A break from blogging

Hey guys, I am taking a break or I will be on hiatus until I get my shit together. This is very bad for my blog which in turn is bad for my Netgalley rating I know but at this moment in time I am working three jobs. My main receptionist job and two tuition jobs and I cannot keep up. I do not have much free time unless I make time which in turn makes me exhausted. Like legit exhausted. So until I have time to actually sit down in one sitting and chunk write all my reviews and blog posts I will be taking a break. This break might last until I actually have internet at home which hopefully be in a months time. So I am so sorry to readers who read my blog but I really can’t keep up. My main problem is the time of which I do not have to handle everything from reading books, to writing reviews, prep work for all my tuition classes, and my main job I swear I am feeling BURNED OUT. I am even contemplating to quit my receptionist job if they don’t either give me a better position or a better pay. My exhaustion has reached up to that point. Again I am sorry and I will strive to do better in the future

Review: Dare Me by Rebecca Shea

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Title: Dare Me (Dare Me #1)

Author: Rebecca Shea

Published: 28th March 2016

Publisher: Rebecca Shea Author LLC

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Summary

Five coworkers.
Four drinks.
Three glances.
Two fleeting smiles.
One dare.

A dare that will change my life.

That’s all it takes to send me plummeting into the arms of the mysterious Holt Hamilton. Behind his crystal blue eyes is a secret, one that screams danger but calls to me anyway.

My name is Saige Phillips.

I never walk away from a dare.

Review

The book was okay for me, I enjoyed it but it didn’t leave a lasting impression on my mind and I am pretty sure in a few weeks time I would forget about it.

I really really disliked the insta-love in this book. Insta-lust I can totally understand but insta-love is really hard for me to understand how can you love somebody so fast when you barely get to know them and I say this in relation to the book/plot is because their relationship (Saige and Holt) progressed really fast and I find that really unsettling because why the rush? And you seriously can’t be serious that you can fall in love with somebody mere days of being with AND sleeping with them. Yes, I understand that Holt is a very handsome and gorgeous man with a body to die for and if I were Saige I would most probably fall for him just as fast too but hey you can’t because what if he is a serial killer? I mean look at Ted Bundy the man is handsome and he is a very infamous serial killer AND necrophiliac totally unrelated to the plot but I am sure you guys can understand what I am trying to convey here.

Also, I find Saige a bit too young not only for Holt but the whole plot. If she were in her mid-twenties then maybe I wouldn’t find the whole idea of the relationship progressing fast to be disconcerting. I am here reading on their relationship and I am all ‘girl, you for real don’t want to slow down? I mean there is no rush ya know’.

The plot was quite predictable too as I figured out what Holt was hiding quite early on because from the way he acts it seems like he knew Saige from before she worked for him and also he is antsy about his past so using the power of deduction I deduced that what he was hiding had something to do with his father and also Saige’s past and I can confidently say that my powers of deduction was spot on. Why nobody hired me to be a private investigator I have no idea considering I am awesome at it (I am just joking, it is only good when I read books and not real life huh).

There is one part of the plot where I cried and it was when Saige’s dog, Murphy, was put down. God, the waterworks just came out because it was this year that I lost my cat, Sunday. I had him for 10 years man. 10 years of my life was with him and he died because of old age and he ran away to die so I wouldn’t see him dying. God damn I legit cried in public when my neighbour told my mom that they found him and helped to bury him. I looked for him for weeks man when ran away from home and when I found out I cried for two days straight. I’ll post his pic below for you guys to see and damn this review is all over the place which I hope you guys don’t mind.

My 2016 reading recap

Well 2016 came and went and now it is time for me to recap what I read last year. Finally, for the first time ever I managed to complete my Goodreads challenge by reading 65 books! I increased it steadily from 50 to 65 and I felt really proud of myself. Yeah, it isn’t as great or as much as other book bloggers out there but the fact that I did it still counts as being awesome!

As for reading preferences goes, I have thought for the longest time that my favorite genre is murder mysteries and the like but after discovering Netgalley I have deduced that my favorite genre is historical romance. God. I did not expect this. I don’t know what to say honestly to this. I just find historical romance so much to read. The plot is nice, every author portrays the protagonists differently. Some heroines are spunky some are shy some are just idiotic. This must be because I am still single so I imagine myself in their shoes. I swear most of my books in my shelf in Netgalley is some sort of historical romance. Huh.

Now, how will 2017 be any different. Well, for one I have realized that I am partial to historical romance and I want to rectify that thus I have decided to do a few reading challenges that will allow/force me to read a variety of books. You can check my reading challenges in the reading challenge page up in my blog. Hopefully I can finish it all because my Goodreads challenge this year is 120 books and for my reading challenges it is about 180 ish if I finish reading everything. My plan is to not overlap the criteria because some in the list of criteria is similar to each other for example some in the 2017 Popsugar reading challenge is similar to Modern Mrs Darcy reading challenge so in each reading challenge I will read a new book.

Plans for my blog. For one I want to get internet at my house so I can finally update my blog at home and find tons of GIFs to put in my blog post because I find them funny and also really keep up with my reviews. I read a lot but I am also lazy as hell to actually write reviews so I have tons of reviews that are backlogged which in turn makes me have low rating on Netgalley which then makes me get rejected more by publishers. You have no idea how many times I am rejected by publishers for books I really wanted to read. Huh.

Anyways, that is all for my 2016 reading recap 😀

My Harry Potter Life Tag

I saw this tag on metaphors and moonlight and I thought it’s a fun tag to try plus I haven’t done any book tags in ages…. This tag was originally created by The Writing Hufflepuff  and pretty much what you do is choose four books, then use said books to answer the questions.

So here is my Harry Potter life! and feel free to tag yourselves and spread the fun!


 

My books:

  1. Passion Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee
  2. Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan
  3. In the flesh by K. D. Grace
  4. Kill the father by Sandrone Dazieri

 

 

  • Your Wand – Open book 1 at a random page. The first noun you see will be your what your wand is made of.
    • Chair. Wow. On the flip side I can use said chair-wand for either magic or if magic is taking too long just smash my opponents head in with said chair. It is going to be heavy though lugging a chair around you but again if I am tired I can use it to sit or use it to sit and simultaneously use magic. Allow magic to make it into some form of transportation! I LIKE IT!
  • Your pet – Does book 2 have animals? One of those animals will now be your pet. If the book doesn’t have any animals, then I’m sorry but you’re pet-less
    • BAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH!!!! YES!!! YESSSSSSSSSS!!!! The world of Percy Jackson is filled with animals and monsters!!!!! I would like either Pegasus or the Minotaur to be my pet.
  • Your Hogwarts House – Open book 3 at a random page. Whatever House you’d think the character’s name you first see belongs to, is your House
    • Oh!!! I got Magda! and she is definitely a Slytherin which is great because my Hogwarts House is also Slytherin! Plus, hello she is Medusa in this book and Medusa’s hair are made of snakesssssss
  • Make your golden trio complete – Open book 4 at a random page. The first two names will be your best friends and complete your squad. If there’s only one name at said page, open another random page
    • I got Dante and Colomba. Hmmm… I do not know how this friendship will work considering they are both eccentric and intense. I guess I just gotta have patience and love them since they’re my best friends!
  • Your head of house – Open book 1 at a random page. The first name you’ll see will be your Head of House
    • Asher. I don’t see Asher as Head of Slytherin house but he is cunning what with being a thief and all so I suppose he can handle the pressure 😀
  • Your ‘Draco Malfoy’ – Naturally you’ll need your arch nemesis/school rival. Open book 2 at a random page, the first name you’ll see will be your enemy
    • Phaeton son of Helios?????? How am I suppose to defeat the guy with a chair-wand, Dante who is claustrophobic and Colomba who has PTSD????? *facepalm*
  • Your Patronus – Open book 3 at a random page. The first living creature you’ll see will be your Patronus
    • oh!!!! I got the angel Michael. I am set!!!! Plus it also helps that he is super gorgeous! Funny hos to produce a Patronus you must think of happy memories or happy thoughts and gorgeous men are definitely in a lot of my happy thoughts.
  • Will you win the House Cup? – How many pages does book 4 have? That’s how many points your House has at the end of the school year. If the book has more than 400 pages it will have won the Cup, congrats!
    • 261 pages. Dang it! Curse those Gryffindors for stealing MY House Cup!

Review: In The Flesh by K. D. Grace

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Title: In the Flesh

Author: K. D. Grace

Published: 20th September 2016

Publisher: Smashwords Edition

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary

When Susan Innes comes to visit her friend, Annie Rivers, in Chapel House, the deconsecrated church that Annie is renovating into a home, she discovers her outgoing friend changed, reclusive, secretive, and completely enthralled by a mysterious lover, whose presence is always felt, but never seen, a lover whom she claims is god. As her holiday turns into a nightmare, Susan must come to grips with the fact that her friend’s lover is neither imaginary nor is he human, and even worse, he’s turned his wandering eye on Susan, and he won’t be denied his prize. If Susan is to fight an inhuman stalker intent on having her as his own, she’ll need a little inhuman help.

Review

Okay I was quite close in giving this book a 5/5 BUT the ending totally killed it for me. It isn’t as bad as I am making it out to be I was just quite disappointed with it that’s all so before I get to explaining why I didn’t like the ending let us recap the whole review first.

I felt that the plot was great as it really swept me away starting from the first sentence. Also, it was nice how the plot started in the middle of things and went on from there and this caused the whole plot to read like one long episode of Supernatural minus the appearance of Sam and Dean which is a shame I tell you. A damn shame. They would have fit perfectly with the plot even if it is just as eye candy. So, because for me it read like a Supernatural episode its super fast pacing of getting shit done within days didn’t really phase me because hello that’s what happens in Supernatural and that is also the reason why when the story has angels, vampires, succubus and the sort in the plot I really didn’t even bat an eye because it is exactly the same in Supernatural. After watching so many seasons of Supernatural one just goes with the flow of the plot.

Going on to the characters, I felt that they were okay for me. None of them aside from Medusa really gave me any lasting impression and honestly for me Susan was honest to God getting on my nerves. I can’t explain why she annoyed me she just does. She thinks she so innocent but girl you were the one who released that demon-thing so don’t try to wiggle yourself out from being responsible. She be all in denial she has any powers, her powers are that of a scribe and I have no idea what it’s supposed to do anyways and the reason why I disliked the ending was because Susan got to be the bad ass character that has super bad ass powers not only at the end she became a vampire but she also became a vampire that is immune to sunlight due to the help of the demon-thing and then she started being all arrogant and sooooooooo confident in her power. Pssshhhhh… And also the demon-thing went down without a fight. Honestly he was written to be this really powerful entity which uses the power of love, seduction and lust to get what he wants and at the end he and Susan had an uneasy truce and whatnot. I mean the first half of the book had everybody freaking out because he is so good at making people love him until there is no resistance and he gets what he wants always so I expected him to go out guns blazing and refusing to lose no matter what and not have the climax be all anticlimactic. I guess you can say I did not like the happy ending. I really hope the next book the demon-guardian-thing will use all its cunningness to get back at Susan. That would be a great read.

Aside from that, I also liked how Magda uses her consortium as her pawns against evil or whatever that stands in her way. Better use their supernatural powers for good is what I say. All in all, ‘In the flesh’ is a great read if you want something fast paced, has a Supernatural feel to it and also has erotica in it.

*e-ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley for a fair review

#FridayBookShare – Wicked In His Arms by Stacy Reid

#FridayBookShare is a book meme created by Shelley wilson

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With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so I’ve created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal read.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on the book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

 

So here is my #FridayBookshare:

 

First Line:

The worst had passed.

Recruit Fans By Adding The Book Blurb:

Tobias Walcott, the Earl of Blade, has learned it is best to exercise rigid control over his passions and emotions in all that he does. Uncaring that it makes him seem cool and aloof to most in the ton, he is content with his desire to only woo agreeable and demur females. Then unforeseen circumstances see him trapped in a closet at a house party with the last woman he would ever make his countess.

Lady Olivia Sherwood is everything he should not desire in a female—unconventional, too decisive, and utterly without decorum. But passion ignites between them and they are discovered. Honor demands they wed, and while Tobias finds himself unwillingly drawn to the bewitching beauty, he must do everything not to tempt the passion that burns in him for her, lest it leads to disastrous consequences.

(I just realized now last weeks fridaybookshare didn’t have the blurb… woops!)

Introduce The Main Character:

Brash, Fearless, Independent

Delightful Design:

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Audience Appeal:

Readers who just love historical romance of where the heroines are independent and isn’t afraid to leave her man if he is being an ass.

Favorite Line:

I know I must return… but for now I need the space to stop loving you.

Review: Almost A Bride by Jo Watson

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Title: Almost a Bride (Destination Love #2)

Author: Jo Watson

Published: 31st January 2017

Publisher: Forever

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary

That awkward moment you catch your boyfriend in bed with another woman and then mistakenly get arrested #chargesdropped

Annie knows life isn’t always fair. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes you get mistaken for a crazed intruder when you come home early and find your boyfriend wearing nipple clamps with a coworker on the night you thought he was going to propose to you.

The important thing is to move on, and for Annie that means treating herself to a tropical vacation. But when she runs into her ex and his new woman staying at the same resort, reason is washed out to sea. Caught off guard, Annie pretends she’s with Chris, a cute screenwriter she meets on the beach. With his own writing blocked, Chris is happy to help Annie craft a story to save face. Soon Annie isn’t just getting over her ex, she’s getting under Chris. As her fictional feelings grow increasingly real, Annie has to decide if she’s ready to risk her heart on a new relationship.

Review

‘Almost a bride’ really read like romcom movie for me but in book version because the plot was so ridiculous and some parts of it was just so funny I legit laughed out loud at the ridiculousness of it.

The plot combined with the banter and conversation we read between Chris and Annie were really humorous especially how Chris who is American pretended to be Annie’s fake Australian boyfriend, Boyden, complete with a fake Australian accent which I am pretty sure does not sound remotely Australian. Also, when Chris and Annie try to one up against Tress (Trevv is Annie’s ex boyfriend and Tess is his new girlfriend) it caused a lot more comical situations to arise especially when Trevv was sneaking around Chris and Annie’s rooms just to see if they were really together or were they just faking it.

Whilst I find the rate of how Chris and Annie actually fell in love quite unbelievable, it was nice to read how towards the end of the vacation Annie wanted to focus on herself first before she enters a new relationship even when she does care about Chris. I find this to be very refreshing to read because it shows how Annie improves as a character where she feels like the life she is at now is not enough and she wants more for her and having a relationship just isn’t enough for her.  She needs something more substantial like a career or at least get her shit together and I really liked how Annie realizes being in a relationship isn’t going to solve the problems in her life, she has to settle that herself. It is inspiring okay to me and it is a reminder to me that I too need to get my life together and achieve more in life rather than just settle for things.

Also, it was nice how even after Annie rejected Chris to be in a relationship he still wanted to be there for her even if as a close friend and from that they got to know each other more and thus their love for each other was substantiated by the fact that they took the time to get to know each other as friends.

Now, the reason as to why this book did not get a complete 5 was because it was predictable like I knew what they were going to fight about, how they were going to fight about it, what they were going to say, stuff like that. So that kind of killed the mood for me but fortunately the book was funny enough for me to continue reading till the end. This book is definitely for readers who want something light and amusing to read.

*Received an ARC fromo Netgalley in exchange for an honest and fair review

**Sorry I have been MIA for a few days, I was sick and did not have the time not energy to update my blog and yeah I forgot to schedule my posts again 😛