20 Jun 2018

Top 5 websites for book bloggers

I’ve been a book blogger for such a long time and I recently made a book blogger list. I noticed that there were a lot of book bloggers that didn’t use the websites that I use so that’s why I wanted to make this blog post.

1. Goodreads
I know everyone uses this website but I still wanted to mention it. Goodreads is where it all started for me. There was this one day when I was looking for quotes and I came across Goodreads and I immediately fell in love. I love that you can add all the books that you want to read, have read, … This is also the website where I got my first ever ARC copy!

If you would like to follow/be friends on Goodreads, click here to check out my profile!

Netgalley
2. Netgalley
Netgalley is an amazing website to receive ARC copies. You can read so many ARCs from so many different genres, it’s just amazing! You can read books from small authors and even from big authors like Jennifer L. Armentrout, Michelle Hodkin, … But it’s also possible that you won’t get the ARC. ARCs from big authors need to be requested and the publisher can decline that request. But don’t let that discourage you! I love using Netgalley for discovering new authors and I did discover a lot of amazing authors via Netgalley!

Click here to discover Netgalley.

3. Chapter by Chapter
Chapter by Chapter is the first blog tour service I discovered. I don’t know how I stumbled upon the website, but I immediately signed up. This blog tour service is mainly focused on Young Adult books and Middle Grade books with a variety from fantasy to dystopian to romance.

Click here to discover Chapter by Chapter.

Xpresso Book Tours
4. Xpresso Book Tours
Xpresso BookTours is the second blog tour service I stumbled upon. This book tour service, unlike Chapter by Chapter, is a service for all genres. You can have New Adult, Adult, Young Adult, Thriller, Fantasy, … just everything! There are not only book tours with this service, but also cover reveals, book blitzs and just plain simple review copies.

Click here to discover Xpresso Book Tours

5. Book Reviews 4 You

I recently signed up for Book Reviews 4 You, but I haven’t read any of their books yet. Book Reviews 4 You is a book review service with books from all kinds of genres. This service is not for book tours, it’s only a service for book reviews. I cannot wait to try out their service!

Click here to discover Book Reviews 4 You.

Note that these pictures were taken a month before this blog post is uploaded because I was making a lot of blog posts due to my exams in June. At the moment there are other books on the homepage of these websites.

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18 Jun 2018

Fangs & Fins | Review

Title: Fangs & Fins
Series: Blood, Bloom & Water
Author: Amy McNulty
Pages: 332 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Rating: ★★★

Review

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

Fangs & Fins is the first book in the Blood, Bloom & Water series and tells the story of Ember and her step-sister Ivy. They are both opposites, but they have one thing in common: having the interest of a vampire and a merman…

Fangs & Fins is such an interesting concept! I really like that there are vampires and mermaids in this book. I’ve never read about these 2 creatures combined in 1 book so that made Fangs & Fins definitely original!

I liked the main characters, Ember and Ivy, because they were both opposites but at the same time they weren’t a bit shallow. It felt like the characters weren’t really persons and I couldn’t connect with them. I had the same feeling with Dean and Calder, they both seemed great but they weren’t that deep.

The story itself was interesting but slow-paced. I had a hard time reading this book because the writing style just wasn’t my thing and I didn’t always like the double perspective. Sometimes I didn’t want to read in Ember’s perspective or sometimes I didn’t want to read in Ivy’s perspective. I just wasn’t feeling the characters.

Besides the negative points, I’m still interested in reading the sequel, Salt & Venom!

15 Jun 2018

Wilt | Cover reveal

Title: Wilt
Series: The Order Series #2
Author: Nikki Rae
Genre: Dark Contemporary Erotic Romance
Release date: 30 June 2018

Synopsis
       When she was sold to Master Elliot Lyon of House Chimera, Fawn could have never imagined he was the same person as Elliot, the man beneath a well placed mask.  A victim. Just like her. She would have never thought he was grooming her for the Wolf she’d already escaped once. That he planned to deliver her to the beast’s jaws in exchange for his wife. Master Jager will stop at nothing to have her—even if that means using others as collateral. With more than just their lives on the line, Fawn must become someone else, and Master Lyon distances himself further from Elliot as her transfer looms.
 The roots of the Order run deep within them, but Fawn is beginning to realize another bond has formed between her and her Owner, a man she vowed to destroy along with the rest of their tangled branches.
 In a world where trust is just a tool and love isn’t meant for people like them, Fawn is determined to beat the powerful at their own elaborate games of make-believe. Even the man who Owns her. 


