Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review: "Born of legend" by Sherrilyn Kenyon


Book 11 in series The league
Main characters: Dagger and Ushara

I think that the very first thing you need to know, before I get into all my thoughts and feelings about this book, is that this series is definitely one of my all time favourite series ever :) I love all those books and if were being honest, this particular installment, once I finished it, definitely jumped to my #1 favourite book in this series :) so am I really objective when I write this review? well, yes and no :) yes, because those are my honest thoughts about the book, but at the same time, I can acknowledge that because Sherrilyn Kenyon's writing style just really works for me, and I am a fan of her books, that usually mean that I may overlook some things, not intentionally, that might bother others :) so you can take it as you please, but I will still tell you all about how much I loved this book :)

All Sherrilyn's books can be technically read as standalones, even the ones in her series... you always get all the necessary informations to follow the plot and everything, but I highly recommend you guys to actually read them in order... that way you can really appreciate all the connections between characters... :) even if you don't remeber every little detail, it will still be better :) especially with this particular book... because the name of the main character, Dagger, is actually a pseudonym :) I can't tell you his real name, although if you are caught up with the series you know it :) but in case some of you are not, or are totally new to it, I won't spoil you that :) because let me tell you, when I heard who will be the hero of this book I was like: *WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?* ;) #TrueStory :) I had no idea how this will happen... and yet, once again, I should have just trusted Sherrilyn Kenyon to deliver a story that will hit me in all the feels :) but since a lot of stuff is very spoilerefic, writing this review will not be easy :) but I will do my best to convince you to give it a try without actually giving anything away :)

Let me start with a few words about the whole world this series is set in, in general :) see, this is one of the problems with writing review for a book in the middle of an on-going series :) I try my best to explain stuff to people who haven't read the books and yet not spend too much time on it so I won't bore the ones who are familiar with it to death :) so what I can say about this series in general, is that it's a mix of paranormal and sci-fi vibes :) it has many different planets and species in it, but I cannot even begin to get into all the connections between all of them :) what I can say, is don't be discouraged if that does not sound like something you usually read, because it took me months to convince my sister J to give them a try, and once she started, she inhaled all available books in record time :) it's a series full of action, surprising twists and turns, sarcastic humor, sizzling hot romance and swoonworthy characters :) it's one of my all time favourites for many, many reasons :)

Now about our main couple :) I can't really say too much about Dagger... if we're being honest, I pretty much can't say anything about him, because I refuse to spoiler you guys his identity... what I can share, is that I did not expect to care about him as much as I did... his story, once I was able to see it from his perspective... it broke my heart... the fact that he was still able to have a funny side or vulnerable one was amazing :) especially since it was sarcastic humor, which is my absolute favourite kind :) but as much as I adored him, I absolutely loved Ushara... oh she was such a bad-ass character :) strong, smart, ready to fight to the death for the ones she love... :) and very quickly that starts to include Dagger :) trust me, a furious Ushara is a stunning vision... :) I don't want to say too much about who she exactly is and what she is capable of, because damn... you have to experience it to truly appreciate it :) what I loved most about them as a couple, is that there is practically no drama between them in the book :) yes, there are horrible things happening, and yes, those things influence them, but they certainly don't break them apart... at least not for long :) it's one of the reasons why I love this book so much :)

Besides our main couple, there is also a bunch of phenomenal secondary characters :) and actually the majority of them are new, so you can witness firsthand all the connections they make with both Dagger and Ushara :) I don't want to name all of them, because the identitiy of a few and the importance of them to the story is revealed later in the book, but I have to mention Trajen :) he is like the big boss where Dagger is staying, and no, I can't explain more, because if I would start to describe all of it, we would be here all day :) so that super short explanation just have to be enough :) I can't wait to read a full lenght book about him, because seeing all those scenes with him only made me that much more curious :) there is a reason why he and Dagger understand each other so well :) besides him, I adored every scene with Ushara's sisters :) to be honest, I don't remember all of their names, because there are a few, but they were amazing :) and once they accepted Dagger they would fight for him almost as much as Ushara :) oh, and I almost forgot to mention Vasili, Ushara's son from her first marriage... the way he bonds with Dagger... I swear, some of those scenes were the ones that made me cry the most... :) again, there are sooooo much more people who play very important parts in this story, but I want to leave them as surprises for you guys to discover along the way... :) trust me, there are a lot of *aaaaawwwww* noises in your future once you start reading this book :)

