- #29 for Audiobook challenge
Thursday, June 30
- #29 for Audiobook challenge
Tuesday, June 28
Monday, June 27
This month we decided to review season 1 of Heartstopper!
Blodeuedd is in red and I am in purple.
Teens Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love in this coming-of-age series.
Thursday, June 23
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- #28 for Audiobook challenge
Tuesday, June 21
Monday, June 20
Narrated by: Stina Neilsen
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
Release date: 06-21-22
Fantasy / to review
This was a dark fairytale. Mostly because it was overly grotesk in everything really.
Marrlinchen lives with her two sisters and their abusive father in a rundown house. Around them the world industrialized and he is the last wizard. Marlinchen and her sisters use their witch powers to make money.
I did like it at times, but at the same time it was just so weird. Trigger warnings with self mutilation thoughts, abuse, talk of rape. I just got this icky feelings honestly, and it was a bit too much at times and then I did not like it.
Yes conflicted thoughts about this one. She meets a guy, falls in love at once, and he with her the second time and wtf, she must have put a spell on him. Too fast.
The more I think about it the less good feelings I have. Her wolf book was great, this one was meh.
Good narration though, but that can't save it every time
As the last true witches living in a city shifting from magic to industry, Marlinchen and her two sisters are little more than tourist traps as they treat their clients with archaic remedies and beguile them with nostalgic charm. Marlinchen spends her days divining secrets in exchange for rubles and trying to placate their tyrannical, xenophobic wizard father, who keeps his daughters sequestered from the outside world. While at night, she and her sisters sneak out to enjoy the city's amenities and revel in its thrills, particularly the recently established ballet theatre, where Marlinchen meets a dancer who quickly captures her heart.
But as Marlinchen's late-night trysts grow more fervent and frequent, so does the threat of her father's rage and magic. And while the city flourishes with culture and bustles with enterprise, a monster lurks in its midst, borne of intolerance and resentment and suffused with old-world power. Caught between history and progress and blood and desire, Marlinchen must draw upon her own magic to keep her city safe and find her place within it.
Friday, June 17
Wednesday, June 15
Monday, June 13
Series: The Mating Habits of Scoundrels, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
Release date: 05-24-22
Historical romance /to review
Prudence and Leo, oh Leo, later he wonders why society gives her the cut. Like hello Leo! You will see.
Prudence was ruined by a man she thought would marry her. Her father threw her out. He friends stayed by her, but she feels she is out of options. Her solution, yikes, I mean she never wants to do the disgusting thing again, but she she agrees to become a mistress. And he thinks she has spread it around since that is obvious what she was up to after her fall from grace.
First, really Leo? Why believe that from the sweetest innocent woman you have met? But then he does not trust anyone cos women are evil (and yes he was hurt bad in the past). But he is really nice to her and falls fast.
As for Prudence, well I get why she chose this road, but wherever she would have hidden afterwards the truth would have found her and she would have shunned again.
But luckily this is a romance, they will fall in love and live happily ever after. And the ton can't shun her anymore.
I enjoyed it. I did want to slap them both over the head a few times, but then the road to love can't be easy
Good narration, but then Justine Eyre is one of my favorite narrators. She does historical romance so well!
Ruined debutante Prudence Thorogood lost everything when she was ousted from polite society, including her inheritance. Now she’ll do anything to take back what’s hers...even if she has to steal it. Accepting a scandalous offer from Lord Savage seems like the perfect solution to disguise her criminal intentions from the ton. Until she discovers that there’s more to this scoundrel than meets the eye.
Leo Ramsgate, Marquess of Savage, has everything except for a heart. That organ dried up long ago after a devastating betrayal. Since then, he vowed never to trust or love again. He ensures that his dalliances are mutually satisfying, but always temporary...until he meets the reserved Miss Thorogood. Not one of his previous lovers has ever beguiled him the way she does. Not one has made him want to break his own rules. Not one has tempted him to keep her...forever.
Prue has every intention of disappearing from London after their affair ends. But her plan falters when she finds herself falling hopelessly in love with a man who may never love her in return. With time running out and so much at stake, she cannot help but wonder....
Saturday, June 11
Where I Got It: Netflix
Friday, June 10
Author: Arnon Z. Shorr
Illustrator: Joshua M Edelglass
Title: José and the Pirate Captain Toledano
Genre: Historical Fiction, Children’s Graphic Novels, YA
Pages: ebook, 96 pages*
Published: January 1st 2022
Where I Got It: Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion
Set in the shadows of the Spanish Inquisition, this is the coming-of-age story of José Alfaro, a young refugee who forms a powerful bond with the mysterious Pirate Captain Toledano. It’s also a dynamic pirate adventure on the high seas, with hand-to-hand combat and ship-to-ship action, and the powerful story of a dark time in history when people took different paths to survive. José Alfaro is a cocky, rambunctious teen in the 16th-century colony of Santo Domingo, pulling pranks and dodging the authorities. One day, José’s mischief lands him in serious trouble. Hoping for a fresh start, he stows away on the Laqish, not knowing that it’s a pirate ship. From his hiding place, he watches the pirates divide their loot and plan their attacks on long days at sea. He also takes note of the respect they have for their captain, the intimidating Toledano. But the captain has a secret―like José, he is a Jew. For him, piracy is not about the gold; it has a different purpose. Under the tutelage of the ship’s quartermaster, José learns the intricacies of pirate life. But when he can, the captain finds ways to pull José away from the crew, to teach him about his ancestors.
View Trailer Jose and the Pirate Captain Toledano by Arnon Z. Shorr
Wednesday, June 8
- #27 for Audiobook challenge
Tuesday, June 7
Monday, June 6
Imprint: Harlequin Audio
Narrated by: Katey Sobey
9 hours and 50 min
On Sale: 05/31/2022
Liv works as a cleaner, one of her clients is a famous writer. One that she has been reading for 30 years and loves. Liv is 40+, has two kids and her youngest is going to uni. Her life stands still in a way, her home life stands still, and she wonder if this is all she wants.
I liked her, she was normal, she was real.
And then the story takes a turn as Essie, the author dies, and tells Liv to finish her book. So Liv tries to write a book, and finds herself while doing it.
There is also a bit of a mystery. Liv wants the main character to find true love, and she starts to investigate who Essie truly loved.
I enjoyed this one. It had a lot to offer, a little bit of everything.
Good narration. I was there with everyone. Good voices and distinction. It flowed well.
Mother of two Liv Green barely scrapes by as a maid to make ends meet, often finding escape in a good book while daydreaming of becoming a writer herself. So she can't believe her luck when she lands a job housekeeping for her personal hero, megabestselling author Essie Starling, a mysterious and intimidating recluse. The last thing Liv expected was to be the only person Essie talks to, which leads to a tenuous friendship.
But when Essie dies suddenly, a devastated Liv is astonished to learn of her last wish: for Liv to complete Essie's final novel. But to do so Liv will have to step into Essie’s shoes, and as Liv begins to write, she uncovers secrets from the past that reveal a surprising connection between the two women—one that will change Liv’s own story forever…