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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

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Best books read in 2016

The last year has been a bit of a roller coaster and I didn’t update that much but I have been reading. For the first post in 2017, I’ve decided to write what has been my favorite books I’ve read in 2016.

  1. Captive Prince trilogy (Captive Prince, Prince’s Gambit, Kings Rising) by C.S.Pacat
  2. The Job Blower by Melinda de Ross
  3. Love from Paris by Alexandra Potter
  4. None of the above by I.W.Gregorio
  5. Balefire by Cate Tiernan
  6. The yoga of Max’s discontent by Karan Bajaj
  7. Little shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan
  8. Girl hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe
  9. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  10. Meet me at cupcake cafe by Jenny Colgan

This is my list of my top 10 books of last year.

Captive Prince trilogy deserved the first place. I’ve read it more than once and I just loved the plot, the characters, universe it was set in. I was blown away by this trilogy; I’ve cried, I’ve laughed, I was angry. I will be re-reading this series again this year, I’m sure.

The Job Blower is the book that reminded me how much I love chick lit again. I’m sucker for a romance. I liked the main character and the way Melinda told the story was really interesting. It made me laugh so many times.

Love from Paris is awesome romance book with awesome cover. I know, we should not judge book by it’s cover but seriously. Alexandra described Paris so nicely that it made me want to visit it badly (even tho, I don’t like Paris or France).

None of the above was the first (and only) book I’ve read with intersex main character. It was eye opening. I am big supporter of LGBTQ+ people so I want to read more books on this topic this year (LGBTQ+ and intersex).

See you soon!

Ana

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Absence and lack of motivation

So, there has been some things going on. Mostly my depression that has been acting up past few months. I’m currently trying to look for help so that I can get better. Depression also meant lack of reading since I’m not in the mood to read. Depression also means lack of motivation to do things. I have a book review in draft but it has been so long since I have read a book and I will need to re-read the book but it doesn’t matter, maybe that one will bring me back my reading mood. I hope for that! And I totally hope that with holidays I will get more motivation to read and write on this blog. Because I want this blog to succeed. As well as my writing that I’ve been trying to do. I won’t go into details about it but it is most likely a YA project. ^^ Let’s hope for the best.

With love,

Ana

Review

Review: The Job Blower by Melinda de Ross

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Title:
The Job Blower

Author: Melinda de Ross
Genre: Romance, chicklit
Pages: 166
Camilla Jackson is an ordinary young woman with an extraordinary knack for attracting disaster. When she is fired from her job as a secretary at a law firm, she realizes she has no idea what she wants to do next. Every job she does land ends up tragi-comically.
But when she meets the drop-dead-gorgeous journalist, Carter Evans, her life seems to brighten. Until she discovers that he hides some very deep and painful scars.
It remains to be seen if she will be able to help him heal and, in the process, find her own path in life. That is, if she manages to overcome her accident prone nature, which gets her into serious trouble…
THE JOB BLOWER is a lighthearted, laugh-out-loud Romantic Comedy, the kind of book that you will keep in your bookshelf and reread to brighten your days and spice up your nights.

Review:
I am back with yet another review of Melinda’s books. I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to be the first one to actually get e-book version of this book because it sounded so funny. And trust me, when you give me funny, romance and chick lit book, I’m all about it. Knowing Melinda’s writing style, I knew I won’t regret it.
The book starts off with Camilla getting fired for something she did yet again. Oh well, being in your 20s, living on your own and losing a job is never a good combo. So she tried to find any job possible (and I mean any). Even if she has some success, she blows every job.
On the other hand, she meets Carter. Oh yes, that sexy Carter (hey, at least he looks sexy in my eyes/mind). They meet by accident but them falling in love is not accident. He helps her to deal with herself a lot as much as she helps him fall in love again and open up himself. I would love to tell you more about how they got close but I don’t think I could do it without spoiling a book and that’s something I wouldn’t like to do.
As much as this is a chick lit book to me it wasn’t like the usual ones. I don’t know, Melinda has some kind of effect on me that her books always keep me turning the pages (hell, I’ve read this book in like 2 and half hours and on my E-reader app it had around 280 pages). Her characters are well written and well detailed and you just meet them through the book. It is not like she gives you everything you will find out about the character all at once. You get hooked with the characters and their life and just the way they are. You get the know the characters slowly as if you are meeting an actual person. Which is what I really like. I like to get to know the character slowly, it feels like I’m meeting a friend. At least, that’s what I like about the books. What I also like about the way she is writing her characters is, you are not able to predict their moves and what they are going to do next. When I’m able to predict things, it just ruins everything for me.
Now, don’t think that there is huge action happening on the each freaking page as in; oh my god, they are travelling somewhere, they are having sex or something else. No, there is something else that keeps your eyes and mind on the book. I think that it is how Melinda is making characters so real life. Yes, there are some typical bookish elements but somehow and sometimes you are able to feel like it can happen to any person out there. It just keeps you going.
My last thoughts are that Melinda should have a lot more readers than she already has. She deserves it, trust me. So if you are looking for the new summer read or you like chicklit and romance genre in general, try out with this book. I don’t think you will regret it.

Rating: ***** (5 out of 5)

Best regards,
toyangi aka Ana

Review

Book review: Ruined innocence by Melinda De Ross

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Tittle: Ruined innocence
Author: Melinda De Ross
Genre: Romance, Mystery (a bit)
Pages: 170

In the legendary Transylvania, a castle belonging to Countess Erzsébet Báthory is discovered. Cameraman Hunter Cole and broadcast journalist Serena Scott arrive to make a documentary about the discovery, and the sinister Hungarian noblewoman, known as the most prolific female serial killer in history.
The two Americans could cope with roughing it in a fifteenth-century castle, with no modern amenities. They can even cope with each other, despite their initial mutual dislike for one another, which gradually turns into a mind-blowing attraction.
But when two girls are tortured and killed in Báthory copycat style, the nearby village is shaken to the core. In terror, they wonder who will be next…
*WARNING: Intended for adult readership only. This book contains strong language, violence and explicit descriptions of sex.

