Saturday 26 May 2018

Review: Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale–and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.

But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.

When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.


Full Length Novel.

Third Person.








I’m an Ilona Andrews fan. 
Anybody who spends more than 5 minutes flicking through my book reviews will know this, therefore it won’t be a surprise that I really enjoyed Bayou Moon. 

This book focuses on a different part of The Edge, a weird place between a magical realm and Earth as we know it. 
It is the book of William from book one in this series, On The Edge, and a new bunch of characters. 
The leader of the new motley crew of individuals you grow to like and love is Cerise, the kick-ass head of her family and, oddly enough, she turns out to be a perfect match for our wolf.

The book is action packed from the get go and combined with the chemistry between William and Cerise it was an addictive read and hard to put down!

I particularly liked the ending and catching up with Rose and Declan and others from the first book… William’s relationship with little shapeshifter Jack was too adorable for me to handle and I just wanted to jump into the book and squeeze them!

I hope we get to see more of the characters introduced in Bayou Moon in future books. 

This cover isn't bad. It captures the characters and the feel of the book pretty well. Much better than the cover for book one!

“The judge's massive eyebrows crept up. "Kaldar. Are you the one speaking for the plaintiff today?" 
"Yes, Your Honor."

"Well, shit," Dobe said. "I guess you're familiar with the law. You hit it over the head, set its house on fire, and got its sister pregnant.” 


“Fuck easy, Ceri. If you love him, fight for him. Nothing worth keeping is free in this world.” 


“Life was too short and ended too suddenly. If you didn't take advantage of what you had today, tomorrow it might be ripped from you.” 


Saturday 19 May 2018

Review: The Percy Jackson and The Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

I’m going to do something a little bit different for me. Rather than review each book of this series individually, I’m going to share my thoughts with the series as a whole. The reason for this is that I read all five books pretty much back to back and what I loved about each of the books is pretty much the same for each book and I don’t fancy writing five separate reviews that all say more or less the same thing! That’s a waste of time, energy and web space. :) 
So, the ‘My Thoughts’ section covers off the entire series, and my usual info breakdown (story length, format, violence etc etc) will be generalised for the series as a whole too unless there is a specific example in only one book that I want to flag.

Book One 
Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief 

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Book Two 
Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters 

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan's amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a "half blood" whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan's series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. 

In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book's drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

Book Three 
Percy Jackson and The Titan's Curse 

It's not everyday you find yourself in combat with a half-lion, half-human.
But when you're the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.
Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive...

Book Four 
Percy Jackson and The Battle of the Labyrinth

Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears at his potential new school, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth - a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.

Book Five
 Percy Jackson and The Last Olympian

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time. 

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.


Full-length novels 

Third Person, Single pov


No, events from previous books are recapped as the series goes on but I do think you'll miss a lot if you don't read from the beginning

No, each book concludes it's own adventure but builds the over all story arc which is resolved in book five.

Mild violence... There's fighting of mythological monsters, Gods and the like.

I liked this series. No, that’s not quite right… I loved this series. I loved it lots and lots. 
In fact, I’d say that I loved this series in the same way that I loved the first Harry Potter series. It was just so… Good and familiar but oh so different. 
This series follows the adventures of Percy Jackson. When it begins you have a twelve year old boy who after some strange events discovers he’s a demigod. A son of Poseidon. That discovery was like Hagrid bursting into a hut and announcing, “yer a wizard Harry.” It was that kind of awesome. 
Then after adjusting to the truth bombs, Percy and his friends have to go on mission and battle many mythological monsters and I was hooked! 
I inhaled one book after another until they were finished and I’m bracing myself before beginning the Heroes of Olympus series because I know that will suck me in too, but I digress...
In each book you see Percy evolve. He learns more about this world he is a part of, he’s loyal, strong, fierce and funny. His friends are awesome. His frenemies are awesome. The Gods made me laugh and were so annoying and so cool… Each person, given anything more than a passing mention, is their own character and each has their part to play in the epic adventure. 

The pace of each book is full on and by the time the series ends, Percy is sixteen and has become one hell of a dude. 

I totally understand why this series is so beloved of so many kids - my own kid included - for if it takes you away on an amazing adventure in an amazing world. I wanted to be a demi-god battling the mythological monsters! I wanted to be a member of camp half-blood! I wanted to save the world using my awesome powers! 
My little dude is seven and it has sparked so many wonderful conversations about ancient civilizations, various pantheons of gods, myths and legends… It’s totally awesome (yes I’m using awesome a lot, sue me) and I can’t recommend the series highly enough! 

They're not fabulous but they're not bad either! 

“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”


“The real world is where the monsters are.” 


“You weren't able to talk sense into him?"

"Well, we kind of tried to kill each other in a duel to the death."

