Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review + Giveaway: "Hearts on air" by L. H. Cosway


Author: L. H. Cosway
Book 6 in series Hearts
Main characters: Trevor "Trev" Cross and Reya Cabrera

Synopsis

3 weeks. 5 cities. 15 impossible stunts. One reality show.

Trevor Cross came into Reya Cabrera’s world with a bang and faded out with a whimper. They vowed to make it work, but life had other plans. After chasing his TV dreams for years, Trev finally became the UK’s next big reality star, but he alienated his family and friends in the process. Now he finally has everything he ever wanted. Women. Money. Fame. But none of it means anything when he doesn’t have the one thing that matters most: love.

Money leaves a gaping hole. Fame surrounds him with loneliness. And no woman makes him feel like Reya used to before the whirlwind of success pulled them apart.

He has a plan to get her back. However, with a hectic filming schedule looming, the only way to do that is to convince her to come on the road with him. Reya has been stuck in a rut for a while, and the opportunity to travel across Europe and play her music for new audiences seems like heaven. The only catch? She has to do it with the one boy who ever got close enough to break her heart. But he’s not a boy anymore, and as she gets to know him again she can’t deny her respect for the man he’s become.

Every time she’s around him her heart feels full of air, like a balloon about to pop. Little does she know, Trev’s feelings are just as tumultuous as hers. One thing’s for sure, these three weeks on the road together will either make them whole again or break them irrevocably.

**Hearts on Air is a contemporary romance and book #6 in the Hearts series, however it can also be read as a complete standalone.**

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review :) *sighs* I don't know where to start with this book... I struggled for a few days after finishing it, thinking how to rate it, considering all my thoughts and feelings to try and decide what is it exactly that I think about this story... so trust me when I say, that I had troubles with this book... what pains me the most, is that it's so hard for me to explain why exactly I feel like that... and please, don't get me wrong... I gave this book 4 stars and it's a really good book, with some truly great writing style and I'm sure that soooo many of you will enjoy it more than me... but since this is my review I will tell you as honestly as I can about what I thought of it :) so here it goes...

I believe that my main problem with this book lies with our main couple... Trevor and Reya... ok, before I get into their story, I should probably mention that even though it's book #6, and the last one, in this series, it works perfectly well as a standalone... yes, the characters from previous stories appear here, but you get all the necessary informations to follow this story in this book... well, technically there's a novella about Trev and Reya as well ("One epic night") but to be honest, you don't have to read it before diving into this one... yes, it will give you some additional background about the kind of connections there are between them, but again... it's not necessary, you can follow this book without it :) ok, so back to our main couple... since the last few books in this series followed the stories of the Cross brothers... Trevor is the last one... both he and Reya actually appeared before... and to be honest, I was actually looking forward to reading a whole book about them... but... well... somewhere along the way I made up certain expectations in my head about it, and well... this book was different that what I expected... so they've been friends for some time now... but there was always *something* more there... and I thought that their book will be about how they got together... and what it's actually about is how they sort of got together, and then it imploded and now it's two years later and here's the story... yeah... I think that to understand my apprehension and a little disappointment in this turn of events, you have to know that I am not the biggest fan of second-chance romances... I have nothing against people who enjoy them, good for you :) but me personally... I thinks it's connected to my own experiences, that we won't get into right now... ;) but they definitely influence my reading experience every time I read one of those stories... which is rarely :) anyway... ;) I think that's why I had troubles connecting to both Trevor and Reya... don't get me wrong... I understand why they broke up and I understand why they got back together in this book... it's a much more complicated story and by any means I don't mean that people should not give second chances, but... well... it's just not my cup of tea... usually :) especially since it happened pretty fast in this book... I would like to see it happen over a longer amount of time... I think it would help me connect with both of them more and get behind the idea of them becoming a couple :)

