Monday, September 25, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #81

I survived
Another achievement unlocked
And
Those super short reviews

Hello my lovely people :) after a super long post last week I warned you that this one will be much, much shorter so don't act all surprised... ;) and let's all be happy that I managed to write anything at all :) mainly because it's monday afternoon and I am just now sitting down after work to write this post :) so you will get it this week fresh from edits ;) so let's dive right in :)

First of all... remember that big work event that I've been telling you about / complaining for the last few weeks? ;) yeah... it finally happened on saturday and I survived... and I definitely do mean that... because it was exhausting... after all the preparations we spent an entire saturday outside... starting at 6 AM at the place where everything was happening we started preparing the booths, and coordinate other participants... the time till 10 AM where we started the event just flew by... unfortunately the weather was not entirely on our side, because it started to rain... very early on, so basically from 7 AM till the end I was walking around with wet socks... *sighs* but what's another week of being sick, right? ;) we finished everything late in the evening, because even though the event ended at 5 PM, we still had stuff to do... thankfully it's all behind us and I can start getting back to regular work... yeah... to be honest, it's not gonna get better any time soon, because this morning I made a giant to do list of all the stuff that I had to put aside during the preparations for the event and now I need to take care of them... :) but hey, I guess at least I won't be bored... ;)

Heading straight into that second headline... :) I achieved my Goodreads goal a couple of days ago :) yay me ;) it was one of my book-ish resolutions this year and I actually expected to reach it around this time... :) I wanted to give myself a slightly smaller goal to make sure I will hit it with time to spare... because who needs an additional pressure in their lives, right? ;) so I set it at 104, which is two books for each week of the year :) I knew I had no problems reading so many stories, but to be honest I thought it would take me a few more weeks ;) do you guys like to set such goals for yourselves? because I am thinking about doing not only another Goodreads goal next year, but also about making a list of books I need to read in 2018 :) we shall see how that turns out... ;) let me know if you would be interested in reading something like that :)

And last but not least, a quick info :) you may or may not know, but I recently... as in a few months ago ;) discovered the awesomeness that is "Avatar the last air bender" :) I binged watched the show and the sequel "The legend of Korra" and of course bought all the comic books, that are all about what happens to Aang and the rest of the team after the finale of the original show :) I'm slowly getting through them, but since they are all very short and there's not much I can say about them besides a few sentences, I decided to not post those reviews here... so if you want to know what I thought about them, check out my Avatar the last airbender Goodreads shelf right -> HERE <- :)

Ok, that is a wrap people :) see? I told ya it will be super short :) but I have no regrets about it, especially since I will probably need the whole week to fully recover... ;) but be sure to come back for some very cool book recommendations later in the week :) as always, the best way to reach me is through my Facebook page or Goodreads account :)

XOXO

A

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: "Blood and betrayal" by Lindsay Buroker


Book 5 in series The emperor's edge
Main character: Amaranthe Lokdon

First of all, you need to know that this is part of a series that definitely needs to be read in order :) all the books in it revolve around the same group of characters... yes, the focus is more concentrated on different members of said group, but the bigger story arch is definitely overlaping all of the books... :) that is also the very reason why it will be very hard for me to write this review... because I can no longer keep it #SpoilersFree for all of you who haven't read the series... so I'm gonna do the same I did with my review for the previous installment... I will have the next paragraph #SpoilersFree, talking a bit about the world and the main characters in general, and then the third and final one will include spoilers from the previous stories, so you have to be caught up with the series to avoid any surprises :)

So how to describe the awesomeness that is this story with just a few sentences... because trust me... I could spend hours discussing the world and all the main players... but we don't have that much time ;) so first things first... this is a fantasy / steampunk-ish series... which is a mix I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy at first, but now I am completely in love and need more :) like I mentioned before, there is a bigger picture going on in this series, but pretty much each of the book concentrates on one part of that story... except for the last few ones, which ended on pretty big cliffhangers... :) #TrueStory ;) but back to my explanation :) the stories take place in the Turgonian empire... and I am really hoping I haven't made a mistake in the name... if I did, sorry... :) it was not on purpose :) and even though I claim that the main character is Amaranthe Lokdon, a former enforcer... think police-ish type :) it's actually a group... my absolutely favourite group of misfits :) they are all... just so... unique :) I'm gonna say a sentence or two about each of them, so you'll have the chance to discover everything else by yourselves :) so first, there's Amaranthe, the leader of this unruly group :) she used to be an enforcer, but some misunderstandings and unfortunate turn of events lead her to land on the wrong side of the law... now she's working to redeem herself and the rest of her team :) she's the most positive of them all and is able to come up with the most insane plans... they usually don't work exactly like she wanted them to, but oh well... ;) next we have Sicarius... and it's insane how much I adore him... especially since you take into consideration fact that he is this mysterious and deadly assassin... and he really *does* kill people... he doesn't talk much, but once a while when he does... *swoons* ;) there's also Maldynado, a warrior disowned by his family, Books, a very smart professor-ish type, Akstyr, a young and angry most of the time mage of sorts and Basilard, an ex slave with lots of scars who doesn't talk... they have a new addition... or two ;) of sorts in these latest installments, but it's too spoilerific to mention in this moment :) what you need to know is that this series is absolutely hilarious :) the interactions and all sorts of shenanigans between our group of misfits are my favourite to read about :) each book is full of surprising twists and adventures and just... GAH!!! just go read the first one already, and then you'll understand :) ok, that's it for the non-spoilery portion of this review :)

LAST WARNING people :) this last paragrapg will contain spoilers from the previous books as well as my thoughts and feelings about this newest installment, so if you are all caught up with the series... or just don't mind huge spoilerific knowledge, then proceed :) so after the mother of all clifhangers at the end of that last book... I immediately had to start reading this one... I mean, if it wasn't for Amaranthe getting kidnapped by a master torturer, I would be able to take a break from fantasy world... but it just wasn't in the cards for me :) fortunately for me, we pick up right where we left off, the aftermath of a semi-successful attempt to kidnap the emperor, per his own wishes, by Amaranthe's team... yeah, it's not looking good people... the entire book takes place over the span of just a few days and I gave this story 4,5 stars... so far it's my lowest rating yet in this series, but that's only because the majority of it, they are separated, and I just personally prefer them to stick together :) I missed those group interactions... :) here we basically have two separate stories, and we skip between them... I was more interested in the one with Amaranthe... and then her and Sicarius, so maybe that's why I enjoyed a bit less the one with the rest of the team :) another reason is that... well, I don't know... but I kind of expected something more from Maldynado... this is the book where we get to know about him some more, and I... I'm not sure why, but I expected some more depth... maybe his character will grow some more in future books :) don't get me wrong, it was still a phenomenal book, just... I liked the other ones a bit better :) I enjoyed the last part the most... because they finally all got in one place :) and I am very eagerly looking forward to continue on with this series to see how Lindsay will finish this story :) all in all I still very highly recommend you guys to give this series a try :)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: "Obsession in death" by J. D. Robb


Book 40 in series In death
Main character: Eve Dallas

First of all, I need to start this reviw by saying that it's one of my all time favourite series ever :) #TrueStory :) the best proof of that, is that it's going on for 40+ books and I own them all... well, most of all in translation... at least the ones that were published in my country... but now I am slowly accumulating all of them in original language :) because I find that the translation never gets the awesomeness of the original writing style right... ;) it's gonna be a long process, but I'm up for it :) anyway... since it's an installment far, far away in the series, and I don't want to spoil you certain things, if somehow you are brand new to it, let me tell you a bit more in general about it, and then I proceed to share with you my thoughts and feelings about this particular novel... :)

So this is a series where our main character is Eve Dallas, a homicide detective... well, now lieutenant but you get the gyst ;) and each novel concentrate on another one of her cases :) so technically all of them can be read as standalones, since you get all the important and necessary informations about characters and each case... but I actually recommend you to read them in order... :) this way you will see how all the key players changed over time... how certain relationships form and grew... :) then those little scenes here and there will mean so much more :) especially since besides Eve as the main character, we have a strong group of, let's call them secondary characters, but a few of them are basically regular ones at this point :) and you can witness them change as well :) I adore seeing how everyone is doing, and definitely have my own favourites among them... ;) but the decision how to read this sereis, as always, is yours to make ;) oh, I almost forgot to mention, that these books are set in the future... as in about 50 years from now... but don't worry if you are not a fan of sci-fi and such... :) the main difference from the present, is the technology :) so definitely give it a try ;)

Ok, let me tell you a bit more about this particular novel... :) I'm not gonna go into too many details, but will try to do my best to convince you to give it, and this whole series, a try :) it was yet another great addition ;) I know, I know, what a shocker ;) I am already used to phenomenal writing style, that captures me from the start... at this point I am not sure when exactly we get to learn certain things so I will be brief :) Eve is determind as always, to catch the killer, but this time, it's personal... because the killer left a message especially for her at the crime scene... and she knows it's just the beginning... dun dun duuuunnn... sorry, but the moment needed a dramatic music effect ;) so as always, we follow Eve around when she does what she does best... doing her job :) I really liked the parts where we got to see a bit from the killer's perspective... I adored the interactions between Eve and her friends... and to her constant surprise she has more and more of them :) it's definitely amazing to see how everything changes for her... I have a feeling, that once I re-read this series at some point from the beginning, it will be a shock to see Eve from those first books now, comparing to how she acts today :) but still, those are some really great books, so if you haven't already, definitely check them out :)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review: "Pretender to the crown" by Melissa McShane


Book 1 in series The saga of Willow North
Main character: Willow

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) long story short... I am absolutely in love with this story... if I could I would start the sequel straight away... and not only because this one ends on a sort of a cliffhanger ;) it's a fantasy story, first one in a series, and like the title suggests, it's the beginning of a saga about Willow :) so yeah, you will have to read the books in order to understand all the connections :) but it's going to be a trilogy, and the rest of the books are going to be published in the upcoming months, so no long wait for us... you will understand why I'm so grateful for that fact once you read this awesome book :) so let me tell you a bit more about the world and our main heroine :)

Like I mentioned before, this is a fantasy story... and it's actually set in the same world as one of Melissa's other series The crown of Tremontane, only some time before the events of said series... but don't worry if you are not caught up with her work, this one works perfectly well as the beginning of your friendship with her stories ;) it may be even better if you haven't read that other series because... well... let's just say that Willow is a very well known person... so since I read the first book in that series I sort-of-a-little-bit know how her story will end... but just one general thing... and let me tell you... I am dying to know how she got from being a thief to... you'll see ;) because yeah, she's a thief... a very skilled one, partially thanks to her inner talent of sensing worked metal... I'm sorry, but that is just such a cool talent... trust me, I am not doing it justice, it's explained and showed much better in the actual book :) but that changes quickly when a man from her past visits her, with a young boy king in tow, as they are both running away from assassins... :) that is when we begin our journey full of adventures :) now that we have it out of the way, let me try to share all of the awesomeness of this book :)

To be honest... I'm not sure where to start :) this story was just sooooo good :) I adored Willow as the main character... she's smart, resourceful and clever... definitely not perfect, but quite a badass :) *sighs happily* I need to know more about her... :) I need to more about a lot of stuff actually :) mainly because the writing style was so phenomenal, and the story so full of surprises I am so invested in it, I need the sequel ASAP in my hands... the best proof? right at the beginning... here I am enjoying the story and how it goes and then BAM! six years time jump in the third chapter... and I was like *whaaaaaaa...?* ;) and then promptly get back to reading... :) this is a novel full of diverse and interesting worlds I can't wait to explore more... these worlds are filled with a variety of entertaining characters... that again, I can't wait to get to know more about... and a lot of them are strong and smart women :) the banter between different characters, the interactions and relationships are so complex... *sighs dreamily* I very highly recommend all of you to give this amazing gem a try, you will not regret it :)

XOXO

A

Release blitz + Review: "Lucas" by Sawyer Bennett


Title: "Lucas"
Book 8 in series Cold Fury hockey
Main characters" Lucas Fournier and Stephanie Frazier

Synopsis

The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team is stacked with hotshots. But when a new player joins their ranks, he learns that even superstars can’t go it alone when it comes to love.

Lucas Fournier is only serious about one thing: hockey. The league’s fun-loving charmer, Luc is always up for a good prank or a great lay, and he has no intention of settling down. But being traded to the Carolina Cold Fury—and to play alongside his big brother, Max—is no joke. With another title in sight, the last thing Luc wants is to let his new teammates down. To succeed, Luc will need to keep his head in the game and the most . . . er, demanding member of his anatomy in check. But when temptation hits, Luc hits back harder.

Museum curator Stephanie Frazier has always put business before pleasure, which just about explains her nonexistent sex life. But when Stephanie meets Luc at a champagne-fueled gala, she finds herself flirting like crazy—and going home with the uninhibited athlete. For one night, she learns what passion is all about. She just never counted on the little surprise Luc leaves behind. And that’s when things really start to get . . . interesting.

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) Cold Fury hockey is one of the series I truly adore, but after absolutely loving the first few books... with time, I liked some of the stories less and less... and this newest installment... it pains me to say, but I am very disappointed right now... all in all I gave this book 2,75 stars because I had some major problems with our main couple... my review will definitely be on the shorter side, because I don't like to dwell on things I didn't enjoy, but I highly recommend you guys to check other reviews of this book as well :)

Ok, so what can I tell you about our main couple... *sighs heavily* I didn't like either of them... Lucas was ok-ish throughout the most of the story, although some of his child-ish and petulant reactions definitely got on my nerves... Stephanie on the other hand... oh, I had some issues with her... I mean, I understand that she had a terrible childhhod and it deeply affected her, but... what pissed me off the most is that she kept saying / thinking, how broken she is, how damaged and straight f***ed up and yet she didn't do anything to truly changed that... she just kept repeating that she adapted and that's just how it is... and I was so annoyed by it... *sighs* I mean, either you have accepted everything about yourself, in which case stop with the complaints, or do something about it... the next part of this paragraph contains stuff that might be considered spoiler-ish... I figured it out after reading the synopsis, but if you haven't and don't want to know anything beforehand, just skip the rest of this paragraph :) as I predicted we have an unexpected baby plot in this book... it's not as bad as a secret baby plot, when a woman gets pregnant and then doeasn't say anything until a few years later or so... oh, I hate those books with a fiery passion in most cases... so I was actually pleasantly surprised that in this case, after she figured it out, she immediately tells him, and even though he's shocked, his reaction is pretty good as well... :) at least about the co-parenting and supporting each other... because the decision to become friends with benefits due to the chemistry there is between them...? yeah... what can go wrong with that?!? like I mentioned before, I had a lot of problems with them and their decisions :) ok, now that I ranted a little bit, let me tell you more about my overall thoughts about the book...

It truly pains me to give this story such a low rating... but I really tried to like it more... it just wasn't for me... #SorryNotSorry... the writing style is still really good, and I definitely loved the appearances of the previous couples in here, but the current one...? nope... and unfortunately I think I'm gonna skip the next installment as well... because there are glimpses throughout the story... and a very straightforward explanation in the epilogue that shows who will be the main couple in the next book and... I have no desire to read about them... I'm not sure about the one after that, hopefully it will catch my attention again, because I don't want to abandon this series... but for now I'm taking a break :) but definitely don't get me wrong, just because I didn't like it, doesn't mean you will have problems with it as well :) I absolutely encourage you to check out some other reviews and then make a decision for yourselves... if it sounds like something you will enjoy, then give it a try ;)




About the author:


Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

Find her online: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

XOXO

A

Monday, September 18, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #80

Again... shame!!!
One less shelf on Goodreads
And
My biggest 
I-don't-even-want-to-count-them 
book-ish haul ever

Hello my lovely people :) sit down, relax, grab a beverage of your choice and some snacks because we have a big one ahead of us... :) yep, my promised giant book-ish haul is gonna be in this #RandomRamblings post :) but don't worry, the balance will be restored next week, because I have my big work event on saturday (the 23rd) which means a whole day working... and by that I mean from 6 AM till about 8 or 9 PM... yeah... and I definitely won't have the enregy to write anything longer... I'm probably gonna have to sit down and prepare something earlier... but I will be super busy before the event as well and... *sighs* let's not worry about that today :) and instead how about we jump into those headlines :) we're gonna start slow, in the order of them, and then finish with a bang ;)

So first things first... I owe some of you guys an apology... I always encourage you to leave a comment here or on my social media accounts, and just recently...as in a few days ago... I realized that some of you did in fact left comments here on the blog... when it comes to Facebook and Goodreads, it's much easier for me to keep track of everything and see all the comments, but here... I'm not sure why, but I thought I would get some sort of notifications when a new comment will wait for my approval to be posted... I only do that as a precaution for bad language, spam and so on... I'm not sure why I expected notifications, because now that I think about it... I didn't get them before... *sighs heavily* so it's totally on me that I had some comments that have been waiting since *coughs* last year *coughs* I know, I know... I'm a horrible blogger... I already yelled at myself for letting all of that happen and I promise to do my best to not make that situation happen again... #PinkiePromise :)

Another short explanatin before we dive into all the books... ;) I decided to delete my *on hold* shelf on Goodreads... I rarely used it anyway, and basically just to mark books that I was interested in reading, but after starting to read them, my mood changed and I needed to pick something else up... so they were *on hold*, usually for a couple of weeks... but now that my reading habits changed I decided to delete it :) before we get into my book-ish haul, let me explain you those changes... I used to read a few books at the same time... but after a while that stopped working for me... I had troubles to get into so many stories at once, so I changed it back to one book at a time :) then it became two books: one paperback at home, and one e-book I read on my commute to and from work... e-book usually being an ARC or free copy from the publisher / author and so on... but recently... recently I was having so much troubles picking just one paperback that I want to read... my mood kept changing constantly and I finally figured out that to repair the situation, I just need to pick up additional books :) so I am currently reading five of them :) one e-book on my phone :) one comic book and three paperbacks: a fantasy novel, a contemporary romance and a fun, filled with adventures story :) you can check all of them on my official Goodrrads account, which I will leave the link to down below at the end of this post :) so be sure to stay tuned for that :)

And now let's get into what all of you... and me most of all ;) have been waiting for :) *squeels with excitement* I have so much stuff to show you guys... :) so prepare thyselves... :) I'm gonna start with some book-ish merchandise... and by that I mean bookmarks :) the first three... well, actually two since one of them is a double, are gifts :) they are all magnetic ones, which means you put the pages between them :) the red one, with the caption *kocham czytanie* which means *I love reading* in my language, was a gift from my sister J, I don't even remember when... the other two, with the lovely birds, is a very recent gift from my dear friend across the world :) thank you again M :)


These four I bought for myself... I've decided that now that I am purchasing more and more books... and coincidentally, now that I am reading more of them at the same time, I want some fun bookmarks... so these few are just the beginning of my collection :) and if you don't see what they say, from left to right it's: *I read past my bedtime* *reading glasses* drink good coffee, read good books* and *my workout is reading in bed until my arms hurt* :)


Now let me tell you a bit more about all the comic books that I bought... :) so you may remember from some of my earlier #RandomRamblings posts, how much I fell in love with the TV show "Avatar the last airbender" :) so imagine my joy when I discovered there are actually comic books that tell the stories after the finale of the show... I was ecstatic... :) and naturally bought all of them immediately :) so we have "The lost adventures" which is an anthology of sort of short stories that goes between the episodes of the show... they actually feel like deleted scenes in a way :) and yes, I already read them ;) and then we have five trilogies, with each of them telling a differnet story :) "The promise" "The search" "The rift" "Smoke and shadow" "North and south" :) and I actually started the first trilogy recently :) they are all sooo pretty ;)







And now let's dive into all the rest of the books I got... trust me, there is no order or logic in the way I am gonna talk about them... :) let's start with "Beard in mind" by Penny Reid, the newest installment in one of my all time favourite series ever, Winston brothers :) I was actually lucky enough to get an eARC of this book, since I was a part of the blog tour, but of course I need a paperback on my shelf to pet it whenever I want... :) it's an absolutely stunning contemporary romance that hit me in all the feels and you all need to read it :)


Next we have Fire and thorns series by Rae Carson :) you may notice a theme in this haul... meaning I tried the sample of the first books in a few series, that came highly recommended, and decided to buy the ones that got my attention... and by buy, I men of course the fact that I bought all the books at once... ;) I don't know a lot about this particular one, just that it's a fantasy genre and the main heroine is supposed to have a fantastic character development arch throughout the trilogy :) and no, you are seeing correctly, there are in fact four books, because I bought the collection of short stories as well :)


"Geekerella" by Ashley Poston is that sweet contemporary young adult romance that I almost bought last time, but I didn't, so I decided to remedy that situation this time :) all I know about this one is that it's sweet and funny and a retelling of Cinderella with a fangirl twist... and I'm all for it :)


You may be surprised by seeing this in my haul... because who doesn't have "Harry Potter" series by J. K. Rowling on their shelves?!?! and I did have them for the longest time, but in translation... but now that I've been getting the urge to read them again... I decided to buy the original ones... plus, look at those gorgeous covers :)


I got the newest installments of the In death series by J. D. Robb :) at least these were the newest when I bought them, I think in the meantime one more was published... but I'm gonna get that another time... I am still a few books behind :) this one is about a detective, now lieutenant, and each book concentrates on one of her cases... 40+ books and I am still in love :)


Since I was on a roll, I decided to get the missing four... out of five ;) of the books in London steampunk series by Bec McMaster, who is now one of my autobuy authors :) this particular series is a mix of paranormal and steampunk vibes and it's sooooo good :) I highly recommend her and her work :) this series was the first one I read by her, and I immediately fell in love :)


After loving some other work by Amy Harmon, her fantasy series to be exact, I decided to try out her more contemporary work... and since "Making faces" is the one I heard the most about, and nothing but praises ;) it's the one I decided to pick up... I don't really wanna know what exactly it's about, I just want to jump into it and get swept away :) it's gonna be an emotional read, but I think I am ready for it :)


Are you all still with me? don't worry, we are slowly getting to the end... :) next stop, "The night circus" by Erin Morgenstern... another one I know next to nothing about, and to be honest that's how I want it to stay... I was intrigued by the prologue and again, it came highly recommended, so I got it :) expect more thoughts once I actually start reading it :)


The one before last we have The raven cycle by Maggie Stiefvater :) again, it's one of those series I've been seeing everywhere, and one that is very hard to explain, but it came very highly recommended from a sourse that never disappointed me before, so I decided to just go fot it :)


And for the very end of my haul I have Shades of magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab :) it's actually a series that I just started, because ever since I first heard about it, I was super intrigued... all I know is that it's a fantasy-ish story with a guy who travels between different Londons... after getting a glimpse of the prologue, I went ahead and bought all three of them... you know, just in case I needed to get straight into the sequels after reading the first book :)


Ok, now that you saw all the books I got... :) you can probably guess that of course I needed to rearrange my shelves... :) and since I got so many new ones, I had to expand from five to eight... and since I had a whole new idea of how I want to put them, first I had to take all of them off said shelves... yeah... it was quite the view, so naturally I had to take pics to show you :)



Yeah... it took me a while, but I finally managed to put all of them on the shelves... there is no order or logic in how I divided them... well, there is to me, but you wouldn't get it ;) so instead of explaining everything I will just show you all the pics... enjoy ;)












Ok, that is a wrap of a super long post... :) I hope you all managed to stay with me till the very end... ;) I will talk to you soon, but in the meantime, I would love if you'd connect with me on my Facebook page or Goodreads account... I check them every day and it's the best way to talk to me online ;)

XOXO

A

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Release blitz + Review: "Melt" by Carrie Aarons


Author: Carrie Aarons
Title: "Melt"
Standalone
Main characters: Jake Brady and Samantha Groff

Synopsis

You scream. I scream. We all scream during … well, you get the point.

After a failed eight-year relationship and a cross-country move, the last thing I’m looking for as a single mom is a new flame. In fact, diapers, walls marked in crayon, and daycare pickup are the only things on my to-do list.

Enter Jake Brady, your friendly neighborhood food truck owner whose dimples and delicacies won’t seem to leave well enough alone. With more popularity than the president, his wine-infused sweet treats have our nation’s capital hooked. He’s spontaneous, smug and all-American gorgeous; a dangerous combination considering he has no interest in taking on the responsibilities that rule my life.

But when we can’t seem to sample enough of each other’s … desserts, things start to get complicated. Jake is biting off more than he can chew, and when I watch him with my daughter, I can’t seem to freeze my melting heart.

Maybe it’s his waffle cone. Maybe it’s his … banana split. Either way, I think I’m in trouble with a cherry on top.

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review :) *sighs dreamily* oh how I loved this story... don't get me wrong I am a huge fan of Carrie's writing style in general, but I don't adore blindly each of her books... some of them I like more... some a little less... but every once in a while, one of her stories hits me straight in the feels, and I am in love... :) and exactly that happened with this particular novel :) it's a complete standalone and a perfect way to get introduced to Carrie and her lovely writing :) so let me tell you a bit more about the book itself and then we will jump into all my thoughts and feelings :) worry not, spoiler free as always :)

So what can I tell you about Jake and Samantha... :) Samantha is a single mom who just moved back to her hometown after breaking up with the father of her daughter, Lennon :) she definitely doesn't look for anything serious, because she simply doesn't have the time for it... which is totally understandable since she is balancing raising her daughter and a new job... enters Jake... an absolutely charming owner of an ice-cream food truck business... yep, you read it right... I'm getting hungry just thinking about it... and there were definitely some descriptions of food that made me salivate all over my phone... since I read it on my Kindle app ;) but back to the point... where was I again? ;) Jake is just such a charming flirt... ;) there is definitely attraction and chemistry between them from the start, but it's not as easy as it may seem to get from that start to an actual relationship... :) so now that we know a bit more about the plot, let me tell you all the reasons why I adore this story...

I am a huge fan of Carrie's writing style... the majority of her books, including this one, are in 2 POVs, which means that we get chapters from both our main characters perspectives... and that is definitely my favourite way :) and as much as I always adore that honest writing style, not all of her stories and characters are equally close to my heart... but in this case... oh, it's definitely one of her books that will stay with me for some time... I mean, it was amazing... I loved the honest way how they got together... there was no magical one moment when they looked in each others eyes and knew... just knew they met *the one* :) yes, there was attraction, but also awkwardness... and a very rocky start... :) but then it slowly started to change... and oh what a fantastic journey it was to witness... I felt like I finally saw the build of a real relationship... with no unnecessary drama... no stupid and juvenile miscommunications and then not talking for weeks / months... I am so used to that in a lot of books I read, that the further I got into his story, the more worried I became... I kept waiting for something stupid to happen and... it never came true :) yes, there was a fight, but I understood the whole situation and it was resolved in a super mature way... *sighs happily* I need more books like that :) where adults act like adults and actually talk with each other... :) I very highly recommend all of you this wonderful story... it will melt your hearts, make you sigh and tear up, but also laugh out loud... it's a perfect read if you're having a bad day and need something good to pick you up... but it's also a great read if you are already having a wonderful day... basically what I mean is... you all need to read this gem :) go get it now :)





About the author:

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and All the Frogs in Manhattan, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoon-worthy, 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, and can't imagine a better or more maddening profession.

A lover of good manicures, Riesling and the beach, she enjoys chasing her puppy through the dog parks of New Jersey, or trying to make her husband binge watch the latest Netflix craze.

Find her online: WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

XOXO

A

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: "Gareth" by Kat Brewer


Author: Kat Brewer
Title: "Gareth" 
Book 2 in series Portal's gift
Main characters: Gareth and Kelly

I got an ARC of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review :) since this is the sequel in a spin-off series, I feel like you need a bit of an explanation when exactly you can read this novella :) I definitely recommend you to read the original series The chronicles of Erla first :) those stories are set in a fantasy world, with different kingdoms and queendoms, where men or women are more dominant sexes... and even though each installment revolves around a different woman who got transported into that world through a transdimensional rift, the further you get into them, the more and more connected they are with each other... we see time and time again the same secondary characters, plus the people from previous stories appear, not to mention that there is a bigger story arch going on :) so yeah... you need to read the series to understand all the rules and connections / relationships between certain characters :) but after that series ended, there were still a few characters that deserved a happy ending... so here's where the spin-off series comes in :) Portal's gift consists of novellas about people we met before :) BUT you don't need to read the first novella in this series to enjoy this one :) ok, now that you have some basic informations, let me jump into my thoughts and feelings about this particular story... mind you, since it's a novella and I want to avoid any spoilers whatsoever, even if you are new to this series / world, it will be a bit on the shorter side :)

We met Gareth before :) he was mentioned, and played rather important part, several times in the past... as with the other heroes in this spin-off series, I was glad to finally see a happy ending for him :) it was a very cute novella, a great addition to this series, and this world in general :) additionally, there is a short story at the end of it about yet another character, Myles :) so that's always a fun bonus :) I am struggling so hard to tell you anything more about these stories, because since they are so short, I really don't want to spoil any details :) so I will say that, as usually, I had so much fun reading them :) Kat Brewer has a very entertaining writing style, and even though I would like to read more about these characters, to see them come togehter over the span of more pages, I gave this one 4,5 stars :) I highly recommend you guys to check out this lovely author and her work, if you haven't already :) she has the great ability to create strong female characters... they are all warriors, in different meaning of this word... ;) they are always brave, strong and fight for what's right... even if it's hard :) definitely check these gems :)

XOXO

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Review: "The unconquered mage" by Melissa McShane


Book 3 in series Convergence
Main character: Sesskia

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review ;) this is the third and final book in this series and it’s one of those when you definitely have to read them in order to understand all the interactions, connections and basically what is going on ;) all three books follow our main character, Sesskia and her diary… because yes, this entire series is written in the form of her journal… which was a bit hard to get used to at the beginning, but that writing style definitely grew on me ;) we are at the point in the series where it’s absolutely impossible for me to write a review free of any spoilers whatsoever, because I can’t express my feelings about the last installment without mentioning some things from previous books… so this next paragraph will be spoiler free even if you haven’t read any books in this series, and I will tell you a bit more about the series in general, and then in the third and last one, I will share with you my opinion about the conclusion to the series ;)

So like I mentioned, this is a series written almost entirely in the form of Sesskia’s diary… there are a few exceptions along the way, when we read someone else’s entries, but I can’t tell you more at this point ;) this is a fantasy series set in a world that was once separated, and now those two parts of the world are coming together again… and that can be very dangerous and have some deadly consequences… there’s magic and politics and war and all sorts of other stuff I can’t say more about… you’ll understand once you start reading… ;) what I love most about these books, is that the adults actually act like adults… which is not as obvious as it should be in books… ;) they actually talk to one another to resolve conflicts, and even though they may be some misunderstandings along the way, they are dealt with really fast… it’s so refreshing to read, let me tell you… ;) it’s definitely a series more on the serious side, with a lot of things happening along the way, and even though there is romance throughout it, with a few couples actually, it’s definitely not the main focus of the story… that’s all I can say without ruining all the surprising twists along the way, so now let’s get into all the details… ;)

Ok, LAST WARNING people… SPOILERS about the first two books ahead… to be honest, this was my least favourite installment in this series… yes, it was a pretty good conclusion to the story, but even the author herself wrote on Goodreads that it was the one most difficult to write… mainly because she wasn’t sure how to end it… and it definitely shows… some parts dragged on a bit… others, especially towards the very end, felt rushed… and it affected my enjoyment of reading this book… we got to see how Sesskia and Cederic, her husband, adjust to being the emperor and his consort of a newly found, joined country... we got to know more about Sesskia’s family… and see the final consequences of two worlds merging together and how it affects magic… although I’m still not sure I understood everything… again, I think the main problem was the pacing of the story... all in all I gave this book 4 stars… because even though I had my issues with it, I still think it was a good conclusion… :) so if you are looking for something different to read, then definitely give this series a try ;)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review: "Temporary" by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry


Title: "Temporary"
Standalone, but... ;)
Main characters: Callan Walker and Grace Kerrington

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review :) I have to say that I absolutely adored this lovely story :) I mean... I knew it can't be bad... after all I was a huge fan of Sarina Bowen before... but Sarah Mayberry was a completely new to me author, so I was curious to see what this duo will have for us... and after finishing this book? I will definitely check Sarah's individual work :) it's a standalone... for now :) as in there is no official title of the series yet, but come on... after that ending I'm sure there is already another book in the works ;) but don't worry, there is no cliffhanger or anything, the whole situation with our main couple is resolved... that very tantalizing glimpse in the epilogue is about another character from the story ;) but for now let us concentrate on the topic of this review :)

Let me tell you more about our main couple... oh, how I loved them both... :) Callan may seem like just a rich boy, but definitely don't be fooled by his playboy facade... there is much more to him that we think at the beginning... but I have to admit... I was charmed from the start... *sighs dreamily* that australian accent of his... oh, I am a sucker for those accents... and although irish is sitll my favourite, this one was very close ;) so at first Callan seems like this easy-going, charming guy... and that's true, he is like that... but I adored him more toward a bit further in the book, once we got to see his more vulnerable side... and Grace... oh, the strong and resilient Grace... life wasn't the easiest for her... now she's getting every temp job she can get to support herself and her younger sister, hoping one of them become permanent... and the next opportunity is the one in Walker Holdings... at least I hope I'm remembering the name correctly... ;) if not, it's the company that belongs to Callan's mother... but he is estranged from his family... I don't want to get into too many details, so as not to spoil you anything, but at some point things get complicated... so what can I say to you about their relationship...? if you can even really call it like that... ;) it's... well... hhhmmmm... ;) so when they meet, she is definitely not charmed off her feet like women usually react to him ;) don't get me wrong, he makes an impression on her, but she has more important stuff on her mind :) I mean... I would cave sooo much faster... ;) I adored their interactions... I don't really want to tell you too much how it all goes down, mainly cause the whole situation is connected to an event that is not really mentioned in the synopsis... we get to know about it very early on, but still... I don't want to spoil you :) all you need to know is that I loved everything between them :) yes, they made mistakes... mostly Callan, but still ;) Grace had her issues as well :) but those, let's call them *flaws* for the lack of a better word to describe a much more complex issues... they only made them more human in my eyes... especially since certain conflicts and miscommunications weren't dragged out in time... I hate that in books... I mean, things would work out so much better if people just talk with each other... ;)

All in all I gave this wonderful story 5 stars... :) I flew through it and just adored it ;) it's written in 2 POVs, which means we get chapters from Callan's perspective as well as Grace's point of view, and that is my favourite way :) the writing style in general was very entertaining, and the greatest compliment I can give this duo of authors, is that you can't say who wrote which part... their styles merged very well together and I am really hoping this is a start of a beautiful and looooong cooperation :) because like I mentioned before in my review... I see a lot of potential for future stories... not only with *that* person from the ending but a few more as well.. only time will tell if I'm right... fingers crossed ;) if you are looking for a fun read, with panty-melting hero and strong heroine... for a story that made me tear up in public places more than once... oh, those emotional scenes really hit me... for a novel with a beautiful ending, then definitely give this gem a try :) I highly recommend it :)

XOXO

A

Monday, September 11, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #79

Exhaustion, thy name is...
The legend of Korra
And
Chill mixes part 2

Hello hello my wonderful people :) *sighs* once again this post is gonna be a bit on the shorter side, because... well, I'm just too tired to do anything else ;) but worry not, if everything goes according to the plan, next week you're gonna get a giant book haul... like... really huge ;) so be nice and patient this time ;) ok, let's dive into those headlines... in order this time ;)

Exhaustion, thy name is A... *sighs* I am just so tired lately... I know I've been complaining about it for some time now, but it's still true... :) the big work event that's been on my mind for the last few weeks is just two weeks away, and I am really hoping things will slow down after it... fingers crossed ;) because currently, I am slowly starting to feel how the stress and everything gets to me... my body is getting weaker, more parts hurt... but since I absolutely cannot be sick right now... I hope I will keep it all in for two more weeks :) seriously, so many things hurt that I am starting to feel like an old lady... and I have a long way to go ;) #StopBeingSuchADramaQueen ;) and if that wasn't enough, I had a working saturday...and yes, I will get paid for my time, but again... it was one day less of rest, and after standing all day, my legs are killing me... ok, ok... I will try my best to stop complaining now... ;)

Ok, so I forgot to write about it the last time, but I finished watching "The legend of Korra" which is a sequel to "Avatar the last airbender" and I loved it :) I think even more than the original series... *cue the gasps* ;) I know, I know... but don't get me wrong... I adored Aang and the whole gang, but Korra... I think her story was closer to my heart because she, as the main character was older, and a woman :) the series as well had some more serious and darker vibes, and I inhaled those episodes in record time :) I definitely recommend you guys to watch the original first, because there are certain events mentioned and certain characters appear, that you will appreciate much more if you are familiar with all the history :) but here's the trailer for Korra ;)


Last but not least, I have a few more chill songs I discovered listening to the mixes I found recently on YouTube :) it's the best kind of music for me to listen to at work, it helps me concentrate and prevents me from losing my sh*t when things don't go according to the plan... which happens more often than I would like to admit :) so I figured I will share them with you again :) as in again with these types of songs, they are not the same ones from last week :)


Ok, that is a wrap people :) as always, I love connecting to you all, so be sure to leave me a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account, and I will talk to you soon ;) be sure to come back to check out some of my reviews... I have a few really good recommendations coming for you this week ;)

XOXO

A

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Review: "Make me stay" by Sidney Halston


Book 2 in series Panic
Main characters: Mateo "Matt" Moreno and April White

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ;) this is the second book in a series, and although you can totally read it as a standalone, as in you will get all the necessary informations about our main couple and everything that went on between them, on the other hand, there will be some spoilers about some pretty surprising turns of events from that first story, so if you want to avoid all that, better start at the beginning :) especially since that first book was absolutely fantastic :) but right now let's concentrate on the sequel :)

The situation with our main couple is actually quite... peculiar :) I will try to explain it with as little spoilers as I can, but it will include some things that some people might consider spoiler-ish :) but it's a situation that we know about in book one AND let's not forget that it's also in the synopsis for this one, soooo... :) I'm gonna go ahead with my explanation :) Matt met April a while ago, and actually the first thirtysomething percent of the book is from that original time :) what he didn't know at the time, is that she was an undercover cop working to take down his father... and after that first part, we skip ahead about a year, and the rest of the book tells the story of how they got together again... I have to say that I honestly really liked April... Matt on the other hand... there were times when he acted petty and childish and I just wanted to smack some sense into him... yes, I get that you were angry and all that, but I totally understood April... she was in a very tough situation... so even though she did deceived him in some way, I still adored how feisty and fearless she was... it's very hard to tell you more about the plot of the whole book without spoiling some serious stuff, so I wll instead focus on my thoughts and overall feelings about all that ;)

I definitely liked the first book more than this one, and I have a very good feeling about the third and the last one in this series... I won't say who will be the hero and heroine, but I will say that we meet them here :) and I am super excited to read their story :) this particular installment... I still enjoyed very much cause I am absolutely in love with Sidney's writing style... it's truly phenomenal, gripping you from the start, making you care about her characters, even when some of them annoy you ;) it is a gift ;) like I mentioned before, the first part is written entirely from Matt's perspective and it describes how they met and got together... it ends with the arrest and then we skip ahead for about a year, when we also start to see dual points of view, which means we get to see April's perspective :) I really liked the first part, seeing how close they got, even though I knew what was going on and that it cannot possibly have a happy ending... when it comes to that second part... seeing how furious Matt was... how filled with rage... I had no idea how they would get back together... I definitely didn't expect what actually happened in the book :) don't worry, no spoilers from me :) all in all I gave this book 4 stars, because I did liked it a lot, it's just... I kind of expected something different, maybe that's why I didn't fall in love with it as I did with the first one :) which reminds me, that we do see that couple here :) well, Matt IS the twin brother to Nick, the main character from that first story after all :) I liked seeing the character development, even though it took a while for Matt to truly understand and let go of some stuff :) I definitely recommend you guys to check out this series :)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Review: "The darkness" by Delizhia D. Jenkins


Book 1 in series The vampire hunter's academy
Main character: Sanaya Scott

I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) I have to say that I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this shorter novel :) it's the beginning of a series, and I am definitely curious about what will happen next :) so how about I will tell you a bit more about this world, and the main character, and then we will skip to my overall thoughts and feelings :) since it was a bit shorter book, my review won't be too long as well... trust me, a lot of things happened in it, and I don't want to spoil them for you :)

This book is set in our world, or should I say, an alternate version of it, with vampires, werewolves and all sorts of other creatures... tha majority of people don't know about any of them, but there is an elite group, called Guardians, who protect us all... and once a while, there is a Slayer born... a woman, who is the most powerful of them all, to protect us from Darkness... Sanaya is the current Slayer... we meet her in the prologue, when she has no idea who she is, and then certain things happen, and we skip ahead about a year, to see her already in the Academy :) then we start our journey, and that is all I can say abut what happens in this book... because it is a crazy ride... ;) surprising twists and turns, introducing all sorts of different characters... you'll see for yourselves :)

All in all I gave this book 4 stars :) it was a really good beginning of a series, introducing the world and several key players in it :) I definitely adored Eve the most :) she is a very unique character, but I don't want to spoil you the reasons why ;) I loved how she was the voice of reason so many times :) there is of course quite a lot of others, but they appear throughout the whole story, and you don't always know from the start who will be important ;) Sanaya was an interesting main character... I was afraid that because she's 17, she would annoy me with her immature character... there is a reason why I usually don't read books about such young people ;) but most of the time, she acted very maturely for her age ;) the writing style was good and interesting, although I feel like it could really benefit from editing / polishing it a bit more... but I was intrigued enough by the whole premise to decide to continue on with this series :) yes, there was some drama and angst, but come on... they are still teenagers after all ;) but the further we got into the book, the less it occured, so that's a plus in my notes ;) I see a lot of potential for future stories, and definitely have some theories of my own about certain characters, but we shall see if I'm correct in the future ;) if you are looking for a different read, for a paranormal story that will surprise you, definitely check this one out ;)

XOXO

A