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May 25, 2017

Aiding the Dragon by Jessie Donovan + Giveaway

Aiding the Dragon by Jessie Donovan

Aiding the Dragon by Jessie Donovan
Aiding the Dragon
Jessie Donovan
(Stonefire Dragons #9)
Publication date: May 25th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Teagan O’Shea is a rare female dragon-shifter leader. While her Irish clan has a tradition of female leaders, they have always had to hide behind a male face publicly to prevent the other clans from viewing them as weaker and then attacking. When the truth leaks, Teagan is faced with a choice—hand over the leadership to a male or invite the challengers to a leadership trial and earn her place. Out to prove having a penis isn’t required to be a leader, she picks the latter.
Aaron Caruso is sent to Ireland under the guise of repairing relations between two clans on the isle of Ireland. However, upon arrival he learns the truth. Determined to secure Teagan’s place so he can escape her alluring eyes and addicting personality, he busies himself with helping her any way he can. A female used him once and he’s not about to go through that again, no matter how much the Irish female tempts him.
As the pair work together on preparations for the leadership trial, both Aaron and Teagan start to see each other in a new light. Both have their own self-imposed loneliness and yearn for something they can’t have. Can Aaron and Teagan not only change tradition but also open their hearts? Or will they each be doomed to live alone to fight their inner battles?

May 10, 2017

SNOW: Stories of Forbidden Love + Giveaway

SNOW: Stories of Forbidden Love

SNOW: Stories of Forbidden Love
SNOW: Stories of Forbidden Love

Publication date: May 9th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance
One cabin. Sixteen stories of forbidden love.
With an online audience of over ONE MILLION combined followers, and hundreds of millions of reads on their stories, the SNOW ANTHOLOGY showcases talented Wattpad authors from around the globe.
Journey into the woods where you will discover a cabin surrounded by snow, filled with secrets…
The SNOW ANTHOLOGY features sixteen original novellas and novelettes in multiple genres, including Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural and Paranormal.
Brought to you by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR KELLY ANNE BLOUNT and available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY! Don’t wait for the snow to melt before you uncover these stories of love, loss, and self-discovery.

May 5, 2017

Book Review: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by Valérie Zenatti

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by Valérie Zenatti
Published April 1st 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
I'm full of fear and full of hope writing to you like this. I've never written to someone I didn't know. It feels strange. I don't know if what I'm doing is good or bad, crazy or just eccentric, useful or pointless.

When Israeli teenager Tal Levine decides to throw a bottle with a letter into the Gaza Sea, she has little idea what to expect. Against all odds, Tal longs to strike up a correspondence with someone on the other side -- to forge something positive out of the turbulent and troubled times in which Israelis and Palestinians live. But what kind of response might a Palestinian give to an Israeli girl? Tal is not expecting "Gazaman," the boy who retrieves her bottle on a Gaza beach: Gazaman, a thorny, sarcastic young man with a reluctance to reveal anything about his true identity; Gazaman, who at first mocks Tal, only to be gradually drawn in by her. A remarkable e-mail exchange begins, which shakes the beliefs of both to the core and confounds all their expectations.
I loved A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by author Valérie Zenatti. It has been one of the best books I've read lately, and I'm surprised I liked it so much. It's the story of Israeli teenager Tal, who wonders if it's only her side that wants peace. So she writes a letter hoping to find a Palestinian girl to email and prove that they can be friends.

It's a short book, half of it are emails written by Tal and 'Gazaman', her Palestinian friend. The author managed to create very realistic characters, and to show us both sides of this war. The pain, the injustices, but also how people still believe and want something better...

Before reading this book, if you asked me what was really the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians I wouldn't have known what to answer. I'm not an expert now, but after reading this book I finally understand the basics.

I was expecting a sad ending, as most of these war books are, but I was surprised with an abrupt, but positive ending. Maybe proving that even in the worst circumstances, you can do great things. It's a young adult story, but the characters and the topic of the story is much more mature, maybe that's why I liked it so much.

Overall, I think it's a book everyone should read. A Bottle in the Gaza Sea totally recommended!

May 3, 2017

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

What a fun movie! I loved the first one, so I was expecting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to be an movie and it was. Baby Groot was super super cute, and it was full of action, jokes and great characters saving the galaxy again.

Baby Groot

As the first movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 isn't really a family movie, it's intended to be a 'super' heroes movie for adults. Not only because of the jokes and anti heroes, but because each character is very deep and have issues trying to solve that most kids wouldn't understand.

I think it was almost perfect. It has a good pace, each character have the right time at the screen and the soundtrack, that's very important for the story, is even better that the first one. The special effects are great too, I watched it on 3D and was a great experience.

The only thing that I thought it could have been better was the villain. It was good, but kind of obvious since the start that he was a bad guy....after all, the name said it all.

Overall, I loved it and super recommend it! If you are a fan of Marvel, you have to stay until the end of the credits because it has 5 'secret' scenes full of easter eggs.