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eARC Review: Pisces Hooks Taurus by Anyta Sunday

Pisces Hooks Taurus by Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: December 18th 2017
Series: Signs of Love, #4
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 288
Date Read: December 7th, 2018
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

It’s a time for searching, and a time for finding, Pisces: keep casting your line and you will hook what you’re looking for.

Zane has it all planned out: land the perfect Meet Cute, fall in love, and live happily ever after.
Should be simple enough if he put his mind to it. A little creativity and some thinking outside of the box, and voila, he’d be married to the woman of his dreams.
It would be perfect.
And it would be before his visa ran out.

But why are his feelings running wild now that the pressure’s on? Why is his picture-perfect plan turning into a muddled mess of morphed metaphors he can’t make sense of anymore?

Just as well he’s met an English professor to help. And even though their first meet is anything but cute, this down-to-earth teacher may just be the realist Zane needs to ground him and give him a shot at love after all.

Don’t cast your line too wide, Pisces. Your perfect catch may already have bitten.

I received a copy of Pisces Hooks Taurus from Netgalley for Review Purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

As I’ve said before I love this Series and Anyta Sunday’s work! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: no one does slow-burn romance like Anyta Sunday. Pisces Hooks Taurus was adorable. I have enjoyed each book in the “Signs of Love” series, and thankfully that includes this one. It can be read as a stand alone, but I highly recommend reading all the books in this series, just because they are great 😛

Zane, the Pisces with the ‘big heart and even bigger soul’, in all his adorable and exasperating cluelessness. Zane’s a hopeless romantic that wants to find the one. Unfortunately for him, he has to find that special person before his Visa runs out while sweeping them off their feet enough to get married. The stars align and Zane finds himself crashing with Beckett.

And Beckett, The ‘reliable, honest, compassionate and stubborn’ Taurus. Beckett is a divorcee that doesn’t believe in love anymore. You can clearly see how much Beckett is taken with him, but there’s no way he would ever act on it as long as Zane doesn’t ‘see’ Beckett in that kind of light.

I loved the dynamics between Zane and Beckett. They were polar opposites with Zane wanting to find love in 4 weeks and Beckett being ever the cynical.

Zane is completely oblivious to his growing romance with his “platonic” new BFF, Beckett. I mean, clueless to the point where it was almost too ridiculous, but this is a romance, not a reality check, and Anyta Sunday seems to be really, really fond of clueless Main Characters.

The plot moves along quickly, and there is a lot of witty banter. Lots of silly misunderstandings, but it was a purposeful comedy of errors, and it was really enjoyable to read. The ending was super cute.

Thanks for Reading! Have you read this? Or any of the other books in this series? If so, what did you think of it?

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Review: Norman by Stephen Lancaster

Norman by Stephen Lancaster
Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Published by: Llewellyn Publications
Genres: NonFiction
Format: eBook
Pages: 215
Date Read: 10/08/2018
Links: Goodreads

When paranormal investigator Stephen Lancaster brought home an old doll from an antique shop, he had no idea what bizarre and terrifying things were about to occur. From Day One, Norman the doll raised Hell. He caused sudden infestations of rats and spiders. He frightened dogs and put children in trances. He even moved on his own in video surveillance footage. And that was just the beginning.

Norman takes you on a thrilling journey into Stephen’s life with a doll that has held the spirit of an unborn child for over fifty years. A haunted doll that still lives in Stephen’s house, locked away in his own room to keep him from once again endangering the house and Stephen’s family.

I received a copy of Norman from Netgalley for Review Purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

So, you’re no doubt well acquainted with Chucky and Annabelle, but have you heard of Norman? I hadn’t but I love all of that spooky stuff so thought that this was the book for me. I do enjoy books like this, I am a Skeptical of it all though.

Some will believe this story is true and others will think it’s not. If it is true then I’m wondering why child and animal protection agencies haven’t been involved. The photos that are included to support the author’s claims unfortunately had the opposite effect with me. For example, there are two photos showing a significant change in temperature near Norman that was reported to have happened a minute apart. Yet there’s no time stamp on the photos and even if there was the author makes mention of their “top-notch video editing software” so it would be difficult to know with certainty if they were real or fake anyway.

Norman has a sad history even before the story opens. The author is intrigued by Norman when he finds him in an antique shop. The owners reluctantly sell Norman to him. Once Norman is comes home with him all kinds of paranormal things begin to happen. It is a short and simple read.

Thanks for reading? Have you heard the story of Norman? Have you read this book? Do you believe in the Paranormal?

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eARC Review: The Artist and The Soldier by Angelle Petta

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The Artist and the Soldier by Angelle Petta
Publication Date:
Published by: Warren Publishing
Genres: Historical Fiction, LGBT
Format: eBook
Pages: 215
Date Read: 10/08/2018
Links: Goodreads

Two young men come of age and fall in love, set against the backdrop of true events during World War II.

It’s 1938. Bastian Fisher and Max Amsel meet at an American-Nazi camp, Siegfried. Neither have any idea what to do with their blooming, confusing feelings for one another. Before they can begin to understand, the pair is yanked apart and forced in opposite directions.

Five years later, during the heart of World War II, Bastian’s American army platoon lands in Salerno, Italy. Max is in Nazi-occupied Rome where he has negotiated a plan to hire Jews on as ‘extras’ in a movie—an elaborate ruse to escape the Nazis. Brought together by circumstance and war, Bastian and Max find one another again in Rome.

Exploring the true stories of Camp Siegfried and the making of the film, La Porta del Cielo, The Artist and the Soldier is intense, fast moving, and sheds light on largely untouched stories in American and Italian history.

I received a copy of The Soldier and the Artist from Netgalley for Review Purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

This is a wonderful piece of historical fiction, bringing out some fascinating details about events surrounding World War II. There is another wonderful timeless story told here as well The story of two young boys, unlikely allies – turned possible lovers. Max and Bastian find something in each other that lacked in their early lives: trust and purpose. It’s what drives them and gives them hope. With the nostalgia, romance and setting, I found myself taken away to another time and transported in to the heart of this beautiful story.

Author Angelle Petta skillfully brings together all the elements in a way that feel so true and realistic without ever teetering on the question of believability. There are many harsh realities here, delicately handled without grandiose promises of what is to come.

While the budding friendship/romance between Max and Bastian is the heart of the story; it is Ilsa (Bastian’s sister) that shines through with determination and strength, grounding the story in the harsh truths of history.

I was enjoying this book so much. I loved the premise of the story and it was well-executed. It was interesting and entertaining and the author did a wonderful job at working in the historical aspects of the story throughout. The story was well-written.

The Soldier and the Artist is about heroism, in many different forms. Petta reminds us, in truth, heroes don’t always bask in glory or reap bountiful rewards– they only save the moment and give a chance for another tomorrow. Maybe someday, a better future.

Thank you for Reading!! Have you read this book? What did you think of it

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Etsy Update – Looking for Bookstagramers to Rep for @ Drinkcoffeeandreadbooksgifts for April – June! – 19/03/2019

I am coming to you today with another Etsy Update. I wanted to give you guys a quick update on my Etsy Shop. Although, this is more of an Announcement. So, I just Announced on Instragram, which you can check out HERE, that I’ll be doing another Bookmark Rep Search. So basically I am looking for 3-5 (or maybe more) people who are extremely active in the Bookstagram community. You will receive at least 4 bookmarks a month for Advertising Purposes. If you’re interested check out my Instagram to find out how to apply. And you can find my Etsy Shop HERE!

Well, that’s all for today! Do you use bookmarks? Do you like to Match your Bookmarks with your Current Reads? Let me know in the Comments!

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100 Days of Anime Challenge – Day 16 – Anime with the Best Animation – 3/03/2019

I love a lot of Animes Animation though, but I just started watching Karneval and I really like the Animation for it. And I love the Opening.

What Anime do you think has the Best Animation?

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100 Days of Anime Challenge – Day 15 – Favourite Animal Sidekick, Pet, or Summoning from any Anime – 2/03/2019

I don’t usually get too attached to Animals or Pets in Anime, but I recently watched Servamp, so I’d say Lawless of Greed. I think this counts anyway, he does has an Animal Form.

I also like Kuro (Sleepy Ash of Sloth). I love that they are based on the Seven Deadly Sins, It’s really interesting, and they have personalities to match.

Do you have a Favourite Animal Sidekick, Pet, or Summoning from an Anime? Have you watched Servamp?

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100 Days of Anime Challenge – Day 14 – Saddest Anime Death – 1/03/2019

This Contains Spoilers for One Piece Episode 483, if you haven’t seen past this episode and don’t want spoilers, skip this, or keep reading if you don’t really care!

The Saddest Anime Death for me was Portgas D. Ace from One Piece! He was one of my favourites and I cried so much in this episode. Ace was one of the most lovable supporting characters in One Piece and also one of the coolest. He was Luffy’s big brother, and how he died reflected this. Also, the reactions to his death (Luffy’s specifically) are absolutely heartbreaking.

Unlike the other days, I’ve chosen not to find a Gif or Picture of this, I don’t really want to relive that. Anyway, what’s the Saddest Anime Death you’ve seen? Let me know in the Comments!

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100 Days of Anime Challenge – Day 13 – Anime Character you’re most Similar to – 28/02/2019

This is a tough one as I find it hard to see myself in most characters, but here’s a list of characters that I share Qualities with or that I am similar to.

Anna – When Marnie was there

When Marnie was there is an Animated film by Studio Ghibli and one of my favourites. This movie features 12 years old Protagonist Anna, who is a caring, curious, and introspective person. Anna has a low self-esteem, deeming herself worthless, ugly, awkward, a nuisance, and abnormal. Her social anxiety is also very prevalent, causing her to struggle in large crowds and interaction with people, cutting herself away from others.

Kino – Kino’s Journey

Kino is a fifteen or sixteen-year-old traveler. Although they appear apathetic at first, They are a caring and understanding person. They travel through different countries to experience their customs and understand their histories, but never stays longer than three days, as they are afraid of settling down, and would thus cease being a traveler. I love traveling and have a similar personality to Kino. Also, I chose to keep the pronouns natural.

Haruhi – Ouran High School Host Club

Haruhi wasn’t one of my favourite characers but I am similar to her so I’m adding her here anyway. She’s straightforward and has a belief that one’s gender doesn’t define one’s choices. Haruhi has short hair and dresses in an androgynous style most of the time, thus she is not easily recognized as female.

So, that’s all for this post, now you know a little more about me! Well, this was interesting? What Anime character are you most similar to? What Personality traits do you share with them?

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100 Days of Anime Challenge – Day 12 – Saddest Anime Scene – 27/02/2019

I’m not exactly one to cry a lot and I don’t think there are that many scenes that I’ve gotten emotional over. Anyway, the scene I chose for this is from One Piece. If you haven’t seen Episode 312 or Read Chapter 430, you might want to skip this as this is a Spoiler.

I probably cried or been close to tears while watching One Piece several times but the moment I chose was the Going Merry’s Funeral, when they had to say goodbye the the ship, it was heartbreaking. After being told the Going Merry could no longer continue, it received a Viking funeral.

What’s the Saddest Scene you’ve ever seen in an Anime? Let me know in the Comments! No Spoilers please! If you think it might be a spoiler, please include that at the beginning of your comment along with the series it’s from!

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100 Days of Anime Challenge – Day 11 – Favourite Mech Anime 26/02/2019

I haven’t seen many Mecha Anime. Does Voltron count? I never finished watching it but I really enjoyed what I did watch of it. And I don’t see myself watching Mecha in the future either, it’s just not something I’m Interested in watching.

Do you watch Mecha Anime? What’s you Favourite? Let me know in the Comments!