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Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts Hop : Samantha Watkins #1 Review

(un)Conventional Bookviews hosts this weekly meme

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts

This time I found an interesting book that has food in it. It is

Samantha Watkins: Chronicles of an Extraordinary Ordinary Life
Author: Aurélie Venem with translator S.E. Battis
Series: Samantha Watkins Series Book 1
Genre: paranormal, mystery, vampire

A little blurry, so I had to write it down

Everything was delicious. The meat melted in my mouth, the vegetables were perfectly seasoned, the bread was crusty, the cheese soft, and the tart… to die for. I was so absorbed by my meal that I didn’t realize until my second slice of strawberry tart that Velvet Voice was staring at me

For a Thirsty Thursday, I hope that is enough?


I like the premise of the story, a good blend of real life and paranormal. It is as if vampire is real in this world, and Samantha is just caught up in it. The characters are solid, even though some are cliche. The story started like most vampire/ human combo stories, a girl who narrowly escapes death, ends up under the care of a vampire.

Thankfully, nothing romantic in this book yet. Samantha is a character who is apparently socially awkward, while Phoenix the Velvet Voice Vampire is too detached to have a normal relationship. It is interesting to note, that there is an underlying current with Phoenix, I think he has a secret but not really sure. Samantha is like an open book, and a lot of fun to read.

The mystery part is slightly lacking, if you are going after that plot you would be disappointed. Samantha Watkins is more a character based book. This book is perfect for Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts, because it would be fun to show a passage that tells how Phoenix choked on human food. I settled for this one, so it does not giveaway too much.


Samantha Watkins 1 is a thrilling vampire/ human combo story that you will love to sink your teeth into. Click To Tweet

It is well translated, since I read it in English. But if you find it in its original, please tell me if it is any good?

Samantha Watkins: Chronicles of an Extraordinary Ordinary Life is interesting, however the second book has not been translated yet. I hope it does, because Samantha’s life is not going to be ordinary any longer.

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Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts Hop : Reawakened

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Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts is originally hosted by Lexxie at (un)Conventional Bookviews, I have been meaning to do the hop, but I couldn’t find something that is fitting enough to have a grand entrance, until this:

Reawakened (The Reawakened Series)
Author: Colleen Houck
Genre: YA, adventure, fantasy

This is my mom’s favorite author, a fantasy YA author Colleen Houck likes to combine ancient mythology with modern characters. Such as this one, Reawakened is a series featuring an Egyptian Mummy Amon and modern girl Liliana Young.

From the Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts rule, it didn’t say I cannot do screenshots, so out of extreme laziness I took one. Mainly you can see the difference between the two characters: a hungry un- mummied guy versus a girl who’s looking out for her figure.

Of course, this is not the only place you would find food in the book, or the series. Egyptian dead people seem to love food a lot, and the book is peppered with danishes and fruits. As Amon and Liliana journeys to find his brothers and stop darkness from breaking into the world, a feast makes everything better.

If you are looking for a great book, this might be slightly disappointing. The story is solid, and the characters make you smile, but like most Young Adult genre, it is lacking. Somehow has big plot holes, while there are gaps in the story that should have been filled better. And then you have Liliana, who seem to be infatuated with Amon. Amon seems to be hot and cold, though being so much older I had assumed that he would be more responsible.

Problem with YA, the author tends to think like young adults (to appeal to the audience) and love trumps all is like a theme in these books. It does make the realist in me cringe, but hey, forgivable right?

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Beautiful People : March Edition

Beautiful People : March Edition almost didn’t happen

Right now I am typing this with one hand, my baby sleeping on my other hand. Last week it was the battle of crappy Internet service, with a lot of cold virus going around.

So happy that I finally get to read and answer questions for beautiful people. I really wanted to do it, because I am too lazy to think of these questions on my own. Although it seems irrelevant, these questions are what makes a character seem like a person, instead of someone you read about.

If you feel like joining , go to Paper Fury’s or Further Up and Further In .


What’s their favourite book/movie/play/etc.?
Mina’s favorite Kdrama is Moonlight Drawn by Clouds or Love in the Moonlight. But she is also a fan of Hercule Poirot, often fantasizes as a great detective herself.
Is there anything they regret doing?
So many! Mina’s biggest regret is leaving South Korea, but there is bad memories there.
If they were sick or wounded, who would take care of them and how?
Mina is all alone in Australia. One would hope that it is her racist partner Christopher, but that’s quite slim. Maybe another friend.
Is there an object they can’t bear to part with and why?
Mina cannot bear to part with her photo album, containing all the photos of her family.
What are 5 ways to win their heart (or friendship)?
a) give her food
b) save her life
c) Chocolates never fail
d) a shoulder to cry on
e) hands that can support her world
Describe a typical outfit for them from top to bottom.
Mina wears black pants and a shirt to work. During off days, she loves to dress up in pretty dresses and a cute hairstyle.
What’s their favorite type of weather?
Winter, cold
What’s the worst fight they’ve ever been in?
A fight with her dad about inheriting the family business, father threatened to disown her. It didn’t went through as the family had met with an accident shortly after the fight.
What names or nicknames have they been called throughout their life?
Nana was her nickname by her younger siblings
What makes their heart feel alive?
A sparring exercise

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Safe and Sound Release : Grab a Copy

Safe and Sound 
Series Promise Me Series Book 1
uthor: Alli Hope
Publisher: Elephantine Publishing
Genre: sexual abuse, young adult + supervision

Warning: this release contains explicit language and a scene that portrays explicit sexual abuse & molestation. If you are sensitive to sexual abuse issues, please be advised.

Get it now for e-book!

2 signed books from Katie McGarry. To enter: visit Alli Hope’s website:

About Safe and Sound:

While most of sixteen year old girls are planning their sweet sixteen, or talk about their next date, Hailey Perish had to look after her drug addicted mother. Life couldn’t get any worse than unpaid bills and eviction, her only bright spot is her friend/ childhood love Carson Hart.

Apparently, rock bottom is not low enough, Hailey’s mom had used Hailey as a stake in a poker game. Well.. if she won, there would be no story. Now, the heroine faces something worse than living in squalor and starving. Hailey must act quickly, or risk losing herself. In this first book of the Promise Me series, the 16 year old has to make hard decisions to save herself.

Read my review here

I received the book a month ago, and have reviewed it before the release. I highly recommend this book if this is the genre that you like. We all know that the world is not always fun and rainbows, if you do want to give this to your sixteen year old or older, do so with discretion. It can be emotionally trying, and confusing to younger readers.

Overall, Safe and Sound is a book everyone should read, because it is not a story to some children out there.

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Wicked Charming Review

Wicked Charming
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Genre: erotica, adult romance

Wicked Charming is not a fairy tale for kids

I have read a few of Nazarea Andrew’s books before, she does have a good grip in erotica/ BDSM. Andrews is one of the few authors I would not mind reading, the sex is better executed, as well as the tension. She could grab your attention, wield it like a vibrator and make you sigh as the character gets some sexual release. Rinse and repeat.

Make no mistake, Wicked Charming is hardly anyone’s idea of a fairy tale, but the adults would buy it. This story is in the first person point of view of Prince Charming, coincidentally named Samul Charming III (I think it’s III). He is an heir to Charming Pharmaceuticals, and partly owns the club.

Worse of all, that guy was bored. Out of his brains bored. Then someone got him interested, and that someone was Celeste, a bartender. There are a few sex scenes, where Samul tries to make up his mind about Celeste, part of him wants her, part of him tries to reason. The story moves forward, showing the readers how the privileged Prince is trying to be a good son, while trying to be himself.

Wicked Charming is not bad, it has sex and story, albeit a little straightforward. You know the ending, you just want to see how the couple move forward in their relationship. This seems to be part of a series, hinting more to come as the characters are conveniently Hunter, Briar, Beast, Wolf and Mal. I am sure you get it.


Wickedly Charming is a modern spin off of well known classics, with a lot of leather. Click To Tweet

Do not say I did not warn you . Wicked Charming is not for vanilla readers who wants romance and fairy tales. This story is erotic, realistic and matches the characters the author created. This book creates a setting for all the future stories, I cannot wait to see her next installment.