Pre-order link:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DPMK4HQ/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1528909970&sr=8-6&keywords=nikki+rae

Author bio
Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.

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14 Jun 2018

Renegade | Cover reveal



Today Mallory McCartney and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive content for Renegade, her new Adult Fantasy Romance which releases July 3, 2018! Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!
On to the reveal!


Title: Renegade
Series: Black Dawn #0.5
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: 3 July 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Format: ebook
Find it: Goodreads

See where Black Dawn Rebellion was born in this prequel!

Title: Black Dawn
Series: Black Dawn #1
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: 14 February 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, ebook
Find it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.


Exclusive Excerpt!

Exhaling, the prince took him off guard as he lifted his eyebrow. “What I don’t understand is how the Faes have achieved such loyalty. What did they do?”

He chewed his bottom lip as he hopped over a fallen tree trunk. He looked to Marquis. “They were the dreamers in a time when culture, creativity, and equality were being butchered. The Academy was the foundation of that dream, for desolates, for the people with weaker abilities. For everyone. The people of Kiero followed Roque because they can’t fear him, they can only admire him. How brave he was for standing up to his father, for breaking free of his reign to start his own.”

Marquis chewed his lip. “It sounds like you have a different opinion of him.”

He threw out his hands. “I was born at the Academy. Raised in the Academy. Who am I to doubt the intentions of the Faes? They are practically family.”

Shrugging, Marquis cooed, “Sometimes it is the ones closest to us that betray us first.”

About Mallory
Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops. 




Giveaway 
One lucky winner will receive an ebook of Renegade, International.

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13 Jun 2018

Pride Month rainbow liner | Tutorial

Since it’s Pride Month, I wanted to create something with a rainbow so that’s why I came up with this rainbow liner. It’s by far one of the easiest looks if you are able to create winged liners, but I still wanted to make this liner because I think it’s cute and I’m really grateful for Pride Month because it means so much to me, as a bisexual, to know that people from the LGBTQIAPD are being accepted by the rest of the world! I know that there are still a lot of people that are being bullied or not accepted, but I hope that one day everyone is going to accept each other the way they are!

I hope you guys will like this rainbow liner and will recreate it!🏳️‍🌈

1. Make a winged liner with your concealer. I did this step so that all the colours could stand out more.

2. First, we start with red, I used two colours to make a more beautiful shade of red but you can, of course, use whatever red eyeshadow you have. This counts for all the colours, you don’t need to buy the Nyx palette if you have these colours in another palette!

3. The second colour in the liner is orange.

4. For the third colour, I mixed again two shades of yellow to become a more beautiful shade.

5. After yellow comes green. I used a lighter and a darker green to create the green that I like.

6. The fifth colour is blue.

7. And I ended the wing with purple, and again I used two shades.

8. I wanted to make the liner a bit darker, so I made a small line close to my lashes. I also cleaned up the wing. I just used the black lipstick I was going to use later in this tutorial because it was the closest. I’m not sure if it’s eye-safe so please check before using a lipstick so close to your eyes!

9. After the liner, I applied some mascara and lashes.

10. For highlighter, I used the Jeffree Star Cosmetics one because Jeffree does so much for the LGBT+ community! I also used it on my cheekbones and cupid’s bow.

11. And for my lips, I used a black lipstick because I the eyes were so colourful and I just felt like wearing black lipstick! You can also wear this look with some nude lips if that’s something you feel more comfortable with!

