Sunday, 31 August 2014

My Control (Inside Out #4.1) by Lisa Renee Jones

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My Control (Inside Out, #4.1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Mark's POV novella

I have lost the man I once was, letting guilt and heartache define who I am. Darkness has controlled me, and one woman has seen what no one else has seen in me, what I do not wish to exist. My hunger for her has driven me to the edge of sanity, but no more. She's about to find out that the Master has returned.

My Control by Lisa Renee Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My Control (Inside Out, #4.1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley.)

This was short, sexy, and filled with both emotion and intrigue! I really didn’t want it to end!

I have to say that I love reading about Mark and Crystal, they’re so right together, but she also pushes him out of his comfort zone, and forces him to feel things that he doesn’t want to feel. It is so good to see Mark not in control for once!

The storyline in this was good and led on from the previous two novellas about Mark and Crystal. It was really good to see more of these two, and to also see the effects of things we discovered in ‘No In Between’ on Mark and his relationship with Crystal. I got so into this book that I didn’t want it to end, and I can’t wait to find out what happens in ‘I belong to you’!
There were some sexy scenes in this, and as usual they were steamy, but I loved how the sex wasn’t the only thing about this book, there was mystery too.

I really enjoyed this, and I really can’t wait to read ‘I belong to you’ now!
8 out of 10

Saturday, 30 August 2014

The Sandman (Joona Linna #4) by Lars Kepler

Sponsored post: I received a paperback ARC of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins.
The SandmanBlurb (From Goodreads):
The No 1 Swedish thriller by the author of The Hypnotist and The Fire Witness
During a cold winter night in Stockholm a young man is found walking alongside a railway bridge. The hospital declares that he is suffering from hypothermia and legionella. They also discover a death certificate stating that the man has been dead for over seven years.
The man was a victim of the serial killer Jurek Walter, who was arrested by Detective Inspector Joona Linna.
Jurek Walter was convicted to forensic psychiatric care, a sentence served in total isolation. But where has this man been during all these years? Due to an unexpected testimony the case is reopened.
Someone needs to get under Jurek’s skin and fast.

The Sandman by Lars Kepler

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

The Sandman(Source: I received a paperback ARC of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins.)

This was an interesting crime novel, but I did find the pace a little slow.

Joona was an interesting character, and it seemed like he had really quite drastically changed his life because of the serial killer known as ‘The Sandman’. The Sandman himself was a really creepy guy, and he certainly did seem to have an air of the paranormal, as well as the sociopath about him.

The storyline in this was alright, but the pace was really slow. It seemed like there was a lot of stuff in there that was inconsequential to the story, and it just slowed everything down.
There were some creepy moments in this, and some blood-shed, although I actually found the actions of one of the doctors to be extremely unprofessional and disgusting, and he should have been in prison himself!

The ending to this had a bit of action, but also left us with a bit of a cliff-hanger. While this was an interesting book, it wasn’t a particularly pleasant book though, so if you don’t like creepy stuff, blood, and lots of dead bodies, I wouldn’t read this!
Overall; interesting crime story,
6.5 out of 10.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Ghost House (Untitled #1) by Alexandra Adornetto

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and NetGalley.
Ghost House (Untitled, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.

Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

Ghost House (Untitled, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and NetGalley.)
17-year-old Chloe is devastated when her mother dies unexpectedly, and then angry when her Grandmother wants her to go and live with her in England for a while whilst she grieves.
Once Chloe arrives at her Grandmother’s stately home, which doubles as a bed-and-breakfast, she is surprised to find that her ability to see ghosts may come in handy with the number of ghosts floating around the property, and even finds herself attracted to the boy called Alex.
What painful past caused the ghosts to be so unsettled? And can Chloe really help?

This was an interesting ghost story, and even though it did have a rough patch, I ended up really enjoying it.

I really liked Chloe, and I liked how she changed throughout the book. I really couldn’t stand her at the beginning, she behaved like such a brat, she was selfish, and mean, and mocked British people! I was so glad that during the story she changed, growing up, realising what was important and what wasn’t, and having the strength to do what needed to be done, even if she didn’t want to.
The storyline was quite good, although it did have a rough patch. At 47% I didn’t think I was going to like this book, especially because of one of the ghosts who seemed to be telling Chloe that he was in love with her! I was really not impressed by that!
Thankfully the story picked up after this though, and even expanded, turning this story from a story about a girl and a ghost, to a story about a girl with the strength to save people she loved, and to put tortured ghosts to rest.

There was some romance, and funnily enough, I was kind-of glad when this turned into a love triangle. I really was not loving the whole ‘a ghost is in love with me’ thing, and so the arrival of a real live human boy to the mix was a bit of a relief!

The ending was good, and I liked the way things were resolved. The very last chapter left us with a bit of a cliff-hanger though, and I really want to read the next book in the series now to find out what is going on!
Overall; good ghost story,
7.5 out of 10

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Feral by Holly Schindler

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.

It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.

But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….

Holly Schindler’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

Feral by Holly Schindler

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Feral(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 Claire was the victim of a horrible attack that left her scared both physically and mentally. When she moves to the small town of Peculiar, she somehow finds herself involved in uncovering an attack on another girl that resulted in her death.
Who killed Serena? And will Claire find out before something happens to her?

This was an okay story, but it did seem to drag a bit.

Claire was an okay character. The attack that happened to her at the beginning of the book was horrific, so it was really brave of her to carry on with her life the way she did after everything she had been through. I did wonder at times though how much of the weird stuff that was going on was really paranormal in nature, and how much was due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following the attack.

The storyline in this was pretty good, but I found the pace to be a bit too slow. At the 35% mark I felt like I had been reading for ages, and very little had happened. I wanted things to develop quicker, I wanted to get answers quicker, I want more spooky stuff, and more excitement, but the slow pace made this drag for me, which was disappointing. There were some gruesome scenes, that I would expect to find in a horror story, but there weren’t a lot of them, so this was quite light on the horror (thankfully).
There wasn’t really any romance in here, other than as a detail of the mystery rather than an actual romance.
The ending to this was okay, and I was glad to find out what had really happened to Serena, I just wish it hadn’t taken quite so long to get there though.
Overall; okay story, but it dragged,
6.5 out of 10.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Swap by Megan Shull

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The Swap
Blurb (from Goodreads):

ELLIE spent the summer before seventh grade getting dropped by her best friend since forever. JACK spent it training in “The Cage” with his tough-as-nails brothers and hard-to-please dad. By the time middle school starts, they’re both ready for a change. And just as Jack’s thinking girls have it so easy, Ellie’s wishing she could be anyone but herself.

Then, BAM! They swap lives—and bodies!

Now Jack’s fending off mean girls at sleepover parties while Ellie’s reigning as the Prince of Thatcher Middle School. As their crazy weekend races on—and their feelings for each other grow—Ellie and Jack begin to realize that maybe the best way to learn how to be yourself is to spend a little time being someone else.

The Swap by Megan Shull

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Swap(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
12-year-old Ellie is being bullied by her friends, whilst 13-year-old Jack is being pressured by his father. When they joke that it would be fun to swap lives, they never expect it to actually happen.
Can Ellie learn to go to the bathroom as a boy? And how long can Jack survive for without taking a shower?

This was an okay story, and appropriate for younger teens.

Ellie and Jack were both okay characters, and it was nice how they both grew and learned things about both themselves and their lives during their swap. It was also nice how they each respected each other as well.

The storyline in this was okay, although I would say it’s definitely aimed at younger teens. The funniest part of this was when Ellie realised that she would have to deal with Jack’s tackle when she needed to pee, and Jack getting harassed about whether Ellie had started her period yet!
There was a little romance, but it wasn’t a bit part of the storyline.
The ending was okay, and it was nice how they both learned things from one another, and grew as people.
Overall; nice story for younger teens.
6 out of 10.

Monday, 25 August 2014

A Kiss by the Book (Kiss & Tell #2) by Christy Hayes

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to CAH LLC and Netgalley.
A Kiss by the Book (Kiss & Tell, Book 2)
Blurb (From Goodreads):
College senior Zach Chamberlain’s charmed life has always gone according to script:
Date the prettiest girl in high school, check.
Football scholarship to a division-one school, check.
Heisman contender, check.
Buy engagement ring, check.
On track to graduate with honors, check.
There’s just one glitch. His girlfriend is in love with his younger brother and breaks up with him in the middle of his senior season. Shocked, betrayed, and embarrassed, Zach turns to the only woman he can trust: his nerdy tutor.

Tutoring college athletes at Southeastern State University is more than a job for Jenna Peterson; it’s a way for her to pay it forward after long-ago tragedy struck too close to home. SE State’s golden boy, Zach Chamberlain, isn’t the first jock Jenna’s tutored with cover-boy good looks, and he won’t be the last. When he asks for her help with statistics, Jenna assumes he’s as egocentric as the other athletes on her roster. A wildly inappropriate and lackluster kiss at the worst possible time doesn’t do much to disprove her theory.

