19 Jul 2018

Saving Grace | Review

Title: Saving Grace
Series: A Broken Heart #1
Author: Vi Carter
Pages: 224 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 28 October 2018
Rating: 

Review

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

Saving Grace tells the story of Grace who’s lost her brother two years ago. She doesn’t want to tell anyone about her past until she meets Derek. Derek seems so perfect, but is he as perfect as he seems?

Saving Grace is such a beautiful book and it was so hard to put down! I wanted to know how the story was going to end and I just had to know Grace’s story. Saving Grace was such a fast-paced read and I couldn’t stop reading.

Grace is such a strong character, she’s been through a lot with her brother and she’s trying to keep all her emotions to herself but once she met Derek, she couldn’t help sharing her story. I think that sharing her story made her even stronger because she finally let someone in and that’s something really brave.

I also like the fact that Vi Carter mentioned in Saving Grace that she wants to give the reader the same emotional ride that she got from reading Colleen Hoover and Jennifer L. Armentrout books. I did get a Colleen Hoover/Jennifer L. Armentrout vibe and those two are my favourite authors, so Vi you did an amazing job!

I really liked Saving Grace and I cannot wait to read the rest of the A Broken Heart Series!

18 Jul 2018

Top 5 favourite poetry collections

I’ve been loving poetry since I first started reading poetry in the summer of 2017. I wanted to spread my love for poetry and give my top 5 favourite poetry collections.

1. The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson
The Chaos of Longing
The Chaos of Longing was my first poetry collection and I loved it. It was such a beautiful collection and I was so in awe because I didn’t know that I was going to like it as much as I did because I'd never read poetry before. The Chaos of Longing is a poetry collection about love, trauma and heartbreak. Click here to read my review!

2. The Last Time I’ll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza
The Last Time I’ll Write About You was not my second poetry book, but the second poetry book that I loved. This poetry collection is about first love and the break up afterwards. I could really relate to so many poems because we’ve all been through heartbreak. Click here to read my review!

3. the witch doesn’t burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace
I was hearing so many amazing things about the witch doesn’t burn in this one so I just had to read it. And wow, did I enjoy this poetry collection! This collection is about feminism, being confident, rape and many more inspiring subjects. Click here to read my review.

4. milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
milk and honey
milk and honey is one of the most recent poetry collections I read and I had some high expectations because everyone’s still raving about milk and honey. I love this poetry collection because it’s so inspiring. It’s about survival, the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and feminity. milk and honey was really inspiring and I cannot wait to read the sun and her flowers.

5. Worlds of You by Beau Taplin
The latest poetry collection I read was Worlds of You by Beau Taplin. Worlds of You is a collection of Beau Taplin’s most treasured words and is about love, loss, pain, passion, fear, … So far, this is the best poetry and prose collection written by Beau Taplin and there were so many beautiful and inspiring poems in this collection! Click here to read my review.

Have you read one of these poetry books and what are your favourite poetry collections?

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17 Jul 2018

Seeking Sanctuary | Release Day Blitz


Title: Seeking Sanctuary Author: Annie Anderson
Series: Shelter Me #1
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense


One broken girl. Two brothers. One small town with a big secret.

Planning to escape her controlling boyfriend, Isla’s getaway hits a snag when a pair of pink lines show up on a pregnancy test.

Levi just needs an accountant. Someone smart, dependable, and someone who won't blow town and leave him in the lurch. When a pretty but battered woman falls into his arms, he can't help but offer her the job. If only he can convince her to take it.

As an unexpected death rocks this small Colorado town, Isla can't help but wonder if her past somehow followed her to the one place she's felt like home.

Some sanctuaries aren't as safe as they appear...


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Excerpt:

“You hungry, Sugar?” Levi’s voice broke into my thoughts and stilled my fingers on the keyboard. They had been working on autopilot as my brain ran over last night’s kiss. Every detail, every single sensation, everything – all on a loop, playing over and over again. 

There were a million reasons to talk myself out of a relationship – or whatever this was – with Levi. Possibly a billion if I were being honest. But I was having a hard time making myself give him the ‘that was a mistake’ talk. I didn’t want to have that conversation at all, but the reason part of my brain really wanted to be heard. The emotional – and probably horny – part of my brain was beating reason back with a stick.

But still, the bitch had some good points.

Those points were vast, far-reaching, and possibly devastating for all parties involved. I should totally not go any farther into whatever the hell this was with Levi, but every time I thought I could muster up the courage to talk to him, he’d call me ‘Sugar’ or he’d smile at me, and I’d watch his lips pull in that half grin of his. That same half-grin that made my belly dip, and then the belly dip would take me back to how good his lips felt on mine. How I’d never, ever felt like that before, and then I’d be back where I started. 

Not knowing what the fuck to do.

“Always,” I answered, saving my work and logging out as I yanked my jean jacket from the chair. 

We headed to the diner, Levi’s shoulder brushing mine with every step. I didn’t quite know if he was holding himself back from me, or maybe he was taking baby steps, but I liked that even if he was wary of holding my hand, he still touched me somehow. Levi was decidedly in my space, just like in the kitchen. He stole the air and space in my little bubble, but somehow he gave it back to me too.

I felt greedy for it – the warmth of him being so close to me. But my greed made me feel guilty because it didn’t matter that I was starved for him – he didn’t know who I was. 

Or what I’d done to get free.


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.


16 Jul 2018

Magic at Midnight | Review

Title: Magic At Midnight
Authors: Lyssa Chiavari, T. Damon, Dorothy Dreyer, Clare Dugmore, Mary Fan, Leigh Hellman, Clara Kensie, Mark C. King, Karissa Laurel, Melanie McFarlane, Amy McNulty, Selenia Paz, Madeehah Reza, K.M. Robinson, Jane Watson
Pages: 476 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Rating: 

Review

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Snowy Wings Publishing!

Magic at Midnight is a Young Adult fairytale anthology written by 15 authors, so 15 fairytale retellings. The retellings are written in different genres such as fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, historical, paranormal, … So there’s definitely a story for everyone!

Retelling 1: Cinderella A.I. by Lyssa Chiavari 4/5
Retelling: Cinderella

Retelling 2: Tresses & Erubescence by Amy McNulty 2/5
Retelling: Rapunzel

Retelling 3: Magic All Around by Jane Watson 4.5/5
Retelling: The Goblin and the Grocer

Retelling 4: Little Rue by T. Damon 3/5
Retelling: Little Red Riding Hood

Retelling 5: The Inventor’s Daughter by Selenia Paz 4/5
Retelling: Beauty and the Beast

Retelling 6: A Brackish Shore by Leigh Hellman 2/5
Retelling: The Little Mermaid

Retelling 7: The Forest of Carterhaugh by Karissa Laurel 3/5
Retelling: The Ballad of Tam Lin

Retelling 8: The Pitiless Prisoner of Hamelin by Mark C. King 2/5
Retelling: The Pied Piper

Retelling 9: The Goose Girl and the Artificial by K.M. Robinson 4/5
Retelling: The Goose Girl

Retelling 10: Dance of Deception by Clara Kensie 4.5/5
Retelling: The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Retelling 11: The False Nightingale by Mary Fan 4/5
Retelling: The Nightingale

Retelling 12: Leo 6 by Melanie McFarlane 3/5
Retelling: Rumpelstiltskin 

Retelling 13: Solstice Spell by Clare Dugmore 3/5
Retelling: The Nutcracker Prince

Retelling 14: Morsel by Dorothy Dreyer 3/5
Retelling: Hansel and Gretel

Retelling 15: Wires and Blood by Madeehah Reza 2/5
Retelling: Pinocchio

TOTAL: 48/75 = 3/5

So overall I really enjoyed reading Magic at Midnight, but a lot of stories were about artificial intelligence and it’s not that it isn’t interesting but it just kinda gets boring because it’s always the same. It would’ve been better if some stories were about something else like mermaids, ghosts, … instead of artificial intelligence.

I do think that there were some really interesting retellings and I cannot wait to discover and read more books written by these authors!

13 Jul 2018

Why am I a donor?

I’ve been donating blood plasma since I was 18 years old, which is the age you are allowed to donate blood, blood plasma and platelets in Belgium. I always wanted to donate since I was around 12 years old because my grandpa has been donating since he was old enough to do it. I’ve always looked up to him because he gives something to help other people and that inspired me to do it too.

I go to a donor centre to donate blood or blood plasma and at the moment I’ve donated blood 2 times and blood plasma 14 times. You can donate blood 4 times a year since it takes longer to produce again and you can donate blood plasma every two weeks. My 14 times doesn’t sound much since I’m already 20 years old and I've only donated 14 times, but you are not allowed to donate when you’re sick or when you get a new piercing or tattoo, ... There were a few times that I got sick, so I just went with my grandpa and I also got 2 new ear piercings so I couldn’t donate again.

I love donating with my grandpa, but he sadly got sick this February and now has to take blood thinners. Because of the blood thinners, he cannot donate any more and he’s almost 71 and that’s the age that you need to stop donating. If I am correct, the government wants to change the age and make it higher since people who are 71+ are still healthy and able to donate. I wish that they could lower the age too because I think it’s normal to donate at the age of 16.

Someone at the donor centre asked us if they could take a picture for their Facebook page, and they kindly sent it to me.
When I think about donating, I think about all the lives I could save. I know it may sound stupid but that’s really the main reason why I donate. You can do so much with blood plasma. With plasma donations, you can help people with serious coagulation disorders, newborn babies with severe jaundice, … and they also use blood plasma for medicines. So in short: doctors and scientists can do so much with blood plasma and you can help so many people!

