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

A

Release blitz + Review: "Excess baggage" by Laura Barnard


Author: Laura Barnard
Standalone
Main characters: Jack Lawson and Erica Bennett

Synopsis

Stuck in a dead-end relationship, Erica Bennett finds herself daydreaming of her first holiday romance. She was fifteen, it was exciting, new and full of possibilities…and Jack Lawson was hot as hell. That kind of thing leaves a mark.

So when her friends suggest a girls holiday to Luna Island, it’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off things. What she doesn’t expect is to spot Jack – a much older, hotter version of him – across the hotel lobby.

Their attraction is still there and it isn’t long before sparks fly, but fifteen years is a long time. They aren’t the same people they were back then and besides, it’s only a week, right?

Is it a second chance at something real or will their excess baggage ruin their shot at love after they leave Luna Island?

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) and boy do I have some very mixed feelings about this one... *sighs* I was going back and forth after finishing this story about how I should rate it and ultimately I landed on 3 stars... because there were things I absolutely loved about it, but also quite a few that I found problematic... as always, I will try my best to explain all my thoughts and feelings to you guys :) hopefully it will help you make your own decision about reading this book, because I am definitely not saying you shouldn't give it a try... I'm sure a lot of you will absolutely love it... but I am getting a bit ahead of myself :) first let me tell you a bit about our main couple...

Since it's a book that I have very mixed feelings about, I will keep my review on a bit of a shorter side, because I don't like to dwell on negative things... especially since usually those thigns are connected to my very own personal preferences as a reader, and just because I didn't enjoy certain aspects of this book, it doesn't mean you won't :) so about our main couple... yeah... I didn't like them very much... #SorryNotSorry, it's just my opinion... I mean, Jack was sort of ok, I guess... but it was definitely Erica that got on my nerve... *sighs* I just couldn't connect with her... like at all... and as someone who is exactly her age at this moment, I have to say... she really frustrated me... she was childish and annoying and I just couldn't understand her and her actions... don't get me wrong, I KNOW how it feels to want to play the what-if game, but it's never a good idea... and honestly, at this point... we know better... we might pretend we don't, explaining certain behaviour so the decisions we make will seem more acceptable, but deep inside we know we're making mistakes... and Erica was making mistake after mistake... at least in my opinion... their relationship was... if you actually can call it like that... it was a bit too much too fast for me... I prefer when the road to the actual relationship is a bit longer... :) but hey, like I mentioned before, it's my personal preferences talking :)

Overall I think that because I had such troubles with the heroine, it really influenced my reading experience... she was really obnoxious... I mean, the whole thing how she resolved the situation with her boyfriend was... ugh... BUT at the same time, I'm sure that some of you won't feel that way... you will find her flawed and relatable, and that's awesome for you :) my favourite character was actually Evelyn... she was one of Erica's friend... the one being called too serious and a buzzkill more than once, but... I so disagree with those opinions :) I mean, every time she challenged Erica or said some things I was like *YES!!! please, someone... anyone... listen to the ONLY voice of reason in your group* :) since it's not a very long story, everything felt a bit rushed... I would love to read more and get to know more about these characters... maybe seeing them together more as teenagers, or acting more like adults now would help me connect to them better :) BUT do not get me wrong, I feel like the writing style was funny and entertaining, and even though this was my very first book by this author, and it turned out it was not my cup of tea, I am definitely planning on reading something else from her :) fingers crossed that another story will be closer to my heart ;)


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XOXO

A

Monday, May 22, 2017

Release blitz + Giveaway + Review: "Nudes" by Sarah Robinson


Title: "Nudes"
Standalone
Main characters: Ben Lawson and Aria Rose

Synopsis

Praised by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely, as "Passionate, emotional and uplifting!", contemporary romance author Sarah Robinson brings readers a new standalone novel set in the glamorous hills of Hollywood and tackling challenging themes like the intersection of sexuality and female empowerment.

Ben Lawson is making a comeback...
After a few tabloid headlines, they think they know me. They don't know a damn thing.  As CEO of a movie production company, I'll show them who I really am when we hit it big at the box office. My ex thought her smear tactics would ruin me, but I'm unbreakable. Rising from the debris, I swore I'd never let a woman distract me like that again. But then, my leading actress walked on the set and changed everything.

Seductive, sexy, and unapologetic, Aria Rose could break me. I wanted to help her, protect her...love her. Instead, I destroyed her.

Aria Rose is baring it all....
I knew better. I knew not to trust another Hollywood heartthrob with a reputation like his. He was my boss and became my ruin. I should have stayed far away from him. Ben Lawson promised me the world. He even promised me his heart. 

But he destroyed everything--my heart, my career, us.

I got an ARC of this book from the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) there were some early reviews available onlive before I started this story... and the one thing they all had in common is that it's really hard to say anything about this book without some major spoilers... and after finishing it... I have to say that I agree with them completely :) it's harder than usual to write a review that won't say anything more than what's already in the synopsis, because it's definitely one of those stories where the less you know is definitely the better :) let it surprise you like it did me... ok, so what CAN I tell you? :)

Aria and Ben... they are the center of the story, but it's not the romance or their relationship that should play the main part in this book... it definitely wasn't my favourite part... :) don't get me wrong, I liked them both, even though I did not agree with every decision they made along the way, and there were moments when I felt like everything was happening pretty fast between them... but they both admitted how swept away they felt with everything that's been happening between them... but on the other hand, just because I didn't necessarily loved every little thing they did, it doesn't change the fact how amazingly Sarah wrote them... they felt real and... flawed in the most human way... they made mistakes and learnt from them... reacting in the best possible way for everything that's been happening to them... and yes, I am perfectly aware of how extremely vague I am sounding right now, and yes... it's totally on purpose... :) ugh... it's as frustrating for me as it has to be for you... :) so what more I can tell you about this book... hmm... not much, that's for sure :) oh, there's one more :) besides the main characters, this book had a few absolutely amazing secondary ones as well :) and even though it's a standalone I wouldn't mind reading a story at some point about some of them... ;) and no, I won't share any names... ;)

When I said that's it's not the romance that should play the main part of this story what I meant is that this whole book has a much bigger and more important message... I can't get into too many details, because it would involve some big spoilers about certain events in this story and different reactions to them, but... there was one scene... one scene towards the end of the book, that absolutely crushed me... it was... beautiful, emotional, raw and just... stunning... I'm just glad I was reading it curled up in my reading chair so I could sob in peace... honestly, it was that good... it was one of these moments that touched me deeply and that will stay with me for long after finishing this story... the whole message of strenght and empowerement and standing up for what's right... it was beautifully handled here :) congratulations to Sarah for writing such an amazing story... it really shows in her words how passionate she was about this story... how much it meant to her... it's also the main reason why I bumped my initial rating from 4 to 4,5 stars... well, the passion AND that amazing scene... seriously, I am tearing up just by thinking about it... trust me when I say, that Sarah is such a talented author... I don't love her books equally, but her writing style is always amazing :) and I think that this story in particular is the one you all should read... don't judge it by the cover... although it's absolutely gorgeous... and don't judge it by just a few chapters... follow the story, read all of it and then form your opinion... I did not expect to read it as fast as I did... because once I started, I just needed to know how it will end... :) so reserve an afternoon and let yourself get lost between the pages of this unique and surprising story... :)



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Sarah Robinson is a native of the Washington, DC area and has both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in clinical and forensic psychology. She is married to a wonderful man who is just as much of an animal rescue enthusiast as she is. Together, they own a zoo of rescues, as well as volunteering and fostering for multiple animal shelters.

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XOXO

A

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #65

Reading slump
Reaching-100-books haul
And
It's finally time!!!

Hello my awesome people :) this week I have a #RandomRamblings post for you full of... well, contradictions :) because on the one hand I have some amazing stuff to share... but on the other hand, I am currently suffering from my very first reading slump ever, soooo... ugh... how about I start from the worst thing and then we can concentrate on all the good stuff later :)

So about that reading slump... I am currently in a little bit of shock, if we're being honest... cause I've never been in that state before... like, ever... yes, I've had an occasional #BookHangover, for a few days, after I finished a truly amazing book... because I needed to take a break, to truly appreciate the story I finished... cause if I would try to read something else immediately after, nothing would be good enough :) but it always lasted a day or two, and then I was able to go back to reading :) but now? I just... don't want to read anything... *cue the gasps* ;) I know, it sounds awful... but I think I just reached a bit of a breaking point for me... little things have been building up for the past few months in my life and now I just need a break... I haven't been reading much... or at all really for the last week or so, and... it's already working :) I'm just taking my time, doing whatever I feel like in the evenings when I come home from work... since I'm pretty much caught up on my blog related stuff, I finally have the time to just... relax :) and it feels awesome :) accepting the fact that I'm in a reading slump and deciding to just go with the flow of stuff really took off the pressure and I'm better than ok with that :) so while I'm on this break, you will definitely be getting a bit less posts from me... but it's just one of the reasons for that... the other one is...

