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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sunday Post. A Sick Week But With a Silver Lining


Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.

Happy Sunday! How's everyone doing? How many books did you read this week? How many did you buy? 😊 This was not a chaotic week, but as you will see below, it wasn't a good week concerning my health. But, at least, I had free time to do many things that I have been putting off.

What happened in my life this week:

🌻 Stomach bug attack! Which means, I stayed at home all week.
🌻 But I finished two books (must write the reviews now 🙈) and started A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. Silver lining, right?
🌻 Also worked on my dissertation - anyone interested in dystopias and monsters? 🙋
🌻 And, watched four films: The Room of Disappointments (2016), Assassin's Creed (2016), Girl on the Train (2016) & Split (2016).
🌻 Still impatiently waiting for my Black Friday/Cyber Monday orders to arrive.
🌻 Joined the #ReadersCrossing hosted by @Read at Midnight,which starts today.
🌻 Last week, I reached the goal of 50k words on my NaNoWriMo project. So proud of myself!


LAST WEEKS ON THE BLOG...
  • Shared two more 2018 releases that I can't wait to get my hands on: Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen and Everless by Sara Holland. I'm just so in love with the premise of these two books. To marry a tyrant to save her people? To extract blood to increase one's blood span? My expectations are really high.
  • If you want to know what I've been up to in November, you can take a look at my November's monthly recap.  Regarding readings, it was a bad month, but I hope December can make it up. I need to end 2017 with a bang.
  • Bookish pet peeves. Do you have any? I surely do have a lot of them. And, you'll probably think I'm crazy or your best friend after reading this new My Bookish Life post.
  • As mentioned above, #ReadersCrossing starts today and this week and this week I shared my sign up post. If you could recommend me books for any square, I would appreciate it. 💕

📚 MINI BOOK HAUL 📚


While I'm still waiting for my Black Friday book orders to arrive, Ignited by A.M. Deese was the only new book I got in these past weeks. And, I didn't spend money on it since I got it from Netgalley. So, YAY! 😄 But now I'm thinking that I should join Evelina's State of the Arc...
Saturday, 9 December 2017

READING CHALLENGE. #ReadersCrossing

READING CHALLENGE | #ReadersCrossing

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The #ReadersCrossing is a reading challenge hosted by @Read at Midnight and it will take place between Sunday 10th December to Sunday 31st December, 2017.
"The holiday season is almost upon us, and around here that means another reading challenge! In keeping with tradition, this one is themed around my latest obsession: Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. You’ll be reading books, completing tasks, making friends, and be surrounded by adorable animals – just like the game itself.
Similar to #TheReadingQuest which I hosted earlier on this year, the challenge is based on a bingo board. You can either follow a specific path which is based on the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp themes of Cute, Cool, Natural, and Sporty. Alternatively, you can do the challenges in whatever order you wish."
For my first path, I decided to choose the Natural. I'm not sure if I will be able to do the other paths, but with the Natural I'll be able to tackle down my ever-growing TBR pile.
"NATURAL – Five Across: Get in touch with nature with  books set in the wilderness, filled with animals, or your favourite classics, with this particular path."


How to Increase ExperiencePoints

For each finished book: +2 EXP
For each finished graphic novel/manga: +5 EXP
#OwnVoices novels: +3 EXP
Tweeting #ReadersCrossing: +1 EXP
Photos #ReadersCrossing: +1 EXP
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Books I'm Planning to Read:

A book set in my country:
A book that has a yellow cover: 
A book that is a classic:
A book with an animal on the cover:
A book set in the wilderness:


Extra:
Seasonally inspired:
Insect on the cover:
Fruit in the title:
Free space:
Read a book in 24 hours:
Read a book picked by a friend from your TBR:
Set at seas/beach:
Comment on a post:
Shelfie:
Friday, 8 December 2017

My Bookish Life. Bookish Pet Peeves



As someone who has a little bit (or maybe not such a little bit) of OCD, my books are my precious. They must be perfect in every way! However, publishers and online bookshops, such as Book Depository, sometimes, seem to be conspiring against me. Thus, today, I decided to share with you some of my Book Pet Peeves. Ps. If you do any of the things mentioned below, I promise I won't judge you...much.

1. Same edition, different sizes. It's so freaking annoying! Someone needs to tell the printers that books that belong to the same edition should always have the same size. Even if it's only a few inches of difference, I'll notice it when I place them side by side on my bookshelf. However, I did find a solution (and it wasn't a threatening letter to the printers or publishers or a book buying strike until they listened to me because it would never work since publishers never listen to the readers): RAINBOW BOOKSHELVES. Organizing my books by colour means that I won't see the difference. And, my OCD doesn't annoy me so much because the book shelf looks so pretty.


2. Cover changes while the series is still being published. This annoys not only me, but my bank account. Publishers should not change a book series cover design while it still is being published! Since I want (I don't want to, I need to) all my book to look the same, it means I'll have to buy the new covers and go bankrupt... This is a really good scheme for publishers to win some extra money with OCD bookworms.

3. Damaged corners and bent covers. Dear people who prepare the books to be shipped, be more careful when you pack them. I don't like my books to arrive at my door with damaged corners and bent covers because you were too lazy to place them inside a box with all the care and love they deserved.


Yes, I may have sent a complain or two already because my books arrived damaged - and dirty (I still need to figure out how they got dirty). The company was nice enough to send me a new copy. So, all ended up well. 😁

4. Broken spines. When I was younger and my OCD was not in such a full mode, I didn't care about broken spines (I feel so bad for my poor Harry Potter collection). A reader had to do what he/she had to do to read and if that meant to fully open a book without caring about the spine, so be it. Nowadays, you will find me weirdly reading (I will barely open a paperback) to make sure no spine is broken. Or you probably will me find reading e-books because those can't be damaged. I think.

5. Dog Ears. Can you use bookmarks, please? They were invited to mark the page you are reading without folding it.


If you don't have a bookmark, you can use clothing tags or train/bus/subway tickets or even a freaking pencil. If I told you every item I've used as a bookmark, you'd think I was crazy - well, you probably already think after reading this article, so here it goes:
  • Clothing tags (I've a huge collection, so I decided to start using them as bookmarks);
  • Train ticket (it seems I always forget to bring a bookmark when I travel by train);
  • Pencil, eraser, pens, post-it notes, etc. Stationary always works;
  • My iPhone;
  • My cat's tail (don't ask).
6. Highlight quotes with highlighters. Or pens. Or with anything permanent. There are other ways to "mark" our favourite quotes. It's true that for university, I do have to write down notes on my books - most people don't understand how painful it is for me. But, at least, they are my uni books and not An Ember in the Ashes or This Savage Song. Nevertheless, just any permanent little scratch is enough to freak me out.


Do you have any book pet peeves?
Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Waiting on Wednesday. Reign the Earth


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week on WoW is Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen. This book gives me A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston vibes (marry a  tyrant to save her land) and since it was one of my favourite books of 2016, of course I can't wait to plunge into this world. And, the cover is so pretty. *.* The book will be released on January 30th 2018.


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"Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.
"
From Goodreads

Monday, 4 December 2017

Monthly Recap. November 2017



Goodbye November. Hello December! It's unbelievable how another year flew by. Just a few days ago, I was planning my goals for 2017 (which I can already say that I miserably failed) and now a new year is just a few weeks ahead. Since I'm still recovering from a stomach bug (I think this is how you say it in English), this will be a short post. However, before jumping to the books I read and bought in November, there is something I would like to share with you. I participated on, for the first time, NaNoWriMo and wrote 53,405 words. I'm really proud of it because I never imagined to write so much in a month (I know it's probably the norm for many people, but not for me)


In November, I only read three books. I must confess it was a really bad month since none of the books I read was very impressive and I found myself rating two of them with two stars.  
  • Chosen, R.S. Broadhead
  • The Night Realm, Annette Marie
  • Hinder, Kristin Ping
        I shared my review of The Night Realm and you can find it here.


        I may or may have not got too many books this month. 🙈 Oh well, a bookworm will always be a book hoarder.
        • The beautiful special edition of V. E. Shwab's A Darker Shade of Magic
        • Shadow and Bone Trilogy box set 
        • Artemis, Andy Weird [Illumicrate] 
        • ARC of City of Brass, S.A. [Illumicrate]
        • Ignited, A.M. Deese [thank you Netgalley]
        • Shadow Rise, Audrey Grey [thank you Blaze Publishing]
        Regarding the Shadow and Bone Trilogy box set (I already mentioned it here on the blog before), I ordered the old covers and received the new ones - in fact, I received the old box with the new covers. It was very strange... This is something that has never happened to me before. Does anyone know where I can get the old covers? Because now I'm afraid of ordering the books individually and also receive the new covers.

        Which books did you get in November?
        Wednesday, 29 November 2017

        Waiting on Wednesday. Everless


        "Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
        This week on WoW is Everless by Sara Holland. I've been in love with this book premise since I first read it's synopsis: to extract blood to increase one's blood span? You can count me in! Am I happy about the love triangle? No! You know how much I hate those... But the cover is so pretty that I can't resist this novel. If you were lucky enough to receive an ARC, I'm jealous (all my attempts were failed). The book will be released on January 2nd 2018.


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        "In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

        No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

        But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself."
        From Goodreads

        Sunday, 26 November 2017

        Sunday Post. How to Embarrass Yourself


        Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.

        My poor blog is still suffering of lack of attention because of my chaotic life. I really wonder how busy people have the time to read so much and still write reviews and create fun content for their blogs. Any tips? Pwetty pwease? 😇

        What happened in my life this week:

        🌻 Chaotic life FOREVER!
        🌻 But I did participate on a conference where I presented my essay that had as subject Victorian representations of drowned falling woman - Drowned Angels & Water Graves: Representations of Female Suicide in Victorian Art was the title.
        🌻 Confession time. I've been staring at all the comments wondering how I'm going to reply to them all. Sorry for the delay! I promise I'll do it soon.
        🌻 Blaze Publishing rep search alert! I received an e-mail asking me if there was someone I could recommend to be an ebook rep for them. If you would like to become and would like me to give them a word,just say it.
        🌻 I've reached 43,493 words on my NaNoWriMo project. I'm going to share an excerpt with you - don't be too mean.
        "Hot blood splattered her face. For a brief moment, she though it was her own blood, but the pain never came.
        The monster hadn’t torn her neck apart.
        Slowly, opening her eyelids, she realized the blood belonged to her assaulter. He didn’t look monstrous anymore. The all consuming blackness in his eyes was gone. They were human once again.
        Black blood oozed from his slashed throat.
        His fingers slipped away from her as he tried to stop the bleeding. There was nothing he could do. He was choking in his own blood.
        Jack or Jackson-or whoever or whatever he was-hit with both his knees on the ground. Out of the blue, he was set on fire. Stunned, Perrin could not swerve her attention from the flames. In a matter of seconds, his body turned into ashes."
        *hides in a corner embarrassed.*

         

        LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG...

        Another slow week...
        • New The Nerdy Corner post. Do you collect Funkos? I must confess that I've addiction to Funkos - an obsession that isn't very good for my bank account. 😜
        • A book that I can't wait to get my hands on is The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. So jealous of everyone who received a review copy. Anyway, I haven't read any of her books before. Any recommendation? Which books/series should I read while I'm impatiently waiting for this one? 
        📚 MINI BOOK HAUL 📚


        Thank you Blaze Publishing for sending me Shadow Rise by Audrey Grey. 💗 Two weeks and only one book that I didn't even had to pay for it? That must be some kind of record. So proud of myself! Of course, with Black Friday I got myself some new books that I can't wait to arrive at my doorstep. And, now with Cyber Monday I may spend some more money on books. 🙈 Well, dear bank account, it was good while it lasted... 

        How was your week? Which books arrived at your bookshelf?
        Friday, 24 November 2017

        The Nerdy Corner. Funko Pop Addiction!



        I don't think people will ever understand how time and money consuming being a nerd/geek is. You've to watch all the series, read all the books, play all the video games (who did just got Horizon Zero Dawn on the Black Friday for half the price? 🙋), and get all the FUNKOS! Yes, I've a very unhealthy addiction to Funko Pops! Vynil. But they are so cute! How can I resist them? *.*

        Today, I'm going to share with you some of my favourite Funkos. I'm sorry for the photo quality, but Paint/Photoshop did something to it. All the photos are from my Instagram account.

        NIFFLER! 💗 And all the cast from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. If you visit my Instagram account,  you will find Niffler all over the place. And where Niffler is, Newt is. And where Newt is, Tina is.  


        The magic world of Harry Potter. I've too many Harry Funkos (and I'm still missing some). 🙈 I wish I had more Hermione Funkos since she is my favourite character of the series. 💗 So sad that I didn't buy San Diego Comic Con exclusive Luna. Ps.: Dear people who bought only God knows how many exclusive Funkos and are now selling them online for exorbitant prices: You're awful people. What you're doing is very disrespectful. You sold them out from the stores only to profit from fans who didn't have a chance to buy them. I wish people would stop thinking only of themselves...


        Katniss from The Hunger Games. I'm still missing Katniss as Girl on Fire, but these Funkos are sooooooooo beautiful. I love how gorgeous Katniss's hairdos are.  Now, I just need to get Peeta and one of my OTP will be complete.  


        Meeko & The Cheshire Cat. Before Niffler came along, these two were taking over my Instagram account. Meeko is the most adorable Funko I've ever seen. 💗 And the Cheshire Cat has such a devious look. 😈 Although, I don't feature them as much as I used to, you can still find them lurking (just take a look at the pic above).


        Sadly, Funkos can be expensive. Well, shipping makes them very expensive... Also, those only-to-certain-stores Funkos and convention exclusive Funkos are really unfair. It makes me feel that international customers are seen as second rated buyers...

        Anyway, do you collect Funkos? Which ones do you love the most
        Wednesday, 15 November 2017

        Wainting on Wednesday. The Cruel Prince


        "Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
        This week on WoW is The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Although, Holy Black has already been published several times, I have not ready yet any of her books - any recommendation? Which books/series should I read first? Well, I could not resist the synopsis of this book (hopefully, there will not be an abusive relationship) since faeries will always be some of my favourite magical/folk creatures (if you haven't read Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, I truly recommend you). The book will be released on January 2nd 2018.


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        "Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

        And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.


        Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

        To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

        In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
        "
        From Goodreads

        Sunday, 12 November 2017

        Sunday Post. Chaoticness with a Pinch of Great News


        Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.

        Another slow week around here, but I blame it on my chaotic life and NaNoWriMo. It never crossed my mind that I would write so much in only one week and half. So, in short, this has been my week: writing, reading and extra-reading for my thesis. And Blacklist thanks to Netflix - how did we live before Netflix?!

        What happened in my life this week:

        🌻 My life continued chaotic.
        🌻 The cat strikes again. It's not nice to wake up in the middle of the night to find him breaking stuff. The only reason I don't get angry at him a lot is because he is deaf.
        🌻 I've reached the 17,779 words on my NaNoWriMo project. Would you like me to share an excerpt?
        🌻 EXCITING NEWS! I've become a physical books rep for Blaze Publishing [quick resume of all the books to be published by he publisher]. Can't wait to start received the books an share them on Instagram. Ps.: They are looking to epub reps, so take a look at it if you are interested.


        LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG...
        • This week I finally shared my October's monthly recap. Almost two weeks have gone by since the October ended, but, as mentioned before, life has been too chaotic. Can I've a long and relaxing holiday?
        • You can find my review of The Night Realm by Annette Marie as part of a blog tour.  There is a giveaway (an amazon card gift) if you would like to participate.

        📚 MINI BOOK HAUL 📚


        Last week, I may have not gone bankrupt, but this week was a different story. 🙈 My last orders from Book Depository arrived this week -although one of them was not really what I ordered. 

        First, I received my copy of A Darker Shade of Magic collector's edition. 🎉 It's a beautiful edition. And, I still can't believe it's signed. I'll cherish this book with all my heart. Second, I received the Shadow and Bone Trilogy Box Set. I'll not complain since I did have plans to buy the new covers, but I ordered the old covers and received the news - I even received the old box with the new covers. It was very weird... This is something that has never happened to me before. Does anyone know where I can get the old covers? Because now I'm afraid of ordering them individually and also received the new covers.

        How was your week? Which books arrived at your bookshelf?

        Monthly Recap. October 2017



        I'm so sorry for this very late Monthly Recap. If you have been following my Sunday Post updates, you know that I got sick, my laptop "died", then I had to get a new one and recover a week of not working for my thesis. Also, currently, life has been chaotic. There is so much to do, and so little time!


        In October I only read four books - See? Chaotic life!
        • The Last of the Firedrakes, Farah Oomerbhoy
        • The Rise of the Dawnstar, Farah Oomerbhoy
        • Hunted, Meagan Spooner
        • The Canary Club, Sherry D. Ficklin
              My favourite reading of the month was Hunted. This book is pure perfection. I can't believe I put this book aside for so long because I read a review on Goodreads written by someone that I trust, saying that there was a love triangle. THERE IS NO LOVE TRIANGLE IN THIS BOOK!


              This was a good month for my bank account.
              • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
              • The Language of Thorns, Leigh Bardugo  (two exclusive editions 🙈)
              • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Julie C. Dao
              • The Night Realm, Annette Marie & Hinder by Kristin Ping [thank you Xpress Book Tours]
              • Paramnesia, Brian Wilkinson; Flotsam, R.J. Theodore & The Fall of the Lostport,R.J. Vickers [thank you Netgalley]
              Which books did you get in October?


              Random & Randomness, as the name indicates, is about random bookish stuff. Inspired by a few blogs, I decided to create this little space where I share some bookish love.
              Tuesday, 7 November 2017

              Review 33. The Night Realm by Annette Marie [Blog Tour]


              Welcome to The Night Realm Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book ToursDo you love magic and political intrigue? Then this the book for you. At the end of my review, you will find a Giveaway. Don't forget to join it.

              Title: The Night Realm 
              Author: Annette Marie
              Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
              Published: October 20th 2017

              "Clio is good at all sorts of things. As a nymph, she’s great at outdoorsy nature stuff. As a nymph living in exile, she’s got the “blending in with humans” thing down pat. As a nymph living in exile because she possesses the rare ability to mimic magic, she’s had to pick up some unique survival skills.
              But stealing from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld? Not so much.
              Unfortunately, that’s exactly what she has to do to earn a ticket back home. Conning her way into the night realm may have gone pretty well, but now she’s got a new problem. His name is Lyre and he’s a sinfully alluring incubus, a dangerously skilled spell weaver, and the only thing standing between her and stealing some damn magic.
              Maneuvering around him without blowing her cover shouldn’t be that difficult, but chaos has been dogging her every step, monsters hide behind beautiful faces, and Lyre keeps saving her neck even though they’re enemies. Kind of enemies? Either way, her mission is getting complicated fast, and in the Underworld, even one mistake could prove fatal."


              REVIEW

              Plot: Living in exile on Earth, Clio, a nymph with royal blood, will do everything she can to return home. To protect her country, the Overworld, from going to a war that it cannot win, Clio accepts an impossible heist: to travel to Hade’s territory in the Underworld and steal some of the most powerful and dangerous spell ever created.  

              In the night realm, Clio finds Lyre, an alluring incubus and master weaver that she met in a not so distant past when on a mission for her country. With a propensity to attract disaster. Clio finds herself being rescued by Lyre at every turn. In a dangerous world, Clio must find a way to succeed her mission without losing herself –or her heart to the enemy. 

              An enticing story with an alluring cast of characters it wasn’t difficult to fall in love with The Night Realm. When I first plunged into this new world of magic and political intrigue, I didn’t know that The Night Realm was a prequel to a series that had already been released. If you haven’t read the previous series, you can still appreciate Annette Marie’s new well-woven story -the writing is flawless and details and the plot is fast-paced, full of action and twists.  

              Characters: As mentioned above, this novel has an alluring cast of characters. Although I liked Clio –nice to meet a main character that isn’t always sure of herself and who is a bigger walking disaster than myself- I wish she didn’t cry or was in the verge of crying so much. I understand her predicament –the heist and wanting the approval of her brother- , but I could not stand how many times she cried. There was a moment that I just couldn't feel bad for her. Now, Lyre was perfect! I felt bad for him –his family, apart from Reed, is terrible. All they care is about torturing and killing spells. They crushed Lyre's soul by forcing him to be something he didn’t wish to. 

              Worldbuilding: The world building was one my favourite characteristics of this novel. I loved how Marie’s made use of mythology (from Greek to Egyptian mythology) and folk tales.  I enjoyed the darkness and danger of the Underworld. Also, another highlight for me, was how the author explained the process of weaving with so many details. That’s definitely another way of looking at magic.   

              Author Bio:
              Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast- paced urban fantasy and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it's not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.


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              Sunday, 5 November 2017

              Sunday Post. A Sincere Apologize


              Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.
              I would like to start by apologizing for not having replied to any of the comments I received or visiting your blogs. Remember me telling that my cat spilled milk all over my laptop? Well, my poor laptop didn't make it. It wouldn't charge. Because of writing my thesis (and the technician hasn't picked up the laptop yet to see what can be done) I had to buy a new one but I've only had it since last Thursday. So, I'll to try to catch up with everything I missed, but please be patient with me because I've spent a week without working on my thesis - which I can now reveal that is on Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab.

              What happened in my life this week:

              🌻 As mentioned above, I had to get a new laptop. I got a HP - I don't know how you feel about it, but it has always been my favourite brand (after Apple 😋).
              🌻 My unlucky strike continued: I got sick! It was a really bad cold. 😷
              🌻 But good news: I finished the second season of Blacklist! Such a great series. Do you watch it?
              🌻 I also finished reading Chosen (sadly, it didn't live up to my expectations) and started reading The Night Realm - which I must finish until tomorrow and I still have 200 pages to go.
              🌻 Oh, and this year I joined National Novel Writing Month. 🙈 I'm very nervous for sharing it with you guys. I don't know if I will be able to write 50k words. And, it has been really scary journey since my writing sucks. But I'm doing this!


              LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG...
              • Yesterday, I shared the Halloween Book Bingo wrap-up. If you joined, why did it go? How many books did you read? Did you have fun?
              It was a really slow week...

              📚 MINI BOOK HAUL 📚



              This week I didn't go bankrupt - well, I didn't go bankrupt book wise; after all I did have to get a new laptop. Thank you NetGalley for accepting my two requests, Flotsam by R.J. Theodore and The Fall of the Lostport by R.J. Vickers. These two really caught my attention -if you enjoy their synopsis too, there are still up for request. In a matter of fact, The Fall of the Lostport has already been released, so you may find it for Kindle.   

              How was your week? Which books arrived at your bookshelf?
              Saturday, 4 November 2017

              Halloween Book Bingo. Wrap Up



              I would to start by apologizing. There was a delay with this post because my computer died (as you can see in my previous post, my cat spilled milk on it). It has been a very stressful week...

              So, did you have fun during Halloween Book Bingo? How many squares did you fill? If you missed some of the posts related with the challenge here they are:
              Anyway, let me move on into the GIVEAWAY

              As mentioned, the winner will receive a book of her/his choice up to 15 euros (I know it is not much, but I'm the paying for it). The winner will be chosen November 7th.

              Rules:
              • You must be a participant (once again, don't forget to register).
              • You must be older than 18 or have your parents permission. 
              • The giveaway is open internationally, so long as The Book Depository ships to you.
              How to gain entries:
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              Wednesday, 1 November 2017

              Blog Tour. Chosen


              Welcome to Chosen Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Missing Halloween already? Then, take a look at this creepy reading.Also, there is a giveaway at the end of the excerpt. Do not forget to participate.

              Title: Chosen
              Author: R.S Broadhead
              Published: October 24th 2017

              "Black eyes. No emotion. No sympathy. Only emptiness.

              Piper McAdams’s life was normal. Career? Check. Boyfriend? Check. Friends? Check. One unsettling run in with a homeless man turns everything from normal to terrifying. She begins seeing…things.

              Things she can’t seem to explain or make any sense.

              As if things aren’t already getting out of hand, Piper receives news that the only family member she has is dead. She thinks maybe a trip across the country to her hometown will get her away from all the strange events happening.

              After a late night accident, Piper isn’t in her hometown burying her loved one. She’s in a town called Hell. All she wants to do is leave, but the people seem to be holding her there for some reason.

              A reason she feels threatens her life. Around every corner things become darker and scarier.

              Can she escape what is coming for her?
              "

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              EXCERPT
              "I took the steps two at a time, not caring how unstable they appeared. At the top, I stopped dead in my tracks. The platforms were vacant. The bones had turned to an old off-white color; maggots crawled in between them and fell to the floor. Low growls from above made the hair all over my body stand on end. The creatures once standing on the platforms were poised, ready for attack, as they perched along the walls near the ceiling. A jolt of pain in my head, made me squint and take a step back. I opened my eyes to find they’d returned to the platforms. I blinked erratically, feeling confused. I wasn’t waiting around to see if they changed again. No way.
              I flung the door open, hoping the birds had decided to move on. They shrieked from the branches above. But that wasn’t what worried me. Beside each grave stood a child. They didn’t move. Not a single inch. They only stood there … staring. I had nowhere to go. I was surrounded.
               
              A bird landed at the foot of the steps, and I gasped.
               
              Its black feathers were gone, leaving only skin. Its head cocked as beady red eyes ran the length of my body before opening its mouth. There was no beak. The mouth opened to the sides, exposing row after row of jagged teeth. All at once, the children raised an arm and pointed at me, their solid black eyes never blinking.
               
              I tore down the steps, jumping over the hideous, deformed bird. Running was my only chance. I couldn’t stand there and wait for them or something inside that building to decide it wanted me. The ground rocked beneath my feet as another pain surged in my head. The warm liquid poured from my nose again. It dripped over my lip. I looked up, and the graveyard was empty. Swiftly, I turned toward the trees to see the birds were back to normal. I was almost out. Just a few more feet, and I would be back in the woods. The ground began to moisten, making the surface slick. I trudged through, my feet making a sloshing sound.
               
              At the last row of graves, the ground was covered in blood. One tombstone in the middle had it dripping down the front. I stopped and dropped to my knees. I wasn’t sure why. My better judgment told me to keep running, but I couldn’t. Some invisible force wouldn’t let me."

              Author Bio:
              R. S. Broadhead lives in Jackson, Alabama with her husband of ten years, their two little girls, and a pug named Wednesday Love the Duchess, or Winnie for short. She has a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in business administration. She loves to snowboard, travel (Australia is her favorite place so far), and dance (not professionally, just whenever she feels like it). When she was sixteen-years-old, her and her friends would take pictures and make up funny stories about them. Fourteen years later, UNVEILED was born. UNVEILED, her first novel, is the first book in a four book series.

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