Is it worth getting a Kindle Unlimited subscription?

Dear readers!

I have used Kindle Unlimited once about two years ago, and I read some really great stuff there and some really bad stuff too. Thinking about that, plus the fact that I am in a book ban (again…) and I realized that Kindle Unlimited was a loop hole on my ban (hehe), I decided to try it for the 30-days free trial period! But then I had around three thousand ARCs to read, so I only read a few books on the free trial month. Then, for the sake of committing to blogging (just kidding, there were books I wanted to read hehehe), I stayed for another month.

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My Experience

I really like using the this subscription, as I love reading thrillers, and there’s a few classics in there too, plus lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Audiobooks, and it’s quite nice that I can switch seamlessly from ebook to Audiobook with this. I will probably not use it EVERY month, but there’s a lot of good books on the list and I will be using it from time to time. During this experience I read 10 books. A few other I ended up getting from either Netgally or Edelweiss, so I could definitely have added easily another 5 to this list if it wasn’t for that!

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Valentine’s Day: A Romance Books Discussion

Dear readers,

Happy Valentine’s Day! In my country, this is celebrated on June 12th, but since my boyfriend is European, we also celebrate it on February 14th. Do you have a Valentine’s Day tradition? I have to say I don’t have any… we both kind of keep it low key and maybe give each other chocolate or go out to have dinner… but nothing too much.

Anyway, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you probably know I’m not a big romance reader. I’ve never read a Nora Roberts, a Danielle Steel or a Nicholas Sparks book. I don’t mind reading romance in books, but I don’t particularly seek them out. Normally, my favorite romances are also from another genre, like fantasy. This comes probably from my own prejudices regarding the romance genre, for which I am not proud of (see what I did there?? No?? See the gif below then).

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Review: A River in Darkness, by Masaji Ishikawa

A River in the Darkness Masaji IshikawaRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Non-fiction, Memoir

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Half-Japanese and half-Korean Masaji Ishikawa lived a poor and hard life in Japan with his family, angry at his violent father and feeling like an outsider. Then, when he’s thirteen, his family moves to North Korea, in search of a better life – the promises of free education, abundance of jobs and free access to doctors lures them. They soon find out the depth of the lies of the propaganda, and life gets much, much harder. Masaji tells the story of his life in “paradise on earth”, and its brutality, the endless hunger, poverty and cruelty and his escape 36 years later. Continue reading

ARC Review: Hidden Seams, by Alessandra Torre

Hidden Seams Alessandra Torre

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Romance, Erotica

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In Hidden Seams, Marco has just inherited a billion after ten years of selling his reputation, and realizes now just how lonely he really is. Avery works with money laundering, trying to get enough money to support the immigrant women who depend on her to find shelter and a decent job. She is determine if the man who used to publicly date Marco was his father, and he is determined to not let her ruin his legacy. When they meet, however, the intense passion between them is something they can’t fight. Continue reading

ARC Review: Watch Me, by Jody Gehrman

Watch Me Jody Gehrman

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Psychological Thriller

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I had read the synopsis for Watch Me and found it very intriguing, which is why I got the book via Netgalley, but by the time I read it, I’d forgotten it already. And I think that is the best way to enjoy this book – not knowing where it’s heading! So if you want to be kept a little in the dark about the story of Watch Me, skip the next paragraph! Continue reading

ARC Review: All Things Bright and Strange, by James Markert

All Things Bright and Strange James Markert

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian, Supernatural

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It took me a while to decide how I would rate this novel. All Things Bright and Strange is a story set in Bellhaven, a small town in the Southern United States, known for its tolerance and peace between different religions and races. But since the war, things haven’t been the same. Then one day a small chapel is found in the woods, and it brings peace and comfort to the townspeople – but something is not quite right about it, and supernatural forces escape through cracks into the natural world, causing tensions and destruction. Continue reading

The Sunday Snuggle W4/2018 #TheSundaySnuggle

Hello readers!

Great news – I am back at work since the end of last week. I’ve discussed this a few times already, but for those who don’t know, I had a long medical leave since last year due to mental health issues. I’ve changed medication many times until finding a combination that worked for me, and during those months, I was home (which is also why I was posting so much). But now I am back at work, which might mean that I will have to reduce my frequency of posting, but hopefully I won’t need to! Ideally I will maintain The Sunday Snuggle on Sundays, one post per week for book reviews and one more post with whatever theme I feel like. I will have posts up Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. But we’ll see!

So I went a little crazy on Edelweiss and Netgalley this week. I must have gotten 25 books. Yeah, I know… plus I also bought Beartown and The Extinction Trials at the bookstore to celebrate going back to work. What is self-control? Never heard of it.

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Review: The Power, by Naomi Alderman

The Power Naomi Alderman

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller

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I first saw The Power on the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, which I follow on Twitter and it had caught my attention before winning – and once it won, I bought the book almost immediately.

The Power is a speculative fiction which tells the story of what would happen if one day, women woke up to have the power to send electricity through their fingers, making them physically stronger than men.  Continue reading

ARC Review: Our Dark Stars, by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade

Our Dark Stars Audrey Grey Krystal Wade

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Thriller, Romance

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am still blown away by this book as I write this review. This was just phenomenal!

Our Dark Stars tells the story of Princess Talia Starchaser, who on her eighteenth’s birthday will confirm her position as the heir to the throne and to her Dynasty, but must also secure her betrothal to Prince Cassian, who she has never met. Cassian is a cruel person, and demands Talia kills her best friend, a companion mock named Ailat who she has known since birth, in front of an expecting crowd. In a fraction of second, Talia must decide what to do, with enormous consequences to her choice. A hundred years later, Mock Captain Will Perrault and his mock crew discover an object floating through space, and when Talia emerges from the container, she is now in their hands.

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Review: The Ghostwriter, by Alessandra Torre

The Ghostwriter Alessandra Torre

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Contemporary, Mystery

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To be honest, I didn’t know much about the plot when I started reading this book. I had seen it recommended by many fellow book bloggers and highly so, and although I read the synopsis a few times, somehow I completely forgot about it and thought it was a murder mystery. So I was not emotionally ready for the roller coaster it would get my heart through. Continue reading