23 Jan 2018

Review: Like Broken China

'' It often felt as though I was holding together a broken teacup with my bare hands. An unsteady piece of china riddled with cracks that no glue in the world could repair. When a chip fell I would lunge to retrieve it, doing my best not to get cut in the process. ''


From Goodreads:
Is love enough to repair the pieces of a shattered life?

This is the question plaguing Courtney Cook’s mind as she packs what feels like her whole existence into a 20ft moving van. When she encountered Matt for the first time in a coffee shop ten years prior, she was immediately transfixed. Dark, adventurous and wildly untamed, Matt was everything Courtney didn’t know she wanted. One night of uninhibited abandon is all it took for her to be completely enthralled by the boy without limits. Now with two children, a sky-high mortgage and a marriage crippled by addiction, Courtney finds her world is riddled with cracks that no amount of love can repair.

Powerful and provoking with humor woven throughout the raw sting of heartbreak, Like Broken China offers an honest take on the decisions two people make and the aftermath that can destroy an entire decade because of them.

 What do you do when the reality you kept on wanting to believe finally comes crashing down? And there's nothing you can't do to save it.

20 Jan 2018

Review: Timeless (Satan's Sons Monarchy Series #2)

'' ''Let me put you back together again.'' ''


From Goodreads:
A lot can change in six years. Jax’s sentence is coming to an end, and Amber has been a ghost since the day she walked off the prison grounds. With Jax on the outside, and their son becoming more like his father every day, will Amber be able to stay away?
When I left Jax behind bars I made a promise to myself. I would never let him near my child, or my life, ever again. I’ve kept that promise, leaving behind the biker life and staying hidden from my brothers and most importantly from the man who ripped out my heart. But hiding and moving on are two very different things. How am I supposed to get over someone whose eyes I stare into every day in the form of my son...my Jack...who is his spitting image? Do I see Jax again? Do I tell him about his boy? With his release just around the corner, I better figure it out pretty damn quick.
I told her to leave. That was always the deal; if I went away, Amber and I were finished. But a man’s got a lot of time to think in here, and the past years without my girl have been the hardest of my life. Do you know how many days are in 6 years? I do. Because for every single one of those days I’ve had my club searching for the woman I love. The woman I asked to marry me. The woman I kicked out of my life. As soon as these prison gates open, there is only one thing I care about and that is finding my girl, and getting things back to the way things were, just the two of us, no distractions.
Being together might be dangerous, but outlaws are meant to break the rules.

The second instalment which I waited impatiently to read a few weeks. Now that I am finished with it, the feelings are the same as with the first book Tattooed Love, I can't wait to read the next one. Luckily I have a few more MC books coming from Simone Elise's pen so the wait doesn't feel as long as it would without.

18 Jan 2018

Review: Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy #1)

'' Well, I might be his student, but I'm about to school him on a few things. The first lesson of the day is Silent Treatment I0I. ''


From Goodreads:
Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom...

Told from both Emma and Galen's points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

This darling has been sitting on my bookshelf for far too long now. Then all my reading devices batteries died and I had no charger in the house. I picked this up, and now I can't wait for the next one!

15 Jan 2018

Review: So Near the Horizon (The Danny Trilogy #1)

'' ''How long you live isn't what decides whether your life is worth something or not. You've probably lived more intensely than thousands of people who've died of old age.'' ''


From Goodreads:
From the moment she crosses paths with Danny, Jessica is fascinated. The dashing, confident twenty-year-old has everything she dreams of—looks, success, independence, money—and his kind, infinitely cheerful nature is spellbinding.
Yet Jessica sees something else lingering underneath Danny’s perfect facade. Bit by bit, she manages to pick it apart, unveiling harrowing truths about a deeply traumatic childhood that has left more than just emotional scars. Now, far away from his home and family, he is fighting to build a normal life for himself—even though he may be destined for a future as dark as his past.
Despite all adversity and against all reason, a deep and intimate love develops between Danny and Jessica. But soon they find themselves confronting the harsh realities of a superficial world, battling against prejudice and exclusion at every turn… and, worst of all, racing against time…

Based on a true story, lived by the author, this book will destroy you emotionally. Happy reading!

