Fairest

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

I absolutely loved The Lunar Chronicles, all of them. It is one of my favorite series of recent years. So, of course, Fairest has been on the list for quite a while now… but as I don’t expect to see any Iko at all, and very little Cinder if any at all… it wasn’t moved to the top at all.

Well, now it is due. And I’m really looking forward to it. There should be a good dose of royal and family drama. Almost like watching  a new season of The Crown…

…but on the moon…

… and with mind powers…

… and without Prime Ministers.

So… nothing like The Crown, I imagine.

The Handmaid

The Handmaid by Shay Savage

I think the only reason I couldn’t finish this book in one afternoon was my work schedule. I didn’t very much like that.

I’m no stranger to books that can be red non-stop through, nor have a problem with short books, and I’m definitely no stranger to Shay’s way to take you all the way through  story in segments without feeling like you stopped to change books.

The problem I had with the Handmaid was the fact that it felt more like a long prologue or a first chapter than like a whole story. There was really nothing going on there. You are barely starting to get  feel for what’s going on and who these character are, when the book is suddenly over.

I felt cheated. Of course, I’m going to read the whole series, but this one really felt like it could have come in a single book. 2/5

Beyond that, I couldn’t tell you much. I am intrigued, and you can definitely see some sexy moments coming your way… but nothing much has happened yet.

 

Some more…

Specimen by Shay Savage

Specimen by Shay Savage

 

I’m still feeling in the mood for some non-sequential stories.
Not that I don’t enjoy a good book series as much as the next person, but it does feel like all books are part of a series lately. Don’t you think so?

So, Specimen by Shay Savage. One more Savage book, and a stand-alone one.

Also, something a little but more blush-inducing and grown-up. If I remember correctly, this is supposed to be way more erotic than other ones, so what better to take my mind out of all other nonsense that has been plaguing me lately. Right?

Half-demons

What the hell

Stained by Ella James

This was a relatively short story, which I picked just for the author.

I didn’t like it at all. And the worst part it wasn’t even about the story itself, but about the telling. The whole thing felt as if I were missing something. I would’ve been sure someone took pages out of my book if it weren’t an eBook.

Stained by Ella James

Stained by Ella James

I spent most of the time trying to catch up with what was happening, and absolutely confused with the timing. From the very beginning I felt like I started reading the story midway, and had to go online to make sure I had the first book in the series and I was not missing part of the story by mistake.

Sometimes I felt like we jumped forward too fast, and I missed half the interactions, specially when the feel of the relationship between the two main characters changed too quickly. One moment they were strangers and the next they are BFFs, then suddenly something seems to be going on out of nowhere and then they are not talking to eachother. And for no reason, they are a couple. It was insane.

And that is saying nothing about the plot. I have no idea who this Julia is, even when she’s suppose to be the main character. I have no problem with a story full of mysteries and unknown enemies, but when you’re not even sure who your main character is, it all gets way too weird and confusing.

For what I can gather, there are some kind of half-demons hunting this girl for unknown reasons that may have something to do with a weird birthmark she has. But there are also others that are looking for her and may or may not have evil intentions.

Then there was the guy, he might or might not be evil. He has powers, and might at someplint been in the same team as the bad guys.

Honestly, it was bad. Totally consuming and weird, and not in a good way. There are two more books (I think) to this series, but no… Hell, no…. I will not be reading those.

If you are interested, check out my page  …when they come in a bunch for this and other book series.

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It might be that my to-read list could be getting to be too long.

I have a good number of books (both, the digital and the printed kind) lying nearby in wait (or queued, in the case of my ebooks), ready to be picked up.

Stained by Ella James

Stained by Ella James

There is where I found Stained by Ella James. And I honestly have no idea where I got this book nor what it is supposed to be about.

I can’t even remember when it made it to my list.

Ok. I admit. I have a terrible memory. That’s why I write most of everything down.

Me, forgetting things? Totally possible, even likely. But this is not the first book that I picked up without really remembering why I wanted to read it.

The title of this book doesn’t even sound familiar, but the author does. That leads me to think that maybe that’s why it is in my list.

There is a whole section in my planner for books. It is mostly a huge and almost senseless list of all the books I hear about or see somewhere and I think sound interesting, waiting to be looked up online and for me to decide whether they will make it to THE list.

But on top of book titles, there are also a few author names that I also add to that list.

When it comes to authors I want to know what the buzz is about, I usually just pick the most talked about book or the one that shows first in my search.

I’m really starting to think that’s the case with this book.

Yeah… This sounds familiar.

If it’s all about Ella James, let’s see what she’s got.

Books by shelves…

Books by shelves…

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but most of my books nowadays come in from the electronic variety. And so, are sorted by author.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Every time I read a book I love, I search for other books from the same author. I always imagine it very likely that I will like other works by a prson that has proven can excite my imagination before. Of course, that’s not always true… but it does leave me with some shalves of books that mostly share a name in the spine.

Some years back, I read The Graveyard Book, and it has since become a book that a re-read quite often. I love it. So, of course, I have added several of Neil Gaiman‘s books to my to-be-read list. Among those, Neverwhere.

I admit there might be certain expectations, but I’m trying to keep an open mind about it and enjoy it (or hate it) for what it is only. Not even sure what’s about, so this is me open to anything Mr. Gaiman can throw at me.

Aren’t we all damaged?

Aren’t we all damaged?

… In one way or another.

While I was feeling very disappointed with myself about my issues with the not-so-adorable Madam Bovary, I decided to go back to one of my favorite authors and be comforted by a story I was familiar with.
So, I found myself reading Book Two and Three of the Caged Series.

The first one, Caged: Takedown Teague, was half funny and half slightly romantic… Even with the awkwardness, the truckload of mental and emotional issues both main characters have and the greatly disturbing details there at the end.

Book Two, Caged: Trapped, was all about Liam and his issues. I mean, this is a Savage book and you expect him to be quite dysfunctional, but THIS guy takes the prize.
If any of Shay’s characters has been psychiatric-institution-worthy is definitely Liam Teague. He is in need of some serious help. And if is until he meets Dr. Baynor that he starts to confront the idea that something may be actually wrong with him in the head.

And of course, everything starts to go downhill from there. One second it seems they have finally found stable ground and the next everything crumbles down and their relationship is over and Liam is back on drugs.
And when you think it just can’t get worst, we find our broken main character jobless, homeless and penniless.

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But that’s really what took me over to the third and last book of the series without pausing. Caged: Released, is all about Liam’s struggle to get up and out from rock bottom… And it IS a struggle.
He isn’t magically cured from one moment to the next of ALL his issues, it takes lots of therapy and even medication… And that makes it feel like a journey you take with him.

I did feel the end of Tria’s pregnancy a bit rushed, but I imagine that watching them fight and battle his demons on every page would have been depressing.

One thing, though… What the hell was up with the trainer!? That one left me completely confused and feeling like I missed something.

Have you read the Caged series? Any guesses!?

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Medusas’s moneybag & Colossus’ rucksack

Medusas’s moneybag & Colossus’ rucksack

As I have mentioned before, I’m a fan of Shay Savage‘s books, and that’s why must of them are on the list. Yes, the list… you know which one.

That list we all book lovers keep, filled with names and titles. Books, and authors that we must read at some point of out life. That list.

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From among all those books, I plucked Caged: Takedown Teague.

Lots of violence and a brooding tragic mentally unstable male main character, and a shy slightly-submissive female counter part… dramatic missunderstandings waiting to happen. Just as it is Shay’s style. Into it so far, in spite of that half-way-there feeling I got from that cut-out-with-scissors ending. But I guess it is a not-so-subtle nudge to getting the next one

Caged: Trapped is already in the shopping chart.

My favorite part? All the purse jokes and references.

“I felt like if I got too close to it I might get sucked in, never to be seen again”

I have one of those.

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The Beauty and the Beast

The Beauty and the Beast

I chose A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas for my next book only on account of its author. I read her other books, and loved them, but I had not looked to see what was this one about. I expected it to delight me.

Well… there were no sparks, nor complete absorption. I wasn’t even bothered by the fact that I had to put it down for a whole week with only 4 chapters to go to deal with the preparations for the end of summer break.

When I finally picked it up again, it was a quick thing to finish it, but very unexciting.

I’m sure it was all about my expectations, but the character of Feyre is surely not one of my favorites. The silent suffering is what kills me.

She starts by enduring her self-centered sisters and weak-of-character father, and I managed that because it was the beginning and was certain something would happen to change it all. And it did! Tamlin appears and forcefully whisks her away to a different life.

And there we see something more in her, her fortitude and strengths start to show and I was getting into it, and even when she ends up returning to her family, there are new dynamics and a sister that was stronger and smarter than expected…

(which I loved, by the way. Nesta with all her hate and anger that cannot manage healthily, has a will of iron and sense of justice that should be given more often. I think I would have loved Feyre more if she had learnt something from her)

…but then she gets to the saving of this man she loves and it just lost me.

Sure, sure… there’s an evil queen and the anger is easily directed, there’s a bargain made on bad terms, a riddle which answer was kind of too expected, and a somewhat motherly woman who gave her vital advice that she ignored for one reason or another.

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I could have ignored all those fairy tale references, but it was the dragging up of the tests that annoyed me. All that with Rhysand felt completely unnecessary, and somewhat degrading, and she kept belittling herself the whole 3 months she was imprisoned! I felt it took away from the character.

Ok! They have magic and superior senses and all that s**t, but that in no way makes them better! The fact that she thinks it somewhat does just pisses me off…

But well… At least I can say that the end of the trials was quite good. It felt right, all of it. The evil witch queen is dead and all is right in the world again.

… if you ignore the fact that she owes a fourth of her life to this unsavory guy for the whole length of her now very immortal life.

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3 D’s

3 D’s

Deep, dark and disturbing.

sandmanSandman, was good.

And I mean, goooooood!

Definitely not something for everybody, but then again, that’s true for much of Neil Gaiman‘s work. It was references to madness, abuse, witchcraft, adultery and even rape. It is not a happy story. I don’t even think there’s an enemy to battle at all, but human nature.

Lots of shadows. I loved the fact that everything has color but Dream. He’s always simple black and white.

And of course, there is the joy of outliving you enemies. I guess that would be one of the advantages to immortality. Of course, extraordinary powers always help.

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