Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

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The Lies About Truth
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she'll always be trapped in the past.


The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


The Lies About Truth(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Mom said when a person dies, you don’t get over it by forgetting; you get through it by remembering.”



This was a YA contemporary story about a girl who lost her best friend and her life as she knew it in a car accident.

I felt quite sorry for Sadie in this story, but I also wanted her to move on and change. The way she was so hung up on her scars seemed a bit superficial compared to everything that she had gone through, and I wanted her to stop focusing on her scars, and start focusing on her life.

“I missed Trent like I missed the person I used to be. Makeup covered parts of the my, scars, but nothing covered up grief.”



I liked the mystery over what had happened, and who was sending Sadie the notes stolen from her sort-of diary, although I guessed pretty early on who the culprit was. There were a couple of twists in the story that I didn’t see coming though, which made up for the slow pace a little bit.

“Everyone out there knew about Trent, knew I’d gone through the window of his Yaris, knew why Gray and I broke up. They probably assumed I blamed Gina and Gray for more than cheating.”



There was some romance in this, although not a lot. I didn’t really feel anything for Max though.

“A kiss can be a kiss or it can be an event.
I have cared about Max McCall all my life.”




The ending to this was fairly happy, and tied things up pretty well, the story was just missing a special something for me though.



7 out of 10.

Candles of Rejuvenescence by Shizette Parker

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Candles of Rejuvenescence
Blurb (from Goodreads):
2015 - A South African travel writer finds herself on assignment at the Amalfi Coast of Italy.
Five hundred years in the future, archaeologist Dr. Zed Marsden, together with a wealthy heiress, Roberta, set off on a quest to uncover mysterious secrets hidden in the past.

An enchanting tale of adventure, love, and hope despite reality.
 

Candles of Rejuvenescence by Shizette Parker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Candles of Rejuvenescence(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Shizette Parker.)

“If within my soul, you were the music, if the sun were within you, if you really were within my soul, then yes, I could hear, within my silence, the calm evening sea.”



This was quite a unusual story, about love, travel, and also science.

Giselle was a writer who was excited to attain her first assignment, especially as she was being sent to Italy for 2 months – a dream come true for her.
Zed was a man who lived 500 years in the future, and was interested in the secrets hidden in a mental box his dog discovered on the beach.

The storyline in this followed Giselle as she began to discover Italy, and fell in love with a man called Alessandro. We also followed Zed as he began to investigate following his discovery on the beach.

The story then took a bit of a drastic turn I don’t want to say any more because of the risk of dropping spoilers, but it was a very strange and sudden turn, which then led to a very unusual ending for all involved. I have to say that I wasn’t really expecting this (obviously), and it really wasn’t the sort of thing I’ve ever come across before, and gave this book a bit of a sci-fi twist.
6 out of 10

Monday, 29 June 2015

Locked, Loaded, & Lying by Sarah Andre

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Locked, Loaded, & Lying
Blurb (from Goodreads):
He might be innocent.
Or he might be very, very guilty...

Olympic skier Lock Roane was on top of the world: smashing world records, collecting medals, and basking in the love of a nation and his beautiful heiress girlfriend. It all comes crashing down after Lock discovers his girlfriend had an affair - then wakes from a drunken bender to find himself covered in her blood. Disgraced and dethroned, Lock awaits his murder trial with dread, not knowing if his girlfriend died at his own hands.

Journalist Jordan Sinclair is out of options. To satisfy her blackmailer, she must get the inside scoop (and its cash reward) on Lock Roane. An attraction to the arrogant athlete was not part of the plan. Neither is trying to find out what really happened that night. Now Jordan risks everything - including her life - to help the man she's falling for. A man who just might be a cold-blooded killer...


Locked, Loaded, & Lying by Sarah Andre

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Locked, Loaded, & Lying(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“Call Parker and inform him I saved the life of a reporter who’s now bulldozed her way deep into my case?” He rubbed his beard. “Christ, this day just keeps getting better.”



This was an adult romantic suspense story.


Jordan was quite a pushy girl, and I couldn’t quite believe the lengths she went to for a story! I felt quite sorry for Lock; wrongly accused of a murder that he didn’t commit, and then forced to hide out in the middle of nowhere for months to avoid being sent to jail!


