Monday, October 30, 2017

The Year of the Knife by G. D. Penman

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Author: G. D. Penman
Title:The Year of the Knife
Published: November  28th 20 17 by Meerkat Press
Genre: adult, thriller, urban fantasy
Goodreads: The Year of the Knife by G. D. Penman
Amazon: The Year of the Knife (Affiliate link)

Received from Expresso Book Tour in exchange for honest review


Agent -Sully- Sullivan is one of the top cops in the Imperial Bureau of Investigation. A veteran witch of the British Empire who isn’t afraid to use her magical skills to crack a case. But Sully might need more than a good education and raw power to stop the string of grisly murders that have been springing up across the American Colonies. Every one of them marked by the same chilling calling card, a warning in the form of a legion of voices screaming out through the killers’ mouths: -It IS tHe YEAr oF the KNife.-

Sully’s investigation will drag her away from the comforts of home in New Amsterdam, the beautiful but useless hyacinth macaw that used to be her boss, and the loving arms of her undead girlfriend, in a thrilling race against time, demonic forces and a shadowy conspiracy that will do anything to keep its hold on power and ensure that Sully takes their secrets to her grave, as soon as possible.

G.D. Penman’s imaginative The Year of the Knife is a fun, fast-paced urban fantasy mystery with an engaging set of characters, most notably Agent Sully of the Imperial Bureau of Investigation.


I was hooked after first few paragraphs, this book is soo good. The story starts in the middle of the action. She is called in to investigate weird case - Agent Sully works for IBI, she is magic practitioner and uses her skills to catch bad people. When people all over all murdered in weird way, she will have to use all she got, to solve it. 

She is one my favourite female characters in urban fantasy. Sully is the definition of kick-ass heroin. She is funny and powerful. [ I imagine her going about as female version of Blade or Neo (from Matrix). :) ]

Sully gave her a gentle kiss on the neck, just below her ear and then whispered one of the few words of Spanish that she knew, “No. Not police. Brujah. Witch.” Sully pulled back from the girl, who stood stock still, staring at her with big eyes, now clouded with doubt. With a tiny thunderclap, Sully vanished.

The book is set in kind of alternative world. She lives in New Amsterdam (New York) and the Americas are colonies of British Empire. 

The story is fast paced, there is no dull moments, non stop action and writing is really good. Story grabs you from the first moment and you can't put the book down till the very last pages.

Happy reading,


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Monsterland by Michael Okon

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Author: Michael Okon
Title: Monsterland
Genre: paranormal, vampires, zombies, shapeshifters
Number of pages: 214
Published: October 13th 2017 by WordFire Press
Goodreads: Monsterland
Amazon: Monsterland: Volume 1(Affiliate link)

Received from Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for honest review

Monsterland reminded on one of my all time favourite books, Jurassic park, instead of dinosaurs, you get monsters. 😊

In world where global economy was affected by global plague, turning people into zombies, vampires are almost extinct and expedition that is suppose to find big foot, discovers werewolves, billionaire business man Vincent Konrad, find a solution. He builds scary theme park, filled with very real monsters. 

On the opening night world leaders are invited to one of seven simultaneous opening. Wyatt, high school senior, and his group of friends get tickets from Vincent himself, after he comes to the fast food restaurant where they work.

One the opening night everything goes wrong, OR does it? 😀

Book is told from multiple perspective. You get very clear picture of what is happening. There is  a lot of suspense, twists and turns, you never know what will happen next. I was on the edge of my seat all through the book. (Imagine if the dinosaurs in Jurassic park could tell you what they want to do the people 😲)

Amazing book, that pull you in from the start. 

Happy reading,


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Unreality by Ingrid Seymour

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Author: Ingrid Seymour
Title: Unreality
Part of Marked by Fate Boxset
Published: October 24th 2017
Genre: paranormal, urban fantasy, romance
Goodreads: Unreality
Amazon:Marked by Fate: With Augmented Reality: Read, Watch, Listen. The new ultimate reading experience (Affiliate link)

Received from Author in exchange for honest review.

