Review: “Crux” by Serban Andrei Mazilu

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Review:

General Opinion: I have to say that I was very thrilled when Serban asked me to review his book and I was glad to accept. But because I had so many exams and problems, I couldn’t read it until yesterday and I want to apologize for this. I started reading “Crux’ yesterday at 10 o’clock and finished at 5am. This is an incredible fantasy and everyone should read it. I couldn’t put it down until the very last page. I am very pleased and amazed by this book !

What I liked the most: The world-building. It’s just wow! Such an incredible story, described with a lot of talent and passion.  I loved the world that Serban created!

The book is full of action! I couldn’t get bored while reading it and the thought of sleep couldn’t make me put it down. So many things happen in just 320 pages (I can’t believe I read 320 pages in just one night! Lol)  and this is stunning.

I seriously thing that this book has it’s on personality. No kidding here. It’s just outstanding. Different, with a great rhythm, story and world, this is probably the best fantasy I’ve read this year so far. “Crux” is more than a book. “Crux” is a real world, with strong, real characters and a story that sometimes Is so dark!

Another thing that made me LOVE this book is Kara. I haven’t met such a powerful character in a long time.Loved her!

What I disliked: Uhm…. Nothing?

Final Opinion: “Crux” is an incredible book! I loved every single word of it and I couldn’t ge enough of it! Best fantasy I’ve read this year!!

I recommend it  to: Everyone, but mainly to fantasy lovers.

Would I read it again: Definitely!

Do I want to read the sequel: Do  I need to say ‘Yes’?

Rate: 5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

The mysterious planet Crux suffers silently with a terrible ancient curse. Holy entities and scheming lords of Hell manipulate their children like pawns in an agonizingly long game of chess, while the first Cherub Innanna, creator of the realm and savior of the Nephalem, is shackled inside a pocket dimension in eternal exile. Meanwhile a savior – the mysterious Nilithar – is summoned to Crux. The events to follow haven’t caught only the attention of the Cruxians, but the Angellove Society’s as well. The fabled group investigates the ancient prophecy through Thomas and Andrew, a powerful half-vampire and a mage of unthinkable potential, who travel across galaxies to find the girl. Forces beyond imagination will clash in an epic battle of Light versus Darkness, as Crux changes not only its landscape, but its inhabitants as well, and the strangest and most unlikely of heroes will rise and stand against complete annihilation.

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Short review: “Love is Lethal” by David Chios

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Review:

Thank you to Nely and David for sending me this book!!

When I received an e-mail from Nely sayin that I won a copy of ‘Love is Lethal’ and a poem that will be included in the book, I screamed.And jumped. I loved ‘Creatura’ and David is one of my favorite character EVER. Plus, I’ve always wanted a poem written by David. And now I have it. And it’s melting my heart.

“Love is Lethal” is a short collection of poems that David wrote for fans of “Creatura”. Breathtaking poems, with beautiful phrasing and the cheeky and romantic tone of David’s. It’s easy to read. I read it in 15 minutes.

I recommed “Love is Lethal” to every lover of poems. It’s amazing,I loved it!!

5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

This collection of poetry is an homage to love and to those who do not fear it. In it you will find poems written and dedicated to only a few of the many admirers of David Chios of the book Creatura by Nely Cab. They love him enough to give him life.

Review: “Exhale” by Jennifer Snyder

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Blurb:

Inhaling in life is easy. It’s the exhaling—the letting go— that’s the hard part.

Katie Elliot has always known the Conner twins. For years she secretly pined after one, while playfully averting the advances of the other. Once upon a time, she was fine with that. Then came the moment when her twin of preference kissed her and changed everything.

As if realizing love can be complex—even when it’s reciprocated—isn’t hard enough, tragedy strikes, tearing Katie and the boy she’s always desired apart. Finding herself torn between love and guilt, Katie must learn when it’s acceptable to let go—when it’s finally okay to exhale.

GENRE: 

Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Review:

I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. Thank you so much!!

General opinion: ‘Exhale’ is a quick and engaging read, with well created and interesting characters and an amazing,different story. I loved the book and I can say that I am glad that I read it.

What made me read the book: The blurb. ” Exhale” seemed like a book that needed to be read and loved. And I was right.

What I like the most: The characters and the story.

As I said before, the characters are very well created and very likable. Though Derek and Kyle are twins, the readers can see how different they are and I loved this thing. I once read a book with twins and thought the author said that they are different, I couldn’t notice this thing. I also LOVED the main character. She has something special and she was outstanding.

Though the story is very sad, it warmed my heart. It was so romantic! I cried, I laughed and I cried again. There were funny moments, sad moments (a lot of  them) and also romantic moments.This book has it all.

Other good things : The book is fast paced and very engaging. Once you start it,you can’t put it down until you finish it. I was very intrested in the destiny of the characters.

The emotions are very well described and you ca almost feel them. When there was a sad, made-for-crying scene, I cried. This is an amazing thing and not too many authors can do it.

What I disliked: Mainly, nothing. But I would’ve prefered the book to be longer.

I recommend it to: EVERYONE! Seriously, this is an amazing book and I thing that eveyone can enjoy it.

Would I read it again? Yes,probably!

Do I want to read the sequel: If there’s gonna be one, of course!

Rate: 5 stars of out 5.

Short review: ‘Finding Alice’ by Andrea DiGiglio

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Review:

Thank you to Andrea for giving me the opportunity to read this book!

General Opinion: I loved this book, but I feel a little confused because of it. I felt like the author didn’t explain the supernatural world very clear. But the book is great, the story is amazing and the characters are great.
What made me wanna read the book: The blurb and the cover.
What I liked the most: The creativity behind this book. Even if this book is a book with angels, it’s very different from all the books I read, and this is what I liked the most. The story can be confusing and complicated,but it keeps you reading, searching for an answer to every question that you put while reading it.
Other great things: The characters. Though I didn’t feel like I knew them very well, they are weird (in a good way) and different and very strong. It’s like they are coming outside of the pages.
The book is a quick read, but it needs for more attention than usualy because the story is very tangled.
The end impressed me and I was a little shocked. I’m glad I’m finally reading the second volume, because I have ome unanswered questions!!
What I disliked: The confusion that I felt while reading it.I don’t know what made me feel that way, but it annoyed me a little.
Final Opinion: “Finding Alice” is a great book, with a nice world-building, with likable characters, but I think that the authors needs to provide her writing style. I’m reading the 2nd volume now and I think that it’s better. The series is very nice and if you are a Angels lover, you will love it!!!
I recommend it to: Fans of angels and paranormal.
Would I read it again: Though I liked it, I don’t think so.
Do I want to read the sequel: Yes. 🙂
Rate: 4 stars out of 5.

Blurb:

Cursed with an intense version of empathy Alice runs from a wasted life to start a new one somewhere no one will know her; Hell, Michigan. Alice works at a hole-in-the-wall bar in the middle of nowhere mostly keeping to herself to avoid the overwhelming emotions of those around her. She allows her best friend to convince her into taking a few college classes without realizing it would drastically change her life forever. From her first day of class she was hooked on him; his scent, his eyes, the way he talked to her inside her head. Throughout her struggles she learns about true love, true pain and the truth of her own heritage. Alice must quickly find out who she is because after all everyone else is out to find her. With Angels and Bounty Hunter’s in constant pursuit she finds protection within a group of Fallen Angels. These Fallen Angels vow to do anything to protect her; for it is their belief she will save their kind and all of mankind.

Review: “Broken” by Megan Hart

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Blurb:

This month my name is Mary

My name is different every month—Brandy, Honey, Amy…sometimes Joe doesn’t even bother to ask—but he never fails to arouse me with his body, his mouth, his touch, no matter what I’m called or where he picks me up. The sex is always amazing, always leaves me itching for more in those long weeks until I see him again.

My real name is Sadie, and once a month over lunch Joe tells me about his latest conquest. But what Joe doesn’t know is that, in my mind, I’m the star of every X-rated one-night stand he has revealed to me, or that I’m practically obsessed with our imaginary sex life. I know it’s wrong. I know my husband wouldn’t understand. But I can’t stop. Not yet.

Review:

Thank you to NetGalley andHarlequin Enterprises Australia  for giving me the opportunity to read “Broken” by Meg Hart.

General Opinion: Though I usually don’t read erotica, something in the blurb of “Broken” made me wanna read it. Maybe because it seemed something more than an erotica book. Well, after I read it, I can say that I was right. “Broken” is not just a book with a lot of detailed scenes. “Broken” is a book about lifes, about choices and about true love.
What made me read the book: “This month, my name is (…).” Who wouldn’t want to read a book with a blurb that starts like this? So, after I read this sentence, I was very curios and I requested the title, being very happy when I received an e-mail from NetGalley that was telling me that the publisher accepted my request. Oh, and the cover made me wanna read the book. It’s simple, but beautiful.
What I liked the most:The way the author approached the story.And the fact that though it’s labeled as an erotica read, “Broken” is not just a book with lots and lots of hot scenes. “Broken” is a book that teaches you to follow your heart and to fight for what (or who) you love the most in this world. It’s about fighters and it’s about never giving up.
Joe. Hot.Really hot. Though he can be a little full of himself sometimes, he’s still that kind of perfect, super hot guy that every girl wants.
Other good things: The action that keeps you “awake”. I was really curious to see what will happen with Saddie (I love this name!!) and Joe, how the things will turn out in the end.
The author knows how to write erotica.I mean, she really knows how to write a scene of that kind.They are very detailed.And vivid.
What I disliked: Saddie’s husband. He was a jerk. I understand that he was a deaf and frustated, but still, he annoyed me so much!!
Final Opinion: Great book,I loved it!
I recommend it to: People at the age of 18 or older.
Would I read it again: I’m not sure yet,but I don’t think so.We’ll see.
Do I want to read the sequel: If there’s gonna be one, why not?
Rate: 4 stars out of 5.

Review: Shadows of the Past by Carmen Stefanescu

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Review:

Thank you ,Carmen, for giving me the opportunity to read this book. 🙂

General Opinion: I’m not a fan of religion so I don’t read book involving churches and religion often. But I said tat I should try this bok. And, I am not dissapointed at all. “Shadows f the Past” is a great books, with ups and downs, but being Carmen’s first book I think it’s totally normal. I really want to read something else that she wrote. She’s a great author, with a lot of imagination.
What made me read it: A friend of mine, Paulette Mahurin (also an amazing author) recommend it to me, saying that is amazing and I have to read it. So when Carmen contacted me, I accepted her invitatin to read the book and, after some weeks, I finally read the book.
What I liked the most: The world-building it’s amazing.I liked that every details of the story was very well constructed and the result is amazing. The story captivates you, but not from the start. I started to be curious about what’s gonna happen next after te first 30% of the book.
Other good things: The characters are very likable, realistic and you you get attached with them quickly. I liked Genevieve, with her dramatism and intelligence.
I loved that there are a lot of metaphors in the book so the book has an unique musicality and it’s very elegant.
As I said, Carmen is a very talented author and she knows how to write a book. Her writing is amazing. 🙂 I can’t wait for another book of hers. 🙂
The love story in this book is very romantic and quite unique. I’ve never read a book where a priest falls in love with a nun, so this was different for me.
What I disliked: As I said in the beginning of this review, I’m nt a fan of religion,meaning that I don’t believe in God. So for me, this book containted a little bit too much of churches and God references and well, religion.
The start was a little slow. I also think that the love story should’ve been a little more accentuated. Genevieve and Andrew’s story is very beautiful, but it starts a little too late into the book.
Final Opinion: “Shadows of the Past” is a great book and I liked it and recommend it. 🙂
I recommend it to: Everyone except of atheists.
Would I read it again: This is a great read, but I think that one time was enough.
Do I want to read he sequel: The end didn’t leave room for a sequel, but if there’s gonna be one, of course I’ll read it.
Rate: 4 stars out f 5

Blurb:

When Anne and Neil leave on a one-week holiday hoping to reconcile after a two-year separation, little do they know that destiny has other plans for them. Their discovery of human bones and a bejeweled cross in the hollow of a tree open the door to the supernatural realm and the anguished life of Genevieve, a nun from medieval England.

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve her eternal rest?

The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.

Review: “Downpour” by Madison Daniel

I know that I already posted this review in Romanian,but I wanna post it again in English for the author. 🙂

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Review:

I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.Thank you so much,Madison!

As you may probably know,I LOVED the first volume of this series, “Ember”. The book left me with a HUGE cliffhanger and I was so eager to read the second book, “Downpour”, that when I received it, I couldn’t believe that I was finally going to read it!!

Noo,I didn’t like it.I adored it!! I am sooo lucky that I can understand this series and I can enjoy it.Lately, I saw that not everyone can understand it at its real value. The “Ember” series is AMAZING and deserves every single piece of attention and love that receives.

I loved every single page of this book and I was so sad when I finished it that I couldn’t read something else for a full week. “Downpour” also left me with a cliffhanger, even bigger than Ember’s. I need the 3rd like I need water!! The end of the book shocked me and made me cry.

In “Downpour” ,the characters are very changed. More mature, responsable and passionate.Asia annoyed me to pieces,though in “Ember” I loved her!She was so selfish and she couldn’t understand that Max has *SPOILER* a child *END OF THE SPOILER*  and he has more responsabilities. He has to be near Sam! Asia wanted Max just for herself and that annoyed me so much I could’ve screamed right in Asia’s face!

The book hooked me and, at some point, I was breathless!I was so into the book that I forgot to breathe! Everything around me disappeared and it was just me and this amazing world that Madison created.I felt like I was part of the story,watching everything from a corner.Not too many authors can do something like this.

Madison’s writing-style amazed me again. Something in it is so mysterious and unique, that the book flows from itself.The book has a special musicality that makes you love it from the first pages.

“Downpour” is very emotionally and at somescenes I even cried.

To be honest, I don’t know what else I can saw, how I should describe how much I loved it. Should I tell again that I loved it? As I think that you figured out, I recommend the series from the bottom of my heart.I am very happy that I discovered the series and I can’t wait until the 3rd volume! I want everyone to read it, no matter if the love it as much as I do.

Blurb:

A little sister lost.

A family tree withered.

A journey to save the past.

Max Valentine is a walking supernova.
On the run and searching for answers, his light darkens.
Dark skies on the horizon make his next chapter ominous.
His powers are fading but still he pushes toward the storm.
Embers still burn but can he survive this one truth…

…love is eternal but the heart is not.

My rate:

6 stars out of 5

Review: “Virtuosity” by Jessica Martinez

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Blurb:

An intensely romantic, “brilliant debut” (Kirkus Reviews) about a dangerous addiction, a fierce rivalry, and a forbidden love.Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen’s whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn’t just hot…what if Jeremy is better?

Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can’t end well, but she just can’t stay away. Nobody else understands her—and riles her up—like he does. Still, she can’t trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win, she takes antianxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even sicker of always doing what she’s told, doing what’s expected.

Sometimes being on top just means you have a long way to fall….

Review:

I was lucky enough to find this book on GoodReads a few weeks ago.After I read the blurb,I knew that I finally found THAT book that matches me like a glove.

After I read it,I can say that I was right.”Virtuosity” is the perfect book for me.It machted me perfectly in every way.

Words can’t describe my feelings for this book.It’s more than love.I’m simply speechless,happy that I read it and heart broken ’cause I finished it.

To be clear,I’m a violonist too.People always say that I’m a very good one.So I guess that I could understand this book completely.And, I think, that I loved it so much because,in a way,it’s my story.Actually, not Carmen’s story is my story,but Jeremy’s.

For the first time since I’ve began to review books, I couldn’t focus on the author’s writing-style. The athmosphere brought me a lot of emotions and memories.Memories of the concerts and competitions I took part to. The nerves and agitation,the hours of practicing before a concert and the ecstasy feeling I had after finishing the concert.So strong feelings because any violonist would kill just to touch a Gibson Stradivarius. Imagine,the best violin in the entire world!My blood is boiling just thinking about it!!I just loved reading about a violin, about music,about concerts and about that amazing world,knowing that I am familiar with everything.

2 days I lived in Carmend’s world.I was SO into the book that I was nervous too before a concerta that Carmen was gonna hold or before her lessions.This is why I believe that Jessica is an amazing author.Not many authors can transport you in their books.

The action was very engaging,especially for me.I was so curious to see who’s gonna get the Guarneri,to see how well will Carmen handle all the problems in her life.The end left me with an HUGE ,but HUGE,cliffhanger.I’m serious,I cried when I turned the page and there was nothing else to read.I was SO sad because I will not spent my time with Jeremy or Carmen in that amazing atmosphere. And now, writing this review,I am crying.It’s hard to pass over such a book.

And,Jessica,please write a sequel.Please,you have to.We need to find out what happened to Carmen,what she decided to do , how famous is Jeremy and so on.I’d also love to read “Virtuosity” from Jeremy’s point of view.This will be amazing! Seriously,Jessica,you have to do it.I need this book!!

I don’t know what else to say so that you’d want to read the book.”Virtuosity” is a masterpiece,the best book I’ve ever book.I’d re-read it, but I’m full of books for reviews,so,unfortunately, I have to wait. 😦 But yes,I guess you already understood that I recommend it.

Rate: Endless amount of stars

P.S.: Still crying while thinking about this book.This is the 2nd review I wrote for this book.I didn’t like the first one,so I wrote it again.I still don’t like this,because I don’t think that you can truly understand how amazing this book is until you read it.So,go and read it!

Review: “Somber Island” by T. Lynn Tolles

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Review:

First, I wanna thank Lynn for sending me a copy of this book in exchange of a review. Thank you so much!!

I have to recognize that the cover made me wanna read this book.It’s simply gorgeous and I loved it from the very first moment when I laid my eyes on it. When Lynn told be that she’ll send me a copy, I was utterly happy!

I read this book very quickly. I mean, I usually read a paperback in one week. But I read “Somber Island” in just one day and I loved it! It’s easy to read and the story hooks you.

This book it’s full of magic.Every page contains an element of magic. I found some magic elements from “The Vampire Diaries” too, but not too many.And no, “Somber Island” isn’t  copied after “The Vampire Diaries”. This is an original and different story.This time, the human saves the invincible vampire. Also, I loved the fact that their love develops slow. This is not a love at the first sight. This is a love that was built on trust and where the two characters got to know each other before they fell in love.

The story has the elegance of the era that was written into and this is a good thing. I don’t think it’s easy for an author to adjust the story to an old era. I mean, as an author, you have to be careful not to include anything modern. Also, the story is full of twists. There’s something that changes the situation and keeps you reading.

I have to say that “Somber Island” gave ma some nightmares.There are some scenes that are a little scary. But this makes the book even better!

The plot it’s hooking and I found myself on the edge of my seat sometimes.You’ll find yourself immediately dragged into the story,which is great. The author knows how to keep you reading, because the book it’s unpredicteble. You can’t guess what is going to happen next! I loved this thing,really!!

I had a connection with the first the main character, Phoebe. She’s such a cute character, so strong and loyal and I empathized with her immediately. Nathaniel it’s a great character too, but my favorite character it’s definitely Phoebe.

The relationship between Phoebe and Nathaniel it’s what I call true love. They never give up on each other. Lovely!

I recommend this book to all the lovers of vampires.They will love the story as much as I did!

Blurb:

Phoebe MacIntire, who is a servant to her father and sisters in her own house in Scotland in 1855, is an ordinary girl, with no big dreams for the future. She’s perfectly happy in her humble life, with her cot in the basement and her little garden in the backyard. But when her father up and sends her to Newfoundland to be the lifelong servant to Lord Jacobs, she finds her life gets turned upside down.

Her journey across the Atlantic to her new home is long, scary and very unpleasant. When she arrives at the manor on a small island, she finds the beautiful place abandoned and only a note waits for her explaining her duties, the strange dietary requirements, and sleeping habits of her new master.

The very first night in her new home she’s haunted in her dreams by a woman who clearly does not want her there and a strange blue-eyed man-wolf creature that follows the woman. Her dreams become more and more violent and mysteries start to be uncovered about a woman who was killed in a fire on the island, a creature that preys on anyone that comes to the island and a love story gone wrong that dates back over a hundred and twenty two years.

Join Phoebe as she explores the past, delving into witchcraft, and vampirism to help a brother save another from a life of sadness and misconception, making some amazing and surprising friends along the way.

Review:”Wilted” (A Witching Pen Novellas Prequel) by Dianna Hardy

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Review:

I got this book in a free day on Amazon. 🙂

“Wilted” is a short,quick and nice novellas. I read it in less then an hour and I really enjoyed. Even if this is a short story, I could tell that Dianna Hardy it’s a talented author and she obviously knows how to write. Something in her writing-style is so elegant that you can’t not like her books. I definitely want to read the whole series.

The story it’s kind of sad, yet beautiful. I’m curious to see what will happen between Elena and Karl, how the things will turn out in the end. “Wilted” did its job and engaged me in the series so I want to read the rest of the series.

If I liked “Wilted” so much I can’t imagine how much I will like the first ook in the series. “The Witching Pen” it’s definitely not a series to be missed. I highly recommend you to read this short story and then the whole series.

Blurb:

A short story prequel to The Witching Pen Novellas.

(This story takes place ten years before the events of The Witching Pen Novellas.)

Fifteen-year-old Elena hides her magical abilities from everyone, except her best friend, Karl. Inseparable since they were very young, they’ve always shared everything together, including the darkest parts of their lives.

Elena’s beginning to realise that her feelings for Karl are growing into something more. But her mother’s about to drop a bombshell on her – one that will change the course of her life, and heart, forever.

PUBLISHERS NOTES:

This UK-based story is suitable for YA readers, but it should be noted that The Witching Pen Novellas series is aimed at adult readers.

For fans of the series, this story includes two parts of Elena’s past that were made reference to in The Witching Pen: 1) The moment that Karl turns up on Elena’s doorstep having been beaten and ‘jumped on’ by his father and 2) “The Sex Talk” between Elena and her mother.