Paranormal · Reviews

“Memórias de um Vampiro” 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.

To my Portuguese friends and followers… Enjoy!


Olá meus queridos amigos!

“Memórias de um Vampiro”, escrito por Rafael Loureiro, é o primeiro livro da Triologia Nocturnus, publicado a setembro de 2009 pela Editorial Presença.

Era para ter publicado esta review ontem, mas acabei por não conseguir vir ao computador para terminar de escrever o post. Mas aqui está a review.

Já tinha lido este livro à algum tempo, mas ainda não tinha escrito a minha review, e este verão decidi reler e finalmente publicar as minhas opiniões. Se vocês já leram o livro, digam-me nos comentários o que pensaram. Se ainda não leram, espero que dêem uma chance e entrem neste mundo.


Sinopse

Memórias de Um Vampiro é o primeiro volume de uma trilogia onde romance e aventura se combinam para nos abrirem as portas a um universo repleto de emoções intensas, valores supremos e conflitos arrebatados. Daimon DelMoona, nascido no século XVII, viu o seu mundo desmoronar-se quando a mulher que ia desposar morre. Do seu sofrimento é resgatado por uma vampira, que lhe concede o Novo Nascimento. E assim começa uma odisseia que atravessa os séculos para culminar numa batalha contra o tirano Alexander, um vampiro sedento de poder. Para travá-la, novas alianças terão de ser forjadas, e um amor com ressonâncias do passado terá de ultrapassar duros obstáculos. Mas conseguirá Daimon vencer esta cruzada e concretizar o seu amor sem fim?


Sobre o Autor

Rafael Loureiro, Professor de Educação Física, praticante e Mestre de Artes Marciais, nunca perdeu o gosto pela escrita que cultivou desde cedo.

Apaixonado pelo gótico e pelo Mito do Vampiro, fez uma incursão espiritual a este mundo oculto onde conheceu de perto a sua Alma e os seus Demónios. Decidiu então começar a descrevê-los nos seus poemas, assinando-os já como DelMoona, o seu alter-ego. Foi nessa altura também em que ergueu as suas vestes negras para jamais as deixar de usar.

Não satisfeito, decide escrever contos, aventuras, desse personagem que descobriu dentro de si. Um dia, é-lhe sugerido compilá-los num livro, e assim nasceu Memórias de um Vampiro, publicado em Edição de Autor em 2007 e posteriormente pela Editorial Presença em 2009. Naturalmente seguiu-se a sequela com Ascensão de Arcana, publicado primeiramente também em Edição de Autor, e por fim A Redenção.

Toda a sua narrativa constitui um paralelo muito próximo da sua própria vida e da sua realidade, de acontecimentos que se passaram consigo e se traduzem, claro, na realidade de Daimon DelMoona.

Em 2016 termina um novo livro, Cinzas de um Novo Mundo, um romance num universo tech noir, uma ramificação independente do universo da Trilogia Nocturnus.

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Minha Review

“Acredito que nós durante a nossa vida nos cruzamos com situações pelas quais o destino nos obriga a passar, mas o caminho entre elas, somos nós que o fazemos com as nossas decisões.” (p. 28)

Li e reli o livro. Continuo a adorar diversos aspetos deste livro, e em breve falarei deles. Primeiro quero referir que conheci o Rafael Loureiro, o autor deste livro, em 2016, li os livros na altura, e tinha prometido dizer o que achava enviando-lhe uma mensagem, infelizmente o tempo pareceu fugir das minhas mãos e nunca mais fiz o prometido. Bem, agora que voltei a ler, decidi que tinha de ser, tinha de (para além de enviar mensagem) escrever uma review. E aqui está ele.

Quanto aos aspetos que gostei neste primeiro livro. Comecemos pelo principio.

Primeiro, adorei que houvesse um Léxico, porque isso ajuda imenso quando entramos num novo mundo e existem vários elementos no mundo e na sociedade que precisamos de saber, e poupa trabalho a tira notas.

Segundo, o prólogo e a história da origem dos vampiros. A ligação ao anjo Tiriel e a Deus e cria ligações desde o início, deixando-nos a questionar diversos assuntos.

