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Saturday, August 29, 2020

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon Book Review & Bookstagram !

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The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon & My Bookstagram account ! 

Hello everyone, I now officially have a bookstagram account as :bookarina_bookreviews I would love it if you could check it out ! 

Now let’s get into the good stuff ! This book is the second book into the Bone Season series, I have decided that for this one I would audiobook it, and oh boy that was a wonderful decision !

I was thoroughly captivated the whole time, as the world expands and the stakes become higher. Paige and Warden are two of my favourite characters so far in the series. I love the friendships in this book and how the author manages to pull the strings of your heart. The complexity of the relationships between the characters and the position of power that some character hold affect the interactions in some subtle ways, which I really loved, it felt real like Jackson holding on to paige as a protege because of her powers and protecting her because she is an investment. I enjoyed the "okay/not evil" Rephaim that we saw  and the understanding we got of how different Warden really is compared to the rest of them and just how taboo their connection really is. There's an abundance of beautiful quotes in this book and moments that made me stop to re-read them or  re-listen to them because of how beautifully constructed and how well done the build up to these moments was made by the author. I love a fantasy book that touches on real world issues, such as discrimination, an all powerful corrupt government that is doing what it wants even thought there is the existence of a "free world" outside from these countries. I loved that the free world was dealing with its own issues and that the only way to know really know about it was through illegal ways because the media is controlled by this totalitarian state. Beyond that the fantasy aspects of it also have their own intern political struggles and cultures that don't mesh well with one another. I cannot express how much I loved this book and the work that was put into it. 

Audiobook: The narrator was wonderful, she did a great job at pulling you into the story and making it feel as if she was actually Paige. Making variants for the other characters and setting up the atmosphere with how she told the story. 

For the parts of physical reading that I did in between the audiobook, as per usual, the writing style was wonderful and easy to flow through. It is easy to read this fast as it is action packed and intriguing, while I did not love it as much as the first one, I loved my experience and adored the fact that there is no timelapse in between the two novels even though it took me a little longer to get into this one by the end, though not my favourite of the two, I still loved it. Not only do these books have beautiful covers, they also have a complex and ever expanding world that leaves you wanting for more and thinking about it long after you you have finished it ! 

I cannot recommend this series enough ! 
Overall, an AMAZING second book in the series and I cannot wait to read the third one ! (fun fact: the 4th one is coming out next year !!) 

5/5 ⭐️stars 
Bookarina.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Secret Crush Seduction by Jayci Lee Book Excerpt !

You can pre-order it from anywhere, this is a new addition to the "Harlequin Desire" collection. 

This book is romance between Adelaide and her brother's best friend whom she has crushed on for years. It is the second book in the Heirs of Hansol series. This book contains an unrequited love story and Korean-American representation !

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She’s done waiting for what she really wants…

Aspiring fashion designer Adelaide Song wants to prove she’s more than just a pampered heiress. All she needs is a little courage—and the help of deliciously sexy Michael Reynolds, her childhood crush and her brother’s best friend. But when her secret crush turns into an illicit liaison, Adelaide realizes mixing

business with pleasure spells trouble for all her plans…

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Coming out : Sept. 01 2020 

Go get your copy !!!

Book Excerpt Just under here, enjoy !

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What the hell kind of boy band medley is this?

A handful of young women—much younger than Adelaide Song’s twenty-six years—were

spinning around in a circle on the dance floor at Pendulum, screaming along to some bubblegum pop

song. It was early in the evening, and they were sloppy drunk.

Adelaide was most definitely not in the mood to play Ring Around the Rosie at her cousin Colin’s

nightclub. After the face-off she’d just had with her grandmother, she needed to lose herself in good

music and dance off her frustration.

What was the Tuesday DJ doing up there on a Friday night anyway? She hunted down Tucker,

the top DJ and manager-in-training, to remedy the situation.

“Hi, Tucker.”

“Hey, Adelaide. You haven’t been in for a while. How are you doing?”

“I’ve had better days.” She smiled wryly. “Why is Ethan up there? I can really do without the

over-the-top pop tonight. It’s a Saturday night. Let’s get some real jam going.” Adelaide looked over her

shoulder and out into the club. “By the way, where’s Colin?”

