Book Review: The Kiss That Killed Me

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About the book:The kiss that killed me

 

Title: The Kiss That Killed Me (The Tidal Kiss Trilogy, #1)

Author: Kristy Nicolle

Published: December 2015 by Kristy Nicolle

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest opinion

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

When Callie Pierce turns 18 she has three very simple goals; avoid her stepfather, escape to an Ivy League university of her dreams and party with her friends. But on a night like any other, when the moon is full over the ocean, her life changes in a way that nobody ever sees coming.

On the sandy beaches of San Diego she meets Orion, a man with whom she cannot stay away, to whom her return becomes as inevitable as the tide kissing the shore. If that isn’t enough, a kiss which changes everything plunges Callie head first into a world of Mythic responsibility, epic danger and heart stopping romance.

The Mer, an ancient race of warriors brought forth to defend the seas, show her wonders beyond what is humanly possible, forcing her into an archaic chain of events that bring together power, seduction, violence and beauty in a terrifying yet exhilarating mix.

Then there’s The Banished to contend with, a group of Psirens, corrupted by the Oceans abyss, that stand to destroy the eternity Callie has been promised. Will she sacrifice herself for the greater good, or is the gravity that pulls her to Orion just too great to bear?

Check it on: Amazon & Goodreads

My Review:

This is one of the books from my 2017 TBR. The copy was gifted to me by the lovely author somewhere in autumn last year and I must apologize to her for the tardiness of my review. “The Kiss That Killed Me” is a book that … killed me! I loved it so much! Let me get into some of the items.

First of all, I think this is a fresh YA Fantasy series. Why? Because it has mermaids and demons. Yes, mermaids! I felt weird as well at first and started “writing” my own scenario. It didn’t work well because it exceeded my expectations on so many levels.

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Since this is the first book in “The Tidal Kiss Trilogy”, it focuses a lot on world and character building. The Oculta Mirum is an amazing underwater world, where all mer live organized and as a strong community. The descriptions are so in detail, as if the author has really been there. It all felt real! It it’s beautiful!

Callie and Orion have an eternity to know each other, but throughout the chapters of book one, we see her integrate into his world, adapting to her new life and her new partner, her soul mate. They are incredible and beautiful in all their forms. He is overprotective and she is determined to prove she is strong enough to defend herself.

But this is not just about the worlds and characters. The tension increases gradually and explodes in the end. I devoured the final pages. Secrets are uncovered and even more that remain to be analyzed in the next books. We don’t have the rushed conclusion, the “snap” that usually happens in these books. Nope, it all happens at the right pace.

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With all these amazing facts, I must say there are some scenes which did not stand well with me (for example when Callie’s mom blames her for the unhappy marriage she had… not nice), but this was nothing compared to what I felt in the other moments.

All things considered, I am compelled to give my 5 stars to a book that made me finish 80% in one day. Thank you again Kristy Nicolle for such a wonderful world! Moving on to the next books in the series… Happy Reading!

About the Author

Writing has always been an escape for me. I can imagine bizarre new worlds, create entirely new living species and dream up all kinds of odd and absurd scenarios. I love it, and always will do. Its my life. Even now, while preparing for to begin my Master’s degree in 21st century literature, I am always searching for fresh inspiration. I live in England, in the city of Lincoln but originally hail from Norwich. If I am not concocting up mad magical ideas, I am usually curled up in bed reading, modeling or adding to my vintage book collection. The power of the written word is marvelous, and I am continually finding myself learning, and exploring all its shadowy corners. I spend hours and hours combing through texts, books and words and quite frankly, it is exhausting.

Check out her beautiful website as well: https://www.kristynicolle.com

 

 

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Book Review: Frostbitten

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About the book:Frostbitten

Title: Frostbitten

Author: Heather Beck

Published: June 23rd 2014 by Enchanted Publishing

Source: received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Format: audiobook

Blurb:

Great beauty hides dark secrets…

Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.

Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?

