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March 28, 2014

Book Review: It's In His Kiss by Mary Leo

It's In His Kiss by Mary Leo

Three novellas with a touch of whimsy and a whole lotta heat to warm you on those cold winter nights!

Irish Kiss: Can a tricky leprechaun and one of his gold coins bring luck and love to two people who had all but given up on each other? The outcome depends on their ability to once again believe in the magic and the power of the wee-folk.

The Gypsy's Valentine: When a gypsy's prediction begins to come true, Rose Cupido dismisses it as coincidence, but when a past lover shows up reminding her of the passion they once shared, Rose can't help wondering if that gypsy had true magical powers.

Romancing Rudy Raindear: North Pole, Main is a curious town where Christmas is celebrated all year long. And this Christmas is no exception. Unfortunately, Rudy no longer believes in Christmas and has gotten on Santa's naughty list. Rudy's red nose proves it. That is until Jenny Bells takes on the challenge of showing him just what 'being good' really means.
It's In His Kiss combines three short romance novellas spiced with a little bit of fantasy. A Leprechaun, a gypsy and Santa are going to get in trouble the protagonists, and while they try to figure out how to fix it, they might get back an old lover.

As most shorts novellas, these don't have the number of chapters to really connect with the characters. I liked more the Irish Kiss, maybe because of the Irish mythology references. But the three novellas are good if you want to read something quick and festive.

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon.

March 26, 2014

WoW: A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn

Waiting on Wednesday
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn
A stunning debut novel about a girl who is half dragon, half human, and wholly herself.
As the only heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and privilege, not living in exile-but now the time has come when she must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and life with the father she has never known: a wild dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her.
Fans of Bitterblue and Seraphina will be captured by A Creature of Moonlight, with its richly layered storytelling and the powerful choices its strong heroine must make.
May 6th 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Pre-order: Amazon

March 22, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #37

Stacking the Shelves
Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where people like me can showcase our new books of the week and make you jealous!

I'm trying not to buy more books until I read some of my TBR shelf but sometimes it's impossible! Besides, tomorrow is my birthday! I deserve some books hehehe


The Isobel Journal by Isobel HarropVi is for Villian by Peter Moore

Bought (spanish editions):

And my first and very cool 3D puzzle!

3D Puzzle

What about you? What did you get this week?

March 20, 2014

Book Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.
Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and na├»ve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

I've read a couple of times magical-realism but wasn't expecting to find it in a Young Adult book. I really didn't know what to expect from Ava, a sixteen-year old girl born with wings, sometimes mistaken for an angel. 

The book starts with Ava's grandmother, the story about her parents and brothers, and how everything in the end is connected to Ava. Their family story and writing reminded me of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, definitely a plus for me.

I was hooked since the beginning, Ava's grandmother and mother both had a difficult life as consequence to foolish love. But Ava was a great girl, not only for having wings, but for her way to see life. Her family have been always the 'weird', but she's ready to face the world, very naive and not expecting her life to be so tragic.

Love. Ah. It's about love, but I wouldn't call it a romance book. It's realistic love, not happily ever after love, and more than narrating a romance, it's about how some relationships turn out being very sad and affect the lives of everyone around.

It may not be a book for everyone, it's not superficial or trivial, but I absolutely loved it! (although it broke my heart a couple of times). It only took me a few hours to read it, but who needs sleep right?. I definitely recommend it! Excellent addition to the YA literature.

March 25th 2014 by Candlewick Press

More about this book at Goodreads, AmazonThe Book Depository.

March 2, 2014

Stacking The Shelves # 36

Stacking The Shelves
Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where people like me can showcase our new books of the week and make you jealous!

Only Amazon Kindle freebies for me this week. Check the prices before buying!

March 1, 2014

March Kindle Fire Giveaway!

March Kindle Fire Giveaway!
Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)

Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HDX 7".

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HDX (US Only - $229 Value)

Or $229 Gift Card (International)

Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)