19 Jul 2017

Review: The Eye of Nefertiti


'' All one can do is shape the present. ''

★☆☆☆☆

The Eye of Nefertiti is the second instalment to A Pharaoh's Cat series. They can be read individually, but they both are around two hundred pages so I recommend reading them both. TEON contains a lot of references to the first book, so reading it could shed some light. I didn't read the first book.

Wrappa-Hamen is a cat from ancient Egypt. He has the ability to talk, walk, and sense like a human. He got his abilities in the last book by a sacrifice he made in the first book.

Wrappa-Hamen lives in the twenty-first century with a High Priest Gato-Hamen, the Priest's girlfriend and their child, who is the reincarnation of the Pharaoh from the last book. 

18 Jul 2017

Review: The Limpet Syndrome


''Emotion is not what makes us weak, Brimstone. It's what makes us human. The ability to care, even if people often do not.''

★★★☆☆

The Limpet Syndrome takes you below the surface to the deepest pits of hell and back. Though, for some, the journey doesn't end there. If you suffer from the Limpet Syndrome your soul, through a complicated process, reincarnates itself into an animal. Most cases it's the animal closest to you in the moment of your death. And for John Hewson, things got a bit more complicated. Finding himself in a waiting room with a lady looking older than a dinosaur he knows something isn't right. Proceeding through his trial, he finds out that he has been selected to bring back two souls before the Summer Solstice or the world will crumble beneath his feet. The task isn't easy because there are other people hunting those two souls and because John is, well, dead.

16 Jul 2017

Review: Dining and Driving with Cats - Alice Unplugged


''British author Sir Terry Pratchett once said, ''In ancient times, cats were treated as gods; they have not forgotten this.'' We have found this saying to be key to understanding the behavior of cats. Another unidentified person once said, ''Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.'' These two basic principles have governed our relationship and adventures with two cats, which are partially chronicled in this story. And so, we begin...''

★★★★☆

Being the staff to a cat named Jamie myself, I could very well relate to the scenarios happening in the book. Running away one second, napping the next is a very familiar situation at home too. Munchie and Tuffy made this book so relatable. The cats are a big part of the story, they are present all the time surprising the reader constantly. Sometimes they make you happy, sometimes sad, and once scared for their lives.

The story flows forward like a movie. The present and past mixing together effortlessly. The story is a combination of a road trip, history lessons, and cooking class. Beware, you might get hungry while reading. The book contains a few recipes and many descriptions of foods that I hadn't ever heard of. Somehow the author has brought this all together, creating a combination so life-like. Well, the book is a true story, so no wonder there. 

All in all, this is a story of how the couple became who they are today. Taking the reader to places where they had been years ago was amazing. You could feel the love and fondness towards each other between the lines. Reliving their lives and experiences through this book was what made it great.

11 Jul 2017

Review: Chase & Chloe


''I'd kill him if I wasn't so bloody in love with him.''

★★★★★

Wow. Another gripping biker romance from Simone Elise. This one didn't let me get away from its grip, so I stayed awake the night before falling asleep in the early hours. And, of course, as soon as I woke up the book was back in my hands.

A bit background first. Chase is the president of his motorcycle club charter. As the eldest of his siblings, the responsibility of the McKenzie family fell on his shoulders with the death of their father. So, when he finds Chloe on the side of the road with her car broken down, he can't help himself but help her.
Chloe is used to having her walls up. She doesn't trust anyone, especially men, and suddenly finding Chase in her personal space is overwhelming. Having run away from her stepfather she needs to go as far as possible, but running away doesn't seem to be the option anymore. Not with Chase on her heels.

9 Jul 2017

Review: The Lot of a Nobody


''It was like something from a fairy-tale -more Brothers Grimm than Walt Disney.''

★★★☆☆

Sometimes your clothes just don't stay on you. Waking up on a weird island, totally naked, Lot Nobody realises his life isn't the same anymore. Transporting to a mystery location and then returning buck-naked to the same place he vanished from. Neat trick, right? Except when Lot vanishes from school. Completed with mysterious carved statues with numbers, and a shady businessman, named Hector Shady, wanting to collect them all. The book is full of humour and snarky comments that are guaranteed to make you laugh.

6 Jul 2017

Review: The Bucket List


''Running away is not the solution. You have- we have- to enjoy every moment we get to have.''

★★★★★

Damon and Leah. Leah and Damon. I've read their story. I cried, a lot, so if you're about to embark on it, you are warned. 

Damon and Leah were best friends for fifteen years. They did everything together until The Thing happened. Afterwards, they separated and never heard from each other again. Until Damon moves to the house next to Leah's. Many things have changed since they last saw each other. Leah's in college, living with her new best friend. Damon, on the other hand, is suffering. Diagnosed with an incurable sickness he is set out on living the most out of his final year. And that is how The Bucket List starts.

1 Jul 2017

Review: Poor No More: An American Dream



★★☆☆☆

Now retired, author Dr Steven Bentley was a successful emergency physician. But his path in life wasn't always an easy one. In Poor No More: An American Dream, he shares his story of how he survived a rare birth defect, abject poverty, an alcoholic mother, a KKK father, an abusive children's home, and a cruel step-mother.

That is the first of three paragraphs on the back cover of Poor No More: An American Dream. And that paragraph was what originally made me accept the book into reading and reviewing. So, thank you for sending me the copy!

Unfortunately, the description didn't match the story inside. Yes, there was the cruel step-mother and the alcoholic mother, but everything else was almost shrugged off with just a mention in a sentence or two. 

29 Jun 2017

Review: A Dragon's Treasure


'' ''Oh, my goodness.'' She sounded breathless. ''You're lethal.'' ''

★★★☆☆

Something different this time. For a long time, I've mostly reviewed young-adult books and now I made an exception to my normal routine. So, here it is.

We follow Connie who is on the run. In a 'wrong place, wrong time' scenario she witnesses a drug-deal gone bad. Leaving Chicago behind and heading to her cousin's farm where not only wolves run, but they also change into men. The wolf-shifters are not the only kind. Among them live other supernatural creatures, including dragons.

26 Jun 2017

Review: Cursed Blood


''The world flew by without me and I was okay with it for once in my life. I was okay with not being the centre of attention. I was okay with not knowing what was going on around me.''

★★☆☆☆

 Avery Black wanted normal but then she saw her father murdered. And, like most people, she didn't take it well.  Ending up locked in an institute, she locks her emotions away from the world becoming cold and detached. Little did she know that when she would be released to her uncle's care, her life would change indefinitely. 

When I was offered this book by the author Ashley Marie herself I was ecstatic. The synopsis gave me the impression that this would be a bestseller someday. Unfortunately, that wasn't exactly the case.

23 Jun 2017

Review: Mine


'' ''What do you want now?'' I groaned in defeat, giving in to his gaze. ''Nothing. I enjoy watching you.'' Kind of sweet? ''Especially when you don't know I'm watching.'' Nope. Creepy. Just creepy. ''

★★★☆☆

 Your average innocent love story had a bit of an unexpected twist. There were no signs in the synopsis, none whatsoever.

We follow the story of Anika Mason. When she encounters the school's new student, Foster, who is a little too much, smitten with her she lies about having a boyfriend. A fairly innocent lie that could have been easily confessed but no. Brady, the pretence boyfriend, takes advantage of her lie, though, and plays along with it. This doesn't suit Foster and he does his everything to get Anika to himself.

19 Jun 2017

Review: Knight of the Hunted


'' Blood and coffee.''

★★☆☆☆


Blood in the book, coffee for me. There was a time when I was obsessed with the Twilight saga. Most of us have been there, don't try to fool me. And speaking for myself (and probably for a few others), my picture of vampires in books was, should I say, dramatically stuck on the sparkly side. Not to say that there's nothing wrong with a little sparkle in life. Thankfully, though, there were no sparkles in Knight of the Hunted. And to those of you, who understand that my reference to Twilight is up there because these two could be compared to each other, let me tell you: NO. That being said, let's move on.

Okay, let's mix things up a little. Let's start from the end. The ending. Well, it ended. It wasn't one of those slammed-the-cover-closed-as-hard-as-I-could endings. More like, 'oh, it's over, didn't notice. Let's move on. In addition to that, the ending was really confusing. But that I'll dig into later.

17 Jun 2017

Review: Aversion


★★★☆☆

You know the feeling you get when you are doing something challenging for the first time? You know you only have one try and you can't fail, or you can but there would be severe consequences. Then you know how Gemma Green felt performing her first aversion. 

Averters are all male-born protectors of humans. They avert humans from bad decisions they are going to make in to future, for example drunk-driving. Then there is Gemma, a girl Averter.  She is the only one, or that's what she is told. While performing her first aversion on the school's tennis star, Russ Tanner, something goes wrong. Instead of passing with flying colours, Gemma fails. The recipient of the aversion isn't supposed to remember that they have been averted but Russ does. And now he can't seem to let go of the idea that Gemma is something to him.

Review: The Brothers Three


'' Those who lose dreaming are lost.''
★★★☆☆

I'm stunned. The ending came out of the blue. Unexpected and leaving me craving for more.

The Blackwood Brothers, Will, Caleb, and Val,  have always kept together even when miles away from each other. They are brought together by their godfather, Charlie, when he summons them to hear an urgent message concerning the brothers' father. To their surprise their father isn't what they believed him to be. When Charlie is kidnapped by a necromancer the brothers world isn't the same anymore. They embark on a dangerous journey to save their godfather and on the side they discover new sides of themselves they never thought possible.

Told from three point of views, the brothers, the story follows all of their struggles in finding their places in the new reality they have to face. The story starts with the youngest brother's, Will's, point of view, as are most parts of the story.

16 Jun 2017

Review: Alpha Grayson


★★★★☆

We got to know Lexia's character a bit in the last book Alpha Kaden and with Alpha Grayson we get see even more. 

For those of you who are not familiar with the Alpha series it is based in a world where the land is divided between werewolf packs, which are Power, Wisdom, Loyalty, Love, Freedom, Purity, Passion, Vengeance, Devotion, Discipline and Harmony. Each pack is lead by an Alpha wolf. The series follows the stories of these Alphas and their soulmates(-to-be). Alpha Grayson tells the story of Lexia, a girl originally from the Discipline pack but now resciding in the Vengeance pack. Her only goal is to bring down the pack system and create a leadership position to herself. Little does she no that the Alpha of the Freedom pack is on the hunt for her, as are many others.

29 May 2017

DIY Project For My Graduation Party! - The Book Roses



I haven't ever liked fresh cut flowers. Somehow I always manage kill them, although they should be easy to keep alive. Maybe they just don't like me.

My graduation day is approaching fast and it's almost a must to have flowers on the buffet table. I had to figure out a way around this etiquette rule.

Then in the middle of the night my friend tells me that she has seen some awesome roses made out of book pages. After an intense Pinterest session and brainstorming, we decided to use Melinda's instructions.

Thus began a night of cursing, cutting, and figuring out how to make them look like a flowers, not just a mangled pile of paper.

We didn't measure the squares. Just ripping a page out of a book and then folding it half from the top and cutting the extra slip from the bottom off.

We had a first version of the rose, but something was wrong. There weren't any pretty petals, they were all straight and pointy. At this moment we realised, that we were meant to curl the outer edges of the petals. Between the fingers was a bit hard and slow. So taking a narrow knitting needle and rolling around it made the whole process a lot quicker.

The same knitting needle technique we used when rolling the stems for the roses.

Now to the gluing part. It amazed both of how much glue actually goes into one rose.

Parts ten through 15 show the layers of the rose. You're supposed to glue only the edges of the petals together in ten, eleven, and twelve. With thirteen through fifteen you're supposed to glue two petals on top of each other.

The rest is easy. You build the rose from inside out. We glued the first layer (16) of every rose first and then let them dry. It made the rest easier since the base is already dry and unmoving, giving a sort of a stopper for all the other layers.

My best advice is to use a lot of glue. And rather let the layers dry in between than using a little less to get them ready faster.

We skipped the last phase altogether, since we wanted the text to show.

Making these was fun at first. But let me warn you, it's not fun after you are on the tenth hour. Your fingers are probably cramping and glued together. In the end, though, it's all worth it. They are so pretty.

The book had about three hundred pages. Every rose takes three pages, so from one book you get hundred roses. We didn't use textless empty pages, since we wanted the text to show. So altogether we got about seventy roses.


The book I used was a paperback version of Kelly Link's Pretty Monsters. The spine was glued, which helped a lot when ripping the pages out.