Thursday, 31 March 2016

Dark Energy by Robison Wells

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Dark Energy
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest, killing thousands of people. Since then, nothing–or no one–has come out.


If it were up to Alive, she’d be watching all of this on the news from Miami, Florida. Instead, she’s the newest student at a boarding school not far from the crash site–because her dad is the director of special projects for NASA, and if anything’s a special project, it’s this.


A shell-shocked country is waiting, glued to televisions and computer screens, for a sign of what the future holds. But when the aliens emerge, they’re nothing like what Alice expected. And only one thing is clear: Nothing will ever be the same again.

Dark Energy by Robison Wells

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dark Energy “So you’re inviting me and my friends to go inside the ship?”

This was a YA sci-fi story involving aliens, but I found it a bit unbelievable.

I didn’t like the main character in this book, as she annoyed me a bit. I don’t know what it was, but she was just irritating to me.

The storyline in this was about alien’s crash landing, and NASA trying to discover who they were and what they wanted etc. I found it pretty unbelievable that within a matter of days the aliens would have joined the school as students though, and that NASA would use high-school students to photograph the inside of the alien’s spaceship! Unfortunately this just wasn’t my cup-of-tea, and I didn’t really enjoy it.

The ending to this was likewise a little unbelievable, but I was just pleased to have finished.

6 out of 10

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Hatred Day (Hatred Day, #1) by T.S. Pettibone

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Hatred Day (Hatred Day, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In the year 2052, it's not love but hate that unites the world.

Humanity is unified against the Inborns, an extraterrestrial species with godlike intelligence and abilities whose arrival on earth caused an environmental and biological crisis.

Enslaved and despised even by her own Inbornkind, 18-year-old Snofrid Yagami reawakens to the world after having her memories stolen and is certain of only one thing: she will do anything to ensure her freedom. But her resolution is soon tested when the son of a high-ranking human official is murdered and her home city becomes the center of the interspecies war, one that might see the Inborns purged. Desperate to find a way out of the city for herself and her family, Snofrid risks making a deal with the manipulative Inborn Commander, Hadrian, and his brutal cadre of soldiers. Her task is simple: take part in a historic hunt that will bring wealth and fame to all who survive. Unfortunately, Snofrid’s role is one in which survival is rarely seen—the bait.

Hatred Day by T.S. Pettibone

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hatred Day (Hatred Day, #1)This was an okay YA dystopian, but I lost interest as it went along.

This was a story about a world where aliens called ‘inborns’ had taken over the planet Earth after having to leave their own planet. There was some slave trading going on, and a bit of a rebellion of the humans verses the inborns. The day the aliens had landed was dubbed ‘hatred day’ and things generally got a bit out of hand on that day each year. The pace in this was quite slow though, and I lost interest as the story went along. I did feel quite sorry for Sno when she found out who she really was, and how at risk she was in the current climate, but I just couldn’t get really invested in the book.

6 out of 10

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Dead of Night (Aftershock #1) by Carlyle Labuschagne

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Dead of Night (Aftershock, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In a dark and desolated After Earth, love still does exist, but the cost of bearing such a flaw is death.

World War III has left Earth in utter turmoil. People’s beliefs are said to be the cause of the worldwide destruction. After The Clearing new laws are set about - to show certitude in anything besides the law is weak and chargeable as mutiny. To be illogical and have faith in religion is illegal, to be limitless is dangerous. And Illness is seen as a defect – all flaws that are inexcusable.
But to love is the greatest betrayal of all man kind. It is a fault the world has long forgotten and punishable by death, a fatal risk Aecker and Opel are fully prepared to take - because in love there is freedom. But how far can they push back before it claims their lives and of those they care about?

Dead of Night by Carlyle Labuschagne

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Dead of Night (Aftershock, #1) “The dead of night is where we belong.”

This was an okay story, but it wasn’t for me.
I don’t know why but I didn’t really enjoy this book, we got a bit of action and a bit of drama, but I just found that this book didn’t hold my attention, and I didn’t feel anything for any of the characters. I think this was probably just a case of wrong person, wrong book, but it was missing something for me, and I was pleased that it ended early.

