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The Museum of Broken Promises by Elizabeth Buchan [BOOK BUZZ]

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I am so excited to be part of the Book Buzz for The Museum of Broken Promises by Elizabeth Buchan. This lovely book is out on 02nd April, so don’t forget to grab your copy!

This book is quite emotional and heart-breaking from the very beginning until the very end. Based in Europe, in two timelines between now and 1985, we are witnesses to cold war, politics, fight for freedom and an extraordinary love story. 

Today, Laure is living in Paris and she owns The Museum of Broken Promises – a place of wonder and sadness. Every object in the museum has been donated and each represents a moment of grief or terrible betrayal. Laure also has hidden objects of her own in there, from her own youth. 

Back in 1985, Laure is in Prague, running away after her dad suddenly passes away. But her life here is very confusing. She is struggling to comprehend the dark politics that are taking over the city. But then she meets a young musician. And her love for him is forbidden and causes trouble and terrible consequences. 

It is only years after having created the museum that Laure can finally come to terms with her past and celebrate the love she is feeling!

My Thoughts: 

This is a very emotional book and I have learned that I need to be in a certain mood in order to be able to fully appreciate it. This is one of those books that leaves a tiny mark in your heart that you will always carry with you. 

The story is amazing, we are witnessing a great life full of memories and stories of love, fight for freedom, betrayals, fears, ups and downs. It is so realistic that will make you shiver at times. 

I have to admit, I found myself slightly confused at the beginning, trying to figure out which timeline I am currently in, but after a few chapters, I am able to make a difference and get a clearer picture of the story. 

I loved the idea of this Museum of Broken Promises. It made me think of what object I could maybe leave there to represent my grief. 

I have to admit, I didn’t truly connect with Laure as a main character. She seemed too closed in her own world and her sharing her story in the way that she did was very contradicting to me. 

I loved Tomas though. He was my absolute favourite, the hero of this book.

Thank you to the team at LoveReadingUK, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

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Blood Moon: Part 2 by S. Yurvati [BOOK REVIEW]

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Blood Moon: Part 2 is the continuation of Blood Moon: Part 1. The second part starts where the first book ended. Candy entered a world with no colour and met a very handsome hunter, who tells her of the dangers she will face on the “Needing Moon”. 

First of all – we have this monochromatic world covered in just beige colour and no other colours. The author made sure to note this a couple of times throughout the book, with no explanation whatsoever on why this is happening. Not even a clue or an event to prompt some curiosity in my way. I simply did not care about this colourless world.

Then, we have Candy in a new world and this man, her saviour, makes her his mate and becomes overprotective of her for no apparent reason. Yes, they have a passion bond forming, but he decides to keep her away from anyone, not let her get out of his palace and is about to kill anyone that even looks at her the wrong way. Yes – this is how males behave in this beige-world, but this still counts as captivity. She never addressed a wish to leave, but if she did – do you honestly think he will let her? Ha! I doubt it! 

Then we have the “Needing Moon”.

Every full moon is a needing moon, where everything is about intercourse. And not just that, but devouring women and taking their dignity in the most harsh way. Apparently it affects everyone and no one can resist this sudden urge, and suddenly we have scenes of orgies and what not, and I am not sure what to think of all this…

During this Needing Moon event,  Candy and this hunter spend a night or two having coitus, and then Candy has an accident that makes her forget everything about him. But the hunter needs to go on a journey, and not wanting to leave his missus at the palace, he makes her come with him and his soldiers – all men who think of her as a prey, but are too afraid to do anything because of their fear from the hunter, who also happens to be a king.

During the journey, they start to get to know each other again, playing a game of ego and arrogance. There is passion they have for each other but neither of them will confess first. And on top of that, in the end we find out that Candy did remember a little bit about him, after all. So she was lying throughout the book.

Which is slightly annoying.

And on top of all this, we don’t even see the characters that were mentioned in the first book. The end was somewhat unfinished, and it left things to reveal itself in the next book.  

So it seemed that the first book was a prequel to the second, but the second book is a prequel to the third, and to be quite honest with you, I wouldn’t read the third book just to find out. I have gambled enough and I didn’t get what I came for in two books, so I don’t see myself finishing this series in this lifetime. Or the next. 

I had really high hopes for this series, because even though the first book wasn’t my favourite, it did capture my attention, which is why I gave this book a chance. But this one disappointed me too much. 

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101 Best Jokes by Various Authors [BOOK REVIEW]

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I am struggling to write this review for 101 Best Jokes, because in this book you will definitely NOT find the best jokes.

In fact, the jokes are so bad, that you would laugh at your misery for picking this book up in the first place. The only thing that is true about the title is that there are actually 101 jokes in total. 

There are a lot of different jokes, mostly the jokes known as “dad jokes”, the blonde ones, the “yo mamma so ugly” ones are there too. The authors made sure all sorts of jokes are included. Too bad they failed to make me laugh. I actually found some of the jokes in there quite offensive. I can imagine someone actually using one of those jokes on a dinner table, telling the joke to the people around them and instead of laughter receiving the awkward smirk. Oh, can I please be invited to that party? Because that would be funny for sure!

Some did make me smirk though. Maybe only one or two, and that is why I will give this book two stars instead of one. One that stayed with me is this one: 

“I was wondering why the baseball was getting bigger. And then it hit me.”

If you want a short-read to make you spend some time and kill your boredom, this would probably be a good book to pick up. If you are researching jokes for your stand-up comedy next weekend, maybe skip it. Keeping  your expectations low enough will make you less disappointed.  



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March TBR

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Hello, my lovelies!

February has gone quite fast. But that was sort of what we expected from February anyway 🙂

I didn’t do much in February. I mostly was reading my books and started knitting and crochet.

Without further delays, let’s get to the important part – what will I be reading in March?

All the books that are currently on my TBR can be found HERE. This is the list that I will choose from when spinning the wheel.

My March TBR

I always start with 8 books on my TBR, because this is what I read on average. If I happen to read all of them, I will add a few more books at the end of the month. If I don’t manage to read the books from last month, I don’t unhaul them. They go into the next month’s list automatically, which leaves me with less spins.

These are the 8 books I am planning to read this March:

March TBR 2020 (1)

1. Eternal Love by Karimah Colden

Carry-over book.

Original spin: Series

The sequel to Eternal Soul, which I rated 3-stars. I hope I will enjoy this one more, but it was a nice book for me to choose for this prompt, because I find pleasure in finishing series. Tick, tick, tick!

 2. Chroma Crossing Chronicles: Blood Moon: Part 2 by S. Yurvati

Carry-over book.

Original Spin: Boyfriend Pick

This is what Chris chose, and I have to tell you that I was quite surprised. He could choose from World of Warcraft, Witcher and Harry Potter Books. Very surprising pick, but I am glad, because I did enjoy the first part of the Chroma Crossing Chronicles.

3. The Museum of Broken Promises by Elizabeth Buchan

Spin: Beautiful Cover

This book cover captures my attention every time and I love the story it unfolds. Every item in the Museum of Broken Promises has been donated and uncovers a story behind it. The owner of the museum, Laure, has some broken promises and stories of her own as well.

4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

Spin: TBR Vet

One of the oldest books I have on my TBR. I remember reading this book when I was younger, but I don’t have proper book reviews written for the series, so I thought I should re-read it again.

5. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Spin: Instagram Pick

I got the Instagram pick, I asked you to vote on my stories and this was the result! Make sure to follow me on Instagram, so you can see my stories and vote on my next monthly TBRs.

6. Switched (Trylle #1) by Amanda Hocking

Spin: Sister Pick

On this prompt, my sister gets to choose any book from my TBR. She chose Switched, and I am so excited to read it!

7. Wonder (Wonder #1) by R.J. Palacio

Spin: One Word Title

I have had this book on my TBR for a while now, and haven’t watched the movie yet, because I want to read the book first. So this was a great opportunity to finally read it! I have heard amazing things!

8. I am David by Anne Holm

Spin: Short Read

This book has been on my TBR for a while. It used to be in Macedonia, but I recently brought it back with me in the UK. I want to read this one so much and cannot wait.

And that’s my March TBR ! I hope I will manage to read all of these books.
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What are you planning to read this month? Let me know in the comments!

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter #1) [BOOK REVIEW]

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It is so hard to write a book review for a book you have known and loved all your life. I think that every praise I have to say here has already been said before. I remember watching the first Harry Potter movie with my family, my aunts and cousins in the cinema. In Macedonia at that time, this was a big deal. My auntie and cousin have already read the books, and they already had their collection set. And I knew I was also going to have my own collection when I grow up.

That is the beginning of how this series became a part of my life. 

Harry Potter followed me through my primary school and then in high school as well. I met friends that also loved the series and we formed a bond similar to what Harry, Ron and Hermione have. We weren’t too much of a trouble makers, but we did know to fight when we thought something was not fair. 

From the very first scene, to the mention of each character, a shiver ran down my spine, of excitement and nostalgia of a world that was always part of me, even though I’ve never been physically there. A world that has accepted me and a place I could always call home when there was nowhere else to turn. 

Reading the book now again, I re-visited moments I never thought I have forgotten: 

  • the list of books and items a first-year student needs. This time, I even made a list of all the fictional books mentioned, and will try to find and read those as well. 
  • the engraved poem when entering the Gringotts Bank. 

Enter Strange, but take heed
Of what awaits the sin of greed,
For those who take, but do not earn,
Must pay most dearly in their turn,
So if you seek beneath our floors
A treasure that was never yours,
Thief, you have been warned, beware
Of finding more than treasure there.

  • the family bond of the Weasleys, alongside with the love their mother has for them and their cheeky jokes. I wish I could visit them on a Sunday afternoon and have a Sunday Roast at their place – it would be such a warm atmosphere with lots of giggles.

‘Can’t stay long, Mother,’ he said. ‘I’m up front, the Prefects have got two compartments to themselves -’
‘Oh, are you a Prefect, Percy?’ said one of the twins, with an air of great surprise. ‘You should have said something, we had no idea.’
‘Hang on, I think I remember him saying something about it,’ said the other twin.
‘Once -’
‘Or twice -’
‘A minute -’
‘All summer -’
‘Oh, shut up,’ said Percy the Prefect. 

***

‘Now you two – this year, you behave yourselves. If I get one more owl telling me you’ve – you’ve blown a toilet or -’
‘Blown up a toilet? We’ve never blown up a toilet.’
‘Great idea though, thanks, Mum.’
‘It’s not funny. And look after Ron.’
‘Don’t worry, ickle Ronniekins is safe with us.’
‘Shut up,’ said Ron.

  • The Sorting Hat scene and the poem where the houses are explained.
  • The train scene where Harry, Ron and Hermione meet each other for the first time. I was reading this scene and I was like: “You’ll all be best friends and you don’t know it yet!
  • Dumbledore – how mysterious he is this whole book! It makes you want to keep reading the other books, because you know you will get to know him better! 
  • Neville Longbottom and his bravery! 

There are all kinds of courage.’ said Dumbledore, smiling. ‘It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.’

Harry Potter will forever be part of my childhood and have an impact on my life as an adult. I will forever cherish this fictional world and I will never get over the fact that when I was eleven years old, I never got the mail from Hogwarts. Maybe they didn’t deliver mails to Macedonia 😀 

It will be my favourite children’s book forever. After all this time? Always.

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