18 Nov 2017

Review: Acting On Impulse


★★☆☆☆

From Goodreads:
She's camera shy. He's a big star. Is love worth the limelight?
Thirteen years ago, Chris McPherson drunkenly declared his love for Joy Albright … right in front of her husband. Though her angry rejection still stings, Chris, now a successful Hollywood actor, has never forgotten his feelings for her. When he returns to Silverweed Falls to direct a summer Shakespeare play, he is thrilled—and a little apprehensive—to learn that Joy will be managing the play.
One year ago, Joy Albright’s marriage imploded in a public scandal when her husband was caught by the press with another woman. All she wants now is to avoid the limelight, but she can’t refuse the request of a dying friend to help save the local theatre group.
Reunited, sparks fly. Joy is desperate to avoid more gossip. Chris comes trailed by the tabloids. But neither of them can deny the temptation to act on their impulses.
 

I don't know what to say, on one hand, it was an okay read, and on the other hand there was nothing to it. The story begins thirteen years prior, where the reader gets to know what happened between Chris and Joy. After that, the story continues forward focusing more on the upcoming play and less in the relationship between the two main characters. The reader gets a few glimpses of the relationship here and there but the main focus is totally elsewhere. To me, it felt like that the story couldn't focus on both the play and the relationship at the same time, it was an either-or-situation.


What comes to the characters, their stories add up and they are well written when thought as individuals. When placed in the same scene the interaction sometimes comes off a bit stiff. And some of the stiffness is probably intended but most of it just stood out too much to be there for reason. Putting the stiffness aside, the characters were funny and complimented the story to a great extent.

This was quite fast to read even though the book is almost three hundred pages long and the plot moves with an even pace. Unfortunately, to me, some chapters acted more as fillers to lengthen the book and not as ways to deliver more information about the situation or to give the plot a shove forward.

12 Nov 2017

# The Secret Life Of A Book Blogger



I found this wonderful tag on ''Read Diverse Books'' where Naz had done it last year. The idea is to give the readers a glimpse of your thoughts about blogging and I hope this will be something that is fun for you to read!

How long have you been a blogger?

I've tried blogging on many occasions in the past but never made it past the first month. With Books Told Me So I've had the site up and running since July 2015 (has it really been that long?!). And before going live,

6 Nov 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017 Is Here!


It's already the sixth of November and that means already six days of this year's National Novel Writing Month has gone by. Who is participating this year?

I know there are tons and tons of websites and groups to help aspiring new authors to get their first draft out before November ends, and having participated last year, I know these are life savers! I've done a lot of reviewing for Inkitt and they contacted me to spread the word: Inkit has their own Writers Write - program to support all of you new and seasoned writers out there! Oh, and it's absolutely free.
 
Have you ever thought about writing a novel? There are millions of people in the world who have ideas floating around in their heads that they want to write down but never find the time.

Inkitt, the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, will be launching their first ‘Writers Write Program’  on November 1st to help you turn your idea into an original novel. The 30-day program is completely free and filled with special benefits such as:
 
  • Free, 30 min private sessions with professional writing coaches (including the editor of The Martian)
  • Events and tips with bestselling authors like Andy Weir, Lauren Kate, and Gayle Forman
  • A variety of community features such as the choice to get a writing buddy who you can exchange manuscript feedback with.

    “Our intention is to enlarge the writing community by encouraging more people to become writers,” said CEO of Inkitt, Ali Albazaz. “The program is completely free so for us, this isn’t about making money; it’s about encouraging talented and committed writers to keep going and finish what they started.”


What are you waiting for? If you have a dream of writing the next sensation or just write out the idea that has been mulling around in your head, go, take a pledge! And if it turns out great, in the end, be sure to send a review request my way. 😊

Review: The Fiasco In News


'' At this point, I'd carried around the persona of a defeated man for so long that women could smell it. '' 

★★★☆☆

Adam Millard, the walking disaster, isn't the one to run away from trouble. Actually, it wouldn't matter if he ran, the trouble would always run faster in order to catch him. 

There are heroes and villains. Both want something, more money and fame, to save or to destroy the world. And then there's Adam, whose goal is to get a good night's sleep before the next load of shit hits the fan. Up until now, Adam has just gone with the flow but when a part-time villain, part-time newscaster offers him a job, things start to look a bit brighter. But not for long. Adam is being whisked away on another wave of disasters leading him to alternate versions of Wonderland, and this time Alice isn't the nice little girl, but The Alice from your nightmares.

28 Oct 2017

Review: Hunting for Spring


★★☆☆☆

From Goodreads:
Hunters are a lonely breed, and Conor’s no exception, until the day he meets Brenna. Even though she slinks in unannounced and kills the wight he was hunting down, the girl’s a mystery and he can’t get that blinding smile or those gorgeous curves off his mind. Since they’re both after the same caster who’s unleashing these monsters, he suggests teaming up, and despite her initial reluctance, the hungry way she scans him down promises something powerful.

I still can't wrap my mind around it. This definitely belongs to the paranormal genre, but then there's the romance. Most of the time, the romance felt like a separate story entirely, like it didn't fit at all into the book. And the romance wasn't there all the time, it was like the long-lost cousin who suddenly appears to your door and then you see them once in a while.

27 Oct 2017

Review: Alpha Malik


'' ''Maybe Fate will be cruel enough to bring us back together sometime.'' ''

 ★★★☆☆
 He holds a competition to win his heart and the place of Luna beside him. And the last thing she wants, is to end up in it.
Aria wanted to find her mate, not enter a competition of her own pack's Alpha holds because he has given up finding his mate. After being harassed by rogues, Aria is forced into the competition where everyone is lying. Everyone has their secrets and they all start to reveal one by one. Aria is determined to complete the mission the rogues have given to her and leave the Alpha manor, but Alpha Malik pays special interest towards her, which doesn't make anything easier for her.

As the fifth book in the Alpha - series this one contained much fewer connections to the other books than the first, second, and third books. I haven't read the fourth yet. All the books in this series can be read as standalones, but I truly recommend reading them all.

20 Oct 2017

Review: The Advice Bucket


'' How often did people encounter the most significant of humans without realising it? '' 

★★☆☆☆

From Goodreads:
Merrick's life is a wild goose chase. Literally.
Somewhere on the remote, Scottish Isle of Scarba, Gladys awaits answers. What is the centuries-old secret that rules her destiny?
A short distance away, Merrick is on his way to join 35,000 fellow barnacle geese at their annual gathering. Delayed by a sudden fall from the sky, he sustains his first wrist injury in three centuries and has to catch a boat.
Lucy Colwyn wants to go to Scarba to die; if she can only get there unscathed first.
Eminent neurologist, Dr. Harry Britten, receives miraculous news: a dying patient is cured. Now he has no choice but to abandon everything and track her down before she does the unthinkable. But the journey won’t be easy, as three familiar old ladies have other, rather unorthodox agendas.
The Queen of The Hebrides leaves for Islay loaded with strangers. By the time the ship's journey reaches its conclusion, some of the passengers are on their way to reaching another: that they’re more connected than they could ever have imagined. 

11 Oct 2017

Review: Black Mark's Resistance


'' ''Maybe, just maybe, you need to look at what you are resisting. It could be where you are meant to be.'' ''   

★★★★★

Take a deep breath before staring to read Black Mark's Resistance because it will be your last one until finishing this book. 

Mora Ellis wants to fly under the radar. Her childhood in Australia with her mother wasn't anything like a dance, and she had no clue who her father was until she met him at the airport in London after getting kicked out from her childhood home. Since then she unwinds in the only ways she knows: having lots of sex and playing her cello. Now, six years later she works as an executive assistant in an event management firm and she has no idea what is about hit her when Darius Rafal walks in as the next client. Darius is not there for a new contract, but to hire Mora to work for him.

9 Oct 2017

Double Review: Runaway & Captured


'' The real question was: Could I trust him? ''

 ★★☆☆☆ 

They witness something they are not supposed to and end up running away from their seemingly perfect lives. Hallie Romano and Jackson Carmine live in the spotlight their fathers' company's money has created. Then one night, it all changes. They run away after witnessing a murder after a family dinner in a restaurant. With Jackson in the lead, they escape from New York City just to keep running. Neither of them wants to go back, especially Jackson since he knows that neither of their parents has entirely clean hands when it comes to business. What follows is a paranoid long vacation over two continents.

8 Oct 2017

Review: Sleuthing with the Enemy


'' ''I want to know you, Annemette Helsen. All about you. Your likes, your dislikes, your hopes, your fears. I want to be there for you so the next time you go on some stupid insane vendetta, you're not alone.'' ''  

★★★★☆

The Gleipnir Cuff, the prized possession of the werewolves has been stolen from right under their noses. No one knows who did it, but they have their suspicions. Annemette Helsen doesn't want to wait for The Council to make their move to recover the Cuff, instead, she takes matters into her own hands and breaks into the suspects house in the middle of the night. Not the smartest choice since the suspect just happens to be the Prince of the Vampire court, Jonas Weiss. On top of it all, Jonas is insists that he has nothing to do with the theft, and now wants to help Anna to recover the Cuff. Anna doesn't want the help, not at all, but Jonas is not ready to give up so easily, being used to getting what he wants.

6 Oct 2017

Review: Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith

'' So, his mother was a troublemaker and his father was one of the youngest Vilmhied of all time? ''

 ★★★★☆ 

Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that's what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn't exactly normal ...

Loved the Harry Potter - series? You're going to love this one, too. And just to say it here, in the beginning, that even though there are many similarities between Potters and Ewan Pendle, they are not the same, nor does the latter copy the first.

The story begins with an eleven-year-old Ewan when his current foster parents send him out to the next family. What they don't know that there is no other family, but the Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum waiting for him on the train. Ewan finds himself near London inside a school where everyone can see the monsters. He is weird, but everything around is. Thrust into the everyday life of a Firedrake cadet he struggles to keep up, and it the threat of a mysterious White Wraith looming outside the Lyceum's walls does not help him to concentrate.

29 Sep 2017

Review: Winter Passion


''She was more than ready to leave the world behind her for a while. Whatever dream haunted her sleep this night could not compare to the waking nightmare that had occurred this first light.''  

★★☆☆☆

The story is mostly told from two points of view, Trina and Arek's. Except that they aren't told from their points of view but as a third-person narration, which at first was really hard to follow. Somewhere in the middle I just got used to it.

Arek is a Piacen, a shapeshifting predator, who was injured on the first page. Trina finds him in the woods and brings him back to her cabin - shifted as a mouse. From there the pair starts to get to know each other and truths begin to unfold. 

24 Sep 2017

Review: Storm of Attraction


''If only all of life's problems could be solved by kicking butts or hiding in a book.''
 
★★★★☆

It's been a while since my last review, but that is definitely going to change. Without further ado, I present the review of Lily Black's Storm of Attraction!

Alexa and Drew had a short relationship five years ago. The weeks they spent together were the best and they seemed they were together forever. Then, they break up. In the present day, Drew is back in town, and neither of them can resist each other. The chemistry between those two is not the only thing pulling them together; someone is after Alexa, and that someone is not going to give before they have her.

17 Sep 2017

The Past Two Weeks...



...Have been so hectic. Basically, I've been on the go or sleeping. I haven't been very active in any social media since there hasn't been time to read anything else than manuals. Those of you who follow me on Instagram might have seen a post or posts with hints concerning the nature of manuals I've been reading. I won't say it out loud before my first day of work, but I'll promise, I have so much more time then for reading. I'll give you a hint, though, so it doesn't get too confusing when I talk about my coursework and things relating to them. My manuals and the course has something to do with airports

For these past two weeks, I've been running on caffeine and sugar. Starbucks has been my best friend and my worst enemy. They have provided me with the energy but have drained my wallet.

I went for a quick three-day visit to Denmark this week. Departure was in the early hours in the morning on Monday and arrived back home late Wednesday. I must say, that those three days were, like Starbucks, the best and the worst. Long days with early wake-ups and late evenings. But with the most amazing people. If any of you happen to read this, I love each and every one of you! You are the best crew ever.

And let me just say, I now appreciate the pricing of Starbucks in Finland much more. Hurt my very soul to pick up coffee from a Danish one...


As I've mentioned many times earlier, I haven't had much time for reading. Yes, I've read five minutes here and another five there, but those five minutes don't make much progress when looking at the big picture. I really, truly, honestly want to read more, but I just don't have the time. Fortunately, like I said in the beginning, this is going to change soon. In two weeks I'll be starting my first shifts and then I have so much more time to read. I'm talking about hours upon hours a day. And I promise to be more active here and on Instagram when the time comes. Soon, very soon and I can't wait!

Currently reading Shaun Hume's Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith. I'm only a hundred pages in and I am loving it so far! I truly recommend to read it. It's aimed more towards younger readers, maybe around the ages thirteen towards fifteen, but it has so much to give for older readers too. And I am not saying it is the next Harry Potter - series, but like them, it has many layers in the story. Younger readers might see the story in one way and a bit older ones pick out so much more from it. The book just grips you and you want to read it, not to put it down.

Now, I'm going to read. I have a rare afternoon off since I'm going to go to the airport for the night. Already tired, but what can you do.

Oh, and go follow me on Instagram via that link or search @Bookstoldmeso! I'll be updating that probably more often for the remaining two weeks of my course.

30 Aug 2017

Review: Succumb


★★★★☆

One word: Intense. Not one word can describe this book accurately even remotely, but intense comes close. 

The blurb from Goodreads:
For years Seraphina Gaelach has resisted being part of the Alvöru she was born into. After an abusive childhood, Phin thought she left the days of being a helpless victim behind and taken control of her life. All that changed the night Sebastian Maviper, High Lord of the Alvöru, decided to claim her.
Three years later, by reuniting with an old friend who is like a brother to her, Phin’s life is put in peril and she is dragged back into Sebastian's world. Can she forgive what he did to her?
Old enemies are stirring and uniting in an effort to control the Alvöru, and everyone in it. When they kidnap Granger and Phin as bait to lure Sebastian to their trap, Phin must make decisions and alliances that will potentially destroy all those she cares about.

24 Aug 2017

Review: The Furies' Bog


★★☆☆☆

This was everything I expected and on the other hand nothing like I expected. The blurb promises a lot, it's maybe a bit too ambitious. 

The story is told in two different settings: The first one on Earth, where a group of scientists try to unearth bodies from a bog in the middle of nowhere, and the other on Mars, where three astronauts who just mostly hate each other decide to land unauthorized on Mars. And how do these two settings connect? The synopsis says the bog is the answer but in the end, it didn't really seem like it. The two settings felt too separate, and sometimes I couldn't help but wonder that why there were the two different groups? Why not just build the story around one of the groups?

17 Aug 2017

Review: The Chronicles of Henry Harper


'' My name is Henry Harper and I am nobody important. ''

 ★★★★☆

We all know those main characters who state in the beginning of their story that they are not important. That no matter how many princes and princesses they have rescued and worlds saved, they still think so little of themselves. Henry Harper is exactly the epitome of those. Despite travelling through space to the unknown and achieving the impossible again and again.

The book contains exactly what it says on the cover, The Chronicles of Henry Harper. He accounts his own life story in a series of short stories told in third-person narrative. There is his own commentary before and after each story in first-person.

14 Aug 2017

Review: Holding on to Hurt


'' But we cannot give up hope. We've got to hold on to even the tiniest sliver of hope. We have to. ''

★★★★★

To what you compare the grief and sorrow of losing someone close to you? Most people can't find any comparisons but would talk about the memories of the past and the missed opportunities of the future. There isn't a thing you can compare it to. And that is what Holding on to Hurt is all about. Experiencing grief, trying to cope with the reality of the situation, and fear of losing hope.

The story is told through Irene Hurt's eyes. She is the wife of Bruce Hurt and a loving mother to Scott. Then one day her worst fears come through: Scott is in the hospital because of a school shooting. And after his surgery, he is not waking up.

The book explores the question what if and why a lot. It won't give answers to any of them, but it really, really makes you think. I haven't experienced this kind of sorrow in my life yet, but all of us will face it sometime in our lives. This story really brings out the hard side of the situation. No making things pretty and that is one of the most beautiful aspects of this book. There is no holding back with the narration, every emotion is displayed in its rawness.

13 Aug 2017

News and Currently Reading


Hi everyone,
Long time no see. Okay, not that long time. Anyway. It's been a while since I've written anything but reviews here, so I thought to pop in and say hi.

I'm living exciting times now with a huge change coming into my life in just a couple of weeks. I'll tell more about that later when I know more about my schedules and all. I give you a hint, my future includes many hours away from home and up in the air.

So, I have been busy because of the change and haven't had time to read so much so I have fallen way behind on my reading and reviewing schedule. This is not a good thing since I have so many books waiting in line for their turn and missing one review delays all those coming after. Now that I am whole three books behind, one could say I am treading on thin ice. Worry not. I will be doing all the reviews as fast as possible.

10 Aug 2017

Review: Two Hundred Very Short Stories


★★★★☆

 This collection of short stories is very true to its name. All the stories, with the exception of a very few, can be read in a just couple of minutes or less. 

Though the book is a combination of different stories the subject tend all to lean towards the miracles of life: birth, love, tragedies, and death. How one person's decision to stop and help the one in need may be a life-changing turn for both of them. How a tragedy can lead to happiness and happiness plummet to tragedy. Life changes quickly without us noticing it immediately and that's what this collection made me very aware of.

Although many of the stories were not happy or ended well, reading wasn't too hard. Sometimes a very emotional book is hard and slow to read and thus can't be read at your normal speed. This wasn't the case. The things that will slow you down are the gaps. You don't get to know everything, so you have to make your own deductions, and sometimes, read the entire story again to realise the answers hidden between the lines.

This was a great read. Normally I am not a fan of short stories, never have been, but this did not disappoint me at all. And just look at the cover. Such a pretty thing. 😍

Review: A Strange Affair


★★★☆☆

This novella is around eighty pages so it's really, really quick to read. Those eighty pages just flew past.

Ellie is not the girl to pick up a guy from the bar and have a one night stand. She is the one to go to a bar, though. There she meets Aaron, the new guy from another company in the building she works. Neither of them can deny the attraction in the air. 

You follow the story from two different view points: Ellie's and Aaron's. Though the novella circles more around Ellie's thoughts. both the characters are rounded and thought out well. They are portrayed from the beginning till the end as the same. Not too big dramatic changes with either of them.

The thing that I needed more was details. I understand that this is a novella and not a full three-hundred-page novel, but still, there was something more I missed. Anyway, this was fun to read and I might pick up something else from this author in the future too!

8 Aug 2017

Review: Hatching Charlie: A Psychotherapist's Tale


''Each of us lives a life of illusion as the protagonist in his or her own often too polished and too edited personal play. I have no qualms with this. We can each have our truth. The important thing is to leave room for the truths of others.''
 
★★☆☆☆

 Originally, picked this book up because of my interest in the human brain and psychology. When looking into that aspect of the 'why' I really liked what the book had to offer. Theories and deductions based on those. The author goes through his life systematically from his early years to the present date reflecting everything he has learned in school and during his career. He makes connections and between different phases of his life completing what to a armchair psychologist appears to be a full detailed analysis of his life.

The entire book is gripping and easy to read, so you don't have to have a masters degree in psychology to understand it.

Then to the reason why the book dropped from my original four-star rating to a two. Some books have a great narrating. The narrator takes the reader to a journey and let's the reader be a part of the book in some way. Hatching Charlie felt more like a 450-page-monologue. The style of narrating fits better to a bit shorter works because the author's own voice dominates the story too much. The reader, in most cases, just sits on the sidelines. And that is why in the end got only two stars.

I would recommend this to those who find psychology interesting and is not too much bothered by the style of it's written.

While writing the last sentence, a thought popped into my mind: Since the author's voice is so strong and recognisable throughout the book, this would make an amazing audio book. Just sayin'.

5 Aug 2017

Review: Alpha Landon


★★★★☆

Procrastinating seems to be the one thing I'm best at. But with the not so gentle push from my friend, and here I am, writing the reviews that have piled up in the past few weeks.

Alpha Landon was the first book I read from Midika Crane (long ago on Wattpad). This wasn't her best book, but great nonetheless.

The story follows Althea and the Alpha of Power Pack, Landon. Landon hasn't morphed into an Alpha wolf yet in the beginning of the story. When he does, his outer appearance changes drastically. Gone is his geeky outlook and lanky frame instead pure muscle and power reveals itself. 

Althea has had a crush on Landon for years now. She hasn't told about her feelings to Landon and wasn't even planning to. After Landon's transformation, he starts to act differently towards Althea, implying that he might have some feelings towards her. At the same time, Althea is courted by other eligible wolves from her pack. 

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.

17 May 2017

Review: Alpha Kaden


★★★★★

'' Lock your doors, hold them tight. 
Close your windows, every night. 
Don't go out, in case he's there, always live in total fear. 
Even if it means sacrificing your mate, don't let Alpha Kaden seal your fate.''
 
He steals girls from their beds. No one knows what happens to them, they know one thing though, the identity of the man who takes them. Alpha Kaden, alpha of the vengeance pack. They all fear him, all except a few. Mara is one of those who don't fear him. She has always thought that the rumours and stories concerning alpha Kaden are mostly made up, just to keep people in line. 
Then, she is taken from her bed, and she gets to know what Kaden is like first hand.

10 May 2017

Review: Satan's Son



'' '' Would it kill you to not be sarcastic?'' he snapped with an annoyed expression.''

★★★☆☆

Addison wanted her life to be worry free. Living in the present, firing her snarky comments. Then in a blink of an eye she finds herself not in her world but in Hell.
Ethan has been protecting Addison since she was a little girl. Being the son of the Devil himself, he has been around Addison without her knowing.

Then the unexpected happens: Ethan finds Addison in hell standing in line for her verdict. And from there begins a journey neither of them could predict.

4 May 2017

Review: Rise: How A House Built A Family


'' A lake of coffee couldn't compete against the effects of the sleep deprivation I'd been facing for weeks.''
 
★★★★☆

I never pegged myself as the one to read memoirs or biographies or anything akin to them. So turning the first page was a feat for me. I have to say I'm more than positively surprised how Rise turned out. Not that I find Cara's story a positive one, but simply incredibly laid out on paper.

Alternating between rises and falls, the story flows between the present and past, revealing reasons behind their behaviours in the present. I found the order sometimes a bit confusing, since the scenes in the past, the Falls, were not always in chronological order. In the end it didn't matter.

30 Apr 2017

Review: Everlasting


★★★★☆

'' ''You want to be a Watchman, well, here it is. This job is dangerous. It's unpredictable. You either have the gall to get through it, or you cower and find a life in Ethyreal City. Which will it be? '' ''

I bought The Night Watchmen series a while ago and been wanting to read them ever since, but for some reason haven't. So two days ago I picked Everlasting up and felt it was time.

The main character, Faye Middleton, thought her whole life that she was a Defect in a world where you can have only onw of two paths: You are either a Hunter or a Witch. Being neither means bye-bye to the life as you know it. Within the Coven, when coming of age, you are to go through a Culling ceremony, in which you will find who you are and who your partner will be. Your partner will always be of the opposite sex and all pairs are Hunter-Witch. And that's where the story begins.

25 Apr 2017

Vacationing must end now! - I'm back.

The new bookshelves! *Sighs of happiness*


Some of you might have noticed that my last post was on March 10th. Such a long time ago, but worry not. I'm back.


To give you the insight of what happened I'll tell you a story.

'' Once upon a time, not so long ago, on an evening in February, there lived two tired over-achiever sisters. They did everything they could, as best as they could and as fast as they could. They were known, they were loved and they were hated. 
On returning home after an stressful day, they noticed their bathroom had started to flood. They water rose and rose. Nothing was stopping it. Not even the sisters.
Their saviour was not a prince on a white stallion, but a plumber in a run-down car. He did everything he could, but the flood won. 
The first rays of sunlight had started to peek from behind the horizon, and the sisters had to flee the flood. 
And so they left. For two months they endured another apartment with its strange inhabitants. 
When the flood stopped, the flooring renewed, and the kitchen reinstalled, the sisters were finally able to return home. ''

And here we are! Finally home. I could've updated while away, but nothing kills your mood better than not sleeping because of your neighbours are night owls and then napping throughout the day.

In my new year's resolution -post, I remember writing  '' the toughest of us might just make it through March'', and apparently I was right. Even though I thought I would've lasted forever. Well, nothing is permanent, not even diamonds. Because of my oh-so-dramatic failure, I've decided to loosen up a bit. One post a week, at least, which will either be a review or something else. We'll see when we'll get there.