Long story short, although I'm not sure if I can say it looking at the lenght of my review so far... ;) I absolutely loved this book :) and before I forget, I need to state something... and I need to do it publically, so there is no doubt about anything... :) J, you were absolutely right :) J is my sister who read this book months ago and kept telling me numerous times to get to it... and to show how long it actually took me to listen to her... there is a new installment in this series available already people... yes, I waited so long that there is an even newer book available... *sighs* I know, I know *hangs my head in shame* :) but I promised you J to say that you were right, and I am doing it right now :) she knew I would love it and as usual, she was right :) but moving on... ;) I really hope that I convinced you guys to give this amazing book, and this series overall, a try :) like I said, the writing style is fantastic... or maybe it just *clicks* for me... ;) it's full of interesting characters with many surprising layers... :) not to mention all the sarcastic banter and action... with so many little, and sometimes not so little, emotional and vulnerable scenes... :) I cannot say that enough times... this book was amazing, so do yourselves a favour, and pick it up :) you will not regret it :)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: "Holding" by Mignon Mykel


Author: Mignon Mykel
Title: "Holding"
Book 3 in series Prescott family
Main characters: Porter Prescott and Asher Spence

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) you guys... this book... this story... the conclusion to everything... GAH!!! I have no words to describe how amazing it was... :) I mean, I will do my best to try and find at least a few words, because I need to express how phenomenal it is so you people will read it... but it's hard to form full sentences... oh how I loved it... :) it's definitely NOT a standalone book... you have to read at least "Altercation" before this one, since it's the first book in this duology, but I actually highly recommend you guys to read "Troublemaker" and "Breakaway" as well, because both novellas tell us a bit more about the pasts of our main characters... now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me tell you a bit more about the book itself...

It's not gonna be easy, because I refuse to spoil you people, even if you haven't read anything by this lovely author yet, soooo... what I will say is a few overall things about the plot of those books and then my general feelings about this amazing ending :) so yeah, it might be a little bit shorter review than usual, but hey... this was actually closer to a novella than a full lenght book, so it's gonna be actually quite accurate ;) so this duology tells a story of Porter and Asher... Porter is this very stubborn, confident young men, who is the youngest out of all the siblings in a pretty big, hockey family... but even when he was very young he fought for his independence... Asher on the other hand, comes from the foster care system... her past is dark... I'm not gonna go into details, but her story broke my heart... so even though she's younger than Porter, she seems much older than him, keeping her distance and generally avoiding people... that is until her car accidentally gets hit by someone from the Prescott clan... but that is all I will say about it :) that one event changes everything... because at that very same day she meets Porter :) and even though at first they are in two different cities... and states ;) after a few months they both realize they keep thinking about one another... and it slowly grows from there :) I can't tell you more, mainly because the whole story takes place over the span of about five years... yes, you read that right :) and it is an absolutely spectacular story :) so now that I told you a little bit more, let me tell you about all my thoughts and feelings about this book, without spoiling you anything... :)

It is by far, the best work of Mignon Mykel I read... it blew my mind... :) we have 2 POVs, which allows us to get chapters from Porter's as well as Asher's points of view... and it was amazing to get glimpses into their thoughts and feelings... not to mention that the writing style is phenomenal in general with this story... it's raw and honest and it pulls you in from the start... I inhaled this conclusion in one sitting, especially after the ending of that first part... let me tell you... I was super glad that I didn't have to wait months and months, because it would be torture... ;) and the ending to their story was even better than what I hoped it would be... *sighs* I know that I haven't exactly told you guys a lot about what these books are about, but I truly believe the less you know, the more you will actually enjoy them... discovering along the way all the little things... being surprised just as I was with all the twists Mignon wrote... *sighs yet again because once is just not enough* these books will make you laugh out loud and cry... and by cry I mean sob like a baby... they will make you sigh dreamily and gasp with surpries... but all those emotions are vital parts of what make these books so special... and the ending... the ending will be worth it... that epilogue... oh you guys... I melted... :) I highly recommend you to check them out, and hopefully I did a decent job of convincing you to listen to me... come on, just one-click it already... it will be worth it :)

