Friday, January 19, 2018

OPINIÃO: Koldbrann - Parte 1: Rebeldes por Ana Cláudia Dâmaso

Koldbrann - Parte 1: Rebeldes por Ana Cláudia Dâmaso
Publicado em: 9 de Julho, 2016
Editora: Chiado Editora
Páginas: 457

Género: Distopia, Fantasia, Young Adult
Classificação: 4*
Sinopse:
Num mundo apocalíptico, a população saudável vive em cidades-bunker, chamadas de fortalezas, que os protegem dos perigos do mundo exterior, onde é melhor morrer, que deixar de ter o sangue vermelho.

A limitação da liberdade alheia cria estruturas sociais muito restritas que todos são são obrigados a cumprir.

Esta é a história de Diana Salvatore, uma jovem que se revolta contra o destino que lhe foi imposto.
 



REVIEW:
(Spoiler-free)
Levei um bom tempinho para ler este menino mas não significa que não estivesse a gostar dele, pelo contrário. Reading slump é o culpado de eu ter demorado tanto mas assim que voltei a pegar neste bebé devorei-o em menos de nada!

Logo no primeiro capítulo foi um oceano de feels e umas quantas lágrimas aqui e ali. Achei que foi uma óptima maneira de iniciar a história.
Ana Dâmaso leva-nos para um mundo que de certa maneira é como o nosso: tem muito mais que se lhe diga. 
Toda a complexidade colocada neste novo mundo, os próprios personagens e as suas mentalidades foram o que fizeram a minha curiosidade saltar ao de cima.

Diana Salvatore. 
Quente. Uma cabeça muito quente. Para ela as injustiças que a sociedade dela apresentam são absurdas pois tais coisas não deveriam existir. Ser obrigada a fazer algo que vai contra aquilo que ela acredita e deseja no momento destroem-na por completo. Ela tem uma alma lutadora, não se deixa levar por aquilo que os outros acham correto so porque está na lei. 
Ao lutar contra o seu destino ela acaba por descobrir diversas coisas que acabam por ser prejudiciais para não só o futuro dela como de muitas outras pessoas e oh boy... some shit is about to go down!
Ainda que este livro tivesse um pacing um pouco lento pois era crucial conhecer-mos a Diana na totalidade e como ela faz para alcançar aquilo que realmente é necessário, eu vi-me completamente imersa neste mundo e dentro da própria cabeça da nossa personagem principal. Quase como se eu é que estivesse a viver aquilo, como se aqueles pensamentos fossem meus e dou os meus parabéns a Ana por ter conseguido tal coisa com a sua escrita.

Além da Diana temos muitos, mas muitos outros personagens que com o desenrolar da história começam a tornar-se chave para que a Diana consigo chegar onde precisa de chegar e também passam a ser personagens dos quais queremos mais momentos, mais paginas, saber mais sobre eles. Tal como o Josh, Emma, Mária, Nicole, Ricky, entre muitos outros.

Estou muito grata em ter recebido este bebé e pela parceria que tenho com a Ana e recomendo a todos que leiam esta obra pois digo honestamente que valeu todas as horas que lhe dediquei, todas as lágrimas e sorrisos.


Friday, January 12, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Fated Loss by Claudia Caren (Red Rose & Black Ash #1)

Fated Loss by Claudia Caren
Published date: 29 July, 2017
Published by: PaperHeart Press
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance 
Pages: 248
Format: Ebook
Rating: 4*
Synopsis:
For two years, her memories were lost.

For two years, she believed a lie.

For two years, thousands of lives rested in her hands. But she didn't even know.

Because she can't remember her past, Rose Kristal thinks she is an ordinary girl until her sixteenth birthday. On that day she discovers she is far beyond ordinary. On that day she remembers what she had forgotten. Now with thousands of people in peril, Rose needs to take back what has been stolen from her. 

Second by second, time ticks down and challenges pile up as Rose struggles to reclaim her kingdom from a vile tyrant. One who is determined to vanquish her. And to make matters more complicated, she is falling for a kind guy with a deadly secret. 

But Rose's biggest fear—losing the one she loves to the prophecy.

REVIEW:
We get to meet Rose, our main character, who has no recollection of her life pior her 14th birthday. She has a couple of strange encounters with her own magic, something she didn't knew she had. Well, at least she didn't remember she had it. At first she thinks she's hallucinating but after eavesdropping some of her grandparents conversations she begins to suspect that maybe magic was real and she wasn't just a regular human. And oh boy she truly wasn't. Besides not being human she has an important role in saving her family and friends, her entire kingdom's fate is resting upon her but with the help of her sister Skylar, her friend Ariel and the one who stole her heart, Logan, she will do everything to save everything and everyone.  

Five hours. It took me freaking five hours to devour this book. I was hooked on the first page and couldn't seem to let it go. I just wanted to keep reading and know what was about to happen.
The first half of the book was quite fast-paced and at first I didn't like that everything was happening too fast but the second half slowed down a bit and it help me enjoy the book a bit more. Besides that I loved every single character from the first moment they appeared and the story about this other world from which Rose actually belongs to was just so interesting. I was thirsty for more knowledge, to know each and everyone's past.

I think that the author is creating an awesome world from where she can give us much more adventures, action, romance. That ending freaking killed me. It ripped me to small shreds and now I need the second book more than I need to breathe. Some things in this book I was already expecting to happen but others I wasn't and that left me impressed because it made the story not so obvious but that ending wasn't even on my mind. It really never crossed my mind and I don't know if I should worship Claudia for such a clever way to end this first installment or if I should kidnap her, hold her hostage for what she did to my pour soul with that last chapter.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

CHAPTER REVEAL: Undefeated by Stuart Reardon & Jane Harvey-Berrick


 






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A powerful contemporary romance set in the fast-moving world of international rugby.

When your world crashes down
When they all say you’re out
When your body is broken
I will rise.
I will return.
And I will be undefeated.

Nick Renshaw is the golden boy of British rugby. When a serious injury threatens his career, he starts to spiral downwards, a broken man.
Feeling abandoned and betrayed by those closest to him, he fights to restart his life. Maybe there’s someone out there who can help him. Maybe he can find his way back toward the light. Maybe … not.
Dr. Anna Scott might be the one person who can help Nick, but she has her own secrets. And when Nick’s past comes back to haunt them both, the enigmatic doctor is more vulnerable than she seems.
Broken and betrayed, the struggle to survive seems intolerable. Who will give in, and who will rise, undefeated?



Coming January 23rd 2018




Prologue

It’s a beautiful game.


It’s a hard game.

And even on a good day your body is battered and bruised. It’s a brutal game with blood, mud and dirt.

See this scar on my cheek? Rugby.

See this scar running through my eyebrow? Rugby.

I have a lot of scars.

I have 13 scars on each arm from keyhole surgery, knee surgery, scars on my forehead and the back of my head, scars on my knuckles, broken fingers. I’ve had both eyelids stitched, surgery on both shoulders, suffered a broken nose twice and spiral fractures in my hands, I’ve broken my fingers so many times, I don’t event count those. I’ve had cartilage cleaned out of my left knee, two medial ligament grade two tears on each knee, three lots of surgery for Achilles tendon injuries, and once I put my bottom teeth through my top lip. Getting stitches in your mouth isn’t much fun. They tug when you eat or speak.

There’s nothing nice about rugby. Maybe that’s why I bloody love it.

Chicks dig scars? Yeah, I’ve heard that, too.

In my experience, they’re not so keen on being around while you’re healing. Being the loser who’s benched, not so sexy. Being the guy who’s career went down the toilet … I’m looking a lot less appealing now.

Trusting a woman when you’re at your lowest—dumbest, stupidest thing ever.

Beat me, break me, butcher my heart.

I’m coming for you. And this time…


I’m going to win.


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Stuart Reardon


Stuart is a retired England International Rugby League player who’s career spanned 16 years as a professional playing for several top League clubs. He has had several major injuries that nearly ended his career just as in Undefeated, the amazing collaboration with Jane.
Currently he is a Personal trainer living in Cheshire, and has an online fitness program: Fear Nothing Fitness.





Jane Harvey-Berrick

I enjoy watching surfers at my local beach, and weaving stories of romance in the modern world, with all its trials and tribulations.
It’s been the best fun working with Stu on this story. And yes, he did think about joining the Marines once.





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Saturday, January 6, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Full Package by Lauren Blakely

Total Package by Lauren Blakely
Published date: 9 January, 2017
Published by: Lauren Blakely Books
Genres: Contemporary Romance 
Pages: 300
Format: Ebook
Rating: 4.5*
Synopsis:
I’ve been told I have quite a gift.

Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing....

Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard… place.

Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night, she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.

Surprise—neither one of us sleeps.

And even though we agree to return to roomies-without-benefits, I quickly realise I want more than someone to split the utilities with. Now all I want is to spend every night—and every day—with my gorgeous roommate.

Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.

What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?
 

REVIEW:
The book itself is a Full package!
It has a bit of everything:
- Friendship
- Love
- Humor
- Sexual spark
- Mutual respect
- Adoration for each other
It was impossible to not love this book. The story is told through Chase's eyes but sometimes we have small chapters that are some of Josie's recipe pages that may or may not compare the making of the sweet to the way she feels towards Chase.

I devoured this book in a couple of hours and I simply couldn't let it go. From page 1 I loved reading about Chase, also known as Doctor McHottie, the first problems he encountered in the beginning of the book and how that was the thing that pushed him even more into Josie's life. Even though both were already best friends and pretty much everyone thought the had feelings for each other already, both Chase and Josie were kinda blind to those feelings. They existed but they just didn't know it was love LOVE and not just that love you have for your best friend. 

Chase stole every single particle of my heart. The title of this book completely belongs to his - he has the body, the brains but most importantly, he has a heart full of heart and has no problems showing his affection and he truly respects Josie so I couldn't I love him and melt every time he said something nice? In his eyes Josie was his entire world, the embodiment of the word perfection. 

Something that Chase sometimes does without taking knowledge of it is that he flirts with Josie. He flirts a lot. But in a sweet way even if sometimes he can be real dirty. But other times he just bluntly flirts because he likes to do it and his dirty innuendos make the interactions between him and Josie way funnier and enjoyable.

Also, how couldn't I also love Josie? She's just the sweetest person ever and I mean that in two different ways. She's a baker so the adjective works and she's just so nice and lovable towards Chase. Oh! And the lady i«has no shyness at all in regards of sex. She's all claws and has no problems showing that do Doctor McHottie, also know as her guinea pig in regards of her cooking creations. It's not as if Chase doesn't LOVE tasting everything that Josie gives him. And yes, I mean everything *wink...wink* 

 Overall, you should pick this book up because it's a sweet and lovable reading filled with hottie hot moments and a lot of cocky moments from our Doctor McHottie.

Friday, January 5, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Crave (Bonds #1) by Sierra Cartwright

Crave by Sierra Cartwright
Published date: 30 May, 2014
Published by: Totally Bound
Genres: Romance, BDSM, Erotica, Contemporary
Pages: 197
Format: Ebook
Rating: 4*
Synopsis:
She still craved him… The sight of a collar in her boyfriend’s drawer had stunned Sarah. Panicking, she had fled. But no other man has ever been his equal.



Two years ago, the woman he’d hoped to collar and marry disappeared. So Reece McRae is stunned to find his former girlfriend on her knees, behaving as the submissive he’d always wanted.

Is it too late? He should refuse her, but an undeniable sexual attraction consumes him.

Sarah had been under Reece’s spell from the moment she met him. When she found a steel collar in his drawer, she panicked. The idea of a lifetime of his relentless demands, sensual and otherwise, suffocated her.

In the years they’ve been apart, she hasn’t met his equal. Now, convinced one last night will vanquish his memory, she sets out to seduce him.

The Reece she returns to is even more determined to have his way. Is she now strong enough, brave enough, to surrender to his love?
Review:
This is the first Sierra Cartwright book I read and I must say I was quite impressed and became a fan of her with just reading one work of her.

Crave is the story of Sarah and Reece. How both loved, suffered and got together once again. How both made mistakes and where blinded by their fears. 
People always say: Don't judge one person without hearing their side of the story. Well, it suits this book completely.
You shouldn't condemn Sarah nor Reece but instead listen to both of them. I must admit that in the beginning I did judge Sarah for her actions and how she broke Reece's heart two years prior but once I kept reading the book and understanding Sarah's mind, I knew why she did what she did.

The main word (or problem, you could say) here is: miscommunication. Sarah needed to grow up a bit more so she could really be prepared for the BDSM world that Reece introduced her into. He was always gentle, calm and understanding towards her but she wasn't ready, she needed more time and after finding that specific object (no spoilers, go read the book) it was normal for her to panic. Yes, she shouldn't have run away, she should've talked to Reece but Reece also should've talked to her instead of assuming she was prepared for something she obviously wasn't. 

In the end... I think that both decisions weren't mistakes at all. Why? Well, it made both Sarah and Reece grow and learn. Made them both learn more about themselves and each other and that's why when they eventually restart their relationship it actually works out and evolves into something more.   

They both love each other and that much is quite obvious from page one but one broke the other's heart so there's some work to be done so they can reconnect once again. The love, the desire, the connection never left nor did the spark died between them. 

I enjoyed every single thing in this book because it wasn't just a stupid thing that was the catalyst of the story. Every thing happened for an understandable reason and in the end both characters understood that.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Brave (A Wicked Trilogy #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published date: 11 December, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 362
Format: Ebook
Rating: 5*
Synopsis:
Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.


It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.


Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.


Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

REVIEW:
So... the ending of this trilogy comes upon us. Wicked, Torn and finally Brave. It took me a couple of days to write this review because, even right now, I'm not sure how to describe this book.
I went through so many feelings, just like a freaking huge roller coaster.

Jennifer L. Armentrout always, but freaking always leaves me amazed with her work. She's that good. I'm all caught up on her books, read them all, from her first to her latest published one and I don't know how she's able to do it but she just gets better and better from book to book. From each fictional world to another. 

I recommend you all to first read Wicked and Torn and then you can read this review because I don't want you getting any hints of what happens here without having read the two other previous books.

Now let's get to the juicy stuff.
Brave.
One word. It's a guy. He's perfect and everyone loves him.
Ding! Ding! Ding!
If you said Ren you're one hundred percent right. There's not one thing that Ren could do wrongly. He's just the sweetest person and the way he truly loves Ivy just melts my heart.

Everyone loves Ren, duh, but everyone loves Tink. Who doesn't? He's just the epitome os sarcasm combined with adorableness and witty answers. Tink just makes his entire trilogy so much better and every time something comes out of is mouth it's almost impossible not to laugh.
I loved the fact that Jennifer gave Tink a new plaything and but that I mean so man meat, some hubby for him to have fun between the sheets. Tink freaking deserves an entire book dedicated to him
!

I wanted to point out some of the things I loved in this book but if I don't point every single thing I'll just feel like I'm leaving you guys without the entire juicy stuff. Freaking read the whole trilogy and fall in love with every single character. Hate some of those you loved and start loving some of the ones you hated.
This book will surprise the hell out of you just as it did with me. 

I found myself saying holy lord so many times that the Lord himself must be tired of hearing me call him every time I read.

Just trust me when I say that Jennifer is a freaking genius and you should read every single book of hers. Oh! And Brave is pure perfection, Tink is best friend material, Ivy is a f*cking badass and Ren should marry me. 

Every single character has so much more to give us so let's just wait for the next work Jennifer gives us and it will surely be as awesome and good as Brave was.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

BEST BOOKS OF 2017

As some of you may know, this wasn't my best reading year. My goodreads challenge was 150 and I only managed 100 books. Also, I challenged myself to read a couple of book before 2017 ended and I failed just like I failed the Xmas-a-thon challenge. But I still want to bring you guys my favorite books os 2017 because those are the one that made the year good even if I failed in every challenge.


Have you read any of these books? If yes, which were you favorite?
Let's see if can manage reading all the books I want plus some review requests that I already have piling up.

Let 2018 be a better reading year.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Mistress of the Vampire by Elena Darkmoon

Mistress of the Vampire by Elena Darkmoon
Published date: 21 December, 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 259
Format: Ebook
Rating: 3.5*
Synopsis:
He had a hungry look in his eyes. He had been searching, seeking, until he found me. I was burning under his gaze, I wanted to rip my clothes off, I wanted to run away. Who was this beautiful man and what did he want from me? 

Magnus Redman became my boss and my lover. I was young, innocent and inexperienced, the opposite of him, and he knew just how to penetrate the soft core of my mind until all I could think about was him. Our passion was intense, crazy, sexy, white hot and dangerous, just like him. I craved him like a drug, his hands, his body, his teeth…… 

But then hidden secrets and painful revelations from the past threatened to tear us apart. And we found ourselves battling a powerful force hell-bent on revenge and destruction. How much would we be willing to sacrifice to save the ones that we love? 
REVIEW:
First thing I must say is that this story has so much potential and I want more and more of our characters.
Our two main characters, Lena Stone and Magnus Redman, have a deep connection and even though one's a vampire and the other a human (or more) and they shouldn't be together, they can't. It's as if their souls are intertwined and nothing will be able to tear them apart. No obstacle is capable of breaking them.

Magnus is a mysterious man while Lena doesn't know the mystery behind her family's true story, true past, their origin. Both love each other fiercely but Magnus always puts Lena's safety in first making it difficult for them to have a relationship. For him, knowing that Lena was okay and that no one would harm her, even him, was his priority and that made me love him so deeply. 

At the beginning I thought that Lena was just another helpless character that needed her lover to save. I was oh so damn wrong. Once Lena started to workout and to learn how to defend herself, to know her body and how much strength she could exert in an opponent, she was so darn badass. 
Even at when Magnus had just met Lena he thought of her as his equal but from page to page we get so a better and improved Lena and in Magnus' eyes she was the synonym of perfection, of a strong and independent woman. 

There were a couple of things I didn't like and that's why I didn't rate this book 4 or 5 stars. 
Some things were a bit confusing such as the chapters on another character that was connected to Magnus. In the end I understood it was done like that on purpose but I still got confused during my reading journey so I think those chapters could have been inserted in the book in a different way. Even so in the end the book was Wow. A lot of things were mind blowing because I wasn't expecting them.
I'll surely be waiting for more books from this author.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry
Published date: 7 December, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Pages: 373
Format: Ebook
Rating: 5*
Synopsis: 
When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.
And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, I became her darkest storm.


REVIEW:
You should not judge a book by it’s cover or in this case you should not judge people for their looks or gossip. Get to know them and you might get surprised with what you’ll find in the end. That’s an easy way to sum up this book but there’s so much more to it.

Behind the Bars shows us the pain and struggles Elliot and Jasmine had to go through in their lives. What made them suffer, build up walls, made them be cold or cry. Life is full of pain, but we can find magic in some little corners and both of our lead characters taught us that.


Brittainy C. Cherry never ceases to amaze me with her books. She’s capable of making me feels the emotions the characters are going through or else she just makes me cry my eyeballs out which is a compliment. 

It's been three days since I finished the book and I still can't collect the right amount of words to describe how good this was written, how beautiful this story was. If I could, I would've given this book a thousand stars instead of only five. I'm sure that there are a thousand other readers/bloggers saying the same things as I but trust me... I LOVED IT so freaking much. I flew through the book and when it was coming to an end and I wanted more and more pages of it. More Elliot and Jasmine, more beautiful words, just more. 

I don't want to be repetitive or give you guys spoilers, I just want to plant a little curiosity bug inside you all so you go grab this book and consume it as if it was your last breath. Actually... Read this one and then read every single other book by Brittainy, you'll thank me in the end.



''She was my music, my life, my everything.''