Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Review: Alexander the Great: Student of Aristotle, Descendant of Heroes by in60Learning

Title: Alexander the Great: Student of Aristotle, Descendant of Heroes
Author: in60Learning
Publication: January 31st 2018

Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography
Purchase Link: Amazon

Rating: 4/5

Smarter in sixty minutes.
Get smarter in just 60 minutes with in60Learning. Concise and elegantly written non-fiction books and audiobooks help you learn the core subject matter in 20% of the time that it takes to read a typical book. Life is short, so explore a multitude of fascinating historical, biographical, scientific, political, and financial topics in only an hour each. Long before historians added “the Great” to his name, Alexander stated, “I would rather live a short life of glory than a long one of obscurity.” He certainly lived up to this ambition, conquering most of the known world in just 13 years before his death at age 33. Though undefeated in his lifetime, Alexander died unsatisfied--he always wanted more. His ambitious personality comes as no surprise considering his upbringing: born to powerful parents, he studied under Aristotle and grew up believing himself a descendant of the Greek heroes Achilles and Heracles. His parents and tutors raised him to believe he had something to prove, and this book serves as an account of what he accomplished.

I absolutely love Classical antiquity and I've always been intrigued by Alexander the Great but I have to admit that I actually don't know that much about him. So obviously this was a perfect read for me since I learned so much more about him. This is also the second in60Learning book I have read so far and I haven't been disappointed yet. I've really enjoyed this book!

The book was quick to read like all in60Learning books are but even so it was really interesting and went pretty deep into Alexander the Great, his family and the time he lived in. It was very informative but written in a way that was easy to read and very engaging. 

Alexander the Great: Student of Aristotle, Descendant of Heroes by in60Learning was a really great read. With chapters like 'The Foundation of an Empire', 'Proving his Worth' and 'The Beginning of the End' as well as many more, this book gives its readers a concise yet immersed view on Alexander the Great. 

Bust of a young Alexander the Great from the Hellenistic era, British Museum
{photo is public domain}

Aristotle Tutoring Alexander, by American painter Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
{photo is public domain}

Statue of Alexander in Istanbul Archaeology Museum
{photo is public domain}

Detail of Alexander Mosaic, showing Battle of Issus, from the House of the Faun, Pompeii
{photo is public domain}

Check out my other in60Learning review:
Hatshepsut: The Pharaoh-Queen of Egypt

More in60Learning reviews to come soon!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Book Blitz: The Devil Makes Three by Evelyn Vox + Giveaway (INTL)

The Devil Makes Three
Evelyn Vox
(Share Me, #1)
Publication date: September 8th 2017
Genres: Erotica, Romance

I know what you must think of me.
You’re going to think I’m a whoring trophy wife.
You have to believe me when I tell you, I do love my husband.
I tried to stop it. I tried to resist him.
But there was no resisting Derek Drake.
And if you were me, you wouldn’t have been able to, either.

As long as I can remember, the beast has been inside of me.
It’s a monster with dark desires and carnal needs.
When it sees something it wants, it won’t be denied.
Alexandra Hale was a Princess, a spoiled brat who needed to be taught a lesson.
The moment the beast saw her, it claimed her. It was only a matter of time before it got out and took her.
It didn’t help that she so clearly wanted to be taken.

When Manhattan socialite Lexie Hale hires the dark, brooding Derek Drake to remodel her house in the Hamptons, she never imagined the deep, forbidden desires he’d awaken inside of her. There’s just one little problem: Lexie is married. How long can she resist Derek’s promise to dominate her and take her in ways her husband never could? And what will happen when her husband finds out?
Share Me: The Devil Makes Three is a steamy, heart racing erotic romance about the forbidden lust and even more forbidden desires between a married woman and her Alpha male contractor. It includes cheating, consensual, hard BDSM, an MFM scene, and a taboo cuckold relationship. Not for the faint of heart!
First novel in the Share Me Series
A Club Midnight Novel
I pulled up the album full of photos I’d saved and we went through them. I swiped away, explaining what I liked about each one, nerves fueling my gabbing more than anything else. He listened without saying a word, nodding here and there.
“This is my favorite picture,” I told him.
It was an ornate master bathroom with a huge tub, cream and gold accents, and white marble. He reached out and angled the phone so he could have a better look. Our hands brushed against each other, but instead of moving away, he let his rest against mine. The light, simple contact sent a shock through my system, and I knew he could hear the way my breath hitched when he touched me.
“You don’t need to flatter me, Alexandra,” he said, looking up at me, no, into me, with those dazzlingly gray eyes.
Like some bashful school girl, I was still distracted by the press of his hand against mine. I decided that I liked the way my full name sounded, coming out of those sensual lips of his. He was looking at me with the intensity at full blaze again. It sent a thrill of butterflies shooting down my stomach, and I took a moment too long to reply.
“What do you mean?”
“I mean you don’t have to show me pictures of my own work to convince me to take on this project.”
“I had no idea,” I breathed, “this really is my favorite of all the pictures. It’s a bathroom fit for–”
“A goddess,” he finished my sentence, never releasing me from his searing gaze.
His face was close. Too close.
I really couldn’t get over the color of his eyes. I’d never seen eyes like his before, like polished slate. The tension between us ramped up to an unbearable pitch, and he looked like he was about to devour me.
What scared me most was that I wanted him to.

