Book Review: The Savior’s Champion (The Savior’s Series #1) by Jenna Moreci

Author: Jenna Moreci
Pages: 534 pages
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publication Date: April 24th, 2018
Publisher: Jenna Moreci

The Savior's Champion, Jenna Moreci

Blurb

Tobias Kaya doesn’t care about The Savior. He doesn’t care that She’s the Ruler of the realm or that She purified the land, and he certainly doesn’t care that She’s of age to be married. But when competing for Her hand proves to be his last chance to save his family, he’s forced to make The Savior his priority.

Now Tobias is thrown into the Sovereign’s Tournament with nineteen other men, and each of them is fighting—and killing—for the chance to rule at The Savior’s side. Instantly his world is plagued with violence, treachery, and manipulation, revealing the hidden ugliness of his proud realm. And when his circumstances seem especially dire, he stumbles into an unexpected romance, one that opens him up to unimaginable dangers and darkness.

Review
4.5 Stars

Wow, this book has so many twists and turns, I loved it. Jenna Moreci did a wonderful job with this book ❤

The savior Champion is written in a third person from Tobias POV. Every year there’s a tournament where the winner gets to be the suitor for the Savior.

Tobias, enters the Savior’s Tournament with only one goal in mind, to save his family. In this book, there’s dangers, action, and romance. All make a wonderful and fast-paced story to read, but I will say that it is an adult fantasy book and so it has a lot of more adult content in it, so keep that in mind 🙂

I loved the characters in this book a lot and even though I saw some of the characters on the author’s Instagram teases, it still felt as though I knew them for the first time.

The characters in TSC were well developed and you good easily see them in my mind. I loved that even the strong characters had their flaws, which only made the story feel more real to me and the evil character is written masterfully – I love evil characters a lot, hehe 😀
The Savior and her sisters were written so well and Leila is an amazing addition to the story and is one of my favorite.

The world building here was extremely well thought of and it shows on paper (well in my case in the ebook, hehe). Tobias’s world, Thessen felt so real and even though it’s a very dangerous world to live in, it’s also a beautiful one.

As I said before, the pacing of this book is fast and the fight scenes (gorry as they are) are written well, there wasn’t a dull moment. This is not a short book and I still read it in just a few days 😀

This is a Fantasy Romance so… Of course, there will be a romance story here. I was happy to discover that the romance parts are written beautifully and the relationship was made to be of healthy adults and that made this book even a better one to read.

The only thing reason I gave the book, 4.5 stars and not 5 were two small things:

1. The names were a bit confusing to follow and in some parts of the story, I didn’t know which character is talking to who.

2. The Tournament is in a labyrinth, but it didn’t feel is a labyrinth but more of an arena. I just couldn’t picture it.

Final thoughts: If you like magic, romance, humor, and lots of action, all in an amazing package, this book is for you 🙂 I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

Don’t forget to pre-order it now – You have a few hours until the release 😀

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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* I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Manga Classics)

Author: Charlotte Bronte and by Crystal S. Chan (Adapter)
Pages: 324 Pages
Genre: Manga Classics
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
Publisher: Udon Entertainment 

Jane Eyre, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester. Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and finds temporary refuge at the home of St. John Rivers

Review
5 Stars

This is the first classic adaptation I’ve read and Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books. At first, I was a bit anxious about taking this book, but I really wanted to know how this great book full of life struggles, dark moments and love will be portraited in a manga… I am so happy I did take this book ❤

This was made brilliantly and the story of Jane Eyre shines beautifully here. The artwork shows the emotions of the story in an incredible way, making the reading even more powerful and emotional. We also get to see the Victorian era come to life in the clothes and the homes, all wonderfully drawn and they really made this small details in their art which made reading this adaptation, even more, fun. The illustrations are just so charming and captivating and it captures the essence of all the characters brilliantly.

Overall, I was truly impressed with this adaptation and I can’t wait to read more of my favorite classic adaptions ❤

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* I received this copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Life Update & April’s Goals

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a great Sunday and a wonderful weekend<3

I really thought it is time to fill you in on what’s been going on here at the Balli Family (it was hectic, lol).

Life has been too challenging and stressful this past two months. Almost not a day had gone by without something stressful umping at us and it took its toll on me, so I took a break from blogging, writing, editing and a bit from social media.

Stressed, Coffee n' Notes

I felt I was stretched out too thin and I couldn’t find a single moment to myself where I could sit down and write or even just journal and when I finally did have a bit of time, I was already too exhausted to write.

I’ve also taken on a lot of book reviews which I am so far behind now, but I started to get back on the horse and write those reviews 😀 After I will finish with most of these reviews, I will take on just a 1 or 2 a month and not more.

My mom is doing good, there are days that she feels great and there are days that she sleeps a lot, but overall there’s a huge improvement ❤ My husband’s brother is slowly getting better as well, after a few months of struggling.

I really hope that things might get slower this April so I will be able to focus on my goals and my own health issues that I neglected over the past few months.

My goals for this month are simple

Post 6 book reviews this month 😀 Overall blog posts: 8

Organize and keep my home clean (daily and weekly).

Finish organizing my mom’s papers.

Organize my writing files on my laptop (it’s in chaos right now) and upload them to the cloud.

Yep, these are my goals for this month. It’s still a lot overall I think not too much 😉

Goodbye, Coffee n' Notes

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: Invictus By Ryan Graudin

Author: Ryan Graudin
Pages: 464 Pages
Genre: Science Fiction, YA
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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Blurb

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

Review
5 Stars

This is my first read of Ryan Graudin and I loved it. Usually, I don’t like read different POVs but here Ryan did an amazing job and it was very satisfying.

I love how the author implements the time travel here and from the start with the heist, I was deep in the story and I finished it in one sitting…Well in two, lol. This story reminds me a lot of Firefly, Timeless, and Doctor Who all jumbled up together, and it worked. The time travel makes everything feel better here and the plot moves faster. The author paints wonderful images of the time travel, that you just can’t fall deeper into the story.

The plot itself is very gripping and you just find yourself at 2am still reading 😀 I loved the jumps through history and the none stop excitement and adventures. This is definitely a more plot-driven story than a character-driven, but it was still a wonderful read. Even the romance here was written beautifully and didn’t take the spotlight from the plot or other characters.

The characters were very well made, even though I did want more information on a few characters. It felt as if something was missing (it didn’t make the story less great).

Far – I loved how the author made this unusual character as the lead character, but I think we could’ve gotten more details and more of his story here. It felt a bit like something missing and it was hard for me to relate to Far.

Gram – Is the Engineer of the Invictus. I loved reading more about him, lol. He is so smart and logical – I guess that’s what made me relate to him more 😀

Eliot – The mysterious girl character, was such a wonderful addition to the other characters and even though I was very suspicious of her from the start, she is still an important part of the plot.

Priya – Is Far’s girlfriend from the start and it was written beautifully which made the story relatable. This relationship reminded me a lot of  Zoe and Wash from Firefly, lol. and maybe my favorite of the characters

Imogen – Far’s cousin. I loved her quirky style and her unique hairstyles and I really enjoyed reading more about her.

From the middle of the book, things get clearer and more adventurous, but what I loved here best is that the middle of the book just made me read faster, I was so invested in the plot and the characters and I obsessed in knowing more and more.

By the end I was so sad it was over…

Overall, Invictus was a very gripping, fast paced, action packed story and I highly recommend this book to you all ❤

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A Little Life Update

Hello everyone, and happy Friday to you all ❤

Today I wanted to share with you a little bit of what happened to me these past couples of weeks and just give you an overall of this month 😀

Mom

The last two weeks, were a bit overwhelming and exhausting as my mom was very ill and we’ve been to three hospitals overall. They have done the Bronchoscopy which was very hard on my mom’s body and she is still feeling the pain from the procedure and the overwhelming fatigue. My mom needs more rest before we are back to doctors and more hospitals. We are all very tired and exhausted, lol, and I can’t keep myself awake for very long in the evenings 😀

Home

My home is in somewhat good shape, even though it was very cluttered recently, I cleaned and organized everything today 🙂
I still need a few days to do our huge 3 bookshelves as they are all a bit dusty, but not this week.

Writing/Editing

In my editing, I can happily say that I’ve made a bit of progress, not as much as I wished to, but some progress is good progress 😀 On the other hand in my writing, I didn’t make much progress, not as much as I wanted at least.

Blog

Wow, here I am happy that this goes smoothly, I am shocked by this. I have a lot of book reviews that suddenly appeared in my life, hehe, so I hope you’ll bear with me with all the book reviews explosions, lol.

