Novella Review: Prisoner of Night by J. R. Ward

Prisoner of Night by J. R. Ward

I like my books chunky, my characters fully fleshed out and a slow burn romance. So I’m not really a ‘novella’ reader. I am however, a huge fan of J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series… I therefore threw caution to the wind and loaded Prisoner of Night onto my Kindle.

Honestly, that probably wasn’t such a good idea. This book features the usual scarred hero and feisty heroine, but the romance angle just didn’t work for me. It was too rushed, too contrived.

The backstory was interesting though. The idea of vampire cults – whoa! There’s a twist in the Brotherhood’s world. Also, I found the bad guy’s henchmen really interesting in this one. They kind of reminded me of George R Martin’s unsullied… I sense there could be a cool storyline here for a future novel.

Verdict: Stick to her novels, which are FANTASTIC, unless you are a fan of novellas.

My Favourite TV Show of 2018: A Discovery of Witches

While I don’t have a Sky box, I did invest in a monthly NowTV subscription in order to watch the debut of this show in September.

I’d started listening to the first book (thank you Audible!) in August and had then binge read the rest of the books in the All Souls trilogy in quick succession.

So I had high expectations for the Sky-commissioned television show. The television series was very faithful to the books, although it made some effort to expand on the storylines of the secondary characters – often introducing them earlier than in the books. I felt this was a positive change.

The casting was perfect – Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer have terrific chemistry and were inspired choices for the main leads.

I also love the rich settings – from the Bodleian Library to the opinionated, witchy cottage in Madison. The combination of convincing acting and atmospheric settings make watching this series a lush, evocative experience.

I am already looking forward to watching seasons 2 and 3. I’m even hopeful that they might be able to commission a fourth season, based on Time’s Convert (Marcus’s story).

Will I like it?

It’s Twilight reimagined for adults, with Outlander‘s time travel thrown in (for Season 2). So, probably, yes!

My Rating:

Full cupcake marks with fairy dust sprinkled on top. A yummy, yummy treat!


Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West


Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: ☼☼☼☼


Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom’s porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise.

Enter Xander Spence: he’s tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charm and the fact that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, Caymen’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last.

But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?

My Review:

This book was a really cutesy read and Caymen made a great main character – funny/sarcastic, down to earth, slightly socially backward (my kind of girl!). I have to admit I kept waiting for the moment that would tear me apart, but in true YA style it was all alright on the night and so although I’m a fan of happy endings I’m giving this book a 4.

I did like Xander but his friend pool mystified me (they really didn’t seem very nice). His relationship with Caymen was pretty fun to read through – they got to know one another gradually and in very unique circumstances. (I shall say no more!) I liked how Caymen normalised Xander and he made her realise she had more options in her life than she knew. If you’re a parent reading this review, it was quite a clean read, so no worries there.

I thought this novel went a little bit deeper than the average YA Contemporary and I was impressed by the way that Kasie West represented the mother/daughter bond in The Distance Between Us.

Should you try this? Yes! Go forth and read… 🙂

Cinema Trip: So Undercover

So Undercover

I’ve never watched Hannah Montana, but I did see ‘The Last Song‘ because Nicholas Sparks makes the best movies – ‘A Walk to Remember‘, ‘The Lucky One‘ etc. Anyway, I decided to see ‘So Undercover’ today for a number of reasons…

1. It had Daniel Grayson (Revenge) in it! And Kelly Osbourne (Shut Up).

2. There was romance and action hinted at in the trailer and the female detective angle gets me every time – I think I’m one of the few people who loved Katherine Heigl doing ‘One for the Money‘.

3. I needed a humorous, light hearted chic movie to get me through the first real day of my cold and there just aren’t many around at the moment…

Did I like it? Yes.

Main criticism: It was fast paced, I would have like more ‘down’ moments in the script so the characters could have been developed more.

3 and 1/2 stars out of 5 I think.