Monday, September 24, 2018

"Arthus Trivium: The Angels of Nostradamus" by Raule & Landa


SERIES: Arthus Trivium #1
PUBLISHER: Europe Comics
GENRE: Historical Fantasy
SOURCE: NetGalley
LINKS: Goodreads

France, 1565. Charles IX reigns with an aging Nostradamus as his advisor, but unrest is afoot in the land. The Black Plague, believed to be under control, rears its head anew. Superstition vies with newly born science in the people’s hearts and minds. Through a countryside riven by religious and political rivalries travel Nostradamus’ three young disciples, Arthus Trivium, Angelica Obscura, and Angulus Dante, solving mysteries with wits, weapons, and the erudition their master has imparted. But soon they are drawn into the web of a well-laid plot against Nostradamus’ family, which may threaten the life of the king himself.


Do you have a love for history and a passion for the mystical? If the answer is yes to both, you may have just found the right graphic novel for you.

Set in France during the sixteenth century, "Arthus Trivium: The Angels of Nostradamus" is what could be described as an esoteric historical fantasy that offers more than one would expect. The artwork perfectly matches the dark atmosphere of the story and, although the volume is quite short, following Nostradamus' three disciples' tasks is captivating. Arthus Trivium, Angelica Obscura, and Angulus Dante drag you into quite an adventure with their travels around the Country, mysteries to unravel, and a dangerous territory to explore…

Vividly illustrated, this fast-paced read lets the reader ponder over characters and events that promise to entertain with a plot full of mystery and interesting occult elements. Definitely an interesting start of a twisted series.

RATING: 3.5/5

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#71)

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.


This week's pick: DRACUL by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker
Expected publication: October 18th, 2018 by Bantam Press

The prequel to Dracula, penned by a Stoker descendant and a bestselling writer, Dracul is a supernatural historical thriller in which a young Bram Stoker must confront an indescribable evil.

It is 1868, and a 22-year-old Bram Stoker has locked himself inside a desolate tower to face off against a vile and ungodly beast, armed with mirrors and crucifixes and holy water and a gun, kept company by a bottle of plum brandy, praying to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to leave a record of what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles out the events that led him here–a childhood illness, a haunting nanny, stories once thought to be fables now proven true.

A riveting novel of Gothic suspense, Dracul reveals not only Dracula’s true origin, but Bram Stoker’s–and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.

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! ;)

Monday, September 10, 2018

FairyLoot August Unboxing: Mutinous Pirates

Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a FairyLoot box for me!

Lovers of book subscription boxes rejoice! After my February unboxing, here comes another shiny one to reveal. Although each box is always a pure pleasure to open, I won't hide that I was a bit over-excited for this one because its theme is one I'm particularly captivated by, and I believe lots of readers are with me on this. Well, they will be as soon as I say this month's theme was: MUTINOUS PIRATES.

Ahoy! This is your Captain, you have permission to come aboard and enjoy the unboxing journey . . .

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

When in RARE18 Rome . . .

Missed me? Not gonna lie, I hope you did at least a bit :P Rest assured I missed you & my baby a lot!

Soooo, my Summer was really good! I got to spend some quality time with my family and, as I announced before leaving, I attended RARE18Rome <3 Let me tell you, that was quite the experience! Tons of readers and bloggers from all around the world, plenty of authors to meet, and also some well known book cover models. Oh yeah, you read that right ;)

I lost count of how many authors were present at the Convention, but I surprisingly met more than a fair share, and that surely made me very happy! I'm about to show you the ones I particularly fan-girled over, and something personal that I will never forget . . .

Bottom (always from the left): Tessa Bailey, Lexi Ryan, Karina Halle, Tillie Cole.

I don't have enough good words to describe how lovely all of these ladies are, and what a beautiful moment I shared with each and everyone of them. *gets a bit emotional and sheds tears of joy* However, there are two I really need to put under the spotlight . . . Ready? Here we go!

Natasha Boyd, we FINALLY met, my dear!

I don't just love this author's writing style—if you haven't tried her books yet, I'd strongly recommend you to rectify that—but I also had the pleasure of working for Natasha in the past, so I was eagerly waiting to meet her face-to-face. And Natasha didn't disappoint when she showed how happy she was to finally see me in person as well! *gets a tad more emotional*

The other author that particularly touched my heart was *drum-roll* Skye Warren!

If you have been a reader of my blog for a very long time, then you should know I love Warren's works. What you probably don't know is that she quoted my reviews more than once, so when I was in front of her desk, I took a deep breath and told myself "Come on, give it a go, there might be a chance she remembers you." So off I went and started to explain that, even if we hadn't met in person before, she should know who I was, and as soon as my name was out of my mouth I got a "Darkest Sins, oh YES! Of course!" She walked over the desk and gave me one of the best, huge hugs ever! *super-emotional* After that, she told me which books she quoted me for and thanked me for all my support by also writing me what you see below <3

And this, my dear readers, is how a blogger feels truly good in what they do!

It's safe to say I really loved this day!

Can you also tell by the book haul here on the left? Hehe, I went to the Convention armed with a journal to keep all the autographs together, and eight books that doubled up in number that unforgettable day. Don't get me wrong, there's no complain from my part, just from my lil suitcase . . . But hey, I—still don't know how—made it work, so it's aaaall good!

The rest of the awesomeness you see was courtesy of the authors, who spoiled us with all sorts of goodies! You gotta agree that it really seemed rude to refuse them ;)

So that is what happens when I leave for a break, I meet people, I get stuff, and I genuinely have a blast!

Cherry on top, I got to enjoy this great event with two of the best fellow blogger friends ever!!

I love you girls, let's do it again soon! :D

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


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

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...


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.

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