Monday, November 11, 2019

Cover Reveal: Once A Myth by Pepper Winters

Hello and happy Monday! I'm very excited to share the cover reveal of Once A Myth, a new upcoming dark romance book by the amazing Pepper Winters. I'm so excited for this book and the rest of the series!

ONCE A MYTH by Pepper Winters (Book One of Goddess Isles)

Dark Romance

Coming early 2020 with a release every month thereafter.

Five books in the series.

“There was a boy once. A boy who wasn’t strong enough to save me when I was taken.”

There was a girl once. A girl called Tess Snow who sat with me in the dark waiting to be sold.

There was an owner once. An owner who bought me, entrapped me, and made me his unwilling goddess.”

Eleanor Grace is a naïve dreamer. Trusting and young, she believes her book-loving boyfriend can save her when her freedom is snatched and sold. Squirrelled away to an island at dawn, delivered to a man even darkness won’t touch, she’s bound by a contract.

Four men.

Four fantasies.

Four pieces of her soul.

Sullivan Sinclair is the giver of fantasies. Any wish, any desire—he is the master at quenching even the filthiest appetites. His private paradise and perfectly trained goddesses are there for one purpose: to ensure every guest is extremely well satisfied.

He bought her.

He trapped her.

She belongs to him.

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About the Author:
Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.
After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s a multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller.
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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Title: The Couple Next Door
Author: Shari Lapena
Publication: April 20th 2017 by Corgi

Genre: Thriller
Purchase it on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Google Play | Kobo
Rating: 3/5

You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone.

You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

It took me a couple of chapters to really get into The Couple Next Door but it wasn't long before I was thoroughly hooked. I don't generally read a lot of thrillers like this one so I thought it was a nice change of pace as well compared to my usual reads. I've seen plenty of movies that were a little similar though, so I'm hoping this will be turned into a movie someday. I would totally watch it!

To keep it short, the story is about a couple who leaves their six month old baby home alone, because their babysitter canceled to attend a dinner party next door with their neighbors. They thought it would be fine because they were taking a baby monitor with them and checked on the baby every half hour. But then they get home and the baby isn't in her crib anymore. 

Basically the suspense started right away and I was so invested in the story because I really wanted to know if the baby was alive or who abducted her. I can say that it didn't take until the very last end to find out who was responsible for the baby being gone in the first place. And I gotta say I didn't see it coming but also, there was a lot more to the story than just that. 

For the most part I thought this book was going to be a solid four star read but towards the end the story started going downhill a lot for me. It started getting a bit chaotic and confusing. I also thought some of the characters were acting a bit over the top. And the ending was just a little bit weird to me. Not bad weird, though... I guess I just still don't really know what to think of it all.

Overall, The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena was pretty unputdownable. I managed to read the book in only two days which is damn fast for me. I would definitely recommend it even though I had my doubts over the last few chapters. It was still a good thriller to me.  

About the author:
Shari Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, and An Unwanted Guest. She was a lawyer and an English teacher before turning her hand to fiction.
She lives in Toronto.
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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Monthly Wrap-Up — October 2019

Even though my reading month of October had a rocky start it quickly picked up and ended being a killer reading month. I had a lot of favorites! It definitely was a way better month than September. Hopefully November will be just like October!

The Emperor's Assassin by Autumn Bardot —1/5
Say Cheese and Die! by R.L. Stine —3/5
When God Had a Wife by Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince —4/5★ (Review)

The Duchess in His Bed by Lorraine Heath —4/5
The Living Canvas by Pepper Winters —4/5 (Review)
Dark Matters by Michelle Diener —5/5★ (Review)

The Octopus Curse by Salma Farook —5/5★ (Review)
Desperate Measures by Katee Robert —4/5
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo —5/5

Celtic Way of Life by Curriculum Development Unit —3/5
The Earl Takes a Fancy by Lorraine Heath —4/5

I usually pick my favorite book of the month but I had so many that I really can't pick just one favorite. It's way too hard. But I'll mention the ones that I really had a soft spot for.

The Duchess in His Bed by Lorraine Heath
Dark Matters by Michelle Diener
The Octopus Curse by Salma Farook
Desperate Measures by Katee Robert 
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
The Earl Takes a Fancy by Lorraine Heath

Like I said MANY favorites. What a month! :D

What was your favorite book of October?

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween: 6 Spooky Reads I Love

Happy Halloween!

So for today I decided to feature some of my favorite spoooooky reads. They will be ordered randomy and I recommend each and every one! ♥

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Nevermore is one of my all time favorite books and trilogies from way back in the day (2012) that has one of my ultimate book boyfriends: Varen Nethers. Please tell me there are people who still remember him. *dreamy sigh* Also, it all involves Edgar Allan Poe and his stories if that wasn't obvious yet because of the title. ;)

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
I don't read a lot of horro but this is probably the creepiest book I've ever read. But even so this (and the sequel) are actually really good. Rin Chupeco writes the best characters, in my opinion. I always end up loving them so much, even when they scare the living shit out of me.

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
This is a classic story but one of my favorites by Poe. It's part of Penguin's Little Black Classics collection, which I am so obsessed with. As far as the story goes, it's one I always re-read around Halloween. It's perfect for it.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
This is a very recent release that I think has been on everyone's radar pretty much. I also recently read it and now it's one of my top favorites of 2019. There are a lot of scenes that were spooky and creepy and just nasty but damn I loved it all! I think it's Leigh's best book so far.

The Fall by Bethany Griffin
This is a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the Hous of Usher. Yes, Poe again. I'm obsessed, okay. But anyways... I really enjoyed this book. I adored the writing so much. It's really beautifully written and the story by Poe is my favorite by him so I couldn't not mention this retelling here.

Another classic! This is actually what I consider my favorite classic of all time. I collect different editions and covers of this book, that's how much I love it. And how beautiful is the cover of this edition, by the way? I adore it so much!

What are your favorite spooky reads?

Monday, October 21, 2019

ARC Review: The Octopus Curse by Salma Farook

Title: The Octopus Curse
Author: Salma Farook
Publication: November 1st 2019 by SeaShell Publications
Genre: Poetry
Purchase it on: Amazon 
Rating: 5/5

Science would have us believe that we are nothing but cell upon cell. I disagree. We are made up of stories. The stories we hear from our mothers, the ones we tell our daughters. The tales we share with sisters and friends. The ones we never say out loud, but are heavy on our minds and run like a fever in our blood.

There are a multitude of great divides between us; race, religion, cultures, the way we dress, the languages we speak, but the stories we tell bridge us together in the universal tongue of smiles, tears, pain and laughter. They remind us that, as women, we’re all chasing similar fairy-tales.

This book is a call to celebrate the bridges, delight in our stories and to focus on the joy in our lives right now, rather than racing behind the happily-ever-after. That will come in it’s own time.

Wow! This was such an amazing read. But the word amazing doesn't even begin to cover this book. It was brilliant and touched me to the core. This is probably going to come out as one big ramble on my part but this collection of poems  really blew me away! Last year I read the author's inspirational nonfiction (What Your Soul Already Knows) and this book also a huge winner for me but I gotta say that The Octopus Curse just confirmed that Salma Farook is such a talented author. I adore her writing so much!

I'm not someone who knows a lot about poetry or even reads a lot of it. I only do it every once in a while. But that doesn't mean I don't enjoy it. I love reading poems and The Octopus Curse was definitely something very special. The poetry was beautifully written, of course, but also very powerful, thought-provoking and just a joy to read. And on top of all that amazingness there were also illustrations. They were so so so gorgeous!

I really loved all of the poems but these titles are some of the ones that were favorites of mine and touched something in me: The Sea And The Shore, I Thought I Would See You Again, Thoughts On An Airplane, When Will It Stop? and Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Also please don't hesitate to check out my review of What Your Soul Already Knows by Salma Farook here.

About the author:
Salma Farook is a Seychelloise doctor, writer and poet. A mental health and positive-thinking advocate, she strongly believes in the role of interfaith harmony and the power of words in making a positive impact on the world.

She was born in Seychelles to two ‘very Indian’ parents. She grew up on the islands and went on to complete Med-school in India. She believes the scenic beauty of the Seychelles and the cultural impact of one of the world’s oldest civilisations gave her the best of both worlds.

Although adept at observing tiny quirks in people and fascinated with the mechanics of human relationships, she regularly pushes doors that very clearly say PULL.

She currently lives on Mahé with her husband. She loves, loves to hear from her readers so reach out to
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