I Moved!!!!!


Hello, and long time no chat. I have been ridiculously inactive lately and I do sincerely apologize for that, lots of crazy things happened during this past a couple of months. However, I am back and better than ever, and I am moving…to another site for my blog, and I hope you will follow me as well. I will still be on WordPress just not active.

NEW BLOGSITE: https://stephaniebaka.wixsite.com/thesecretreader

NEW BLOGSITE: https://stephaniebaka.wixsite.com/thesecretreader  

NEW BLOGSITE: https://stephaniebaka.wixsite.com/thesecretreader  


West by Edith Pattou

East is a personal, and timeless masterpiece that I have adored since the fifth grade. You would not believe my ecstasy when I heard about the its companion West coming out, and thank the Lord I was able to get first dibs. I will forever, always be in with love with Rose and her white bear and all her family.
First and foremost, this series brings new mythology to the table which I find to be fascinating because I am a huge dork for all things superstition, supernatural and fantasy.
The writing is magic in itself. Every word is woven together to tell a tale that just simply draws you in and you can’t nor do you want to escape.
The setting (Njord) was so descriptive to the point where I felt I was right there with Rose as she ventures into her adventures. The mountains, rocking of the sea, the wind. My heart melted due to the love between Rose and her “white bear.” Two inseparable beings who make each other whole.
An added bonus, is the reverse role where Rose is the heroin who is constantly saving “prince charming.” It was NOT subtle at all nor was it “grand” but it was magical.
The second book touches very little on Rose and Charles’ (the white bear) new life, but do not fret the adventure soon takes place after a couple flips or “slides” in my case of pages.

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THANK YOU for participating in Edith Pattou’s online tour! Readers like you make what we do worth it. We can’t adequately express our gratitude, and we hope you enjoy!
“A wait of longer than a decade proves completely worthwhile in the case of Pattou’s continuing spin on Norwegian myth filled with fully realized human characters and adventures both fantastic and emotionally authentic.”—School Library Journal, STARRED review
“Necessary wherever the first is popular; a good addition to any collection where fairy-tale retellings circulate well.”—Kirkus Reviews
After 15 years, Edith Pattou’s WEST (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 23, 2018) is the long-awaited sequel to the beloved high fantasy East. Rose sets off on a perilous journey to find her true love when he goes missing in a thrilling tale of danger, magic, adventure, and revenge. Girl power and an epic love story come together with Edith’s much missed gorgeous writing.
EDITH PATTOU is the author of East, an ALA Notable Book; Fire Arrow, a Booklist Top Ten Fantasy Novel of the Year; and the New York Times best-selling picture book Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Visit her online at www.edithpattou.com
Instagram: @ediepattou
Twitter: @epattou
Edith Pattou is available for interviews or to write original pieces. Excerpts from the book are also available.

The Ghost Engine

Title: The Ghost Engine

Author: Theresa Fuller 

Genre: steampunk, scifi, romance, technology, 

Publisher: Bare Bear Media

Date: March 8, 2018

Length: 350

ISBN: 1925748030


My thoughts

Salut mon euphorians! Long time no blog. I introduce to you today a book I hope you’ll be generous to add to your TBR list. 

The Ghost Engine is a standalone underrated novel mixture of steampunk and sci-fi with an epic dose of women power. Told from the view point of Berd, a young woman with a too modern mind in a time when woman were not allowed to have thoughts of their own, I was taken on a journey inside a machine widely used today. 

The plot was nothing new or fresh but it was well written. The writing style is a formal 1800s style with a simplistic style to it making it easy to read and understand. The setting was visually descriptive enough for me to be able to get engulf into the where the characters were. 

I truly did enjoy the read but there was something missing. That certain ‘je ne sais quoi.’ The story did not have depth. It was simply a fun read that did not ouch my heart in any significant manner. It is not a book that would cross my mind again in the future. 

xoxo, yours truly 😉

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Thank you, Theresa Fuller for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for a voluntary honest review.


PULSE Vampire Series Omnibus Promo Post

Title: PULSE Vampire Series Omnibus 
Pages: Vol. 1 Books 1 – 4 942
Author: Kailin Gow
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Date: March 12018

PULSE Omnibus 1 Set Cover


17 year-old Kalina didn’t know her boyfriend was a vampire until the night he died of a freak accident. She didn t know he came from a long line of vampires until the night she was visited by his half-brothers Jaegar and Stuart Greystone. There were a lot of secrets her boyfriend didn t tell her. Now she must discover them in order to keep alive. But having two half-brothers vampires around had just gotten interesting

Now in Production as a Film!
This Omnibus contains 4 Full-length Novels in the PULSE Vampire Series, now in development as a Film starting with its Prequel, Mysterious Teacher.  
Loved it! Very exciting storyline, can’t wait for the next one….  – Ariana, early 20s.

Pulse is fast paced and intriguing, the story has twists at every turn and the ending leaves you open mouthed and wanting more. Kailin did a wonderful job in creating this vampire world. – Melissa Silva, The Bookshelf

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved vampire books, and this one does not disappoint. – Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)

I know that I seem to say the same thing everytime that I review a Kailin book but man can she write, no matter whatever she writes I can never seem to put the book down whenever I pick one up. This has become another one of my favourite Kailin series and I highly recommend it. – Head Stuck in a Book Blog

Hurray for Gow, she made up a powerful character. I recommended this, you are not going to regret. – Astrid A.

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About the Author

Kailin Gow loves things that are edgy, cool, bright, exciting, hopeful, glittery, and jaw-droppingly awe-inspiring.  She loves writing, reading, and filming stories about people whose journeys take them beyond their boundaries – physically, psychologically, intellectually, and emotionally to arrive a point and a place of inspiration and hope.  Her works have been recognized by the leaders in the industry in book publishing and entertainment to be “innovative” and “disruptive”, earning her awards from ALA, The IBPA, and festivals. Kailin Gow is a multiple  Award-winning author, film and tv director/producer, and speaker.

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The Last of the Firedrakes Review

Title: The Last of the Firedrakes

Author: Farah Oomerbhoy

Genre: ya, fantasy, romance

Publisher: Wise Ink

Date: August 15, 2015

Length: 240

ISBN: 1940014700 


My thoughts

Bonjour my euphorians! How are you? What books have read recently? This morning I bring to you a story that disappointed me. 

This is a cliche story with an undertone of bland, but I somewhat enjoyed it. Let me first get the criticism out of the way. The characters, omg, did not feel real to me. A robot has more of a pulse than the people I met in the story. (Harsh? Yes, I know but it’s how I feel). And, the writing is the most aggravating aspects of all. It is NOT the writing style of the story, but the WAY the story was told. 

Even though the book frustrated me and agitated This book has potential because as I was reading there were moments where I found myself chuckling here and there. 

xoxo, yours truly 😉

To learn more about the author: Farah Oomerbhoy

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Thank you, Farah Oomerbhoy and Wise Ink for providing me with a physical copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.