Thursday, 24 July 2014

[eARC Review] One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington


Title: One Past Midnight
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary, Alternate Universes
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Release Date: July 22nd 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: eARC received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.

Until now, that is...


For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life - a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted... But just what - and who - is she really risking?



I love this author so much, so when I saw that she was writing a standalone book I knew i needed to read it. What I think I liked the most about this book was its departure from Jessica's earlier series. This book has nothing to do with angels, it actually is about parallel universes and a girl who lives in both.

The concept behind this book was amazing. I loved reading one character in two worlds. You could see how different she was acting in both worlds, it was kind of like seeing two different characters in one, and I loved it! Sabine was a great character to read because she was so easy to relate to. In each world she was in she has issues that all teenagers deal with, parents, love, pressure from friends, pressure from the future. All of these things are areas that impact any person at any point in their life, and watching Sabine go through these aspects of her life made for a great book.

As a reader I did prefer one world over the other, and to be honest I am surprised at which world I chose because of what happens to Sabine within it. In YA there is always the treat of a love triangle, and i will say that there is kind of one in this book, but to be fair, they are in different worlds and they are VERY different. We have Dez who was extremely forceful and liked the idea of love more than actually falling in love. Then we have Ethan, my new book boyfriends BTW. he was smart and sweet and dedicated to Sabine and her way of life. They could not have been more different and I loved how you could see the different in Sabine when she was with each of them.

Secondary characters are crazy important in this book because they let you remember which world Sabine is in, and honestly they were great to read. The parents especially because in one world they made me so angry that I wanted to throw the book against the wall. All of the secondary characters in this book have purpose and I loved that, they all contributed to the story and where it was headed.

The end was both heartbreaking and uplifting. I really cannot say much else about it because I will give it away but lets just say I shed some tears, and yet when I finished reading the book I found myself smiling. Jessica has a way to do that and I recommend this book to lovers of contemporary lovers because to be very honest this book has a very contemporary feel...minus the jumping worlds thing (which is very minor part of the book in my opinion). This book is more about Sabine and her relationships in both worlds, more than her jumping from world to world and I think that is why I loved the book so much.
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

[eARC Review] Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore


Title: Just Like the Movies
Author: Kelly Fiore
Series: Standalone
Genre:  YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 300 pages
Release Date: July 22nd 2014
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Source: eARC received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Pretty and popular track star Marijke Monti is confident about almost everything – she’s got great friends, a great family, and she’s on her way to the State Track Championship. In fact, the only thing Marijke isn’t confident about is her relationship with Tommy Lawson.

Lily Spencer has spent her entire high school career preparing for the future – she’s participated in every extracurricular activity and volunteer committee she could. But, at home, she watches her mother go on date after date with dud-dudes, still searching for “the one.” Lily realizes that she’s about to graduate and still hasn’t even had a boyfriend.

While they live on each other’s periphery at school, Lily and Marijke never seemed to have much in common; but, after a coincidental meeting at the movie theater, Lily gets an idea – why can’t life be like a movie? Why can’t they set up their perfect romantic situations, just in time for their senior prom, using movie techniques?

Once the girls come up with the perfect plans, they commit themselves to being secret cohorts and, just like in the movies, drama ensues.



I picked this book up because is sounded like a really cute and fun read. And I was right. It was very cute and fun, but ultimately i felt like this book lacked depth and characterization.

When I first picked u this book I knew I wanted to read it because I thought the concept was really interesting. One: having old movies be a focus point grabbed me because I love old romantic comedies. and Two: because having thee two girls share a frustration with the opposite sex through these movies made me think of a great friendship evolving from it. But sadly I didn't have that connection while reading. What I really wanted was for these two characters to forma great friendship through their mutual interests, but instead I felt like they were just going through the motions and were just in the friendship for what the other person had to offer them.

To be honest I really didn't connect with any of the characters in this book, but especially Marijke. I found that er character was the least likable of the two. Her problem was that she did not trust her boyfriend. She kept thinking he was cheating when in reality he wasn't. I think her jealousy and distrust was very naive of her character, especially one that was going off to college soon. It didn't seem like she was as old as we were told she was. Lily on the other hand I did enjoy reading about. I just thought her story was more fun and flirty. But there were times were I questioned her judgement and did not really understand why she was acting so young.

The end was very clean and tied up in a nice bow, and honestly I was hoping for a little more drama. I wanted Marijke to have more backbone when it came to her boyfriend and the way he treated her. We saw a glimpse of it near the end but I thought her reaction to getting her back was too easy. I liked lily's ending because I liked her character more and cared about what she was going through. Overall I thought this book was fun and a fast read but sadly it wasn't my cup of tea.
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

[ARC Review] Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt


Title: Through To You
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Release Date: July 8th 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Opposites attract—and then complicate—in this romantic, relatable novel from the author of Two-Way Street and Sometimes It Happens.

It starts with a scribbled note in class: I like your sparkle. Harper had casually threaded a piece of blue and silver tinsel through her ponytail in honor of school spirit day. And that carefree, corny gesture is what grabs Penn Mattingly’s eye. Penn—resident heartbreaker of the senior class. Reliably unreliable. Trouble with a capital “T.” And okay, smolderingly sexy.

Harper’s surprised by Penn’s attention—and so is Penn. The last thing he needs is a girlfriend. Or even a friend-with-benefits. The note is not supposed to lead to anything.

Oh, but it does. They hang out. They have fun. They talk. They make out. And after a while, it seems like they just click. But Penn and Harper have very different ideas about what relationships look like, in no small part because of their very different family backgrounds. Of course they could talk about these differences—if Penn knew how to talk about feelings.

Harper and Penn understand their attraction is illogical, yet something keeps pulling them together. It’s like a crazy roller coaster—exhilarating, terrifying, and amazing all at once. And neither knows how to stop the ride…



I love contemporary, in the last few months I have read a lot from that genre and i have to say it has become a new love for me. I just love the fact that the characters are more on display than any other genre, and characters are what I loved most in novels anyways.  So when I saw the synopsis for Through to You I knew i had to read it, because it was a contemporary.

Through to You was a very easy read. I would recommend it for anyone going to the beach or needs a read for a road trip. I think I read it in one sitting so it was a very fast read for me. My favourite [art of this book were the secondary characters, I loved all of them because I felt like they were the comedic relief to the story. Best friends to narrators are always my fav to read because you really get a sense of who the main character is through another character. And I really liked that part of the book.

Unfortunately I did not connect with the main character as much as I would have liked. I just could not connect with her the way I would have liked, she was very young for her age, and her reasoning for being so upset at the beginning of the book, i kept reading to figure what the big reveal was going to be and to be honest when it was lackluster at best. I did not relate to our main characters reaction at all, I thought she was overreacting a bit and it was not as bad as she was presenting it. The way Harper was talking about it, I felt like it was this big betrayal of epic proportions and it fell flat for me.

The main point of this book was the love story between Harper and the bad boy at her school. I was rooting for them in the beginning because I saw the build up and I thought it was would get interesting the more i read, but sadly that fell flat for me as well. I just did not feel the chemistry between these two characters, and honestly the way Harper was talking it seemed like they were so in love and were together for such a long time, but in reality I felt like they were more casual than anything.

Overall I liked reading Through to You. It was a fast and easy read but ultimately it fell short for me in characterization and the love story.
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Monday, 21 July 2014

[eARC Review] The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu


Title: The Truth About Alice
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary, Social Issues
Format: Hardcover, 199 pages
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
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Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody.  Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom: "Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers" and "Alice got an abortion last semester." After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice--and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.


I might have surrendered too much to the hype monster on this one. There were many things that I really enjoyed about this book. The way it was written was a breath of fresh air because we don't actually "meet" Alice herself until the end of the book, so we actually get to see Alice through others eyes first. I found this extremely fascinating to read because seeing someone being bullied through eyes of the person bullying is quite revealing. I also loved the different angles we got because there were many different POVs, including a former friend, popular girl, Jock and "nerd". I loved all of these different views on the same situation, but because there were so many different voices, it also hindered my reading experience.

