Review: A Duke by Default, by Alyssa Cole

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Romance, Contemporary

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If you’ve known me for a while, you know that I am not a big fan of romance novels. Well, Alyssa Cole proved me wrong.

A Duke by Default is the story of Portia, a young woman from New York who just arrived in Scotland for her apprenticeship as a swordmaker. Her whole life, she has felt like a big disappointment and, at almost 30, still struggles with finding out where her true passion is and follow a career path. Tavish McKenzie, her boss, excels at being… well, an asshole. But what starts as an aggravating relationship between them slowly starts to turn into something more passionate, and a family secret might just add even more complications to their lives. Continue reading

Review: The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, by Kirk W. Johnson

the feather thief kirk w johnsonRating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Non-Fiction, True Crime, History

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Okay, this was absolutely a cover-buy. Although I didn’t read this as a physical book, but rather as an audiobook, it’s still so pretty to look at. Also, it said “The Natural History Heist of the Century”, so I was drawn to it. A real-life case of heist? Rare birds? Sign me in.

While the book is meant to be about the heist itself, and the first chapter is really interesting, describing the heist itself, it takes until 40% of the book to go back to the heist itself. In between, the history of those birds is told, which goes from being interesting because of the parallels between Alfred Russel Wallace and his contemporary Charles Darwin, to really boring indeed, because I cannot care less about the misfortunes and successes of Europeans stealing birds from Brazil and other parts of South America. Continue reading

Mini-Review: Fruit of the Drunken Tree, by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

fruit of the drunken tree ingrid rojas contrerasRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Historical Fiction

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Fruit of the Drunken Tree tells the story of two girls, Chula and Petrona, during the late 80s and then 90s in Colombia, when drug lord Pablo Escobar was active and fear was in the hearts of Colombians. Petrona, a girl who lives in the Invasión, a poverty-stricken neighborhood, starts working for the Santiago family as a maid. Little by little, she gets entangled in the violent, bloody plans of the guerrilhas. The two children of the Santiagos, Chula and Cassandra, are protected from the violence by the money of their family.

This was a gorgeous story, with fear, innocence and hope permeating the pages. I loved the personal way that this shows the reality of so many families in such fearful times. This is such a powerful story, even more so because it’s based on the author’s personal history. I recommend picking this up as a physical book instead of audiobook, because you can enjoy the writing better that way.

The Sunday Snuggle Week 50 2018

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Hello readers!

I have a giveaway going on in Twitter! Here is the link if you wanna join, and it goes on until December 21, when I announce the 2 winners. I haven’t decided on the prize yet, but it will probably be a book from Book Depository.

I’m trying to read as many books published 2018 as possible, and publish the reviews before the year ends. I’m not participating on Blogmas, but I like the idea of posting a lot of reviews of books from this year still this year. There’s still many to go, but I know my TBR will be much longer this year once books get published next year.

This was accidentally helped by the fact that I got a bit ill this week and thus made shorter hours at work, and also went only once to the gym. Suddenly, I had lots more free time.

From Netgalley I received:

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Bookish & Non-Bookish Podcasts I Really Enjoy!

Hello book lovers!

Do you listen to podcasts? I started listening to them only this year, so I’m still a bit new to them, but I have become an avid listener and definitely have some favorites. Maybe it helps that I don’t have patience for things like sitting down and watching a movie, and with podcasts I can listen to something interesting while writing blog posts, or doing exercises, or doing my chores. So here are my recommendations!

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Bookish Podcasts

SFF Yeah: Fantasy And Science Fiction Podcast

SFF YEAH! is my favorite bookish podcast! I love sci-fi and fantasy, so that is of course a bonus, but I think I might listen to this even if I wasn’t completely obsessed with those genres, because Sharifah and Jenn are such sweethearts and I love hearing them talk. Each episode is one hour long, so I really enjoy listening to that when I’m doing chores. Continue reading

Review: Jar of Hearts, by Jennifer Hillier

jar of hearts jennifer hillierRating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Thriller

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This was one of the most talked about thrillers of this year! I was compelled by curiosity to read it.

Jar of Hearts tells the story of Georgina, who, after 14 years, is now going to jail for helping her ex-boyfriend Calvin murder and hide the body of her High School best friend, Angela Wong. While she goes to prison, Calvin escapes. As her time to leave jail approaches, a series of crimes resembling that of Angela start happening right next to her childhood home… and maybe the secret she has worked to hard to keep can’t be protected anymore. Continue reading

Review: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, by Michelle McNamara

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Nonfiction, Biography, True Crime

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I heard amazing things about this book, written by the author of the blog http://truecrimediary.com/, which deals with never-solved cold cases. Michelle died in 2016, and this book was published after being put together from what she’d written plus her notes. The author has a matter-of-factly but tactful voice. She makes the point to make the victims the center of the story, and doesn’t deal with the crimes with morbid curiosity. She aims not to glamorize the murderer, and I think she did that very well. Continue reading

Mini-Review: The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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I finally picked up this book, which has been hyped up for a long time now, since way before it got published. I waited a bit until the hype died down a bit to see more reviews on it, since I already have so many YA fantasies to read, but this one keeps being talked about. And with good reason!

This gave me A Court of Thorns and Roses vibes, as well as a bit of Pride and Prejudice. I loved that the main character was a scheming, strong young woman who refused to be made small. This was written so wonderfully, I kept turning pages and as mesmerized by the story, the characters and the richness of the world. I absolutely will keep reading this series! It’s dark, delicious and addictive. Highly recommended!

Review: My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

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This is such an interesting book! I heard lots about it before I picked it up, and it did not disappoint.

My Sister, the Serial Killer is the story of Korede and her sister, Ayoola. Ayoola has always been beautiful, gorgeous skin, lovely smile, charming personality. She’s full of curves, where Korede is not. She’s full of charm, where Korede is bitter – and for good reason. Ayoola is a serial killer. Her latest victim is her boyfriend Femi, who Ayoola swears attacked her, and she killed him in self-defense. But Korede has doubts about that. When her sister sets her eyes on the man Korede has been in love with for a while, she fears for his life… Continue reading

My favorite Booktubers

Hello readers!

I normally tend towards reading reviews a lot more than watching them, and to be honest, it took me a long, long time to start watching BookTube. But once I did, I got addicted!

BookTube is really entertaining, you get to see the person’s personality and you can just leave it playing while getting ready in the morning and still listen about your favorite books, or books that come out soon, and so on! So here are my favorite ones!

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I love Zoe’s energy! She’s sweet and loves YA books, and has such a cute relationship with her dad (if you want to die of cuteness overload, watch the videos with her dad, like her reading vlogs!). I love watching her videos when I want to smile!

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