Top 10 on Thursday, top 10 fantasy books/book series I love

Hi hot cute girly and boy geeks of mine.

It’s Thursday again, and that means another list. This time a list of fantasy books or series I love.

10 LonTobyn Chronicles by David B. Coe:  A lovely trilogy about magicians with hawks and owls trying to rule their country and help their people.

09 The Lord of the Rings (and the hobbit) by J.R.R. Tolkien: If I have to explain these books, you have been living under a rock.

08 The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling: Same goes for the Harry Potter books. If you haven’t read them yet, please put your life on hold and buy the books and read them!

07 Watch tetralogy by Sergey Lukyanenko: not sure if this qualifies as fantasy, but a great serie of novels by a Russian author about the always ongoing war between good and evil.

06 The Kingkiller chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss: little strange, these books but it’s about the autobiography of Kvothe (fictional character ofcourse) and his travels as an adventurer, arcanist, and famous musician

05 The Sevenwaters trilogy by Juliet Marilier: This isn’t a trilogy anymore, but it’s the story of the fairytale “the six swans” and I just read them over and over again.

04 Wolfking by Bridget Wood: Amazing, disturbing, sexy, hot, crazy story based upon Irish mythology. And I mean that! The hill of Tara and the Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny) can still be found in Ireland and I have been there.

03 The Farseer trilogy, Liveship traders trilogy, the Tawny Man trilogy, the Rain Wilds trilogy by Robin Hobb: I love almost all books by Robin Hobb. The fact that all these trilogies make one big story is amazing, but you can also read them as just separate trilogies. I love books about dragons and I highly recommend you start reading those books!

 

02 Kushiels Legacy by Jacqueline Carey: Sexy, politically based fantasy books about a prostitute with a kinky French edge. An absolute must read. Also infused with some Celtic mythology.

01 The Passage by Justin Cronin: Ok I cheated with this one. Not really a fantasy book, but more a post apocalyptic story with vampires. I don’t scare easy, but this book gave me a lot of nightmares when I was reading it. I’m still debating on whether to read it a second time, just because of the nightmares, but it was an awesome book

I hope you pick up some of these suggestions, oh and some of the pictures are the Dutch covers, because I think they look prettier.

Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

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James Potter and the Curse of the Gate Keeper (James Potter #2) by G. Norman Lippert, a book review.

Hi hot cute girly and boy geeks of mine. Because I’m traveling to France in a couple of days I’m trying to keep up with my reading, watching and reviewing, so here is another book review, and I hope you enjoy it. Oh and beware for a couple of spoilers ahead.

Goodreads description:

A continuation of Lippert’s previous novel, James Potter and the Hall of Elder’s Crossing. This takes place where the epilogue of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows leaves off. It follows Harry’s two sons, James and Albus in their adventures in Hogwarts.

My own thoughts:

I read the first book last week. And although I didn’t loved the first book that much I was still intrigued by it, and curious enough to also start on the second novel. And you know what? I liked this one better than the first one, and I’m looking forward to find some time to read number three.

But now about the book. I love it when I book touched my heart enough that I can laugh, curse, hate someone, rooting for another or cry. And this one did. Ok huge spoiler ahead right now, so if you absolutely don’t want to know, stop reading now and read my review after you read the book. STOP READING, HELLO, JUST CLICK ON THE LITTLE X IN THE RIGHT CORNER NOW!!!!

Ok, apparently you read the book, or are stupid and/or curious enough to continue reading. Arthur Weasley is dead. OMG, I cried during this scene. It is so well written and it just sucks you right in to it. I absolutely loved it, and hated Mr. Lippert for a second or two for killing him off. (No hard feelings now, was just me going through the motions, lol)

James returns to school, with Albus, his younger brother and Rose, the daughter of Ron and Hermione. Ralph is also back, but Zane left Hogwarts for the magic school in the US. And we have a surprise guest, Scorpio, Draco Malfoy’s son. Yup, just as Draco, you hate Scorpio in an instant. And another big shock is to find Albus getting into Slytherin and Draco into Gryffindor.

You know, it’s nice to read something not so predictably. I for one believed Albus was a Gryffindor.

The big bad this time is the gatekeeper and his human host. And James really is his father’s son, disobeying rules and doing stuff he isn’t supposed to. Also, as tradition, there is a new defense against the dark arts teacher, but he doesn’t believe in spell for the younger students. And James decides, along with Ralph and Rose to creating yet another dueling club and Scorpio is teaching it.

Hmm, I’m sort of beginning not to hate Scorpio as much. Also funny is the muggle produced play everyone needs to work on, or all students that follow muggle studies anyway. James gets a lead role and its fun to read how a world drowning in magic has to do without it.

