Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe. A romantic and charming YA debut perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Jenny Han.

Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.

Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.

But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Wanderlost “I left my whole life on the plane,”

This was a YA contemporary story about a girl who goes to Europe pretending to be her sister.

Aubree was put in a really difficult position by her sister in this book, being asked to go to Europe as a tour guide when she had no experience at all was pretty difficult for her, and I felt quite sorry for her when everything started going wrong.

The storyline in this was about Aubree going to Europe pretending to be her sister, after her sister got arrested because Aubree had underage kids drinking at a party. This was pretty nerve-wracking for her, especially as she only spoke English and had no knowledge of the areas she was supposed to be a tour guide for! The pace in this was pretty slow though, and it did drag a bit.
We did get some romance, but I didn’t like the way that Aubree had to lie to Sam because she was pretending to be Elizabeth.

The ending to this was okay, but I did feel like we should maybe have had an epilogue about Sam and Aubree’s relationship once they both got home.

6 out of 10

Monday, 30 May 2016

Hidden Monster (Monsters Among Us #1) by Amanda Strong

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Clean Teen Publishing and NetGalley.
Hidden Monster (Monsters Among Us #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
For seventeen-year-old Samantha Campbell, running back woods trails usually means freedom from her less-than-perfect life. That is, until the day a morning run turns into a living nightmare. When Samantha wakes up to find herself bound to a dirty, pinstriped mattress, she realizes she’s anything but free. With a masked abductor repeatedly injecting her arm with an unknown substance while holding her captive, Samantha tries in vain to find out what he wants, but he refuses to speak. Until the day he breaks his silence and his twisted words are worse than what she’d imagined. He promises her one day she will fall in love with him but the best part will be that she won't know who he is... until it's too late.

Finding herself freed from captivity, with her captor still at large, Samantha is on guard against everything and everyone around her. Unfortunately, walling up her heart proves difficult when eighteen-year-old Blake Knightley moves in next door. When Samantha starts experiencing strange changes within her, she realizes her captor may have left her more damaged than she originally thought. Now she must turn to Blake for help in order to unearth the truth behind the monster who started this all... or risk experiencing worse things than just falling in love.

Hidden Monster by Amanda Strong

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hidden Monster (Monsters Among Us #1)This was an okay story, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.

Sam was an okay character, but I just couldn’t relate to her very well. I also didn’t really believe that she acted like someone who has been kidnapped, and was maybe a little too trusting of people.

The storyline in this wasn’t what I was expecting, I was expecting a kidnapping story, and that only last for the first chapter and then it was over! Instead we got a story about Sam post-kidnapping, with a weird paranormal element of people with dragonfly wings. We did also get the mystery over who Sam’s kidnapped was, and some romance thrown in there as well but this story just didn’t really do it for me.

6 out of 10

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Perseus/PGW/Legato and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna's circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn't about to get any better. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lil's worst fears are realized. With her parents called away on business before the contagious outbreak-her father in Delaware covering the early stages of the disease and her mother in Hong Kong and unable to get a flight back to New Jersey-Lil's town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread illness and fatal disaster. Now, she's more alone than she's been since the "incident" at her school months ago.

With friends and neighbors dying all around her, Lil does everything she can just to survive. But as the disease rages on, so does an unexpected tension as Lil is torn between an old ex and a new romantic interest. Just when it all seems too much, the cause of her original trauma shows up at her door. In this thrilling debut from author Yvonne Ventresca, Lil must find a way to survive not only the outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons.

Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Pandemic “I need you to remain inside the house, at least until I get there. Don’t go out at all.”

This was a YA survival story about a girl trying to survive a killer flu.

Lily was a strong girl, who was trying to deal with issues arising after an incident with an abusive teacher, and already had worries about contagious diseases before the flu started. She did well to cope, especially alone, and although she had lapses she managed to do what she needed to do, even in the face of tragedy.

The storyline in this was about a ‘flu’ epidemic that people were dying from, and Lily’s parents were stuck away from home and unable to get back. Lily coped though, and even went out of her way to help other people. We did get some twists in the story, which was good, although it seemed like things just kept going from bad to worse for Lily.

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

7 out of 10

Saturday, 28 May 2016

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley.
The Square Root of Summer
Blurb (from Goodreads):
This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It's a little bit like a black hole. It's a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she's hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie's past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone's heart is about to be broken.

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

The Square Root of Summer “We’re at opposite sides of the Event Horizon. The point of no return. I don’t want to think about which side I’m on.”

This was a YA sci-fi story, but it took a long while to really get going.

Gottie was an okay character, and I understood her confusion over the wormholes because I was confused too. The death of her grandfather had also hit her really hard, and this seemed to be really casting a shadow over Gottie’s life.

“Ever since the day Grey died, talking exposes me.”

The storyline in this was about Gottie finding these weird wormhole things opening up around her, which when entered sucked her into scenes from her past. The problem with the wormholes though was that they were quite confusing. Gottie would enter one, we’d get a weird flashback (which didn’t always make much sense) and then we’d be dumped out of the wormhole again, and nothing would happen then until the next one cropped up, which was a bit boring. Thankfully the other storylines improved a bit as the book went on though, and I did actually start to enjoy the book a bit more towards the end.

“Time hasn’t just stopped. The branches are unravelling.”

The ending to this was okay, and it did seem like Gottie was finally coming to terms with her grandfather’s death. I almost feel like I need to start this book again from the beginning though to see if it makes any more sense the second time around.

6.5 out of 10

Friday, 27 May 2016

Third Time Lucky: The Honey Trap (Third Time Lucky ) by Victoria Browne

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Victoria Browne.
Third Time Lucky: The Honey Trap
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A fast moving witty chick lit drama that will take you on a journey of laughter and revelations.

Good friends Sarah a sensible simple soul, Laura bitchy complicated, Beth a ‘too cool for school’ high school teacher, and Jess a funky hairdresser, decide to honey trap Jess's new American boyfriend Richard. How could such a simple plan go wrong? Just add Jess’s new flat mate, hot sexy Elise to the mix, a few glasses of wine and you have a cocktail fit for disaster – especially when Elise honey traps the wrong boyfriend! Good friends are all Sarah needs when her uncomplicated life is jettisoned into chaos.

Dan, Sarah’s boyfriend makes some shady life choices. But who is friend and who is foe?

Wealthy bachelor Lee Preston sets his sights on Sarah and all Lee wants is to make her happy. Life could be fantastic when money is no object and your closet is filled with designer shoes, Oh, and his with secrets.

Third Time Lucky: The Honey Trap by Victoria Browne

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Third Time Lucky: The Honey Trap “I think…” Sarah said, dabbing at her eyes, “Dan is seeing someone else.”

This was an adult chick-lit type story, about a girl who didn’t have the best luck with boyfriends.

Sarah came across as quite a normal girl, and it was bad the way her boyfriend Dan behaved towards her. It wouldn’t have taken much for him to let her know when he was going to be home late, but he seemed incapable of doing even that.

The storyline in this was about Sarah and Dan’s relationship being on rocky ground, and her friends encouraging her to dump him and move on. We did get some twists thrown in though, and I really didn’t guess a couple of the things that happened at all!

The ending to this wasn’t really the happily ever after that I was looking for, but I would be interested to read the next book in the series to see what happens to Sarah next.

7 out of 10

Sunset Reads: William & Cristina (A Sunset Reads Novel Book 1) by D.C. Triana

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author D.C. Triana.
Sunset Reads: William & Cristina (A Sunset Reads Novel Book 1)
Blurd (from Goodreads):
Within the doors of Sunset Reads William Jameson has come home to take over his mother’s New York publishing house after her death. He’s ready to turn things around when an electrifying encounter with the company’s sexy bestselling author makes him change his priorities to more sensual plans. While his cruel stepfather has decided he wants control of the company, William tries to remain focused as images of soft brown eyes and sensual lips continue to keep him up at night.

Cristina Cruz suddenly finds herself with part ownership of Sunset Reads. Not only has the previous owner left her with part of the publishing house, but also at the mercy of her son William, the company’s handsome new CEO, who seems to be determined to drive her crazy. Not only is he annoyingly attractive, but his alluring blue eyes continue to send shivers down her spine. Working side by side with him becomes all the more torturous as his enticing looks and their heated encounters send her senses reeling.

Sunset Reads: William & Cristina by D.C. Triana

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sunset Reads: William & Cristina (A Sunset Reads Novel Book 1)This was an adult contemporary romance, featuring an author and her boss.

William and Cristina were both okay characters, although they really did seem to bait each other a bit. It was interesting that they were both authors though.

The storyline in this was about William and Cristina meeting and arguing quite a bit, and the author did a really good job of convincing me that this pair hated each other, to the point where when they then started kissing it seemed a bit odd! The romance in this was okay though, even if it took me a while to warm to it.

The ending to this was a happily ever after, and things seemed to work out quite well for William and Cristina.

6 out of 10

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Ruined (Ruined #1) by Amy Tintera

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Ruined (Ruined, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

Ruined by Amy Tintera

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ruined (Ruined, #1) “I believe you knew my father?” Em said. “You killed him and left his head on a stick for me to find.”

This was a YA fantasy story set in a fantasy world.

Em was a strong character, and it took real guts to do what she did. Infiltrating enemy territory, marrying their crown prince? Yikes! Not to mention that she also had the fate of a nation on her shoulders.

“She would save her sister, and kill the man who had taken her and murderer their mother.”

The storyline in this was about Em pretending to be another princess and marrying Prince Casimir, all in an effort to rescue her sister who was held prisoner in an effort to try and salvage what was left of her kingdom. We also got a little bit of romance, although there wasn’t as much romance in this as I was expecting.

“She slipped her hand into his, and when he laced their fingers together, her entire traitor body flushed.”

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

6 out of 10

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Incriminated (Emancipated #2) by M. G. Reyes

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Incriminated (Emancipated, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Scandal, romance, treachery, and murder—all under one roof. And no one to clean up their messes. Incriminated is the thrilling second book in the Emancipated trilogy, where limits are pushed, friendships are test, and the truth has a nasty way of showing up uninvited.

There’s trouble in paradise. Six teens legally liberated from parental control—the bad boy, the good girl, the diva, the hustler, the rocker, and the nerd—all share a house in Venice Beach and they all have one thing in common: murder.

After a streak of hookups, heartbreaks, and bad decisions, the housemates’ once perfect life is falling apart. One is caught in a forbidden romance with a Hollywood hearttrob while another puts her dreams on the line for one little kiss. One harbors a dark truth that could save a life while another’s risky business puts all their lives on the line. And before they know it, the friends are fighting like family.

But when an uninvited houseguest and a deadly accident entangle them in a conspiracy none of them saw coming, pulling together is the only way out. Alone, none of them can cover up the lies. Together, none of them can be trusted.

Packed with conspiracies, intrigue, and scandalous romance, this gripping sequel told from multiple perspectives will have readers suspecting them all.

Incriminated by M. G. Reyes

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Incriminated (Emancipated, #2) “I may have seen who really killed Tyson Drew.”

Well, I get now why this book is called Incriminated, because boy do these kids get themselves into one heck of a criminal mess in this book.

Firstly, again, why only 5 characters on the book cover when there are 6 main characters? Is number 6 hiding on the back again?

Anyway, this book picked up where book 1 left off, but the revelations started coming out really early! Candace finally got a job as an actress, but had a bit of a crush on her co-star, which didn’t go very well for her.

“You’re not here to meddle, you’re here to work.”

Grace’s death-row pen-pal’s identity was revealed, and we got the bad news that he was about to be executed. We also found out why he was in prison though, and it was quite surprising!

“The execution. They set a date.”

Lucy had her rehab buddy turn up, and was also revealed (highlight to view spoiler - as ‘Charlie’ – the person who witnessed the drowning/murder of Tyson Drew in the flashback in book 1. And also remembered the identity of the killer under hypnosis!) Will this come back to bite her in the behind though?

“Did you really think Grace wouldn’t find out?”

Maya had someone interested in an app she was writing, which looked like it could make her a lot of money, and also admitted something to her housemates that she had previously been hiding.

“Maya’s aunt worked for Dana Alexander. Why had Maya never mentioned this?”

