20 Apr 2018

Review: Pen & Xander

 '' ''What you've gotten yourself into...'' she smiles, nostalgic, ''is the most faithful and fucked-up family you will ever meet.'' ''


From Goodreads:
Pen Prado has a passion for cooking. Specifically, cooking her father's food in her father's restaurant. It's the heart of their immigrant neighborhood, a place where everyone belongs, and second chances are always on the menu. Except for Pen. Despite the fact that there's something almost magic about her food, her father can't imagine anything worse than her following in his footsteps. And when Pen confesses to keeping a secret from her family, he fires her, ensuring she never will.

Xander Amaro is undocumented but that doesn't stop Ignacio Prado from offering him a job at his restaurant. For Xander, it's a chance to make amends and to sever his toxic relationship with the druglord, El Cantil--a man whose been like a father to him since his own disappeared. Soon after, his mother abandoned him too, leaving behind a void that not even his abuelo can fill. Until he meets Pen.

Both seeking a place where they feel like they truly belong, they end up finding each other, and in the face of tremendous fear and self-doubt, they end up finding themselves.

This book is about finding where you belong and learning that feeling something, feeling everything is okay.

12 Apr 2018

Review: The Dead Kids Club

'' We grow up surrounded by people paid to lie to us until we become paid liars ourselves. ''


From Goodreads:
Her boring life is about to get a killer upgrade.

In her small town of Cold Meadow, Virginia, life seems to be going exactly the way Danielle Donovan wants. She’s captain of her cheerleading team, getting ready to head off to college on the sunny west coast, and she is the most adored girl in her school. Suddenly, Dani’s life is thrown off course when her friend, the resident trouble magnet Scotia, turns up missing after a party thrown at Dani’s house. With the police sniffing around and rumors spreading faster than they can be contained, Dani and her tight-knit group of friends soon find themselves as suspects in Scotia’s disappearance. Though Dani swears she is innocent, she starts to question the possibility of those closest to her being guilty. From her laid-back best friend Gage Mitchell to the human firecracker also known as Frankie Carson, Dani is forced to question everything she knows about her life and those she loves if she wants to ever see Scotia again, and more importantly, avoid being the latest missing person.

The Dead Kids Club is a roller coaster of twists with the intensity of Gone Girl and the comedic edge of Heathers that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

I cannot even begin to express how much I loved this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page until the last one, and it still has me in its grip, a few weeks later.

11 Apr 2018

Review: Soul Catchers (How to Survive the Afterlife #2)

'' ''Well, you'll need some hastily painted signs, a few repetitive one-verse songs, and long, bushy beards.'' ''


From Goodreads:
As the demons gather to debate John's disappearance the scattered parts of his soul plan revenge on those responsible. All that stands in his way is his newly acquired Tourette's Syndrome and an increasing list of pursuers. Demons, Satan, and a gang of deceased dictators all want a piece of him. Fortunately there's plenty to go around.

Meanwhile the pigeon, Sandy Logan, contemplates his unfulfilled ambitions. What if he ruled Hell? All he needs is an army to spark revolution. While the demons are distracted, his dysfunctional army will attempt to pull off the greatest heist in the Universe.

On the Isles of Scilly a pale girl with bleached white hair sits on the grass studying a puzzle book. She isn't like her pirate obsessed brother. It's proving to be the hardest puzzle of all. Young fingers trace the letters on a black stone. They find a J, O, H, and finally, N. Yet the name is the second most interesting thing about it. Mysteriously chiseled on the headstone are the words, 'God Protects the King.'

The story just gets better and better with every page you turn. Tony Moyle keeps the reader laughing from page one until the very end. It's not all comedy, though. You'll be surprised. There are many riddles and puzzles mixed in the reader will have a field-trip with. You think you know the answer, but are you willing to bet on it?

Might contain mild SPOILERS as this is the second book in the How to Survive the Afterlife - series. The first book's, The Limpet Syndrome, Review and link to Goodreads.

4 Apr 2018

Review: First Crush, Last Love

'' He needed her to give them a chance-the chance he threw away ten years ago.  ''


From Goodreads:
Back in high school, Lee Archer had the power to make Jessie Baxter’s cheeks flush and her heart race. But the popular athlete never wanted to be more than just friends. Ten years later, after a failed marriage and with her journalism career on shaky ground, Jessie’s come home for her high school reunion—and Lee still has the power to make her knees weak and her pulse pound.
Lee's teenage years were filled with more trauma and drama than anyone guessed. Though his damaged past has helped make him a successful police detective, it's hurt every relationship he's tried. But seeing the grown-up, stunning Jessie might just change his commitment-phobic mind.
Jessie’s psycho ex-husband had her convinced no one would ever love her, but Lee is ready to step out of the friend zone and into her heart. Can she learn to trust again before she loses her chance to turn her first crush into her last love?
Elizabeth McKenna’s novel will have you remembering the angst of high school, the grief of a failed relationship, and the joy of finding true love at last.

Sometimes it takes a little time to get to the point where everything is alright. Where the nightmares of the past have made way for the dreams of future. Oh god, how sappy does that sound? 😅

2 Apr 2018

Review: Rebel Song (Rebel Song #1)

'' ''But only if you promise me something.''
He nodded.
''Stay alive.''
''I will.''
Easier said than done. ''


From Goodreads:
A reluctant hero
A determined princess
The revolution that stands between them
The once prosperous European kingdom of Arelanda has been plagued with poverty and corruption since the failed rebellion tore it apart. Now, rebels stir again in the capital’s underbelly, vowing to depose the monarchy and overturn the unjust government.
Seventeen-year-old Rogan Elwood, son of a rebel leader executed for treason after the first rebellion, has borne a tainted legacy his entire life. As he is pulled deeper into conflict, Rogan must face his calling in the future of the rebel cause—waging his want for peace against his desire for vengeance. Everything changes when he falls for Elyra—beautiful, idealistic and determined to bring Arelanda a better future. She also just happens to be next in line to the throne—if the corrupt Minister General doesn’t beat her to it.
Caught in the midst of a budding civil war and surrounded by enemies on every side, Elyra and Rogan must fight to save themselves and their country—and choose between each other and their duty.

We have seen many heroes and heroines beat the impossible. We have seen them thrive during the hardest of times. And now we have seen what it actually is when you can do nothing but wait for the inevitable.

1 Apr 2018

March Wrap-Up & April TBR

The first of April. April Fool's Day. Spring is here, almost all the snow is gone already. The time of spring cleaning, less puffy winter coats, natural light more than a few hours a day! Even though the year begins on New Year's Eve, I still find the first days of spring more symbolic. The colour green returns, birds fly back, and people hatch from inside their heavy winter gear. And if you're wondering 'what in the world is she rambling about', spring begins in March! Nope, not in Finland. We're lucky if even half the snow has melted around Easter time. And that's only in the South.

I could say that I am satisfied with the result I got in March. Only a couple hundred pages less than in February. Of course, I aimed higher. My March TBR had a few books that I could not get to, so they are the first ones in the line for April. Two of which I have already started reading.

30 Mar 2018

Review: Inking Innocence


From Goodreads:
She walked into my tattoo shop with a pilgrim looking getup and strawberry strands. Not an ink or piercing on her body. That was all about to change if I had anything to do with it.
There is a certain attraction about an untouched body. Have you ever felt that rush of being the first to search untainted territory? My lips and hands were going to discover a whole new way of desire when it came to Tessa. She had me believing in ALL CAPS kind of claims. Her innocence was flirtatious as her blush was pink.
That damn girl needed a good and rough ride to the hill top of reality. What do you know I have an open seat, shot gun!

Axel & Tessa’s story is a HEA. Bad Boy meets Good Girl kind of Romance. Tattoo Shop and Religious Break away fantasy.

To be honest, I almost did not write this review. The reading experience was just so painfully awkward that I put it off as long as I could.

25 Mar 2018

Review: Control Freakz (Control Freakz #1)

'' ''He's not crazy,'' Hunter responded immediately in defence. ''I just think it's the only way he knows how to live in this crazy world - to act even crazier.'' ''


From Goodreads:
Alone. Abandoned. Threatened. Natalie has lost all hope for a better future. Everything she’s known and everyone she’s ever loved is gone, and it’s up to her to get her old life back. In Michael Evans’s first novel, Control Freakz, Natalie’s journey toward a better life begins.
When Protocol 00 is enacted, Natalie’s family is taken by the government, along with the families of her two best friends, Ethan and Hunter. With nothing to lose, and the threat of government hitmen kidnapping them at any moment, the three must battle to survive in a horrid, post-apocalyptic world run by President Ash and his invasive government. They want answers. And they’re willing to jeopardize everything in desperate pursuit.
Risking ruthless leaders, attempted mind control, and her very existence on the planet, Natalie, along with Hunter and Ethan, will stop at nothing in their quest to regain everything they’ve ever known. Her spirits crushed and her will to live destroyed, Natalie knows everything is dead and gone, and soon she will be, too.
Memories connect us to the past, and can often cause us to long for a better future, but they can drive our minds into a state of hell if a better future is unattainable. Nevertheless, Natalie’s hope for a better a future remains.

To say that this book was an easy read would like saying that climbing Mount Everest was like a beach getaway. All the characters slowly descend into madness and without knowing, the reader might too.

22 Mar 2018

Review: Forbidden (Satan's Sons MC #4)

'' ''If you find a girl that you really like, don't change your life for her. Get her to fit into the life you have. She has to accept what you stand for and who you are. If you change for her, it won't last.'' ''


From Goodreads:
Tyson lives up to the Wilson family name, and being raised by one of society’s most feared criminals has prepared him for the life of an outlaw. Determined not to skate by on his father’s reputation, he’s aggressively climbed the ranks of Satan’s Sons and is ready to give up everything for the club - with only one thing holding him back - high school. Tyson has to make it through his senior year before he can fully commit to the MC, and nothing will stand in his way. But when Layla, daughter of his rival den’s president, walks into his classroom, suddenly the life he has mapped out isn’t looking so simple.
Hannah is the black sheep of the family and has earned her nickname ‘Nice’. She doesn’t drink, or smoke, and tries to stay out of club business; but she does have a taste for something just as deadly - her father’s Vice President, Brad. When crushing news from the doctor puts her life in check, Hannah is faced with challenges no girl of her age is equipped to handle, and she must rely on unconventional allies for support. Allies The Reaper certainly won’t approve of.
Follow two love stories; each just as deadly as the other. Being together might be dangerous, but outlaws are meant to break the rules.

Once again, Simone Elise does it. I had high expectations for how the book would turn out and I did not have to be disappointed.

5 Mar 2018

Review: Inspired (Inspired #1)

'' ''There are worse things than not remembering one's story,'' he said, his whisper-voice turned to gravel. 
''Like what?'' 
When his head swivelled back to face her, his pale face and eyes were dead. ''Like knowing how it ends'' ''


From Goodreads:
For a muse like Lucianíel, one story’s end is another’s beginning.
In the wake of his author’s sudden death, Luc takes ownership of her surviving creations—four fantastical characters with tales yet to be told—saving them from unwritten lives crumbling around them and giving them a second chance at a literary future.
Luc finds that chance in the unsuspecting mind of Annabelle Iole Gray, a quirky teen with her head in the clouds, nose in a book, and imagination ripe for a brilliant muse’s inspiration.
Or so he hopes.
Neither Luc nor Annabelle, however, realize all they’ve undertaken. Even with a to-write list including accounts of a shape-shifting cat creature, gentle knight-in-training, vigilante skater girl, and a mystery boy smothering in unspoken fear, the most remarkable saga created between author and muse just may turn out to be one stranger than fiction.
Their own.

There are characters already existing in our world. We can't see them but they're there, living independently among us.

3 Mar 2018

February Wrap-Up and March TBR

Another month has fled from our hands for good. It's funny how you rarely think about that the time we have lived we'll never get back. There won't ever be a February 2018 ever again. Too deep? Back to lighter business...

2 Mar 2018

GIVEAWAY! Author Laekan Zea Kemp

The month of March is finally here and I have many exciting things to share with you guys! One of them happens to be the giveaway by author Laekan Zea Kemp. She contacted me a while ago about her book Pen & Xander which is a tale of finding who you are. Pen loves cooking in her father's restaurant, but her family wants so much more for her. Xander seeks a new beginning after his past with a drug-lord. The book is about finding yourself, food, and second chances. I am super excited to get to read it in a couple weeks!

28 Feb 2018

Review: Topaz and Lace

'' ''So now you're doing what you do best.''
''Excuse me?''
Running away.'' He smiled. It chilled. ''Because that is what you're doing, isn't it?'' ''


From Goodreads:
A temporary condition, she’d intended to be there only long enough to leave again. But then she met him.
Pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian, when Cassie Hastings took an externship in the tiny town of Pantula, Texas, she never planned on staying. For a girl staunchly opposed to change, moving some odd thousand miles away from home to a population boasting more heads of cattle than people and an apartment housed on top of an animal clinic, it promised to be a steep learning curve.
She would have handled it all better, (she would have!) if it hadn’t been for Brannt McDowell, one of the town’s most prosperous cattle ranchers—and her most stubborn client. He was moody, arrogant, infuriatingly witty…and altogether devastating. Pitted against the knowledge that her rotation lasted only eight, short weeks, and an ever-increasing attraction to one another, tempers soon flared and sparks ignited between the sparring partners.
Cassie had gone to Pantula to learn about large animal medicine; she’d gone there to glean independence in the wide open air; she’d gone there on a dare. Falling in love hadn’t been part of the plan. She did it anyway.
Now she’d have to choose between the place she’d always thought she’d be headed, and the home she suddenly didn’t want to leave.

She wants to challenge herself and show the world that she isn't afraid to leave home. And now it just might turn against her.

26 Feb 2018

Review: My Unexpected

'' Love does not happen so easily, particularly for me. I don't believe that a person can fall for someone so quickly, that's nonsense! ''


From Goodreads:
Falling for someone can be so easy: you do it.
You don't think about it rationally.
You think with your heart.
But, sometimes there is a big gap between what you want to happen and the reality: destiny plays with your life making things harder.
Maggie Reynolds is a college girl. She never thought she could fall in love.
The idea that someone could actually see her like a potential girlfriend started to fade in her mind.
She is quite shy, the girl who doesn't want attention upon her.
Logan O'Connor is a boy that is trying to make a dream come true.
He wants to be a pilot. He is bold, attractive and makes all the girls swoon.
Their meeting is funny and unpredictable.
Probably it's from that very moment that their lives will change forever.
The 'unexpected' is right around the corner, and you can never be prepared. Especially if it is about love.

Girl meets boy. They fall in love. The strength of their relationship is tested. Will they stick through it all or walk away from each other?

22 Feb 2018

Review: Reaper's Redemption (Satan's Sons MC #3)

'' Strenght. At times you feel like you have zero, that you're weak. You think you know what your limits are. Strenght was something I had a lot of right now. ''


From Goodreads:
After the events of the second book, Reaper sets out to find Abby and will stop at nothing to get her back, no matter how much blood is spilled along the way. He wants revenge, and what Reaper wants, Reaper gets.
What the hell. Where am I? Where’s my baby? I remember glass smashing and men in masks grabbing me, pulling me away from my crying son and sister. God, I need Reaper. What if I never see him again, touch him again? I can’t even think like that. Reaper needs to get his shit together and come find me. I don’t know how much longer I can last without him. 
I hadn't slept in days. But that was nothing to the pain I felt every day knowing Abby was out there, alone, kidnapped. A disgusting feeling washed through me, just at the thought of what they could be doing to her, how they would be treating her. She had to know I'd come for her. She had to know that every bone, blood vessel and beat of my heart would drive me to find her. Our son needs her. Hell, I need her. It’s time for me to do the only thing I’m good at. Being the Reaper. 

Are you prepared for this? I wasn't. The emotional rollercoaster you're about to board is going to mess both your hair and make-up.