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Review: The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

Title: The Bird and the Sword
Author: Amy Harmon
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars


Swallow, Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, Daughter. Stay alive.

Monthly Recap: February 2017

I love format that Keertana from Ivy Book Bindings choose for her Monthly Rewind posts; I adapted it a little bit for my Monthly Recap.

3 Things About My Life This Month

1. Macmillan Audio contacted me to see if I’d be interested in listening to their audiobooks for review.

This is the first for me. If you don’t know this about me I don’t read ARCs. I’ve wrote a post about my reasons here. As some of you know I’ve considered requesting audiobooks for review a while ago, but in the end I haven’t. Now the publisher contacted me and all I have to do is to say yes. I admit I’m tempted to break my own rule.

Ominous Opening Lines

Ever since I’ve read Angie’s Perfect Opening Lines I wanted to make a list of my own. At first I wanted to share all of my favorite opening lines, but there are so many of them; so today I’ll give you only ominous opening lines. Those that instantly sucked me in and made my heart bit faster in anticipation. All these quotes are from the books I love.

Review plan? – You don’t need it!

I guess all reviewers have some sort of review plan. I have one, and when I was a newbie reviewer I used it a lot. Nowadays I’m more flexible about it. I sort of have a plan, but in reality I just go with the flow.

Today I want to discuss why you don’t always need to follow your plan when you’re writing a review. Actually sometimes you need to through away any kind of plan.

Audiobook mini-review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. A delightful chick-lit written by a man.

Title: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simsion
Narrator: Dan O’Grady
Story rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall rating: 5 of 5 Stars


Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Review: 738 Days by Stacey Kade. It was a perfect love story. Until it wasn’t.

Title: 738 Days
Author: Stacey Kade
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars


I have this habit of putting a book on my tbr-list and actually picking it up months, even years later. But after I’ve read Laura’s beautiful review I knew I needed 738 Days right that moment. I started it right away with a certainty that I would love it, and I was right.

Cover Talk #3. Cover Change: Undecided by Julianna Keyes

Cover Talk is a feature, where I talk about covers. Beautiful covers and ugly covers. Covers that I love and covers that I hate. Covers that lured me to read a story and covers that were a reason I passed a book. This feature was inspired by Cover Fever at Reader’s Den

Have you read Undecided by Julianna Keyes? If not, please, do me a favor. Stop for a moment and look at these two covers below. What are your first impressions? What do you think this story is about based on Cover #1? What about Cover#2? Would you pick it up and what would be your expectations? For me and those who’ve already read this book, it’s impossible to be completely unbiased, so I’m very curious.

Those who haven’t read this book yet – you definitely should. You can read my 5 Stars review here.

Binge read series or read it book by book?

If you interact with me for a while you know that I prefer to binge read series. This way I don’t have to wait for months or even years for next installment. I’m not very good at waiting.

Top Ten Tuesday: Fake-Relationship Romances

Despite being a blogger for several years I’ve never participated in Top Ten Tuesday. It’s a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It wasn’t a conscious decision on my side. During my first blogging year hilariously I had no idea that there was a list of upcoming Top Ten Tuesdays. So I just didn’t have enough time to write a post. Oh, awkwardness of being a total newbie. Later I guess it was a habit of not participating.

When I realized they choose All About Romance freebie for Valentine’s Day, I just couldn’t pass. If you follow me for a while you know that I read a lot of Romances. One of my favorite tropes is fake-relationship.

Audiobook review: The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Story rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall rating: 4 of 5 Stars


I’m so glad I didn’t put this series aside after I wasn’t impressed with the first book. The second book is much better.