Review

Book review: Unabridged by Melinda De Ross

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Tittle: Unabridged
Author: Melinda De Ross
Genre: Chicklit
Pages: 219

Ironically, it all starts with a popular book about BDSM. When Angelina Jameson steps into her boss’s office armed with an acid article about ‘Billionaires, BDSM and Blah-blah-blah’, she thinks her career will take off. But her career aspirations drop into second place when she finds herself face to face with her nemesis.
Blade Spencer is the new editor-in-chief of Unabridged—the literary magazine where his ex-lover Angelina works. For three years, since she fled small town Jamestown without a word of explanation, they haven’t heard from one another. Now, when they meet again, the past and all the feelings they once had between them come rushing back, making them realize their love has never died. But can they reconcile their new circumstances and the changes that have occurred during the three years they were apart? Neither is the person the other used to know.
Then there is the faceless shadow who hunts them from the dark, driven by obsession and greed…
*This book contains strong language and explicit descriptions of sex.

Review:
Hello, it’s me! From the other side… No, wait, no.. I meant, with another review. Sorry!
This time, I’m reviewing “Unabridged”, another chick-lit book. I’m a sucker for a chick-lit and romance, I gotta admit that. And this book just reminded me how much I love chick-lit.
Let me start with the cover. It is gorgeous! Look at that pretty blue. I mean, there is even cat (*coughs*Rat*coughs*). My two favorite things on the cover. Apparently, Melinda also likes blue. Aaaaand, she did this cover herself. One talented author, I must admit.
The book was pleasurable to read. Yeah, it really starts with a popular book about BDSM and throughout the whole book I was thinking, which book it is. I mean, I think I know the answer but maybe I should ask Melinda. Angelina is great character and she is also a feminist. I am feminist myself and I loved her article. Let me give you a snip of it:
“Can you imagine a powerful woman, a woman in control who knows she is smart, strong and capable enjoying BDSM? Can you imagine Cleopatra – one of the most representative female figures in history – with her ass in the air in front of Caesar, getting a whipping or wearing a leash? If there has been any whipping going on in that royal tangle, I bet she was the one to do it. A woman like that would never dream of being anybody’s submissive.”
There is more to that article and seriously I was clapping after I read it. Because the whole article made sense to me. The thoughts that never left my head after reading this book were “Is Melinda also feminist and what she thinks about them?”.
Blade, oh Blade.. In my mind that guy looks so sexy and hot. Strong and powerful but still with a soft spot for Angelina. A huge soft spot. *chuckles* I loved how Melinda wrote out his character. He wasn’t boring or being super like cheesy. He was just right.
The story is also great, it kept my total attention the whole time. I didn’t want to put book down but sadly, it should’ve happen because life happens as well. Yes, it has strong language and descriptions of sex but I don’t think it is that bad as you can find today. I think there books with stronger language and detailed descriptions. I am almost 24 years old so it is not a problem for me to read this book and I’m not really that sensitive about this topic. The book ending was hilarious. The last chapter made me crack with laugh non stop. I loved it so much!
For the last part of my review there is only one question left: Who is Zorro Kalashnikov?

Rating: **** (4 out of 5)

Until the next time,
Ana aka Toyangi

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Book review: Love from Paris by Alexandra Potter

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Title: Love from Paris
Author: Alexandra Potter
Genre: Chick lit
Pages: 358
How far would you go for love?
When new boyfriend Jack stands her up at the airport, Ruby Miller dries her tears, jumps on the Eurostar and heads to Paris. She thinks she’s going there to visit an old friend and have a total break from romance. But the City of Love has other ideas.
A locked apartment where time has stood still, a bundle of long-lost love letters and a flirtatious French lawyer sweep Ruby into a mystery that spans over seventy years. Who is the author of the letters? Why did the owner of the apartment close up the shutters and flee Paris before the war, never to return? And what secret was she hiding?
As the mystery deepens, Ruby turns love detective but it’s not long before the ghosts of the past throw her own love affair into jeopardy.

Review:
The second book in the series “The love detective”. In the first book Ruby goes to India and meets her boyfriend Jack. I won’t tell you much about first book because I would probably spoil it as no one before so you better go and buy the first book, ok?! Ok! Let me get started with review then.

Truth to be told, I’m not huge fan of France or Paris. Or at least I wasn’t before reading this book. Alexandra described Paris really nicely and offered me other side of French people. Yeah, I know it is all book but let me believe it. I love how she mentioned small streets worth visiting more than popular streets because that for sure is true. I believe that small streets have more soul to them than big, popular streets.

In Paris, Ruby meets Xavier aka Hot french guy (hey, he looks hot in my head ok?! no judging here!) by accident. Since her best friend, Harriet, needs to work Ruby decides that she will discover Paris by herself with map in her hands. While searching for Louvre, she sees Xavier who offers her to be her guide. Nope, that’s not the first time they’ve met. Not here to spill all the beans about their meeting, tsk.

