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THE GETAWAY GOD

 

The Getaway God by Richard Kadrey
Book 6 of the Sandman Slim series
Read by MacLeod Andrews
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About The Getaway God:

Sandman Slim must save himself — and the entire world — from the wrath of some enraged and vengeful ancient gods in this sixth high-octane adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

Being a half-human, half-angel nephilim with a bad rep and a worse attitude — not to mention temporarily playing Lucifer — James Stark aka Sandman Slim has made a few enemies. None, though, are as fearsome as the vindictive Angra Om Ya — the old gods. But their imminent invasion is only one of Stark’s problems right now. LA is descending into chaos, and a new evil — the Wildfire Ripper — is stalking the city.

No ordinary killer, The Ripper takes Stark deep into a conspiracy that stretches from Earth to Heaven and Hell. He’s also the only person alive who may know how to keep the world from going extinct. The trouble is, he’s also Stark’s worst enemy . . . the only man in existence Stark would enjoy killing twice.

Source: Info in the About The Getaway God was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18456381-the-getaway-god on 11/01/2015.

 

My Thoughts:

In this book Richard Kadrey brought us back to Stark‘s origins which I wasn’t expecting and was a nice surprise. The past came to haunt him and almost got him too. But of course our bad-ass hero survived. Not necessarily win… but survived. However I didn’t like the way Stark lost the ability to shadow-walk… That one is a bummer… and that was one of his major advantage against his enemies. Now I wonder how the author is going to spin the story next and let Stark still survive enough for several more books down the line for this series… Probably beat the sh**t out of our hero… Anyway, this book still has the same good story telling quality which has always been true for this series. However, having said that, it still took me a very long time to finish this book. I’m not sure if its me, or the book is just slow. And compared to the other books I’ve read in this series thus far, this is my least favourite. I guess it gotta happen sometime… But that doesn’t mean that I am no longer a fan of this series, because I still very much am… Fingers crossed that Kadrey gets his mojo back with the next book.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 3
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 2
Pace = 1.5
Plot = 3.5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries
     

 

Books In The Sandman Slim Series:

Book 1: SANDMAN SLIM   Book 2: KILL THE DEAD   Book 3: ALOHA FROM HELL   Book 3.5: DEVIL IN THE DOLLHOUSE       Book 6: THE GETAWAY GOD     Book 8: THE PERDITION SCORE   Book 9: THE KILL SOCIETY   Book 10: HOLLYWOOD DEAD

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book, in all its formats, were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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FOR THE BIRDS

 

The Book

 

For The Birds by Angela Roquet
Book 3 of the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series
Read by Hollie Jackson
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 


About For The Birds:

Lana Harvey isn’t just any reaper. She’s the new captain of the Posy Unit, a specialty group dedicated to harvesting mass quantities of souls from natural disaster sites, battlefields, and the like. The new title didn’t come without a price though. Lana made some promises along the way, and now it’s time to follow through… even if that means putting herself in the path of the three Fates, a fickle and mighty force to be reckoned with. The Fates run a soul recycling plant in Limbo City, and if Lana isn’t careful, they just might recycle her.

Source: Info in the About For The Birds was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17830430-for-the-birds on 30/12/2017.

 

Books in the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series:

 

Book 1: GRAVEYARD SHIFT   Book 2: POCKET FULL OF POSIES   Book 3: FOR THE BIRDS   Book 4: PSYCHOPOMP   OFF THE BEATEN PATH 1: EIGHT TALES OF THE PARANORMAL   Book 5: DEATH WISH   Book 5.5: SEASON'S REAPINGS   Book 6: GHOST MARKET   Book 7: HELLFIRE AND BRIMSTONE

 

Review

 

My Thoughts:

With this book, the series has really taken off. The first two books were good, but they mainly involved establishing the “basics”, as in, laying the ground work for the rest of the series. Like a “coming of age” kind of theme. With this book, our main protagonist kicked ass! So this book is no longer a 4.5, but a full 5, even though it still ended in a cliffhanger. This book therefore is the best in the series yet. Hopefully, it will be up and up from here on and not a jump off the ledge at some point… Like the previous book, the title still do not make sense… And this book might be the best story but it is the worst cover art yet in the series… However, despite all that moaning, I would still give this book a five. Yes, it was a good read! And no, the individual rating of the parts does not come up to 5, but, the whole is more than its parts. By now, this series and author has gained a firm fan in me. So much so that I bought the first book in another series by this author. We’ll see how the goodness of this author translate in her other books…

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 3
World building = 5
Cover art = 3
Pace = (6 hours and 45 minutes listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

The Author

 

About Angela Roquet:

USA Today bestselling Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, random craft supplies, and all things Joss Whedon. She’s a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you’re doing isn’t hurting anyone, she’s a fan of you, too.

Angela lives in Missouri with her husband and son. She’s a member of SFWA and HWA, as well as the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse, her epic book critique group, where she’s known as Death. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows.

GRAVEYARD SHIFT, the first novel in Angela’s Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, is now available for FREE on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, & iBooks. You can find Angela online at www.angelaroquet.com

 

The Narrator

 

About Hollie Jackson:

With over 200 audiobooks narrated and produced, Hollie Jackson has worked with both indie and USA Today bestselling authors across a wide range of genres. Hollie’s voice brings characters of all types to vibrant, compelling life, allowing the listener to sit back and enjoy the story.

Growing up in a military family, Hollie found herself lost in the world of poetry and prose, and truly enjoys sharing that joy with others through spoken and written word. As an author, she understands the importance of drawing the reader into the world of the story. As a voracious reader, she enjoys an eclectic range of genre and carries that over into the studio: from contemporary romance to paranormal thrillers, historical fiction to epic fantasy, from erotica to tamer New Adult/Young Adult titles.

Everyone has a story to tell, and Hollie loves to bring those stories to life, one word at a time.

The information about Hollie Jackson was taken from https://tantor.com/narrator/hollie-jackson.html on 25/12/2017.

https://tantor.com/narrator/hollie-jackson.html | goodreads

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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POCKET FULL OF POSIES

 

The Book

 

Pocket Full Of Posies by Angela Roquet
Book 2 of the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series
Read by Hollie Jackson
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 


About Pocket Full Of Posies:

Not Your Grandma’s Afterlife…
The promise of peace in Limbo City is threatened once again, but this time the terrorists have a more specific target in mind: Lana Harvey. The up and coming reaper thought passing her classes at the Reaper Academy was going to be her biggest challenge, but when a rebel demon sends her apartment up in flames, she realizes that her victories from the previous year haven’t gone so unnoticed after all…

To make matters worse, the Afterlife Council has taken notice of Lana too. The Egyptian god Horus is blackmailing her into joining the Posy Unit so she can do an illegal side job for him, and Cindy Morningstar, Lucifer’s daughter, insists that she take a two week training course with the devilishly tempting Beelzebub, much to her angelic boyfriend’s chagrin.

Source: Info in the About Pocket Full Of Posies was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16039808-pocket-full-of-posies on 27/12/2017.

 

Books in the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series:

 

Book 1: GRAVEYARD SHIFT   Book 2: POCKET FULL OF POSIES   Book 3: FOR THE BIRDS   Book 4: PSYCHOPOMP   OFF THE BEATEN PATH 1: EIGHT TALES OF THE PARANORMAL   Book 5: DEATH WISH   Book 5.5: SEASON'S REAPINGS   Book 6: GHOST MARKET   Book 7: HELLFIRE AND BRIMSTONE

 

Review

 

My Thoughts:

The title is only marginally related to the book…. **sigh** …not much meaning there. But… there’s a lesson there somewhere, however after the holidays, I haven’t got that much energy to dig for it…

The plot is quite straight forward. Go from A to B. Dodge hazards and done. No detours. No twists. And for a moment there, the main protagonist displayed a hint of TSTL (too stupid to live) behaviour, which hopefully will not be repeated. And of course, it’s another cliffhanger…

On the up side, the story telling quality and the world building are still as wonderful as ever! And the narrator, Hollie Jackson, has gained a new fan in me.

Book 1 can be read by any age. This one however, I would recommend to 18 or older only.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 3.5
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 3
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = (7 hours and 4 minutes listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

The Author

 

About Angela Roquet:

USA Today bestselling Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, random craft supplies, and all things Joss Whedon. She’s a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you’re doing isn’t hurting anyone, she’s a fan of you, too.

Angela lives in Missouri with her husband and son. She’s a member of SFWA and HWA, as well as the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse, her epic book critique group, where she’s known as Death. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows.

GRAVEYARD SHIFT, the first novel in Angela’s Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, is now available for FREE on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, & iBooks. You can find Angela online at www.angelaroquet.com

 

The Narrator

 

About Hollie Jackson:

With over 200 audiobooks narrated and produced, Hollie Jackson has worked with both indie and USA Today bestselling authors across a wide range of genres. Hollie’s voice brings characters of all types to vibrant, compelling life, allowing the listener to sit back and enjoy the story.

