vendredi 5 décembre 2014

Angel’s Wolf ( Guild Hunter 3.5) by Nalini Singh

 Hi to all,

 Friday already..... less than 20 days before Christmas so even less before i must send the package, the stress is becoming stronger so really reading has been put aside for a time ( i need to send the majority on Tuesday so after that reading should become accessible again)

So while i still have to wait for more reading, i enjoy crafting for friends as well but it does not mean i will be completely silent here either. Today i'm sharing with you the last novella from the Angel's flight anthology by Nalini Singh ( also available as an ebook)

Happy Reading!
Publisher: Berkley
Publication: 2012
ISBN:  0373277210
Genre: paranormal romance
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: mild
Public: 18+
Source: gifted

Short description from goodreads :

 Warrior angels, vampire hunters, and angels gone bad heat up this altogether sizzling paranormal alternate universe, from the bestselling author Nalini Singh.

Angels' Wolf is a tale of flirtation and danger set in the Guild Hunter world. Noel has been promoted, but in the Guild Hunter world that's not always as positive as it sounds. And now that he's working with the beautiful, dangerous, seductive Nimra there are a whole host of new risks he has to contend with . . .


Nimra is drawn to the mysterious Noel, sent to her by an angel, defiant and intense and oh-so-intriguing. Is their an alliance to be forged between them, or is it a matter of time before one of them becomes the others prey . .



My opinion:
          Nalini Singh really manages to give us what we want even if we don’t know it. After reading Archangel’s Kiss, book 2 of the main series my heart went to Noel and I did wonder what would happen of him but caught in the story I put that worry aside so what a good surprise it was to discover that this novella focused on him after those events!

Really it was a good story, I can imagine that after suffering like he did Noel would feel less of himself but I was a tad bothered he doubted Raphael…. He can seem cruel but he never acts without reason which made me wonder if he planned everything as I don’t know exactly  how he interact with Nimra yet ( this come after book 3 and I haven’t read it yet). 

Nimra is an interesting angel, powerful enough to hold Louisinia for Raphael but still quite humane, I loved her relationship with Fen and how she cared for her pets. … It also made me quite curious after having read the opinion of Noel on her which differs so much from what we discover.
She understands Noel easily and doesn’t try to make him change which I really appreciate from her (she is becoming one of my favourite angels)

The plot wasn’t too difficult to understand, the culprit(s) easily found but  this story focused more on the romance and relationship between the characters so it wasn’t really a problem. I hated that pets suffered and worse but the author made it so we could really feel the pain of Nimra.

 All together it was enjoyable novella, not my favourite but well written and fitting the series as a whole. To recommend ( in the anthology Angel flight so you get a bunch of them together^^)

Score:  4/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


Some Winners

Hello to all,

 So my giveaway for handmade jewelery at the occasion of the release of Deadly Calm and Deep by Suzanne Johnson ended earlier this week.  I had not as many entries as i hoped but i decided that since christmas was near to still select a second winner.

Results are ( you can check the rafflecopter) 

Kat who won the Bracelet 
and 
Callie who won the Ring

Both winners have been contacted and answered so their package are on the way already.

 Thank you to all who entered!

dimanche 30 novembre 2014

Great International giveaway: win a box of BOOKS

 hello again,

                   New little break from crafting to share another wonderful news with you! After the free book, now it's an international giveaway open for 3 days only with as prize one of 6 boxs of books!


Katrina from Kindred Dreamheart is moving and she sadly can't take all her books with her so she is hosting a giveaways for  6 boxes of books!.... BOX of BOOKS.. do you know how so little giveaways of that quality are open to international?  really this is rare because of the shipping fee but Katrina generously is opening this contest to all so don't hesitate to enter. You only have to download a free mobile application for her eshop ( she is a talented fashion designer believe me!!) so if you have the mobile needed for that hurry it's only open for 3 days as they need to leave before the movers come!

You can see all the books here but which ones are in which books that will stay a surprise ( little Christmas gift in advance).

So a little thank you for Katrina and her generosity and ENTER, nothing to loose, all to gain!

Good Luck to all of you!

Spotlight: Tales of the Demimonde by Ask Krafton is FREE today only

Hello to all,

 I'm still completely immersed in my crafting  but so far i think i'm on track with one package already on its way to it's lucky receiver. Now that i'm taking ten minutes break i want to share with you a little about what is offered on the blogosphere at the moment.

To start with The Tales of The Demimonde by Ash Krafton which is exceptionally fre for TODAY only so hurry and grab it. If you have not read the series , like me it's on my wishlist and really want to read it one day, you can still get the ebook as it can be a good introduction to the series.
If you have read the series this is just a wonderful bonus to get more of characters you have come to love.

here is what Ash told us on her blog about Tales of  the DemiMonde:

"Tales of the Demimonde is a collection of short works based on the urban fantasy trilogy, The Books of The Demimonde. Follow the saga of Sophie Galen, who is saving the world, one damned person at a time. The advice columnist-turned-oracle must save her Demivampire lover from the fate that threatens each of his race: evolution and the destruction of his soul. Learn more about the Demimonde when you read BLEEDING HEARTS, BLOOD RUSH, and WOLF’S BANE available from the publisher Pink Narcissus Press (www.pinknarc.com) as well as many online book retailers.

Now, all the Demimonde companion pieces can be found in one collection, along with never-before-seen material.

You'll find the short stories "Scent of Hope", "The Blood Countess Chronicle", and "The Horus Bird"... along with the unreleased lyrics by Turn of the Wheel to "Ocean's Daughter". Read Sophie's musings on Sunfall and a dissertation on the preservation of Demivampirekind by Marek Thurzo. Also included are several behind-the-scenes articles on the Demimonde books as well as excerpts from BLEEDING HEARTS "


 Now don't hesitate and grab it today while it's FREE you have nothing to loose and you can discover a great series




Happy Reading!


 Tell me do you know this series? Have you read it yet?



lundi 24 novembre 2014

Mist (Midgard 1) by Susan Krinard

Hello to all!

 i'm  so immersed in my crafting in hope to finish on time to send the pakages before Christmas rush that i completely forgot to post this last week^^;; I really need to find a way to be on track and not forget  the rest around me but it won't be for long anymore^^;; after all Christmas is in one month now.

If you haven't entered the giveaway for handmade jewellery you still have time to do so but don't delay. it's Here

Back to the book topic,  i love mythology and the Norse one is among my favourite so when i discovered this book i had to read it ^^ and for the fan of Loki... this series is highly promising^^
so  here is my opinion on Mist!

Publisher: Tor Books
Publication: 2013
ISBN:  0765332086
Genre: urban fantasy, mythology, Magic
Violence: strong

Language: mild
sex: none ( allusion)
Public: 18+
Source: won
 


Short description from goodreads :

 Centuries ago, all was lost in the Last Battle when the Norse gods and goddesses went to war. The elves, the giants, and the gods and goddesses themselves were all destroyed, leaving the Valkyrie Mist one of the only survivors.

Or so she thought.

When a snowy winter descends upon modern-day San Francisco in June, Mist’s quiet existence starts to feel all too familiar. In quick succession, Mist is attacked by a frost giant in a public park and runs into an elf disguised as a homeless person on the streets…and then the man Mist believed was her mortal boyfriend reveals himself to be the trickster god, Loki, alive and well after all these years.

Loki has big plans for the modern world, and he’s been hanging around Mist for access to a staff that once belonged to the great god Odin. Mist is certain of one thing: Loki must be stopped if there is to be any hope for Earth. But the fight is even bigger than she knows….


Because Loki wasn’t the only god to survive.

My opinion:
          I’m under the charm of this series! If you love Norse mythology this is really a must because the author stays really true to it while managing to put it in a modern setting helping those of us who are new to this mythology. I’m sure it could become a excellent urban fantasy!

Now let see deeper into the story and what I think. Mist is a valkyrie, for new to Norse mythology thinks soul collector mixed with warrior. Mist and others were given the task to protect the Treasures, the weapons and magical artefacts of their gods, and send to Midgard ( our world).
She did not understand Odin’s decision and even feels betrayed in some way because in Norse Mythology you see there is the idea that the world we end, that the gods are going to die. Yes it’s quite a harsh mythology in fact ( so different from the roman or greek one) which fitted the environment in which it took place. Also in that mythology, goddesses and women are quite equal to men, all can fight for example .  …So for Mist it was normal to take place in the last battle even it was meant to fail. Finding herself on earth with the idea that all she knew is destroyed don’t leave her unchanged.