Reading and Book Reviews

I got approved for a few books that I didn’t think I will be approved by NetGalley, so I have more books to read than I intended at first. This made me read these books first, so I am late with the reviews from my February TBR. All is okay though, I will just push them to this month 😉

That is all for this (hopefully) short life update, I wish you all a productive and relaxed month 🙂

How was your month and what do you plan for March?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: The Book of Pearl

Author: Timothee de Fombelle
Pages: 384 Pages
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: 06 Feb 2018
Publisher: Candlewick Press

The Book of Pearl, Coffee n' Notes, Book Review

Blurb

Joshua Pearl comes from a world that we no longer believe in — a world of fairy tale. He knows that his great love waits for him there, but he is stuck in an unfamiliar time and place — an old-world marshmallow shop in Paris on the eve of World War II. As his memories begin to fade, Joshua seeks out strange objects: tiny fragments of tales that have already been told, trinkets that might possibly help him prove his own story before his love is lost forever. Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Gordon translate the original French into a work both luminous and layered, enabling Timothée de Fombelle’s modern fairy tale to thrum with magic. Brimming with romance and history, mystery and adventure, this ode to the power of memory, storytelling, and love will ensnare any reader’s imagination and every reader’s heart.

Review
3 Stars

Before I start this review I wanna take moment and say something about this cover. This is a beautiful, gorgeous and so attractive cover, I love it ❤

This book was really hard to review, I’ve been struggling to finish it. I think most of the issues I had with this book was that it felt like something just got lost in the translation.
From the first chapter, I fell in love with the characters and I was nose-deep in the book, and the love story here is so well written and engaging.

At first, I cared about these characters, I wanted to know more and I thought the story itself is a unique and beautiful tale. Somewhere in the middle, I just stopped caring, I got bored and most importantly, I got confused by all the timelines switching and the plot.
There were moments in this book that were written so beautifully and on others, I truly struggled to keep going.

The last few chapters were beautiful again and the story concluded in such a wonderful way that made me change my mind and give this book 3 stars and not 2.

The Book of Pearl had a very strong fairy tale vibe to it and so it was very exciting reading it and fall in love with the characters and the worlds, but somewhere in the middle it got more and more confusing for me and I lost interest. From the Pov changes, the timeline switching and the plot within a plot 😀 But even though I got lost in all of this, I still think it was a nice book to read and the ending of the book was truly satisfying for me.

Overall it was a nice read, even with the mid-book struggle and I think that the original version of this book (in French) will be an amazing book to read.

I received this book in a format of PDF from NetGalley for an honest review.

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Book Review: The Host By Stephenie Meyer

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Pages: 829 (my paperback)
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
Publication Date: May 6th, 2008
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company

The Host Book, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Review
5 Stars

Before I will go into the book review, I just wanted to say how much I love this book and that I enjoy reading The Host every year ❤

This book is beautifully written and the characters are well developed. Stephenie did an amazing job with this book, miles apart from the Twilight series (and I loved Twilight a lot). The characters here are strong and real, and my connection with the characters was easily made. I don’t know if Stephenie Meyer will continue this book, but I would certainly love to read anything she will write about these characters and about this story. The host will make you laugh, get angry and cry all throughout the book.

The Host is about alien creatures, tiny ones that take control of a host and by doing so they take over their mind and body. This happens all over the universe until they arrive at earth and the humans fight back.

Melanie will fight to survive and keep her own identity and memories. While Wanderer slowly learns of the human interactions. The humans in this story are very cruel and seek to destroy the ‘souls’ while most of these ‘souls’ are kind and gentle. These souls take the body of the dead host, but Melanie was still there, trapped.

Even the love story between Jared and Wanderer (Wanda ) and Ian, was written well and I enjoyed that aspect of the story very much. What made me read more and connect more to the story, was the conflict between Melanie and Wanderer as they both fight to find their own identity. At the end, Wanda is driven by Melanie’s strong need to find her little brother, Jamie and by her passion towards Jared. There is so much tension in this book, and every time I read this book, more question rise up. I want to know more 🙂

I loved the writing style in the Twilight series as it was very emotional, fun and easy to read but in my opinion, Meyer’s writing style improved so much in this book, miles apart from Twilight.

The Host is a captivating story full of friendships, love, and survival, all bundled up in a beautifully written story. I know a lot of people saw the movie, but just know that the movie is nothing to the book and even if you’re not Meyer’s fan, you should read this book at least once.

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: The Hawkman By Jane Rosenberg LaForge

Author: Jane Rosenberg LaForge
Pages: 318
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing

The Hawkman, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

A great war, a great love, and the mythology that unites them; The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War is a lyrical adaptation of a beloved classic.

Set against the shattering events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at the tale’s heart are an American schoolteacher—dynamic and imaginative—and an Irish musician, homeless and hated—who have survived bloodshed, poverty, and sickness to be thrown together in an English village. Together they quietly hide from the world in a small cottage.

Too soon, reality shatters their serenity, and they must face the parochial community. Unbeknownst to all, a legend is in the making—one that will speak of courage and resilience amidst the forces that brought the couple together even as outside forces threaten to tear them apart.

Review
4 Stars

Before I start, I will say that this book wasn’t what I thought it would be, but I did enjoy reading The Hawkman a lot. Let’s take a moment and talk about this gorgeous cover, wow. This cover is beautiful, luring and has a romantic feel to it, I love it.

Jane Rosenberg LaForge created a lovely story with an interesting plot and characters. It took me about a week to read this book, so it was a relatively fast read and the ending of this book was the cherry on top.

The story is set in England after WW1, where two broken people meet and fall in love. The Hawkman is a musician soldier broken from the war and Eva is a teacher who saw that man needs her help. Eva gives the Hawkman a hand when no one will show him any kindness and she brings him to the cottage. There, they hide from the cruel world until the world finds them. The fairy tale story made me more hooked on the book and read even though some parts were a bit slow for me.

I will say that the major reason I gave it 4 stars, was because even though I enjoyed following the characters and overall I did care what will happen next with them, from time to time I found myself not caring about them and I felt a bit bored.

I received a copy of The Hawkman through NetGalley for an honest review.

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My February TBR

Hey all, I hope you are all having a nice Tuesday. Mine was busy at home, with lots of organizing, writing and editing 😀 Overall a good day, but I am already feeling tired, lol, even though it’s just 6pm and there are still things to do around the house.

On January, I’ve managed to read 7 books (which was a bit much for me, lol) so I thought that for the month of February I will read a bit less and that’s is what I’ve done. So I chose 5 books to read and I already finished with 1 (yay).

Here is my TBR for February

The Hawkman, Coffee n' Notes

The Hawkman By Jane Rosenberg LaForge

(I got this book from NetGalley)

A great war, a great love, and the mythology that unites them; The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War is a lyrical adaptation of a beloved classic.

Set against the shattering events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at the tale’s heart are an American schoolteacher—dynamic and imaginative—and an Irish musician, homeless and hated—who have survived bloodshed, poverty, and sickness to be thrown together in an English village. Together they quietly hide from the world in a small cottage.

Too soon, reality shatters their serenity, and they must face the parochial community. Unbeknownst to all, a legend is in the making—one that will speak of courage and resilience amidst the forces that brought the couple together even as outside forces threaten to tear them apart.

Zenith, Coffee n' Notes

Zenith By Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Renegades, Coffee n' Notes

Renegades By Marissa Meyer

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Keeper, Coffee n' Notes

Keeper by Kim Chance

When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.

After consulting a psychic, Lainey discovers that she, like her mother, is a Keeper: a witch with the exclusive ability to unlock and wield the Grimoire, a dangerous but powerful spell book. But there’s a problem. The Grimoire has been stolen by a malevolent warlock who is desperate for a spell locked inside it—a spell that would allow him to siphon away the world’s magic.

With the help of her comic-book-loving best friend and an enigmatic but admittedly handsome street fighter, Lainey must leave her life of college prep and studying behind to prepare for the biggest test of all: stealing back the book.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Coffee n' Notes

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1) by Mackenzi Lee

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Well, these are the books I want to read and I hope I will be able to it, as I have lots of editing and writing to do. But I heard so many good things about these books, so I can’t wait to read them all.
What are your books you really want to read this month, share in the comments  😀
As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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February Goals

It’s Friday! Omg 🎉

Hey everyone, happy Friday to us all and I hope you had a great week so far.

I love the weekend, staying at home with my husband and Menta (Mint in English), our dog and just watch some shows, eat yummy food and game a lot 😀 As much as I love doing all these things every weekend, this weekend is a bit different as it is the first week of the month and I love taking some time to myself and sit down to organize my thoughts, our home, and my goals.

So, here are my goals for the month of February:

Writing (2 Goals)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am currently rewriting an old novel. So my goal is to write 15K-20K in February.

Keep journaling my random thoughts and dreams daily or at least 5 times a week.

Editing (2 Goals)

Keep editing EllE (working title), I can see the end ❤ My goal here is to edit at least 60 pages.

Reading

I want to finish reading at least 5 books this month 🙂

Home

I want to keep my home tidy and clean daily and weekly so that I will be able to be more free for my writing.

Blogging & Social Media (2 Goals)

My goal here is to blog at least 3 times a week.

Be more active daily on my social media and do more Insta stories 😀

Health (4 Goals)

Drink more water (2L).

Walk or move more – Be active.

Meditate for 10 minutes.

Eat less junk food.

Well, these are my goals for this month. It looks a lot but overall I think they are manageable on a daily basis well, at least I hope so, hehe.

What are your goals for February?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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