Monday, 30 June 2014

Magnolia by Kristi Cook - Blog Tour

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.

Magnolia by Kristi Cook

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Magnolia(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Jemma wants to go to film school, and doesn’t want to date the boy her entire family wants her to date – Ryder.
Can Jemma make it to film school? And does she really hate Ryder?

This was a sweet contemporary romance novel, and I liked that Ryder and Jemma didn’t let their parents influence their relationship.

Jemma was quite a harsh girl, she held grudges, and wasn’t going to let anyone dictate to her how she should live her life! She called Ryder a jerk, but in truth Ryder had done one thing wrong, and she had it held against him for 4 years! (Best not to get on this girls wrong side!)
I liked Ryder, and I liked how he continued to love Jemma, and to support her when she really needed it, even when she was being mean to him.

The storyline in this was okay, and we did get some tornados, and unexpected death, and the truth finally coming out to liven things up. Having never been anywhere near a tornado before it was actually quite interesting to read about tornado warning alarms and tarpaulins and parcel tape.
The romance in this was actually quite light, and while we did get a couple of kisses and a bit of flirting, the relationship built quite slowly, and was based more on trust and real feelings than lust.
The ending was pretty good, and I loved how Ryder and Jemma managed to fool their parents into agreeing to their college plans. I do however think that this pair’s relationship is never going to be simple or easy though!
Overall; fun, light, YA contemporary romance,
7 out of 10.

In the End (In the After #2) by Demitria Lunetta

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
In the End (In the After, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The thrilling conclusion to In the After, the survival story of Amy and Baby, set in a near future where Earth has been overrun by vicious, predatory creatures.

It’s been three months since Amy escaped New Hope, and she’s been surviving on her own, like she did in the After. Until one day, her former fellow Guardian’s voice rings out in her earpiece. And in a desperate tone, Kay utters the four words Amy had hoped she would never hear: Dr. Reynolds has Baby.

Now it’s a race against time, for Baby is in imminent danger, her life threatened by the malevolent doctor who had helped start the end of the world. In order to save Baby, Amy must make her way to Fort Black, a prison-turned-survivor-colony, where she will need to find Ken, Kay’s brother. He alone holds the key to Baby’s survival.

One small slip-up on this quest could spark a downward spiral that would not only cost Baby and Amy their lives, but threaten the very survival of the people in the After.

In the End by Demitria Lunetta

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars

In the End (In the After, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
Amy is alone again, and although she has the emitter to keep the floraes away, she’s far from safe.
Can Amy survive alone? And will she ever see her family again?

This was an interesting story, but again, it did drag a bit.

I liked Amy in this story. She was more confident, more kick-ass, and more determined than ever to save those she loved. She was a little quick off the mark at points, and a little narrow minded too, thinking only of one thing rather than the bigger picture, but she wasn’t quite as stupid as she was in the first book!

The storyline in this was okay, but it did drag. I felt like the one little stop-off that Amy was supposed to be making at Fort Black turned into the main event of the book, which once again slowed the story down.
There was some romance, and I have to admit to being pleased that Amy started liking a new boy – Jacks, as I liked him a lot more than Rice.
The ending was pretty good, and certainly gave the impression that human’s had hope for taking back the world from the floraes! At last!
Overall; good story, but the pace was a bit too slow,
6.75 out of 10.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Aspen by Rebekah Crane

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to In This Together Media and NetGalley.
Blurb (From Goodreads):
One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

In the next instant, her life changed forever.

Aspen doesn't want to remember the devastating car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard-- because Katelyn may have died -- but she didn't leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it's kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn's gorgeous former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.

Popularity, college, Homecoming Court, hot guys - none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She's been busy trying to rein in her giant mass of blonde curls, keep her stoner mother Ninny away from Toaster, her mom's awful bongo drumming boyfriend, and prevent her best friends Kim and Cass from killing - or kissing - one another. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics looking all too gorgeous, Katelyn's spirit dogging her steps, and her obsessive snow-globe collecting therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can't control … and doesn't want to.

A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, ASPEN is about the best-worst accident of your life ... and what comes next.

Aspen by Rebekah Crane

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars

Aspen(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to In This Together Media and NetGalley.)
16-year-old Aspen was in a head-on collision which resulted in a broken leg for her, and death for the driver of the other car – a girl named Katelyn who was one of the most popular girls at Aspen’s school.
What caused the accident? Can Aspen come to terms with what happened? And will Katelyn’s ghost ever leave her alone?

This was an interesting story, but it did lose its way a bit in the middle.

I liked Aspen and I liked that she was a bit quirky. She had a really unique relationship with her mum which was a bit of an eye-opener, and I liked her outlook on life.

The storyline in this was okay, but it lost its way a bit in the middle. Things happened that didn’t seem believable, and that annoyed me. There wasn’t really any explanation as to how Aspen suddenly became so popular! One minute she’s a weird girl with a hippie for a mother, and the next she’s friends with the popular people, and all she had to do was kill the school’s queen bee? Bit weird. There also weren’t as many sightings of the ghost as I would have expected.
There was a bit of romance in this, and there was some behind-closed-doors sex. Be warned that poor Aspen has to sit through listening to her mother and latest boyfriend having sex on the dining room table though!

The ending to this was good, and picked back up a bit after the slow patch. I actually hadn’t realised that there was such a mystery to the accident in which Katelyn died, as most of the book didn’t seem to actually focus on that. The big reveal was actually quite good though!
Overall; okay story about a girl post-car-accident,
6.75 out of 10.

Stacking the Shelves - June 29th 2014


Books Read:

Before You by Amber Hart Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision The Arrangement 5 by H.M. Ward Win the Rings by K.D. Van Brunt Guarding Poppy by Christine Wenrick Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster Honey Queen by Christina Mercer Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling Twinmaker by Sean Williams Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick Insignia by S.J. Kincaid Allies by S.J. Kincaid No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

Books Received:

20409231 Illusions of Fate The Perfectionists The Fall 

Thanks to Disney Book Group, Netgalley. HarperCollins and Edelweiss.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Starstruck by Nicole Ciacchella & Elizabeth Darcy

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Sweenix Rising Books and NetGalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Lex Harrington is living a stranger’s life. After high school, she and her boyfriend, superstar quarterback Brad Wakefield, headed off to college, secure in the knowledge of their brilliant future. Then an injury ended Brad’s football career, and he convinced Lex to drop out of school and return home with him, where everything fell apart.

Because the glossy surface of their relationship concealed a dark truth: years of emotional abuse culminating in Brad’s walking out on Lex and their infant son. At twenty-three, she’s a single mother with no future prospects, struggling to make ends meet while dealing with the aftermath of her destructive marriage.

When Jaron Richards left for college, he vowed he’d never look back. Brad laid waste to his friendship with Lex, leaving nothing to bind Jaron to his hometown. But his unrequited love for Lex has never faded, even as his star has begun to rise, making him Hollywood’s hottest new actor.

Now Jaron is back in town to film his latest movie, and his presence stirs up everything Lex would rather forget. Can they find a way to pick up the pieces and build a future together?

Starstruck by Nicole Ciacchella

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Starstruck(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Sweenix Rising Books and NetGalley.)
Lex is alone and trying to raise her 3-year-old son, when her ex-best-friend Jarod comes back to town to shoot a movie.
Can Lex and Jarod be friends again now that Lex’s husband is out of the picture? Or could they even possibly be more?

This as an okay contemporary romance story, you’ll like this if you like characters with issues, detailed descriptions of things that happened in the past, and romance with behind-closed-doors sex.

Lex and Jarod were both okay characters. It was sad that they’d been apart for so long, but it also seemed as if they needed that time apart to finally come together as a couple. Lex had obviously been through some difficult times with her husband, and it was nice that she had a second chance at happiness.

The storyline in this was okay, but it did have issues. Why this book is called ‘Starstruck’ I don’t know as it doesn’t really fit. This isn’t about a girl falling in love with a movie star, it’s about a girl falling in love with her old best-friend, who just so happens to now be a movie star. Jarod’s profession wasn’t important to Lex, and it wasn’t important to the story either.
The story in this was quite slow, there were lots of instances where either Jarod or Lex would have thought of things that had happened in the past, and the story would jump back to that time to ‘relive’ the moment as it was. This slowed the book down even more, and it felt longer than 300 pages to me.

The romance in this was very slow-building, to the point where there was very little real romance going on, it was just Jarod and Lex living their lives, and slowly coming to trust each other. We did get a couple of romantic scenes towards the end, but not a lot, and when they did have sex it was behind closed doors, making this a clean romance.

The ending to this was happy, and I was pleased with the way things worked out. I think this story is more for people who want a slow, clean romance though, and not really for people wanting a ‘girl falls in love with a film star’ sort of book.
Overall; okay contemporary romance,
6 out of 10.

Shattered Secrets (Book of red #1) by Krystal Wade

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Curiosity Quills Press and Netgalley.
Shattered Secrets (Book of Red #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
"A highly entertaining and fast paced read. Ideal for fans of authors such as Jennifer L. Armentrout." ~Lynsey Taylor @ The Demon Librarian

After being kidnapped, hogtied, and stuffed in the trunk of a car, seventeen-year-old Abigail Nichols' boy problems seem unimportant.

She couldn't be more wrong.

The boy who saves her holds her heart. But Derick Crawford also holds secrets.

Magical beings who guide human emotions are fighting an invisible war dating back to the dawn of time, and Abigail's one of them. The more she learns of her heritage, the less she wants to know.

Armed with a very old, very massive book to teach them about their history, Abigail and Derick run away to a place where they think they can be safe and happy, only to have their troubles secretly hitch a ride.

Her history book is in a sharing mood, and it tells her to keep a secret of her own. But has she put her trust in the wrong place?

And will the world survive if she has?

Shattered Secrets by Krystal Wade

My rating: 0.75 of 5 stars

Shattered Secrets (Book of Red #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Curiosity Quills Press and Netgalley.)

How pleased am I that this is over? 100 stars!

Who would I recommend this to? People who loved Teardrop.

Will I ever read this again? No. I cannot delete this off my kindle fast enough.

I really didn’t like this book. This was one of those where I wondered if my ‘I’ve started so I’ll finish’ philosophy was actually going to kill me.

I didn’t like any of the characters in this story, and really didn’t care what happened to them. The main thing I was thinking as I was reading this was ‘Someone shoot me. Please.’.

The storyline was predictable and boring, the things people said were cringe-worthy, and I could feel my will to live bleeding slowly from my eyeballs with every darn word that I read. I didn’t care about the mythical creatures, I didn’t care about the freaking game, I didn’t care that a certain person could turn invisible, I just didn’t care.

The ending was sweet, sweet relief!

Overall; yuck, just yuck,
1.5 out of 10.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.
Blonde Ops
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Pitched as The Devil Wears Prada meets James Bond for teens, featuring a fashion magazine intern in Rome who uncovers a plot to kidnap the First Lady.

Expelled from yet another boarding school for hacking, sixteen-year-old Rebecca "Bec" Jackson is shipped off to Rome to intern for Parker Phillips, the editor-in-chief of one of the world’s top fashion magazines. But when a mysterious accident lands Parker in a coma, former supermodel and notorious drama queen Candace Worthington takes the reins of the magazine. The First Lady is in Rome for a cover shoot, and all hands are on deck to make sure her visit goes smoothly.

Bec quickly realizes that Parker's "accident" may not have been quite so accidental, and when the First Lady's life is threatened, Bec is determined to uncover the truth. On top of that, Bec must contend with bitchy models, her new boss, Candace, who is just as difficult as the tabloids say, and two guys, a hunky Italian bike messenger with a thousand-watt smile and a fashion blogger with a razor-sharp wit, who are both vying for her heart.

Can Bec catch the person who's after the First Lady, solve the mystery of Parker's accident, and juggle two cute boys at the same time? Blonde Ops is a fun, action-packed romp through the hallways of a fashion magazine and the cobblestone streets of Rome.

Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars

Blonde Ops(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.)

What I expected from this book – a smart, savvy heroine with a few tricks up her sleeve, and a nose for uncovering the truth, and keeping herself out of trouble.
What I got – a slightly stupid heroine, who had no idea how to cover her tracks, and was more interested in dating two different guys than working out who the evil-doers were.

I have to say that Rebecca ‘Bec’ annoyed me in this book. She cared more about taking shortcuts than doing a job properly, walked head-first into trouble without a care, had no idea how to avoid getting caught, and spent more time worrying about which boy she was dating that day than anything else. Needless to say that she was not what I was expecting, and I wasn’t impressed. The neon pink hair also did not a good spy make – way too unusual.

The storyline in this bored me. As if it wasn’t bad enough having ‘Bec’ as a main character, the storyline just couldn’t keep me interested. I didn’t care what happened to the characters, and I just wanted Bec to start taking things more seriously, and stop acting like everything was just a game.
The love triangle in this was annoying. I didn’t like either guy, and I was so fed up of Bec juggling the both of them.
The ending was a relief, and I was just glad to have made it there. I won’t be reading any more books in this series.
Overall; a stupid heroine, and an annoying storyline,
4.5 out of 10.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Dark Metropolis (Dark Metropolis #1) by Jaclyn Dolamore

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.
Dark Metropolis (Dark Metropolis, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare-a haunting magical thriller set in a riveting 1930s-esque world.

Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder's mother is cursed with a spell that's driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. With no one else to contribute, Thea must make a living for both of them in a sinister city, where danger lurks and greed rules.
Thea spends her nights waitressing at the decadent Telephone Club attending to the glitzy clientele. But when her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city's secrets-even while he hides secrets of his own.

Together, they find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if they're not careful, the heartless masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.

Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, this is a chilling thriller with a touch of magic where the dead don't always seem to stay that way.

Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Dark Metropolis (Dark Metropolis, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Thea works at a telephone club, trying to make enough money to pay the bills after her veteran father’s supposed death, and her mother’s illness because of it.
When her best friend Nan goes missing and Thea is told that she committed suicide, she knows that something is not right.
Is Thea’s Father dead? Did Nan commit suicide? And can Thea help her mother?

This was an okay story, but it was a little strange in places.

Thea and Nan were both interesting characters. It was a little odd when the story went from following Thea to Nan and then back again, but I got used to it. I didn’t quite understand why Nan was so special, and didn’t really get it until quite late in the book. It was admiral the way that Thea believed in her mother and Nan, even when she was told not to, and was intent on helping them both.

The storyline in this was okay, but it wasn’t really what I was expecting. What this book boiled down to was necromancy, and although it was an interesting topic, it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. I did like this book in places, but I also found that the story dragged in places as well, and it was a bit up and down for me.
There was the idea of romance, but nothing really happened between the two people involved.
The ending was okay, but I had lost interest a bit by that point. I was glad that things worked out for Thea’s mother though, even if the outcome wasn’t exactly what she was hoping for.
Overall; okay story, but a little strange,
6.5 out of 10.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Born of Deception (Born of Illusion #2) by Teri Brown

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Born of Deception (Born of Illusion, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.

Born of Deception by Teri Brown

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars

Born of Deception (Born of Illusion, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
Anna is travelling to London to meet up with Cole, and to also to meet other sensitives.
Will the meeting go as planned though?

After really enjoying ‘Born of Illusion’ I was really looking forward to ‘Born of Deception’, but unfortunately I was disappointed.

Anna was an okay character, if a little blind to things that were going on at times. She once again put herself in harm’s way unnecessarily, assuming that should could deal with whatever happened, even when she had no clue how she would achieve that.

The storyline in this was just slow, and I had real problems staying focused. With the first book I found that after a slow start it was really good, but with this one I kept waiting for the slow bit to pass, and waiting, and waiting, and still it didn’t come. I have to say that I was really disappointed, and didn’t feel like I really enjoyed this book at all.
There was some romance, but again, it just didn’t interest me.
The ending had a little more action, and it did seem like something worthwhile was finally going to happen, but it was too little, too late, and I just couldn’t bring myself to care. If anything I was just relieved that it was over.
Overall; dull, slow, and disappointing,
4.5 out of 10.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Things You Kiss Goodbye
 Blurb (from Goodreads):
Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady Cullen asks her out, and she just about faints when her strict father actually approves of him.

But when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? Then she meets a smoldering guy in his twenties, and this “cowboy” is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina.

Bettina knows that breaking up with Brady would mean giving up her freedom—and that it would be inappropriate for anything to happen between her and Cowboy. Still, she can’t help that she longs for the scent of his auto shop whenever she’s anywhere else.

When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.

Leslie Connor has written a lyrical, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about family, romance, and the immense power of love.

The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

The Things You Kiss Goodbye(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
16-year-old Bettina is happy with her boyfriend Brady, until he starts raping her and beating her up.
After one such attack Bettina meets a man who has an auto repair shop, a man she calls ‘Cowboy’, and she comes to rely on him for support when Brady is bothering her.
Does Bettina really deserve to be treated that way Brady treats her? And can Cowboy help her to understand that what her boyfriend is doing to her is wrong?

This was an okay story, but certain things just didn’t sit right with me.

Bettina was an okay character, but I couldn’t help but hate the way she let her boyfriend beat her up, and thought that it was fine! The number of times he lost his temper and injured her was just ridiculous, and she continued to make excuses for him, and tried to hide her bruises from people. I really wanted her to just break up with him, and stop letting him hurt her, but she wouldn’t.

