Tuesday, 2 September 2014

[eARC Review] Trail by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Title: Trial by Fire
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy #1
Genre: YA Paranormal, Witches
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Release Date: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: eARC received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

I love Josephine Angelini because she has a way of creating a world so amazing, and characters that intrigue us as readers and I could not wait to get into this new series. And the fact that it has to do with witchcraft made me want to read EVEN MORE!

What I think I liked about this book was the way it was written. It started off as a contemporary and I loved that because it gave us a chance to get to know certain characters without having to explain the surrounding world and have it be a distraction. being about to get to know Lily in today's world made me fall for her way before her world gets turned upside down. Lily was a very different character in the beginning than she was at the end, and watching her go through that growth was amazing.

The world building in this novel was extraordinary, I think what I liked the most about the world in this novel was the fact that it was the same city, but different times in history. Salem is known for Witchcraft and so it makes sense that this book had a lot to do with that topic, and knowing me and my interest in the subject, I was in. What I think I liked the most about this book was its combination of genres. It begins as a contemporary, then leads into time travel because our main character goes back in time to when Salem was run by witches, and then there is the paranormal with magic and the like. All of these different genres were combined to make one of the best books I have read this year.

Characters were very important in this book because they were paralleled in each world and that made for some interesting interactions. On one hand we meet one character that we hate, but then we meet them in another world and they are completely different. Waiting Lily navigate this aspect of the book was great because it showed her growth as a character and how she stopped making assumptions based in that persons "past." Every character in this book had a purpose whether they were in the past or present they had a direct impact on the story and on Lily herself.

There was a subtle love story in this book but it was intense as any I have ever read. There were certain scenes where I had to put the book down because they were so steamy! Not in a overtly sexual way, but just in the sexual tension kind of way and I loved that. I loved their relationship and I cannot wait to see where it goes because the way this book ended makes me want the second book right now!
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Monday, 1 September 2014

[eARC Review] The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan

Title: The Dolls
Author: Kiki Sullivan
Series: Dolls #1
Genre: YA Contemporary with Paranormal elements
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Release Date: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: eARC received by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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Eveny Cheval just moved back to Louisiana after spending her childhood in New York with her aunt Bea. Eveny hasn’t seen her hometown since her mother’s suicide fourteen years ago, and her memories couldn’t have prepared her for what she encounters. Because pristine, perfectly manicured Carrefour has a dark side full of intrigue, betrayal, and lies—and Eveny quickly finds herself at the center of it all.

Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends known as the Dolls. From sipping champagne at lunch to hooking up with the hottest boys, Peregrine and Chloe have everything—including an explanation for what’s going on in Carrefour. And Eveny doesn’t trust them one bit.

But after murder strikes and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she must turn to the Dolls for answers. Something’s wrong in paradise, and it’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.

I went into this book with so much hope because I loved what it was about. Set in the south I knew that there was going to be some interesting things happening, especially if there was witchcraft and voodoo happening. And for the most part I was very entertained but I will admit that while I was reading I felt like there was something missing.

The setting for me was the biggest thing I loved about this novel because it was so authentic. I felt like I was there for most of the novel and for most of the novel I could hear the accents of the characters and the could picture the mansions and the bayou surrounding everything. i loved it. I think that was my favorite part of the book because it consumed me as a reader and that is what kept me reading.

I will admit that I hated most of the characters in this book, especially the ones they called The Dolls. I will admit that these characters made me dislike this book more than I wanted because they were so infuriating. They were consumed with their looks and how they appeared to others, and the way they treated other was atrocious to the point where I wanted to stop reading about them. I did really like Eveny, our main character. I will admit that I wanted her to be a bit more strong willed when it came to peer pressure and The Dolls. I wanted her to stick up to her so called friends and be different from them, and for me it took a bit too long for that to happen.

