Monday, March 18, 2019

Review: Carnival of Horror

Author: Kevin J. Kennedy and others
Started reading: February 26th 2019
Finished the book: March 13th 2019
Pages: 358
Genres: Horror, Short Stories
Published: October 22nd 2018
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.17
My score:
Roll up, roll up!

Welcome to the carnival!

Enjoy the sweet smells of the cotton candy and candy apples. Listen to the calliope music as you wander among the many stalls, to the screams of children enjoying the various rides. It’s all been designed to take your money, but you already know that. What you are not aware of, however, are the strange goings-on of the carnival world after dark. Do the carnies want more than your money? Does the fortune teller know more than she tells you? Are some of the games more dangerous than others?

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Review: The Seven Sisters (The Seven Sisters #1)

Author: Lucinda Riley
Started reading: February 20th 2019
Finished the book: March 3rd 2019
Pages: 626
Genres: Fiction, Historical Romance
Published: May 5th 2015
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Goodreads score: 4.20
My score:
Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, “Atlantis”—a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva—having been told that their beloved father, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each of them is handed a tantalizing clue to her true heritage—a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of her story and its beginnings.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

My Trip To Kenya

A lot of followers were very curious what I've been doing in Kenya and I'd love to tell you all about it, in this blogpost!

I was there for 10 days with a project called Teachers4Teachers. With around 40 Dutch teachers, we travel to Kenya. It's all about meeting and connecting with Kenyan teachers and to inspire them by giving workshops. The workshops are about varied teaching methods and active learning.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Review: Kingdom Cold

Author: Brittni Chenelle
Started reading: February 17th 2019
Finished the book: February 20th 2019
Pages: 278
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Published: February 14th 2019
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 3.73
My score:
Attempted murder, that's how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte's engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom's attacked, Charlotte's parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom's future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?

One must fall.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Review: A Pack of Blood and Lies (The Boulder Wolves #1)

Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Started reading: February 9th 2019
Finished the book: February 14th 2019
Pages: 362
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
To be Published: April 18th 2019
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 4.26
My score:
Three months shy of her eighteenth birthday, Ness is forced to return to Colorado. Even though it’s been six years, and the wolves of her all-male pack don’t recognize her, she recognizes them. People who shun others because of their gender are hard to forget.Especially Liam Kolane—son of Heath, the crudest and cruelest Alpha to have ruled the Boulder Pack. Liam is as handsome as he is infuriating, as kind as he is punishing, and he makes Ness’s traitorous heart race, which isn’t good. After all, he’s a Kolane. Like father like son, right?
When Heath dies, Liam vies to become the new Alpha and no one dares challenge him. Except Ness. Thus begins a treacherous game.
The rules: winner takes all…including loser’s life.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Two Short Stories #2

Today I will highlight two short stories that were entertaining to read.
Both stories could've been longer books if it was up to me, and I'm glad that I got the chance to read these books.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Review: The White Masai (The White Masai #1)

Author: Corinne Hofmann
Started reading: February 14th 2019
Finished the book: February 17th 2019
Pages: 320
Genres: Autobiography, Cultural, Travel
Published: March 1st 1999
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 3.43
My score:
The White Masai combines adventure and the pursuit of passion in a page-turning story of two star-crossed lovers from vastly different backgrounds. Corinne, a European entrepreneur, meets Lketinga, a Samburu warrior, while on vacation in Mombasa on Kenya's glamorous coast. Despite language and cultural barriers, they embark on an impossible love affair. Corinne uproots her life to move to Africa—not the romantic Africa of popular culture, but the Africa of the Masai, in the middle of the isolated bush, where five-foot-tall huts made from cow dung serve as homes. Undaunted by wild animals, hunger, and bouts with tropical diseases, she tries to forge a life with Lketinga. But slowly the dream starts to crumble when she can no longer ignore the chasm between their two vastly different cultures.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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

Welcome, welcome, dear reader.

Thanks for stopping by on my blog. It was quiet over here in February because I was in Kenya, to volunteer as a Teacher in an Education Project. I will definitely write a blogpost about this soon.

I also didn't get to post all the reviews of the books that I've read while working in Kenya, so in March, I will review some of those as well.

I do hope your month was a good one and please stop by again!


Monday, February 25, 2019

Review: Hide and Seek (Helen Grace #6)

Author: M.J. Arlidge
Started reading: February 9th 2019
Finished the book: February 11th 2019
Pages: 368
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Published: October 25th 2016
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.30
My score:
Framed for a murder she didn't commit...
As one of HM Prison Holloway's most high-profile new inmates, Helen Grace has a target on her back and nowhere to hide. She has made a long list of enemies over the course of her career--some are incarcerated within these very walls. When one of Helen's fellow prisoners is found mutilated and murdered in her own locked cell, it's clear that the killer is someone on the inside.

But time is running out for Helen as she races to expose the person who framed her, and the body count in the prison starts to climb. Helen will need to draw on all her investigative skills and instincts to catch the serial killer behind these murders and discover the truth--unless the killer finds her first.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

My trip to Kenya

Dear followers, those of you who have been following me a year or longer, might remember that I went to Kenya last year.
I wrote two blogposts about it, here and here.

I'm so happy to announce that I was chosen to go with this great project called Teachers4Teachers, AGAIN this year!

(Part Dutch, Part English)

That means I'll be leaving tomorrow and I'll be back on February the 25th. 
You will not hear anything from me until then, but I do hope to check back on all of you when I'm home again.

Hakuna Matata!


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Review: Need to Know

Author: Karen Cleveland
Started reading: February 2nd 2019
Finished the book: February 7nd 2019
Pages: 306
Genres: Thriller, Fiction
Published: January 23rd 2018
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 3.84
My score:
Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States. On track for a much-needed promotion, she’s developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight.

After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America’s borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her—her job, her husband, even her four children—are threatened.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Review: The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia #5)

Author: C.S. Lewis
Started reading: January 26th 2019
Finished the book: February 7th 2019
Pages: 224
Genres: Fantasy, Children's Book, Classics
Published: September 6th 1954
Source: Received as a gift
Goodreads score: 3.91
My score:
The Horse and his Boy is a stirring and dramatic fantasy story that finds a young boy named Shasta on the run from his homeland with the talking horse, Bree. When the pair discover a deadly plot by the Calormen people to conquer the land of Narnia, the race is on to warn the inhabitants of the impending danger and to rescue them all from certain death.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Review: The Girls at 17 Swann Street

Author: Yara Zgheib
Started reading: January 22nd 2019
Finished the book: January 30th 2019
Pages: 384
Genres: Fiction
To be Published: February 5th 2019
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 4.08
My score:
Anna Roux was a professional dancer who followed the man of her dreams from Paris to Missouri. There, alone with her biggest fears – imperfection, failure, loneliness – she spirals down anorexia and depression till she weighs a mere eighty-eight pounds. Forced to seek treatment, she is admitted as a patient at 17 Swann Street, a peach pink house where pale, fragile women with life-threatening eating disorders live. Women like Emm, the veteran; quiet Valerie; Julia, always hungry. Together, they must fight their diseases and face six meals a day.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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

Welcome, welcome to my blog!

The first month of 2019 is coming to an end. My giveaway also ended this week and I'm so happy and thankful for all the people that participated! This is definitely something I want to keep doing yearly.

In February I will be gone for 10 days. The people that have been following me longer, maybe remember that I went to Kenya last year, as a volunteer with Teachers 4 Teachers. That is something that's going to happen again this year! I'm so excited and very happy to be a part of this great initiative. I will be writing a blogpost about this soon.

Happy reading this next month!


Friday, January 25, 2019

Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1)

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Started reading: January 16th 2019
Finished the book: January 23rd 2019
Pages: 229
Genres: Fantasy
Published: May 1st 2018
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 3.91
My score:
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Review: Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)

Author: Stephen King
Started reading: January 4th 2019
Finished the book: January 21st 2019
Pages: 436
Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Published: June 3rd 2014
Source: Kindle Book
Goodreads score:
My score:
In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Review: Nimona

Author: Noelle Stevenson
Started reading: January 6th 2019
Finished the book: January 15th 2019
Pages: 272
Genres: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Published: May 12th 2015
Source: Received as a gift
Goodreads score: 4.18
My score:
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Review: Aversion (The Mentalist Series #1)

Author: Kenechi Udogu
Started reading: January 3rd 2019
Finished the book: January 11th 2019
Pages: 133
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published: December 1st 2012
Source: Received a digital copy
Goodreads score: 3.80
My score:
For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ Tanner doesn’t seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Review: Seeds of Hatred (Scions Awakened Book 1)

Author: Christian Nadeau
Started reading: January 1st 2019
Finished the book: DNF
Pages: 506
Genres: Fantasy
Published: April 9th 2017
Source: Got a physical copy from the author
Goodreads score: 3.93
My score:
As a former assassin, a man on the run for years, Marac survived taking on odd jobs, living on society’s fringe, never putting down roots for fear of having to run again. Until he’s hired to steal a trinket from the Brotherhood.

Newly graduated, Soren is ready to shoulder the responsibilities that come with an officer’s commission. Serving in the Brotherhood of Khan is a privilege, one he abandoned everything for. But when an Angel calls on him, he knows his first assignment is more than it seems to be.

As a Lightbearer, gifted with the power to shape light to her will, Alex lived a sheltered life in Tyranor’s monastery. Should the Brotherhood find out what she was, they’d kill her, but the monastery is underground, safely hidden from their prying eyes.

Then it all comes crashing down. A terrible game is played, and when the powerful move, pawns are doomed to be sacrificed.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Review: Hunting Annabelle

Author: Wendy Heard
Started reading: December 29th 2018
Finished the book: January 3rd 2019
Pages: 336
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Published: December 25th 2018
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 3.87
My score:
Sean Suh is done with killing. After serving three years in a psychiatric prison, he’s determined to stay away from temptation. But he can't resist Annabelle--beautiful, confident, incandescent Annabelle--who alone can see past the monster to the man inside. The man he's desperately trying to be.

Then Annabelle disappears.

Sean is sure she’s been kidnapped—he witnessed her being taken first hand—but the police are convinced that Sean himself is at the centre of this crime. And he must admit, his illness has caused him to “lose time” before. What if there’s more to what happened than he’s able to remember?

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Review: The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia #4)

Author: C.S. Lewis
Started reading: December 16th 2018
Finished the book: December 23rd 2018
Pages: 243
Genres: Fantasy, Children's Book, Classics
Published: September 7th 1953
Source: Received as a gift
Goodreads score: 3.96
My score:
NARNIA...where owls are wise, where some of the giants like to snack on humans, where a prince is put under an evil spell...and where the adventure begins.

Eustace and Jill escape from the bullies at school through a strange door in the wall, which, for once, is unlocked. It leads to the open moor...or does it? Once again Aslan has a task for the children, and Narnia needs them. Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, they pursue the quest that brings them face to face with the evil Witch. She must be defeated if Prince Rillian is to be saved.

Friday, January 4, 2019

2 Year Blogiversary: Book Of Choice GIVEAWAY

Two years, already. I remember pondering about starting a blog two and a half years ago and one day just DOING it. I've never regretted starting this blog. I'm so grateful for every person that visits my blog and every author that requests reviews. I also want to give a shout out to the authors I frequently work with and the bloggers that visit my blog regularly, YES YOU! Thanks so much for showing so much love. I do hope to do this for much more years to come.

To show my gratitude and celebrate this second year, I will give away 1 paperback book, just like I did last year. I'd love to make this a tradition.

I will give away a book of choice from the Goodreads Book Choice Awards.

Read this post for some cool statistics about my blog and to find out more about the giveaway.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 1 and 2

Author: Kevin J. Kennedy and others
Started reading: December 16th 2018
Finished the book: December 24th 2018
Pages: 256
Genres: Horror, Short Stories, Christmas
Published: November 30th 2016
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.13
My score:
Christmas is often thought of as a time of joy and cheer, a time for giving to others, a time of celebration and love…. Well this year some of the best voices in horror fiction decided to band together and tell you some tales about a different kind of Christmas, so grab yourself a mug of hot chocolate, close the curtains, lock the door and get comfy. This will be a Christmas like never before!

Author: Kevin J. Kennedy and others
Started reading: December 25th 2018
Finished the book: December 29th 2018
Pages: 645
Genres: Horror, Short Stories, Christmas
Published: September 21st 2018
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.11
My score:
Some people love Christmas for religious reasons, others prefer it for the food, drink and parties, but for some other people, it’s just another time of year to get up to mischief. This anthology is filled with tales of not-so-happy Christmases, tales that they don’t want to tell you about in the movies or songs. It’s time to break out your new Christmas slippers, rip open a box of chocolates and pour yourself a drink. Lock your doors and get comfy. You’re in for one helluva ride. Merry Christmas from all of us!