Review The garden of small beginnings

I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.

I admit, this was different than what I usually read. But it was so good! I started reading this lovely book when I was on my way to a quiet and far away place from civilisation.

And it felt so good to just leave the world behind and immerse myself into a book about healing,about making friends , about having a family again and becoming whole.

Lilian was so likeable  and I think she was the reason I connected so much with the story. After the death of her husband, in a car accident ,Lilian is devastated and heartbroken.  After some suicidal thoughts and time spent in a mental hospital, she is back and just exists. Not living, just existing. Everyone in her family  is worried about her and wish they ill see her back, as Lilian and not the empty shell she become.

But life finds a way to help you when you’re down, and that will be a  gardening class that her boss signed her up to appease a client. And that was in my opinion the push that Lilian needed to become whole again.

The relationship between Lilian and her sister was strong even if one of them was hurting.  That was my favourite thing while reading, because I have a sister too and I want to know if something happens, she will be there for me.

While reading, it made me wonder if the author, Abbi Waxman wrote this book thinking about a friend  who went through all of this or a family member.

I will recommend this lovely book to anyone who wants a realistic, heart warming , funny, to anyone who wants to laugh and cry , to anyone who wants to feel like they are alive.

Thank you to Piatkus Books  and Sphere for providing me with a copy for review.

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Review Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda

Fragments of the LostFrom the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a suspenseful psychological mystery about one girl’s search to uncover the truth behind her ex-boyfriend’s death. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and 13 Reasons Why . 

Jessa Whitworth knew she didn’t belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s room. But she couldn’t deny that she was everywhere–in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket . . . the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.

His mother asked her to pack up his things–even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.

But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.

Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb’s accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?

I have been looking forward to reading Megan Miranda’s newest publication, marketed as a blend of YA and psychological mystery genres. I love the subtlety and finesse with which this author plays with words, an aspect I have been able to find not only in Fragments of the Lost , but also in The Perfect Stranger and thoroughly enjoyed All the Missing Girls. However, aside from the exquisite, almost lyrical style of writing employed, this novel did not offer the kind of reading experience I would have expected from a novelist of Megan Miranda’s calibre. The incredibly slow pace characterizing over half of Fragments of the Lost did not allow me to be fully concentrated on what was going on as I was often drifting off due to a slight sense of boredom. On top of that, the characters were not particularly likeable, from my point of view, although I found the dynamics of the relationship between Jessa and Max rather interesting. The suspense was intelligently built up, but the revelation, albeit unforeseen, did not shock me and therefore did not make up for a very much needed faster pace and quite bland characters. While I may sound very critical of this novel, the overall experience was not a negative one, but perhaps I just expect Megan Miranda to reproduce the level of quality, complexity and cleverness attained in All the Missing Girls. Most of my Goodreads friends have written very positive reviews of this book so I am evidently very much in minority with the few displeasures I pointed out.

Rating:

Imagini pentru 3 stars rating

Review “A Winter’s Tale” by Carrie Elks

36268661Struggling film student Kitty Shakespeare is determined to make the most of her new job as nanny to major producer Everett Klein’s son, Jonas. It might not be exactly the career she’d hoped for when she moved from London to LA, but thanks to her habit of freezing up in interviews, this is her last chance to impress a key player in Hollywood – if she can get this right, then surely he’ll take a moment to look at her work. However, what Kitty hasn’t allowed for is Everett’s sexy-as-hell brother, Adam – but love at first sight this is not.

Adam Klein may be sexy, but he’s also gruff and rude and in no way ready to make a fool of himself over the nanny – not after the year he’s had. All he wants to do hole up in his cabin and hide from the brother who destroyed his life. If only he could find it easier to ignore the way Kitty makes his heart race . . .

As Christmas approaches, Kitty and Adam come to realise that the course of true love never does run smooth – and just maybe, it’s more interesting that way…

A heartwarming Shakespeare Sisters Christmas romance from the bestselling author of Fix You.

Hello once more dear readers. Since the holidays are coming next month, we, the people behind your favorite book blog have a great recommendation slash review for you to read during the holidays.

With some hot spiced wine (warm chocolate if you’re under 18, of course).

A winter’s tale is the second book in the awesome “Shakespeare Sisters” series and the best possible read if you’re in a festive mood.

Simply put, it had everything a good book needs. You have angsty romance, you have Adam a documentary maker, you have love, you have Adam a documentary maker, you have family drama, you have Adam a documentary maker and obviously the required and mandatory smexy times for the very likeable – trust me, you’re gonna love Kitty and Adam, but especially Adam – couple.

Cough. OK, i loved Adam.

*whispering*As if that wasn’t obvious*whispering*

Now, as you all well know (kinda hard not to since i’ve been shoving this information down your throats at every review of a book with this kind of male lead) I have a very soft spot for the grumpy type of MC.

Now, the sadistic hidden romantic in me I valiantly ignore each time and staunchly pretend it does’t exist was kinda happy with the plot and the Christmas feels.

Kitty Shakespeare, our very gentle, warm and nice heroine started working as a nanny for a young boy who just happens to be (hey, it’s fiction, right? And coincidences happen at every step) the son of the guy who’s the boss at the company where she wants to intern.

And no, the boss with the kiddo is not the main guy in this story.

Instead it’s the brother.

Now, talking about yummy brooding male leads.

It also helps that the action takes place in Virginia and i’ve read the entire book with the song “Take me Home, Country Roads” (People who saw Kingsman: The Golden circle know what i’m talking about) put on repeat.

It fits. No, seriously, it really does.

Well, Christmas carols would also be appropriate, I guess.

The characters are complex and very well developed and in case you were hesitating because of my angsty comment above, have no worries; the book isn’t heavy on angst and the plot is fun, detailed and catchy.

And Adam, despite his occasional rudeness, gruff demeanor and brooding attitude is a

sweet guy through and through.  What i particularly loved between Kitty and Adam was the transition from slight antipathy to friends and then lovers. But no worries, even with the initial less than promising start between the two, you can still practically see the sparks flying.

While you can read this book as a standalone, I strongly advise you to also indulge in the first book of the series ”Summer’s Lease”. I mean, Christmas love stories are awesome, but steamy Italian summers are not too bad either.

And yes, we do have a lot of Shakespeare references in “A Winter’s Tale”, so grab your mug, put some logs in the fireplace and sit back in your favorite armchair near the Christmas tree and enjoy this great read to your heart’s content, fellow bookaholics.

Happy publication day, A winter’s tale !

Thank you Piatkus Books for this lovely book.

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Review “Dark Legacy” by Christine Feehan

Book Blurb:

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“In a thrilling Carpathian novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, a woman fights to free herself from the grip of the vampire trying to possess her…

In a beautiful compound hidden away from the world, Emeline Sanchez tries to blunt the pain that has wracked her body ever since her terrifying ordeal in the labyrinth beneath the city—when she was forced to exchange blood with an evil master vampire.

Now, it’s his voice that haunts her…that calls to her in the dark…that never lets her rest. And while the children that she helped to free from his clutches struggle to heal, watched over by their Carpathian 

protectors, Emeline knows one thing: She must sacrifice herself to keep them all from harm…”

 

Much Awaited Review:

Fans of the paranormal romance genre have definitely heard of author overlord Christine Feehan and her “Dark Series”, which does now have a whooping 27 books just sizzling to be devoured by avid readers. Well, 31 depending on how we’re counting the Carpathian gems. Obviously, yours truly has sort of read them all.

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……….

OK, not sort of. Has definitely read them all. Maybe some even more than once.

In the latest book of the series a.k.a. Dark Legacy, we get to read about another smoking hot male (aren’t they all?). So, ladies, I give you *drum sounds* Dragomir Koziel. He’s tall, he’s dark, he’s handsome, he’s a badass hunter and fiercely protective of Emeline “Emmy” Sanchez.

Now, you guys might be used to it by now, but i’m not a big fan of doubting angsty, shaking-leaf-in-the-wind heroines. Don’t take me wrong here, but I strongly believe that instead of filling pages with how the main chick is agonizing over the smallest things in the exact moments when she shouldn’t and just

 going with the flow when she should use her brain, those pages can be filled with thoughtful relationship progress and character development

(and by that I also mean to imply that the characters *cough* the dainty female ones *cough* overcome difficulties and turn out stronger).

Meanwhile, daaamnnn those Carpathian males.

Always been of the opinion that you can’t have good erotica without an equally good plot. And obviously a good H and h and some sparks between them. For all you new

readers of the series, these Carpathian males, though mostly perfect specimens and  yummy representatives of the y chromosome, must find their life mates before they turn vampire. Or, well, have a nice meeting with the light of dawn. Which as you might imagine, is not a very pleasant thing.

Without said mate, they can’t feel emotions and as the years go by, darkness starts to seep in.

I strongly prefer for my books of the romantic variety to be all about the hero and heroine with the required character development, world building, action packed plot and the right amount of hotness. Everything clicked just right with this book, with just a tiny, itsy bity thing poking needles into my fun:

Dear ol’ Emeline’s staggering fear and frustrating number of doubts, which I believe hovered like a dark cloud of annoying mosquito over the sheer awesomeness of this book.
Obviously here came Dragomir and fixed the entire thing with some very sweet reassurances which made me like the guy ever more, if such a thing was even possible. Cue the big teddy bear.

***SPOILER ALERT***

So read at your own peril.

Also, sniff moment here, in the teary kind of way. We get to find out what happens to the male’s soul if his life mate happens to die. If the woman dies, she gets to be reborn over and over and if that wasn’t bad enough, there is absolutely no way for the poor guy to know when or where this will get to happen. There is a silver lining though, but this is where i stop spoiling you too much. You’ll just have to read and see.

The book was a fulfilling and heart bounding read and as all of Christine Feehan’s books, it didn’t disappoint in the slightest.

But the sad part?

And now I have to sit here and twist and turn while barely containing my enthusiasm and obvious anticipation about the direction in which one of my favorite authors is taking this series and about which hottie *cough* character I will get to read in the next book.

Thank you Piatkus Books for this amazing book.

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BDB Review “The Chosen” by J.R. Ward

Book Blurb:

“A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.”

Le Review:

ANNNDDDD we’re back, dear followers with another PNR book (the undersigned has a majestic love for this genre, as some cough *all* cough of you might have noticed from my raving reviews).

This time I will once more be suffocating you with another J.R. Ward gem.

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Yea, most of you aren’t even surprised anymore considering my undying love for this author and all of her books.

The Chosen is the 15th (when did time pass by so fast that I didn’t notice that 15 -fifteen!-

 novels were already out?) book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, with another book coming out on the shelves in early April next year.

This is Xcor and Layla’s story and trust me, “Book with Fangs” followers, it was long overdue. Never mind that Xcor was an A class bastard and that for some reason I have a very fluttering heart when I read about charming and hot bad boys.

No worries, tho.

We do get some redeeming going on. I repeat, we have the redeeming factor.

Obviously, you don’t get to read only about our recent couple. In usual Ward fashion, we get to know about the other characters as well and how they are dealing with things. To be honest I would have liked for this book to be more about the main couple and less about the rest. Sure, I do want to know how my other favorite couples or soon to be/in-the-making favorite couples are faring, but beggars can’t be choosers.

Good thing is, Layla and Xcor were already well into pink and hearts land at the beginning of this book. And just so you know, i got over Layla’s minor treachery pretty fast.

It wasn’t even that bad in the first place.

Maybe.

*SPOILER ALERT*

Yea, I know you love-hate these parts of my reviews.

And my spoiler rant this time is about Qhuinn.

Bro…

Bruh…

You need therapy, hon. That is NOT the way one acts with the mother of his kids while in the same room with said kids. Are you out of your everloving mind?!

We’re so done Qhuinn.

I swear this was the last straw. The damn delusional idiot pulled a gun on Layla (who obviously happens to be the mum of his kids), shoot said gun in the very damn house in which his kids were staying (and other children) and then proceeded to pretend his daughter was air because she happened to look just like her mommy and he had to act like a pissed of 10 year old rather than the 30 year old he really is.

Just check this out:

“Because you’re not going to mother my young anymore. You’re out of a job.”

She recoiled with indignation. “What say you? I am their mahmen. I—”

“Not anymore you’re not.”

There was a heartbeat of silence, and then her voice exploded from her. “You can’t—you can’t take Lyric and Rhamp … you can’t take them away from me! I’m their mahmen! I have rights—”

“No, you don’t. You have consorted with the enemy. You have committed treason. And you are going to be lucky to come out of this alive—not that I give a damn

 whether you live or die. The only thing I care about is that you never see those young again—”

No.

Just no.

Qhuinn dear, I demote you. And just for the record, after this stunt, you’re the one who shouldn’t be allowed near your kids anymore.

Ever.

Note: Good job Blay for not tolerating his bullshit.

*END OF SPOILERS*

And just so you can see what a nice person i am, here’s another excerpt from chapter 1 in case the previous spoiler was not enough for you greedy readers:

“From out of memory, an image came unto his mind and took his breath away. It was of a tall, slender female in the white robing of the Scribe Virgin’s sacred Chosen. Her blond hair waved down over her shoulders and trailed off at her hips on a gentle breeze, and her eyes were the color of jade, her smile a benediction he had done naught to deserve.
The Chosen Layla was what had changed everything for him, recasting the Brotherhood from target to tolerable, from enemy to co–existable tenant in the world.”

Isn’t that sweet as hell?

I would have really loved to have the book focused more on this couple, but i did get my worthy share of angst and romance and action. We also need more bad guys for the next books.

But no rush.

And on a final, ending note, how the hell can that damn mansion hold so many people? Well, it’s a blessing they have enough space, but considering the way things are going, I don’t predict this will be the case for much longer.”

Poor building is already overcrowded.

Well, good thing Home Depot has over 2000 locations.

Problem solved in case future peanuts will arrive.

 

Thank you Piatkus Books for this book you sent me.

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Recenzie Stapanul Umbrelor de Cassandra Clare via Leda Edge

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Emma Carstairs a aflat că dragostea pe care o împărtășește cu parabatai-ul ei, Julian Blackthorn, nu este numai interzisă, dar îi poate distruge pe amândoi. Știe că ar trebui să fugă cât mai departe de Julian. Dar cum poate face asta când familia Blackthorn este amenințată din toate părțile? Singura lor speranță este Cartea Neagră a Morții, un tom de magie având o putere cumplită. Toată lumea o vrea. Dar numai cei din familia Blackthorn o pot găsi.

Izbânda poate veni cu un preț pe care Julian și Emma nici nu și-l imaginează, unul ce va aduce cu sine o judecată a sângelui care ar putea avea repercusiuni pentru tot și toți cei pe care îi iubesc ei cel mai mult.

Cartile Cassandrei Clare nu ma dezamagesc niciodata si cu siguranta nici “Stapanul umbrelor nu m-a dezamagit. Nu cred ca este o noutate ca nu as putea trai fara vanatorii de umbre! Cassandra Clare a fost prima autoare care mi-a intrat pe sub piele, iar cartile ei mi-au schimbat viata.

Nu am cuvinte sa exprim cat de mult mi-a placut “Stapanul umbrelor”! Citind cartile autoarei in ultimii ani am observant cat de mult a evoluat ea, dar si personajele ei. Aceasta carte m-a facut sa simt toate emotiile posibile, de la fericire la tristete, de la iubire la ura, de la entuziasm la disperare. Imi este asa de greu sa imi exprim sentimente fata de aceasta carte si aceasta trilogie.

In primul rand, vreau sa o felicit pe Cassie pentru toata munca depusa. Se vede ca autoarea si-a pus sufletul atunci cand a scris aceasta carte. Actiunea este impecabila, totul planificat minutios, de la primul cuvand, pana la ultimul. De cand citesc despre universul vanatorilor de umbre ma astept ca anumite lucruri sa se repete si sa nu mai existe suspans sau lucruri noi de aflat, dar de fiecare data sunt lasata fara cuvinte. Nu cred ca am mai intalnit o lume fantasy asa de bine creata pana acum! Totul este creat caramida cu caramida, niciun loc nu este lasat liber, totul legandu-se de ceva. Istoria acestei lumi ma uimeste de fiecare data si raman surprinsa sa vad ca mereu mai este ceva de aflat.

In al doilea rand, nu am mai intalnit personaje asa de complexe pana acum. In ziua de azi caracterele personajelor se tot repeta prin carti, sau lipseste diversitatea, dar nu si in cartile Cassandrei. Paleta sa de personaje este atat de vasta si de complexa, cum nu am mai intalnit. In “Stapanul umbrelor” a fost foarte fericita sa reintalnesc personaje din seriile anterioare si sa vad cum au evoluat. Sa ii revad pe Jace, Clary, Tessa si Jem mi-a adus lacrimi in ochi, iar momentele in care era mentionat Will cu siguranta m-au facut sa suspin.

 

Poveste dintre Emma si Julian a luat o intorsatura destul de dureroasa si sunt foarte curioasa ce o sa se intample in ultimul volum.

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Sunt atatea lucruri de care as vrea sa va vorbesc despre aceasta carte, dar simt ca nu am cuvintele si nici timpul ca sa ma intelegeti. Sunt sigura ca este genul de carte care trebuie citita fara a stii mare lucru despre ea, asa ca stati departe de spoilere. Au loc atat de multe evenimente incat as prefera sa o cititi, fara sa luati in seama opinia altora. Nu vreau sa va spun mai mult de atat, just read for yourself.

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Extaz de Lauren Kate via Libris

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de Lauren Kate

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Sinopsis: „Fără trecut, viitorul nu există!
Lucinda și Daniel sunt în continuare împreună… dar oare pentru cât timp? De-a lungul secolelor s-au întâlnit de nenumărate ori, dar au fost condamnați de fiecare dată la un sfârșit tragic. Pe măsură ce forțele întunericului se apropie, amenințătoare, pentru bătălia finală, sacrificiile celor doi tineri devin mai mari ca niciodată. Rememorând diverse momente din viețile ei trecute, Lucinda își dă seama că în mintea și-n sufletul ei e îngropat adânc un secret care reprezintă șansa amândurora
la mântuire. Vor găsi oare cei doi îndrăgostiți calea de a rupe blestemul care-i desparte de mii de ani?”

Fanii seriei „Damnare” de Lauren Kate nu vor fi dezamagiti de „Ëxtaz”, a patra si ultima carte care incheie totul. In aceasta carte, totul este la intensitate maxima, si nu vorbesc de dragostea dintre Luce si Daniel, ci de istoria si viitorul Ingerilor. Adevarul legat de Lucinda va iesi in sfarsit la suprafata, iar tradarea va fi cunoscuta de toata lumea.

„Extaz” continua exact de unde s-a incheiat „Pasiune” si te introduce imediat in aventurile celor doi protagonisti. Lauren Kate a facut o tranzitie usor de urmat in cele doua carti, aceasta mentionand evenimente anterioare petrecute in primele volume, facand totul mai usor. Din primele pagini am fost prinsa in poveste, fiind foarte curioasa sa aflu adevarul din spatele blestemului Lucindei.

Lauren Kate a stiut cum sa imbineze actiunea cu suspansul. Mi-a placut mult ca aceasta a descris locurile pana la cel mai mic delaliu, permitandu-mi sa vizualizez totul si sa apreciez arhitectura, chiar daca doar mi-o imaginam. Am putut sa simt pericolul care ii inconjurau pe Luce si pe Daniel, asta frustradu-ma fiindu-mi teama de ceea ce se poate intampla.

De asemenea, mi-a placut de Luce mai mult in aceasta carte decat in cele anterioare. Urmarindu-i toate calatoriile , ea s-a schimbat foarte mult ca personaj. Cu siguranta, s-a maturizat enorm, i-am simtit puterea, curajul si loialitatea stralucind. Aceasta era speriata, dar a continuat sa lupte chiar si atunci cand Daniel isi pierduse speranta, iar ea i-a dat puterea de a continua. Pur si simplu am adorat modul in care Lauren Kate a adaugat memoriile trecute ale lui Luce in poveste, acestea nefiind puse la intamplare, avand mult sens. Un alt lucru pe care l-am apreciat a fost ca amintirile lui Luce au aparut pe parcurs si nu au fost bagate deodata. Dupa aflarea adevarului am simtit cum o greutate mi s-a ridicat de pe umeri. In sfarsit totul avea sens si se potrivea cu fiecare detaliu. Am avut un sentiment puternic de afectiune atunci cand am aflat cum s-au cunoscut Luce si Daniel pentru prima data si cum a evoluat dragostea lor. Am putut vedea adancimea dragostei lor si conexiunea dintre ei.

Trebuie sa admit ca plot twist-ul de la final nu m-a surprins cu mult, avand in vedere ca m-am tot gandit la teorii, dar tot imi place cum au fost plasate evenimentele in final. Poate ca am innebunit, dar chiar imi pare rau de ceea ce s-a intamplat cu Lucifer. Acesta era mult pre orbit de dragoste si pre focusat pe furia sa. Totusi, am fost surprinsa de finalul in sine. Nu m-am asteptat niciodata la ce au trebuit sa faca Luce si Daniel, dar in acel moment am apreciat-o cel mai mult pe Luce. Increderea ei de sine a facut-o  memorabila in mintea mea.

Una peste alta, „Extaz” a fost finalul perfect pentru aceasta serie. Trebuie sa admit ca o sa imi lipseasca personajele foarte mult, pe care am inceput sa le iubesc. Pentru mine, finalul a fost unul satisfacator si mi-a dat un sentiment de implinire pe care l-am asteptat pentru poveste de iubire dintre Luce si Daniel.

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