Wednesday, April 26, 2017

My Favorite.. Romantic Movie



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I love movies! And I love all kinds of movies. But my favorite movie genre is definitely romance. I love sitting in my pajamas with a beautiful romantic movie. And I love just being swept away by a sweet romantic movie. Sigh..

There are so many great romance movies out there. You’ve Got Mail, Pretty Woman, The Notebook, Notting Hill, Love Actually.. I love all those movies and I’ve seen them a lot of times and I still can’t get enough of them. But there is one movie I have seen more than a hundred times, and can recite some lines of.. There were days when I was in school that I got home as fast as I could just so I could see the movie again. And no I’m not exaggerating! My all-time favorite romantic movie is Titanic.

Titanic is definitely also a drama, but overall it’s a romantic movie and I just love it. I love the characters, I love the story of a poor guy meeting a rich girl, I love the way they fall in love.. and it’s just a beautiful story. Obviously there are some major tragic parts about this movie, and the whole based on true events sinking of the titanic. But even after all these years I just love that movie. 

And Notting Hill definitely comes second. Sigh…

What is your favorite Romantic movie?

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' by Sarah J. Maas


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16096824-a-court-of-thorns-and-roses
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.





The Facts:


Publication Date:
May 5th, 2015
Series:
A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Genre:
YA Fantasy
Pages:
421
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


I’ve been wanting to read a book by Sarah J. Maas for a very long time. I’ve heard so many great things about her novels. But somehow I just haven’t been able too. I bought ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ a view months back, and although this book has been on top of my TBR for a while, I only now was able to start reading it. And boy how stupid was I to have waited so long for this read. 

In ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ we meet huntress Feyre. Feyre is a huntress so she can get food for her father and two sisters. Her life is hard, and her family isn’t very good to her. But still, Feyre feels responsible and so she hunts. One day she kills a wolf for its fur. And soon a beastlike creature comes to take her away as retribution. Soon Feyre, finds out this beastlike creature is Tamlin one of the lethal, immortal faeries. Although they are supposed to hate each other, soon something starts to change between them. 

I can’t even tell you guys how much I loved this book. I was having a little reading slump and this book really was what I needed. From the moment I started reading I loved the world setting. I love stories about faeries and this one was just amazing.
The characters were fun to get to know, and there never was a boring part in this book.

The main character Feyre was a tough one, and I loved getting to know her. She was really strong and even though her family didn’t really seem to appreciate her, she took care of them. I just loved her.
Tamlin took some getting used to. But he was so mysterious that I just couldn’t stop reading about him. I figured there was more to his character than we got to see, and I loved finding out more about him. 

This book was filled with mystery and action, but there was also some amazing romance going on. And I loved the other characters in this book too. Tamlin’s friend, and the people in Tamlin’s household. What a great book!

I’m a big Beauty and the Beast lover, and this book kind of had a Beauty and the Beast feeling about it. I loved every single page of this book and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.


For more information about Sarah J. Maas and her books please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My Favorite.. Place To Read



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

As a fanatic reader I have many places I like to sit and read. When I travel with the train I love sitting there, surrounded by the noise from other travelers, reading my book and glancing out the window every ones in a while. When the sun is shining, and the temperature is good, I love reading on our balcony surrounded by the birds. I loved sitting on our balcony in Switzerland last May and being surrounded by the mountains. Nothing could top that really.. But what is my (realistic) favorite place to read?

Although I have this dream of one day owning this comfortable love seat with lots of pillows and a blanket, surrounded by my books, at the moment my favorite place to read is on our couch. It’s not a very comfortable couch really, but I love reading there with my fiancĂ© sitting next to me. From that place on the couch I can overlook the living room and see all our holiday pictures, and there’s a nice reading light that offers me a place to read while my fiancĂ© can watch television without being bothered by the light. 

Reading in bed is definitely next on my list of favorite places to read, but lately every time I’ve wanted to try and read in bed before sleep I end up falling asleep before I can blink. Whahaha.. I definitely can’t read in bed at the moment.

What is your favorite place to read?

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Review 'The Offer' by Karina Halle (Audiobook)


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33785747-the-offer
She thinks he's an arrogant playboy.
He thinks she's an uptight prude.
But he's about to make her an offer she can't refuse.

Nicola Price used to have it all – a great career, the perfect boyfriend, an excessive shoe collection and an apartment in one of San Francisco’s best neighborhoods. But when she gets knocked up and her asshat boyfriend leaves her high and dry, Nicola’s perfectly crafted world comes tumbling down. And stays that way.

Now, Nicola is the proud single mom to a five-year old daughter and living a giant lie. She can barely afford their ghetto apartment and all the men she dates run when they hear she comes with a child. She’s struggling and scared – and nowhere near where she thought she’d be at age thirty-one.

Her saving grace comes in the form of a tall, handsome and wealthy Scotsman Bram McGregor, the older brother of her friend Linden. Bram understands a thing or two about pride, so when tragic circumstances place Nicola at rock bottom, he offers them a place to live in the apartment complex he owns. It’s pretty much the perfect deal, so as long as she doesn’t mind living beside Bram, a man that, despite his generosity, seems to antagonize her at every turn.

But nothing in life is free and as Nicola gets her feet back on the ground, she discovers that the enigmatic playboy may end up costing her more than she thought.

She might just lose her heart.

Those McGregor brothers are nothing but trouble...



The Facts:


Publication Date:
September 16th, 2015
Series:
-
Narrator:
Antony Furguson, Nicole Poole
Length:
9 hours, 48 minutes
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Available at:

My Review:


Little more than a year ago I read ‘The Pact’ by Karina Halle. I loved that book so much. So when I came across the audiobook of ‘The Offer’, featuring the brother of the main character of ‘The Pact’ I knew I just had to have it.

In ‘The Offer’ we meet Nicola Price, a young single mom who doesn’t have it easy. Nicola can barely offered her small and horrible apartment, and now she lost her job. Too proud to ask for help, Nicola is struggling to get by. When she meets her best-friends husbands brother Bram McGregor she immediately knows he’s trouble, but his charms are hard to resist. And soon Nicola learns there is more to Bram than meets the eye.

The story of ‘The Offer’ itself, was one I really liked. I loved the two main characters Nicola and Bram. They were both very different, but they were feisty and fun and I loved the obvious chemistry they shared. I really enjoyed reading about Nicola, as a single mom. She was struggling, and working hard to make everything work. She wasn’t perfect, and I think I loved her character more because of that. 

And well Bram.. If you look through his big mouth and overly sexist sentences you see he really is a nice and charming guy. Especially in the beginning I found him just too arrogant. I honestly needed a bucket in case I had to throw up after hearing him talk. Thankfully, I got to know him a little better and he became much less arrogant. In the end I definitely loved him.

Audiobook wise I really needed to get used to the Scottish accents. Don’t get me wrong, I love accents. But especially the female narrators accent, Nicole Poole took some getting used to. Somehow it made me feel a little uncomfortable. Every time I started listening to the book I needed at least ten minutes to get used to these accents, but thankfully then I definitely enjoyed listening to it. Somehow just everything sounded dirtier with the accents they used, and not necessarily in a good way. But beside that.. Antony Ferguson definitely had a nice voice to listen to. 

Overall I definitely enjoyed ‘The Offer’. But I think I’d have loved this book even more if I just read it in print.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

About the Narrator:


Nicole Poole is a classically trained actor with equal passions for literature and improvisation. She has toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company, has been a member of the critically acclaimed Walter Thompson Orchestra for over fifteen years, and recently became a member of the Parisian groups SPOUMJ and Anitya. She is honored to have been recognized for her narration by an AudioFile Earphones Award, a Publisher's Weekly Listen-Up Award, and nomination for an Audie Award.

For more information please visit her website. 

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Antony Ferguson is a native of London, England. He is a classically trained actor and has appeared in numerous productions in London, Off-Broadway, and regional theater. As a voice actor, he has over fifty audiobooks to his credit and was recommended by the "All About Romance" Web site as one of the best male narrators at performing female characters. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
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