Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: "Blood and betrayal" by Lindsay Buroker


Book 5 in series The emperor's edge
Main character: Amaranthe Lokdon

First of all, you need to know that this is part of a series that definitely needs to be read in order :) all the books in it revolve around the same group of characters... yes, the focus is more concentrated on different members of said group, but the bigger story arch is definitely overlaping all of the books... :) that is also the very reason why it will be very hard for me to write this review... because I can no longer keep it #SpoilersFree for all of you who haven't read the series... so I'm gonna do the same I did with my review for the previous installment... I will have the next paragraph #SpoilersFree, talking a bit about the world and the main characters in general, and then the third and final one will include spoilers from the previous stories, so you have to be caught up with the series to avoid any surprises :)

So how to describe the awesomeness that is this story with just a few sentences... because trust me... I could spend hours discussing the world and all the main players... but we don't have that much time ;) so first things first... this is a fantasy / steampunk-ish series... which is a mix I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy at first, but now I am completely in love and need more :) like I mentioned before, there is a bigger picture going on in this series, but pretty much each of the book concentrates on one part of that story... except for the last few ones, which ended on pretty big cliffhangers... :) #TrueStory ;) but back to my explanation :) the stories take place in the Turgonian empire... and I am really hoping I haven't made a mistake in the name... if I did, sorry... :) it was not on purpose :) and even though I claim that the main character is Amaranthe Lokdon, a former enforcer... think police-ish type :) it's actually a group... my absolutely favourite group of misfits :) they are all... just so... unique :) I'm gonna say a sentence or two about each of them, so you'll have the chance to discover everything else by yourselves :) so first, there's Amaranthe, the leader of this unruly group :) she used to be an enforcer, but some misunderstandings and unfortunate turn of events lead her to land on the wrong side of the law... now she's working to redeem herself and the rest of her team :) she's the most positive of them all and is able to come up with the most insane plans... they usually don't work exactly like she wanted them to, but oh well... ;) next we have Sicarius... and it's insane how much I adore him... especially since you take into consideration fact that he is this mysterious and deadly assassin... and he really *does* kill people... he doesn't talk much, but once a while when he does... *swoons* ;) there's also Maldynado, a warrior disowned by his family, Books, a very smart professor-ish type, Akstyr, a young and angry most of the time mage of sorts and Basilard, an ex slave with lots of scars who doesn't talk... they have a new addition... or two ;) of sorts in these latest installments, but it's too spoilerific to mention in this moment :) what you need to know is that this series is absolutely hilarious :) the interactions and all sorts of shenanigans between our group of misfits are my favourite to read about :) each book is full of surprising twists and adventures and just... GAH!!! just go read the first one already, and then you'll understand :) ok, that's it for the non-spoilery portion of this review :)

LAST WARNING people :) this last paragrapg will contain spoilers from the previous books as well as my thoughts and feelings about this newest installment, so if you are all caught up with the series... or just don't mind huge spoilerific knowledge, then proceed :) so after the mother of all clifhangers at the end of that last book... I immediately had to start reading this one... I mean, if it wasn't for Amaranthe getting kidnapped by a master torturer, I would be able to take a break from fantasy world... but it just wasn't in the cards for me :) fortunately for me, we pick up right where we left off, the aftermath of a semi-successful attempt to kidnap the emperor, per his own wishes, by Amaranthe's team... yeah, it's not looking good people... the entire book takes place over the span of just a few days and I gave this story 4,5 stars... so far it's my lowest rating yet in this series, but that's only because the majority of it, they are separated, and I just personally prefer them to stick together :) I missed those group interactions... :) here we basically have two separate stories, and we skip between them... I was more interested in the one with Amaranthe... and then her and Sicarius, so maybe that's why I enjoyed a bit less the one with the rest of the team :) another reason is that... well, I don't know... but I kind of expected something more from Maldynado... this is the book where we get to know about him some more, and I... I'm not sure why, but I expected some more depth... maybe his character will grow some more in future books :) don't get me wrong, it was still a phenomenal book, just... I liked the other ones a bit better :) I enjoyed the last part the most... because they finally all got in one place :) and I am very eagerly looking forward to continue on with this series to see how Lindsay will finish this story :) all in all I still very highly recommend you guys to give this series a try :)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: "Obsession in death" by J. D. Robb


Book 40 in series In death
Main character: Eve Dallas

First of all, I need to start this reviw by saying that it's one of my all time favourite series ever :) #TrueStory :) the best proof of that, is that it's going on for 40+ books and I own them all... well, most of all in translation... at least the ones that were published in my country... but now I am slowly accumulating all of them in original language :) because I find that the translation never gets the awesomeness of the original writing style right... ;) it's gonna be a long process, but I'm up for it :) anyway... since it's an installment far, far away in the series, and I don't want to spoil you certain things, if somehow you are brand new to it, let me tell you a bit more in general about it, and then I proceed to share with you my thoughts and feelings about this particular novel... :)

So this is a series where our main character is Eve Dallas, a homicide detective... well, now lieutenant but you get the gyst ;) and each novel concentrate on another one of her cases :) so technically all of them can be read as standalones, since you get all the important and necessary informations about characters and each case... but I actually recommend you to read them in order... :) this way you will see how all the key players changed over time... how certain relationships form and grew... :) then those little scenes here and there will mean so much more :) especially since besides Eve as the main character, we have a strong group of, let's call them secondary characters, but a few of them are basically regular ones at this point :) and you can witness them change as well :) I adore seeing how everyone is doing, and definitely have my own favourites among them... ;) but the decision how to read this sereis, as always, is yours to make ;) oh, I almost forgot to mention, that these books are set in the future... as in about 50 years from now... but don't worry if you are not a fan of sci-fi and such... :) the main difference from the present, is the technology :) so definitely give it a try ;)

Ok, let me tell you a bit more about this particular novel... :) I'm not gonna go into too many details, but will try to do my best to convince you to give it, and this whole series, a try :) it was yet another great addition ;) I know, I know, what a shocker ;) I am already used to phenomenal writing style, that captures me from the start... at this point I am not sure when exactly we get to learn certain things so I will be brief :) Eve is determind as always, to catch the killer, but this time, it's personal... because the killer left a message especially for her at the crime scene... and she knows it's just the beginning... dun dun duuuunnn... sorry, but the moment needed a dramatic music effect ;) so as always, we follow Eve around when she does what she does best... doing her job :) I really liked the parts where we got to see a bit from the killer's perspective... I adored the interactions between Eve and her friends... and to her constant surprise she has more and more of them :) it's definitely amazing to see how everything changes for her... I have a feeling, that once I re-read this series at some point from the beginning, it will be a shock to see Eve from those first books now, comparing to how she acts today :) but still, those are some really great books, so if you haven't already, definitely check them out :)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review: "Pretender to the crown" by Melissa McShane


Book 1 in series The saga of Willow North
Main character: Willow

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) long story short... I am absolutely in love with this story... if I could I would start the sequel straight away... and not only because this one ends on a sort of a cliffhanger ;) it's a fantasy story, first one in a series, and like the title suggests, it's the beginning of a saga about Willow :) so yeah, you will have to read the books in order to understand all the connections :) but it's going to be a trilogy, and the rest of the books are going to be published in the upcoming months, so no long wait for us... you will understand why I'm so grateful for that fact once you read this awesome book :) so let me tell you a bit more about the world and our main heroine :)

Like I mentioned before, this is a fantasy story... and it's actually set in the same world as one of Melissa's other series The crown of Tremontane, only some time before the events of said series... but don't worry if you are not caught up with her work, this one works perfectly well as the beginning of your friendship with her stories ;) it may be even better if you haven't read that other series because... well... let's just say that Willow is a very well known person... so since I read the first book in that series I sort-of-a-little-bit know how her story will end... but just one general thing... and let me tell you... I am dying to know how she got from being a thief to... you'll see ;) because yeah, she's a thief... a very skilled one, partially thanks to her inner talent of sensing worked metal... I'm sorry, but that is just such a cool talent... trust me, I am not doing it justice, it's explained and showed much better in the actual book :) but that changes quickly when a man from her past visits her, with a young boy king in tow, as they are both running away from assassins... :) that is when we begin our journey full of adventures :) now that we have it out of the way, let me try to share all of the awesomeness of this book :)

To be honest... I'm not sure where to start :) this story was just sooooo good :) I adored Willow as the main character... she's smart, resourceful and clever... definitely not perfect, but quite a badass :) *sighs happily* I need to know more about her... :) I need to more about a lot of stuff actually :) mainly because the writing style was so phenomenal, and the story so full of surprises I am so invested in it, I need the sequel ASAP in my hands... the best proof? right at the beginning... here I am enjoying the story and how it goes and then BAM! six years time jump in the third chapter... and I was like *whaaaaaaa...?* ;) and then promptly get back to reading... :) this is a novel full of diverse and interesting worlds I can't wait to explore more... these worlds are filled with a variety of entertaining characters... that again, I can't wait to get to know more about... and a lot of them are strong and smart women :) the banter between different characters, the interactions and relationships are so complex... *sighs dreamily* I very highly recommend all of you to give this amazing gem a try, you will not regret it :)

XOXO

A

Release blitz + Review: "Lucas" by Sawyer Bennett


Title: "Lucas"
Book 8 in series Cold Fury hockey
Main characters" Lucas Fournier and Stephanie Frazier

Synopsis

The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team is stacked with hotshots. But when a new player joins their ranks, he learns that even superstars can’t go it alone when it comes to love.

Lucas Fournier is only serious about one thing: hockey. The league’s fun-loving charmer, Luc is always up for a good prank or a great lay, and he has no intention of settling down. But being traded to the Carolina Cold Fury—and to play alongside his big brother, Max—is no joke. With another title in sight, the last thing Luc wants is to let his new teammates down. To succeed, Luc will need to keep his head in the game and the most . . . er, demanding member of his anatomy in check. But when temptation hits, Luc hits back harder.

Museum curator Stephanie Frazier has always put business before pleasure, which just about explains her nonexistent sex life. But when Stephanie meets Luc at a champagne-fueled gala, she finds herself flirting like crazy—and going home with the uninhibited athlete. For one night, she learns what passion is all about. She just never counted on the little surprise Luc leaves behind. And that’s when things really start to get . . . interesting.

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) Cold Fury hockey is one of the series I truly adore, but after absolutely loving the first few books... with time, I liked some of the stories less and less... and this newest installment... it pains me to say, but I am very disappointed right now... all in all I gave this book 2,75 stars because I had some major problems with our main couple... my review will definitely be on the shorter side, because I don't like to dwell on things I didn't enjoy, but I highly recommend you guys to check other reviews of this book as well :)

Ok, so what can I tell you about our main couple... *sighs heavily* I didn't like either of them... Lucas was ok-ish throughout the most of the story, although some of his child-ish and petulant reactions definitely got on my nerves... Stephanie on the other hand... oh, I had some issues with her... I mean, I understand that she had a terrible childhhod and it deeply affected her, but... what pissed me off the most is that she kept saying / thinking, how broken she is, how damaged and straight f***ed up and yet she didn't do anything to truly changed that... she just kept repeating that she adapted and that's just how it is... and I was so annoyed by it... *sighs* I mean, either you have accepted everything about yourself, in which case stop with the complaints, or do something about it... the next part of this paragraph contains stuff that might be considered spoiler-ish... I figured it out after reading the synopsis, but if you haven't and don't want to know anything beforehand, just skip the rest of this paragraph :) as I predicted we have an unexpected baby plot in this book... it's not as bad as a secret baby plot, when a woman gets pregnant and then doeasn't say anything until a few years later or so... oh, I hate those books with a fiery passion in most cases... so I was actually pleasantly surprised that in this case, after she figured it out, she immediately tells him, and even though he's shocked, his reaction is pretty good as well... :) at least about the co-parenting and supporting each other... because the decision to become friends with benefits due to the chemistry there is between them...? yeah... what can go wrong with that?!? like I mentioned before, I had a lot of problems with them and their decisions :) ok, now that I ranted a little bit, let me tell you more about my overall thoughts about the book...

It truly pains me to give this story such a low rating... but I really tried to like it more... it just wasn't for me... #SorryNotSorry... the writing style is still really good, and I definitely loved the appearances of the previous couples in here, but the current one...? nope... and unfortunately I think I'm gonna skip the next installment as well... because there are glimpses throughout the story... and a very straightforward explanation in the epilogue that shows who will be the main couple in the next book and... I have no desire to read about them... I'm not sure about the one after that, hopefully it will catch my attention again, because I don't want to abandon this series... but for now I'm taking a break :) but definitely don't get me wrong, just because I didn't like it, doesn't mean you will have problems with it as well :) I absolutely encourage you to check out some other reviews and then make a decision for yourselves... if it sounds like something you will enjoy, then give it a try ;)




About the author:


Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

Find her online: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

XOXO

A

Monday, September 18, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #80

Again... shame!!!
One less shelf on Goodreads
And
My biggest 
I-don't-even-want-to-count-them 
book-ish haul ever

Hello my lovely people :) sit down, relax, grab a beverage of your choice and some snacks because we have a big one ahead of us... :) yep, my promised giant book-ish haul is gonna be in this #RandomRamblings post :) but don't worry, the balance will be restored next week, because I have my big work event on saturday (the 23rd) which means a whole day working... and by that I mean from 6 AM till about 8 or 9 PM... yeah... and I definitely won't have the enregy to write anything longer... I'm probably gonna have to sit down and prepare something earlier... but I will be super busy before the event as well and... *sighs* let's not worry about that today :) and instead how about we jump into those headlines :) we're gonna start slow, in the order of them, and then finish with a bang ;)

So first things first... I owe some of you guys an apology... I always encourage you to leave a comment here or on my social media accounts, and just recently...as in a few days ago... I realized that some of you did in fact left comments here on the blog... when it comes to Facebook and Goodreads, it's much easier for me to keep track of everything and see all the comments, but here... I'm not sure why, but I thought I would get some sort of notifications when a new comment will wait for my approval to be posted... I only do that as a precaution for bad language, spam and so on... I'm not sure why I expected notifications, because now that I think about it... I didn't get them before... *sighs heavily* so it's totally on me that I had some comments that have been waiting since *coughs* last year *coughs* I know, I know... I'm a horrible blogger... I already yelled at myself for letting all of that happen and I promise to do my best to not make that situation happen again... #PinkiePromise :)

Another short explanatin before we dive into all the books... ;) I decided to delete my *on hold* shelf on Goodreads... I rarely used it anyway, and basically just to mark books that I was interested in reading, but after starting to read them, my mood changed and I needed to pick something else up... so they were *on hold*, usually for a couple of weeks... but now that my reading habits changed I decided to delete it :) before we get into my book-ish haul, let me explain you those changes... I used to read a few books at the same time... but after a while that stopped working for me... I had troubles to get into so many stories at once, so I changed it back to one book at a time :) then it became two books: one paperback at home, and one e-book I read on my commute to and from work... e-book usually being an ARC or free copy from the publisher / author and so on... but recently... recently I was having so much troubles picking just one paperback that I want to read... my mood kept changing constantly and I finally figured out that to repair the situation, I just need to pick up additional books :) so I am currently reading five of them :) one e-book on my phone :) one comic book and three paperbacks: a fantasy novel, a contemporary romance and a fun, filled with adventures story :) you can check all of them on my official Goodrrads account, which I will leave the link to down below at the end of this post :) so be sure to stay tuned for that :)

And now let's get into what all of you... and me most of all ;) have been waiting for :) *squeels with excitement* I have so much stuff to show you guys... :) so prepare thyselves... :) I'm gonna start with some book-ish merchandise... and by that I mean bookmarks :) the first three... well, actually two since one of them is a double, are gifts :) they are all magnetic ones, which means you put the pages between them :) the red one, with the caption *kocham czytanie* which means *I love reading* in my language, was a gift from my sister J, I don't even remember when... the other two, with the lovely birds, is a very recent gift from my dear friend across the world :) thank you again M :)


These four I bought for myself... I've decided that now that I am purchasing more and more books... and coincidentally, now that I am reading more of them at the same time, I want some fun bookmarks... so these few are just the beginning of my collection :) and if you don't see what they say, from left to right it's: *I read past my bedtime* *reading glasses* drink good coffee, read good books* and *my workout is reading in bed until my arms hurt* :)


Now let me tell you a bit more about all the comic books that I bought... :) so you may remember from some of my earlier #RandomRamblings posts, how much I fell in love with the TV show "Avatar the last airbender" :) so imagine my joy when I discovered there are actually comic books that tell the stories after the finale of the show... I was ecstatic... :) and naturally bought all of them immediately :) so we have "The lost adventures" which is an anthology of sort of short stories that goes between the episodes of the show... they actually feel like deleted scenes in a way :) and yes, I already read them ;) and then we have five trilogies, with each of them telling a differnet story :) "The promise" "The search" "The rift" "Smoke and shadow" "North and south" :) and I actually started the first trilogy recently :) they are all sooo pretty ;)







And now let's dive into all the rest of the books I got... trust me, there is no order or logic in the way I am gonna talk about them... :) let's start with "Beard in mind" by Penny Reid, the newest installment in one of my all time favourite series ever, Winston brothers :) I was actually lucky enough to get an eARC of this book, since I was a part of the blog tour, but of course I need a paperback on my shelf to pet it whenever I want... :) it's an absolutely stunning contemporary romance that hit me in all the feels and you all need to read it :)


Next we have Fire and thorns series by Rae Carson :) you may notice a theme in this haul... meaning I tried the sample of the first books in a few series, that came highly recommended, and decided to buy the ones that got my attention... and by buy, I men of course the fact that I bought all the books at once... ;) I don't know a lot about this particular one, just that it's a fantasy genre and the main heroine is supposed to have a fantastic character development arch throughout the trilogy :) and no, you are seeing correctly, there are in fact four books, because I bought the collection of short stories as well :)


"Geekerella" by Ashley Poston is that sweet contemporary young adult romance that I almost bought last time, but I didn't, so I decided to remedy that situation this time :) all I know about this one is that it's sweet and funny and a retelling of Cinderella with a fangirl twist... and I'm all for it :)


You may be surprised by seeing this in my haul... because who doesn't have "Harry Potter" series by J. K. Rowling on their shelves?!?! and I did have them for the longest time, but in translation... but now that I've been getting the urge to read them again... I decided to buy the original ones... plus, look at those gorgeous covers :)


I got the newest installments of the In death series by J. D. Robb :) at least these were the newest when I bought them, I think in the meantime one more was published... but I'm gonna get that another time... I am still a few books behind :) this one is about a detective, now lieutenant, and each book concentrates on one of her cases... 40+ books and I am still in love :)


Since I was on a roll, I decided to get the missing four... out of five ;) of the books in London steampunk series by Bec McMaster, who is now one of my autobuy authors :) this particular series is a mix of paranormal and steampunk vibes and it's sooooo good :) I highly recommend her and her work :) this series was the first one I read by her, and I immediately fell in love :)


After loving some other work by Amy Harmon, her fantasy series to be exact, I decided to try out her more contemporary work... and since "Making faces" is the one I heard the most about, and nothing but praises ;) it's the one I decided to pick up... I don't really wanna know what exactly it's about, I just want to jump into it and get swept away :) it's gonna be an emotional read, but I think I am ready for it :)


Are you all still with me? don't worry, we are slowly getting to the end... :) next stop, "The night circus" by Erin Morgenstern... another one I know next to nothing about, and to be honest that's how I want it to stay... I was intrigued by the prologue and again, it came highly recommended, so I got it :) expect more thoughts once I actually start reading it :)


The one before last we have The raven cycle by Maggie Stiefvater :) again, it's one of those series I've been seeing everywhere, and one that is very hard to explain, but it came very highly recommended from a sourse that never disappointed me before, so I decided to just go fot it :)


And for the very end of my haul I have Shades of magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab :) it's actually a series that I just started, because ever since I first heard about it, I was super intrigued... all I know is that it's a fantasy-ish story with a guy who travels between different Londons... after getting a glimpse of the prologue, I went ahead and bought all three of them... you know, just in case I needed to get straight into the sequels after reading the first book :)


Ok, now that you saw all the books I got... :) you can probably guess that of course I needed to rearrange my shelves... :) and since I got so many new ones, I had to expand from five to eight... and since I had a whole new idea of how I want to put them, first I had to take all of them off said shelves... yeah... it was quite the view, so naturally I had to take pics to show you :)



Yeah... it took me a while, but I finally managed to put all of them on the shelves... there is no order or logic in how I divided them... well, there is to me, but you wouldn't get it ;) so instead of explaining everything I will just show you all the pics... enjoy ;)












Ok, that is a wrap of a super long post... :) I hope you all managed to stay with me till the very end... ;) I will talk to you soon, but in the meantime, I would love if you'd connect with me on my Facebook page or Goodreads account... I check them every day and it's the best way to talk to me online ;)

XOXO

A