The Moonlight Library (Nemo)

My name is Nemo. This is me on Goodreads

By day I work in IT, by night I turn into a vigilante kitten snuggler.

Is there anything better than a lap filled with kittens and shelves filled with books? I think not.

 

"A good book resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper." - David Quammen

Finally, a decent one in the series!

Gateway to the Gods (Everworld #7) - Katherine A. Applegate

April and the others have arrived at Mount Olympus, where Christopher rejects his offered immortality as repayment for failing to save Ganymede. The group are forced to become generals in the war between the Hetwan and Olympus, because the gods are incompetent and can’t change or adapt, where as humans for the Old World can.

 

 This book was like the Battle of Helm’s Deep. It’s basically all preparing for battle, then battle, then aftermath of battle. And I actually didn’t mind it, because although the group have had clear goals and objectives before, this was the first one of those kinds of books that didn’t bore my tears.

 

The group are beginning to realise that they might prefer their life in Everworld, even though April still fights it. Senna rocks up again, and don’t underestimate her! She may finally have given up magical control of David, but she’s still got her womanly charms and assets to allure him. She also has ulterior motives which are made much clearer in this novel, as the dragging over of the EverWorld four in her wake was very deliberate and in the hopes that she might become an ultimate ruler through them. Her only real threat is Merlin, because he’s a human, and she hopes the others will be able to stop him.

 

It was fun to read about Applegate’s interpretation of the Olympian gods, because they’re probably the ones I know best. It was an interesting concept to see that the difference between immortals and mortals is that immortals can not and do not change, and even Athena, who seemed to be the darling of this book, was aware of that. I mean, even Zues nearly fell for the whole ‘surrender all but your favourites and I *promise* I won’t eat you even though you’ll be helpless’ trick from Ka Anor. Thankfully the Old World group was around to call them gods idiots for even considering it.

 

After this exciting episode I’m not sure what to expect next.




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Feral - Holly Schindler

The most exquisite opening pages from the POV of a girl who's just been murdered, leading to a horrific beating of another girl that nearly bought me to tears with the depths of its horror... ugh beautiful violence, how I love thee... yep I think I'm gonna like this book!




Perfect!

Delete - Kim Curran

This book could not have a more perfect ending. This entire trilogy will be one to re-read in years to come.

Perfection.

Review to come.




Even with a plot it made me fall asleep

Fear the Fantastic - Katherine Applegate

Christopher and the gang are sent off on their second ever quest: to deliver Dionysus, god of a good time, and his companion Ganymede, a man so beautiful he makes straight guys question himself, to Zeus on Olympus. Only problem is to get to Olympus they have to pass through Ka Anor, the go eater’s territory.

 

It took me several weeks to read this book. I fell terribly sick and all I wanted to do was sleep, so if I wanted to get to sleep I’d read a few pages of this and soon I’d be snoring. It was a BORING book. The descriptions were amazing and marvellous, and world building intense and understandable, but the characters are still only reacting to their surroundings, and most of those reactions seem to be filler or word padding until we get to what’s supposed to be an interesting part.

 

But the  most interesting part in the book was when Christopher fell asleep and had to go and deal with real-life shit, like being threatened by a Nazi supremacist for not joining their little cult! Even Christopher thinks it’s ridiculous how his EverWorld life is so dangerous and on edge and every moment is a threat, but he still has to deal with shit in the real world.

 

Christopher’s unlikeable, but at least he recognises his own prejudices. I think he grows by the end of the novel because he has to deal with his own homosexual feelings towards Ganymede, who risks his own immortal life to save Christopher’s, and then Christopher is unable to reciprocate. It really beats Christopher up and he takes it hard that he owed his life to someone and then just let him die.

 

I never really got the feeling they wouldn’t achieve their quest, which was to deliver Dionysus to Zeus, and I’m glad that for once they got a soft bed and all they could eat and to rest and recover. The next book is April’s, who’s my favourite narrator, so despite how much I didn’t enjoy this book I’m still looking forward to hers.




I'm back!

AND MARRIED!

 

Did you miss me?

 

I missed you!

 

 

I didn't read anything on my break because I got really sick just before the wedding and it was really quite bad, lost my voice for nearly two weeks, managed to sprain my wrist by sleeping on it, way too tired to read anything.

 

What's been going on? What did I miss?

 

Remember, there's an INT giveaway running on my blog closing in a couple of days!




I have to take some time away from social media

but I have an INT giveaway running on my blog I'd really like you to enter.

 

It's for my second blogiversary!

 

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Delete - Kim Curran

The reason why this concept is so huge is because it's just not alternate realities. Scott's incapable of explaining, "In the reality I Shifted from, this person was a Very Bad Guy, which is why I suspect them of being the Big Bad in this reality." And I can't grasp why he can't say it! Everyone KNOWS a major Shift happened, they just don't know what was going on in the original world. And everyone knows Scott's memories from the new reality haven't fully returned, and everyone's OK with that. They all know a huge Shift happened, yet no one's talking about it or trying to get Scott to undo his Shift and take them out of a world at war, which is all they've known.