Zach will do anything to save face in front of his family, and he uses Jenna’s bleeding heart and unfortunate circumstances to enlist her help over the holidays. Jenna begins to realize Zach is more than a pretty face as his storybook life begins to unravel. When a sprig of mistletoe provides the perfect opportunity for Zach to affirm his skill, the searing kiss pits the playmaker against the rule maker in a kiss to the end. When secrets are revealed and the game’s on the line, will they follow the script, improvise, or throw the book out the window?

A Kiss by the Book by Christy Hayes

My rating: 4.25 of 5 stars

A Kiss by the Book (Kiss & Tell, Book 2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to CAH LLC and Netgalley.)

This was a really good YA/NA romance story, although there were once again some funny lines!

I really liked Zach and Jenna in this. I wasn’t Zach’s biggest fan in the first book, after all who moans at their girlfriend for breaking up with them before a big football game? I mean what a tool! Thankfully though I liked Zach in this, even forgiving that line! Zach turned out to actually be a sweet guy, and he and Jenna made a really good match.

The storyline in this was good, and I am so glad that I decided to read it! I switched to this book for a break from another book, but liked this so much that I read 80% of this before going back to the other book! I really enjoyed this one, even though there were a few dodgy lines –

“that flick of her finger made his kickstand spring to attention.”
His kickstand? I’ve never heard it called that before!

“Her tiger was about to meet his lion, and together they’d roar.”

“(she) couldn’t help but marvel at his perfect arches. Even his feet were beautiful.”
Again, really?

Anyway, the romance in this was really good, and I really loved how Zach and Jenna slowly got to know each other. The kisses and sex scene were hot, and Zach and Jenna made such a great pair!

The ending to this was pretty good, and I was glad that we got a ‘happily ever after’ for Zach and Jenna!
Overall; great YA/NA contemporary romance,
8.5 out of 10.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Mark My Words Book Publicity and NetGalley.
Every Ugly Word
Blurb (from Goodreads):
When seventeen-year-old Ashley Watson walks through the halls of her high school bullies taunt and shove her. She can’t go a day without fighting with her mother. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t make her best friend, Matt, fall in love with her. But Ashley also has something no one else does: a literal glimpse into the future. When Ashley looks into the mirror, she can see her twenty-three-year-old self.

Her older self has been through it all already—she endured the bullying, survived the heartbreak, and heard every ugly word her classmates threw at her. But her older self is also keeping a dark secret: Something terrible is about to happen to Ashley. Something that will change her life forever. Something even her older self is powerless to stop.

Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Every Ugly Word(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Mark My Words Book Publicity and NetGalley.)
17-year-old Ashley is stuck in an institution talking to a psychiatrist.
What happened to lead Ashley to the institution? Is she really crazy? And where does she go from here?

This was an interesting story, but it was difficult to know what was real and what wasn’t.

Ashley was an interesting character, and I felt so sorry for her and the bullying she had to put up with. I too know what bullying is like and it is not nice, and I totally understood why Ashley found her life so unliveable at times.

The storyline in this was quite interesting, the story alternated between Ashley and a psychiatrist, and the events that Ashley was describing. I found the mystery over what had happened quite compelling, and I wanted to know what had gone on so badly!
The bullying in this was truly awful and reminded me of why I am so glad to be finished with school. The treatment that Ashley received from people who were supposed to be her friends was disgusting, and I hated what they did to her so much. The fact that she had to go through this was just shocking, and to have no-one to turn to was even worse.

There was a touch of romance in this one, but it wasn’t too much. I did have issues about how the romance would develop though, as it seemed to be quite a difficult position that Ashley was forced into.

The ending to this was a little confusing, and I’m still not 100% sure what exactly happened. I was pleased that Ashley finally got some relief though, and seemed to finally be getting something worthwhile out of her life.
Overall; interesting story about bullying,
6.5 out of 10.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Breathe for Me by Rhonda Helms

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.
Breathe for Me
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Isabel’s been cursed since the Middle Ages.

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, she made a hasty bargain with a demon, asking for liberation from an oppressive husband-to-be and the excitement of travel. But the demon’s “gift” came at a steep cost. Each time he moves her to a new city, her memory’s wiped. No one can touch her bare skin without injury or even death. And she sees the lifespan of every living being (and is, in fact, immortal herself).