XOXO

A

Review: "Myths of Mish" by Katie Hamstead


Main characters: Hansel Herrscher and Wilhelmine "Mina" Norden

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) and the first thing I need to tell you guys, is to not worry if you missed the first book, cause this one works perfectly well as a standalone... it takes place in another part of the world created by the lovely Katie, and if I remember correctly, actually before the events of said first book... but I might be mistaken, it's been a while since I read "Princess of Tyrone" :) anyway... :) what you need to know is that it was amazing and you should feel free to read it no matter if you are caught up in the series :) I will do my best to tell you more about this particular installment, but it's gonna be hard... ;) as in it's gonna be really hard to say my feelings without actually spoiling you some pretty big things... but as always, I will try :)

So first things first, what you need to know about this world in general, is that it's a mix of fantasy and sci-fi vibes :) because on one hand, we have all sorts of very cool retellings of fairy tales we know... with "Sleeping beauty" in that first book and now with "Hansel and Gretel" :) but in the meantime we get glimpses about other characters... and let me tell you... how curious those little teasers make me for other books in this series... ;) but all of them take place in this futuristic world, with spaceships and different planets and such... :) and it is a very interesting and entertaining mix :) and to be honest, I really liked the fact that this story takes place in a whole different part of the world, with a bunch of brand new characters... :) it really gives you an opportunity to see more of this very rich world :) now that we have the basics established, let me tell you a bit more about the characters :)

I will say, that we basically have the three main characters: Hansel and Gretel, the siblings who survived a pretty traumatic event when they were younger, and Mina, Gretel's friend... who has a big crush on Hansel... they are both in their early twenties, with Gretel around 17 years old... although there are moments when she acts like an even younger kid... but I kind of understood that about her... after all, she's been sheltered by her very protective brother the majority of her life... so she definitely has some adulting to do :) so why don't I concentrate on our main couple of the story :) since I adored Mina, I will start with Hansel... ;) because I was not the biggest fan of him throughout the first half of the book... he definitely acted towards Mina like... let's call him an insensitive jerk, because other things I would like to say cannot be said in public ;) Hansel is paranoid, acting like everyone is against him and have some secret, evil agenda... which is not entirely worng, but I can't get into more details ;) at first almost everyone think he's crazy, but later on, when *the truth* comes out... oh man, do they feel bad about it... because he was totally right :) Mina on the other hand... :) I loved her :) she was smart and resourceful, saving both Hansel and Gretel numerous times throughout the story :) by any means, she's not perfect and have secrets of her own that again, I can't share with you guys but it's nothing bad, I promise :) the romance part bewteen Hansel and Mina was... I'm still not really sure how I feel about it... she had a crush on him for the longest time, but he definitely did not treat her well... he was mean and those few sweet moments inbetween shouldn't have been enough for her to still have those feelings for him... but apparently with Hansel it was the there-is-very-thin-line-between-what-you-think-is-hate-and-what-is-in-fact-love types of situations... yeah... he's not very good at reading his own feelings... ;) cause quite a few people beside him figured that stuff out sooner ;) but once he realizes his feelings for Mina, he of course immediately change his behaviour towards her... so I'm on the road to forgive him for that awful things in the beginning :)

