Review: To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo // enemies to lovers!! playful banter!! sirens and pirates!!

Finding the right book to read is hard.

There are people that are constantly talking about certain books to the point that they seem overhyped, mixed reviews are EVERYWHERE and you don’t know who to trust, the book might have cliché and overused tropes, bland characters or shitty writing—everything could go wrong.

But guess what? None of that was the case with the book I want to introduce you to today. *big sigh of relief*

I was delightfully surpried at how much joy I felt while reading To Kill A Kingdom. It even managed to land a spot on my favourites list which is something that rarely happens!

If you’re into pirates, sirens and the enemies to lovers trope, you won’t want to miss this.

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October Wrap Up aka the best month of the year!!! // birthday celebrations, some fangirling and SO MANY good books!!!

October has been an absolutely brilliant month for me. I am genuinely just SO HAPPY about everything that’s happened!!!

The first thing that needs to be mentioned is my return to blogging (which I’m still SO excited about!)—I still suck at blog hopping and commenting back on time but things are looking up! And I really enjoy writing blog posts again which is wonderful!

Secondly, I’ve read so many great books this month and I actively tried to read books that I was in the mood for, books on my physical TBR that I’ve been meaning to read for YEARS AKA SIX OF CROWS BITCHEEEESSSSS, and Netgalley ARCs that I’ve been wanting to knock off my shelves!

Thirdly, I’ve done some fantastic prepping and plotting for my novel and I feel ready to tackle NaNoWriMo………. is what I wish I could say. But no. That didn’t happen.

Fourthly (is that even a thing), I went to two concerts which made me SO FREAKING HAPPY and I also feel very happy and confident in general. I had WAY LESS anxiety this month than I had all year and I’m just so HAPPY lately. I’m kicking anxiety’s ass ❤

It’s just been an overall fantastic month and I’m super happy. October has probably been my favourite month all year! Continue reading “October Wrap Up aka the best month of the year!!! // birthday celebrations, some fangirling and SO MANY good books!!!”

The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin // Very fun and uplifting summer read! + Giveaway

Oh, hi there! Guess who’s back with another blog tour? *points at self* THIS GIRRRLLL.

Welcome to my stop of the The Big F blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! Today, I’ll be sharing my review and the tour-wide giveaway with you!

Coincidentally, I seem to have been a part of many blog tours which promoted books from Swoon Reads (such as this one hehe) and I’ve always had luck with their books thus far! They always have such fun and relatable contemporaries that I find very easy to read—and The Big F was no different!

Keep on reading if you’d like to know why I loved reading this book!

PS. You can follow the rest of the tour here!

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ARC August TBR // let’s tackle those ARCs we’ve been avoiding!!

Oh looooook, I found a super cool challenge to participate in next month!

I’m so happy that I stumbled across the #ARCAugust hashtag on Twitter because I’ve been needing some motivation to get through some of my Netgalley ARCs that I’ve been meaning to read since March!

My current Netgalley ratio is 75% WHICH IS AWESOME and the highest it’s ever been!!! But I’ve never actually reached that precious 80% so that’s what I’ll be attempting to do in August!

I currently have 8 ARCs left to read on Netgalley. While I don’t plan to read ALL of them next month, I want to get through a good chunk of them!

I’ve also received some ARCs from authors or for blog tours which need to be reviewed this month so I’m quite determined!

You can still sign-up for the ARC August challenge here! Continue reading “ARC August TBR // let’s tackle those ARCs we’ve been avoiding!!”

#ARCstravaganza: The Dragons of Nova

Yay, second time in a row!

I’m back today with the #ARCstravaganza meme! Because you can never fangirl enough about ARCs you receive! 😛

ignore that I am a day late

#ARCstravaganza is a weekly meme hosted by YA and Wine to give book bloggers/bookstagrammers a chance to show off the ARCs/eARCs they are excited about! Comment on their weekly posts with a link to your own #ARCstravaganza blog post, or post a picture on Instagram using the #ARCstravaganza hashtag, and you will be entered to win an ARC copy of an upcoming YA novel! One winner will be chosen at random each month.

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Review: The Map That Leads To You by J.P. Monninger – stunning!

via Goodreads:

“”Romantic and unforgettable.” –Nicholas Sparks

A romantic, vivid novel that takes place in the tender time of a young woman’s life:

Heather has graduated from college and is traveling around Europe with her two best friends. She’s left school responsibility behind and adult responsibility is looming, but this is her one, ONE last summer to be free.

Heather doesn’t expect to even meet Jack, let alone fall in love with him. Jack is an enigmatic Vermonter a few years older than she is, who is following his grandfather’s journal to various cities around Europe.

But in the same way that forces are bringing Jack and Heather together, life and duty are pushing them apart. And Jack has a secret that is going to change absolutely everything.”

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May Wrap-Up

Well, well, well.

Here we are again. Another month is over and I honestly don’t know where all my time has gone. These months are FLYING by and I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything?????

Huh. Anyway.

I am already doing my May Wrap-Up today because I have my regular TTT and T5W posts scheduled for the next 2 days. And over Whitsuntide break, I will be visiting my family in Poland! ❤

So from Thursday onward until I-don’t-even-know-when-I-am-coming-home lol you won’t hear too much from me and I probably won’t have time to check out your posts either! *sad face* My apologies in advance! Feel free to leave any links down below, if you’ve written any cool posts that you’re super proud of! 🙂

I think that was enough talking, let’s get into the May Wrap-Up!


Books I’ve Read

I have read 8 books this month which is great! I’ve been really busy with uni and I still managed to read as many books as I read last month so I’m quite proud *pats shoulder*

A Court of Mist and Fury and A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas: Yes, I have finally read this series and I have become absolute trash for it. Feysand is my LIFE and the Inner Circle are my babies and Velaris is my actual HOME. I know that this series is problematic at times and I acknowledge that but I am obsessed with it. 5 stars to both of these books! ❤

I had to read both The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde for class and they were good reads!

And do you know what that means? For once, I have actually managed to read all of the books on my TBR!!! To be fair, I only had 3 books on my May TBR and 2 of them were required reads for uni but STILL! YAY ME!

*click on the book covers to be directed to the Goodreads page*

My favourite reads of the month have definitely been both ACOMAF and ACOWAR along with One Of Us Is Lying! I will have a review for the latter up on Thursday!

Currently Reading

I am still reading The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova! I am participating in a buddy read hosted by the author but I’ve been slacking lately *oops*. I am really loving the book though and I can’t wait for the sequel to come out! (I already have an e-ARC of the 2nd book which I’m so excited about!!! :D)


What I’ve Watched

NOTHING! Ever since I created my book blog, I’ve been slacking with watching any kind of TV! There are no TV shows that I’m interested in keeping up with and I’m not really in the mood to start a new one! Sooooo yeah. No answer here! XD


What I Listened To

Let me check my monthly Spotify playlist real quick…….

  • HARRY STYLES by Harry Styles (you guys know that I love Harry so this shouldn’t come as a surprise :P)
  • Lust for Life – Lana Del Rey ft. The Weeknd (LOVE LOVE LOVE <3)
  • chateau – Blackbear (SUCH. A. BOP.)
  • I’m The One – DJ Khaled ft. Chance The Rapper, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Quavo (I’m trash for this song)
  • Slow Hands – Niall Horan (this gives me GREAT vibes)
  • Umbrella – Rihanna (THANKS TOM HOLLAND I CAN’T GET UR PERFORMANCE OUT OF MY HEAD)

Here’s the video if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s the best thing I’ve ever seen in my life.


Awesome posts by fellow bloggers published this month

Future Plans
  • get through most of my Netgalley ARCs because I’m sick of them and I want to skip out on reading/requesting ARCs for a while BECAUSE IT’S STRESSING ME OUT
  • write more Discussion posts: I’ve been having quite a few ideas for discussion posts lately but I’m too lazy to write them lol
  • fix/clean-up my blog: meaning aesthetic-wise and schedule-wise and content-wise (does that even make sense lol)
  • START WRITING: ohhh my god I have all these ideas in my head and I really want to write a story so hopefully that will be happening soon

I have more plans but I can’t remember them so that’s it for now XD

ANOTHER SUPER LONG WRAP-UP BUT I HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT.

Thank you for reading!

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How many books did you read in May? Did you watch any new TV shows/movies? What were your favorite songs to listen to this month? Any concrete plans for the following months? Let’s chat in the comments!

Review: The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris

“Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.

Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF…

With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song.”


Title: The Nanny Arrangement

Author: Rachel Harris

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Published: May 22nd 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC


“The best love stories always start with friendship. Luke and Lorelai, […] Harry and Sally. And don’t even get me started on my books. That’s my favorite trope by far.”

*I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion in any way!*

I was in the mood for a quick, light and easy contemporary read and when I stumbled across The Nanny Arrangement and spotted the childhood sweethearts trope, I WAS SOLD! This was the kind of sweet, cheesy love story that I was looking for!

The Nanny Arrangement is the story of shy and sweet Hannah who makes it a mission to make her childhood best friend Deacon, the man she’s secretly in love with, finally see her as more than just her best friend. Deacon is the new fiddle player in country music’s hottest band and he needs a nanny to look after his 2-year-old son while he’s on the road. And who could be better for the job than his best friend Hannah?

