Wednesday, October 01, 2014

"Dark Witch" by Nora Roberts



DARK WITCH BY NORA ROBERTS

SERIES: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy #1
PUBLISHER: Piatkus
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY
Iona Sheehan has always felt a powerful connection to Ireland. So when her beloved grandmother confesses an extraordinary family secret, she can't resist visiting Country Mayo to discover the truth for herself. Arriving at the atmospheric Castle Ashford, Iona is excited to meet her cousins, Connor and Branna O'Dwyer. And when she lands a job at the local riding school, she is soon drawn to its owner—the charismatic, fiercely independent Boyle McGrath. Perhaps she has found her true home at last... But Iona's arrival is no accident. The three cousins have inherited a dangerous gift from an ancestor known as the Dark Witch. And they are about to discover that some old legends can return to haunt the present.

MY REVIEW

I still had to read something by Nora Roberts so, as soon as I was presented the chance to review this title, I didn't hesitate to grab it! And, let me tell you, magic and beautiful settings make this a Trilogy to try.

The first two chapters drew me into the book so much that it was like being part of the story. How can you be impassible to an evil sorcerer and a witch who would do anything in her power to keep her children safe? And all this happens in another time, so fascinating to read about. Yet, we're in modern times for the rest of the book and the story concentrates around three cousins strongly connected by magic and, of course, the legend we find out about at the very beginning. Unfortunately, Iona was the one I really couldn't stand and I confess that bothered me. It was her cousins and friends (with an equal important role to the story) who ended up entertaining me the most and giving me quite a pleasurable time. Those and some beautiful descriptions of a charming Ireland that, together with magic, got me dreamy...

Although I would have preferred action to be more present, and for some events to be less predictable, I liked the book and I'm curious to read how things play for the next cousin in line!

RATING: 3.5/5
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Monday, September 29, 2014

"Eversea" by Natasha Boyd



EVERSEA BY NATASHA BOYD

SERIES: Eversea #1
PUBLISHER: Headline Eternal

GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Borrowed from Franny @ Mind Reader

SUMMARY
When A-list movie star Jack Eversea finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina, he hopes this sultry coastal town will be a haven from the tabloids, his cheating girlfriend, plus his increasingly vapid life and those who run it. He doesn't count on meeting Keri Ann Butler. What with dealing with her family's deaths and the responsibilities of keeping up their historic house, Keri Ann hasn't had time for relationships. But Jack Eversea has her yearning for everything she has previously avoided. And Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up with him...

MY REVIEW

After having heard amazing praises for this book, I really couldn't resist. Now that I read it I can say that not only I loved it, but I finished it in just a matter of hours!

You may be inclined to think the story is a bit cliché but, while reading, you find that it is not so much. There are certain complications that create interesting turns of events and put the reader in Keri Ann's shoes so well that they will find impossible to fight the attraction for Jack. You seriously can't resist him and same is for the wonderful chemistry between these two strong characters. There's lots of tension, sweetness, sensuality and a great intimacy that make the whole story even a bigger pleasure to read. And if that wasn't enough to convince you, know that the dialogues put also a smile on your face more than once.

I couldn't put this book down, the author has such a beautiful writing style that the only thing I wanted was for the read to never end... Well done, Boyd, well done!

RATING: 4.5/5

Friday, September 26, 2014

Life of a Blogger: Clothing

Life of a Blogger is a weekly feature hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat.
Every week we talk about a non-bookish topic, so that we get to know each other on a more personal level.

This week's topic: CLOTHING

I'm all for comfortable and for wearing whatever makes you feel like yourself at best. So if you were waiting for a post in a big fashion style, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed. Unless, of course, you take a look at the picture here on the right and think "Oh, THAT is quite great!"

These you see are my personal favourites, although I have others like them that I adore because, besides being cool (at least for me), they're really comfy. I have a few more 'girly' stuff because some occasions call for it, but this is the style I prefer for myself.

If I have to renovate my wardrobe at some point (soon), it's just because I lost some weight in the past year (YAY me!) and not everything I have is fitting me properly anymore... Do you think I could do with new fantasy/gothic clothes? Yeah! Should I add some WWE T-shirts  to the picture as well? Hehe, let me save some money first and I'll get back to you with those, too. ;)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Dust To Dust" by Karina Halle



DUST TO DUST BY KARINA HALLE

SERIES: Experiment in Terror #9
PUBLISHER: Piatkus Entice
GENRE: NA Paranormal
SOURCE: Purchased eBook

SUMMARY
Perry Palomino and Dex Foray. On their own, they’re uniquely brilliant. Together, they’re an unstoppable team. Until now. Because after everything the duo has encountered, they haven’t come across an evil quite like this. An evil that has been years in the making, an evil that will stop at nothing until they, and everyone they care for, are destroyed. Dex and Perry’s love has survived a multitude of sins. But can it survive the end?

MY REVIEW

The moment to say goodbye to one of the best couple of characters I've ever read about has come. How sad, but how great it is to have found such a series that has been intense from beginning to end.

Although for me this wasn't the darkest instalment in the series, strong feelings kept running through me during the whole read. Of course, Karina Halle always makes her readers feel the most powerful of the emotions, but sometimes she can also leave you speechless... In all honesty, I figured something out and I prepared myself for what was going to happen (it wasn't easy, though), but there couldn't have been any preparation for a certain twist Halle delivered out of the blue. I applaud this author and her ability to bring me on the verge of crying every time—no matter the ones involved in the drama—and for letting me get attached to Dex and Perry in a way that had me invested by their roller-coaster of emotions. I loved it!

EIT is truly A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. If you haven't started the read yet, I strongly suggest you to grab the whole series right away and enjoy a ride you will never forget!

RATING: 4/5

Monday, September 22, 2014

"Age Of Iron" by Angus Watson



AGE OF IRON BY ANGUS WATSON

SERIES: Iron Age #1
PUBLISHER: Orbit
GENRE: Fantasy
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY
Dug Sealskinner is a work-shy mercenary travelling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join—and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is war hammer; one small child and one unpredictable, highly trained warrioress with a lust for revenge that might get them all killed...

MY REVIEW

This book has been quite challenging for me. It's not my usual cup of tea, but both cover and blurb caught my attention too much not to try it. So off I went to live a different adventure...

I must say, the story, its characters and the writing were all very fascinating, but sometimes I needed a break from everything that was going on. It's not like the book lacks of action—on the contrary, there is plenty—but it's all too much blood and gore for me. Although I could see the point of using bloody scenes in such a story, I had to put the book down from time to time, and bring myself to pick it up again wasn't always an easy task. However, I reached the end and I have to give credits to the author not only for his writing skills, but also for having put together a great team of characters. Each of them has a different personality that makes them unique and all very interesting, you could say they are the real strength of the book.

If you're into Epic Fantasy with its dose of gruesome, I would suggest you to give this book a go. You could very well fall for the story and Watson's writing.

RATING: 3/5
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