5 out of 10

Monday, 28 March 2016

Secrets Don't Make Friends by Lyla Payne

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Secrets Don't Make Friends
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Jeyne Dalton has graduated from college, medical school, and has slogged through half of a surgical internship year with flying colors, which she figures HAS to mean she’s put her past – and her family – behind her for good. If only she hadn’t answered that random ad for a roommate, her life would be pretty damn perfect.

Dinah Robbins knows that, no matter what she does, the horror that is her life will never be behind her…unless her controlling, threatening, abusive boyfriend finally kills her. She’s floating, waiting, and advertised for a roommate as a last ditch, listless effort to save herself a few beatings here and there.

Jeyne and Dinah may have been roommates for months, but they’re not anything like friends. In fact, they hardly know each other at all – until the night Jeyne comes home late to find Dinah in a heap of trouble. The two girls then find themselves sharing a secret that brings them together in a way they never expected. And upends their lives in a way they may never be able to set right.

TRIGGER WARNING: The beginning of this book deals with a physically and emotionally abusive relationship in a honest and realistic, violent manner.

Secrets Don't Make Friends by Lyla Payne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Secrets Don't Make Friends “It’ll ruin my life if we tell the truth.”

This was an NA story about a girl in an abusive relationship who accidentally killed her boyfriend.

I felt quite sorry for Dinah because of the abuse she was receiving, but she was also pretty nasty to her poor housemate, who really didn’t deserve the abuse she got either.

The storyline in this was about Dinah and her housemate Jeyne who accidentally killed Dinah’s boyfriend, and then tried to hide the body! I really wasn’t sure if that was a good idea, but I could see why they did it.
There was a little bit of romance, and a sex scene towards the end, but I just didn’t feel invested in either relationship.

The ending to this was okay, and things did end happily for the girls, I just didn’t feel like I ever really got sucked into the story the way I would have liked.

6 out of 10

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Exaltation (Insight #11) by Jamie Magee

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Exaltation (Insight #11; Web of Hearts and Souls #16)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Fate is a twisted b*$#@, at least his was.

Was one soul worth the lives of millions?

The quandary was one that Rydell King had no choice but to face. No matter the answer, the truth remained—innocence was created to destroy him. She was beautiful…extinguishing her to save his people seemed impossible, and maybe it was. As an immortal, his focus was to destroy the curse upon his people, as he devoured the emotion that bore him—exaltation, no matter the cost. She made him question everything.
Mercy had never been crueler...

Exaltation by Jamie Magee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Exaltation (Insight #11; Web of Hearts and Souls #16)“Deep down every soul knows their fate.”

This was an okay story, but it was a bit confusing.

Basically we had three girls from two families, who were actually half-sisters (even though they didn’t know it), and then we also had parts of the story which seemed to follow their parents, and also some other guy as well.

There was some talk of covens, escorts, spirits, and other stuff, none of which was very well explained, and while the parts with the girls were enjoyable, the rest was unfortunately not quite so enjoyable, and pretty confusing.

Looking at this book on Goodreads I can see that this is part of a series, but I really don’t feel inclined to read the previous 15 books having read this one. Maybe it would have been better if this book had been listed as being part of a series on NetGalley.

6 out of 10

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Book of Lies by Teri Terry

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Book of Lies
Blurb (from Goodreads):
They are trapped, frozen. Waiting. Straining against the wood that holds them. The unwary catch a glimpse now and then - feel their desperate hunger, see a glint of red eyes - and scurry out of the shadows of the wood, back to the light.
She's coming; it will be soon.
They will run free on the moors again. The Hunt will return.
And the ground will run with blood.

An ancient curse placed on a family of witches foretells that twins will be born - one good, one evil; and one will destroy the other. But who can be trusted when no one is as they seem?

Book of Lies by Teri Terry

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Book of Lies “The truth is that I’m here to make sure she’s really dead.”

This was a YA paranormal story about twins who were separated because one of them would turn evil.

