Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Exile by Kevin Emerson

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
ExileBlurb (from Goodreads):
Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.

Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .

On sale in April 2014, Kevin Emerson’s EXILE is a witty and passionate ode to love, rock and roll, and the freedom that comes in the moment when somebody believes in you, even if you’re not quite ready to believe in yourself.

Exile by Kevin Emerson

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Exile(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Summer is annoyed after the band she managed got signed by a record label and dumped her, so now she’s out to find a new band.
Can she make another band happen though? And is a dead rock-stars son the right way to go?

This was an okay story, but I just couldn’t get into it.

Summer was an okay character, she seemed to think that she was wonderful though, and as soon as one band left she just had to go and find another one to manage. Why she was so obsessed I don’t know, but I just didn’t get why she felt the need to instantly start managing, or even forming a new band, especially given how her previous band had bailed on her at the first opportunity.

The storyline in this was okay, but I lost interest. For some reason this book just didn’t hold my attention, and there wasn’t a whole lot to keep me reading; the music side of things didn’t excite me, and the romance was fleeting. I did like the mystery side of the story, but that didn’t feel developed enough, and the pace was just too slow.
The ending was also a bit of a disappointment. I just felt like very little was resolved, and the end wasn’t really an end, the book just stopped. While I was glad to be finished, the ending was less than satisfying, which really annoyed me.
Overall; okay, but didn’t hold my interest well.
6.5 out of 10.

The Girl Who Never Was - Extra - The Seelie Court


The Seelie Court

Scottish mythology uses the term "Seelie Court" to refer to “good” faeries. But the Seelies have undergone a perversion from the times when they enjoyed their positive reputation among the Scots, so that by Selkie’s time, the term “Seelie” no longer indicates "good," and that is, in fact, why we don’t see faeries as much anymore: The witches and wizards on our side have closed the borders for our own protection.

As understood by inhabitants of the Otherworld, the “Seelies” are a specific line of incredibly powerful faeries. Severely inbred for a long period of time, they consolidated their genetic talents until they reached the point where they had gained a power not held by any other faerie: the power to dissolve another being with the use of their name. Naming is always painful and destructive to all supernatural creatures, but only the Seelies managed to hone it into an effective murder weapon. Using this power, the Seelies realized they could control the entire Otherworld. They then undertook a war to force adherence to their Court, which resulted in a bank of names which the Seelies use to keep their subjects in line. Seelies are also very well-schooled in methods of “persuasion” to compel actions on the parts of others, including the divulgence of their names.

Once they consolidated power, the Seelies determined to keep it forever. They did this by freezing their numbers, forbidding procreation, in order to make sure that power did not have to be shared by more than the three dozen or so Seelies who already existed. They also set out on a campaign of re-writing history. The Seelies simply wanted everyone to forget the unpleasant way in which they came to power, so they learned how to make forgetting a specialty of theirs. They outlawed the writing of books, because the power of words written down is one of the few things that can destroy the Seelie power to compel forgetfulness.

In the folklore, Seelies are capricious souls who do everything on a whim. Like most faeries, they are fairly bad at advance planning and impulse control. Unlike most faeries, this results in a terrifying amount of senseless violence. Seelies enjoy a special rush of power during a naming that drives them to name other faeries; they need no further reason. This has provoked such panicked terror in their subjects that the Otherworld has become an intensely paranoid and mistrusting place, where creatures seldom speak for fear of attracting any attention.

The mythology of the Seelie Court also usually painted the Seelie Court as gay and happy, forgetting their sorrows quickly. But that's what makes the Seelie Court so terrifying: the Seelies forget, quickly, which makes them almost emotionless. If you can’t remember your sorrows, then you have no understanding that you are happy. You just are. This also dovetails with another frequent Seelie Court trait in the folklore: Seelies hurt humans without realizing it, because they simply don't understand human feelings. The Seelie Court just cannot comprehend being attached to people or things. They are simply not that way. They have no loyalty, no sense of liking or even disliking the things in the world with them. They like being in charge, and beyond that they don’t care. 

Skylar Dorset

THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS (June 3, from Sourcebooks)
(Pre-order on Amazon – Barnes & Noble – IndieBound)

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The Taking (The Taking #1) by Kimberly Derting

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Taking (The Taking, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

The Taking by Kimberly Derting

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars

The Taking (The Taking, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
When 16-year-old Kyra wakes up behind the Gas’n’sip, the last thing she remembers is arguing with her father about which college she should attend.
She returns home expecting some kind of repercussion after being out all night, only to find that her home isn’t her home anymore; she’s been missing for 5 years.
What happened to Kyra? Where has she been for 5 years? And why doesn’t she look a day older than the day she disappeared?

This was an okay story; it started off strong, but I lost interest as it went along.

I have to say I was a little wary when starting this book, because I was worried that Kyra would be like Violet from the ‘Body Finder’ series, but thankfully Kyra was nothing like her!
I liked Kyra, I liked how forthright she was, and I liked how she made the best of a bad situation, and didn’t just accept things at face value. I did think that she maybe didn’t wonder quite enough about where she’d been for 5 years, and maybe didn’t consider possible reasons for her disappearance, but otherwise I liked her.

I liked the storyline in this at the beginning. I found it quite surprising, and I liked the little twists and turns. I was a bit concerned about the romance, because it was a bit of a weird situation that Kyra had ended up in, but I was enjoying the book. Then, the book lost its appeal. I don’t know why, I just lost interest, and ended up feeling like I was forcing myself to keep reading, which was a real shame after I liked the beginning so much. In the end this book took me at least twice as long to read as I expected.
The ending was okay, but I really had lost interest by that point. It will be interesting to see what happens next, but if I had the next book here right now I wouldn’t be picking it up right after finishing this one.
Overall; strong start, but I lost interest half way through.
6.75 out of 10

Monday, 28 April 2014

Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.
Fragile Line
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend, her life starts to spiral out of control.

Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is.

Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Fragile Line(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)
16-year-old Ellie is scared and confused by the blackouts she suffers from, which leave her waking up in strange places with no idea of where she has been or what she has done.
What is the cause of Ellie’s blackouts? And what happens to her when she’s not in control?

This book started out okay, but the last third was just weird.

Ellie was an okay character, and I felt really sorry for her and the way she was constantly getting these blackouts. I totally got how upsetting it would be to wake up with a tattoo and have no idea how you got it, and to not be able to confide in anyone would be awful.

The storyline in this was pretty good, although it did remind me of another book – ‘The Half-Life of Molly Pierce’. The girl in that – Molly, suffered from exactly the same medical condition as Ellie, and even had the same unnerving experience of coming out of a blackout to find herself driving a car.
I did like this story for the most part, but the last third was just odd, and I didn’t really like it. In theory it might have been a good idea, but for me it just didn’t work out well, and I ended up feeling quite confused by the ending.
There was some romance, but it wasn’t really a really good romance so much as just a part of the storyline.
The ending was odd, and I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. That last third of the book, and the strangeness and confusion of the ending really ruined this book for me.
Overall; okay story, but the ending ruined it for me,
6.5 out of 10.

John Dreamer by Elise Celine

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to AuthorBuzz and Netgalley.
John Dreamer
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Andy wasn’t usually sure about much, but she was absolutely certain this was the weirdest day of her life as she stood stranded in the middle of a great white room with six strangers. Well, they were mostly strangers. She could have sworn she’d seen the guy with the green eyes before, and maybe that was why he kept staring at her. When a man calling himself the Guardian appeared and said they had come to make their deepest dreams come true, they embark on an adventure none of them ever imagined, and the consequences of their actions would change them forever.

John Dreamer by Elise Celine

My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars

John Dreamer(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to AuthorBuzz and Netgalley.)
7 teens wake up to find themselves in a white room, with 7 chairs. How did they get there? Why are they there? And what must they do to get home again?

Well, once again I shouldn’t have been swayed by a pretty cover, because I didn’t enjoy this book at all.

I didn’t like any of the characters in this book. They were all stupid, irritating, and liked to argue, and didn’t endear themselves to me at all.

The storyline in this was a fairly old idea, and reminded me a bit of the film ‘Cube’ and the series of books - ‘The Forbidden Game’ by L. J. Smith. However, while I liked both of the afore mentioned film and books, I didn’t like this. I found the whole thing utterly boring, and irritating, and could not finish this fast enough. I didn’t want to listen to the arguments these kids had, I didn’t want to listen to their theories or sob stories, and I didn’t want to read this book past the first chapter really.
There was some romance, and it was very poor. The girl fell in love with the guy on sight, she even admitted it, and it just got worse from there.
The ending was also pretty darn poo, and I was really glad that this was over. Great, they all learned something about themselves and faced their fears, only I have to say that I really didn’t care at all by that point.
Overall; dull, with irritating characters,
3 out of 10.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Stacking the Shelves - April 27th 2014


I wasn't home last weekend so this is for 2 weeks ☺
Have been trying really hard to get through those review copies! 

Books Read:

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin Nil by Lynne Matson Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette Waiting on the Sidelines by Ginger Scott The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning Stella by Helen Eve The Rain by Virginia Bergin In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday Divergent by Veronica Roth Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly This Is How It Ends by Jen Nadol Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana Killer  Instinct by S.E. Green The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst Adaptation by Malinda Lo The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston Carrier by Vanessa Garden Talented by Sophie  Davis My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal The Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz Burn Out by Kristi Helvig The Rising by Terra Harmony Blackout by Jan Christensen Hooked by Liz Fichera Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth Push by Eve Silver Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington Played by Liz Fichera Ever Mine by Eden Ashe Born of Deception by Teri Brown Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi The Guard by Kiera Cass White Hart by Sarah Dalton The Swap by Megan Shull Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo

Books Received: