31 Dec 2018

December wrap up

In December I read a total of 15 books, I watched 107 episodes (TV Shows) and I watched 1 movie. Read further to know what I read and watched this month!

Let’s start with all the books I read in December. Last month I read a lot of ARC copies as well as books I had already on my (physical) shelf, but this month I only read ARC copies. My ARC TBR is pretty big, so I’m trying to finish it. If you’ve read my latest Netgalley TBR post, you know that I have a lot of ARCs but they’re not all the ARCs I have to read. I also participate in a lot of blog tours and I receive some review request and I hate saying no, so I’m always left with a big pile of books.


This month I read Blinding Night (Blinding Night #1) by Chantal Gadoury, [Dis] Connected: Poems & Stories of Connection and Otherwise by numerous authors, Bring Me Home by Bree Howland, Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith, Shadow Walker (Bloody Hearts #1) by Anya J. Cosgrove, Lost Boy (Bloody Hearts #0.5) by Anya J. Cosgrove, Hunter Trials (The Vampire Games #7) by Caroline Peckham, Book Love by  Debbie Tung, Christmas With You by  Heidi McLaughlin, L.P. Dover, Cindi Madsen, R.J. Prescott, Amy Briggs, The Dating Alternative by Jennifer Woodhull, The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh, Crazy Love (Bookstore Love #1) by Christi Snow & Sarah Nego, Tasty Love (Bookstore Love #2) by Christi Snow & Sarah Nego, Violet Ugly (Granite Harbor #2) by J. Lynn Bailey and Whispers From The Moon by Lee Broda.


I didn’t read as much as I read in November, but I did watch a lot of TV shows. I watched Lucifer, The Gifted, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, The Good Doctor, Riverdale, Dynasty, Castlevania and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I also started three TV shows that I also finished watching: Vampire Knight, Violet Evergarden and You. These three TV shows are definitely some of the best ones I’ve watched!

And for movies, I only watched one movie: A Christmas Prince. I watched The Princess Switch last month and I loved it, so I had to give this one a try. I really loved this movie and I cannot wait to watch  A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding!

Make sure to check out my December favourites to see which books, TV shows and movies made it to my monthly favourites!

28 Dec 2018

December favourites

Books
  • Blinding Night (Blinding Night #1) by Chantal Gadoury
Blinding Night is the first book I’ve ever read by Chantal Gadoury and wow, what an amazing book! I loved the story, the characters and it was just so addictive! I cannot wait for the second book in the series!
  • Shadow Walker (Bloody Hearts #1) by Anya J. Cosgrove
Shadow Walker was another book written by a new author. I really liked the story because it was so original. I haven’t read something like this before and that makes me even more excited to read a book! My review will be up in January, so make sure to keep an eye out for that!
  •  The Dating Alternative by Jennifer Woodhull
The Dating Alternative was such a funny and beautiful New Adult/Romance book. I really liked the story because it’s not just about love but also about discovering yourself after heartbreak, trying to find the right job, and family and friends are important to the main characters. I loved that The Dating Alternative is not just about the romance but also other important things in life. My review will be up next week!

Movies
  • A Christmas Prince 
In my November favourites, I mentioned that I loved The Princess Switch and this month I watched another Christmas movie: A Christmas Prince. A Christmas Prince was just such a cute romance movie with a bit of a predictable ending, just like The Princess Switch. I love watching movies like these two because they’re feel-good movies.

TV shows
  • Vampire Knight and Violet Evergarden
I’ve been watching anime again after such a long time, and these two are definitely amazing anime. Last month I read Vampire Knight: Memories and because I liked it so much, I wanted to check out the anime. I fell in love with the anime, and I cannot wait to read the other manga. Violet Evergarden is another beautiful anime I watched this month and I hope that Netflix will make another season, it’s just that good!
  • Lucifer
Lucifer is definitely one of my all-time favourite TV shows because it’s just everything I want, it’s so funny with some romance and supernatural stuff. I mentioned Lucifer in my November favourites, and I’ll probably mention it in my January favourites just because this show is amazing!
  • You
I started watching a new Netflix TV show called You and I’m so glad that I started this show. It has such a creepy/stalker-y vibe, and I totally love it. I keep on watching episodes even though I have to study, it’s just that good!
Other
  • First ever beauty blogger event
My sister was invited to a beauty blogger event, and she was so nice to take me with her. I’ve never been to a blogger event before, so I didn’t know what to expect, but I really liked it. So many lovely people and good food!

27 Dec 2018

The Dating Alternative | Release day blitz

Title: The Dating Alternative
Author: Jennifer Woodhull
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Synopsis
Max has crushed on Brie for as long as he's known her but the timing was never right. When he finds out they're finally single at the same time, he's poised to move from friend zone to serious dating... until he finds out she's only looking for something physical. He offers his services in hopes she'll come around. Just when things are starting to go his way, a shocking turn of events snatches her from his grasp. Now he has to resurrect the life he thought he'd left behind to help the woman he's falling in love with before it's too late.



 Exclusive excerpt
 “I could help you, you know. It would be an investment,” she says, glancing at me from under her eyebrows. She knows my response will be the same as it has the half-dozen times she has asked before.

“No, Nana. I’m not taking your money. Thanks, though. I appreciate that you believe in me,” I say, squeezing her hand. “That means more than you know.”

“As long as you’re happy, dear,” she says, reaching for another cupcake.

 “Are you supposed to have two?” I ask her, arching up an eyebrow. She isn’t diabetic and she’s in pretty good health, but I always worry about her. At seventy-eight, I know how important it is for her to eat right so she can stay feisty and keep kicking my ass for a lot of years to come.

“The first one was very small,” she says, grinning devilishly as she bites into the second cupcake. This is exactly why I only brought her half, instead of a full dozen. If I brought twelve, she would eat them all, without hesitation, as soon as I was out the door.

“I brought my toolbox,” I say. “Got any chores for me?”

“Well, if it’s not too much trouble, I might have a couple of things you could do,” she smiles at me. “I won’t keep you all day.” She says, retrieving a notepad on which has scrawled at least seventeen things she needs me to do.

I smile as I take it from her hand. “I’m on it, Nana.”

“Thank you…. I’m going to go watch my programs,” she says waving her hand in the air as she turns to walk away. “Let me know when you get to page three.”

Page three? I flip through the notepad. Yup. Three pages. Fuck. Goodbye, Saturday off.



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25 Dec 2018

Christmas With You | Review

Title: Christmas With You
Authors: Heidi McLaughlin, L.P. Dover, Cindi Madsen , R.J. Prescott, Amy Briggs
Pages: 335 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Forever
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Bestselling authors Heidi McLaughlin, L. P. Dover, Cindi Madsen, R. J. Prescott, and Amy Briggs invite you to celebrate the holidays in small-town Friendship, Massachusetts, where a mysterious newcomer decides to play matchmaker for five lucky couples.

Snowflake Lane Inn by L. P. 
Dover The owner of a picturesque inn gets a holiday surprise when a well-known fashion designer comes to stay and redesigns his future.

Runaway Christmas Bride by Cindi Madsen 
Making a new life in Friendship certainly wasn't the plan, but the spirit of Christmas - along with the rugged local sheriff - leads to a change of heart for this runaway bride.

Christmas Lights by Amy Briggs 
A visitor to Friendship learns the true meaning of Christmas from a single dad and his young daughter.

Christmas Encounter by R. J. Prescott 
A famous Formula One driver finds all roads lead to Friendship -and love - this Christmas.

It's a Wonderful Holiday by Heidi McLaughlin 
A workaholic finds just the right Christmas magic to remind him about the most important thing in life: spending time with his wife and family.


Review

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

Christmas With You is a cute Romance anthology set in Friendship. Every story is about a different couple but always in the same town.

I originally requested this book on Netgalley because Cindi Madson wrote one of these stories and she’s one of my favourite authors, so I had to read this one. I’m really glad that I requested this book because I fell in love with all the other stories too. They are all so cute, and I couldn’t get enough of all the characters.

I love that all the stories are set in Friendship. I think it’s such a brilliant idea and I’m also glad that I got to discover some new authors! This anthology is definitely one of the best Christmas reads ever!

Ratings:
Snowflake Lane Inn by L. P. 5/5

Runaway Christmas Bride by Cindi Madsen 5/5

Christmas Lights by Amy Briggs 5/5

Christmas Encounter by R. J. Prescott 5/5

It’s a Wonderful Holiday by Heidi McLaughlin 4/5

24 Dec 2018

Most anticipated 2019 releases

So I wanted to share a list with my most anticipated books of 2019. This list consists of indie and traditional published books, and it's in alphabetical order. These are definitely not all the books I would love to read in 2019, but these are my favourite authors so their new books deserve some love!

Reaching Refuge (Shelter Me #2) by Annie Anderson
Release date: 19 January 2019
Goodreads

A couple in secret. Two warring families. This town isn’t big enough for the both of them. 

Slinging whiskey is all Avery Wells knows how to do, and soon she won’t even have that. If she can’t change her uncle’s mind, her dreams of owning the family watering hole will soon go up in smoke.

Being an outcast is nothing new for Graham Foster, but when it comes to Avery, being on the outs was never apart of the plan. Despite their past, Graham never lost hope that they could find their way back to each other. Convincing Avery of that fact might be a harder sell.

But fighting their pull is the least of Avery’s problems because someone doesn’t want her to win the family bar, and murder isn’t off the table.

Be careful where you seek your refuge..

Shadow Me (Shatter Me #4.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Release date: 5 March 2019
Goodreads

Fan favorite character Kenji Kishimoto narrates this gripping companion novella to Tahereh Mafi's New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, set during the explosive events in Restore Me! 

Juliette is still reeling from Warner's betrayal, and Kenji is trying to balance his friendship with her with his responsibilities as a leader of the resistance against the Reestablishment. Things get even more interesting when an unexpected person from Omega Point's past surfaces.

The ending of Restore Me left readers gasping, and this novella full of Kenji's signature sass and big heart is the perfect story to tide fans over until Defy Me, the shocking fifth book in the Shatter Me series, hits shelves in April 2019.

Slay Those Dragons: A Journal for Writing Your Own Story by Amanda Lovelace
Release date: 5 March 2019
Goodreads 

From Amanda Lovelace, celebrated poet and author of the "women are some kind of magic" series, comes slay those dragons—a powerful self-care journal, a place to begin writing your own story.

Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Poetry, Amanda Lovelace presents slay those dragons, a self-care journal and gift for her readers. slay those dragons is ready for anyone who needs a place to heal, reflect, and finally take control of their own narrative. Interspersed with empowering poems and gentle reminders, this book is meant to inspire readers throughout the lined pages, encouraging them to cultivate acts of self-love, self-kindness, and of course, to slay any dragons who try to burn their castle down.


Storm and Fury (The Dark Elements #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release date: 11 June 2019
Goodreads

From the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY and internationally bestselling author of the fantastical Dark Elements and the Lux series comes a new novel set in a world of gargoyle protectors, rising demons and one girl with an explosive secret.

Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…

Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan
Release date: 11 June 2019
Goodreads

When a powerful viceroy arrives with a fleet of mechanical dragons and stops an attack on Anlei’s village, the villagers see him as a godsend. They agree to give him their sacred, enchanted River Pearl in exchange for permanent protection—if he’ll marry one of the village girls to solidify the alliance. Anlei is appalled when the viceroy selects her as a bride, but with the fate of her people at stake, she sees no choice but to consent. Anlei’s noble plans are sent into a tailspin, however, when a young thief steals the River Pearl for himself.

Knowing the viceroy won’t protect her village without the jewel, she takes matters into her own hands. But once she catches the thief, she discovers he needs the pearl just as much as she does. The two embark on an epic quest across the land and into the Courts of Hell, taking Anlei on a journey that reveals more is at stake than she could have ever imagined.

With incredibly vivid world building and fast-paced storytelling, Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon is great for readers who are looking for something fresh in epic fantasy.

The Mermaid's Voice Returns in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic #3) by Amanda Lovelace 
Release date: 5 March 2019
Goodreads

Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet and USA TODAY bestselling author Amanda Lovelace presents the mermaid’s voice returns in this one — the third and final installment in her “women are some kind of magic” series, featuring a foreword from Lang Leav and 13 guest poems from leading voices in poetry such as Nikita Gill, KY Robinson, and Orion Carloto.

The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this empowering collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars. They tried to silence her once and for all, but the mermaid’s voice returns in this one.

You Are Here by Dawn Lanuza
Release date: 12 February 2019
Goodreads

Growth and change—two powerful anthems resonate throughout this collection of poetry and prose that will leave you feeling emboldened and empowered.

You Are Here is Dawn Lanuza’s newest collection of contemporary poetry that lends itself to the idea of giving ourselves second chances. These self-healing poems and words draw on central themes of self-love, self-discovery, and empowerment. In order to survive the vicissitudes of life, You Are Here boldly reminds readers to always choose themselves, and in times where it seems impossible, to find the courage and strength to start anew.  

Books that do not have a specific date yet, a cover or a Goodreads page:
All of Me (All of Me #1) by Vi Carter
All of You (All of Me #2) by Vi Carter
Chysalis (The Order Series #3) by Nikki Rae
Cresent City (Cresent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Hunter Trials: Into the Dark (The Vampire Games #8) by Caroline Peckham
Lady of Madness & Moonlight (Rogue Ethereal #3) by Annie Anderson 
The Blood Prince (Sovereign #3) by Josie Jaffrey
The Hive Engineers (STAR Academy #3) by Emilia Zeeland
The Road to Redemption (Finding Grace #1) by D.M. Davis
Wild Irish (A Novella) by Vi Carter
Wild Irish book one (no title yet) by Vi Carter
Wild Irish book two (no title yet) by Vi Carter
Wild Iris book three (no title yet) by Vi Carter
Witch's Honor (Bloody Hearts #2) by Anya J. Cosgrove

21 Dec 2018

Lovely Seeds: A Walk Through the Garden of our Becoming | Review

Title: Lovely Seeds: A Walk Through the Garden of Our Becoming
Author: R.H. Swaney
Pages: 160 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis
R. H. Swaney brings a depolarizing voice to the poetry world with this debut collection. Amongst the topics of mental health, self-love, and social progress, readers will find a soft but powerful voice that uncovers the beauty that exists inside of all of us.

Examining life and its circle from seed to withering to regrowth, the thought-provoking nature of this collection will bring readers to a place of self-exploration, reflection, and a deeper understanding of their place in the world.



Review

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

Lovely Seeds: A Walk Through the Garden of our Becoming is a poetry collection about mental health and self-love.


I wish we could talk about our hearts like we talk about the weather, because whether or not we are okay is more important than the chance of rain.

Lovely Seeds is the first poetry collection I read by R.H. Swaney and I’m in love. I haven’t read that many poetry collections written by male poets, but male poets can express their feelings and thoughts so beautifully. In our society, men aren’t really allowed to show their true feelings or how bad their mental health is, and that’s just sad. Men are allowed to share their emotions and that’s why I really love male poets.

 I learned that boys aren’t supposed to cry. So I kept the tears inside until they became an ocean.

I think that R.H. Swaney did an amazing job in expressing his emotions and feelings, and I think that this collection is really beautiful. I also think that the cover is stunning as well as the pictures in this collection. I think that these pictures give something extra to the book!

I want the world to see there is so much more to every single one of us underneath the pain.

I really loved this collection and I cannot wait to read more by R.H. Swaney! Make sure to check out his Spotify channel for his spoken poetry!

Even when the hurt keeps you in bed, remember your breath and the victory in the rise and fall of your chest.

Favourite poems:
  • Weather Talk
  • Appointments
  • The Broken Record of Friends Who Don’t Understand
  • Good Morning
  • Every Breath is Victory
  • Freedom
  • The Music of Our Dancing Ribs
  • The Way in Which We Heal
  • Food Stamps
  • The Things We Teach
  • Suffering
  • The Cooling of Wax

19 Dec 2018

Reaching Refuge | Cover reveal

Title: Reaching Refuge
Series: Shelter Me #2
Author: Annie Anderson
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Tattered Quill Designs
Release Date: January 29, 2019

Synopsis
A couple in secret. Two warring families. This town isn't big enough for the both of them.

Slinging whiskey is all Avery Wells knows how to do, and soon she won't even have that. If she can't change her uncle's mind, her dreams of owning the family watering hole will soon go up in smoke.

Being an outcast is nothing new for Graham Foster, but when it comes to Avery, being on the outs was never apart of the plan. Despite their past, Graham never lost hope that they could find their way back to each other. Convincing Avery of that fact might be a harder sell.

But fighting their pull is the least of Avery's problems because someone doesn't want her to win the family bar, and murder isn't off the table.

Be careful where you seek your refuge…



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About the author
Annie Anderson is a military wife and United States Air Force veteran. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a southern girl at heart, but has lived all over the US and abroad. As soon as the military stops moving her family around, she’ll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a nomad with her husband, two daughters, an old man of a dog, and a young pup that makes life… interesting. 

In her past lives, Annie has been a lifeguard, retail manager, dental lab technician, accountant, and now she writes fast-paced romantic thrillers with some serious heat.


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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The Darkest Captive | Review

Title: The Darkest Captive
Series: Lords of the Underworld #14.5
Author: Gena Showalter
Pages: 128 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

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

This book was provided by the author through InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Gena Showalter and InkSlinger PR!

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!

Hunter Trials | Review

Title: Hunter Trials
Series: The Vampire Games #7
Author: Caroline Peckham
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 14 December 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

When Mercy Helsing is convicted and sent to an Immortal prison deep in the Arctic Circle, she doesn't expect to survive longer than a day.

Thrown into the depths of the icy fortress, she's forced to fight for her life again and again in terrifying trials. But Dødstårn is nothing like she expected, and she soon finds unlikely friends amongst the fierce convicts. And the man she entered the prison with has her back in every test she faces.

But when girls start being murdered in the prison, Mercy has to work fast to figure out who her enemies are. Before the killer turns their attention to her... 


Review

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

Hunter Trials is the seventh book in The Vampire Games series and is the third season in this series. The first season is the V Games season, the second one is the Wolf Games season and the third one is the Hunter Trials season.

Hunter Trials is yet another amazing book written by Caroline Peckham. I know that I start every review by saying that, but it’s just the truth. Caroline has created this amazing world with amazing characters, and I cannot get enough of it. It’s just amazing that Caroline creates these seasons and every season has different main characters, but the ‘old’ main characters are still important.

I love that we get to know Mercy better because she wasn’t always my favourite character. At the beginning of The Vampire Games series, I thought she was such a bitch and I thought that I could never like her, but here I am writing this review and thinking about how much I loved Mercy in the Hunter Trials.

I also really liked that we get to meet some new characters such as Hawke, but we also read in new perspectives such as Kate and Colt. I really like Kate because she’s really special and weird, but in a good way. I don’t really know what to think of Hawke and Colt because I’m not sure who I like the most. I think I like Hawke, but Colt also tried to help Mercy all the time…

I really liked the new characters, the story was amazing and I cannot wait for the sequel, Hunter Trials: Into The Dark.

11 Dec 2018

Bring Me Home | Blog tour

Title: Bring Me Home
Author: Bree Howland
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Release date: 1 January 2019

Synopsis
While Kailey was growing up, she was sure of two things:

1. She wanted to devote her life to helping animals.
2. She would never be without her best friend Cole Martin.

When her father had them pack up and move two provinces away two years before graduation, it felt like the rug was pulled out from under her.

Now she's in college, finally pursuing her interest in veterinary medicine. Even better, Cole is at the same school. But Cole has changed and so has she. Gone was the innocence of childhood friendship and easy conversations.

Between new friends, unexpected feelings, and a road trip, Kailey's first year in college will be more eye opening than she ever imagined.  

All proceeds are going to Fortunate Felines Rescue, Facebook ~ Instagram


Review
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Bree Howland!

Bring Me Home is a New Adult Romance book about college, friends and love. 
I really love reading books that take place during college because I’m still a college student, so Bring Me Home was the perfect read for me.

Bring Me Home is Bree Howland’s debut novel and I really enjoyed reading it. The story is so fast paced, and I couldn’t stop reading. I finished this book in one day because it was just that good. Bring Me Home has an amazing plot, lovable characters and I couldn’t get enough of it.

Kailey and Cole are both so adorable I could really relate to Kailey in so many ways and Cole was such a cute book boyfriend. I also really liked Riley and Annabeth. Damian was a bit mysterious and I would love to know more about him!

I really loved Bring Me Home and I cannot wait to read more written by Bree Howland!

About the author Bree Howland lives in Atlantic Canada with her husband and two fur children, two finicky felines. When she’s not working, her life revolves around reading, writing and taking care of her foster cats. You will more than likely find her curled up somewhere quiet with a book or scrolling aimlessly through Twitter.