Terceiro, as personagens… Este livro encontra-se na primeira pessoa. Seguimos um homem cujo o nome “desconhecemos” (sabes devido à sinopse, mas apenas sabemos verdadeiramente que é ele até ao capítulo IV), e é pelos seus olhos que somos introduzidos a um grupo de personagens peculiares e interessantes, tão diferentes uns dos outros.

Por causa dessas personagens, boas e más, somos transportados numa máquina do tempo, visitando outros tempos e outros locais. Somos levados a querer saber mais sobre as personagens sobre a sociedade Nocturnus.

Depois existe a ação. Tem muita ação. Combates que nos fazem sentir que estou presentes de uma maneira rápida e entusiasmante, tal como se estivéssemos a jogar um jogo de consola que nos coloca no fundo da cadeira e quase a saltar.

“Nessa noite mudei. Obviamente já havia mudado antes, mas esta transformação foi diferente, foi interior, foi na Fé. Afinal o Deus distante realmente existia, podia ser bom ou mau, mas estava lá em cima, naquele céu noturno olhando para baixo e, quem sabe,  olhando para mim e talvez já arrependido de ter levado para si a outra parte da minha vida, a minha da dama de cabelos ruivos.” (p. 40)

E não me posso esquecer, claro, da temática religiosa e toda a ideia de destino e reencarnação. Da primeira vez tive imensas questões sobre as relações de diversas personagens tendo em conta esse mistério, e confesso que depois de reler continua a provocar a minha mente a questionar sobre a vida, sobre a nossa existência e alma. Por isso, esse aspeto é um dos que mais adorei e considero importante para mim, como razão para recomendar o livro.

Por fim, quero apenas dizer que quando virem o livro, ele é pequenino, mas isso não interessa. Podia ter algumas coisas extra que gostava de saber melhor ou de ver melhor, talvez, mas estava tão embalada que nada disso me importou. Isto porque o autor foi capaz de me cativar para a sua história, e para mim é isso que importa verdadeiramente.

Através da escrita de Rafael Loureiro, deduzi, emocionei-me e questionei. Vivi em localizações quem nem sempre estavam identificadas em concreto. Vivi em tempos passados. Senti tristeza pelas personagens, tal como alegria e revolta, medo e entusiasmo.

E no final, tive de ir fazer o teste e descobrir a verdade sobre mim.


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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“The Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket” Review

Hello Friends!

I’m only posting now because my dad has been so tiring and I was away from home and my computer all day. I had some last minute issues to take care of, before I had to go to work in the afternoon. Yeah, that’s right… I got a job at a kindergarten, doing activities with the kids, after school. That’s the reason why I’m only posting now.

Today I bring you an adventure middle grade novel, “The Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket“, written by Suzanne Lowe, the first book in a new series, published on 1st October 2018.

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

The Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket


Blurb

The first thrilling tale of adventure, friendship and discovery in the Pirate Princess series.

Ebooks_ coverMeet Lotty, the brave, young orphan whose life is about to change forever.

When Lotty is cast out from the Sevenoaks home for children, she must use all her courage to navigate her new life. On her travels she meets Mr Jacks, a lovable and very cheeky dog who accompanies her on her adventures.

When they find themselves ship-wrecked, together, they encounter ruthless pirates, secret islands and discover the truth about Lotty’s golden locket and pirate treasure.

A story full of excitement and adventure, filled with friendship, humour and pirates!

Purchase Links – Amazon US | Amazon UKBarnes and Noble


Author Bio

Suzanne LoweI was born in Perth Western Australia and as a young adult grew up in the small country town of Tom Price situated in the outback of Western Australia.  Travelling extensively throughout Australia, I loved seeing the diverse landscapes and animals of the country.  My current home is in Perth with my husband, two daughters and our cat Abby. ​

​I have a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Sports Science. My interests include watching movies, particularly sci- fi, travelling, photography and reading. I also enjoy going to the occasional comic book convention! 

Like the young women in my stories,  I have had the opportunity to experience many exciting adventures in my life so far including being part of the Australian Army Reserves, climbing to Mt Everest base camp, descending into one of the pyramids at Giza in Egypt, flying in a hot air balloon over the Valley of the Kings, parachuting from a plane at 12000 feet and sitting on the edge of an active volcano on Tanna island in Vanuatu.

My daughters have Dyslexia and I wrote my first book Seventeen as I wanted to encourage them to try things even if they found them difficult, such as writing.  I am a member of the Society of children’s book writers and illustrators and the Australian Society of Authors.

