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!