Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Review: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #1)

Author: C.S. Lewis
Started reading: July 8th 2018
Finished the book: July 16th 2018
Pages: 206
Genres: Fantasy, Children's Book, Classics
Published: October 16th 1950
Source: Kindle
Goodreads score: 4.2
My score:

NARNIA...the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy...the place where the adventure begins. Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia.
But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Review: Outrun the Wind

Author: Elizabeth Tammi
Started reading: June 16th 2018
Finished the  book: July 12th 2018
Pages: 360
Genres: LGBT, Fantasy, Mythology
Published: November 27th 2018
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 3.84
My score: 
The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta.

To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia— where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’ second rule.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Review: Season of Storms (The Witcher #0)

Author: Andrzej Sapkowski
Started reading: June 13th 2018
Finished the book: July 6th 2018
Pages: 419
Genres: Fantasy
Published: May 22nd 2018
Source: Kindle
Goodreads score: 3.88
My score:
Geralt of Rivia. A witcher whose mission is to protect ordinary people from the monsters created with magic. A mutant who has the task of killing unnatural beings. He uses a magical sign, potions and the pride of every witcher -- two swords, steel and silver. But what would happen if Geralt lost his weapons?

In this standalone novel, Geralt fights, travels and loves again, Dandelion sings and flies from trouble to trouble, sorcerers are scheming ... and across the whole world clouds are gathering - the season of storms is coming...

Saturday, June 30, 2018

June Wrap up - Book Haul & What to Expect Next Month

Welcome, welcome, thanks for visiting my blog!

June is over already... I feel like I've read NOTHING. This month was a busy one. I was busy working, but also had a lot of evening trips to concerts, and was chilling with friends a lot in the evenings.
Sadly, I've only read 3 books, and that has never happened since starting this blog.

I don't feel all that bad about it, because I did awesome things, like going to an Ed Sheeran concert, going to a Beyoncé concert, I got to meet Karin Slaughter and did something for a charity. I also had a lot of fun evenings with friends and I was working evening hours last week.
Better luck next month, right?!


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Started reading: June 5th 2018
Finished the book: June 24th 2018
Pages: 454
Genres: Fantasy
Published: May 7th 2013
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.23
My score:
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Review: The Forgotten Ones

Author: Steena Holmes
Started reading: May 27yh 2018
Finished the book: June 12th 2018
Pages: 345
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery
Published: April 1st 2018
Source: Got a digital copy from the publisher
Goodreads score: 4.08
My score:
A spellbinding novel about an unspeakable secret that could destroy a family, from the New York Times bestselling author of Finding Emma.

Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: Uprooted

Author: Naomi Novik
Started reading: May 11th 2018
Finished the book: June 11th 2018
Pages: 438
Genres: Fantasy
Published: May 12th 2016
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.11
My score:
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows - everyone knows - that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn't, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Unboxing: Celebrate Books - Lie To Me

Another month, another bookbox! This month with EXTRA thanks to Celebrate Books, because the parcel delivery system lost the bookbox that I was supposed to receive. Luckily, Celebrate Books sent me another bookbox for free and I was happy to receive it this month!

Lets go to the unboxing, because the box was full of lovely goodies!.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

May Wrap up - Book Haul & What to Expect Next Month

Welcome, welcome and thanks for stopping by!

May is over and that means were going into the second half of 2018.
The weather here is LOVELY. I've had so many sun hours already.
It's also harder, because it feels like summer and I still have to work 7 weeks and I also have to make sure the kids work too.
Luckily we worked very hard the first part of the year, so we can do a bit more relaxing these days.

Reading wise, this was a good month as well and there are so many good books to read! I'm doing a buddyread and I continued reading the Throne of Glass series. My haul this month was one to be happy about too!

I hope you have as much sun as we do here in The Netherlands and I wish you a great month of summer-reading. ☀

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Review: The Digital Storm

Author: Benjamin Gorman
Started reading: May 16th 2018
Finished the book: May 25th 2018
Pages: 244
Published: May 23rd 2017
Source: Got a physical copy from the publisher
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
The Digital Storm is an ingenious science fiction retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest set in the near future inside a bank’s intranet. Prosper, the analogue to Shakespeare’s Prospero, is an artificial intelligence program who has been banished to a quarantined area in the bank’s system, and there he’s created an amazing virtual island home for himself, his daughter Memoranda, and the monstrous virus Caliban. Now, with the help of Ariel and the other programs he’s invented on the island, he’s conjured a massive digital attack on the bank’s system to entice the members of the board, the very humans who exiled him, to enter the system so he can seek his revenge and escape to the Internet. But just how far does his revenge plan go?

Sunday, May 27, 2018


Author: Namita Bhaladhare
Pages: 81
Genres: Romance, Picture Book
Published: January 15th 2018
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
My score:
This review will be a bit different than what you're used to from me. I can't review this book like any other book, because it's a picture book with a collection of moments which make you pause and reflect back on turning points in a most intimate relationship.
The book captures the moments of emotional turmoil and weaknesses. It talks about that anxiety, fears and happiness that everyone goes through when they are interacting with other human beings.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Get To Know: 100 Word Horrors: An Anthology of Horror Drabbles

Authors: Kevin J. Kennedy and others
Genre: Horror
Goodreads score: 4.21

I have read a book by Kevin J. Kennedy before. It's called Collected Halloween Horror Shorts: Trick 'r Treat. It was, indeed, a treat to read the book. The short stories were of great quality and I loved to read the book.

This book contains very short stories, only 100 words. It's hard for me to review this book the regular way, but in this blogpost I do want to tell you some things about this book, a book that you'd enjoy if you like the horror genre.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Review: Scavenger Girl: Season of Talium (Scavenger Girl #2)

Author: Jennifer Arntson
Started reading: May 8th 2018
Finished the book: May 16th 2018
Pages: 332
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Published: February 28th 2018
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
When the gods leave and evil freely rules Ashlund, Una and her family bear down for the season of darkness. Seemingly safe in the comfort of her own home, she explores her newly acquired gift with the help of her loved ones. Within days, her plans are interrupted and instead of fighting boredom, she finds herself fighting to survive.

Trapped in a situation where there is no escape, Una endures the worst the Authority has to offer. Who knew family could be so kind...or so ruthlessly cruel? For all the things her parents taught her about surviving in a world set against them, they never prepared her for this. Una is about to discover the true demons of the dark were here all along.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Review: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Started reading: May 2nd 2018
Finished the book: May 11th 2018
Pages: 659
Genres: Science Fiction
Published: October 18th 2016
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.56
My score:
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Review: Rise of the Hearts

Author: Antoine Bonner
Started reading: May 6th 2018
Finished the book: DNF
Pages: 195
Genres: Horror, Fiction
Published: January 18th 2018
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 2.04
My score:
Nathaniel’s always been a loser—his only friend is his sister, and girls don’t want anything to do with him. But when he’s given a miraculous gift that allows him to attract the girl of his dreams, he realizes that a gift can also be a curse.

The events you’re about to read are true, and not for the faint of heart…

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness
Started reading: May 3rd 2018
Finished the book: May 7th 2018
Pages: 336
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Contemporary
Published: October 6th 2015
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 3.75
My score: 
What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you're like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Review: Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles #1)

Author: L. Penelope
Started reading: April 29th 2018
Finished the book: May 5th 2018
Pages: 384
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Published: May 1st 2018
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 3.76
My score: 
Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive--an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.

Jack's mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and it's people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda's Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Review: Wink Poppy Midnight

Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Started reading: April 25th 2018
Finished the book: May 1st 2018
Pages: 247
Genres: YA, Mystery, Contemporary
Published: March 22nd 2016
Source: Celebrate Books Box
Goodreads score: 3.32
My score:
Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Review: Cat and Mouse (The Games We Play Book 1)

Author: Jacquelyn Phillips
Started reading: April 28st 2018
Finished the book: April 30th 2018
Pages: 526
Genres: Fiction, YA, New Adult
Published: August 23rd 2016
Source: Got a signed copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
My name is Roxanne Vaughn. Most people just call me Roxy. My parents call me a disappointment. I'm not gonna lie--I hate how much they detest me, but I've learned to embrace their skepticism. What better way to write poetry than to feel like an outcast?
Insecure. Ugly. Stupid.
Even writing about my failure in pre-med has earned me some notoriety in my creative writing classes. Although, some people believe I should write fiction, I don't know if I could do that. It would probably end up being some distorted version of my own sick reality. I'm originally from San Diego, the daughter of two well-known doctors, and the younger sister to the perfect God-send of an offspring. I moved to Rohnert Park to attend Sonoma State, to escape the pressures related to living with my parents and to hopefully create some friendships along the way.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks to Erica from Erica Robyn Reads for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. It's been a long time since I took part in an award. For more posts like this, check out the Awards and Prizes Page!

Monday, April 30, 2018

April Wrap up - Book Haul & What to Expect Next Month

Hi there!

Did you just say that April is finished already?! I still remember me sitting by the fire, snow outside... Time surely flies when you're having fun.

This month was a good blogging month! I was able to write a good amount of reviews, posted some articles and guestposts and I hosted a giveaway.

This month's haul is extremely big. On April 27th everybody in The Netherlands comes out of their house to sell their junk, or to party, since it's our King's birthday. For me it's an amazing opportunity to buy cheap books! Some people sell great books and I was able to buy 17 books for only 23 euros, that's roughly 28 dollar. And there were such good books, I couldn't leave them there. I'm so happy with the books that I was able to buy :) YAY!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great May!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Review: Veins of Magic (The Otherworld #2)

Author: Emma Hamm
Started reading: April 6th 2018
Finished the book: April 28th 2018
Pages: 350
Genres: Fantasy, Magic, Retelling
Published: December 19th 2017
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.14
My score:
Once upon a time…

Heartache dogs the steps of Sorcha of Ui Neill. Although she is home with her family, she is unable to shake the memories of her time in Hy-brasil. She heals with a heavy heart, tells stories with melancholy words, and cannot forget the magic of the Otherworld. When an opportunity arises to return to her beloved Fae Prince, she makes a questionable deal. Dark magic, druidic curses, and a witch open a portal and send her tumbling into the middle of a war she must end for the sake of all who dwell in the Otherworld.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Guestpost: How to Read Many Books in a Short Amount of Time

Another month, another Guespost by Jeyran from Review Tales! It's so cool to share articles every month and to open my blog to the voice of another blogger.

We can all feel the pressure of our TBR-List, our Review List and all the books we still want to read or even re-read. So this month's article by Jeyran is about reading more books in a short amount of time. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ramblings: Maintaining Fun in Blogging

Welcome, welcome.

I've recently teamed up with another blogger to write a monthly article for each others blog. Feel free to check out Jeyran as well.

While writing articles monthly for another blog, I was not posting them on my own blog.
It seemed fun to share my own articles with you as well, since I don't write personal articles all that much. I'm hoping it will bring some variation to my blog. Also; expect a Guestpost from Jeyran this Saturday!

Feel free to share your opinion!

This month: Maintaining Fun in Blogging

Monday, April 23, 2018

Review: King's Cage (Red Queen #3)

Author: Victoria Aveyard
Started reading: April 7th 2018
Finished the book: April 21st 2018
Pages: 528
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Published: February 7th 2017
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.02
My score:
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.
As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Rainmaker GIVEAWAY! - WINNER!

One of my favorite things to do; hosting Giveaways and announcing the winner!

A special thanks to Petra Landon, for once again, supporting me in giving away a signed copy for one of her books.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Get To Know: The Zenkoti Fables

Hi there!
It may look like I'm a bit offline, but I'm still here and reading a lot! I'm also busy as a beta-reader and I'm currently hosting a giveaway and writing guest posts.

If you have been following my blog for a while, you have seen me posting about Petra Landon a lot.

I'm currently hosting a Giveaway for her book The Rainmaker, and I also did reviews for The Prophecy and The Mercenary.

I want to point out that Petra Landon is also writing a series that is coming out in episodes. I really believe it's a great way to get to know her way of writing and how amazing she is in worldbuilding.