THIS IS THE WEEK WHEN I'M GONNA SEE BRUNO MARS LIVE!!!!! :) and yes, that sentence needed to be in all caps, because I am THAT excited about it :) me and my awesome sister J bought the tickets to his concert back in november, and it's been a long wait... ;) but this saturday it's finally the day :) *squeels with joy* :) I cannot wait :) but because we are going to another city to see him, we are actually going there a few days earlier to do a little sight-seeing :) that is also the reason why you will get two reviews tomorrow and one review today, but then nothing until next #RandomRamblings post o monday :) #SorryNotSorry for taking a mini break before my longer vacation time... but that's a story for next week ;)


Last but not least let's get to the best part of this post... my biggest book haul yet :) for now... ;) who knows what future months will bring... ;) anyway... :) I have seventeen books to show you guys... yes, you read that correctly, seventeen :) and I love them all :) with the addition of these lovely gems I know have an even number of 100 books :) *sighs happily* and I'm super excited to share all of them with you :) I will start with the ones I already read, and then get into all the new ones I can't wait to get my hands on ;)

So first, I have books #8 and #11 in Psy-changeling series by Nalini Singh :) she is one of my fave authors and this particular paranormal series is very high on my all time favourite list, so I am slowly making my way to buying all of them... :) I am still a few books short but soon... ;)


Next one I already had the pleasure of reading before is "Scandal in spring" by Lisa Kleypas, book #4 in her Wallflowers series :) and trust me, this absolutely lovely historical romance is not my only book by this fantastic author in this haul... ;)


Now we get to the *transition* part of this book haul :) because I got books #1 #2 (which I read previously) and #7 in The emperor's edge series by Lindsay Buroker :) that last book concludes one bigger story arch and I absolutely cannot wait to see how this fantasy / steampunk gem ends :) I am currently making my way through book #3... very slowly due to the reading slump I mentioned before, but it's soooo good :)


Remember when I mentioned a second ago, that I have more Lisa Kleypas's books to show you guys? :) so the first series I bought is The gamblers of Craven's :) it's another one of her historical romances one, and I've been meaning to try more of them, because I am in love with her writing style :)


And another series in that same type I got is her Bow street runners one :) both of them sounded the most interesting out of the ones I haven't read yet, and since they weren't very expensive, I decided to get all of them ;) plus, look at those gorgeous covers... :)


Next beautiful gem I have to share with you is "Pipe dreams" by Sarina Bowen, the newest installment in her Brooklyn Bruisers series :) and this one is a sports themed romance about a hockey player... if you don't know it about me yet, they are my absolute favourite athletes to read about, so you can imagine my excitement :) especially since I loved the previous stories in this series ;)


"The gravity of us" is the last one in Elements series of standalone stories written by Brittainy C. Cherry :) and even though I read only the first one, her absolutely stunning writing style stole my heart, so naturally I had to buy all the rest ;)


The one before last I have to share today is "Twist" by Kylie Scott, sequel in her Dive bar series :) she has such a hilarious writing style and her books are always super entertaining, so I am very curious to see what's gonna happen in this particular one :)


Last but definitely not least is actually not a single book, but a whole series :) Temptation by Ella Frank :) I have on good authority, and by that I mean of course my one and only amazing sister J ;) that they are absolutely phenomenal :) so naturally I listened to her and got all three at once :) originally it was the trilogy I currently have, but recently a new installment was released and there are apparently even more on the way :)


Ok guys, are you ready for a #shelfie? :) here's what 100 little gems of happiness look like :)


We are now at the stage where you can't really see what books I have looking at just the big picture, so I have a litte close-ups of each shelf for you :) first, my paranormal / fantasy one :)



My contemporary one :)



And my historical one :)



Ok people, that is a wrap :) I hope you enjoyed all the stuff I shared with you today :) as always, I love connecting with you, so be sure to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account :) I check them every day :) talk to you soon ;)

XOXO

A

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: "Shadow and bone" by Leigh Bardugo


Author: Leigh Bardugo
Book 1 in series Grisha
Main character: Alina Starkov

Synopsis

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

I feel like you all already know what this series is about... ;) cause I am pretty late on the whole Grisha-world-is-awesome train ;) to be honest it was the Six of crows duology that originally caught my attention, and yes, I know that people say you don't have to read Grisha trilogy to enjoy those new books, but I figured since they take place in the same world and I know that I will want to read the original trilogy at some point, I wanted to read them in order... you know, to avoid all possible spoilers and such :) now that I finished the first book, I'm very glad I decided to do it, because let me tell you... this world is complicated... :) since it's always hard for me to write reviews that won't spoil you stuff... although with this one I feel like everyone and their mothers read it already ;) I will still abide by my rule :) so I will tell you a bit about the world and our main character and then share my thoughts and opinions about this installment :)

When I said that the world is complicated, I really meant it... or maybe it's just been a while since I read a good fantasy book that requires from a reader to learn everything... ;) in case of the world we have in Grisha trilogy... yeah... it's filled with foreign sounding words that made it more difficult for me to figure out all the rules and connections between certain characters and groups... I'm hoping it will be easier with the sequels :) and since I am still unclear on certain details... I figured that me fumbling explanations wouldn't help you understand anything if you haven't read the book, and if you read it, well... you probably know more than me ;) so let me focus a bit more on our main character, Alina... :) she is an orphan, raised alongside of her only friend, Mal... a bit more about him in a second... :) and to be honest, I really liked her :) yes, I can understand why some people feel like she can be frustrating and annoying, but let's not forget that we are talking about a very young woman... she has a right to certain behaviour... and yes, there were a few moments when she and her decisions bothered me, especially in the first half, but I could understand where she was going from... BUT it got better in the second half and now I am very eagerly waiting to see how she will grow as a character in next installments :) because let's not forget that we are talking about a young girl who is thrown into a very serious and shocking situation... no wonder it's hard for her to find her footing... I know I'm being very vague but I feel like all the necessary informations are in the synopsis, and written much better than I would be able to put them ;) and all the rest you should be able to discover by yourselves :) so instead of focusing on all the stuff I can't tell you about, let me share some of my thoughts and feelings about this story in general :)

Overall I gave this book 4 stars :) I think that it's a very good start to a series, and I'm definitely curious about what's gonna happen next :) I really enjoyed the writing style, especially the banter between certain characters :) if it's an indication of what's gonna come next... I already can't wait :) I feel like this book laid the groundwork for much more character growth and action that will happen in future installments :) and of course I can't forget about some secondary characters... I wonder what we will learn about Mal, because my opinion of him changed a lot before this story ended ;) I also certainly can understand all the... let's call it fascination about the Darkling, although I still think that he's more scary than hot ;) my personal fave is Genya :) I don't want to tell you anything about her, because we meet her a bit further in the book and she doesn't appear as much as I would love her to do, but I'm hoping it will change in future books... :) for now I am crossing my fingers that she won't die :) seriously, this was the main theme going on through my head when I read about half of the book... when I passed a certain *what the WHAT!?!?!?!* moment... I was starting to really worry about people... :) even though the first half was a bit slow and trope-y for me, the second one was much better... :) so if you are thinking about giving this book a try, or you did in the past and it was hard for you to get into, trust me and push through a little bit more :) because that second half is definitely worth it... and from what I've been hearing, the first book is the weakest one in all trilogy :) once I will read them, will let you know if I agree with that opinion ;)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: "Devil in spring" by Lisa Kleypas


Author: Lisa Kleypas
Book 3 in series The Ravenels
Main characters: Gabriel Challon and Pandora Ravenel

Even before I started reading this book, my expectations were high... :) not only it was the story that came after my favourite installment in this series, but also because of the main hero :) more about that in a second :) so I was more apprehensive than usual... but fortunately, it was another great read from Lisa Kleypas :) it's book #3 in her new historical romance series, The Ravenels, and even though I usually recommend you guys to read the books in order, when it comes to this one... well, you can read it as a standalone if you want to... I guess ;) of course it would be better to read the previous stories to understand better all the interactions between characters, but with this particular book, it's not necessary :) now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me jump into more details about it :)

Pandora is definitely... peculiar :) she's different and there's no other way to put it :) but I love how honest she is about it... she doesn't pretend to be different to fit in and instead concentrates on things that are important to her, like creating her very own board game and starting a business :) reading about her was definitely a unique experience... ;) but as much as I would like to say more about her, it's Gabriel who stole my attention... *sighs dreamily* and I have a very good reason for that... ;) if you think that the title of this book is so similar to another story Lisa published a while back for a reason... then you're right :) "Devil in winter" which was a part of her Wallflowers series, and coincidentally my fave book of hers so far ;) is very much connected to this one :) because Gabriel is the son of  that main couple :) *squeels with joy* <- that was my reaction when I learned that little fact a while back :) I absolutely adored Evie and Sebastian :) and Gabriel... oh, how he reminds me of his father... charming, smoothtalking, swoonworthy... *sighs dreamily* :) I'm sorry if I seem unfocused or something, but he has that effect on me :)

Theirs is definitely a unique love story :) they sort of get into a compromising position... but not exactly :) it seems like that, but the actual truth is much more complicated :) what's even more curious that after that encounter the obvious solution, as in getting married, is the furthest one... on Pandora's mind ;) she's definitely opposed the idea :) as is Gabriel, at least initially... ;) because once they spent some time together, he realizes how different and wonderful she is... and he decides to win her over ;) and that's when the main fun begun ;) I absolutely loved their interactions :) I adored that Pandora was so unpredictable :) there were certain unexpectedly sweet scenes that totally melted my heart... *sighs dreamily* :) but don't worry, I'm not gonna say anything more, so you can experience all that without spoilers :)

When it comes to secondary characters I have to say that even though we did get appearances from the people we met in this series before, the majority of them were new... or new-ish ;) because we did get to see Evie and Sebastian again *squeels with excitement* those few little scenes only made me want to re-read their book once again :) but not only that, we also got to see their family :) and I have a feeling, and by feeling I mean that I read it in one of Lisa's interviews ;) that certain Gabriel's sister will be the heroine of a certain future book ;) I'm not gonna say who, but I'm pretty sure that once you read it, you can guess it ;) as always these secondary characters added even more layers to a wonderfully rich story :)

If I would have to rate just Gabriel and Pandora together, I think I would give their story 4,5 stars :) but all the fantastic secondary characters that appeared in this book made me bump in to full 5 stars :) there are many reasons why I love Lisa Kleypas and her writing style, the way she creates such engaging stories... such wonderful characters... so why fight it and try to look for flaws... :) her style just *clicks* for me and I'm very happy that I discovered her books :) they always give me so much joy :) they make me laugh, sigh and totally swoon over the actions of the characters ;) this one was no exception... *sighs dreamily over Gabriel yet again and probably will a few more times* ;) I highly recommend you her books if you are looking for a story filled with entertaining characters, hilarious and witty banter and those vulnerable and swoonworthy moments that will melt your heart :)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Release blitz: "Dating-ish" by Penny Reid


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?

Check out my full review on Goodreads for all my thoughts and feelings about this gem :)
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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

Review: "Fallen stone" by Jana S. Brown


Author: Jana S. Brown
Book 1 in series Sentinels of essence
Main character: Misery

Synopsis

Misery died so she could save the world.

That’s what they told her.

Turns out they lied.

She was once a holy warrior with a noble cause. Now she’s using her earth magic to scrape by, meal to meal, motel to motel, city to city, one step ahead of those who call her traitor. Her jobs aren’t glamorous, but in the end, beggars can't be choosers and work pays the bills.

Denver was supposed to be just one more stop over. But between an overly enthusiastic roommate, a gorgeous healer, and a challenging – not to mention lucrative – job for the Chimera Lord of Denver, Misery isn’t finding it easy to leave.

When she discovers the lesser fae are going missing, Misery finds a new cause, a paycheck and many reasons to stay. She just hopes pursuing them won’t get her killed…again.

I got my hands on the ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) I was very curious about this story... mainly because I love the writing style of Jana, a perfect mix of hilarious and entertaining, and I was very interested in how this urban fantasy type of a book from her will turn out... long story short.. it turned out phenomenal :) I inhaled it in record time and now I'm dying for more :) so I will do my best to tell you a bit more about everything without spoiling you some stuff and at the same time, convincing you to try it out :)

So about our main character... :) Misery was fantastic :) and there are still sooo many things I don't know about her :) we meet her at the very beginning of the book... duh, she's the main character after all ;) but what I did not expect, is that we are gonna be thrown straight into action :) there is no slow build up here... :) but it does hook you immediately and keeps you glued to the pages... :) and since it is an urban fantasy novel, it has many fantasy-ish aspects that I will not explain in many details... mainly cause I don't know all of them yet ;) but I will do my best to share what little knowledge I have ;) so Misery used to be a Sentinel... which is a warrior type of a person... what kind exactly I can't tell, because it was only teased in this first installment... :) but something happened a few years back, and now she lives on the run, from one job to the next, doing her best to survive... dun dun duuuuunnnn... sorry, but I felt like that moment needed a musical interruption ;) anyway... we meet her right in the middle of her newest assingment which does not goes exactly as she expected it to go... ;) from that moment she is involved in a much bigger plot than what she originally signed up for, but being the person she is, she refuses to back out... :) I know I'm being super vague, but trust me... those are the only details I can share with you right now without spoiling you some huge surprises along the way :) now that we have this out of the way, let me actually tell you a bit more about our heroine :) because I totally adored her ;) she has the ability to manipulate and use earth essence, and trust me... it's even more cool than it sounds ;) I love that she's a survivor but also a very good person at heart... doing what's right, even though it may very dearly cost her... again, I know that I'm being super vague, but we get to know her more throughout the whole book, and I want you guys to be able to experience her the way I did... which means the less you know before going into the book the better :)

Since there are way more things I can't tell you about, I will keep my review a bit shorter than usual, concentrating on my thoughts and feelings about this story :) if you couldn't tell by now, I absolutely loved it... which is not a huge surprise, since I adore the writing style of the lovely Jana... and I can say that she is as hilarious in her books as she is in our e-mail exchanges... ;) but that is a longer story for another time :) this book is a fantastic beginning of a new series... it offers us so many teasers and glimpses into the world she created and all sorts of characters... it definitely shows how much time and research she put into creating all of that... :) it takes place in an alternate version of modern world, where there are also inhumans... with all sorts of magical abilities and such... trust me, it's the shortest way of describing a much more complex idea :) but we, as humans, are unaware of all that :) not only the idea for this workd is very interesting, but the characters we met so far... man oh man... :) it's really hard to pick a favourite... ;) mainly because all of them are so vivid and diverse and entertaining... :) and again, I cannot tell you too much about them, so I will just throw a few names your way and you just keep your eyes out for them when you'll read the book: Evan, Red, Kendra, Haas and ok, I lied, my personal favourite, Jules... why her? for many reasons, but mainly because of the things I learned from the author that do not appear yet in this installment... :) but trust me... it's soooo good :) the main thought going on in my head after finishing this story is: I need more :) more of everything... the world, the characters, all sorts of informations that were only teased here... just more in general :) so I am very pleased to say that there will be at least five books in general :) with maybe some additional companion novellas and stories :) *squeels with excitement* I already can't wait to read them all :) I honestly hope that I convinved you guys to give this book a try, because it was truly spectacular :) so if you are looking for an entertaining read that will keep you wondering what's gonna happen next... I definitely read it much faster than I expected... ;) with a fantastic writing style that is just the right mix of hilarious and vulnerable, then look no further and give this lovely author a try ;) you won't regret it :)

XOXO

A

Monday, May 15, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #64

Best trailer music ever
Too much pressure
And
All the consequences and decisions

Hello my lovely people :) there are actually quite a few more serious topics I want to share with you guys... there's been a lot going on in my head recently and I finally came to certain decisions I want to tell you about :) so we're gonna start with all that and then we'll end on a more funny note with some awesome trailer music :) and since the second and third part of the headlines are very much connected to ona another, I'm just gonna merge them into one longer paragraph :) ok, are you guys ready? then let's just jump right in...

I feel like I've already shared wih you guys the topic of how much pressure I tend to put on myself... I thought that I was able to manage all of that when it comes to all the blog related stuff, but I was wrong... and it took me the longest time to figure out... why? because I was soooooo busy... so first, a little bit of explanation... my day job, because believe it or not, I make zero money off my blog :) but back to my day job... it got a lot more... well, I wanted to say busy but it's not like I've been sitting and painting my nails so far... but I definitely keep getting more responsibilities and with that comes... how to describe it... it tends to get exhausting... not only physically, but also mentally... and to add to that, I tend to put pressure on myself when it comes to my blog-ish stuff, which pretty much leaves me no time to actually unwind... and when I'm unable to accomplish certain goals I set... again, no one forced me to do any of that, it was my own internal pressure... I get stressed... and then days and weeks pass by and I am still unable to take care of certain things I wanted to get to... so that adds even more stress and... well, you can see the vicious circle... *sighs* so after struggling and fighting with my own thoughts for the last few weeks I've come to some decisions... I will share them with you here, and hope that you will accept the very short explanation for all of that... because I am not gonna be sorry and I am not gonna apologize for doing what I feel is best for me and for my mental health in the long run... I don't want to snap or crumble under pressure because that would be so much worse... especially since it came to a situation, where I'm feeling guilty for wanting to watch a TV show, because I feel like I should be writing a review instead... and it really starts to give me anxiety that I don't need in my life... so the first thing I need to tell you guys about, is that I am deleting my Twitter and Instagram accounts... I'm not really working on them as much as I should have... I don't really have the time for that and it kept bothering me... I had a different idea on how all of that would go, but again... the reality turned out to be something else and I need those two out of my head and out of all the lists of stuff I need to get through or think about doing... so over the weekend I deleted the accounts and all mentions of them on my blog and such... just a few more things to worry about, and I already feel a bit better... :) another thing that will go away are the teasers... it's actually my sister J who makes them, but for the reasons I shared, and a few others that I'm not gonna explain here, I've made the decision to stop posting them... last but not least, I need a break... I'm really starting to feel overwhelmed with everything, and it's getting harder and harder to find the motivation to actually sit down and write... that's the main reason why some of my last reviews are a bit shorter... I don't have any troubles at all with reading, although I can definitely appreciate that I don't have to rush through books, cause I've learned my lesson before about signing up for too many ARCs at the same time... but I feel like I need a break from blog-ish stuff to get a better perspective on things... soooo... I'm gonna be off everything for two weeks in june... I'm going off on a trip, and decided to just relax and take a break :) I'm still gonna post stuff till the end of may, because I have a few blog tours and such, but the very last posts will happen at the very beginning of june...and then you will see me around june 19th... I really feel like I need that... no blog, no fb page... I will still go on Goodreads to mark my reading progress and such, because I'm certainly not taking a break from reading, but all the rest... *sighs* I need it... I need to take a step back nad just... live a little without all that pressure I put on myself... I need to get a better perspective on everything and I feel like that vacation time is the perfect way to do that :) don't worry, I'll come back :) and right before going away I will post and pin this information where you can easily find it :) I really hope that it will help with my situation... because there are things... and plans... that keep waiting and waiting for me to finally do them... some resolutions that were put on pause in january, and we are in the middle of may and they are still waiting for me to un-pause them... and I feel like I need to make smarter choices and decisions that will benefit my health... I need to take a better care of myself... :)

