31 Dec 2019

2019 reading goals wrap up

In 2019 I made a few goals, nothing too crazy, but I still wanted to read more as well as finish my 2018 TBR. Let’s see what I’ve read in 2019!

1. Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge
As for my Goodreads Reading Challenge, I wanted to read 170 books and I managed to read even more books. I’m very happy with the number of books I read this year!

2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
Shirley has read 127 books toward her goal of 170 books.
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2. Read more Manga, Comics and Graphic Novels
I wanted to read more Manga, Comics and Graphic Novels and I did read some!

Manga:
  • Between Duty and Desire by Rin Tanaka
  • Otomen Vol. 1 (Otomen #1) by Aya Konno
  • The Dangerous Jacob Wilde (The Wilde Brothers #1) by Sachiko Shirai & Sandra Marton
  • Dante’s Blackmailed Bride by Ellie Misono & Day Leclaire
  • The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1.1) by Earithen & Gena Showalter
  • The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1.2) by Earithen & Gena Showalter 
Comics:
  • Harley Quinn 2016 comics #36–41 by Frank Tieri
  • Hidden Heartbreak by Emma Lee
Graphic Novels:
  • The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel Vol. 1 by Cassandra Clare & Cassandra Jean

3. Read more LGBT+ books
Not all of these books has a main focus on LGBT+ but I still wanted to mention books that had LGBT+ characters in it.

  • The Blood Prince (Sovereign #3) by Josie Jaffrey: gay couple
  • Wolf Freed (The Last Shifter #4) by Sadie Moss: some M/M and M/F/M Romance, poly
  • The Age of Vampires series (6 books) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti: gay couple 
  • Standing Sideways by J. Lynn Bailey: gay character 
  • They/Them/Their by Eris Young: informative book about nonbinary and genderqueer
  • Chrysalis (The Order #3) by Nikki Rae: bisexual & poly characters
  • High School Queens (The High School Queen Trilogy) by Zachary Ryan: gay couple
  • Pomegranate Seeds by Melissa Jennings: poetry collection about being polyamorous
  • As You Breathe Again (The Walker Boys #2) by Molli Moran: gay couple
  • Collide: Episode Two (The Collide Series #2) by Nicole Sobon: bisexual character, F/F couple
  • Collide: Episode Three (The Collide Series #3) by Nicole Sobon: bisexual character, F/F couple 
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo: transgender, bisexual and lesbian characters
  • All Boy by Mia Kerick: transgender character
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer: gay couple
  • Finding Me by Kelly Gunderman: gay couple (one of the guys is bisexual), two mums (lesbian couple)
  • Red Queen series (4 books) by Victoria Aveyard: f/f and m/m couple
  • Academy of Unpredictable Magic series (6 books) by Sadie Moss: poly, M/F/M, M/M/F/M/M
  • Kingdom Cold series (3 books) by Brittni Chenelle, two gay characters 
  • Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac series (2 books) by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti: lesbian side character 
  • The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout: F/F couple 
  • Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas: bi/pan character 
  • Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas: F/F couple

4. Finish some book series
I wanted to finish 3 book series, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and Talon by Julie Kagawa.

I managed to finish all three of these series and I’m so happy that I read these books! I didn’t know why I waited so long because they were all amazing! The only book that I still need to read is the novella collection The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas, but for me this goal is complete!
    5. Finish my 2018 physical TBR
    I had a physical TBR of 18 books:
    • Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce
    • After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel
    • Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas
    • Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas
    • Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
    • King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard
    • War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard
    • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
    • In the Absence of the Sun by Morgan Rublee
    • Legion (Talon #4) by Julie Kagawa
    • Inferno (Talon #5) by Julie Kagawa
    • Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa
    • The Ultimate Survival Guide to Being a Girl by Chrostin/Christina De Witte
    • Tell Me (Me #1) by Abigail Strom
    • The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • To Make Monsters Out of Girls (Things that Haunt #1) by Amanda Lovelace
    • Verity by Colleen Hoover
    • Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
    I managed to read all the books from my physical TBR except Windfall. I tried to read Windfall but I couldn’t get into the story, so I decided not to read it. I rather read something I want to read than read something because I have to.

    I’m happy that I managed to complete all my goals and I hope 2020 will be another amazing reading year!

    30 Dec 2019

    2020 Bullet Journal set up + January set up

    As some of you may have seen on my Instagram, I have a new Bullet Journal for 2020. This will be my first yearly Bullet Journal, and I’m really excited. This post will be about the new journal, my 2020 pages as well as my January set up.

