Book Review: Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin (Blog Tour)

I am so happy to be today’s host in Spring at Blueberry Bay blog Tour.
I want to say thank you to Holly Martin for giving me this opportunity.

Blurb:

Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner…

Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman.

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?

A gorgeously romantic and heartwarming story to completely lose yourself in. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jane Costello and Miranda Dickinson.

Review:

Are you looking for something that will cure your boredom and make you smile?
Here, take one of Holly Martin’s books!
This one is the perfect choice, if you ask me!

Holly’s books tend to contain the same characteristics: The writing style is always querky, esay to read and fun, the places she describes are always so beautiful you can’t help but want to visit them, her characters are likeable, the romance is almost touchable and rooting for the two to get together is unavoidable, and they always put a smile on reader’s face. Every time.
This one was no exception.

Spring at Blueberry Bay was a quick, warm and fluffy read that brought some fun to my lately over-scheduled life.

It follows Bella who is a charity event fundraiser, and Isaac who runs an Umbrella company, the charity company Bella wants to work for.
After acting a role of a homeless guy and introducing himself with a fake name, Isaac falls for Bella and now telling her the true about his identity could mean the lost of her trust.
Bella was hurt before and finding a way to trust someone who lied to her can be pretty challenging.

I really, really, really liked this book. I enjoyed every single page.
I loved the place – Blueberry Bay, I loved the people, I even  liked the dogs (I mean, I ALWAYS like the dogs)!

And there is also one more thing I liked above all – how the importance of the family and people we surround ourself with is explored.
I enjoyed reading scenes about Bella’s relationship with her cousins that she looked at as brother and sister, because they were there for her and gave her home when she didn’t have her own family.

If you’re looking for a book full of love, warmth, and affection, Spring at Blueberry Bay is the one you’re looking for.
I highly, highly recommend this one to romance lovers out there.

About the Author:

Holly has been writing for six years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. Holly lives in Bedfordshire.

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Sunday Post (Weekly Wrap Up March 6th – 12th)

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

This meme was created for bloggers to spotlight posts they published in the week, as well as to talk about what they plan to write in the week that’s coming.

Sunday post is also great opportunity to showcase books we got in the week behind us.

Hi Guys!

I know I am a bit late with my Sunday Post, but since I didn’t schedule one, and I was at my sister today (we just came back few minutes ago), I realized now it’s the perfect time to write and post one.

Believe it or not, this week I haven’t read a book. I read, but almost nothing. I guess I’m in a reading slump.

What I did this week was cleaning my house and reorganizing my book shelves.
When I was done, I decided to get rid of 43 books.
I found the new owners for more then a half of them, but there are still 16 books that need a new owner.

 

Last week on Book Dust Magic:

Monday: I reviewed The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty 

Tuesday: I posted my February Wrap Up 

Wednesday: I reviewed Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa

Saturday: I reviewed Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt

 

Next week on Book Dust Magic:

Upcoming reviews:

  

Book Haul:

For review:

 Lovely people from Simon & Schuster sent me this beautiful hardback edition of Orange Blossom Days. I will definitely read this one next.

 I was so happy when I got approved for eARC of this novel on Edelweiss.

 I couldn’t wait so I started Things That Happened Before the Earthquake yesterday. So far it’s good, but I’m only 15% in.

 

That is it!
Let me know what’s been going on with you, what you’ve been reading or watching this week and feel free to leave your links so I can visit you.
Have a lovely Sunday!

January Wrap Up

When it comes to reading, January was mediocre month.
I managed to read 6 books, which is good. It could be better, but it’s not bad either.
Good thing is that I liked all the books I read during January.

 

These are the books I read in January: (click on covers to see my reviews)

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My favorite book of the month:

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That is it!

Please tell me how many books have you read during January and what was your favorite?
If you have wrap up post, feel free to leave your link so I can visit you. 🙂

Let’s talk: What my reading/blogging will be like in 2017

When I was on my “blogging vacation” I gave myself some time to look back on my reading/blogging in 2016.

What I realized was that most books I read was from the same genre: women’s fiction.
There’s nothing wrong or strange about that, since that is my favorite genre, but I was still surprised to see how few books from other genres I read (especially literaly fiction and non-fiction).

I don’t want to bother you too much with my rambling, but since I made some decisions/planned my blogging schedule, I figured out it would be fair to let you know about them, so you’d know what you can expect on Book Dust Magic this year.

1. There will be blogging schedule

I decided to plan a blogging schedule and to stick to it.
There will be 3-4 blog posts per week + on Sundays.
Posts will go live on Mondays, Wednesdays and either on Thursdays and Saturdays (4 times per week schedule) or on Fridays (3 times per week schedule) + Sundays.
In those posts, I’ll try to include 1-2 book reviews per week and will be happy to include movie reviews too (in my Movie Monday posts, but those won’t go live every single Monday).
Sometimes, I will post WoW meme, sometimes book (or other) tag, and will try to write discussion posts from time to time.
Sometimes, I will just ramble what’s on my mind (like now).

I will try to schedule my blog posts on regular basis.

2. I will read (and review) books from more genres

I came to the point where I started missing ya, and started craving for non-fiction, so you can expect me to review books from those genres more often.
I also want to read more challenging books and to go out of my comfort zone sometimes.
I won’t stop reading women’s fiction, but I would like to explore more genres on a deeper level then I do now.

3. I won’t be reviewing every single book I read

I don’t want to stress myself about reviewing. I love writing reviews, but I don’t want to write them just for sake of writing them.
If I accepted a book for review, it will be reviewed, don’t worry!
But when I read a book on my own, I don’t want to feel obligated to write a review, especially if there is not much to say about the book.
Also, sometimes I will write one review for the whole book series, instead of reviewing every single book in it.
Rereading is something I enjoy, so that is also one of the reasons I won’t be reviewing every single book (if I already reviewed it, I see no point in doing it again).