OMG, this book is so amazing!!! 

It's like mixture of paranormal elements: psychic visions and mind control, murder mystery, friendship and romance. At times it gets really scary, too.

Meadow has psychic power that run in the family, on her fathers side (he doesn't have powers). Her powers are very strong, unique and undeveloped. If she is in a room she can "see" everyone and everything that happen in it, like in a overlaid movies of the past events. She calls them bygones. When she was very little and her mother died, she helped police solve her murder and it affected her. She kept her powers lock deep inside ever since. 

Her uncle has powers of persuasion, with he mostly uses to get women to sleep with him. She also has a cousin Leonardo, he has similar powers to his father, just not very strong. Her best friend is Nicolas, her next door neighbour, he is always by her side and lately she stated to develop filling for him.

One day her classmate goes missing. Meadow pulls down her defences to find her, and she does. She finds her murdered in the same way as her mother was. She wants to find who did that to her, but is afraid.  After her friend goes missing, she is determined, that she will find her before she ends up dead too. 

However, all is not as it seem. There is something horrible going on, that will turn her life upside down. 

The story is full of unpredictable twists and turns. One I started it, I couldn't put it down. I just had find out what happens in the end. I really hope this is a part of series. :) I want to read more about Meadow. :)

Happy reading,


#amwriting 0.1

Word count: 24998

It was a good and bad kind of writing week. At the beginning of the week I really struggled with my story, I almost deleted everything I written so far. I took a step back after that and took a break for few days.

I figured few thing out (that are kind of obvious, when you think of it... but very new to me 😏)

I took a last look before putting it all in trash. And to my surprise, it's not all that horrible. Apparently you don't have to start all over every time you find something you don't like. You can just re-read it, and fix the part that drives you crazy πŸ˜’πŸ˜§.

Another thing that should be no-brainer... ahh, well.

So, I never outlined the story before or did any kind of plotting. I know this story, I now everything that happens and when it happens. I lived with it for so long, it should be no problem putting it down on paper.

But it is.

I realised that there is a difference between writing and writing πŸ˜ƒ:

writing #1 actual story, coming up with a story, developing it, seeing what your characters do
writing #2 typing it all down.

I've got #1 down, but in order to do #2, to get all that out of my fingers, it really helpful to outline it, so when I'm helplessly lost in typing labyrinth, I have somewhere to look, something to tell me what to do next, without me having nervous breakdown. πŸ˜ƒ

It was sooo helpful. I've rewritten most of what I have after that, and I'm, actually happy with the story now.

I feel happy sitting down every time, because I feel like the story on (virtual 😏) paper is the same as the story I see in my head, the one that I want to tell.

I hope it will be a bit easier from know on...


Monday, October 23, 2017

The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

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Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Title: The Last of the Firedrakes
Series: Avalonia Chronicles #1
Genre: ya, magic, fae, high fantasy
Published: August 15th 2015 by Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Number of pages: 488
Goodreads: The Last of the Firedrakes
Amazon:The Last of the Firedrakes: Volume 1 (The Avalonia Chronicles) (Affiliate link)

Aurora has a hard life.She was adopted, when she was a baby. After her adoptive parents died, her uncle take her in. They are often mean to her and school is not much easies eather. 

One day uncle takes her out of school, to go on trip. In the middle of the night she is kidnaped thrugh magical portal into another world. 

With the help of fae, and Black Wolf (like a Robin Hood of Avalonia) she is saved, only to discover she accually belong in this worlds. She has a uncle, that will help her discover who she is and her powers. 

She has to train, to develop her powers, so she can take what is rightfully hers. She is enrolled in magical school, where she trains to control her magic.

