Wednesday, October 31, 2018

October 2018 Wrap Up!



I read eight books during the month of October. Which doesn't seem like a lot for me but I've been writing lots, getting ready for NaNoWriMo and just living life during one of the best times of the year.


1) Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating 
Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them...right?


My Thoughts 
I have this weird hate/love relationship with these authors. I like the story they tell and the humor behind it but some of the elements always have me rolling my eyes and laughing... but not at the good humor. Though once I push through those things that irate me, the story is always funny, sweet, and just a cute feel good romance. 

The females are always strong and sure of themselves but sometimes the guys are a little... icky. Josh isn't bad, I actually like that he's cool with Hazel and all her many quirks. Their romance is cute and I loved reading about their many bad double dates. 

Really, once I get over the parts that make me roll my eyes, I do always end up enjoying the story and devour it within a day. 




2) Pisces Hooks Taurus
It’s a time for searching, and a time for finding, Pisces: keep casting your line and you will hook what you’re looking for.

Zane has it all planned out: land the perfect Meet Cute, fall in love, and live happily ever after. 
Should be simple enough if he put his mind to it. A little creativity and some thinking outside of the box, and voila, he’d be married to the woman of his dreams.
It would be perfect. 
And it would be before his visa ran out.

But why are his feelings running wild now that the pressure’s on? Why is his picture-perfect plan turning into a muddled mess of morphed metaphors he can’t make sense of anymore?

Just as well he’s met an English professor to help. And even though their first meet is anything but cute, this down-to-earth teacher may just be the realist Zane needs to ground him and give him a shot at love after all.

Don’t cast your line too wide, Pisces. Your perfect catch may already have bitten.



3) Knight Training 
The Special Forces of Steampunk! Airships, Guns, and Gadgets! The Knights of the Crystal Spire are more than ordinary fantasy knights. 

Life as an apprentice knight hasn’t been easy on James Gentry. As a commoner and an outsider, he’s been ridiculed, picked on, and shunned by the other boys. But he’s determined to become one of the finest knights Rislandia has ever seen. 

During his training, James stumbles upon a master knight selling information on Rislandian troop movements to a Wyranth spy. To keep Rislandia safe, he must root out the traitor and put a stop to the enemy's schemes. Does he have what it takes? 

“Knight Training” is a stand-alone sequel novella to the award-winning steampunk novel, For Steam And Country!


My Thoughts 
That's not have any spoilers as this is something you should just read, it's short, less than 100 pages so it won't take you long at all. James is an apprentice knight who is amazing at what he does, one of the best and while you'd think that'd be great, it means others in this line of work, aren't that found of him and it makes his life kinda hard. 

Anyone who has even been the teacher's pet or a favorite of any kind can totally relate to James and his struggles. I love him as a character and think he's very well done, even more so considering how short this story is. I really only have one complaint... it's too short! I mean yes, everything is tied together nicely and it's a perfect short story but when I love something, I need more and this is how I feel. I need more.

Overall, it's a fun story that will take your mind off your problems and pull you in, refusing to let you go. I fully recommend this whole series! 



4) Cursed Rebel 
Never trust a pretty face. My grandma taught me that. She warned me about the Fair Folk but I never believed her...until I was kidnapped by one. And damn, he is pretty. 
But Fin was sent to bring me to his King, and if I want to survive the Otherworld, I have no choice but to trust him - for now. 
Oh, and did I mention my sexy best friend is hunting me? I should've listened to Gran.

Click HERE to Read Review


5) Witches of East End
From the author of the highly addictive and bestselling Blue Bloods series, with almost 3 million copies sold, comes a new novel, Melissa de la Cruz's first for adults, featuring a family of formidable and beguiling witches.

The three Beauchamp women--Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid--live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret--they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there's Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.

For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it's time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.

With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

Review Coming Soon!




6) Llewellyn's Little Book of Life Between Lives
Explore exciting new case studies and research findings from the world-famous Newton Institute(R). This handy pocket-size book provides an introduction to Life Between Lives, regression hypnotherapy, past life regression, and reincarnation. Discover simple exercises designed to help you make contact with a higher wisdom for answers to your questions and guidance in developing the life you were meant to live. In these pages, you will find expert advice, tips, and techniques for your own journey of spiritual self-discovery. Llewellyn's Little Book of Life Between Lives also explores soul groupings, the Council of Elders, the process of life selection, soul development, and much more. In a warm and wonderful way, this book confirms what many of us suspect--at the end of life, a home filled with everlasting, unconditional love awaits you.







7) Code Wolf 
A Were’s forbidden desire tests the limits of loyalty. When Seattle detective and alpha werewolf Derek Miller meets Riley Price, the bond is instant. Feral. Their connection entails enormous risk, for he must keep the existence of his kind secret at all costs. But the forces of darkness have Riley in their sights. Now Derek must choose between the Were code of silence and saving the woman who’s set him on fire.





8) Slave to Sensation 
Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind-and none of the heart.

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of "rehabilitation" - the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was...

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion - and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities - or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.

Review Coming Tomorrow!


So what did you guys read? Have you read any of these novels? Let me know below and as always, have a wonderful day! 



Sunday, October 28, 2018

Cursed Rebel - Review





Never trust a pretty face. My grandma taught me that. She warned me about the Fair Folk but I never believed her...until I was kidnapped by one. And damn, he is pretty.
But Fin was sent to bring me to his King, and if I want to survive the Otherworld, I have no choice but to trust him - for now.
Oh, and did I mention my sexy best friend is hunting me? I should've listened to Gran.










Mini Book Breakdown 

All her life, Lucy had been told that the Fae her bad, evil and she should stay away from them. All that changes when Fin shows up and kidnaps her, taking her to the land of the Fae...

This is the first thing I've by this author and let me say, it won't be the last. I really liked the world building and the characters. Fin especially was great. I do think it should've been longer, the end just felt off to me. I think expanding on this novel would be amazing, it's pretty short anyway, I read it all in one afternoon. 

I liked the flow of the writing once we got a few chapters in, it was action packed and never boring but the beginning was very rushed, like the author was just wanting to get to all the good parts. My favorite part was the romance, I thought it was well done and I wanted more of them. Honestly, I just wanted more of this story. 

If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read this book for free!

+I received this book in exchange for an honest review+


The Haunting of Hill House - Netflix Review

I've been watching more movies and TV shows lately, because I've been editing my novel and stuck on this novel that I want to finish reading but I'm not enjoying it, I've been pushing myself through it. 

So anyway, since my blog is kind of.... sparse as of late, why not talk about these amazing stories that I've been watching? Plus, it's October, what better for a horror series?

Here we go.... follow me into the Hill House.

I have said many times that I love character driven stories and this is one of those, not only that but the characters are all likable which hardly ever happens in horror anymore. So let's talk about those characters shall we?

 Steven - The oldest, most people think he's the asshole character and they don't like him. I love him, he's struggling just as the rest of the siblings just in different ways. 

Shirley - The oldest girl, she can be an ice queen and rather high and mighty but she's carrying a secret that's been hurting her for years, not to mention all the paranormal stuff.

Theo - Middle child, can tell things just by touching something so the paranormal lives with her all the time. She's the hardass of the group.

Luke - The drug addict. One of the twins. He's got it rough, so bad that he took drugs to get away from everything that haunts him.

Nellie - The baby of the group, the reason they all come together. She goes through hell during her short life.

Every single role in this series is well acted, I couldn't have chosen a better cast and I really do think that helps bring these rich characters to life. Even the children were great at their roles and I think they looked like they could've been the older actors, which doesn't happen a lot.

This show reminds me of a puzzle, you get another piece every episode, this is not a show that just gives you everything in the first episode, it's a low go getter but worth every single minute. It's also not just lots of jump scares (though it does have a few. One that got me really good), it's a fresh take on the horror genre. I hope more horror will go this way in the future.

There are so many themes that play into this show, it's much deeper than just a gothic horror, it goes to show the dangers of over protecting your kids and not giving them what they need to survive in this awful world, that's the one that stood out to me the most.

Also, I love the overlapping story structure, by the end I was so happy to finally get to see the mother's POV as it was driving me crazy to know the truth!

How it works, each episode follows one character, so while you get that character's story, there is still holes because you aren't getting the whole truth until the very end, so it hooks you, making you keeping watching just to find out what the heck is going on!

Overall, it's a great series and if you'll not watched it, do yourself a favor and do it in time for Halloween. You'll thank me later.



Friday, October 26, 2018

50/50 Friday - Scary Book & Movie You Want to Read/Watch

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog and over at Blue Eye Books.


What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!

Topic for the Week
Scary Book & Movie You Want to Read/Watch



Netflix recently came out with this series called The Haunting of Hill House and it's what I wanted to watch for Halloween. When I started to fill out this post with it on my list but I did recently watch it all and IT'S AMAZING! 

It's everything I love and want from the horror genre! It's so perfectly creepy and has an amazing story! 

I plan to do a whole review on it very very soon. It might already be up, I don't know. We'll see. Anyway, if you've not seen it. Go watch it, it's fantastic! 

Now as for the book I want to read....



Is The Haunting of Hill House. I want to see the book that inspired this amazing TV show. I know it's a lot different from the TV show but I love gothic horror and hauntings. So yes! I can't wait for the library to send me a copy!


Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Read in October









Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Pisces Hooks Taurus Blog Tour + Giveaway

It’s a time for searching, and a time for finding, Pisces: keep casting your line and you will hook what you’re looking for.

Zane has it all planned out: land the perfect Meet Cute, fall in love, and live happily ever after. 
Should be simple enough if he put his mind to it. A little creativity and some thinking outside of the box, and voila, he’d be married to the woman of his dreams.

It would be perfect. 

And it would be before his visa ran out.


But why are his feelings running wild now that the pressure’s on? Why is his picture-perfect plan turning into a muddled mess of morphed metaphors he can’t make sense of anymore?

Just as well he’s met an English professor to help. And even though their first meet is anything but cute, this down-to-earth teacher may just be the realist Zane needs to ground him and give him a shot at love after all.

Don’t cast your line too wide, Pisces. Your perfect catch may already have bitten.


CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE


Excerpt #1:

“Luke jumped to the boyfriend conclusion on his own. I would have corrected him, but he made such a fuss about not touching you in front of him. Said it would be weird.” Zane shrugged. “He wound me up the wrong way. I don’t want him telling me how I can be or not be around you. That’s our business, don’t you think?”

Beckett leaned against the doorjamb. “How we are together—whether we touch, kiss, sleep naked, have sex or not—that is most definitely our business.”

Zane swallowed, gaze lingering on Beckett’s cool pose. “That’s—” He cleared his throat. “That’s what I thought.”

Beckett pushed off the doorframe with the flat of his foot and Zane’s chest doubled in size.

Zane scored a hand through his hair. “Sometimes, I feel like . . . .”

“Like?” Beckett didn’t move away nor move forward. He stayed still, patient as always.

“I need a bath.”

Zane turned and fled into the house.

Flicking on the living room light was a mistake. Leah’s scarf, leggings, and lacy underwear were strewn over the furniture as though she’d gotten lucky and hadn’t bothered to clean up afterward.

Beckett stepped in behind him and cursed.

Zane had barely made it to the armchair when the sound of bedsprings groaning from the attic assaulted his ears. Jesus that was loud.

Like really freaking loud.

Zane hadn’t been the biggest fan of those squealing of bedsprings, but through the hollow ceiling it was worse. Echoed.

Had Beckett heard him twisting and turning in bed—had Beckett heard him jerking off?

He glanced to Beckett, who caught Zane’s panicked look, interpreted it, and calmly crossed the room toward him. Zane sidled behind the armchair as if it could protect him from the sheer mortification sweeping through him.

“Zane,” Beckett said in a low, quiet voice.

Zane scrubbed his heated face and peeked at Beckett through his fingers. “The other night, when I was, er, getting into that long-winded book—”

Beckett’s step faltered. “Oh, dear Lord—”

“You heard all that?”

Beckett slammed his eyes shut like, clearly not wanting to have this conversation.

Well, same here.

Slowly, Beckett reopened his eyes. “Yes, I heard you.”

Zane groaned and ducked behind the armchair. He wasn’t quite sure why he couldn’t laugh this one off. He would have with anyone else. Hell, he would have with Beckett a few days ago.

The armchair shifted and a chuckle floated from above him. Beckett teased the ends of Zane’s hair and Zane reluctantly looked up. Beckett was peeking at him over the back of the chair with an amused expression. “Why have you gone shy?”

“I don’t know.”

Beckett’s gaze flitted to his mouth and back to his eyes. “You know it’s okay to do it, right?”

“Yeah. It’s just . . . .” Something.

“Does it help to know I did it, too?”

“While . . . hearing me?”

“Will it be a problem if I say yes?”

Zane’s breath caught, and his cock grew heavy. “I really need a bath.”

“Not a cold shower?”

“I think you should take your sister’s underwear off the lampshade and busy yourself in bed.” At a small chuckle, Zane added, “With a book.”



About Anyta Sunday:

HEART-STOPPING SLOW BURN

A bit about me: I'm a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.

Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.

I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.

My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, and Thai.





Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Code Wolf - ARC Review (Paranormal Romance)






When Seattle detective and alpha werewolf Derek Miller meets Riley Price, the bond is instant. Feral. Their connection entails enormous risk, for he must keep the existence of his kind secret at all costs. But the forces of darkness have Riley in their sights. Now Derek must choose between the Were code of silence and saving the woman who’s set him on fire.










Mini Book Review 

Riley is your normal woman but one night she's nearly attacked only be saved by Derek. A cop but also an Alpha werewolf. He and a few of his friends keep the streets safe but when he saves Riley.... everything changes, there is something about her that he's drawn to.

I'm in love with Derek. He's a great leading man for sure and Riley is perfect for him! This story kept me flipping pages way past my bedtime, the formatting was a little weird but it's an ARC and I'm sure it will be fixed, so no worries there. 

Overall, this is a great paranormal romance that has lots of action and steam but also some great character development. 

+Thanks to NetGalley for this title in exchange for an honest review+



Monday, October 22, 2018

Guilty Pleasure Reads

Hello little butterflies! Hope you're all having a wonderful day! We all have those books, the ones we love but know aren't the best or the ones that others drag for being so bad. We don't care though, we still love them. Here are some of my guilty pleasure reads.


I'm a sucker for fancy dresses on covers. I miss that trend and hope it comes back. So naturally, when I saw this book, I had to read it. I swallowed it up in one day and quickly finished the others. It wasn't till I started blogging that I saw people ripping it to pieces, saying it was such a guilty pleasure. It was my first brush with guilty pleasure reads. 

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


This series.... I read it so long ago, such a guilty pleasure read that I made sure to never take it out of my house, never let anyone see me reading it. 

Alpha girl Harper is used to getting what she wants, 
and that means Adam, 
Beth's all-American boytoy. 
Blond, boring Beth, who Kane, 
the charming playah, secretly wants too. 
Miranda thinks Kane is out of her league, 
but she wants him all the same. 
And then there's the new girl. 
Kaia. Who only wants trouble -- 
and he's definitely on his way. 
Want to know more? 




This book is your standard romance novel only with a better cover. It's full of things that people say are really bad and everyone talks about it as a guilty pleasure. 


The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. 

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.




I've never seen something get so big and then suddenly crash so hard and everyone hates it. This series has been trashed talked so many times. Everyone I know but me, hates it. It's blows my mind watching how far this book feel from grace. Those of us who still like this series hide it... or I do. Anytime in the real world when people talk about this book, I keep quiet as long as I can and if I'm forced to talk about it.... I lie. I make light of how young I was and silly for liking it. So this to me, it the biggest guilty pleasure.



In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.




Now this series is one I know is bad, it's messy and just... not good but I love it. I have even reread it not long ago and it's still just as wonderfully bad as I remembered. 



After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them)




I ate this book when it first came out, then sunk into a depression when I had to wait so long for the nest one. Yeah, it's bad, like House of Night bad and it's so based off the author's own time as a reality star that it's sickening. That being said, I still love it so much. It's so drama filled and needless drama to boot but it was so entertaining that I couldn't put it down! 



Los Angeles is all about the sweet life: hot clubs, cute guys, designer...everything. Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts can't wait to start living it up. She may be in L.A. for an internship, but Jane plans to play as hard as she works, and has enlisted her BFF Scarlett to join in the fun.

When Jane and Scarlett are approached by a producer who wants them to be on his new series, a "reality version of Sex and the City," they can hardly believe their luck. Their own show? Yes, please!

Soon Jane is TV's hottest star. Fame brings more than she ever imagined possible for a girl from Santa Barbara-free designer clothes, the choicest tables at the most exclusive clubs, invites to Hollywood premieres-and she's lapping up the VIP treatment with her eclectic entourage of new pals. But those same friends who are always up for a wild night are also out for a piece of Jane's spotlight.

In a city filled with people chasing after their dreams, it's not long before Jane wakes up to the reality that everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it seems to be.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Llewellyn's Little Book of Life Between Lives - Mini Review

Explore exciting new case studies and research findings from the world-famous Newton Institute(R). This handy pocket-size book provides an introduction to Life Between Lives, regression hypnotherapy, past life regression, and reincarnation. Discover simple exercises designed to help you make contact with a higher wisdom for answers to your questions and guidance in developing the life you were meant to live. In these pages, you will find expert advice, tips, and techniques for your own journey of spiritual self-discovery. Llewellyn's Little Book of Life Between Lives also explores soul groupings, the Council of Elders, the process of life selection, soul development, and much more. In a warm and wonderful way, this book confirms what many of us suspect--at the end of life, a home filled with everlasting, unconditional love awaits you.





Mini Book Breakdown

I have loved every other single book in this series that I've read, this one... it put me to sleep every time I opened it to read. I did end up finishing it because it was an ARC and I push through ARCs if I can. It contains good information in here about lives between lives and a little about what happens after we die while waiting to be reborn but it's the way it's told I guess that just made it so boring.

I really hate to say this because I enjoy this topic but wasn't written in a way that pulled me in. 

*Thanks to NetGalley for this title in exchange for na honest review*

Friday, October 19, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite Longest/Shortest Series

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog and over at Blue Eye Books.


What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite Longest/Shortest Series

This one was really hard for me! I noticed that I am a fan of longer series over anything else when it comes to my reading so finding a short series I loved was easier said than done! But I did manage to do it! So here we go!

Longest Book Series
This was a hard one! I have so many favorites that are long series but I narrowed it down - just barely - to this one: Throne of Glass
I actually got this book because my little sister had bought it, read it, and hated it. So she mailed it to me and I loved it! 

Shortest Book Series
The Vampire Dairies 
When I add this series I mean the original ones written by the original author L. J. Smith, not the ones that are ghost written or the ones that spun off the TV show, no, these ones that came out in the 90's with the weird covers. 

These were the very first paranormal novels that I ever read over 10 years ago and they sold me on my favorite genre. 

Topic for Next Week
Scary Book/Movie You Want to Read/Watch










Thursday, October 18, 2018

Dynasty Season 2 Episode 1 - Review/Recap


When it comes to TV shows, I've noticed that I usually like ones that aren't that good in the ratings... like Witches of East End, Shadowhunters, and now, Dynasty. 

If you don't know anything about this show, it started out in the 1980's as a daytime soap opera but it ended in 1989. This is the modern take on it. It follows the Carrington family through all their drama, not only family drama but they own a huge oil business so there is work drama too.

I loved the first season, thought it was well acted, looked amazing and was just a fun show to watch and escape from the world. Now we are moving on to season 2 and I want to talk about each episode. 

There will be spoilers here, you've been warned! 

When we left off in season 1, there was a huge fire and Crystal had been shot! We learn though only Crystal died, everyone else makes a full recovery. I was sad to see Crystal go as I loved the actress who played her.

We see that Steven is still trying to figure out how to tell Sam that he got a woman pregnant. Their mother is ever the bitch, father is gone and Fallon is still trying to get the company sold. Sam is mourning over his aunt and the Coby's and just weather's the shit storm. 

This season is setting up to have some delicious relationship drama with Fallon, Liam/Jack, and Culhane. Fallon still has to pretend to be married to Liam/Jack. 

Ander's daughter Kirby has returned, that's not going to be good considering she hates Fallon.

I do love seeing Blake his unhinged, he was always so perfectly put together that it's nice to see this side of his characters.

Glizabeth Gillies has such an amazing voice, something that feels like it doesn't belong in our time so I love when the show makes an excuse for her to sing.

I can't even believe that Blake dropped all those secrets! Messy Blake is the best Blake! 

Fallon and Culhane are engaged! I love his character so much, one of the best people on this whole show! 

Black and Alexis hooking up.... I knew that was coming! 

Also we see another Crystal who I think is going to pretend to be the real one. Ugh, so much wonderful drama! I can't wait for more! 



RATING

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Discovery of Witches Episode 1 Review




This show is based on the wildly popular book series by  of the same name. So if you don't know anything about this series, it focuses on Diana Bishop, a which from a very powerful line of witches (yes, that line) but she wants nothing to do with witchcraft. Then there is Matthew Clairmont... the vampire with lots of secrets. They end up meeting over a book that only Diana can open and things just spiral from there... in between tea times and all that wine they drink of course. 




I read the book in August and while it's not a favorite, I did enjoy the plot. It's been called Twilight for adults many times. If you'd like to read my review, you can follow the link. 

I admit, I only read the book because I saw that the TV show was coming out and it looked really good. The trailer pulled me in right away and I'm guessing by what I saw on the trailer that they are going to change some things form the book, which in this case, I'm fine with.

They did change quite a few things, how she used her powers by accident, how she friendly she was with the other witch among other things but I liked the changes so much. Judging from this episode, this show is going to be better than the book! That is not often something I get to say! 

I love the other characters we get to meet in this episode, every character is pretty well acted and fits their characters pretty well but I still am not fond of Matthew Goode for Matthew. He's a great actor but just not who I would've cast for the role.

I will admit that I am drawn in by the very fact that this is an adult paranormal romance when so many that have come out recently if not most are all YA. I really hope this does well so we can get more adult centered stories like this. 

All in all, a good start to a new series and I can't wait to see where it goes. 



Rating


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ARC Review - Pisces Hooks Taurus (Signs of Love #4)

It’s a time for searching, and a time for finding, Pisces: keep casting your line and you will hook what you’re looking for.

Zane has it all planned out: land the perfect Meet Cute, fall in love, and live happily ever after. 
Should be simple enough if he put his mind to it. A little creativity and some thinking outside of the box, and voila, he’d be married to the woman of his dreams.
It would be perfect. 
And it would be before his visa ran out.

But why are his feelings running wild now that the pressure’s on? Why is his picture-perfect plan turning into a muddled mess of morphed metaphors he can’t make sense of anymore?

Just as well he’s met an English professor to help. And even though their first meet is anything but cute, this down-to-earth teacher may just be the realist Zane needs to ground him and give him a shot at love after all.

Don’t cast your line too wide, Pisces. Your perfect catch may already have bitten.


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ARC BREAKDOWN

I have to just start off by staying, I love every single book in this series. I mean they're all fantastic. They are all cute as can be, sweet, slow burn m/m romances that just make me smile, laugh and giggle like a little girl. I was super excited for this one when I heard it has a Taurus (which is my sun sign) and it was just as good as the rest of them. 

Zane is such a hopeless romantic and Becky is the perfect balance to him. They had so many moments that just had me rolling my eyes at how clueless Zane was to his feelings for Becky, so this is for sure a book where the MC doesn't know till close to the end so the build up is real. I couldn't put this book down as I just had see when they'd finally get together. 

As always, the story flowed at a great pace, I was never bored and I love this author's style of writing, it's fun and quirky. If you love m/m romances and want something with a HEA, this is the book for you! This series is for you! 

I will say that there is drug usage in this book. Just putting the warning out there in case any readers are like me and hate drugs. It's not a lot but it does involve our main character, sadly. This is why I've knocked off half a star. 

*I was given an ARC in exchange for honest review*

Friday, October 12, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Black Cover Design

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog and over at Blue Eye Books.


What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Black Cover Design




Favorite Black Book Cover



Least Favorite 




Topic for Next Week
Favorite Longest/Shortest Series







 
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