December Book Choice Poll

Hi Readers!

I am going to write the first post of the new idea I wrote couple days ago – inventing something new. So this is a “Book Choice” of the next month, where I am going to choose random 10 selected books from either  Kindle or as an E-Pub file and add them to the poll, you are more than welcome (!!) and give your thoughts which of the books – let’s say half, so starting from today, 15/11/2017,  – till 21/11/2017 choose 5 books out of those 10, which you would prefer me to read and see the reviews coming up! And at the end of each poll I will add the books receiving the most votes to my TBR. This sounds interesting! I tried my best to add a little bit of variety – not much this time, these are the genres: ya, romance, paranormal, fantasy, anthology, horror fantasy!

Let’s start! The link takes you to Goodreads:

ADanceOfDragonsA Dance of Dragons #0.5; #1 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.

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The Changelings (War of the Fae #1) 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. 

 

KaleidoscopeHeartsKaleidoscope Hearts (Hearts #1) by Claire Contreras

Synopsis: He was my older brother’s best friend. 
He was never supposed to be mine. 
I thought we would get it out of our system and move on.
One of us did. One of us left. 
Now he’s back, looking at me like he wants to devour me. And all those feelings I’d turned into anger are brewing into something else, something that terrifies me. 
He broke my heart last time. 
This time he’ll obliterate it.

This is a standalone.

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With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin

Synopsis: Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she’s never met–even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence–he’s been trying to escape his infamous name for years.

 

DarknessEchoesDarkness Echoes by L.A. Starkey, Kelly Hall, D.E.L. Connor, Chess Desalls, C.K. Dawn, D.B. Nielsen

Synopsis: Six spooky  never before seen YA anthology short stories. 

 

 

 

 

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison JustOneWish

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. 

DarkSecretsDark Secrets (Dark Secrets #1) by Angela M. Hudson

Synopsis: How can you be attracted to a guy who just said he wants to kill you?
Ara-Rose asks herself the same question. She’s been torn away from her old life, thrown into a new one in a new country, and in the midst of death, heartache and depression, she finds herself in love with a vampire—one who kills people with his teeth!
But the vampire is forbidden to fall for this human, and at the point Ara-Rose decides she can’t live without him, he pulls away and leaves her falling back to the darkness he woke her from. She will be caught up in a century-old feud among brothers, and the fight for love becomes a fight for her life.

Snow-Kissed Love 3 Book Box Set (Snow Kissed Love #1-3) by Violet Vaughn

SnowKissedLove1_3Synopsis: #1 Determined to get over Jason and find a man that wants a family, Casey Cassidy moves to Breckenridge, Colorado. Landing a job skiing every day, Casey finds Blaine Johnson – a wish come true. A hunky surfer turned ski instructor, he checks off every requirement on her list. Except for the one she forgot to add. 

#2 Headed for the Olympics, figure skater Lori Langley’s destined for the gold. But when her sordid affair with her abusive and controlling coach is plastered all over the tabloids, Lori’s world spins out of control. 

#3 Olympic hopeful Gretchen Nickelson doesn’t do love. Men exist for sex and a good time. Snowboarding is her main priority and a clingy boyfriend will only get between her and a spot on the Olympic team.

TheKissAntologyThe Kiss: An Anthology of Love and Other Close Encounters

Synopsis: 32 short stories by various authors. A kiss is a simple communication. It can also be an exchange, a betrayal, an assault, a promise, a hope…or it could be a goodbye. The intimacy of a kiss cannot be denied. Whether shared, stolen or simply dreamed of, its recipient will be affected. Thirty-one stories by authors from around the world will tease your imagination as you anticipate ‘The Kiss’ in each weird or wonderful tale. 

 

The Tumor by John Grisham TheTumor

Synopsis: THE TUMOR follows the present day experience of the fictional patient Paul, an otherwise healthy 35-year-old father who is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Grisham takes readers through a detailed account of Paul’s treatment and his family’s experience that doesn’t end as we would hope. Grisham then explores an alternate future, where Paul is diagnosed with the same brain tumor at the same age, but in the year 2025, when a treatment called focused ultrasound is able to extend his life expectancy. 

 

So, these are the 10 e-books I want you to choose 5, multiple choice for voting!

 

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Two new announcements!

Hi Friends!

Some time ago after some consideration and talking with some of you, I started to include themed posts on my blog, such as “Library Haul’s”, “TBR lists” and “Wrap Ups” as you may have noticed and it turned out I am enjoyed these. It’s seems fun to set some amount of books, to set particular ones to be read. I used to know approx ones which I am most likely to read but could change the decision easily if I wasn’t in a mood for particular genre in the middle of the month. But with these posts, they gave a clear picture of what I have managed to read and postponed. What my plan looks and sometimes stopping myself to order more…

So I have done some thinking and decide to invent 2 new set post themes.

First themed post will be “Book Choice of each month – aka December book choice”  and so on, a poll of your votes. As you may know, my aim is to go through and read all of the e-books that are residing either on my Kindle or on laptop. So, each post will have let’s say around 10 e-books or less with their synopsis and I will allow you to choose, let’s say, half of the reads – so 5 books of those ten, which would receive the most votes from you, I am going to include in my next month read. If I am going to place six then those to be read will be 3 and so on, alright? Let’s try it and I am excited how different it might go! I will add the post each month on 15th date. Would it be more interesting to add various genres or keep within the genre? If it’s paranormal, short stories, holiday, historic fiction, romance, mystery, non-fiction, ya, crime/detective and so on? I will include the results on on TBR posts along with the books from library or owned or arc’s sent to be reviewed.

The second post will be “Snail Mail” which will take place on 3rd week of the each month and I am going to post photos of the outgoing and incoming letters and some stationery sheets, pens and colorful scotch/washi with some links, which has arrived or been sent during each of the month.

Have you ever set the polls on your blog? Any tips? That’s all for now, thanks a million for your attention, enjoy your week!

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao

ForestOfThousandLanternsRating: 3***

Published: October 10th 2017 by PENGUIN GROUP


Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future.
Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.
 


I received this e-arc for an honest review from PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group, thank you!

***Spoilers alert***

The cover is absolutely beautiful! Fits the book, and the details of the story…basically you read and then you get to the place where it makes parallels to the cover – grand!

Do you like magical tales bringing you centuries back? Then this is one for you to read.
This is magical book or elements from the most common fairy tales, but it stands on it’s own. The storytelling reminded me of Lian’s Hearn trilogy series Across the Nightingale Floor, but the plot is completely different, don’t mix these two!

This is about an ambitious character,Xifeng, a very ambitious one, who would cross everything and no death would stand in a way. But that of course, doesn’t happen without a price OR being played to step these steps without even knowing it. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns has a very influential main character, playing to be one personality but being completely different.

Xifeng has been influenced by her Guma to follow the future the cards has lead her, promising unbelievable life spun from her current position, her Guma has purposely educated her all life to fit in the task she is about to set as her aim. All the beatings and long hours reciting poems turns to become useful when life throws Xifeng in dangerous situations. Although having a difficult growing up and developing feelings to the boy from her village, she aims for something more, being completely free and doing what she wants, not what other wants her to be…but is it ever possible? In the environment harem and kingdom is set?

My own thoughts about the book – I found too ambitious the character, couldn’t relate to her, although can understand that’s the harem is and the harsh surviving. I had few issues with the way Xifeng almost always got her way, that the evilness was unstoppable, and it bored me at times, however, those are only my thoughts, you might find the book fantastic!! I am interested to read the rest of the books in the series to see how the Thousand Lanterns play their part in the story.

 

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

theWinnersCrimeRating: 3.5 ***

Published: 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s


Synopsis: Lady Kestrel’s engagement to Valoria’s crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust …
While Arin fights to keep his country’s freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.
Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them


Hi! I am glad to say I did finish the second book in the series! Here is what I thought…

***SPOILERS***

Hmm…what to say after reading the middle book in the series? I dread reading the book, because I really enjoyed the first book and I was aware that this one will be heartbreaking and I wasn’t up to sign for those emotions.

I went through the quick synopsis to all the 3 books to sum up what’s and where the story will go…and now after I have finished the book two, I am angry, I am really angry for this book, because of the role it was playing. The book has bare minimum of romance and is pretty much about stress and secrecy. I could skip this whole book and just go to read the third, escaping the drama, heartbreak, annoyance and every political move…!

The plot is toying with the main character Kestrel and influencing her to think “rationally” and don’t make “stupid” moves, but to go against her own heart. You are basically reading how the story line and her position makes the character become sharp and learning to speak, act “smart” for saving the next moment, which basically makes one sneaky…and cruel to those who matters and themselves..is it worth? The final climax of the plot tells it all..

Arin on the other hand is angry and hurt, does his “best” to save the country, like Kestrel he is toyed in the plot too if I look at the whole plot and then there’s King’s character in the middle who really surprises. Who play the biggest role of tests and then turn the situation I would not have expected. Does that make me bad in reading persons actions? 🙂

I find very difficult to rate the book. I am admiring and hating at the same the games played within the plot, the characters are developed in more depth, calculating where they stand and what their position is, BUT is it necessary to know? Is it necessary to learn about the ways one can be? I enjoyed the book by all means but I am not in a mood for drama and the drama politics.

I am sorry if I hurt your feelings and you have loved the book to it’s bits, because almost everyone is excited about the series and the reviews..

 

My November TBR plan

Hi!

Today I am glad I have not written and posted my November month reading plan last week, because right now outside blog, life plans has changed and I will be quite more busy  than I was thinking I will…

I really wanted to read 15 new books on November, in best case I could manage that combing with December. I was hoping to read more mysteries and fantasy books such as Darkness Echoes – a short ya story collection by 15 various authors; War of the Fae by Elle Casey; The Watcher’s Daughter by C.J.Flynn; Dark Secrets by Angela M.Hudsons; Shadow Sigh by E.J.Stevens – have you read any of these? I have not seen them circulating in book blogs, well, not in recent year posts. So I am wondering has anyone read any of these…I do have somewhat high expectations of  interesting plots.

Last week my library order got into the action and the books are about to be transferred to my library this week, so I suppose they will arrive tomorrow. I have been logging on the library account several times a day, hahaha…that pretty much tells how much I wanted my books to be here. Plus I had 3 books to add this month, which I did not managed last month.

What I am going to do with the TBR shelf for November? – I am hoping to read the library loan books, including one audio book and one ARC from last month, that would mean the total of 10 books in best scenario, dropping off regular ebooks from Kindle and hoping to read them on December. But you know as well, there are those books that by reading the synopsis you just want to read them now 🙂

These are the books I am hoping to read:

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  • an ARC of A Forest of Thousand Lanterns by Julie C.Dao ( so excited receiving this from the publisher!)
  • an audio book of The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg (this book has been on TBR for a very long time and initially I already submitted request to read but the copy wasn’t available to be sent out to another library and ya! finally it is! 🙂 )
  • The Madness Underneath #2 by Maureen Johnson (this seemed to be another book which was difficult to get from any library and from bookstores. I had read the #1 years ago, and remember liking it a lot, so I am pretty excited to get my hands on the book!)
  • Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (want to read because of author, have read almost all other books by her)
  • Editing Emma by Chloe Seager (seems interesting synopsis)
  • The Reckoning #2 by Jane Casey (want to read all the books in the series of Maeve Kerrington)
  • The Winner’s Crime #2 by  Marie Rutkowski (have started the series)
  • Lord of Shadows #2 by Cassandra Clare (have started the series)
  • Flame in the Mist by Renēe Ahdieh (want to read this novel as I enjoyed her previous duology’s first book)
  • Magisterum The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (Want to see what’s the hype has been about)

Hope I will get through these 10 books on my November TBR, they more or less seem easy to be read. I have finished two of them at this very minute, so 8, hehe…fingers crossed!!

How about you? What are your wishes and actual prediction what are you going to manage to read?

Thank you for reading today’s post!

Below the Surface by Leena Lehtolainen

BelowtheSurfaceRating: 4****

Release Date: November 7th 2017 by AmazonCrossing


Synopsis:

When a woman’s body turns up in a lake—a bullet to the back of her head—Violent Crime Unit commander Maria Kallio, freshly back from maternity leave, is fast to get on the case. The victim is ID’d as Annukka Hackman, wife of a prominent publisher and author of an upcoming unauthorized tell-all book on Sasha Smeds, Finland’s celebrated racing rally driver.
Almost as soon as the inquiry starts, it goes off the rails, as those connected to Annukka—and to Smeds—seem to have more secrets than they have alibis. Was the journalist about to reveal a bombshell that someone was desperate to keep quiet? Or will it take some reading between the lines? The clues may be few, but the list of suspects is long. As she struggles to balance her home life, run a department tainted by career-threatening allegations, and catch a killer, Maria is shocked to find just what someone was willing to do in the name of love…or revenge.


***Spoiler free***

I was given an e-arc for an honest review, thanks a million!

This is the second book in the series which I have read, recently I finished #2 and absolutely loved this Finnish detective and Below the Surface is no exception! I like that the covers are within the same as the rest of the series.

Book was interesting from the very start, it is realistic and although I did not fully understand the ending, I am absolutely suggesting everyone to read the book! It is a page turner, thinking all the way through the plot, who could be the guilty person and enjoying each of the characters. I felt I was cheating by jumping from #2 to #8 but now as I know a little “up-front”, I am looking to read the rest of the ones I have not yet.

The book starts from the murder scene right there, and slowly revealing the investigation team work on the case, having plain data but no solution until it’s start to develop – I loved the analyzing factor, the main character, Maria Kallio, Commander of the Espoo Crime Unit, being imperfect at all and thus I think I loved her more, faces sometimes so-called disaster from her team and still has to handle the family life where’s spouse is not happy about work overtaking their private time. As a reader I fully get the excitement of Maria’s when she thinks she has solved one more step about the murder case, how small detail actually matters and how much it takes from team not to reveal any information to the press who works as detectives themselves…how difficult is to spot who is lying and who isn’t, who would have had a motive to kill the Annukka Hackman, wife of a prominent publisher and author of an upcoming unauthorized tell-all book on Sasha Smeds, Finland’s celebrated racing rally driver.

The Reckoning – Jane Casey

theReckoningRating: 5 *****

Published:  2011 by Ebury Press


Synopsis: 

To the public, a killer who targets paedophiles is a hero. And even the police don’t regard the murders as a priority. Maeve Kerrigan is shocked by the violence inflicted during these kills – the victims were made to suffer. She believes no-one should be allowed to take the law into their own hands. However, as this serial killer’s violence begins to escalate, she is forced to decide how far she’s prepared to go to ensure justice is served …


***spoilers alert***

The book is interesting and I wish I knew before that not only one crime would be solved but more than one! It took me a while to pick up the book and actually read, because I had no wish to read about pedophiles.

It is well written, intriguing and although the topic isn’t exciting, but gross, the book was complex and unexpected turns would make the plot interesting, like a chain action – one by one, one plus one – it is more than the synopsis ever tells… It is written from two characters view points – Rob’s and Maeve’s, both detectives.
At the times I would be thinking – I am watching a movie…and the author has written that, she has picked up certain things for my attention, but yeah, most of the time I was so much into the story…glad I had the whole weekend for reading in few attempts.

I like the main character, Maeve Kerrigan, and Rob, both detective constables, although, sometimes Maeve acts first before thinking it through, there is smart, sharp tongue, and this was the book where she had to fight her mind against her feelings….not an easy choice. In second book of the series we get to know more of her private life outside work and how much she is annoyed by her mother and her family.

The book started with serial killer slaying down convicted pedos, the details of their death is awful but not more awful than their convicted crimes. someone is taking fast actions with each of next victim showing up within days time, the police starts to notice there is a leak within their team and it’s a long go for finding “who” – I had a couple of people I suspected, but none turned the exact one. Plus finding the killer…

I can say it is a promising good read.