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Book review: Of Dreams and Sorcery, by Heather Renee

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | YA fantasy |

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Royals? Yes! Fae? Yes! Dragons? Yes! Guardians? Dark evil fae that wants to dominate the world? Yup!! 😀

Of Dreams and Sorcery tells the story of Kaliah, who discovers on her 19th birthday not only that she is a fae AND a princess, but also the strongest light fae descendant ever born. Her reality is completely altered as she returns to Arvayta to face an evil dark fae who will stop at nothing to have her at his side. I enjoyed the book, it is a very short and fast read. It has elements of one of my favorite tropes ever, enemies to lovers, and it is has some sarcastic and funny moments which I adore.

I absolutely love this cover!

What do you say, my love? Will you leave this world behind and be mine forever?

The only thing that lacked for me was the world-building, which I felt was sort-of sprung at us and it was hard to grasp. My favorite character was of course Ryland the guardian, tasked to protect Kaliah and her family. However the character that I am most curious and want to read more about is the Dark fae! He gives me some “The Darkling” feelings from the grishaverse which I absolutely love. I really love the idea of the animal bonds and the Meraki bond, which makes me very curious for how they will be developed in the sequel. The plot is focused on Kaliah’s training and learning about her new abilities and this new world of hers, the action really starts at the second half of the book. The ending was a bit brutal and shocking, however now that I had the time to ponder more it makes complete sense. I can’t wait to read n#2!

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I recommend this novel if you are looking for a fast paced fantasy read with enemies to lovers trope and magical creatures! You can check out more about the book and the author here, or get the book over at the amazon page here.

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Book review: Hold me still, by Britaini Armitage

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | romantic suspense |

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The story follows the romantic suspense between Ella, a young billionaire business-woman, and Elliot, her security expert (ex-military). Their relationship evolves from a professional interaction to passion right in the first chapters, they are immediately attracted to one another and the chemistry is played out in a slow and pure burn. The plot is intriguing and fast paced, I got hooked on from the moment the suspense surfaced, with numerous life-threatening occurrences, as our sweet and hardworking Ella is pursed by an unknown threat. The tension builds-up chapter by chapter, and continuously this hidden threat pursues and attacks Ella. I find it very romantic how Elliot, her security, attempts to protect her nonstop with every new danger that appears.

You and Me, book n#1

“Everything is going to be ok, Ella.” a smooth male voice crooned her. “Try not to move too much. Can you open your eyes sweetheart?”

The story has a very religious backbone to the plot, which wasn’t something that really appealed to me. Ella is faithful and a God devoted person, very beloved and who deserves to find happiness, as she was brought up by a difficult past, with no family and just a few friends. Both Ella and Elliot are longing for something to fill up the pain from their past and finding each other just might be the way. Ella’s pursuer becomes more aggressive and dramatic events take place, that make us wonder if Elliot is indeed capable of protecting the woman he is falling for, and what will be the ultimate price?

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 The story ends in a cliffhanger, which already makes me long for book n#2. I recommend this book for those looking for romance and suspense. You can check out more about the book and the author here, or get the book (which is currently FREE on kindle) over at the amazon page here.

Book review: Pawn, by Angela Ford

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | fantasy |

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I was completely drawn by this STUNNING cover, I knew I had to read it right away. I am glad that my cover instincts were matched by a glorious action-packed story!

Pawn follows the story of Maeve, an unmatched warrior with amazing skills. After-all, she is the last descendant of Carn, a powerful species that has been wiped out. After being captured by the Dark Fae due to her twisted dark soul, Maeve struggles with guilt, ashamed of her past of selling her strength as a mercenary for all types of wrong and deadly deeds. She is then forced into the dark fae’s command, which she must obey in order to regain her full strength and freedom.

Love the character art!

“Your power is mine, and until I see fit, you will wear the collar. If you think you can blindside me, betray me, and escape, think again.”

This is definitely a DARK fantasy, which is EXACTLY what I have been looking for. It portrays very well suffering and anguish throughout Maeve’s redemption arc. The world building is excellent, with all types of wicked and magical creatures that we crave for (dragons, faes, goblins, orcs…). It also has some romance and chemistry, however slow-burn, which I hope is picked up in book two (you all know how I am a sucker for chemistry). I only hope to see Maeve’s strength returned to see the world tremble at her feet. I can’t wait to pick up book 2 and be immersed in battle galore!

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 I recommend this book if you enjoy a darker, bitter and intense fantasy. As well as action packed battle scenes, all types of evil magical creatures and a strong female warrior character! You can check out more about the book and the author here, or the amazon page here.

Book review: Falling for the Voice, by Mag Maury

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | Contemporary Romance |

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Falling for the voice is an uplifting, easy and fast romance perfect for the summer. The romantic contemporary cover does not give away how steamy and sexy this story really is! It centers around the fresh romance between Charlie and Matt, both carrying a lot of painful luggage from their past and who find comfort in each others arms.

The book had me giggling and smiling while reading! The story is told in first person by Charlie, who is hilarious! I love how the author includes some funny mental notes that Charlies makes for herself:

Such a romantic cover!

“One: Don’t ogle Matt as I wake up. Two: Did he kiss me? Three: Dig a hole and bury myself in it forever. Four: Did he kiss me? Five: I said, don’t ogle Matt!”

The romance starts off focused on lust and their sexual attraction towards one another, the author writes masterfully the chemistry between the characters, I found myself blushing with the intensity of the sexiness. Matt comes out a bit like an authoritative brute, I think he “picked up” Charlie against her will and carried her about 10 times in the story! Don’t get me wrong, I love manly brutes! 😛 Their romance seems too perfect and easy at first, however the plot throws some plot twists that we were not expecting which make the story-line intriguing. The side characters are all very loyal and funny, I adored Charlies friendship with her room-mate and the guys at the bar.

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 I recommend this book for readers looking for a fun, romantic, sexy experience with lots of giggles! You can check out more about the book and the author here, or the amazon page here.

Book review: The Queen of Cursed Things, by S. M. Gaither

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | YA fantasy |

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this first book in the Serpents & kings series. It follows the story of Alaya, part of the serpent clan who was thought to be completely extinguished by the High King. Able to control the curses left behind by her powerful clan, Alaya is now the most wanted and most feared person in the kingdom. The idea behind the plot and the world building is incredible, S. M. Gaither was able to create this world full of unique clans who each have a specific affinity to a certain element or skill. I really enjoyed learning about all the clans, the powers they carry, which is complemented nicely by art at the start of the book indicating the different clans. The story reads slow-paced at first and then it develops fluently with a descriptive plot.

The cover is what drew me in!

“What if the Serpent-kind had left curses upon this wretched palace… What if she really did have the power to wake them up?”

The moment the Prince was introduced I was very intrigued by his sassy and confident personality, and he became automatically my favorite character. The plot revolves around Alaya, which must with the help of her companions follow with the quest at hand, to understand her past and save the Sundolian Empire. The Queen of Cursed Things is perfect for lovers of high fantasy, hero characters with mysterious nature and heritage, betrayals and plot twists, as well as dragons!

“Would you make me your queen some day? A queen of cursed things for your people to despise and throw stones at?”

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You can check out more about the book and the author here or on the amazon page here.

Book review: The Five Princes , by Deidrea Dewitt

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | YA fantasy – choose your ending|

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The story reads fast paced, starting off right when the action begins with Marina finding out by a King that she just met that she is Crown Princess and heir to the throne of another kingdom, and that her father shipped her there to learn how to be a Princess. She is of-course, as expected, angry and frustrated for being lied to her whole life, and unlike majority of girls who would love to be in her shoes, Marina is reluctant to accept the position. We are a introduced to a series of strong male characters, all with completely different traits and personalities, that must guide and support Marina in her new task. It astounded me how the author was able to give chemistry between Marina and all 5 princes. 

The cover is what drew me in!

“Princess? I couldn’t be a princess. That didn’t make any sense. Dad was a business man. Mom was a fashion designer. They weren’t royal people.”

All princes had that intense connection to Marina, in different ways, and you could feel the tension and longing with all of them. However I did have a favorite between them, even though I loved them all. Deidrea is truly a master of character chemistry. I felt at times it sounded similar to a reverse-harem story, which I enjoy very much. Of-course, I am more drawn to brooding male characters and couldn’t resist Prince Julian most of all. His ending was also my favorite between all of them, as well as his extra point of view part at the end. The main character, Marina, was relatable and easy to connect to. I felt her frustrations and anger towards her family and everyone at the castle for keeping secrets from her. I loved how bad-ass she was fighting almost every other chapter with her karate skills.

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The mystery behind the threats, poisoning, mental health issues of the King, her families secrets, and the Double Eights, kept the story action-packed and intriguing. I was glad to see the book talked about psychological issues such as panic attacks, it is good to see these mental health topics being brought up more in fantasy literature. I found the choose your ending part super fun, I absolutely loved this in the Goosebumps books in my teen years. I had to read all the possible endings since I am too curious to know what would happen in all of them. I will definitely be looking into the other books by Deidrea, I love how she writes, you can feel the chemistry!

 You can check out more about the book and the author here or amazon page here.

Book review: Forever Disguised, by Annie Woods

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | YA Romance|

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This second book from the Angelheart saga got me hooked from the beginning! I was craving to know what happened to the characters since book 1 ended in a cliffhanger I couldn’t wait to read the sequel. I fell head first into book 2, in order to finally solve the mystery that was driving me crazy. The author started with a whirlwind of emotions from the main character; a teenager girl yet such complex situations that surround her and trouble her, that most readers can of-course related to. The story reads fast paced, the MC got herself falling in love again, living the unexpected surprises life throws at her, but still caring and having time for her friends from the start, helping them with their own dilemmas.

Such an adorable cover! 🙂

“To her surprise her heart flip-flopped at the sight of him, “Can he look any more like a surfer commercial dude? Erica thought, trying to quell the hammering in her chest.”

The author introduces some new characters in this sequel, showing new and real relationships which are easy to connect to. I love how diverse this story is, genre wise as well as relationship-wise. The MC feels this pull towards her friends that she must try to help, from gay acceptance, adapting to college and insecurity, moving to another city, etc. All of this put together into a suspenseful plot of royal heritage, murder and even life in an isolated religious cult. I find the suspense the most interesting part of the story. I am amazed at how the author was able to bring together all of these things happening in parallel. This trilogy is the opposite of a slow-read. The pages fly in your hands.

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I will keep following Erica, who I have grown dearly found of, through her life saga on the next book for sure! 🙂 You can check out more about the book and the author here or the amazon page here.

Book review: Stepping Stones by Elizabeth Morgan

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | Contemporary Romance|

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I read this book in two sittings and the only reason I didn’t read it in one is because my boyfriend wanted me to turn off the light to sleep! 😛 The story reads super fast paced, I didn’t want to put it down!Elizabeth writes beautifully, I was pulled in to her words which flow so fluid and gently! The story brought me cozy feelings of Christmas over a warm fire, opening gifts, smell of cookies. It was such an adorable read, full of emotion and family coziness. It also hit home for me, I felt super connected to what the MC, Margaret, was going through by leaving her fiancee before the wedding…. (yes readers, years ago I also left my fiancee).

Such an adorable cover! 🙂

“What was my big reason for running away and not marrying William Taylor?”

I absolutely loved the book, it shows us how difficult it is to make life changing decisions as well as how sometimes the person you are looking for your whole life has been in front of you this entire time. I was in love with both Adrian and William and every time they appeared in the story I would feel butterflies in my stomach. The story shows us how important family is, which also really connected to me since I’m living far away from my parents and really miss them. Overall, it was a delightful read, with a beautiful happy ending that leaves you smirking and completely satisfied at the end.

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"My gaze wandered over the curve of his cheekbones and the soft angle of his jaw. Faint lines creased the side of his mouth, and a few rested under his eyes. He looked older - obviously - but he still looked like my Aidy, my best friend, my foster brother. It was so strange seeing him after all these years. I wanted to see his smile. I wanted to hug him, but then the thought of the last conversation we'd had, and I wanted to punch him instead."

You can check out more about the book and the author here or the amazon page here.

Book review: Perfect by D. D. Larsen

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | Adult Romance|

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Don’t let that cute contemporary cover trick you, this book is SPICY and HOT! If you enjoy sexy books with a hot,  rich, sexy,  powerful man who knows his way in bed, this is definitely for you. It gives all these 50 shades of grey vibes, so its a book full of lust and chemistry between the characters, if you are a 50 shade fan this is a good recommendation!

“Put your hands above your head.” Doing as he says, I feel and hear the click of the handcuff circling my left wrist.

Such a cute cover! 🙂

The story focuses on an instantaneous love between Seryna and Kieran, I am not the biggest fan of love-at-first-sight tropes however Kieran ends up winning your heart by the end of the book. The good thing is that the main character and everyone else in the book is aware that their love was instantaneous, which for me made a big difference in making me able to relate to the main character.

"The logical side of my brain is telling me this is crazy. We have only officially known each other a little over three weeks."

Kieran is of-course the most perfect man in the world (sometimes it made me roll my eyes a bit on how exaggeratedly perfect he was with buying her a car, giving her his credit card, paying for a hotel for all her family and friends who he doesn’t even know..)  who spoils Seryna a million. To be honest I don’t really understand why he is so head over heels for Seryna, but I think this is because I am one of those few people that didn’t like 50 shades of gray. It gives off these “millionaire falls for ordinary woman” vibes, like in Edward in twilight and Jamie in 50 shades.

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The purpose of the story seems like its for you to feel swept away by this romantic, sexy, perfect man, who trust me is everything you ever wish for. There is also a mystery plot underneath the romance, since he is an FBI agent investigating Seryna’s family, however by half of the book I already knew who the criminal was and thought it was a bit obvious. This didn’t make the story less interesting, since I wanted to know who else was involved and if Kieran, our perfect man, is as perfect as he seems…. The book reads quick, fast-paced and intriguing, since you want to discover more and more about Kieran as the story progresses. Overall I enjoyed the book, specially the sexy details which are very well written and very frequent 😉 To check out the book on amazon click here.

Book review: Swiping for Prince Charming, by Sabrina Marzaro

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | Graphic Novel|

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a beautifully illustrated modern version of a fairy-tale. This book presents a quick and short read that brings out a comic side to online dating, accompanied by gorgeous illustrations of the streets and dwellings of Paris throughout the main events of the book. The artwork is truly pleasant, making me want to experience Paris once again. The story has a very strong female empowering message at the end which delighted me and elevated my perspective on a working women’s independence. Unlike other fairy-tales where a prince charming is expected to come and rescue the damsel in distress, this book presents an alternative perspective.

It is truly an delightful read to enjoy while sipping a glass of wine, lighting a refreshing candle and swiping right or left on some potential prince charming. I recommend getting the hardcover version, which is very large (doesn’t fit my bookshelf height! :P) and showcases the illustrations very well. You can check out the authors page here, or to check out the book on amazon click here.