What I also liked was the mystery aspect of the story. In The Dolls we encounter a lot of death, and what I think I liked the most was that we, as readers, knew that it was targeted at The Dolls and what they stood for but we didn't know who was doing the killing. So that mystery was an aspect that left me wanting to finish the book, and although I waited until the end to figure out who did it, and I must admit I figured it out pretty early, I was still disappointed in the way the book ended. This is a series, and I did not know that going in, so I did not get the answers I was looking for, and I honestly don't know if I will read the rest of the series, but I am interested in the unknowns that we were left with. Overall this book was okay, it mad its amazing moments and then it had some issues that I just could not get past, like characterization and the way the characters interacted with each other. I was not a fan of this book but that does mean you should not pick it up because you never know, you might love it!
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Friday, 29 August 2014

[eARC Review] The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Title: The Jewel
Author: Amy Ewing
Series: The Lone City #1
Genre: YA Dystopian
Format: Hardcover, 358 pages
Release Date: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

I was very hesitant because reading this book because many people were comparing it to The Selection, and even though i had ever read those books, I had not heard that many good things. But I decided to pick it up anyway and let my own opinions fly, and I am so glad i did because this book was a great read!

The characters in this book are extremely full of life and you cannot help full root for them and what they are fighting for. Most books like these focus on a love story and although it is forbidden (which made it all the better for me)I still loved that the author focused most of her attentions to friendships and what that meant for the characters. That was a breath of fresh air for me and I loved that aspect of the story.

There are some serious subjects disguised in this book, like human trafficking, slavery, and others that are hidden throughout the book. I loved the way that the author disguised them throughout the book and I seriously cannot wait for more books to see where the author takes them.  I really hope that when people read this book they don't just overlook these aspects of the story a fiction and realize that this happens i our society as well and what that means.

There is a magical element to this story and its characters and I rally thought it was interesting. I just wish that they had gone a little more in depth on the origin of these powers and what they mean for the characters. We see their effects on certain characters and how dangerous they are, but I am really looking forward to seeing more if it and seeing how it effects not only the characters but The Jewel world as well.

I am nor one for cliffhanger because I just hate that they make you want the next book right away and don't answer any questions. But in The Jewel I loved the end because it not only answered some of my questions but the end was a shocker. And I loved that. Was not expecting that reveal and I have to say it makes me really want to continue with this series! If you love great writing, masterful characters and a world that i so well done that you cannot question that it could happen here, then this book is for you!
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Thursday, 28 August 2014

[eARC Review] Feral by Holly Schindler

Title: Feral
Author: Holly Schindler
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Thriller
Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Release Date: August 26th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.

It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.

But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….

Holly Schindler’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

I will admit that this book was weird. I honestly did not expect what I got when I started this one. First of all there are two narrators in this book, one is alive and one is dead. I thought the dead girls parts were a bit too much for me, and i found it to be too weird for my tastes. Although it gave a very interesting perspective on what happened to this girl, i still felt disconnected to this story, right from the beginning.

What I think I loved the most about this book was the murder mystery aspect of the book. As a reader we know aspects of the murder than the character did not, which I thought was interesting, but we still had to find out who was behind it, and we found that out along with the characters. That I really liked. I think that aspect of the book was the reason I kept reading. And when the killer was finally revealed it made so much sense. It felt real and like it could happen in real life, even though the circumstances were a bit out there.

There is a reason that this book is called Feral and that is because this book has a lot of to do with cats and feral cats. I found this aspect to be the weirdest part of the book because I really didn't connect with it. I found myself rolling my eyes when these parts would come and especially when the dead girl BECAME one of the cats. That was my braking point and I knew I wasn't going to like this book was much as I wanted. Overall this book was crazy interesting and I loved the murder mystery aspect to it, but I was taken aback by the cats involvement into the story and the fact that none of the characters really connected with me on any level.
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

[ARC Review] Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

Title: Ghost House
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Series: The Ghost House Saga #1
Genre: YA Ghost Story
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Release Date: August 26th 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: ARC provided from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.

I wanted to read this book because of the author. So many people have loved her Halo series and I was really interested to see how she would do with ghosts, since that is a very big departure from angels. And i will say that I was quite impressed with this story and how it differed from her original series.

I loved ghost stories (on paper NOT in the movies) and i was really looking forward to this book. I will admit that I was bit disappointed in some aspects of this book. one was the pacing. I felt like it was quite slow throughout and I kept waiting for something to happen. There were many great scenes, especially the ones with a particular ghost. She was a great character and I really liked the mystery that surrounded her and the reason why she was haunting the house our main character, Chloe was staying in. There were some pretty gruesome scenes and I thought that the author did a very good job of describing them to us because I could picture them with no problem whatsoever. I think those parts were my absolute favourite.

