Fantasy, Reviews

“A Última Feiticeira” Review

Hello Friends!

Leaving this message to my English only speakers friends and followers, as a warning since this is going to be a post in Portuguese. I love this book and I’m so happy I can finally leave my review, after years of know this world and loving it so much.

To my Portuguese friends and followers… Enjoy!


A Última Feiticeira“, escrito por Sandra Carvalho, é o primeiro livro da Saga das Pedras Mágicas, publicado a 13 de abril de 2005 pela Editorial Presença.

Não li este livro apenas uma vez, li diversas vezes desde que conheci a Saga quando tinha 12 anos. Encontro-me agora a partilhar alguns dos meus pensamentos e memórias e o quanto este livro significa para mim.

Agradeço à Sandra por esta história e por todo o apoio.

Todas as opiniões encontradas nesta review são completamente minhas.


Sinopse

6333188O fantástico épico está novamente de parabéns com mais uma estreia literária de uma autora portuguesa que a Presença propõe ao seu público. Em A Saga das Pedras Mágicas os heróis, diz-nos Sandra Carvalho, têm uma profunda ligação à Natureza e aos Elementos, são apaixonados pela Vida e inteiramente determinados na sua coragem. A acção passa-se num tempo em que os sábios Druidas se recolhiam nas florestas para perpetuarem o Conhecimento que em eras passadas lhes fora transmitido pelos Seres Mágicos. O berço da heroína desta história, Catelyn, e dos seus cinco irmãos varões, situa-se na Grande Ilha, cada vez mais fustigada pelos ataques dos Viquingues. Os senhores locais formaram uma Aliança para os repelirem, consolidando essa política através de casamentos combinados entre os herdeiros das grandes famílias. Depois de uma infância paradisíaca, Catelyn cresce num mundo cada vez mais violento, assistindo impotente às manipulações da maldosa Myrna, a protegida do homem com quem o pai de Catelyn destinou casá-la.

Onde comprar – Presença | Bertrand | Wook | Fnac


Sobre a Autora

Sandra Carvalho é uma das autoras portuguesas mais conceituadas do romance fantástico. A Saga das Pedras Mágicas, que a Presença publicou também na coleção «Via Láctea», e que é constituída pelos títulos A Última Feiticeira, O Guerreiro Lobo, Lágrimas do Sol e da Lua, O Círculo do Medo, Os Três Reinos, A Sacerdotisa dos Penhascos, O Filho do Dragão e Sombras da Noite Branca, conquistou um vasto número de fãs entre os apreciadores do género. Depois de O Olhar do Açor e Filhos do Vento e do Mar, O Grito do Corvo é o último volume das Crónicas da Terra e do Mar.

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A Minha Review

20190615_143142Quando muitas pessoas me perguntam sobre a minha infância e adolescência, sobre como comecei a ler e sobre os meus livros favoritos, as minhas respostas tendem a cruzar-se. O livro que me vez realmente compreender, quando tinha dez anos, que adorava ler foi “A Volta ao Mundo em Oitenta Dias” de Julio Verne, mas foi dois anos depois que os livros da Sandra Carvalho me conquistaram e fora a luz no topo do poço que me deu forças para subir e ver o mundo novamente, desta vez com diferentes olhos.

Porque razão estou a falar disto na minha review? Porque quero que todos percebam o quanto importante as palavras escritas num livro podem ter. E porque a Jéssica escritora podia nunca ter existido se não fossem por esta Saga. Ela deu-me inspiração e um novo fogo começou a arder na minha alma.

A Última Feiticeira” foi o começo para uma longa e ongoing relação como os livros, com uns outros olhos. Foi com a Cat que compreendi diversos aspetos da vida, por mais hilariantes que por vezes as descrições fossem para a minha mente de doze anos.

Tal como a Cat, eu venho de uma família numerosa, não por ter muitos irmãos ou por ser a mais novas, na verdade sou irmã mais velha de um único rapaz sete anos mais novo que eu. De qualquer das formas, o meu pai é um de sete, eu sou uma das mais novas de dezassete netos e isto é apenas da família paterna, pois da família materna tenho muitos primos igualmente. Por isso, quando digo que compreendo o caos que é viver numa grande família, acreditem. E decorar dezenas de nome foi sempre fácil para mim pelos anos de treino.

20190609_191329Quando finalmente tive o livro nas mãos, graças à minha querida mãe, e entrei finalmente no mundo da Saga, senti que estava a conhecer um mundo fantástico muito especial. Agora, sempre que o releio sinto que é como regressar a casa após viajar durante anos por outras terras, sentido sempre um toque de saudade no meu coração.

E tudo começou com:

“Existe uma recordação que guardarei enquanto viver: o rosto de uma menina, reflectido na superfície da água, com os longos cabelos negros e encaracolados caindo sobre as faces rosadas, os olhos brilhando mais do que estrelas e o sorriso denunciando uma felicidade que só a inocência pode conceber.”

E estava rendida.

Ainda me lembro de rir nas aulas ao lembrar de certas passagens e descrições, de comentar com as minhas amigas sobre esta menina que tinha poderes mágicos e que tinha uma missão muito importante no seu mundo. No entanto, ninguém me ouviu. Ninguém excepto a minha mãe e avó que em breve ficaram cativadas pelas palavras brilhantemente escolhidas da Sandra Carvalho.

Agora, jovem mulher, vejo outros promenores, vejo as descrições, o ambiente, o que aparentemente fora invisível… E cada vez que leio os livros, é uma experiência totalmente diferente. Quanto a este, o reentrar no livro, o reconhecer a Cat, o Edwin, o Tristan, o Aled, o Berchan, o Stefan, o Quinn, e todos os outros que entram em cena desde principio ao fim do livro, quer sejam personagens boas ou malvadas… é uma benção aos meus olhos.

20190811_203211Neste livro somos introduzidos a Cat, aos seus irmãos e amigos. Somos introduzidos a um mundo onde existe magia e onde existem visões do futuro e profecias. E ao tentarmos desvendar os segredos, damos por nós cada vez mais no interior de um mundo, sentido-nos ligados a Cat, empatizando com ela, sinto a sua revolta, confusão e força a crescer com cada página. É essa ligação que torna o livro muito especial para mim.

Depois existem as descrições que nos transportam para um mundo distante, num tempo passado, onde as regras da sociedade eram diferentes do mundo moderno em que vivemos. Descrições que foram o meu escape quando tinha doze anos e que continuam a ser ainda hoje. Descrições brilhantes que apelam os nossos sentidos e emoções. E nos levam a compreender o enquadramento da história da Cat.

Por isso, e por cada um dos momentos inesperados e emocionais que aconteceram, recomendo agora e sempre este livro e todos os da Saga. Todos nós merecemos viver esta história. Vivermos com todas as personagens e seguirmos a Cat neste livro, descobrindo verdade, desvendando mistério, batalhando contra o mal, encontrando a felicidade nas memórias e nos pequenos momentos de paz, nos pequenos momentos de encher o coração de amor. Merecemos viver uma fantástica aventura.

“Éramos filhos da floresta, dilhos da terra, filhos do ribeiro e do lago, filhos do Sol e do Ar. Éramos felizes.”


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.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess

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“Allergic to Air” Review

Hello everyone!

Today I bring you a review that I have been meaning to share before and no I’m finally doing it!

Allergic to Air“, written by Chelsea Girard, is a psychological fictional romance, based on true events, and it contains references to depression and anxiety. Published on July 17th 2019.

I want to thank Chelsea Girard for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

46501267._SX318_Allergic to air

The mental illnesses you don’t always hear about but are still there.

Fighting to stay alive inside your own mind.

Nellie is a 23-year-old online English teachers whose life is anything but adventurous. After having a severe panic attack while covering a women’s march for her job, she has converted to her home and is now the neighborhood hermit, but they don’t know the worst of it.

Now that her broken family is trying to reconnect and her brother is going off to business school, Nellie finds herself in more trouble then she ever has before.

The only thing that can save her now is the safety of her own mind.

Nellie suffers with Agoraphobia and finds herself trapped in an open room, uncomfortable around people and perceives the world around her as unsafe.

This is her story.

Purchase Link – Amazon


About Author

Screenshot_2018-10-19 Chelsea Girard no Instagram “HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO MY THIRD CHILD, A Delicate Flower 😭❤️🤣 This b[...]I review for professional book publishers such as Simon and Schuster Canada  and Hachette Books. I am always looking for a new book to review.

