Review: Romance by the book by Jo Victor

Romance by the bookDescription: For a smart woman, Alex is pretty clueless. She wants the truth, but she’s looking in the wrong place. She wants love, but she’s not looking at all. If only Cam didn’t keep disrupting her life, Alex might be able to find some answers. After all, it’s not as if Cam is interested in her. Which is probably a good thing, since Cam is even more infuriating than she is charming—and she’s got plenty of charm. On the other hand, Rosamund, Cam’s ex and Alex’s professional rival, is definitely interested in Alex, but can she be trusted? Alex doesn’t even realize the historic house she’s staying in is haunted. Perhaps a little supernatural help will lead Alex to uncover the secret of a love story hidden for over a century, and to solve the greatest mystery of all—the truth hidden in her own heart.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: I love how the cover looks like an old painting. And the little kitty; it’s like she’s the main character with her prominent colouring.

Review: I really enjoyed reading Romance by the book. I liked every character – apart from Rosamund which I loved to ‘hate’. Each component of the story came together very well and I lost myself in the story. Ghostly matchmaking is a fun thing and it wasn’t overdone.

Up until the very end I would have given this book a five star rating, so why didn’t I? The story was rather new-ish, meaning I haven’t read something exactly like this before which is always a plus to me. It developed so great, seriously. And then it was ruined by a corny action that has been done a thousand times. Maybe more. I was really disappointed. And the very end? Seriously? I don’t want to spoil you but so, so stupid and unrealistically.

I got it as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.



Better World Books

A while ago Ana blogged about her Top 10 Book Related Sites and one of those sites was Better world books. Usually I buy my used books over Amazon, rebuy or medimops. Those sites are based in germany and apart from medimops where the delivery is for free if you spend over 20€, the shipping costs aren’t cheap. Most of the time there’s one book I want to buy and the shipping’s like 3 times the book price. So I don’t buy as many used books as I would like to.

Better World Books offers free world wide delivery! But there’s more. For every book you buy they donate one for people in need and they fund literacy projects. All around the world. So you get to buy used books and you’re helping other people. Where’s the downside?

They have a cute little feature you get when you buy something from them. Curious? Go and buy a book.

I am wondering if it’s the same every time or if you get different ones with each order. I’ll find out next time.

Review: Summer Confessions by Lynn Vroman

Summer Confessions Description Macy Diaz has managed childhood friend Jeb Porter’s crush for years. However, his infatuation turns to obsession, even putting a kid in the hospital just for hitting on her. In the past, Macy brushed it off, explained his bizarre acts away. But now she harbors a secret. She’s in love…with Jeb’s sister, Rachel.

By some miracle, Rachel loves Macy back, and despite the small minds polluting their sleepy southern town, they’re sticking together. Unfortunately, making sure Jeb never grows suspicious proves harder every day—until everything falls apart.

As a sick, unstable Jeb starts to threaten all Macy values, she is reminded of what has always been perfectly clear. Macy belongs to him, only him, and he won’t let her go. Ever.

If only Macy could’ve loved Jeb, she wouldn’t have to worry about surviving him now.

Rating 4/5 stars

Cover I saw the cover and wanted to read the book.But after reading I think the cover doesn’t really show Macy and Rachel?

Review I have read and loved another book by Lynn Vroman (review here), so I was really excited to read this one.

The relationship between Macy and Rachel is really cute and well done. I rooted so much for them and with every step back I felt so bad for them. It’s a really sweet first love story.

But the first half of the book I was so… angry at it. The way Jeb’s character was handled… that is, not Jeb’s character but the way the other characters got along with him. The whole time I was reminded of people who are abused by their partner but stay with them because they are so loveable when they are not in a hitting mood and without them, the abuser would be so depressed.

Thankfully that changes! I nearly read the second half in one setting because I was so afraid for the characters and till the end you don’t know if it’s a happy or sad end.


Summer confessions has been sitting on my wishlist and thanks to Netgalley I got it as an ARC in exchange for a honest review. Thank you.

Comment: Perfect Imperfections by Cardeno C.


