Book review: Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)

Magic Burns by Ilona AndrewsMagic Burnes by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: Sleigh Bells – Comeback Kid

Now I know why all you people love Curran so much. I mean that final scene was so sweet and heartwarming, I could’ve sworn my eyes were doing that heart pumping thing you see in cartoons.

Yeah, that one

Kate was also a far cry from how she was in book one. She’s a lot more sarcastic, funny and hotheaded and if you know me – you know that’s exactly how I like my book ladies.

I don’t know what changed for the writing team between book 1 and two but I’m happy it came to this result, the Ilona Andrews we all know and love.

The worldbuilding got stronger, I loved knew characters and enjoyed getting to know Derek more. He’s a fine sidekick and he’s adorable. The myphology was way more interesting this time too. I’m a sucker for greek myphology and different interpratations of it. There’s just so much possibilities there, it’s a depthless well. I hope it gets explored more here.

Last thing – I laughed my ass off a few times and it was an unexpected delight. I’m happy I decided to continue with the series and hope you will too.

Over and out

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Book review: Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 3,5 of 5 stars

Song: Flyleaf – Breathe Today

Somehow I found myself not liking it as much as I did the Hidden Legasy series. Surprising, I know! I’m a bit shocked too.

The story just got away from me sometimes in terms of worldbuilding. I wouldn’t mind a little explaining about the tech and magic waves and what not, you know? Maybe it’ll come later but for now I feel not at all in the loop.

Another difference from Hidden Legasy is that the writing here is a lot drier. There are a lot of overdescriptions of scenes and not enough character development. Or maybe I’m just picky.

Don’t get me wrong – I liked the book, I thought I’d like it more though. But to show you I’m not a total party pooper, I’ll also tell you what parts I did like.

1. I’m totally ok with the misdirect about the identity of a bad guy. If it was that obvious I would’ve been waaaay disappointed and might have dropped the series after this book.

2. There was so much gore, my inner Dexter was laughing with joy (I know what you think and no, there is no treatment for it as of this moment, sorry).

3. There was no instalove or instalust or any instas whatsoever and I appreciated it immensely. Sometimes you should let thing progress naturally, or like one smart girl once sang:

At this point I’m not ready to call quits so I’ll be reading on, I got a feeling it gets better after this.

Over and out

Book review: The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, #12)

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda JonesThe Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Song: RUELLE – War Of Hearts

The whole time reading I was smiling like a total loon. That’s just what Charley’s personality does. Well, that or wanting to kill her. Personally I think that having Charley as a god is the best thing this world could hope for but it’s not like anybody’s listening to me.

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So the story goes like this: Charley sends Reyes for a retreaving mission in hell. Reyes comes back not exactly himself. God (The God) finds out his lil’ bro is up to his old devices and decides to kill him. Or at least try. Charley is not sold on the idea, obviously, she wants to continue having smoking hot sex with her hubby for like forever. Understandably so, he’s Reyes. But I digress.

Meanwhile something starts killing people, something supernatural. Also Pari gets in trouble and asks for Charley’s help. And of course it all leads to crazy plans, hot sex and lots and lots of coffee. I mean come on, how are you not sold on this already?

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Book review: Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. MaasTower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Song: Flyleaf – Arise

Hmm, so that wasn’t what I expected, or wanted for that matter. After the whirlwind of The Empire of Storms to be plunged into this? Felt like a massive letdown. I’m not talking about the story itself, I’m talking about the focus of it. Chaol, really?

Me, once I realized there was no Aelin in the book…

The only thing that saved me from boredom reading this were parts about Nesryn and Sartaq. That Borte girl is awesome. And Yrene. Yrene was a badass in her own way. So why am I mad? Because all that didn’t warrant taking focus away from Aelin and her journey. I would have been ok if Chaol’s chapters were interspersed with Aelin’s but to take the protagonist of the series out of it completely was hurtful to me, especially after THAT ending in EoS.

I get it, I do. We needed to find out all the crazy stuff hidden in the Antica so we could move on to the final battle, and yet I’m still pissed that we weren’t allowed even little glimpses into what the main crew was up to.

I don’t know how I’ll be able to wait until the final book is released after this. I really don’t. It’ll be a looong loooooong wait.

Over and out

Book review: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. MaasEmpire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Song: Sara Jackson-Holman – Break My Heart


I am wrecked! I am gutted! I am torn to gods damned pieces! What are you doing to my mental health, Sarah J. Maas, are you nuts?!

The story just grips you in a fist and doesn’t let go. Not for one moment. It made me feel like a part of the court that would change the world and I’m dreading the moment this epic journey ends. To whatever end I pledge myself to be a loyal Maas reader from now on and ask forgiveness for ever doubting the brilliant mind behind not one but two of my favorite series this year.

Over and out