I love the world of the story, it's that kind of world, I would love to live in. The book is full of action and fast paced. But... I wasn't biggest fan of Aurora, I just couldn't connect with her or root for her. And at times I felt like I missed a part of the story, there were quite big jump from here to there.

Happy reading,


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Angel of Mercy by Lisa Olsen

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Author: Lisa Olsen
Title: Angel of Mercy
Series: The Fallen #1
Genre: angels, romance, urban fantasy
Number of pages: 252
Published: June 15th 2011 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Goodreads: Angel of Mercy
Amazon: Angel of Mercy (The Fallen Book 1)

Mercy works as a bartender. One night after taking out the trash she is witness to the attack. She tries to help and gets stabbed. Doctors are not sure, if she will even survive, but she makes miraculous recovery and look and feels better than ever. She remember a guy with the piercing blue eyes, from the attack and from the hospital, so she thinks he might have some answers. One day, after spotting him, she decides to follow him. 

She finds out he is a fallen angel. He healed her and transformed her in something else, she not just human anymore.

I loved the concept and the fast pace of the book. The story pull you right in. What I didn't like is romance in it. Especially Ben, I really dislike him...

Happy reading,


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Broken Skies by Theresa Kay

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Author: Theresa Kay
Title: Broken Skies
Series: Broken Skies #1
Genre: dystopia, aliens, sci-fi, romance, ya
Number of pages: 297
Published: April 2014
Goodreads:Broken Skies
Amazon: Broken Skies(Affiliate link)

The story is set in future, after catastrophic event killed most of the humans. People form few settlement around the world. Fer years after that, aliens came to Earth, to live her. They have been in conflict with people ever since. In one of those camps live Jax and her twin brother. They use to live alone, so Jax has hard time conforming to the rules of the camp. The camp itself is very weird, women have very little rights.

She often escapes outside, to relax. Something happen to her in the past, that still hounghts her. She has panic attacks and is often very anxious.

On one of those escapes, she sees aliens landing near bye. Out of curiosity, she stays and looks, instead of running and is almost discovered. Her brother saves her, acting like a diversion, but is taken by aliens. They leave one behind.

They form unlikely bond. She will help him back to his city, if he helps her get in, so she can save her brother.

It's the story of love between siblings, survival, dystopia, aliens and special powers. ALL of my favourite things, oh and really cool romance. :)

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading,


Friday, October 20, 2017

Crimson Reborn by Bryan Cohen and Casey Lane

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Author:  Bryan Cohen and Casey Lane
Title: Crimson Reborn
(part of the Venom & Vampires: A Limited Edition Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Collection)
Genre: magic, vampires, shapeshifters, dragons, urban fantasy
Published: July 25th 2017 by genreCRAVE
Goodreads: Crimson Reborn

This book is sooo good. I read it one sitting, it pulled me in from the first page and I couldn't put it down. And now I desperately need next one. :)

Lyra works in Chicago Police Department. She started working there when vampires became public knowledge and her handler disappeared. She is strong and fast, a hunter. Born to hunt vampires.

After chasing creature she stumbles on vampire, that is also on a chase. Later she finds out he is FBI agent working on the same case. She hates him, likes him and somehow ends up working with him.

Lyra is the kind of hero I LOVE. She is smart and can seriously kick-ass. The book is so action pack, there is no dull moment. 

Highly recommend to anyone who loves urban fantasy.

Happy reading,


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fairy Stopwatch by Emily Martha Sorensen

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Author: Emily Martha Sorensen
Title: Fairy Stopwatch
Series: Fairy Senses #9
Genre: children's, fairies 
Number of pages: 65
Published: October 3rd 2017
Goodread: Fairy Stopwatch
Amazon:Fairy Stopwatch (Fairy Senses Book 9) (Affiliate link)

Received from Author in exchange for honest review

Eileen comes from a family, that has magic (human magic) and fairy sense. She desperate to get one too. So when she moves next door to a girl that has one, she is determined to get one too. One day she gets a Stopwatch, that can slow down or accelerate time. 