As you can see in the picture, the last time I went to donate, my 2 friends came with me and even donated! I’m so glad that I could convince my friends because even if you don’t always donate, you can still save so many lives. I’m glad to have these amazing friends in my life!

I hope you guys liked this post and perhaps are interested in donating yourself. Feel free to ask me anything, I don’t mind answering your questions at all! I’m really passionate about donating, so I don’t mind talking about it. One day I even want to donate bone marrow, but I need to look up all the details first and see if I may donate.

Do you donate blood, blood plasma or platelets or have you considered donating?

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12 Jul 2018

Vanilla Blood: A Novella | Review

Title: Vanilla Blood: A Novella
Author: S.L. Baron
Pages: 122 pages
Version: Paperback (ARC)
Rating: 

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you S.L. Baron!

Vanilla Blood: A Novella tells the story of Livia and Lucien. Livia always dreamt of going to Europe together with her brother, but everything changed when her brother died. She struggled with suicide but still decided to go to Europe. In Europe she meets Lucien and then her entire world changes completely…

Vanilla Blood: A Novella was such a fast-paced vampire book! I really liked the story because it was really quick and easy and it didn’t take me long to finish the book. Sometimes I really need a good short book and Vanilla Blood: A Novella was the perfect book for me!

I really liked the story and the characters, there were some plot twists that were great too! I really enjoyed reading Vanilla Blood: A Novella and I cannot wait to read more written by S.L. Baron!

11 Jul 2018

TitsUp, the brand that dresses your tits!

TitsUp started with the idea of putting two patches on a t-shirt at the breasts’ places to be able to wear a t-shirt without a bra. The creators thought that this was such a funny idea but they never thought that they could create a web shop.

TitsUp isn’t just a normal clothing brand, but it’s a clothing brand with a cause. TitsUp supports the fight against breast cancer, so every time you buy a Titshirt or a Sweatit €1 is donated.


I think that this is such a beautiful cause because my grandma has had breast cancer and she had to amputate one of her breasts. I think it’s so sad that so many women, 1 in 7, are affected by breast cancer. This is an amazing idea to help the fight against breast cancer and it makes me even want to buy all the Titshirts and Sweatits. So when I discovered TitsUp I immediately fell in love with their clothing as well as their cause!

I got send the Cherry Flower Titshirt and I’m in love with it! Firstly, the packaging was amazing! As you might have seen in my Instagram stories, the packaging was a cute flamingo print and when I opened it I received the Titshirt in plastic as well as two cute cards and a lollipop.

The material of the Titshirt is 100% organic cotton, and it feels really comfortable. I’m usually size Medium, but I wanted to be sure, so I bought a Large. My boobs are rather big so I was a bit unsure whether to go with my usual size or to size up. I’m glad that I bought a Large because the Titshirt fits perfectly and the placement of the flowers is perfect too!


As you can see in the picture, I paired it up with some loose shorts and I rolled up the sleeves. I really like the way I wore it and I’m sure I can wear it with some jeans or a skirt. I think that these Titshirts (and Sweatits) are amazing and cute because you can wear it with everything! I also really like that there are different patches, you don’t only have flowers, but also food, unicorns, hearts, rainbows, … There is something for everyone!

Make sure to check out the TitsUp website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

As I mentioned above, TitsUp send me this t-shirt, but that doesn’t affect my opinion! The link to the TitsUp website is not an affiliate link!

Salt & Venom | Cover reveal

Title: Salt & Venom
Series: Blood, Bloom & Water #2
Author: Amy McNulty
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Release date: 16 October 2018

Synopsis
An emboldened merman. The daring girl who agreed to be his champion. The upcoming battle that threatens to change everything they believe in.

Ivy Sheppard never wanted the ability to turn into a mermaid—though her wicked ice powers are nothing to sneeze at. Now her step-sister is her enemy, the fairy she once trusted may not be the ally she hoped for, and her new boyfriend wants her to transfer schools to avoid the vampires taking over Union High. Between dodging parents’ concerns, pretending she can stand to even look at the step-sister who sided with the bloodsuckers, and still aiming to end it all without violence, Ivy is in over her head. Unfortunately, these ancient enemies are itching to get the conflict started and Ivy may have no choice but to become the warrior the merfolk need her to be.
The second book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series starts the war between fangs and fins in earnest as the merfolk plan their assault to bring down the unnatural undead vampires once and for all.

Make sure to add Salt & Venom on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39878355-salt-venom

If you haven't read the first book, Fangs & Fins, make sure to check it out on Goodreads and read my review.

9 Jul 2018

Wilt | Review

Title: Wilt
Series: The Order Series #2
Author: Nikki Rae
Pages: 194 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: 

Review

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

Wilt is the second book in The Order Series and continues the story of Fawn/Doe and Elliot/Master Lyon. Fawn discovered that she was going to transfer to Master Jäger again in exchange for Master Lyon’s wife. Master Lyon’s preparing Fawn to become perfect for Master Jäger and Fawn doesn’t really know how to feel about it. Her feelings for Master Lyon are growing, but does Master Lyon feels the same way?

Wilt was the perfect sequel to Bloom. It was so interesting and fast paced. I couldn’t stop reading because I had to know how the story was going to end. Wilt is so well written and just amazing!

Sometimes being in the dark is better than turning on a light to see all you’re afraid of.

Fawn is such a strong woman even though she may think she is not. I could never be as strong as her and that’s why I really like her as a character. She’s been through so much and she’s still trying to please Master Lyon. Elliot/Master Lyon is so intriguing, I don’t know his true feelings because one day he’s like this and the other day he’s like that. It’s really intriguing and I want to know more about how he’s really feeling.

We stared at each other; me into the eyes of my Owner once again and he lost in search of the girl who was already dead.

Wilt was such an amazing book and I need, NEED, the third book in The Order Series because I have so many questions and I want to know more about Elliot, and if there’s a chance for Fawn and Elliot to be together, and I want to know more about Odette, … I JUST NEED THE THIRD BOOK! So Nikki, hurry up, thank you!

Wilt | Blog tour

Title: Wilt
Series: The Order Series #1
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. 

🌹 Goodreads link Bloom (The Order Series #1): https://goo.gl/pJhzCp
🌹 Amazon link Bloom (The Order Series #1): https://goo.gl/7xBYd5


🥀 Goodreads link Wilt (The Order Series #2): https://goo.gl/kEWySQ
🥀 Amazon link Wilt (The Order Series #2): https://goo.gl/GBQbAx


Review

If you haven't read Bloom yet, make sure to check out my review.

Wilt is the second book in The Order Series and continues the story of Fawn/Doe and Elliot/Master Lyon. Fawn discovered that she was going to transfer to Master Jäger again in exchange for Master Lyon’s wife. Master Lyon’s preparing Fawn to become perfect for Master Jäger and Fawn doesn’t really know how to feel about it. Her feelings for Master Lyon are growing, but does Master Lyon feels the same way?

Wilt was the perfect sequel to Bloom. It was so interesting and fast paced. I couldn’t stop reading because I had to know how the story was going to end. Wilt is so well written and just amazing!

Sometimes being in the dark is better than turning on a light to see all you’re afraid of.

Fawn is such a strong woman even though she may think she is not. I could never be as strong as her and that’s why I really like her as a character. She’s been through so much and she’s still trying to please Master Lyon. Elliot/Master Lyon is so intriguing, I don’t know his true feelings because one day he’s like this and the other day he’s like that. It’s really intriguing and I want to know more about how he’s really feeling.

We stared at each other; me into the eyes of my Owner once again and he lost in search of the girl who was already dead.

Wilt was such an amazing book and I need, NEED, the third book in The Order Series because I have so many questions and I want to know more about Elliot, and if there’s a chance for Fawn and Elliot to be together, and I want to know more about Odette, … I JUST NEED THE THIRD BOOK! So Nikki, hurry up, thank you!



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Excerpt
Master Lyon removed the moisture from my cheek with a knuckle. “How will you ever survive if you forget the rules when there are more players brought in?”
His words were gentle, sad. They made me want to hide.
“Please,” I whispered. “I promise to behave if you just tell me, sir.”
He stroked my hair with his free hand. “I know you’re afraid,” he said. “But as long as you obey me, you’ll be safe. That is all you need to do.”
I shook my head, unwilling to accept his non-answer.  “Sir, please,” I barely said. “I-I—”
“Shh,” he soothed, fingers playing with the diamonds of my dress and then circling the scars he could reach. He leaned in close so he could speak directly into my ear. “You’ve come so far,” he said, outlining the higher, larger scars as if to emphasize his point. “If you want them to suffer, tonight is the first step towards that goal.” He tucked hair behind my ear and cupped my cheek. “Even if you cannot see it now, know that we want the same thing.”
It was hard not to laugh at the absurdity; what we wanted couldn’t be more different. I wanted to be free and he wanted me to be caged.
“And what is that, sir?”
“To destroy them,” he almost growled, but the anger wasn’t directed at me.
This time when he moved away and we stared at each other, his eyes burned with sincerity while the rest of his face remained a hard mask. I wanted to deny his convictions, believe he was lying, but it was impossible. This wasn’t an act an Owner was putting on to convince a girl that her sacrifice for him wasn’t selfish. This was Elliot, trying his best to keep everyone he loved safe—whether we were worthy or capable of love or not. I only hoped, whatever his definition of the word, he loved me enough to keep his promises.
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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