"I see. You tried the diplomatic approach.” 


“Love conquers all," Aphrodite promised. "Look at Helen and Paris. Did they let anything come between them?"

"Didn't they start the Trojan War and get thousands of people killed?"

"Pfft. That's not the point. Follow your heart.” 


“Be careful of love. It'll twist your brain around and leave you thinking up is down and right is wrong.” 


“People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.” 


“It's hard to enjoy practical jokes when your whole life feels like one.” 


“Why do you need to gallop while you fly?"

"Why do humans have to sway their arms while they walk? I dunno boss, but it just feels right.” 


“Well . . . sure good to be together again. Arguing. Almost dying. Abject terror. Oh, look. It's our floor.” 


Friday 18 May 2018

Book Blogger Hop: What Are Your Worst Movies Based Off Of Books?

What were your worst movies based off of books? 

I think it'll always be universal fact that the book is better than the movie but there are some where I've read the books, and then watched the movies, and still really enjoyed the films. 

For example, I really enjoyed the first Twilight movie. I thought that was pretty close to the book and well done.

The Hunger Games movies I thought were excellent.

The Lord of The Rings movies (extended editions) were pretty damn awesome too.

The Notebook will always be a romantic favourite.

There are countless others that I quite enjoyed, and even more that I know are from books but I've never read the book so can't comment on whether I thought the adaptation was good or not.

A book to film doesn't always have to go badly... It's just maddening how off the mark they can be sometimes.

Here are some perfect examples of what I considered a horrible book to movie translation:

Vampire Academy. 
Did you SEE what they did to that book? To Dimitri? To all of it? Gah! 
I shudder in horror every time I think of it and seeing as I only watched it recently the horror is still fresh. 

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. 
The book is awesome, the film is garbage. 
The little dude enjoyed the film and is so very confused - now he's listened to the book - over why the film is so different. 

I had to give him the 'Hollywood like to butcher lovely books' talk. 
I mean, they butchered The Lightning Thief movie too but I think because I saw it before reading the book that I'm possibly more forgiving of the changes made in that one... 

Harry Potter. 
Yep. I've said it. I hate them. 
And I'm not sorry. 
I will always hate them and I will argue in great amounts of detail with anyone who thinks they were done well... 
Except for The Philosopher's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets. They were okay. 
The rest should be cast into a fiery pit and tortured for all eternity for being the abominations that they are.

Confessions of a Shopaholic
It doesn't matter how annoying I found the book, the film was worse. A bazillion times worse with a cherry on the top.
If you haven't seen it, be thankful.

I'm sure there are more, in fact I know there are more, that I've found appalling but these are the ones that jumped immediately to mind.
I'm really looking forward to seeing other people's answers to this question!

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Review: Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

They killed me. They healed me. They changed me.

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world. When a rogue vampire attacked me, I was lucky he only got a sip. Another bloodsucker scared him off and decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

Now I’ve traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed,
four-hundred-year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects my gratitude—and servitude. Right…

But someone’s out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches? 

My initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.


Full-length novel

First person, one viewpoint 


Nope, this is book one!

No, the story arc for this book is complete but there are threads left hanging for the series arc. 



Not yet applicable... But there are the makings of one! 

Yes but it's mild.

I’d been jonesing for a nice new UF to sink into for a while and this one had been lurking on the kindle neglected. When I found out the series was complete, it was a no brainer to dive in.

I’m not sure what I expected but what I got was kinda awesome. 

A kick ass heroine (Merit), a sexy-ass pseudo-love interest and a fun and cute rival. Or should that be the other way around? For although I see romance on the horizon between Ethan - Merit’s Master vampire - and Merit, they aren’t involved whereas Morgan - a vamp from a rival house - seems like a real-time prospect in book 2… But I digress. 

This series isn’t a romance, It’s UF and I must not let my little shipper heart run away from me.

As book one in the series, Some Girls Bite introduces the reader to a rich and well developed world where vampires have come out of the closet and are a newly (sort of) accepted portion of society whereas the rest of the supernatural world is still under the radar.

Merit is a scholar - a English Lit grad student - and she finds herself brutally thrust into the supernatural world with little knowledge of how to navigate it. She’s a strong character who is pretty likable and she is supported by a cast of characters who each have their own well developed personalities and issues.

It was a fun read watching Merit become part of the world, and the political drama and intrigue that surrounds the vamps seized my attention and made the book unputdownable. 

This, combined with how much I like Merit, makes me very excited to read more of this series!

I hate the cover. 
I don't know why except it's dark, miserable and blah. 
In fact, I hate all the alternate versions of the cover too...
Probably one of the reasons it took me so long to start the series despite having it sitting on my kindle. 


“Sometimes, even if you can't be what you want, making the most of what you can be isn't a bad second choice." 


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