Friday, February 22

Blog All About It: PINK BOOK COVERS




Yayy! Doing another year of prompts! So fun. 

The first of the year is: PINK

Been batting around ideas for this month's prompt. I'll share some book covers. ;)

Here are some books over the last couple of year that I have read that have pink in the cover.

THIS YEAR

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe: A Novel with RecipesThe Earl I Ruined (The Secrets of Charlotte Street, #2)



2018

Homecoming in Christmas Falls (Return to Christmas Falls #1)Marilyn, My Marilyn

Talk Sweetly to Me (Brothers Sinister, #4.5)The King's Witch (Frances Gorges Trilogy, #1)


2017

Barely a Bride (Free Fellows League #1)The China Bride (The Bride Trilogy, #2)


Merely the Groom (Free Fellows League, #2)Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)

Two Journeys Home: A Novel of Eighteenth Century Europe (The Derrynane Saga, Book Two)

2016

Fast WomenDating Tips for the Unemployed

2015

Bite Me, Your Grace (Scandals with Bite, #1)Born of Persuasion (Price of Privilege, #1)

Becoming Marie Antoinette (Marie Antoinette, #1)Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, #1)

2014
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation, #1)Ivy and Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas

2013
Big Bad Ass Book of the ZodiacThe Ashford Affair

The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

2012

Adventures of a Graveyard Girl (Funeral Crashing, #2)My Fair Concubine (Tang Dynasty, #3)



CONCLUSION
Sooo...honestly I do not think I am very drawn in by pink covers. I haven't really read many with covers that are mostly or have a lot of pink on the covers. The majority also seems to be romance novels. Go figure ;)




And just for fun! Here is a painting I did that has "PINK" in it ;)





Thursday, February 21

Audiobook Review: Broken by SJ West

Broken (The Watcher Chronicles, #1)Author: SJ West
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Title: Broken
(The Watcher Chronicles #1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, UF, & Fantasy
Pages: Audiobook
Published: January 14th 2013
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)



At the tender age of seven, Jess Riley’s parents were ripped out of her life by the Tear, a ripple of white light in the sky which randomly transports people from Earth to alternate realities and distant planets once a year. On the night the Tear first appeared, the Watchers, a mysterious group of men possessing supernatural powers, made their presence known to the leaders of the world, earning their complete trust to deal with the turmoil the Tear caused.
Now twenty-two years old, Jess is an agent working for the Watcher Agency searching for a way to bring her parents back home. When the leader of the Watchers, Mason Collier, recruits her to join his team, Jess quickly discovers she is meant to play a major role in sealing the Tear forever. Mason and Jess instantly find themselves drawn to one another but they both resist their mutual attraction for different reasons. Broken by past events in their lives, they each struggle to overcome their fears and find the strength to take a chance on one another.

This drew my eye in right away and I wanted to listen to this. 

The story follows Jess Riley who lost her parents because of the Tear. The Tear? It is a horrible thing that once a year randomly transports people to Earth from alternate realities and sucks random from Earth to alternate realities. So like a swap! A terrible, dark swap. After the Tear appeared, the Watchers made their presence known and now helps deal with this turmoil. Years later, Jess works at the Watcher Agency with hopes her parents will come back someday. After a certain event, Mason Collier recruits her to join his special team. She will learn there is so much more to her then she appears. 

Oh Mason. I really loved him, but he is so damaged. Which...he has a hard past. I won't say what because I don't want to spoil anything. I loved Jess too! She was damaged too. Again...no spoilers from me ;)

They are attracted to each other right away, but they have both had a rough life so it makes sense they don't just fall into bed with each other right away. Thank goodness. They get to know each other and they slowly get to trust each other. 

The whole twist was SOOOOO good. I wish I could say what, but wah! I didn't see it coming. So good, so good! Such a good twist!!!!!! Love the whole concept. Such a fresh breath of air for the PNR genre even though it was released in 2013. Eee. I totally missed this. 

Then there was that ending. NOOO! CLIFFHANGER!! I immediately got the 2nd book. I have to know what is next! YOU CANNOT LEAVE ME LIKE THIS!!!!!!! *shakes fist*

The narrator was adorable and did amazing with all the voice changes and accents. Super fun. Super good. 

Overall, I loved this book. The ending left me with my mouth agape. I need to know what is going to happen next. I already have book 2 ready to go ;) This was really good and I highly recommend it. I'll stamp this 5 stars.


Wednesday, February 20

Book Review: Water Dreams by Katherine Smits


Water Dreams (Love's Siren Song Book 1)
Author: Katherine Smits
Title: Water Dreams (Love's Siren Song Book 1)
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, & Fiction
Pages: ebook
Published: May 21st 2016
Where I Got It: My shelf (Netgalley)



Nik—an outwardly normal, young woman terrified by water, living in the Greek-American town of Tarpon Springs, Florida. 

Bas—a shapeshifter merman tasked with obtaining Nik’s help to gain what his species most desires. 
The Nerei—a race of beings who want humans to continue to believe they are mythological. 

What happens when Nik refuses to help Bas and the Nerei? 

How will Nik and Bas save each other when they fall in love, against his species laws?

I was drawn in by the summary. I was so curious to see what would happen. 

The story follows Nik who is a young woman living in Florida. She seems normal and believes she is normal, but she really isn't. Bas is a merman tasked in obtaining Nik's help to find the way for his species to be able to stay on land as long as they want. Things happen and the two start to fall for each other...but is it against his species laws. 

I was intrigued the moment I started. I was curious about the story itself and how the Nerei is going to get what they want and the secrets behind Nik. I was curious, also, about how they were going to be together. The Nerei have strict, strict laws against human and merfolks. 

I was eh about Nik. She was okay in the end. It took me a while to warm up to her. I liked Bas right away. Not sure why, but I liked him a bit. 

The writing wasn't bad, but it feel like it too WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too long to get anywhere. Too much dialogue. I felt bored sometimes and I had to skim here and there. 

Even though I had to skim from time-to-time, I still enjoyed the story. Weird, I know. I also really wanted to know what would happen, so I kept on reading. 

The ending was okay...I wanted more answers, but we'll have to wait until book 2. I am slightly curious to see what happens next. 

Overall, this wasn't horrible. It was pretty okay. Yes, there were some slow as a snail bits that I had to skim, but I was still invested overall. I wanted to know what would happen. The writing wasn't bad, but it just took too long to get anywhere. I'll stamp this with 3 stars. 



Tuesday, February 19

TMST: Book Pricing - How Much Will I Pay For Them?


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.



  
Book Pricing: How much will you pay for an ebook? A hard copy? A paperback?

This is the ultimate question for us book readers. How much money are we willing to pay for our addictions? 

I'm a frugal person overall and I like to be cheap. But I do have my moments of wanting to splurge. Books are one addiction I sometimes will indulge in spending money on them. 

I love Amazon freebies. They are a hit or miss, but I like 'em. However, there are times the book I want isn't free or at the library or I just simply do not want to wait for it. 

For ebooks I'll spend maybe no more than 10 bucks. A hard or paper copy, I'll spend up to 30 bucks depending on how much I want it. Generally, I try to buy all my books 10 bucks or less. I love used books and that is my go-to. 

Now, audiobooks I don't like to buy at all. I have Audible where I get one freebie a month. I also tacted on the Romance Package that allows me countless amounts of books for free. The catch is that I do not get to keep them and I can only have 10 at a time. So when I'm done listening, I'll remove it from my library and replace it. It's perfect. 

Overall, I'll go for free first and then depending on how much I want the book will determine how much I'm willing to spend on it. 




Here are a couple of paintings I've done recently. :) 

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