"This is war And it’s on tonight So get up and fight Get up and fight You had all your life To run and hide Now step up, now step up*hums to herself*
"This is war And it’s on tonight So get up and fight Get up and fight You had all your life To run and hide Now step up, now step up Let’s do this"
So here comes war. Everything is dark, no planet is safe anymore, people are dying all over the place and March is hot as hell. You would think this as an awesome book. I know I did *winks* And it was (kinda) at least for some parts.
See the beginning was ok but I wasn’t impressed. A bit too boring for a good Sirantha Jax book. But then I considered the fact that this might be, how do they say, the silence before the storm. And it kinda was, when I think about it. Anyways I enjoyed it a lot; there were many great moments and painful ones as well, the characters were ok most of the time (everyone wanted to be a hero – lol) and the story was actually awesome.
I have some tiny details that influenced my score: 1. Planet Anzu – totally one extra star for that 2. Jax’s big “Godzilla” moment with the freaky alien – one extra star
I was going to give it five stars but the ending ruined it. Why did she have to make things complicated again? Suicide mission? Really? Knowing March and how he feels about these things? And you say you love him Jax? Really? D’oh!
And now for something I haven’t done in a long time.
Are you ready?
Are you sure?
Top 5 quotes (EEEH?)
#5 “Men can be very stupid,” he says bitterly. “We cease to value what we have until it’s gone, and only then do we realize the gold we glimpsed in distant hills paled as dross compared to treasure we had in hand.”
#4 “Say you love me?” His long fingers trail down my cheeks, shaping the sharp line, along the curve of my chin, and up to the swell of my lips. The warmth lingers like a phantom kiss. Tears slip from the corners of my eyes. “More than the blood in my veins. More than the heart in my body.” I laugh softly, unsteadily. “A simple ‘yes’ would have sufficed.” “Nothing is simple between us. It never has been.”
#3 His answer comes in the form of a feeling so profound I have no name for it. Love dwarfs it because it’s longing, need, desire, heat, and a complex sense of belonging coiled around one frail, strong person. Me.
#2 “I am with you. You are my captain, my commander, and my love. Neither war nor death will change it.”
#1 A relationship shouldn’t impose limits—and if it does, then it’s wrong. A lover should help you exceed your potential, not clip your wings.
P.S. What’s March’s first name?
P.P.S. I shouldn’t write reviews while having a fever. I tend to be extra bitchy....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 thi
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"]>...more
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-nI 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.”
Five reasons why owning a Beast Lord would kick ass
1. Getting dinner has never been this easy. I always have a hard time finding a good place to orderFive reasons why owning a Beast Lord would kick ass
1. Getting dinner has never been this easy. I always have a hard time finding a good place to order my food from. Order, yes, since I’m too lazy to go out sometimes. Having a Beast Lord with me could save the day. Think of eating some yum roast whenever you want. You just say “Hey Curran, don’t you feel like eating some rabbit?” and he just goes and gets it for you. Freshest rabbit out there and it’s all yours.
Nah, I kid the rabbit catching thing. I could never eat rabbits, they’re too cute. I’m actually talking about that awesome restaurant that’s at the end of the city and doesn’t deliver to my street because I’m too far away. The lazy bastards! So I can just send my Beast Lord to fetch it for me since he needs a stretch of legs. Fastest delivery ever!
2. Lose weight like a boss. Sometimes all that chocolate I eat goes all the way to my ass. My husband might like it but I still like to fit in my favourite pair of jeans! Here’s where my Beast Lord comes in for the rescue. Beast Lords need to eat a lot. And I mean A LOT. Since I can’t afford to pay so much for food I’ll simply give him half of what I’m eating. And what do you know? I’ll probably be underweight in less than a week. What fun!
3. Redecorate your house every month. With all that running around it’s inevitable not to get casualties.
Curran: “Look! Squirrel!” – there goes my new lamp
Curran: “Look! Ball!”- there goes my new couch
Curran: “AAAAAA! Vacuum!”- there goes my living room
4. Be the most fashionable girl out there. Did you know that Beast Lords have the best sense of fashion? Yes they do! And since they’re such sweethearts they share everything they know with their owners.
I always have a hard time finding what to wear when I go out. I keep staring at my closet and no ideas pop in my mind. Curran just jumps into my room and chooses my clothes. And what do you know? Everyone compliments me, everyone is jealous.
Yes it’s totally because I’m gorgeous and not because of the growling Beast Lord that’s standing behind me.
5. Smile like there’s no tomorrow. The last and best, in my humble opinion, reason of all. Carnage! Since I hate almost everyone around me, I tend to get upset a lot. Why? Simple question. Because most of the people I know are idiots. So here I am doing my thing (aka: plotting world domination) when my dear Beast Lord brings me a gift: a severed head. And what do you know? It belongs to the chick who bought the last Nutella I wanted today at the supermarket!
I get bloody when it comes to my Nutella.
1st read -> 6th Feb 2012 - 10th Feb 2012 2nd read -> 15th Jun 2013 - 17th Jun 2013 3rd read -> 11th - 12th Sep 2014...more
I have to admit that I had high expectations regarding this. The whole idea revolving around a supervolcano seemed exceptional and I was really curiouI have to admit that I had high expectations regarding this. The whole idea revolving around a supervolcano seemed exceptional and I was really curious to read the book. I was lucky enough to be given Ashfall as a digital galley in order for me to review it.
My first thought on the book was related to how terrifying some aspects were. The lack of sun, total darkness, roaring sounds. And that was just the beginning. Mike Mullin’s version of world destruction is brilliant.
The story is brutal and it managed to affect me emotionally in many ways. It mostly got me sad. People dying, even turning into monsters, chaos reining our world and the environment being destroyed are difficult things to handle.
Alex was having a normal day when BOOM! Something hits his house and almost causes him to burn to death. And that’s how it all starts. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything, I’ll just pick on the most important aspects that made me fall in love with this book.
I love the fact that Alex is so - how to put it? Human? He’s not one of those typical YA heroes that gets through everything so easily just because he’s the chosen one or something cheesy like that. No, this kid succeeds through intelligence, courage and strong will. He shows that it’s worth fighting for your loved ones even in the toughest situations. You can see throughout the book how he grows from a normal, scared even, boy who spends most his time collecting treasures in WoW to a young man fighting the apocalypse in order to see his family again.
Mrs. Edmunds and Darla were dear to me also. They showed great kindness in helping Alex when they could have left him die. This shows that good people still exist between us and maybe if one day a supervolcano does erupt we could at least have hope of finding help somewhere.
It’s sweet how Darla and Alex ended up being together. I really admired their relationship, the familiarity of it and how attached they got to each other by the end.
I strongly recommend Ashfall; you won’t regret reading it.
Visit www.mikemullinauthor.com to read the first chapter of Ashen Winter, the sequel to Ashfall, which will be published by Tanglewood Press in fall 2012.
I loved playing Darksiders II so much, and when I saw that Dark Horse Comics had it on Netgalley I was compelled to request it. Even though I knew thaI loved playing Darksiders II so much, and when I saw that Dark Horse Comics had it on Netgalley I was compelled to request it. Even though I knew that the resolution would suck (and it really did), I was too curious to let it go. I will try to get the comic in print because I really want to read the story. The text in the Netgalley preview was impossible to read, so this review will be for the pretty images only. So very nice graphics, the Horsemen look awesome, I’m extremely curious to see if Vigil will publish the next Darksiders game, and I’m even more curious to see who will be the protagonist.
I would give it five stars but I’m not sure whether the story is any good so I’m settling for four stars for now. I will try to update my review once I read the story as well.
Trickster should be turned into a movie, and Tom Hiddleston should play Lem.
I really liked this book. At first I thought I
We were not good people.
Trickster should be turned into a movie, and Tom Hiddleston should play Lem.
I really liked this book. At first I thought I will end up DNFing it because the start was rather strange, and I thought it wouldn’t be my kind of book. But after a while, as I read on, I started to care about the characters and the story didn’t bother me anymore. On the contrary, it became extremely interesting. The characters are the strong point of Trickster. Their complexity makes them feel genuine. Oh, and the MC is more of an antihero. I likes me some antiheroes.
If you want to give Trickster a try then go ahead. But I must warn you, if you’re looking for pink clouds and mushy bears then this might not be the book for you. They call it Noir for a reason.
Things got better, I guess because of the fact that I know what's going to happen to Charley and Reyes. I'm not going to even try to conviSecond read:
Things got better, I guess because of the fact that I know what's going to happen to Charley and Reyes. I'm not going to even try to convince you that I'm reading this series for another reason. Because I'm not.
4 stars. I'm weak ;_;
Ooooh kay. Nothing happened. No, drama llama happened. Lots of Reyes-related drama llama.
There were things that I kind of liked in this one. I’m having déjà vu, aren’t you? Anyways, I kind of liked Charley’s character development. I like that Reyes stopped helping her in dire situations and she was able to deal with her shit. Maybe she’ll become a badass heroine soon. I kind of doubt it, but at least it’s not because of her lack of trying. The “mystery” was ok, better than the previous book. At least it made me slightly interested and wasn’t so easily predictable. It ended up being silly, but what’s not silly in the Charley Davidson series?
Aaaaaaaand I can’t think of anything else I liked. Sad, really.
Now for the things that I didn’t like. The Reyes side of things. I found Second Grave on the Left to be too similar to the previous book. Yes, Charley’s off searching for Reyes again. Yes, Reyes isn’t helping. Yes, there’s a shitload of drama and running in circles. No, there’s no development in the hell-related side of things. Reyes was acting like a spoiled dick throughout the book. He wasn’t hot anymore, not while having this shitty attitude. Charley and Reyes’ relationship is too melodramatic. Meh. Really. Meh. I was bored out of my mind.
*** 2 stars ***
First read: 6 - 8 August 2013 Second read: 15 - 17 May 2014
This will be a mini-review because I have no idea what to write in the first place. So get ready for some good rambling.
Carpe Corpus, or as my good frThis will be a mini-review because I have no idea what to write in the first place. So get ready for some good rambling.
Carpe Corpus, or as my good friend Google likes to call it, “seize the body” (weird, huh?) is a fancy schmancy way of playing with the old “Carpe Diem” (seize the day) gig as an analogy to Bishop being a bitch and Claire and Shane having some business time. Thank you morganvilletexas.com for that one.
I liked this one better than the previous book. We’ve got more of the flip flop wearing Myrnin, which is always a good thing. Claire is getting more badass with each passing book, Eve is awesome as always and we have more explanations for the “magical” portals and such. A pretty interesting explanation, if I might add.
And what the hell was that ending? I’ve started to call cliffhangers “Morganvilles”, for the apparent reasons. But this one (view spoiler)[did not end in a cliffhanger (hide spoiler)].
What the hell??!
Need to read MOAR!!
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