TTT. Books That Awake the Travel Bug in Me

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.
This week Top Ten Tuesday is simply perfect. Why? This Friday, I'm leaving to Marseille and then to Montpelier, in France, for two weeks of sightseeing (I hope there will be time since I'm going with my uni and will be attending classes about William Shakespeare) and trying to speak a language I've long forgotten.

Language barrier aside, let me share with you some of the books that made me think about dropping everything behind (minus my cats) and jump into an adventure around the world.

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Sunday Post. It's Cake Week

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.
How is everyone doing? How am I doing? I'm still stressed and there has been a lot of crying this week, but I'm trying not to give up everything. For that reason, I decided to cheer up myself and created Cake Week. I confess I quite enjoyed this themed week. I enjoyed it so much that I may do a few other themed weeks. 

What happened in my life this week:

🎂 The video game gods sensed my mood this week and decided to release a few seconds of Spyro gameplay. That put a smile on my face. #releasethedragon
🎂 Must stop picking 500 pages books. Since I'm such a slow reader, I feel like I'm not reading, and that's quite depressing.
🎂 NetGalley feedback ratio is above eighty per cent for the first time in months. How did this happen? *happy dance*

ARC Review // Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge

Friday, 1 June 2018

Title: Deadly Sweet
Author: Lola Dodge
Publisher: Ink Monster, LLC
Published: January 16th 2018
Pages: 294 pages

"Anise Wise loves three things: baking, potion making, and reading her spellbooks in blissful silence. She might not be the most powerful witch, but enchantment is a rare skill, and her ability to bake with magic is even rarer. Too bad no one wants witchcraft on their campus. Anise’s dream of attending pastry school crumbles with rejection letter after rejection letter.

Desperate to escape her dead-end future, Anise contacts the long-lost relative she’s not supposed to know about. Great Aunt Agatha owns the only magic bakery in the US, and she suddenly needs a new apprentice. Anise is so excited she books it to New Mexico without thinking to ask what happened to the last girl.

The Spellwork Syndicate rules the local witches in Taos, but as “accidents” turn into full-out attacks on Anise’s life, their promises to keep her safe are less and less reassuring. Her cranky bodyguard is doing his best, but it’s hard to fight back when she has no idea who’s the enemy. Or why she became their target.

If Anise can’t find and stop whoever wants her dead, she’ll be more toasted than a crème brûlée.

Who knew baking cakes could be so life or death?"

Disclaimer: Do not read Deadly Sweet with an empty stomach. Delicious cake descriptions will make you crave for something sweet and leave you mouth-watering.

Magic. Who doesn't love magic? 

Baking. Lots and lots of baking. I believe this was my favourite part of the story (the #CakeFlavouredBooks tag will show you how much I love cake). Anise is a baking witch, so there's a lot of sweet and comforting baking throughout the novel. And a bakery that sells magic cakes to muggles. From layered cakes, lemon pies and chocolate mousse to cookies and brownies. This book gave me a serious existential crisis: perhaps I should have become a baker. 

Cake Flavoured Books Tag. Who Loves Cake?

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Welcome to Cake Week! This week is all about cake, cupcakes and muffins, slices of pie and everything sweet. I saw this tag a few months ago on Annemieke @ADancewithDragons (it was created by Cat @PaperFury). I wanted to join it, but I wanted to find the perfect moment. Since I'm sharing my review of Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge this week, why not create Cake Week?

Disclaimer: This book tag may leave you craving for cake.

ARC Review // The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

Friday, 25 May 2018

Title: The Smoke Thieves
Author: Sally Green
Publisher: Penguin
Published: May 3rd 2018
Pages: 394 pages

"A princess, a traitor, a soldier, a hunter and a thief.

Five teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands.
Five nations destined for conflict.

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father, while her true love, Ambrose, faces the executioner's block.

In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town.

And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our five heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war.

Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

A princess, a soldier, a hunter, a traitor, a thief and DEMONS. Welcome to The Smoke Thieves.


obviously Demons. Magical creatures, good or bad, always steal my heart. I'm so excited about book number two because I want to learn more about these beautiful red, orange and purple creatures and their world. Oh, and about demon smoke. 

And this leads me to...

Sunday Post. Remember Me?

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.
So, it has been a while, hasn't it? I know I haven't been around much (I haven't been around at all), but it's all because LIFE SUCKS! I want time for myself and all the things I love, but I can't find it. And no matter how hard I work to organize my life perfectly, time just flies and I find myself drowning in uni work - and most of the uni work has nothing to do with the thesis I'm writing, and I'm soooo behind these days... I just want to lay down in a dark corner and cry. Or sleep. 

Anyway, I'm currently a part-part-part-time blogger. Hopefully, when all of this over, I'll be able to be back freaking out about books every week.

What happened in my life this last month:

🌻 So much happened that I rather not talk about it because most of it was quite stressful.
🌻 But I did go to Évora (you can see some of the photos here). It's a beautiful and quiet place that I hope to return someday. And I hope to return on a holiday - because I didn't go there to relax from all the stress.
🌻ARCs piling up! Must learn not to ask for more than I can read in a month. Some lessons are hard to learn.
🌻 I'm still ahead my reading schedule. *happy dance*

Blog Tour. A Prom to Remember

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

I'm back with an all new blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Welcome to A Prom to Remember Blog Tour. Sandy Hall is my go-to author when I need something fluffy and adorable, so I couldn't be more excited when I was accepted to be part of this tour.

Title: A Prom to Remember
Author: Sandy Hall
Published: April 24th 2018
Genre: Contemporary & Young Adult

"Love it or hate it, you’ll never forget it. In this heart-warming novel, Swoon Reads star, Sandy Hall, explores a classic high school celebration, capturing every relatable and hilarious teen milestone along the way.

Cora: Dating Perfect Boyfriend Jamie. Has NO IDEA how to break up with him.

Paisley: Anti-prom. Somehow nominated her anxiety-ridden best friend for prom king…

Henry: Hates social situations. Invited to prom by the most popular girl in school. SEND HELP!

Otis: Half of one of the cutest couples in his class. Not quite ready for a post-prom hotel room…

Lizzie: Shy. Excited to go to prom. With a boy. Whose name she doesn’t know.

Cameron: Loner. Over high school. Just wants to meet the mysterious girl who’s been leaving him notes…

Jacinta: Unnamed Nerd Girl #3. Determined to become the star of her own life, starting with prom…

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, A Prom to Remember, from Sandy Hall (author of A Little Something Different), is a funny and cinematic look at the biggest dance of every high schooler’s life.