WWW WEDNESDAY: READ, READING, WILL READ (9)

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s a place for you to do a little update on what your reading plans are.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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1. The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

Fantasy with dragons! Sloooowly making my way through this, but it’s really interesting! The pace is super slow, but the POV characters are really interesting. The world-building and dragons are also A+, and I’m looking forward to see where the plot takes us.

2. Trust by Kylie Scott

YA review copy! I’m still at the very beginning of the novel, but I can already tell this is going to be a really fast read. The writing is so easy to get in to and it flows along really well.


What did you recently finish reading?

  1. Burn For Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews: Slow burn Urban Fantasy! This was a reread, and I was still delighted by the story. Review here.
  2. White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews: More slow burn Urban Fantasy with a ridiculous amount of UST! I absolutely loved every minute of it. Review to come.
  3. The Monet Murders (The Art of Murder #2) by Josh Lanyon: Murder mystery novel. Huge disappointment. Everything I loved about the first book was missing here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven


I actually started reading this some time ago, but had to stop because life got in the way. It’s about a guy who can be the man of your dreams… for a prince.

Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance from a lovestruck client, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes. Desperate to protect his anonymity and his clients, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn’t fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies.


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Top 10 Tuesday: Best Reads of 2017/1

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far.

A little bit of a recap: at the time I’m writing this, I’ve read 75 books in 2017 so far. Listed here are all books that got a 5-star rating for me on Goodreads. I’m also not counting rereads 😛

So I’m really happy to say I’ve read some amazing books this year! Fantasy continues to be my most read genre, to no one’s surprise. Each one of the books listed below captured my attention and filled my heart with wonder ❤

31145148Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier


Working as a paid companion to a bitter elderly lady, the timid heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life is bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she falls in love with Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose proposal takes her by surprise. Whisked from Monte Carlo to Manderley, Maxim’s isolated Cornish estate, the friendless young bride begins to realise she barely knows her husband at all. And in every corner of every room is the phantom of his beautiful first wife, Rebecca.

22840421The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden


At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

30233110The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima


Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off. One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea.

18189606A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong


When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off-the-grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. What she didn’t expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers.

27883214Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin


Once upon a different time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled up her arm. A whole pack of them-made of tattoo ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same.Her story begins on a train. Germania, 1956. Over ten years since the Nazis won the war. 18-year-old Yael is part of the resistance, and she has just one mission: to kill Hitler.

23299512Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen


The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago. At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather.

24485589Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb


Prince FitzChivalry Farseer’s daughter Bee was violently abducted from Withywoods by Servants of the Four in their search for the Unexpected Son. With Fitz in pursuit, the Servants fled through a Skill-pillar, leaving no trace. It seems certain that they and their young hostage have perished in the Skill-river. Clerres has been corrupted by greed. Fitz is determined to reach the city and take vengeance on the Four, not only for the loss of Bee but also for their torture of the Fool.

23592235Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor


The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

30095464Gemina by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff


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.

25733660White Hot by Ilona Andrews


Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she’s used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family’s detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor “Mad” Rogan. Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s “talent.”


What are the best books you’ve read this year? Any recommendations for me?
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Review: BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews


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BURN FOR ME
Ilona Andrews

SeriesHidden Legacy #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 400
Release date: October 28th 2014

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.


Don’t leave the circle.


Burn For Me is an action-packed, witty, and hot Urban Fantasy novel. It has a fast pace that keeps you flipping pages and complex characters that make you fall in love. The humorous dialogue that’s a staple in Andrews books is back, and the world-building is engrossing and introduces a new take on magic systems!

Ilona Andrews brings forth another cool magical universe with a kickass heroine. There’s mystery, fights, explosions, and a slow burn kind of romance that goes back and forth throughout the entire book. The reveals are surprising and yet convenient, but every single moment is entertaining.

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WWW WEDNESDAY: READ, READING, WILL READ (8)

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s a place for you to do a little update on what your reading plans are.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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1. Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews

Reread! I am only one chapter away from finishing this! Since my life exploded! I still maintain that I don’t love this as much as I did the first time, but I’m still delighted by the story. I’d actually forgotten so much of it, so I’m being surprised all over again.

2. The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

New book purchase! I loved Ryan’s Raven’s Shadow series, so when I saw he had a new Fantasy book out – with DRAGONS – I had to buy it. I’m actually only one chapter in, so I don’t really have a formed opinion on the story. What I have are high expectations 😛


What did you recently finish reading?

  1. Until It Fades by K..A Tucker: Super cute and lighthearted New Adult book! Slow burn romance between a single mom and a hockey star. Review here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421White Hot by Ilona Andrews


Second installment in the Hidden Legacy series, following Burn For Me. Hoping to start this one as soon as I finish my reread.

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she’s used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family’s detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor “Mad” Rogan.


What are books did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next?
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Top 10 Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t.

I’m trying my best not to start any new series, as I have about 60+ old ones to finish. That doesn’t stop me from adding them to my TBR, though 😛

31145148A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray


Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

22840421The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen


On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power.

30233110This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab


Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music.

18189606Front Lines (Front Lines #1) by Michael Grant


1942. World War II. The most terrible war in human history. Millions are dead; millions more are still to die. The Nazis rampage across Europe and eye far-off America. The green, untested American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled—the armed forces of Nazi Germany. But something has changed. A court decision makes females subject to the draft and eligible for service. So in this World War II, women and girls fight, too.

27883214The Winter King (The Arthur Books #1) by Bernard Cornwell


Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos – threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade. As he struggles to unite Britain and hold back the Saxon enemy, Arthur is embroiled in a doomed romance with beautiful Guinevere.

23299512Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen #1) by John Gwynne


Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors under King Brenin’s rule, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage. The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed shields in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land.

24485589Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott


Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything. Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed.

23592235City of Stairs (The Divine Cities #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett


Years ago, the city of Bulikov wielded the powers of the Gods to conquer the world. But after its divine protectors were mysteriously killed, the conqueror has become the conquered; the city’s proud history has been erased and censored, progress has left it behind, and it is just another colonial outpost of the world’s new geopolitical power. Into this musty, backward city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the quiet woman is just another lowly diplomat sent by Bulikov’s oppressors. Unofficially, Shara is one of her country’s most accomplished spymasters.

30095464I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga


Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say. But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view. And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.

25733660Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence #1) by Max Gladstone


A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart. Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot. Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in.


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Arc Review: UNTIL IT FADES by K.A. Tucker


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UNTIL IT FADES
K.A. Tucker

Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 368
Release date: June 27th 2017

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?


“…it’s like a fairy tale!”


Until It Fades is a sweet and fast-paced read. The slow-burn romance is executed very well, the dialogue is fun and engaging, and the characters are all complex and developed. There is very little angst and drama, even through the surprising and realistic twists, and the plot really grasps your attention and takes you away.

K.A. Tucker is a fantastic writer. This novel has a solid premise and an amazing execution, especially as it deals with some rather sensitive themes. The writing is engrossing, which makes this for a pretty quick and entertaining read.

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WWW WEDNESDAY: READ, READING, WILL READ (7)

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s a place for you to do a little update on what your reading plans are.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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1. Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews

Reread! Which I haven’t been able to finish because my life went into total and complete chaos last week. 😀 I’m a little over halfway through, though, and I have to say I don’t love it as much as I did the first time.


What did you recently finish reading?

  1. Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms #4) by Morgan Rhodes: Too much focus on romance and way too little focus in developing the plot. Review here.
  2. An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities #2) by K.J. Charles: Arc copy and sweet historical enemies-to-lovers romance! Review here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker


Review copy! It’s a cute little New Adult book about Catherine, a single mom, after she saves the life of Brett, a famous hockey star.

One foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling. Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works. For a time.


What are books did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next?
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