17 Dec 2018

Why I like reading ebooks

Lately, I’ve been reading so many ARC copies, most of which are ebooks, and that gave me the idea to talk about ebooks.

There are still a lot of people who will never read an ebook because they love the feel of physical copies. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my physical copies, but I think that ebooks are amazing too. Ebooks have so many advantages, and I wanted to share them with you guys.

One of the things I like the most about ebooks is that you can bring so many ebooks with you when you’re travelling. You just need an ereader or a tablet and you’re fine. You can bring as many ebooks as you want, and that’s not possible with physical copies. They weigh a lot, they take up a lot of space and for ebooks you just need to have a device with you.

When you have an ereader, tablet or just the app on your phone, you can adjust the font, the size of the font, the colour of the background and you can also highlight and take notes. You even have a built-in dictionary that you can download! For those who do not speak English as a mother language but do read in English, you don’t always understand every word, so a built-in dictionary is really handy.

One thing I also really like about ebooks is that you can just buy them and you instantly have them on your device. I know how awful it is to wait for a book to arrive at your home. Or when you feel like not going outside, buying ebooks is another amazing alternative. There are days that I don’t feel like going outside because of my depression or just because I’m not feeling well. So when you don’t want to start a book you own, you can just scroll on Amazon (or any other book retailer) and look for your next read.

And I want to end this post with my final and kind of funny advantage: you can read in whatever position you want. When I’m reading a physical book, they can be really heavy and it’s sometimes hard to keep your arms lifted. But an ereader or a tablet aren’t heavy at all and because of that, you can read in every position.

Do you like reading ebooks?

14 Dec 2018

The holiday drinks book tag

Since it’s almost Christmas, I had to do a winter-related book tag! Thank you so much for the tag, Cerys!

1. Hot Chocolate: Marshmallows and chocolate and whipped cream, oh my! Recommend a book that’s sweet through and through. 
I’m just going to give one of my favourite Romance books: Miss Demeanor by Beth Rinyu. Miss Demeanor is such a funny and cute Romance book and I couldn’t get enough of the story, it’s just so addictive. I finished this book in two days, it was so fast paced and well written!

2. Peppermint Mocha: The flavor of peppermint is strong and distinct. Recommend a book with a lot of strong emotions. 
For strong emotions I’ll have to go with Hear What You Want by Kyra Lennon. Hear What You Want was such an emotional book because the main character was raped and she doesn’t remember who raped her. I felt so many different emotions when I was reading the book and it was so beautiful!

3. Apple Cider: It’s so good it can’t be good for you, but it’s from apples – that means it’s healthy, right? Recommend a book full of characters with questionable morals. 
For this question I have to say that The Vampire Games series by Caroline Peckham is a series full of characters with some questionable morals. At the moment this series has 8 books but Caroline isn’t finished yet. Every three books have different main characters, so you get to know a lot about these characters as well as their morals… I’m not going to spoil anything, you just have to check out this series!

4. Eggnog: It’s creamy and smooth, with a little spice, and some people even add alcohol to it. Recommend a book that’s mostly fun, with just a hint of danger. 
Blinding Night by Chantal Gadoury is such an amazing Romance book with a hint of danger, nothing too much but just enough to spice up the story. Blinding Night is a Hades and Persephone retelling and the story was so interesting!

5. Gingerbread Latte: A drink with a veritable explosion of spices. Recommend a book with a lot of action.
I don’t really read a lot of Action books, but I do like to read books where there are a lot of fighting scenes because it’s just so cool when a badass chick can fight some evil dudes. A good book for this question is Woman of Blood & Bone by Annie Anderson. Woman of Blood and Bone is the first book in the Rogue Ethereal series and tells the story of Max, a badass witch.

Feel free to do this tag and make sure to tag me so I can read it!

13 Dec 2018

Blinding Night | Review

Title: Blinding Night
Series: Blinding Night #1
Author: Chantal Gadoury
Pages: 289 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

What if you were the missing piece in one of the world’s most epic legends? 

Despite being an art history student, Summer isn’t thrilled to be stuck with her archeologist family all summer in Greece. While the rest of her college friends are posting a million selfies by the pool together, Summer is stuck alone, trying to entertain herself alone in a place where she doesn’t even speak the language.

Upon her arrival to Greece, strange dreams and even stranger shadows seem to haunt Summer, leaving her to ponder the meaning of pomegranate seeds and twisted, darkened faces.

Suddenly, her stay abroad leads to tragic twists, leaving Summer in the arms of a dark stranger, who claims to be the god, Hades, whom she feels like she knows from another life. In a whirlwind through the busy streets of Athens, Summer is seduced to the lowest point of Greece where Hades’ lair awaits…the Underworld. Determined to find out who she is and where she belongs in an age-old myth, Summer joins Hades to discover that the secrets about her past life are beyond anything she could have ever imagined.  

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Chantal Gadoury! 

Blinding Night is a retelling of Hades and Persephone’s story set in Greece.

First of all, I’d like to start my review by saying that I love the cover, it’s so beautiful! When I was going through Facebook, the cover immediately caught my eye and I had to know what this book was about. I’m so glad that I requested this review copy because this book didn’t let me down at all!

Blinding Night was such an original story because it’s a retelling of Hades and Persephone’s story and I’ve never really read a book like this one. I love retellings but not every retelling is good or interesting, but Blinding Night was an amazing retelling!

I really love how Darce/Hades and Summer started to get to know each other and started to fall for each other. It must’ve been really hard for Darce because he’s been through so much. There was so much character development and I couldn’t get enough of Darce and Summer. I also really liked that you got to read some chapters from Darce’s perspective.

Blinding Night was such a dark, sensual read but also a beautiful and emotional one. Blinding Night was so well written and I cannot wait for the sequel!

12 Dec 2018

The Darkest Captive | Blog tour

Title: The Darkest Captive
Series: Lords of the Underworld #14.5
Author: Gena Showalter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release date: 4 December 2018

Synopsis
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter comes a new story in her Lords of the Underworld series… 

For centuries, Galen the Treacherous has been the most hated immortal in the Underworld. With good reason! This bad boy of bad boys has lied, stolen, cheated and killed with abandon. Possessed by the demons of Jealousy and False Hope, he has always lived for a single purpose: destroy everything.

Then he met her.

Former demon turned human femme fatale — Legion Honey — sought to kill Galen, but ended up parting with her virginity instead. Afraid of their sizzling connection, she ran away…and ended up trapped in hell, tortured and abused in the worst of ways. Now she’s free, and a shell of herself, afraid of her own shadow.

Galen’s hunger for Legion has only grown. Now the warrior with nothing to lose must help her rekindle the fire that once burned inside her. But as desires blaze white-hot, will Legion run again? Or will the unlikely pair succumb to love at long last?

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**



Review
The Darkest Captive tells the story of Galen and Legion. Galen’s been attracted to Legion for such a long time and now that she’s free, Galen hopes to make Legion fall for him.

It was so nice to finally come back to the Lords of the Underworld series. I really missed this world because I only read the first three books a few years back. I only read those 3 books because back then I only read Dutch books and they only translated the first 3 books, at least the paperback editions. I was a bit scared to read The Darkest Captive because it’s often hard to read a series when you’re used to reading it in Dutch. I did, however, enjoy reading The Darkest Captive in English and I’m looking forward to reading all the other books in English!

Now back to The Darkest Captive. I only read the first 3 books, so I don’t know every character of everything that happened, and that wasn’t a problem at all. Like mentioned in the synopsis, every 1001 Dark Nights novella is meant to be a standalone but it’s also a bonus for those who read the other books. I really liked this novella because it was so short, but also so fast paced. The story was amazing and I couldn’t get enough of Galen!

Galen and Legion are amazing characters. It’s not always easy to see character development in novellas because they’re meant to be short. Sometimes novellas can be really predictive or just not well written because they have to be short. The Darkest Captive was such a good novella, Galen and Legion are so funny and I just love them!

Lords of the Underworld is such an amazing Paranormal Romance series and I love that every book focuses on a different lord and his mate, and I think that this series is so original. I love Gena Showalter’s books and I cannot wait to read the other books in the Lords of the Underworld series!



About the author
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, she’s been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours–and her books have been translated in multiple languages. She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com


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