Book review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: Queen – Another One Bites the Dust

It was a tough going there for a while and I was loosing hope and praying to literary gods for patience, but… The second half saved it for me honestly, even though it was sadder and darker. Finally we’re getting to the point where Celaena is embrasing her destiny and her heritage bit by bit.

Me in those final chapters

I only pray that the momentum keeps going in the third book.

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Book review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: Queen – We Are The Champions

Where should I start? On one hand I liked the story and characters and I had much fun reading it. Still, there wasn’t the same feeling I had when reading ACOTAR. To be fair I didn’t really get that feeling with ACOTAR until the middle of book 1 so I believe there’s still time between now and book 6.

Anyway, few things I should point out.

1. What kind of idiot takes a half dead skeletal malnourished person out of a prison to compete in a triathlon for killers?
2. For world’s greatest assasin Celaena was a bit lacking. I wouldn’t think that after just one year she could forget her training. She should’ve been able to whoop the asses up and down that glass castle once she got her muscle back.
3. There is just to much talk about how great of an assasin Celaena is, mostly on Celaena’s part. Girl, we get it already, shut up and do your thing. Jeez!

I’m hoping this thing with Dorian and Chaol resolves soon, I don’t need a love triangle on top of everything else going on. Though I don’t know who I’d want her to pick, her hackling Chaol is pretty fun but her banter with Dorian is pretty great too. That time when she had monthly pains was just LOL )))

There is a thing or two about this story that is just too obvious for my taste and I would’ve liked to keep guessing about it until at least the middle of book 2, but oh well. I’ll discount that to the fact that this was miss Maas’s first book and she probably was very eager. All in all it was a very good book, with lively characters and compelling storytelling, and amazing world full of vivid colors. Just what you’d expect from Sarah J. Maas. I’m staying tuned.

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Mystery Blogger Award

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This award was originally created by Maggie @okoto enigma

“Mystery blogger award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

I was nominated by Stephanie and Dani, these amazing two girls with unbelievable personalities and blogs to reflect them. Check them out!

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image in your post.
  • List all the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 10-20 people and notify them.
  •  Link back to the creator of the award. (Okoto Enigma)
  • Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best/favorite post of yours.

3 Things about myself:

  • I just started a new paint-by-numbers painting, and to make myself even more frustrated, I picked Night Cafe by Van Gogh. Why did nobody warn me what a bad idea it was for a girl, who already has no free time to speak of?
  • I am currently in a planning stages of going to Ed Sheeran’s concert in Europe next year, having my passport made and everything. Who wants to be my travelng buddy?
  • Yeah, uhm. this is imbarassing but I spent half last night picking out karaoke songs I don’t totally suck at. I’m that girl, shoot me now.

Stephanie’s Questions:

    1. What is one thing that is on your bucket list (or thing you really want to do in your lifetime)?

I want to have a road trip acros Europe in a car with a guy I love (whoever he might be), blasting music and lots of food.

2. How would you describe yourself in a few words?

Simple. Opinionated. Clums. Forgiving. Introverted. Friendly. Beautiful. Because we all are.

3. What is your favorite book genre? Your least favorite?

Many genres are very often found on my shelves but the ones I gravitate most to is fantasy and paranormal. I guess I choose to believe that there’s still magic in our world, that even if we don’t see it, it’s still there. In old books, lost languages, forgotten places and sometimes even in ourselves. Call me a romantic if you want, I call it common sense.

4. Describe the perfect relaxing evening.

A glass of wine, a book, sea breeze lowing through my window. What could be better?

 5. What is your guiltiest pleasure?

I don’t feel guilt over my pleasures, life’s too short to bother with absurdities like that. If it brings you joy, a smile to your face, a tingle to sertain places then just endulge yourself. Why should you feel guilty about it?

Dani’s Questions

  • Why did you choose your current blog name?

Because when I thought about what I wanted to right about – it just clicked. I love books and I love music and they always go hand in hand for me. And as they both have words, and words in songs called lyrics it made sense for me.

  • What is your favorite book?

That’s like asking wich of your children do you love most. Are you crazy? I can’t name just one.

  • What is your favorite thing to do, besides reading:)?

Singing. Mostly to myself, in the car, in the shower. Whith a friend when we hear the song we both like. It’s freeing somehow, I can’t describe it.

  • If you could change anything about this World what would it be?

I’d make it a matriarchal society, because yeah we could be bitchy and mean and selfish, but women are also above all nurturing and we would treat the world very differently then it is being treated right now.

  • What was the last book you read?

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

I couldn’t decide how to feel about this book once I started reading it, it went from here to there and messed with my head too much. But I just have to say that this author has some kind of hold on her readers, it’s never simple with her and I love it.

My Questions:

  1. Do you have a song that makes you cry every time you hear it?
  2. What’s your favorite time of the day and why?
  3. Name one place you always wanted to go but never did.
  4. Do you have a favorite piece of food that you can never say no to, no matter how full you are?
  5. Who from your family you feel most connected to?

My favorite post by me:

Anti-stepbrother

Ok, guys! I’m hopelessly behind on this award and others too so I won’t be tagging anyone, because everyone already done it. But if you didn’t then go right ahead and tell us all your dirty secrets. We’re not a judgy bunch))

 

Book review: The Red

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: Stereophonics – Devil

My mind refuses to wrap itself around whatever I just read. It was weird and sick and ugly, sometimes funny, and totally out of my comfort zone. Because ok, there is kinky, and don’t get me wrong – I like me some kinky, and then there’s perverse, and then there’s what-the-hell, and then thenthere is bitch-are-you-crazy level of fuckery. And let me tell you, we skipped to the last one pretty damn fast.