 

I often feel like my brain's expanding when I read these books.




Must Love Horses

Breaking the Reins - Juliana Haygert

After Hannah’s grandmother and beloved horse died in a fire that wiped out the barn, she inherits the ranch and manages it whilst attending college and keeping up appearances with the rich polo crowd her boyfriend Eric is involved in. Then Argus appears – battered and tortured, he’s in need of a whisperer to help him recover, and Hannah doesn’t think she’s up to the job – until she meets Leo, Eric’s polo rival, Brazilian, and magic with horses. Hannah finds herself attracted to Leo, but Eric needs her more than ever, and she has to choose between her own life or following the reins someone else has put on her.

 

That summary is a little poetic, but that’s how I felt about the novel. It’s also about domestic abuse. It’s no secret from the first time we meet Eric that he’s going to be bad news, even though he’s a loving, doting boyfriend. He’s a textbook psychopath and Hannah falls into textbook domestic abuse. Why doesn’t she leave him? Why doesn’t she stand up for herself? Why does she take him back? These are all questions that ALL domestic abuse survivors have been asked, and I feel that Haygert really explains quite well exactly how Hannah feels and why she continues in an abusive relationship despite the obvious danger. He doesn’t start out horrible, and it develops nicely (ugh, you know what I mean) as a plot, and it’s very well balanced. Hannah loves him, and although he wants her to give up college, sell the ranch and marry him, that’s not what she wants.

 

That aside, let’s talk about nice things. Argus is wonderful, an untrusting white stallion who was horrifically abused by his previous owner and is now recovering with Hannah’s help. The progress is painfully slow, but Argus comes through just when you need him to. I loved him, even if he wasn’t the perfect horse like Midnight from Breaking Fences. Leo was pretty awesome as well, although I couldn’t approve of Hannah making out with him while she was still in a relationship with Eric, even if Eric was a complete tosspot.

Part of me wishes Hannah had come to Leo and his brothers for help earlier, rather than try to sort out her own problems, because what could be hotter than four athletic Brazilian men showing up at your ranch to teach your abusive boyfriend a lesson? Well, that’s not what I got, but a girl can dream. I was actually really happy with the way the novel wrapped everything up.

 

Don’t read this looking for info on how much work it really takes to look after a horse, because although Hannah gets up early and works hard to look after her horses, she and her stablehand seem to be able to tack up a whole class’s worth in no time at all, when in reality tacking up a horse takes a lot of time and work, as you need to brush them with several different brushes both before and after riding, and clean their hooves. 10-20 minutes for each horse? Before and after the ride? It’s a LOT of work that I don’t think was necessarily represented accurately in this book. I thought it was really weird how Hannah’s team did all the work tacking up the horses for classes rather than making the students do it. But if you’re not looking for horse care, you probably won’t care about details like that.

 

I read Breaking Fences first, and in my opinion this is the better book. I feel that Breaking the Reins was more intense, more enjoyable, with more conflict, even though I loved Bia’s relationship with Midnight. I might feel that way just because I read them out of order, though. Maybe if I read Breaking the Reins first, I would have appreciated the relative sweetness of Breaking Fences more, the uncomplicated plot, the more relaxed style. Maybe it would have been a welcome reprieve from the heartbreak of Breaking the Reins, I don’t know.

 

All I know is that I’m pretty keen for a third Breaking book. Hannah’s sister Hilary, perhaps?




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Delete - Kim Curran

It’s been a while since I read a Shifter novel, but this is doing an excellent job of catching me up and reminding me what happened in the previous two. The only issue I have is… the alternate reality people know there was a massive Shift, but they’ve lived nothing but the alternate reality. They seem to be totally OK knowing someone changed their whole world. Scott doesn’t get all his memories of the alternate world, and instead clings to the real world. It’s stretching my brain, that’s for sure.




Strange Chemistry ARC

So I have an ARC for a Strange Chemistry book that's no longer being published due to the imprint ceasing operating.

 

Should I wait to post a review until the author figures out what she's doing with the book?

 

Or should I go ahead and read it and review it even though it's not going to be published by SC?

 

What's the etiquette here?

 

#bookbloggerproblems




6 wonderful, heartbreaking, snuffly-horse-nose-in-the-face stars.

Breaking the Reins - Juliana Haygert

Argus, I love you. Be mine?




Recent statuses

Breaking the Reins - Juliana Haygert

I was reading in bed, and I can't copy and paste to Booklikes from Goodreads because I don't want to on my phone, too much wanking around. So here's last night's statuses:

 

50%

I just love the way this massive epiphany has been written. So well thought out and flowing so logically. I really feel for Hannah right now.