“USSA ordered me to disappear from public, and I’ve done it for ten goddamn months.”



The storyline in this was about finding the real murderer, and the question of what it really Lock, or was it someone else?
There was some romance and a sex scene, but it all seemed to happen way too quickly for me, and I felt like the sex scene came totally out of the blue.


“She sighed blissfully into his mouth, stroking his satin-smooth cheeks, and burying her fingers in his thick, still-damp hair.”



The ending to this was okay, and I was happy that things worked out okay in the end.



6 out of 10

Supervision by Alison Stine

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Supervision
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Something is wrong with Esmé.

Kicked out of school in New York, she's sent to live with her grandmother in a small Appalachian town. But something is wrong with the grandmother Ez hasn't seen for years; she leaves at midnight, carrying a big black bag. Something is wrong with her grandmother's house, a decrepit mansion full of stray cats, stairs that lead to nowhere, beds that unmake themselves. Something is wrong in the town where a kid disappears every year, where a whistle sounds at night but no train arrives.

And something is wrong with the friendly neighbor Ez's age with black curls and blue eyes: He's dead.


Supervision by Alison Stine

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Supervision(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley.)

“It’s just, we don’t know how to do this. We’ve never met anyone like you before.”
“Like what?”
“Someone who can interact with us; someone who is just like us, except, I suppose -”
“Not dead?”


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Well, this was a rather strange story, and I’m not even sure where to start with this review.

Esme was a bit of an enigma, we never really found out why she was doing so badly at school, or why her mother felt the need to send her to live with her grandmother, and then we got the added complication of her supposed invisibility once she actually made it to her grandmother’s house!

“I waited for the teacher to notice. I waited for her to give me a book, to ask for my name, to see me. But she never did.”



The storyline in this confused me quite a bit, and I have to say that I still have quite a few questions about exactly what the heck went on in this book. I feel like even though the story has ended, there were just a lot of things that don’t make sense.

“Tom, what are you doing?” I repeated. I reached him and tried to touch him, grabbing for the wrench, but he yanked it back.
“Stopping the train.” His hands kept moving. “Changing its path. I have to do this.”




There was some romance, but not a lot, and I’m still a little confused as to what chance this romance even stands. And yes, I know the book is over, but (highlight to view spoiler - what happens now? How can Esme and Tom have any kind of relationship when he is dead, and I don’t know what the heck she is? )

The ending to this was likewise a bit confusing, and I’m still not entirely sure (highlight to view spoiler - just what Esme is? Is she alive? Dead? A ghost? In a coma? What?!)
5 out of 10

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Red Nights by Shari J. Ryan

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Red Nights
Blurb (from Goodreads):
I'm Felicity Stone, a twenty-five-year-old with my whole life ahead of me. Well, until recently. 


I didn't do it. Why would they think I did? Why would I want my twin brother dead? Why is everyone looking at me like I'm a criminal? 

Well, everyone except him... Hayes Peyton, the charmingly beautiful stranger I met in the park at midnight--a totally legitimate place to meet the man of my dreams. Plus, he knows I'm innocent.

Believing him is easy. So very easy. Maybe too easy?

But when you hear things like: 'All good is laced with some bad, and everything you think is the truth--is nothing more than a blatant lie,' it makes you question reality.

In Shari J. Ryan's latest Romantic Suspense, Red Nights, you wonder how dark your world can get before all you see is red.

Red Nights by Shari J. Ryan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Red Nights(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Booktrope and NetGalley.)

“Our heartbeats were both discovered at the same time. Now only one will remain.”



This was an adult romantic suspense story, about a suspected arsonist.

I felt quite sorry for Felicity in this story, it was awful the way she lost both her home and her brother in a fire, and it was easy to see why she found it difficult to trust anybody after finding out it was arson.

“The pain will never go away, but you’ll become so used to it that you learn how to live with it.”



The storyline in this was about finding out who had burned down Felicity’s home, and why. There seemed to be a few different suspects, and although I guessed a couple of the twists, there were also a couple that I didn’t guess.

“Last night, I was trying to tell you who I caught her with in the freezer. I was hoping when you fired her, she would come clean. However, considering that you’re still defending her, I guess she didn’t.”



There was some romance, and a few sex scenes, and I was glad that Felicity had someone to lean on.

“He makes me forget.
Everything.”




The ending to this was good, and I liked that Felicity was reasonably happy, we were left with the threat that things weren’t really over though, so I wonder if there will be a follow-up book coming after this one at some point.



6.5 out of 10

The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

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The Boy Next Door
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls.

Gabe can't imagine skating with anyone but Maddy, and together they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So, he’s determined to keep thinking of her like a sister. After all, he’s never had a romantic relationship that lasted for more than two weeks.

But when their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big breakup that Gabe has always feared?


The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Boy Next Door(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan, and NetGalley.)

"Romeo and Juliet." The sarcasm gone from her voice this time, Kate looks right into my eyes. "Remember how it ends."



This was a YA contemporary romance about ice skaters.

Gabe and Maddy were both serious about their ice dancing, but I found the way they fought about whether or not they should have a romantic relationship a bit annoying. It was obvious that they both liked each other, but the way Gabe pushed Maddy away for the good of their skating partnership was frustrating.

"No." I choke back my own sob. "I love you. Enough to let you be, if that's what you want."



The storyline in this was mostly about the romance, with Maddy also having some issues at home to deal with. I didn’t expect there to be sex in this book, but because of it I’d recommend that this book would be best suited to the higher end of YA. I did find the pace in this a bit slow, which did spoil the book a bit for me.

"We can't do this, do you understand? The Romeo and Juliet crap has to stay on the ice. I'm not getting involved with you."



The ending to this was pretty happy, and Gabe and Maddy seemed to have gotten what they wanted.
6 out of 10

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Daisy and the Front Man (Backstage Pass #3) by Rebekah L. Purdy

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Daisy and the Front Man (Backstage Pass #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Hell hath no fury like a fangirl scorned…

When Daisy Morris finds out she’s spending the summer with her dad, bodyguard for Seconds to Juliet—the hottest boy band around—she knows it couldn't be more perfect. But not because she’s a fan. Oh, no. Because ever since front man Trevin Jacobs completely humiliated her by standing her up for homecoming, Daisy is out for a little revenge. Yup, Trevin Jacobs is goin' down...

When one of his bandmates bets Trevin he can't make Daisy—the gorgeous but surprisingly ice-cold daughter of their bodyguard—fall in love with him, it’s a bet he can’t resist. Sure, Daisy won’t give him the time of day for reasons he can't understand, and her dad’s hell-bent against his little girl spending time with a superstar. But the terms are set, and Trevin is determined to make Daisy fall…hard.

But every front man should know never to trust a girl with a pretty face…

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, sexual situations, and seriously hot boys. It may cause swoony daydreams involving a certain super-cute front man.


Daisy and the Front Man by Rebekah L. Purdy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Daisy and the Front Man (Backstage Pass #3)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“I bet you can’t make Daisy fall for you by the end of the summer.”



This was a YA contemporary romance featuring a cocky pop star.

I felt quite sorry for Daisy at the start of this book. The way Trevin had let her down and stood her up was awful, and the fact that he wasn’t even sorry about it was even worse! I did think that her little revenge plot was maybe a little immature though.

“You, Trevin Jacobs, are going down.”



The storyline in this involved Trevin making a bet with his band mates that he could get Daisy to fall for him. I mean really? Is this the most unoriginal storyline ever? I feel like I’ve read at least a dozen books where a similar bet is made, and it never turn out well! And again, Daisy’s likewise ‘revenge’ plot was likewise not a good idea.

“She didn’t understand how he could pull this nice guy crap now, when nine months ago he’d left her hanging.”



There was some romance between Trevin and Daisy, but I felt a little unsure about the whole thing seeing as they both seemed to have ulterior motives.

“She wrapped her arms around his neck as he pulled her closer. A spark flashed behind her eyes like fireworks exploding on a barge.”



The ending to this was fairly happy, and I was pleased that Trevin and Daisy got a happy ending.



6 out of 10.

Stung (Struck #2) by Joss Stirling

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Stung (Struck, #2)
Blurb (From Goodreads):
Stung by Joss Stirling is a breathtaking romantic thriller from the bestselling author of Finding Sky.