Mist is really a warrior at heart and she can’t stand to see others suffering without acting so when we discover her she is trying to save people from the Nazi in Norvegia. However, her doubt can leads to some problem and actions that could makes her “superiors” angry….When the situation becomes a disaster,  Mist takes all the responsibilities and the guilt.

Back to present time, Mist is still what she is, and not aging, but she has put her magic aside from the guilt but also to try starting a normal life ( and not feel so betrayed). Sadly for her, she was mistaken and the old world hasn’t been destroyed, Rakgnarok didn’t happen… all what simply put in stand-by….and Loki is one
of the first to reach Midgard and true to his reputation he is causing havocs with the help of the frost giants that serves him….
The treasures take a new signification and an importance not imagined but first, Mist must collect them while gathering allies and preventing Loki to win… more responsibilities for one who didn’t want to be a leader.

So Mist is really a character you can come to love as her courage and loyalty are strong… oh yes you can want to shake her for her naivety too^^ but she is really good at heart which is proved by the fact she hates the simple idea of manipulating someone. Even Dainn the elf is a interesting character ( I had forgotten about him in the mythology^^;;) , he is in a dangerous position but he making choices and he does know a lot about the different kind of Magic and teaching Mist.

Now… what would probably interest more some of you: Loki. He is completely himself, I mean he is the trickster so he cannot not to play tricks and of course some of them are cruel…. But does Loki is cruel? That remain to be seen, he isn’t good for sure. Strangely the one I despite the most in this case is Freya but I can’t tell you more about the reason f I want to avoid spoilers.

 The rhythm is really well chosen and we keep learning more about Mist, about the gods and the rest so even if a moment has less action it’s important for the rest of the story. I was completely immersed in it and I do want to check back some legend to see if I can learn more about Valik for example or Dainn  because yes Susan Krinard makes you want more.


For those who hate cliffhanger, there is not one. Of course it’s the first book in the series so nothing is finished, each is gathering their strengths and allies but it doesn’t leave you hanging on  wondering is one of the character is alive or dying or anything like that. No you will just want more but in a safe way^^ ( and thankfully for the impatient one, book 2 is already released ( I want!!))



Score:  4,5/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


Challenges:

vendredi 14 novembre 2014

How to Date a Dragon ( Flirting with Fangs trilogy 2) by Ashlyn Chase

Hello!

              I'm so late posting this week, i'm sorry but i'm starting to get stressed over the idea of not being ready for christmas. I love making handmade gift , really, it's a pleasure to create something with a special person in mind and put all our heart in it but it's something that takes time. Since a lot of those i want to send something are oversea i must be ready early, very early december ....so2week to finish all my ideas....

As you can imagine that affect my reading time... either i  take a break from reading or i read short novella or i read bits from time to time between hiours of crafting.... honestly i'm not sure yet what solution would be the best because i do want to read but i also want top finish what i started!

Lucky you i did manage to read a little so far and i must sayi had the perfect book for the time of the year and lack of reading time so i'm happy to introduce you to "How to Date a Dragon"

happy reading ( and remember you can enter a contest to won handmade jewellery here^^ )
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication: 2013
ISBN:  1402275722
Genre: paranormal romance
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: mild
Public: 18+
Source: won
 


Short description from goodreads :

 Let the Sparks Fly

Bliss Russo thought nothing exciting ever happened in her life. Until her building caught on fire, and she had to be carried out of the flames in the arms of a gorgeous fireman. Sure, her apartment is now in shambles, and she'll have to start her huge work project completely from scratch. But at least her love life is finally looking up…if only she can find her red-hot rescuer again.


