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review 2018-11-07 14:35
Review: Summoned to Thirteenth Grave(Charley Davidson #13) by Darynda Jones
Summoned To Thirteenth Grave - Darynda Jones

 

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series!

 

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plain for eternity – which is the appropriate amount of time to make a person starkraving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.

She’s missed her daughter, she’s missed Reyes, and Beep, but now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

 

 

 

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 

 

Well this is it … the last book. A bitter sweet good bye to a great series that I loved so much.

Of course being the last book in the series it is hard to review without spoiling it but I will try and make it short and to the point.

We start off with Charley still being banished but shortly in, she gets freed and we get a steamy welcome home with Reyes. He informs her shortly after what is happening and they have limited to save the world, but like all the previous book that is not enough so Charley gets a few more things to deal with, including a possible serial murder on the loose.   In order to solve one mystery she must find out what really happened the night she was born and we soon discover that there is a lot we didn’t know.

To be honest it did not feel like the last book until we get three quarters into the book. It just feels like most of the previous books and we get her and her gang together working on saving the world once again…

Likewise with humor, we get plenty of humor throughout the book even being one of the darker or scarier books in the series and let’s not forget the romance that plays a part of it.

About at the 75% into the book we start to get the, this is it, this is the final book vibe. It is do or die time, literally.   Also this is full of surprises, some of the BIGGEST twists are happening in this book. There were moments I was crying and then like …”wait … what?!?!” a minute later. Even after finishing the book I still was not over some of the surprises or shocks I should say we learned.

Everything gets tied up in its very own fitting way, depending on who or what….

I shed plenty of tears reading this book, some happy tears others not so much but overall I was happy and satisfied with how it ended …… even though the last line of the book about drove me …. Crazy.

I will miss Charley and crew so much and still am sad this is the final book, but I hope we will see them again sometime in maybe novella or maybe even a spin off.  

Overall, I really loved this book and thought it was a great ending to an even better series. Farewell my friends, I will miss you….

I rate it full 5 ★

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Will be available January 15, 2019

 

Amazon *** B&N *** Kobo

 

Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/11/07/review-summoned-to-thirteenth-gravecharley-davidson-13-by-darynda-jones
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review 2018-11-05 16:23
Review: Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas
Kingdom of Ash - Sarah J. Maas

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

This book took be a while to finish, not only because it is so big but because I wanted to take my time with it.

Being it the last book and not wanting to spoil it for anyone I will make it fairly short.

This book was one of my favorite series ending, it left me feeling really satisfied. But don’t let that fool you before we get that we are sent on roller coaster ride from hell…… The ups and downs in this book about killed me. I laughed one moment just to be sobbing the next page. It was quite stressful.

I did like how everything wrapped up …. For the most part anyway, there was one thing I would have loved to see more but I guess there is always something we want more of in a series finale.

We see some people we have not seen since book one, we also come back to the spot it all began and it is crazy what a wild ride this series has been. Everyone has grown and changed so much, we met so, so many people along the way. This series has quiet the big cast of characters and each one played a part in this last book.

Everyone paid a price in this war, some more than others.

We meet the crew months after the ending of Empire of Storms and with that Tower of Dawn. The groups are scattered all over the continents, each fighting for them and for a better and with that getting rid of Erawan and Maeve  but of course that is not easy , not easy at all.

I love how far Celina/ Aeline has come since we first met her, even with all she has been through she still won’t give up for herself but mainly for her people. I really loved her in this book and my heart broke a few times for her. Especially in the beginning of the book.

Rowan, well he was Rowan in all his glory and sorrow and I loved his journey throughout the series. The good, the bad, the ugly and the steamy.

Dorian, I was never really team Dorian when it came to the OG team, Celina, Chaol and him, but I really enjoyed him the last few books and even more in this. Some things are changing for him, while I was not really sure what to think of it at first I really ended up liking it.

Chaol, he used to me my man, I was always team Chaol and I still am in a way, but not as much as I used to be. His journey changed so much in the last few books, not to be worse just different he is defiantly not the captain of the guard we met in book one anymore. I don’t want to say he is weaker or whines more he is just …. Different and has different priorities than Aelin.

Lysandra was once again one of my favorites in this book. She was a trooper and hero and gave so much, her character also grew so much since we first met her.

Elide is also someone we met later on in the series but ended up being vital to the story and the finale , while I was never her biggest fan, I liked her a lot. And the shitty treatment she got from people not only throughout the series but this book was sad and hard to read at times and defiantly not fair.

