"You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut."

Dr. Seuss

Because I can go all passive-aggressive on you

Posted by on jul 31, 2014 in Ramblings | 0 comments

People should really learn how to spell your name BEFORE troubling you for stuff you clearly don’t want to to for them…

Review: Gabriel’s Redemption

Posted by on jan 3, 2014 in Books | 0 comments

Gabriel's Redemption
Gabriel’s Redemption
By Sylvain Reynard

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This series took a really unexpected turn. And not in a good way. The shift began around the second half of book two and it went from bad to worse in book 3. I don’t know where all the religious stuff came from, but it mingled with the story to such an extent, it ended up more like a religious book to me then the steamy romance I singed up for when I started reading this series.

After enduring the whole thing, I still find Gabriel’s Inferno to be a good story. I just wished the author would come up with different paths to redemption then resorting to faith and religion. I’m an atheist, so it didn’t really have any appeal to me at all. But since I was already hooked by the leading couple I couldn’t just drop the story just because I couldn’t relate with what they were going through.

And there were SO many loose ends! All the secondary characters were simply dismissed from the public eye with a shove and a “it was nice seeing you and good look with whatever you got going on for you in the future”….

Review: Antigoddess

Posted by on jan 3, 2014 in Books | 0 comments

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve always been a sucker for good stories. To me, there’s nothing more wondrous and entertaining than a good fiction book. When I was really young I remember that the very first piece of fiction that got my full attention was actually a three volume collection about the ancient Greek gods.

I remember I used to spend countless hours by myself, wrapped up in those books, checking the story of the birth of each god/goddess and the whole mythology surrounding them, learning about how they used to be portrayed by a a wide range of artists through time and trying to decode their CRAZY, incestuous family trees. When I was just a bit older, I remember reading these really crappy (and summarized) adaptations for children of the Iliad and The Odyssey, by Homer.

Even back then, the very concept of all those narcissistic Gods meddling in peoples lives used to both impress and unnerve me. How they would kill, love, rape and impregnate, sicken, starve, maim, drive to complete madness as many human beings as they wished on a whim was beyond me. And they were ALWAYS fighting each other! If puny humans fight, we turn tables at bars or brake stuff. If the offspring of the Titans fight, they can break entire cities. Scratch that. They can redefine entire continents.

But even if it bugged me to contemplate how it would be to live in such a strange place ruled by ruthless creatures, it also seemed a far more colorful and exciting world to inhabit. Someplace where the whole universe was explained by the creativity and the nativity of those who lived in it. Something that, nowadays, is put solely in charge of Science. Which is boring as fuck. Specially if you are an atheist like moi.

So to read this book (after the heartbreaking failure that the Percy Jackson series was to me) now, at 31 years old, was really refreshing. It reminded me why I loved to study History when I was a little girl. It had me researching Cassandra and the ancient Greek Gods again. It had me downloading a full grow up, well translated and respected version of both the Iliad and The Odyssey. It had me wondering once again.

So if you, fellow reader, is also a sucker for good stories and the ancient gods, I definitely recommend you to give the Antigoddess a try!

Review: Night of Cake & Puppets

Posted by on jan 3, 2014 in Books | 0 comments

Night of Cake & Puppets
Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a heart warming, endearing, sweet story! This lovely novella tells the story of Mik and Zuzana’s first date and kiss. I already loved Zuzana’s character but to actually be able to hear her voice has taken me WAY beyond my expectations. She’s so witty and then the whole fairy tale scenario she set up for their first encounter was so colorful and magic. And Mik is simply such a great guy! The perfect match.

I was positively surprised by this book, so much I added it to my favorite’s shelf. Something I hadn’t done in a while, since Melina Marchetta pretty much ruined reading for my after raising the bar so high :3. But I recommend you read it right after book #1. I think it would make more sense then after book #2 as it’s suggested by the publisher.

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Review: Vain

Posted by on jan 1, 2014 in Books | 0 comments

Vain by Fisher Amelie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was such a surprise! When I started reading it I though “oh, crap. This is another ‘gossip girl’ book…”. Especially when Sophie Price, the main character, was first depicted EXACTLY like this:

But then came the big turn and the book started to go it’s own way, to prove it’s own points. I can say it grew and changed the same way Sophie did: it blossomed under my scrutiny. And that’s always was a beautiful thing to behold.

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The intricate way in which my memory works. Or better, doesn’t work.

Posted by on dez 31, 2013 in Ramblings | 0 comments

I can read literally hundreds of books and memorize characters names and their physical characteristics as well as full plots. But for the life of me I can never EVER remember the three digit waiting number for my order at the Koni Store…

Oh, screw this.

Posted by on dez 8, 2013 in Ramblings | 0 comments

Life ain’t nothing but a big ass excuse to put on pretty shoes.