Friday, 31 January 2014

Secret (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer

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Secret (Elemental, #4)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Nowhere is safe. Not even home…

Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.

Keep his grades sky-high or he’ll never escape his hometown.
Keep his brother’s business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.
Keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his own twin—-or he’ll lose his family.

Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who’s supposed to be his “girlfriend’s” partner.

Of course there’s also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.

There’s a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.

Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?

Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Secret (Elemental, #4)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley.)
This is book 4 in the ‘Elemental’ series.
Nick knows that he likes boys, and more specifically he likes Adam, but his emotions are not in check and he seems to be sending Quinn running into the arms of someone he really doesn’t like or trust.
Can Nick come clean to his brothers about who he is dating, and the fact that it’s a guy?

This was an okay story, but for me the ending was much better than the first 80% of the book.

I really liked ‘Breathless’, so I was looking forward to seeing what happened with Nick and Adam in this book. Nick seemed quite preoccupied in this book though, and it was hard to get a real feel for him most of the time. I understood how he felt, and how difficult things were for him, but I also understood how hard it was for him to admit to his brothers that he was gay.

The storyline in this mainly revolved around Nick and Adam, with some time also devoted to Quinn and Tyler. Unlike the last book where everything was about the guides, this time everything was about the romance, and for me neither of these were ideal as I felt there needed to be more balance.

The romance in this was okay, and I liked Adam’s flirty little texts, but it didn’t have quite the same ‘heart-racing, OMG, I love him, I can’t put this down, I’ll die if he doesn’t kiss her right now’ quality that Spark had. I thought the Male-Male romance was done well though, and I was happy for Nick and Adam, I just didn’t get as involved in the romance as I might have done, I don’t know why. I don’t think it was just because it was Male-Male though as I didn’t feel it with Quinn and Tyler either.

The rest of the storyline was basically missing until around the 80% mark, when things suddenly started to happen, and we got some real action and excitement –finally! The last 20% of the book was really good, and definitely improved this book for me. We were then left with a bit of a cliff-hanger right at the end though.
Overall; okay, but not as good as Spark for me.
7 out of 10.

Happy Release Day! Lost Soul (DarkWorld #2) by T.G. Ayer

Happy Release Day!

Lost Soul
(DarkWorld #2)
T.G. Ayer

With her sister missing and her mother and Anjelo stuck in the Wraith World, Kai must find a way to save them all. But the Wraith poison has brought her to her knees and only Logan's fire can help ease her pain.

Uncertain who to rescue first, Kai's decision is made for her when she discovers her sister Greer is stuck in the Greylands and slowly going insane. Desperate to save her, Kai will go to incredible lengths to obtain a portal key to the land of the dead - and maybe, she’ll go one step too far.

From deathtalkers to demons, trackers to ghosts, Kai must fight against betrayal and evade the clutches of danger to set her sister free. Can she save Greer from a horrific death - and will she ever be able to forgive herself if she can’t?

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My ears lifted, pointed, flared out. My eyes burned, the particular sensation of my panther eyes coming forth. Another growl and my jaw lengthened, hardened, my nose now picking up every odor surrounding me, including the sickly odor of the poison flowing thick and strong beneath my skin.
My hands transitioned smoothly into paws, my fingernails curving into deadly-sharp claws. I stretched out, lengthened my back, and let the panther take control.


The lab was cold and silent as Logan breathed deep, drawing the fire through his body and centering the molten energy within his mind. The mouse shivered in his hand, its sickly green eyes staring up at him, its expression sad and seemingly pleading. The little, large-eyed white-furred creature had been shaved to reveal its bare skin, enabling Logan and the lab-techs to assess how well the fire was progressing in killing the poison.


As the glass hit the ground, water burst from it like a geyser, spraying droplets all over the kitchen. And all over me.
Good job, Odel. Now who's going to clean up this mess?
Lying where I fell, my face rested close to my poison-wreathed arm. I stared at it as it throbbed and pulsed, as if the poison had taken on a life of its own and was just waiting for the next moment to advance farther into my flesh.
Who knew a tiny piece of Wraith-sword could be this deadly?


Meet the Author

I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other's loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.



Thursday, 30 January 2014

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi

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Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)
Blur (from Goodreads):
The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's "masterpiece" Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestselling Through the Ever Night (

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it's time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won't even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
Aria and Perry have one last mission – to make it to the still blue.
Can they find their way to the still blue? And how many people will die in the process?

