31 Jan 2019

January favourites

Books
  • Magnolia Road (Granite Harbor #3) by J. Lynn Bailey
Magnolia Road is the third book in the Granite Harbor series and yet another amazing book by J. Lynn Bailey. I really love her writing as well as her characters and I cannot wait to read the first book in the Granite Harbor series (every book can be read as a standalone). Click here to read my review.
  • Her Guilty Secret (Guilty As Sin #1) by Clare Connelly
Her Guilty Secret is the second book I read written by Clare Connelly and just fell in love with the story and the characters. I really love how Clare writes Romance books, it’s just the perfect level of romance and steam! My review will be up in February!
  • Reaching Refuge (Shelter Me #2) by Annie Anderson 
Reaching Refuge is the second book in the Shelter Me series and can be read as a standalone. I really liked the first book in the series, Seeking Sanctuary, and Reaching Refuge was the perfect sequel! Annie Anderson is an amazing author and I cannot wait to read her other books! Click here to read my review.

Make-up
  • Nyx Vivid Brights Liner in Violet
I went sales shopping with my mum this month and I decided to buy a new coloured eyeliner. I mentioned in one of my Instagram posts and in my eyeliner collection post that I really love wearing coloured eyeliner and a few of my friends recommended the Nyx Vivid Brights Liners and I’m so glad that I bought one of the shades. I really love the Nyx Matte Liner and this is the exact same formula!
  • Barry M Unicorn Primer Drops
I got the Barry M Unicorn Primer Drops as a Christmas present from my sister and I really like the formula! You can use these drops as a primer or as a serum. I also really love the smell and that it’s just pink haha.
  • Ofra Liquid Lipstick in Bal Harbour 
My sister also bought the Ofra Hot Toddies Mini Lip Set with 4 mini lipsticks. One of the shades is called Bal Harbour and it’s such a beautiful mauve nude brown. I really love the formula and you only need one dip in the lipstick for full coverage!

TV Shows
  • The Asterisk War
I’ve been watching a lot of anime and this month I watched and finished The Asterisk War. It’s such a good anime and I’m kind of sad that there’s not going to be another season. It seems that all my favourite anime are cancelled or just finished…

That’s it for this post but make sure to check out my January wrap up tomorrow to find out what I read and watched this month!

30 Jan 2019

Never Have I Ever Kissed My Brother's Best Friend | Cover reveal

Title: Never Have I Ever Kissed My Brother's Best Friend
Series: Never Ever Love Series #1
Author: Juliet Bardsley
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release date: 12 February 2019

Synopsis
She’s crushed on him for the past six years. He’s always seen her as his best friend’s little sister. What happens when they’re forced together?
Gavin Mitchell is a star soccer player, the best looking senior at Cedar Oaks High, and a potential recruit for the college of his dreams. But if Gavin doesn’t raise his English grade, all his plans of playing soccer for his dream school will be crushed. Enter Kenzie Fair, his best friend’s smart little sister.
Mackenzie (Kenzie) Fair has the best friend in the world, an enviable collection of books, and the highest grades in the junior class. But there’s one thing she doesn’t have—Gavin Mitchell—the guy she’s crushed on for forever. The guy she acts like a total spaz around. The guy who also happens to be her brother’s best friend.
When the two are forced to spend time together studying Shakespeare, it’s only a matter of time before Gavin sees Kenzie as more than his best friend’s little sister.
The problem is, she still is. Is it worth risking his lifelong friendship for the chance to date Kenzie?

About the author
Juliet Bardsley has loved all things sweet, cozy, and romantic since she was a child. She is a high school English teacher by day and author of sweet romance novels and novellas by late night and weekend. When she’s not teaching or writing, you can find her spending time with her amazing family and two puppies, snuggling under a warm blanket watching Hallmark, or sipping on a cup of tea with a good book in her lap.

Through Snowy Wings Publishing, Juliet is the author of the Never Ever series (Never Have I Ever: Kissed My Brother’s Best Friend, February 2019), a sweet YA Contemporary Romance. She is also the author of the Mount Honeygrove Sweet Romance series through Snowy Wings Publishing's sister imprint Caleo Press.

29 Jan 2019

Reaching Refuge | Release Day Blitz

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

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

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

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

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

Be careful where you seek your refuge…



Excerpt
“You can’t.” Smack. “Spray water.” Smack. “On a goddamn gas fire, you fucking idiot.” Smack, smack, smack. 
“Okay, okay. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Avery. You coulda just told me, no need for violence.” 
No need for violence. I ought to smash his testicles with my boot heel and see what he says about violence. 
I looked over my shoulder to make sure the flames were actually out while simultaneously worrying that the smoke alarms and sprinklers didn’t go off, upset that Graham and my brother were in the same damn room, and fretting over the fact that we were out of tequila and spiced rum and all my waitresses almost quit on me. 
I didn’t have time for this brand of family drama. 
“Tell that to my wrist, fucknut,” I muttered, unleashing the full power of my perfected ‘Mom Stare’ – a single raised eyebrow along with my usual resting bitch face. 
Remy’s eyes widened, looking down at my now-red wrist and back up to my eyes again. “I’m sorry, A. I didn’t mean it.” 
My raised eyebrow held some heft, and he appeared adequately shamed. Remy always said that my singular raised eyebrow reminded him so much of our mom it hurt. I didn’t pull it out often, but I wasn’t now – nor had I ever been – a woman he could push around, so the shithead deserved it. 
“I know you didn’t mean to.” 
“Didn’t mean to what?” a growl vibrated behind me. 
Shit sticks
I really didn’t want to, but I turned, looking up, up, up at Graham. His eyes were like two clear pools of blue fire, a mix of wrath and vengeance making them burn bright. 
“Remy didn’t know you couldn’t put out a gas fire with water. We fought over the sprayer nozzle. It’s what siblings do. I’m fine,” I said, the calm I injected into my voice the exact same one I used on rowdy drunks though not one I’d ever had to use on him. I don’t think he drank more than one or two beers at a time maybe ever. 
Graham’s gaze dropped from my eyes to my wrist, and I watched as his already strung-tight body turned to a hunk of living stone. Everyone in town knew about Graham Foster. They knew about his mama turning him out at the age of ten when he stepped between her and his step-father. 
They knew every bit of the gossip. 
I did, too. 
We all knew about how he ended up broken and bloody on Mrs. Peterson’s doorstep in the middle of a Colorado winter. How he still watched out for his mama even though she turned him away. That same ten-year-old grew up to be the nearly twenty-one-year-old man who stepped in a Wells mess that completely changed the course of his life. 
I’d never been so ashamed to look someone in the eye as I was when I looked at Graham. Because Graham was a protector. He was a protector at ten, at twenty. And at thirty-five he still was one – especially when it came to me.
Even when protecting me nearly cost him his life.

Also available
The first book in the series, Seeking Sanctuary!


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

Reaching Refuge is the second book in the Shelter Me series and tells the story of Avery and Graham. Each book in the Shelter Me series can be read as a standalone.

Seeking Sanctuary, the first book in the Shelter Me series, was the first book I’ve read by Annie Anderson and since that book, I fell in love with her writing. Reaching Refuge is the fourth book by Annie Anderson I’ve read so far and I cannot wait to read more books written by her.

Reaching Refuge is just like Seeking Sanctuary, a book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t stop reading, both books were so addictive and so well written. Annie Anderson did an amazing job in creating these characters and the plot, and I couldn’t stop myself from falling for Graham.
Avery and Graham are both such enjoyable characters and I really liked reading in both perspectives. I love double perspectives, like I mentioned in a lot of my reviews, because it gives the reader a better view of the character’s thoughts and feelings. Avery and Graham both have a different view of what happened in the past, so the double perspective is really handy.

Reaching Refuge is an amazing sequel and such a fast paced read! I cannot wait for the third book in the Shelter Me series, Chasing Cover!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway 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.


Reaching Refuge | Review

Title: Reaching Refuge
Series: Shelter Me #2
Author: Annie Anderson
Pages: 280 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

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

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

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

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

Be careful where you seek your refuge…


Review 

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

Reaching Refuge is the second book in the Shelter Me series and tells the story of Avery and Graham. Each book in the Shelter Me series can be read as a standalone.

Seeking Sanctuary, the first book in the Shelter Me series, was the first book I’ve read by Annie Anderson and since that book, I fell in love with her writing. Reaching Refuge is the fourth book by Annie Anderson I’ve read so far and I cannot wait to read more books written by her.
Reaching Refuge is just like Seeking Sanctuary, a book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t stop reading, both books were so addictive and so well written. Annie Anderson did an amazing job in creating these characters and the plot, and I couldn’t stop myself from falling for Graham.

Avery and Graham are both such enjoyable characters and I really liked reading in both perspectives. I love double perspectives, like I mentioned in a lot of my reviews, because it gives the reader a better view of the character’s thoughts and feelings. Avery and Graham both have a different view of what happened in the past, so the double perspective is really handy.

Reaching Refuge is an amazing sequel and such a fast paced read! I cannot wait for the third book in the Shelter Me series, Chasing Cover!

Magnolia Road | Review

Title: Magnolia Road
Series: Granite Harbor #3
Author: J. Lynn Bailey
Pages: 232 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 29 January 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

On the outside, Bryce Hayes is satisfied with the structure of her life, her demanding career, and a series of no-strings-attached relationships, but her brother bounces in and out of rehab, her mother thinks she can beat her son’s addiction, and her father is simply doing what he can to keep a semblance of “normal”. When Bryce’s father, Congressman Hayes, orders her to Granite Harbor, Maine, due to a string of threats to their family coming from an unidentifiable source, she doesn’t expect Ethan Casey, the sexy soldier who slept with her, then walked out, without so much as a goodbye, to be her landlord.

 Ethan’s past is riddled with chaos, bullets, and loud noise. After returning to his small town after the war, he’s determined to get back to his roots. Peace, quiet, and working as a game warden for the Maine Warden Service sounds right as rain. But with Bryce in Granite Harbor, staying in his house on Magnolia Road, Ethan can’t stop thinking about his future – and that includes Bryce. But to make things right with the love of his life, he’ll have to open old wounds … and risk losing her forever.


Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you J. Lynn Bailey!

First of all: look at the cover! I think that all the covers in the Granite Harbor series are so beautiful, I want all the books on my shelf!

Now let’s talk about the book. Magnolia Road is the third book in the Granite Harbor series and tells the story of Bryce and Ethan. Every book in the Granite Harbor series can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading them all because they’re so good!

I kiss her and see today, tomorrow, and the rest of our days together. I kiss her and see how perfect two imperfect people are together. I kiss her and see vivid images of color. The truth is, I am at my best when I’m with Bryce. She is love. My love.
 
Magnolia Road is so well written and fast paced. I couldn’t get enough of Bryce and Ethan’s story, I wanted to know what happened to them in the past and how their future was going to be.

 Magnolia Road is a slow burn Romance book, and that’s just perfect. I don’t always like the instant love stories because they don’t always seem that ‘real’. Besides the romance, J. Lynn Bailey portrays real issues in her books and that’s something I really like. It’s not just a romance, but so much more.

 Magnolia Road was an emotional book and just so beautiful. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat, and I cannot wait for the fourth and final book!

28 Jan 2019

Violet Ugly | Review

Title: Violet Ugly
Series: Granite Harbor #2
Author: J. Lynn Bailey
Pages: 258 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis
Sixteen years ago, Merit Young left Granite Harbor, Maine, for California in search of a future that didn’t involve Ryan Taylor. He’d left her in pieces on her bedroom floor, delivering a blow she couldn’t have expected. But, now, at the request of her brother, Eli, she must return and confront the demons of her past—Ryan included. After the loss they both suffered, she isn’t prepared to face him—especially considering he’s the only one who’s always been able to see right through her.

Ryan has lived his entire adult life in survival mode. Growing up with an abusive father has taught him to keep women at arm’s length, and that’s never been a problem. Until Merit—the only woman he’s ever loved—strides through his front door. He’s not sure how long she’s staying, but he knows it’ll be long enough to destroy what’s left of his heart.

To overcome their dark past, they’ll have to shed light on a reality that will most likely tear them apart. Merit has been hiding a heartbreaking decision from Ryan, and he’s been keeping lies of his own.
Can two tortured souls heal after a lifetime of pain? Or will the hideous secrets of the past bury them both?

Review

This book was provided by the author through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you J. Lynn Bailey and Netgalley!

Violet Ugly is the second book in the Granite Harbor series but can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the first book, Peony Red, yet and I easily fell in love with the second book in the series. The story is about Merit and Ryan who were in love with each other when they were teenagers but then all of a sudden broke up and left each other.

Violet Ugly has a double perspective, you can read in Merit and Ryan’s perspective, so you get to know both characters really well. You don’t really know what happened to Merit and Ryan when they broke up and the more chapters you read the more you get to know the full story. Some chapters are from the past and some are from the present. I really like that J. Lynn Bailey did that because it gives a better view of their story.

Violet Ugly isn’t just a Romance book because so many things have happened to the characters. Ryan had an abusive father, Merit’s mother died, … This book isn’t your typical light Romance read. I really love how strong Merit and Ryan have become and I think that Violet Ugly is definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Violet Ugly was an amazing book and I cannot wait to read the first book, Peony Red, and the third book, Magnolia Road! 

25 Jan 2019

Breaking the Sinner | Cover reveal

Title: Breaking the Sinner
Series: Breaking the Rules #4
Author: Ember Leigh
Genre: Sports Romance
Release date: 19 February 2019

Synopsis
She picked the name Gen.
As an evangelical exile who fled her community only to land in LA, Genevieve couldn’t be greener. Armed with a list of experiences she’s eager to live, it serves as her compass in the choppy waters of normal society. Until she meets Cobra. There’s nothing normal about the resident gym bad boy who struts around like he could undress her with his eyes alone.

And he goes by Cobra.
Cobra knows better than to believe in blessings. Snagging this stable job at Holt Body Fitness is the only break of luck he’s had since his life took a nosedive as a teen, but it’s just a matter of time before this goes downhill too. Which is why when ultra-innocent Gen stumbles onto his bleak path, he’s eager for the distraction provided by the oblivious bombshell. He can help her live her list—but only so far. Because Cobra’s only good at being temporary.

They both have lives they left far behind them.
Setting three months to wade through Gen’s list of sins, the two of them plunge headfirst into something equals parts sizzling and intense. As Cobra inches nearer to securing his permanent spot at the gym, he comes even closer to a scary new reality. One that might be too good to be true. One that will force him to choose between the only family he’s ever known, and the one thing he swore to never need: love.



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About the author
Ember Leigh has been writing erotic romance novels since she was far too young. A native of northern Ohio, she currently resides near Lake Erie with her Argentinean husband, where they run an Argentinian-American food truck. In addition to romance novels, Ember also writes travel memoirs and occasionally updates a couple of blogs. In her free time, she practices Ashtanga yoga, hops around the world, and eats lots of vegetables.

23 Jan 2019

The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me | Blog tour


Title: The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me
Author: Olivia Hinebaugh
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release date: January 22nd 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Synopsis
Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. For starters, she’s never even kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. Up until now, she’s been a straight-A music geek that no one even notices. All she cares about is jamming out with her best friends, Theo and Evita.
But then everything changes.
When Lacey sees first-hand how much damage the abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum of her school can do, she decides to take a stand and starts doling out wisdom and contraception to anyone who seeks her out in the girls’ restroom. But things with Theo become complicated quickly, and Lacey is soon not just keeping everyone else’s secrets, but hers as well.

Blog tour schedule: http://xpressobooktours.com/2018/11/16/tour-sign-up-the-birds-the-bees-and-you-and-me-by-olivia-hinebaugh/

Review
This book was provided by the publisher through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Swoon Reads and Xpresso Book Tours!

The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me is an important Young Adult and Contemporary book for young adults. I wish I had a book like this when I was younger because you get to know so much about friendship, love and everything you need to know about safe sex.

The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me was such a good book because it gives such a positive message, you should not be ashamed about wanting to experiment with your body or with the one you love. This book also shows how important friendship is and that’s something I really liked about this book.

I was planning on giving this book 4 stars because the characters got a bit on my nerves sometimes but I decided to give The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me 5 stars because of its message. I love that this book is sex positive and also informative.

I highly recommend this book to every young adult (or just everyone in general) because you can learn from this book, and the story in general is amazing!  

Author Bio
Olivia Hinebaugh loves all stripes of literature for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she can be found writing freelance, making art, discovering new songs on spotify, texting her writing buddies, or folding laundry. She lives near Washington, D.C. with her spouse, three kids, a dog that looks like a coyote, and a one-eyed cat. The Birds, The Bees, And You And Me is her debut novel.



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The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me | Review

Title: The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me
Author: Olivia Hinebaugh
Pages: 304 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis
Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. For starters, she’s never even kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. Up until now, she's been a straight-A music geek that no one even notices. All she cares about is jamming out with her best friends, Theo and Evita.

But then everything changes.

When Lacey sees first-hand how much damage the abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum of her school can do, she decides to take a stand and starts doling out wisdom and contraception to anyone who seeks her out in the girls' restroom. But things with Theo become complicated quickly, and Lacey is soon not just keeping everyone else’s secrets, but hers as well.


Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Swoon Reads and Xpresso Book Tours!

The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me is an important Young Adult and Contemporary book for young adults. I wish I had a book like this when I was younger because you get to know so much about friendship, love and everything you need to know about safe sex.

The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me was such a good book because it gives such a positive message, you should not be ashamed about wanting to experiment with your body or with the one you love. This book also shows how important friendship is and that’s something I really liked about this book.

I was planning on giving this book 4 stars because the characters got a bit on my nerves sometimes but I decided to give The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me 5 stars because of its message. I love that this book is sex positive and also informative.

I highly recommend this book to every young adult (or just everyone in general) because you can learn from this book, and the story in general is amazing!

21 Jan 2019

[Dis]Connected: Poems and Stories of Connection and Otherwise | Review

Title: [Dis]Connected: Poems and Stories of Connection and Otherwise
Authors: Michelle Halket, Sara Bond , Nikita Gill, Pierre Alex Jeanty, Amanda Lovelace, Canisia Lubrin, Trista Mateer, Cyrus Parker, Yena Sharma Purmasir, Iain S. Thomas, Liam Ryan, R.H. Swaney
Pages: 224 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

Humanity exists in a hyper connected world, where our closest friends, loves and enemies lie but a keyboard stroke away. Few know this better than the poets who have risen to the top of their trade by sharing their emotion, opinion and art with millions of fans.Combining the poetic forces of some of today’s most popular and confessional poets, this book presents poems and short stories about connection wrapped up in a most unique exercise in creative writing. Follow along as your favorite poets connect with each other; offering their poetry to the next poet who tells a story based on the concept presented to them. With poetry, stories and art, [Dis]Connected is a mixed media presentation of connection, isolation, love and loneliness.  


Review 

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

[Dis]Connected is a collection of poems and short stories written by numerous authors. Each writer was assigned a poem by another writer, and had to write a short story based on that poem.

I requested a copy of [Dis]Connected via Netgalley because I really love Amanda Lovelace and R.H. Swaney, and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to discover new poets. Unfortunately, I didn’t really like this book because it was really not what I was expecting.

I think that the idea behind [Dis]Connected was really original but I didn’t enjoy every poem and/or short story. I know that with every anthology, it’s hard to like every poem/short story, but I don’t know, I think I expected more of this book because Amanda Lovelace and R.H. Swaney, two of my favourite poets, contributed to this collection.

It was also a bit obvious that some authors aren’t used to writing short stories and some of the stories had nothing to do with the poems. It was like some of the authors read the poem and then wrote something completely different.

It was hard for me to read all the short stories, but I did, however, enjoy reading the last part of the book filled with poems. I’m still going to check out the other authors and read some of their poetry collections because I really liked the poems and I will not judge them by their short stories.

18 Jan 2019

Shadow Walker | Blog tour

Title: Shadow Walker
Series: Bloody Hearts #1
Author Anya J. Cosgrove
Release date: 17 January 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Synopsis
A newborn witch is rescued by two smoking-hot brothers. Can she unravel their dark secrets? Or will she lose her soul trying?
Alana sucks at witchcraft. Healing, telepathy, seeing through illusions… she can’t master any of it.
Sparring with the six-foot-three muscular Walker brothers doesn’t help her focus. Alana’s not about to let herself fall for a man—or a demon—especially not the ones that abducted her in an attempt to save her life.
When a bitter demon learns of Alana’s existence, he’ll stop at nothing to possess her and drive a wedge between the two brothers. If Alana can’t learn to use her powers, she’ll die. If she can’t discern illusion from reality, she’ll lose her mind.
Nothing stays black and white in a world full of shadows.
Demons, witches, forbidden love… visit the otherworld today.

Author Bio
Anya J Cosgrove lives in Québec with her husband, her beautiful son, and two mischievous cats. She works as a veterinarian by day. She’s a travel and Disney junkie and is passionate about her favorite paranormal series.

What would Buffy do? Kick ass!
Read it first! http://bit.ly/anyaslair


Blog tour schedule: http://xpressobooktours.com/2018/10/26/tour-sign-up-shadow-walker-by-anya-j-cosgrove/

Review
This book was provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Anya J. Cosgrove and Xpresso Book Tours!

Shadow Walker is the first book in the Bloody Hearts series and tells the story of Anya, Thom and Liam. Shadow Walker is a slow-burn Paranormal Romance read.

Shadow Walker was the first book I read written by Anya J. Cosgrove and I’m happy that I chose to read this one. Shadow Walker has such an interesting story that puts you on the edge of your seat. I had to know what was going to happen to the characters and I wanted to know what was happening and why it was happening.

I think that Anya J. Cosgrove did an amazing job, this is her debut novel and Shadow Walker is so well written. I couldn’t get enough of the story and the characters and I finished this book in two days, it was just that good. I love the world that Anya’s created and the characters are so lovable.

As you may have read in the synopsis, there’s a love triangle in Shadow Walker and when I first started this book I didn’t know there was going to be a love triangle. I have the tendency to not read the synopsis, or just glance at it and see if it interests me. Most of the time I pick up a book just because of its cover. So I didn’t know there was going to be a love triangle, but I wasn’t disappointed at all! I actually really liked the love triangle, and I cannot wait to see who Anya’s going to choose in the sequel.

Shadow Walker was an amazing read and definitely one of my favourite reads! I cannot wait for the second book in the series, Witch’s Honor!  

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Shadow Walker | Review

Title: Shadow Walker
Series: Bloody Hearts #1
Author: Anya J. Cosgrove
Pages: 278 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

A newborn witch is hunted for her blood. Two brothers, heirs to a demon dynasty, teach her how to survive. A dark enemy closes in…

Alana is new at being a witch, and she sucks at it. Healing, telepathy, seeing through illusions… she can’t master any of it. She tries martial arts but sparring with the six-foot-three muscular Walker brothers does nothing to help her focus. Alana’s not about to let herself fall for a man—or a demon—especially not the ones that abducted her in an attempt to save her life.

When a bitter demon learns of Alana’s existence, he’ll stop at nothing to possess her and drive a wedge between the two brothers. If Alana can’t learn to use her powers, she’ll die. If she can’t discern illusion from reality, she’ll lose her mind.

Nothing stays black and white in a world full of shadows.

A love triangle to die for! Heart-pounding suspense, two sexy, mysterious men, and a strong-willed snarky heroine. Nothing stays black and white in a world full of shadows.  


Review

This book was provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Anya J. Cosgrove and Xpresso Book Tours!

Shadow Walker is the first book in the Bloody Hearts series and tells the story of Anya, Thom and Liam. Shadow Walker is a slow-burn Paranormal Romance read.

Shadow Walker was the first book I read written by Anya J. Cosgrove and I’m happy that I chose to read this one. Shadow Walker has such an interesting story that puts you on the edge of your seat. I had to know what was going to happen to the characters and I wanted to know what was happening and why it was happening.

I think that Anya J. Cosgrove did an amazing job, this is her debut novel and Shadow Walker is so well written. I couldn’t get enough of the story and the characters and I finished this book in two days, it was just that good. I love the world that Anya’s created and the characters are so lovable.

As you may have read in the synopsis, there’s a love triangle in Shadow Walker and when I first started this book I didn’t know there was going to be a love triangle. I have the tendency to not read the synopsis, or just glance at it and see if it interests me. Most of the time I pick up a book just because of its cover. So I didn’t know there was going to be a love triangle, but I wasn’t disappointed at all! I actually really liked the love triangle, and I cannot wait to see who Anya’s going to choose in the sequel.

Shadow Walker was an amazing read and definitely one of my favourite reads! I cannot wait for the second book in the series, Witch’s Honor!

14 Jan 2019

The Attraction Equation | Review

Title: The Attraction Equation
Series: Love Undercover #2
Author: Kadie Scott
Pages: 197 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

FBI agent Max Carter lives his life by a strict set of rules – rules that don’t allow for distraction, deviation … or a relationship. But tell that to his matchmaking mama. To avoid yet another set-up, he announces he has a girlfriend. And now has to produce said girlfriend at Christmas dinner. Maybe Santa has a suitable actress in that red bag of his…

Gina Castillo is about to break her building’s iron-clad ‘no pets’ policy to give her little brother the perfect Christmas gift – a dog. Too bad Max, the most inconveniently sexy tenant in the building, catches her red handed. Gina expects to be evicted, but instead finds herself blackmailed into playing the role of his girlfriend.

Two lies plus one dog should equal a hot mess of a holiday, but attraction and Christmas magic might just defy the rules…

Review

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

The Attraction Equation tells the story of an FBI agent, Max Carter, whose mother is trying to play Cupid while Max doesn’t want it. So to avoid his mother playing Cupid again he tells her he has a girlfriend when in reality he’s single. So he has to find a fake girlfriend for Christmas.

The Attraction Equation is the perfect read for winter or Christmas because it’s just so fun to read. It’s so fast paced and well written, and the story itself was so sweet and steamy. I really liked Max and Gina because they’re so cute together.

The Attraction Equation has a double perspective as well as fake relationship turning into a real one. It’s really cute and swoon-worthy as well as funny. Kadie Scott did an amazing job and I cannot wait to read the first book, The Wrong Kind of Compatible.

You don’t have to read the Love Undercover books in order.

11 Jan 2019

Physical TBR

So I’ve been reading a lot of ebooks, namely ARC copies, and I’ve been neglecting my physical TBR for a while now. So I would like to finish all the books I bought in (and before) 2018 by the end of 2019, like I mentioned in my 2019 reading goals last week.

Let’s dive into my physical TBR!

Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce
Megan Bright and Jackson Dawes are two teenagers who first meet each other on the hospital ward where they are both being treated for cancer. Megan is scared and worried about her illness, but Jackson seems to be an old hand, having been on the ward for ages. And everybody loves Jackson! He is a whirlwind of life and energy, warmth and sparkle. Megan will need to borrow some of Jackson’s extraordinary optimism to face her and Jackson’s future. A moving story of first love and a remarkably powerful debut novel.


After Obsessio by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel
Aimee’s deceased mother struggled with mental illness & hallucinations, and Aimee thinks it could be hereditary. Alan is Aimee’s best friend Courtney’s cousin. He is in touch with a kind of spiritual mysticism from his Native American heritage. In a desperate plea to find her father, Courtney invites a demonic presence into her life.

 
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) and Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas  
I’m just going to give the synopsis for book 5.
 
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what – and who – to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.  

Empire of Storms: Goodreads ~ Amazon
Tower of Dawn: Goodreads ~ Amazon

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2), King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) and War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard  
I’m just going to give the synopsis for book 2. 

