Sunday Post #23

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news: a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Borrowed from Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
This week was slow going for me. But I managed to find time to read Captive by Aimee Carter and absolutely loved it. It's really impressive how the revolution is going strong. I'm still moving with Dragonfly in Amber and my feelings are often mixed during the read, so  no comment. Just started Angel's Blood, but the story is amazing so far, lovin Elena.

Previously on Book Travels:


Coming This Week:

  • The King by Tiffany Reisz
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Revealed by Evangeline Anderson
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
  • The Party Starts at Midnight


Books added to TBR: 

Scandalously Expecting His Child (The Billionaires of Black Castle) The Secret Affair Captivated by You (Crossfire, #4) Archangel's Legion (Guild Hunter, #6) Archangel's Storm (Guild Hunter, #5) Archangel's Shadows (Guild Hunter, #7) 

Got anything new to share this week?

Young Adult Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #1
Rating: 
Published November 1st 2003 by Scholastic
Genres: Young Adult 
Format: ebook
Length: 310 pages
Source: bought
Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in ten years.
But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter.

Thoughts:


This is a re-read read along but the mystery and all those moments we get to experience Harry discovering about his family legacy and the new powers are just as good. I still love this first book and Harry has an special place during my teenage years.

Hogwarts is full of awesome and incredible moments, but the parts I love most in this book are connected with the friendship between Harry, Rony and Hermione. We can see these are great kids and at least one of them is destined to be a great witch, because Harry needs to grow a lot before I change my mind about him.

This story is the most simple one for this series, but still full of magic and sensational moments. Loved the classes and professor Dumbledore.

Other books in this series


#1 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
#2 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
#3 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
#4 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
#5 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
#6 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
#7 - Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows

Young Adult Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #3
Published August 24th 2010 by Scholastic
Format: ebook
Lenght: 390 pages
Source: Bought
My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans--except Katniss.
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost. 

I was pushing this book for later ever since Catching Fire left me feeling sad. So now the movie is about to release and I decided it was the perfect time to read and get over with the drama, because I didn't liked the path this series took in the middle of Catching Fire and I just wanted to know the end. 

I did not read reviews because the spoilers would kill this book. So I'm trying not to say something important here, but this series started good and went downhill after book #2. I didn't hated most of the story, but it felt like it was slowly going forward when we saw how the first two books happened way fast. So we have the revolution now and I was excited for that part, but hated most of it, because it was strange seeing Katniss lost honestly just dreadful.

Finally the series is over, but had ups and downs for me. I loved the very ending, you know almost the epilogue was cute for.

Waiting on Wednesday #32

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.
Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.
But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.
Jennifer Armentrout series are always a need to buy book, for two reasons: love her plots and love-love-love her worlds. She manages to make believable some of the most strange things and for me those make the perfect things in Young Adult. This series is New Adult, so that will be a new genre to me. Can't wait for new romance and more action. 



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that features future books I’m highly anticipating for this year.

Erotica Review: Seize the Night by Tiffany Reisz

Captivated
Seize the Nigh by Tiffany Reisz
Rating: 4 stars
Published October 28th 2014 by Harlequin
Genres: Erotica
Format: eARC
Length: 120 pages
Source: NetGalley
Double the passion and seduction as New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart and international bestselling author Tiffany Reisz weave two provocative tales about power, bad-boy lovers and secret desires!
LETTING GO by Megan Hart 
Colleen goes to the same bar every night and orders the same drink: a whiskey, neat. She doesn't drink it, though. Jesse the bartender notices the beautiful, sad woman who keeps to herself. Until one night when she lets go and lets him in. And after that, Jesse has only one mission--to show her one night is only the beginning.
SEIZE THE NIGHT by Tiffany Reisz 
Four years ago, a night of forbidden passion between Remi and Julien, the heirs of two powerful and competitive horse-racing families, led to a feud that is threatening to ruin both farms. Now Remi must find Julien again, but when she does, her need for Julien is just as strong and just as forbidden.

Thoughts:


I started the fist story, because people love Megan Hart and I haven't read anything from her yet, but the pace was just too slow for me and this is a novella. Colleen was too boring and quite frankly her complains were giving me a headache. I DNFed this one.

The second story was my reason for requesting this anthology. This author is one of my favorites from the erotica world and she has a Midas touch that make all those crazy relationships make sense. I loved the twist on Shakespeare and even better I loved Merrick. He brought witty and very charming to a hole new level. I would by this anthology only for this second novella. 

I received this book from NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Romance Review: Christmas in Da Conti's Bed by Sharon Kendrick

Christmas in Da Conti's Bed


Christmas in Da Conti's Bed by Sharon Kendrick
Rating: 4 stars
Published November 18th 2014 by Harlequin
Genres: Romance
Format: eARC
Length: 256 pages
Source: NetGalley
Billionaire Niccolo Da Conti has everything a man could want;the money, the cars, the business empire;but seeing the unbearably enticing Alannah Collins again has sparked his possessive streak. He'll hire her, seduce her and cross her off his wish list once and for all!
Alannah knows the danger of working too closely with the sensual Sicilian, but she'd be a fool to refuse his help launching her business. Now, with Niccolo ruthlessly trying to seduce her under the mistletoe, her every defense is threatened. Can she stop him from unwrapping the truths she's fought to conceal?
This was more like an okay book for me. There's nothing special about this couple and the story is really simple too. Niccolo started the story like a jackass and finished a little better, but we didn't see him changing much and I thought Alannah would be able to help transform him into a more normal guy. 

The romance was nothing more than pure lust and they have being denied for too long, so this time Niccolo decided to make all his wildest dreams come true, but I didn't liked the way he treated Alannah at first. Way too arrogant and clearly without a clue about the past. Guess this story could be better.

I received this book from NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Ahead!

I have several books reads and need to make a dent on the reviews. For some reason they always pile up and I have to scramble with the reviews usually on the weekend. I gave up on most of the memes I used to make on a week basis, but decided to bring back Waiting on Wednesday, because I love to dream about some hightly anticipated books and to help me remeber when they come out. So I have joined Blog Ahead in November hosted by Herding Cats and Burning Soup. The basic goal is to get “ahead” in your blog posts. At the end of the month of Nov you’ll have 30 additional pre-schedules than when you started the month. Get the deets on Blog Ahead.


My updates will be on this post and I'm not making any promises about the 30 posts, but will try to get as close as possible. 

Goal: I would like to have a minimum of 30 additional posts written and scheduled. 18 reviews to write and schedule. 5 pre-schedule the Harry Potter reviews. 6 discussions posts for Monday Talks. 
My Progress
Week Three:
  1. Christmas in the Billionaire's Bed by Janice Maynard - December 2nd, 2014
  2. Tempted by Midnight by Lara Adrian - December 5th, 2014
  3. Pursued by Evangeline Anderson - December 6th, 2014
  4. Meme: Waiting on Wednesday - December 3rd, 2014
  5. Meme: Waiting on Wednesday - December 10th, 2014
  6. Meme: Waiting on Wednesday - December 17th, 2014
  7. Meme: Waiting on Wednesday - December 31th, 2014
  8. Meme: Waiting on Wednesday - January 7th, 2015
  9. Meme: Waiting on Wednesday - January 14th, 2015
Week Four:
Bottom Line:

Sunday Post

Sunday PostThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news: a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Borrowed from Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
This week was more slow than ever in real life and on the blog. I forgot to schedule some reviews and it's the week of test on college, so I had no spare time. Barely managed to finish one book this week. Almost no time to read and TV is stealing the rest of time I have left at the end of the day. Loved the crossover in Chicago Fire/PD and Law and Order SVU this week.  

Previously on Book Travels:

Coming This Week:

  • Christmas in Da Conti's Bed
  • Seize the Night
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Deja Dead
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Books added to TBR: 

NetGalley

Got anything new to share this week?



Romance Review: From Enemy's Daughter to Expectant Bride by Olivia Gates

From Enemy's Daughter to Expectant Bride
From Enemy's Daughter to Expectant Bride by Olivia Gates
Series: The Billionaires of Black Castle #1
Rating: 4 stars
Published November 4th 2014 by Harlequin
Genres: Romance
Format: eARC
Length: 192 pages
Source: NetGalley
Rafael Salazar came back to Rio to destroy the man who stole his childhood. Then he spies the beauty across the ballroom…and passion overwhelms him. Even after the shock of discovering who she really is, he vows to make her his.
Eliana Ferreira has never met a man like Rafael—powerful, irresistible, unstoppable. She knows something dark drives the self-made billionaire, yet she can't deny him anything…until she discovers his terrible purpose. She is expecting his baby and is days away from becoming his bride, but will his revenge tear them apart forever?

Thoughts:


I love a good revenge story, but last face it Rafael was the worst guy to make this plan, because he fell in lust at first sight with his enemy number one daughter, but he had no idea who she was. So I think he didn't really made a great plan or his research skills are horrible.

I really liked Eliana and she made the perfect choices during this book, but the best part for me was the way she managed to make Rafael think and change his plans, because we can see he was after the wrong guy before he could ever realise that.

This was a good book to introduce this series and really explain the reasons for these avenging billionaires.

Other books in this series


#1 - From Enemy's Daughter to Expectant Bride
#2 - Scandalously Expecting His Child 

I received this book from NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Romance Review: Rocky Mountain Romance by Vivian Arend

Rocky Mountain Romance (Six Pack Ranch, #7)
Rocky Mountain Romance by Vivian Arend
Series: Six Pack Ranch #7
Rating: 4 stars
Published October 21st 2014 by Vivian Arend
Genres: Romance
Format: eARC
Length: 300 pages
Source: NetGalley
It took a spectacularly embarrassing break-up to knock Steve Moonshine Coleman off his lazy butt. In the ten months since that night, he’s changed his ways, and now that Melody’s back in town, it’s time for this sweet-talking cowboy to convince her to get back in the saddle with him.
A return to her veterinary position in Rocky Mountain House was always in the cards for Melody Langley. Getting back together with Steve? Never part of the plan. He had lots of potential but zero ambition, and there’s no way she’ll accept anything less than a man who can keep up with her, in and out of bed.
But the new-and-improved cowboy is impossible to resist, so Melody issues a challenge. Three months to prove he’s reformed. Three months of Steve orchestrating one sexual indulgence after another—wicked distractions from the old boys’ club Melody faces at work and Steve’s growing responsibilities.
He’s got one shot to prove with more than words what’s in his heart and soul.

Thoughts:


I've read several books from Vivian Arend and there's something really special about the way she makes all those couples fall in love. This series is all about those sexy cowboys finding their perfect woman, but we also have some heat with the romance and it makes things way more exciting.

I've loved the first few books, but for some reason never got to follow with this series. But that's okay because each story is unique and nothing takes away all those incredible moments between Steve and Melody. They certainly know all about heating up the sheets and we can clearly see these two are perfect together, but they took some time to get there, because Steve needed to learn about respect and really show the girl he loves all those reasons she's special to him.

Melody definitely made him work for it and now we can see that Steve understood all those reasons he should had stood up for her and changed. He has grown and now we can see that he wants more than just a girlfriend and it's clearly thinking about a family together.

Loved this story and will read the other books ASAP.

Other books in this series


#1 – Rocky Mountain Heat 
#2 – Rocky Mountain Haven 
#3 – Rocky Mountain Desire 
#4 – Rocky Mountain Angel
#5 - Rocky Mountain Rebel
#6 - Rocky Mountain Freedom
#7 - Rocky Mountain Romance

I received this book from NetGalley and Vivian Arend in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Travels Landings #1

What I got this week!!


1. Captive by Aimee Carter - Some authors are my go-to and when Captive became available on NetGalley, lets just say I couldn't push the request button fast enough. The first book was a great find for me. It's called Pawn and a dystopian story, so very different and the world is strange and so wrong. But I loved the way Kitty fought and it's still trying to save herself. *ARC

2. Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs - I've heard many great things about this series and decided to give it a try. Werewolves are popular at the moment. But this time I'll stick to the audiobook. I just need to discover where to start with this series. Does anyone know if it's better to read the prequel before Cry Wolf?

WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK: November 9th – November 15th, 2014


1. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon - This book is huge and I'm still finding my place in the story. Have no idea about what happened, but this starting was not my favorite thing. So it's going slow.

2. The Party Starts at Midnight by Lucy King - This story is a little boring at the moment for me, but this is a galley book and I usually like romances. So I'll give it a few more chapters before changing my mind about it.

3. Christmas in the Bilionaire's Bed by Janice Maynard - Another galley book and I frankly don't know much about the story. But Billionaire's are the new hit. 

And did you get any new and exciting books in the mail, via email or from the bookstore or library?
Leave a comment or a link, I’d love to know.
Happy reading!


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