Sixteen-year-old Kate has a talent for disappearing. Framed for murder, and hunted by a violent gang, she's running for her life . . .

Nathan is the young recruit tasked with finding Kate before her enemies track her down. He's determined to stay detached no matter what.

But when Nathan and Kate's paths collide, neither is prepared for the electricity that sparks between them.

As the net tightens, can they trust each other long enough to stay alive? Or will their next kiss be their last?


Stung by Joss Stirling

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars



Stung (Struck, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Oxford University Press Children's Books, and NetGalley.)

"We failed Kate badly. I had sent a team to extract her, but we didn't move quickly enough. Kate disappeared."

I had hoped that this book would be better than the first in the series, but unfortunately, I think it was worse.

I liked Kate at first, she seemed like she was into self-preservation, which is always good, and I felt quite sorry for her at the way her mother treated her, and the fact that the scorpions were after her.

The storyline in this revolved around Kate trying to get away from both the people who were trying to kill her, and the people who were trying to help her, but I got very bored, and I really didn’t care what was going on at all.

The ending to this came as a relief, and I quite honestly do not want to read any more books in this series ever again.
5 out of 10

Friday, 26 June 2015

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

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Emmy & Oliver
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.


Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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

“Coming home is like being kidnapped all over again,”



This was a YA contemporary romance, featuring a boy who came back after being kidnapped 10 years earlier.

Emmy was a cute character, and she really went out of her way to be nice to Oliver, and to make him feel welcome when other people at their school treated him like an outcast.

“He’s sitting by himself!” I hissed. “Look at him, it’s sad. And, like, we grew up together and now he’s back and he lives next door to me. I can’t just ignore him.”



I liked Oliver too, and I felt really sorry for him. He had suffered so much heartache in his life that it hardly seemed to fair. To have to spend ten years missing his mother, followed by years missing his father.

“The problem is that now I miss my dad just like I used to miss my mom.”



The storyline in this was about Oliver finally coming home, and the reactions of his family and friends. I liked how Emmy and Oliver got to know each other again, and I liked how they made such a sweet couple. I did find the pacing in this a little slow though, which was a bit frustrating, but I do like books with a faster pace, so this might not bother some people.

“The stars tilted, the moon spun, and then my mouth was on his and we were kissing.”



The ending to this was quite bitter sweet really, but I’m glad that things worked out for most of the people involved.




6.5 out of 10

Her Secret Prince (Royal Holiday #2) by Madeline Ash

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Her Secret Prince (Royal Holiday, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
At sixteen, Dee Johnson gambled her heart on her best friend Jed Brown – and lost when he disappeared without a trace.

Ten years on, Dee’s life is uprooted when Jed turns up on her doorstep, asking for her help.

Dee has been left behind by everyone she’s loved: her parents, her close friend Alexia, and a stream of lovers. She moves fast with men and suspects this is why they move on fast. Now that’s Jed’s back in her life, she’s taking no chances. Despite the attraction ripping at her seams, she holds back, knowing she wouldn't recover from being loved and left by him a second time.

A constant traveler, Jed has only felt at home once in his life – with Dee. Now that he’s found her again, he's determined to make up for lost time. He'll never leave her again.

Until an unexpectedly royal revelation threatens to strip Jed of his freedom and future – including his place by Dee’s side.


Her Secret Prince by Madeline Ash

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Her Secret Prince (Royal Holiday, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Madeline Ash, Tule Publishing, and NetGalley.)

“Some people don’t think boys can be just friends with girls.”


(I love 'When Harry met Sally'!)

This was an okay adult contemporary romance, but I lost interest really.

I didn’t really love either of the characters in this book. I felt sorry for the way they were separated at the start of the book, but I just couldn’t relate to them, and I found that I didn’t really care what happened to them.

The storyline in this felt quite predictable, and the title and prologue totally gave away the only real twist in the story. I likewise found the romance to be quite predictable too, and I wasn’t expecting there to be quite such detailed sex scenes, I kind-of expected there to be maybe closed-door sex, but that wasn’t the case.

The ending was a ‘happily ever after’ as expected, and I found (highlight to view spoiler - the wedding) really unnecessary and sudden.
6 out of 10