Thursday, December 29, 2016

Books I can't wait to get my hands on ;) january edition

Hello hello my amazing people :) welcome to the very last post of 2016 :) it also at the same time the very first post that revolves around books and book-ish things for 2017 :) so it's the best way to jump from one year to another :) and can you guys believe this year is ending? I feel like just yesterday it was july, my birthday month... :) and now I am sitting here in this gloomy, winter weather, thinking about all the upcoming books I want to share with you :) but before I get into them, a few words of explanations :) I decided to change up a bit my *books I can't wait to get my hands on* posts :) nothing major, just a few little things, like putting each cover before I talk about a specific book instead of putting them all together at the very end... :) or making a conscious decision to write a bit more to you guys about each book I mention, to better convince you why you should also have them on your wishlist :) hope you'll enjoy them :) so without further ado, let me jump straight into all the awesomeness I have for you this time :) and I have five amazing stories for you :) to be honest, I already have or will have very soon all those books as ARCs in my possesion, but that just makes me a very happy person, since I would want to read them either way :)


So the first one I want to mention, is actually the one I already finished :) "Hard hitter" by Sarina Bowen is the new installment in her Brooklyn Bruisers series, and I loved it sooooo much more than the first one :) the whole series revolves around different characters connected to a hockey team, and hockey players are only like my favourite athletes to read about ;) don't ask me why, there is no logic behind this :) I still haven't watch a game, nor do I understand the rules :) but I loooove those stories :) since the book is due at the very beginning of january and I will have my full review up on the release day, I will say only that this book is about Patrick, the team captain who is a bit distant from other people, and Ari, the team massage therapist and yoga instructor :) it's a great contemporary sports themed romance that can be totally read as standalone, so go for it even if you are new to this author :)


Ok, so the next book I want to mention is actually something co-written by Sarina Bowen as well :) she and Elle Kennedy have the first book in their new WAGs series coming out at the end of the month :) and man oh man, how much I want to read "Good boy" right now... you have no idea :) I just recently finished Him duology, where we are introduced to the main characters from this story, since WAGs can be counted as sort of a spin-off from that series, and I cannot wait to read more about Blake :) again, it's a series about hockey players... told ya I love them ;) and Blake is like a puppy with ADHD :) he says the most unexpected things :) I would love nothing more than to dive into the ARC of his story that is taunting me on my kindle, but I have a few of them with shorter deadlines I need to get through first... but soon :) *pets my kindle* soon... ;)


Book #3 I want to tell you about is "Wondering sight" by Melissa McShane :) it's the sequel in her The extraordinaries series, but the stories in it, can be read as standalones :) yes, they are all set in the same world, and some characters will probably have appearances in multiple books, but each of them will revolve around a different couple :) after loving the unique idea, which is a combination of historical setting with some very cool paranormal vibes, in the first book, I am very curious to see what she has for us in this new book :) the writing style was impeccable and I need to make sure it wasn't just a one time thing for me :)


Another one you should all have your eyes out for is "Worth the wait" by Claudia Connor :) it's a... well, let's call it the beginning of a spin-off series from her The McKinney brothers series :) because this particular story has a main couple we actually met before :) Nick is the brother of Hannah, the heroine from "Worth the risk" :) that is also the book where we met Mia, the heroine, sooo... ;) I absolutely loved that whole family while I was reading her story, so imagine my joy when I find out her brothers will get their own books :) it's shaping up to be a great contemporary romance sooo... :) color me excited :) I am currently reading it and definitely loving it... even more than I anticipated so fingers crossed it will stay as awesome till the very end :)


Last but definitely not least is "Finding Kyle" by the talented Sawyer Bennett :) it's the newest standalone novel from her that I really don't know that much about :) but it doesn't really matter, since Sawyer has such a fantastic writing style, there wasn't any book of her I read so far that I didn't like :) sure, I adore some of them more than others, but they are all written exceptionally awesome :) so when I got an opportunity to get my hands on her newest standalone, I was all like *yes, please* :) so I can't really tell you more about this one... maybe it's for the better? :) sometimes the less you actually know about the book before reading it, the better your experience :) so I am totally ready to be surprised and amazed;)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Review: "Two in the afternoon" by Cora Cade


Author: Cora Cade
Book 2 in series A day of pleasure
Main characters: Callum "Cal" Eversman and Molly Ryan

I got my hands on a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) and I honestly have to say that it is definitely my favourite story written by her so far :) I have one more that I haven't read, so I am pretty comfortable to say that this will be probably my favourite couple of hers :) well, maybe till we get Gabe's story, but I will get to that in a minute :) all you need to know as of right now is that this novella was simply amazing and you should all read it :) now let me get into a bit more details... don't worry, only a few so as not to spoil you about every little thing happening in the book ;)

This is exactly the kind of a story I adore... Molly survived a pretty traumatic event, and a few months ago she started her life again in this small town... unfortunately, the past doesn't always want to stay buried, so when the people in her life realizes that, they want to help her.. I know I'm being vague, but that's totally on purpose :) they keep an eye out on her, but when some of them goes out of town, that's when Cal comes along :) he's a friend, and a soldier on a few weeks leave, that Molly's friend asked for help :) *sighs dreamily* and he is just... sooo... dreamy ;) he is a man of few words, and although I usually prefer the more talkative and charming guys, he totally and unexpectedly stole my heart :) Molly on the other hand... she is a spitfire :) she did not let her past experiences extinguished her fire and I love how unabashedly honest she is :) there is definitely an instant attraction between them, and if you worry that throughout the majority of the book there are secrets and half-truths between Molly and Cal, you can stop that right now :) the reason why he is there is pretty quickly out in the open :) which made me really glad, cause I am not a fan of secrets :) they are a bit like day and night :) she's small and loud, and he's huge and on the silent side :) but I adore them together :) that's pretty much everything I can tell you about them :) mainly because I loved this book so much and I truly believe the less you know about it before, the better your experience will be :) I certainly was surprised quite a few times when I read it, and I want you to be surprised as well :)

I absolutely adored this book :) besides the main couple, there were quite a few secondary characters, that I won't name here... well, except for Gabe, and only because I promised you an explanation before :) he's Molly's brother, also a soldier, and he will get a full lenght novel at some point in the future :) and personally, I cannot wait to read it :) but about those other characters... here's the thing :) all the stories the lovely Cora writes, can be totally read as standalones :) you get all the necessary informations about each main couple, but from the perspective of a person who read the majority of them, I would recommend you to read them in order :) since all the novellas takes place in the same town, a lot of people show up in a lot of stories :) so all those scenes and interactions mean that much more when you actually know the stories and all those people :) but again, the choice is yours :) but I can wholeheartedly recommend you the amazing stories written by Cora Cade :) she has such an entertaining writing style, and since all of her books so far are on the shorter side, they are just perfect for when you have a little less time to enjoy a book :) so definitely give her a try, and pick this one, or anything else she wrote so far, because those little gems are amazing :)

