Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Title: Haven
Series: Beards & Bondage #1
Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon
Release date: April 25, 2017

Synopsis:
A week-long getaway… 
City girl Claudia Cade's carefree life is plunged into chaos when a camping trip with her brother in the national forests of Northern California turns into a deadly dash for her survival. 
A solitary world turned upside down… 
Nature photographer Shepard Olsen has resigned himself to a quiet existence, with only his dog by his side, until a woman in need of his protection shows up on his doorstep and throws his universe into disarray. 
Two lives linked by tragedy… 
Claudia is desperate to heal from her traumatic loss, but can’t stop thinking about her run-in with evil….or the grizzled mountain man whose quick thinking and good aim saved her life. When she shows up on Shep's doorstep again, she finds she isn't the only one who can't move on.
…saved by bliss. 
The two begin an intense, passionate relationship of Dominance and submission, pleasure and pain, but with dark memories haunting them and decisions about the future rapidly approaching, Claudia can’t help but wonder...how long can they be each other's haven? 
*** WARNING: This book contains a sexual relationship between a fashionista and a cranky mountain man who are dealing with physical and emotional trauma. And a very big, cuddly dog.***


Review

I seriously love every Rebekah Weatherspoon book. And I think I will forever love her and her work. They're always so amazing and entertaining. Plus the romance is one of the best I've ever read. I absolutely love that the heroes always ask for consent and this one also has a very Soft but hard hero.

This started up with a BANG. Like wow. I didn't expect all of that in the first chapters but Rebekah, as I said, knows how to get your attention and keep it that way. We meet our hero and I would think the main character, more than Claudia because we get Shep's POV more tbh. And he lives in this cabin on a mountain all alone with his very big dog. He's a photographer and he also a Dom. Shep is seriously the best and he is so sweet and caring. You'll fall for him quickly like I did definitely.

Claudia is a city girl, she's a fashionista and she is on the mountain to have a trip with her brother. But everything goes wrong really, really fast. She is suddenly escaping from very bad man and she ends up at the front of Shep's house and Shep is the one who saves her and oh my god it's so wild, but SO GOOD. I enjoyed it so much, Rebekah kept me at the edge of my seat, wow. 

We have various time skips and I do enjoy them very much. Claudia and Shep get to know each other and I love that they have this understanding between them that doesn't need words? It's so lovely and really great to read about since the start when they finally talk in the hospital and they have this connection that many can see means something (!!!) They also get into a Dom/sub relationship, it's a first for Claudia but she want to experience it with Shep and she knows everything will be fine. It does have BDSM so if you're not so comfortable I would rec to skip the scenes? But really Rebekah writes amazing romantic and steamy scenes, so def give it a chance!

Claudia also has PTSD and Rebekah writes this book in a way that Claudia needs to heal with the help of herself and she needs to take that step, it's not Shep and not love that heals her. It's herself and the power she has. 

I am so in love with this book, what more would you want to know.... Claudia is Caribbean, her mom was from Grenada. She's definitely a fat woman. Shep is a delicious bearded mountain man, he has tattoos (HELLOOOO). It's a really great dynamics and I cannot wait for more because that ending got my heart. I want to see how it is going for Claudia and Shep and meet the new couple yay ~

  • Rebekah did this HAVEN playlist and you can listen to it here x
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Title: Spirit Hunters
Author: Ellen Oh
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: July 25, 2017

Synopsis:
Harper Raine doesn’t like her new house from the moment she steps inside. It makes her skin crawl and her hair stand on end. There’s an energy to the house that just doesn’t feel right….
There are rumors that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Unexplainable events and tragedy seem to have befallen every family who’s lived there before. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely.
The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. Harper knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and dangerous sensations she feels in the house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?


Review

An e-galley was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you HarperCollins. This not affect my rating or review. 

100% scary. 100% amazing. Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh is a fabulous story about a Korean-American girl who moves to a new house with her family after a series of events that happened in her past town. Suddenly weird stuff start happening in this new house and she finds out that the house is known as a haunted and scary house that actually people have died there. It's a perfectly good scary story for younger kids.

This is a book about family but also about friendships. I love every single member of the Raine family, especially Harper, our protagonist. She knows stuff are happening in the house. She doesn't know that happened in her past; she lost her memory a while ago about some events in her life and she can't seem to recall them. So she writes these diary passages and Ellen put them in the book and it's a really good way to cut between chapters.

Also Harper's brother, Michael, he is such a sweetheart but oh my god so many things happen in this book and you will feel for him and the family and get scared and you lit will not know what to do with so many emotions inside of you. This book is such a perfect example that Ellen Oh is an amazing author and her stories are unforgettable.

I'm very happy with the middle grade books I've been reading, all of them have been ARCs and I can happily say that all of them are on their top of their games. Middle grade is ON POINT this year, it's even better than YA to be honest. Between Spirit Hunters and so many awesome titles like The Gauntlet or Hello, Universe, kids are going to be so happy this 2017 to have so many books from different genres that have characters that are racially diverse and can see themselves represented in it. Because Spirit Hunters does have a Korean-American MC but not only that. Harper befriends a girl, and this girl is Jamaican which it's all the levels of amazing and 10 more reasons to get this book as soon as it comes out.

If you like ghosts, haunted houses, delicious food, great family dynamics and new friendships that feel so natural, this book is right for you.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hello you all! Silvana here. 2017 has been great in terms on diversity to be honest. There has been some racist debut/books out there but there has been some amazing ones and ones that will be released soon! You might notice the culture being represented below the book title. You might also notice that some don't have it and that's because I have not read the book and don't know the rep inside it. For some I did manage to find in articles and sites, but other books are unknown to me but I do know they have the rep I am looking for, just not the specific culture. I hope you enjoy the list and add them all in your TBR!

// THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ by Lilliam Rivera
→ Puerto Rican
// NORTH OF HAPPY by Adi Alsaid
→ Mexican-American
// STEP UP TO THE PLATE, MARIA SINGH by Uma Krishnaswami
→ Indian/Mexican
// GABBY GARCIA'S ULTIMATE PLAYBOOK by Iva-Marie Palmer
// I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER by Erika L. Sánchez
→ Mexican
// THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END by Adam Silvera
// WILD BEAUTY by Anna-Marie McLemore
// DELICIOUS SATISFACTION by Sabrina Sol
→ Puerto Rican
→ Mexican-American
// 27 HOURS by Tristina Wright
→ Afro-Cuban
// THE GALLERY OF UNFINISHED GIRLS by Lauren Karcz
→ Puerto Rican
// THE PATHS WE CHOOSE by M. Hollis
→ Brazilian
→ Afro-Cuban
// HIS PERFECT PARTNER by Priscilla Oliveras
// STEF SOTO, TACO QUEEN by Jennifer Torres
→ Mexican-American
// THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA by Pablo Cartaya
→ Cuban-American
// THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK by Celia C. Pérez
→ Mexican-American
// THE RADIUS OF US by Marie Marquarot
→ Salvadorian
// DUSK UNTIL DAWN by Andie J. Christopher
→ Puerto Rican
→ Cuban
// THE CLOSEST I'VE COME by Fred Aceves
// THE VICTORIA IN MY HEAD by Janelle Milanes
→ Cuban
// SHADOWHOUSE FALL by Daniel José Older
→ Puerto Rican
// FUTURE THREAT by Elizabeth Briggs
→ Mexican
// LUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar
→ Cuban-Jewish
// THE GO-BETWEEN by Veronica Chambers
→ Mexican
// ROOTING FOR RAFAEL ROSALES by Kurits Scaletta
→ Dominican
// US IN PROGRESS: Short Stories About Young Latinos by Lulu Delacre
// AMERICA by Gabby Rivera
// AMERICAN STREET by Ibi Zoboi
→ Haitian
// HAVEN by Rebekah Weatherspoon
→ Grenadian
// BOOKMARK by G.L. Tomas
→ Belizean
// RISE OF THE JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste

~ Without covers:
// LOVE SUGAR MAGIC by Anna Meriano
→ Mexican

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Hello, voyagers. Welcome, welcome to a new blog post by myself, Sil. You all know, if you follow me on the Twitter or look from time to time my blog, you'll see that I love love LOVE romance books. Especially New Adult and Adult to be honest. These past months I've read more romance books and they just make me happy. I know they have a HEA so I don't worry about it, not until the angst starts to appear and I seriously begin to doubt the book, but every romance book has a HEA so you all!!! If you encounter one that doesn't, it's not a romance read, just saying. 

But yeah. They are always fun and you can expect many levels of angst and steamy situations. Sometimes there might not be steamy situations and it can be vary tame and simple, which it's fine for me too. I just love a good ship and supporting them until the end. It's that simple lmao. I get so invested I swear to you all. I'm like the mom at her kid's soccer game or something, cheering them all with all I got. 

I wanted to write this post because maybe someone want to start reading them and they don't know WHERE to start. They don't know which book to pick up and feel like "yes this is what I want in romance books." But to be honest, with every book you read next, you'll find out your likes and your tropes more and more. Like for myself my kind of tropes, that I definitely enjoy are:

  • Age gap between the characters, my ultimate kink
  • Rich people falling in love (IMAGINE IF THEY WERE HEIRS TO A BUSINESS EMPIRE OR LIKE KIDS OF FAMOUS ACTORS)
  • Hate to love //
  • Enemies to lovers, good old rivalry is my favorite thing in the world
  • Dogs in books, especially if the hero has one (I accept any type of animal tbh)
  • Any retelling of Jane Austen in modern times
  • Mexican/Latinx characters having their HEAs
  • but also really racially diverse MCs in romance novels makes my day
  • Puppy love interest will support MC /always/
  • Best friends to lovers
  • Foodie romances, any type of job in the food industry I AM IN.
  • Also fashion jobs in romance novels / or supermodel MCs
  • Nerdy MCs ~

And yeah, in time, you will find what you like and what appeals to you. Mainly I choose books that fit with one of these. This is what I am looking for when I read a blurb from a romance novel. Think about what you will want to find inside the book and I'm sure there is some book out there that will be right for you. You can also always try and see if you enjoy a book and then figure it out. 

So now this is the portion of the post with the recommendation LOL. I will be putting some books that I think that are great starters-to-the-genre kinda books. That I think that might make you love this genre and never let go (like me). 

♡ a hundred thousand words by nyrae dawn
♡ hold me by courtney milan
♡ love on my mind by tracey livesay
♡ luck on the line by zoraida córdova
♡ to have and to hold by lauren layne
♡ fast connection by megan erickson, santino hassell
♡ keeping the distance by clarisse david
♡ make it count by megan erickson
♡ haven by rebekah weatherspoon *bdsm
♡ an extraordinary union by alyssa cole
♡ better at weddings than you by mina v. esguerra
♡ pretty face by lucy parker
♡ amour amour by krista and becca ritchie
♡ the paths we choose by m. hollis
♡ black rainbow by j.j. mcavoy


These are my favorite romances, some of them at least. I've reread and reread them so many times, some of them more than the others. They just always make me happy and make me go back in the romance mood.

Some authors you should always follow + their work is beautiful and highly recommend them {in no particular order}:

  • Alisha Rai
  • Courtney Milan
  • Rebekah Weatherspoon
  • Six de los Reyes
  • Mina Esguerra
  • Megan Erickson
  • Alyssa Cole
If you find yourself in front of one of their books, you just got to get it. No one like them. I always get their books and I just know they will ALWAYS be good. 


I hope this semi-guide or whatever lol helps you find something to read and you love it and you feel happy after finishing it.
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