Friday, January 25, 2013

Closing this blog, reopening with a dot com

So, this was a first for me, trying to blog about books like this and it was way too much work. Sorry guys. These last few months I didn't update anything, because I had so much stuff going on in real life and I decided to reevaluate if I can really do this. I believe this first failure showed me that I simply cannot write as much as I wished , but I really want to blog about books - my biggest passion. Therefor I decided to start again! I am not doing it half-assed like I did in the past, but I decided to tone it down a bit, but write regularly. Please look out for my announcement of the new blog link (I decided to get myself a dot com :) ) and I am looking forward to tackling this once more :D


Monday, August 6, 2012

August Releases

It's beginning of august and there are a few releases you and I might look forward to coming out now.
I know I am always excited to hold a new book in my hands - or on my ebook reader.
So here we go! (BTW That's a shitload of books!)

7th August
Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires #6) Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2) Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) Glitch (Glitch, #1)

14th August
False Memory (False Memory, #1) Touched

21st August
Widow’s Web (Elemental Assassin, #7)

28th August
Spark (Elemental, #2) The Lost Girl Devil Said Bang (Sandman Slim, #4)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Review: Inhale

Inhale (Just Breathe, #1)Inhale by Kendall Grey (Just Breath #1)


Strangers in reality, inseparable in dreams…

After years of suffocating under her boss’s scrutiny, whale biologist Zoe Morgan finally lands a job as director of a tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia. Success Down Under all but guarantees her the promotion of a lifetime, and Zoe won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. Not the whale voices she suddenly hears in her head, not the ex who won’t take no for an answer, and especially not the gorgeous figment of her imagination who keeps saving her from the fiery hell of her dreams.

Gavin Cassidy hasn’t been called to help a human Wyldling in over a year, which is fine by him. Still blaming himself for the death of his partner, he keeps the guilt at bay by indulging in every excess his rock star persona affords. That is, until he’s summoned to protect Zoe from hungry Fyre Elementals and learns his new charge is the key to restoring order in the dying Dreaming. He never expects to fall for the feisty Dr. Morgan…nor does he realize he may have to sacrifice the woman he loves to save an entire country.

I am impressed. I found this little gem for under an Euro at amazon and I can definitely recommend it. Oh and all the earning go towards a good cause, so: save the whales! :P First of all full disclosure: I read book 1 and 2 already so my review might be colored by my feelings of book two. But that shouldn't be a problem, because both were equally good. (What a surprise, many sequels suck.) But the first one was a bit more impressing.

Inhale is build around the four elements, which look like humans but , well, aren't. Humans have all four elements inside them and the Sentinels, who are responsible for keeping the balance and keeping elementals out of humanities dreams, are capable of using these elements. The reason elements are not allowed into our dreams are, that they (even if they have only good intentions) are dangerous and can influence humans through their dreams so much we could go crazy or even die.

I was a bit frustrated with Zoe not realising her dreams are real-ish and not just her unconscious trying to tell her things - but how many of us would think our dreams are real and not feel like we go cray-zay? Also, I loved the dynamic between her real self and her dream self. She let's herself go in her own mind, but her career-oriented mind and social conventions make her act differently in real life. This was good, it made me believe in her and the story. Perfect was simply perfect. I'm in love. I got a thing for tattoos and tats that move and glow and whirl would be a-w-e-s-o-m-e!

Whats-her-face, the fire elemental who is stalking our Mr.Perfect is a maniac, but a believable one. As believable as Manson or a suicide bomber. You know they exist, you just never meet one before. (Hopefully) Gosh I can't wait for her to get dipped into the river styx and see her sizzle out of existence. (Wow, I like that sentence.)

So, what are you waiting for? Buy that book!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Hold Me Closer, NecromancerHold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (Necromancer #1)

Henry Holt and Company, 343 pages

" “Sam, honey, you look filthier than a hot tub in a brothel.”
“That’s kind of gross, Mrs. W,” I said.
She eyed Ramon and Frank behind me, her finger waggingbetween them. 
Your little boyfriends didn’t beat you up, did they?” she said. “Sam’s a nice boy, and if he won’t call the cops on you two, I will.”
“I’m grateful,” I said. “I really am, but I’m neither gay nor a victim of domestic violence.”
Mrs. Winalski dug around in her purse for her keys and made a harrumphing noise. “You worry me, Sam. I’m seventy, and I get a hell of a lot more action than you, boy. You’re young—take advantage.”

Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.

Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?

Oh, what a joy ride. The snappish comments, the sarcasm, the hysteria!
No teenage angst and whining and no weird love triangle where what made this different for me. The humor was what made this so perfect for me. 
This was so much fun, I'm looking forward to book 2 already.

I read this as part of the Zombie Challenge and I'm grateful I picked this one up.
It seemed to be a good first book to get into the whole zombie thing. Borderline Zombie, so to say.

The main character Sam was refreshingly normal, even for a necromancer with unspeakable powers. After all, nobody ever told him. His friends where awesome! How many of your friends would try to run over somebody with a car to save you? Not many, I'd gather. I really liked Frank, he seemed so cute you just want to cuddle him all the time.

The changing of POV was a surprise but it worked. It changed between Douglas (our villain) , Brid and Sam and once went into Tia's POV (Sam's mom). I think that was it, I'm not sure, but it definitely was cool to see how everybody ticked.

The zombies weren't that dominant in the story line. Not like a zombie apocalypse book or anything, they where one of many different paranormal beings in this book, so it felt more like an urban fantasy than a zombie book. Borderline Zombie, as I mentioned. We had witches and necromancers and harbingers (of death, duh) and werewolves. 

We also had a mysterious council (oooooh) and a pack leader (aaaah) and a talking sever head (eeeeh?). Well it IS a zombie book , people.

Sadly it was a short ride and over way too soon, so I'm pining for book two to be released soon.
(Hah, and I just did my waiting on wednesday with other books. *rolls-eyes* Typical.)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #1

I hate this time of the year. For some reason all the good books come out in autumn and all the chick-lit literature is promoted during summer. (I'm not big on chick-lit. Mostly.) How come? It's not like my taste in books change with the seasons. Maybe the size of the books depending on the weather, but not the genre. Whatever.
I'm currently so high strung, with all the anticipation going on, I thought I might release some tension by joining this weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. So here we go.

The Lost Girl by Sandu Mandanna

The Lost GirlRelease date
28th August 2012

Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other”, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready. But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva.


Biting Cold by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #6)

Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires #6)Release date
7th August 2012

Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.

Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.


So, what books are you eagerly awaiting?