Monday, 31 August 2015

The Institute (The Institute #1) by Kayla Howarth

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Kayla Howarth.
The Institute (The Institute #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Living in constant fear. Always looking over your shoulder. The source of your fear? The Institute.

Allira Daniels will do anything to keep her Defective brother safe from the Institute. They claim to protect Defectives, but it’s human nature to fear the unknown. Defectives are dangerous, they possess abilities that no human should be able to. To Allira and the rest of her family, the Institute seems more like a prison than the safe-haven they promote themselves to be. Protecting Shilah from that fate is their number one priority.

When Allira stumbles across a car crash involving two of her school classmates, she ignores all of her father’s warnings of laying low and not drawing attention to herself. By doing so, she may have just caught the eye of the Institute. She’s not Defective, but what seventeen-year-old girl has the ability to pull two teenage boys away from a fiery rubble and walk away without a scratch? It would definitely be seen as suspicious.

Allira and her family need to make decisions. Do they stay, or do they flee again? Will they be coming for her? Will her whole family come under investigation? Will they discover Shilah and his ability to predict the future?

Are you Defective? The Institute is coming for you.

The Institute by Kayla Howarth

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Institute (The Institute #1)This was an okay story, but I did lose interest as the book went on.

Allira was an okay character, but the pace in this book was just too slow for me, and I kept wanting to stop reading. I felt like not a lot really happened, which might have been down to the pace, but it was like the book had only just started to get going when it ended (with a bit of a cliff-hanger).

6 out of 10

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Dead Girls Don't Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Dead Girls Don't Lie
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.
Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.
In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.

Dead Girls Don't Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dead Girls Don't LieThis was a YA contemporary mystery story, about a girl who was trying to discover her best friend’s murderer.

Jaycee was an okay character, although sometimes she would have benefitted from putting her brain in gear a bit. Most of the guys in this were a bit creepy though!

The storyline in this was about Jaycee trying to find out why her best friend Rachel was shot and killed, but the pace was way too slow for me, it felt like it took forever for anything to happen, and that bored me a bit.

The ending to this was okay, but I wasn’t really happy about who the murderer turned out to be.

6 out of 10

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Pangalax (Book 1 in the Veya Trilogy) by S.M. Koz

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author SM Koz.
Pangalax (Book 1 in the Veya Trilogy)
Blurb (From Goodreads):
Aveyana’s world will never be the same.

After an unexpected attack claims her mom, seventeen-year-old Veya is forced to abandon the only home she's ever known and the only boy she’s ever loved to make a new life on Pangalax, a US space station.

Heartbroken, angry, and homesick, she resents her dad’s decision to move and his demand to hide her unique abilities. As she suspected, appearing normal proves to be nearly impossible, especially around Kye, a way-too-handsome officer who is determined to break through her walls.

But can he be trusted?

Can anyone be trusted?

As Veya uncovers the deep, dark secrets of Pangalax, her very existence becomes threatened. Only one person can save her.

Is she willing to forget the past and trust him with her life?

Pangalax by S.M. Koz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pangalax (Book 1 in the Veya Trilogy)

This was an okay story, but I expected more.

I couldn’t really connect with the characters in this story, and I ended up not caring what happened to them, which wasn’t good.

The storyline was again, okay, but I just couldn’t really get into it, and kept wanting to put the book down. I don’t know why this was, but I just didn’t enjoy it.

The ending was a bit of a cliff-hanger, but I don’t think I want to read any more books in this series.

5 out of 10

Friday, 28 August 2015

The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)This book took a looooooong time to read, but I didn’t hate it.

Evie was one of those people who would probably irritate me a bit in real life, because she was always off on some random endeavour, and seemed to 100% believe things that other people might have a tough time believing.

The storyline in this was unbelievably slow, and this book was really long. I did find this irritating in places, and other places were just really dull, but overall the book was enjoyable, it just needed a lot of patience, and putting down, and coming back to, to get through it, and normally I don’t think I’d have had the patience!

The ending to this was okay, but I’m not going to be rushing to read the next book in the series. The pace just let it down too much.
6 out of 10

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Eyes of the Woods by Eden Fierce

Eyes of the Woods
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Eris Helgren knew her life was about to end. A daughter of the Priory--a generations-old family who protected their territories from nightwalkers--Eris was strong and independent. But on her birthday, her father would announce her betrothal. A year later, she would be forced to marry.

