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Book exchange

Hello everyone,

I was going through my bookshelf and saw that there are a lot of books that I want to get rid of since I don’t plan to read them or have read them and don’t plan to re-read them or didn’t like them. So I would like to offer those for an exchange. I will put my wish list on the bottom of this post.

A confederacy of dunces – John Kennedy Toole (used)

a confederacy of dunces - John Kennedy Toole

 

Dead Poets Society – N.H. Kleinbaum (used)Dead Poets Society - N. H. Kleinbaum

Emma – Alexander McCall Smith (new – never read or opened)

Emma - Alexander McCall Smith

 

Girl Online #1 – Zoe Sugg (once read)

Girl Online 1

 

Girl Online #2 – Zoe Sugg (once read)Girl Online 2

 

It’s kind of a funny story – Ned Vizzini (new – never used or opened)It's kind of a funny story - Ned Vizzini

 

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour bookstore – Robin Sloan (once read)Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sload

 

Paradise news – David Lodge (used)Paradise News - David Lodge

 

Paris for one – Jojo Moyes (once read !!it’s about only 20pgs)Paris for One - Jojo Moyes

 

Seriously.. I’m kidding – Ellen DeGeneres (once read)Seriously.. I'm Kidding - Ellen DeGeneres

 

The fog withing – Nick Shamhart (once read)The fog withing - Nick Shamhart

 

The key to living the Law of Attraction – Jack Canfield (once read)The key to living the Law of Attraction - Jack Canfield

 

The seafront tea rooms – Vanessa Greene (new)The seafront Tea rooms - Venassa Greene

 

The truth about forever – Sarah Dessen (once read)The truth about forever - Sarah Dessen

 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan (new)Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & David Levithan

 

Wives and Lovers – Jane Elizabeth Varley (used)Wives and Lovers - Jane Elizabeth Varley

 

My wishlist:
1) Queen of shadows; Empire of Storms; Tower of dawn; The assassins blade – Sarah J. Maas
2) Click’d – Tamara Ireland Stone
3) The Tales of Beedle the Bard / The fantastic beasts and where to find them screenplay – J.K. Rowling
4) Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic – Lisa Lister
5) Geekerella – Ashley Poston
6) Summer at Little beach street bakery; Christmas at Little beach street bakery – Jenny Colgan
7) The Cosy christmas teashop – Caroline Roberts
8) The Takedown – Corrie Wang

This is my wish list but if you have some book that you think I would like, you can write me. Or just write me an offer with the book you are willing to exchange and maybe we can make a compromise.

You can contact me on Twitter

Greets,
Ana

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Review

Book Review: Celebrity by Melinda de Ross

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Title: Celebrity
Author: Melinda de Ross
Genre: Contemporary romance
Within twenty-four hours, Kendra Kensington’s life changes drastically. She lands a million dollar contract for her latest novel, now on the road to becoming a movie, catches her boyfriend in bed with another woman, and decides to move across the country from Chicago to California. But the City of Angels harbors more demons than she had imagined.
When she meets Blake Tyler, the famous movie star she’s secretly crushed on for years, she thinks her attempt to rebuild her life may just be on the right track. However, the past and the present seem to be conspiring against her and happiness may be harder to achieve than she thinks.

When Melinda asked me do I want to review her next book, Celebrity, I accepted it with my both hands wide open. I love her works and her writing style and I knew I won’t be disappointed this time.

I was captured from the first page. I know the book that was mentioned in ‘Celebrity’ so it wasn’t hard for me to understand and grasp what was behind. I didn’t have any picture behind two main characters in Kendra’s book that was made into a book.

Kendra moves to LA on her own but she has a support of her agent and soon, she meets friends as well. I liked how Kendra just took the matter in her own hands; for example, buying and renovating house completely. She even gets a dog and a boyfriend, that is a popular actor. Don’t get me wrong, it is not at all the cliche love story. They have ups and downs and the good thing about it is that Blake, her boyfriend, talks to her about it. He is down to earth and does his best to understand Kendra (after he gets her talking). He understands that Kendra’s past wasn’t easy, as well that she needs to overcome dating an actor.

To be honest, I’ve thought that she will end up with Danny, her agent, and at the beginning I didn’t like the Blake guy. Why?! I don’t know myself. I just had a bad feeling about him and wanted her to end up with Danny. But as I’ve met Blake more, my feelings towards him changed.

SPOILER (+TW):
There is one scene in my head that has struck me; it was where Kendra was on the party and Danny is there as well. He is drunk and he takes her to the room where he almost rapes her but she is saved by Blake. While reading this scene, I’ve had two thoughts in my mind;
1) this is the first time I’m reading a scene like this in contemporary romance and we seriously need more books where this happens if just for the girls to recognize it (I wish that NO ONE EVER comes in situation like this)
2) How did Melinda even came to an idea like this?

All in all, I really loved the book! It was a quick and interesting read; the read that’s not only about the love and relationship but has it’s own depth in it. A big plus right there!

I’m bringing you exclusive interview with Melinda:

  1. First of all, can you shortly introduce yourself to the readers?

My pen name is Melinda De Ross and I’m an international author of Romanian origin. I write in two languages, primarily English, and I try to lend my books the elegance specific to the European style, as well as the modern appeal of the American culture.

I have a law degree and have been a professional target shooter for over a decade. My favorite genre to read and write in is Romance, and anytime I’m given the choice, I prefer watching a classic movie instead of going to a noisy club. My favorite things in the world are my husband, books and chocolate – in that order. J

I also love to hear from readers all over the world, and you can find me at:

http://melindadeross.com/ (where right now you can pick up a free book!)

 

  1. How did you start to write and became an author?

The story about the beginnings of my writing career is quite long and complicated. I’ve told it so many times over the years, that I had to trim quite a lot of it. But basically, writing started as a form of therapy for me, when I was going through a very hard period in my early-to-mid-twenties. I had been working as a journalist since I was 18, but never had I thought of becoming a fiction writer, until one day when I had to make a choice and find a purpose in my life. From that moment, I knew writing was not only my passion, but my lifetime career. Ever since then, it’s been a struggle to improve, grow, and discover myself as an author.

 

  1. What is your favorite book you’ve written and why is that sort of a ‘Must Read’?

Wow, this is a tough one! I love all of my books, of course, but from a critical, self-improving point of view, I would say my favorite book is THE PLOT, a suspense romance that tackles sensitive issues like human trafficking, and is basically the love story between an ex-prostitute and a high-class thief. Not your average Pretty Woman style, more like a combo of Leaving Las Vegas and Memoirs of a Geisha. How can that not be a must-read? 🙂

 

  1. Can you tell us more about your newest book, CELEBRITY? How would you describe it?

I loved writing Celebrity, and I think I pretty much hit the perfect formula for contemporary romance. This is the blurb:

Within twenty-four hours, Kendra Kensington’s life changes drastically. She lands a million dollar contract for her latest novel, now on the road to becoming a movie, catches her boyfriend in bed with another woman, and decides to move across the country from Chicago to California. But the City of Angels harbors more demons than she had imagined.
When she meets Blake Tyler, the famous movie star she’s secretly crushed on for years, she thinks her attempt to rebuild her life may just be on the right track. However, the past and the present seem to be conspiring against her and happiness may be harder to achieve than she thinks.

 

  1. How did you come up with idea and what was your inspiration to write it?

Hmmm… I guess it was one night when my husband and I were watching The Voice, and I said to him something like, “Other than you, I think Blake Shelton is the hottest man on Earth!”. So I wanted to write a book with a hero who looks like Blake Shelton! Added to that, he’s a celebrity, and I thought it might be fun and great research to write (and imagine) a novel about the life of a simple woman who becomes a celebrity, basically overnight. I tried to imagine what it would be like to be always in the spotlight, surrounded by scandal and paparazzi, how one could live a quiet life and fall in love in a Hollywood glamorous setting.

Another fun fact about Celebrity is that’s inspired by one of my previous novels, The Diary. To me, that is such a powerful book I would love to see it turned into a movie one day, and Celebrity includes how I imagined The Diary would come to life on screen. To entice readers’ curiosity further, I’ve included an excerpt from The Diary on the last pages of Celebrity, which will be released on November 7th and will be at 99 cents until then.

 

  1. Since I’ve read your novel THE DIARY as well, would you like to have it as a movie as well? If yes, can you tell us whom would you like to be casted as Hunter and Selena?

Yes, it’s one of my biggest dreams to see The Diary on screen, because I really think it would make a great movie. I haven’t really thought about a movie cast, but I guess my first choice for Hunter would be Chris Pratt, and I could imagine Jennifer Lawrence playing Serena. And, after seeing Caitriona Balfe’s stellar performance in Outlander, I would love to have her play Countess Elizabeth Báthory.

