Book haul!

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A sneak peak, or not so sneak, of reviews you’ll be seeing soon on the blog! They are on my to read list after all.

First of all, the only three novels in this haul. These are the 3rd, 4th and 5th book in the Rosemary and Rue urban fantasy series. I LOVED the first two books so finally getting my hands on these is a time for awful, excited dancing.

Once again, I’m thankful to Holly Evans, who has an amazing blog, for introducing them to me.

An artificial night, Late eclipses, One salt sea by Seanan McGuire

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Just look how pretty this cover is. I think it’s my favourite in the series so far!

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Now to the mangas!

Bunny drop vol 1 by Yumi Unita

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This is about a 30 year old manchild who, after the death of his Grandfather, takes on his Grandfather’s lovechild.

It’s a really sweet manga. Although what do I know? I’ve only read volume 1. It could be murder and mayhem from hereon. And the cover is gorgeous. I may or may not have stroked it against my cheek a couple of times.

One piece 7, 8, 9 by Eiichito Oda

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I discovered this through the anime, though I didn’t watch much of it because I wanted to read the manga. I already have the first two 3 in 1 volumes which I’ll be doing a re-read of.

This is basically about pirates who gain powers by eating a fruit, the name of which I’ve forgotten. Octopus has great hopes of becoming a pirate one day too.

Naruto vol 1, 2, 3 by Masashi Kishimoto

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Seriously, all these gorgeous covers! This is one of the first manga’s I’ll be reading where I haven’t discovered it through watching the anime. I’m pretty even non-manga readers will have heard of Naruto.

Death note vol 1, 2 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

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Another one that will be completely new to me. Apparently this has notebooks in it, which was enough to get my attention because they are my addiction. But these so called notebooks also kill people? ha ha ha…MWHAHAHA!

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Look at those pretty black page edges. ❤ ❤ ❤


Alright and that concludes the book haul. Can’t wait to get reading! \o/ I plan on doing a manga vs anime post series, but I want to get further into my chosen manga’s first.

All the crocheted items in the pictures can be found on my other blog or my etsy.

What books have you bought recently? Read any of these? Going to?

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Mudman by James A. Hunter book review

Note: This is a spoiler free review!

I requested, (and received), an e-copy of this from netgalley. (My first netgalley review! Whoop! Whoop!)

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Levi Adams is a soft spoken, middle-aged Mennonite man—at least he tries to be when he’s not murdering people.

Levi’s a golem, a Mudman, crafted from the muck, mire, and corpses of a World War II concentration camp—killing is just a part of his DNA. He doesn’t like it, but unfortunately he’s been saddled with a divine commission to dole out judgment on those who shed innocent blood. After seventy years as a cold-blooded murder machine, however, Levi’s trying to change his grisly nature. And the AA meetings and church services are helping. A little. But when he runs across a wounded girl, Sally Ryder, during one of his “hunting expeditions,” he realizes self-help may have to go on the back burner.

(I’ve actually left the last part of the blurb out because I feel it’s a bit spoilery.)

Initial thoughts

I really liked the premise of this book and, honestly, I sense that there may not be romance in it. I was in a very, ‘I do not want to read a book with a love interest’ mood when I picked this up.

Writing

I liked the writing. It moved with good pace and balanced action with explinations…when in Levi’s POV. There are two POVs. Levi’s and Sally’s. I wasn’t a fan of Sally’s POV. I had to grit my teeth between them, because then everything dragged. Luckily, it doesn’t happen often. 

The action scenes were brilliant, but they were just a smidge too long. If they were shortened a little I think the pace of this book would be top marks.

Plot

The plot is great. You’re immediately hooked by the mystery and it keeps feeding you little bits to keep you that way. It was incredibly enjoyable. The world is interesting too and I feel we’ve only scraped the surface. (And I need more of Levi!)

Characters

Levi is a fab character. I loved him to pieces. He was so different from the usual hero types and he’s an incredibly complex, but also simple character. (Yes, I make a lot sense.)

Sally…*Sigh* I don’t like her. I understand her character and she is a good character to a point, but she’s just meh for me. (This may be why I disliked being in her POV as well.) I feel she acted in stupid ways on certain occasions that were supposed to make her look like a badass, strong female and just had me rolling my eyes. 

Overall thoughts

Amazing, different kind of, main character with a well thought plot and world. Sally dragged the experience down for me, but many people may, and probably will, love her. 

It dragged a tiny smidge in places. The author’s hasn’t quite got a handle on the lull between action scenes, but it wasn’t a major thing. A great urban fantasy novel. Finger’s crossed there’s more!


Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes

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Infernal ties by Holly Evans book review

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The Hawke twins are hunters. They keep the supernal community of Prague in line, and they’re good at it. The witches whisper their names when something goes bump in the night, and the lycans tell stories of them to make their cubs behave. When Quin doesn’t come home after what should have been a quick rogue-disposal, Evie begins to worry.

Evelyn Hawke is a force to be reckoned with. Nothing and no one will stop her from getting her twin back. She’ll do whatever it takes, even dive into the supernal world and work with those she despises to find Quin and dig him out of the very large hole he’s got himself into.

Little does she know the far-reaching consequences of her actions.

Initial thoughts

I follow Holly Evan’s blog so have been watching her progress in readying to publish her books. I have read snippets of her writing that she shared, all unedited, all mouthwatering. I was excited to read this!

Writing

The writing is brilliant. The action and description pieces are the best of the lot, though I would’ve liked a bit more dialogue. I felt as if I was in Prague. (And I really want to try a pastry now!)