After reading the fist book in this series last year, and absolutely loving it, I was more than curious to get my hands on the sequel :) well, curious and a bit apprehensive, since I wasn't sure if it will be as good as the first book :) but I was not disappointed ;) this installment is once again full of adventures and action and all sorts of surprising and shocking twists and turns... and it's killing me to not be able to say anything else... I can't even give you the smallest hint, becuase it would ruin the surprise... :) so take my word for it... :) the whole explanation and the truth behind Hansel's paranoia was absolutely brilliant :) the writing style was once again sooo entertainig, it pulled me in from the very first chapter and made it really hard for me to be at work on time :) cause I read it on my way to and from work, and I had to be very careful to not miss my stop ;) I highly recommend you guys this book, and this whole series in general :) especially if you're looking for the mix of fantasy and sci-fi vibes with great humour and lots of adventures... you can't be bored while reading those books :) I already can't wait to get back to this world and see what kind of a story the lovely Katie will have for us next :)

XOXO

A

Monday, March 27, 2017

Blog tour: "Wedlocked" by Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank




Title: "Wedlocked"
Book 3 in series PresLocke
Main characters: Ace Locke and Dylan Prescott

Synopsis

Because you have believed in them,
Celebrated with them, 
Loved and encouraged them, 
Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine invite you to join

Ace Samuel Locke
And 
Dylan Prescott

Saturday the Twenty-Fourth of May
At Six-O’Clock in the Evening 
The Grand Floridian Hotel
4406 Palm Way
Orlando, Florida

For Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After

If you missed my full review of this phenomenal conclusion to an amazing series, you can find it right -> here <- :)

Excerpt

“SO YOU’RE GONNA want to keep your toes on the tail of the board and grip the rails under your chest like this,” Dylan said as he lay across the surfboard to show me the basics of his favorite pastime on the secluded stretch of beach. Not that I was paying much attention to the words coming out of his mouth. I was much more interested in the way his muscles flexed beneath the skintight Body Glove wetsuit he wore.
As he pushed himself up into a standing position, my gaze traveled down the broad expanse of his back and down to his ass.
“See how my dominant leg is in the back, and— Ace? Are you paying attention?”
“Mhmm,” I murmured as I bit down on my lower lip and continued my perusal.
Dylan turned to face me, and his hands went to his hips. “Oh yeah?” he said when I looked up. “What did I just say?”
Taking a step forward, I gave him a cocky grin and tugged him off the surfboard and onto the sand until he was flush against me. Then I let my hands roam down over the firm, round muscles of his ass. “Something about being a dominant in the back,” I said, nipping at his lobe. “So why don’t you turn around?”
A groan of frustration left Dylan then, but his head tilted to the side to let my lips trail down his neck. “You’re not gonna feel so cocky when you can’t get up on that board.”
“Oh, I can always get it up, don’t you worry.”
His hands covered my chest and he gently pushed me away. “How about you prove it, hotshot?” Then he pointed to the longboard I’d rented for the weekend. “Why don’t you show me how it’s done.”
“It’s more fun watching you.”
“Ace. Get your ass on that board.”
I squinted in the sun and grinned. “You gonna be this bossy all weekend?”
“If you’re lucky.”
I took a step back so I was by my board, and crossed my arms. I had my wetsuit on, but it was still undone and hanging around my hips while Dylan walked me through this process step by step, and my move had the desired effect. He rubbed a hand up the back of his neck and over his hair, leaving it tousled and oh so sexy.
“What?” I asked. “I’m back on my side of the board.”
“Don’t try and act innocent with me, Locke. I’m trying to teach you a new skill. One that will keep you from hurting yourself. And you’re standing there being all…” He waved his hand up and down, gesturing to my exposed upper body.
“Yes?”
“See. Stop it,” he said, and then pointed to the board. “And zip up that damn wetsuit so I can’t see all your muscles.”
I arched a brow as I moved to slip my arms through the stretchy synthetic material, and when I reached for the zipper and pulled it up to the base of my skull, Dylan groaned.
“Okay, that’s almost worse than no wetsuit.”
“I’m sorry. You’re not checking me out, are you? Because you’re supposed to be paying close attention to teaching me something that could save my life,” I said as I turned around and made a show of bending down to get on the board.
“You having fun right now?” Dylan asked.
“Maybe a little.”
“Yeah, well, let’s hope that holds true when the wave dumps you on your ass.”
I let out a sigh and gripped the board just as he’d told me, because the truth of the matter was, I had never surfed a day in my life. I grew up in Chicago, for God’s sake. But Dylan, with his sun-kissed hair, long, lean body, and eyes the color of the sea, looked right at home with the sun shining down on him as his feet sank into the sand by my head.
“Let’s try this a couple more times here on land, and then we’ll get you out in the water. We won’t have you trying to stand up just yet. But if you can get the hang of at least catching the wave into the shore, we might be able to progress.” He crouched down and said, “Remember, toes on the tail of the board and grip the rails, and then push up.”
As I did as he instructed, I paused in the push-up position and was rewarded when he leaned in and took my lips in a sweet kiss.
“Again,” he whispered, and I moved back down to repeat the move, and this time when I paused, I was rewarded with a deeper kiss. When he pulled away too soon, I grumbled and he laughed, straightening. “Any more of that and we won’t make it into the water. On your feet, Locke, it’s time to hit the waves.”







And don't forget about the first two books in the series :)

#1 Aced

#2 Locked

About the author -> Ella Frank:

Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

About the author -> Brooke Blaine:

You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her 'quiet time.' Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.

Brooke enjoys writing sassy contemporary romance, whether in the form of comedy, suspense, or erotica. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts.

If you'd like to get in touch with her, she's easy to find - just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that's dominated her cell phone for ten years.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

XOXO

A

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #57

New favourite movie of all time
Resolutions update
And
Songs of the moment

Hello my wonderful people :) damn, I can't believe how fast the time flies, and that yet another week is behind us... and how in the world march is already ending?!? I mean, I feel like just yesterday january was upon us... ;) why am I mentioning january? well, mainly because I just realized some stuff... and it's actually related to one of those headlines, so how about we dive straight into them, this time embracing the chaos and starting in the middle... :)

What I meant, is that I recently realized, that we are 1/4 into the new year and my resolutions... well... it could have been going better... :) don't get me wrong, when it comes to my book-ish resolutions... I'm doing all right :) but the rest? yeah... there's definitely room for improvement there ;) I mean, I'm definitely embracing it as being my "yes year" cause I have all sorts of cool events in the upcoming months that I'm looking forward to go to :) there's "Mamma mia" musical in the theatre at the beginning of april... then near the end of that same month a live concert of music from different movies played by an orchestra and accompanied by a cool visual show :) then in may I'm going to see Bruno Mars live for the first time ever :) *squeels with joy* I'm so excited :) I have a few other things planned, but until I have tickets in my hand, I won't share any of that, I don't want to jinx it ;) but the rest of my resolutions? well, they are all in the background... why? oh I'll tell ya :) because I read too much *cue the gasps* ;) I know, I'm shocked too, that I was actually able to admit that :) but it's true... there's no point denying it anymore... I absolutely love to read, it's my go-to response when I want to escape from the world... to just curl up with a book and forget about everything else... and it's sooooo easy to do... but at the same time, I know that it keeps me from doing all sorts of other stuff... and all of that won't change itself... it's gonna involve making some very conscious decisions and working hard for it, because truth be told, I'm an introvert, and I don't mind being home alone... most of the times I like it :) but every time I actually do force myself a little bit, and go outside, meet with friends and just generally do stuff... I always enjoy it... :) so you can see my dilemma... *sighs* and now that the weather is getting warmer and the sun shines a little bit brighter each day... I'm getting an itch to change stuff again :) so that's exactly what I'm planning to do... dust off that resolutions list and start crossing stuff off of it :) after all, no one is gonna do it for me :) if I want to change things, I need to work on that by myself :)

Now let us circle back to the beginning of those headlines... you guys, I finally saw on friday "Beauty and the beast" :) originally I was supposed to see it a week earlier, on the day it premiered, but certain things got in the way and I was delayed... but now that I saw it... *sighs dreamily* it is most definitely my new favourite movie of all time :) you know how usually when I mention I saw a movie in one of my #RandomRamblings posts I just say a sentence or two and move on? well... it's not gonna be like that this time :) so now I have a quick warning for you guys :) if you haven't seen it yet, but you're going to and you don't want any spoilers whatsoever, just skip the next paragraph :) but if you already saw it, or you don't mind some spoilery thoughts, then keep on reading to know all my thougts and feelings about it :) but before I get into all that, how about we watch that beautiful trailer for the n-th time ;)


Ok, this is your last warning people, all sorts of spoilery thoughts ahead... :) let me start by saying, that I was afraid to watch this movie... the animated version is my favourite fairy tale of all time, and that story is in general one that is very close to my heart... I mentioned on more than one occasion how much I adore to read re-tellings of it... so from the moment I heard there is going to be a live action version of it... throughout finding out more and more details about it, and then finally watching the trailer... I was getting more and more excited about it... :) but the closer to actually seeing it on the big screen, I started thinking... *there is just no way that this can be as good as I'm hoping it would be... I've built this up way too much in my head, and I'm almost sure I'm gonna be disappointed by something...* so I did my best to curb my expectations at least a little bit... but you guys... I shouldn't have been worried at all... because this movie... they took everything I loved in the animated version and they made it even better :) all the things I adored were still there, and all the things that bothered me, were perfected here... *sighs happily again* :) <- this is what I've been doing for the last few days... just sighing from time to time, thinking about it :) #TrueStory :) ok, so how about now I will actually get into all the spoilery thoughts about it :) although it's hard to pick a place where to start :) so maybe I'll start with the characters... and I'm not gonna mention all actors by name, just the characters they were playing ;) I loved everyone :) I mean, I was pretty sure I would like Belle... ;) but to actually see with my own eyes that my predictions were true... *sighs happily* Beast was great as well, but Gaston... :) he was the perfect villain :) but what surprised me the most, is how much I loved Maurice and LeFou :) I have to admit that I wasn't their biggest fan in the animated version, but here? they were soooo much better :) not to mention all the inhabitants of the castle... :) I swear you guys, there was not one weak addition :) and don't even get me started on the music... *sighs dreamily* although I have one complaint... as much as I loved all the songs and the score, I am definitely not a fan of the new version of "Beauty and the beast" song... don't get me wrong, I have nothing against John Legend or Ariana Grande, in fact I think their voices are wonderful, but the music arrangement? sounds cheap and cheesy and ugh... I can't listen to it... especially since in the trailer, near the end, there is this much better, epic version of that song, with orchestra and I loved it... :) but let's go back to all the awesomeness of the music in the actual movie... I feel like you're getting tired of me repeating myself, but I can't help it... I loved it :) and don't even get me started on the sets and scenography... *sighs dreamily* it was magical... costumes were wonderful as well... I swear you guys, I spent the entire two hours of the movie... which gone by way too fast in my opinion, smiling from ear to ear and absolutely enjoying every minute :) I highly recommend it for you guys to see on the big screen... I think there's actually quite a big chance that I will go see it once more myself ;) yes, it was that good... I also have a feeling that I will watch it many, many times as soon as it will be out on dvd... just to make sure it's just as wonderful as I think it is... ;)

Last but not least, I want to share with you guys two songs that I got stuck in my head... and I am actually quite proud of myself that both of them are pretty new :) which means it didn't take me months to discover something that the world already fell in love with :) the first one I found by accident, which is very fortunate, cause I love both of those lovely ladies... ;) and I have to thank my wonderful sister J for the second one :) she played it to me and from that very first time I was a goner... ;) hope you guys will enjoy both of them :)



Ok, that is a wrap people :) I'm off to conquer the world... just kidding ;) but I promise to do something else besides reading today ;) I love to connect with you guys, so be sure to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account, I check those every day :) you can try me on Twitter or Instagram, but they are still #WorkInProgress ;)

XOXO

A