Review

Book tour & review: Christmas at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennet

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Title: Christmas at Butterfly Cove
Author: Sarah Bennett
Genre: Chick lit, CHRISTMAS
Pages: 139
Format: pdf
Publisher: HQ Digital

All she wants for Christmas…
When talented artist Nee Sutherland returns to Butterfly Cove for her sister’s wedding, it’s only a matter of time before she has to face her own bridegroom – Luke Spenser – the man she impulsively married, then left in the middle of the night.
Nee hasn’t picked up her paintbrushes in months, a part of her is broken. She knows Luke might never forgive her, leaving him was the biggest mistake of her life – but could coming home for Christmas be the best decision she’s ever made?
Maybe all she needs is a little Christmas miracle…
 

Review:
When I started reading this book, I didn’t know it is a part of a series (trilogy) but I can say that it can totally be read as a stand alone. I plan to purchase first two books because I really want to see the character development first hand. The characters are great in this story, don’t get me wrong, but I need to read the first two books.

I really LOVED this book. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure how I feel about it but deeper I went into it, the more I fell for it, for the characters. The story is chick-lit and romance but it is nothing typical or something I’ve came across already. I know that I have a lot of romance books to read yet, but I’ve read a lot of them as well. I was glad that this story left me surprised at some parts and at others left me laughing and crying.

What got me to love this books are two things. Aside the setting and the idea and everything surrounding it. I couldn’t help but imagine the Butterfly Cove and having a big huge Christmas with so many people. It must be stressful, yet so beautiful to spend Christmas with a family and friends. But let’s go back to those things:

  1. Character development of Nee – My gosh! I wasn’t sure will I like her at the beginning but, damn it, as her story unfolded I couldn’t help but to fall for her. The way her art was taken away from her is something that sadly happens often. Not the stealing of art but the way what led her to lose her motivation to paint. Every week, we have a case of this happening and yet nothing has been changing in the world. But even after all this happened, I was proud that Nee has found strength to go back to her art and to let it all out through her art. I’m not a painter, I’m a writer so I often get my emotions out with putting them on the paper. My mom is a painter and I can’t really imagine her anymore without painting. Nee is one of a hella strong characters out there and all the props to her for overcoming what she overcame with support of others.
  2. Male character that is not wearing pants in the marriage – Okay, this may sound weird but I loved how one male character (that’s often mentioned in the book) is actually full of emotions and shows them. And openly says that he loves when his wife takes a lead of keeping their household together and being all organised. In some parts of the world, it is still looked down upon when the women are taking a lead so I think that this being a part of a chick lit novel is an awesome thing. The woman character I’m talking about here (K), is an awesome and strong character. One more reason why I want to read the other two books in a trilogy.

I suggest everyone to read this book if you want something cosy to read why you are curled up with a cup of tea in your hand.

I want to thank HQ Digital for sending me this book for a review.

Rating: 5* out of 5

With love,

Ana

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Review

Blog tour & Review: Meet me under the Mistletoe by Carla Burgess

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Title: Meet me under the Mistletoe
Author: Carla Burgess
Genre: Romance, (CHRISTMAS)
Pages: 188
Format: pdf
Publisher: HQ Digital
A fabulously festive romantic read, perfect to curl up with by the fire this Christmas!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the little flower shop…
Florist Rachel Jones might spend every day making beautiful bridal bouquets at her little flower shop, but her own love life is wilting as quickly as a bunch of dead roses.
Luckily, the arrival of handsome detective Anthony Bascombe, the new tenant upstairs is the perfect distraction! Although there’s a catch, Anthony isn’t looking for love – he’s looking for her ex-fiancé, Patrick…
But as the snow begins to fall and her little shop fills with mistletoe ready for Christmas, will Rachel manage to melt Anthony’s heart?
Fans of Debbie Johnson, Holly Martin and Christie Barlow will love this heartwarming read from the bestselling author of Marry Me Tomorrow.

I have to admit that I have never read anything by Carla Burgess but I’m sure that after this book it will change. I mean, it already did change since I’ve read this book. But I seriously loved her writing style. It was so light and yet, it was hard for me to put this book down and stop reading it.

This was perfect book to read now before Christmas and before December is starting because the book is taking place before and during Christmas holidays. I found the timing perfect for me. I have an urge to read some romance and Christmas books. Heh, huge romance lover right here.

Rachel is a character that I adore; I love her red hair (hello there!) and I love her vintage style. To be honest, I wished that it was described more than it was since I’m a sucker for a vintage style even if I’m not wearing it. But she is also a really nice and charming character, always willing to help which we encounter multiple times during the book.