And that’s it!🏳️‍🌈

12 Jun 2018

Dear Amy | Review (Guest post written by Elise)

Title: Dear Amy
Author: Helen Callaghan
Pages: 344 pages
Version: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Rating: ★★★

Review
‘A local schoolgirl has been missing for weeks when Margot Lewis, agony aunt of the Dear Amy advice column, receives a letter.

Dear Amy, I’ve been kidnapped by a strange man. I don’t know where I am.
Please help me, Bethan Avery.

This must be a hoax. Because Bethan Avery is another young girl, who went missing twenty years ago.
As more letters arrive, Margot becomes consumed by finding the sender and- unlike the police- convinced that the girls’ disappearances are connected.

Solving this puzzle could save someone’s life- but could it also cost Margot her own?’

This psychological thriller was an interesting concept, which has the possibility to deliver an incredible story. I liked it. That is about all. I did not see it as a story that would stay with me, or a book I will remember forever. Instead, by halfway through the book I was somewhat forcing myself to finish reading it. For me, it was not fast paced enough. The twists were predictable, and the characters were unlikeable. Something made it just ‘meh’.

Helen’s writing style is fabulous, and I enjoy the way she tells the story. I think it is more the story itself that I did not like. The plot itself was fabulous, original and something that could have worked extremely well. However, for someone that reads quite a lot of crime related stories this really was not up there with the greatest.

It isn’t that I don’t recommend this book, as it was very highly hyped and does have some very interesting moments. However, I don’t know how to explain this book other than sad. Not just the storyline but the whole thing itself. If you are majorly into crime books, you would have seen better that would make this seem terrible. Yet if you just dabble in psychological thrillers, you may find this book works for you!

Thank you so much to Shirley for having me on her blog, it has been a pleasure. You can find me on my social media channels below xo

11 Jun 2018

Sister's Entrance | Review

Title: Sister’s Entrance
Author: Emtithal Mahmoud
Pages: 128 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Rating: 

Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley!

Sister’s Entrance is a poetry collection about genocide, diaspora, the guilt of surviving, racism and Islamophobia, the burdens of girlhood, the solace of sisterhood, and the innocence of a first kiss.

Sister’s Entrance was such a raw and honest poetry collection! I requested this book because I wanted to know read more different kinds of poetry and this was one of them. I’ve read about racism, but not really about Islam or genocide, … Sister’s Entrance really confronted me with what it’s like to be a female Muslim and how everyone looks at you.

But today, we’re more than okay,
we are women.
So, take my strength, I’ve got plenty.

Take my hands, I’ve got two.
Take my voice, let it guide you
and if it shakes, ask yourself:

when the earth shakes,
do you think that she’s afraid?

Sister’s Entrance was really interesting because I learnt so much by reading these poems. It was definitely something new for me, but a good new! I cannot wait to discover more poetry written by Emtitha Mahmoud!

8 Jun 2018

It will get better (Guest post written by Carolien)

*Trigger warning: descriptions of or extensive discussion on self-harming behaviour*
‘This is because I don’t want to feel lonely any more. Because I’m tired of telling everyone okay while I’m definitely not. I am tired of feeling like I’m the only one going through this shit. So here’s my story.’

This is what I would have written about a year ago, when I still did feel lonely. When I really thought nobody else was going through what I was suffering from. But now I know that a lot of people are just scared to tell their story. So let me start with mine, and encourage others to tell theirs so we won’t feel lonely any more and you’ll maybe find someone who knows what you’re talking about. Someone who can truly support you. And maybe, everyone will finally understand what it’s like to be in a mental health situation.

It all started when I was seven. Why? I still don’t know. I felt like no one liked me, and if I disappeared no one would even notice. Not one day there was someone who really stood up for me. I felt lonely. No one loves me, so why stay? I could kill myself and all the problems will vanish. But no, I didn’t dare, because I did have one person. My mum.
Only when I turned 12 I started realising that my mum was the only person who did everything to protect me. Before that age, I didn’t understand that when she kept me home from going to school, it was to protect me. She was doing her best to make me feel happy once again. I remember always going to primary school with a frightened heart and turning back home crying. I remember my mum calling to the principal, saying that I was too sick to come to school while actually we were at a shop trying to find me some new jeans. I love how my mum didn’t care what others thought because I should be in class instead of going out with her. She did everything to save me. It’s incredible that, although I never told her about my suicidal thought, she knew what I was thinking about. She just knew it. So she never left me alone because she was scared that I was going to do what she was most afraid of.

The bullying kept going on for years and I have never given up the fight although I never won. Up until I turned 15. It suddenly stopped. The bullies suddenly disappeared out of my life. I finally had the chance to be happy, and I took it with both hands. Right now I’m 20 and I finally feel I can be happy. I’m still not there yet because my memory is full of scars but one day I will be there, feeling happy like I should.

At the moment, I’m seeing a therapist every two weeks to help me change the bad thoughts I still have. I don’t think about suicide any more, I started enjoying life to the fullest. But the bullies have left their scars. At least twice a month I still believe people hate me although they have been friendly since I met them. The therapist helps me change these thoughts into positive ones, she helps me control my breathing so I can handle stressful situations. Going to a therapist was a big step for me but I am so grateful that my good friend Shirley has told me about her.

My tip?
Get away from those toxic people who make you feel negative. It really isn’t about having the most friends, it’s about having a few but very valuable ones. Those friends you can talk about anything with, even your negative feelings. Just find yourself one person you can trust, someone you can share your heart with. You can also take the example of ‘famous’ people who have also been through hell but are still standing.

So what am I actually trying to say?
I got bullied for about 8 or 9 years and I only saw one way out. The wrong way. I never did it though and I am so grateful I got a second chance in life.
Let this be a sparkle of hope for those who are still fighting this battle. Just believe me when I say it does get better. Keep going strong. You CAN handle this!

I would like to end this post with a song. I always came to rest when listening to music or I could totally lose myself in a good song and rage out the emotions I had. (I still do so tbh) Music has always been and still is my escape to a perfect world.
The song is one of the newest album by Florence and the Machine. It’s just very appropriate, and you’ll love it. Florence has also been through a lot of shit and look where she is now! You can do it baby!

You can follow Carolien on Twitter @koyencarolien

6 Jun 2018

Saving Grace | Cover reveal

Cover Reveal: Saving Grace
Author: Vi Carter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Dates: 6th of June
Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours


Grace knows that the only way she can survive life is to bury her past.
But nothing stays buried forever...

It’s been two years since she lost so much. Two years since she started a new life, in a new college, with a new group of friends. Two years, and now her troubles are rushing back.

When Derek walks into Grace’s life, he makes her feel things she’d hoped never to feel again. The box she hid all her secrets in is opening, and Grace might not be able to keep it shut this time.

As each of her traumas resurfaces, Grace isn’t sure having Derek at her side is enough to save her. And if he’s not, Grace isn’t sure she’ll come out the other side fully intact.

If you like “The Problem with Forever” by Jennifer L Armentrout or “Hopeless” by Colleen Hoover, then Saving Grace will feed your addiction for a romance with real-life struggles.


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Author Bio
When Vi Carter isn't writing, you can find her reading her favorite authors, baking, taking photos or watching Netflix. Married with one child, Vi divides her time between motherhood and all the other hats she wears as an Author.

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4 Jun 2018

Worlds of You | Review

Title: Worlds of You
Author: Beau Taplin
Pages: 190 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley!

"Love is supposed to have sharp edges, it is supposed to be messy and unsensible, and if you go your whole life trying to keep your heart out of harm’s way, you miss out on all of love’s magic.’

Worlds of You is a poetry collection about love, pain, passion, fear, drive, joy, failure, loss, … Worlds of You is a collection of Beau Taplin’s most treasured works.

Truth
When it comes to relationships, I have only one
rule: give me truth, however cold or cruel or hard
it is to hear.
I would rather have my heart broken if it
means I can waste a single moment of my time being 
fooled by a lie intended to preserve my feelings.