Check it on: Amazon & Goodreads

My Review:

 

Yes!!!! I loved this book so very very much and it pains me to not be able to give all the 5 stars it could deserve! I was contacted by the author to review the audiobook version of Frostbitten and what a lucky e-mail that was. Because I have discovered another series I enjoy. I am all the time busy reading and reviewing books I receive from different sources and it’s coming difficult to say no to some titles. This gives me little time to do discovery on my own. But I am lucky to be contacted by amazing authors, such as Heather Beck, willing to trust my judgment of their book. So thank you very much Heather for providing a copy of this book, in audio format.

Now, seeing that this is the first book in a series which will only become more complicated, or so I presume, Frostbitten familiarizes us with the place where all the action happens and that is Ceder Falls, a small town where snow and cold rule. Anastasia is looking forward for a new beginning with her grandparents, hoping to connect to her new classmates and reconnect with her childhood best friend. But Ceder Falls has secrets that few are willing to understand and accept.

Our main characters connect instantly, not necessarily from a romantic point of view, but they are alike in some ways as well. Anastasia’s plan to start fresh at school is quickly ruined when her classmates start spreading lies about her. So she becomes somehow isolated and blamed, same as Frost. Frost is a mystery to most and people fear the unknown. The innocence in their relationship is so beautiful, they are strong separately and stronger together. She is his link to humanity, he is her anchor when nobody trusts her.

Regardless of how much I liked the story and how well it kept me listening to the end, I must admit there are some scenes which I could not understand completely. One that comes to mind is Anastasia’s dream of a mean werewolf. I cannot connect it to the story (cannot detail because of spoilers but I’ll do it in the comments if you ask me to). And I wanted a more explosive ending. I wanted to scream in pain that it ended (I did do that…)! Even if we do have a cliff hanger, I wanted … well A CLIFF HANGER!

I liked Angela Rose Masi’s voice. She is gentle and sweet and strong when need be. The narration is amazing to say the least. She managed to change her voice very well and provided a unique interpretation to all characters in the book, be those main, secondary or even characters that appear in very few scenes.

All in all, I loved “Frostbitten” and I do wish Heather Beck will delight us with the next book in the series soon. This series shows promise of becoming great, as the end of book one offered several twists. Till next one is out, have fun reading/listening to “Frostbitten” and come back with your thoughts J Happy Reading!

About the Authorheatherbeck

 

Heather Beck is a Canadian Author and Screenwriter who began writing professionally at the age of sixteen. Since then she has written eleven well-reviewed books, including the bestselling series, The Horror Diaries, which has sold in six continents.

Heather received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from university where she specialized in English and studied an array of disciplines. Currently, she is working on the Frostbitten series and has two anthologies slated for publication. As a screenwriter, Heather has multiple television shows and movies in development. Her short films include: Young Eyes, The Rarity, Too Sensible For Love, Circular, and the forthcoming Witch’s Brew.

Besides writing, Heather’s greatest passion is the outdoors. She is an award-winning fisherwoman and a regular hiker. Her hobbies include swimming, playing badminton and volunteering with non-profit organizations.

Website: http://heatherashbeck.wix.com/writer

Book Review: Silver Blood

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About the book:Silver Blood

 

Title: Silver Blood (Series of Blood #1)

Author: Emma Hamm

Published: October 1st 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Two hundred years ago, our world changed forever. Two realms combined in an explosion of magic. One morning everything was normal and the next? Every human body was host to another magical creature who had thoughts and a mind of its own. However, with power comes darkness. Someone wants to wipe this earth clean and will stop at nothing to consume it.

SHE IS NOT A HERO

Or so she thought. Wren had grown up with another voice in her head but had never considered herself magical. She doesn’t have the talents other people have. She certainly doesn’t have the abilities anyone else has. But she is charming and manages her business quite well. She deals in emotions and makes people happy. It’s a simple life, but it’s hers.

HE THINKS SHE COULD BE

Burke was a bodyguard first and always. He had been sent to collect her and deliver her in person to the most powerful creatures in their world. But the moment he steps through the broken door of her shop, his world changes forever. She’s strange. She’s uncomfortable. And she’s so damned beautiful. He is convinced she is part of a prophecy that can save their world.

But how to convince her?