I really liked Eileen. She is determined and stubborn, that gets in trouble a lot. :) I love the writing styles and the message behind it. It has fairytale-esk felling to it. 

It's really fun and meaningful story, that is perfect for kids and anyone who loves fairy tales. :)

Happy reading.


The Great Maritini by Jedlie

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Author: Jedlie
Title: The Great Maritini
Genre: children's
Published: February 6th 2017 by Jedlie Circus Productions, Inc
Goodreads: The Great Maritini
Amazon:The Great Maritini(Affiliate link)

Received in exchange for honest review.

The Great Maritini is a children's book, with important massage, that the biggest magic, is kindness and compassion for another human being.

The Great Maritini living a long time ago and was a magician, he was not all that good with magic tricks, except for turning paper into silk. One day he comes across someone that was hurt and perform his biggest magical transformation, with help of compassion and kindness.

I like reading that kind of books to my niece, not only to help her love book, but to learn from them. I only wish the font was different, it was a bit hard to read.

Happy reading,


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Forsake by Andrea Pearson

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Author: Andrea Pearson
Title: Forsake
Published: October 17th 2017
Genre: magic, ya
Goodreads: Forsake
Amazon: Forsake(Affiliate link)

Received from Author in exchange for honest review.

I've read Discern (first book in Mosaic Chronicles) a while ago and really enjoyed it. I loved diving back to this world. I especially love magic system in these book. Only fourth child in the family has magic, that is elemental in nature, and are called Aretes. There is even a university for Aretes.😊  Forsake is set before the events of Mosaic Chronicles.

Nicole is in the last year of high school. She has one really good friend Lizzy. They are friends in the true meaning of the word and would do anything for each other. The whole book is like a testament to that.

Just before the ball for her Restarting, she actually Restarts. She trows up and faints in class. On the actual ball she is approached by women with little piece of metal to protect in order to save her friends, the woman ends up dead and the real adventure begins. :) I loved why she does it all, it's just so sweet to see that kinds of friendship and loyalty. she does everything in her power to protect Lizzy, even giving up her memories in the end. 

She has a boyfriend Conor, they started dating about two weeks ago. I gotta say I hate that guy. I just disliked him in the start, more with every chapter Her family life is really sad, she her parents are cold and distant (she flies across the world and they are like whatever... I mean...ahh) 

I LOVE this book. Story is full of action, it pull you in from the very first page. There is magic, friendship, adventure, kick ass fighting...just amazingπŸ˜ƒ. It made me want to read Discern again.:)

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading,


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Rise of the Dawnstar by Farah Oomerbhoy

Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Title: The Rise of the Dawnstar
Series: The Avalonia Chronicles #2
Published: April 24th 2017
Genres: fantasy, ya

Goodreads: The Rise of the Dawnstar
Amazon:The Rise of the Dawnstar (Avalonia Chronicles)(Affiliate link) 


Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes. 

The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world. 

With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen. 

Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…


“Why is the girl still alive, Lucian?” said a woman’s voice from a shadowy corner.
“I’m working on it, my queen.” The Archmage of Avalonia swept into the darkened room, his black mage robes, bordered with gold, billowing around him as he walked. Broad-shouldered and regal in his bearing, he raised his right hand and the damp fireplace flared to life, warming the cold stone floor.
Morgana sat in a red velvet chair, staring into the flames that suddenly appeared before her, illuminating her heart-shaped face. The windows were shut against the cold wind that had started blowing down from the north and a dark mist swirled outside as the wind howled, racing through the kingdoms of Avalonia, heralding the coming of winter.
“Then why does she still live, Lucian?” Morgana snarled, rising slowly from her high-backed chair and turning to face the Archmage. Her obsidian hair was loose and tangled and her emerald eyes were bloodshot red.
“We have no idea where she is.” Lucian bowed before the queen of Illiador. His eyes narrowed as he addressed Morgana. “It is proving impossible to find her with magic. As long as she wears the Amulet of Auraken, I cannot determine her whereabouts.”
“Yes, I know that.” Morgana waved her hand, dismissing the thought. “But surely there are other ways to find her?”
“Not with magic.”
“Then find her without magic,” Morgana hissed.
“I have spies everywhere, looking for the princess,” said the Archmage, his jaw tightening. “The last we heard, she left the Summer Palace in the dark of night. That was days ago – by now she could be anywhere in the seven kingdoms.”
Morgana clasped her hands together and started pacing in front of the fireplace. “She won’t get far on a normal horse; at least she doesn’t have the added advantage of a pegasus anymore.”
Lucian coughed and looked down.
Morgana’s eyes widened and her eyebrows rose. “What are you not telling me, Lucian?”
“There was an incident in the ruins, after you, um, left. My sources say that the princess healed the pegasus.”
“How is that possible? The pegasus was dead, I saw it with my own eyes.” Morgana paused as she assessed the Archmage. “Is her healing power so great?”
“I believe it is. She has the blood of the immortal fae running through her veins. You know how powerful their healers are, and she is stronger still. My sources say that the healing she performed on that day was something no one has ever seen before.”
“The Shadow Guard were supposed to kill the pegasus and the princess, but they failed.” Morgana looked utterly unimpressed.
Lucian looked down.
“Why did they fail, Lucian?” Morgana’s green eyes narrowed. “I thought you had trained them all personally? How can a little chit of a girl defeat the deadliest warriors of Illiador?”
“She is too strong,” the Archmage said, his face almost feral at the thought of the girl who had evaded them for over fifteen years. “The more she uses her magic, the more her power grows. There is no mage who can stand in her way now.”
“Rubbish!” The flames in the fireplace leapt and danced as Morgana’s anger flared. “There is always a way.”
Lucian bowed his head, not so much as blinking an eye. “Whatever you say, my queen.”
Morgana flashed him a glare. “And what news is there from Eldoren? Are you sure your sister and her husband know what they’re doing?”
Lucian nodded. “The Blackwaters will take over the throne of Eldoren as you have commanded. The plans are already set in motion.”
“That is not enough,” Morgana snapped. “I want Prince Rafael dead as well. The Ravenswood dynasty supports Aurora, none must be allowed to survive. We will strip her of all her allies and all her friends; she will have no one to turn to, no one to help her. Without proper guidance the girl is likely to destroy herself. Then we will strike when she is at her weakest.”
“What about Izadora? The fae queen will never bow to your rule, and you know that.”
Morgana’s eyes narrowed. “Izadora will have no choice, once I am done with her,” she gave Lucian a pointed look. “My plans concerning Elfi are already underway. You just make sure that Aurora never reaches her grandmother’s kingdom.”
Lucian shook his head. “Forget her, Morgana.” He came closer and put his hand on her shoulder. “She is weak and foolish. She doesn’t have it in her to be queen. Like you said, she will eventually destroy herself. Concentrate on taking over the other kingdoms first. Once you are crowned High Queen of Avalonia, Aurora Firedrake will become just a memory.”
“I want her dead, Lucian.” Morgana moved away from him, and turned to face the flames. “I should have called for the Drakkar assassins much earlier,” she said quietly, dismissing the Archmage with a wave of her hand. “They will find her and they will destroy her, even if you can’t.”
“But, Your Majesty.” The Archmage’s spine stiffened. “The Drakkar are not to be trusted. They will extract a high price for this – remember what happened after you hired them to kill Azaren.” He paused and took a step closer, lowering the tone of his voice. “Morgana, let me find the girl. I will not fail, just give me more time.”
“There is no more time,” snarled Morgana, turning back around to face him. “The people have already heard that she is alive. You told me yourself that rebel factions have sprung up all over Illiador and they are searching for her too. We have to find her before those troublemakers who call themselves the Silver Swords do. They are the last remnants of Azaren’s supporters, and I want them gone as well. Burn the forests where they take cover, and scorch the villages and towns that conceal them. If anyone is found supporting Aurora, they must be made examples of. My niece must have no place to go, nowhere to hide, then we will strike and make her wish that she had never been born a Firedrake.”
The Archmage bowed, his eyes like shards of cold steel. “It will be done, my queen.”

