Blitz Review: Short Review for a short Book- Den of Shadows

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Den of Shadows by Christopher Byford will be released tomorrow and I definitely recommend to get the book! It’s not even 200 pages long ( on my eReader) but every word had me wanting more of this awesome story!

Den of Shadows is an awesome, if not a little short, book about the mystical train casino that comes into towns for a night and vanishes the next morning.
The story is full of awesome and deep characters who work and live together on this train of wonders. We get to know a few of the characters better and live with them through sleepless nights full of work, drama and even a little romance. Den of Shadows is a well-written book that captured me from the first page. I honestly wish the book was longer because this world, the idea of this train really fascinated me. I haven’t read something so original in a long time.
Thank you for providing this ARC.

  • I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A gathering of Ravens by Scott Odin | Review

A Gathering of RavensBowBowBowBowBearbeiten 4/5 Ribbons for this awesome book!

“To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcnéas; to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher, the Bringer of Night, the Son of the Wolf and Brother of the Serpent. He is Grimnir, and he is the last of his kind―the last in a long line of monsters who have plagued humanity since the Elder Days.”

A Gathering of Ravens is a great book about a lone Orc Grimnir! Odin manages to put Norse myth into a historical setting that will take your breath away and will leave you wanting more of it! Grimnir is determined to get his revenge that is long past due and so he abducts a female soon-to-be christian priestess ( or at least she wants to be) and uses her as a guide. He is mean and brutal and I wish there was a little bit more to him really

The story is full of old mythology, odd creatures, various religions battling for dominance and a world that you won’t forget so easily. I really enjoyed that we’re thrown into a time full of change and that everybody has to decide where they stand in this changing world.

The writing style is easy to read and the characters are deep and  well-developed. I honestly don’t want to spoiler you guys so my review will have to stay short! 

 The only thing that’s so-so is the religious theme and the price of the book. I am a student so I know how hard it can be to buy an expensive book  especially if you read as much as I do) but I would still recommend you to buy at least the ebook;) 

Also, the constant religious struggles were kind of tedious. Almost the first half of the book is only abou the religion of the people and no plot so I almost DNFed the book. I’m really glad I pulled through but it was a struggle in the beginning. 

*I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

These Vicious Masks by T. Shanker and K. Zekas | Review

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This was a buddy read with the awesome Debby @alwaysbooking. Sorry for the late review Debby! Syntax got the better of me 😉 Check out here blog guys! Debby is one of the few people who can make reading a review as exciting as reading the book!  You should certainly read her review because we had very different opinions on the book! Here’s the link to her review.

Now to these Vicious Masks…I read about the book over at Kester’s blog which is pretty amazing! Go check out the LilBookLover’s corner out, too 😉 The premise really interested me and especially that Kester loved it so much and that is usually a pretty good indication that the book is great 😀

So I bought the book and asked Debby to read it together and while I loved the main character Evelin. She’s witty, strong, independent and extremely devoted to her sister Rose. When Rose goes missing, Evelyn risks everything to get her back. The mysterious Mr. Braddok wants to help her but can he be trusted? And what about Mr. Kent?

The story is fast paced, has strong and developed characters and the writing was just awesome. It was easy and fast to read and it was fun reading the story. There is a paranormal aspect which I don’t want to reveal because that WOULD be a huge spoiler. There is a tinge of romance, mystery, a strong woman and lots of secrets that keep you on your toes. The historical setting is intriguing and gives the story depth. It’s especially interesting because the characters face problems you just wouldn’t have in our time.

But why give three stars, then? Debby put it like this ” the story did have it’s moments of ‘why wasn’t that explained more?’ ” and that is definitely true. I had lots of moments that were not sufficiently explained but rather just thrown into like ‘hey! here’s a fact X, now deal with it!’ I don’t know, maybe I am a little too harsh here but there were really important scenes where VITAL information was thrown around like the persons were talking about the weather. Maybe this will be explained more in the second book. For me, that was a real no-go because the story seemed less and less believable at some point.

How did you like the book? Is These Vicious Masks on your TBR? How did you rate it? Let’s chat in the comments!

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Ensnared by Rita Stradling | Review

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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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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW 18

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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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Immortal Fire by Annette Marie | Review

Immortal Fire by Annette Marie

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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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