XOXO

A

Monday, December 26, 2016

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #44

Christmas book haul
All the joy
And
Winter wonderland book tag

Hello hello my awesome people and welcome to the last #RandomRamblings post of this year :) it's going to be all christmas-ish themed because I am all in that mood :) but right after this, I'm starting to think about all my favourite books I read this year... why? :) because the time for new edition of Bookmarks is coming closer and closer :) if you don't know what that is, Bookmarks are the awards I started last year, where I name all my favourite books / characters / authors in different categories :) but I will tell you all about it very soon :) for now, let us jump straight into those headlines :) and this time we will go with the order of them :)

So let's start with all the lovely books I got for christmas :) yes, books... as in plural and everything :) I will show you the pic of all four of them and then I will say a bit more about each one :)


So starting from the left we have "The player and the pixie" co-written by the fantastic duo of L. H. Cosway and Penny Reid :) it's book #2 in their Rugby series, but can be read as a standalone as well :) I absolutely adore both of them individually, but when they write together, magic happens :) this particular story is about Sean and Lucy :) what I love about them is that they are both very unique and different than people I usually read about :) Sean is a rugby player who gives this arrogant and distant vibe, but there is more to him than meets the eye :) Lucy on the other hand is such a colorful, literally if you look at her hair ;) character :) she's fun and open and their interactions are amazing :) before I read this book I couldn't really see them together... because we met them both in the first book... :) but I should have know to just trust the lovely authors, because now I am totally in love with this book :) the second book is "Hearts of blue" by L. H. Cosway :) it's book #4 in her Hearts series, but again, it can be read as a standalone :) it's my second favourite story by her I read so far... and I already have my personal #1 "Six of hearts" so I was thrilled to find the story about Lee and Karla under my christmas tree :) this is a phenomenally written contemporary romance about a female cop and a... well, the thing about Lee is... it's complicated :) he is involved in some illegal activities, but that is all I can say without spoilers... :) trust me, the book is wonderful, and what is very important to me, there are definitely consequences to certain actions, so the book feels realistic with still giving us a happy ending :) the next two books are both written by Nalini Singh, one of my all time favourite authors :) first one is "Rock addiction", the beginning of her Rock kiss series :) about Molly, a librarian and Fox, a sexy as sin rocker who rocked her world... ;) see what I did there? ;) it's such a fun read, hot and sweet and it will look sooooo good on my shelf :) and last but definitely not least, we have "Caressed by ice", book #3 in her Psy-changeling series :) the story of Judd and Brenna is definitely one of my favourite in this series, the cold Psy and a wolf changeling who survived something horrible done to her... *sighs* I thnk a re-read is coming :) I know it might sound weird to you if you are unfamiliar with this series, but it's hard to expain in a sentence or two, so just go with me :)

Now let me tell you more about all the joy :) I am in an awfully good mood lately :) and I think there are quite a few reasons why... :) maybe it's the end of the year / the beginning of a new one that puts me in this sort of resolution-ish mood to make all sorts of changes around me, or maybe it's just that I am more aware of them now, even though some of them started happening a few months back :) but I am definitely working on organizing stuff around myself, as well as with myself internally ;) I'm talking about time management and prioritizing stuff I want / have to do and working on balancing everything as best as I can :) trust me, I'm no expert, but I'm working on it :) and it gets better and better with each month :) but I think lately, there are two big reasons for my great mood :) #1 my holiday break, that I am still on :) five whole days off from work when I can sleep in and stay up late, instead of dragging myself up at 5.30 AM to get ready, has done some miracles for my mood :) and #2 ALL... THE... BOOKS... :) let me explain that :) recently I was banned from buying any books for myself, because I knew I would get some for christmas and I didn't want to duplicate any of them accidentally :) so I waited patiently and after opening up my presents I was able to sit in front of my lovely Sascha, and yes, I'm talking about my laptop and yes I totally named her ;) #NoShame :) and used up my december book budget :) because I have no will power when it comes to books, ever since I started my full time job and I have a steady flow of income, I had to put some restrictions on myself when it comes to how much monthly I can spend on books :) but I was able to get five books within my budget this month :) BUT that's not everything... :) you may or may not remember this, but a few weeks earlier, I shared with you guys that I'm gonna have a working saturday... shorter weekend is not my favourite thing so I decided that the extra money I will get for that day, I can spend it on books :) that thought definitely helped me survive it :) well... I got the money for that saturday recently so naturally why wait when you can spend it immediately? :) and BookDepository had a really good bargain on pretty much all books by Nalini Singh sooooo... I was actually able to buy more books that I anticipated :) AND I stayed in my budget :) I feel like I need to repeat that before I'll tell you how many books I bought... *coughs* ten new books *coughs* :) yes, your math is correct... I now have FIFTEEN new books coming my way :) *squeels with joy* I am so happy about it :) that is also the reason why I haven't shown you my shelf with the addition of the books I got for christmas :) I'm gonna wait for the end of january when all the books will get here, as well as the few I will buy with my january budget... look at me thinking ahead, all planning and everything ;) and THEN I will show you the pic, because by that time I will have not one, but TWO shelves :) I'm so excited to grow my book collection :) I think now it's much easier to understand why I have such a positive attitude lately :)

Last but NOT least, me and J, my lovely sister, have a very quick book tag for you guys :) we wanted to do something winter-ish themed, and since the majority of january posts will revolve around Bookmarks awards and stuff, and then the spring will be here before you know it, now is pretty much the last time we can do it :) and what better way to end the year than by doing a book tag :) so we have five, super quick categories to share with you, hopefully you'll find some book recs for yourselves :) and of course, as always, we encourage you to do the book tag, or part of it, for yourselves if you want to :) but no pressure or anything :) ready?
#1 Snowflake -> a unique character :)
A: I had a bit of a problem with my choice for this one, because you can interpret this in a number of ways... but I like when that's the case, because you can do with it whatever you want :) so for this one I chose Dean from "The Score" by Elle Kennedy :) it's part of her Off-campus series but can be read as a standalone :) Dean is... well, for me he is unique as in he is full of contradictions... :) he seems like such an open and out-going person without a care in the world, but there is more to him that what you can see on the surface :) so I'm going with him #NoRegrets :)
J: I decided to pick Beatrix from "Love in the afternoon" by Lisa Kleypas, the conclusion to her The Hathaways series :) it's a fantastic historical romance and one of the main reasons for that, is the heroine :) Beatrix is such a fantastic character... she is... well, a bit odd, but not in a bad way :) she loves animals and is really great with them... much better than she is with people if were being honest :) what I love about this book, and her character, is that she doesn't change to fit the way the society wants to see her... she stays unique :)
#2 Hot cocoa -> a book that melts your heart ;)
A: I have quite a few books that fit this category, but I think I'm gonna go with the one I re-read recently, and that is "Tempt me at twilight" by Lisa Kleypas, book #3 in her The Hathaways series :) it's my favourite out of all five in that series, mainly because it reminds me so much of Beauty and the beast story... :) which is only like my favourite theme in books :) it has a great main couple, a loving and quirky family as secondary characters and writing style to die for... witty banter, sinful seduction... *sighs happily* it melts my heart every time I read it :)
J: for me it has to be "Managed" by Kristen Callihan, book #2 in her VIP series :) but it can be read as a standalone as well, so no worries :) I just finished it a few days ago and I am in love... :) with the hero, with the story, with the writing style... :) it was just soooo amazing :) a slow burn romance that melted my heart into a puddle on the floor... :) many times throughout my read of this book I came to my sister A and made all sorts of *aaaawwwww...* noises about how cute and lovely it is... :)
#3 Presents under a christmas tree -> #1 book on your wishlist :)
A: ok, so that is again one of those open-for-interpretation categories :) you can either choose a book that is already out, but you don't have it yet in your possesion, or go with me and J and pick a book that hasn't come out yet :) I went with "Devil in spring" by Lisa Kleypas :) it's book #3 in her new historical romance series, The Ravenels :) I haven't read the first two... don't get me wrong, I'm totally gonna do it :) but ever since I heard who will be the hero of this particular installment I just had to bump it that much higher on my tbr #BookMountain :) becasue Gabriel is the son of Evie and Sebastion from "Devil in winter", one of my all time favourite books :) so natually now I am dying to read his story :)
J: I had to pick "Beard necessities" by Penny Reid :) this one will be the conclusion to her Winston brothers series, but it's the one I want to read the most... ever since I met all those brothers, it was Billy's story I was curious about... I have a feeling it will break my heart, before putting it back together and I can't wait :) not to mention, that by the time this one will be out, all the other brothers will be paired up, and those couples interactions are always great scenes :) but I need to brace myself for a long wait, because as of now, this book is due at the end of 2018... *sighs heavily* such a long wait... but it will be worth it :)
#4 Mistletoe -> memorable kiss :)
A: ok, so for this one me and J went in the same direction, and that is a book that had a no-kiss rule at the beginning :) so when the kiss DID finally happened... man oh man... it was something all right :) my choice was "Good girl" by Lauren Layne, a fantastic standalone novel about a young country star, who hides in the middle of nowhere after a scandal, and a guy who she thinks is just the handyman, but who turns out to be the owner :) it was a sexy and fun quick read that I highly recommend :)
J: I went with "The hook up" by Kristen Callihan, the beginning of her Game on series :) a new adult sports themed romance with a swoonworthy hero... *sighs dreamily* Drew is just the best :) and trust me, because of that no-kiss rule, even though they do plenty of hot and heavy stuff, but when that kiss finally happens... now THAT is hot ;)
#5 Blizzard -> favourite book to read curled under a blanket :)
A: I had to go with "Beard science" by Penny Reid for this one :) it's the newest installment in her Winston brothers series and I freaking LOVED every page of it :) I cannot wait to have the time to curl under a blanket and re-read this absolutely phenomenal contemporary romance with the most unique and original hero I've ever read about :) trust me, there is no way for me to even attempt to describe how amazing Cletus and Jennifer are, so you just have to trust me, and read this book :)
J: I decided to go with "Tempting the bodyguard" by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the conclusion to her Gamble brothers series :) I chose this book, mainly because I feel like it's not a very popular one, and I absolutely love it :) it's a contemporary romance that I go back to from time to time, because it's the perfect entertainment when I need something fun and quick to read :) I definitely recommend the whole series :)

Ok, that is a wrap people :) well... today you got a treat... as in a very long post :) so I hope you are still all here with me at the end of it ;) as always, I love connecting to you guys, so be sure to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account, cause I check those every day :) I also have Twitter and Instagram accounts, but let's be honest... those two are not my priority right now... :) BUT I do have some solid and imminent plans to change that :) stay tuned... :)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Review: "Morning light" by Cora Cade


Author: Cora Cade
Book 1 in series A day of pleasure
Main characters: Noah Harper and Tennyson "Tenn" Sharpe

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) this was my second story from this author and it made me quite sure that I just adore her writing style :) it's a novella, so my review won't be very long, because I don't want to spoil you guys everything that happens in the actual story :) so I will instead concentrate a bit more on all my thoughts and feelings about it and why you should all give it a try ;) but first things first :)

Tennyson, or "Tenn" as most people call her has been best friends with Chris, Noah's brother, for years :) she and Noah on the other hand... well... let's just say something sparked years ago, right before he got deployed... :) nothing happened, but... ;) you know ;) they kept in touch over the years and grew closer because of the letters they sent each other :) now it's about ten years later and Noah finally returned to town with a plan to win her over :) but it's a tricky situation, since he don't want to risk their friendship... :) ok, that is all the details I can possibly share with you guys without spoiling you every little thing that happens in this absolutely great novella :) so how about I skip to all the praises I have to say about it ;)

I adored this story :) was it perfect? absolutely not :) but that was part of its charm :) I loved that the characters were flawed and made mistakes, but they weren't stubborn or unwilling to admit to those mistakes :) I adored the chemistry between Noah and Tenn and how sassy, but still vulnerable, she was :) I definitely loved all the little teasers and glimpses into certain secondary characters that made you that much more curious about other stories in this series :) I am definitely picking up the sequel tomorrow ;) did I wish it was longer? of course :) I would love to get to know even more about this couple but even though their story was a novella, I had sooooooo much fun reading it :) and I think that the main reason for my love was, like I mentioned briefly before, the writing style :) it's so entertaining that you keep turning page after page and then suddenly it's "the end" :) I cannot wait to read a full lenght novel written by Cora Cade :) totally sending her way all the inspirational vibes ;) so if you have only a bit of time, then definitely pick this story, or probably any other she wrote, whichever interests you the most, because I can already tell you... they all will put the biggest smile on your face... not to mention they will make you blush as well, so be careful where you read them... ;) you've been warned :)

XOXO

A

Review: "Skinny legs" by Isabel Keats


Author: Isabel Keats
Standalone short story
Main characters: Alexander and Nina

I received a free copy of this short story from the author in exchange for an honest review :) I honestly have to say that I am surprised by how much I really loved this story :) usually I am more of a the-longer-the-book-the-better kind of a girl ;) and it's true in this case as well, because I would LOVE to read more about Alexander and Nina :) BUT it did not stand in the way of me totally enjoying this story :) since it's soooo short, my review will probably be one of the shortest ones I ever wrote as well, simply because there is not much to tell about the synopsis without spoiling you every little detail :) but let me do my best to encourage you to give it a try ;)

Ok, so this absolutely lovely short story revolves around Alexander and Nina :) he is stuck in bed after an accident for a certain amount of time and she is his new nurse :) but wait, there's more :) they actually know each other from way back, when he was pretty awful to her at school... that is all the details I can share about the story :) so let me tell you a bit about my thoughts and feelings about it :) all in all I gave it 4,75 stars :) I definitely did not expect that outcome :) I thought it would be too short for me to really connect with the characters and get into the story, but I was wrong :) the truly fantastic writing style made it very easy to get lost in this book :) which is an even greater accomplishment than you think, because the author did not wrote this story in english :) it was translated :) and at this moment I need to explain to you guys why the translator deserves some credit :) I am also from a country where english is not the first language, and I can tell you from personal experience that it's VERY hard to have a good translation of your story... there's a reason why I know read pretty much exclusively books in original, english, language :) so for me to adore a translated story this much?!? :) it can only means that not only the translator did a great job, but also that the original writing style must have been phenomenal to begin with :) I am definitely looking forward to any future stories Isabel Keats will have in english, but this little gem is a great way of checking out if her style works for you :) I can wholeheartedly recommend you to give it a try :)

XOXO

A

Monday, December 19, 2016

Review: "Saving Grace" by Mignon Mykel


Author: Mignon Mykel
Book 1 in series Loving Meadows
Main characters: Sawyer Meadows and Gracelyn "Grace" Dewey

I got an ARC of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review :) and I feel like I need to start with a little explanation :) this book is a spin-off of sorts from one of her other stories, "Interference" :) the heroine of that book and the hero of this one are siblings :) BUT worry not, even if you haven't read that one, because "Saving Grace" works perfectly well as a standalone :) although you probably will fall in love with the couple from that original story and you'll want to read their book, but again, you can start with whichever book interests you the most :) ok, now that we have this out of the way, let me tell you a bit more about the book that is the topic of this review :) although I won't share too many details, mainly because the story is a bit on the shorter side AND the majority of it takes place over a span of just a few days, so most of the details I would like to tell you would be too spoilerific :) but I will try my best ;)

Grace and Sawyer actually met about five years before those few days, that this story takes place over :) it was around the time of the wedding of his sister, the one I mentioned before :) they had a little fling at the wedding, but since they lived in totally different states, they decided they would work better as friends :) even though the majority of the book takes place over just a few days, we have quite a lot of flashbacks to certain moments from their pasts, that really help us see and understand their friendship :) and I really enjoyed those little glimpses :) even though the book is not very long, I really connected with both main characters... Grace is a lovely person fighting with her anxieties and Sawyer is a great guy discovering what truly matters to him... both of them did a really remarkable jobs hiding from themselves how much they actually care about each other, so it was really nice to see when they finally gave up and admitted that there is much more between them than just friendship... :) I really REALLY want to say more to you guys, but again... it's a pretty short book so all other details would be spoilers, and you know me and my no-spoilers-in-the-review rule ;)

Overall I really enjoyed this book :) it was written in 2 POVs, which means that we got the opportunity to glimpse inside the heads of both Grace and Sawyer, and when it's done good, it's my favourite type of writing style :) I can say about this story what I say about most of Mignon's books I read... I wish it would have been longer :) I truly enjoy the way she creates characters and connections between them and more often than not, once I finish one of her stories, I wish it would have been at least a few chapters longer... :) because I am always curious to know more about those people and I think I would enjoy her books even more if they were longer :) the best proof of that is that "Interference", the only full lenght book of hers I read, or the longest one ;) is definitely my favourite of hers so far :) besides a truly lovely main couple... and I can't even with how sweet Sawyer was towards Grace and her anxiety troubles... *sighs* we didn't have a lot of secondary characters... the main one was Sydney, his sister and the heroine of that other book I keep mentioning all the time :) but to be honest, that fact didn't bother me at all :) I loved that the focus was on them :) I can definitely recommend this story if you are looking for a contemporary romance, a shorter book with surprisingly a lot of unexpected twists along the way :) if you're in the mood for that, then definitely give this a try :)

XOXO

A

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #43

Christmas preparations
Two surprising trailers
And
Letting go and finding balance

Hello hello there my awesome people :) can you believe the year is almost over?!? :) this #RandomRamblings post is the one before the very last one this year :) and I have all sorts of different stuff to share with you guys, so how about we just jump straight to it :) and once more, we are gonna embrace the chaos and ignore the order of those headlines... although we WILL start with that first one... ;)

I cannot believe christmas are in less than one week... :) it's crazy!!! :) but I am finally getting my christmas mood on :) all the craziness in work has died down after the last few weeks... I am not gonna bore you with all the details, but let's just say that three work events, which included working on a saturday and staying up late in the middle of the week, plus preparing all the gift baskets... although that one is still on-going ;) plus all the usual office work we all have... *sighs* it took it's toll on all of us... :) thankfully the majority of all that is behind me now, and I am back to my usual optimistic self :) especially since I have all the christmas presents at home AND... we decorated our tree on saturday :) and it's standing all pretty with twinkling lights *sighs happily* I am definitely in the right mood now ;)

Now about that last part of the headlines... :) I think it's partly because the end of the year is coming, and that always puts me in this sort of resolution / summary-ish sort of a mood, but I realized how much I changed this year... :) it was all done in small steps, a little bit at a time, but when you compare me at the beginning of the year and me now, you can really see the diference :) of course, it's always a work in progress, changing priorities and trying my best to balance everything I have going on in my life in the best way, but hey... live and learn, right? :) I am definitely very proud of myself for letting go of certain expectations and pressures I used to put on myself... it was mostly related to this blog, which is a bit ridiculous now that I think about it, because I started it, and I'm still doing this, as a hobby and a way for me to share my biggest passion with other people... but I got a bit carried away with expectations, that again... I put on myself... *stupid A...* ;) again... I learned my lessons and changed certain things so the same situation won't happen in the future :) I am definitely still learning stuff about myself and what works best for me, but I felt like I needed to pat myself on the back officially for a job well done :) as a way of encouraging myself to do even better in the future :)

And last but not least... :) you guys probably know by now... and if you don't you will now ;) but besides my absolutely huge love for books ;) that's what this blog is all about, right? :) I also adore watching movies :) especially on the big screen :) that is the main reason why my list of movies that I can't wait for is soooo long :) and I usually keep pretty good tabs on the ones I want to see, even if the premiere date is way, way, WAY in the future :) but sometimes I can be totally surprised :) as in, I know that a certain movie is being made and everything, but all in all I'm not really interested in seeing it... that is until I see a really good trailer that catches my attention... :) and that sort of thing happened twice recently :) so I wanted to share those movies with you :) I don't want to say anything else about them, so you'll be surprised just as I was when I saw those trailers, but let me just say... my list definitely got a bit longer ;)



Ok, that's a wrap people :) as always, I love interacting with you online, so be sure to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account :) I check those every day :) I also have Twitter and Instagram accounts, but they are still work in progress... ;) see you next week for the final #RandomRamblings post of this year :)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Release blitz + Review: "Becoming a legend" by Sarah Robinson


Book 3 in series Kavanagh legends
Main characters: Kane Kavanagh and Nora Hannigan

Synopsis

Kane Kavanagh has always had one goal: being the best mixed martial arts fighter alive. With the MMA National Championships in Las Vegas fast approaching, the man they call “Killer” has no intention of letting anyone or anything get in his way. Somehow, though, a feisty opponent has slipped beneath his guard—and stolen his heart. Fiery and passionate, Nora Hannigan is harder to pin down than any rival Kane has faced in the ring. And she isn’t afraid to tell Kane that she wants nothing to do with him.

With her best friend about to marry into the Kavanagh family, Nora has been resisting Kane’s shameless attempts at flirting for months. But after their undeniable chemistry finally takes over, leading to the hottest night of Nora’s life, she’s running scared. There’s a lot about her life Kane doesn’t know, and she won’t be responsible for ending his career. Now Kane’s out to prove that he’s ready for a commitment by winning her heart—and he’s never lost a fight.

I got the ARC of this book from the lovely author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and I have to say that I was going a bit back and forth with my rating for this story... but ultimately I decided on full five stars :) I was thinking about taking 0,5 star from it, but... well... in the end, I just couldn't do it :) did I agree with everything the main characters did in this book? nope :) but Sarah created such real and honest people, that even when I didn't agree with them, I couldn't help but understand why they acted in a certain way :) so let me tell you a bit more about this fantastic book :)

So I'm gonna start with that main couple :) Kane is an MMA fighter, preparing for the championship fight that's gonna happen in a few months... he is very determined and focused to win, but make no mistakes, he's not that serious about everything in his life ;) he is quite the charmer... ;) at least when he wants to be... ;) sometimes he likes to say certain things to provoke certain people... especially Nora ;) because they actually met before this book :) at this point, I feel the need to say that even though this is book #3 in a series, it works perfectly well as a standalone, because you get all the necessary informations, and you can easily follow the plot and all the connections betwen characters :) soooo, back to our couple :) they met a few months before, and of course Kane immediately hit on her, and she turned him down... ;) and ever since, they have this sort of... spark between them that sometimes may be mistaken for irritation ;) of course that is until one day she sees him in a bit different light... realizing that maybe he's more than this arrogant fighter that she originally thought he is... :) and once that doors are open, well... it's pretty hard to go back to what was before... :) what I had initial problems with, is this sort of push-and-pull between them... usually, I'm not the biggest fan of those types of relationships... but they were pretty honest about how neither of them really have the time for a true relationship... both of them had quite a lot on their minds... and to be honest, even though normally I don't really get that sort of relationships, in this case, it worked... I think it's because of Sarah's phenomenal writing style :) she wrote them as such raw and real characters, that even though sometimes they really frustrated me, I couldn't help but feel for them at the same time... she made me really understood why they were making certain decisions, even though I didn't agree with them... and that truly is a talented author :) it was so rewarding to see how they overcome the obstacles standing in their way :) I don't want to share too many details about their journey, because I don't want to spoil you certain things, but damn... theirs was a story that definitely made me feel all the feels... *sighs happily* :)

Now let me tell you a bit more about the secondary characters :) and since there were A LOT of them, I'm not gonna name everyone :) what I will say, is that I can guarantee, that if you haven't already, you will fall in love with the Kavanagh family :) because those brothers... *sighs* ;) there are of course parents and a sister there as well, but who am I kidding, those brothers... *sighs again because once is just not enough* ;) this was my second book about them... and right now a lot of you might be thinking "wait, second book? isn't it book #3 in this series?" and yes, you are correct... it's just that I still haven't read the first book... *hangs my head in shame* I know, I know... but it WILL happen... at some point :) my tbr #BookMountain is ginormous, but it's in there somewhere :) now where was I...? oh, right :) the more I get to know this family, the more I adore all of them :) it was sooo lovely to see couple from the previous book... and to be honest one of the most adorable and emotional scenes in this book included them :) but ssshhhh... no more details about that, I will leave it as a surprise :) but worry not, like I mentioned before, all the books work perfectly well as standalones, although I can guarantee that once you read one of them, you'll want to get your hands on the rest of them :) because yes, this family is that awesome ;)

I absolutely love Sarah's writing style, but I have a special place in my heart for this series :) the characters, all the connections and interactions between them just make me want to sneak inside the book and be a part of their group for a day ;) they love and support one another but they also tell the harsh truth when you need to hear it :) and even though I did had my share of troubles with certain decisions that our main characters made throughout the story, ultimately, I understood them... not to mention that the ending made up for everything... I loved how real it was, how the whole book showed that there are consequences to our actions, but we don't have to face them alone... that when you have a support system, like your friends and / or family, you should trust them to help carry your burdens... *sighs* the more time passes from me finishing this book the more I'm loving it :) the more I think sbout how Sarah created our main couple, the more I appreciate all their flaws and imperfections :) that 5 stars rating was definitely a good decision on my end :) if you haven't already, be sure to give this book, and this series in general, a try, because if you don't know the Kavanagh family, you are missing out on some really amazing stories :)





XOXO

A

Review: "Max" by Sawyer Bennett


Title: "Max"
Book 6 in series Cold Fury hockey
Main characters: Max Fournier and Julianne "Jules" Bradley

I got the ARC of this book from the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) and I have to say... I really loved it :) "Alex", the first book in this series is still my favourite one, but this story comes... well, it's a close second place :) if you are new to this series worry not, all the books in it works perfectly well as standalones :) but I can guarantee that becuase certain characters appear throughout the series and we get to see the previous couples in new books, you WILL be curious about their stories :) but you can start with whatever book interests you the most :) ok, so now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me tell you a bit more about this particular installment :)

Max and Jules are... just the best :) don't get me wrong, by any means they are not perfect... although maybe Max is very close ;) but I truly loved both of them :) Max is the goalie in the Cold Fury hockey team, and even though he certainly did appear before I... well... sort of forgot about him ;) I would feel worse, but to be honest, I read the previous books sooo long ago, that I barely remember anyone at all... #TooManyBooks :) but I loved him from the start :) he was such an amazing character... sweet and determined to win Jules over... not the slightest bit deterred by all the stuff happening around her... ok, that sounds pretty vague, so let me paint you a better picture... Jules is a young woman, working two jobs and doing her best to take care of three kids... she became their official guardian a few months ago, when her older sister died... he meets her when she's working in a gas station and when she doesn't even recognize him... well, that definitely catches his attention ;) not to mention that she's also smart and strong and doing her best to provide for those kids and just... I really liked her, because even though with all those hard and sad things that happened in her life, she is still able to smile and find little joys from time to time :)

Theirs is a relationship that, to be honest, I don't want to tell you too many details about :) she definitely catches his attention from that very first meeting, and very quickly after that he decides to pursue her :) what I love most about them is how honest they are with each other... well, at least like in the majority of the story :) it's so refreshing to see a couple that actually communicates with each other when they come across an obstacle in their relationship :) because let's be honest, every couple has some struggles... it's how you deal with them that shows how good you are, or can be, together... :) and I adored how they were working through theirs :) and there were some pretty big ones along the way :) but since I would rather leave the more spoilerific details of their road to a happy ending for you to discover once you'll be reading this wonderful story for yourselves, I will say no more ;)

Of course, besides the truly lovely main couple, we have a bunch of secondary characters as well appearing in this book :) the majority of previous main couples are here in a scene or few, and it works either way :) if you do know them from before and know their stories, seeing them again and catching up a bit with their lives have that much more meaning for you :) BUT if you are completely new to this series, or to some of the characters if you haven't read ALL the books, all those wonderful women and interesting men will make you that much more curious to read their stories... see? told ya it works both ways :) I'm not gonna name all of them, because we would be here all day if I would start telling you all about those amazing people, but trust me... you'll love them :)

All in all I absolutely loved this book... was it perfect? not at all :) as in, the characters were flawed and worked their way through some obstacles as well as made some mistakes along the way... but Sawyer created such real people, that I was rooting for them from the very start... I did not mind at all that they weren't always making the best decisions, because I understood were those decisions came from... and it felt so honest, I couldn't help but fall in love with them even more :) I adored the main couple and how sweet they were with each other... all the appearances of previous couples made this book that much better for me, since it made me remember how much I love this whole series created by the lovely Sawyer Bennett :) her writing style is phenomenal as always :) and once again we have 2 POVs in this story, which means we have chapters from Max's point of view, as well as Jules's :) and it really helps you truly get to know them and see where they are coming from :) I can wholeheartedly recommend this series in general, and I am more than happy to say that six books in, it is as strong as ever :) so whether you are new to the awesomeness of the Cold Fury stories or you are already a fan, go grab this amazing gem :)

XOXO

A

Monday, December 12, 2016

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #42

Less than two weeks till christmas
Future book haul
And
Baby Groot

Hello, hello my wonderful people :) another week just flew right by me, but I feel like I simply CANNOT write to you about how crazy busy I am, because #1 I'm sure a lot of you have just as much on your minds and #2 you are all probably sick of me repeating myself on that ;) soooo.... :) I decided to focus on more positive and definitely less complain-ish stuff this week :) because I'm feeling much better today... maybe it's the ten hours sleep I got tonight... since I'm writing this post on a sunday :) and I'm in an awfully good mood :) and today we are gonna go with the order of the headlines, so how about we jump right into it :)

Can you guys believe we are LESS than two weeks away from christmas?!? *squeels with joy* :) I cannot believe how quickly the time flies by... :) I mean, I feel like Halloween was just yesterday... one blink of an eye later and we're in the middle of december... :) at this point I'm in my everything-is-exciting mood :) I have all the presents, which I'm gonna wrap the day before christmas, we're decorating our tree on the weekend... and even though currently there is no snow, but a whole lot of rain and gloomy weather, I'm definitely happy and smiling :) I hope you're preparations are going well too :)

Another great news is that I'm gonna have a giant book haul in the future for you guys... :) it's probably gonna happen around the end of january, so let me explain why I'm telling you about that now :) a few days ago, and by that I mean saturday ;) I had a work event... all people from our department had to come to work on a saturday for about 9 hours in total... I'm not gonna bore you with the specifics, but what I will say, is that we are all gonna earn a little something extra for that saturday... soooo... I decided to spend all of that extra money on books in january :) as you know, or maybe not, I gave myself a monthly limit on how much I can spend on books, because I have no will power when it comes to them... #NoShame ;) but I figured that this extra income will be the perfect little reward for myself :) I am already thinking and wondering which books I'm gonna get... oh, the decisions... ;) #BestProblemEver ;)

And last but definitely not least, I need to share with you a little something that makes me smile lately :) it works every time... :) and I'm talking about... Baby Groot :) if somehow you have not seen the newest trailer of "Guardians of the galaxy 2" that appeared a few days ago, you have no idea what you're missing :) just in case I will leave it right here, below, go watch it :)


Because you need to see the trailer to truly appreciate the awesomeness and cuteness that is Baby Groot :) seriously, I don't even want to count how many times I've seen it already... not to mention that this is my new wallpaper on my laptop :) every time I see him, I'm smiling :)


Ok, that is a wrap people for today :) hope you enjoyed my little #RandomRamblings post :) as always, I love to connect with you guys, so be sure to leave me a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account :) I'm there every day :) I also have Instagram and Twitter accounts, but I'm gonna be honest... with everything that's been on my mind lately, those two are definitely not one of my priorities at the moment :)

