Tuesday, 18 December 2012


Hey guys,
It's been over a month since I have posted or written a review. So, I'd like to say sorry for that, and explain that I didn't have time because I was taking part in NaNoWriMo, I promise to try and get some more reviews up now. Even if they're just for Wattpad books, because I've been reading a lot of those lately!
I'll get around to reviewing something soon, and I'll try to start posting more again, but this Christmastime is hectic for me, so I might not get around to anything until the new year! Just a warning!
Claire! :)

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Title; Pushing The Limits

Author; Katie McGarry

Publisher; Mira Ink

Publication Date; August 3rd 2012

Series; Pushing The Limits Book One (This book does conclude, the next story is for a different character in the series!)

Description; "I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

Do I recommend it? Yes

Who would I recommend it to? All of you, it's a book worth reading

Goodreads Average Rating; 4.25/5

My Rating; 4.5/5

Review; I'm going to give this book 4.5*s. I did enjoy, quite a lot actually, and usually I would give a book like this, that I stayed up to read and did not put down a full 5 stars, but I did have a few problems with this book.
Now, the book wasn't preachy. Not at all. But as an agnostic person I felt that God was mentioned to much for a book that involved no religion. It's like it was just thrown in sometimes. Just for the sake of it. There was one time when one of the characters asked another if they believed in God. That's a normal question, sure. But it felt like a thrown in question, because I don't feel it amounted or related to anything in that particular part of the book. Now, don't get me wrong. It wasn't preachy, and there was some points when the characters mentioned how they felt that God had given up on them. That was fine. That was relevant. I felt like sometimes God being mentioned wasn't relevant to the story.
Now don't go on to me about how people can express their religion and all that. I understand that, I am fine with people expressing their religion, either in person, or writing. That doesn't bother me. But it feels thrown in my face when it's not necessary.
Another problem for me was that we knew the problems were there, and we went into these problems slightly, but maybe not enough. You never really knew entirely what the characters were feeling. You had to guess things sometimes. I feel there could have been more to the world of the story, and more to the feelings and description of those feeling maybe. Because of this the problems seemed so over dramatic.

Now. What did I like about this book so much that despite my problems with it I still gave it a solid 4.5*s?

Well. There's also a lot to like about this book. The fact that the problems were based on something real. I think all of us would be damaged in some way if we went through what either of them went through, especially what Echo went through. It wasn't "my boyfriend broke up with me, I'm sad so I have to see a therapist," like it can be sometimes with books and authors who don't do research. No, this book was about damaged people who actually problems to be damaged about!
Most of the characters. Of course there is the exception of characters you're not supposed to like. I think Mrs Collins was my favourite character. She just seemed like the kind of person I'd like. Fast paced and an organised mess.
Echo was over dramatic with some things and a lot of the story seemed to revolve around her, but still I could help but like, and feel for her character.
Noah, he was so selfless! For his brothers, for Echo. And yet he could be slightly selfish at times. And sometimes like he just wanted to hold onto a childhood that was no longer there for him. My heard really went out to him.
Echo and Noah's relationship seem real. They had problems, things they had to work for. And things they had to work through. And I felt they were perfect for each other because it seemed like they needed each other.

Overall I felt that this book was worth the read. It is a book I could reread. And I would recommend it, but I'm warning you there are some things that might annoy you. But you never know, maybe I'm just being picky!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Wellesley Wives by Suzy Duffy Blog Tour! Review and Giveaway!

The Giveaway is at the bottom of the page!
Title; Wellesley Wives

Author; Suzy Duffy

Publisher; The Writer's Coffee Shop

Publication Date; September 27th 2012

Series; The New England Trilogy Book One

Description; Popsy Power - a Boston society-wife and her best friend, Sandra seem to have it all with billionaire husbands and beautiful daughters. But things change.

From Bollinger to basic-wage, it's a roller coaster for the ladies who lunch. When the daughters land in a heap of trouble too, it's hardly surprising that their mother should worry about the next generation of Wellesley Wives.

Life can't always be fun in the sun, but that's why there's fur!
Sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful world of the Wellesley Wives.

Star Rating; 5 Stars

Would I read anything else by this author? Yes

Would I recommend this book? Yes

Who would I recommend it to? Those who like Chick-lit and some humour with that chick-lit

Review; Sometimes the stories in woman's fiction and books that are classed as chick-lit are rushed. This was not the case with Wellesley Wives! The stories and lives of the characters were slowly introduced!
This is the kind of book you can get emotionally attached to. You laugh with the characters. You cry with the characters. You root for certain characters. You just can't help but be pulled into their lives. Even though this book alternates POVs, you can still easily get attached to the characters. Which can be hard with alternating POVs occasionally.
What I loved is that even though the characters live the rich lifestyle, they were still human. They had flaws, they had problems! When do you ever get a book set in the rich world with real characters? Now, finally!
As each individual woman goes through their hardships you can't help but feel for them! And root for them! You just hope they'll pull through. But most of the time we are all stronger than we first think.
This book was written just right! It really shows you that you should always persevere when life take a bad turn, and it also shows us that money isn't everything. What's most important are the people that are there.
I can't wait to see what Suzy gives us next!
This is definitely a book I would recommend, I hope you pick up your copy soon!

About The Author; Suzy Duffy is an international and #1 best-selling author. A former national radio DJ and TV presenter in her native Ireland, she moved to Boston with her husband, five children and one dog in 2009 in light of Europe’s economic downturn. Duffy’s colourful background has taken her from working in the United Nations’ Geneva headquarters to being a water-ski instructor in Greece to labouring as a corn cutter in the south of France.
Wellesley Wives, Duffy’s début U.S. book release, is the first in a New England based trilogy of novels. She is currently working on the second instalment, Newton Neighbours.
Wellesley Wives is currently available for pre-order via The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House, and will be available via all major online retailers as of September 27, 2012.
Find Suzy Duffy on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, her website and on The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House site.

About The Giveaway;

This giveaway is for two e-book copies of Suzy Duffy's Wellesley Wives. If you win you will be emailed by Sarah Miniaci from The Writer's Coffee Shop. She will email you a copy of the e-book if you win!
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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Title; Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

Author; Morgan Matson

Publisher; Simon and Schuster

Publication Date; 2010

Description; Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn't seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she's coming to terms with her father's death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

Star Rating; 5 Stars

Would I read anything else by this author? Yes

Would I recommend this book? Yes

Who would I recommend it to? Everyone, but mainly those who like road trip novels and realistic, contemporary ya fiction.

Review; One of the (many) things I love about this book is that Amy suffers from anxiety, and you can tell that. She's not one of those characters that is "socially awkward" and made out to be an anxious person. No, you can see that she has actually symptoms of anxiety, and that the awkwardness is an added effect of the anxiety. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I appreciate the more true portrait.
The character development was great. We learned more and more about Amy and Roger as the book went on, and in the end I had a picture in my mind of who Amy and Roger were/are.
All of the characters were great. I fell in love with even the small characters. Because every single one of them was human. Every single one of them had flaws. But every single one of them also had a personality that you couldn't help but love. Except for maybe one character. *cough* Hadley *cough*
You know, I'm not entirely sure there was anything I disliked about this book. Sure, it has flaws, what book doesn't? But I didn't seem to notice any. Well, maybe the way Amy changed so fast. She went from Anxiety Girl to Almost Confident Girl seemingly overnight! Or maybe that the book is only set over about a week. And that there wasn't more Andrew and Derek! I liked both of their characters instantly, but they are only in the book for a few pages!
But overall this book is an amazing, slightly emotional read, that has romance, and a back story! I'd recommend it!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

Title; The Bermudez Triangle

Author; Maureen Johnson

Publisher; Razorbill - Penguin

Publication Date; October 7th 2004

Description; What happens when your two best friends fall in love...with each other?

"Their friendship went so far back, it bordered on the Biblical -- in the beginning, there was Nina and Avery and Mel." So says high school senior Nina Bermudez about herself and her two best friends, nicknamed "The Bermudez Triangle" by a jealous wannabe back on Nina's eleventh birthday. But the threesome faces their first separation when Nina goes away the summer before their senior year. And in ten short weeks, everything changes.

Nina returns home bursting with stories about Steve, the quirky yet adorable eco-warrior she fell for hard while away. But when she asks her best friends about their summer romances, an awkward silence follows.

Nina soon learns the shocking truth when she sees Mel and Avery...kissing. Their friendship is rocked by what feels like the ultimate challenge. But it's only the beginning of a sometimes painful, sometimes funny, always gripping journey as three girls discover who they are and what they really want.

Star Rating; 4 Stars

Will I ever read anything else by this author? I would like to try another book by Maureen Johnson, yes.

Would I recommend it? Yes

Who would I recommend it to? Everybody who likes YA and realistic romance fiction.

Review; I'm half happy with this book. There were things I enjoyed. But I was only half happy with the ending. Nina was stupid. That's all I can say.
This book made me laugh out loud in parts, but honestly I was expecting more, I wanted more romance, more friendship, more everything. Maybe this was because of the way it was narrated. It needed to be narrated by 3 people, but I don't think the POV changes were done in a good enough way.
This is a book I could read again. There were some quite good parts, but it's not going on my favourites list.
Overall an okay book that I would still recommend.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

This review will most likely contain spoilers for the first and second books!

Title; City of Glass

Author; Cassandra Clare

Series; The Mortal Instruments Book Three

Can it stand alone? Nope, the series should be read in order!

Publisher; Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication Date; March 24th 2009

Description; To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

Star Rating; 5 stars!

Would I read anything else by this author? Yes

Would I recommend this book? Yes

Who would I recommend it to? Those who liked the first two books in the series, and those who didn't.

Review; This was supposed to be the last book, but there are at least three more books after it now! So ignore the last bit of the description (I got it from Goodreads as always!) 
This book does draw to a conclusion, but I still can't wait to see what Cassandra Clare will throw at me next. I'm wondering where the series could possibly go...
This, by far, is my favourite book in the series so far! There was more to it, more action, more stuff going on. 
Jace wasn't being as  much of douche. And there was so much going on with other characters too! I laughed at times, and I cried at times. 
I wish I owned book four right now, but I don't. The end does conclude, but I love this series so much, that I want more from it. I can't wait for the movie next year either!
This series, so far, is great. It will make you feel for the characters. Which is what a good book is supposed to do! I recommend this series. All of it, including the book I haven't read yet!

Friday, 7 September 2012

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

This review will contain spoilers for the first book. Don't read this review if you haven't read City of Bones!

Title; City of Ashes

Author; Cassandra Clare

Series; The Mortal Instruments Book Two

Can it stand alone? No

Publisher; Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication Date; March 25th 2008

Description; Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

Star Rating; 4.75 stars

Would I read anything else by this author? Yes

Would I recommend this book? Yes

Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the first book

Review; I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the first. I'm not entirely sure why that is. Maybe because of the ending of the last book. Jace and Clary have so much chemistry. Why did they have to be brother and sister? Ugh!
I'm beginning to hate Valentine even more. If that's possible. Why can't he die already? He puts a damper on everyone's mood. Including mine!
Jace was a bit (a lot) of a jerk in this book. I guess you can sort of understand why, but he didn't have to be that much of a jerk off. But even though he was a jerk I still felt bad for him.
In this book there are changes in the point of view where as last time it was all in Clary's. We don't really get to know the characters that much better. But I think it is needed for some parts of the book. It does help us get the bigger picture.
Overall I did enjoy this book, but I couldn't get into it as much as the first. It is still worth the read if you have read the first one though. Now on to City of Glass!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

Title; City of Bones

Author; Cassandra Clare

Series; The Mortal Instruments Book One

Can it stand alone? I'm not entirely sure, but I want to read on. (My sister thinks it could stand alone...)

Publisher; Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication Date; March 27th 2007

Description; When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Star Rating; 5 Stars

Would I read anything else by this author? Yes, I would

Would I recommend this book? Yes

Who would I recommend it to? Probably fans of Young Adult novels, and fantasy fans. (There are lots of fantasy creatures in the book.)

Review; So. Many. Feels. There are no words for the amount of feelings this book and its events cause so I will just call them feels. Major Feels.
Let's start with the characters. The characters personalities made them slightly more real to me. Which made me like them and the book slightly more.
I liked Clary the most. Probably because she stood up for herself slightly. She didn't make whatever boys liked her wait on her, hand and foot.
The ending seemed conclusive, but it was not. I still have so many questions! (Which is why I'm glad I own the second and third book!)
There are still a lot of questions to be answered. I won't put any of them here because it will give away bit of the story and we don't want that!
Honestly this book is a bit hard to review right now because I've already started reading the sequel, but it is a good book. Well I enjoyed it anyway. (It's a good fandom to be a part of on Tumblr too!)
All in all I think this book is quite good. A series you can get attached to and feel a part of.
I'd recommend it to all my followers and anybody else who happens to read this post.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Title; Anna and the French Kiss

Author; Stephanie Perkins

Publisher; Speak

Publication Date; August 4th 2011

Series; This book is a stand alone, but there are two companion novels!

Description; Anna can't wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?

Star Rating; 5*s

Would I read anything else by this author? Yes, I can't wait to read the first companion novel "Lola and the Boy Next Door!"

Would I recommend this book? Yes

Who would I recommend this book to? Those who enjoy chick-lit and young adult contemporary romance.

Review; When I saw the name and cover of this book I was like; "Ugh, chick-lit to the max!" When I started reading this book I was still not sure about it, but when I finished this book several hours later I was like; "Wow, when can I get the next one?" Whilst this book is still chick-lit it is not boring, dull, or completely cliché! At least in my opinion it's not.
I did have a bit of a problem with the beginning. Anna seemed like one of those, "I have everything, but I hate everything and complain about everything" characters. Thank goodness she wasn't! She wasn't too whiny, but she did complain a bit too much in places, but she understood that in the end. Which eventually led me to like those flaws.
The people had flaws! Nobody was perfect which I loved! I fell in love with all the main characters, but I liked Etienne, Anna and Rashimi best!
Looking at this book you'd probably think "what a load of fluff" but I'm happy to tell you you'd be wrong! There's some fluff, that's to be expected, but it is also a great book that doesn't just focus on a relationship. This is a great book, I'd totally recommend it!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Title; Someone Like You

Author; Sarah Dessen

Publisher; Hodder Children's Books

Publication Date; May 1st 1998

Series; Stand Alone

Description; Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she's carrying his baby, she's devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it'll never break--because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.

Star Rating; Four Stars

Would I read anything else by this author? Yes I would like to read more Sarah Dessen books in the future.

Would I recommend this book? Yes

Who would I recommend it to? Fans of chick-lit. Best friends.

Review; I enjoyed reading this book, but I am used to more happening. I'm not used to reading chick-lit, maybe that's why this book got four stars rather than five.
I would have liked the author to explore the mother daughter relationship more. Actually I would have liked the author to explore all the relationships more, we hardly ever saw or heard of Halley's father. So more background information would have been nice.
The motorcycle accident didn't seem realistic either.
I loved Halley's relationship with Scarlett. It was a great portrait for best friends. I have had two best friend in my life time and we have been as close as that if not closer.
Overall this book does teach some lessons. And it does portray a teenager in a realistic way with the parent problems and first love.
I'd probably recommend it more to teens more than adults, but I know there are some adults who have enjoyed this book!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Title; The Fault in our Stars

Author; John Green

Publisher; Penguin

Publication Date; January 10th 2012

Series; Not part of one

Description; Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

Star Rating; If I could give it any more than five stars I would, but I can't. So five stars it is!

Would I read anything else by this author? Yes, this is actually my second book by John Green, but I want to read all of his books. (I have previously read - and loved - Paper Towns.)

Would I recommend this book? Yes. I 100% recommend this book

Who would I recommend it to? Everybody. You need to read this book.

Review; What do you say about a book as good as The Fault in our Stars? Honestly I don't know, I'm still having trouble forming a coherent thought. And making sure the relentless tears don't flow again...
Was there anything wrong with this book? Not that I could find. The only problem I have with The Fault in our Stars is the major headache it gave me from all the crying.
Usually you can tell how I feel about a book by how long it takes me to read it. If it takes me a few days and sessions then I'm not that fond of it. If I read a book in one 6 hour session then I am in love with it. The Fault in out Stars falls into the latter category. It was dark outside when I picked this book up, it is not light and gone 7AM.
The characters. Oh, how I loved the characters. Augustus Waters, I think I fell in love with him. (Can I ship Augustus Waters with myself?) Hazel, I loved her character too. I also enjoyed Isaac's character. But Augustus was my favourite character by a mile.
Honestly what happened was unexpected. I was expecting to cry at the end of the book only, like I did with Before I Die by Jenny Downham, but instead I was pretty much sobbing from the get go. Never before have I cried so much during one book. I'm glad I read it whilst everybody else was sleeping!
The Fault in our Stars is yet another amazing book by John Green. If you haven't read it yet then I recommend you go to your nearest book store straight away. Or, you know, order it online. This book really does make you feel all of the things!

Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie

Title; Crossed

Author; Ally Condie

Publisher; Razor Bill - Penguin

Publication Date; November 24th 2011

Series; Matched Trilogy Book Two



Yet for Cassia the rules have changed. Ky has been taken and she will sacrifice everything to find him.

And when Cassia discovers Ky has escaped to the wild frontiers beyond the Society there is hope.

But on the edge of society nothing is as it seems . . .


And a tangled web of lies and double-crosses could destroy everything.

Star Rating; 4.75*s out of 5

Would I read anything else by this author? Yes I would like to check out some of this author's other work!

Would I recommend it? Yes

Who would I recommend it to? Anybody who read the first book. Even if you didn't enjoy it, because this sequel is better than the first book.

Review; I'm having problems with the love triangle. I don't think there's really any need for it to be honest. Other than that I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first. There was more going on.
I think that's the main reason I liked this book more. Because there was more going on. Cassia's character changed slightly, as expected after the things she went through. But I'm still not really a fan of her character. Xavier seems suspicious to me. And Ky is still one of my favourite characters although I wish her put his foot down in some places.
I like the poetry theme. You don't see a lot of poetry these days, so that was nice.
Honestly I don't have much to say about this series. I thought I would enjoy it a lot more than I did. I think I'll be reading the last book more out of obligation and slight curiosity. I wish I loved this series as much as I thought I would, but unfortunately I don't.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

May contain spoilers about the beginning of the story! 
Title; Matched

Author; Ally Condie

Publisher; Razor Bill - Penguin

Publication Date; December 1st 2010

Series; Matched Trilogy Book One

Can it stand alone? I would recommend it standing alone, best as part of a series.

Description; On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her match. The Society dictates that he is her perfect partner for life, except he's not.

In Cassia's society, Officials decide who people love.
How many children they have.
Where they work.
When they die.

But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy,
she is determined to make some choices of her own.

And that's when her whole world
begins to unravel...

Star Rating; 4.5 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend it? Yes

Who would I recommend it to? Those who like dystopia novels with less action.

Would I read anything else by this author? Yes I would. (Not only the sequels!)

Review; Ally Condie makes you ask questions. "Why does this happen? Why does this person act this way? What's going on here?" To me this is what makes a good book or series. Having questions that need to be answered, it keeps people reading.
I'm not entirely sure why I didn't rate it five stars. Maybe it was the way it was written. I'm not sure I like the style too much, though I can handle it.
Cassia - I like the name - her character was okay, but there was something missing. Xander, I would have liked to see more of him. There wasn't enough moments with Xander in, it stopped him from being a main part of the story as he should have been. Ky, I like his character. He is aware. He is smart. He is complex because of his past. I would like to get to know Ky better.
The main thing that threw me was her match. I thought she would get matched with a stranger and then fall for Xander, but boy was I proved wrong! I'm glad I was though.
Whilst nothing else made me slap my hand to my mouth there were a few unexpected moments. Things that kept me on the edge of my seat.
This may not be one of my favourites, but I still think it is worth a read. Matched is quite light compared to a lot of other dystopia books out there, but it is still not "fluffy." I think it is worth the read and it is a book I could reread in the future.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake

Title; Anna Dressed in Blood

Author; Kendare Blake

Publisher; Tor Teen

Publication Date; August 30th 2011

Series; Anna Book One

Can it stand alone? Probably, but I want to read to read the sequel, so you probably will too.

Description; Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

Could I read anything else by this author? Yes and I will

Star Rating; 5 stars.

Would I recommend it? Yes I do recommend it

Who would I recommend it to? Everyone

Review; I'm going to have to reread this book. Partly because I liked it so much and partly because I feel like I didn't take all of it in. This book is definitely something new on the market though.
I feel like Anna's character was written well.  As well as Cas'. It was well written. Especially considering the whole thing was from Cas' point of view. Sometimes it is hard for a female writer to write from a males point of view, but it did not feel that way with this book.
The ending was well written too. I can't wait for the next book, and it didn't even really end in a cliffhanger!
I must admit that I had very high expectations for this book. I was not disappointed. This is well written and something new. I'd definitely recommend this book!

