Friday, August 29, 2014

Life of a Blogger: Fears

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: FEARS

Fears...Uhm, besides dying? Because, let's face it, who isn't scared of that? THAT is definitely the scariest thing we can possibly think of BUT, since the last thing I want is make us all depressed and turn this post into a sort of therapy session, I'm going for some 'minor' fears that are still too big to overcome...

There are maaaany insects I would never touch (gladly never look at, either) and others I'd rather prefer to not cross my path and yet, they always find their way...(Damn you, spiders!) I don't have a great relationship with snakes either. No, scratch that, I don't have a relationship with them, period. Gosh, I got shivers just for having thought of those creatures... Well, let's not mention my pigeon phobia then. Yeah, you heard that right and, trust me, it's not fun at all!

Outside the animal world, there are needles I can't stand, lifts that cause me a bit of claustrophobia and then there is altitude to consider. Although this is more of an issue. I can't really look down when I'm on a balcony for example, I get vertigo and I get really afraid. Again, not fun :( but then what fear isn't?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"Rival" by Penelope Douglas



RIVAL BY PENELOPE DOUGLAS

SERIES: Fall Away #2
PUBLISHER: Piatkus Entice
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher via NetGalley

SUMMARY
Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war... For the three years she's been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night. I was stupid then, but now I'm ready to beat her at her own game... Three years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he's better than me. But I won't be scared away. Or pushed down. I'll call his bluff and fight back. That's what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he'll never know how much he affects me...

MY REVIEW

This was the first book I read for this series, and it certainly won't be the last...As a matter of fact, I feel really motivated to go back and read the first instalment just to enjoy Tate and Jared more! They may not be the main characters in here but oh, if they rock the scene when they're on. Put them together with Madoc and Fallon and you have quite the perfect company.

The story flows so well that as soon as I was telling myself 'just another chapter', I was already three more in. Madoc and Fallon are strong characters with issues mostly caused by their parents. They have a background that puts someoneespecially at such a young age—in a very difficult position, and what I particularly liked and appreciated were their reactions. There are certain situations in which you would expect hysteria and drama—like it usually happens—but besides the inevitable fights and misunderstandings (which can only make the read more interesting, by the way), they handle the whole situation in a better way than you'd believe. Thanks Penelope Douglas for such a refreshing turn!

It's an addictive read with great twists, touching but even funny moments and hot-damn-hot scenes... If I were you, I wouldn't think twice and I would be already on my way to get my own copy!

RATING: 4/5
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This review was part of the Official UK Blog Tour organized by Piatkus.
Check out the poster below for every stop and buy your own copy of Rival,
now officially out in eBook!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Torrent Review Tour!

Today I'm happy to host a stop for Torrent Review Tour, organized by Dark World Books!
(Click on the banner above to see the schedule.)



TORRENT
(Condemned #1)

I’ve been obsessed with Rafe Mason since I was thirteen. The twisted part of this story is that I still want him, even now.
Now that he’s holding me captive on an island.
Rafe has his reasons for doing what he’s doing, and if I’m honest, I can’t blame him. I’m the girl who sent him to prison for a heinous crime he didn’t commit.
But now he’s free and the tables have turned…now he’s the one driven by obsession.
TORRENT is a new adult dark romance with disturbing themes and explicit content that includes sexual situations and violence. Intended for adult readers 18+ only. Part one of the CONDEMNED series. This is not a stand-alone read.

*Click on the cover to read my review*



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gemma James (a pseudonym for Christina Jean Michaels) loves to explore the darker side of sex in her fiction. She’s morbidly curious about anything dark and edgy and enjoys exploring the deviant side of human nature. Her stories have been described as being “not for the faint of heart.” She lives with her husband and their four children—three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention. Sign up for her newsletter so you don’t miss out on future releases!

"Torrent" by Gemma James



TORRENT BY GEMMA JAMES

SERIES: Condemned #1
PUBLISHER: Gemma James
GENRE: NA Dark Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the author

SUMMARY
I’ve been obsessed with Rafe Mason since I was thirteen. The twisted part of this story is that I still want him, even now. Now that he’s holding me captive on an island. Rafe has his reasons for doing what he’s doing, and if I’m honest, I can’t blame him. I’m the girl who sent him to prison for a heinous crime he didn’t commit. But now he’s free and the tables have turned…now he’s the one driven by obsession.
TORRENT is a new adult dark romance with disturbing themes and explicit content that includes sexual situations and violence. Intended for adult readers 18+ only. Part one of the CONDEMNED series. This is not a stand-alone read.

MY REVIEW

"Torrent" is a dark book, not darker than the ones I'm used to, but it surely has to be classified as a dark romance. How else would you describe a book in which there are twisted (and I mean really twisted) characters/relationships? And if you're a lover of the genre, you know this is the charm of such stories.

I think we all—or at least most of us—agree that the plot is fundamental, and I was pleased to find a good one in here. Nevertheless, I honestly thought that something was off at the beginning, even though I couldn't immediately place what it was. Thankfully the read flew well, but at some point that initial feeling came back and I started to realize that my issue was mostly with the characters. I couldn't completely feel involved with them, although Rafe's charisma didn't go unnoticed. Still, it's one of the minor characters who got me quite intrigued. I really wouldn't mind finding out more about Jax, and I do hope the author will put him more under the spotlight.

I read the book in just one sitting and, although I would have appreciated seeing some events developed more than others, I'm curious enough to see where Gemma James decides to take the reader. The end of this first instalment certainly makes you wonder...

RATING: 3/5

Friday, August 22, 2014

Life of a Blogger: Penguin Mania!

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: PENGUIN MANIA!

Some of you may already know my passion for penguins, but for those new to this, here's what it's like...

Every time someone gifts me an object, a T-shirt, a pair of earrings or, well, everything penguin related, I sparkle with pure joy! And yes, I even slightly look like Joey here on the left, LOL I can't help it, they're adorable and just SO hugsy :P

I have a pinterest board called You gotta <3 Penguins, but it's still 'work in progress'. Perhaps what you'd like to really see is a personal picture, huh? Well, I took one a while ago, part of my collection. There are things missing, of course, but it's just to give you an idea of my love for them. Ready? Here it comes...

By all means, anyone interested in sending me a penguin related collectable is moooore than welcome! ;)
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