Friday, June 30, 2017

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

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Author: Emily R. King
Title: The Hundredth Queen
Series: The Hundredth Queen #1
Number of pages: 300
Published: June 1st 2017 by Skyscape
Genre: fantasy, fiction, ya, romance
Goodreads link: The Hundredth Queen

Received from NetGalley


I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. It is sooo amazing. It's high fantasy book with really interesting mythology.


Our main character Kalinda is living and training with sisterhood, kind of like monastery. She is not in the best shape, because her life was plagued with fevers. When Rajah Tarek (ruler of the kingdom) comes looking for the hundredth wife, she gets chosen. 


She is not like his other wives, she is not obedient and does what she thinks is right. 


She is really strong and interesting character and I really like her.


The romance in the story is really lovely too.


All in all amazing book and I highly recommend it.


Happy reading!


Anie

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


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Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Title: Illuminae
Series: The Illumiae Files #1
Number of pages: 608
Published: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: sci-fi, ya, fiction
Goodreads link: Illuminae

I was so excited to finally read it, because everyone was talking about it and everyone seems to like it. And... I wanted to love it to. I had such a hard time getting into it. The format of, whilst interesting is also really distracting. After reading about the third of it, I still had no idea what is it about. It was a struggle to finish it. It didn't really pull me in, but I can still appreciate the uniqueness.

It gets a bit better after that, however it was still struggle to see what the book was really about. 

It is set in future in space, where two corporation are at war for one planet. Few of the people on it can evacuate, many lives lost.

There was diary entries, ship specifics, interviews, chat room intertwined. I think I would love the story if it was more... homogeneous. 

Not a book for me.

Happy reading!

Anie

Monday, June 26, 2017

Deep Focus by Madisyn Monroe

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Author: Madisyn Monroe
Title: Deep Focus
Series: Hot Hollywood
Number of pages: 284
Published: April 2016
Genre: romance
Goodreads link: Deep Focus

So... this is a romance book, featuring Scarlet, who is about to graduate from college. She is producer and trying to film her first movie. She stumbles on Oliver Tate, billionaire and very powerful man in Hollywood.

The story has a lot faults, but is really enjoyable. Not the kind of book I usually read however I just flew through it. And I liked it.

Light summer beach book, with a lot of romance and at times a bit unbelievable plot. I enjoyed it nonetheless. :)

Happy reading!

Anie

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

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Author: V. E. Schwab
Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Series: Shades of Magic #1
Genre: fiction, fantasy, magic,  ya, romance
Number of pages: 400 
Published: February 2015
Goodreads link: A Darker Shade of Magic

I finally read it and I see now why everyone is talking about this author. This book is seriously so good. One of the classic fantasy novels, to be read for generation to come.

A Darker Shade of Magic is fantasy story, of multiple Londons, grey, red, white and black. Some have more magic, some have only little bit. Magic in this universe is alive, black London, which had the most magic, was consumed by it, and the other had to permanently close the doors between them, in order to prevent magic from black one sipping through. 

There are few people, very rare, that can open the door between them. Kell is one of them. We follow his as he travel between royalties of different Londons, carring messages and smuggling trinkets. On the other hand we have Lila, master thief, living in grey London. After Kell bring object, that shouldn't exist, from white London, he is hunted and escapes in grey London, stumbling on Lila.

A love the world created, it is worked out till perfection, it is logical and believable and I want to live there.

Another good thing, two leads, female and male are equally interesting. That is really missing from most of the books I've read lately.

It would be nice if the book has few 100 pages more:)

There a little twist and turns that keep you on your toes through the entire story. The ending was nice and made me want to know more. What will happen next?

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading,

Anie

Thursday, June 22, 2017

When Vamps Bite by Nicole Zoltack

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š  
Author: Nicole Zoltack
Title: When Vamps Bite
Series: Bedlam in Bethlehem #1
Number of pages: 275
Published: June 2017
Genre: paranormal, urban fantasy, fiction
Goodreads link:When Vamps Bite


Clarissa is a really good cop. One night she walk home from bad and sees Vampire killing a woman. Of course no one really believes but she can't let it go. Because of the shock she get a bit distracted, something happens and she gets suspended. Then one of the vamps seeks her out. She is really bad ass and not the one to stand down. She does what ever it takes to keep her city save.

I really like the story and really like her character. She is really amazing and the core of the OK.  Really rooted for her.

This is the kind of urban fantasy that is really great to read and keeps you wanting more. 

Happy reading!

Anie

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Change by Teyla Branton

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Author: Teyla Branton
Title: The Change
Series: Unbounded #1
Number of pages: 358
Published: January 2013
Genre: paranormal, urban fantasy
Goodreads link:The Change

The story start right away. Erin and her friend are in severe car crash. Her friend dies, she is badly injured, burns covering most of her body and she definitely shouldn't survive. And yet she is alive. She is kidnapped from the hospital, by two very strange people. They help her get better and tell who she really is. Even though she survived, this new life is full of danger. She must choose a side.

I really like the beginning, I was instantly pulled in and really interested. It went slowly down hill after that. Not a bad book, just something was missing and I am not sure what.

Happy reading!

Anie

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Verity by Claire Farrell

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Author: Claire Farrell
Title: Verity
Series: Cursed #1
Published: April 2011
Genre: paranormal, shapeshifters, ya, fantasy, romance
Goodreads link:Verity

Werewolves are my at least favourite paranormal creatures, but lately I've been lucky to read few, that were actually really good. This is one of them.

We follow 16 year old Perdita (love the name) as she grow, come out of her shell, fall in love and realise that not all friends are there to stay.

She lives really sheltered live, with her dad and grandma. She is not allowed to do normal stuff, like other teenagers.

When she finally stand up for her self, life start to slowly change. There are two new students at the school, one becomes her best friends and her brother is the guy she dreams of every night.

But not all is as it seems.

I really liked the book, love the story, even the romance is really cute.

Happy reading!

Anie

In the Blood & Beneath the Skin by R.L. Martinez || Cover reveal



Author: R. L. Martinez
Title: In the Blood & Beneath the Skin 
Series: The Witchbreed Series #1 & #2
Genre: adult, fantasy
Goodreads link: The Witchbreed Series
Amazon link: The Witchbreed Series

Cover reveal:

Synopsis:

The WITCHBREED series is a rich fantasy set in a time when magic is feared by most but harnessed by the ruthless. It follows the story of twin sisters, one witch one warrior, separated by war, but whom have a bond so powerful they will do whatever it takes to keep one another alive.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

2:20 by Holly Hook

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Author: Holly Hook
Title: 2:20
Series: Timeless Trilogy #1
Published: January 2013
Genre: time travel, ya, fantasy, romance
Goodreads link: 2:20

17 year old Julia's first memory, is appearing outside of the now foster home and nothing before that. She lives with her foster mother and foster sister. They are both really nice to her and she has quite a nice life. It's rare to find good family dynamic in ya book.

 Anyhow, she wakes up from the same nightmare every night at 2:20.

She has lived at this home for about a year and is asked by popular guy to a school dance. That is where all goes wrong. She learns that she is somehow in a wrong time and that there are people that are trying to fix that.

I liked the book and flew through it, but at the same time I wished it was a bit.. deeper. A bit more depth to the story, and characters would make this book really amazing.

Really nice light summer book.

Happy reading!

Anie

Thursday, June 15, 2017

#10 favourite spring books

#10 favourite books I have read this spring in no particular order 😏:

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

OMG I really like this one, I want to read it really soon. It's full of action, mysterious creatures, lovely romance... Just amazing book.









Night Shift by B.B.Myers

One of those books, that kept me up at night, thinking about it. What is really going on, what happened, what is real, could it really happen ?

Really interesting concept, a bit of romance and mystery. 





