Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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


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

Synopsis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

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XOXO

A

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: "Stay" by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy


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

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

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

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

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

XOXO

A

Review: "Gears of fate" by Wilbert Stanton


Book 1 in series Forgotten gods
Main character: Zak Walker

Synopsis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

XOXO

A

Monday, June 19, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #67

*sighs happily*
Vacation time
And 
Going back to work

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

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

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

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

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

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


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




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



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


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

XOXO

A

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review: "Silver silence" by Nalini Singh


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

XOXO

A

Monday, June 5, 2017

Review: "Dating-ish" by Penny Reid


Author: Penny Reid
Title: "Dating-ish"
Book 6 in series Knitting in the city
Main characters: Matthew "Matt" Simmons and Marie Harris

Synopsis

'Dating-ish' can be read as a standalone, is a full length 100k word novel, and is book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series.

There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 1) She's fed up with online dating, 2) She's so fed up, she's willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 3) She knows how to knit.
After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of humankind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:
Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?
But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he's not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different--and crazier--solution to her dilemma . . .
As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review :) after finishing this story there are so many thoughts running around in my head, that I don't think I'll be able to read anything else until I write them down and get all of that out of my system... ;) and I mean that in the best possible way :) I am a huge fan of Penny and her writing style... I feel like I should mention that upfront with you :) but if you think that my love influenced my opinion in any way, that I was biased before even reading this book, then... you are correct ;) but not in a way you think :) it's because I am such a huge fan of her previous work, it raises the bar with each of her new books... I expect more, because she taught me that... she showed me that it can be done... you can write smart and funny romances, that at the same time make you think and mention much more serious topics... she is the reason why I am ruined every time I finish one of her stories... like after this one... I have a total #BookHangover :) here I am sitting here and sighing... unable to pick anything else up to read, until I fully process everything... it's the best feeling in the world, because that shows how much of an influence a book has on you... :) it's the best compliment I can possibly give an author... that after finishing her book, I can't read anything else... :) it's even more impressing, because I'm the sort of person who constantly reads... I finish one story and then jump into another, because I simply cannot imagine myself without a book in my hand... :) so it really takes something special to make me stop and think :) and Penny does it every single time :) ok, I feel like I need to get into some more details about this particular book, because trust me... I could go on and on and on about how awesome Penny and her stories are, but we don't have that much amount of time to spare ;) so let's jump straight into...

Our main couple :) since this is the sixth book in a series, we actually met both of them in previous stories :) but I feel the need to explain, that this story, as well as other ones in this series, can totally be read as a standalone... you get all the informations necessary to enjoy each installment, but I personally would recommend you to read them in order :) first of all, because they are absolutely amazing ;) and second of all, because then you will have the wonderful opportunity to spend more time with these fantastic characters and understand so much better all interactions and connections between them :) ok, now let me go back to Marie and Matt :) Marie is part of the knitting group, hence the name of the series ;) so we actually met her, as well as all other ladies, in the very first book of the series ;) or I'm pretty sure we met ALL of them then... it's been a while, and my memory is a bit foggy on the details :) but the point is, we met her before :) she's a journalist and kind of a bad-ass... ;) the thing is... it's impossible to describe her in just a sentence or two like I usually do in my reviews... I mean, who has the time to read a whole essey about just one person? ;) the same thing can be said about Matt :) we met him in the previous book, since he lives next door to the main couple of said story :) he's a professor invested in a very cool... I guess you can call it an experiment but again, it's a hufe oversimplification... :) and additionally, I don't want to spoil anything :) so it is exceptionally hard for me right know to tell you more about them... so how about I say this... and it's true with every Penny book out there :) I love her characters, because they are so different from one another... each of them an individual, with their own lives, dreams, personalities... none of them perfect... far from it actually :) they are flawed and I love it... because they are flawed in a human and relatable way... and at the same time they are strong, in many different ways... not to mention that there is always some sort of journey for them in their own story... they are never the same at the end, as they were at the beginning... you can see the development and it always teaches us something about ourselves... at least that is my experience each time I read one of her books :) it's very true what I heard many times when people describe Penny and hew writing: she writes smart books and respects her readers... even expects something from them... to think for themselves... :) she never forces her own opinion, but rather approaches certain subjects and starts a conversation, showing us different sides and encouraging us to think it through... :) it's one of the reasons I love her books so much... and why they always give me the biggest #BookHangovers :)

The same thing can be said about Marie and Matt :) their relationship is... well... :) the best way to describe it is simply looking at the title :) because trust me, after reading this story I can assure you that the term *dating-ish* is spot on :) I won't get into details, because I want you to be able to experience this story without any spoilers or biased opinions whatsoever ;) but I will say that they start with a mutual agreement to help each other with work related things... some may call it a blackmail, but let's not put labels on it... ;) and it develops into friendship first :) but that is everything I'm willing to say about it :) well, when it comes to particular details, because I will add, that their conversations were my absolute favourite part of the story :) smart and hilarious banter is definitely my kryptonite in books :) if I'm being totally honest with you, I did not expect to love this story as much as I did... I am actually very eagerly anticipating the last book in this series, so as much as I was curious about Matt and Marie... it is a new Penny book after all ;) I was treating it more like a stop on my way to that last book :) huge mistake... :) because this story... unexpectedly stole my heart... :) I didn't even know when that happened... here I was, reading it, enjoying my time... and before I knew what was going on... BAM!!! I realized I'm in love with it :) so here I am, smiling from ear to ear, sighing sporadically, trying my best to put into words all the wonderful feelings I have about this story, without actually giving anything away :) hopefully I'm doing a good job so far :)

When it comes to secondary characters, I have to say... Penny is a master in creating strong friendships, that allow each parties involved to be better versions of themselves wihout forcing them to change in any way whatsoever... they love and accept each other, supporting one another when it's needed, and at the same time encouraging growth by sharing knowledge :) every time I read a scene from one of the knitting evenings, I long for a group of friends just like those ladies... and some honorary ladies in the midst... ;) you get that joke if you read previous stories ;) but in all seriousness, it's such a beautiful change to be able to see a group of women, discussing all sorts of topics ;) and not only hilarious and sexy ones, but serious, vulnerable and controversial ones as well... again, not forcing any opinion onto us, but rather starting a discussion :) there are seven women in that knitting group, and six of them already have their own stories... I could go around and try to introduce you to all of them... and their significant others, but once I would start, I probably wouldn't be able to shut up about them :) they are a very diverse and interesting bunch :) so I won't do that and hopefully you'll forgive me :)

The majority of the book is written from Marie's perspective... only in the epilogue we are able to glimpse into Matt's head... :) and if I could change one thing about this story... and every story in this series actually, is to have it be written more in 2 POVs :) that comes from my own personal preferences as a reader, because that's my favourite writing style ;) also, I know how amazing Penny is with that, because her other series is written that way :) (Winston brothers for all of you wondering) :) especially since men in this series are just as diverse and interesting as women... and I would absolutely love to be able to see more of their thoughts... ;) but it's just me being greedy... ;) you should know by now, that when it comes to my favourite authors, I always tend to complain that their books are too short... ;) they could be 800 pages and I would still want more :) but that's one of the best compliments you can give an author... that you can't stop reading their work :) and Penny's books... man oh man, they are ruining me... one story at a time :) they are always smart, unpredictable and different... each of them unique in their own way... so don't go into them expecting a fluffy and easy romance... don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with stories like that :) but her stories... they will have an impact on you... they will stay with you for days after you finish them... you will think about them at random times... picking them up unexpectedly to read a favourite part... they will make you think and you will be forever changed... expecting more from books and stories... :) they will help you learn things about yourselves you didn't know, showing you new things and opinions... *sighs happily* I could spend days telling you how amazing she is, and how wonderful her books are... how this particular one surprised me... how it stole my heart, and before I knew what was happening it was gone... lost between the pages of this story... beating somewhere between Matt and Marie... it took my breath away and I have no shame in admitting that... hopefully by this time I convinved you to give this book, and this absolutely lovely author in general a try :) because if you don't know her yet... you have no idea what you are missing out on... go and check her out... let her change your lives for better as well :)






About the author:


Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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XOXO

A

Release blitz + Review: "Wicked favor" by Sawyer Bennett


Title: "Wicked favor" 
Book 1 in series The Wicked Horse Vegas
Main characters: Jerico Jameson and Trista Barnes

Synopsis

As the owner of The Wicked Horse, an elite sex club located along the Vegas Strip, Jerico Jameson never spends the night alone. Gorgeous, ripped, and totally alpha, Jerico doesn’t grant favors and will rarely give you the time of day—unless he wants you in his bed. So when the sister of his sworn enemy shows up asking for help, saying no should be easy. But when Jerico takes one look at her and sees an opportunity to help this beautiful woman while exacting revenge on her brother, he’s not about to pass that up.

Beaten and bruised, Trista Barnes is running out of options, and Jerico is her last chance to get out of the mess she’s in. She doesn’t know why Jerico despises her brother so much, but as long as he can help her, she doesn’t care. Jerico offers her safety while opening her up to a sinful world she never knew existed. 

As she succumbs to Jerico’s erotic charm, Trista lets herself fall into the wicked world of guilt free pleasure with no regrets. Under his strong alpha hand, she blooms, and so does Jerico’s possessiveness. But what happens when Trista finds out she was a pawn in Jerico’s game all along, and that the price for his favor was steeper than she ever imagined – her heart.

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review :) this is the first book in the new series, that is actually a spin-off from another sereis by Sawyer Bennett, The Wicked Horse, but worry not if you haven't read it yet... cause I missed it as well, and that fact did not stand in my way of enjoying this story :) so you don't need to read the five original books to get into this one... although I do need to warn you that this particular type of a story is not for everyone... :) let me try to explain without spoilers... ;)

Well, the first thing you all need to know is that the majority of the book takes place in a sex club... :) so be prepared for some very hot and sinful scenes... :) I definitely don't recommend reading this book in a public place... unless you are perfectly fine with blushing and fanning yourself all the time... ;) but back to the story and our main couple :) since I haven't read the original series I don't know if we met Jerico before, but either way, he is the owner of The Wicked Horse, an exclusive sex club in Las Vegas :) after certain events in his past, he is definitely not looking for anything serious... he have this whole alpha vibes going on about him but don't judge him too quickly based on that, because there is a surprise or two waiting along the way for you to discover about him... :) he meets Trista, when she comes to him looking for help with a loan... it's a big and complicated mess that I'm not gonna go into details right now, but he agrees to help her, under certain conditions... again, I won't share much more about it, but yeah... his intentions are not so good... but all of that changes once he starts to get to know Trista better... almost without his conscious knowledge he acts differently abround her... and even though there is plenty of heat and chemistry between them, I have to say that those few surprising sweet and vulnerable moments were absolutely my favourite in the story :) the whole book takes place over about a month, and trust me... a lot of things can happen in that amount of time ;)

Long story short I gave this book 4 stars :) I really enjoyed it, which surprised me a bit, because it didn't really sounded like my cup of tea :) but I do adore Sawyer's writing style, and it was as addicting and entertaining as always :) so while I had some issues with certain elements of this story, it did not stop me from inhaling that book ;) because it is a super fast read :) with alternating perspectives, which means we get chapters from both Trista and Jerico's points of view, it keeps you glued to the pages... :) I am definitely very curious about future stories in this series and will gladly come back soon, because the sequel goes live in a few months, if I remember correctly ;) I can definitely recommend this story, but be prepared, it's not just a book that you can pick up whenever... you need to be in a mood to read a sinful and steamy story... ;) you've been warned... ;)









About the author:



Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.

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 toddler, as well as full-time servant to two 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 a combination of the two.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

XOXO

A

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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

Hello my lovely people :) it's that time of the month again for me to share the books I absolutely can't wait to read from the upcoming month :) and this time I have four amazing ones to share with you... seriously, I have no idea with which one I should start, because they are all just soooooo awesome :) so totally randomly, let's begin with...


"Silver silence" by Nalini Singh, beginning of her Psy-changeling trinity series, which is a continuation / spin-off-ish thing from her original Psy-changeling series :) she is one of my favourite authors ever, and this is the newest installment in one of my favourite series ever, so you can imagine my levels of excitement... *squeels with joy* :) it's a phenomenal paranormal series, and even though each book concentrates on a different couple, you have to read them in order, because there are tons of story archs that span a few books, so to be able to understand everything that is happening as well as all the connections between certain characters, I suggest you start at the beginning if you are not caught up yet :)


"The mech who loved me" by Bec McMaster is the sequel in her London steampunk the blue blood conspiracy series, a spin-off from her original London steampunk series :) she is another amazingly talented author, and this perfect mix of paranormal and steampunk vibes will give you all the feels :) I inhaled the first book in this new series in record time and now I am even more happy than usual that as part of her ARC team, I will be able to get my hands on this gem a little bit earlier... :) *squeels with excitement* :) that first series closed a big story arch, and this new one starts about three years after the events from the original books, so if you don't mind being spoiled about what happened there, you can start with the first story in this spin-off series... although I highly recommend you to read all of them, simply because they are absolutely amazing... and we do get to see some people again here, so it's really best if you know their stories... ;)


There is a theme going on a bit in this post, because once again I have a book from a series that is a spin-off from another series :) what are the chances, right? ;) "Stay" co-written by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy is the sequel in their WAGs series, which is a spin-off series from their Him duology :) it's gonna be another hilarious, sexy and just all around amazing sports themed romance, because these two create absolute magic together... :) I need this story in my hands like ASAP :) so it's really fantastic that I actually already have an ARC of this gem on my kindle... ;) and if we're being totally honest... I just finished it :) and it was AMAZING :) go pre-order it right now, mark the day in your calendars, pin a note on your fridge, I don't care... do whatever works best for you, because trust me... you're gonna need this hilarious and sweet book as soon as it becomes available :)


Last but definitely not least we have "Hearts on air" by L. H. Cosway, book #6 in her Hearts series... I mean, Cross brothers AND parkour?!? I'm gonna be in heaven... :) even though the characters from different installments in this series appear in other books, all of them can be read as standalones :) I'm a bit apprehensive about this particular couple, but I'm definitely very curious to see what she will do with their story... :) fingers crossed, cause there is still a chance that this ARC will land on my kindle... :)

XOXO

A

Monday, May 29, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #66

The Bruno Mars experience
Super busy week
And
Finally... vacation time!!!

Hello my awesome people :) this is my last #RandomRamblings post before a short break ;) and there will be just a few more posts in general before my break, and I will explain all that very shortly, but first... :) I have to tell you all about my Bruno Mars concert :) and after that we're gonna go with the order of the headlines :)

So about that concert... it was THE BEST CONCERT EVER!!!!!!!!! and yes, all those exclamation marks were absolutely necessary :) I feel like I am still processing everything about that day, even though it's been a couple of days ago... but it was just sooooooo good :) if you are thinking about going, you definitely should :) just be sure to grab some good shoes and clothes, because you are definitely gonna dance / jump and sing / scream your hearts out :) me and J, my lovely sister, absolutely did :) I don't want to get into too many details, in case you don't want to be spoiled ;) but I will share a few thoughts :) we got really good seats, as you can see from my pic below... well, J took it, but you get the idea ;) but those two little pics below are the only ones we made that night, because let me tell you... once Bruno Mars got on stage, we got up and danced the rest of the night away... :) we were screaming and singing out loud, jumping around and having a blast :) I had some very high expectations, and they were all blown away :) he sang almost all of the songs from his new album plus some of his older hits, with some very cool new arrangements... *sighs dreamily* I loved them all :) but I have to say that my favourite one was "Locked out of heaven" during the encore... :) to this day... and it will probably last a few more as well ;) I can't sit still when I remember that song... and the whole concert in general :) I am already hoping he will come back at some point :) in case you missed it, I have also two little pics he posted on his Instagram page below :) that was such a lovely moment during the concert :) before it started, some people were going around giving away papers in two colors (to make our flag in the audience) with a very cute message... :) check it out below :) *sighs happily* it was an amazing and magic evening... :)






Since it's my last week before vacation time, I already know how crazy busy I'm gonna be at work... I have lots of stuff to finish before I'll go away to relax, soooo... I see a few additional hours that I'm gonna spend at the office to get all of that done... but that's all right, cause then I'm gonna forget about all that for two glorious weeks I'm gonna spend at the beach... *sighs dreamily* :) but more about all that in a second :) to keep a little bit of balance in my super busy week, I'm planning to relax a little bit and see two movies as well :) the first one is the newest installment in Pirates of the Caribbean series :) actually, by the time I'm gonna post this and you'll be reading it, I already saw it, cause I'm going after work on monday :) and since I'm pre-writing this post earlier, cause I'm gonna be very late that day and will have the time to just post it everywhere, you're gonna have to take my super short review like this: it was... meh... that's really all I can say about it... for me, it was that sort of a movie, that doesn't really know what it wants to be... but in case you somehow missed it, and are still considering seeing it, I have a trailer for you guys below :)


The second movie I'm planning to see on friday, as in on the day it premieres here ;) is "Wonder woman" :) after I saw the very first trailer for it, it became unexpectedly one of my most highly anticipated movies of the year :) fingers crossed it's gonna be as good as I hope :) AND it's the perfect beginning of my vacation time, because I'm seeing it after work on my very last day before vacation :) I have the newest trailer for you guys below... :)


