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book news | Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat – be still my feeble heart, something’s coming

laurent captive prince c.s. pacat newsAre you subscribed to C.S. Pacat‘s newsletter? Trust me, you very much should, and you should have the emails incoming marked, so you’d not accidentally delete them with other junk you kinda want, but kinda never read anyway. For today is the day C.S. Pacat teases our feeble little hearts that couldn’t let go of Captive Prince with some news:

There is some HUGE Captive Prince news coming soon.

I can’t tell you what it is.

I can’t even tell you the reveal date.

All I can tell you is that it is AMAZING, and something that readers have been asking for since the book was first published.

Stay tuned for more details as soon as I can release them.

I absolutely cannot wait. I don’t know how one’s supposed to wait. Is life all about waiting for the next thing? Next news, next release? It feels like it. I feel lost without it, but then, when I have to wait for something, I just CAN’T bloody WAIT.

Have you read the Captive Prince trilogy? The first book is a bit problematic, but in my opinion it improves further on, greatly. If you have read them, what do you think it could be? A comic? A movie? A sequel? A prequel?

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book news | Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day

Felicia Day Embrace Your Weird Creativity book coverFelicia Day, one of my most favorite creators of all times, author of a “You’re never weird on the internet (almost)” memoir, is releasing a new book that we can already preorder via BookDespository (and maybe elsewhere, go check from where you can get your books), and which will be released on October 1st 2019. The book is called “Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity“, which in itself sounds very promising.

Including Felicia’s personal stories and hard-won wisdom, Embrace Your Weird offers:

—Entertaining and revelatory exercises that empower you to be fearless, so you can rediscover the things that bring you joy, and crack your imagination wide open

—Unique techniques to vanquish enemies of creativity like: anxiety, fear, procrastination, perfectionism, criticism, and jealousy

—Tips to cultivate a creative community

—Space to explore and get your neurons firing

Whether you enjoy writing, baking, painting, podcasting, playing music, or have yet to uncover your favorite creative outlet, Embrace Your Weird will help you unlock the power of self-expression. Get motivated. Get creative. Get weird.

To me Felicia Day is a motivator in herself. I watch her work, I listen to her talk, be it during game streams, or podcasts, or whatever else she does, and I get inspired. Her memoir was inspiring. And this, I am sure, will be just as inspiring too. So I am awaiting the release eagerly!

What about you? Know her work? Watched The Guild in the past, maybe? It was the very first web series I have ever watched, and I embraced it only thanks to her.

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Books in Search of a New Home!

Lucky is the day when you get first dibs into your friend’s unhaul pile. I was given permission to share it with you too, and I suggest you drop an eye, because some of those babies are fire, and I can vouch for them! @ HannahCassieBooks

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C.S. Pacat’s new YA fantasy trilogy! | Dark Rise

Not even a full week ago one of my favorite authors, C.S. Pacat, has teased us with a little image of DR on her Twitter, saying they have some huge news for us. Not gonna lie, remembering, vaguely, that Laurent signed his name as “Laurent R.“, I was thinking in terms of Damianos and Laurent’s marriage. I promise, eventually I’ll abandon hope for more of those two.

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Original Tweet: here

And as of… Yesterday? What day’s today? Oh well. We learned that it’s her new Young Adult fantasy trilogy that we can expect in 2021, which seems unbelievably far away, to be honest. But hey, we’ll be playing Cyberpunk 2077, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines 2, and eating news on upcoming games, like possibly Dragon Age 4, which has a teaser, but no news as of yet.

The books are set in an alternate London <…>, [where] the heroes and villains of a long-forgotten war who are being reborn, ushering in a dangerous new age of magic.”

More about it can be read in Publishers Weekly, and here’s the original tweet by C.S. Pacat themselves.

I’m looking forwards, yes, even if I can’t deny the little tingle of disappointment that there’s really no more of Lamen, I mean Damen! and Laurent anymore. But hey, rereads are a thing, and might just really help with the wait too!

C.S. Pacat is one of my favorite authors, together with such magic-writers as K.J. Charles, V.E. Schwab, and a few honorable mentions there and here. Keep that in mind when in search for that good stuff.

