21 Feb 2019

Wolf Hunted | Review

Title: Wolf Hunted
Series: The Last Shifter #1
Author: Sadie Moss
Pages: 234 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 21 February 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

***Paranormal Reverse Harem*** 

Four renegade wolf shifters. An innocent young woman trapped in a web of lies. When their fates collide, sparks will fly… 

Diagnosed with a rare terminal illness, I’ve spent over half my life in the Strand Corporation’s state-of-the-art treatment facility. I keep my chin up and do everything the doctors order, praying one day I’ll walk out of here in perfect health.

But when that day finally arrives, it’s nothing like I hoped it would be. Instead, it comes in a hail of gunfire, along with four distractingly handsome men who say they’re here to rescue me.

On the run with these mysterious men and hunted by the very people I believed were my caretakers, I begin to realize nothing is what I thought it was.

Turns out, I’m not really sick.

I’m not completely human either…

Wolf Hunted is the first book in The Last Shifter series, a slow-burn reverse harem story. If you love heroines with guts, hot alpha men, whychoose romance, and edge-of-your-seat action, dive into this thrilling new series today!  


Review

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

Wolf Hunted is the first book in The Last Shifter series and tells the story of Alexis and her pack, Jackson, Noah, Rhys and West.

I requested this book because I wanted to try and read another paranormal book again. I’ve been reading so many Romance, New Adult, Contemporary books and I wanted to read another genre again. I was a bit afraid that I wasn’t going to enjoy this book because I hadn’t read that many paranormal books lately, but I loved Wolf Hunted and I couldn’t get enough of it.

Wolf Hunted was my first Reverse Harem Romance book and I loved it. A Reverse Harem means that a girl is followed by a few handsome men who are all in love with her. In the beginning I didn’t know what a Reverse Harem was, so I looked it up before I started this book and it made Wolf Hunted more interesting.

I really enjoyed the slow-burn Romance and to be honest, I don’t really have a favourite guy. I love all of them because they each have something unique and something that makes me love them. I also thought that I wasn’t really going to like the Reverse Harem because I hate a girl that’s indecisive, but I didn’t really bother me at all.

The characters are so lovable. I cannot get enough of all the guys, obviously, and I really like Alexis. She doesn’t really want to bother the pack, she doesn’t want to be their problem, and I really liked that.

Wolf Hunted ends with a major cliffhanger, so I really need to sequel, thank you Sadie!

20 Feb 2019

Breaking the Sinner | Blog tour

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.



Catch up with the rest of the Breaking the Rules series.
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Review
This book was provided by the author through InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Ember Leigh and InkSlinger PR!

Breaking the Sinner is the fourth book in the Breaking the Rules series and tells the story of Gen and Cobra. Breaking the Sinner is the fourth book in the Breaking the Rules series but can be read as a standalone.

When I started reading Breaking the Sinner, I couldn’t remember whether I loved or didn’t love the third book, so I didn’t have expectations. But after reading the first chapter, I immediately knew that I was going to love this story. I was hooked from the first page!

I really enjoyed reading Breaking the Sinner because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Gen and Cobra because they both have been through a lot. I really liked both characters only Cobra was a bit annoying because he couldn’t see that Gen really cared about him. I loved that this was kind of a ‘bad boy meets good girl’ story because I’m such a sucker for that.

I couldn’t get enough of Breaking the Sinner because it was such a good story, so fast paced and well written. I cannot wait to read the other books in the Breaking the Rules series!

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.

Breaking the Sinner | Review

Title: Breaking the Sinner
Series: Breaking the Rules #4
Author: Ember Leigh
Pages: 347 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★

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.


Review

This book was provided by the author through InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Ember Leigh and InkSlinger PR!

Breaking the Sinner is the fourth book in the Breaking the Rules series and tells the story of Gen and Cobra. Breaking the Sinner is the fourth book in the Breaking the Rules series but can be read as a standalone.

When I started reading Breaking the Sinner, I couldn’t remember whether I loved or didn’t love the third book, so I didn’t have expectations. But after reading the first chapter, I immediately knew that I was going to love this story. I was hooked from the first page!

I really enjoyed reading Breaking the Sinner because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Gen and Cobra because they both have been through a lot. I really liked both characters only Cobra was a bit annoying because he couldn’t see that Gen really cared about him. I loved that this was kind of a ‘bad boy meets good girl’ story because I’m such a sucker for that.

I couldn’t get enough of Breaking the Sinner because it was such a good story, so fast paced and well written. I cannot wait to read the other books in the Breaking the Rules series!

19 Feb 2019

Breaking the Sinner | Release day blitz

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.



Catch up with the rest of the Breaking the Rules series.
Free in Kindle Unlimited!




Giveaway

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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.

18 Feb 2019

The Crush Collision | Blog tour

Title: The Crush Collision
Series: Southern Charmed #2
Author: Danielle Ellison
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Release date: 18 February 2019
Tour schedule: http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/blog-tour-the-crush-collision-southern-charmed-2-by-danielle-ellison/

Synopsis
Haley Howell has had a hopeless crush on her brother’s best friend, Jake Lexington, for as long as she can remember. Too bad to him, she’ll forever be off-limits. But with senior year and acceptance to a college outside their tiny southern town of Culler, South Carolina, comes new confidence. Haley’s ready to get Jake to notice her—whatever it takes.

No one in Culler notices the real Jake anymore—to them, he’s nothing more than the star football player or the kid with the family tragedy. When one mistake lands him in community service, he’s shocked to find his best friend’s little sister there, too, looking cute as hell and threatening all his no-friends-with-benefits rules. But Jake isn’t ready to take a chance, no matter how crafty Haley’s willing to get to prove him otherwise…  


Review
This book was provided by the publisher through Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled: Crush and Chapter by Chapter!

The Crush Collision is the second book in the Southern Charmed series and tells the story of Haley and Jake. Even though The Crush Collision is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

Every time I see that Entangled Teen is coming out with another Contemporary, I have to read it. So when Chapter by Chapter was hosting a blog tour, I immediately signed up! I love every Entangled book, so I was so excited to read The Crush Collision, and it was an amazing read!

I really loved the story in general, and I really liked the characters. Haley and Jake are both going through stuff and I think that every teenager can relate to some of the problems they are going through.

I also love the ‘falling for your brother’s friend’, it’s one of the many tropes that I really love and Danielle Ellison did an amazing job! The Crush Collision was well written and fast paced!

I cannot wait to read the first book in the Southern Charmed series, The Sweetheart Sham!  

About the author
Danielle Ellison is a nomad, always on the lookout for an adventure and the next story. In addition to writing, she’s the founder and coordinator of the NoVa TEEN Book Festival. When she’s not busy with books, she’s probably watching her favorite shows, drinking coffee, or fighting her nomadic urges. She is newly settled in Oklahoma (for now) with her cat, Simon, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.

The Crush Collision | Review

Title: The Crush Collision
Series: Southern Charmed #2
Author: Danielle Ellison
Pages: 278 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Release date: 18 February 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Haley Howell has had a hopeless crush on her brother’s best friend, Jake Lexington, for as long as she can remember. Too bad to him, she’ll forever be off-limits. But with senior year and acceptance to a college outside their tiny southern town of Culler, South Carolina, comes new confidence. Haley’s ready to get Jake to notice her—whatever it takes.

No one in Culler notices the real Jake anymore—to them, he’s nothing more than the star football player or the kid with the family tragedy. When one mistake lands him in community service, he’s shocked to find his best friend’s little sister there, too, looking cute as hell and threatening all his no-friends-with-benefits rules. But Jake isn’t ready to take a chance, no matter how crafty Haley’s willing to get to prove him otherwise…  


Review

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

The Crush Collision is the second book in the Southern Charmed series and tells the story of Haley and Jake. Even though The Crush Collision is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

Every time I see that Entangled Teen is coming out with another Contemporary, I have to read it. So when Chapter by Chapter was hosting a blog tour, I immediately signed up! I love every Entangled book, so I was so excited to read The Crush Collision, and it was an amazing read!

I really loved the story in general, and I really liked the characters. Haley and Jake are both going through stuff and I think that every teenager can relate to some of the problems they are going through.

I also love the ‘falling for your brother’s friend’, it’s one of the many tropes that I really love and Danielle Ellison did an amazing job! The Crush Collision was well written and fast paced!

I cannot wait to read the first book in the Southern Charmed series, The Sweetheart Sham!

15 Feb 2019

Until I Found You | Blog tour

Title: Until I Found You
Series: Heart's Compass #3
Author: Brooke O'Brien
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release date: 15 February 2019
Goodreads

Synopsis
Five years ago, Halle Keegan had consumed my whole world. Until one night when our lives changed forever. My existence was torn apart.

I've let my demons get the best of me, pushing away the people I love most to protect them. I swore I'd never come back home to Arbor Creek.

They say the truth will set you free. 

When the truth is revealed, I'm forced to look my demons dead in the eye. I don't deserve her or her forgiveness, but I'd give up my life if it meant keeping her safe.

This time around, she may be the only one who can save me. 

Author's Note: This is Book Three in the Heart's Compass series. It can be read as a standalone and has a HEA. Due to strong sexual content, coarse language and mature subject matter, this book is not suitable for under the age of 18.



Review
This book was provided by the author through Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Brooke O’Brien and Enticing Journey Book Promotions!

Until I Found You is the third book in the Heart’s Compass series and tells the story of Halle and Graham. Until I Found You is the third book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone.

I’ve never heard of this series or author before but a blogger, Melissa from Melissa’s Fandom World, mentioned this author on her Instagram stories, so I had to check Brooke O’Brien out. I’m glad I discovered Brooke O’Brien because her writing is amazing and I think that Brooke can be one of my favourite authors.

Until I found her, I never knew what loving someone meant. Now I need to prove to her that I'll never let her go again.

Until I Found You was such a good second chance Romance story. Lately I’ve been loving Romance and New Adult and Until I Found You is definitely one of my favourite Romance/New Adult books that I read in February. It was so hard not to read this book, I kept on reading until 1:30 AM just because I wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters.

I also love that Until I Found You isn’t just a Romance. Don’t get me wrong, I love ‘simple’ Romance books, but I also love Romance books with ‘real’ problems or struggles. This book and author really reminded me of some of my favourite authors such as Colleen Hoover, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Annie Anderson, … They all write Romance with real aspects of life, real struggles, … and that’s definitely something I love to read about.

This is what it's all about. Family, friends, and the love of my life. Until I found Halle, I didn't know what true happiness was. Now, that I've found it, I won't ever let her go.

I really loved Until I Found You, and I cannot wait to read the other books in the series because I have to! I have to know what happened to the other characters and just enjoy Brooke’s writing.


Giveaway
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All the books in the Heart's Compass series
Where I Found You (#1) - Available for FREE (2/10-2/24)
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Now That I Found You (#3) - PreOrder > Releasing March 15, 2019
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About the author
Brooke O'Brien is the Author of the Heart's Compass series and the recently published Tattered Heart duet.

Growing up Brooke always had a love of writing; she started out writing poetry when she was young and began journaling her thoughts as she grew older. Diving headfirst into a good book has always been therapeutic for her. Now her two passions have collided.

Brooke believes you can cure any bad day with chocolate or by going on a long drive with the windows down and the music turned up! She's found that's when her characters talk to her the most! If she's not reading or writing, you'll probably find her spending time with her family and friends, watching Hawkeye football or NBA basketball, going to the movies, or collecting signed paperbacks.

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Until I Found You | Review

Title: Until I Found You
Series: Heart's Compass #3
Author: Brooke O'Brien
Pages: 182 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 15 February 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Five years ago, Halle Keegan had consumed my whole world. Until one night when our lives changed forever. My existence was torn apart.

I've let my demons get the best of me, pushing away the people I love most to protect them. I swore I'd never come back home to Arbor Creek.

They say the truth will set you free. 

When the truth is revealed, I'm forced to look my demons dead in the eye. I don't deserve her or her forgiveness, but I'd give up my life if it meant keeping her safe.

This time around, she may be the only one who can save me. 

Author's Note: This is Book Three in the Heart's Compass series. It can be read as a standalone and has a HEA. Due to strong sexual content, coarse language and mature subject matter, this book is not suitable for under the age of 18.


Review

This book was provided by the author through Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Brooke O’Brien and Enticing Journey Book Promotions!

Until I Found You is the third book in the Heart’s Compass series and tells the story of Halle and Graham. Until I Found You is the third book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone.

I’ve never heard of this series or author before but a blogger, Melissa from Melissa’s Fandom World, mentioned this author on her Instagram stories, so I had to check Brooke O’Brien out. I’m glad I discovered Brooke O’Brien because her writing is amazing and I think that Brooke can be one of my favourite authors.

Until I found her, I never knew what loving someone meant. Now I need to prove to her that I'll never let her go again.

Until I Found You was such a good second chance Romance story. Lately I’ve been loving Romance and New Adult and Until I Found You is definitely one of my favourite Romance/New Adult books that I read in February. It was so hard not to read this book, I kept on reading until 1:30 AM just because I wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters.

I also love that Until I Found You isn’t just a Romance. Don’t get me wrong, I love ‘simple’ Romance books, but I also love Romance books with ‘real’ problems or struggles. This book and author really reminded me of some of my favourite authors such as Colleen Hoover, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Annie Anderson, … They all write Romance with real aspects of life, real struggles, … and that’s definitely something I love to read about.

This is what it's all about. Family, friends, and the love of my life. Until I found Halle, I didn't know what true happiness was. Now, that I've found it, I won't ever let her go.

I really loved Until I Found You, and I cannot wait to read the other books in the series because I have to! I have to know what happened to the other characters and just enjoy Brooke’s writing.

14 Feb 2019

Braid of Sand | Review

Title: Braid of Sand
Author: Alicia Gaile
Pages: 308 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

In the shade of a tower hidden in the Realm of the Gods grows a sacred tree tied to all life in Phalyra. Entrusted with its protection, Raziela—the last surviving priestess of the Great Mother, Naiara—spends her days honing herself into a weapon worthy to serve the goddess.

Meanwhile, mankind is turning from the old ways. Now the tree is dying and time is running out. Hoping to save it by rekindling the people’s faith, a desperate Raziela commits an act of sacrilege to perform a miracle.

But when the disillusioned Phalyrians receive a gift from the gods, they send their most ruthless mercenary to hunt down its source. His arrival forces Raziela to question everything she knows. As the two execute a careful dance of secrets and hard truths, they pit the fate of humanity against the wrath of the goddess.


Review

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

Braid of Sand is a Rapunzel retelling about a badass girl called Raziela, and Castien.

I’ve never read a Rapunzel retelling, so I was really intrigued by the world Alicia Gaile had created. I’ve never read a book like Braid of Sand, which made the story really original. Besides the originality, I really liked the characters as well. Raziela is really badass, and she and Castien are both unique characters.

The only negative thing I have to say is that the beginning was really slow and it was hard to get into the story. The first few chapters were hard to read because I wasn’t into the story. It took me a while to get through those chapters, but when I was finally in the story, I really liked it!

I cannot wait to discover more books by Alicia Gaile and more Rapunzel retellings!

13 Feb 2019

Fake friends

I saw this quote on Instagram, and I couldn’t relate to it more. I’ve been feeling pretty low the past couple of months and it felt like no one cared at all. I don’t really want to write a negative post, but I have to write down these feelings.

https://instagram.com/p/BXyhnKTl8UP/

I’ve always been someone to question someone’s feelings towards me. I suffer from anxiety and social anxiety, so I always have negative thoughts inside of my head and I keep overthinking things. It’s hard for me to talk to strangers, and even to people I’ve known for so many years. And when I finally let someone in, it seems that I’m always let down.

But let’s start with the beginning. When I was around fourteen/fifteen, I had a ‘best friend’ and we always wrote letters to each other because we weren’t always together in class and we didn’t always have the time to talk about our problems and feelings during lunch break. So we came up with the idea of writing letters so we could express how we were feeling and what was going on in our lives. I really loved writing those letters and receiving them, and I thought my friend felt the same way… Well, that wasn’t the case for my friend. One of our mutual friends told me that that one friend hated writing those letters and thought they were annoying, while she always told me that she liked writing them. She’d say that in my face or she’d write that in one of her letters. She never said that she hated writing them and she just talked behind my back…

When I was fifteen, I had another friend that I was close to and I told her that I was in love with a guy (now my boyfriend) and we looked him up on Facebook and we talked to him. At that moment, my boyfriend was dating someone else so he told us that he was with another girl. I remember my friend telling me that I didn’t have to think about that girl because I was really fun and soon he’d realise that. Then one time, I don’t recall when, a mutual friend told me that my friend told others that I would never be in a relationship with him. Hate to break it to you girl, but he’s my boyfriend now and we’ve been together for almost five years.

It really bothered me that every time I let someone in, they’d always talk behind my back. I’ve had many other friends in high school that were like these two and I think it really affected my mental health and the way I think of friendships. Now, it’s so hard for me to leave a room because I always think that once I’m gone, my friends’d talk behind my back or laugh about something I’ve said. It’s so hard not to think that people are only being nice to me just because I help them. Something I also struggle with is trying to figure out whether people are their true selves when they’re talking to me when I’m standing in front of them. I’ve had a few moments when I think that someone is just faking it, faking that he/she cares, faking that he/she thinks I’m funny, …

These thoughts flow through my head non-stop, and sometimes it’s just too hard to deal with these thoughts. Sometimes I just want to be normal and not feel like this. And I know that there are other people who feel the same way, and that’s why I wanted to write this post.

You’re not alone, I know what you’re going through and I’m here for you!

12 Feb 2019

You Are Here | Review

Title: You Are Here
Author: Dawn Lanuza
Pages: 272 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release date: 12 February 2019
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

Growth and change—two powerful anthems resonate throughout this collection of poetry and prose that will leave you feeling emboldened and empowered.

You Are Here is Dawn Lanuza’s newest collection of contemporary poetry that lends itself to the idea of giving ourselves second chances. These self-healing poems and words draw on central themes of self-love, self-discovery, and empowerment. In order to survive the vicissitudes of life, You Are Here boldly reminds readers to always choose themselves, and in times where it seems impossible, to find the courage and strength to start anew.


Review 

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


And the boy who wanted her to stay
was one of the first ones who went away 

You Are Here is a beautiful poetry collection about love, relationships, self-reflection, … This is the second poetry collection I’ve read by Dawn Lanuza.


You’re the only one missing out,
not them. 

I think that You Are Here is such a good poetry collection and I really liked reading about different topics. I think that these poems are really well written and some of them are really beautiful and relatable.

And isn’t it sad
to be sad
and not be able to say it 

Favourite poems:
  • how to love in the dark
  • all this wanting
  • sad girl
  • the mechanic
  • bad kisser
  • passing through
  • self-medicate
  • falling in love with your words
  • she wins
  • this is your lullaby
  • true nightmare
  • role-playing
  • you’ve got standards, so what?
  • vessel
  • grow
  • rise
  • y/n

11 Feb 2019

Kingdom Cold | Review

Title: Kingdom Cold
Author: Brittni Chenelle
Pages: 278 pages
Version: Paperback (ARC)
Release date: 14 February 2018
Rating: ★★★★★
4.5/5*

Synopsis

Attempted murder, that's how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte's engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom's attacked, Charlotte's parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom's future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?

One must fall.


Review 

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

Kingdom Cold is a Young Adult novel about Charlotte and Young. Charlotte, a princess that has to marry another prince in order to save her kingdom.

When I received this, I didn’t really have any expectations because I’d never heard of this author or book before, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Kingdom Cold or not. But I wanted to give this book a chance because the author herself contacted me and because the synopsis sounded really promising.

I’m glad that I did pick up this book because I finished it in one day. The story was so fast paced and well written, I couldn’t get enough of it. The chapters were also on the short side, which made it really easy to fly through this book. I also really enjoyed the multiple POVs so you really got to know the characters.

The writing is rather simple, but in a positive way. You don’t get distracted because you can understand everything. English isn’t my mother language so sometimes I struggle with difficult words that I’ve never heard before and in a physical copy you cannot tap the word and the dictionary will give a definition (like with ebooks). So as I mentioned before, the simple writing is something positive, you can easily read this book in a few hours.

I also really liked the characters, especially our main character, Charlotte. At the beginning she’s kind of a brat and she doesn’t want to understand that this marriage is necessary for the survival of her kingdom. But at the end of the book, you could definitely tell that Charlotte’s grown into a woman.

I really liked Kingdom Cold and I secretly hope for a sequel about Minseo!

8 Feb 2019

A Love for the Pages | Review

Title: A Love for the Pages
Author: Joy Penny
Pages: 225 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

Kiss. Marry. Kill. Nineteen-year-old June Eyermann has always known exactly which of her favorite Byronic heroes goes where. She’d kiss moody and possessive Rochester from Jane Eyre and marry prideful but repentant Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, leaving obsessive and spiteful Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights to be chucked off a cliff—but no. She couldn’t leave any of her heroes behind. She lives for her favorite fictional worlds.

But June is about to get a serious wake up call when she returns home for the summer after her college freshman year. Stuck somewhere between feeling like a kid again under her parents’ roof and being forced to start acting like an adult with worries about her future career, June looks at the library volunteer position offered to her as a way to keep her sanity for the next few months before she can go back to school.

What June doesn’t expect to find at the library is her favorite romantic heroes brought to life—all in the same man. Obstinate, prideful and even a bit rude, Everett Rockford shouldn’t exactly be ‘dating material,’ even if June’s heart rate accelerates whenever she’s near him. But after discovering his enigmatic past and witnessing a few fiery moments of tenderness, June can’t help but see Rochester, Darcy and even Heathcliff in Everett. If she’s going to make it through the summer without becoming a tragic heroine in her own story, she has to separate the man from the ideals of fiction in her head. Because if there’s one thing she knows about Byronic love stories, it’s that they don’t always end happily ever after.


Review

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

A Love for the Pages tells the story of college girl June and her summer vacation.

This is the first book I read by Joy Penny and I really liked reading A Love for the Pages. The story was really fast paced and easy to read, I finished this book really fast.

I really liked that June was such a bookworm. I could easily relate to her feelings and ‘problems’ because I’m a book nerd myself. Everett was a bit mysterious and I really liked his niece, Abby. I’m also really interested in Sinjin (so I cannot wait to read A Love for the Mistletoe, June and Sinjin’s story).

Something I also liked in this book was the ‘failed’ friendship between June and Deana. It’s something that happens when you go to college and I really liked that Joy Penny used that in her story. It made the story seem real.

It often felt like June and Everett’s relationship was a bit rushed, but I liked their story nonetheless. I cannot wait to read more books by Joy Penny and I definitely cannot wait to read A Love for the Mistletoe!

6 Feb 2019

Pink Valentine's Day look | Tutorial

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I wanted to create a simple look that everyone could recreate for Valentine’s Day so I decided to go with a pink cut crease look. It’s simple, nothing too much but still in the Valentine’s Day theme.

To be honest, I don’t really wear this much make-up when I go outside and that’s kinda sad. I love creating these looks but I don’t dare go outside because I’m scared of other people’s opinions. This year I am going to try to be braver and wear more bolder make-up outside of my house. But I’ll stop rambling and let’s get into the tutorial!

1. Prime your eyelids with your favourite eyeshadow primer or concealer and set it with white eyeshadow or a translucent powder.

2. Use a pink and red shade in the crease and build up the colour until you have the desired pigmentation.

3. Make a cut crease with concealer and set it with a pale eyeshadow or translucent powder.

4. Use the same eyeshadows from step 2 on your lower lash line as well as the outer part of the eyelid.

5. This step is optional, but necessary: I used an eye pencil in my waterline to give this look something extra. I got this eye pencil in my Essence Halloween blogger mail and it’s just perfect for this look!


6. Then onto lashes: I used mascara and some lashes I haven’t tried yet. I really love the Girls With Attitude lashes and every time I visit Primark, I always come home with a new pair. You might’ve seen my tweet about these lashes, but I wanted to mention it here as well that I’m in love with these lashes!

7. And then the last picture I have for you guys, is my highlighter!

I forgot to take a picture of my lipstick, ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Times Square, and lately I’ve been using the Catrice Brow Pro Pen in C01 Golden Beige and I really love it! I wanted to mention these two products so you’d know what I used. I hope you guys love this look as much as I do!

4 Feb 2019

Her Guilty Secret | Review

 
Title: Her Guilty Secret
Series: Guilty as Sin #1
Author: Clare Connelly
Pages: 161 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Harelquin Dare
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Idealistic law student Olivia Amorelli is done being the good girl…and professor Connor Hughes is teaching her to be guilty as sin! 

Hotshot defense attorney and visiting professor Connor Hughes is so hot it’s criminal! Tall, dark and dangerously gorgeous, with green eyes as vivid as a sunlit ocean and tattoos in all the right places. I might not agree with his practices, but the more we clash, the more I want him. How can I resist letting Connor corrupt every cell in my body?

 I’ve always been the good girl, watching out for others. For once, I want to do something deliciously naughty – something just for me. Seducing the teacher is strictly forbidden, and I need a perfect record to graduate. But I just can’t stop fantasizing about ripping Connor’s clothes off.

When we finally give in to the temptation, the fire between us is hot enough to burn down his luxe London penthouse…and possibly my future career. I know I’m in too deep, but Connor’s teaching me to sin. And I’ve always been an excellent student!

Sexy. Passionate. Bold. Discover Harlequin Dare, a new line of fun, edgy and sexually explicit romances for the fearless female.


Review

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

Her Guilty Secret is the first book in the Guilty As Sin series and tells the story of Olivia and Connor. Olivia is Connor’s student, but she cannot get him out of her head…

Her Guilty Secret is the second book I’ve read by Clare Connelly and it was such a good book. I remember loving Off Limits because I really liked the writing and I was hooked from the first page. Her Guilty Secret was so well written and I got the same vibes as when I was reading Off Limits. The story was so fast paced, and I couldn’t get enough of Olivia and Connor.

I love reading teacher-student romances for some reason, so when I read that this was going to be such a romance, I was even more excited to read this book. I think that Clare Connelly did an amazing job in writing the romance and trying to portray their romance as something bad but still something sexy.

Olivia and Connor were both amazing characters and I really liked the double perspective. You get to know the characters so well and you can easily fall in love with them. I also really liked that Connor was Irish, it gave him something extra.

Her Guilty Secret was an amazing Romance read and I cannot wait for the next book in the Guilty As Sin series!