Monday, December 11, 2017

Review 'Snowflakes On Christmas Street' by Ivy Pembroke



The Facts:


Publication Date:
November 2nd, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Contemporary Romance, Christmas
Pages:
384
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


When I was looking for a Christmas read and came across the beautiful looking cover of ‘Snowflakes On Christmas Street’, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. So I was super excited when I got approved to review this one. And as fast as I could I started reading. 

In ‘Snowflakes On Christmas Street’ we meet a dog named Jack. Jack was left behind by his previous owners and is now living on Christmas Street, just your average street in London. When Sam and his young son Teddy move to Christmas street they soon find out Jack really is the streets dog. Eating at every single house, sleeping at different places.. Jack is everyone’s dog. When Sam tries to teach his son how to make new friends by hosting a street party, they soon find that this is not an average street at all.

‘Snowflakes On Christmas Street’ was a very nice Christmas read that really just made me feel good. It’s romantic, funny and definitely a little too-good-to-be-true. But I loved it. And I loved reading about Jack. What a fun and magical dog he was. And the best part about this book was definitely getting to know all those different characters.  

The main characters in this book were definitely Jack, Sam & Teddy. But we read also the point of views of other neighbors from Christmas street, and although I normally don’t really like reading about more than three characters point of views. In this book I really enjoyed it. It just added to the feeling of reading about a complete street. And all characters were very different. 

‘Snowflakes On Christmas Street’ really is a perfect book to read on a cold December night. Some hot cocoa and a blanket.. I say perfect.

My Rating:



About the Author:

 
Ivy Pembroke is a law professor who specializes in copyright and trademark law, with a focus on fanfiction. An enthusiastic writer all her life, she loves the backspace button, overuses italics in emails with friends, and thinks there is little better than a story that makes you smile. She splits her time between Mississippi and her home state of Rhode Island.

For more information about Ivy Pembroke please visit her on Twitter.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review. 

https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Sunday Post #75: Christmas Is Here



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This week was just pretty damn perfect. (Except for me getting a bad cold, but let’s not complain about that just yet.) My husband and I had the whole week off to do nothing and just relax. Most times when we have a view days off, we still manage to have a very busy schedule but this time.. we had almost nothing planned. And we needed that.

On Monday we had a major kitchen-cleaning-and-sorting-out-everything-day. We definitely needed to do this since our kitchen was just to damn full. I’m really bad at throwing away stuff, so we had several things in our kitchen that we definitely didn’t need and that were just taking up a lot of space. Sometimes we even had two of those things I didn’t need. It was crazy really. So on Monday we cleaned and I was on a role with throwing stuff away. I was really proud of myself. We ended up getting rid of seven garbage bags full with old, never used or just out-of-date stuff. Crazy. We now have a very clean and organized kitchen and I just love it.

Tuesday we had to drive several times to the junkyard to get rid off all those garbage bags and other stuff. And after that we went out for lunch and went to the city to buy a new garbage bin. I honestly thought that would be easier. 

The rest of our week was spend at home. We visited my mom, and we went to see my aunt. But other than that I didn’t do much. Why? Well for one we definitely needed some relaxing time, and unfortunately my cold that started last weekend only got worse throughout the week. I ended up having to cancel the nursing event I planned on going to on Wednesday, and although I did get out I didn’t do a lot of anything else. I now look like Rudolph, which fits this time of year and I’m filled with aspirin. Hopefully I feel better before I have to work again of Monday. 

We did manage to get our Christmas decorations up this week which I loved doing. With my Kleenex in one hand, I managed to make our home pretty and ready for Christmas. Yeah!!

Books & Blogging:

Because we had a nice relaxing week at home I did manage to catch up on my reading. I read four books, made a lot of blog posts for December and did some more work on Maureen’s Books Promotions. I shared a post there called: Why I Started Maureen’s Books Promotions, if your interested. ;)
It definitely feels good having everything under control again with my blog and reading.

Next week my Book Promo for ‘Grigori: A Royal Dragon Romance’ by Lauren Smith is up. Today is the last day you can sign up. So if your interested just sign up here

I can still use some sign ups for the January Book Promo of ‘Aphrodite’s Tears’ by Hannah Fielding. It will be lots of fun and it doesn’t have to be your top post. So if you’re interested just visit my site here


Last Week On The Blog:


This Week On The Blog:

  • Review ‘Snowflakes On Christmas Street’ by Ivy Pembroke
  • My Favorite.. Christmas Movie
  • Book Promo ‘Grigori: A Royal Dragon Romance’ by Lauren Smith
  • Audio Blog Tour ‘Paper Love’ by Aubrey Wynne

New Arrivals:


No new books for me this week! I'm proud :D

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Books I Wanted To Read In 2017 But Didn't


Can you believe it’s already December? I can’t. This year has flown by and a lot has happened. And although I definitely think I read as much books this year as I possible could with everything going on, there are always books I planned on reading that I didn’t. And even though I won’t be able to read them before this year ends.. I hope to read them in 2018.

'Cress' by Marissa Meyer


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13206828-cress?ac=1&from_search=true

'A Court of Mist and Fury' by Sarah J. Maas


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17927395-a-court-of-mist-and-fury?ac=1&from_search=true

'Written In Red' by Anne Bishop


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15711341-written-in-red?ac=1&from_search=true

'Holding The Line' by Kierney Scott


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24949443-holding-the-line?ac=1&from_search=true

'The Book of Life' by Deborah Harkness


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21076207-the-book-of-life

Obviously there are many more books on my TBR. But these books I planned on reading this year. But life just got in the way I guess. Sigh.. If only there would be more time in a day.  

Which books did you plan on reading this year, but didn’t?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Blog Tour 'She's Not There' by Joy Fielding


Today I’m super excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘She’s Not There’ by Joy Fielding. This is a Thriller that will be published by Bonnier Zaffre on December 14th. 


About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36278166-she-s-not-there
'I think my real name is Samantha. I think I'm your daughter.'

When Caroline Shipley's two-year-old daughter disappeared, her whole world came crashing down.

Now, fifteen years later, Caroline receives a phone-call that could change everything.

But could this stranger really be her daughter? And what happened all those years ago to make her vanish without a trace? As Caroline pieces together the events of that ill-fated holiday, she begins to question whether the answers could lie dangerously close to home . . .




The Facts:


Publication Date:
December 14th, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Thriller
Pages:
368
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


When I read the book description of ‘She’s Not There’ I knew this was a book I wanted to read. I love thrillers, and after all those Romance novels I was definitely in need of a good thriller.  

In ‘She’s Not There’ we meet the Shipley family. Caroline, Hunter and their two young daughters seems like your perfect American family. When Caroline and Hunter are celebrating their ten year anniversary, they take their family on a vacation in a beautiful resort in Mexico. Everything seems great. But then their two year old daughter Samantha disappears without a trace from her bed in the resort. And fifteen years later, everything is changed for Caroline. 

‘She’s Not There’ is an easy to read book. The writing is good to follow and makes you want to keep on reading. I for one didn’t want to stop reading from the very first page. My mind kept going almost by it’s own. Where is Samantha? How could she have disappeared? I had a lot of questions and I needed to have them answered. Joy Fielding definitely did a good job in keeping me hooked. 

The chapters in ‘She’s Not There’ change from fifteen years ago to the present. And this was something I definitely enjoyed. It just had an extra charm and fascination to it. Being able to read what happened years ago and how much life had changed now, really made this into an even better read.

The funny thing is, which made this read very interesting even now when I’ve finished it, is that I didn’t like almost all the characters. Yes, that right. And this isn’t something that happens a lot to me. Caroline was kind, but really could have been a little stronger and a lot tougher. There were lots of moments in this book I was yelling at her to just tell her oldest daughter to behave. Caroline’s oldest daughter Michelle? Horrible. Horrible as a kid but even more as a teen. Man I disliked that girl. I even yelled at her, which made for a very funny scene when my husband wondered if I was going crazy. And then Hunter? Blegh.. I hate man like him. And don’t even start about the grandmother! 

But even though I didn’t really like the characters, this book kept me hooked from the beginning till the end. It wasn’t as thrilling as I thought it would be. I had a pretty good idea about what was going to happen early on. But still, this book was a very nice read and I enjoyed it. 

My Rating:


About the Author:


Joy Fielding (née Tepperman; born March 18, 1945) is a Canadian novelist and actress. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. As Joy Tepperman, she had a brief acting career, appearing in the film Winter Kept Us Warm (1965) and in an episode of Gunsmoke. She later changed her last name to Fielding (after Henry Fielding) and began writing novels.
Fielding is also the screenwriter of the television film Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story.

At the age of 8, Joy Tepperman wrote her first story and sent it into a local magazine, and at age 12 sent in her first TV script, however both were rejected. She had a brief acting career, eventually giving it up to write full-time in 1972. She has published to date 22 novels, two of which were converted into film. Fielding's process of having an idea to the point the novel is finished generally takes a year, the writing itself taking four to eight months. Joy Fielding sets most of her novels in American cities such as Boston and Chicago. She has said that she prefers to set her novels in "big American cities, [as the] landscape seems best for [her] themes of urban alienation and loss of identity. Fielding is a Canadian citizen. Her husband's name is Warren, and they have two daughters, Annie and Shannon. They have property in Toronto, Ontario, as well as Palm Beach, Florida.

Fielding had an interview with the Vancouver Sun in 2007, just after her publication of Heartstopper. She enjoys catching readers off guard with the endings of her stories, but insists that "[it] isn't what her fiction is about", but rather more about the development of her characters. Discussing her novels with the Toronto Star in 2008, she said "I might not write fiction in the literary sense. But I write very well. My characters are good. My dialog is good. And my stories are really involving. I'm writing exactly the kind of books I like to write. And they're the kind of books I like to read. They're popular commercial fiction. That's what they are."


For more information about Joy Fielding please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

I received this book from Bonnier Publishing in exchange for my honest review.  

http://www.bonnierpublishing.co.uk/

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My Favorite.. Christmas Read



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page.

http://www.maureensbooks.com/2017/11/review-winters-tale-by-carrie-elks.htmlI love Christmas and everything it brings with it. The beautiful Christmas decorations, the Christmas music, the gifts I get to buy for the people I love.. The days spend with family and other loved ones. And I love Christmas books. But somehow I haven’t read a lot of Christmas books. Not because I didn’t want to, but simply because I like reading Christmas books during the last view months of the year. And these months are normally the busiest once. So I just never really got the time to read a lot of Christmas reads. But the once I did read.. I loved.

And my favorite Christmas book is one I read recently: ‘A Winter’s Tale’ by Carrie Elks. This is the second book in the Shakespeare series, but it can be read as a standalone and I loved it. ‘A Winter’s Tale’ was super romantic, set in a beautiful setting and the characters where just amazing. I loved everything about that book. And I loved how the setting was in a beautiful snowy mountain filled world. And don’t you just love that cover?

Another Christmas book I really loved was ‘The Nine Lives of Christmas’ by Sheila Roberts. That book was just so lovely and filled with clichés.. a great Christmas read.

What is your favorite Christmas read? 

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Review 'Year One' by Nora Roberts


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34812815-year-one
With one drop of blood, the old world is gone for ever. And in its place, something extraordinary begins...

They call it The Doom - a deadly pandemic that starts on a cold New Year's Eve in the Scottish countryside. There's something mysterious about the virus and the way it spreads. As billions fall sick and die, some survivors find themselves invested with strange, unexpected abilities.

Lana, a New York chef, has the power to move things and people with her will. Fred can summon light in the darkness. Jonah, a paramedic, sees snatches of the future in those he touches. Katie gives birth to twins, and suspects that she has brought fresh magic into the world, along with new life.

But The Doom affects people differently. Along with the light, a dark and terrifying magic will also rise. As the remaining authorities round up the immune and the 'Uncannies' for testing, Lana, Katie and others flee New York in search of a safe haven. The old world is over, and Year One has begun.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
December 5th, 2017
Series:
Chronicles of The One #1
Genre:
Post- Apocalyptic
Pages:
432
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


I’ve read many Nora Roberts books in the last couple of years. So when I saw that there was a new book by Nora Roberts coming out I got immediately excited. I didn’t even see what the book was about, I just had to read it. So when I started reading ‘Year One’, I found myself being a little surprised that this was a post-apocalyptic read. But since I love Nora Roberts, I just kept going.. and I’m glad I did.

‘Year One’ is definitely not your ‘normal’ Nora Roberts read but I loved it. In ‘Year One’ there is a new deadly virus on earth that is killing almost everyone. In no time at all two billion people are dead and the world is crumbling down. Some people seem to be immune, witches, fairies but also normal people. With earth in chaos the people surviving most find a way to keep going. But with people dying, and the infrastructure going down humanity and kindness isn’t easy to find.

In ‘Year One’ we follow the stories of several groups of people. Normally I’m not a fan of many main characters but somehow, in this story it worked. We meet Lana and Max. A young couple who are witches and just started living together. Jonah and Rachel. A paramedic and a doctor. And there also was Arlys, Katie, Eddie and Fred. And I just loved reading about all those characters. They were all very different, but really fun to get to know.

In this book one year is passing by. And although it’s a lot of time, in not a very long book, I never felt like this book was rushed in any way. I really felt like I got the time to learn about this crazy world, and the characters. And what I liked most about this read is that I never expected what would happen next. 

The characters in this book are all very memorable. Nora Roberts did a great job creating those characters. I loved that I was able to get to know so many characters, and not have a moment of trouble keeping those characters apart. For me that is very unique. Every character was very different and they all had their own charms. 
And although the world in ‘Year One’ is terrifying, I also loved the way Nora Roberts was able to make me ‘see’ this world. 

This book was amazing and I loved it from beginning till end. ‘Year One’ is definitely not easy to put into one genre. It is post-apocalyptic, there is romance, it is paranormal, fantasy.. this book has it all. And I really really loved it. If your looking for a fun and different read.. this book is definitely for you. And I can’t wait for the next book.


My Rating:

About the Author:


Nora Roberts is the number one New York Times bestseller of more than 200 novels. She published her first novel using the pseudonym J.D. Robb in 1995, with the In Death series, Robb has become one of the biggest thriller writers on earth, with each new novel reaching number one on bestseller charts over the world. With over 450 million copies of her books in print, she is indisputably one of the most celebrated and popular writers in the world.

For more information about Nora Roberts please visit her website. Or visit her on Goodreads, Amazon and Facebook


I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.
 
https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/

Monday, December 4, 2017

Audio Series Blog Tour 'The Stone Series'


Today I’m excited to participate in the Audio Tour of the Stone Series by Dakota Willink. This is a Contemporary Romance series. For this tour I listened to the first book ‘Heart of Stone’. Check out this post for more info about this series and to enter an awesome giveaway.


About 'Heart of Stone':


Krystina Cole is flawed and damaged from a traumatic experience. A relationship with Alexander Stone will never work. She knows that her capacity for love is limited, and that only she alone can repair the pieces of her shattered heart. But Alexander is everywhere she turns. In her mind. In her heart. And in her soul. She cannot deny him. He is her addiction and she is unable to stay away.

Alexander Stone has accepted the inevitable. If he wants to hold on to Krystina, he must bare all and release the secrets in his past. There were risks, but she is worth it. No woman has ever affected him the way that she did. She is the sunshine in his darkness. The lightning to his thunder. She is his angel. 

Bound by their passion to be together, Alexander and Krystina fight to let go of their pasts. Together, they embark on journey of self-exploration, relying on trust to be their ultimate bond. Falling completely into one another, there finally seems to be a beacon of hope for their future. But as they test their boundaries of desire, fate takes an unexpected turn, threatening their only chance at survival…

The Facts:


Publication Date:
June 29th, 2017
Series:
The Stone Series #1
Narrator:
Lacy Laurel & Jeffrey Kafer
Length:
14 hours 0 minutes
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Available at:

About 'Stepping Stone':


The story of Krystina and Alexander continues in Stepping Stone, book two of The Stone Series.

Krystina Cole is flawed and damaged from a traumatic experience. A relationship with Alexander Stone will never work. She knows that her capacity for love is limited, and that only she alone can repair the pieces of her shattered heart. But Alexander is everywhere she turns. In her mind. In her heart. And in her soul. She cannot deny him. He is her addiction and she is unable to stay away.

Alexander Stone has accepted the inevitable. If he wants to hold on to Krystina, he must bare all and release the secrets in his past. There were risks, but she is worth it. No woman has ever affected him the way that she did. She is the sunshine in his darkness. The lightning to his thunder. She is his angel. 

Bound by their passion to be together, Alexander and Krystina fight to let go of their pasts. Together, they embark on journey of self-exploration, relying on trust to be their ultimate bond. Falling completely into one another, there finally seems to be a beacon of hope for their future. But as they test their boundaries of desire, fate takes an unexpected turn, threatening their only chance at survival…

The Facts:


Publication Date:
November 15th , 2017
Series:
The Stone Series #2
Narrator:
Lacy Laurel & Jeffrey Kafer
Length:
7 hours 57 minutes
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Available at:

About the Author:


Dakota Willink is a contemporary romance writer and editor, and the author of The Stone Series. She is an associate member of Romance Writers of America and a Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards winner.

Dakota has always had a passion for reading and writing. From the time she was an adolescent, she enjoyed curling up with a good paperback, reading genres that ranged from thriller and fantasy, to mystery and romance. She always dreamed of one day writing her own book, but had put her aspirations on hold to focus on her family and a career that would pay the bills. However, her heart continued to be with fictional characters – whether they belonged to a favorite author or if they were just stories that she made up in her own head.

In 2013, Dakota gathered enough courage to turn her dreams into a reality. In between playing chauffeur to two very busy children and working her job during the day, Dakota began to put words on paper. Eventually, she began to describe her life as a book. Everything she saw or heard throughout the day, intertwined with her imagination for the creation of future writings. By 2014, with the support of her husband and two children, she gave up the security of a steady paycheck and began working on her first novel full time.

Her first novel, Heart of Stone, was published in December of 2015. Less than a year after its release, the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards recognized Heart of Stone as the 2016 Bronze Medalist in the romance category.

Dakota resides in the Western New York area, where she enjoys spending time with family, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat. During the summer months, she can often be found soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.

For more information about Dakota Willink please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Lucy Laurel:


Lacy lives the life of a full time wife, mother and household manager. Needing a temporary escape from time to time Lacy returned back to her first love - reading! After devouring everything she could get her hands on she thought, -what if she could mix her love of performance and literature in a professional capacity? Once getting involved in the world of book narration she quickly became hooked and when not with her family you can find her in her studio working hard to grow in her own storytelling abilities. 

For more information about Lacy Laurel please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter

Giveaway:


The Stone Series Giveaway: $25 Amazon Giveaway

This event was organized by The Audiobookworm

http://theaudiobookworm.com/
 
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