Monday, July 24, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #72

TV shows purge
New obsession
And
Have you seen THAT trailer?!?

Hello my awesome people :) can you believe another week has ended? because I can't... ;) they've been really passing me by in a blur lately... ;) because here we are... monday afternoon and I have nothing... ;) so obviously my time management skills need an adjustment... ok, ok... they suck ;) but it's a #WorkInProgress, ok? ;) so how about we just dive straight into those headlines... this time, in order ;)

So first of all, and it's actually really connected to my lack of time... I decided to stop watching a lot of TV shows... :) some of them I've been watching for years... *coughs* "Grey's anatomy" *coughs* and some of them were brand new discoveries... like "This is us" :) but ultimately I caught myself having months at a time breaks between episodes... and with my time limited more and more I decided it was THAT moment to make some tough decisions... sooo... I limited my TV shows to a single digit number ;) yeah... I'm actually pretty proud of myself :) sure, if I would not have a job... or this blog, I would probably watch all of them at some point... ;) but like I said... you have to make some tough choices and prioritize your life... otherwise it won't end well... being pulled in all the different directions never ends well... ok, that sounded way more serious than I inteded it to be... ;) anyway... back to the topic :) if we're being honest... most of the time I will choose reading a book over watching a show... it's definitely much easier with my crazy schedule... plus it will free up my time to enjoy some new finds... like my current obsession that is...

"Avatar the last airbender" :) yes... I do mean the animated TV show that was all the rage a while ago :) and believe me, no one is more surprised than me, by how much I am loving it :) after all, it's about such young characters, but... I don't know... there is something about it that makes me keep coming back to it :) especially since the episodes are short, and it's very easy to squeeze in 20 minutes here and there... :) if you haven't heard about it, I found a trailer online, and will leave it below :) I'm almost half way through the first season and can't wait to see what's gonna happen next :)


Last but not least, I wanted to share with you guys the latest "Thor ragnarok" trailer :) since it's time of the Comic Con in San Diego all sorts of awesome stuff started to appear online :) so of course I needed to share at least one of them with you :) and since this is one of my most highly anticipated movies of this year... here it is... for our enjoyment :)


Ok, that is a wrap you guys :) I promise to be a better blogger and write something more next week :) and I will definitely have some puppy pics to make up for everyting :) because my Luna is not so little anymore... I can't believe how much she's grown... but that's a subject for another #RandomRamblings :) as always, I love connecting to you guys, so be sure to leave me a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account :) talk to you later :)

XOXO

A

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Release blitz + Review: "Privileged" by Carrie Aarons



Author: Carrie Aarons
Title: "Privileged"
Standalone
Main characters: Asher Frederick and Nora Randolph

Synopsis

In a world of wealth and power, the rules of love and war are nothing as they seem.

Nora Randolph never wanted a life of luxury. But when her mother falls in love with the heir to the British throne, their small-town lives are uprooted and every little girl’s fantasy becomes her reality. All too quickly, she learns the dangers of running in circles with the world’s elite, especially when she attracts the attention of Winston Academy’s resident golden boy.

Asher Frederick has known nothing but favor and fortune. The son of London’s most influential family, his future has been written in stone since infancy. But a tragic childhood loss redirects his course, and revenge has been boiling in his blood for years. When innocent and unaware Nora lands in his path, it’s as if the universe hands him the ammunition to finally drag his enemy through the mud.

But as his plan for vengeance gets more twisted, so do his feelings for Nora. And as her immersion into the upper crust dives deeper, she struggles to keep the secret she’s been guarding for eighteen years.

Heavy lies the crown, and when the ultimate betrayal blindsides her, will either of them survive the consequences that come crashing down on their heads?

