Blog Tour. The Body in the Boat

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Welcome to The Body in the Boat Blog Tour. Firstly, I would like to thank Imogen from Bonnier Zaffre for inviting me to join the tour. Secondly, I want to thank to the authors for taking time form their busy schedule to share with us their Top Ten Favourite Crime/Mystery TV Shows (click on keep reading to take a look at the list).

Title: The Body in the Boat (Hardcastle & Chaytor Mysteries #3)
Author: A.J. Mackenzie
Published: April 5th 2018
Genre: Mystery & Crime

"Across the still, dark English Channel come the smugglers. But tonight they carry an unusual cargo: a coffin. Several miles inland, a respected banker holds a birthday party for his wife. Within days, one of the guests is found shot dead.

What links this apparently senseless killing to the smugglers lurking in the mists? Why has the local bank been buying and hoarding gold? And who was in the mysterious coffin?

Reverend Hardcastle and Mrs Chaytor find themselves drawn into the worlds of high finance and organised crime in this dramatic and dark Georgian mystery.

Sunday Post. The Purple Dragon is Back!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.
How's everyone doing on this fine day? Me? I'm drowning is uni work, as usual, but I did have some free time that I didn't use as I should have. I could have done some productive and yet I may or may have not used to play video games. *hides in shame* But in my defence I did sent six pages of my dissertation to my supervisor to read/review. And I finished Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, which I read for my dissertation. So, I did work a lot, right? RIGHT?

What happened in my life this week:

🌻 SPYRO REMASTER!!! This is everything but bookish, but this is my childhood game. I've been dreaming about a remaster since only God knows when. And it's finally here! Just a few more months and my adorable purple dragon is back. 😭
🌻 I read Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub. I loved it so much! Benvolio and Rosaline are love. 💓 Definitely one of my OTPs (yes, I've one true parings). I loved them in The Shadow Prince by Rachel Vincent too.
🌻 Week synopsis: So many feelings!

Monthly Recap. March

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Monthly Recap is back and with a new adorable header (it is adorable, right?). I know that I shouldn't change my blog so much, but I simply can't help it.There are too many cute images bundles out there for me to resist. 😍 Well, March wasn't a bad month. I wasn't a great month, but it also wasn't bad. The stress is getting the best of me - I feel cranky all the time and snap just at the mention of my name - but it could be worse, right? At least, I've my books to make me happy and help me relax even if every ten pages I've to put it down because something to do comes up.

TTT. All Those Magical Places

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.
I finally realized one good thing about being an international reader: if Top Ten Tuesday asks you about books that take place in another country, every book you've read takes place in another country. And, then, you're left wondering: is it bad that I can't remember the last book I read set in my country? 🙈 I think it was eight years ago and I didn't even finishit ... Oh Gosh, I really need to read more books set in Portugal. 

Today I'm going to pick some of the most magical places that I've meet through my readings (and that would love to visit but probably never will).
Ireland seems a magical place. Its folk tales are beautiful and so inspiring. Oh, and the folk creatures are so alluring. Who wouldn't like to meet a fairy? One of the nice ones, not one of those who would trick me into the fairy world ... or definitely one of those.

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Let's pretend that Thisby is real. And that one day I'll ride a capaill uisce. 

Blog Tour. Over Raging Tides

Monday, 26 March 2018

Welcome to Over Raging Tides Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. And, welcome to Lady Luck and its all female crew, who will show that women can also be adventurous and bloodthirsty pirates. Read my review for more and don't forget to join the giveaway.
Title: Over Raging Tides (Lady Pirates #1)
Author: Jennifer Ellision
Published: March 20th 2018
Genre: Fantasy & Young Adult

"The pirate crew of the Lady Luck lives by many rules, but chief among them is this: they do not allow men on board.

That’s a rule that quartermaster Grace Porter is willing to break when a shipwrecked young nobleman offers her information of an omniscient map, stolen from his warship by an enemy vessel. Until now, the map was only the stuff of legend… but with its help, Grace may finally be able to hunt down the Mordgris, the sea monsters who stole her mother away from her.

Unfortunately, some members of her crew have other plans...

To find the map and face the Mordgris, Grace will have to confront her past, put the Luck between warring nations, and uncover treachery aboard the ship. And ultimately, her revenge and the destruction of the Mordgris will come at a hefty price: the betrayal of her crew.

Grace promised them they wouldn’t regret this.

She just isn’t sure that she won’t.

Sunday Post. Help Wanted! Too Much Chaoticness

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.
REQUEST ALERT! I need help. This is not the first time I mention this (I'm sure I mentioned it in my last Sunday Post), but I really don't want to let my blog "die" when it finally is growing. And, I need your help! I want to go back at updating it regularly. However, I'm starting to feel the world is against me... just today I was finishing a new post and I lost it since blogger didn't save it properly (I usually write my posts on paper, but this time I decided to save some time only to lose everything). So, how do people with chaotic lifes and a thesis/dissertation to write are able to still post regularly?

What happened in the last weeks:

🌻 Is it bad that I don't remember much? I remember being busy, but much more...
🌻 But good news: already finished four books this month. At least I've time to read (however, reading is part of my master)
🌻This week I had a new presentation. I talked about the monster in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Always and forever one of my favourite films.

You is Kind. You is Smart. You is Important. Celebrating Powerful Women in Young Adult Fiction

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Happy International Women's Day! Today we celebrate all women; we celebrate their strength and bravery and kindness; we celebrate the battles they fought - and still fight - in the search of equality. To mark this day I decided to compile a short-list of powerful female characters in young adult fiction.

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

"Fire is catching!" I am shouting now, determined he will not miss a word of it, "And if we burn, you burn with us!”

Why Katniss? She does start a rebellion that takes down Panem's government. And, in my opinion, Katniss revolutionized the female figure in young adult literature.

No list celebrating powerful women could be completed without Katniss. She volunteers as tribute to save her sister, even if it meant sacrificing her own life. She wins the Games by defying the Capitol. She knows how to use a bow and hunt. Moreover, she becomes the Mockingjay while dealing with PSTD. Katniss is a force to be reckoned with.