Σάββατο, 15 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

House of Snakes by Jennifer L. Kelly **ARC Review**




 Persephone is dying and Vic will do everything in her power to save her mother from the poison that seeps through her immortal veins. Even if it means losing the person she hopes to become.

Desperate to save his wife, Hades sends his daughter to the Above World to reap the souls of the living. What he does not count on is that she will meet a boy who could possibly be the unraveling of the Olympians.

Callum Bishop is new to Olympia—just trying to make it through senior year—when he meets the enigmatic Victoriana Haden. Soon he finds himself learning of the world embedded within his own and the secrets that it holds which could rock the mortal world to its core. 


5 STARS

Victoriana is the daughter of Hades and Persephone and she's on a mission to save her mother from an unknown disease that has consumed her and even though she's immortal, she's slowly dying. Her mission initially is to reap the souls of the living, but then she meets Callum and everything's changing.

Callum has recently moved to Olympia and there he meets Vic. He finds himself in a very peculiar situation and his whole world is going to change after important revelations.


Each Taking changed her, took something of hers along with it.



I've finished reading House of Snakes 2 weeks ago and I needed some time to sort my thoughts on an order. I loved it so much that I wanted to put 5 stars right away, but I also wanted to be fair, so I decided to wait on it. But even 2 weeks later, I feel the same. I really enjoyed this story and I'm a sucker for greek mythology stories, so as soon as I heard about my favorite couple (Hades - Persephone) I was like...



Some called him Devil or Demon. Those in her english class would recognize him as Hades.
To Asher he was Boss.
To Vic he was simply Dad.


To be honest, I'm also a sucker on antiheroes and bad boys, so as soon asI met Asher, I fell immediately in love. Just my luck that Callum is the main hero of this book, but man, I could feel their chemistry with Vic and I just felt for them. #TeamAsher


Overall, this was my first book by Jennifer and I honestly admired her writing style, her talent with words, her riddles, the description of the places, the scents, it made the scenery so vivid that I thought I was truly there. I thought the concept was really smart and unique and the mix between mythology and modern life, was very well done. I can't wait to read the next installment of this series and generally I am intrigued to read more by the author. Definitely recommend this one, especially to fans of greek mythology.

Δευτέρα, 27 Αυγούστου 2018

Beautiful Inferno by Abby Gale **ARC Review**




Young.
Innocent.
Forbidden.
Those things should've stopped me from wanting her.
They didn't.







4.5 BEAUTIFUL STARS


I was the Dante in my own inferno and Maya was my sweetest hell.


How do you review a book that has a really vague blurb and you want it to be that way without you giving away too much? I mean I know how to express my feelings, but I really don’t intend to spoil and give things away. I'm just going to say that Maya and Zeke are struggling with their feelings for each other and because of the society's standards they are considered to be forbidden.


I went into this book completely blind, trusting solemnly my instincts and my desire to read a taboo dark romance. And I’m so happy I did that! I didn’t feel uncomfortable, I actually really enjoyed the taboo aspect of the book, no matter if people consider it twisted or forbidden or whatever. I was completely on board with these characters and I could feel their chemistry, their connection and I understood why they felt that way.


Our love was like a poison that couldn’t be stopped. It was moving in our veins, burning away all the common sense inside us. Our love was a poison that didn’t have an antidote.



So, I give points for the characters, I give points for the plot, for the situation and the development of it. What would make me give this book 4.5 instead of 5 stars is the way the last chapters seemed to be shorter and shorter and how fast everything escalated near the end giving me an almost abrupt ending. In my opinion always, things seemed to be rushed around the last 20% of the book. Other than that, it’s a perfectly executed story and a beautifully written book.

This is my first book by Abby and I was hesitant to delve into, because I didn’t know what I would meet, I didn’t want to be disappointed because even though she’s someone I respect, I would still rate and review in an honest way and that would make me sad. I always get stressed when friends ask me to read their books, for that reason, but I never favor them just because I know them, so I’m very pleased to say that this is in no way a biased review, but only 100% true from an avid reader with an open mind. If you like taboo, forbidden love stories, then go ahead and read this one.

Σάββατο, 25 Αυγούστου 2018

Forever Disguised (The Angelheart Saga, #2) by Annie Woods **REVIEW**




Erica Lindell would give anything to turn back time. To get a second chance to make the right decisions. To undo the devastating mistake that ruined everything.

Left heartbroken after the loss of the love of her life, Sasha aka Prince Alexandre, Erica has to find a way to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart and live with the consequences of her actions. But finding the strength to go on with her life is not all she has to contend with. Soon, Erica finds herself in the midst of the evil feuding behind the attack on Sasha and she has to fight to protect herself and all that is near and dear to her.

Amongst all of the confusion, pain and hurt, Tyler proposes a solution that may solve all of her problems. But will Erica go through with Tyler's crazy scheme?

The much-anticipated second book of the Angelheart Saga Trilogy is another enchanting, heart-wrenching story about the mistakes made in the name of love, full of drama, passion and surprising twists.
 





5 STARS

Forever Disguised is part 2 of the Angelheart series and the continuation of First Came Forever. The first book left us all with a a few twists, that play a big part in this one. After something happening to Sasha, Erica has to deal alone with the consequences and she’s trying to find the best solution to her problem. Not only she has to deal with her feelings and the absence of him in her life, but she has to carry this secret, especially when she finds out that others may be involved in the whole situation and there’s the need to protect and be protected. Tyler thinks of a solution that could help her and they go aboard with his plan. Only that plan brings them closer, until another big revelation that can change everything.

I really don’t know how to speak about this book without spoiling everything and I hate spoilers, so I tried to be as vague as possible. However, I truly fell in love with this book. It is an utterly sweet and lovely story, with funny, but also suspenseful parts. I couldn’t put it down and I just wanted to read it in one sitting. Plus it gave me a permanent smile on my face while reading this.


I mean I’m a #teamTyler girl, don’t blame me if I loved this book a little bit more. I didn’t like much his change of character near the end of the book and he pissed me off, because his behavior didn’t make sense, but I hope in the next book he’ll be less as an asshole? I think it was what annoyed me the most in this book, but I also understand why he turned out like that, so.. let's hope things will change on the next one. I really don't know what's going to happen, but fingers crossed!


"Being with you is home. It's where I belong. Promise me you'll never leave me."


I am very intrigued to see how this story is going to continue, because frankly this book surprised the hell out of me. I didn’t expect the turn of events in this one, I thought I had predicted everything on the previous one , but I didn’t either. That’s something I appreciate in good writing, when it’s not too predictable. Yes, some actions that took place were easy to predict, but other than that, it wasn’t. I remember finishing the book and I was like NOOOOOOOO!!


It’s a new release so now I have to wait months until the next part of the series and that made the ending even harder for me. I am so curious to see where Annie will take us with the next part of the story! Definitely recommend these books! I don’t know if it’s the final installation of the series, but BRING IT ON!


Πέμπτη, 19 Ιουλίου 2018

Forever Disguised by Annie Woods **Blog Tour**




Blog Tour: Forever Disguised (The Angelheart Saga, Book 2)
Welcome to the Forever Disguised Blog Tour and Giveaway!
Forever Disguised, the much-anticipated second book of the Angelheart Saga Trilogy, is available NOW! Check out my thoughts on the sequel to First Came Forever and don’t miss the amazing blog tour giveaway!

The Book






Forever Disguised by Annie Woods
The Angelheart Saga Trilogy follows 18-year-old Erica Lindell as an unexpected meeting changes her life forever. It’s a romantic YA series about friendship, first love and the devastating consequences a mistake can lead to. In this sequel, we get to meet Erica again after the shocking events in First Came Forever:
Erica would do anything to turn back time. To get a second chance to make the right decisions. To undo the devastating mistake that ruined everything.
Left heartbroken after the loss of the love of her life, Sasha aka Prince Alexandre, Erica has to find a way to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart and live with the consequences of her actions. But finding the strength to go on with her life is not all she has to contend with. Soon, Erica finds herself in the midst of the evil feuding behind the attack on Sasha and she has to fight to protect herself and all that is near and dear to her.
Amongst all of the confusion, pain and hurt, Tyler proposes a solution that may solve all of her problems. But will Erica go through with Tyler’s crazy scheme?
The much-anticipated second book of the Angelheart Saga Trilogy is another enchanting, heart-wrenching story about the mistakes made in the name of love, full of drama, passion and surprising twists.
Get your own copy!

Giveaway


Make sure you click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter the blog tour giveaway with not less than three amazing prizes!
1. The first winner will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card, or the equivalent amount of books from Book Depository
2. Second prize is a signed paperback copy of Forever Disguised PLUS a bookmark of your own liking from FictionalBoutique.
3. The third prize is an Angelheart Saga bookmark collection from FictionalBoutique.
You can get entries in several different ways! Good luck to you all. This will be international and entries will be accepted until 12 am PST on July 20th!


About Annie Woods

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Πέμπτη, 7 Ιουνίου 2018

Forever Disguised (The Angelheart Saga, Book 2) by Annie Woods **Cover Reveal**




Cover Reveal: Forever Disguised (The Angelheart Saga, Book 2)
The much-anticipated second book of the Angelheart Saga Trilogy is finally here and today is cover reveal day!
Title: Forever Disguised (The Angelheart Saga, Book 2)
Author: Annie Woods
ISBN: 9781910903148
Genre: General fiction (Teenage)
Price: £9.99
Imprint: Pegasus Publishers
Release Date: June 28, 2018
Get your copy: The book can be pre-ordered now from the publisher (pegasuspublishers.com) and will be available to order from all major bookshops on June 28

What do you think of the cover? Do you like the look and feel of it? Do you think it matches the cover for the first book in the series, First Came Forever?

About The Angelheart Saga
The Angelheart Saga trilogy follows 18-year-old Erica Lindell as an unexpected meeting changes her life forever. It’s a romantic YA series about friendship, first love and the devastating consequences a mistake can lead to.


Blurb for The Angelheart Saga, Book 1: First Came Forever:
First love. A promise of forever. A lie that changes everything.
Backpacking with her high school friends, Erica’s life takes a thrilling new turn. Meeting the fascinating Sasha Ailes, she can’t help but fall completely and irrevocably in love with him. When he feels the same way about her, Erica finds herself drawn into a fairy tale love story that will set her life on a new direction.
But Sasha has kept his true identity a secret. Finding out who he really is, Erica must overcome the betrayal and make the hardest choice of her life. Can she give up her own dreams to live in his world, or leave and lose him forever?
First Came Forever is an enchanting, heart-wrenching story about friendship and first love and the devastating consequences a mistake can lead to. A deeply romantic read, full of characters who will stay with you for a long time.
[Read my review here (Comment: If you have reviewed First Came Forever it would be awesome if you’d like to share it!)]



Blurb for The Angelheart Saga, Book 2: Forever Disguised:
Erica would do anything to turn back time. To get a second chance to make the right decisions. To undo the devastating mistake that ruined everything.
Left heartbroken after the loss of the love of her life, Sasha aka Prince Alexandre, Erica has to find a way to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart and live with the consequences of her actions. But finding the strength to go on with her life is not all she has to contend with. Soon, Erica finds herself in the midst of the evil feuding behind the attack on Sasha and she has to fight to protect herself and all that is near and dear to her.
Amongst all of the confusion, pain and hurt, Tyler proposes a solution that may solve all of her problems. But will Erica go through with Tyler's crazy scheme?
The much-anticipated second book of the Angelheart Saga Trilogy is another enchanting, heart-wrenching story about the mistakes made in the name of love, full of drama, passion and surprising twists.

Want to be a part of the blog tour?
Would you like to get an advance review copy of the book and be part of the upcoming blog tour running between 28 June - 19 July? Sign up here: http://www.anniewoodsbooks.com/release-form.html

About Annie Woods
Annie Woods is a Swedish author who writes romantic YA books in English. She grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, but has spent a lot of time in the USA and UK. Currently she is partly living in the US, dividing her time between Stockholm and New York. Reading has always been a big part of her life, and she’s especially addicted to YA and teen love stories.
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Σάββατο, 31 Μαρτίου 2018

The Boy and His Ribbon by Pepper Winters **ARC Review**




“What do you do when you meet your soul mate? No wait…that’s too easy. What do you do when you meet your soul mate and have to spend a lifetime loving him in secret? 
I’ll tell you what you do.
You lie.”

