Monday, April 25, 2016

Releasing This Week (April 25th-30th)

Hello my beautiful people!

This is so exciting, slowly but surely coming back into the book blogging world!
I suddenly have the urge to become a poor person by purchasing all the books that are coming out this week and the next and the next and...

Without further ado here are some of this week's new books.

New Releases


After We Fall by Marquita Valentine
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Shameless by Lex Martin
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Ride Hard by Laura Kaye
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Close To You by Kara Isaac
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Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep
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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
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Down With The Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
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The Rose & The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
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Soldier by Julie Kagawa
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Heir To The Sky by Amanda Sun
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Keep Me In Mind by Jaime Reed
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One Silver Summer by Rachel Hickman
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The Art Of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
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The Last Boy And Girl In The World by Siobhan Vivian
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Two Summers by Aimee Friedman
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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
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Prodigy (The Graphic Novel) by Marie Lu
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What new books will you be getting?
-Alba-

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sunday Life Recap! I Miss You All!

I am BACK!
For now.
Okay who knows.
But don't lose faith in me.

Don't forget to follow me on snapchat @ alba_bookpics

And also on Instagram @ alba_bookpics

I've been getting a LOT into makeup lately so you'll find I sometimes post my book related pictures with a makeup twist but they look pretty, I promise, kinda, I don't know. Hehehehe

But even though I haven't been active on the blog, although depression and anxiety have had a lot to do with it, I have been seriously active on those 2 platforms plus my Facebook page BookPics (Follow there!!!) and sometimes I pop up on Twitter @ alba_bookpics (shamelessly asking you guys to practically stalk me everywhere hahahaha) all of this info you can find on the right sidebar of the blog ^__^

I have also been reading a lot. Stalking a lot of authors but sadly I haven't been stalking my favorite bloggers and that is something I regret a lot because this blog plus the videos I used to record were the one thing that kept me sane. Maybe that's why I think I'm slowly going mad. And I just recently figured in all my anxiety/depressed-filled-persona glory that if I don't change that, if I don't come back and do my thing again, nothing and no one will do it for me, so here I am trying to make the change once more.
And maybe, just maybe this will be the first huge step to get my life back, little by little.

Will you help me?

Don't abandon me! Don't give up on me and this blog just yet. I'll give it my best shot you guys!!

And that's it my beautiful people!

Now REALLY see what I've been up to.

(Remember I like taking pictures a lot so that's how I'm continuing this post.)

















In order not to bore you to death here, lastly I'll share with you. MY FAVORITE READ of 2016 so far (it wasn't released this year, mind you, but I read it this year so...)



But enough of me.
What are y'all been up to?
I miss you!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

-Review- The Dirt On Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones


**Spoiler alert for all personas who have not read any of the 8 previous Charley Davidson books and a wake up call for you to do so. Yesterday!!**

I am dead.
I'm a walking dead.
The walking dead.
The ones that roam the earth.
Without a heart.
Without a soul.
Because they were both taken away by perfectly written characters,
characters such as Reyes and Charley or Janey or whatever you want to call her.
Fictional characters,
non-breathing characters but
perfect and awesome nonetheless.
So there you go, that's my story.
The one of how I became a zombie while reading a book.
How one little thing destroyed me so much...
Because you know what?
He's loved her for 1000 and one.

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-- "So, why are you living in a motel?"
I felt a slight bristle come off him.
"I was... seeing someone."
A soft gasp escaped me. No idea why that would surprise me.
"Was?"
"She left me. No good-bye. No note. Nothing. Just vanished into thin air. I had nowhere else to go." ----- "I'll get over it. I have no choice. She's forgotten all about me." --


Holy clouds in the heavens! If you missed it, that was the sound of my heart breaking, ruining and pretending to mend itself all at once. Thank you very much T_T

I can't even begin to describe what an amazing sequel to 8th grave this is.
From the very start I knew it'd be a nice if only quick change from the god, angels, demons, curses, sadness and all the other drama that had been going on and it's obviously meant to build up even more (I cannot wait!! Complete masochist here) but everything had to do with one thing and one thing only, getting Charley back on track.

I enjoyed it probably more than I should've but I cannot help myself when Charley/Reyes/Darynda are involved its like the perfect trifecta or something.

Anyway.

I completely completely recommend people not to skip this one. Charley isn't Charley but is... Reyes is AMAZING and I love how he was almost in every single chapter of the book, how impossibly in love he seems to be with Charley and how in the end no matter how much he loves her it wasn't really him who really helped her.

Charley doesn't remember who she is but seeing the same people coming inside the diner she works at over and over it's bound to make a girl suspicious especially if sex incarnate is one of them.

I don't, I can't and I really won't be able to write a good enough review (even though it's mostly my feels experience while reading the book) but when things like this come up in a book you cannot just ignore them and not share them with the world!

--Either I had some kind of extraordinary perception or I'd done a lot of LSD in my youth.---



Charley is as sarcastic as ever and I love that that part of her wasn't lost with all the other <3

Tons of feels, a lot of laughs and definitely one very big thing revealed I'm all ready set and go for 10th grave BUT before excuse me while I go reread this beauty.

When puns are being made at Cookie's expense you KNOW shit has hit the fan and things are about to get ugly.

5/5 Definitely!


--Damn it. He was an alien. I should have known. An evil, throw-me-against-a-wall-and-fuck-me alien. Aka, the worst kind.--


I'm sorry if my review was all over the place but that's exactly how you might feel when reading this book so might as well take it as a guide or warning hehehe.

Darynda Jones Made Me Do It...




This, I meant this.

The fact that it's been over 6 months since I last posted kind of gives you an idea of how crazy my life has been not that I haven't been reading... But something about a loved one being sick and dealing with your own stuff it just... It hasn't been as easy or as manageable as I thought it'd be BUT that is SO not why I'm here for.

I've been reading and reviewing books for years now but somewhere in between I lost track, missed the train and lost myself so I figured if I couldn't manage to post it here on my blog the least I could do is submitting my reviews for all those eARCs that Netgalley miraculously continues to approve to me XD (And it sure has been my salvation when I couldn't get my hands on some new releases last year.) So that's what I've been doing, reading and reviewing on netgalley only and then track my reads through goodreads...

But then the unthinkable happened...
I finally caught up with all the Charley Davidson books and didn't have ANY MORE TO READ!!!!
NO BOOKS!! NO REYES!! NO COOKIE!!!! I was in hell!!!! In pure agonizing gimmie more HELL!! The withdrawals were worse than when you know who tried to give up you know what... IT WAS WORSE!!!
It wasn't pretty, it wasn't easy BUT I'm happy to announce that I survived and what better prize for myself, what better pat on the back than...
YOU GUESSED IT!
Being approved for a galley of Ninth Grave!!! Ninth Grave people!!
As in the book that literally just came out!!!
I got approved and I devoured that thing faster yet slower than I wanted to, I knew I'd have to wait long for the next one but come ON I had waited a lot for this one as well and since I had survived it I figured I would be able to survive the next torturous wait.

When I finally finished reading the book I couldn't just submit my review on Netgalley.
I just couldn't.
Darynda and Charley managed to make me want to share publicly yet again, how the reading process went.

Normally I've never been good at reviewing books without going all fangirl on it and this time it was no exception...

I literally wrote down whatever the book made me feel throughout the whole reading of it submitted it then wrote it here on my blog but never hit the "Publish" button because I wanted to wait until after the release.

It has been so long since a book made me want to feel this thrill again, this happy feeling of sharing my thoughts on books with the world out there no matter how little of the world actually reads it.
But yeah.

I can't believe I'm here again, writing on my blog...
And although I don't know if I'll be posting regularly again I just know that I HAD to post my thoughts on Ninth Grave because... Well, Reyes you know? Need I say more?

So thank you dear Darynda Jones ^_^ for reminding me why I've always loved reading & writing reviews.
You made me do it ;)

The review is the blog post after this one ^___^

-----Alba.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

No Strings Attached by Candy Caine



Two passionate stories of women finding love when they least expect it...

Never is Not Forever 
Claudia Brown has the perfect life, full of all the trappings of success. She has put herself through school and has worked hard to become the youngest English department chairperson at a prestigious ivy-league university. One trap she swears to avoid is marriage—a sure-fire way to constrain her career. Besides, she likes playing the field. But when Claudia realizes her biological clock is a ticking time bomb, she decides to have a baby—minus the attachment of the father. After a meticulous search she finds the perfect specimen: Robert Sterling, a smart, sexy, fellow professor. But she doesn’t factor in the one thing that can derail her entire campaign—falling in love with the sperm donor!

Forever Yours 
When Jade Green meets successful trial lawyer, Charles Trotter, she finds herself relaxing in the warmth of his smiles and his off-beat humor. Best of all, even though he is a blue-eyed hunk, she thinks of him only as a great guy to hang with—no drama, no intimacy, no possibility of shattered dreams. And wonder of wonders, he seems to feel exactly the same way! When Charles Totter meets Jade Green, he thinks she is a walking wet dream. As he gets to know her better, he finds he also enjoys her company and her quirky sense of humor. Now if he can only find a way to get her into his bed!



Never is Not Forever

Robert took another sip of his drink. In the background the music throbbed sensually. “I’ve been alone most of my life. My parents died when I was an infant and an aunt raised me until she died when I was fourteen. Then I was placed in a foster home until I was eighteen. I’ve always been afraid to get close to anyone for fear they’d leave me—or so says a psychologist friend of mine.” He grimaced wryly.
Claudia thought he was sounding more and more like the perfect candidate to be the father of her baby. “I never had much of a family life, either,” she admitted.  At least that was the truth.
As they continued to talk, Claudia found herself becoming more interested in him as a person, nearly forgetting why she had lured him there in the first place. Then the moment happened. He put down his glass and removed his glasses revealing the most beautiful teal-colored eyes she’d ever seen on a man. Before that thought had been completely translated by her brain, his lips were covering hers.
It was a gentle kiss, slow and thoughtful. In the background she could hear the sensual guitar music of Ottmar Liebert and marveled how much it fit the mood. Claudia liked how Robert’s mouth felt on hers and actually wanted more. Surprised at her reaction to the kiss, she realized she might not need a script, after all…

Forever Yours

Despite the fact Jade knew she should end things with Charles, it felt comfortable having breakfast with him. Worse, she could see making a habit of it. After they finished he insisted on helping her clean up. Standing next to him at the sink washing the dishes as he dried, she felt the heat rising from his body. The scent of his after-shave was intoxicating and going straight to her head. She wanted him to kiss her, but knew he wouldn't. Not after the last time. So she did the unthinkable and kissed him.
“This is for breakfast and two more inches to my waistline,” she said. “Thanks a lot."
He smacked his forehead and said, “I did it again, didn't I? I'm going to become a Pavlovian response. You’re going to equate me with food.”
“It's a distinct possibility,” Jade replied as she playfully punched his arm.
Charles gently took her face and held it between his large hands. She looked into his eyes as they sought hers. She had to be blind not to see the hope and longing there. “Are you going to run away this time?” he asked, his deep voice resonating with emotion.




Whether she’s writing a short story or novel, Candy Caine will make her interracial romances hot and spicy. Always striving to entertain her readers, Candy tries to breathe life into her characters, making life often interesting for her husband, Robert back in their home on Long Island, NY. And both are trying to teach their fifteen-year old yellow Lab, Sammy, new tricks. 

Candy loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at candy@candycaine.com.

Visit her website at www.candycaine.com.