Monday, August 17, 2015

Summer Break!

Hey everyone,

just a quick heads up to let you know me and Darkest Sins are taking a break for the rest of the Summer, which means a couple of weeks.

I'm not going on a real holiday (I wish I could!), but I do need a bit of time to just relax and recharge my mind and spirit . . .

Keep up the love and feel free to comment/email me anytime, I'll get back to you as soon as I come back.

See you on September 1st!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

"The Last True Vampire" by Kate Baxter



THE LAST TRUE VAMPIRE BY KATE BAXTER

SERIES: Last True Vampire #1
PUBLISHER: Headline Eternal
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
SOURCE: ARC received from the publisher

SUMMARY
He is the last of his race. King of the vampires. Michael Aristov is the sole Ancient One to survive the slayers' obliteration. Only he can resurrect the vampire race. But he's unable to reclaim his world alone... Claire Thompson is mortal, yet her intoxicating blood draws Michael like a moth to the flame. Only she can satisfy his insatiable cravings. With the future of the vampire race now at stake, Claire has the power to seal Michael's fate—forever.

MY REVIEW

I was starting to really miss the Paranormal Romance genre, so when the publisher surprised me with the most lovely package ever I couldn't wait to start this read! And, I must say, it was really well delivered.

Michael is the only surviving vampire, his past and the collective memories of those who existed before him constantly assail his dreams, and the only hope he has to bring back his race is through his true mate. Centuries has passed without finding her, so imagine when the match he couldn't believe existed is the tough human girl with a witty mouth and quite the temper... Heat ignites instantly, but she gives our hero a very hard time and that was so entertaining! I also really loved the double pov and the fact the author gave insights of the vampire's world thanks to a third character whose voice has been very appreciated.

Kate Baxter has done a very good job with the world building and her characters are funny, sexy and fascinating as much as the whole story. I would really suggest every lover of this genre to give this book a try, I personally look forward to the next instalment!

RATING: 4/5

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Teaser Tuesday (#59)


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB @ A Daily Rhythm.
Wanna play along? Grab your current read, open to a random page and share two sentences from somewhere on that page, being careful NOT to include spoilers (you don't wanna ruin the book for others!). Also, remember to include title & author as well so, if readers like your teaser, they can add the book to their TBR lists!

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This week's teaser: THE LAST TRUE VAMPIRE by Kate Baxter

If she thought to find an exit in this part of the club she was about to be disappointed. In a matter of moments she'd be trapped, and a thrill of excitement coursed through Michael's veins at the prospect.

~Page 19

What do you think?
Leave a comment with a link to your TT so I can stop by and be teased by them all! ;)

Friday, August 07, 2015

"Masquerade" by Joanna Taylor



MASQUERADE BY JOANNA TAYLOR

SERIES: Stand-alone
PUBLISHER: Piatkus
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY
Lizzy Ward never meant to end up working the streets of Piccadilly. So when a mysterious noble pursues her, it seems her luck is changing. But though Lord Hays offers to grow Lizzy's fortunes, his price is unexpected. She must masquerade in the sumptuous gowns and social mask of a true lady. With the stakes so high, love is out of the question. But as Lizzy navigates the fashions and faux pas of the London elite, she finds her tough facade failing her. Lord Hays wants to show her that nobility is more than skin deep... and as the connection between them grows, it's no longer certain who's wearing the mask.

MY REVIEW

At the beginning I was very attracted to the cover and thought the premise was good, but when I started reading the book I knew something was off... At the end of the book the author mentions that this story has been inspired by one of her favourite movies, but that is not hard to guess from the very beginning, since it literally follows step by step the original plot. I do like retellings, but this one didn't strike me as one. There's not much originality, it's quite predictable and at times it's all a bit too flat. I had to put it down more than once despite being a novel that it's supposed to be read in a few hours.

Unfortunately, it didn't work for me, but if you're up for a light read and appreciate a story already told but set in another time period—which was the real fascination of the book—then you're probably going to enjoy it.

RATING: 2/5

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (#9)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: MENAGERIE by Rachel Vincent
Expected publication: September 29th, 2015 by Mira

When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she's forced to "perform" in town after town. 

But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other "attractions"—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she'll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)
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