I guess cops are the next big thing in fantasy ;) Here we got Narin who is a Lawbringer so when he "accidentally" knocks down a guy he sets out to inv...moreI guess cops are the next big thing in fantasy ;) Here we got Narin who is a Lawbringer so when he "accidentally" knocks down a guy he sets out to investigate what on earth is going on. There are baddies, demons, poison and something that would rock the empire to it's core.
Narin was a good guy, sure he did not make the best of choices (one in particular), but that just made him human. And he really did love working as a Lawbringer and protecting the innocent. It was a true cat and mouse game. Luckily he had some help, very mysterious Enchei who was a tattoo artist. Kesh, a young woman on the run. Rhe, Narin's mentor, whom I really liked. And of course a strange assassin without any memories.
I think that what I liked most was that it was a world where some humans had found a way to ascend and become Gods. I would have loved to learn more. If they were really good at what they did, then they might just become the god of that, like the God Lawbringer. It was also a world that had known it's fair share of war and there empire was made up of powerful Houses who ruled.
And of course I must mention that it's gun powder fantasy. But yes some of the powerful are allowed to have guns. A world caught between the old and the new is always fascinating.
What I liked most was the end, do not get me wrong. There was a conclusion so I was all yay! But at the same time I now want more, so that was bad in a good way ;)
An interesting world, likable characters, and evil baddies ( I love evil baddies).(less)
I have always liked this fairy tale, maybe my earliest memory of it was the Psyche one, or the Swedish version (something prince hat under the mountai...moreI have always liked this fairy tale, maybe my earliest memory of it was the Psyche one, or the Swedish version (something prince hat under the mountain). They are each different but East of the Wind became my favorite of them. I guess I connected to the fairytale better than any other.
And Diener sure made it her fairytale too, I do love remakes and this one stays very true and still not. It's the story about an enchanting prince named Bjorn, poor thing can't do much. Astrid, the poor woodcutter's daughter could be a savior, but as the story go, something happens. Maybe that is why I like the story, there is no damsel in distress. Instead it is Astrid who sets off on a journey to save her prince. It's not always easy but she does not stop before she is reunited with her love. So she is the hero of the story. Poor Björn is under his enchantment and even though he does get to fight a few fights, the stage is Astrid's.
The book is light and I read it fast. First, when I start a Diener book I always read 200 pages in a go, and then I have to do something else. Same thing this time, 200 pages and the rest later. The pages sure fly by fast.
A delightful story with heartache and pain in it too. I'd love to read more.(less)
Torin continues to kick ass in this book, though kick ass is not the right thing to say. She is a marine, she does her duty, the follows orders (tries...moreTorin continues to kick ass in this book, though kick ass is not the right thing to say. She is a marine, she does her duty, the follows orders (tries too), she takes care of those serving with her.
The old gang is not in this book as she has to work with new people and a idiot who is hungry for media attention. Yeah, one of those idiots who gets his squad killed and manages to come out looking like a hero.
It was more space ship action here, and I do tend to enjoy it more when they are on...land or what I should call it. But it would sure make a cool action movie.
Action, danger, and a strange space ship stranded in space. Death and destruction promised.(less)
Sci.fi, military and action. That is what you get when you read this book. And for the history buffs out there one of the battles is based on a battle...moreSci.fi, military and action. That is what you get when you read this book. And for the history buffs out there one of the battles is based on a battle in the Zulu war.
In the future a confederation of planets is formed to guard against the threat of an alien race called The Others (I totally want to know more btw). Humans are welcomed to serve as the military as those who formed this federation do not fight. But many others fight too so in Torin's squad there are many more lifeforms, "elves", big spiders, the gluttony alien, you get the picture.
Torin is a true marine, kicking ass, liking the life. Even if she is higher up than the foot soldiers they can trust her. She is a good leader and in this book she gets to prove it too.
There is lots of fighting, but also an interesting introduction to a new planet that wants to join. Reptiles who really likes to fight, and I would not want to meet them.
Now what to compare it too? I have read too few as I can only think of one book. So anyway, if you like action, new worlds, adventure, then this is for you.(less)
I should have written this review at once, not a day later...oh well.
There is something about the way this book is written, I have come across books l...moreI should have written this review at once, not a day later...oh well.
There is something about the way this book is written, I have come across books like this before and I have always enjoyed them. But to explain what it is in the writing I like, that I just can't. It is jumpy and one would think that would be bad, but cos of the way it's written it works. It's like I am always in her mind, being sad, confused, angry, thinking about certain events in her life, missing her husband, hearing his voice. It is the writing that makes it excellent.
Soraya, there was this one event where I was all noo! But at the same time I was all yes! And yes won. Feelings are complex, I can't say much more about it. But I enjoyed reading about her life after she left with a broke heart, and I enjoyed the flashbacks cos it was so alien. How after the revolution they went from dancing and wearing makeup to being scared. Because the morality police looked through windows and if they saw you in the street and a single strand of hair was shown they were there with razor blades. But she loved her country, the scents, the food, the life.
An interesting book about love, life and revenge. I want to see if her other books are written with the same style.(less)
I really do enjoy Amelia Grey's books, they are just sweeter somehow. And in this book the heroine did something shocking, she did not do the whole le...moreI really do enjoy Amelia Grey's books, they are just sweeter somehow. And in this book the heroine did something shocking, she did not do the whole let's not tell the truth just yet dance when it came to that later in the book. Finally, a heroine with her head on her shoulder.
