Friday, April 21, 2017

"The Retribution of Mara Dyer" by Michelle Hodkin


SERIES: Mara Dyer #3
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
GENRE: YA Paranormal
SOURCE: Gifted

Mara Dyer had no idea that it would end like this. She desperately wants to believe that there's more to the lies she's been told and doesn't stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead. She never gave much thought before to how far she would go for vengeance, but with loyalties betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and when fate and chance collide it seems the time for retribution has arrived.


Have you ever suffered from a book hangover? It's bad, isn't it? And yet, it's something every reader hopes to experience at least once in their life. Might be the masochist in us, or the dreamer, sometimes it's hard to differentiate them. Nevertheless, I got mine thanks to Mara Dyer & her 'gang'.

I can't believe my time with this trilogy has come to an end, but I'm also really pleased with how things wrapped up, and thankful for every minute I spent in the company of such freaking unique characters. I laughed, hard, which seems impossible to do considering the extreme danger faced here and the actions people take in order to survive/escape yet, I dare you to contain a laugh here and there! I loved this as much as I loved how screwed up this story is. You think you have figured out something just to have that taken away a few pages (moments?) later. However, the same question accompanies you through the whole journey... Who the hell is the bad guy? When Michelle Hodkin points that out and you read the very end, an 'I'll be damned' and a smirk on your face will hit you. BAM! Book hangover.

Creepy, funny, and addictive. My only regret is to have waited so long to read the books, so to fans of YA, paranormal and yes, even horror stories, I'd suggest to go grab the trilogy and get the creeps out of it!


Monday, April 17, 2017

"My Husband the Stranger" by Rebecca Done


SERIES: Stand-alone
GENRE: Contemporary Fiction
SOURCE: Publisher

When Molly married Alex Frazer, she knew it was for ever. Theirs would be the perfect future. But a terrible injury after a night out leaves Alex with permanent brain damage. In a single moment the man she married is transformed into someone new. Someone who has forgotten how to love her. And someone Molly isn't sure she can ever love again. The Alex she married no longer exists. Even with his twin brother Graeme willing to help, Molly isn't sure she can go on. How can she stay married to a man she doesn't know? Should she let the future she dreamed of slip through her fingers? And what really happened on the night that turned her husband into a stranger?


Sometimes you just need a different read, one that makes you reflect on something you really don't think about—like ever unless you find yourself living it—and feel the struggle that, in the end, makes you appreciate the little things even more. And be grateful for the life you got.

Put yourself in Molly's shoes and think how such a very sad and tragic scenario would affect you and your life. It's not easy at all and it's hard to judge Molly for her thoughts, insecurities, and even her behaviour. If a part of you wants to encourage her to do what is good for her, the other part probably feels bad by wanting her to take a step back. What's the right thing to do? Is there really one? I believe it takes a lot of courage and strength, mostly mentally, to face a situation like this and try to make the best out of it. Not just for you, but for your husband as well. It was definitely a thoughtful read, I would have just loved the twist to be less predictable and not so easily dismissed, but I still kept turning the pages and live/feel both Alex and Molly's journey.

If you're up for an in-depth story, this book might be a good fit for you. Personally, I'm glad I took the opportunity to read it, now I'd honestly be curious to read more about this author.

RATING: 3.5/5

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#44)

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 TRAITOR'S KISS by Erin Beaty
Expected publication: May 9thth, 2017 by Imprint

An obstinate girl who will not be married. 
A soldier desperate to prove himself. 
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

With secret identities, a tempestuous romance, and a plot full of intrigue, The Traitor’s Kiss is Jane Austen with an espionage twist.

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, April 04, 2017

Happy Birthday to Me, and a Treat for You!

I think the banner above is pretty explanatory, isn't it? So I'll keep this short and sweet, kinda like me! ;P

It's my birthday!!!!
*throws confetti and happily starts singing and jumping around the house*

Now, since you guys are awesome, and your support means A LOT to me, here's a treat for you!

I'm going to gift a book of your choice (worth £10 or under) from Book Depository to one of you. Yes, the giveaway is International—as long as Book Depository ships free to your Country—and the lucky one will be randomly chosen on April 11th. Failed to reply in 48 hours, I'll draft another winner.
Please note that giveaway only accounts are not accepted.

Sounds good? Then be my guest, enter using the widget below and good luck! :)

Happy Birthday to Me, and a Treat for You!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

FairyLoot March Unboxing: Myths & Monsters

Aaaand I'm back with one of my fave bookish things ever, a gorgeous FairyLoot unboxing!

The last time I blew your mind with this book subscription box it was at the end of 2016, when I posted my December unboxing. After that, I had to take a break (I hated doing that!), but I warned you I wasn't done with this by a long shot. And what better time to get back to collecting books & goodies than March, the Anniversary month of FairyLoot? *throws confetti* I also believe there are many of you who are going to get excited just at the mention of this month's themeMYTHS & MONSTERS.

You, guys, I'm in love with this box for so many reasons and yes, one of them is the box being purple! I mean, p-u-r-p-l-e! <3 And to top it off, here come the dragons treats . . .

Friday, March 24, 2017

"Vicious Cycle" by Katie Ashley


SERIES: Vicious Cycle #1
PUBLISHER: Headline Eternal
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Borrowed

Tough, hard Deacon Malloy has dedicated his life to the Hells Raiders motorcycle club. So he's thrown when the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed appears. Alexandra Evans is devoted to her students—but the aura of sadness around Willow Malloy truly tags at her heart. When Willow stops coming to school, Alexandra's search leads to a clubhouse full of bikers...and a father hell-bent on keeping his daughter always within sight. The moment Deacon sees Alexandra, sparks fly, but she refuses to be just another conquest. Instead Deacon finds himself being seduced by the prospect of a brighter future—for himself, his daughter, and the woman he's falling for against all odds.


Katie Ashley was an author whose books I meant to try a long time ago and, since I heard good things about her works from a few fellow bloggers, I was really excited to read this book. However, I might have just picked the wrong title to start with...

While the plot is intriguing and it has the potential to put you on edge—and out of your comfort zone—the characters don't do the job. The book opens with quite the crude scene, one that got me in and made me turn the first few chapters worrying about the five-year-old girl, Willow, and curious to see her trying to make a connection with her father. Nevertheless, I constantly felt like the sexy and dangerous Deacon was off, and his love interest was all over the place. Alexandra—who can be truly naive and annoyingly makes a big scene at times—goes Alex 2.0 just like that, completely changing her character and becoming the bad-ass of the story. Also, members of her family are unbelievably understanding, considering their background.

I was expecting a thrilling, sexy, and intense read but, in the end, I found the book disappointing. Oddly enough, the hero of the second instalment is the character I'd be curious to know better, but I still have to make up my mind if/when to go for it.

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