Monday, May 02, 2016

Five years blogging!

Five years ago I started this blog to share my thoughts on a few reads and the love for books in general with others, but that's pretty common knowledge. What most of you don't know is that I also started blogging because at that time I didn't have a TV. WHAT? Shocking, isn't it? And yet, it's the truth. I lived without television for two years, but I was constantly entertained by my precious books! So, when I found a whole community was out there ready for me to join the awesome family, I was excited and scared at the same time. Why? Well, I think every blogger can tell you this journey is not at all easy peasy . . . Nevertheless, I don't regret my decision for a moment, I'm actually very glad I faced my fear and started Darkest Sins, and extremely thankful for the chance it gave me to meet fantastic bloggers (some of which became dear friends of mine), collaborate with publishers and authors, and help me start working in the book industry.

Life and work got in the way and it's hard to post with the frequency I used to, but you know I have something for you every week! And, after having reached such a huge achievement (yes, five years is a HUGE achievement for a blogger), you can say I don't plan on disappearing ;)

Having said that, cheers to my baby turning five today!!!!! And, of course, cheers to all of you readers of my blog, followers and supporters, who make my day every time you stop by and read my posts! Also, a special thanks to regular readers and commenters, you guys most definitely helped this blog grow and keep going, so here's the biggest of THANK YOU from a very grateful and happy blogger!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (#21)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.


This week's pick: TUMBLING by Caela Carter
Expected publication: June 7th, 2016 by Viking Books

Work harder than anyone.
Be the most talented.
Sacrifice everything.
And if you’re lucky, maybe you will go to the Olympics.

Grace lives and breathes gymnastics—but no matter how hard she pushes herself, she can never be perfect enough.
Leigh, Grace’s best friend, has it all: a gymnastics career, a normal high-school life... and a secret that could ruin everything.
Camille wants to please her mom, wants to please her boyfriend, and most of all, wants to walk away.
Wilhelmina was denied her Olympic dream four years ago, and she won’t let anything stop her again. No matter what.
Monica is terrified. Nobody believes in her—and why should they?

By the end of the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, some of these girls will be stars. Some will be going home with nothing. And all will have their lives changed forever.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

"Oracle's Moon" by Thea Harrison


SERIES: The Elder Races #4
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

As a second daughter, Grace Andreas never had to worry about the intrigues of the Elder Races. But when her sister, Petra, and her husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister's two young children—neither of which she is prepared for. Yet, she is not alone. Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn Prince of House Marid—driven by his genuine caring for the children—has decided to make himself a part of the household, both as their guardian and as an exasperating counterpoint to Grace's impudence towards the Elder Races. But when an attempt is made on Grace's life, she realises that Khalil is the only one who can protect her—and offer her more than any mortal man...


It's been a while since I read an instalment in The Elder Races series, but thanks to the author's recap in this one everything came back to mind, and it was like I never left those characters. I also remembered why I was looking forward to reading this book... Khalil, Khalil, you are quite the Djinn! Let's face it, it's not every day you get to read a story with a djinn in it and boy, here Thea Harrison delivers a very great one. The banter between Khalil and Grace is priceless and surely gets the reader entertained, but there's more than that. Their personal backgrounds are very interesting, the more you read the more you discover things that may touch you at times, and soon you realise the event that got them together was just the first of the engaging ones yet to come.

I honestly had a great time with this book, perhaps the events towards the end could have gone less fast, but they didn't put me down in the latest and the end didn't disappoint. In fact—as per usual with the instalments in this series—my curiosity has been piqued and I need to know what is going to happen next, especially since it seems to focus its attention on a couple I really enjoy!


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (#73)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat.
Wanna play along? Grab your current read, open to a random page and share two sentences from somewhere on that page, being careful NOT to include spoilers (you don't wanna ruin the book for others!). Also, remember to include title & author as well so, if readers like your teaser, they can add the book to their TBR lists!


This week's teaser: BLUE MONDAYS by Emily Dubberley

Ben's thumb lightly brushed against her inner wrist as he led her away from the formal gardens towards a red hump-backed bridge over a pond. Lucy could feel the flip in her stomach turning into a warmth spreading through her belly—how was it that some men could turn you on with nothing more than the brush of a finger when others could strip you naked and work through everything in the Kama Sutra without having much effect?

~Page 20

What do you think?
Leave a comment with a link to your TT so I can stop by and be teased by them all! ;)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (#20)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.


This week's pick: HEIR TO THE SKY by Amanda Sun
Expected publication: April 26th, 2016 by Harlequin Teen

As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits—by her duties as a member of the royal family; by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman; and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.

When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks, and other terrifying beasts. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)
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