I didn’t really like ‘under the never sky’, but I thought that ‘Through the ever night’ was much better. When this book started, I truly believed that this was going to get at least 4 stars, there was excitement, the pace was good, but unfortunately…. I got bored.

I did like Perry and Aria a bit more in this book. They seemed more real, and showed some real feelings, and I even thought that the romance between the two of them was better.

Unfortunately though, the storyline just lost me. There was a bit of an odd revelation, which I wasn’t really expecting, and then I just got lost. The plot just lost me, or maybe I lost the plot, but I got confused, and then I got bored. This may just been a case of wrong person-wrong book for me with this entire series, but I just didn’t enjoy this one.
The ending was an ending, but I still remained confused about some things. Again, this could have been due to the fact that I was pretty confused from around the 40% mark though.
If you liked the first two books in this series then you will probably like this one, but if you weren’t all that big of a fan of the first two, then I’d say that you probably won’t like this one either.
Overall; confusing, and I just didn’t enjoy it.
4.5 out of 10

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The Queen's Choice (Heirs of Chrior #1) by Cayla Kluver

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.
The Queen's Choice (Heirs of Chrior, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.

When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equaled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen's mantle herself.

Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined….

The Queen's Choice by Cayla Kluver

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Queen's Choice (Heirs of Chrior, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.)
Anya is a faerie, and her auntie the queen. Her cousin Illumina is unfit to be next in line for the throne, and her cousin Zabriel is missing.
When her aunt confides in her that she is dying, and that she wants her to take the throne when she dies, Anya knows that she must journey to the human world to try and find her half-fae, half human cousin Zabriel.
Where is Zabriel? And can Anya find him before her aunt dies?

This book started off strong, but I lost interest a bit in the middle. The ending was quite interesting though.

I liked Anya, and I liked her strength. I liked how she both did what she wanted, and thought of those around her, she certainly did have a bit of a weak spot when it came to her boyfriend. She did surprise me at times though, firstly when she wasn’t all that grateful for a gift she was given, and secondly when she admitted that she wouldn’t have been sad over the death of a fairly close relative. I did like her overall, but I also got tired of her.

I liked the storyline, and I really felt sorry for Anya after what happened to her. The story started to drag from the mid-point really though, and I just ended up wondering if it was ever going to end. The part of the storyline concerning Zabriel was probably the worst part of the story, as it seemed like they were never going to find him.
Thankfully the story picked up at the end, and I did end this story wanting to know what happened in the next book. More than anything though I decided that this story was a bit slow, and I wondered whether everything in this really needed to be in there. I thought that more could have been achieved in the 500+ pages than actually happened, and am now kind of aggrieved that I have to wait for the next book to find out what happens.
Overall; I liked the story, but did find it slow in places.
8 out of 10.

Forever (Temptation #3) by Karen Ann Hopkins

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Forever (Temptation, #3)
Blurb (From Goodreads): 
All I want is my happily-ever-after.

That's all I've wanted since meeting Noah Miller.

From the day we met, the world has tried to keep Noah and me from being together, but now that I'm carrying his child, no one will be able to tear us apart. Or so I hope. But Noah and I have made some mistakes along the way, and the consequences are impacting the people we love. Worse, there's a storm on the horizon, and it's sure to cause serious devastation.

If we can get through this, we'll finally be Rose and Noah; a family, forever.

But first we have to survive the road ahead. And happily-ever-after is a long way off.

Forever by Karen Ann Hopkins

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Forever (Temptation, #3)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.)
This is book 3 in the ‘Temptation’ trilogy, and picks up where book 2 ‘Belonging’ left off.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for books 1 & 2 ‘Temptation’ and ‘Belonging’.**
Rose is pregnant, Noah is in trouble for calling of his engagement to Constance, and Sarah is unable to court Micah because of Noah’s actions.
What will Rose’s father think to the pregnancy? What will be the reaction of the Amish community? And what does the future hold in store for Rose and Noah?

This was a good end to the series, but it wasn’t quite what I expected.

Rose was quite quiet in this book as she was trying to hide her pregnancy. I totally got where she was coming from, and her problems in confiding in people, but I also saw how it almost caused more problems. Rose’s pregnancy hormones also seemed to muddle her mind a little bit, and suddenly everything was about the baby.
Noah once again started this book by irritating me. I hated the way he constantly refused to change for Rose, and still expected her to be Amish, even after everything that happened. It just wasn’t fair of him to expect her to give up everything, when he wasn’t willing to do the same for her.

The storyline in this was okay, although things didn’t go quite the way I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong, things turned out okay, but it just wasn’t what I expected. Some things that I was expecting were a bit of a let-down, and I just felt like the book almost lost its way a bit in the middle.
The ending was happy, we got a proper ‘happily ever after’, and things fell into place that made this happen, almost to the point of this being a bit too fairy-tale-esque. It was a nice ending though, and I was glad that Noah and Rose were finally happy.
Overall; not what I expected, but a good end to the series.
7 out of 10.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

All That Glows by Ryan Graudin - Blog Tour and #Giveaway

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.

All That Glows
by Ryan Graudin
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 11th 2014
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Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.
When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.

All That Glows by Ryan Graudin

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

All That Glows(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
Emrys is heading to London to guard Prince Richard, as part of the Faery Guard, but once she meets him she feels something odd, and for some reason it’s like Richard can almost see through her cloaking.
When a shocking event leaves no doubt that a dangerous situation is afoot, Emrys decides to break all the rules and reveal herself to Richard to be able to best protect him, but she didn’t plan on falling in love with him.
Who is sending the fae to attack Richard? And can Emrys ever give up everything to really be with him?

This was a good YA fantasy romance, but I liked the other storylines more than the romance.

Emrys was an interesting character. I liked how devoted she was to her job, but I also liked how she used her discretion and gut feeling, and knew when to do something that was technically against the rules.

I liked the storyline in this book, and I have to say that the writing was beautiful. The writing had a real romantic feel to it, and really was a pleasure to read. I liked the way the story flowed, and I liked the little twists that I didn’t see coming. I did feel that the romance took over this book though. For once I actually liked the storyline a lot more than the romance, and when at 60% the book suddenly became all about the romance it lost a bit of its spark for me. The book did pick up again a little towards the end, but the first half was definitely the better part of the story for me.

The ending to this was satisfactory, although there was plenty of room left for a sequel. I’m not sure yet if this is going to be a standalone or the start of a series, but personally I think the way this book was left it could go either way and be fine.
Overall; a good YA fantasy/romance.
7.5 out of 10.

My name is Ryan and I've been writing ever since I grabbed one of my dad's old tax ledgers and created this masterpiece: see image.

My writing has since improved, though my obsession with wolves has remained relatively the same (I even own a wolf-hybrid pup.) My childhood was a happy, sunny thing. I grew up on a steady diet of fairytales, salt-marshes, music and brothers who would re-enact Redwall battles with me in the back yard. I went to an artsy sort of high-school that allowed cello recitals in the hallways and impromptu poetry slams in the cafeteria. It was there I decided that writing was what I wanted to do more than anything.

I'm officially a grownup now (I suppose one must admit that once they turn 26). My diet still includes fairytales, salt-marshes and art, but there are a few new loves thrown in. A big one is travel. Pieces of my heart are scattered like breadcrumbs all over the globe--I've bartered them off for writing inspiration, so I suppose it's a fair trade.

When I'm not cramming my earthly belongings into a backpack and waiting in airport security lines, I'm doing one of the following: Writing YA novels, Photographing weddings with my husband, Making our little white cottage more homey, Playing with my wolf pup, Trying out Korean r├ęcipes, Haunting local coffee shops with my friends.

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Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley.
HeartbeatBlurb (from Goodreads):
Life. Death. And...Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Heartbeat(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Emma sees her dead mother every day – at the hospital where her body is kept alive by machines in order to incubate the baby she was pregnant with when she died.

Emma blames her step-father Dan for the situation, because she believes that he chose to keep her mother alive for the sake of his son, something that Emma doesn’t agree with.
Will the baby survive? Can Emma live with her mother being dead but not dead? And can she ever forgive her step-father for the difficult decision that he was forced to make?

This was an unusual story, which raised moral questions, explored grief, and was ultimately very sad.

Emma was a character that I both loved and hated. At times I understood where she was coming from, and the grief and anger that she was feeling, whilst at other times I just hated her for wanting her brother to die.

The storyline in this book was really quite heart breaking. I understood the difficult decision that Emma’s stepfather had had to make, but I just didn’t get why Emma was so angry about it. I understood that her anger was part of her grief, but I just felt like her anger was misdirected. She continually blamed Dan for choosing ‘his son’ over her mother, when in reality it wasn’t a choice of one or the other! The choice was whether to let her mother die, or let both of them die, and I was just so upset by the way that Emma would rather her brother die, than have her mother kept alive for a few weeks to allow him to live.

To be honest this book upset me. A lot. Why Emma thought that her brother should die, and why she thought that her mother wouldn’t have wanted her baby to survive I don’t know, but the thought that if it had been up to Emma she would have just switched the machines off and let both her mother and her brother die made me feel physically sick. Especially when she had been told that it wasn’t the pregnancy that caused her mother’s death.

I don’t really want to think about this book anymore because I find it really quite depressing and sad. The ending was good, and we were left with hope that things would be better, but this whole story just makes me want to cry, and not in a good way. The idea that Emma would kill her little brother as some sort of retribution or revenge for her mother’s death was just sickening.
Overall; emotional story about a girl overtaken by grief.
6.5 out of 10.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Tape by Steven Camden

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Netgalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Record a voice and it lasts forever…

In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.

This is their story.

Tape by Steven Camden

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Tape(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Netgalley.)
In 1993, 13-year-old Ryan records tapes about his life.
In 2013, 13-year-old Amelia finds some tapes in her grandmother’s spare room, and begins to listen to them, even though the person speaking is too faint for her to hear.
What is the connection between Amelia and Ryan?

This book was just dull. So little happened, and the twist was predictable from the blurb. Not impressed.

Ryan and Amelia were both pretty nothingness characters. All they seemed to do was argue with their friends and moan, and it got old quick.

The storyline was just dull. I mean so little happened it was ridiculous! There was one funny moment, and one slightly interesting moment right at the end, but it so wasn’t worth reading the whole book to get to. Most of the book was just two teenagers moaning!
There was a sort-of twist, but I guessed what it was just from reading the blurb – Amelia is in 2013, Ryan is in 1993, and they are connected by more than a tape. I’ll let you decide if you’ve guessed it too, but just in case (highlight to view spoiler - Ryan is Amelia’s father.)

There was one funny moment in there, which was probably the best part of the book for me (highlight to view spoiler - Ryan climbs over a fence to retrieve his football, gets his jeans caught, and ends up falling over the fence, his trousers come down with his feet trapped inside them, and he ends up on the grass in his white pants, at the feet of the girl that he fancies. Ha ha! ) but otherwise it was slow and boring.

There was another little interesting bit at the end, but it wasn’t exactly brilliant (highlight to view spoiler - the man that Amelia’s grandmother introduces to her is actually her father’s step-brother) and that was pretty much it.
Overall; dull, slow and predictable.
4 out of 10.

Ruthless (Pretty Little Liars #10) by Sara Shepard

Ruthless (Pretty Little Liars, #10)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
For years scandal has rocked Rosewood, Pennsylvania--and high school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have always been at the center of the drama. They've lost friends, been targeted by a ruthless stalker named A, and narrowly escaped death. And it's not over yet.

Aria's love life is on the fritz. Emily's exploring her wild side. Hanna's kissing the enemy. And someone from Spencer's past--someone she never thought she'd see again--is back to haunt her.

But none of that compares to what happened last spring break. It's their darkest secret yet and guess who found out? Now A is determined to make them pay for their crime, and the only thing scarier than A is the fear that maybe, just maybe, they deserve what's coming to them.

Ruthless by Sara Shepard

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Ruthless (Pretty Little Liars, #10)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Ali, Courtney, and Tabitha are all dead. Spencer did some naughty things over the summer, and Hanna has more confessions to make to her father.
Is A. really gone? Or has she just been waiting for the right time to strike, again?

This was a good story, but A. and her multiple reincarnations have more lives than a cat.

