Monday, 29 February 2016

Love Me, Love Me Not by Alyxandra Harvey

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.
Love Me, Love Me Not
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Dating isn’t easy when you’re in the middle of a blood feud.

Anastasia Vila’s family can turn into swans, but just once she’d like them to turn into responsible adults.

After hundreds of years, they still cling to the blood feud with the Renard family. No one remembers how it started in the first place—but foxes and swans just don’t get along.

Vilas can only transform into their swan shape after they have fallen in love for the first time, but between balancing schoolwork, family obligations, and the escalating blood feud, Ana’s got no time for love. The only thing keeping her sane is her best friend, Pierce Kent.

But when Pierce kisses Ana, everything changes.

Is what Pierce feels for her real, or a byproduct of her magic? Can she risk everything for her best friend? And when the family feud spirals out of control, Ana must stop the fight before it takes away everything she loves.

Including, maybe...Pierce.

This Entangled Teen Crave book contains language, violence, and lots of kissing. Warning: it might induce strong feelings of undeniable attraction for your best friend.


Love Me, Love Me Not by Alyxandra Harvey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Love Me, Love Me Not
“I was going to ruin everything. And I just couldn’t seem to stop myself.”




This was a good retelling, and I liked the romance.

Ana was a bit blind to her feelings in this book, and even when Pierce told her that he loved her, she didn’t seem to believe him! I really wanted her to figure out how much she liked him, but it did seem to take her a while.

The storyline in this was about the feud between the foxes and swans, and Ana finding true love in order to earn her wings, and it was an entertaining story, even if the pace was a bit slow.

I did find the romance in this quite sweet though, and I liked the way we got a happy ending.



6.5 out of 10

Sunday, 28 February 2016

How Willa Got Her Groove Back (Creative HeArts #2) by Emily McKay

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How Willa Got Her Groove Back (Creative HeArts)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
When your life feels like a bad movie, rewrite the script.
When Willa Schofer’s father comes home from a business trip with an über-famous new fiancée, Willa’s senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother—the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he’s constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk.
Just when Willa’s decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously—how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he’s not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she’s allowed to crush on the guy.
Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.
This Entangled Teen Crush book contains an unbelievably hot bad boy, an unbelievably famous actress, and all the drama that comes with adding both to your family. Oh, and a forbidden flirtation with a soon-to-be stepbrother. 

  How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay

My rating: 3 of 5 stars




How Willa Got Her Groove Back (Creative HeArts) “Your life is different now,” he said. “Forever.”




This was an okay story about a girl whose father get engaged to a movie star.

I could see why Willa was so bent out of shape in this book, as it did seem like her father was rushing into this new marriage, and even letting his own beliefs shift a bit to compensate for the new woman in his life. I think she could have maybe sat down with him and talked to him though, and even maybe given the new wife a chance.

The storyline in this was mainly Willa moaning about the new wife, and there wasn’t much romance at all which was a real shame. I felt like this possible attraction between Willa and Finn could have been explored a lot more, and instead absolutely nothing happened on the romance front at all.

The ending to this was quite surprising because I didn’t realise that we wouldn’t get an end to the story, and that the story would continue on in another book. I really hope that the sequel has some romance in it though!



6 out of 10

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully (Ceruleans #5) by Megan Tayte

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Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully (Ceruleans #5)
Blurb  (from Goodreads):
DARKNESS HAS FALLEN, AND SHE ALONE WILL SEE THE LIGHT.

The Ceruleans: mere mortals infused with power over life and death. Five books; one question: If the might of the heavens were in your hands, would you be sinner or saint?

With her mother’s life hanging in the balance, Scarlett is devastated – and done with being in the dark. She wants answers, all of them.

But when was her pursuit of the truth ever straightforward?

Pulling a single thread impels a great unravelling. And each revelation will force Scarlett to rethink what she thought she knew about the Ceruleans, the Fallen, her family – herself.

All that came before was a mere prelude to this, the last journey. From London to Twycombe to Hollythwaite to Cerulea, Scarlett will be stalked by the ghosts of what
has been, what may have been and what may come to pass. Until she reaches the place where it all began, and it all must end.

But in the final reckoning, none will survive unscathed. And some will not survive at all.

In this explosive conclusion to The Ceruleans series, all must be defined by their actions: sinner, saint… or something more beautiful entirely?



Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully by Megan Tayte

My rating: 4 of 5 stars




Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully (Ceruleans #5) “I was damned if anyone, anyone – be they sister or father or faceless enemy – was going to play God with my life or the lives of those I loved ever again.”




This was a really good end to the series, and I loved the happily ever after!

Scarlett had a lot to cope with in this book, with her mother in a coma and her attacker at large, not to mention the whole Cerulean thing still hanging over her and getting between her a Luke, but she did a really good job of holding it together!

The storyline in this had quite a few twists, and plenty of excitement, and I really liked the surprise revelations that we got! And we got several! Scarlett did well to work out what was going on though, and the story was really enjoyable.


“I love you. I can’t lose you again.”




The ending to this was really good! And I loved that we got a happily ever after!



8 out of 10

Friday, 26 February 2016

Behold the Bones (Beware the Wild #2) by Natalie C. Parker

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Behold the Bones (Beware the Wild, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Candace “Candy” Pickens has been obsessed with the swamp lore of her tiny Louisiana town for . . . forever. Name any ghostly swamp figure and Candy will recite the entire tale in a way that will curl your toes and send chills up your spine.

That doesn’t mean Candy’s a believer, however. Even though she and her friends entered the swamp at the start of summer and left it changed, Candy’s the only one who can’t see or feel the magical swamp Shine. She’s also the only one who can’t see the ghosts that have been showing up and spooking everyone in town ever since. So Candy concentrates on other things—real things. Like fighting with her mother and plotting her escape from her crazy town.

But ghosts aren’t the only newcomers in Sticks, Louisiana. The King family arrives like a hurricane: in a blur and unwanted—at least by Candy. Mr. King is intent on filming the rumored ghostly activity for his hit TV show, Local Haunts. And while Candy can’t ignore how attracted she is to eighteen-year-old Gage King and how much his sister, Nova, wants to be friends, she’s still suspicious of the King family.

As Candy tries to figure out why the Kings are really in town and why the swamp that had previously cast her aside now seems to be invading every crack in her logical, cynical mind, she stumbles across the one piece of swamp lore she didn’t know. It’s a tale that’s more truth than myth, and may have all the answers . . . and its roots are in Candy’s own family tree.


Behold the Bones by Natalie C. Parker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Behold the Bones (Beware the Wild, #2) “Every year, before they wish me happy birthday, my family hauls me to a backwoods graveyard to remind me that I, Candace Craven Pickens, killed my own grandpa.”




This was an okay story about a girl who seemed to have magical ties to a swamp.

Candy was a character who knew her own mind, and wouldn’t let other people change it. She stood up for what she believed was right, and if she wanted something, then she’d try to get it.

The storyline in this was about how Candy was the only person in town it seemed who couldn’t see the ghosts that kept appearing from the swamp, and what this meant. We got some ghosts, a family intent on filming the ghosts and putting them on TV, and a bit about Candy’s own person problems, which also related back to her odd ties with the swamp, and some strange effects from the ‘shine’ which came from the swamp.

The ending to this was alright, and it was a satisfying ending.



6.5 out of 10

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Slip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Jessica Hawkins, and NetGalley.
Slip of the Tongue
Blurb (From Goodreads):
Sadie Hunt isn’t perfect—but her husband is. Nathan Hunt has her coffee waiting every morning. He holds her hand until the last second. He worships the Manhattan sidewalk she walks on. Until one day, he just…stops. And Sadie finds herself in the last place she ever expected to be. Lonely in her marriage.

When rugged and sexy Finn Cohen moves into the apartment across the hall, he and Sadie share an immediate spark. Finn reveals dreams for a different life. Sadie wants to save her marriage. Their secrets should keep them apart, not ignite a blistering affair. But while Sadie’s marriage runs colder by the day, she and Finn burn hotter.

Her husband doesn’t want her anymore.
The man next door would give up everything to have her.


 

Slip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars



Slip of the Tongue “I want to kiss you,” he says without missing a beat. “I won’t, but I thought you should know.”




This was the sort of book which was a little too naughty to read in the same room as my mother, but at the same time it was way too good to put down!

I liked both Sadie and Finn, and they worked really well together. I totally got Sadie’s confusion over what was going on with her husband, and her needing to be comforted, even if it was by another man.

“Nathan’s as vital to me as my own heart, as the blood in my veins. If he’s planning to leave me for another woman, he might as well slice me open and leave me to bleed out.”


