Sep 1, 2014

Travel the World in Books Readathon: Start + Goals + Reading List + Updates!


I came across this read-a-thon only a couple of days ago, and I knew I had to sign up! It's sounds like so much fun, and who doesn't love a themed read-a-thon ;)
  
For more detailed info about this read-a-thon & to join, visit the sign up post HERE!
 
Also, this just might be the push I need to finally read some of those books that have been sitting on my shelf unread for years now, and lots of them are set in different countries & by authors from different countries. 

I haven't decided what exactly I'll read, but I have lots of choices because I'm from Macedonia, and I'll try to mix it up, and read books set in different countries & by authors from lots of different countries, though probably most of them will be from Europe, to be honest.


Goals:


~ to finish one previously started book
~ to read 2 full-length books
~ to participate in a mini challenge
   
 
Ok, so, I have 2 previosly started books that fit this read-a-thon: Untold by Cat Clarke (by UK author & set in UK) & The Final Murder by Anne Holt (set in Norway & by a Norwegian author), and I'd like to finish them both. And despite the fact that I have a lot of popular books that I'd like to read (like A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Shadow of the Wind, Mistress of Rome, etc.), the book that I think would be the most perfect for this read-a-thon is Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. It was recommended to me by my cousin, and I'll have to borrow it from her, and I know it's on the chunky side, but hopefully I'll like it & read it. And to be honest, the first book I'll probably read is Red Blooded by Amanda Carlson, and she's an American author, so it still counts ;) So, yes, I'm totally undecided, but then again, I am a moody reader, but I'll start with:



I'll just update this post with my progress! I'm also planning to tweet about it now & then ;)

Book Blog Walkers: September 2014!

 
Book Blog Walkers is hosted by Felicia S. a.k.a The Geeky Blogger @ The Geeky Blogger's Book Blog
   
For more info about this challenge, and to join, visit the post HERE!
 
 
I had fun participating in this event these last couple of months, and in August I did better than in July, so of course I'm in once again in September. Actually, I can't wait!

Aug 29, 2014

"Her Kind of Trouble" by Sarah Mayberry


Title: Her Kind of Trouble

Author: Sarah Mayberry

Publisher: Harlequin

Imprint: Harlequin Superromance

Publication date: April 1st, 2014
 
 
My rating: 4 of 5


(Book read from August 27th to August 28th, 2014,  from a review copy received from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange of an honest review.)


Summary:



It takes one to know one

The moment Vivian Walker spies Seth Anderson she knows they're a match made in hedonistic pleasure. And they both agree their one night together is all about fun, not forever.

Now, years later, Seth remains a favorite memory. Surely the sizzling chemistry has faded, though, right? Apparently not. Because he's still sinfully attractive, and she likes the man he is. When he suddenly becomes a full-time dad to his newborn daughter, Vivian falls hard. Yet despite the responsibilities, he's not a good bet for commitment. And she needs to guard her heart before she gets into trouble!
 



My Thoughts on the Book:



There's something quite unique when it comes to Sarah Mayberry's contemporary romances. They're fun, and heartbreaking, yet so realistic. No one can make me feel as sad as she can. I've actually forgotten that until the first tears came. I think her stories & characters have so much impact on me, because they feel so much real & realistic. And Her Kind of Trouble is another read like that.

I have to admit that at the beginning I didn't quite like both Vivian & Seth. But, they're both still searching for themselves, so I could understand them. But, when the story continued 10 years later, everything was different. Slowly, I started to like them more, to cheer them on, to laugh with them, get angry with them, and cry with them.

The story was interesting, heartbreaking, entertaining, sweet & heartwarming. The interactions & chemistry between Seth & Vivian was good, and I really enjoyed their story.

I highly recommend Her Kind of Trouble to every fan of contemporary romances, as well as Sarah Mayberry's books overall. There's a reason why I keep reading her books, and that's because she's a great author that always delivers.
 
 

Challenges: 


Aug 28, 2014

"Shipwrecked with the Billionaire Rock Star" by Victoria Wessex


Title: Shipwrecked with the Billionaire Rock Star

Author: Victoria Wessex

Publisher: Fido Publishing

Publication date: July 17th, 2014


My rating: 2 of 5


(Book read from August 16th to August 28th, 2014,  from a review copy received from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange of an honest review.) 
  
 

Summary:



Adam Sykes, bad boy singer with the rock band Iron Hammer, loves to party. When his latest escapade ends in arrest, he’s packed off by his manager to a private yacht to lay low.
 
Fiery ship’s chef Hannah is proud of her curvy body…and she has a tongue as sharp as her knives. She has no time for arrogant rock stars, even when they’re billionaires. So when Adam makes a pass at her, she rejects him. Now he’s fascinated.

When the yacht is caught in a storm, the pair are stranded on a desert island and must rely on each other to survive. As the days pass, the friction between them threatens to ignite into lust…but Hannah’s been hurt before. Can she learn to trust a man with Adam’s reputation? Can he prove he’s changed?

As they battle to control their feelings, new dangers emerge. Even if they can escape the island, their problems may be just beginning….

 


My Thoughts on the Book:



First of all, I have to mention that I have a thing for books featuring chefs or just cooking of any kind. So, the moment I saw this on NetGalley, thought it had potential & I wanted to read it. I thought it will be fun summer read, but unfortunately, this book didn't work for me.

It was actually quite subjective. First of all, I really disliked the main character Hannah, as for Adam, I couldn't care enough. I think it should've been from dual PoV, then the story would've been better, and I might have liked Adam. Now, I was just indifferent when it came to him. The characters weren't at all developed, I usually want a little bit more...

I also had trouble with the writing style, some choices of words & phrases at time I found quite ridiculous, that a few times I was thinking about giving up on this story. I don't know, it just rubbed me the wrong way. I'm not saying it was all bad, just not quite the read for me.

That being said, I quite liked the ending. It was better then the previous parts of the book. And, despite knowing quite early what happened, so I wasn't surprised, I loved the way everything resolved, and I might have started to care just a tiny bit about both Adam & Hannah near the end, and wanted them to make it. So, in the end, I'm glad that I didn't give up on this book & read it until the end.

Shipwrecked with the Billionaire Rock Star might not have been the read for me, but if you enjoy hot summer romances set on an island (the island was quite beautiful), I say you should give this one a try. It might just be the read for you.

 
 

Challenges: 


What's Next? #33

What's Next? is a weekly meme hosted by IceyBooks.

Every Thursday, select 3-5 books (not too many, not too little!) that you want to read but can't decide which one to read first, so the readers can vote on which one you should read next.

To participate, go HERE!


My picks this week are:

 

~ Broken Branch Falls by Tara Tyler

 
 
Doing homework for bully ogres and getting laughed at as the butt of pixie pranks, Gabe is tired of his goblin life. When he and his friends step out of their nerdy stereotype and pull a prank of their own on the dragons at the first football game, it literally backfires, bringing a High Council vote to dismantle not only Gingko High, but the whole town, too!
  
The Book of Ages – hidden handbook of the High Council, filled with knowledge and power – may be Gabe’s only hope. With the help of friends old and new, can Gabe complete his quest to find the Book in time to save Broken Branch Falls? Or will he remain an outcast forever?
 
 

~ Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen

  
 
Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.

With Stella’s knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook’s last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their neverending game. 
  

~ Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

  
 
Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent — and darkly attractive — and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival — and vengeance — might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.
 
 
   

So, what do you think, which one of these should I read next?

Leave me a comment & help me decide!