Review:
When Melinda asked do I want to review one more of her books, I immediately said yes. Since I loved “Unabrigded” a lot, I was pumped to read another book by her. I’ve got this book as an e-book from the author (I should put disclaimers right?).
I’ve never read anything about Countess Bathory so I didn’t know much about her before going to the book. Aside the thing that Melinda wrote in her book. But reading a synopsis made me want to read a book. The book starts with Serena getting call from her boss that she needs to go to Transylvania with Hunter. She doesn’t know Hunter that well and is not so keen on him but hey, work is a work and she’s gotta do it.
They are settled in the castle from the countess and I can tell you, it is everything but modern. No normal electricity, no warm water, no internet. Nothing that we are used to currently. But Serena and Hunter need to cope with it. Not only that they need to cope with the castle and their living situation, they need to learn to work with each other. Hunter is really a guy that will protect you in any situation, at least that’s what I am thinking.
They start falling for each other but in that time, a weird things start to happen in the small village they are living in. They have two problems they need to solve; their love and them as suspects.
This book was nothing I’ve read before. There was a lot of history inside and it made me want to read it even more. The love part wasn’t that big part of the book. Or maybe it is just because I was so under impression of the historic parts?! But I for sure enjoyed the book. How the love between S&H bloomed. It wasn’t like they saw each other and were in love. They needed to accept things about each other and I think that’s what real life is. Mystery is also part of the book. At least in some way.
Melinda’s pace in this book is really nice. She is not jumping from one thing to another, she really gives us (readers) time to get to know each character but still keeps you interested in the book. The plot twist that happens in the book makes you want to read the book until the very end so that you know what happens next. I know I’ve did that.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance. But if you are sensible like me, you may be affected with nightmare/weird dreams after finishing the book.

Rating: ***** (5 out of 5)

Best regards,

Ana aka Toyangi

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Book review: Captive Prince & Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pascat

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Title: Captive Prince (Captive Prince #1)
Author: C. S. Pascat
Genre: Fantasy, Romance (M&M)
Pages: 270
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…

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Title: Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince #2)
Author: C. S. Pascat
Genre: Fantasy, Romance (M&M)
Pages: 404
The second novel in the critically acclaimed trilogy from global phenomenon C. S. Pacat—with an all-new chapter exclusive to the print edition.
With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master, Prince Laurent, must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.
Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow…

Review:
I’ve heard about Captive Prince series on internet. I’m not sure was it Goodreads, Youtube or Instagram. I saw that many people are raving about it and saying how good it is. I wasn’t sure what to expect because usually when a lot of people are raving about book and praising it, I’m on the other side of the spectrum aka that one person that doesn’t like the book(s). But I still wanted to give it a try because plot sounded interesting. Plus, LGBT relationship is involved. So I bought first book.
Once I’ve started reading it, I couldn’t stop. The plot was so interesting that it was hard to put the book down. Damen is the guy that is brought to Prince Laurent of Vere as a sex slave. But Damen has his own secret that he is not allowed to say or he will most likely die. Because Laurent hates him because of the secret he is having.
This book series is not for you if you can’t stand rape, pedophilia and strong language. Or if you are homophobic, then please, go away from this book. But this book series has something brilliant behind it. Characters are amazing, specially Laurent. His mind is one of the kind so to say. The way his brain is working is really something that keeps you going. You never know what is in his mind. Even Damen is sometimes confused.
The person I kept hating through the first two books is Laurent’s uncle. That man is really doing everything he can to ruin Laurent. But Laurent has Damen by his side, Damen who can lead his army into so many wins and who can fight to save Laurent. Damen is often surprised by his owner (Laurent).
The first book kept me going so I bought second book aka Prince’s Gambit. And this book got me emotional. I tweeted to poor C.S.Pascat having my emotional breakdowns and while hating on Jord (the old leader of Laurent’s army). Why I hated on a poor guy?! HE BROKE FIRST KISS BETWEEN LAMEN (Laurent x Damen). I was really in the state to throw book across the room but I needed to continue to read it. My God, I couldn’t stop reading it until 1:30am and bothering my friends all over the chats that I’m emotionally dying. Okay, I bothered C.S.Pascat on Twitter a bit more. But for real, the second book was way better than the first one and if the third one is even better I believe I won’t survive that easily. I did a major mistake by not buying the third book when I was buying the second one.
In the second book we find out more about Laurent and Damen and we see their relationship growing. Their friendship, respect for each other and they start falling in love with each other. As much as they don’t see it, reader can realize it somehow. No, C.S. didn’t wrote it down as “What Damen didn’t know is that he has already fallen for Laurent.”. But small details make bigger picture.
To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up.
One of the best quotes in the book. Because it is true. It is true even in the real life. And how much are Lamen willing to give up for each other? I bet I will find out more in the last book.
Writing is amazing, so many details shared, so many war and army strategies. There were times when I was wondering how many hours, days, weeks, months has C.S. spent researching it all. This series topped some of the books I liked for years, I gotta admit. And I know that this series will be in top books of 2016. I can’t remember last time I was this addicted about some book(s) that I went to read fanfictions after. Let me admit this; I’ve spend last two days reading Lamen fanfictions. After having mental breakdowns to all my friends about books. And telling them all to go read them.

Rating: ***** (5 out of 5) for both of the books.

 

Until next time,
Ana aka Toyangi