Desert Skies, Rebel Souls

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Title Desert Skies, Rebel Souls

Author M.P Tonnesen

Rating ★★★★☆


“A journey into the unknown. A rebellion against family, culture and society. A love against all odds.

From Scandinavia to the Middle East, a young woman travels to discover herself and finds a world of passion and history, war and peace. A whirlwind romance takes a dramatic turn, leaving

Olivia caught between countries, belonging nowhere, and with the love of her life in danger far away.

From the award-winning author of The Cosmopolitan Islander comes an uplifting tale of adventure, conflict and reconciliation that never shies away from brutal reality, yet sparkles with the sheer love of life.

Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set under the desert sky against the backdrop of music and key events of the nineties – to be enjoyed by adventurous globetrotters and readers longing to escape.”



3.5★ rounded up to 4 ★

Just like M.P Tonnesen’s previous book The Cosmopolitan Islander, her newest book, Desert Skies, Rebel Souls,  is packed with beautiful prose wrapped in a wonderful setting to accompany a lovestory.

Olivia is 18 and comes from a very priviliged family. She’s decided to become a volunteer in a kibbutz in Israel, and leaves behind her familiy and highschool boyfriend.

In Israel she meets a bunch of other young volunteers, among these, two fellow Danish girls named Hannah and Lola. She also meets Chaim, an older, gorgeous Israeli man, who sweeps her off of her feet.

As stated in the beginning, the language is just beautiful, thoughts, feelings, emotions are tangled into a beautiful web, that is so descriptive. At times, you felt as if you were present at bazaar in Israel, or wandering the streets of Tel-Aviv.

Due to this, I felt that book read a bit more as a travel, than “just” a coming-of-age story. I also found myself having a bit of trouble connecting to Oliva, and kind of like Chloe, in M.P Tonnesen’s first book, all the boys are infatuated with her, and she is a bit of a slut shamer, which is really unfortunate. Every once in a while, Olivia will make some comments about the other girls that just read wrong, and even though the book is set in the late 1990’s, and Olivia is only 18, I still feel compelled to comment on it. She refers to them as lazy cows, and makes some oppositions between herself and them.

I really wish that Oliva had defended Lola when Chaim implied that people were calling her a slut. Instead it’s only when Oliva herself is confronted with some stereotypical prejudice that she becomes angry about it.

At times it felt as if there were some, I won’t say plot holes, but passages where I would liked to know more about the situation, instead it would be presented as a flashback, and I would sit back and think to myself, ok … what exactly went down?

The book as said, reads a bit like a travel book, with an accompaigning lovestory. The travel bits are super interesting, and the commentary about Israel, Palestine and the Middle East in general, is interesting, but I want more of the love story!

It’s a whirlwind love story that just moves way too quickly, I like a build up, I like the getting to know you phase, and I missed that a bit in this story. While the scenes with Chaim and Oliva were great, it all went very fast, I’m not going to spoil the ending, but WOW.

Throughout the story it becomes apparant that Olivia has some issues with her mother, and those issues become more clear as she returns to Denmark.

This is a coming-of-age story, reminding me a bit of some of the classic novels I read as a teen by Danish authors, such as Kirsten and Hanne-Vibeke Holst. A lot of times they were character based just like this novel, and focused on one girl as their main character.

The pacing of the novel was great, and it flowed along nicely. It also didn’t feel as heavily packed with information and descriptions as the previous book, and that I really liked.

If you enjoy beautiful writing, a strong female character (with flaws), filled with gorgeous, descriptive sceneries and a coming-of-age story with a diverse love interst, this book is just for you!

I look forward to seeing more from M.P Tonnesen.

Thanks to the author for generously providing me an ARC to review.


Book Review: This is Beautiful


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Title: Checkmate: This is Beautiful
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Logan & Kayla, #2)
Author: Kennedy Fox

Rating ★★★★☆
Release Date: September 19, 2017


The anticipated conclusion of the Logan & Kayla saga in the Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo under the USA Today bestselling author pseudonym, Kennedy Fox!

This second-chance romance will have you gasping and cheering this two on from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the final game?


Kayla Sinclair is a saint and real life Angel.
She wears her heart on her sleeve and inspires me to be a better person.
Rescuing dogs, feeding the homeless, volunteering at the local food pantry are just a few of the ways she gives back to others, although no one has ever been there for her.
Falling for her was inevitable, losing her will destroy me.

Letting someone in didn’t come easy, but she made me want to try for the first time in years.
Her bubbling personality and kind spirit make it impossible to forget a girl like her.
But when tragedy strikes and she loses all memory that our relationship ever existed, my worst nightmare comes to life.

I’ll do anything to remind her of the love we shared. I know it’ll be an uphill battle, but I won’t walk away without a fight. Whoever said all is fair in love and war never played by my rules.

Checkmate, Angel.


Argh I’m so excited to finally have the conclusion to this series, I can’t believe the cliffhanger the previous book with on, good lord that was cruel 😀

I think this might be my fave out of the Checkmate books, it felt honest, and it felt real in a way that was very relatable.

The characters were great, I loved the development that Kayla went through after her accident, and it was refreshing and so great to see her put herself first, something that more women, in my opinion, ought to do. She stood up for herself as well, and spoke her mind, moreover she took the plunge and went for her dream, a very admirable thing to do.

Also, can I get a doggy dealer like Kayla in my life?

It was interesting to see how she wanted to pursue a friendship with Logan after it was revealed to her that they’d been a couple before her accident.

Speaking of Logan … oh my word. YES, where can I find me one of those please and thank you?

I can’t even imagine what it must be like to see your loved one, and then realizing that she doesn’t recognize you, let alone remember everything you had together.

Logan has the patience of a saint, he stays close becomes her friend, and lets Kayla set the pace.

It was great that the focus, for the most part, was on their mutal relationship and how they were trying to come to terms with their new reality. I will say though that some of the drama seemed a bit dragged out, and a bit repetitive, with some sudden and rather unexpected guilt from both parties as well.

That being said, this was a perfect way to end the Checkmate series, Logan and Kayla have become my absolute favorite of the three couples, and I’ll never look at a sprinkled donut the same way again 😉

Thanks to the author for generously providing me an ARC to review.


Book review: A Court of Mist and Fury & A Court of Wings and Roses

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Author Sarah J. Maas

Rating ★★★★☆




A Court of Mist and Fury

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.



Back in June, I read A Court of Thorns and Roses and enjoyed it tremendously, however I did find it a bit drawn out at times.

Last month I finally finished reading ACOWAR and ACOMAF, and thankfully, I got loads more action.

In ACOWAR (which I think is the absolute best of the 3 books) Feyre goes through some serious growth and development, which was something to behold. After the events in ACOTAR, how could anyone really imagine her to be the same? I certainly couldn’t, and I’m so happy that she changed, and found the will to nurse her new strengths and become accustomed to them, however it also became annoying that everything just worked out for her: “oh a problem occurs, wait Feyre discovers a new power to overcome that problem.” It was too convenient and didn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Ahh the love aspect of the stories – I get why people ship Feysand, I GET IT! My god what a controlling bastard Tamlin turned out to be, I won’t spoil, but Cauldron have mercy on my, he turned out to be a dick.

Rhysand on the other hand, sigh. Can I get my very own? The front he puts up for others, being a bad boy and more evil than good, turns out to be just that, a front. In reality he is selfless and thoughtful, and he’s looking for a partner in life, someone who is equal to him.

These books are long, like long-long, and lots of it could be left out, it seemed a bit too rushed and just in need a good editor.

There were a lot of things that I liked about this series, but there were also a lot of flaws, the whole class systemm with high feaes and lesser faires seemed odd and irrelevant, and don’t get me started on the ending of ACOMAF, my god! I’m not going to spoil, but good lord!

Everything was just too perfectly wrapped up, I might continue with the spin-offs.

Have you read these books?


Book review: Melody’s Key

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Title Melody’s Key

Author Dallas Coryell

Rating ★★★☆☆

I received this book from the author in exchange for a review, this will in no way influence my thoughts on the book.


“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.


Do you like a slow burning romance? Descriptive, poetic writing? Then this is the book for you!

Over the course of the story, we follow the main character Teagan. She  works at her parents’ hotel, having turned down a scholarship to Columbia, to help save the struggling business. Moreover, she carries a deep dark secret that she hasn’t told her parents.

Teagan is unfortunately a bit of a walking cliché, she is the usual “beautiful girl, who doesn’t know that she’s beautiful.” She struggles to find happiness, she struggles to find inspiration.  You see she is not only beautiful, she is also a talented artist (that’s how she got the full-ride scholarship to Columbia), and as if that wasn’t enough, she’s also a gifted musician, singing, writing and playing. Inspiration suddenly hits when a young pop-musician Mason Keane arrives at the hotel, trying to escape the rustle and bustle of his busy life. For some inexplicable reason Teagan can’t stand the sight of him, she feels that she has to avoid him at all costs and everything he does annoys her.

As I said earlier, it’s a slow-burn, and Teagan is slowly charmed by Mason and they built a relationship.

It’s through music that two find a common ground, and find a place where they cane explore and get to know each other. The lyrics in the book are all written by the author, and you can listen to them on his youtube channel, just search for Melody’s Key – Dallas Coryell.

The book briefly touches upon some rather serious issues including depression, self-harm and rape. Nothing gets too explicit, but I just wanted to make sure that people know that before diving into the book.

The writing in this book is wonderful, the atmosphere is incredibly well described, but it also drags on, it makes the story very long, very descriptive, and honestly a lot of scenes were drawn out way too long, and made me less interested. And, there were way too many words written in CAPS, honestly, they were all over.

You quickly figure out the plot, and despite the fact that the last 100 pages are so are action filled, you also feel that the it becomes a bit predictable, and the ending felt a bit too rushed for my taste. I felt like there were still things that need to be explained and wrapped up, but instead it felt a bit abrupt.

It was a nice read, but it was also an unnecessarily long read, several pages could have easily been left out, and it would have improved my reading experience a lot. However, if you’re looking for a slow-burn, romantic book, this one is definitely for you 🙂