Sunday, June 18, 2017

Melody Obsession of the Week Brought to You by Me Presents Marina Kaye On My Own

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Hello-Hello! Lately, I was absent from my blog cause... life. When life is calling, you have to drop everything and go change in your superhero costume.
 Anyway... Let's talk about something else. France for example. The country of everything French:
French Toast
French Baguette
French Fries
French Vanilla
French Cheese
French Wine
French rolled "Rs"
French Fashion
Paris
A famous antenna called The Eiffel Tower
Louvre
Fleur-de-lis
Beauty and the Beast (original story)
French (of course)
French people (obviously) 
Paris Climate Agreement
Alexandre Dumas
Victor Hugo
And last but not least, Liberté, égalité, fraternité (liberty, equality, fraternity).
This list can go on for ever and ever... If you ask me or Wikipedia.
What's the point of this crush course about France, you ask? Well, blame the post title and my pen - more like keyboard - pal, Remy. Shoutout to you, French reading... human!
 
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Thank you for introducing me to the beautiful voice of Marina Kaye! This girl has an amazing voice. So do yourself a favor and listen to her music on repeat. ^_^
Without further ado...
 
Marina Kaye  On My Own - Live
 
 
Happy listening!
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P.S.

Feel free to check out my last
MELODY OBESSION --> HERE<--
And
BOOK OPINION  -->HERE<--


 
   

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Melody Obsession of the Week Brought to You by Me Presents PSY 'I Luv it!'

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Hello-Hello! Today I planned to post a book review - do not worry it's in a rough draft form - but... Music it is. Ha-Ha-Ha! I am too energized for that. Gosh, I wished I had a pen and paper instead of a keyboard. Yes, I write faster than I type. A total shocker in these day and age - not really. ^-^
So... my super-fast thinking brain is impairing my typing ability by shooting too many ideas at me in the same time.
A shot of cold water for you, Brain
Brain: Cheers! Aaaah!
(I literary just had a glass of clod water.)
Music is about harmony and order 99.99% of the time. (That .01% is for the exception to the rule and the fact that I am not a music expert, thus, do not take my words for granted. Wink-Wink!) As I was saying, let's take some time and think about Hydrogen and Oxygen. Two explosive gases came together to form one of the most harmless chemical substances of them all, water.  Without you, water, life on Earth would not exist. Because of you, I can dance today to exhaustion on my favorite rhythm. You are my favorite drink despite the fact that you are a necessity of my existence.

Thor breaks cup, Thor breaks glass, Thor says another, gif, meme Thor meme
Special thanks to gif-Thor for showing support. (Yeah, I know it was about coffee but... Shhh!)

Now, let's dance and sing and liberate the music beast and without further ado... The song!

I Luv it!


Happy Dancing! 
And stay hydrated!

Don't forget to check out my previous song pick -->Here<--
And my latest book-post -->Here<--


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mine, Forever and Always by Tammy L. Bailey - A short and Heart Aching Romance

mine forever and always, book, adult, romance, regency, historical romance, tammy bailey

Book Synopsis

Just shy of fifteen years old, and during a fake and impromptu wedding ceremony, Lily Scott married her best friend's brother, Henry Dalton.

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It seemed harmless enough until he leaned in and whispered to her his true feelings, amorous words she has been unable to forget: Now you’re mine, forever and always. 

Unfortunately, growing up pulls them apart and transforms Henry into a pompous scoundrel. When they meet again at a house party hosted by Henry’s sister, will Henry remember his once faithful promise to Lily? Mine, Forever and Always - Goodreads 


