Monday, January 16, 2017

Review 'Scarlet' by Marissa Meyer


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13206760-scarlet
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.


The Facts:


Publication Date:
February 5th, 2013
Series:
The Lunar Chronicles #2
Genre:
YA Fantasy
Pages:
464
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


I’m very behind on the hype regarding the Lunar Chronicles. I’ve read ‘Cinder’, book 1 in December of 2015 and completely loved it. Somehow I haven’t been able to read the next books in this series in 2016. And since it’s now a new year, I made it my priority to read more books I’ve been wanting to read for what seems like forever. So now I finally started reading ‘Scarlet’.

In ‘Scarlet’ we get to read about how Cinder is doing, right from the moment the first book ended. But we also meet a new character Scarlet. Scarlet’s grandmother has been missing for two weeks, and when the police tells Scarlet they think she just ran away, Scarlet is determined to find her grandmother herself. With the help from street fighter Wolf, Scarlet will do anything to find and save her grandmother.

Yet again I’m totally baffled. Why on earth does it take me so long to read this series? I loved ‘Cinder’, and I really also loved ‘Scarlet’. Not only is this book very unique, fun and thrilling.. The characters are so easy to love. Well.. except Queen Levana off course. She is really easy to hate.

Marissa Meyer has a very fun and easy way of pulling her readers inside her Lunar world. From the moment I started reading ‘Scarlet’ I didn’t want to stop. There is so much going on inside this book. There are these hints of the old fairytale which I really enjoyed. The young woman with the red hoodie, the grandmother and the wolf. How amazing that the author was able to create this characters with those famous names, and was still able to create a totally unique story? I loved turning every single page and finding out something new.

There wasn’t one thing about this book I didn’t like. I love the futuristic part about this book. The spaceships and the whole cyborg stuff. It’s exciting to read about and I love it. I can’t wait to find out what’s next in this series.

On the one hand, I really don’t get why I didn’t read these books before. But on the other hand I’m happy that I still have those two other books to look forward to. And ‘Heartless’ off course. My new goal is to read this series this year. It’s taken me long enough!

My Rating:

About the Author:


Marissa Meyer is a fangirl at heart, with a closet full of costumes, a Harry Potter wand on her desk, and a Tuxedo Mask doll hanging from her rear view mirror. Han and Leia are still her OTP. She may or may not be a cyborg. 

Marissa writes books for teens, including the NYT bestselling series: The Lunar Chronicles.

For more information about Marissa Meyer please visit her website, or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Goodreads.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Sunday Post #39



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

And yet another week has flown by. I can’t believe we are already two weeks in to January 2017. Is time going by faster and faster or what? Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with how fast time passes. I’m seriously considering to just stop sleeping! LOL!

On Monday I went to the zoo with my grandmother. We had these coupons so one of us could go for free. And since it had been ages since I last went to the zoo I was really looking forward to spending the day there with my grandmother. And although the weather wasn’t really good and it was really cold we had a great time. There weren’t a lot of people so we could watch all the animals in our own pace. Definitely a fun day. I felt like a little girl all over again. 

Tuesday and Wednesday I had to work again. Work was busy but good and it felt great to be back at work again after me being sick last week. On Thursday I went to the movie ‘Allied’ with my movie buddy. I will share my thoughts on that one this Tuesday. I’ll just say one thing.. I enjoyed seeing Brad Pitt in action again!

And Friday and this weekend I had to work again. It’s been snowing, and melting, and snowing since Thursday evening so the roads are a little crazy but I’ll survive. Let’s just hope those people who don’t know how to drive in winter weather stay home.

Books & Blogging:

I had a pretty good reading week. I was able to read every day for at least an hour, most days anyway. Blogging wise I managed to keep up with my prescheduled posts which still feels pretty good. And I finally received a copy of 'Talking As Fast As I Can' which really made my week.

Another My Favorite post came out this week. This time about My Favorite.. Thing About Winter. I’m definitely having fun making this post.

On Friday I shared a new post ‘Adventures In Nursing: Becoming a Nurse’. I was a little nervous about sharing that one since it’s very personal, but I liked writing it. I think I’m going to try it out for at least a little while. Maybe if I’ll keep liking it I can keep going. I sure have enough nursing stories to share.

I hope you guys had a great week too. What are you reading? Any new great books on your shelves?

Last Week on the Blog:


This Week on the Blog:

  • Review ‘Scarlet’ by Marissa Meyer
  • Movie Review: Allied
  • My Favorite.. YA Novel
  • Review ‘Derailed’ by C.M. Boers
  • Review ‘Recuing Rayne’ by Susan Stoker (Audio)

New Arrivals:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30253864-talking-as-fast-as-i-can?ac=1&from_search=true
Received from the Little Brown Book Group

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31139539-when-my-ship-comes-in?ac=1&from_search=true
Received from the Little Brown Book Group

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33825263-blind
Received from the Little Brown Book Group

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18678487-waiting-for-wren?ac=1&from_search=true
Received from the author

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Adventures in Nursing #1: Becoming a Nurse



Next to being a book blogger and a fanatic reader I work fulltime as a Nurse in an Academic Hospital in the Netherlands. Since being a nurse is such a big part of my life I decided it’s time to share some of my adventures in nursing here on my blog.

Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to become a nurse. I remember seeing an episode of ER and I saw that awesome head nurse. I just knew I wanted to become like her. Growing up I  played ‘hospital’ with my friend and I became fascinated with the human body and taking care of people. Although being a nurse in real life and living in the Netherlands is very different than what you see in ER and Grey’s Anatomy, my dream of becoming a Nurse never changed. 

My road to becoming a nurse wasn’t always very easy. People I was close to told me I could never become a nurse because I was too soft. And my mom and I really didn’t have a lot of money. But with help from my family, and the undying support of my mom I began my nursing education when I was just barely sixteen. 

Nursing school was especially in the beginning hard for me. Being an perfectionist, and desperate to proof I had it in me to become a nurse, I studied and worked hard. Those early years one of my biggest supporters was my grandfather. He sadly passed away when I was just in my first year of nursing school but he made sure that whenever I doubted myself I could find the strength to go on. I helped take care of him on his last days, and those moments definitely made me into the nurse I am today. I’m proud to be his granddaughter!

When I was nineteen years old I got my first Nursing degree. (We have two nursing degrees here in the Netherlands: MBO and HBO. There’s not a lot of differences but with the HBO degree you have more or easier opportunities for going to the ER and ICU etc.) I’d been an intern at a home for elderly, I worked with mentally disabled people and I worked on two different wards in an small hospital. I loved every single internship, but I’d always known I wanted to work in the hospital.

After my last internship I was offered a job. Since it was my dream to work in a hospital, I agreed immediately. I learned a lot in those first view months as a nurse. But I knew I wanted to keep growing and study more. 

So in 2009 I started another nursing school. I will never regret that decision, but boy was it hard work! I worked fulltime in an Academic Hospital and I went to school one day a week. There was a lot of homework and I didn’t have much of a life next to work and school. Thankfully I already lived with my boyfriend at that point, and he supported me through everything. Even through my little mental breakdowns! I worked on the Cardiothoracic surgery ward, and the Traumatology ward. Both wards were just amazing and I learned so much!

In September 2011 I got my second nursing degree and my life as a nurse could really properly begin!


Opinions are my own and not the views of my employer.
These views are based on my own experiences and my own interpretations in my life as a nurse.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Blog Tour 'A Promise of Fire' by Amanda Bouchet


Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘A Promise of Fire’ by Amanda Bouchet. ‘A Promise of Fire’ is a Romantic Fantasy novel and the first book in the Kingmaker Chronicles series.


About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31426116-a-promise-of-fireAn award-winning fantasy debut with snappy dialogue, a kick ass heroine and a warlord who’s not quite as ruthless as he seems, set against a world on the brink of battle, full of gods, magicians, dragons, giants, and endless possibilities.

Kingmaker. Soothsayer. Warrior. Mage. Kingdoms would rise and fall for her . . . if she is ever found.

In the icy North, where magic is might, an all-powerful elite ruthlessly guided by a glacial Queen have grown to dominate the world. Now rebellion is stirring in the rough, magic-poor South, where for the first time in memory a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal nations.

Stuck in the middle is Cat – circus performer and soothsayer – safely hidden behind heavy make-up, bright colours and the harmless illusion of the circus. Until someone suspects she’s more than she seems . . . 

Captured by the Southern warlord Griffin, Cat’s careful camouflage is wearing thin. For how long can – or should – she conceal the true extent of her power? Faced with dragons, homicidal mages, rival Gods and the traitorous longings of her own heart, she must decide: is it time to claim her destiny and fight?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
January 12th 2017 by Piatkus
Series:
Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Genre:
Fantasy, Romance
Pages:
441
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


A view weeks ago I received an invitation about the blog tour for A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet. This is the first book in the new Fantasy series called the Kingmaker Chronicles. This book sounded really good, but I was a little reluctant because I havent been liking Fantasy as much as I used to. But without thinking too much about it, I decided to sign up for the tour. 

It has been a while this happened to me, but from the moment I started reading A Promise of Fire I was completely hooked. The characters, the story, the scenery, the writing.. There wasnt anything about this book that I didnt love from the very beginning. And I literally devoured every single page of this book. Yes! It is that good. 

A Promise of Fire is the story of Cat. Cat has been hiding almost all her life. For the last view years Cat has been a part of a traveling circus, as a soothsayer. For the first time Cat has been feeling at home. That is until a handsome warlord called Griffin finds his way into her circus. Griffin sees more than Cat is comfortable with. And before she knows it Griffin has captured her and is taking her to his home. But soon Cat and Griffin find themselves in danger and they are forced to work together. But Griffin doesnt begin to understand the extinct of Cats powers and her troubling past.

From the moment I started reading about Cat, I loved her character. Cat was such a strong and funny character. Cat has been through a lot and she is really careful about trusting people. But from the moment she meets Griffin everything changes. The moments between Cat and Griffin are really good. There is a lot of chemistry and they really push each other to the limits. The romance was just soo good and really gave me butterflies just reading about it.

Griffin was this hardworking, tough guy that totally fell for the beautiful mystery woman Cat. I loved how grumpy and jealous he could be. But most of all I loved how protective he was of Cat from the very beginning. Sigh.. Its probably too early to say.. But Cat and Griffin may be my favorite book couple of 2017!

Next to Cat and Griffin there were some other fun characters I enjoyed. The man of Griffins team Carver, Kato and Flynn. The people from the circus. Griffins family.. I just loved all the different characters.

A Promise of Fire was a very very good read. I really cant wait to get my hands on the next book. Amanda Bouchet did a great job with this fantasy story, but most of all with the romance. I loved Cat and Griffin and cant wait to read about what happens next for them. 

My Rating:

About the Author:


Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England where she spent much of her time tromping around in the woods and making up grand adventures in her head. It was inevitable that one day she would start writing them down. Drawing on her Greek heritage for the setting and on her love of all things daring and romantic for the rest, her debut trilogy, The Kingmaker Chronicles, took form. She writes what she loves to read: epic exploits, steamy romance, and characters that make you laugh and cry.

A French master’s graduate and former English teacher, Amanda lives in Paris, France. She met her husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual children who will soon be correcting her French.


For more information about Amanda Bouchet please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.
 
https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

My Favorite.. Thing About Winter



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.

When I was a little girl I went on vacation with my family to Switzerland. In the Winter, in the Summer.. Every single vacation would be spend in the Swiss alps. I grew up doing hikes through the Swiss mountains, doing sleigh rides and walking through the snow. I loved it! And I still feel like Switzerland is my second home. (I got engaged there this year so yes Swiss is a big thing for me!) So when I think of Winter, I think of Winter in Switzerland. And my favorite thing about Winter is definitely snow!

I love snow. I love how beautiful the world looks covered in snow. I love how cold it is and how it forces you to dress warm in beautiful and cute sweaters. I love skiing. Snow just is amazing to me, magical. Here in the Netherlands we don’t get a lot of snow. And without snow, it just doesn’t feel like real Winter to me. I haven’t been to Switzerland in the Winter for many many years, but I can still see it when I close my eyes. 

One day I hope to go back to Switzerland in Winter time. There’s not even a word for how magical everything looks covered in snow. And not get all Lorelai Gilmore on you guys, I definitely think it smells great outside when it’s snowing. It can also be all that wood burning in the chimneys.. but still.


Another great thing about Winter is snuggling up on the couch with my boyfriend, our cat and a blanket and reading a nice book. It’s the ultimate Winter feeling and I always look forward to evenings like this. Surrounded by candle light. Sigh.. I enjoy Summer but I’m more of a Winter person I guess.

Do you enjoy Winter? What is your favorite thing about Winter?

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Blog Tour 'Faith in Every Footstep' by Wesley Banks


Today I’m excited to participate in the blog tour of ‘Faith in Every Footstep’ by Wesley Banks. This is a fiction novel that was published on December 6th.


About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33123358-faith-in-every-footstep
On the eve of one of mankind's toughest races, accompanied by thirteen of America's rarest dog breed, rookie musher Kyle Walker only has one thought in mind: win. Discovered in the lowlands of South Carolina, the Carolina grays have traveled over five thousand miles to face off in the 2003 Yukon Quest. But one dog stands above the rest—King.

When an unexpected storm strikes, Kyle Walker and the reigning champion are forced to turn back. Stranded at the checkpoint, Kyle and his dogs find solace in a young veterinarian with auburn hair and keen green eyes—Jenna Maynor.

In this storm another race is forming, one of an Inuit man racing to save his family. Presented with the choice to help, but at the risk of his and his dogs’ lives, Kyle Walker ventures into the unknown in search of a mom and two young daughters.

The Yukon Quest was founded on the premise that a dog driver and his team should be a self-sufficient unit capable of challenging varied terrain and severe weather. But these conditions may prove to be too much, even for Kyle and King.

The Facts:


Publication Date: December 6th, 2016
Series: Faith, Hope and Love #1
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 193
Formats: eBook
Available at: Amazon

My Review:


Last year I read ‘Hope in Every Raindrop’ by Wesley Banks. I really loved that book. So when I had the opportunity to sign up for the blog tour of ‘Faith in Every Footstep’ I did so as fast as I could. ‘Faith in Every Footstep’ is the first book about Kyle Walker and his Carolina Grays. 

This book was from the very first page a very beautiful story. I loved ‘Hope in Every Raindrop’, but in ‘Faith in Every Footstep’ we get to witness Kyle’s journey as a musher and it was really nice to see the ‘beginning’ of his story which made this read a little more special. The best part of this book is definitely reading about the connection between Kyle and his dogs. Kyle traveled thousands of miles with thirteen of his dogs to train for the Yukon Quest. And although many people don’t think he can do it, he surprises everyone.

Normally I don’t really like reading about things like a dog’s soul or spirit. It’s just too unrealistic for me. But somehow Wesley Banks makes it sound beautiful in his books. And I loved reading about it. Especially Kyle’s oldest dog King was something special. Kyle and King had this beautiful connection what really touched me and which made me want to keep on reading.

The relationship between Kyle and Jenna, the vet, was something I didn’t really understand. It was just a side part of this story. But somehow I didn’t really find it fitting. In the end it also left me with a lot of questions. Thankfully it didn’t bother me too much.

‘Faith in Every Footstep’ was another great story by Wesley Banks. I loved the way he writes about dogs and the connection they have with humans. I can’t wait to read more from Wesley Banks.

My Rating:


About the Author:


Wesley Banks was born in 1983 and grew up on the west coast of Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering.  After spending over 7 years building movable bridges from Florida to Washington he decided to focus on his true passion: writing. 

Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon to get back to the great outdoors that he loves so much. He lives with his wife Lindsey, and his two dogs Linkin and Story. Most of his time these days is spent writing, with as much rock climbing, hiking, or skiing as he can fit in.

For more information about Wesley Banks and this book please visit his website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Goodreads.


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Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Sunday Post #38



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

This week definitely didn’t go as planned. I was supposed to work four days this week, but on Wednesday I got down with the flu. I went to work on Wednesday, but I had to go home early because I felt so miserable. Thursday and Friday I stayed in all day. I always feel so bad when I have to call off work. I’m almost never sick, but still.. I feel so guilty to stay home. Stupid, I know. But still.. That’s me!
Today (Saturday) I feel much better. Hopefully I can enjoy our weekend a little.

Books & Blogging:

Blogging wise I’m still on a role. I have my posts ready for next week, and that’s a big thing for me. Especially since I’m usually the make-my-post-the-evening-before kind of girl. So I feel good about that.

Wednesday was the first day of my new weekly meme, My Favorite.. I had one sign up which was really fun and plenty of views. I’m loving this meme so far. Hopefully this week will get even better.
I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to, because of the flu but I’m hoping to get some reading done this week.

I’m hoping you guys had a better week! ;)

Last Week on the Blog:


This Week on the Blog:

  • Blog Tour ‘Faith in Every Footstep’ by Wesley Banks
  • My Favorite.. Thing About Winter
  • Blog Tour ‘A Promise of Fire’ by Amanda Bouchet
  • Adventures in Nursing #1: Becoming a Nurse

New Arrivals:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25895611-silver-thaw#
Bought on Audible!

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