Ilona Andrews has to be my between my most favorite authors because I’ve yet to read one of her books and rate it under four stars. I absolutely love...moreIlona Andrews has to be my between my most favorite authors because I’ve yet to read one of her books and rate it under four stars. I absolutely love this woman. No wait, let me rephrase. I absolutely love this team (since Mr. Gordon is helping with the books as well).
As you probably know, I am not a Romance chick. I actually can say that I kind of hate the Romance genre. I can count on one hand the total number of Romance books I actually liked. But The Edge, my friends… this is the way I like my Romance.
Now yes, I am aware that The Edge novels are not really Romance novels, but a mix of Romance and Urban Fantasy, the latter being a dominant force. And yes, this is why I love them in the first place. Romance books bore the crap out of me because they have no plot. Most of the time. They are cheesy, most of them are porn. They are shallow. They are idiotic. Meh. But when the Romance element is a small part of the novel I am happy because I don’t have to focus on how much each character wants to get in the other one’s pants. They have more important problems to think about. And then when a romantic moment comes I savor it because it’s like a breath of fresh air on a hot summer day. Yes, I am cheesy. I know. Shut up.
So yeah, that’s why I love The Edge so much. I wish I could find more novels like this one. If you guys have any recommendations please feel free to write them in the comments section. Fat Kitty will be very happy.
Yes, you! The cheesy author with the creepy face! May I have your attention please!
Have a look at this book, Wicked As They Come. Let’s analyz...moreHey you!
Yes, you! The cheesy author with the creepy face! May I have your attention please!
Have a look at this book, Wicked As They Come. Let’s analyze it a bit.
Yes, the cover hints for a typical paranormal romance book. Yes, the title is as cheesy as all the books in this genre. Who can miss the topless dude on the cover, eh?
And what’s up with the Slash hat dude?? Is he gonna rock me out of my world? Play a little solo with his “skilled” fingers?
So the signs are there. TYPICAL PARANORMAL ROMANCE UP AHEAD PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.
And yet I was so damn tempted to read this book. Why the hell?? I have no idea. I just knew that I wanted it, and wanted it badly. My sadism never ceases to amaze me.
Maybe Criminy put a spell on it like he did on the locket. Wouldn’t that be awesome?? Should I expect to wake up in his arms the moment I fall asleep? I wouldn’t mind that. I wouldn’t mind that one bit.
Anypoodle, back to my dramatic conclusion. Cheesy romance author with the creepy face, watch and learn. This is one of the best romances I have read so far. Why is that, you ask? Because it tricked me into thinking that it’s not a bloody romance. I thought it’s an urban fantasy or something of that sort. Why is that, you ask again? Because it revolved around a story, which was amazing and – oh, guess what? – fucking THERE! Unlike your stories that go towards the typical hump as soon as possible and kill the bad guys in a blast of glory crap.
They did hump several times in WATC but that’s beside the point. They all hump eventually, don’t they? The story is what matters the most [in my humble opinion of course].
When I got the book I was totally clueless about it. I thought it may be similar to The Iron Duke or something. When I saw that it has Alice in Wonderland-like elements I couldn’t stop drooling.
HOW COOL IS THAT???
All the bludbunnies, magic, the caravan, the contraptions, the cities and the awesome Mad Hatter that is Criminy!! FREAKING AMAZING!!
So yeah, saying that the cover and the title are misleading is an understatement. We get a cute scene where the title is explained but Dawson could have gone for something way better. But opinions are opinions. What do you guys think? Am I right or am I right?
Right now I’m having a rating problem. It’s not a total five star book because there was that little thing missing and Letitia can certainly be annoying at times.. So.. four stars? Not bad, eh?
Did I mention that Criminy is the most awesome character ever?
“What if you could take everything you were looking for in a person and whisper it into someone’s ear, and they brought that person to you? And then, when you saw them for the first time, even if you didn’t know they were the one for you, you suddenly knew it anyway?”
His finger traced my eyebrows, my cheekbones, as he thought a moment.
“What if your heart stopped when you saw that person, and only after that did you realize that they truly were everything you ever wanted?”
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I don’t know why I have been obsessing about this book for almost four weeks. I told myself that I won’t buy it, that it won’t be good, but something...moreI don’t know why I have been obsessing about this book for almost four weeks. I told myself that I won’t buy it, that it won’t be good, but something kept on pushing me towards the Smashworks website to check if they still have it. And one day I said f*ck it, I’ll buy the damn thing. So there I was reading and feeling worried about having wasted my money. But come on! Fairytale = must have! *sighs* I was lucky this time, I totally loved the book. Since this it’s not so known I’ll be more indulgent. It’s a little sprout so it deserves the right to grow.
I actually want this story transformed into a Disney animation movie. I was imagining throughout the book how it would look and I have to tell you I smell success. It reminds me of Anastasia from many points of view.
For instance we have our little thief
Who is the lost princess
And the master spy who finds her
And inevitably falls in love with her
*sighs* I’m a sucker for these stories.
I’m not going to say that this is the best book I’ve ever read. That would be kissing its ass too much. But I have many little things that made me fall in love with it and consider it one of my favorite books. A really nice story combined with the author’s unique and pleasant writing style, great non-shallow characters, many cute and lovely moments and an ending that left me craving for more. I think that settles it for me.
And also add the flirty romance. It was so damn sweet!
She hadn’t worried about him at first, but now she cared for him, it frightened her to see him take risks.
Extra star for that. I’ll write it in bold. Cared for him. Watch and learn kids, this is the way feelings develop. First you care then you love. You don’t just see a dude and scream Omigosh I so love you hot dude!
“Please, Great Earth Jinn, birther of all life,” he prayed. “Please make her come to me. Please.”
Let me love you Turk!!!!
Another thing I loved about the book was the fact that each chapter started with a quote. Another nice touch! Here are some of my favorites:
A good spy sees everything but remains unnoticed.
A man cannot use both his heart and his brain at the same time.
The heart is heaviest when it’s empty and lightest when it’s full.
Beware of the smiling shark.
Other non-relevant aspects I loved and will ramble about: • I want a flutterby, why can’t they be real? • Dante ♥ • What the hell was that ending??? I want to know what happens! NOW! Pretty please!
Another IAD book done… and still wanting more. Yes, I loved this one as well. Very much indeed *evil grin*. Now there can’t be a r...more*edited 06 Nov 2011*
Another IAD book done… and still wanting more. Yes, I loved this one as well. Very much indeed *evil grin*. Now there can’t be a review of mine without me picking on the cover. WTF may I ask? I don’t see Cade looking like that AT ALL and another thing, where are his horns? Yes he may have cut them or something but still. I want Cade on the cover having horns. Is it too much to ask? A friend of mine, Aly, sent me a pic of how she sees him and I think it’s just perfect. Here he is:
See? He has horns! A bit too goat-looking but meh, works… Now I can go on and discuss some well painted horns, like Dianae does:
Now these are some nice horns. Next project: paint Cade with nice horns…
Now I guess I exaggerated with this so moving on…
I was thinking of giving this a score of 4 circles/stars/whatever. Why? Because of Holly. I won’t hide my hate towards her, I found her annoying since the first chapter she appeared in. Towards the end… meh… A girl who prefers a ragdoll-geek over a handsome-funny-protective-potent-demon. What’s wrong with you? Her blah-ness was annoying, her “sickness” was annoying, she may very well be the definition of annoying. And he still loves her *facepalm*. What made me give this book the extra star-whatever was Cadeon himself. Now that’s a character I loved *stupid teenager voice* since like evar! I was laughing/smiling/giggling all the time because of him. He reminds me of someone dear to me. *wipes tear away* *sighs* So yeah, Cade rocks, Holly sucks. That’s my conclusion for this book.
Ok ok, I’ll be serious for a bit. The story was great, nice turn of events, smart dialogue and funny scenes. Well-built characters and a touching love story. A book worth reading.
Damn look at that! Did a good job there, didn’t I? ;)
Since I had some free time I took the liberty of making a comic-thing-dunno-what-to-call-it drawing. Thought it would be funny. Enjoy ;)
Now some quotes that I loved: “Has anyone ever told you you’re sexy as hell when you’re mathematizing?”
“Very well. What do you do as a mercenary?” “I specialize in usurping thrones. They call me the kingmaker.” Bragging now?
“Cadeon, are you even listening to me?” “What? Yeah, was just thinking about…how http always turns to https when I carry out a transaction.” “Exactly!” Good save.