The storyline in this was pretty good, even though it involved cheating. Sadie and Finn worked well together, and the question over what was going on with Sadie’s husband, and the fact that she thought her marriage was over really pushed her into Finn’s arms.
The romance between Sadie and Finn was pretty explosive, and the sex scenes were really hot!

“My body gives me away from raw voice to quivering thighs. Finn’s effect is immediate. Undeniable. There’s no use trying to hide it.”


The ending to this wasn’t quite what I expected, and I would have liked for things to have ended slightly differently. Overall this was a really enjoyable book though, and I will definitely be checking out this author’s other books.


9 out of 10

Living With the Fall by Hannah Thompson

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Living With the Fall
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In a dystopian future ravaged by a zombie virus, teenaged Flo dreams of becoming a hunter. Instead, he becomes infected, and while plagued by hunger, he is able to control his urges. Hoping his life can still hold some meaning, Flo agrees to travel with hunters Hulme and Dihr, and he discovers a world unlike anything he imagined.

On the continent, people are struggling to hold back the apocalypse by finding a cure to the disease, and Flo might be the key. But friendships and trust are tested as the trio crosses hostile territory and faces dangers beyond the zombie infestation. In the end, only Flo can decide if he can live with what he’s become.


Living With the Fall by Hannah Thompson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Living With the Fall
Unfortunately, I didn’t like this book at all. I didn’t feel anything for the main character, I didn’t care what would happen, and the fact that it just ended, without anything being resolved was beyond annoying. I was however thankful that the torment was over.



4 out of 10

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The Sixteen Burdens (The Burdens Trilogy #1) by David Khalaf

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author David Khalaf.
The Sixteen Burdens
Blurb (from Goodreads):
What if humanity’s great historical figures weren’t just talented—they were supernaturally talented? In this fresh spin on urban fantasy, history’s illustrious leaders, thinkers, warriors, and entertainers all share a secret…and a common destiny.

The year is 1939, and everyone who’s anyone has descended upon the glamorous streets of Hollywood. It’s a great place to be if you’re an actor, singer, politician, or businessman. Not so much if you’re a young guttersnipe stuck selling movie-star maps on the street corner. But then Gray Studebaker never wanted to be rich or famous—he’d be happy just being left alone from his tyrannical caretaker.

But during a rash of celebrity kidnappings, Gray discovers the stars on his map are hiding unusual talents for which they are being abducted. When Gray tries to solve the crimes on his own, he finds himself caught up in a battle for power that stretches back to the beginnings of humanity.

The hunt begins for an ancient tool that can rescue celebrities the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks from an indestructible maniac who wants to steal their talents to create an invincible army. But Gray has a secret of his own, a mysterious disease that will either save the others or destroy them all.

The Sixteen Burdens is the story that inspired Houdini's Last Trick, a 2015 FINALIST for the JukePop/Black Hills Press Summer Writing Project (available on Amazon December 2015). Original artwork in the book by artist Francesca Baerald.


The Sixteen Burdens by David Khalaf

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars



The Sixteen BurdensThis wasn’t a bad book, but I did struggle with it a bit. The characters were well developed, and the plot was also well thought out, but I struggled to keep track of what was going on. I think this was probably more me than the book, and the book was also well-written, but every time I put it down, and I seemed to forget what was happening, and was then lost when I picked it back up.

The ideas in this were good though, and I did understand the basic concept – that there was 16 people in the world with exceptional talents, and that these talents are as much a blessing as a burden. One woman was the most beautiful, another man was physically the strongest, and another man the most lucky, and other people wanted these talents? And there was something about something called ‘the eye’? I got a bit lost otherwise.



5 out of 10

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Kingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing #2) by Rhiannon Thomas

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Kingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Asleep for a hundred years, awoken by a kiss, Aurora’s life was supposed to be a fairytale. But since discovering that loyalty to the crown and loyalty to her country are two very different things, Aurora knows she can only dream of happily ever after. Once the enchanted princess, savior of her people, she is now branded a traitor.

Aurora is determined to free her home from the king’s tyrannical rule, even if it means traveling across the sea to the kingdom of the handsome and devious Prince Finnegan—someone who seems to know far more about her magic than he should. However, Finnegan’s kingdom has perils of its own, and any help he gives Aurora will come at a price.

As Aurora and Finnegan work together to harness her power—something so fiery and dangerous that is as likely to destroy those close to Aurora as it is to save them—she begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding the curse that was placed on her over a century before…and uncover the truth about the destiny she was always meant to fulfill.