“See that it is.” Morgana turned to gaze into the dancing fire. “If I want to become High Queen over all the seven kingdoms, Aurora Firedrake must die.”

Happy reading,


Monday, October 16, 2017

Chosen by R. S. Broadhead

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Author: R. S. Broadhead
Title: Chosen
Series: The Urban Legends Series
Published: October 24th 2017
Genres: new Adult, supernatural, thriller, horror
Goodreads: Chosen
Amazon:Chosen (The Urban Legends Series Book 1) (Affiliate link)

Received from Xpresso Book Tour in exchange for honest review


Black eyes. No emotion. No sympathy. Only emptiness.

Piper McAdams’s life was normal. Career? Check. Boyfriend? Check. Friends? Check. One unsettling run in with a homeless man turns everything from normal to terrifying. She begins seeing…things.

Things she can’t seem to explain or make any sense.

As if things aren’t already getting out of hand, Piper receives news that the only family member she has is dead. She thinks maybe a trip across the country to her hometown will get her away from all the strange events happening.

After a late night accident, Piper isn’t in her hometown burying her loved one. She’s in a town called Hell. All she wants to do is leave, but the people seem to be holding her there for some reason.

A reason she feels threatens her life. Around every corner things become darker and scarier.

Can she escape what is coming for her?


Wow, this was one of the spookiest books I've read this year. It's one of those stories, that stick with you. Book was on my mind a lot, and it's definitely one of those book, you have to read during the day. :) Especially the end...

Piper had a really ruff childhood. She was abused by her father and after closed in small closet. She heard voice there, talking to her, from the darkness. One day, when she was in the closet again, someone came to the apartment and her father disappeared. She spent rest of her childhood with her grandfather, living on the countryside in Alabama. When she turned 18, she moved to New York, where she got her degree, job and a boyfriend.

One Friday night, at her snooty boyfriends family dinner, she notices homeless guy. Before she knows it, he is grabbing her and then he leaves without a trace.

She sees things in the dark, shadows moving. It gets a lot worse, when her grandfather dies and she goes back home. After creepy accident, she ends up in town called Hell, where all gets a LOT worse.

There is a reason for all the thing she sees and experiences.

The ending though... it was perfect and soo scary. :) I really liked reading it. Pace it's quite fast, except for the middle part, where it dragged a bit.

Perfect for Halloween. :)

Happy reading,



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Goblin Fruit by S. E. Burr

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Author: S. E. Burr
Title: Goblin Fruit
Series: Gobbled #1
Number of pages: 198
Published: December 10th 2012 by Createspace
Genre: ya, fantasy, paranormal
Goodreads: Goblin Fruit
Amazon: Goblin Fruit (Gobbled Book 1)(Affiliate link)

So there is this drug, called Goblin Fruit. No one is sure, how they make it. After few uses, or just one, if you have genetic disposition, you get catatonic. Even after few years, people can't touch users or catatonic people, there is still enough drug in the sweet, that will make you crave it.

Story is mostly told from two perspectives. Clarity lives in one of the centres, that houses such people. Her mother is catatonic. Audrey and her brother had a band and were touring, getting quite known. Until he become catatonic too. He is house at the same centre at Clarity's mom. Audrey comes to visit her brother one day, and the girl meet.

They become friends, helping each other and try to find clues to save their loved ones in old song.

I love the story, it's about drugs, friendships and family. I couldn't put it down. It's a bit spooky at times. :)

Happy reading,


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’›...