Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Review: "Guardian of the crown" by Melissa McShane

Book 2 in series The saga of Willow North
Main character: Willow

I got an ARC of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review :) what a fantastic sequel :) it picks up right where we left off at the end of the first novel, and continue on the amazing story that is this fantasy series :) since this is the second book, and all three novels, because it will be a trilogy, follow around the same character, it is necessary to read all of them in order, I will have a spoiler free paragraph about the series in general, and then I will share my thoughts and feelings about this second installment, which will include some spoilers about that first part :) now that we have this explanation out of the way, let me jump into telling you a bit about our main character and the world in general :)

The saga of Willow North follow around our main character... yep, you think correctly, Willow :) at the beginning of that first story we meet her during one of her heists... because what I forgot to mention, is that she's a thief :) so one of her heists goes a little bit differently that she planned, and... well... she meets a guy ;) I am not gonna say anything else about their first encounter, but it was a fantastic scene :) they start a relationship after that and then BAM! we skip ahead a few years :) I was like *whaaaaaa????* when that happened ;) Willow and Kerish are no longer together and we have no idea what happened during the time jump... but you have no time to worry about that, because Kerish appears in Willow's home with the boy king with him... after an assasination attempt and a whole other drama and events, they have to run... and after that the best part of the story starts :) the whole series is set in the fantasy world, with magic and other... interesting abilities, including the one Willow has :) but I will leave that little gem to discover for you when you read the story :) we travel to different places and see different cultures but that is basically everything I can tell you guys without some major spoilers :) all you need to know is that these books are amazing and if you haven't already, definitely give them a try :)

Ok, now we are gonna get into my actual review of the second novel, which will definitely include spoilers about the first installment, so all of you who are not caught up, avert your eyes ;) like I mentioned before, there is no time jump between the books, so go back straight into action :) Willow is working with Kerish and his family to gather support of Eskandel for Felix and his rightful claim for the throne of Tremontane :) this story is filled with politics and intrigue and intricate relationships between different families in that country... and I absolutely adored it :) which is surprising, because I am not always the biggest fan of that particular plot in books :) but it was done really well here :) the shifts of power, how every conversation had many meanings... *sighs happily* it was very interesting to read :) not to mention that this particular installment was filled with strong women :) Willow is a phenomenal character... strong, but at the same time flawed, because she's human, and people make mistakes sometime... but I could understood her every action and why she made certain decisions along the way... but there were so many complex characters in this story besides her :) not to mention that this author in general writes adults who act like adults... which means they actually talk to one another and try to understand each others motivations, even though they may not agree with everything :) and that is not as common as one would want in stories :) I had so much fun reading this book... it was once again filled with adventures and surprising twists... and definitely a bit of romance :) with phenomenally entertaining writing style the chapters just flew by :) I already cannot wait to get my hands on the conclusion to the series because the ending... my oh my... the ending to this story will leave you wanting more ASAP :) so if you haven't checked it out, definitely do it now :)



Review: "Cherish hard" by Nalini Singh

Author: Nalini Singh
Book 1 in series Hard play
Main characters: Sailor Bishop and Isa Rain


New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh kicks off her new Hard Play contemporary romance series with a sizzling story that’ll leave you smiling…

Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.

Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.

And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.

As Ísa starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) this is the first book in Nalini's newest contemporary series, but it's also a spin-off / prequel sort of a story, connected to a book that is a part of yet another one of her series :) let me try to explain a bit better :) we first met Sailor in "Rock hard", which was a story about one of his brothers, Gabriel, and he was already with Isa in that book :) so this one is the beginning of a spin-off series about the rest of the brothers, but we start with a story that takes place before the events of the original one, if that makes sense to you :) don't worry, you can read this one without any addtional knowledge, because it works perfectly well as a standalone :) so fear not even if you are new to Nalini and her writing style and just dive in :) but first, let me tell you a bit more about this book in general :)

The prologue actually takes place even further back than we expect, when Sailor and Isa first saw one another... yeah, I haven't used the word *met* for a reason :) but then we very quickly skip ahead seven years, to their actual first interaction... which is much more interesting ;) Sailor is the owner of a small landscaping business, working hard to achieve his dreams... Isa is a teacher, aspiring poet and the daughter of a very successful and very rich parents... her family situation is very... complicated... yeah, let's go with complicated... with both parents busy with their companies and divorced, and a few step-siblings, her plate is pretty full... and I don't know why exatly, but I just couldn't relate to Isa as much as I would like to... or as much as I usually do with Nalini's characters... maybe it's just the mood I've been lately, and once I re-read this book in the future I will absolutely love her ;) but for now I only liked her :) although she did some small things that got on my nerves a bit, but nothing majorly bad... Sailor on the other hand... *sighs dreamily* I adored him completely :) he was very mature for his age, especially since he was a few years younger than Isa :) not to mention completely charming and swoonworthy :) theirs was definitely not my favourite type of relationships... cause I am not the biggest fan of those insta-lusts kind of situations... and definitely not in contemporary romances... it's somehow different in paranormal stories, where there is talk of mating bonds and some other supernatural connections and such ;) so that super sizzling hot attraction between them was a bit too much for me... nevertheless once there was more interactions between them, I got on board of that duo ;)

Nalini is definitely one of my all time favourite authors... I always enjoy her stories... even though some of them a little less than others :) I have a feeling that this particular novel, was just one of those cases... or again, maybe it's just this really weird mood I've been in lately... only time will tell ;) but I can easily recommend you guys this story... and all others she wrote ;) but since this is a review for a very particular book, I will stick with my opinions to this one :) I absolutely adored Sailor's family :) I mean... his parents, and by that I mean his mom and step-father, are amazing :) I have no words good enough to describe them :) there are two other people I want to mention and I'm not gonna lie... I would love to read stories about both of them in the future :) so we have Nayna, Isa's best friend :) and Catie, one of her siblings :) and that is all I'm gonna say about them :) as always, the writing style was delightful :) but that is no longer a surprise for me in Nalini's books :) so even though I had some small issues I still loved this story a lot :) ultimately I gave it 4,5 stars :) the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that this 0,5 I deducted is connected to my recent mood, but it's my opinion for now and I am sticking to it :) I definitely recommend you guys to give this lovely story a try if you haven't already :)



Monday, November 13, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #85

Finally seeing "Thor Ragnarok"
I take it ALL back
That time I almost peed my pants

Hello helo my awesome people :) I hope you are doing wonderful on the day when you are reading this :) or, you know... however you want to feel, no pressure ;) I have quite a few interesting things / stories to share with you today... as you can see from those intriguing headlines, so how about we jump straight into them, in order this time, cause I'm sure you all are very curious ;) and even if you're not, don't tell me that and burst my bubble ;)

So I finally saw "Thor Ragnarok" :) well, technically when I am writing this it's still weekend, and I am going to see it on monday, the day when I will post this #RandomRamblings post, but I have to have everything ready before, cause I'm gonna be home late and won't have time to prepare anything when I get back :) I was supposed to see it a couple of weeks ago actually, but knowing my luck, I caught a cold... yeah... good times... :) so my family went to see it without me... they all claim it's awesome... and that's pretty much the only opinion I hear about it, so I'm pretty sure I will love it as well... :) edited to add my super short review after actually watching it: no surprises there, but of course I LOVED IT!!! :) so if you haven't already seen it, let's watch together the trailer once again ;) and since I can't decide, I will share with you guys two trailers :)

To fully understand that second line of the headlines you need a bit of an explanation... so long story super short, it's all about audiobooks :) now for the slightly longer version... ;) I was never a fan of audiobooks... I always thought they will be like listening to lectures and I would not be able to actually listen to the story... like when I was in college and professors kept droning on and on... I just zoned out sometimes ;) I'm not sure why I thought that audiobooks would be just like that, since I haven't actually tried one before :) but lately I've been thinking more and more about actually giving one a try... it's definitely a more convenient way to read a book when you are busy and have lots of things to do, because when you listen, your hands are free to do other stuff :) plus, I've been hearing from very trusted sources some amazing praises about particular stories... so I decided to try out "Beard science" by Penny Reid, which was my favourite book of last year... if you want, you can read my full review of it  right here -> CLICK ME <- :) I just started my first re-read of that story, and figured out that since I'm in the mood for it, why not make it my first audiobook? especially since there are chapters from both main characters perspectives, which means we have a male and female voice narrators... I am only just a few chapters in, but I can already say... I TAKE IT ALL BACK ;) how could I have ever said that audiobooks are boring?!?!?!? :) *sighs dreamily* I can wholeheartedly agree with someone who once said to me, that audiobooks are like your favourite characters whispering to your ear... :) I'm already melting and I haven't even reached the good parts... as in all the love confessions or something like that :) but I can already tell you all... I'm definitely gonna listen to some more audiobooks in the future :)

Last but not least, let's get into the last headline... this particular story is also connected to listening to something... :) do you see a theme here? :) it's just a mood I've been recently... but I decided to check out some podcasts... :) I've been slowing down with my reading lately, and I am super ok with that :) in fact, I have only like two more books I have to read this year... as in I have deadlines for my reviews, but they are both due in december, so there's no pressure :) and you have no idea how happy I am with that situation :) but back to my story :) since I've been looking for things to listen to, especially on my way to and from work, I asked a trusted source for some podcast recommendations... and the first one I tried was a total hit :) I listened to only one episode so far, but it was on my way to work, and I was laughing so hard I thought I would pee my pants :) it's definitely an adult humor, so not suited for everyone, but if you like that kind of stuff, definitely try My dad wrote a porno :) it's a podcast where one guy, with two of his friends read out loud an erotic novel his father wrote and comment on it :) it's absolutely hilarious... go on, give it a try and you can thank me later, if you haven't heard about it before :)

Ok, that's a wrap my lovely people :) I hope you enjoyed my #RandomRamblings post today :) I love connecting with you all, so feel free to reach out to me on Facebook or Goodreads :) I check those every day :)



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Review: "Valen" by Kat Brewer

Author: Kat Brewer
Title: "Valen"
Book 3 in series Portal's gift
Main charactes: Valen and Elizabeth

I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) I am a little bit sad at the moment, because we are at the end of the stories set in this world... at least for now, cause who knows what the future holds... ;) but as of today, this is the last book of a spin-off series of another series... :) I know, it sounds complicated, so I will explain everything below, share some general informations about the world and then tell you about my thoughts and feelings about this story :) but fair warning, it's definitely gonna be a shorter review than my usual ones, but since this is a novella, it shouldn't be a total surprise :)

So starting at the beginning, to truly understand all the connections and details about the world, cause it is a fantasy story... :) you should start with the original series: The chronicles of Erla :) each book revolves around a different woman who was transported through a transdimensional rift into a fantasy world of Jiva, full of kingdoms and queendoms, and all of them are connected to one another, especially because a lot of secondary characters appear throughout all of them :) after that one ended, we got a little bonus with Portal's gift series :) which consists of three novellas, telling a happy ending to certain secondary characters we met in that original series and fell in love with :) and this story, is the third and final installment in that second series :) and taking all that into account you can see there's really no way that I can tell you any details whatsoever about this particular story without spoiling some surprising twists and events from both series in general :) so let me jump into my thoughts and feelings about this one :)

What I think I love the most about Kat's stories, is that they are full of strong women :) and I don't mean that just in a physical way, although there are definitely some kick-ass warriors among them :) but there were also different type of strong women along the way, and each of them can bring something valuable to the table ;) and this one was no exception :) what I really loved about this novella is that we got to know a bit more about yet another new country in that world :) and even though the romance between our main couple was super fast... and you know me, I love when it takes some time to build ;) I liked the second big plot of the story... that I am not gonna spoil for you obviously ;) all in all, I gave this one 4,5 stars and highly recommend you guys to check out this author in general ;) her entertaining writing style and interesting characters always make such fun reads for me :)



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Review: "City of lies" by Victoria Thompson

Book 1 in series Counterfeit lady
Main character: Elizabeth Miles

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) this was definitely a vey different read than what I was expecting... don't get me wrong, it was a good book and I liked it, but it definitely took me a while to reset my mind a bit :) cause what I expected was a romance, and what I actually got was... well... I'll tell you all about it in a moment :) this is the first book in a new series, but can be read as a standalone without any cliffhangers whatsoever :) this was also my first book ever written by this author and I will definitely go back to check out some of her other novels in the future :) so now let me tell you a bit more about the story and our main heroine and then share my thoughts and opinions about it :)

When I say that it's not really a romance I don't mean that there is none in the book... but it's definitely not the main focus :) let me explain from the start :) this story takes place in 1920s in United States, where we follow Elizabeth... she's very young... I wanna say 21 or 22, but don't remember precisely :) but she's very mature for her age... mainly because of all the things that happened in her life... because Elizabeth is actually a grifter, which basically means she's a con artist, and part of a bigger crew actually... the book starts when they trick a man into losing quite a lot of money... what they don't realize at the time, is that he's much more dangerous than they thought... so when something goes wrong, Elizabeth has to run... and since she's very clever, she decides to join a protest of women before the White House... and here's the biggest part of the plot in this book... a lot of things are revolving about women fighting for their right to vote :) so we follow Elizabeth and her journey with the women she meets and the romance is just a smaller subplot happening in the background... I don't really want to say any more details as to not spoil you on some twists and turns, so let me jump straight into my opinions about this story :)

You should probably know something about me as a reader before I get into my thoughts and feelings... I'm a romance reader... what that means is that basically I need a romance in a story to really enjoyed it... but recently I've been thinking about starting to broaden my horizons a bit when it comes to reading... :) and I think that this book was one of the reasons why :) I liked that Elizabeth and her actions was the main focus of the story... I didn't always liked what she did, but every time I understood her motivations... she was such interestingly flawed character... always concentrated on her survival, because that's what life taught her, I loved seeing her form new friendships with the women she met :) how they changed her and influenced her behaviour... the romance part was definitely in the background, and then it was resolved pretty quickly at the end... a bit too fast in my opinion... but the rest of the book was really good, that's why I gave it ultimately 4 stars :) I adored all the secondary characters in this story... as in all the women Elizabeth met along the way :) I am definitely very curious, since this is the beginning of a series, who will be the main heroine / hero of that second book... :) so if you are looking for an original read about strong women, and trust me... some of the things they had to go through in their fight... those scenes broke my heart... then definitely give this book a try :)