Review: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard || Adorable with a splash of realism

Title: A Quiet Kind of Thunder
Author: Sara Barnard
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 320 pages, Paperback
Published: January 12th, 2017 by Macmillan Children’s Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.


This book was beautiful. I have never read a book like this before and after reading the blurb I couldn’t wait to read this and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint. Also, I love sign language since I was a kid and I was also watching Switched at Birth along with reading this, so all of these together was a different but great ride. (I managed to learn figure lettering along with a few other signs!! Yay!)

“I want the world, I think. Even if it scares me.”

Steffi is a seventeen-year-old and a selective mute. Her voice comes and goes depending on her social anxiety. Then she meets Rhys, a new student in their school, he is deaf but he doesn’t let that aspect control his life. She is finally able to open up to someone which does not include her best friend. With Rhys, her little world grows bigger. But life is not a piece of cake. When they finally have to face the ultimate challenge in their relationship, will the move forward together or will their world scatter once again?

This was the first book I read by this author and I absolutely fell in love with it. This book covered various issues like social anxiety, first love and sex and each of them were dealt realistically. I wasn’t much aware of selective mutism, which is a part of anxiety and when everything becomes too much to handle, even little things, no words come out of the mouth. This is not deliberate, the person suffering from this has no choice at all. This book helped me understand it.

“Here are three separate but similar things: shyness, introversion and social anxiety. You can have one, two or all three of these things simultaneously. A lot of the time people think they’re all the same thing, but that’s just not true. Extroverts can be shy, introverts can be bold, and a condition like anxiety can strike whatever kind of social animal you are.

Lots of people are shy. Shy is normal. A bit of anxiety is normal. Throw the two together, add some brain-signal error – a NO ENTRY sign on the neural highway from my brain to my mouth perhaps, though no one really knows – and you have me.”

THIS. Couldn’t be any more true.

Steffi, our main protagonist suffers from it and due to which she mostly stays isolated in her own world. The only person she is able to talk to freely is her best friend but with her gone to uni, she is totally alone until Rhys comes along. With Rhys, she finally finds a whole new world. I loved Steffi so much, and during the moments her world collapsed, I just wanted to give her a tight hug. I felt for her and what she continuously went through every single day.

Rhys is deaf, but he lives like any other normal person. He helps Steffi come out of her shell. He was super adorable and understanding. Their friendship quickly turns into something more and I loved them together, so much. Steffi knew a little BSL and it helped hr communicate with Rhys. Although Rhys strives to have a normal life, he is not bound without insecurities and my heart broke to see how much even a little thing could turn your life upside down.

The other minor characters were well written and I enjoyed reading about each and every character. I also enjoyed the character development throughout the book. One thing that felt too familiar was Steffi and Rhy’s running away for an adventure, that felt too similar to what happened in Everything, Everything. Also, I wanted the ending to be slightly different but it didn’t bother me that much because I was satisfied with the ending.

Overall, A Quiet Kind of Thunder was a great read. The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. Steffi and Rhys were just perfect for each other and I loved the romance. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read this or is it in your tbr?

Review: Text 2 Lovers by K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield || When wrong texting couldn’t be more right

Title: Text 2 Lovers
Author: K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield
Series: 2 Lovers, book 1
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Pretty Warm
Page Count and Format: 207 pages, Ebook
Published: January 21st, 2017
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s the start of nothing good.
I fired off a storm of raunchy text messages…to the wrong number.
And he replied.
Him: Show me a picture.
Him: Tell me your name.
Why does the lure of anonymity have me craving to indulge a stranger?

It’s the start of everything right.
I received a slew of text messages…when everything in my life was wrong.
And she made me laugh again.
Her: You’re probably a creeper.
Her: Possibly a stalker.
Why do I have the overwhelming need to find this stranger who saved me and make her mine?

Him: Take a chance with me.
Her: This is crazy.
Him: I need to see you.
Her: What are we doing?
Him: We’re about to find out.

Her: PHOTO ATTACHED
Him: PHOTO ATTACHED


This book was such an amazing read! K. Webster has quickly made into my list of favourite authors and now I am definitely keeping an eye out for J.D. Hollyfield’s books as well!

While trying to text her ex-boyfriend with the help of liquid courage, Dani fires off her messages to the wrong number. When the wrong number replies back, she can’t stop texting him and neither can he. Ram’s life has been in the rock bottom until the texts from the wrong number start coming in. He can’t stop himself from wanting more. What starts off as some simple texting quickly turns into something more but when Ram’s surfaces, will they both be strong enough to handle it?

This story was so much fun to read about. This started off as a bit predictable but then in took me on a completely different ride. I definitely enjoyed the plot of this book. I immediately took a liking to Dani and I could even relate to her a little. She is someone who is too nice but with the help of her best friend, Andie and some liquid courage, she finally decides to call out on her ex-boyfriend for cheating on her but instead, it ends up going to the wrong number. Ram and Dani have instant chemistry which I absolutely loved. Their texts were so funny, especially Dani’s who sometimes blabbered too much, but it was damn adorable and hilarious.

I was never bored for a second and it was quite difficult to out this book down. When Ram wanted to meet up, Dani was reluctant but the universe kept throwing them together and damn it was absolutely perfect how they finally met. Their exchanges were so entertaining, I couldn’t stop laughing sometimes! I absolutely loved their romance. And Dani’s bff, Andie was sooo crazy, she and Ram’s big brother, Roman kind of developed a love/hate relationship which was an absolute blast to read about, those two were crazy but crazy good together.

I would have liked if Dani trusted Ram a little more but it was obvious what actually hurt her and I definitely agree that Ram should have come clean to her from the very first instead of hiding those facts. It was so amazing to see how they tackled the final situation and that last punch by Dani was just hilarious!

Overall, Text 2 Lovers was a fantastic read. The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. I enjoyed the romance between Dani and Ram, they were such a perfect couple. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes!


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Review: The Keeper of Portals by V.S. Nelson || Plus Interview!

The Keeper of PortalsTitle: The Keeper of Portals
Author: V.S. Nelson
Standalone
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, [Middle-Grade]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 320 pages, Ebook
Published: January 28th, 2017 by Matador
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

3 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

‘All I have to do is think, walk through a door and I come out another. There is nowhere I cannot get to, nor any lock that can deny my passage.’
The Keeper of Portals lifted a hand and stroked the ancient black wood of the door.
‘I can do all that and yet, after 400 years, I still cannot open this door.’

Everything in the universe is maintained by its own keeper, from the most insignificant insect to time itself. When 15 year-old Martin moves into a stately home that’s dangerously overhanging a cliff, he meets the Keeper of Portals and learns of the mysterious door at the end of his bedroom.

One morning, Martin wakes to discover the Keeper of Portals is missing and the door at the end of his bedroom is open. Martin steps through the door to find himself in the 17th century where he meets Isabel, the house’s maid. Upon discovering two imprisoned keepers, Martin and Isabel gain the ability to control time and travel through portals.

After being attacked by hordes of brainwashed villagers, Martin and Isabel learn that the master of the house has a devious plan, one the keepers are powerless to stop. Martin and Isabel must jump between the present day and the 17th century in order to hide from the twisted master, avoiding past versions of themselves, as powerful keepers thwart them at every turn. But as items from the future begin to bleed into the past and the present day is plagued by malfunctioning portals, Martin and Isabel’s only option is to confront the master – the Keeper of Questions.


My Thoughts

This book was really fun to read, though it had its ups and downs but I loved the overall journey and I’m glad I got to read this book.

Martin has just shifted to his ancestral home with his mother where he meets a strange creature who calls himself the Keeper of Portals. He has the ability to open all the doors in the universe, except the one in Martin’s room. When that door finally opens and Martin steps in, his whole world turns upside down. Will Martin be able to return to his home ever again or will he get stuck in the past forever?

The plot was really interesting but a little confusing at times. I liked how the author didn’t waste much time and plunged directly into the action. This book narrates the story of Martin, a 15-year-old boy who has just moved into the massive new house which belonged to his ancestors. As he begins exploring the house he discovers a strange voice who reveals himself to be the Keeper of Portals. I liked the concept of the Keepers. There were so many Keepers for every little thing.

I enjoyed Martin’s adventure. I felt like I was there with him. He was such a caring and sweet character. Isabel on the other hand, I was not much of a fan of her when the story started but she slowly warmed into my heart. I hated The Keeper of Questions who was Isabel’s master as well, he was really twisted. The world-building was the one fact that disappointing me a little, I wished it was more concise and clear because it was really getting confusing to understand what was going one when Martin and Isabel were jumping from one portal to another.

Martin and Isabel formed a great team. I enjoyed how they tacked everything together. There was barely any romance in this book but I didn’t mind the attraction that shimmered between the two characters. The ending was bittersweet and I really wished it was different but that made this story more realistic and rooted to the ground.

Overall, The Keeper of Portals was an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the plot, though it was complex at times and the characters were really well written. I liked the adventure and the action! The writing was easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


I also got the opportunity to interview the author which was a lot of fun! So without further ado, here’s the…

Interview

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m married with two children and live in the English city of Winchester.

2. Describe your story to the readers in not more than 140 characters.

Two teenagers learn to step through portals and control time while battling the Keeper of Question in the 17th century and modern day.

3. Which authors were your inspiration?

I have a lot of favourite authors, but I’m unsure any have really inspired me. Story-wise, there are similarities between Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman, but I wouldn’t say they inspired me to write the story, I just decided to do it.

4. What do you love the most about our protagonist, Martin?

Martin is a snarky, reluctant hero whose people skills need a little work. What I love the most about him, though, is that he’s not particularly good at being the hero in the story. For the majority of it, Isabel is the one solving the problems and leaving Martin in her wake. Martin may be the protagonist, but really, it’s all about Isabel.

5. How do you develop your plots and characters?

Bit by bit. My plots and characters are like towers made from Lego bricks. I’ll work on them a bit, put them away from a while, then come back to them and build them up a bit more. Even when I think I’ve finished, I’m still adding bits while at the same time taking away other bits. Things never BANG! and appear for me, it’s always a slow creation process.

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

Not at all! How dull… I write at my desk in the sweet time in the evening after my children have gone to bed and before I need to do the same. Like all authors, I have written on planes, trains, in hotels rooms and airport lounges, but most of the time I’m reclined in my chair, feet on my desk with the keyboard on my lap.

7. What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Don’t be shy about your work. Get as many people as possible to read it and listen to their feedback. A book is rarely the product of a single individual. Also, writing is not going to make you rich; so if you’re young and thinking of becoming a fiction writer, make sure you have a separate career to focus on as well!


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Review: Worth the Wait by A.J. Pine || Blog Tour

Welcome to my tour stop of Worth the Wait by A.J. Pine hosted by IndieSage PR. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Worth the WaitTitle: Worth the Wait
Author: A.J. Pine
Series: Kingston Ale House, book 4 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 261 pages, Ebook
Published: January 16, 2017, by Entangled: Select Contemporary
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

I like to think of myself as a man of pleasure…

I enjoy a good pint of ale, being in the arms of a beautiful woman, and living by my own rules. The only thing I try to avoid? Commitment. And I’ve got a three-year success rate to prove it.

I wasn’t planning on Grace—the beautiful, funny, totally off-limits massage therapist who keeps popping up in my life. She’s on a six-month mission to rid her life of toxins. No alcohol. No red meat. And, yeah, no men. I’m talking full-on man cleanse.

I know I should walk away, but I can’t…and the only way to keep her in my life is to live by her rules. I’ll need to prove to a woman who’s lost all trust in men that I’m worthy of her love. And do it all without so much as a single kiss.

The only problem? If I win, I’ll lose the one thing I swore I’d never give up. My heart.


My Thoughts

Worth the Wait was definitely a fun read like the rest of the books in this series. You can read my review of book 1: The One That Got Away here and book 2: Six Months Rule, here.

After suffering from a betrayal, Grace vowed to do a man cleanse from her life which includes no touching or kissing anyone for at least six months. Jeremy is still recovering from the wound left by his ex-girlfriend. They both keep on bumping into each other and no sooner sparks fly between them. But Grace wants to complete what she promised herself and Jeremy want to be the one to be the man in her life after this is over. Will Grace be worth the wait?

This book was really fun to read. I liked the plot and enjoyed how everything was executed. After Grace’s ex-boyfriend betrays her, she vows to bring a complete change in her life including a man cleanse. But her strength wavers after she gets to know Jeremy who she met while doing her job. I really, really loved Jeremy, he was absolutely perfect!

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The story spun in an interesting direction after Jeremy’s ex-girlfriend & reporter entered the scenario. I liked how Jeremy and Grace handled the situation in their own way. Though Grace was very insecure despite the fact that it was crystal clear Jeremy felt so much more for her. Due to her insecurity, she made some shitty decisions but in the end, I kind of understood where she was coming from.

Jeremy… oh this guy just perfect and absolutely swoon-worthy! His faith from Grace never wavered and he was ready to wait for Grace how long it took. He was patient, understanding and never judged Grace. He was simply so sweet and he melted my heart! I loved the romance between them. 

Overall, Worth the Wait was a good read. I enjoyed the plot and fell in love with the characters. I loved the chemistry between Grace and Jeremy. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Synopsis: She’s holding out for a happy ever after.
Annie
I know where to find my happily ever after—between the pages of a romance novel. It’s why I sell books, why I blog about them, and why I’ll never get disappointed by love.So what if my brother’s best friend from high school is now a bestselling author? Or that he just blew back into town on a Harley, filling out a pair of jeans like he never did before? Or that he’s agreed to do a signing at my bookstore on such short notice? Because despite all his adoring female fans, I kind of hated his book.
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The last time I saw Annie Denning, she was a senior in high school, three years older than me and way out of my league.
Now I’m her last-minute date to a wedding, and what started as a night of pure fun has turned into something more real than either of us anticipated.Annie is my muse. When I’m with her, my writer’s block fades away, and the words finally flow.The only problem? She wants the fairy tale—her very own happily ever after—and anyone who’s read my book knows the truth. I just don’t believe they exist.

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Synopsis: She created the game, but the rules are about to change.

The second I met Will Evans in his three-piece suit with that hot as hell British accent, I wanted him.

That is…until he insulted my shoes and stole my corner office.

Now I have to work side-by-side with the surly British arsehole who just set my career back six months.

It’s fine. That accent won’t get to me, no matter how sexy it sounds when he asks permission to do things professionals shouldn’t do. On the couch. In the corner office I still wish was mine.

Maybe we can’t keep our hands off each other, but I’m sure as hell not falling for a guy who lives an ocean away. Because in six months, he’s leaving for good.

I don’t do broken hearts, but you know what they say…

There’s a first time for everything.

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Synopsis: How far will one man go for the woman he’s loved since high school?

Jamie Kingston has been Brynn Chandler’s best friend since middle school. Only once was their friendship tested—when Brynn gave Jamie a single kiss. Since then, they’ve had an unspoken agreement never to cross that line again, and she’s ready to let go of the past and move on.

But Jamie has loved Brynn for as long as he can remember, and now that he’s ready to tell her, she has her sights set on someone else. Knowing this is his last chance, he asks Brynn to go on a two-week road trip. But their time alone brings old hurts to the surface, and Brynn has to decide if the one that got away lies at the end of the journey or if he’s been by her side all along.

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Author Bio:

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AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and, of course, a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires and superheroes. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago burbs.

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Review: The Man Who Won the World by O.E. Boroni

oeboroni_book1Title: The Man Who Won the World
Author: O.E. Boroni
Series: The Man Who Won the World, book 1
Genre: Historical, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 295 pages, Ebook
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

When you refuse to conform to the world you were born into, do you then create your own?

This is a story about a man who founded his own kingdom.

All Choi Jiyong knows is his carefree days hawking vegetables at the Namdong market and his service as a jolly hand at a riverside tavern.

But one day, it all changes when he saves the life of a mysterious girl.

Suddenly, he is plunged into a world of political rivalry, deadly turmoil, and incomprehensible tragedy. However, what he thinks is just an end to life as he has known it, becomes the start of his journey towards a destiny that has been ordained in his name: his hand will bring to its knees, dynasties that have been since the beginning of time.

This is a tale of supernatural forces, of love and of guilt, of revenge and of truth. Wars will arise and kingdoms will fall, kings will become victims, and slaves will become gods.

Author’s note: This is a historical/period romance novel set in Korea in the 900’s.


My Thoughts

My first thought after I finished this book was “HOW COULD IT END LIKE THIS??!” I so want more! I couldn’t believe it just ended, I was desperately trying to scroll through to see if there were any more pages but in vain. Nonetheless, it was a unique and powerful read and I loved every second of this book.

Choi Jiyong is happy working as a simple farmer whereas his brothers have the opportunity to go to school. One day when he saves a mysterious girl, his whole world turns upside down. He is thrown into a completely different world from his. Will he be able to wade through the difficulties or will his world get destroyed before he even realizes?

The plot was really good. I enjoyed the story so much from the very start. The story is set in Korea and is told in multiple POVs, it was a little confusing at first but as I read on it became easy to understand. Jiyong leads a simple life who is satisfied being only a farmer. But everything changes when he saves a mysterious girl from the market. I enjoyed Haekang’s character, she was smart and caring.

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All the characters were layered and I enjoyed how each of them was depicted. The dynamics of the story constantly changed which kept me on edge. I really hated what Emperor did though he was warned by his own people. As a result of this consequence, he faced what he had coming. But in the midst of all these, it really broke my heart what some of the people had to go through. King Taejin was pretty diplomatic but no better.

One thing which sometimes threw me off were the Korean terminology, it was sometimes confusing but I loved the way how the words were attached to the glossary at the end. Despite this, the writing flowed so smoothly, my attention never wavered throughout the book. There’s something about Boroni’s writing which draws me in. It felt very real like everything was happening in front of my eyes.

Overall, The Man Who Won the World was a fantastic read! I really enjoyed how the story was executed and the characters were pretty interesting to read about. The writing was beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book. I seriously can’t wait for the next book in this series!

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn || Blog Tour!

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Welcome to my tour stop of Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn. This tour is going to be held from January 9th to January 25th! You can view the full tour schedule here.


Corrupt MeTitle: Corrupt Me

Author: Jillian Quinn

Series: Philly Corruption, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Pretty warm

Page Count and Format: 231 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: January 17th, 2017 by Penn Publishing

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Izzie Rinaldi has everything going for her. All she has to do is make it through her senior year of college, and then she’ll be off to law school, one step closer to assuming her position at the head of her family’s empire. After a chance encounter with the campus bad boy, Izzie can’t get him out of her head.

Luca Marchese, the smooth-talking son of the most notorious man in Philadelphia, is used to getting what he wants. He hasn’t forgotten the girl he knew as a child, and now that he has Izzie’s attention, Luca will stop at nothing to have her.

Luca’s defiance of the law turns Izzie on more than she cares to admit. She wants Luca to corrupt her in every way possible, despite his reputation as the king of one-night stands. Their attraction is undeniable, but their desire for one another isn’t enough for Izzie to overlook visits from federal agents and the potential ruin of her family.

Linked to Luca and a criminal underworld, Izzie discovers she’s more like him than she thought. But a future with Luca could mean swapping her diamond bracelets for a pair of handcuffs.

*Corrupt Me is a standalone novel that is the first book in the Philly Corruption series.


My Thoughts

Corrupt Me was a really interesting read. Jillian is one of my blogger friends and I couldn’t wait to read this book from the time I heard about it. I’m glad to say this book didn’t disappoint. It had the perfect combination of everything I love in an NA book and I loved the ride so much!

Izzie Rinaldi has everything and she is soon to become the head of her family empire. One encounter with Luca Marchese rekindles her feelings for him once again. Despite that, she tries to stay away from him but it becomes quite difficult when he’s keen on proving he’s not as bad as she thinks. When new complications arise, will Izzie take chance on her heart or her head?

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The plot hooked me right from the start. We are introduced to Izzie who is sassy and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Her family has quite the reputation in town and so does Luca’s  who belongs from a Mafia family. They both know a relationship between them is not possible considering their family history but they both can’t stay away from each other. Their chemistry was explosive and damn I shipped them so much!

“Everything about him screamed danger, and I wanted him to corrupt me in every way possible.”

The characters were layered and I enjoyed the character growth. Izzie was such a damn great character, I loved her stubbornness and I enjoyed how she maturely handled things. Luca was oh so swoon worthy! I loved him so much, he did everything in his power to not let her go again and I loved his family as well. I enjoyed how the plot was executed, nothing felt rushed and the romance was pretty great!

Overall, Corrupt Me was a great read! I loved the plot and the characters were pretty interesting. The romance between Izzie and Luca was sooo good! The writing was great and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. Gosh! I can’t wait to read more in this series!

Recommend it?

Yes!

Check out the book trailer for Corrupt Me, here!


Author Bio:

Jillian Quinn was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently lives in sunny Cape Coral, Florida where she still pretends it’s okay to drink hot chocolate and curl up on the couch with a good book, even when it’s ninety degrees outside. From an early age, writing and storytelling have been her passion. In her spare time, she loves creating fictional worlds and living inside the minds of her characters as well as reading, art, and watching basketball and hockey.

Jillian is also a successful book blogger, dubbed by her followers as The Queen of Rants after making her blog, Rant and Rave About Books, a popular destination in the bookish community because of her honesty and passion for books.

Corrupt Me is her first novel with other young adult and new adult titles to follow.

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Cover Reveal: The Man Who Won the World by O.E. Boroni

Today, I present you the cover reveal of the new historical romance by O.E. Boroni!

oeboroni_book1Title: The Man Who Won the World

Author: O.E. Boroni

Series: The Man Who Won the World, book 1

Genre: Historical, Romance

Expected Publication: January 31st, 2017

Blurb (from Goodreads):

When you refuse to conform to the world you were born into, do you then create your own?

This is a story about a man who founded his own kingdom.

All Choi Jiyong knows is his carefree days hawking vegetables at the Namdong market, and his service as a jolly hand at a river-side tavern.

But one day, it all changes when he saves the life of a mysterious girl.

Suddenly, he is plunged into a world of political rivalry, deadly turmoil, and incomprehensible tragedy. However, what he thinks is just an end to life as he has known it, becomes the start of his journey towards a destiny that has been ordained in his name: his hand will bring to its knees, dynasties that have been since the beginning of time.

This is a tale of supernatural forces, of love and of guilt, of revenge and of truth. Wars will arise and kingdoms will fall, kings will become victims, and slaves will become gods.

Author’s note: This is a historical/period romance novel set in Korea in the 900’s.

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Author Bio:

I currently live in England. My days are spent in the Project Management field while my nights are spent with books. I’m either reading them or writing the ones that I want to read. My favorite things and in this particular order are books, Korean dramas, ice cream, and people who smile through everything. I consistently tell people that these are the four things they need to be happy but do they believe me?

No! Well I believe me, and you should too.

I absolutely love hearing from my readers so feel free to leave me a message at any time.

Author Links:

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Review: The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

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Title: The Alchemists of Loom

Author: Elise Kova

Series: Loom Saga, book 1

Genre: Fantasy, [Young-Adulr]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 376 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: January 10th 2017 by Keymaster Press

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 3 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.


My Thoughts

This book was enjoyable but not as much as I wanted it to. Although the action and the adventure were quite something which kept my steady attention to this book.

After the dragons seized over Arianna’s lands, she lost everything. Now she finally has a new hope to usurp the Dragons with the help of a dragon himself, Cvareh who has a motive of his own. Both of them want the same thing but can two mortal enemies trust each other to reach their destiny?

I enjoyed the plot of this book. Although the starting was pretty slow and confusing, everything started to weave together as the chapters proceeded. Ari is one of the most feared personas in the Loom, but only two of the people know her identity as the White Wraith. I liked how everything was executed. I enjoyed the worldbuilding and learning about all the different races and the magic.

All the characters were pretty interesting but it felt difficult to connect with them, especially Ari. Nonetheless, she was skilled in her art and her perseverance was noteworthy. I loved Florence, she was a mixture of a lot of qualities that I really enjoyed. And then we have Cvareh, he was quite an interesting character that I want to know more of. Lastly, the plot twist was quite epic! I definitely liked it and I sooo want to know what happens after this.

Overall, The Alchemists of Loom was an enjoyable read. I liked the plot and the characters though I would have liked it more if everything was a bit more explained at the beginning. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the action part of this book very much. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I definitely look forward to reading the next book in this series.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).

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Review: Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

Title: Lost Girls

Author: Merrie Destefano

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Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 360 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: January 3rd 2017 by Entangled: Teen

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 3 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.


My Thoughts

This book was definitely not what I was expecting but I did enjoy it a lot. At first, I thought it was going to be a mixture of paranormal but it was quite the opposite and I did like that about this book.

Rachel has been missing for two weeks but when she is finally rescued, she realizes she doesn’t remember anything from the past whole year. Her entire attire has changed and now she can even fight. But she doesn’t remember how. When bits and pieces of her memory finally start coming back to her, things get way more complicated. Will she finally uncover the reason behind her memory lapse or will danger swallow her whole?

The plot was really intriguing and the suspense was maintained really well, that’s why I had a pretty hard time keeping this book down. Rachel finds herself in a mess with no memory when she finally gets rescued. When she returns back to school she learns she is one of the most popular girls along with Dylan, her long time crush as her boyfriend. I loved the way things were threaded together.

The characters were well fleshed out. I definitely enjoyed the backstory about Rachel and how things started being different from her. I can’t say exactly what, because that’s obviously gonna spoil everything but the reason was interesting but despite that I felt something was lacking. Nonetheless, I thought Rachel’s new group of friends were going to be something like the mean girls but it definitely wasn’t that which was a refreshing change. I did like the bond between the girls.

The relationship between Dylan and Rachel was sooo cute. I loved them together and their chemistry was obvious. He was such a caring guy and I loved that he conveyed his emotions through poetry. The last part of this book felt a little rushed, I would have loved to know more about how everything was finally executed. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable.

Overall, Lost Girls was a good read. I enjoyed the plot and the mystery behind the characters added a definite layer over it. I loved the romance between Dylan and Rachel and the drama surrounding the overall book was definitely intriguing. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast-paced, I easily finished this book in a setting.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis

Title: Finding Kyler

Author: Siobhan Davis

Series: The Kennedy Boys, book 1

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Pretty warm

Format: Ebook

Expected Publication: January 9th, 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 5 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.

You shouldn’t want what you can’t have…

Faye Donovan has lost everything. After her parent’s tragic death, she’s whisked away from her home in Ireland when an unknown uncle surfaces as her new guardian.

Dropped smack-dab into the All-American dream, Faye should feel grateful. Except living with her wealthy uncle, his fashion-empire-owning wife, and their seven screwed-up sons is quickly turning into a nightmare—especially when certain inappropriate feelings arise.

Kyler Kennedy makes her head hurt and her heart race, but he’s her cousin.

He’s off limits.

And he’s not exactly welcoming—Kyler is ignorant, moody, and downright cruel at times—but Faye sees behind the mask he wears, recognizing a kindred spirit.

Kyler has sworn off girls, yet Faye gets under his skin. The more he pushes her away, the more he’s drawn to her, but acting on those feelings risks a crap-ton of prejudice, and any whiff of scandal could damage the precious Kennedy brand.

Concealing their feelings seems like the only choice.

But when everyone has something to hide, a secret is a very dangerous thing.

******

Full of scandal, dysfunctional families, teen soap-opera-style angst and drama, secrets and lies, mean girls and catfights, lust and love, book one in the unputdownable Kennedy Boys series will have you flipping the pages’ way beyond bedtime!

Only recommended to readers aged 17+ due to mature content and language.


My Thoughts

Aaaaand the cliffhanger queen is back in action ladies and gentleman! I seriously cannot get enough of this book. Finding Kyler was sooo damn mind-blowingly good!

Faye Donovan’s world turns upside down when her parents die in a car crash, she has to take a double take on her life when she learns her new guardian would be her uncle who she never knew existed. Now Faye is thrust into the glamorous life of the Kennedys where she doesn’t feel welcome at all. But she can’t keep Kyler out of her head, how much she wants to. She knows the feelings are inappropriate as he is her cousin but when the lines blur between reality and fantasy and secrets threaten to come out of the closet, what would Faye ultimately choose?

I LOVED this book! The plot was so intriguing and I enjoyed every moment of this book. The forbidden romance enhanced the aspect of the story even more. After Faye’s parent’s death, Faye has to live under the guardianship of her uncle who has seven (freaking seven… which means more goodness to follow!) sons. Except for Keaton, none of the other brothers is that welcoming and ultimately Faye’s struggle begins to live in a whole new world than she was used to.

As a character driven book, I couldn’t be happier with the set of characters I got to read in this book. All of the characters are richly layered (no, I am not talking about my favourite dessert but the Kennedy boys can be considered close to that…) and complex and none of them are devoid of flaws I loved this fact about them. 

I loved Faye, she was a strong and stubborn character and quite mature. Kyler, on the other hand, gave the vibes of a typical bad boy but I definitely loved when we got to see the other side of him. The angst was absolutely perfect and their chemistry was sky-rocketing. I LOOOVED the romance between them! I definitely had a hard time putting this book down, even when it was past 3 am.

The other characters were pretty enjoyable as well. I loved the friendship between Keaton and Faye and Kalvin was pretty fun too. I soo want to know Kalvin’s story, especially after how this book ended. And that brings me to the freaking ending which exploded in our face, just like that!! I freaking seriously can’t wait for the next book!

Overall, Finding Kyler was a fantastic read! I loved how the plot was executed and I enjoyed the character growth. The chemistry between Kyler and Faye was absolutely undeniable. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

YES!


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