Iyrene was someone I was not sure about at first but ended up really likening. She just had a way to sneak into people’s hearts as she does also here with everyone she meets.

Manon, my girl Manon … man…. She was someone I really didn’t get her the beginning and sort of skimped over but ended up loving her so much. I think she, besides Aelin had the biggest growth throughout the series since we met her. I really would love to see a series just about the witches in this world …. Not necessarily Manon but just all the witch tribes in general.

Aedion and Lorcan,  I both loved and wanted to throttle at the same time. Yes , they were stressed but so was everyone else. Both just were little assholes at times and then again oh sooo sweet.

Of course there are so many more people in this book and I’m sure I’m forgetting someone but there was just too many and many things happening, plus it is hard not to spoil stuff.

One of the things I liked the most was, that we not only get a short epilogue after the final battle. No, we get a really nice amount of stuff afterwards to get a good glimpse of everything and everyone that made it. And how and what everyone is dealing with.

Well I guess I didn’t make it short after all, lol. Overall I LOVED this book and how it all ended and I will really miss the characters and the world. But also be warned there are many heartbreaking moments in this book. Some, I personally not sure I will ever get over.   But we also get snark and laughter and many happy tears along the way and the end will make you hopefully feel happy and satisfied. I rate this book a full 5★ as well as the series, of course some are better books than others but overall it was an epic journey.

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/11/05/review-kingdom-of-ash-throne-of-glass-7-by-sarah-j-maas
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text 2018-10-31 16:59
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Blog Tour

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Blog Tour

 

This post includes the re-read review of Eleventh Grave in Moonlight as well as the review for the series finale *sobs* Summoned to Thirteenth Grave available on 1/15/19. There's also some fun trivia and a Q&A with Darynda Jones.

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2018/10/summoned-to-thirteenth-grave-blog-tour.html
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review 2018-08-01 09:29
Zeit, erwachsen zu werden
The Kingdom of Gods - N.K. Jemisin

Eines der ersten Bilder, das N.K. Jemisin veranlasste, die „Inheritance Trilogy“ zu schreiben, war das eines Kindes, das mit Planeten spielt. Angesichts dieser frühen Inspiration ist es wohl nicht verwunderlich, dass sich Sieh zu einem ihrer Lieblingscharaktere entwickelte. In einem Interview erklärte sie, sie liebe es, dass er tausende von Jahren alt und trotzdem entschlossen sei, das Leben aus der Perspektive eines Kindes anzugehen. Mit „The Kingdom of Gods“ schenkte sie Sieh ein ganzes Buch. Sie beschreibt das Finale der Trilogie als einen „verdrehten Bildungsroman“, der das Heranwachsen eines uralten Jungen thematisiert, der stirbt, wenn er erwachsen wird. Klingt verrückt und paradox? Dank Sieh in der Hauptrolle keine Überraschung. 

 

Seit Itempas‘ Ketten gesprengt wurden, ist Sieh langweilig. Ihn erfüllt eine Ziellosigkeit, die ihn verunsichert. Wieder und wieder kehrt er zurück in die Himmelsfestung Sky. Er ertappt sich dabei, die Arameri zu beobachten. Er empfindet eine unerklärliche Faszination für die königliche Familie, die ihn jahrhundertelang quälte und misshandelte. Seine Aufmerksamkeit gebührt den Kindern, jenen unvollendeten Seelen, die der seinen so ähnlich sind. Tief in den Eingeweiden der Festung begegnet er dem 6-jährigen Geschwisterpaar Shahar und Deka. Nach einigen Jahren der Besuche äußern sie den unschuldigen Wunsch, gemeinsam einen Eid auf ihre Freundschaft zu schwören. Ihre verbundenen Hände lösen eine gewaltige Energiewelle aus, die Sieh ins Nichts schleudert. Als er erwacht, sind acht Jahre vergangen. Etwas… hat sich verändert. Seine Magie schwindet. Er altert. Sieh muss herausfinden, was damals geschehen ist und wie er es aufhalten kann. Ihm läuft die Zeit davon. Denn für den Gott der Kindheit bedeutet erwachsen zu werden den Tod.

 

Ich stimme N.K. Jemisin vollkommen zu. Ich liebe Sieh ebenfalls. Wie könnte ich den Gott der Kindheit und des Schabernacks nicht lieben? Er ist Peter Pan. Er ist das Kind, das niemals erwachsen wird. Oder doch? „The Kingdom of Gods“ ist ein fabelhaft facettenreiches Buch, dessen theologische, philosophische Reife überwältigt und das die Botschaft der „Inheritance Trilogy“ mühelos transportiert: es gibt keinen Dualismus. Eine Einteilung in Schwarz und Weiß verkennt die Realität. Niemand könnte diesen Gedanken besser verkörpern als Sieh, weshalb ich Jemisins Entscheidung, ihn in den Mittelpunkt des letzten Bandes zu stellen, Beifall zolle. Durch seine Rolle als Ich-Erzähler untersucht sie neugierig die Grenzen des Konzepts der Kindheit und konfrontiert ihn unnachgiebig mit seiner größten Angst – der Angst, erwachsen zu werden, die in seinem Fall mit der Angst vor dem Tod, der Sterblichkeit gleichzusetzen ist. Sieh ist eine haarsträubend paradoxe Hauptfigur; er vereint zahllose widersprüchliche Eigenschaften, sodass seine Existenz einem Drahtseilakt gleicht. Er perfektionierte seine Identität als Schutzpatron der Kinder, aus der er Macht bezieht. Sieh tritt als Kind auf, ist aber definitiv kein Kind. Ihn zu unterschätzen, wäre ein Fehler. Die Spannung zwischen der Rolle, die er verkörpert und seiner wahren Persönlichkeit stellt einen wichtigen Aspekt der Geschichte dar. Es gelang ihm, sich selbst zu täuschen. Er wollte nicht einsehen, dass er längst erwachsen ist. Er konnte nicht so lange leben, Krieg, Verlust und Schmerz erfahren und die Unschuld eines Kindes bewahren. In seinem Bestreben, seine Lebenslüge aufrechtzuerhalten, distanzierte er sich vom Leben selbst und verlor den Kontakt zu seinem Ich. Diese Entwicklung erinnert an eine andere Figur in Jemisins Universum: Itempas. Die Parallelen zwischen Sieh und seinem Vater sind sicherlich kein Zufall, da sie ihre schwierige Beziehung untermalen. Das Finale betont noch einmal, dass sich Götter und Sterbliche viel ähnlicher sind, als es den Anschein hat. Göttliche lieben, hassen, trauern und leiden ebenso wie Menschen, ihre Beziehungen untereinander sind in ihrer Komplexität durch und durch menschlich, was die Frage aufwirft, wer eigentlich nach wessen Abbild geschaffen wurde. „The Kingdom of Gods“ zwingt Sieh in die menschliche Perspektive von Sterblichkeit, wodurch er erneut Kontakt mit dem Leben aufnimmt und sich endlich seinen Erinnerungen und Gefühlen stellt. Daher ist dieser finale Band meiner Meinung nach der emotionalste der Trilogie. Jemisin schildert Siehs Aufarbeitungsprozess einfühlsam, ohne sentimental zu werden, was nicht zu ihrem Protagonisten gepasst hätte. „The Kingdom of Gods“ überzeugt jedoch nicht nur auf der emotionalen Ebene, sondern auch inhaltlich. Die Leser_innen verlassen dieses hinreißende Universum, das stets nach Balance strebt, an der Schwelle bedeutender Veränderungen, die im ersten Band nicht möglich schienen. Alles fließt. Das Leben ist zyklisch: es wiederholt dieselben Muster ohne Unterlass. Dieses Finale ist nicht nur ein Ende, es ist auch ein Anfang.

 

Ich halte „The Kingdom of Gods“ für den besten Band der „Inheritance Trilogy“. Die Thematik harmoniert und schwingt mit einer Saite meiner Persönlichkeit. Das Finale ist ein wundervolles Buch und der perfekte Abschluss einer Trilogie, die mehr als ein schnöder Dreiteiler ist. N.K. Jemisin holte das Maximum aus der Struktur heraus und kreierte eine echte Dreieinigkeit, deren feminine, nachdenkliche Ausstrahlung und poetische, ästhetische Ausgestaltung bezauberte. Die „Inheritance Trilogy“ ist weniger Hammer auf Amboss, als ich es aus der High Fantasy gewohnt bin und enthält keinerlei Schlachten, aber ich habe während der Lektüre nichts vermisst. Ich empfehle euch die drei Bände ohne Vorbehalte. Besucht Jemisins Universum und lernt sie kennen: die wiedergeborene Göttin, deren Schöpfungskraft einen gigantischen Baum aus einer Festung im Himmel wachsen lässt; die blinde Künstlerin, in deren Geist Magie verschlungene Muster bildet und das uralte Kind, das mit Planeten spielt, um nicht erwachsen zu werden.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/01/n-k-jemisin-the-kingdom-of-gods
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review 2018-05-10 22:50
Why I adore Rhys Ford even though she made me cry...
Sin and Tonic (Sinners #6) - Rhys Ford

Actually, it's more like 'Why I freakin' adore this author' even though she's bringing one of my absolute favorite series to a close and she made me cry.

 

Now before I begin let me just say I am going to ramble and probably go on a bit more than necessary here but seriously can you blame me this is one of my absolute favorite series...I adore the characters of 'Sinners' and yes, i have to say characters because this isn't just about the men. It's about all of the characters who have graced the pages of these stories and some of them aren't necessarily from the 'Sinners' series or even from a Rhys Ford series at all and that's part of what's made this all such a wonderful adventure. 

 

I wish I could say that I'm sorry to see this series end...ok, I can say this, but I can also say that I love that Ms Ford is taking these boys out on a high note. I would rather see an author end a series with me wanting more than with me thinking "Oh please lord can this be done now." you see I'm one of those people who has to finish what they start and it may take me some time to get around to it but eventually I do my absolute best to cycle around to a series and catch up or finish reading the books and to me if I'm left feeling like I want more but knowing that things are complete well than that's a job well done.

 

I admit I'm hoping that we'll get a peek here and there at some of the characters from this series maybe in another of Ms Ford's stories or who knows maybe someone will pop up in a Mary Calmes series who knows who will run into who with these authors and who wants to the fun is in the surprise.

 

But that's enough postulating about what might be for now, let's talk about what is or was...'Sin and Tonic' is the last story in the 'Sinners' series and for me it was one hella' good roller coaster ride. There was so much that I loved about this book. We got bits and pieces of everyone Rafe and Quinn, Forest and Conner, Damien and Sionn, Brigid and Donal and of course Miki and Kane.

 

This one's due out in 5 days, Sinners fans and it's going to be worth the wait. I laughed and cried and sometimes I was laughing and crying simultaneously because I just wasn't sure which I wanted to do more. 

 

Like I said back at the beginning I love all the characters of Sinners and while Quinn and Rafe are probably my favorites even I have to admit no one deserves happiness more than Miki St. John. He's been through hell and back and he more than deserves it...he's damned well earned it and he's earned a world of love...

 

from Dude the dog...

"I'm sure the dog cares, just in his own way," she said with a laugh.

 

to Edie, their manager...

"Now do you understand why you need me?" She'd said to the shocked band members. "You just lost an argument with the person who is willing to go to the mat for you. Imagine how far you'll get when you go head-to-head with somebody who wants to bleed you dry?..."

 

to Donal...

"Then maybe what ye need to hear from me is that no matter who comes into your life, I will not let them hurt ye, and I will always be there when ye call out for your da."

 

to Brigid...

...So this time, when a pair of red stilettos beat on the floor like the drums of war, they were summoning the heavens to come protect him--a son she found rather than a son she'd borne.

 

and everyone in between but ultimately there is Kane...

"...You mean more to me than my badge and the dead. I love you. And if I have to, I would give up everything I've become--everything I've accomplished--just to hold you if you need me."

 

So yes, I laughed I cried my heart ached for all that was but ultimately in the end I was replete with the answers to so many questions and the knowledge that not only had Miki gone through hell but he'd come out the other side stronger and surrounded by love. Most of all I loved that while this is the ending for this series for Miki, Kane and the rest of Crossroads Gin and their partners it's just another bend in the road.

 

I know I'll be revisiting this series and I'm already looking forward to it especially on audio. I very unashamedly admit more than anything I want this one on audio and I've got my fingers crossed that like the rest of them Tristan James will be the narrator who  once again brings these characters to life for me.

 

It's been a hella' good ride with this series and I really can't think of anything more to say other than if you haven't read it check it out because you really don't want to read this one without having read the previous books and if you have I can't imagine that you won't love this final installment in the 'Sinners' series.

 

Thank you, Ms. Ford for writing what has  become one of my absolute favorite series...EVER!!!

 

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An ARC of 'Sin and Tonic' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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