Now that I rambled on a bit... sorry about that, but it's just how my thoughts kept running around in my head when it comes to this book ;) but now I will try to sum it all up for you ;) I loved the writing style... L. H. Cosway definitely have a talent for creating very complex characters... I don't love them all equally, but that's actually the best part about them... we all can find someone who will hit a little bit closer to our hearts... Trev and Reya just wasn't the ones for me :) but based on other reviews I saw, it will be a beloved book for many of you guys ;) we have appearances by some of our faves from previous stories, so that was a truly lovely bonus for a conclusion of this series, but fear not... this book is filled with quite a few new ones... who will actually get their own spin-off series starting next year :) yes, I'm talking about Trevor's parkour teammates :) that little nugget of information I found at the end of the book definitely brightened my day... I'm so excited to get to know them more... fingers crossed I will fall in love with them even more ;) the majority of the book, and by that I mean like almost all of it, with the exception of a few chapters ;) is told from Reya's perspective... I think it was one of the reasons why I had troubles connecting to Trevor... it was hard for me to trust him and really see his side... but both of them did some things I was not the biggest fan of... there was some immature behaviour and running away from the truth... that's never a good idea... and I don't know... there was always something bugging me about the story... but I can't really explain it more... it was just a gut feeling... that's why I am still recommending this book for you guys... if it sounds like a story you will enjoy, definitely give it a try... check out some other reviews and give it a go :)






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L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

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XOXO

A

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: "Stay" by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy


Title: "Stay"
Book 2 in series WAGs
Main characters: Matthew "Matt" Eriksson and Hailey Taylor Emery

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review :) and I had so much fun reading this story :) I mean, I knew it would be great, because this lovely duo of authors always create magic together ;) but it was even better than I anticipated :) it's the sequel in a spin-off series, but it works as a standalone as well... :) I feel like I need to explain that sentence a bit more to those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about :) so, in the beginning we had Him duology, two books telling a story about Wes and Jamie :) next we had "Good boy", the first book in WAGs series, a spin-off from that duology, where each book is gonna concentrate on another Wes's teammate :) and now here we are, with the sequel in this series :) and trust me, it's definitely not the end... but more about it in a moment :) I highly recommend you to read all those books in order, not because you have to, but because they are absolutely amazing :) and it will definitely help with understanding certain interactions and relationships better :) but you can start here as well, and you will get all the necessary informations to enjoy this story :) now that this little explanation is out of the way, let me tell you a bit more about our main couple ;)

I have to start with Matt... *sighs dreamily* I swear you guys, I still have no idea what is it with me and hockey players... I still haven't watched a game, live or on television, nor do I understand the rules, and yet hockey players are my favourite athletes to read about... same with rugby players :) my love is not logical, but I have #NoRegrets :) so since Matt is a hockey player, he already was dreamy... ;) but he is soooo much more than just that :) I loved how sweet and charming he was, how much he loved his twin daughters... and I really appreciated to see his more vulnerable side, how he struggled after the divorce.... and of course let's not forget about the swoonworthy aspect of his personality... *sighs dreamily* I need a Matt Eriksson all for myself after reading this book :) but he was not the only fantastic character in this story... oh no... :) Hailey was absolutely phenomenal :) she is the co-owner of Fetch, a business where they take care of things instead of you... like finding and delivering flowers at a very precise time in the morning... ;) so on the one hand, she is this very smart and capable businesswoman... but she also struggles after her divorce... she is also a huge hockey fan, so when she starts to figure out that one of her clients is none other than her hockey crush... well... it starts to get inetersting... ;) one thing I loved most about her, is how witty and hilarious and flirty she was with their messages, but on the other hand, how awkward and rambling-ish and just clumsy she became when meeting him face to face :) I could relate to that soooo much... :) at least at the beginning... later she got more used to Matt in all his glory... ;) their relationship is just so stinking adorable and cute that I can't even... *sighs happily* I had the biggest smile on my face while I was reading this book :) yes, there were a few moments when I wanted to smack certain people, but still... ;)

Not only our main couple was absolutely amazing, the secondary characters were phenomenal as well :) we got to see our previous couples a little bit, as well as a few other teammates... I see a lot of potential for future stories... just saying ;) not to mention that I have a feeling who will be the hero and heroine of the next book... there is one particular scene in the book, don't worry, I won't say anything else, so no spoilers from me ;) that makes me think that if it won't be book #3 then it will definitely happen soon after :) I have to say that I enjoyed so many people, but I have to name just a few :) Blake, the hero of first book in this spin-off series it still my ray of sunshine, and his inappropriate jokes and unexpected things he says always brighten my day :) I love him :) when it comes to new characters, Jenny, Hailey's friend, was immediately a favourite :) with her encouragements and making up words that perfectly summs up certain situations, she was such a blast :) I'm kind of hoping that maybe she will be a main character at some point in the future... I would certainly love to read more about her :)

This absolutely awesome book was written in 2 POVs, which means we got chapters from Matt's point of view, as well as Hailey's :) it's definitely my favourite writing style, especially when it is done as great as in this book ;) not to mention that I adore these ladies individually :) but when they work together... watch out world, magic happens :) I already can't wait to see what's gonna happen next :) and even though I have my own thoughts about characters I would want to read about next, let's not kid ourselves... I will read whatever they create and love it :) I would inhale this story in one sitting, if I didn't have to do stupid things like go to work or sleep... ;) ugh... adulting sucks ;) so I strongly recommend you guys to find a free afternoon to really appreciate the awesomeness of this hilarious book :) I laughed out loud so many times, that I stopped counting :) the messages they were exchanging were fantastic... :) but it's filled not only with funny and sexy moments... there are so many sweet ones as well... emotional scenes that will unexpectedly grip our heart and make you tear up... *sighs happily* I loved everything about this book, so be sure to grab it ASAP :)

XOXO

A

Review: "Gears of fate" by Wilbert Stanton


Book 1 in series Forgotten gods
Main character: Zak Walker

Synopsis

Centuries have passed since the Fey conquered Earth, forcing mankind and gods alike to flee to the sky city Olympus. Forgotten gods walk amongst man, lost and powerless. Little do they suspect a second Fey war looms, and an unlikely duo will set in motion the gears of fate.

Zak Walker is a fringe rat living in the slums who would do anything to protect his sister, Alice. His neglectful father threatens to consign him to a life away from home on an airship, but he yearns for his life to mean something more than drudgery.

Princess Seneca Rose is the last surviving member of the Seelie royals. They tried to establish peace with mankind, but fell to the forces of Queen Mob and the Unseelie Court. Fleeing for her life, Seneca arrives on Olympus in hopes of uniting the forgotten gods against the oncoming Fey.

Zak couldn’t care less about the fate of Olympus, until faeries kidnap Alice. He doesn’t believe Seneca’s stories of faeries or gods, but soon has no choice but to accept their lives are intertwined. All his life, he’s dreamed of something more. If he cannot face the dangers that await down on Earth, the gods, mankind, and his sister Alice are all doomed.

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review :) I have to say that the synopsis was super interesting... it really was the first thing that got my attention... :) and it actually got my expectations kind of high... and I have to say that I am not disappointed at all :) it was a super exciting story, although it did felt at some points all over the place, that's why I gave it 4,5 stars instead of full 5 :) but I see sooooo much potential for future stories :) don't worry, everything important is sorted out in this book, and it does not end with a cliffhanger or anything, so feel free to dive in :) ok, how about I tell you a bit more about the world and the plot of this book :)

We are thrown straight into a complicated world but slowly chapter after chapter everything is explained, which I definitely appreciated... there is no huge info dumping in the first two chapters, that you have to keep going back while reading a book to find an explanation... although if we're being honest, not everything is explained fully... :) but I did not mind at all... :) it really was part of the charm of this story :) ok, back to the world :) like it's mentioned in the synopsis, the Fae from Unseelie Court conquered the earth years ago, and banished men and gods alike from it... so now they all live, at least what's left of them, in Olympus... as in a freaking flying city of Olympus!!! I'm sorry, but how cool is that?!? :) years has passed and men has forgotten all about gods, who are walking in disguises among them... :) Zak is not an exception from that rule... he's a young man, boy really, who tries to do his best to protect and take care of his sister... all that changes when a mysterious girl falls from the sky to land at his feet :) that girl is none other than Seneca, a lost princess of the Seelie Court, trying her best to fix a lot of bad things... I don't want to get into too many details, because trust me... it's much better to just go with the flow with this book :) when his beloved sister is kidnapped Zak has no choice but to join forces with Seneca and help her, so she can help him in return :) since this is pretty much everything I can tell you about the actual plot of the book without spoilers... and trust me on that, this story is filled with surprising twists and turns, how about I will focus on my overall thoughts and feelings about this little gem :)

It was my first book by Wilbert Stanton, and I immediately fell in love with his writing style... it was hilarious, engaging from the very first chapter and super entertaining :) I inhaled this story in record time, and I did not expect that, mainly because the main character is a sixteen year old boy, so I wasn't sure how much I could connect with him... :) if you have the same apprehensions, you can forget all about them... :) especially since pretty much the whole book was written from his perspective, so that definitely helped with understanding him better :) it was an absolute pleasure reading about Zak's adventures... and all other characters :) because my favourite one was Seneca :) she was hilarious, fearless and unpredictible... I loved her :) there was a bunch of others as well, but we met them a bit further into the book, so I don't want to tell you all about them... instead I will let you discover those lovely surprises :) I have to say that I see sooooo much potential in this world and these characters... so many stories that can be told... *sighs dreamily* I already can't wait to read them all :) this was a super quick read, fast paced and filled with adventures, unexpected twists and surprises... I could not put it down :) so if you are looking for a book that will pull you in from the very first chapter... trust me, I was hooked after the prologue alone ;) then definitely give this lovely gem a try :)

XOXO

A

Monday, June 19, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #67

*sighs happily*
Vacation time
And 
Going back to work

Well hello there my awesome people... long time no posts ;) but I am not gonna be sorry for taking a break... as you all probably know, because I've warned you about it several times before it happened, I went away for two weeks on vacation and decided to take a break from everything... including blogging... and it was just what I needed :) now I am back, full of energy and ideas and I'm gonna share with you all the stuff that happened during that break... because let me tell you... it was a lot ;) I guess that what happens when I have too much time to think about things :) some stuff happened, some decisions have been made and I will share the majority of that with you all today... although I will left a few little pieces of informations to share in the upcoming weeks / months... ;) and since this whole post is about my vacation time, I will try to break it into smaller paragraphs, each concentrated on a different event and such... ok, now after this super long intro, let's get into the actual post :)

*sighs happily* I loved my vacation... me and my family went away near the beach for two weeks and it was glorious... I got to sleep in, walk with my feet dipped in the sea, got a little tan... ok, it may have included one sunburn along the way... maybe two, but nothing serious ;) we had a lovely weather, mostly sunny and warm, with short breaks of more cloudy days that actually helped us with not getting too sunburned, so it all worked out in the end ;) I am now full of energy and ready for new challenges... well, maybe I am getting a bit anxious, because I can already tell how much work will wait for me when I get back... but that's ok, I can take it :) see? that's how relaxed I am :)

I am definitely out of my reading slump :) it actually ended in the week just before my trip, and I am so happy about it... I love reading and not being able to pick up a book because I felt... meh and ugh was exhausting mentally... but I'm back to my reading self :) in fact, I read 6,5 books during my vacation :) that half being a book I finished on my first weekend away :) I am way ahead with my Goodreads reading challenge ;) and since I was really good with reading AND writing / editing reviews in the meantime, I'm gonna have a lot of posts heading your way in the upcoming weeks :) so brace yourselves... the reviews are coming ;) and I have some truly awesome recommendations among them, so be sure to check out my blog regularly :)

And speaking of books... I may or may not bought some when I was away... and by that I mean I totally did :) #NoShame #NoRegrets ;) how many you ask? well... um.... remember when I did my biggest book haul yet with seventeen books a few weeks ago? yeah... good times... ;) because this time I bought *coughs* thirty one *coughs some more* books... :) I know, I know, but in my defense, all those books are for my june book budget plus my july book budget, and let's not forget that july is my birthday month, so I had to get myself something, right? :) now they are all on the way, so expect a huge book haul in the upcoming weeks :) but once I got home and counted how many books are on my actual, physical to-be-read pile... and the number we are looking at is 40+ ;) I decided to take a break from buying any new books until I will get through at least some of them... I am not banning myself entirely, but everytime I'll want to buy a book, I will ask myself *do I really need it right now? will I read it immediately?* because more often than not the answer to that question will be *no* :) I have so many amazing books already on my shelves, and even more on the way... so I will take a little break... especially since I will have a whole new reason to spend my money on something else... :) it was one of the things that also unfolded during my vacation, but I will have to wait before sharing it all with you guys... be patient... it will be worth it, cause in a few weeks you'll get pictures ;) that's all I'm gonna say :)

And we are still not done with the subject of books in this post... come on guys, did you really expect something else? :) I AM a book blogger after all ;) and this part will be connected to ARCs... as in Advanced Reader Copies, that bloggers and reviewers receive before the actual publication of the book... because something truly amazing happened to me... you may or may not know this about me, but I am a huge fan of Nalini Singh... I absolutely adore her writing style and all the stories she creates... so when I found requests for an ARCs of her two upcoming books on NetGalley (one of them is out now, but I will explain everything in a second) I requested both of them... I was sure I would be denied, because with that publisher it's what always happened in the past... so when I got an e-mail about "Silver silence" I was sure it's a denial... so I opened it just to check it out and there it was... *... accepted, you can now access the book through NetGalley...* and I couldn't believe what I was reading... it took me a good ten seconds to actually react... when I promptly squeeled and got super excited #TrueStory #NoJoke ;) I inhaled it in record time and loved everything about it... it was actually the only book that made me take a break from taking a break, and I already posted my review :) if you haven't seen it yet, I will leave the link to it right -> HERE <- :) if we're being totally honest, I was pretty sure that someone just made a mistake, and clicked on the wrong button or something to grant me the access but I didn't care :) I was just super happy to read this wonderful story a bit earlier and share all my thoughts with you guys on the release day :) but then... it happened again :) because a few days later I got an e-mail that granted me the access to the ARC of "Archangel's viper" which goes live in september!!! :) I still can't believe I have it already on my kindle... I will read it as soon as I catch up on ARCs that have deadlines in the near future, because I am sooooo curious about that particular story... :)

Last but definitely not least, I want to talk to you guys about all the movies I saw during my vacation time :) and we are not gonna go chronologically, because I have to start with the worst one... although I saw only three of them, so one of them was definitely worse, and the other two... I can't decide which one I loved more... I don't want to and you can't make me ;) so we're gonna talk about those two in order... ok, so starting with the *meh* one, I saw "The mummy" and... well... like I said, it was meh... nothing truly spectacular... my favourite parts were Sofia Boutella as the mummy and Jake Johnson as the hilarious sidekick-ish type of character... the rest... well... honestly, I think that the movie would turn out better if the main character would be played by a younger actor... Tom Cruise just didn't click for me in this role... although I still adore him in Mission impossible series :) and don't even get me started on the only other female role in this movie... I have nothing against Annabelle Wallis, but I am tired of women who are in the story just to look pretty, explain stuff and then be rescued by the hero... the whole movie was in general more hilarious than scary, soooo... I will leave the trailer for it below if you guys want to check it out :)


Now let's talk about something much, much better... :) so the first out of the two awesome movies I saw was "Wonder woman" :) it was actually at the bery beginnig of my vacation time, cause I went to see it on a friday afternoon, after my very last day at work :) and I am absolutely in awe about it... *sighs dreamily* it was done soooo well... :) Gal Gadot is the perfect choice for the main role... she was brave, strong, but also kind and wonderful... *squeels with joy* a truly kick-ass role model :) and don't even get me started about the Amazons... *sighs dreamily* I have a total woman crush on General Antiope, played by Robin Wright... and Chris Pine was definitely a great addition to the cast :) I laughed and I cried, but most of all I enjoyed every minute of this abslutely fantastic story... this movie did not have flaws... after I saw it I felt so empowered... like I could take over the world... I highly, highly recommend you all to see :) and since I just can't choose, I will leave all three trailers below for you guys :) the first one, from Comic Con, the origin one and the final one :) each of them have unique scenes and I love them all :)




Now we are up the the newest movie I saw... "Wonder woman" was the perfect beginning of my vacation, and I managed to end it with another amazing one... "King Arthur legend of the sword" :) *sighs dreamily* I cannot believe that more people haven't watched it yet... the story, the characters, the amazing fight scenes, the music, the whole visual side of the movie... again, in my opinion it was absolute perfection :) that's why I'm so mad it did not make much money in the box office so far... because I would love to see sequels... yes, as in plural and everything, because there is so much potential in this world... I think Charlie Hunnam was the perfect choice for the main character... charismatic and very clever, I loved him... my second favourite was the mage... a mysterious woman whose name we never learned... she was powerful and smart and I'd love to know more about her... but the same can be said about pretty much all other secondary characters... *sighs dreamily* I am defnitely going to see it again on the big screen... yes, it was that good... :) I will leave the two trailers below for you guys to check out, if somehow you haven't seen it before, because I simply can't choose just one of them :) but be sure to go and see it on the big screen while you still have the chance ;)



Last but not least I need to very quickly mention that we finally got a short teaser trailer for another movie I am very highly anticipating... "Black panther" :) and it looks soooo good... :) since we don't know much else, I can't really say anything, but I will leave you guys the little gem of awesomeness to enjoy with me :)


Ok people, that is a wrap :) I hope you enjoyed catching up with everything that's been going on with me :) I promise this was the longest break I took in a very long time :) now I will be back with regular #RandomRamblings posts every monday, my *books I can't wait to get my hands on* monthly posts at the end of each month :) and of course lots and lots of reviews :) talk to you guys soon :) and be sure to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account, cause I check them every day and I love interacting with you people :)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review: "Silver silence" by Nalini Singh


Author: Nalini Singh
Book 1 in series Psy-changeling trinity
Main characters: Valentin Nikolaev and Silver Mercant

I was extremely lucky to get an ARC of this phenomenal book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) if were being totally honest, when I got the e-mail from them, I was completely surprised... as in not in a million years I actually thought they would accept my request... to this day I am half convinced that someone pushed the wrong button by mistake, but I don't care :) I'm just super excited that I was able to get my hands on one of my most highly anticipated books of the year a little bit earlier... ;) and since it's one of my all time favourite authors and one of my all time favourite series as well, I have a lot of thoughts to share with you guys... ;) so sit back with a beverage of your choice and relax, because it's gonna be a while ;)

So first I need to start with a little bit of an explanation :) this is the first book in a new and sort of a spin-off-ish series... originally we had the Psy-changeling series with 15+ books in it... but that major story arch is finished, so now we are heading into a new arch, with this Psy-changeling trinity series :) I was thinking long and hard about what to tell you about the reading order... on the one hand, I highly recommend you to read the original series first, because it's just soooooo good... *sighs dreamily* but on the other hand, I know it can feel a bit daunting... so you can actually start your journey with this book... the majority of the characters appearing in it are brand new, and the ones that were mentioned before, or got their own stories, are definitely in the background... although be warned, there will be some pretty big spoilers about how certain events ended and stuff like that... but when it comes to explaining the world itself... yes, it might feel very complicated, especially if you're gonna be new with it, but I think you can manage to understand everything just by reading this book :) so the choice about starting your journey with this fantastic world here, or back at the very beginning is yours to make :)

Now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me tell you a bit more about the world itself :) this is a paranormal-ish sort of a series, set in an alternate version ouf our world a few decades in the future :) don't worry, I won't spoil you anything in case you are brand new to this sereis, just wanted to share a few basic informations about it :) the world I'm talking about is different from our in two major ways :) #1 they are much more technologically advanced... it is the future after all ;) and #2 there are three main groups that populates it: humans, psy and changelings :) I don't want to get into too many details about each of them, because since it's one of my all time favourite series, if I would start talking about all of them, we could be here for a few days... ;) but just so you'll have the basic knowledge... :) humans are the most ordinary ones... and don't you get angry at me... I don't mean that as if they are the worst or most boring... yes, they don't have the gifts other groups have, but they can be very powerful with how kind, generous and brave they can be... psy on the other hand are the ones with mental powers... there are many designations among them, like telekinetics, telepaths and so much more... they are distant and cold, emotionless... living Silent, to escape dangerous and deadly mental consequences connected to their gifts... and we have changelings... they are my favourite in this series :) different kinds of shapeshifters who usually live in packs, although that depends on the animal part of them :) they are stronger and faster than humans and definitely the most emotional ones among all three groups... bonds within the pack and family mean everything to them... *sighs dreamily* I just love them... :) pretty much each book set in this world revolves around a different couple (there was on exception when we had an ensemble book) but there are bigger archs that are slowly unraveling over the course of several of them... like I mentioned before, the first arch ended and this is the beginning of the new big one... so even though there are no cliffhangers when it comes to the main couple, there are many questions left wihout answers :) and about our main couple... ;)

Silver is actually one of characters that appeared in the previous stories, but definitely as a secondary one... so I was very intrigued when I heard she will be the heroine of her own book... :) Valentin on the other hand is brand new... *sighs dreamily* I'm sorry, got distracted there for a second thinking about that teddy bear ;) a little joke I will explain in a second :) she is a psy and quite a powerful one... we met her, when she was working as an assistant to one of the most deadly psy in the world... but don't be fooled by that title... she was much more than that... :) now she takes on being the chief of an enterprise that focuses on rescue and help missions... that is as vague as I can put it without spoiling some stuff from previous books, so we are just gonna go with it... :) Valentin on the other hand is, like I mentioned, a brand new character, and an alpha of a bear-changeling clan... ;) that's why I called him a teddy bear ;) although he is a one huge teddy bear... ;) he's big and stubborn and usually loud, but can also be sneaky and subtle when he wants ;) he definitely jumped very high on my list of favourite characters in this world :) theirs is actually a pairing I love the most to read about: psy-changeling :) especially when the man is a changeling and a woman is psy... I don't know exactly why is that... I'm sure there is some explanation, but those stories speak to me the most... they are my favourite couples out of all of them and I tend to go back to their stories the most... and this was no exception :) I absolutely adored these two :) I can't really go into too many details of how they actually get together, although some of it is in the synopsis so why not ;) from the very beginning we are thrown straigh into the story, when Valentin appears once more very unexpectedly at Silver's doorstep, but this time, she collapses... *gasps* it was an assasination attempt and there is only one way for her to be safe while the threat is investigated... in the middle of a changeling clan of bears ;) whatever you are imaginig about the interactions between a cold psy and a rambunctious huge family of bears you will not be prepared for all the awesomeness... not to mention the plan that Valentin has to convince Silver to give them a chance... *sighs happily* it was so good that I am very tmepted to re-read it straight away... I would probalby do it if it wasn't for an insane amount of books waiting for me ;) the struggle is real... ;)

But our main couple wasn't the only bright part of this book... oh no... ;) the secondary characters definitely stole the show on more than one occasion :) and majority of them are brand new... like StoneWater clan of bears :) so many new characters and all of them amazing :) there were a couple among them that I really need to read more about ;) there is also definitely one pairing in the making that I am abolutely ecstatic about... won't tell you who I'm talking about, but I'm sure you'll figure it out :) not only bears, but there were also a few Mercant family members that definitely caught my attention... ;) oh, there was just sooo many interesting people... :) I can't possibly name them all... especially since I really don't want to spoil you anything about who is important for whatever reasons... so let me just say that I see a lot of potential for future stories with these new people... and some of the ones we met before who are still single ;) but anyway, let us get to my overall thoughts and opinions, because I already feel like we spend together all day with this review :)

Nalini is one of my all time favourite authors for many reasons... she has one of the most entertaining and capturing writing style... every time I read one of her books, especially set in this world, after a few months I tend to convince myself that they can't possibly be as good as I remember them... the time had to mess with my memories, and I'm probalby exaggerating all of it in my mind :) but then a new one comes out and BAM!!! I'm smacked right into all the feels with how absolutely wonderful the next installment is and once more I am reminded of how fantastic Nalini's stories are... and don't even get me started on how good of a storyteller and plotmaster she is... I can guarantee you that she already knows the ending of this big story arch, even though it just started, and she identified all the main players, even though we get only whispers about some of them here... after witnessing it in the original series, I am not nervous at all where all of this is going... because I know that Nalini has all the answers and I will get all of them... in time :) to this day when I re-read certain books in that first series, no matter how many times I did it before, I still find new little gems hidden within the pages... and I'm all like *she knew from the beginning how certain things will go* :) and that is the best way of writing a series... because then it all makes sense... and you can see that all the decisions and actions that took place along the way were necessary to get to that conclusion... :) this just makes me that much more excited to see where she will go with this second story arch... after all, this is a world after big changes... :) it's a perfect mix of introducing and evolving bigger story archs but at the same time focusing on the couple that is at the forefront of this particular book... oh how well she keeps the balance... *sighs dreamily* I highly recommend you guys this book... no matter if you are already a fan, or brand new to her work, if you don't know the psy-changeling world, you are seriously missing out... go start at the begining, or with this installemnt, I explained everything earlier in my review, but definitely read one of them :) it's one of the series I recommend non stop to people, because it has it all... action, humor, amazing characters, swoonworthy romance and twists that will surprise the hell out of you... go read it now :) or we can't be friends anymore... ;) just kidding... but go read it anyway ;)

XOXO

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