So there is the big finally where the human host is discovered, trying to kill Lily, James younger sister and they defeat the gatekeeper. I for one can’t wait for Lily getting into Hogwarts. All ends well…

Not! In the Harry Potter books when everyone returns home, that’s the end. So here’s a surprise I didn’t expected but welcomed very much. It isn’t over. The gatekeeper isn’t completely destroyed and he wants James as his host. And he almost gives in for the promise of returning his grandfather and Sirius. Again, I cried. I hated it that Sirius died in the HP books. It was so unfair, Harry finally finding a family and it’s taken from him. And now he almost came back. But James did the right thing and refused the offer and with the help of Merlin banishing him back to oblivion. Good riddance.

So that’s my review my geeks, oh and before I forget. Merlin is shacking up with Molly Weasley.

I rate it 7.5 out of 10

Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Chronicles of Riddick, a movie review.

Hi hot cute girly and boy geeks of mine. This time a movie review. The Chronicles of Riddick and the second movie in this franchise.

Synopsis according to the official website:

Vin Diesel (XXX, The Fast and the Furious) stars in this electrifying, special-effects-fueled action spectacular! After years of outrunning ruthless bounty hunters, escaped convict Riddick suddenly finds himself caught between opposing forces in a fight for the future of the human race. Now, waging incredible battles on fantastic and deadly worlds, this lone, reluctant hero will emerge as humanity’s champion – and the last hope for a universe on the edge of annihilation. Powered by groundbreaking visual effects and pulse-pounding, thrill-a-minute action!

My personal thoughts:

Meh, I liked the movie, but the first one was better. Riddick is on the run from bounty hunters and he learns the Imam, he saved in the first movie is looking for him. So he decides to pay a visit. Of course this doesn’t end well. The necromongers are invading the planet. Come on, what kind of shitty name is necromonger?

The idea is cool, but the executing is not so well done. The Imam also tells Jack is in prison, thanks to Riddick and now he feels obligated to go save her. But first he has a run in with these necromangers. And goes with them willingly only because a woman in a tight dress leads him away? Weak, very weak.

Anyhow. The necromangers are turning the people and destroying the planet and Riddick escapes them, but lets him get captured by bounty hunters to bring him to the planet… Crematoria. Ok, who was assigned for naming stuff in this movie? Can someone please fire him, now!

He finds Jack, but she has grown up, and calls herself Kyra. And she is pissed at Riddick, apparently he lied to her. Well duh, he is a murderer and stuff. So no shiny eyes for her. Although those strange animals that live in the prison are cool. Good CGI.

Now Riddick has to escape the prison. Only problem, it rotates like crazy and a sun is nearby it, so temperatures are kind of hot every now and then. But thanks to the bounty hunters cutting of their means to escape, they have to run across the surface of the planet, in order to outrun the sun and the bounty hunters, going for the only ship on the planet left. And they almost make it. Riddick and his team of inmates.

Kyra got caught by the necromangers and Riddick is just barely saved by a fellow Furian from burning to an extra crispy piece of bacon. So now he goes after the necromangers, again, and tries to save Kyra, again.

He finally kills the head necromonger but Kyra dies (and the Imam is long dead) but the necromonger way is to keep what you kill, so now he is the leader of the necromangers. And we have to wait till next year what comes of this.

I know this is a rather sarcastic review. I like the movie and the way it’s filmed. But I don’t agree with the choices Riddick makes. The first movie we see him struggle and doing what is in his best interest, combined with a little humanity. And in this movie, he is growing soft. Too bad. Thanks to that I rate it a 6.5 out of 10

Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

Dark Swan #2, Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead, a book review

Hi hot cute girly and boy geeks of mine, another book review and again, just a little bit of Spoilers!!! This time the second dark swan novel, Thorn Queen, again by Richelle Mead. So sit tight, relax, read and let me know what you think.

Goodreads description:

Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire. She’s paid
to bind and banish creatures from the
Other world.


But something happened after her last battle. She becomes queen of the Thorn Land. That said, with her kingdom in tatters, her love life in chaos, and Eugenie eager to avoid the prophecy about
her firstborn destroying mankind, the job’s really not all it’s cracked up to be.

Now young girls are disappearing from the Otherworld, and no-one seems willing to find out why. Or put an end to it. Not that Eugenie’s fazed by spilling fey blood, but this enemy is shrewd, subtle and dangerous – and nursing a very personal grudge.

Eugenie must venture deep into the Otherworld and trust in a power she can barely control. She may be reluctant queen but she vowed to do her duty, even if it means facing the darkest – and deadliest – side of her nature…

My thoughts:

This book is even better than the first one. Eugene was tricked by Dorian into becoming queen of the thorn land and she isn’t too happy about it. She is torn between being half human and half gentry, thanks to the storm king raping her mom. And now she has a kingdom to lead as well.