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tag | Vampire Protagonists

Summer to me is very much a vampire time. Autumn is too, so I basically spend half a year wanting to read vampire books, even if I don’t read all that many of them. Mostly because it’s a bit hard to find good ones that aren’t just fifteen books of cheesy series with vampires who are almost humans with high metabolism and tendency to drink blood, if you get my drift. So, in hopes to find more, here’s a little tag from me to you. If you’re reading this, you’re automatically tagged, okay? Link me in the comments below or tag me, basically just inform me any way you can, so I can fill out my TBR with bloodsuckers! (Q’s and A’s are separate to make it easier for you to copy/paste)

The Summer Vampire TBR Tag:

  1. The Pride – LGBTQIA+ vampire or at least a book containing them.
  2. The VoC – Vampire of Color, bonus points if main character!
  3. The Classiest – Classic-type trope vampires, the fear of garlic, sun, etc.
  4. The Unique – The least classic-type vampires, or otherwise unique bloodsuckers.
  5. The Human – The most human vampires, and why or how are they so.
  6. The Monster – The least human, monstrous vampires, why or how they’re so.
  7. Underloved – Vampires who deserve more love than they got!
  8. Overrated – Vampires who don’t deserve the love they got!
  9. Dracula – Favorite book about or with Dracula in it!
  10. Dead Crush – The vampire I had a crush on is…
  11. I, Vampire – If I was a vampire, I would…
  12. The Last – The last vampire book I’ve read is, and the vampire(s) in it…
  13. The First – The very first vampire book or book with a vampire I’ve read is…

The Summer Vampire TBR | My Answers:

  1. The Pride – LGBTQIA+ vampire or at least a book containing them.
    From the top of my head I can name three. First being Blackwood’s Farm by Anne Rice with its protagonist Tarquin Blackwood coming out as bi. Then there’s Parasite Life by Victoria Dalpe with protagonist falling in love with a girl, though sexuality is not specified there. And the third is Joely Sue Burkhart series of which I’ve read first three, Their Vampire Queen. The Queen in question is polyamorous and the dynamics are beautiful.
    1 LGBT vampires
  2. The VoC – Vampire of Color, bonus points if main character!
    I am deeply ashamed to say that I don’t recall any protagonists of color. But I know for certain there were VoC in both Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice and in Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.
  3. The Classiest – Classic-type trope vampires, the fear of garlic, sun, etc.
    Hm, this one’s easy too. First would be Dr Greta Helsing series/trilogy by Vivian Shaw. Then, one of my favorite comedies, The Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel. And, of course, Anno Dracula series by Kim Newman.
    3 the classiest
  4. The Unique – The least classic-type vampires, or otherwise unique bloodsuckers.
    The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey, a very unique book in itself. Empire V by Victor Pelevin, a strange breed that feeds not just on blood, but also on a thing they call “bablos“, which seems to be the essence of… Well, money.
  5. The Human – The most human vampires, and why or how are they so.
    Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neil. Just a bunch of humans who are immortal and occasionally drink blood. Like, in between heavy meals because hey, vampire metabolism. Apparently.
  6. The Monster – The least human, monstrous vampires, why or how they’re so.
    The Strain trilogy by Guillermo del Toro. Not gonna lie, I’m not a fan of creatures like that, but the idea was pretty damn great.
  7. Underloved – Vampires who deserve more love than they got!
    Yulric Bile from An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel. That bastard was too evil to stay dead. But the mess he gets into would rival What We Do In the Shadows! It’s hilarious!
  8. Overrated – Vampires who don’t deserve the love they got!
    Edward Cullen from Twilight series. And then possibly Lestat. Chronicles are FULL of really great vampires, and this one just happens to set the tune for them all for no real reason. And those guys from The Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin. I noticed it got hype recently, and I’m not quite sure why. The book is mighty damn dull.
  9. Dracula – Favorite book about or with Dracula in it!
    Night Prince series by Jeaniene Frost!
  10. Dead Crush – The vampire I had a crush on is…
    Other than Dracula, you mean? Eric Northman and Pam Swynford de Beaufort, I guess, from Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. And Cian Mac Cionaoith from Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts. No I have no shame.
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  11. I, Vampire – If I was a vampire, I would…
    I’d do what Lestat’s mother did. Go roam the deepest jungles, caves, explore!
  12. The Last – The last vampire book I’ve read is, and the vampire(s) in it…
    Sadly The Strain Trilogy by Guillermo del Toro.
  13. The First – The very first vampire book or book with a vampire I’ve read is…
    Now that’s a hard question. Yes, I know I wrote it… Since I hated school readings, and so read Dracula sometime on my own later, I think it might really be Blackwood’s Farm by Anne Rice. Other than the mentions of vampire cities in Swords And Deviltry by Fritz Leiber books.
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Beltane | Up until | Best and Worst + Overhyped

Beltane is Gaelic celebration to mark the start of Summer. So, as promised, every season celebration in my blog will be marked by best and worst collection.

