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#46 Illuminae Rant Review

Sunday, 19 August 2018

#65 Gray Widow's War Blog Tour | Video Interview

Gray Widow's War



Gray Widow's War Blog Tour
August 13-19, 2018


The final installment in USA Today Bestselling Author Dan Jolley’s Gray Widow Trilogy, Gray Widow’s War, is featured in a new blog tour set to take place August 13-19. Featuring a great heroine in Janey Sinclair, the Gray Widow, the series is action-packed and appeals to readers of many genres.

With aliens and genetic mutations in the series, the Gray Widow Trilogy encompasses science fiction, urban fantasy and superhero fiction. The covers for this series were done by Dark Horse Comics artist John Nadeau.

About the author: Dan Jolley began writing professionally at age 19. Starting out in comic books, Dan has worked for major publishers such as DC (Firestorm), Marvel (Dr. Strange), Dark Horse (Aliens), and Image (G.I. Joe), and soon branched out into licensed-property novels (Star Trek), film novelizations (Iron Man), and original novels, including the Middle Grade Urban Fantasy series Five Elements and the Urban Sci-Fi Gray Widow Trilogy.

Dan began writing for video games in 2007, and has contributed storylines, characters, and dialogue to titles such as Transformers: War for Cybertron, Prototype 2, and Dying Light, among others. Dan lives with his wife Tracy and a handful of largely inert felines in northwest Georgia, and enjoys connecting with readers via his website (www.danjolley.com) and on Twitter (@_DanJolley).

Book Synopsis for Gray Widow’s War: When Janey Sinclair vowed to use her ability to teleport from shadow to shadow to protect the city of Atlanta, she only wanted to spare others the kind of agony she’d endured herself. To prove that not all suffering is necessary. To heal the splinter-edged rifts in her own heart.



But soon Janey realized she was part of something much larger. Something that spanned the globe…

And reached beyond it.

The forces behind Janey’s Augmentation—the authors of the grand experiment striving to use human DNA as raw material in a vast intergalactic conflict—have arrived on Earth. And if the planet is to survive, Janey Sinclair must unite friends and foes alike. Humanity itself hangs in the balance, as Janey wages the GRAY WIDOW’S WAR

Gray Widow’s War is book three of the Gray Widow Trilogy.

Author Links:

Website: www.danjolley.com

Twitter: @_DanJolley



Tour Schedule and Activities

8/13 Jordan Hirsch jordanrhirsch.wordpress.com Review

8/13 Shells interviews http://shellsinterviews.blogspot.com/ Guest Post

8/14 Ally Books and Reviews https://allybooksandreviews.blogspot.com VLOG

8/16 Breakeven Books https://breakevenbooks.com Author Interview

8/17 Sapphyria's Books https://saphsbooks.blogspot.com/ Top Ten's Llist

8/18 The Seventh Star https://theseventhstarblog.com Guest Post

8/19 Sheila's Guests and Reviews https://Sheiladeeth.blogspot.com Guest Post



Amazon Links for Gray Widow’s War

Print Version

https://www.amazon.com/Gray-Widows-War-Widow-Trilogy/dp/1948042460/

Kindle Version

https://www.amazon.com/Gray-Widows-Widow-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B07BZ36QKQ/



Barnes and Noble Link for Gray Widow’s War

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gray-widows-war-dan-jolley/1128781774?ean=9781948042468

Friday, 10 August 2018

#64 SPOILER FREE REVIEW | The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

This is a review of the whole series.
“I've been screaming for years and no one has ever heard me.”
Shatter Me

★★★★★


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Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

THE PLOT
“The books...they helped keep me from losing my mind altogether.”
Well, good for you Juliette, cause THIS book made me insane in all possible ways!
Okay, the first three books were more plot centered yet still had a lot of character growth and interaction, it was very balanced, and you might think that if you tip the balance to the side of the characters and away from the plot, then the book would be boring, right? WRONG! Restore Me was PERFECT, it had all the feels just as the previous books, maybe even more, it was funny, it was sad, it was incredible! This book made it to my top 5 favourite list and I can't wait for the next installment of the series. I loved all the twists, and you really don't see them coming because it has such a good character distraction that you don't really think much about the plot until some SHIT happens!
Soooo gooooood... Tehereh Mafi is destroying me with the awesomeness of this series!
“I want to trust but it scares the skin off my bones.” 

