Sunday, June 23

Audiobook Review: Winter Lost by Patricia Briggs


Author: Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Lorelei King
Title: Winter Lost
Series: Mercy Thompson #14
Genre: UF, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Format: Audiobook
Published: June 18, 2024
Where I got It: Audible

Summary: 
In the supernatural realms, there are creatures who belong to winter. I am not one of them. But like the coyote I can become at will, I am adaptable.

My name is Mercy Thompson Hauptman, and my mate, Adam, is the werewolf who leads the Columbia Basin Pack, the pack charged with keeping the people who live and work in the Tri-Cities of Washington State safe. It’s a hard job, and it doesn’t leave much room for side quests. Which is why when I needed to travel to Montana to help my brother, I intended to go by myself.

But I’m not alone anymore.

Together, Adam and I find ourselves trapped with strangers in a lodge in the heart of the wilderness, in the teeth of a storm of legendary power, only to discover my brother’s issues are a tiny part of a problem much bigger than we could have imagined. Arcane and ancient magics are at work that could, unless we are very careful, bring about the end of the world. . . .

Review:
Literally pre-ordered this bad boy because after the last book I HAD to read the next one!!! Plus...that cover? Def a contender for Cover of the Year. 

So we continue with Mercy's story. Her and her mate, Adam, are called to head to a lodge in the wilderness to figure out what is wrong with Mercy's brother. They soon discover that his issue is just a tiny part of the problem. Arcane and ancient magics are at work and if things are not solved....it could bring about the end of the world. 

Can I just say.....I LOVED this story. Honestly....it might've ended up in my top 3 of the series. It was so good and I didn't want to stop listening. Yes, yes, I did the narrator because I literally couldn't resist. The narrator really makes the story even better. 

Poor Mercy is dealing with the endings of the last book and Adam feels helpless. Ugh, I just feel so bad for Mercy. She needs to talk to a therapist. The poor girl has been through so much in the last few books. She def has some stuff to work through. 

I loved all the interludes. They were fun and added a little something extra-extra to the story. We got to see POVs we never see. Loved it!

The ending was good but you just know there is a storm heading for them all. AKA Bonarata is looming over all. Honestly? I can't wait for them to be rid of that a-hole. He's a problem. 

I don't want to giveaway any spoilers, but I truly enjoyed this. So much freakin' fun. 

5 stars from me


ONE WORD SUMMARY: Chilling






Challenge(s):
- Audiobook #27


Wednesday, June 19

Movie Review: Victoria & Abdul (2017)


Title:
Victoria & Abdul
Length: 1 hr, 51 mins
Released: 2017
Genre:  Biography, Drama 
Rating: PG-13
Where I Got It: Netflix



SUMMARY:
Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.



REVIEW:
Been meaning to watch this for forever. I had it on my To-Watch list for years methinks. I needed something different and...light. So here we go. 

This is the story of Victoria and Abdul. They strike up unlikely friendship. Victoria is queen of the British Empire and Empress of India. Abdul is poor Indian clerk who was selected to present the queen a ceremonial coin. 

This was very sweet. Victoria was so ready to just die. Enter in the adorable and kind Abdul to give her a 2nd wind in life. He was happy to impart some knowledge and become her teacher. Simply loved their innocent friendship. 

Bertie and the majority of the staff were gigantic babies and fools. So jealous. So racist. 

I did end up adoring Mohammed! His speech to Bertie and the others had me cheering. Good on you friend. 

The cast was fantastic. The script great. The story fun.

Oooh that ending. It had me in tears. 

All-in-all, I really adored this movie. I loved learning about Abdul and seeing their friendship grow. Def 100% recommend it. 5 stars from me. 


ONE WORD SUMMARY: Charming






Tuesday, June 18

Audiobook Review: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews


Author: Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renee Raudman
Title: Magic Binds
Series: Kate Daniels #9
Genre: UF, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Format: Audiobook
Published: September 20, 2016
Where I got It: Audible

Summary: 
Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…


Review:
After finishing the last one, I couldn't resist getting started on this bad boy. I even used an audible credit to get this one since it was not available at all at my library.

Kate is on the verge getting married to Curran. However, there is an obstacle that could ruin everything. After Kate's father, Roland, has kidnapped Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A witch informs Kate that if she marries Curran Atlanta will burn and he will die. The only person who can help is someone who is long dead. The odds are impossible and the future is uncertain. Kate loves her city, Curran, and her friends/family...she will do whatever it takes to save everyone. 

This one was so good. I didn't want to stop listening. How is everything going to be solved? How is everything going to be fixed?

Why do I kinda like Roland? He's a monster and wants everything for himself, but I'm having complex feelings for him like Kate. He does love her, but he wants to control her and her be his 2nd in command. I get why he wants to take over everyone and everything because he wants to bring peace and beauty BUT he is a monster and has no mercy. Sighs. 

I was pleasantly surprised we got to see a certain someone "return" from the dead for a bit. 

This ending has me needing the next book darn it! *shakes fist*

Ooo and the narration is amazing. The book/ebook is all fine and dandy, but there is something about this narrator that just makes the story great. 

Def a good one in the series. 5 stars from me. 


ONE WORD SUMMARY: Intense


Challenge(s):
- Audiobook #26


Monday, June 17

Blodeuedd's Review: Mr Dary's Matchmaker by Summer Hanford


By: Summer Hanford

Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart

Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins

Published: June 11th 2024 by Tantor Audio

Pride and prejudice variation /to review




This was Anne´s book and she is very misunderstood, but here she shows her clear colors. She is trying to be meek for her mother, but her mind is plotting.

Darcy was, well, he really is proud, and so is Lizzy. This book shows some of their worst qualities and hey they belong together. They are good people, they just need to stop and care for others too.

I really like how Kitty comes across here and her romance made me all awwww.

And Anne finally finds someone to care for too.

The unlikable are still Miss Bingley and Mrs De Bourgh. Ugh, horrible people.

A fun variation where Anne takes control over the destiny.

And narrated by the fantastic Ruth Urqhart. She is awesome and I always enjoy her books






When the woman he loves refuses him, Darcy will get help winning her back . . . whether he wants it or not.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a great many things. Wealthy. Handsome. Respectable. But what he is not, is skilled at charming Elizabeth Bennet. When she refuses his offer of marriage and breaks his heart, an organ she doesn’t believe he possesses, he has no notion of how to win her back.

Fortunately for him, his scheming relation, Miss Anne de Bourgh, is more than willing to help. It doesn’t matter to Anne that Darcy doesn’t want her assistance. She learned from the best, namely her mother, that people don’t know what’s good for them until you tell them.

Mr. Darcy’s Matchmaker is a sweet, lighthearted Pride & Prejudice Variation. Read on to discover if Miss de Bourgh can help Mr. Darcy win the woman he loves, and how much trouble she’ll cause trying.