“Okay, now you really don’t need to do that blushing virgin bit anymore—I got to ogle your body at my leisure for hours. Matter of fact, I had so long, I could have painted you, instead of just taking pictures with my sat-phone.” He held up his phone with a wink. “I loathe you,” she said, precariously bending to collect her toiletries and clothes. As she headed for the bathroom, she gave him the evilest eye she could muster….
With a sigh, she asked, “Why do you care if I believe you or not?” “Because if you think I got a leg over with that slag, then the chance of anything sexual with you will be drastically reduced.” Without looking up, she said, “Cadeon, a chance can’t be reduced from zero.” “Gods, I love it when you talk mathy to me.”
“Do you honestly want credit because you didn’t do anything to a helpless female?” “No! Yes. No, damn it—”
Thirty nerve-shattering minutes passed before Cadeon returned. “What happened? Tell me!” “Everything’s taken care of.” She frowned. “You smell like beer.” He rolled his eyes. “Oh, yeah, Holly, like me and the cop were downing a beer together.” Of course, he and the cop had completely been downing a beer together.
Regin slapped her knees. “Oh, my gods, look at him running like his life depended on catching us.” She slid open the door. “Is this straight outta Platoon, or what? Willem!” she cried, holding out one hand. “Run, Willem!” Then she choked on her laughter.
And the last goodie for this book, a song that I will consider Cade’s from now on. “So what I lied” by Sick Puppies. Check it out:
I guess you know why I chose to read this book. Perverted Proverbs is a hypnotizing title and I couldn’t get my hands off it. Now the...moreA total delight!
I guess you know why I chose to read this book. Perverted Proverbs is a hypnotizing title and I couldn’t get my hands off it. Now the good surprise is that they’re not really perverted. Probably the best word to use here is stained. Or maybe I’m just being an assh*le and wanting to trick you into reading something totally perverted and disgusting. *grins* Are you gonna risk it mate? Eeeh? Have a bit of bones in you to do it? It’s just about 25 pages so no big deal right? I dare you to read it!
This book is full of subtext. Every proverb has its own meaning. It may be humorous but deep inside it’s actually a harsh truth related to our day to day life. I must admit that I didn’t get the hidden meaning of all the proverbs but maybe after a second read things will become clear. Since the book is full of nice rhymes I won’t do a “Top 5 quotes” list. I’ll just post a few things (amongst many) that I liked.
But having had your boom in oil, And made your millions out of it, Would you propose to cease from toil? Great Vanderfeller! Not a bit! You've got to labour, day and night, Until you die--and serve you right!
Then, when you stop this frenzied race, And others in your office sit, You'll leave the world a better place, --The better for your leaving it! For there's a chance perhaps your heir May spend what you've collected there.
"Learn to Take Things Easily." To these few words, it seems to me, A wealth of sound instruction clings; O Learn to Take things easily-- Espeshly Other People's Things; And Time will make your fingers deft At what is known as Petty Theft.
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.
And its snap split the world in two.
Days of Blood and Starlight was one of my most anticipated books of this year, and, as almost all of my other highly anticipated reads, it ended up disappointing me. Are my expectations too high or do the books have actual problems?
If you’ll have me answer that question, then I’d say that the books have major problems. But again, that’s just me.
Anypoodle, Days of Blood and Starlight was released a year later, give or take, from the time I’ve read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This means that I had no recollection of the past events. This means that I went in blindly.
If you are in my situation then know this: you will find yourself confused throughout the book. If you are not in my situation, then you’ll be probably happy because Laini Taylor spared you those annoying flashbacks.
You lucky duck.
Another problem I have with Days of Blood and Starlight is the story. Laini Taylor is taking it in a very different direction than its predecessor. I felt like it was more fantasy-ish than Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Which is good. Or is supposed to be good.
No more teenage drama, no more love triangles and all that crap. Gimme, right?
Well, it did not work for me for some unknown reason. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want stupid teenage shit. I just wanted.. something else that I can’t name and did not happen in Days of Blood and Starlight.
“Karou.” It was only a whisper, but she jumped at the sound of her name. Who—? She saw no one, she had heard no approach. Only… A draft of heat. A drift of sparks. Oh god. No. And then like a dropped veil, his glamour vanished and he was before her. Akiva.
Maybe more of this? I guess so. Too much war-related drama, too few Karou and Akiva.
