Shore Leave (Bookburners Season One Episode 10) – Book Review

Bookburners Season One Episode 9

27066151Author: Mur Lafferty

43 pages

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: Grace gets a day off and time threatens to swallow Rome.

It’s Grace’s one day off a year and nothing will stop her from enjoying every last second of it: not Sal’s troubling sleepwalking, not the mysterious tour guide Aaron, not even the magical artifact spreading a time-slowing bubble across Rome. The team’s troubles may never stop—but sometimes, you have to make time for a spin class.

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This episode tells the story of Grace’s day off.

The writing’s wonderful, I specially love how it portrays time. It’s also a Grace centered episode, something I didn’t realize I needed in my life until now.

In this episode, a lot of previous episodes are called back, which was done perfectly, it didn’t feel forced (like it usually does in other things).

The humor’s dark and overall great, it’s fun to see how Grace planned her day off. Also, this episode’s ending raises many questions that (hopefully) will be answered before this season’s finale.

Rating: 4,5 stars

” ‘How many times have you saves Menchú’s life?’ Sal asked. ‘I know I’ve seen a couple.’ ‘Three hundred and forty-seven,’ Grace said. “

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Book Club Discussion: Claimed by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

What did you think of the synopsis? Did it reveal too much plot or too little?

EveryBookCounts– The synopsis pretty much sums up the novel. It is simple and clean, which greatly reflects how the novel was written.

ThatOneNerdyGirl– I agree, although it does exaggerate a little bit, the way it’s phrased seems like there’s going to be a lot more political turmoil.

 

What did you think of the characters? Was there character development?

T- The characters were pretty simple in my opinion. March was the stereotypical hunk, Jullietta the rebellious princess and so on. Honestly, I can tell you the trope of every single character, main or side. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though.

E- I agree. The characters were what you would expect from such a stereotypical romance novel.

 

What did you think of the plot?

E- It was simple, as expected. It revolved around their love story with some twists and turns to keep you interested. It could have been better, of course, but it is what it is.

T- This is the stereotypical feel good book. It has a love story (with a happy ending) and some stuff in between to keep you interested.

 

Were there problems in the story?

T- I didn’t find any plot holes. The story was quite simple too, so it would’ve been hard to actually make plot holes.

E- Very funny but also true. The only problem I had was in the end, where I was just waiting for the book to end.

 

What do you think the author did right?

E- The simplicity. Even though it can also be considered a bad thing, the fact that the book was so simple and easy to read allowed me to finish it which, otherwise, probably wouldn’t happen.

T- I couldn’t agree more. This is an excellent book if you simply have lots of work to do and need to take a breather.

 

What do you think the author did wrong?

T- I personally would have preferred if the characters weren’t constantly repeating themselves. However, that may have been used to reiterate their ideas.

E- There could have been more emphasis in the political part of the book but I understand that, to some people, its appeal comes from the romance.

 

What was your favorite quote?

E- ‘ “I would die for you. I would sacrifice everything to save your life.”

“That won’t be necessary.” Humor filtered through his tone. “I don’t plan on dying anytime soon.” ‘

T- ‘ “I think you are so ugly the seer cannot find a mate who would accept you.”

“Who are you calling ugly? Have you ever checked in a mirror?” Kur pushed back. March laughed. They were identical.”

 

What was your opinion on the ending? Would you prefer if it had been different?

T- Honestly, I knew the ending from the start. No one spoiled it, it was simply the only ending this book could have, knowing its genre.

E- I agree. It was a good ending but also the only ending the book could have.

 

Claimed by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-Fi Romance #5) – Book Review

33147708Author: Cara Bristol

326 pages

Genre: Romance Science Fiction

Synopsis: March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.
The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty. Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

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This book tells the story of a girl who has to “marry” a man she doesn’t love –  it’s a tale as old as time but, in this case, it’s set in the future.

When this book was randomly picked as the book club pick, me and my sister got nervous. We only put this book on the list for a joke, we never intended to actually have it on the Book Club. However, this wasn’t as bad as we expected.

Its writing is very simple and easy to read – I could’ve read it in one sitting.

Character wise, they were very simple and the cast itself was pretty small. There was some possible character development but it wasn’t much.

Story wise, it’s one that, in the end, will make your heart feel whole, if that makes any sense at all.

All in all, this was an okay book. It was simple but it was fun, the perfect example of “it’s trash that I’m trash for”.

Rating: 4 stars

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Ancient Wonders (Bookburners Season One Episode 9) – Book Review

Bookburners Season One Episode 8

27066137Author: Margaret Dunlap

52 pages

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: With the enemy always two steps ahead, Sal and Team Three seek new answers from an old Oracle.

After being sent on a wild goose chase in the latest game of cat and mouse with the mysterious Mr. Norse, the team decides they need to get ahead of their competition in the hunt for the
Codex Umbra. With no other options, they turn to old friends and even older magic: specifically,
the Oracle of Delphi. Sal grows suspicious of her own sleeping habits and Asanti enjoys some field time but everyone learns the deadly dangers of playing with prophecy.