At the beginning, I wasn’t sure will I like Anthony cause I had a feeling that he is hiding something (and he did). But I just had this unsettling feeling about him that he could play with Rachel. I won’t spoil too much or at all, I will leave it to you, my dear readers, to read this book and see if Anthony really played with Rachel. I liked him as a character a lot. In my mind, he looks like a hella sexy guy (that he is supposed to be anyway). I mean, who doesn’t love a guy that’s wearing a suit on a daily basis?!

The plot is amazing and really nice laid out so to say. I mean, yes, it is this typical romance type where the awesome attractive guy comes and falls in love with so-to-say normal girl. As much as it was typical, it wasn’t in a way. The way they met could be typical but when you find out the reason why they met, you get mad and slightly hurt cause the main character has been lied to (in a way *stares at Anthony in my mind*). In the end it was really different where the girl didn’t fall in love right away and just declared her love and then he was like “I love you too”. No, that wasn’t like that and I think that’s what was really interesting for me about this book. The difference to all those books I’ve read. And I have to say that I’m giving a huge applause to Carla for that.

In the end: Did I love this book? YES! Do I want more? HELL YES!! Give it to me!! I really hope that this book will get a sequel. I should probably go and ask Carla on the social media for that. Hang on, I will go do it right away. If you follow me on Twitter, you will get your answer as well (if Carla replies me).

Rating: 4,5* out of 5

Greetings,
Ana

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Blog tour dates

Hello everyone!

This week I’m hosting a blog tour for a book “Meet me under the Mistletoe”. My review is coming up on 30th and the rest of the dates and blogs, you can see on the picture.

Meet me under the misteltoe blog tour

Thank you all very much for supporting me.

With love,

Ana

Review

Blog tour & Review: Christmas at the Gin Shack by Catherine Miller

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Title: Christmas at the Gin Shack
Author: Catherine Miller
Genre: Women’s Fiction, (CHRISTMAS)
Pages: 384
Format: pdf (in my case)
Publisher: HQ Digital

Gingle bells, gingle bells, gingle all the way…
Olive Turner might have lived through eighty-four Christmases, but she’ll never get bored of her favourite time of year. And this one’s set to be extra-special. It’s the Gin Shack’s first Christmas – and there’s a gin-themed weekend and a cocktail competition on the cards!
But, beneath the dazzle of fairy lights and the delicious scent of mince-pies, Olive smells a rat. From trespassers in her beloved beach hut to a very unfunny joke played on her friends, it seems that someone is missing a dose of good cheer.
Olive knows she’s getting on a bit – but is she really imagining that someone in the little seaside town is out to steal Christmas? More importantly, can she create the perfect gin cocktail before Christmas Eve – in time to save the day?

Thanks to HQ Digital for giving me opportunity to review.

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At the beginning, I have to say that I really loved this book! I didn’t really know what to expect from it since I’ve never really heard about the author or this book but the synopsis sounded interesting so I decided to read it and see for myself. It is Christmas themed and I’m in the mood to read Christmas related books. Come on, I already want to decorate my apartment for Christmas. But it is too early (15 days more and then I can do it).

I was surprised by the age of the main character. I have never read a book where the character is 84 years old and I liked it. I loved how much she enjoyed doing all of those things for Gin Shack and being a mischief with sneaking out. But at some moments, she was really like a grandma you would know. Sadly, I didn’t grow up being close to either of my grandmas; I was living too far away and one of them wasn’t really a nice person. Sometimes as a kid, I wished I had a grandma close.

I loved the whole idea with the Gin Shack on the beach and the Gingle Bells weekend. I must say that book wasn’t all soft and cute the whole time. There were few moments where it got deep and problems occurred. At one moment, I got reminded that life could be shorter than we think it is and that we should cherish every single moment of it.

I didn’t know that this book was a sequel so I have to say that this book CAN BE read as a stand alone perfectly and without any fear that the reader won’t be able to grasp what’s happening. Maybe it is a bit hard to get a grasp of the bond between the community, but to me, it wasn’t any big of a deal.

The Oakley Trio is hilarious and I could just hope to have friend circle like this when I’m their age! It was really nice to read about their adventures and see what their mindsets are. I mean, when you read about Veronica, you would think that she is around 30 or something. We don’t really know how old Veronica is but she must be somewhere close to Olive’s age since they both live in Retirement home.

Gin cocktails!!! GIN COCKTAILS!!! I have never really drank gin (or at least I think so) but I would love to try some of those cocktails for sure. Thankfully, we have some of the recipes at the end of the book so if someone feels like trying out, it is possible. Maybe one day if I feel brave enough, I will try making one of them.

Once again, thanks to HQ Digital for providing me with the book for an honest opinion and review.

Rating: 4* out of 5

Greetings,
Ana

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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

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