Review: A slice of Quietude by Sharon Cho

A slice of QuietudeDescription: The Quietude, a psychic realm accessible by only a select few, is Katriyana Pusabunthri’s secret for improving her deadly focus. It’s how she became a high level Midnight Slicer, an elite assassin. But when she meets Tristien Waef inside the Quietude, Kat knows she’s outmatched. Tristien, scarred from head to toe both physically and emotionally, displays unheard-of abilities inside the Quietude! In a rare move, Kat throws caution to the wind, and joins Tristien and her two friends: the battle-hardened Cela and the almost-famous bard Kinjara, in their travels. But will the Midnight Slicers allow Kat to shift allegiances? And can a budding relationship with Kat get Tristien to move beyond her traumatic past?

“Hey! This book ain’t about just that! That part’s only got you two,” interrupts Cela. “It’s about fightin’, drinkin’, and carousing’. You know, slicin’!” With one arm, the tall warrior slashes her two-handed sword through the air.”

Tristien sniffs, “Fighting and drinking isn’t going to sell the book. The more unique aspects will.”

“Presentation factors as well. A bard,” says Kinjara bowing. “The honor should thus drape across the bard’s shoulders.” Clearing her throat, she stands up, “Love and redemption,thrills with chills, devious deities along with myths of yore and lore build foundations upon which ‘A Slice of Quietude’ rises…”

Kat never looks up from sharpening her daggers.

Rating: dnf at 25%

Cover: It looks interesting.

Review: I really wanted to like this book. Lesbian assassin?! Sign me up! Yeah… sadly that part of the story wasn’t enough for me. Don’t get me wrong, the characters were well done – I especially liked how Tristien had scars on like every part of her body, but wasn’t the broody, human-hating woman like it is often done. Kinjara on the other hand… she has her quirks. But reading a sentence said by her was just exhausting to me (if you take a look at the description you can see what I mean. She’s like that all the time).

The writing itself just couldn’t hold my interest. And this story takes place in a whole new world, which is great, but there were so many unknown things, so I felt a lot of the time rather confused. Maybe a glossary would be helpful. One with information about titles and Peoples and… everything? I always like it more if this information is explained in the story itself, but… there has to be some sort of explanation.

It stood out to me how often a character’s full name was used. Usually it is used maybe once or twice (introductions aside), but in this book you have no chance of forgetting a character’s full name. So a lot of the time – especially if used at the beginning of a chapter – this made me feel like I started a new story.

Anyway, you really should check this book out yourself, because like I said it was the writing that made me file it under dnf and that’s really personal taste.

The author provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

You can buy and sample it here.

Five Books To Read If You Like J.R.R. Tolkien

As always this meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Go and take a look at their blog!

Yes, I know, I know. Tolkien is Tolkien and as far as I’m aware of, there is no one like him. BUT after my cousin gave me his copies of The Lord of the Rings quite a few years ago, I really got into fantasy (before I was reading mostly crime/thriller – appropriate reading material for an eleven year old…).

Anyway, find below books which are a little like dear Mr. Tolkien’s (some of them are inspired by his books, I think).


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Please don’t judge those books by their covers. The german ones are sometimes nicer to look at and I enjoyed reading those books back then. If you are interested in one or more, just click the cover and it will take you to goodreads.


Which books would you recommend if someone asked you for books like Tolkien’s?

Which book or author did you chose for this week’s theme?

Review: Chase the dark by Annette Marie

chase the darkDescription: Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are precisely three obstacles in her way.

The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive — and scary. Did she mention scary?

The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.

And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes.

Now she’s on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She’s dead on her own, but there’s no one she can trust — no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons… See problems one and two.

Rating: 2,5/5 Stars

Cover: It fits.

Review: The first thing I noticed was the writing style, which I really enjoyed. The characters? Not so much. Piper is your usual YA main character. She is really, really special, all the boys want her, she has drama in her family, she has to be constantly saved and she is not the sharpest knife in the drawer (no seriously, I’m not willing to call her naive, that’s too light for her). Her biggest dream is to become a consul. Why? We don’t know. Is a consul something she should do? No! Everything you have to be able to do as a consul, is something she is really bad at.

At first I thought the main character is the only female in the world. But later on a few other female characters are ‘introduced’, but of course they are all bad. Insert female hating, because you do find it in this book. As I said before Piper isn’t able to save herself. But later on in the book, she has to fight some daemons and wins. How? Why? The fighting parts (especially the ones where she’s winning) are really, really detailed. For me it was too much and yeah, a little boring.

Speaking of boring… the sexual tension seemed very forced and sometimes ridiculous. I can’t go into details because then I would spoiler you… but there are too many closets and if your life is currently in danger, you don’t salivate over someone’s body.