Overall I did not hate it nor love it as I was expecting. It was just ok. That’s disappointing when I think of how awesome Daughter of Smoke and Bone is. I hope Laini Taylor makes it up to me in her next book.
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What have I become? Reading a book because it’s all over Goodreads and IMDB. And using a Disney gif for that matter. Cheap bastard. I actually saw thi...more
What have I become? Reading a book because it’s all over Goodreads and IMDB. And using a Disney gif for that matter. Cheap bastard. I actually saw this is the best novels list or something like that so ha! Take this people who judge me! I am not cheap! I just think that lists and people who make them are cool!
I liked the book in the beginning because it felt unique and fascinating. Then I got close to its half and it got full of drama. Useless boring drama. And I’m talking mostly about Mikael and Cecilia (I guess that’s her name. Damn you Swedish names!! I’m having a tough time remembering you!). The drama I actually fell into was Lisbeth’s.
Speaking of my dear Lisbeth, she is one of the best (if not the best) female characters I’ve ever met so far. One, she’s a freakin’ genius. Two, I love her looks. Three, she’s badass. I liked her even more after (view spoiler)[she castrated the bitch who was raping her. And beat the sh*t out of that damn psycho rapist. (hide spoiler)]
I love you Lisbeth!
Back to my point.
It’s not a perfect book; I would remove certain parts from it. That’s why I’m taking one star from the rating. BUT!
BUT it’s f*cking amazing. Stieg Larsson is sick and I need to read more of his books. Crazy Swedish people.
I’m so glad I didn’t wait for the movie to be out before starting this. It would probably make me love it less. The trailer has been out for a while and I have been trying my best to avoid watching it. I promised myself that I will watch it and check out pictures for the movie after I’m done with the book. I’m proud to say that I did it. I only knew that Daniel Craig will be playing Mikael Blomkvist. You just can’t miss it when this guy appears in a movie. It’s all over the place.
Thoughts before watching the movie’s trailer ▪ Daniel Craig is a strange choice but I can see him work around the role. ▪ Some parts are a bit too boring to be used in a movie so I’m curious to see how they’ll pull it off and how much of it will be changed/cut out. ▪ I want Lisbeth to be badass. I hope they choose a badass actress.
Thoughts after watching the trailer ▪ Daniel Craig is actually a very good choice. ▪ Lisbeth's image in the movie is waaaay creepier than what I had in mind. That’s probably why I can’t stop staring at her pictures.
▪ Bleached eyebrows. Damn, why didn’t I think of that? ▪ Loved the trailer. I’m really looking forward to this movie.
Personal thoughts that won’t be private after clicking the "save" button ▪ I’ve been reading this for a week. I hate taking so long to finish a book. But it was a fun distraction on the bus to Cairo. At least it kept me from watching those horrible Egyptian movies. ▪ Kitty killer, I will come for you and cut you. I will make it hurt.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I have to start with this: WTF??? Headless beaver? Seriously?? I was on the floor laughing because of this. I didn’t read the summary (as my bad–and-n...moreI have to start with this: WTF??? Headless beaver? Seriously?? I was on the floor laughing because of this. I didn’t read the summary (as my bad–and-not-so-bad habit dictates) so the surprise was awesome! I knew I’d fall in love with this book, and I did. It was insanely good.
It’s been a while since I laughed so much from reading a book. My mum was giving me awkward faces because of the stupid grin I had. Sooooo many funny moments! If I’d have to pick my favorite quotes from this book I’d just copy paste every word from it. This is why I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips so much. She feeds my quote addiction… Feeds it sooo well…. Mmmmmm…
The characters have depth. Even though they are funny and joke all the time, deep inside they have dramas that shape their personalities into what they are. If you think this book is just for laughs, you’re wrong. Susan Elizabeth Phillips always writes a good emotional story.
Loved the endless verbal sparring between Dean and Blue. The way she was teasing him was priceless. They make such a cute couple. I’d bring them together, sit on the couch and just watch them beat each other’s ass for an entire day. Or two.
It’s cruel of Dean to use the poor girl (Blue) only for getting some distance between women who harass him, fans and nosy people. But thinking about Blue’s reasons why she’s sticking with him I guess they’re even. She needs a place to stay and some money, he needs a leper who scares people away. *boos sound from the crowd* What? The leper thing was too much? Never mind then...
The way Blue acts with Mrs. Garrison amazes me. I respect this chick with all my heart. She’s the female character I love the most from the Chicago Stars series. I can’t give you the reasons why I like her the most. I probably dunno them myself. But I respect strong and funny people and she fits the requirements perfectly. Plus a fellow artist and all that. Wish I had the talent to come up with all these mean replies... Could I find a book about this? How to get meaner in 50 simple steps. Amazon here I come!
Why is it so damn hard for me to picture Dean dancing? I see they have this as a therapy thing for, you know, dramatic things. So they dance and dance. The chicks are easy to imagine. Jack also, but a bit blurry. But Dean... I keep getting the image of a chicken flapping its wings in a retarded way on a stupid farm song. It’s just wrong!!!
Jack and April also have a nice story. I used to think being a rockstar would be awesome. Living an excited life, singing or playing an instrument, rocking on stage. But eventually it ends your private life, messes with your head and transforms you into a different person. This different person turns out to be bad in most cases.
Jack is a really complicated guy so I can’t really see how April could have had a normal life with him in the past. Not to mention her whoring around which made me disrespect her. I was trying so hard not to judge April. Leaving your child just so you could waste time with rockers and get nailed by them is a little too much. Now she’s trying to make things right but it sure won’t be easy. I tried to like her but I failed. Especially in the beginning. Same goes with Jack, which I hated till the end. I mean yeah he tried to justify himself and all but he f*cked up too much in my opinion. I wouldn’t have been able to forgive him if he was my father.
Riley was an interesting kid. Yes I know you’re thinking I lost my mind for saying this but the kid is actually mature and intelligent. I mean she’s eleven and thinking about suicide. Gotta respect that uhm... maturity... I guess? And when that jerk kid left her alone in the night on a deserted road I actually felt bad for her... I have to go check on my medication.
There was a bit too much focus on her so I thought the story will get ruined because of this. She was good in the end, I didn’t even mind her. I like the amount of drama that revolved around her; if it was more than this I wouldn’t feel content with the story.
Nita is a strange woman. She made me hate her at times because of how annoying she is and laugh in other times when she was... well... annoying as well. So an annoying character that shifts your mood according to Blue’s cooking.
I’m talking too much aren’t I? Too serious and stuff huh? Well then you leave me no choice! Behold my secret weapon!!!
Yep! Keep on staring at that while I finish my review!
In the end, a perfect turn of events. As usual I was trying to guess how it’s going to end, to try to see what problems they’ll have, to predict the typical big fight and who will be the one crawling back and apologizing. As usual, Susan Elizabeth Phillips bitchslapped me. God I can’t predict this woman at all!!!! This is one of the main reasons why she’s between my top favorite authors. Loved the story, the characters were as usual messed up in the head and just plain awesome. Blue was such a great heroine and Dean was simply perfect. A touchy side-story and lots of good romance. My favorite book in the series.
I couldn’t make the review funnier. It’s not a bad thing right? Being boring from time to time is good for you!
P.S. Choosing the damn quotes was so hard for me!!! Just five out of so many that I selected. A tough job indeed!
Top 5 quotes
#5 “I’m not a drug dealer!” he retorted hotly. “You’re not a movie star.” “Don’t rub it in. The truth is, I’m a semifamous male model with ambitions of being a movie star.” “You’re gay.”
#4 “I’ll take your best suite,” he said. “And a small room by the elevator for my insane companion. If that’s a problem, put her next to any old ice machine.”
#3 “The first time I saw her was at a street carnival.” He walked over to inspect the countertops. “She had her face stuck through one of those wooden cutouts, so naturally she caught my attention. You’ve got to admit that face is something. By the time I saw the rest of her, it was too late.” “I’m sitting right here,” Blue reminded them.
#2 “Uh, ma’am…You need some help?” Her paws didn’t break rhythm. “You got a gun?” “Not with me.” “Then I’ve got no use for you.”
#1 “Acht, this Dean Roam-a-lot, he is very famous man in America, yes? My poor husband”—she curled her fingers around Dean’s arm—“his Eeenglish is veddy, veddy bad, and he does not understand this. But my Eeenglish is veddy, veddy good, yes? And everywhere we go, these pipples—pipples like you—they come up to him and say they think he is this man, this Dean Roam-a-lot. But I say, no, my husband is not famous in America, but veddy famous in our country. He is a veddy famous—how you say?—por-nog-ra-pher.”