XOXO

A

Friday, December 9, 2016

Review: "Marking Madden" by J. L. Leslie and Nicole Dykes


Book 1 in series Hearts of Hollis
Main characters: Madden Steele and Jade Bowen

I got the ARC of this book from one of the lovely authors in exchange for an honest review :) and I feel like I need to explain myself first... because I almost forgot to write this review... :) seriously, life and work has been crazy busy lately, that after posting some other reviews earlier in the week, I was so proud of myself, that I got everything ready on time, and now I can relax... and a day later I realized that I actually have one more to prepare for the week... :) since I am usually a very organized person, it shows how much stuff I actually have on my mind lately... *sighs* I am really counting down the days to christmas and some time to relax :) ok, but back to the topic, which is this really good book :) I really enjoyed the majority of it, but definitely had some issues that ended in me giving it a 3,75 stars rating :) so how about I will tell you more about the story itself, and then we will get to all my thoughts and feelings about it? ;)

Jade is a young woman who moved into this very small town a few years back, running away from her hard past... that is also what makes her a bit more mature than what I would expect of her, especially at her age... Madden shows up one night at a bar she's working in and he is running from certain things as well... I don't really want to say more about their individual stories, because this book is pretty short, so any detail will be spoilerific ;) what I can and will say, is how I really liked how their relationship evolved :) since at the beginning they are both sort of hung up on other people, the attraction and sparks between them lead to a let's-pretend-we're-dating-to-make-someone-jealous types of situations... ;) but it's all explained between them and since they are both perfectly ok with that plan, I was all for it :) the only time when stuff like that bothers me, is when one of the sides is secretly crushing on the other one... but back to our story :) with time, of course, it all changes between them... it's this friends-with-benefits-turning-surprisingly-into-something-more kind of a thing :) again, I can't tell you any specifics because of my no-spoilers rule, but it was sooo much fun to read... well, up until one moment at the end when the heroine did one of the stupidest things I hate in books... let's just say that making decisions for two people without actually talking to the person said decision regards to is... just stupid, in my opinion :) but that was just one worse part of the story :)

Overall I truly enjoyed it :) you can't tell the book is co-written by two authors, because the writing flows effortlessly :) it's also written in 2 POVS, which means we get the chapters from both Madden and Jade's points of view, which is my favourite type of writing style in books :) especially when you can actually see the difference in the way of thinking in those chapters :) even though I had my troubles with certain actions taken by the heroine, all in all, I truly enjoyed the characters in this book... not only the main couple, but also the secondary ones as well :) Casey, Jade's bestie was definitely my favourite :) so there is A LOT of potential for future stories :) and I know that they are already working on the sequel :) I won't spoil you the hero of that second book, although I totally know who it's going to be... ;) I'm definitely looking forward to going back to the little town created by these two lovely authors and I absolutely can't wait to get to know certain people more... :)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Release blitz + Review: "On thin ice" by Carrie Aarons


Author: Carrie Aarons
Standalone
Main characters: Nate and Camille

Synopsis

Nathan Rush is a small town man who has never dreamed of a bigger life.

Until, that is, the only surviving heiress of America's richest family lands on his doorstep. Nathan is the groundskeeper at Hollis House, the Valon family's upstate New York mansion just outside of Harlin Falls, the quiet, sleepy town he was raised in. He's an honest, hard-working man who wants nothing more than a beer and a hockey game on TV at the end of the night. Except, when the ice princess starts to melt, Nathan pictures his future in a way he never has before.

Camille Valon's life has taken place in the spotlight.

Until, that is, her parents are murdered in a mysterious Christmas Day fire. Now all she wants is to flee the prying news cameras and slow-moving investigation. She's an upper crust ice princess who is good at keeping everyone at arm's length. Grief-stricken and still fearing for her life, Camille arrives at her family's safe haven estate with secrets and a chip on her shoulder. What she didn't count on was the kind, ridiculously attractive man who caters to her every need.

As the months go by, and an impending threat grows closer to discovering Camille's location, the line between employer and employee becomes dangerously blurred. Nathan and Camille could be each other's saving graces, if only they'd put aside their visions of a perfect life and take the chance fate has put right in front of them.

I got the ARC of this book from the lovely author herself in exchange for an honest review :) and to be honest, I have some mixed feelings about it... let me try to explain :) I gave this book 3,75 stars, although I had some real trouble when it came to give it a rating... don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Carrie's writing style, and it was still really good in this book as it was in her previous ones... my general problems were about this particular story... or to be more exact, the heroine... but before I get into all my feelings and thoughts about the book, let me tell you a bit more about it in general :)

This is a standalone story of Camille and Nate... she is an only heiress of a very wealthy family, after her parents are murdered... dun dun duuuunnnn... sorry for that music interruption, but the moment needed a dramatic music theme... ;) back to the topic :) now her life is in danger as well, so she decides to hide in one of the mansions her family owns, that not a lot of people know about... it's right next to a very lovely and small town... :) Nathan grew up and lived there his whole life... he is now a groundskeeper at that very mansion, taking place of his father after he passed away... theirs is a very slow-building romance... and I liked that about them very much... anything else would seem... inappropriate... especially since she arrives at that mansion about a week after the tragedy... so romance is definitely not on her mind... especially since the person who hurt her family is after her as well... ok, so that's as much as I can tell you about the premise of the book without some major spoilers, so now let me get into all my feelings about it :)

This review will be definitely shorter than my other ones, but I realized that every time I had some problems with the story and / or characters I tend to write short posts... mainly because I don't like to go on and on about things I disliked about a book... there is no need to prolong things I can express in a few sentences as well... and I prefer to focus on all the good stuff :) so let me start with my problems, so we can finish on a more positive note ;) so my main problem was with Camille... I had troubles connecting to her as a heroine in general... but it wasn't until the second half of the book... especially the ending, when she really frustrated me... because I can't go into details, let's just say, that some of her decisions were simply stupid and naive... I was really angry with how she acted in certain moments... and let's just leave it at that... *sighs* now to some good things :) on the other hand, I absolutely loved Nate :) he was genuinly this nice and good guy... and they do not appear as often in books as you might think... ;) I loved how protective he was of Camille, and how he gave her the time to get better... he was just a very good hero of a story :) I also enjoyed the secondary characters in this book, as well as just the whole theme of this little town... the atmosphere was just... so different and lovely there... every time I read a book set in one of them, I tend to get an urge to move there ;) all in all I enjoyed the majority of this story :) yes, Camille was driving me crazy from time to time, but Carrie's writing style was great as always... :) and just because I didn't like her, it doesn't mean you will fell the same :) so I definitely encourage you to read some other opinions besides mine and then make your own decision about whether you want to try this book out ;)







About the author:

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.

