IS FOURTEEN! Where all Ryodan does is controlling and manipulating, practically suffocating Dani, Christian is acting all freaky gushing about her and making plans for their wedding.

Meanwhile Ryodan is boinking Jo, who for some reason, thinks he has real feelings for her, instead of her being a filler untill he can get his hands on Dani. That’s just sick. I’m not a fan of Ryodan, and even though I didn’t like Barrons at first either, unlike Barrons I don’t see how he can redeem himself in my eyes.

And Christian is plain crazy. Turning into Unseelie prince royally screwed with his head, pun intended, and he just can’t seem to find any balance. Maybe he’ll get a grip on that, untill then I’ll hold my judgement.

And then we have Dani. I liked her in previous books, but I come to find out I can only take her in small doses at a time. If I have to read any more of her “I’m so Mega awesome” thoughts I might go on a killing spree.

Let’s see what else. Oh yeah, the alternating chapters. Hated them. Enough said. Another major let down is the absence of Mac and Barrons. WTF? Yeah, it’s Dani’s book but do you really expect us to believe that, with everything going on, those two just didn’t give a damn and stayed away from all the excitement? Yeah, right! I’m just glad that there was no BIG big bad to stretch the storyline farther, other things could just as easily be taken care of by Mac. Thank God we’re getting back to her story, ’cause this was such a mess. I know Mac is annoying, but after reading this disaster, I somehow find myself missing her.

Over and out

Book review: Shadowfever

ShadowfeverShadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

My rating: 3.8 of 5 stars

Song: Eve – Who’s That Girl?

Buddy read with my girls Jilly and edge of bubble.

Oh, what a ride it was. It started slow, like really really slow. I wasn’t feeling it for the first half of the book, except for a couple WTF? moments and was losing all hope. You know that feeling when you get to a party early and people are just coming in and you stand there, all five of you strangers, and it’s weird and awkward? It was like that. But then things started to unfold, my beliefs that I carried since book 1 were shaterred to pieces and SHIT GOT REAL! I should’ve listened to Jilly when she said to not assume things about Barrons. Boy am I glad I didn’t share my theories with you people, it would’ve been embarassing right about now.

A few things I have to mention that really got under my skin.

First: editing.
I don’t know if the editor was on vacation or something while this was written, but damn, I could’ve been just as awed with the story if it was half as long. Ok, maybe a third of it could’ve been cut, but that’s my final word.

Second: Dani.
I loved that girl in previous books, here – I wanted to get my sewing kit and get to work on her mouth. All this Mega stuff was getting on my nerves. She had some good moments, but still, she better be more mature in her own books.

Hormonal is me. Up one minute, down the next. My moods change quick as my feet fly. One minute I can’t wait to grow up and have sex; the next I hate people, and men are people; and, dude – isn’t semen about the most disgusting thing you ever seen? Like, eew, who wants some dude to squirt snot in their mouth?

Third: Mac’s identity.
First she’s this, now she’s that, then she’s something else. I get that we were supposed to be guessing until the bitter end, I do. It just got me a…

Other than that, I loved it. And V’lane, oh V’lane, you sexy devil, I’m rooting for your spin-off.

Over and out.

Book review: Dreamfever

DreamfeverDreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: Kat Perkins – Get Lucky

Buddy read with my girls Jilly and edge of bubble.

I KNEW IT! I FECKING KNEW IT! There was a were-something in that basement. Who was it, is the question of the day. I need answers, STAT!

Ok, back to the beginning. As expected, first time we hear from Mac she’s a rambling nymphomaniac, duh. That made room for chapters from Dani’s POV, wich I find hilarious and awesome. Yeah, you’d say she seems like a younger and a touch more snarkier version of Mac, but I’d have to disagree. Dani is 13!!! and she’s awesome. She’s fast, smart, strong and has a set of brass cahoonas. She’s a Hit Girl in her own right. Teenage angst is just inevitable at that age.

