Post apocalyptic writer and a vampire prince

Kingdom of AshesKingdom of Ashes (Nightfall #1)
by Elena May

My rating: star-full-iconstar-full-iconstar-full-iconstar-full-iconstar-half-full-icon

Goodreads | Amazon

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

In a world, where vampires took over a weather-controlling device, people were reduced to small groups of resistance that hide and try fighting for their survival. They’re becoming desperate. Hiding in caves, away from the sun is slowly killing them. The only way to win is to kill the vampire prince and try to take over the Weather Wizard.

Myra’s mission is simple – ambush and kill the vampire leader. She volunteers for the task to prove she can be useful and strong. Their plan seemed to be good, but it would be way too easy if it all worked out, would it?
Now Myra is prince’s prisoner.
Why wasn’t she killed or tortured for information about the resistance? The answer’s simple – she’s a writer. Grant it, she’s got a lot to learn to become a good one, but there’s one thing you loose while becoming a vampire – an ability to create.

It was hard to believe this was Elena May’s first published novel. Her style was very appealing, I couldn’t put the book down. I loved the moments when Vlad thought Myra how to enhance her writing skills, I loved the twisted Sheherezad reference :). I didn’t mind the weird bloody scenes [after all, these are vampires we’re talking about]. The twists, Vlad’s plotting, and planning, all the support characters – I liked it all. Continue reading “Post apocalyptic writer and a vampire prince”

Zombies and unexpected deaths

“Rise of the Chosen” is a fantastic story that pulls you into the world ravaged by the Lifeblood. It’s an original tale with vivid characters, surprising plot twists and a refreshing take at zombie-like creatures who aren’t always the blood-thirsty beasts you’re used to.

Rise of the ChosenRise of the Chosen by Anna Kopp

My rating: star-full-iconstar-full-iconstar-full-iconstar-full-iconstar-full-icon

Goodreads | Amazon | Author’s blog

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Goodreads blurb (since I won’t put it better):

In Sam’s world there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once.

The Waking was a global event in which a force called the Lifeblood invaded all humans who died. The few strong enough to control it came back as powerful immortals. The rest let the bloodlust take over and awoke with one goal – to kill.

Newly appointed Watch Guard Samantha Shields has a legacy to uphold. Her father died a hero defending their city and now she wants to follow in his footsteps. Except for the dying part, of course. Unfortunately, fate has other plans as she discovers deep dark secrets that make her choose between her loyalties and the lives of everyone in her city. Both rules are in play as Sam is forced to make hard decisions that could cost her everything – including the person she cares about most.

Ooooh I’ve got one thing to say about this book: I love it! The story’s awesome!

But seriously, I love the writing style. At first, I thought the introduction with all the definitions wouldn’t work, but they fitted in perfectly because they clearly stated what is what and how the situation looks like. The story read much better with me knowing what the author had in mind while using a certain word. Continue reading “Zombies and unexpected deaths”

BBC Thursday – 7th of July

BBC_Radio_logoI’ve got three sets of stories for you today. It’s way more than three books so most of the dramatizations are way shorter than they deserve to be, but at least they will allow you to get to know the story a little. And what’s in plans for today? A bit of crime and spy-mastery, a continuation of a certain post-apocalyptic story and, oh a bit more crime :).

1. The Complete Smiley by John le Carre

London, the late 1950s, and a disenchanted George Smiley is engaged in the routine job of security vetting. When a Foreign Office civil servant commits suicide not long after being cleared of Communist sympathies, Smiley investigates and uncovers a deadly conspiracy with its roots in his own wartime past.

BBC Call for the Dead | A Murder of Quality
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold  | The Looking Glass War
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy | The Honourable Schoolboy
Smiley’s PeopleGoodreads

Day left: 17
Duration: 60 – 90 min | 16 episodes
Rating: ★★★★☆

If you’re interested in spy novels and you though “Thinker, tailor, soldier, spy” was a good movie – here’s what you should be listening to right now.

This dramatization goes through 7 of the 8 stories from the series. I’ve put the links in order, so watch the dates because, for some strange reason, they’ve aired one of the novels later than they should. Oh, and I’ve only linked the first episode of each book – there are 1-3 episodes for each. I figured it would be easier to track this way.

Anyway, I might not be a big fan of typical spy novels, but these deserve some attention.

Continue reading “BBC Thursday – 7th of July”

Virtual bee

I’ve read this book twice now. The first version of it was far from perfect, but the author did a great job at editing it, making the story whole. Now this is a story I want to continue reading.

NirvanaNirvana (Nirvana Series #1) by J.R. Stewart

My rating: star-full-iconstar-full-iconstar-empty-iconstar-empty-icon

Goodreads | Amazon

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

This is the world of the future. The world in which all the bees are dead and the whole environment had collapsed. Where government known as Hexagon rules over everyone and everything and where virtual reality seems as real as everything else.

The story revolves around Larissa Kenders and her fiance Andrew. Andrew is working for Hexagon on programming a special VR system that everyone uses. People are so used to it you can almost think it’s an addiction. It’s quite understandable that they want to see the world how it used to be and not the post Extinction reality that surrounds them. The only problem is that Hexagon monitors everything and everyone in and out of Nirvana. If someone even thinks wrongly of them they might simply disappear.

Post apocalyptic by johnsonting
Post apocalyptic by johnsonting

As I mentioned at the beginning, this book changed a lot and although I’m trying not to, I still remember why I didn’t like it the first time and I probably will mention a few times how I initially felt about the story and characters. That said, let’s move on to my thoughts about this book. Continue reading “Virtual bee”