Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: "Bountiful" by Sarina Bowen


Author: Sarina Bowen
Title: "Bountiful"
Book 4 in series True north
Main characters: David "Dave" Beringer and Zara Rossi

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) this is the newest installment in Sarina's True north series but you don't have to be caught up on previous books to enjoy this one, because it works perfectly well as a standalone :) in fact... it's also sort of a crossover story... but I will get to that in a moment :) it was yet another great read from this author and honestly, at this point I have to stop being surprised by this :) her writing style just *clicks* for me :) so how about I will tell you a bit more about our main couple :)

Zara and Dave... :) we actually met Zara previously, but again... you get all the necessary informations about her in this book so don't feel bad if you haven't read the first three books / don't remember much about them ;) Zara works as a bartender / sort of an owner of a bar, who is technically owned by her uncle, but she basically runs it :) I don't want to say more about her, because she has certain connections to other characters that appeared in this series, and if you are new to it, I don't want to spoil you stuff :) but safe to say, one night she meets this guy... he keeps coming back and after a while, they decide to act on the chemistry between them :) and yes, I am of course talking about Dave... who just happens to be a Brooklyn Bruisers hockey player :) which is the name of the team, but also another series from Sarina :) but again, you don't need to be caught up on all the books in that series to enjoy this one ;) it's just the cameos from the other players will be more meaningful if you are familiar with other stories ;) so what can I tell you about them... they are definitely not relationship material... neither of them is looking for anything serious, so a few weeks of passion while Dave is in town works for them... until it turns out that he left something else behind him than just memories... which is when we skip ahead for about two years to see what changed... Dave is back in Vermont on another vacation and is definitely surprised to learn that Zara is now a mother... to none other but his own daughter... and from that moment forward we are witnesses to how these two adults who never were in a serious relationship try to navigate the attraction between them at the same time keeping in mind that their little girl is now the most important... :) I adored their story... which was a bit of a surprise, because usually I am not the biggest fan of these types of characters... Zara can be described as prickly... which is definitely a mild adjective for her... although I loved how tough she was and how she stood up for herself :) Dave is charming and sometimes a bit too honest, but I actually liked that about him :) both of them are definitely not looking for a relationship so seeing them fall for each other was such a sweet read :) I'm not gonna say more though, because you should read the book for yourselves to enjoy all of it :)

Honestly guys... it was yet another fantastic book from Sarina... I should just stop being surprised by her amazing writing style and from now on just expect that I will love everything she is willing to give me :) this book was once again written in 2 POVs, which means we got parts from Zara's perspective as well as from Dave's, and I have to say that is definitely my favourite way :) I love to be able to get inside the heads of our main characters to truly see what they feel :) besides a surprisingly lovable although grumpy main couple ;) we had several very interesting secondary characters... some of them couples from previous books, which just reminded me how much I loved their stories and made me want to re-read them :) but there were quite a few new ones... and from them Benito, Zara's twin brother was definitely my fave... let's just say I see soooooo much potential for future stories... :) I refuse to think that this was the last one... nope.... we all need more :) I have to say that I did not expect to love this story as much as I did... of course I knew I would enjoy it... it is one of Sarina's books after all ;) I liked our main couple from the start, but the further we got into the story, and the more I got to know them, the more they snuck up under my skin and the more I fell in love with them... not to mention that there were definitely some heart melting scenes with Dave and his daughter... *swoons* ;) I highly recommend you guys to check out this lovely gem :) start at the beginning of the series if you don't want to miss anything, or right here, if this story speaks to you the most, but either way, definitely go read something by Sarina... :) it's gonna be worth it :)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: "The demon girl's song" by Susan Jane Bigelow


Standalone
Main character: Andin

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) this book has been sitting on my kindle for the longest time... I don't even want to admit how many months... but when it comes to fantasy stories... especially as unique and different as this one :) I have to be in a specific mood to really enjoy them :) so I'm very glad I waited for the right time to appreciate this novel :)

This is a standalone story that follows our main character, Andin... she is almost eighteen at the beginning of the book, and the whole novel takes place over the span of just a few months... at the beginning she lives in a small village in this giant empire, and has plans to leave it, to study at the university... what she doesn't know, is that her life will be much different than she expected... because one day, Andin gets a demon inside of her... and that is just the start of some crazy journey filled with surprises... :) there's not really anyting else I can share about the overall plot of the book, because it is filled with surprising twists and turns along the way and I don't want to spoil you anything, so let me jump into my thoughts and feelings about it ;)

I have to say that I quite enjoyed it ;) I didn't really expected that, so that was a nice surprise... :) Andid was a very interesting main character... yes, she started as this a bit obnoxious teenager, but I loved to see her growth and character development throughout the story... :) her interactions with the demon were very entertaining as well... not to mention that he also changed... the more time has passed, the more they merged together, influencing one another along the way... ;) even though I really want to say more about their adventures, I can't possibly do that without spoilers, so let's just say that don't be discouraged if you feel like the story is chaotic and a bit all over the place... it's all explained at the end... maybe not in as many details as I would like, but still ;) so don't get frustrated if not everything makes sense from the start and just go with the flow ;) the main theme of this book can be described with one word: surprising :) there were so many turns I did not expect, so many things that made me gasp in shock... I definitely enjoyed this story :) so if you are looking for a diffeent read, then give it a try :)

XOXO

A

Monday, October 16, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #83

THAT cover
THAT trailer
And
Still on sort of a break

Hello my lovely people :) it's been a while since I sat down and actually wrote anything here... but it's connected to one of the headlines, so how about we jump straight into them so I can tell you more ;) this time, we'll embrace the chaos ;) and start at the very end ;)

I am still on my sort of a break from blogging... well, it's kind of hard to explain... and even more so, I feel like I've been talking to you guys about it enough already, so to sum up the whole situation... I'm super busy with work and real life stuff, which leaves me less time to actually read, so I don't have to write as much as I used to... plus, I really needed a break to catch some fresh perspective on my blog and some other stuff... let's just say that I am in one of those a-lot-of-things-are-running-around-in-my-head-let's-change-some-things moods... ;) so I'm hoping to make a transition from the thinking phase to the actual doing phase soon :) in the meantime, there is just gonna be a bit less posts and reviews here, and we all just gonna have to find a way to be ok with that :)

Next we have a very exciting announcement... I don't know if you heard about it already, but Tahereh Mafi will release another three books in her Shatter me series :) *squeels with excitement* you may not know that about me, cause I read them before starting this blog, so I don't actually have reviews for them, but I adored the original trilogy... it's definitely one of my all time favourites, with it's whimsical writing... *sighs happily* :) so when I heard the news I was very happy, but also a bit apprehensive... I mean, the first three books are wonderful, an amazing journey about a girl who can't touch anyone, cause her touch is lethal... the writing is stunning, the character development absolutely fantastic, so I'm torn between being scared how everything after the original ending will go, but on the other hand I have faith that she knows what she's doing... :) nevertheless, we now have an official cover for that fourth book, and it's awesome :) so if you haven't seen it already, let's look at it now together :)


Last but definitely not least, I need to share with you guys the newest trailer for "Pacific rim uprising" :) *sighs happily* I don't know what is it with me and that trailer, but I have the same excited feeling about it, as it happened with "Mad Max fury road" a while back, so hopefully I will love the actual movie as much as I did that other one ;) not to mention, that the music from this trailer is super motivating and I listen to it in the mornings before going to work ;) so if you missed this gem, I have it for you right below :)


Ok, that is a wrap you guys :) I hope you enjoyed my little #RandomRamblings post :) as always you know how much I adore connecting with you, so be sure to reach out to me on my Facebook page or Goodreads account ;) and I will talk to you some more soon ;)

XOXO

A

Monday, October 9, 2017

Review: "Abounding might" by Melissa McShane


Book 3 in series The extraordinaries
Main character: Daphne St. Clair

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) this was another fantastic installment in this very unique series... :) I absolutely loved it, but worry not if you are not familiar with previous books or you just don't remember them, becuase each story can be read as a standalone :) since this is book 3, and they are loosely connected to one another, I will first tell you a little bit more about the world and our heroine, and then I will tell you all about how much I adored it :)

This is a historical / paranormal mix :) which means that the action takes place during the Napoleonic Wars but we have a very interesting twist... everything is very similar to our world during that time, but certain people have... I believe the word I'm looking for is *Talents* :) these are special abilities, and there are eight of them... I'm not gonna go into details about all of them, just give you some examples :) you can be a Scorcher, which means you can manipulate fire, or a Speaker, when you can telepathically communicate with people all over the world... Daphne, the heroine of this story, is a Bounder, which means she can teleport herself, along with people and things she can carry with her :) but wait, that's not all :) she's actually an Extraordinary Bounder, meaning she's even more talented... each of the book in this series... and there will be eight in total, will concentrate on a different woman, with a different Extraordinary Talent :) so on the one hand they are all related, because of the war and the confrontation with the Napoleon... because that is where we are headed... but on the other hand, you can read them as standalones, because you get all the informations in each book to fully appreciate the story :) so now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me tell you more about Daphne and why I adored her story :)

Like I said, Daphne is an Extraordinary Bounder, and we actually met her in the previous book :) but again, no worries... yes, I adored her there and was super excited to learn she will be the next heroine, but you don't have to read that story to enjoy this one :) she wants to join the army to help serve her country, and she succeeds... which was not easy... unfortunately Daphne has... well... a certain condition... as in she faints at the sight of blood, so when she's Bounding all over the battlefield... you can see where I'm going with this... after a failed mission she is sent to serve in India, to Bound family members of one of the high ranking Officers to and from England... it is a waste of her Talent, but for the time being it is what it is... fortunately, things change soon... :) when Captain Phineas Fletcher, after meeting her during a bal, requests her help and assistance in a mission of his own... I'm not gonna get into all the details, because I don't want to spoil anything for you guys, but that's when the interesting part starts :)

I absolutely adored this story :) I am a huge fan of this series in general, because it's always a woman at the center of every novel... yes, there is a romance plot in each one, but it's never the main one... all of them show the growth and development of a different heroine and I love it :) Daphne certainly had things to overcome in this one... again, I don't really want to get into too many details, because I believe the less you know about it, the more you will enjoy all of it :) additionally, we have a beautiful, slow-building romance between Daphne and... well, you'll know when you see it ;) the witty banter between them was to die for :) I absolutely adored all their interactions... and yes, there was definitely swooning on my part along the way... ;) I enjoyed meeting new characters, including the heroine of the next story... you'll know when you meet her ;) one of the best parts of the story was actually the mystery they were trying to solve... this one took so many surprising turns I can't even count how many times I gasped in shock about what happened :) #TrueStory :) I highly recommend you guys to check out this gem if you haven't already :)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Blog tour + Review: "All or nothing" by Felice Stevens


Book 3 in series Together
Main characters: Adam Barton and Rico Estevez

Synopsis

A past he couldn’t forget 
Adam Barton is living his dream of working as a firefighter in his small Texas town, but a tragedy from his youth continues to haunt him. He decides New York City is the perfect place to start a new life and joins the FDNY, living and loving his own way—no strings and nothing personal. Until he catches sight of Rico Estevez, the sexy chef with the mysterious smile who rocks his world. After one explosive night together, Adam craves another….And then another. The more he and Rico are together, the more Adam wants him. 

A future he never imagined 
Rico Estevez is living a lie. For years he’s hidden his sexuality, afraid to hurt the career of his politically ambitious father. He’s the perfect American―the best schools, top of his class and most importantly, to his father, a successful businessman. Who needs a boyfriend when sex is so easy to find? Starting a torrid love affair with Adam Barton isn’t a problem; neither one is looking toward forever. But Rico’s father is about to get the chance of a lifetime and Rico feels forced to play by his rules. 

Rules are made to be broken 
Adam proves more unforgettable than Rico ever imagines, but he gives in to family pressures above personal desire. When a fire reunites them, both men discover their passion for each other hasn’t died; rather it’s stronger than ever. Want turns to need and something more dangerous to their hearts—love. Adam and Rico know if they want to have it all, they can let no one and nothing stand in their way of a life together.

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review :) this was the second novel I read written by this lovely author and once again she hit me in all the feels... :) definitely don't be discouraged by the fact that it's book #3 in a series, because the first two... although it's more of a novel and a short story than two full lenght books, are about a different couple :) yes, they appear in this one, and there are hints here and there about certain events from the previous stories, but it's not necessary to read them, to enjoy this one :) I didn't and I still had such a blast reading this book :) so let me tell you more about it :)

Our main couple, Adam and Rico, couldn't be more different ;) Adam is a firefighter and an openly gay man... after some bumps at the beginning, he has a supportive parents behind him and even though there are some very dark moments in his past... *sighs* I so cried when he was telling that particular story even though I sort of knew it was gonna be something like that but don't worry, #NoSpoilers for you :) he feels pretty good in his own skin :) Rico on the other hand... my heart went out to him... he's definitely in the closet... he keeps to himself, going from one one-night-stand hookup to another and never looking for a relationship, because of his father... he's in politics and knows nothing about Rico's sexuality... and since he's the only close family he has now, after his mother passed away years ago, he don't want to jeopardize their relationship by telling him about being gay... it's of course a much more complex situation that what I am describing, but you're gonna have to read the book for more details :) from the beginning of this book you can tell that there were some small interactions between them in that previous story, but nothing that will ruin your experience right now if you haven't read it :) there's definitely a spark there, that's for sure :) which very quickly turns into a full blown fire ;) but since neither of them is looking for anything serious, they decide to just... well... become friends with benefits of sorts ;) of course over time both of them start to feel more for each other and... you just gonna have to read the book to see that beautiful story :)

I gave this book 5 stars... :) I definitely enjoyed the previous one by this author, but this one was even better... :) there is just something about her writing style... she hits me in all the feels... I laughed and cried and thoroughly enjoyed myself :) there is no magical resolutions to some real and serious problems / issues our main characters face in this story... yes, we get a happy ending... and oh how lovely that epilogue was... :) but there are definitely still things we know will take time to fully be resolved... and that's amazing :) because it's so honest and real... :) like I mentioned before, we do get several appearances of the couple from that previous stories and they definitely made me want to read more about them :) after loving yet another book from this author I am generally in the mood to read more of her work :) so I definitely highly recommend you guys to check her out :) start here or with another one of her stories, but definitely don't miss out on her wonderful work :)



About the author:


I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love, but getting there is oh so fun and oh so sexy.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass (or two of red wine). I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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XOXO

A