I tend to draw to novels that draw away from love stories and more towards suspense and personal experiences shared from one person to the next. I love books that make you feel for the character and give you a sense of fulfillment when you claim their happiness as you’re own.

I am always busy with school, work and with my family but I always leave time out of my day to relax with a book and some tea. For me, it’s a form of escape from the world that I am surrounded by, where I can escape to a world where I can draw a connection to the book characters and their stories.

​- Chelsea Girard


My Review

“At first, it was just a simple panic attack.”

That’s how the book starts. That’s how we enter Nellie’s world. How we learn about Agoraphobia and about how it affects Nellie’s life, and she’s living every moment and every thought.

I have been thinking about this book a lot. Right after I finished the novel, I wanted more. I wanted to keep seeing Nellie, Emmett and Rowan, and even Dr. Summers. I wanted more, but that’s just because I really got attached to the characters and emotional about their progress and development.

Agoraphobia isn’t always portrait in books, and that’s why I was really happy and excited when I first learned about the concept of the book. Like any mental illness, every person has different experiences, and it was such a wonderful thing that Chelsea just let us know that this is how Nellie lives. Treatments that can help one person may not help another, because we are all unique individuals with different pasts and presents, as well as personalities.

Nellie was such a relatable character and even funny at times, despite being anxious and scared, we get to follow her development in trying to live her life and leave her house. But just the simple fact of reading how she tried various things to keep connected to other people… I get it. We all need to connect with one another.

And without giving spoilers… the ending… it was perfect.

“(…) this is just the beginning of my freedom.”

Overall, there are a lot of messages that we can take for this novel. But to me, at this exact moment, the phrase “just the beginning of my freedom” just gives me so much strength to keep trying and keep walking. No matter what we can do it and each obstacle we surpass brings a new path, a new power, a new beginning.

That been  said, I really recommend this book and I hope you all can learn about Agoraphobia and truly feel Nellie’s journey in this path to getting her freedom.


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess

Thankful Sunday

Thankful Sunday: Literary Critique

Hello Friends!

So I decided to start doing something special, a Thank You kind of post. A thank you to the people that have given me support through out this journey.

This Sunday it’s a Thank You to Sam!

Sam, aka Literary Critique, is a blogger, bookstagrammer, booktuber and writer. She’s my best friend on Instagram and I so wish I can visit her soon. But let’s focus on Sam…


instagram Sam

First of all, I met Sam thanks to Instagram, and if you use that platform you should check her out. From the amazing photos to the discussions in the posts, not only is she friendly and open to talk about books and writing, she gives amazing book recommendations and it’s always interesting to see what books she’s reading because if I have read them, we can share our options.

In her Instagram account she also does some writing update. And since I’m very curious about her book, of course I’m always looking forward to those videos and posts.

Also, let’s not forget her fur baby Kent! He’s a cutie pie. Always brings me a smile when I see him in Sam’s photos.


Speaking of writing, let’s not forget Twitter, where Sam updates us on her writing and gives advices, share her thoughts and sometimes generate some discussion on different aspects of bookish life (readers and writers).

Another platform is her blog. Like I said, she’s a blogger, and she posts very regularly. From reviews of books, series, to writing tips, blogging about our bookish life like talking about current reads, top favorites and tags. And this is an amazing place for everyone to interact with her because of various reason:

  • One, she makes many good points in her posts.
  • Two, her posts have many topics and even if it’s a review of a book you haven’t read yet, you can always read it because there aren’t spoilers and when there are, she will let us all know beforehand.
  • Three, she’s funny and you can relate to what she is say. You can connect with her, since she’s not a snob or narcissistic.
  • Four, you go check out and see for yourself.

On another note…

More recently, since the start of the year, Sam has entered the world of the Bookish community in Youtube. In her channel you can find reviews of books, bookish boxes unboxing, tags, TBR and Wraps, and let’s not forget the extra writing updates that I’m always dying for.

She did an introduction video on her channel and here it is:


Let’s say, that I love her and she’s one of the sweetest, funniest, friendlier person I met, and that’s why I needed to start this feature with her. She deserves all the love in the world.

That been said, go check out all her social media platforms, and enjoy all she has to say. You won’t regret it!



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 or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Historical Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“Mrs Sommersby’s Second Chance” Review

Hello Friends!

I’m a bit late with this review, but I had some difficulties and wasn’t able to post it until now. Sorry about that!

Nevertheless, it’s another Historical Romance and I love those and I’m very excited to be able to give out some promotion and share my review with all of you.

Mrs Sommersby’s Second Chance“, written by Laurie Benson, is the fourth book in The Sommersby Brides series but can be read as a standalone, and is Historical Romance, in the Regency subgenre, published on 1st August 2019, by Harlequin/Mills&Boon.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Laurie Benson for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Mrs Sommersbys Second Chance


SommersbyUKCoverjpgSynopsis

She’s played Cupid for others
Now she’s met her own unlikely match!

The final book of The Sommersby Brides quartet. Widowed society matchmaker Mrs. Clara Sommersby thinks self-made businessman William Lane is just the man for her neighbor’s overlooked daughter. He’s successful and confident, if emotionally distant, until suddenly—shockingly—his attention turns to Clara herself! She thought her days of romance were over, but is this younger man intent on giving her a second chance?

Purchase Link: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo


Author Bio

One Week To Wed - Laurie BensonLaurie Benson is an award-winning author who writes flirty and frisky Regency romance novels. She began her writing career as an advertising copywriter, where she learned more than you could ever want to know about hot dogs and credit score reports. Her novel An Unexpected Countess was voted Harlequin’s 2017 Hero of the Year by readers.

When she isn’t at her laptop avoiding laundry, Laurie can be found browsing antique shops, going on ridiculously long hikes, or sitting in her car on the school pickup line. She lives with her husband and two sons in a house filled with testosterone—even her bunny is a boy.

To learn about her upcoming books, visit her historical blog, and to sign up for her newsletter go to her Website.

Social Media Links: Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookbub


My Review

Let me just say something up front… Although I haven’t read all the books in this series, I now really want to because I loved this book and meeting all the characters makes me wonder about the previous books, so you guys really have to check out the entire series, because that’s what I’m doing next: reading the books I haven’t read yet.

Speaking of this book in particular. Regency novels was what made me start in this crazy Historical Romance addiction that I have now, and it’s still one of my favorite sub-genres. Overall, despite not having read the previous books, except “One Week to Wed”, I knew this was an amazing ending.

Like I said, this is the final book in the series and I got from the characters interaction how important Clara is for the series and to the other character. I had already gotten a feeling for the characters with “One Week to Wed”, but this one gave me another perspective. Maybe because I don’t really know the story of the other characters and haven’t followed the storyline of the series correctly.

Speaking of the characters… Clara, brilliant, always love when a matchmaker meets her own match. William was charming, such a hard-worker and I absolutely loved him; then again don’t I always love the hero in the historical romance novels I read? But let’s get back on track… their moments together were amazing, I loved seeing how they reacted to one-another, especially Clara, it made things funny and exciting.

Then there were the other characters, some I have met in the first book, and that I could see the family feeling and strong friendship there was between them, which made me want to read the books and know about their own struggles, accomplishments, dreams and lovey-dovy moments.

Overall, I loved it. I can never resist this kind of genre and the all matchmaker character. And this book was very unique because it follows characters that are older (late 30s, early 40s) and I loved that because they so deserve their own love story. Plus, Clara and William are so cute together! And if that don’t win your heart then I have no idea what will.


Giveaway

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Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.

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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 or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, New Releases, Reviews

“One of Us” Review

Hello Friends!

If you have been following my reviews you may know some names of authors whose books I have read and reviewed. And this is one of those authors.

One of Us”, written by Rachel McLean, is the third book in The Village series, published on the 2nd August 2019.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel McLean for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

One Of Us


OOU coverSynopsis

‘Leave, or die.’

Jess Dyer has won safety for her sister-in-law Ruth and proved her worth as the leader of her refugee community.

Sarah Evans has stood up to her parents and discovered who she can trust.

But the villagers still aren’t welcome. When the local population expresses its anger, can Jess keep everyone safe? And can she hold it together as Steward when someone she loves dies?

And how will Sarah react when her new fiancee Martin receives death threats, telling him he must leave her, and their village?

One Of Us is a gripping thriller about belonging and acceptance. It’s the third book in the Village trilogy, and the sequel to Sea Of Lies.

Purchase Link: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Scribd


Author Bio

A House Divided - rachel mcleanI’m Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I’m told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories – well, I’m sorry but I can’t help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They’re inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.

Social Media Links – Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


My Review

Before I give you my review, I have to say that I have read and reviewed the previous books in this series and I highly recommend you all to read the first and second book before this one to get the full experience.

Yet again, I’m back to the village and to see what the characters are doing now and with this new novel in the series, I’m left overwhelmed with thoughts and emotions. That’s the power of Rachel McLean’s writing. She can make us focus so much on the story that it almost feels like we are there, living it; at least that’s what it was like for me.

Of course, it follows after the previous book “Sea of Lies” and the characters that we have met before, Jess, Ruth, Sarah and all the others. Some problems still happen and they have to deal with them, and we keep getting some growth of the characters and uncover new information and get the answers we were looking for.

I won’t go into many details at all because I’m afraid I will give out spoilers about the other books as well as this one. I have to say that I loved this book and how it all came together. You do have to read all the books to understand why reacted a certain way, why things happen, because if not you will be lost in all the flow of information and mystery.

Overall, I loved this books as much as I love the other ones in the series. It had an amazing pace the all time, not all the same pace which was dynamic and exciting. Like other books written by Rachel McLean, it was a different kind of plot in a future that make us reflect on our own humanity and all the qualities and flaws, and it make us also think about what kind of future we may have. And then the characters are relatable, feel real, true. All of that and more is why I recommend this series.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.


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 or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Historical Romance, New Releases

“Reclaimed by her Rebel Knight” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this Sunday. For me it’s day 4 of vacation and I’m doing a lot of reading and hopefully I can get some reviews done this month because I need to share my thoughts with you guys.

And today I bring you a review of a book written by an amazing author.

Reclaimed by her Rebel Knight“, written by Jenni Fletcher, is a Historical Romance novel, published on 1st August 2019 by Mills and Boon.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Jenni Fletcher for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Reclaimed by her Rebel Knight


Synopsis

ReclaimedByHerRebelKnightcoverMarried to a perfect stranger

Reunited with her warrior husband

When Constance inherited her father’s lands she had no choice but to marry cold-hearted Matthew Wintour. He left her for the battlefield without even a wedding night. Five years later Matthew has returned—a valiant knight! But Constance is no longer a frightened girl. And this time she must reach out to discover the honourable man behind the armour and what pleasures await them in the marriage bed…

Purchase Links – Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | WHSmith


Author Bio

IMG_4730Jenni Fletcher was born on the north coast of Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire, where she writes Medieval, Roman and Victorian romance novels.

She studied English at Cambridge University before doing an MA on Women and Literature in English and a PhD on Victorian & Edwardian literature at Hull. After realising that she was better at writing than teaching, she worked in a number of administrative jobs whilst trying to finish her first book, which was rejected. Thinking there must have been some mistake, she then wrote another, which was fortunately accepted by Harlequin Mills & Boon.

Her favourite Jane Austen novel is Persuasion and her favourite Brontë is Anne. If she had to choose a romantic hero it would be John Thornton, but maybe that’s just because she’s Northern.

Social Media Links – Facebook | Twitter


My Review

This isn’t the first book I’m reading of Jenni Fletcher, her books have been a part of my life in the past two years, and although I haven’t reviewed all of them, and I definitely haven’t read them all, I have found myself in love with her writing style. In this book we are brought to a place and time that has always made me curious and interesting in learning about. But a Historical Romance grabs my attention because it take us back in time in a different way, and this author totally did that for me.

We met Constance and Matthew, that got married while very young out of necessity, and right after the wedding, Matthew has to leave. And that’s how the all story starts, years later once Matthew is back. Then on, we are left following them as they finally are able to get to know one another and we see their relationship and marriage grow.

This was a captivating and thrilling love story. Constance is a strong character, that comes off as a kind, independent, resilient and, after all she has been through, she’s so amazing. I absolutely love her. Then there is Matthew, the kind of man that knows what he wants, and he was definitely a very refreshing character sometimes because of the directive-ness, no matter his emotions and responsibilities.

And I could say so much more about this book, about how I loved the plot and all that made this book unique. About the main characters… About how it was exciting, with a pace that made the storytelling amazing… But I really want you guys to learn about all those things. About what really made Matthew the interesting man and not just a brute, and about what made Constance such a strong young woman.

Overall, I loved this books and the characters. This couple was one of my favorites this summer. All the flaws, all the problems, all the emotions, all the qualities, all the dreams and the secrets, all the interactions, all the reasons that pushed them together and all the reasons that made this book amazing… I loved everything and I couldn’t stop reading until I learned everything about this world and about Constance and Matthew.

I highly recommend this book. You guys know I love historical romances, and this was amazing!


Giveaway

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Blog Tour, Paranormal, Reviews

“Lure of Obsession” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope everything is going well. I must say that I’m still a bit crazy and confused with beginning the vacation. I’m so confused that I completely forgot to add a review post to my calendar and I then forgot that I had to post this review yesterday.

I am terribly sorry for that because I hate when I’m not able to post when I’m supposed to and when I promise. It’s not me.

Nevertheless, I read this book while working this July, and absolutely loved it. So I’m very excited to finally get this post for you.

Lure Of Obsession“, written by Lisa Kessler, is the first paranormal romance novel in The Muse Chronicles, published on 1st August 2016.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lisa Kessler for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

lure-of-obsession-coverFated Mates meets Clash of the Titans!

Melanie Jacoby is the human vessel for the Muse of Tragic Poetry, but she isn’t prepared for the tragedy of finding her roommate dead at the bottom of the stairs.

Nate Malone is the detective assigned to the case, but as the evidence points to an accidental fall, the visions begin. He sees a killer in a gold Kronos mask.

Mel is the next target, but Nate’s determination to protect her is almost as strong as his desire for her. 

And tragedy isn’t part of his plan.

The Prophecy – “Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse.”

Purchase Links: Amazon USAmazon UK | Kobo  | iBooks | Barnes & Noble


About the Author

Lisa Kessler is a Best Selling author of dark paranormal fiction. She’s a two-time San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror and Best Published Romance. Her books have also won the PRISM award, the Award of Excellence, the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award, the Award of Merit from the Holt Medallion, and an International Digital Award for Best Paranormal. 

Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. 

When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, and has performed with San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.

Social Media: Website | Twitter | Instagram Goodreads Facebook Pinterest


My Review

As you all by know by now, I love paranormal romances and although this one is the first book by Lisa Kessler that I read, I really need to read more of her books in the future because I loved this one.

This is the first book in a series that can be read as a standalone. It was an amazing start of a series and after reading it, I’m very curious to know more about this series and what next will happen in this world.

This novel follows Melanie and Nate in this romance that takes us right alongside the characters through a mystery and paranormal connection. It was a journey that was different, with a concept and world building that made me very curious. And although I don’t want to give any spoilers about the plot, I can talk about the characters.

Mel and Nate were amazing characters. I can’t help my love for detectives no matter the kind of genre the novel is, and Nate was dreamy and just an amazing character. Then there is Mel, that made me laugh because my goddaughter’s name is Melanie, despite that, Mel has this personality that I could get and her past and actions were interesting and I connected with her in some ways. I loved all the moments of interaction between them, because the romance wasn’t unbelievable, and the characters had dreams, plans, flaws, demons, qualities and determination and when they were together that is visible too.

Overall, I loved it. It had action, mystery, romance, paranormal qualities, Greek mythology, a plot that was difference from what I read in the past, with characters that were developed and kept growing and felt true and real. The fact that this is the first in a series means that there is much more to uncover yet, and that makes me even happier.

Lisa Kessler brought a breath of fresh air to the paranormal romance genre, or at least to my month because I needed something exciting in the genre that I love so much. So my July was perfect, not only because of all the books I have read, but especially because of this book that made my lunch breaks fantastically entertaining.

Like I said before I will be reading more of Lisa Kessler, especially because I had her books on my TBR already and after reading this book I’m even more excited and in love with the all idea and  with her books. So I highly recommend then.


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“Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane” Review

Hello Friends!

Today was an interesting day. I went to an appointment to get some new glasses and sun glasses, and they will be on my hands on the 30th or 31st of July, so I’m very excited about that. And I took a nap. Yeah! You read that right. I took a nap! It wasn’t a planned nap, I wanted to have this review ready before, but I feel asleep. Nevertheless, I have the review now for you.

Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane“, written by Emily Harvale, is part of the Lily Pond Lane Series, although it can be read as a standalone novel, publish on 26th June 2019.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Emily Harvale for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane


​Synopsis

Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on LPL -FLAT-KINDLE-JUNE9Everyone’s got a secret wish in Little Pondale this summer.

Mia’s been exceptionally lucky since moving to Lily Pond Lane. But even on her honeymoon with the man of her dreams, she still has one remaining wish.

Ella wishes Gill would propose. But since Mia’s wedding something’s changed in their relationship. Now he’s spending time with newcomer, Tabbie Talbaine, Ella wishes Tabbie will leave as quickly as she arrived.

Tabbie wishes she hadn’t driven her car into a pond. But it could be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. When she discovers Hollywood heartthrob, Justin Lake’s staying in the village, getting an interview for her popular blog isn’t her only wish.

Bree was told she couldn’t have a baby. Now she’s expecting twins and is simply wishing it all goes well.

And as for Hettie … she wishes she could get her hands on an old map of the village. Because there’s something hidden in Little Pondale that Hettie Turner really wants to find.

Purchase Links – Amazon UK | Amazon US

Interactive Map of Little Pondale – https://www.emilyharvale.com/map/little-pondale.html


Author Bio

EPSON scanner imageHaving lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

Social Media Links –  Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


My Review

This isn’t the first book I’ve read of reviewed of Emily Harvale, it’s not even the third. I have read the entire Lily Pond Lane Series so far and I’ve loved this journey in this little town. So although this book can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend you to read the previous books so you understand the novel and so you can connect fully with the characters… and honestly, who doesn’t like a good story about romance, secrets and humor in a small town scenery?

First of all, I was very excited to get back to Little Pondale and learn what the characters were up to now. It was like having that “coming back home” feeling after a long time away. And I loved that!

To does that don’t know me, I’m from a small town, so the little things that made this town and it’s people unique and funny with all the gossip and closeness, continue to be something I absolutely loved in this novel.

I felt like there is so much to discover in this world, about the characters, new and old, and about the land it self, that I can’t help myself to going down the rabbit hole every time Emily Harvale releases a new novel in this series. I get very excited all the time.

With this new book we get to travel on an adventure, after Mia and Jet’s wedding, and it welcomes new characters while giving us the perfect ending to a long and amazing series. I hate to see a series ending, but I loved this book and the characters will forever be in my heart and I can always “come back home” by rereading the series.

Overall, I can’t wait to see what else the author will create and I’m excited to new adventures in new places, and I will keep my eyes open for that. And I honestly thing you all should check out this series if you want a sweet, funny and very entertaining story about a group of people in a town that is full of peculiarities.


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Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Rock Rebel” Review

Hello Friends!

Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a good weekend. I’m planning on getting some reviews done and then write a short story or work on my novel. What are your plans for this weekend?

Today’s review is one of a book I read last year, and it’s part of a series.

Rock Rebel“, written by Tara Leigh, is the third book in the Nothing But Trouble Series. Published on 11th December 2018 by Forever – Grand Central Publishing.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Tara Leigh and Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

cover153148-mediumHe’s a rock star with a secret, she’s a pop princess with a painful past – can their forbidden romance survive, or will their lies destroy them both?
I’ve earned my bad reputation.

A few years ago, I was New York City’s hottest classical music prodigy. But I wanted something else, something more. So I chased my real dream, and now… I’m rock royalty. Dax Hughes, lead guitarist of Nothing but Trouble. But to my family and former Juilliard classmates, I’m an outcast. A misfit. A rebel.
They’re not entirely wrong. I don’t give a damn what other people think, and I’m all for breaking the rules… except when it comes to our new opening act, Verity Moore.
Rock gods don’t tour with pop princesses.
It’s not personal. Actually, under that fallen diva reputation, Verity’s incredibly talented. And her fiery redheaded personality is… intriguing. But I’m convinced the skeletons in Verity’s closet are as scandalous as my own, and when we’re not sparring, she has a way of drawing out all those secrets I’m determined to keep hidden.
Yeah. Verity Moore is definitely off-limits . . .But since when do I give a damn about the rules?

Purchase links – Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo


About Author

Tara Leigh is a multi-published author of steamy contemporary romance. A former banker on Wall Street, she graduated from Washington University and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, but she much prefers spending her days with fictional boyfriends than analyzing financial spreadsheets. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children, and fur-baby, Pixie. She is represented by Jessica Alvarez, of Bookends Literary Agency.

Social Media Links – Website | Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook


My Review

This was the first book I read by this author. I read it in 2018, although I’m reviewing it months later, but when I saw it was part of a series, as soon as I was able to I got the other books and I will review them in more detail once I’m able. Meanwhile, I can tell you that you can read this book without having read the previous one, although it’s always more fun to read them in order and get a full experience of the series.

Nevertheless, this book is about Dax, and he’s a member of the Nothing but Trouble rock band, and who doesn’t love reading books about rock stars? I know I do, and that’s why I was excited about this book. With artists comes groupies and drama and lots of romance. And of course we get many funny moments, as well as hot moments with the female main character Verity.

The characters in this series capture my attention and my heart too. I loved reading about them, and I loved their interactions and the excitement, romance, friendship and that fantasy and dreamy kind of feeling that this kind of book always brings to my mind and heart.

I could tell you about the plot, the storytelling, the pace. About all the particular aspects that made me love this book, but they all come back to the characters and their background story, the development, the interactions. The plot allowed that, created moments that changed everything.

Overall, I loved it, and I recommend this series if you are into contemporary romance about musicians.


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Reviews

“The Butterfly Conspiracy” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Saturday. Today I have some free time, so I will be posting some reviews. This is the first one.

The Butterfly Conspiracy“, written by Vivian Conroy, is a Historical Mystery novel, the first book in the A Merriweather and Royston Mystery series. Published by Crooked Lane Books in August 7th 2018.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Vivian Conroy and Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

cover134051-mediumPerfect for fans of Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell mysteries comes the enchanting series debut from Vivian Conroy,The Butterfly Conspiracy.

In late Victorian times, when new inventions cause both excitement and terror, a mysterious death at a zoological lecture brings together two unlikely allies in a quest through London’s upper crust and underbelly to unravel the ingenious murder method and killer behind it.

Miss Merula Merriweather is not like other women her age: instead of hunting for a husband at balls and soirees she spends her time in a conservatory hatching exotic creatures. As the Royal Zoological Society won’t accept a woman’s accomplishments, she has her uncle Rupert take credit for her achievements. But at a zoological lecture, the guest of honor dies after contact with one of Merula’s butterflies, and Merula’s uncle is arrested for murder.

In an attempt to safeguard evidence to prove his innocence, Merula almost gets killed but for the timely interference of enigmatic Lord Raven Royston. Viewing natural history as a last resort to regain respectability lost by too many dubious business investments, Raven didn’t expect his first lecture to take a murderous turn. Feeling partially responsible because he encouraged Merula to release the gigantic butterfly from the glass case in which it was kept, Raven suggests they solve the puzzle of Lady Sophia’s sudden death together by looking closer at her relations with estranged friends, long suffering staff and the man groomed to be her heir, so close to her money and yet unable to touch any of it.

With the police looking for them, and every new discovery raising more questions than answers, especially about the murder method which left no traces of foul play on the body, Merula will have to risk her own life to get at the truth and save her uncle from the gallows inThe Butterfly Conspiracy, Vivian Conroy’s enchanting series debut.

Purchase Link – Amazon

Author’s Social Media Links – Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon


My Review

P1060942This was the first book I have read of Vivian Conroy and it was such a fun and unique book, following Merula Merriweather, a zoologist in late Victorian times.

Merula is definitely a different kind of character to read about in a Historical novel, plus I love nature and a good female character that just defines society’s rules. But let’s not just focus on Merula, the author gave us so many other characters that were very interesting, and seeing how Merula (the main character) interacted with them was intriguing, funny at times.

P1060801This isn’t a Historical romance novel with drama and hot scenes. This is a Historical mystery kind of novel. It has two amazing genres that I find fascinating: Historical, in particular the Victorian times; and the mystery/crime genre, that gave this novel just enough spice to kind things going and got my attention with each chapter.

Overall, I loved the plot, loved the characters and thought it had a good pace the created the thrilling and connection with the characters and the need to figure out the truth and what truly happened. And I can’t wait to read more novels in this series.


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