22. lis 2014.

Waiting on Wednesday (#118)


You know the story. This is a meme created by Breaking the Spine and every week we pick books we're waiting for. Here are our picks for this week.

Glass can't wait to read...


"The innocent girl with a delinquent heart has to live with her bad choices. Secret hope and hurt feel like falling while she learns how to breathe again, but there's still freedom in trouble.

The runaway with blacked-out eyes is losing his grip. Crushing two hearts in one fist, his addiction bends rules and breaks deals, but the boy born for bliss isn't going anywhere without a fight.

Love is knowing they should stay away, but love is illogical at best.

She's afraid to let go.

He won't let her.

This is how silliness and foolishness grow up.

Here, forever is a lie." 


Expected pulication date: October 23rd 2014

Tanja can't wait to read...


"The final chapter in the war for Ourea ends with blood.

Kara Magari is an icon. A hero. The people love her. The royalty tolerates her. She has everything—an army, allies, and a close circle of chosen family. They believe she will end the war, and they shouldn’t. She’s as scared as they are. She just can’t show it.

The war she accidentally started ends with a final battle that will either save or enslave her people. She will do anything to win—until she learns the cost of victory.

Braeden Drakonin is afraid of what he’ll become when he takes over his father’s kingdom—that much authority can change a man. But his father has already tried to kill him more than once, and it’s time to end his reign. Braeden’s armies are ready. His strategy is foolproof. His generals are waiting for the order to attack. It’s only in the final seconds before the battle begins that he realizes he missed one crucial detail—the traitor."


Expected publication date: November 4th 2014

What do you think about our picks this week? 

 

21. lis 2014.

Bookish problems #11 - Where to order that book?

Hello ppl. Another day and surprise, surprise another bookish problems post. I'm quite sure that I lost that problems part somewhere in the process but I guess you all pretty much understand that this is basically a discussion post. I have got another discussion today and it's about book ordering. 

So, when you have a resourceful friend like Zemira as your bestie, your life can be really easy. Trust me that girl really knows how to find what you need and how to find it cheap, which is how we like our books, because that usually means we can order one more. Therefore I'll now present you some sites where you can order books, and which I used. Side note I won't mention Amazon here, as really there is no need to. You know more about it then I do, anyway. Also you might notice that there is no Barnes and Noble on the list, but that's because I have never actually used it.

The Book Depository

I won't say much about this one as it's really wildly known. It's really an amazing site (it used to be more amazing but well economy is not our best friend) and what is the most amazing thing about it is that you get free worldwide shipping. Most of my books came from this site and I have never got any of my books lost or really damaged. When I said it was more amazing in the past it's because it used to be a lot cheaper. Now the problem is that pre-order discounts are low and book prices are sometimes really high. But still it offers most of the books you are looking for and it arrives at your doorstep really quick.

AwesomeBooks 

Honestly, I have no idea how familiar are you with this site, but it's actually quite new site which offers you amazing prices for used or new books. They have really great discounts for used books and often you can find HCs for little over $4, and please note that most of the books are in a really good condition. Heck, my Eon seems like new without any damages or missing pages. Even the dust jacket is in prefect condition. PBs usually have that line on their spine but that's normal to appear after reading a book. This site is not without flaw however. Its flaw lays in shipping. Which is not much but still is there. But you all lucky people from the UK still have free shipping and you go and enjoy it.

BetterWorldBooks 

When I said cheap in at the beginning of the post you should understand that it usually means used books. BWB is yet another amazing site which offers you both used and new books, where used books sometimes even have hilarious prices. You can find perfectly preserved books for little money. The price may vary, but you people at the USA get them really cheap. Once again use it!

Now I wonder have you ever used any of these? What are your thoughts about them? Do you have any others to share? If yes, then please do so! 

Best,
*I do not owe any of the pictures and all were taken from the sites. You can find links in the site titles where are sources of the pictures.

20. lis 2014.

The Scent of Legacy (Arkona Purpur, #1) by Drina Steinberg

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My rating: 3.5 stars

Book summary:

"Have you ever wondered if a dream is not just a dream? If a memory is more than a memory?
Whether everyone is the master of their own fate, or everyone’s destiny is written in the stars?
Have you ever had the feeling that there are no coincidences and that losing one’s mind is just a way of hiding the truth?
Would you dare to explore the secrets the origin of our blood holds?

The Scent of Legacy opens the doors to a whole new world. The world of a man with a secret larger than life and a woman whose madness can help her reveal it. Their inevitable encounter will spark forbidden flames, precipitate the clash of old enemies, and rediscover the long-forgotten idols.
In the first part of the Arkona Purpure trilogy, the author Drina Steinberg begins her story of the chosen legacy of the Slavic gods and sets out on a search for answers that will make you go on an adventure filled with twists, secrets, passion, and prohibitions. An adventure that will take you to the borders of contemporary world and Slavic mythology.
This is the story of the ancient origins of our blood.
The story after which nothing will ever be the same."


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23342616-the-scent-of-legacy

      The Scent of Legacy is a first novel in Arkona Purpur, paranormal series written by a new author, Drina Steinberg. I am especially happy to talk about this book today because she is our "neighbor", Drina is Serbian author. That is a main reason why I wish I liked The Scent of Legacy more then I did. It was a good book,  some parts I really enjoyed and others were... not so good.

  • Interesting idea. This is the first book I have read so far that is based on Slavic mythology. I don't even have to say that it's the part of the story that excited me the most considering that I am part of that (really big) group (read more about Slavs on Wikipedia). It was interesting to see how author managed to put together modern world and ancient beliefs. I've listened stories about  Rügen and last pagan Slavic temples my whole life. It was like going back to the childhood and listening my father's voice lulling me to a sleep with tales about god that sleeps and dreams about the world we live in.
  • But... For those who never before heard about Slavic mythology, it could be a little bit confusing. I know those tales and at the times I felt lost because some of the names or details were mentioned and not explained.
  • This is not YA. I do not know I thought it was. Main character, Purpur, is 39 and Lirai is even older. Yes, there are a few steamier scenes, but don't let that small detail push you away.
  • Characters? Story? I have no idea how to explain this and not spoil the story for you, but I will try. I hated and loved Purpur at the same time. At first, she won me over with how kick-ass she is, but then she turned into Bella Swan. And she is 39. If you know me and my reading preferences, you're well aware of my lack of patience for middle aged women who act like teenage girls. And there is this whole issue I had with a lack of chemistry between Lirai and Purpur. It should have been lust at first sight, but I just didn't buy it. That whole part made me so confused because everything happened fast and a lot of different characters were introduced into the story. Actually, first 30% book was confusing (and everyone using word "darling" three times on one page was a bit to much). Things did get better after that, we finally get some answers and everything starts unraveling faster. Ending kept me biting my nails and cheering for a good guys, but... I wish that few things were told differently, that timeline of the events wasn't so slow in the beginning and a little bit hectic in the end. 

      Final judgement?  I believe that The Scent of Legacy will find its fans among readers who love fantasy novels and who would love to read something a little bit different from their usual picks. Fantasy is not a genre that prefer and love (well, Melina Marchetta and Lumatere Chronicles are exception), so maybe that is why this book is not five star read for me. I would love to hear your thoughts about Arkona Purpur, so if you decide to read it, make sure to stop by and share your review links with us.

Happy reading,

*Copy of this book was provided by author in exchange for an honest review.*

19. lis 2014.

The Sunday Post (#29)

Hello all. Well, as some of you know Sundays are always reserved for Sunday Post which is a meme created by lovely Kim @Caffeinated Book Reviews!

Morning sweethearts. We hope that you're having a lazy Sunday and that you've had a great week. We can both say that we were rather busy. Tanja has been drowned in the college stuff and it's only second week of her classes. Life is not fair. But well this is also the last year so she will survive. Glass on the other hand has been busy with some readings. She got addicted to the Gypsy Brothers series. So pardon us for lack of interaction this week. 
But good news is that in the week to come you can expect more of Glass around and occasionally Tanja will be stalking you too (as she always does;)). Beware! 
  • The Scent of Legacy by Drina Steinberg (Review) 
  • Bookish Problems #11 - Where to order that book?
  • Waiting on Wednesday (#118)
  • Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander (Review)
  • Get Happy by Mary Amato (ARC Review)
  • Ghost Heart by Ripley Patton (Blog Tour)
Glass' haul 
Thank you: Drina Strinberg and Hughton Mifflin Harcourt

Tanja's haul 
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (bought)

Until the next time, 

18. lis 2014.

ARC Review: Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

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Expected publication: 21st October

Book summary:
It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.
Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her. 
This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.
         Are you willing to embrace weirdness and just go with the flow, without taking in consideration where that river might take you? Just read and not think about logic. Also do you like books that have realistic setting but much unrealistic elements? If the answer is yes then this is probably book for you.

         After seeing this cover for the first time I knew I needed this book in my life and after it landed on my Kindle I couldn't  but do happy dance around the room. But after I started reading it I was a bit skeptical. Beware the Wild starts with the story in present. You get to meet Sterling while she is waiting at the police station and it takes few pages to get the story behind her anxiousness. Her brother had sort of a breakdown and went to the place that's been source of their fears for many years - swamp. The next day things change in her home. Suddenly her brother is magically replaced with Lenora May who got out of the swamp and took his place with people behaving like it was always that way. All but Sterling and Heath, who need to find a way to understand this.

        Books with fantasy elements set in realistic environment are usually hit or miss for me. I like my fantasy reads in another worlds, and realistic settings in contemporary books. So I'm not sure how I feel about this. I did like the whole mystical setting and it was really vivid and unusual, but at the same time I was really hard to get myself involved with this idea.

       When it comes to characters and romance, well Sterling was a really determined girl. I admired her willingness and strength but at the same time her recklessness bothered me from time to time. Hugh was also really interesting and real character but at the same time he didn't feel like someone who has strong views as he followed Sterling almost blindly. At the same time both were real, with real issues and troubles. And their romance was really sweet and nicely developed. It's one from friends to lovers kind which we all tend to love.

       This book had a really interesting mix of elements which wasn't really according to my desires but still it worked out just fine.

Rating: 3.5 stars.

Until the next time,

15. lis 2014.

Waiting on Wednesday (#117)


You know the story. This is a meme created by Breaking the Spine and every week we pick books we're waiting for. Here are our picks for this week.

Glass' pick

From New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart comes a haunting and insightful novel about a woman trying to find her place in the world…

Brought up in the savage captivity of her unstable grandmother's rural Pennsylvania home, Mari Calder once yearned for rescue. Now she struggles every day to function as an adult in the confines of normal society. Left with only a foggy recollection of her childhood, she's consumed with being a dutiful wife to her husband, Ryan, and mother to their two children.

But an unexpected twist of events returns her to that long-forgotten house in the woods. Soon, Mari is greeted with reminders of a past life, the clarified memories only inviting a new level of strangeness into her fragile world. To protect her family, she must find the beautiful, powerful strength hidden in her inner chaos. Because someone is bent on exploiting Mari's trauma, and as normal and wild begin to blend, a string of devastating truths force Mari to question all she thought she knew. 


Expected publication: November 25th, 2014

Tanja's pick

A TREMBLING EARTH
The flames of civil war sweep across the Shima Imperium. With their plans to renew the Kazumitsu dynasty foiled, the Lotus Guild unleash their deadliest creation—a mechanical goliath known as the Earthcrusher, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. With the Tiger Clan and their puppet Daimyo Hiro in tow, the Guild marches toward a battle for absolute dominion over the Isles.

A BROKEN REBELLION
Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the Kagé rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends in an effort to unite the country against the chi-mongers. But the ghosts of Buruu’s past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin’s betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war tearing the Imperium apart, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win.

A FINAL BATTLE
The traitor Kin walks the halls of Guild power, his destiny only a bloody knife-stroke away. Hana and Yoshi struggle to find their place in a world now looking to them as heroes. Secret cabals within the Lotus Guild claw and struggle; one toward darkness, the other toward light. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth.

There is nothing a mother won't do to keep her children by her side.


Expected publication: November 25th, 2014

We'd love to see your picks so feel free to link them up.

Until the next time,

14. lis 2014.

The Awakening of Leeowyn Blake by Mary Parker

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Book summary:
I'm a normal teenager. I have a normal teenage life with normal teenage problems. The summer is my heaven. I live with my mom during the summer months. We stay in her tiny condo in Jacksonville, Florida. My parents split up when I was little. I'm not sure why. My mom never talks about it. Whatever it was, it was bad enough to make my mom pack me up in the middle of the night when I was four years old and run to my Gran's condo. My mom got the condo after Gran died. From that time on all I had known my entire life was beach life. Until four years ago. Until my uncle found me.
       Before I start with my review for this book I just wanted to say that this blurb could be used as an example of how you do them. I knew that something paranormal was behind all this but I had no clue what's it about until it got revealed in the book. So I got to say that this book took my by surprise.

       Now I wish I could say that everything else about this book was as good but sadly I cannot. We start with Leeowyn here, as our main character. She is a teenage girl whose life was suddenly changed when her uncle appears. This story is told in fragments at the start so we get thrown back in the past from time to time to see what happened to her and to get the full picture. It wasn't badly done, but the deal with me is that Lee and I didn't connect and she tended to annoy me a lot. She was one of those whiny girls, and I wish it was much sooner that she got her back into her senses and started to behave like it was expected from her. Sadly this way I assume that we can expect that from her in the sequel.

       That being sad I feel like this one has created a really nice foundation for the future books and I truly hope that the next ones will be nicely character and world built which would make me go back to this series.

        But despite that just the fact that I had no idea what was going on through the most of the book kept me turning the pages and at the end I have read this one faster than expected.

Rating: 2.5 stars.

Until the next time,
*Note: Copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, WordCraft Press. Thank you! 

13. lis 2014.

ARC Review: Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis

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Expected publication: October 14th 2014

Book summary:
Princess Snow is missing.
Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.
Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.
When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.
        This is where things get a bit tricky. I truly want to believe that every books has its story to tell and that not two people can write the same, regardless of how similar they are and it's true they cannot. I do also believe that every book is its own entity but despite my efforts not to compare this one with The Lunar Chronicles it's really hard not to do so.

          Once again I was faced with a fairy tale retelling set in the future which makes this book a nice combo of genres and which is something I highly enjoy. Essie as our main character here is a girl that fights her own battles. She is strong and capable and really smart and good with technology (familiar?). She must take care of herself and seven! droids in order to survive, as she escaped from what she truly is. She hoped that things will stay that way, but universe and Dane had other plans for her.

         When I started reading Stitching Snow I really though I'd give up at the start as it was really slow and it took me some time to get into the story and for the pacing to pick up. It did and now I'm glad that I continued. Despite my familiarity with the whole concept I still was surprised with some moments in this book. Also I really liked the chemistry and how it all developed between Dane and Essie. It was sweet and slow burning which is how I like my romance in books.

         But the problem here is that Essie dominated the whole time that other characters couldn't get any spotlight and another thing is that villains here weren't as dominant as you expect them to be. They felt like those villains you get in fairy tales, they are mean just because someone has to be. Also there was that relationship between Essie and her father which seemed more complicated than I though, but sadly we didn't get to see the full background of it.

          I truly believe that all people who haven't read Lunar series will be blow away with Stitching Snow, but to us who are slightly familiar with this all some things weren't as interesting, but at the same time this story brings some fresh air and some new concept to dystopian fairy tale retellings.

Rating: 3 stars.

Until the next time,
**Note: Copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, via NetGalley. Thank you!

12. lis 2014.

The Sunday Post (#28)

Hello all. Well, as some of you know Sundays are always reserved for Sunday Post which is a meme created by lovely Kim @Caffeinated Book Reviews!

Sadly, yet another week where we didn't have time to be around. Again that thing called life interfered with out blogging. Glass' family is still visiting and she doesn't have time to be around, while Tanja's classes have started and it seems like this last year is going to be the hardest. 
Therefore, we have to say that we're slowing down. There is no point of posting everyday when we don't get to visit other bloggers and read other posts and interact with all of you. So you can expect only a couple posts a week now. It had to happen sooner or later. But still we'll give our best to be around as much as we can. 
Thanks for understanding! Love!
  • Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis (ARC Review)
  • The Awakening of Leeowyn Blake by Mary Parker
  • Waiting on Wednesday (#117)
  • Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker (ARC Review)
Tanja's haul
Bought (my part of the big order Glass, Zemira and I did)
Glass' haul
Pandemonium by Lauren Kate (Croatian ed)

Until the next time, 

11. lis 2014.

Envy by Sandra Brown

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My rating: 4 stars

Book summary:

"Sandra Brown, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, keeps readers turning pages with an explosive tale of a long-ago crime and the victim's plan for revenge...When New York publisher Maris Matherly Reed receives a tantalizing manuscript from someone identified only as P.M.E., its blockbuster potential-and perhaps something else-compels her to meet its author. On an eerie, ruined cotton plantation on a remote Georgia island she finds Parker Evans, a man concealing his identity and his past. Maris is drawn into his tale of two young friends and a deadly betrayal ... and to Parker himself. But there's something especially chilling about this novel, its possible connection to Maris's own life, and the real-life character who uses her, or anyone, to get what he wants."

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19437947-envy

    This summer I started to read suspense/thriller novels and they became my new obsession. Yes, there a cliches even here, but nothing that I can't get over. I thought that there would be no one better than Linda Howard. And then I started to read Sandra Brown.

Five reasons why you should read Envy:

  • Story that will keep your attention until the very end. It just pulls you in from the page one and doesn't let you go. I couldn't do anything else but read because I had to know what happens next. And you get two stories in one - I should probably stop talking now before I spoil it for you. The best way to read this book would be just to pic it up an read. Don't ask too many quetions.
  • Characters. So complex and well developed. You live and breathe with them.
  • Writing. And all parts about being a writer. I like to say that you can always notice when author writes about something that is familiar and personal for her/him, and there is nothing more personal for author than the very process of writing and creating fictional world. 
  • Angst, but not the kind of angst you will find in popular trashy romance novels. 
  • Parker. He is heart and soul of this book and one of the most intriguing characters I've read about.

      But unfortunately, Envy didn't stay amazing all way trough. Last few chapters were rushed and filled with too much melodrama. I wish it ended differently, but still it was a good book.

      Who should read it? Fans of good suspense stories.


 Happy reading,

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