 

Check it on: Amazon  & Goodreads. Also available on Book Despository, with free delivery world wide

 

My Review:

See what happens when you don’t read a book at its due time? You forget about it and then you beat yourself up when you realize how good it is. Well, it feels ten times worse if you have received it from the lovely author months (that turned into years) ago. As I always say, I try my best to keep up with all the book review requests I receive and it’s difficult to say no to all. I’ve been improving a lot since I started blogging and my focus now is to reduce the outstanding books I have until the year.

So before moving on with the review let me apologize to the author for this delay and I hope my review will help win her forgiveness.

In the year 2600, the End occurred. It wasn’t always known by this name, though some may have called it the Reckoning, the Apocalypse, or Judgement Day. Sadly, none of the expected endings of the world happened. There was no meteor, no nuclear war, and no environmental collapse.

“Silver Blood” creates such a wonderful world where magic and normal coexist – in one human being that is. It is such an original and interesting idea. Wren’s quiet life as a shop owner is shaken when she meets Burke in one of her sessions of Juice production. Juice is a valuable commodity in this world. Is like a drug that can induce different emotions, depending on what you’re buying. Burke is a dream walker and in his search for the one that may save the world, he find Wren. What happens from here is funny, gripping and complex.

Until close to the end, Wren is a mystery when it comes to the magical creature that lives inside her. She and E live in a perfect union. E is her best friend, protector and guide. I loved their relationship so much and it made more sense in the end, when E’s nature is revealed. I appreciated how the romance was built as well, no instant attraction, no “I loved you from the start” stuff. Just a gradual increase of affection that is proven throughout the pages.

I like being alive, but being dead might be an interesting adventure as well.

I have some issues with the other characters in the book, as I did not quite understand their background that well, but I believe that later in the series it will all make more sense. Also, I think some of the elements in the ending were a little rushed, but all is well.

This was such an amazing, refreshing and original story and I am confident that the other books in the series are even better. Books 2-4 are already out and they follow Lyra, Jasper and Pitch, all of whom are a mystery in “Silver Blood”. I hope you’ll like it at least as much as I did, because Emma Hamm is an amazing writer! Happy Reading!

About the AuthorEmma Hamm

I am from a very small rural town in Maine. I grew up amid blueberry fields, a farm full of animals, and surrounded by family. It was one of the best ways for a child to grow up. Horses blew puffs of sweet smelling breath in my hair, goats teased me until I giggled, and someone who loved me was always there to pick me up when I fell. I am truly blessed to have grown up in such a fashion.

The love of creative story telling started when I was very young. I used to “act out” the way a story should have gone and argued with my mother constantly about the endings of movies. I wrote a little bit, and eventually found myself in the online writing community. My love of characters blossomed and grew thanks to the ever vigilant parents who convinced me that imagination was one of the greatest gifts of the human mind. I wrote, I created, I read as many books as I could next to the fireplace.

I am inspired by the works of authors like Clive Barker, Mark Danielewski, Patricia Briggs, Clare B. Dunkle, and so many more.

Thank you all for your support, love, and kindness.

Website: http://www.emmahamm.com/

Twitter: EmmaHammAuthor

Book Review: A Bargain in Silver

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Title: A Bargain in Silver

Author: Josie Jaffrey

Published: January 3rd 2015

Source: received from the author in exchange for a review

Format: paperback

Blurb:

A Bargain in Silver is book one of Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London.

A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offers a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and savior begins to blur.

After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom.

But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race.

As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?

Check it on: Amazon  & Goodreads

My Review:

I love vampire books! I started my reviewing activity with vampire books. I reconnected with my Passion for reading after devouring “Vampire Academy”.  So when the author approached me to read and review “A Bargain in Silver”, I was so excited! My apologies to Josie Jaffrey because my review is long overdue!

I was expecting a lot because I was missing reading about strong vampires, with strong feelings, that love and protect their soul mates. However, the first book in the “Solis Invicti” series delivered only a part of those expectations.

The story opens with the world being taken over by vampires, good and bad ones. Our main character is saved by one of the good guys and introduced to the new protectors of human kind. Emmy has to find her lace surrounded by beings who want her blood, but also by people who envy her for closeness not only to the leader, but also to his second in command.

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We have here a love triangle, although I am not sure if he is in love with any of these guys. Sol, the leader, has the allure of power and mystery. Under his protection she is untouchable. Drew, the Secundus (and leader of the Solis Invicti) is in over his head, crazy in love with a woman who may or may not be his. As for Emmy,  I completely disliked her attitude. She is hot and then cold. She believes one then fears the other or vice versa. I did appreciate her will to survive and be independent at all cost, but she pushed a lot of limits and played with hearts a lot.

The writing was not bad at all. The world building is amazing and the idea of two type of vampires fighting for food (one in a practical way and the other in a chaotic manner) is interesting. There is a political intrigue that is not well developed in this book, but I hope to read more about it in the other ones. It felt a little weird how all characters were on short name basis so quickly, but I can get over it.

With all these items, I will give “A bargain in Silver” 3.5 stars (rounded to 4) with my hope that the next book will be even better. Let me know your thoughts if you have read it or not in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

About the Authorjosie

 

I have always written stories, but it wasn’t until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it’s amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I’m going to write!).

As a new author, I love to hear from readers with their comments and feedback on the books, so please do get in touch through my website or via Twitter.

Website: http://www.josiejaffrey.com

Twitter: JosieJaffrey

Book Review: Shatter

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Hi there!

What better way to start the year than with a review for a book in one of my favorite series from 2017 ? 

Vampire lore meets ancient Greek mythology in this intense paranormal adventure perfect for fans of Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and Fallen!

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Pandora Scott just saved the world…or did she?

Fresh off her victory, Pandora thinks life is finally starting to look up. No one is trying to kill her. A few people actually consider her a close friend. The future is wide open with possibilities. And she’s in love with the boy next door.

But when the titans come crashing into Sonnyville, adamant that the monster she destroyed still lives, Pandora can’t help but wonder if things could possibly be as perfect as they seem. A shocking death forces her to face the truth and understand that what she’d hoped would be the end of the war might really be just the beginning…

Shatter is the fourth and final book in the thrilling Midnight Ice series, a fantasy romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that twists vampire lore and ancient Greek mythology into an intense paranormal adventure!

Available from:

 Amazonhttp://hyperurl.co/AmazonShatter

Applehttp://hyperurl.co/AppleShatter

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Google Playhttp://bit.ly/GPShatter

Kobohttp://bit.ly/KoboShatter

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My Review

Finally (unfortunately) the end of the Midnight Ice series is here! I have spoken about this series and how much I love Kaitlyn Davis’ writing for months now. She is one of my greatest “discoveries” of 2017 and I am so happy and honored to have read and reviewed it completely! She is amazing and her stories are amazing as well. Here are my opinions about “Shatter”.

As opposed to the other three books, “Shatter” has a more strategical approach, if I may say so. It’s like a chess play between Sam and Pandora. They have their own plans and their own allies. One has to identify the other’s weaknesses. So the action is more focused on the characters, on a psychological level, and the bond between Sam, Pandora and Jax.  There is a long road ahead in order to establish a relationship based on trust between conduits and titans, but it seems one cannot manage without the other this time. I don’t want to get into that too much, as I don’t want to spoil your fun.

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But far more exceptional is the way the author has portrayed Sam. Throughout the series, he has not been your usual negative character. All his actions have a pretty good justification: he wants Pandora back. And what better way to win her heart one more time than to deliver the world to her? Covered in darkness and destroyed but… whatever. He is led by his feelings, by love. I kind of like him. As opposed to Jax, who has betrayed Pandora some time ago, Sam will make the ultimate sacrifice for her.

Speaking of Jax, he is … in the shadows. You know what I mean, if you have read the previous book. But the love he has for Dory is what actually saves the day. Funny thing is that this exact love is what sent him there in the first place.

This series has been the highlight of my year. I loved it so much. All the books are real page turners and each volume end will be so unexpected. And it is the case for “Shatter” as well. I do recommend the series, I do recommend the author.

