New Releases

Most Anticipated Reads of 2018

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It seems that 2018 is a year full of amazing books being release. Not only are new books from series we love are being released, but new standalone books and new intriguing series are being published.

Today I decided to do a post about some of the books that will be release this year and that I’m most excited about. If you know of other books that I didn’t talk about here, you can send me a message or comment, so I can add those books to my TBR.

 


Losing Leah“, by Tiffany King34499232

Genre: YA Thriller

Release Date: March 20th

Blurb:

Some bonds can’t be broken.

Ten years after the tragic disappearance of her twin sister Leah, sixteen-year-old Mia Klein still struggles to exist within a family that has never fully recovered. Deep in the dark recesses of her mind lies an overwhelming shadow, taunting Mia with mind-splitting headaches that she tries to hide in an effort to appear okay.

Leah Klein’s life as she knew it ended the day she was taken, thrust into a world of abuse and fear by a disturbed captor―”Mother,” as she insists on being called. Ten years later, any recollections of her former life are nothing more than fleeting memories, except for those about her twin sister, Mia.

As Leah tries to gain the courage to escape, Mia’s headaches grow worse. Soon, both sisters will discover that their fates are linked in ways they never realized.

Add the book to your TBR on Goodreads if you found it interesting.

And find more about Tiffany King and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

Website | Instagram | Goodreads | Twitter


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The Room on Rue Amélie“, by Kristin Harmel.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release date: March 27th

Blurb:

When newlywed Ruby Henderson Benoit arrives in Paris in 1939 with her French husband Marcel, she imagines strolling arm in arm along the grand boulevards, awash in the golden afternoon light. But war is looming on the horizon, and as France falls to the Nazis, her marriage begins to splinter, too.

Charlotte Dacher is eleven when the Germans roll into the French capital, their sinister swastika flags snapping in the breeze. After the Jewish restrictions take effect and Jews are ordered to wear the yellow star, Charlotte can’t imagine things getting much worse. But then the mass deportations begin, and her life is ripped forever apart.

Thomas Clarke joins the British Royal Air Force to protect his country, but when his beloved mother dies in a German bombing during the waning days of the Blitz, he wonders if he’s really making a difference. Then he finds himself in Paris, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and he discovers a new reason to keep fighting—and an unexpected road home.

When fate brings them together, Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas must summon the courage to defy the Nazis—and to open their own broken hearts—as they fight to survive. Rich with historical drama and emotional depth, this is an unforgettable story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.

Add the book to your TBR on Goodreads if you found it interesting.

And find more about Kristin Harmel and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter


 

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Captain Amberton’s Inherited Bride“, by Jenni Fletcher

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: April 1st

Blurb:

“Marry me… and you’ll have your freedom.”

Her father’s will dictates Violet Harper must wed or be disinherited—yet she’d rather face the wilderness of the wintry Yorkshire moors than be bound to cynical, damaged soldier Captain Lance Amberton. Lance promises a marriage of convenience that will grant Violet her independence. In exchange, she must put her faith in Lance and see beyond his gruff exterior to the man beneath…

Add the book to your TBR on Goodreads if you found it interesting.

And find more about Jenni Fletcher and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter


 

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Ash Princess“, by Laura Sebastian

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: April 24th

Blurb:

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.

Add the book to your TBR on Goodreads if you found it interesting.

And find more about Laura Sebastian and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

Website | Instagram | Goodreads | Twitter


 

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Sky in the Deep“, by Adrienne Young

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: April 24th

Blurb:

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Add the book to your TBR on Goodreads if you found it interesting.

And find more about Adrienne Young and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

Website | Instagram | Goodreads | Twitter


 

lcmmg-uk-cover-amazonLady Cecily and the Mysterious Mr. Gray“, by Janice Preston

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: May

Blurb:

Love or family…

How can she choose between them?

Lady Cecily Beauchamp has always put her family first. Until she falls under the spell of the mysterious Zachary Gray—a man of Romany descent. Knowing her family will forbid their match, Cecily steels herself to do her duty and marry someone else. Only she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Zach as the spark between them ignites a passion neither can deny!

If you found it interesting you should read the other Beauchamp Betrothals Series while you wait for this one, which is the third book in the series.

And find more about Janice Preston and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

Goodreads  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Website


 

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A Warriner to Seduce Her“, by Virginia Heath

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: May 1st

Blurb:

A sensible schoolmistress…

Awakened by the notorious rake!

In this The Wild Warriners story, schoolmistress Felicity Blunt feels old beyond her years—and desperately dull. Meeting confirmed rake Jacob Warriner brings her gloriously to life, yet no matter his allure, she must remain immune to his obvious charms and unashamed flirtation. But is Jacob merely a mischievous scoundrel, or is there much more to this Warriner than meets the eye?

If you found it interesting you should read the other Wild Warriners Series while you wait for this one, which is the 4th book in the series.

And find more about Virginia Heath and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

Website | Facebook |Twitter | Goodreads


 

34323570Furyborn“, by Claire Legrand

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: May 22nd

Blurb:

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

Add the book to your TBR on Goodreads if you found it interesting.

And find more about Claire Legrand and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

Website | Instagram | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook


 

36147502Ocean Light“, by Nalini Singh

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: June 12th

Blurb:

Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there’s a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment—taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he’s at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling…

Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won’t hide the facts of Bo’s condition from him or herself. She’s suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine…

But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back—even if it means striking a devil’s bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy…

If you found it interesting you should read the other Psy-Changeling Series while you wait for this one, which is the 2nd book in the Psy-Changeling Trinity Series.

And find more about Nalini Singh and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

 WebsiteGoodreadsTwitter | Instagram | FacebookBlog


 

Remember… Those are just some books in my TBR list that will be out this year.

So, let me know what books are you excited about that are being release this year so I can go check them out and also add them to my list.

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If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book, published or ARC, you can go check out my Request Review page.

Books and recommendations are always welcomed.

Love,

Jess

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Saturday Bookish Facts

Saturday Bookish Facts

Hello friends,

Here is another Saturday Bookish Fact. This one is all about self-love and you will learn some things about me.

Screenshot-2018-1-20 Jéssica📖 ( jessbookishlife) • fotos e vídeos do Instagram-1It’s called “5 pieces of self-love“.
1. I’m a writer. Even though I haven’t finished of published a book, I consider myself a writer. And I believe that it gives me strength to continue writing because I believe in myself and I love to write.

2. I’m a very curious person. I love knowing about other cultures. And I still want to get a degree in social and cultural anthropology. And I’m thinking about starting to learn another language. Talking about languages… I learned French when I was 5. And I love it, although I end up using English more.

3. I’m a dreamer and I’m friendly, but if you cross me over… you will see a mad Jéssica, that will ignore you and never help you again unless it’s a life or death situation and asking for my notes from a class it’s not a life or death situation.

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5. I’m (almost) a social educator and I’m already loving what I can do and the work I can do to help people and even be a bridge between them and society. Studying social education has given me a propose besides staying true to myself.

 

What are 5 things that you are proud about your self? What are 5 things that makes you who you are?

Let me know in the comments.

Thank you all for the support you have been giving me. Thank you for all the likes.

20180215_225432Don’t forget that if you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

And if you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

Books and recommendations are always welcomed.

Love,

Jess

Historical Romance, Reviews

“A Warriner to Protect Her” Review

Hello friends,

P1050009I just finished Virginia Heath‘s “A Warriner to Protect Her” and I’m still trying to control myself to not go read the second book immediately.

This was my 2nd Virgina’s book and I’m in love. I love how she writes and how the characters are relatable even those it’s a Regency Romance. I know I would love her books and now I’m proud to say that she’s one of my favorite authors too.

To refresh your memory, if you read my Current Read: “A Warriner to Protector Her” post, here is the blurb of the book:

An heiress in distress and an earl in disgrace… 

When heiress Violet Dunston escapes from an abduction, she finds an unlikely protector in Jack Warriner – a member of one of England’s most infamous families. Ensconced with mysterious Jack behind his manor’s walls, soon escape is the last thing on Letty’s mind! 

Jack may be an earl, but his father’s exploits have left him with nothing to offer except a tarnished name. He’s turned his back on the ton, but with Letty tempting him day and night, he finds himself contemplating the unthinkable – a society marriage!

 

The book starts with Violet ‘Letty’ Dunston in a carriage after being abducted. And if you read the book (which I hope you do), if you haven’t already, you will find out why and how she was abducted. So there she was, abducted by an evil man – The Earl of Bainbridge – and on their way to Gretna Green.

It’s then that something happens that makes me immediately love her, she’s plotting how she could get away… And once she did escape, she kept running.

It’s raining – a lot – and Jack Warriner was returning home when he finds Letty.  He helps her and we met his younger brothers, Joe, Jamie and Jacob, and… there goes Jéssica falling in love with characters and getting all excited because she will read about them in their on books…

20180215_225432Anyway, Letty stays in the manor recovering and hiding from the bad guys and things happen. We learn more about the brothers, we learn more about Letty, and the bad guys don’t give up and are still looking for her. Meanwhile in the manor, Letty realizes some things about herself and the Warriners.

And, of course, you get Virginia’s sense of humor, something I’m discovering in her books. I love that she adds that touch of humor because it makes me laugh and it makes the story have enough light intertwine with the darkness that is the drama and mystery/suspense in the book. The not knowing when or if the bad guys will find her and the brothers funny moments and quotes, like this one:

If you ask me, there are not enough feathers in food. They are wasted in pillows. (Jacob, page 174)

Another thing I loved about the book was the count down in the beginning of ever chapter and how Virginia did it made it so perfect and it made me curious because I never know how many days would went by and I never know how she would write it. Here are two examples:

1st December 1813. One moth, three days and approximately eighteen hours remaining… (Chapter 1, page 7)

Twenty-four days and thirteen hours to go, give or take a few minutes… (Chapter Ten, page 144)

The books is full of fantastic moments and it’s an amazing love story. It’s about two people finding each other by chance and falling in love.P1040999

It’s also a book about family. I loved all the brothers and I can’t wait to get to Jamie’s book because I’m really curious to know what’s going on inside is mind. But I’m also curious to know how Joe’s and Jacob’s life is going to go.

So yes! I do recommend this book. It’s an amazing start of a series. But I have to warn you, you may fall in love with the characters too.

That been said, there is no doubt in my mind that this is a 5* read. 5-stars

 

You can also read this review on my Goodreads page.

1-a-TWP-BOTTOM-post-divider-branch1Add this book to your Goodreads TBR if you found it interesting.

Virginia’s has other books, I have 2 more books of hers to read, besides this one. So if you want to know more about those books, or if you want to get news about upcoming novels, follow Virginia on her social media accounts and website:

Website | Facebook |Twitter | Goodreads

If Historical Romance is one of you favorite genres, come join a lovely group on Facebook: The Unlaced Book Club; that’s where I met a lot of authors whose books are on my TBR.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

Reviews, Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: “Chasing Red”

Hello friends,
Here is my weekly Throwback Thursday. This time I want to share with all of you my review of Isabelle Ronin‘s book “Chasing Red“.
Isabelle Ronin is a Filipino Canadian writer whose Wattpad story, Chasing Red, had massive reads on the website, and as a result of the immense popularity online, she was able to get it published.20180106_000046
I have an account on Wattpad and I had her book on my list, but I never did read it. So once I found out that her book was published and that the bookstore I used had it on their online store, I bought it as my birthday gift. And I read it the day after my birthday.
And here is my review:

‘I yearned to be a part of her world. I wanted to be hers.’ – Caleb (He’s such a sweetheart.)

I was so excited about this book that, as soon as I was able to read it, I did it in one afternoon. (I think I read to fast, then again, I usually read a book multiple times and never get tired of it.)
I couldn’t put this book down. It was, and it is, soooooo good! ❤

Veronica ‘Red’ and Caleb’s story made me laugh, sigh and fall in love with the characters.
I know ther are so much to find out and it’s eating me from the inside out. This curiosity that as been begging me to buy the next book as soon as I can, because I need to know what happens next… My Goodness! If the book is ever translated and published in Portuguese I’m buying it.

The book has every little thing(s) that we want and need. There is laughter, pain, moments of happiness and good and bad memories.
There are some things about Red’s past that have yet been uncover. I have some theories and not being able to know for sure… Goodness! I want to read more.
I’m definitely a book addict.

What made me even more excited as I read was that there is this sound to the storytelling that makes it easy for me to visualize. It made the book like this TV show. Colorful and fun… Dramatic and even cute moments in an equilibrium that made me very happy.
Anyway, despite my need for reading the second book, I know that I will read it eventually.

Now, about the characters…
Let me start by talking about Kara, Cameron, Beth and Theo. All good characters… And since I don’t know what will happen next, if Isabelle ever writes some type of small story for them (or at least one of them) I would love to read it too.

Veronica, aka Red, is clearly a character that has gone through a lot and I can relate to her in some ways, I can understand her. Even though I haven’t gone through the same things she went, I feel for her.

And then… There was Caleb. *sigh* I was fangirling at some point, because he was being so sweet and caring, and I was loving it! I don’t even know what to say about him.

Why did Red make me want more? (Caleb)

Very sweet… *sigh*

Moving on before I keep sighing.
I can understand Veronica’s feelings about things going fast, but at some point I just wanted them to laugh and even continue talking without her freaking out.
There is darkness in her past. We all have darkness and that’s another reason why we can relate to her.

Over all, I want to read more because I love it a lot!

It was a 5* read for me.5-stars
You can also see this review on my Goodreads page

 

Don’t forget to go follow Isabelle Ronin in her social media accounts. And if you have never read her books you should check out them out.

Goodreads|Twitter|Facebook|Website | Instagram | Wattpad

 

20171105_175626Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

 

Love,

Jess

Current Read, Historical Romance

Current Read: “A Warriner to Protector Her”

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After finish Virginia Heath‘s amazing book, “His Mistletoe Wager“, I’m now reading another of her books, A Warriner to Protect Her“, the first book in her Wild Warriners Series.

To all the people who are curious about this book, here is the blurb:

An heiress in distress and an earl in disgrace

When heiress Violet Dunston escapes from an abduction, she finds an unlikely protector in Jack Warriner – a member of one of England’s most infamous families. Ensconced with mysterious Jack behind his manor’s walls, soon escape is the last thing on Letty’s mind!

Jack may be an earl, but his father’s exploits have left him with nothing to offer except a tarnished name. He’s turned his back on the ton, but with Letty tempting him day and night, he finds himself contemplating the unthinkable – a society marriage!

Add this book to your Goodreads TBR if you found it interesting.

 

Virginia’s has a lot of books, so if you want to know more about those books, or if you want to get news about upcoming novels, follow Virginia on her social media accounts and website:

Website | Facebook |Twitter | Goodreads

 

If Historical Romance is one of you favorite genres, come join a lovely group on Facebook: The Unlaced Book Club. You will find out that it’s an amazing group of people that love books and you will quickly have a lot of books in your TBR.

 

P1050008Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

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Appreciation Post: 7 Amazing Women

Hello friends,

I said in the beginning of the day that I would be doing some appreciation and that’s exactly what I will do. in this post you will find some amazing people that I’m thankful to have in my life. People that are readers/reviewers and authors.

Since it’s Valentine’s Day I thought I should give out some love to some amazing people.

 

Literary Critique, aka Sam

I met Sam because of bookstagram and when she was looking for penpal’s I told her I would love to be her penpal. And that’s how our friendship started.

She’s funny, kind and such a sweetheart. She’s now like a Instagram best-friend and I really need to get a job so I can travel to the USA so I can visit her and all of my USA book buddies.

It was because of her that I got the ‘Writing Wednesday’ going. So go give her blog a check, and fall in love with her reviews. They are amazing. And don’t forget to see what she’s writing because she’s a writer too guys!

Also, you should totally follow her on Goodreads and Instagram. She has awesome pictures.

Website | Instagram | Goodreads

 

Odd and Bookish

I also met Jess because of bookstagram and I have even sent her a postcard. But we have only talk more in the past few weeks. She’s a sweet and smart young woman and it’s been a pleasure to talk to her. And if you get to know her better, you can see that she’s an honest and sincere person, she’s a good thing in my mind.

She has blog too and it’s always fun to read her reviews.I have found some new books and authors because of her and I’m truly thankful. You can also find her on Goodreads, Instagram and Twitter.

Website | Instagram | Goodreads | Twitter

 

Bookaholic Throne

Heba was the first person I met and she was the one that gave me a push to start my bookstagram account instead of waiting for January like I was planing. And I’m so glad she gave me that push.

In her blog you can find her cute reviews. She was actually the first person to tell me to add Sarah J. Maas’ books on my TBR and I do promise I will read them soon. You can also find her on Goodreads and, of course, Instagram.

Website | Instagram | Goodreads

 

Bookish Aurora

Elsa is a fellow Portuguese bookstagram and a very successful reviewer and blog. I always love to see her pictures and to read her reviews. I have found some books and authors that I didn’t know about or had just heard the name and she recommended them. And I trust her judgment.

You can find her blog with many reviews, and you will definitely get inspired but the pictures she takes, so don’t forget to check out her Instagram account.

Website | Instagram

 

Iria Alexandra Cardoso

Alex is a Portuguese author who’s book is on my TBR and I will read it next month (March). I found her by chance because of another author and I’m so I happy I did.

She’s awesome! That’s it and that’s all I’m saying. Okay, I will also say that she’s kind and understanding. And she’s reading Nalini Singh because I recommended her books. I’m curious to know what she’s going to think.

She’s a writer but she’s a reader first. If you read Portuguese, check out her book and you can go to her blog too and see her reviews, short stories and her thoughts about everything (movies and books), and don’t forget to check out her Instagram account.

Website | Instagram

 

Janice Preston

I met Janice and her books after I won her book “Cinderella and the Duke” on a Goodreads Giveaway and after reading it I couldn’t stop. I became addicted to Historical Romances. And I’m now waiting for more of her books to arrive.

She’s a kind, generous and caring woman, and I’m so thankful to have met her and for being a part of the book club that she and other authors have on Facebook.

If you haven’t read a lot of Historical Romances and are curious to know more about Janice’s books, go follow her on her social media accounts and subscribe to her website.

 WebsiteGoodreadsTwitter | Facebook

 

Natasha Sapienza

I found Natasha’s book because of a website that connects readers and writers, and we have exchange some emails and comments. She’s a kind person that has a strong Faith and is just honest.

I loved her book so much that I almost didn’t know what to write. I could see how her book could inspire people, how it could make them think, because that’s what it did to me.

So, don’t forget to check out her website and social media accounts so you can get inspired too and get news about her book and future works.

WebsiteGoodreadsTwitter | Instagram | Facebook


 

I just wanted to give some people some love and appreciation, and do a shoutout because they are all lovely women that deserve all the love in the world.

 

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Love,

Jess

Writing Wednesday

Writing Wednesday: “The Golden Forest”

Hello friends,

This is my first post in my new weekly feature called “Writing Wednesday”, where I will write a short story based on a prompt given to me by you guys or a prompt from my jar of prompts.

For this week, Sam, my dear friend and penpal from the USA, gave me the prompt.

Prompt: The color of her blood was the least of my worries.

It’s called “The Golden Forest”. Enjoy!


My mother always told me not to go into the Golden Forest. “It’s a very dangerous place,” she said, “where monsters with sharp teeth and soul-burning eyes live.” Every time I asked her if I could leave the house she would warn me about the dangers on the other side of the river. How violent and deadly the monsters were. Without scruples, without conscience, without values… And every day I ran through the trees and jumped rocks. Every day a few steps more than the previous day, heading for the river.

My mother always warned me about the dangers my spirit would bring home and when I was little, I believed in her. I believed her because every morning she would shut the doors and windows and dread would fill her face. She then would disappear in the darkness of her room and there she would stay until darkness returned at the end of the day.

Confined to the four walls of that house, only being allowed to venture into the perimeter surrounded by the stone and moss wall, I had never interacted with other inhabitants other than the wild and free animals. It had always been my desire… To see the world and all the colors in it. A wish that had grown when I found an amulet in the middle of a clearing, when I’d finally gotten the nerve and jumped the wall. However, the fear was greater and my mother’s words echoed with every step I took outside the secure perimeter.

Years passed without ever challenging my mother’s orders and going over the river. Today would be different. It was the celebration of my 25 years and, through the past year, I ventured along the bank’s river, finding objects made of iron, silver and gold, brought there by the currents of the river. Today would certainly be different, as I would not return at the end of the night. I would see the sun rise and feel it’s light touch my skin freely, instead of having to go through holes in the wood.

“Elah! Where are you going, son?” Mother grabbed my arm forcing me to stop. I did not look at her, I could not face her piercing black eyes.

“I’m going to check on the baby wolves. One of them was injured and I want to see if cut isn’t infected.” Mother nodded and dropped my arm. Free, I began to run as if toward the caves. Before I disappeared into the forest, I shouted, “I’ll see you soon!”

I ran through the forest and, as soon as the darkness covered my body, I turned right and continued to run until I reached the wall. It was two meters tall, and when I was a child, I thought it was a protection. It took me a long time to gain courage and climb it. Until I had the courage, I ventured around the safe perimeter, looking for a village, for surely one would exist. I found no houses, not even ruins, only forest and caves at the base of the mountain. Caves that did not lead to freedom.

Taking a deep breath, I looked up and jumped, grabbing the top of the wall with the palms of my hand and fingers, and hoisting myself upward, and quickly moved to the other side. The dried leaves crumbled under my feet. No more sound could be heard other than those provoked by my footsteps. But the closer I got to the river, the more intense the sound of the stream became. A sound that echoed through the forest and produced a melody with the sounds of my rushed run. I only stopped when I reached the shadow of the last tree.

I rested for a bit, leaning against the trunk of the tree and listening for noises other than the usual. I heard birds and the stream of water descending from the waterfall and continuing along its course. Across the river, though the only source of light was the moon and the starry sky, the Golden Forest gleamed like gold struck by the sun’s rays. In the darkness of the night, it was a breathtaking sight, and it never lost that effect whenever I saw it. How could such a magical place contain monsters and demons like mother told me about?

I doubted her words more and more. Did her hair not shine with the moon’s rays? Did she not have powers? How many times have she helped the animals and plants with her hands? With her magic. So, why would that place, full of light and magic, be such a bad place? I didn’t know the answers and that’s why I had to cross the river. If there were monsters, I would kill them. If there was magic, honesty and kindness, I would bring mother on the next full moon. Either way, I would get answers.

I took a step and stopped abruptly. Across the river, emerging from the forest, was figure. I backed into the shadows and watched that person walking toward the river. I watched quietly as a woman approached, more each time, the rocks forming a passage. Unexpectedly she began to hop carefully, stone-by-stone, her white dress dancing with the movements and the light wind that the waterfall caused. Step after step, jump after jump. Her hair had a light color and was loose, curling around her shoulders and falling in front of her torso. And one more leap she gave.

“Eloise!” The scream made her lose her focus and I knew the worst would happen.

I ran to her rescue seconds before she fell into the water. I ran along the bank of the river until I saw her, trying to come up to breathe. I dove and swam in her direction. The river was strong and the water ice cold, yet I swam with all my might and grabbed her by the waist, pulling her up, just in time to grab one of the rocks at the riverbank. I helped up climb and let her go on the wet earth, as I got out of the water.

I looked at her, examining if she was alright. Her clothes were soaked, the white had become almost translucent, and I had to look away as I realized how inappropriate I was being. I looked up, trying not to stop my gaze on her breasts or her thin waist again, and I came across with the blow she had on her head. I crouched beside her and touched her face lightly, pushing away the light-brown hair. Her eyelids opened immediately, but she didn’t move away, she just laid there at my mercy.

I concentrated on the wound, the blood was red, yet it glowed in a strange way, and when I touched it, it became golden on my skin. I don’t know if my surprise was visible in my expression. It was the strangest thing I had ever seen in my life. I looked into her eyes, trying to convey peace and calm, trying to let her know she didn’t have to be afraid, but in the golden eyes only held curiosity. We were still gasping for breath when I heard heavy, hurried footsteps.

“Eloise! You are alright?” I raised my head and came upon a man with white hair and a heavy expression. Behind him two other men waited. “Are you all right, my dear?”

“I’m fine, Papa,” she said, her voice hoarse, “if it wasn’t for this man…”

She shook her head and sighed, trying to get up. I help her before one of those men could do it and kept my arm around her waist when she appeared to shake. She, Eloise was her name, looked at me and smiled. More than twenty centimeters shorter than I, Eloise had to lift her head so she could keep in touch with my eyes.

“And who are you, young man?” I looked at Eloise’s father again and he continued “What’s your name?”

“My name is Elah, sir.” I answered, keeping myself as straight as possible, never leaving Eloise go.

“Thank you for saving my dear daughter.” I nodded, not knowing what to answer. “Eloise, let’s go.”

“But, Papa,” the man pulled his daughter by the arm and away from me. “At least we could invite him to dinner.”

“It’s not necessary. I have to go home.” I quickly responded with fear that she would be punished for inviting me.

I started to run, in the opposite direction of my house and into the Golden Forest. I had never seen anything so bright and metallic, yet before I could appreciate the forest around me, I stopped and looked at the river. Eloise was being dragged by her father with the other men not far behind. When I finally lost sight of them, I dropped down and sat down against a tree, looking at my hands.

Some of my fingers had a golden powder covering them. Her blood was different, but perhaps the color of her blood was the least of my worries. Finally I had found a group of people and was across the river. They did not seem to have sharp teeth, nor red claws or wings and scales all over their bodies. Which meant that most likely mother had lied to me all these years. And if she had lied to me about it, what else had she lied about? That was my biggest concern.

I do not know how much time had passed, but I know I must have stayed in the same position for a large part of the night. I always thought it was only the trees that had that glow, but in fact, even the flowers glowed like fireflies. It was strange and not comforting. I did not hear birds or wolves. The leaves of the trees and the bushes moved, but it did not have the same charm.

Minutes passed until I heard a strange noises not far away. I got up slowly and walked to the last trees, looking for a shade to hide. The surprise was so great that I didn’t hold back and I advanced to her. Eloise had returned to the river. She didn’t hear me approaching and continued heading for the rocky passageway at the foot of the waterfall. Before she crossed the rocks again, I called her:

“Eloise.” She glanced back in surprise too.

“Elah? What are you doing here? Did not you come home? “

“What are you doing, Eloise? Trying to die? “I approached her until there was only a hand-breadth between us.

“I need to get away from here. I cannot live in this place anymore.”

“Isn’t his your house? Why would you want to run away?” I don’t know why I asked that question. Wasn’t I running away from home too?

“My father found me when I was little. He found me in the middle of the forest. I… You wouldn’t understand. “

“Maybe I would understand better than you think, Eloise.”

“Eloise…” She grunted. “I always hated that name. I was expected to be feminine, delicate… Fragile! Do I look fragile to you?” I looked at her from top to bottom and seeing the white clothes she wore, and I laughed. Eloise slapped me on the shoulder and kept her expression steady, more and more upset. “It wasn’t supposed to be a joke, Elah.”

“I know, I’m sorry. I’m not used to interacting with other people. “

“Eloise! Gods help us! That girl does not realize the consequences.” Eloise’s father’s voice echoed through the forest until it reached us. “Eloise!”

“If you stay here, my light will be sucked into the forest. If I stay here I will forever be the servant of a man, I will be a breeder. I will cease to be who I am, what I truly am.”

“Elah!” Mother’s voice echoed across the river. I looked in the direction of the sound and in seconds she was there. “Elah?”

“Your mother?” Eloise whispered. I nodded and kept my eyes on the woman who had raised me. “Maybe you should go. She looks worried.”

“Terrified…” The word left my lips without thinking. I looked away, then turned to Eloise again, moving forward to embrace her. “How do you plan to get away?”

“Eloise! What are you doing? “Her father had just arrived, this time with a dozen men.

“Elah, come back to this side. It’s not safe.” I told my mother. “Elah… We have no time to lose.”

“Eloise, you know we need you child.”

Despite our parents’ calls, neither I nor Eloise stopped looking at each other. I leaned her against my chest and whispered. “Close your eyes and don’t let go.” She nodded and squeezed me tightly. I turned my head to the right and looking at my mother said, “Go back into the shadows. We will see you soon.”

She nodded and disappeared into the forest, yet there was still a danger, Eloise’s father. I looked at him and let my spirit run wild, just as his mother had taught me when I was a child and started running with the wolves. Fearing for my life, she had taught me how to use my energy. Different from hers, more earthly, linked to Nature and to the very essence of the forest.

“What do you think you’re doing, lad?” I did not answer, concentrating on the shadows that still existed, even as the sun rose closer and closer.

It was just when the first sunbeams touched that place that I finally saw the truth. In front of me, Eloise’s father turned into a monster. His teeth seemed larger than a wolf’s canines, his formerly golden skin was now white and hard as stone, and his fingernails were long and black. All the men behind him changed too. My mother had told the truth.

“Do not cross the river or you will die.” I said before the shadows covered us at the very moment they attacked.

My body vibrated and I closed my eyes, grabbing Eloise harder. When I finally felt my feet settle on solid ground again, I opened my eyes and saw my house. I finally let Eloise go and I turned her around so she could see where we were. Besides the open door, waiting for us, was my mother. She smiled and opened her arms, as if the fact that I ignored her rules did not mean much, as if rebellion was something she expected of me.

“Welcome home,” my mother said before entering.

I looked at Eloise and noticed that she was crying, her hair shining brighter than when I first saw her. She looked exactly the same thought. I hugged her, resting my chin on top of her head and waited for her to finish crying. With her in my arms, and with everything I had seen, I felt I had answers and that I was finally on the right path to happiness.


 

This feature exists because I got inspired by my friend Sam, since she’s sharing some of her writings by posting a story based on a prompt, I thought that was a pretty cool way to write more, so I decided join in the fun. So I just have to give her a Shoutout.

Go give her a follow on her Blog, and fall in love with her reviews. They are amazing. And don’t forget to see what she’s writing. Also, you should totally follow her on Goodreads and Instagram.

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Love,

Jess

Historical Romance, Reviews

“His Mistletoe Wager” Review

Hello friends,

After reading some books in other different genres, I’m went back to Historical Romance, and I finish Virginia Heath‘s book, “His Mistletoe Wager“, yesterday. It was my first Virginia Heath’s book and I’m hooked.

I won Virginia’s book on a giveaway a couple months ago and with classes I couldn’t read it. So I will be doing it now! I now believe that Christmas books are not exclusively for Christmas time.P1040969

To all the people who are curious about this book, and haven’t read my Current Read: “His Mistletoe Wager” post, here is the blurb:

“Five berries equal the five separate kisses I challenge you to steal.”

Notorious rake Henry Stuart, Earl of Redbridge, is certain he’ll win his Christmas bet—until he learns he’ll be stealing Lady Elizabeth Wilding’s kisses. A woman who refuses to be charmed!

Once jilted, Lizzie must guard her heart, because the ton is unaware of her scandalous secret—her son! Despite their increasing attraction, she can’t risk the persistent Hal bringing down her defenses. But when her former fiancé returns, Lizzie realizes that perhaps Hal’s the one man she can trust—with her heart and her son…

 

This book was amazing. I only put it down because I had to go to sleep, but once I woke up I got back to it.

P1040997Like I said before, this is my first Virginia Heath’s book so I wasn’t familiar with her style or writing, and that’s something I love when I find a new-to-me author and get to read their books for the first time. It’s all new and exciting, and I know I will re-read her book again and again in the future. And I will certainly recommend it when people ask me for a Christmas book.

The story starts with the female main character, Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Wilding, waiting in the church for her fiance, the man she thought as the love of her life, only to have him jilt her. [‘jilt’, a new word for me, which isn’t a surprise since I haven’t read many historical romances and English isn’t my first language.] The fact that he jilt her, left her facing a scandal, not only because he was leaving her for another woman, but he was also leaving her pregnant.

Then the story jumps 5 years, Lizzie is now older and has sworn off men, and sworn of marriage. She just wants to be left alone, happy and contempt, with her little boy, George. She has decided to leave her aristocratic life and move away, so she can have peace and so that Georgie can have a normal childhood, like any other kid, that’s what Lizzie wishes for herself but most importantly for her son. A normal life where George doesn’t have to hide forever.P1040994

Unfortunately for her, Lizzie’s father has other ideas, and has decided that she needs to get married, that it would be in her best interest to find a husband that could protect her. So, there she is, in a ballroom, where she ends up meeting Henry ‘Hal’ Stuart, Earl of Redbridge.

(I’m not going to give any spoilers about the rest, this is just the initial part of the book.)

There were a lot of funny moments. Lizzie and Hal’s interactions were fun to read and they certainly had chemistry. He tries to break her walls little by little with every meeting and every conversation they have, which makes me so happy. And she’s now like other women, what makes him even more intrigued by her.

I love Lizzie. She has this fire-y personality and she’s not afraid to say what she thinks. She’s very protective of her family, and especially of her son, which totally makes sense, she’s a mom. A really good mother and everything she does, she does it for him, for Georgie. And that warms my heart and makes me so happy. That at first I was always thinking “I really hope she gets happiness soon because she deserves it.”

Hal… What can I say about him? I know I would have a lot of fun with this book once I started reading about him and his and his brother-in-law talk. He’s a new Earl, and all the single women are attracted to him like his the new shining object at the shore. But he doesn’t want them, he got bored at all that attention and he doesn’t want to get married.

P1040996As I was reading the book, I could see that he wasn’t just a gorgeous and funny man, Hal’s smart and kind, a loving man, loyal to his family and he certainly loves his nieces, the two Hellions-in-training, also know as Prudence and Grace, he’s the naughty uncle and has “invested hours schooling them in the subtle art of practical jokes and taught them to be resourceful with the materials at hand.” (page 95)

Overall it was such a festive and fun book to read. There were some turns and twist that made me stay at the edge of my seat. I could say more, but then I could be also say some spoilers so I’m not risking it. All people need to know if that if the want to enjoy a good, funny and amazing love story during Christmas time, this is a book for you.

That been said, do I recommend this book? Of course I do!

It was a 5* read, so I absolutely recommend this book to every one.5-stars

You can also read this review on my Goodreads page.

1-a-TWP-BOTTOM-post-divider-branch1Add this book to your Goodreads TBR if you found it interesting.

Virginia’s has other books, I have 2 more books of hers to read, besides this one. So if you want to know more about those books, or if you want to get news about upcoming novels, follow Virginia on her social media accounts and website:

Website | Facebook |Twitter | Goodreads

If Historical Romance is one of you favorite genres, come join a lovely group on Facebook: The Unlaced Book Club; that’s where I met a lot of authors whose books are on my TBR.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

 

Love,

Jess

Current Read, Historical Romance

Current Read: “His Mistletoe Wager”

Hello friends,

After finish such a good fantasy book, I’m now going back to my new found love: Historical Romance.

Today I’m starting Virginia Heath‘s book, “His Mistletoe Wager“. This will be my first Virginia Heath’s book and I’m so excited to finally being able to read it.

I won Virginia’s book on a giveaway a couple months ago and with classes I couldn’t read it. So I will be doing it now!P1040969

To all the people who are curious about this book, here is the blurb:

“Five berries equal the five separate kisses I challenge you to steal.”

Notorious rake Henry Stuart, Earl of Redbridge, is certain he’ll win his Christmas bet—until he learns he’ll be stealing Lady Elizabeth Wilding’s kisses. A woman who refuses to be charmed!

Once jilted, Lizzie must guard her heart, because the ton is unaware of her scandalous secret—her son! Despite their increasing attraction, she can’t risk the persistent Hal bringing down her defenses. But when her former fiancé returns, Lizzie realizes that perhaps Hal’s the one man she can trust—with her heart and her son…

 

Add this book to your Goodreads TBR if you found it interesting.