The children’s pirate adventure story for middle grade readers, The Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket published by Silvergum Publishing, is the second book I have written. My first novel Seventeen, a YA dystopian adventure story was published in 2016 by  Creativia Publishing.

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My Review

P1070109.JPGI always love reading middle grade books, because they take me back to my childhood and how visual some stories are. In this book, that as what happen too. I loved it because of all the ingredients that made this story a great adventure novel.

Lotty is the main character and she’s a very relatable character and I like that this book as a powerful young girl as a main character. We follow Lotty’s life as she leace the orphanage and starts her life on the sea, and all the journey after. She’s a girl that is finding her role in the world and follow all her dreams, and with that wondering, she brings some personality treats to view. Her wittiness, her strength, the kindness and the loyalty to her friends.

P1070059.JPGWe are taken on an adventure, with an intriguing plot in a fast paced storytelling that had pirates, friendship, humor and action, brilliantly written that made me stay at the edge of my seat during all the 100pages of this novel. Besides that, the story had some amazing descriptions, dialogues and narrative that made the book so visual and emotive. And that paced and all the components of the storytelling are what made this book so perfect for any audience.

Overall, I liked the book a lot and I wish I had more books about Lotty and all the fun and entertaining characters that she meet along the way. I highly recommend it to everyone.


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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Love,

Jess

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Historical Romance · Reviews

“The Pirate’s Stowaway Bride” Review

Hello Friends!

Like I said in a previous post… I’m trying to get back on track and review all the book I have read in the past few months. So here I am with another review, and who doesn’t love pirate’s stories?!

The Pirate’s Stowaway Bride“, written by Anne Stryker, is a quick novella published this summer that has pirates and action.

I want to thank Anne for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to read this book and in turn give my honest review of the book.


Blurb

40683521Sit still. Be quiet. Obey.

Adora has lived her entire life under her mother’s strict rules, but when obedience means marrying a man twice her age, something deep within her snaps. Fleeing the night of her wedding, she boards what she assumes is a trade ship and hides among the cargo she hopes won’t be touched until she’s far away from the life she left behind.

She never anticipated being found.

Or finding Fenix.

Fenix believes in freedom, expression, and adventure. When a woman in a wedding gown is found in the belly of his ship with eyes like fire and the disposition of something almost broken, he wants nothing more than to release the flames and mend the cracks.

But with her past catching up to them, he may not have the chance.

Purchase Link – Amazon


Author Bio

P1060747Anne Stryker is a romance author who loves animals and fantasy. Somehow she finds a way to incorporate both into her stories in one way or another more often than not. Adventure, twists, and magic lie within every page in her works, and she invites you to join her on the expeditions of several lifetimes.

Currently, Anne is working on a fantasy romance series that retells both fairy tales and myths in mashups of severe proportions. The Beyond the Veil series starts with Lurking in the Woods, which has just been published.

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My Review

P1060561I haven’t read that many books with pirates but this one grabbed my attention the minute I read the blurb. It’s my first book from Anne Stryker and I liked this novella a lot.

This book follows Adora after she escapes before her wedding and ended up going on a journey on a pirate ship. And she met the captain, Fenix, and each scene they are together was fun to read and you could see that they were interested in one another, and there as a chemistry going on. Fenix helped her not only with taking her to where she wanted to go, but he also encouraged her to be herself and just ‘unleash that fire’ and ‘let it burn’.

P1060631This is a novella, and it’s not even 50 pages long, but even though it was a short and quick read, I enjoyed every single page and it was sweet and it had some action moments and I wished there was more because I would loved to read what other adventures they would have in the future.

Fenix was charming and he really did made everything possible so that she could feel comfortable. And the way that the author wrote the characters, the pirates, it gives this refreshing aspect to the all “Pirates are rude and mean, and can’t be trusted.” Yes, Fenix is mischievous, but he’s also polite and kind, funny and determined. And that just made me love him so much more.

Overall, I just wished I could read more about them, have another novella about other adventures they had. And seriously, it had a great message… to be who we are.


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.

And 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

New Releases · Reviews

“Call Me Saaya” Review

P1060453Hello Friends!

Last month I got an email from Kavya, from Keemiya Creatives, behalf of Zoe M, the writer of “Call Me Saaya“, requesting my review of this new release. So here I am to give my honest review of the book. Thank you for the eCopy of the book, in exchange for my review.


Blurb

Call me SaayaShamsher Singh Rathore has it all. A job he loves and a life he lives every moment. Until an untimely call from home embroils him with a woman called Saaya who proceeds to turn his orderly world upside down!

The only interest Sayana Singh Rajput had in him was the prized Sheesh Haveli. She had never believed in love until destiny threw her this impossible challenge.

What do you do when all that you believed in turns out to be a lie?

Will Shamsher be able to save his world?

Will Sayana believe in love or will she allow avarice ruin it all?

What about Saaya?

What happens when desire meets destiny?

Set in idyllic Rajasthan, Call me Saaya is the story of two souls in pursuit for true love while destiny has other plans for them.

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Authors Bio

Zoe M lives and works in Mumbai.

She feel in love with the written word at the age of sixteen. Her affair has only matured over the years as she read stories that captivated her. Now, she uses the magic of words to help her spin her own stories. Her love of reading was born when she read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

Call Me Saaya is Zoe M’s debut novel. It is a romantic tour de force that weaves in and out of metros and a forgotten, quaint village in Rajasthan, revealing stories as it goes. The novel reflects the author’s love for the unexpected and is as engaging as she is.

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My review

P1060454Every time I read a first book by a ‘new-to-me’ author, especially when it’s a debut novel, I always find intriguing the author’s writing style. With “Call Me Saaya”, it was all new to me.

I haven’t read that many books set in India, and it’s always eye-opening. When I started this book, the first thing I notice wasn’t the cultural differences, it was the vivid descriptions the author was giving us. And that quality kept going through out the book. One of the aspects in this book I quite liked.

P1060457So, as I dived deeper into the set and plot, and as I got to know more the characters, I got to really understand their motivations and the storyline. I loved how real some moments looked like, literally ‘looked like’ because of the descriptions and the powerful feelings in the book.

It was a book about love, pain, revenge, hate, attraction, loyalty and family. It’s about two people and the life they live or want to live. It was exciting, unexpected, with action and suspense that gave this story a good pace, with the other subjects in the book.

That been said, the descriptions, the characters, the pace and the twist and turns… Those were some of my favorite aspects of the book. And I quite enjoyed how they were the foundation for the all plot, for the storyline to develop the way it did and for the events to happen and run it’s course. That’s why the concept of the story was so much interesting to me, it made it unique and not just a normal romance book that had some troubles along to way.


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

 

Paranormal · Reviews

“Enduring Service” Review

Hello friends,

p1050266.jpgEnduring Service” is the third book in Regina MorrisColony Series. This series is a Paranormal Romance, with Vampires, so you guys know I would go crazy for that.

I got the eCopy of the book in exchange for an honest review. That been said, here is the blurb:

Colony Agent Sulie Metcalf, the President’s private physician, has been in love with the same human man for nearly thirty years. She refuses to allow herself the joy of true love because her feelings are unrequited by her human boss, Jonathan Dixon. As Dixon’s retirement looms near, and his memories of Sulie and the last thirty years of his life are about to be erased, does she confront her fear of intimacy and take a leap of faith before it’s too late?

Dixon has decided to retire and enjoy what time he has left. When Sulie is kidnapped during a medical emergency, Dixon realizes that retirement means giving up everything, and everyone, he’s known for the last three decades. Will he risk his life, and his heart, to save her?

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You can add the book to your Goodreads TBR.

Also, check out the rest of the Colony Series on Goodreads and add it to your TBR


 

P1050275Before the review, I would like to thank Regina for the book, and second, I have to say that this is the first book I’m reading of hers, and even though my mind goes a bit crazy if I don’t read the books in a series in order, I was taking a leap of faith because Regina said that this book would be a good book to jump into.

And hold and behold, she, of course, was right! I didn’t feel confused of feel like I wasn’t understanding the plot of the world. So you guys can jump into the series with this book too, it’s perfectly fine.

If you have seen some of my blog post and my Instagram page, you probably know by now that I love the Paranormal Romance genre and especially Vampire books. I love reading them and figure out, and really understand, what makes the vampires what and who they are. Every author has their own “thing” that they put in their vampires that makes them different from every single book and series about vampires. And that’s what really made me start writing my own vampire series.

P1050272I was curious to know about the vampires in this story, and the vampire society and characteristic and the vampirism (the drinking blood and all that) made sense too me. It had that particular thing that made this series different from the others I have read. Regina added something unique to her own vampire story and that’s really what made me excited while I was reading the book. That and the characters.

Talking about the characters… Sulie Metcalf is the main female character, she’s a doctor and a Colony Agent, and we know right from the start that she loves Jonathan Dixon, the Director of the COLONY, “the human liaison between the President and the vampire team who had protected all the presidents since Lincoln’s assassination”.

P1050267As we keep reading, we start to understand no only the world and Sulie, but also Dixon. I found myself liking him a lot, even finding him funny, and loving how Sulie cared for him.

First of all, Sulie is such an unusual name for me, but it gives her such an interesting aura and I love it. Second, Dixon is a cutie pie. That’s it! You guys really have to go read the book so you can understand why.

There was action and since it’s a series about a security team, of course the book had to go through some rollercoaster of action and “Oh no!” or “Hell, yes!” moments.

I liked how the story was written, I liked how you could feel empathy for the characters, and I loved the vampire aspects of the story. I’m curious to know more about the Vampire Council, because there’s something there that I need to explore. And I’m now very curious to read all the other books in this series, including the first two.

P1050269That been said, it may not be a surprise that I recommend this book, especially if you are a vampire lover, you have to give this series a shot if you haven’t already.

 

Don’t forget to go to Regina Morris‘s social media accounts and website to find out more about her books and new about upcoming releases:

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You can also find this review on my Goodreads page,

 

P1050264Don’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

 

Paranormal · Reviews · The book Robin Hood

“Heir of Ashes” Review

Hello friends,

P1050249Heir of Ashes” is my first book of Jina S. Bazzar, and I really got intrigued by the concept of this book. I got an eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest review of the book.

Before that, here is the blurb:

Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. Her dreams of a perfect, successful and prosperous future seemed well within her grasp.
By the time she was twenty-two she had become a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted.
As Roxanne embarks on the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human, but a rarity even among her Fee peers.
She is hunted by scientists, keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, as well as other beings far more dangerous whose plans for her she cannot fathom

You can add the book on Goodreads.


P1050248Before I really start reviewing this books let me tell you guys something. If I love a book, I love it; if I like it, I like it; if I think that books just touched my heart I will say that too. And with this book, I liked somethings and love others.

I liked that we had mystery until the very end. I loved that there was a lot of action, because I could feel Roxanne’s panic and fear and it makes me want to read about her future even more now, because I feel like I was in that journey with her.

This book is in the 1st person, so we get to see things in Roxanne’s POV, which I actually liked. Not that I could relate to her, I have never been in her position, but I felt like, as a woman, I could understand somethings. Plus, as we keep reading, we start getting to know her more and understand why she react in some ways.

P1050223So, as you probably read in the blurb the book is about Roxanne Fosch, and we get to the story after her escape, which means she’s a fugitive and she’s afraid they will find her.

Meanwhile, she ends up meeting Logan and he’s awesome and I really want to know more about him and figure out what will happen in his life. Anyway, Roxie and Logan end up going on this action filled journey, each one of them with a goal in mind.

And, of course, this book not only had the action and mystery aspect, it had the paranormal one too. And I really do want to know more about that, because there are some many questions still unanswered, but that’s because Jina (the author) is now working on the second book. And I can’t wait to get my hands on that one.

The book had a quick pace in some chapters, especially the ones that got me on the edge of my seat, and there were other chapter that were slower and mysterious, or cute, or funny, or just to give us some needed information. And I liked that, I was never bored and I was really intrigued and entertained. For me that was awesome.

P1050250I liked the action, loved the mysterious, liked the paranormal aspect, loved this new path and I want to know how this new chapter in her life is going to turn out, liked that it was in the 1st person POV. So, as you can see… Liked some things, loved others.

 

Is this a book I recommend? Yes, it is.

Why? Because if you like action, mystery and paranormal you should enter this rollercoaster and have fun in it.

 

Don’t forget to go to Jina S. Bazzar‘s social media accounts and website to find out more about her books and new about upcoming releases:

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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).

You can also find this review on my Goodreads page,

 

P1050246Don’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