Leonora, aka Lee, aka Nora, has been invited to the hen party
(British version of a bachelorette party) of her best friend from
school. Whom, she lost connect with ten years ago. She thinks to
herself that it’s weird that she’s invited and she shouldn’t
go, but when a common friend decides to go, Nora makes the decision
to as well.
The hen party is in a literal glass house in the middle of nowhere,
surrounding by forest. If you’ve ever stayed in the middle of
nowhere, you know how creepy the woods can be at night. Add a bunch
of city folks, and the atmosphere is scarier when they all begin to
share their feelings. Not just feelings about where they’re staying
but their actual feelings about things that have happened in the past
and the complicated present.
Complicated feelings that lead to lies and murder.
I liked it. It wasn’t near as spooky as I had hoped but it’s a
pretty solid murder mystery. I won’t say that I completely
understand the hype around this one but, I would say to give it a
try. The big secret that Nora won’t talk to anyone about was less
exciting than I had anticipated it would be so that was a let down.
I’m not good at reviewing mysteries. I’m so afraid to ruin plot
points or twists that I avoid saying much at all.
For the first time ever, I’m not rating a book that I didn’t
finish. Usually, if I don’t finish a book it’s because I hated it
or it bored me to death. Those two things mean they deserve some type
of rating either for the feedback of the author (if they bother
reading reviews) and for other people who are considering picking up
the book or both.
In this case, the book did keep my attention, however, in the end, I
just can’t bring myself to care much about the lives of people who
died 130 years ago. I respect the concept that these women don’t
deserve to be remembered as prostitutes because there is not enough
evidence that they were. But in the end, they are dead and they don’t
care. (Does that sound super insensitive? Probably, but I’m too
tired to care.)
This is thoroughly researched when it comes to Victorian London and
that I really enjoyed. I learned things I didn’t know and that
always earns my respect.
So this is a toss up kids! It’s research is fantastic. If you want
to learn lots of information on that time period, this is great. If
you don’t really care if someone who was murdered that long ago was
a prostitute or not, this might not be for you either.
I was having a werewolf itch, so I perused some books that I already
own and this was one of the options. It also had witches, another
favorite of mine, so I sat down, ready for some good paranormal fun.
Lizzie and her witch familiar, Belle, moved and opened up shop on a
werewolf reservation. Things are pretty quiet for a couple of months
until Lizzie is asked to use some of her psychic ability to find a
missing teenager. The quest leads to murder and the discovery of an
extremely powerful villain. Lizzie helps the local werewolf Ranger
(werewolf police) investigate and attempt to stop the bad guy before
more people die.
Extreme lack of werewolf. Sure, the love interest is a werewolf, but
the wolfiest he gets is sniffing the air and one howl, maybe two.
And Judas Priest, the amount of showers I had to read about Lizzie
taking. I get it, you’re cleanly, let’s move on. Twice a day
showers is a bit obnoxious and took up entirely too much of the
story. If the showers were axed, there would have been more room for
character development or world building.
I’ve read the first books to a couple of Keri Arthur series now and
honestly, the main characters are all very similar. I feel mostly in
appearance but in personality too. I have yet to be impressed with
any of the series and this one is the same. It’s not bad but not
something I’m likely to continue reading unless I’m bored and my
options are limited.
thing I was a lying, untrustworthy bitch. ‘Cause there was no
fucking way I was letting this shit go. Not as long as I was the one
being slammed in the news. Both the zombie mafia and the rebel zombie
alliance could suck my white trash undead ass.”
her first life, before becoming a zombie, Angel Crawford was a loser.
Now however, she’s working very hard at improving herself. After
all, she could live a very long life provided she doesn’t run out
of brains or get decapitated. She
has a pretty steady relationship with a cop, her boss at the morgue
enjoys teaching her and thinks she has great potential and her
relationship with her dad is even improving bit by bit.
Then, a masked man forces his way
into the morgue at gun point and steals a cadaver. She doesn’t
resist….much because she knows there are cameras covering the
With luck much like her old life,
the cameras haven’t been functioning for several days and so
nothing is caught. The people who work directly with Angel believe
her, but the higher ups that are running election campaigns have to
lay the blame on someone since they have nothing to go on but Angel’s
word. Her old life is brought to the forefront of the newspapers and
she’s made to look like a drug addict who fell off the wagon and
now some poor victim’s family doesn’t have a body to bury.
Even her boyfriend Marcus, thinks
that she’s remembering things wrong or doesn’t know exactly what
she saw. Thing is, she isn’t that junky bitch anymore and no one is
going to treat her like it. If no one else knows what to do about it,
she’ll figure it all out herself. She might be a high school
dropout, but that was in a life that didn’t count.
Virtually on her own, a little help from friends here and there, she discovers that someone is experimenting on zombies. That someone convinced her old friend Ed to deliver zombie heads to them for research by fueling his hate of zombies he blamed for his parents death. But, it’s beginning to look like that person would like to have a ‘live’ zombie to experiment on and they know about Angel.
Morning lovely people of the world! I hope you’re waking up with delicious hot beverages and cuddly fur buddies to start a new, exciting day.
Weirded out by my optimism? Yeah me to. Just go with the flow.
I was recently invited to join BookSirens.com, a website for book reviewers. It appears to be much like Netgalley but the authors/publishers come to you. (Although it looks you can still request stuff too.) Now, I don’t plan to go crazy on ARCs but this may tie into my bookish resolutions for 2020. (To be explained at a much later date.)
Does anyone else have experience with this website? And if so, what are your opinions on it?
One of my favorite urban fantasy series of all time has come to an
end. This was literally one of the books that sparked my interest in
the genre and now that it’s over, it’s so very bittersweet.
(Slomo said it best.)
After centuries of running, hiding, surviving and causing general
chaos, Atticus O’Sullivan is facing Ragnarok. He caused it, so he
must also try to prevent it from succeeding and destroying the earth.
While he is fighting with the ‘good guys,’ he’s made many
enemies there and the feeling that he won’t walk away from this
battle even if they win, is riding his conscious.
While Atticus handles Ragnarok, Granuaile and Owen fight battles on
other parts of the planet. Granuaile fights alongside the Monkey Kind
in Taiwan, while Owen globe hops helping out where the planet needs
it. He makes a super cute sloth friend in South America while
convincing a vengeful nature goddess that destroying all humanity
won’t save the earth.
Ragnarok was a very intense battle scene and I loved how everything
played out. The multiple pantheons coming together to battle Loki and
Hel was an exciting concept that worked beautifully. If there was
ever a series that married various mythologies with such coherency,
this was it and a large part of why I’ve loved it for years.
The ending was something that I really did not expect, which adds
huge bonus points when you cannot predict something you’ve been
involved with for a long time. I cannot honestly tell you if I’m
sad or not about the way it ended. Maybe a mix of both. While it
wasn’t what I was hoping/expected, it definitely fit.
This will remain a series that I highly recommend to people for the
foreseeable future. Whether you’re looking to dip your toes into
fantasy or specifically urban fantasy, or love mythology, or
paranormal, or action and adventure, there is something here for
I’m always skeptical when something says it’s required reading before moving on with a series. (Also, it tends to annoy me. I don’t like when novellas become ‘required’.) In this case, it’s true. There are some relationship shake ups that you’ll have no clue about if you skip this.
Enough complaining about forced reading. (I know, I’m SO tortured. How dare someone force me to read.) This is a rather fun collection of short stories regardless. They are told from different perspectives. There is a story from Granuille and a couple from Owen, along with our MC Atticus.
Despite my bitching, I love when the short stories are about Atticus during times of historical significance and how he affected them. I think if I had to pick a favorite for this collection, it would be how he met Shakespeare and saved his life, Goddess at the Crossroads.
I’m in one of those pissed at the world moods in which getting anything productive accomplished is a struggle. But somehow, it makes it the best time to catch up on at least one tag that a lovely blogger was kind enough to tag me in. I could use a little feminine appreciation to brighten my day so here we go ladies and gents:
The very awesome blog Livid Lightning is getting my ping back since she introduced me to this tag. 😀
Rules (I will try to follow, but no one’s the boss of me on my blog)
Answer the questions (That’s the point of these tags thingys, no? See below!)
Choose female characters from books, movies, TV, anime, webtoons, etc. (I’ll try my best)
Tag as many people (We’ll see…)
Have fun! (No doubt)
Name a heroine you like but whom you feel is always overshadowed by the male characters in the story.
Ka-Poel from the Powder Mage trilogy. She’s from a tribe and is essentially Taniel’s personal spotter and later servant but she’s so much more than that. She’s a force of her own with her own magic and tricks up her sleeve. She’s clever and feisty and never lets Taniel down.
For that matter, name a heroine whom you feel is always overshadowed by the other female characters in the story.
Peryn’s little monster sister. That’s right, she’s over shadowed enough that I don’t remember her name. But she’s a great character, she gets some show time but I would have liked to see her even more throughout the series.
Name a character who had potential but was greatly underutilized in her story.
Constance Stapleton comes more into focus in this installment of the Golgotha series, however, I still think she’s being underutilized though it appears that may change in the future.
Name a female character who you either find better in her book than her movie, find better in her movie than her book, or whose portrayals you find equal.
Offred (June) from The Handmaid’s Tale is SO much better in the TV series than the book. In the book, she’s actually rather bland and kind of hard to read from her point of view. In the show, her rebellion, her determination and her overall character keep me coming back again and again.
Name a character who you want more backstory on.
Adelia Reyes, the femme fatale assassin. I just want more of this whole universe in general!
Name a character with traits you feel are sadly overlooked by everyone.
Arya Stark is the very first that comes to mind. Although, it’s usually her enemies that overlook her traits and they pay the ultimate price. But,I feel her own siblings overlook her quite often as well.
Name a morally grey character. (Villain or anti hero!)
The Morrigan from the Iron Druid Chronicles. She does some pretty shitty things but a lot of the time she also tips off Atticus to danger. Sometimes, she’s the danger.
A character you’re stunned isn’t more famous.
Stealing this answer from Lightning. Hail is such a bad ass heroine, but somehow I don’t know that many people who have read this series. It’s a high recommend from me if you enjoy space operas.
A character from a piece of fiction you’re amazed isn’t more famous.
Temple grew up during the time of zombies. She’s been on her own for most of it. This is a great story of a teenager surviving the zombie apocalypse on her own, fighting both the dead and the living.
Fantastic Female Bloggers
I’m going to try to tag people Lightning didn’t already tag so we can spread this fun out a bit more, but don’t feel obligated to participate by any means. This is meant to be fun!
I read Singh’s first book in her Guild Hunter series years ago and really enjoyed it at the time. Rarely am I in the mood to read romance so when I found this at a used bookshop for $0.50, I thought I’d give the series a try.
There were aspects of this that I really enjoyed. The emotionless
race of Psy and the network they linked their conscious to for
information was a pretty fascinating premise and I could read about
it for hours. I will always remain a sucker for shapeshifters so
combining the two races and the hierarchy of the world they live in
was another reason I should love this series. I even enjoyed the
burgeoning relationship between the two main characters, and many of
the side characters as well.
BUT, the gratuitous sex scenes just interrupted the more interesting
parts of the story. I wouldn’t have minded that in and of itself
but I didn’t particularly like the sex. I think a lot of it had to
due with the naivety of the female MC. I guess I like a female that
knows what she wants and has no problem demanding it of a man.
Unfortunately, after taking a peak at the summary of the next book, this is one of those series that each book focuses on a new couple and that just isn’t something I dig. Once I get committed to characters, I like to stick with them. If the series continued with the characters we were introduced to in this series, I would at least give the second book a shot, but since it doesn’t, I don’t think I’ll be continuing.
Poornima and Savitha are two girls born into a poor village in India.
Everyday is a struggle to survive. To have enough food, not to fill
their bellies, but just enough to keep them alive. To make enough
money to buy the bare essentials. Living in shacks with no doors,
dirt floors and sleeping on mats. Poornima’s father is desperate to
marry her off, but her skin is too dark for most men’s taste. The
dowry their families demand, too high for him to pay so he grows to
despise her even more. Why did she have to be a girl?
Savitha’s father is an alcoholic who begs at the temple for hand outs. Her mother works as a servant, which is considered low class. She has several sisters and she’s determined to earn their dowry money before her own so that they may have better lives.
The two girls find each other and become best friends. Savitha brings
a light to Poornima’s life that she didn’t know existed after the
death of Poornima’s mother. Life begins to have a kind of hope.
Then, life promptly crushes that hope. Stomps on it and spits on it’s
ashes, for both girls.
A cruel act forces Savitha to run away, and Poornima is married off to an evil family. Despite their desperate situations, they are both determined to find one another again. This begins a journey across countries, that takes darker and darker twists, with no promises that they’ll ever make it back to each other.
At times, this story tore my heart out of my chest. It is beautifully
written, moderately paced and achingly real. A testament to the light
that burns inside every human being, and that some torches refuse to
be snuffed out no matter how dark life gets.