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Due to my (Cristina) departure to Uni for the summer exams and Mihaela's problems with the Internet connection for more than two weeks now we were unable to post all the scheduled materials. We apologize for all the missing stops and promise to be back on track in no time.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review & Giveaway All About You by Joanna Mazurkiewicz




I start hating Oliver just after his older brother Christian’s death. I drag him down a road of humiliation and pain to try to cope with what his brother did to me.

A few months after Christian’s passing, Oliver leaves town, and for the next two years, he is absent from my life. The demons claw their way back in, and I must learn to live with the secret that has destroyed me.

Now I’m starting a new life, away from Gargle and away from my past, but everything crashes when I see Oliver the first day at university. It’s clear that many things have changed since we’ve been apart. Now he is captain of the rugby team and the most popular bloke on campus.

Then he makes a bet and gives me an ultimatum: I leave Braxton forever and start somewhere else, or I stay and play his game… because he’s never forgotten that it was me who ruined his life two years ago.

THOUGHTS

All About You it’s a story about love, hate and revenge.

When Christian, India’s boyfriend dies in a car accident, she turns into this horrible person and makes it her mission in life to ruin her dead boyfriend’s brother, Oliver, life. She bullies him all through high school, enjoying the thrill and the release his pain is giving her.

She has a reason, though. She wants revenge for what happened to her and because he hadn’t been there when he said he would.

Oliver doesn’t understand why India is being so cruel so, instead of retaliating he takes it all until high school is over and he can go away.

When they meet again Oliver is not that shy, closed off guy anymore. He hasn’t forgiven nor has he forgotten. Now is her turn to suffer at his hand.

This book is an emotional rollercoaster. At one point you don’t know who to pity and who to hate anymore. You’ll just go from anger to pity, to hatred, to compassion and back to anger again with every turn of the page. Just when you think everything will be alright, something else happens and it’s back to square one. There’s no time to get bored. I know I didn’t. At one point I wished could read faster just to see what happens next.

I also liked how the author blended the past with the present a little piece at a time, taking care not to give too much away and spoil the book or and not too little and make it impossible for the reader to understand.

The characters are great and you’ll like every single one of them. You might expect them to be the damaged and always complaining kind but instead, they’re strong in spite of the damage inflicted on them by their pasts.

All in all, Joanna did a great job and I can’t wait to read the next volume, All About Me, since this one end with a bloody cliffhanger. Yes, there’s a cliffhanger BUT, you only have to wait until September 30th to find out how it ends so it’s not THAT bad.

I’m glad I gave this book a chance.

Happy Reading!



We cross the path walking towards the entrance. I switch my bag, as my arm starts to ache, and drag my main suitcase behind me. We both notice the group of students throwing the rugby ball to each other outside on the grass. Dora is already playing with her hair, pretending that she is struggling with her luggage, probably hoping that any of those blokes would give her a hand. I roll my eyes, ignoring her moans, and move ahead. For a brief moment I feel someone’s eyes on me, so I stop and turn around.

One of the guys who was throwing the ball is staring directly at me. His eyes squeeze shut and a fire spreads over my spine. He seems familiar, but I shake my head, knowing that I don’t know anyone in Braxton and the sudden blaze of heat is just in my imagination. Dora manages to get the attention of one of the guys and they start chatting away. This is just so typical of her.

“Pass the ball, Jacob,” someone shouts behind me. But I ignore that voice, which sounds so familiar, heating up the blood that runs through my body. I think about back home. Mum asked me to call her when we reach Braxton just to make sure that we arrived safely.

Then something hits me hard in the back of the head and I let go a loud “Owww!” and turn swiftly around. I spot the rugby ball on the grass and reach out to massage my head. I narrow my eyes, spotting the same guy who was staring at me a few second ago. He is smirking.

“What’s your problem?” I ask, my jaw tense with anger.

He doesn’t look sorry at all that he hit me with the ball. He is tall and muscular. His dark hair is cut close to his scalp. For some reason the “special forces” haircut suits him. He is too far ahead so I can’t see the color of his eyes, but his gaze is pulling me to him like he is made of a magnet. Jeans hang low on his hips and his white T-shirt is dirty, probably from rolling on the grass. I glance back at his friends who are staring at me, startled. Something isn’t right here—he obviously wanted to hit me on purpose.

“Well, who have we got here? Isn’t it the one and only, India Gretel?” he says loudly, like he wants to make sure that everyone hears him.

“Do I know you?” I ask with impatience, eyeing him from head to toe. A large whacky grin appears on his handsome face. Something in his eyes tells me that we already met. His eyes harden on me as he picks up the ball and closes the gap between us. He has a wide jaw and full beautiful lips.

“Don’t fucking tell me that you forgot about me already, Indi?” he asks, smirking. “Boys, let me introduce the biggest bitch that ever stepped in Braxton.”

I blink rapidly, staring at him, digging all my memories out or anything that could tell me if I’ve seen him before, but I get nothing.

“Oliver, who the hell is that?” asks one of the guys walking up towards him. Dora probably notices my little show because she approaches me, looking equally confused.

“India, who is that douchebag?” she asks, frowning.

Oliver. That name rolls in my head like a snooker ball. It curls my toes and increases my heartbeat. It’s like a poison that crawls into my pores and wrecks my body. His name brings on both good and bad within me. It’s the name that I have been trying to forget for the past two years.



Joanna Mazurkiewicz was born in Poland. She moved to United Kingdom when she was only nineteen and just finished high school. She had aspired to be a writer upon completion of the Harry Potter series but also enjoyed reading books like ‘Gone with the Wind’, ’Animal Farm’ and ‘The doll’. She graduated from Swansea University with a bachelor degree in American Studies. While studying in the UK she made a decision to start writing fiction in English.

The “Whispers of the Sprite” is her first debut novel and she is currently working on other projects. Joanna lives in Cowbridge, a small town in South Wales near Cardiff with her boyfriend Bruce. She enjoys cycling around Welsh countryside some of which has become the settings in her first series.



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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Mincinosii de E. Lockhart În curând la Editura Trei


„Şocant, de o frumuseţe tulburătoare şi foarte bine construit, Mincinoşii o să-ţi rămână în minte pentru totdeauna.” - John Green

O familie frumoasă şi distinsă.
O insulă privată.
O fată vulnerabilă şi îndrăgostită.
Un băiat curajos, plin de pasiune.
Un grup de patru prieteni, Mincinoşii, a căror prietenie se dovedeşte a fi distructivă.
O revoltă. Un accident. Un secret.
Minciună după minciună.
Dragoste adevărată.
Adevărul.

Citește MINCINOȘII. Și dacă te întreabă cineva cum se sfârșește, MINTE, pur și simplu.

„Obsedant, sofisticat... Mincinoşii e un roman atât de captivant şi de bine scris, încât nu numai adolescenţii îl vor îndrăgi, ci şi cititorii maturi.” - Wall Street Journal

„E. Lockhart face un portret fidel al unei familii cu tradiţie, pentru care a păstra aparenţele este vital şi, în ultimă instanţă, tragic.” - The Chicago Tribune

„Bine-aţi venit la minunata familie Sinclair.
N-avem niciun criminal.
N-avem niciun dependent.
N-avem niciun ratat.
Familia Sinclair e compusă din indivizi atletici, înalţi şi frumoşi. Suntem democraţi, cu avere, din tată în fiu.
Nu contează dacă unul dintre noi e îndrăgostit până la disperare, absolut până la disperare.
Atât de îndrăgostit încât trebuie luate măsuri la fel de disperate.
Nimeni n-are nevoie de nimeni.
Nimeni nu greşeşte vreodată.
Trăim, cel puţin pe durata verii, pe o insulă privată, în apropiere de linia de coastă din Massachusetts.
Poate că asta este tot ce trebuie să ştiţi.“



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Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy Release Day! Giveaway Dust to Dust by Karina Halle


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The dramatic conclusion to the Experiment in Terror Series.

Perry Palomino and Dex Foray.

On their own, they’re uniquely brilliant. Together, they’re an unstoppable team.

Until now.

Because after everything the duo has encountered, they haven’t come across an evil quite like this. An evil that has been years in the making, an evil that will stop at nothing until they, and everyone they care for, are destroyed.

Dex and Perry’s love has survived a multitude of sins.

But can it survive the end?

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With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term "Hybrid Author." Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she's a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA...whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her husband and rescue pup.



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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Review! Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered
Love gets ugly.



MY THOUGHTS



I have a problem. Every time I open a new Colleen Hoover book I am a little bit afraid I won’t like it, or that I’ll like it so much it will turn me into a confused mess of emotions by the time I’m done with it (Slammed). 


It took me three days to convince myself to read this novel. For three days I kept wondering who Miles and Tate are and if I’ll like their story.

Here I am now, grinning like a loon and wiping away the tears that won’t stop falling. I loved every single moment of it.

Colleen’s books have always managed to get to me and make me feel more than I wanted to sometimes. You know why? Because there are no pretenses. The characters are never perfect and they don’t always have a solution for every problem.

I’m certain a lot of people out there have read her books and identified with a character or have been in a similar situation at one point or another in life.

Nothing is always perfect or easy in Colleen’s books. She never tries to embellish a situation just to make it easier for us to read through it and she never shies from putting too much strain on the characters.

Ugly Love is no exception. I don’t know what you’ll think after reading the title and the synopsis. There’s no shady love story or something like that. What you’ll find in this book is a tender, emotional, beautiful story that will break your heart, make you cry, put a smile on your face just to make  you cry all over again. 

It doesn’t always happen to me to actually “feel” the story while reading it so this is what makes this lady one of my favorite authors. This book is really good. No arguments there.
Even more so because it was my turn to “know” exactly what it feels like. To remember. 

And, yes, love is never easy. To have the beautiful part you have to take the ugly also. But when it’s right, it’s always worth it in the end. What we have to keep in mind is that everything happens for a reason. It might be difficult to see it at that time but, later, it will all make sense.
Life may throw many things your way but that’s okay as long as you don’t give up. Always get up and fight. Fall in love and allow yourselves to be loved in return because, while love can break you, if you allow it, it can also heal. There’s always a place for a second chance.

Thank you, Colleen, for another wonderful book and for reminding me that it’s ok to remember and it’s never too late to forgive.

Happy Reading!!
 
 



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Paperback Cover for Burned (Dani O'Malley #2; Fever #7) by Karen Marie Moning


MacKayla Lane and Dani “Mega” O’Malley are back with a vengeance inBurned, the seventh novel in the blockbuster Fever series from #1 New York Times bestselling sensation Karen Marie Moning.

Iced (Dani O'Malley, #1; Fever, #6) 
by Karen Marie Moning

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning comes the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban paranormal trilogy, set in the world of her blockbuster Fever series.

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be. 

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux. 

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.


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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Happy Release! The Right Chord by RoseAnn DeFranco


Genre: Adult Romance
Series: Brothers of Audubon Springs #3
Date Published: August 6, 2014

Years in the cutthroat L.A. music industry have Kit Maggio yearning for love and acceptance in her hometown, Audubon Springs. Her position as a Theater Arts professor doesn't erase years of being shoved aside by her family. Her baby sister is getting married, and her high school sweetheart doesn't recognize her. Will she ever find what she needs?
Vince Iuliano never imagined he'd be a single dad. Vowing no woman will ever again break his daughter's heart, he focuses on providing a happy and stable home. But when the love of his life rents the house next door, can he take a chance on happiness?
Vince never forgot Kit. Setting out to earn her forgiveness, they fall back into the rhythm of love and heat, much like the songs they wrote as teens. When L.A. calls, will Kit go, or stay and write her greatest love song?
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Kit couldn’t believe the extent to which she’d lost control. Vince standing in front of her, soaking wet, and looking about as sexy as she’d ever seen a man, brought out all her basic animal instincts. She wanted him, plain and simple. Unfortunately, those few moments of insanity were about to cost her. He’d always been the one. No other relationship would have ever worked, because she compared everything to the litmus test of this heat, this connection, this indefinable thing that only ever existed between the two of them.
“Kit?” Her name, spoken like a song, fell from his lips a second time.
“You don’t get to do that.” She steadied her hands by grabbing on to the openings of her robe and pulling them shut. The thin fabric now damp from being pressed against his hot, wet body. In his arms, the water steamed, scorching her. Away from him, she shivered.
“I didn’t do it alone.” It pleased her to see him breathless and unsteady. Please, dear God, let him feel the same.
“No, you don’t get it. I will not…” Tears gathered in her eyes and she steeled herself against them. “I refuse to be that woman for you.”
“What woman?”
“The convenient woman!” Anger won out over tears. “I refuse to ever be with you again by default.”
“What are you talking about?” He threw his arms out to his sides, a man lost at sea.
She was going to have to spell it out for him.

 
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hardbackstandingstraight_890x1110Title: Return To Audubon Springs
Series: Brothers of Audubon Springs # 1
Date Published: 3 January 2014

When Emma Grant returns to her family's Audubon Springs beach house to fulfill the stipulations of her father's will, she has every intention of forcing her former lover out of the house for good. She's never fit into her wealthy family and would prefer avoiding her past, but with her brother threatening to reveal her young daughter, she has no choice.
Rafe Iuliano has other plans. The wealthy Grants tried to bribe him out of Emma's life years ago, but he's determined to prove once and for all that a master carpenter is worthy of Emma and the house.
Their ridiculous and steamy battle for the house reignites the love and passion that bloomed between them years ago. But when Rafe discovers she's kept their daughter a secret for two years, can he overcome anger and pride to claim his family and the love of his life, or will the deception drive a final wedge between them?


Title: Secondhand Romance
Series: Brothers of Audubon Springs # 2 hardbackstandingstraight_890x1110 (1)
Date Published: 9 April 2014


Annie O'Malley's dream of owning a secondhand bookstore in tight-knit Audubon Springs is coming true. Still reeling from her parents' sudden deaths, she believes that signs or messages can be found within the pages of books. She loves her job and has made plenty of friends but longs for the acceptance only love and a family can provide.
Tony Iuliano is there to fix the wiring in her shop. He doesn't believe in fate, magic, or the power of a good book. All this combined with his sexy-as-sin presence and all-knowing attitude infuriates Annie. The quirky bookworm intrigues him enough to accept her bet to read a book from her shop. When he discovers a stack of fifty-year-old love letters in the book, he wants to leave the past alone, but seeing it as a sign, Annie challenges him to read the letters and search for the long-lost lovers or lose the bet.
While shaking the dust off several ill-fated romances and fighting their attraction at every turn, the pair soon become the town gossip daily special. If they can stop arguing long enough, they may just discover this particular sign was meant for them all along.


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RoseAnn DeFranco grew up in upstate NY with her nose in a book and a song in her heart. Following the pursuit of a musical theatre career in NYC, she turned her creative energy to writing funny, steamy romance with heart. A NJ shore transplant, she enjoys time spent at the beach with her family and would love to one day live in a quaint shore town like the fictional town from her BROTHERS OF AUDUBON SPRINGS series. More information about these Humorous Contemporary Romances can be found at radefranco.com.




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Monday, August 4, 2014

Tour Review & Giveaway! Wished Away, A Broken Fairy Tale #2 by S.P. Cervantes

Genres: Contemporary Romance


Imagine that you were married to the love of your life and had a happy family. Now imagine everything was destroyed in an instant, making you question who you are and how you can possibly go on once the one person you truly love is gone.


It is a rare thing to find your soul mate, but Jess found true love in Dave when they were only teenagers. They've built a happy life together in a small shore town, becoming pillars of the community and making everyone around them envious of the seemingly perfect life they have built together. Jess has always been the life of the party, and Dave was always there to reel her in and keep her safe. But one night, while on duty as the town Sheriff, the unimaginable happens, altering the directions of their lives forever. 


This is a story about finding love, having it all taken away, and discovering that moving on doesn't mean forgetting the past.

**DUST TO DUST is the first book of the series and introduces you to the close relationships these five friends have with each other. This is the second book of the series, but can be read as a stand alone.


 THOUGHTS


This is the second installment in S.P. Cervantes’s A Broken Fairy Tale series. Here you can find our blog’s review for Dust to Dust, the first volume.

In Wished Away we get to find out more about Jessica and Dave. I am sorry to say that I couldn’t really connect with these characters. Don’t get me wrong. All of them are great but I guess I fell in love with Cam and Holden and now I keep comparing everyone else with them and they come short.

This story is a little bit different from the first one. Here, the lesson is “life goes on even if your heart is shattered”.
What Jess and Dave had was perfect. The perfect love, the perfect marriage, the perfect family. They never thought that something might happen that will make everything disappear.
So, when Dave is killed while trying to save a little girl, Jessica is left adrift. She doesn’t know how to function without him and their daughter is the only thing that keeps her going.
Gage has lost his beloved wife in a car accident and he’s still mourning her. The fact that he works in a hospital and has to deal with death every day doesn’t help.
One evening, he has to operate on his friend, Dave, and see Jessica fall apart when he doesn’t make it.
Then, Gage and Jessica meet again, and he has a goal.
When I started reading, for a little while I feared this will be one of those novels where the author skips through long periods of time without giving us any details on how the characters got where they are right now. This I find extremely annoying and it’s one of the few things that makes me give up on a book.
It sort of happens here also but the effect is not bad. This because, all through the book, we get to see glimpses of the past, so you won’t have any trouble understanding.
I really, really liked how she blended those glimpses from the past into the present. The transition is so smooth and makes following the story line extremely easy.
The writing style is not bad. Better than Dust to Dust.
While you can read Wished Away as a standalone, I recommend starting from the beginning otherwise you’ll have a hard time understanding who’s who and what’s what. There are quite a few characters and the author brings up a few situations from the previous novel that, if you haven’t read it, you’ll have no idea what she’s talking about. And it’s really worth it.
These are stories about friendship, love, loss, pain, hope. The bonds between the characters are really special and they show that true friendship is a precious gift and those who have it are really blessed because, sometimes, no one understands your pain and knows how to help you through it better than your best friend. I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you decide to give this series a try.

Happy Reading!





S.P Cervantes lives in Orange County, California with her husband and three children, where she is a teacher. She enjoys spending time with her family, writing, reading, and running, but is always thinking of an idea for her next novel.

S.P. Cervantes is currently working on a new contemporary romance, while finishing the final novel of the Secrets of Shadow Hill series.

S.P. Cervantes has a B.S. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Cross Cultural Education.



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