Sunday, February 22, 2015

Looking for a blogging partner!

Hey guys!


As you might have noticed, I haven't been around much lately.  This is due to my life getting more stressful and busy by the minute. 

On top of my hectic work schedule I start uni tomorrow (yes! again, now I'm aiming for an English/ Spanish translator degree) and honestly I don't want to let the blog fall into oblivion. 


I've been reading less but still I have my reviews written in my "review notebook" waiting to be posted. 



Anyway, since my life is like this...








... I'm looking for someone who wants to blog with me. This way, the updates would be more often.

The requirements are pretty simple:

- You have to love reading (duh!)
- Preferably, your taste in books should match mine (basically a lot of romance, a lot of paranormal and dystopia but every now and then mixing something different)
- And it would be awesome if you already knew how to use blogger (which is not that difficult lol).


So if you are interested, just fill this form and I will be choosing someone by March 10th.




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Friday, February 20, 2015

This much is true: Top 10 list and giveaway!


This Much is True by Katherine Owen 

(Truth in Lies #1) 

Publication date: August 11th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult





Synopsis:
Both on the verge of fame. A ballerina who lies. A baseball player who believes her. Well, the truth changes everything.
Tally Landon is just trying to survive the death of her twin sister, graduate from high school, and escape her tragic story by pursuing her ballet career in New York. She doesn’t count on Lincoln Presley, Stanford’s baseball wonder, to affect her at all. Adding him to a long list of one-night stands is the plan. Lying to him about her age and name is her standard method of operandi. She doesn’t count on being found out, on seeing him again, or falling in love.
Lincoln Presley’s life is all mapped out for him. There is only baseball. With Major League Baseball circling their favorite prospect with a lucrative offer, he cannot afford to mess up. And, he doesn’t; until he meets up with the girl he saved in that burning wreckage on the 101 on Valentine’s Day months before. By the time he learns her real name and of all the lies she’s told, he’s in far too deep to ever really let her go.
Fate has a different set of plans, but when fame and lies tear them apart, one truth remains.





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Top 10 Angsty Love Stories

Thanks so much for having me on your blog and featuring This Much Is True. Here is my top ten list of angsty love stories, as in, filled with angst, not whining…besides mine.



 (She broke all the rules in writing this love story. She’s an inspiration to me as a writer for technique and owning the story however it needs to be told.)

(My current writerly crush. A love story? Yes, pretty much the worst kind, due to hyper reality)

(An early inspiration for me as a writer. This story stays with me. Whenever I feel I’m writing too much angst I remember the story of April & Oliver. Loved it!)

 (This inspired me to try my hand at a broken character. Loved this story. Loved it!)

(The sole guy on the list. This story still haunts me. Loved it!)

 (Memorable writing. Some of the best lines I have ever read in my life are in this book.)

(Whenever I think I write long, I think of The Bronze Horseman and the follow-up books of Simons’. Incredible journey. Loved it!)

 (Angsty, yet believable storyline and a sympathetic heroine.)

 (Her descriptions of time and place are poetic. Raeder is a masterful storyteller.)

 (She takes risks with her writing and I love and admire that.) I read this book after I wrote This Much Is True based upon a couple bloggers’ reviews of This Much Is True that compared my writing style and the angsty characters to Fisher’s book, The Opportunist.



AUTHOR BIO:

Katherine Owen writes contemporary edgy fiction, which translates to: she writes love stories that are contemporary in setting and both edgy and dark. Some readers term her books emotional roller coasters. With her writing, Owen admits she has a fondness for angst, likes to play with a little drama, and essentially toys around with the unintentional complications of love. She contends this began early on when she won a poetry contest at the age of fourteen and appears to be without end. Owen has an avid love of coffee, books, and writing, but not necessarily in that order. She writes both Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction which includes her bestselling TRUTH IN LIES Series (a series despite despising 'series') beginning with This Much Is True and her latest release, The Truth About Air & Water. The TRUTH IN LIES series is fan-driven. So. There will be a third book about Linc and Tally released in 2015 titled Tell Me Something True. 


About Owen's fiction...This is NOT the light trope stuff. She travels a unique, writerly path and enjoys writing dark and angsty (a "non-word" she is fond of) emotional love stories. She often warns readers to be prepared with: time, tissues, wine, Advil or your drug of choice. And, as her most favored character, Lincoln Presley, would say, "do what you must, Princess."




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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review: Hush, Hush

Hush, Hush (Hush Hush #1)
by Becca Fitzpatrick




SYNOPSIS:



A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE

Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.






MY THOUGHTS:
3 stars


What to say about this? Everybody read it. Most people loved it, some people hated it. For me, the first 75% was super boring. The last quarter was good, hence the 3 stars. (if it wasn't for that last 25%, I would have given it 2 stars)

I think it has potential to get better and since it's the first book in the series, I'm willing to give it a chance (that and the fact that I have the box set...)

Anyway, the writing was good and easy to read. The plot was interesting and it had lots of action. Also there was a scene at a motel that I liked very much. 
My main problem was with the characters. I couldn't connect with any of them.

Vee, the best friend was an idiot, not a very good friend at all, on the contrary, she was so hormone-driven that she didn't pay attention to her friend whatsoever. Also, I think the author tried to make her appear funny and failed miserably.

Nora... well, what can I say about Nora? She is utterly annoying, infuriating. She makes Bella Swan look like Einstein, always making the worst decisions and being so so so so immature and lacking common sense.

And Patch...to be honest, I didn't fall for him. He was mysterious? yes. He had great abs? yes. But sexy? Mmm... nope. At least, not yet.



Furthermore, I don't know when or why they fall in love and that irritates me. a lot. :D

In any case, I will continue with the second book because I want to know where this is headed.

Blitz: Withering Hope




Withering Hope by Layla Hagen 


Publication date: January 19th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance





Synopsis:


*This will be a STANDALONE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE.*

Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect.
But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits her—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

With no way to reach civilisation, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts.
As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.


Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.

Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.



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AUTHOR BIO

My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.
I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.
I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Review: Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows ( Shadow World #1)

by Dianne Sylvan




SYNOPSIS:


Meet Miranda Grey—music and magic are in her blood.

Overwhelmed by her uncanny ability to manipulate people's emotions through her music, Miranda Grey comes to the attention of vampire lord David Solomon. Believing he can help bring her magic under control, David discovers that Miranda's powers may affect the vampire world too...



















MY THOUGHTS:


3.5 stars

This was a very good book, very entertaining.
The beginning is strong, with a raping scene in one of the first chapters. I didn't particularly enjoy that. I don't think it added anything to the story and honestly, I never like those kind of scenes. This is the only reason why I didn't give it 4 stars.

I liked Miranda's "power". It sounds pretty cool to me, though I could relate to her and the way she felt about it. It may be a little overwhelming to know and feel, what everyone is feeling, ALL THE TIME. That's why she gets away of people, even her best friend.
Although influencing people's mood could have some perks. :D

David is an intriguing character. I'm pretty fond of him. It was weird to see a vampire over 300 years old being that geeky but I think it fits his personality well.

The writing is ok, didn't blew my mind but the pace and plot compensate.

I'm looking forward to reading the second book.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Review: Fish out of Water by Ros Baxter


Fish out of Water  (Aegira Chronicles #1)
by Ros Baxter


SYNOPSIS:

Dirtwater's straight-talking Deputy Sheriff Rania Aqualina has a lot on her plate: a nicotine addiction that's a serious liability for a mermaid, a soldier-of-fortune ex who's hooked on her Mum's brownies, a gorgeous, naked stranger in her shower, and a mysterious dead blonde with a fish tattoo on Main Street. 

Heading home to Aegira for a family wedding, Rania has a sinking feeling that's got nothing to do with hydroporting seven miles under the sea and everything to do with the crazy situation. Now, if she can just steal a corpse, get a crazy Aegiran priest off her case, work out who the hell's trying to kill her, and stop sleeping with the fishes, she might be able to unravel the mysteries. And maybe even save her own ass while she's at it.









MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. It took me forever to read it (Sorry Ros!!! Don’t hate me!) but I’m glad I could finally get to it.


Originality: 5 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Characters: 4 stars
Writing style: 4 stars

I was pleasantly surprised with this story in every possible way. For starters, it is original and it takes imagination to a whole new level.

At the beginning it was hard for me to connect with the writing style but once I advanced into the story, I got acquainted with it and enjoyed it very much.
Somehow Ros Baxter managed to unite a mesmerizing world under the sea with a mystery-full story. There was a lot of action. And yes, the first quarter was a bit slow for my taste but once the author built some background it jumped straight to action and the ¾ that followed were amazing.

What I liked the most: the thorough descriptions that transported me completely into that amazing world under the sea.

Favorite character: Lunia (Rania´s mom), she was totally passionate and such a loving mother. Doug was a great character too and has a spot in my heart. 

Less favorite character: Rania. (yup!) I know the idea of a drinking/smoking mermaid cop sounds awesome but I couldn’t relate to her. At one point I wanted to punch her in the face whenever she mentioned her addiction to nicotine. Though, I must admit, she is tough and a kick ass heroine. So maybe my opinion about her will change in the next books :D


Overall it is a book I would recommend to everyone that likes action packed paranormal books with well defined and strong characters.
I am getting the second book right now!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Review: Preservation (Preservation #1)

Preservation (Preservation #1) 
by Rachael Wade




SYNOPSIS:

Fear is sabotage’s sweetest weapon.


Kate has no time for meaningless romantic charades, and definitely no time for hot college professors who are full of themselves and smitten with her. Constantly battling eviction notices, tuition she can’t afford, and a sick, dependent mother, the last thing she needs is to be distracted with someone else’s complicated baggage. 

When she stumbles into Ryan Campbell’s creative writing class, he is only “Mr. Campbell” to her, until Ryan finds himself captivated by her writing and she is forced to face their mutual attraction. His cocky know-it-all syndrome is enough to send her running in the other direction, and his posse of female admirers and playboy reputation are enough to squander any odds in her favor. 

But underneath Ryan’s abrasive facade is something to behold, and she can’t stay away for long. Ryan and Kate must decide who they’re willing to become and fight against their former selves if they want to make things work. That’s if academia, vicious vixens, old skeletons, and their own mastery at self-destruction don’t pummel their efforts first. 








MY THOUGHTS:

4 stars

The first half is worth 5 stars for me, but the second part is 3 stars. Hence: 4 stars. 


How many times do we say: “I don’t want to be in a relationship” or “I don’t have time to get involved with anyone right now” ? but those statements die in our mouth because when the person is right, we suddenly want to be in a relationship and we suddenly think we have time for it (even if actually we don’t have time at all)
Well, for these two, that is what happens. He is a player, he has his reasons, yes, but he still is and she is so self-absorbed with her mom’s sickness, work and studies that she is not planning on falling for anyone. And on top of all, both had been hurt, so they fear commitment. They fear the consequences of letting someone in. And then, they meet. 

I loved the cover of this book and that was what at first piqued my interest. But for some reason, I was drawn to this story from page one. I like the writing, the short chapters and the characters. Well Kate lost judgment somewhere after 50% of the book but besides that, I liked her. 
If anything, Carter is a bit possessive at the beginning but then he grows to be one of my favorite characters with the amazing advices that are always perfect and in sync with Kate’s needs. 
And Ryan? He likes The XX, that’s all I need to know! And with his perfect abs and toned body… swoon! (I believe a long time ago I mentioned that every sexy guy on earth in mind looks like Ryan Guzman or Channing Tatum but this Ryan feels like Ryan Guzman :D) Honestly though, he had a few possessive/crazy attitudes that bothered me but I can live with that. 

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Regarding Ryan and Kate’s relationship, I understood their attraction, damn even I was attracted to him after a few pages but I didn’t get the “you are too good for me” thing after seeing each other a few times and spending a few minutes together in total… 

Now let’s move to the second half:

- Here it seemed like the author just decided to throw events randomly. I won’t spoil anything. 
- Also… There was a plot hole? I mean, how did Ryan and Carter got a hold of Kate when the gala event took place. I mean, yes, they knew she was at the hotel but how did they figured out exactly where she was and that she was in danger for that matter? As I said, I don’t want to make a spoiler so I’m not getting into details regarding that. 
- St Lucia is a magical place, even though not necessary for the plot. IMHO.

About the end and epilogue:

- Then end is adequate, nonetheless predictable. 
- The epilogue is cute and it’s a ‘happily ever after’. 

Overall a good and entertaining read but I would have liked the second part to be a bit different



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