20 Oct 2017

Review: The Advice Bucket


'' How often did people encounter the most significant of humans without realising it? '' 

★★☆☆☆

From Goodreads:
Merrick's life is a wild goose chase. Literally.
Somewhere on the remote, Scottish Isle of Scarba, Gladys awaits answers. What is the centuries-old secret that rules her destiny?
A short distance away, Merrick is on his way to join 35,000 fellow barnacle geese at their annual gathering. Delayed by a sudden fall from the sky, he sustains his first wrist injury in three centuries and has to catch a boat.
Lucy Colwyn wants to go to Scarba to die; if she can only get there unscathed first.
Eminent neurologist, Dr. Harry Britten, receives miraculous news: a dying patient is cured. Now he has no choice but to abandon everything and track her down before she does the unthinkable. But the journey won’t be easy, as three familiar old ladies have other, rather unorthodox agendas.
The Queen of The Hebrides leaves for Islay loaded with strangers. By the time the ship's journey reaches its conclusion, some of the passengers are on their way to reaching another: that they’re more connected than they could ever have imagined. 

11 Oct 2017

Review: Black Mark's Resistance


'' ''Maybe, just maybe, you need to look at what you are resisting. It could be where you are meant to be.'' ''   

★★★★★

Take a deep breath before staring to read Black Mark's Resistance because it will be your last one until finishing this book. 

Mora Ellis wants to fly under the radar. Her childhood in Australia with her mother wasn't anything like a dance, and she had no clue who her father was until she met him at the airport in London after getting kicked out from her childhood home. Since then she unwinds in the only ways she knows: having lots of sex and playing her cello. Now, six years later she works as an executive assistant in an event management firm and she has no idea what is about hit her when Darius Rafal walks in as the next client. Darius is not there for a new contract, but to hire Mora to work for him.

9 Oct 2017

Double Review: Runaway & Captured


'' The real question was: Could I trust him? ''

 ★★☆☆☆ 

They witness something they are not supposed to and end up running away from their seemingly perfect lives. Hallie Romano and Jackson Carmine live in the spotlight their fathers' company's money has created. Then one night, it all changes. They run away after witnessing a murder after a family dinner in a restaurant. With Jackson in the lead, they escape from New York City just to keep running. Neither of them wants to go back, especially Jackson since he knows that neither of their parents has entirely clean hands when it comes to business. What follows is a paranoid long vacation over two continents.

8 Oct 2017

Review: Sleuthing with the Enemy


'' ''I want to know you, Annemette Helsen. All about you. Your likes, your dislikes, your hopes, your fears. I want to be there for you so the next time you go on some stupid insane vendetta, you're not alone.'' ''  

★★★★☆

The Gleipnir Cuff, the prized possession of the werewolves has been stolen from right under their noses. No one knows who did it, but they have their suspicions. Annemette Helsen doesn't want to wait for The Council to make their move to recover the Cuff, instead, she takes matters into her own hands and breaks into the suspects house in the middle of the night. Not the smartest choice since the suspect just happens to be the Prince of the Vampire court, Jonas Weiss. On top of it all, Jonas is insists that he has nothing to do with the theft, and now wants to help Anna to recover the Cuff. Anna doesn't want the help, not at all, but Jonas is not ready to give up so easily, being used to getting what he wants.

6 Oct 2017

Review: Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith

'' So, his mother was a troublemaker and his father was one of the youngest Vilmhied of all time? ''

 ★★★★☆ 

Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that's what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn't exactly normal ...

Loved the Harry Potter - series? You're going to love this one, too. And just to say it here, in the beginning, that even though there are many similarities between Potters and Ewan Pendle, they are not the same, nor does the latter copy the first.

The story begins with an eleven-year-old Ewan when his current foster parents send him out to the next family. What they don't know that there is no other family, but the Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum waiting for him on the train. Ewan finds himself near London inside a school where everyone can see the monsters. He is weird, but everything around is. Thrust into the everyday life of a Firedrake cadet he struggles to keep up, and it the threat of a mysterious White Wraith looming outside the Lyceum's walls does not help him to concentrate.

29 Sep 2017

Review: Winter Passion


''She was more than ready to leave the world behind her for a while. Whatever dream haunted her sleep this night could not compare to the waking nightmare that had occurred this first light.''  

★★☆☆☆

The story is mostly told from two points of view, Trina and Arek's. Except that they aren't told from their points of view but as a third-person narration, which at first was really hard to follow. Somewhere in the middle I just got used to it.

Arek is a Piacen, a shapeshifting predator, who was injured on the first page. Trina finds him in the woods and brings him back to her cabin - shifted as a mouse. From there the pair starts to get to know each other and truths begin to unfold. 

24 Sep 2017

Review: Storm of Attraction


''If only all of life's problems could be solved by kicking butts or hiding in a book.''
 
★★★★☆

It's been a while since my last review, but that is definitely going to change. Without further ado, I present the review of Lily Black's Storm of Attraction!

Alexa and Drew had a short relationship five years ago. The weeks they spent together were the best and they seemed they were together forever. Then, they break up. In the present day, Drew is back in town, and neither of them can resist each other. The chemistry between those two is not the only thing pulling them together; someone is after Alexa, and that someone is not going to give before they have her.

17 Sep 2017

The Past Two Weeks...



...Have been so hectic. Basically, I've been on the go or sleeping. I haven't been very active in any social media since there hasn't been time to read anything else than manuals. Those of you who follow me on Instagram might have seen a post or posts with hints concerning the nature of manuals I've been reading. I won't say it out loud before my first day of work, but I'll promise, I have so much more time then for reading. I'll give you a hint, though, so it doesn't get too confusing when I talk about my coursework and things relating to them. My manuals and the course has something to do with airports

For these past two weeks, I've been running on caffeine and sugar. Starbucks has been my best friend and my worst enemy. They have provided me with the energy but have drained my wallet.

I went for a quick three-day visit to Denmark this week. Departure was in the early hours in the morning on Monday and arrived back home late Wednesday. I must say, that those three days were, like Starbucks, the best and the worst. Long days with early wake-ups and late evenings. But with the most amazing people. If any of you happen to read this, I love each and every one of you! You are the best crew ever.

And let me just say, I now appreciate the pricing of Starbucks in Finland much more. Hurt my very soul to pick up coffee from a Danish one...


As I've mentioned many times earlier, I haven't had much time for reading. Yes, I've read five minutes here and another five there, but those five minutes don't make much progress when looking at the big picture. I really, truly, honestly want to read more, but I just don't have the time. Fortunately, like I said in the beginning, this is going to change soon. In two weeks I'll be starting my first shifts and then I have so much more time to read. I'm talking about hours upon hours a day. And I promise to be more active here and on Instagram when the time comes. Soon, very soon and I can't wait!

Currently reading Shaun Hume's Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith. I'm only a hundred pages in and I am loving it so far! I truly recommend to read it. It's aimed more towards younger readers, maybe around the ages thirteen towards fifteen, but it has so much to give for older readers too. And I am not saying it is the next Harry Potter - series, but like them, it has many layers in the story. Younger readers might see the story in one way and a bit older ones pick out so much more from it. The book just grips you and you want to read it, not to put it down.

Now, I'm going to read. I have a rare afternoon off since I'm going to go to the airport for the night. Already tired, but what can you do.

Oh, and go follow me on Instagram via that link or search @Bookstoldmeso! I'll be updating that probably more often for the remaining two weeks of my course.

30 Aug 2017

Review: Succumb


★★★★☆

One word: Intense. Not one word can describe this book accurately even remotely, but intense comes close. 

The blurb from Goodreads:
For years Seraphina Gaelach has resisted being part of the Alvöru she was born into. After an abusive childhood, Phin thought she left the days of being a helpless victim behind and taken control of her life. All that changed the night Sebastian Maviper, High Lord of the Alvöru, decided to claim her.
Three years later, by reuniting with an old friend who is like a brother to her, Phin’s life is put in peril and she is dragged back into Sebastian's world. Can she forgive what he did to her?
Old enemies are stirring and uniting in an effort to control the Alvöru, and everyone in it. When they kidnap Granger and Phin as bait to lure Sebastian to their trap, Phin must make decisions and alliances that will potentially destroy all those she cares about.

24 Aug 2017

Review: The Furies' Bog


★★☆☆☆

This was everything I expected and on the other hand nothing like I expected. The blurb promises a lot, it's maybe a bit too ambitious. 

The story is told in two different settings: The first one on Earth, where a group of scientists try to unearth bodies from a bog in the middle of nowhere, and the other on Mars, where three astronauts who just mostly hate each other decide to land unauthorized on Mars. And how do these two settings connect? The synopsis says the bog is the answer but in the end, it didn't really seem like it. The two settings felt too separate, and sometimes I couldn't help but wonder that why there were the two different groups? Why not just build the story around one of the groups?

17 Aug 2017

Review: The Chronicles of Henry Harper


'' My name is Henry Harper and I am nobody important. ''

 ★★★★☆

We all know those main characters who state in the beginning of their story that they are not important. That no matter how many princes and princesses they have rescued and worlds saved, they still think so little of themselves. Henry Harper is exactly the epitome of those. Despite travelling through space to the unknown and achieving the impossible again and again.

The book contains exactly what it says on the cover, The Chronicles of Henry Harper. He accounts his own life story in a series of short stories told in third-person narrative. There is his own commentary before and after each story in first-person.

14 Aug 2017

Review: Holding on to Hurt


'' But we cannot give up hope. We've got to hold on to even the tiniest sliver of hope. We have to. ''

★★★★★

To what you compare the grief and sorrow of losing someone close to you? Most people can't find any comparisons but would talk about the memories of the past and the missed opportunities of the future. There isn't a thing you can compare it to. And that is what Holding on to Hurt is all about. Experiencing grief, trying to cope with the reality of the situation, and fear of losing hope.

The story is told through Irene Hurt's eyes. She is the wife of Bruce Hurt and a loving mother to Scott. Then one day her worst fears come through: Scott is in the hospital because of a school shooting. And after his surgery, he is not waking up.

The book explores the question what if and why a lot. It won't give answers to any of them, but it really, really makes you think. I haven't experienced this kind of sorrow in my life yet, but all of us will face it sometime in our lives. This story really brings out the hard side of the situation. No making things pretty and that is one of the most beautiful aspects of this book. There is no holding back with the narration, every emotion is displayed in its rawness.

13 Aug 2017

News and Currently Reading


Hi everyone,
Long time no see. Okay, not that long time. Anyway. It's been a while since I've written anything but reviews here, so I thought to pop in and say hi.

I'm living exciting times now with a huge change coming into my life in just a couple of weeks. I'll tell more about that later when I know more about my schedules and all. I give you a hint, my future includes many hours away from home and up in the air.

So, I have been busy because of the change and haven't had time to read so much so I have fallen way behind on my reading and reviewing schedule. This is not a good thing since I have so many books waiting in line for their turn and missing one review delays all those coming after. Now that I am whole three books behind, one could say I am treading on thin ice. Worry not. I will be doing all the reviews as fast as possible.

10 Aug 2017

Review: Two Hundred Very Short Stories


★★★★☆

 This collection of short stories is very true to its name. All the stories, with the exception of a very few, can be read in a just couple of minutes or less. 

Though the book is a combination of different stories the subject tend all to lean towards the miracles of life: birth, love, tragedies, and death. How one person's decision to stop and help the one in need may be a life-changing turn for both of them. How a tragedy can lead to happiness and happiness plummet to tragedy. Life changes quickly without us noticing it immediately and that's what this collection made me very aware of.

Although many of the stories were not happy or ended well, reading wasn't too hard. Sometimes a very emotional book is hard and slow to read and thus can't be read at your normal speed. This wasn't the case. The things that will slow you down are the gaps. You don't get to know everything, so you have to make your own deductions, and sometimes, read the entire story again to realise the answers hidden between the lines.

This was a great read. Normally I am not a fan of short stories, never have been, but this did not disappoint me at all. And just look at the cover. Such a pretty thing. 😍

Review: A Strange Affair


★★★☆☆

This novella is around eighty pages so it's really, really quick to read. Those eighty pages just flew past.

Ellie is not the girl to pick up a guy from the bar and have a one night stand. She is the one to go to a bar, though. There she meets Aaron, the new guy from another company in the building she works. Neither of them can deny the attraction in the air. 

You follow the story from two different view points: Ellie's and Aaron's. Though the novella circles more around Ellie's thoughts. both the characters are rounded and thought out well. They are portrayed from the beginning till the end as the same. Not too big dramatic changes with either of them.

The thing that I needed more was details. I understand that this is a novella and not a full three-hundred-page novel, but still, there was something more I missed. Anyway, this was fun to read and I might pick up something else from this author in the future too!