Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller | Review

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Daughter of the Pirate King is the debut novel of Tricia Levenseller. I can’t say that this story really sucked me into its world immediately because the start was a little bumpy but apart from that, the story really flowed well and the main character, the daughter of a fearless pirate king who rules most of the sea, really captured my heart. She is funny and witty and plays her part of a secret intelligence agent really well. She kind of reminded me a little of James Bond because she does get a lot of attention from the other sex and she know how to use that to her advantage.

I really liked that ‘feministic’side of her, too, though I do think she kind of lost her head a little when a hot and smart pirate comes her way. Either way, I was captured by the intriguing and ( at least for me ) unique way in which the story was told and I literally finished this one in one go! I just couldn’t put it down once I was part of the story and I had all the names down 😀

The only thing that bugged me a little was that for me personally, the romance part seemed a little forced and I could see why it was part of the storyline but I think it would have worked just fine with a little less romance.I also thought that even though the story was well written and the world that was described was described very well, I though that the characters did come a little short. They could have been a little more fleshed out. I don’t say I didn’t understand some of their actions or thoughts because they were plausible. I just tend to like characters more than the plot and so I can’t be really satisfied if the characters seem to flat for me.

There was an unexpected twist at the end that really turned the story around and I think that Daughter of the Pirate King is a well-written and fantastic debut novel. If you’re searching for a light read ( no gore 😉 ) that is easy-to-read and funny, with witty and smart characters that try to get the best of one another. Then follow them on a mission that will keep everyone on their toes and read this book 😀

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Ensnared by Rita Stradling | Review

BowBowBowhalf-bow  3.5/5 Ribbons

and five for the beautiful cover ❤

EnsnaredEnsnared is a really cool, futuristic fantasy/ romance novel that can be devoured within a few short hours. We travel with Alainn, who lives in world where robots have replaced the working class of her society and are a big part of life. They drive cars fo you, the have replaced the police and are maintaining buildings. Organs and food as well as microchips are printed instead of created or cooked. It’s a really interesting world.

Unfortunately, we don’t get to know much about its limitations, how it came to be this way or how most humans cope or work with this situation. Actually, we don’t even know whether there are just much less humans on Earth in general because the book doesn’t tell us anything about this aspect, except what Alainn’s role is in all this.

Her father is a gambling genius who had a big project but couldn’t deliver a robot in time. As it is, the AI robot (artificial intelligence) looks exactly like Alainn and so, through a few circumstances the robot arranged, Alainn is sent to the new owner of the AI robot rose instead, until she can be exchanged with a finished and fully functioning AI robot.

But things, as usual, don’t go as planned and secret plots are discovered, hearts are broken, traumatizing memories haunt the characters involved and there is even a love story going on.

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Immortal Fire by Annette Marie | Review

Immortal Fire by Annette Marie

BowBowBowBowhalf-bow  4.5/5 Ribbons

Oh, Immortal Fire… ❤ ❤ (Initial Rating: 4.5 Stars)

This is the third part of the Red Winter Series by Annette Marie. I am a huge fan and that’s why I am really sad that couldn’t give five stars 😦 You can find the first book Red Winter, following the link above. This is a link the review of the second book, Dark Tempest.

But first, I want to tell you why I love this epic ending of a fantastic series. First of all: the characters. I just love how Shiro, Yumei and Emi evolve in the last part of the series and what we get to know about them. Emi really grew up nad started taking on even more responsibility, and to believe in er own strength and ability instead of relying solely on the strength the two yokai provide.

We got to know new characters and old friends helped them in their fight against Izanami and Izanagi who wish to destroy humankind. It was intriguing to read about the past of Yumei and his life before he met Emi and Shiro. There were a few romantic scenes but not as many as in the last book, which I was fine with because I enjoyed the action, fighting ans scheming a lot 😉

Nonetheless, there were lots of sad or emotional scenes and some of them really made me cry (!) which doesn’t happen very often- big plus here! The writing style was, as always, awesome. The words just flew from the page directly into my heart and don’t want to leave the place. I loved the world building in the first two books and Immortal Fire certainly didn’t disappoint here either!

The only thing I really didn’t enjoy so much was that it felt like they had many little tasks to be solved, which is fine usually. But it was really hard to follow sometimes because they finished one task and then suddenly, the reader gets to know that there is some other object, spell or myth that might or might not help them save the world and it was just exhausting at some point. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book immensely, but I wish there would have been more hints at the beginning of the story instead of just different revelations popping up (almost randomly) after each accomplished task/fight.

This did not lessen my extremely positive reading experience but it didn’t sit well with me to just ignore it and give the book five ribbons.

A short note: If you don’t want spoilers, don’t read!

I really loved the ending and I was crying when I read the last page but I wish there would have been more interaction between Shiro and Emi and I also wish it wasn’t so sad because dang it! It wasn’t a bad ending even if I would have liked the book to end differently. I definitely want to read more about yokai! ❤

*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

What Are You Reading Wednedays #WAYRW 17

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This is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. I think it’s a cool way to let you guys know what I am currently reading. Let the show begin…

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas | Review

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I wish I could give 6 or ten or 100 ribbons because this BOOK guys! It was that awesome, I want to say it will probably be the best read in 2017! And I’m anticipating quite a few extremely great books of series and authors I love. But THIS BOOK!

I honestly don’t know where to start. First of all, I liked A Court of Thorns and Roses but it was NOTHING compared to ACOMAF. If you have read the first book and weren’t sure about reading more of the series, I am almost tempted to command you to read the second part.

Thanks to Ida ( A book lover’s corner), I read this book. Ida, I’ll be forever grateful ❤ Check out her lovely blog guys! I’m sure you’ll find her blog as entertaining as I do 😉

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In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle | Review

BowBowBowBow 4/5 Ribbons

 

A living Myth- that is what Beagle’s In Calabria is about.

Claudio Bianchi is a solemn farmer who never wanted to be one in the first place. Even though he is not bitter, there is a sadness and mist around his little farm and around himself. It prevents him from having too much contact with anybody- except for the post man.

He seems as content as he can get when one day, she comes in his life. Not a woman, not a relative, but la Signora as he calls her. The white unicorn is searching around his farm, for what Claudio cannot say.

It is here our story begins as we see this world through Claudio’s eyes. The wonders of the unicorn, what happened to her and how Claudio finds somebody he can trust, somebody who he can love. Without fear without giving up himself.

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Dark Tempest by Annette Marie | Review

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Release date: January 6th 2017
Dark Temptest (cover) - Annette MarieDark Tempest is the second book of the Red Winter Trilogy by Annette Marie. The review of the first book can be read here.

What can I say? I fell in love with this book, from head to toe. My breath was caught, I got goose bumps and my heart raced while I read this fantastic book. This is fantasy/romance at its finest. The feelings and characters felt extremely real and I felt with them through they perilous journey through Japan.

I think I mentioned it in the first review of this trilogy already, but I can’t stress the point that some of the things in the book were extremely realistic. Japanese religions are a fascinating thing for me since I study Japanology. I have read a few books which included Japanese culture and people and I can honestly say that this is one of the best depictions I have found out there.

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