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!

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.

Bring Me Home | Review

Title: Bring Me Home
Author: Bree Howland
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 1 January 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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. 



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!

10 Dec 2018

My eyeliner collection

For those who know me in real life, you know that I love wearing coloured eyeliner. I really like to experiment with colours, and I don’t always want to wear the basic black liner. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with a black wing, but I like wearing coloured liners too because it’s something just different.

My first few liners I’m going to show you guys are the Nyx liners. I own 4 Nyx liners and I really like them except one:
  • Nyx Matte Liner
  • Nyx Strictly Vinyl Liner in Dauntless
  • Nyx Vinyl Liquid Liner
  • Nyx White Liquid Liner

My first Nyx eyeliner was the Nyx Vinyl Liner, and I really loved it. After buying the Vinyl Liner a few times, I decided to try the Matte Liner and I think that’s my favourite one so far. The Strictly Vinyl Liner has the same formula as the Matte Liner, so I really like that one too and the White Liquid Liner has the same formula as well but isn’t as opaque as the others. The White Liner cracked everywhere, and it wasn’t beautiful at all.

Besides the Nyx liners, I have a lot of Essence eyeliners. I own five types of eyeliners and I really like all of them: 
  • Essence Liquid Gold Eyeliner in 01 ho-ho-ho (Limited Christmas edition)
  • Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner in 03 Steel The Grey, 05 Edgy Plum
  • Essence Melted Chrome Eyeliner in 03 Platinum Beauty
  • Essence Metal Art Lip & Eyeliner in 03 Coppy Right, 04 Pink Glam, 05 Rock Chick
  • Essence Superlast Eyeliner Matt Black

These eyeliners are all amazing but unfortunately, some of them are discontinued. I also want to say that the Essence eyeliners aren’t as waterproof as the Nyx liners. The Nyx and the Essence liners don’t claim to be waterproof but I think that the Nyx liners are a bit more waterproof than the Essence liners. I don’t really mind that at all because the Essence liners are still cheaper than the Nyx liners, but I wanted to mention it anyway.

The last eyeliner I own is a Nabla eyeliner I got from my sister. This eyeliner is the Nabla Dazzle Liner in Cruel Jewel, and it's such a beautiful red metallic liner. I love wearing this eyeliner alone or with a matte eyeshadow. I also like to pair this eyeliner with the Nyx Liquid Suede Metallic Matte lipstick in Biker Babe.

So this is my eyeliner collection that I will probably expand by buying more coloured eyeliners, haha. Do you have any recommendations for eyeliners?

7 Dec 2018

Verity | Release day blitz

Title: Verity
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: Romance, Thriller
Release date: 7 December 2018

Synopsis
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn't expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity likely didn't intend for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of the night their family was forever altered.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen's feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife's words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

"Sublimely creepy with a true Hoover pulse. I've been waiting on a thriller like this for years." Tarryn Fisher, New York Times bestselling author 

Verity, an all-new romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, is available now!

Amazon ~ Goodreads


About the author
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of thirteen novels and multiple novellas. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

6 Dec 2018

It's a Lonely Love | Review

Title: It’s a Lonely Love
Author: Hunter Summerall
Pages: 128 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

In his poetry collection, It’s a Lonely Love, writer Hunter Summerall honestly reflects on the feelings of heartbreak and isolation before, during, and after a doomed relationship.

Cataloguing the rise and fall of an ill-fated relationship, It’s a Lonely Love explores the vulnerability one must feel before moving on from a lost love. Styled as entries from a journal, Hunter Summerall’s poetry takes the personal and constructs a universal story about unrequited love and anguish. 



Review 

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


be my casket

wrap your arms around me
as i still

It’s a Lonely Love is a poetry collection about heartbreak and doomed relationships. It’s a Lonely Love is Hunter Summerall’s debut novel.


there are so many hearts
that might say or do
what i refuse.

and they must be so alive

It’s a Lonely Love was a beautiful poetry collection with some beautiful and relatable poems, but overall it didn’t really speak to me as some other poetry collections I’ve read. Like I read in another review, this is ‘teenage poetry’, short poems about love and heartbreak. There’s nothing wrong with teenage poetry, but it isn’t as deep as the poetry I like to read.

and then you were mine.

i had always been yours, but somehow
you then became mine and
i finally had the only Ours that i needed

My favourite poems:
  • Every Way
  • Want to See?
  • A Heart Somewhere
  • Perilous
  • Where the Whispers Are
  • Only Ours
  • Always in My Head
  • My Time
  • Casket
  • Nothing Was You
  • Constellating
  • Maybe even Too Much
  • Trainwreck
  • Pot of Gold
  • Still Here
  • Our Stars
  • Want Me
  • Our Matters Start Mattering
  • Feeling Like You
  • So Cold
  • Butterfly Blood
  • Shivering Sheets
  • In the End
  • Flatline
  • Carcinogens 
  • Laugh with Me
  • IDK
  • Not You

5 Dec 2018

Things I wish I was good at

Everyone has so many strengths and things they are good at, but they also want to be good at other things. I am like that too. There are a few things I wish I was good at, some of these things I can become good at, some of them are just impossible.

Ballet
The first thing I wish I was good at was ballet. My mum was a ballerina and because of her, I always wanted to be one too. My mum got a lot of physical problems and illnesses because of ballet and I could inherit them, so I never really got the opportunity to dance ballet. Even though I’m not ‘allowed’ to dance, I love watching TV shows and movies about ballet, and ballet performances.

Writing poetry
The second thing I wish I was good at is writing poetry. I love reading poetry and it would be amazing to be able to write it. I can come up with beautiful sentences but they don’t really fit together and I’m also not really sure how to write it, with that I mean the layout, etc.

Singing
I think everyone likes to be good at singing. Everyone loves singing along with their favourite songs and unfortunately my voice isn’t that pretty to listen to. You can somewhat learn to sing, but it doesn’t mean that your voice is beautiful when you’re singing the right notes.

Being confident
Being confident is something I wish I was able to be. I do have my moments that I think I’m pretty and everything, but I always compare myself to others, I compare my body to others like ‘she’s skinnier so she’s prettier’, ‘her hair is longer than mine so she’s prettier’, … It’s sad to think that it’s like a competition or something when in reality it’s not.

Not being sensitive
I’m always so sensitive and I’m always on the verge of crying when someone’s angry or when I have to say something ‘bad". I'm always trying to be strong and keep repeating the "bad" thing in my mind, but at the moment I'm telling someone the "bad" thing I immediately cry. I even cry when I don't really have a reason to cry. I think that my emotions are a bit too strong and that's why I'm so sensitive.

There are so many things that I wish I was good at, but in the end, I am who I am and I am okay with that.

What is something you want to be good at?

4 Dec 2018

I Wrote This for You and Only You | Review

Title: I Wrote This for You and Only You
Series: I Wrote This for You #3
Author: Iain S. Thomas
Pages: 214 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

"I need you to understand something. I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you and only you." The follow-up to the international #1 bestselling collection of prose and photography, this is the third book in the I Wrote This For You series and gathers together the very best entries in the project from 2011 to 2015. Started in 2007, I Wrote This For You is an internationally acclaimed exploration of hauntingly beautiful words, photography and emotion that's unique to each person that reads it.


Review

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


I chased my dreams until I caught them.
I chased my thoughts until I stopped thinking.
And I chased my heart until I found you.

I Wrote This for You and Only You is the third book in the I Wrote This for You series and is yet another poetry collection with prose, poetry and photography.

Even if you write down everything that’s ever crossed your heart, there will still come a day when none of your words can explain how you feel.

I really liked reading I Wrote This for You so I was really excited to start I Wrote This for You and Only You, but I wasn’t that blown away by this collection. I think that I Wrote This for You was better than this one because there weren’t that many poems that I could relate to or I thought were beautiful.

Favourite poems:
  • The Stars Look Like Drops of White Paint
  • The Dreams on the Line
  • The Soft Crackle
  • The Fellow Passenger on a Crashing Train
  • The Complications Start with You 
  • The Protective Nature of Glass
  • The Briefest Respite
  • The Love Like Sunlight
  • The City that Sleeps Where They Feel
  • The Walls Are Made of Lists
  • The Removal of Me
  • The Desperate and Confused
  • The Stones Make Sand Slowly
  • The Language Breaks
  • The Bombs Destroy More than just Cities
  • The Shadows on the Curtain
  • The Things I Would’ve Said
  • The Bandages Are Made of Shadows
  • The Dark Words You Walk Down at Night
  • The Remaining Me
  • The Age at Which It Happens
  • The Things I Meant
  • The Infinite Distance

3 Dec 2018

November wrap up

In November I read a total of 19 books, I watched 57 episodes (TV Shows) and I watched 3 movies. Read further to know what I read and watched this month!


Let’s begin with all the books I read this month. I read quite a few books and I’m really proud of myself! First, I’ll talk about all the ARC copies I read this month. I read Daughter of Souls & Silence (Rogue Ethereal #2) by Annie Anderson, Say What You Feel (Chaos & Consent #2) by Kyra Lennon, Wolf Games: Severed Fates (The Vampire Games #6) by Caroline Peckham, My Little Secret (The Breaking Series #3) by Ember Leigh, Taking Laura (A Broken Heart #3) by Vi Carter, Miss Demeanor by Beth Rinyu, The Silver Queen (Sovereign #2) by Josie Jaffrey, Lovely Seeds: A Walk Through the Garden of Our Becoming R.H. Swaney, Wayward Stars (Starswept #2) by Mary Fan, The Darkest Captive (Lords of the Underworld #14.5) by Gena Showalter, Craving Jamie by Emmy Darcy and Keiko Okamoto and A Daring Proposition by Miranda Lee and Yoshiko Hanatsu.

I also read some books that were on my TBR shelf: Falling for a Stranger by Shandi Boyes, Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver, Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver, The Wish (L.A. Metro #0.5) by R.J. Nolan, Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven (Delirium, #0.5-#2.5) by Lauren Oliver, Vampire Knight: Memories (Vampire Knight: Memories #1) by Matsuri Hino and Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby.


Besides books, I also watched a lot of TV shows Scorpian, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Dynasty, Riverdale, Quantico, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Lucifer, The Haunting of Hill House and I watched the first episode of The Gifted.

And lastly, I watched 3 movies. These 3 movies are Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Logan and The Princess Switch.

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

30 Nov 2018

November favourites

Books
  • Woman of Blood & Bone (Rogue Ethereal #1) and Daughter of Souls & Silence (Rogue Ethereal #2)
by Annie Anderson
I forgot to mention Woman of Blood & Bone in my October favourites because I finished it when my favourites was already posted. I really love this series because it’s so original, so I had to mention the first book as well!

  • Say What You Feel (Chaos & Consent #2) by Kyra Lennon
Say What You Feel is the second book in the Chaos & Consent series and it was so good. I really loved the first book and I was kind of scared that the second book wasn’t going to be as good as the first, but Kyra Lennon did an amazing job!

  • Wolf Games: Severed Fates (The Vampire Games #6) by Caroline Peckham
Wolf Games: Severed Fates is the last book in the Wolf Games series and was another amazing sequel and I cannot get enough of Caroline Peckham’s world and characters. I love The Vampire Games series and I cannot wait for the next season, The Hunter Trials.

  • Taking Laura (A Broken Heart #3) by Vi Carter
Vi Carter is one of my favourite Contemporary and Romance authors. She gives me a Colleen Hoover and/or Jennifer L. Armentrout with every book she’s written and I love that. Taking Laura was such an amazing book and was definitely my favourite one in the A Broken Heart series!

  • Miss Demeanor by Beth Rinyu
Miss Demeanor was the first book I’ve read written by Beth Rinyu and I loved it. I loved the story as well as the cover, and I cannot wait to read more books from Beth Rinyu!

  • The Silver Queen (Sovereign #2) by Josie Jaffrey
Josie Jaffrey is one of my favourite Fantasy and Paranormal authors and I’m always excited when I get one of her books in the mail. Every book in the Solis Invicti and the Sovereign series was amazing and The Silver Queen was just that good with so many plot twists! Josie Jaffrey is for sure the queen of plot twists!!!

  • Wayward Stars (Starswept #2) by Mary Fan
It’s been a while since I read Starswept, the first book in the Starswept series, so it was really nice to read again in this world, I love Iris and Dámuel and I really missed them. Wayward Stars was an amazing sequel and I cannot wait to read the third book!

  • Lovely Seeds: A Walk Through the Garden of Our Becoming by R.H. Swaney
Lovely Seeds was such a beautiful poetry collection. Most of the time I read poetry collections written by female poets, so it always amazes me when a male poet can describe his feelings so beautifully. 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.

Make sure to keep an eye out for my review!

  • Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
Things We Know by Heart is the last favourite book of the month, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t as good as the others! I really love this story because it’s just so beautiful. I didn’t really feel like reading this book, but I’m glad that I picked it up! Things We Know by Heart was so good and I couldn’t stop reading!

Movies
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I love Star Wars, I’m a huge Star Wars fan but I’m so behind on all the movies. I haven’t even watched Rogue One yet oops! My boyfriend didn’t want to go to the movies with me when The Last Jedi came out, so that’s I think the main reason why I haven’t seen it earlier. But The Last Jedi was an amazing movie and I cannot wait to watch Star Wars: Episode IX!
  • The Princess Switch
When I saw the trailer of The Princess Switch I knew I was going to love this movie. I got some Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper vibes and I couldn’t stop smiling. I really loved this movie because it’s was just so cute. It was a bit predictive, but I didn’t mind at all!

TV shows
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
I finally finished Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and it was so good! I love this TV shows, it’s so cool and I cannot wait for the second season!
  • The Haunting of Hill House
I heard so many amazing things about this TV show, so I had to watch it and I’m glad I did! It’s such a good story and you can see the story from multiple perspectives which makes this show even better! I don’t really think that this TV show is scary because there are only some jump scares and that’s it, so make sure to check it out!

Other
  • Boekenbeurs 2018
The Boekenbeurs is a Belgian book convention where you can buy books, bookish things and meet (new) authors. I really liked this year’s edition because I got to see Julie Kagawa again and I got to meet Chrostin, a Belgian artist. I bought Julie Kagawa’s latest book, Shadow of the Fox, and Chrostin’s debut book, Sommige Meisjes Houden Niet van Roze, and I got them both signed! 
  • Never Say Die tour
This month I went to the Never Say Die tour and I dedicated a blog post to this tour. I really enjoyed watching some of my favourite bands and discovering new bands. I also really like that this tour supports suicide prevention!

29 Nov 2018

Wayward Stars | Review

Title: Wayward Stars 
Series: Starswept #2
Author: Mary Fan
Pages: 364 pages
Version: Paperback (ARC)
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Release date: February 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Sing your truth. Defend your dream. Defy your stars. 

A month has passed since Iris joined an underground rebel group to save Dámiul from the brutal prison he was sent to for fighting back against his world’s oppressive system. Here, conformity and compliance are enforced through telepathy, and Earthling performers are brainwashed into absolute obedience.

Word of a merciless crackdown on those who sympathize with their cause leaves both Iris and Dámiul yearning for action. Determined to liberate her kind, Iris volunteers to return to her former patrons and covertly recruit supporters.

A raid on their hideout catapults her plan into action sooner than expected and forces her to leave Dámiul behind. After persuading the authorities that she’d been telepathically manipulated into helping him, Iris assumes the role of a dutiful musician while secretly spreading whispers of a possible uprising among her fellow performers. But the authorities always seem to be one step ahead, and anyone who defies them is swiftly mind-wiped.

Soon, Iris is forced to confront a horrifying fact: there’s a traitor among them. Desperately clinging to her cover, she races to find out who before her true loyalties are discovered – and the search leads her to an unthinkable answer.



Review

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

Wayward Stars is the second book in the Starswept series and continues the story of Iris and Dámuel, and the Abolition!

Once upon a time, I fell in love with a beautiful boy from another world. The forces of darkness tried to take him from me, but I found him. Then they tried to erase him from my mind, but I found him again. As long as I love him, I will always find a way. Even if I’m scared, even if I’m powerless, even if I’m small…
You will not destroy me.

Wayward Stars was an amazing sequel and was just everything that I needed. I loved reading about Iris and Dámuel again and just love the world Mary Fan has created. It’s so original and I cannot get enough of it!

There happened so many crazy things in Wayward Stars, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat. I was so scared that something was going to happen to Iris or Dámuel. Of course, something did happen to them and I think that was a good thing. You got to see how Iris and Dámuel learn to deal with their problems and that shows that there’s some good character development.

I also really like that Mary Fan created her own alien language and that there are some beautiful pages in this book. Every new chapter begins with 2 dark pages, and it’s just so beautiful. I love it when authors decorate their pages because it gives the book something extra.
Some of my favourite pages:



Wayward Stars is definitely one of my favourite books and although Wayward Stars had a beautiful ending, I just have to read the sequel!

28 Nov 2018

Wild Child | Review

Title: Wild Child
Author: A.S. Green
Pages: 366 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

I have never been to a place so tiny. Little Bear Island could fit in New York's armpit. Still a job is a job and, after surviving Afghanistan, what's twenty-four hours in podunk hell?

Providing private security for a celebrity wedding is nothing new...until I come face-to-face with Natalie O'Brien. The woman who chose someone else and kicked me to the curb six years ago. Time has done nothing to tame her. She's a red-headed beauty with a sharp tongue and nerves of steel who could seriously knock me off my game…

When my assistant bails, Natalie jumps at the chance to get off this tiny island. Now we're stuck criss-crossing the country in my SUV, with her tantalizing scent filling the cab and her smart mouth making me very...uncomfortable. Good thing the job will be over soon. So why does the thought of saying goodbye a second time make my heart stop?


Review

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

Wild Child tells the story of Jax and Nathalie. Six years ago Jax and Nathalie were in a relationship until they left each other. Six years later they meet again and they both don’t know how to act around each other. But it’s getting harder for them when Nathalie accepts Jax’ job offer.

Wild Child was yet another amazing Contemporary and New Adult read published by Entangled Publishing. Entangled Publishing is one of my favourite publishers when it comes to Contemporary, New Adult and Romance.

I finished Wild Child in one day because I couldn’t stop reading. It was so fast paced and well written. The story was so enjoyable, and the characters were amazing. I really enjoyed reading in Jax and Nathalie’s perspective. You get to know their true feelings and thoughts.

One thing I also really liked about this story was that Jax has been through a lot and he finally let Nathalie in on his deepest secrets. It must be really hard for him to do something like that, and that’s something really beautiful!

Wild Child was the first book I read written by A.S. Green, and now I cannot wait to check out her other books!

27 Nov 2018

Soft Thorns | Review

Title: Soft Thorns
Author: Bridgett Devoue
Pages: 242 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

the poetry living within these pages tells stories of love, heartbreak, freedom, oppression, sexual assault, sexism, hope and humanity. our darkest times are where we grow the most, so in this book, i share mine, and together, we learn how to heal.

Review

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

Soft Thorns is Bridgett Devoue’s first poetry collection and is about heartbreak, freedom, oppression, sexual assault, sexism, hope and humanity. Soft Thorns is divided into 5 chapters: bleed, love, scar, learn and heal.
maybe we fall
in love with sad eyes
because we see our souls
reflected in them

When I started reading My letter to you, so the first few pages, I was already so interested and amazed because I could already feel Bridgett Devoue’s emotions.

scars may fade
but they last forever

Soft Thorns was such a beautiful poetry collection. I finished it in one sitting, it was just that good. I really liked Bridgett Devoue’s writing style and the way she displayed her poems together with some beautiful illustrations. Too bad that these poems didn’t have titles because then my ‘favourite poems’ list would be never-ending!

i gave you a home in my heart
and when you left
you forever took a 
part of me with you


Soft Thorns is definitely one of my favourite poetry collections and I cannot wait to read more written by Bridgett Devoue!