Disclaimer: My opinions are just that, opinions. Some of you might love or hate the books I loved or hated, and it’s perfectly fine, as long as we all read.

The Best:

  • 9Season of Storms by A. Sapkowski | High Fantasy; Dark Fantasy | – A zero book Witcher Saga, worthy read after you’ve read all the books though, for it’s hard to tell what book is the limit to avoid spoilers. Definitely a worthy read to those who have read the books long, long ago, and miss Geralt and his ridiculous adventures.
    [review]
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson | High Fantasy; Dark Fantasy | – Second book in Mistborn sequence. Just as amazing, even better at some points. It’s like Frank Herbert’s Dune, but… With less of the… Bad stuff. Yes.
    [review]
  • Homeland by R.A. Salvatore | High Fantasy; Dark Fantasy | – This is a classic by now, no matter the age of the book. The first book in Legend of Drizzt, the Dark Elf trilogy, the Forgotten Realms series. It’s a very different fantasy book of elves.
    [review]
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas | Contemporary; Diversity | – If you liked “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, you will most likely like this one too. You might also like it if you enjoyed 8 Mile, or any documentary on Rap. It’s a very good book on this music genre, the industry, the rhymes.
    [review]
  • My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite | Crime; Diversity | – This is a very interesting and strange tale of sociopaths, and how they might be absolutely the very favorites of ours. Good short piece.
    [review]
  • The Fever King by Victoria Lee | LGBT literature; Diversity | – A great tale of a very interesting magic system that comes as a virus. The characters are something amazing too. It’s rare to watch a tale unfold in LGBT theme, and not be centered in such a natural fashion. It’s just not a thing. They’re a couple, and that’s that, there’s a revolution to fight!
    [review]
  • The Godfather by Mario Puzo | Thriller; Crime | – This is a must-read classic among thrillers. It’s amazing and unexpected.
    [review]
  • Hell on Heels by John G. Hartness | Dracula; Paranormal | – I loved the first, I loved the second, but this one had the most of Uncle Luke. So, I’m biased, I loved this one the most.
    [review]
  • Go Down Together by Jeff Guinn | NonFiction; True Crime | – This is a great tale of the truth behind the romanticized Bonnie and Clyde headlines. A very good read, especially paired with “The Highwaymen” on Netflix.
    [review]
  • McMafia by Misha Glenny | NonFiction; True Crime | – A great book on criminal underground and how we all, even the most innocent ones, sometimes help them make profits unaware.
    [review]

The Worst:

  • the fall guillermo del toro chuck hogan the strain book coverInto the Mist by Lee Murray | Sci-fi; Horror | – Poor story made out of all the known flat formulas. Painfully predictable. Didn’t work.
    [review]
  • The Fall by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan | Vampires; Horror | – I’m still unsure how it became such a phenomenon. Most of the book was made out of memories, thinking, noticing things, and attempting to buy a book, then failing, attempting, then failing.
    [review]

Overhyped:

  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon | High Fantasy | – You know what I hate about myself? I see books on IG, and if I see them in every other post or even more often, I get curious. But I don’t bloody read the caption before it’s too late. If a couple months prior you would’ve read the captions under this book, the overwhelming majority was among the lines of “when will I get to read such a massive book! oh my, but so pretty” – just like it happened so many times. People are enticed by covers, annotations. And, I mean, most of them will still like the book, so it’s perfectly fine. But this was very much not my cup of tea, and I found this hype to be a very empty balloon instead.
    [review]
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Ostara | Sale + Contest

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The Worst of 2018

Last year, including comics, I’ve read a little over a hundred books. Some were really great, some were really bad. So let’s move on with the bad.

Disclaimer: this is my personal opinion. It’s one of those instances where we can indeed disagree, and still both be right (unlike some other instances). Let’s read what we want to read!

The Worst of Dracula

  1. “Princess Dracula” by John Patrick Kennedy: You know how you sometimes hear such things as “this person can’t write those people” (“can’t” as in “unable”, not as in “not allowed”), be it white person trying to write a black person and overthinking it, or, as in this case, a man writing a woman. Well, for the first time, I think, I’m witnessing an example of someone having no damn clue, and merely imagining what they’d like to see in this yucky erotic sorta way that is mighty unpleasant to read. E.g. heroine spends maybe two thirds of the books in cold weather, in the forest, stark naked, reminding you of that now and again. No concept of “we need to do something about this problem“, no, what for, bare ass on pine needle bed, fun!
  2. “Dracul” by Dacre Stoker: This book got into the Best list too. The reason why it’s here is because it was one stretched “Historian” by Kostova remake, with Stoker instead of that young woman from Kostova’s book. It’s good if you like that kind of clue-searching for vampires 10 years after the fact that you MIGHT have seen one. But this is not my cup of tea, no.
  3. “Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard” by Kim Newman: If you think Anne Rice writes high and mighty, describing everything in unbelievable detail, especially things that don’t matter one bit, well… Here’s Kim Newman for ya. He’ll tell you all about it, explain the history of it, tell you a side story on it, explain you the mechanics, and then mention maybe thirty names, just so you’d know how well read he is in the topic he’s writing a fantasy novel about. The only reason I will absolutely continue is because if you’ve not died of old age, or grew a beard like Geralt in The Witcher 3 game, after a too long dialogue – it’s good stories he tells.

The Worst of Fantasy

  1. “Cruel Prince” by Holly Black: I positively hate “frienemies” concept. He treats her like dirt, trash, abuses her. She is afraid of him, hates his guts. Then bump, they run into one another, and she can’t help but to like him oh so much. In my humble opinion this book is why people look down on YA genre. It sends a very shitty message to young women and girls out there. A pig is a pig, being hurt by someone is no excuse to treat someone else like trash. Nor the fact that everyone else does it, and expects it from you. There’s a word for people who change face in convenience, a word I won’t mention.
  2. “Bored of the Rings” by The Harvard Lampoon: A parody. I’ve read many parodies. This is merely an immature joke. Not even that, it’s simply immature, childish, and not funny. Changing letters in words to make them dirty words is not good writing.
  3. “Wolfsong” by TJ Klune: First of all, writing style changed a chapter or two in, and left me very confused. Admittedly it changed for the better, but what the hell anyway? Second of all, so imagine Twilight, that part where Edward leaves Bella, and her life is over, so you just watch her sit in her room, stare out the window. This is that. Packmaster leaves, and he waits. And waits. And waits. Packmaster decided, of course, that it’s best and safest to NOT contact the man you love and went out to protect, because he’s hunted by every bad guy out there, because he’s just that special. You’d KNOW if he die, so no reason to make sure you’d be warned of danger before that. And the guy just waits, and waits. And waits.

The Worst of Vampires

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  1. “Parasite Life” by Victoria Dalpe: Let’s call things by their names. This girl here tells you what a seductress she is, and how that’s likely due to her vampire nature. While in truth she forced herself onto her friend, then guilt tripped her into helping her, and continued to guilt trip her into feeding her blood. This girl is a predator, a rapist, and I don’t know if author wanted us to be disgusted by her, or is it her way of thinking about these sort of things, but I do hope the latter is not the case. Either way, I don’t want any more.

The Worst of Misc.

  1. “Call me by Your Name” by Andre Aciman: I refused to review this book. It got real popular, real fast, and played well on naive romance seekers who love to love. In truth, the main character is too young, and emotionally very unprepared for the things that are happening. It starts with such nasty scenes as with him sleeping, and this student guy, the main love interest, coming in to what? Watch him sleep? The boy then imagines, hopes, prays that he’d come closer and do things with him, while he’d pretend he’s still asleep. It continues into things actually happening later on, luckily in less rape-y fashion. Still, hero right away regrets what happened, and runs into the arms of a girl who had feelings for him. After having sex with her, he then once again regrets it, and runs back to the guy. All in all, this is a love ladder. Everybody loves the ones who don’t love them, and those love interests use them. I understand why some people choose to only see the best parts of this book, but I cannot. I read a lot of LGBT romances, a lot of homoerotica, and not one book has made me sneer as this one did.
  2. “Welcome to the Night Vale” by Joseph Fink: This is merely not my cup of tea. Those who loved the podcast will likely love the book. To me, this was bitterly annoying. Here’s a thing. It’s completely normal. It’s not really normal to you, but it’s completely normal to them. So let me just point at it six times, and tell you how normal it is.
  3. “Vortena” by Neven Iliev: How about we stop writing of heroine rape in attempts to develop her character, hm? This book is very much a joke, a parody, it’s funny, it’s dirty, and dirtily funny. And then one of the heroines gets raped, and becomes suicidal. I’m sorry, but that left a bitter taste for the rest of the book for me. The only reason I intend to continue with the series is because the being apologized as genuinely as he could, and the woman accepted it, gaining more than she lost. It is not my place to tell a survivor whom to forgive, so I’ll accept this, even if I don’t feel like it was right, by any means.

 

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The Best of 2018

Last year, including comics, I’ve read a little over a hundred books. Some were really great, some were really bad. Let’s start with the good, and then next Thursday I’ll tell you all about the bad.

Disclaimer: this is my personal opinion. It’s one of those instances where we can indeed disagree, and still both be right (unlike some other instances). Let’s read what we want to read!

Best of Sci-Fi

  1. “The Tea Master and the Detective” by Aliette de Bodard: An amazing Sci-fi, Space Opera book. Very Sherlockian, with a great detective whose intelligence comes off as arrogance. I recommend it very much. And since it’s short, if you hate it, it won’t take long anyway.
  2. “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer: I’ve read her “Heartless” in the past, about the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland. That one was very unique, and very, very well written indeed. Well, this one’s just as unique. It got some cyberpunk elements to it too, so keep it in mind if you’re into the harder sci-fi driven cyberpunk.

Best of Crime

  1. “Ghost Man” by Roger Hobbs: This book rekindled my love for crime books and showed me that I prefer the ones told from the criminal point of view. Especially if they know what they’re doing. Jack slid through danger like an eel, thinking on his feet, and came out the better for it.
  2. “Vanishing Games” by Roger Hobbs: Yep, second book to the Ghost Man, this one is just  as amazing. At first I was dreading it’ll become a fatal romance, like Bonnie and Clyde or something, but it didn’t.

Sadly author died a couple years prior due to an overdose. It is very sad when people die, especially from things preventable. Even more sad when they had a mind like this.

Best of Horror

  1. “Misery” by Stephen King: I had to re-think my views on Stephen King. You see, I don’t much like his books. I find his plots too stretched out, and often lacking in actual blood curdling horror that one can’t help but expect from a man dubbed the King of Horror. But this book was terrifying.
  2. “I, Zombie” by Hugh Howey: I’ve read his Wool books, and oh boy were they dull. They sometimes get recommended as “if you liked Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky“, well, no. Yes, they’re similar, but no. Yet this book, now, this is something different. It’s terrifying, horrible, and will make you take a moment when you close it. The very idea is different to start with.

Best Misc. 

  1. “Peter, Darling” by Austin Chant: You don’t have to be part of LGBT or Trans community to appreciate the sentence Peter uttered: “I like to fight, that’s what boys do“, and I apologize if that’s not a direct quote. Have you ever caught yourself doing something because you were told you ought to like? Even as a book blogger, have you never felt a need to read certain books, like them, because everyone else did? This is a great book to take if you want to, finally, sift through what is YOU authentically, and what was applied to you from the outside.
  2. “Bangkok 8” by John Burdett: In Lithuanian we only got first three books translated as a trilogy. And after reading them all, I see why. You’ll be happiest if you read the first book. You’ll be happy with the first three. And you’ll be even more happy if after those three, you’ll pretend the rest don’t exist. This one was beautiful, with a character, Sonchai, unlike any other man.
  3. “The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant” by C.S. Pacat: I will forever be grateful to C.S. Pacat for her books, for the world she created. It took an outright sledgehammer to my little bubble I lived in. It was getting dark in there, so I appreciate it. This particular book was so clever and funny, I fell in love with every character all over again. And the very last sentence had me laughing out loud.
  4. “Strange Practice” by Vivian Shaw: If you want a classic but modern story of vampires and monsters, with fine adventures, and somewhat familiar, but not yet overused characters, this is the book for you. It was fun, amusing, and very interesting to read.
  5. “Band Sinister” by K.J. Charles: I often say “this KJC book goes straight behind Magpies books“, but I think I finally found the one. This one is my favorite right after the Magpies. It was fluffy, lovely, and fit my own preferences of having people of common mind around you.

Best of Dracula

  1. “Into the Fire” by Jeaniene Frost: I’ve exchanged a couple of sentences with the author, and I’m real pleased to say she’s very genuinely kind person. Her Dracula series are definitely among my very favorite Dracula series out there, and I am very sad I’m done with them.
  2. “Dracul” by Dacre Stoker: This book goes both on best and worst of 2018. For the book itself is a lot like Kostova’s “Historian“, except with Bram Stoker following vampires. I like the concept, and I like how it was born out of actual biography, life as we know it, of Bram Stoker.

 

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Just reading | by pewdiepie

Here’s someone with a full time job that requires more work than a lot of people think. Here’s someone who found means and time to travel, see sights, appreciate things. And also someone who read 72 books in 2018, and I am honestly happy and impressed. Impressed not because I didn’t even expect someone this busy to read that much, and it is much, yes, but also impressed by what was read, and how he motivates people who watch him to do the same: 10 pages a day everyday is better than 300 pages and a full stop.

One step at a time.

Wish you best of luck with your reading in 2019, everyone!

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