Susana "Lost in Fantasy Land"

I love to get lost in the pages of a good book. At the moment my favorite genres are urban fantasy and dystopias.

 

bulbs that I bought today
bulbs that I bought today
Tulip bulbs that I bought a couple days ago
Tulip bulbs that I bought a couple days ago
seeds that I still have to sow
seeds that I still have to sow

I am not an Autumn person. I'm Portuguese: I like Sun. Not  the roasting type ( I've wore shorts every time I could, and I still don't have any colour on my legs!), just the type of warm weather lover. Give me a blue sky and warm weather and I'm mostly happy.

Autumn depresses me. The short days, warm clothes... boots. :/

As for Winter, if I could I would just hibernate those months.

So, here I am, hoping for Spring 2017. -_____________________-

Lantana
Lantana
some sort of red Acacia/ Mimosa
some sort of red Acacia/ Mimosa
Clematis
Clematis
celosia
celosia
Stephanotis and platycodon
Stephanotis and platycodon
spireia
spireia

Because Autumn is almost here, and soon enough most plants will stop blooming, here are some pictures of the ones that will keep blooming for a little longer. Well, except for clematis, I guess -_-

""It's going to be on your tombstone, you know that," she threatened him. "He called her 'cookie' one time too many.""
Summerlong - Peter S. Beagle

Summerlong

Back on track

Once Broken Faith: An October Daye Novel - Seanan McGuire
Arc provided by Daw through Netgalley

Toby is back! And my heart nearly got broken -_- but everything turned out okay in the end ;)
Full review to come...

“I never do anything heroic or stupid unless I’m under someone else’s control,” I said. “I’d be a lot happier if everyone would just leave me alone to eat pizza and watch television, but you people seem to constantly need saving, so here I am.” (October Daye)

October Daye, reluctant Knight and Hero of the realm has been through a lot. She has gone against foes stronger than she, and lived to count the story. She has established alliances in almost all parts of Faerie. Gained friends who are as peculiar as she is... and enemies in old friends.
She has dethroned evil queens. Caught runaway Princesses... and she has even been named an Ambassador. Much to her dismay :)
Now, the High King of Faerie father of you know whom has requested her presence in a Fairie conclave to discuss what to do about the just found cure for elf-shot.
Toby would rather not... but people just don't leave her alone!
There, she finds herself among a great number of snotty Fae who don't think a changeling has any place there.
With tensions rising between different parties, and Fae...people ending up dead, once again it will be up to Toby to find a murderer between giving political speeches in the conclave. -_-
Honestly, guys, enough is enough!

As usual with all things Toby, there's a lot of self cutting, a lot of bleeding.
A lot of ruined dresses.
And even a little bit of dying...whatever that may mean ;)

As for romance, Tybalt once again shows us why he's our favourite cat. Ever :)

Definitely a series in which the author can go with a multitude of spin-off's. At this point I would be happy with a book about Mae, Dianda, Sylvester, you name it.

As for the novella, "Dreams and Slumbers" it features Queen Windermere, in the aftermath of what just happened in "Once broken Faith". Things that were supposed to be easy get complicated, and she'll have to strike a bargain with someone she'd rather not.

Now to wait another year for the next one :/

"He waved a hand, dismissing my protest. “There’s no need to be ashamed. Were I fortunate enough to be engaged to me, I would take every opportunity to get me to bed.”"
Once Broken Faith: An October Daye Novel - Seanan McGuire

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Tybalt and House would probably get along just fine... they're so...modest ;)

Girls and Goddesses

Girls, Goddesses and Giants: Tales of Heroines from Around the World - Lari Don

      Arc provided by Lerner Publishing Group through Netgalley
                Release Date: September 1rt

This was an interesting collection of  twelve short stories for young readers with young girls as heroes.
These are tales full of wit, wisdom and sometimes self sacrifice.
Now, I know that I am not this book's intended audience, but I've become accustomed to middle grade books that are brilliantly written. I didn't find that to be the case here. I found the writing style to be serviceable, but maybe that was already the goal: to have the tales told in a more traditional way.