Catherine was a nice and innocent heroine. Perfectly likable. While John is of course a bit of a rake who belonged to the terrible threesome, the men who would not marry (and then they all did ;). It's not love at first sights, it's like, it's lust, it's realization.
While Catherine's sister tried to marry her off, she tried to find her real father. So there is that, and of course the mmm does not Earl Chatwin look mighty fine today ;)
Sweet, adorable and just light light light. This is how I like HR. I can close the book with a smile on my lips.(less)
This is not a romance, this is romantic fiction and cos of that there is a long way to Helen's HEA.
She is a nice young woman, and when a nice man cour...moreThis is not a romance, this is romantic fiction and cos of that there is a long way to Helen's HEA.
She is a nice young woman, and when a nice man courts her she does think he seems ok. But there is something about Oliver that gave me chills from the start. But they marry and we see their married life, the happy and unhappy parts.
There is also someone else in the shadows, a doctor called Nicholas. Oh she should have chosen him but how could she as they were not the same class and therefore never introduced. Those were the days. The whole social issue is shown throughout the book, we get the whole downstairs upstairs thing and comments about social issues at the time.
Now do not think it's an unhappy book. No there is romance at first and then a bit of dangerous things happening too. I liked it as it felt more real. She did not have time to think over things and therefore chose rather quickly. He was a respectable nice man. It was a step up for her.
A good book that even had a bit of suspense at the end.(less)
I am torn over this one. It was good, but audio...it worked it just that if I did something else for a second then I got confused. I am sure I missed...moreI am torn over this one. It was good, but audio...it worked it just that if I did something else for a second then I got confused. I am sure I missed a ton of things in this book.
But the premise was so cool. Angels came down, killed humans and destroyed shit. Then suddenly they fought alongside humans cos evil spawns came forth. But the cool thing was, were they really angels, or aliens? Ohhh.
What was left was a post apocalyptic world in an ice age. So the world was truly good.
Thorn, the heroine is a neo mage...would have wanted more stuff there. Anyway, she always seemed to be in heat. People showed up, ugh this is why I need short audios! I know 12 is not long, but too long for me.
I would rather read the next book than listen. (less)
You can easily read this one before the other books. At the beginning there is an explanation about the relics and the start of this society.
In this b...moreYou can easily read this one before the other books. At the beginning there is an explanation about the relics and the start of this society.
In this book Millicent, a were panther and hired to find a relic. And a relic she finds, and with it a sexy knight called Gareth. Adventure and romance follows.
But things are never that easy. Cos of things I will not explain Millie is not exactly falling all over him and their way to love is long. There is also someone in the need of a rescue, an evil guy to take down, a curse to break and love to find.
A nice adventure with a strong woman who could take care of herself. (less)
Poor Vivienne, she sure tried her best at being the perfect woman who said little and read her bible. A perfect little wife. But sometimes you just do...morePoor Vivienne, she sure tried her best at being the perfect woman who said little and read her bible. A perfect little wife. But sometimes you just do not succeed.
Vivienne was to marry this idiot to save her family from ruin. I did like how she really tried and wanted this. There was honor in it. But she was also curious and found a mystery to solve which led to lots of things. A seedier side of London, a run in with a notorious rake and blackmail. All good fun.
Oh yes Lord Dashiell, a rake with a love of antiques. Hey I love a man who loves history. He also had a grandfather who was rather hehe, you will see. And poor poor Dashiell got the hots for Vivienne and tried his best not to act on it.
I guess we were meant to sort of forgive Vivienne's aunt in the end but I detested the woman. Saw nothing good in her. Another thing was a story with Viv that was rather..come on? Really? At least it brought drama.
Mysteries, blackmail and passion! A proper lady trying her best not to be charmed.(less)
Dragons and evil things afoot. Stephen is a dragon, seems there are a few "people" around who can shift into dragons. And this one hails from Scotland...moreDragons and evil things afoot. Stephen is a dragon, seems there are a few "people" around who can shift into dragons. And this one hails from Scotland ;) I do like the sword and kilt and background, sadly nothing of that happens as the book takes place in London.
Anyway. Dragon meets guard dog and because of things I shall not venture into Mina, the guard dog aka secretary for a professor comes to work for Stephen. Learns of his second nature and helps him with the issue at hand...those pesky evil things that are happening.
There is of course romance coming too as they are drawn to each other but know they should not act upon it. But they sure still do ;)
Romance, danger and fights. Mysteries and legends. We also meet his brother at one time and I hope there is a book about him too.(less)
I have reached a conclusion that I really enjoy house parties in regency romances, there are just so many opportunities for the couple. And yes of cou...moreI have reached a conclusion that I really enjoy house parties in regency romances, there are just so many opportunities for the couple. And yes of course there is one here, why would I mention it otherwise ;)
Lily is really prim and proper. But she had to be the one who kept it all together. While Hal is carefree and reckless. He was never meant to be a viscount. She had a crush on him when younger, he crushed those feelings (well not crushed but teased it out of her). They are such an unlikely couple. But she needs someone who makes her let loose, and he needs someone that teaches him values.
The romance, oh tease tease, anger and banter. They have a long way to go and the more they argue the more they want each other.
There is also the hunt for some lights in the woods but mostly it's about these two arguing and making it very fun to read.