srijeda, 16. ožujka 2016.

Get up offa that slump: Review Your Favorite Book Ever

Get Up Offa That Slump: A Blogging Extravaganza is a blogging challenge hosted by Rachel from Beauty and the Bookshelf. Today s challenge is to review your favorite book. I decided to talk about my favorite series of all time, The Hollows by Kim Harrison because I rarely wrote about it on the blog because I never had much coherent things to say, it would have all been unshamful gushing. There will be gushing here too, but hopefully it will end up more eloquent.

The Hollows series (also called the Rachel Morgan series) is a series of thirteen mystery novels, eight short stories, two graphic novels, and one compendium resource by Kim Harrison, published by HarperCollins Publishers, in an urban fantasy alternate history universe and set primarily in the city of Cincinnati and its suburbs. The alternate history is built upon two premises: the recent open existence of magical and supernatural species, primarily witches, vampires, andwerewolves, with the human population; and the historical investment of Cold War military spending in genetic engineering as opposed to the Space Race, which resulted in the accidental release of a genetically modified tomato in the 1960s that killed a significant portion of the human population. The series is set approximately forty years after this plague, referred to as 'The Turn' within the series. The series is told in the first-person point of view of Rachel Morgan, a detective/bounty hunter witch who works with local law enforcement agencies and faces threats both mundane and supernatural in origin. The series also focuses on Rachel's relationships with her partners, a living vampire and a pixy, as well as her personal relationships with males of different species.   (Summary from Wikipedia)

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I started this series almost five years ago and Dead Witch walking was something very special to me and when I read the rest that were out in 2011 ( first nine books were out) I was in love. The Hollows series has a unique story, interesting characters, the world the story unravels is amazing and the flow of the story itself through all 13 books just made sense. You may think while reading that the series is just a simple paranormal romance series but I promise you, there is nothing simple about the world, the characters and the story Kim Harrison created.
From the beginning, I was on Rachel Morgans side. She was smart, spunky and a witch (at least we think so at the time) and I loved the ways she dealt with things. I loved her interactions with Ivy, her vampire roomate and partner in solving mysteries and I absolutely adored Jenks, the pixy who is also a partner in the PI bussiness and a tiny creature full of life and humor. His swering was something else, especially: "Tink's a Disney whore!" In the first book we also meet Trent Kalamack, who through the majority of the series is a bad guy but we learn that first impressions arent everything and that nothing is as it seems. I felt from the first page he appears on that he and Rachel will have something special and boy, was I right. After the death of Kisten, Rachel s vampire boyfriend ( I still am not over that), I rooted for Trent and Rachel.
This series had a lot of love interests, some amazing ↑, some awful ( Nick, blah) and some mostly ok guys that were just not for Rachel ( like Pierce and Marshall ). But the frienships are the real reason this series is awesome, Rachel would not be alive and a mostly well adjusted demon if not for Ivy, Jenks, Bis and Ceri (;(). They are all her family and even one of the big bads of some of the books, demon Al, became her true friend and teacher.
I will always love this series, it is full of surprises and unexpected moves, complex characters and relationships and the ending of the story was just what shoul have been. I cannot recommend this enough. I hope this post encourages at least one person to give this series a shot.
Oh for the sweet humpin' love of Tink!

Have you read The Hollows series? What did you think of it?
What is your all time favorite book series?
Leave me a comment.

ponedjeljak, 14. ožujka 2016.

Nightwish book tag (Get up offa that slump: Do a book tag)

Get Up Offa That Slump: A Blogging Extravaganza is a blogging challenge hosted by Rachel from Beauty and the Bookshelf. Today s challenge is a book tag and I have never done one before so it should be fun. I decided on Nightwish Book Tag created by Unicorn Hunter Books because Nightwish is one of my favorite bands and combining it with books is just amazing. 

Here goes:

1. Elvenpath - favorite high fantasy book

I dont usually read a lot of high fantasy books, that is something I plan on remeding in the near future but I adored Throne of Glass.

2. Bless the Child - a book that features a loss of innocence

I could only think of Sweet evil off the top of my head, Anna s whole world and idea s of good and evil are crushed when she learns the truth of her lineage.

3. Slaying the Dreamer - A book where a character you love dies

This book broke my heart, I will never stop mourning Kisten.

4. Oceansoul - A character who yearns for something more

Lena years for a right to love without repercussions a for the world to be a different place than it is.

5. The Poet and the Pendulum - A book that features suicide

This book had an impact one me, even four years after reading it. The writing is just beautiful.

6. Sahara - A book that takes place in the desert

Blood Red Road is the only book that came to mind and it is one of the best dystopias I have read.

7. Last of the Wilds - A book that takes place in the wilderness

Again, the only thing that I could think of, two people are in a plane crash that leaves them on a deserted island for years.

8. Our Decades in the Sun - Your favorite bookish parents

Lara Jean s father  is so awesome, I just love the family dynamics in this book.

9. Wanderlust - A book with people who travel all the time

One of my 2015 favorites, this features one road trip to remember.

10. Storytime - A nostalgic book

This trilogy is perfection, I always go back to it.

11. Fantasmic - Favorite fairytale retelling

Everything about this book made me fall in love with it....and also break my heart. The writing and the storytelling are pure beauty.

12. Edema Ruh - A book title that would make a good song

Every title in this series would make a great rock song but this one is my favorite

So, thats it. Tell me what you think or recommend some other good book tags, I might do more of them, this was fun. Leave me a comment on what you think or leave me a link to your post.
Have a great week.

P.S. I tag Tanja and Glass from Ja čitam, a ti? and Maja from The Nocturnal Library.

petak, 11. ožujka 2016.

Inspirational, badass and strong women in fiction

Get Up Offa That Slump: A Blogging Extravaganza is a blogging challenge hosted by Rachel from Beauty and the Bookshelf. It last through the whole month of March and the goal is to post something on your blog, with different themes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, which is especially awesome if you have been in a bit of a blogging slump like I have.

Today s topic is Inspirational women in fiction.

Celaena Sardothien

Celaena is an assassin, strong, kickass, lovely and loves to read. She is smart, relays on herself to make the right choice and fight for herself.

Rachel Morgan

One of my all time favorite female characters, Rachel is a witch/demon who is smart, sassy and awesome with spells. Her friends are always there to help her and she is always there to help them.

Kaylee Cavanaugh

Kalyee is always ready to help someone, she is quick on her feet, really intelligent and she sacrifices a lot to save those she loves.

Charley Davidson

My all time favorite character, Charley is full of sarcasm, fun, super awesome powers, great detective skills and coffee.

Lady Alexia Tarabotti / Maccon

In an era where women s voices were not heard, Alexia is a breath of fresh air. She is snarky while proper, armed with a sharp wit and her trusty parasol and always hilarious.


Armed with her katana and her mind, there is no threat Merit cant face.

Kate Daniels

The ultimate badass woman, Kate Daniels is a power to be reckoned with, reasonable most of the time, loyal, kind and a true warrior.

I also have to mention Mery Thompson, Katy Schwarz, Deuce, Rose Hathaway, Dred and Jane Jameson, this list would not have been complete without them.

Do you agree with my choices?
Who are your favorite badass women in fiction?
If you participate in the challenge, leave me a link, if not leave me a comment :)