Friday, January 30, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Snake Eyes

Snake Eyes
By Melissa Pearl
January 30, 2015

Caitlyn Davis expects her sophomore year at UCLA to be perfect...until she walks into her dorm room to find Special Agent Zoey Kaplan of the FBI waiting for her. In that instant, she knows her idyllic year with new best friends, Nicole and Dale, along with her super hot boyfriend, Eric, is about to fall apart.

Having been forced to work with the FBI months earlier, Caity accidentally gave away her special ability to read people's emotions and know whether they were telling the truth. Now, Kaplan wants Caity to go undercover again for a secret operation that will bring her close to the sadistic Diego Mendez, a man believed to be involved in human trafficking.

Eric Shore is not a man who trusts easily. Having been burned multiple times, it’s hard for him to open up completely, but his love for Caity makes him want to try. Yet, her sudden withdrawal worries him, particularly when she chooses to spend time with her new roommate, Quella Mendez, over him. When Caity’s behavior begins to match that of her wild roommate, Eric wonders if their relationship is as strong as he believed.

As Caity struggles to maintain her relationship and do her job, she finds herself pulled further into a dangerous world that could take away everything she holds dear. Will Eric learn the truth in time to save her? Or will the man with the eyes of a snake destroy their perfect romance?

Snake Eyes by Melissa Pearl


Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books, ranging in genres from Fantasy to Contemporary Romance. She loves the variety and is excited about the books she has coming up in 2015.

"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love."

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bridges Burned!

Hi guys,

I just wanted to share that Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon is only 99 cents today!
So if you are interested, check it out! 

Don’t just fight the system…burn it.
Since discovering she is a shape-shifting, fire-breathing dragon on her sixteenth birthday (surprise!), Bryn McKenna’s world has been thrown into chaos. 

Being a “crossbreed”—part Red dragon and part Blue—means Bryn will never fit in. Not with dragon society. Not with the archaic and controlling Directorate. And definitely not when she has striped hair and a not-so-popular affection for rule-breaking…
But sneaking around with her secret boyfriend, Zavien, gets a whole lot harder when he’s betrothed to someone else. Someone who isn’t a mixed breed and totally forbidden. And for an added complication, it turns out Bryn’s former archnemesis Jaxon Westgate isn’t quite the evil asshat she thought. Now she’s caught between her desire to fit in and a need to set things on fire. Literally.
Because if Bryn can’t adapt to the status quo…well, then maybe it’s time for her to change it.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

January Bookhaul!

So, this morning I went to a booksale in my town. All the books, only 1 euro! So of course I had to go!

I was so happy, wondering around the books. 
I wanted to find some classics and see what else they had. 
They didn´t have much YA books, which was a little disappointing, but I still bought 7 books.

The books I bought are all in Dutch, but I will include the English title and description for each book.

The Infinite Plan
By Isabel Allende

Selling more than 65,000 copies and topping bestseller lists around the world--including Spain, Germany, Italy, and Latin America--this novel tells the engrossing story of one man's quest for love and for his soul."Allende is one of the most important novelists to emerge from Latin America in the past decade." "--Boston Globe"

Bridget Jones´s Diary
By Helen Fielding
Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:
a. lose 7 pounds
b. stop smoking
c. develop Inner Poise

"123 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier? Repulsive, horrifying notion), alcohol units 4 (excellent), cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow), number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)..."

By George Orwell

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future.

While 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is more timely that ever.1984 presents a "negative utopia", that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world — so powerful that it's completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions — a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

Les Misérables
By Victor Hugo

Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean - the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread . In Les Misérables Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them onto the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. 

The Devil Wears Prada
By Lauren Weisberger

A delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses. 

Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of "Runway "magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts "Prada! Armani! Versace!" at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child. 

Distant Shores
By Kristin Hannah

Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young, raised two daughters, and weathered the storms of youth as they built a future together. But after the children leave home, they quietly drift apart. When Jack accepts a wonderful new job offer, Elizabeth puts her needs aside to follow him across the country. Until the sudden death of her father changes everything.

For the Dutch readers, here´s the one Dutch book I bought:

Door Simone van der Vlugt

Als journaliste voor de cultuurpagina van het Leidsch Dagblad heeft Nadine het prima naar haar zin, maar eigenlijk zou ze het liefst schrijfster worden. Net als ze erin slaagt een uitgever voor haar werk te interesseren, wordt Leiden opgeschrikt door de moord op een jonge vrouw. 

I think I didn't do that bad, right? I only bought 7 books and there were A LOT OF books :P
If you´ve read any of these books, I would love to know your thoughts on them :) 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review on The One!

Title: The One
Series: The Selection #3
Author: Kiera Cass
Release date: May 2014
Age group: Young Adult
Pages: 323

Previous books in this trilogy:

#1 The Selection
#2 The Elite


To be honest my expectations aren't that high. I liked the Selection but was disappointed by The Elite. I hope this last book will be a somewhat satisfying ending to this series.


I'm glad to say that the conclusion of this series was better then I expected. I really enjoyed reading The One. 

America had some great moments were she showed her character, which was great. 

Maxon is just always a great character. I really like him. He's so loyal and kind, but also funny and adorable. I'm totally team Maxon by the way. There are some great, likable characters throughout this book, which makes it fun to read.

I would have liked to see more action happening in this book. After all, I have to say the plot wasn't that great. But it was better in this book then in the Elite.

The romance is what kept me reading this trilogy. I just had to know what would happen in the end. I think the author did a good job in describing this romance and I had fun reading all the romantic parts of this story :)

I didn't love the writing, but I still found myself enjoying this final book and really wanting to know the ending. This book was easy to read and fun. It had its flaws but even so it still was a satisfying last book in this trilogy.


I really wanted to give this book 3,5 stars, but I don't do half-star rating. So after thinking about this some more, I'll give it 4 stars. I really enjoyed this book.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Review: The Hundred-Year-Old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared

Title: The Hundred-Year-Old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared
Author: Jonas Jonasson
Release date: July 2012
Age group: All ages
Pages: 396
It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which – remarkably – he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun and feel-good book for all ages.


I've been curious about this book for a while now. I think the main reason for me to start reading this book is the title. Somehow it intrigues me. I expect a life-story of this man which would explain why he disappeared.  


There was so much humor in this story, sometimes I laughed out loud. As I expected this book was telling the life-story of Allan, the main character. 

This book holds two separate timelines. We follow Allan from the moment he disappears out of the window and we also follow his life from when he was born. The chapters switch from the present to the past which was a nice change. It was very interesting to read about his history and the things he did, although I definitely preferred the present story. 

Through the entire book Allan's view on life comes forward. He learned this from his mother. It comes down to: What happens happens, so there's no point in worrying about it.

Because Allan lives like this, he rarely gets angry or upset. Allan meets a lot of different people who travel with him, which I can't really say anything about, because I don't wanna spoil the story. I can say most of the characters he meets are very well written and have a very clear character-description.

The author integrated a lot of big history events and people within this story, which was great to read about. 


I recommend reading this book because of the writing, the characters, the history and above all the humor. Great book!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

My bookresolutions for 2015!

It's 2015!

I know I'm very late, but HAPPY NEWYEAR!

At the beginning of the year you start to think of all the goals you want to achieve this year. So I wanna share my reading goals for 2015!!

Reading Goals

Goodreads 2015 reading challenge

The last two years I have been participating in the goodreads reading challenge. My reading goal for 2014 was to read 30 books, but unfortunately I didn't complete this challenge. So this year I'm gonna set a much lower goal and go for 20 books. I think this is a more realistic goal, also because I'm planning on reading some really big books this year.

Jane Austen
This year I wanna start reading book by Jane Austen. I never read a book written by her before and I really want to try them because I've heard so many good things about them.  If you have any suggestions which Jane Austen book I should read, please leave a comment below :)

Book to movie adaptations
I wanna read some more books that are made into a movie. For example, I really want to read Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

So, this year I want to read The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I tried to read the first book, City of Bones, a couple of times, but i got stuck each time and put the book down. There are so many people loving this series (and I own all the books) that I really need to give this one another try. 

I also want to try to read The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. These books are so big that I just haven't had the courage to start. I didn't start watching the TV-show because I want to read the book first.. but I REALLY want to watch the show now so I have to start reading it!

Graphic Novels

These graphic novels really got a lot of attention last year. I would like to try some, but I have no idea were to start, there are so many!!
If any of you know what a good graphic novel is to start with, let me know!

And last but not least, I wish to all of you a happy, healthy and loving 2015 with a lot of fun, exciting things and a lot of fun reading!



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