The world building on the other hand was interesting, although a few more details would be nice.

If you are interested you can buy or sample it here.

Review: Silk over Razor Blades by Ileandra Young

Silk over razor bladesDescription: Lenina Miller, ditsy and pampered bride to be, wants nothing more than to walk down the aisle in her scandalous red dress to the gasps and awed stares of friends and family. Her plans are shattered when a late night mugging not only scars her face and neck, but drops her in the centre of a frenzied police investigation to apprehend the attacker before he strikes again.

On the field of battle in 30 BC, Saar, son of Yafeu, sacrifices his life for his sovereign, Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt. Betrayed by the man he loves, forced to watch his country burn under Octavian’s hostile takeover, Saar’s agonising death appears to Lenina with all the lucid force of a true memory.

Two lives, separated by thousands of years, brought together through one night of violence.

Haunted by the memories of a man long dead, Lenina finds her body transforming, her appetites for food and flesh magnified to terrifying proportions. As the attentions of the investigating detective force her to choose between lust and love, Lenina also finds herself a target. The vampire who attacked her knows she survived and will stop at nothing to finish the job he started.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Cover: Not really nice to look at.

Review: This book has a slow beginning, even though or maybe because it takes place in two timelines. The often used short, abrupt sentences don’t help either. There were some mistakes as well, like no space between words.

The first main character is Lenina, who I couldn’t connect with at all. She rather irritated me, to be honest. She is sexually assaulted, sees her attacker on another day and still goes alone. Overall safety isn’t really on her mind. One of the cops who investigates her case on the other hand… That relationship didn’t sit well with me. And why is she so obsessed with his peppermint breath? I don’t know how often the reader reads about peppermint (a kindle search tells me 14 times).

The other main character’s timelines takes place in the past. And guess what? I didn’t like Saar as well. Mainly because I got the feeling like he didn’t treat his lovers well. Both are in love with him, but not with each other and still they have to deal with the fact that he is together with them both. That’s not really healthy. The way he handled being a vampire was the most interesting thing about this book, but not interesting enough to captivate me. I often found myself skipping lines.

The author provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

If you are interested, you can buy and sample it here.

The Ultimate Book Tag

Finally I’m able to do this. I was tagged by Jesse from Books at dawn. If you don’t know this blog, please take a look at it, you won’t regret it.


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Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Nope, never. As a child I was packed each summer in my parents’ car and then we drove for 6 to 8 hours to go camping. The first few hours I slept (we started our journey at 4am) but then I read nearly the whole drive, so… no problems at all. Lucky me.

Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

So, I have to think about this question. I’m not sure if there is one to be honest. I think not? I’ll hide in my corner of shame now…

Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter, Harry Potter, Harry Potter!

  • no romanticized abuse (even though the Snape story line is scary, because as a child I was fooled and thought like many others of him as the good guy)
  • It focusses on friendship
  • lots of different characters with different personalities and quirks

Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

Well, I’ve got a backpack I use often. There is at least my Kindle or a book in it (depends on what I’m reading at the moment), my mp3 player, keys, wallet, a water bottle if I remember to put it in it, lots of medications, smart phone, tissues, hm… I think that’s it.

Do you smell your books?

Me? Never. I have never picked up a book, moved it really close to my nose, inhaled deeply and thought “there needs to be a perfume of this scent”.

Who am I kidding…

Books with or without little illustrations.

Without. Of course a chapter title with a little illustration is nice to look at, but as soon as the page itself is illustrated (just has to be a corner), I am bothered by it. I do love maps at the beginning of a book, though.

What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

I really loved the books I own written by J.L. Langley. Later on – after I had read more LGBT books – I learned her writing isn’t the best, but still. I will read them again and probably like them as much. I’m not okay with the way the books get published though.

Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Not that I know of.

What is the tinniest book on your shelf?

Maybe A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood? I’m not sure but that one sure doesn’t have a lot of pages.

What is the thickest book on your shelf?

It’s A Storm Of Swords by George R. R. Martin. I’m sure a lot of bloggers answered the same.

Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

No. Of course I dream of it but I’m content in my role as a reader.

When did you get into reading?

My first year at school I HATED reading. I just didn’t get the hang of it. And then by the second year it made ‘click’ and I could read and I have never stopped since then.

What is your favorite classic book?

I can’t decide.

It’s either The Physicists by Friedrich Dürrenmatt or Krabat by Otfried Preußler. But if I had to decide I’d choose Krabat, since I have read it more often.

In school what was your best subject Language Arts/English?

I don’t even know what Language of Arts is supposed to be. I wasn’t teached this class(?). So English.

If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

All my friends and my family know that I read a lot. So usually I either give them a list of books they can gift me with or I get a gift coupon. But if the described situation would happen, I’d just say “sorry, I already own this book…” and since they know me, they wouldn’t trash the receipt until they’ve gotten my okay. But I’d never say “Ugh, how could you buy me such a shitty book” or something like that. It’s just rude.

What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Lesser known? Hm. Well, Battle Royale is a lot like The Hunger Games – or rather the other way around, since it’s been published before – but it’s no series. How about Trudi Canavan’s Black Magician series? I think you could say, if you like Harry Potter, you could give that one a try.

What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?

I’m sure there are a lot. How about not being really ‘out there’ in the social media world?

What is your favorite word?

I don’t have one…. but I like the ‘L’-sound? So probably a word starting with a L.

Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I’m not sure. Everything and nothing? But to give you an answer I took a look at this venn diagram and it tells me I may be something between a nerd and a dork?

Vampires or Fairies? Why?

I’m not really into Fairies. I’m not really into vampires, but I have read more interesting stories about Vampires.

Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

That’s a hard one. Shapeshifters are cool, but if you do a little more with Angels than just “good creatures of God” they can make an interesting story… Please don’t make me choose?

Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Spirits could be more interesting than Werewolves. But I haven’t read a good book where the main chara was a Spirit. I have read good books about Werewolves, so I’ll choose them. There is something about bonding and the things surrounding it that really gets me?

Zombies or Vampires? Why?

Vampires. Zombies are boring… They could be a little more interesting if done differently but a book with a Zombie main chara? I don’t know.

Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

I hate both. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a YA novel where I read in the description that it features forbidden love, so I’ll go with Love Triangle. I have read books with that. Mainly because you can’t escape this trope?

And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action with a little romance. I would be bored if I only read romance and the only things happening were romantic ones or relationship-y things.


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Things that need to stop – or at least decrease in appearance: Insta-Love

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I get it, I get it. Sometimes you meet a person for the first time and you feel some sort of connection. That’s not what I am talking about here. I mean the “we met yesterday and I will die if you ever leave me!” Hello? You don’t even know this person. Four weeks in a relationship and you’re marrying.. what?!

How about getting to know a person before talking about love? Really know them, of course. The good and the bad. You can crush on someone really fast but that is not love. So let’s call it a crush, huh?

To me insta-love is not only unrealistic, I don’t get it and I think it’s lazy writing. Boom, love! The author doesn’t have to write about the little signs, the anticipation, the development… maybe they can’t do it and that’s why the characters fall in love without any reason to? So not lazy writing, but no talent for romantic writing? (I’m being deliberately mean here, folks.) I want to understand why two (or more) people fall in love and I can only do that, if the book shows me how it happens. At best, it makes me feel it.

And please, please don’t confuse lust with love. Just because someone is sexy in your eyes doesn’t mean it’s undying love, okay?


Are you bothered by Insta-love? Or maybe you like it? If so, please feel free to tell me why. There is so much Insta-love in novels, there has to be a market for it…

Review: Mondo Bohemiano by Quentin J. Parker

Mondo BohemianoDescription: Is there life after having your heart destroyed? When ‘happily ever after’ crashes and burns?

In the shadow of losing the love of his life, one man attempts to salvage his soul. He is Nigel Q. Bunnytail. Twenty-something, artistic warrior prince, and sex fiend par excellence.
To accomplish this, he decides to leave behind the tainted trappings of his Philadelphia and his band of gifted friends, for the rustic charm of Spokane, Washington – and the white-haired therapist Sigrid Anderson, who can’t wait to either marry him or dissect him.
Whichever.

Mondo Bohemiano is a love and sex farce – sometimes funny, sometimes poignant – and maybe equally instructive on what to do as well as what to avoid.

Rating: dnf at 47%

Cover: It’s like the book, I’d say.

Review: The foreword was really great and I was excited to be able to read this book. Sadly the book itself is nothing like the foreword. The story had nice little touches like the mc sliding like a rock star into his bathroom but this couldn’t keep me reading. I just didn’t get into the story, part because of the strange writing style, part because of the following things.

Sometimes there was so many information it felt like info dumping (the part about the computer game for example).

He bought along his boombox, and the garish music he played through it made her want to open her wrists. ~kindle pos. 722-728

Is that supposed to be funny? It felt like it. It’s not.

I don’t know how many times I’ve read degrading female terms like bitch, slut or whore. But if I were to take a shot each time, I’d be drunk really fast.

The characters’ relationships were a little confusing to me and sometimes toxic.

Overall I felt a big question mark hovering over my head. This was no story for me, but maybe you have to be in this scene (is that even a scene? I don’t know), to get it and to like it.

If you are interested, you can buy and sample it here.

The author provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.