Mug Monday & Romance Rant

Welcome to another wonderful Mug Monday, everyone! I trust all, if not most of you have navigated your way into 2019 safely? If not, don´t worry. I haven´t recovered myself.

I feel like I haven´t slept in ages. In fact- I haven´t. It all started the January 1st.

Pink eye, sinus infection, the flu, repeat. 2019 has started very cruel but you know what? It´ll all pass… Not like the romance genre.

I made a tragic discovery while I was sofa bound.

Romance is a dying genre.

 

 

How I´ve come to this conclusion? Because every romance I´ve managed to read since mid – December has been a floppy, luke warm 3 star read. Most of the romance reads I´ve read in 2018 hardly lived up to my romance standards. What does this tell us? That romance writers are either not working their magic, or they´re in a romance funk themselves, or they´ve written off romances.

This isn NOT a good sign. It´s only January and I´m already bitching. We´ve all got 11 more months ahead of us. I don´t want to nag for 11 more months.

Let´s see if the stack of new books can make me fall in love with the romance genre again ( stack of mystery romance purchases to be revealed ), Fingers crossed.

False optimism.

Now, as for the rest of my apocalyptic Monday… I´ve started my new reading log. Oh yes- This bitch is going double weird this time. Journals aren´t enough. I am now the proud owner of a journal where I can keep track of ALL my 2019 reads. Space for 100 books should be enough for 2019, right? I sure hope so.

 

Oh, I nearly forgot! Mug Monday wouldn´t be Mug Monday without a mug pic. A wonderful Christmas gift from my younger brother. ❤ I´m not so sure about the bestie part ( as I´m sure he´d rather die of shame than call me his bestie ). We are close enough where I can be considered a sidekick , though. *  sigh  *

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I guess that´s it for today, my dear bookish padawans. I shall now retire back to the sofa and hope that I´ll survive January…. somehow.

 

Feel hugged,

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Book Review: Vicious ( Sinners of Saint #1 ) – L. J. Shen

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Emilia

They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true.The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares. He is a brilliant lawyer. A skilled criminal. A beautiful liar. A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover.

Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him.

Vicious

She is a starving artist. Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom. Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down. She paid the price.

Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate. That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t. So she hates me. Big fucking deal. She better get used to me.

 


 

My Thoughts 2

The book isn´t the problem. I AM THE PROBLEM.

No. I don´t even see myself as the problem. It´s the type of story that didn´t do it for me.

And what makes this review extra painful is: I bought the book because of the gorgeous cover image. Dear heaven´s above… The cover is something beautiful. But that´s where the beauty ends for me.

Even the tagline is fantabulous.

He´s bad news wrapped in a good suit…

`Vicious`( Sinners of Saint #1 ) by L. J. Shen is one of those romances where the Hero terrorizes the Heroine without a logical reason. The idea of romanticizing over a vicious asshole is not my idea of a romance.vicious

It goes without saying that I felt no sympathy for the story or the main characters what – so – ever. And the main reason for that is because I´m not interested in romances where the Hero is a fucktard and the Heroine has no backbone.

It´s not my goal to put this book down. It´s not even my goal to hate on the characters, either. But what choice do I have if I found absolutely nothing remotely great about this book?

Vicious, a.k.a. Baron Spencer, also known briefly as Vic, has every negative quality a fictional character can possess. I´m going to gingerly ignore the fact that Vicious is drop dead gorgeous. They always are, so there´s no point in putting it out there. What bothered me was that I encountered yet another filthy rich asshat who had it all and much more. His only fault is that he´s an exaggerated vicious prick and he´s specially cruel to the girl he has a crush on / has had a crush on since the teenage years. How flattering.

Fast forward 10 years and we see the crush, Emilia, working herself tired in New York and she bumps into Vicious. He offers her a job with a great salary and VOILA! She accepts.

By all that´s pink and fluffy… I can´t stand a Heroine who doesn´t have a backbone. It´s actually painful to know how airheaded a character can be, even in 2016 ( when the book was published ).

The couple´s romance was built on nothing. The romance progressed into something weird. I couldn´t wrap my head around the idea of this book being anything romantic.

The Hero lovingly nicknamed the Heroine Help. No man would be able to walk anymore after calling me that.

I was annoyed and frustrated and slightly pissed off becauseI let the cover distract me from checking out reviews before buying this book.

The only good thing this book had going was the writing. Meeh. But that doesn´t make up for the rest.

I think it´s safe to say that I won´t be continuing the series.


 

Would I recommend this book? No. I wouldn´t.

Would I reread this book? Uugh, no.


 

The Cover –  5 stars:    Beautiful cover.

The Story –  2 stars:    No.

The Characters – 1 star:  A definite no.

My emotional state after finishing this read: Annoyed in the worst way.

2 stars

Should you still feel the need to buy this book then I won´t be holding anyone back. Just click here and order your copy.

 

Book Bloggers Made Me Buy It

Book recommendations – They come from all corners of our social circles. Friends, family, neighbors, teachers, book store sales people and of course, from book bloggers, as well. Especially from book bloggers.

Everyone knows what the sole purpose of a book blogger is.

Yes, us book bloggers spend time reading and post book related topics on our blog. We take pictures of books and post them on Instagram and what not. Book bloggers are what I like to refer to as the “middle men”. Us underpaid lot stand between the publisher and consumer. Even if we love our book blogger life we can´t ignore the fact that we´re holding the asshole card in this game. We´re highly needed in this business but our work is often not valued as it should be. Our reviews are read but the effort behind our reviews hardly bear visible fruits. I´m not saying the efforts book bloggers invest in reviews and other book promotion are worthless. It´s actually quite the opposite case. What I´m saying is – Book bloggers hardly know when their book recommendations have paid off. We have no way to track down how much our reviews have helped. Because people are silent ninjas who want to avoid any form of communication / interaction. Do anything, just don´t talk to the book blogger.

That´s a crying shame, if you ask me. As I´ve mentioned in my What Does A Book Blogger Do post – Book bloggers don´t need a lot to feel appreciated. Our modesty is screwed down so low we´re happy when we receive a single comment. This needs to stop.

Here´s a thought: Wouldn´t it be nice if our hard work actually paid off? Wouldn´t it be fab if our reviews received more than just a like or a comment? The answer is: YES!

This is why I´ve decided to include another monthly theme on my blog.

 

Book Bloggers Made Me Buy It

 

A simple post where I reveal the books that were recommended by other book bloggers.  I´ll also include where the recommendation came from and how I was convinced to buy said book. I will also include a monthly insta feature and a blog mention in my review. 

Because working the book bush drums isn´t always helpful. Positive word to mouth promotion works slow ( unlike negative book promo. That shit travels at the speed of light ).And guess what? This whole thing isn´t some new invention of mine. This is me reviving what worked beautifully back in the book blogger glam days. At some point this simple act of courtesy died and it´s high time this cool way to spread the book love is brought back from the dead. Aside from that –  I like recommendations from like – minded book people. I love being convinced to buy a book. So, here we go:

A HUGE thank you goes out to…

Paige @ Bookish Paige 

Love Song

Thanks, girl, for recommending `Love Song` by Sophia Bennett. 

It´s been a while since I last had a chance to read a rockstar romance. Fingers crossed that I´ll love this as much as Paige did. ❤

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And again, I have to thank Paige for giving me that last push for `Throne Of Glass` by Sarah J. Maas. I have to admit that this one has been on my shit list for so long that I´ve developed an unhealthy distaste towards this series ( because of the fact that many have tried to shove this book in my  face and down my throat ). Paige assured me there was romance in this book. No harm can be done when romance is involved, right? RIGHT? 

Cinder and Ella


A warm thank you goes out to the mother of my daughter´s best friend, Simone, for recommending `Cinder & Ella` by Kelly Oram What would have been a 30 minute drive to Ikea turned out to be a 1 hour detour ride because Betty made me miss the exit twice with her book recommendation abilities.

 

 

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There ya have it. These are the books recommendations I´ve taken to heart .Be sure to stick around for my reviews on each book. But before you leave…. 

Tell me: How do you find your next reads? When a book blogger recommends a book, do you read it and share your feedback with that blogger? Let´s chat! ❤

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RARE ´19 London Romance Author & Reader Event, I´m Coming!

I´ve waited ages, AGES ( since August, really ), to share this news and now I´m going to blurt it out: I´m attending the RARE ´19 London book signing event.

For those of you who don´t know what RARE ´19 London is…. I´ll get to that after this next announcement.

I won´t be attending the signing event alone. My girl, Sabrina @ Brina And The Books  and my bestie, author of the brilliant The Whitechapel Chronicles and the award-winning story HedoschismLindsey Clarke will be joining me on this huge author signing adventure!

I can hardly contain my excitement! Me and my chicas, on the loose in London on September 21.

But before I put you guys through a full blown teenage meltdown… Let´s start with what this post is about ( because it´s not just about me going ape-shit over a signing event ).

What am I even talking about when I say I´m going to RARE?

RARE is short for Romance Author & Reader Events. It´s a book signing. A fun one. For me, this is my third RARE event. I was at the very first one ( done… Meeh, I can´t remember ), my second event visit was in 2017 at RARE Berlin, and now… I´ll be attending my third and probably final RARE event. But who cares about that right now. Important to know is that I´ll be going.

RARE I´m going to unicorns

Meet My Unicorn Romance Authors!

That´s right. Authors from all across the globe will be attending. To be exact- 150+ authors! That´s a reason to faint on the spot, wouldn´t you think? If you´re a romance advocate, definitely!

Won´t you look at that lineup!

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To be honest- I´ve read quite a few books from close to half of the authors listed in the lineup. The other half? No flippin´clue but I´m looking forward to meeting some new authors and letting my grabby hands on the loose.

And being the good book blogger I am I couldn´t resist looking up the authors I´m not familiar with beforehand. Looks like I´m going to find out for the first time in my life what being penny less really means.

I´ll have no money and no shame. But I´ll have a shit load of books!

With 150+ authors I´m bound to help my already thin wallet become thinner. But that´s okay, right? It´s not like I´m going to throw my money out the window. Going to a book event means I´ll be making an investment. A good one. ( And one day I might even believe that ) Because which romance reader can resist buying books from such a huge and amazing lineup? Certainly not me.

Aside from wanting to meet new authors and catching up with others I´m also looking forward to meeting new people in general! The place will be infested with readers and book bloggers and I´m one of those people who´ll talk to anyone who doesn´t look like he / she will want to murder me.

Not to forget the awesome people I chat with online! To be able to see these people in the flesh will be something fab!

If you´re going to the RARE ´19 London event please stop and say hi! I´m the short blonde with an american accent wearing black. Lol. ( no one will ever find me with that apocalyptic description ). If you´re not going to the event but would still like to meet up over the weekend… I´m available for a hot chocolate and cake! Let´s meet up! ❤

See you in September 2019, bookish Padawans! ❤


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Happy New Year!

Dear Followers, Friends, Family, Book Bro´s and everyone else I forgot to mention,

For those of you who aren´t suffering from a major hangover….

I wish you all the best for 2019! May the new year bring you lots of love, joy, happiness and success!

For those who are currently wasting away from a huge hangover… Go back to bed. You ain´t no help at the moment.

It´s the start of 2019, people. Can you believe it? 2018 is finally history.

I can´t say I´m too sad 2018 is behind us. To be perfectly honest – I´m more than happy to enter the new year. 2018 was challenging ( and that´s putting it nicely ). Countless colds, nagging teachers, pointless discussions with helicopter parents, surviving the heat wave… I am literally pooped.

I wasn´t able to reach my bookish goals, either. All the challenges I´ve started turned out great and quickly morphed into a terrible idea.

But not all was worthless. Along my path of constant failure I managed to meet new book bloggers and even find new awesome blogs to stalk. So, with that being said…. I think it´s definitely okay to flip 2018 off and welcome the new year with open arms.

Oh yes. I´m ready. I´m more than ready. I´m already at the starting line just waiting to sprint towards my new projects. As for book goals – I don´t have any for this year. Since I´m so good at setting goals and reaching them I thought it would be a much better idea to remain in the horizontal position more often than try to reach half hearted goals.

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So, if I don´t have goals then what will my purpose be for 2019? I´ll enlighten you.

I plan to do exactly too much of everything and a lot of nothing. It´ll be chaotic. It´ll be a bookish anarchy. And I´ll love every minute of it. I´ll do the unexpected and go against the grain and all. But first… I´m going to catch up on some sleep. I have no new year resolutions. My only hope is that I´ll survive 2019 and not end up gaining wrinkles.

There ya have it.

Tell me: Do you have any bookish goals for 2019? What should 2019 look like for you? Let´s chat. ❤

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Share the book love.

yours truly,