Saturday, 31 May 2014

Played (Hooked #2) by Liz Fichera

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and NetGalley.
Played (Hooked, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
This Game Is Getting All Too Real

He said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.

She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can't get over, I'll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.

Played by Liz Fichera

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars

Played (Hooked, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and NetGalley.)
Ryan and Fred may have had their happily-ever-after, but what about Sam and Riley?

This was an okay story, and I liked it more than the first.

Riley and Sam were both good characters, and it was nice to get to know both of them a bit better. I did think that Riley was a bit clueless at points, but the pair of them were quite sweet together.

The storyline in this was a lot more interesting than in first book, mainly because heck! There was no golf! Anyway, the trouble that this pair got themselves into was quite entertaining, and even though Riley’s plan was ridiculous, and was never going to end well, the story was enjoyable.
The romance in this was quite light, and I really wish that Sam and Riley had seen sense and gotten together earlier on in the book.
The ending to this was quite sweet, and I was glad that things worked out okay for Sam after the trouble he had gotten into.
Overall; interesting YA romance,
6.75 out of 10.

Dark Star (Dark Star #1) by Bethany Frenette

Dark Star (Dark Star, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it's hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she's lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human--something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn't fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers--livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin.

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person's memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers' next move. But Leon, her mother's bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won't let Audrey out of his sight.

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything--and everyone--she loves.

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Dark Star (Dark Star, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Audrey knows that her mom is a super-hero, and she knows that she can ‘know’ things about people’s futures, what she doesn’t know is that she may be unusual for a reason.
Why is Audrey able to ‘know’ things about people’s futures? And what else is her mother hiding from her?

This started off confusing, became bearable, then became deathly boring.

Audrey was an okay character, but she was a bit silly at times. She didn’t always think about what she was doing before she did it, and seemed a little slow to catch on at times too.

The storyline in this was just dull. Well, it might not have been the storyline, maybe it was just the way it was written, but I was so bored. I tried to alternate reading chapters of this with reading chapters of something else in the hope that it would help me get through it, but unfortunately even that didn’t work. After the initial confusion of the first few chapters we had info-dump after info dump, after info dump, followed by boredom, followed by another couple of info dumps. Really not entertaining unfortunately.
There was also a bit of a surprise romance, which only happened right at the very, very end, and was quite unexpected. I suppose it was a nice surprise in the end, but it was a bit sudden really.
The ending was okay, there were a couple of surprises, but they weren’t enough to save this book for me. The constant info-dumps and snooze-fest just killed this for me. I really hope the second one is an improvement!
Overall; dull,
4 out of 10.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Born of Illusion (Born of Illusion #1) by Teri Brown

Born of Illusion (Born of Illusion, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Anna Van Housen has a secret.

A gifted illusionist, Anna assists her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums, and mentalists in 1920’s New York. As the illegitimate daughter of Harry Houdini—or so Marguerite claims—sleight of hand illusions have never been a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her own gifts secret from her opportunistic mother. Because while Marguerite’s own powers may be a sham, Anna possesses a true ability to sense people’s feelings and foretell the future.

But as Anna’s powers intensify, she begins to experience frightening visions of her mother in peril, which leads her to explore the powers she’s tried so long to hide. And when a mysterious young man named Cole moves into the flat downstairs, introducing Anna to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, she is forced to confront her past and rethink everything she’s ever known. Is her mother truly in danger, or are Anna’s visions merely illusion? And could the great Houdini really be her father, or is it just another of Marguerite’s tricks?

From Teri Brown comes a world bursting with magic, with romance, and the temptations of Jazz Age New York—and the story of a girl about to become the mistress of her own destiny.

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Born of Illusion (Born of Illusion, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Anna and her mother have an act – Anna does magic, while her mother fakes being a medium. Being in the business of being psychic is thought to be a scam though, and Anna and her mother must take care to not get in trouble with the law. When Anna begins having worrying visions of her and her mother held captive, and Anna is attacked, she knows that she must find out what is going on before it is too late.
Who is stalking Anna? And when will her vision come true?

This was a really interesting mystery story, and I really enjoyed it!

I liked Anna, she was in a difficult situation with her mother, but did the best she could. I felt really sorry for her when her mother would be mean to her, as Anna was a really nice person, and she didn’t deserve the way her mother treated her.

The storyline in this was good, although the book did start off quite slowly. Thankfully it picked up after the first few chapters though, and I started to really enjoy it. I liked the mystery over Anna’s psychic powers, and the mystery over who her father was and whether he knew who she was! I also liked the mystery of who was after Anna, and what they were after her for.
There was a bit of romance, but not a lot, and it did feel like there was a bit of a love triangle happening.
The ending was pretty good, and I liked that there was enough of an ending that if you didn’t want to read the next one you wouldn’t have to. I really enjoyed this overall though, and I’m really excited to read the next one in the series!
Overall; great period mystery story, with a touch of magic,
8 out of 10.

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Headline and BookBridgr.
The Geography of You and Me
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

The Geography of You and Me(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Headline and BookBridgr.)
16-year-old Lucy, and 17-year-old Owen meet in an elevator during a blackout, and soon become friends. When Lucy and her parents move from New York to Edinburgh, and Owen and his father move too, suddenly the two are doing the long-distance thing, and things aren’t smooth sailing.
Can Lucy and Owen make their relationship work? Or are they destined to never be together?

This was an okay story, but the second half let it down.

Lucy and Owen were both okay characters, but I didn’t love them. As we got further into the book they seemed to start arguing, and didn’t seem to know how to act around each other, which was frustrating.

The storyline was alright, but I felt like not a lot happened. After the initial meeting there was some postcard sending, and an awkward meeting, but not a lot else really, and I got a bit bored. The constant changing of locations was irritating too.
There was romance, but it didn’t work for me. While the initial meeting was sweet, the rest of the story let it down.
The ending was a bit of a disappointment also; to me it felt like nothing had really changed, and if anything the couple were in a worse position than when they started.
Overall; not impressed,
5 out of 10.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

The Dark World (Dark World #1) by Cara Lynn Shultz

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 Dark World (Dark World, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Paige Kelly is used to weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that's overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.

The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

The Dark World (Dark World, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and NetGalley.)
16-year-old Paige can see and talk to ghosts, something that has led to her being bullied at school. When she is then attacked by a demon, and has to save a demon hunter from being killed, Paige is about to find out that there is much more to her than talking to ghosts.
Why can Paige talk to ghosts? And why are there demons after her?

This was an okay story, but I did lose interest at the end.

Paige was a good main character, and I liked how she wasn’t afraid to be herself. She stuck up for herself against the popular girls, and even tried to protect people who weren’t necessarily her friend, just because she thought they needed help. I also liked the way she referred to Dotty as her best friend, even though she was a ghost.

I liked the storyline in this, and I really liked it up to the 60% mark. I liked that the story was believable, and that Paige didn’t immediately believe what she was told. There were a few twists and surprises, and on the whole this was an enjoyable story.
There was some romance, and I liked how Paige didn’t immediately fall all over Logan.
The ending was okay, although it did end with a huge cliff-hanger, for some reason the second half of this book just didn’t hold my interest the way the first half did.
Overall; okay story, but the first half was better than the second half.
6.5 out of 10.

Rush (The Game #1) by Eve Silver

Rush (The Game, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

Rush by Eve Silver

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Rush (The Game, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Miki is shocked when she is suddenly ‘pulled’ from her life and finds herself in some kind of shooting game.
What is happening to her? Who are the other people fighting with her? And what is the game?

This was a good story, but it did have a lack of explanations, and a slow patch.

I liked Miki, but I hated her best friend Carly who really wasn’t very nice to her! Miki coped well with the situation she was thrown into, and did well to get by with the information she was given.

The storyline was pretty good, but this was a book where the answers didn’t come quickly or easily. We were totally thrown in at the deep end, and forced to just keep reading, which I’m sure would be difficult for some people to deal with, especially if they weren’t enjoying what was happening. I did like the action and adrenalin in this story though, and it was enough to keep me happy and entertained. There was a slow patch at the 80% mark though, which was a bit annoying, but thankfully the story picked up again after that.
There was some romance, although it was a bit of a love triangle/square really.
The ending was good, but we were left with a big cliff-hanger. Looking forward to book 2!
Overall; good start,
7 out of 10.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Ignited (Sense Thieves #3) by Corrine Jackson

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley.
Ignited (Sense Thieves #3)
Blurb (From Goodreads):
Nobody hides forever.
Ever since Remy O'Malley discovered her dual identity as a Healer and a Protector, she's kept alive by staying one step ahead of both sides in this centuries-old war. Now someone's trying to draw her out of hiding, using her kidnapped father as bait.
To save him, Remy will need every friend she's got. But as new alliances form, old bonds fray. Her boyfriend Asher is losing his powers, becoming more mortal every time she touches him. Meanwhile, Remy finds herself growing closer to Asher's brother Gabe, even as a family tragedy drives her sister Lucy farther away.
On a rescue mission to London, Remy decides she's tired of being the hunted. It's time to end this war once and for all, as Protectors and Healers alike hurtle towards a final, violent confrontation that not everyone will survive.

Ignited by Corrine Jackson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ignited (Sense Thieves #3)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley.)
This is book 3 in the ‘Sense Thieves’ series, and kicks off 4 months after the end of book 2.

This was a good story, and I was glad that we got a happy ending.

I liked Remy and I liked her determination and the love she had for her family, even when things got really bad. She did take some crazy risks at times, but that was just typical Remy really.

I liked the storyline, even if things felt a bit awkward at the beginning, but I did find some things a little crazy! Attending one venue, where the bad guys were bound to be expecting them to turn up, just seemed to be asking for trouble!
We once again had the love triangle, but I actually liked how it ended, and found myself falling more and more in love with a certain someone as the book progressed.
I liked the ending, and I liked that while things were resolved, there was still the chance that we might once again get a peek inside Remy’s world.
Overall; really enjoyable story,
8 out of 10.

A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2) by Susan Dennard

A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone.

A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Eleanor has recovered somewhat from her ordeal, but her mother has ended up in a mental hospital. When Eleanor sees Marcus, she’s scared though, and knows she must follow the spirit hunters to Paris to get help.
Can Eleanor find the spirit hunters in time? And should she really be using her innate necromancer powers?

This was a really good second book in the series, and even though it had its slow moments, the ending was awesome!

I liked Eleanor again in this book. She really took the bull by the horns, and continually tried to help, even when she was misguided! That was a real problem for her – knowing who to trust, knowing what was real, knowing who was a bad guy and who was a good guy, and I really couldn’t fault her too much at times, because she really was under really powerful magics.

The storyline in this was pretty good. I will admit that this book had a real slow patch, from the 40% to the 60% marks it was hard to keep reading, but thankfully it really picked up again after that, and the ending was just brilliant!
There were once again several things going on in this book, with both Marcus, and the dead in Paris being big issues, add to that the addition of Oliver (who I’m still unsure about), and the kidnapping of an important person, and the mystery was just wonderful. The tension really ramped up towards the end, and I just couldn’t believe the turns this book made!
The ending when it came was really good! And I was so excited to find out what would happen! I’m really looking forward to reading the final book in the series now! Yay!
Overall; had its slow moments, but also had a nail-biting finish!
8 out of 10.

Cover Reveal + #Giveaway - Guarding Poppy (Men of Brahm Hill #2) by Christine Wenrick

This cover reveal of Guarding Poppy, Book Two of the Men of Brahm Hill series is organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The book will be released on August 1. One randomly drawn commenter will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Click on the banner to see the other stops on the tour.



Alec Lambert was born to lead. He’s a ruling Elder of The Brethren, possessing steely confidence, natural smarts, and decisive problem solving abilities . . . and he’s not too bad on the eyes, either. Everything in his life has gone exactly according to plan—until the night of Brahm Hill. Alec loses his best friend at the hands of the uncle he trusted like a father, along with his previously unshakable faith to lead those with whom he’s charged. Despite this, he continues to press ahead, and for his next assignment he’s asked to protect a very beautiful but very clumsy Dhampir who’s being hunted by a powerful warlock. Suddenly, he finds his whole Brethren world is turned upside down . . . and he finds himself harboring a desire for her he can’t explain.

Poppy Honeywell knows she’s far from perfect. Bad things tend to happen when she’s around. She’s more than a little clumsy, with a phobia or two mixed in. Not to mention that her name is certainly unusual. But she doesn’t have time to worry about all that because she’s on the run and not about to back down from the arrogant Elder who’s just been assigned as her protector, claiming he has all the answers to her problems. The real problem, though, is . . . she’s irresistibly drawn to this man who faces constant danger and takes charge so naturally. But Poppy also sees that taking charge of others helps Alec mask his own very deep pain.


Book One in the series Someone Else's Skye, is available now.

One night. . . One violent supernatural battle

And five stories of the men whose lives

will be changed by it.

Someone Else’s Skye – Kane, Brethren Guardian and one of the few Natural Shape-Shifters left in existence, survived the bloody battle of Brahm Hill but lost two of his closest friends. For all of his good-natured sarcasm and eye-popping good looks, Kane finds himself unable to completely forget about that night, so he seeks comfort in the one thing he is truly good at . . . sex!

This shape-shifting bad boy believes in having a good time—a very good time, usually involving some mingled heavy breathing with a sexy Dhampir in a tiny closet somewhere. But when he’s sent into the freezing tundra of the Northwest Territories to investigate a troublesome supernatural being on the loose, he ends up crossing paths with a woman who almost instantly drives him insane with want . . . because she doesn’t seem to be falling for the shifter’s charms.

It’s completely inexplicable.

Skye Matthews has a job to do, and she needs to be focused on that, not spending all her time rebuffing the advances of this way-too-cocky and handsome stranger. Yet, there is something irresistible about this self-involved playboy that Skye can’t seem to stay away from. And when the unidentified Kane is sent to investigate takes an unnatural interest in her, protecting her becomes the Guardian’s top priority.

But… can Kane save Skye from a supernatural being no one has ever encountered before?

About the Author:
Christine is a graduate of Washington State University where she received a BA in Interior Design. And true to form of using mostly her ‘right brain’, she splits her time between her commercial design career and her imaginary world of writing. She lives in the scenic Pacific Northwest where she enjoys hiking, camping and photographing many of the wonderful places that served as inspiration for her writing. Her biggest reward in life is any given day when one of her books connects with a reader because she herself is such a lover of reading. Some of her favorite authors include Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, and Kimberly Derting.

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross

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 Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles, #4)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

London's underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End's most dazzling circus.

Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.

Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist's maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.

The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles, #4)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.)
Griffin has been taken into the aether by the machinist, and it is up to Finley to save him, even if it means giving her own life in the process.
Mila is now living with Jack, but wants him to stop fooling around with is doxies, and admit his feelings for her.
Can Finley save Griffin? And will Jack ever admit his feelings for Mila?

This was a great end to the series, and I was glad that we finally got a happy ending!

I liked that we got to see more of both Finley and Mila in this book, and almost had two interwoven stories. It was interesting to see how these two characters began to mirror each other a bit though, with both of them happily putting themselves in danger for the one they loved.

The storyline in this was pretty good, although I did have some questions about how Griffin’s physical body ended up in the aether?? We basically had two stories in this book though – Mila and her trials with Jack, and Finley and her attempt to get Griffin back from the Machinist. The pace was good though, and this was an enjoyable end to the series.
We did get a bit of romance, although it was annoying how Jack continued to deny his feelings for Mila. It was maybe a little unrealistic that the six of them paired off into couples, but it made for a nice happily-ever-after I suppose.
The ending was pretty good, and everything worked out well. I’m glad that I finally read this series, and I think I will definitely consider reading more steampunk in the future!
Overall; good end to the series,
7 out of 10.

Oblivion by Sasha Dawn

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Egmont USA and Netgalley.
OblivionBlurb (from Goodreads):
Lisa McMann's Dead to You meets Kate Ellison's The Butterfly Clues in a psychological thriller full of romance, intrigue, and mystery. 

One year ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: "I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM." But she remembers nothing of that night or of the previous thirty-six hours. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, is missing, as is Hannah, a young girl from the parish. Their disappearances have to be connected and Callie knows that her father was not a righteous man.

Since that fateful night, she's been plagued by graphomania -- an unending and debilitating compulsion to write. The words that flow from Callie's mind and through her pen don't seem to make sense -- until now.

As the anniversary of Hannah's vanishing approaches, more words and memories bubble to the surface and a new guy in school might be the key to Callie putting together the puzzle. But digging up the secrets she's buried for so long might be her biggest mistake.

Oblivion by Sasha Dawn

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

Oblivion(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Egmont USA and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Calliope can’t remember what happened 1 year ago when her father and a 12-year-old girl (Hannah) went missing. All she knows is that ever since she has suffered from graphomania, and cannot stop writing down random words, which may be clues to the mystery of what happened.
What happened to Calliope? Where is her father now? And will Calliope ever decipher the answers from her writing?

This was an interesting mystery story about a girl with graphomania.

Calliope was an interesting character, but she was a bit difficult to understand at times. I liked how she tried tokeep on getting on with her life, even when things were difficult, and I actually felt sorry for her with her fractured mind.

I liked the storyline in this, although Calliope’s mental illness (graphomania), as well as her missing memories made the story a bit jumpy at times. I liked the mystery over what happened to Calliope the night her father disappeared, and what happened to Hannah. I liked the way Calliope’s seemingly random writing actually held clues as to what had happened to her, and I didn’t really guess what had happened.
There was some romance, although it was in the form of a love-square! I was a bit worried at the way Calliope seemed to be telling her sister that a boy who she liked (John) was into her, when really he was into Calliope, and could see a big argument coming!
The ending to this was pretty good, although again; things were a little confusing at times. I did like the way the story ended though, and how we found out what had happened to Calliope though.
Overall; an interesting YA mystery story,
7.5 out of 10.

Book Blitz and 'Giveaway - Don't Fall by Rachel Schieffelbein Release Date: 2014

Don't Fall
Release Date: 2014
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads::
In which a teenage girl endures the over-protective love of her adoptive mother until she falls for a boy who has her wanting to spread her wings, pitched as a contemporary retelling of RAPUNZEL.

Seventeen-year-old Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn't go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered that she doesn't even have a best friend. 

But Anya doesn't seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the library, the only place she's allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.

Before long she's lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she's ever cared about.

About the Author
Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.

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First of all, thank you so much for having me on your blog! Today I'm going to share some songs from my DON'T FALL playlist.
At the beginning of the book there are some lyrics from the song Don't Catch Me by The Gravities. Here are a few of them:
Defeat my plight with your delight.
And when you shine you shine the brightest,
and all I can give back is my best.
I love this song. I love the idea of how someone else's joy can bring out your own. Anya lives a fairly grey,  joyless life until she meets Zander. He helps to bring out the best in her, and her happiness reflects back on him, too.
Another song I listened to a lot when I needed some good lovey dovey inspiration was Can't Take My Eyes Off of You by Lady Antebellum. This song is really beautiful, and romantic, and I hope some of that inspiration shines through in the book.

Monday, 26 May 2014

The Lost (The Lost #1) by Sarah Beth Durst

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley.
The Lost
Blurb (From Goodreads);
Brilliantly riveting. * Thought-provoking and stirring. **

Award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst has been praised for her captivating novels that merge the darkly imagined with very real themes of self-discovery and destiny. In The Lost, we'll discover just what it means to lose one's way….

It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she's going to have to figure out just what she's missing—and what she's running from—before she can leave. So now Lauren's on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she'll be found….

Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman's impossible journey…and her quest to find her fate.

The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Lost(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley.)
27-year-old Lauren just wants to get lost for a while, as she tries to come to terms with her mother’s medical problems, but she doesn’t intend to get stuck in a town called Lost, unable to find a way home.
What is going on in Lost? And will Lauren ever go home again?

This was quite a strange story, but I think I liked it overall.

Lauren was an okay character, and I felt quite sorry for her and what she was going through with her mum. I totally understood her desire to just get lost for a while, and also her frustration when she then couldn’t get back home!

The storyline in this was a bit bizarre, and I really did feel like I had fallen down a rabbit hole. This book had a real feeling of weirdness, and remoteness, and really did remind me of Alice in Wonderland the way that Lauren was stuck somewhere strange, where the normal rules didn’t apply, and she had to look inside herself to try and find her way home.
I did find this book difficult to keep reading at times, as the bizarreness got a bit too much at points, and I found it quite difficult to make sense of what was going on. This strange air continued for most of the book, so if you like a slightly strange story, you will probably like this.
There was some romance, but it was a really small part of the storyline, so there wasn’t really anything romance-y to sink your teeth into.

The ending was interesting, although it was a little sad at points. I’m really in two minds as to whether or not I want to read the sequel though, as at points this really was a bit too bizarre for me.
This book should probably be shelved as ‘adult’ as the main character is 27-years-old, but there’s nothing in there that would be inappropriate for a young adult audience.
Overall; very strange story, with a sort of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ feel to it,
6 out of 10.

In the After (In the After #1) by Demitria Lunetta

In the After (In the After #1)
Blurb (From Goodreads):
They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you've ever seen.
And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more.

Rebellious, courageous, and tender, this unforgettable duo will have you on the edge of your seat as you tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta.

In the After by Demitria Lunetta

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In the After (In the After #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
When aliens land and start eating people, 13-year-old Amy stays in her house behind her electric fence, and eventually learns to hide. She can’t hide forever though.
Who or what are the aliens? And how the hell does Amy end up in a psychiatric ward?

This was an okay story, but it fell flat, and some of the characters were really stupid.

Amy was so stupid at the beginning of this book that it was a wonder she survived as long as she did. Aliens are killing people, so what do you do? Do you turn on all the lights in your house when every other house is dark, attracting the aliens right to you? Of course you do! Do you stand on your rooftop, watching the aliens kill people? Of course! Why not?! Do you go clomping around in broad daylight making lots of noise, and take a trip to the supermarket instead of ransacking a nearby house? Only if you’re Amy. I mean she just did one stupid thing after another, and I really did get pretty darn sick of it. Then as if to make matters worse, we met Amber, who was in fact even more stupid than Amy. Really.

The storyline in this was a little strange. We started with a post-apocalyptic survival story, but then this changed to a mystery story as to why the main character Amy somehow ended up in a psychiatric ward. This was odd to say the least, and this second part of the book was just so slow and frustrating! We as the reader had no idea what was going on, or why it was happening, and the answers took forever!
As it was, the answers all came in a rather rushed fashion in the last chapter, and I was less than impressed, especially when we found out the truth about the aliens. I’m really not sure I can be bothered to read the second book now.
Overall; disappointing,
6 out of 10

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Stacking the Shelves - May 25th 2014


Not read much this week, just three books which funnily enough are all third in a series!

Books Read:

Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard Fragile Destiny by Suzanne Lazear Ignited by Corrine Jackson

Books Received:


Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley. 

Boys Like You by Juliana Stone

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and Netgalley.
Boys Like You
Blurb (From Goodreads):
One mistake.

And everything changes.

For Monroe Blackwell, one small mistake has torn her family apart –leaving her empty and broken. There’s a hole in her heart that nothing can fill. That no one can fill. And a summer in Louisiana with her Grandma isn’t going to change that…

Nathan Everets knows heartache first-hand when a car accident leaves his best friend in a coma. And it’s his fault. He should be the one lying in the hospital. The one who will never play guitar again. He doesn’t deserve forgiveness, and a court-appointed job at the Blackwell B&B isn’t going to change that…

Captivating and hopeful, this achingly poignant novel brings together two lost souls struggling with grief and guilt – looking for acceptance, so they can find forgiveness.

Boys Like You by Juliana Stone

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Boys Like You(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and Netgalley.)
Monroe and Nathan are both hiding secrets, deadly secrets. Can they help each other to work their way through their problems over the summer? And maybe find love on the way?

This was an okay story, but it took a while to get good.

I liked Monroe and Nathan, although it took me a while. I didn’t really like either of them to start with, but when they started baring their souls I finally started to like them.

The storyline was okay, but again, it took a while to get going. I found the first half of the book pretty boring, and even the mystery over who Malcom was and what happened to him couldn’t keep me interested. When Monroe confessed all though, I finally understood what she was going through, and began to like her.
The romance also took a while to find its feet, but once we got there I did like it.

The ending was good, and I was glad that we got a happy ending. It was just a shame that this book took so long to get interesting!
Overall; okay story, but took a long while to get interesting,
7 out of 10

Rampant (Killer Unicorns #1) by Diana Peterfreund

Rampant (Killer Unicorns, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns...

Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they've been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.

Or not.

Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.

However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to—perhaps most dangerously of all—her growing attraction to a handsome art student ... an attraction that could jeopardize everything.

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

Rampant (Killer Unicorns, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Astrid thinks her mother is nuts for constantly going on about killer unicorns, until one attacks and nearly kills her boyfriend in the woods. Soon Astrid is shipped off to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter, whether she likes it or not.
Are the unicorns really that dangerous? And how is a group of teenage girls supposed to fight them?

This was a pretty unique story, and I have to say that it was quite entertaining.

Astrid was a good character, I got how she thought that her mother was nuts, and I also got why she went along with it rather than fighting when she knew it would do no good. I also liked the way she grew into her position as a unicorn hunter, but was never over-confident or conceited.

I liked the storyline in this book. I have to say that I have never read another book about killer unicorns, and it actually worked really well. There were quite a few little twists that I didn’t see coming, and I felt so sorry for Astrid’s cousin and what happened to her.
There was some romance, which was actually alright, although again, poor Phil!
The ending was quite good, and I’ll definitely be reading the next book.
Overall; great killer unicorn book!
7.25 out of 10

Altered (Crewel World #2) by Gennifer Albin

Altered (Crewel World, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Life. Possibility. Choice.
All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.

But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.

In this thrilling sequel to Crewel, Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.

Altered by Gennifer Albin

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Altered (Crewel World, #2)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Adelice, Jost, and Eric are now on Earth, and must work out what their next steps are.
How long before people come looking for Adelice though? And is there a way for her to use her skills to their advantage?

This was a good sequel, and even though it did have its slow moments, it also had some surprises.

Adelice had some strong moments and some slightly silly moments in this book. Trying to use her powers for good – strong, exchanging an emerald earring for an old book – kinda silly.

The storyline in this was quite interesting, although it did have its slow moments. There were several major shocks along the way though, and some really surprising twists, several of which I really didn’t see coming!
There was some romance, but it was once again in the form of a love triangle, and Adelice really didn’t seem able to make a choice at all.
The ending was good, and again there were plenty of surprises, it will be interesting to see how this all ends!
Overall; good sequel with lots of surprises,
7 out of 10.