Ok, since it got super serious for a moment, I feel like we need a lighter ending ending to this post :) I wanted to share wth you guys two songs that I've been listening to on repeat for the last few days... and they both come from trailers :) I dare you to listen to them and not get hooked ;) you're welcome :)



When I was putting in the links for those songs, I realized that I have to show you that final trailer for "Wonder woman" because... well... chills :) I cannot wait to see it :)


Ok, that is a wrap people :) I hope you enjoyed reading my #RandomRamblings today, even though it was a much more serious post than usual.. but hey, that's life ;) as always, I love connecting with you guys, so be sure to leave me a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account :) I would love to discuss books and all other stuff with you :)

XOXO

A

Friday, May 12, 2017

Review: "Marrying Winterborne" by Lisa Kleypas


Author: Lisa Kleypas
Book 2 in series The Ravenels
Main characters: Rhys Winterborne and Helen Ravenel

First and foremost, I have to say... I absolutely loved this book :) it's definitely my favourite one of all three available at this moment, but if were being totally honest... I have a feeling that it still will be my fave even when I read all of them... and there will be six books in total :) it's book #2 in Lisa's new historical romance series, and I highly recommend you guys to read the first book before jumping into this one... it's not always necessary, but in this case, certain events occur between our main characters from this installment in that previous story and trust me... you do not want to miss them :) anyway... now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me tell you more about our main couple :)

Rhys and Helen... *sighs dreamily* I just love them both soooo much :) and it's not as common as I would like it to be.. usually one of the main characters bother me a bit... or more than that ;) but this time? *sighs happily* ok, let me back that opinion up with some explanations ;) Helen is someone I could relate to soooo much :) she seems shy and calm, and well... yes, she is all that :) but she is also much stronger and braver than she appears to be :) and she loves to read :) I fell in love with her the moment I met her in that very first book so I couldn't be more happy with the fact that she ended up with Rhys... *sighs dreamily* *sighs dreamily yet again because once is just not enough* ;) where Helen was born in the family with a title and everything that comes with it, Rhys's background is the opposite... he's welsh and comes from a regular family... but with hard work and determination, now he is the owner of the biggest department store and isextremely rich :) what I love about him the most, is his personality... he seems cold and calculating and distant... but there is such a passionate side to him... I mean... every time he uses a nickname in welsh when talking to Helen... *swoons* ;) trust me... when he wants to, he definitely CAN talk... ;) I don't really want to tell you too much about how they get together, mainly because it would have to involve certain spoilers from book #1, but trust me... it's a fantastic story... swoonworthy with twists and turns along the way, and the most beautiful ending :) and I think one of the reasons that this story speaks to me so much, is that it reminds me a little bit of "Beauty and the beast" :) just throwing it out there, for all of you retellings fans like me ;)

When it comes to secondary characters, well... they are one more reason to read these books in order :) I think you will enjoy all sorts of interactions that much more if you actually know the history and connections between them :) and you can appreciate how some of them changed... :) and even though our main couple definitely stole the most of my attention... as it should be ;) there are a few people I want to mention :) we have Helen's sisters, twins: Cassandra and Pandora :) Pandora is actually the heroine of the next story, with Cassandra getting her turn along the way (book #6) :) and I adore those girls so much :) they are unpredictable, fun and wild :) they love fiercely their family and support them :) we also have the couple from the first book, Devon and Kathleen... and although I still had some troubles with her, Devon was definitely better ;) and of course I can't forget my favourite: Wes :) he's Devon's younger brother and I adore him so much :) he is another character that changed a lot in that previous story, and now he shines :) I absolutely cannot wait to read a full lenght story about this hilarious guy :) (his will be book #5) :) we actually met a few completely new characters in this installment... but I won't name them :) trust me, when you'll be reading the book, you'll know... it's not hard at all to figure out that certain characters appear here for a reason... ;) *wink wink* I can't wait for you to discover for yourselves who I'm talking about :)

Since this was my favourite story so far in this series and I enjoyed it immensly I of course gave it 5 stars :) especially when you take into consideration that I am a huge sucker for "Beauty and the beast" retellings, so every time a story is even sort of similar to it, it's always a plus in my eyes :) after reading quite a few of Lisa's books, I know what to expect when I pick one of her new ones up :) witty banter, hilarious interactions between all sorts of characters, swoonworthy moments and scorchingly hot seduction... *sighs happily* so I wholeheartedly recommend you guys this amazing book :) if somehow you haven't read her stories yet, definitely give this series, and this author, a try :) trust me, you will not regret it :)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Review: "Condemned" by Hayley Oakes


Author: Hayley Oakes
Title: "Condemned"
Book 1 in series Richmore
Main characters: William "Will" Devereux and Jessa Jenson

Synopsis

For eight years, I’ve lived with the scars left by him.

William Devereux consumed me until I didn’t know where I ended and he began ... I tried to forget but I was forever changed.

And now he’s back. 

Gone is the aggressive hothead who hurt me and set my body on fire in equal measure, replaced with a responsible, doting, single father. 

I’m trying my best to remain unaffected.

He’s trying his best to make amends.

Sometimes the one thing you shouldn’t want, is the one thing you can’t breathe without. 

I got an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review :) this book... I was not prepared for this book people... :) like, not at all... even after the synopsis I sort of expected something else... or to be more precise, I did not expect to be sooo moved by it... yes, it was darker and more emotional than what I was prepared for, but ultimately I have to say that the book was amazing... which makes my job to write a review that much harder... mainly because I truly believe that the less you know about this book before reading it, the better... :) so I will tell you as much as I can without spoilers, and then share my thoughts and feelings about this story and do my best to convince you to give it a try... :)

So about our main couple, Will and Jessa... *sighs* theirs is such a complicated history... and I am sitting here debating, how much I actually can tell you about all of that... so forgive me for being vague, it really is best for you guys... :) they've known each other for the longest time... especially since they were next door neighbours when they were kids... but something changed over time and... well... they drifted apart... there is actually of course a much bigger story there... especially since all that stuff when they were teenagers culminated in an event that drove them apart for years... ugh... you have no idea how hard it is for me to tell you guys stuff, without actually spoiling you anything... :) so now it's eight years later, and they meet unexpectedly when Jessa is visiting her parents, and Will is temporarily back home... and things get only more complicated from there... that's pretty much all details I can tell you about them... BUT I will add that throughout the whole story we have chapters from both of their perspectives... and not only that, but we also get *then* and *now* chapters... and they allow us to see what exactly happened before between them... and that writing style... oh how it got to me... it only took the prologue to hook me... besides our main couple, who take center stage of the story, we have a bunch of amazing secondary characters... I'm not gonna name all of them, but I will say that each of them in unique and interesting and I would love to read stories about some of them... they were so vivid and felt so alive... that I kept forgetting I'm reading about fictonal characters...

I know I haven't told you much about this book, but... well, to be honest, it's hard for me to really rate it, cause... this story definitely hit very close to home for me... even though I was so mad at Jessa for certain decisions she was making, on the other hand, I couldn't really judge her for all of that... because I know what it feels like to wonder *what if* and thinking what would happen if I would just give it another shot... I know how it feels to be tempted to do something that might not be best for you... to hide it before people who are close to you, because you think that they will jugde, cause they just don't understand... but at the same time, deep down... to know they will jugde and try to talk you out of it, because it's bad for you... and you know they are right... but there are lessons we need to learn for ourselves, even though some of them take time and are very painful... and even though nothing as traumatic and intense happened to me... I understood her all too well...

Ok, I will try to get a grip on myself, and say something to convince you to pick this book up... because although that may not be clear from what you read so far, I actually highly recommend you guys this book :) it was written phenomenally, hitting me in the feels many times... the only thing you nedd to know going in, is that it will be dark and emotional, and hard to read at times... but it's the best thing about it... it tackles on some dark themes... unhealthy and toxic relationships between teenagers who don't know any better... getting to terms with things you learn about yourself, and working to be better people... trying to make things right with people who you wronged earlier... it may be hard to read, but this story is definitely worth your time... because that ending... oh, that ending was perfect :) I really hope you will give this story a try, and form your own opinion about it... cause I sure hope I'm not the only one it had such influence on... ;)



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