4. I’ll try to make more personal posts from time to time

There’s not much to say about this decision.
I’ll try to write something that will mirror my personality, from time to time.
Maybe that way, you’ll get to know me better.

5. I’ll only post what I’d like to read on other blogs

There won’t be book blitzes or cover reveals, at least not for now.
I realized I don’t enjoy reading them on other blogs, so decided not to post them on mine.
I want to put the content I enjoy reading myself, even if it means less posts per week.

6. I will read and review more backlist titles

This decision is the result of my book buying habit. I own many backlists that I paid with my own money, and they are just sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read.
I realized that the only way to make my money worth is to actually read them, so that is why you’ll be seeing more titles released two or more years ago.
I will still review new titles, don’t worry, just not exclusively.

 

That is it.
Please tell me what do you think about my decisions and if you made ones yourself, feel free to tell me what they are?

Merry Christmas!

Hi Everyone!
I wish Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates and to those who don’t, I still wish beautiful time and all the happiness!

I hope you’ll get to spend these Holidays surrounded with people that are dear to you!

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P.S. There won’t be any new posts on Book Dust Magic next week. I decided to take a week long break to keep up with everyone’s blogs I didn’t have a chance to visit for the past few days, and to spend the rest of the time with my friends and family.

 
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Book Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

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Title: Catching Jordan
Series: Hundred Oaks (#1)
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date: December 1st, 2011
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads): ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line?

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Review:

My dear friend Jasmin and I decided it was about time for us to do another buddy read together and Catching Jordan was the book we chose was the perfect choice, because we always buddy read YA (or NA) contemporary.

Catching Jordan is the first book in Hundred Oaks series and it follows Jordan and her friends who play football (or like I prefer to call it, American rugby, because you know, us people from Europe prefer another sport called football).

Jordan is a Quarterback, the captain of her team and – a girl. Yes, guys, you read it right. She is one badass girl who plays rugby better then any guy in her team, she is the only female member of her team and she is one of the guys.
As a result, her best friends are all guys, they appreciate her, and watch her back in a way.
Even though at first it sounds pretty unbelievable that a girl could be so much better then guys at sports, especially if you consider the fact that the female body is naturally builted weaker then male, there are things explained in this book.
Jordan comes from family of sport champions. Her father is great Alan Woods, one of the best rugby players in America. Her brother also plays rugby professionally, and she is bigger then other girls. She is just a big girl.

Jordan has a dream to play rugby professionally and to go to study to Alabama where all the best rugby players go.
She wants to be looked at equally as men.

This book talks a lot about sexism and how hard it is for women to be appreciated equally as men even if they are as good or even better then them.

Jordan was an interesting character but I wasn’t fond of her.
Don’t get me wrong, being a tomboy myself, I had nothing against her manly behaviour (except in times when it went too far).
What I didn’t like about her was that she was supposed to represent feminists when in reality she wasn’t feminist, not at all! The reason I’m saying that is because she more then few times brang down cheerleaders just because they had an interest in make up. She put them all in the same box, labeled them as stupid and thought she was better then them just because they liked girly stuff.
I know one of them did her wrong in the past, but still, I think Jordan’s behaviour said more about her then about any of those cheerleaders.

This book is good, funny and easy to read in general.
I enjoyed reading about Jordan’s relationship with her friends. JJ was my favorite.

Henry is her best friend who has a habit to spend nights in her bed. Her parents are fully aware of that but they approve it. Let me ask you one thing: What kind of parenting is that??
They trust her. They know she has no interest in Harry. The only precaution they did is to say that Jordan and Harry can’t sleep head to head, but have to sleep head to legs. Yeah, like that’s gonna stop teenagers from doing anything!
Don’t forget we’re talking about minors, teenagers full of hormones.
Maybe I took it too harsh, but I just can’t get over that aspect of the story. I didn’t like it, not at all!

There’s also one more thing (third to be precise) thing I didn’t like: how Jordan hits like it’s a fun game. She hit Harry so hard that his jaw cracked, and she laughed about it, along with him.
If the similar thing happened with roles versed, if guy hit a girl, that would be women abuse, but when the girl hits a guy it supposed to be funny? I don’t think so!

I feel like I’m in minority here, but I actually liked Ty. I think he was right most of the times and everytime Jordan had problems with his behaviour, I was on his side.
Of course he had problems with his girlfriend sleeping in the same bed with another guy. Who wouldn’t?

As you can clearly see from m y review, I had more then few problems with the story but I am still glad I read it and, believe it or not, I actually had a good time reading it.
I would like to read next book in the series because it follows different characters and I am curious to see whether I’ll like that one better.

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Bugs & Hisses Giveaway Hop

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Welcome to the Bugs & Hisses Giveaway Hop, hosted by The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It.

In this giveaway, you have a chance to win Anna Dressed in Blood duology by Kendare Blake.

The giveaway is international as long as TBD ships to your country.

After you enter this giveaway, don’t forget to visit other blogs for more giveaways.

You can win:

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You can enter here:

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DISCLAIMER:

  • This giveaway is international as long as The Book Depository ships to your country.
  • You must be 18+ old to enter or have your parent’s permission to enter (because I’ll need to ask you to give me your adress so I could send the book to you).
  • I am not responsible for the shipment, but am responsible to order a book on time (The Book Depository is responsible to deliver you a book on time and in a good condition).
  • Once chosen, winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to reply, otherwise another person will be chosen as a winner
  • NO CHEATING! Cheaters will be disqualified

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