Let’s just say that page 175 or the first page of chapter 19 blew my mind. Alexandra wrote whole page just about bookstore and how Ruby feels there. I think that every booklover can find themselves at this page. “What I really mean is, I lurve books. I’m obsessed by them. Even addicted.” Tell me that this isn’t pure truth if you love books.

But there is one quote that is stuck in my mind after reading this book and that is.

“Sometimes we all do things that are reckless, we must all take risks,” he says, fixing me with his slate grey eyes, “because it’s that which makes us feel truly alive.”
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“But what if you risk losing everything?” I challenge.
“What is everything?” He throws it back. “A life without adventure and thrill is not a life.”

The last sentence.. The last sentence blew my mind totally. Because it is true. It made me question myself how many of us is actually living a life? We live only this fast paced life where we run only after career and live as fast as possible. But why?! Why do we live like this? I think something needs to change sooner or later.

Tell me what you think about this book if you’ve read it.

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

Until the next time,
Ana aka Toyangi

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Top books of 2015

I might first explain where have I been. I have no excuse than me being lazy and also being under stress. But one of my goals for 2016 is to work better on this blog. So here I am. Making my list for my top books of 2015. All in all, I’ve read 39 books. This year, I have a goal of reading 50 books. Hope to be able to do it. The list goes like this:

  1. Gilded series (Gilded, Silvern and Brazen) by Christina Farley
  2. Carry on by Rainbow Rowell
  3. Did I ever wake up? by MOD SUN
  4. The art of being normal by Lisa Williamson
  5. Yoga girl by Rachel Brathen
  6. This book is gay by James Dawson
  7. Love letters by Katie Fforde
  8. The truth about forever by Sarah Dessen
  9. This song will save your life by Leila Sales
  10. The love detective by Alexandra Potter

Gilded series deserved first place, the whole series took my heart away. I loved the character building, the world building and how Christina’s inspiration was Korean mythology. What can you do?! I’m a sucker for mythology and specially Korean.

Carry on was the book I was waiting for and when I saw it on the bookshelf, I needed to buy it. Read it like a crazy. I laughed and cried and got really nervous at some moment. One great book that a lot of people already talked about.

Did I ever wake up? was the book I found through Meghan Hughes aka YouTube star. She is one of my favorite Youtubers and she’s not even having book channel. But her inspirational videos are awesome. She talked a lot about this book. It is very short but powerful book

The art of being normal is my first ever transgender book and OH MY GOD was it good. It was great and Ms Williamson explained all so nicely. Just, this book gave me chills and made me cry.

Yoga girl was the book I picked up when I started with my kundalini yoga. Heard great things about this book and Rachel so decided to pick it up. I loved it! I loved how she described her life and how she came to learn about yoga.

This book is gay was recommended to me by my girlfriend so I decided to read it. It is book full of tips and other things for people in LGBT community. I still don’t have courage to come out to my family bur one day I will.

Love Letters was my first but for sure not the last book by Katie Fforde. I just loved setting and the plot. Ireland is one of the countries I for sure wanna visit and this book made me love it even more.

The truth about forever was also first book I’ve ever read by Sarah Dessen. I read it on my flight home for holidays I think. That’s how good it was.

This song will save your life was amazing! I loved how the main character was brave to start DJing even if everyone were telling her not to do it. It was book that had message “don’t ever give up on what you love”.

The love detective was finished also on flight home. Oh gosh, was it good! India! Yoga! Everything was wonderful and great summer read. I laughed so hard and was cheering on the guy.

 

So this is my full list. I will be back soon, I promise.

Thank you for reading,

Ana

Review

Book review: Brazen by Christina Farley



Today we’re celebrating the release of BRAZEN by Christina Farley! BRAZEN is the third and final book in the Gilded series about a sixteen-year old girl who must use her martial art skills and wits to save her family, friends, and country from an evil Korean god. 

To learn more about this series, visit the Gilded Series websiteWatch GILDED’s book trailer here!

Be sure to pick up the letter for this stop at the end of this post to earn extra points in the Kindle Fire or $50 Amazon gift card giveaway! Collect all the letters during the blog tour to spell out the secret message to earn more points.
 
About the Book:

Find it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads | Indie

My Review:

The last book in a series, „Brazen“, is the best one in the series as well.  I need to admit it, no matter what. This whole book has been an emotional train for me. I was scared, I wanted to cry, I wanted to yell at JaeHwa or at Marc. At some point, I found myself biting my lip in anticipation of what will happen next.

With Christina, you are never sure what will next page bring. It was hard to put the book down and take a break in reading because of life situations such as work or food. It was a huge roller coaster, bigger than with Brazen.

