Friday Reads (#15 – 15/04/2016)

Friday Reads

Hello… it’s me!

I just realised that I haven’t posted a #FridayReadsandCoffee post here since October last year! I have been posting on Instagram (whenever I remember *blushes in embarrassment*) but today I have decided to post here on the blog. 

So, this week has been slightly complicated since I’m having a weird allergy that is making cough my lungs out… almost literally. It pretty much attacked the whole family so I have been trying to get better by taking syrups and staying at home. But it’s the nights that bare hard since I wake up sweating and coughing like there’s no tomorrow and I barely sleep. 

Which means I haven’t read that much. Oh well… maybe this weekend I’ll manage to read more. 

So, check out the book I’m currently reading:

The Inquisition [Summoner #2]
Taran Matharu

*Might contain spoilers for The Novice*

More demons, epic battles, and fights to the death: introducing the unmissable next installment in the Summoner Trilogy…

On trial for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must face the Inquisition who will decide his future – the process is gruelling, lead by those who will do anything to see him suffer and haunted by ghosts from the past with clues to Fletcher’s tragic origins.

But Fletcher has little time to dwell on these new revelations when the king announces a deadly challenge to the graduating students at Vocans. One that involves entering Orc territory to complete a risky mission. With loyal demons by their sides, commoners and nobles, dwarves and elves must overcome barriers of class and race and work together to triumph. The reward: a fortune in gold, the safety of an empire and PEACE.

With the entire empire watching, Fletcher has much to prove, but there are those out to get him and it soon becomes clear that there’s a traitor in their midst, trying to thwart the mission and create unrest within the Empire.

With everything stacked against him, Fletcher must use everything in his power to fight his way to victory.

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This is the sequel to the wonderful The Novice, one of my favourites from last year. When I was contacted by Taran Matharu asking me if I wanted to read this book, I couldn’t say no of course.

So far, I’m loving it. And the writing is so effortless and so easy and it just flows… seriously, I’m going to repeat myself but I could read Taran Matharu’s writing forever and never get tired of it.

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What about you? What are you reading this Friday? Which book(s) will accompany you this weekend?

You can leave me a comment or share what you’re reading via Instagram (you can follow me here) and/or Twitter (you can follow me here) and/or BooksAmino (I’m as Ner the Witch) by using the following hashtag #FridayReadsandCoffee 🙂

Ner

Friday Reads (#14 – 16/10/2015)

Friday Reads

Hello Mates!!!

This has been one amazing and one hell of a week.

It was amazing because Monday, October 12th, was my birthday and I used it as an excuse to ditch classes. I mean, who wishes to listen to a lecture concerning Medieval History when they turn 27 years old? 

And one hell of a week because I had been slightly ill with a cold and it kind of ruined my ears. Never in my 27 years have I suffered from my ears until now. I had a freaking clogged ear and I swear to you right now that I never, NEVER, want to feel that ever again! Not being able to hear properly, to pop an ear and to feel this stupid pressure inside it is beyond frustrating and infuriating. I had to take several pills in order to feel better. 

But, thankfully and thanks to the pharmacist, I feel so much better and I can hear everyone and everything around me. 

It’s such a freaking relief!!!

Anyway!! As you can imagine, I barely read anything this last week. I’m not sure if it has to do with what I just experienced or the book itself but I’m hoping that this weekend will tell me exactly that.

So, take a look at what I’m currently reading:

The 5th Wave [The 5th Wave #1]
Rick Yancey

The Passage meets The Hunger Games in a gripping new series from Carnegie-shortlisted Rick Yancey. After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.

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I have decided to read this book because of the movie. I haven’t seen anything about it yet – I haven’t seen the trailer or promo pics – because I don’t want to be spoiled towards it. Apart from Chloe Grace Moretz, I have no idea who’s in the cast for this adaptation.

As I mentioned above, I have no idea if the reason I’m reading this so slowly has to do with me and sickness or the book itself. I only read a total of 49 pages since Monday. Yep… that much!!! I mean, I am curious to know what the heck is going on and all but I’m finding Cassie’s voice slightly weird! I don’t know… I really need to read this properly and I’m hoping this weekend will allow me to judge this book without any sort of external (and internal) struggles such as clogged ears and stupid colds!

What about you? What are you reading this Friday? Which book(s) will accompany you this weekend?

You can leave me a comment or share what you’re reading via Instagram (you can follow me here) and/or Twitter (you can follow me here) by using the following hashtag #FridayReadsandCoffee 🙂

Ner

Friday Reads (#13 – 28/08/2017)

Friday Reads

Hi guys!! *insert waving hand emoji*

Oh man… August is almost over and this next Monday I have to enrol on my last (hopefully and finally) year at Uni. Though I’m quite excited for it, I’m also very scared because of all the work I’m going to have to do. And I’m also going to do a minor (a small part of your degree out of your degree area) in History and I’m super pumped and frightened for that. Pray for me 😉

So, this weekend I’m reading a book I was really excited about. Last year I read Sweet Unrest by this author and really liked it so, when I found out about this book, I had to read it. And since I had to put Hunter aside (really, it wasn’t working for me), I couldn’t have asked for a better book to stop a reading-slump from taking its toll on me.

Also, I enjoyed Sweet Unrest so much that Lisa Maxwell was one of my Falling for Autumn’ guest authors with a top 10 places to visit in New Orleans.. 

Check out that book that I’m reading this weekend:

Gathering Deep [Sweet Unrest #2]
Lisa Maxwell

When Chloe Sabourin wakes in a dark, New Orleans cemetery with no memory of the previous days, she can hardly believe the story her friends tell her. They say Chloe was possessed by a witch named Thisbe, who had used the darkest magic to keep herself alive for over a century. They tell her that the witch is the one responsible for the unspeakable murders that nearly claimed the life of Chloe’s friend, Lucy. Most unbelievable of all, they say that Thisbe is Chloe’s own mother. As she struggles with this devastating revelation and tries to rebuilt her life, Chloe wants nothing to do with the magic that corrupted her mother…especially since she feels drawn to it.

Now, a new series of ritualistic killings suggests that Thisbe is plotting again, and Chloe is drawn unwillingly back into the mystical underworld of the French Quarter. To stop Thisbe before she kills again, Chloe and her friends must learn what they can from the mysterious Mama Legba. But when her boyfriend Piers vanishes, Chloe will have to risk everything and embrace her own power to save the one person she has left… even if that means bringing down her mother.

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Unfortunately last night I couldn’t read anything of this book because I had a terrible headache. I had planned on reaching at least 55% last night but life got in the way and ruined my plans. Still, hopefully I’ll be able to read a lot today and during the weekend. I really want to finish this book still in August ’cause my wrap-up is going to be pretty pitiful :S

So far I’m enjoying this book. This works as a sequel to Sweet Unrest but told from Chloe’s perspective. I admit, stupidly, that I thought this was other story until I started the book. Don’t know why I thought than when the synopsis clearly tells you what’s going one. I guess I had a mental breakdown.

It has been a while since I read Sweet Unrest so there are a couple of things I don’t remember that well. But one of the great things about this book is the fact that the whole story rushed back into you when someone mentions it. There were things I had forgotten in Sweet Unrest that came back to me when I started reading this book. I think that’s incredible. 

I’m hoping for a great gothic/magical book just like Sweet Unrest was. I only hope there won’t be an ending like the previous one. Trust me, Sweet Unrest had one of those endings that left in shock. It was good but I was in shock.

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What about you? What are you reading this Friday? Which book(s) will accompany you this weekend?

You can leave me a comment or share what you’re reading via Instagram (you can follow me here) and/or Twitter (you can follow me here) by using the following hashtag #FridayReadsandCoffee 🙂

Ner

Friday Reads (#12 – 14/08/2015)

Friday Reads

Hello everyone!!

I know I haven’t actually been updating my Friday Reads but the reason is… well, I actually don’t have any! I’d like to think it has to do with the fact that I’ve spent two weeks reading Northern Lights and I didn’t want to share it twice!! Anyway… I’m bringing it back so you guys can see what I’m currently reading.

I just started this book… I actually started this book this morning after finishing my previously book. But I’m super excited about it since I’ve heard amazing things about it and it’s about witches!! Hello?! I LOVE books with witches (hence my username in Twitter and Instagram) and this is a historical one… So, yeah, I’m pretty pumped about it.

Check out what I’m reading this weekend:

Witch Hunter [The Witch Hunter #1]
Virginia Boecker

Witches, watch out… Half Bad meets Kill Bill in this incredible new supernatural series.

Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Grey doesn’t look dangerous. A tiny, blonde, wisp of a girl shouldn’t know how to poison a wizard and make it look like an accident. Or take out ten necromancers with a single sword and a bag of salt. Or kill a man using only her thumb. But things are not always as they appear. Elizabeth is one of the best witch hunters in Anglia and a member of the king’s elite guard, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and bringing those who practice it to justice. And in Anglia, the price of justice is high: death by burning.

When Elizabeth is accused of being a witch herself, she’s arrested and thrown in prison. The king declares her a traitor and her life is all but forfeit. With just hours before she’s to die at the stake, Elizabeth gets a visitor – Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in Anglia. He offers her a deal: he will free her from prison and save her from execution if she will track down the wizard who laid a deadly curse on him.

As Elizabeth uncovers the horrifying facts about Nicholas’s curse and the unwitting role she played in its creation, she is forced to redefine the differences between right and wrong, friends and enemies, love and hate… and life and death.

The first book in an incredible new series set in a fantastical medieval world.

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Okay… as I mentioned, I just started this and the few pages I read (I’m 2% done so far), I really enjoyed! I admit that my expectations for this one are pretty high so I hope this book won’t be a total let down.

In the meantime, let me just tell you what has been going on with my reading! After my almost reading-slump, I picked up Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon which I just posted the review – here. I really enjoyed that one and I think it should be read by more people 😉

After Dead Beautiful I picked up Northern Lights by Philip Pullman and it took me forever to finish that book. I almost gave up on it but I really wanted to finish reading it. It’s a 3 cups books. I was expecting to be blown away by it but I wasn’t but at the same time it wasn’t that bad. I’ll try to get my review up as soon as possible.

And this morning I just finished Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis, which is a sci-fi retelling of The Wild Swans and it was damn good! I admit that I enjoyed Stitching Snow much more but this one was also pretty good!! Again, review to come!

So, that was it! My reading so far this August! I hope to read as much as I can of Witch Hunter this weekend because I cannot wait to pick up Hunter. I decided to pick up Witch Hunter because people voted for that one! After that, I will be following my TBR list as I posted it – here

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What about you? What are you reading this Friday? Which book(s) will accompany you this weekend?

You can leave me a comment or share what you’re reading via Instagram (you can follow me here) and/or Twitter (you can follow me here) by using the following hashtag #FridayReadsandCoffee 🙂

Ner

Friday Reads (#11 – 24/07/2015)

Friday Reads

Happy Friday people:)

My reading-slump is slowly fading away. It has been three weeks of pure torture and not being able to read properly. But, I admit… it’s also my fault since I’m playing Rise of Berk on my phone and it’s bloody addictive!! I know… that’s not a good excuse but it’s true.

Anyway! This weekend I’ll try to read as much as I can to compensate my lack of reading. I know I won’t be able to even come close to read five books this month but I’m trying to read at least three! 

So, take a look at what I’m reading:

Dead Beautiful [Dead Beautiful #1]
Yvonne Woon

On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she’d ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.

After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.”

It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t stop herself from falling in love. It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems.

Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.

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So far I’m getting a Twilight-ist vibe with a slice of Harry Potter. The romance feels a lot like Bella&Edward and the whole daily life at Gottfried is very similar to Hogwarts – especially the horticulture classes which reminds me of Herbology 🙂

However, I am very curious about the deaths and why Renée is attracted to it. Also, I want to know more about Dante’s strange paranormal stuff that makes him so cold – I have a theory but I’m not sharing xD

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What about you? What are you reading this Friday? Which book(s) will accompany you this weekend?

You can leave me a comment or share what you’re reading via Instagram (you can follow me here) and/or Twitter (you can follow me here) by using the following hashtag #FridayReadsAndCoffee 🙂

Ner

Friday Reads (#10 – 26/06/2015)

Friday Reads

Happy Friday everyone 🙂

It’s so freaking hot today in Lisbon I’m about to melt away! Seriously… it’s pathetic how hot it is! 

Anyway! This weekend I’ll be finishing a book I’m reading for an upcoming Blog Tour. I’ve read the first one (for BT as well), and really liked it. I was sort of invited by the author – she told me about the BT and said she would love to have me on board again – and I sign-up for it! You can expect my review to be up on July 14th 🙂

Check out the book (it doesn’t have a cover yet):

Awakened [Resilient #2]
Patricia Vanasse

Under the control of The Agency, a secret, governmental organization that created genetically engineered teens who posses a combination of extraordinary abilities, Adam is serving the purpose for which he was created while his girlfriend, Livia fights to save him. Manipulated to forget his love for Livia and his past, he lives a life crafted by fake memories that enslave him to a life of following the orders of an organization, whose intentions are unclear. Now Adam battles with vivid “dreams” of a life he does not remember and the strong connection he feels to the girl with familiar blue eyes.

Livia’s desire for vengeance lead her and Daniel on a dangerous race to disrupt the destructive string of events that The Agency initiated seventeen years earlier. As they travel across parts of North America in search of other teens who are just like them, Livia will face an ethical battle over genetics, loyalty, and love. The race is on, and it is up to Livia to destroy The Agency and rescue Adam, but even if she succeeds at saving him, there are no guarantees she’ll be able to save the deep connection they once shared.

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Awakened, the sequel to Resilient, has been a very nice and fast-paced reading so far. There were a few chapters I was freaking out (it has to do with something that happened to a character) and few characters that shocked me but I’m loving the action in this. I’m 74% done with the book so might finish it tonight 🙂

I cannot wait for the cover to come out (Patricia Vanasse shared a photo of the photo-section so I can expect Livia, Adam, Daniel and Brooklyn to be in it) and for the Blog Tour to kick-off.

What about you? What are you reading this Friday? Which book(s) will accompany you this weekend?

You can leave me a comment or share what you’re reading via Instagram (you can follow me here) and/or Twitter (you can follow me here) by using the following hashtag #FridayReadsAndCoffee 🙂

Ner

Friday Reads (#9 – 19/06/2015)

Friday Reads

Friday means… PARTY ALL NIGHT LONG!!

Well, at least for me. I’m having dinner with my friends tonight (haven’t seen them for a very long time) and I’m super excited!

I’m almost done with this book which means I’ll be able to pick up two books I got for two blog tours! Really looking forward to that 🙂 But this weekend will be filled with studies ’cause Tuesday I have an exam. But that doesn’t mean I can’t read a little bit at night, does it?

So, check out the book I’ll be reading this weekend:

The Selection [The Selection #1]
Kiera Cass

Thirty-five beautiful girls. Thirty-five beautiful rivals…

It’s the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon’s love.

Swept up in a world of elaborate gowns, glittering jewels and decadent feasts, America is living a new and glamorous life. And the prince takes a special interest in her, much to the outrage of the others.

Rivalry within The Selection is fierce and not all of the girls are prepared to play by the rules. But what they don’t know is that America has a secret — one which could throw the whole competition… and change her life forever

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I have to be honest, I’ve seen people compare this to the Bachelor. As a Portuguese reader, I’ve never seen that! Sure, I’ve seen some programs of the sort on MTV (which I pretty much detest) but from what I could gather from that American program, it pretty much summons up this book. Let me know if I’m wrong 🙂

So far I’m really enjoying it. Though I get a The Hunger Games vibe once in a while – I guess it has to do with all the cameras, the presenter, the make-up department and all – I find this new sort of Dystopia world, where there is a monarchy, rather interesting.And, of course, the fact that I want to know who’ll win the competition makes even the more exciting.

And, may I say that I’m already rooting for America and Maxon? I like their sort of friendship and I feel that she’s exactly what royalty needs. So, yeah, I’m Team Maxon already 🙂

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What about you? What are you reading this Friday? Which book(s) will accompany you this weekend?

You can leave me a comment or share what you’re reading via Instagram (you can follow me here) and/or Twitter (you can follow me here) by using the following hashtag #FridayReadsAndCoffee 🙂

Ner

Friday Reads (#8 – 12/06/2015)

Friday Reads

Well, I can’t actually complain about my week since I didn’t do anything at all – apart from a few errands and stuff!! I basically spent all week resting, reading, pampering my grandmother (she was in the hospital and came home last Tuesday!) and not doing anything in particular at all!!

Still, the weekend is here and I’ll be spending it doing something I love: reading! And this weekend I have something pretty exciting to read though I’m quite sad that it’s the last book on a series I’ve been following for a while. Check out what I’m talking about::

Infinite [Ignite #3]
Erica Crouch

There are infinite ways to die, and the fates are calling for blood. After evading Azael since her betrayal, it’s finally time for Pen to stop running and face her desperate brother. But she won’t have to challenge him alone: the rebel army of New Genesis is ready to stand strong and fight to secure the future they believe in.

As Azael spirals deeper and deeper into darkness, and Pen grapples with her new leadership role, a familiar name rises to power whose decisions have the potential to rewrite everyone’s future. Dangerous secrets, silent traitors, and unraveling fates means that time is running out. There’s no telling who will survive the final battle.

In this thrilling conclusion to the Ignite series, Pen and Azael return to finish what they started over a millennia ago.

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As you all know (if you don’t that means you’re new here… and if you’re new that means you’re a new follower… so, HI!!! *waves hand*), I simply LOVE Erica Crouch. I’ve been following her work ever since I read Ignite, the first book with angels and demons that I thoroughly enjoyed. She’s an amazing writer (seriously, go read something of hers and simply marvel at hoe breathtaking her writing is), and her Ignite series has been one of my favourites. Infinite it’s the last book in the series and it pains me to say goodbye to all these characters – good and evil – that I grew up to love, hate, have mixed feelings, hate and then love, love and then hate,well,  you know the drill.

But I’m also super excited to know what will happen. It’s a bittersweet feeling this, wanting to read the end but at the same time not wanting it to end. Still, I will always support Erica and her work (I’ll read whatever she writes… I will, I swear). 

What about you? What are you reading this Friday? Which book(s) will accompany you this weekend?

You can leave me a comment or share what you’re reading via Instagram (you can follow me here) and/or Twitter (you can follow me here) by using the following hashtag #FridayReadsAndCoffee 🙂

Ner

Friday Reads (#7 – 05/06/2015)

Friday Reads

TGIF!!!

It’s finally Friday… say what?! It feels like this week was a total blur. I barely noticed it passing by… time does fly!!! 

So, this weekend I’m going to try to finish what I’m currently reading and then pick up the next book on my TBR pile. Take a look at what I’m reading:

Station Eleven
Emily St. john Mandel

DAY ONE

The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the earth like a neutron bomb.

News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%.

WEEK TWO

Civilization has crumbled.

YEAR TWENTY

A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe.

But now a new danger looms, and he threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

STATION ELEVEN

Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists twenty years after, Station Eleven charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan – warned about the flu just in time; Arthur’s first wife Miranda; Arthur’s oldest friend Clark; Kirsten, a young actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed ‘prophet’.

Thrilling, unique and deeply moving, this is a beautiful novel that asks questions about art and fame and about the relationships that sustain us through anything – even the end of the world.

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This has been a rather pleasant reading so far. I’m really looking forward to see where this leads and how it’ll end. I admit that in the beginning I was slightly lost but as soon as I got the grip of it and understood the main point of it, it became a really good book, a rather nice surprise. This isn’t exactly what I first had expected but it did surpass my expectations, so far.. Let’s hope it’ll continue this way till the end.

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What about you? What are you reading this Friday? Which book(s) will accompany you this weekend?

You can leave me a comment or share what you’re reading via Instagram (you can follow me here) and/or Twitter (you can follow me here) by using the following hashtag #FridayReadsAndCoffee 🙂

Ner

Friday Reads (#6 – 10/04/2015)

Friday Reads

Happy Friday People!!!

Gosh, I haven’t posted one of these since forever it seems. I admit that I simply didn’t had patience to sit down and do this post but today, I feel so energised that I decided to indulge myself in doing this.

So, what am reading this weekend? A book that made a cameo on my one of my previous Wishlist Wednesday. Check it out:

Seriously Wicked
Tina Connolly

The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one.

Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.

Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.

Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance.

To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch…will that mean she’s wicked too?

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So far this book has been delicious! I’m thirty-something percent done with it and I’m really enjoy it. It’s a funny book with witches and demons and magic and exactly what I need right now. And I’m also freaking out because the author, Tina Connolly, liked my status in Goodreads… how awesome is that?!:)

What about you? What are you reading this Friday? Which book(s) will accompany you this weekend?

You can leave me a comment or share via Instagram (you can follow me here) and/or Twitter (you can follow me here) by using the following hashtag #FridayReadsAndCoffee 🙂

Ner

Friday Reads (#5 – 06/03/2015)

Friday Reads

Happy Friday everyone!!!

I guess I owe you all an apology. I’ve been absent this week because of that thing called University that sometimes forgets we have a personal life outside its walls. I was supposed to have had a presentation yesterday so I spent this week working like a slave… Unfortunately me and my group we weren’t prepared and asked the Professor for more time! Now we have to be ready to present on Thursday! Yeah… a whole weekend working! BAH!!!

Anyway, I will try to divide things between updating the blog and trying to understand the syntax of Old English! So, last week I didn’t post any Friday Reads because I was in a dilemma about which book to start. When I finally decided it was already late to share it with you. After finishing A Magic Dark and Bright (OMG! GO READ THAT BOOK RIGHT NOW!!! Just be careful with the ending :D) I decided to pick up a book that came out last year and whose sequel I have on my Kobo from NetGalley! So, check out what I’ll try to read and finish this weekend:

Gates of Thread and Stone [Gate of Thread and Stone #1]
Lori M. Lee

In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

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I’m 64% done with this book so I might finish it between tonight and tomorrow. I’m really enjoying it though the action is slowly making its presence. Still, it’s grasping my attention enough to have me desperate to know what’s going to happen.

I have the sequel, The Infinite, from NetGalley to read since the book will be coming out in four days… yah, last week I had planned to have both books read! DAMN YOU UNIVERSITY!!! But I will be reviewing both as soon as I have finished then 🙂

What about you? What are you reading this Friday? Which book(s) will accompany you this weekend?

You can leave me a comment or share via Instagram (you can follow me here) and/or Twitter (you can follow me here) by using the following hashtag #FridayReadsAndCoffee 🙂

Ner

Friday Reads – More Like Saturday Reads (#4 – 21/02/2015)

Friday Reads

SORRY THE LATENESS!

I’m so sorry for not having posted this yesterday, Friday. I only had time to prepare and schedule a Blitz that will be featured here Monday – keep a weather eye out on that one 😉

Thursday I’ve managed to finish The Novice by Taran Matharu and I LOVED IT!! Seriously, it was such an amazing book!! It took me a while to read it due to University though. I would end up falling asleep as soon as I would finish reading a chapter despite being really into the story! Yeah, I was that tired!!! The book was amazing and I could read it for the rest of my life because the writing, the plot, the characters, Ignatius (you gotta meet this little fellow!! Imagine Toothless as a little Salamander and you can get a picture of this demon!) everything was per-fec-tion!! You can check out what I wrote on Goodreads about the book as soon as I’ve finished it (the full review is yet to come!) here 🙂

Anyway, moving on to the book I’m currently reading. If you follow me on Instagram and on Goodreads (plus here if you’d paid attention), you will already know the book I’ve picked up to read. No idea? Check out the book I’ve started yesterday:

A Magic Dark and Bright [The Asylum Saga #1]
Jenny Adams Perinovic

She meant to help a ghost…not unleash a curse.

Amelia Dupree hasn’t seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died. 

The ghost seems to have disappeared from the woods surrounding Asylum, Pennsylvania—that is, until Charlie Blue moves into the creepy old MacAllister House next door. Amelia can’t help liking him, even though she spent her childhood thinking his grandmother was a witch. And she definitely can’t ignore the connection between his arrival and the Woman in White’s return. 

Then Amelia learns that the Woman in White is a prisoner, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. Devastated by the idea that her brother could be suffering a similar fate, Amelia decides to do whatever it takes to help the Woman in White find peace–and Charlie agrees to help her.

But when Amelia’s classmates start to drown in the Susquehanna River, one right after another, rumors swirl as people begin to connect the timing of Charlie’s arrival with the unexplained deaths. As Charlie and Amelia uncover the dark history of Asylum, they realize they may have unleashed an unspeakable evil. One they have to stop before everything they love is destroyed.

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I only read around 60 pages (ebook pages), which is around 29% of it and I’m already enjoying it a lot! It’s creepy enough to have me looking around the bedroom but at the same time so captivating it’s hard to pull away from it. Actually, Lisa Maxwell, the author of Sweet Unrest which is one of my favourite books from last year, has a blurb on the cover (not sure if you can actually read it on the picture above) saying it is indeed a captivating book. Alright, she’s right about that!!! 

I’m so curious to know what is going to happen, what happened to Amelia’s brother… I mean, I want to know everything!! I couldn’t read much more yesterday because it was already late and I had to get some sleep but I’m pretty sure that if I didn’t need any sleep, I would have finished it on one sitting 🙂

What about you? What are you reading on this Saturday – or started yesterday?

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Ner

Friday Reads (#3 – 13/02/2015)

Friday Reads

It’s Friday 13th, who’s superstitious?!

I AM!!!

Happy Friday fellow bookworms! So, this last week as my first week of classes and you all know it’s all a rollercoaster. Meet the new teachers, know the subjects, organise things!! Yap, the same old tiredness!! And this week I barely had time to read… well, I was beginning to have a reading-slump thanks to Seeker – it did end up as a DNF book… it did!

And because I didn’t want to procrastinate when it comes to reading, I’ve decided to pick up a book that everyone is loving and it’s already considered one of the best books of 2015! Check it out:

The Novice [Summoner #1]
Taran Matharu

Fletcher was nothing more than a humble blacksmith’s apprentice, when a chance encounter leads to the discovery that he has the ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, he must travel with his demon to the Vocans Academy, where the gifted are trained in the art of summoning.

The academy will put Fletcher through a gauntlet of gruelling lessons, training him as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against the savage orcs. Rubbing shoulders with the children of the most powerful nobles in the land, Fletcher must tread carefully. The power hungry Forsyth twins lurk in the shadows, plotting to further their family’s interests. Then there is Sylva, an elf who will do anything she can to forge an alliance between her people and Hominum, even if it means betraying her friends. Othello is the first ever dwarf at the academy, and his people have long been oppressed by Hominum’s rulers, which provokes tension amongst those he studies alongside.

Fletcher will find himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with nothing but his demon Ignatius to help him. As the pieces on the board manoeuvre for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands … 

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Okay, so… I read only around 15% of this book but I admit that whenever I pick up this book, I LOVE IT!!!

I’ve just been too tired to read but when I do, I’m always looking forward to continue! The writing is amazing, you can visualise everything and have a great connection with the characters. Fletcher, the main character, is a very likeable young man and I cannot wait to know more!

Yeah, I think you can already notice that this is being a hell of an amazing book!

What about you? What are you reading on this creepy Friday?

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Ner

Friday Reads (#2 – 30/01/2015)

Friday Reads

Happy Friday everyone 🙂

This is quite late in the day (it’s already 5 pm in Portugal!) but it’s better late than never, right?! This Friday I’m sharing a book that is being quite complicated for me to keep up! I even had to stop reading it last night and pick up another book in order to distance myself from it a little! It didn’t help but I will try to read as much as I can before deciding that this is a DNF book.

So, check out the book I’m having troubles reading:

Seeker [Seeker #1]
Arwen Elys Dayton

Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’.

Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin.

Quin’s new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her.

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Okay, I’m so lost with this book. I have no idea what’s going on, what time period were in – it’s like a medieval setting with modern technology and steampunk altogether – and I’m not really caring about the character. I was so excited to read this book but so far it has been a total let down! However, I will try to read it till the end before giving up but, to be honest, I think this will definitely be a DNF! Maybe I’ll put it aside and pick it up later!

I also found out through the author’s Goodreads page that there is going to be a movie based on this book. I have no idea what I feel about it but I will keep an eye out for it and an open mind. Maybe the movie will help those who didn’t understand the book – as me so far – to grasp it properly.

Have you read this book? And what are you read this Friday?

You can leave me a comment or share via Instagram (you can follow me here) and/or Twitter (you can follow me here) by using the following hashtag #FridayReadsAndCoffee 🙂

Ner

Friday Reads (#1 – 23/01/2015)

Friday Reads

Happy Friday bookworms 🙂

I actually had thought about not doing any Friday Reads this year due to the fact that sometimes is quite hard for me to come to the computer on Fridays. But then I decided that I will indeed continue posting it like I always did just because I really want to share what I’m reading. 

So, for the first time in 2015 my currently reading book for the weekend is:

Incite [Ignite #2]
Erica Crouch
*Expected publication: February 17th*

Earth is in ruins, and the war of Heaven and Hell has spilled over into the mortal world. In the frozen wasteland of the apocalypse, Azael and his band of cohorts search for Pen and Michael with orders to kill. Little does he know that his sister has incited a rebel army of her own.

Angels and demons alike stand side by side, ready and willing to fight for a future they didn’t realize they could have. Change doesn’t come easy, though. Pen is wary of joining New Genesis’s revolution, but when Azael shows his hand and Pen learns all that he holds over them, she chooses to fight back, no matter the risk. She only has to survive, one hour at a time.

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As you all know, I’m a fan of Erica Crouch having read all her published books and reviewed them here on the blog (Ignite, Entice, Madly, Deeply. She’s an amazing writer and I’m honoured to have been mentioned on her acknowledgements on Entice

So, when I was “sort-of-invited” to be part of Incite Blog Tour (I received the news through her newsletter), I had to say YES, sign-up to it and immediately download a copy of the book from NetGalley. I finished what I was reading before and picked this up. I’m still in the beginning so I can’t really say much about it. I will only say that I didn’t realised I was missing Pen and Michael so much until I picked up the book. Seriously, if you knew them, you would understand me 😉

And I also want to share with you some awesome news concerning the Ignite series. At first it was supposed to be only two books (Ignite and Incite) but Erica posted on her blog that the series will consist on… wait for it… five books!!! I haven’t yet finished Incite and I’m already super excited for the rest of the books. You can read the news on Erica’s website here.

What about you? What is your Friday Reads?

You can leave me a comment or share via Instagram (you can follow me here) and/or Twitter (you can follow me here) by using the following hashtag #FridayReadsAndCoffee 🙂

Ner

Friday Reads (05/09/2014)

Friday Reads

Happy Friday earthlings 🙂

I know we haven’t been around much lately but Inês and Carla are using these last few weeks of holidays to rest until school and work starts.

As for me, I’ve been simply too lazy to sit down in front of the laptop and update things :S

For that, I am truly sorry!

However, I’ll be using these last week of freedom to update everything and to also organise my upcoming Read-a-Thon! Keep an eye out on September 8th for the sign-up form! I’m super excited about it and all the feedback I had from my amazing hosts and authors who will be part of it has been positive 🙂

So, check out what I’m reading this weekend: 

The 100 [The Hundred #1]
Kass Morgan

An epic journey from the depths of outer space to a wild, futuristic Earth

In 3010, humanity lives in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland . . . before it’s too late.

Now a hundred juvenile delinquents are sent on a high-stakes mission to re-colonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community and to get over their dark pasts. In order to survive, they must learn to trust – and even love – again.

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Okay, I will be totally honest with you; when I saw The CW pilot for the series based on this book, I wasn’t blown away by it but I continued to be far interested in the book. So, when I saw this on NetGalley alongside the sequel Day 21, I had to download it and read it straight away. ‘Cause, let’s be honest we all know that movies/series are always different from the book, right?!

And I’m really enjoying it! Quite different from the pilot – some characters in the series are not in the book and vice-versa, some differences in the plot – but I cannot wait for more development and see what’s going to happen now.

Maybe this is the motivator I needed to re-watch the series – I know, it’s different and all but maybe it’ll help me deal with the clichés of the show – which was my main problem (but then again, it’s The CW, clichés are typical!) – and understand the characters mind and reasons behind their decision!

Have you read this book or watched the series? And what are you guys reading this weekend?!

XX Ner

Friday Reads (18/07/2014)

Friday Reads

Happy Friday people 🙂

This week was the Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon and I’m so behind it’s pathetic!!! So far I’ve only read one full book and I’m half-way through the second. On my planes I should be already half-way through my third book… Oh well, hopefully this weekend will help me 🙂 

Still, here’s what I’m currently reading: 

Princess Academy [Princess Academy #1]
Shannon Hale

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year’s time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king’s ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

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So far it’s quite en enjoyable read though it’s slower than what I expected. I’ve read a lot last night because this is one those books that you read a hundred pages without reading noticing it 🙂

Plus, I really want to know you’ll become the princess… I have my own choice for who could be a good princess in the story and I want to see if my theory is correct 😉

What about you? What are you guys reading?!

XX Ner

Friday Reads (11/07/2014)

Friday Reads

Happy Friday everyone 🙂

So, this weekend I have to read a book that I had to put aside because I got my hands on The Caller by the Master! 

However, Monday the Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon will kick off and I already have my TBR planned for that! So, I need to read this one before Monday…

Here’s what I’m currently reading: 

Ghost House [The Ghost House Saga #1]
Alexandra Adornetto

From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother’s country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander’s past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.

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I’ve never read anything from this author before despite her series Halo being a best-seller but I admit that this story intrigued me when I first read the blurb.

I’ve seen a lot of people dismissing this book solemnly because of the author. Since I’ve never read her Halo series (I’m not an angel person… and the reviews have been mixed!), I am completely open minded for this one. Plus, a love story between a ghost and a mortal is quite interesting – the only thing I have to say is: why is it that every single ghost I come across are called Alexander?

So far I’m enjoying it despite the obvious insta-attraction between the main character and Alex. I’m enjoying the writing, the characters and the whole ghostly vibe the book is transmitting. Hopefully, it won’t disappoint 🙂

What about you? What are you guys reading?!

XX Ner

Friday Reads (20/06/2014)

Friday Reads

HAPPY 6TH MONTH TO MY NIECE!!!!

Oh yah… my niece is half a year old! Can’t believe six months have passed already! Time flies 🙂

Anyway!!! I’m sorry this is quite late but I only managed to come home and come to the computer right now – it’s 7pm in Lisbon now! 

Last night I decided to put aside the book I picked up – Amity – and start reading another book. So, check out what I’m reading during the weekend: 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [Harry Potter #3]
J.K. Rowling

For most children, summer vacation is something to look forward to. But not for our 13-year-old hero, who’s forced to spend his summers with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who detest him. The third book in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series catapults into action when the young wizard “accidentally” causes the Dursleys’ dreadful visitor Aunt Marge to inflate like a monstrous balloon and drift up to the ceiling. Fearing punishment from Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon (and from officials at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who strictly forbid students to cast spells in the nonmagic world of Muggles), Harry lunges out into the darkness with his heavy trunk and his owl Hedwig.

As it turns out, Harry isn’t punished at all for his errant wizardry. Instead he is mysteriously rescued from his Muggle neighborhood and whisked off in a triple-decker, violently purple bus to spend the remaining weeks of summer in a friendly inn called the Leaky Cauldron. What Harry has to face as he begins his third year at Hogwarts explains why the officials let him off easily. It seems that Sirius Black–an escaped convict from the prison of Azkaban–is on the loose. Not only that, but he’s after Harry Potter. But why? And why do the Dementors, the guards hired to protect him, chill Harry’s very heart when others are unaffected?

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LUPIN!!! SIRIUS!!!!

(I’m sorry… too many emotions going on right now!)

What about you? What are you guys reading?!

XX Ner

Friday Reads (13/06/2014)

Friday Reads

Ooh, it’s Friday the 13th!!!

Be scared… be really scared… only if you’re superstitious – which I am and am not (just don’t let me walk under a ladder, okay?)

So, the weather last week was horrible and this week it’s out of control. Meaning: IT’S SO HOT!!! Seriously, the weather is bipolar :S

Anyway, this post isn’t for me to rant about the weather but to show you what I’m reading during the weekend, right? And, what I’m reading is the following:

Alias Hook
Lisa Jensen

“Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It’s my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy.”

Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.

With Stella’s knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook’s last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their neverending game. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is a beautifully and romantically written adult fairy tale.

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I’ve been looking forward to read this book ever since I got it accepted on NetGalley. You probably know this but Peter Pan is one of my favourite classics of all time and having the chance to read a book about Captain Hook… I mean, who can refuse it, right?

I’m really in the beginning so I haven’t read that much but I can tell you that I’ve been spoiled by Once Upon a Time because I can’t really stop imagining Captain Hook like this:

I wouldn’t mind getting hooked with this Captain Hook 😉 (see what I did there? *wink*)

And I feel so professional with this book. Right in the first chapter there were a lot of things I needed to write down. I normally don’t take notes while reading – it makes me loose my concentration – but with this one I found myself writing down a few things.

Oh, look at that! I look like a pro:P

Anyway, I hope to get into this book during the rest of the weekend. I believe this will be quite of an emotional book so I can’t really wait to continue it 😉

What about you? What are you guys reading?!

XX Ner