 

  1. Would you want to be involved into recording of a movie just like our heroine, Kendra, is?

Absolutely! I have no doubt that will happen one day, especially since The Diary is only the first book in a series I’m planning, which features Serena’s and Hunter’s further adventures (this is the first time I mention this secret plan in public!) 🙂

 

  1. At the end, do you have any message for the readers that have never read any of your works?

First of all, I want to congratulate anyone who is a reader and lover of books. That, alone, makes you special. And I would be honored if you tried not just one, but more of my books, because the fun thing about a new author is you never know what to expect. 😉

 

I would like to thank Melinda for sending the book my way for an honest review and also, for accepting doing the interview with me.

Rating: 4,5 out of 5*

With love,

Ana

Monthly wrap up

September Wrap up

I know I am a bit late with this post but I have been travelling over the weekend and recently it takes me a lot of time to come home from work. But even if it is a bit late, I decided to do it.

So what I have read in September:

  1. A discover of witches (Book 1 in ‘All Souls’ Trilogy) – Deborah Harkness

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2.Shadow of night (Book 2 in ‘All Souls’ Trilogy) – Deborah Harkness

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3. The book of life (Book 3 in ‘All Souls’ Trilogy) – Deborah Harkness

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4. Warcross – Marie Lu

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I’ve read ‘A discovery of witches’ and ‘Shadow of night’ long time ago but I have totally forgotten what’s happening and I have purchased ‘The book of life’ long time ago (be it 2 years?). So I have decided to read it again and I remembered how much I love it. The book series is awesome and fandom is great as well. Every year they have annual Read together where everyone re-reads the books chapter by chapter each day. Sadly, this year I couldn’t participate because when they started with book 1, I was reading through book 3.

Warcross was on my to-buy list ever since I heard about it and then I just decided to purchase it one night. I have already wrote a review for it so I here it is.

Books read: 4
Pages read: 2338

Review

Warcross by Marie Lu >> Review

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Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA
Pages: 353

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

I’m back with another review, the only one for this month. But better one than none!

I’ve heard so many people talking about Warcross and it is a big thing over on Booktube. But I like books with nerdy theme. I bought it and decided to dive into it after finishing the trilogy I was reading. I was seriously amazed by the book. I’ve never read anything by Marie Lu before but yet, it was great. Her writing style is so good and I like the way she describes things.

I specially like nerdy books with main female character like Emika. Emika could be any of us, seriously. We could all end up struggling to pay the rent one day and then, we won’t really choose how to get money, specially if we live in a city like New York where she does. Emika’s way is to be a bounty hunter and a hacker. (Seriously, I want to learn how to hack *maybe I shouldn’t say this online*) When she hacks the Warcross game at the start of the Championship, she becomes a star over night. She is scared to end up in a jail because why wouldn’t she?! But when she gets the offer to go to the Tokyo, with all her debts payed away and her rent safe, she doesn’t think too much.

The book is fast paced and I could barely put it down (because I need to work). It is also addictive in a way. I would say – addictive just like the Warcross game itself is. Every one of us would probably enjoy living in the Warcross; you can be who you want to, have awesome friendships, dream job, dream house, perfect life. What I liked about the book is it’s futuristic part. Specially in Tokyo and the bigger cities where free Wi-Fi everywhere is a normal and common thing. The technology is going forward every day and maybe in few years, we will have something like Warcross.

There is romance happening in this book, yes, but that’s not the main theme which is nice. Sometimes YA books can be all about romance. Which would be a disappointment about this book. The main theme is Emika and her life and how she deals with balancing work, championship and a blooming relationship.

The characters are very diverse and everyone has a reason to be in the book. Our main character Emika is rainbow haired and tattooed, independent girl which I think is great. Not only it is showing girls that they can be different and independent, it also shows them that they could be something in technology field. We all know that the technology field is still mainly guys’ perspective.

I would recommend this book to everyone who is into Sci-Fi, strong girls, nerdy books and YA.

Rating: 4,5* out of 5

Tag

The Harry Potter Tag

I’ve found this tag on Danielle’s blog and decided it could be cool to do it since I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. So, let’s give it a try.

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WHAT HOUSE ARE YOU IN?

I’m a Ravenclaw and proud one by that. I have always felt like one and I believe I am. Pottermore sorted me into Ravenclaw so let’s trust it.

WHAT IS YOUR PATRONUS?

Tiger according to the Pottermore

WHAT IS YOUR WAND?

Elm wood with unicorn hair core, 10 ¾” in length and unyielding flexibility

WHAT WOULD YOUR BOGGART BE?

Dead family and friends T_T I couldn’t stand that. That would be so bad for me

WHAT POSITION WOULD YOU PLAY IN QUIDDITCH?

None, I would watch it. I am so bad at sports that it is better just to watch it.

WOULD YOU BE A PURE BLOOD, HALF-BLOOD, OR MUGGLE BORN?

I am going to go with your familiarity with the series being the deciding factor for blood status.

Muggles: People who haven’t seen the movies or read the books
Muggle-borns: People who have only seen the movies
Half-bloods: People who have only read the books
Pure Bloods: People who have read the books and seen the movies
Deatheaters: Pure Bloods that look down on Muggle-borns

So, looking at this I’m a Pure Blood.

WHAT JOB WOULD YOU HAVE AFTER GRADUATING HOGWARTS?

I’m not sure; I like doing divination in private life (but with oracle cards) so maybe something with it? O.o

WHICH OF THE DEATHLY HALLOWS WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

The invisibility cloak!!

FAVORITE BOOK?

I will have to choose The Deathly Hallows

LEAST FAVORITE BOOK?

The Chamber of Secrets

FAVORITE FILM?

Deathly Hallows 2

LEAST FAVORITE FILM?

Order of the Phoenix; so much cut out.

FAVORITE CHARACTER?

Luna Lovegood; I love everything about her and her character.

LEAST FAVORITE/MOST HATED CHARACTER?

Dolores Umbridge with no surprise here

FAVORITE TEACHER AT HOGWARTS?

Professor McGonagall!

LEAST FAVORITE TEACHER AT HOGWARTS?

Dolores Umbridge. Was she even a teacher?

DO YOU HAVE ANY UNPOPULAR OPINIONS ABOUT THE SERIES?

I don’t think I do have some

IF YOU COULD SAVE ONE CHARACTER FROM THE FINAL BATTLE, WHO WOULD IT BE?

Fred Weasley! I.. Can we get Fred back? It broke my heart into pieces.

 

I tag my friend Dora over at Berries and Books

Thank you for Reading

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Review: The Princess and The Page by Christina Farley

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Title: The Princess and The Page
Author: Christina Farley
Genre: Middle-grade, Fantasy
Pages: 227

A dark secret lurks in Keira’s family. She comes from a long line of Word Weavers who bring their stories to life when they use a magical pen. But Keira’s mom is unable to face the truth of the family’s history because the Word Weavers have been hunted for generations for their power. And so, she forbids Keira to write. Oblivious to the family’s secret ability, and angry at her mom’s rule of no fictional writing, Keira discovers her grandma’s Word Weaver pen and uses it to write a story for the Girls’ World fairy tale contest, believing it will bring her good luck. But when Keira decides to have her fairy tale reflect her family’s imperfect life, and has the princess in her story vanquished to a dark tower for eternity, she starts to wonder if anyone ever truly lives happily ever after.

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When Christina contacted me and asked me am I still willing to review her new book, The Princess and The Page, I was totally in for it. Last time I’ve read middle grade book was when I was actually in a middle grade myself so I didn’t know what to expect from the book. But I was pumped to read it. I admit, it took me some time to read it just because I’m currently not really in the reading mood but my goal was to read it before it got officially published (which is on 28th of March).

The idea for the book is on itself amazing and most of the plot is happening in the castle, in France. France as a country is not mine but castles are some other story. I love castles so much so when I’ve heard that plot is happening there, I was more than excited. Everything is going well until some things start happening, people have gone missing.. Keira starts wondering why has it all been happening because she doesn’t know a thing about her family history until one day her mom decides to tell her everything.

I won’t write much of a spoiler cause I know if I continue that I will probably spoil the book totally. I’ve loved Keira’s character. Even with her age she is a strong character and goes for what she thinks it’s right. She tries to make things better as well. I’m happy with how Christina made her character. Also, if the characters were a bit older and there was a bit more fantasy to it, this could’ve been an YA book as well I’m sure. For a middle grade book, it is awesomely written. And, a big plus for me was that it has to do with writing a bit (aside castle, of course).

I gave it 4 out of 5*.

Until the next time,

Ana

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A bit of updates

So, I know I’ve said that I will post more now in 2017 but I have been in slight reading slump and I’m dealing with headaches a lot recently. I will do my best to read more because I have some books on my bookshelf that I want to read and they are staying there for some time already. I also decided that in this year, I want to read more books written by POC, more books about feminist, more books with LGBTQ+ theme. I would like to discover historical fiction as well and continue with my love for chicklit/romance books. I love YA, I love fantasy (fantasy as in Sweep series, Gilded trilogy, Harry Potter..). I hope March will be better reading month and month in general. It is also my birthday month (I will be 25 this year).

With love,
Ana