Chi and the Seven-headed Dragon (Chinese legend) - 3,5 Stars
One day, a dragon with seven heads appears in the Kingdom. The Emperor who likes things quiet _who doesn't?_is less than thrilled by this circumstance, and following his counsellors' advices decides to feed the dragon with what is supposed to be his favourite food: little girls. -_-
Typical.
 Weeks and years go by, until courageous (and bright) Chi appears. Then, and all by herself she is able to properly deal with the dragon: it may involve a different diet ;)

Inanna and the Box of Monsters (Sumerian myth) - 3.5
A story about Inanna, the Sumerian Goddess of Love ( no, I had never heard of her) , who wasn't content with the power she already had, and how she came to acquire more of it.
A story that shows us that not even the God of Wisdom can resist a goddess, if she decides that she wants something from him.
According to Inanna, the ends definitely justify the means ;)
Also good friends always come in handy!

The Wolf in the Bed (French folktale) - 3.5 Stars
"Once there was a young girl who lived at the edge of the forest."

Was this the first Red Riding Hood story?
I don't know. Apparently it was one of the firsts in which the girl saved herself all by herself.

Telesilla and the Gates of Argos (Greek legend) - 4 Stars

When the city of Argos is invaded by the Spartans, and Argos' men fail to protect it, it will be up to Telesilla, a young schollar, who will command the rest of the population into the protection of their city.

“We are the women of Argos and we are defending our homes.”

A wise woman who knew what drove most men.
Ego.

Durga and the Demon (Indian myth) - 3.5 Stars
The story of the fight between a super powerful demon ( aren't they all?) and a woman. "A tall dark woman named Durga."
A story of the "type" be careful what you wish for...


Kopecho and the Two Suns (Venezuelan myth) - 3.5 Stars
Another perfect example to which if you want a job well done, you have to do it yourself... even at great risk.

Mbango and the Whirlpool (Cameroonian folktale) - 2.5 Stars
 The perils of envy...

Hervor and the Cursed Sword (Norse legend ) - 2.5 Stars
The story of a powerful cursed sword and the family who kept it throughout the years.
Because like they say, "it's our family curse".
Well then...you can keep it.

Visiting Baba Yaga (Russian folktale) - 4 Stars
Or basically how to survive your wicked stepmother whom to make matters even worse, is also related to Baba Yaga...
Can't a girl ever catch a break?

Aliquipiso and the Cliff (Native American legend) - 4 Stars
In which the self sacrifice of a girl managed to save the rest of her tribe.

Tokoyo and the Skin Rope (Japanese legend) - 4 Stars
Good deeds never go without reward? Also, what's with so many girls sacrifices? *says she in a naive tone of voice*


The Giant’s Heart (Scottish folktale)- 4 Stars
In which a Princess must beat the Giant who has kidnapped her, in a match of wits. Now, she only has to find where he keeps his heart... and be able of destroying it.

All in all, a rich and interesting collection for young readers.

Author's Official Site

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Reading progress update: I've read 99%.

The Needle's Eye - Lani Lenore

This was probably the most fucked up thing I've ever read! And I've read a book about a fucking cannibal that thought that eating body parts would cure him of some disease he had! -_____________________________________-

HOW, CAN I REVIEW THIS?!

People are comparing this to Wuthering Weights?

Heathcliff is a fucking sweet kitten compared to this!

MY INNER FEMINIST WANTS TO GO ON A FUCKING RANT!

Wolverine's Mutton Chops To Hugh Jackman: 'This Ain't Over, Bub'

http://www.npr.org/sections/monkeysee/2016/08/23/491049704/wolverines-mutton-chops-to-hugh-jackman-this-aint-over-bub

 

Reading progress update: I've read 33%.

The Needle's Eye - Lani Lenore

That f*****g BASTARD!

I want him dead. And I want it to be slow! -_-

...

 

Which can be complicated due to reasons...

Don't care: He can be turned into a marshmallow in HELL.

Or into a grilled... WORM.

That would work as well.

I don't know

Made for Sin - Stacia Kane

Thing is, I love the author's "Downside Ghosts" series. Even when the thing is breaking my heart, I am loving it. From the plot, to the amazing characters, not forgetting that amazing setting, that series is a must to all urban fantasy addicts.

And then you start reading this, and you have to adjust your expectations, because when it comes down to the characters, this story feels too paranormal romance, and I've stopped being a fan of it...

"Made for Sin" had a potentially amazing storyline. Not that it hasn't been done before, but, this is queen Stacia Kane, so yeah, great expectations.

The idea of a normal guy having to share his body, more precisely his mind with a Demon is a great one, and the author knows how to write: this was an engaging story from first page to last.

Thing is, I didn't care about the characters.

I didn't even memorized their names: his seemed to come from an old noir movie. Hers? Well it could be at home in "Lord of The Rings". lol

 

So E.L. Speare is supposed to be this big shot PI who occasionally does the dirty jobs of this Mafia boss guy. Also, he may be related to said Mafia guy, so things are even more complicated, as if hosting a Demon in his head wasn't enough trouble already.

 

We get the story from Speare's pov, but the thing is, at time he felt way too young for all that he had gone through. I don't know if it was just me, but with the exception of the steamy parts, he felt a little too YA: too emo. I got a little tired of being in his head.

 

As for Ardeth, most of the times she was just this red haired Barby, with the great body, and with a plastic personality. She's supposed to be this master thief, but it was hard to get on board with that, since she spends most of the time bickering with Speare.

And it isn't as if that bickering led to great sexual tension. Because it didn't!

Most of the times they just came out as two (okay, she more than him) stubborn, moronic people, wasting time on frivolities. Yes, Ardeth, I'm looking at you.

 

The plot was nicely done in a macabre way. Think Buffy and the Initiative episodes...

 

Towards the end, the pace picks up a little more, the story becomes more interesting with possibilities, some truths were revealed, and the pages flew faster.

I don't know if this is going to be a series, but if so, I really hope Ardeth gets a new personality. That, or that we get a new leading lady.

As for the ending, there's no cliffhanger, but there are obvious possibilities for this to get turned into a series.

Although, I would definitely prefer a new "Downside Ghost" book.

 

Arc provided by Loveswept through Netgalley

 

Release Date: August 30th

 

Note to self: please re-read the whole series

Full of Briars: An October Daye Novelette - Seanan McGuire

What can I say?

My memory kind of sucks, so I really should have re-read the previous book before going into this new short story.

But even so, it isn't as if I don't "know" the characters and their peculiar "traits".

As such it was funny ( I must share Mae's sense of humour) to see Quentin's fretting about Toby meeting his parents. As always, Tybalt's nonchalance to everything "no cat... and Toby" related was a pleasure to read.

As for Tybalt's nephew, that "kitty cat" needs some boundaries. Crazy cat!

As for the ending, it took me a little by surprise. Did I forgot about it in the previous books?

Had there been signs of that relationship? Because I don't remember anything, but sometimes I feel as if I am going senile, so...

Full of Briars: An October Daye Novelette - Seanan McGuire

Mae has just asked Quentin's mother if she's ever watched Buffy, because she sees herself as some sort of Dawn. lol

 

I've read 339 of 403 Pages

Tower of Thorns - Juliet Marillier

I reckon that one day, Grim will be finished with that god damn roof, -_-

A Witch's Kitchen

A Witch's Kitchen - Dianna Sanchez B.S.

This was actually pretty good. Very well written, with an interesting set of characters and a well thought world building. I think that, actual middle graders will love it. As for us adults, who read middle grade, this might read "too young", but like I said, it has a lot of positive points. In fact it ended up being better than a lot of the so called adult contemporary books that I read.

Millie is a sweet character who loves to bake... like, the girl REALLY likes to bake: Masterchef level.
Unfortunately she doesn't share the same success when it comes to all magical things, much to her mother's disappointment. But at least the mother doesn't have to cook...
Also, Millie's food is go good that she even got a ghost addicted to it! lol


One day, things change, and Millie sees her routine altered: from now on she will be enrolled in a magical school. More out of a political stance taken by her family ( her grandmother is a big shot in Millie's world), than actually concern for her education. You see, young witches are normally home-schooled.
Once Millie joins school the fun begins ( not a very heavy handed message, though ;)
There she'll meet new friends and discover all her potential ( I know. But it is done well!), although not everything will run smoothly...
The description of the school, with all its magical characteristics was done really well. In fact I would love to see that magical giant tree on the cover of this book. More colour, it would probably attract younger readers.
As for the ending, I found it a little too well wrapped, but all in all, this was a really good story.
Definitely recommended. Especially if you have kids that like to read about magical beings.

Freebie... for only a couple more hours

Jack and Jill - Lani Lenore

 

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I really liked " Roses and Black Glass" by the author, so sharing this one with you guys in case anyone is interested in it.

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