And she is in a full relationship with Kiyo, although apparently Kiyo’s former lover turns up pregnant. Big shock there, so he divides his time between soon to be mom and Eugene. Jealous much?

And Eugene apparently had enough of the lesson’s she got from Dorian, her being all tied up and stuff. But, but, I didn’t get enough of those lesson’s? I loved the tension between them. So Dorian is still trying to get into her pants. Don’t get enough of that either. But Dorian also moved on and got himself a Eugene look alike to do with as he pleases. Umm, I’m still single 😉

I love the way Richelle describes how Eugene thinks, and acts. She wants to run away from her responsibility, but as soon as she finds out that her people are having a hard time, living in the land she created when Aeson died she tries to help them. It makes her so human. And also the fact that she isn’t perfect. She screws up, is jealous, in love with two guys at the same time. It all happens in real live, and that’s what makes is, for me, fun to read.

But there is still the problem of the prophecy. Although she is a queen now, people still want to get her pregnant, and the gentry don’t understand human birth control. And it turns out Jasmine is still on the loose, so she can get pregnant first. Fortunately Eugene’s guards find her.

But then there is also the problem about the missing girls and she finds out two human shamans are involved. They even kidnap her. Turns out they had a deal with a gentry, a noble one called Leith. And that crazy idiot thinks by raping Eugene, she will fall in love with him. Sure, that always works. Fortunately Eugene manages to escape with the help of the other gentry girls that are being held against their will.

When it comes to a stand of between Leigh and Eugene, Kiyo and Dorian are also there. Kiyo urges her not to kill him and let Gentry justice serve him. Dorian, on the other hand is more practical and he finally kills him. Thus getting Kiyo and Eugene in a big fight, and they split up.

So what would you do? Kill the guy who raped you dozens of times, drugs you and held you prisoner, or turn him over to the gentry justice. Even if you don’t know he will be punished because he is noble. It makes an excellent dilemma, one that got me thinking.

And Eugene finally gives in to Dorian, yes! Too bad for Kiyo though.

So I say read this book and rate it 8 out of 10.

Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Pitch Black, a movie review.

Hi hot cute girly and boy geeks of mine. I had myself a mini Riddick Marathon and I loved it. So of course I had to review it for you, as always there are some spoilers.

Synopsis according to the official website:

When their ship crash-lands on a remote planet, the marooned passengers soon learn that escaped convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) isn’t the only thing they have to fear. Deadly creatures lurk in the shadows waiting to attack in the dark, and the planet is rapidly plunging into the utter blackness of a total eclipse. With the body count rising, the survivors are forced to turn to Riddick and his eerie eyes to guide them through the darkness to safety. With time running out, there’s only one rule: Stay in the light.

My thoughts:

Like a lot of people I watched Chronicles of Riddick first, in the movie theater and I loved it, so naturaly I wanted to see the first movie made. One word: Amazing.

The movie starts with a shot of some people frozen and a voice giving comment. Oh my, what a voice. When suddenly we learn it’s a spaceship and it’s being pierced by meteorites. Then the voice shuts up. Oh my again. Vin Diesel has a magnificent, rich, sexy voice. Makes me melt and all wobbly in the knees.

Vin Diesel plays Richard B. Riddick. Murderer and escaped convict. And I love how he plays a game with the survivors of the crash, following them, lurking in the shadows, showing up unexpected in places. So we learn in the beginning of the movie only the murderer Riddick. Amongst the survivors is a boy named Jack who has an interest in Riddick and tries to mimic him in how he looks and talks. It’s adorable in a creepy way.

Although this is a classic survivor stranded story it gets its edge with Riddick and his eerie eyes. Like he explains to Jack: “First you gotta kill a few people, then you got to get sent to a slam, where they tell you you’ll never see daylight again. You dig up a doctor, and you pay him 20 menthol Kools to do a surgical shine job on your eyeballs.”

I also love the camera work on the world and his suns, being different colors. It gives is a real eerie feeling to it. And thank God for some good CGI, the monsters look amazing! They really build up the suspense of first small little critters to full fledge flying monsters. And by now Riddick seems a little more human. But also still giving only about himself to get of this planet. At every decision Riddick keeps you wondering, does he serves his own peruses or does he help out the group of survivors, who keep getting killed off one by one.

The big scene between Riddick and Fry is amazing. Riddick trying to win her over to leave the rest of them and just accepting his hand and fly of the damned planet. You see the struggle Fry has and also the tension between them. But Fry finally chooses to give her life for the group. So she and Riddick return to get the two remaining survivors, the Imam and Jack, who turns out to be a girl, not a boy.

And while they return to the ship they are again under attack, Riddick holds them off but gets hurt badly. So Fry goes out of the light to find him. The scene where she has him in his arms and yells at him to not give up is beautiful. And so the ending is shocking, Fry dying while being pierced by one the monsters and flown out into the abyss.

I love this movie, I love Vin Diesel, I love his eyes, and I love the suspension and tension. Rate 8.5 out of 10 for me. So watch this movie!

Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy

James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing (James Potter #1) by G. Norman Lippert, a book review.

Hi hot cute girly and boy geeks of mine. This time, another book up for reviewing, again with a different style than my other reviews. I would like to hear your thought about it, which one you like, this new style or like I’ve done them before. And beware of some… SPOILERS!!!

Goodreads description:

Based upon the characters and worlds of J. K. Rowling, this book tells the story of Harry Potter’s son James, and his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

My own thoughts:

I read this book after a tip of one of my friends. The books are free to download so that’s a plus. I am a huge fan of the original Harry Potter books and I was hoping for Rowling to continue the story herself. What happens with everyone after the seven books? We only get a small glimpse in the future in Rowling’s last book. And it feels like an opening for more books. But as I understand she didn’t want to write any more Potter books. So Mr. Norman Lippert made some fanfiction. Thus now turned into the James Potter books.

I had really high hopes about this first book. The chatter on the internet was quite positive about it. So I began to read. The book picks up after James is being put on the Hogwarts express by Harry and Ginny. And he meets two guys on the train, first years just like him. Zane, muggleborn and American and Ralph, also Muggle born (or so it seems) and from the UK.

James struggles with his heritage being the son of Harry Potter, and now head Auror. And we also learn the school is a little different from when Harry attended. The different houses are still the same but they intermingle more. McGonagall is still head mistress. Hagrid still lives by the forbidden forest, but the school was being restored after the big fight with he-who-shall-not-be-named. So a lot of corridors and secret passages are gone.

Also we meet the American wizarding community.  And a lot of the family members of the main cast from the Harry Potter Books, Neville turned out to be a teacher now.

James, Zane and Ralph get in to some adventures, after the intruding of a muggle into Hogwarts and learning about a prophecy of the return of Merlin. Yes, Merlin!

Did I like the first book, yes, did I love it, absolutely not. The Harry Potter books have a certain style or finesse about them. Everything is new and you grow to love the main characters. And I feel that this doesn’t happen this time. Bringing in the Americans. Slytherins teaming up with Gryffindors. And Merlin in the mix. I will read the other books, but not over and over again like the Harry Potter books.

So in order for rating this book, I will give it 6.5 out of 10. It’s entertaining but not loving.

Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Dark Swan #1, Storm Born by Richelle Mead, a book review.

Hi hot cute girly and boy geeks of mine. Another book review and another book by Richelle Mead. This time the first novel of the Dark Swan series is up: Storm Born, and it’s not a YA book.

I’m trying something different this time for my book reviews and I like to hear what you think about it:

Goodreads description:

Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants. . .

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy—one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her…

My thoughts about it:

When first reading this book it was kind of confusing. I didn’t know what it was about, and it doesn’t get a lot clearer in the first couple of pages. I even thought about not reading any further and put the book away.

A book, for me, needs to be in my heart in the first couple of pages, and this one didn’t, so I had my doubts but continued any way. And was I glad I did. I fell in love with Kiyo, the half human, half kitsune guy. The way Richelle describes him, and oh my, does she describes him.

Although, the first time I learned there was a kitsune in this book I sighed, loud. The first time I came across kitsune was in the vampire diaries, by L.J. Smith. And they sucked big-time. I hated the whole kitsune lore and the way they were used in the vampire diaries books, so I was a little bit afraid Richelle would use theme in the same way, but fortunately not.

And another thing I love about this book, not a YA book any more. I read the vampire academy novels and she does a good job building up the tension between two people. But when it comes to the hot steamy scenes, the climax (no pun intended) it kinda lets you down. But in the dark swan novel? Richelle makes up for it, big time.

Also, getting Dorian in the mix, he perusing Eugene and the comments he makes about her and to two of them getting together, is a lot of fun to read. Although I still sometimes question the whole shaman thing. I don’t know. It doesn’t interest me that much. For me it’s a sideline story and I see the whole Kiyo, Dorian, Eugene interaction more as the main story. And that’s why I love it. Eugene is questioning her own motives about being human and this brings in another great storyline in the mix.

So, if you read through the first couple of pages until things get interested I rate this book 7.5 out of 10. And I can’t wait till read the other books.

Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy.