Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Book Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet 

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Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

My Review: 
This is the second book from the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer and i could not stop myself from reading it right after i finish the first one. Again i listen to this on audiobook and i just love the narrator, definitely recommend this series on audio. 

This books is a fairy tale retelling and this time it is Red riding wood the tale being retold. The plot takes place almost at the same moment the previous book finish but in another part of the world and with different characters. 
We are introduced to Scarlet, a teenager that is in search for her missing grandmother and wolf a street fighter that is going to help her. 

Again this book brings much more that the usual retelling, the plot is imaginative and we are always trying to guess what will comes next. In Cinder we get almost what we are expecting from a cinderella retelling, instead in this second books we get many surprises and twists. The only thing i do not really like was the fact that the universal plot do not get much advance to it, that is we get to see and learn a lot more about Cinder past and what happens to bring the characters to that point of the story, but in the final of Scarlet we are almost at the same stage we were when we start the book. 

I gave this book 4.25 out of 5*, i could not give more because of the sense that the plot does not evolve but at the same time i could not give less because i really like scarlet and wolfs story. 
I'm so so curious about what will happen in next books that i think i will start it soon enough. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Book Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder 

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Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it "a matter of national security," but Cinder suspects it's more serious than he's letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, Cinder's stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an "honor" that no one has survived.

But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

My Review: 
I have see this book on my goodreads feed for quite a time but i never feel the urge to start reading it. A little explanation for those of you that do not know what goodreads is.... well the best way to describe it is "like a facebook for books" where you can register what you read, participate in book challenges, get bookworm friends, etc.... 
I will leave the link for you to see it: goodreads
As for this book it seems at first sight a fairy tale retelling of Cinderella with a little of snow white in the mixture, but when you start reading it you get so much more in the plot. The book is very fast paced and there is always happening things.
 The world the author has created is captivating, imagine a futuristic scenario where the world is inhabit by humans, cyborg's and androids and where the moon is also inhabit by a race called Lunar's. Imagine also that a plague is striking our planet, and in the middle of all this we have our main character Cinder, her stepmother,  her stepsisters and a prince charming.
Although it is also a little predictable, i guess you could catch the main plot very easy if you are aware of the fairy tales i mention before. 
I listen to this in audiobook and i have to say i really like the narrator Rebecca Soler and the cadence of the audio. I usually only listen to books i want to reread and this was one of the first times i actually listen to a new to me book and i liked a lot. 

I gave a solid 4,75 out of 5* and i only have two regrets regarding this book, the first that i do not read it sooner and the second that i do not have it on my bookshelf because i really liked it and the cover is just gorgeous. 



This is a series i will definitely follow and i recommend it to anyone you love a good fairy tale but also an amazing fantasy book. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Book Review: Midnight's Kiss (Dark Warriors #5) by Donna Grant

Midnight's Kiss 

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Bound by the gods. Champions against evil. The Dark Warriors have taken their battle from ancient Scotland to the modern world - where a woman’s love is the greatest danger of all...

DEEPER THAN DESIRE 

Dr. Veronica Reid is a world-renowned archeologist whose Druid abilities help her to unearth ancient magical items. The arrival of the all-too-attractive and charismatic Arran MacCarrick puts her on the defensive when he begins to question how she really finds her artifacts…until an unknown foe attacks and Ronnie discovers that Arran has a secret as great as her own. Together, they unleash an all-consuming passion that won't be denied...

STRONGER THAN FATE 

Immortal Warrior Arran is on a mission to find the spell to bind the god within him. But one look at the impossibly beautiful Ronnie and he knows there is more to her than meets the eye. With danger lurking around every corner and an undeniable hunger that grows with every kiss, Arran must reveal who he is to keep Ronnie from his nemesis. Now he is left with no choice but to fight - or fall - for the woman he loves...

My Review: 
Let me start this review saying that i love this series! I discover Donna Grant book's purely by luck while searching for fantasy and i fell in love with the covers and blurbs. 

This is the 5 book of the Dark Warriors series and for those of you that do not know Donna Grant books, this series is the second part of the Dark World that has began with the series Dark Sword. 
Although this is a book series, in the first chapters the author leaves little references and explanations for the important aspects of the world she has created as well as descriptions of what has happened in last book. For me it is an asset because i do not read her books in a row and between reads there are some details i do not recall. 

Other great aspect of this series is the fact that we get to see glimpses of all the previous main characters from past books. We get a sense of family and union that i just love and so many twists and unexpected turns that it leaves us hanging by a thread. 

This particular one is a sweet story, i was not particularly curious about Arran because he was not one of my favorite warriors but his mate compensate that. I just love to read about Ronnie and these two make a good match. The final of the book.... OH MY GOD! It is full of twists and i was desperate for a moment because of something that happens. 
You can really know how good a book is just for the simple fact that you cannot put it down and you cry all over it with emotions in a turmoil. 

The only thing i did not enjoy in this books are the length of the chapters, sometimes they tend to be a little bigger than i enjoy and for me this difficult the reading. I was super curious to know what will happen in the next book and so i have already order it. 

