Friday, September 19, 2014

Life of a Blogger: Languages

Life of a Blogger is a weekly feature hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat.
Every week we talk about a non-bookish topic, so that we get to know each other on a more personal level.

This week's topic: LANGUAGES

Well, considering I'm ITALIAN, it's pretty easy to guess which language I speak waaaay too fluently, huh? ;)
Besides that, I clearly know ENGLISH, which it has become my second language since I moved to UK.

Other than those two primary languages, let's see...I studied GERMAN for three years in junior high school and I still remember some of the basics, but that is not enough for me to engage in a conversation or following one properly. I also took a couple of SPANISH classes at Uni, but I didn't keep up with it afterwards. I may not speak it, but I do understand it and I think it's mostly because it is similar to my mother tongue.

Speaking of studies, I come from a classical high school so, among those languages I know, I can add LATIN and GREEK, which I can still manage to make some translations from.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday (#49)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


He reached down, tugged at the buckle of her belt. She spoke, the words muffled against his lips.
"What, What?" If she'd said stop, he'd kill himself.

Page 232 - "Dark Witch" by Nora Roberts


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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: "Shinigami Eyes" by Cheree & Adam Smith!

Today I'm super-thrilled to be part of this cover reveal organized by Dark World Books!

It's with much pleasure that I present you the print version of my latest book cover creation!

The book, Shinigami Eyes, is a YA paranormal horror written by Cheree Smith in collaboration with her brother, Adam Smith. Now, if you're a sucker for everything Japan-related and Manga, then this book should definitely be on your TBR like yesterday ;)

Hope you guys enjoy the cover and that you give the book a go!
*Out on October 31st in Paperback and eBook*



SHINIGAMI EYES BY CHEREE & ADAM SMITH
(Shinigami Eyes #1)

Most children hope to grow out of their imaginary friends.
17-year-old Rin Waters’ only hope is that hers doesn’t kill someone, especially when said imaginary friend puts a boy in a coma. Finding herself shipped half-way around the world—to Japan, of all places—she is forced to live with grandparents she hasn’t seen for ten years and a cousin she can’t even remember.
Rin would rather just forget about the one night that ruined her life and pretend her imaginary friend doesn’t exist—if it was only that easy. When manga-obsessed otaku, Matt, won’t stop pestering her about a manga that sees the future and the tragic accident she’ll be involved in if she doesn’t listen to him, pretending becomes quite a challenge.
Suddenly mysterious accidents begin to happen to students in her school, and Rin has to wonder what length Matt is willing to go to prove his manga is real. Is it all a sham or is there really something that wants to see Rin and her new friends dead?

Coming this Halloween
Add Shinigami Eyes to your Goodreads list!

What's the verdict? Do you like it? Let me, Cheree and Adam know your thoughts in the comments!


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Cheree Smith lives in the coastal city of Newcastle in Australia where she is studying graphics design and photography. When she is not hard at study, she is busy writing paranormal, horror and dark stories for young adults. She enjoys listening to and learning about legends and myths, watching scary movies and dreaming up new worlds where monsters can come alive. When she is not in her writing cave she can be found listening to music, even dabbling in the occasional writing of music or reading.


Website - Blog - Twitter - Facebook - Goodreads



Adam Smith has always loved the Japanese culture, which began with his love of anime and manga. This helped him accomplish his goal of moving to Japan to become an ALT (assistant language teacher) in Iwate, Japan. When he’s not reading, writing or speaking Japanese, he is working on paranormal, horror and dark stories for young adults with his sister, Cheree.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Life of a Blogger: Where were you 13 years ago?

Life of a Blogger is a weekly feature hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat.
Every week we talk about a non-bookish topic, so that we get to know each other on a more personal level.

This week's topic: WHERE WERE YOU 13 YEARS AGO?

Thirteen years ago I was in Rome, at home, alone, studying for a University exam. Although my mind wasn't cooperating much because it was wandering elsewhere... How can I possibly be so sure about this, you ask? Because the day before this one is not a day you can erase from your mind.

On September 11th, 2001, I was watching a rerun of Beverly Hills 90210 on TV, when the show was abruptly interrupted and one of the most terrifying images appeared... I remember the shock on my face, the chills running up my spine and me repeating 'This is not happening'. One of the towers was down and there was panic and chaos everywhere. I called my mum at work and told her the news when, all of a sudden, my eyes couldn't believe what they were looking at. The impact. The second tower falling down.

How can you forget something like that? You can't. You won't.

I went on a Summer US trip in 2005 and New York was one of my stops. I cried at Ground Zero and my heart still cries for all those who have lost their lives that tragic day, and their families as well.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"The Deep End" by A.M. Hartnett



THE DEEP END BY A.M. HARTNETT

SERIES: Carried Away #1
PUBLISHER: Mischief
GENRE: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher via NetGalley

SUMMARY
No one has seen Jacques Taureau in the flesh since a traumatic attack left him scarred inside and out. But there is a man behind every myth and even stone can become fire again. “Mr. Taureau, is there anything I can do for you?” For years, the Taureau-Werner building has been Grace's playground. Hot men in suits have provided her with one sinful diversion after another without ever having to leave the thirteenth floor. Grace thinks her secret indulgences are safe, until one late night alone in the office, a call comes through from billionaire recluse: Jacques Alain Taureau. And in Taureau's lonely world, Grace meets a prince with no intention of escaping his secretive retreat by the sea.

MY REVIEW

This book opens with a bang in its very erotic sense and it plays over some fantasies that, once unleashed, could very well get someone in trouble...But there are certain circumstances that, no matter how 'dangerous', are worth the risk. Meet Mr. Taureau and see if you're not inclined to do everything he asks...

Grace is not a submissive, but she submits to Jacques' wishes/orders nonetheless. Jacques doesn't simply enjoy that, he also admires the fierceness of this strong woman who intrigues him every minute more. When they're in the middle of sex—which happens a lot and often—they put up quite the scene and the heat goes high in their room as much as yours. I liked that, but I won't hide that I would have preferred the whole background story to be developed a bit more. There's a very captivating plot with a few twists that lead to something unexpected and, for that, very appreciated. Yet, I definitely felt like, instead of a few sex scenes, the author should have put some events (and details) under the spotlight more to have a bigger impact on the reader.

Overall, I had a good time with this book, the hot affair, the main characters and even a minor one who played his charm part very well. I'm also satisfied with the novel's conclusion so, if you're up for a sexy escape, I would suggest you to think about picking this book up.

RATING: 3.5/5
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