 

55%

Oh my gosh I am so sad and scared for Hannah. I wish she would just tell him to get off her ranch and out of her life. Pick up a knife and defend herself. Anything! I hate seeing her treated this way, but this is textbook domestic abuse. This is really scary shit.

 

57%

Argus is the best. I love him.

 

75%

OK now I'm really confused. It says here Leo is 18, but earlier in the novel he was 'almost 21' and in Breaking Fences he and Bia are 22. How old is this guy?!




Booklikes tweeted one of my reviews!

https://twitter.com/BookLikes/status/480972152590860288

 

Shux, thanks for noticing, Booklikes!




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Breaking the Reins - Juliana Haygert

Eric not rushing to the hospital reminds me of this one time my best friend called me in tears because her boyfriend's dog may have been blinded in her one remaining eye and her BF was an hour away, so I took her to the 24 hour vet and when we rang to check if BF was nearly there he still hadn't left his mother's house... (dog was ok btw)




Nice intro to New Adult

Breaking Fences (The Breaking Series Book 2) - Juliana Haygert

Bia moves away from home to attend university, get out from the shadows of her famous brothers, and get away from her controlling father, but matters are complicated when she’s branded the campus slut just for being Brazillian. She finds solace at a nearby ranch and falls in love with a difficult but beautiful horse, Midnight Dream, and his trainer, Garrett, who spends way too much time at the campus than a non-student should and has the burden of the world on his shoulders.

 

Breaking Fences was my first New Adult novel. I normally read Young Adult but I do occasionally dip into erotic romance, and I was deeply surprised to find that New Adult, at least in this book, is basically a mash-up of the two. Slut shaming abounded, but this is no surprise as it’s also one of the main sub-plots. The romance and kissing scenes wouldn’t have been out of place in one of those raunchier dry-humping YA novels (*ahem Shatter Me or Hush, Hush*) but it was the graphicness of the actual sex which surprised me. That’s not to say that it was more graphic than erotica, just that as a non-New Adult reader it took me completely by surprise. But it was a really great first foray into the genre, and I’m glad I had someone as competent as Haygert to guide me.

 

I really liked Breaking Fences. I actually made the mistake of picking up Breaking the Reins, the first book in this series, to read for this blog tour, and only realised my mistake when I was quite enjoying the book. I didn’t have time to finish Breaking the Reins before this tour so I’m reading the companion books out of order, but I can safely say that you do not need to read Breaking the Reins before you read Breaking Fences.

 

It’s a really lovely novel about Brazillian girl called Bia finding her way in life, stepping out of the shadows of her successful family and making her own way. Of course, there’s plenty of horse action as a large part of the novel takes place at a horse ranch, which I loved. There was also lots of ‘will he won’t he’ type romance, although unfortunately Bia was the kind of strong girl who don’t need no man, so she was often brash and brushing off her interactions with the resident hottie cowboy. She was a fun character to read about and I really liked her. She often struggled with the ‘old Bia’ who was loud and violent and comfortable in her own skin, and the ‘new Bia’ who had been affected by campus rumours and was withdrawn, shy, and insecure.

 

There’s a good cast surrounding Bia including mysterious hottie Garrett, BFF Phoebe, a pushy entitled jerkface called Jonah, and a host of slut-shamed sorority girls who initially wanted to be friends with Bia but quickly turn on her. We also get to see some of Bia’s family and Hannah, who was the star of the first novel. But most importantly, we get to see lots of Midnight, who is a dreamy black colt who falls hoof over hoof for Bia, even though she’s not supposed to go near him. Midnight was all kinds of adorable and I loved her interactions with him.

 “There’s no way to explain how two people, or an animal and a person, connect. I guess it’s just like when you fall in love. You don’t choose the person you fall in love with. It just happens.”

Although it is clear Haygert did a lot of research about horses to write this novel, and I wasn’t sure if it was a language barrier because I’m pretty sure English is Haygert’s second language (although she is very proficient with it and the few grammatical mistakes are no more than you would typically find in any self-published novel), or if she simply didn’t know enough about horses to pull it off convincingly, but there were a few tells in the narrative that a horse expert would never make the mistake of writing. It’s not called ‘putting the tack on’, it’s called ‘tacking up.’ And unless a horse has a runny nose and is therefore sick, a horse’s muzzle is never wet like a dog’s, but warm and soft and velvety. Apart from these few minor but jarring errors, the horse stuff was all nicely written.

 

Seriously, if you like books where horses play a major role, or hot cowboys, or campus stories, or probably even New Adult in general, this book is totally for you. I really enjoyed it and stayed up late at night to read it, and dove straight back into the first novel as soon as it was over. I really hope Haygert writes more about the Fernandez family because I love their love of horses and I’d happily read another.

 

Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours and the author for providing a free advanced reader's copy for an honest review.




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