Saturday, October 22, 2016

Review: Wrinkles: A True Love Story by Mian Moshin Zia

Hello dear readers!

It's been awhile since I have written a review, but this book simply demands one. I received the book from the author already in July, and I promised to read through the book and post the review already in August. Today, it's October.

There are reasons why this review wasn't published in August and it's definitely not the fact that I didn't have time. It's because of I had to put it aside, let it settle, read it again and let it settle. This book is different.

Author: Mian Moshin Zia
Title: Wrinkles: A True Love Story
Release date: 22nd of April 2016
Reading level: Adult
Genre: Literary Fiction, Romance, Religious, Inspirational
Publisher: CreateSpace, Self-Published
Homepage: HERE
Pages: 217 in PDF
Source: Received from author in exchange of an honest review


Xavier Frances has it all: Faith Frances; the most loving mother in the world whom he calls his Lifeline, Faisal; a brother-like friend, a dream job and a prospering career. The only thing he doesn’t have is true love and that’s what his Lifeline questions him about.

But when he finally meets Anna Collins; his true love, his life changes forever teaching him a lesson of a lifetime.

We’ve all heard the biblical quote, ‘ask and ye shall receive.’ The key is to ask. That’s what Lifeline tells Xavier and he’ll have to ask for friendship, ask for love, and ask for everything. As he asks, it will unveil the wrinkles of this true love story.

Wrinkles; a slice of life true love story has everything: a heartfelt mother-son relationship, a one-of-a-kind friendship and a tried-and-true love which will make you believe that a true love story never ends.

My review:

Love comes in different forms. It's not necessarily between a man and a woman. It can be love for life, love for family, love for beliefs, love for children. And this is what "Wrinkles" is about. Love. In all its forms.

First, after I finished this book the first time, I wasn't entirely sure if I liked it. It disturbed me. It made me think about topics, which are often avoided in everyday life's conversations. You know how people say, that there are two things in life what always create way too emotional discussions: one is religion and the other is politics. Even though this book doesn't deal with politics, it touches religion and beliefs on a level that it hits you in your gut first and then hits your brain. It does it through love. And then the book leaves you wondering - what is unconditional love?

So, disturbed, I decided that this is one of those books that needs to settle a bit. Maybe the time and the mood for reading it wasn't right. Maybe I had to go through my internal thoughts and arguments first and finalize why did I react to this book the way I did. Why was I disturbed? Why did it annoy me? Why do I not believe in unconditional love? Because I used to.

The answer or I should probably say the answers came to me after I the book aside for a period and read it second time. Then it hit me. It was brilliant! "Wrinkles" is a journey. Even though it's easy to read and it is well written, it takes you to a journey of a lifetime and forces you to reflect on things what matter in life. That's also the reason why I was resilient to it - I simply did not want to go there,into my own thoughts and doubts. Until I did.

"Wrinkles" is a story about a man called Xavier. Xavier lives with his mother whom he calls sweetly a Lifeline. Lifeline encourages Xavier to look for love and that is exactly what Xavier does. He meets with Anna who is not easy to understand in the beginning of their relationship and who is right out obnoxious towards Xavier. Luckily Xavier is persistent and with little help from his family and friends he wins Anna's heart. The reader also finds out Anna's story and secrets from past which I am not going to spoil for you,you simply need to read this book!

Mian does a wonderful job with his book. The characters are well-developed and multi-layered, the dialogues are believable and engaging and the descriptions are vivid and colorful. "Wrinkles" might seem slow in pace in the beginning, but it keeps you captivated, because it is heartwarming and because you come to care for the characters and you wish that the book would have a happy ending.

I loved that it wasn't a typical love story, I thoroughly enjoyed that it was entertaining, yet also gave a tons of food for thought which makes the book brilliant. It engages you and raises questions.

I would also like to say,that the title of the book is extremely suitable for the story. Love, like life itself is filled with wrinkles, but the good thing about wrinkles is, that you can smooth them. Besides that, since the book deals with different types of love, it really is A True Love Story.

To wrap it up, I'd use a quote in Latin. Dum spiro spero. Dum spero amo. Dum amo vivo. And this is what the book is about.

Read it!

5 stars.

Purchase links:

About the author:

Mian Mohsin Zia, aka "M I A N-----No Time for Love", was born October 22nd in Lahore, Pakistan. He matriculated in 2001 from Beacon House School, completed his intermediate schooling in 2003 from FC College (Forman Christian College) and graduated in 2005, from the same institute under the Punjab University.

After that he moved on to Punjab University, the most prestigious educational institute in Pakistan, for his post graduation. He was admitted to the Institute of Administrative Sciences, Punjab University, for his master’s in marketing. He was the Scholarship holder of Punjab University.

After successfully completing his master’s, he trained and worked as an Online English Language Teacher. He trained many students from different parts of the world; Russia, Germany, South America, Ukraine and Japan etc, to speak English fluently. Meanwhile, he worked on writing his first novel: "The Strange Loyalist-----Inspired by True Events."

He was determined to get his first novel, "The Strange Loyalist-----Inspired by True Events", published. It has been read by people from different parts of the world, such as Germany, South Africa, Oman, Russia and Ukraine. He received a monumental response internationally for his novel. He loves writing and that is his passion.

He is also a heavy weight trainer and has mentored many people. Exercising at the gym is one of his favorite hobbies.

He believes in peace, love, humanity, and humbleness. He has many Christian students and friends from all over the world for which he has lot of regard and love.

He pursues a career as an English Author and continues to write more books. “Wrinkles: A True Love Story" is his fourth book.

Adding to his list of achievements he has been published worldwide in two languages. His book "ONCE: Ask Me Anything, Not Love" has also been published in Russian. Its Russian title is: "Однажды".

His books have been read and reviewed by Hollywood actors and actors from British film industry. Moreover, his books have been read and reviewed by Edgar Award winner, and New York Times best-selling author; Burl Barer, as well as many other US authors, professional book-reviewers, and professionals from other fields of life from the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

His book “ONCE: Ask Me Anything, Not Love”, already recommended to be a movie, is the finalist in the “Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest 2013” held in the USA. According to Readers Favorite; MIAN is one of the first Pakistani authors to be recognized in the contest. Most categories in the contest received over 100 entrants and the contest featured thousands of authors from nearly a dozen countries.

His third book, “Victim of Shame: Why me, God?”, also received a positive response from authors, professional reviewers, and readers world-wide.

His fourth book "Wrinkles: A True Love Story" won bronze medal in the "Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest 2016" held in the USA. This is the same award contest that Hollywood actor, Jim Carey won for his book in 2014. This makes MIAN an international award winning author.

His books have been rated 4 and 5 stars on Amazon and other sales channels. He has set new trends worldwide in novel writing with his books.

One of the trademarks of his books is that he always tries to illustrate the protagonist on the cover page instead of just coming up with a random picture. His books always focus on entertainment, but, at the same time, they have a deep lesson to teach the readers. He writes meaningful fiction, books that enlighten. He always tries to unmask and unveil the frailties hidden in society, and in a very gentle way, he conveys a very deep message to the readers. 

Farah Hussain, leading television anchor, interviewed him live on her morning show: "A Morning with Farah - ATV". 

Being an international award winning author, Mian is also a marketing and self-publishing specialist. Therefore, he looks forward to helping other writers and encouraging them in their self-publication efforts.

He also represented Pakistan Online in a "German University".

Mian bags another milestone under his belt. He was invited by the University of Central Punjab (UCP) to be the "Guest of Honour" and "Jury Member" and lecture the university students on marketing, as well as judging their business models. Mian delivered a successful and inspirational lecture and graced the occasion with his charismatic personality. At such a young age, when people are studying at University, Mian achieved another milestone as he lectured students of his age group and shared his wisdom with them.

He believes in one thing: "I am nothing. All praises go to Almighty Allah, along with my eternal inspiration the Prophet Mohammad (Peace be Upon Him) as always."

Thursday, October 13, 2016

SEP Review: Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Hi all!

And here's another review!

Title: Heaven, Texas
Release date: 13th of October 2009
Series: Chicago Stars #2
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Romance, Contemporary
Published by: William Morrow
Pages: 384 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from for Kindle


Come heck or high water, Gracie Snow is determined to drag the legendary ex-jock Bobby Tom Denton back home to Heaven, Texas, to begin shooting his first motion picture. Despite his dazzling good looks and killer charm, Bobby Tom has reservations about being a movie star -- and no plans to cooperate with a prim and bossy Ohio wallflower whom he can't get off his mind or out of his life. Instead, the hell-raising playboy decides to make her over from plain Jane to Texas wildcat.

But nothing's more dangerous than a wildcat with an angel's heart in a town too small for a bad boy to hide. And all hell breaks loose when two unforgettable people discover love, laughter, passion -- and a match that can only be made in Heaven.


Susan Elizabeth Phillips is my IT girl author, who just writes romances almost exactly to my taste. The key words are humor, banter and lovable heroines. Generally, this story was classic SEP with all the good stuff and even a lot more, if only I didn't find the hero, Bobby Tom, incredibly frustrating. He seriously pushed my buttons and his charm didn't manage to cover the me-and-the-world attitude. What really made me see red, was the fact that despite the clear difference in value between Bobby Tom and Gracie, the latter being miles ahead of him, she was the one who was viewed as inferior and had to earn her place beside him.

Anyway, Gracie was awesome. She was an all in one expert, including nanny, car mechanic and saint. She was your typical SEP underdog heroine with endless potential. I really admired her, starting from her determination, finishing with her tolerance in keeping up with Bobby Tom. You have to be a real iron lady to not tell him where to shove it and just leave. Or maybe she was a masochist. The main thing is that SEP perfectly knows how to create sympathetic, distinct and sassy heroines. Gracie didn't take anything lying down, she was just as cunning as Bobby Tom, it just wasn't visible from the outside and right from the start. For example, I loved it when she played tough and disabled his car, it was an hilariously genius moment. The better we got to know her, and the more Bobby Tom annoyed her, the more snarky and sneaky she got, for example, having his admirer bring him ice cream and the whole ordeal after that. 

I adored Gracie and wanted to smack Bobby Tom on the head more times than once, but as a couple, they fell on the "like" side. They had their really horrendous moments, like him freaking out about her leaving, handling it really awfully and acting appallingly. But there were heaps of entertainingly noteworthy or plain sexy times as well. I apprechiate that they became friends first, then moved on to friends with benefits, then had a lot of angst and then finally admitted their feelings. Their dialogue was on fire, the conversations they had, kept me on my toes with humor and swoon and, overall, there was no lack of chemistry between this unlikely couple. 

The final grand gesture of love, a must in every SEP story, which I generally admit to being one of my guilty pleasures, was in theory thrilling, over the top and should make it clear to the reader how Bobby Tom felt about Gracie and what he is willing to sacrifice. To me, taking into consideration the context and the general belief with the other characters, that she was not worthy of him (luckily, not all were blind as bats regarding this), the huge demonstration on love just enforced this idea further. From the beginning, there was a football test Bobby Tom gave to all girls who wanted to marry him, and the one to answer all questions correctly, would receive the ultimate price: him. Alone this idea made me irritated, but how it was used to push Gracie onto "his level" and make her acceptable, set my teeth on edge. He was the one who should beg, crawl and consider himself blessed to have her, not her in landing him! But, oh well, booo hooo, poor little rich hunky guy whom everyone wants a piece of. Okey, he had his great moments as well, but oh, did I want to scream at him to deflate that ego just a bit!

I also have to mention the humor again and a small peek into making movies with Bobby Tom. The dialogue the script had, him practicing it with Gracie and anything to do with filming was comedy gold. I laughed out loud several times. As is custom with SEP books, the current story also had a secondary romance. These additional love stories are usually a hit or miss with me, and this was more on the miss side. It was intriguing, but felt quite a bit forced. All in all, it wasn't my favorite SEP story, but it was an entertaining book nonetheless.

3 stars!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Hi all!

I'm trying to get back on track with writing! :)

Author: Kasie West
Title: P.S. I Like You
Release date: 26th of July 2016
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Romance, Contemporary, YA
Published by: Point
Pages: 336 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from for Kindle


Signed, sealed, delivered... 

While spacing out in Chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk, and added a message to her. Intrigue! 

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters -- sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she's kind of falling for this letter writer. Only who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery, and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can't always be spelled out... 

Kasie West brings irresistible wit, warmth, and sparkle to this swoon-worthy story of love showing up when you least expect it.


I like Kasie West's books! I'm not even going to deny it. They're perfect for a light, cute and fluffy read with likable and distinct characters, some decent humor and a specific type of charm. Yes, of course, they possess their fair share of cliches and annoying factors, but I don't mind as much, because the stories don't pretend to be über smart, innovative, brilliantly crafted or anything but an easily digestible high school romance. The tropes, most times, are things you have already read about a million times somewhere else or altogether just sound like your typical fanfiction. As is the case with the current story, where two people fall in love via notes shared in class. The couple, at first, seeming very unlikely as well. Still, the whole combination works, and works really nicely, because it doesn't try to be something it's not.

There is something nostalgically romantic about exchanging notes or writing to someone instead of texting, e-mail sending, tweeting or all the other last decade (or two) pop-ups. My generation used to do it manually all the time. We shared written messages in class and didn't use our technical devices (I was the first to have a mobile phone in my class in middle school!). So, as dated as it seems, I really appreciated how two people "met" and shared thoughts via paper and pen. It kind of gave depth to the romance. Regarding who the mystery partner was, well, there is actually no surprise there and if you hadn't figured it out right from the start, then I'd say you were accidentally reading another book entirely, with the same title. It's not exciting, but was it supposed to be? I don't think so. A secret to the main character isn't always meant to be one for the reader. Instead, I enjoyed following Lily with her figuring out who the elusive pen-pal was. It was just as satisfying, if somewhat predictable, as trying to find it out myself. I was annoyed, however, by the other distracting guys, who were in my eyes more nuisances than characters to make the waters murky.

I also liked the main couple and, even before they figured it out, they had some great scenes together. There was definitely a spark there with quite a bit of chemistry. I also adore love-hate relationships in romance, because they actually enable development and exclude the, oh so typical, you're-hot-I-want-you cliche! The two also reminded me of Elizabeth and Darcy with the slight parallels to them being victims of pride and prejudice (or don't judge a book by it's cover). I, however, wasn't really a fan of them connecting via their music taste or music in general. The lyric stuff left me completely cold, maybe because I'm more about the melody in songs than the words. I wasn't wild about the letters focusing heavily on lyrics, but, hey, it's something that gets them on the same wavelength, so why not. 

The heroine, Lily had a very odd-ball, loud and overcrowded family life. I'm usually slightly irritated by annoying siblings and wacky parents in too big portions in my YA romance, but for some reason, the whole band of quirky characters was quite endearing and added color to the story and Lily's life and personality. Though, them being convenient in some aspects in her getting together with her pen-pal, were hard to miss, I really didn't mind. I also always find it odd when main characters in YA only have one friend, as is with the case with Lily, but I guess it's just another trope and stops the plot from getting too packed with people. All in all, I really liked the characters Lily was being surrounded by and the guy she ended up smooching so swoonily in a dark classroom (so hot!). Also, even though at times she was too forcibly artistic, it was extremely effortless to cheer for Lily.

4 stars!


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Review: Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Hi all!

It's been quite a while!

Author: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Title: Doon
Release date: 20th of August 2013
Series: Doon #1
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Romance, Fantasy, YA
Published by: HarperCollins Publishing
Pages: 416 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from for Kindle


Veronica doesn't think she's going crazy. But why can't anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months. 

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans. 

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna's great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica's daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they've longed for...or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.


So, I was flying to Scotland, my first time there, and thought a nice Scottish setting for a quick flight read would be a perfect idea and get me on the wavelength of my destination. Well, "Doon" did just that and, unfortunately, sort of didn't. The story line with a magical kingdom, princes in kilts, soulmates and magic are definitely wonderful mood setters for the land of Jamie Frasers, but the story itself was disappointingly weak and juvenile.

Basically, the story didn't surprise me in any way, neither did it distract me enough with positive aspects for me to close one eye for the glaring cliches and seen-a-million-times-already tropes. The latter mostly followed their typical mold and didn't upgrade or offer any new perspectives. As I said, the book had potential and it seems almost impossible to go wrong with sexy Scottish guys and wonderful highland castles, but setting alone doesn't make a story, characters, their relationships, dialogue and the basic outline of the plot also have input. I'm genuinely sad, because all the latter aspects were lacking a bit or quite a lot.

Surprisingly enough, I quite liked Veronica and Mackenna, even though they kind of blended into one a lot and I got confused on who was currently narrating. There just wasn't satisfactory differences between them that I could constantly feel and that would help me to tell them apart. Yes, one liked theater and the other dancing, but that was basically where the major pinpoint-able differences ended. Also, Veronica was a bit too troubled, with her alcoholic mother, sleazebag future step-dad, cheating boyfriend, druggie father, etc. Dual narrating by the two main female characters was a fresh idea, though. Also, having two romances in one story is always a bonus in my eyes. 

Now to the guys. Duncan was lovable and cheerfuly charming, so I liked him. Jamie was a little difficult to warm up to, mostly due to his hostile treatment of supposed soulmate Veronica. He treats her bad, for all the noble reasons of course, and she takes it like a champ or, in common language, doormat. I didn't in any shape or form get the impression that they were destined to be together. I didn't buy it. Their ending was kind of sweet and Cinderella-ish, though, so there's that. Needless to say, I preferred Duncan and Mackenna's love-dance. Firstly, it was cute, teasing, less angsty and believable. Secondly, their story wasn't finished, so there's time to develop their relationship and not solely rely on the word "soulmates" to explain their romance.

The setting as well had it's issues. It simply didn't feel real, which, of course, it isn't supposed to, being a magical parallel world and all, but it came across superficial and fake. They had sushi, their own local pizzeria, modern toilets, etc. Good plumbing is always a win for the characters, but not for me as a reader, because adding these details made it difficult to take the setting seriously. It helped loose the mysterious cursed magical kingdom charm. It also made a lot of things too convenient. Adding here the rings, the journal and other factors, convenience was at times a real issue, even tough, some of the artifacts were quite intriguing (eg. the rings). Also, I would have preferred less time spent of having the girls be tourists, because a lot of time was spent on so called excursions.

Now, for some good parts, which contrary to my previous tone, weren't completely lacking. I really liked the twist in the end and the choice the girls had to make. One of their decisions I was very satisfied with, because it was realistic and didn't make things too easy. The final act was also pretty intense. Finally, I genuinely liked the premise, which could have been executed considerably better, but it was a promising idea.

2 stars!


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Sweet Adventures of Henry P. Twist by B.W. Van Alstyne - Book trailer!

Hello! We are back from a long summer vacation!

As a first thing I would like to share some news with you. We are going to co-operate with a company producing book trailers. Yes, there hasn't been many book trailers introduced here in Me and Reading, but that will change. In co-operation with Film 14, which is a film production company based in Hollywood, CA, we are going to share book trailers.

The first book trailer this season is based on the novel by B.W. Van Alstyne and it is featuring the voice of Jim Dale!

About the story:
For forty-five years, master pastry chef and confectioner, Henry Peppermint Twist, worked for one of the world’s largest companies: The Brackmeyer Sweets Factory. But things turn quickly sour for Henry, and the nearly four thousand other workers it employed, as the aged and frail founder retires; leaving his evil and greedy son, Charles B. Brackmeyer Jr., to become the factory’s new president.
Brackmeyer, whose goal it is to “get rid of the dead weight (“old people”) and replace them all with machines to gain more money, begins his massive campaign shortly after the disappearance of his father, and several others, from a retirement facility in the German Countryside.
Henry, along with countless others his age and older are quickly redacted. With nowhere else to go He is offered lodgings, by Brackmeyer, in the very same retirement home as the founder. Feeling miserable, old and useless Henry’s thought turns to opening a Sweet shop. But these plans are soon interrupted as Henry meets a strange little man in brightly colored clothes.
The little man, who reveals himself to be an elf, and calls himself Mac, tells Henry of a wonderful place where he will never grow older. A place where he can be young and useful once again. Mac, convinces Henry to follow him through the forest, where they pass through an enormous magical boulder and through a cave full of colorful rock candy till they emerge in a magical place where everything is edible: The Sweet Lands.
Henry is instantly transformed into his 13-year-old younger self and after spending some time in this magical he forgets the rules of Faeriedom: Never eat nor drink or make merry, for if you so you will be forever lost in Faerie.
But all is not lost for this master pastry chef. With a little outside help from an old friend, Henry is successful in opening his Sweet Shop. But all this success doesn’t go unnoticed. Brackmeyer, with his greedy little fingers on the pulse of everything in the city, learns about the little shop and plots to destroy the little operation.
Brackmeyer gains entry into the Sweet Lands, transforming him into an ugly, menacing ogre. The ogre retreats into the Bittersweet Chocolate Mountains where he is soon aided by a Swamp Hag named Anise, who, like Brackmeyer, wants revenge on all of the Sweet Lands. But the Hag is soon defeated by Henry and the elves, leaving Brackmeyer and his gnarly little gingerbread army and a colossal gingerbread beast to destroy the Sweet Lands on their own. But this too is met with failure, as a defeated Brackmeyer prepares to do hand to hand combat with Henry.
Henry, who is becoming more and more elf-like, is too fast for the furious ogre and in one fell swipe of his peppermint staff sends the ogre who is Brackmeyer head long into a bottomless garbage pit. With the eminent threat over, Henry and the elves resume their peaceful life, and adventures, in the Sweet Lands.

 And the trailer is here:

The Sweet Adventures of Henry P. Twist Official Book Trailer from Film 14 on Vimeo.

You can find the book HERE!

Happy reading!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

Hi all!

It's been a while again...

Title: Starflight
Release date: 2nd of February 2016
Series: Starflight #1
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Sci-fi, Romance, YA
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 369 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from for Kindle


Solara Brooks needs a fresh start, someplace where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. The outer realm may be lawless, but it's not like the law has ever been on her side.

Still, off-world travel doesn't come cheap; Solara is left with no choice but to indenture herself in exchange for passage to the outer realm. She just wishes it could have been to anyone besides Doran Spaulding, the rich, pretty-boy quarterback who made her life miserable in school.

The tables suddenly turn when Doran is framed for conspiracy on Earth, and Solara cons him into playing the role of her servant on board the Banshee, a ship manned by an eccentric crew with their own secrets. Given the price on both Doran and Solara's heads, it may just be the safest place in the universe.

It's been a long time since Solara has believed in anyone, and Doran is the last person she expected to trust. But when the Banshee's dangerous enemies catch up with them, Solara and Doran must come together to protect the ship that has become their home—and the eccentric crew that feels like family.


I live for hate to love romance, especially if it's full of awesome snappy banter, electric chemistry and heaps of reluctant, oh so reluctant, scene by scene, crawling through the mud, from hostility to genuine feelings, romance. If you add an unfair difference in social standing, which at first, ads fuel to the hate fire, and an actually likable heroine and hero to this equation as well, then the recipe for a squeal-worthy evening is guaranteed.

The story really stuck out for me with its strong space adventure and sci-fi core, which is a setting that from the get go promises a lot of close calls, chases, dangerous situations, heightened emotions, pirates? pirates!, you-never-know-if-we'll-survive-this-so-we-better-kiss-now-or-never moment possibilities -- basically it's a perfect breeding ground for an exciting emotions-all-over-the-place I-hate-you romance to thrive. No insta love here, no way! The romance is slow and develops more or less naturally. The dark, endless and mysterious background just adds depth and options. Thanks to the vastness of space, there are a million ways and places the plot can go and, luckily, there is a sequel coming up soon. It's not your typical kissy kissy love story, there is a heavy emphasis on adventure, exploring and the perils of being part of a ragtag crew of space misfits, as well.

Solana is just my kind of girl, tough, skilled, smart, down on her luck and in a point in her life, where she would do anything to escape, including tie herself to be, basically, a slave to an arrogant and self-centered trust-fund brat. Worse yet, a douche who made bullying her a pleasant pastime in school. But, in addition, to her notable mechanic skills and fast-thinking, she is also sarcastic and quick-witted, especially with Doran, which leads to some oh so mean, but oh so delicious dialogue, with both trying to out do the other. And while memory loss is more of a soap-opera plot device, it was brilliant how Solana span the explosive situation in her favor and got some well deserved revenge against Doran, all at the same time. The end destination my as well be prison or death for her, but at least she got to even the score with him just a bit. As a con, she seemed too impressive in her skills and too tortured in her past for me to completely worship her.

Yes, Doran wasn't a prince on a white horse in the beginning, quite the opposite, but he did give Solana the chance she desperately needed to start her journey towards freedom. Also, not being a noble rescuer at first, was made up to her when he took on the big bad pirate, especially for Solana. Still not a prince who fights for his princess? And, I have to admit, he took his new memory-wiped-clean position as her servant quite well too. Luckily, the deception didn't drag out and both of them had to face each other in their correct states of mind soon. And it was glorious.

Irreplaceable in fighting through the rocky path with the main couple, were the initially secretive and with their own ton of baggage, crew of the Banshee. They had pasts, colorful pasts, that have yet to be fully pulled to the light of day, and they had quirks, both annoying and adorable (Acorn was super huggable!) that made them distinct. Together they made for a colorful and it's-so-bad-it-cannot-possibly-function-but-it-surprisingly-does team.

From the not so great side, I wasn't very fond of the change in tone and pace in the end. The stakes were suddenly high again and not in an exciting fashion, but more in the forced drama category. It also got a little too soap/space operaish for my taste with the unexpected revelations, which kind of came from nowhere and didn't fit the overall picture, even though, there were mini seeds planted beforehand. It simply didn't click for me.

4 stars!


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

4th of July Giveaway, July 4 - 20! Win 150$ amazon GC!

Happy Tuesday!

Several authors have put their efforts together to give us, readers, a lot of chances to win 150$ amazon gift card!!!

It starts today and runs throughout 20th of July!

Have fun and good luck!

Welcome to the 4th of July Summer of Reading Giveaway!
The authors below are offering up $150 Amazon Gift Card to you can get your read on!
Please check out the books below, some are Free, Free with KU, or Inexpensive.
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