Ebook Haul #3 (2021)

It’s been a while since I posted a haul on my blog so here we go!😁

For this post I’ll mention the recent addition to my Netgalley shelf and some Kindle freebies I got recently.

I was hoping to improve my Netgalley feedback ratio this month but kinda failing. 😢

Anyway, here are the books. Book cover images credits to Goodreads.❤


Kindle freebies:

I love free books.❤


The Grave Digger – Book Review #19 (2021)

Title: The Grave Digger

Author: Rebecca Bischoff

Series: Standalone

Format: Audiobook

image credits to Goodreads

Goodreads synopsis:

In 1875 Ohio, twelve-year-old Cap Cooper is an aspiring inventor—and a reluctant graverobber—enlisted by his father to help pay for his mother’s medical expenses. When one of the dead returns to life at his touch, Cap unearths a world of dark secrets that someone at the local medical school wants to keep buried. On the brink of discovery, he’ll have to use every ounce of cunning he has to protect those he loves most and save his own skin. The Grave Digger is an eerie mystery set in the aftermath of the Civil War, filled with action, friendship, and a hint of the paranormal, perfect for those who enjoy reading late into the night and long after the lights go out.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

This is my first try of listening to an audiobook from NetGalley. I honestly thought I won’t be able to listen to this because the app wasn’t working when I first tried. After about 2 updates, finally I was able to listen to this.

This is a middle grade story with a hint of mystery and thriller on it. We have Cap Cooper who was coerced by his father to do grave digging to earn money for his mother’s medical expenses.

The narration was okay and it kept me interested on the story. I think if I have ‘read’ this like my usual way (via ebook), it might have been a boring read for me.

The plot was simple and I kinda guessed who the villains are halfway through. It was an okay story but not that remarkable.

***Thanks to the publisher and author for making this audiobook available for review via Netgalley.***

One review posted. More to come. Hopefully.


Ebook Haul #2 (2021)

Hi friends!🤗

It’s another ebook haul! Yes, I’m still scouring the Kindle store for free books.😅

Anyway, I think this will be a regular thing on my blog. It’s fun searching for free books on the Kindle store. I only download those that interests me.😛

I kinda tweak things a bit. I’m grouping the books via genre or type or any logical grouping that I can think of. I haven’t read them so I can’t be sure but the groupings should be a bit accurate.😁

Now onto the books I got from the Kindle store and also some ARCs I got from NetGalley. The book cover images are all from Goodreads. Click the covers to direct you to their respective Goodreads page.

eARC: 3

Historical Romance: 3

Paranormal Romance: 3

Adult Contemporary Romance: 3

Free books! I won’t stop! 😆

Infinite – Book Review #13 (2021)

Title: Infinite

Author: Brian Freeman

Series: Standalone

image credits to Goodreads

Goodreads synopsis:

One rainy night, the unthinkable happens: Dylan Moran’s car plunges off the road into a raging river, his beautiful wife drowning as he struggles to shore.

In the aftermath, through his grief, Dylan experiences sudden, strange visions: wherever he goes, he’s haunted by glimpses of himself. Dylan initially chalks it up to trauma, but that changes when he runs into a psychiatrist who claims he’s her patient. She says he has been undergoing a unique hypnotherapy treatment built on the idea that with every choice, he creates an infinite number of parallel universes.

Now those parallel universes are unlocked—and Dylan’s doppelgänger has staked a claim to his world. Can Dylan use these alternate realities to get a second chance at the life that was stolen from him? Or will he lose himself…to himself?

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book got my interest because of its synopsis. The mention of parallel universe in a synopsis always hooks me. I very much love the multiverse or Many Worlds concept. Whenever I see a book with this premise, I will be very much willing to read it.❤

This book is about Dylan Moran. He was in an accident and it traumatized him. One day he met someone that claims to know him. That’s when he realized that another version of himself is in this world, his world. Those aren’t spoilers by the way as it was in the synopsis.

The writing is very engaging. I think this my first book from this author and it was a blast.👍 I felt the tension, misery and helplessness of the characters while reading. There were times that I didn’t agree with Dylan’s decisions but I was still rooting for him until the end.

The mysteries and the twists kept me reading this. It was very action packed and it kept me on edge all throughout.

It kinda reminded me a bit of Dark Matter, just a bit. I love how the story concluded.👍❤

***Thanks to the publisher and author for making this book available for review via Netgalley.***

A 5 star rating from an eARC under the Read Now section of NetGalley. So happy I decided to read this.😄

The mystery genre is not something I tend to reach out to but sometimes when I’m watching action themed tv series, I just am in the mood for them.❤

The Broken Hearts Honeymoon – Book Review #11 (2021)

Title: The Broken Hearts Honeymoon

Author: Lucy Dickens

Series: Standalone

image credits to Goodreads

Goodreads synopsis:

When disaster strikes, adventure calls…

Charlotte had a plan. The perfect country wedding, followed by a month-long honeymoon in Japan – but when her fiancé starts having second thoughts, she knows there’s no choice but to call off the wedding.

Charlotte isn’t sure she knows how to be single, but she is going to try, starting with taking that trip of a lifetime – alone.

Will she find herself in the hills of Mount Fuji, or in the karaoke bars of Tokyo?

And will she be ready for romance by the time the cherry blossom flowers?

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

This book is like a portal to Japan for me, not just the place but also the culture.❤

At first I thought I’ll dnf this one because it has (for me) a very slow start. There’s a lot of info dumping and just too much descriptions and the story got lost along the way. But I persevered and little by little learned to appreciate our main character, Charlotte.

Charlotte just cancelled her wedding and decided to still go for the honeymoon trip alone. She was all brave and confident on her way to Japan but upon arriving she realized how unprepared she really is.

This story is more on Charlotte’s soul searching and self discovery sprinkled with a rich background of Japan and its culture. The thing that really resonated with me is the concept of ikigai. This is the first time I’ve heard of it. I googled it and it means ‘a reason for being’. Knowing what your purpose is in a given time and just embracing who you are.

I have lots of realizations while reading the latter half of the book. It was a very calming and cleansing read.😏

Recommended for those who loves Women’s Fiction, travelling and soul searching or self discovery kind of books.👍

***Thanks to the publisher and author for making this book available for review via Netgalley.***

My first book for the month of May. Quite a good start.👍

I Am Not Thirteen – Book Review #09 (2021)

Title: I Am Not Thirteen

Author: A.O. Monk

Series: Standalone

image credits to Goodreads

Goodreads synopsis:

Yesterday, Amy was about to turn twenty-six. She didn’t have much: a decent job, too much student debt, an ex she couldn’t quite get over. Today, that’s all gone. Today is Amy’s birthday—her thirteenth birthday—and the first day of seventh grade. Her entire adult life vanished overnight.

Amy doesn’t know how she got here or how she can get back.
If she can get back. If she confides in the wrong person, she could be ridiculed, bullied, committed, even killed. So how can she tell the wrong person from the right one?

On top of all this, Amy has to survive middle school, again. All the bullies, mean girls, belittling teachers, and hormone-crazed hellions are still there. Every cutting comment hurts just as much the second time around. And what’s the story with that strange snake symbol she sees everywhere, or the guy who seems to know way more about her than he’s willing to tell?

My rating: 🌟🌟

You know those synopsis that just completely hooked you? This is the case for me for this book. A premise of an adolescent woman that suddenly goes back in time when she was 13. I love that premise so much and very excited to read this. But unfortunately this book was not a hit for me.😑

This book centers on Amy when she goes back in time when she was just a measly 13 year old teen. It features her life and her family and people from her future.

This book has time travel, cult, religion and a bit of fantasy on it (which doesn’t make sense to me). It also tackles family, mental health issues and tw for mention of substance abuse.

It has lots of concepts on one book that made a very chaotic read for me. I actually felt disconnected to the story and the characters. Scenes and settings are changing abruptly and confused me a lot. I also have issues with the characters as they are not making sense to me especially Leah.😒

It has a promising concept but unfortunately me and this book didn’t clicked.

***Thanks to the publisher and author for making this book available for review via Netgalley.***

My first low rated book this year.🙁

Though I was not able to enjoy this, I’ve seen some high ratings for this book and surely someone out there will relate with this book.👍

The Happy List – Book Review #03 (2021)

Title: The Happy List

Author: Briar Prescott

Series: #1 of Better With You

image credits to Goodreads

Goodreads synopsis:

There are some things I excel at:
– Exercising rigid control over every aspect of my life
– Making sensible decisions at every turn
– Being organized, predictable and responsible to an abnormal degree
In short, I’m boring as hell and in desperate need of a change.
Luckily I have my best friend by my side and a newly written to-do list to guide my way through the murky waters of finding happiness.
It’s all very promising at first, but as weeks pass, I start to realize that the best part of my day has always been Kai.
And when I see him out on a date with some guy?
Let’s just say I’m definitely not happy about it.

I’m back in Boston after ten years of traveling, and I’ve fulfilled all my goals:
– See the world
– Figure out what to do with my life
– Get over my impossible crush on Gray
Check, check and check.
Life’s good until I accidentally find Gray’s happy list, which contains some very interesting things that friends never ever do with each other.
And as weeks pass, it becomes clear those not-so-innocent parts are the ones Gray is determined to explore with me.
In short, I’m screwed because no matter how hard I try, I can’t resist him, and pretty soon I’m forced to admit that I’m not as done with my crush as I thought I was…

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is your typical bestfriends to lovers trope. We have Gray and Kai, long time bestfriends who knew each other since they were teens.

This is a dual POV kind of book. We both have Kai and Gray’s perspective which is a plus for me. Sometimes I feel like they have almost the same way of thinking and I needed to double check which perspective I’m currently in. Also, a bit too sassy for my taste? Lol.

I love that the characters are fleshed out and I relate on Gray and Kai’s dilemma on life. I prefer that part of the book, the life struggles, more than the romance part.

It was a slow burn romance with family dynamics on the mix. It was a good read.👍

***Thanks to the publisher and author for making this book available for review via Netgalley.***

This year I will try to finish all my NetGalley eARCs.👊

Penny Preston and the Raven’s Talisman – Book Review #87 (2020)

Title: Penny Preston and the Raven’s Talisman

Author: Armen Pogharian

Series: #1 of Misaligned

image credits to Goodreads

Goodreads synopsis:

Eighth grader Penny Preston is worse than suspended. She’s misaligned: that means she exists in more than three dimensions at once, which gives her the power to fix and prevent dimensional rifts. She must embrace her special powers when dangerous higher-dimensional beings threaten to invade Piper Falls.

When Shadow-monsters attack in the cafeteria, eighth-grader Penny Preston panics, starts a food fight and unknowingly creates a trans-dimensional rift. Summoned to the counselor’s office, she expects suspension, but instead discovers that she is misaligned: that means she exists in more than three dimensions at once. Unless she immediately begins training to learn to handle her powerful abilities, she risks losing her sanity. She agrees to secretly train with her counselor and his friend Master Poe, an exile from the seventh dimension trapped in a raven’s body, to keep her home town, Piper Falls, safe from higher-dimensional beings seeking to gain god-like powers in our dimension.

Together with Simon, her telepathic multi-dimensional cat, Penny struggles to save her relationship with her best friend, protect her universe, and uncover her connection to Arthurian myth.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

This book caught my attention on Netgalley because of its synopsis. It mentions different dimensions and that was the hook for me. I quite enjoy books with this kind of premise. I have a bit of an expectation going into the book.

Our main character Penny is a Misaligned. This term is still vague for me, it’s not some talent, more on you were born with it. Being Misaligned enable someone to see beings that aren’t from your dimension. This is Penny’s adventure as she explore this skill of hers together with friends and some unlikely mentors.

The start wasn’t that promising for me, what with the info-dump-ish way of world building. I thought it would be a miss for me. But fortunately, the story and the characters were able to capture my interest and made me unable to put down the book. It was quite a ride and I enjoyed majority of the book. I think if you could push through 30% of the book, you will understand what I’m saying, lol.😅

This book has a very atmospheric tone to it. It felt like this one will be a good Halloween read. It has bits of mythology, archeology and crime solving on it but it did not overwhelm the main plot. The writing is easy to get into.

Recommended for fans of middle grade fantasy.❤👍

P.S. There’s a cute and loyal cat named Simon.🐱

***Thanks to the publisher and author for making this book available for review via Netgalley.***

NetGalley reads for 2020: 26❤

This is my last netgalley read for 2020. Almost done with my pending reviews. 2 more left for 2020.😥

Keep safe! My goodreads if anyone’s interested.

A Bridge to Love – Book Review #86 (2020)

Title: A Bridge to Love

Author: Lee Colgin

Series: Standalone

image credits to Goodreads

Goodreads synopsis:

Everyone knows a proper troll must never leave his post. Arlo is thrilled to have his own bridge to guard, though it’s a lonely job. A troll should enjoy being alone, but Arlo has never been very good at being a troll. He longs for companionship, but guards that secret like he guards his bridge.

Toby, a cheerful wolf shifter, serves as a messenger between villages. When his route is suddenly blocked by a fearsome troll, he must charm his way across the bridge. Little does he know, he’s charming his way into Arlo’s heart as well. But Toby has his own secrets he dare not reveal.

As the season’s fly by and the holidays approach, their friendship blooms and begins to flourish into something more. But can Toby risk his heart for a troll bound so tight to duty? Will Arlo leave his bridge for love?

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is a sweet, cute, fluffy and heart warming read.❤

The story revolves around our main couple Arlo – a troll and Toby – a wolf shifter. This is how their story started in a bridge. This is an Adult Romance in a fantasy setting. Don’t expect deep plot or amazing world building. One word that can be use to describe the book is simple. It is very straight forward and just a comfortable and calming read.🤗

I love the pacing of the story. Though at first it was a bit slow but gradually picked up. I love the characters and the love story of our main couple. This is a feel good book that focuses on sweet love and a happy family. It’s a bit different from the ones I’ve been reading that are high in tension. This one is just a very comforting read for me.

Recommended if you’re in the mood for a short, sweet and cute read.👍❤

***Thanks to NineStar Press, LLC for granting me access of this book via Netgalley for an honest review.***

NetGalley reads for 2020: 25❤

More on my pending reviews.✌

Keep safe! My goodreads if anyone’s interested.

Stranded With Desire – Book Review #84 (2020)

Title: Stranded With Desire

Author: Vivien Dean , Rick R. Reed

Series: Standalone

image credits to Goodreads

Goodreads synopsis:

When their plane crashed, their desire took flight.

CEO Maine Braxton and his invaluable assistant, Colby, don’t realize they share a deep secret: they’re in love—with each other. That secret may have never come to light but for a terrifying plane crash in the Cascade Mountains that changes everything.

In a struggle for survival, they brave bears, storms, and a life-threatening flood to make it out of the wilderness alive. The proximity to death makes them realize the importance of love over propriety. Confessions emerge. Passions ignite. They escape the wilds renewed and openly in love.

When they return to civilization, though, forces are already plotting to snuff out their short-lived romance and ruin everything both have worked so hard to achieve.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

This story is a boss-employee ‘falling in love’ trope. As the synopsis stated, things changed when Maine and his assistant Colby experienced a plane crash and ended up in a forest somewhere.

When I was browsing Netgalley, this one caught my attention because of the cover and then eventually the synopsis.

It was an okay read but due to not that much information or scenes with Maine and Colby before the plane crash, I wasn’t that much concern about them post-crash. I feel disconnected while they were trying to survive. ✌

The parts about their dream/fantasy towards each other is a bit long and I feel that they didn’t add that much on the story. Though they are okay and kinda helped establish the chemistry between the two.

Hart and Helen doesn’t make sense to me. Again not that much scenes with them for the characters to be sufficiently established. They somehow ended up one dimensional for me.

I hope the book was longer to know more of the characters. Still an okay and fast read.👍

***Thanks to NineStar Press, LLC for granting me access of this book via Netgalley for an honest review.***

NetGalley reads for 2020: 24❤

I will stop counting my NetGalley reads by 2021 but for my 2020 reads, I will document them.

Keep safe! My goodreads if anyone’s interested.