I gave this one 4,4 out of 5*, it was not a 5* book for me but it was close. The writing style captivates you from the beginning and like i have already state the final of the book is mind blowing. If you love paranormal romance you have definitely to start this series!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Book Review: Vampire University (Vampire University #1) by V.J. Erickson

Vampire University 

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I obtain this book free of charges from Amazon and i have it for quite some time in my TBR list. It is a new to me author and i think i have already heard about this series but i'm not sure where or when. 

So i decided to read it this month but i have to say i regret this decision.... The book has a easy to read language and a very simple writing that you can read without thinking to much about it, yet i think this is a very confusing book. Let me explain it a little bit better, in the first book of a new series i always expect some introduction to the world the author has created as well as the different creatures that inhabit it, in this book i do not get any explanation. 

The plot is very fast paced and the situations happens out of thin air, which is very confusing for the reader. I fell like there is no background for the plot and i do not like it at all. 
I have a small amount of curiosity about what will happen to the characters in future books but i do not think it is enough to read them. 

I gave this book 1 out of 5*, it was really disappointing...

Monday, October 23, 2017

Geekgear box_ World of Wizardry September 2017

Unboxing WoW September 2017



Hi guys, i'm back for another unboxing, this one is the geek gear box for September 2017. I know this is rater late this month, but i only received my book the previous week. 


For those of you who do not know this box, it is a monthly subscription one with a price of 19.99 £ (about 22.68 €) and a shipping cost outside UK of 5.99£ (about 6.69 €). It always brings a t shirt and more 5 or 6 items all related to the wizarding world of Harry Potter.  

Every month we received clues about what the box will going to contain, and the clues for September were: 
1- Niffler
2- Newt Scamander
3- Hogwarts Express

So without further ado let's start with this month goodies =D 

This month box brings a pair of socks with your hogwarts house colors and since i'm a Ranvenclaw mine are blue and bronze. 
I have to admite i really like that geek gear do stuff in Ravenclaw real colors, it is one thing that gets me really pissed out when Ravenclaw merchandise are in colors from the movie.

The next item we have this month is a rubber key-chain, mine is the dark mark symbol however i know that there are 4 different designs. (Snitch, Deathly Hallows, Dark Mark and Hogwarts crest). I'm not found of the dark arts but i tend to like the dark mark design, so i'm happy i received this one.



This box also include a collective figure of Harry Potter himself and i was curious to see if this is a isolated item or if there will be others like the collectible pins. 
I like the material and the design of the figure, i have to be honest i would prefer a funko pop but this one is also good, it is more serious if you know what i mean. 

This moth shirt is a vibrant blue one with a niffler in it. There are a lot of stuff like coins and diamonds all around and the sentence " Every Day i'm Nifflin". 
This is my favourite fantastic beast so i'm quite happy with this design and i will definitly be using it a lot. 
This shirt are the answer to one of the clues and i was not expecting it to be on the shirt, i think i expected it to be a niffler pin or a niffler figure. 

After we have a wand =D and OMG i was so happy with this! For those of you that do not know i'm doing a wand collection so i really love when i received wands.

This one is also related to a clue and of course it's Newts wand, it is the first one i have from Fantastic beasts but i do not mind a little and i really like it. 

The last thing in this month box is a print of the hogwarts express. Again it is related to the last clue we got and again i was not expecting it to be the print. 
It is fine but i do not love it and in my opinion we have received better pints that this one. 

If i have to rate this box i will give it 3 out of 5*, there are items i love but in general they are not great. 
The thing i like most is of course the wand and the one i could dismiss more easly is the print. 

I will not received the October box but i hope i will be back in November with the Christmas one =D 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Book Review: Hunted (Olman County #2) by T.L. Haddix (Goodreads Author), Alex Collins

Hunted


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Streetlight Graphics Publishing and Netgalley for this copy.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Book Review: The Three (The Three #1) by Sarah Lotz

The Three

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Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe.

There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged.

And the fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone.

A message that will change the world.
The message is a warning.

My Review: 
I recived this book free of charges from the site Saída de Emergencia because of the promotion 2=3. This is a promotion that allows you to received a free book if you buy 2 that are more than 20€ and i absolutely love this idea. 

When i read the blurb for this book i love it and so i start to read it as soon as i can, however i have to tell you that it was a little bit disappointing. 
The writing sytle is not what i was expecting, it is write almost like a documentary there are no chapters and instead we see interviews, stories from the POV of various people that witness something related to the accidents, recordings phone calls etc...
I have to admit that it is so well written that sometimes i though the book was based on a real situation and i googled it, of course i found nothing about 4 plane crashed that happen in the same day in 2012 so i guess it was all fictional. This book makes us think about themes that are very actual and at the same time worrisome like the fact that humans tend to believe anything they are told and are completely influenced by the opinions of others, or the fact that is human nature to love disasters and be attracted to them. 
The only glimpse we have in all the book that this is fiction is presented at the end of the book when the supposed writer of the book start to question what happen to the three. I see there is another book from this series and again i love the blurb but i do not know if i will read it because of the writing style, it is a matter to study!
I gave this book a rate of 2.75 out of 5*, it is not my type of book, i read it until the end and i like it but i do not love this book, for me the plot had so much potential but the way the story was told do not convince me. 

Book Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet  by   Marissa Meyer Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronic...