Saturday, May 20, 2017

Swinging Saturdays #64 Discovered in April

Swinging saturdays is a musical meme hosted by Ice Cold Passion, to share our passion for music. The goal is to make a top 5 (or Top 10) for whatever genre or artist you like or get creative and share a theme based music top 5. For example a bookish soundtrack, funny songs, song to listen to on a rainy day top 5.

Yes, I know, May is half way gone as well, but music wise April was much more interesting to discuss. I discovered loads of new music, here 10 songs I am really excited about. Let me know which of these artists you like.

1. Ignea ~ Şeytanu Akbar

Album: The Sign Of Faith
Pretty extreme and loaded theme, but it covers the message very well. Interesting album, very good Gothic Rock. I came across their music on Facebook.


2. Roadcrew ~ Mary Jane

Album: Snake In The Dirt This band is actually a very local band, as in they live about a 15 minute drive from where I live, which is awesome. Also I was very surprised at how awesome their music is.


3. Jagd ~ Parlay

Album: Parlay
I am a big fan of anything indie rock, therefore this band is right up to my alley. I love the beats and the quick guitar work. Hope you enjoy this as well, if you do please follow them on Spotify or YouTube! They could use some more listeners.


4. Baking Buddha ~ Golden Tops

This band won a place at a music festival one town over, and also a local band. I didn't know our province (Flevoland) had that much talent.


5. Dean Lewis ~ Waves

I saw Dean Lewis live at Bitterzoet in Amsterdam at Dotan's 7 Layers sessions. When he played this song, Waves, I was sold. It's such a pretty song, right then and there I understood why Dotan had chosen this singer songwriter for his shows.


6. STAVAST ~ Vanaf Hier!

Album: STAVAST
Former frontman of the Dutch punk band The Heideroosjes. Now he and his band Stavast has produced a entirely Dutch album. I must say is sounds very much as his former band, but that is oke, because I still love it!


7. Steve N Seagulls ~ Thunderstruck (AC/DC cover)

This is what you would call a cover well done! I am very impressed by these guys. And I think it is kind of hilarious. They also did a cover of You Shook Me All Night Long and Self Esteem by the Offspring. This band was actually a suggestion from my dad.


8. Dave Hause ~ Wild Love

Album: Bury Me In Philly
My colleague (same one who introduced me to Frank Turner) said, well this band is coming to town, I think it will be something you would like, do you want to go? So I listened to it on Spotify, was sold and said: yes, please I want to go! So we went to Bitterzoet, Amsterdam. And it was freaking fantastic! The live edition of the song at Bitterzoet got me hooked, I loved it instantly.


9. Black Stone Cherry ~ Cheaper To Drink Alone

Album: Kentucky
Reminds me a little of Nickelback, it is a nice mash up between rock and country. I really like it, it is catchy and this music video is hilarious.


10. Between May and April ~ The Void

Album: The Void
Another local band, their music is really good, and very interesting. They are very young..


What is new on your playlist? 
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I would love to hear what kind of music you like!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Book review: Bitten ~ Kelley Armstrong


Title: Bitten
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld, book #1
Publisher: Plume, imprint of Penguin
Publishing date: 29th of June 2010
Number of pages: 518 p.
Language: English, Dutch, Spanish, German, a.o.
Age Category: Adult
Other Books In This Series: Click here 

About Bitten

Elena Michaels seems like the typically strong and sexy modern woman. She lives with her architect boyfriend, writes for a popular newspaper, and works out at the gym. She's also a werewolf.

Elena has done all she can to assimilate to the human world, but the man whose bite changed her existence forever, and his legacy, continue to haunt her. Thrown into a desperate war for survival that tests her allegiance to a secret clan of werewolves, Elena must reckon with who, and what, she is in this passionate, page-turner novel.
(Source: from the back of the book)

My Review

I have re-read this book a while back, this is the second time I have read it. While preparing this review I was going through my notebooks in which I normally write my thoughts on the books I read, however it turns out, I never did discuss it. Not the first time around (which was back in 2014), not after finishing in February 2017.  I did however write down some quotes, and I must say when reading them I had a great laugh. A fond bookish memory.

Nick held up half a pair of white panties and grinned at me. "Wild dogs? Or just Clayton?" "Oh God" I mutter under my breath.
The thing with this book is, I love it, but I don't love it enough to keep ready, like is the case with all 5 star books on my blog. It is not that the story is bad, or that the characters are not likable. I think it has more to do with the pace of the book. Even though it picks up after a while it sometimes slows again. This is about the only "bad" thing I can say about this book. 

The story of Elena Michaels is great. Elena struggles with the fact that she is a werewolf, and the fact that she is the only female werewolf is not helping much either. The struggle seems realistic and we go on the journey together with Elena, a journey to find her place in the world of men. 

You might think now that Elena is weak, but that is not the case she stand her ground on many fronts. And by the end of the book, she turns out to be a kick ass heroine. Which ofcourse is one of the reasons I love this book. I always love strong female characters.

" Nobody Likes a sore lose." I said. "Grit your teeth and bear it. There's no crying in werewolf games. Didn't Daniel teach you that?"
Another big plus of course is that the story is partly based in Canada (Toronto) and that the author also is Canadian. As some of you might know I fond of all things Canadian, as I have lived there for 1,5 years and sometimes I miss it. So when I get a change to read about my second home, the longing eases a bit.

Rating

This urban fantasy set partly the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada takes you through a journey of a young female werewolf trying to find her place in this cruel world. Smart conversations, hot werewolves and beautiful setting. What else do you want?