Twenty-Four Potential Children of the Prophecy by Emily Martha Sorensen

One of the recent books, I've read. It's high-fantasy story with interesting setting. But the best thing about it, it is the humour. I was laughing through the entire book. :)


After The Ending by Lindsey Pogue and Lindsey Fairleigh

Really good post-apocalyptic story. Apocalypse meets X-men. Enough said 😁










The Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore

Such a good book. We follow brother and sister as they start Glass Castle, school for witches. 









Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore

Another amazing book, with magic in it.











First Year by Rachel E. Carter
Another great magic book. 

High fantasy story of Ryiah, who wants to be a combat mage, against all odds. I really love that her powers were not given, she had to work her but for it :D







Ravenscroft Conspiracy by Vic Connor



Virtual really story, where Nicolay, orphaned genius is offered way out death sentence, by going into game and going to mysterious Ravenscroft Academy.








Prophecy Awakened by Tamar Sloan

Really interesting story, that made me like werewolves. :)










Sound of Sirens 
Dystopia story, full of mythology, friendship, forbidden love and sirens.
















I wasn't sure if I could find enough books for this list, because I was convinced I've read only few good ones past few months. As I went through the books I realised. that I read quite few very good books this spring and had a bit of trouble narrowing it down to just 10. These are the books that I will surely re-read often, part of my all time favourites. 

Most of the books on the list are first in the series and I haven't read the second books for neither of the series. I'm just afraid, because most of the second book don't live up to the first one and it might taint my love for these ones. Maybe in the future... 

10 book listed above are all really, really good, in my opinion and I highly recommend them. I judge book, how good it is, not on plot, grammar, characters or anything like that, but only on how the story pulls me in. If it gripped me from the first page, so that I can't put it down, the it is amazing book by my opinion. 

I hope the books I'll read in summer will be full of amazing ones, with no bad ones in between :)

Happy reading!

Counting Wolves by Michael F. Steward

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Author: Michael F. Stewart
Title: Counting Wolves
Published: August 2017 
Number of pages: 166
Genre: contemporary, mental health
Goodreads link: Counting Wolves

Received from NetGalley

I was kind of sure this will be fairy-tale retelling, I really like those lately. It's not, it more The curious incident of the dog in the night (I really like that book:)) Main character Milly has a lot of psychological issues and is committed to the paediatrics psych ward, be her evil step mother. 

She has to count, before stepping through doorway, eating, talking, otherwise the wolf will take her. She meets a lot of kids there, who all have very different issues and are a bit alike with fairy tale characters. 

It is really good book to read, because it gives you inside in what it's like to fell that way, how real it fell, how it affect your life.

The whole story is really sad in way, once you find out the reason behind her disease... I cried so much during the last part of the book :).


Happy reading!


Anie

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cursed by Freya Black||book blitz



A bit different post, from what I usually post, as this is not book review. I love supporting book, so when this amazing opportunity came across I was happy to be able to include in my blog.

Also, there is a giveaway on the bottom :)

So... This is a book blitz for a Cursed by Freya Black. Some book info down below:

Author: Freya Black
Title: Cursed
Series: The Price of Magic #1
Published: June 14th 2017
Genre: urban fantasy, ya
Goodreads link: Cursed
Amazon link: Cursed

Synopsys:

Born of the rare and powerful Crescent bloodline, Fiona Mandrake is no ordinary witch. Because of her ability to divine the future, Fiona has visions of dark Fey who started a war between the realms that killed her parents. Fiona’s visions foretell the deaths of her coven and the destruction of the human world. But the war is not over. 

Through clues her mother left behind, Fiona discovers that the Council responsible for magic is corrupt and working with the dark Fey. She seeks the help of her coven and Sloane Blackwell, a Telepath who can see her visions and change her emotions with a single touch. They share a telepathic bond, one that brings them closer. 

Sloane’s unique abilities and his link to the Fey aid Fiona in her quest to end the war between the realms. But magic comes with a price. To save her town from destruction, Fiona and Sloane have to defy the Council, using magic that breaks an ancient law punishable by death. With the Council after them and dark Fey on the loose, Fiona and Sloane have to work together to extinguish the dark Fey before it’s too late. 

Excerpt:

I delivered the drinks on my tray, leaving Sloane for last. In the middle of a heat wave, it was odd that he was wearing a long-sleeved shirt. Black cotton fit snug against his chest while the sleeves were rolled up to his elbows. He leaned over his book with a serious expression on his face, as if cramming for a midterm. Even the parade of girls in skimpy shorts couldn’t garner his attention. I wondered if supernatural creatures could feel human things, like hot and cold, happiness and despair.

When I reached Sloane, I organized the cups on my tray to distribute the weight, attempting to steady my nerves, as the glasses clanged together.
“How was the Magic Mocha?”

He looked up with a crooked smile, and I almost forgot to breathe.
“It was magical.”
Even for a Hexenjager, he was charming. When he handed me his plate, our fingertips collided for a split second. His touch sent a tingling sensation throughout my entire body, similar to an electric shock. It rushed over me like breaking waves, pulling me under. No longer in control, I staggered back as the purple-and-gold damask wallpaper swirled together. Then, my legs buckled beneath me.
Moonlight cast its shadow over the dark street. Lampposts and electrical wires fell with each explosion of thunder that pierced my eardrums. I turned my head, taking in the crumbling scenery and what was left of Pine Street. A sea of people darted toward me with crazed looks in their eyes. I stood in the middle of the street, paralyzed by fear.
And that was when I saw them—monsters so terrifying that they could only exist in nightmares.
As they moved forward, giant beams of light struck the asphalt in a methodical fashion, as if thrown from the sky by Thor and his mighty hammer. The pavement cracked in half and began to collapse under my feet. With the ferocity of a hurricane, wind plowed through the trees. A domino effect sent oak slamming into the concrete, wiping out rows of people in its wake. Jolted by the sheer force, I was about to plunge into the abyss when someone grabbed my hand.
“Hang on, Nona,” the boy said.
A boy the same age as me, no older than ten years old, squeezed my tiny bicep. Steely blue eyes peeked out from a chunk of black hair. He led me through the mayhem, calling out for our parents. No one answered.
Droves of inhuman warriors charged forward, riding black horses. Viking helmets covered most of their faces. The parts of their gray skin not protected by armor were branded with tattoos that had a crimson glow shimmering in the darkness. Soulless pits, eyes like lumps of charcoal, glowered at us. They severed the heads from the bodies of those in their way, blood splattering everywhere, rolling off the red cloaks that flapped behind them.
We dashed down Maple Drive, my heart thumping out of my chest, and we hid under a tree. Cocooned by its low-hanging branches, I failed to catch my breath until the boy wrapped his arms around me. My body stopped shaking, and my pulse returned to normal from his touch. I rested my head on his shoulder. The warmth of his energy circulated through my veins, meshing with my own powers, until the electricity pulsating between us consumed me.

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Twenty-Four Potential Children of Prophecy by Emily Martha Sorensen

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Author: Emily Martha Sorensen
Title: Twenty-Four Potential Children of Prophecy
Series: The Numbers Just Keep Getting Bigger #1
Number of Pages: 113
Published: May 2017
Genre: ya, fiction, high-fantasy
Goodreads link: Twenty-Four Potential Children of Prophecy

I received the book from author in exchange for an honest review

This is one of the funniest book I have ever read. It's like the PG version of Deadpool was lead in LOTR books. :)

We follow Hanina, she is not very rich and work with her father at fixing and reselling stuff other people have thrown out. She is wickedly smart and doesn't have a filter... at all. She says whatever pops to her head at any given time.

It's high-fantasy story of kingdom, that is in war for 50 years with neighbouring kingdom because of gold mine. There is a lot of prophets in this kingdom, most of them fake. Future is ruled by three fates. Last prophecy claims that the female with star on her hand will end the war. There are 24 that fit that description, including Hanina. 

