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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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

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

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