Jan 13, 2019

Alex & Eliza(Alex&Eliza,#1)

☆☆☆
alex & eliza.
Alex & Eliza, #1
 melissa de la cruz.

Publisher  G.P Putnam's Sons Books.
Publication Date: April 11,2017.
Genre:YA Romance|Historical Fiction.
 Format|Pages: Hardcover|368.
 Source:  Goodreads|Owned.













 CONTAINS SPOILERS




Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history.



1777. Albany, New York.



As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.



Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history. 









A Love story that will stay with you. It was…Splendid.



Before reading ALEX & ELIZA I knew nothing about Alex Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler, and nor did I see the musical Hamilton . One of reasons I picked it up was because of the cover, it was one of things that captured my attention. The second reason was because I love the author, I read few books by MELISSA DE LA CRUZ before coming across ALEX & ELIZA and when I found out about the book, I knew that I had to check out. I love historical fiction books as well and I knew that this would be the book for me. This is the 2nd time that I have read the book. I first read it back in 2017. I remember loving it back then, and re-reading it, I found myself falling in love with the story more. Have you ever read a love story that hit you and stayed with you long after you finished it? It’s what happened to me, both times that I read ALEX & ELIZA . I even got the book sighed and met the author at the National Book Festival, who was a complete sweetheart and it made my day, being able to meet her.



I loved both Eliza and Alex from the start. Out of all sisters, Eliza was my favorite and I loved how close all the sisters seemed to be. I had a feeling that there was something between Alex and Eliza from moment that the two of them met. Even if Eliza wouldn’t admit it, but I knew that she felt some sort of attraction towards Alex. I do wonder if Eliza didn’t write that note for Alex, then who did? Could it been one of her sisters? I have feeling that they noticed that there was something between the two of them, before Eliza did. After then, I did wonder when the two of them would meet again. I loved the fact that Alex never gave up, even when he heard that she was going to be married. I do wonder what would happened if he told her, about how he felt about her earlier. If the outcome would be different. All through the book, I was rooting for both. Alex was the one that Eliza should be with.



I loved the ending. I was glad that they were able to get their happily after. With everything that the two of them went through, the war and how everything seemed get in their way, to keep them from being together. I thought that it was romantic what he did for her, even if it ended in him getting hurt. I know that is most likely changed Eliza’s mother mind about Alex. I was happy that she did. I think that even she saw how much Alex loved Eliza. I am curious and eager to find out what will happen with them, now that they are married. When I found out that there are other books, I was excited and one of the reasons I decided to re-read ALEX AND ELIZA and now that I did, I am still thinking about it. Once I read it, I even researched more about it because I was fascinated by the story.



If you love historical fiction, mixed with love. Pick it up today. You will fall in love, like Alex and Eliza.

The Angel Island(Dark World: The Angel Trials,#5)

☆☆☆
the angel Island.
Dark World : The Angel Trials, #5
 michelle madow.

Publisher  Dreamscape.
Publication Date: December 31.2018.
Genre:YA Fantasy| Romance.
 Format|Pages: EBook|270..
 Source:  Goodreads|Owned.












CONTAINS SPOILERS




The journey to Avalon is full of trials, and not everyone who ventures there is welcome.



After escaping the bunker where she was held captive by demons, Raven’s finally safe with Noah, the wolf shifter she imprinted upon. And they saved all the other prisoners in the process.



Their next destination? The mythical island of Avalon. There, Raven will enter the Angel Trials so she can become a Nephilim and help fight in the war against the demons.



But it turns out the trials don’t start on the island. They start before it. Because only the worthy are allowed entrance to Avalon.



Many challenges await. Challenges that will separate every person in their group, push them harder than they imagined possible, and force them to make insanely difficult decisions.



Who will be worthy enough to enter Avalon? Who will be turned away? 



 





Just when you don’t think that it can’t get more addictive, and that’s when it sucks you back in. By now, you most likely guessed that it became one of my favorite series. It’s not because of the story but everything, the characters, the twists. Once you start this series, you will keep on reading it. I recently finished THE ANGEL ISLAND and have myself wishing that the next book in the series was out already, and considering how it ended, how can you not wonder what’s going to happen next? If someone were to ask me which book from series is my favorite one so far, I wouldn’t be able to pick one because I loved them all. To me it feels as if every book in series has me falling in love with the series more. The Angel Trials is one of the series that I am glad I came across.



You can tell how much Raven changed since the first book, but then she had deal with a lot. Despite what happened, what challenges she had to face, and being separated from Noah, she didn’t let that stop her, she did not give up. That was one of the things that I loved about her, about how determined she was to get to Avalon, to get through the angel trials. All of them faced a lot of challenges, in attempt to try and get to Avalon, to save her mother. There were times where I wondered if they would actually make it to Avalon at all. It seemed as something always seemed to get in their way. That was one of interesting things in book, as a reader you couldn’t but wonder, What’s next? What will they have to face? and it’s what I wondered multiple times through reading the series. I wondered how many more challenges they might have to face again until facing the trials? In a way, it has you thinking.



When they finally made it and the trials started, I wondered which one of them would make it through the trials. I didn’t know what to expect of the trials, I knew that they would be challenging but did not realize how challenging. Considering what they had to go through, Raven seemed to make all the right choices. I was happy when Jacen appeared, I loved him when I read The Vampire Wish . I hope to come across Annika soon and I am curious how Raven will react when she meets her, but I have a feeling that it might not be a warm meeting. There were a lot of going on in THE ANGEL ISLAND in every single chapter and every page, and once I reached the end, I was disappointed that the next book wasn’t out already.



Out of all the books in series, the cover for THE ANGEL ISLAND was my favorite one so far. If you haven’t read Dark World series, it’s one that you should pick up now. You will fall in love. You will be craving for more once you reach the last page.




Beautifully written. Be ready, for magical roller coaster ride!

Jan 2, 2019

The Beekeeper's Promise.

☆☆☆
the beekeeper's promise.
   fiona valpy. 

Publisher  Lake Union Publishing.
Publication Date:May 16,2018.
Genre: Historical Fiction. 
Format|Pages: EBook|306.
 Source:  Goodreads|Owned.













CONTAINS SPOILERS




Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abi Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Château Bellevue. The old château echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abi finds herself drawn to one remarkable woman’s story, a story that could change the course of her summer—and her life.



In 1938, Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Château Bellevue. In its shadow she meets Mathieu Dubosq and falls in love for the first time, daring to hope that a happy future awaits. But France’s eastern border is darkening under the clouds of war, and history has other plans for Eliane…



When she is separated from Mathieu in the chaos of German occupation, Eliane makes the dangerous decision to join the Resistance and fight for France’s liberty. But with no end to the war in sight, her loyalty to Mathieu is severely tested. 



 





Heart aching, inspirational story about war, love, loss hope and starting over.



Have you come across a story that broke your heart, and yet you couldn’t put it down? THE BEEKEEPER’S PROMISE was that book for me. I got admit that the cover was first that caught my attention, look at it. The cover is both powerful and mysterious and you will find yourself drawn to the book by it. I feel as if both cover and the title will drawn you to the story, and have you picking up the book. I am so glad I did, despite the subject and how hard it was to read it at times, I fell in love with it. I got attached to both Abi and Eliane and wanted to see how it would end for the two of them, especially Eliane. I loved Abi, but I was even more fascinated with reading Eliane’s story. I am a big history, historical fiction fan. I love any books that has anything due with history, war. THE BEEKEEPER’S PROMISE wasn’t any different, one of best historical fiction books I read this year, so far. I felt as if I learned quite bit, just by reading this book.



I loved reading from both of girl’s point of view, and fact that Abi’s was present time and Eliane from years before but taking place at the same location. You can see how much things changed since then. Eliane went through so much, and reading along with her, I felt her fear, anger, sadness, everything. I loved her family and how they were trying help the others. They were putting themselves at danger by helping others escape from Germans, helping hide them. I was afraid that somehow, they would get caught, or someone would see them and report it. I can’t even begin to imagine how it must been, to be living in that constant fear, and being separated from the people that you love. Like Eliane was from Mathieu, I can’t imagine not hearing from person you love, as long as Eliane did. I hoped that two of them would get reunited one day. I think I was as surprised as Abi was to find out that Eliane and her sister were alive, and at the same time happy they made it through it, and Blanche. I am not sure if I can even put it in right words, of how much THE BEEKEEPER’S PROMISE touched me.



THE BEEKEEPER’S PROMISE was the first book that I read by FIONA VALPY which I came across while surfing Amazon and I am glad that I did. Her writing, it’s breathtaking and written with so much emotion which you will find yourself feeling as well. I can’t wait to discover the other books that she wrote. This story, it deserves more than five stars and I wish I could give it ten, if not more. THE BEEKEEPER’S PROMISE is a story that will stay with you, long after you reach last page, a book you will find yourself thinking about, and eventually going back to. I know that I will. I finished it a day ago and it still on my mind. If you love historical fiction, this is the book that you should check out. Worth it, every single page.



Dec 29, 2018

The Angel Gift (Dark World: The Angel Trials,#4)

☆☆☆
the angel gift.
Dark World : The Angel Trials, #4
 michelle madow.

Publisher  Dreamscape.
Publication Date: September 30,2018.
Genre:YA Fantasy| Romance.
 Format|Pages: EBook|272..
 Source:  Goodreads|Owned.











 CONTAINS SPOILERS




Everyone is separated, and no one is safe.



Raven Danvers didn’t think her life could get any crazier since the night a demon attacked her in an alley and abducted her mom.



She was wrong.



Because now that same demon has abducted her too. He’s thrown her into a secret bunker with a group of humans who have unique abilities that make them “gifted.” They don’t know what the demons want with them, and the bunker is impossible to escape.



Her only hope is Noah—the wolf shifter she’s imprinted upon. She just needs to let him know where she is. But she can’t do it alone. Her only way to get a message to him is to team up with the other humans by making use of their unique gifts.



But they have to do it fast. Because their time in the bunker is temporary. The demons are prepping them to go somewhere else… somewhere far worse than where they are now.



They don’t know what this place is.



They just know they really, really don’t want to find out. 









This series keeps on getting better. What a thrilling ride!



You can’t help but fall in love with this series. Demons, Vampires, Shifters, Angels. What is there to not to love? That is everything that I love about fantasy novels. It seems no matter how hard they try get to Avalon, something keeps getting in their way. I have been curious since the first book, what would happen in Angel Trials. I loved seeing a new character’s point of view, Mara. I was wondering what she was thinking, how she felt about everything since her and Flint imprinted. I know I probably shouldn’t like her because she is Demon, but I do, and I feel sorry for her. I can’t begin to imagine being in love with someone and then have them change way Flint did after ceremony. I wonder if he stay that way or if there is way that she could get the man she fell in love with back. I do think that she is trying to help others. Writing that note to Thomas, shows that. I do understand why everyone is hesitant to believe her, conspiring their experience with demons. I wonder if Mara will be mentioned more in the next novel. I am rooting for her to get the guy she fell in love with, back.



Thomas, I loved reading from his point of view as well. Beside Raven, Noah and Sage, he became another favorite character of mine. It’s clear how much he loves Sage and I was heartbroken when he saw how Sage acted. But I know that he won’t give up on her, despite what he learned. I hated seeing Sage like that, it’s not like her. I hope Thomas, and everyone can find a way to bring Sage back somehow. I am sure that Thomas won’t give up until he does. I do believe that it had something to do with fact that their imprint bond wasn’t the same because of the way that Sage had changed. I’m glad that at least Raven was able to communicate with Noah through their imprint bond, even if he wasn’t able to respond to her. But it is the reason that he was able to find her and to rescue her. I loved fact that Raven kept on trying to reach him, on how she wouldn’t give up. She’s strong and determined.



Ever since Raven and Sage were abducted. I wondered what Raven’s gift could be and I am sure that was the reason that they kept coming after Raven. I knew that there was reason that they were kept healthy and were forced to eat all their meals. I didn’t think that the next location, it wasn’t any better then this. I just hoped that Raven would get rescued before that time came for her. THE ANGEL GIFT was filled with action, suspense and I found myself turning the pages until I reached the last page. I can’t wait until THE ANGEL ISLAND comes out. I want to see if they finally make it to Avalon and what will happen once they do. I feel as all of the characters became my friends, and I know that it series I will be re-reading in the future. MICHELLE MADOW has an amazing talent and after reading THE ANGEL GIFT I am inspired to write myself.



Breathtaking.

Dec 28, 2018

The Angel Trap(Dark World: The Angel Trials,#3)

☆☆☆
the angel trap.
Dark World : The Angel Trials, #3
 michelle madow.

Publisher  Dreamscape.
Publication Date: July 31,2018.
Genre:YA Fantasy| Romance.
 Format|Pages: EBook|272..
 Source:  Goodreads|Owned.











CONTAINS SPOILERS




Be careful who you trust, or you might walk into a trap.



After putting her neck on the line to save Noah and Sage’s lives, Raven is on the brink of death. The only thing that might save her? Vampire blood.



The problem is, no one’s supposed to know that vampire blood can heal humans. Anyone who finds out will be silenced. Which means Sage and Noah need to take Raven to a vampire they can trust. But shifters don’t normally trust vampires, so they only know one vampire who fits that category.



Thomas Bettencourt is a vampire prince who rules an elite coven in Chicago. And thanks to his secret history with Sage, he might be willing to save Raven’s life. But only if they agree to his conditions.



Now they have two choices—accept Thomas’s demands, or let Raven die. And after imprinting on Raven, Noah will do anything to ensure she survives.



Even if that means making a deal with a vampire. 



 





Wow. Once again, so many emotions going through me again. MICHELLE MADOW did it again, pulls you one and each book has you falling in love with the story more. She’s one of those authors that will pull you back in. I can’t get enough. I loved all her books that I read, but so far this is my favorite series. It makes me glad that I was on vacation because it gave me more time to read it. I didn’t think there could be more surprises, I should known better. Even I did not see the ending of THE ANGEL TRAP coming, considering how good they were doing with the demon hunting. The surprise of Thomas and Noah, I knew that they didn’t either. I believe that’s what made it so much more interesting. I hope that Noah and Thomas can find a way to rescue Sage and Raven, or I am afraid of what might happen to them if they don’t. When I reached the ending, I picked up the next book right after. I needed to know what would happen next. I wanted to see if they would rescue you them, I wanted to know what would happened to Raven and Sage.



Each book seems to get a lot more action packed. That wasn’t any different in THE ANGEL TRAP which was filled with action and suspense from start until the end. I wondered, what would happen with girls, what would demon do to them? I loved fact that THE ANGEL TRAP was also told from point of view of Noah and Sage as well, and once I read the book, I felt as I got to know them better. I loved the two of them before but after this book, I love them more and I was as anxious as both Thomas and Noah was when the girls were abducted by the demon. I love Noah and Raven. But now, I love Thomas and Sage as well, it clear how much the two of them love each other. I don’t buy Thomas’s story about why he broke up their engagement those years ago, I feel as there is more to the story then what he told Sage. I was happy when the two of them imprinted on each other. I was heartbroken for Thomas when she was abducted, just when he got her back, he lost her again.



Flint. I can’t believe what he did, I can’t begin to imagine the betrayal that Sage must be feeling. THE ANGEL TRAP always had something going on, every page. I found out myself reading late into the night, and more of the time 1 more chapter turned into hours of reading. This series is unique, and you will be hooked from the first book, I was. I can’t believe it took me this long to read it and now I know what I was missing. I can’t wait to see what happens next, in THE ANGEL GIFT I love the titles that Michelle comes up for these books. If you want read a book that will keep your attention and will have you on edge of your seat, and if you love fantasy and romance. Pick it up. It’s unlike any other series you read before. One of the best series that I have read this year. You will find yourself craving for more.




It’s…magical.


Dec 26, 2018

The Angel Hunt (Dark World: The Angel Trials,#2)

☆☆☆
the angel hunt.
Dark World : The Angel Trials, #2
 michelle madow.

Publisher  Dreamscape.
Publication Date: May 17,2018.
Genre:YA Fantasy| Romance.
 Format|Pages: EBook|268.
 Source:  Goodreads|Owned.















 CONTAINS SPOILERS


The hunt for demons is about to heat up.



Somehow Raven has convinced Noah and Sage—the two wolf shifters who saved her from a demon attack—to let her tag along on their quest to kill ten demons. The payoff for completing the mission? Entrance to the mystical island of Avalon, where Raven will go through trials to gain the strength she needs to save her mom’s life.



Raven wants to help the shifters on their quest. But Noah refuses to put her in any danger—which makes no sense, since he hates her. At least she thinks he hates her… until he catches her off guard and kisses her. Suddenly they’re connected in ways she doesn’t understand, and she feels closer to him than ever.



If she didn’t know any better, she’d think they imprinted on each other. But that’s impossible. Because shifters can’t imprint on humans.



And if they did imprint on each other, then the supernatural world is changing—and Raven’s right in the center of it. 


 






Have you come across a series, and each book you read, in which it became more addictive? To the point that you found it hard to put down? The Angel Trials series is that series for me. I know that THE ANGEL HUNT is only the 2nd book in the series and I am already in love with it. I’m in love with the characters and the story, I can’t get enough of Noah and Raven’s story. I read THE ANGEL HUNT in one day and it mostly because I did not want put the book down, I spent hours reading it. Once I reached the end, I picked the next book in series right away. I have read few books about angels, demons, vampires, witches and shifters through the years, but nothing like this one and that’s one of things that I love about this series. Plus, you get so attached to the characters, especially Raven, Noah and Sage, I love all three of them. Though Noah is a bit stubborn, especially when it comes to his and Raven’s relationship, I do understand why he is but at the same time it is frustrating. Raven is not the only one who is frustrated with him. I kind of hope that he stops being so stubborn and accept the feelings he has for Raven, see that the two of them should be together.



I loved the first book in the series, THE ANGEL TRIALS but I loved THE ANGEL HUNT even more, I feel as it had a bit more action, and that ending. That’s the thing about MICHELLE MADOW she always has a twist that even you don’t see a twist. The type of twist that will make you want to pick up next book in series right away, to see what happens. That’s what I did, once I reached the end of THE ANGEL HUNT . The story, the character, the twists is not all I love about it, I love the titles and the covers, they are astonishing. Just look at them. I believe the title itself will have any reader curious, even if you haven’t read any of author’s previous novels. If MICHELLE MADOW wasn’t one of my favorite authors, she would be by now. I always look forward to her novels and have read and own most of them. She will have you hooked from first page until last page. There wasn’t a page in THE ANGEL HUNT where I wasn’t on edge of my seat, where I didn’t wonder what’s going to happen next.


You can see there is connection between Noah and Raven from start. I just wish that Noah would stop being so stubborn and see it. Though I have feeling that way the book ended, I have a feeling that he might be getting there. It also has me wondering, will they finally be together? I been rooting for the two of them since the beginning. I think even Sage sees that there is connection between the two of them. I wish that Noah would stop playing with her emotions, way that I feel he does. It’s not fair to her. I know that Raven is falling in love with Noah, if she isn’t already? I hope that in the next book that the two of them will finally be together like they belong. I already know that will be the series that I will end up re-reading multiple times in the future. It’s magical.



This book, this series deserves more than five stars. A book that is worth every page, and will have you hooked until the end. I can’t wait to see what’s in store next for Raven, Noah and Sage, what other adventures they will have to face.

Dec 24, 2018

Sisterhood Everlasting(Sisterhood,#5)

☆☆☆
sisterhood everlasting.
Sisterhood, #5
 ann brashares

Publisher  Random House.
Publication Date: March 6,2012
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance.
 Format|Pages: EBook|349.
 Source:  Goodreads|Owned.











CONTAINS SPOILERS




Four friends
One sisterhood
Ten years later, the story continues



On the cusp of turning thirty, Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget are now living separate lives, out on their own. Yet despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness.



Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected. 








Oh man. How do I even begin to explain? This book was…breathtaking, heart aching. A story that will stay with you after you turn the last page.



SISTERHOOD OF TRAVELING PANTS is one of my favorite series, one that I could re-read multiple times and not get tired of it. I seem to fall in love with it more. I have heard about the 5th book, SISTERHOOD EVARLASTING a while back, and since I decided to re-read the series, I finally got around to reading. What happened, was unexpected, I think that I was in as much shock as Carmen, Bridget and Lena were. I even re-read once, to make sure that I read right. Out of all the books in the series, SISTERHOOD EVERLASTING was the most emotional one for me. I loved Tibby since the first book and there were still times that I couldn’t believe what happened. I wanted to cry and grieve along with Carmen, Bridget and Lena. I can’t imagine losing a friend a way that they lost her. Also I wondered, since Tibby left all those letters, it had me wondering, if she knew it was going to happen. Was it an accident? What was discovered was not what I had expected at all. There were a lot of emotions that went through me while I was reading this book. Despite the emotions in this book, I couldn’t put it down. Anytime that I tried, something else happened that had me reading for the next few hours.



I wondered, if Bridget would change mind about her baby, once she spent some time with Tibby’s daughter, Bailey. The two of them seemed to create a bond fast. I know that spending time with Bailey, she was the reason she changed her mind. I loved that Brian and Tibby named their daughter after their friend, Bailey, a great way to honor her. Most of all I was curious if Kostos and Lena would reunite and finally get together. It’s clear that two of them belong together. It’s a bit frustrating how they kept going back and forth. It’s clear to anyone, how much they love each other. SISTERHOOD EVARLASTING is the book I wondered about, from the moment that I finished the 4th book for first time. At first I was bit hesitant, since it takes 10 years after last book. I ended up falling in love with it, like all the other books. I always wondered how all of them would end up like when they are older. Despite what happened, I was glad that they were able to reunite again. I’m still thinking about the story. It seems as I can’t get enough of their story.



Do you enjoy young adult? Books about friendship, love? Then this is a series that you should pick up. Once you do, be prepared for emotional, thrilling roller coaster ride.

 

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