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Cheap Books!

We all love cheap books, don't we? Well anything that's cheap really! This is why I though I'd share a link with you, and some information of course.
I have just bought this collection of 20 books. How much would you guess I spent? Well the original price was £95+ but I paid £5.95 including post and packaging. If that's not a good deal I don't know what is. Here is the link to this set of books! And Here is the link to the actual website! Unfortunately I'm pretty sure these guys only ship to the UK. They have a big sale on lots of other books too, so be sure to check them out!

Who wants more reviews?

If your answer was yes - to the title of this post - then here is some good news for you! There's a list! This is a list of physical copies of books.
I tried to upload pictures of all of them, but it went funny. I spent so long doing it too! Damn you Blogger!
These are all books I have bought or been given lately. (By given I mean books my mum or sister bought that I am already beginning to steal.) Well the ones I haven’t read already. (Some are rereads so I can catch up with a series.)

Foretold by Jana Oliver (Currently Reading. I just got it and I can barely put it down.) (I’ve read the first 3, but have yet to reread them, but I will do in the future!)
Soul Screamers books 2-6 by Rachel Vincent (Book 1, 2, and 3 are rereads, I’m currently rereading book 2 which is why book 1 isn’t on this list.) (Loving this series so far, can’t wait to see what book 4, 5, and 6 have in store for me.)
The Mortal Instruments books 1-3 by Cassandra Clare
A Witch in Winter and A Witch in Love by Ruth Warburton (A Witch in Winter is a reread)
Matched and Crossed by Ally Condie
Halo and Hades by Alexandra Adornette
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini (Can’t be bothered to reread Starcrossed)
The Professor by Charlotte Bronte (I’ve owned this book for ages now, years even, as well as a lot of other classics, but I haven’t gotten around to them. Well I wasn’t to excited for it, but then I read the description and was like “Oh shit. This is a true teacher/student story. Give me this book now. I haven’t picked it up yet, but I will be doing so sometime in the nearish future.)
I’m pretty sure that’s it, but I did order like seven books online too.Those books are;
The Fault in our Stars by John Green (I have wanted to read this for so long. I have read Paper Towns and I loved it so much, but I’m sure this book was on my wishlist before I read Paper towns.)
Forgotten by Cat Patrick (Another one that’s been sitting on my wishlist for years)
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen (My first book by Dessen, I’ve wanted to read something by her for ages!)
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elekles (Wanted to read this one for so long. It totally sounds like my kind of story.)
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson (Wanted to get some LGBT fiction in there. The only “slash” books I’ve read have been online. I wanted to see what the published world had for me.)
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (Heard some great things about this one!)
Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (I saw the cover and title for this book and thought “this must be some boring chick lit, I’ll add it to my to read list anyway. Then I saw the reviews and was like; “hot damn give me this book now” so I’m excited for this one.)
That’s it for now. I have no idea what I’m going to read next. There is so much choice. I never have this much choice. I do have a lot of other books I have to read, but these are the main ones. The other ones are books that have been given to me, but I’m not too excited to read them, I’ll read them when I have nothing else to read and don’t want to reread a book.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

The Dom's Dungeon by Cherise Sinclair

Warning; This book and review is for over 18s only!

Title; The Dom's Dungeon

Author; Cherise Sinclair

Publisher; Loose ID

Publication Date; December 29th 2009

Series; Not part of one

Description; "Foster child. Teenage whore." Now a veterinarian, MacKensie's turned her life around, but the scars remain. She saves her affection for the animals who never judge or scorn her, but it's time to get out, move on from her past in Iowa. So, she arranges a vacation exchange to job hunt in Seattle.

Although the house is lovely, one room is locked. Her years in foster care have given her two 'gifts': a neurosis about locked doors and the ability to open them. After she gets into the room, she's appalled...and intrigued. Chains and manacles, whips and paddles, odd benches with straps...

When Alex returns home days early and finds MacKensie draped over the spanking bench in his locked dungeon, he's furious. But her wariness arouses his protective nature and curiosity, so he strikes a deal to keep her close--she'll act as his submissive in exchange for a place to stay and help finding a job.