What Eris didn’t know was that the very beings she hunted were watching her, and that being tamed wasn’t what would kill her after all.

In a land where the woods were forbidden and the laws meant life, Eris will have to make a decision that could bring peace between enemies, or war among friends.

Eyes of the Woods by Eden Fierce

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Eyes of the WoodsThis was an enjoyable story, I did find the pace a bit slow, and I did put this down quite a few times in order to do other things, but I liked it overall.
7 out of 10

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Ethan's Secret by Patrick Hodges

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Patrick Hodges.
Ethan's Secret
Blurb (from Goodreads):
 Kelsey Callahan is smart, tough and fiercely loyal to her friends. She wants nothing more than to follow in her father's footsteps, and be a detective just like her hero, Sherlock Holmes.

A lover of mysteries, she finally gets the chance to solve something on her own when Ethan, a cute but mysterious loner appears in her class. Both fascinated and infatuated with him, Kelsey soon learns there are events at play in Ethan's life that are both tragic and dangerous. Events that, the deeper she digs, may end up threatening not only their relationship but their very lives.

Ethan's Secret by Patrick Hodges

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ethan's Secret

“Did you meet anyone today?”
“Not really,” I said, which was the truth. But at that moment, all I could picture was the face of the girl with the freckles.

This was quite a cute middle-grade contemporary romance, with a touch of romance and mystery.

I liked Kelsey and Ethan, and I thought they made a really cute couple! I liked how Kelsey tried to help her friends, even when she had no idea what was going on, and Ethan seemed really sweet.

The romance in this was quite cute, and there was a bit of mystery and danger thrown in too. My favourite part was the romance really though.

I liked that this book had a happy ending, and I also liked the epilogue which told us a little about what happened to all the characters in the two books, quite a way down the line! I think anyone who liked Joshua’s Island will enjoy this book too.

6 out of 10.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


“I went to the cellar to check on my shoes. The glass had been cooling for hours now, but I still wasn’t sure if they’d be ready in time.”

Maybe it was just because of that pretty cover, but I expected so much more from this book.

I didn’t really like Nicolette in this story, not only did not come across the way I would expect Cinderella to come across, but she seemed to care more about her mechanical creations than real-life people, including the prince! She also seemed to be a bit violent, and wasn’t even all that bothered about going to the ball! I mean really?

"I swung my fist at her face. I landed a punch, but Chastity was already behind me."

I have to say that I really struggled with this book. The storyline just couldn’t keep my interest, and my mind wandered. I nodded off, I thought about cleaning my kitchen, I wished that the other half wasn’t watching the TV so that I could play guitar hero, I even considered cleaning my little boys room – that’s how bored I was. I mean there wasn’t even any romance!

The ending to this was likewise disappointing. (highlight to view spoiler - what kind of freaking Cinderella doesn’t marry her Prince?! Are you freaking kidding me?!

“I can’t marry you. I love you, for a few moments, I even thought I was in love with you. But I can’t marry you.”

4 out of 10

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Jordan Elizabeth Mierek.
Escape from Witchwood Hollow
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Everyone in Arnn - a small farming town with more legends than residents - knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.

After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.

Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.

To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.

How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria
dare venture?

Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Escape from Witchwood Hollow

This was an okay story, but I did find it a little confusing.

Honoria was an alright character, but I was a little concerned at how readily she wanted to sneak out at night with some other girls who she didn’t know at all, and how much she wanted to go into a haunted wood at night!

The storyline in this confused me a bit with the story alternating between 2001 and 1856. It took me a while to work out the connection between the two parts of the story, and I lost interest a little bit.

The ending to this was okay, and it was good that the mystery of what had happened to the missing little boy was solved.

6 out of 10

Favourite Quote – “Lies,” Shane shrieked. “My uncle doesn’t have no brother!”

Seeker (The Seeker Series #1) by Amy Reece

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Amy Reece.
Seeker (The Seeker Series, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Ally Moran has always just known about things—things she shouldn’t really be able to know…

Suddenly when she starts having vivid visions about a former friend who is in desperate trouble, the adults in her life think she might hold the key to an ancient mystery.