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known – and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red – the color of common folk – but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince – the friend – who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

Glass Sword: Goodreads ~ Amazon
King’s Cage: Goodreads ~ Amazon 
War Strom: Goodreads ~ Amazon

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
A new kind of big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are.

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love?

Meredith Russo’s If I Was Your Girl is a universal story about feeling different and a love story that everyone will root for.


In the Absence of the Sun by Morgan Rublee
in the absence of the sun is a poetry collection that explores our midnight thoughts – the ‘nightmares’ and ‘dreams’ that haunt us when we are unable to sleep. This collection takes you through a night of insomnia, ruminating on ideas of self-doubt, loss, and hope for the future.


Legion (Talon #4) and Inferno (Talon #5)  by Julie Kagawa  
I’m just going to give the synopsis for book 4.

The legions are about to be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragon slayer can stand against the coming horde. 

Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all – dragons do not suffer human emotions – let alone the love of a human and a former dragonslayer, at that. With ex-soldier Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she’s capable of doing and feeling.

 In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against the dragon-slaying Order of St. George and her own twin brother Dante – the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known.

 Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who refuse to yield.

Legion: Goodreads ~ Amazon
Inferno: Goodreads ~ Amazon 

Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa
One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish – and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos. 

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure – one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll … at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together.

With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart. With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.


Sommige meisjes houden niet van roze by Chrostin 
If you don’t speak Dutch, please copy paste the text in DeepL!

Vrienden, verliefdheid, sociale media, zelfbeeld, een veranderend lichaam... opgroeien kan behoorlijk ingewikkeld zijn. De bekende comic Chrostin geeft in dit boek grappige en heldere antwoorden op alle (levens)vragen waar je mee worstelt, zoals:

* Hoe kom ik op voor mezelf?
* Wat gebeurt er met mijn lichaam?
* Waarom stinken mijn oorbellen?
* Hoe kan ik gezond én lekker eten?
* Kan ik overleven op instantnoedels?
* Hoe ga ik om met trollen en pestkoppen?
* Wat moet ik doen met een gebroken hart?
* Hoe kan ik van mezelf (leren) houden?

Sommige meisjes houden niet van roze is dé survivalgids die je nodig hebt om de puberteit en het leven door te komen.


Tell Me (Me #1) by Abigail Strom
Shy bookstore owner Jane Finch grew up hiding in the margins of her own life while her vibrant, adventure-loving sister, Samantha, dominated every plotline. She’s made peace with it, unlike Sam’s business partner, Caleb, who’s always nudging Jane to go after what she really wants. Why should she care what blunt, brash Caleb thinks? They’ve never had much in common, except for Sam. 

After tragedy strikes, they don’t even have that.

Caleb can’t quite remember when Sam’s little sister stopped being like a surrogate sibling to him and became just … Jane. She’s the most intriguing woman he’s ever met, and so much sexier and stronger than she thinks. On the emotional journey to honor Sam’s memory, the spark they’ve tried to deny becomes an inferno. This journey was meant to be an ending, but will they discover an unexpected new beginning?


The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable. 

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to this new series with a girl caught up in a world she doesn’t understand, secrets long buried, a betrayal that could tear her life apart … and Armentrout’s most swoonworthy book boyfriend yet.

Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity’s war with the aliens. When she’s caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen … but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…


To Make Monsters Out of Girls (Things that Haunt #1) by Amanda Lovelace 
"What happens when the man of your dreams turns out to be a nightmare with sharp teeth and claws?’ 

Winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Poetry, amanda lovelace presents her new illustrated duology, ‘things that h (a) unt.’ In this first installment, to make monsters out of girls, lovelace explores the memory of being in an abusive relationship. She poses the eternal question: Can you heal once you’ve been marked by a monster, or will the sun always sting?


Verity by Colleen Hoover
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 never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

 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.


Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
I borrowed this book from a friend. 

Let luck find you. Alice doesn’t believe in luck – at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday – just when it seems they might be on the brink of something – she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined … and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.


Do you have a big physical TBR?