    Previous Bullet Journal set ups:
    First let’s talk about the Bullet Journal. I got the MUS Creatief Bullet Journal, which you can find here. I really loved the design, I’m a sucker for black and white. Unfortunately, the pages aren’t really thick. I didn’t look up reviews, I just bought this journal and I regret that. I wish I’d read some reviews, because you can see every (brush) pen stroke through the pages. But I’m not someone that throws away stuff so I will be using this journal. I just know that I won’t be buying this one anymore…

    As for stationery, I used a lot of Tombow brush pens and some brush pens I got from Kruidvat, and I used some Stabilo pens. Most of these washi tapes are either from Action, Paperchase or AliExpress. The stickers I’ve used are from Craft Universe, I bought these at Action.

    So the first two pages are my grid spacing pages. These are really useful when you draw the same kind of lines the entire time or are easy when you want to know which dot divides your page in half, … I really wanted to make this in my journal and I think it really helped with creating my weekly spreads.


    The next pages are my ‘standard’ BuJo pages. I decided to go for a yearly overview with some place to write down important dates.



    Then we have ‘my year in photos’. Most of the time I’m depressed and it feels like I don’t do anything fun. I want to take a picture every month that shows something that I enjoyed or that shows something that I did with friends, … You know what I mean. I think that it’s easier to remember the bad stuff than the good stuff, at least that’s how my brain works, and I think by doing this, I will remember the good stuff too.


    As you all know, I’m a book nerd, so a big bookcase with my TBR had to be in my journal. The next page is my 2020 reading goals. It’s always easy to carry a paper version of my goals with me in case I don’t have internet access and can’t update my reading goals wrap up. PS: this is not my entire TBR, I still need to add some more books. It also looks a bit ugly because there’s no colour but I’m planning one colouring the edges of the books once I’ve read them. The colours will be the colours from my yearly overview so I can see which books I’ve read which month.


    And the last two pages are new. I’ve never done these before but I really like them and I hope I’ll use them. The first one is a page for all the recipes that I want to try. I want to get better at cooking since it’s the last year of my bachelor’s degree and I’d like to be able to make a few recipes before I live with my boyfriend. Then the next page is a page to write down all my ideas.


    Now I’m going to talk about my January set up. This month’s theme is mermaids. I love mermaids, I’ve been fascinated by them since I was kid and I love reading books and watching TV shows/movies about mermaids. The pictures I’ve used are from my Pinterest board, I just edited them a bit to match the theme. I also used some stickers, which I mentioned in the beginning of this post.

    The first page is my monthly overview together with my ‘to do’ and ‘to read’ list.


    Normally I have a full page dedicated to my habit trackers and a brain dump page, but I wanted to change some things. It always took so long to finish my habit tracker page because drawing those trackers sucks, and I didn’t really use the brain dump page except for writing down some important dates. Now that I have my yearly overview it’s kind of stupid to create the brain dump page. So in my new journal I decided to change some things. As you can see, I have a small habit tracker at the bottom of my page. I messed up the design but covered up my mistake with some cute stickers. Thank god for stickers, lol!






    And the last page of January set up is my wrap up spread. I wanted to be a bit more creative, so I drew some doodles for each category. I really like the doodles!


    I hope you guys liked this Bullet Journal post. It’s a bit longer than usual but I wanted to share everything that I’ve created so far! If you guys liked this post, feel free to pin this post on Pinterest!

    27 Dec 2019

    Hometown Heartless | Review

    Title: Hometown Heartless
    Author: Carrie Aarons
    Pages: 250 pages
    Version: Ebook (ARC)
    Release date: 23 January 2020
    Rating: ★★★★★

    Synopsis

    One year ago, the boy next door was captured as a prisoner of war.

    The boy whose window faces mine.
    The backyard buddy who bandaged up my skinned knees.
    The childhood crush that kept me up at night, wondering if he’d ever be my boyfriend.
    The town hero I wrote endless letters to after he shipped out.
    The green-eyed charmer who promised me a kiss the day I turned eighteen.

    And now, he’s home.
    But he didn’t come back as the boy I once knew.
    He’s a man now, one with demons I can’t comprehend.
    The damaged soldier keeps telling me I’m not his anymore.
    That the war took him, turned him into someone unrecognizable.
    What he hasn’t considered is that it took me, too.

    He swears there is nothing left between us, that his heart died overseas. But with each look through our windows, we both know his lies are just that. With each fated meeting, the truth only becomes more evident.

    Everett Brock occupies the shadows now.
    And as much as I try to pull him into the light, it seems the switch is permanent.
    What he doesn’t realize is that I’m willing to follow him into the darkness.


    Review

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

    Hometown Heartless is a standalone novel about Kennedy and Everett.

    Carrie Aarons is one of the many amazing authors I’ve discovered in 2019 and so far I have loved every book she’s written. So it’s no surprise that I loved Hometown Heartless! Hometown Heartless is the first standalone I’ve read by Carrie Aarons and I really enjoyed reading it!

    Kennedy is such a relatable character, I loved reading in her perspective. Everett, on the other hand, was a real jerk. I know he’s been through a lot but he could’ve been a lot nicer to Kennedy… However, I loved that they’re childhood friends who are in love with each other. I always love these kinds of books! 

    Hometown Heartless is a beautiful book full of emotions. This book is different from the other books I’ve read by Carrie Aarons, but in a good way. I really loved reading this book and I cannot wait to read Carrie Aarons’ next book!

    23 Dec 2019

    Sacrifice | Review

    Title: Sacrifice
    Series: Her Soulkeepers #1
    Author: Sadie Moss
    Pages: 229 pages
    Version: Ebook (ARC)
    Release date: 30 December 2019
    Rating: ★★★★★

    Synopsis

    Three messengers of the gods each hold a piece of my soul. I won’t let them claim my heart too. 

    My people are dying.

    Our god has abandoned us, leaving us starving and weak. In a desperate attempt to save those I love, I offer up the ultimate sacrifice to our capricious deity.

    Myself.

    He accepts my offering, and I forfeit my life. But when I arrive in the afterworld, a rival god who despises mine binds my soul to three beautiful, terrifying men – powerful beings he calls his messengers.

    Callum, Echo, and Paris.

    I’m little more than an annoyance to them, a lost soul their master has foisted upon them.

    Still, the bond between us draws me toward them constantly, like a lodestone finding true north, and the more time I spend with these enigmatic men, the more confused my feelings become.

    I hate them. I want them. I fear them. I need them.

    But no matter what happens, I won’t let myself love them. 

    Note: Sacrifice is the first book in the Her Soulkeepers series, a medium-burn reverse harem fantasy with steam, action, and romance that will melt your heart and your panties. 



    Review

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

    Sacrifice is the first book in the Her Soulkeepers series and tells the story of Sage and her three men, Callum, Echo and Paris.

    Her Soulkeepers is another amazing series by Sadie Moss. She keeps creating these amazing and interesting worlds and I cannot get enough of her story building. All her books are so well written with amazing characters. Sacrifice was yet another amazing and fast paced read by Sadie Moss!

    I really liked the characters in Sacrifice. Sage is such an amazing character. After reading Jacquie’s review, I have to agree with her. Sage is somewhat similar to Feyre (from ACOTAR), she’s trying to save her family by hunting, she’s loyal and strong, and gives up her life so her family can have a better future. I also really liked the three men: Callum, Echo and Paris. I don’t have a favourite one (yet) they’re all hot and hard to resist!

    Sacrifice was such a good book and the first book in an amazing series! I just know that I’m going to love all the books in the series because Sadie Moss is such a talented author and one of my favourite authors as well. I cannot wait for the second book in the series!

    Anime I watched in 2018-2019

    I wanted to start a new kind of blog post series about anime. I really love watching anime and I started watching it again in December 2018. I decided to make a list of all the anime I watched in 2018 and 2019, and will try and make this list every year. I love discovering new anime, so I hope you will discover new anime by reading this blog post!

    For each anime, I will give the cover, title, number of episodes, number of seasons, a synopsis and my rating.

    Vampire Knight
    Synopsis
    Yuki Cross’s earliest memory is of being attacked by a vampire and being saved by Kaname Kuran, also a vampire. Ten years later, Yuki and vampire hunter Zero Kiryu attend Cross Academy as school guardians protecting the ‘Day Class’ of human students from the ‘Night Class’ of vampires. The story follows Yuki’s discovery that her childhood friend, Zero, has spent the last four years trying to fight his transformation into a vampire, and he has finally succumbed. Yuki struggles to help Zero fight his bloodlust, although it might pull her further away from Kaname. The situation intensifies when a new student, Maria Kurenai, transfers to the Night Class, and she seems to have something to do with Zero’s past.

    Number of seasons: 2 
    Number of episodes: 26
    Rating: 5/5

    Violet Evergarden  
    Synopsis
    The Great War finally came to an end after four long years of conflict; fractured in two, the continent of Telesis slowly began to flourish once again. Caught up in the bloodshed was Violet Evergarden, a young girl raised for the sole purpose of decimating enemy lines. Hospitalized and maimed in a bloody skirmish during the War’s final leg, she was left with only words from the person she held dearest, but with no understanding of their meaning.

    Recovering from her wounds, Violet starts a new life working at CH Postal Services after a falling out with her new intended guardian family. There, she witnesses by pure chance the work of an ‘Auto Memory Doll,’ amanuenses that transcribe people’s thoughts and feelings into words on paper. Moved by the notion, Violet begins work as an Auto Memory Doll, a trade that will take her on an adventure, one that will reshape the lives of her clients and hopefully lead to self-discovery.  

    Number of seasons: 1
    Number of episodes: 13
    Rating: 5/5

    Your Lie in April
    Synopsis
    Music accompanies the path of the human metronome, the prodigious pianist Kousei Arima. But after the passing of his mother, Saki Arima, Kousei falls into a downward spiral, rendering him unable to hear the sound of his own piano.

    Two years later, Kousei still avoids the piano, leaving behind his admirers and rivals, and lives a colorless life alongside his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. However, everything changes when he meets a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono, who stirs up his world and sets him on a journey to face music again.

    Based on the manga series of the same name, Your Lie in April approaches the story of Kousei’s recovery as he discovers that music is more than playing each note perfectly, and a single melody can bring in the fresh spring air of April.

    Number of seasons: 1
    Number of episodes: 22 
    Rating: 4/5

    The Asterisk War: The Academy City
    Synopsis
    In the previous century, an unprecedented disaster known as the Invertia drastically reformed the world. The powers of existing nations declined significantly, paving the way for a conglomerate called the Integrated Empire Foundation to assume control. But more importantly, the Invertia led to the emergence of a new species of humans who are born with phenomenal physical capabilities – the Genestella. Its elite are hand-picked across the globe to attend the top six schools, and they duel amongst themselves in entertainment battles called Festas.

    Ayato Amagiri is a scholarship transfer student at the prestigious Seidoukan Academy, which has recently been suffering from declining performances. Through a series of events, he accidentally sees the popular Witch of Resplendent Flames, Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld, half-dressed! Enraged, Julis challenges him to a duel for intruding on her privacy. After said duel is voided by the student council president, Ayato reveals that he has no interest in Festas. Instead, he has enrolled in the academy to investigate the whereabouts of his missing elder sister. But when a more devious plot unravels, Ayato sets out to achieve victory, while being surrounded by some of the most talented Genestella on the planet.  

    Number of seasons: 1 
    Number of episodes: 2
    Rating: 4/5 

    Charlotte  
    Synopsis
    While on the surface Yuu Otosaka appears to be just another charming and intelligent teenager, he has a secret – he has the ability to slip into people’s minds and fully control their body for five seconds at a time. Yuu has been using this skill for years to gain the highest grades, which allowed him to enter a prestigious high school.

    When the enigmatic Nao Tomori catches Yuu using his power, she coerces him and his sister Ayumi into transferring to Hoshinoumi Academy, a school for students with supernatural abilities. The student council of the school, led by Nao, is tasked with secretly tracking down adolescents who abuse their powers. Yuu is forced to join the student council and together, they face formidable challenges that bring him closer to the shocking truth that his own, seemingly incomplete ability, might be more powerful than he could have ever imagined.

    An original story from Jun Maeda, creator of Angel Beats and Clannad, Charlotte explores the supernatural lives of these teenagers and the price they must pay for being special.

    Number of seasons: 1 
    Number of episodes: 13 
    Rating: 4/5

    20 Dec 2019

    Life update | december 2019

    I wanted to give you guys an update on how my life is going, how I’m doing, etc. I felt like writing a blog post just so I could write down my feelings. I kind of need it.

    School
    So today is the last day I’ll ever be attending class at Thomas More Geel. I mean, I hope so lol. I have exams in January and then an internship in February until May. I’m really looking forward to my internship and I think that’s because it’s the only thing that’s positive regarding school. I’ve been so stressed the entire semester. The teachers expected so much of us, every day I came home and I barely had time to do something that I enjoyed. I constantly felt like I had to do something for school or I’d be wasting my parent’s money. And when I did something that I enjoy, I felt guilty.

    Besides the workload, a lot of people at my school have been acting weird towards me. At the beginning of my bachelor’s degree, I had a couple of good friends, and now, for some reason, they’re not my friends anymore. I don’t really know what I did wrong. When I asked what I did wrong, the reason they gave me felt like a lie. And to be honest, the last couple of weeks I didn’t feel the need to make an effort anymore. These ‘friends’ have been letting me feel like shit almost the entire time and not just this semester. Maybe it’s good that they’ve finally decided not to talk to me or to act weirdly around me. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t care or that I don’t think about it. I’ve been constantly thinking about what I did wrong or why they’d do something like that. But I guess I’ll never know the answer.

    I do, however, talked to some other girls from my class, and they’ve been there for me when my ‘friends’ weren’t. They’ve been so kind and helpful and they’re the best. I hope that we’ll stay in touch during our internships!

    Metal health
    I think this semester has been the worst semester mental health-wise. I’ve been feeling like shit the entire semester, I feel depressed and I’m overthinking 24/7. I’m also not sleeping that well and it’s messing with me. I’ve been debating on going to my therapist again but, for some reason, I don’t want to. But writing all this down is kind of helping me so I’ll just see. I think that once I’m doing my internship, everything will be (a bit) better. I won’t have time to think about my ‘friends’, I won’t have homework anymore because the only thing that I’ll have to do is do my internship and write a thesis.

    Boyfriend
    My boyfriend’s been so supporting this semester because he knows what I’m going through. He knows that I’m struggling and he’s there for me. I couldn’t have wished for a better boyfriend. He found a new job a few weeks back and he’s looking for an apartment close to his new job. This means that I’ll be spending some more time with him! I won’t be living with him since I still live with my parents, and want to, until I graduate, but that means that I can visit him or stay with him for a few days whenever I want without his family around. I’m so excited for him that he’s taking the next step and I’ll be there for him, just like he’s there for me. I’m also really excited because I don’t really cook at home, my mum does, and now I’ll be able to experiment a bit more and cook some meals for him. I’ve been thinking about some fun spreads that I can add to my new Bullet Journal and one of the spreads will be a spread with recipes I want to cook. So I’m really excited to try out those recipes!

    Blog
    I haven’t been posting a lot this semester, just some reviews and blog tours. I haven’t felt that creative and that’s probably due to school and my mental health. Once this semester is over and I’m doing my internship, I think everything will be better. This week I’ve been writing some blog posts that are a bit different such as a list of anime that I watched in 2018–2019, it’s a new series that I want to start on my blog. I’ve also been thinking about a blog post about my new Bullet Journal: the brand, stationery that I use, new spreads that I want to make, … I hope I’ll be able to create this post next week or early January. I’m also going to make a spread for blog post ideas so I hope I’ll be giving you some new creative content in 2020!

    So I didn’t expect for this post to be this long, but I guess I had a lot to say. I hope you guys are doing well and I wish you all a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year!

    16 Dec 2019

    The Darkest Assassin | Blog tour

    Title: The Darkest Assassin
    Series: Lords of the Underworld #14.6
    Author: Gena Showalter
    Release date: 10 December 2019

    Synopsis

    Fox is a demon-possessed immortal with many talents. Ability to open portals—check Power to kill the most dangerous Sent Ones—check
    Scare away any man who might want to date her—mate
    Now, the keeper of Distrust has been marked for death, a winged assassin with rainbow-colored eyes tracking her every move, determined to avenge the males she accidentally decimated. If only she could control the desire to rip off his clothes…

    Bjorn is a fierce warrior with many complications.
    Tragic, torture-filled past—check
    A wife he was forced to wed, who is draining his life force—check
    Ever-intensifying desire for the enigmatic Fox—mate
    Never has he hesitated to exterminate an evil being. Until now. The sharp-tongued female with a shockingly vulnerable heart tempts him in ways no one else ever has, threatening his iron control.

    But, as Fate itself seems to conspire against the unlikely pair, both old and new enemies emerge. And Fox and Bjorn must fight to survive.

    And learn to love…

     

    Review quotes

     “I love this world…this is Gena Showalter at her best!”—J.R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author
    “The Gods of War series is my new obsession.”—Christine Feehan, #1 New York Timesbestselling author
    "One of the premier authors of paranormal romance. Gena Showalter delivers an utterly spellbinding story!"-Kresley Cole, #1 New York Times bestselling author
    "Gena Showalter never fails to dazzle."-Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author



    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 Assassin is a novella in the Lords of the Underworld series and tells the story of Fox and Bjorn. You don’t have to read the Lords of the Underworld series to be able to read this novella.

    As I mentioned in my review of The Darkest Captive, I loved coming back to the Lords of the Underworld series. I’m planning on reading the other book is the LotU series since I’ve only read the first three books and two novellas. The Darkest Assassin was yet another amazing book set in this world and I really enjoyed it!

    I loved reading about Fox and Bjorn, I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time. Fox is such a badass female character, and you cannot not love her. Bjorn is another amazing character. He’s so hot and I love how he is when he’s around Fox. Fox and Bjorn are both somewhat broken and that makes them the perfect couple!

    The Darkest Assassin was yet another great book by Gena Showalter! Lords of the Underworld is such an amazing Paranormal Romance series, and I cannot wait to read the other books in the series. I love that every book focuses on a different couple, and the books I’ve read so far are so well written and fast paced!  

    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


    12 Dec 2019

    The Fae & The Fallen | Review

    Title: The Fae & The Fallen
    Series: Gifted Fae Academy #1
    Author: Brittni Chenelle
    Pages: 242 pages
    Version: Ebook (ARC)
    Release date: 21 December 2019
    Rating: ★★★★★
    4.5/5*

    Synopsis

    My first kiss nearly killed me, literally.

    When 80% of the population is gifted with touch magic, it’s best to keep your hands to yourself, especially if you’re an ungifted Serf like me.

    The problem is, the most dangerous guy at Gifted Fae Academy is the one I want to touch the most. When my entry exam leads to the revelation that I may not be as ungifted as I thought, I draw the attention of the school’s most gorgeous Apprentice Fae.

    Surviving until graduation might prove harder than I thought when his fatal touch seems worth the risk.

    If you love reading about childhood friends, enemies-to-lovers, royal and celebrity classmates, and everything Fae, then one-click today and fall into this magical new series that’s Gossip Girl meets My Hero Academia!

    This Upper YA/NA series will eventually be three books and is intended for mature audiences. It contains cursing, sexual situations, and violence.



    Review

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

    The Fae & The Fallen is the first book in the Gifted Fae Academy series and tells the story of Reina and Kaito.

    I’ve been reading a lot of books that are Fae-themed the last couple of weeks and I’m loving it! The Fae & The Fallen was an amazing Fae-themed book and I couldn’t get enough of it! I really liked the story and it was really hard to put this book down! I really liked Brittni Chenelle’s previous series, Kingdom Cold, so I knew that I was going to like this book too!

    I really liked Reina, she’s such a brave person and there were some plot twists that I didn’t see coming. And by plot twists I mean some secrets that Reina had. I have mixed feelings about Kaito but I love reading in his perspective. I can get to know him better and get to know why he acts the way he acts when he’s around Reina.

    I really liked The Fae & The Fallen, I think it was such a good book! I kinda hated the ending because now I’m anxiously waiting for the sequel. I NEED IT ASAP!!

    11 Dec 2019

    Warm Me Softly | Release day blitz

    Title: Warm Me Softly (A Holiday Novella)
    Author: D.M. Davis
    Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
    Release date: 11 December 2019

    Synopsis

    I thought he wanted my inheritance. Turns out, he wanted me.

    Maggie is a lonely shop keeper who loves her memories, living her life for the ones she’s lost. She’s torn between holding on to the past or selling off her inheritance for a chance to discover her passion.

    Marcus is a real estate developer who’s been after Maggie’s properties for years. Somewhere along the way his desire to buy her out morphed into the need to win her heart.

    This Christmas novella of loss, remembrance, and transformation will warm your heart for the holidays and all year through.

    Note to Reader: The Warm Me Softly novella originally appeared in the Winter’s Edge Anthology (Nov 2017). This version is intended for mature audiences as it’s been revamped with new and updated scenes, making it a Steamy Romance.




    Review

    This book was provided by the author through Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you D.M. Davis and Give Me Books Promotions!

    Warm Me Softly is a Christmas novella of loss and love, about Maggie and Marcus.

    Warm Me Softly was such a cute Christmas novella, perfect for reading in December. I really liked Warm Me Softly because it’s such a cute love story with a lovely ending. It was really fast paced, you can easily finish this novella in a few hours!


    Marcus is such a kind man, and he’d be the perfect boyfriend. He’s so caring and has been in love with Maggie for such a long time. Maggie doesn’t even know that Marcus is in love with her, which is kind of funny because it’s so obvious. Maggie’s also really loyal and dedicated, and I love that.

    Warm Me Softly was such an enjoyable novella and I’d love to read some more about Maggie and Marcus! So D.M. Davis, if you’re reading this: I want another novella/book about Maggie and Marcus!!!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway Author bio
    D.M. Davis is a Contemporary and New Adult Romance Author.

    She is a Texas native, wife, and mother. Her background is Project Management, technical writing, and application development. D.M. has been a lifelong reader, and wrote poetry in her early life, but has found her true passion in writing about love and the intricate relationships between men and women.

    She writes of broken hearts and second chances, of dreamers looking for more than they have and daring to reach for it.

    D.M. believes it is never too late to make a change in your own life, to become the person you always wanted to be, but were afraid you were not worth the effort. You are worth it. Take a chance on you. You never know what’s possible if you don’t try. Believe in yourself as you believe in others, and see what life has to offer.

    Warm Me Softly | Review

    Title: Warm Me Softly
    Author: D.M. Davis
    Pages: 66 pages
    Version: Ebook (ARC)
    Release date: 11 December 2019
    Rating: ★★★★

    Synopsis

    I thought he wanted my inheritance. Turns out, he wanted me.

    Maggie is a lonely shop keeper who loves her memories, living her life for the ones she’s lost. She’s torn between holding on to the past or selling off her inheritance for a chance to discover her passion.

    Marcus is a real estate developer who’s been after Maggie’s properties for years. Somewhere along the way his desire to buy her out morphed into the need to win her heart.

    This Christmas novella of loss, remembrance, and transformation will warm your heart for the holidays and all year through.

    Note to Reader: The Warm Me Softly novella originally appeared in the Winter’s Edge Anthology (Nov 2017). This version is intended for mature audiences as it’s been revamped with new and updated scenes, making it a Steamy Romance.



    Review

    This book was provided by the author through Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you D.M. Davis and Give Me Books Promotions!

    Warm Me Softly is a Christmas novella of loss and love, about Maggie and Marcus.

    Warm Me Softly was such a cute Christmas novella, perfect for reading in December. I really liked Warm Me Softly because it’s such a cute love story with a lovely ending. It was really fast paced, you can easily finish this novella in a few hours!


    Marcus is such a kind man, and he’d be the perfect boyfriend. He’s so caring and has been in love with Maggie for such a long time. Maggie doesn’t even know that Marcus is in love with her, which is kind of funny because it’s so obvious. Maggie’s also really loyal and dedicated, and I love that.

    Warm Me Softly was such an enjoyable novella and I’d love to read some more about Maggie and Marcus! So D.M. Davis, if you’re reading this: I want another novella/book about Maggie and Marcus!!!

    10 Dec 2019

    The Darkest Assassin | Release day blitz

    Title: The Darkest Assassin
    Series: Lords of the Underworld #14.6
    Author: Gena Showalter
    Release date: 10 December 2019

    Synopsis

    Fox is a demon-possessed immortal with many talents. Ability to open portals—check Power to kill the most dangerous Sent Ones—check
    Scare away any man who might want to date her—mate
    Now, the keeper of Distrust has been marked for death, a winged assassin with rainbow-colored eyes tracking her every move, determined to avenge the males she accidentally decimated. If only she could control the desire to rip off his clothes…

    Bjorn is a fierce warrior with many complications.
    Tragic, torture-filled past—check
    A wife he was forced to wed, who is draining his life force—check
    Ever-intensifying desire for the enigmatic Fox—mate
    Never has he hesitated to exterminate an evil being. Until now. The sharp-tongued female with a shockingly vulnerable heart tempts him in ways no one else ever has, threatening his iron control.

    But, as Fate itself seems to conspire against the unlikely pair, both old and new enemies emerge. And Fox and Bjorn must fight to survive.

    And learn to love…


    Review quotes
     

    “I love this world…this is Gena Showalter at her best!”—J.R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author
    “The Gods of War series is my new obsession.”—Christine Feehan, #1 New York Timesbestselling author
    "One of the premier authors of paranormal romance. Gena Showalter delivers an utterly spellbinding story!"-Kresley Cole, #1 New York Times bestselling author
    "Gena Showalter never fails to dazzle."-Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author


    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


    9 Dec 2019

    I Never Expected You | Release day blitz

    Title: I Never Expected You
    Series: I Never #2
    Author: Stefanie Jenkins
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    Release Date: 9 December 2019

    Synopsis

    Zachary Jacobs feels as though his life is spiraling out of control as he deals with the aftermath of losing his childhood best friend, Emmett Hanks. When his sister, Danielle, disappears without a trace, he finds comfort in the only person who truly knows what he is going through: Haylee Hanks.

    What he least expects is to fall for her. She went from the silly girl next door to the beautiful woman he can’t get out of his head. For the first time, he wants more than just a notch on his bedpost. Will his past be too much for her to handle, or will she let him catch her as she falls?


    Review

    This book was provided by the author through Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Stefanie Jenkins and Give Me Books Promotions!

    I Never Expected You is the second book in the I Never series and tells the story of Zach and Haylee. Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.  

    I Never Expected You was such an amazing book and I didn’t expect anything less from Stefanie Jenkins! Something that I really liked about I Never Expected You, was that this storyline happened more or less at the same time as the storyline of I Never Planned On You, the first book in the series. It was nice reading about Zach and Haylee’s thoughts while you know what happened in Dani and Kyler’s head.

    I really loved Zach and Haylee. At first, Zach seems like a man whore but when he finally falls in love with Haylee, he’s a different man. He’s so caring and understanding, and did I say sexy?! I think Haylee and I could be best friends!

    I Never Expected You was such a beautiful and emotional book! I’m a sucker for best friends to lovers Romances and this book was everything that I needed! I cannot wait to read the next book in the I Never series!

    Read the first book in the series: I Never Planned on You 


    a Rafflecopter giveaway About the author
    Stefanie Jenkins writes contemporary romance and lives in Surf City, North Carolina with her husband and two sons. Born and raised in Maryland, Stefanie brings her favorite parts of her hometown to life in her books. She is a coffee addict, wine connoisseur, hockey fan & lover of all romances - give her all the swoon & angst.

    7 Dec 2019

    The Darkest Assassin | Review

    Title: The Darkest Assassin
    Series: Lords of the Underworld #14.6
    Author: Gena Showalter
    Pages: 211 pages
    Version: Ebook (ARC)
    Release date: 10 December 2019
    Rating: ★★★★★

    Synopsis

    Fox is a demon-possessed immortal with many talents. Ability to open portals—check Power to kill the most dangerous Sent Ones—check
    Scare away any man who might want to date her—mate
    Now, the keeper of Distrust has been marked for death, a winged assassin with rainbow-colored eyes tracking her every move, determined to avenge the males she accidentally decimated. If only she could control the desire to rip off his clothes…

    Bjorn is a fierce warrior with many complications.
    Tragic, torture-filled past—check
    A wife he was forced to wed, who is draining his life force—check
    Ever-intensifying desire for the enigmatic Fox—mate
    Never has he hesitated to exterminate an evil being. Until now. The sharp-tongued female with a shockingly vulnerable heart tempts him in ways no one else ever has, threatening his iron control.

    But, as Fate itself seems to conspire against the unlikely pair, both old and new enemies emerge. And Fox and Bjorn must fight to survive.

    And learn to love…

    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 Assassin is a novella in the Lords of the Underworld series and tells the story of Fox and Bjorn. You don’t have to read the Lords of the Underworld series to be able to read this novella.

    As I mentioned in my review of The Darkest Captive, I loved coming back to the Lords of the Underworld series. I’m planning on reading the other book is the LotU series since I’ve only read the first three books and two novellas. The Darkest Assassin was yet another amazing book set in this world and I really enjoyed it!

    I loved reading about Fox and Bjorn, I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time. Fox is such a badass female character, and you cannot not love her. Bjorn is another amazing character. He’s so hot and I love how he is when he’s around Fox. Fox and Bjorn are both somewhat broken and that makes them the perfect couple!

    The Darkest Assassin was yet another great book by Gena Showalter! Lords of the Underworld is such an amazing Paranormal Romance series, and I cannot wait to read the other books in the series. I love that every book focuses on a different couple, and the books I’ve read so far are so well written and fast paced!