The Art of French Kissing ARC Review

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my first ARC review! I’m pretty excited about this one! 🙂 Thank you for NetGalley for sending me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: The Art of French Kissing
Author: Brianna R. Shrum
Expected Release Date: June 5th 2018

I really enjoyed this book, it was a perfect February cutesy contemporary book, really fluffy, nothing really heartbreaking. It is your perfect “sitting down on your sofa and read some easy book after a hard, soul-eating day” book.

The Story

The story takes place in a cooking competition, where the winner get a scholarship to the most prestigious cooking school. Our main character is Carter Lane, who is a cooking enthusiast – she loves cooking and a natural talent in it. In the beginning of the story her application is accepted to the cooking competition, which is her best chance to become the chef who she wants to be.
The cooking competition aspect is really good, I loved that during the different challenges we can look into the brain of Carter – we see what is she thinking while cooking, how much she is lost in the food, how passionate she is about food and cooking. I loved this part, it made Carter so real, as this is what I feel as well when I do the things I really love to do.
Of course during the story we meet our arch nemesis /love interest of the book – Reid Yamada. The book is basically build around they relationship. Of course nothing happens that we don’t anticipate, the story is easily predictable.

The Characters and relationships

Sometimes I felt that the characters are built very well and has depth to them, but in the next second I’m not sure in it – especially Reid. Sometimes they decisions and reactions are just too much. Carter is really bitchy sometimes and makes you ask why with a bit of sense would you do this? In the other hand I loved how they relationship is built and unfolded in front of our eyes, the chemistry between them is perfect.
The side characters are getting a lot of role in the story, which I loved, they are not just there to have more characters beside our main characters.

The Writing

I really enjoyed the writing style, it was easy and natural. The aspect that I really loved was how the different fandoms were inserted into the conversations of the characters, it made the story and the characters very real. Fandoms in real world are helping build relationships in the real world as well and I loved how the author used this to help building the connection between the characters.

Overall I would recommend this book to those who love an easy, fluffy contemporary with a cute romance, and those who really, really enjoy food 🙂

Love,
Szandi

February Wrap-up and March TBR

Helloooo everyone!

Finally we are leaving Winter behind and traveling to the world of colors and sunshine! I love winter but I’m craving for the colours and the smell of spring.
February was a fantastic reading month for me, I read a lot more books than I originally anticipated, and I started use NetGalley, so I finished my first ever eARC. How exciting is that?

My FebruaryTBR list looked like this:

Finish the following books:

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Start reading the following books

  • Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
  • Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes
  • War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

From this list I finished the following books:

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
  • Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes
  • War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes

Also finished the following books:

  • The Girl who drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum (eARC)
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Into the deep by Samantha Young
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
  • We are okay by Nina LaCour

And have started the following books:

  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Also, I made a good progress reading A Court of Wings and Ruin, which I started reading last year, and finally I felt reading it. I hope I manage to finish it in March 🙂

My TBR for March is going to be:

Finish the following books:

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sara J. Maas
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Start reading the following books

  • Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
  • Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic
  • Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Cheers, Szandi

Book A Sloth Club English Box Unboxing

Hellooooo Everyone,

Book A Sloth Club is a Hungary based bookish subscription box (they are the first ones in Hungary and I’m very proud that now our little country has it’s own subscription box as well :)). They started the boxes last year and the first couple of boxes where hungarian boxes. As I don’t really read books in hungarian I was very excited when they announced that they are going to have English boxes as well so when in January the English box became available I instantly ordered one for myself.

My box arrived yesterday and it looks very cute, I love the dimensions of the box and the sloth is just adorable.

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When I opened the box I loved how the content looked like. The black tissue paper covered the goodies and the spoiler card was on top – it made the excitement even higher. The spoiler card is really pretty, I love how minimalistic it is.

Once the tissue paper is removed all the goodies are revealed and I am very surprised by the quality of them, I didn’t anticipated the that the box is going to be this good. The curation and the quality of the content reminds me of the FairyLoot boxes which is by far my fave subscription boxes, Book A Sloth’s February box is as good goodiewise as one of the best FairyLoot boxes.

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The firsz thing I saw and made my heart leap was the Dementor mug – I love my Harry Potter themed mugs and I don’t have any Dementor – Expecto Patronum themed and I love this so much!

20180216_103720.jpgThe next item was a Fairyland necklace? Ornament? I’m not sure but it is so good, I love the packaging of.

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Moving to the next goodies I found the things that told be what the book is going to be – and here was the first thing when I told ‘Shit’ out loud. I got January’s FairyLoot and Owlcrate, both contained the same book. And now it seems I got my third copy of it.

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Next I found a book sleeve with a very interesting and cool design. I love to get book sleeves in subscription boxes I now have a couple of them but I always in need for more – I’m a mood reader and I read a lot of book sin the same time. One this about this book sleeve is that the dimensions of it a little bit odd but it is pretty and it can hold a bigger hardcover so I don’t mind.

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The next goodie is a candle! I love bookish candles! And it smells sooo good, vanilla, plum and musk and it is sooo wintery and cozy, I love it.

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Now onto the last items apart from the book, they are these adorable sloth themed magnetic bookmarks, I love the design of them, they are sooo adorable!

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Aaaand onto the book – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Now here I feel so proud that our little hungarian subscription box managed to include a such hyped book as The Cruel Prince and even manage to have a letter from Holly Black!

My only remark would be for this box is that I would love to have some hints what the book is going to be, so you are not going to have multiple copies of the same book from different subscription boxes or reorder the same books. I would love to have those descriptions when announcing the next theme as the other subscription boxes have – not telling directly what the book is but if you want to be sure that you are not ending up with multiple copies of the same book with a some research you can find out which book is going to be included.

Overall I LOVED this box and I’m very proud and already ordered the March box – I’m very excited what it is going to be, but this box was a really strong and great start! 🙂

Love,
Szandi

 

January Wrap-up and February TBR

Helloooo everyone!

I started 2018 with a pretty decent reading month, I finished 6 books and started 2 in the month of January.

My January TBR list looked like this:

Finish the following books:

  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Start reading the following books

  • Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • Girls made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
  • The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman
  • Everless by Sara Holland
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

From this list I finished the following books:

  • Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman
  • Everless by Sara Holland

Also finished the following books:

  • The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Wishing Tree by Katherine Applegate

And sadly I DNF’d 1 book:

  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

And have started the following books:

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand

My TBR for February is going to be:

Finish the following books:

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Start reading the following books

  • Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
  • Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes
  • War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Cheers, Szandi

December Wrap-up and January TBR

Helloooo everyone and welcome to the first wrap-up/TBR of 2018! How exciting is that?

My December TBR list looked like this:

Finish the following books:

  • The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • It by Stephen King
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Start reading the following books

  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  • Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • Girls made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
  • Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

From this list I finished the following books:

  • The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Also finished the following books:

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
  • Gather ’round the Sound by Audible
  • Follish Hearts by Emma Mills
  • A Destiny of Dragons by T.J. Klune

And haven’t started anything else, which I haven’t finished (though I have a lot of books from months ago that I have to finish…)

My TBR for January is going to be:

Finish the following books:

  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Start reading the following books

  • Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • Girls made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
  • The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman
  • Everless by Sara Holland
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julis C. Dao

Cheers, Szandi

17 favourite books of 2017

Helloooo Everyone!

As we are close now to the end of 2017 I thought I should gather my top 17 favourite books this year. I came back to reading in January after a year long reading slump and what a magical year this was readingwise! I started reading more contemporaries, more books in English, I fell in love with audiobooks. I read more than 60 books and my original reading goal was 25. I’m very proud of myself!

So here comes the list:

#17 – Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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#16 – The Wizards of Once by Cresside Cowel

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#15 – A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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#14 – Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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#13 – Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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#12 – The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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#11 – Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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#10 – The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

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#9 – This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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#8 – The Diviners by Libba Bray

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#7 – Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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#6 – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sara J. Maas

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#5 – Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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#4 – Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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#3 – Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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#2 – Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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#1 – The Lightning-struck Heart by T. J. Klune

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Cheers,
Szandi

2018 TBR

Helloooo Everyone!

I know we still have 2 weeks until the start of the next year, but I feel I need to make a Reading Plane in advance, so I can stick to something. These are not the only ones I’m going to read, but are the ones I’m definitely going to read – or at least try to read them.

Series I want to read/finish (18 books)

  • The Mortal Instruments – 6 books
    I read the first two books in this series, but I’m going to reread them.
  • The Dark Artifices – 2 books
    In order to read this one I have to finisk TMI first. I count only 2 books to this, as I’m goign to read it in Hungarian and not sure if the 3rd book is going to be released in Hungary this year or not.
  • The Shades of Magic – 2 books
    I count only two books to this as I read the first book in the series this year.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians – 3 books
    I read the first 2 books this year.
  • Throne of Glass – 5 books
    I read the first one and only count those I own.

Books waiting on my shelf to read them (11 books)

  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
  • Nyxia
  • Even the Darkest Stars
  • Wonder Woman – Warbringer
  • Before She Ignites
  • Given to the Sea
  • Rebel of the Sands
  • Ink
  • Warcross
  • Raven Boys
  • The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

New Releases I plan to read (12 books)

  • The Cruel Prince
  • The Hazel Wood
  • Everless
  • Daughter of the Siren Queen
  • Batman – Nightwalker
  • Zenith
  • The Wicked Deep
  • Obsidio
  • Furyborn
  • Legendary
  • Rage
  • Catwoman – Soulstealer

This sums up to 51 books on my TBR for 2018. As my Goodreads Challenge for this year was 65 and I’m currently standing at 64 read book sthis year I think my next year goal is going to be 70 – which means I have 19 book sbesides the ones on my TBR I can choose freely. Looking onto this list, I’m feeling really excited for next year, it seems that I’m going to have a lot of fun reading these!

How your TBR for the next year looks like?
Cheers,
Szandi