Growing up in a military family, Hollie found herself lost in the world of poetry and prose, and truly enjoys sharing that joy with others through spoken and written word. As an author, she understands the importance of drawing the reader into the world of the story. As a voracious reader, she enjoys an eclectic range of genre and carries that over into the studio: from contemporary romance to paranormal thrillers, historical fiction to epic fantasy, from erotica to tamer New Adult/Young Adult titles.

Everyone has a story to tell, and Hollie loves to bring those stories to life, one word at a time.

The information about Hollie Jackson was taken from https://tantor.com/narrator/hollie-jackson.html on 25/12/2017.

https://tantor.com/narrator/hollie-jackson.html | goodreads

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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GRAVEYARD SHIFT

 

The Book

 

Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet
Book 1 of the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series
Read by Hollie Jackson
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Graveyard Shift:

The Inferno has Evolved…

Lana Harvey is a reaper, and a lousy one at that. She resides in Limbo City, the modern capital of the collective afterlives, where she likes to stick it to the man (the legendary Grim Reaper himself) by harvesting the bare minimum of souls required of her. She’d much rather be hanging out with Gabriel, her favorite archangel, at Purgatory Lounge. But when a shocking promotion falls in her lap, Lana learns something that could unravel the very fabric of Eternity. If the job isn’t completed, there could be some real hell to pay.

Source: Info in the About Graveyard Shift was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16082905-graveyard-shift on 25/12/2017.

 

Books in the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series:

 

Book 1: GRAVEYARD SHIFT   Book 2: POCKET FULL OF POSIES   Book 3: FOR THE BIRDS   Book 4: PSYCHOPOMP   OFF THE BEATEN PATH 1: EIGHT TALES OF THE PARANORMAL   Book 5: DEATH WISH   Book 5.5: SEASON'S REAPINGS   Book 6: GHOST MARKET   Book 7: HELLFIRE AND BRIMSTONE

 

Review

 

My Thoughts:

The Graveyard Shift book… This is a world between the living and the dead. An interesting world building. However, it has all the mundane inanities as our own modern living has… so why is this world an intriguing read while real life is not? I would put that down to the fantastic way the author tells the story. We have a master weaver here. And then of course it ended in a cliffhanger….

Another thing good about this book is that the plot is solid. There is actually a plot! Which a lot of the urban fantasy books seem to forget especially on the first book where all the book does is world building and introduce the readers to the series… This one does that too, and managed to have a plot at the same time! Now, fancy that! Yeah, after reading so many flimsy/flighty urban fantasy, I got jaded… those flighty books sucks the life out of a reader. Not this one though!

This is the first Hollie Jackson book that I’ve listened to and I like the way she narrates. And I also agree with her interpretations. With her input as the narrator she gave this book an added “flavour” that the book would otherwise would not have, had it not been for her particular brand of narration.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 3
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = (7 hours and 22 minutes listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

The Author

 

About Angela Roquet:

USA Today bestselling Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, random craft supplies, and all things Joss Whedon. She’s a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you’re doing isn’t hurting anyone, she’s a fan of you, too.

Angela lives in Missouri with her husband and son. She’s a member of SFWA and HWA, as well as the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse, her epic book critique group, where she’s known as Death. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows.

GRAVEYARD SHIFT, the first novel in Angela’s Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, is now available for FREE on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, & iBooks. You can find Angela online at www.angelaroquet.com

 

The Narrator

 

About Hollie Jackson:

With over 200 audiobooks narrated and produced, Hollie Jackson has worked with both indie and USA Today bestselling authors across a wide range of genres. Hollie’s voice brings characters of all types to vibrant, compelling life, allowing the listener to sit back and enjoy the story.

Growing up in a military family, Hollie found herself lost in the world of poetry and prose, and truly enjoys sharing that joy with others through spoken and written word. As an author, she understands the importance of drawing the reader into the world of the story. As a voracious reader, she enjoys an eclectic range of genre and carries that over into the studio: from contemporary romance to paranormal thrillers, historical fiction to epic fantasy, from erotica to tamer New Adult/Young Adult titles.

Everyone has a story to tell, and Hollie loves to bring those stories to life, one word at a time.

The information about Hollie Jackson was taken from https://tantor.com/narrator/hollie-jackson.html on 25/12/2017.

https://tantor.com/narrator/hollie-jackson.html | goodreads

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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Review: KILL CITY BLUES

Kill City Blues by Richard Kadrey
Book 5 of the Sandman Slim series
Read by MacLeod Andrews
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: hardback & audiobookAudiobook

 

About Kill City Blues:

James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has managed to get out of Hell, renounce his title as the new Lucifer, and settle back into life in LA. But he’s not out of trouble yet. Somewhere along the way he misplaced the Qomrama Om Ya, a weapon from the banished older gods who are also searching for their lost power.

The hunt leads Stark to an abandoned shopping mall-a multi-story copy of LA-infested with Lurkers and wretched bottomfeeding Sub Rosa families, squatters who have formed tight tribes to guard their tiny patches of this fake LA. Somewhere in the kill zone of the former mall is a dead man with the answers Stark needs. All Stark has to do is find the dead man, get back out alive, and outrun some angry old gods-and a few killers-on his tail.

Source: Info in the About Kill City Blues was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15783828-kill-city-blues on 10/01/2014.

 

My Thoughts:

This is the best book yet in the series. I’m not so sure though whether that is because Kadrey‘s writing has improved or I am just becoming a besotted fan. Or maybe a little of both. Either way, I enjoyed this book a whole lot more compared the previous books. I have to thank Kdawg91 for vigorously recommending this book to me!! In turn I recommend this book to all of those who likes the Supernatural show. Both have a whacked-out ideas of heaven and earth. Whacked-out or not, both are believable enough so that audience and readers can very easily suspend disbelief. Which I think is one of the reasons that both stories, Sandman Slim and Supernatural, has such staying power. Why both are such compelling entertainment!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 3
Pace = 3.5
Plot = 5
Narrator = 5
 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Sandman Slim Series:

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Review: DEVIL SAID BANG

Devil Said Bang by Richard Kadrey
Book 4 of the Sandman Slim series
Read by MacLeod Andrews
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: hardback & audiobookAudiobook

 

About Devil Said Bang:

Getting out of hell is just the beginning

What do you do after you’ve escaped Hell, gone back, uncovered the true nature of God, and then managed to become the new Lucifer?

Well, if you’re James Stark, you have to figure out how to run Hell while also trying to get back out of it . . . again. Plus there’s the small matter of surviving. Because everyone in Heaven, Hell, and in between wants to be the fastest gun in the universe, and the best way to do so is to take down Lucifer, a.k.a. James Stark.

And it’s not like being in L.A. is any better — a serial-killer ghost is running wild and Stark’s angelic alter ego is hiding among the lost days of time with a secret cabal who can rewrite reality. Starting to care for people and life again is a real bitch for a stone-cold killer.

Source: Info in the About Devil Said Bang was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13157246-devil-said-bang on 26/10/2013.

 

hellion harley

My Thoughts:

I looked for an image that would epitome my idea of a “hellion harley” that Stark rode but all I could find is this. Not quite “it”, but close enough…

Richard Kadrey knows how to spin a story. That, I have to give to him. And in this book that masterful story spinning has been made blatantly obvious. For that alone this book cannot get a rating of less than 4. And for that reason also, I can forgive his slightly unorthodox way of building a story and/or plot. A new dilemma seems to crop up every 5 or so chapters, metaphorically speaking, because the book does not seem to have chapters. There is no chapter numbering. And then these dilemmas gets resolved and moves on to the next. Books usually have an over-arc-ing plot where sub-plots could fit in. But not this serial-delimma situation. I find it a little odd. It’s like reading a serial comics where the dilemma gets resolved every after so many issues.

This is book four, right? So I ought to know this author’s voice by now. And in a way, I think I do. However, it still surprises me every time I take a break from reading the book. I don’t know what it is about the author’s voice, but I needed frequent breaks from it. Otherwise this book would have flown by. As it is, it took me sometime to finish it even with the convenience of the audiobook format. Don’t know. Don’t really understand it, why that is so…

I think I’ve said it before in reviews of previous Sandman Slim books, that this series becomes addictive as you read along. I wasn’t that much of a fan with the first three books. But by the end of this book, I was a well-entrenched follower. The cover art is still in need of an upgrade though. But being a fan by now, I am feeling a bit more forgiving.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 2
Pace = 2
Plot = 5
Narrator = 5
 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Sandman Slim Series:

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Review: ALOHA FROM HELL

Aloha From Hell by Richard Kadrey
Book 3 of the Sandman Slim series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: hardback

About Aloha From Hell:

Supernatural fantasy’s greatest anti-hero goes back to hell!