I saw the cover and didn’t even read what the book’s about, but downloaded a sample immediately. And I have no regrets.

Usually the person the superstar gets paired with doesn’t know them like they’re living behind the moon and that’s the reason the star falls in love with them, right? I always think “as if…”. But here he knows him, so brownie point. Both are adorable, too.

And I have to be honest, I kinda like the pretend boyfriend/girlfriend thingy….kinda… I don’t wanna know how many “pretend relationship”-fanfictions I have read but that’s another story.

I’ll read more samples by this author soon, I’m sure.


Review: The Dystopian Nation of City-State – “Prescription for Ratings: The Contestants” by Kaisy Wilkerson-Mills & James Courtney

The Dystopian Nation of City-State  Prescription for Ratings The ContestantsDescription: The Health and Ethical Entertainment Committee has finalized the scripts for City-State’s newest and hottest reality television show, “The Blade’s Edge: Family Edition”, but Dr. Tyler Wright is mandated to preform a deadly twist ending as instructed by his colleagues.

As the contestants battle against one another within a penthouse on Layer Seven, only one can win. This bloody and brutal fight to the death not only challenges the physical and the emotional capacities of the contestants, but they are pitted against each other by the committee to win over audiences and draw in high ratings.

In this short narrative (around 7,200 words), the reality show contestants struggle with their troubled pasts and their obsession for fame, fortune, and a higher quality of life while young Dr. Wright attempts to pacify the other committee members and uphold his status in the medical field.

This is the first piece in a series of two. This first short story focuses on the contestants within the television show, and the second piece will focus on the committee and its governmental influence regarding the City-State’s entertainment system

Cover I’m no fan of this kind of cover (drawn and the like), but it shows exactly what the book’s about.

Rating 3/5 Stars

Review I haven’t read anything from this series, so I jumped right in without any knowledge of this world. And you can do that in this case.

I love dystopian novels. I loved how violent this one was, how raw. Even though it’s just a short story you get to know each character a little and there’s a lot of action, too. And blood of course, so if that’s a big No for you… don’t pick this one up.

There was just a little something I did’t like, therefore 3 stars instead of 4. You’ve got an action scene and you’re really in it (at least I was) and then ‘cut’ and you get to know the past of the character. And then back to the action scene. I know that this is often done but for me it always kills the experience a little.

Still, it’s wort reading and I really want to know more about this world. How about you?


I got it as an ARC in exchange for a honest review. Thank you.

Book Haul

Theoretically I have two books hauls but I have no picture of the other one right now, so it will follow soon. Ish.

Anyway, here’s a different book haul than normally.


You may know that I am studying psychology and since I’m attending a distance university (chronic illness says hello) my library is long distance, too. They have a lot of books as e-ressources but not all and if I have to read a lot and take notes at the same time, I prefer actual books. So I use their service and get books via mail.

Review: Crossing Borders by Z. A. Maxfield

Crossing Borders Description: Two dudes walk into a bookstore…

Tristan knows he’s got issues. His latest ex-girlfriend knows it too. He can’t blame her for dumping him—even though she gets her brother to do it for her. Since he can’t stop staring at said brother’s package, he figures it’s about time to put a label on those issues. He likes guys.

He heads to a local bookstore with what he’s sure is a foolproof plan to find someone to show him what he’s been missing. But who should crash his little adventure? Officer Michael Truax, who gave him a really expensive ticket back in high school for skateboarding without a helmet.

Michael has been trying to catch Tristan for years…to give him a second ticket. Suddenly faced with “Sparky”, all grown up and looking to get laid, Michael’s protective instinct kicks in—and presents him with an opportunity that’s hard to resist. After all, the kid must know what he’s getting into, so why not?

But when a man with a plan connects with a man with a hunger, the result is nothing short of explosive.

Rating 4/5 Stars

Cover I could stare for hours at it.

Review This edition is a re-release so it may be you know it already.

At first I thought it would be a nice read and that’s it. But as soon as the two main characters met each other (again) and the banter started, I was hooked. Seriously, it’s so much fun. I really liked how they clicked but it was not happily ever after. They had problems, they were hurt and a lot of people tried to tell them what the right thing was.

I haven’t read anything by Z. A. Maxfield before but this will change. That woman can write, may it be flirting, sexy times, drama, you name it.

What do you think?


I got the e-copy as an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Thank you.

Review: About a girl by Sarah McCarry

About a girlDescriptionEighteen-year-old Tally is absolutely sure of everything: her genius, the love of her adoptive family, the loyalty of her best friend, Shane, and her future career as a Nobel prize-winning astronomer. There’s no room in her tidy world for heartbreak or uncertainty—or the charismatic, troubled mother who abandoned her soon after she was born. But when a sudden discovery upends her fiercely ordered world, Tally sets out on an unexpected quest to seek out the reclusive musician who may hold the key to her past—and instead finds Maddy, an enigmatic and beautiful girl who will unlock the door to her future. The deeper she falls in love with Maddy, the more Tally begins to realize that the universe is bigger—and more complicated—than she ever imagined. Can Tally face the truth about her family—and find her way home in time to save herself from its consequences

Rating 3/5 Stars

Cover I like it but it doesn’t do the plot justice.

Review: I have to say I don’t know the first two books. While reading I didn’t have the feeling I have to know them? I understood the book perfectly, I’d say.

Anyway, on to the review. I like Tally’s character but it took some time. At first I thought of her as cold and rather conceited. At first I thought it would be a story about finding love, a little bit of family drama, you know the drill. Just your everyday-problems. I was so wrong! The first half more or less was exactly that. But then. Oh yes, but then. I don’t want to spoil so I won’t say anymore about this.

You may wonder why I have ‘only’ given 3 stars out of 5. The reason is, I was sometimes not exactly bored but on my way to being bored. Sometimes the writing was a little bit wordy. And I have to be honest, I would have liked to get to know more about Shane. Shane’s character was the one I was interested in the most but he is more or less a side character. Since the book’s told out of Tally’s point of view and she doesn’t know what’s going on with him, the not knowing is okay.


I got the e-copy as an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Comment: What remains by Helene Dunbar


I saw the cover and I was immediately hooked. It seems to be a rather sad story but to be honest I am looking for something sad right now.

What remains hasn’t top ratings but they aren’t really bad and since I found the beginning to be well written I think I’ll give it a try sometime. The thing that stops me from buying it right now (aside from money or rather lack of) is the love triangle. I really hate it. Hopefully the friendship and grieving theme is more prominent in this book. I guess I’ll find out.

Maybe my local library owns a copy. As if. Of course not.

What do you think?


Review: Gold Digger by Alexandr Voinov

Gold DiggerDescription: Not all that glitters is gold.

Nikolai Krasnorada leads the life of a corporate nomad. Working for a gold explorations company, he’s never put down roots, and he likes it that way. Roots can be dangerous, as everyone from his “man-hating” sister to his manipulative mother to his war-traumatized father has proven.

But when his CEO sends him to Toronto to strike a deal with LeBeau Mining, Nikolai meets Henri LeBeau, crown prince to the resources conglomerate and inveterate flirt. Sparks fly immediately, despite the business deal that threatens to go sour and Nikolai’s own reluctance to give Henri false hope about him being Mr. Right. He’s barely come to terms with his bisexuality, and getting involved with Henri would get messy.

When LeBeau Mining launches a hostile takeover bid, Nikolai and Henri find themselves on opposite sides of the negotiating table. But fortunately—or perhaps unfortunately—for Nikolai, Henri’s not nearly as interested in his company as he is in his heart.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Cover: A man in a suit is always a good idea, I’d say.

Review: I was hoping for more to be honest. The story is interesting, I liked all characters but it just wasn’t enough. Not enough and everything happening too fast. The relationship between Nikolai and Henri was despite the kinky sex really cute and I would have liked to read more about it. More about it developing.

Don’t get me wrong, it is a good book and I will read it again but I have read other books by Aleksandr Voinov and I’m spoiled by him.

I bought it on as a special offer for 2,99 Dollar. You can buy and read a sample of it there too or on