Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hello, voyagers! This is a new day. Yesterday I finished the Travel the World post and it is up and running now, you can find may books set in different parts of the world. And today I just saw Liv's April Book Haul post and I really wanted to do one too! So def this came from being inspired by Liv. (I highly recommend checking out Liv's blog too!) So this is a end of the month book haul I guess and I'm just going to mentions books I've bought/been gifted and ARCs (mainly e-galleys) that I got an approved for email.

Prices below the title may vary where you live. I live in MĂ©xico and most of the prices might be INTL (not US or Canada).

PURCHASED

 // BAD NEIGHBOR by M. O'Keefe //
I got it when it was free so yay! Rebekah Weatherspoon told me Molly O'Keefe is really good and writes great romances. This sounds really angsty and steamy as well.
Price: $4 usd
// JUST KATE by Clare Elisabeth Marquez //
I pre-ordered Clare's new book because HELLO, HATE TO LOVE?!! I'm very excited to start this book asap.
Price: $0.98 usd
// INSERT GROOM HERE by KM Jackson //
I keep hearing amazing things about this series and KM Jackson. So when this was on sale, I totally got it and I cannot wait to finally read it.
Price: $1.99 usd
 // UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornoll //
This was also on sale this month! I'm not sure if it still is, but I have a feeling I've seen the tweet with it around right now. I heard amazing stuff about this book!
Price: $1.26
// BEYOND PAIN by Kit Rocha //
I think this is the third in the series and they were on sale with the novellas (I also got that one!) and I pretty much have every single book in this series? I still need to binge them all, I have read book one but I need to read the rest
Price: $4.01 usd
// SALT. by nayyirah waheed //
Dawn Lanuza tweeted about this sale (IT WAS FREE YOU ALL IM SCREAMING) and I totally got it! I've startes, read a few poems and omg some of them are so AMAZING AND WOW. I am in love already.
Price: $7.97 usd
 // BOLLYWOOD AND THE BEAST by Suleikha Snyder //
I saw this book in my Twitter timeline and got it ASAP. It sounds so great and !!!!
Price: $2.98 usd
// BLACK RAINBOW by JJ MCAvoy //
I think this is the only one I've read from this list lmao I've been meaning to read it and finally did it this month. It's so good. I've read some JJ's books and I enjoyed them very much but I think this one takes the #1.
Price: $4.01 usd
// THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE by Heidi Heilig //
I finally bought myself the paperback edition!!! And it's so pretty because I hadn't seen inside and the maps and the epic content in the back ~ it's so gorgeous.
Price: $1.21 usd

GIFTED

// HOLD ME DOWN by Sara Taylor Woods //
I can't wait to read this one. I've heard many good things and interesting things about it and I'm screaming and I hope Sue and I get to read it soon. Thank you Cam for the gift!
// MISFITS by Garrett Leigh //
Thank you Tristina for the gift! I am so excited to start this series you love so much and you all know how much I love foodie romances.
// CHAMELEON MOON by RoAnna Sylver //
Thank you Leah for the gift! I recently read another RoAnna book and it's out today as well, I'm putting it somewhere in this post too wait for it. But so many hype this one up and love it, so I'm very happy to have acquired it!
// SOUNDS LIKE SUMMER by Six de los Reyes //
Thank you April for the gift! I LOVE SIX DE LOS REYES. I'm obsessed. I've read Feels Like Summer but have not read this one yet. I'm so happy I have it now because this series has those summer vibes so it's perfect for holidays right now.
// STRAYS by Garrett Leigh //
Thank you Mason for the gift! This is the second book (I believe a companion from Misfits) so def binge-reading these two one after another. Foodie romances here I go!
// SEVEN TEARS AT HIGH TIDE by CB Lee //
Thank you CB Lee for the awesome package!!! CB was kind enough to send me a copy of her book (now I have all of the released ones!!) and a NYS tote bag and many swag too. I'm so happy thank you thank you thank you!

 

ARCs

// CALLING MY NAME by Liara Tamani //
// WHAT TO SAY NEXT by Julie Buxbaum //
// THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee //
// SUMMER FEELS, a #romanceclass anthology //
// THE TRAITOR'S TUNNEL by C.M. Spivey //
// HEELS OVER HEAD by Elyse Springer //
 // FLAME IN THE MIST by RenĂ©e Ahdieh //
Goodreads
// THE GO-BETWEEN by Veronica Chambers //
Goodreads
// NORTH TO YOU by Tif Marcelo //
Goodreads
// THE QUEEN OF DAUPHINE STREET by Thea de Salle //
// HATE TO WANT YOU by Alisha Rai //
// STAKE SAUCE by RoAnne Sylver //
 // HAVEN by Rebekah Weatherspoon //
Goodreads | Review 

Have you acquired new books? Tell me in the comments, I'd love to add more books in my TBR!!
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Hello, you all! This post you might remember I did one before, like a while ago. I wanted to recreate it? Because you all know how each year/even each month you find out about new books. And I got some more to even make a new rec list around the world. 

Want to travel around the world and not pay thousands of $$$$? Pick one of these books and you'll be transported there. This is a TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD list, with book set in countries all around the world. I left out USA because many books are set there and I'm kind of tired of seeing that, and you might be tired too. So I decided to create this! I hope you all love it as much as I do.

Note: I included Hawaii/Alaska, though I know they are part of the US
Note #1: Thank you to all who helped and who RTed my tweet and more people came and @ me their options.
Note #2: In the list you will see various changes in the fonts, this is why:

Italics: Young Adult
Red color font: Middle Grade
Pink color font: Romance
[*]: Have not yet released

(You can click the picture and see it better)
/ AMERICA /
/ EUROPE /
/ AFRICA /
/ ASIA /
/ AUSTRALIA /
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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 dĂ©jĂ  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. PĂ©rez
→ 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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