New Releases, Reviews

“Palestina Sobre uma Tela” Review

Olá meus queridos amigos!

Hoje venho partilhar convosco a minha opinião de um livro que li recentemente e que sei que vão achar tão interessante quanto eu achei.

Palestina Sobre uma Tela“, escrito por André Ouro Verde, é um Romance, publicado a 25 de Março por Edições Velha Lenda.

Quero agradecer à editora Edições Velha Lenda por me terem gentilmente fornecido o livro. Todas as opiniões expressas nesta review são completamente minhas.


Sinopse

Uma pintora que desafiava a vida e retratava nas suas telas os mórbidos cenários que eram fruto da incessante guerra entre a Palestina e Israel.

Um capitão do Exército da Libertação da Palestina que sonha que ambas as nações, um dia, possam conviver lado a lado, em paz.

Esta história é um grito à humanidade. Um pedido de ajuda ao mundo contra os crimes cometidos contra o povo da Palestina.

Um livro escrito para que a sua história pare de se repetir na vida real.

Não se esqueçam de adicionar o livro à vossa TBR no Goodreads: Palestina Sobre uma Tela

Link de Compra: Edições Velha Lenda

Podem ver também o vídeo promocional do livro no Youtube: Palestina Sobre uma Tela | André Ouro Verde


Sobre o Autor

Autor de ‘Palestina Sobre uma Tela’, André Ouro Verde é um homem de poucas palavras. Fotógrafo, professor e historiador, investe o seu tempo em viagens e investigações minuciosas que o levam para bem longe do seu país de origem, Portugal. Quando questionado sobre quem é, responde:

“Sou um entre milhões, que acredita que petróleo, diamantes e terra não valem a vida de quem quer que seja; nem sequer a de um insecto.”

Social Media Links: Goodreads | Edições Velha Lenda


My Review

Como um relato, a história é focada na narradora, Maía conta a sua história e da sua família. Cada capítulo retrata um determinado ano e determinados eventos.

Pelos olhos desta mulher conhecemos mais sobre a realidade daquele povo, da Palestina. Todos os sacrifícios, todos os receios, assim como diversas mentalidades e ideologias.
Apegamo-nos às personagens de tal forma que com cada reviravolta, sentimos o mesmo que elas sentem.

Não vou revelar spoilers, mas quem já leio compreenderá quando digo que apesar de ter ficado bastante emocional, coração apertado e lágrimas nos olhos… a narrativa, as descrições brilhantes e cruas relativamente ao cenário, a quantidade de momentos de reflexão e todas as questões que o livro nos provoca… tudo isso levou a que tenha sido uma leitura refrescante, por ser diferente de outras que li recentemente.

O melhor para mim é que esta história no final dá-nos esperança.

Sim, o livro tem uma temática importante e intensa, e com todas as imagens que implanta na nossa mente, é claramente um livro que requer reflexão.

No entanto, é também um livro sobre esperança e amor. E isso, juntamente com as últimas páginas do livro, deixaram-me maravilhada. Pois durante algum tempo esperei que tal momento ocorresse, e ainda que as minhas suspeitas tivessem sido comprovadas, a forma como ocorreu, as personagens, não o esperava.

Por entre o caos, a guerra, a morte, a dor… existe esperança. Esperança nos atos de bondade, na força do amor e da família. Esperança que através da mudança o mundo possa ser livre e a paz regresse.

Com esperança no coração, devemos manter-nos determinados e não baixar os braços. Devemos fazer algo para provocar a mudança e para ajudar os nossos irmãos e irmãs, por todo o mundo.


Não se esqueçam de comentar, não sejam estranhos.

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Love,

Jess

New Releases, Reviews

“The Anatomy of Prose” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this amazing Friday. Today I bring you an amazing review of a non fiction book.

Happy Launch Day!

The Anatomy of Prose“, written by Sacha Black, is a non-fiction book about writing, published on the 29th May 2020.

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


Synopsis

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Do your sentences fail to sound the way you want? Are they lackluster, with flat characters and settings? Is your prose full of bad habits and crutches?

In The Anatomy of Prose, you’ll discover:
+ A step-by-step guide to creating descriptions that sing
+ The key to crafting character emotions that will hook a reader
+ How to harness all five senses to make your stories come alive, deepening your reader’s experience
+ Tips and tricks for balancing details at the sentence level
+ Methods for strengthening each sentence through strategic word choice, rhythm and flow
+ Dozens of literary devices, and how to utilize them to give your prose power
+ Tactics for differentiating characters in dialogue as well as making it punchy and unforgettable
+ A comprehensive prose-specific self-editing check list
+ How to embody your character’s personality at the sentence level
+ The most common pitfalls and mistakes to avoid

The Anatomy of Prose is a comprehensive writing guide that will help you create sensational sentences. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned writer, this book will power up your prose, eliminate line-level distractions and help you find the perfect balance of show and tell. By the end of this book, you’ll know how to strengthen your sentences to give your story, prose and characters the extra sparkle they need to capture a reader’s heart.

If you like dark humor, learning through examples and want to create perfect prose, then you’ll love Sacha Black’s guide to crafting sensational sentences. Read The Anatomy of Prose today and start creating kick-ass stories.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Kobo | Book Depository


About the Author

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Sacha Black has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, self-improvement, and breaking the rules. She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.

Sacha writes books about people with magical powers and other books about the art of writing. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and genius, giant of a son.

When she’s not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules.

Social Media Links: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube


My Review

The life of a writer can be different for everyone. For me, messy hair, my computer open, lots of notebooks and loose papers full of notes and information.. a cup of tea and a bottle of water… snacks! Many snacks… and now, Sacha Black’s The Anatomy of Prose.

I have decided, while in a moment of reflection, that I was going to learn more about the writing world. That I was going to learn and see what I could improve in my writing.

And then, like the answer to my prayers, Sacha Black wrote this brilliant nonfiction, writing book. Thanks to the universe for aligning the stars and crossing our paths… I was able to read an ARC of this book.

You may be wondering: “But Jess, you are a Portuguese author, you write in Portuguese… wouldn’t thinks be different?” Well, it’s certain that not everything can be take literally. But the thing is, all of Sacha Black’s advice and tips, can be applied to any language, because it’s all about prose.

Sure, in Portuguese we have dialogues structured in a different way and I could show you some examples. But that doesn’t mean the tip about dialogue tags (Step 5 – 5.2 Tag Simplicity) isn’t valuable, because let me tell you it was spot on!

That’s just one example. Even if the words may be different, or you have grammatically different writing, comparing to English… it’s about the core of prose, the art of writing.

Quoting Sacha “You’ve come for grammar and punctuation lessons. This is not a grammar book.” And she wrote “this book as an exploration – a narrative examining a range of techniques and tools in writing.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is why I believe The Anatomy of Prose is a fantastic book that can help writers across the world and language barriers.

Plus, let’s be honest, the tone of this book is amazing, funny and with this casual sounding narrative that felt like a sincere conversation between friends. You will never be bored while reading, understanding, learning and thinking about the various tips, examples and exercises.

That been said… do I recommend this book? Of course! If you want to learn more or even understand what you can improve in you writing, this is perfect book for you.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Historical Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“Captured by Her Enemy Knight” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Wednesday. For me it’s a very exciting day, and it’s extra special because I get to share this review with you guys.

Captured by Her Enemy Knight“, written by Nicole Locke, is a Historical Romance, published by Harlequin Historical.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Nicole Locke 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.

Captured by Her Enemy Knight


Synopsis

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Falling for the man

Cressida Howe, the Archer, is a well-tuned weapon. But she’s also a woman captivated by a man—Eldric of Hawskmoor, the warrior knight her father ordered her to kill. Instead, for years, Cressida has simply watched him… Now she’s been captured by her formidable enemy, and her well-ordered world comes crashing down, for Eldric is even more compelling up close. Cressida curses her traitorous heart—this assassin has fallen for her target!

Purchase Links: Harlequin | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Mills & Boon


About the Author

Nicole LockeNicole discovered her first romance novel in a closet, where her grandmother, the godmother in the romance black market, was hiding hundreds. Knowing her grandmother wouldn’t approve, Nicole hid in the closet to read them. It was only a matter of time before she was found out and given an offer she couldn’t refuse: enjoy them, but out in the living room please. Oh, and if she could go to the store and get a few more…. A few more? Nicole got two jobs.

Inexplicably, Nicole stopped reading romances (she blames her handsome university English professor, who she was trying and failing to impress). So she didn’t discover them again until, at work, where another black market book swap occurred. Instead of swapping for another forgettable book, Nicole chose a romance (which she still reads).

Needless to say, she didn’t return to work (good thing it was after 5:00 pm) and she didn’t immediately return home either. At that moment, she insists Etta James was singing “At Last”. It was only natural she’d start writing romances as well.

Currently, she lives in Seattle with her two completely opposite children, who if not for their birth certificates and their red hair, she’d argue they weren’t related, and her husband, who if not for his red hair, would have returned them.

Social Media Links: Website | Goodreads | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


My Review

There are times when I feel the need to get my hands on a good Historical Romance, and I have a handful of names of authors that are my ‘go-to’ authors when it comes to this genre. Nicole Locke is one of them.

In this novel we follow Cressida and Eldric, in a journey full of romance, action, drama and amazing moments that made me want to jump in to the book and truly get together with the characters and be their friend.

P1070876With a strong female MC and an intriguing male MC, with the interesting circumstances that pulled them together, and with every obstacle and tension… No wonder I was the captive of Nicole Locke’s brilliant descriptions. Her storytelling, the way the characters pop and seem real, plus the way that time period seem to pull us in, is one of the reasons I loved the story.

I could say a lot about this novel. How it the characters weren’t just powerful and strong-headed, but also vulnerable. How the story was dynamic and I felt as if I was there. How it grabbed my attention thanks to all the little details that made this book real.

In the end, it doesn’t really matter, because I don’t want to spoil the fun, and I just have to say this: If you like Historical Romances, you need to read this one. Nicole Locke just keeps surprising me with the characters she creates and the scenes she puts them and us (the readers) in.

Overall, I love the book, if that wasn’t clear enough. I do want to read other books of Nicole Locke and keep exploring the fantastic world of Nicole’s imagination.


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Reviews

“Hidden Riches” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well, this lovely Sunday. Today I bring you a review of my first book by this author.

Hidden Riches“, written by Nora Roberts, is a Romantic Suspense novel, first published on July 13th 1994. I read the Portuguese edition published on October 2010 by Chá das Cinco – Edições Saída de Emergência.

Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1434203140l/6307168._SX318_.jpg#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts unveils the intriguing world of antiques dealing, where an independent woman discovers the price of breathless desire—and the schemes of an obsessed killer…

Dora Conroy has a passion for antiques—and any other rarities she can acquire for her quaint Philadelphia shop. A seasoned dealer, she knows all the tricks of the trade. But she is unprepared for the deadly consequences when she purchases a few curiosities at an auction—and unknowingly brings home a priceless cache that makes her the target of an international criminal. Entwined in a reckless chase, Dora turns to her new neighbor, Jed Skimmerhorn, a cop who’s turned in his badge—and whose desire for lovely Dora puts him back in the line of fire. Fighting their attraction while falling in love, they find that hidden riches can have a most ordinary façade. And that possession can be a lethal obsession…

Purchase Links: Amazon | Book Depository | Bertrand | Wook


About the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One — the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram


My Review

There are authors whose names we easily recognize even without having read one of their books. Nora Roberts is one of those authors. With “Hidden Riches”, I finally entered the world of Nora Roberts and I can say that I’m now even more curious to read her other novels.

20200515_153417In this book we follow Dora and Jed, an antiques store owner and a former police officer. A story that follows the world of antiques, from the first moment that it is presented to us by Dora at an art auction. With each page read we meet an interesting group of characters, including those we know are the villains. Now, the ‘why’ is something that we discover with each chapter and each information revealed.

Personally, I loved the story. Very captivating, not only for the element of art and antiques that I find fascinating, but also for all the romance and interaction between characters.

The story has a paced rhythm, sometimes slow, creating tension and drama. Another aspect that I also liked, as it establishes a firm basis for the story and creates interest in what will happen next. Furthermore, with the passion simmering between Dora and Jed, the fact that there is this type of slower but intense rhythm, leads to pressure, a sexual tension, that even when released, remains alive in all moments of interaction between the characters.

20200515_153452Although I didn’t think there was any intense suspense, the amount that it did have balanced well with the romance and the peculiar characters. So, I think it was a very balanced book, which let my curiosity increase with each chapter and each revelation and moment of action.

In general, “Hidden Riches” had all the elements I like in a story. I’m glad it was with this book that I finally started my journey through the world of Nora Roberts’ imaginary.

If you like art, antiques, a good dose of mystery and crime, and romance… and have never read a book by this author… this is a good story to venture out on. Extra: it happens during Christmas and New Year! And who doesn’t like parties and eccentricity?


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Reviews

“Treze Más Histórias Para Adormecer” Review

Olá Amigos!

Hoje trago uma review de um livro de contos que comprei na feira do livro de Lisboa o ano passado, e estava bastante entusiasmada por o ler.

Treze Más Histórias Para Adormecer“, escrito por Ana Cláudia Dâmaso, é um livro de contos de terror, publicado em julho de 2018 pela Manufactura Editora.

Todas as opiniões expressas nesta review são completamente minhas.


Sinopse

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Este livro oferece-nos treze maus motivos para outras tantas histórias inesquecíveis.

São histórias de terror e do paranormal, que fazem inesperados jogos psicológicos com o leitor, falando de assuntos que preferiríamos manter bem longe do nosso pensamento.

Começamos a conspirar e a detectar elos de ligação, como se as personagens saltassem de uma história para outra. E de repente, enquanto lemos sobre a miúda que consegue parar o tempo, ou o cego que vê fantasmas, perguntamo-nos se algumas delas não se terão passado na nossa rua, no nosso bairro, na nossa cidade…

Certo é que a autora garante: todas elas têm uma ponta de verdade!

Purchase Links: Bertrand | Wook


Sobre a Autora

Ana Cláudia Dâmaso nasceu em Lisboa, no ano de 1992.

Sempre possuiu uma mente criativa e, desde muito nova, sentiu a necessidade de colocar as suas ideias no papel.

Considerando-se uma amante de artes, doida por desporto e ávida por informação, Ana encontra inspiração nos pequenos pormenores da vida quotidiana, da qual gosta de quebrar as suas rotinas.

Autora da saga distópica “Koldbrann”, de “Treze Más Histórias para Adormecer” de terror e paranormal e outros títulos de diferentes géneros literários, adora viajar e conhecer novos lugares, tendo por tradição acabar as suas obras sempre em locais diferentes.

Social Media Links: Goodreads | Instagram


Minha Review

“Treze Más Histórias Para Adormecer” é o primeiro livro de contos e de terror da autora Ana Cláudia Dâmaso. Um livro que posso já dizer que adorei!

É sempre difícil para mim escrever uma opinião sobre um livro de contos, principalmente porque não quero dar spoilers e porque a review ficaria muito extensa se falasse de cada um dos contos.

20200515_153246No entanto, direi que houve contos que gostei mais do que outros, apesar de ter adoro cada um dos treze contos por diferentes motivos. “Mendigar destinos” e “Boneca de Estimação” foram os meus favoritos, ambos por diversas razões, que vão desde a imagem criada aos arrepios provocados; da mensagem passada ao paralelismo com a realidade; desde as descrições às interações entre personagens.

Algo que igualmente adorei neste livro foi o conceito dele. A autora estabeleceu uma linha condutora que liga cada uma das histórias num mundo tão real que nos assusta. Esta ligação acaba por ser uma forma de manter uma base para os contos, pois estabelece assim o elemento comum, e criando um mundo consistente, no qual cada evento acaba por estar conetado.

Cada história serviu para explorar algum aspeto da essência humano, daquilo que ocorre na nossa sociedade. Desde as crenças, aos desejos, às loucuras, à dor… tanto que existe em cada conto em cada personagem e em cada momento mais ou menos macabro e mais ou menos fantasiado.

De uma forma geral, adorei e mal posso esperar pela sequela e saber para que lado a Ana Cláudia nos vai levar. “Treze Más Histórias Para Adormecer”? Eu diria “Treze Brilhantes Histórias Para Ler”! Dentro deste pequeno livro de contos existem histórias para todas as pessoas e para todos os gostos. Basta aventurarem-se neste mundo e esperar não sonhar com estas personagens.


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Love,

Jess

Fantasy, Reviews

“Guardiões” Review

Olá Amigos!

Hoje trago a review/critica a um livro que li em conjunto (buddy reading) com a Faith_Strange. Um livro de fantasia que certamente vos irá deixar curiosos.

“Guardiões”, escrito pela Filipa Tadeu, é o primeiro livro de uma série de fantasia, publicado em April 2019 pela Chiado Editora.

Quero agradecer à Filipa Tadeu por me ter gentilmente fornecido o livro. Todas as opiniões expressas nesta review são completamente minhas.


Sinopse

45445211Ter a sua vida virada do avesso nunca fizera parte dos planos de Chris.

Depois de se encontrar rodeada por um vasto e diferente círculo de amigos após se ter mudado para a Califórnia, as palavras Guardiões, Protegidos e Antigos acabaram por se tornar uma constante no seu dia-a-dia. Christina sempre estivera habituada à sua vida típica de adolescente, todavia tudo mudou após conhecer Noel. Misterioso, atraente e reservado salva-a e apresenta-a esta nova realidade onde nada é impossível. Entre conciliar a sua vida familiar com o ter de frequentar duas escolas e ainda permanecer sã, começa a pensar que esta não pode ficar ainda mais estranha. Até os sonhos começarem. No final, acaba por se aperceber que ainda pode haver muita coisa por descobrir sobre a sua vida e especialmente sobre si.

Descobertas, aventuras e mistérios rodeiam esta saga onde nem sempre, tudo é o que parece.

Purchase Links: Chiado Editora | Bertrand | Wook


Sobre a Autora

Filipa Tadeu

Filipa Tadeu nasceu em Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. Sempre foi uma amante de livros de fantasia, o que a levou a optar por um curso relacionado com línguas e toda a produção dos mesmos. Frequentou a Universidade de Aveiro onde o seu gosto pela literatura veio a crescer e posteriormente, levou à redação e publicação do seu primeiro livro.

Social Media Links: Goodreads | Instagram


Minha Review

20200502_104736Fantasia sempre foi um dos géneros que mais me cativa. Talvez porque foi com esse género que me apaixonei pela escrita e me voltei a apaixonar por ler. Dito isto, quando vi o livro da Filipa Tadeu fiquei curiosa e adicionei à minha TBR. Assim que surgiu a oportunidade de o ler, entusiasmo e gratidão era o que sentia. E aqui estou eu, finalmente a fazer a review deste livro.

Neste primeiro livro seguimos a Chris e a sua jornada, descobrindo a verdade e da outra faceta do mundo real que afinal esconde fantasia. Gostei bastante dela, e da forma como a autora descreveu a personagem principal, assim como todas as outras personagens que tem um papel mais ou menos importante na história.

Com cada personagem que conhecemos, cada mistério revelado e cada pergunta que surgia, tudo nos levava a questionar o que se passava e o que viria na página ou capítulo seguinte. Esta curiosidade tornou a leitura viciante. E claro, sempre que parecia que viria daquele momento um cliché qualquer, a história reservava surpresas inimagináveis.

20200509_094338Ao longo da leitura fui comentando com uma amiga que estava a ler o livro em leitura conjunta/buddy reading comigo. Muitas teorias formamos, nenhuma delas irei referir nesta review pois não quero dar nenhum spoiler ou tingir as vossas experiências de leitura. No entanto, a partilha de opiniões com esta minha amiga, tornou a leitura ainda mais aliciante, pois tinha alguém com quem debater ideias e emoções.

A dado momento, a história da Chris e dos seus amigos parecia como que uma aventura numa montanha-russa. Entusiasmante, misteriosa, com alto e baixos a nível de ação e drama. Tudo o que tornou ainda mais emocionante a leitura.

A nível geral, gostei bastante da história. Já não me sentia habituada a ler um livro com um feeling de teenager, o que se tornou refrescante e divertido. E agora resta-me ficar à espera do próximo, pois com aquele final… quero imenso saber o que mais acontecerá!


Não se esqueçam de comentar, não sejam estranhos.

Se tem alguma recomendação de livros que acham que deva ler podem enviar uma mensagem usando o formulário na página Contact Me.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Always Been You” Review

Hello Friends!

Happy Wednesday! Today I have a review of a book that is part of a series whose author you may recognize.

Always Been You“, written by Lasairiona E. McMaster, is the third book in the AJ Williams Series, published on May 9th 2020 by Drama Llama Publishing.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lasairiona E. McMaster for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Always Been You


Synopsis

Always Been You CoverFive thousand miles from his ex, AJ is living with Lisa’s decision to call it quits and leave both him, and Alabama behind. Upon hearing that Lisa is moving forward from their engagement with a new (and handsome!) doctor-boyfriend, AJ is confused and broken at the idea of facing life without his soul mate. AJ finds himself at a cross roads, does he give up all hope of ever reconciling with Lisa and take a chance on love again with someone new? Or is his heart destined to be forever entwined with the beautiful Irish woman he met on the internet… who is now with another man?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Potential Trigger Warning: Sexual assault, medical injury/brain trauma/grief/loss


Author Bio

Lasairiona McMaster PhotoLasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did – with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years. Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself ‘home’, with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation. With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.

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My Review

This is the final book in the AJ series, and where everything comes together.

We keep following Aj’s side of the story, we see how life for him is, while he deals with all the obstacles that may appear, with his mental health problems, and every other situation he ends up encountering as he tries to figure things out.

P1070705We get keep connecting with AJ and all the other characters that have a big role in his life, in a positive aspect, even thought we know them. It was quite interesting to see the the other side of the coin, and see the interactions between the characters in a new light. It gave the story and world an even more powerful understanding, since we get to see both MC’s POVs and all that they had to deal with during this time line.

I did say, in the previous reviews of this series, that I loved that we were given a chance to read AJ’s daily life. I truly felt that Lisa’s series needed that. AJ was and still is one of my favorite characters and I knew there was a lot about him that we needed to know. With this novel we get the final pieces to understand all that has lead to the big finale.

Overall, I definitely recommend you read the entire series in order, I would start with Lisa’s POV and then get to AJ’s POV. Then you will get a bigger understanding of all the various elements that shaped their story. It’s a rollercoaster in terms of emotions and I personally loved to connect with the characters in that deep level.

Also, I do caution the readers, because there may be some potential trigger in both series. Just keep that in mind.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“Josie James and the Velvet Knife” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a review of a Children/Middle Grade book, the second novel in the Josie James Series by Lily Mae Walters. You may remember the name from my “Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer” review post.

“Josie James and the Velvet Knife”, written by Lily Mae Walters, published 2nd April 2019

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lily Mae Walters 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

JJ Velvet Knife Front Cover“For you to find the Velvet Knife, you must solve the riddles thrice.” A mysterious hooded figure, known only as the Velvet Knife has appeared in the cursed village of Suncroft. No one knows who he is or what he wants but when he starts leaving riddles around the village, it is time for Josie to return to Suncroft for a second time.

With Asher, her faithful husky Protector by her side, Filan, a half elf, and her great grandad, will they be able to solve the clues in time and discover his identity? The Velvet Knife is not the only one causing problems for Josie. Her rival for the position of the ‘Chosen One’ continues to grow stronger, and now he has a Protector of his own.

What does all this mean for Josie? Is she destined to lift the wintery curse of Suncroft or will another take her place as the ‘Chosen One’?

Purchase Link: Amazon


Author Bio

Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series.

She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.

Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories.

Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.

Social Media Links – Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


My Review

This is the second book in the novel and since it is a series that has a continuity to it, I recommend you start with book one, just so you have the full experience of the story and characters.

That been said, we follow Josie, as she goes on yet another quest. Side by side, we go with her on a new adventure that brings questions, riddles, mystery and interesting moments that I could see my younger cousins loving if they read this books with me.

With fun characters, magic and exciting action moments, this is the kind of book that can get the reader involved. Since it’s a children’s book, aimed to 8 to 12 year old, the fact that it was magical, fun and visual, was perfect.

Honestly, anyone can read the book and just have a good time in this fictional world, going back in time and being a kid and going on an adventure.

Overall, I enjoyed it as much as I did the first one. It was a good sequel to the story, and it was as intriguing and fun. And I’m to going to give any spoilers, but I may have enjoyed the plot a little bit more in this book, especially since the story keeps moving through uncovering mysteries and I get to reconnect more with the characters.

If the synopsis spark your attention or if you think your children are going to like it, start with book one “Josie James and The Teardrops of Summer”, get to know the main character, this 13 year old girl, and join her in all the various journeys and quests she ended up in, through a magical world.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Historical Romance, Reviews

“A Shop Girl At Sea” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this lovely Thurday. Today I bring you a review of a historical romance novel that is part of a series.

A Shop Girl At Sea, written by Rachel Brimble, is a Historical Romance, the fourth book in the Pennington’s Series published on April 9th 2020 by Aria Fiction.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel Brimble 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

51805947. sy475 Bath, 1912.

Amelia Wakefield loves working at Pennington’s, Bath’s finest department store. An escape from her traumatic past, it saved her life. So when Miss Pennington sets her a task to set sail on the Titanic and study the department stores of New York, she couldn’t be more excited – or determined!

Frustrated with his life at home, Samuel Murphy longs for a few weeks of freedom and adventure. Meeting Amelia on board the Titanic, Samuel can’t help wonder what painful history has made the beauty so reserved. But he already has too many responsibilities for love.

Ruby Taylor has always kept her Pennington co-workers at a distance. Making sure her little brother is safe has always been her priority. But when that means accepting Victoria Lark’s offer of sanctuary, more than one of Ruby’s secrets is under threat of being revealed…

A riveting and uplifting saga, perfect for fans of Elaine Everest and Fiona Ford.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Rachel BrimbleRachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 20 published novels including the Pennington’s department store series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).

In July 2019, she signed a three-book deal with Aria Fiction for a Victorian trilogy set in a Bath brothel which will feature three heroines determined to change their lives and those of other women. The first book is due for release in Autumn 2020.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Blog | Instagram | Amazon | Goodreads


My Review

This isn’t the first novel of Rachel Brimble that I have read, since I read the previous books in this series, so I was excited when I saw hat there as another Pennington’s book.

It was as amazing as the previous stories, maintaining the same fantastic flow in the storytelling and the brilliant descriptions that transported us to that time and moment, we characters that felt human and real.

The amazing thing about Rachel Brimble’s stories, this one included, is that she talks about certain topics that are still very relevant in our present. She does it in a way that we get to connect with the characters and understand them, their past, future, dreams and nightmares, and their actions through out the book.

In this book we get to follow Amelia, Samuel and Ruby. Each one with their own demons their own struggles and their own moments of strength and connection with the reader. At least that’s what I felt, since it as like going on an emotional rollercoaster. The interactions helped with that, by giving us opportunities to really know all the characters as well as their circumstances, as well as the setting of the story.

Overall, I loved it. It was such a good story, thought provoking and engaging. It had a good balance despite all the emotions I could feel by being transported to the story. Plus, it had a good rhythm and I ended up reading page after page without even caring about the late hour.


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Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“Dreaming of Italy” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this start of a brand new week. Today I bring you a review of a romance novel, and we all need some love in our lives, even if it’s only in books, so we can be cozy and happy.

Dreaming of Italy“, written by T.A. Williams, is a Romantic Comedy and Chicklit, published May 4th 2020 by Canelo.

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I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and T.A. Williams and Canelo for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, 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

Dreaming of Italy CoverUp for a dream promotion, Emma won’t let anything get in her way – not even love.

Working for a major Hollywood film company isn’t all glitz and glam. But when Emma gets sent to tour around Italy to scout the perfect location for a new blockbuster movie, she’s not going to complain. Especially when it could make or break her career…

Historical adviser for the project Mark is a distraction that Emma does not need. As they explore the beauty of Italy, Emma starts to fall for the mysterious Mark, and soon finds herself torn between her job and her heart.

From the wild, northern mountains of Piedmont, down the vibrant coast of Cinque Terre and through the rolling hills of Tuscany, Emma’s journey becomes one of self-discovery as she questions her priorities in life.

Purchases Link: Amazon US


About the Author

TA Williams Author PhotoI’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing romantic comedy is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations and, as a writer, I obviously have to go there in person and check them out first. I love my job…

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


My Review

This was the first novel by this author that I have read and since I happened in Italy, I was really curious about it.

In this story we follow Emma and Mark, exploring Italy and falling in love with the characters and the scenery. And of course there are other characters that appear, giving us some much need interaction and creating a good realism to the story.

P1070877Plus since there is a Hollywood film involved, it kind of gives an interesting extra element for the plot and allowing more characters and interaction. I loved that part of the story, not only did it allow more the relationships between the various characters, but it also gave some context to the plot.

The fact that this book happen in another country, one that I have always wanted to visit Italy, is kind of a dream like story. With the current situation, it allow us to visit all the landscapes and historical places without leaving the comfort of our home. It opened our mind and transport us with brilliant descriptions. It almost felt like being there. Seeing, smelling and listening everything. And of course it leaves even more curious, adding names to my list of places to visit.

Overall, it was a warm book with a great storytelling that makes us feel as though we are there. A fantastic novel and I’m quite curious about other works by this author.


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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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Jess