Moonlight on Nightingale Way – Samantha Young

Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young cover image.
Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young cover image.

Moonlight on Nightingale Way

By Samantha Young

Genre: Romance

Reading Level: Medium

Pages: 352

Review: 5 / 5

Synopsis:

Logan spent two years paying for the mistakes he made. Now, he’s ready to start over. He has a great apartment, a good job, and plenty of women to distract him from his past. And one woman who is driving him to distraction…

Grace escaped her manipulative family by moving to a new city. Her new life, made to suit her own needs, is almost perfect. All she needs to do is find her Mr. Right—or at least figure out a way to ignore her irresistible yet annoying womanizer of a neighbor.

Grace is determined to have nothing to do with Logan until a life-changing surprise slowly begins turning the wild heartbreaker into exactly the kind of strong, stable man she’s been searching for. Only just when she begins to give into his charms, her own messy past threatens to derail everything they’ve worked to build… (Goodreads)

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Opinion:

Hello my fellow bibliophiles! Moonlight on the Nightingale Way by Samantha Young is the final book in the On Dublin Street series, and it was a fantastic conclusion. For those of you who don’t know, I am pretty obsessed with Scotland, and a romance series set in that country is just perfect for my romantic tendencies.

Young always manages to create these characters that just feel unbelievably real to me, and that is perhaps what I love most about these books. They feel genuine. Of course, they follow the stereotypical romance formula; of how they first don’t really want to get together, but then do, then they have a falling out, but everyone lives happily ever after. But you know what? Whatever works.

I wouldn’t say that this is my favorite On Dublin Street couple – for some reason I relate quite strongly to third one. However, that being said, all couples are amazing.

This book introduced a character that I was NOT expecting – I was honestly shocked when it did happen. Which is one of the reasons, again, why I like it. Yes, it followed the romance formula, but it had a couple of twists that kept things interesting without making them feel weird or forced.

So, if you just want a good romance series then pick up this one – I will leave a link to my review of the first book in the series down below, if you want to check that out.

And… have a wonderfully bookish day!

/Emilia

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Link to the first book: On Dublin Street

(And for some reason the font turned out differently on this post, compared to the others… I’m sorry guys, but I don’t know why :/ )

The Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen cover image.
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen cover image.

By Erika Johansen

Genre: Fantasy

Reading Level: Medium/Difficult

Pages: 434

Review: 5 / 5

Synopsis:

Her throne awaits . . . if she can live long enough to take it.

It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn. They’d come to escort her back to the place of her birth – and to ensure she survives long enough to be able to take possession of what is rightfully hers.

But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders. Unlike many nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees – corrupt, debauched and dangerous.

Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known . . . or be dead within the week. (Goodreads)

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Opinion:

Hello my fellow bibliophiles! So, this is a book that has been buzzing around the book-esphere for a while now, and I have found the reason why – this book is wonderful. Honestly, it is just the kind of fantasy that I love; especially the way that it has portrayed a societal regression, as it shows how humanity has kind of gone back into the dark ages.

I first heard about this book when I was surfing on IMDb, where I read that Emma Watson was going to play the lead in the movie. The main character is described as kind of chubby and not pretty, so I was surprised that they cast Emma Watson. However, after reading the book, and then reading about Watson’s enthusiasm for the project, I am actually very happy with the casting.

The thing I liked most about The Queen of the Tearling, however, is the fact that it does not focus on romance. I love romantic novels (see 97% of all my reviews) but it was incredibly refreshing to read something that focused on a character growing by herself, and then of course political aspects of becoming queen.

That is not to say that the relationships weren’t fascinating to read about, and the whole concept of whom can Kelsea trust. Kelsea is actually very much on her own, as queen, even though she is surrounded by people. I think that Johansen did a very good job of depicting the scariness of the situation, particularly for a 19-year-old.

I also just adore that Kelsea adores books – any hero/heroine that loves books is immediately on my good side.

This is a clear 5 / 5 for me, and I am super eager to find out what happens next (I am reading the sequel right now, and it is very exciting thus far).

Have a wonderfully bookish day, and I will see you soon!

/Emilia

Stone Cold Touch – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Stone Cold Touch

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout cover image.
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout cover image.

By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre:Young Adult/Urban Fantasy

Reading Level: Medium(ish)

Pages: 464

Review: 5/5

Synopsis:

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay… (Goodreads)

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Opinion: 

Hello my fellow bibliophiles! So, in the spirit of the fact that I just ordered the third book, I thought that I would quickly type up a review to the second one. Like I have said on this blog, time and time again, I really love Jennifer L. Armentrout, and this book proves to be no exception.

Honestly, her writing isn’t perfect – okay, I acknowledge that. BUT, I love every second when I am reading her work, and shouldn’t that be the real point of storytelling. Yes, fabulous sentences and beautifully constructed metaphors that make you cry are great, but Armentrout transports me into her books, and I become so invested in her characters that I forget where I am. I think that this kind of embodies the real purpose of storytelling; the magic of it. 11373880

Okay, now that I have that serious bit out of the way – OH MY GOD, Roth is so attractive. Like, I need something to wipe the drool off my chin (maybe that is why I love Armentrout – all of her guys are so… *sigh* perfect). However, what I really enjoyed with this particular piece is the development we see within Roth, and how he doesn’t just remain as an attractive placeholder. Oh my God, he actually feels things! (Is that too much of a spoiler?)

Also, I am really against triangle-dramas – I find them spectacularly annoying, and it is perhaps the main reason it took me so long to pick this book up – but I think Armentrout does a good job it; of describing all of the confusing feelings that Layla is feeling, without making her seem hypocritical and, frankly, bitchy (looking at you, Zoey Redbird, straight at you).

Anyway, I thought that this was a great second book, and I am SO thrilled to be getting the third one – less than a week! (She better choose Roth though, Zayne is bleh after what he did in this book!)

Anyway… have a wonderfully bookish evening, and I will see you soon!

/Emilia

August TBR

Good morning, my fellow bibliophiles! It is August again, and I officially have one month off school! YAY! I barely survived my 14 exams, but here I am – on the other end.

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… Anyway, now that I have so much time, I am going to tell you guys about the books that I am planning to read in August – I may be a tad optimistic, but I am traveling, and I can marathon like two/three books on a 16 hour flight (true story). So, here we go!

  • The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. This is the book I am reading right now, and I am about 20 pages in. It is the second book in the Queen of the Tearling series, and thus far, I am loving it. I adored the first one, and I will soon post a review on it. I don’t want to say too much – I don’t want to spoil anyone – but pick this book up if you see it. It is so good.
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I saw this book on sale the other day in the bookstore, and I couldn’t resist. I am a huge fan of the movie, but I have yet to read the book. This is one of those books that I am planning on marathoning on my flight. I am very excited.
  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. These next three books I got from my sister, so thank you Ella. We have a system, in which I buy her things from Typo – here in South Africa – and then she’ll buy books for me from Adlibris (a Swedish, online book shopping website). I have heard some pretty good things about this one, and the cover is gorgeous, so I can’t wait.
  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. Again, thank you Ella. The only thing I know about this book is that it is gorgeous, and a Beauty and the Beast retelling. However, Beauty and the Beast might just be my favorite disney movie (for some reason I relate to Belle 😉 ) and I am super pumped to start this one.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Another Beauty and the Beast retelling – am I sensing a theme? Ella ordered this book for me a while ago, because I was growing impatient as I couldn’t find it at my bookstore, and sure enough, the next time I go to the bookstore, there it is. I HAVE BEEN WAITING SINCE MAY. *Breathing rapidly in anger.* But soon, in a week, I will have it.

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  • Every Last Breathe by Jennifer L. ArmentroutI am a huge Jennifer L. Armentrout fan, so of course I am going to order this book ASAP. I am planning on ordering a couple of books to Sweden (online shopping in Sweden is regrettably, a lot cheaper than going to the bookstore), and whilst I have not made up my mind on which books I am ordering, this one is definitely ending up in my shopping cart. I must find out if she choses Roth or not!
  • Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)First thing first, I am not a graphic novel fan. I have read Maus and Persepolis for some literature courses, but that’s it. However, I am interested in the genre as a whole, and I love fantasy, and I have heard great things about this one. So, maybe I am not exactly planning to read this one, but I am thinking about it. If I do decide to buy a graphic novel this month, it will probably be this one.

And… those are all the books I have planned. I am going to the bookstore on Monday, and I am ordering some books, and I will visit my favorite bookstore in Sweden, and they have some bookstores at the airport. All in all, I think that I will get a lot of reading done this month. Guys, I haven’t read anything in three weeks because I have been so stressed with my exams – it is like a part of me is missing!

Anyway, have a wonderfully bookish day, and I will see you soon!

/Emilia

White Hot Kiss – Jennifer L. Armentrout

White Hot Kiss

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout cover image.
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout cover image.

By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy

Reading Level: Medium(ish)

Pages: 392

Review: 4.9 / 5

Synopsis:

One kiss could be the last

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world. (Goodreads)

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Opinion:

Hello my fellow bibliophiles! It has been a while since I did a book review, so I thought I’d just whip one up quickly, and give you a recommendation. I don’t like reviewing books that I don’t love – I’d much rather rant about books that I thought were fantastic, rather than “spread the hate.” So… I guess this gives you an impression of what I thought of the book.

I love it. A lot. I didn’t initially want to pick it up, because I thought a) it is called White Hot Kiss and b) it is about gargoyles and demons. But this book was recommended to me from so many different places and reliable people, that I thought, “I’ll give it a shot.” It is an insanely entertaining read.

Roth, the demon, is just… GARGH. I think he might annoy me in real life, because he is kind of domineering and not always nice, but there is just something incredibly charismatic about him – and everybody loves a sarcastic bad boy. And trust me guys – he is the ultimate charismatic, sarcastic, bad boy.

I also love the situation Layla is in. Not in a she-deserves-it kind of way, but more in a this-is-so-heart-wrenching-to-read kind of way, and that is what makes this book so successful. Jennifer L. Armentrout doesn’t necessarily have a fantastic language, but her stories are always fast-paced and unputdownable (is that a word?). Although, this is the reason why this book is a 4.9, and not a 5. For it to be 5/5, I really want to be wow-ed on the language level as well.

So, if you are looking to read sentences that are so beautiful you cry, you might want to go and look somewhere else. If you want have a lot of fun for a couple of hours, then pick up this book. Or any Jennifer L. Armentrout book, really.

So, don’t be discouraged by the embarrassing title and cover – the content is most definitely worth the strange looks you get on the bus!

Have a wonderfully bookish day!

/Emilia

New Mortal Instruments Editions

Hello my fellow bibliophiles! So, for those of you who are here, you have probably heard of the Mortal Instruments – books,

The new Mortal Instruments covers.
The new Mortal Instruments covers.

movie, and now a up-coming TV series – but what is really exciting is these new covers!

So, yesterday, Cassandra Clare went to Waterstones – the best bookstore in the world – in London, to celebrate Walker Books’

reissuing of The Mortal Instruments, and the new UK covers. Now, personally, I think that the covers are gorgeous, and I couldn’t resist posting a little something about them – you have to see these ones, guys, they are pretty awesome.

I actually like these editions more than the other “new” editions that were released back in May, mainly because they are a little bit more aesthetically pleasing; meaning, they are more “artsy.” Whilst, the older “new editions” do show a more apt depiction of what the books are actually about, but I still like the artsy ones, because, well, they are so pretty.

The new covers for The Mortal Instruments, released in May, 2015.
The new covers for The Mortal Instruments, released in May, 2015.

I am not sure I will buy them though, because all of the other books in the same world – The Bane Chronicles, The Infernal Devices, and I suspect Lady Midnight – are similar to the oldest ones, and it looks like they belong together on my bookshelf.

But let me know what you think of the new covers, if you are thinking about buying them, and how excited are you for Lady Midnight?

Let me know in the comments’ section below, and have a wonderfully bookish day!

/Emilia

July TBR

Hello my fellow bibliophiles! Holy crap, is it already July? Where does the time go? I have seven days until my first exam out of fourteen – I live in ZA, in a three term system, so I don’t have vacation right now. Unfortunately, this means that this July TBR is going to be kind of short.

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  • The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. This is the book that I am reading right now, I am about 50 pages in, and loving it. It is the third and final book of the All Souls trilogy, and it is kind of hard to explain what is happening without spoiling the first two books. But here is a link for the first one, if you want to check it out! Think witches, vampires, and basically everything in between!
  • The Legend of Broken by Caleb Carr. I am not really sure what this book is about, but my friend gave this to me to read (like, three weeks ago – oops), and I am going to try and read it before next week. It has kind of iffy reviews on goodreads, however, so I am already a little apprehensive. I think it is about castles and mysterious manuscripts and war… could be interesting.

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  • Firefight by Brandon Sanderson. So, I bought both Steelheart and Firefight to my mom for her birthday. After she read them, she gave the books to me to read because she thought that I would really enjoy them. I have read Steelheart, the first book, and I loved it, so I am going to try and get to the second book, Firefight, ASAP. It is set in this futuristic dystopian world, where the superheroes have gone bad – dun dun duuuuh. Find the link here.
  • The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick. I have no idea what this book is about, but I adore the cover, and I still haven’t read anything by Marcus Sedgwick, so I thought that this would be a good start. I actually don’t really want to know what it is about, I want to just dive in, but here is a link if you want to know.

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And yeah, those are all the books that I am planning to read this month. Of course, I am probably going to end up buying 100 more books, and reading them, but these are all the ones that I have planned. I usually read a lot more, but my exams are taking up too much of my time.

Guys, I have 4 weeks of exams coming up, and so I won’t really get to read much until August comes along. Oh well!

So what about you? What does your July look like? What books are you planning on reading this month? Let me know in the comments’ section below, and a wonderfully bookish day!

/Emilia

June Book Haul

Hello everyone! So… has it been three months? It has been three months. I have no excuse. I know, I know – I might just be one of the worst bloggers when it comes to consistent updates. I just… school has been super busy, and then I did Camp NaNoWriMo in April – which I won YAY! – and then… yeah.

But I am back, so without further ado, here are all the books that I bought in June!

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

So this is the prequel novella that describes what happened to Queen Levena pre-Cinder. I have already read this book, and I am going to put up a review soon, but I thought that it was really interesting, and it provided a lot of insightful things on Levana as a character, but there were a couple of cringe moments that made me uncomfortable.

Lux: Consequences and Lux: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

So, I know that these are three books, and not one, but I figured that I would just lump them together, because they are books two and three of Lux, and I read them back to back. I really liked these conclusions, and Daemon is perfect. Just… anything Armentrout writes is pretty perfect.

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

And thus concludes what is, basically, a TWELVE book series. Again, this is also a book that I’ve already read (I really couldn’t stop myself) and I am so happy that I did. I would have liked some more Sydney and Adrian moments, sure, but I thought that it was a really nice conclusion. And I certainly didn’t expect the direction the book took.

The Heir by Kiera Cass

I wasn’t going to buy this book, but then I saw it in the bookstore, and then… yeah, I bought it. I didn’t even want it, and now I have already read it. But you know what? It was an okay read. Especially considering how much I was expecting to not-like it.

The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn

Just… yeah, I got this book on sale for like R50 ($4) and it wasn’t… no, it was not that great. Just plain awkward, I don’t even want to talk about this book too much. The romance in this book is just about one of the weirdest I have ever read.

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

My mom decided to be a sweetheart, and she bought me this book a few days ago, because she found the edition that I wanted. Hands down, I love my mom. She is the best. I haven’t read this one, but my best friend has, and she thinks that it was pretty good. I am going to read it, talk about it with Sofia, and then get back to you with a review!

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

I almost forgot to include this one! I know absolutely nothing, I just thought that the cover was pretty when I bought it. I am probably going to start reading it tomorrow, and I am excited for it!

All the books I got in June.
All the books I got in June.

So, I got a total of nine books in June. I have been trying to cut back on the amount of books that I buy, so that considered, I think that I have done a pretty good job. And I didn’t buy all of these books myself, and some I got on sale, so I am pleased.

Stay tuned for my July TBR, and have a wonderfully bookish day!

/Emilia

Reading Corner #3

Hello everyone!

So… I know, I know – I’ve been bad. Has it really been 3 weeks since I posted anything? Whoops *looks peevish.*

Sometimes life just catches up with you, and I’ve had a pretty crazy couple of weeks. Honestly, my extra-curriculars have increased by a lot, and for the first time in my life, I have something to do every single day except the weekend. 3 times a week I get up at 5 am to get ready and go to extra AP courses (for some reason), and things have been tough for some social reasons as well (boys suck).

However, I have decided to forgo reality and throw myself into reading! Yay! Honestly, you can expect a lot of reviews coming from this end… ’cause I’ve read a lot of books.

I just finished The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon and it was epic – it was SUPER expensive, but I don’t care. It was worth every single dime spent. If you are interested, the first book is called The Bone Season, and I’ll leave a link right here for you to check it out.

Okay, so my sister owed me a few things for various reasons (trust me, this is a LONG story), but, basically, it ended with her buying me three books: The Murder Complex by Lindsey Cummings, White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

The Murder Complex was actually quite good, but I didn’t love it so much that my face exploded. A reviewing is coming on it, so hold on to your horses! It will be here soon.

whitehotkissI made my sister buy me a copy of White Hot Kiss because I thought that the title is embarrassing, the cover is embarrassing, and it is about gargoyles and demons (which, admittedly, is pretty cool). I didn’t want it specifically linked back to me… however, I LOVED it. I am so happy that my friends made me read it –  I marathoned the whole thing in one day (from 9 am to 2 am), and it was worth practically failing my math test for it. I mean, gargoyles and demons. Yes please! Also, Roth is… YUM. He can take me to the underworld anytime.

Right now I am reading a Swedish trilogy , where it first one is called Cirkeln (The Circle) by Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren, and I really like it. A movie is coming on it, and I am going to buy it as soon as I return to Sweden – unfortunately, my parents will not sponsor a trip which involves me going to Sweden, watching the movie at the cinema, and returning to South Africa. If you aren’t Swedish, but still think that the idea of witches and evilness sounds cool, I’ll leave a link for the translated version right here.

I am on the second one, Eld (Fire) and thus far, it is also awesome. The books are a wee bit creepy, so perhaps avoid reading these by yourself at 3 am in the morning.

I promise I’ll be better! No more 3 weeks waiting for the next post!

I’ll see you later!

/Emilia