Post apocalyptic writer and a vampire prince

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

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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”

Are you up for a little scare?

If you’re in a mood for a short and creepy reads I’ve got just the thing! Two 16-page reads, I’d say perfect for a fast read before sleep, but I don’t think I’d recommend these two as a bed-reads ;). Unless you want some nightmares to follow.

Author: Calvin Demmer

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hungry-ghostsHungry Ghosts

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A couple travels to China during Ghost festival. It seems like a harmless holiday for them, but townspeople take things seriously and for a reason. It doesn’t take long for Ray and Lara to get into troubles. Continue reading “Are you up for a little scare?”

Spells, fairies and magical waters

I’ve started reading this book after I’ve already read the second part – Halfway Bitten, which was kind of great :D. Enough said, I simply couldn’t resist reading also the first book and since Terry offered it to me in exchange for review, how could I resist??

Anyway, that’s why we’re here now, with the story that started it all.

Halfway deadHalfway Dead (Halfway Witchy Series #1) by Terry Maggert

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For these who haven’t read any of these books yet, it’s about time to meet Carlie – a witch, who just happens to work as a cook at the only diner in Halfway. Carlie’s enthusiastic, curious and she hates when someone talks bad about her cooking. When the opportunity comes to solve a mystery of a certain magical place and possibly save a spirit of her ancestor, she just can’t resist.

The story doesn’t start with a boom, it lets you immerse into the world, meet the important characters, find out some important things about the mysterious place Carlie intends to find. Continue reading “Spells, fairies and magical waters”

BBC Thursday 24th of March

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After a little break here we are again with some new dramatizations. Although to be honest, I couldn’t find that many goodies for this week.

1. A Decent Interval (Charles Paris Mystery) by Jeremy Front based on the novel by Simon Brett

After a long period of ‘resting’, life is looking up for Charles Paris, who has been cast as the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father and First Gravedigger in a new production of Hamlet. But rehearsals are fraught. Ophelia is played by Katrina Selsey, who won the role through a television talent show. Hamlet himself is also played by a reality TV contestant, Jared Root – and the two young stars have rather different views of celebrity and the theatre than the more experienced members of the cast.

But when the company reach the first staging post of their tour, the Grand Theatre Marlborough, matters get more serious, with one member of the company seriously injured in what appears to be an accident, and another dead. Once again, Charles Paris is forced to don the mantle of amateur detective to get to the bottom of the mystery.

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Day left: 15
Duration: 30 min | 4 episodes aired weekly on Wednesday
Rating: ★★★★☆

I admit, I have no idea why I like stories about Paris. He’s annoying, nasty, lazy and yet somehow appealing. I know the voice acting plays a big role here and it is good.
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