Book review: So Near the Horizon (The Danny Trilogy, #1)

So Near the Horizon by Jessica KochSo Near the Horizon by Jessica Koch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Song: Ed Sheeran – All Of The Stars

I can’t start this review without thanking amazing Jessica Koch for sending me a copy of this book. I feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have read it and cry my heart out for it. So thank you, Jessica.

There are three types of good books in my opinion:
1. The ones that make you feel good for a minute and then you forget about them.
2. The epic ones that make you want to read and reread ’em over and over.
3. The ones that touch something deep inside of you and you are never the same after the experience.

It’s safe to say So Near the Horizon will forever be in the third category for me, because it opened my eyes to things I never would have stumbled in on my own.

I won’t be able to give this book justice, so I’ll just say one more thing about it…

It’s a heartbrakingly beautiful love letter that we got a privilege to sneak a pick into.

Over and out

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Book review: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)

Magic Slays by Ilona AndrewsMagic Slays by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: Aloe Blacc – Ticking Bomb

If I had to pinpoint the best part of this book then for me it would be the introduction of the absolute best character from my childhood – Baba Yaga. Some would probably think that she is some kind of boogeyman with her stone leg and penchant for eating people, but she is also probably the most funny and charismatic character of slavic folklore.

Of course here she wasn’t exactly herself so it’s not like you’ll be treated to the whole awesomeness, still, her swearing in genuine russian (as opposed to the mangled russian I see in the movies and tv-shows) somewhat makes up for that.

Tell me I’m wrong but is there some hope for father/daughter reconciliation, howether small? Because the truth injections we got about Voron left a bad taste in my mouth. I guess, I’ll find out soon enough.

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P.S.: Isn’t it sweet, the love names Curran and Kate use for each other? 😀

Book review: Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4)

Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)Magic Bleedes by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Song: IAMX – ‘I Come With Knives’

Nobody fucks you up quite like your family. And the crazy aunts syndrom? Yeah, Kate took it to the whole new level. Her aunt is a cross between Bellatrix Lestrange and Mary Drake. Yikes!

I absolutely loved this book. It was angsty and all sorts of delicious and that scene between Kate and Curran in her apartment… Holy freaking cannoli! Good thing I was reading in bed otherwise I would have passed out from shortness of breath and hit my head on something.

I am falling hard for this series and Ilona Andrews writing in general,especially when she throws in russian sayings into it. Seriously, I can’t be interrupted while reading this. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men yada yada yada. You know the drill. I’m going to read the next one now.

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Book review: Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3)

Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3)Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: Imagine Dragons – Bleeding Out

The mating rituals of these shapeshifters are amazingly hilarious. Except maybe the one with the cat piss and a ceiling fan. Let me think on that….

Nope, still hilarious.

In other news: Derek got himself into a pretty big problem and, like a manly man he aspires to be, thought he would handle it all on his own.

Naturaly, it didn’t end well and Kate had to save his sorry ass and shishkebab some unpleasant people in the process. In the gladiator ring. With Curran by her side. Aha, you can tell how it might be tough to keep yourself away from a guy you want to sleep with in that particular situation. With adrenalin high, personal space nonexistent and a threat of a certain death looming over their heads. Girl, you’re in trouble.

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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

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.

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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.

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Book review: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. MaasQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Song: Bruno Mars – Count on me

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”

This quote describes the book perfectly because maybe for the first time we got to see not Celaena, not Lillian, but Aelin. And she was glorious!

Gone was the spoiled whiny smartass who thought only in terms of here and now, this woman plans 10 steps ahead and got things handled like nobody’s business. Dark forces may have their wicked plans for a world domination but they’ll have a mighty fight on their hands with a number of allies Aelin is acquairing.

Also I have to say that this book got intense by the end, I had to take a breather every few chapters my heart was beating so fast. If I develop a heart condition before I read through the series end – I blame SJM.

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