Her Dark Angel by Felicity Heaton: Book Review

 

Synopsis: An angel trapped in Hell for centuries, Apollyon is tired of guarding the Devil. He longs to break free and feel the wind in his feathers, but he cannot leave the endless darkness without permission from above. When he senses someone calling him, he seizes his chance for freedom, but soon discovers the call came from a beautiful woman he has watched over from Hell, a woman who casts a spell on him and awakens the darkest desires of his heart.

Serenity is shocked when a wickedly sensual black-winged angel shows up in her city of Paris claiming that she called him when she was only casting a simple vengeance spell. He’s no other than the angel of death! When the lethally handsome warrior offers to obey her and give her revenge, Serenity can’t resist the temptation, but can she resist the forbidden hungers the dark angel stirs in her?

Intense and passionate, Her Dark Angel is a tale of desire and deepest forbidden love guaranteed to set your heart racing.

Publisher: Dark Rose Publishing

Date Published: August 28, 2010

No. Of Pages: 103

Date Read: January 28, 2016

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Top Three Wednesday: Non-fiction books

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Good day people of the internet! It is yet again Top Three Wednesday! This week’s theme is Top Three Non-Fiction Books! You can check all the themes here.

I immensely enjoy non-fiction books especially memoirs, but sadly I have not read much of it. Fret not, I included it on my Bookish New Year Resolution, so here’s to hoping I could cover a lot of non-fiction books this year. Amongst all the ones I have read here are the top three that I really enjoyed a whole lot!

1. I’m Special and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves to get through our Twenties by Ryan O’connell

 

 

This book is the bible of every twenty-somethings. I was able to relate to the majority of this book. As I have mentioned on my review here that truer words were never spoken. It is just the perfect read for lost and confused twenty-somethings such as myself, and all others who are in the same predicament. It was somewhat an affirmation of whatever you have been going through, somewhere in the world someone experiences the same thing. That you’re never really alone, that whatever is happening may it be the lowest point of your life or the ever constant struggle of starting out a career and finally stepping out of your comfort zone, these are perfectly normal. You stumble and stand up, like a cycle. This book has taught me that not everyone you meet is worthy of your time, effort and trust. That people come and go and the true ones will stay no matter how ugly things turned out. This book showed that you can never get things right the first time, that being a twenty-something in this world full of doubts and negativities may just be the best thing, because then you know who you want to be and know those who are genuinely there for you through the good and the rough times. This book spoke all the things I couldn’t, all the inhibitions and confusions. I highly recommend this one to every twenty-somethings who felt like everyone’s getting on with their lives except them, after reading this you will have that renewed passion, like you could take on anything. This one right here is truly an inspirational book.

“I don’t regret anything. And neither should you. You should remember all of it. You should remember all the time you wasted in your bed, or someone else’s bed or at some bar where you overheard the same drippy conversations. You should remember how thin you once were despite subsisting on beer and pizza. You should remember all the people you tried to love all the people who tried to love you. All the awful overpriced apartments, all the toxic friendships, and all the money you spent on things you can no longer recall. Then I want you to remember the moment you developed a keen understanding of what works for you and what doesn’t. I want you to remember being comfortable in your own skin and not feeling like you have to apologize for every little thing, I want you to remember the first time you decided not to put the entirety of your self worth in someone’s careless hands. Because moments like those are the most valuable – instances in which you felt yourself no longer becoming the person you want to but already being it. That’s pretty fucking special.”

 

2. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Oh boy, this book made me laugh out loud in public, it was truly embarrassing, they all thought I lost it. Hahah but I love that in a book, it is hard to make someone laugh we all know that, but this book made it so effortless. David Sedaris has this incomparable humor. I have yet to read his other works, but Me Talk Pretty One Day took funny to whole new level. The perfect book to read after a heartbreaking book or when you just feel shitty, you know, those days. If you are looking for a light and fun read then this one I highly recommend, that is if you are okay with laughing in public and people looking at you funny haha!

“If I could believe in myself, why not give other improbabilities the benefit of the doubt? I accepted the idea that an omniscient God had cast me in his own image and that he watched over me and guided me from one place to the next. The virgin birth, the resurrection, and the countless miracles -my heart expanded to encompass all the wonders and possibilities of the universe.

A bell, though, that’s fucked up.”
― David SedarisMe Talk Pretty One Day

3. I Feel Bad About my Neck by Nora Ephron

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Nora Ephron holds nothing back. This is my second Norah Ephron read, I have read and enjoyed I Remember Nothing, now I understand why she has been a staple read of every woman young and not too young alike. She was downright funny if she wants to and can be serious when the need for it arises. I love reading her life. I love how she enjoyed every minute of it. She has distinctive voice, one you can truly relate to and agree on. She will guide you through life and the intricacies of it and how you deal with them. Bless her soul for imparting knowledge to all women, how to overcome struggles and be the person you are meant to be, living the life you wanted.

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.” 
― Nora EphronI Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

So there you have it, my favorite nonfiction books, I’m sure I will be encountering lots of it this year, but for now these books will stay on my top list. So what books made it to your list? I would like to know! Next week’s theme would be Top Three Villains, that should be exciting, ahhh those characters we love to hate!

 

Til next time! 🙂

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Seduced In The Dark by CJ Roberts : Book Review

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Synopsis: BOOK TWO OF THE DARK DUET
The exciting, titillating, and action-filled conclusion to Captive in the Dark.

What is the price of redemption?

Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a debt that must be paid in blood.

The road has been long and fraught with uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it’s all coming to an end.

Can he surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance?

Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice?

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It seemed to Caleb, the nature of human beings revolved around one empirical truth: we want what we cannot have. For Eve, it was the fruit of the forbidden tree. For Caleb, it was Livvie.

Publisher: Neurotica Books

Date Published: August 30,2012

Date Read: January 22, 2016

No. Of Pages: 505

Source: Ebook

REVIEW

This book has explicit contents and disturbing situations, proceed with caution. Never for the fainthearted. I repeat not for the fainthearted.

Before anything else you can check my review of the first book Captive in The Dark here. 

I think I am in the minority here, but hear me out.

I am the one seriously in need of therapy after reading the book. The feminist and even the mature side of me sometimes could not handle the atrocity and monstrosity of the events that transpired in this book. Can I say that the feminist side of me is revolting? I cringed, I was queasy (and mind you I’m not the queasy kind, I got no problem with those stuff, but this book brought out that side of me), I was uncomfortable, it was draining the life out of me. And more often than not I stop and do something else because things are just too much for me. I needed a breather so to speak. So it took me a while to finish this book, I put it off for a month and picked it up once more because I cannot stand the fact that it has been on my “currently-reading” for longer than necessary. I don’t want to make it a habit to DNF a book, but there are times I swear I was so close to doing just that.   This book is unnecessarily long. The story dragged on forever, and to be honest it has been exhausting to read. There are parts that the book can completely do away, I guess these parts were just thrown in just to complicate the book more, to make it more appealing I guess, but it did the contrary for me. If for anything, the length of this book turned me off, but I finished it yes, but it is not without rolling my eyes so hard or the occasional rant over twitter of how f*cked up things were, it was so hard to read. I feel like I am never the same person after I have read it.

I’m no stranger to erotic stories, I think I have read a fair share of it. Seduced in The Dark took twisted, dark, disturbing to a whole new level. To say I did not expect the extent of this book will be an understatement. It was over a year ago that I have read the first book Captive in The Dark, I remember liking it and fully understanding that it isn’t for everyone, myself included. But because I wanted to read as many books possible, whatever genre it may be I continued on with book 2, of course I had to know what happened to Livvie and Caleb. I forgot how intense things could be, there was my incessant mumbling of “oh boy!” or “good lord” “argh” among all other things I blurted out. My sister even said I should stop reading it because I am starting to be annoying to a fault. What 50 Shades of Grey? That thing paled in comparison to this, you think 50 shades was the top erotic book? You haven’t met this monster.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series Captive in The Dark it has some unique features to it, enough to keep me wanting to continue on, but after Seduced in The Dark I don’t know anymore, I have heard Epiloggue was really good, I’m still thinking if I’ll read it, maybe I would. I’m already here ,aren’t I, what more damage could it possibly make, right? But I would give myself some time to recover first. My mind was disturbed to the core, I felt like I was harassed, it feels like I joined a triathlon, I was just so exhausted.

The only redeeming quality of this book was the last 20 pages. If I latched on a little longer to the idea of the last 20 pages, I could have given it another star. But as I rationalize things, and thought about all what I’ve been through whilst reading it, I settled for two stars. Don’t get me wrong, it was really well-written, I loved how the author constructed sentences and metaphors, but I guess this book isn’t just for me. I found few loose ends, I feel like the issue with Rafiq and Vladek was not as grave and as complicated as I hoped it to be, or as the story required it to be, for such vendetta to transpire? I mean, I needed more of the twist, it fell short for me. There are also a lot of things left unexplained or left unresolved. I had so many questions and I was left hanging. And boy the picture painted by the author of the “abuse” being done to the women was enough to give me goosebumps. It was painful to read.

Now give me a hug, soothe me with sweet words, tell me it’s gonna be okay, because this book got me depressed big time.

Rating: rating_2stars

“It seemed to Caleb, the nature of human being revolved around one empirical truth: we want what we cannot have. For Eve, it was the fruit of the forbidden tree. For Caleb, it was Livvie.”
― C.J. RobertsSeduced in the Dark

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Top Three Wednesday: Favorite Male Characters

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Hello! Wednesday is here again, time for our Top Three! You can check here for the list of the themes.  This week’s theme is our Top Three Male Characters. I know guys you have a lot of Book Boyfriends, but sadly you only have to choose the top three. This is also hard for me, because come on, how can you just choose three? But I guess there will always be those characters that made you feel wanted and unwanted emotions alike. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the male characters are “book boyfriends” because, let’s be honest this could be a little too shallow haha but we live for this characters, it makes the reading more exciting, especially on my part since I am a sucker for good romance. But if you feel like putting a male protagonist who is say for example a father who really took good care of his kid in the novel, then please do so. The concept of Favorite Male Characters is not just boxed into the book boyfriend category, whichever reasons you have please feel free to write it. I definitely would like to know! So let’s start, shall we?

1. Akiva of Daughter and Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor

I never fell in love with a character the way I fell in love with Akiva. My love for this character is beyond comprehension. I’ve been raving about him on and on, always trying to insert his greatness to every conversation surrounding about the trilogy. He was smoking hot and I mean than in the figurative and literal sense. His wings has this fiery glow and his body literally feels hot. (Oh like Jacob in the Twilight Saga, no, please, for the love of god no, don’t compare Jacob to my Akiva, just don’t). Akiva is a seraph who belongs to the Misbegotten, an army of angels. So you could very well imagine his built and his strength not to mention he can do magic and stuff.

His character will hypnotize you and captivate you and you will not give any kind of resistance, because you will let it. I was so attached to this character, even I am starting to be alarmed by it. Now I am in the mood for a reread. I need my Akiva fix.

His relationship with Karou is just so pure and true. You cannot miss the way his character entwine with that of Karou, how they are just perfect together and how they are able to take on whatever hindrance to their love affair. It was more like the Romeo and Juliet kind, which I am totally a sucker for, who could blame me?

2. Jon Snow of A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George RR Martin

Nedd Stark’s bastard. It’s true that I only have read the first half of The Game of Thrones, but I am no stranger to Jon Snow’s character, as I have watched the whole Game of Thrones series, there are bits that are not shown in the TV show, but mostly it stayed true to what was written in the book. I could claim him to be a favorite male character, because why the hell not? Who could stop me? Haha. Jon Snow’s character started off as someone who is too confident bordering arrogance (that is in the book 1 at least) but later on he came around and showed redeemable qualities, leading the night’s watch at a young age, setting to be a good example, a loving brother, and over all a good person. I could not also discount the fact of how badass his character is, his ability in battles. His seriousness when the need for it arises, and his humor and how he loosens up from time to time. I loved that his character evolved in such a noble and commendable manner. I could not wait what will happen to him in the next season and the next book. He is the guy I always root for, so I hope there will be great things for him for the next season. Cant.WAIT.

 

3. Raffe of Penryn and the End of Days Series by Susan Ee

My love for Raffe can be traced back to my love fro Akiva. After I have read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, I instantly craved for fallen angels or just angels in general. There is so much about fallen angels that appeal to me so much. I was in the look out for more books with the same story line such as The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. So I chanced upon Angelfall by Susan Ee and I loved it, I was over the moon in love with the series. It has a different take on the story of angels falling in love with humans, but is equally amazing as The Daughter and Smoke and Bone trilogy. And Raffe, oh my god lord, he is the epitome of the word perfect. Susan Ee painted his character in the best light, it was just purely exceptional, and the big shocker on book 2 World After, I could remember how floored I was. One of the best character build up I have read in years!

 

So there you have it, I hope this will be enough reason for you to read the series if you haven’t already. I bet my life on it you will not regret it!

Join me next week! Our theme will be Top Three Non-Fiction Books! I am excited to show you what is on my list!

Tata!

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Red Bubble: Nerdy Talks

Hi Guys!! I opened a Red Bubble account. You can check it here NERDY TALKS.

I hope you can find time to browse through the designs and find something you like. The product varies from tote bag, throw pillow, phone cases and mugs. If you want to suggest designs, I’ll try my best to do them. In the mean time, enjoy what I have posted. Thank you guys!

Here are the samples:

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I Love You to the Bookstore and Back Design

Best Poets design

But First, Coffee 

Go Away I’m Reading Design

Thanks guys, for taking time to read this! 🙂

The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke: Book Review

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Synopsis: After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword, their wits, and the secret to breaking the curse: complete three impossible tasks. With the help of their friend Marjani and a rather unusual ally, Ananna and Naji make their way south again, seeking what seems to be beyond their reach.

Unfortunately, Naji has enemies from the shadowy world known as the Mists, and Ananna must still face the repercussions of going up against the Pirate Confederation. Together, Naji and Ananna must break the curse, escape their enemies — and come to terms with their growing romantic attraction.

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Date Published: June 18, 2013

Date Read: January 17, 2016

No. of Pages: 330

Source: From dear friend Krish.

 

REVIEW

It’s like eating a stuffed-crust pizza, every bit of it is soooooo good. 

I started reading The Pirate’s Wish with the smallest of expectation. The first book the Assassin’s Curse left me welling up with too much frustration over the male protagonist – Naji. I could very well remember how my eyes rolled so much. He needs to redeem himself on book 2 or else I will definitely lose it. So I approached this second book with trepidation, cautious enough to not let the actions of Naji affect me. Surprisingly, this book redeemed itself, what with all the issues I had on book 1, the book made a promise and f*cking delivered. Finally everything is falling into their rightful place. I am one happy reader once more, less of pulling my hair out and even lesser eye rolling. Haha.

Let me first comment on the character build-up. Oh boy, it was really one of the best character build-ups (?) I have seen for a looong time. You can really notice the changes in the character, how they evolved and made wiser decisions but still staying true and consistent to their own selves. It was never monotonous! The characters will always surprise you one way or another. Especially Naji, he did redeem himself, he acted more as protector of Ananna than the other way around, and I also get to see the extent of his magic and more information or back story of The Order, I wish there was more to it though. And Ananna stayed sassy and kick-ass all throughout. Though she was sometimes like a love sick puppy, which annoyed me a few times, but it isn’t something I could not handle. It was still good, all things considered. And can I just say I love love love loveeeeeeee the manticore! She made the book all the more exciting and engaging! Sometimes I continue reading just because I wanted to read more of her. Cassandra Rose Clarke should write a separate book about the manticore and I will devour it *pun is super intended* hahah I’m so punny. I also loved how all the characters and what happened to them are explained clearly. Like what happened to Ananna’s parents, Queen Saida and Marjani’s backstory, I truly commend how lgbt aspect was inserted to the book, the manticore’s story, Jeremy, the Order, the Confederation, and all the important details are presented in such a clear and convincing manner. It’s like you are getting so much out of a 300-page book. It was short but all the necessary information are condensed into this beautiful story  that will leave you satisfied.

I also commend the author for giving more power to women. The feminist in me is very pleased. (I don’t want to dwell much on this because it will come out as spoiler, but I hope you will see this aspect in the book.)

And yes, I will not forget to praise the world-building. I’ve mentioned in my review of the first book that Cassandra Rose Clarke made this beautiful world that was so vivid, as if I am watching a movie, this continued on on this book, and this time even better. My imagination was running wild, I loved every bit of it. Especially the fight scenes, how action-packed everything was. How badass the characters came to be and how the whole story revolved to finding how the tasks are to be accomplished. I loved how clever everything was made, how it was perfectly plotted, how it doesn’t feel forced. Again, how everything fall in their rightful place.

The romance!!! Ahhhhhh. I live for this kind of romance – the mature and unselfish kind. The kind of romance where you meet half way, where you decide on something and make it work. I loved how the romance did not happen on an instant, how gradual yet surely it all unfolded. How it didn’t feel rushed or unripe. It was just right, just what the story needed. It was complicated yes, add the fact that Ananna was always so insecure and having all these doubts about Naji loving her back, but I guess it worked for me. It made their love story a little cuter and swoon-worthy. The romance in the book happened in a slow manner, yet it will hit you with so much force you may not fully recover from it. I am actually hungover, I want more of them. I demand a third book haha!

It was over all amazing! I highly recommend this one! This book made it to my top fantasy books. I enjoyed every bit of it. What I would trade to read it for the first time again!

RATING: rating_5stars 5/5

“Love is a wound,” the assassin said. ” Neither life nor death.”
― Cassandra Rose ClarkeThe Pirate’s Wish

Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke: Book Review

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Synopsis: Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to another pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. When Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn’t really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together.

Date Published: October 2, 2012

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Number of Pages: 298

Date Read: January 14, 2016

Source: Gift from my dear friend Krish

 

Review:

Gripping with superb world building!

I would admit that the  sole reason I want to have a copy of this book is when I heard that the storyline of it is quite similar to that of The Kiss of Deception, a bride fleeing on her wedding day because she doesn’t want to be wed off to some stranger. I really enjoyed The Kiss of Deception, one of my favorite reads of 2014 and so when I heard Assassin’s Curse is quite similar to it, I knew I had to read it.

Assassin’s curse made me want to read more about pirates and assassins. The world building was just exceptional. I could picture everything vividly. This book is seriously begging to be made into a movie, because why the hell not. As I was reading the book, I felt the Pirates of The Caribbean vibe to it. It was as magical and as fantastic as that movie and I really enjoyed the fast-paced and action packed entirety of it. I could  not also discount the fact that the author had this beautiful way with words making all the scenes more alive in my head. I was quite literally playing a movie inside my head. The constant change in the setting from dessert to sea then to a mysterious island appealed so much to me, I loved how I was sometimes holding my breath, as if I was really there. The change in the scenery did so much to my imagination, I loved how books can do that, how it constantly surprises you of the different places being described.

The plot was somehow unique, I never quite read anything like it before. I’ve mentioned that Kiss of Deception was similar to it, but as I read Assassin’s Curse the two books are different from each other. Both are amazing in their own right.

And yes I think I have found a new favorite female protagonist in the character of Ananna, oh boy she was one hell of a kick-ass heroine, she’s determined and just plain awesome. She could literally take on anything. I loved how the author did not describe her as someone so beautiful and all the cliches existing in the literary world, she was as ordinary as one can get yet holds flare and sass within her that is very palpable you just could not ignore it. Ahhh, she was just amazing, I love her character so so much!

Now Naji, he annoys the shit out of me. I had to refrain from rolling my eyes too much or else I would look like someone having a seizure. Seriously, I have never been annoyed to a male protagonist quite like this before. He was too weak, figuratively and literally. I hate the fact that he always looked like he was dying.

SPOILER!!!!! He was supposed to protect Ananna but hell, it was Ananna who has been protecting him the entirety of the book. I was welling up with so much frustration towards his character. The book should very well be about Ananna saving Naji’s life over and over again. end of SPOILER!!! 

If it weren’t for Naji and the few issues I had I could have given this book a solid 5 stars. So what are these issues? Maybe the whole back story of the curse, I mean it was mentioned, yes, but I was expecting more from it, I didn’t feel the seriousness and weight of the curse. I was just hoping for more, like the whoa factor. It fell short. Also I was confused as to the extent of the power of the Mists, I mean there could have been a lot of opportunity for them to strike, where Naji and Ananna are at their weakest, but they are not there. I mean I want to see how powerful they could be, I was asking for so much more and I didn’t quite get what I was craving for. So here I am hoping Pirate’s Wish would be better and for the love of Kaol, Naji please redeem yourself. Be the male protagonist everyone will root for.

I want to know more about the Confederation and the Order, so yeah I am excited to start The Pirate’s Wish. If you love action, your imagination running wild and a kickass heroine then this book is definitely right up your alley.

Rating: rating_4stars

“You don’t realize how much you miss something till it comes back to you, and then you wonder how you went so long without it.”
― Cassandra Rose ClarkeThe Assassin’s Curse