As you can see from the list at the end of this review, I liked and even loved a lot of the poems from this collection. I've read Bloom, my first book I’ve ever read written by Beau Taplin, and I think that Worlds of You is even better! I really liked Bloom, but Worlds of You contains even more poems that I really like and this book is also a lot bigger than Bloom. Worlds of You is definitely one of my favourite poetry collections!

Ultimately,
the worst kinds 
of pain do not 
come from your
enemies but
the people you
trust and love.

My favourite poems are:
  • Worlds in You
  • The Awful Truth
  • Don’t Pity Me
  • In Tune
  • Life Stories
  • Truth
  • The Greatest Weight
  • Fallback
  • One Fraction of a Moment
  • The Important Things
  • Act Cool
  • Light & Noise
  • Stay Friends
  • Forgiveness
  • Long Distance
  • The Pressure
  • Awfully Beautiful
  • Ticking Clock
  • A Careful Compromise
  • The Falling
  • Close Enough
  • Once Certainty
  • Hostels & Homes
  • The Long Road
  • Too Wrong
  • Anywhere, Anytime
Wildflowers
Dear outsiders,
even the most
beautiful of wildflowers
are considered
weeds in the wrong gardens.

What another
thinks of you
does not dictate your value.
  • A Fool’s Truth
  • The Slow Dance
  • Priorities
  • Moon Landing
  • Mistrust
  • The Hostage
  • Lovesick
  • The Privilege
  • A Reminder
  • The BAC of Forgetting
  • Goodbye
  • Imperfect
  • Awfully Sentimental
  • Healthy Eating
  • The Temple
  • Unstoppable
  • Overcome
  • Wildflowers
  • Courage
  • A Healthy Heart
  • The Hours
  • The Match
I cannot wait to read more poems written by the talented Beau Taplin!

1 Jun 2018

May wrap up

In May I read a total of 16 books, I watched 100 episodes (TV shows) and I watched 5 movies. Read further to know what I read and watched this month.

I keep accepting ARC copies so it’s no wonder that I’m starting my May wrap up with the ARCs that I read this month. The first ARC I read this month was Love Beyond Opposites by Molly E. Lee and I really liked it! I just love all the ARCs I receive from Entangled Crush because they publish the best contemporaries! After Love Beyond Opposites, I read The Day Is Ready for You by Alison Malee, The Unsound Theory (STAR Academy #1) by Emelia Zeeland, Chosen by Grace (Divine Fate #1) by Alicia Rades, Sister’s Entrance by Emtitha Mahmoud, Worlds of You by Beau Taplin, Until You Set Me Free (Until You #1) by D.M. Davis, Until You Are Mine (Until You #2) by D.M. Davis, Until You Say I Do (Until You #3) by D.M. Davis, Fangs & Fins (Blood, Bloom & Water #1) by Amy McNulty, Brave Enough by Kati Gardner and Terminal 19 by L.R. Olson, and I started reading Fatal Infatuation (Almost Human, First Trilogy #1) by Melanie Nowak.


The first ‘normal’ book I read this month was Shadows (Lux #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’m trying to finish all the books in the Lux series this year and I’m going strong! After Shadows, I read Zeke’s Letter to Allie by Julie Kagawa, The Candidates (STAR Academy #0.5) by Emelia Zeeland and Oblivion (Lux #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

For TV shows, I continued watching Dynasty, Shadowhunters, Riverdale, Famous in Love, Siren, Once Upon A Time and The Good Doctor. Besides continuing some TV shows, I also started and finished season 2 of Extant and season 2 of Under The Dome. I also tried a new TV show, Scream Queen, but I didn’t really like it. Last month I started watching the first season of Skins and I also watched season 2 and 3. This month I watched season 4,5,6 and 7. I loved all the seasons of Skins except season 7, I would’ve loved if all the characters were present in season 7 instead of a handful of characters. And the last new TV show I started this month was 13 Reasons Why, I watched all the episodes in one week and I wasn’t sure what to think of it at the beginning. It was so weird and not like the first season, but the more I watched the more I liked it again until the last episode. The end of episode 13 is just so stupid!


And for movies, I watched Sleight, The Book of Henry, Deadpool 2, Dance Academy: The Movie and Titanic.