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The Postman Knock #125

Hello, sweethearts!
The sweltering heat here has arrived. It's hot, hot, hot, and it's going to be a very dry summer.
Also, KITTENS. They are so grown now, and I'll be getting a third soon. A ginger one! Always wanted a ginger cat for the gang :)

READ/LISTENED TO:


HIDDEN HUNTRESS was a disappointment for me, as I really was looking forward to this installment in the series. It only got a bit better in the last couple of chapters. Not sure I'll read the next book. Booo! SHUTTERGIRL was lovely, a straightforward sweet Hollywood romance, and it was a perfect summer read. Very much recommended! WITCH HUNTER was a DNF. :( At 14% in the book I couldn't go on. I know some reviewers thought that book was crack, but the language killed me. Super simplistic and very anachronistic for the time in alternative history of England. I had to stop. All J.D.ROBB's books are re-reads on audio, so I am not listing them here, but again these books are ideal for me to listen to while I'm working!

 FOR REVIEW:

Thanks to Pan Macmillan and Mel from The Daily Prophecy for my beautiful hardback copy! I haven't read Naomi Novik before, but. DRAGONS! I'm sure I'll love this :)

BOUGHT:

I NEED to read this one, but I'm still not morally ready... Everyone keeps screaming about the ending. I am afraid! :)

IN OTHER NEWS:


We are slowly watching the first season of MARCO POLO and really enjoying it. I love how there are just as many kick ass women as men here. The empress on Mongolian side is my favorite! 

Of course, the costumes are lush as well. Fascinating...
Have you seen it? What do you think?

This is it for me. Over and out.
Happy Sunday!

June Book Releases I am Dying to Read!

I've read Witch Hunter and Hidden Huntress, and I'm secretly looking forward to Dead Ice. There are rumours that this will be a comeback to urban fantasy for LKH. *fingers crossed* What about you?

Romantic Suspense Audiobook Review: For You by Kristen Ashley

For You by Kristen Ashley (The "Burg" #1)


Audiocopy courtesy of Audible US

Synopsis from Goodreads
Lieutenant Alexander Colton and February Owens were high school sweethearts. Everyone in their small town knew from the moment they met they were meant for each other. But something happened and Feb broke Colt’s heart then she turned wild and tragedy struck. Colt meted out revenge against the man who brought Feb low but even though Colt risked it all for her, Feb turned her back on him and left town.

Fifteen years later, Feb comes back to help run the family bar. But there’s so much water under the bridge separating her and Colt everyone knows they’ll never get back together.

Until someone starts hacking up people in Feb’s life. Colt is still Colt and Feb is still Feb so the town watches as Colt goes all out to find the murderer while trying to keep Feb safe.

As the bodies pile up, The Feds move in and a twisting, turning story unravels exposing a very sick man who has claimed numerous victims along the way, Feb and Colt battle their enduring attraction and the beautiful but lost history that weaves them together.

 Amazon US | Amazon kindle US/UK | Audible US/UK

 8/10

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For You is an interesting concept. I've never read Kristen Ashley before, but I understand the appeal now.

Miss Ashley describes small towns and characters who led rich & complicated lives. The suspense is a huge and surprisingly vivid bonus.

The Postman Knock #124

Hello, ladies and gents!
How have you been?

As I mentioned in Friday post, I am slacking this week on the blog due to being very busy on the farm, and it will probably last until next Friday. It's hot, and we are working non-stop to do the last of the planting of the season, and by the time I get to sit by computer or read a book for review all I want is to close my eyes and go to sleep :)
So, yeah... I am here, but not very much active until I put myself together again.

READ/LISTENED TO:


FOR YOU was good. Unexpected with mild annoyances, but good. I'll let you know why in my review. I liked CODA. It was a good ending for Jonathan and Monica. Realistic. FALLEN CREST FAMILY was another part of the fascinating YA soap opera I've been reading. Honestly, as I said, this sh*t is addictive! I am not mentioning J.D. ROBB, because these are all re-reads on audio.

NETGALLEY/EDELWEISS:

Super excited about both of them, thanks to the publishers!

BOUGHT:

Animal Farm might have come as a surprise, but growing up in Russia, this book was never part of my curriculum, so when I saw it on Audio as one of the daily deals, I snatched it :) And no, I won't be reviewing it here. The Anatomy of Death was on my wishlist literally for years until the price was reduced to under £4 and I finally bought it. Really excited about it!

KINDLE FREEBIE:

Another book off my wishlist.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Hey, Eurovision was intense last night, right?! Glad Sweden won (this was one of my favorites), but I still think Belgium (that boy is genius), Norway and Latvia were better!
What did you think?



Over and out, 
tchau!

Eurovision Song Contest 2015: Snarky Commentary

Hey, peeps!
You might have noticed that I've been lax this week updating the blog on time.
I apologise, we are swamped with chores on the farm, it's hot, and I just don't have it in me to write reviews at about 10 in the evening when we finally slow down. I need mindless entertainment instead.
Thank God for Eurovision, right? :)))


I caught up with all the videos at last and here is my take:

Slovenia
Lovely, the voice reminiscent of Amy Winehouse.

Spain
Absolute fail with slightly paranormal angle. Although the man candy looked delicious.

Sweden
Loved it. Very catchy, very indie and such a simple concept.

Hungary
Sweet and simple, but I personally found it boring. They were playing it really safe.

Germany
Another Anastasia-like voice, but God, what a boring video and song.

Romania
So typical for Eurovision, sickly sweet, sad and patriotic. Will probably gain good votes.

Switzerland
What a mess! They crammed so many different concepts together. A native-Indian get up for a girl in white in the forest, a flute and 80's guitar in the background... and oh my god, the chorus was bad!

Montenegro
Another pop-folk song with zero- personality. Just sad.

Estonia
It started promising. The dude has Nick Cave-type of voice, but the gal is no Kylie Minogue. Take her away, leave him in, she was torturing my ears. And the song is boring....

Serbia
No, no, no! Beauty Never Lies is a rip off of Beautiful by Christina Aguilera, but it's a BAD ONE. You've been warned. The director of that video should have been shot. Seriously, it was bad.

France
France as usual went for simple classic, but it always plays safe. Watch only if you like Patricia Kaas's style. I personally found this very boring.

F.Y.R. Macedonia
 Dude has good voice,  not  a bad song. Not impressed with the video. Honestly, I'd rather stare at people than drawings.

Australia
First of all, what Australia is doing on Eurovision?! Otherwise, classy, a little bit funky, but very grey video-wise. 

San Marino
Well, I suppose for San Marino it's good, but otherwise the song was a mess. They are teenagers, give them something less boring to sing for God's sake! It was like listening to a Christian song.

Russia
What's with these inspirational videos on Eurovision?! Nice voice, but a song more suitable for a charity foundation or a a big Christmas relief song. I found it pretty boring, sorry, mother-Russia

Azerbaijan
Good voice, but another inspirational video. I'm ready to slit  my wrists. Dude either dresses in front of the video, stays in his flat or looking out from the balcony. What the hell?

Albania
I don't know why but I half like the singer. Song is a bit busy, but it's about regular women, and I enjoyed that.

Czech Republic
Another wrist slitting song. Although that guy is a hulk, yum! He should have been singing rock, instead of sad pop duets.

Moldova
Yes! That's the eurotrash I've been waiting for. Phew, I'm relieved! Although darling, I think, she is a bit old for you. And I've never seen traffic patrol cops as hot as her...Oh I see, it was a teenage wet dream.

Norway
These two were gorgeous. Beautiful, deadly song, classy surroundings. Hey, Scandinavia rules so far! This one made me happy.

Austria
Is it me, or the dude is trying to be the guy from White Stripes? It's alright, but not my cup of tea. Very tame.

Latvia
She is skinny little thing, isn't she? Again, not bad, quirky and simple. Like it.If she was in a dubstep video, I'd snatch it in an instant.

Greece
Kill me now. One of those brainless supposedly tearjerkers.

Israel
I think he fancies himself Justin Timberlake. Well, he ain't one. On yes, the middle-eastern tunes came in. Hello, eurotrash! *grinning madly*

Portugal
She looks angry. And that's the language I'm learning now, ladies and gents. Well, the usual, - boring.

The Netherlands
Well, I applaud the older couple dynamics, but the song itself has a teenage feel, sorry. Her voice is creepily very young, while she is obviously in her late forties. Weird.

Iceland
Normal pop song. *yawn* I don't even know if she is singing about herself or the country in general? Very Disney-like feel.

Malta
Malta doesn't disappoint. It goes for a certain type every time. Creepy girl, weird song. Always the same. *sigh*

Armenia
Slitting my wrists again. Is it some sort of remembrance thing? First of all, how many of singers there are? I lost count. Secondly, f*ck that, my ears can't deal with it.

Belarus
Okay, this will be one of Eurovision hits :) Can't help it, the guy reminds me of a dark elf with his weird ear attachments/jewelry. Pretty cool in a eurotrashy way. You just have to see it for yourself.

Georgia
Sorry, but I like it. It's about women kicking ass. Watch the video :)

Belgium
Fuck, I LOVE it! Steampunk motives slipped quietly in, and it's really weird. Cool tune, well done, Belgium.

Poland
Another kill-me-now song. Really boring.

United Kingdom
Bless them, they really tried. *pats shoulder* I appreciate the effort, but no, God, no!

Lithuania
They were going for cutesy, but it didn't work. They are most definitely not Mumford & Sons.

Finland
As usual, Finland doesn't give a rat's ass. This was a big middle finger towards Eurovision. With an awesome message!

Ireland
Molly, you are very decent, but unfortunately not very exciting, sorry..

Italy
Anything said in Italian sounds beautiful, but I am not a fan of pop-opera. Skipping forward.

Denmark
Another cutesy indie song. So, so boring. Definitely skipping forward.

Cyprus
Nice song, but there is no life in it. Flat as a pancake.

Here you go. Nothing personal, peeps, I don't have anything against certain countries, this is just my taste.

Favorites are:

Norway, Sweden, Georgia, Latvia & Belgium.

 I hope Belgium wins.
What about you?

In fact I'm going to watch them again.
Thanks for reading this!
Tchau!

Contemporary Romance Review: The One in My Heart by Sherry Thomas

The One in My Heart by Sherry Thomas


Egalley thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
When Evangeline Canterbury meets the gorgeous, intriguing doctor next door, all she wants from him is a bit of distraction, to help her get over a few rough days.


Her one-night stand, however, has other plans: He needs an accomplished and presentable girlfriend to bring before his parents—and for six months of her time, he is willing and prepared to spend an obscene amount of money.


Nothing but trouble can come of such an arrangement. But can Eva stop herself? Or will she fall headlong in love with a man who will leave her when their contract expires with a smile, a check, and hardly a backward glance?

Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK

8.5/10

* * *
Well, peeps. How many of you glanced at the cover and the synopsis and dismissed this book as describing one of the most used tropes in romance genre? Yeah, right. If I wasn't a long-standing fan of Sherry Thomas, starting from her historicals and ending by her incredibly well put together young adult fantasy fiction series, I would have gleefully walked by.

The Postman Knock #123

Hey, ladies and fellas!
How is it going?
It's hot here and I am superbusy with gardening, and have time to mostly listen to audiobooks above everything. We are eating first strawberries and making homemade icecream, yum! It's a beautfiul time of the year.

Here is what I READ/LISTENED TO:

I am listening to Nora Roberts aka J.D. Robb on audio for the first time as I read the first 20-ish books in the series years ago, and I'm absolutely loving it. Super easy listening!
 Also, OMG, Fallen Crest High was super addictive. I read it in one go! What happened is... I saw a post on Dear Author about Wattpad with a few names of the biggest authors there. Got curious, tried reading them, got glued to the screen with this book. What a fab high school drama! *grins*

FOR REVIEW:
Thanks to Audible, I'm listening to Kristen Ashley for the first time. She is good! Will report soon.

FREEBIES ON AMAZON:

IN OTHER NEWS:

Thank you, everyone, who participated in my giveaway, - you were lovely!

The winner is:

Ashley!

Congrats, the email has been sent.

This is it for me, peeps. 
Tchau and have a lovely weekend!



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