Paolo got himself in trouble in this book with a woman from the club where he worked as a tennis coach, and did something very illegal.

“Paolo knew, with blinding insight, the law would not protect him today.”

John-Michael showed his true colours in this book, and I’m pretty sure they were black. This kid does not have a bright future with the way he behaves, and now it looks like he’s dragging his housemates down with him!

“We need an alibi.”

The storyline in this also got pretty criminal towards the end, and this lot are in a heap of trouble now! How they’ll get out of it I really don’t know!

7 out of 10

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Please Don't Tell
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Debut author Laura Tims writes an intense and utterly gripping contemporary YA tale perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars. Joy has done everything to protect her twin sister...including murder.

Joy killed Adam Gordon for what he did to her sister, Grace. At least, that’s what she thinks happened. Now Adam can’t hurt anyone ever again, and her sister can be free from the boy who harmed her.

But someone else knows what Joy did, and they’re going to out her as a cold-blooded killer if she doesn’t expose the scandalous secrets bubbling just below the surface of her mundane town. As the demands escalate, and she finds herself falling for Adam’s half brother, Joy must figure out the blackmailer’s identity before everything spirals out of control.

Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Please Don't Tell “It must have been me. Whether I was sober enough to remember it or not.”

This was a YA story about a set of twins, and a dead guy.

Joy came across as pretty messed up in this story, but she was fiercely loyal to her sister, and it seemed like she really believed that she would go as far as murder to protect her.

The storyline in this was about this guy called Adam dying, and Joy worrying that she was the one who killed him, especially due to the blackmail notes that she kept receiving ordering her to do something or the police would find out that she killed Adam. The pace in this was pretty slow though, and I felt like I spent most of the book just waiting to find out what really happened, and why Grace had such a problem with Adam anyway.

The ending to this was okay, but overall the book dragged for me.

6 out of 10

Play Your Heart Out by Crystal Kaswell - Book Blitz + #Giveaway

Play Your Heart Out
Crystal Kaswell
(Sinful Serenade #4)
Publication date: May 24th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

He parties like a rockstar. She’s there to make sure no one finds out…
Jess James has her eye on the prize. She is finding the money to pay for law school. Period. She is starting a new life on her own. Period. And she’s absolutely staying in Los Angeles, three thousand miles away from the people who expect her to lie for them. It doesn’t matter how lonely she gets on her own, how exhausted she is from working overtime as a cocktail waitress, or how deep the knife wound in her back cuts. She is going to be a lawyer, whatever it takes.
Only she doesn’t have what it takes. She can barely afford to pay her rent.
Sinful Serenade bassist Pete Steele has enough to pay Jess’s rent and buy her a small island in the Caribbean. The famous, talented rock star has everything… except the one thing his manager wants. Pete rose to fame as a devoted boyfriend. Doesn’t matter that his ex slept with his best friend, he needs to stop screwing his way through Los Angeles to keep his reputation clean. Pete works hard, and parties harder… and the sweet, blond waitress is exactly the girl he needs on his arm if he wants to keep the record company happy.
Their arrangement is simple: he pays her tuition, she plays his girlfriend. They’ll lie to the world, but not to each other. Especially not when they’re alone, in his bed, him figuring out exactly which buttons to push to get her moaning his name.
Jess is good at keeping up appearances. She can play the enigmatic rock star’s girlfriend. But Pete shouldn’t play games with a girl who’s been broken before…
Previous books in the series: 26014662 27847598 28599719
My eyes find Pete’s. There’s an earnestness to his expression. I feel like I can trust him. Like I can talk to him.
That might be worth lying to everyone else.
His hand slides under my skirt. My thoughts fade away. My shoulders and back relax. I want to feel the way I did at the park, like there’s nothing in the world but the two of us.
Sex first. Decision second.
I lean in to whisper. “Do we have to stay to talk?”
“Have to clear something with Aiden but I can do it after.”
Mmm. After. I nod. “Yes please.”
“Yes please, what?”
I can hear the smile in his voice. “Yes, please… will you… Do I have to say it?”
He chuckles. “I’ll get you there.”
His fingertips skim my thighs as he pulls his hand back to his lap. He pulls back enough he can stare into my eyes. I still can’t figure out what the expression in his deep brown eyes means, but damn if I don’t like staring into them.
They’re gorgeous eyes.
That vulnerability returns. He blinks and it’s gone. I shift backwards, breaking his touch. But it’s too loud to think.
Pete stands and pulls me to my feet. He nods goodbye to his friends then leads me to the back of the VIP area. There’s a roped off area with a NO ENTRANCE sign. He scans the room. A cocktail waitress has her eyes on us. More likely, she has her eyes on him. She licks her lips hungrily.
He could easily take her home. But he looks at her with apathy. He doesn’t want her. He doesn’t want any of the gorgeous models in this place.
He wants me.
Pete leans in to whisper. “Wait for me on the balcony. I’ll lose her.” He motions to the closed door in the corner of the roped off area.
He wants to do this on a balcony? Damn. First the bar bathroom then this. He has a thing for public sex.
I should say no. I’m going to be a lawyer. I can’t get caught having sex in public.
I try to force the word to my lips but it refuses. “What if we get caught?”
“This is private property. They’ll ask to leave. That will be it.” His eyes meet mine. “We can hold off till we get back to your place.”
I shake my head. I don’t want to hold off. I want him. Now.
I trust his assessment of the situation.
“No. Let’s do now,” I say.
He nods.
I wait for him to grab the waitress’s attention and I sneak past the velvet rope. The door to the balcony is frosted glass. You can’t see in or out. I turn the handle and check my footing. All good.
We’re overlooking the alley. No one can see us, not from the street, not from the club.
No one is going to catch us. Not on camera—it’s too dark for that.
Thoughts swirl around my brain. I like Pete. Find him interesting. Hell, find him fascinating.
Can I play his girlfriend without falling in love with him?
I press my hands into the smooth metal railing. It’s the only cold thing here. The sounds of the street—conversations and cars—flow into my ears, competing with the music coming from the club.
There’s only one thing I know: I can’t leave without being with him.

Author Bio:
Crystal Kaswell writes steamy new adult and erotic romance books. She loves when flawed characters fall head over heels for each other. Especially if they fall into bed first. She loves police procedurals, tea, and The Hunger Games series. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

Hosted by: XBTBanner1

The Hunt (The Cage #2) by Megan Shepherd

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Hunt (The Cage, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
They’ve left the cage—but they’re not free yet.

After their failed escape attempt, Cora, Lucky, and Mali have been demoted to the lowest level of human captives and placed in a safari-themed environment called the Hunt, along with wild animals and other human outcasts. They must serve new Kindred masters—Cora as a lounge singer, Lucky as an animal wrangler, and Mali as a safari guide—and follow new rules or face dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, Nok and Rolf have been moved into an enormous dollhouse, observed around the clock by Kindred scientists interested in Nok’s pregnancy. And Leon, the only one who successfully escaped, has teamed up with villainous Mosca black-market traders.

The former inhabitants of the Cage are threatened on all fronts—and maybe worst of all, one of the Hunt’s Kindred safari guests begins to play a twisted game of cat and mouse with Cora. Separated and constantly under watch, she and the others must struggle to stay alive, never mind find a way back to each other. When Cassian secretly offers to train Cora to develop her psychic abilities—to prove the worthiness of humanity in a series of tests called the Gauntlet—she’ll have to decide fast if she dares to trust the Kindred who betrayed her, or if she can forge her own way to freedom.

The Hunt by Megan Shepherd

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Hunt (The Cage, #2) “Stupid, she thought, to think I could ever escape from them.”

This was a YA sci-fi story, about a bunch of teens held captive by aliens.

Cora wasn’t quite so irritating in this book, and she seemed to actually think things through a bit more too, which was a nice change from the first book.

The storyline in this was about Cora and the gang being held captive still, and trying to work on a way to go home again. Cora was trapped in a place called ‘The Hunt’ where she had to sing all day, Leon was crawling through tunnels and stealing stuff, Lucky was looking after animals for The Hunt, and Nok and Rolf were playing house in an effort to keep their unborn child. The pace in this wasn’t too bad, although it did slow down a bit towards the end, but I did enjoy this one more than book 1.

The ending to this had a surprise death! And left the gang in another predicament.

6 out of 10

Monday, 23 May 2016

The Blood Between Us by Zac Brewer

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Blood Between Us
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Family secrets turn deadly in this edgy page-turner about the insidious limits of labels and the ties that bind just a little too tightly, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod.

Growing up, Adrien and his sister, Grace, competed viciously for everything. It wasn’t easy being the adopted sibling, but Adrien tried to get along; it was Grace who didn’t want anything to do with him. When their scientist parents died in a terrible lab fire, there was nothing left to hold them together.

Now, after years apart, Adrien and Grace are forced to reunite at the elite boarding school where their parents were teachers. Being back around everyone he used to know makes Adrien question the person he’s become, while being back around Grace makes him feel like someone he doesn’t want to be.

For as much as Adrien wants to move on, someone seems determined to reopen old wounds. And when Adrien starts to suspect that Grace knows more about their parents’ deaths than she let on, he realizes there are some wounds no amount of time can heal. If Adrien isn’t careful, they may even kill him.

  The Blood Between Us by Zac Brewer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blood Between Us“How do you think I should have been treated? Like some kind of long-term houseguest?”
“Like their
adopted son.” She picked up her napkin and held it to the corner of her eye. It was a ploy for sympathy that she had used in the past, but there were no tears there. Not even the threat of tears. “Not like their actual son.”

This was an okay story, but it seemed to take a long while to get going.

Adrien was an okay character, and the way his sister Grace behaved towards him was pretty awful. Telling him that he shouldn’t have been treated as a proper son, he should have been treated differently because he was adopted was quite mean, and I could understand why he didn’t like her.

The storyline in this was about Adrien and Grace and the feud between them, and later in the story we did get a bit of mystery with regards to some anonymous text messages telling Adrien that Grace was doing something behind his back. This mystery element seemed to be introduced quite late in the story though, and the lack of it in the first half made it seem like nothing was really happening.
We did get a little bit of romance, and we did get a sort-of love triangle too. This wasn’t a big part of the storyline really though.

The ending to this was okay, and things seemed to come to a head quite suddenly, and really late in the book, and it wasn’t quite what I expected to happen.

6 out of 10

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Lost in Love (City Love #2) by Susane Colasanti

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Lost in Love (City Love, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In this second book of the City Love trilogy by bestselling author Susane Colasanti, three girls share a Manhattan apartment the summer before college begins. Lost in Love captures the essence of summer love, self-discovery, and sisterhood, a perfect fit for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Jennifer E. Smith.

Sadie was convinced that Austin was her soul mate, but after discovering his secret she wonders if she even knows him at all. Darcy was all about fun boy adventures with no strings attached . . . until her ex moves to New York City to win her back. Things are getting serious with Rosanna and her boyfriend, but will she be able to break free of her past and let him in? With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, this is the summer that will change their lives forever.

Told from alternating points of view, Lost in Love weaves a story of first love, first heartbreak, and everything in between.

Lost in Love by Susane Colasanti

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lost in Love (City Love, #2) “Everyone deserves to find true love. Everyone deserves to love someone the way I loved Austin.”

This was a YA contemporary romance story, which was once again about the love lives of the three main characters Darcy, Sadie and Rosanna.

Darcy was surprised in this book at the arrival of her ex-boyfriend Logan, and they struck up a bit of a new relationship.

“Logan was my heart. Could he be again?”

Sadie was trying to get over Austin after finding out that he was married, only to be thrown another curve-ball, and Rosanna was going on holiday with D.

“We are going to South Beach together. D could not be a sweeter, more generous person.”

The storyline in this followed each of the three girl’s love-lives, and we did seem to get a bit more action in this book than the previous book, and we also got a couple of twists thrown in. I think Rosanna was the one I felt most sorry for though, with the arrival of a girl called Addison and her agenda.

“You destroyed his entire life.”

The ending to this once again felt like the story just stopped, so hopefully the last book in the series will have a more concrete ending.

“Real-life endings suck.”

6 out of 10