When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma", Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

XOXO

A

Blog tour + Review: "Liar liar" by L. A. Cotton


Author: L. A. Cotton
Title: "Liar liar"
Book 1 in series Liar liar
Main character: Becca

Synopsis

For eighteen-year-old Becca Torrence, the chance to finish high school in a new town, where no one knows her or the secrets of that night, should be a dream come true. But when the first day of school rolls around, something is wrong.

Instead of being greeted with warm smiles and reassuring hellos, Becca finds herself on the receiving end of icy stares and cruel whispers. Putting it down to her status as an outsider, she holds her head high, because they can’t know.

They can’t.

Can they?

Determined to make her new life in Credence work, Becca is willing to do whatever it takes to fit in. Even if it means losing herself in the process.

A white lie can save you … Too many lies will break you.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I have to say… I have some very mixed feelings about it… originally, I signed up for it, because I loved another story written by this author, so when I saw this opportunity I jumped on it, wanting to see how I will like her other work… and as much as I still absolutely love her writing style, this particular story just wasn’t my cup of tea… I gave this book 3,5 stars for many reasons that I will try my best to describe to you in my review ;)

Let me start with saying a little bit more about the story itself… so in this young adult book we follow Becca’s story… she and her parents moved from this more rich neighbourhood to a whole new town a few hours away, because… well… I still don’t know why exactly ;) but I will get to that in a second… Becca is now attending as a senior in high school in a whole new school with quite different people than she is used to… we see how she adjusts, or at least tries to, and how all the little lies she says along the way ultimately start to weigh her down more and more… my main problem with this book was that I learned about half way through it, thanks to reading one of the reviews that were already up on Goodreads, that this book ends in a cliffhanger… meaning it’s NOT the whole story… which I was not aware of before… *sighs* that definitely explained the long and slow beginning of the book… and by beginning, I honestly have to say that I felt like the majority of the story was just a big intro to what’s gonna happen next… so even if I’d wanted to tell you some more details, and I don’t do stuff like that because of my no-spoilers rule, I couldn’t ;) because after finishing this book I’m sitting here with soooo many questions and practically zero answers… ;) #NoJoke

As much as I loved the writing style, and trust me, I will definitely read some other work by this author, this story… and this character… *sighs* I definitely had some troubles with it all… I think one of the reasons why, is that I am a bit older than Becca… ;) just recently I started to put 3 at the front of my age, so there is quite a gap between us ;) but even when I was younger, I had problems with that whole angsty and full of drama young adult stories… I get that there’s a reason why they are written that way, but… it’s just not my scene ;) I think it would help me, if I would actually get to know more about Becca… because there are a few things that are mentioned very mysteriously in a sentence or two, without giving us any actual answers about what happened and why Becca is the way she is now, which made it that much harder to connect with her as a character for me… some of the things she did were hard to understand, and I have a feeling, that if I knew more, it would make it easier for me to sympathise with her or at least try to understand her… because there were a few questionable choices, I would call some of them even toxic-ish, that made it really hard to root for her… so I’m hoping that the next installment will give us much more informations and background, about not only Becca, but also all other secondary characters that played an important part in this book… because let me tell you… this town is filled with people harboring all sorts of secrets and mysteries… and I don’t know anyhing about them either!!! ;) it’s definitely frustrating… but I am looking forward to the second book, and hopefully the conclusion to this story and actually getting some answers ;) don’t get me wrong, I absolutely don’t want to discourage you from trying it out ;) I just want you to be prepared for what’s gonna wait for you in this book ;) if this sounds like something that you might enjoy, then definitely give it a go ;) I can assure you, the writing style is definitely worth it, as to the story and characters… well… we all have our own personal preferences ;) I shared with you mine and hopefully it will help you make your own decisions ;)



About the author:

Contemporary romance and romantic suspense
… written with feeling

L.A is author of contemporary romance novels ranging from sweet with just a hint of steam, to suspenseful reads full of angst, tension, twists and turns. Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time mum to two little people with writing. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L. A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

XOXO

A

Monday, December 5, 2016

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #41

All the movies
Crazy busy december
And
I'm all done with christmas shopping

Hello my lovely people :) it's been a while since we talked... or maybe it just feels like that to me, because I'm crazy busy with all the non-blog-ish stuff :) that is also the reason why this post will be a bit on the shorter side... :) and today we will again embrace the chaos and start with the middle of those headlines... ;)

Soooooo... this month is going to be really crazy... already the previous week was busy for me... I even had to stay an hour and a half longer at work on friday, because there were simply too much stuff to do... *sighs* and it's only gonna get worse... all the events we have in the upcoming two weeks plus all the christmas packages we need to prepare... on top of all the usual stuff we have going on... I swear, the hours just fly right by me... so please, keep your fingers crossed for me, so that I will survive all this ;)

Now let me go back a bit, to the beginning of the headlines :) I took an advantage of the fact that I had my last free moments last week, and me an J, my awesome sister, saw two movies together :) first, we saw "Fantastic beasts and where to find them" on monday, and I absolutely loved it :) it was fun and magical and I highly recommend you to see it ;) check out the trailer below if by some chance you don't know what this movie is all about :)


On the totally opposite end of the spectrum, we also saw "Underworld blood wars" on friday :) and even though it wasn't spectacular or it didn't blew my mind, it was a very entertaining evening :) check out the trailer and see if it sounds like something you might enjoy as well :)


Last but not least, I need to share with you my joy... I FINALLY have all the christmas presents I wanted to buy this year for my family :) well... if we're being totally honest, I have ordered all of them, and now I'm just waiting for a few deliveries ;) I know, I know... maybe some of you still haven't bought anything and you always do it later in the month, but I need to have my stuff early... mainly because I order the majority of it online, and the closer to christmas it gets, the more nervous I am if everything will arrive on time :) but last weekend I ordered the last few ones on my list and they should all get here this week :) phew... one thing I can cross off my list... only like few dozens more to go... ;) but hey, I will get there... at some point I will do all of it ;)

Ok, that is a wrap people about all the stuff going on with me, how about you? :) I know it was really short, but the only other option was no post at all, so hopefully you'll forgive me for the short version :) as always, I love to connect with you guys, so be sure to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page or my Goodreads account, I'm there every day :) I also have Twitter and Instagram accounts but it's constantly work in progress ;)

XOXO

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