January 19, 2020

The Rain Watcher

The Rain Watcher

The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A family of four arrive on holiday in Paris and is caught up in rainy weather that produces the Seine River to overflow its banks.
Paris' citizens are captives in a flood.
What is more frustrating and annoying (IMO) is the father suffers a stroke and the mother catches pneumonia. Ugh. really? Tilia the daughter has big hangups with hospitals for having been the sole survivor of a car accident. She spent six months in hospital having a hip replacement and she can't step foot in a hospital to be with her dad.
Linden appears to be the glue that will hold this family together except he has his worries about coming out to his father that he is gay.
Paul Malegarde and his family have a lot of secrets, they probably should've gotten therapy for, jeesh. Was his babysitter raped and murdered while he was all safely tucked up in a tree?
Paris could use a few good trees in case of MONSTER floods.
I found the story's raison d'être quite puzzling.

January 17, 2020

Where Winter Finds You: A Caldwell Christmas (Black Dagger Brotherhood #17.5)

Where Winter Finds You (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #17.5)

Where Winter Finds You(Black Dagger Brotherhood #17.5) by J.R. Ward

Narrated by Jim Frangione
9 hours, 37 minutes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Publisher Summary:
#1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward is heating things up this winter with a holiday novel featuring some of her most iconic Black Dagger Brothers.

When Trez lost his beloved to a tragic death (The Shadows, Black Dagger Brotherhood #13), his soul was crushed and his destiny seemed relegated to suffering. But when he meets a mysterious female, he becomes convinced his true love has been reincarnated. Is he right? Or has his grief created a disastrous delusion?
Therese has come to Caldwell to escape a rift with her bloodline. The revelation that she was adopted and not born into her family shakes the foundations of her identity, and she is determined to make it on her own. Her attraction to Trez is not what she's looking for, except the sexy Shadow proves to be undeniable.
Has fate provided a grieving widower with a second chance...or is Trez too blinded by the past to see the present for what it really is? In this sensual, arresting book full of the themes of redemption and self-discovery, two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads where the heart is the only compass that can be trusted...but that may require a courage that neither of them possesses.

My Review:

In the words of Lassiclaus "I'm a sucker for true love, what can I say." Lassiter performs his first miracle in Where Winter Finds You with the reincarnation of Selene. Trez Latimer's Shellan.
Therese learns the truth that she is adopted. She was left on her adoptive parents' doorstep by Lassiter when she was a baby.

Fate and all that jazz will have these two souls meet again.

January 6, 2020

The Infernal Devices Re-Readathon ~ Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own. Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

I have a better appreciation for the term Infernal Devices- Mortmains automaton creations. Don't blink because the clockwork angel Tessa wears around her neck is the most fantastic imaginative piece of the author's fabric! and there is a lot of clever pieces of fabric in Cassandra Clare's masterpiece, such as the Iratze's and the swords shadowhunters fight with. As you will discover, Mortmain is the enemy and Tessa, Will, Jem, Charlotte, Jessamine, Sophie, Thomas and Henry all live inside the London Institute of Shadowhunters.

Tessa Gray travels from New York to London on a steamship hoping to meet up with her brother Nate. Instead, she falls victim to a pair of dark sisters who serve Mortmain the magister. They seem to know all about her and insist on training Tessa on how to use her power. She doesn't know anything about what she is until she is forced to become someone else for the first time.

Downworlders are creatures with a supernatural abilities such as warlocks, vampires, faeries, and werewolves. Shadowhunters are part human and part angel. They have angel blood coursing through their veins. They primarily fight and kill demons and are bound by Clave Law and The Accords to live peaceably with downworlders and their mandate is to kill demons. Tessa seems to have escaped the Dark House into their world. On a bright note, her romantic involvement with Will is tasked with their mutual fondness for books. I'm sure avid readers will appreciate that aspect.

"Is it dreadful, being so evil? Are you worried you'll go to Hell?" She leaned closer to Tessa. "What do you think the Devil's like?"
Tessa set her fork down. "Would you like to meet him? I could summon him up in a trice if you like. Being a warlock, and all."

Brother Enoch says Tessa is an Eidolon. A Shape-changer but not one that is familiar to him. There is no demon's mark on her.

The following review was first published on my blog in 2011 @Jackie's Forget Me Nots
I just finished reading Clockwork Angel, and it was incredible! I found this mock book cover at DeviantArt. We learned Tessa’s little angel necklace was surprisingly helpful to her. I was astonished more than Tessa was to see that little fiery fairy thing come to life buzzing around her neck when she was being attacked by automatons in the Institute. It saved her life. This may be a spoiler post but I don’t care, considering I am always late when it comes to reading books, so I am assuming everyone in the world has either heard of it or read it.

Alex Mortmain, french for ‘hand of death’ is the head of the pandemonium club. The Magister! OMG!!! :p NOT DeQuincey like everyone was fooled into believing.

Magnus Bane is a very interesting character who I feel has a lot more to do with Tessa’s family than we are aware of. He is a very old warlock. Speaking of characters, I hate Nathaniel Gray! what a dick!

January 4, 2020

My 2020 top anticipated releases continues...

In all seriousness, I forgot to mention a couple of books I've been anticipating to read in 2020 in my initial post. Needless to say, sometimes I jump the gun and if I were in the Hunger Games I would be dead as fuck!

Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 

Releases June 9th, 2020. 
How did I ever forget to mention this one? Storm and Fury was the most entertaining paranormal fantasy of 2019! I can't wait for the sequel.

Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox #3) by Julie Kagawa. 

Releases April 2nd, 2020
OMG! Another HIT and I can't wait to dive back into the fantasy world because I love Yumeko and Tatsumi!

The Adventures of A Time Spinner

Secrets of the Chocolate House (Found Things #2)

Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is close to Christmas and Xanthe and Flora's little antique shop is open for business and they are making friends with the tea shop owner Gerri, next door. Liam is also helping out whenever he can. He likes Xanthe, a lot, but she hasn't gotten over her feelings and relationship to Samuel of the seventeenth century.

Xanthe finds out she is a Spinner whose role in travelling through time is to help people. She can hear certain objects sing that beckon her to answer the call. So far her adventures have been fraught with danger. I just hope she will get to experience joyful ones.

Upon finding a copper chocolate pot she gets the impression Samuel is in danger so she goes back in time to save him and is caught up with the secrets of a chocolate house, where she learns there are others just like her: Mistress Louisa Flyte and one dangerous Benedict Fairfax!
This fascinating time travel is an adventure in proportion to witchcraft and I enjoyed every little detail. I love that Xanthe was able to use her talent for singing in the past as well as the present. I also love that she was chosen to be the bearer of the spinner book, just as Mistress Flyte was.

January 3, 2020

Review -The Little Shop of Found Things

The Little Shop of Found ThingsThe Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a romantic tale of love that is kindled in the past and left to burn in the present reminiscent of Outlander. It is about time travel and redemption.

Xanthe opens up an antique shop with her mother who is burdened with chronic pain. Xanthe is a beautiful girl with a unique ability to feel emotional ties to objects but is unaware of a ghost who wants Xanthe's help to save her daughter from a certain fate that will require travelling back in time. The catalyst is a beautiful chatelaine brooch that Xanthe bids for in an auction and will be the portal to the early 1700s.

My 2020 Top Anticipated Books

My wishlist is all about paranormal fantasy/paranormal romance and science fiction fantasy. Keeping up with all the books to be released drives me absolutely mad. Typically I don't like waiting for the next book in a series because of the cliffhangers. As it were I like to be caught up in the moment preferably because I tend to lose interest and forget about it or worse. Get angry. So I hope to at least read the ones I've listed below. UPDATE: See also My 2020 top releases continues

Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) will be released on March 3rd, 2020 Yes I know I've said I didn't want to continue with her next series because I was not overly impressed with the way things wrapped up in Queen of Air and Darkness but I can't resist The Last Hours which takes us back to the Infernal Devices. At least that is what I understand from reading an excerpt

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0) by Suzanne Collins. This takes us back to Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games. Expected publication is May 19th, 2020
The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black Narrated by Caitlin Kelly.  I plan on reading the entire series this year even if I have to buy the damn books! UPDATE: Oops Sorry! This one is a 2019 release. regardless it will be read by me in 2020 lol.
The King of Crows (The diviners #4) by Libba Bray February 4th, 2020 Anticipating this release is the reason I began reading the books and I am glad I did.
Wicked Bite by Jeaniene Frost January 28th, 2020 It will be fun to dive back into another one of her vampire kick-ass worlds.

The Sinner (Black Dagger Brotherhood #18)by J.R. Ward. Narrated by Jim Frangione. It releases March 24 Always a pleasure to read another installment of the BDB and I have read all of them to date.
A Blight of Blackwings (Seven Kennings #2)by Kevin Hearne releases on February 4th, 2020 Thanks to Kim Costa from Caffeinated Book Reviewer for reminding me about this and that I need to read A Plague of Giants.
The Dragon of Sedona (The Treasure of Paragon #4) by Genevieve Jack Narrated by Rock Engle possibly? It releases on March 24th, 2020 I've loved reading about these hot dragons, however, I am not caught up with the series. Genevieve Jack is very underrated.
 Crush the King (Crown of Shards #3) by Jennifer Estep Narrated by Lauren Fortgang. I will be reading an E-arc and writing my review soon. It releases on March 17th, 2020