13 Jan 2018

Review: The Secrets of Islayne

'' Why would he want to use his hands to shelve books when he could use his mind to give someone back a restored piece of the forgotten past? ''


From Goodreads:
A powerful island. A dangerous mystery. An impossible choice.
For centuries, the island of Islayne has given certain residents the ability to revive other people’s memories. These gifted individuals are known as luminators, and sixteen-year-old Ronan Saunders desperately desires to join their illustrious ranks. As he struggles against the prejudice of the old, powerful families who have an iron grip on the trade, Ronan falls under the tutelage of a reclusive luminator, rumored to be insane.
Just when his long-desired future is within reach, Ronan and his three friends discover a deadly secret on the island. As they delve deeper into the mystery, what they find forces them to question their loyalties, doubt long-held beliefs, and wrestle with the dire consequences of revealing the truth. Ronan finds himself torn between everything he loves and the only future he’s ever wanted. The entire fate of the lumination trade hangs in the balance of his decision.

Which memory would you bring back to life if someone offered to revive it? Or do you believe that we forget certain things for a reason? For Ronan Memories are sacred and for that reason, he wants to help people remember, but what if there's much more to the Lumination trade that they teach in school. 

6 Jan 2018

Review: The Claimant (The Inherited Series #2)

''  ''Love is what makes life worth living. Pain is what makes it easy to let go. He is sorry and wants you to know that you should do whatever it takes, to do what is best for you and Leopold, even if it is painful.'' ''

From Goodreads:
Cat has made the decision to stay with Leopold in Solis, leaving behind any chance of life as an average teenager. With the help of Governor Richard, she has found herself next in line for the throne of Arcadis, which is to be liberated from French control upon her ascension.
But when ancient artifacts rumored to be lost centuries ago start to turn up, and Leopold is victim to a tragic and mysterious accident, Cat must step up and rule her people without his direction. With Antoine lurking around every corner, Cat may have to start plotting who will wear the crown of both countries if Leopold doesn’t recover.
Can truth and love survive when the path to the throne and crown is riddled with deception and daggers? 

Compared to the first book in the series, The Inherited, this is so much shorter. You know shorter means, it's over much faster. This book left me craving for more, and the cliffhanger (yep, there was a big one) only increased the feeling. I really, really can't wait to get my hands on the third book!

Oh, and there might be some slight spoilers IF you haven't read the FIRST book.

4 Jan 2018

Review: Suitors


From Goodreads:
And in a city like New York you can be anyone; Kasey Matthews knows this. A freshman at NYU, she is struggling to adjust to college life while hiding her deeply troubled past.
Why did she run away from her small home town?
As Kasey rebuilds her life, a serial killer is striking at the core of The Big Apple, terrifying citizens of the city that never sleeps.
Who is killing all the suited-up men?
Detective Vincent Gunn has landed the biggest case of his career. Catching the killer is not an option; it’s a matter of life or death.
Can the NYPD and FBI bring this brutal murderer to justice?
New friends, new job, new life, new love… old nightmares. Can Kasey survive this, or will her new world in New York implode?

You read the blurb and think that this is going to be awesome. You open it on your Kindle and begin and, yeah. Not what you expected.

1 Jan 2018

Review: The Magician's Workshop, Volume One


Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is awarded the title of magician and given fame, power, riches, and glory. Journey with a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.
Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.
Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

This is the Volume One, so expect it to end suddenly, without an actual ending. Suddenly, you just are on the last page and that's it, if you want to know more, find the Volume Two (which I recommend to have nearby since the Volume One was over really fast).

31 Dec 2017

It Is Time For 2017 To Make Way For 2018!

I know I probably say this every New Years Eve (along with a few billion other people) and will repeat it every year to come, but still. Guys, oh my God. This year went by so fast like it barely begun and now we are saying goodbye to it. And like every year, a lot has happened, things have changed and all that jazz.

This year, though, has been a real turning point for me. I learned something really important in the last few weeks: How to respect myself. I've hidden behind a facade of this girl who does things because she thinks they are expected of her. I've stood up for myself, just feel bad in the aftermath, even though there is no need for me to. I learnt to take a leap of fate and it worked out, but I was offered a risky possibility and I decided to leap the second time (this time over the Grand Canyon) and we'll see how it'll play out in the Spring.

Through this year, even if I haven't been as much present as I wanted to, you guys have been there for me. Yeah, I haven't had a flow of comments and likes and people sending me fanmail or anything, but just knowing that I could escape into the world of books and share the love for them with you all has been enough. I really do love each and every one of you! And if I could, I would hug and kiss each and every one of you! 😍

So my New Years resolutions for 2018 are these:

- I promise to read more books and share my love for the reading community

- I promise to do the things that make me really, truly happy. Not just things that make people around me happy.

- I promise to be present in the present, not just thinking 'What I'm going to do in five years, ten years time'.

I promise these things proudly since I know that living by these three things is what can and will make me a happier person.

And most importantly, I challenge you to write a post, film a video, Instagram it or shout out to the world your three resolutions. (And link it to the comment section below, so I can check out your site πŸ˜‰)

Don't forget to share your Year In Books in Goodreads! Let's spread the love of the printed word in 2018 too!

28 Dec 2017

Review: Achilles (The Deep Sky Saga #1)


From Goodreads:
The year is 2221, and humans have colonized a planet called Thetis in the Silver Foot Galaxy. After a tragic accident kills dozens of teenage colonists, Thetis’s leaders are desperate to repopulate. So Earth sends the Mayflower 2—a state-of-the-art spaceship—across the universe to bring 177 new homesteaders to the colony.
For Jonah Lincoln, an orphaned teen who has bounced between foster homes and spent time on the streets of Cleveland, the move to Thetis is a chance to reinvent himself, to be strong and independent and brave, the way he could never be on Earth. But his dreams go up in smoke when their ship crash-lands, killing half the passengers and leaving the rest stranded—not on Thetis, but on its cruel and unpopulated moon, Achilles.
Between its bloodthirsty alien life forms and its distance from their intended location, Achilles is a harrowing landing place. When all of the adult survivors suddenly disappear, leaving the teenage passengers to fend for themselves, Jonah doubts they’ll survive at all, much less reach Thetis—especially when it appears Achilles isn’t as uninhabited as they were led to believe.

For the fans of The Hundred, an action-packed Young Adult book, where the story will take you to a hostile moon and back, and nothing goes like they were originally planned.

23 Dec 2017

Review: Tattooed Love (Satan's Sons Monarchy #1)

'' '' I can't take this anymore.'' ''


From Goodreads:
When your heart rules your mind, you don’t get to choose who you love. But what if that love could lead to your own destruction?
Amber is a rebellious high school senior and the only girl in a family of outlaw bikers. Her four brothers left when she was young to keep her away from their style of life, but despite their efforts, she’s wrapped up in criminal activities and her life is rapidly spiralling out of control.

With her life finally going up in flames, adding fuel to that fire is smouldering and infamous biker Jax. As she begins to fall for her dangerous love and throw caution to the wind, Amber might not be able to turn back from the risky path she’s chosen...

Being together might be dangerous, but, after all, outlaws are meant to break the rules.

20 Dec 2017

Review: The Spirit Mage (The Blackwood Saga #2)

'' The youngest Blackwood wanted to be a hero, while the eldest was shooting for Emperor of the Universe. Caleb just wanted to enjoy the New Orleans nightlife, chow down on Cajun food, listen to tunes, travel when he could afford it, spend some quality times with friends. '' 


From Goodreads:
Valjean thought about how impossible it seemed that there was another world out there from which he had narrowly escaped. A world of manticores and cave fiends, magic swords and potions, spirit mages and necromancers. Wizard-monks who could shatter walls with their fists, a city of coloured spires so beautiful it took his breath away . . . and a world in which Val's brothers were still trapped.

Desperate to help his brothers, high-powered attorney Val Blackwood manages to find a way to return to the world of Urfe. After landing in the dangerous underbelly of New Victoria, he concludes that the only way to find Will and Caleb is to enrol in the Abbey--the school for wizards--and somehow gain access to a portal called the Pool of Souls. Yet to succeed, he not only has to pass the entrance exam and survive the rigours of the school, considered the most demanding in all the Realm, but also avoid a lethal assassin targeting students.

As Val struggles to survive, his brothers undergo an even deadlier trial. Reeling from the loss of Mala, an adventuress lost in the mysterious Place Between Worlds, Will and Caleb and Yasmina are captured by slavers and taken to the mines beneath Fellengard Mountain. Even if they manage to escape, a feat no one has ever accomplished, they must still find their way out of the vast and untamed caverns of the Darklands. A place even the wizards fear.

Trapped in a land of dreams and nightmares, the brothers must somehow stay alive and learn to adapt to their new surroundings--or risk losing their homeworld forever.

