Wednesday, January 31, 2018

My Favorite.. Time To 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

Is there a bad time to read? Honestly, I don’t think there is. I love reading at every time of the day. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s in the middle of the day, or in the morning or the evening. But I guess I do have moments I love reading even more than normally.  

There are days, maybe once or twice a year when I wake up late, eat breakfast in bed and start reading in bed. And the best moment is when I don’t stop reading till at least late in the afternoon. Those days are extremely lazy, but just the best. 

But on the other hand.. reading till late in the night is also pretty damn good. I just can’t seem to pick. 

What is your favorite time to read?

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Review 'This Is Not A Love Letter' by Kim Purcell


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34321919-this-is-not-a-love-letter
One week. That's all Jessie said. A one-week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future--decisions they had been fighting about for weeks.

Then, Chris vanishes. The police think he's run away, but Jessie doesn't believe it. Chris is popular and good-looking, about to head off to college on a full-ride baseball scholarship. And he disappeared while going for a run along the river--the same place where some boys from the rival high school beat him up just three weeks ago. Chris is one of the only black kids in a depressed paper mill town, and Jessie is terrified of what might have happened.

As the police are spurred to reluctant action, Jessie speaks up about the harassment Chris kept quiet about and the danger he could be in. But there are people in Jessie's town who don't like the story she tells, who are infuriated by the idea that a boy like Chris would be a target of violence. They smear Chris’s character and Jessie begins receiving frightening threats.

Every Friday since they started dating, Chris has written Jessie a love letter. Now Jessie is writing Chris a letter of her own to tell him everything that’s happening while he’s gone. As Jessie searches for answers, she must face her fears, her guilt, and a past more complicated than she would like to admit.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
January 30th, 2018
Series:
-
Genre:
YA, Contemporary Romance
Pages:
368
Formats:
eBook, Hardcover
Available at:

My Review:


When I read the book description of ‘This is Not a Love Letter’ when I first saw the book on Netgalley, I immediately found myself interested. I love reading a nice romance. And this book was supposedly a romance story with some suspense. A perfect combination, is you ask me. So when my request got accepted I was super excited. 

‘This is Not a Love Letter’ is a book unlike any other I read. The book is written through the eyes of Jessie. To be correct, the book is supposedly written by Jessie. It’s a letter for her boyfriend Chris who suddenly disappeared after they took a little break. And this was definitely something that made this book very interesting and kind of unique.  

Throughout ‘This is Not a Love Letter’ we follow Jessie’s search for Chris. We read about her search through town, and through the places they went together. We read about all the different emotions she went through. And we also read about what Jessie would like to say to Chris, if he was there. There are some flashbacks to moments in the relationship between Jessie and Chris. And I just really enjoyed reading it. 

What made me keep reading this book was definitely the not knowing what happened to Chris and if he would ever be found. There were so many questions about his disappearance and this book kept me hooked till the very last page. I loved how we found out more and more about Chris and the way he felt. There was some powerful message in this book and I really enjoyed reading it. 

Reading ‘This is Not a Love Letter’ definitely left me feeling emotional. Without spoiling the book completely, in case you haven’t read it, the ending was rather sad but also beautiful in a way. And what I loved most was the way this book was supposedly a letter for Chris. It felt personal, and I loved that. 

‘This is Not a Love Letter’ was definitely a beautiful and touching read. And I would definitely recommend it. Especially for young adults.

My Rating:

About the Author:


I grew up in Prince George, a small town in Northern Canada, where I did swim team, skied in the winter, water skied in the summer, and read everywhere I went. In fact, I still love to read and walk, and even now, you can see me walking my dog through Prospect Park in Brooklyn, her leash in one hand and a book in the other. 

I realized I wanted to be a writer when I was ten. All of my teachers used to say I daydreamed too much and they often yelled at me for not paying attention, but then a very special teacher came along in 5th grade. Mrs. Aalto put me in a group of advanced students and we got to make our own books and bind them ourselves. My book was called The Mystery of the Poison Ivy. It didn't win any awards and it wasn't even particularly good, but Mrs. Aalto inspired me and made me realize that maybe my daydreaming was good for something. From that point on, I'd think up stories in class and then I'd go home to write them down on this old typewriter my mom had bought for me at a garage sale. The steady click of the keys was so much more satisfying than the sound of pencil scratching on a paper, though sometimes I wrote in journals. Starting in 8th grade, I forgot about this dream for a while because life was really tough for me at this point and I was bullied for being weird. I was just trying to survive. This is probably why I'm so compelled to write about characters in their teens. For the rest of high school, I tried to be "normal" and it wasn't until I went to college that I decided to be me. Now, I tell kids to laugh as loud as they want and be as weird as they like. It's much more fun. 

For more information about Kim Purcell please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.


I requested this book on Netgalley.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Sunday Post #79: I'm Back



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.

Let’s start by saying I’m sorry for being MIA these last two weeks. Life got pretty damn busy and the moments when I was home I was just so tired I just wasn’t able to do much of anything. Next to that we both had the flu, which wasn’t real fun too. I feel bad about having neglected my blog, but in the end I can’t do everything. But I’m back now.

Me in Winterberg, Germany last week
In the last two weeks not much happened. I worked a lot. I had a costume party from work and I ended up going as an FBI agent with some of my co-workers. It was fun, and the food was very tasty.
And I went to Winterberg, Germany with my co-workers. We do this trip every year and we stay one night in this Hostel. There was a lot of snow. And since I did not go skiing this year, it was fun to be able to walk around in lots of snow. In the end our trip was cut short due to an upcoming storm but it was fun.

Not much else to tell you guys really. I’m dying to know how you all have been? Did I miss much? I have to work this weekend, so I probably won’t be able to visit you all on Sunday but I promise to try and visit you all before the next Sunday Post. LOL!!

Last Weeks On The Blog:


This Week On The Blog:

  • Review ‘This Is Not A Love Letter’ by Kim Purcell
  • My Favorite.. Time To Read
  • Review ‘Gabriel’s Inferno’ by Sylvain Reynard (ReRead)
  • Maureen’s Little Corner of the World: Living With Perfectionism

New Arrivals:


Received from the Little, Brown Book Group

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Re-Reading My Favorites



Last weekend I was browsing through my bookshelves. I love doing that, and I try to do it often. Watching all those pretty books is like visiting old friends. Memories came up from moments while reading those books, or from me buying the books. It just makes me feel really nostalgic. And what makes me even more nostalgic is re-reading some of my favorites.

I've been re-reading the Harry Potter series since last year. I just love visiting my old friends at Hogwarts. And when my eye fell on the books of Sylvain Reynard I just knew I had to re-read these books ASAP too. The Gabriel’s Inferno series by Sylvain Reynard is one of my favorite series. And I read them before I started this book blog, so my reviews of these books where never posted here. And since I’ve been having a little trouble reading lately it seems the perfect time to read some of my old favorites. So keep your eyes open for my reviews of some of my favorites! ;)


Have you read this series? Which books would you like to re-read? 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

My Favorite.. Biography



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/2017/02/review-talking-as-fast-as-i-can-by.html
Biographies. Hmm.. This is definitely a genre I haven’t read a lot. In total I have maybe read three. Mostly because I haven’t come across many biographies that interested me so much that I wanted to read it. I bought the Hilary Clinton book a view years back. But I never finished it.  

But there was one biography I really loved. To be honest I’m not even sure it really fits the biography genre. But for me it fits. My favorite biography is ‘Talking As Fast As I Can’ by Lauren Graham.  

Not only do I love Lauren Graham in Gilmore Girls, I also just love everything about her. I read the fiction novel she wrote, which I really enjoyed and I watched a lot of her movies and shows. And ‘Talking As Fast As I Can’ really was a great and funny book that I loved reading. I especially loved the way Lauren wrote this book. It was just really honest and filled with humor.  

Check out my review of ‘Talking As Fast As I Can’ here. 

What is your favorite biography?

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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:



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