Saturday, December 31, 2016

Wrapping Up 2016: My Year in Books


Hello everybody! Happy New Year!! :)
So. Today is Saturday, 22.23 P.M in Western Indonesia Time when I wrote this post. It means I'm only a couple hours away from New Year. I hope you all have a blast celebrating New Year wherever you are. Although I was kinda hoping I'd be in New York City, alas. it was just a wish. Anyway, since Goodreads have been hounding me about my year in books, I finished adding several last minute books.

And I have to say, I am rather proud of my achievement this year. Admittedly, there are people with higher bars than the one I set at the start of 85 books. I finished with 94. Not too shabby, eh?


Okay. So, 94 books. Of course, most of them are Romance. But finally, FINALLY! I read Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. I was kinda late, sure, but I did manage to read it XD

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Read A Pile Project 2017

Hey guys!
2016 almost ends, and I'm kinda nervous of what next year would bring, in my personal and blogging lives. Last (or accurately, this) year, I hosted one RC. Reading Romance was a success, in my book. Because I actually managed to keep an eye all year long.

Credit: Anastasia - Jane and Her Bookienary
For 2017, I'm doing something a little more...challenging. Something that has been weighed down on my mind (and on my shelf). Basically, reading the books I've owned, but haven't had time to finish. Yet. And still, I managed to add to the pile (Indonesia, baca: timbunan XD). I bought and got like 10 books each month this year, and only managed to read less than five. That was pretty pathetic. And that's five more added to my pile. Anyway, I was thinking that challenging myself to finish those books on my pile(s) would be a great idea. And also, dragging the others to do this project could be mutually satisfactory, too.

This is not a Reading Challenge, actually. Just a little project, to motivate myself :) There will be no annoying rule, or crazy rule, because I'd probably forget about those rules. Just a few things to keep in mind. This is a fun project so please don't think "Ugh, I can't take this challenge, this isn't going to be a fun one."

How to enter and participate:
  1. Just register your name on the linky below, BEFORE December 1st, 2017
  2. I would like you guys to make a special shelf on Goodreads. The name? Up to you, but it needs to be only for this project. No need to make a master post. However, if you enter, please put my banner on your sidebar and link it up back to this post (if you have a blog).
  3. If you're not Indonesian, that's fine. The rules are pretty universal, you don't have to be Indonesian to participate
  4. Insert your shelf link to the Linky, and state your level
The rules of the play
1. The period eligible of this project is from January 1st - December 31st 2017
2. Read ANY and ALL books published before or at December 31st 2016 going backward. Books published after Dec. 31st won't be counted
3. There are four levels, just to make it more fun

Bronze : 1-20 books
Silver : 21-40 books
Gold : 41-60 books
Platinum : more 60 books

4. Just update your books on your shelf. Easy, right? Don't forget to add your read date
5. For example, here's my Goodreads shelf for this project,
6. There will be no giveaway, mainly because this is a project. Just the satisfaction that you conquered your TBR pile and the bragging rights to your friends :) But who knows, if I can swing it, I'd probably give a couple bookish merchandise at the end.

If you have any question, just contact me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Email. Anywhere. I can also be contacted via WhatsApp or LINE. So, what are you waiting for? Enter and be ready to dig up your pile of books! Maybe you'll discover a treasure or two, as well :D



Friday, October 14, 2016

Reading Romance 2016: July-September Wrap-Up


Hello, guys!
We're on the fourth quarter of Reading Romance 2016. I'm planning on hosting another Reading Challenge or two next year, but I'm still in a pickle about the format.

And as for this challenge, next year, after the challenge is finished, I'm giving away TWO mystery packages for two people, and probably a couple books if I have them. One mystery package is for you who finishes with the highest number of romance books read this year AND submit your updates the list for each quarter. So if you only submit twice, I'm going to disqualify. The other one is for you who finishes with all fifteen categories done, no matter how many books you read. If I have more than one participant qualified, I'll do it randomly.

Please note that I will have FOUR posts. The last one will be the update for the fourth quarter, which would include the number of books you've read all through 2016, and categories you've done as wrap-up.

1. Make a post about the romance books you've read from July 1st to September 30th. To make it easier for you guys, you can write your progress on your Master Post or make a new progress post that you update every period. If you are using Goodreads, don't forget to set your reading date.

2. If you make reviews, please link up your reviews on your progress post.

3. Please write your progress post with this following format:

# (Month) Book Title - Author - Category

Or, if you are categorizing your books like I do (my progress post), you still HAVE to write up the month.

4. There is a Linky below. Link up your progress post with this following format:

Name - Your Blog Name/Goodreads Name/Facebook Name

5. Please don't submit ALL your review links. Link up your reviews on your progress post

6. If you are using Goodreads, you can link up the shelf you made for this RC. Use URL shortener (bit.ly, tinyurl, etc) if the link is too long. If you are using Facebook, use Note to make the post.

7. The Linky will be open from now until October 31st. Make sure you don't forget to add your link to make you eligible for my giveaway at the end of this RC.

Any question, you can tweet to me @ridyananda or email me on my email ninaridyananda[at]gmail[dot]com. Via Facebook is not encouraged because I rarely open my Facebook. Please do not hesitate to contact if necessary.




Monday, October 03, 2016

Reading Spots in Surabaya



You ever have a favorite place to read?
I do. I usually just curl up in my bed, propped by a mountain of pillows, and get comfortable with slow music in set in low volume :) But no, I'm not going to post my bed and my pillows here.

I bring books everywhere I go. I practically has many books on my smartphone, stuffs I'd like to open again when I wait for someone, or bored at class. Usually, I have too many things on my bag so I just left my book-of-the-day in my car. Smartphone and ebooks are my favorite because I can read literally everywhere, anywhere, and however I could.

Surabaya, the city I live and play in, was declared a literacy city back in 2014. I just found out myself, and frankly, reading facilities in Surabaya only fall on the category of decent. Even the public libraries. Libraries in private schools or universities (not owned by our dear government) are in better condition and have vast collections, but sadly I could never read in these places.

Anyway, I do have favorite spots in this city to read. Or at least, trying to read. Because reading in these places lift my mood up. I can spend two to four hours in these places, reading or just basically getting my mood in the right place so to speak. But other than that, you could definitely try this places for reading.

Libreria Eatery
Jl. Ngagel Jaya 87-89, Surabaya

I admit, I only come here when I'm feeling rich. The food and beverages are not really affordable for a student (unless you're a rich student, which I am definitely not). But this cafe has a very bookish theme. Located near Uranus bookstore, Libreria aims for bookworms with bookish quotes, bookish stuffs, and books all around. The air inside is comfy and homey. If only they make their foods cheaper :(



Aside of Libreria, there are actually quite a number of cafes or eateries in Surabaya that have nice views, comfortable, and in affordable prices. You wouldn't feel bored because Surabaya offers a lot of culinary delights in these cafes. One of those is Stilrod Cafe, a British-themed cafe in the Darmo area. But I'm not here to talk about cafes XD

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Tour: I Am Not Afraid of Wolves



BLURB:   
Christine would do anything to get away from it all.

After escaping an abusive marriage and heading up a group of brand new performers, she’s tired and in need of a vacation. So when her sister Sara wants her to go camping out in the mountains of Georgia with the girls, she packs her bags for some rest and relaxation. Not even meeting a gorgeous park ranger like Colton Donnelly is going to distract her.

Except Sara didn’t tell her the real reason for the trip: she’s running away from a terrible secret. One that puts all of their lives in danger.

Now the vacation that Christine so desperately needed is ruined, but that’s the least of her worries. She has to use her wits and skills to save them all. Because she soon finds out that werewolves are very real. And they’ll stop at nothing to get their claws into her sister.

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EXCERPT:   
When the sliding door locked, I turned my gaze onto Sara and watched her, waiting for her to bring up her story. I wanted her to be the one who talked first, if only because I didn’t want to prod her too much if she was traumatized by whatever this was.

But if she was going to try to weasel her way out of talking to me, she had another thing coming.

“Wow,” she murmured softly. “Look at that full moon.”

I picked up a note of fear in her voice. “Yeah,” I said cautiously. “It’s beautiful.”

“I used to think so.” Sara turned around and looked back at me. Her eyes were wide with fright and the rigidity told me something else was going on with her.

Finally, my patience snapped.

“Sara, what’s wrong?”

“You won’t believe me,” she repeated, using the same phrase she used when we were putting food away.

I crossed my arms. “I think you’ll be surprised.”

Sara’s jaw worked. “I think I’m going to need more wine for this.”

I held up my glass. “Just drink mine.” Don’t think I’m letting you back in the kitchen that easily. She’d run away and hide and hoped I’d forget about it. She wanted to talk about it, but she was too afraid to.

She took my glass and downed the rest of it in one chug. I raised my eyebrows in surprise.

“Okay,” she said, as if warming herself up for our talk. “Okay.”

“It will be all right,” I told her.

“No, it won’t.” Tears started filling her eyes. “Christine, do you believe in werewolves?”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she's a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks(at)gmail(dot)com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

Monday, September 26, 2016

October 2016 New Releases



Oh my God, September is ending soon :(
I haven't read much in September, I was busy with...practically everything. And here's what you can expect in October 2016.

Note: This list is still subject to edits, changes, and additions.
Updated October 10th

October 1st
October 4th
October 9th
October 11th
October 12th
October 13th
October 16th
October 17th
October 18th
October 20th
October 21st
October 24th
October 25th

Giveaway Typo: Winner Announcement


Good morning :)
Yesterday was the end of giveaway TYPO by Christian Simamora on my blog. Thank you, my deepest gratitude to everyone who participates. I had fun, really, reading all your comments about arranged marriage XD What I intended as a contest of imaginations, turn into a pour-your-heart-out session. I feel it too, I'm single and I think my parents are going to arrange a marriage if by the time of mid-twenties I'm still single -____-



Nevertheless, we're here to see who wins. I asked my Mom to pick the best comment of my question, and I checked to see if you followed all my rules. My Mom is a bit...eccentric, so I guess a mainstream answer isn't going to be on her radar *cries* She said it was hard, because she thinks the answers are all great, many are sensible, she couldn't choose for well over two hours.

Kalau kamu dijodohin sama orang tua kamu di usia muda, bagaimana reaksi kamu? Apa kamu terima, atau kabur sama cowok pilihan kamu sendiri?

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Review: Apprentice In Death

Title : Apprentice in Death
Series : In Death #43
Author : J.D. Robb
ASIN : B019DHP654
Edition : Kindle (Released Sept. 6th, 2016)
Publisher : Berkley
Page counts : 384 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Thriller, Crime, Romantic Suspense
Average Rating : 4.52 (per August 21st, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : August 13th, 2016
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BLURB:   
Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns in a fast-paced new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb.

Nature versus nurture...

The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.

Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil...

Apparently, I'm still not bored at all with this series. Although it's by far the longest series I'm following, I found myself surprised with Apprentice in Death. Almost 2 decades of the In Death series, and J.D. Robb is still rocking it.

It's January 2061. Lieutenant Eve Dallas has just finished one of the hardest cases in her life, because it involved Dennis Mira, a man she actually adores (Brotherhood In Death). And then a strange, and horrifying case comes across her and her partner, Detective Delia Peabody. Three people were shot in Woolman Rink. It appears to be random, but Eve digs deeper and learns a shocking truth.

When a murder cop ended up with a busy, billionaire businessman, quiet nights at home were like the biggest, shiniest prize in the box.

The sniper is apparently someone in law enforcement, and the sniper has an accomplice. An apprentice, to be trained to be a killer. And also, the apprentice seems to be a teenager. These killers have an agenda, and it's up to Eve and her team in homicide to stop them, before someone they actually know and care about is hit.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Book Tour Typo: Giveaway Time!!



Yak. It's giveaway time!
Udah saatnya giveaway nih. Gimana? Cukup penasaran sama Typo? Udah baca reviewku dong.

Oh ya, jangan lupa dengerin playlist Spotify Typo. Isinya lagu-lagu yang nemenin Bang Ino selama proses penulisan dan editing buku ini. Beberapa lagu lainnya, aku sendiri yang pilih. Salah satu lagu wajib denger buat buku ini adalah Auld Lang Syne, dan karena ada banyak banget versinya, aku pilih versi Colbie Caillat (she's one of my favorite singers!) Playlist ini hanya bisa dibuka menggunakan aplikasi Spotify dari laptop ataupun smartphone. Jadi pastikan dulu ponsel atau laptop kalian sudah ada aplikasinya.



Review: Typo (with Typo Hunting + Photo Challenge)

Title : Typo
Series : #JBoyfriend #9
Author : Christian Simamora
ISBN : 6027036273 (ISBN13: 9786027036277)
Edition : Paperback (Released July, 2016)
Publisher : Twigora
Page counts : 463 pages
Language : Indonesian
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 3.61 (per Sept. 20th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : September 18th, 2016
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BLURB:   
KETIKA TUHAN TAK MERENCANAKAN
LAKI-LAKI DAN PEREMPUAN UNTUK BERJODOH,
PARA ORANGTUA AKAN TURUN TANGAN
UNTUK MENYATUKAN MEREKA.

Di usianya yang keempat belas tahun, Maisie Varma dijodohkan dengan Josh Mallick oleh kedua ayah mereka. Meskipun sama-sama tak suka dengan keputusan sepihak itu, Mai dan Josh memilih untuk belajar beradaptasi dengan satu sama lain ketimbang membangun nyali untuk menentangnya.

Tapi kemudian, di malam pergantian tahun, Oma Josh yang baru mendengar tentang perjodohan itu langsung protes keras. Bukan itu saja, beliau memaksa para ayah untuk membatalkan pertunangan malam itu juga. Semuanya pun kembali seperti semula—kecuali bagi Mai. Dia sungguh-sungguh tak menyangka, status tunangan Josh selama beberapa hari membuatnya jatuh cinta untuk kali pertama.

Novel #jboyfriend kali ini merupakan kronologis cinta putri satu-satunya keluarga Varma. Tentang gelenyar yang membungkus perasaan Mai dalam bahagia, juga tentang hal-hal manis yang membuat pipinya sering merona merah.

Novel ini juga akan bercerita banyak tentang anak bungsu keluarga Mallick. Si mantan tunangan yang bertanggung jawab membuat Mai jatuh hati sekali lagi, juga yang mengingatkannya bahwa perasaan itu tak lebih dari sekadar typo. Kesalahan hati yang harus Mai koreksi.


Selamat jatuh cinta,

CHRISTIAN SIMAMORA

I've only read a few of Christian Simamora's books, that was mainly because I rarely liked my local romance (I'm picky like that). Entering as a host for Simamora's book tour, however, was a dare from someone. She said, why don't you read and promoting your local romance? And I was, okay. And so, my journey with Typo began. Kinda unexpected, since I've never done a complete review of Simamora's books. And this book? I adore the cover.

Typo. One word you associate with a mistake or misspelling. At the tender age of 14, Maisie Varma was going to be engaged to Josh Mallick, since their fathers are thick as thieves. An engagement plan that only lasted a few days, then broken by Josh's grandmother. That was years ago, but this kid with a gifted hand in piano imprinted himself in Mai's heart forever.

Karena bersama lo sama seperti makan di restoran all you can eat, Sayang. The main goal is eating as much as you can.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Book Tour: TYPO by Christian Simamora (Author Interview)


Selamat pagi, semuanya!
Biasanya aku posting pake bahasa Inggris ya, hehe. Part of my efforts to reach greater audience. Tapi kali ini, spesial untuk Book Tour Typo-nya abang Christian Simamora aka Abang Ino, aku switch ke bahasa Indonesia buat Author Interview dan Giveaway-nya nanti :)

Christian Simamora adalah salah satu penulis yang udah aku tau cukup lama, awal kenalnya ketika Bang Ino merilis Pillow Talk. Bang Ino menulis seri #JBOYFRIEND, cowok-cowok dengan nama berawalan J, dan saat ini sedang menulis seri #VIMANASINGLES alias jomblo-jomblo keluarga Vimana. Bagi aku sendiri, Bang Ino penulis contemporary-romance lokal dengan gaya cerita cenderung panas, suatu kelangkaan di Indonesia (trust me, I know what I'm talking about). Baca buku-buku Bang Ino (harus diakui, aku cuma baca beberapa) berasa baca buku-buku conrom luar negeri. Buku-buku yang buat beberapa orang masih terlalu panas untuk ukuran Indonesia, meskipun buatku biasa-biasa aja #halah

Dalam rangkaian Book Tour ini, aku bakalan bikin 3 postingan, yaitu Author Interview, Review, dan tidak ketinggalan juga, Giveaway. Stay tuned di Twitter atau blog ini ya :) Let's get started!



Guideline: Jawaban Bang Ino masuk dalam kotak pink
PS. Setelah interview ini, ada playlist spesial untuk Typo lho.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Quick Post: September New Releases

In a hurry and literally on an hour break here :)
Here's what you can expect on September. Mostly, they are from authors I've read (I took it from Goodreads's monthly newsletter about new books each month).

Sooo many great books and I didn't even read many new books in August aaargh!



  1. Thresh (Alpha One Security #2) by Jasinda Wilder (Sept. 2)
  2. Apprentice in Death (In Death #43) by J.D. Robb (Sept. 6)
  3. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents, #1) by J.K. Rowling (Sept. 6)
  4. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents, #2) by J.K. Rowling (Sept. 6)
  5. Hogwarts (Pottermore Presents #3) by J.K. Rowling (Sept. 6)
  6. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas (Sept. 6)
  7. Leave Me by Gayle Forman (Sept. 6)
  8. Reckless by Winter Renshaw (Sept. 6)
  9. The One Real Thing (Hart's Broadwalk #1) by Samantha Young (Sept. 6)
  10. Well Hung by Lauren Blakely (Sept. 12)
  11. Roman Crazy (Boards Abroad #1) by Alice Clayton (Sept. 13)
  12. Shine by Jodi Pilcout (Sept. 13)
  13. Wicked Bond (The Wicked Horse #5) by Sawyer Bennett (Sept. 13)
  14. Just Friends by Monica Murphy (Sept. 13)
  15. #Bae (Hashtag #7) by Cambria Hebert (Sept. 16)
  16. The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas (Sept 16)
  17. Secret Sins by C.D. Reiss (Sept. 18)
  18. Levi's Blue by M. Leighton (Sept. 19)
  19. Wilder (The Renegades #1) by Rebecca Yarros (Sept. 19)
  20. Billionaire On The Loose (Billionaires and Bridesmaids #5) by Jessica Clare (Sept. 20)
  21. Blood Red Kiss (Anthology) by Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter (Sept. 20)
  22. Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona Andrews (Sept. 20)
  23. Slow Burn (Colorado High Country #2) by Pamela Clare (Sept. 20)
  24. The Odds of Lightning by Jocelyn Davies (Sept. 20)
  25. The Silent Waters (Elements #3) by Brittainy C. Cherry (Sept. 23)
  26. The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy (Sept. 26)
  27. The Sinner (The Graveyard Queen #5) by Amanda Stevens (Sept. 27)
  28. Outsider (Exodus End #2) by Olivia Cunning (Sept. 27)
  29. The Fever Code (The Maze Runer #0.6) by James Dashner (Sept. 27)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Start Your Indonesia's Historical Fiction Here


I was actually planning to read Pulang (Home) by Leila S. Chudori. The book is set on Indonesia's students revolution back in 1960s. I admit, I didn't know much about Indonesia's history, mostly because good and informative history books are few and unexciting. I was unable to read it, however. And Historical Fiction has never been my stronger forte, I prefer contemporary.

What is actually Historical Fiction?
Well, basically it's a literacy genre where fiction and historical events are mixed. Dictionary.com states that Historical Fiction is,

the genre of literature, film, etc., comprising narratives that take placein the past and are characterized chiefly by an imaginativereconstruction of historical events and personages.

While reading some articles about literacy on The Guardian, I stumbled across an article, which is basically a recommendation for Indonesian hisfic novels. I was curious as to what books The Guardian said are good. They're already translated to English, so you can try them in English. Here's the list:

1. This Earth of Mandkind (Bumi Manusia) by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
The first on the Tetralogi Buru, the setting is Indonesia's colonial time. It's a romance series, apparently. The English version was published by Penguin Books in 1996, Indonesian first publication was published in 1975. And it was recently being played on a theatre play.



2. The Rainbow Troops (Laskar Pelangi) by Andrea Hirata
I read it when I was still in middle school. I was literally limited, so I thought the book was a bit boring. When I was a freshman in college, I read it again and it was one of the best books I've read. Though the historical aspects are less detailed than other books, The Rainbow Troops was a good book about reaching for your dreams and beating the odds against you. It's the first book of a tetralogy, and actually an autobiography of Andrea Hirata himself.


3. Tiger! (Harimau! Harimau!) by Mochtar Lubis
This one was recommended by my dad. He loves to read (though he's too busy these days to even read newspapers). He has an old edition of this book, around 1980s. The story is about villagers and and tiger hunting (?). Though the history sides of this book isn't well told (according to my dad), it's still has the historical sense and background. The English version was published on 1991.



You want to start with another Indonesian books?
Go to Barnes & Nobles here, and pick them up!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review: Wild Embrace

Title : Wild Embrace
Series : Psy-Changeling 15.5 (Anthology)
Author : Nalini Singh
ASIN : B018RVBU7U
Edition : Kindle (Released August 23rd, 2016)
Publisher : Berkley
Page counts : 400 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Average Rating : 4.30 (per August 30th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : August 27th, 2016
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Note : Part of Psy-Changeling world, with different time setting for each story

BLURB:   
Echo of Silence
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander...

Dorian
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play...

Partners in Persuasion
Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…

Flirtation of Fate
Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries...

I haven't read Allegiance of Honor (book 15) yet, because it means the end of the first arc and I liked the first arc just fine. The fall of Silence marked the first arc, ended on book 14, Shards of Hope. Oh, by the way, I adore Aden. And I admit, I haven't finished all the books yet.

Wild Embrace takes us into the stories of four people in SnowDancer and DarkRiver packs. On the first novella, Echo of Silence, Tazia Nerif is an engineer for the deep sea station Alaris. And she is attracted to Stefan Berg, her Telekinetic commander. Anyway, Stefan was first mentioned in book 3, if I'm not mistaken. When they have to go as volunteers in an area wrecked by earthquake, they work together and aware of their feelings to each other.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Cover Reveal: I'm Not Afraid of Wolves by Erin Hayes

COMING TO AMAZON ON SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2016


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Christine would do anything to get away from it all.

After escaping an abusive marriage and heading up a group of brand new performers, she’s tired and in need of a vacation. So when her sister Sara wants her to go camping out in the mountains of Georgia with the girls, she packs her bags for some rest and relaxation. Not even meeting a gorgeous park ranger like Colton Donnelly is going to distract her.

Except Sara didn’t tell her the real reason for the trip: she’s running away from a terrible secret. One that puts all of their lives in danger.

Now the vacation that Christine so desperately needed is ruined, but that’s the least of her worries. She has to use her wits and skills to save them all. Because she soon finds out that werewolves are very real. And they’ll stop at nothing to get their claws into her sister.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: Blood To Dust

Title : Blood to Dust
Author : L.J. Shen
ASIN : B01IE06X26
Edition : Kindle (Released July 16th, 2016)
Page counts : 309 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Dark, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.06 (per August 22nd, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : August 17th, 2016
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Note : Read the blurb. There're some pretty dubious situations in this book.

BLURB:   
His name is Beat, and I should hate him.

Bound, blindfolded and bruised, I'm tied in his basement, waiting for the men who stripped me from clothes and humanity to collect his debt to them. Me.

His name is Nate and I should hate him, but I don't.

I'm not supposed to know his real name, even worse, I'm not supposed to care. He is nothing to me but means to an end. The plan is simple: break free, collect the pieces of my broken soul, kill the bastards and run away.

His name is Nathaniel Thomas Vela, and I've never seen his face, though I hear that it's beautiful.

Behind the rugged and handsome exterior, there's a quiet murderer, a killer who thinks guns are for pussies and ends people with his bare hands.

His name doesn't matter, neither does his face, but what does matter is my heart. And right now, sadly, it's his.

Blood to Dust is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.

Blood to Dust is my tentative foray into the world of kidnapping-romance (is that even a genre?). Usually, Stockholm syndrome rarely enters my radar. Someone recommended me Sparrow, but I picked up this one first.

Prescott Smythe is screwed. She was captured, again, by the Godfrey, a man who initially stripped her dignity and pride. The thing is, while she waits for her crazy ex-boyfriend to get to her, she is to wait in Beat's basement, one of Godfrey's lackeys. She's blindfolded and her instinct is to survive. And then Beat gives her glimpses of the kind man he is. And she's intrigued.

She's hurt and broken in her own, fancy-ass country club way. And I'm hurt and broken in my own, broke-ass ghetto way.

Beat--aka Nate Vela--doesn't know the story of this girl, and being on Godfrey's bad side is the last thing he needs. And yet he can't get her out of his mind. When Prescott--Pea--asks for his help and aid in her revenge, he reluctantly agrees. However, things are more dangerous than he realizes, and his feelings to Pea is deeper than he anticipates.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Review: Fisher's Light

Title : Fisher's Light
Author : Tara Sivec
ASIN : B00V3OL4G6
Edition : Kindle (Released March 15th 2015 )
Page counts : 401 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.24 (per August 21th 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : August 21st 2016
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Fisher,
I guess this is it, huh? After fourteen years together, starting a life of our own on this island, five deployments and countless letters I’ve written you through it all, I finally go out to the mailbox and see something I’ve always dreamed of: an envelope with your handwriting on it. For one moment, I actually thought you’d changed your mind, that all the awful things you said to me were just your way of coping after everything you’d been through. I was still here, Fisher. I was still here, holding my breath, waiting for you to come back even though you told me you never would. You always said you’d find your way back to me. Out of all the lies you’ve told me, this one hurts the most.

Enclosed you will find the signed divorce papers, as requested.
I hope you find what you’re looking for. I’m sorry it wasn’t me.
Lucy

To get the ending they want, Lucy and Fisher will have to go back to the beginning. Through the good and the bad, they’ll be reminded of why they always made their way back to each other, and why this time, one way or another, it will be the last time.

At first I was attracted by the blurb, and kinda expected there would be many letters-style writings. At one side, I was a teeny bit disappointed. But on the other side, this book gave me such mixed feelings I couldn't help but wonder if I loved the book or not.

Let's start at the beginning. Jefferson Fisher III, aka Fisher, fell in love with Lucy Butler fourteen years ago, when Lucy was a sophomore and Fisher was a senior. Oh, and they live in this island off South Carolina, Fisher's Island. Yes, Fisher is part of the family in this island. They are this high school couple who made it through first deployment and distance between them. But after Fisher's fifth deployment, Fisher changed. He was so cruel to Lucy, and verbally attacked her. A small part of her heart didn't want to believe that the man she loves had changed, but after more unforgivable acts, Lucy gave up. What destroyed her the most is the divorce papers she finally received.

The only way you'll get to the end is by starting at the beginning.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Review: Lingus

Title : Lingus
Author : Mariana Zapata
ASIN : B007C8IFXW
Edition : Kindle (Released February 8th, 2012)
Publisher : BookBaby
Page counts : 275 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.06 (per August 20th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5

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Most people would describe Katherine Berger as a responsible girl with a big heart, a loyal friend who takes care of those close to her, and the possessor of a wicked sense of humor. There was something about her that most people didn't know. "My name is Kat Berger, and I love porn."

When twenty-five-year-old Kat is dragged to a porn convention by her best friend, she's both embarrassed and nervous. The last thing she ever expected was to meet someone who makes her laugh like no other. This is a story about acceptance and friendship, and a love born out of the most unexpected of places.

Needles to say, I enjoy Mariana Zapata's works and I wait for her next release like you can't believe. Maybe like some Swifties waiting for her to settle down XD It was almost painful, I admit. I read and reread The Wall of Winnipeg and Me to pick up my reading appetite a few times, I also reread Rhythm, Chord, and Malykhin when I need a good laugh. Lingus was an experience too. I can't believe how much I enjoyed Lingus. I doubted it (forgive my sin, Ms. Zapata) because the cover looks not a bit serious and I couldn't determine what's a dog to do with porn convention?

Maybe he'd fall madly in love with me and then quit porn. Ha. Well, whatever.

Kat Berger just wants to hide her face when Nikki, her best friend, practically dragged her to a porn convention. Yes, she likes to watch porn, and her other bestie Zoey also does porn. When Nikki is busy salivating over her favorite porn star, an unbelievably hot, hilarious, and sweet guy approaches Kat. Over the convention, they talk and laugh and Kat can't believe her luck. Well, up until she realizes that Tristan King--or Robby Lingus on screen--is a porn star too.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Anything But Minor

Title : Anything But Minor
Series : Balls in Play #1
Author : Kate Stewart
ASIN : B01IE4I7VM
Edition : Kindle (Released July 12th, 2016)
Page counts : 272 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sport
Average Rating : 4.10 (per August 17th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
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“She’s a nerd.”
“Heyyyy!”
“Okay, she’s a flight instructor.”
“Better.”
“He’s a ballplayer.”
“The best that ever was.”
“Technically, you aren’t according to MLB stats.”
“See? Total nerd. She also has no filter.”
“He’s no southern gentlemen.”
“I had one last season to prove my worth.”
“I’d never seen a game.”
“He told me he was a player.”
“She told me she was a lesbian.”
“But you fell in love with me anyway.”
“Yeah, baby, I totally did.”

I honestly didn't pay attention to the cover. But I did like the blurb. Curiosity becomes me. Besides, I haven't tried Kate Stewart at all. And then I looked at the cover and I blushed.

Baseball. Such a foreign sport for me because even though my best friend plays baseball in her downtime, there's no league or championships here. Baseball, hockey, American football, rugby. Except for a few games I watched on ESPN, I never have any experience with those sports.

Rafe Hembrey, a player for Charleston's minor baseball team, wants this year to be his year. Playing for major league is what he wants the most, even though his parents screwed things up for him before. And he's irresistible to women. Imagine when this clumsy, endearing, and mouthy woman resists him and his charms.

There was just something about her I couldn't shake. Maybe it was her innocence, her honesty, or maybe it was just her.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review: Rock Redemption

Title : Rock Redemption
Series : Rock Kiss #3
Author : Nalini Singh
ASIN : B0142YLRUQ
Edition : Kindle (Released October 6th, 2015)
Publisher : TKA Distribution
Page counts : 424 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.04 (per August 16th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
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From New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh comes the next contemporary romance in the Rock Kiss series…

Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.

Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.

When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.

Nalini Singh's first book I've ever read was an urban fantasy (Angel's Blood). I loved it the instant I read it, and when Nalini released a contemporary line, I have to say I was curious. Contemporary Romance is one of my most favorite genres, and knowing my favorite author writes contemporary? Of course I was ecstatic.

He adored her, and because he did, he would never touch her. The instant he did, he'd ruin her, ruin everything.

Kit and Noah piqued my interest in Rock Addiction. I only mostly liked the book. It was a good book. In Rock Redemption, we'll know the story of Noah St. John, the guitarist of Schoolboy Choir. Noah knows he's never going to be good enough for Kit Devigny, the woman he loves. He believes himself is tainted and dark. He can't drag Kit into the mess that is him. So he chooses to betray Kit in an attempt to push her away. He succeeds.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Review: Extreme Exposure (Publisitas Sensasional)

Title : Extreme Exposure - Publisitas Sensasional
Series : I-Team #1
Author : Pamela Clare
ISBN13 : 9786020320557
Edition : Paperback (Released November 2015)
Publisher : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Page counts : 456 pages
Language : Indonesian
Genre : Adult, Thriller/Suspense, Crime, Contemporary
Average Rating : 3.94 (per August 14th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
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Sudah bertahun-tahun Kara McMillan dicampakkan oleh ayah anaknya, dan sejak itu ia menjauh dari laki-laki. Ia bersumpah tidak akan sudi lagi merasa tak berdaya.

Dengan penampilan menarik, pesona, dan kekuasaannya, Senator Reece Sheridan bisa saja mendapatkan wanita mana pun. Tapi ia tertarik hanya kepada satu orang. Kara, wartawati investigasi yang berani, dengan tulisannya yang berapi-api, dan membangkitkan gairah sang senator. Tetapi, yang terjadi di antara mereka bukan affair singkat. Skandal politik yang tiba-tiba meruyak dan usaha pembunuhan terhadap Kara jelas bisa memisahkan mereka.

Atau mungkin musibah itu justru mendorong mereka untuk menjalin ikatan yang jauh lebih kuat daripada sekadar hubungan sesaat yang menggebu-gebu.

The first time I attempted to read Extreme Exposure, I was a fledgling. Well, I was 16 or 17, and at that time, my English was pitiful and I struggled. When a local publisher released the book, I was excited and intrigued.

Kara McMillan is an investigative journalist and a single mother. She's like a pitbull, she doesn't let go of a potential story. When a tip comes to her that a corporation is basically committing environmental crimes and violations to Colorado's laws, of course she can't let it go. Her investigation leads her to a dangerous territory, where politics play and money talks. And also, the investigation leads her to Senator Reece Sheridan, a man so fascinating for her and with solid integrity.

“I think you need someone in your life you can depend on, someone you can confide in when things go to hell at work, someone to massage your tired feet and your stiff shoulders, someone to bring you tea and cook a meal once in a while. Someone to be there for you.”
Reece Sheridan knows he's more than just attracted to the beautiful journalist. But her latest story could either make her, or kill her. Along the way, he also falls in love with Kara's son. When her life and her son's are in danger, Kara still have to uncover the truth and take Reece's help.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Bookish Soundtrack: Inside Out by The Chainsmokers and Charlee


So, it has been a few months since my last Bookish Soundtrack feature. Yes, I still listen to music. These days, I'm a bit stuck with EDM, though. My Spotify playlists are full of them.

Anyway, my current favorite is The Chainsmokers. The group with two gorgeous men Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, the first time I've heard Don't Let Me Down, I fell in love with them. The songs on their album, Bouquet, are not the usual EDM either, they feel like ordinary music touched with EDM, and the lyrics are somehow quirky and playful. I like their music, and despite my first love would always be Hardwell, The Chainsmokers is close second.



Inside Out is a song about knowing a person, well, inside and outside. The music is less upbeat than Don't Let Me Down, though. But the lyrics?

Bend your chest open so I can read your heart
I need to get inside, or I'll start a war
Wanna look at the pieces that make you who you are
I wanna build you up and pick you apart

Admittedly, this part is applicable for many books and stories. How many times we read about couples with one or the other hiding something?

Review: Archangel's Enigma

Title : Archangel's Enigma
Series : Guild Hunter #8
Author : Nalini Singh
ISBN : 0425251268 (ISBN13: 9780425251263)Edition : Paperback (Released September 1st, 2015 )
Publisher : Berkley Sensation
Page counts : 357 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Average Rating : 4.44 (per August 13th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
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Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required - those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets is fascinated by his nature - at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it's too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows...and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare...

This book slipped from my to-do review list. I just...forgot. And when I reread this for fun yesterday (I got a bit bored with contemporary and wanted to go back to my original root, PNR), wham! I remembered. Remembered that Archangel's Enigma is my most favorite on this whole series.

Naasir--dubbed the tiger creature by Elena--has stated on Archangel's Shadows that he wants a mate. He's wild and lethal, as one of Raphael's Seven, with a core of deep loyalty to family. Almost feline on his nature, the origin of his Making is a mystery. When a whisper tells that Lijuan intends to break a taboo so old in the angelic history, Raphael can't let it happen. Along with Andromeda, a scholar from the Refuge, Naasir has to find where Alexander is Sleeping and warns him about Lijuan's plans.

He was so pure, with a core of primal honesty that drew her like a moth to a flame.

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