Monday, 30 September 2013

Revealing Us (Inside Out #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

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Revealing Us (Inside Out #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The third installment in the sexy Inside Out erotic romance series—in the seductive tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey.

You've discovered Rebecca's secrets. You've discovered Sara's secrets. Now Sara will discover "his" deepest, darkest secrets...but will those secrets bind them together--or tear them apart?


Revealing Us by Lisa Renee Jones

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Revealing Us (Inside Out #3)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Gallery Books and Edelweiss.)
This is the third book in the ‘Inside Out’ series, and kicks off where book 2 ‘Being Me’ left off.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for books 1 and 2 ‘If I Were You’ and ‘Being Me’.**
Sara is unsure whether to go to Paris with Chris, but her heart wins out, and she follows him across the Atlantic.
What kind of a relationship does Chris really want with her though? Can he give up the BDSM? What has happened to Rebecca? What has happened to Sara’s friend Ella? And why are the police concerned about Sara leaving the country?

This was an okay book, I couldn’t help but feel a bit disappointed that we didn’t get more answers though. I also thought that this was the final book in the trilogy, but instead it seems that there are 2 more books planned!

Sara started to irritate me a bit in this one. Following your boyfriend to Paris could be seen as romantic, but it could also be seen as neediness, and Sara was really toeing the line here for me. She continually told Chris that she was a big girl and could stand on her own 2 feet, but then continued to obsess over where he was and what he was doing. She also kept jumping to the wrong conclusions every 10 minutes, and making really silly decisions that basically proved him right when he said that she couldn’t look after herself.

The plotline in this book was quite basic, it was basically Chris and Sara in Paris, and other than a few misunderstandings nothing much happened. We did get to read a few more entries from Rebecca’s journal, which did give us a few more clues as to what had happened to her, but considering how small that part of the book was, this book could have been a lot, lot shorter.

The romance/love making was okay, but a couple of times it was a little sudden, with practically no fore-play, and I didn’t feel the heat and sexiness the way I did with the first book.

I also have to say that I thought this was a trilogy, yet now there are at least 5 books plus novellas. I checked back and when the first book was published it was called ‘Inside Out Trilogy’, and I actually feel quite disappointed that this wasn’t the end. I was expecting some answers – I can’t even hear the name Rebecca without thinking of this series, and once again I’m left waiting for the next book, which is a bit frustrating. This book just felt like a ‘holiday-in-Paris’, and I’m not sure that for the amount of answers we got, it was worth this being a full-length novel.
Overall; and okay story, but I expected more.
6.75 out of 10.

{Nerd Blast} and #Giveaway - Eternal Starling by Angela Corbett

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A love so strong, even eternity can’t separate them. Evie Starling has lived a relatively uneventful life hanging out with friends, gossiping about boys, and driving her 1966 Mustang.

All of that changes when she moves to Gunnison, Colorado, to start college and meets two mysterious men. For centuries, Alex Night and Emil Stone have yearned for Evie but they each have their own reasons for wanting to be with her. When both men claim to be her soul mate and tell her about an unbelievable past, Evie learns that she s not the person she thought she was. Soon, Evie finds herself in the middle of an age-old battle between the Amaranthine Society the soul protectors, and the Daevos Resistance the soul destroyers. With a past she doesn t understand, and a future rife with danger, Evie has to decide who she can trust. But Alex and Emil aren t the only ones who want Evie, and her soul is about to become the rope in an eternal tug-of-war.

Angela Corbett

As a child, Angela Corbett’s most prized possession was a set of read-along books. She used to follow along with the narrator on the stereo and dream of when she would be able to read by herself. Her childhood reading habit led her to consider her future career. However, after consulting with her parents, she realized she had already exceeded hobbit height and since fairies and dragonslayers were tricky jobs to get, she decided she wanted to create worlds of her own. She started writing poetry in elementary school and worked as a journalist in high school and college, but could never leave her love for writing fiction behind.

She is a graduate of Westminster College where she double majored in communication and sociology. She has worked as a journalist, freelance writer, and director of communications and marketing. She loves classic cars, traveling, and escaping in a good book. She lives in Utah with her incredibly supportive husband and their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin, whose following of fangirls could rival Justin Bieber’s.
Eternal Starling is her debut novel and the first book in the Emblem of Eternity trilogy.

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Sunday, 29 September 2013

When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach

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When the World Was Flat (and we were in love)Blurb (from Goodreads):
Looking back, I wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary.

When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it’s like fireworks — for her, anyway. Tom looks as if he would be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he is bored by her and by her small Nebraskan town in general.

But as Lillie begins to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind — memories of the two of them, together and in love.

When she at last learns the truth about their connection, Lillie discovers that Tom has been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that is bigger — and much more terrifying and beautiful — than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there is no way to make it flat again.

An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.

When the World Was Flat by Ingrid Jonach

My rating: 2.75 of 5 stars

When the World Was Flat (and we were in love)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Angry Robot and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Lillie lives in a small town where a new boy at school is major news. So when Tom arrives she goes out of her way to dress nice for him, in hopes of finally getting a boyfriend.

Tom doesn’t seem interested though, and Lillie is confused by dreams in which she is pregnant with his child.
Why does Lillie feel like she has met Tom before? Are her dreams really memories? And what will it take for them to be together?

This was an okay sci-fi romance, but that was as good as it got really.

Lillie was an okay character, she seemed a fairly normal teenager who wanted a boyfriend and liked photography. I thought she was a good friend at times, and I felt sorry for the way the mean girls treated her.

The storyline in this was okay, but at points certain things annoyed me. Certain things just seemed to be taken too far – like saying that every time someone made a choice, multiple worlds were created, and there were therefore infinite universes – sorry I just don’t buy it – it makes my head want to explode. Then we had the thing happen that really annoys me in paranormal books – 1 girl finds out she’s a witch, and suddenly so is 90% of the town’s populace – only this time we’re talking about sliders from alternate realities. If this really happened, how would the world keep functioning? Especially given that technology would not be the same in each place etc. again – makes my head want to explode. Plus – surely he is not just sliding between dimensions but travelling through time as well? Brain explosion.

Anyway, the romance was alright, but in reality was barely there. Lillie spent as much time with this other boy as what she spent with Tom, and she spent a lot more time with her friends. This alternate-reality, multiple-time-spanning romance was not all that interesting, and I never got that heart-pounding feeling, or anything really.

The ending was again okay. I was thankful that we weren’t left with a cliff-hanger, and the ending was fitting in a way, but in another way it was pretty poo for all involved really. So not a very satisfying ending really.
Overall; an okay YA sci-fi romance, but not really anything special.
5.5 out of 10.

Stacking the Shelves - September 29th 2013


Books Read:

Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken UnWholly (Unwind, #2) Shift Prodigy (Legend, #2) Made of Stars by Kelley York Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund Surfacing by Shana Norris When Stars Die by Amber Forbes

Books Received:

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)

1. Pawn by Aimee Carter -
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Saturday, 28 September 2013

A Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader

A Taylor-Made Life
Blurb (from Goodreads):
They lived the life they were given; they loved the life they made.

Cheerleader Taylor Smith doesn’t want to die a virgin. Unfortunately, if the terminally-ill leukemia patient doesn't find a lover or a stem-cell match within months, her fear will become reality. When her cancer mentor is revealed to be a hottie entrepreneur from California, it seems fate might finally be on her side.

Tech-geek Gavin Taylor has everything he ever wanted, except someone to grieve for him when he's gone. With his melanoma cancer beyond the help of his riches, he agrees to participate in a cancer patient mentoring program where he's matched with a dying teen from Texas. Despite his immediate attraction, the Silicon Valley whiz intends only to provide friendship and happy memories to the beautiful, young woman who is determined to win his love.

When it's discovered that his frozen sperm and her harvested eggs could lead to a cure, Taylor's mother offers to be a surrogate. And Gavin must decide if he can risk the heart he has never given and a child he'll never know to a girl he just met.

A Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

A Taylor-Made Life(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Kary Rader, and Christine Marie, Book Publicity and Promotion.)
17-year-old Taylor is dying. She has leukaemia, and as a blood marrow donor has not been found, she’s not expected to live to her 19th birthday. Taylor knows what she wants though, and she doesn’t want to die a virgin.

When Taylor then meets 25-year-old Gavin, who is also suffering from cancer, she knows that he is what she wants, and she wants more than just sex, she wants love.

Gavin tries to push Taylor away, thinking that the age difference is too big, but Taylor isn’t about to let him get away.
Can Taylor and Gavin really have a relationship? Is the stress too much for a man in Gavin’s position? And how long do they have left together?

This was a real tear-jerker contemporary romance, and I really enjoyed it.

Taylor knew what she wanted and went for it, which I really admired. I couldn’t really blame her for not wanting to die a virgin, and I totally got what she meant when she realised that she didn’t just want sex, she wanted love. I admired how strong she was though, and how open she was with Gavin, and was happy to give him her love, even when he pushed her away.

The storyline in this was sad but good. Gavin did annoy me a bit with his refusal to even kiss Taylor, even though he wanted to, and I was like ‘Come on! Time is running out!’.
The romance in this was sweet though, and I really liked it. I liked the way that Taylor flirted with Gavin, and how sweet they were together. I did think that when Gavin finally changed his mind he maybe went a bit overboard, but when you’re dying you’ve got to seize the day I suppose!

The ending was bittersweet, but what can you really expect from a book where the main characters have cancer? I thought that it was done really well though, and we did get a much better ending than I thought we would. I would recommend this to anyone who likes contemporary romance, especially those that enjoy a good tear-jerker.
Overall; a tear-jerker contemporary romance.
7 out of 10.

{Book Blitz} & #Giveaway - To Know Me by Marcy Blesy

To Know Me

Summary from Goodreads:
To know me is to die...

Seventeen-year-old Mae is convinced that the consequences of her poor decisions have caused the untimely deaths of her dad, sister Laura, and grandma who all die within a year, no matter how ludicrous her thoughts seem to those she loves. The solution? Run away so no one else she cares for gets hurt (even if she has to keep a GPS tracker on her phone at all times).

Desperate to earn her diploma and salvage something of her life, she transfers schools when people get too close. After switching to Woodson Prep with only two months to go until graduation, Mae keeps her goals in sight. But when she meets Ty, the "perfect boy" with his own secrets and a relentless interest in Mae, she must decide if she can stop running from the past and still protect those she loves.

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I am a former elementary school teacher and currently run an elementary library which is the perfect job for my interests.

In October 2010 I  had an essay published in Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Devotional Stories For Mothers.   Another essay will be published in November 2013 in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just Us Girls.

In 2012 my debut picture book was released by Bronze Man Books. Am I Like My Daddy? follows the journey of a child who seeks to learn if she is anything like the dad who died when she was young.

My middle grade novel, Confessions of a Corn Kid, as well a YA short story trilogy, The Lexie and Rhett Chronicles, and To Know Me, were released direct to kindle in 2013.

I am a great eavesdropper and person profiler which proves a fabulous advantage for a writer. As my favorite shirt says, Be careful or you’ll end up in my novel.

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“This seat taken?” I look up and into the wide smile of the Pacific Ocean. It’s Ty.
“Are you always happy?” I can’t help but ask.
“Wow, that’s a great greeting. No, I’m not actually. I’m just trying very hard. I’ve been assigned to show you around, and you keep blowing me off.”
“Consider your assignment complete. I can find my way around.”
“Have you considered that perhaps you’d fit in here a bit better if you let people talk to you? And that if you did, you weren’t such a bitch.” Oh, good, I’ve achieved bitch status, and it’s only day two. Perfect. Now everyone will leave me alone.
“Just go,” I say. The last thing I need is to get close to a boy and not just for his safety.

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Friday, 27 September 2013

Inhuman (Fetch #1) by Kat Falls

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Scholastic and Netgalley.
Inhuman (Fetch, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.

America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.

Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught.

Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy.

Inhuman by Kat Falls

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Inhuman (Fetch, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Scholastic and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Lane lives in a dystopian society, where beyond the boundary wall live people who are known as ‘feral’ – part-human, part-animal hybrids.

When Lane is picked up for possibly being infected (having the disease that turns people feral), she soon learns that the reason is that her father has been going across the boundary to the old city of Chicago to bring back priceless art works. One woman has evidence of him crossing the boundary, and offers Lane a deal – get her father to retrieve something for her from Chicago, and she’ll make the evidence go away.

Given only 5 days to find her father, get the item, and get back behind the boundary wall, Lane is on a tight schedule.
Can she find the scientist who supposedly knows where her father is? Can she find the item the woman has asked for? And can she do it without becoming infected herself?

This was an okay dystopian novel, but it felt like a bit like a fairy-tale-mash-up.

Lane was an okay character, although I did think she was maybe a little dumb at times. I didn’t quite get how she could figure out that the stories her father had told her, were really about what was on the other side of the wall, but then not figure out that the strange creatures he’d talked about where also real and on the other side of the wall. Logic missing.

The storyline in this book was a bit of a strange one. At times it felt like we really were in some kind of a dystopian future, and then at other times it felt like some kind of fairy-tale world. At times I got hints of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ – a tiger-man who is going around searching for a heart (the tin-man), and a girl who is looking for a scientist who will tell her what she needs to get home (Dorothy), never mind that they were traveling along a road (admittedly it wasn’t made of yellow bricks but we can’t be too literal). Not forgetting the feral and very vicious monkey type things, which reminded me of the Wicked Witch’s flying monkeys.
Then there were hints of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ – Lane having to crawl through small spaces, and then a very self-important, and nasty-piece-of-work Queen, who kept ordering people killed (I was waiting for the ‘Off with their heads!’ line!), who reminded me of the Queen of Hearts.
There was even a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ angle worked in there – ‘the beast has to win her heart’, which was unexpected and quite clever.

I did feel that this book lost its way a little in the middle, and I did find some of the middle bits a little boring, but thankfully it picked up a bit at the end. The ending was then alright, but again, I thought that Lane had been exceptionally stupid as it turned out. There was quite a lot not wrapped up at the end, leaving more to be explored in further books, but I wouldn’t want to read these back-to-back. That boring part in the middle stopped this from being anything more than an okay read for me.
Overall; and okay dystopian fairy-tale-esque story.
6.5 out of 10.

Book Blitz and #Giveaway - Waterborn by Kimberly James

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Waterborn by Kimberly James
Publication date: September 6th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance

“You don’t have to choose. You can be both. The girl with the charm, the girl without. They both suit you.”

Caris Harper lives a charmed life. Literally.

When her dad offers to take her to the Emerald coast of Florida for summer vacation, Caris jumps at the chance. The chance to get answers to questions she’s always been too afraid to ask. The chance to be normal. Isn’t that what her dreams have been telling her, that here in the place of her birth she can be normal? But from the first moment the wind caresses her face and the sun touches her skin, the charm begins to fade, revealing a girl Caris never knew existed, one that is anything but normal. The long-buried Song that awakens is only the beginning of a transformation that will challenge her ideas about loyalty and family.
Noah Jacobs is a waterbreather—a species of human fully adaptable to life in the water. Like his older brother Jamie, Noah wants to prove they can use their abilities and be heroes in service to their country. When a simple mission goes wrong and Jamie goes missing, Noah exiles himself to the Deep in a desperate search. MIA is a classification Noah is not ready to accept. But instinct can’t be ignored. Not when he hears her Song. Caris is not what he expects and Noah is determined to get her out of his head. Instead he finds himself acting as her mentor and the more time they spend together, the more Noah realizes he just wants Caris.