My Opinion

5.00/5.00 stars
five stars, rating, stars, the book portalJust read it if you are into romance. This is a lovely story about the love of two people which has to pass the test of time and society. Life forced them to go on their separate ways regardless of what their hearts wanted. And, now, they meet each other again. There is angst and there is tension. Question is: Does the love between them still exists? Or is it just a beautiful memory of the past?
What can I say? The feelings... are so overwhelming. I do not have enough words to praise this novella. Despite it's length, we get a lot of content about the main characters and the other players in the story. It is a torturous, genuine love. Your heart will melt, ache, get butterflies, mushy, and - finally - teary. I do not want to say too much about the plot cause... spoilers. Obviously! The author has a beautiful writing because everything floated nicely. No boring part. No excessive descriptions. Right words were used to ensure the reader that there are a solid background to the narrative and well-rounded characters which are not just flat instruments of yielding a romance. I wished this was a full novel because there is so much room for expanding and exploring; although, I am afraid it might cut the beauty of the novella in some parts. 
Sometimes the  short length might give a writing work a feel of unresolved or anticlimactic endings. Like, there has to be more to it than what's already published. Thus, I understand why some readers may give this one a lower rating. But for me, a strong impression on my mood while reading it's enough sometimes. Not every good piece has to be lengthy. The information is there only not in so many words as you may like it to be.     
Now, I am waiting patiently for the next story in the series. The author promised a new story in the future regarding other characters who were introduced in the book. She said that time is of the essence for her inspiration to come and the final product be good.
This was definitely my cup of tea. And, it might be yours too. Do not get mislead by the cover. 
Ah... Just read it! 


This is my sole opinion. ^_^

I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Adult, Romance, Historical Romance, Regency, Novella
Language: none to mild (most likely none)
Sexual content: moderate to heavy-ish
Violence: none to mild (mentioned)

Drugs/Alcohol: none to mild (mentioned)

P.S. 

  • You can check out my latest post -->HERE<--

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Luck Is No Lady by Amy Sandas Fallen Ladies One or The Book Where "Smart" Has a Broad Definition

Book Synopsis

Luck is no Lady, Amy Sandas, book, romance, regency, adult, historical romance, fiction, book"You should not have kissed me," she replied breathlessly.
"I do a lot of things I shouldn't. It does not mean I won't do them again."

Gently bred Emma Chadwick always assumed she'd live and die the daughter of a gentleman. But when her father's death reveals a world of staggering debt and dangerous moneylenders, she must risk her good name and put her talent for mathematics to use, taking a position as bookkeeper at London's most notorious gambling hell. Surrounded by vice and corruption on all sides, it is imperative no one discovers Emma's shameful secret or her reputation-and her life-will be ruined.
But Roderick Bentley, the hell's sinfully wealthy owner, awakens a hunger Emma cannot deny. Drawn deep into an underworld of high stakes gambling and reckless overindulgence, she soon discovers that in order to win the love of a ruthless scoundrel, she will have to play the game...and give in to the pleasure of falling from grace. Luck Is No Lady - Goodreads


My Opinion

4.5/5 stars.
I picked up this book last year. I read a good portion of it then I put it down. Why, you ask? Because:
  1. School;
  2. I've lost interest.
During the school time, a slow burning romance is not a good way to entertain yourself. You need adrenaline. Action. Something that keeps you going. (So that is my excuse.) In other words, I was not in the mood anymore.
5 stars, five, star, rating, The Book PortalPutting my reasons aside, I was 100% sure I will return to this book. And not surprisingly, I did. Oh, boy! I so enjoyed the story. It was a historical, regency romance just up my alley. The romance does not monopolize the narrative and we have conflict. Yes! Three noble orphaned girls in need of money in times when a good marriage is the only solution for young women. Deceased parent with gambling addiction who caused those three girls to be in danger from a bookie. A noble bastard who owns a "gambling hell" becomes a means to an end for the girls to get out of dept. The oldest of the sisters risks her family name and reputation in an era where status is everything to save her sisters. Falling in love is out of question but it may happen in the darkest of times. 
A perfect recipe for an intriguing story despite the cheesy cover. (Please, ignore it!)
The romance is slow burning. Tension is built up for our characters. We have chemistry at first. Then, we have  period of flirting, personal exploring, and creating trust. No dominant and overly exaggerated alpha male. No weak female who appears to be strong only because the author tells us so. The main characters feel like real people, relatable people. Both are strong and weak in their own ways. They complete each other like puzzle pieces.
I realized lately that I need meaning and story in my romances not jut plain romance and steam. This was definitely my cup of team. I am going to follow the author and continue the series. 
Yes, this is still a read for a more mature audience. 

flower, rose, sketch, drawing, The Book Portal This is my sole opinion. ^_^

Genre: Adult, Romance, Historical Romance, Regency 
Language: mild to moderate
Sexual content: heavy
Violence: moderate

Drugs/Alcohol: moderate

P.S. 

  • You can check out my latest post -->HERE<--
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Melody Obsession of the Week Brought to You by Me Presents... Minions?

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Hello-Hello! I am going to be direct with you. For weeks, I've been planning my next melody obsession post. I was planning this big inspirational post about humanity and humans and blah blah blah... Then it hit me. Or should I say... my ear drum? There is too much seriousness in the world. We know things are bad but better than they were a thousand years ago. We know we strive for equality, justice, and perfection. Although, we often forget the human nature. Humans are creatures of habit sooo change is not up our alley and I am citing the scientists from the world of psychology here. Sometimes is better to just enjoy the moment.
Forget the bad.
Eliminate those negative words and views of the world.
AND. JUST. SMILE.
With that comes the laughter.
Yeah! 
Today I want to put a smile on your face to make you feel better even if it's just for a fraction of a second.
As you can see, I upgraded my post logo. I Photoshoped the original picture I created in Photoshop using the App Bamboo Paper. Now, it really looks like music madness. 
Brain: Wait! Wait a minute! WAIT-A-Minute! Aren't people usually use Photoshop to Photoshop other pictures created in other apps? 
Me (the other side of the brain):Yes, and?  
Brain: Then... How? You... It doesn't make any sense.
Me: It doesn't always have to be that way. >--Clap-Clap--< Keep up, Brain! Keep up!
Brain: Now, you got me confused. Pretty picture thou!
Me: Thank you! You help me make it.
Brain: I know! >:] >B]
So, without further ado or any interruption from my highly evolved cerebral cortex from the animal kingdom...
Brain: I know what you did there...
I present to you:

MINIONS


Brain: ...And, it's not fair.
I dare you to sing along and try to take this tune out of your head after you listened to it!

Mwahahahahaha!
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Happy listening!
Play it on repeat. ^_^
Brain: That's just pure evilness. 
Me: I know. >]
Bye! For real, now! Bye!
Oh! And enjoy the music!

P.S. If you are curious about my last song pick, feel free to check it out -->HERE<--.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Monthly Recommendations - May Is for Contemporary

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Hello-Hello! I am here with another post. Recently I joined another books related group on Goodreads called Monthly Recommendations (<--link). You might know the creators, Trina (Between Chapters) and Kayla Rayne. Do not be a troll and check these awesome beings' channels. - (No offense, trolls but you are pretty grumpy imaginary creatures.)
The month of May is dedicated to Contemporary Books.
According to May's discussion board, "Contemporary fiction is generally considered to be a real world setting with no fantasy or paranormal elements that takes place after World War II. It includes a variety of cross/sub-genres, such as: Romance, Coming of Age, Mystery, Horror, Humor, Literary fiction."
Since I prefer my books with a splash of imaginary... stuff, contemporary books are very few in my read pile... Thus, the books of my choosing are more romance oriented and cross the line into the New Adult category. I am not counting the ones from my TBR (to be read) list since I cannot offer an opinion cause I did not read them... DUH! 
The books are in no particular order.
Let's get this recommendation started!
 
book, contemporary, letters to the lost, romance, brigid kemmerer, ya, young adult
 
This is one of my recent reads. It is an easy and quick read. A lot of themes are explored throughout this book. "Don't be quick to judge" and "things are not always what they appear" are just a few of them. Brigid Kemmerer does a great job reflecting real world problems in her book. I also like the mystery-romance aspect. Boy and girl know of each other's existence but they are not acquainted at all. They judge one another based on rumors and gossip. Then, they end up later corresponding anonymously to talk about their life and problems. From my point of view, this story is a bit too focused on the main characters; although, that hasn't stop me from enjoying a good book like this (Review HERE).
  
Anna and the french kiss, book, stephanie perkins, book, contemporary, romance, france, paris, ya, young adult
 
Alright, this is a kind of a classic cliché and I so love it. This a contemporary love story which it happens to take place in Paris, France. L'amour! I couldn't help it. I had to say the phrase. Tired of having all - mostly all - your books taking place in the U.S.A or U.K.? Then this book is your answer to that. But don't get overly excited, there still is an American/English aspect in this book. The setting is beautiful. The story had the right amounts of romance, reality, cuteness, sweetness, and culture, and characters... I read this book twice and that says something since I rarely read books a second time. Anyway... Try the book if you are in a mood for cute and fluffy. (*Not really a standalone.)
 
the way to game the walk of shame, jenn p. nguyen, contemporary, romance, book, swoon reads, ya, young adult
 
A book published by Swoon Reads*** (<-- link). Teenage girl with good reputation (high grades and focused on her grades but with a "cold" demeanor) meets the hot surfer womanizer boy. It is set in high school. The two try to figure out who they are despite... high school society? It is a nice contemporary with an important message addressed people. There is a lot of steam potential... but is not explored at all; though, the romance is cute. And despite the title, personally, I did not see the "walk of shame". Nothing was shameful.
  
royally roma, teri wilson, book, contemporary, romance, adult, rome, itally
 
Now, we are leaving the YA territory and move towards New Adult / Adult zone. This is another romance that takes place in another place other then USA or U.K. It's happening in Rome, baby! Cute. Full of steam. Love. Romance. Culture. A Prince in disguise. It is a retelling of the film Roman Holyday with Audrey Hepburn in the main role. You can check my review, HERE, if you need more convincing. (*Not really a standalone.)
 
gabriel's inferno, sylvain reynard, book, romance, adult, contemporary, culture, dante, inferno
 
Well, well, well. The maturity scale in this one gets a little higher (and I am not talking about the sexy time). This is a complex and complicated story. It is about life, love, and redemption. There is a strong connection with Dante's Inferno or shout I say Dante's personal life viewed from his work, The Divine Comedy. It takes place in Toronto, Canada. Yes, it started as fan-fiction but there is so much more to the story. This is a story well written able to touch your soul and feels - oops, feelings.
(Not a standalone.)

ugly love, book, colleen hoover, romance, contemporary, adult, new adult, books
 
Another new adult book. If you are a Colleen Hoover fan, you already know of this book. Again, the maturity level is pretty high - and here I am talking about sex. This is my favorite Colleen's book so far. (I've only read two and the other one is Confess which you can find my review on it HERE.) Life. Love. Redemption. Tragedy. And the most important, how we cope with tragedy and find a way to relive and bloom again.
 
I hope you enjoyed this post and found some new books to add to your on growing TBR pile. And, if you want more contemporary recommendations, check out the group's May discussion board HERE.
See ya in the next post!
 
P.S. Confess was turned into a short TV show. For more details on that click the link HERE.
*The book can be read by itself - ish - but it ties in with other books. A series of standalones...?
 ***Swoon Reads it is a website where you can publish your manuscript and based on feedback from the readers you have a chances to get published.  
 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Random Book Haul with a Splash of Biology and Society

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Hello-Hello! Recently I got my hands on some awesome books. Some of them were free - somebody was literary throwing them to the garbage - and some of them I got for a cheap price in second-hand stores. I know that in some parts of the world, to buy from second-hand stores is seen with judgmental eyes in the eyes of society... like an embarrassment because you cannot afford to buy unused things, brand new. It is more about moral pride than the quality of the things and some people are even ashamed to admit that they entered and bought something from a second-hand store. I am speaking from my experience and I am not pointing fingers because it is impossible for me to know everything in this universe. :)
American view changed that opinion I had through books mostly. I found brand new books in second-hand stores. Barely opened or scratched books like the ones you are going to see below. It is crazy how many valuable things people are donating for other people to buy for a couple dollars.
Like that saying: One man's trash is another man's treasure.
I mean... It is a saying for a reason, right?
Don't be afraid about germs. Usually the stores disinfect them. Or in extreme cases you can disinfect them yourselves. Plus, a sterile life is impossible - except for fetuses in their mother's wombs and even there I might be wrong. Your are covered in germs yourself. Without your microbiota you will not be able to survive on this Earth. If you cannot believe me, you can listen to this guy from PBS who has a Ph.D. (doctorate) --> It's Okay To Be Smart - You Are Mainly Microbe... Meet Your Microbiome! 
You can see how much of a geek I am when I am turning a Book Haul into an educational post. Nevertheless, this shouldn't stop you to "stay curious" like Dr. Joe Hanson says. 
Now it's time for the BOOKS!!!!
 
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 Books I got for free:
Anne of Avonlea -- which I donated to a Free Library program in my town
 
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 Books I got from a second-hand store:
 
If you are interested in reading any of these books, I included the link for their respective Goodreads page. You just have to click on the name of the book from the lists above to learn more about that said... book. Gosh, that was a mouthful. Yes, I repeat everything I write in my head to make sure it sounds right.
Anyway... Let me know if you read or want to read any of the books I hauled today. I want to read your thought, feelings, and opinions in the comment section - even if you read this post 20 years in the future.
Oh! And did I spark your curiosity about biology and people?