I hated some parts, was weirded out by the others, laughed my ass of in some of them and all this time I was wondering if there was a paranormal twist to it or was Malcolm really that good with messing with Mona’s head. Overall it was a strange experience and I only just decided to be ok with it. I wasn’t sure until I was writing this. So there, make of this whatever you want.

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Book Review: Tempt the Stars (Cassandra Palmer #6)

Tempt the Stars by Karen ChanceTempt the Stars by Karen Chance

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Song: Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time

I’m not sure what to say about this book, other than it was bonkers. We’re talking hell dimentions, flying carpets and freaky sex daydreams. And did I mention flying carpets?

There’s just so much going on that I’m getting tired just reading about it and that’s why I’m taking a break from it. Just think that all this took place in just over 3 months for Cassie. I don’t know how she does it, I would be dead from exaustion alone, never mind all the murder attempts.

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Book Review: Hunt the Moon (Cassandra Palmer, #5)

Hunt the Moon by Karen ChanceHunt the Moon by Karen Chance

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: The Alternate Routes – Time Is A Runaway

This one is my favorite so far, that’s for sure. And if I had to describe it with just one sentence it would be Cassie’s words:

It looks like caution is kaput for this round 

As usual there were a lot, like really a lot going on but I’ll highlight my favorite moments. First of all, Cassie’s mom was one badass chick. The way she used her powers was WOW! Damn that’s a tough act to follow.

Then there was a date with Mircea. I can’t get enough of that man, seriously. Whatever his faults, and there are a few things I agree with Cassie on, when it’s just the two of them together – it’s gold. Forget Pritkin, I’m team Mircea all the way.

Also, my favorite trio made a return and that’s always a plus in my book, or your book, or any book for that matter, because the hags are just too hilarious to go long without them. And can we have them in every book?

Some things I won’t spoil, but one other thing I couldn’t not mention – Dragons!!! I know it’s not Game of Thrones, and it’s still too soon after what happenned there and I’m still obsessing over it and so everywhere I look read there they are, and can someone please tell me that my other two kiddies are gonna be ok?

Wow, wrong turn there. What was I saying? Oh, right. Good book.

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Book Review: A Week to Be Wicked

A Week to Be WickedA Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: Kate Voegele – It’s Only Life

I adored the dedication and as it is the first thing you see when opening the book, I thought it was amazing. Because yeah, it said:

“For all the girls who walk and read at the same time.”

Картинки по запросу walking and reading girl gif

So totally me.

The book itself was equally funny and romantic, with a touch of ridiculous to it of course. I mean it’s HR, people. What did you expect? I wanted to smack Payne as many times as I wanted to roll my eyes at Minerva. Nobody and I mean nobody is that clueless.

“What do you call it? she asked. “I know there are different names.”
“Names? Like Peter, Belvedere, Sir Charles Grandison?” His breath was shaky. “It’s just my cock, pet.”

You see, Minerva is a renowned geologist (secretly) and she can recite all the types of rocks there is in her sleep, but when it comes to things like romance and sex she is hopeless. And Payne, well he has a way of putting a foot in his mouth on occasion, but otherwise he’s an ok guy. He has his ups and downs. Sure, he’s a total rake but again, it’s HR, so we love him.

With all her brillian mind, Minerva is quite insecure and has trouble imagining any man would want her, and I totally blame that on her mother. It’s like she has no idea how badly she damaged her daughter’s way of seeing herself. That’s the worst, really. At least with wicked step-mothers we’re allowed to hate them from the get go. Here, we have a mother who loves her kid and yet she’s the one hurting her the most and not realising it. So Payne is the one who is coaxing Minerva out of her shell step by painful step.

“Yes”, he whispered in her ear. “I will push you, pull you, rattle you as I see fit. Because you’ve a sparkling wit lurking beneath that dull exterior. Because you can sing, but you don’t. Because you’ve a fiery passion inside you, and it needs release.”

Their adventure was exciting and fun and unexpected, and it left them both changed in profound ways. I love those kind of stories, don’t you?

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Book Review: Sustain

SustainSustain by Tijan

My rating: 2,5 of 5 stars

Song: The Black Keys – I’m Not The One

I’m really very disappointed here. What the hell happened? After reading Anti-Stepbrother, the writing I found there was good. Really good. Here? WTF? The only analogy I can think of is when you’re riding in a cab and the driver is only just learning to drive stick transmission. The other thing I wasn’t happy with was the feeling that I walked into movie theater in the middle of the movie. Things are going on around me and it’s like I missed some crutial information in the first act. Not cool, Tijan. I know you’re better than that.

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Book Review: Dirty English

Dirty EnglishDirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Song: The Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up

No, just no.

You know, I don’t mind if the heroine has no filter. I really don’t, it could be refreshing even. Somehow Elisabeth made it annoying as all hell for me. And I didn’t get her at all. I mean I understood her behavior, her coping mechanisms and all, but when she opens her mouth or we get to read how she thinks – I don’t connect at all. Don’t even get me started on dialogues.

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