Author Bio:
My readers and I are one in the same: we like it dark, and we like it dirty. If you like dominant men, strong-as-hell heroines, and heart-racing plots with lots of kink, then welcome to our wicked little club. My characters will take you on a wild ride as they give into their most forbidden desires, uncovering their truest selves along the way. Always steamy and extra sinful, my romances will have you embracing your dark side in no time.
Evelyn lives in Brooklyn, and some might be so bold as to call her a *gasp* hipster. When she's not busy ordering a craft beer or drinking kombucha, she works part-time at a wellness center. No matter what she's doing, her mind lives full-time in smutland, always thinking of new ways to torture those hunky Alpha males and the ladies they love to play with.
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Stacking The Shelves: February 17, 2018 + FairyLoot Unboxing {TALK FAERIE TO ME}

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ Tynga's Reviews & Reading Reality.

First I'm sharing my unboxing of January's Fairyloot Talk Faerie To Me. I thought this book couldn't have been more amazing. Definitely my favorite out of all the ones I've gotten so far. ♥


Exclusive 'What Breaks You' Pillowcase featuring a quote from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas designed by Evie Seo.

Exclusive 'Prince Cardan' (from The Cruel Prince) Candle by Meraki Candles.

Exclusive Vegan Seelie & Unseelie Lip Balm by GeekyClean. I got unseelie! 

Faerieland Colouring Book by Michael O'Mara, which was exclusively made for Fairyloot

Exclusive 'Ilyrian' Magnetic Bookmarks by Dreamy&Co: Feyre and Rhysand from ACOTAR series.

Two stunning art prints and text illustrations by Diana Dworak (Aelin and Rowan) and Stella Bookish Art (quotes by Julie Kagawa and Cassandra Clare)

The Book of the Month:

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 
+ bookplate and prince Cardan print and letter from Holly. I'm also currently reading this book right now. So far I'm really enjoying it!

My favorite item (aside from the book) was the Faerieland colouring book and the Feyre and Rhysand magnetic bookmarks. But I loved all items!

What items from this box do you like?

Book haul from the past 2 weeks:

The Scottish Stone Series: Book 1-4 by Kelsey McKnight
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
The Heartstone Thief by Pippa DaCosta

The Complete Circuit Trilogy
by Rhett C. Bruno
The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie

For Review:
Byzantine Candor by Charles Hubbard

For Review:
Hatshepsut: The Pharaoh-Queen of Egypt by in60Learning {My Review}

Stiger's Tigers by Marc Alan Edelheit
Wicked Favor by Sawyer Bennett

Boer War: A History From Beginning To End by Hourly History
A Love Thing by by Laura Kaye, Aurora Rose Reynolds, CD Reiss, Louise Bay, Cara McKenna, Lili Valente, Tia Louise, Skye Warren, KA Linde, Tamsen Parker

Have you read any of these books or which ones do you like the sound of?

Have a great weekend and happy reading, everyone! ♥

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness 
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Viking

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, a novel about what it takes to become a vampire.

Set in contemporary Paris and London, and the American colonies during the upheaval and unrest that exploded into the Revolutionary War, a sweeping story that braids together the past and present.

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus's deeply-held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.

Fast forward to contemporary London, where Marcus has fallen for Phoebe Taylor, a young employee at Sotheby's. She decides to become a vampire, too, and though the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable in the modern world than they were in the 18th century. The shadows that Marcus believed he'd escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both--forever.

A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities for change, Time's Convert will delight fans of the All Souls trilogy and all readers of magic, the supernatural, and romance.

Ahhhhh I'm so excited for this book! It's a spin-off book of the All Souls Trilogy about Marcus. I finished reading the final All Souls book, The Book of Life in December so I was really curious about what the author would be doing next. The book sounds amazing. I simply can't wait! At least it's still being published this year!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

My Favorite Dark Romance Authors

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With Valentine's Day coming up tomorrow I wanted to make a romance novel related post. I've done this in the past around this time of year but I thought to change it a bit up this year and feature my favorite dark romance authors because dark romance is my favorite type of romantic stories to read about. 

With each author I will feature a couple of my favorite books or series by them. This was really hard to do because I love enjoy pretty much each and every book I read by these authors so I'll have to leave some books out. Here we go!

Pepper Winters

I don't think anyone who knows me just a little bit will be surprised to see Pepper Winters on this post. She is and will forever be my favorite dark romance author ever. And even my favorite female author, I think! I do have to say she doesn't only write dark romance, there's also some gray romance and "regular" contemporary romance but there always seems to be a little twisty side to her books anyway. 

Tears of Tess will always be my favorite book of Pepper Winters. It's her debut novel and the first book of hers that I read. And damn, it was one hell of a dark book. Not the darkest I've EVER read but I was hooked instantly. Best series ever! Tess and Q are simply incredible. My OTP!

Now this, this is one twisty series. Maybe even more twisty than Monsters in the Dark? I haven't even finished this series yet because Pepper keeps releasing books and I just want to read them all. I'm currently working my way through them. Right now I'm at book €5 and I just can't wait to see where things will go with Nila and Jethro because holy shit things are intense right now in it!

The dollar series is my second favorite of Pepper's. Pim and Elder were mind blowing together. Their chemistry was off the charts! And guess what? Nila and Jethro as well as Tess and Q appeared in this series. It was just amazing. Especially when Q and Tess came into the last book. It was like a sneak peek into their lives and what they were up to. I rated all books five stars except for book #4, which was a 4 star rating so you know it was really good!

Skye Warren & Annika Martin

I'm putting these two authors together because they've written two books together that both are top favorites of mine. My first Skye Warren book was Prisoner which she wrote with Annika Martin, since then on I've been a huge fan of Skye's, especially her Stripped series. I already was a fan of Annika's books, especially her Taken Hostage by Kinky Bank Robbers series. Those books aren't dark romance, though. They're erotica/menage books and SO MUCH FUN. 

So I'm featuring two books out of one series here because it's my favorite series of Skye's and these are my two favorites. Especially Pretty When You Cry was amazing. Each book features a different couple and I just like ahhhhhh because I love them all so much. But I do have a soft spot of Candy and Ivan from Pretty When You Cry. I'm actually really sad this series ended. 

Prisoner released a few years ago and a few weeks ago Hostage released. I've been looking forward to that sequel for ages. BUT you can read both books as standalone as well. I even think prisoner was one of the first dark romance novels I've read, although I could be mistaken since it's been a few years. I gotta say Hostage is secretly my favorite. I absolutely adored Stone. He's my book boyfriend of this duology (?). I'm not sure if there will be more books so I'm calling it a duology for now.

Avie Adams

I only discovered Avie Adams last year when she asked me to review Incanta Soul-Catcher. I've honestly never been more glad that I accepted her books to read and review because they were so freaking good. LIKE REALLY! This is her only series so far and it's dark fantasy. Really dark. They all pretty much blew my mind and the writing is absolutely beautiful. I'm eagerly awaiting what she's going to write next.

Reviver Amond - Lost Souls series
Incanta Soul-Catcher - Lost Souls Series
Scalding Ice and Goldfire - Lost Souls Series

I loved each and every one of these books. Like I said it's dark fantasy and I think the Incanta world is really unique. I've never ever read anything like it. My favorite book (so far) was Scalding Ice and Goldfire. I just can't begin to explain how good that book was. Not to mention the writing. All I can say these books are gems and go read them. Just do it. 

So these are my favorite dark romance authors. I have a few more authors that have written dark romances that I've enjoyed but none I love more than these four.

Do you love dark romance as well? Which authors or books are your favorites?