Saturday, 31 December 2016

The Tokyo Cover Girls (The Tokyo Cover Girls #1) by Jackie Amsden

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free. Thanks to author Jackie Amsden.
The Tokyo Cover Girls (The Tokyo Cover Girls, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
There’s a dark new trend in Tokyo’s fashion industry and it has nothing to do with little black dresses.

For three models sharing an apartment in Japan’s megacity, life couldn’t be more different. Jess can’t wait for the summer to be over so she can finally leave the business behind forever. Blake can’t wait for the week to be over so she can get back to partying at the latest trending nightclubs. And Hailey can’t wait for this casting to be over so she can cuddle up in a ball and cry.

The only thing they have in common: no one wants to think about those dead girls.

All plans are put on hold when Jess, Blake, and Hailey are selected to compete for an exclusive campaign that will transform one of them from commercial nobody to international ‘model of the moment’. Of course, nothing is ever what it seems in the fashion world.

As the trio embarks upon a series of bizarre challenges, they are forced to confront their deepest secrets and ask questions they don't want to know the answers who really killed those girls? And are they going to be next?

The Tokyo Cover Girls by Jackie Amsden

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Tokyo Cover Girls (The Tokyo Cover Girls, #1) “We have only one rule. You must not communicate anything about this competition to anyone – and that includes to each other. Violations will result in immediate expulsion.”

This was a YA contemporary story about three models living in Tokyo.

The characters in this were all okay, although at times Blake took the competition a bit too seriously. The other two girls weren’t quite so focused, and I was surprised at how often they almost got disqualified for talking about the challenge.

The storyline in this was about the three girls Jess, Hailey and Blake all being asked to take part in a modelling competition which would leave the winner with a 1-million-dollar contract. The girls were all in competition with each other though, and there did seem to be quite a bit of rivalry between them. This was an enjoyable story though, and it reminded me a bit of America’s Next Top Model with the challenges that the girls had to compete in.

The ending to this was okay, but did leave us with a bit of a cliff-hanger.

6.5 out of 10

Friday, 30 December 2016

The Mind Readers (Mind Readers #1) by Lori Brighton

The Mind Readers
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.

The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Mind ReadersThis was a YA paranormal story about a girl who could read minds.

Cameron was an okay character and I appreciated why she didn’t want to sit back and do nothing when people’s lives were in danger.

The storyline in this was about Cameron being able to read minds, and then being approached by a new boy at school who seemed to have the same ability. The story went on from there, but it seemed like Cameron’s crush on Lewis was centre-stage a lot of the time, and the book really dragged.

The ending to this was a bit of a cliff-hanger.

6 out of 10

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Finders Keepers (Gifted #4) by Marilyn Kaye

Finders Keepers (Gifted, #4)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Dead people don't make great companions - something cute, athletic Ken finds out the hard way when, following an accident on the football field, he starts hearing ghostly voices. It's not the kind of gift he would have asked for, but there's nothing he can do about it, until an anonymous note invites him to a seance. Completely convinced by the medium he meets, Ken tries to tell her about his secret. Only his gifted classmates can save him from revealing the truth - and finding himself in terrible danger . . .

Finders Keepers by Marilyn Kaye

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Finders Keepers (Gifted, #4)This was a YA paranormal story about a boy who could talk to ghosts.

Ken was an okay character, although I did think he should be a little more careful about telling people what he could do, especially when he didn’t know the person well.

The storyline in this was about Ken attending a séance and meeting a boy whose father had died in a car accident. The boy’s father had purchased a winning lottery ticket before he died, and the boy and his family were unable to find it, so Ken wanted to help them.

The ending to this was pretty good, and I was glad that Ken stood up for himself, and Amanda found a way to be helpful too.

6 out of 10

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Untouchable (Private #3) by Kate Brian

Untouchable (Private, #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Cheating, partying, blackmail, and now...murder?
Can the Billings Girls remain untouchable?

Reed's boyfriend, Thomas Pearson -- the popular, easygoing, irresistibly handsome and charismatic boy she fell in love with -- is dead. No one knows how it happened, and everyone is after the truth. Or are they?

Life at Easton Academy begins to feel very different. Taylor is acting like the poster child for Prozac, Kiran is spiking her cornflakes, Noelle is being kind of...nice, and Arianna keeps floating along as if nothing has happened.

Thanksgiving break arrives and Reed and Josh find themselves alone on campus. They are forced to confront the feelings they've been hiding. Those feelings combined with an empty campus result in the hottest hookup Reed could possibly imagine. But when Reed breaks the news about Josh to the Billings Girls, there's no fun game of tell-all. Instead, Josh begins to look like suspect No. 1 in the murder of Thomas Pearson.

The perfect life Reed has constructed as a Billings Girl begins to crumble. And as everyone becomes more convinced of Josh's guilt, Reed's private suspicions lead her somewhere she doesn't want to go.

Untouchable by Kate Brian

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Untouchable (Private, #3)This was a YA contemporary story, with a bit of a murder-mystery going on.

Reed was an okay character in this, although I was surprised at how she stood up to Noelle. I did feel sorry for her though following Thomas’ death.

The storyline in this followed on from the previous book, with Reed understandably upset over her boyfriend’s death, and we had the question over how Thomas had ended up dead – was he murdered? And if so, by whom? This was an entertaining read though, and I liked the little twist we got thrown at the end.

6.5 out of 10

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Secret of a Heart Note
Blurb (from Goodreads):
An evocative novel about a teen aroma expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to mix perfumes that help others fall in love while protecting her own heart at all costs

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Secret of a Heart Note “Love witches can’t love.”

This was a YA magical realism story, about a girl who created love elixirs using a heightened sense of smell.

Mimosa was an interesting character, and she certainly went out of her way to try and please her mother, even when it mean doing things she didn’t want to do.

The storyline in this was about Mimosa accidentally giving a love elixir to the wrong person, and then having to work to try and rectify her mistake by creating a new elixir to counteract the effects of the first. We also got quite a slow burning, forbidden romance happening between Mimosa and a boy called Court, as Mimosa had been brought up to believe that falling in love led to losing her heightened sense of smell, and her ability to create elixirs.

The ending to this was pretty good, and I was pleased with the way things were tied up.

7 out of 10

Monday, 26 December 2016

From This Moment (Moment of Truth #3) by Lauren Barnholdt

From This Moment (Moment of Truth, #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Before graduation, I promise to…take a risk.

For the past four years Aven Shepard has shared everything with her best friend, Liam…except for the secret she knows would ruin their friendship. The one about how she’s loved him since the first time they met.

But now everything is about to change.

Back in freshman year—when Aven and her ex-friends Lyla and Quinn were still speaking—the three girls made a pact that they would do the thing that scared them the most before graduation. Even then Aven knew that nothing was scarier than risking her heart.

Now, with the end of high school drawing near and the seniors headed to Florida for a class trip, Aven is determined to fulfill her promise and tell Liam the truth. Even though he already has a girlfriend. Even though Aven’s finally met a great guy who likes her back. Even though Liam reciprocating her feelings is as terrifying as him rejecting her. Because no matter what he says, Aven knows that once the truth is out, things will never be the same.

From This Moment by Lauren Barnholdt

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

From This Moment (Moment of Truth, #3)“Before graduation, I will… tell the truth.”

This was a YA contemporary romance story, following Aven from the previous books.

I liked Aven in this story, and I liked how much effort she put into trying to fix her friendship with Lyla and Quinn, even when they didn’t seem all that interested in reconciling.

The storyline in this was about Aven going on her senior trip to Florida, knowing that it was time to finally tell her best friend Liam the truth – that she had been in love with him for 4 years, even knowing that he had a girlfriend who was also her friend. I really did wonder what would happen when she finally told him though, as it seemed like the chances of him feeling the same way were pretty slim. The storyline in this was pretty good though, and the pace was about right too.

The ending to this was pretty good, and I was pleased with the way things worked out for everybody.


7 out of 10

Saturday, 24 December 2016

One Moment in Time (Moment of Truth #2) by Lauren Barnholdt

One Moment in Time (Moment of Truth, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The second book of Lauren Barnholdt's exiting Moment of Truth series: three books, three girls, one life-changing senior trip.

When the email arrived in Quinn Reynolds's in box on the morning of her flight to Florida, she sent it straight to her trash folder. The last thing Quinn needed was to be reminded of the pact she made with her ex–best friends—the one where she promised she would do something crazy before graduation.

But that was before everything on the trip went wrong.

Now, after a lifetime of playing it safe, Quinn figures that she might as well get a little wild…after all, what does she have to lose? When Abram, a local boy she met on the beach, asks her to hang out, she says yes. But while a vacation romance could be the best way to fulfill the pact, it might be the worst thing for her heart.…

Each book in this trilogy is told from the perspective of a different girl—Lyla, Aven, and Quinn—former best friends who, back in freshman year, wrote emails to their future selves about the one thing they hope to accomplish before they graduate. Over the course of the series, each girl will learn about life, love, and the truth about the fight that ended their perfect friendship.

One Moment in Time by Lauren Barnholdt

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

One Moment in Time (Moment of Truth, #2) “Before graduation, I promise to… do something crazy.”

This was a YA contemporary romance story following Quinn from book 1.

Quinn was a strong character and I liked how she threw caution to the wind and lived in the moment, especially when it helped her to learn who she really was and what she really wanted.

The storyline in this was about Quinn going on a senior trip to Florida and finding out that she hadn’t gotten into Stanford University. She then met a guy called Abram and had a bit of a whirlwind romance with him, whilst trying to ‘do something crazy’. The romance was really quite sweet though, and I really liked Quinn and Abram together. It was also good that we got to find out what had happened between Quinn, Lyla and Aven and why they weren’t friends any more.

The ending to this was pretty good, and it will be interesting to see what happens in this final book!

7.5 out of 10

Friday, 23 December 2016

Shatter (True Believers #4) by Erin McCarthy

Shatter (True Believers, #4)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
From the USA Today bestselling author of True, Sweet, and Believe comes a tantalizing New Adult novel about finding love in the most unexpected ways…

Kylie Warner prides herself on being optimistic, but after finding her best friend in bed with her boyfriend and flunking chemistry, her upbeat attitude has taken a dive. Even an impromptu hook-up with her sexy new chemistry tutor only brightens her mood slightly. After all, it’s not like she’ll ever see the tattooed scholar again…

While he’s a whiz at complex equations, Jonathon Kadisch has trouble when it comes to figuring out women. So when Kylie tells him that she’s pregnant after their night of passion, he’s at a complete loss. He’s prepared to be a good father—unlike his own deadbeat dad—but he’s less prepared to fall for the genuine and alluring blonde bearing his child.

With emotions running high, Kylie wonders if Jonathon’s devotion is out of growing love or looming obligation. And when heartbreak threatens to tear them apart, Jonathon will have to fight for the only girl who’s ever made him feel whole…

Shatter by Erin McCarthy

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Shatter (True Believers, #4) “I’m pregnant.”

This was an NA contemporary romance story involving an accidental pregnancy.

I felt quite sorry for Kylie in this story having just found out about her boyfriend cheating on her with her best friend, and then falling unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand, things were really not going to plan for her.

The storyline in this was about Kylie falling pregnant after one night with her chemistry tutor, and trying to make plans as to what to do next, knowing that she wanted to keep the baby. I liked the romance between Kylie and Jonathan though, and it didn’t seem like they were only together because of the baby.

The ending to this was pretty good, although there were sad moments during the book.

7 out of 10

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Dead is a Battlefield (Dead Is #6) by Marlene Perez

 Dead is a Battlefield
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Jessica Walsh is starting her freshman year at Nightshade High and trying to forget
about the tragic events surrounding her brother’s graduation. She wants to have a normal
high school experience. But that’s easier said than done in Nightshade.
There’s a new guy at school who seems to be turning the girls into lovesick zombies.
And Jessica has other worries—like her crush on a cute but moody lead singer,
and the mysterious tattoo that appeared on her arm one day that lets her know whenever
there is trouble brewing. Jessica learns she’s a Virago, a woman warrior chosen to
fight evil whenever it threatens her hometown. But does a lowly freshman really have
what it takes to keep Nightshade safe?

Dead is a Battlefield by Marlene Perez

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 Dead is a BattlefieldThis was a YA paranormal story featuring a new main character.

Jessica was an okay character, but it felt really weird to be following her around instead of Daisy!

The storyline in this was about Jessica finding out that she was a ‘virago’ – a type of special warrior, and then having to deal with a bunch of zombies. I found this one pretty dull though, and I got a bit bored.

The ending to this was okay, but I found this one quite boring overall.

6 out of 10

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Invitation Only (Private #2) by Kate Brian

Invitation Only (Private, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Reed Brennan's future is looking as bright as the two-karat diamonds in her new housemates' ears. Being accepted to the most prestigious private boarding school in the country wasn't enough for Reed. She had to break every rule to do it, but she has accomplished the impossible:

Reed is a Billings Girl now.

And with her new status come respect, envy, and, most important, opportunity. Not to mention the parties. Unfortunately, at the next illicit party in the Easton campus woods, her roommate snaps some pictures of Reed in more than one compromising position. She uses the photos to blackmail Reed: Dig up dirt on the most powerful and popular Billings Girls or she will have Reed expelled.

And speaking of parties, the Legacy is coming up. It's the invitation-only Halloween party in NYC and it's rumored that Thomas -- Reed's MIA boyfriend -- will be making an appearance there. Too bad Reed isn't even close to invited.

Life as a Billings Girl is every bit as glamorous as Reed imagined. What she didn't bargain for is the tangled web of private lies these girls weave.

Invitation Only by Kate Brian

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Invitation Only (Private, #2)This was a YA contemporary story, set at a private boarding school.

Reed was put in a hard position in this, and didn’t seem to be able to find her way out of it. I was glad that she did eventually work out what do though.

The storyline in this continued with the Billings Girl’s making Reed do stuff for them and treating her like Cinderella, we also got a bit of blackmail happening, and an exclusive party that Reed was desperate to go to. We also got a bit of romance, with a different boy this time, although it seemed like Reed was mainly using him for what he could get her.

The ending to this was quite surprising, and was the best part of the book for me.

6.5 out of 10

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Defiant (Towers Trilogy #2) by Karina Sumner-Smith

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Perseus/PGW/Legato and Edelweiss.
Defiant (Towers Trilogy, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Once, Xhea’s wants were simple: enough to eat, safety in the underground, and the hit of bright payment to transform her gray-cast world into color. But in the aftermath of her rescue of the Radiant ghost Shai, she realizes the life she had known is gone forever.

In the two months since her fall from the City, Xhea has hidden in skyscraper Edren, sheltered and attempting to heal. But soon even she must face the troubling truth that she might never walk again. Shai, ever faithful, has stayed by her side—but the ghost’s very presence has sent untold fortunes into Edren’s coffers and dangerously unbalanced the Lower City’s political balance.

War is brewing. Beyond Edren’s walls, the other skyscrapers have heard tell of the Radiant ghost and the power she holds; rumors, too, speak of the girl who sees ghosts who might be the key to controlling that power. Soon, assassins stalk the skyscrapers’ darkened corridors while armies gather in the streets. But Shai’s magic is not the only prize—nor the only power that could change everything. At last, Xhea begins to learn of her strange dark magic, and why even whispers of its presence are enough to make the Lower City elite tremble in fear.

Together, Xhea and Shai may have the power to stop a war—or become a weapon great enough to bring the City to its knees. That is, if the magic doesn't destroy them first.

Defiant by Karina Sumner-Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Defiant (Towers Trilogy, #2) “Bright dreams had the hardest edges, she knew; they cut too deep when they shattered.”

This was a YA dystopian/fantasy story, which continued on from the previous book in the series.

I felt quite sorry for Xhea in this, the way she had injured her knee and was no longer able to walk properly was quite sad, and I understood her frustration that it wasn’t healing properly.

The storyline in this was about Xhea being kidnapped by one of the towers, and being told that her dark magic powers were actually what the tower wanted rather than Shai’s magic. Xhea and Shai spent most of this book apart, both fighting in the battle between the towers in different ways, and getting caught up in the power struggles whether they liked it or not. The pace in this book was a bit too slow for me though, and the book dragged because of it.

The ending to this was okay, and it will be interesting to see how the story ends in the third book.

6 out of 10

Monday, 19 December 2016

Once Upon a Goodnight's Kiss (Lover #2) by D.N. Hoxa

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free. Thanks to author D.N. Hoxa.
Once Upon a Goodnight's Kiss (Lover #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
My name is Olivia Preston. I am human, so yes, I have made mistakes. A lot of them. Some I even regret. Most, I will not apologize for. How can I when they are already part of who I am?
I will give you one truth, and I will ask for one favor in return:

I tricked myself into falling in love with my sister's fiance.
While you judge me, wear my heart in your chest.

Are you ready?

Once Upon a Goodnight's Kiss by D.N. Hoxa

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Once Upon a Goodnight's Kiss (Lover #2) “Tell me, Olivia. Tell me you’ve missed me, too.”

This was an adult contemporary romance story, featuring a love triangle.

I felt really sorry for Olivia in this, having your sister’s fiancé flirting with you would be an awkward situation to be in, especially when she liked him back.

The storyline in this was about Olivia meeting her sister’s fiancé, and having him flirt with her. Things developed between the two of them, putting Olivia in a really difficult position, and I really wasn’t sure how things would work out.

The ending to this was surprising to me as I expected things to turn out differently. I have to wonder if we will be getting another book about Olivia in the future.

6 out of 10

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Dead Is Not An Option (Dead Is #5) by Marlene Perez

Dead Is Not An Option
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It’s springtime of senior year, and psychic sleuth Daisy Giordano is preparing to say goodbye to Nightshade High. But no college acceptance letters have arrived yet, and she’s beginning to worry about where she’ll end up come fall—and if it will be anywhere near her boyfriend, Ryan. But that’s not the only uncertainty Daisy’s dealing with. There’s a vamps-versus-shifters war going on in Nightshade, and things are so tense that there is talk of canceling the prom. The conflict is carrying over to the Giordano home, since Rose and Daisy are both dating werewolves and Poppy’s new boyfriend is a vampire.

Can the paranormal community in Nightshade finally find peace? And will Daisy and her friends survive graduation? All of these questions and more are answered in the latest explosive installment in the Dead Is series.

Dead Is Not An Option by Marlene Perez

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dead Is Not An OptionThis was a YA paranormal story, featuring werewolves and vampires.

Daisy was an okay character in this, although she did like to put herself in dangerous situations without considering the risk.

The storyline in this was about relations between the shifters and vampires, with people on both sides being attacked. Daisy tied to work out who the attackers were, whilst at the same time working on breaking the curse on the jukebox from the previous books. The pace in this was really slow though, and the book dragged.

The ending to this was quite surprising with an unexpected death. I was also surprised by what Ryan decided at the end.

6 out of 10

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Private (Private #1) by Kate Brian

Private (Private, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Tradition, Honor, Excellence... and secrets so dark they’re almost invisible

Fifteen-year-old Reed Brennan wins a scholarship to Easton Academy—the golden ticket away from her pill-popping mother and run-of-the-mill suburban life. But when she arrives on the beautiful, tradition-steeped campus of Easton, everyone is just a bit more sophisticated, a bit more gorgeous, and a lot wealthier than she ever thought possible. Reed realizes that even though she has been accepted to Easton, Easton has not accepted her. She feels like she’s on the outside, looking in.

Until she meets the Billings Girls.

They are the most beautiful, intelligent, and intensely confident girls on campus. And they know it. They hold all the power in a world where power is fleeting but means everything. Reed vows to do whatever it takes to be accepted into their inner circle.

Reed uses every part of herself—the good, the bad, the beautiful—to get closer to the Billings Girls. She quickly discovers that inside their secret parties and mountains of attitude, hanging in their designer clothing-packed closets the Billings Girls have skeletons. And they’ll do anything to keep their secrets private.

Private by Kate Brian

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Private (Private, #1)This was quite a slow contemporary story about a girl starting at a new private boarding school.

Reed was an okay character, but I didn’t really get where her obsession with the ‘Billings Girls’ came from! One minute she was just starting a new school, and the next she just couldn’t get over her infatuation with these mean girls.

The storyline in this was about Reed starting at a new school, and wanting to be in a clique of girls called the ‘Billings Girls’ who lived in a specific house on campus. We also got a little bit of romance, but mostly the story was about the Billings Girls getting Reed to do random things for them, including stealing tests! That being said, it didn’t seem like much happened in this book, and the pace was pretty slow.

The ending to this was quite abrupt, and I wasn’t quite sure I believed what happened.

6 out of 10

Friday, 16 December 2016

It Had to Be You (Gossip Girl 0.5) by Cecily von Ziegesar

It Had to Be You (Gossip Girl, #0.5)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live in luxe Fifth Avenue apartments and attend Manhattan's most exclusive private schools. We're smart, we've inherited classic good looks, we wear fantastic clothes, and we know how to party. We can't help it-we were born this way.

Our story begins with three inseparable, completely gorgeous fifteen-year-olds, Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, and Nate Archibald. Blair's loved Nate and his glittering green eyes since she was in Bonpoint onesies. Too bad Nate wishes Blair's beautiful best friend, Serena, was the one with the crush. And Serena has a secret she's keeping from them both. Hmmm, something tells me these best friends may not be as close as we thought. . . .

How do I know all this? Because I know everything-and lucky for you, I can't keep a secret. So sit back while I untangle this messy little tale and tell you how it all began.

Admit it, you're already falling for me.
You know you love me.
gossip girl

It Had to Be You by Cecily von Ziegesar

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It Had to Be You (Gossip Girl, #0.5)This was an okay contemporary story, but it felt really long.

The characters in this were all okay, and it was nice to see them before the events in the series, but the storyline just felt rehashed and kind of redundant. We had Vanessa shaving her head and meeting Dan, Jenny growing massive boobs, and Blair’s father announcing that he was gay, but as we already knew all this stuff, it seemed like there was nothing new going on at all.

We also got the start of the love triangle between Blair, Nate and Serena, and I did get a bit annoyed at the way Nate strung them both along just so that he’d finally lose his virginity. He really did come across as thinking that whoever was closest would do.

6 out of 10

Thursday, 15 December 2016

When It Rains (Rains #1) by Lisa De Jong

When It Rains (Rains, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it's more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can't.

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn't care who I used to be, he's simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt.

I’ve been saved.

And I’ve found hope.

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…


When It Rains by Lisa De Jong

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

When It Rains (Rains, #1)This was a NA contemporary story about a girl who had been raped.

I felt quite sorry for Kate in this, having to deal with being raped and feeling like you can’t tell anyone can’t be easy, and it was clear how much it had affected her.

The storyline in this was about Kate’s best friend Beau (who wanted to be more than her friend) leaving for college, and Kate falling in love with a new guy in town called Asher. I did find this a little strange at first though as Kate seemed to almost forget Beau, when previously he’d been all she’d thought about, and when Beau found out about Asher I felt really sorry for him.
We did then get another quite sad storyline that changed things completely though, and it seemed unfair that Kate had to deal with so much at such a young age.

The ending to this was okay, but I did have some reservations (highlight to view spoiler - as it seemed like Kate ended up with Beau out of convenience or by default, because Asher was dead, when she’d said previously that she didn’t love Beau that way.)

6.5 out of 10