Monday, September 21

Blodeuedd's Monday Review: The Call by Peadar O'Guilin

Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scent and the hunt has already begun.

Could you survive the Call?

Hardcover, US Edition, 312 pages

Published August 30th 2016 by Scholastic

Series: Grey Land #1

Horror Dystopia YA

I liked this. It was not like the bleak US dystopia books where everything is shiny and bleak. Now, shit here was bleak.

The Sidhe came back and locked in Ireland from the rest of the world. Nothing comes in, nothing goes out. They are running out of things. And then there is the Call, when every teenager gets dragged into the Grey Lands to be hunted for sport. These days 1 in 10 make it out alive.

Yeah, I liked the darkness, the Sidhe were vicious and angry. They wanted back into our world, that they had first.

And yes there was the whole school thing, so that some would survive everyone is sent to school to learn how to make it out. And yes there is the guy that thinks he is all that and goes a bit power hungry, but every school needs an asshole.

And then there is Nessa, Ireland went to hell and she got polio. Her odds are not good, but dang that girl was cool. She trained in every way she could.

I liked it and I did not want to put it down.

Sunday, September 20

Audiobook Review: Seduce Me in Dreams by Jacquelyn Frank

Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Narrator: Coleen Marlo
Title: Seduce Me in Dreams
(Three Worlds #1)
Genre: SciFi, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Published: March 1st 2011
Where I got It: My shelf (audible)

Summary: Dark. Mysterious. Sensual. When Bronse Chapel, the commander of a specialized unit of the Interplanetary Militia, begins to dream about a beautiful and exotic brunette, he wants to dismiss it as being induced by lack of sleep ... or perhaps lack of sex. But his instincts tell him it's something different, something far more dangerous.
Ravenna is the leader of the Chosen Ones, a small group of people from her village born with extraordinary powers. She doesn't know what draws her to Bronse's dreams night after night, but she senses that he and his team are in jeopardy. Ravenna can help him, but first Bronse must save the Chosen Ones from those who plan to use their powers for evil. Together, Bronse and Ravenna will be unstoppable. But Ravenna is hiding something that could endanger them all

Honestly...I do not remember the last SciFi romance I've read/listened to? Mmmm *wrecks my brain*. Have I EVER read SciFi romance??????????? I do not remember. Yesss I have read plenty of SciFi normal (some may have a small element) but yea....I cannot think of one.  

The story follows Bronse Chapel who is the commander of a specialized unit of the Interplanetary Militia. He starts dreaming of a beautiful and exotic woman who is haunting him during his waking day. Little does he know this woman is real. It is Ravenna who is the leader of a small group of people from her village that are born with powers. They are called the Chosen Ones. She doesn't know what draws her to Bronse's dreams night after night, but she knows something will happen to his team so she tries to help him and warn him of the dangers ahead. 

The first 75% of the book I simply could NOT stop listening too. I had to know what was going to happen next. I liked Bronse and I liked Ravenna. It took an eon for him to finally save her and get to her, but it was worth it when they found each other. Not under GREAT conditions, but they really earned each other and helped each other out. 

Now...the last 25% dragged a bit. I zonked out twice. We had fast-paced and then it slowed down quite a bit comparatively. But I was happy they found their HEA and whatnot. 

The narrator was new to me and she did well. I like her guy voices. She did try to make them all different and I appreciate that. Some were similar, but overall I applaud her performance. 

In the end, I am unsure if I will continue to book 2. We shall see. I enjoyed this for what it was and I liked their journey and I huzzahed when he finally found her! The last 25% was not as good though. It slowed down too much for compared to fast-pace and action of the beginning. Overall, I'll give this a 3. 

- #43 for Audiobook Challenge

- #19 SciFi

Bingooooo for "SCI-FI"

Wednesday, September 16

Audiobook Review: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Author: Louise Rennison
Narrator: Stina Nielson
Title: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
(Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #1)
Genre: YA, Fiction, Comedy, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Published: June 24th 1999
Where I got It: My shelf (audible)

Summary: There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive."

Awwww this popped up as a recommendation in Audible so I had no choice! This was for sure a blast from the past. I adored these books in High School and Middle School. 

The story follows Georgia who is your atypical British teen. Heck she is your average Teen even here in the States. She has a baby sister, is annoyed by her lame parents, and is boy mad. 

These are just as hilarious even as an adult. I loved these books as a teen myself. I could relate in a lot of ways and it is just plain hilarious. Poor Georgie. Being a teen sucks.

I listened to the audio this time around (I have the book somewhere in this library of mine) and it was still good. I loved the voice actress. She sounded familiar....but I cannot remember if I heard her before. But I hope she does the rest of the series because she is fabbity fab fab! Aahhhhh youth. I miss thee. 

There are some cringey moments but overall I still really enjoyed it. I may dive into the next books...but we shall see. Someday!

I'll give this a 4 overall. This held up pretty nice I think! If you need a quick laugh and want to remember the golden years of a teen...this is the one for you. 

- #43 for Audiobook Challenge