All a constant reminder that she’s different than other teen girls.

But New Orleans seems to accept her as she is. She has friends and a real life in this quirky, hot city. Then Isabel meets Dominic, whose deep soul and strong character draw her to him. Her growing love gives her the courage to confront the demon, insisting the curse be broken. But the demon’s price for freedom is much, much higher than she could possibly give.

Breathe for Me by Rhonda Helms

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Breathe for Me(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.)

This was a really good paranormal romance, and I really enjoyed it.

I really liked Isabel and Dominic. It was really sad the way Isabel was limited by the curse inflicted on her, and it must have been awful to have been unable to touch anyone, and Dominic was so strong in the way he tried to help her, even when it meant putting himself in danger.

The storyline in this was good, and I enjoyed it. I loved the way Isabel slowly opened up to Dominic, and I loved the way they both tried to be so strong for one another. The no-touching, no-kissing thing certainly sparked some tension, and I loved the way the pair of them slowly grew to love one another, even against the odds.

The ending to this was really good, and I loved how high the stakes were right up until the end!
Overall; great YA paranormal romance,
8 out of 10.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Entice (Need #3) by Carrie Jones

Entice (Need, #3)
Blurb (From Goodreads):
Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together for ever. But that's not quite how things have worked out. For starters, Nick has gone. He has been taken to the mythical place for warriors known as Valhalla. Zara and her friends might be able to get him back, it's just not going to be easy. Meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But even if Zara and her friends do discover the route to Valhalla, there's that other small problem: Zara's been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn't turned into just any pixie... She's Astley's queen.

Entice by Carrie Jones

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Entice (Need, #3)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This was actually an okay story, and I liked it quite a bit more than the second book!

Zara was still a bit clueless as times, but she did seem to have it a little more together than in the last 2 books. She did seem to be quite insistent about rescuing Nick, which at times did not seem like a possible or good idea.

The storyline in this was alright, and we got a bit more action which was good! There were a couple of exciting moments, even if these were interspersed by silly bits, and overall the book was a bit more palatable than Captivate.
The ending was okay, even if things did seem to be sorted quite quickly!
Overall; okay story,
6.5 out of 10.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (Pseudonym), Abby McDonald

Dangerous Girls
Blurb (From Goodreads):
It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine...

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dangerous Girls(Source: I own a copy of this book.)

This was a great mystery/thriller, and we were kept guessing right up to the end!

I liked Anna and I felt really sorry for her, first she had to deal with bullying, then she lost her best friend, and then she got arrested for murder! Talk about a tough time of it! How she managed to hold on when her friends had all turned against her, and she was stuck in prison I don’t know.

The storyline in this was pretty good, although it did have its slow moments. The mystery over what really happened kept going strong right up until the end, and I was constantly trying to work out what was going on, who had really killed Elise, and whether Anna really was innocent or not! I really did not want to put this down to go to sleep because I wanted to know what happened so badly!
There was a little romance but not a lot. It was a bit of a side-story which fitted in well with the overall plot, and it didn’t take over the story.

The ending to this was pretty good. It wasn’t a 100% concrete ending, but we were given enough information to work things out, and boy was it an interesting conclusion!
Overall; great YA murder-mystery story,
7.25 out of 10.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Perfection (Perfection #1) by J.L. Spelbring

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The personification of Aryan purity, Ellyssa's spent her whole life under her creator's strict training and guidance; her purpose is to eradicate inferior beings. She was genetically engineered to be the perfect soldier: strong, intelligent, unemotional, and telepathic.
Only Ellyssa isn't perfect.
Ellyssa feels emotions--a fact she's spent her life concealing. Until she encounters the epitome of inferiority: a dark-haired boy raised among renegades hiding since the Nazis won the war a century ago. He speaks to her telepathically, pushing thoughts into her mind, despite the impossibility of such a substandard person having psychic abilities.
But he does.
His unspoken words and visions of a place she's never visited make Ellyssa question her creator. Confused and afraid her secret will be discovered, Ellyssa runs away, embarking on a journey where she discovers there is more to her than perfection.

Perfection by J.L. Spelbring

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Perfection(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.)

I tried really hard to like this book, but I just couldn’t get into it.

Ellyssa was an okay character, but I just couldn’t connect with her properly. I felt sorry for her at points, but I just got a bit bored.

The storyline in this could have been good, but the pace just ruined it. I felt like this book was more like 500 pages than 300, and the pace was just so slow. There was so much going on in there that didn’t need to be there, and it just made the story drag! I tried really hard to get into this, but it just dragged and dragged and dragged, and I got to the point where I didn’t really care what happened next, I just wanted it to end!

I did struggle through this to the end, even though it got to the point where it wasn’t even making sense any more I was so uninterested. Needless to say, I really don’t want to read the sequel.
Overall; too slow, and too long,
4 out of 10.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Blue (Blue #1) by Lisa Glass

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Quercus and Edelweiss.
Blue (Blue #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Surfing is sixteen-year-old Iris’s world, and when the ultra-talented Zeke walks into her life, it soon becomes her passion.

Over one amazing summer, as she is drawn into his sphere, she experiences love, new friendships, but also loss, with an intensity she never dreamed of.

But is Zeke all he seems? What hides beneath his glamorous and mysterious past? When Iris decides to try for her own surfing success, just as her ex-boyfriend comes back into her life, she will test her talent, and her feelings for Zeke, to the limit…

Blue by Lisa Glass

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blue (Blue #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Quercus and Edelweiss.)

This was an okay story, but it just didn’t really grab me.

Iris and Zeke were okay characters, but I didn’t really love them. I did laugh at the double entendres that Iris kept accidentally saying, but I just didn’t connect well with either of them.

The storyline in this was again okay, but it just didn’t grab me. I kept reading but I just couldn’t get into the story. I don’t think there was anything particularly wrong with the story, I just couldn’t get into it, and the romance didn’t interest me. The surfing thing couldn’t even grab me, and I was basically just glad to get to the end.
Overall; okay surfing story, but not for me,
6 out of 10.

Release Day Launch - No In Between by Lisa Renee Jones

The fourth in the Inside Out erotic romance series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, this steamy novel resolves Chris and Sarah's relationship and leads into Mark's story.

"Chris and I have faced our demons and bared our souls to one another in Paris. Now that we are back home in San Francisco, I want to believe that nothing can tear us apart. Not Ava’s accusations against me to the police, or Chris's fear that he will destroy me as he feels he did Amber. And not Mark, who was once too intimately a part of our lives, and who I can see crumbling inside out. He believes he is invincible, just as I want to believe Chris and I are invincible. We have to be invincible. We need each other too much for any other ending."

Lisa Renee Jones Bio:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today and USA Today lists.

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just...disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night?
Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn?
Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger?

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she'll find?

Go skinny-dipping?

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

My rating: 3.12 of 5 stars

Since You've Been Gone(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This was an okay story, but it felt really long.

Emily was an okay character, and I did feel a bit sorry for her that her only friend had disappeared. She did seem to do quite well to find new friends all things considered, but she seemed a bit clueless when it came to Frank.

The storyline in this had promise, but it was just too long. The story was dragged out for so long, and there was so much stuff in there that didn’t move the story along that I got bored. I wanted her to complete the list, get with Frank, and find out what happened to Sloane, but I wanted it to happen quicker!
There wasn’t much romance in this, although it was obvious to me that Frank liked her as more than a friend. Emily didn’t seem to notice at all though, which was slightly puzzling.
The end to this was okay, and I was glad with the way things turned out, it just seemed to take a long while to get there though.
6.25 out of 10

Sunday, 17 August 2014

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

My Life After Now
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Lucy just had the worst week ever. Seriously, mega bad. And suddenly, it's all too much—she wants out. Out of her house, out of her head, out of her life. She wants to be a whole new Lucy. So she does something the old Lucy would never dream of.

And now her life will never be the same. Now, how will she be able to have a boyfriend? What will she tell her friends? How will she face her family?

Now her life is completely different...every moment is a gift. Because now she might not have many moments left.

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

My Life After Now(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This was an okay story about a difficult subject.

Lucy was an okay character, although I was pretty shocked at the massive mistake she made. That being said, she’s not the only person to ever lose herself in a moment and regret it later, this was just a humongously major complication to be left with.

The storyline in this was okay, and I felt Lucy’s panic and fear. It was such a horrible thing to happen to her, and it was almost unbelievable at first. You just don’t expect that to happen to a perfectly normal 17-year-old girl, which kind-of proves that it can happen to anyone.
I can’t say I really liked the romance aspect of the book, and I didn’t really like some of the choices Lucy made after what happened.
The ending to this was okay, although certain aspects were predictable. This was an enjoyable (if uncomfortable in places) story overall.
7 out of 10.