Know My Name by Chanel Miller

She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford’s campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral–viewed by eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time.

Title: Know My Name
Author: Chanel Miller
Publication Date: 24th September 2019
Pages: 368
Genre: Biography Memoir Non Fiction

“It is not a question if you will survive this, but what beautiful things await you when you do.”

This is a memoir of a survivor. Chanel Miller was sexually assaulted in 2015 on Stanford’s campus and this is her journey as she struggles to reclaim her identity on the aftermath. To say this book is raw and unflinchingly honest, wouldn’t be enough to describe Miller’s empowering words. We get to witness by her words and her memories the injustice not only of the judicial system but the criticism from people that never even met her for something she never dreamed could happen. There’s pain and distress on her writing but there’s also resilience and strength.
I have no words to describe all the feelings that this book awakened, but I know everyone should read it. 


Romanov by Nadine Brandes

The history books say I died.
They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Title: Romanov
Author: Nadine Brandes
Publication Date: 7th May 2019
Pages: 352
Genre: Historical Fiction

As soon as I noticed this book I fell in love with the synopsis, I’ve always been fascinated by the Romanovs and this is the first retelling I’ve found. The perfect blend between historical fiction and fantasy.

Nadine Brandes is a fabulous storyteller, adding magic in an otherwise heartbreaking story. I was hooked from the very first chapter. The story follows Anastasia as she is confronted with difficult decisions while in exile, we are introduced to the Romanov family while they’re kept as hostages by the Bolsheviks. Nastya needs to overcome the stress and monotony while trying to find a way to save her family.

If you’re looking for historical accuracy, this is not it. You’ll find some historical facts mixed heavily with the author imaginative as she is trying to make you share the feelings of all the characters.

After this magnificent introduction to Brandes prose I had to run and get one of her other books, Fawkes, I’m loving it so far, review to come.

Hi everyone!

I know I’ve been MIA from my blog, life’s been a little overwhelming. I’m happy to inform that I have enough energy and time to continue reviewing in the same schedule. Expect many reviews in the next weeks.

P.S I’ll be hosting a giveaway on my bookstagram @prettybooknerd (:

Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors I Read in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to  That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

2018 was a busy year for me, I struggled to read 50 books and not every book was amazing, but there’s a few authors that I’m glad to have on my list today. I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for their books:



                     Who was your favorite author of 2018?

Review Brightly Woven

Title: Brightly Woven
Author: Alexandra Bracke
Publication Date: March 23, 2010
Publisher: Egmont
Pages: 357
ISBN: 160684038X

The day the rains came was like any other, blistering air coating the canyon in a heavy stillness….
Just as the rains come after ten long, dry years, a young wizard, Wayland North, appears, to whisk Sydelle Mirabil away from her desert village. North needs an assistant, and Sydelle is eager to see the country – and to join him on his quest to stop the war that surely will destroy her home. But North has secrets – about himself, about why he chose Sydelle, about his real reasons for the journey. What does he want from her? And why does North’s sworn enemy seem fascinated by Sydelle himself? Through a journey that spans a country, magic and hard-won romance are woven together with precision and brilliant design by a first-time novelist.

I’ve had this book waiting on my bookshelf for years, and let me tell you something: don’t make the same mistake. If you have it waiting around, pick it up, if you don’t have it and you love Fantasy you need to get it. Loved reading every page, it made me laugh, it made me swoon and it made me wonder.
I’ve been on a reading slump for the past few months and it was easy to get lost in this story. Brightly Woven did not take long to get me interested, it’s unlike any other book related to Magic, witches and wizards, that I’ve come across in all the years I’ve been reading.
It’s been 10 years since it last rained on Sydelle Miribel’s village, her small town of Cliffton is all she’s ever known, that is until a young stranger arrives and her world turns upside down, they need to stop a war before it’s too late. There’s magic and there’s romance without the romance taking the main focus. I enjoyed getting to know Sydelle and her brave disposition and Wayland North with his humor and imperfect personality.
Overall It left me wishing there was a sequel, I want to go back to the amazing imaginary world that Alexandra Bracken was able to portray.

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Beautiful Bastard Review

Title: Beautiful Bastard
Author: Christina Lauren
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781476730097

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.
Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.
As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other.

Beautiful Bastard is one of those books that catch my attention because of all the hype and at the end left me feeling a little disappointed. I don’t have a lot to say about this one, when I read the blurb I saw potential for a great plot, but once I started reading I couldn’t find it, everything started great with Bennett being a beautiful but infuriating boss to Chloe who is your sexy and smart intern, the problem is that every chapter was full of pointless sex scenes.
I’ve recently started reading many genres like new adult and adult fiction; I enjoy the sex scenes as much as the romance and conflict, but I like to see a reason behind it all, we don’t get to read anything apart from those steamy scenes until the last part of the book.
The reason I’m giving this book two stars is because I was smiling from time to time, the bad part, is that I think those scenes weren’t supposed to made me laugh, I also enjoyed the last chapter because the story was less focused on the sex and more on the relationship.
Overall if you want to read a book that is focused in the sexual scenes, this is the book for you.
New Adult. Mature Content Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.

Playing Hooky Review

Title: Playing Hooky
Author: Rita Webb
Publication Date: January 17, 2013
Pages: 100

Valentine’s Day. And Emma’s 21st birthday.
Just another college day full of classes and more homework than is humanly possible.
…until Jason, her best-friend-since-kindergarten, shows up to take her out for the day.
Like old times: the two of them on a wacky adventure, playing hooky from real life. With his lopsided grin and tickets to a circus full of misfits and monsters, he introduces her to a whole new world—one full of magic and mystery—and turns her reality upside down.
Except nothing goes as planned, and they end up running through the city to find a missing siren before someone brews a love potion with her blood.
Sirens and love potions, witches and elves, and Valentine kisses. Nothing will be the same for Emma again

Playing Hooky is a short but very entertaining novella, We are introduced to Emma on her 21st birthday, everything starts like an ordinary day, I mean, as ordinary as any of Emma’s birthdays anyway, suddenly her best friend from childhood, Jason, appears in the story and her day is full of unexpected adventures.
When I started reading I was immediately caught in the world that Rita created, a world full of magic, unicorns, sirens and many other interesting characters. The only problem I had with the book was that it was too short. I wanted to know more about Jason. I fell in love with the story; Emma and Jason had an amazing chemistry and made me smile throughout the book.
I don’t want to give much of the book away since is so short but if you like paranormal and fantasy this is a world you don’t want to skip. We are presented with mystery, fun and witty romance with a healthy dose of paranormal.
The author creates a world of magic unlike anything I had found recently. I enjoyed the alternating POV’s between Emma and Jason as much as the banter they had going on. Overall this was a quick and awesome story.
I received this book from Rita Webb. All opinions are honest and my own.

Candy and the Cankersaur Review

Title: Candy and the Cankersaur
Author: Jason Sandberg
Publication Date: June 17, 2012
Publisher: Jason Sandberg
Pages: 32
ASIN: B008CG1S96

This is the sweet and funny tale of a young girl named Candy and a Cankersaurus Rex! Candy receives a dinosaur as a gift and is determined to train him to be a good pet.

This is a story of a little girl named Candace Courtney Wellesley Wellington but everyone called her Candy, Her father Mister Wellington is a very busy dad, he wishes he could spend more time with his daughter and one day he decided to buy her a Cankersaurus Rex. Candy immediately starts training her dinosaur.
I don’t usually review children books but since I’m open to any genre when the Author asked if I was willing to make a review for this book I immediately accepted. You see, I have a 3-year-old boy that is crazy about dinosaurs and since it’s a book directed to children I decided to make this review with him. When we started reading this book my son was fascinated by the illustrations and as we read along I could see how much he was enjoying the adventures of Candy and Cank he was paying attention to the book till the end and appeared very entertained with the story.
I was pleased to see that this book addresses friendship and responsibility in a very understandable way for the kids, it also teaches parents to try and spend more time with their little ones. Overall a cute and quick read for the children.
I received this book from Jason Sandberg, all the opinions are honest and my own.

Hysteria Review

Title: Hysteria
Author: Megan Miranda
Publication date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780802723109

Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can’t remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn’t charged. But Mallory still feels Brian’s presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others. In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda’s masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again

Hysteria is a book that kept my attention throughout the story. We are introduced to Mallory as she is being accused of a murder, her boyfriend’s murder. I was excited to read this book since Fracture; Miranda’s first novel was one of my favorite books of 2012 with her ability to pull you inside a story I had high expectations about this thriller.
We get flashes of the past and the present as Mallory struggles to remember the night that changed it all. Her parents send her away to a boarding school since everybody in town is talking about the situation. But even if she is in another place she still feels Brian’s presence and has terrible nightmares involving what really happened or is it?.
Not everything is as great once she is in Monroe Academy there is more challenges for her to comfront including another murder and some mean situations. I have to warn you it gets a little gory at times but that’s just what makes the story feel more real.
After all of the traumatic events Mallory is left broken and Reid the new love interest is the one to help her, he is charming and it’s at her side in spite of everything. Her best friend Colleen was a nice character but nothing too special.
This book kept my attention and I couldn’t put it down, even if Mallory was just plain strange at times I ended up feeling for her. I liked the complications that where scattered through the story.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. The only thing that kept me from giving a higher rating was the ending, it just fell a little flat for me, but if you like suspense, Miranda’s books are great in their own way and I’ll keep reading her work in the future.
I received this book from the publisher, all the opinions are hontest and my own.