Τετάρτη, 21 Φεβρουαρίου 2018

Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi **ARC Review**




A hero’s tournament. A defiant contender. Does one girl have the courage to take on Mount Olympus?
Hope’s world doesn’t have room for heroes. She barely has time for schoolwork, swim team, and taking care of her ailing mother. But when she’s invited to a mysterious tournament, the all-powerful hosts won’t take no for an answer.
Transported to Mount Olympus, Hope comes face to face with her new trainers—the pantheon of Greek gods. While other contenders train hard to gain a fighting edge, Hope searches for a way out. Instead, she finds a gorgeous shadow god who may just convince her to stay…
As each round unfolds, the ultimate prize draws closer—the granting of her heart’s deepest desire. If she survives the final challenge, her mother’s cure would be within reach…but only if Hope can ignore the tournament’s dark purpose.
Olympian Challenger is the first book in a bold YA urban fantasy trilogy. If you like Greek mythology, forbidden romance, and feats of courage, then you’ll love Astrid Arditi’s heroic coming-of-age tale.





3.5 STARS


"My love doesn't destroy; it heals."


Hope Diaz lives with her mother who is slowly losing her because of dementia. One day she receives a mysterious invitation, like every teenager in NYC. This invitation will throw her into a new world and she will discover many things about her past, her present and her possible future. Hope will get into an adventure and the question is if she will make it through it or if she will lose herself because of it.


When I fell upon this stunning cover on NetGalley I was immediately drawn to this book. I read the synopsis and I thought that the premise was really fascinating. I was certain that I would fall in love with the book. At first I did, because I love greek mythology (always did and I don't know if that's because I'm greek), plus the idea of a combination between Hunger Games on Olympus, seemed intriguing. But even though I enjoyed reading the book, there were parts that felt exactly like reading Hunger Games. So many mutual elements, like the weapon of choice, some phrases that are well known, etc etc. There were even parts that reminded me of Harry Potter. Not that I mind, but it just seemed like a mash up of fictional worlds and it sort of failed to deliver.

I did enjoy the book, the friendships that were formed, the stories of the heroes and the gods, the quests and the romance of course and I'm eager to read the continuation (January 2019 seems far away!) because I'm now invested in this story and I would like to know how it's going to evolve. If you're a fan of greek mythology, Hunger Games and fanfiction ,I think you're going to like this one :)

I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Πέμπτη, 8 Φεβρουαρίου 2018

Escort by Skye Warren **Cover Reveal**


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Escort, a sexy new contemporary romance standalone from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren is coming March 6th!

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Escort by Skye Warren
Publishing Date: March 6th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Model: Travis S.

There is no shame in pleasure. And no love in business.
I have a blind date tonight, and I know with 100% certainty that I'm getting lucky. There shouldn't be any surprises, not for one as jaded as me, but when I walk into the penthouse suite of L'Etoile, everything changes.
1) For one thing, Bea is heartstoppingly gorgeous. Pale green eyes and endless freckles. Curves I want to spend all night exploring, as if her body was made for me.
2) Her innocence makes me want to use my entire inventory of bedroom tricks on her and then invent a few more.
3) Except that . . . she’s a virgin.
I can initiate her into the world of desire without letting her get attached, can't I? A few hours of tutoring, and at the end of the night a small fortune will be deposited into my bank account.
Yes, you read that right. There are many words for what I do. After all, mine is the oldest profession. I'm an escort, which means this date is nothing more than a mutually enjoyable transaction.
But once I realize one night with her won’t be enough, I’m the one who's screwed.

Escort will release LIVE on Amazon March 6th!
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About Skye:
Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.

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Σάββατο, 23 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

As Long As You Hate Me by Carrie Aarons **ARC Review**





Kara 

High school sweethearts. What a load of bull.

He might have been my first love, but it never meant I wanted to hear lyrics containing my name, love story, and *cringe* how I lost my virginity peddled out for the masses to digest.

Seven years later, and I’m still being haunted by his photo in every magazine, his music on every radio station. I thought breakups meant that you never had to see the person again. Especially when they ripped out your heart and made hamburger meat with it.

But when a chance encounter ends up going viral, I’m tied to him in a way I’ve always dreaded. And the last person on earth I’d want to spend an hour with, much less a lifetime, makes me an offer I can’t refuse. I might just be desperate enough to take it.

Dean 

The girl in the song is real. And she’s made me a rich man.

I’ve been dedicating choruses to her for a decade, she’s the muse she never wanted to be. Off of our love, I’ve become famous … and a complete egomaniac.

When another one of my flings goes off the rails, and lands me in hot water with the media, my recording label is less than thrilled. And so comes the marching orders from my agent; devise a scheme to transform into a squeaky clean good guy.

Coming face to face with her is something I’ve only dreamed about. If not to win her back, then to at least apologize for the ways I’ve exploited her. Instead, I rope her into my madness, proposing a deal only a masochist would accept. 




My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"I just want one moment to breathe in the space where she and I exist again."


I truly enjoyed this book by Carrie! It's no secret that I love her books and I want to read more by her. I am also a big sucker for friends to lovers stories and second chance as well. Add this with the rockstar vibe and you have me 100% intrigued!

Kara and Dean were high school sweethearts in a small hometown. They were in love, nonetheless their differences, the bleachers of the school like a second home to them. Until something happened and their paths were parted. Now seven years later, they meet again and Dean makes her an offer. Kara seems hesitant after everything that happened, but she has to consider everything before she makes her decision.


"No lyric, no spoken word, can ever compare to you like this."


Like I mentioned I really enjoyed this book, but there were a few things that didn't impress me. Some things were too obvious for example and the way they were handled , let's just say that been there, done that. Other than that, it was a quick, light and lovely read. If you like these tropes then you should give it a chance :)

First Came Forever (The Angelheart Saga, #1) by Annie Woods **ARC Review**




First love. A promise of forever. A lie that changes everything.


Backpacking with her high school friends, Erica Lindell's life takes a thrilling new turn. Meeting the fascinating Sasha Ailes, she can't help but fall completely and irrevocably in love with him. When he feels the same way about her, Erica finds herself drawn into a fairytale love story that will set her life on a new direction. But Sasha has kept his true identity a secret. Finding out who he really is, Erica must overcome the betrayal and make the hardest choice of her life. Can she give up her own dreams to live in his world, or leave and lose him forever?

First Came Forever is an enchanting, heart-wrenching story about finding true love and the devastating consequences it can lead to. What price is too high to pay, even for love? 




*4.5 lovely stars*

Erica is on vacations with her friends and instead of partying all the time, all she wants is to explore the place, visit the ruins and on her quest to explore the history of the place, she meets Sasha. A very handsome, yet mysterious guy with secrets.

Trusting her insticts she ends up getting to know him better and falling in love with him. But when the secrets are being revealed, Erica doesn't know what to do. These secrets could make her quit her dreams, leave her life behind.


I read this book two months ago and I fell in love with it. I can't believe that this is a debut novel. I seem to always struggle with words, so excuse me if I rumble or if I make no sense whilst writing this review.

I truly loved this story, it was one of the reads that I couldn't put down. I kept reading and devouring it. I honestly fell in love with the description of these places, it made me want to travel so bad! Also, the characters were so interesting! I loved even more the secondary characters and let me tell you right here that I am team Tyler all the way!! I don't know guys, Sasha was okay, but Tyler was the one with the biggest character development and I just couldn't wait for his scenes in this book.


“You’ve changed,” she finally said. “Really changed. “Why? What happened?”
“You happened.”



I also loved the twists and turns. I seriously didn't see them coming! Francesca, the cliffhanger near the ending? I just can't!! This book was really lovely and so interesting! The only bummer in this book was probably some of the grammar/ spelling mistakes and that actually amazes me, because it's not a self published book, but it's supposed to be edited by a publishing house.. However, this was my only issue with this book. I can't wait to read the continuation and I strongly recommend it!

Πέμπτη, 7 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon **Cover & Blurb Reveal**

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THE SMALLEST PART by AMY HARMON





Blurb:

“In the end, only three things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” - Unknown
It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.
“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?”
If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too.
So Mercedes lied.
And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down.

This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.

Cover design: By Hang Le - http://www.byhangle.com/


Release date: February 13, 2018

Pre-order links:
Special pre-order price of $3.99. Price will go up to $5.95 upon release.


★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

About the author:
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in eighteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written eleven novels — the USA Today Bestsellers, The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Queen and The Cure, From Sand and Ash, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her next novel, The Smallest Part, will be released February 13, 2018.

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Τρίτη, 5 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

Starr Gone (Starr Fall, #3) by Kim Briggs **REVIEW**







A Starr gone. A team betrayed. 

You never know who your true friends are until a gun’s pointed at you. One will take a bullet, and the other will pull the trigger. Starr learned that lesson the hard way. 

The perfect smile. A killer attitude. General Treadwell wanted nothing more than to turn Starr Bishop into the ideal assassin, but she’s far more valuable as Jessica Chamberlain, granddaughter and heir to Chamberlain Chocolates. Luckily, he’s found two enthusiastic replacements. They lack Starr’s intelligence, but no matter, they possess their own weapons of persuasion along with a flair for the dramatic, and that’s never a bad thing. 

Di, along with Christian, Frank, Ben and Coda, are determined to keep Starr safe, but the depths of betrayal crack the very foundation of the team. When Starr becomes a pawn in a game of power, money, and manipulation, Di channels her WWSD (What Would Starr Do) to rally the team. She owes her best friend that much. No... More. 




3 STARRS

Starr Gone is the third book in the Starr Fall series and it picks up right where we left it in the Starr Lost instalment. What I loved about this book is the character development we saw in some characters, the twist and turns, the suspense and the adventure , as well as the romantic and the friendly elements. I truly enjoyed this one, but there was something that annoyed me and I hoped it would be a temporary blip in the whole book, but it wasn't and that made me enjoy it less than the previous books. (view spoiler)


"With Christian by my side, I can get through anything. The Organization. My grandparents. My psychotic friends. Anything."



Other than that, I can't wait to see the continuation of the series, because Kim's writing is one I enjoy and it grips me and has my attention while reading her books. It's always a pleasure, so I really hope that blip will be over sooner than later. Oh and did I mention how much I enjoy reading her secondary characters and even the villains of the story? I have come to the point to be suspicious of everyone. I don't know who plays a game, who's a good guy pretending to be bad and vice versa. I love that I can't judge so easily these characters and can't wait to read more about them! :)

Σάββατο, 18 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Starr Lost by Kim Briggs **Review**



On the run from the Organization, Starr never planned on falling in love. 

Starr Bishop’s the complete package. A perfect smile, brains to match, and a winning attitude. Boys want to date her and girls want to be her. She’s the type of girl you want to hate, if only she wasn’t so damn likable. But don’t worry, she’s not interested in your boyfriend. Boys are one complication she can live without. 

When the Organization decides she’s not only the model student but the ideal assassin, Starr’ll need a lot more than high test scores and extracurricular involvement to get herself out of that commitment. 

Dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood is the last person she’d expect—or even want— to come to her rescue. From opposite ends of Webster High’s social hierarchy, their lives collide in one electrifying moment. Christian isn’t the Goth loner he pretends to be, he’s a part Cherokee, All-American boy who wants to be a hero, Starr’s hero. Christian makes Starr forget that the Organization is after her, but nothing will stop the Organization from collecting their top recruit. 

By the way, the spot for junior class president just became available. 

What People Are Saying About Starr Fall.... 
"I was swept up in Kim Briggs' whirlwind of secrets, swoon, and adventure from page one. Beautifully writing combined with a smart, driven protagonist made this a book I couldn't put down.” —Isabel Bandeira, Author of Bookishly Ever After (Jan 2016) and Dramatically Ever After (June 2017) 

As the opener in what promises to be a thrilling series, Starr Fall hits the ground running and hits the water swimming. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough as Starr went from a super-achieving but otherwise pretty normal high school junior to a girl on the run from a shady, powerful government (maybe) agency and a deep, dark conspiracy we only see in glimpses. And why has the weird kid from school suddenly become her ultra-hot sidekick, with a connection between them that literally gives off sparks? He’s a lot more than he seems. Every answer raises another question as the reader ricochets between the threat level outside the remote cabin and the heat level inside it. Briggs knows how to crank up both kinds of tension, in the best possible way. Book two can’t come soon enough for this reader! -- Liz Coley, author of the award winning, internationally best-selling Pretty Girl-13 





4 STARRS


From what little I know, I could be happy here. I could be very happy here. I'm just not sure I want to play house while the Organization exacts their brand of justice on innocent people.


In the continuation of the series Starr Fall, we see our hero and heroine in an adventure that seems to be getting riskier and riskier with every step they take. I loved that this one had suspense, scenes with an adrenaline rush, characters that shocked me and actions that shocked me even more. I enjoyed reading about the character development in most of them and I can't wait to read more about these characters further. Especially Di and Frank, but also Ben and Coda. I feel like I'm so invested to these characters and I want them all to survive the mess they got themselves into.


He creates a charge so powerful we could generate our owwn electricity.


The plot twist near the end somehow became clear to me through the book. If you could ask me about it at the first book I would be shocked as hell, but somehow while reading the second book, it became clear about it. I wasn't a big fan of the particular plot twist, but nonetheless I am truly excited to read more about it and see where this goes.

If you're looking for a sweet, but also suspenseful story, this is the one you have to pick! I'm looking forward to reading the last installment in the series and see the conclusion of it.