“He had a meeting and asked me to hold down the fort.” The heavily pierced and tattooed DJ

stared at his shoes and fidgeted under her scrutiny. “Ethan begged me to let him play for an hour, and I

felt bad for the guy. He’s a good kid.”

“A good kid who is playing Tuesday night pop on a Saturday night.”

“I got you. I’ll take over,” he said with a shy smile. “Thank you. You’re the best.”

And it was true. He was an immensely talented DJ, and he should be proud of his mad skills.

Within minutes, the sensuous, liberating strains of Tucker’s magic filled the air and calmed the tremors

of frustration quaking under Adelaide’s skin.

For the last two years since she’d finished her MBA, Adelaide had been begging her

grandmother to let her take her place at Hansol Corporation—the family’s multibillion- dollar apparel

empire—but her answer was always, “Maybe next year.” It broke Adelaide’s heart because those words

really meant that Grandmother still hadn’t forgiven her for her wild years in college.

It had been a time of switching from boyfriend to boyfriend, partying too hard to care about

classes and distancing herself from the family. It wasn’t until her last year in college that she’d

rediscovered her thirst for knowledge. She had cleaned up her act and learned to balance her

responsibilities and recreations. That was nearly six years ago. But to her family, she was still an

irresponsible wild child incapable of contributing anything of worth to Hansol. She felt a twinge of

shame at her desperate plea to her grandmother. I’m not that kid anymore.

Refusing to let herself drown in sadness, Adelaide strode to the dance floor with sharp clicks of

her stilettos and headed for a corner stage raised three feet from the floor. She gripped the railing when

she reached the top and exhaled through pursed lips. Then she closed her eyes and let the music flow

through her. The rhythm always grew in the pit of her gut and spread to her hips, legs, then the rest of

her body. When it filled her to the brim, she danced.

Everything disappeared as it always did. Her loneliness. Her insecurities. Her grandmother with

her dis-missive words and disappointed eyes. They all shrank and blurred as she moved her body,

carried away by the music and its beat.

Her song came on. The bass in the music shook the dance floor and pounded in her blood.

Primal and raw. She closed her eyes and lifted her arms above her head, tracing the outlines of the song

with her body. She no longer existed. There was the song and she was its instrument. Adelaide wasn’t

there anymore. She just danced. Danced until she was erased.


She heard a rough growl from beside her. The sound merged with the music in its feral

possessiveness. It wasn’t until a pair of strong hands grasped her upper arms that she realized a person

had emitted the sound. A very tall, blazingly furious man person.

“Goddammit, Addy. What are you doing here?”

“Good to see you, too,” she said with cool detachment.

Inside, she shivered with awareness and need that refused to be stilled. Michael Reynolds. Her

older brother’s best friend, and her first love. Unrequited, of course. He treated her like she was his kid

sister for the most part. In the meantime, she was burning up from his innocuous touch.

“Let me take you home,” he said. “Your grandmother’s worried about you.”

Damn it. She wasn’t finished flushing out the anger and melancholy from her system. Her

insecurities were rampaging in her mind, and she couldn’t handle any more heartache tonight. So she

closed her eyes again and danced to make Michael disappear, as well.

Since he still held her arms, she placed her hands on his broad chest and assumed the junior

high slow dance position. But rather than shift awkwardly from foot to foot, she swerved her body in

languid waves in time with the music. Michael stood frozen for a few beats, then expelled a sound

between a cough and curse.

“I’m taking you home. Now.” He abruptly picked her up off the floor with an arm under her

thighs and the other cradling her back, frowning down at her with the same look everyone bestowed on

her. Disappointment.

Enough.

“Stop with the Kevin Costner impersonation, and put me down,” she said, pushing against his

shoulder.

“No way.” A hint of humor sparked in his eyes. “I remember how fast you can run. I’m not in the

mood to chase you.”

Adelaide spied movement from the corner of her eyes. The club bouncers were heading toward

them with fists clenched. They knew she was Colin’s cousin and were a protective lot, and Michael was

carrying her out of the club, looking angry as hell.

“Oh, for God’s sake. I’m not a ten-year-old, Michael.” She struggled in earnest. If the idiot didn’t

put her down, he would get beaten to a pulp by the bouncers before she could de-escalate the situation.

“You need to put me down. I’ll walk out with you.”

“Adelaide? You all right?” Too late. Four of the loyal bouncers had surrounded them. “I suggest

you get your hands off of her, buddy.”

“I suggest you go back to your posts, gentlemen.” Michael’s arms tightened around her, and a

dark, recklessness entered his eyes. Why was he acting like this? “I’m escorting Ms. Song home.”

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren ARC Book Review

 In a Holidaze

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review.

This book was everything I didn't know I needed. This gave me the Unhoneymooners feels, in the way I loved it, not because they are similar, but because of how much I enjoyed and flew through it & the delightful banter between our love interests.

This is a christmas story, from one of my favourite author duo, about a 31 years old woman called Maelyn who has been in love with her best friend Andrew for the last 13 years. She hates her job, lives with her parents and will need a miracle to finally get Andrew under the mistletoe. The story pick up when she gets into an accident after the holiday's where everything goes black and boom she's back on the plane at the beginning of the holidays. Our main character soon discovers that she is stuck in a loop, each disaster that happens during these times sends her back to the beginning. It is a rollercoaster of emotions for Maely as she has to figure out how to make the holidays perfect, get out of the loop when it starts over each times she dies in more than one ridicule way (such as getting hit by a branch or falling down the stairs) and with luck & time on her side to make her life how she has always hoped it would go and finally get her happily ever after. 

I loved Maelyn, she was funny and quirky, yes she hated how in her opinion her life was going nowhere, but this book had a perfect mix of christmas vibes, emotions and taking chances to be truly happy. Though her dying a lot in the book can seem outside of the christmas spirit, it was done in a beautiful, funny and very light way where it felt funnier than the real situation would be, you gotta believe in the christmas magic ! In this book I felt that she understood that you have to take risks to find your happiness and not have those "what if's". Andrew was kind, fun and their dynamic was great, they had great banter and you could see how they could be perfect together as a couple and how it translated to the beautiful friendship they had. The setting was cozy and truly made you feel like this was a cold winter night where you cuddle up in blankets with a hot chocolate. 

This book is makes both a hard hitting story, written in a way that feel light and thoughtful,  about taking your life in your hands as our main character has multiple chances to get her life "right", and being true to yourself. This magical realism romance novel perfectly captures the christmas holidays, with vibes of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and a friends-to-lovers romance to make you swoon. 

A wonderful christmas read, that will make you feel warm and cozy, 

5/5 stars 

Bookarina.

Beneath The Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan Mcguire Book Review

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This series is dear and near to my heart. It is written in such a whimsical manner and truly makes you feel the atmosphere and emotions the children are feeling. This is a series that needs to be read in order as there is a bigger plot woven between each book and vital information mentioned as you progress through them.

This is, for those who do not know, a series about children whom came back or are in (depending on which book they alternate) a magical world similar to what happened to Alice in "Alice's Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll" and "Narnia" they call it their "door" the way they get into those world, may it be in a trunk or a tornado or an actual door. Each book follows a different character as they deal with being thrust into a situation they do not know how to feel about, by being back in our world where they no longer feel at home or being thrown into a fantasy world. 

This particular intallement in the series follows mainly Rumi who appears at the "Home for Wayward Children", a boarding school of sorts for children who want to go back to their fantasy world 'ruled' by a 19 year old women who is much older that also falls back and forth between her own 'door', after falling out of her world she appears at a time when she isn't born yet in our world and her mother is dead. She involves some of the other kids in a quest to bring back to life her mother so that she can stay alive and her mother does the actual quest she was meant to do, save the world she traveled to. In this book we also get to know the children who are from water worlds which was very interesting, even though they are all water oriented worlds like the one who became a mermaid in her world each experience was different, this book also touches on how she was bullied and felt ugly until she went through her door and became a mermaid (Cora). I loved each new character and the ones we got to know better in this book, they all felt tangible, like I knew them enough to believe they could be real. I loved how well the author weaves hard topics in a way that doesn't makes us feel like it takes a toll on us emotionally, but rather informs us and makes us aware of them and think about them in a positive manner. 

There is a trigger warning for fat shaming, although it is mostly the character called cora having those belief in her head about her own self due to her past interactions outside of the Wayward home for Children. There is also the instance when a comment is made, but it's by an "evil/bad" character that gets defeated, as any quest go for evil people, during the book. 

Even though all of these books are short, under 300 pages mostly much smaller, they are impactful. They leave a mark on you, make you think about them and contain some of the most beautiful quotes about longing, believing and trusting yourself. I adore the way it doesn't gloss over the trauma these children have from coming back to our world, how it doesn't push it under a carpet but rather embraces it with open arms and helps them cope with it. They are surrounded by people who won't tell them they are crazy, who understand what they are going through and it makes them feel better, with these books you see how even through hard things 'things will get better'. I also love the bigger plot that is woven in it and the adventures we see while reading them. There are also funny and heartwarming moments, these children are scarred but not broken and always, like ALWAYS ready to slay a dragon. I loved seeing some characters that had left the home and was sad when one of the children stayed in another fantasy world that is connected to her door so that the quest could be accomplished. I laughed so many times during my read of this book, the conversations are hilarious at times !

Seanan Mcguire has a way with writing atmospheric books and novels that impact you long after you have finished reading them. This is one of my favourite of the series and I cannot wait to read the fourth installment in the series. The covers for these books are also gorgeous, which is always a plus !

Overall an amazing book and series that keeps on getting better with each novel !

5/5 stars

Bookarina


Sunday, August 23, 2020

Aurora Burning By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Aurora Cycle_02) Book Review

 Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, #2)


This is the sequel to  Aurora Rising, the first book in the Aurora Cycle.

This author duo makes magic together, I love their work the way they can bring a story and characters to life. In case you aren't aware they have also written the "Illuminae Files" together, which was amazing and is told through files and recordings, etc. 

A good thing to note is that as you start this second novel you are given 7 page recap of important things that you learned in the last book ! (Can we start a petition for all sci-fi and fantasy series to do ?!)

This one is more the typical type of novel, once again a sci-fi they made a cast of unlikely heroes coming from all races of the universe, squad 312, who are the only ones who can save the universe from this alien parasite race. I love Kal and Aurora aka: Auri, they are slowly developing a beautiful romance between the two of them which I love to see come to life. Finnian our mechanic (gearhead) is one of my favourite character, he is always funny and sarcastic he is also interested romantically in Scarlett who is responsible for communications (basically social relationship and politics), the sister of our captain (or Alpha as they call him) Tyler also nicknamed "Goldenboy" to annoy him.  Zila the medic/scientist is just so exasperated by everyone all the time and tries to understand why people act certain ways because it amuses her.  

What makes this series so good, so far, without mentioning the ever evolving plot and amazing action that is jammed in there, is the friendships and camaraderie between all our main characters. First of all you get POV's from all their perspective which means you get to know all of them on a deeper level and understand their motivation. Apart from that you also get to see the little jabs they send each other's way and how most of them act like family/siblings, annoying one another like when they are undercover and act as if one of the character is a rich wife who is cheating on her husband and fake a reveal and fight between one another.

This book is filled with emotions, love and friendships. The plot is complex and there are twist and turns the whole time you are reading it. The authors manage to make you feel as if you personally know the characters, while also never anticipating what's coming next. This book ended in such a cliff hanger and I cannot wait to read how this story will wrap up and close all the loose ends tidily. 

5/5 Burning stars

Bookarina. 


Saturday, August 22, 2020

Zero At The Bone By Jane Seville Book Review

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This book has me with mixed feelings. On one hand the parts I enjoyed were great, while on the other hand I was bored and annoyed by it a lot. See I was expecting to love this, it had been recommended to me for the longest time and I could not wait to finally read it. 

So the good parts, I loved the action, when there was any, and how much we got to know the main characters. Their dynamic was fun, the cast of characters colourful and I really enjoyed the intrigue in the end though I do not believe it needed to be dragged out so much.

The bad parts were the pacing, we would go from action packed super intense, to pages and pages of waiting and not much happening anywhere. There is also the inner monologue that was too much at times, already we are in their heads so much can be deduced from their actions and the way things are going without the monologue pointing things out at us. 

D, our main character who was the hitman, was written with having an accent which okay fair and all but sometimes, especially in his thoughts it was hard to follow, certain words were written as he would pronounce it which I was okay with when he was speaking, but the rest mainly took me out of the story. He also felt off for being this badass hitman, he felt more like a guy reluctantly doing his job, not really as badass as I felt the author wanted us to believe he was. When a book keeps pushing certain things with no proof, like how good he is at being a hitman and stuff, it feels fake. If he was so hardcore we shouldn't have to be reminded of that fact, it should be obvious by what is happening in the book. 

Our other main character Jack, the doctor, who witnessed something traumatic and is a witness to murder. Deduced things too easily, like okay he's intelligent and a doctor but like by a photo with names behind, no indication of who is who, only knowing that D is D he figured out what his real first name is. EVEN THOUGH, and that pulled me right out of the story, D's brother is the one with a name starting with a 'D' and D's name starts with an 'A'. Like when his medical expertise was needed and happening, it makes sense for him to know stuff, but like at the beginning when they were on the run, he is better than D at finding a new car license plate than D the supposed badass hitman. WTF, like really what's up with that ! Also he was so chill about everything, which like excuse me sir are you shocked, because you are better at keeping a cool head than our hitman. 

So yeah overall, a lot of the author's choices felt off to me it was hard to believe in the authenticity of the characters and who she presented them to be when even they acted out of how they should have acted. It pulled me out of the story and while I feel that they had a good chemistry between them it felt like the book never progressed at a good pace always feeling too slow or too fast like their relationship. 

Unfortunately one of my most disappointing reads of the year. 

2.5/5 stars 

Bookarina.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Dark Sentinel by Christine Feehan Book Review

 Dark Sentinel (Dark #28)

Christine Feehan is a guilty pleasure of mine, her books never fail to take me out of what would've become a reading slump. For that reason, I always have a couple of her novels on hand. I have slowly become a fan of her work, as they are fated mates with Happily ever after endings that you can read (for the ‘Dark’ Carpathian and Leopard People series) out of order without problem, they are also written with two POV’s(point of views) which is one of my favourite things. These books are thirsty, so beware if you do not enjoy to read eroticas !

In this particular intallement in the series, we follow Andor who had given up on meeting his soul mate, the one who would bring back colours and emotions to his life. See the Carpathians after 200 years lose the connection they have to their emotions and the colours, until they meet their fated mate. In Andor's case it's been 2000 years so we stan him staying alive this long and not succumbing to the darkside. Carpathians become vampires when after losing their emotions they start to kill people while feeding as it gives them a "Thrill of the kill", basically they become psychopaths and in doing so they will be unable to recognize their mate even if they meet them. 

We also follow Lorraine, Andor's mate, as she has come to the forest (not specified but in the US) as a retreat to recover from the death of her whole family, she goes there to learn to deal with the aftermath and meditate to let go of the anger/resentment this event has brought. 

SPOILER (though you learn it before the 50 -pages mark) : her brother got addicted to steroids and when her family confronted him, he killed them all before killing himself. : END OF SPOILER

They meet when Andor is debating if he should let the human hunters kill him, as they have mistaken him for a Vampire. That's when our couple meet, as Lorraine saves him from the attack. YES she is a badass in multiple martial arts which was extremely cool and also she's a telepathic person. In Andor she meets someone similar and who can also read other people thoughts, but also a Healer who can heal himself and people. (Comes in handy after he was impaled before she saved him)

I loved their connection, the way he made her feel safe and their chemistry. As always Christine Feehan managed to pull us into a novel that captivated our attention and gave us the secure happily ever after that while we knew was coming, is sometimes much needed in between other books. This was wholesome and they meet at the right time in their lives, where our main character was not someone who needed to be saved, but rather complimented one another and healed each. 

One of my favourite reads of this series so far, I highly recommend it if you are in the mood for soul mates, happily ever after and just need something that gives you both lava burning smut and plot !

4/5 stars, 

Bookarina


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Tempting The Prince by Christi Barth ARC Book Review

 Tempting the Prince

Disclaimer : I received an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review 


This is the third installment into a companion novels series. You do not need to read the first two to read this one. (That's what I personally did as this one was the one that really interested me)

I was super excited to read this novel, I knew going in that this was most probably going to be a cookie cutter type of story, following the mold and including an happily ever after. And it was, I had a wonderful time reading it, it took me out of what could've ended up being a reading slump and made me laugh and smile the whole time. 

You follow a dual point of view, one of them is Malory (our main character in this novel, whom is the sister or adoptive sister of Kelsey the lost princess of a kingdom (read the first volume of this series to have her love story)) she is an "All American" type of girl, she loves fundraisers/charity planning and from what we get as explanation from the events of the past two novels, recovering from an attack in which she got shot in the stomach. Our second perspective is the Crown Prince, heir to the throne Christian (Kelsey's brother) who is currently acting as king instead of his father. 

The story really pick up when they are alone (sort of) for the first time in a bar, which is a bar for the secret service who protect the royals, and have a game of darts. They have this tangible sexual tension and chemistry, they are equally attracted to one another but do not want to act on it as he has to marry a "noble girl, proper to be queen of the country. To be chosen from a list of candidates approved by the council." and Kelsey who is his younger sister and Malory's younger sister as they were raised as sister for 24 years until she was discovered as the kidnapped lost princess. 

I loved the banter in this book, I was captivated from page one, and while it was not a story with mystery or intrigue I had a wonderful time reading it. I was hurting for Malory when she had a fight with Kelsey, mad at the council when their love story was doomed from the start and felt compassion for Christian who did not believe he would get an happily ever after. 

This book is a fast read, I read it in one sitting, which is exactly how I like these type of stories to go. While it is nothing life changing, or "never seen before", but it is well made and captivates your attention making you unable to put it down. If you love to read modern royalty romances, with some smut and a whole lot of feelings, this is the book you should read. It will surely put a smile on your face. 

Overall a wholesome story 4/5 stars. 

Bookarina

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Firefrost by Camille Longley ARC Review


Firefrost (Flameskin Chronicles, #0)

 Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review. 


This book was super entertaining, it also contains one of my favourite thropes which is enemies to lovers. It gave me some beauty and the beast vibes with the huntress and mage romance, which who doesn't want to read a book that makes them think about that, I really enjoyed the author's writing style. 

I loved the dynamic between Sol  and Kellan, I loved how they had no choice but to keep each other alive in order for themselves to survive. 

While this was not by any mean "The best book I have ever read" it was a book I just needed to know what happened next, I could not put it down !

One of the only downside of this book, was the length of it, it did not need to be that long. it started to feel like nothing was really happening halfway through and that it was sort of repetitive. 

It would have benefited from more editing to downsize it and prevent the repetitions from happening. 

Overall a lovely story that was super entertaining and fun to read!

3.5/5 stars

Bookarina

Friday, August 14, 2020

Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy by Kelly Jensen ARC Book Review BLOG TOUR !

 


                                                           Welcome to this blog tour !

I have received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. 

This book was really well made, the illustrations are beautiful and add to the stories. I loved the fact that this book was so inclusive and body positive, it was raw, true and heartfelt. I enjoyed some authors writing more than others, but even if I had a hard time getting into some of their stories, it still felt like I was taking a lot, and learning a lot while reading this book. Personally, some stories touched me more deeply than others, and that is okay. It is an important read and I am glad that is now out in the world.

While it is impossible to represent every experience, as each is unique, this book does a wonderful job at not only representing the physical aspects of someone, but also the emotional voyage one has to take when your body is not what is considered as the norm, or desirable by society. This is a collections of experiences, that will take you on a journey of what it means to be physically different, and how to accept and love yourself. 

Each story is told in a unique way, the experience is amplified by the images, music and Q&A's that answer even your deepest questions, that you would only ask anonymously. 

Kelly Jensen, did a wonderful job at editing and compiling all these wonderful story in ways that leave you touched long after you have read this book. 

Overall a good, 

4/5 stars

Bookarina.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Playing to Win by Stacey Lynn Audiobook Review

 Playing to Win (Ice Kings, #1)

Disclaimer : I received a free copy in exchange of an honest review.

This book was an amazing surprise, I was hooked into it from the first seconds I started to listen to the audiobook. 

