Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sound of Sirens by Jen Minkman

Rating:  πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š
Author: Jen Minkman
Title: Sound of Sirens
Series: Tales of Skylge
Published: November 2014
Number of pages: 170
Genre: fantasy, fiction, romance, mermaids, ya
Goodreads link: Sound of Sirens

On the island of Skylge live two different people: Skylgers (original residents), that are treated as second class and Currents, who came across the see and invaded the island under the pretence of the protection. They brought with them holy fire to protect them from sirens call. Sirens sing and lead you to the see, where they steel your soul and body.

Enna is Skylinger and lives with sick father and brother that is a sailor. One day he brings her LP, record that can only be played on the electronic device of the Currents. Royce, is from richest Current family and pianist. He want to buy LP from Enna, but she refuses. So they struck a deal, they will listen to it together. They form a friendship that turns into more.

History of the island is written by the winners, so not all is as it seem.

This is such a lovely story, that will make you swoon. Enna and Royce are both very strong character, special and trapped in their own way. It is the story of love, friendship, family, rebellion. And it is just so beautiful. I could reread it for a million times and still love it.

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading!

Anie

Monday, May 29, 2017

Anathema by Megg Jensen

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š
Author: Megg Jensen
Title: Anathema
Series: Cloud Prophet Trilogy #1
Published: February 2011
Genre: ya, paranormal, magic, high fantasy, fiction, romance
Goodreads link: Anathema

I was pleasantly surprised by the story. It was really good. 

We follow Reychel, a slave serving her master. She is not allowed to go outside or even to look through the window. She scrubs the dishes in the kitchen and has only one friend. Because master has taken interest in her, always asking her to come to his chambers, other kind of stay away from her. On the day of her branding she is given the chance to escape. But are not as simple as that or as what it seems. There is betrayal, magic, entire nation enslaved, resistance, prophecy- making of a great book. 

It is really unique and interesting story. I loved the pace, stuff happen all the time. I was pulled in immediately and can't wait to see what happens next. Aldo I have to say the ending was a bit bitter sweet for me. I hope that the second book doesn't have triangle in it...

Highly recommend to anyone who loves high-fantasy magic books :)

Happy reading!

Anie

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š

Author: Temple Mathews
Title: Bad Girl Gone
Published: expected publication August 2017
Genre: ya, paranormal, mystery, fiction
Goodreads link: Bad Girl Gone

Received from NetGalley

The girl wakes up in Middle House, house for orphans, the problem is her parents are alive, and nobody listens to her. One day she is able to go back to her house and is convinced that she won't return back. She find her parents and crime scene in her house. Her parents aren't dead, she is.

I was really intrigued by the premise, it is really interesting and unique. But I didn't like the writing style, I just could not connect to the character or the plot line.

Anie

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Eve of the Exceptionals by Parker Sinclair

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š
Author: Parker Sinclair
Title: Eve of the Exceptionals
Series: standalone
Published: January 2017
Number of pages: 226
Goodreads link: Eve of the Exceptionals
Genre: high fantasy, fiction, romance, magic

Received from NetGalley.

Such a beautiful book. The story is just so sweet and lovely. I really like that it is a standalone book. 

It is high fantasy book about Gem who travels with her family and performs, and the also steal on the side. One night she steals mysterious Heath and is almost captured, only to be rescued by the prince Ryzyn. There are somehow connected since then, even though they don't see each other for many years. 

After that night Gem runs away from her family and that lifestyle and becomes a guard. Ryzyn learns how to wield the hearth. But they have to join forces if they want to save the land from evil.

The setting is really interesting world, full of magic. I really like the writing. 

Stuff I didn't like: the cover and that the story was slow at times. Other wise, really great and interesting book. 

Anie

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Rating:  πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Title: Throne of Glass
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Number of pages: 404
Published: August 2012
Genre: high-fantasy, fiction, ya, romance
Goodreads link: Throne of Glass

I read it the second time yesterday and I have to say I like it a lot more than the first time. First time I have read it, it was not long after it came out and I was not a fan. 

It is really interesting story. The writing is really good, the story pulls you in immediately. I really like the plot too. When you think, you have figured out the story, there is something more to it. 

I wanted to be more bad-ass action, more assassin stuff, more kicking ass and a bit less other stuff. The book really picks up toward the end. If the first half was as full of action as the last, it would be 5 star book. Maybe it gets better in the second book. I might give that a try. 

My favourite parts were all mentioning of the Fae. I also like the world, and want to know more about it.

Happy reading!

Anie

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ravenscroft Conspiracy: A Virtual Reality Thriller by Vic Connor

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š 
Author: Vic Connor
Title: Ravenscroft Conspiracy: A Virtual Reality Thriller 
Series: Territoria #1
Number of pages: 364
Published: March 2017
Genre: sci-fi, games, fiction
Goodreads link: Ravenscroft Conspiracy: A Virtual Reality Thriller

Received from NetGalley

Wow, I was so surprised by this book. It is so amazing. Once I started it, I could not stop. 

It is story of Nicolay, who is wrongfully convicted of murdering his parents. Whilst on death row, he gets an offer to test a secret virtual world. But all is not as it seems

Nicolay is genius, with IQ levels off the charts. He can come across crude and cold, but deep inside has a kind soul. His life was really hard. His character is really easy to relate to. 

The book is really fast paced and full of action. You don't know what is really going on. 

One of my favourites for sure. Only complaint- I wish it was longer. :) I would really love to read more about this place. 

Highly recommend it.

Anie

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Moorigad Dragon by Debra Kristi

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š
Author: Debra Kristi
Title: The Moorigad Dragon
Series: Age of the Hybrid #1
Number of pages: 136
Published: October 2014
Genre: fantasy, paranormal, fiction, romance, dragons

It is a story of a girl, that can change into dragon. She is a mixed species dragon, mother is water dragon and father fire dragon. She runs away from home and ends of in magical carnival.

I really like the world, that the story takes place in and the whole premise of the story. The page of stuff happening is also great, there is no dull moment.

Only thing I had problems with, was the writing at times. It was so descriptive at times, I forgot what was even going on in the story, a bit to distracting.

Nonetheless, interesting book.

Happy reading!

Anie

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pawn by Sophie Davis

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š
Author: Sophie Davis
Title: Pawn
Series: Nightmares Trilogy
Number of pages: 300
Published: April 2013
Genre: fantasy, fiction, paranormal, Greek mythology, ya


It's story about Endora.  She is in high school and play lacrosse. On her 18 birthday she jumps off a cliff on a dare and almost drown, only to be saved by mysterious stranger. She feel immediate attraction towards him. But he has many secrets. After her birthday she start to dream, dreams that come through.

Premise of the story is really interesting, I like the use of Greek mythology.

I just couldn't connect with it. I didn't care for any of the characters. Even with the romance, just didn't feel the spark. It didn't grab me and pull me in the story. So I kind of just skimmed most of the book.

Happy reading!

Anie

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Captivate by Vanessa Garden

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š
Author: Vanessa Garden
Title: Captivate
Series: Submerged Sun #1
Published: January 2014
Number of Pages: 300
Goodreads link: Captivate
Genre: fantasy, fiction, paranormal, romance, ya

Let's start with good stuff. I really like the cover, it is gorgeous. And... I really like the premise of the story, the setting, description of it. Seriously great and really unique and I really enjoyed reading about it. So why only two stars ? 

I didn't like the characters. I couldn't connect with anyone or root for anyone. Also I foolishly thought it would feature mermaids and was so disappointed. 

Not bad book at all, just not for me.

Happy reading!

Anie

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

First year by Rachel E. Carter

Rating:  πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š
Author: Rachel E. Carter
Title: First year
Series: The Black Mage #1
Published: August 2014
Number of Pages: 322
Genre: high-fantasy, magic, ya, fantasy, fiction
Goodreads link: First Year

OMG this was so good. One of the best book about magic... EVER (beside Harry Potter of course πŸ˜ƒ).

This is a story of a girl Ryiah, who wants to become a combat mage, against all odds. So she and her twin brother join the academy, for a trial year. There she trains day and night, in order to catch with the rest off them. Especially highborn. Because of she was lowborn, she didn't have as much training available before.

I love that her power isn't given, she has to work hard for it, for the very start. I absolutely love reading about training, her overcoming obstacles, getting better. Anything she gets, it is because of struggle, it is not just given. I really respect that. 

She forms friendships, some more interesting than other. :)

I really like the plot and the execution. I was hooked from the first page. It is just pulls you in, you have to know what happens next. 

One of the best books I have read this year so far. I really look forward to read the next one in the series. It is the perfect blend of struggle, magic, love, family, friendship, academy life and more MAGICπŸ˜ƒ. Just really, really, really good.

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading!

Anie

Monday, May 8, 2017

Protector by Joanne Wadsworth

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š

Author: Joanne Wadsworth
Title: Protector
Series: Princess of Myth #1
Published: December 2012
Number of Pages: 292
Goodreads link: Protector
Genre: fantasy, fiction, urban fantasy, romance, paranormal, magic

This was a easy, quick read. I did enjoy it, but I also had few problems with it.

Story was really interesting, the premise at least, but I missed a bit more world building. I want to know more about the world described. Beacause it wasn't a whole lot of explaining, it was at times a bit hard to believe, especially the romance part. I do like to read about mean to be, destined love, however this was so quick, for zero to 100 in 2 seconds. I wanted to see more about both charachters, know them a bit more, before all of that. And because of that it was kind of hard to connect or cary about any of them. Especially Faith, she is really hard to like. I mean, she makes some stupid decisions and doesn't know what is she doing.

I would really love if she had to work more for her powers, I love to see the struggle. Then it fells like it was earned not just given.

It is an easy read, perfect for the beach. :) I has the potential to be an amazing story, if only there was... more. More time to know the charachters, more about the world, more about the people.

Happy reading!

Anie

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore

Rating:πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š
Author: Gabriella Lepore
Title: Blackheath
Series: The Blackheath Witches #1
Number of pages: 284
Published: December 2015
Goodreads link: Blackheath
Genre: magic, paranormal, ya, romance

So I got this book few days ago and I decided to just read few pages before going to sleep. I didn't have high expectation of the story and somehow thought it is about pirates. 😏Anyway, once I started reading I could not put it down, I've read it in like 1,5 hour. It is sooo good. 😍

Book is just the perfect blend of magic, mystery, romance, friendship and family. Story follows Maggie, regular girl that is living in the boarding school full time (before she was with her grandparents, but the got too old to take care of her) and Joel, one of four Tomlins brothers. The are known witches and live with their father and one of their "aunts". 

Maggie find out that she has a curse on her and she asks Joel to help her with it. He is reluctant at first, but the more time they spend together, more invested he becomes. (love him πŸ’“ 😊)

It so great that you see character grow closer, and the bickering is funny AF. You really get to know them throughout the story and root for them. But my favourite character in the story is Ainsley, 3rd brother, here are some examples why: 
To the outside world, Ainsley may have looked like a perfect little angel. But, be warned, Joel mused. This one bites.
and 
“Nuh-uh, blockhead. It’s because I actually have a plan. A real plan, not this weak let’s-all-just-curl-up-and-die junk that you guys keep putting on the table.”
I really love it. One of the best magic/witches book out there. 😊

Also, the cover... so pretty.

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading!

Anie

Dating the Prince by Alina Snow

Rating πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š Author Alina Snow Title Dating the Prince Series What If Series #1 Number of pages 326 Genre romance, na Cover πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›...