The first tears happened when Jae was burrying Michelle’s ashes because they both died together. More likely, only Michelle died, Jae survived. It was such a hard page to read because of how many emotions were running through Jae while she was doing it. Oh gosh.. And her hope when Bari told her those few words. Her hope died pretty soon sadly.

Love!! Love is important through the whole book. Jae’s love for her family, for Marc, for her friends, for her country. Love is her biggest motivation to finish Kud and all his plans. A lot of people won’t trust her on her way but that doesn’t stop her.

The fight scenes in this book are awesomly written. You can feel the energy. Jae is giving her all in those battles no matter what. She doesn’t really care will she made it out and what will happen. The one that stayed in my mind is fight Jae vs Kwan and Sangmin. Oh man, this fight and how she kicked their asses is something worth reading. Glad that Kud sent her to do the mission. But those two  assholes went with her. Woops, spoiler..

There are a lot of books that don’t progress in series as good as Gilded series did. I had some experiences in that field. The first book is amazing, the second is ok, the third is like “What did I just read?”. But I’m glad something like that didn’t happen with this series. I was falling more and more for the characters in this book. It is hard not to. Christina developed them so good. I love the way she did it. Specially with Jae. If you read review for the first book then you know that I wasn’t that huge fan of Jae. In this book that totally changed.

I really recommend this series to you guys. If you like mythology and main female characters, this series is for you. I’m glad that I watched the video from benjaminoftomes on Youtube where he introduced this book. I’ve never heard about Gilded series or Christina whatsoever. But I checked Goodreads and thought this could be something I will like. So I bought 1st book, then I bought 2nd. My story with Christina starts when I tweeted her because of mistake in translation of word “oppa” in the book. She was so nice and lovely. I forgot that mistake so soon. She is so supportive person, trust me. I couldn’t believe she answered me. 🙂 Maybe I meet her one day somewhere. That would be great.

Also, I’ve got my copy of Brazen and little gifts. I will insert photos now.

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Signed poster, sticker, book, bookmark, note and her business card.

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Signed book by Christina and her awesome message.

I gave this book 5 stars on goodreads.

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

Until the next time,
Ana

 About the Author:
 
CHRISTINA FARLEY is the author of the Gilded series, a YA contemporary fantasy series set in Korea. GILDED was nominated for Korea’s 2014 Morning Calm, Ohio’s 2015 Buckeye award, and the Tome’s It List. As a child, she loved to explore, which later inspired her to jump on a plane and travel the world. Christina’s adventures sparked her to write stories, infusing the real world with fantasy. Currently she writes from home in Clermont, FL with her husband and two sons—that is until the travel itch whisks her off to a new unknown.
 
Find Christina Here:

The Giveaway:

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To celebrate the release of BRAZEN, Christina is giving away a Kindle Fire (US only) and a $50 Amazon gift card (international). The letter for this stop is _O_Collect all the letters from the blog tour to earn more points!
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Book Review: Silvern by Christina Farley

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Title: Silvern (Gilded series #2)
Author: Christina Farley 
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Fantasy
Pages: 376
Jae Hwa Lee is ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Until the god of darkness, Kud, sends an assassin to kill her. She escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins the Guardians of Shinshi to seek out the orb before Kud can find it. But Kud is a stronger and more devious god than Jae ever imagined. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.

Review: (ALERT! Spoilers)
OH MY GOD! That’s my start for this post. Because this book is awesome. On Goodreads I gave it 4.5 stars but, I seriously loved this book. When I was reviewing the first book, I wrote that the first started slow. This one started in fast tempo and it didn’t go down till the end. There is a lot of action hiding inside of this book.
About Jae; her character grew through this book I would say. She starts to grow more as a person and tries her best to keep her loved ones safe. It is not as easy at it may seem to her. A lot of times, she tries to please and do what others want. But then, her senses kick in and she starts thinking with her head.
ACTION! And more action! I already wrote that there is a lot of action inside. Jae is fighting (I almost wrote hwaiting!) a lot here and her skills are coming in hand. Our handsome Marc is also growing and going through the hard times. A lot of them! The poor boy is on the brim of death. 😦 The way Jae is fighting is incredible, the way she finds her inner strength to fight for those she loves is amazing. Much more powerful than in Gilded. I loved it so much.
Gosh.. This book was a total roller-coaster for my emotions and well being. 😥 I must say that there is a lot of things happening; Jae loses couple of people and herself as well. At least a bit. If you read the book or plan to read it, you will know what I’m talking about. To be honest, I didn’t expect it to be this way. I know that some books in series can be better after the first one, but there are some that are even worse after the first one.
Also, I hoped that Jae will accept Palk’s offer and enjoy in her land but noooo.. My hands are so itchy to start reading Brazen aka the 3rd and final book in the series.
Have you seen the beautiful and amazing cover for it?
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It is coming out on September 29th!! But I’ve won a giveaway that our lovely Christina Farley held over on her blog. I didn’t thought I will be one of the winners and her mail surprised me so much. I’ve got PDF of this beautiful book to review and my review will be going up on September 21st.

The whole Gilded series can be purchased on:
– Amazon: Gilded, Silvern & Brazen
-Books a million: Gilded, Silvern & Brazen
-Indie Bound: Gilded, Silvern & Brazen
-Barnes and Nobles (the site is not working for me :/ )

Also, be sure to check Christina’s website and Gilded series website to discover more about the series.

Rating: **** (4.5 out of 5)

Until next time,
Ana

PS I’m in no way sponsored by Christina Farley or her publisher to be this excited about the book, I just am.

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Book Haul #1

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Why I choose “Wild”? I’m not sure, it seemed like a nice and interesting read. I want to work on myself and this is one of the books I thought would be nice to read. As it states on the cover, it is book about journey from lost to found. Currently, I’m feeling more like lost than found.

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First two books in series “Anne of Green Gables”; “Anne of Green Gables” and “Anne of Avonlea”. Two people already recommended this series to me saying that it is a great read. And I feel like this is a classic read so why not try reading more classic. I wanted to give it a try. Maybe I should’ve bought only 1st book and see how will I like it but the 2nd one was the only one left and I want my covers to match.

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“Spell bound” is 3rd book in “Hex Hall” series by Rachel Hawkins. I already read and own first two copies so let’s read the 3rd one right?! We will see what will happen in the story. I’m a fan of magic books and magic in general.

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“Emma” by Alexander McCall Smith is modern retelling of a classic from Jane Austen. I had a gift card for a bookstore and found this book. Wanted to give it a try because it sounds interesting. We will see how will I like it.

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“The life list” has the same story as “Emma”. This book is also something I like. Contemporary, has romance inside. I’m fan of not only books that involve magic but also romance books. Oh yes, give me love books and I will be happy. I can swallow them pretty quickly.

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I primarily wanted to read this book because there is anxiety inside and I know that Zoella or Zoe Sugg had anxiety too and fights with it. I watched couple of her videos on this subject and she seems honest. And the cover is so pretty!

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The last book in this book haul is “If you want to write”. Yes, I want to write but I’m not inspired enough. So I’m trying to find books that will inspire me to write. I hope this one will be the one. If not.. I guess, I need to continue to search for it.

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Book review: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

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Title: The secret
Author: Rhonda Byrne
Genre: Self-help, Spiritual
Pages: 214
Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it.
In this book, you’ll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life — money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You’ll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life.
The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers — men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.

Review:
To be honest, I tried to read this book years ago but I couldn’t. It was just one of those books you pick up, read few pages and then you give up. (Heck, that’s how story with Harry Potter started). Anyway, it never rang my bell.
Last two weeks I was on much needed vacation and with a lot of free time on hands, I was able to go online more. I was going through youtube, facebook and everything similar. I was looking for something to make my life better, to start enjoying it more. Somehow, I came across The Secret and a lot of people who are teaching something similar to The Secret. I thought; why not give it a try?! My sister borrowed me a book so I can read it when I come back to Germany. Well, I started already on a plane back and was almost halfway through the book. I finally understood the message and everything. I guess, years have done their job. 🙂
I admit that this book may not be everyone’s type of the book to read but maybe one day you will find yourself on a path where you will need something like this. The main point of this book is sending your messages to the Universe and try not to be negative with them. And I decided to do it; every day when I wake up, I say/think “Today will be a great day.”. I think it works, it really works. I gotta admit that the last week was really good.
In a book you will find a different chapters like: The secret of love, The secret of money, The secret of life.. And in every chapter you have a steps that you need to follow in order to success. What I like the most is when I read someone’s experience within the chapter. Then you see how Secret is actually working.
After I finished book, I asked myself “why haven’t you think of something like this?!”. But I was way too blind.
I would really recommend this book for readers. It gives you new sight on things. Just take time for yourself and read it. Maybe you will find something new that will open your eyes. At least, I hope so it will.

My story about Secret working: I applied for Brazen (Gilded series book #3) blog tour and I while I was applying I was damn sure I won’t be chosen among other people. I just started book blogging and I knew that a lot of other people will apply. I kinda even forgot about it. And yesterday after 10 hours of working and being dead tired, I sat on PC and opened my mail to check it because I was expecting someone’s e-mail. And then I saw two e-mails from Ms. Christina Farley; one that told me I won and gave me the date for the blog tour and the second one containing PDF of the book. I was speechless and almost started to cry from happiness. I feel the secret is working! 🙂
Review from Brazen will be up on 21st of September

Thank you for reading!
Ana

Rating: **** (4,5)