REN

Ren was eight when he learned that love doesn’t exist—that the one person who was supposed to adore him only cared how much he was worth. 
His mother sold him and for two years, he lived in terror.
But then…he ran.
He thought he’d run on his own. Turned out, he took something of theirs by accident and it became the one thing he never wanted and the only thing he ever needed. 

DELLA

I was young when I fell in love with him, when he switched from my world to my everything. 
My parents bought him for cheap labour, just like they had with many other kids, and he had the scars to prove it. 
At the start, he hated me, and I could understand why.
For years he was my worst enemy, fiercest protector, and dearest friend.
But by the end…he loved me.
The only problem was, he loved me in an entirely different way to the way I loved him.
And slowly, my secret drove us apart.






5 powerful stars

Wow, I have no words. This was a fantastic read for me. If I could categorize this book I would say it belongs more in the fiction genre, than romance. But it is a story that follows a love story. The story follows Ren a ten year old who was sold in a family and mistreated him along with other kids. One day he can’t take it any longer and runs away. Somehow he ends up with Della, the family’s infant.


"I didn’t want this. I didn’t want her. I wanted my freedom , and she was just another form of imprisonment."


We follow them throughout the years and how they survive, the things they go through, their separations and reunions. The novel is in both present tense, along with flashbacks from the past, as we find out their journey and how their relationship develops from hatred at first to a family bond eventually.


My heart stopped with how perfect she was. How smart. How kind. How brave. I'd never look at the colour blue again without thinking of her. I'd never hold another ribbon again without wanting to hold her.



This was such an interesting story, but I didn’t expect anything less from Pepper Winters. It’s no secret that I have loved almost every book by her and this wasn’t an exception. I am so intrigued with how their story is going to continue. This is such a well written novel and I was consumed by so many emotions while reading it. It’s a story that will make you sad, angry, uncomfortable, but also happy and in love with these characters. I was invested to the story of those two kids and I didn’t want it to end, but I was also curious to see where it will lead them.

This is definitely one of my top reads for 2018 and I’m already looking forward for the next exciting part of the story. Definitely a book I would recommend.


Thank you for the (F)BR my lovely shhluts: SueBee, Liz, Timitra, C, Lu, Myla, Ann, Susan, Akd, Snow, Megan, Tina, and Dayna!


ARC was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Τρίτη, 27 Μαρτίου 2018

Escort by Skye Warren **Blog Tour & ARC Review**


ESCORT_BLOGTOUR

"Hypnotically romantic…this book reads like a sensual dream and I didn't want to wake up." - Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author

Escort, a sexy new contemporary romance standalone from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren is now LIVE!

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There is no shame in pleasure. And no love in business.
I have a blind date tonight, and I know with 100% certainty that I'm getting lucky. There shouldn't be any surprises, not for one as jaded as me, but when I walk into the penthouse suite of L'Etoile, everything changes.
1) For one thing, Bea is heartstoppingly gorgeous. Pale green eyes and endless freckles. Curves I want to spend all night exploring, as if her body was made for me.
2) Her innocence makes me want to use my entire inventory of bedroom tricks on her and then invent a few more.
3) Except that . . . she's a virgin.
I can initiate her into the world of desire without letting her get attached, can't I? A few hours of tutoring, and at the end of the night a small fortune will be deposited into my bank account.
Yes, you read that right. There are many words for what I do. After all, mine is the oldest profession. I'm an escort, which means this date is nothing more than a mutually enjoyable transaction.
But once I realize one night with her won't be enough, I'm the one who's screwed.

Excerpt

The word seems to take her aback. “Pleasure?” “That’s the nature of my business, yes.” My body tightens, because it would be pleasure indeed to touch this woman. To kiss her. To make her moan for me. Although I might have to rethink that plan, because the word pleasure might as well have been medieval torture based on the way Bea looks at me. “I thought we were going to have sex.” She sounds so forlorn it could break my heart. Instead I laugh, a small huff of breath, because I can’t afford to have a heart. “Sex,” I say, standing to full height, circling the scuffed oriental coffee table, standing behind her chair. “And pleasure. Pleasure and sex. They’re interchangeable.” I brush my knuckles over the side of her neck, a demonstration. Her wild curls tickle my skin. It’s provocative, this. If she had agreed to dinner I would have started with small touches, a glance of my palm against the small of her back as I pulled out her chair, holding her hand while we talked over a glass of wine. Perhaps being so bold as to run a finger along the inside of hers, where it’s more sensitive. She would shiver; her gaze would meet mine. There’s an order to these things. You can move fast or slow, but there’s still an order. “We can skip the pleasure part,” she says, her voice high, her breathing faster. Her chest rises and falls in the black dress, made all the more alluring by how much it covers. She’s a mystery. The black sky in the city. I have to work to see her secrets. “No,” I chide gently. “We focus on the pleasure. That’s the point.” “What if—” Her breath catches as I drop the back of my hand over her collarbone, a reverse caress. That’s what one does for a skittish creature like her. “What if I have a different point?” “And what point would that be, my sweet Bea?” “I want to lose my virginity,” she says, so fast it comes out as a single word. IWANTTOLOSEMYVIRGINITY. It takes my lust-warmed brain a full minute to comprehend. She’s not only nervous, this woman. She’s a virgin. My hand freezes. I yank it away. “Pardon me?” I can’t have heard her correctly. There is no chance in hell that this beautiful young woman, as strange and interesting as she is, is a virgin. No chance in hell that I was the one tasked to be her first. I could not possibly spread her legs and thrust inside her, knowing that no one’s ever been there. It would be a physical impossibility. Never. No possible way. “It doesn’t have to take long,” she says, suddenly earnest. Almost begging me. “I don’t need…you know…whatever you do for other women. I only want the sex.” My God. “You are insane.” A scrunch of her nose. “Well, you don’t have to sound too surprised. It is what I requested when I called. The woman said that’s what you do.” “I’m not taking your virginity.” On some level I might have guessed this about her. If I had considered it even possible, I might have. Virgins don’t hire me. They stammer and giggle and turn away from me, their protective instincts strong enough to send them in the opposite direction. So perhaps I can be forgiven for not recognizing this one, so forthright. Bea frowns. “Is that a different department or something?” She’s mocking me. She’s mocking me for being, well, prudish, and I feel strangely buoyant. I could float away with the absurdity of it. “Yes, it’s a different department. The department of a frat boy who fumbles around in the dark.” “Are you seriously not going to do it?” The irony is enough to flatten me, that this is a woman I might have pursued outside this job. She would have been too young for me, even if I weren’t an escort and she wasn’t my client. That wouldn’t have stopped me from wanting her. But in another incarnation, if I had been one of those fumbling frat boys, I would have followed this woman to the ends of the earth. That’s a hypothetical scenario on multiple levels, but I’m good at hypotheticals, which is another reason I’m good at my job. So good that I please every single client I’ve ever had.



My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hugo is the highest- paid male escorts of Tanglewood and his clients are always high profile. His latest client though is a big surprise to him when he finds out that she’s a young girl, living in the penthouse of a hotel and seems so different than his normal clients. She could also help him with something personal he has been looking for, but every new information he learns about her, the hardest is for him to achieve his goals.


“I would be a prostitute, catering to the wealthy men and women of society who wanted a dark haired fallen angel in their beds. Someone with an exotic accent and very little inhibition.”



Bea is like a modern princess locked in a tower, waiting for her prince charming to save her and she may has found this in Hugo. A handsome escort that she hired, but can’t help but be fascinated by him and want to get to know him better.


"Bea full of hope, like a curved tendril of green splitting the earth in spring. She makes me want to breathe in deep,, to stretch my limbs. To watch her rise."



This was my first book by Skye and I truly enjoyed it! I loved how complex these characters were, their backgrounds, the writing was so unique and I don’t know if it was Hugo’s way of speaking, but I really really liked it. Also, it was so refreshing having diverse characters that you don’t get to read frequently, like the French, Arabic, Tangiers, etc. I’m always a sucker for diversity in books.

I don’t know if the characters that were mentioned in this book were older characters and stories that Skye has already written, but I was also intrigued by them and the Thieves Club. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more by her from now on.

ARC was kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.




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About Skye

SKyeWarren Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.

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