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Friday, December 14, 2018

The Train by Cari Z.

Calling this short novella cute is kinda strange considering the mystery and murder happening on this train in only a 3 days ride, yet when I closed my kindle with a smile at the very end, that's what I thought. I LOVED it, really enjoyed it though I have to say I DID struggle with the language at first (English isn't my mother tongue and I don't have a lot of experience with Steampunk).

Anton Seiber is a student of thaumaturgy (basically magic), on his way to the University of Zurich to continue his studies. It's IMPERATIVE that he arrives on time for his internship but it doesn't seem likely since his destined train was just switched to a royal ride of one of the Emperor's cousins on his way to get married. Not sure what to do he knows he HAS to be on this train no matter what so with a strange kind of occurrence he finds himself impersonating one of the guests. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

A Blinded Mind by Cari Z.

While I'm not a fan of Dystopia, I AM a fan of Cari which is why I gave this one a go and I'm REALLY happy I did. This novel was kinda scary I have to say! It had a different feel than my usual reads with how desperate both our MCs are though we mostly follow Jonathan and his journey from childhood to adulthood, as he was growing up in a special facility due to his enormous psychic ability. I loved that through the gloom of this HORRIBLE place and everything Jonathan had to go through, there is always the hope of Jonathan reunited with his lover Sam. It was really special the way Sam was always THERE with Jonathan even when he clearly wasn't. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Soothsayer by Cari Z.

Honestly I don't know how to rate or review this book. I have this feeling of "what did I just read now" and I'm really unsure about it all. I'm not even sure I got what happened in the end, or what it really MEANS. For me, it didn't feel like a closed (enough) ending. But it might just be me not understanding what the hell happened in this one..

Cillian Kelly has the power of seeing the fate of people when he looks into their eyes. It's not as fun as you'd think. First he doesn't know HIS fate, he only knows the fate of others and second the fates of horrible people tend to stay with him and trouble his dreams. His life have been a total mess being kidnapped a few times and people trying to "acquire" him for his "services".

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Off the Beaten Path by Cari Z.

This book was SO beautiful. It was tender and sweet, not at all what I would expect from a werewolf themed book, not to mention an alpha who is actually a TRUE alpha, not just a jack**s who likes bossing everyone around. I enjoyed the characters, the progression of the story and the romance (which was pretty sweet and slow going - no instalove!). I'm so pumped Cari will be releasing another book in this world sometimes in the beginning of 2019!

Ward Johannsen world changed the minute he heard his 4 years old baby girl Ava has shifted into a wolf. In the world Cari built for us this means she is to shipped to a pack somewhere and so Ward's part as her parent is over. This is NOT something Ward was going to accept, government decision or not! Ava have been all of his life since she was born and he isn't going to give her up! With a help from a dear dear friend he finds the pack she was assigned to but now comes the hard part - getting the pack to accept him in it. Once he is there leaving (alive..) isn't an option but staying means being cut out from the world he knew and living with a grumpy alpha, his human sister and her husband - they might be nice to him, the alpha - not really..

Beautiful Dreamer by Christina Lee

ADORABLE! This novella was so sweet! I LOVED IT! First, before the romance, I really enjoyed the holiday vibes and nostalgia around it. I don't celebrate Christmas but I loved the whole feeling of this novella. I was a bit like Kate (Rory's girlfriend) getting to know these two families and their traditions, ones they perfected over a lifetime of friendship between them. They might have been apart for the past 6 years but it made no difference once they got together again for the holidays. 

Garrett Coleman and Rory Sweeney have been best friends since they were little, as their mothers are best friends it worked wonderfully. They spend their days playing and having fun together, at times with Rory's older brother Finn. Growing up Garrett idolized Finn and even before he realized he was gay, he was simply fascinated with the guy. His self assurance, charisma, good looks. Yet everything fell apart after his mother was diagnosed with cancer.  Feeling like his whole world was shattered he went partying where he shouldn't have and the guy who came to his rescue - and total embarrassment - was Finn. Being drunk only made thins worse. Ever since then he made his best to ignore Finn. It wasn't difficult. Being in college and helping his family as much as he can during his mother's recovery made it hard to look beyond his personal bubble. Yet now, 6 years later, he is driving to the one place he knows he won't be able to ignore Finn - their family cabin where they spent so many Christmases together.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Where There's a Will (Panopolis #3) [Craig & Ari] by Cari Z.

Outstanding! This wasn't what I expected in the best possible way.. First I was sure the last installment, like the previous two, would be of Edward and Raul taking over the city and while they are both constant in this book it's actually all about "Freight Train" or as he preferred to be called - Craig Haney - the name he was born with and doesn't define just one aspect of his life...

Being a Hero isn't easy. It's not just a job, it's what people expect you to be 24/7 and while Craig is ALL about saving lives and doing the right thing, sometimes all he wan'ts to do, all he wants to be, it a regular Joe. Being surrounded by a force field means he is out of reach from life at all times. He can't eat unless it's with a special straw with a concoction GenCorp has manufactured especially for him. It isn't tasty but he can't taste if anyway.. But what he misses the most is being touched. Even a simple caress. Being appreciated and SEEN not as just a Hero but a person.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Where There's Fire (Panopolis #2) [Edward & Raul] by Cari Z.

What a rush! Edward Dinges was just a regular guy yet getting outed as The Mad Bombardier's accomplice changed everything. He might have been experimented on for a few minutes, but it was enough to make him a Super or rather a Villain. We start this novella with Edward planning his first "job" breaking into the bank he used to work for - It's time he shows Raul his worth.

Yet things don't go as plan, not in the bank and not when Raul isn't the one to rescue him. Turns out someone captured Raul Tremblay and he plans on using Edward's "Reverse Empath" abilities to do his bidding before (or maybe if..) he hands him back. Though Edward SEEMS to be very complaint with Maggot - the big Villain boss! - his mind is always working on his possible next step (same as Raul - plan for the worst, hope for the best!).

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Where There's Smoke (Panopolis #1) [Edward & Raul] by Cari Z.

I'm not sure what I was expecting from this one but if I have to sum it up in one word it will oddly enough be - COOL! Though this was quite short I feel we got to know our sole POV Edward Dinges quite well and there is FAR more to get to know him in the next two installment which I have NO CLUE how it's going to evolve for both him and his lover.

The city of Panopolis is special. It's special because it has Super Heroes Marvel can only envy as well as Villains galore. That's what drew Edward into the city actually though it took time until he met his first Villain AND Hero both the same day as The Mad Bombardier broke into the bank Edward works at and Freight Train came to the rescue. Yet Edward somehow finds himself helping not the Hero but the Villain. He didn't expect himself to even act when he was so stressed, yet he did and when the thank you flowers came with an offer for a meeting he couldn't be more surprised.