When a startling truth threatens their newly formed trust, Noah straddles the line between love and obsession while Caris struggles to find a balance between the girl she thought she was and the young woman she wants to be.



Kimberly is a Crossfit junkie and a connoisseur of french fries.

She likes to make stuff up and write it down. Her stories usually have a contemporary setting with a fantastical twist. Waterborn is her debut novel.

Kimberly lives in Alabama the beautiful with her husband, three dogs, Kevin the cat, and four new adults of her own. A couple of which are off at college.

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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Stay With Me (With Me #1) by Elyssa Patrick

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Stay With Me (With Me #1)
Blurb (From Goodreads):
New Adult/Contemporary Romance - recommended for ages 17 and up.

With one look, I’m his . . .

With one touch, he’s mine . . .

With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . .

I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.

When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.

But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.

Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.

Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.

Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.

Stay With Me by Elyssa Patrick

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Stay With Me (With Me #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Elyssa Patrick and Netgalley.)
18-year-old Hailey is a famous singer/actress, but she’s taking a break for a while and going to college, where she meets Caleb.
Slowly they fall in love, but will Caleb still love her when he finds out about all the things she has done in the past? Can he look past her mistakes and still love her for who she really is inside? And will he stay with her?

This was an okay NA contemporary romance, but I just couldn’t get into it.

I don’t know what it was about this one, but right from the beginning it just wasn’t doing it for me, I didn’t connect with the characters, I didn’t really care what happened to them, and certain things just annoyed me.

The first thing to annoy me was a scene where Hailey was carrying a drink and some shopping bags, she bumps into Caleb, spilling her drink all down herself, and he offers to take her to his place, which is right around the corner, so that she can clean up, and get a fresh shirt. I don’t know if this sounds familiar to anyone else, but this is almost exactly the same as a scene from Notting Hill, where oh yes, Julia Roberts is a famous movie star, and bumps into Hugh Grant in the street.
I mean, yes, I might have seen this film more than once, but it just annoyed me how similar the two scenes were! I was just waiting for a weird roommate to come in and start eating mayonnaise thinking it was yogurt.

Anyway, this annoyed me, so I put the book down and read something else, because that way I can sometimes get past the thing that was annoying me, and enjoy the rest of the book. Unfortunately though, the rest of the book wasn’t much of an improvement.
I got annoyed at the way Hailey moaned about not wanting to be famous, and not knowing what she really wanted to do with her life. Well join the club love, you are not the only one to not know what they want to do with their life, but you are in the coveted position of having millions of dollars in the bank to give you the backing to do whatever the hell you want. Please stop moaning about how you’re a poor, misunderstood pop star, there are plenty of people who’d be happy to take your place.

This was an erotic story, and there were a few fairly explicit sex scenes in the second half of the book. These were okay, and there did seem to be some love between Hailey and Caleb, but I just didn’t feel it. For me the whole thing just dragged, I didn’t like the dialogue, I couldn’t connect with the characters, and I didn’t really appreciate the use of fruit to describe the characters sexual organs, I will never look at a plum quite the same way again.

The ending was okay, and was fairly happy, even though Hailey still hadn’t decided what to do with her life, but again I just couldn’t really connect with the characters and so didn’t really care all that much.
Overall; it might just be wrong person, wrong book, but this just didn’t do it for me.
4.5 out of 10.

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Because of Lucy by Lisa Swallow
Publication date: August 28th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

*Recommended 17+ due to strong language and sexual content*

Ness’s parents are shocked when she turns down her place at Leeds University and takes on a full-time job in a call center. Determined to begin her adult life the way she wants, Ness moves to Leeds to live with her best friend Abby.

One night she meets Evan, who is everything she hates about guys. He may be hot but he’s also drunken, arrogant, and on top of that, he apparently has sex with girls and forgets about it. But Evan isn’t what he seems and Ness soon discovers they have more in common than she thought.

Evan is struggling to escape from his past too, and when Lucy appears she threatens his new relationship with Ness. Unsure if she can deal with the effect Lucy has on Evan, Ness makes a decision about her future which pulls them apart.

When their new lives don’t go as planned, Ness and Evan are both faced with difficult choices. All because of Lucy…



Lisa is originally from the UK but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. She splits her time between writing, raising a family and running a business. She even leaves the house occasionally.
Lisa writes romance and is currently working on a series of new adult paranormal romance novels, the first book, Soul Ties, was published in July 2013. She also writes new adult contemporary - Because of Lucy was released August 2013.

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Water by Natasha Hardy

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WaterBlurb (From Goodreads):
Surrender to the power of the water... Alex knows she is different. She’s plagued by nightmares that feel shockingly real and an intense restlessness she cannot explain. As the long hot summer holidays stretch before her, Alex seeks out adventure in the rugged mountains of Injasuthi. But during a camping trip to the mystic jade pools, Alex meets Merrick, a boy who tells her the shocking truth about herself, and Alex's nightmare is about to become reality. Because Alex is no ordinary teenager...she is a half-mermaid and her adventures are only just beginning.

Water by Natasha Hardy

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Water(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited, Carina, and Netgalley.)
Teen Alexandra is sent away with her brother to spend the summer with a family friend. Whilst there Alex hears stories about ‘fish-people’, and how her friend Josh’s tribe was blamed for the disappearance of a woman called Talita.

Alexandra then meets Merrick who turns out to be one of these ‘fish people’. He takes her swimming to the magical underwater world where he lives and introduces her to people, then she finds out that she is half-fish herself.
Why is Alexandra special? And why do they call her their ‘Inspiration’?

This book was dull, it was complicated, and it totally bored the pants off me.

Alexandra as a character was pretty na├»ve and dull. I couldn’t connect with her at all, and she was just a bit weird. If I had nearly drowned previously, had recurring nightmares about drowning, and blacked out in deep water, there is no way in hell that I would be going swimming! Especially not in a random pool somewhere, with a ‘fish-person’ that I have been told eats humans, in water so deep that I have to rely on said ‘fish-person’ to give me air to breathe.
I mean really? How stupid can you get?
Relying on someone else for oxygen is bad enough; you would have to have an insane amount of trust in that person to do that, but to rely on someone you have never met before, who you mean nothing to, who isn’t even the same species as you? This does not sound like the best of ideas.

The rest of the storyline in this book drove me nuts too. We started off with Alexandra’s friend Josh telling her loads of stuff about these ‘fish people’ who are supposed to not even exist. For a species that doesn’t even exist, Josh knows a hell of a lot about them, so much so that we get an info-dump the size of the titanic, which is then repeated again and again.

I could probably rant on forever about this book, but I really want to just forget that I ever read it.
Anyway, to sum it up;
- There was a prophecy
- Alex was obviously the only hope for the entire race of these ‘fish-people’
- She developed new gifts/super-powers at a ridiculous rate
- She continued to swim lots underwater even though she was afraid
- She helped heal the sick
And on, and on, and on, and on.

The ending then further annoyed me when it turned out to not really be an ending at all! As if this book could possibly have gotten any worse!

In summary – this book was utter poo. It was dull, it had complicated prophecy stuff going on, it was unbelievable, the main character was frustrating, and we didn’t even get a proper ending. I am beyond annoyed with this book, and if there is a sequel I will burn it before I read it.
Overall; just don’t bother.
1.5 out of 10.