THE CHARACTERS

I love where there is only a handful of characters and I can concentrate on every single one of them. Here we go with the most important ones:
  • Juliette - sad girl with a sad gift. Is that true? It was in the first book, but with every sequel, she gets more and more badass and sooo awesome!!! Jeez, I love her for all the kick-ass action! JULIETTE SMAAAASH
Kenji snorts.“That’s because you’re not fragile,” Kenji says. “If anything, everyone needs to protect themselves from you. You’re like a freaking beast,” he says. Then adds, “I mean, you know—like, a cute beast. A little beast that tears shit up and breaks the earth and sucks the life out of people.
  • Warner - such a complex character for which I am so grateful! I love complex characters and he is so deliciously fucked up it's a feast to see him grow!
“Idiots are highly flammable, love. Let them all burn in hell.” 
  • Adam - I liked him in the first book, but then he just became such an ass, ugh. Really frustrating one.
“You sick piece of shit," Adam says to him, his voice low, measured.
"Such unfortunate language." Warner shakes his head. "Only those who cannot express themselves intelligently would resort to such crude substitutions in vocabulary.”
  • Kenji - this is the funny side character friend that always has a comment about everything and every comment is worth the while, hahaha
“Have you ever had a girlfriend, Kenji?"
"What?" He looks mortally offended. "Do I look like the kind of guy who's never had a girlfriend? Have you even met me?”

ALL IN ALL

“Oh, you are in for a world of pain, bro. A world. Of. Pain.”
I loved every second of this series, it is so sweet, funny, sad and has ALL the feels. If you are only now planning on reading this series prepare for some EMOTIONAL SHIT, prepare to get your heart broken, your brain smashed and your limbs numb from all that will happen.
I wanna say a few words about the last book in the series: I loved the character growth, loved the new characters, loved Warner even more than I had before. He's legitimately a PERFECT boyfriend - fangirling time. I ADORED AND LAUGHED SO MUCH from Warner and Kenji's time together, it was HILLARIOUS! I was really, REALLY disappointed by Juliette for being such a bitch to Warner. But, you know, I loved everything, there isn't one single second I didn't like, every word was perfect in the series!
I feel like I’ve been split open and stuffed with sunshine.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

#63 SPOILER FREE REVIEW | The ACOTAR Series by Sarah J. Maas

Oh my god... How did I live before this story, I do not understand, this... THIS IS HEAVEN!
This is a review of the whole series.
“Don't feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.” 

A Court of Thorns and Roses

★★★★★


Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jeweled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

THE PLOT
“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.”
Here are a few points why the plot is so good:

  • Interesting start, sucks you right in
  • Twists and turns that personally I did not see coming (throughout the whole series)
  • One of the best and most compassionate love interest!
  • The writing - not forced, easy and light
  • Even though it's a fairytale retelling it has lots of action, blood, and gore. Mmm, yum
  • Not a second of it is boring, every single second is filled with either action or emotional baggage that won't leave your heart untouched
  • Do I really need to continue? I think you already understand why I loved this piece of awesomeness :D
This is a story of friendship, love, and loyalty. We are following the path of Feyra Cursebreaker, the plot mostly concentrates on her, yet still accurately shows us the big picture, slowly, gradually, so that we can understand this universe. It's just wonderful stuff guys, WONDERFUL!
“He thinks he'll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.” 


THE CHARACTERS

There are quite a few characters and even though I get easily scared by big amounts of people in a book this is an exception. Every character has a place in my mind and heart and I am not going to easily forget them (which is really rare).

  • Feyra - strong female leading character. I am easily annoyed by female characters that "have to save the world and learn the truth and blah blah blah" but this one was executed so well that I had only compassion in my heart for her. I laughed and cried with her, felt everything she felt and it was magic
  • Tamlin - first he seemed like a great guy, I kinda rooted for him, but then things got really... Ugh I'm still pissed off by him, so let's just say that he's an ass, even though he redeemed himself in the end
"He was still good, still Tamlin, but he was just … wrong."
  • Lucien - what a wonderful character, with all his ups and downs he is a good friend, loyal and lovely in all his fucked up ways. I love this character, he's really a good addition to this book and makes it so much more interesting and compelling
“Do you ever stop being so serious and dull?"
"Do you ever stop being such a prick?" I snapped back.
Dead—really, truly, I should have been dead for that.
But Lucien grinned at me. "Much better.”
  • Rhysand - oh hell yeah! That's all I'm gonna say, read the book and you'll get it
“I stepped out of the shelter of my savior’s arm and turned to thank him. Standing before me was the most beautiful man I’d ever seen.”
  • Elain - Feyra's sister - this girl has no backbone, even though she's nice and all, I was annoyed by her helpless ass
  • Nesta - Feyra's sister - I hate that bitch, such a fucking waste of book time, just one of the worst characters I've seen. Cruel, not in the least loyal for the exception of Elain, stupid, annoying, has no self-control whatsoever. What else can I say but DIE, BITCH
  • Amarantha - this is the villain in the first book and she was perfect. I loved how this character was described, what she did and how she did it, it was easy to hate her and she's just a great villain, even though there is no compassion for her whatsoever, she's simply cruel and that works for her
  • Cassian - great, funny and entertaining character, loyal over the top and that works for him, one hell of a friend
“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.” 
  • Morrigan - has her history, lots of baggage which really makes you feel a lot for the character, I cried for her
“We're all broken," Mor said. "In our own ways - in places no one might see.”
  • Azriel - sad guy, very contained. That's your new hot mysterious boyfriend if you're not a fan of Rhysand
  • Amren - most powerful bitch in this world, and what a friend! Too loyal for her own good, very strict and lovely
  • Alis - very charming, very nice, very HELPFUL and RESOURCEFUL, I approve
  • Ianthe - WHAT A FUCKING BITCH JUST DIEEEEE
  • Nuala and Cerridwen - very interesting side characters, I recommend you pay good attention to them when they appear, I really liked them
  • Jurian - sneaky little bastard, pay attention he's a big part of the story, try to keep up with his history, it'll come in handy