Jack Ruiz has a troubled past, but is trying to make a fresh start at a new high school…

He just wants to keep his head down and graduate, hopefully before he turns 20. The last thing he needs is to get involved with a feisty redhead and her psychic visions.

While Jack valiantly attempts to keep Ally at arm’s length, she is equally determined to be a part of his life. Who will win this battle of wills?

More importantly…

Can this unlikely couple work together to find answers to Ally’s visions before someone gets killed?

Seeker by Amy Reece

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Seeker (The Seeker Series, #1)

This was a YA paranormal story about a teenage girl who had visions.

Ally was quite a caring girl, who seemed to really feel for the people she saw in her newly acquired visions. She could have sat back and just ignored what she saw, but she instead took it upon herself to actually try and help.

The storyline in this was about Ally experiencing visions for the first time, getting a boyfriend for the first time, and trying to help the girl who she saw in her visions.
There was a little bit of romance, but it did have a bit of a twilight feel to it for me (although no sparkly vampires, or vampires of any kind in fact).

The ending to this was okay, but it was obvious that this story would continue in the next book.

6 out of 10.

The Kuthun (The Kuthun #1) by S.A. Carter

The Kuthun
Blurb (from Goodreads):

When Elena is given a kuthun on the morning of her
birthday she is unaware of the ancient magic
it wields.
Tormented by dreams and haunted by a curse that has
plagued her family of witches for centuries, she
must uncover the buried secrets that hold the key to
her destiny.
What she discovers will change the future, and Elena
will have to face the demons of her past if she is
to survive.

Is she willing to make the ultimate sacrifice?

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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“You possess your blood, Isis, you possess your power, Isis, you possess your magic, Isis.”

This wasn’t terrible, but I did struggle to get through it.

I just couldn’t connect with Elena at all, and at times she seemed like she cared more about her dog than anything else in the world, including her own life.

The storyline in this just couldn’t hold my attention, and whether this was just wrong person, wrong book, (which it might very well have been) I don’t know, but I just wasn’t entertained.

The ending to this was okay, but I could tell that there would be further books in this series.

5 out of 10

Friday, 21 August 2015

The Beginning of Never (The Never Trilogy #1) by O.E. Boroni

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author O.E. Boroni, and her publicist Paula Micahella.
The Beginning of Never
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Twilight meets Eleanor and Park in this contemporary romance story about a love that insists on forever.

When Lenora Baker and Nathan Roqué run into each other in their boarding school courtyard, they have no idea that they are about to begin a journey that will take them the rest of their lives to recover from. Both scarred from parents who were once in love but ended up destroying each other, they are sworn off the possibility that there can truly exist a love that will never end.

But when with each other they find a passion so strong that it heals as powerfully as it burns, a love that will run out is no longer an option for them. Together, they discover just how far they are willing to go to preserve what they know they will only find once in their lifetime.

This is the start of their journey, and here you will come to realize, that falling in love is only the first part of the story...

The Beginning of Never by O.E. Boroni

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Beginning of Never

"As I suspected, it was a trap door. And it was also time for me to leave, but I wasn't going to. My curiosity wasn't going to let me."

There wasn’t anything awful about this book, but I did have a couple of issues with it.

Lenora was a character that made me shake my head. She just didn’t seem to really consider the situation she found herself in, and instead made rash, very unadvisable decisions, which generally just landed her in hot water. I couldn’t quite believe how violent she was at points, just randomly hitting people! And just wandering into places where you know you’re not supposed to be! Being rude to people just because you feel like it? So not a good idea!

"Before I realised what I was doing, I had risen to my feet and was swinging the black tray towards him. It hit the edge of his shoulder with a resounding smack, and let out a terrifying cracking sound."

The storyline in this was okay, but I felt like the pace was too slow, and it seemed like all that was happening with Lenora being rude or violent. Then we got a bit of romance, and Lenore seemed at times clueless, and at other times like she liked the boy back, and it just didn’t really do it for me unfortunately.

"As he softly stroked my cheek with the back of his fingers, I saw the complete admiration for me that shone in his eyes; I threw myself back into his arms."

The ending was then another let down, because it didn’t feel like an ending at all, it just stopped leaving us with a cliff-hanger, and even that was a tad dull.

5 out of 10

Legs - The tale of a meerkat lost and found by Sarah J. Dodd, Giusi Capizzi

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

Blurb (From Goodreads):
Miki is a baby meerkat who lives with his Mama in a zoo. He's happy at home with Mama and the kind keeper who cares for them, but soon he becomes curious about the wider world. The one day Miki ventures a bit too far out into the world, and he's not sure where he is anymore. Who do all these legs belong to? Soon the legs turn from animal legs to people legs - Miki really has gone too far! But just when Miki feels completely lost, there are the keepers familiar booted legs, and here's the keeper to bring him home; and from his vantage point in the keepers arms all the legs that seemed so intimidating on the way out are revealed to have friendly, happy faces with them!

Legs The tale of a meerkat lost and found by Sarah J. Dodd

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Legs The tale of a meerkat lost and found(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lion Hudson Plc and NetGalley.)

This was really cute and sweet children’s book, about a tiny baby meerkat who lives with his Mama in a zoo, but decides he wants to see more of the world, and ventures outside the zoo, only to find that the world is full of legs!
This was such a sweet story, and I loved little Miki and the lovely zoo keeper who rescued him! This really is a lovely kids story!
9 out of 10

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Locket Full of Secrets by Dana Burkey

Locket Full of Secrets
Blurb (from Goodreads):
After over 4 years, Olena comes rocketing back into Claire's life, changing everything for the worse. Picking up the shattered pieces, Claire is not sure who to believe. Is Olena who she says she is, or is she a killer to stay away from? Leaning on her new boyfriend Steven for support, Claire is faced with the choice on who to trust: a friend she barley knows, or a history lesson she barely remembers. Together, the three will begin a journey that will take Claire from the safety of her home to the last place she thought she would ever be: The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. With the wreckage of rector four looming behind her, Claire will have to see Olena's plan through until the end if she wants any chance of making it out alive.

Locket Full of Secrets by Dana Burkey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Locket Full of Secrets

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“Leaving the hospital meant that it was time to face the real world, the one where my best friend killed people in the bathroom.”

This was a YA mystery story, with a bit of a different twist to it!

Claire had a bit of a rough time in this book, not only did she have problems having lost her best friend, but things just got bad, and pretty quick! And then as the story progressed, she ended up in even more trouble!

The storyline in this had a bit of surprising twist to it, and I really wasn’t expecting it. I’m still not really sure how I felt about this twist, but the author did do it pretty well, and it was quite a unique storyline.

There was a bit of romance in this, but that also had a bit of a twist, which then turned out to be an even bigger twist than expected.

The ending to this was pretty happy, and I think most people would agree that it was a pretty good outcome considering the events of the book!

6.5 out of 10

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Polarity in Motion by Brenda Vicars

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Red Adept Publishing and NetGalley.
Polarity in Motion
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Fifteen-year-old Polarity Weeks just wants to live a normal life, but with a mother diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, that’s rarely easy. Her life gets exponentially more disastrous when her sixth-period history classmates start ogling a nude picture of her on the Internet. Polarity would never have struck such a shameless pose, but the photo is definitely of her, and she’s at a complete loss to explain its existence.

Child Protective Services yanks her from her home, suspecting her parents. The kids at school mock her, assuming she took it herself. And Ethan, the boy she was really starting to like, backpedals and joins the taunting chorus. Surrounded by disbelief and derision on all sides, Polarity desperately seeks the truth among her friends. Only then does she learn that everyone has dark secrets, and no one’s life is anywhere near normal.

Polarity in Motion by Brenda Vicars

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Polarity in Motion

"Attention, please. Attention. This is Mrs. Sanchez speaking. Polarity Weeks, report to the office. Polarity weeks, report to the office immediately."

This was a YA mystery story, about a girl who had a naked photo of herself put onto the internet.

I felt quite sorry for Polarity, because none of what happened was her fault, and it was also really embarrassing for her. It must also have been quite scary for her the way she was taken away from her family by social services.

The storyline in this was about the mystery of who had taken the photo of Polarity, how they had taken it, and who had then posted it to the internet. There was a little bit of romance, but not a lot, and I wasn’t expecting the racism discussions that went on.

The ending was pretty good, and I liked that we got answers to all of the questions!

6.5 out of 10