*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from PromoStar Services in exchange for an honest review. This does nOriginally published at Ruby's Books
*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from PromoStar Services in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.
The more books that come out in this world, the better the story gets.
The first thing I noticed and really, really loved, is how the plot really does thicken. This means that, although some details become more and more clear, as well as certain questions get answered, the more things become more complex. I love that certain details in this book make me questions events from the previous series, that I honestly didn't really think that much about before, not because they aren't important, but because I never made the connection in my head before now. I thought it was a coincidence, but I see now that it wasn't. I'm talking about a little detail regarding Ruth, one of the main characters from the previous series.
I really enjoyed reading about Shelby and Eric. I love seeing how Shelby's powers grow over the course of the book, and I'm really curious to see if they can get even bigger. She seems ready to use her powers to save others, at times completely ignoring her own health, but I also liked the fact that she realized that some of her power wasn't such a blessing as some people might think. She struggles a bit with the fact that she can sense what other people think, especially about her, but I also like the fact that ultimately she's willing to do whatever it takes for her loved ones, including making herself vulnerable.
Eric was a better hero than I previously thought. I'll be honest and say I didn't like him very much in the previous book, but that's most likely because I didn't understand his reasoning for acting the way he did, especially towards the end. As this story went on though, I found that I liked the fact that he accepts that Shelby sometimes needs to do her own thing, even against his better judgment. I also liked the fact that he got her to open up a lot, especially when it comes to her powers, even if that scared her a lot, and also made her powers grow to some really scary proportions. Speaking of, I wonder if we'll ever find out why they grew the way they did.
I would also like to do a happy dance, because I was somewhat right, and there is more to the Ruth storyline than was previously revealed. I like that things are getting clearer and are being explored. I'm also curious to see where everything is going, if Jerahmeel will come back or if there's another thing, even worse than him, that will make an appearance in future books....more
*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not inOriginally published at Ruby's Books
*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.
Guys, Joanna Wylde does it again. She just blew my mind with this novella, showing that she writes kick-ass stories no matter their length.
I loved Mandy. She was a woman that knew what she wanted, knew how to have fun, but she also had a softer side that she kept hidden. I liked that about her. I always wondered how the girlfriend of an MC's national president should be like, and I'm glad Mandy was that girl. I loved her relationship with her sister and with her nieces. I also liked how she was willing to do anything for them.
Shade was fantastic. He wasn't as cold or as cruel as I initially thought someone with his title in the MC world should be. I admit that not knowing a lot about this world, I had some preconceived ideas, so discovering Shade isn't like what I thought was a nice surprise. I also liked his honor. I like that he didn't abuse the power he had over Mandy in certain situations that could become really critical and dangerous for her. Even better, he tried to protect her. There's a scene that I adored where he gives her a better tool to let out her anger towards someone and he doesn't consider her weaker or like she shouldn't be doing what she was doing in that moment. I'm sure that there's a reason why he's national president at such a young age, and I imagine that I wouldn't want to be on his bad side, but I really liked him.
As I said before, this book was fantastic, and I didn't even realize it was a novella until I got to the end too fast. I usually have a hard time with novellas, because I can tell they're shorter, but it takes a really good author to not make me feel that way, and Wylde is one of those authors. The plot was great, and the ending was not what I expected. I loved it, don't get me wrong, but it was unexpected in a way. I absolutely adored this story and I hope we see more of Shade and Mandy in future books....more
I've never had a great relationship with poetry. As I told Rafael when he first approached me for this blog tour,Originally published at Ruby's Books
I've never had a great relationship with poetry. As I told Rafael when he first approached me for this blog tour, I like my prose as sappy, and as happy as it can get, and my poetry as dark as possible. I can't explain it, but I always found it difficult to interpret sweet, happy poetry. So I went into reading this book with apprehension. I was a tad scared, especially since I haven't read a poem since high school.
I am pretty sure I was scared for nothing. The best part is that this book doesn't have just straight-up poetry, there are some parts that read almost like a story, like a journal entry. That's probably one of the most fascinating thing about this book, is that I never stopped to think "Oh, I'm reading poetry", but it felt more like letters in some way. Also, some of the poems felt really personal, like the author was sharing a piece of herself that no one before has seen.
I like that the book was divided in sections, for the times you're sad, or in love, or lonely etc. I enjoyed reading the transition between tones in the poems, and I liked how, in some ways, you could kinda tell when a new chapter was getting near by the tone of the poems.
Some poems managed to move me quite a bit. I won't admit to crying, but I was moved. I also loved the fact that, reading this book, I never felt forced to think of a certain type of "loved one", which is another reason why I stayed away from poetry. The majority of the poems in Pillow Thoughts allow the reader to pick in a way how to interpret them, and you can think that the speaker is talking about a very good friend, or maybe even a sibling, not just a lover. Or at least that's how I felt, which made me love the book more.
I can't not talk about those illustrations! Those were the cutest jellyfish I've ever seen, and I love how they seemed to be a part of the whole book. This could also be due to the very first poem, that personifies this creature, giving it a name, You. So it's not that big of a stretch to think of those illustrations as regular characters, that seem to emphasize certain aspects of the poems.
The absolute best part of this book? The fact that, when you think about it, the message is so simple, and yet something we all need to hear from time to time. We all need to hear that we're beautiful, we all need to hear that someone out there loves us for who we are, we all need to hear that we can heal from past hurts. I feel like that is the beauty of this book, that it manages to make you hear that message. And it's in a very sneaky way, because by making sure the reader knows about You the jellyfish, it makes the message a bit easier to hear, than if the speaker hadn't done that.
I went into reading this book with skepticism and fear, being guided by my previous experience with poetry. I don't think I've ever been this wrong or this pleasantly surprised by a book. If you love poetry, or even if you want to try out something new, you should definitely read this book....more
*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does noReview originally published at Ruby's Books
*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating of the book or the content of my review in any way
I am so happy I got to read this gem of a book guys! After I stared at the cover a little bit, because let's face it, it's gorgeous, and read the blurb, I knew I had to read this book and I'm happy I did.
The first thing that stands out when I think about this book is that this is a retelling with a twist. It's a gorgeous story about two people falling in love, without any kind of magic in the mix. I wasn't exactly sure how that would work, but it did, and it was a fantastic ride. What is a fairy tale retelling without magic, you ask? A historical novel set in a really dark time in history, told in such beautiful prose, that it makes it seem impossible for at least a few elements from the story to not have happened in real life. I love the attention to detail that the author had for creating the kingdom of Demrov, from the geography of it, to the historical context of the story. And I love how refreshing the author's voice was. I haven't read many Gothic novels, but if this is how most of them sound, I'll definitely delve into the genre more.
I loved Isabelle so, so much. Her story is tragic, and yet beautiful at the same time. She was willing to sacrifice her entire future for the good of her family, even if her two younger sisters are selfish brats and don't really deserve anything beyond a good time-out. Some of the things that Isabelle goes through are really painful and hard to read about, but I feel like that makes her stronger. I also like how she sees past Adam's scars, and tries to understand him, to be civil with someone who has not had that much contact with the outside world in decades.
Adam's story is the one that I loved the most. For someone to not end up a madman after seeing the horrors he experienced at a young age, that speaks of a truly strong individual. I loved his sense of duty, even if there was no one who truly knew of his existence. The saddest part of his story is that, when you think about it, some version of it might have actually happened to someone during the French Revolution, or during any revolution really. Which is another thing that Demeter did beautifully, in my opinion, making sure that in some corner of their mind, the reader knows that this story is set in that historical time.
I am absolutely in love with this book, and I am truly, truly excited for the future of this series, to see what other fairy tales the author will tackle and transform them into literary gems. This book actually reminded me that once upon a time I used to love reading historical romances. All in all, I truly hope you guys will read this book, as it is one of the best retellings I've read so far and probably will be for a long time....more
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating of the book or theDisclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating of the book or the content of my review in any way. Every trip back to the Demonica world brings me so much joy, and Razr is no different. I have to be honest and say that, since it's been a while since I've read the Horsemen part of the series, I don't remember much about the heavenly weapons that the angels used, especially not the Gems of Enoch. I do assume it's mentioned in Revenant, but I haven't read that one yet. I'm rereading the entire series, so I'll get to it pretty soon.
It always surprises me how the world of Demonica shifts and manages to get bigger and bigger with each new story. Jedda is a creature I haven't even thought of being possible, to be honest, and I'm truly truly excited because that means there is new stuff that can be explored within this world *winks*.
Razr also was really interesting, and I don't remember much of him from before, but I like how his story sheds some more light into the truly mysterious world of the angels within the Demonica series. We might know a few angels, but I feel like the more angels are brought into this story, the more we get to discover about the creatures.
The pacing is great and I didn't feel like I was reading a novella, although I am definitely keeping my fingers crossed for new, longer novels within this world *fingers crossed*. I wonder if this story somehow will influence the events in future books or if they somehow set the scene for more stories. I'm definitely looking forward to new stories, even if just novellas. Anything to keep me coming back to this world....more
*Disclaimer: Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.
A very interesting take oReview originally posted at Ruby's Books
*Disclaimer: Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.
A very interesting take on reincarnation
Ancient Egypt is one of my favorite topics ever, and when I heard about this book I just knew I had to try it. I've always been fascinated by the culture, and the beliefs of ancient Egyptians, especially about their views about life after death.
This book offers a very interesting take reincarnation. It was interesting to see how themes like ancient curses, destined lovers, and life after death were tackled in this book. I was also very intrigued by the author's choice to include science in the story. I found it very interesting how, in the first part of the story, it seemed like it was all related to the science of resurrection rather than the magical/mystical element of it. The scientist in me was very curious to see how the human soul would be described in this book, or how it would be explained. However, as the story moves on and we learn more about Dawn and Jake, the story focuses more and more on the idea of reincarnation rather than resurrection per se. A part of me was a little bit sad by that fact, but I still enjoyed reading the story and seeing how everything was going to be explained as the story moved on.
One thing that I enjoyed a lot was the fact that, because this series was made of four novellas, the plot and pacing were moving along quite well, without having long periods of time where the actual action of the story stalled. I also liked to see how each novella focused on a different aspect of the story. If in the beginning the focus is more on Dawn and her fight to find out who she is and to escape Vahl, at the end the focus is turned towards finding out who Jake is and why exactly he is so important.
I was a bit confused at first as to why exactly the connection between Jake and Dawn was presented as natural as it was. This was a case of love-at-first-sight story, or "insta-love", but I was quite intrigued to understand why. I liked that we weren't introduced to the possibility of Jake being a reincarnation of Dawn's first love until a bit later in the book. I also enjoyed seeing the difference between Dawn and Jake, how exactly they remembered their past lives, and what led to them remembering.
All in all, a good story, that I enjoyed reading. I'll definitely be checking more of this author's work in the future....more
If there's one author that will always hold a dear place in my heart, it's Charlaine Harris. She was my first "conOriginally published at Ruby's Books
If there's one author that will always hold a dear place in my heart, it's Charlaine Harris. She was my first "contemporary" urban fantasy author, and while I haven't had the pleasure of reading all of her works, I'm pretty confident in saying that I'll be just as amazed by her worldbuilding and her writing style as I was when reading the Southern Vampire Mysteries series. That is why when I saw a comic book adaptation of one of her novels, I did a tiny happy dance, because here I could combine three of my favorite things, and be super in love with the result. Unfortunately, that wasn't exactly the case.
Let's start with what I loved first. As I was already expecting, I truly enjoyed the story. The idea of someone reading the last thoughts of dead people, of being able to help families of the some of the victims find closure and peace, solving murders, is fantastic. Harper Connelly felt like an edgier, darker, stronger, less whiny and more mysterious version of Sookie Stackhouse. I loved Harper. I want to learn more about her, I want to know what got her into this job, how she decided to transform her ability into a paying job, I want to know how her story ends, so I'll definitely go back to read the books. I also want to know more about Tolliver, her step-brother. The story was pretty interesting, although I feel like there are a few loose ends that I'm hoping will be solved in the rest of the books.
The art itself is pretty spectacular. A lot of the colors used are pretty dark, making the mystery and the suspense a bit stronger. And I liked how color was used to draw attention to certain moments in the story, or to certain characters. The panels weren't too crowded with drawings, and there were just enough characters to keep the story going and to not confuse me. There were a lot of dialogue boxes of inner monologue from Harper, which I kind of liked, because it made me understand the story and Harper, herself, more.
Which brings me to what I didn't necessarily like in this book. I did have an issue with some of the art details and the panel choices, which a lot of times pulled me out of the story. At times, the way different facial expressions was drawn was too comical, but not in a good way. I understand that it is difficult to transform text into drawings, but I would have wanted for some of their facial expressions to be more natural and to not look so strange. I also struggled a bit with the reading order, because every once in a while, the order of the panels changed, but not necessarily always due to the size of the panels, or at least it didn't feel like that some of the time. I also feel like there were a few inconsistencies in terms of timeline, mostly in the beginning. Towards the end the plot felt a bit too rushed, and the way the story was wrapped up felt too abrupt, comparing to the slower pace of the rest of the novel.
When I started reading this book, I honestly expected to have another 5 cups read on my hands, and I feel like the potential was there, but unfortunately that was not the case. I don't know if this was because I had really high expectations, or because it really is difficult to translate a written novel in a graphic version, but I felt like this was just an okay read. I do, however plan on reading the original version of this story, as well as the other books in the series earlier than I first planned on. ...more