Review: Heir of Ashes by Jina S. Bazzar // An intriguing mix of fantasy and romance // Plus Interview & Giveaway!

Title: Heir of Ashes
Author:  Jina S. Bazzar
Series: Roxanne Fosch, book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Trigger Warning: Abuse, Violence
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 409 pages, Ebook
Published: April 15th, 2018
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. Her dreams of a perfect, successful and prosperous future seemed well within her grasp.
By the time she was twenty-two, she had become a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted.
As Roxanne embarks on the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human, but a rarity even among her Fee peers.
She is hunted by scientists, keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, as well as other beings far more dangerous whose plans for her she cannot fathom.


This book… you know guys, I have found quite a few hidden gems among the self-published books and this one is definitely one of them!

Roxanne has been sheltered her whole life, kept in a cage for experiments for many years until she escapes the clutches of the scientists who experiment on a preternatural creature like her. She may be vulnerable being completely alone out in the world for the first time but she knows how to take care of herself. Roxanne is constantly hunted though she has no idea about her origin or what she actually is. Her path coincides with Logan, a werewolf who becomes an ally but he is not someone without motive. As their paths continue to clash, it is up to Roxanne to decide which path she wants to head on.

An Intriguing Plot

I seriously did not expect I would end up falling in love with this book! Seriously, it was sooo damn awesome. roxanne reminded me a bit of Logan from X-Men but that’s where the similarity ended. The plot book was completely new and unpredictable journey. I mean, there were so many elements threaded together in such a way that it created an awesome storyline.

“When one faces pain on a daily basis, one either learns to live with it or let it consume him.”

Roxanna is on the run after escaping from the clutches of the scientists who have been experimenting on her for ages. She finally succeeds in executing her plan which she had forming for many years but trouble follows her like a shadow. Roxanne’s is curious about her heritage and her mother from whom she was taken by the scientist. I seriously hated those “so-called” scientists without a conscience who didn’t think a second time before hurting Roxanne just for their experiments. I loved the fact that despite what everything she had been through, she was tough and didn’t give up without a fight.

This book comprises a lot of supernatural creatures staring from vampires, werewolf, mages and even hybrids like her. The author managed to input all these different creatures in a single plot without creating a complex atmosphere. These supernatural characters usually blend in with the common people but for Roxanne, it is a whole new world. I loooved the action sequences! She was a woman who was fully independent and could handle herself. I was really afraid for Roxy when that weirdo powerful magician (the forgot the name!! Dramman maybe… whatever, that guy was hella creepy!) took her hostage and the trip to the other world was such a treat!

The history of Roxanne’s character was another intriguing aspect of this book. I had plenty of questions about the whole thing but everything became clear when I read The Curse which is a prequel to this book but I felt it was more suited to read it after finishing this one. It was a short read but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

Layered Characters

Roxanne was a character not devoid of flaws yet despite everything, she seemed the most human to me as compared to the scientists. Her path crossed with Logan for the first time after she escaped the experiment lab. Logan was among one of the pursuers who were after her but unlike the others, he grew to care and respect for her. It took some time for me to warm up to Logan but he won me over in no time! One thing that I liked about Logan was that he was at least straightforward about why he needed her in the first place. Though I hated that he still kept secrets from her because whatever there is between them grows deeper as the plot proceeded. Roxanne also grew as a character which I thoroughly enjoyed.

“How can a monster tell if he’s a monster if he’s never known anything else?”

Oh, and how can I forget about Frizz!! I just love this kind of supernatural pets in books! They kind of turn up out of the blue but stays in your heart. I am very much excited to see Frizz in the sequel! 😀

Character development

When Roxanne first escapes, she is a complete mess. But slowly and steadily she learns to balance herself with the help of Logan. The development of the romance between Logan and Roxanne left me in awe. It was slow-build and it was more of a warm bond of trust than complete whirlwind romance. The two finally had someone to lean on although they would never admit that and they shared a certain level of intimacy. I loved the chemistry between them and after how the book ended, I can’t wait to see what happens to my precious characters!!

Overall,

Heir of Ashes and The Curse both were fantastic reads! There were so many elements to the plot yet I was never confused. I loved how the author neatly threaded everything in the end. I am curious to find out about the new life that she was offered and the society of the hunters but I can sense something big coming!! The pace felt a little here and there but it didn’t put me off the edge. I was completely engaged in this book from the very beginning. I seriously would have missed out on a lot if I passed on the opportunity to review this book!

Recommend it?

I went too long without a BTS gif!! XD

Yes!


Interview

I had the wonderful opportunity to review the author of this book! Here goes!

Hey there! I’m so glad to have you on my little blog today!

1. How did you come up with the intricate idea of your debut novel, Heir of Ashes?

A: I guess the idea to Roxanne’s story took root in my mind without any prompting of my own. I had a vague idea of what I wanted to write, how the story would begin, a notion about what I wanted to include in the middle, and a silhouette of an end, not to the first book of the trilogy, but to the trilogy as a whole. I had all these jumbled scenes running rampant in my head, ideas and actions for the entire trilogy, and to prevent myself from going insane, I shut them out and focused only on Heir of Ashes.
I can’t say there was anything special about it, except that the urge to write kept getting stronger, and once I gave in to the urge and started writing, the ideas became more solid and all I could do to keep up was keep on typing.

2. How would you describe your female protagonist, Roxanne Fosch?

A: Roxanne is a very complex person – naïve, kind, compassionate. She’s also had a horrific experience that left her somewhat jaded, mean and unfeeling at times. But deep inside, she’s just another girl trying to lead a normal life.

3. What is your writing process? How do you develop your plots and characters along with working with your external difficulties

A: There isn’t a particular process to my writing, except that I consider the story as a whole, a beginning to the story, a notion of the middle and the very end. I try to pick my scenes this way too, though I can’t say I always know what I want. Sometimes I sit and imagine how I want a particular scene to start, what I want in it, how I’d conclude that scene. Sometimes the images don’t flow like water though, and I need to relax, read a book, bake, and listen to music. Well, I guess I have a process after all. To be fair, a lot of times the story just keeps on flowing and I barely have any time to consider what’s next.
If I happened to think about a scene that I’d like included but that didn’t fit yet with the story, I’d add a note to the end. I had a lot to delete as I finished the first draft, but these notes served me well.
I’ll assume external difficulties here mean me being blind, and I can’t say that it affects my writing in a negative way, except when I’m editing. I need to focus hard then and make sure the words I used are the correct words – for example, then and than, its and it’s, be and bee, by and buy, and all the words that sound the same or sound alike. I had the auto correct on when I wrote the first draft too, and it didn’t always agree with what I wanted, so it would just go on and change the word to what it thought fit better. Of course, the auto correct wasn’t always right.
And then there were the randomly capitalized words.
That part, the editing part, was a nightmare, and I know a lot of those went unnoticed by me. Some of them were caught by the editor, and still, the person who did my last proofread bears testimony to how many of those the editor and I missed.

4. What were the difficulties you had to face while writing the characters?

A: I guess it was keeping their reactions in synch with their personalities and still make them sound real enough.

5. Give us a sneak peek of the sequel to this book. What can the readers expect from it?

A: In the second book, Heir of Doom, Roxanne is learning how to be more dependent upon herself. There will be a healthy dose of preternatural here, as this is now the circle she runs in, but not all are friendly towards her. She will be deceived, lied to, she will uncover more truths; learn some of the ins and outs of the clan. There will be a newfound friend, perhaps even a love triangle.
Frizz will feature more prominently, as well as the Sidhe people, like Lee, Queen Titania and Oberon. She will need to travel through the worlds, and this time her decisions will affect not only her life but the lives of others as well.
Alright, that was a big sneak peek.

6. Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?

A: Hmmm, I’m not sure what unique would be as I’m not sure what other writers do, but once I finish a draft or a scene, I turn on the automatic reader and listen to what I wrote. It’s amazing how many things I’m able to fix through this process, how much I’m able to cover. True, if I keep repeating the same scene over and over, it eventually turns into a lullaby and I have a hard time staying awake.

7. Which books or authors is your inspiration?

A: A well-written book never fails to captivate me, but when I need inspiration, I turn to Nora Roberts.

8. What is your advice for aspiring writers?

A: Believe in yourself. Don’t try to compare yourself with other writers, you are not them.

It was great having you on my blog today! Thank you so much and I wish you much success in the future.

It was my pleasure, Poulami.


Author Bio:

Jina was born and raised in Brazil, where she had a joyful and fulfilling childhood. Soon after she graduated from high school, she was diagnosed with a chronic disease that caused gradual vision loss. She became blind at the age of twenty-three. She has since lived in the United States and Brazil, though currently resides in the middle- east.

Like most authors, Jina had always been an avid reader, a fan of the fantastic, but was denied the joy of books when she became blind. Once she discovered screen readers, she picked up the habit of reading again but discovered that reading was no longer enough, so she started writing her own book.

When she’s not writing in the Roxanne Fosch series or her blog, she’s writing articles for Conscious talk Magazine, where she works as a columnist.

Aside from the written word, Jina loves to spend time in the kitchen, cooking and baking for her three kids and anyone who happens by.

Author Links:

Goodreads || Blog || Twitter

Purchase Links:

Smashwords || Amazon

Giveaway!! (INTL)

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So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you read any previous book in this series or any other book by this author?

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Book + Movie Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline // A thrilling and engaging watch and read!

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Series: Ready Player One, book 1
Genre: Dystopia, Science-Fiction, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: 374 pages, Paperback
Published: April 5th, 2012 by Arrow Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions – and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.


Wow. This was one hell of a book! I mean seriously! It took some time for me to get engaged but once I was in, there was no going back! 🙂

In the dystopian world of 2044 where poverty, sickness had taken over the world, the only way for people to escape the harsh reality is through OASIS, a virtual game where one can do whatever they want, go on quests or simply for just entertainment. When the founder of this game, James Halliday dies he leaves a message that whoever can cross the 3 hidden gates and solve the riddles will get his entire fortune. And then the frenzy begins. But when Wade’s life, the person to cross gate 1 real, becomes a threat as well as his virtual one, the game takes a whole new different meaning. Now, he is not only playing for winning but also fighting for his life.

Okay, so this was a hella awesome book! Like literally! Though I have to say that the pacing, in the beginning, was slow and I felt a little bored but gradually things started taking an interesting turn once Wade crossed the first gate. This game was a lot like virtual roleplaying games, just on a much, much higher level. I have done writing roleplays but I had never played one, so that definitely was an interesting aspect.

But one thing, I won’t say it bothered me but I felt it was too much, Wade knew everything about gaming. I mean EVERYTHING. Yes, sure he is a geeky person (and I like geeky people, in fact, I prefer them) but his complete knowledge about every possible game and how he mastered one game after another so quickly felt a bit unrealistic. Though I obviously don’t have any experience in this field.

But despite the flaws, I loved Wade. He was geekishly adorable. (Also that effing risk he took!!!! Like seriously!!!!! Spoilers, so I can’t say it but who has already read will know… he was foolishly brave? xD) After Halliday’s announcement, hell broke loose but it soon died out because nobody was able to find the key to the first gate. After a lot of years, when Wade comes out of the maze and overnight becomes the most popular person as well as the enemy number one for one company whose ultimate motive is to buy OASIS. Oooo those people, a.k.a the Sixers were really disgusting. I loathed them, especially their leader Sorrento who was prepared to go down to any level to win the game, even if he had to take innocent lives.

Anyway, the other characters were pretty interesting as well, especially the top 5 who were able to cross the gate first. I liked Art3mis but Aech was my favourite. The part which I loved the most was the action in the game. I didn’t feel it was just a game anymore, like Wade’s it had invaded my life as well. The final showdown was just EPIC!! It kinda reminded me of the mixed power rangers episodes. xD (In a gooood way! I loved PR!!) Also, there were many 80’s pop culture references which I didn’t get but it didn’t bother me much.

Overall, Ready Player One was definitely worth the read! I have never been a gamer myself, but I didn’t enjoy it any less. Despite the initial slow beginning, the plot picked up soon enough and I was emersed in a whole new different world. I felt there was a bit of info-dump here and there but other than that the facts were really awesome!

Recommend it?

Yaaas!


Name: Ready Player One
Genre:  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, etc.
Release Date: 29 March 2018
My Rating: 

                              

I went to watch Ready Player One at the beginning of March with my ARMY friends. This movie definitely surpassed my expectations. I finished the book before going to the movies and as much as I had loved the book, the movie was equally awesome!

First of all, the cinematography was awesome! The execution of the first clue was indeed handled a different way from the book but I think it was more awesome and had a certain impact on the audience. The bonus features like the huuuuuge monsters were such a surprise! Never in a million years had I expected that but I should have because it was a Speilberg movie after all! There was only one in the book but in the movie, there were so many, we were screaming with joy. Inwardly. (Obvio!) I loooved the friendship between the five. Whereas in the book, the main focus was on Wade, Artemis and Aech but the movie focused on all the top five. Oh, and the revelation about the characters was such a great twist! Not only that it had quite a lot of other surprises in store for us and I have to say I loved each one of them!

Also, this sequence was pretty funny!! XD It depicted the video game aspect with the real world!

The aspects of the movie which were executed differently were kinda pretty tame in compared with other books to movie adaptations because it stayed pretty true to the book. I think there were only two major differences. I guess they were necessary to maintain the pace of the movie. The romance was a small factor in the book but it was cute!! Overall, I was pretty satisfied with the action sequences and the acting! And I had a great time watching it with my friends, I seriously didn’t want it to end!

Recommend it?

Yes!


Soooooo guys, have you read this yet? Are you excited for the movie? Or have you already seen it? Then what did you think about it?

K-Drama Reviews: The K2 & Because This Is My First Life // Intriguing but lacked the certain impact

Show Name: The K2
Episodes: 16
Genre: Contemporary, Action, Romance, [Adult]
Director:  Kwak Jung-Hwan
Cast: Ji Chang-Wook, Yoona, Song Yoon-A, Cho Seong-Ha, etc.
My Rating: 

Blurb:

Kim Je Ha is a former soldier for hire. He is also called K2. He is hired as a bodyguard by Choi Yoo Jin. Yoo Jin is the wife of a presidential candidate and the daughter of a chaebol family.
Meanwhile, Ko An Na is the secret daughter of the presidential. She is also a recluse.

If I had to describe this drama in one word, outrageous would be the world. This drama would have received a one star but the complex politics and excellent villany saved the day!

Yeah, you read that right.

The villains saved this drama! xD

Ko An Na (Yoona) has been kept in seclusion for most of her life who is secret daughter of Jang Se-Joon (Cho Seong-Ha), a presidential candidate. She has to live under the tyrannical rule of her stepmother Choi Yoo-Jin (Song Yoon-A). Due to various circumstances, despite hating Choi Yoo-Jin, Kim Je Ha (Ji Chang-Wook) agrees to work for her in order to clear his name of a past incident but he had no idea that he would be never going back from this world ever again.

The plot of this drama was… well kinda had no point because it was everywhere? It was pretty unrealistic though. Does it fall under the makjang category? I don’t know but it felt like it. This drama focuses on the inner politics and more politics that goes in the high societies which are kept hidden from the view of the common people. I hate politics but weirdly I love politics in K-dramas and this one was one of the very best! I hated the evil stepmother, Choi Yoo-Jin with a passion but she was the sole reason I kept going with this drama. Ooooh her villainous character was so freaking fantastic!!

The father (a failure of a father that he was), only cared about the politics. He did care about his daughter but when it came to his reputation, he would choose that. But he did love his daughter. The most interesting aspect of this drama was the constant battle between the husband and wife. The character development was rich and complex. As much as I hated Choi Yoo-Jin, I empathised for her as well. And I am 100% sure she developed sooooome feelings for Je Ha because he was the only one who kinda sorta cared about her and saved her on numerous occasions. It was weird but it felt genuine. Oh, and I am pretty sure her secretary was in love with that. The looks she gave her…

Now, onto our main character Kim Je Ha. I mean I love this man! But in front of those villains, his character clearly lacked the impact. I enjoyed the action sequences but it started to get boring as the drama progressed. The romance was out of the blue. I mean, Je Ha and Ko An Ha had only met a couple of times with basically no interactions but they are so in love within a few episodes. I mean, how and when did that happen? This drama ended with a kaboom!! Literally. I still have no idea what to think about it but if you like political dramas you just might enjoy this one.

Overall, this drama was super unrealistic but the political aspect was fantastic although a little absurd. The characters development and the pace was

Recommend it?

Yes.


Name: Because This Is My First Life
Episodes: 16
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Director: Park Joon-Hwa
Cast: Lee Min-Ki, Jung So-Min, Esom, Park Byung-Eun, Kim Ga-Eun, Kim Min-Suk, etc.
My Rating: 

Blurb:

A house-poor man and homeless woman become housemates in a drama that examines the institution of marriage and the problems that young people face today.
Nam Se Hee is a single man in his early 30’s. He has chosen to not marry. He owns his home, but he owes a lot on his mortgage. Meanwhile, Yoon Ji Ho is a single woman in her early 30’s. She does not own a home and envies those that do. She has given up on dating due to her financial struggles. Yoon Ji Ho begins to live at Nam Se Hee’s house. They become housemates.

That’s one way of writing a synopsis.

Anyways, the thing is 99% of the people are in love with this show. but for some reason, I didn’t end up falling head over heels for this drama. Although the plot was predictable, it was executed in a refreshing manner which made it worth the worth. This drama depicts the life of Yoon Ji-Ho (Jung So-Min) and Nam Se-Hee (Lee Min-Ki) along with their two friends on each side as the sub-plot. Both of their lives are quite mundane and to avoid a certain situation, they decide to get married for a year (or so, I forgot!) until their problems got resolved but when feelings come in the way, things start to change.

Nam Se-Hee is a very materialistic guy. He does everything is time and believes that money is the only thing that can bring happiness but he has a past due to which he keeps his heart closed off.  The first interaction between Yoon Ji-Ho and Se-Hee was kind of hilarious but their decision to get married caught me off guard. I did like the evolvement of their relationship. It started off as awkward as they started spending more time together, they found their space of comfort with each other.

What a nice way to go for a wedding…

The one factor which kind of bugged me was the pace. The middle portion of the show kinda bored me but thankfully, the sub-plot was pretty awesome. I especially loved Woo Soo-Ji (Esom) and Ma Sang-Goo (Park Byung-Eun) and in my opinion, the character development of Soo-Ji was the very best in this drama, she was a kickass woman but kept her guard up all the time. It took a hell lot of effort but  Ma Sang-Goo managed to break that barrier. The other couple was all lovey-dovey but it showed a pretty realistic side of a long-term relationship.

Overall, this drama was sweet and defined a lot of realistic stuff but I just couldn’t absolutely loved it. I felt both the main characters should have been more layered. This was a kind of homey drama but the lack of thrill deducted my points but it was still worth a watch.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Soo guys have you watched these two dramas yet?? Is it on your to-watch list? Do you want to watch it if you haven’t already?

Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2018! || Where lots of unexpected (but goood) stuff happened!

Heeeeeey guys!!! How are you all doing??

A looooooot happened this month. April was kind of a turning point in my life and it was quite productive as well. But due to those reasons, I didn’t get a lot of time for reading. Fortunately, all my posts for this month were pre-scheduled, otherwise, I think it would have been totally empty! Neither did I get to blog hop but I am hoping to do so this weekend. (I have like 2k bookish emails to check!! HAAALP!!)

Anyway, now onto the bookish goodness!

Books I’ve read in April:

Young-Adult:

  

New-Adult:


Books I’ve reviewed this month (Link to my reviews):

4/5 stars

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

RISE by Piper Lawson

Daughter of the Pirate King & Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Seducing-Kaden by Siobhan Davis


Other Stuff:

  • I did a Guest Post incorporating my love for books and K-dramas on Dani @ Perspective of a Write‘s blog!! Don’t forget to check out her awesome blog guys!
  • Among foreign dramas, I reviewed a variety of dramas starting from Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
    Chinese: Love O2O
    Korean: Part-Time Idol
    Japanese: Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu
    You can read my review HERE.

Life Updates:

April was a good month guys. Yes, I didn’t get to engage in bookish activities much but hopefully, I can balance my schedule in the upcoming days. Okay, so the most exciting news is that I got a jooooooooob!! It was actually unexpected but when I got the call that I got in, it was one of the best moments in my life and working as a content writer is so fulfilling. I mean, I can’t explain the happiness I am feeling right now. I am enjoying work so much guys and I finally feel like I am something doing something worthwhile. My team members are awesome and the working environment is pretty good too. I think I definitely got lucky in my first real job. 🙂

I didn’t get to buy any books this month but I saw Ready Player One with one of my most adorable ARMY friend. Gooooodness, that movie was just soo awesome! Review of both the book and the movie is coming up next month, so stay tuned in for that! ❤

I also participated in Camp NaNoWriMo this month. Due to my schedule, I set my goal only to 15k. Right now, I have reached 10k so far but I am hoping to meet my goal by this weekend! This is the first time I am working on a diverse fantasy book called The Boy Who Touched the Moon. You can check out my Pinterest board for this novel here!! It’s off to good start, I hope I can maintain the pace as well as the essence!!

Update:

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Yaaaaatie I reached my goal of 15k!!! I hope to at least write 10 to 12k each month so that I finish the draft!!

Also, I don’t think I can actively post like I used to. Maybe once or twice a week but I am not giving up on blogging. Never!

What about you guys??



So guys, how was your April? How many books did you manage to read? Which was your favourite read this month? Did you participate in Camp NaNoWriMo? If yes, how was your overall experience?

 

Review: Seducing Kaden by Siobhan Davis || Where the Romance brew even without the Seduction

Title: Seducing Kaden
Author: Siobhan Davis
Series: The Kennedy Boys, book 6
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Trigger Warning: Marital rape and abuse
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 460 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: April 30th, 2018
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Kaden
The woman I love will never be mine because she already belongs to another.

I’ve tried everything to forget her, but it’s impossible when she occupies a starring role in my dreams. I’m obsessed, and my eyes are glued to her shapely curves whenever I see her around campus. It doesn’t help that she looks as miserable as I feel, and I wonder if she misses me as much as I miss her.

Short of putting a bullet through the skull of that gangster she’s married to, I’m stuck in a hellhole of my own making.

Until fate intervenes, setting us on a collision course we can’t avoid.

Evelina
When I was a little girl, I dreamed of falling in love. The all-consuming sweep-you-off-your-feet kind of love I swooned over in movies.

It didn’t take long for that fairytale notion to come crashing down around me. Now I’m trapped in a marriage I despise with no discernible way out.

The only light in the dark is Kaden Kennedy—the one true love of my life. He doesn’t know he is, because I’m forced to love him from afar, condemned to toss and turn at night, crying over everything I want and all I can never have.

Seeing him day in, day out, destroys me, but there’s no other choice; I had to push him away to keep him safe.

Because if my husband ever finds out I’m in love with one of my students, I won’t be the only one in danger.

While you don’t need to read the earlier books in this series to enjoy Seducing Kaden, it is highly recommended. This book is a contemporary new adult romance, and it is only suitable for readers aged eighteen and older due to mature content, sexual situations, and language.

[A student-teacher forbidden romance from USA Today bestseller Siobhan Davis. Standalone with an HEA and no cliffhanger. This story includes details of an extramarital affair, so if you don’t like cheating or controversial storylines, then this book isn’t for you.]


This booooook!! I was so eager to read Kaden’s story and forbidden romance is most top most favourite tropes. Though this book is not a light one and it deals with some important issues, I enjoyed it from the first till the last bit.

Kaden and Evaline have a chance encounter before Kaden discovers that she is her new professor in college. The attraction between them is instant but neither can give their feelings a chance because of their condition until both of them can’t resist anymore. Eva dropped her chance at happiness because of her husband who is aligned with illegal business and is a sadist but meeting Kaden for the second time brings back all the beautiful memories they had once shared together and this time Kaden doesn’t want to give up either.

Seducing Kaden was a second chance romance book which tells the story of Kaden and Evalina. The plot flashes back to the past and the present where it defines the start of their relationship and the present situation. Although the plot was predictable, the storyline flowed smoothly and the romance kept me engaged throughout the whole book. The attraction between Kaden and Eva is instant and both of them can’t deny the obvious attraction between them. One of the things that I loved about both of them was the mutual respect they had for each other. I felt really bad Eva’s situation, she was forced to live in a hell with no way out but after meeting Kaden, she began to hope for the first time in his life.

Although cheating is an element in this book, anyone would feel relief about this fact after knowing Eva’s bound condition. God, she had to go through so freaking much. Her husband was one hell of a onster whose clutches she couldn’t escape at any cost and even if she tried her loved ones would have to pay the consequences. It was actually quite difficult for me to read some of the parts. Anyway, Kaden treated Eva like a perfect gentleman, he was thoughtful and caring and did his best to protect her. The plot could have been a little more dynamic but it was still enjoyable.

Overall, Seducing Kaden was an engaging read. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there were some surprising elements, but the ending left me satisfied. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the whole book. It was a pretty quick read in fact which was an added bonus. I also loved the fact that how this book paved its way for the next Kennedy book! I am definitely excited to read that!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you read any previous book in this series or any other book by this author?

Drama Reviews: A mixture of Chinese, Korean and Japanese! || A Bit of Raving and Ranting!

Show Name: Love O2O (C-Drama)
Episodes: 30
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Gaming, [Adult]
Director: Lam Yuk Fan
Cast: Zheng Shuang, Yang Yang, Mao Xiao Tong, Zhang He, Niu Jun Feng, Zheng Ye Cheng, Cui Kyle, Zhang Vin, etc.
My Rating:

Blurb:

Xiao Nai is a gaming expert who, courtesy of his basketball skills, academic excellence, swimming talent and game company presidency, also happens to be the most popular student on campus. When he first comes across the gorgeous computer science major Bei Wei Wei, the infinitely talented wunderkind immediately falls in love. But it’s not Bei’s looks that he notices; it’s the ridiculous mastery with which she is commanding her guild and owning everyone in an online multiplayer game that makes her impossible to forget. Now, Xiao Nai must use his skills both in real life and online to capture the adorable but dorky Bei’s heart. But does their love have the XP to succeed, or will this relationship never level up?

Honestly, I was 100% sure that I was not going to watch this drama. But well… as you can see I did. xD And daaaaaamn, I understood why people love it so much!! I recently finished Ready Player One and I realised that some of the gaming aspects were so similar, I loooooved it!!

First of all, this drama was pretty refreshing and unique. Xiao Nai (Yang Yang) and Bei Wei Wei (Zheng Shuang) are both players of a virtual role-play quest game. Xiao Nai accidentally learns that Bei Wei Wei is the female warrior he admires in the game. They both team up in the game while Bei Wei Wei is still unaware of her partner’s identity in real life. When they finally decide to meet, Bei Wei Wei is equally bewildered and excited to learn the truth and then the fun begins!!

I LOVED the gaming aspect of this show. Sometimes more than the real-life aspect. It was so damn exciting and interesting! It was shown quite in vivid details and I enjoyed each and every moment of the action and that beautiful mystic world. When they were playing the characters were portrayed as in the game as their characters which gave it a more solid impression.

Both Xiao Nai and Bei Wei Wei are Computer Science majors, geeks and gamers and their similar taste pushed them more together. Also, I absolutely loved the TRUST factor that was shown in this drama. It’s kind of pretty rare but it’s the absolute thing I love. Xiao Nai was the unattainable, popular and handsome face of the school, so seeing them together many tried to break them off but their trust in each other didn’t let anything falter. And that my dear, was swoon-worthy!!

Bei Wei Wei was a pretty strong protagonist. Along with being an excellent student and gamer, she was confident and didn’t let any wrongdoings just pass by her. Before Xiao Nai had actually met her, some of his actions were a bit stalkerish but it didn’t seem that big. I mean I know it’s bad, but here it was not like that intentionally. But the romance between them developed pretty fast. Like faaaaaaast. I wish the development took a little more time and also another thing was that both of the main leads were too perfect. As much as I loved those aspects, an actual person can’t be all that perfect.

The two antagonists were quite refreshing as well. They were students like our main leads but their character development was pretty amazing. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they accepted the challenges head-on instead of taking a different and negative approach.

Xiao Nai’s three best friends were pretty hilarious and pretty damn awesome and supportive. And there was this little BL plotline with Hao Mei and KO, gaaaahhh!! It was cuuuuuuute!! I wish they showed more to it, although their story definitely ended on a positive note but I soooo wish we had more of it!! Bei Wei Wei’s best friend Er Xi was so adorable, she was petite and looked up to Bei Wei Wei but things did get a bit rough between these two and honestly, I could understand where Er Xi’s insecurity came from but despite that fact when the one mean girl told shit about Bei Wei Wei to turn her against her, she actually understood she was not alone, her best friend had to suffer too. It had the exact opposite effect and I was nearly in happy tears!!

Overall, Love O2O was a pretty amazing drama. The plot and the characters managed to surprise me plenty of time. Although I felt that the drama could have been a little bit shorter, like 25 episodes instead of 30 because a few episodes did get a little monotonous. Apart from that, I have no complaints. Also, each and every face off in the game was sooo awesome.

Damn it! All these gaming shit is making me want to play something!!

Recommend it?

Holy damn yes!


Show Name: Part-Time Idol (K-Drama)
Episodes: 5
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Cast: Kwon Hyun Bin, Lee Soo Hyun, Hwang Seung Eon, Kim Hee Jung, Kwon Young Deuk, Kim Min Kyo, etc.
My Rating:

Blurb:

The storyline takes place at an entertainment agency. After creating a bunch of famous idols, a producer begins to question the whole process of making a star, so he goes on a break for a few years. Once he returns to the company, he gathers some trainees left on the back burner and tries to launch a co-ed idol group. The trainees undergo some peculiar training to debut in this group.

This. Show. Was. Adorable!!!

Kwon Hyun Bin, Lee Soo Hyun, Kim Hee Jung, Soo Ah have been trainees for a long time yet they haven’t got the chance to debut as the superiors think they won’t be able to make it. Jeong Tae Kyung (Kim Min Kyo) one of the famous producers returns from his hiatus and when he sees them, he challenges the company that they can do it and hence the fun begins!

First of all, this is more of a character based drama and all the characters were sooo freaking cute and adorable in their own way. But they were a bit different from others. So, Kim Hee Jung used a different technique to fuel their talent. He used anger as a tool for Jeong Tae Kyung’s rap, boosted Lee Soo Hyun’s confidence but Soo Ah’s one was the weirdest and funny. All of these techniques were pretty much hilarious but they worked well enough! Kwon Young Deuk later joins the group as a dance instructor but ultimately becomes a member of the group as well. And believe me, these 5 people were worth the watch!

I loved their first shoot! It was so fun and amazing! They had a different concept but when the others tried to spoil it, they went on doing it their own way and I just loooooved that! It was actually pretty amazing!

This was legit my favourite scene in this drama!! XD

My favourite was definitely Soo Ah. She was sooo optimistic and bubbly, she managed to bring a smile every single time. I liked how these 5 different individuals with different talent came together as a group. The friendship between the characters was refreshing to watch along with the little bit of itsy bitsy romance that we got.

Recommend it?

Yaas!


Show Name: Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu (J-Drama)
Episodes: 10
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Director: Satoru Nakajima
Cast: Haruka Ayase, Sota Fukushi, Hiroshi Tamaki, etc.
My Rating:

Blurb:

Aoishi Hanae is a plain, inconspicuous office lady who has had no experience in love and no boyfriend. On her 30th birthday, she happens to end up drinking with Tanokura Yuto, a cool university student nine years her junior who is also a part-timer at her company, on the way home from a welcome party for new employees. Hanae gets drunk. When she wakes up the next morning, she finds a naked Yuto sleeping next to her. She has her first experience and first boyfriend out of the blue. Even when Hanae and Yuto go on to date, it is a daily process of trial and error because everything is a first for Hanae, including an amusement park date, a sleepover, Christmas Eve or a couple’s trip. To complicate matters, she also gets a proposal from Asao Yu, the CEO of an Italian food company who is popular with women, and a love triangle develops.

I had pretty high hopes for this one because I thought it was going to be adorable and fluffy, instead, I got awkward stuff and the female lead running in the opposite direction whenever a problem arose.

Hanae Aoishi (Haruka Ayase) never had a boyfriend but when her colleagues take her out for some drinks, she ends up getting drunk and finds herself naked beside Tanokura Yuto (Sota Fukushi) in the morning, a 9 years younger university student who’s interning at the company where she works. When Tanokura makes it clear that he is serious about her, she decides to give their relationship a try but it doesn’t come free of trials and errors.

Okay, so the thing is that Tanokura confesses to Hanae (which she went willingly) after their night together that he’s serious about her and stuff buuuut before that he doesn’t show any particular interest in her and suddenly after one day, he’s in love? And the other thing which I didn’t like much was Hanae’s running away from her problems. The awkward level was tooooooooooo damn high between the main leads due to which I couldn’t enjoy the chemistry between the characters much. But some moments were cute! Also, a love triangle arises out of nowhere! Like seriously! Except for Tanokura, I didn’t enjoy the other characters much so I mostly skimmed watched this. It was tedious and cliched.

Recommend it?

Nah.


Soooooo guys, have you seen these dramas? Are you interested in watching them in the future?

Duology Review: Daughter of the Pirate King & Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller || Full of Pirate-y Awesomeness!

Title: Daughter of the Pirate King & Daughter of the Siren Queen
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King duology
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: A bit warm
Format: 320 & 342 pages resp., Ebook
Published: February 28th, 2017 & February 27th, 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Daughter of the Pirate King –

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

Daughter of the Siren Queen –

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.


Okay, wow. This duology was pretty great, especially book 2. All the piratey awesomeness was sooo worth it!

Alosa is sent on a secret mission by her father who is the Pirate King to retrieve the pieces of the map of lost treasures. She allows herself to be captured by the enemy in order to do so but Riden, the first mate of the enemy ship is too clever to fall for her tricks. And when feelings come in the way things start becoming complicated. Along with that when Alosa’s learns a hidden truth, her whole world turns upside down. It’s up to Alosa to choose her destiny and fight for it or give up everything.

*A biiiit spoilerish. Proceed at your own risk!*

The plot of this duology was pretty awesome and kept me on the edge the whole throughout the series. In book 1, Alosa cleverly plans her own capture to fulfil her goal to retrieve the map. Despite her well thought out plan, her journey was not an easy one. She had to face betrayals and plenty of struggles along the way. But the torture at the end of book 1 broke my heart. It was really cruel and disgusting how they made use of her powers of being a half siren.

“I am me because I choose to be me. I am what I want. Some people say you have to find yourself. Not I. I believe we create ourselves to be what we want. Any aspect of ourselves that we do not like can be altered if we make an effort.”

As a character, Alosa was pretty badass and cared a lot about her crew and treated them like her own family. Her faithfulness to her father despite his cruel treatment felt a bit weird but I guess she was brain-washed like that and I was glad when she finally understood the whole truth. She justified her father’s behaviour a lot and that showed how much she was psychologically affected. Sure, it made her a kickass pirate but she didn’t deserve to be treated like that by her own father. The nature of the Pirate King became more clear in book 2 as we get to see him up and close.

I enjoyed book 2 a looot more than book 1. It’s because of the fact that though as a heroine I loved Alosa and her feelings for Riden was only a facade at first which slowly started to become real as they gradually got closer to each other. This was the only factor that bothered me a little because she was basically using him. But this changed in book 2 which made me very, very happy because I basically wanted to bash their heads together. IIt took a little for me to warm up to Ridden but as the book proceeded, he managed to win me over! He was sweet and caring but stubborn like Alosa too!

“I may not have been born in the sea, but I was born to rule it.
I am the daughter of the siren queen.”

Anyway, book 2 had a lot of more action than book 1 which I really enjoyed. I enjoyed how the pace was build up and finally executed in such a unique fashion. I seriously didn’t see the twist coming. I thought that there was going to be something like that but not in the exact way it happened and I was glad to see Alosa get closure. IThe final showdown was pretty epic, it reminded me a lot of Pirates of the Caribbean. 🙂

Overall, Daughter of the Pirate King duology was a great read! I don’t think I have read many pirate books or any pirate book in fact and I enjoyed this journey so much! I had a great adventure along with Alosa and I definitely enjoyed the character growth. The plot was executed neatly and it was fast paced throughout the series which made it a pretty quick read!

Recommend it?

Yaaas!


Soooooo guys, have you read this duology yet? What did you think about it? Do you have any good pirate book recs?? Or good siren ones?