Synopsis: When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.


Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

Rating: 5/5

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance


My thoughts:

I'm gonna put it bluntly out there -- I did not like The Heir. I consider it one of my greatest literary disappointments, even if it has a relatively high rating (2.5 stars). So my expectations of The Crown were along the lines of 'please be decent, please end quick and please be the last'. Most fortunately though, The Crown brought back the love I felt for Kiera Cass's novels made of syrupy romance and dreamy sighs. Taking this into consideration, this review will resemble half an omen to this fifth installment and half a regret for what it did not come to fruition in its prequel, but only to highlight that this book exceeded my expectations and made me fall in love again with its world. 

Unlike in The Heir, I loved Eadlyn. She let go of her petty, egotistical, self-centered and vain antics in order to graciously transform into a more than capable young woman, leader and Queen. Yeah yeah, her character-development was speeded up to supersonic mode, but for once I didn't mind. She showed her thoughtfulness, her ambition, her intelligence and her strong personality. I admired the fact that she wants to do good by everyone around her and that she tries to mend her flaws. Regardless, she took a colossal departure from the stoic, stuck-up and artificial princess and became an oddly organic person, beautifully encapsulated through the integrity to her own heart and moral code. 

Unlike in The Heir, I didn't check the page count every two minutes to dreadfully discover there was still a long way to go until the finish. I was hooked and I read it easily, eager to see what's in store next. Tremendously enjoyable.

Unlike in The Heir, I could connect to this bunch of boys. Instead of 35, there were only 6 left in the picture. Each of them (and here I'm talking about the ever-wonderful Hale, Kile, Ean, Henri and Erik) became amazing in their own way and right. 

Unlike in The Heir, I was actually surprised by some revelations. Marid and Brice, especially. And Maxon shocked me with his introspective tales. 

Unlike in The Heir, there were sweet relationships truly taking root. Deep, heartfelt friendships and dynamics that somehow evolved or appeared out of the blue only to fit the bill perfectly. Hale & Eady. Hale & Ean. Kile & Eady. Erik & Henri. Henri & Eady. Josie & Eady. Erik & Eady. Brice & Eady. Aspen & Eady. 

Unlike in The Heir, I did not curse the decision to expand the series from the original trilogy. This closure, this grand second finale somehow tied up the loose ends of The One by making sure certain matters were addressed, political ones, LGBT ones, feminism ones and discriminatory ones. I finally understood that we couldn't leave things at how they were with the initial 'last book'. 

Unlike in The Heir, there was so much more of the young Maxon and America we all know. Seriously, all the glimpses into their fairy tale of a love story made my heart burst free. Maxon fretting over Mer and going borderline insane about her health was just too cute to handle. I'm glad they're happy and don't paint me foolish just because they're works of fiction, but in my mind they exist vividly and that's of the utmost importance. 

Unlike in The Heir, I wasn't constantly exhausted about the sad and ill-fated attempts at romance. This time, it all flourished naturally, because the focus was on the worthy and so a cute and amazing and awesome and lovely couple became canon. And speaking about that particular pairing, I SHIP IT.
 
Like The Heir, don't expect this book to suddenly be a complex piece of literature, because surely it is not. It fits the style of the series, so it's one for the heart. It's 100% drama and teen romance. It's light. It's quick. It's totally YA. It's a great read for a spring afternoon. It's the kind of book that has you smiling, daydreaming and relaxing. Unlike The Heir. 

Unlike The Heir, The Crown was so much better. Infinitely better. I urge you to read it and see for yourself but I have faith that you'll love it bunches.

Bye, Illea. For real now. 

ENJOY! <3

Franța, 1553. Într-o țară sfâșiată de războaie civile nemiloase, Jeanne de Piennes și François, fiul cel mare al conetabilului de Montmorency, se căsătoresc în secret, pentru a preîntâmpina opoziția familiilor lor, care se dușmănesc. Tânărul cuplu este curând nevoit să se despartă, din cauza războiului contra lui Carol Quintul. Rămasă singură, Jeanne aduce pe lume o fetiță, Loïse. Dar Henri, fratele lui François, este îndrăgostit la rândul lui de Jeanne și, înnebunit de gelozie, pune la cale o răzbunare groaznică.

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for magic… 

One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds. 

In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. 

But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy… 





Trecând printr-o serie întreagă de dezastre, civilizaţia a regresat până la un stadiu primitiv. Cei slabi sunt alungaţi din rândul semenilor, căci nu li se găseşte niciun rost în comunitate. În această lume, o copilă cu un beteşug la picior, rămasă de izbelişte după moartea mamei sale, este pe cale să fie alungată din satul în care şi-a trăit toată viaţa. Ceea ce o salvează este talentul cu care e înzestrată. Kira stăpâneşte arta brodatului ca nimeni alta şi astfel ajunge să i se încredinţeze o enormă responsabilitate. Dar Kira întrevede nişte secrete teribile ţinute ascunse de către cei ce deţin puterea. Responsabilitatea ei e chiar mai mare decât ar fi crezut vreodată.

„Lowry revine la o lume metaforică a viitorului, cum crease şi în romanul câştigător al Medaliei Newbery, Darul lui Jonas... Găsim suficient material de reflecţie şi de discuţie, cât şi un strop de magie şi un tulburător indiciu despre celebrul final ambiguu al precedentei cărţi.“
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Cartea secreta de Gregory Samak


Un bătrân solitar, Elias Ein, se retrage la Braunau am Inn, un orăşel izolat din nord-vestul Austriei. Curând, el descoperă în noua casă o scară secretă ducând la o vastă bibliotecă subterană pe rafturile căreia dă peste Cartea Vieţii, în care Dumnezeu a trasat destinul fiecărui om. 
Elias este fascinat. Însuşirile extraordinare ale acestei cărţi secrete îi conferă puterea să acţioneze asupra cursului Istoriei. Ca atare, va încerca să-i salveze pe cei apropiaţi lui călătorind în trecut până în perioada ghetoului din Varşovia din cel de-al Doilea Război Mondial. Dar, brusc, îşi dă seama că miza o constituie însuşi destinul unui popor întreg.
 O poveste surprinzătoare care vorbeşte despre prietenie şi curaj, despre ură şi laşitate. Atemporală, ”Cartea secretă” are un ecou răsunător în actualitate şi în derivele societăţii noastre contemporane.



Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.




Pentru fanii romanelor E ușor să te iubesc, Tammara Webber, Destine la limită, Katie McGarry și Intimidare de Penelope Douglas.

 Respiră, Kacey.
 Zece respirații scurte. 
Agață-te de ele. 
Simte-le. 
Iubește-le.

Cu patru ani în urmă, viața lui Kacey Cleary a fost distrusă atunci când mașina în care se afla a fost lovită din plin de un tânăr șofer beat, omorându-i părinții, pe iubitul ei și pe cea mai bună prietenă a sa. Încă mai este bântuită de amintirea momentului în care a rămas prizonieră între fiarele contorsionate ale autoturismului, ascultând-o pe mama ei cum își dădea ultima suflare. Acum, Kacey vrea să își lase trecutul în urmă. Înarmată cu două bilete de autobuz, Kacey și sora ei în vârstă de cincisprezece ani, Livie, fug din Grand Rapids, Michigan, pentru a începe o nouă viață în Miami. La început, fetele se zbat să o scoată la capăt, dar Kacey nu este deloc îngrijorată. Ea poate face față oricui, în orice situație – cu excepția vecinului său misterios din apartamentul 1D.
Trent Emerson are niște ochi albaștri în care arde un foc mocnit, gropițe adânci și pare că se menține într-un echilibru perfect între a fi un tip simpatic și unul dur. Călită fiind de trecutul ei tragic, Kacey este hotărâtă să țină pe toată lumea la distanță, dar atracția lor este de netăgăduit, iar Trent caută cu disperare și neîncetat o cale spre inima împietrită a lui Kacey – chiar dacă asta înseamnă că oricând poate să iasă la iveală un secret exploziv care va zgudui din temelii ambele lor lumi.


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Stâlpii Pămantului" este un bestseller internaţional, cu vânzari record; romanul istoric semnat de Ken Follet a fost tradus în peste 30 de limbi, cumulând mai mult de 150 de milioane de exemplare vândute în întreaga lume. Cartea este apreciată deopotrivă de critici, cât şi de publicul larg, devenind rapid o lectură obligatorie a vremurilor noastre - ca dovada, a fost aleasa de Oprah Winfrey ca lectură propusă în ediţia cu numarul 60 a Oprah's Book Club şi a fost inclusă în selecţia facută de Exclusive Books în lucrarea "1001 de cărţi de citit într-o viaţă" (Editura RAO, 2010). Mai mult, cartea a fost adaptată într-o miniserie de succes realizată de BBC, nominalizată la premiile Golden Globe.

"Stâlpii Pământului" este un roman istoric scris de Ken Follett, publicat în 1989, iar acţiunea se învârte în jurul construirii unei catedrale în oraşul imaginar Kingsbridge, Anglia. Acţiunea este plasată în secolul al XII-lea, unde primează anarhia, între scufundarea vasului Corabia Albă şi omorârea lui Thomas Becket. Cartea trasează dezvoltarea arhitecturii gotice, precedate de arhitectura romanescă şi a averii stăreţiei Kingsbridge care se zbătea să înflorească în vreme ce toate se prăbuşeau în Anglia.


Danika hasn’t had an easy life. Being insanely attracted to bad boys has never helped make it easier. 

One look at Tristan, and every brain cell she possessed went up in smoke. This man was trouble with a capital T. It was a given.
She knew better. Bad boys were bad. Especially for her. Considering her history, it was crazy to think otherwise. So why did crazy have to feel so damn fine?

For as long as she could remember, Danika had been focused on the future with single-minded purpose. Tristan came along and taught her everything there was to know about letting go, and living in the present. She fell, hard and deep. Of course, that only made her impact with the ground that much more devastating.

Bad Things is about Tristan and Danika, and their train wreck of a love story. This series can be read as a standalone, or with the Up in the Air series.




MAGIA LUCRURILOR SIMPLE este o lectură de inspirație lirică, plină dorințe arzătoare care va captiva cititorii și îi va face să sufere și să spere alături de personaje.
Este despre o iubire pătimașă apărută în cele mai îngrozitoare circumstanțe.

TRADUS ÎN 15 LIMBI

Tatăl ei și-a pierdut mințile și este internat întru-n spital de boli mintale. Mama ei a părăsit orașul.
Lucille îl place foarte mult pe Digby Jones, dar are multe alte probleme grave pe cap decât să se îndrăgostească de fratele geamăn al celei mai bune prietene a ei. Are facturi de plătit și o soră mică, Wren, de care trebuie să aibă grijă. La doar 17 ani, Lucille trebuie să se descurce cumva și să țină familia, cât a mai rămas din ea, unită.

,,Laure este o voce autentică, cu un stil frust, grav și foarte sincer, dar și cu o pasiune nebună de a povesti.”- MATT DE LA PEÑA, autor laureat cu Newbery Medal, 2016, pentru cartea Last Stop on Market Street
,, Scriitura lui Estelle Laure este caracterizată de forță și lirism – dar mai mult decât atât ea scrie cu onestitate și din inimă. Cu siguranță este o autoare care promite.”
A. M. JENKINS, autoare laureată cu Printz Honor, 2007, pentru romanul Repossessed
,,O carte poetica, amuzantă în multe locuri și ,,inimoasă”, care ne amintește faptul că viața poate să ne ia pe toți prin surprindere, și chiar o face.”- JENNIFER E. SMITH, Probabilitatea statistică de a te îndrăgosti la prima vedere

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About COWBOY PLAYER  

This cowboy and cowgirl sell the steak and the sizzle.

For eight years, Melody Santos played the game of love and lost—big time. Now she’s back in her tiny hometown looking after her younger sister, making ends meet with an assortment of odd jobs. When her childhood best friend hires her to help him sell his family’s grass-fed beef, the last thing she anticipates is falling in lust with the legendary, brown-eyed player.

To put his family’s cattle ranch back in the black, Clark MacKinnon has his sights set on big contracts—gourmet chefs and restaurateurs. If that means long hours traveling from farmer’s market to farmer’s market, Clark doesn’t mind. Particularly since his new assistant is his childhood crush, all grown up and sexy as hell.  

One night in bed leaves them breathless and hungry for more. But when his love-’em-and-leave-’em reputation collides with her trust issues, Clark and Melody must face the truth about what they’ve become: not friends, not lovers, but players in a game that’s impossible to win.

Warning: Contains filthy banter, raunchy sex, excessive Johnny Cash references, and hundreds of pounds of raw beef.

Here is an exclusive excerpt from COWBOY PLAYER:

Melody shook her head. “You can’t help yourself, can you, MacKinnon? You’re a hopeless flirt.”

“Flirting? Thought I was just drinking beer and being myself.” He looked down at the empty 
coaster in front of her. “What about you? What are you having? Gin and tonic, right?”

He remembered her favorite drink. Melody smiled. “No, I’m good. I’m on sister watch tonight. 

She really wants to cut loose. Someone’s gotta hold her hair back when the vomit flies. Which it 
inevitably will.” She waved her hand at him. “You should go have a good time. Get yourself a nice piece. Enjoy your Saturday night.”

Only Clark could make a shrug look so sexy. “But I’m already enjoying my Saturday night.”

Something about the way he said those words made Melody’s skin tingle.

As an experiment, she uncrossed her legs and leaned forward, resting her arms on the bar. For a nanosecond, Clark’s dark eyes darted to her cleavage before resting on his beer. A sudden, electric thrill shimmied down her spine. Her body clenched with pleasure, knowing she could still get the attention of a man as insanely hot as Clark MacKinnon.

But then…guilt.

That’s Clark. Don’t flirt with Clark.

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About COWBOY VALENTINE:
Forget chocolate and flowers. This homegrown honey is all the sweetness he craves.

Small-town life is nothing but a waiting room for eighteen-year-old honor student Corazón Gomez. Work and school leave little time for love, but with a full-ride Ivy League scholarship and a one-way ticket out of the boondocks, who needs it?
The answer appears on Valentine’s Day when her old cowboy crush ambles into the ice cream parlor where she works, inviting her to go on a late-night ride in his truck. For the first time she wavers between staying on the straight and narrow, and going off-road with the handsome heartbreaker.
After four years working on ranches all over the country, Caleb MacKinnon is back on the family farm helping out his mom and brothers while his father fights cancer. The one bright spot: smart, funny, and wickedly sexy Cora.
From the start, they both know this blazing-hot love affair can’t last. But when autumn comes and Cora has to leave for the East Coast, Caleb must find a solution to keep himself—and his heart—from falling apart.

Warning: Contains hard, cherry-poppin’ sex in a pickup truck and a cowboy charmer who talks dirty in two languages.
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About COWBOY RESURRECTION:
Ball-busting business woman meets no-holds-barred cowboy. He’s gonna need a longer rope…

Marketing hotshot Monica Kaur has put her big-city life on hold to help bail out her brother’s failing business. Now she’s got three months to plan and promote a rodeo, the first her tiny hometown has ever seen.

To ensure the rodeo’s success, Monica enlists a local hero, a rancher’s son who’s made a name for himself on the bull-riding circuit. Problem? She can’t stop daydreaming about the cocky bastard—and all the things she longs to do to him out behind the chutes.

Professional bullfighter Dean MacKinnon is home helping his family while his father fights cancer. Haunted by bad memories, jaded by love, Dean finds escape in a no-strings-attached go-round with brainy, sexy Monica, whose close-knit Sikh-American family would sooner run him out of town than see her with a notorious rodeo Romeo.

In private, Monica and Dean play as hard as they work. But as the rodeo draws near, that clean break they promised each other is getting more and more hung up in the rigging.

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Mia Hopkins one of the most exciting new voices in red-hot contemporary romance. Add her to your must-read list. Now!”
-Samanthe Beck, USA Today Bestselling Author

“Mia Hopkins' sexy cowboy hero and sassy bookish heroine burn up the pages from the moment they lock eyes.”
-Cat Johnson, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author

“Beautifully descriptive...hot, sexy and full of yearning!”
-Delilah Devlin, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author

“I love this author’s writing style; her prose is beautiful, and I can definitely see myself checking out her future work. I’m wondering if Caleb’s brothers will feature in future books?” 
-My YA & NA Book Obsession

Praise for Cowboy Resurrection:

"I love a story that surprises me by putting a different spin on the standard trope of boy meets girl...Mia Hopkins is an imaginative author who doesn’t take the easy road to a formulaic book." 

—Becky Condit, USA TODAY Happy Ever After blog

"This erotic romance is seriously dirty. Dean and Monica play hard....I have also read the first book in this series, Cowboy Valentine and recommend it as well." 
—Jennifer Porter, Romance Novel News




Author Bio:
Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She's a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends.

When she's not lost in a story, Mia spends her time cooking, gardening, traveling, volunteering and looking for her keys. In a past life, she was a classroom teacher and still has a pretty good "teacher voice" and "teacher stare."

She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and two waggish dogs.


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HELL ON HEELS by Anne Jolin
Genre: Women's Fiction Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 26, 2016
— SYNOPSIS —
I use people. Not in a malicious way, but in the way an addict abuses their substance of choice. People are my vice—men specifically. I crave the emotional high they give me with a unique and reckless disregard for my own well-being—eagerly floating into an unsustainable euphoria, knowing full well that after every high comes an equal, if not more powerful, plummet into a devastating abyss. But like every junkie, I crawl willingly back into the arms of my demons.

Oh, the price we pay to feel loved. We’d all sell our souls to the devil himself for that. Perhaps I have already. 

They say that acknowledging that you have a problem is one of the first steps to recovery. Well, in that case, my name is Charleston Smith and I have a fucking problem.


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Hey y’all, 
I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns, and driving in trucks. 

I never expected to be an author. A massage therapist? Yes. Take over the family construction company? Yes. But an author? No. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion. 

Since I’ve always been a creative person, it feels amazing to harness all of that energy and use it to tell a story I love. I enjoy incorporating bits of my real life into the stories I write. What parts are true? Hah. I’ll never tell—what would be the fun in that? 

If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t. 

Mad love, 
Anne Jolin 
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