This is the story between a super popular professional hockey player who was injured during a game and a physiotherapist. They were together for a couple of weeks in college until Jude Taylor our main character left for a hockey contract before their final year, after an amazing night were they realized their feelings, they lose contact as a misunderstanding happens. Katie. believing he was just another jock who wanted to sleep with her blocks his number but never forgets him.  Jude, trying to contact her left believing their relationship meant more to him than her. Five years later, they meet again when, after his injury, he is sent back to Chicago for rehab at the center where Katie works as a physiotherapist. 

The chemistry between the two main characters was unreal, they were steamy, but sweet and just perfect together. There was also an amazing bunch of side character, their best friends were MVP's, there for them and just the best friends you could wish for. Katie's colleague,  Avery, was the representation of us fangirling over Jude, she was so funny. I really hated Megan, her boss, she was so angry and such a bad person, like she was just gunning for Katie, wanting her to be miserable. I loved how her other co-workers, Logan, was looking out for her from page one, he was on her side while also looking out for her career as being with Jude could cost her her license since he was Logan's client at their workplace. 

The narrators were amazing, I felt the emotions through their voices and it felt raw and real. The story was passionating, I loved how it was a second chance romance the two main character Katie and Jude were deep and felt real, tangible, listening to their story felt like people telling me their stories. The sex scenes are to say, steamy and at first awkward to listen to, but it felt natural once I was further into the story. 

Overall it was a great listen, I totally recommend it,

 4/5 stars

Bookarina.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Human Omega : Pyhk series by Eileen Glass Book Series Review

Human Omega: Discovered on the Slave Planet (Pykh, #1)Human Omega: Trapped in the Alien Jungle (Pykh #2)Human Omega: Babied by His Guardian Mates (Pykh, #3)
Welcome to this series discovery book review, 
when I first started this series on a whim having accidently stumbled upon it, I did not anticipate how much I would enjoy it... but here I am shipping them, eagerly awaiting the next book in this series ! This has so much dept, the world is rich and interesting, I love the complexity of the story and the politics. Of course I am also a huge fan of our favourite trio of lovers, I just cannot wait for the fourth installment in the series to be out !
I love the alien races, how even though they had difficulties (to put it mildly) communicating it did not stop them from getting attached and making meaningful connections to one another. I love how our main human omega character is this badass takes no bullshit kind of guy ready to defend his men to his last breath. 
Read this series, ignore the ugly covers, these books are so much more than their ugly covers !
Overall they are 4/5 stars as a whole, 
Bookarina

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Katie O'Neill ARC Book Review

The Tea Dragon Tapestry (Tea Dragon, #3)

Disclaimer : ARC in exchange of an honest review 

WOW, hum can we just take a moment and appreciate how cute it is !??!?!? 
I love Katie O'Neill art, it is just so cute and addictive, her stories are oh so wholesome. This is the third installment in her series, trilogy ? Not sure... Either way I will never say no to more of her books, that's how much I love them, I cannot stop myself from reading them, hopefully even if it is a "conclusion" she will write more ! Of course, while this was not my favourite of the bunch, I really enjoyed it . The representation was wonderful, to a character in a wheelchair, to Queerness and themes tackled such as grief. The author has a beautiful way of putting things together in a way that keeps you thinking about them. 
I cannot recommend this series enough, just pick it up and thank me later. 
4/5 stars
Bookarina !

Heated Rivalry (Game Changers #2) by Rachel Reid Book Review


Heated Rivalry (Game Changers, #2)
This book is everything. 
I love hate to love romances and this book is probably one of my favourite. The heat is real in this book and so are the feelings. Ilya is such a sarcastic guy and his banter with Shane was oh so addictive. This is a love story between two hockey players who are rivals, one playing for Montreal and the other for Boston. 
It is a story with so much dept in it and we get a "happy for now" ending, so no worries there ! Not to say there is no angst, every time I re-read it I love it more and I cannot put it down.
There are so many moments you want to read again and again.
I cannot recommend this enough, fun thing to note there is a sequel coming out (Game changers book 6) sometime in 2021 if we are lucky !
I am always looking for my next two sport players mm-romance, and this book is one of my top 3 !
If you have any other recommendation with two sport players similar to this or Him by Sabrina Bowen, please let me know !
5/5 each time,
 can't wait to re-read it again!
Bookarina