Friday, 19 January 2018

We Can Be Mended - Book Review

We Can Be Mended (Divergent #3.5)
by Veronica Roth

What is it about:
We Can Be Mended is a short-story epilogue that focuses on Four and takes place five years after Allegiant, the conclusion of the Divergent series.

As Tobias struggles to understand and move past his fears, the world he once knew has changed beyond recognition. Fringe-dwellers, ex-faction members, Bureau dropouts, and migrants now coexist in the rebuilt streets of Chicago.

It’s a new, better world—one where he isn't sure how to belong. As everyone else seems to move forward, Tobias is still haunted by those who couldn’t. But new connections from old friends help him begin to heal—and mend.

What did I think of it:
This story was originally a pre-order reward for Carve the Mark. It was a country specific reward however, so the only way back then for me to get it, would be to buy the Dutch book and receive the Dutch translation of this short story. I didn't want that, so now that it's finally available online I could get my trotters on it.

And this is a nice epilogue to a rocky series.

I loved the first two books and the story collection Four, I hated Allegiant, and not because of the ending I will confess, but because they were acting stupid and because I didn't like the reason behind the worldbuilding.

This short story is a pleasant little view into life after Allegiant, and how Tobias finally finds the way to heal and move on. I'd advice this short story to people who loved the trilogy - or even parts of it - and who don't expect Tobias to keep pining forever.

Why should you read it:
It's a short and sweet epilogue.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

On Voodoo Bride's Radar - A Princess in Theory

In my search for fun Contemporary Romances I came across this book, and I can tell you I pre-ordered it right away. Doesn't it sound delicious!?

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1)
by Alyssa Cole

Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?

Expected publication: February 27th 2018
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

3 Wishes - Book Review by Voodoo Bride

3 Wishes (Candy Hearts Romance)
by Peggy Jaeger

What is it about:
Valentine’s Day is chocolatier Chloe San Valentino’s favorite day of the year. Not only is it the busiest day in her candy shop, Caramelle de Chloe, but it’s also her birthday. Chloe’s got a birthday wish list for the perfect man she pulls out every year: he’d fall in love with her in a heartbeat, he’d be someone who cares about people, and he’d have one blue eye and one green eye, just like her. So far, Chloe’s fantasy man hasn’t materialized, despite the matchmaking efforts of her big, close-knit Italian family. But this year for her big 3-0 birthday, she just might get her three wishes.

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
My quest for fun Contemporary Romances continues, so I tried one of the recommendations I got from helpful people on Twitter.

This is a lovely novella set around Valentine's Day.

The story was predictable, but fun. I liked the writing style and the characters. I can advice this book to anyone looking for a fun, uncomplicated romantic read.

I will check out Jaeger's other books and read a longer story by her for sure.

Why should you read it:
It's a very enjoyable Contemporary Romance read.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Teaser Tuesdays - Disruptor

His lips were swollen and cracked and he was so thirsty. It was dark, and Quin was in the darkness where he'd left her.

(page 88, Disruptor by Arwen Elys Dayton)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, 15 January 2018

Fresh Powder - Book Review by Voodoo Bride

Fresh Powder
by Susanne O'Leary

What is it about:
Lucy and Claire were best friends once, but after a huge row they haven't spoken in over 10 years. Living very different lives, imagine their shock when the find themselves thrown together again not only in the same ski resort in the French Alps, but in the same luxury chalet!

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
In my ongoing quest to find fun Contemporary Romances I came across this book and decided to give it a try.

It was not what I hoped it would be, but still a nice read. I will confess I disliked about half the characters in this book, but I kept reading because I wanted to see the characters I did like, get their happily ever after.

As this book is from 2006 and the author has written more books since, I will investigate some of the newer books to see if those are closer to what I'm looking for.

Why should you read it:
It's a nice Contemporary Romance

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Friday, 12 January 2018

DNF Time

It's that time again to tell you about some books I tried to read, but just could't finish.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I really didn't like the lead character Adelina, so couldn't care less what happened to her.

Furyborn by Claire Legrand
This being an ARC I got as an extra in a FairyLoot box, it was a difficult choice to DNF. I wanted to like this book so much: the worldbuilding was interesting, and the writing was really good. Sadly enough again I really disliked one of the main characters.

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
I wanted more killer unicorns and less teen angsting and romance.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

On McPig's wishlist - Year One

Year One (Chronicles of The One #1)
by Nora Roberts

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.