#MonthlyWrapUp : October 2019

Hello Readers! How was your blogtober?

This month has been busy with blunders. I lost October calendar! I have to check all mails to see which blogtour I signed up for this last two weeks. Even after doing so I forgot to post and published last year’s post instead. All because of that missing calendar. I still couldn’t find it anywhere! Was it my daughter who tore it from clipboard and threw it somewhere or me is still a mystery.

Good thing- My daughter learned to walk on her own yesterday. We were so happy to see her taking first steps and were even surprised she managed to walk for 10 mins. She’s still little afraid today but by this month end she won’t need us to hold her. It was birthday month and I got many bookmails. I managed to read 8 books.

I managed to read and review:

Totals books read – 8
1 paperback and rest e-copies
3 received from author, 1 from publisher, 4 NetGalley
Reviewed – 6
Pages read – 2221

Reviews:

Mercenary’s Child (The Phoenix Fallacy Book 1) by Jonathan Sourbeer —- 5/5 stars

Review Snippet- Fantastic futuristic science-fiction that revolved around main character’s journey from the slum area of the corporation to the skilled soldier of Odin legion.
It was about survival, friendship, loyalty, courage, valor, and politics.
The best and half part of the book was world building. Even though the book was filled with information, it never felt like info dumping.Training of new recruits covered another half part of the book which provided characters’ background and their development .
Overall, it was gripping, action packed, and most unique science-fiction with amazing world and characters. If you are fan of Sci-Fi, don’t miss this.

A Typical Family Christmas by Liz Davies — 5/5

Review Snippet- Lovely, entertaining, humorous and realistic Romcom that revolved around Peters family.
I bet you wouldn’t want to spend your Christmas anywhere near this family.
It was about family drama, importance of sharing burden, being supportive, understanding each other’s perspective, and bringing back the spark in relationship and enjoying Christmas as a family.
Family dynamic was best part of the book. I so enjoyed characters’ descriptions, their characteristics and antics. Loved Kate. She had empathetic and realistic tone. I disliked Brett at first but his development was great. Brett’s emotions were most heartfelt. I loved him from climax to end.
Overall, it was hilarious, dramatic, warm and festive romcom. This, so far, was best Christmas read. Those who love family drama wouldn’t want to miss this. I highly recommend this book.

Currently by Sarah Mensinga — 5/5

Review Snippet- Mix of steampunk, fantasy and mythical creature.
It revolved around Nerene, her survival in the world filled with slavery, trickery and injustice, her love for her boyfriend and dangerous journey she boarded to keep him safe.
It was about social injustice, survival, power, politics, trust, betrayal, friendship, and love; and Siren lore.
The book was told from Nerene’s captivating voice and was divided in three parts. First was world building, second- adventurous journey and third- climax and character development.
The insight was great. I found Nerene’s unwavering nature commendable. Book basically tells, there is always an alternative to the rash and reckless path that didn’t involve harming and hurting other and the power and its greed.
Overall, it was interesting and wonderful novel with impressive world. If you like to read book involving Sirens, you would want to read this. I definitely recommend this book to fantasy and steampunk lovers.

Snowflakes and Sparks (Old Pine Cove, #1) by Sophie-Leigh Robbins — 4/5 Stars

Review Snippet- Heartwarming sparkling romantic Christmas read, revolved around Suzie and Alex’s love that rekindled after 10 years they first met in Old Pine Cove.
It was about second chance at love, bonding and belongingness.
It had true festive vibe that makes you want to celebrate Christmas with equal zest.
Absolutely loved setting.  Old Pine Cove was most picturesque and wonderful. Author brought place and characters to life.
Climax was not that shocking, it was predictable too.
Overall, it was enjoyable, cute, lovely and entertaining romcom. A good Christmas read that recommend.

Faker by Sarah Smith — 4/5 Stars

Review Snippet- Hot and sensual romance novel that revolved around Emmie and Tate’s workplace enemy-to-lover story.
It was about Introverts and their issues, Fake exterior people creates to shield from their vulnerability, office environment for women in male staff dominated workplace, multicultural relationship, misjudgment, love and friendship.
The enemy-to-lover trope was well written. Chemistry between characters was irresistibly sexy and enticing. Loved the way they got to know each other.
Twist at climax didn’t feel right and unique. Emmie forgave too easily after that big revelation. Some making out scenes were overly described.
Overall, it was interesting and enjoyable debut novel with enemy-to-lover trope and hot and steamy romance.

A Family By Christmas by Viv Royce  — 4/5

Review Snippet- Chocolaty sweet romance that revolved round Emma, Grant and his lovely family in small town.
It was about new venture in small town, family, love, belongingness, following your heart and gut feeling.
Setting was vivid filled with Christmas spirit .
Emma’s loneliness being a foster kid touched my heart. I liked Grant’s perspective. I could understand Grant’s dream and wish to get job after getting over his loss.
I loved getting answers to all questions. I liked the message in the book about, trusting your feelings and working out a way that is best for everyone not what you want and your family wants.
No villain, no drama, no misunderstandings = no twist, which made it a tad predictable.
Overall, I enjoyed this family by Christmas. It was charming, cozy, and delightful Christmas read filled with festive feel. Do I recommend this for your Christmas reads? Righto.

Promo/Blitz:

Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley by Kelly Miller
The Lay of Lady Percival by Jennifer R. Povey
Hope by Terry Tyler 
A Fool’s Circle by Suzanne Seddon
The Memories We Hide by Jodie Gibson
A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall by Jane Linfoot
The Giving Heart by Toni Blake
Star in the Shadows by Helen Buckley

Cover Reveal:

Off Balance by Aileen Erin 
The Final Trial by AA Abbot 

BOTM:

Review of One Week Til Christmas and Safe House will be up tomorrow.

Let’s discuss!

How was you month in reading? What did you read in October? Have you read any of these books? Are you going add any to your TBR? Which book(s) was your BOTM?

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#MonthlyWrapUp : September 2019

Hello Readers! September had been busy month. I didn’t complete all the books I decided I will finish by this month end because of travel and new schedule of my daughter at my parents’s home. But I did pretty good. I got to realize how much help I had from my husband and how much blog and reading I could do when he is around. Well, I already knew that but it’s different when you experience it in their absence, right? And my little monster who needs her mama monster. My parents cannot manage her and much less feed her. This experience showed only me and my husband can handle her better, at least until she is grown to age when she can eat and sleep herself.

And I got many books from publisher and authors this month. Next 2 months are going to be hectic.

I managed to read and review:

Books read : 7
Reviewed : 8
2 Paperback (owned)
5 e-copies (Blogtour / Netgalley)
Pages: 2733

Books read:

Read last month but reviewed in September-
A Summer to Remember by Victoria Cooke — (Review) 5/5

Beautiful, heartwarming summery romance with wonderful setting and depth. It was about second chance at love, getting over grief, and moving on in life. Loved this among all other Victoria’s book I read.

Clear My Name by Paula Daly — (Review) 5/5

Gripping, suspenseful, thought-provoking mystery thriller with realistic characters and clever plot. It was about mother-daughter relationship, betrayal, imperfections of human beings, guilt, lies, mistakes made in life, and suffering and turmoil of being alone, away from loved ones.

Reviews:

Right Beside You by Mary Monroe — (Review) 3.5/5

Quick, light, cute romance with Christmassy feel that you can read in one sitting. It revolved around Felicia and Richard, two coworkers and commuters who were friends for long time and fancied each other from afar. It was about love from afar, being happy for someone you love, and letting your loved one know about your feeling before it’s too late. But I missed the fun of reading their growing love. I felt like I know them alright and understood their confusion but couldn’t feel their feelings. They didn’t make lasting impression.

Best Kept Seceret (The Clifton Chronicles #3) by Jeffrey Archer — (Review) 4.5/5

Dramatic, entertaining, suspenseful family saga with many twists and turns and interesting historical aspects. There was bit of everything, family drama, rivalry, court room drama, revenge, family support and love, loss, suspense, entertainment, politics, money and art fraud. I really enjoyed this book. Only small issue was, it was overly dramatic and I loved previous books more.

The Secrets of Lost Stones by Melissa Payne — (Review) 5/5

It was about getting over loss, grief and haunted memories, giving life a second chance, friendship and bonding with new people and place, hope, justice, and redemption. I just loved everything about this book. Great plot and setting, emotions and drama, perfect blend of realistic and supernatural world, wonderful characterization, and intriguing mystery. It was wow.

Anne of Windy Willows (Anne of Green Gables #4) by L.M. Montgomery — (Review) 5/5

Semi epistolary, historical/Women’s fiction that revolved around Anne’s three years as a Principal of Summerside High School. It was about friendship, helping people of Summerside, and importance of happiness, life, dresses and imagination. I just love Anne Shirley, L.M. Montgomery’s writing and her beautiful stories.

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Enlightened Cow (Barnabas Tew #4) by Columbkill Noonan — (Review) 5/5

Fun, comical, cozy, fast paced mystery with amusing dialogues and characters. It was about enlightenment on Karma, Dharma, eternal life and death cycle. I definitely recommend this book.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca — (Review) 5/5

feel good, gripping, cute, refreshing, and dramatic romantic comedy with lovey small town and fun fair. It was about family love, belongingness, getting over grief, letting others help and share responsibility, and need of change without affecting the essence of originality. The message was deep and thought provoking. It’s perfect summer read. I highly recommend this book.

Book Promo/Blitz:

False Series by Meli Raine —- [Post]
Silo Boys by Amy-Brooke Odell — [Post]
Anbatar – Legacy of the blood guard by Anne Dolleri — [Post]
The Worst Couple in the World by Holly Tierney Bedford — [Post]

Cover Reveal:

One Week ‘Til Christmas by Belinda Missen — [Post]
Coming Home To Merriment Bay by Emily Harvale — [Post]
A Typical Family Christmas by Liz Davies — [Post]
Parting Worlds by Kaitlyn Davis — [Post]
The Vagabond Mother by Tracey Scott-Townsend — [Post]

Guest Post:

Mercenary’s Child (The Phoenix Fallacy Book 1) by Jonathan Sourbeer — [Post]

Author Interview:

Palmer Pickering, author of Moon Deeds — [Post]

BOTM:

I can’t decide one. They were amazing. So all 5 star reads are books of the month.

Let’s discuss!

How was you month in reading? What did you read in August? Have you read any of these books or add to your TBR? Which book(s) was your BOTM?

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Monthly Wrap-Up : August 2019

What can be more amazing than being among the list of blogger recommended by wonderful fellow blogger? Many thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for dding me in your list of Bloggers Who Deserve More Attention post . And if you are new around here, I’m sure you don’t want to miss her fabulous discussion posts and reviews. 

Another exciting thing that happened was my husband is going U.S. for company meeting next month. I’m so happy for him. One more good thing I got email from published and I hope to get review copies(e-copy/paperback) soon.

All these good thing don’t just happen without bad ones. Indian customs are not clearing the book I was sent from US author through USPS. They say it’s prohibited to receive gift/printed copies for personal use because some act since 1975 (how other countries don’t know about it and how have I received previous copies from US, London and even Jerusalem?!) and now they are asking to get some code for clearance they give to importer, which is ridiculous. How would i have that code! I’m not doing bloody business, I’m running a simple blog. And what exactly is wrong in getting books?! And I tell you the heights, I received book from Canada just yesterday. How did that pass the custom if according their so and so act it is prohibited? It’s highly frustrating and I feel so bad I asked paperback from author. I’m putting my case to Public Grievance program now and I hope they can do something about this problem.

Month in reading was pretty good.

I managed to read and review:

Books read : 7
Reviewed : 7
2 paperbacks (won in giveaway + own)
5 e-copies (received from author + NetGalley + Blog Tour)
Total Pages : 2800

The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles #2) by Jeffrey Archer — [Review] 5/5
Sequel of Only Time Will Tell, was great historical fiction that was filled with amazing characterization, family dynamics, twist and turns, and clever plot. It was about love, friendship, hardship, family drama, resilience, determination and hope. Gripping, steady paced, clever and exceptional family saga, with interesting turns and characters, set during WWII that I surely recommend to reader of this genre.

Vox by Christina Dalcher — [Review] 4.5/5
Mind-blowing dystopian science-fiction that had this terrific world where all of the above was possible, not just possible but was in existence. It was about feminism, oppressive government, hypocrisy and sexism, standing against tyranny to save family and loved ones. Provocative, suspenseful, gripping, terrific and disturbing. If you still haven’t read this book, just get it.

Era of Undying by Emilie Knight — [Review] 4/5
Era of Undying revolved around a blood warrior- Pen and her survival in the world where blood warrior were extinct, her nomadic life and adventures in the Undying world. It was about grief, guilt, accepting death and loss of loved ones, righting the wrong and adventure. Different, gripping, fast paced, dark fantasy that I will recommend to readers of this genre.

Fractalistic by Gerardo Delgadillo — [Review] 5/5
YA contemporary, related to fractal theory and experiment so one can call it mix of Si-Fi, contemporary and romance, about grief, coping with loss of loved ones, shock and depression that affect mind and alters memory and behavior, trying to bring closure and move on in life. Emotional poignant and heartfelt, those who has suffered loss will feel it intensely. I surely recommend this book.

Neither Here Nor There by Miriam Drori — [Review] 4/5
Simple romance that was made beautiful because of its setting in Jerusalem about struggle of transition in lifestyle; orthodox vs tradition, secular and extremism; strength and determination; going against the flow; understanding different culture and adopting the best in it. Things were comparatively easy for character. In real life there might be lot of problems. It was interesting, insightful and unique that dealt with controversial subject. I recommend this book. It is short, fast paced that you can finish in one sitting.

Deserve To Die by Miranda Rijks — [Review] 5/5
Tense, spine chilling, unnerving, addictive and intriguing psychological thriller about family love, betrayal, mistrust, and revenge. Brilliant plot and characters. I highly recommend this book.

The Accidental Life Swap by Jennifer Joyce — [Review] 5/5
A lovely countryside romance about believing in yourself, have confidence, stand up for yourself and don’t let others pushover you, and for that you only need inner strength and talent are always there, not a false identity. It was fun, light-hearted, fast paced and cute romance. This book checked all the boxes I want in Women’s Fiction and Romance. Thumbs up!

I also read Summer TO Remember by Victoria Cooke that I’m going to review next month.

I published review of The Escape Room by Megan Goldin [Review] and Willow by Grace Parks [Review] this month that I read last month.

Extracts / Blitz / Promo:

In The Company Of Strangers by Awais Khan — [Post]
Sentenced to Shakespeare by Iris Dorbian — [Post]
Song for a Lost Kingdom, Book II by Steve Moretti — [Post]

Cover Reveal:

The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge — [Post]
Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds by Carissa Andrews — [Post]
Haunted House Ghost by James J. Cudney — [Post]
Weave of Love by Rachel J. Bonner — [Post]
Playing with Fire by Toni Cox — [Post]

Book of the Month:

Let’s discuss!

How was you month in reading? What did you read in August? Have you read any of these books? Which book(s) was BOTM?

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Monthly Wrap-up : July 2019

Hello readers! I hope you all had fantastic month.

This month I could not read much. I guess this is going to be common until my girl is little grown up and could read her own book that keeps her busy and give me spare time. 😜 Good thing I bought books this month and I’m so excited to read them soon.

I managed to read and review:

Books read : 4
Reviewed : 3
2 paperback (received from author + own)
2 e-copy (received from author + blog tour )
Total Pages : 1379

Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles #1) by Jeffrey Archer —- (REVIEW)
★★★★
It was enjoyable, really interesting, flawlessly written family saga with many great characters. I highly recommend this book to historical and literary fiction lovers.

The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw —- (REVIEW)
★★★☆☆
It was slow read with complex theorem and Emma’s life but definitely unique story. If you don’t mind slow pace and you love astrophysics and its connection to life, go ahead.

KA-E-RO-U Time to Go Home by B. Jeanne Shibahara — (Review)
★★★☆☆
It was nice, exceptional with strong culture, history, characters and insights. If you like character driven cultural and historical stories, this is for you.

I’m going to post review of Willow next month during the tour.

Extracts / Blitz / Promo:

The Unmaking of Ellie Rook by Sandra Ireland — [Post]
Seventeen by Suzanne Lowe —- [Post]
Singles, Set and Match by Elaine Spires —- [Post]
Storytellers by Bjørn Larssen — [Post]
A Perfect Square by Isobel Blackthorn — [Post]
The Cinderella Plan by Abi Silver — [Post]
#RIPJohn by Sian B. Claven — [Post]
Meet Me In Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May — [Post]
Every Love by Jann Doe — [Post]
The Sperpent-Bearer and the Prince of Stars by C. S. Johnson — [Post]
Missing in Wales by Jenny O’Brien — [Post]
An Extra Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton — [ Post]

Cover Reveal:

The Emerald Tablet Series by JM Hart — [Post]
15 Days With You by Ara Grigorian  —- [Post]
The Seagull’s Laughter by Holly Bidgood — [Post]

Book of the Month:

HOW WAS YOUR MONTH IN READING? WHAT HAVE YOU READ? WHICH ONE WAS YOUR BOTM? DO WE SHARE COMMON BOOKS FROM THIS LIST?

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP : JUNE 2019

Hello readers! I hope you all had wonderful month.

Mine was not good in reading. I didn’t read or review like the usual but shifting and coming back to home, my daughter made it super busy month. I loved this new rental house and even tough she is giving tough time, I love being with her. I got 1 book main and yesterday I bought book case that will arrive tomorrow. I can’t wait to assemble it and organize shelves like those bookstagrammers I was seeing since ages. Okay, I admit I’m not that creative or have shelf decorating things but it can’t hurt to try, right?

In June, I managed to read and review:

Total books read : 4 
Books reviewed : 3
Pages read: 1340
Books received from author : 1 paperback, 2 e-copies
Blog tour :0
Owned : 0 
NetGalley : 1

1. The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows by Jenni Keer — (Review)
★★★★★ 
The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows was a beautiful women’s fiction that revolved around life of Maisie Meadows and mysterious, magical tea set that changed Maisie’s life and perspective. It was about family, friendship, and love; embracing life no matter how unlikely things happened and try to live fullest; social media vs reality, read interaction and connection; quirkiness and imperfection.
It was lovely, cozy, mysterious and magical women’s fiction with interesting characters and their unlikely life story. I surely recommend this book.

2. Snakes in the Meadows by Ayaz Kohli — (Review)
★★★★
Snakes in the Meadows told about the horrific time of Pathri Aali village in Jammu and Kashmir when militants took over their holy shrine and turned it into graveyard. It was the horrific tale of the region that lacked recognition, faced ignorance of authorities, was crippled by militants and endured cruelty and tortures that turned their heaven like meadows into prison of hell. It was about true monstrosity in people, misery and suffering of innocents, legends and valour, limits of hope and endurance and power of belief and faith. It was about preserving dignity, protecting people, fighting the evil and reclaiming the peace and honor.
It was really impressive debut novel. Interesting, engaging, and heart-wrenching literary fiction with lots of characters, good writing and raw emotions that I recommend to readers of this genre.

3. The Secret of His Turquoise Eyes (Mindblood Series Book 1) by Praachi Verma — (Review)
★★1/2
It was mixture of fantasy, sci-fi, mystery and thriller that revolved around a turquoise-eyed hero of the book. It was about power meditation and yoga, spirituality, science and technology, greed and cruelty, adventure, and good vs evil, love, and saving the world.
Nice concept, interesting at places but I didn’t like overly descriptive writing.It was not for me.

I read this book last month but reviewed in June

4. Fallen Princeborn: Stolen by Jean Lee — (Review)
★★★★ 1/2
Fallen Princeborn: Stolen revolved around main character Charlotte, her fierce love and need to save her sister and Liam- the Princeborn and his awakening after a century of sleep, fighting the darkness and saving the innocent humans from it. It was about good vs bad, survival, trust issue, troubling past and childhood, overcoming the grief, fighting darkness, inner and external monsters, and love for family.
It was thrilling, engaging magical mysterious world of shape-shifting fairies and a page turner with great characters and world building. I definitely recommend this book to fantasy lovers.

Extracts / Blitz:

Resilient by Toni Cox — [POST]
The Thirteenth Guardian by K.M. Lewis — [POST]
Asylum II by Sian B. Claven — [POST]
Victoria to Vikings – The Circle of Blood by Trisha Hughes — [POST]
The Danger of Life by Ken Lussey — [POST]
Quest of Fire: The Gathering Dark by Brett Armstrong — [POST]
Passport to Happiness by Carrie Stone — [POST]
Another Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton — [POST]

Book of the Month:

HOW WAS YOUR MONTH IN READING? 
WHAT HAVE YOU READ? 
DO WE SHARE COMMON BOOKS FROM THIS LIST?

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