Still Me – JoJo Mojes

StillMeRating: 2**

Release Date: 25/01/2018 by Penguin UK


Synopsis: Lou Clark knows too many things . . . She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend Sam in London. She knows her employer is a good man and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to meet someone who’s going to turn her whole life upside down. Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it’ll hurt. Lou won’t know what to do next, but she knows that whatever she chooses is going to change everything.


I received the First Chapter of Still me by Penguin for an honest review, thanks a million!

This is a continuing contemporary series book that tells us about Lou Clark and her new adventure crossing the ocean for New York. It gives the reader a glimpse of her character facing the jet-lag and immigration ques at the airport and her story’s nature to blab suddenly everything to a complete stranger – immigration officer.

Then the story takes me to meet her acquaintance/ friend who takes her to the new family’s house she has agreed to work with, an ultra rich family…she has agreed to do it again, take care and be a companion to someone, woman this time…

The start is intriguing and synopsis tells ahead, this is going to be a romance, contemporary fiction, bit of heartbreak and a good lough.

I am rating as 2 ** because, this is only first chapter and so far it was promising, and without having read the whole book – it’s too far to say what my review will be. I have not read the previous two books, but I think it does not really matter, and anyone could read just this one, as I have seen the movie of the Me Before You.

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Statistics of 2017

Hello Everyone!

I want to write a post of my overall statistics of 2017 read books. It was amazing year and I read the highest number of the books so far – 110 in total, it’s quite a lot for me and I am surprised I did manage to read it! I had my minimum of 55 books to be read which I set every year a book more, so this year, 2018, the minimum is 56, which I am sure I will make it and, hopefully, will read way more, fingers crossed! 🙂

My statistics were analysed based on Goodreads data, thanks to them.

  • Total: 110 books, and  30,112 pages!
  • The average size of the book was 274 pages. I read many children picture books for reviews.
  • The longest book was “Lord of Shadows” by Cassandra Clare, YA, with 701 pages.
  • The most popular book among them all was also my new favorite: “Tell the Wolves I’m Home” by Carol Rifka Brunt.

  • Top genre shelves were: e-books, arc’s and books given for free to read & review, YA, romance, culture – different culture plot setting/ authors were from many countries, art, fantasy and huge number are other genres, which are too many – crime, colorbooks and so on. topShelves

  • Speaking of 2017 reading goals and were those met or not – I achieved the no.of books. I had set to read more romance, and genres I am not reading that often – partly managed, and romance was the easiest to achieve. My other goal was to read more of my Kindle shelf, the books that has been 1 click purchases long time ago and I did manage 1/3 of those to actually read, among the rest of the new releases and Library hauls, which is good. I am happy I discovered many new authors, which was also a goal and I found some favorites! On 2018 I will be reading more fiction from them.

  • My average * (star) rating was 3.1*** I was surprised, thought I had more!

  • I read 22 books which were 1* rated:

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  • I read 22+1 books which were 2** rated:

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  • I read 15 books which were 3*** rated:

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  • I read 21 book which were 4**** rated:

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  • I read 29 books which were 5***** rated:

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I also read series in ya fiction/fantasy as well, kept continuing to read crime fiction series, still in the middle for Irish writer’s Jane Casey’s and Finnish L. Lehtolainen thriller/detective series.

Highly recommend the books I have read and reviewed, looking forward to read your views about them! Have you read some of mine? Maybe you share a completely different viewpoint? Let me know in the comments section below, ciao!


  • Thank you for all the ARC’s given to me for an honest reviews!
  • Thank you, authors for giving me your work to be read and express my opinion of it! 
  • Thank you to followers and readers!

Goodbye Europe: Writers and Artists Say Farewell by Various

goodbye_euRating: 5*****

Published: January 9th 2018 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Synopsis: From Paris to Prague, from the past to the present, authors and artists say farewell in this unique collection.
In these pages you’ll find personal letters, reminiscences, poetry, art and brand new fiction from some of the most talented and important voices at work today, including: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Tom Bradby, Jessie Burton, Ben Collins (aka The Stig), Colonel Tim Collins, Robert Crampton, Adam Dant, Alain de Botton, Kate Eberlen, Matt Frei, Nicci French, Simon Garfield, Jonathan Lynn writing as Former Prime Minister Jim Hacker, Matt Haig, Richard Herring, Jennifer Higgie, Afua Hirsch, Owen Jones, Oliver Kamm, Alex Kapranos, Mark Kermode, Hari Kunzru, Olivia Laing, Marie Le Conte, Amy Liptrot, Robert Macfarlane, Henry Marsh, Val McDermid, Ian McEwan, Hollie McNish, Kate Mosse, Jenni Murray, Sarah Perry, Ian Rankin, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Chris Riddell, Andrew Roberts, Will Self, David Shrigley, Lionel Shriver, Sunny Singh, Ece Temelkuran, Rob Temple, Bee Wilson, Sarah Winman.
A fascinating, funny and moving must-read for anyone who wants to understand the times we live in, our relationship with the continent, and ourselves.


Thanks a million to Orion Publishing Group for an e-arc, I read the book for an honest review.

The book is excellent, I am happy having read it, and learned about various author’s perspective and thoughts of Brexit topic, covering both sides of opinions and referring to the feelings before and after the vote. The book gives an insight of writers and it’s wonderful to read their personal opinions more than just a fiction written by them. Because of the short story structure of the book, these are easy to be read on the journey, each story gives a little aftertaste for readers own thoughts.

 

Looking back at December

Hello in the New Year!

I am writing this post very late from the point of wrap up posts at the end of the each month. The PLAN was to read 4 books in December, I managed to read 3 books, those are:

TheMoonlightPalaceAudio book – The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg 

Two star rating;

MadnessUnderneathThe Madness Underneath – Maureen Johnson

 One star rating;

TheKissAntology

“The Kiss: An Anthology of Love and Other Close Encounters” by various 32 writers. 

This was overall a nice, fine read, having so many in one and some short, some long stories, different perspectives and same – some I enjoyed, some left unfinished and some just okay. I had set higher expectations than I got. Two star rating;

During half of December I was travelling and meeting family, also fell sick with flu and thus I left reading in the middle. Some thinking were made and I am going to abandon the idea to document the incoming and outgoing letters sent, stationery bought or received. Instead I made an Instagram account and linked it directly to the blog. I think it would suit the post theme more, providing links and actual pictures, as it is focused on the photo content.

 

The Madness Underneath – Maureen Johnson

MadnessUnderneathRating: 1*

Published:  2013 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons


Synopsis: After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Deveaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends.
But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades – the city’s secret ghost-fighting police – are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.


I enjoy the smoked typography on the cover, like the shiny cover.
Had too high expectations over the book and the story…but this is the middle, the middle book of a trilogy. I found the story not much moving and getting back to the point a where it left the first book.

The story in The Madness Underneath is about Rory being sent to live in Uk with her parents and having psychologist sessions once/twice a week where she talks random stuff just to let the sessions be, but obviously she is not going to talk about what happen in Real, being stabbed by a ghost. She lives undercover and she is so bored, so bored that she spits the idea to her psychologist she is ok, she feels ready to go back and start to live again, but that’s the moment where the psychologist plays a crazy thought and suggest to her parents Rory seems to be ready to face the situation back and it would be the best for her to return home…Her parents are slightly against, but then they do move and she is sort of thrown back into High School’s last year and exams approaching…

She still sees ghosts and nothing has changed, she is back and meets the rest of the team, but her emotional state throughout the book is – floating, throughout the whole book – Rory is emotionally distressed, the reader gets a lot of self-thinking from Rory’s side, it is as the title suggests – smooth surface and smiling faces, but the madness underneath…

The one star rating is because I found it boring, I could not connect to any of the characters. I had high expectations, but I couldn’t make sense – the story purpose for where the book was going, what message was it carrying. I found the part with Ripper and the actions lame, without depth and lacking the atmosphere. I am going to skip reading the last book in the series.

January TBR Book Choice Poll

Hi Everyone!

It is the middle of the month and I am doing for one week a January TBR “Book Choice Pool”, taking place from today, 16/12/17 to 22/12/17 . This means I am going to choose random 6 selected books which I could possibly read on January, but I want YOU to vote for 3 books, which ones you would prefer. Let’s make it fun!

I am going to post the short synopsis for each of the books and the choice then is Yours! Let’s share and add more opinions and votes! ♥ ♥ ♥

A Dance of Dragons by Kaitlyn Davis

Synopsis: In the land of Ourthuro, cruelty is a way of life. The king rules with an iron fist and no one dare defy him–no one except his daughter. Princess Leena is keeping a dangerous secret, she has fallen in love with a soldier and it would mean both of their lives if her father ever discovered their affair.
But Leena will risk it all to be with the man she loves–her heart, her life, her freedom. And when her brother’s birthday celebration takes a dangerous turn, Leena is forced to make a decision that will change the fate of her nation and eventually the world.

 

Just one Wish by Janette Rallison

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman will do anything to fulfill her little brother’s only wish before his frightening cancer surgery. The trouble is, he wants a certain superstar actor to pay him a visit. Annika has only a few days to drive to California and convince the celebrity to come home with her. On a seemingly impossible adventure that includes paparazzi, bows and arrows, and one enormous snake, Annika learns a few lessons about family, love, and having her own wishes granted. 

 

The Trouble with Falling by Rochelle Morgan 

Synopsis: After the heart-shattering ending of her first serious relationship, eighteen-year-old Sophie has sworn off love. Now that school is behind her, she plans to travel the world and form as few attachments as possible. The only exception: Lex, the artist on the other end of the Internet who chats to her almost every day. A guy she can never lose–since she doesn’t actually have him to begin with. Sophie’s plan can start as soon as she’s faked her way through her sister’s wedding. Pretending to be happy and excited for the next week or two should be easy, right? But that was before Caleb walked onto the scene … Best man to Sophie’s almost-brother-in-law, Caleb is infuriatingly friendly and determined to get a real smile out of Sophie. Forced together through dance classes and wedding-related disasters, Sophie is determined not to like him. And terrified when she ends up failing.

The Watcher’s Daughter by C.J.Flynn

Synopsis: Family secrets never stay buried.When Allie Stuart begins researching the seedy underworld of supernatural creatures, vampire machinations, and paranormal counterplots, her search engine leads her straight to Nathan Carter and his merry band of conspiracy theorists. Facing thirty and feeling overwhelmed by her grandfather’s Alzheimer’s, a relationship that is cooling down instead of heating up, and a detour in her research career, the odd ramblings of the ParaLine group offer an amusing distraction. Nathan Carter, however, has other plans for Allie. When he decides to use her as bait in a war against an undead prince, Allie comes face to face with the reality behind Carter’s narrative. The truth, and the family secrets it reveals, will bring more change than she would have ever wished for. 

War of the Fae by Elle Casey

SynopsisJayne Sparks, a potty-mouthed, rebellious seventeen-year-old and her best friend, shy and bookish Tony Green, have a pretty typical high school existence, until several seemingly unrelated incidents converge, causing a cascade of events that change their lives forever. Jayne and Tony, together with a group of runaway teens, are hijacked and sent into a forest, where nothing and no one are as they seem. 

 

A Rush of Wings by Kirsten Heitzmann

Synopsis: When fragmented images and unfocused panic force Noelle St. Claire to flee her wealthy, sheltered life in New York, she gains sanctuary on a ranch in the Rocky Mountains.There Noelle finds solace in the breathtaking scenery she paints. But as the attentions of two brothers, Rick and Morgan Spencer, breach the wall she hides behind, the past she yearns to escape becomes a menacing threat from which she can no longer hide. Award-winning and bestselling author Kristen Heitzmann has skillfully created a story resonating with emotion and depicting a poignant spiritual journey.

 

So these are all 6, vote for 3!

This is not the final tbr book set for January, as there will be more books I am absolutely certain I am going to read!

Audio book – The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg

TheMoonlightPalaceRating: 2**

Published: October 1st 2014 by Brilliance Audio

This has been on my to be read reading shelf forever, I mean a couple of years. Have you read the book?
The cover is gorgeous and intriguing, but I would have most likely picked it up anyway because the plot is set in Singapore.

The book, particular the audio book I was listening to was excellent because of the speakers McFadden’s voice and all the different roles she was able to bring in live and perfect pronunciations to local places and people.

However, the story itself was fine, it has some historical fiction elements and as I know the Singapore’s map and locations pretty well it become handy, otherwise I would suggest someone keep the map open to full get the sense of the city.

The story tells about a 17-year-old girl named Agnes or Aggie as everyone is calling her. She is representing a multicultural background as majority of nationals in the country. She is an orphan living together with her aunt and uncle who loves her dearly and would go an extra mile to save and provide her all the best they can. And who isn’t when it comes to family – any time in a lifetime? Her uncle has served British army and there are some pinch of royal Sultan’s blood in her. The time set in the book is some 1920’s and they are at the very edge of poverty, struggle to survive and have proper school uniform. Agnes is going in one of the best High School’s in Singapore. But the house they live is Kampong Glam, a historical building that is slowly but visibly the building is breaking down, new roof leaks here and there isn’t nothing new, few rooms aren’t usable anymore.

Agnes is longing is engaging in relationship very fast without fully wanting but the next minute she is over heel about the temperamental British guy who keeps on insisting he is there for her and he does seem fishy. She gets her first job as journalist in the local newspaper, thanks to her uncle’s reference and she does remarkably well, turning the society and the ratio of newspaper readers. She is devoted to her family, torn between them and her boyfriend. She gets proposed but not everything seems to be as easy as that…

The main stress on this book, in my opinion, is about historic elements, powerful and strong woman, who is not forced down, but is ready to stand on her feet. She is naive at the first but her character grows when the book is about to end. It was an okay read, but didn’t attract me with very interesting side characters and the plot climaxes/ suspense.