New Post, Paranormal, Reviews

Review: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton

Rating: ★★★★★
Series: Anita Blake, #1
Pages: 355
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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“Pity is an emotion that can get you killed. The only thing more dangerous is blind hate, and maybe love.”

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Anita is an animator, she brings the dead back to life, even for a brief moment.  She also Kills the not so friendly neighbourhood vampires when they get a bit out of hand.

Only now, something is killing the Vampire’s and Anita has been called in to help then find the Killer of the dead.

with the help of Old, and new friends, Anita will need to fight whatever a 1000-year-old Master Vamp will throw at her.

“Important safety tip – never look a vampire in the eye.”

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now, but the series is on, book 26, so it’s a commitment.

I liked Anita. Often when a series is around just one character I can imagine it’ll get a bit tedious, but already she has so many layers I actually think I am going to love the series.

In some ways the series reminded me of TrueBlood/Southern Vampire Mysteries. Vamps out of the coffin, were-animals, bad case of religion.. etc, but Anita has much more dept.

Overall the writing is quick paced and whilst a lot is inner monologue, it perfectly describes Anita’s World.

Other characters; I loved Phillip. He was vulnerable in places like a child addicted to candy. I wanted to cuddle his big muscles.

I’ve heard Jean-Claude is a big thing in the rest of the series, but he mostly in a coffin for this one, but I am looking forward to the character development.

Such an interesting introduction to a world I know I am going to love. I cannot wait to get my teeth sunk into the rest of this series..

I Don’t date Vampires. I kill them. 

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Paranormal, Reviews

Review: Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Dark Hunter, #14

Pages: 728

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

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Outline:

Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. However, his human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Then, brought back against his will, Acheron became the sole defender of mankind.

Only it was never that simple. For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he’ll do anything to keep concealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence.

Now his survival and ours hinges on hers and old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both.

War has never been more deadly… or more fun.

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Review:

After I had read the reviews for Acheron, it took me a while to read this book. In fact, I had read the previous Dark Hunter books earlier this year but was afraid of this book. I have read ‘The League’ series, and the last one ‘Born of Silence’ was horrifically graphic.

This stuck in my mind because of the awful torture scenes. Sherrilyn Kenyon loves a tortured bad boy. I love em too.. just not that far gone. If you haven’t read Born of Silence, I fully recommend it, just not for the faint of heart.

With Acheron, I expected to feel disgusted with the first half of the book. I didn’t. I felt sad and overwhelmed at the number of times poor Acheron got beat, and she didn’t hold anything back. A few times I was reading the book so fast, trying to get past a truly horrific scene, whilst my hand was over my mouth in shock.

She left plenty to the imagination ( thank God.. or is that Zeus) but it was readable. I especially liked how Sherrilyn used Ryssa’s voice for the first part of the book and of course, explain the whole process of the Dark Hunter’s, why they were needed. I finally understood Acheron and Artemis’ relationship, and the full extent of his humility, morality and honour.

The second part of the book is Acheron’s chance at a HEA.. after everything that had happened I felt that this was perfect. Tori was perfect. She had brains, beauty, humour, quirkiness and spunk. She stood up to him; she stood by him. She reacted perfectly to a man who had every person betray him. I loved her…

This book was not what I was expecting, it was far better. Thank you very much Sherrilyn for an amazing read.

 

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Paranormal, Reviews

Review: The Vampire’s Kiss by Cynthia Eden

“I give to you my blood, my life. Take it, become one. One of the chosen. Be of the night. Be of me.

 

30251450Rating: ★★★★★

Series: None

Pages: 199

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

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Savannah Daniels needs to die in order to execute vengeance against the monster that murdered her brother and his wife. Enter William Dark, a vampire who promises eternity and revenge in exchange for her company… for eternity. 

 

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REVIEW:

For me, this is the quintessential Vampire Romance. It has everything that a good vampire novel should have.

After the wake of such Vampire pop culture as Buffy and Twilight, vampires tend to have a soul. They fill pages and pages feeling guilty about what they’ve done and they brood! – A lot! Which is fine.. for a while. Then you get a book like this with a character like William and it changes things. When I read this it was shortly after I had read Twilight, and William was my introduction to a more naughtier Vampire. Okay, sure at some point William is not happy to condemn her soul.. yadda, yadda.. But I am glad to see that about 4 paragraphs into it; he don’t care!! To say the least, it was refreshing for me.

This book also kicked off for me my true love for Paranormal Romance, so for this I am eternally grateful (get it!!) This was also the first Cynthia Eden book that I read and have been hooked ever since.

This book had the right mix of romance and action and was very sweet, but hot at the same time, and I Loved it!!

I no longer fear the darkness.
-Entry from the diary of Savannah Daniels de Montfort,
January 1, 2005.

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Unboxing, YA

FairyLoot Unboxing: May 2018

I think its safe enough to unbox today without any spoilers. Everyone should have gotten theirs.

What is FairyLoot?

FairyLoot is a UK, YA Book subscription box, which contains a YA Fantasy hardback book,  and various book merchandise. Each box usually contains a candle, Fan Art posters, and others.

I’ve been getting FairyLoot for about 5 months now, and they are fab. Past boxes have contained cushion covers, pop vinyl, makeup bags, cork board bunting, enamel pins..

The May whimsical Journey’s Box contained:

  • Narnia Travel Mug
  • Hobbit Tote Bag
  • Fantastic Beasts Luggage tags
  • YA Hardback; Beyond the Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake
  • Literary Candle based on Beyond the Darkened Shore
  • Ace of Shades Badge
  • Percy Jackson Pin
  • Notepad with Quote from The Darkest Minds.
  • Fan Art from Beyond the Darkened Shore

 

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Fantasy, Reviews, YA

Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by S J Maas

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Pages: 228

Genre: Paranormal & Fantasy,

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Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their Court..

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“Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.”

I grinned so much during this book, my jaw hurt. I loved the friendships and the Christmassy feel, plus Rhysand!!

Not to brag, but I read it in one sitting…

“Dangerous words, Rhysand,” Amren warned, strutting through the door, nearly swallowed up by the enormous white fur coat she wore. Only her chin-length dark hair and solid silver eyes were visible above the collar. She looked— “You look like an angry snowball,” Cassian said.”

It was funny, Heart warming, and at one point I got a little choked up. This story to me what very much a ‘what happens after a war novel’

“To the blessed darkness from which we are born, and to which we return.”

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Previous Books in A Court of Thorns & Roses 

 

Literary Witchery, YA

Beltane, Books, & Magic

Happy Beltane & Welcome to Literary Witchery…

White magic in the air. Tarot, Oracle, Runes, Tea Leaves, crystals, and incense.

I love to celebrate seasons, and I am lucky enough to live in a country where each season is identifiable.

Beltane is celebrated today, which in the Celtic Calendar; May 1st in the northern hemisphere,  and the 31 October in Southern Hemisphere.

Beltane is often referred to as May Day, and although not yet summer, it is the marking of the seasons from spring to summer.

Spiritually, the veil between this world and the spirit world is thin, like at Halloween. Beltane is also a time for fertility and maypoles. Everything about this season is bright, the flowers, the grass, the sky and the leaves on the trees.

Summer is Coming…

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Books & Magic

From the 1st of May, Literary Romance will become Literary Witchery. I am a witch, and it’s something I have kept buried inside of me especially that creatrix inside of me.

My passion for books, and for spiritual development has always been treated as two separate things, but really, I’ve found that writing to heal is a powerful experience, and I hope at some point to show you some of my healing words.

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What Can I expect from this blog?

Book Reviews, Writing tips, Tarot/Oracle Deck Reviews, Nature wonder & recipes.