I wasn’t sure before that I wanted an entire Dani book, but now I’m really looking forward to it. I feel like when she grows up she’ll have her own choice of dark and dangerous men after her. For now she’s torn between crushing on Barrons and crushing on V’lane. Oh, how I get her.

“I’m gonna give one of ’em my virginity one day.”

Isn’t that just cute? We all know it’s not gonna be Barrons though, so that leaves… Aha, that’s a thought for another day, way way down the road, when it stops being creepy thinking about her sex life.

On that note, let’s get back to Mac and her “rehab”.

Good-bye: dating, flirting, and building up to that special romantic moment. Hello: I’m getting screwed senseless, and then, when I’ve gotten about as low as I can get, I’m getting screwed back to my senses – although I wouldn’t in a million years admit any such thing to a man who was no doubt feeling impossibly smug that, by the power of his sexuality alone, he’d rescued me from the mindless state it had taken multiple Unseelie death-by-sex Fae to drag me to, kicking and screaming. If I knew Jericho Barrons, he was walking around feeling like his dick was the most huge, magnificent, perfect, important creation under the sun.

The aftermath of the previous book looks quite postapocalyptic understandably and there is much to be done about it, so Mac better find her inner badass quick. Start acting instead of reacting already! Like Jayne, for example. That man is no wuss, taking a stand to defend his city against all odds. Cudos, man.

Mac finally gets some clues about her ancestry but there seems to be some confusing mix up with the names. I don’t know if it’s my paranoia or if it’s deliberate, but it would be a real twist if it was intentional.

I’m thinking I should step out of this world for a little tiny time, I need to distance myself and gather my thoughts, hopefully I’ll gain some perspective.

Over and out.

Book review: Faefever

FaefeverFaefever by Karen Marie Moning

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Song: Nobody’s Listening by Linkin Park

Buddy read with my girls Jilly and edge of bubble.

Where do I even begin with this one? It’s my review so I will do whatever the fuck I want and start at the end.

I was screaming in my mind for Barrons, V’lane, Jayne, Rowena, even Easter Bunny for all I care, to come and save Mac from what happened. If someone could just go and perform that memory thingy that Barrons did in that short story, it would be good. It wouldn’t help of course, the damage is done and I get it, but what the hell? My only hope is that the effects of the last few pages would be somehow lessened by bits of Unseelie she consumed.

Ok, now that I got that out of the way I can say a few things about the rest of the book. It was SO GOOD. So much was going on, new information came to light, it was much more fast paced. This was the best one yet in my opinion. The path that was laid out for future books seems pretty ambitious and it better deliver, I need my suspicions confirmed. Oh, and I’m pretty sure, like never before, who Barrons is now, but just in case I’m wrong, I’ll hold my tongue.

Sorry if that wasn’t very informative, but my mind is scrambled right now.

Over and out.

Book review: Bloodfever

BloodfeverBloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: Superchick – Hey Hey

Buddy read with my girls Jilly and edge of bubble.

Ooh, I’m on a roll with this series. I just can’t seem to stop once I start reading. I’m in dire need of sleep but my systems just keep on going.

Second book continues to expand the world that author created. We have a few new characters, possible alliences, new locations and some new tricks. I’m loving it. I’d like to learn more about Patrona and her connection to Mac, that Rowena character bugs me for some reason, and things are going somewhere with Dani. And how about that “famous” man at the auction with political aspirations, was Ms. Moning a profit about that one or what?

I don’t know if it’s the sleep deprivation, or something else entirely, but I’m starting to like Barrons. How did that happen? Must be the countless times he saved Mac’s petunia.

I’m still not 100% on board where it concerns him, but at this point anyone else would have surely given up. Some clues about his real identity are starting to come out and I have a couple ideas, but I’m not ready to voice them as of yet.
Mac is finally starting to grow some serious backbone, kicking ass and beating the shit out of her enemy. Just once, but still, huge step.


Way to go, Mac!

Over and out.

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 peace, 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