Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass

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Love and Other Theories
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Love and Other Theories is a fast-paced twist on the coming-of-age novel . . . and the romantic comedy.

Aubrey and her best friends made a pact to play by the guys' rules when it comes to dating. They're hoping the rules will keep them from experiencing high school heartbreak--they don't realize that these rules could just as easily keep them from opening their hearts and minds. And when new boy Nathan Diggs moves to town, Aubrey starts to think that some rules are meant to be broken.

With equal parts bite and romance, topped off with an irresistibly engaging voice, Alexis Bass's debut novel is one you won't want to miss.

Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass

My rating: 4.25 of 5 stars

Love and Other Theories(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

I’m crying, my kindle battery is dead, I’ve eaten a whole packet of jaffa cakes, and I’m slightly tipsy, and all because of this book!

I really liked the characters in this book. Aubrey was such a normal girl, with the normal sort of feelings that girls have, and Nathan was super sweet. How this pair went so wrong I don’t know, but it was seriously sad.

The storyline in this was pretty gripping, while it was in part about the ‘rules’ that Aubrey and her friends were supposed to follow, it was also a love story, and Aubrey and Nathan just seemed so right for each other! I spent the whole book hoping and praying that love would win through, and that this pair would admit that they were right for one another, but after a while it seemed evident that Aubrey wouldn’t be the only one with a broken heart at the end of this story.

The romance in this was super sweet while it was happening, and absolutely crushingly heart-breaking when it wasn’t. Every bump in the road that this pair faced I felt so deeply, and I could not put this book down without knowing what would happen! You know one of those books where what is happening is so painful that you can’t breathe? That’s how this book made me feel, and I was so, so upset as the storyline developed and things went wrong for Aubrey and Nathan.

The ending to this was really sad, and even though Aubrey was looking on the bright side, I just felt so sad! I totally felt like I was going through the events in this story with the characters, and I really felt the heartbreak with poor Aubrey. I really hate that this is the ending for these two – I want more!
Overall; heart-breaking YA contemporary romance,
8.5 out of 10

Monday, 29 December 2014

The First Kiss (The Iron Fey #1.25) by Julie Kagawa

The First Kiss (The Iron Fey, #1.25)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
This scene takes place in the Iron King, when Meghan and Ash are searching a warehouse for the trod into the Iron Realm. As Meghan ventures further inside,the trod guardian, a huge iron dragon, springs to life and attacks her.

This is from Ash's POV.

The First Kiss by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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This was a good short from Ash's point of view, and recaps the kiss scene in The Iron King. I think I actually enjoyed it more from Ash's perspective though!
7.5 out of 10

Bah, Humbug! (A Christmas Street Romantic Comedy Novellas) by Heather Horrocks

Bah, Humbug! (A Christmas Street, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads:
Lexi Anderson is an up-and-coming, Martha Stewart-type TV hostess whose two kids love the Jared Strong adventure novels, which happen to be written by their new neighbor, Kyle Miller.
For the first time in his writing career, Kyle has writer's block - until he sees the snowman on his lawn and realizes this is the perfect place for his villain to hide the weapon. He digs into the snowman to discover two things: the weapon fits int he body just under the head, and the snowman was supposed to be the back drop for Lexi's next show.
From this improbable beginning comes friendship. Can there be more for a woman who is afraid to get close again and a man who has shadows from his childhood?
Families join together and hearts are healed as this couple goes walking in a winter wonderland.

Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Bah, Humbug! (A Christmas Street, #1)This was a really bizarre story about a woman who realised that her new next door neighbour was actually one of her childrens favourite authors, not that she would admit that to him of course. I found it all quite boring really, and then we got a ridiculously quick proposal. quite out of the blue really. I won't be reading the next book in the series.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Guess Who's Coming to Christmas Dinner by Laura Lockington

Guess Who's Coming to Christmas Dinner
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Last Christmas had been a disaster for Sophie and her daughter Bella. On Christmas morning Sophie discovered a present, which turned out to be for her husband Archie's mistress Bertha.

Sophie was determined that this year was going to be different. If only she could shake this cold and it would stop snowing.

With Bella still away at her Dad's, Susi, her lively best friend, persuades Sophie to host a party on Christmas Eve. With a menu consisting of simply 'Booze and nibbles' what could possibly go wrong?

Sophie is about to find out.

Susi is playing seasonal match-maker under the mistletoe before Christmas? And the suitors are queuing up...

But with the weather getting worse by the minute, will anyone be able to make it to the party, or even to Christmas Dinner?

Will Archie be able to drive Bella home through all this snow? And will he be coming with Bertha or coming alone? Will Sophie find love and happiness in time for Christmas?

Just who will make it to this Christmas dinner, or what will happen when they get there, is anyone's guess.

'Party Favourites' is a story of family, love and romance. It is perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Jenny Hale, Katie Fforde and Abby Clements. It was previously published as 'Guess Who's Coming to Christmas Dinner'.

'A perfect holiday treat.' - Holly Kinsella, best-selling author of 'Uptown Girl'.

When she's not in the kitchen or mentally cataloguing the contents of her cupboards, Laura Lockington is a writer and playwright. Random House published her first two books, 'Stargazy Pie' and 'Capers in the Sauce'. She has also co-written several plays for BBC Radio 4, including a comedy set in a beach hut. She shares her flat with a Frenchman, a wire haired fox terrier and a greedy fridge that demands feeding with monotonous regularity.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

Guess Who's Coming to Christmas Dinner by Laura Lockington

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Guess Who's Coming to Christmas DinnerI decided to read this after enjoying ‘Stargazy Pie’ by the same author a few years ago. This wasn’t very good though, the story was weird and rambling, mystery was only okay, and the whole thing just dragged. I didn’t really appreciate the ‘turkey-free Christmas’ recipes at the end of the book either.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Heather (A Christmas Elf Bride Story) by Deanne Lish

Heather (A Christmas Elf Bride Story)

The only reason Clay, a notorious thief, likes Christmas is because there's more for him to steal. But when Heather uses a single blistering kiss to force him out of a major score, Clay realizes he must rearrange his priorities or lose the beautiful Christmas elf forever.

Heather by Deanne Lish

My rating: 3.12 of 5 stars

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This was a bit of an odd story, about a thief (Clay) who meets a girl called Heather who claims to be Santa Claus’ daughter. She has to marry by midnight on Christmas Eve, or she will never marry and have a family. Clay thinks she’s nuts, but eventually realises that she’s not, and we get a happy ending. Bit of a strange story though really!
6.25 out of 10

Friday, 26 December 2014

Christmas Without Holly by Nicola Yeager

Christmas Without Holly
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Christmas is a time for pampering yourself.

At least, that is what Holly Nightingale thinks.

A hard-working nurse, she has given herself an early Christmas gift - three days at Willows, a posh health farm in Surrey.

She's looking forward to day after day of skin treatments, dips in the hot tub, and relaxing sessions with the handsome masseurs.

But not everything is perfect.

Her fiancé Clive is stuck in Hong Kong. It turns out that he won't be home for the festive season - and Holly is expected to spend it with his ghastly family.

Who is Clive spending Christmas with anyway? Why does he spend so much time in the Far East? What is he up to?

As Holly sits by the spa with the pampered, unfaithful wives of the Home Counties, she starts to wonder what kind of married life she is about to embark on.

And maybe Clive will be spending many more Christmases without Holly.

'Christmas Without Holly' is a sparkling seasonal romantic comedy - a warm, moving tale, that manages to be funny, while also reminding the reader that Christmas is a time to reflect on life and where it is going.

It is perfect for fans of Jane Green, Sophie Kinsella...and spa treatments.

Nicola Yeager was born in Lincoln to Dutch parents and is married with two children. She currently lives in London and Amsterdam. Christmas Without Holly is her first novella.

Christmas Without Holly by Nicola Yeager

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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I enjoyed this book, but then the end was a big let-down.

This was an enjoyable chick-lit read, and I liked Holly, even if she did moan and ramble a bit. I felt quite sorry for her in the way she got stuck with Rebecca, and I liked that she was a normal down-to-earth sort of girl.

The storyline in this wasn’t earth-shattering, but it was entertaining, and I found it quite funny in places. I liked the way Holly used what she learned at the spa to evaluate her own love-life, and she seemed to come to some perceptive conclusions. The ending however, was a disappointment.

I’m not sure what I expected from the ending, but it wasn’t what I got. I’m not sure whether I expected a romance to develop between James and Holly, I don’t think I did really, but I didn’t like the way things ended. (Spoiler - Highlight to read -  The random way that James invited Holly to stay with him over Christmas, which was a bit of a crap invitation as he said that he actually wouldn’t be celebrating, and would be out with his camera most of the time, wasn’t much of a gesture, and the extremely corny line ‘Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Holly’ was just poor. How was he really offering her anything better than what Clive was offering her? At least she’d be getting company and a Christmas dinner with Clive’s family, what was she going to get at James’ house? An empty house and a microwave pizza? For Christmas? Pretty pathetic if you ask me. And why was she breaking up with Clive anyway? Because he didn’t spend enough time with her, didn’t value her enough? Did she ever talk to him about that? Did she ever discuss with him what he expected from her once they were married? Did she ever ask him to maybe not work in Hong Kong so that they could have a life together? No. She didn’t. And now she’s going to dump the poor bloke on Christmas day because she doesn’t want to turn into a Rebecca (who shags random men whilst her husband is out of the country), and she’s got a bee in her bonnet because he’s had work dumped on him and can’t make it home for Christmas. I actually feel a bit sorry for the poor bloke! He didn’t exactly get to share his side of the story!
6 out of 10

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Blurb (from Goodreads):
“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dash & Lily's Book of DaresAs its the season of giving I'm going to be generous and give this book 3 stars, but to be honest I found it pretty boring.

I didn't really like Dash, he irritated me, and so did his dislike for Christmas, and his poorly thought out plans and excuses. I'm not sure how anyone could lose a shopping list under a pillow in a department store.
Lily was a reasonably happy person it seemed, and I felt sorry for her and the way her parents were treating her. It's not nice to be left alone at Christmas.

The storyline in this just bored me. I didn't find the dares exciting or funny, and after a while I just wanted them to get on with it. I wasn't really a fan of the romance either.

The ending was okay,but I was pleased that the book was over.
6 out of 10.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Once Upon a Road Trip (Once Upon a Road Trip #1) by Angela N. Blount

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Angela N. Blount.
Once Upon a Road Trip (Once Upon a Road Trip, #1)
Eighteen-year-old Angeli doesn't "fit in." She's never been on a single date, and she lives vicariously through an online world of storytelling. With the pressures of choosing a practical future path bearing down, she needs a drastic change. Too old to run away from home, she opts instead to embark on a solo 2-month road trip. But her freedom is tempered by loneliness - and anxiety tests her resolve as she comes face-to-face with her quirky internet friends.

Aside from contracting mono and repeatedly getting herself lost, Angeli's adventure is mired by more unforeseen glitches - like being detained by Canadian authorities, and a near-death experience at the hands of an overzealous amateur wrestler. Her odyssey is complicated further when she unwittingly earns the affections of two young men. One a privileged martial artist; the other a talented techie with a colorful past.

Bewildered by the emotions they stir, Angeli spurns the idea of a doomed long-distance relationship. But she is unprepared for the determination of her hopeful suitors. In the wake of her refusal, one man will betray her, and the other will prove himself worthy of a place in her future.

Angeli sets off in search of a better understanding of herself, the world, and her place in it. What she finds is an impractical love, with the potential to restore her faith in happy endings.

A true story with an unapologetically honest outlook on life, love, faith, and adventure - Once Upon A Road Trip is a coming-of-age memoir.

Once Upon a Road Trip by Angela N. Blount

My rating: 3.13 of 5 stars

Once Upon a Road Trip (Once Upon a Road Trip, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Angela N. Blount.)

This was an interesting story about one girl’s road trip to see friends after graduating high-school.

Angie was a character who seemed more mature than her years at times, and then at other times did things that maybe weren’t so well thought out. She took risks, she tried new things, and she seemed to have spent a lot of time planning out her road trip. I certainly wouldn’t have had the guts to try shark or snails, and driving thousands of miles would have gotten old for me.

The storyline in this was mainly about Angie’s journey, and the people she met and things she did along the way. She visited friends and her relationships with them changed, some for the better and some for the worse, and she made sure to try new things and see places she wanted to see whilst on her journey.

There was a bit of romance in this, as the author explains, this book tells the story of how she met her husband! There were a few kisses with different boys in this book though, which kind-of kept the reader in the dark a bit as to which man would be the right one.

The ending to this was hopeful, and it did seem like Angie had decided which guy it was that was the right guy for her. I wasn’t really expecting the situation that she found herself in with one of her suitors though.
Overall; interesting road-trip story,
6.25 out of 10

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney-Hyperion and NetGalley.
This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

  This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman

My rating: 4.38 of 5 stars

This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney-Hyperion and NetGalley.)

This was such a good sequel!

The characters in this were really good; both Flynn and Jubilee were used to fighting for what they wanted, but they hadn’t lost what made them human either. I admired both of them for the way they fought for what they thought was right, and for how their own feelings and desires came second. I also loved that we got to see Tarver and Lilac again! Eeek! So exciting!
(Oh, and for anyone who’s wondering, I do think that Jubilee is a lot easier to like than Lilac was.)

The storyline in this was very different to that of ‘These Broken Stars’, and even though it wasn’t necessarily the sort of book I would normally pick up, I really enjoyed it. This book was more about war, and battles between two opposing sides. I found it a little amusing that Jubilee nicknamed Flynn ‘Romeo’, because this pair really were a Romeo and Juliet!

There wasn’t a great deal of romance in this book, but I did enjoy what there was. This book instead focused more on the action and mystery, and that was enough to keep me happy. I also loved the way this story developed, and the way it came together with the story from ‘These Broken Stars’ to give us more insight into just what LaRoux had been up to!

The ending to this was good, and we got an end to Flynn and Jubilee’s story, whilst the overall story of LaRoux Industries is still not finished. Looking forward to book 3 now!
8.75 out of 10

Monday, 22 December 2014

The Boyfriend App (App #1) by Katie Sise

The Boyfriend App (App, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Get the app. Get the guy.

Computer-whiz Audrey McCarthy feels most at home in a tech lab, surrounded by her fellow geeks. Once popular and fearless, she hasn't been the same since her dad died. And her ex-best friend, gorgeous queen bee Blake Dawkins, has turned into her worst nightmare. Audrey is counting the minutes until high school is over and she can get the hell out of Dodge and go to college-that is, if she can find a scholarship.

So when Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high schooler-with $200,000 in prize money-Audrey is spurred to action. She comes up with an idea so simple, yet so brilliant, she can't believe it hasn't been done: the Boyfriend App. With a simple touch of the screen, romance blooms among the unlikeliest couples in high school, and people start to take notice. But it's not quite enough.

To beat out the competition, Audrey will have to dig deeper. And she does-right into a scandal that would rock Public to its core. Suddenly the Boyfriend App lands Audrey where she never expected to be: in the middle of the limelight, passionately kissed by the hottest guys in school, causing complete and utter mayhem. But can it bring her true love?

The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Boyfriend App (App, #1)This was a good YA contemporary romance with some computer science thrown in.

I liked Audrey, even though her ideas were a little unethical at times. She did seem pretty clueless when a certain person was flirting with her as well.

The storyline in this book got better as it progressed, and the little twists really livened the story up, and kept things interesting. I did think that some of Audrey’s ideas were a little impractical though!
Audrey was pretty clueless when it came to romance really, so it was quite surprising that her app worked as well as it did! I did like how things turned out romantically though.

The ending to this was pretty good, and I’m interested to see where the story goes in book 2. I have to say that overall I was surprised by this book as I expected it to be aimed at younger readers which it wasn’t at all.
7 out of 10

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Starling (Starling #1) by Lesley Livingston

Starling (Starling, #1)
Mason Starling is a champion fencer on the Gosforth Academy team, but she's never had to fight for her life. Not until the night a ferocious, otherworldly storm rips through Manhattan, trapping Mason and her teammates inside the school. Mason is besieged by nightmarish creatures more terrifying than the thunder and lightning as the raging tempest also brings a dangerous stranger into her life: a young man who remembers nothing but his name—the Fennrys Wolf. His arrival tears Mason's world apart, even as she feels an undeniable connection to him. Together, they seek to unravel the secrets of Fenn's identity as strange and supernatural forces gather around them. When they discover Mason's family—with its dark allegiance to ancient Norse gods—is at the heart of the mystery, Fennrys and Mason are suddenly faced with a terrifying future.

Set against the gritty, shadowed back-drop of New York City, this first novel in award-winning author Lesley Livingston's epic Starling Saga is an intoxicating blend of sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.

  Starling by Lesley Livingston

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Starling (Starling, #1)There wasn’t anything horribly wrong with this book, it was just slow, and I found it pretty put-down-able.

Mason was an okay character, but I didn’t love her. She had a bit of a rough time of it with her dad and being attacked repeatedly, but I just didn’t love her.

The storyline in this had plenty of action, but I found it really put-down-able. I would read a couple of pages, then I’d find something else to do. It just didn’t engage me the way I wanted it to.
There was some romance, but it was a little odd how everybody seemed convinced that Mason liked Fennrys, even when she’d barely met him!

The ending to this was a bit of a cliff-hanger. I can’t say I’m desperate to pick up book 2 though.
5 out of 10

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Life As We Knew It (The Last Survivors #1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)This was an enjoyable story, but it felt long.

I liked the characters in this book, but they did make some poor decisions. Not wanting to conserve food? Not worrying about running out of water? Wanting to give blankets away? Not eating because God doesn’t want you to? Going swimming even though there are mosquito-borne illnesses going about? Not the smartest bunch really.

The storyline in this was okay, but it also had some dodgy moments. I’m not sure how big their car/van was, but the number of cart-fulls of stuff they put in it, not to mention themselves, and some candles and other stuff, it would have had to have been a freaking lorry to fit it all in! And the people’s expectations were ridiculously high too; even though they had no food, heat, or electricity, they expected the school to have it? Hmm.

The ending to this was okay, although it did seem a little unlikely that things were resolved the way they were.
6.5 out of 10

Friday, 19 December 2014

Girl Online (Girl Online #1) by Zoe Sugg,

Girl Online
Blurb (from Goodreads):
I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has - I can't believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! - and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes...

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family - and the panic attacks she's suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Girl OnlineThis was a good YA contemporary romance story, and I was pleased we got a happy ending!

I really liked Penny, she did have her dodgy moments, and she seriously said the wrong things at times, but I could empathise with her a little. I really felt for her when it came to her friend Megan – what an absolute b*tch she was!

The storyline in this was pretty good, although it was a little predictable at times. I liked it overall though, and towards the end I really didn’t want to put it down and go to bed! I got really sucked into Penny’s story, and I really wanted things to go right for her, even if it seemed against the odds.
The romance in this was pretty good, although I liked Noah a lot more than Ollie! I really didn’t see what Penny saw in him at all, and I was glad when she realised that he wasn’t who she thought he was.

The ending to this was definitely the best part of the book. I did worry that we were going to get left with a cliff-hanger, but thankfully we didn’t, and we instead got a happy ending! Yay! I Loved the little twists we got at the end, obviously Penny’s love for twisty endings is something Zoe likes too ;)
8 out of 10

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Sarah Negovetich and NetGalley.
Rite of Rejection
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.

A life behind barbed wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love.

But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.

 Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rite of Rejection(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Sarah Negovetich and NetGalley.)

This story started out okay, but I lost interest.

I didn’t really love any of the characters in this book; Rebecca was sweet but naïve, but the rest of them didn’t make me feel anything at all.

The storyline in this dragged a bit for me, and I began to lose interest. I didn’t initially understand the relevance of ‘the PIT’, or why people were really sent there, and I started to not really care either.
There was some romance, but I wasn’t really interested in it.

The ending was okay, but it just didn’t feel like anything had really been solved. Sure they had a plan, but it was half-baked, and I really didn’t see anything major coming from it!
6 out of 10

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Untouched (Florence, Arizona #1) by Lauren Hawkeye

Sponsored post:I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lauren Hawkeye, INscribe Digital, and NetGalley.

Untouched (Florence, Arizona #1)Blurb (from Goodreads):
Some secrets are best left locked away in the past….

Alexa Kendrick has no recollection of the car accident that left her scarred and sent her life careening wildly off course. When the half-sister she thought she’d never meet shows up at her door with an invitation to a new life, Alexa finds herself in Florence, Arizona, a town notorious for being populated with more prison inmates than actual citizens…a town that has done its best to hide its own dark secret.

After Ellie is called out of town, she leaves her sister with the keys to her flower shop and Alexa finds herself swapping lives with her sibling: running Ellie’s business, living in the house left to them both by their absentee father…and forging a smoldering relationship with sexy-as-sin penitentiary officer, Nate Fury—a man with his own demons.

But arranging flowers by day and tangling with the only man who has ever seen her real self by night isn’t enough to silence the mysterious panic that fuels Alexa’s dark dreams. When Nate brings home a book written by an inmate, one describing an unspeakable crime, the shackles binding Alexa’s own lost memories begin to shatter. And as the devastating truth comes to light, she realizes that Nate holds the key to unlocking her past, as well as her heart.

Untouched by Lauren Hawkeye

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Untouched (Florence, Arizona #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lauren Hawkeye, INscribe Digital, and NetGalley.)

I was looking forward to this book, but unfortunately I just couldn’t get into it.

Alexa was a girl who had obviously lost her spark a bit, what had happened to her was difficult for her to come to terms with, especially considering her memory loss.

The storyline in this revolved around Alexa discovering what had really happened to her, what her memories were that she had lost, and learning more about the girl who claimed to be her half-sister. This was all okay, but I just couldn’t get sucked into the story, and I just couldn’t stay focused at all.
There was some romance, and a couple of intimate scenes, but again, I just couldn’t get into it.

I was pleased with the way the mysteries were revealed at the end of the story, although we got a bit of a cheesy happily ever after.
6 out of 10

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Hit List by Nikki Urang

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Contemporary and NetGalley.
The Hit List
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.

When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dancer to have a partner, Sadie’s fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn’t know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.

Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual conquest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.

The girl worth the most points? Sadie.

The Hit List by Nikki Urang

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Hit List(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Contemporary and NetGalley.)

This was an okay contemporary dance story, but it didn’t hold my interest well.

Sadie was a girl who had issues, and you couldn’t really blame her considering what she’d been through. I did think she was maybe less introverted than I would have possibly been in the same situation though.

The storyline in this consisted of Sadie’s day-to-day activity during dance classes etc. with ‘Gossip Girl’ type online updates to the ‘Hit List’ game. I thought that Sadie took it quite well that her name was on the list really, and I did sort-of see where she was coming from when she was bothered that her name was taken off the list. While I personally wouldn’t want people thinking that I had slept with someone when I hadn’t, I also wouldn’t have wanted to see my name put back on the list! At least with your name crossed off you could be certain that potential suitors weren’t just in it for the points!

The ending to this was okay, and there was a little bit of a surprise over who was running the hit list. The romance was a little predictable though, and I didn’t really enjoy it.
Overall; okay contemporary dance story, but didn’t hold my attention well.
6 out of 10

Monday, 15 December 2014

Savior (Savior #1) by A. King Bradley

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author A. King Bradley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Once bullied to the brink of suicide, 16 year-old Adam Reaper discovers extraordinary powers within himself. As the ungovernable changes within unleash a burning hatred for all who once wronged him, Adam is faced with choosing between using his gifts to save the world from impending doom or to take vengeance against his enemies.

For a time, Monica, the love of Adam’s life, is able to keep the newfound darkness in his heart at bay, but tragedy strikes when Adam’s older brother, PJ, is murdered after insidious forces give rise to a formidable domestic terror cell known as The Strangers.

As he pursues his brother’s killers, Adam and his friends, Howie and Ace, find themselves thrust into an unthinkable conflict that could ultimately lead to the destruction of the world. As Adam storms farther away from Monica and deeper down the dark path of revenge, the edges of his own darkness begin to fade once again.

Daring, complex, and unforgettable, this unique take on the Hero’s Journey delivers a perfect blend of captivating action and suspense.

Savior by A. King Bradley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Savior(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author A. King Bradley.)

This wasn’t the sort of book I would typically read, but it was enjoyable.

I felt quite sorry for the main character Adam. He hadn’t had an easy life, he’d had to deal with hunger, bullying, and watching his father abuse his mother. As the book went on and people started dying on him, I felt even more sorry for him.

The storyline in this wasn’t quite the sort of thing I’d normally read. This felt a bit like a superhero story, crossed with a contemporary story, and I did find myself picking this up and putting it back down again a few times.

There were some surprises in this story, and there were also some bits that I found predictable. I was also really disappointed in Adam at points, and didn’t always understand the links between things. I think this was me rather than the book though, as the author did seem to take the time to explain things.

There was a little bit of romance, but not a lot. Adam’s relationship with Monica was quite nice though.

The ending had a bit of action, but we also got left with a bit of a cliff-hanger.
Overall; interesting superhero YA story,
6 out of 10

Sunday, 14 December 2014

The In Between by Olivia Pierce

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The In Between
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Tara Jenkins and Justin Westcroft used to be childhood BFFs. Now in high school, Justin’s a popular, all-star athlete, and Tara spends her days admiring him from afar. But when Tara saves Justin from nearly drowning in a freak accident, he’s unable to get her out of his mind. In no time at all, Tara and Justin fall deeply in love. And even though it’s only high school, they seem destined for a Happily Ever After.

Until tragedy strikes—and this time, Justin’s not so lucky. Tara passes through her days as a shell of her former self: Justin’s dead, but she can still feel his presence, and she can’t seem to let him go.

But there’s a reason for that, and it’s not just grief: Justin is In Between, and he’s still holding on.

They say that when someone saves you, you’re tied to them for life. But what about in the afterlife?

The In Between by Olivia Pierce

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The In Between(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Full Fathom Five and NetGalley.)

This was an okay story, but the pace was a little slow for me.

Tara and Justin were characters that didn’t really make a big impression on me. Tara was ‘nice’, but I didn’t really feel strongly about her, Justin wasn’t a typical jock, and again was ‘nice’, there wasn’t really anything outstanding about either character for me though, and I didn’t really feel involved in their story.

The storyline in this was basically about Justin dying, and his time in the ‘in-between’. I felt like I spent a big chunk of the book just waiting for Justin to die though (that sounds so horrible), and I didn’t feel sucked in by the romance the way I would have liked. I would have liked to have actually felt something other than relief when Justin eventually died, and I would have liked to have felt like I had some sort of desire for the couple to be reunited, which I didn’t.

The ending didn’t really work for me. I don’t want to drop spoilers, but I just didn’t really like it, and while it was happy, it wasn’t necessarily the most believable ending in my opinion.
Overall; slow paranormal romance,
6 out of 10

Saturday, 13 December 2014

My Lea (A Broken Love Story #1) by E. Mellyberry

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My Lea (A Broken Love Story, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A simple girl.

A broken guy.

One horrible incident.

When Lea Amelia landed her feet in San Francisco for her overseas study, her idea of freedom was simple, like eating junk food ten times a day, sitting in front of the TV in her PJs, or going out late with her friends without the need to check in with her mother constantly.

Then she met Andrew Jaya, her brothers’ best friend. A twenty-two-year-old guy whose physical appearance looked like he was crafted straight from God’s heavenly hands, but possessed a past as bleak as if it was drawn by Evil himself. A conflicted guy who wore sadness like nobody’s business beneath his mask, a perfect-looking mask she slowly peeled away.

He was also the guy who hurt her.

Suddenly, everything about her was no longer simple.

Andrew Jaya had convinced himself that not feeling was good for him. He'd been doing it splendidly for almost his entire life. But that was before his best friend’s sister stepped into his life and ruined it. After weeks of knowing Lea, all of those warm and wonderful feelings he’d long ago denied to himself started to reappear. Problem was, the brighter the light, the bigger the shadows that came with it.

His traumatic past refused to let him go.

When the unthinkable happened, the easiest thing to do was to run. But life often proves that the easiest way is usually the hardest.

My Lea by E. Mellyberry

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

My Lea (A Broken Love Story, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author E. Mellyberry.)
18-year-old Lea has come to America to study at university, when she meets her brother’s friend Andrew. Andrew has secrets, a troubled past, and may have more troubles in his future.

I’m not sure how much sense this review will make, because I am really angry with the male lead in this book. Steaming angry.

Lea was a sweet girl, and put up with her mother’s moaning, and even wanted to help Andrew after everything that happened.
Andrew was obviously a bit messed up from the start of this book, but no matter how messed-up he was, it didn’t give him free reign to do what he did.

The storyline in this started out quite slowly, but then picked up in the second half. It was in this second half that the ‘incident’ from the blurb happened, and boy was I mad. I don’t want to drop any spoilers, but let’s just say that this event was not good, and definitely not recommended for people under the age of 18. The way Lea acted after this event was admirable, and I understood where she was coming from, but I just could not forgive Andrew for his part in the ‘incident’.

I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to drop spoilers, but I would like to say that the title of this series is very appropriate. This most definitely is a broken love story, with a lot of angst, and big questions over right and wrong, as well as some dodgy ethics. Don’t go into this expecting a normal romance, expect to read something a bit uncomfortable, that you won’t easily forget.
6.5 out of 10.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Ruination (Worlds Apart #1) by Amanda Thome

Sponsored post: Read using Kindle Unlimited. I also received a digital copy of this book for free from the author. Thanks to Amanda Thome.
Ruination (Worlds Apart, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
What if everything came down to a single test? If your life was defined at seventeen, could you handle it? Could you accept your fate leaving the ones you love, or would you risk it all and stay?

One test stands between Vanessa and Central. One chance to make the leap across the walls to a better life. At seventeen, Central considers Vanessa an adult. Her labor role, marriage, and housing divisions will be dictated by her performance on the leap.

Dedication and unfaltering friendship has bonded Vanessa to Garrett as they fight for their chance to leap into Central. But what happens when love overtakes reason? When defiance in the name of love creates an unintentional fracture in their nation.

Without warning Vanessa is at the mercy of the nation that’s supposed to protect her. Exiled and abandoned she must fight but she find’s she’s not alone. With her heart divided she seeks her revenge, but will her stand be enough?

Ruination by Amanda Thome

My rating: 3.12 of 5 stars

Ruination (Worlds Apart, #1)(Read using Kindle Unlimited. I also received a digital copy of this book for free from the author. Thanks to Amanda Thome.)

This was a YA dystopian with a surprising plot twist.

Nessa had had quite a hard life, especially because she had to raise her younger sister. I found Ty and his motives a little confusing at first, but they became clearer as the story went on.

The storyline in this reminded me of several other books, there were elements that reminded me of ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Divergent’, and ‘Matched’. There was a very surprising plot twist in this book though, which was the best part of the book for me. After the sadness of the first chapter, I did lose interest a bit, and I needed that plot twists to keep me interested really.
There was romance, but not a lot of it, and we also got a bit of a puzzling love triangle.

The ending to this was a big cliff-hanger, so I need to read the second book now to find out what happens next!
Overall; okay dystopian story, with a plot twist mid-way,
6.25 out of 10

Thursday, 11 December 2014

All Pepped Up (Pepper Jones #2) by Ali Dean

All Pepped Up (Pepper Jones, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
(This is the second book in the Pepper Jones series. The following description contains spoilers for Pepped Up, which should be read first.)

Pepper Jones knew that being Jace Wilder’s girlfriend wouldn’t be simple. But she didn’t predict just how many complications would arise from his past. Jealous girls? That she expected. Family secrets? Not so much. At least Pepper can always hit the trails to clear her head… except when it comes to racing. The high expectations from her phenomenal cross country season haunt her, and she can’t seem to get psyched up for track season. Pepper’s junior year at Brockton Public is full of challenges on and off the track, but she’s not afraid to face them.

All Pepped Up by Ali Dean

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

All Pepped Up (Pepper Jones, #2)(Source: Read using Kindle Unlimited)

This was an okay story, but it wasn’t as good as the first in the series.

Pepper was an okay character, and I did feel sorry for her and what she was going through in this book; but I also wanted her to man-up and start training properly again as she seemed to just lose all her spark! I also found that because I have seen the kid’s TV program ‘Peppa Pig’ since reading the first book, that whenever anybody said ‘Pepper’, I thought ‘Pig’.

Jace irritated me a bit in this book, and as the book went further along I remembered him irritating me in the first book as well. I mean quit whining already! Quit throwing your weight around, getting jealous, and trying to fix things with your fists. Ugh.

The storyline in this was a little disappointing for me. I felt like the whole book was about Pepper’s love life, and there was very little about her running, except for when her love life started to ruin her running career. We had some mean girls who tried to get Jace and Pepper to break up, and that was about the top and bottom of this story.

The ending to this was alright, things were happy enough, and we weren’t left with a cliff-hanger. I just expected more from this story for some reason though.
Overall; less running, and more loving,
6.5 out of 10

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
No Place to Fall
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.

No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

No Place to Fall(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 Amber has aspirations to travel the world, but until that’s possible she’s content to chat to hikers travelling through her small village. With her sister arrested, her father cheating on her mother, and boy problems to boot, Amber is just trying to keep everyone happy as best she can, even if it means doing the wrong thing to achieve that.
Can Amber really help everybody? And will she ever get what she wants?

This was an interesting story about love and loyalty, and I liked the romance.

Amber was a sweet girl, and it was obvious how much she saw, and how much she valued her family and friends. She really did try to keep things that she knew would hurt people away from them, and when someone really needed something, she always tried to get it for them, even when it meant risking everything to do it.

The storyline in this was okay, although I did get a little bored in the middle. I didn’t like the things that Amber did, but I could see why she did them, and I disliked the way that other people used her, and tried to play on her selfless nature to get what they wanted.

The romance was probably my favourite part of this book, although I wasn’t overly happy with the way Will behaved towards Amber most of the time. Hooking up with a girl who isn’t your girlfriend, then going back to your girlfriend as if nothing happened is not very gentlemanly behaviour.

The ending to this was bittersweet. I hated the way that Amber was punished for something that she only did to help someone else. It seemed unfair that by doing something wrong to help someone she loved, she ended up punished for it, and that upset me a bit. Thankfully we did get a happy ending on the romance front though, and Amber was able the bright side, even when she had lost what she personally wanted.
Overall; an interesting story about love and loyalty,
7 out of 10