Dragon shapeshifter Drake Cameron is the last of his clan, and the loneliness is starting to claw at him. He's met only one woman who might be able to stand the shock of his true nature. After all, she barely batted an eyelash when her home burned down. And feeling her curves against him was just as hot as the inferno. Just when he thinks he'll never track her down, she walks into his firehouse—with no idea what she's about to get herself into…

My opinion:
          Book 1 “ Flirting under the new moon” was a pleasant read so when I learned that book 2 will focus on dragon I had to try it. I’m happy I did,  it was not an exceptional book but it was the perfect one at the time.
There are some books I get so immersed in it I can’t stop until I finish reading them to the last page… other I don’t like and thus it takes me forever to finish them because I don’t want to give up but I’m not interested. “ How to Date a Dragon” was quite in between…. It was interesting enough that you want to finish it and you do enjoy reading but the plot and writing did not pull me into the story so that I could not take breaks I needed too…. But the author managed so well that even if you stop for a few hours or several days you can start from where you stopped without feeling like you missed something. It was a little like a tv show you need to wait the next episodes but without cliffhanger, stress etc…

I did enjoy this book more than the first one as well, it was a agreeable easy reads perfect for when you are busy or unwell but still want to change your mind with a good book. I appreciated to see a new god” Vulcain” and to see him interact with the characters for once. Honestly I stuill don’t like Gaia… I don’t know I envision her as maternal, kind and protective not like this vindictive b****( Yes  nature can be hard but deep down it’s fair)…the way she acted with dragons  disappointed me to say the least.
Because yes if you imagined you were going to read about dragon, flying in all their glory^^ forget it

Drake is a character I love, responsible, loyal and honest all while being very alpha and protective. He is also quite adaptable and can keep his calm when needed (useful for a firefighter). I loved how he was thinking of Bliss and trying to make her happy while still respecting her independence.
Bliss… I did not like her so much… she is snarky, intelligent but she can think of herself too much and put other in danger while doing so….for example  her choice did not agree with me ( she forgot her decision would affect Drake as well). She is quite determined though ( a good point)


 The romance is well told and I loved to have some feedback about the character we met in book 1. The rhythm of the book is regular and the plot interesting while still predictable so you don’t get headache but can enjoy the ride at the pace you want.

It’s not my favourite series at all but I would be happy to read book 3 in the future when I need a light read again.

Score:  3/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


Challenges:

mardi 4 novembre 2014

Deadly, Calm, and Cold: Preorder giveaway! Win some handmade jewellery ( INT)

Hello to all!

 As book lover you know that there are some authors we would move the world  for to get the next book or to meet them...

Honestly as a blogger i don't know a lot of them yet but i'm quite a loyal reader so this time i decided to give back to an author for the kindness she showed me when she accepted to send me a copy of her book to review some years ago.

 If you follow the blog you know i love Suzanne Johnson series no matter if it's the Sentinel of New Orleans series or the ones she writes as Susannah Sandling The penton legacy or the Collectors.

On the 2nd december the second book of The Collectors series  " Deadly , Calm and Cold" will be released  and if you love comptemporary Thriller romance, story with  suspense you should not miss this one.

Book 1"Lovely, Dark and Deep" was first released as a serial before being available in paperback, this time the publisher went straight for the paperback format( and as addictive her writting is that's good news). You can see my review of it Here

However the time are hard and publishers can decide to stop series if it does not reach their expectations, no matter the quality. To avoid that happening to this series, the  pre orders will be extra important, so let show the publishers we need this series to continue!!

Pre order links:


The Kindle link for Amazon.com/US: 

The Kindle link for the UK:

For France:

For Germany:


To motivate some of you to give up and pre order already i decided to offer some jewellery i've made related to this book ( thus the blue^^). So far you can win either a ring or a bracelet ( sorry for the bad pictures) but if a lot of people enter i would be happy to create some more to add as prize so don't hesitate and participate. Let show Suzanne/ Susannah  how much we love her writing!

Condition: If less than 100 participants: 1 prize, if 100  2 winners ( one for ring, one for bracelet),  if a lot more more prize will be added. First winner gets first pick.  In case a gentleman were to win and have no care for  jewellery, i could try to make him a bookmark instead
Open to all until the release day ( december 2nd)




a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck to all and thank you a lot for spreading the word! If you have any question don't hesitate!