Wednesday, January 17, 2018

My Favorite.. Audiobook



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.

I haven’t listened to many audiobooks. Every year I plan on listening to more of them, but I just never find the time to start. When I finally do start I love it. But I also just don’t really like those earplugs in my ears, so when I’m at home I just don’t like listening to an audiobook all that much. This isn’t really a problem, but it makes listening to a lot of audiobooks difficult. But I do have a favorite audiobook, and it was on my Favorite Books of 2017 list.

My favorite audiobook is ‘The Silent Waters’ by Brittainy C. Cherry. I listened to this book in March of last year and it really blew me away. ‘The Silent Waters’ was published as an audiobook in December 2016. It’s the third book in the Elements series but can be read (or listened too) as a standalone. And it’s wonderful.

http://www.maureensbooks.com/2017/03/review-silent-waters-by-brittainy-c.html
Moments.

Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday's hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow's promises.

I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.

I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was
the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.

This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.

Of moments.

Not only is ‘The Silent Waters’ a beautiful story. The two narrators also did a great job. I definitely want to listen to this book again someday. (Read my review here.)

What is your favorite audiobook?

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Review 'Cowboy Stole My Heart' by Soraya Lane


It takes true grit to build a billion-dollar dynasty like the Ford family ranch. But when it comes to finding love, all it takes is one handsome cowboy to steal a woman’s heart…

SHE’S RIDING SOLO

As one of the heirs to the River Ranch fortune, Mia Ford is practically Texas royalty. But that doesn’t mean she’s some pampered princess. She can saddle up and ride a horse as well as any man, even a hard-working cowboy like Sam Mendes. For years, she’s harbored a crush on the strong, silent horseman. But how can she make a move when she’s his boss?

HE’S TAKING THE REINS

Sam Mendes is through with love—or so he thought. Still recovering from a breakup, he’s doing everything in his power to resist Mia Ford. It’s bad enough she’s the kind of beauty who drives men wild with desire. It’s even worse she’s got him so worked up, aching to kiss her lips, when he’s supposed to be working her ranch. Is this lovestruck cowboy willing to risk losing his job—and breaking his heart—to win the girl of his dreams?


The Facts:


Publication Date:
January 2nd, 2018
Series:
River Ranch #1
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
304
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


If you’ve visited my blog over the years you probably have seen and read that I love cowboy stories, and I love horses. So when I saw ‘Cowboy Stole My Heart’ by Soraya Lane on Netgalley I just had to request it. And I couldn’t be more excited when I got accepted to read this book. Let me tell you, this book made my reading year start our pretty damn good.

‘Cowboy Stole My Heart’ is the first book in the River Ranch series. In this book we meet the rich Mia Ford. Mia is one of the heirs of the River Ranch fortune and everyone thinks she is just this rich girl living of her fathers money. But what they don’t know, Mia is working hard for everything she has. Mia own’s horses and does all the work herself, including the cleaning. But when Mia needs her fathers money to buy a horse she’s been searching for years, everyone thinks she is kind of crazy. This horse has issues and doesn’t let anyone get near him. After an accident with one of the crew members, Mia’s dad ask the help of ‘horse whisperer’ Sam Mendes. He is the horses only hope. But when Mia and Sam meet they bump heads immediately. 

Well, I loved this book. I really did from the moment I started reading, until the very last page. I love stories involving horses, and this book was just a perfect combination of horses and romance. Mia and Sam meet and they are both definitely not looking for a relationship. But from the moment they met, there is major chemistry between them. And not to forget Mia has been interested in Sam’s work for years. Reading this book, and reading about how Mia and Sam got closer and closer.. I really thought this was a great romance read. 

Mia was a character I really enjoyed. Although she grew up having everything, she never wanted anything without working for it. She has this huge passion for horses, and all she wants is for people to see her for who she really is. I loved her.
Sam really is a great guy. But he is hurt many times in the past, and he doesn’t trust anyone. Especially not with his heart. But Mia is one woman he can’t seem to forget. 

The only part I didn’t really like about this book was Mia’s and Sam’s first kiss. I just didn’t feel the chemistry at that one and it happened kind of unexpected. I was really disappointed about it really. But fortunately this book got better and better after that moment, and soon I forget about that whole first kiss. 

I for one can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

My Rating:

About the Author:


As a child, Soraya dreamed of becoming an author. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream! Soraya describes being an author as "the best career in the world", and she hopes to be writing romance for many years to come.

Soraya loves spending her days thinking up characters for books, and her home is a constant source of inspiration. She lives with her own real life hero and two sons on a small farm in New Zealand, surrounded by animals and with an office overlooking a field where their horses graze.


For more information about Soraya Lane please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter and Facebook.




I requested this book on Netgalley.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Audiobook Blog Tour 'Dark Retreat' by Grace Hamilton


Today I’m excited to participate in the Audiobook Blog Tour of ‘Dark Retreat’ by Grace Hamilton. ‘Dark Retreat’ is a Dystopian, Science Fiction novel that was published on June 29th 2017.


About the Book:


Three months after life as she knows it was decimated, Megan Wolford has only one goal: protect her daughter, Caitlin, at any cost. When a mysterious illness strikes Caitlin down, Megan is forced to forage for medical supplies at a remote lodge. The last thing she wants is help from her fellow survivors when so many in her life have let her down—but soon she'll find herself with no other option.  

Ex-Navy SEAL Wyatt Morris is doing everything he can to hold his family together after the tragic death of his prepper Dad, so when Megan enters their lands, he is mistrustful at first despite feeling drawn to her. He won't turn away an ill child though--no matter how deadly the world has become. But the arrival of another stranger named Kyle soon gives them all a new reason to be suspicious. Wyatt knows he’ll have to forge alliances in order to keep his family safe, but trusting the wrong person could be a deadly mistake.  

When Megan and Wyatt discover her daughter’s illness may be linked to Kyle’s arrival, it sets off a race to discover the truth before it’s too late to save Caitlin—and the rest of the Morris clan. Can they work together for survival . . . and something more?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
June 29th, 2017
Series:
EMP Lodge #1
Narrator:
Andrew Tell
Length:
7 hours 3 minutes
Genre:
Dystopian, Science Fiction
Available at:

My Review:


When I first saw the sign-up of the ‘Dark Retreat’ Audiobook Blog Tour I found myself fascinated by this amazing cover. It’s the first thing that grabbed my attention and after I read the book description I immediately signed up for this tour.  

In ‘Dark Retreat’ we meet Megan Wolford and her daughter Caitlin. When Caitlin suddenly becomes very ill, Megan is determined to find her daughter some help. But this isn’t easy in the world she lives in. After traveling for days Megan is exhausted, but refuses to give up. And thankfully soon Megan finds a little cabin in the woods filled with people who are willing to help her out. There Megan meets Wyatt, an ex-navy seal who only wants to care for his family. 

I really enjoyed ‘Dark Retreat’ from the moment I started listening to it. It was an easy to follow story, and sometimes things seem to go a little too easy, but it was good and kept me hooked. I loved getting to know the different characters. Megan was just such an amazing and strong mom. I loved her. The romance between her and Wyatt was nice too. A little to predictable to my taste, but it was good. 

To be honest, I was kind of surprised when I found out the narrator was a man. Especially when this story seemed to be mostly told from Megan’s point of view. But I soon loved listening to Andrew’s voice so much that I totally forget about my first worries. Andrew really has a talent. His voice kept me hooked and I can’t wait to listen to more audiobooks by him. 

Overall ‘Dark Retreat’ is a nice and good to follow story. I definitely love a dystopian story once in a while. And although this one held some problems for me, I mostly just really enjoyed it.

My Rating:


About the Author:


Grace Hamilton is the prepper pen-name for a bad-ass, survivalist momma-bear of four kids, and wife to a wonderful husband. After being stuck in a mountain cabin for six days following a flash flood, she decided she never wanted to feel so powerless or have to send her kids to bed hungry again. Now she lives the prepper lifestyle and knows that if SHTF or TEOTWAWKI happens, she’ll be ready to help protect and provide for her family.

Combine this survivalist mentality with a vivid imagination (as well as a slightly unhealthy day dreaming habit) and you get a prepper fiction author. Grace spends her days thinking about the worst possible survival situations that a person could be thrown into, then throwing her characters into these nightmares while trying to figure out "What SHOULD you do in this situation?"

It’s her wish that through her characters, you will get to experience what life will be like and essentially learn from their mistakes and experiences.

For more information about Grace Hamilton please visit her on Facebook and Goodreads.

About the Narrator:


Andrew is an actor and voiceover artist based in Los Angeles, California. He is a versatile, articulate, and technically clean narrator with a strong background in improvisation and comedy.

In audiobook narration, he is an Audible-Approved producer with thousands of 5-star performance reviews by Audible listeners. I work closely with independent authors and publishers to bring their books and characters to life.

Here’s what listeners have to say:

“The narration of this audiobook was EXCELLENT. It was clear right from the beginning that this narrator is a professional. I’m not sure what else to say about it because, quite frankly, it could not have been any better. The narrator was able to draw me into the story right away and allowed me to follow along without ever having to wonder if I had missed anything. “

“The narrator makes the story even better! He’s excellent and I’ll be searching for, and keeping an eye out for other books he narrates.”

“The narration of Andrew Tell is excellent, his performance is spot on and I felt I was listening to more of an Audio Drama at times. His voice and words are crystal clear (even when using various accents for the various characters) and it was a joy to listen to.”
 
For more information about Andrew Tell please visit his website.

Giveaway:



This event was organized by The Audiobookworm



http://theaudiobookworm.com/

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Books I Plan To Read This Year


As a fanatic book reader there are many books out there I still hope and want to read. To be honest there seem to be more books out there that I’d like to read than ever. And today I’d like to share a view with you. Some books have been out there for a long time, some just got published and some won’t be published for months, but I for one can’t wait to read them.

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


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17927395-a-court-of-mist-and-fury?from_search=true
Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


'Darker' by E.L. James


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32024902-darker?ac=1&from_search=trueE L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe.

Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms.

But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana’s scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself. Can Christian’s confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past?

And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?

'Lady Midnight' by Cassandra Clare


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25494343-lady-midnight?from_search=true
In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

'All Night With The Cowboy' by Soraya Lane


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36481847-all-night-with-the-cowboy
BACK IN THE SADDLE. STRAIGHT TO THE HEART. . .

At the Ford family ranch, getting thrown from a horseis a part of growing up. But one cowboy is still learning the ropes when itcomes to falling in love.

Tanner Ford has been riding bulls and busting broncos his entire life. So when he takes a hard spill—and sustains serious injuries—he refuses to believe his rodeo days are behind him. He’s determined to restore his body and revive his career. There’s just one problem: the finest physical therapist in town just happens to be the only woman he’s ever loved.

Lauren Lewis knows she made a huge mistake when she walked away from Tanner. But she was young, ambitious, and focused on her medical career. Now, after all these years, Tanner’s back—and, in spite of his injuries, looking better than she allows herself to admit. She agrees to work on Tanner’s big bruised muscles until he’s back in bull-riding shape again. But how can Lauren resist the smoldering attraction between her and her old flame. . .and find a way to live without him?

'Pop Goes The Weasel' by M.J. Arlidge


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22236161-pop-goes-the-weasel
DI Helen Grace returns in Pop Goes the Weasel, the electrifying new thriller from M. J. Arlidge.

The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton's red-light district - horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.

Hours later - and barely cold - the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.

A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards.

The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there's a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs . . .

There are many more books I’d like to read this year. And if you’re a reader yourself, you’ll probably know that I’m adding books to this list as we speak. But you’ll get an idea. ;)

 

Have you read any of these books? Or is one of them on your TBR?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My Favorite.. Moment To Write My Reviews



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.

Writing reviews is definitely fun for me. And I write reviews whenever I can. With me working different shifts the time I write reviews can chance pretty regularly. But I definitely do have a time I do love writing reviews the most. 

My favorite moment to write reviews is definitely in the early morning when I’m off work and everything is still quiet and I know I have the whole day left to read, blog and do other things. I always feel the most inspired in those mornings, and the least distracted. But when I’m able to write a review right after finishing the book, I’ll try to do that. I’m always afraid I’ll forget stuff I wanted to write down. And writing in a notebook while reading is just something I seem to forget. 

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Maureen's Little Corner of the World: Cooking Fun


Do you ever have these thoughts in your head that you just really want to write away? As a wife, reader, book blogger, nurse and woman I have many thoughts going through my head that I just want to put out there sometimes. Some fit a genre, some don’t.. and sometimes they are just crazy ramblings in my head that need to come out. In Maureen’s Little Corner of the World I’ll be sharing some of these ramblings, ideas, opinions, views and adventures.  

Cooking Fun:

If you follow me on Facebook and my personal Instagram you have probably seen that I have another hobby next to reading. Cooking! I’m no chef, not even a little, and without a recipe I definitely can’t do much. But I love cooking! 

When it’s a normal day, and I’ve been working I don’t make any spectacular stuff. I just try to make a healthy and quick meal but nothing fancy. But when it’s weekend, or I have a view days off I like to try out new recipes. After our wedding we got a ‘Wedding Cookbook’ were all our friends and family put recipes in. I try to make a recipe from there, or I’ll browse the internet looking for some nice recipes.

And I just love doing that. Cooking is so much fun to me, and it doesn’t hurt that I love food too. There isn’t much I don’t eat so I try out a lot. And if you’re wondering.. my husband loves my cooking sprees. Here's one of my favorite recipes I like to make in the weekend for my husband.


And where did I get this recipe? I don’t even remember. I’ve had it for years now. And I’ve made it a lot. For my family, for friends, dinner parties. I know I found it somewhere on the internet. But who made it? I don’t know.. but it’s really good. Trust me!  

Do you enjoy cooking? What do you love to make?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Review 'Stupid Girl' by Cindy Miles


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21957919-stupid-girl
Only fools fall in love...

After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She’s no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston University, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course. 

A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity’s hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia’s virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona.

As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia’s whole world upside down reappears, and “harmless” pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
May 13th, 2014
Series:
Stupid in Love #1
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
332
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


Almost two years ago I requested ‘Stupid Girl’ on Netgalley. I got approved for a review request but wasn’t able to start reading immediately because I already had a lot of books to read. And like most bloggers would probably recognize, my ‘to-read’ list just got bigger and bigger and I lost track of ‘Stupid Girl’. But lately I’ve been trying to get control of my TBR list and so I finally started reading ‘Stupid Girl’. 

When I first started ‘Stupid Girl’ I didn’t really know what to think of this book. We meet Olivia Beaumont when she arrives on her first day in college. Olivia is determined to get through college focused on her studies and without any distractions. Especially no distractions from guys. We also meet Brax Jenkins. Brax is cocky, a total player and covered with tattoos. Well, I like tattoos.. I have two of my own but I really had some trouble connecting with Brax in the beginning. The way the author described him, just didn’t really get into my head easily.  

But I kept on reading, and slowly I began to like Brax more and more. Olivia on the other hand was a character I liked immediately. She was strong, determined and a total geek. And I loved reading about her. And when I was half way through this book I was hooked and loved it. And the best thing about Olivia was definitely the way she stayed true to herself. She was geeky, and didn’t hide it for anyone. I loved that! 

The chemistry between Olivia and Brax started out feeling a little off, because I just didn’t ‘get’ Brax at first, but soon I could definitely start feeling the chemistry coming of those pages. They were two completely different people, and it was fun to see how they got to know each other better and better. From the beginning on I definitely had a feeling about where this book would go, and it did go that way. But this didn’t bother me at all. I enjoyed getting to know Olivia and Brax and following their journey. 

‘Stupid Girl’ definitely made me think of ‘She’s All That’, one of my favorite movies. And it was just really a fun read I’m happy to have finally read it!

My Rating:

About the Author:


Cindy Miles is the best-selling author of twelve novels, one anthology and three short stories. She also writes as Elle Jasper, and grew up on the salt marshes of the Vernon River in Savannah, Georgia.

For more information about Cindy Miles please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.


I requested this book on Netgalley.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Sunday Post #78: The New Year



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly 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.

Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a great time celebrating. We had a wonderful time, and I simply cannot believe the first year of 2018 is already coming to its end.

This week was, like always in the first week of the year, nice and slow. My husband and I were both still free on Monday and Tuesday which was really nice. We watched some movies and I did some blogging. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I had to work. But since still a lot of people have time off this week, there were almost no traffic jams. And this makes my life a lot easier. I was home at 5 p.m. and I almost felt like I was still having a free day. If only traffic could always be like this!

On Friday I had dinner at a girlfriends house. It was really good to catch up after not having seen each other for a while. And this weekend is spend cleaning, doing some errands and trying to relax. The next two weeks will be crazy busy, so I’m trying do enjoy my piece and quiet at the moment.

Books & Blogging:

I haven’t been able to read as much lately as I’d like. I’ve been having some concentration problems, which hopefully gets better soon. I’m not too worried though! Meanwhile I’ve been on a blogging spree. I’ve been trying to do some blogging ahead, which is my new years resolution, and it’s been going pretty good so far. 
BTW.. I'm having a fun #Giveaway on this weeks My Favorite post. 

Last Week on the Blog:


This Week on the Blog:

  • Review 'Stupid Girl' by Cindy Miles
  • Maureen’s Little Corner of the World: Cooking Fun
  • My Favorite.. Moment To Write My Reviews
  • Books I Plan To Read This Year
  • Audiobook Blog Tour ‘Dark Retreat’ by Grace Hamilton

New Arrivals:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36662022-senlin-ascends
Received from the Little, Brown Book Group
Requested on Netgalley

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