Monday, August 21, 2017

GIVEAWAY: 100 free copies - We Were Swans

So.. This is actually a last-minute thing!
I noticed my review of We Were Swans to be pretty popular.
You can read it here.

I received an email from the author, G.J. Freeman, just now.
On Inkitt there are 100 e-book copies available for free.
So if my review spiked your interest, you can get one over there!!

Let me know if you took the opportunity and share your opinion if you did read the book!

Go over to Inkitt, sign in with Facebook, Google or E-mail and get a free copy; here.






Genre: Thriller
Pages: 368
Synopsis:

Tom and Sacha are ordinary people. They have no special skills which they are forced to resurrect, they aren't retired CIA or former Assassins. There are no puffs of smoke, no trapdoors, no sliding walls to swish magically open revealing a startling array of weaponry. They are normal people, like you and me.

Until their 3 year old child is abducted and murdered by teenage freaks, as a game, a joke, or at least, that's how it played out in court. In the style of the feral underbelly of modern society, these vile, sick delinquents even film what they did on a mobile phone. Eight years later, they're out, their debt written off, ready to begin their lives as blithely as they destroyed yours. That can't be how this ends. If it were me and I were given the opportunity offered to Tom, would I take it? Yes. In a heartbeat. Could I do it? I'd like to think so. But here's the thing. Would you? Could you?

Review: May (Calendar Girl #5)


Author: Audrey Carlan
Started reading: August 3rd 2017
Finished the book: August 4th 2017
Pages: 112
Genres: Erotic
Published: May 28th 2015
Source: Kindle
Goodreads score: 4.11
My score:
Synopsis
Tai Niko had everything the average man lacked. Height, broad shoulders, a nipped in waist, square pecs, tree trunk thighs, and a look that rivaled “The Rock.” The part that made me drool and weakened my knees, was the thick, intricate tribal tattoos running down the entire left side of his muscled frame from shoulder to ankle. The design was unlike anything I’d ever seen, and I couldn’t wait to trace the tips of my fingers over every inch.

In the fifth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Oahu, HI. Still on her mission to save her father, she embraces the model life to prove beauty really does come in all sizes.


My thoughts
Okay.. So I really don't like writing negative reviews, but since I want to be a reliable Bookblogger and not only post 4 and 5 rating reviews, the not-so-popular opinion needs to be out there too!
I've told myself numerous times that I would stop reading this series, but I'm curious about one character: Wes. And since the books only take 2 hours to finish, I'm going to keep reading. I am curious about the next book though!
I do try to find the positives, so here goes.

Pros
  • Conversations: The conversations between Mia and her best friend are witty and snappy and I love to read those. I'm not really the person to call my best friend a slut, bitch or whore, but the conversations did make me laugh since the girls are both very stubborn and sarcastic.
  • Wes: This storyline is getting my undivided attention! What is going on with Wes?! This makes me so curious and the fact that he re-appears in all the books is a very big pro for me. It keeps this storyline hot and makes you keep reading.. Well it works for me!
  • Maddy: Finally a girl that is not all about sex and orgasms, but about love and going to college! Maddy is a refreshing character in this book that I would love to hear more about.
Cons
  • Too much too good sex: Since this is an erotic book there is loads and loads and loads and loads of sex. I get it, you need to have great, hot and steamy sex scenes, but after the 45th orgasm it's not that believable anymore. Does anyone have a bucket for me?!
  • So sappy: Everything in these books is SAPPY. Everything is always great and happy and loving and there is never a person that Mia doesn't like. She is best friends with everyone in the world and they are all living in a big castle in the sky and riding unicorns.
  • Modeling?! I thought Mia was going on a job to be a model. I've maybe read two pages that are about the modeling... This could've and should've been a bigger part in this book.
Overall
Sorry for being bitter and writing maybe a bit of a negative review, but I promised myself I would review all the books I've read, so there you are. I keep asking myself, and you are probably wondering as well: WHY DO YOU READ THESE BOOKS!? Well.. One reason: Wes.
I'm too curious and I really want to know where that storyline is going. So I read these books with all the sappyness (it's not a word), too much good sex and way too good looking guys. Yep.

Other opinions about this book
"This "episode" was hella sexy. Damn, the way Tai spoke in bed. I was ready to take Mia's place. Lol! This book is filled with lots of fun, adventure and so much more."
- Abibliophobia Anonymous Book Reviews Blog

"Another fabulous month! I cannot get enough of this series!"
- Maine Book Mama Blog

Memorable quotes from this book
"True love always is. I think you have to go through some trials and tribulations to get the happy ending, to find that happily ever after."

"You're going to make a man fall to his knees and thank the Heavens above when he secures you forever."

How do you feel about writing negative reviews?!

  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Review: We Were Swans

Author: G.J. Freeman
Started reading: August 1st 2017
Finished the book: August 3rd 2017
Pages: 368
Genres: Thriller
Published: February 25th 2017
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
Synopsis
Tom and Sacha are ordinary people. They have no special skills which they are forced to resurrect, they aren't retired CIA or former Assassins. There are no puffs of smoke, no trapdoors, no sliding walls to swish magically open revealing a startling array of weaponry. They are normal people, like you and me.
Until their 3 year old child is abducted and murdered by teenage freaks, as a game, a joke, or at least, that's how it played out in court. In the style of the feral underbelly of modern society, these vile, sick delinquents even film what they did on a mobile phone. Eight years later, they're out, their debt written off, ready to begin their lives as blithely as they destroyed yours. That can't be how this ends. If it were me and I were given the opportunity offered to Tom, would I take it? Yes. In a heartbeat. Could I do it? I'd like to think so. But here's the thing. Would you? Could you?


My thoughts
The fact that I get review requests from authors makes me stumble upon books that surprise me! And that's what I like about a Bookblogger, to read unknown books and find this little gem in the huge pile of books that are around these days. They say don't judge a book by it's cover, and that's how I would define this book. It's a story about love, loss and most of all; revenge. It's maybe a bit far-fetched, but if you're willing to just go with it, you would probably like it!

Pros
  • Cover makes sense: This cover makes sense once you've read the book. I didn't get it at all when I first saw the cover and it even felt kinda weird, but I understand now! I like the choice to put the ladybug-mitten on the cover.
  • Good pacing: You just get dropped into the story and the pacing is great. The book is 368 pages long, but it doesn't feel that way, because something is going on all the time. I think the book shouldn't be shorter, it would strip away some parts of the book and it shouldn't be longer, because it would drag out the story. It's exactly the right length, and that's something that's hard to achieve in my opinion!
  • Well thought through: The main part of the book is about revenge and since this book contains pretty smart people, you don't go out and just murder somebody with all the traces and DNA and all. The way the main character is going into this is very clever and really well thought through.
  • Satisfying ending: I liked the ending! It's about more than just this main character and his feelings, after all. It gave me a pretty satisfying feeling! Can't tell you too much, because I do hope some people will try this book and pick it up.
Cons
  • Cover: Don't judge a book by it's cover, I know. I'm just a sucker for a good cover. I think that if a graphic designer would make something beautiful with the ladybug-mitten, the book would seem more appealing. I won't judge the book on itself by the cover, because I liked it and gave it 4 apples, but the cover just doesn't fit the great book that's inside.
  • Feels unfinished: The book doesn't have chapters and it feels kinda unfinished to me. There are no acknowledgements and stuff like that. It's a pity, really! The book could use a little polishing to attract more readers.
Overall
I do need to point out that this is not a book for people who want to read a sappy-lovemaking-hearts-and-flowers-book. I like those once in awhile, but don't pick this one up if you want that. This book is about feelings, raw feelings, loss, revenge and hate and doing anything to achieve your goal.
I was surprised by the book and actually liked the way it stands out because of all those raw feelings and emotions. The way this book slowly unfolds.. I felt like this:

What's your opinion on the "not-standard" genres in books?