Review- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Book Description

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

My Thoughts

I have two book titles for you.

Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games.

Add a hint of Breaking Dawn and a sprinkle of the Oscar line „ After all, tomorrow is another day.“ and you don´t have to read `A Court of Thorns and Roses`by the #1 NYT bestseller, Sarah J. Maas, anymore. a court of thorns and roses1

Now, brace yourselves. This is going to be a long review with minor to major spoilers. Shall you prefer not to be spoiled then I highly advise you to leave and come back after you read the story yourself.

For weeks I´ve had to look at the rather unflattering book cover of `A Court of Thorns and Roses` on Instagram. Every Insta-blogger insisted on getting on my last nerve with this book. With what reason? Because, D´uh…. it´s an awesome book ( so everyone said).

Someone needs to define the word `awesome` to me again because ( and I quote the brilliant comedian Dylan Moran )

`Mountains and rivers and the fact that I´m still breathing is awesome.`

This story? Not so much.

I´ve avoided this book for a very long time and succeeded in ignoring the Instagram features as well until one fine day….

I decided to go book shopping. Mind you- it´s one of my favorite pastime activities, even if I never walk out with a book, I still love to find out what´s new, etc.

I saw this.

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A “Must Read” recommendation from the bookstore employees.

This had me thinking.

I read at least one hundred online reviews, all outstanding and love gushing towards the story. I was nearly blinded by the million insta-feeds for this book….NOW I was seeing tiny, short book recommendations for the one book I´ve been avoiding for so long.

I must have looked like a lost, helpless fool because a sales woman walked right up to me and asked if I needed any help. I thought „ why not“ and asked her if the book was really as good as the recommendation stated.

15 minutes later I was exhausted and caved. I bought the book. An hour later I was at home and opened the book.

I, involuntarily, choked on my own gum.

A map…. of Westeros? Oh, for crying out loud. Really?

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Isn´t it funny how Prythian looks like Westeros. And Westeros looks like the UK.

But wait….this gets better. The UK lacks of something significant.

A wall. * faint * For anyone who has read or even heard of the great wall of Game of Thrones… it´s up north where there´s constant cold weather. The wall keeps the bad guys out.

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The Wall of Westeros

Now look at this and tell me the author wasn´t “inspired” by this idea.

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The Wall of Prythian

Someone was not in a creative mood that day, huh?

Can you imagine how my mood shifted from suspicious to curious and then dropped to being annoyed? I hadn´t even started reading the dang book and already, I wanted to wrap it up in nice paper and gift it to my neighbor.

But I didn´t. Instead, I read the damn thing from start to finish.

And while I read I had quite a few discussions on the side with people who hadn´t read the book but who had read Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. Screenshots were sent back and forth, comparing the names of the characters from both books, scenes from the books, etc.

For example:

A name from A Court of Thorns and Roses: Hyburn

A name from Game of Thrones: Qyburn

That and the map and the wall. I had a feeling the Wildlings from GoT were the humans from ACOTAR. Both parties bothered by what was beyond the wall until both realized there´s a mutual enemy who had to be dealt with. ( I JUST SPOILED THE PLOT)

If I thought my annoyance couldn´t get any worse, I was wrong.

But the story of ACOTAR shifted. My hopes for a unique story reappeared.

A poverty-stricken family, suffering for the next meal was introduced. Two sisters and their father, huddled in a beaten cottage waiting for the youngest family member, Feyre, to come home from hunting so they wouldn´t have to starve to death.

Not bad, right? I thought it was a nice change to read about a poor family struggling to survive.

What wasn´t so nice was- The characters. Although poor, Feyre´s family were spoiled little shits, whining after their long lost wealth and not accepting their future.

The beginning felt cold. It felt clinical. Emotionless.

Meeh. It was weird.

But things changed for the family after Feyre killed and skinned a wolf during her hunt. It was the one event that changed everyone´s lives forever.

Normally, in Game of Thrones, killing someone / something would result in being beheaded but in this one…. Feyre wasn´t executed for killing the wolf / Faerie ( yes, Faeries could shapeshift. Who would have thought, right? I didn´t know Faeries could bite like vampires, either, yet it happens in this one.). Instead, Feyre was given a choice. To go and live with the Faerie in the faerie land beyond the invisible wall or die on the spot.

Tough and easy choice if you ask me. Of course, Feyre walked into a new future. A future with food and probably share a nice fluffy bed with an elf Faerie, to pay for her crime. Without much of a fight Feyre left her hungry family behind and walked into a better future.

Fast forward- Feyre falls for the Faerie who took her and lives for months with him as his guest.

( Insert Disney´s Beauty and the Beast song, Be Our Guest )

She learned to love the lands she once so hated and was sent back due to highly confidential faerie business.

What a buzz kill, right? Fall in love after planning so many escapes and hiding knives and being 80% of the time bitchy… only to be told she needs to go back home. The hateful efforts all for nothing. * snorts *

But wait- before Feyre was sent on her way, the Faerie Lord, Tamlin ( the Hero ) took it upon himself to give her a few last minute shags before he patted her bottom and waved a white laced hanky after the carriage.

( Note: that wasn´t how it exactly happened. The truth- He screwed her for the first time after he announced she had to leave and then immediately sent her back home to the human world. How romantic. Lol) Still a buzz kill, and we´re only halfway through the story. There´s more to come.

Being back home wasn´t as great as Feyre had planned it would be. She loved the elf Faerie, High Fae, Lord of the Spring Court, Tamlin, and wanted to go back and help him face whatever threat was on it´s way to destroy her pretty Lord. Because it wasn´t enough to be the most powerful Fae in the lands of Fae. It wasn´t enough having the ability to turn into a wolfish beast with horns to slaughter the evil. It wasn´t enough to be more beautiful than Prince Charming himself. He was a lost cause when he was taken.

Now, this was the point where I got excited again. Feyre, the former huntress, was going to help her beloved Lord! Back at the faerie mansion she found it empty, shredded and ruined beyond words. Feyre was too late.

Fast forward again- After the old maid from the fluffy mansion gave the „stupid human“ the truth and directions to where Tamlin was being held as prisoner she sprinted off to a place hidden under a mountain where an evil woman ( who´s name WAS NOT TO BE OUTSPOKEN in the first half of the book) held all Fae lords and their folk captive.

This is where the Hunger Games come in. I swear to God…. when the hand was raised in tribute to the fallen I couldn´t help but laugh.

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So, Game of Thrones, a spark of Harry P. Now Katniss Everdeen?

The big question is- Will Katniss Feyre be able to save the one she loves and free the people of Prythian? There´s a book #2 and a book #3. You can figure it out for yourselves.

I mentioned Bella Swan above, remember? Yeah, everything became so „clear“ towards the end. * snorts *

The bottom line- The book would have been so much more enjoyable had the author used her own imagination instead of picking the good bits from other successful stories. I know writers can´t really reinvent the wheel ( to always come up with new things to write about) but a little creativity wouldn´t have hurt. There were quite a few fine written scenes I hadn´t recognized from other books that I actually enjoyed. The rest was just eye roll worthy.

The characters were 2 dimensional. Flat. They had less feeling than I have when it´s time for my monthly strawberry week. There was potential, though. I saw all sorts of great things happening for each character when I started reading. They just never progressed. How am I supposed to feel anxious about certain characters when they´re all emotionless? It´s impossible.

And if I ever read another „ she clicked her tongue…“ I´m gonna file a complaint. One that´s longer and more alive and colorful than this review.

Speaking of writing- The writing was… okay. Not what I would expect from a fantasy story. With ease I read through 416 pages of head-scratch-worthy info. Took me 2 solid days and another few hours to process the clutter I read.

Still- I haven´t completely given up hope. Rumor has it that book #2 is so much better. So much sexier ( so they say. Although I didn´t see much sexy schmexy in this one, so… fingers crossed). So full of everything fabulous. I´d like to be the judge of that myself. I want to see if Feyre will time travel through the stones of Craigh na Dun and meet a hot Highlander named Damie. The possibilities are endless.

Despite my full rant I´m gonna go ahead and recommend this book. Why? Because I can see why so many people would love the story. If you haven´t read the books I´ve mentioned above then you might be able to enjoy the emotionless adventure ( if a reader doesn´t care for such important nonsense.)

I will say that if you ARE a fan of Game of Thrones or The Hunger games….stay away from this read.

I can see the appeal. But I don´t like it. It´s not for me. There are books out there that are more gripping with less obviously copied bits.

Would I reread this book? Probably not. I´ve got Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games on my shelves already.

The Cover – 2 stars ( It´s not my cup of tea. I find it dull.)

The Story – 2 stars ( If the author had added more of her own voice instead of others then it might have been a 4 star read. There was a hint of romance but the rest was full of Feyre´s hateful thoughts. )

The Characters – 2 stars ( Emotionless. 2D. Although each had alot to offer… nothing came through. A pity, really. But if I had to pick characters I enjoyed most it would be Tamlin and Lucien. I didn´t care much for Tamlin and Feyre as a couple. )

My emotional state after finishing this read- Confused. Worried I won´t get to see a fanfic in the other installment.

I´m giving `A Court of Thorns and Roses` ( A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas 2 out of 5 stars.

New Book Box Instagram Features

Instagram- Oh, how I love you!

It´s been almost a year and I can say, without a doubt, that my Instagram project is the best thing that could have happened to me. I´ve met so many great people and have seen so many wonderful book recommendations….. It´s overwhelming in the best way possible! I´ve also learned that not everything has to be about promoting books. It´s also about capturing moments and making memories. I might have used my children once or twice, LOL…. but that, too, was worth it. Before I go all emotional on you guys…. let me show my latest Instagram creations…. Ready? I hope you enjoy. xoxo

Happt Thursday!!! Only one more day and I can do my official dance around the coffee table and celebrate the weekend again! 🤓😉😄 My lazy days will be well spent with reading and decorating the house for Halloween!🎃🕷🕸🦇 Which will be fun because people in my town don't really celebrate Halloween. Our house will be the only spooky looking house 😂 Which reminds me of a story I read a while back… 🎃BOOK BOX FEATURE🎃 for 'Beautiful Darkness' (Caster Chronicles #2) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. Say what you want about this story… I think it's cute and so adventurous😄😍 Perfect time of the year for a reread, don't ya think? Okay, instapeople… I gotta get these million + reviews done. Hope you all enjoy your day. Share the 📖💜 . . . . . #autumn #pumpkin #bookstagram #books #ilovecolors #bookfeature #youngadult #fantasy #hardcoverbooks #beautifuldarkness #kamigarcia #bookphotography #germany

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Fall pic 2017.

