Audiobook Review: Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

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Title: Stuck-Up Suit
Authors: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Publisher: C. Scott Publishing Corp
Publication date: April 11th 2016
Pages: 245
Format: Audiobook, bought
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Humor

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It started out like any other morning on the train.
Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.
He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.
Who did the stuck-up suit think he was...God?
Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.
When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.
I might have picked it up.
I might have gone through all of his photos and called some of the numbers.
I might have held onto the mystery man's phone for days―until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.
When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.
So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk's office.
I might have also left behind a dirty picture on it first though.
I didn't expect him to text back.
I didn't expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.
I didn't expect to fall for him―all before we even met.
The two of us couldn't have been any more different.
Yet, you know what they say about opposites.
When we finally came face to face, we found out opposites sometimes do more than attract―we consumed each other.
Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn't prepared for where I'd wind up when the ride was over.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.

I am always a little sceptical whenever I come over a book that is written by two different authors, but by now I have learned that I should even be one bit nervous if it's Vi and Penelope writing together because they have done it again. The first book I read by them was Cocky Bastard and I loved every moment of it. It was an absolute pleasure to read, and that is why I decided to purchase Stuck-Up Suit on Audible since I was going on a road trip and had way too much time to kill. So when I first pressed play, I could not stop. Everything about this book is captivating. I was immediately pulled into Soraya and Graham's world and there was no way I was leaving until the ending.

The first character we meet is Soraya, a sassy young woman with an attitude that makes you want to snap your fingers and shake your hips. She is the kind of woman you'd like to have your back. She was all in all a great character and I loved that she had so few insecurities. A bold women with a confident you couldn't get enough of. I loved that she wasn't afraid to speak her mind and call out on the other main characters bullshit. That brings me to Graham, her complete opposite. When I was first introduced to Graham, I hated him. I didn't like the way he acted or talked. There was no doubt he was a stuck-up suit with his arrogant and mean side. I had way to many hair gripping moments of frustration. He just wasn't my type of main character, but of course I was proved otherwise. As things progressed, he grew on me.

If you've read any of Vi Keeland or Penelope Ward's books, you know that they contain hot, steamy romance. And let me tell you: neither of them let me down. But here's the thing I love about these woman: they don''t just focus on the hot and steamy parts. They also include storylines that will make you angsty, moments that will make your heart swoon and tears stream down your face. There is just so much more to their books and they made sure to put every single thing of that into Stuck-Up Suit. They included problems that could happen to anyone, moments that were so vivid you could almost see them happening in front of you. The drama was never exaggerated and they always knew when to throw you off guard.

If you are looking for a book, filled with hot, steamy romance and a storyline that will make you question everything then this book is definitely something for you!

Waiting on Wednesday #1: Stalking Jack The Ripper

Since my blog lacks variated content, I have decided to add another "weekly event" to my batch.
And for my first "Waiting on Wednesday" I have chosen:

Stalking Jack the Ripper
written by Kerri Maniscalco
Publication date: September 20th, 2016

There are so many things to look forward to when it comes to this book. The cover is stunning, the synopsis is intriguing and the first chapter that was realised for free really made me want to pick it up because of the way the author writes. Everything about this book screams "read me". ______________________________________________________________________________
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event created by Breaking the Spine

Book Review: Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen

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Title: Child of Odin (Odinsbarn, original title)
Author: Siri Pettersen
Publisher: Gyldendal
Publication date: September 9th, 2013
Pages: 621
Format: Paperback, bought
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

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(translated from Norwegian to English by me)
Imagine missing something everyone else has. Something that proves that you belong in this world. Something so important that without it, you are nothing. A plague. A myth. A human being.

Fifteen winters old Hirka learns that she is a Child of Odin - a tailless rottenness from another world. Despised. Feared. And hunted. She has no idea who she is anymore, and someone will kill her for it so that it remains a secret. But there are worse things than a Child of Odin and Hirka isn't the only creature that has broken through the gates. Child of Odin is an original fantasy based on Norse Mythology. A settlement with xenophobia, blind faith and the right or the will to lead.

I was a real sceptic at first when it came to this book. I had seen it in various book shops, but I never got around to pick it up because I thought it wasn't something for me. The main character was to young for my taste and I didn't really feel like reading about a girl who was tailless. I just imagined a whiny main character and her "oh feel bad for me" moments.
The one thing that actually made me buy it, was the word "Norse Mythology". I am a real sucker when it comes to Norse Mythology. So I spontaneously bought it while I was in town and I do not regret it one bit.

What I think shocked me the most was Hirka, the main character of this book. I had imagined her to be a whiny and attention seeking character that was on a mission to save herself for all I know. Hirka is far from that! She is a person that cares for those few people she has around her. She also has a good side, even though her badass side is portrayed most in this book. I loved how Siri made Hirka come alive as I read. I swear, at some points I got a really strong picture of how she looked. She actually reminded me of Merida from Brave at some points.
Another character I fell in love with was Rime. I think I had a few swooning moment. He is just the perfect male character. His attitude was spot on, and I adored him for not being a jackass because I am really growing tired of those. There are many positive sides about him, and he was also made alive. I think it has a lot to do with the realness of Siri's character. She knows how to bring them to life.

The world building. I just have one thing to say: WOW! It's been ages since I have been sucked into a fantasy world like I was when I read Child of Odin. I could imagine myself being there with the characters as the scenes were "acted out". I imagined beautiful Norwegian nature, thick forests and high mountains. I always knew where I was.

Another plus is that there was almost no romance drama. It didn't overwhelm the book at all, and that made it shine in all it's glory. Even thought I wish there could have been some action between a certain two, I did not crave it. The book managed just fine without all those romance sequences that you usually see in Young Adult books. It's clear that the author did not need romance to suck her readers into an amazing world.

Now, the reason I didn't give it a full 5 star review is because of the beginning. I was struggling real hard to get into it at first and had to put it down multiple times to even have a chance on reading it. It was just too slow for my taste since it lacked action. I liked the fact that we got to know the environment and characters better, but I wish it was done it a way that made me intrigued - not bored.

All in all, an amazing book! I'm already looking forward to read the second one. If you are into Norse Mythology with tailless, badass women that has a great side kick and an amazing friend that is just as badass as her, well then this book is without doubt something for you!

(4.5/5 stars)