Friday, July 28, 2017

♥ I'm On Vacation! [28/07 - 18/08] ♥

It's that time again when I go on my yearly vacation to the Belgian coast. This time I'll be gone for 3 weeks instead of two, from July 28th until August 18th. Hopefully the weather will be nice because last year it was raining a lot, sadly enough. So fingers crossed! I won't be blogging during this time, obviously but I'll still be around on social media, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (especially on insta stories.)

I'll be going on a lot of trips while being there so hopefully I can read some books. 
I made a poll on Goodreads asking which book I should read first. I'll be reading the books in order of the poll results. I would love it if you all could give it a vote.

Click here to go to the poll or go to the link below.

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/159186-which-book-should-i-read-first-i-ll-read-the-books-in-order-of-the-poll?utm_medium=email&utm_source=copypastepoll



See you all again in a couple of weeks! ♥



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Co-Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

After buddy reading many books, Christina of Booklover's Teaparty and I decided to do something different and do a co-review.


Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Publication: May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Genre: Fantasy ~ New Adult
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Kobo

Rating: 5/5

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.





Was there anything that stood out with the storyline to you?

Stephanie:  I felt like it focused more on several characters than just Feyre (although Feyre is still the lead of the book.) Her sisters played a huge part the story. We also learned a lot more about some of the secondary characters.

Christina: A lot going on in this book. So much happened, which is no surprise compared to how big it is.  Felt as if we had more characters in the spotlight so to say, BUT something I am very happy with is that it still didn’t change the POV from Feyre. It was still Feyre’s POV and her seeing the other characters and being around them. An Feyre has definitely grown a lot since the first book.


What are your thoughts on Feyre and Rhys in the book?

Stephanie:  I can't say anything but LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM. They're a OTP of mine for a reason. Their bond and connection is really strong and continued to be so in the book. 

Christina: Loved them! I like how we don’t have to have the added romantic drama between them, if there’s problems they work on them and talk about. Really shows how deep their bond is. So yeah love them and root for them, always!


How would you describe the book in one or two words?

Stephanie:  I can't really think of one particular moment without spoiling the story but I thought that Nesta especially had a lot of amazing moments. I loved her. 

Christina: I feel like with these books, the title says a lot as well.. so other than those two words I guess revelations and love maybe.


What's your favorite quote of the book?

Stephanie: "Two Illyrian males making me sweat in one morning. What’s a female to do?"

Christina“Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.” 

How was this book compared to others in the series?

Stephanie: I definitely felt different from the others. But I also think that all books are pretty different from one another. ACOMAF is still my favorite if I have to choose between them but I did love this one as well. And it has my favorite cover. Felt like I should mention that. 

ChristinaLike the others I loved this one. It really shows how far they have all come. Feyre has grown so much since the first book which was more obvious due to the strong presence of her sisters in this one. Huge huge book with so much happening.


What are your overall thoughts?

Stephanie:  Just like the first two books, I loved A Court of Wings and Ruin. I loved how detailed it was and how we found out more about several of the characters, not just Feyre and Rhysand. Although they're still my favorite characters. Especially Rhys! The story stopped my heart a few times (damn you SJM!) but I loved every single moment of it. It was perfect!

Christina: Overall I absolutely loved it! Also gave us a lot more to be revealed about other characters as well, which I am still wondering about and so eager to find out. I spent half the book wondering what was up with this and that character and how it would play out. And gotta mention those amazing moments with just Rhys and Feyre, I seriously loved those whenever they were there. 




Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel,is available now.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

10 Books I Plan On Reading While I'm On Vacation

Friday I'm leaving on vacation for three weeks so here's a list of ten books I'm planning on reading. I'm not actually sure if I'll get around to reading them all or if I might even read more but when I'm back I'll post all about it. Also, turns out the books on my list are almost all historical fiction/romance. Not a big surprise. ♥
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The Hummingbird Heart by A.G. Howard
This is a book I received for review from the author so this'll be first on my list to read. I loved the first book, The Architect of Song {My Review} so I'm hoping to love this one as well. 

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
I recently read The Duchess Deal, which I adored so I wanted to read more by Tessa Dare. This book seemed to come highly recommended. I can't wait to read it.



Waterfell by Amalie Howard
This book has been on my Kindle for AGES. I haven't read it yet because I've never really loved any book I've read that involved mermaids. This one does sound unique, though and Christina @ Book Lover's Tea Party has been trying to get me to read it for a while.


Wilde in Love by Eloisa James
Another book for review. It's been a while since I read a Eloisa James book, though I've enjoyed some of her work in the past. Can't wait to see how this one turns out.



I am so ashamed that I haven't gotten around reading this book yet. I've absolutely loved A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii {My Review} and A Year of Ravens: A Novel of Boudica's Rebellion {My Review} and it has some of my favorite historical fiction authors. So yeah, definitely need to read this one.