18 Dec 2017

Review: Black & White


From Goodreads:
What is the price paid for the creation of a perfect society?
In Whitopolis, a gleamingly white city of the future where illness has been eradicated, shock waves run through the populace when a bedraggled, dirt-stricken boy materialises in the main street. Led by government propaganda, most citizens shun him as a demon, except for Wellesbury Noon – a high school student the same age as the boy.
Upon befriending the boy, Wellesbury feels a connection that he can’t explain – as well as discovering that his new friend comes from a land that is stricken by disease and only has two weeks to live. Why do he and a girl named Ezmerelda Dontible appear to be the only ones who want to help?
As they dig deeper, everything they know is turned on its head – and a race to save one boy becomes a struggle to redeem humanity. 

The perfect society's ugly secrets are about to be revealed.

10 Dec 2017

Review: Dennis & Greer: A Love Story

'' ''Please do not read this book unless you were young once. Some people never were, you know. Don't read it unless you recall your youth with fondness and nostalgia, because this is the story of youth, told by perhaps the least objective and least accurate of biographers - youth itself. In his own words, sometimes soaringly beautiful, often rash and unrealistic, but always with self-honesty, this youth gives his own pronouncement of the goodness of life, discovering first love and the horrors of war at one and the same time he deals with their confusing disparities as only optimism can. As described by a friend, 'He was a rough, tough Marine who dared to be gentle.' '' '' 
How can you rate anyone's lives with just five stars? For some, it can be a measly one, but to some, it could be more than the limited five. So, me giving Dennis & Greer four stars, doesn't actually mean anything. 

4 Dec 2017

The First 100 Is Full!


I realised when adding the latest author tag to the gadget, that I am at exactly one hundred reviewed authors! Time has gone past so far. When I started, I couldn't have imagined that someday I'd be writing a post saying that I have read from so many different authors.

So, the real reason for writing this post is actually because I wanted to thank you. Thank you for each and every author out there for sharing their work with the world! I know I've only read a millionth of a fraction of the books ever published, and the same goes for authors who have published their work.

A. N. Senerella - A.J. Wilson - Aaron Galvin - Aimee Hyndman - Alessandra Harris - Ally Carter - Amanda Hocking - AnaΓ«lle Gadeyne - Ann Brashares - Ashley Marie - Ava Dellaira - Becca Fitzpatrick - Beverly Ovalle - Brienne Dubh - Candace Knoebel - Cara Brookins - Carrie Jones - Cassandra Clare - Charles McCormack - Charlotte Roth - Chelsea Fine - Cheryl Koevoet - Christopher Hansen - Clay Johnson - Colleen Hoover - Colleen Oakes - Dallas Coryell - Danielle Hardgrave - Dave Johnston - David Levithan - Deborah Jackson - Diana Gabaldon - E. Lockhart - Ebony Olson - Elizabeth Dunlap - Emily Ruben - Gayle Forman - Heather Hill - Helen Keeling-Marston - J. Michael Neal - J.E. Plemons - J.F. Cain - J.J. Sherwood - J.R. Fehr - Jacen Aster - Jacqueline E. Garlick - Jay Asher - Jeff Faria - Jennifer E. Smith - Jennifer Niven - John Green - Jojo Moyes - Jus Accardo - Karen Lynch - Katherine McIntyre - Kathy Bryson - Kay Kenyon - Kenechi Udogu - Kiera Cass - Lan Chan - Lauren DeStefano - Lauren James - Lauren Kate - Layton Green - Leonardo Patrignani - Lily Black - Lily Burlington - Lonnie Ostrow - Maggie Stiefvater - Maria Luisa Lang - Maria V. Snyder - Mary E. Pearson - Melissa Walker - Michelle Areaux - Michelle Zink - Midika Crane - Pamela Daniell - Pat Patterson - Penelope Douglas - Peter Petrack - Rachel Caine - Rainbow Rowell - Richelle Mead - Rick Riordan - Sarah Andersen - Sarah Collingwood - Sarah J. Maas - Shaun Hume - Simone Elise - Stephan Morse - Steven Bentley MD - Tammy Blackwell - Tara R - Taylor Thomas - Thea Dawson - Tiffany McDaniel - Tony MoyleVanya Ferreira - Victoria Aveyard - Whitney Barbetti


Most of the time, I have only read one  or two books from the author but here are the ones I have read the most from (at the time of writing this post) :

At three books are:

At four books, the most reviewed authors are: