Monthly summary – March ’16

winter

Finally the last month with winter picture :P. It’s true that weather varied this month, but it’s usual for March. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems to apply also to reading. I had good days and I had plenty days when I simply didn’t know what to read and I didn’t even want to.

In other words – I’ve read very little :/ This month was almost as bad as January 😛

So what did I accomplish in March?

  • I finished 15 books: 3 novels, 6 short stories, 1 audio, 5 graphic novels. Now this might not sound bad, but let’s see the page counts from the last months: January – 2085, February – 4288, March – 2351. See what I mean?
  • But, to make up for all the unread pages and unlistened hours of unabridged audio books, I’ve listened to plenty of BBC dramas. The best were Pilgrim and Neverwhere. If you missed them, you ought to feel sorry. But they might come back in a year or two.
  • I was approved for Maestro! I haven’t read Salvatore’s books in a while, but I loved them and Drizzt is one of my favorite characters! So excited!
    Obviously, I’ve started reading it right away and completely dropped all other books, although it was hard to leave “Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem“.
  • I’ve got my hands on The Wicked + The Divine. I’ve read all three volumes at one go :D. Review to come, for now I’ll just tell you I’ve got a love-hate relationship with these stories. The hate comes with each cliffhanger after every freaking volume!
  • I’ve updated my 2016 Challenge page. It’s more or less current now and I had to change the Levels of acomplishement as I already exceeded the first level and that wasn’t the point :P. I might change them again later, but for now, well you can see yourself: 2016 reading challenge tracker
  • I re-watched Pirated of the Caribbean 😀 and all Harry Potter stories. I HATE Umbridge! I had to turn the movie off and move on to the next to cool down. I watched it few days later :P. It’s not like I’m missing on a story, I know it anyway.
  • I finished my Minecraft lighthouse, but I’m unable to show you the final image since our server is currently down. Here’s the close-to-the-end screenshot:

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Top 5 Wednesday – Least Favorite Book in Your Favorite Series

imgresHere are some books that made me pause/stop reading, or simply left me with a feeling of disappointment. Some parts of series that I think could’ve been better or simply had something I disliked – a character, a sudden plot turn in the wrong direction or just wasn’t interesting enough.

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SourcerySourcery (Discworld #5) by Terry Pratchett

As much as I love the Discworld novels and Rincewind I can’t say this book will be one I’ll re-read any time soon. Or at all. Probably. It was still interesting, the ideas were great, but Coin was simply annoying. From the good sides – the other characters are still awesome, so if you’re reading the whole series for the first time – don’t skip this book. Continue reading “Top 5 Wednesday – Least Favorite Book in Your Favorite Series”

Necromancers, casters and curses

What would you do to save yourself from a horrible death and even worse fate in an afterlife? Elea has to train her powers to defeat an evil mage who cursed her.

CursedCursed (Beholder #1) by Christina Bauer

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It looked like just another day on her farm – do the chores and get rid of yet another suitor. But this annoying candidate for her hand brings some scary news.

Her best friend is in trouble – he’s about to die from an evil curse put on him by the Tsar. And it looks like Elea is about to receive this curse too. She’ll have five more years to live. Five more years to train her rogue necromancer powers and kill the Tsar. It’s the only way she can finish the curse.

That would pretty much sum up the first chapter, or rather an introduction to the book. The next we hear about Elea is when she’s almost five years older and received the highest rank in her necromancer training. She has a week to kill the Tsar. Continue reading “Necromancers, casters and curses”

Reaper’s justice

These two stories I’m about to present you were my first meeting with authors Mark Gelineau and Joe King and oh, how good a meeting it was! They are creating a fantastic world closed in seemingly too little pages. It’s fascinating how much goodness can be presented in such short stories.

I received a copy of both books from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A Reaper of StoneA Reaper of Stone (A Reaper of Stone #1) by Mark Gelineau, Joe King

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Goodreads blurb:

A Lady is dead. Her noble line ended. And the King’s Reaper has come to reclaim her land and her home. In the marches of Aedaron, only one thing is for certain. All keeps of the old world must fall.

Elinor struggles to find her place in the new world. She once dreamed of great things. Of becoming a hero in the ways of the old world. But now she is a Reaper. And her duty is clear. Destroy the old. Herald the new.

The first story of the series and the first one that shows us Elinor with all her might. She’s a fascinating character. Strong minded, loyal and good with her sword. The first time we meet her she does the impossible – kills two of the creatures everyone’s so afraid of. What’s the better way to present a heroine, right?

From that point on the story only gets better.  Continue reading “Reaper’s justice”