Friday, May 19, 2017

"Four Nights with the Duke" by Eloisa James



FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE BY ELOISA JAMES

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

SUMMARY
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.

MY REVIEW

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



MOON CALLED BY PATRICIA BRIGGS

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

SUMMARY
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.

MY REVIEW

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.

RATING: 3/5

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.

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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 . . .

Friday, April 21, 2017

"The Retribution of Mara Dyer" by Michelle Hodkin



THE RETRIBUTION OF MARA DYER BY MICHELLE HODKIN

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

SUMMARY
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.

MY REVIEW

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!

RATING: 4/5
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