A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic – Carl Sagan

 

 

Fantasy, Reviews, YA

Review: A Court of Wings & Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3

Pages: 699

Genre: Ya Fantasy

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With the release of A Court of Frost and Starlight within the next 24 hours, I thought I’d post my final thoughts on the previous book, ACOWAR.

I was super excited about this book. I even booked the day off work when it was released. With the cliffhanger from ACOMF, I wanted answers…

“A Shadow slammed into the eath before us, cracking the ice toward every horizon.
Not a shadow.
A Illyrian warrior. ”

From that point on I couldn’t stop smiling, and then when Rhysand came back on the page, I SQUEALED… Needless to say, the neighbourhood dogs started barking.

He leaned down, nuzzling my throat. “Don’t you want to comfort your mate, who has missed you terribly these weeks?”

In the previous books, War has been brewing between the King of Hybern, and the rest of Prythian. The Inner Circle are reunited, and it’s fabulous!! I love the way SJM has written the friendship; it is stunning.

Only you can decide what breaks you

Tamlin the tool is back, and earlier in the book, I felt nothing but anger to him, and by the end, I guess he made amends, a little.

The pace of the book was uneven but in a captivating way. the scenes of war were fast as expected, and the family comforting and almost warm.

“Night Triumphant- and the Stars Eternal.”

There was just no point in the book where it lulled for me. I never got bored, I never skipped pages, I just kept wanting more.

There are a few things I had wished that the SJM had answered, like relationships within the Inner Circle, her sister full gifts, and the outcome of other characters within the series, such as other High Lords.

I am sooooo pleased that there is a next book coming out, and maybe some answered.

In my opinion, these books are pure perfection, and SJM will have a fan for life…

Previously in this series:

 

 

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Fantasy, Reviews

Review: A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J Maas

To the Stars that Listen and the Dreams that are answered..

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2

Pages: 626

Genre: YA Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling

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Synopsis

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

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This Book is the best out of the trilogy. There’s a lot in this book, and I can’t say much with creating spoilers, which will simply not do.

That being said…

Rhysand is the most handsome High Lord. Rhysand is the most delightful High Lord.Rhysand is the most cunning High Lord

 

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Fantasy, Reviews, YA

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Next Tuesday, A Court of Frost and Starlight is releasing, number 3.5 in the Court of Thornes and Roses series. So I thought in the lead-up, I will post my reviews of the previous books ( No spoilers!!)

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1

Pages: 416

Genre: YA Fantasy, Fairytale retelling

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Review:

WOW!!!

I was about a year late for the hype of this book. I read this book, the first time in January 2017, and it blew me away.

Firstly, the woman on the cover is wearing a very decorative feather outfit, and of course THAT tattoo (if you don’t know what I’m talking about -read it) IMHO, the cover is simple and tells you very little of the story until you have read it.

Prior to this, I hadn’t read any books with Faes in, and what the author calls Fae, I would think elves- like Lord of the Rings.

When you open the book, the first thing I notice is a Map of the magical realm called Prythian. It looks a little bit like The British Isles, with Hybern looking like Ireland. Prythian is broken up into courts, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, day and night courts, with a wall dividing them and the Mortal Realm.

The story begins with Feyre, a Human who kills a ‘Beast’ to ensure her family survive the winter. Her punishment lies on the other side of the Wall. She is brought to the Spring Court, by Tamlin- The High Lord.

Let me make this clear for you, girl: you can either come live at my home in Prythian- offer your life for the wolf’s in that way- or you can walk outside right now and be shredded to ribbons. Your choice. – Tamlin

Feyre is introduced to the cruel, but beautiful world of Prythain, with its strange dreamlike creatures, and curses. But can Beauty survive falling in love with the Beast?

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”

Recommended to: Everyone!!!

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Historical

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I thought about doing a small blog post about great English people and my favourite quotes, in honour of St. George’s day..

Winston Churchill

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

Jane Austen

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid

William Shakespeare

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them

Charles Dickens

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.

John Lennon

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.

Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.