Last but not least I have a little explanation for you guys :) I've been mentioning that lately, but I want to say it again now, especially since I'm gonna pin this post on my fb page so it will be easy to find :) I'm going away for two weeks on vacation... and I plan to take a break from everything, including my blog stuff :) I really need this break to truly charge my batteries, unwind and relax :) so you will be getting only three more posts after this #RandomRamblings :) it's gonna be my monthly *books I can't wait to get my hands on* june edition on wednesday, and then two new reviews next monday (june 5th) :) you will get those reviews only because I signed up for those blog tours weeks ago, and I already read the books and prepared my reviews :) after that we will talk again on june 19th, with my new #RandomRamblings post, the very first one after my time off :) I have to say that with all the stress at work, plus all the pressure with my book blog and just general anxiety, I am very much looking forward to just slowing down and relaxing :) especially since I'm fighting with my very first reading slump (which I wrote about last week in my #RandomRamblings) so I'm expecting to come back home totally relaxed and then I can get back into the groove of everything :)

That is a wrap my lovely people :) I hope you will find some time to unwind as well and I will talk to you in a few weeks :) I will still keep checking my Facebook page so you can reach me there if you wish :) and I'm definitely gonna try to get out of my reading slump with some good books, so expect me to appear on my Goodreads account as well :) biggest hugs to you all :)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: "The summoned mage" by Melissa McShane


Book 1 in series Convergence
Main character: Sesskia

Synopsis

Sesskia, talented thief and secret mage, has spent the last ten years traveling the world, searching for ancient books that will teach her magic forbidden in her country. When she is magically transported to another world where magic is not only permitted, but celebrated, she wonders if she ever wants to return. With new friends and a chance at a new life, Sesskia feels as if she’s finally come home.

But catastrophe is coming. Her new home Castavir and the world of her birth are coming inexorably together, heralding near-total destruction for both.

The mad God-Empress of Castavir intends to take advantage of the crisis by conquering both worlds—whatever is left of them. Sesskia must work with the Castaviran mages to combine their radically different magics to prevent the convergence from happening and save both her worlds.

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) the first thing you need to know about this book is that it's the first story in a trilogy... and I do mean a trilogy in a sense that we follow the same character and all three books tell one big story... because you need to be prepared for that cliffhanger at the end of this installment ;) I knew it was coming, but it still surprised me... mainly because it happened about 86 % into the story :) I was in the middle of my commute to work and then BAM! the story ended and I almost fell off my chair :) #TrueStory :) but then we got a little bonus, more about it later, and I was very happy :) fortunately for all of you guys, all three books are already available, so you can totally binge-read them if you want :) now how about I will finally tell you a bit more about this fantasy trilogy and our main character ;)

The whole story is told from Sesskia's point of view :) she is a thief, who's trying her best to learn magic... magic that is forbidden and feared in her world, but which awakened in her... sounds cool, right? :) I think so too :) what is even more interesting, is that the whole book is written as Sesskia's journal... so we discover things and see certain events from her perspective only... :) to be honest, it does take a moment to get used to, and the same thing can be said about the new world she finds herself in, because... yeah... at the very beginning of the book she is transported into this whole different world... she doesn't know anything about it, she doesn't even speak the language, and we are as confused as her :) but slowly, once we learn more, it gets better :) it definitely helps with the overall understanding what is happening, because we are not given all the informations in the span of a chapter or two :) so definitely don't be discouraged by the fact that you don't understand everything at the beginning, because all of that will be explained in time :) I don't really want to tell you more about what's happening after Sesskia arrives in this new world, because I truly believe it's better for your reading experience to figure stuff out as you read :) trust me, those surprises along the way will be much better if you're not prepared for them :)

Originally I gave this book 4 stars... or to be more precise, I gave the story 4 stars, but then I read the bonus scenes... *sighs dreamily* I mentioned before that the whole book is written from Sesskia's perspective because we are reading her journal, but those bonus scenes are told from someone else's point of view... I'm not gonna say who, but it was a lovely surprise :) they are also the reason why I bumped my rating to 4,5 stars :) I really liked Sesskia as a main character :) she started off really good, and then got even better when she grew as a character :) there is also a whole bunch of very interesting secondary characters, but again, because I don't want to actually spoil you who is important, I won't share any names... ;) and I mean the good ones, as in Sesskia's new friends, as well as the villains of te story... although it's not as easy to categorize them like that... trust me, the whole story is more complicated than that... :) the more I read this book, the more I was pulled into all the action... and now I am eagerly looking forward into continuing this story with the sequel :) so if you are looking for an original fantasy story with surprising turns of events, interesting characters that actually act like adults... well, throughout the most of the story anyway ;) and fantastic writing style, definitely give this trilogy a try :)

XOXO

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