Insta-love is something I really don't like in YA, and there was this kind of relationship in this book. I hated it. I did not understand her obsession with this boy when she knew nothing could happen because he was A ghost! I think my biggest issue with this book was this love story because to me in made no sense and the way she was describing how much she feels for him after only a few days made me question her as a character and how reliable she really was.

The end. What can I say about the ending without spoiling anything...well it wasn't my favorite. I felt like the resolution to Chloe's problems were too simple and I wanted more of a fight i think? I just felt like it all ended quite quickly and it wasn't satisfying for me. Overall this book was a very interesting read, but sadly it left me wanting more than I got.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

[ARC Review] The Aftermath by Jen Alexander

Title: The Aftermath
Author: Jen Alexander
Series: Unknown Series
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopian
Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Release Date: August 26th 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: ARC received by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Sometimes, I dream that I'm someone else.

A girl with dark hair who doesn't worry about hunger

or thirst or running from flesh-eaters.

In her world, those sorts of things don't exist.

Since the spring of 2036, when the world changed forever, Claudia and a small clan of survivors have roamed the streets of a very altered Nashville: polluted and desolate, except for the ever-present threat of cannibal Hoarders. Together they must undergo punishing tests of endurance and psychological challenge sometimes with devastating consequences all just to live another day.

With food and water in dwindling supply, and with danger lurking around every corner, no one can be trusted. And as her world starts to make less and less sense, Claudia begins to realize something terrifying: she is just a pawn in some sort of game, and all of her actions are being controlled from afar by a mysterious gamer. So when she meets a maddening and fascinating outsider named Declan, who claims to be a game moderator, she must decide whether to join him in exchange for protection and access to the border.

If they play the game right, they are each other's best hope for survival and a life beyond the only world Claudia's ever known: the terrifying live-action game known as The Aftermath.

Usually when I read YA books I need to be grabbed from the very beginning because I have so many books to read and if you don't grab me from the beginning then I will usually just out the book back down. So when I picked up The Aftermath I was surprised that the beginning was as slow as it was. I loved the concept of the book going in and I have to be honest and say that in the beginning I was extremely confused as to what was going on. This does happen sometimes but I have to say that this books beginning threw me a bit and i had to make myself keep reading. But I will say that I am happy I did finish this book because the second half of this book was great!

Once our main character, Claudia, met Declan, then everything started to make sense for me and flow a bit better. I really liked their relationship because it felt real. It was not love at first sight, but once they spent some more time together then things started to change. I also really loved the dual perspectives between Claudia and Olivia and how it was done. Both perspectives were from Claudias head so that was very interested to me, and figuring out what was going on with Claudia was a great way for me to get into the book.

I will say that pacing was a huge problem for me in this book. There were times when I was so invested that I could not stop reading, but then there were times were I was bored and would just start skimming to get to another scene. I really wish that there was more dialogue in this book because when I was reading it I learned more about the characters than from the authors descriptions.

The end. The end of this book was my favorite part. I usually do not like cliffhangers but seriously this one was a great one. It reveal something that I was not expecting and it made me really want the next book! I also loved that we got SOME answers but not enough so it makes you really want the next book.
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Monday, 25 August 2014

[eARC Review] I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

Title: I Want It That Way
Author: Ann Aquirre
Series: 2B Trilogy #1
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Release Date: August 26th 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Source: eARC received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true—for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths cross, and soon they can't stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can't know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

I love New Adult, but if I am honest I have to say that it can get a bit tired after a while, and i think its because the stories are always the same, with some kind of secret that no one knows and a past that is so horrible that once someone finds out everything changes. So I always go into this genre with interesting expectations, but when I finished this book I knew I had read something incredibly special, and something unlike any NA book I have read in a long time.

Nadia, our main character was quickly a favorite of mine because she was written for us to relate to her on every level. Her struggle at school to keep her scholarship, she struggled to keep her job at the local daycare center, her struggle to keep her friendships afloat admits some crazy drama. All of these things made her a character we, as readers, could relate to, and I loved that.Nadia was a strong fierce character who any girls should aspire to be. Ty, Nadia's love interest was just as amazing. He was sweet, caring and hot. But the fact that he was a single dad just made everything him about him heightened. The way her acted towards his son was probably my favorite part of the book. Without telling us anything we saw who Ty was and what kind of guy he was.

The romance between Nadia and Ty was amazing. I loved every aspect of it because Ann Aguirre has a way with sexual tension and man was it amazing to read. I loved that. And because this was New Adult there has to be a conflict that tears the couple apart and what I think made this book so amazing for me was how real the conflict was. It had nothing to do with someone past, or someone doing something wrong. It was just life getting in the way and the characters not being ready for what their relationship would mean in the end.

Overall this book was amazing. I loved every aspects of this story, from the characters to the conflict, to the secondary characters that definitely made this book that much better. If you are look for a fresh new voice in the New Adult genre, the this book is the book for you. A must read for sure!

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Friday, 22 August 2014

[eARC Review] Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

Title: Anatomy of a Misfit
Author: Andrea Portes
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Release Date: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: Harper Children’s
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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This emotional, hilarious, devastating, and ultimately triumphant YA debut, based on actual events, recounts one girl’s rejection of her high school’s hierarchy—and her discovery of her true self in the face of tragedy.

Fall’s buzzed-about, in-house favorite. Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut. Readers will ride the highs and lows alongside funny, flawed Anika—from laughter to tears, and everything in between.

This book took my by surprise. I was wary of it because of all the hype that was behind it, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. I particularly loved the main characters voice throughout the book. Anika was a great main character and narrator because she sounded so real and genuine. I loved her especially because she told it like it was with no filter and I found that to be a very interesting way to narrate a book especially when she switches topic so frequently. But I think i liked that the most about her because the narrative sounded like a conversation with a teenage girl. It is never linear and almost never makes complete sense so I found myself laughing more often than not with the things that she was saying.

I loved the struggles that Anika went through throughout the book, she was part of what most would call the "popular crowd" and what i thought was interesting was that Anika really had no real opinion on this. She really did not like them that much but still hung out with them and she even said that she really didn't know why. And I found that so refreshing to read. I also really enjoyed Anika's home life because it was not made out to be this perfect house where everyone got along. There were fights, and parents that were never around and very demanding when it came to school. So it was a very interesting to read this kind of family life and the impact it has on a teenage girl.

I wasn't very fond of the love story, well both actually. There was a love triangle and honestly I am so sick of them in YA fiction. Sometimes I think that they are used as a means for conflict and this instance I think that hypothesis is right. Anika started falling for the "geek" and therefore she hid it from her friends because she knew what that would do. They snuck around and hung out etc etc. But then she starts getting "courted" by the most popular boy in town and then she ditches said geek and all hell breaks loose. There are other, more complicated thins that happen in between all of this that I will not say because it will ruin the book for you.

Overall Anatomy of a Misfit was a great read. It was so different from all the other contemporary fictions i have read over the years. I loved how this book ended. It was sad, and heartbreaking but at the same time made so much sense to the story and and the characters. Please pick up this book you will not be disappointed!
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Thursday, 21 August 2014

[ARC Review] Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper

Title: Salt and Storm
Author: Kendall Kulper
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Historical Paranormal
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Release Date: September 1st 2014
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Source: ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder--and the one boy who can help change her future.
Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she's to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.
Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane--a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.

I love historical fiction, especially when it is meshed with the paranormal. So when I saw that this book was not only set in the past but also had to do with witches I knew I needed to read it and this book did not disappoint. It had everything you could ever want, a great mystery, suspense, a great stetting full of intrigue and some great magic.

The writing in this book was above anything I ever expected. It was phenomenal, it sucked you in right from the beginning and it made you feel like you were there, in that time period with these characters. The author made everything about this book genuine and real. I loved the setting and the fact that although I knew nothing about that time period, I still felt very connected not only with the main characters but also all the characters that interacted with them. it was great to read.

The only aspect of the book that i didn't particularly like was the love story. I wasn't totally convinced of it throughout the book and I questioned some of the characters decisions when it came to their feelings. But as the story when on it grew on me a bit, but not enough for me to care about their relationship and where it went in the end.

The end. I loved the end the most out of the entire book. I say this because i thought it was extremely realistic not only to the characters but to the story itself. It was extremely sad and I felt for all the characters involved but I loved that we got a lot of answers and we saw a lot of character growth from not only our main character but all the secondary characters as well.

Overall Salt and Storm was one of the most unique historical paranormal books I have read i years and I will say that for those who are on the fence about picking it...do it, because you do not find books like this very often. Ones that create an amazing world around you while you read and pull you in and refuse to let you go. This book was an amazing read and I recommend to anyone and everyone.
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

[eARC Review] Eternal Night by Carina Adly Mackenzie

Title: Eternal Night
Author: Carina Adly Mackenzie
Series: Standalone for now
Genre: YA Mythology, Mystery
Format: Paperback
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
Source: eARC received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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There are gods among us...

Six young gods are hiding in plain sight among mortals, living secretly in cities across the world. From lavish penthouse soirees to pulsing underground clubs, for them, the party literally never ends. Until now.

On a hot June morning, the body of a beautiful girl is found floating in the rooftop pool of the Jefferson Hotel, her white-ink tattoos revealing the story of a life much longer than seems possible. Only the immortals know the truth: Nadia was the goddess of hope. Now she’s gone, and the world as they know it is ending. The Hudson River has turned blood red. Storms rage overhead. Mania is rapidly spreading across the globe.

It is up to the remaining gods—Lola, Dean, Weston, Mark, Nike and Peitha—to put aside centuries of betrayal and heartbreak, and stop the mysterious source of darkness that is taking over… before the sun sets forever.

Carina Adly MacKenzie, writer for The CW's hit series "The Originals," has penned a steamy, romantic, and ultimately redemptive story of forgotten gods, the persistence of hope, and the power of love to save us.


I am a sucker for all things mythology so when I read the synopsis for Eternal Night I knew I wanted to read it. And I got even more excited when I saw who the author was and the projects she was involved in since I was a huge fan of them. But sadly the more I read the more I began to dislike this book.

I loved the concept of the book, having Greek Gods living in the real world without their powers seemed like a great idea. But for me there were just way too many characters for me to read. i felt overwhelmed by all of theme and got very confused more than once because I forgot which one had which storyline. And to be very honest I had a hard time connecting with any character so when something happened to them I honestly didn't feel for them when I really wanted to. I will say that there were a few characters that I liked more than others and I connected with them a lot more than the others.

The writing for me was an issue because there were so many long winded descriptions that I kept glazing over most of it because I didn't find it helpful to the story. There were a lot of descriptions of clothes and setting but it went too far. It distracted from my enjoyment of the book itself and I wanted so much more dialogue because I always think that when characters talk to each other to find out more about them, and in this instance I didn't get that.

Overall Eternal Night had a great concept and would make a great tv show or movie but as a book it was too much. There were too many character and too many pointless descriptions. And as for the end of the book, although we got some answers and I liked that, there was just too much crammed into a short period of time. I felt overwhelmed by all the info I was getting. In the end this book was just not for me.
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I MUST read!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome The Broke & The Bookish! This weeks topic is: Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read

1. Anna and the French Kiss
SO MANY people have told me to read this book, and I honestly have meant to read for ages I just never have the time! But I hope I finally get to read it soon, hopefully by the end of this year at least!

2. Sweet Evil
I have heard so many good things about this series in general and about the love story and I have the first two books in the series on my shelf!  Hopefully I will find the time I get to them :D

3. Under the Never Sky
I have meant to read this series now for years but I keep forgetting I have the forst two books. So many people have said what such a great world this is and how amazing the characters are, so I cannot wait to dig in!

4. The Fault in our Stars
 I have no idea why I haven't picked this book up. I meant the entire world had read it but me. But I think it has to do with the hype behind it and the fact that I know the entire storyline, so that might have something to do with it too. 

5. Incarnate
I think the cover of this book is the main reason why it was on my radar in the first place, but it was the following it received after the series continued that has made me curious. Hopefully I will get to it soon.

6. Code Name Verity
So many people have read and loved this book, and I think my hesitation is the hype behind it be also the subject matter. But I know I will read it, I just need to find the time :)

7. I Hunt Killers
I love these types of books, so I don't know why I haven't read it yet, but from so many people saying how amazing it is, I just keep thinking I should pick it up! 

8. The Selection
I have heard mixed feelings about this book but still I have soo many people I know that LOVED IT! So that means I need to start this series right??

9. Sabriel
This book has been around forever and I have heard some so many people that it is worth the read. So I finally bought the whole series (minus Clariel of course) and hopefully I can start reading them soon!

10. Gone
This series has been on my radar since I was in university and everyone loves it and so many people have told me that I need to get into it, so since I have the first book already hopefully I can start soon!

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Monday, 18 August 2014

[eARC Review] Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

Title: Mortal Danger
Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Immortal Game #1
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 372 pages
Release Date: August 5th 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source:  eARC received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Revenge is a dish best served cold.

In Ann Aguirre's Mortal Danger, Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly . . . bad things are happening. It’s a head rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what—she can trust. Not even her own mind.


This book was very high on my TBR list because the cover was amazing and I am a sucker for books set in a boarding school. So when I got the chance to review this book I was super excited. But sadly this book fell short for me because it was nothing like what I expected.

The beginning of the book started off on a weird foot when we watch as our main character, Edie try and kill herself by jumping off a bridge, but then Kian shows up, saves her and changes her life. What I think I had the most trouble with in this book was the fact that it was centered around beauty and how if you are not as pretty as someone else you will not be noticed kind of irked me. And the fact that Edie could not get her revenge on those that made fun of her until she was as pretty as them made me question her a character. I understood her motives but then again I did not like the way she handled it in the end.

There was a great mystery element to the boo which I loved and it involved students disappearing and ending up dead, and for me that was a large part of why i kept reading it because I wanted to know what was happening to these characters and if it was in any way connected to Edie and Kian. And Kian. In the beginning I thought Edies "love" for him was a little too much too fast and I kept rolling my eyes at them, but as the story moved forward it kind of grew on me and I liked them together even though it felt a little forced.

Overall I liked Mortal Danger but in the end I was left with more questions than answers and I couldn't really connect with the character because I didn't feel like they were genuine enough for me to connect with. Mortal Danger was an interesting read with many intriguing qualities but in the end it just wasn't for me.

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Friday, 15 August 2014

[eARC Review] The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich

Title: The Sweet Spot
Author: Stephanie Evanovich
Series: Standalone
Genre: Adult Romance
Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Release Date: July 8th 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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The amazing Stephanie Evanovich returns with The Sweet Spot, the sizzling story of everyone’s favorite couple from her New York Times bestseller Big Girl Panties: hunky professional baseball player Chase Walker and his sassy wife Amanda

When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets Amanda at her restaurant, it’s love at first sight. While Amanda can’t help noticing the superstar with the Greek-god-build, he doesn’t have a chance of getting to first—or any other—base with her. A successful entrepreneur who’s built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn’t need a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. And a curvy girl who likes to cook and eat isn’t interested in being around the catty, stick-thin herd of females chasing Chase and his teammates.

But Chase isn’t about to strike out. A man who isn’t interested in playing the field, he’s a monogamist who wants an independent woman like Amanda. His hopes rally when she discovers that squeaky-clean Chase has a few sexy and very secret pre-game rituals that turn the smart, headstrong businesswoman on—and into his number one fan.

Then a tabloid discovers the truth and turns their spanking good fun into a late- night punch-line. Is Amanda ready to let loose and swing for the fences? Or will the pressure of Chase’s stardom force them to call it quits?


For me, liking a book means that I remember what happens in the plot weeks after I have read it. And so when I go to write a review of a book that I read a few weeks ago and don't remember much about the plot means that I probably didn't like it as much as others, and unfortunately The Sweet Spot is one of those books.

Although I don't remember this book is detail, I do remember certain things I did and did not like. For example I remember I did like the overall conflict of the book and how real it felt and I honestly felt like it could happen to anyone. But sadly that was pretty much all I liked about this book.

Characters are a large apart of my enjoyment of a book and with this one I felt no connectio whatsoever to any of them. I felt like they were very 2 dimentional and therefore I had no emotiona stake is wjhat they were doing or what was happening to them. I also a big fan of characters showing us who they are what what is happening to them, but in this instance there was way too much telling for me to stay interested.

The romance. Because this is a romance novel I expected some great romantic scenes and maybe some sexy times, but what I did not expect was the intsa-love (which I hate in YA and even more in adult) and the S & M action that came out of nowhere. And when I saw nowhere I mean I thought I was reading a cute romantic novel and then half way through it became all about ropes and spanking and all of that and i felt like I was reading a COMPLETELY different book! And to be honest, I felt like that part of the book was the weakest part. I didn't believe any of it and it felt very fake, like the author didn't do any actual research in the topic and just wanted to have it her book. I have read these types of scenes before and I know that there more details you have, usually the better it is for the reader. In this case I felt like the author glossed over so much and that made me question the scenes in general.

So overall this book was not what i expected and i felt a little confused at to what kind of romance this book was. The romance was too fast and the sex scenes were lackluster at best. I just wanted so much more than what I got.

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