Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#46)

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: THE DISAPPEARANCES by Emily Bain Murphy
Expected publication: July 4th, 2017
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home—and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together—scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream—vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible—and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind. 

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was.

One thing is clear:Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

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! ;)

Friday, May 19, 2017

"Four Nights with the Duke" by Eloisa James


SERIES: Desperate Duchesses #8
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: Publisher

As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is horrified to realise that she has nowhere else to run. Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia's audacious proposal, but there's one thing he won't give his inconvenient wife: himself. Instead, he offers Mia a devil's bargain—he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them. Which Mia will never do. Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart—and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can't afford to lose.


It's been a while since I read an Eloisa James' book, and this title has been sitting on my shelf for too long... So I picked it up, blew off some dust, and got comfy on the couch for possible another enjoyable James' story.

An enjoyable read it was, indeed! The story is not that complicated—although for the characters there's lots at stake—and everything flows well. However, I won't hide the fact there were things that made me roll my eyes, such as Mia making a too big of a fuss over something Vander would say (did he, really?) and completely misunderstanding his words. The hero is undoubtedly a jerk, and at times a crude one, I might add, but his intentions aren't mean and not everything that comes out of his mouth is an insult. Also, when he interacts with Mia's nephew, you can't help the warm feeling spreading through your heart... Every. Single. Time. Like Vander's uncle never stops putting a smile on your face. It's one of these cases you can say the characters in the background are the ones who make a difference.

A nice and fast read that also opens a window through the life of a writer, so that the reader has a lil peek at it. Let's say it's a sort of a romance into a romance. And didn't that just spark your curiosity?

RATING: 3.5/5

Monday, May 15, 2017

"Moon Called" by Patricia Briggs


SERIES: Mercy Thompson #1
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
SOURCE: Gifted
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they'll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I'm not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too. Mercy Thompson's sexy next-door neighbour is a werewolf. She's tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire. But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself... and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.


I bet I got a few of you really happy, haven't I? After all, lots of fellow bloggers suggested this series plenty of times during the years—a.k.a. since I launched this blog—and it was about time to fall to temptation...

I read this book in a matter of hours thanks to the fact it's fast-paced, action-packed, and full of intrigue. So of course I enjoyed it, but I'm afraid I didn't love it as hoped because I couldn't completely click with the characters... I have honestly nothing against any of them, they all carry an interesting personal baggage, it's a simple lack of connection. At least for now. I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt because this is a first instalment and, as we know, in urban fantasy novels there's lots to get in first and foremost, meaning the attention is mostly focused on the world-building. On one hand, I've always been fond of that because without it we wouldn't be able to follow/understand things properly—and it's essential to make such a story greatbut, on the other hand, I would have also loved to feel something more for the people/creatures involved in here.

Overall, despite my attachment issue, I think it was a nice series opening, and I did have a good time with it. I believe I will need to read more of Mercy Thompson and see if my feelings get deeper.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#45)

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: BAD ROMANCE by Heather Demetrios
Expected publication: June 13th, 2017 by Henry Holt / Macmillan

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.  

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

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! ;)

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Six Years of Blogging means . . . Gifts & Thanks!!

Can you believe it's been already six years since I started invading your computers entertaining you with reviews and book-related topics? WOW . . . I really think something VERY special should happen soooo, what about a G-I-V-E-A-W-A-Y? I can see you clapping your hands and hear your appreciation from everywhere, good!

Since today the magic number is six, we're going to play like this:
  1. The giveaway is International.
  2. Two winners are going to be drafted at the end of it.
  3. No giveaway only accounts (I do check).
  4. The prize is one of the books I'm about to list in this post.
  5. The books are all first instalments in series I particularly have at heart.
  6. I got your back and covered more than one genre. We all have our fave cup of tea ;)
And here are the darkest sins chosen ones . . .


*If you want to know more about each title, click on the covers to read my reviews*


To enter, use the widget below and, once the time is up (May 9th is the last day to join), I'm going to draft both winners. After you have been contacted, you have 48 hours to reply with the book of your liking listed above, and I'll purchase it for you through Book Depository. Simple, isn't it?

Good luck everyone, and THANK YOU SO MUCH for your constant support through these amazing six years!!!!!!
Cheers to many more :D

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

FairyLoot April Unboxing: Dreams & Wishes

If you were dreaming of another FairyLoot unboxing, your wish has just been granted!

I had a real blast with my March unboxing, I think that box is potentially my fave so far and it's probably going to be hard to top off. However, this subscription box never fails to deliver great things, and I can honestly say—as predicted—I found something of my liking in this month's theme: DREAMS & WISHES.

Close your eyes, make a wish, and let's see if it comes true . . .

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