Book Review: Wildfire (Hidden Legacy, #3)

Wildfire by Ilona AndrewsWildfire by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Song: The Chipmunks & The Chipettes- We Are Family (Movie Version)

I need more. More Rogan, more Nevada, more grandma Frida, more Sergeant Teddy… More books, please Ilona Andrews, please, with a chocolate mousse on top.

Buddy read with my freaky mind-twin Nel.

The third and final (?) book is about Nevada taking on a case for Rogan’s ex fiance, Rynda. Despite everyone trying to talk her out of it, she tucks her feelings in and proves that she’s a professional.

The case turns out to be tied to the conspirators who try to destabalize Houston and hopefully it will lead to the identity of the Ceasar. I gotta say, I was thinking on another person for that role, I had my case all built up and ready to go. That teaches me!

Anyway, the book was great, it had great story and characters. There were otherwordly creatures that were so adorable you wanted to cuddle them, when they weren’t trying to eat someone. We found out what Arabella’s gift is and explored Leon’s along the way. Nevada and Rogan’s relationship progressed to the point where I was just swooning at their adorkableness. Evil grandma had been dealt with and Baylor family is on their way to become one bad-ass House.

It was all great, but I thought it was weird that Augustine didn’t turn up anywere in the book. I feel like he was building into becoming a bigger part of the solution. And that’s just another thing that didn’t make this book feel final in the series, now I’m hearing that there might be another one and I hope it’s true. There were too many open storylines. I wouldn’t mind a spin-off too. Catalina has a good potential, as well as a couple other people. I just really don’t want it to end.

Fingers crossed for future books.

Over and out

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Award: The Sunshine Blogger Award #2

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I was nominated by Mischenko for the this great Sunshine Blogger Award and I’d like to thank her for nominating me. Please check out Mischenko’s blog. You will find a lot of amazing book and movies reviews, a great taste of music she share with all of us and a lot of pet love.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How Does It Work:

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

Mischenko’s Questions:

Is there something you can tell readers about yourself and your blog?

Let’s see, I’m a big child who believes people to be better than they are, but when faced with reality prefers to live in her happy bubble. That’s why I read so much, and that’s why I have this blog I guess, to share my happy bubble with people who want it or need it.

What satisfaction do you get from blogging?

I get to vent and not filter my words. I get to choose what I want to write about and what I share, it’s really amazing how people can connect through a platform like this.

How do you bring traffic to your blog?

Traffic? I just started doing this like a couple months ago, I don’t know what I’m doing still ))

What’s something that you’d like to improve on this year?

Hmmm, do I have to improve something? As far as I’m concerned, everything is pretty good.

How do you get motivated to blog?

It’s not the motivation, it’s time I’m lacking at the moment. I have so much tags I’m behind on, it’s getting awkward.

Do you have any favorite books this year?

Hell, yes! The whole ACOTAR and Hidden Legacy series. They were amazing surprises.

The Hooker and the Hermit (Rugby, #1)Take Me with YouBlack Swan AffairBlade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13)Punk 57The Bourbon Thief

 

Are there any songs you’re into right now, or music artists?

There’s always songs I’m into, at any given moment. Right now it’s:

What do you like to do with your spare time?

Read, watch tv, go to the movies with friends, annoy my cat, sing along at the top of my lungs to my favorite songs.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I like surprises, so we’ll see.

If you could choose ONLY 5 subjects to read on other blogs, what would they be? (Books, music, film, health, etc.)

Books, music, film, tv, travel.

Do you make money from your blog? If not, do you have plans to try in the future?

Nuh! But wait till I get like half a million subscribers and then I’ll be swimming in dough ;D


My Nominees:

  1. https://booksandhottea.wordpress.com/
  2. https://blameitonchocolate.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/the-disaster-artist-audiobook-review-spoiler-free/
  3. https://bookprincessreviews.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/books-and-music-tag/
  4. https://taylorreadsbooks.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/waiting-on-wednesday-wonder-woman-warbringer/
  5. http://inspirationpie.com/?p=872
  6. https://lynseysawesomehorrorblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/vampire-marathon-continues-interview-with-the-vampire/
  7. https://momsbookcollection.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/rainbow-book-tag/
  8. https://dontgiveajam.com/2017/07/28/mystery-blogger-award-4-5-6/
  9. https://delphinethebabbler.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/arc-review-girls-made-of-snow-and-glass-a-cold-touch-cures-a-shattered-heart/
  10. https://annielikeswords.com/2017/07/29/annies-actual-tbr-pile/
  11. https://littleblindbookfinds.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/the-sunshine-blogger-award/

Some of you may have done this tag already but I mentioned you anyway, so you know I thought of you.

These questions are very good and I’m feeling lazy today so just use them, ok?

 

Thanks for reading and have a good week! Cheers!

Book Reveiw: White Hot (Hidden Legacy, #2)

White Hot by Ilona AndrewsWhite Hot by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Song: Static-X – Cold

 

Buddy read with my freaky mind-twin Nel.

Finally! Nevada has grown into her power and can now kick ass with the best of them. Add to that her awesome shooting capabilities and we have one bad-ass mother!

You can’t handle my cool

Rogan met his match with that one, for sure.

We got a little closer to understanding the powers that made this whole mess, and I, personally, have a pretty good theory about who stands behind the curtains. My reasoning is spectacular, just ask Nell, but I’ll keep it to myself for now, just to not spoil the fun for you guys.

Nevada’s family is just ridiculously hilarious, Leon in particular in this book. I was LOLing like crazy. No wonder they love each other so much, every single one of them is a professional comedian on top of everything else.

Just to make you understand why I loved this book so much, I’m gonna say these four words: ninja ferrets in harnesses. Should I even say any more?

Over and out

 

 

 

 

A week without Chester

It’s now been a week since the news hit the radio about Chester Bennington dying. This whole week I dedicated to only listening to Linkin Park when I get the chance as a way to pay my respects to a band I loved since middle school. At home, in the car to and from work, sometimes at work, every song from every album. Today, as LP was playing on shuffle, it got to the track Leave out all the Rest and as I was listening to the lyrics, it hit me how relevant they became right now, how freakishly prophetic, even though they were written more than eight years ago.

When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I’ve done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed
Don’t resent me
And when you’re feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
Leave out all the rest

I won’t ever presume to know what was happening with Chester at the time of his death, but one thing I know for sure – he left a lot of reasons to be missed by a lot of people.

RIP Chester

Book review: Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1)

Burn for Me by Ilona AndrewsBurn for Me by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Song: Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire

Buddy read with my freaky mind-twin Nel.

Guys, we have a winner!

Many many people told me how awesome Kate Daniels series are, but Hidden Legacy just took the cake in my opinion. Still, I’m reading Kate because I’m now in love with Ilona Andrews’s writing. In Nevada she created my perfect leading lady: strong, capable, sarcastic, loyal, smart, won’t-take-shit, funny and all in all loveable character I can really cheer for.

And that family of hers is out of this world, especially grandma Frida. I want Frida to be my grandma too, or even mother-in-law, or whatever, I just need that woman in my life.

“You have to live a little.” Grandma fitted the track bar into the cog on the track. “Go out with a bad boy. Run headfirst into a fight. Get roaring drunk. Something!” 

The world in wich they all live is pretty damn interesting, with the Houses, the powers, the levels and all the politics involved. Even the rich ones are not that far from the regular people if they have little or no power at all. And still they manage to be snobs, go figure. Nevada is only now beginning to realize her true potential and I have a feeling she’ll make Primes run for their money, if she hadn’t before. You go, girl!

Mad Rogan. Well, it irked me a little that people called him that throughout the book when he has a perfectly good name. I get that we were supposed to fear him and be cautious, but come on, when he introduces himself to other people by that moniker it gets a bit too much. Can we please just call him Connor already? Now that we know him and love him and lust for him? Yes, he was a prick for a while, but the more time he spent with Nevada, the more his true personality came through and he’s actually pretty decent and funny guy. Who knew?

Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading more of Nevada’s story and hopefully I’ll get my hands on the third book soon, or I might just self-combast. Great book, really and truly.

Over and out

I’m at it again

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So remember I said I wanted to rewatch OTH again? I’m doing that. For probably 323d time. Yeah, I’m that girl.

The thing is, I forgot how great the friendship between Haley and Lucas is. It’s the only relationship I can think of from the top of my head that never left the platonic side. How rare is that?

And then there’s the music. Seriously, I’m on episode 5 and every single song so far – I have it. Oh, the nostalgia!

Here are some great ones from season 1

Of course, the theme. The most recognizable track of the early 2000s.

The River court, Nathan, Lucas. Totally appropriate.

Really cool song if you can look past the weird video.

A perfect song to play for your boyfriend in the phone when he’s being a jerk. Girls, take notice!

So pretty, and so sad. The break up was a long time coming though.

A mellow song for a dramatic moment, good contrast if you ask me.

Couldn’t for a long time decide if it was a guy or a girl singing. I guess I know now.

Jake is such a great dad, his moments with his daughter are so sweet.

Fans of the show know the exact moment this one played, don’t you?

Lol, that staredown!


Ok, it’s only like from the few first episodes, but as you can see there are plenty of good ones. I encourage you to check the full soundtrack. It’s so good!

By for now and thanks for sticking with me ;P

Over and out

Book review: The Angels’ Share (The Bourbon Kings #2)

The Angels' Share by J.R. WardThe Angels’ Share by J.R. Ward

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Song: Emily Browning – Asleep

Buddy read with my freaky mind-twin Nel.

Both Nell and I came to the same conclusion about the book – it’s so boring it puts you to sleep. If this is the type of writing J.R. Ward is famous for color me unimpressed.

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We DNFed it if you haven’t guessed it ))

Over and out

Book review: Feel Me Fall

Feel Me Fall by James       MorrisFeel Me Fall by James Morris

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Song: Destiny’s Child – Survivor

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

Wow! I honestly didn’t think I’d love it as much as I did. It didn’t even made me annoyed at any point. Weird!

Our MH is Emily, the only survivor of the plane crash in the middle of the rain forest. Or is she? We don’t know until the very end. There were 6 people alive after the crash, so how was she the only one left? The story is told in parallel timing, going back and forth between right now and the few days following the crash. Emily’s mentality also differs from what was before, it’s like she is the same person and yet not. It’s fascinating really how human brain works when in survival mode.

The understanding of acceptable behaviour, right and wrong, it shifts in the jungle, and I got why Emily and others did things, that could be frowned upon in normal circumstances. Still, the psychology was disturbing, maybe because you never know what you’re capable of. Not really.

I couldn’t put the book down, I only read it in two sittings because girl’s gotta work, otherwise I would’ve finished it right away. It’s that good! The writing worked for me perfectly, maybe because the author wrote for tv-shows in the past, but he knew just how to work me. I’d love to read something else of his in the future too.

Over and out

Book review: The Bourbon Kings (The Bourbon Kings, #1)

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. WardThe Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Song: Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse

Buddy read with my freaky mind-twin Nel.

Not 100% sure how I feel about this story, there wasn’t one character I connected to. It’s certainly unusual for me.

Basically it’s a story about filthy rich family and their filthy rich problems. Only instead of oil running in their blood, we have bourbon, as flammable and dangerous as could be. Of course there’s love and mystery and ugly ex-wives. Think Dallas, Santa Barbara or any other 80’s soap opera.

We have an older son, Edward, crippled due to a kidnap&ransom situation gone wrong. A middle son, Lane, that left behind everything that has to do with his family, returning home only because of some bad news. An absent youngest son, Max, nobody has heard from in years. A daughter, Gin, who is a portrait of classic teenage rebellion, only she’s in her thirties. An asshole father and a mother, who hasn’t left her drug induced vegetable state in quite a while.

I guess I was supposed to love Lane and ship his relationship with Lizzie, only I didn’t even like him, or respect him for that matter, enough to care. And Lizzie wasn’t that better, but at least she worked for what she had and was her own person. Lane on the other hand only started to redeem himself by the end of the book, so we’ll see.

Gin was a spoiled brat and I couldn’t really care for her problems most of the time, but there were two moments that I felt outraged on her behalf. Did it make me like her? No. Still, there is no excuse for what she had to deal with. Then again, her decision in the end erased any kind of sympathy I had for her.

Edward was probably the only one I was rooting for. He was the only one of his family that managed, even in his broken state, to break free of the vicious circle that was his family life. He went out on his own, did the thing he loved, and couldn’t care less about his social status. Yes, he is also a raging alcoholic and a hard man to be around, but everyone has their demons to battle.

As for the parents?

The pace of the mystery part of the book was so slow, I was starting to loose interest and then it got a little better. It was mostly driven by relationships and family drama. I guess it could’ve been expected but I wanted more murder solving, less romantic whining. Thank heavens there’s only 3 books in the series and it would be over fast, I’m only reading on to find out if I’m right about the killer.

Over and out

Book review: Brothers

BrothersBrothers by Tess Oliver

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

SongLady Gaga – Boys Boys Boys

Let me start by saying that if it weren’t for the cover, I’d probably skip this one.

I was weak, I admit. I saw the cover, salivated for ten whole minutes (I kid you not! It was embarassing) and only then did I read the description. So I thought “Ok, two brothers, bladesmiths no less, one girl and a whole lot of wood. This could be either really good or really smutty, with a lot of kink.” Pervert that I am I was hoping for latter.

Sure, a lot of people would argue that, where brothers are concerned, it’s icky and weird and all kinds of wrong. It’s the same argument that The Vampire Diaries fandom voiced through the years. I, for one, never had the same hang ups. Not in my books or shows, at least. I’m greedy that way. I like my smut really smutty. And those guys on the cover? Can you honestly say that you wouldn’t want to get it on with both of them? Aha, I thought so.

So what went wrong? Why only 3 stars?

One star went out because Jo was portrayed as this perfect little angel. “Oh, she’s so pretty, oh, she’s so talented, she’s a shiny star fallen from the sky.” It went on and on and on.

The other star was sacrificed for not enough sex. It was like you blink and you miss it. Such a let down.

Over and out