In Sandman Slim Stark came back from hell for revenge.

In Kill the Dead he tackled both a zombie plague and being Lucifer’s bodyguard.

Once again all is not right in L.A. Lucifer is back in Heaven, God is on vacation, and an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell.

Stark’s got to head back down to his old stomping grounds in Hell to rescue his long lost love, stop an insane serial killer, prevent both Good and Evil from completely destroying each other, and stop the demonic Kissi from ruining the party for everyone.

Even for Sandman Slim, that’s a tall order. And it’s only the beginning.

Source: Info in the About Aloha From Hell was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10439703-aloha-from-hell on 12/10/2013.

My Thoughts:

Here is a nice artist’s illustration of Sandman Slim by John McKenna. Although I think his left hand has more fingers in it than that crab-like pincers. He was pretty battered by the end of this book and he most likely kinda looked like that drawing. Speaking of which, maybe it is the violence. Or how the story is told. For whatever reason, I needed frequent breaks from this book. And that is why it took so long for me to read Aloha From Hell despite it being action after action all the way through. I don’t think it is the use of pop culture slang which slowed down the pace anymore because this being Book 3, I kind of gotten used to this author’s frequent use of pop culture slang even though I still don’t understand some of them, I just let it pass… On the bright side, this book, like all the books I’ve read in this series thus far, has a believable and wonderful world building which makes it very easy to suspend disbelief. That brought the rating of this book up a notch. It also has a solid plot with a well-structured story which I like in a book! By the end of Aloha From Hell, I became a Sandman Slim well-entrenched fan!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 1
Pace = 3
Plot = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Sandman Slim Series:

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Review: DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE

Book 1: DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE paperback (UK 2012)

Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor
Narrated by Khristine Hvam
Book 1 of the Daughter Of Smoke And Bone series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: paperback & audiobookAudiobook

About Daughter Of Smoke And Bone:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Source: Info in the About Daughter Of Smoke And Bone was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8490112-daughter-of-smoke-bone on 30/08/2013.


[Image Credit: Wes-Talbott]

Fav Quote:

“Never repent for your own goodness, child. To stay true in the face of evil is a feat of strength.”
(Brimstone [from the book: Daughter of Smoke And Bone. 2012] p.406)

My Thoughts:

Another take on the “War In Heaven” christian mythology. Another spin on a tired old tale. But I read it anyway… because there’s so much publicity about this book and I wanted to see for myself what the fuss was all about. And I do not have any aversion to the “angels and demons” mytho. And I’m glad that I did because the world building was beautiful even though it took ages for the author to get to it. And even though it was not very original, Laini Taylor managed to make it interesting. Kudos to her for achieving that in what is, by all rights, a congested playing field! However I wasn’t very fond of the way she told the story that almost always hints that Karou is stupid. What was that all about??! Well, I blame it on the story telling style rather than a character development flaw. And it is majorly annoying! And is the main reason why I stopped reading this series with this book even though I already got Book 2 in my TBR (to be read) shelf. Maybe for a more tolerant reader, this book would be a better and faster read, but it was too annoying. However what really clinched it for me is the cliffhanger ending. Sooo not fond of cliffhangers!

I like Khristine Hvam. The words are clear and I couldn’t hear any slurring. But she reads a little bit too flatly for my liking. Not much inflections to anger lines nor sad lines. But the words are clear so can’t give her a less than a 3. It’s not her fault that I find the author’s story telling style annoying.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 2
Character development = 3
Story itself = 3.5
Ending = 0.5
World building = 4
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = 2.5
Plot = 3.5
Narration = 3.5

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Daughter Of Smoke And Bone Series:

16/05/2014 Posted by | 3 cherries, angels, book review, Cherry's reviews, christian mythology, Daughter Of Smoke And Bone, Laini Taylor, review, urban fantasy, war in heaven | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: ARCHANGEL’S STORM

Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh
Book 5 of the Guild Hunter series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: paperback

 

About Archangel’s Storm:

With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha’s consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late.

Earning Neha’s trust comes at a price—Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.

With only their relentless hunt for a violent, intelligent killer to unite them, Jason and Mahiya embark on a quest that leads to a centuries-old nightmare… and to the dark storm of an unexpected passion that threatens to drench them both in blood.

Source: Info in the About Archangel’s Storm was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9738483-archangel-s-storm on 06/05/2013.

 

Review:

This being Book 5, I already know the style of this series, so to speak. So I was looking forward to reading this book even though I am not really a fan of Jason. From his appearances in previous books, he was alright I guess, but he didn’t exactly shine or inspire a reader to want to know more about him. He was very easily forgettable. Then all of a sudden we have him showcased in his very own book. Okey, fine. The author writes what she wants to write. As a fan of this author and of this series, I would still buy Jason from that point of view alone. Anyway, I went into this book wanting to like it and I found that I did liked it. But also found myself needing lots of breaks from the book. That came as a surprise for me because normally Nalini Singh‘s story telling quality grabs me by the throat and drags me into the story and don’t let go until the very last page. It made the pace of this book a bit longer than expected. Now, let’s talk about covers. I like the US cover. It is appropriate to the story and it pings my fantasy geek radar. The UK cover however is rather a bit too bland and doesn’t really suit the story. What is that cover all about?!! Just because the story got lots of angels in it doesn’t mean you can just slap an angel wing tattoo on to it and that’s that. As a marketing tool, it’s a miserable failure. Anyway, unsuitable cover or not, I still enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading the next book in this series!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 5
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = UK: 1.5 / US: 4.5
Pace = 3.5
Plot = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

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19/01/2014 Posted by | 4 cherries, angels, book review, Cherry's reviews, Guild Hunter series, Nalini Singh, review, urban fantasy, vampires | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: SUPERNATURAL Seasons 1-6

Supernatural
TV series starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
dvd box sets Seasons 1 to 6

Genre: urban fantasy

About Supernatural:

Supernatural is an American supernatural and horror television series created by Eric Kripke, which debuted on September 13, 2005 on The WB, and is now part of The CW’s lineup. Starring Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, the series follows the brothers as they hunt demons and other figures of the supernatural. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television, in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision. The current executive producers are Eric Kripke, McG, and Robert Singer; former executive producer Kim Manners died of lung cancer during production of the fourth season.[1]

The series, which is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, was in development for nearly ten years, as creator Kripke spent several years unsuccessfully pitching it. The pilot was viewed by an estimated 5.69 million viewers,[2] and the ratings of the first four episodes prompted The WB to pick up the series for a full season. Originally, Kripke planned the series for three seasons, but later expanded it to five. The fifth season began airing on September 10, 2009, and concluded the series’ main storyline;[3] however, The CW officially renewed the show for a sixth season on 16 February 2010.[4] On 26 April 2011, the show was renewed for a seventh season for the 2011–2012 season, which began on the 23rd September 2011.

Source: Info in the About Supernatural was taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supernatural_%28TV_series%29 on 31/10/2011.

Review:

The thing I don’t like about this series is that the season finale is almost always a cliffhanger! Except Season 5. I always thought that the season finale is the “climax episode” of the season, but no, not with Supernatural!! At least, or should I say… the best yet was Season 5. That one ended with a bang! My favouritest season of the Supernatural series ever!

I have a few nitpicking issues with the show that kinda drags the “suspension of disbelief” down a notch… Like, angels are suppose to be unable to feel… so why is Uriel so emotional?! Castiel on the other hand, I can understand… cool as a cucumber!

I can’t help but notice that Sam & Dean is like the Leandros brothers. So much so that it makes me wonder if the scriptwriters had read the Leandros books. Take this image of Cal Leandros for example… don’t you think some features are quiet similar to Sammy? Like, both have longish hair, both are younger brother, both adore big bro, both not quiet human, both angsty… If you are wondering what the Leandros series is, it is very similar to the Winchester brothers written by Rob Thurman. Or maybe I’ve been reading too many urban fantasy… I’m getting it all mixed up in my head.

And like I said that I am an urban fantasy geek and I really like this show! (By the way, this show can get addcitive. Be warned!) It got all the elements I love… angels, pagan gods mythology, fairies, vampires. What can I say? I am such a geek… I also like the way they incorporated the different mythological elements, angels, etc. logically into the plot which brings the suspension of disbelief up a couple of notches. Plus the cinematographic effects, specially of the supernatural creatures and the like, are so professionally done that it looks fab on the screen! So that by the time I finished watching Season 6, I wanted Season 7 straight away! Unfortunatedly this is another American show so I gotta wait until it gets available in the UK… like, so next year!!!

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Supernatural Trailer:

Books in the Cal Leandros series:

01/12/2011 Posted by | angels, Cherry's reviews, DVD box set, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, review, Supernatural, TV series review | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments