Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Blood Awakening by Miranda Nichols

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Author Miranda Nichols
Title Blood Awakening
Series Immortal Sleepers Series Book One
Published 29th January 2018
Genre fantasy, supernatural, romance
Number of pages 256

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Received from Bewitching Book Tours

Synopsys



A war has been brewing in the shadows.

Kaelyn Hamblin never felt particularly extraordinary, growing up in a strong Irish household in the heart of Boston for most of her young life. Her humdrum routine remained markedly unchanged for longer than she cared to remember; until that day. The day when a beautiful stranger drifted into her hole-in-the-wall bookshop and changed her life forever.

Tyrian knew from the moment he locked eyes on her that she was the one. His one. The singular being within all of time and space that was made for him and him alone. His world was not one of niceties and pretty things; bringing her into it would be dangerous. But he would protect her. He had to. After all, it was foretold.

Worlds collide, marking the beginning of the end to an age long battle warring between the forces of darkness and light in the universe. The fate of all rests on the shoulders of a lone druid and her band of human hunters to quell the rising tide of evil threatening to overtake everything and plunge the connected realms into eternal darkness.


“A Witty and Hot fantasy like no other.” -Stephanie Hansen, Metamorphosis Literary Agency President.

Review

What I like the most about Blood Awakening was the magical system. They was supernatural creatures existence is explained (with different worlds, connected to ours with portal) and hunter, protecting us from supernaturals, keeping them in cheek, is very interesting and unique. I loved reading about it.


Story slowly develops, there is a lot of world building. Story really pops out of page and keep you on your toes. 


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Happy reading,

Anie 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Author Victoria Aveyard
Title Red Queen
Series Red Queen #1
Genre ya, dystopia, fantasy, romance
Number of pages 383

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Re-reading Red Queen I remembered why I loved it so much in the first place. It's just such a good book.

The World is divided in Silver and Red. People with Silver blood have superpowers and they basically rule the world. Those with red blood, must work for them and obey their rules. They have very hard life, with little options. Most of them end up soldiers, fighting Silver's war.

Mare is trying to steal enough money to save her friend from army. She steal from a wrong guy, but instead of reporting her, he gets her job in the palace. On her first day she falls to her death, only to discover her powers.

Mare is red with power like Silver. It's unheard of, so the Queen tries to hide her in plain sight, making her a lost Silver.

I love the world created and the structure of it (Red/Silver), it very interesting to read. And the plot itself, with unexpected twists, superpowers and a lot of political intrigue. This is probably the only book, where I like the love triangle, it was just done right. :) And the villain... it's make the story great. :)

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading,
Anie




Friday, January 26, 2018

Saving Me by Sadie Allen

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Author Sadie Allen
Title Saving Me
Genre contemporary, romance
Published February 22nd 2018

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Received from Author

I'm having really good reading year, every book I've read so far is better than the previous. Saving Me might just be my favourite contemporary book ever, definitely top 5. :) 

Ally is living perfect life, on the outside. She is star of track team, one of the most popular girls in school with a lot of friends. 

Reality is far from perfect. She lives in very controlling household. Everything is picked for her, her clothes, friends, training schedule, food she may or may not eat and training schedule. Down to every little aspect of her life. She has no say in anything. that kind of life could bring anyone to its knees. After she hurts her leg and can't run anymore, she decides to end it all. 

There are people that come in you life and the right moment. And Sterling is one of those people for Ally. He helps her see, that life is worth living. Little by little she heals. She makes new friends, finds love and most importantly, she finds herself. With every problem facing her, she becomes stronger and life becomes worth living. 

Saving me is not light romance, is the story that shakes you, touch your every emotion, the story that brakes your hearth and still makes you feel hopeful in the end. 

It's very relatable and ... real. There are some very hard issues addressed, like suicide, racism, homophobia, teenage pregnancy, in a way that is very realistic, but still hopeful in a way. 

And the writing is so beautiful.One of those books that everyone should red.  

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading,

Anie

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

From Geek To Greek Billionaire by Gloria Silk

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Author Gloria Silk
Title From Geek To Greek Billionaire
Genre Romance
Number of pages 173
Published December 1st 2017 by Creative Hummingbird Results

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Received from Xpresso Book Tours

From Geek To Greek Billionaire is about love, breast cancer, how disease affect relationships, forgiveness, strength and growth.

Nine and a half years ago Olivia and Alexander feel in love during one summer. They were working together on charity gala, sparks flew and they ended up together in linen closet, each others first loves. After misunderstanding he runs away to Greece. 

Now Olivia is renovating her BF Maria's grandmother's beach house. During the renovation she bumps into Alexander, who is know Maria's brother-in-law. He wants her back and will do what ever it takes to make her trust him.

I just wish there was a bit more, a bit more story and bit more about characters, I wanted to know them a bit more. However, it made me feel so much and cry... a lot. :) The best stories are the ones that touch some part of you, move you, make you feel the way characters do. And this was one of those stories. 

Happy reading,

Anie

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Memento by Mathieu Reynes

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Author: Mathieu Reynes
Title: Memento
Series: Harmony #1
Genre: comic book, ya
Published: June 2016 by Europe Comics
Goodreads: Memento
Amazon: Harmony - Volume 1 - Memento(affiliate link)

Received from NetGalley

Harmony wakes up in strangers basement, without any memory. The is a guy that sees to take care of her and voices she hears in her head. Soon she discovers she has hidden talents.

I love the art work, its just so beautiful. The story on the other hand was a bit lacking. I wish there was more, more about Harmony, more about the guy, more  about her powers. Still, compelling enough to keep me wondering what will happen next.

Happy reading,

Anie

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Don't Rush Me by Jackie May

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Author Jackie May
Title Don't Rush Me
Series Nora Jacobs #1
Genre urban fantasy, supernatural, paranormal
Number of pages 286
Published January 25th 2018 by Bluefields

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It's one of those book, you can't put down until you are finished. I read it in one sitting. The writing style, the characters, supernaturals, plot twists... I love everything about it. It's the ultimate urban fantasy book. :)

Nora grew up in foster system, suffering form abuse from man, time and time again. She has trouble connecting with people and forming relationships because of it. There something special about Nora, she can read anyone mind, just by touch and get feelings of premonition.

One day, going home form work, she gets that feeling, that something bad will happen. Walking home, she is stopped by her neighbour, who can't take no for an answer. By touching him, she knows what he plans to do to her, so she comes up with a plan. 

Since trauma in childhood, she is aware of underworld, that magic and monsters exist. She knows of club, where underworlds creature meet, so she convinces neighbour to go there. She manages to get rid of him, however she catches eye of another dangerous guy.

It goes from bad to worse and she can't catch a break. This is where you can really see her character. Her past experiences have touched her and she is a fighter, Never giving up. She is also very smart and loyal friend. She starts to open up a bit. And I want to know more about her, her powers and the world itself. Can't wait for the next book. :)

Happy reading!

Anie



Friday, January 19, 2018

Sworn to Transfer by Terah Edun

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Author Terah Edun
Title Sworn to Transfer
Series Courtlight #2
Number of pages 255
Published January 1st 2013
Genre high-fantasy, ya, magic

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Sworn to Transfer is second book in Courtlight series.

What she did for the Prince has backfired in a way, she is more than one kill list. The is something horrible going on in The Ameles Forest, people and other creatures are dying.

I have to say, I liked the first one a bit more. There was a lot more interaction with Sebastian, here there was very little. I loved their banter, but now it feels like the friendship is dissolving. The is a lot going on in the book, a lot happens and there is a lot left unanswered.

Happy reading,

Anie

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Pitiful Human-Lizard Vol 1: Far From Legendary

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Author Jason Loo
Title The Pitiful Human-Lizard Vol 1: Far From Legendary
Genre comic book
Number of pages 160
Published January 1st 2014

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Lucas Barrett works in office by day and tries to be superhero by night, wearing his father costume. He is almost out of money so he volunteers for a pharmaceutical company's new painkiller. Pill leaves him with actual super powers, he can heal anything, even severed limb. 

The story and the illustrations is are OK, but nothing really stood out for me.

Happy reading,

Anie

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Girl Without Magic by Megan O'Russell


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Author Megan O'Russell
Title The Girl Without Magic 
Series The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, #1
Published January 9th 2018 by Curiosity Quills Press
Genre paranormal, ya, magic

Number of pages 231

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Synopsis

Death would have been easier, but the Siren wasn’t through with her.

Seventeen-year-old Maggie Trent fell out of a battle and into the Siren’s Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pay. 

The time for the Siren’s reckoning has come, sweeping away all she deems unworthy to live in her realm. Those without magic are hunted by the Siren. Those with magic are hunted by the Stricken. Fighting or hiding seem necessary to survive. But there is a different way. 

Bertrand Wayland, unaging and unrelenting in his determination for Maggie to accept her fate, slips in and out through the stitches that bind the Siren’s Realm to other worlds, gaining magic and having glorious adventures. When Maggie follows Bertrand out of the Siren’s Realm, seeking an adventure of her own, she finds instead a world of magic on the eve of war. To save innocent lives Maggie risks her heart, her life, and her only chance of returning to the Siren’s Realm.

Review

Maggie live on Earth, where not everyone has magic. In the middle of the battle she is fell into something and woke in a tent. She is convinced that she died, as she slowly discovers new world, she stumbled on. Instead of dyeing, she was pulled in Siren's Realm, where everything is controlled by the Siren and paid with magic. The magic goes from you, until you have nothing left. 

Maggie lies about having magic and tries to survive without. She is determined to find a way back home, to her friends.

After talking with Bertrand, she figures out, that there is a way out and she decides to follow him on his adventure. They stumble on new world, full of magic and interesting people. They gain their trust and offer help in their war. 

I love the world created and the story line. Pace is slow at first, after about half of the book, it runs much faster. The book wasn't gripping from the first page, it took some time, to pull me in. 

I love the dynamic between Bertrand and Maggie. They have a bit of Sherlock Holmes/Watson or Eragon/Brom kind of relationship. :)

My favourite thing about the story was defiantly the magic, entire new take on parallel words and magical system.

I look forward to reading more about  Maggie's adventures.

Happy reading,

Anie

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Maybe Never by Sadie Allen

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Author: Sadie Allen
Title: Maybe Never
Genre: contemporary, romance, ya
Published: February 21st 2017 by Sadie Allen
Goodreads: Maybe Never
Amazon: Maybe Never(affiliate link)

Received from NetGalley

Maybe Never is beautiful contemporary romance about two people, who have it really rough. Judd Jackson went from having it all. He was the most popular guy, with friends, hot girlfriend, and scholarship to college. After his father came out as transgender, he became the most bullied guy in the school. His mom turn to alcohol and he is left alone with his anger. Through all the bulling no one stood up for him, accept form .

Sunny is daughter of local drunk. Since her grana died, she lives alone in the trailer, working every day after school. She has an amazing hearth. When Judd ex-girlfriends is mean to him, she has to say something, no matter the consequences.

It seem that the whole world is against them. But all is not lost. There is such a beautiful message in the story. Even when all sees lost, when you are beaten down to pulp, the is light on the other end. When you are on the bottom, you can only rise.

I was pulled into the story and was crying by the end. The writing is very good. :)
All in all a lovely book, that will leave a lasting imprint :)

Happy reading,

Anie

Friday, January 12, 2018

Graceling by Kristen Cashore

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Author: Kristen Cashore
Title: Graceling
Series: Graceling Realm #1
Genre: high-fantasy, magic, ya, fiction
Number of pages: 471
Published: October 1st 2008 by Harcourt
Goodreads: Graceling
Amazon: Graceling: 1(affiliate link)

It's one of those stories, that stay with you. I love this one. First time I read it was just OK, I wanted to read it again and second time I fell in love :).

I love the setting of the story, the kingdoms, all the political intrigue. And I am big fan of interesting magic system, this book definitely has one. Some children are born with different colour eyes, those have special talent or magical power-grace. Katsa discovered her, when guy tried to touch her inappropriately and she killed him, at the age of 8. Since then she learned to control her Grace and was regularly used by her king (and uncle) to scare people into obeying him. In the way of defiance, she formed a council that operated apart from politics, in order to help people.

Katsa is incredibly strong and fiercely independent woman. I love her character. She grew up isolated because of her grace and has only few friends. We watch her grow up and develop as the story progresses.

Whilst on council business she comes across Po. He is a prince and can stand up to her in battle (something that none else could). They form a friendship, that grows into something more.

I love their bond, they bring the best in each other. And the story is really interesting, it keeps me glued to the pages, from first till last page. :)

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading,

Anie

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Prince by Jillian Dodd

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Author: Jillian Dodd
Title: The Prince
Series: Spy Girl #1
Genre: romance, spy thriller, na
Published: April 12th
Number of pages: 205
Goodreads: The Prince
Amazon:The Prince: Volume 1 (Spy Girl) (affiliate link)

I didn't expect to like The Prince as much as I did. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I've read in little under two hours and I enjoyed every minute of it.

18 year old agent in training just received first mission, little before graduating. She is very excited and ready to go. She and her partner will pose as newly discovered brother and sister, to the recently deceased millionaire. 

Her mission is to protect Prince of Montrovia from assassination and figure out who is behind it. She has to get close to a lot of people, to establish her cover, but she didn't expect to get close emotionally. 

I loved read it, kind of like guilty pleasure book. :) I had feeling I was reading old fashion Bond movie, with a lot of action and romance. :) It would be amazing movie. 


Happy reading,

Anie

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

August Fortress by Andrea Pearson

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Author: Andrea Pearson
Title: August Fortress
Series: Kilenya Chronicles Book 3
Genre: magic, fantasy
Published: November 1st 2017
Number of pages: 274
Goodreads: August Fortress
Amazon: August Fortress (Kilenya Chronicles Book 3)(affiliate link)

Received from Author

I almost DNF the book third way in. It was a bit different, than first two book and I had to take a break. I still came back to it, I wanted to know what happens next to Jacob :). The book picks up after first half and is back to awesomeness. 

Jacob has to rescue Shiengols from August Fortress.

There is a lot changing in his life, Jacob grows up a lot in the story. His magical powers are developing and he has more on his plate every day.

There were some things I didn't like in it. 

  • Like his family. They seem to have very good relationship, but I had a feeling all through the book, that a lot gets pushed on him. He is suppose to do a lot and be a lot, like he has to do everything himself and I kind of felt bad for him. 
  • Also Aloren. What was that all about ? :)


Now to the things I loved: 

  • The world, it's expanding and it's getting more and more interesting. 
  • I also loved Jacob in this one. He is really becoming someone fit for a price and his powers are amazing. :) 
  • Character development. We get to know more about... everyone. It helps to connect with the story and places they go, to care more about them.



Happy reading,

Anie

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

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Author: Maria V. Snyder
Title: Poison Study
Series: Poison Study #1
Number of pages: 409
Published: October 1st 2005
Genre: fantasy, ya, fiction, magic
Goodreads: Poison Study


Yelena is about to be executed for murder. Before she dies, she is taken to Commander's master spy. He offers her a second chance, to become Commander's food taster.

The training is demanding and possibly deadly. Valek (master spy) makes her taste almost every poison, so she will be able to taste it in food. One of the first ones is Butterfly's Dust, deadly poison, that leaves her unconscious for three days. 

Her former "master" is out to kill her, because she murdered his son and Commander is acting strange. There are conspiracies happening left and right and sometimes she isn't sure who to trust.

I love the whole structure of the world and political intrigue. The story keeps you on your toes, nothing is what is seems and there are soo many twists and turns. 

My favourite part are definitely characters, even the side or minor ones are flesh out and very vivid. Yelena is one of my favourite female character. She is very strong, very strong  and vulnerable at the same time, and definitely kick ass, what I love the most, that it's not all given to her, she has to work hard to be all that. 

And Valek... he is master spy, always up to something, wickedly smart and really hot. :) I love his loyalty and the way he treats Yelena. 

One of the best fantasy book out there. Highly recommend it!

Happy reading,

Anie

Monday, January 8, 2018

Up From The Deep by Ray Fawkes and Soo Lee

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Author: Ray Fawkes, Soo Lee
Title: Up From The Deep
Series: Fantomah #1
Genre: comic book, crime, superheroes
Number of pages: 112
Published: February 2018 by Chapterhouse
Goodreads:Up From The Deep

Received from NetGalley

Paz takes care of her little twin sisters a lot, dad is often unreachable. When the sisters go missing she does everything in order to find them. She find her self in the middle of gang business and almost dies. But instead of dying, she becomes Fantomah.

Up From The Deep is the first Comic Book I've ever read and I liked it. :) The art work is beautiful and the story interesting. I wish there was more about the Fantomah itself and the way her power works, but might come in future Comic Books :).

Happy reading,

Anie

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Daughter of the Red Dawn by Alicia Michaels

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Author: Alicia Michaels
Title: Daughter of the Red Dawn
Series: The Lost Kingdom of Fallada #1
Number of pages: 330
Published: September 16th 2012 by Anchor Group Publishing
Genre: ya, shapeshifters, fantasy
Goodreads: Daughter of the Red Dawn
Amazon: Daughter of the Red Dawn: A Young Adult Fantasy Romance (The Lost Kingdom of Fallada Book 1) (Affiliate link)

Selena is living with her grandmother in small town. She look like any other girl on the outside, but she knows she is different. When no one sees she run as fast as the wind.

One day she meet Titus, handsome stranger that follows her around. She is attracted and scared of him at the same time. There is a good reason for that. He is there to kill her.

When brothers Grimm come to save her, she finds out she is one of the seven lost princess of Fallada. Evil Queen is planning on enslaving human world and they must stop her.

I like the idea behind the story, it quite interesting. What I didn't like what execution. The was too much telling and too little showing. The story didn't pull me in or hold my attention. There were some flaws in the story itself...

Happy reading,

Anie

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Black Masquerade by Andrea Pearson

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Author: Andrea Pearson
Title: The Black Masquerade
Series: Koven Chronicles #2
Genre: urban fantasy, magic, romance
Published: December 22nd 2017
Goodreads: The Black Masquerade
Amazon:  The Black Masquerade (Koven Chronicles Book 2)(affiliate link)

Received from Author

The Black Masquerade is second book in Koven Chronicles (The Shade Amulet being the first one ). We follow Lizzy as she tries to figure out what Shade Amulet, what to do next and her complicated life.

Just as she thinks life will slow down, Angelo (the ghost) gives her just few days to return effigy back to where it came from. She is on really tight schedule to take it back. On top of all that Shade Amulet in not "talking" to her and helping her the way it should.

The story is very fast paced, there is non stop action and a lot going on. So I definitely wasn't bored, I read it in one sitting. However I kind of wished, it would slow down at times, give me a bit more depth to Lizzy and other characters, a bit more of the surrounding and story and bit more time to digest.

I felt bad at times for Lizzy. She is this amazing character, with great talent and strength, surrounded by guys who take it upon themselves to protect her, even when she doesn't want to. I was so angry at Chief and Cole few times, wanted to yell at the book: leave her the hell alone!! She is amazing and can take care of herself. :)

I like Abel a lot more. He is grumpy and rude at times, but I felt more respect from him toward her. They work together very well.

I liked first book more than second, but that is usually the case. :) I still can't wait to see what happens to Lizzy in third one.

Very entertaining and fast paced book. :)

Happy reading,

Anie


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New year of reading

As the new year stars and I see everyone talking about reading goals and book challenges, it just doesn't struck a chord with me.

It sound too much like a chore. Reading and talking about books is wonderful escape from ugly in the world, to run off in amazing worlds full of magic and power and love gives me hope. Hope that there is still something to look forward, something good left
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So for the new year, I want to read... a lot. I want to fall in love with amazing characters and worlds. I want to read way less just OK books, those are the most discouraging. And, I want you finish the story I set out to write. It's time.

To you, I wish your year will be filled with amazing books and happiness.

Happy new year!

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 💛💛💛...