Book Review: Analiese Rising

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by Brenda Drake
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: January 8th 2019
Entangled Teen

Summary:

When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.

But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.

Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.

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My Review

Woho! What a trip! Give me some Greek mythology, spice it up with a drash of my lovely Romance and I am hooked. „Analiese Rising” has an interesting story, an interesting character and a lot more to show.

The blurb just about sums all the idea of the plot. The last line is amazing J So that’s the idea and it sounds easier than in reality. Being a descended of the God of Death is not an easy thing, I mean… she has responsabilities… raising the dead and so on. How can one ignore such a thing ? Ha-ha! Comming to that realization is also not easy, but at least she is not alone. Marek is there with her, as interested to find out what is going on as she is.

The mystery and the relationship between the main characters is well built, the intesity grows slowly, until the great ending. The research is there, with al the mythology aspects and gods and all that. So what’s not to like ? What would you need more? Action, romance, gods, wars, dead people coming alive, or …trying to stay dead.

I wished the writing were a little more developed and the phrases to flow one into the next more easily. The tone of the story felt too abrupt for my taste and took away that natural feel, that normal course of words. I do believe the story is predictable to a point, but that didn’t bother me that much becose it’s more important how we get from point A to B.

But all in all, I liked it. It was a nice ride and I hope to see more of these characters. It’s my first book by Brenda Drake and I heard a lot of great things abouther other stories, so it definitely will not be my last. Enjoy 🙂

4 stars

About the Authorbrenda drake

Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. With kids of all ages populating Brenda’s world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince charming, there’s always a romance warming the pages.

Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she’s not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

 

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Book Review: Wrong Bed, Right Roommate

Wrong Bed, Right Roommate
Rebecca Brooks
Published by: Entangled: Brazen
Publication date: January 14th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

It’s not every day you wake up to a stranger getting into your bed.

Only, he isn’t a stranger at all, he’s my best friend’s hot older brother…and apparently my new roommate.

Having him in my space, driving me crazy, isn’t a problem at all. Nope.

All I need to do is keep control of the situation…

But that’s easier said than done. Shawn Lassiter is the kind of distraction I don’t need. First he accidentally gets into my bed, half-naked, the night before my first day at my new job. Hello, muscles and tattoos! Then he’s there, in nothing but a towel, making me coffee in the morning. It’s more than any girl can resist. Right?

But Shawn is off-limits, even if his eyes are saying differently.

Years ago, back when I still had my crush, he destroyed friendships with his reckless playboy antics.  There’s no way I’m touching those perfectly formed abs now. I don’t care how nice and responsible he’s acting. I don’t want a boyfriend anyway. That’s what my trusty vibrator is for.

I’m the smart girl—the glasses-wearing, book-reading workaholic. I can totally do this. After all, it’s only for two and a half months. I’ll be on my best behavior…even if Shawn isn’t.

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My Review

Falling for the best friend’s brother may not be one of the most complicated tropes, but it may cause some issues and we will find out about some of them from Jessie and Shawn’s story. I liked them as a couple and I liked how each has to break some rules to be together. Somehow, they both get out of their comfort zone and find out it’s really great to do it.

Jessie has always been focused on anything she was doing, be that school, books or work. So having the opportunity to prove herself as an editor is a major thing. She must focus on her job, even though her roommate is… hard to ignore. Almost the same for Shawn – he realized he was good at something, he likes his bear and likes making it, he savors the process of creating that special aroma. And he also needs to prove his worth to his boss. Lust after his sister’s best friend has no place, especially since she is off limits (like: „been there, done that, but with another best friend of the sister. And then another…” ).

Sometimes, as much as you say „No”, it’s kind of visible you want to say „Yes” and when one (feel good) mistake happens, for sure the next will too. I liked how Shawn slowly started to break Jessie’s walls and how he managed to tempt her. There is another side of her, behind the glasses and the books.

There were some parts of the book where I had the impression that he did a lot for her, while in return she was not willing to do the same. I would have preferred to see them come together differently in the end. These are my only two negative comments.

All in all, this was one of those books that make you feel good and experience that first crush emotions. I read it in one sitting and I had a very fun time reading it. I hope you’ll enjoy it as well 🙂 4 stars! Happy reading!

 

 

 

Author Bio:

Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx. Her books are about independent women who leave their old lives behind to try something new–and find the passion, excitement and purpose they didn’t know they’d been missing. Learn more at http://rebeccabrooksromance.com. To sign-up for her newsletter, sign-up at http://rebeccabrooksromance.com/newsletter.

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Book Review: Two Thousand Years

Two Thousand Years
M. Dalto
(The Empire Saga #1)
Publication date: December 11th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult

Two thousand years ago, the Prophecy of Fire and Light foretold the coming of the Queen Empress who would lead the Empire into a time of peace and tranquility. But instead of the coming of a prosperous world, a forbidden love for the Empress waged a war that ravaged the land, creating a chasm between the factions, raising the death toll of innocent lives until the final, bloody battle.

Centuries later, Alexandra, a twenty-two-year-old barista living in Boston, is taken to an unfamiliar realm of mystery and magic where her life is threatened by Reylor, its banished Lord Steward. She crosses paths with Treyan, the arrogant and seductive Crown Prince of the Empire, and together they discover how their lives, and their love, are so intricately intertwined by a Prophecy set in motion so many years ago.

Alex, now the predestined Queen Empress Alexstrayna, whose arrival was foretold by the Annals of the Empire, controls the fate of her new home as war rages between the Crown Prince and Lord Steward. Either choice could tear her world apart as she attempts to keep the Empire’s torrid history from repeating itself. In a realm where betrayal and revenge will be as crucial to her survival as love and honor, Alex must discover whether it is her choice – or her fate – that determines how she survives the Empire’s rising conflicts.

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My Review

 

This cover is amazing! It’s impossible not to notice it even before reading the blurb. The color scheme is very much to my liking and I adore it completely! It also matches the story very well.

This is step one from my process of falling in love with the story. Stept two came when I read the blurb. The combination between a kingdom, a profecy, love, different realms is always a key to success in my books. Add to that an author that really knows her job… wat more could I have wanted?

My undoing was reading the story. I loved it so so much! I loved its intrecacies and the Empire world. Alex has so much to deal with all at once. Her strength of character is so well presented and her position is always firm, even if sometimes this proves to be difficult. I was surprised to descover characters so well done and to see them develop even more. Even the negative character has traits you may like (in a twisted way, but yes, you will come to like the negative character).

The plot is complex and has layers and layers that will suprise you a lot! The love interest is amazing. I’ve fallen in love with Treyan and the way he treats Alex. They are perfect for eachother and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for them.

All in all, this is a series worth following and definitely a book worth picking up time and time again! I loved it so so much. According to Goodreads, two novellas will be published in February and there is no launch date mantioned for book 2. At least I have something that will keep me entertained until then.  Enjoy ! (5 stars, obviously!)

 

Author Bio:

M. Dalto is a fiction author of adventurous romantic fantasy and her debut novel, Two Thousand Years, won one of Wattpad’s Watty Awards in 2016. She continues to volunteer her time as an Ambassador, where she hopes to engage and inspire new writers. She spends her days as a full-time residential real estate paralegal, using her evenings to pursue her literary agenda. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing video games, and drinking coffee. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their daughter, and their corgi named Loki.

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Book Review: Hidden

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Hidden (Fire and Iceland #1)
Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Date Published: October 31, 2018
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
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After a breathtaking journey through Iceland, Vanessa Evanston finishes her dream vacation with her two best friends in the capital city of Reykjavik—and wakes up the next morning on the ground, on a tiny island 250 kilometers north, with no memory of how she got there.
Luckily, handsome and kind-hearted local Gunnar Heimirsson stumbles upon her—unluckily, he can’t explain her mysterious journey either. Nor can anyone explain why Vanessa soon discovers “last night” actually happened a year ago, and everyone thinks she’s dead.
Iceland is known for its folklore, but beyond the elves and mountain trolls, there are other creatures: beautiful, powerful, and vengeful, known as the huldufólk. Gunnar has been alive for a century, trapped by their curse after angering them. From the far flung Westfjords to the black sands of Reynisfjara, the answer to Vanessa’s missing year might be connected to Gunnar’s punishment—as well as his long-lost wife, Hera—but the truth lies somewhere in the realm of magic, myth, and love, and Vanessa has only just discovered fairy tales are real.
My Review

I liked this book enough to continue with the series. It was interesting and refreshing. It’s full of surprises and the research behind it is impressive. For most, there may be a lot of information and I agree, to a point, but it was a good time. I liked my time with this one.

Vanessa wakes up one morning without remembering much of what happened last night, which was two years ago. Confused and a bit scarred, she learns the ins and outs of this new place. Gunnar Heimirsson is there to help her all the way. Vanessa will learn a lot about tradition and will soon discover there is more to it.

There is a lot of world building and there are many things to discover. But I think the author did a good job with Vanessa and Gunnar’s story. As a couple, their attraction is built well and I like how the cover matches them as a couple.

Yes, many things to discover and some I didn’t see coming. I liked it and I cannot wait to have taste at book 2. Let me know your thoughts, if you have already read it, if not, I do hope you’ll give it a try. Happy Reading!

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Megan Morgan is an award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author from Cleveland, Ohio. A mild-mannered airport bar supervisor by day and purveyor of things that go bump in the night, she lives on the often-wintry shores of Lake Erie with her spoiled cat and adult son, both of whom shed too much.
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Happy Anniversary!

3 years have passed already and so much has happened. I can barely say I know how to handle a book blog, let alone write a proper article. There are so many amazing books out there, there is so much to talk about and I have not even scratched the surface.

 

What happened in one year?

 

Well, first and most important thing is that I have learned my lesson and I can say I know how to manage my time. I know what I want from my blog and I know where I want to take it. I have met incredible authors from whom I have learned so much and I have discovered incredible books. Readathons, book groups, buddy reading, author reader groups, interactions with amazing people and contacts with publications: this is what happened in one year. LBW is growing and so does my dedication and affection for this world I love so much.

Where are we?

This little world of mine expanding and I feel more confident and mature. You will see many more fun facts, interesting articles (I hope) and more bookish news. Even if one of my resolutions is less book tours, this does not mean less book reviews, just more unique content. So we will have a stronger personality 🙂 a blog with character – sounds nice!

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What about you guys?

There is nothing more important than the followers. What I post here is for you, so that you can have an idea about a book or an author, or for each author and publisher to have one additional source of exposure. I hope I will be able to repay the time you spend reading these articles by investing more time in having the quality you would expect from a book blog. I am so grateful for having you guys along for the ride, I am so grateful you spend time with me here. For all the fellow book bloggers, keep up the great work you are doing and let’s engage, let’s work together to promote the books and authors we love so much!

Thank you for being around for another year, thank you for your nice words and encouragements and may your year be full of amazing things!

In the meantime, I’m celebrating my blog’s birthday 🙂 Happy Anniversary LBW!

Book Review: The Duke I Once Knew

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

 

Award-winning author Olivia Drake begins her new Unlikely Duchesses series with THE DUKE I ONCE KNEW (St. Martin’s Paperbacks; December 31, 2018). With compelling characters and skillful plot twists, Drake’s latest novel will take your breath away.

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First love is always the sweetest…

For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her parents and her siblings’ children. Now, eager to create a life of her own, Abby seizes upon a position as a governess on a neighboring estate. Unfortunately, her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the notorious rake who once broke her youthful heart. But since he hasn’t set foot on his estate for fifteen years, Abby assumes she’ll never have to lay eyes on him ever again.

Then, from out of nowhere, Max appears. He is stunned to come face to face with the girl next door he fell for years ago—before he went away, and she stopped writing to him … even though Abby swears that he is the one who left her without a word. Could it be that this spirited, witty spinster has won Max’s heart all over again—and that they may have a second chance at love?

My Review

Lately I have been so spoiled by the team at St. Martin’s Press! I have received so many wonderful books from them and I have done so little in return. However, this year I plan to remedy that!

“The Duke I Once Knew” is such an amazing work! It has the power to draw the reader into that beautiful England atmosphere when ladies were properly educated and had to abide certain rules. What the author did was to give us a movie in words on pages. Her descriptions, the tone of her writing fit that time perfectly. I loved it and I cannot say it more openly!

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 Abigail Linton has been at the beck and call of her family, always there when any of them needed her. She always put her own interests second, because nothing is more important than family. Until one day when she decides to put an end to it and start living her own life instead of living in the shadows for them. She takes a position as a governess for her first and only love’s sister, knowing he, Duke of Rothwell, was out of town, with no intention of returning very soon. Still, life has other plans for our sweet Abby and they are reunited once again. Fifteen years apart has done little to send her feelings into oblivion, but his lack of response at her letters broke her heart. She is not willing to fall down that road, especially taking into account his reputation.

“This is most improper!” the housekeeper scolded. “Master, you cannot mean to be alone with an unmarried lady in her bedchamber.”

“You may wait outside in the passage if you like, and leave the door open a crack. Then you can hear Miss Linton scream in the event that I should take advantage of her weakened state and attempt to ravish her.”

I loved our main characters so much. I loved Abby’s quick mind, her manners, her way of avoiding conflict and always being friendly. She quickly wins the heart of the duke’s sister and also the employees at the manner. Always having a proper behavior, she sets a good example for the young Gwen. As for Max, our duke, he has had to deal with heartbreak as well and for the same reason. Something brought them apart, but can they stay that way? Or will feelings reappear? With envy, enemies and fifteen years between them, Max and Abby will have to learn once again to trust.

Olivia Drake brings us yet another beautiful, beautiful story, with two main characters with an interesting background. The writing style is so fitting and it has an enticing charm to it. I was mesmerized by the world, the chatter, the laughter and society rules. If you are in the mood of a great regency romance, this is the book for you! 5 stars and all my appreciation for the author for this amazing work!

The book is out since 31st of December, so hurry up and grab yourselves a copy and let me know what you think 🙂

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:olivia drake

 

Olivia Drake is the author of the Cinderella Sisterhood series (Seducing the Heiress, Never Trust a Rogue, Scandal of the Year, If the Slipper Fits, Stroke of Midnight, Abducted by the Prince, Bella and the Beast, His Wicked Wish, and The Scandalous Flirt). She has been a member of Romance Writers of America since 1981, and her novels have won the Golden Heart Award, Best Historical Romantic Suspense and Best Regency Historical from Romantic Times. She has also won the prestigious RITA award. She currently resides in Houston, TX.

 

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Book Review: The Gifts of Christmas

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Title: The Gifts of Christmas

Author: Tori L. Wilson

Published: September 17th 2018 by Books To Go Now

Source: received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Audrey, a twenty-four-year-old dance teacher, moved to her dream town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, from her home in Florida to teach at Ms. Linda’s Dance Studio.

Christmas is fast approaching and, because Audrey spent all of her money moving out to Wyoming, she cannot afford to fly back to spend the holiday with her family. It seems that Audrey will be spending Christmas all alone in her small home, until something amazing happens. Audrey finds a small gift, just a simple red rose placed carefully outside of her door. A million thoughts race through her mind. Was this just a strange coincidence? Did someone leave the rose outside her door on purpose? Did someone actually have a crush on her? If so, then who could it possibly be?

The next day, when Audrey receives another gift and a letter stating that the gift was from a secret admirer, she realizes that the rose was no accident. When her best friend and local beauty salon owner, Lindsay, pays a visit to Audrey, the two determine that Audrey has a secret admirer and that they should make a list of every person who could possibly be behind the gifts and letter.

Together, they attempt to solve the mystery of her secret admirer through various schemes, looking for clues in even the smallest of details. Could it be the handsome, older, wealthy entrepreneur, Edward Sinclair, her sweet yet shy friend and neighbor, Danny Wess, the flower shop owner’s quiet and brooding son, Jackson Choi, the passionate Puerto Rican dance teacher, Carlos, local coffee shop owner and genius, Brandon, or somebody else entirely?

The world is filled with possibilities, and, in her small town, Audrey isn’t lacking in secret admirers. Will Audrey and Lindsay be able to solve the mystery before Christmas, or will Audrey be truly alone this year? Find the true gifts of Christmas in this cozy and heart-warming mystery filled with love, friendship, and of course, presents!

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My Review:

This is one of those stories that should be read during or around Christmas and this is exactly what I did. Let me tell you, it was great and it set me in the perfect mood for holidays. Short, quick, with a little bit of romantic mystery, “The Gifts of Christmas” brings to its readers that beautiful celebration feeling.

You already know enough of what it’s all about from the (quite) log description, so instead I will talk about the atmosphere. This is the best thing in this book. The author has the perfect descriptions to create that small town comfort, with friendly neighbors, everybody knowing everybody else, the warm welcoming and so much more. Audrey started teaching at Ms. Linda’s dance Studio just a few months ago and her move to Jackson Hole has been quite a pain for her financials. Her fear of not being able to fit in was quickly forgotten when she met the friendly townsfolk, especially her best friends Lindsay and Danny.

When gifts start appearing at her door, Audrey and Lindsay are more than anxious who is this mysterious admirer. Audrey will come to realize that in such a short time she has managed to gain the attention of some of the most eligible bachelors in town. The gifts are a proof of how well this unknown person knows her and how honest his feelings are. As in any short story, the conclusion comes quick, but (almost) unexpected.

I feel that there was room for more exploring, at least a few more pages so that the revealing of this admirer can be better appreciated.  But other than this, I have nothing to complain about. A quick Christmas book that will set the mood for presents, love and other beautiful emotions.

Thank you very much to the author for kindly gifting me a copy of the book and I hope you guys will write it down for the next holydays, or for any time during the year, when you need a reminder of the Christmas spirit or just because you are in the mood for something quick and lovely. Happy Reading!

 

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Tori Wilson is a young author who began her writing career at only nineteen years old. She is now twenty one years old and has had three books published. Tori lives in a small town and is attending college, majoring in art education. In her free time, she enjoys singing, dancing, painting, modeling Japanese fashion at local anime conventions, and studying foreign languages. Tori’s latest book, The Skeleton Lady, is a romantic suspense filled with action-packed twists and turns.