Friday, 20 July 2018

NIL on Fire - Book Review

Nil on Fire (Nil #3)
by Lynne Matson

What is it about:
Despite Rives and Skye’s attempt to destroy Nil, the island remains. And back in this world, Nil won’t let Skye go. Haunted by a darkness she can’t ignore, Skye wrestles with Nil nightmares that worsen by the day and threaten to tear her apart. As Skye fights to keep her mind intact, she realizes that to finally break free of Nil, she must end Nil’s vicious cycle once and for all—and she can’t do it alone.

Who are Nil’s new arrivals? Who will return to the island? And who will survive in the end? In this final installment of the Nil series, the stakes have never been higher.

Losing isn’t an option, but winning will cost Skye everything.

What did I think of it:
A great ending to a very cool series.

In the first book NIL is a total mystery and only a few small secrets are discovered about the strange island. In NIL Unlocked more things gat revealed about NIL's purpose and its secrets. In this final book NIL doesn't stay on the background as a mysterious entity, but is taking the stage in a last attempt to get its way.

I was hooked from the start and eager to find out if and how Skye would manage to escape NIL's grasp. Characters from previous books return, new characters are introduced and NIL is ready for them. There is once again lots of drama, action, death, and secrets to solve. Time is running out for Skye and her friends.

I loved discovering what NIL is about, to read about the new people trapped on NIL, and about Skye's attempts to once and for all deal with NIL. This book is a worthy end to the the trilogy, and you bet this whole trilogy will go on my reread shelves.

All in all a very cool and entertaining read. You bet I'll keep an eye out for more books by Matson.

Why should you read it:
It's a cool and action-packed YA read.

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Thursday, 19 July 2018

On McPig's Radar - Frenchman Street

I'm eagerly awaiting the release of this book next week, so I can get my greedy trotters on a print version.

Frenchman Street (Sentinels of New Orleans #6)
by Suzanne Johnson

The uneasy truce between the preternatural species of New Orleans has shattered, with wizards and elves, shifters and vampires—not to mention the historical undead—struggling for ultimate control of the city, including the humans who still think they’re atop the food chain.

They aren’t, however—and the Summer Prince of Faerie wants them to know it.

Stuck in the middle? One unemployed wizard sentinel. For DJ Jaco, war makes for strange bedfellows as she finally embraces her wizard-elven heritage and strikes a deal with the devil so she and her ragtag band of allies can return to defend her hometown. After all, when the undead French pirate Jean Lafitte has been hired by the mayor as a consultant, things could go horribly wrong.

War is coming to New Orleans just in time for Mardi Gras, with the elves and wizards lined up on opposite sides, the shifters without a leader, the vampires promising loyalty to the highest bidder, and the soul of the Crescent City resting on the outcome of the civil war going on in Faerie between the rival princes of summer and winter.

Mardi Gras Day is approaching fast, the much-anticipated new Krewe of Enyo is not what it seems, and the line between friends and enemies grows thin as DJ tries to stave off open warfare between faeries on the St. Charles Avenue parade route.

Laissez les bons temps rouler…but be careful, or the good times might roll too close for comfort.

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

We Started a Podcast

I've been listening to Jeffe Kennedy's podcasts: First Cup of Coffee and thought it would be fun to try a podcast myself as well. And it will be good for my owner to practice her English.

Listen to my owner's first try here:


Americanized - Book Review

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card
by Sara Saedi

What is it about:
At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn’t learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn’t because she didn’t have a Social Security number.

Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn’t keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend.

Americanized follows Sara’s progress toward getting her green card, but that’s only a portion of her experiences as an Iranian-“American” teenager. From discovering that her parents secretly divorced to facilitate her mother’s green card application to learning how to tame her unibrow, Sara pivots from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country at any time to the almost-as-terrifying possibility that she might be the only one of her friends without a date to the prom.

What did I think of it:
I will confess I do not know much about the difficulties illegal immigrants face. I am aware of lots of refugees coming to the Netherlands and other countries, escaping horrors I can't even imagine, and I know not all of them come legally, but that's about it. So when I saw this book I decided to pick it up and get some understanding of what it's like to be an illegal immigrant.

Sara's story is really interesting and funny. The struggles of her parents to get legalized, her own fears (both about being deported and those that are universal for teenagers), her love for her family: everything is told with humor and wit. In between telling about her own youth, her families history, and problems with getting a green card, she answers some much asked questions about Iranians, and tackles some misconceptions.

All in all I very much enjoyed this book. Next to giving me a view on how life as an illegal immigrant can be, it is heartwarming to read how close-knit Sara's family is.

Why should you read it:
It's an interesting and enjoyable read.

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Teaser Tuesdays - Blue Bloods

"To Barneys," she replied, putting on her sunglasses. "I have nothing to wear to the funeral."

(page 42, Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, 16 July 2018

Nil Unlocked - Book Review

Nil Unlocked (Nil #2)
by Lynne Matson

What is it about:
On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever.

Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her own. Soon the duo find themselves locked in a desperate race to save all the residents of Nil—and possibly destroy the island forever. But at what cost? And who will pay the price?

What did i think of it:
I read NIL, the first book in this series, in 2014 when it released. The next year NIL Unlocked released, but managed to fly under my radar, as did the last book, NIL on Fire. When I came across NIL when rearranging my bookshelves not long ago, I decided it was time to continue with this series. Amazon had the other two books in hardcover for a very decent price, so I got both of them at once.

And NIL Unlocked is even better than NIL in my opinion.

NIL is a dangerous and mysterious place, but in this book Skye is hunting for answers and she takes some risky chances in her search for the truth about NIL. I loved Skye and rooted for her to find the answers she seeks.

Rives is also a great character. He is trying to be a good leader for the teens on NIL, but that is difficult at times. He takes risks as well, some that might cost him his future if he's not careful.

There were some really interesting and cool other characters as well, and I was eager to find out if NIL would give up its secrets. There were some deaths, secrets, possible betrayals, and angry, angry hippos. I had a great time with book.

The end is satisfying, but also throws out some last surprises that made me very glad i already had the last book in the series as well. Because I need to know what will happen next.

Why should you read it:
It's a cool and exciting YA read.

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