This was such a cute and adorable story! It made me feel all fuzzy and warm inside – mixed with a little bit of angst towards the end of the book. This was such a quick, light and adorable book, I flew through it in 2 days!

I mean, the term ‘best-friends-to-lovers’ literally already tells you what the story is about and how it is going to end, so I guess you could say that the story was predictable. But did I care? NOPE! ABOLUTELY NOT! 😀

The BFF to lovers trope is one of my favourite tropes ever – if it’s well-done – and The Nanny Arrangement definitely was!

It was lovely to see how Hannah and Deacon worked together as best friends and how much both of them loved Deacon’s child Max! Hannah had such a bright and happy personality and that really showed when she was around the kids! She has such a creative and silly mind and it was so endearing to read about it!

And there is just something about single-fathers that I love! I mean, it is kind of attractive, right?! 😛

You could really tell that Deacon loved his son to death and he would do anything to make him happy! Being in a band and touring the entire country did take its toll on Deacon because he thought he’d make Max feel abandoned – but Hannah always made sure to reassure Deacon and get him to get out of his head!

I really liked the dynamic between Hannah and Deacon and it was adorable to see how the both of them realised that they had feelings for each other! And the grand gesture at the end definitely made me tear up!

As I said, I AM A SUCKER FOR THE CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTS TROPE!!! ❤

The Nanny Arrangement was a perfect read for me – it had best friends falling in love, a single-father with an adorable son, a band *swoons* and some great, supportive friendships along the way!

I would totally recommend it to people looking for a short contemporary read and fans of the friends-to-lovers trope who don’t mind some cheesy-ness and fluff!

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 OUT OF 5 STARS)


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Thank you for reading!

PS. Have you noticed? I am trying to keep my reviews short and not ramble too much 😛

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Are you a fan of the friends-to-lovers trope? Don’t you just love the adorable-ness and fluff that comes with it? What are some of your favourite tropes? Let’s chat in the comments!

Review : Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) by Rachel L. Demeter | Spoiler Free

Author: Rachel L. Demeter

Genre: Historical Romance

Published on: 15th March 2017

Pages: 342

Disclaimer/Trigger Warning: This is an edgy, historical romance retelling of the classic fairy tale. Due to strong sexual content, profanity, and dark subject matter, including an instance of sexual assault committed by the villain, Beauty of the Beast is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

*I received a free ARC by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

(via Goodreads): “Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic twist.

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice. 

Beauty of the Beast is the first standalone installment in a series of classic fairy tales reimagined with a dark and realistic twist.”

“She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.”

Beauty of the Beast is a darker, more mature version of the movie that we’ve all come to love; Beauty and the Beast. I haven’t read many retellings in my life so far but I particularly enjoyed this one!

Like in any retelling there were some similarities to the original story but the author put a dark, edgy twist on it and made it a story of her own!

Isabelle is a genuine, kind-hearted, friendly girl who lives with her very ill father and her two mean, ungrateful step-sisters (who give off Cinderella vibes) in a small cottage in a town called Ruillé, France. She loves her father endlessly and takes care of him as well as she can.

But there is a darkness and fear within Isabelle caused by a fiancé that she never wanted. Raphael Dumont is sexist, disrespectful, controlling and abusive. He treats Isabelle like his property and sexually harasses her. He is one of the most disgusting character I’ve ever read about.

Isabelle makes a plan to run away with her father and escape the claws of her fiancé. They stumble upon an abandoned ruin of a castle and seek shelter there.

Prince Adam Delacroix has been living in complete seclusion and void of human contact for 25 years, except for the company of his dog Stranger and an old friend that visits him every once in a while. Both mentally and physically scarred, he has been hiding his face under a cloak, feeling like a beast.

Until Isabelle shows up at his door and slowly unravels a completely different side of him.

At first we get to know a lonely, ashamed and insecure side of Adam, isolating himself and hiding his face from Isabelle. But they get to know each other better and he turns into a gentle, protective and sensitive young man.

I really liked that Adam and Isabelle, unintentionally, helped to change the other person for the better. Each of their character development and the evolvement of their relationship from beginning to end felt very realistic. They start to care for and trust each other and then together, experience darkness, love, passion and romance. Adam draws on Isabelle’s strength and he learns to hate himself a little less. He even makes self-deprecating comments! 😀 They end up bantering and teasing each other a lot which was really cute.

What I liked about the story was that we get to experience from different points of view. I’m not the biggest fan of multiple perspectives but it was very well done in this book! You almost don’t notice that the point of view has changed. Through that we not only got to hear Isabelle’s thoughts and feelings, but also which emotions Adam was experiencing and how he developed as a character.

“Property? She’s a woman – not a goat for trade.”

While I did like Adam as a character, there were a few weird things he did that bothered me.

First of all, every time he simply looked at Isabelle he had some weird, slightly sexual thoughts about her. There was one scene, where Isabelle is mostly unconscious due to a fever and he has these thoughts, which creeped me out! Thankfully, that got better as the story went on.

Another creepy thing was the fact that sometimes, when he couldn’t sleep, he would go into Isabelle’s bedroom and just watch her sleep. For hours! He also had a weird obsession with Isabelle’s breasts and mentioned/fantasized about them every time he was interacting with her. Yeah.

Anyway.

I enjoyed the writing style. It was very descriptive and really helped to imagine the setting of the story. The only phrase that irked me because it was used so often was: “Their gazes slammed together.” Slammed? How do gazes slam together? I didn’t count but I’ve seen the phrase at least 10 times and it was just weird.

Overall, the story was very enjoyable and I would totally recommend it. You better not expect the original though, because one of the only similar things was the outline of the original Beauty and the Beast!

The whole story and relationship between Isabelle and Adam is a lot more mature. They did have a very sweet, passionate romance and I loved some of the things they said to each other to declare their love for one another.

But keep in mind that they’re both a lot older and obviously have sexual needs! The writing is very detailed and explicit when it comes to the sex scenes! There is one particular scene that goes on over several pages and I just quickly skimmed through it because I’m not a fan of reading explicit sex scenes. People under 18 definitely shouldn’t read this story!

All in all, this was a very enjoyable read! The dark twist of this retelling was something I didn’t expect but I welcomed it all the same. This is a story with some very dark themes and a sweet but sexy and passionate romance. I would totally recommend it!

⭐⭐⭐⭐  (4 out of 5 stars)


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Do you like reading retellings or are you not a fan? Have you read any other Beauty and the Beast retellings? Please leave me recommendations in the comments below!

Review: Hold My Hand by A.C. Oswald | Spoiler Free

*I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Hold My HandTitle: Hold My Hand

Author: A.C. Oswald

Genre: YA, LGBTQA+

Published: March 1st 2017 by Ylva Publishing

Pages: 187

(via Goodreads): Bethany is heartbroken when her girlfriend, Savannah, dumps her with no explanation. Slowly, she rebuilds her life, meets Amber and begins to heal.
A year later they meet again and their feelings are as strong as ever. So why did Savannah leave her?
Bethany is devastated by the answer and realises she will lose Savannah again – to cancer.
In a world where time is fleeting but love lasts forever, Savannah and Bethany can only hold onto each other and live every dream they ever shared.


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This story is about Savannah who leaves Bethany, her girlfriend of 5 years, one day for no apparent reason. They meet again a year later and Beth finds out that Savannah has been hiding the fact that she has cancer. Bethany wants to make Savannah’s last months as enjoyable as possible and they live every day together like it’d be their last.

At first, I didn’t really know where the story was going and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. It was a tiny bit slow paced for me but once the story picked up it turned into your typical adventurous/fulfill your bucket list/last wish type of story and it was very sweet.

I thought Savannah was a bit unreasonable for not telling Beth about her cancer. They have been together for 5 years and known each other since high school. Bethany was Savannah’s one true love, and the other way round, but instead of just telling her that she had cancer, Savannah broke up with Beth. She wasted and sacrificed an entire good year of hers, living miserably and alone even though she still loved Beth. She not only hurt Beth with that decision but also herself. It just didn’t make sense to me.

Bethany is a very sweet girl. When she finds out about Savannah’s cancer she does everything in her power to make life fun again for her. Savannah had given up after she left Beth, she was depressed and lonely and she thought she would die alone. But Beth completely changes her perspective and makes life worth living. It was sweet how Bethany tried her best to accomplish everything that Savannah had ever wished for.

The romance between Beth and Savannah felt real. I caught myself comparing the story and relationship to The Fault In Our Stars at times but I felt like in TFIOS it was overly sensationalized and dramatic. The author definitely made Hold My Hand feel more realistic. You could actually imagine it happening in real life and it made me realise that a lot of people actually do go through this every day.

If you read between the lines you could really tell that the girls had a tight bond and developed a great, sweet love. It felt true-to-life. Sometimes it was a little too cheesy for my taste, though.

I also wasn’t a fan of the very explicit sex scenes in the story. I didn’t really see the point and they didn’t contribute anything to the story. I would have preferred if they had just been left out to be honest.

For whatever reason, I wasn’t too attached to the characters so I didn’t cry or felt overly emotional about the story or the ending but I still liked it. This book wasn’t anything too spectacular and rather average but it was simple and had a sweet love story.

⭐⭐⭐.5  (3.5 out of 5 stars)

Jackie x