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What a ride.

In this episode, Team Three is looking for Codex Umbra.

I love Margaret Dunlap, she manages to be funny and also tell a nice story. Her POVs tend to be amazing too.

The story is very interesting and will get you hooked from the start.

Character wise, it’s sad to see Sal and Liam mad at each other, however, I can see that he isn’t who I thought he was. Also, we get a glimpse of a new story arc for Grace and Menchú, which I can’t wait to read.

Rating: 5 stars

We could do many things. That doesn’t mean that any of them are actually going to happen.

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Bookburners Season One Episode 10

The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson #9) – Book Review

Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8)

23848452Author: Darynda Jones

326 pages

Genre: Paranormal

Synopsis: In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around. But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.

Source: Gifted (in English) – HAUL

This book tells the story of a girl, Janey Doerr, who wakes up in Sleepy Hollow and doesn’t remember anything about her past. This book is a part of a series, however, you can read it as a standalone. For the series readers, it’ll feel nostalgic, it feels like the first book.

This book’s writing is great. It’s really nice to see Charley clueless again, it made me feel almost nostalgic. Also, I have always loved Charley’s detective work. Also, this book’s romance is wholesome and heart breaking, it’ll make you want to read more and more. I think the romantic sub plot will be a lot more enjoyable if you’ve read the series, if you don’t it’ll feel like insta-love.

Story wise, it has some twists and turns. Even though I was able to predict some, it doesn’t make the book bad, it’s the journey that matters (in this very particular case) — Keep in mind that I have been reading this series for a long time, it’s one oh those “it’s trash that I’m trash for” series.

Character wise, the old gang’s back! We get to see Reyes, Osh, Cookie and everyone else trying their hardest to adapt to this new reality, which is quite entertaining.

Overall, this is a book that’s plain dumb fun. I really liked it but, as I’ve stated before, it isn’t the right book for everyone.

Rating: 5 stars

“There, written in French, were the words Je t’ai aimée pendant mille et un. –R. I stilled. Read it again. And again. Je t’ai aimée pendant mille et un. –R. I’ve loved you for a thousand and one. –R.”

The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson # 10)

June 2018 Wrap-Up

Black Sails (2014)This month started with a finale that I waited for way too long to watch. Black Sail‘s fourth season is definitely its weakest. I think the plot was stretched out for way too long. The thing I loved the most about this show (its pacing) definitely became the show’s undoing. It felt as though the writers only had material for a few more episodes but, to air them, they had to make a whole new season.

https://resizing.flixster.com/o51TQxmUHVdNaB4LCnDBYVniprk=/206x305/v1.dDsyNjAzODk7ajsxNzczMzsxMjAwOzc2ODs5NjAAnd because I can’t control myself, I watched Riverdale‘s second season. Overall, it was fun, I definitely binged it. It did have some holes, but they can be seen as the characters not being able to see their actual situation with clear eyes.

36580694And given that I wanted to read something other than The Maias, I read Spectacle Volume 1 by Megan Rose Gedris. This was a really fun book featuring three things that I absolutely love – mystery, circus life and demons. Overall, I’m glad I picked this up.

33590273And going from great to pretty bad, I read Night’s Dominion Volume One by Ted Naifeh. Oh, boy, was that confusing. The characters were inconsistent and it felt like the author thought about the plot so much that he actually forgot that we, readers, need context. This book had so much going on that there was a point in which my brain turned off and I simply looked at the pretty pictures.

I also watched Monty Python and The Holy Grail. I had a great time watching it, I particularly loved the whole coconut ordeal. Are there any other Monty Python films that I should watch?

24662901Then, I finally finished The Maias by Eça de Queirós. What a painful book. I didn’t really care for the characters and the plot advanced awfully slowly.

26778755I also read Kaijumax Season One: Terror and Respect by Zander Cannon. Overall, this felt like Manga Classics: Huckleberry Finn – it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good either. It left me with an overwhelming sense of indifference, which isn’t good. Also, the whole plot felt expected. I know this is supposed to teach us about how prisons treat inmates but, if you want to learn that, read Shawshank Redemption or watch Orange is the New Black. Both those things are entertaining and will teach you that prison is hell and so are the people inside it – inmates, wardens – even if they sound nice. You’ll get back stabbed. You’ll get your cavities searched to a degree that shouldn’t be legal. You’ll bleed. Those two works taught me that. However, Kaijumax wasn’t able to leave the same impression in me.

30812672Given that my sister told me to read it, I read Shadows and Dreams (ReMade Season One Episode One) by Mathew Cody. Overall, I think this was a nice first episode. It sets the world up and we get to know the main characters. It left me with some questions too. However, I didn’t feel the excitement that I felt while I read Bookburners’ pilot.

19536000I also read Chew Volume 8: Family Recipes by John Layman. This book was really fun – it even had Toni again. Also, I read the previous volume a long time ago, I missed these characters.