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review 2017-06-22 21:16
Review: Warrior of Fire (Blood & Silver #2) by Shona Husk 4 out of 5 stars
Warrior of Fire - Shona Husk

This is the second installment in the Blood and Silver series. I honestly feel that this story cannot be read as a stand alone to be fully enjoyed as there are many aspects that would be missed if the first story is not read, well, first.

Leira and Julian are both part of an ancient yet almost extinct magical race called Albah. Because of prejudice and misconceptions about magic, their race has been hunted for as long as they can remember and now Julian is a target of those that want to end the Albah.

Fate plays an important role here but it’s not the focal point. The author manages to dance around it by making the characters think there is an already established path for everyone but also plays with the outcome by giving them infinite options depending on the choices people make.
In the case of Leira, and because of her magic, she knew she and Julian were supposed to meet but as the story progressed she wasn’t so sure anymore if that meant if they were supposed to be lovers or if he was just supposed to be in her life as something else. Julian knew there had to be more than magic and fate involved in their relationship because of the chemistry between them, and it was not just physical attraction but something deeper. And I definitely thanked the author for that because she didn’t go for the insta-lust here.
In the end, in spite of magic, fate, and crazy people going after them, they decided that risking it all for an uncertain but happy future was worth the risk.

The pace was a little slow for my taste but I’m willing to overlook it because I really liked this fantasy world, the complex characters and I thought this was a well-developed story.

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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review 2017-06-22 20:17
Meh.
Hunted - Meagan Spooner

I liken this book to roller coaster of the worst kind. One where it takes literal hours to slowly, slowly, inch up to the top of that first hill, only to find out that the drop on the other side is over in 3 or 4 seconds. Gah.

 

Good things:

* Beauty is actually a badass here. She's strong, capable, and actually kind of easy to follow along with.

 

* Beast is more intriguing than normal, because he has this whole dual mind thing going on and we actually get to see from his point of view.

 

Bad things:

* Literally everything else. The romance is boring. The "action" scenes are boring. Beauty spends SO MUCH TIME contemplating things that it's obnoxious, only to turn around at some point and act drastically, leading her to something awful. Like... do you not know what middle ground is woman? 

 

Oh well. I finished it!

