Thursday, 23 November 2017

The Hidden Face - SC Flynn

A face without a face - an unmasking that leaves the mask.

Once every few hundred years the sun god, the Akhen, takes on human form and descends to earth. Each Unmasking of the Face of the Akhen ends one era and begins another; the last one created the Faustian Empire. Where and when will the Face next appear, and who will he - or she - be?

Dayraven, son of a great hero, returns to Faustia after years as a hostage of their rivals, the Magians. Those years have changed him, but Faustia has changed as well; the emperor Calvo now seems eccentric and is controlled by one of Dayraven's old enemies. Following the brutal murder of his old teacher, Dayraven is drawn, together with a female warrior named Sunniva, into the search for an ancient secret that would change the fate of empires.

ebook, First, 350 pages
Expected publication: November 25th 2017 by The Hive
The Fifth Unmasking #1
I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

My thoughts:
I reviewed his previous novel on audio, and do think this one might be better in audio than in print. The talking ones often are.

I did enjoy it at first. We meet Dayraven who has come back to his homeland after being sent away as pawn in  politics when young. I liked how their God comes to earth every 500 years and that country and culture blossoms. And how this country seems to be in decline now. Evil priest behind an aging king and all.

But then Sunniva showed up and it just got so talkey. Clues, clues, more clues, really more clues? And that is where it lost me, half way in. It started well enough but then it changed. Those eternal clues that they solved so fast. Evil people after them. No one bothering to talk about these things before...these things happen. Now that is just silly. 

Good start. Mediocre second half.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Audio Review: Some boys - Patty Blount

Some boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.

When Grace meets Ian she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But...Ian doesn't. He's funny and kind with secrets of his own.

But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?

A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send. 

Audio CD, 8 pages
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Tantor Audio (first published August 5th 2014)
YA Fiction
For review

My thoughts:
Another  book with rape culture and slut shaming. Why do everyone always believe the boy! Ugh, i want to hit so many people in the face.
She was drinking
She was wearing revealing clothes.
They had dated before
Was she a stripper? Ehm, no, why even ask her that! 

It is a month later and Grace has lost all her friends and people call slut and liar after her. The boy who raped her is the school hero and no one believes he could do anything like that. While she has to be afraid, alone, deal with panic attacks and wish someone would take her side.

The book is told from two POVS. Hers and Ian's. The boy she has to spend time with, the boy who is Zach's bestie. And yes obviously this is a romance too. That is actually something I could have been without. It felt like she fell too fast, yes she had been in love with him, but after something like that I just feel it should take more time to even think about kissing a boy. But then I changed my mind, we need happiness too! This is a book after all. In real life no one would have believed her and that boy would have had a happy ending while she would have gone to therapy. Instead she will get a happy ending and hey, I needed that. We all need that.

But there was still the issue with Ian. But, there is the but again, he is a teen. Why would he believe that of the friend who he has known for years, who has helped him, who is awesome? To believe the word of a girl who does like, but....he is a teen, so yes he is a coward, yes even spineless at time, but no one else was there. There is no evidence after all. I did want to kick him at times, but do not worry he gets it in the end and I liked him for it.

'A tough emotional book.

Em Elridge  and Joe Hempel
I liked that they had Em doing Grace's POV and Joe Ian's. They both did a good job, I do think Joe was the better one though cos he had a good range. While women do not always make men sound that manly...or too manly ;)
It was great listening too and it sure made me want to go there and scream at people.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

TMST: Thankful

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

 November 21st: What are you thankful for?

I am thankful this year for my beautiful baby girl. She is six months now :)

I am thankful for a speedy recovery, always a good thing.

I am thankful for books (duh), I am thankful for my audiobooks. They have been awesome these last 6 months.

I am thankful for all of you. You all make blogging great :D Blogging would not be fun without all of you!

Monday, 20 November 2017

Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection - Brandon Sanderson

An all-new 40,000-word Stormlight Archive novella, “Edgedancer,” will be the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first book of short fiction by #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. A must read for fans of the series.

These wonderful works, originally published on and elsewhere individually, convey the expanse of the Cosmere and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, including the Hugo Award-winning novella, “The Emperor’s Soul” and an excerpt from the graphic novel “White Sand.”

Finally, this collection includes essays and illustrations for the various planetary systems in which the stories are set. 

Hardcover, 672 pages
Published November 10th 2016 by Gollancz
Stormlight Archive #2.5, The Cosmere

My thoughts:
“The Emperor’s Soul” (Elantris)
I did not read it as I have read it before. Check my thoughts there.

“The Hope of Elantris” (Elantris)
I guess ok. Nothing special. A short story. I did feel like I should have read Elantris before and no years before.

“The Eleventh Metal” (Mistborn)
Eh, nothing special here either. Kelsier training...yup

“Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania, Episodes 28 through 30” (Mistborn)
I do not seem to be a fan of his short stories. They just feel ok all of them. Though this one would have worked as a graphic novel.

"A secret history" Mistborn
A long one, and I thought it would be meh, but it seems shorts one are eh, but long ones are better. Kelsier's story behind the scenes.

“White Sand” (excerpt; Taldain)
Ohhh a graphic novel. Very cool.

“Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell” (Threnody)
I have read this one before. Check it there.

“Sixth of Dusk” (First of the Sun)
This was an interesting world, I would like to see more from it.

I liked this story and I reeeeeally makes me want to read Oathbringer

As they got longer they got better. Sanderson needs to write long ones cos he needs his world. He excels there.


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