Brimming with captivating fantasy and life-threatening danger, the sequel to A Wicked Thing takes Sleeping Beauty on an adventure unlike any she’s ever had before.



Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Kingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing, #2)
“I want you as an ally,”




This was an interesting story, and I liked the dragons!

I liked Aurora more in this book, she seemed much stronger, and more determined, and actually took charge instead of allowing other people to make decisions for her.

The storyline in this started out with Aurora fleeing, burning down the odd village (accidentally), and eventually escaping to another kingdom. We then got dragons!! And Aurora learning a bit about her magic and its connection to the dragons also. We had the evil witch show up, and a little bit of romance thrown in there too, and I did prefer this book to the first book in the series.

The ending to this was pretty good, and this looks like the end of the road for this series.



6.25 out of 10

Travel Glasses (The Call to Search Everywhen #1) by Chess Desall

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Travel Glasses (The Call to Search Everywhen, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
"The concept is very imaginative and well-defined.
...In spite of the sci-fi fantasy theme, the notion of love and trust in Travel Glasses made quite an impression on me." -- Readers' Favorite , Lit Amri

Calla Winston’s mobile devices sit in a corner of her room, covered in dust. Weeks ago, she shared photos and laughs with her best online friend. Now, after having felt the sting of betrayal, she prefers being hidden and friendless. She equates privacy with security and technology with pain.

Then she meets Valcas, an otherworldly time traveler who traverses time and space with a pair of altered sunglasses. When an ethereal being knocks Calla to the ground near her family’s lakeside cottage, Valcas uses the Travel Glasses to help her escape. He offers his further protection in exchange for a promise. Intrigued by Valcas and the possibility of time travel, Calla accepts. That is until she learns that his search for her was no mere coincidence.

Calla sets off on her own, taking the Travel Glasses with her. Torn between searching for her estranged father and reuniting with the rest of her family, she tracks down the inventor of the Travel Glasses in hopes of discovering more about Valcas’ past and motivations. The Travel Glasses take Calla’s mistrust of technology to all new levels. But without them, she’ll never make it back home. With Valcas hot on her trail, Calla hopes to find what she’s looking for before he catches up.

The Call to Search Everywhen is a serial series of novel-length installments. Travel Glasses is YA fantasy filled with metafiction and other literary twistiness. It's a thought-provoking narrative about trust, relationships, reality and illusion.

Many thanks to the cover design team at www.damonza.com for the beautiful new cover art.



Travel Glasses by Chess Desalls

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars



Travel Glasses (The Call to Search Everywhen, #1)This wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t for me.

Calla was an okay character, although she maybe shouldn’t have trusted Valcas quite as much as she did having only just met him. You’d also think that she’d maybe learn from that mistake also, but she really didn’t!

The storyline in this just lost me. We hoped around all over the place, once minute Calla was mad at Valcas and the next she was lusting after him, and I just got really lost and bored unfortunately.



5 out of 10

Monday, 22 February 2016

Pretend It's Love (Behind the Bar) by Stefanie Londo

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.
Pretend It's Love (Behind the Bar)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
One fake relationship shaken not stirred...
Bar manager Paul Chapman is sick of his family's traditional ideals. Marriage, babies, and a white picket fence? Not his gig. But now that his 'golden child' big brother is tying the knot, Paul's screwed. His ex will be there...and she's having his cousin's baby. Unless he wants to show up to the wedding alone and face his family's scrutiny, he needs a girl on his arm. Now.
Cocktail specialist Libby Harris has spent her life earning the nickname Little Miss Perfect, all to win the love of her wealthy, controlling father. But she deviated from his plan, and now her business is on shaky ground. If it fails, she might as well kiss his respect-and her dream-good-bye. Her only hope? Convince the hottest bar in town to take on her product.
Luckily for her, the owner's brother is sexy as sin and in need of a perfect girlfriend...



Pretend It's Love by Stefanie London

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Pretend It's Love (Behind the Bar) “He was going to convince Libby that her ‘no sex’ rule was pointless. He had absolutely no trouble separating sex from emotion.”




This was a good adult contemporary romance, in which the main characters pretended to date.

The characters in this were a little naïve to think that they could pretend-date and feelings wouldn’t get involved! Paul so obviously really liked Libby, even though he wouldn’t admit it even to himself, and Libby seemed attracted to him also.

The storyline in this was about Paul and Libby pretending to date, and of course ending up falling in love with one another as real feelings developed between the two, which was pretty predictable really! There were a couple of hot sex scenes though, and the chemistry between the characters was good.

The ending was once again, pretty predictable, but I was pleased that we got a happy ending.



6.5 out of 10

Sunday, 21 February 2016

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J. Redwine

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.



The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars



The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1) “You need to trust that I know what I’m doing.” Her voice was firm. “If you can’t trust me in this, how can you trust me to face Irina or rule an entire kingdom?”


There wasn’t anything horribly wrong with this book, I just didn’t enjoy it.

I felt quite sorry for both Kol and Lorelai in this story, both were put in difficult positions, and both had to try and make hard decisions for the good of their people.

The storyline in this was about Lorelai trying to find a way to defeat the evil queen and take her kingdom back, and about Kol trying to save his own people by asking the evil queen for help. I just found the story to be really slow though, and for me it dragged and dragged. I think this was probably a case of wrong person, wrong book, but I just didn’t enjoy the book much at all.

The ending to this was a happily ever after, and it was a satisfying ending, I just wish I had enjoyed getting there more than I did.



5 out of 10

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and NetGalley.
Playing with Fire
Blurb (from Goodreads):
What if your child wanted you dead?

Julia doesn't understand what is happening to her daughter, but she thinks she knows what's causing it. She is terrified for Lily, and for herself, but what scares her more is that no one believes her.

If she is going to help Lily, she will have to find the answers alone, embarking on a search that will take her to the shadowy back streets of Venice.

There, Julia uncovers a heartbreaking, long-buried tale of tragedy and devastation - a discovery that puts her in serious danger. Some people will do anything in their power to keep the truth silent . . .



Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars




Playing with Fire “Our daughter is trying to kill me. I’m not the one who needs therapy.”




I was quite disappointed by this story.

I felt quite sorry for Julia, having your 3-year-old try to kill you would be really quite disturbing, and having nobody believe you would be infuriating too! She did sound a little nuts when she was telling people that her toddler was trying to kill her though!

The storyline in this was all over the pace, we had Julia who was worried about her 3-year-old, Lily, and then other chapters about the composer of a piece of music in 1938, and these chapters were really quite boring for me.

The ending to this was also quite disappointing. (highlight to view spoiler - We never did get an answer as to why Lily attacked her mother? Did the author just forget this storyline? Surely we aren’t really expected to believe that a piece of music drove her to attacked her own mother and kill her cat?)



6 out of 10

Friday, 19 February 2016

The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere #1) by Heidi Heilig

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.


The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1) “No matter how detailed a map, once we’d visited, we couldn’t go back.”


This book wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t for me.

The characters in this were okay, but I didn’t really feel anything for any of them. I did understand Nix’s worries over what would happen to her if her father went back to the time where she was born, but that was it really.

The storyline in this just didn’t interest me, and I found it quite hard to follow. It did have its interesting moments, but most of the time I just didn’t care what would happen, and I kept putting this down to read something else.
Overall; I think other people will enjoy this book, but it wasn’t for me.



6 out of 10

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Bluescreen (Mirador #1) by Dan Wells

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Bluescreen (Mirador, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. That connection is a djinni—a smart device implanted right in a person’s head. In a world where virtually everyone is online twenty-four hours a day, this connection is like oxygen—and a world like that presents plenty of opportunities for someone who knows how to manipulate it.

Marisa Carneseca is one of those people. She might spend her days in Mirador, the small, vibrant LA neighborhood where her family owns a restaurant, but she lives on the net—going to school, playing games, hanging out, or doing things of more questionable legality with her friends Sahara and Anja. And it’s Anja who first gets her hands on Bluescreen—a virtual drug that plugs right into a person’s djinni and delivers a massive, non-chemical, completely safe high. But in this city, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and Mari and her friends soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that is much bigger than they ever suspected.

Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence, returns with a stunning new vision of the near future—a breathless cyber-thriller where privacy is the world’s most rare resource and nothing, not even the thoughts in our heads, is safe.


Bluescreen by Dan Wells

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Bluescreen (Mirador, #1)I didn’t really enjoy this book, and I found it quite disappointing compared to Partials.

This book was about a group of teens in a world in which they had computers in their heads? And they had to plug them in, and played games in a virtual world. And then there was all this stuff about a drug called ‘bluescreen’ which caused people to collapse and fall unconscious, and then some sort of computer virus was getting into their heads whilst they were unconscious. That’s about as much as I understood, and I really didn’t care to be honest.



5 out of 10