Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop #Giveaway #Competition #Books #Win

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Welcome to Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop, hosted by BookHounds.

In this giveaway, I am giving you a chance to win a romance book of choice worth 20 US$ or less, from The Book Depository.

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 enter here:

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  • 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 address 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

Good Luck!🙂

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The one with troubled teens: Breakers by Doug Johnstone (Blog Tour) #BookReview #BlogTour #GeneralFiction

Breakers by Doug Johnstone book cover kindle edition

GIFTED / Today I am proud to be the host for the Breakers blog tour.
I want to say thank you to Anne Cater for inviting me, and to Orenda Books for providing me with a copy of this book.


About the book:

Seventeen-year-old Tyler lives in one of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas. Coerced into robbing rich people’s homes by his bullying older siblings, he’s also trying to care for his little sister and his drug-addict mum. On a job, his brother Barry stabs a homeowner and leaves her for dead, but that’s just the beginning of their nightmare, because the woman is the wife of Edinburgh’s biggest crime lord, Deke Holt. With the police and the Holts closing in, and his shattered family in devastating danger, Tyler meets posh girl Flick in another stranger’s house, and he thinks she may just be his salvation . . . unless he drags her down, too. A pulsating, tense psychological thriller, Breakers is also a breathtakingly brutal, beautiful, and deeply moving story of a good kid in the wrong family, from one of Scotland’s finest crime writers.


My Review:

Breakers is the novel that cought my attention with it’s synopsis. The story sounded interesting and it has been a while since I read an adult book with teens as main characters.

This novel is perfect for readers who usually read young adult, but would like to try adult fiction. Since our main characters were teenagers, the story often (at least to me) read like ya novel, but only with stronger language and some taboo subjects.

The story touches some serious topics like poverty, drug addiction and incest.

Even though it has an interesting plot, this is a character driven story.

It also blurs the line between moral and wrong, and it will probably (at least at some points to the story) make reader root for guys that don’t make the right choices.

As for my reading experience, I wish I got more attached to our main characters, because I would enjoy the story more.
This way, I only followed the story with Tyler, but I wasn’t emotionally invested, not in the way I wanted to be.

Also, the atmosphere of the story reminded me of Savages by Don Winslow. It is a totally different book from that one, but I still couldn’t help but think about it while reading.

The writing style was solid. There were no beautiful sentences that would make me think of life, but it was easy to follow and well structured.

I feel like most people who read this book absolutely loved it, so I guess I’m in minority here when I say it was an average piece of fiction. It wasn’t bad by any means, but I wouldn’t describe it as mind blowing either.

I would recommend this story to everyone who likes to read general fiction and to young readers who’d like to try some adult novels.

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Book I read in April 2019 (Monthly Reading Wrap Up) #BookBloggers #BookLovers #Reading #April

Hi guys,

It has been more then a week since April came to an end, and only today I am bringing you my (poor) reading wrap up.

April was the worst reading month quantity wise, but it was great quality wise since out of (only) four books I finished, three were 5 stars worth.

To be honest, I can’t even remember when was the last time I read so few books in one month. It was probably even before 2012.

This time I am blaming one book that I DNFed but lost few days on it, and one other that took me 15 days to finish.

Anyway, these are the books I read in April:

I heart Forever Lindsey Kelk book cover The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden UK book cover My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas book cover The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor book cover UK

Favourite book of the month: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor book cover UK

Even though I read only four books this time, I am still on track with my reading goal for 2019 (77 books), and if I’ll read 6 books each month from now on, I will reach it without doubt.

That is it!

Tell me what awesome books have your read in January?
What was your favorite one?

Movie Monday: The Curse of La Llorona #MovieMonday #MovieReview #TheCurseOfLaLlorona

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I decided to talk about yet another movie from The Conjuring universe: The Curse of La Llorona.

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The Curse of La Llorona

The Curse of La Llorona movie cover horror from The Conjuring franchise

If you follow me for  a while, you already know that I always watch movies from The Conjuring universe. I love horrors, and some of those are my favourite (I mean, hello Annabelle!!).

If I’m being honest, The Curse of La Llorona didn’t appeal to me at first, after I’ve seen it’s trailer in the movies.
It was like my guts were telling me I wouldn’t like this one as much as I’d like it to, and the feeling was right.

In my humble opinion, The Curse of La Llorona (or The Curse of a Weeping Woman, as it was released in some countries by that name) was the weakest movie from this franchise.
I wasn’t scared at all, the story wasn’t as captivating either, and overall it was just a solid horror that probably wouldn’t even be popular if it wasn’t the part of this famous universe.

I’m not sure if this is a spoiler, but for one horror, I expected more dead people!

I watched it in the movie theater with my fiance and my father, and neither of them liked it either (but here I have to stress out that they are not horror fans in the first place).
At some point, people (or should I say kids) were even leaving because they didn’t want to continue with the movie, and even though this film was disappointing, it wasn’t that bad! Who knows, maybe they had to be somewhere else or something (even though I doubt that!).

At this point, I think The Conjuring universe is making movies too often, so probably that is the reason why they aren’t strong as the first couple were.
I still can’t wait for Annabelle Comes Home to hit theaters!

Overall, if you are a fan of The Conjuring I would recommend you to watch The Curse of La Llorona, but I would suggest for you to wait until it will be availabele for streaming or out on blu ray.


Sunday Post (Weekly Wrap Up April 29th-May 5th) #SundayPost #Blogging #WrapUp #Reading

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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!

Long time no see! If you noticed, I stepped away from blogging for a while, and that is because I was working on  new design for my blog. I wanted to focus only on that to make sure I did it right. I hope you like how it turned out!

Now with the new domain and fresh look, I am happy to announce that new posts will be live regularly, and there will be 3-4 posts per week.

As for my private life, there is not much going on. I was really sick on Friday, my throat hurt so badly I almost didn’t go to work, but I decided to try my best to make through that one day and see if it will develop into something more serious. I think it was just a bad cold, because I couldn’t breathe either, but there is nothing that warm bath can’t cure, so I am much better now, and I will be ready to go to work tomorrow.
My nose is still running, but with warm baths, paracetamol, vitamin C and Septolete, this cold is pretty much under control.

Last week on Book Dust Magic:

Saturday: I launched Book Dust Magic 2.0 and I also reviewed The Evidence Agains You by Gillian McAllister

Next week on Book Dust Magic:

Upcoming reviews:

The Curse of La Llorna movie cover horror thomas wildus and the book of sorrows by j.m. bergen book cover

I will also talk about books I read in April and how I visited Zoo park in Zagreb.

Currently reading:

thomas wildus and the book of sorrows by j.m. bergen book coverThis middle grade novel talks about magic and I am really enjoying it so far!

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!

Solid crime: The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister (Blog Tour) #BlogTour #Crime #BookReview

The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAlister book cover UK edition

GIFTED / Today I am proud to be the host for The Evidence Against You blog tour.
I want to say thank you to Olivia Thomas from Michael Joseph for inviting me.


About the book:

It’s the day her father will be released from jail. Izzy English has every reason to feel conflicted – he’s the man who gave her a childhood filled with happy memories. But he has also just served seventeen years for the murder of her mother.

Now, Izzy’s father sends her a letter. He wants to talk, to defend himself against each piece of evidence from his trial. But should she give him the benefit of the doubt? Or is her father guilty as charged, and luring her into a trap?


My Review:

Gillian McAllister is one author I look up to. I pretty much followed her career from the very beginning and it was really satisfying to see all of her books being bestsellers. Her novel Anything You Do Say is one of the best books I had an opportunity to read and it was in my favorites of 2017, so when I had a chance to read The Evidence Against You my excitement was unmeasurable.

Unfortunately, I can’t say that the McAllister’s newest book lived up to my expectations. It was a solid book, and it was a good book, but I don’t think I will be thinking about it after some times passes (like I STILL think about Anything You Do Say) nor do I think that I’ll remember it too much after few months.

The writing style was pretty good and I like how Gillian McAllister shaped her sentences, but overall the story itself wasn’t too interesting to me.
I liked the premise, that is the reason why I picked it up in the first place (plus, the author I like), but if I’m being honest, I was bored most of the time while reading.
Maybe I just wasn’t the right audience for this one!

On the plus side, this book made me emotional, because I couldn’t help but imagine my own dad in the same position as Gabe, and how it would be heartbreaking to see him in Gabe’s shoes. That heartbreaking factor was the best part of the story.

On the minus side, I feel like every side character was one dimensional, and that is where my main criticism goes. All of them were forgettable and I felt like most of them were there just for sake of being.

There wouldn’t be a crime story without the mystery, and even though I had my suspicions, I couldn’t solve it. I was wrong, which, in a weird way, makes me happy.

The end was one of the most unsatisfying endings I had an opportunity to read. I don’t think the justice was served with this one, and because of that it made me angry at characters, and hurt for them at the same time.

Overall, I would recommend this one, it was a solid book, but if Gillian McAllister is new to you author, I would suggest you to start with one of her other books instead.

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Welcome to Book Dust Magic 2.0! #bloggers #lifestyle #bookbloggers

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Hi Guys!

I just wanted to quickly mention that Book Dust Magic is now updated to it’s own domain.
I want to say thank you to everyone who was looking forward to see it’s new design, and I hope you like it.

I am still working on small changes and updates, but I hope everything will be complete this weekend.

As for the blog itself, new posts will be published regularly from Monday on. There will be 3-4 blog posts per week, in which I will talk about books, movies, places, products and everything my heart is with.

However, there will be one book review posted later today, because I host the blog tour, and there will be Sunday post tomorrow.

I hope you’re all having a lovely time and I am looking forward to hang out with you here on Book Dust Magic in the future.

Take care,