ALL IN ALL

“You didn't tell me this would happen.""You didn't ask. So how am I to blame?” 
What else can I say except that I fell in love with the story, characters and everything that was happening? I loved how the book was written, I felt compassion for the characters and cried a lot. I was shocked a lot, happy. Well, all the feels, ladies. This easily made my favourites list and there's no wonder in that! If you're like me and have trouble keeping track of popular books - read this, I REALLY recommend it, just worth every second of it!
ATTENTION! If you hate sex scenes, abuse, fighting and action, faeries, fae, fantasy, love stories, awesome characters and their growth - this is not the book for you! Otherwise, you'll love it.
“I wept as I understood. Kill me now, she was saying. Do it fast. Don't make it hurt. Kill me now. ”

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

#62 PROMO | Manual for a Murder by Gonçalo J. Nunes Dias

Manual for a Murder


Synopsis

Marina, a 38-year-old accountant in a crumbling relationship, falls in love with a charming colleague who is married with a son. The two begin a torrid relationship. One commits a murder.

Oscar, a homicide detective, is assigned to the case. He is a man dedicated to his work and to his family, and he likes to joke about and mock the typical American police series.






ATTENTION! THIS BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR FREE FROM THE 26TH TO 28TH OF JULY ON THE AUTHOR'S SITE, SO DON'T MISS YOUR CHANGE AT GETTING THIS THRILLING NOVEL IN THAT PERIOD OF TIME!

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

#61 BookTubeAthon Anouncement and TBR!

Are you participating in the BookTubeAthon this year? I am! Check out my TBR, let's chat in the comments, what of the books I talk about have you already read or want to read? What is your TBR?

Sunday, 22 July 2018

#60 REVIEW | Three AM by Ophelia Crane

Okay, this was a rollercoaster of criticism and doubt. But in the end, I found a way to appreciate Ophelia's writing, let's get to the review!

Three AM (3:00am)

★★★☆☆


Stories told over the campfire, during the sleepover, and after the club. We huddle around our closest friends with cigarettes burning and ice melting in our tumblers of Jack and Coke. We laugh, relieved because they can't be real...












THE STORIES

Every story had the same kind of "creepiness", yet not in a good way. The only thing I thought while reading each of these stories was "what the fuck"? There are creepy stories that make the hair on your arms stand, there are creepy stories that make you scared, there are creepy stories that make you paranoid and think that it might actually happen in real life. This is not the case. This is the kind of creepy that makes no sense, has no goal and is just for the sake of creepiness. Why? I don't know.

THE CHARACTERS

None of the characters were memorable except for two. The first is from the very first story, he is something like god yet just an alien who tried to help humanity, I kinda liked that story for the fact that HUMANS FUCK EVERYTHING UP...
The second character is Alex, something like the god of sex and slavery all in one, and that exact story made me understand that Ophelia Crane has a gift she probably didn't realize she has! She is DESTINED to write erotica. Ophelia, if you're reading this, please, drop your creepy stories and go on writing erotica novels/novellas, because that is what you are soooo good at! I actually was turned on by that story and that is VERY RARE TO HAPPEN, so for the love of every good book PLEASE CHANGE YOUR GENRE, damn it!

ALL IN ALL

At first, I was very excited to try out something new for myself and I thought that 3:00am would be the perfect experiment. It was partly good though if the author will listen to me and create erotica novels I'll be the first to read them, be sure of that! My excitement died down after the second or third stories and I thought that I'll give this anthology 1, max 2 stars. I am giving this collection of short stories 3 stars just for the sake of the good sexual writing, that is really a rare thing to come across, so if you are searching for at least a little bit of good, sexy, turn on stories, there are two stories in this anthology that are really worth the read. I do also recommend this to people who are easily scared, creeped out or think that creepy for the sake of creepy is fun.
I myself am looking for the time Ophelia will start writing solely erotica, and I mean solely erotica for the sake of erotica because she has a goddamn talent for writing porn and that is awesome. Ophelia, please!!!

#59 MINI REVIEW | An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes

★☆☆☆☆


Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

ALL IN ALL

I've given the audiobook my 3hour chance, and in three hours I was still bored as FUCK. I can't get into the characters because Laia, or whatever her name is, is such a dull, weak and unhero like character, it just made me mad how she just couldn't take action (finding the rebels doesn't count and was still boring as fuck)
Elias, or whatever HIS name is, wasn't much better, the only thing I heard from him was whining, "desert or not" and some more whining. Ugh this book is really frustrating and just doesn't cut it for me.
The plot didn't have much in three hours, there was nothing really happening. THREE FUCKING HOURS MY GOD. That's almost half of the damn book!