Bianca (The White Lady Series Book 1) by Carman A. Sky

I have received an ARC copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.

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Bina was a farm girl. She was born to a father who loved her very much, but her mother took the word of the midwife who delivered her, when she pronounced her as cursed Bina had to do all of the chores while her father was out in the fields with the sheep.
One day Bina saw a watcher from the surrounding woods and wished that figure would save her. Little did Bina know that that figure would lead her to her future.
After escaping the horrible treatment of her mother, Bina made a new life for herself, and a new identity.
Bianca thinks she has found the home of her dreams, or has she? When she finds out the truth about the lord of the castle will it be worth her life to stay? Will the one who brought her to this new home be strong enough to save her when things go wrong?
Follow Bianca’s story as she learns the truth about herself, and the power of her love.

My Thoughts:

This was my first book by Carman, and I have to admit I did enjoy it. The story was interesting and characters well developed.

Straight away after meeting Bina, the main character, I had warm feelings towards her. Being hated by her own mother is a horrible thing that shouldn’t happen to anyone. Bina was a poor farm girl, who was told on the day she was born that she is cursed. She was not sure what did it mean and why her mother hates her. But she still stayed at home, as she loved her father. And by this description it sounds a bit cheesy. I was expecting a handsome guy meeting her in the woods, a love at the first sights, marriage and a happy ending. But Carman made my jaw drop. She didn’t make it into a cheesy romance book. She made a perfect paranormal mystery book.
Bina had a stalker. That’s what I am calling him. If he is watching her almost every night – he is a stalker in my opinion but not necessarily it’s a bad thing. In here it was her salvation. At the beginning.
Marcus, the stalker, was a creature that was looking for special maidens for his master. He offered Bina to take her to him so she can start a new life. She agreed with hope it will be better and even she chose a new name to make sure the old life has been left behind. When she was reborn as Bianca, she did not expect that the save haven she thought she finally find will turn into a place full of monsters, pain, danger and … love.
This book has pleasantly shocked me and I enjoyed it, even though the style of writing is not the one I normally would chose.

In my opinion it deserves 4 stars, as from time to time the plot and timeline was lost for me. I thought that something was happening in the matter of days, and months have passed. But other than that the books was an enjoyable read.

Life after Light by E.S. Maria

 

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Hannah Mackenzie is perfection. She’s effortlessly beautiful, intelligent, and popular, and is about to head to the big city to pursue a law degree at one of Sydney’s best universities. Joining her is boyfriend Paul, aka Mr. Perfect.Yes, Hannah has it all.

A perfect life. A perfect love.

She feels invincible.

That is, until one night, when she realises that she is not.

One by one, the perfect pieces of her life starts falling apart.

And she’s losing it all.

Her perfect life. Her perfect love.

Now all she has left is darkness.

And as if her life isn’t complicated enough, it turns for the worse upon the return of Atticus Foster. Hannah once saw past his fractured soul, and she gave him her heart three years ago, only to have it shattered when he suddenly left town without saying goodbye. Now he’s back, forcing her to question if the perfection she sought was just to guise the broken heart she could, yet wouldn’t mend.

This is Hannah Mackenzie’s story of great love, of heartbreak, of devastating loss, of forgiveness through acceptance. But most of all, this is Hannah’s realisation, that the only way to break through the darkness is to allow her heart to lead the way.


 

 

 

My Thoughts:

I have received an ARC copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

WOW. This how this book has left me 5 minutes ago. Simply Wow. I was Blown Away. I so did not expect that! I have to admit, that at the beginning I felt a bit meh. I was thinking that it’s a normal story, with a broken heart, tragedy, blah blah. But I was SO wrong. The feeling in this book are so raw, so real! I hurt for Hannah, I hurt for Paul, but I was devastated for Atticus.

The story is told by Hannah. A young girl who just finished her high school with amazing results, got accepted to a Law School and had the perfect Boyfriend. Gentleman, loving, kind Paul, who loved her so much that he accepted her shattered heart and the fact that she might never be able to love him fully. Why? Because her first love, her friend, a guy who took all her firsts broker her heart and left her, with no goodbye, no explanation.

Hannah is a strong leading character. When we meet her she is just driving happily with her boyfriend after graduating party, but right after the first chapter we are meeting her after an accident, shattered, broken and full of guilt. She is not sure how to move on. How to let go and start to live. She pushed everyone away. Her friends, her parents, her brother. Everyone. She feels like she doesn’t deserve them. Deserve to be happy. But after one visit in a support group and a meeting with her first love, she decides to change. Decides to live again.

The road Hannah chooses is hard, full of twists, turns and painful journeys to the past. In order to move on she has to forgive Atticus and herself.

Atticus, Tic. God, I fell in love with him. He was that bad boy, musician guy, with killer green eyes, What’s not to love? When you meet him through Hannah’s eyes you most likely think: what a jerk! He left her in the worst possible way and situation, but as the story progresses you actually see his reasoning. See why he has done it. And I felt sorry for him. He had a horrible life and music was his only way out. And he was blunt about it with Hannah. But she still fell for him. Hard. And he did the same. But I think it was even harder for him than for her. She chose the perfect option: blame him, not herself. And even when she demanded from him to stay way, he was always there. Watching, protecting her. Loving her.

Except main two characters, the supporting characters are also very well developed. Brodie, Brook, Patty, Hannah’s parents. They all play a massive role in Hannah’s journey. Brodies is an amazing older brother! I would love to have one like him! Brook and Patty are the best friends that every girl wishes for! And parents? So supportive and believing in Hannah so much!

This book is simply amazing. It will break your heart to pieces, but it will also show you that there is light in everyone’s life. And it’s up to you how you will live it. No one can make the decisions for you.

This book deserves full 5 stars, as it was well written, with well developed characters and plot that just grabs your heart.

Thank you for sharing! ❤

Excerpt
Life After Light
Chapter Thirteen
Hannah and Atticus
He regards me
thoughtfully, but doesn’t respond. Instead, he seems to play with the strings
of the guitar, then, he goes into a tune that sounds familiar.
Then he sings the
first line … about how he doesn’t know me, but he wants me. He nods to me
encouragingly, inviting me to join him with a smile that shows off that dimple.
That was it for me, and without thinking, I open my mouth and start singing.
I start singing the
familiar words with him, my heart beating fast and loud, that I’m sure he can
hear every single thud.
We sound awkward at
first, until we start singing in sync, and by the time we’re singing the
chorus, it’s like we’ve been singing together for years.
“Falling Slowly”
God, I think I’m
falling faster than that.
By the time he
strums the last notes, our eyes are glued to each other. He places the guitar
down on the floor, but he doesn’t break contact. He moves closer, inch by inch,
and I refuse to move, my whole body cemented on my side of the couch.
When I feel his
warm hand on my glowing cheek, his face coming closer as he dips his head down
towards me, I know that I need to just feel him, just as I
need him to feel me.
So with one last
shaky exhale, I close my eyes, and I feel.
The way he touches
me … warm … gentle … comforting.
The way he whispers
my name … soft … low … endearing.
And finally, the
way his lips feel on mine … sweet … tender … amazing.
So. Amazing.

 

 

 

 

 


Since I was a little girl, I’ve been in love with books and storytelling. One of my fondest memories as a child, is spending hours in a cafe or restaurant with my mum, people-watching and making up interesting stories about their lives.
Now I’m all grown up. I married a beautiful man, raising two wonderful children together while balancing a career in finance. Yes, I’m living my very own happily ever after!

But the love of storytelling never left me. So I put my fingers to keyboard and started my journey. Now, I’m about to publish my very first novel, with the second and last book of the series all done and just waiting to be tweaked. And did I mention I have a whole stack of other book ideas waiting to be written?

I’m excited, I hope you will be too! 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal: Love Collides (Fate’s Love Book 3) by L.A. Cotton

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Title: Love Collides (Fate’s Love #3)

Author: L.A. Cotton

Genre: New Adult/Contemporary

Reveal Date: June 2nd

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~ Synopsis ~

Staci Jameson is independent to a fault. But after growing up in the shadow of an overprotective family, and being let down by the only person that promised to always be there for her, Staci locked away her heart and vowed only to rely on herself.

Until a tall dark and sexy-as-sin player reawakens something inside of her.

Kade Ford knows what some people will do in the name of love, and it isn’t all hearts and flowers. It’s the reason he isn’t looking to settle down. Ever. Instead, he plays the field and never gets too close.

Until a tiny blonde firecracker barrels her way into his life and leaves him wanting more.

What starts as a one-night stand turned friends-with-benefits arrangement begins to blur into something neither of them saw coming?or wanted. And when secrets from their pasts catch up with them, the very thing that they are both running from might just be the thing that they need the most. Will Staci and Kade turn to each other or will they let their pasts define their future?

Sometimes two people don’t just come together…they collide.

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