She's weird, she's quirky, she's my baby. 💜 Caught her smelling my books… again. Life is never boring with that child💜💜 . I saw a post from my fellow ghettostagrammer @fetteredmatriarch and I was so touched by her personal #5piecesofselflove list. Kacy did amazing and I love her for being so brave to self- love.💗💗 . There's a fine line between self love and arrogance but Kacy nailed it. Self love is important for everyone. So, here are my #5piecesofselflove . . 💜 I love that I'm organized. Many have said that I have an OCD but in reality I just enjoy being organized. Makes my life easier. 💜I love my own food. Yupp. I'm a fab cook and can make a mean meal from scratch😉 💜I love that I'm a giver. Whether it's food or clothes or a helping hand… I give and it makes me feel good. 💜I love my "live and let live" mind-set. Having that makes room for the important things that really matter in life. 💜 I love that I'm fierce. I don't shy away from people or problems. I confront them with full force ASAP. Otherwise, I'll get more wrinkles than I already have. So, that's me. A short version of who I am. I wasn't always like this. It took time and alot of learning from mistakes but I got to the point where I truly love myself. I am the person I hope my girls look up to. I am the person I wish my girls will one day become. Because there is nothing in this world that should ever make them feel anything less than they are: kind, caring, curious, smart and full of love. Thank you @fetteredmatriarch for the post and tag😙😙 Should anyone want to add their own 2 cents or would like to participate then feel free to tag me so I can read all your beautiful self love posts 💗💗💗💗 @woodiesreads . . . . . #books #bookblog #booktag #selflove #girls #mybaby #booksmell #weirdkid #bibliophile #bookworld #bookaddict #bookstagram #booknerd #paperback #germany #bookphotography #booksandkids #instabook #instaread #inspriation #lifegoals #bookworm #bookpic #blackandwhite

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This. I love this so much. My youngest daughter, Lillian Elizabeth, smelling books. She does that from time to time and I don´t stop her. Lol. Everyone needs something awkward to do, right?

**Warning** Excuse the post below. Emotions always run wild when talking about this BOOK BOX FEATURE💗. Happy Sunday, everyone! 🤓So, today… it dawned on me that I haven't shared my absolute fav romance with you guys. Okay… ready? BRACE yourselves, my dear friends, because I am going to go all bat-shit crazy over this one. *35 yr old getting ready to act like a loon* 'Thoughless' by @sc_stephens_ 💗 I swear by all that's pink and fluffy… he is THE ONE. *insert Bang Bang song* *imagine my emotional breakdown* BOOK BF GALORE! HE'S GENTLE. HE'S GOT FIRE. HE'S EMOTIONAL. HE'S BEAUTIFUL. HE'S A MUSICIAN. HE'S GOT STYLE. HE'S…. good Lord, PERFECT. 😍😭🙈😔🤓😂😊💗💗😘 And for the story- I think it's brilliantly told. What a mental love triangle! And… besides Outlander… the most reread story EVER! If you haven't already.. you need to check these books out. So much LOVE and PAIN… OKIDOKI, people… hope you all have a lovely day! And don't forget to share the book love! 📚💗 . . . . . #bookfeature #bookaddict #youngadult #romance #ilovebooks #love #lovetriangles #kellankyle #scstephens #heartbreak #paperback #series #books #addictedtoreading #favoritebook #bookphotography #bookpic #bookish #feature #igreads #bookstagram #bloggersofinstagram #instabook #outdoor #fangirl #havingamoment #bookboyfriend #booksbooksbooks #read #recommended

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This pic has made my top 10 list of fav´s.

"Get busy living, or get busy dying". 🖤 One of my fav quotes by Stephen King. Those words were an eye opener 👀 during a time in my life where I felt the pressure of trying to be the perfect mother, perfect wife and perfect everything else. I've heard those words so often in my life but when I truly HEARD them I realized I didn't want to be perfect. I didn't need to be. I like to think that that was the moment I began to live.🖤 Do you have a quote that changed your life, opened your eyes or made any other impact on you? 🖤🖤 . . . . . #wordporn #quotes #words #meaning #lifechanging #openyoureyes #bookstagram #books #paperbacks #bookish #baskets #bookphotography #bookpic #lit #read #igreads #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #igbooks #bibliophile #instalike #instapic #stephenking #notsoperfect #bookrelated #ihavelivedathousandlives #bookworm #bookninja #bookishgirl #question

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Don´t ask. I had a hard time getting those baskets into place. The rest is just exhausting but it was worth the effort.

⭐PARENT FAIL⭐BOOK AWESOMENESS⭐ 😂🙈My oldest daughter ( 10 yrs ) got caught reading her book during class today. I asked her why she wasn't paying attention in school (as she should have) and her answer was; "Mom, you told me you read so you can escape real life without having to go anywhere. That's what I told my teacher. I wanted to escape Math class without having to leave." 🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈 These are the moments I don't know if I should give her a high five or not. #books #booksandchildren #bookishgirl #girl #imintrouble #lordhelpme #awesome #proudmommymoment #read #bookish #thethingskidssay #mommysfootsteps #instapic #bookstagram #parentfail #bookstagram #bookblog #bookblogger #bloggerlove #blog #smartass #truth #school #📚 #bookworm #book #instalike #instablogger #germany

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My favorite. Everything I love in one picture. My two girls and books. ❤

 

 

Review: Breaking Gravity ( Fall Back Series #2) by Autumn Grey

Book Description

I’ve always followed my dreams with ruthless determination.
My life was going well. Success was at my fingertips.
Until it wasn’t.
All it took was three seconds to send my world crashing down around me, 
ripping my dreams to shreds.
Then I meet her, with her large hazel eyes that slay me at first glance.
And everything starts to make sense again.
I try to keep my distance.
To remind myself I am her mentor.
That we can’t be more, 
but every time I push away, I’m pulled deeper into her.
The line between student and teacher is blurring. 
One kiss. 
One taste. 
They’re all it would take to cross the line.

My Thoughts

This student / teacher romance definitely earned a place on my sacred bookshelf.

`Breaking Gravity` ( Fall Back Series #2 ) started out in a devastating light and ended with a beautiful warmth.Breaking Gravity

Nathaniel Rowe´s life will never be the same. Once a well-known professional cellist, now a damaged and crippled has-been who suffers from chronic pain and medication abuse. It took one unfortunate event to change his life and make Nathaniel a walking mess. With his career over and the love of his life gone there´s hardly anything left to live for. Until…

Nathaniel takes up a job as a temporary music professor at Rushmore college and becomes fascinated with a red-haired beauty, Elon… who also happens to be one of his students.

Now, I´m not a huge fan of student/teacher romances because they somehow always end the same way. A story about a forbidden by law love is bound to end in a catastrophe. It´s kind of like watching a train wreck happening in slow motion. You know it´s gonna be ugly. You know the outcome.. Everything starts out as a one time thing. A secret. Then the secret turns into an affair. Soon, a best friend finds out and then others become suspicious. The secretive couple gets exposed. One loses a job. The other gets kicked out of school, yada yada yada.

For some reason, `Breaking Gravity` wasn´t entirely like that. So, the student / teacher story wasn´t new…. but the flair the story gave off was refreshing. Both main characters have dealt with unimaginable pain in their pasts and yet both weren´t completely unwilling to move forward, despite knowing about the consequences of their actions. They had something to look forward to: seeing each other.

I was rooting for the main characters. It took me a lot of will power not to get out the pompoms and cheer for Nate and Elon. I actually wanted the characters to get exposed as quick as possible because they fit so beautifully together.

What I loved most about the story was the fact that the author approached different real life issues, such as: death, abuse and addiction. The author´s ability to let her characters suffer from these issues was wild. It made her characters feel more authentic / realist and relatable. And it made them 100% lovable.

Do Nate and Elon live happily ever after? Or will life force them apart?

Read it and find out for yourself. I can say, without a doubt, that this is my favorite student / teacher romance.

`Breaking Gravity` is a warming, beautiful, swoon worthy, hot and full of hope romance that´ll stick to a reader like glue for weeks after reading.

Would I recommend this book? Yes!

Would I reread this book? I already have…* smile *

The Cover – 5 stars ( I have been gushing over this cover weeks before I even bought the book. Such a beautiful and unique image. There was no way I was not going to have this book.)

The Story – 4 stars ( Student / Teacher romances don´t usually float my boat but this story did.)

The Characters – 5 stars ( Nate was the perfect Hero. Ruined, moody, passionate, hot. Every woman needs a Nate in their lives. Elon was an equally perfect character. Loving, clever, guarded, witty. What more can I ask for? Nothing.)

My emotional state after finishing this read? Totally, utterly, 100% happy and satisfied.

I´m giving `Breaking Gravity` by author Autumn Grey 4 out of 5 stars.

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°•○BOOK BOX FEATURE○•° This came in the mail today and I couldn't wait to share this beauty with you guys. 'Breaking Gravity' by the wonderful @autumngreyauthor. This is one of those covers you can admire all night long *dreamy sigh* So mesmerising. If you don't hear or see anything from me then I'm either swooning or reading. Have a fab day and don't forget to share the 📚🖤 . . . . . #bookpic #bookaholic #addictedtoreading #addictedtobooks #bookaddict #booknerd #bookwhore #bookjunkie #bookninja #libraryofinstagram #igreads #igbooks #bookstagram #instaread #iaminlove #booklove #books #paperback #bookphotography #pages #author #outdoor #booksbooksbooks #bibliophile #beautifulcovers #coverpic #prettybooks #📚 #germany #bücherwurm

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This book can be purchased at Amazon.com

Latest Instagram Features from Morgana´s Book Box

It´s time for a few honorable Instagram Book Box Feature mentions!

I proudly present my recent works. Lots of love, sweat, energy, yelling at the dog, telling my kids not to run on the road, fighting with wind, rain and heat were invested in creating these pics. Have a look…. 🙂

Happy Saturday, everyone!🌸 My neighbor caught me examining her flowers today from my kitchen window and invited me to pick a few, even offered me the whole bush as it annoys her😂. So- a purple 💜BOOK BOX FEATURE💜 it is today. Let's give it up for one of my favorite books by @pccastauthor – 'Devine By Mistake' (Partholon #1). Such a beautiful story worth losing yourself in. Okay, chichas… gotta run. Hope you all have a lovely day. Don't forget to share the 📖💜! . . . . #bookstagram #libraryofinstagram #love #fantasy #paranormal #read #book #paperback #series #pccast #partholon #bookworm #bookpic #bookphotography #purple #flowers #bookishfeatures #feature #saturdaynight #germany #bookjunkie #ilovebooksmorethanpeople #bookstagrammer #bookblogger #instablog #instablog #readingissexy #magical #📚

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*waves enthusiastically* Hey all you lovely people! How's it going? Enjoying the heat?☉ I've been hiding in the shade reading one 📖 after another and contemplated on buying a sombrero ( I burn poorly while tanning. Life's such a bitch) Anyways… while hiding i managed to get a ☆☆BOOK BOX FEATURE☆☆ done. ' Verführt' (Colours of Love) by Kathryn Taylor. All in all a nice read. Keeo sharing the 📚💓 . . . . #romance #lovestory #love #books #bücher #lesen #read #leseratte #bücherwurm #suckerforromance #igreads #libraryofinstagram #ilovebooks #bookstagram #bookworm #booknerd #bookwhore #bookjunkie #bookninja #bookcover #📚 #liebe #androidphotography #s7 #bookphotography #bookpic #bookfeature #germany #read

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Happy Monday! 🤓What to do with your kids and their friend when they're bored as hell? You force all 3 to sit and pose for a book box pic😂 Yes. I was deeply hated before/during/after this pic. Was it worth it? Definitely! I'm in love. ( btw- left and center are mine ) Hope you all enjoy your day and don't forget to share the 📚💜! . . . . . #instakids #childrensbooks #kidsandbooks #mygirls #bookbuddies #bookstagram #bookbesties #bookfriends #readingbooks #androidphotography #bookworm #books #booklove #paperback #bookstagrammers #instabooks #igreads #bookphotography #fortheloveofreading #outdoors #kinder #mädchen #lesenmachtglücklich #buchliebe #bookgram #lesenmachtschlau #germany #📚 #lesen #monday

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Review For New Branding Design

To brand or not to brand.

Ever since I started blogging I wanted to make a name for myself. The internet is swamped with names and brands and logos. Everywhere you look, businesses (big and small) have symbols that represent their company or their cause. I wanted that. My only problem was – Who to contact?

I spent countless hours on the internet, searching for someone who could make my dream come true. And while I found a ton of great designers who had incredible portfolios…. I didn´t feel they were able to deliver.

What I truly needed was a mind reader. Or someone who would take one look at my social media profiles and say „Yupp. I´ll whip something up.“ I know, that´s not really possible, but I would have preferred that instead of talking to people who don´t know me and my weird, quirky, complicated ways.

It never dawned on me to ask the one person who has been in my Facebook friends list for the last few years.

I stalked her. Snooped on her website and her Facebook timeline. I loved what I saw. I adored her work and I wanted exactly what she had to offer.

Trust me when I say I´m not an easy person to work with. When someone asks me a simple question like „What´s your favorite color?“ then all hell breaks loose in my head. How can I pick a color when the world is filled with hundreds of beautiful shades of everything, right?

Despite my odd self I decided to just go for it. To contact the mastermind that runs Cover Me Darling and see if that woman was able to read minds.

Well, she wasn´t able to read my mind. She didn´t need to. A few simple questions and a fill-in-form was all it took to create what I had in mind. Here´s the info I gave her to work with:

  • I like cool colors ( bold to pastel….as long as it stays in that section of the color wheel)
  • I adore everything from the Art Nouveau era.
  • I believe in „less is more“.
  • I´m not the girly girl type but I do like a feminine touch.

I can´t imagine that description could be any designers dream come true. For me – that screams nightmare.

I sat back, thinking it would take at least a good month to get my branding done.

In less than 2 days (!!!) I was presented with a design. I don´t know how the designer did it but the woman created what I believed was impossible.

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The font, the elements, the color scheme…. The image as a whole represents who I am and what I stand for. The design is simple and unique. It´s feminine and beautiful. It stands out. I couldn´t have found a better designer.

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Marisa Shor from Cover Me Darling embodies professionalism with a personal touch. 

I felt welcomed. I felt understood. I felt like my thoughts and ideas were in good hands. 

Would I go back for another design?

I would. Over and over again. This designer has mad skills. Her ability to take what little info I gave her and create something awesome is truly a reason to go back for more designs. 

Would I recommend Cover Me Darling?

Yes. Whatever is needed regarding designs…Cover Me Darling is the place to go to.

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Book Spotlight- Slammed, Point Of Retreat, This Girl by Colleen Hoover

Slammed ( Slammed #1 )

Book Descriptionslammed

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

My Thoughts

Are you searching for something emotional? Would you like to read something that will touch your soul and break your heart and at the same time fix all your problems? Search no more. You´ve found what you´re looking for.

CAUTION: This review contains FOUL LANGUAGE. If you don´t approve of certain words I suggest you skip this review because, quite frankly, I have no other way to express my feelings towards this book.

What started out innocent turned into a „For fuck´s sake, why am I crying AGAIN!“ story. 354 pages of „I will never be able to emotionally recover.“. What on earth possessed this author to write such a gut wrenching, sob – worthy, fantastic story? Because- `Slammed` is exactly that. And it´s brilliant.

After the death of her father, Layken moves from Texas to Michigan with her mother and younger brother, leaving the only life she has known behind to start new.

Layken doesn´t like the change but is absolutely happy for her brother when he bonds with the neighbor´s kid, who also happens to have a hot, older brother. Will. Their new life doesn´t seem so gloomy after all. He introduces his passion, slam poetry, to Layken and soon enough, both hit it off and together they develop a relationship like no other.

Now, before I give away anything else, please know that this story is not what you think it is. It´s so much more. And if I´m honest, I have no fucking clue how I got through this read without breaking into a thousand pieces. My gray sofa was covered in a blanket of white crumbled tissues.

The main focus is at first on Layken and how she deals with the loss of her father, how she adjusts to her new life but also how she handles the quick happiness she´s found with Will. Their relationship has a twist but that´s nothing compared to what happens later in the story.

Sure, there´s romance, there´s wit, there´s cute moments where you wish you were that age again just to relive the intensity of a first love…. and the hope that that love stays your only love for the rest of your life. But life is about more than just love. It´s about what´s happening around you, too.

`Slammed` is moving, touching and, at times, so fucking unforgiving.. I didn´t know what to do with myself while reading. What these characters went through was beyond anything I would wish for anyone. The hurt, the loss, the love and the devastation ripped my heart in two. My tears wouldn´t stop flowing! God damn it. I haven´t felt this emotionally confused since `Hopeless` which is also from Colleen Hoover. ( I´m seeing a pattern here.) There were happy tears, sad tears, tears from relief, tears of sorrow… * head against table* And smiles. God, I was confused while reading `Slammed`. I´m not going to dive into the poetry from the characters because that´s just brutally raw. Fuck.

A story about young love, acceptance, forgiveness and above all, about life. `Slammed` is beautiful in the simplest way ever.

Would I recommend this book?

Fuck yeah. I recommend `Slammed` to everyone. READ THIS BOOK. Like- NOW.

The Cover – 5 stars ( It´s simple. It´s in color. It doesn´t really give away the story.)

The Story – 5+ stars ( For the love of God….. what a wonderful, heartbreaking / heartwarming and captivating story. )

The Characters – 5 stars ( Will made my Top 5 Book Boyfriend List. Layken- I want to give her a hug and never let her go. Sub- characters were fantastic. Very realistic. All loveable.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Positively exhausted. Emotionally drained. I feel like everytime I think about this book I need a shot of something strong. I LOVE SLAMMED!!

I´m giving `Slammed` ( Slammed #1 ), by Colleen Hoover, 5 out of 5 brilliant stars.

`Slammed`( Slammed #1 ) is available in paperback and ebook format on Amazon.com

Point Of Retreat ( Slammed #2 )

 

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From the bestselling author of Slammed, comes Colleen Hoover’s next big hit.
Layken and Will have managed to overcome the obstacles that threatened to destroy their love, proving that they are destined for one another. What they are about to learn, however, is that the things that have brought them together may be the very things that ruin their connection forever…
Layken is left second-guessing the relationship whilst Will is jumping over hurdles to prove his love for her. What the young lovers discover about themselves along this journey may change their entire world and the lives of those who depend upon them the most…

My Thoughts

I´m, for once, thankful for a Colleen Hoover book that hasn´t brought me to tears.

Will and Lake´s story continues. `Point Of Retreat` ( Slammed #2 ) wasn´t as heartshattering as book #1, `Slammed` but it was just as intense (!!!). Right to the point where I was afraid for the MC´s relationship. Because, this couple is meant to be together. My emotions were all over the place.

After the events from `Slammed`, Will and Layken now have to learn how to deal with everyday life. With both being relatively young they decide to take over the parental roles and raise their siblings, which proves to be a challenge for the 19 and 23 year olds.

New problems surface, making Lake question her relationship. Life isn´t a box of chocolates for Layken but with the help of Will and a few friends life doesn´t seem so worthless. Or does it?

To make this short and simple ( since I´ve already gushed my feelings over the first book more than enough ) I loved this book. A perfect follow-up story that gives a reader the satisfaction of knowing what happens next.

`Point Of Retreat`is told from Will´s perspective, which I found was brilliant because I was dying to know how he saw Layken and the situation they were in. His character couldn´t be more opposite from Layken´s… Will was, less difficult.

Lake/Layken often acted like a little shit over peanuts but that can be blamed on the many issues she´s had to deal with within a short time span. Her life wasn´t easy and anyone in real life would have needed quite a few therapy sessions to get over what Layken dealt with. So, despite my love and understanding for her character I still felt a tad annoyed by her behavior.

All in all a really great read that tugged at all my heartstrings. I felt `Point Of Retreat`. I felt the heartache, the sadness, the happy moments, the intimacy, the power of Colleen Hoover´s writing.

Would I recommend this book?

Definitely. After you read `Slammed` a reader will most definitely want more and this book gives more. Also, this book shows how two young people manage life under difficult circumstances. I know alot of 30+ adults who haven´t a clue how to start managing anything for themselves. This could be an eye opener and if not then this book is definitely entertaining.

The Cover – 5 stars ( What´s more to say other than I really like it?)

The Story – 5 stars ( Perfect follow-up story that includes more beautiful poetry and meaning.)

The Characters – 4 stars ( Will was perfect. If Layken was a little less dramatic then I would have loved her just as much. And Julia. Oh. My. God. I want a Julia in my life. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – In love.

I´m giving `Point Of Retreat` ( Slammed #2 ), by Colleen Hoover, 5 out of 5 stars

You can purchase `Point Of Retreat`( Slammed #2 ) on Amazon.com

This Girl ( Slammed #3 )

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Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

My Thoughts

`This Girl`. This book. THIS SERIES!

Be still, my beating heart… for this is the end of a phenomenal story. Or is it? I´m not sure. It sure looks like it´s the end and feels like it, too.

Either way- I´m bummed. So many feelings felt, so many tears shed and now I have to deal with the harsh reality of a life without Will & Layken.

I know, I know. All good things must come to an end at some point- especially when it comes to stories- but I´m not ready for this one to end.

When I saw the cover and tagline about the title my heart stopped.

Love conquers everything, but can it excuse the past?

I was terrified. There´s only so much fictional characters can go through without wanting to kill themselves or ending up in a nuthouse. My only option was to breathe and hope for the best. Right? It´s not like I have many useful feelings left for the author to play with. Colleen Hoover pretty much exhausted me ( in a good way, of course).

`This Girl` (Slammed #3 ) by Colleen Hoover is the honeymoon book. Here, a reader gets a story rehash in form of the MC having a stroll down memory lane while being on their honeymoon.

Again- If you believe I just revealed the whole story then you´re wrong. Aside from the flashbacks there are a few additional scenes and a total heartwarming epilogue, all told from Will´s POV. This is pretty awesome. * frantically nod *

While having their much deserved break from life, Will and Layken use the time to get deep and talk about… stuff. Things that are usually spoken about in private when couples reflect on their relationship and when they want to look forward. Brilliant!

`This Girl` is raw and real.

`This Girl` is a captivating story.

`This Girl` is a perfect.

A pretty swift and beautiful ending for a story that has milked my emotional household dry.

`This Girl` is a mandatory read for fans of the `Slammed` series. The whole series is a must read for everyone who isn´t familiar with the author or her books.

Now, let´s get back to the painful tagline from the book cover. I can answer that one easily.

YES! Love CAN excuse the past!! Now stop trying to play with the little feelings I have left, Mrs. Evil Author.

Would I recommend this book?

Yes. I would. I wouldn´t necessarily read `This Girl` before `Slammed` and `Point Of Retreat`, though.

The Cover – 5 stars ( It´s simple and the title doesn´t give anything away. Perfect.)

The Story – 4 stars ( It´s half a re-telling of book #1 and #2 with great additional scenes. )

The Characters – 5 stars ( Oh yeah. These figures won´t ever leave my heart.)

My emotional state after finishing this book– So grateful and utterly happy.

I´m giving `This Girl` ( Slammed #3 ), by Colleen Hoover 5 out of 5 stars.

This book can be bought over at Amazon.com

Thank you for reading today´s Book Spotlight. I hope you enjoyed. Much love….xx

 

 

Book Spotlight Feature- Colleen Hoover

In my Book Spotlight feature, I´ll be focusing on one author every few weeks- whether it´s a well known, NYT Bestselling writer who´s published more than 5 books or an Indie-author who is destined to be a future Bestseller.

I´ll be presenting their books in form of a review and book box feature on Instagram.

This is designed to introduce readers to new and well known authors and their works and maybe help readers who have been tempted to try these authors books but haven´t been sure where to begin.

Diving head-first into a new world can be exciting but unfortunately, it´s also tricky business. I´m here to help navigate and maybe help indecisive readers in their choice of what book to read next.

This week, starting today until Saturday, the author and books in the spotlight is: Colleen Hoover.

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Colleen Hoover

  • Who is Colleen Hoover?
  • What books are available?
  • What do I think?

Who is Colleen Hoover?

Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including the #1 bestseller, Hopeless. She lives in Texas with her husband and three children. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a book subscription service which donates 100% of its proceeds to charity. She also owns The Bookworm Box, a specialty bookstore located in Sulphur Springs, Tx. colleen-hoover

Mrs. Hoover’s highly anticipated novel, It Ends With Us, releases August 2nd, 2016 and is currently available for preorder.

Her novel, Ugly Love (2014), has been optioned for film by Hackybox Pictures and is slated to begin filming in 2016, starring Nick Bateman.

You can follow Colleen on her very active Facebook page and on Instagram and Twitter @colleenhoover

What Books Are Available?

Colleen is known and loved by all age groups for writing highly emotional, deeply meaningful and beautiful romantic stories. There´s  something for everyone in her books.( with the exception of horror.)

The list below is not in publication date order. In which order you read the standalones and series is entirely up to you, but I highly recommend you start with Hopeless ( Hopeless #1).

Hopeless ( Hopeless #1 )

Losing Hope ( Hopeless #2 )

Finding Cinderella ( Hopeless #2.5) 

Slammed ( Slammed #1 )

Point Of Retreat ( Slammed #2 )

This Girl ( Slammed #3 )

Maybe Someday ( Maybe #1 )

Maybe Not ( Maybe #1.5 )

Ugly Love

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Never Never ( Never Never #1 ) * Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Never Never: Part Two ( Never Never #2 ) * Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Never Never: Part Three ( Never Never #3 ) * Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

It Ends With Us

Too Late

 

What Do I Think?

Each day, starting today until Saturday, I´ll be presenting either complete series or standalones and will include my thoughts in form of reviews. Also- I will be including Instagram Book Spotlight Features of Colleen Hoovers books along with each published review.

My reviews can also be found on Amazon.com, on my  Facebook page and on Twitter . Reviews will not be included on Instagram but you´re still very welcome to visit my book box features anytime you feel the need to.

 

Thank you and I truly hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

Review- Roomies by Lindy Zart

Book Description

Graham Malone is my roommate, my personal eye candy, the reason I get up in the morning smiling (that could be from the illicit dreams I have about him too, I suppose. Let’s move on.). He’s also beautiful to look at, but his heart is where his true beauty lies. Take away the exterior and the interior still shines. 

I love him. I mean, I’m pretty sure I do, having never been in love before. Anyway, it seems legit. 

And now his brother Blake is here, and, well, he’s the complete opposite of Graham. Sarcastic, brooding, and totally available. But he’s leaving soon, and Graham’s the one I want. I shouldn’t have to remind myself of this, right? I wouldn’t have to if Blake would quit looking at me like I’m something yummy and he’s starving.

Here’s a toast to roomies; the ones you should never fall in love with. Or something.

My Thoughts

If there ever was a book character who could be my twin, it would definitely be Kennedy, the Heroine from `Roomies` written by Lindy Zart.

I swear on all that´s pink and fluffy…. that girl… her thoughts, her actions… It was as if the author spied on me my whole life. I was fascinated and terrified at the same time because I kept telling myself „ Yeah, that could have been me. I say that all the time. I would have done the exact same thing!“ and that´s when I realized the Heroine and I had more in common. Scary shit, I tell you.

Besides the above I totally enjoyed `Roomies`. It´s funny, it´s charming, it´s cute. You actually feel like you´re reliving the time you had a serious crush on your best friend ( That´s how it was for me, at least. Don´t know about you, though. Lol ). It´s a catchy romance with a touch of angst.

The writing style is genius. Simple with a nice flow and totally entertaining. It felt like the book was having a nice convo with me ( or my pathetic self and I * hangs head * ). I enjoy that kind of style because it´s not so demanding.

As for the romance- I felt it. I suffered, laughed and loved with Kennedy. She was such a lovable, quirky figure. Not at all your typical Mary Sue.

Graham and Blake- let´s say I was team Graham from the start. Graham was / is the perfect roomie. Good looks, polite, clean…. a guy any woman could easily fall in love with. Blake, on the other hand ( Graham´s brother ), was okay but he just didn´t have much of a purpose other than making Graham jealous. In my humble opinion, the story would have been just as good without him. But that´s just me being weird.

Anyways- There´s no real threat in `Roomies` other than Blake and Graham fighting over Kennedy in their own special ways. Blake fights dirty, Graham more carefully until shit gets real and he fights dirty too * clapping hands* So exciting!

The only complaint I have is that this was a super short read. It felt rushed. But other than that…I loved every bit of it.

A recommendable read for any romance lover with a quirky side.

The Cover – 5 stars ( Lovely! It´s colorful. It´s cute. It grabs my attention.)

The Story – 4 stars ( The story isn´t really original but still well told. Great writing. A tad too short )

The Characters – 4 stars ( I have so much love for the Heroine. Graham was another favorite because he´s the exact opposite from Kennedy. I could have done without Blake, though )

My emotional state after finishing this read– Utterly happy!

I´m giving `Roomies`, by the awesome Lindy Zart, 4 out of 5 stars

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com. Just click here and have fun reading.

`Roomies`has been featured on Morgana´s Book Box on Instagram

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Instagram Project ‘Book Box’ 2 weeks later…

Roughly about 2 weeks ago I started my new Instagram project called ‘Morgana’s Book Box’.

When I began this little project of mine I had no expectations, what so ever. I mean- if all had failed I would have gone on to the next best thing- watching Jamie Oliver’s 15 minute dishes on YouTube. 

I’m now one happy and proud book box momma! 

It’s funny because… I’m actually having fun walking around in the cold ( it’s so freezing cold at the moment). It’s tricky when I smile because my face starts to burn from the minus 10 Celsius outside but it’s still fun! Also- They don’t lie when they say “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”lol. 

If you haven’t already, go and check out some of the pretty outdoor book pics available on Instagram. Just click here and enjoy.

And if you like…. feel free to follow or leave a comment OR, leave a suggestion in the comments below with which book you’d like to see with the book box. 💙💜💙💜

Instagram Project 2017

It´s happening. I´ve finally collected enough courage and energy to make a small dream of mine come true.

I´ve been watching book blogs on Instagram post book pics after book pics for some time now, all doing mostly the same thing: Uploading pictures from feet and books, coffee and books, etc. etc.  I´m not going to lie, I tried that as well but I´m not very comfortable taking pictures of my hideous feet ( with or without socks…. there´s really no beauty to be found down the feet area )… AND I kinda suck at doing the coffee mug & book shot.

So, what´s left for a woman to do? I don´t have many options, right? How am I going to be apart of the Instagram Book World without having to include my stumpy legs or my old looking hands in a pic? It´s not easy, let me tell you that, but it´s not a mission impossible, either.

I felt hopeless until I found an old wooden box in my garage. Within seconds, my Instagram idea was born! CRASH! BOOM! BANG!

Starting now, I´m the proud founder of The Book Box.

What is The Book Box and why does the world need it?

The Book Box is just a simple project where I promote paperback copies that are placed lovingly in an open, old, beaten down wooden box, which is placed somewhere outdoors or in a cool indoor location. Brilliant, right?
Does the world need what I´m offering? Of course, NOT. *  cracking up  * But I think it´s a nice idea and also pretty to look at. *  smiles  *

Wanna see?

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Ain´t that purdy? 🙂

If you´re interested in seeing more then just click on Morgana´s Book Box and see what else I have in store. Or- if you´re on Instagram yourself then feel free to leave a like or follow me directly ( but only if you´re really REALLY want to see more, no pressure.) Be sure to let me know ( via PM, email or comment that you saw my post on WordPress so I can thank you properly!

I want to make a statement and show the world that it´s not necessary to pull out the good Sunday bedspreads and sheets for the perfect pic and that no feet are needed to promote a book.

Thank you for showing ANY interest in this article. Now I´ll go back into my cave and hide.

Warm regards,

the book nerd, Morgana xx