Piper and Quinn definitely had their own personalities in this book, but both of them made some poor decisions. I couldn’t quite believe how Quinn tried to go to school as Piper, and how Piper tried to use Quinn so that she could spend the night at her boyfriend’s house!

The pace in this was quite slow, and the story seemed to drag. We had the twins meeting at their mother’s funeral, and then some time where they messed about and pretended to be each other, and it took quite a while before we got to the main storyline about one of the twins being evil, and the ‘inheritance’ that one of them would receive.
There was a little bit of romance, but it did turn into a bit of a love tringle with Quinn liking Piper’s boyfriend.

The ending to this was good, and things were tied up quite nicely.

7 out of 10

Friday, 25 March 2016

Wendy Darling: Stars (Wendy Darling #1) by Colleen Oakes

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Wendy Darling: Stars
Blurb (from Goodreads):
From the Best-Selling Author of Queen of Hearts comes a dark and mesmerizing twist on the beloved Children's Classic, Peter Pan

Wendy Darling has a perfectly agreeable life with her parents and brothers in wealthy London, as well as a budding romance with Booth, the neighborhood bookseller’s son. But while their parents are at a ball, the charmingly beautiful Peter Pan comes to the Darling children’s nursery and—dazzled by this flying boy with god-like powers—they follow him out of the window and straight on to morning, to Neverland, a intoxicating island of feral freedom.

As time passes in Neverland, Wendy realizes that this Lost Boy’s paradise of turquoise seas, mermaids, and pirates holds terrible secrets rooted in blood and greed. As Peter’s grasp on her heart tightens, she struggles to remember where she came from—and begins to suspect that this island of dreams, and the boy who desires her—have the potential to transform into an everlasting nightmare.

Wendy Darling: Stars by Colleen Oakes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Wendy Darling: Stars "Life is for the living, Wendy. And I plan on living a very, very long time."

This book wasn’t awful, but it didn’t hold my attention well at all.

Wendy was an okay character, and she came across how I would expect Wendy to come across, there wasn’t anything extra there though, and I didn’t really care very much for her.

The storyline in this didn’t really seem any different to the Disney movie, and I felt bored because I knew exactly what was going to happen, and there didn’t seem to be anything majorly different at all. It was the same old Wendy and the boys going to Neverland, forgetting their real lives, Wendy kissing Peter Pan, The Lost Boys trying to attack Hook etc. and nothing much new at all.

The ending to this was a cliff-hanger, but I don’t think I’d want to read the next book in the series.

5 out of 10

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern

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Blurb (from Goodreads): 
The stunning YA debut from internationally bestselling author Cecelia Ahern.

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Flawed “I bite my lip as the tears stream. I think of little Ewan, how scared he would be, how I have bought such danger to my family.”

This was an enjoyable YA dystopian story, about a society in which people were branded as ‘flawed’ if they did something wrong.

I liked Celestine, although she really needed to think more before acting. Even though the things she did were morally right, she got herself into a whole lot of trouble, and still kept getting into more and more trouble as the book went along.

The storyline in this was pretty good, although it did remind me of other books that I had read in places. I thought the idea of branding people as ‘flawed’ was interesting, but the system did seem a little open to interpretation, which is kind-of what was happening in the story anyway.
There was a little tiny smidge of romance in this, but nothing major.

The ending to this was okay, although we were left with a bit of a cliff-hanger.

7.5 out of 10

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang

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This Is Where the World Ends
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The heart-wrenching new novel about best friends on a collision course with the real world, from the author of Falling into Place.

Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivian moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship, as long as no one finds out about it.

But when Janie is date-raped by the most popular guy in school—a guy she’s had a crush on for years—she finds herself ostracized by all the people she thought were her friends. Now only Micah seems to believe she’s telling the truth. But when even Micah expresses doubt about whether or not she was “asking for it,” it leads to disastrous consequences, and Janie Vivian goes missing.

Using a nonlinear writing style and dual narrators, Amy Zhang’s astonishing second novel masterfully reveals the circumstances surrounding Janie’s disappearance.

This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This Is Where the World Ends “Everything ends. This is obvious. This is the easy part.”