The Sin Eater by Jennifer Harlow
The F.R.E.A.K.S. series is one of my all time favorite paranormal series ever but I also haven't been able to get around to reading this one yet. Partly because I'm scared for what's going to happen in it since I have a pretty good idea about it all. 



The Artist's Muse by Kerry Postle
This is the last book I have on NetGalley to read so I REALLY wanna get around to reading it. It's set in the 1900's in Vienna, which sounds amazing. Of course any book that features artist's of some kind always does sound amazing to me.

The Amethyst Bride by Kesley McKnight
I read the first book not too long again, which was pretty good so I'm curious to see how this one will be. I'm really thrilled it's about Penelope because I loved her in book one.


Portrait of a Conspiracy by Donna Russo Morin
Everything about this books sounds right up my alley. Historical fiction set in the Renaissance Florence in the 15th century + Leonardo da Vinci. Fingers crossed that it will be a fantastic read!

Eagles in the Storm by Ben Kane
This trilogy has been one of my top favorites ever. I can't actually believe I still haven't read this book yet. I'm absolutely dying to know what happens next, although I'm pretty familiar with the history so it probably won't all be a big surprise.





Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stacking The Shelves: July 22, 2017

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ Tynga's Reviews & Reading Reality.




For Review:
The Hummingbird Heart by A.G. Howard
Anita send me her new upcoming book for review, which I'm currently reading. Yay!

Wilde in Love by Eloisa James
It's been way too long since I read a book by Eloisa James so when I saw this one on Edelweiss I didn't hesitate to grab it.

The Duke of Her Desire by Sophie Barnes
Another one I grabbed from EW because it sounds really great.


Bought:
Gilded Cage by Sherry D. Ficklin
All That Glitters by Sherry D. Ficklin
Nothing Gold by Sherry D. Ficklin
I couldn't resist buying all of these books since they were all 99c. Such a bargain! They're set in the 1920's, one of my favorite eras so I'm really excited to read them.


Bought:
Moonshadow by Thea Harrison
This one has been recommended to me so I decided to buy myself a copy since it was only 99c

Portrait of a Conspiracy by Donna Russo Morin
I found out this book was on sale for 99c when I participated in the blog tour with a guest post from the author so of course I couldn't resist buying it. Check out the post here.

Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott
I haven't read a book by this author in ages but I loved what I've read from her in the past so yet again I just had to buy this one. Also a 99c sale!


Bought:
Sin by Emma Hart
Yet another book I bought on sale for 99c. Is it obvious I can't resist this price? LOL

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Alyssa from The Eater of Books recommended this book to me after I asked which one of Tessa Dare's books I should buy and read next. I'm super excited to start it soon!




Have a great weekend, everyone! ♥


Thursday, July 20, 2017

ARC Review: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Title: The Duchess Deal
Author: Tessa Dare
Series: Girl Meets Duke #1
Publication: August 22nd 2017 by Avon

Genre: Historical Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Google PlayKobo

Rating: 4.5/5

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.


But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And unlimited teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…


The Duchess Deal was the first book I read by Tessa Dare but it certainly won't be my last. I really enjoyed it a lot. I already thought it sounded like a pretty unique historical romance and I'm so glad to say that I was right about it. It definitely was different from other books in the same genre that I've read before. I just loved that uniqueness so much.

The premise is pretty straightforward. Scarred since his return from the war, the Duke of Ashbury (a.k.a. Ash) has been living a sheltered life for the past two years but he's in need of a wife to give him an heir. Enter Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamtress who turns up —in a wedding dress no less— in the Duke's library. Ash pretty much decided then and there that Emma will become his wife.

Can I just say that I adored Emma? I really did. I loved how she kept confronting Ash and coming up with little pet names for him that he hates. That part was so hilarious. Ash definitely had a challenging personality, thinking no one could ever love him because of his scars. So he's your typical scarred hero, inside and out. Initially he just wanted to have a marriage of convenience with Emma and after that she could have her own house in the country to raise their son. Of course Emma challenged him on every turn, which I loved, of course.

This story also had a great cast of secondary characters. I loved the friends that Emma made and who eventually also became Ash's friends. I especially loved Alex and I hope that the next book will be about her and the very mysterious man she met at the bookstore. Another favorite character was Khan the butler. I laughed a lot with him and Ash.

Overall, The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare was a great historical romance. It was funny as hell, very steamy and full of fiery female characters as well as great friendships. I loved it and can't wait for book two!



Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.

Mixing wit, sensuality, and emotion, Tessa writes Regency-set romance novels that feel relatable to modern readers. With her bestselling “Spindle Cove” and “Castles Ever After” series, she has had great fun creating heroines who defy the conventions of their time—engaging in “unladylike” pursuits that range from paleontology to beer-making—and dreaming up the strong-willed, sexy heroes who find their hearts ensnared by them.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.

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