{Bookish Finds} The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband
Series: Rokesbys #2
By: Julia Quinn
Published on: May 30th 2017 by Avon
Genres: Historical Romance

While you were sleeping...

With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He's unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier's life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie...

I told everyone I was your wife

When Edward comes to, he's more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out six months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he'd always assumed he'd marry his neighbor back in England.

If only it were true...

Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.

I was browsing through upcoming titles on Book Depository and happen to chance upon this book. I remember reading lots of Julia Quinn books a few years ago as she is one of the historical authors whom I adore very much. I'm so excited about this one and wonder how will the characters develop. What do you think about this book?

Feature and Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read

This week's prompt:

What was the first book that moved you? Scared you, made you cry, disturbed your view of the world?

The one I remember vividly because it made me tear up. Katie McGarry is a great author!

{Bookish Review} Safe & Sound by Alli Hope

Safe & Sound
By: Alli Hope
Published by: Elephantine Publishing on February 22nd 2017
Genres: YA Romance/Thriller (Mature Content)
Source: Review copy

16 year-old, Hailey Perish, knows her life can’t get much worse. Since her dad split a few years ago, Hailey’s mother has spiraled hard and fast, careening toward rock bottom and threatening to take her daughter down with her. Hailey now marks time by evictions, her mother’s poker games, and Saturday School where she voluntarily shows up for weekend detentions to secure her one promised meal of the week. She has no room for relationships, especially with someone like her childhood love and junior class golden boy, Carson Hart. Hailey trusted him once and Carson failed her. She’s determined not to let herself be hurt again.

When Hailey’s mom does the unthinkable and bets her own daughter in a high stakes poker game, Mitch, the loan shark, is all too eager and determined to collect on his debt. To him, Hailey is nothing but property. His property. And he’ll do anything to recover it. On the run from a fate that promises a much worse life than she already knows, there’s only one person in the world Hailey can call for help.

Will Carson be there for her in her darkest hour and deliver her from harm’s way safe and sound? Or will he abandon Hailey—just like he’s always done—just like they all do?

Alli Hope’s debut novel delivers an unforgettable story about love & surviving in the dark places. Safe & Sound contains mature situations and content.
I receive a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Hailey's life went downhill when her father left their family 6 years ago and matters got worse with her mother's drug and gambling addiction. One day, her mother did the unthinkable and Hailey had no choice but to run and she desperately needed help.

Safe & Sound is an enjoyable book which I finished reading within 2 days. Although there are dark themes like rape and drugs in this book which would made me cringe whenever I read those scenes, there are also some lessons for the readers as well.

This book is all about betrayal and how to go about dealing with betrayal, especially the more serious ones. Below is a list of what I've gathered from the book:

  • Do not gamble. You'll end up losing everything you have.
  • Say no to drugs. You'll get addicted and do stupid things.
  • Help your loved ones if they have the 2 problems mentioned above by seeking professional help. Don't wait until it is too late.
  • Check the background of the professionals before you engage them.
As this book contains some mature theme, I would recommend to only those who aree 18 and above, or those mature enough to handle reading them.

{Bookish Review} From London With Love by Diana Quincy

From London With Love
By: Diana Quincy
Published by: Loveswept on February 7th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance (Mature)
Source: Review copy

Emilia St. George is moments away from marrying the admired grandson of a duke when the man who once jilted her decides to kidnap her at the altar. It’s the second time in five years Hamilton Sparrow has ruined her wedding day, and Emilia isn’t about to forgive him. The mere sight of her ex-fiancĂ© revives painful memories—and, most regrettably, aching desires that refuse to be ignored.
Scanning the guests at Emilia’s wedding, Sparrow spots a familiar face: an assassin he recognizes from his days as a spy in France. Whisking Emilia away, he’s pleasantly surprised by her newly formed curves. Could this be the same flame-haired slip of a girl once promised to Sparrow? And does the fop she still insists on marrying realize what a prize she is? True, Sparrow left Emilia at the altar. But he’s afraid that the only way to right that particular wrong is to risk the one thing he’s always guarded: his heart.

I received a review copy via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It has been a while since I last read a historical romance and the first sentence of the summary captured my attention immediately. It made me want to just find out more.

From London With Love does not disappoint. I'm utterly captured by the characters and the story. The book started with Emilia being kidnapped by Sparrow, the man who broke their engagement five years ago. The thing that I like about reading this book is that I get to guess who the culprit was as the story progresses. I must say that even though it is quite obvious, the process is still enjoyable. It's also fun to read about both Emilia and Sparrow, how they deny their attraction only to come together again in the end.

Although this is book 3 of the series, I have absolutely no issues with reading this as a standalone. I actually finished this book in two sittings but procrastination got the better of me and I only managed to write the review now. Would I recommend this book? Definitely with those who wants to have an enjoyable and light reading.

Feature and Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read

This week's prompt:

What Movie from Book coming out in 2017 are you most excited about?

(Image taken from Beauty and the Beast Facebook page)

Childhood classic story. Enough said.

Plus it's Emma Watson!

{Bookish Giveaway} Followers Appreciation Dec 2016 to Jan 2017

A little something for my blog followers who have been very patient with me throughout all these time. I do admit I was not very active in the past few years ever since I became a workaholic. I did not even hop from blog to blog to keep myself updated on what are the latest interesting reads. That changed about a month ago. I won't say that I am very active but I do surf around a little nowadays and through this, my to-read list increased! I'm excited to read more books than ever!

So, here's a little something for one lucky winner:

{Bookish Finds} All Fall Down By Ally Carter

All Fall Down
Series: Embassy Row #1
By: Ally Carter
Published by: January 20th 2015 by Scholastic Press
Genres: Mystery (YA)
Target: Grade 7 to 12
Age Group: 12 to 17

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her -- so there's no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can't control Grace -- no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

I saw from a blog that the third book Take the Key and Lock Her Up is going to be released on 27th December. The synopsis sounds so interesting and exciting! (Plus the rating on Goodreads is 4.57 when I just went to check it a few seconds ago.)

From the reviews that I've read, the downside to this book would be the predictable plot and lack of complexity.

The second book, See How They Run was published at the end of December 2015. It's got quite a good rating too! 4.1! But it seems like the second book wasn't as good as the first but there are readers who simply love the book.

Inside every secret, there's a world of trouble. Get ready for the second book in this new series of global proportions--from master of intrigue, New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter.

Grace's past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

The twists get twistier and the turns get even more shocking in the second thrilling installment of Embassy Row. 

To me, the third book promises a good story. It has a catchy title that immediately captures my attention. Take the Key and Lock Her Up show hints of danger and excitement which got me hyped up. Safe to say that I will be trying to get my hands on this series.


Centuries ago, the royal family of Adria was killed . . . or so everyone thought.
Now Grace Blakely knows the truth:

There was one survivor, and that survivor’s blood runs through her veins. This simple fact could cause a revolution — which is why some people will stop at nothing to keep it from coming to light.

There is only one way for Grace to save herself, save her family, and save the boy she loves. She must outmaneuver her foes, cut through the web of lies that has surrounded her for years, and go back to the source of all her troubles, despite the risk.

If she wins, she will inherit a throne.

And if she loses, she will inherit the fate of all the dead princesses who came before her. 

So, what do you think of this series?