So go ahead and read the series and come back to talk about it J Enjoy!

Here is a little of what you can find in the previous books:

FROST (Midnight Ice Book One)

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Even the hottest love can turn a girl cold-blooded… Don’t miss FROST, a fantasy romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that twists vampire lore and ancient Greek myths into an intense paranormal adventure!

 Life’s tough for a vampire thief on the run–just ask Pandora Scott, she knows. Four years ago she ran away from home after everyone she loved betrayed her. But now her annoyingly grown up (and handsome) ex boyfriend is stalking her, begging her to return. A mysterious vamp with a particularly dangerous (and sexy) stare keeps popping unexpectedly into her life. The extremely powerful head vampire of New York is hunting her down because she may (or may not) have broken into his highly-secure, highly-secretive personal vault. And the fate she’s been trying to outrun? Well, it’s about to catch up. Because even a super-speedy vamp with the ability to disappear can’t escape her own destiny.

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Available from:

 Amazonhttp://hyperurl.co/AmazonFrost

Applehttp://hyperurl.co/AppleFrost

B&Nhttp://bit.ly/BNFrost

Google Playhttp://bit.ly/FrostGP

Kobohttp://bit.ly/KoboFrost

Smashwordshttp://bit.ly/SWFrost

FREEZE (Midnight Ice Book Two)Freeze_frontcover

Locked up doesn’t mean locked in.

Pandora Scott is in jail…again. Everyone she once loved betrayed her…again. And some of the most powerful people in the world want her dead…yes, again. Sound familiar? But if there’s one thing Pandora is good at, it’s wriggling her way out of life or death situations, and this time is no different. Armed with her ability to disappear and aided by the mysterious Sam, Pandora’s got a plan. Escape the most secure prison in the world. Evade the most powerful trackers on the planet. Forget every word that Jax has ever told her. And figure out how to change one teeny tiny thing–fate. Easy, right? Well…doable, at least.

Freeze is the second book in the thrilling Midnight Ice series, a fantasy romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that twists vampire lore and ancient Greek mythology into an intense paranormal adventure!

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Available from:

 Amazonhttp://hyperurl.co/AmazonFreeze

Applehttp://hyperurl.co/AppleFreeze

B&Nhttp://bit.ly/BNFreeze

Google Playhttp://bit.ly/GPFreeze

Kobohttp://bit.ly/KoboFreeze

Smashwordshttp://bit.ly/SWFreeze

 

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When you fall for the devil, you’re bound to get burned.

Pandora Scott’s world has blown up once again, but this time she’s learned her lesson–saving the world isn’t a job she can do solo. She needs friends. But when her strongest ally also happens to be the boy who shattered her heart, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Especially since the person she has to destroy might just be the love of her life. With her fate hanging in the balance, Pandora’s got to make a choice. Forgive? Forget? Fight? Or falter? But everything changes when she realizes that the people she thought were heroes might be villains, and the good guys aren’t always as trustworthy as they seem…

Fracture is the third book in the thrilling Midnight Ice series, a fantasy romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that twists vampire lore and ancient Greek mythology into an intense paranormal adventure!

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Available from:

Amazonhttp://hyperurl.co/AmazonFracture

Applehttp://hyperurl.co/AppleFracture

B&Nhttp://bit.ly/BNFracture

Google Playhttp://bit.ly/GPFracture

Kobohttp://bit.ly/KoboFracture

Smashwordshttp://bit.ly/SWFracture

Author Bio: freeze_author

 

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publisher’s Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

 

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

Sign up for Kaitlyn’s newsletter to stay up-to-date with all of her new releases, to receive exclusive subscriber bonus content, and more! bit.ly/KaitlynDavisNewsletter

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Book Review: Indiscretion (Andalucían Nights #1)

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Title: Indiscretion (Andalucían Nights #1)

Author: Hannah Fielding

Published: pril 9th 2015 by London Wall Publishing

Source: received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Format: paperback

Blurb:

A young woman’s journey of discovery takes her to a world of forbidden passion, savage beauty, and revenge.

Spring, 1950. Alexandra de Falla, a half-English, half-Spanish young writer abandons her privileged but suffocating life in London and travels to Spain to be reunited with her long-estranged family.

Instead of providing the sense of belonging she yearns for, the de Fallas are driven by seething emotions, and in the grip of the wild customs and traditions of Andalucia, all of which are alien to Alexandra.

Among the strange characters and sultry heat of this country, she meets the man who awakens emotions she hardly knew existed. But their path is strewn with obstacles: dangerous rivals, unpredictable events, and inevitable indiscretions. What does Alexandra’s destiny hold for her in this flamboyant land of drama and all-consuming passions, where blood is ritually poured on to the sands of sun-drenched bullfighting arenas, mysterious gypsies are embroiled in magic and revenge, and beautiful dark-eyed dancers hide their secrets behind elegant lacy fans?

“Indiscretion” is a story of love and identity, and the clash of ideals in the pursuit of happiness. But can love survive in a world where scandal and danger are never far away?

Check it on: Amazon  & Goodreads. Also available on Book Depository, with free transport worldwide (and 26% off)

My Review:

There are so many things to discuss when it comes to “Indiscretion”, starting with how amazing this book looks and finishing with the lovely story it contains. I have loved every page! Being a lover of all things Spanish, it was quite predictable I would enjoy it.

When it comes to the content, the blurb says it all. It is a combination of fighting for love and finding oneself in the process. Alexandra de Falla goes in search for her Andalucían roots and answers an invitation from her father to meet her grandmother, the terrifying Doña Maria Dolores de Rueda. Little did she expect to find a more than welcoming old lady but a not so thrilled half-mother and sister. But she finds her strength and determination in the love she quickly starts to feel for her step-cousin Salvador. What they share reminded me a little about “Pride and Prejudice”, because both characters almost lost to their strong tempers. Without insisting too much on this, I can simply tell you this is an amazing combination of strong characters, a dash of mystical and great amount of intrigue.

All I can say is that with the Salvadores of this world, life is wonderfully exciting and full of the unexpected

Other than the story (of which I already stated it is fabulous!), we can experience an unbelievable trip to different cities in Andalucía. The way the author described those places is so vivid, so full of appreciation and respect for history and tradition. The book is full of descriptive paragraphs that may tire some of the readers, but I loved them all. I love Spain, I spent some time in Catalonia and I did my best to experience it. Since Andalucía is so different, I welcomed the voyage with open arms.

The truth can sometimes be slow to reveal itself. The sun sets every night but returns the next day. El tiempo es un gran curador, time is a great healer. Is it not said that he is a great master who solves many things?”

These two items (great story and incredible excursion in a lovely part of Spain) are topped with local legends and wisdom. The Spanish language is present as well, flowing like a melody, linking all the chapters!

I am so honored to have this book as a printed version, courtesy of the author. I’ve gained here not only an amazing book, but as well a free ticket to parts of Spain I have not yet discovered in person and an incursion in local history and legends. Suffice to say I loved every page and I look forward to more from the de Fallas!

 

About the AuthorPortrait of Hannah Fielding and photos of where she writes.

 Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.

To date, Hannah has published five novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; the award-winning Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’ set in Italy; and the Andalucian Nights trilogy (Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy), set in sultry Spain.

Book Review: Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity

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Title: Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity

Author: Gregory V. Diehl

Published: November 1st 2016 by Identity Publications

Source: received from the author and Identity Publications in exchange for a review

Format: paperback

Blurb:

A daring, intelligent, and unapologetic call to find yourself in wanderlust.

When you travel to a foreign place, do you experience this new life as your old self? Or do you become a new self?

From living in a van on the streets of San Diego, to growing chocolate with indigenous tribes in Central America, to teaching in the Middle East and volunteering in Africa, bestselling author Gregory V. Diehl has followed a worldly and unconventional path. Leaving his home in California as a teenager, he went on to live and work in 45 countries across the globe by age 28. In Travel as Transformation, he uses his diverse cultural experiences as a world traveler to ask the reader to question how their identity has been shaped by the lifestyle they live.

As you delve into Travel as Transformation, you will learn how travel can profoundly influence your perception of yourself. Diehl teaches aspiring travelers to let go of their internal inhibitions and former sense of self. He shares his own moving experiences of transformation across Costa Rica, China, Morocco, Armenia, Iraq, Monaco, Ecuador, and more to encourage travelers to embrace change. He takes the reader on a nomadic journey that examines all of humanity through unbiased eyes.

To travel with a truly open mind is to forget who you were when you started. It is to be constantly born anew, and identify with ways you did not know others could exist. What affirms you most? What would it take to destroy you? Travel as Transformation will give you the wisdom, the inspiration, and the resources to conquer the limitations of your home culture. It’s time to take advantage of everything the world has to offer and become everything you can be.

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My Review:

When I was approached by the author to read and review some of the non-fiction books that Identity Publications was willing to provide I was doing just what Gregory Diehl is advising in his book: exceed our limits, leave our comfort zone and experiment. Yes, mine was an experience at a lower level, but still. I would like to thank the author and Identity Publication for yet another amazing title I was lucky to receive from them.

“Travel as Transformation” is a self-discovery book, with a very powerful message: reinventing oneself by breaking free from society rules, by taking a chance. The author is relating from his own experience how he managed to overcome his limitations and fears, using traveling as his way of understanding the world. As many other readers, I believed this book was indeed a travel journal, where we see how he experienced different counties and cultures. But it is so much more than that. It is Gregory’s development journal (if I may call it like that), containing his accumulated experience, step by step.

There is a holistic approach to global travel that will fundamentally change you as a person.

The author’s journey begins with the discovery of other extraordinary people, who have also broken their boundaries: artists like Debussy or writers like Asimov. He learned to face his fears, to give up his preconceptions and to form new opinions of the world by experiencing different societies and ways of living.  Changes in Gregory’s mentality and personal life are described analytically, starting with his view of the world to his relationship with family members.

To some, this book might seem as instigation to a rebellious attitude. However, this is just how the author perceived his limitations. This is the objective: “Conquer the limits of culture to discover your own identity” and this can be achieved by conquering one’s fears, by surpassing the borders of our development.

The world is a book of many pages waiting to be read. The self is a library of ancient tomes written in languages you cannot fully understand. You grow accustomed with the characters you find on the first shelf and never get to know what remains on the vast arena of you.

I am a believer in education as guidance for a harmonious personal development and I believe society shapes us in one way or another. It is up to us how we let it influence us in the right way. Has this book achieved its purpose? Well, yes, in my case. Although I am not a risk taker, I was faced with not knowing what I wanted. I had my world turned upside down and learned to adapt. This process made me rethink my own identity. Again, my trials were at a lower scale, but significant to my own experience. Gregory Diehl’s book is a manifest for self-development, search for knowledge and achieving the best self we can be, by opening our mind to our surroundings.

Do whatever is difficult until it is no longer difficult. Let yourself grow into all the ways you are capable of being.

I hate loneliness; I need to be close to my family, although I live one hour drive from home, and I feel scared when I do not have the people important to me close. But I am learning to cope with these moments and finding mechanisms to adapt. I take my own adventures in the unknown through books and books I would not normally read for fear of not liking them (not being what I am used to).  So on some small level, I am starting my own journey to a more developed identity.

 About the Authorgregory

From a young age, Gregory Diehl understood the importance of universal ideals. Though he was raised in California, he soon embarked on a journey of global quest for learning, self-discovery, entrepreneurship, and inquiry. Since then, Gregory has lived and worked in 45 countries and continues to use his experiences to help others along the path of self-fulfillment through exploration.

Gregory’s first book, Brand Identity Breakthrough, is an Amazon bestseller. His podcast, Uncomfortable Conversations with Gregory, taps into the core of people’s conceptions of self. He helps entrepreneurs prepare complex value messages across many mediums, and offers unconventional lifestyle coaching and brand identity consultancy for impassioned individuals.

In his free time, Gregory kidnaps felines from streets around the world and bathes them in his sink before passing them along to strangers.

Find him at http://www.gregorydiehl.net