Monday, August 20, 2018

Dating the Prince by Alina Snow

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Author Alina Snow
Title Dating the Prince
Series What If Series #1
Number of pages 326
Genre romance, na
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Small-town girl, Katie O’Connor has always dreamed of seeing her name in lights. Check the box for fame, a movie deal, the perfect leading role that comes with a gorgeous leading man! Katie moved to Hollywood, elbows her way into auditions, lives on a shoestring budget—whatever is required to land a deal, she throws her heart into… until she’s involved in a royal kidnapping.

As the future king, Prince Alexander refuses to rule from an ivory tower. Duty-bound, he intends to relate to his future subjects, regardless of their walk of life. Before his coronation, he needs a foolproof plan to outrun his security team and go temporarily AWOL. While visiting L.A., all it takes is a sound stage collision and Alex is blindsided by a headstrong woman who is simply irresistible. So much so, he calls in a favor in order to secure her help … as his pretend girlfriend.

Their worlds are oceans apart, but their immediate attraction is impossible to put aside, especially their nonstop banter. Miffed at being wrangled into a situation that might blow up in her face, Katie comes up with her own plan. If The Prince is serious about walking the walk of the common folk, she’s only too happy to oblige as his pretend girlfriend. Through an ice storm, a road trip, kitchen duty, and a Texas pig race, Alex captures the hearts of the locals as well as Ms. O’Connor’s.

What starts out as a deal Katie can’t refuse becomes the acting role of a lifetime… letting Prince Alexander go without a fight.
A delightfully funny retelling of The Prince and The Pauper that romance readers of all ages will enjoy. On a two-week 1,500-mile road trip, Katie and Alex discover the end of the road might just be the beginning of their ‘Happy Ever After’ together.

Review

Katie is small town girl with big dreams. She moved to Hollywood to become an actress, but so far it's not going so well. She has little money and trouble getting better roles. Her life changes dramatically when she becomes part of the Prince's plan, by accident.

The Prince is determined to experience life, away from lime light. He wants be closer to the people he is suppose to rule and can't do that under public and royal scrutiny. So he decides to make a plan, to disappear for few days.

Katie agrees to help him, but help turn to friendship and friendship turn to something more. I liked her personalty, she is though and very funny and he is very, very charming. It's one of those timeless stories, I love to read.

I especially liked first part of the book, it gets a bit slow in the middle and pick the pace back up towards the end. It's one of those stories that would an amazing movie. :)
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Happy reading,

Anie


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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Blind the Eyes by K. A. Wiggins

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Author K. A. Wiggins
Title Blind the Eyes
Series Threads of Dreams #1
Number of pages 287
Published June 1st by Snowmelt & Stumps
Genre dystopia, sci-fi
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Synopsis

In a world where hope kills and dreams are deadly, obedience is the only way to survive. But when one girl learns her society's absolute control and guarantee of safety are both illusions, she risks her hard-won status, her home and her life to rebel and expose its lies.

When haunted teen Cole discovers the state's guarantee of safety from the nightmarish Mara in exchange for obedience is a fraud, she realizes hers isn't the only life at stake. Cole needs allies to help her escape execution by nightmare and expose the lies. Now, with a ghost at her back, enforcers in pursuit, and a charismatic rebel leader gaslighting her, Cole must figure out who to trust to bring down the state and stop the dying before the nightmares eat her alive.

A YA dark fantasy about identity, trauma & taking back your choices. Ghosts and world-monsters in post-eco-disaster Vancouver.

Review

There is eery feeling to the book, which  I loved. The world portrayed in the story is very scary and chilling. I love the world in the book, however I had trouble getting into the story and staying focus. You are thrown right into the story, what I love most of the times, with Blind the Eyes I was left confused, as to what is actually happening. It was similar throughout the book. I had trouble connecting to characters and story. It's more of a it's not you it's me kind of thing, the book just wasn't right fit for me.

Happy reading,

Anie

Monday, August 13, 2018

How to Breathe Underwater by Vicky Skinner

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Author Vicky Skinner
Title How to Breathe Underwater
Published August 14th 2018 by Swoon Reads
Genre contemporary, romance, ya
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Kate’s father has been pressuring her to be perfect for her whole life, pushing her to be the best swimmer she can be. But when Kate finds her dad cheating on her mom, Kate’s perfect world comes crashing down, and Kate is forced to leave home and the swim team she’s been a part of her whole life.

Now in a new home, new school, and faced with the prospect of starting over, Kate isn’t so sure that swimming is what she wants anymore. But when she decides to quit, her whole world seems to fall apart. But when Kate gets to know Michael, the cute boy that lives across the hall, she starts to think that starting over might not be so bad. There’s only one problem: Michael has a girlfriend.

As the pressures of love, family, and success press down on her, can Kate keep her head above water?

Review

How to breathe under water is a story of Kate, they way her live is changed upside down, after she sees her father cheating. We see her life falling apart, but we also see her gaining freedom and finally being able to find who she is, without pressures and expectations. However growing up is never easy.

It's such a touching story, that pull at you emotions. The characters are very real and relatable, especially Kate, I felt like I knew her. :) The writing is really good, I was pulled into the story in few chapters. There were few aspects of the story that I didn't like, like the way Michael and she got together.

It's a touching story, that stays with you, makes you think and feel.

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Happy reading,
Anie

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Love and Loopholes by Railyn Stone

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Author Railyn Stone
Title Love and Loopholes
Genre romance
Number of pages 308
Published August 6th 2018
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Synopsis

Business brought them together. Love could tear them to pieces.

A knight in shining armor can’t come fast enough for Kirby Allen. Broke and on her own, she longs for the chance to live a better life. Without a stable place to live and no money to her name, she has to do something and fast.

Familial pride and a sense of tradition fuel Channing Lucas’ desire to run his father’s company. There is just one thing standing in his way.

His eccentric mother and her ultimatum. Get married or lose his family’s business forever.

After a predetermined ‘chance meeting’ in a Las Vegas casino, Channing and Kirby decide they can both get what they want and enter into a business deal. What starts as a marriage of convenience, evolves into complications neither expected. And the strangers find themselves fighting not only to maintain their deal, but struggling to hold on to their hearts.

Review

He is a workaholic, always at the office, always with his head in the business and she works at the casino in Vegas, barely if keeping afloat. When his mother forces him, to comply or lose the company he worked so hard run, he has no choice. Fate puts them in each others way, at perfect time. But it takes them a while to figure out, that they are perfect for each other.

I absolutely love the way the meet and the way they are forced to be together, I love the dynamic between them and how they make each other better people. The writing is great, the story flows and once you start it's very hard to put down. :) It's perfect book for the summer, light at first glace, until it hits you with all the feels. :))

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Happy reading,
Anie



Sunday, August 5, 2018

Keeper of the Forest by D. K. Holmberg

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Title Keeper of the Forest
Author D. K. Holmberg
Series The Lost Garden #1
Number of pages 288
Published September 22nd 2014 by ASH Publishing
Genre ya, high-fantasy, magic
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Eris is use to failure. Being the third daughter and the worst at learning about flowers. Her first task being finding her flower. After many days she finally stumbles on part of the garden she never visited and climbs the wall to find strange flower. After determining that the flower is indeed hers, she start to research about it. There is more to the story though. There is power that is tied to what she is doing and her life will never be he same.

The first part of the story is a bit slow, I tough about DNFing few times, there is a lot about flowers and castle life (what is important to the story later on), however I'm glad I didn't, because it's gets so much better. World setting of the first half sets off amazing story line in the second half. I was so engrossed in the story, that I couldn't put it down. I love the unique take on magic and Fae. It's so good. :)

Happy reading,

Anie

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Goblin's Daughter by M. K. Sawyer

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Author M. K. Sawyer
Title The Goblin's Daughter
Published June 30th 2018
Genre paranormal, ya, fantasy
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the forest beckons

the Shadow watches

Nolin doesn’t know why her mother is terrified of the forest— only that is has something to do with her, a cold night, a baby crib, and an open window.

Throughout her life, Nolin struggles to gain the love of her crazed mother, all while grappling with recurring dreams of a twisted, ancient tree, and the perpetual feeling that she’s being watched by a dark presence in the surrounding forest.

After a childhood mental breakdown, Nolin returns to her hometown as a grown woman, ready to face her mother to put old demons to rest. When Nolin stumbles across disturbing details of her mother’s past, she ventures deeper into the mystery of her own identity, the related causes of her mother’s illness, and learns of violent, ancient creatures who live in the woods. . .
 


Review

The Book tell a very sad story, of a little girl, that is a bit different, might come from somewhere different, but it is still longing for her mother's love. It's kind of heartbreaking reading about her childhood, with distant mother that is plagued by illness and has no love for her. 

Nolin is lovely girl, however she has a lot of trouble controlling her temper, especially at school. One day she totally snaps and disappears into the forest, not remembering anything.

There is a lot more of the mysteries to discover, about her, her mother and freaky ... thing living in the forest. :)

Although the premise is great and I loved the storyline, I got lost in the story few times, not sure what was going on, it was to slow at times and I had trouble staying interested. 

Happy reading,

Anie

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Before Dawn by Elizabeth Arroyo

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Author Elizabeth Arroyo
Title Before Dawn
Published June 12th 2018 by Ellysian Press
Genre dystopia, ya, sci-fi
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The world as we know it no longer exist, people now live in space and the Earth is filled with violent hybrids. After the dangerous infection people genome has fused with other animals and the outcome isn't pretty.

Living in the midst of that is Zoe, she has interesting ability, that she shouldn't have. She spent last year and a half surviving along side two guys that use to work for Arcane. But it's not all that simple, when everyone is hiding something.

It very interesting premise with a lot of very interesting elements, but it lacked depth and a bit more of explanation. I was often lost and not sure what is happening. There is non stop action, what I love, but the pace is at expense of the details, that would make story really amazing.

Happy reading,

Anie

Dating the Prince by Alina Snow

Rating 💚💚💚 Author Alina Snow Title Dating the Prince Series What If Series #1 Number of pages 326 Genre romance, na Cover 💛💛💛...