IntroductionHello-Hello! Right now my life requires a hero so, of course, I had to take out my superhero costume from the dusty attic. The moment real life decides to diminish its flirting with me I will return on the world wide web with more posts. ^_^Scout’s honor! (Although, I was never a scout… Oops! ^^’)Also, thank you Abi (What Makes A Good Book) for tagging me eons ago!Now, let’s return to the actual post ’cause “Winter is coming!” (Yes, I just binge watched GoT.)
Summer1. Lemonade: Pick a book that started bitter but got better.Hmmm… I actually love Lemonade. The less sugar the better!
I will bend the rules a bit for this category and I am going to choose the Cormoran Strike (<- link) by Robert Galbraith – aka J.K. Rowling. The first book was so slow I was so close to not finish it and give up on the series. Blame the author for keeping me hooked. What can I say? I was biased when I took that decision and I am so glad I did. The series only gets better with each book.
image source: my Instagram.2. Golden sun: Pick a book that made you smile beyond compare.Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? by Diane Ratican is a book I am currently reading. It is an entire laughing session every single time I am opening it for a read. Why? Half of it is written in French while the other half is written in English. And both are not my mother tongue. Despite my fluency in English, it is an amazing challenge to relearn and read French while my brain is set to operate in English mode.
The graphics, the story and the way it is written offer an unique experience especially for bilinguals and multilingual. You get to experience translation barriers and differences first hand.
(Yes, I speak French at a very basic level. ^_^ )
image source: Goodreads (link above, book title mention)3. Tropical flowers: Pick a book set in a foreign country.Does another planet count? Kidding! (But just in case, check out Return Once More by Trisha Leigh. Shhh!)I see London, I see France by Sarah Mylnowski is another book I am currently reading. It takes place in multiple countries across Europe (e.g. France and U.K.) and U.S.A. So far, it is… alright. A tad of too much teenage – even though the protagonists are in college – drama for me. I shall see. ^^
images source: Goodreads (link, books title mention)4. Tree shade: Pick a book in which a mysterious or shady character was first introduced.I am bending the rules again and I am going to pick two characters: Raffe from Angelfall (<-link), and Seth from The Red Pyramid (<-link).
Well… Seth is Seth the Egyptian god of… violence, disorder etc. etc. So no more introduction there although there is more to him than it seems.
Raffe, on the other hand, is more mysterious and secretive, and less shady than Seth. At least that is what I think.5. Beach sand: Pick a book that was grainy and the plot barely developed.Vernal (<-link) by Randi Cooley Wilson. For a detailed explanation feel free to check my full review by clicking the book link.
image source: Goodreads6. Green grass: Pick a character(s) that were full of life, making you smile.7. Watermelon: Pick a book that had some juicy secrets.Exist Once More by Trisha Leigh. Time Travel. History. Secrets? Well, duh! Obviously! Wink-Wink. Warning! This is the second book in a duology. Read the synopsis on your own risk.
image source: Goodreads (link, book title mention)8. Sun hat: Pick a book that had a vast, big universe/setting.It looks like this is a Rick Riordan post. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter Universe, duh! Pretty Big. Quite H-U-G-E, I will like to say. Wink-wink!)
images source: Goodreads (links, books title mention)9. BBQ: Pick a book where a character was portrayed as a hunk.Can I say every single romance – historical romance to be precise – book I ever read?Oz from the Return Once More.
(Ok, this post is shared between Trisha Leigh AND Rick Riordan. I fell better now.)
Darien from Geekerella.
Hades and Aries (and every single god) from Daughters of Zeus series, Persephone.10. Tag people!You just have been tagged! BAM!I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments below if you decided to do this tag or if you read any of these books.
PSI will see you soon!
Serena has a bright future etched in stone.
Tristan has a dark past that haunts him.
Together, they have a love that can never be.
Sheltered, and unable to escape her bloodline, Serena St. Michael has spent the last two years training at the Royal Protector Academy. Struggling with a dark past, Tristan Gallagher’s current assignment is to protect a lifetime of secrets. One chance encounter will change everything. Serena must decide if she will follow her heart, forsaking all she’s ever known and risking a future worse than non-existence. Tristan will break every rule to save Serena, even if he can’t keep her. In their world of darkness, one love will ignite an ancient war. When pasts collide with the present, and secrets are revealed, will love be enough? Or will one lie destroy it all?
When you’ve hidden behind a mask for so long, would you reveal yourself for love? Vernal, the first novel in The Royal Protector Academy series is a dangerously exciting and darkly romantic tale that will take your breath away. Vernal – Goodreads
My Opinion2.75/5.00 StarsI should just post my rough draft as it is because I am out of words. Ha-Ha-Ha!Moving on to the actual review…I requested this book from NetGalley a long time ago. The premise sounded promising but I got lost along the way. I had to face the same problem I usually find in books like this one. The romance took over the entire plot. :/While reading Vernal, I learn that it is a spin off series starter. Nothing wrong with that; although, for a new comer like myself, things were not 100% clear. Little details were offered regarding the world and plot. From what is presented, the setting, the magic system and its background seemed interesting. And this is unfortunate because, just like the characters, the story had a lot of potential.Speaking of characters… I thought there is going to be more about exploration and build up when the romance element entered the scene. As in, how the protagonists connect and try to figure out this inexplicable connection/attraction they feel about each other. Instead… Bam! Everything ruined by the sex. They spend more time talking about and being intimate than knowing each other. Then, that whole “I am super possessive and inexplicable jealous alpha male. Everything you do is wrong and I own you” and “I am a strong woman capable of anything but I cannot live without you and I am owned by you and you are the only male who can tame me” was not my style. They looked like decent characters and had good qualities here and there but…. In the end, they got overshadowed by the romance and nonexistent plot. Also, there was not a concrete reason why Serena is special and has to become the next ruler.All in all this book was not for me. Like I use to say, this was not my cuppa tea because of too much sugar was added. It was not what I expected at all.[I gave it such a high rating because it had enough to keep me entertained and not DNF (do not finish) it.]This is my sole opinion. ^_^I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, UrbanLanguage: HeavySexual Content: HeavyViolence: HeavyDrugs/Alcohol: Heavy