I was not a fan of two of the narrators and by coincidence they were the ones bullying Alice the most. I found them to be very superficial and their reasoning behind the bullying was very naive and young sounding. I am not a fan of characters that are mean for no reason, and I found that one of the character fit that mold quite well, so reading her chapters was quite cringe worthy. In the same note I also felt like I didn't connect with any of the characters on a personal level. I found them to be very two dimensional at times and that hindered my connection with them.

Usually when you read YA you get a love story, in any form, whether it be small and sweet or all encompassing. But in this book I loved that there was not an emphasis on love, it had more of a friendship vibe. although one of the narrators was in love with Alice, it never really went beyond that, and they became good friends instead and honestly I thought that was a great way to end the book. It felt more real for the characters involved.
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Friday, 18 July 2014

[eARC Review] Boomerang by Noelle August



Title: Boomerang
Author: Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #1
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Release Date: July 8th 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelwiess in exchange for an honest review

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The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?



I love New Adult. I really do so when I see one written by the lovely Veronica Rossi? I knew I had to pick it up and ask for review it. I loved this book right from the beginning, both characters had a great voice that were both unique and yet readers could relate to them completely. It starts off with a bang, and the aftermath of a one night stand. What I think i liked the most about the concept of this book was how real it felt. I mean sleeping with someone you don't know is one things, but then having to go to work with them everyday? that's a whole new bag of worms.

We get to see both sides of this story with both parties having their own POV. I loved this because we are not only in the girls head, or the boys head. We get to see how both of these characters are thinking. and it adds a certain level of investment of us readers because we know how each of these characters feels about the other, and since they do not, we want to see where this goes.

This type of NA is the type I love to read. The character are not broken, they are not at a point in their life where it is life or death. These character were just in a tough spot after graduation. They each needed a job and they were each fighting for it. It felt extremely real, and the characters seemed genuine and likable without all the drama that you can see in other types of NA. The sexual tension between Mia and Ethan was palpable throughout the book and I loved reading it. It made the book that much more interesting because even though the characters kept denying it, there was something between them and it as great to read their discovery.

The aspect of family was very big in this book, and I loved reading these characters dedication to their family. They were always in the background, we always knew these characters were thinking about their family and that was extremely refreshing to read. You usually see family in NA but they are usually the cause of the problem, not the solution, and i loved reading that. The end of this book was great to read as well because it made complete sense for the characters and it felt genuine. I loved it.

Overall this book was a fantastic read. It is a refreshing gulp of fresh air in a genre that is way overdone at times. Noelle is a fantastic writer and I am so glad she dipped her toes in NA because she is a fresh voice that i will continue to read for years to come.
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

[ARC Review] Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker



Title: Wildflower
Author: Alecia Whitaker
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Release Date: July 1st 2014
Publisher: Poppy
Source: ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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The best songs come from broken hearts.

Sixteen-year-old Bird Barrett has grown up on the road, singing backup in her family's bluegrass band, and playing everywhere from Nashville, Tennesee to Nowhere, Oklahoma. One fateful night, Bird fills in for her dad by singing lead, and a scout in the audience offers her a spotlight all her own.

Soon Bird is caught up in a whirlwind of songwriting meetings, recording sessions, and music video shoots. Her first single hits the top twenty, and suddenly fans and paparazzi are around every corner. She's even caught the eye of her longtime crush, fellow roving musician Adam Dean. With Bird's star on the rise, though, tradition and ambition collide. Can Bird break out while staying true to her roots?

In a world of glamour and gold records, a young country music star finds her voice.



I will be very honest about this book. I am on the fence on whether I enjoyed it or not. I read it very quickly, just over 3 hours, but I still can't really decide how I feel about it. So I guess I will start with things that I liked about the book. The music. This was the best part for me. seeing the behind the scenes of how an artist is discovered ad the process to making them into a star. I also loved that the main character, Bird (I really did not like this name, was very distracting for me), write her won songs and was very close with her family. The family aspect of this book was great to read. The dynamic between parents and siblings seemed very real, especially since Bird was the only one getting recognized for her music and no one else. I found that part to be great to read.

Now. as for the aspect I did not like that much. Bird herself at times was hard to read because I found her to be very naive and infuriating to read at times. I know she is a teenager and from a small town therefore she might not know some things, but seriously? Sometimes I thought it was a little over the top. Her obsession or crush on fellow musician Adam Dean was a bit too much for me. It got to a point where I wanted to scream at her to just tell him how you feel! Just talk to him! Because their relationship, if you could even call it that was very young and to be honest the end result of their attraction was very frustrating for me as a reader. They just ended it without really talking to each other and I wanted more. So much more. And speaking of frustrating, the end. There was little to no closure for me. It just ends without us seeing the end result of all of Bird's hard work. What happened to the album, was it a success, how did the family react? All of these things were left in teh air and it left me feeling less than satisfied.

Overall this book was entertaining and illuminating as to the process of becoming a music star. But in the end I did not connect very well with any of the character and i felt like there were some parts that were severely underdeveloped and could have used more exploring. I was very underwhelmed by this read.
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

[eARC Review] Pieces of Olivia by Melissa West


Title: Pieces of Olivia
Author: Melissa West
Series: Charleston Haven #1
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Format: Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Release Date: July 15th 2014
Publisher: Penguin/InterMix Books
Source: eARC received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Olivia Warren used to be a normal girl with a bright future.
But on one fated night, everything changed.

Hiding the scars of her past up her sleeves, Olivia transfers her enrollment from Columbia University to The College of Charleston, determined to pursue her own dreams for the first time in her life.

She intends to allow herself a bit of alone time to heal... that is, until she meets Preston.

Preston is best friends with her roommate, completely hot, and off-limits. But the chemistry between them is instantaneous—and as the pair begins to spend more time with one another, their feelings for each other build into something undeniable, something powerful enough to heal Olivia’s deepest scars.

Olivia tries to put her own past behind her and trust Preston, but she discovers that his past might be more present than she ever bargained for…



I picked this book up by chance because I saw Melissa West tweet about it being free to download on Netgalley for a day. So I did and I very glad I started reading it because I fell in love with this book right from the beginning.

Olivia is a broken character. you can tell from the moment you meet her that she dealing with some serious grief and that it is taking over her life. You could tell how much she cared for other, but how she would always keep them at am arms length because she was afraid to lose them. and it is not until about half way though the  book do we find out why. And I have to say that I do not cry very much when reading books, it takes a lot, but Melissa made me cry on more than ONE occasion because Olivia just felt so real and her grief felt so overwhelming. I felt everything that she felt and I knew that by the end of the book, Olivia was going to be one of those characters that sticks with you.

The main focus of this book, besides Olivia getting through her grief, was her relationship with Preston. The reason I liked them together so much was because of how slow their relationship progressed. it was a relief to not see an insta-love situation in a book. Although you could tell right away that there was some serious sexual tension, they never acted on it. Throughout the book you could tell that Preston was harboring a secret, one that could make or break their relationship. I will say that I figured it out faster than i think was supposed to, so that kind of ruined it for me, and I think the way Olivia reacted to it, although a bit over dramatic, felt real. These two have quickly become some of my fav couples, and their sexy scenes were well worth the wait ;)

Friendship is another thing that I loved in this book. Olivia is very hesitant to let anyone in, but she lets Kara in, her roommate and Preston's best friend. I loved their relationship because it was guarded at the beginning and then you watched Olivia's walls start to fall down, and Kara was a great person to do that.  She was such a great secondary character and I am so happy that she is going to get her own book next. I cannot wait to read her characters next journey!

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

[eARC Review] The Falconer by Elizabeth May



Title: The Falconer
Author: Elizabeth May
Series: The Falconer #1
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 378 pages
Release Date: May 6th 2014
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?



YA books that include Fae in them can be very tricky for me. They can be very hit and miss and if they are a miss, they are a MISS. So when I read the synopsis for The Falconer, I was hesitant because I did not want to hate this book. But what happened was the exact opposite. I fell in love with this book from the first page, because we meet Aileana and from the moment she started to narrate I knew she was going to be fierce and a great heroine for this book.

The main reason I loved this book so much was Aileana, she was fierce from the very beginning. She knew was society wanted her to be and she wanted to be the exact opposite. She had so much passion for what she was doing, and that was killing Fae. Her reasoning behind killing these creatures was great. Well not great for her, but a great back-story for us readers. She had so much hatred to these creatures, and i believed it. I felt it through every page of the book and that made me love her even more. Aileana was tough yet extremely creative. She made her own weapons, which was bad ass, and she was so confident in her abilities that any man who thought she couldn't do something, she proved them wrong.

The setting for this book was brilliant. I loved the time period of Victorian times and the inclusion of "some" steampunk elements. It was great to mesh so many different genre together, and the best part was that it worked. I never felt like I was confused to not understanding the world because the author did an amazing job of including us in its description. The way she weaved together, historical fiction, steampunk, and fantasy/paranormal was brilliant and I don't think it would have worked with any other story. Because everything about this book was perfect.

The secondary character in this book were brilliant. Each had a purpose and each made a difference to the story. I think my favourite of these characters was Aileana's faery that lived in her closet. He was the comedic relief and a great character for a story that was very dark and dreary. There is a sort of love story in this book but it was not the focus, which was refreshing and it was slow building, which was also very refreshing. Lastly I need to talk about the villains. Although they were not present all the way through the book, I thought they were done quite well. I know that they will be more present in coming books, so I am very excited to get my hands on them!
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Monday, 14 July 2014

[eARC Review] The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson


Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 489 pages
Release Date: July 8th 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Source: eARC provided by Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.



This book was a surprise hit for me. I hadn't really heard much about it, but I was sucked in by the amazing cover and the synopsis. I am sucker for fantasy so I knew I needed to read this book. The Kiss of Deception is about a young girl who is forced into a marriage that she doesn't want, and therefore wants nothing to do with it. She runs away from her family and her kingdom and madness ensues. This book was full of rich detail and characters that I fell in love with from the very beginning.

I don't know if it was my mood while reading this book, or just the way it was written, but I found that the beginning lagged a bit, and I found myself waiting for the story to begin. After I got over the hump that was the beginning, I fell into this story and could not stop reading. I loved Lia more and more as the story ran on, I loved that she wanted nothing to do with her old life, and wanted to know what it felt like to be free of her kingdom and being a princess. I also loved reading her eagerness to have responsibilities that did not include looking nice and being diplomatic. I loved her character growth in this book as well. she started off a little winy, but really what do you expect of a girl who was given everything in life, but the more time she spent away from the kingdom the more she grew to love the small village she ran away too.

I loved that we got 3 POV's in this book, one was Lia of course, but there was also the Assassin and The Prince. We meet both of these characters through Lia as well, but she knows them as Rafe and Kade. What I think I liked the most about this book was that although we knew these two character, and we knew they were the Assassin and the Prince, we didn't know which one was which. Which made reading them that much more enjoyable. I wanted to know who was who, and I kept looking for clues as to who these characters really were and i have to say that i loved the way the author revealed it. It was great!

Now many people are saying there was a love triangle in the book and that it was too much too soon in this series. But although I agree that both of these boys had their moment in the sun with Lia and yes they both kiss her. I think there is a clear winner in Lia's eyes. I could tell with the way she talked and her actions that she clearly liked one more than the other (I will NOT say who!) and I think that doused my hatred for love triangles in this book. Since I knew that one was the favourite, and I totally support her choice btw, I was okay with these two boys fighting for her.

Everything about this book was amazing. The writing was brilliant and descriptive, the main characters were brilliantly written with depth and emotion that you loved to read on every page. The secondary characters were just as amazing and gave this book even more depth and character. They were what glued this world together and I loved reading them through Lia's eyes. I also loved that there were some fantasy elements in this book but they were not overwhelming, and I know that there will be more inclusion of fantasy in the next book, which I cannot wait to read!
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Friday, 11 July 2014

[eARC Review] The Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen


Title: The Queen of Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Series: The Queen of Tearling #1
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Release Date: July 8th 2014
Publisher: Harper
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a honest review

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On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.

The Queen of the Tearling introduces readers to a world as fully imagined and terrifying as that of The Hunger Games, with characters as vivid and intriguing as those of The Game of Thrones, and a wholly original heroine. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns, it is a magnificent debut from the talented Erika Johansen.

 

Fantasy book can bet very hit and miss for me because I do not read it as much as I should. So when I saw that The Queen of Tearling was getting all kinds of buzz, and it was an adult read, which I need to read more of, I knew I had to pick it up and review it. And i am so glad I did because this book was perfection.

Since I have not read a lot Adult reads lately, I knew going into this book was going to be a interesting feat because I knew the writing would be more complex and the story itself would be more in depth and since it was Fantasy i knew that the details would be amazing therefore I knew that I would need to take my time with this read. And I was right. I read this book at a much slower pace than usual and I savored every word because the writing was absolutely to die for. The vivid descriptions and the characters interactions made for an amazing adventure and I loved every second.

Kelsea is our protagonist and she was a great character to read because although she did not grow up in a kingdom and everyone around her thought she was weak and would not last as their Queen, she proved them wrong. She grew to be a very fierce and independent character throughout the book. I also loved how we not only got to see through Kelsea's eyes but also through many different characters who made this book as amazing as it was. I think I loved this book so much not only because of the character but because of the world. I felt so connected with this world that although had some elements of our own, was still extremely different. I loved the setting and how much it affected the characters throughout the book.

Overall The Queen of Tearling was an amazing read. I seriously cannot say a bad word about it and would recommend it to everyone who not only loves fantasy but great writing as well. This is a perfect book for those young adults who want to stretch into the Adult Fiction world because Kelsea is only 19.This book is so perfect  for so many readers to discover this amazing book and it talented author. I cannot say how much I loved this book, I have no more words.
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Thursday, 10 July 2014

[eARC Review] Wild by Alex Mallory


Title: Wild
Author: Alex Mallory
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary, Retelling
Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Release Date: July 8th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: eARC provided from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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In this action-packed and timely "Tarzan for the digital age," Cade, a teen raised in the wilderness, is brought into modern civilization.

The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving-that's all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he's the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger...

Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy-he's stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion.

Thrust into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he's not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it.

As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade's past tear them apart?



Retelling a classic story can go one of two ways. It can be amazing and mind blowing for the reader, or it can be ok and a little disappointing for the reader. When I went into Wild I knew I would be in one of these two categories and honestly I am sad to say that this book did not blow my mind.

I will say that I really enjoyed the first half of the book. I loved Cade and his way of life. I thought he was a refreshing character to read because he had no sense of the real world. He only knew the world his mother and father taught him, and that was the wilderness of the national park. I think Cade was my favorite character because of how different he was from everyone else. He was just himself and he never tried to really change in order to serve someone else ideals, even when the police threatened him.

Dara was another story altogether. I loved that we got to see her not only through her own voice but through Cade's eyes as well. The only thing that drove me nuts about Dara was the fact that she could not make up her mind on many things. What she wanted out of her own life, what she wanted out of love and most of all, what she wanted out of her Boyfriend. I didn't like that although you could see her feelings growing for Cade, she never really admitted it, even to her boyfriend who she strung along for way too long in my opinion.

The story itself was quite interesting but I ultimately felt like it dragged for most of the book. I found myself wondering when something was going to happen, when the story was actually going to start. But that never really happened. The love story between Dara and Cade was forced at times and I honestly didn't understand it thoroughly. I thought it was more of a distraction for Dara to not pay attention to the issues she was having with her boyfriend.

My favourite part of this entire book was the subplot that I think gets overlooked because if Cade and Dara's relationship. And that is the fact that the Police and Media take over Cade's life and turn it upside down. I found this aspect of the story to be the most interesting part because we not only saw the effect of the police and media on Cade and his way of life, but also to the community. It was interesting to read and seemed extremely real.
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

[COVER REVEAL] ALL BROKE DOWN by Cora Carmack!

We are so excited to get to share the cover for Cora Carmack's ALL BROKE DOWN today! A New Adult Contemporary Romance, and published by William Morrow-an imprint of HarperCollins, this is the second book in her Rusk University Series, and it is set to be released on October 28, 2014! But you can pre-order it NOW! Check out what it's about and then fall in love with this gorgeous cover!  


ABOUT ALL BROKE DOWN: 
In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one. Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause. Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help. Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.
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About Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Waiting on Wednesday [60]

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, it highlights upcoming books that we cannot wait to read! This week my pick is....


This week my pick is....
 
I Want It That Way
 
 
Title: I Want It That Way
Author: Ann Aquire
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Release Date: August 26th 2014
 
 
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.
 
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