The storyline in this was okay, but things just didn’t work out the way I wanted them to. I disliked the way that Brady treated Bettina, and I liked the way she could be herself around ‘Cowboy’. Cowboy treated her nicely; he didn’t push her to change her life, but did let her know in small ways how he felt about the way her boyfriend hit her.
There was a bit of romance in this, but not a lot really. Most of the time Brady was beating Bettina up rather than being romantic towards her!
The last 15% of this book was just really upsetting and disappointing, and completely ruined this book for me. After everything that Bettina had gone through with Brady, I wanted her to get a happily-ever-after, but unfortunately that just didn’t happen. The event that happened towards the end was really not nice, and I wasn’t impressed that the author chose to end the story the way she did.
Overall; a story about a girl being abused by her boyfriend, with a not so happy ending.
6.5 out of 10.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Ever Mine by Eden Ashe

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

Ever MineBlurb (from Goodreads):
Can a kidnapped fairy and a human find love despite all odds?

Nathan Alexander’s batty aunt has done it again. This time she’s sent him a rare plant he doesn’t want. Imagine his surprise when he finds a kidnapped fairy hidden within its leaves. As a man who heads a non-profit organization for abused women and children, Nathan makes it his mission to help her find her way home.

All her life Katenia was warned about the evilness of humans. Never was that proved more true than when she was kidnapped from her quiet valley home. Thrust into the human world, Katenia must fight her very instincts to trust Nathan if she ever hopes to return to her rightful place…and to her normal thumb-sized fairy form.

But with their lives in danger, finding home…and love…will be a journey worthy of a fairy tale.

Ever Mine by Eden Ashe

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ever Mine(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lyrical Press and NetGalley.)
Nathan cares more about his job than his love life, so a pint-sized fairy is nothing more than another problem to deal with, until she becomes human-sized, and kind-of sexy that is.

This was an okay short story about a human and a fairy.
Nathan was a typical busy business man, with little time or inclination given to his love life, to the extent that he’d broken up with his fiancĂ©.
Katenia was a tiny fairy who became human-sized, and even though she’d been brought up to hate humans she wasn’t adverse to having sex with Nathan.

The storyline was okay, but wasn’t really anything amazing. The relationship between the pair was okay, although it would have been nice if Nathan had offered Katenia his jacket a bit sooner after she became human-sized and totally naked!
There was some sex in this, but there seemed to be more foreplay than anything. When they actually got down to having sex it seemed to be over extremely quickly. If I had been Katenia I think I’d have been a bit disappointed!
The ending was okay, but again, I didn’t love it. I certainly won’t be reading this again in the future.
Overall; okay fantasy/erotica story,
6 out of 10.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Push (The Game #2) by Eve Silver

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Push (The Game, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It’s either break the rules or die.

Miki Jones lives her life by her own strict set of rules, to keep control, to keep the gray fog of grief at bay. Then she’s pulled into the Game, where she—and her team—will die unless she follows a new set of rules: those set by the mysterious Committee.

But rules don’t mean answers, and without answers, it’s hard to trust. People are dying. The rules are unraveling. And Miki knows she’s being watched, uncertain if it’s the Drau or someone—something—else. Forced to make impossible choices and battling to save those she loves, Miki begins to see the Committee in a glaring new light.

And then the Game crosses a new boundary, pushes harder into Miki’s and her friends’ lives, and there’s nothing in the rules that can save them now.

Push is the sequel Rush fans will be screaming for.

Push by Eve Silver

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Push (The Game, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
Miki has left the game, but Jackson hasn’t come back at the same time, and while she hopes for the best (seeing as she can still remember him), she worries that she may never see him again.
What has happened to Jackson? And will Miki find a way to save him?

This was a good second book in the series, and I liked the action.

Miki did well to hold herself together at points in this book. Not knowing if Jackson was dead or alive was really difficult for her, but somehow she found a way to go on, and even tried to think of a way to help Jackson find his way back to her.

The storyline in this was okay, and I liked that there were a couple of surprise twists. There was some action in the second half which was good, and there were also some surprises with regards to Miki’s father and her best friend Carly.
There was some romance, and I think Jackson is by far my favourite character in this series. His flirting has a bit of a sting to it at times, and I can’t help but like him!
The ending was okay, although we were left with a bit of a cliff-hanger. It will be interesting to see how the series ends.
Overall; good sequel,
7 out of 10.