 

Virginia’s has other books, I have 2 more books of hers to read, besides this one. So if you want to know more about those books, or if you want to get news about upcoming novels, follow Virginia on her social media accounts and website:

Website | Facebook |Twitter | Goodreads

If Historical Romance is one of you favorite genres, come join a lovely group on Facebook: The Unlaced Book Club; that’s where I met a lot of authors whose books are on my TBR.

 

20180101_194754Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

Fantasy, Reviews, The book Robin Hood

“Prodigy Prince” Review

Hello friends,

I received the book “Prodigy Prince“, for free, from P1040978Natasha Sapienza, the author, in exchange for an honest review.

And first of all, if you don’t know the book or didn’t see my Current Read “Prodigy Prince” post, here is a reminder of the blurb:

At seventeen, all Prince Nuelle had ever known was safety and peace while living in the Supreme Palace of Zephoris.

But one night, his older brother, Tane, defies their father by traveling to a cursed land. Now Nuelle holds the signet-ring and carries more responsibility than even Tane bore. Thrust from the palace and sent to a knight-building academy, Nuelle must discover his purpose for the entire kingdom’s sake.

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From his place of banishment, Prince Antikai has been exacting revenge through fear and rebellions. Nuelle has the potential to defeat him, but he needs the help of a powerful book called the Acumen and six gifted youths.

Summoned by Antikai, shape-shifting beasts and other enemies hunt Nuelle and the Acumen. If either is destroyed, the faithful citizens in Zephoris will perish, and darkness will rule forever.

 

Now that you know something about the book, I have to say that truly enjoyed the book.

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Smoke spiraled into the lavender sky, lording over a russet-skinned woman who stood subdued beneath it, surrounded by ashen debris.

At some point in the first few chapters, something happens (I’m not spoiling any surprise) that turns the world to a violent path, leading Prince Nuelle and his best-friend Ave on a quest for adventure, self-discovery and a solution for maintaining peace. Not only will their faith be tested, so will friendship, family bonds and their determination, courage and wit.

Nuelle must find out about his destiny and keep his faith and keep believing in himself and his friends. Many obstacles while appear in his path, and, like any person, doubts can appear. Still, He must keep going and believing that the path he took is the right one. And that he and his Sentinels will be able to protect the kingdom from Prince Antikai and all the evils that will appear.

P1040985The Prodigy Prince did not disappoint me and it had me hooked from that first sentence until the very end. It was an epic movie unfolding in my mind as I was reading. All the action moments with their quick pace and visual moments… All the slow and reflective moments that made me just stop and think about myself and my own faith and believes… All those moments made the story not only interesting but a story that touched my heart.

While reading the book I decided to do it through phases because I felt like I need to reflect about the storytelling and all the questions it make me have. So I didn’t read in one sitting. I’m made a promise to I would read it in a slow pace and that’s what I did. That doesn’t mean that sometimes I just wanted to read the next chapter so I could know sooner what’s going on, but I didn’t.

I love the characters! I love how Nuelle‘s character evolved during the book, but still maintained is personality and kept what made him Nuelle. I love Ave since the beginning, and I love how Ave views thing. I never thought about it before, but he’s actually right. There really is food to describe any person, inside and out. I also loved all the other character, Riff, Surta, Elisena, Sophana and Javin. they were all unique in their on way, they made me laugh and cry, their interactions were fantastic and I could feel how they felt for each other and how strong their friendship and companionship was.P1040986

Another thing I love were the names. The names of the characters the tribes, the creatures. It was amazing and some names even set the mood for me. Some names would make me be more cautious about a character and other names would give some extra color, tone or flare to my mental image of that character or creature. So I loved that.

And I loved that Natasha gave us some guides for unheard of terms so we would get confused or forget a name. I love that, and I thank her for that extra help. those two guides, both the TRIBE GUIDE and the CREATURE GUIDE, helped me a lot. The Tribe Guide made it possible for me to enter the story with some knowledge and since I know I had the guide, I could go back if I needed it. Which was a small comfort.

I told Natasha that I felt the need for a go fantasy and adventure book, and that’s why I wanted to read her book. I was so right! I really was what I needed.

She created an exciting world with beautifully described scenarios, with an amazing storyline and with the possibility for the character and their relationship to develop. And I love that. From the plot to the development and all the ups and downs in between.

I don’t know Natasha personally but from the few interaction (with comments) and from what I have read in her blog, I can see her in the book and that’s always amazing to me. She wrote this post a few days ago about being what she considered as a Honest Writer. And I now understand what she was talking about in that post. I can see it in her writing, in the character I love. And I applaud her for stay true to herself. And for giving me the opportunity to read a story and think about my life, my faith, my view of the world.

This isn’t just a fun book. It’s one of those books that can touch our hearts and leave questions, because it make us think about everything.
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(I can’t wait for the second book so I can know how something will unfold.)

I totally recommend this book!

It was a 5* read!5-stars

You can get the book on Amazon.

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I got this book because of the Book Robin Hoods community (you can find some information about it on my post: The Book Robin Hoods: Author-Reader Connection). I had requested to read the book and Natasha was kind and accepted.

It’s my first time connecting with an author from the BRH website, but I’m so happy to be a part of that community and I can’t wait to continue to read more books because of it.

Don’t forget to follow Natasha Sapienza in her social media accounts.

WebsiteGoodreadsTwitter | Instagram | Facebook

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess