Review: The Royals by Erin Wratt

First of all let me start by saying I do know there are more than three books in the series, but since the new book, Fallen Heir (Book 4) isn’t centered around the same main characters (Ella and Reed), so I’m treating the first three books as a trilogy.

I read all three books in a three-day binge so they are obviously addictive. I found them to be kind of difficult to categorize because the writing style is very Young Adult but some of the language was a little too racy for YA novels. Maybe this is what the New Adult genre is all about?

The books are mostly written through Ella’s perspective and she is an interesting enough character to carry the books and make them very easy to read but don’t expect a literary masterpiece or a book that will change your life – sorry, fans!

Recommended for: People who like easy, addictive reads centered around a love story.

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Gladiators, Pirates and Games of Trust: How Game Theory, Strategy and Probability Rule Our Lives

Gladiators, Pirates and Games of Trust: How Game Theory, Strategy and Probability Rule Our LivesGladiators, Pirates and Games of Trust: How Game Theory, Strategy and Probability Rule Our Lives by Haim Shapira
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let me be very clear: I am about to fangirl a little bit.
I studied Economics and Finance, so I am not new to Game Theory – I studied it some 8 years ago and went on to work on a different field.
So I picked up this book to refresh my memory not to lose completely the knowledge I gained all those years ago and I have to say it was brilliant. Hair Shapira manages to make Game Theory so interesting showing us only the fun, quizzical part of Game Theory leaving out all the boring (ahem) stuff you want to skip in class. Former Game Theory students and complete newbies to the subject will love this book. It’s interesting, fun, funny and makes you thing. Greatly recommended!

An ARC was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O’Keefe

  • Title: Everything I Left Unsaid
  • Author: M. O’Keefe
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release date: Oct 13, 2015

Blurb: I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me.
 
And I found a hot, secret world where I felt alive for the first time.
 
His name was Dylan, and, strangely, he made me feel safe. Desired. Compelled. Every dark thing he asked me to do, I did. Without question. I longed to meet him, but we were both keeping secrets. And mine were dangerous. If I took the first step, if I got closer to Dylan—emotionally, physically—then I wouldn’t be hiding anymore. I would be exposed, with nothing left to surrender but the truth. And my truth could hurt us both.

What I thought: Best book boyfriend alert, all around. When I started reading Everything I Left Unsaid I didn’t know there would be a second book telling the story of Annie and Dylan, so I was a bit annoyed at the end of the book (spoiler alert: it ends with a cliffhanger). Nevertheless, this book is perfect for fans of hot, scorching, sexy, toe-curling scenes that make you wish Dylan was a real person and you could actually call him up (ha!).

M. O’Keefe delivers way more than just a sexy novel, though. Annie and Dylan felt like real people who have been badly damaged in life and are trying desperately to live through the pain. It was at times painfully realistic to see their struggles and the hesitations that come from having a terrible past haunting you (Annie with an abusive husband and Dylan with his wild past).

It was the first time I read a book by M. O’Keefe (how? have I been living under a rock?) but I will make sure it won’t be the last. Now go out and get it! 🙂

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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An ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review

Short reviews #1

  • Rohit Bhargava, Non-Obvious

Rating: ♥♥♥

As I have a background in business I often read business/strategy related books to keep up to date. However, lately I’ve found myself more and more upset with my reads because I never feel like they bring anything new, different, or exciting. Rohit’s Non Obvious brought me a new perspective on a subject I wasn’t familiar with and gave me a few specific ideas on forecast and thinking outside the box. Great job.

  • Portia da Costa, How to seduce a billionaire

Rating: ♥

I couldn’t finish this book. I was in no way connected to Jess and/or Ellis, and overall the story was just predictable and flowed in the wrong way. It upsets me to say this because I did anticipate this book, but sometimes the feeling just isn’t there.

  • Joe Pulizzi, Content, INC

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥+

Brilliant. Innovating. Ground-breaking. If you enjoy business, own a business, are thinking about possibly opening a business, read this book. Now. It’s not a get-rich-quick book, and it’s not about making your first million, but it will show you just how things get done in the word of content marketing and how you can take advantage too.

An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

I could probably summarize this review in a word: meh.

It was my first Liane Moriarty book, and although the writing was good and I do admit the stories were all blended together perfectly but for some reason the feeling never got to me. I never truly cared about the characters enough to root for them to get a happy ending.

It doesn’t put me off reading another Liane Moriarty book, but I won’t be running to the bookstore (or to the Kindle store, for that matter) to find out what her new story will be.

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) – J.R. Ward

#notreallyworthafullreview

Sadly, I must say this book was a huge disappointment for me. Many of my friends love this series and so I put it aside on purpose for a few years until I could fully dedicate myself to it (*cough*havingafulldayonthebeach*cough*).

In my humble opinion, Beth was a ridiculous character and Wrath (what kind of name is that?) was never, at any point, even the slightest bit sexy. How can you really root for your main couple like this?

I won’t give the book 1 star because I managed to finish it (skimmed it is more likely the appropriate word, really), but it’s a series I won’t pick up anytime soon, unless for some reason the rest of the series madly improves.

Relationship musings #1

Relationships are tough. Finding a person who will love you in spite of all your flaws is fun, albeit terrifying, when you’re young, but as you get older, it becomes an impossible mission. One you don’t really want to take after your twenties. So even if your relationship isn’t what you dreamt it would be you hold on, and you believe it will eventually get better. That every couple has their rough patches; That this, too, shall pass.

But what do you do when it doesn’t pass? When year after year things get worse instead of better? What if they simply stay the same? What are you supposed to do when everything isn’t terrible, but it also isn’t what you dreamed? Do you keep holding on because you’re probably never going to get a better chance? Or do you let go and risk being alone forever?

Review: Sea of Stars by Amy A. Barton

Fair warning: I might fangirl a little bit during this review. Proceed with caution.

I love, love, love Amy A. Bartol’s writing (in general) and this series in particular. It’s truly impressive how captivating she managed to keep this second-book-in-the-series (which I typically find the least interesting). A couple of weeks ago after I finished reading the first book in the series – Under Different Stars – I was left with the impression that I loved it so much it couldn’t quite be real. It couldn’t be quite as good as I remembered it. So now reading the second novel it’s amazing to realize how your first impressions were right.

I found Sea of Stars strikingly different from Under Different Stars. It’s a lot more action packed and we have come to know most of the characters well enough that we can focus on what’s happening to them rather than on their motivations. Reading it at one point became so intense I could almost visualize the things that were happening on Ethar (it made me wonder if someone might pick up the movie rights in more than one occasion).

“You made me love you!” he says harshly. “You’re not allowed to give up, do you understand? No surrender to death. Whatever happens, you have to survive it.”

“But what if things get really, really bad?” I ask.

“Then you fight, like you always do, and we’ll pick up the pieces of us later.”

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥+

Recommended for: Anyone.

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An ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review

Go out and read it. You won’t regret it (but don’t forget to start with Under Different Stars). I can’t wait to get started with Darken the Stars.

Review: Exposure by Annie Jocoby

  • Title: Exposure
  • Author: Annie Jocoby
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release date: Feb 11, 2015

Blurb: Photographer CJ Parker is a woman who has literally not gone outside for the past six months. She’s been hiding from the world, and from life, ever since an unimaginable tragedy forced her into seclusion.  

On the one day where she decides to finally venture outside, she meets the mysterious billionaire, Asher Sloane. Dark-headed, magnetic, and gorgeous, Asher drips sex and animal magnetism. He draws CJ out of her shell and into the world, while showing her things that she never knew existed.  

What CJ doesn’t know is that Asher has a dangerous past. Behind his beautiful blue eyes and confident demeanor lies dark secrets that, if they are brought to light, could mean the end of CJ and Asher’s relationship.  

Will the exposure of Asher’s past destroy them?

Review: Sadly this was one of those stories where nothing was working for me. And I do mean nothing. I found CJ annoying and Asher cringe-worthy at times. Part of their scenes actually made me feel uncomfortable reading (and not because they are a bit hardcore, which they are). I would definitely not recommend this book, even in spite of the cringe-worthy scenes, to people who don’t enjoy erotica.

I hope to read another book by Annie Jocoby soon books to be able to really judge her writing ability – I really think this book simply didn’t connect with me.

Rating: ♥

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