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review :) there were things I really liked about this story, but on the other hand there were a few issues I had as well... but all in all I have to say that it was an addicting read full of drama, angst and intrigue ;) it's a standalone, but I definitely see a lot of potential for possible future stories about certain secondary characters :) 4 solid and entertaining stars ;) so how about I will tell you a bit more about my thoughts and feelings about this book :)

I have to start with our main couple... Nora and Asher... usually I tend to stay away from *just* young adult stories... not that there's anything wrong with them, I just feel like I'm way to old to truly connect to such young characters... and no, I am not THAT old ;) turning 31 in a couple of days actually ;) but sometimes I feel like there is an abyss between me and people in high school ;) anyway... :) I don't mind as much when characters are younger in more fantasy-ish books or something like that, where there is more going on besides just the romance... but I decided to give this story a try, because I am a huge fan of Carrie and her writing style in general, and I am always willing to give one of her books a try :) so back to our main characters :) Nora is being thrown straight into a very unfamiliar situation... after her mother catches the eye of a british dignitary they move to London and she transfers schools... now a senior in a very elite Winston Academy, full of snobistic and egotistical teenagers, she needs to find her footing... which is not easy, when she's targeted by Asher... he has an agenda when it comes to her and her soon-to-be-stepfather... I don't want to go into too many details, but there is defintiely plan for revenge... ;) like I mentioned, I usually have lots of problems with such young characters... mainly because I can't relate to all the unnecessary angst and drama and all the usual miscommunication... and even though it DID appear in this book as well, I have to say that it was done actually really well... :) and yes, I am perfectly aware that I cannot expect from young adults to behave like adults, but since those are my personal preferences, I just want to be completely honest with you guys :) that's probably why I gave this book 4 stars... it was that kind of a read for me, but if you like those types of stories, you will love this one :) what I think about Nora and Asher? well... I liked her throughout the majority of the book... there were certain reactions toward the end that I wasn't the biggest fan of, but like I said... nobody is perfect ;) Asher on the other hand... well... he was a jerk... that is the nicest way I can describe him... and trust me, I have better words for him... I just can't share them in my review ;) yeah, he went through a bit of a character development in the story... but I think I would have liked him more with a few additional scenes showing that growth... I can't really explain it more, because it's all connected to his revenge plan and how he proceeds to trick Nora into falling for him... which is of course much more complicated than that, but again... due to my #NoSpoilers rule... I can't say more ;)

All in all I actually really enjoyed this story :) which was very surprising ;) it's written in 2 POVs, which means we got to see chapters from Nora's perspective, as well as Asher's :) and it's my favourite kind, so I was one happy reader ;) although there were a few moments when it felt like I missed a scene here and there... I had to check to make sure I haven't skipped a chapter or something ;) but maybe it was the late hour when I was finishing this book... we will never know... ;) even though it's a standalone, I see a few possibilities for stories, that I definitely wouldn't mind reading at some point in the future... something to think about ;) I liked the secondary characters in this book, especially Nora's mom :) it was a story filled with drama, angst, intrigue and secrets... very fast paced and supper addicting... it felt like an episode of "Gossip girl" and if we're being honest there was a time, when I was absolutely addicted to that show, sooooo... ;) if you are looking for a quick and entertaining summer read, I highly recommend you guys to check out this one :) it will keep you glued to the pages and curious to see how it all ends ;)





About the author:

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

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

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

Find her online: Facebook | Twitter | Amazon

XOXO

A

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: "Deadly games" by Lindsay Buroker


Book 3 in series The emperor's edge
Main character: Amaranthe Lokdon

This series just keeps getting better and better... :) *sighs happily* I feel like I need to start my review with once again thanking one of my #BookBesties for recommending me this amazing series in the first place :) so thank you Karen ;) be prepared to hear it every single time I finish one of the installments ;) but back to our story ;) it's book #3 in a series that I highly recommend you to read in order... even though all of them follow around the same cast of characters and each of them revolves around a certain event and stuff... I know, it's super vague, but I don't want to spoil you anything accidentally ;) there are a lot of important stuff you need to know from previous stories before going into each new one... plus, they are all just so awesome, that reading all of them is not a chore ;) and again, since it's one of the middle books in a bigger series, it's gonna be hard to say how I felt about it without giving away too much, but as always I will do my best :) so let me start by saying a bit more about the overall plot and our main character :)

This story, as well as the previous ones, takes place in the Turgonian empire... after writing that I am sitting here thinking if I remember the name correctly, but to be honest I am too lazy to get up and check it, so if I made a spelling mistake, we are all just gonna move on... ;) anyway... :) it's this absolutely amazing fantasy / steampunk world that I am dying to know more about... :) but the best part of this story, as well as all previous ones, are the characters... specifically... Amaranthe :) I know that all of you people who read these books already, expected me to say Sicarius, but I will get to him in a second... *sighs dreamily over the mysterious assassin* I'm sorry, where was I??? oh, right... ;) back to Amaranthe :) she used to be an Enforcer, sort of like police in that world, but then some things happened, some missunderstandings occured and... she's not anymore... she is actually on the exact opposite side of the law now :) it's not like she *wants* to be there, but the current circumstances are what they are... ;) she's working on getting to the right side of the law, but it's a process :) I absolutely love her :) she's hilarious, resourceful and care a lot about her band of misfits... because Amaranthe does not work alone... oh no, there is a team... and what a team it is... :) I won't name everyone, even though they are a very colorful bunch, but in case you are new to this series, the identity of some of the members is not revealed until the end of the first book, so I don't want to spoil you stuff... but I have to... I just have to... say a sentence or two about Sicarius... *sighs dreamily* give me a moment... *at least ten minutes later* ok, get a grip woman... I would say that I'm sorry for taking a break, but it would be a lie... ;) I just love Sicarius so much... which is a bit ridiculous, when you think about how little I actually know about him... and, you know, the fact that he is a fictional character ;) but that is a topic for a whole another discussion :) but even though we know so little about him, those scenes he's in... he is the epitome of a mysterious assassin... he doesn't talk much, but once he opens his mouth... you guys... there was a scene towards the very end of the book... I'm not gonna tell you who exactly besides Sicarius was in it... but I read it like three times in a row, because it was sooo good :)

It was yet another easily given 5 stars :) I had so much fun reading this action packed, surprising twists filled story with entertaining and hilarious writing style... I swear you guys, the banter between those band of misfits is freaking fantastic... ;) I always laugh out loud when I read it, and it constantly surprises me in the best possible way... :) since I have breaks between each installments to read other stories, I am always able to convince myself that those books cannot possibly be as good as I remember them... and then I read another one and BAM! :) I'm reminded just how awesome they are :) I already can't wait to see what's gonna happen in book #4 because that last chapter... that ending... damn... ;) and I should already mentally prepare myself, because I heard that the endings of other books are even more cliffhangery... yes, that is totally a word... ;) if you haven't already, be sure to pick this book, or the first one if you are completely new to this series :) and prepare to laugh hard and awwwww in the most surprising places... ;) you can thank me later ;)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review: "The hot shot" by Kristen Callihan


Book 4 in series Game on
Main characters: Finnegan "Finn" Mannus and Chester "Chess" Copper

I have some mixed feelings about this story... don't get me wrong, I still enjoeyd it plenty, after all this is written by Kristen Callihan :) but there were just some things that stood in the way of me giving this story five stars... so I decided to just trust my instinct and rate it four stars :) it's still gonna be a positive review and I still highly recommend you to give this book a try... I think my problems were connected to my personal preferences as a reader... but I will get to that in a minute :) for now, you need to know that even though it's book #4 in Game on series, it can be read as a standalone ;) you get all the necessary informations to follow the story between our main couple, although I do feel the need to warn you about some spoilers regarding the third book in this sereis... since it and this one takes place in about the same time frame, you will be spoiled about certain events from that previous book... just saying ;) anyway... ;) now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let us jump straight into our main couple :)

Since I loved Finn that much more... I'm gonna start with Chess :) I don't know why, but I just couldn't connect with her... some of the decisions she made along the way... yeah, on the one hand I sort of could understand where she was coming from, but on the other hand I just wanted to shake her up and make her see the truth... :) although I have to admit that I liked her throughout the majority of the story :) she was one strong and sassy lady, she did not let anyone boss her around :) but like I said, there was just something that kept bothering me about her... I can't really explain it better, so we are just gonna move on... ;) because as much as I adore this series, there is always something that don't click for me with the heroines... heroes on the other hand... *sighs dreamily* they always surprise me in the best possible way... :) like with Finn... when I started this book, I did not expect to fell in love with him as much as I did, but it happened anyway... he snuck up on me with his swoonworthiness... yes, it's a word... that's my opinion and I'm sticking to it ;) and charm... ;) it took a while to see his more vulnerable side but once I got a glimpse... damn... *sighs happily* there is a reason why I love all of them... and Finn is no exception :) and let me tell you about the way they met... ;) Chess is a photographer and she was taking pics for the nude charity calendar of... you guessed it, Finn's football team :) yes, it was as hilarious and hot as you are probably imagining right now :) theirs was definitely a relationship / story that I discovered I adore the most... as in, they started out as friends... yes, friends who are attracted to one another, but just friends nonetheless :) and with time it grew into something more... :) I don't want to say too much about it, because it's really better going into their book without the knowledge about every little thing that happens along the way... it will be much better if those little precious moments will surprise you :) I adored their journey... well, the most of it anyway... I was not the biggest fan of how they handled that big obstacle closer to the end of the book, but that may be just me and my personal preferences as a reader... and no, I cannot tell you anything more, because that would definitely be too spoilerific :)

When it comes to secondary characters, we got appearances of the hero from the previous story :) mainly because he's Finn's teammate :) as well as a little glimpse or two about certain previous characters as well ;) but like I said before, this story can totally stand on its own, so feel free to start with this one, if it will interest you the most :) besides the people we already may know, I need to name two others :) James and Jake :) James is Chess's best friend and co-worker :) and I loved him... which is why I'm very excited that he got his very own little plot in this book... :) and Jake is on the other hand Finn's best friend and teammate... and let me tell you... I love this guy :) I'm totally crossing my fingers so he will get his own story at some point in this series... maybe even the next one ;) although there is much more potential for other books about people we met here... and in previous books... GAH!!! so many possible awesome stories :) we're just gonna have to wait and see what Kristen will give us next :)

Like I mentioned before, even though I had my troubles with this book, I really enjoyed it :) I am a huge fan of Kristen Callihan and her writing style :) especially when it is done in 2 POVs, like here ;) as in we get chapters from two different perspectives :) you know... the hero and the heroine of the story :) I love to be able to glimpse into their heads, to see their thought process and how they feel... :) especially when it is done as amazing as here :) see, even when Chess annoyed me, the fact that I was able to see into her head helped me understand her better :) and don't even get me started on Finn... *sighs happily* he surprised me in the best possible way... there is much more to him than his cocky and carefree personality that he shows to the world... oh just you wait and see... :) so if you are looking for a hot and hilarious sports themed romance, definitely give this book, and this series in general, a try ;) you will not regret it :)

XOXO

A

Monday, July 17, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #71

Challenging week
New movie to wait for
And
Uuummmm... that's it ;)

Hello my lovely people :) this post is definitely gonna be much, much shorter than the one from last week ;) it's all connected to the headlines you see above so how about I'll go straight into them and explain everything, and if you are in the mood to read more, check out some other posts on my blog... there are plenty to choose from ;)

So first I'm gonna combine headlines #1 and #3 :) because what a week I had... ;) crazy busy at work and crazy for other reasons at home ;) if you missed my last #RandomRamblings post, I have a puppy at home :) a beautiful 2-month-old Westie named Luna... I love her to pieces but let's not forget, that there is a lot of work around her... and before you start judging me and all, trust me.. I'm not complaining... it was a very thought over decision and I knew perfectly well what I was signing for... and for every moment when I am tired of teaching her for the X time to NOT chew on my finger or something like that... when I am frustrated but doing my best to not show it... there are moments when she will come to me when I am reading and curl around my feet on the floor, and go to sleep :) trust me, it's totally worth it :) but she absorbs a lot of my time at home ;) and when it comes to work... *sighs* last week was the one before my bosses went on vacation... I know what you're thinking... that now I will have a break, before they come back... oh, how wrong you are... I have a list longer than me of things to prepare while they are gone, in addition to my usual load plus doing stuff for people who are on vacation / medical leave and such... yeah... so that is why I don't have a lot to talk about today... :) I have some ideas for stuff I want to prepare for future #RandomRamblings posts, but honestly? I don't have the time OR energy to do it now... so I'm giving myself a break from all that this week ;)

Now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me tell you about a movie that very surprisingly made it's way on my #Wishlist ;) "Jumanji 2" :) yes, I kid you not :) I've heard for months stuff about this movie, but it wasn't until I saw the trailer, that I've become very interested in watching it :) so if you missed it before, be sure to check it out ;) I have it for you below :)


Ok, that's a wrap :) told ya it's gonna be a short one ;) ok, I'm off to try and relax... maybe play and NOT loose my fingers with Luna and then maybe later I will even be able to squeeze in a chapter or two of a really good book ;) as always, I love connecting with you guys, so be sure to leave me a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account and I will talk with you later ;)

XOXO

A