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review 2017-06-22 19:58
[BOOK TOUR] "Szeptucha" Katarzyny Bereniki Miszczuk
Autor: Katarzyna Berenika Miszczuk
Tytuł: Szeptucha
Cykl: Kwiat paproci, tom 1
Liczba stron: 416
Wydawnictwo: W.A.B.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Organizatorka akcji:
Rosa Czyta
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jak wyglądałoby teraz życie w naszym kraju, gdyby historia przybrała inny obrót i Mieszko jednak nie przyjął chrztu? Oddawalibyśmy cześć Świętowitowi, Welesowi, Swarożycowi, bogini Mokosz... Mimo rozwoju i postępu technologicznego wciąż pozostałaby żywa wiara w wąpierze, strzygi, rusałki, utopce, płanetników, ubożęta i inne nadprzyrodzone istoty, a zawody takie jak szeptucha czy żerca nadal by istniały. Katarzyna Berenika Miszczuk oferuje podróż do alternatywnej wersji Polski XXI wieku - ja dałam się skusić, a Wy?
Gosia właśnie skończyła studia medyczne. Zanim ostatecznie wkroczy w dorosłe życie i podejmie pierwszą pracę, musi jeszcze odbyć roczny staż u szeptuchy. Dziewczynie jest to bardzo nie w smak, w końcu nie po to pilnie się uczyła przez ostatnie lata, by trafić do jakiejś zapadłej wsi, gdzie będzie zbierać ziółka i udawać, że wierzy w bogów i śmieszne zabobony. Gdy matka umawia ją na praktyki w Bielinach, swojej rodzinnej miejscowości, nie ma jednak wyboru. Jakoś to przetrwa, a potem wreszcie zostanie prawdziwym lekarzem. Gdy wszystko wydaje się iść nie tak, spotyka wyjątkowo przystojnego mężczyznę, który podwozi ją do domu szeptuchy. Mieszko przygotowuje się do zawodu kapłana u miejscowego żercy. Może pobyt na wsi, wbrew pozorom, wcale nie okaże się taki zły? Gosię czeka jednak sporo niespodzianek i niezwykle trudny wybór. To, komu zaufa, zadecyduje o jej życiu... lub śmierci.
Długo zwlekałam z lekturą "Szeptuchy", przekonana, że to nie jest książka dla mnie. Tymczasem powieść niesamowicie mnie wciągnęła. Słowiańscy bogowie i wierzenia ludowe, które tak długo trzymały mnie z dala, okazały się jej największą zaletą. Tworzyły unikalną, mityczną atmosferę pełną magii, tajemnic i niebezpieczeństw. Główna bohaterka - panicznie bojąca się kleszczy hipochondryczka marząca o znalezieniu sobie faceta - była źródłem wielu zabawnych sytuacji. Wielkie wrażenie wywarła na mnie również jej mentorka, Jaga, z miejsca zaskarbiając sobie moją sympatię. Ta niesamowita lektura zupełnie mnie pochłonęła - aż żałuję, że nie sięgnęłam po nią wcześniej.  Teraz, kiedy już przeszłam na dobrą stronę mocy, czas nadrobić zaległości i przeczytać kolejne tomy tego cyklu (mam wielką nadzieję, że równie dobre)! 
Source: ogrodksiazek.blogspot.com/2017/06/book-tour-szeptucha-katarzyny-bereniki.html
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review 2017-06-22 16:33
Lord of the Far Island / Victoria Holt
Lord of the Far Island - Victoria Holt

Ellen Kellaway, orphaned at age five, was raised by wealthy cousins, but was never allowed to forget that her every advantage was owed to the charity of others. However, when the son of a powerful London family asks for her hand in marriage, her world is opened up to untold wealth and social position. She never imagined that such an unlikely dream would come true.

Despite these wonderful new developments in her life, Ellen continues to be wracked b the bad dreams that have haunted her since childhood. What is the meaning of the lifelong nightmare—the image of an unfamiliar room, a door opening and behind it a dreadful presence? Perhaps it is a message urging her to uncover the secrets of her long-lost family—the secrets of the ancient home of the Kellaways on the Far Island, off the wild coast of Cornwall.

 

***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List***

I think this may have been the very first romance novel that I ever read in my life, at around age 11 or 12. I remember how much I loved the book at that age and that is probably influencing my rating today.

Talk about Gothic! A heroine who is an orphan, living with distant family members as a Poor Relation? Check! Beautiful & spunky? Check! Mysterious goings-on? Check! Subtly threatening handsome man with secrets who arrives in the nick of time to save her from the horrid fate of governessing? Check! New family members who maybe aren’t as into her as she is into them? Check and double check! A second handsome and more straightforward man as a foil for the intense, dark one? Checkeroo!

I believe it was my mother who introduced me to Victoria Holt and she & I read our way through many of Holt’s novels. This was very much a nostalgia read—it reminded me of my teenage reading years and reading with Mom. I can definitely see where works like this one set my tastes in romantic fiction, leading to my current affection for paranormal romance.

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review 2017-06-22 15:40
Review: Gork, the Teenage Dragon: A novel by Gabe Hudson
Gork, the Teenage Dragon - Gabe Hudson

 

This is a DNF for me. I'm not a fan of the writing style, it's rather juvenile and reads like someone's high school English homework. The humour wears off very quickly, there are only so many times "my scaly green ass" can be found humorous or used as a descriptor. There was so much repetition throughout the book that it started to get on my nerves. At times it felt like every other sentence started with "Now, ..."

 

Not a book I would recommend.

 

 

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