Friday, 28 February 2014

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee


The Unquiet
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.

After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home, undaunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom. At school, her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists.

With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of?

Annaliese? Or herself?


The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars


The Unquiet(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Rinn is moving with her mother back to the small town where her mother grew up, but she’s taking secrets with her.
Not only is Rinn bipolar, but she also suffers from delusions, and accidentally killed her grandmother because of it. Rinn isn’t the only one in town with secrets though.
What secrets is the town hiding? And is there any truth to the story that the school pool is haunted?


I really enjoyed this, and although some things were obvious, there were other little twists that I wasn’t able to guess.

Rinn was an okay character, although I have to admit that she was a bit stupid at times. Chasing a ghost? A murderous ghost? When you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing? Not a good idea, especially when you’re messing with your anti-psychotic medication. I understood her confusion over what was real and what was a delusion, but that didn’t change the fact that some of her decisions were seriously suspect.

I liked the storyline in this, although at times I did feel like the pacing was a bit too slow. I really liked the creepy moments and the mystery though, and I liked the way nobody but Rinn seemed to realise what was going on. I also thought that the incorporation of Rinn’s delusions was clever as it made the reader wonder what was really real.
There was a little bit of romance, but nothing much, but what I did really like was the humour. I really liked the comments that people came out with, even when they were a bit too close to the bone.
"Are you nuts?", "Don't ask me that."
"Now what do I do?", "Blow your brains out? Oh wait, you don't have any."

I liked the ending, and I liked that everything was solved, but we were still left with the little chilling idea that maybe things weren’t quite as over as they seemed.
Overall; a good YA ghost story.
7.5 out of 10.


Thursday, 27 February 2014

Deep Blue Secret (The Water Keepers #1) by Christie Anderson


Deep Blue Secret (The Water Keepers, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
California teen, Sadie James, thinks her life couldn't get any better. She has great friends, an energetic mother she adores, and the beach practically in her own backyard. But her carefree life is turned upside down when she's rescued by a mysterious and strangely familiar boy who won't even tell her his name.

Each time the boy appears, Sadie's unexplainable attraction to him deepens along with her need to unravel his secrets. The boy is there to protect her. But as wonderful and exciting as it might be to have an irresistible boy with crystal green eyes protecting her every move, every minute of the day . . . why does Sadie need one?

As Sadie finds answers, she realizes her life isn't as perfect as she thought. Not only is she caught in a world of dangerous secret agents she never knew existed, but it turns out her true identity may be the greatest secret of all.


Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars


Deep Blue Secret (The Water Keepers, #1)(Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.co.uk)
17-year-old Sadie can’t think of anything else after meeting a mysterious boy on the beach, especially after he saves her life.
Who is the mysterious boy though? And why is her birthmark suddenly glowing?


This was an okay story, but there was way too much stuff in there that didn’t need to be in there.

Sadie was an okay character. She didn’t always make the best decisions, and went into the realms of obsession when she met Rayne, but she was okay.

The storyline was okay, but there was so much stuff in there that didn’t need to be in there! So much of this could have been cut to make the story more streamlined and it would have been so much better. As it was, the story just dragged and dragged. It was predictable, and the romance was really cheesy.
The ending was okay, although we were left with a bit of a cliff-hanger.
I really do think that this book could have been so, so much better with some good editing to take out those things that didn’t need to be in there.
Overall; okay story, but way too long and too slow.
5 out of 10.


Release Day Book Blitz - Heartbreak Ranch by Anastasia Ryan


Heartbreak Ranch
by Anastasia Ryan
Release Date: 10/15/13
Publisher: Swoon Romance
New Adult 17+

Summary from Goodreads:
Recent college graduate, Graysen Beaufort, resigns herself to two weeks of boredom at a dude ranch honoring her parents’ wishes for one last family vacation.

She doesn't plan on meeting Colt McCord, an irresistible cowboy who threatens to bring disorder to Graysen's ordinarily ordered life.

Dodging an overprotective family, an unwelcome suitor, and certain heartbreak, Graysen struggles to break free of her limitations and submit her heart to Colt’s love. But learning to let go isn't easy, even with a man like Colt.

Colt McCord, White Pine Ranch’s head horse trainer, loves the busy, back-breaking work of a cattle ranch.

But when he meets a beautiful and spirited woman from Iowa, she makes him forget everything he'd known before, and he risks everything to be with her.

Colt is accustomed to breaking horses, but can he tame Graysen’s wild heart before it is too late?

On sale right now for only $.99!
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About the Author
Anastasia Ryan is a native New Yorker, but lives in Iowa with her family. She loves the beautiful chaos of raising six children. She is her husband’s girlfriend, but is also quite smitten with the written word. As the daughter of teachers, she has had a love of both great literature and writing in her blood since she was a baby. At a very early age, you would have found her perched on her father’s lap as he typed out his Master’s thesis for English. She is addicted to great books she can get lost in, finds cooking relaxing, is a sometimes web geek, and loves spending time with family and friends. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Creative Writing.

Anastasia Ryan's debut new adult novel HEARTBREAK RANCH will be released by Swoon Romance in the Fall of 2013. 
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Me Since You by Laura Wiess

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Thanks to Simon and Schuster and Edelweiss.)
Me Since You
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Laura Wiess captures the visceral emotion of a girl’s journey from innocence to devastating loss and, ultimately, to a strange and unexpected kind of understanding—in this beautiful and painfully honest new novel.

Are there any answers when someone you love makes a tragic choice?

Before and After. That’s how Rowan Areno sees her life now. Before: she was a normal sixteen-year-old—a little too sheltered by her police officer father and her mother. After: everything she once believed has been destroyed in the wake of a shattering tragedy, and every day is there to be survived.

If she had known, on that Friday in March when she cut school, that a random stranger’s shocking crime would have traumatic consequences, she never would have left campus. If the crime video never went viral, maybe she could have saved her mother, grandmother — and herself — from the endless replay of heartache and grief.

Finding a soul mate in Eli, a witness to the crime who is haunted by losses of his own, Rowan begins to see there is no simple, straightforward path to healing wounded hearts. Can she learn to trust, hope, and believe in happiness again?


Me Since You by Laura Wiess

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


Me Since You(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Thanks to Simon and Schuster and Edelweiss.)
16-year-old Rowan seems to always be getting in trouble for things, and even gets brought home by the police – something that her parents especially dislike considering that her father is also a police officer.
When her father is unable to stop a man from killing himself and his young son, he begins to suffer from depression though, and doesn’t seem like himself at all.
Can Rowan’s father get through this depression? And can anyone really know how he’s really feeling?


This was an okay, but while it was sad in places, it was also quite boring in places too.

Rowan was an okay character, although I found her to be quite stupid and immature at times. She did things knowing that she would get in trouble with her parents and/or the cops if she was caught, yet did them anyway. She also made some really bad decisions, and didn’t really seem to give people the respect they deserved.

The storyline in this was okay, but I did find myself bored a lot of the time. The sad event in this book was sad, but I also saw it coming from really early on. The characters behaviours after this event was fairly typical given the situation, but while I felt sorry for them, the story didn’t really move me the way I expected it to.
There was a little bit of romance, but it was a bit of a side story rather than the main storyline.
The thing in this story that I liked the least has got to be Rowan’s friend Nadia, who wasn’t really sympathetic, and in fact made some really awful comments to Rowan regarding the bad thing that happened to her.
The ending to this was okay, and was probably the best part of the book for me. I liked how Rowan finally got a bit of closure, and finally learned to forgive as well.
Overall; a sad story, but not 100% engaging.
6.5 out of 10.


I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder


I Heart You, You Haunt Me
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Girl meets boy.
Girl loses boy.
Girl gets boy back...

..sort of.


Ava can't see him or touch him,
unless she's dreaming.
She can't hear his voice,
except for the faint whispers in her mind.
Most would think she's crazy, but she knows he's here.

Jackson.
The boy Ava thought she'd spend the rest of her life with.
He's back from the dead,
as proof that love truly knows no bounds.


I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I Heart You, You Haunt Me(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Ava’s boyfriend Jackson is dead, and Ava believes it was her fault.
When he comes back as a ghost, she thinks it’s wonderful, but then she decides it might not be.
Why is Jackson back? And is having a ghost for a boyfriend normal?


This was an okay story, but I didn’t like it as much as I expected.

Ava was an okay character, and she seemed fairly upset over Jackson’s death – moping around, not wanting to leave the house, crying; all pretty typical for someone grieving. I did think it a bit strange the way it took her so long to realise that having a ghost for a boyfriend was not normal – I mean really? And she did seem to change her mind about things extremely quickly.

The storyline in this was okay, but there wasn’t really all that much of a story there. The verse was very different, but meant that there was probably only a quarter of the words there would usually be to a page, so in reality this book was much shorter than the number of pages suggests. Because of this, this book was more like a short story, and while some parts dragged, other parts came really quickly.
There wasn’t a great deal of romance, because there wasn’t really a great deal of anything, and I found myself waiting for the end to come. Then when the end did come, everything was wrapped up so super quick that it was like 0-60 in a page and a half.
I do think this was a nice idea, but it just wasn’t developed enough for me. There was so little actually in there, that I felt a bit cheated really.
Overall; okay story, but not developed enough.
6.25 out of 10.


Waiting on Wednesday - Forget Me by K.A. Harrington




Forget Me
An edge-of-your seat psychological thriller with a romantic twist

On the three-month anniversary of her boyfriend Flynn’s death, Morgan uploads her only photo of him to FriendShare to get some closure—but she’s shocked when the facial recognition software suggests she tag him as "Evan Murphy." She’s never heard of Evan, but a quick search tells her that he lives in a nearby town and looks exactly like Flynn. Only this boy is very much alive.

Digging through layers of secrets and lies, Morgan is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her boyfriend, her town, and even her parents' involvement in this massive web of lies.


What are you waiting on? 

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1) by Michelle Madow



Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.
The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters, #1) Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.


The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.)
The three Diamond sisters – 17-year-old Peyton, 16-year-old Courtney, and 15-year-old Savannah are about to get a shock. Their mother is checking into a mental health hospital for help with her drinking problem, and they are going to live with their father, a man they haven’t seen in 15 years.

When the girls discover who their father is though, they’re in for another shock, because their father is Adrian Diamond, casino and hotel owner in Vegas, and the girls will be living in a penthouse apartment at their father’s hotel.
Why haven’t the Diamond sisters seen their father in 15 years? Are all the boys in Vegas good looking? And should they really irritate the Queen Bee Madison before they’ve even been properly introduced?                           


This started out good, but I was a little disappointed that it was pretty much all about the romance.

I think I liked Savannah the most out of the three sisters, Courtney and Peyton were both a lot more stubborn and opinionated than Savannah, and their reaction to their father and his money wasn’t all that accepting. Savannah on the other hand seized the moment, and the black Amex her father gave to her, and went shopping – a girl after my own heart. Imagine shopping with an unlimited credit card; just think how many books you could buy!

Anyway, I liked the storyline at the beginning in this, and I was also quite impressed by the reasons for why their father hadn’t seen them for 15 years. I liked the little twists and surprises, but the romance kind-of put me off a bit.

I know that 3 new girls in a penthouse suite are going to attract attention, and fair enough they might get some attention from the other teenage males in the building, but there just wasn’t enough sizzle for me. I thought that this book would maybe be a bit more ruthless, I expected there to be a bit of a bad vibe between the sisters and the queen bee, but while Madison wasn’t happy about the sisters, her little plans to annoy them were that – little, and not all that exciting unfortunately. I expected more pranks, more backstabbing, and more boyfriend stealing, and while a certain bet did make things a little more interesting, it still wasn’t really addictive reading.

There were also some oddities about the romance in this book, there was the aforementioned bet, there were two relationship with people who were off-bounds, and also a bit of a love triangle concerning one of the eligible males. I just didn’t really love any of the boys in this book though. They all seemed to have their own agenda’s, and Courtney and Peyton both seemed determined to fall in love with people that their father said they were not to even flirt with. I think if maybe the romance had been a bit more engaging that I wouldn’t have minded that this book lacked in other areas, but I just didn’t really feel anything for any of the love interests, apart from Oliver, and only because I thought he was a bit of an ass.

I was also surprised that this whole story took place in a short period of time, and at the start of the summer. I think the fact that they weren’t at school maybe decreased the number of opportunities for the popular girls to get at the Diamond sisters, as we only really had the one queen bee at the hotel for them to annoy.
The ending was okay, and it seemed that Madison might have been cooking up a new plan at the end so we were left with a bit of a cliff-hanger. It will be interesting to see where this goes, and if Madison’s new plan, and maybe even the girls going to school makes things a bit more interesting.
Overall; okay story, but I wish it wasn’t all about the romance.
7 out of 10.


Monday, 24 February 2014

His Secrets (Inside Out #3.1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon and Schuster and Edelweiss.
His Secrets (Inside Out, #3.1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
An Inside Out story, Chris's POV

In a world where my only escape has been my art, Sara has been the light in my darkness. And there is darkness, the kind of inky black that can bleed from my life to hers.
She doesn't see it. She doesn't understand what I've shown her. And my biggest fear is that soon...she will.
 

His Secrets by Lisa Renee Jones

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


His Secrets (Inside Out, #3.1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon and Schuster and Edelweiss.)
This is a short story about Chris and Sara in Paris, after the end of book 3.

I enjoyed this short. I liked seeing things from Chris’ perspective, and I actually started to really like him, which I didn’t really get from the previous books.
There was sex, and it was pretty hot! But there were also discussions about things that were important in Chris and Sara’s relationship. Including discussions about Amber, and Chris’ need to be wipped.
The ending to this was good, and the epilogue was a real teaser for the next book.
Overall; a good and sexy short.
7 out of 10.


Sunday, 23 February 2014

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Maybe One Day
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor masterfully captures the joy of friendship, the agony of loss, and the unique experience of being a teenager in this poignant new novel about a girl grappling with her best friend's life-threatening illness.

Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had big plans for the future, none of which included Olivia getting sick. Still, Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her friend.

Even when she isn't sure what to say.

Even when Olivia misses months of school.

Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin, Olivia's crush.

The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing that Olivia will beat this, and everything will go back to the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for her to even imagine.

In this incandescent page-turner, which follows in the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, Melissa Kantor artfully explores the idea that the worst thing to happen to you might not be something that is actually happening to you. Raw, irreverent, and honest, Zoe's unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.


Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

My rating: 4.25 of 5 stars


Maybe One Day(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 Zoe and Olivia have been best friends since the age of four when they began taking ballet together, and even after they got kicked out of their ballet class, they still stayed just as close.
Then one day Olivia phones Zoe with bad news – she has leukaemia. Now it’s a waiting game.
Can Olivia recover from the leukaemia? Will she need a bone marrow transplant? And will she ever be the same again?


This book was so sad, that I really just cannot stop crying.

I loved both Zoe and Olivia in this story. Both loved each other so fiercely, and both were really passionate about dance, even if Zoe couldn’t admit it at times.

The storyline in this was really good. The whole thing flowed so nicely, and was just so real. The emotions and the way things happened just felt so realistic and believable.
This was a sad story though, a really sad story. The last 10% just killed me, and even now I can’t stop crying. I really just fell in love with the characters in this book, and couldn’t help but be upset by how this book ended.
This really is a tearjerker, but it’s so good it’s worth the emotional turmoil!
Overall; sad, but good.
8.5 out of 10.


Return to You (Letters to Nowhere #3) by Julie Cross


Return to You (Letters to Nowhere, #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
#1 Letters to Nowhere, an Amazon #1 Bestseller in teen sports fiction!
#2 Return to Sender
#3 Return to You


IMPORTANT! Note from the author—Karen and Jordan's story will continue in shorter installments with more frequent releases. If you haven't already, please check out the full length novel, LETTERS TO NOWHERE to read how the story began.

ABOUT RETURN TO YOU (Letters to Nowhere Volume 3)

How many dreams can you chase at once?

Even with bad boy, TJ, disrupting their morning workouts, Karen and Stevie’s daily battles with each other are sure to bring both of them closer to a national title at next month’s championships. It’s the kind of feud that creates winning results.

Until a fall from the uneven bars shakes Karen’s rock-solid confidence. Not only does she balk every time she so much as attempts a routine, she’s also facing all this without much support from Jordan. After receiving some bad news, Jordan’s reluctance to listen to reason causes Karen so much frustration she begins to avoid him, needing space to deal with her own issues. He needs someone to force him to make the right choice, he needs his dad to intervene and Karen knows this, but is torn between her loyalty to Jordan and her concern for her coach’s son. Even though both paths lead to the same person—Jordan—it feels like she’s choosing between two different people.

And then there’s the growing tension between TJ and Stevie. They’re obviously on the verge of either ripping each other’s heads off or ripping each other’s clothes off. It’s hard for either Jordan or Karen to tell where those two are headed. Tension is building from every possible outlet and there’s bound to be an explosion of some kind in the very near future.


Return to You by Julie Cross

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Return to You (Letters to Nowhere, #3)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is part 3 of Jordan and Karen’s story.

This was okay, but it was really short, and took a while to get in to.
This book was more about Jordan than Karen, and more about fears than gymnastics. We did find out a bit more about Jordan’s illness, which could have become more of a storyline, but the book was just too short. Karen also had something to overcome, but again, it was only just covered, because this was so short.
I think the main problem with this book was that it was like a few chapters out of the middle of a book, and the storylines weren’t developed enough. Just as I was really getting into it, it ended, which was a real shame. I really want to know what happens to Jordan and Karen next, but I want a full-length book, not these silly little snippets.
Overall; too short.
6 out of 10.


Stacking the Shelves - February 23rd 2014

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Books Read:


Fathomless by Jackson Pearce The Arrangement 3 by H.M. Ward The Death Cure by James Dashner Hush by Stacey R. Campbell Breathe Into Me by Sara Fawkes Watermelon Summer by Anna Hess The Baby-Sitter by R.L. Stine The Dark Divine by Bree Despain Grounding Quinn by Steph Campbell Riding Fourth by M.H. Mead The Lost Saint by Bree Despain Beautiful Things Never Last by Steph Campbell The Savage Grace by Bree Despain Rumors by Erica Kiefer The Hunter by L.J. Smith The Chase by L.J. Smith Delicate by Steph Campbell Pepped Up by Ali Dean
Oblivion by Sasha Dawn

Books Received:

Finding Narragansett Goddess The Worst Girlfriend in the World Disconnected

1. Finding Narragansett by Shane Morgan - 
Thanks to author Shane Morgan.
2. Goddess by Laura Powell -
Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and Netgalley.
3. The Worst Girlfriend in the world by Sarra Manning -
Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and Netgalley.
4. Disconnected by Lisa M. Cronkhite -
Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and Netgalley. (Read Now title!)