The story continued in this book with Spencer doing some very un-Spencer like things, and yet another mystery A. While this storyline was okay in the first books, it seems to be getting a little ridiculous now. How many more books can this Ali/A. conspiracy carry on for when she’s once again supposed to be dead?!
We did have some new characters in this book, and a bit of a Romeo and Juliet storyline going on with Hanna. The texts from A. weren’t really as good as they were in previous books, and once again A. is becoming more and more like gossip girl. I really do think that this storyline has run its course now though. How many times can one girl be resurrected from the dead? What’s next? Is she going to come back as an alien in the next book?
Overall; an interesting story, but I think A. has outlived her usefulness.
7 out of 10.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

That One Summer (Summer #3) by C.J. Duggan

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That One Summer (Summer, #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Loving Chris Henderson would be wrong. Diabolically disastrous. I mean, what is there about him to love? He’s moody, bossy, brooding, a control freak, and that’s on a good day … but there was one achingly obvious fact that haunted my every thought, every minute of every day …

He sure could kiss.

As the countdown to the new millennium begins, there is one thing everyone agrees on: no one wants to be in Onslow for New Year’s Eve.

So that can only mean one thing: road trip!

No longer the mousey, invisible, shy girl from years ago, Tammy Maskala is finally making up for all those lost summers. A new year with new friends, which astoundingly includes the bossy boy behind the bar, Chris Henderson.

She likes her new friends (at least most of them), so why does she secretly feel so out of place?

After chickening out on the trip, a last-minute change of heart sees Tammy racing to the Onslow Hotel, fearing she’s missed her chance for a ride. The last thing she expected to meet was a less-than-happy Onslow Boy leaning against his black panel van.

Now the countdown begins to reach the others at Point Shank before the party is over and the new year has begun. Alone in a car with only the infuriating Chris Henderson, Tammy can’t help but feel this is a disastrous start to what could have been a great adventure. But when the awkward road trip takes an unexpected turn, Tammy soon discovers that the way her traitorous heart feels about Chris is the biggest disaster of all.

Fogged up windows, moonlight swimming, bad karaoke and unearthed secrets; after this one summer nothing will ever be the same again.

That One Summer by C.J. Duggan

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

That One Summer (Summer, #3)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author C.J. Duggan and Xpresso book tours.)
This is book 3 in the ‘summer’ series, but can be read as a standalone.
Tammy doesn’t really like Chris does she? She doesn’t really want to go on a camping trip does she? Tammy is the last person to know the answers to these questions, but she’s about to find out soon enough.

Once again I was expecting this book to be good, and I ended up disappointed.

Tammy was an okay character, but I hated how little confidence she had, and I hated how difficult it was for her to make a decision and stick with it. I really wanted her to grow up a bit, and stop behaving like a child.

The storyline was a little strange. I didn’t really get why Tammy’s mother meddled in her daughter’s life, and I didn’t think that pretending to have a summer fling was a good idea. I felt bored for the majority of this book unfortunately, and the romance was a bit frustrating.
Usually even if I don’t like the rest of the storyline I can still enjoy the romance, but there just didn’t seem to be that much romance in this one at all. Then, when we finally got a bit of action between the characters, the deed was always called off, and I just got really sick of it. These weren’t really kids, they weren’t virgins, but every time there was just no consummation. This wouldn’t have been an issue if the romance and chemistry had been better, but there was just nothing. I didn’t feel my heart racing, and their flirting (what little there was) made me roll my eyes, not shiver in anticipation.
The ending was like wise pretty dull, and I was just glad it was over to be honest. I’m now wondering why I liked the first book in this series so much, because books 2 and 3 have just been pants.
Overall; not a fan.
5 out of 10.

Stacking the Shelves - January 26th 2014


Books Read:

  Blood and Snow by RaShelle Workman Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor Revenant in Training by RaShelle Workman Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens The Vampire Christopher by RaShelle Workman Death is but a Dream by Erin Hayes Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas Arclight by Josin L. McQuein Blood Soaked Promises by RaShelle Workman Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell Golden by Jessi Kirby Prey and Magic by RaShelle Workman Don't Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley Broken Beauty by Chloe Adams The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson Wicked Games by Sean Olin The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik
Masquerade's Moon by RaShelle Workman

Books Received:

Death is but a Dream by Erin Hayes

1. Death is but a dream by Erin Hayes -
Thanks to Indie Inked and Netgalley.
2. A Boat Made Of Bone by Nicole Grotepas -
Thanks to Nicole Grotepas and Netgalley.
3. Broken Beauty by Chloe Adams -
Thanks to Indie Inked and Netgalley.

4. Dead Silent by Sharon Jones -
Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and Netgalley.
5. Hidden Magic by Melanie Crouse -
Thanks to Mark My Words Book Publicity and Netgalley.