Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Prince (The Florentine 0.5) by Sylvain Reynard

The Prince (The Florentine 0.5)
by Sylvain Reynard

ARC, ebook, 86 pages
Expected publication: January 20th 2015 by Penguin Group (USA)

~*Excerpt*~ on sale 1/20/15

In the distance, the Prince could hear voices and muffled sounds.
He approached silently, almost floating across the floor.
Desperate groans and the rustling of fabric filled his ears, along with the twin sounds of rapidly beating hearts. He could smell their scents, the aromas heightened due to their sexual arousal.
He growled in reaction.
The corridor was shrouded in darkness but the Prince could see that the professor had his wife up against a window between two statues, her legs wrapped around his waist.
Her voice was breathy as she spoke, but the Prince tuned out her words, moving closer so he could catch a glimpse of her lovely face.
At the sight of it, flushed with passion, his old heart quickened and he felt the stirrings of arousal.
It was not his custom to observe rather than participate. But on this occasion, he decided to make an exception. Careful to remain in the darkness, he moved to the wall opposite the couple.
The woman squirmed in her lover’s arms, her high heels catching on his tuxedo jacket. Her fingers flew to his neck, undoing his bow tie and tossing it carelessly to the floor.
She unbuttoned his shirt, and her mouth moved to his chest, as murmurs of pleasure escaped his lips.
The Prince felt more than desire as he watched the woman’s eager movements. He caught a glimpse of her exquisite mouth and the toss of her long hair that would no doubt feel like silk between his fingers.
She lifted her head to smile at the man who held her close and he could see love in her eyes.


do you know? how you feel when you read a book then you don’t know what to say? and if you 
want to say something then you will give away everything because you can’t stop talking about it? but then if you’ve been asked to write about it… then you would back to the state of not knowing what to say, or in this case, write again?

okay… calm down… breath…

This story will be the opening of a new series of the Florentine by Sylvain Reynard, and while introducing new characters, we get to meet the Emersons couple, Professor Gabriel and his lovely wife, Julia… :D

I just can’t get enough of them, makes me want to reread the Gabriel’s series again…

The Prince is a leader of … I don’t know… I’m guessing they are vampire, but I can be wrong, it seems that they used to be human, but now they are immortal…

The illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy of Botticelli, which the Emersons share in the Uffizi Gallery, actually belong to the Prince of Florence… and they have been taken from his possession from a long long time a go, and until now the Prince cannot tell who behind the thievery…

Since the Emersons have them, then the Prince wants to punish them and retrieve his illustrations back…

Lucky for the Emersons, by a twist of fate, they can get away from the Prince.
There is an assassination attempt to the Prince, and the war that ensued between the underworlds of Florence and Venice had kept him occupied since then…

But will they always be safe? Since Florence is one of their favourite city in the world and has given them so many good memories, where they will always come back to…

I think we just can always pray for them…

Get your copy of The Prince and The Raven soon… because once you get to know Mr. Sylvain Reynard's book... they you'll be captivated and never get enough of his story... ;-)

THE PRINCE - Novella - 1/20/15 - InterMix

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[WRAP UP POST] Book in English Reading Challenge 2014

well... since I read book mostly in English... I just listed my read books which I wrote review for it... and here they are

  1. The Plan by Qwen Salsbury (ebook) - Feb 2014
  2. Twisted (Tangled #2) by Emma Chase (ebook) - Mar 2014
  3. The Associate by John Grisham - Mar 2014
  4. Dinner with a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1) by Abigail Gibbs - Mar 2014
  5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (ebook) - Apr 2014
  6. Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Season #1) by Christina Laure (ebook) -  May 2014
  7. The Possibility of Us by Lisa Burstein (ebook) - Jul 2014
  8. Raging Stars (Dust Land Trilogy #3) by Moira Young - Jul 2014
  9. Tamed (Tangled #3) by Emma Chase (ebook) - Jul 2014
  10. The Deep End of The Sea by Heather Lyons (ebook) - Jul 2014
  11. Tied (Tangled #4) by Emma Chase (ebook) - Oct 2014
  12. The Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series by Debra Anastasia (ebooks) - Dec 2014
  13. Screwdriver (The Cocktail Series Book 3) by Alice Clayton (ebook) - Dec 2014
  14. Mai Tai'd Up (The Cocktail Series Book 4) by Alice Clayton (ebook) - Dec 2014
  15. Ripped (Real #5) by Katy Evans (ebook) - Dec 2014
  16. The Librarian Principle by Helena Hunting (ebook) - Dec 2014
  17. The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by Robert Galbraith - Dec 2014
  18. Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher - Dec 2014
  19. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover - Dec 2014

though I achieved quite good in this reading challenge, I don't thing I will join (if there's one) in 2015... there's not enough challenge for me... :D

Saturday, January 17, 2015

[MASTER POST] Lucky No. 15 Reading Challenge

Book to Share (Astrid) is so kind to host another new challenge of Lucky No.15 Reading Challenge
Period of challenge : 15 Jan 2015 - 15 Jan 2016

though... for me, it's quite a failure last year... I guess I'll give my self a try, one more time this year... :D
and I'm happy that I'm allowed to add my ebooks reading to this challenge... ;-)

15 categories:

1. Chungky Brick : have a number of books that so heavy actually... and also as my personal reading challenge, I think I will read these two: The Passage (The Passage #1) by Justin Cronin and American Gods (American Gods #1) by Neil Gaiman

2. Something New : well... don't ask me about my new books, I'll always have them... XD - well, I'll just marked them later after I actually read them and write their reviews...

3. Something Borrowed : hahah! I have a best friend, Indah, for this category, she always lends me her books... :D I have The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson and The Chronicles of Audy: 4R (The Chronicles of Audy #1) by Orizuka

4. It's Been There Forever : I think this one is really though challenge for me... because I guess if it's been there forever, I think it will took also forever for me to read them... I don't know... but maybe I will read The Yearling: Jody dan Anak Rusa by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings as it's also my personal reading challenge...

5. Freebies Time : have I mentioned her already? sure I did, my best friend who lends me books, also gives me books... I have two :  The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer

6. Bargain All The Way : it's not that it's cheap or something, but the discount made me tempted to buy it :D it's The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling and this one is so cheap... The Wrath of Angels (Charlie Parker #11) by John Connolly

7. Favorite Color : it's must be red, though the red it's not the kind of red that I really love, but it's red anyway, I'll read Slammed - Cinta Terlarang (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover ;-)

8. First Initial : I think I just wait for another Cormoran Strike's book... hahaha... I wish Robert Galbraith write more... meanwhile I just read The Game Plan (Neighbor from Hell #5) by R.L. Mathewson

9. Super Series : my favorite author will have new book to come this February... I think it will be a series, it's The Raven (The Florentine #1) by Sylvain Reynard and I just bought the last book of the series Shattered (Slated #3) by Teri Terry  and also The Whispering Skull - Tengkorak Berbisik (Lockwood & Co. #2) by Jonathan Stroud

10. Randomly Picked : I'll just have my husband pick one from my pile books :D... yay! he picked number 17 (out of 31 paperback books to read) and it is... The Tokyo Zodiac Murders - Pembunuhan Zodiak Tokyo by Soji Shimada

11. Opposite Attract : I think I will read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, without any particular reason...

12. Cover Lust : my Wishfull Wednesday containts several books I wish since I got caught by their covers, they are Love by the Morning Star by Laura L. Sullivan and These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner .. but since I don't have them yet... maybe... I'll just buy one (or more) of them first, another good excuse err reason to buy books XD

13. Who Are You Again? it's not I don't know him... I do know him... but why is he famous? I didn't even succeed to make my self to start read his book... is it relevan? (or something?), anyway I will read Aleph by Paulo Cuelho and give it a second attempt for reading the book

14. One Word Only : actually I'm reading one now, it's Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

15. Dream Destination : I always dream of visiting Turkey, and I happened to have Fatima's Good Fortune: A Novel by Joanne Dryansky, which I haven't read as I also put it on my Lucky No.14 as the same category...

yay! wish me luck... a very very good luck for this reading challenge... or even better... join the fun! :D

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wishful Wednesday #21


Happy New Year... yay! new books for the new year... many up coming books to read... and now I wish for this one...

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - a Goodreads Choice 2014 Winner

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

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  • Silakan follow blog Books To Share – atau tambahkan di blogroll/link blogmu =)
  • Buat posting mengenai buku-buku (boleh lebih dari 1) atau segala hal yang berhubungan dengan kebutuhan bookish kalian, yang jadi inceran kalian minggu ini, mulai dari yang bakal segera dibeli, sampai yang paling mustahil dan hanya sebatas mimpi. Oya, sertakan juga alasan  kenapa buku/benda itu masuk dalam wishlist kalian ya!
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  • Mari saling berkunjung ke sesama blogger yang sudah ikut share wishlistnya di hari Rabu =)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Good Bye 2014 & Welcome 2015


it's quite a pleasant year for reading for me personally...

I got to know some interesting books that I love so much...
(not particularly in sequence order)

1. Rosie Project
2. Cormoran Strike's series by the end of the year 2013 for the first and 2014 for the second
3. I've got my self a Kindle Fire - yay!
4. A reviewer blogger for publishers... have one publisher from overseas that have me listed as a reviewer of their new books (actually I joined their mi-list :d) and also have a chance to review 4 books from Penerbit Haru (local publishers who specialist in Korean translated book)
5. Reading Challenge is a disaster though... couldn't disipline my self on reviewing my books >.<
6. The Deep End of The Sea
7. Surprisingly good: Big Little Lies
8. Grey & Jingga: The Twilight... local romantic comic
9. Great guys on books : Don Tilman in Rosie Project, Isaac Asterholder in Mud Vein, Beckett Taylor in Poughkeepsie Brotherhood
10. Gone Girl

because of those great books (you can find them either in my blog or in my GR)... I think I add up my favorite authors too... or at least the sequeal/pre-quel of my favorite books are must to-read ones..


well, new years should be about new targets and new challenges... I hope I will met mine this year...

1. Reading Challenge
- 2015 Reading Challenge Goodreads : 70 books (decreased from previous year :D)
- New Author Reading Challenge 2015 - not yet announce but Ren said she will host again with new rules

- Personal Reading Challenge
I want to read more on classic books... and targeting at least 1 book a month... not necessarily classic, but most of them...
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
2. Le Petite Price by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (the French edition)
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
4. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6,7,8. 1Q84 Trilogy by Haruki Murakami
9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
10. Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott
12. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

- (maybe) Hosting Around the World Reading Challenge... but I definitely in the challenge

2. Improving my writing in English
3. Write short stories

well... I guess I shouldn't give too many challenges or end up not meeting any of them... :D

Happy New Year every one... hope you have a very good year!