Her interaction with other people are hilarious, but my favourite are, when she talk to a king. I was laughing out loud through the entire book and read it really fast. It's really fast paced and really interesting.

Only complained, I wished it was a lot longer...

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading!

Anie

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dream me by Kathryn Berla

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Author: Kathryn Berla

Title: Dream me
Series: Standalone
Published: July 2017
Number of pages: 175
Genre: sci-fi, romance, fantasy, fiction
Goodreads link: Dream Me

Received from Netgalley.


OMG, this book is so amazing. It is just perfection. So amazingly written. After finishing I had a bit of trouble gathering my thoughts. It is just one of those stories that stick, change you, move you.



The book tells story of Babe and Zat. Babe just moved to Florida with her father, golf pro. Because of the nature of his job, they've been moving a lot. She work for the summer in the tennis shop. A lot happens. She meets people, forms friendships, even has to deal with harassment. She also writes blog about what is going on in her life. You get to know her really well. Her story is intertwined with Zat's. He is from he future, resident of dying Earth, trying to find place to live. It is like contemporary story ft. hard hit sci-fi. Just amazing.


Their stories come together in beautiful way, that moved me and made me cry. I almost stopped reading, like 20 pages before the end, because I wasn't sure if it will be the good or the bad ending. Also the book made me cry a lot. The ending was the most beautiful thing ever. 


Happy reading!


Anie.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Polarity in Motion by Brenda Vicars

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Author: Brenda Vicars
Title: Polarity in Motion
Published: December 2014
Number of Pages: 255
Genre: contemporary, ya, romance
Goodreads link: Polarity in Motion

I was so impressed by this book. I usually don't like contemporary novels, but this book was... just so good. 

It deals with a lot of important issues, like mental health, how it affects, not just the one suffering, but also the family. 

Polarity just moved to new town, with her parents, just as the school year is about to end. She is bullied a lot. Situation at home is not amazing ether, her mother has borderline personality disorder. That alone is hard for 15 year old to live with. It all get a lot worse, when one of her classmates find naked picture of her online. The picture, that she never took. She is taken away from her parents because the police suspects they had something to do with it.

Nobody believes her, when she says she didn't do it. She wants to find the truth. Polarity has a bit of help on the way, Ethan, the boy she likes helps her a lot. Answers come from unusual places.

It's is so nice to read this kind of books, that show important issues from different perspective. It really makes you think.

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading!

Anie

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š

Author: Audrey Grey
Title: Shadow Fall
Series: Shadow Fall #1
Number of pages: 302
Published: November 2016
Genre: ya, dystopia, fantasy, sci-fi
Goodreads link: Shadow Fall

So this is dystopia book, where world is divided between golds, silvers and bronzes. Asteroid is flying toward earth and will kill lots and lots of people. Golds will be safe in space station, silvers underground, bronze will have to fight for few free spots. 

I love the premise of the book, it is really interesting, like the books I usually love to read. But... I just couldn't connect with the books, or fell being pulled in. 

I'll give it it another try after few days.

Anie

Monday, June 5, 2017

Cover reveal Ultimate Sacrifice by S.E. Green

Cover for Ultimate Sacrifice by S.E. Green was just relieved. Looks really spooky and eerie and I want to read it right now.😁 
Lately I've picking up more book with horror as part of it. This one comes out October 10th, so just in time for Halloween. 😁 Here is the blurb:



Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

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Author: Candace Robinson

Title: Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault
Series: Glass Vault #1
Number of pages: 242
Published: May 2017
Genre: ya, horror, fantasy
Goodreads link: Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault

Received from NetGalley


People in town are stating to disappear. And the the strange building appears, Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault, that only some people can see.  Our main character Perrie, best friend start to work there one night and goes missing. That is when the story really starts. Perrie and August (other best friend) go on search.


It is really original story, with many totally unpredictable twists and turns. It is spooky at times. Really good book


Low rating because I didn't fell the chemistry with it. Wasn't being pull in or gripped by the story.



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’›...