Plot

The plot was intriguing, several thing were foreshadows for the next book that I need to know! There were a few thing I would’ve liked expanded on. How the supernatural community fit in with the normal humans, the rules as it were. How The Hawke twins fit in to become Hunters.

Characters

I love the alchemist. Full stop. We’re done. Bye bye. Also his assistant.

Evie herself is brilliantly bad-ass. I actually felt sorry for some of the supernatural creatures who got in her way when she was on the warpath. I would’ve liked to known a bit more of the reasons why she felt the way she did concerning magic and the supernatural beings.

Overall thoughts

 It was a quick read, written well. My favourites were the description of Prague itself and just the description overall, there’s some many great one liners that had me smiling. I would’ve liked to learn more explanation and not as much fight scenes, but that just means I’ll have to read the next one to find out!

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this Author again? Yes

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A local habitation by Seanan McGuire book review

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Initial thoughts

I’d read and loved the first book in the series so I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this one. There was so many plot elements hinting for future books that it left me salivating. 

Writing

The writing is simple and straight forward which I prefer. I like the description, but I don’t like it when it’s flowery and too metaphorical with lots of subtext. It’s easy to visualize what’s mentioned. 

Plot

This is where I was let down a little. The plot felt very narrow and there wasn’t much happening besides the main plot, unlike the first book which weaved little extras in brilliantly. It was very isolated too, taking place all in one place. I also felt that hints about the mysteries could have been weaved in better.

Characters

There were some potentially brilliant characters in this, but I felt I didn’t get the chance to get to know them. It didn’t go very in-depth which made me struggle to care for them. They read like one book characters. Whereas characters we know from the previous book were a bit better.

Overall thoughts

It’s not as good as the first one, but I still enjoyed it. I catch myself thinking about the regular cast and thinking up what paths they’ll take. Who I like, who I don’t like and what I want to see happen. I know that’s how I’m hooked. It was a good quick read and I can’t wait to read the next one. 

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this Author again? Yes

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Storm front by Jim Butcher book review

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Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out that ‘everyday’ world is full of strange and magical things – and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in.

Harry is the best at what he does – and not just because he’s the only one who does it. So whenever the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal capabilities, they look to him for answers. But business isn’t just slow, it stinks.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get . . . interesting.

MAGIC – IT CAN GET A GUY KILLED.

This is the first book in the Dresden files series. I did a buddy read of this with the fab Holly Evans!

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I was really excited to read this book. I’d heard it highly praised through the bookish community, and, more so because they were by people who loved books that I loved.

1. writing

The writing is excellent. It’s in first person which is typical of the genre and it, thankfully, doesn’t head hop. The imagery is simple and well written, not bogging you down in details or info dumping.

1. Plot

I found the plot a little weak. It seems as if the ‘rules’ of the supernatural have been made up as it has been written. I didn’t get enough of the supernatural side of the story. It seemed to be in the background.

The foreshadowing of events was pretty weak and I never had any, AH, that’s why that happened moments. I didn’t really get a chance to hypothesize who did it. It was very simplistic, so simplistic, that I was surprised by the reveal because I’d dismissed it for being too obvious.

It seems as if things are too neatly wrapped up at the end, forced, not leaving enough to have you salivating for the next book.

1. char

I loved nearly ALL the characters except one…which happened to be our main character Harry Dresden. I believe this is just a matter of taste. The kind of character he is niggles at me and I found myself irritated by him.

And as for the other characters, I was really disappointed. They’d be introduced and I’d be all excited about them and then we either, didn’t see them again at all or much and their roles were incredibly minor. I’m sure some will have roles in future books, but it didn’t sit right in this book.

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My first reaction after finishing it was disappointment. After hearing so much praise, I think my expectations were high and I was expecting something a little different.

Despite my many issues with this book, the writing is very well done and I enjoyed it enough that I’ll be trying the next book. This book will only have been worth reading if the next one is good. On its own, it wasn’t.

Was it worth the read? No

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this author again? Yes

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Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire book review

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I want to apologize in advance for the amount of fangirling that’s about to happen…even though I’m not the least bit sorry, but, hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?

I was recommended this book by Holly Evans @ Chaos fox writing. Urban fantasy was not a genre I’d ever explored and so I had no idea what books to try. Thankfully, Holly didn’t steer my wrong.

I loved this book. This is pretty much all I have to say. Yep…*Awkward silence*.

*Cough* Anyway, this is the first book in the Daye series. October ‘Toby’ Daye is our protagonist and I LOVE her. She is so bad ass. She’s such a well rounded character. Yes, she kicks ass, but she also has her flaws which is great. I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed following Toby through her adventures.

All of the characters were brilliant. They have their own personalities and angendas. None are there just for the sake of being there.

And the world. I loved it. (The word love(d) is probably going to show up a lot in this review.) It has a specific set of rules and not once did the Author break the rules because it would have been easier for the story or character or whatever reason.

It’s hard to stick to the rules of the fantasy world you’ve created. I’ve read books where Author breaks their own rules and it always ruined it for me.

The mystery of this book wasn’t hard to figure out, but it was enjoyable to know which direction it was going in and being satisfied that I was right.

The best thing this book does though, is to introduce plot strands that are obviously going to be explored in the future books. I am chomping at the bit to read the next one. I will devour that book as soon as I get my hands on it.

This is just one of those books that I’ve fallen in love with. It’s such an ‘easy read’ too. I finished it within a day. If you’re looking to explore urban fantasy and want to do it with a kick ass female then read this.

To sum up, Brilliant characters, Brilliant world, Brilliant writing

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this Author again? Yes

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