This was an interesting story about a boy with memory loss following his best friend’s house burning down.

Janie came across as quite depressed, and her thought processes seemed askew because of it. It was clear how much Micha and Janie meant to each other though, even if things hadn’t been working out well for them. Micha seemed really in the dark as to what had been going on though, and it was just a case of waiting for him to figure out what had really happened.

The storyline in this was about Micha recovering in hospital and having no memory of the events that had lead him there, and we got alternating chapters of ‘before’ and ‘after’ as Micha regained his memories, and we found out what had happened. We also got a rape storyline, although this came in quite late in the book, but this did add to the explanation of why things happened the way they did.
We did get a little bit of romance in this, but it wasn’t the sort of romance that had a happy ending.

The ending to this was good, and I was satisfied with the explanations we got, but this wasn’t a happy ending really.

7.5 out of 10

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Harmony House by Nic Sheff

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Harmony House
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Jen Noonan’s father thinks a move to Harmony House is the key to salvation, but to everyone who has lived there before, it is a portal to pure horror.

After Jen’s alcoholic mother’s death, her father cracked. He dragged Jen to this dilapidated old manor on the shore of New Jersey to “start their new lives”—but Harmony House is more than just a creepy old estate. It’s got a chilling past—and the more Jen discovers its secrets, the more the house awakens. Strange visions follow Jen wherever she goes, and her father’s already-fragile sanity disintegrates before her eyes. As the forces in the house join together to terrorize Jen, she must find a way to escape the past she didn’t know was haunting her—and the mysterious and terrible power she didn’t realize she had.

A classic horror story finds a terrifying home in Harmony House, drawing on favorite tropes and edgy, modern characters to create a chilling tale of blame, guilt, and ghostly revenge.

Harmony House by Nic Sheff

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Harmony House “The demon has taken hold of me.”

This was an okay story about a girl living in a haunted house.

Basically this story was about Jen who was living in the haunted ‘Harmony House’ where her dad was basically working for the winter (bit reminiscent of ‘The Shining’) along with a little bit of mystery over Jen’s mother’s death, and some weird dreams that Jen was having.

I found Jen to be quite a scatter brained character, and it was a little hard to really know what she was really thinking at times, especially considering these weird dreams she was experiencing, and the weird stuff going on with her father! I did like her though, and I felt quite sorry for her with the things she was going through.

The storyline was basically about Jen finding out the hard way that Harmony house was haunted, and experiencing some nausea, weird dreams, and minor creepy events. The pace was a bit slow, but the story flowed alright, even if it wasn’t particularly scary.

The ending to this was okay, although we didn’t seem to get many answers as to what was going on or whether it would be over now!

6 out of 10

Captivated by Jax (Sawson's Royal College Book 1) by Bella Anthony

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Captivated by Jax (Sawson's Royal College Book 1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Selena … The second our eyes connected for the first time, I knew my life would forever change. But I never anticipated how much. I fell for him, for the handsome, player and the enigma that is Jax. They say he doesn’t speak much, stays to himself, doesn’t trust anyone. But with me, with me he smiles, he laughs and he trusts. But sometimes that isn’t enough. Not when we are being dragged apart by what seems like everyone, not when too many secrets are kept and not when his dark life imposes on the light of our love.

Jax … When I first saw her, I knew she was different. I just didn’t know how. I didn’t know that she’d become as vital as the blood that runs through my veins. But sometimes that isn’t enough. Not when I can hurt her more than I can love her. 

Captivated by Jax by Bella Anthony

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Captivated by Jax (Sawson's Royal College Book 1) “I love you, Jax, even when I’m annoyed at you, I love you.”

This was a new adult contemporary romance story, which reminded me a bit of beautiful disaster.

Jax was a bit of a tormented character, but he really knew what he wanted when he saw Selena. Selena seemed to fall for Jax really quick, but it was obvious that the bet was going to cause problems for them.

The storyline in this was about the romance between Jax and Selena, but there was also a bet between Jax and his buddies that he couldn’t take her virginity, which meant that Selena was bound to be hurt when she found out about it. This book did remind me a bit of beautiful disaster though, in a good way, so I think that anyone who liked that would like this.

The ending to this was pretty good and we did get a happily ever after.

7 out of 10

Monday, 21 March 2016

Holding Court by K.C. Held

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Holding Court
Blurb (from Goodreads0:
Sixteen-year-old Jules Verity knows exactly what's in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times. Some extra cash, wearing a fancy-pants dress, and plenty of time to secretly drool over the ever-so-tasty--and completely unavailable--Grayson Chandler. Except that it's not quite what she imagined.

For one, the costume Jules has to wear is awful. Then there's the dead body she finds that just kind of...well, disappears. Oh, and there's the small issue of Jules and her episodes of what her best friend calls "Psychic Tourette's Syndrome"--spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.

The only bright side? This whole dead body thing seems to have gotten Grayson's attention. Except that the more Jules investigates, the more she discovers that Grayson's interest might not be as courtly as she thought. In fact, it's starting to look suspicious...

Holding Court by K.C. Held

My rating: 3.12 of 5 stars

Holding Court “Mermaids blush when clothes unmake the man!”

This was a YA mystery story, about a girl who had sudden psychic premonitions.

Juliet was a cute character, and her little outbursts were quite funny. She seemed to be really intent on finding out what had happened to the missing dead body she discovered, although she seemed a bit clueless at times!

The storyline in this was about Juliet getting a new job, and discovering a dead body in a secret passage that then went missing! This was an enjoyable read, although the pace was a little slow in places.

The ending to this was pretty good, and I was happy with the way things were resolved. Things did seem a little unrealistic on the romance front though.

6.25 out of 10

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Burning Glass (Burning Glass #1) by Kathryn Purdie

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Burning Glass (Burning Glass, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

My rating: 3.12 of 5 stars

Burning Glass (Burning Glass, #1) “Do you never take responsibility for your own emotions?” he asked.
“They far too often belong to someone else.”

This book took a long time to get interesting.

Sonya was an okay character, but I didn’t love her. She seemed to have no backbone at all, and had absolutely no idea what were her feelings compared to what she was feeling from other people! Talk about allowing people to walk all over her, and not sticking up for herself at all.

The storyline in this was about Sonya being taken to be the Emperor’s Auraseer, even though she didn’t particularly want to, but the pace just dragged, and I really lost interest. We also got a bit of a love triangle going on with Sonya, the Emperor and the Emperor’s brother.

The ending to this was probably the best part of the book because Sonya suddenly became a much stronger character, and actually seemed to be taking charge of the situation for a change.

6 out of 10

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Storm and Silence (Storm and Silence #1) by Robert Thier

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Storm and Silence (Storm and Silence, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads): 
Freedom – that is what Lilly Linton wants most in life. Not marriage, not a brood of squalling brats, and certainly not love, thank you very much!
But freedom is a rare commodity in 19th-century London, where girls are expected to spend their lives sitting at home, fully occupied with looking pretty. Lilly is at her wits’ end – until a chance encounter with a dark, dangerous and powerful stranger changes her life forever...

Enter the world of Mr Rikkard Ambrose, where the only rule is: Knowledge is power is time is money!

Storm and Silence by Robert Thier

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Storm and Silence (Storm and Silence, #1) “That’s exactly what I intend! Votes, ladies and gentlemen, votes for women!”

This was a YA historical novel, about a girl who wanted women to be equal to men.

Lillian/Lily was quite a head-strong character, and she was determined to make a stand and make people see that women were just as capable as men, even if her methods were a little naïve!
Mr Ambrose was also quite a character, and his letters that he wrote were certainly to the point, even if Lily thought them rude.

The storyline in this was about Lily bluffing her way into a man’s job working as a secretary to Mr Ambrose, and then about a missing document, which Mr Ambrose was intent on finding. The pace in this was really slow though, and I found that I would want to put this down after only a couple of chapters.
There was a bit of romance, but it was very slow, and we didn’t get much!

The ending to this was a giant cliff-hanger!

6.5 out of 10