Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Summer Hiatus!


Most of you know I rarely go on vacation, BUT this year is different . . . While you are reading this post, I'm on my way to the airport to take a flight to my hometown, Rome! I'll be there visiting my family AND *drumroll* I'm going to attend RARE18Rome!!!! How cool is that? :D

I'll be in Italy for a few weeks, and then my sister is coming back here with me to keep spending some quality time together, something (unfortunately) we don't get to do as much as we'd both love. So, I decided to take the Summer off from blogging. I've never done that in seven years—since Darkest Sins was born—and I think this time can be a good thing also to recharge a bit and come back even stronger. DO NOT go away, though, I'll be back posting in a couple of months, which I'm sure are going to fly!

See ya soon, and have a great Summer everyone! :)

P.S. If you still aren't following me on Instagram, this might be a good chance for you to do so, I'll be posting pictures from the event <3 & keeping you posted with my sins adventures ;)

Monday, June 18, 2018

"The Confession" by Rhyannon Byrd



THE CONFESSION BY RHYANNON BYRD

SERIES: London Affair #3
PUBLISHER: Headline Eternal
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Purchased
LINKS: Goodreads

SUMMARY
When American art-history graduate Emmy Reed arrived in London, she was looking for an exclusive scoop on a famous reclusive artist. Encountering millionaire playboy Jase Beckett, Emmy agreed to be his date for a family wedding when she discovered that her sought-after artist was his grandfather. After a stunning weekend of intense sexual connection, neither Emmy nor Jase wanted to let go. But both had been burned by a lifetime of family tragedies and were unable to admit their feelings, so Emmy returned to San Diego. Determined to win her back, Jase followed, only to be forced to end things between them for her protection. Now, back in London, Jase is undone when Emmy shows up demanding an explanationand he can't let her go again. With her at his side, he's ready to uncover the truth about the damaging secrets that have cursed the Beckett family. But as the revelations keep coming, it's clear the danger isn't over. And all Jase and Emmy know is that they can only trust each other...

MY REVIEW

Things got really interesting in this final part, and I’m not referring to the romantic aspect but to some twisted revelations... Very dark secrets surface here, and they seriously want to make you go Hulk on everyone involved! If I already started to connect the dots and figured something out before it was revealed, I honestly didn’t think of a shocking fact that is impossible not to find disturbing. It works for the story, though, and it certainly explains the character’s behaviours. We can’t certainly justify any of them, but we get a better understanding of the whole situation and want to stay with Jace every step of the way.

An exciting, sexy, and a bit dark read. It's true that it run too fast for my taste, but I also get this is a serial and that should kinda be expected. Still, with a better pace I would have felt a bigger involvement and I’m sure I would have loved it more, but I did have a good time. If you’d like to give it a go, I would suggest you to have all the three parts at hand.

RATING: 3/5

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#70)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created 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: SEA WITCH by Sarah Henning
Expected publication: July 31st, 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

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Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch. 

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain. 

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.

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! ;)

Friday, June 08, 2018

"The Chase" by Rhyannon Byrd



THE CHASE BY RHYANNON BYRD

SERIES: London Affair #2
PUBLISHER: Headline Eternal
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Purchased
LINKS: Goodreads

SUMMARY
When American art-history graduate Emmy Reed arrived in London, she was hoping to land her dream job with an exclusive scoop on a famous reclusive artist. Thrown into the path of millionaire playboy Jase Beckett, Emmy found herself agreeing to be his date for a family wedding when she discovered that her sought-after artist was his grandfather. After a stunning weekend of intense sexual connection, even amidst his family's devious scheming, neither Emmy nor Jase wanted to let go. But both had been burned by a lifetime of family tragedies and, with neither able to say what the other wanted to hear, Emmy returned to San Diego. Now, realising he's been a fool, Jase follows Emmy, determined to leave the past behind and fight for his future. But will San Diego be far enough away to escape the dark, damaging secrets that surround the Beckett family—especially when the revelations threaten his and Emmy's lives, as well as their relationship?

MY REVIEW

Here’s the thing, even if two people spend just a few days together, when they find someone they click with, it’s pretty much a done deal. Of course, you gotta dig deeper to know for sure and decide the (proper) course of action, but that’s difficult to do when you don’t acknowledge how you feel—or start to—even to yourself in the first place. Right, Jace? And yet, considering the tragedy that burned him deep in the past, I didn’t have it in my heart to completely bash him. And apparently Emmy didn’t either... In fact, if things were steamy in England, they got scorching hot in California!

Although there were certain events that should have taken a slower pace in my opinion, and I didn’t get the insights I was hoping for, Jace and Emmy still gave me a good time—they got the best of it, though. And what about that turn of events I didn’t see coming towards the end? Off I go to the next and final part!

RATING: 3/5

Monday, June 04, 2018

"The Weekend" by Rhyannon Byrd



THE WEEKEND BY RHYANNON BYRD

SERIES: London Affair #1
PUBLISHER: Headline Eternal
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Freebie
LINKS: Goodreads

SUMMARY
American art-history graduate Emmy Reed is in London, hoping to land her dream job by getting an exclusive scoop on a famous reclusive artist. When a dangerous encounter throws her into the path of millionaire playboy Jase Beckett, Emmy is grateful for his quick-thinking—but equally determined to turn down his proposal to be his date for a family wedding. That is, until she discovers that her sought-after artist is his grandfather. Tired of the game-playing women in his circle, Jase finds Emmy refreshingly fascinating. And as the weekend progresses and they work together to survive his insufferable family's devious scheming, Emmy and Jase find themselves drowning in an intoxicating sexual chemistry that leaves them both desperate for more... and reeling emotionally. When their stunning weekend is over, neither is ready to let go. But dark secrets surround the Beckett family—can their fledgling relationship survive the damaging revelations to come?

MY REVIEW

This is the first part of a serial in which we find a hot chemistry, and quite a screwed up family to stay away from... Well, at least that would be best for Jace—and everyone, really—but then, if you’re born into high society, sometimes you are kinda forced to keep up with the crazy circus. And although this might seem the main problem, for Emmy the real challenge is to let go of what she thought was a dream in the first place. If for some reason (destiny?) you find an unexpected, amazing connection with someone, would you ever want to break the spell? More importantly, is that even possible?

Starting with an underground encounter taking a wrong turn—watch it out there!—and a double interest turning into the perfect offer, this was a fast, but well delivered read. I would have just appreciated more insight in the whole (psychotic) family, so I hope to get that wish granted with the next instalment.

RATING: 3/5

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#69)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created 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: A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS
by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman
Expected publication: June 26th, 2018 by Greenwillow

Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings: these are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries. 

Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.

Compiled by We Need Diverse Books’s Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, the authors included in this exquisite collection are: RenĂ©e Ahdieh, Sona Charaipotra, Preeti Chhibber, Roshani Chokshi, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Rahul Kanakia, Lori M. Lee, E. C. Myers, Cindy Pon, Aisha Saeed, Shveta Thakrar, and Alyssa Wong.

A mountain loses her heart. Two sisters transform into birds to escape captivity. A young man learns the true meaning of sacrifice. A young woman takes up her mother’s mantle and leads the dead to their final resting place.

From fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge, these stories will beguile readers from start to finish. For fans of Neil Gaiman’s Unnatural Creatures and Ameriie’s New York Times–bestselling Because You Love to Hate Me.

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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