GREY (Swedish translation – review)

Grey: Femtio nyanser av honom enligt Christian (Grey told by Christian in Swedish)

I received the Swedish translated title of GREY by the lovely people at Norstedts. I had already read the original version when it came out back in 2015, my inner goddess was in ache, waiting, just holding her breath for its release, and once it came out she couldn’t get herself to wait a little longer for the Swedish version, so I ordered the English one and dove right into it.

Reading it for the second time was like falling in love all over again, though I already knew the story by heart, it was still divine to escape into the thrilling world of Mr. Grey and Miss Steele.
It was like reading it for the first time due to it being in a different language. It was still passionate, beautiful, and just as addictive.

I’ve never been quite the fan of Swedish reads, 98% of all my books are in English, and yet I was curious to read this one and compare. I must say, I was rather surprised that it was just as well put together and crafted, often the depth and eloquence tend to lose its beauty when passing from one language to another, but here it was equally good and just as lovely, giving that warm fuzzy feeling that only Grey can deliver.

The Swedish copy gets a strong solid 7/10
If you’ve read the trilogy told by Anastasia, you simply must read it from his POV.
– thank you to Norstedts for the copy, cannot wait to read the next title you’ll be sending.

The Shadow (Review)

Author; Sylvain Reynard
Genre; Romance. Fantasy. Vampires.
The Florentine #2

Here we are again, back in the beautiful city that is Florence, lost in the world of Raven and the handsome vampire, William and all the other creatures from the underworld.
It’s dark, it’s sexy, it’s sensual, and it is romantic beyond the stars and the moon in the darkened sky.

William, eager to take it upon himself to give Raven justice, to harm everyone that’s ever hurt her and he finds himself trapped in a new world of human emotions, new desires, and love.

The Shadow, just like The Raven will crawl underneath you, grab a hold of your heart and clung to it like if it were life and light itself.
It will trigger something beautiful inside of you, to be lost in a world of passion, love, and revenge. It’s thrilling and deathly yet sexy, every word, every page, and every chapter will find a way to become a part of you, it will get sucked into your soul with its intense story, leaving you gasping for air, in awe of its finesse that is Reynard’s writing and story-telling.

You will get everything and a little more.
Sylvain Reynard continues to leave me completely speechless with these stories, feeding my soul and core with it’s beauty, depth, and art. 7.2/10

Thank you, Norstedts


I cannot find the correct words to express my gratitude toward Norstedts, a publisher located in the beautiful Stockholm for this amazing opportunity.
Thank you doesn’t feel enough, but I am thankful for the Swedish translated copy of Grey. I cannot wait to dive right into it once again and to let my inner goddess bask in the thrilling world of Mr.Grey one more time because the first was simply not enough.

As you all can tell, I already owned the original version which is in English but I simply love comparing the storytelling, translation, vocabulary, and flow from one language to another. The review will be up once I’m done.

Note: the handcuffs, body lotion, and tea, is in no way associated with Norstedts, it was simply accessory for the picture.

GREY by Erica L James – 2016
Copy for review from Norstedts

Previous books by James;
Fifty Shades Of Grey
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Of Freed

Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi


Sandro Botticelli, born as Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi was a Florentine artist during the Early Renaissance in Florence, Italy.

I became acquaintance with his work when reading the Gabriel’s Inferno Trilogy by Sylvain Reynard, a novel that not only introduced me to a world of passion, forbidden love, and redemption but also art and history.
Soon, I found myself putting away the book in search to know more about this certain artist and his work.
I was introduced to a whole new world of feminine figures and silhouettes, soft nuances, and sensational brush strokes. I could spend hours looking at his work drifting away as I did, almost in a trance, imagining myself among the faces on the canvas.
I’ve always been one to daydream, lost in my thoughts but here though inside the painting I was still aware, still able to appreciate the depth and beauty at the same time as an outsider. It was the best of two worlds.

Another thing that drew me to his work, was that one of his influences was the one and only Dante Alighieri.
There’s a piece, Dante’s Hell by Botticelli that I simply need in my collection. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find it.
It’s a chart of Hell that was described by Dante Alighieri in his work The Divine Comedy – First Volume that was Inferno (Hell).
He saw Hell as an abyss, a giant cave leading to the center of the Earth. The cave was created when God cast Lucifer out of Heaven.

Here, in Botticelli, there are pictures of his work alongside information regarding details on each painting, some that are on display in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, a place that I always dreamt of getting married at.
Would probably cost a fortune, but imagine being wed while surrounded by masterpieces. The two biggest known work that was Primavera and Birth of Venus are there, and there’s also some pieces at the Louvre in Paris.

A great book that should join your library if you’re a fan of him and his work.

By Melanie Joy

Carnism contrasts vegansim; moral commitment to abstain from consuming or using meat and other animal products.
Here, social psychologist Melanie Joy explores the ways certain people numb themselves and disconnects from the natural empathy of/for farmed animals.
She exposes how cruelly these beautiful animals are being treated, and the environmental impact of raising 10 billion animals for food each year.
Talking about how some people show compassion and affection to certain animals, but are so heartless to the suffering of others. 6/10

The Raven (Review)

This writer has once again made my heart wrapped itself around one his works, refusing to let go. Now, I just need to get my hands on the rest of The Florentine series which includes The Prince, The Shadow, and then The Roman.

At first, I couldn’t imagine him enter the core of my being with another of his work, and I was pretty sure he’d used the full capacity of my heart with Professor Gabriel, thinking there was absolutely no room nor interest for some other man, boy was I wrong.
The Prince sure as hell managed to crawl underneath my skin, and get comfortable in both there, and my heart.
Each page made me more eager than ever to read more about this beautiful creature, William York.
I was becoming obsessed, completely addicted to each and every chapter, holding my breath as I was wondering what would happen next.

It’s thrilling, sexy as hell and yet sensual at the same time. So far, after all the books I’ve read, only Sylvain Reynard has the finesse of making erotic scenes sound poetic, passionate, and beautiful. It’s lovemaking at its finest, each word and detail surrounds you and transports you into that very scene.
At one point, I was so into it that I was pretty damn sure The Prince was whispering his words into my hearing, and not someone else’s.
That is what I love about this author, the details, that matters the most to me when reading, there’s no part where you have to wonder or be lost.
It’s exciting, you get a chapter from each of the main characters, which is amazing. His passion for writing shines through each page, and I love that!

Sylvain Reynard has become a huge favorite of mine, he managed to take one of my favorites which are Italian art and poets and create these extraordinary books. His works are made for me, being the lover of everything Italian that I am. I was more thrilled than ever when I read about Dante in his Gabriel’s Inferno series, and then having The Raven set in Florence, a city I visited last year, and it’s was like a throwback when he mentioned some of the places I had already visit, made the story sound even more real.

I spent hours at the shop at the Uffizi Gallery, I bought a mug, a pen, a painting of Primavera and Birth of Venus that I have perfectly placed on my make-up table.
And, I also have a book with all of Botticelli’s work that was a 24th birthday gift from my mother. One of my walls has a stunning image of Dante and Beatrice by the Ponte Santa Trinita – by Henry Holiday. So, if Reynard continues to write like he has done so far, he has a loyal fan until I take my very last breath.
His work continues to be one of my inspiration in writing.

If you enjoy supernatural beings, thrilling love that creeps up your spine in the most pleasurble way ever, I strongly recommend The Raven. 6.9/10

”Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery restoring fine works of Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her…

Cassita vulneratus.

When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and more disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of the events leading up to her disappearance, Raven also learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history – the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the baffled police force identifies her as its prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth about her disappearance. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets…” – Goodreads

Hope all of you have a wonderful day, out there chasing your dreams, think positive, good vibes only.

Xo, Beauty

 

It ends with us (Review)

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Anyone and everyone should read this extraordinary emotional novel, and once you enter the enticingly captivating world of Colleen Hoover, you will want to stay.
It Ends With Us reminded me why I fell in love with writing all over again, it reminded me why I wanted to become an author, why I loved reading so much, and why I loved to let my thoughts dreamingly fly away on a cloud to the unknown. To a place far beyond the stars, and further.

It left me yearning for more, begging for crumbs even, it didn’t have to be a lot more, just more because it wasn’t enough for my soul to say goodbye after 300 or so pages, I still wasn’t ready for closure or letting go.
And here I am now, in my deepest despair, praying to the lords above that they’ll help me set each and every character free, to let them go, and keep them in this warm little place inside of my heart that I created for them through each chapter.

It was relatable, because I’ve gone through some of the things Lily went through, and I think that is what made me connect with it and her even more. I didn’t feel alone, it made me feel as if it wasn’t only a novel with words in it but a friend, and that meant everything. I doubt I’ll ever forget this, not only the beautiful story, the emotional rollercoaster, but also the smiles it brought.
The intense feelings at the end, the last page was difficult to read due to the blur caused by the glossiness, and the second I closed the book, my eyes shed one single tear, falling from me like a glistening drop from the gray skies.

I strongly recommend it, it’s beautiful, entertaining, addicting, and emotional. 6.7/10

”Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.” – Goodreads

Cowspiracy

4

Mind blowing and eye opening, uncovering the truth about the real causes to climate change.
Industrial animal agriculture is the main cause behind deforestation, rainforest destruction, greenhouse gas production, water consumption, pollution, species extinction and ocean dead-zones.
By small changes in our life’s we can together make huge differences. Start actually caring about something other than yourself and pointless matters. A MUST read. 7.8/10

The Protector (Review)

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I don’t know what this woman is trying to do to my hormones, but she sure as hell managed to turn them into pure mush thanks to Jake Sharp. I totally appreciate it, because it was worth every single minute that I spent in the world of The Protector. First, she delivered Jesse Ward, then she introduced us to Miller Hart, and now, Sharp.

The story is written from the perspective of both of them, Camille and Jake. Each chapter tells the story from their point of view, which tends to be my favorite kind of telling.

She has ended up on my list of favorite authors alongside Dante and Charlotte Bronte, her way with words and storytelling is capturing, thrilling, and beautifully enticing. I strongly hope she never stops creating and keeps bringing these extraordinary men that she has inside that heart of hers.

-People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy’s girl; beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father’s bank balance to fund her lifestyle. But Camille is determined to have a life free from his strings. Out on her own, she’s made mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press. Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father’s ruthless business dealings. Caught between resentment and fear, Camille prepares herself for the measures her father will take to protect her. But nothing could prepare her for the ex-SAS sniper who crashes into her life.

Jake Sharp resides in his own personal hell. He was distracted from duty once before, and the consequences were devastating–both personally and professionally. He vowed never to let that happen again. Accepting the job of bodyguard to Camille Logan isn’t the kind of distraction from his demons he should take. Women and Jake don’t mix well, yet protecting the heiress seems the lesser of two evils. But Jake soon discovers that she isn’t the woman she’s perceived to be. She’s warm, compassionate, her presence settling, and his duty to protect her soon goes deeper than a well-paid job, no matter how hard he fights it. He needs absolution. He comes to need Camille. But he knows he can’t have both.

6,1/10

Other books by Jodi Ellen Malpas;
This Man trilogy
One Night Promised trilogy

Ugly Love

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It all started by me seeing pictures of Nick Bateman with quotes from the book on Instagram, comments mentioning how perfect he’d be as Miles Archer, how good the book was, how many cried during it, laughed and simply how beautiful it was, so my curiosity was peaked.
I searched for it at a Swedish online book-store to see if they had it, and they had the English version which was completely fine by me since I’m not a big fan of reading in Swedish. I feel like somewhere along the translation it loses its depth and beauty, I don’t know.
I ordered it and two days later I finally had a copy of Ugly Love in my hands.
I wasted no time in diving right into it, got my cup of tea and snuggled up on my couch, ready to discover who Miles Archer was.

The writing was simply splendid from beginning to end, though it starts off with the first chapter from her point of view and then the second chapter goes back six years and it’s told from his perspective, it still manages to keep a red thread through the entire storytelling. It jumps from the present to the past through each chapter yet it’s so perfectly blended together. It’s well created, the language is beautiful, the scenery well built and just enough details. Some tends to add too much, where a whole chapter goes into just a simple scene and some has not enough that you end up wondering how on earth the character looks like…?

It has a strong and powerful message, I won’t spoil it, but I enjoyed that this story was more based on love rather then sex. There’s emotions such as pain, joy and it’s fun. I laughed and truly enjoyed it. An amazing standalone that I would strongly recommend. 8.6/10 It’s addictive and impossible to put away, it’s sexy enough to be entertaining but not that it becomes too erotic. It wraps it up amazingly well by the end, and is an all around great read.
I will now look into more books from the great author that is Colleen Hoover, I definitely became a fan of hers after Ugly Love!

After reading it, I completely understand why the fans practically demanded for Nick Bateman, I think he’ll shine as Miles Archer, I haven’t seen him act but I’m sure he’ll nail it! I just hope he’ll wear blue contacts!

Xo, Beauty