He'd planned to use the veterinarian to deter an ex-girlfriend, not "replace" her, but with MacKensie's compelling mixture of strength and vulnerability, the little sub slides right into his well-defended heart.

"Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play, BDSM theme and elements (including/not limited to bondage, spanking, tethering), exhibitionism."

Star Rating; Four Stars

Would I read more from this author? Yes, I would like to try something else by Cherise

Could I reread this book? I could and I probably will reread this book

Would I recommend it? Yes

Who would I recommend it to? Over 18s who enjoy erotica/romantica. Those who like to read BDSM novels.

Review; If you haven't read the book this review may have slight spoilers, but nothing major!
At first I was slightly annoyed with this book. Mostly because of the words "darn" and "frak." The word darn was only there once, but with the phrase the word was used in it should have been damn. Picky I know. The reason I got annoyed with the word frak was because this is an erotica book, surely you can say the word fuck? It made sense when it was explained later in the book. I just didn't get the reference because I never watched the show or movie... The other thing that annoyed me was the way it dived into the story. The beginning was a little too unrealistic for me... It could have also used a bit more detail in places. There wasn't a lot of detail on how things looked or felt. There was enough, but I would have liked a little more. Other than those three things, I enjoyed this book.
Now let's get to the good points. The characters. Alex was awesome, and totally patient. Which I loved. MacKensie was damaged, and that was definitely shown. Honestly I think it made me love her character that much more!
After the beginning, the book seemed to get slightly more realistic.
Animals! The love of animals throughout the whole book. I'm an animal lover so I loved how there were so many animals that had been rescued!
The BDSM world wasn't strictly male/female. It isn't mentioned much, but there were parts where she mentioned a Domme having a female sub and a Dom having a male sub. I like how it wasn't strictly male/female. It gave me more respect for the author!
Over all I enjoyed the book and it's something I could read again. Oh, and I read it in one sitting which is usually a sign for a good or at least not bad book!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers #1) by Rachel Vincent

Title; My Soul to Take

Author; Rachel Vincent

Publisher; MiraInk

Publication Date; July 29th 2009

Series; Soul Screamers Book One

Can it stand alone? Probably, but I would recommend you carry on with the series.

Format; Paperback

Pages; 345

Description; She doesn’t see dead people, but...

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next...

Goodreads Average Rating; 3.97

My Star Rating; 4.75

Would I recommend it? Yes

Who would I recommend it to? Most people, but for specifics:Teenagers and those with a love of YA fiction. Lovers of the paranormal/supernatural genre who want to read about a new creature. Don't be fooled  by the review quoted on the cover. This isn't only for Twilight fans.

Would I ever read more by this author? Most definitely!

Review; This book is easy to read, I got absorbed quickly. So far I have read this book twice in one year. Not once did I get bored. Now the quote on cover might put some of you off. Don't let it. This book is nothing like Twilight. This is coming from someone who is not fond of Twilight, but loves this series. Whether you're a Twilight fan or not, this book series is worth a read.
               It was a fun read considering the subject. Class mates dropping dead? Surely that's not fun... but some how, Rachel Vincent made it a fun read. My sister was giving me funny looks because I couldn't stop smiling at some parts. A truly great fun read with some hidden depth. Well, it can't all be fun when it revolves around death now, can it?
               The characters felt real to me. Their personalities weren't too far fetched. A lot of character's personalities are when it comes to books these days, but I liked the characters. Tod is one of my favourite characters. I love his character.
                Overall this book is a great, fun, and easy read. It has great characters and an interesting plot. I have already read the second books once already, but I can't wait to dive back into it now. The review for the second book will be up as soon as I finish reading it, but I already know I'd recommend this series. A wonderful read for teens and adults who like teen fiction!

Monday, 30 July 2012

Cover Reveal - Colonization

Title; Colonization

Author; Aubrie Dionne

Publisher; InkSpell

Publication Date; November 7th 2012

Description; Finding a new home has never been so dangerous.
Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.
But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius's ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.
Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to protect her new home. What she didn't expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus.
Can she save the colony and discover her true love?

Author Bio:
Aubrie Dionne writes science fiction fantasy with romantic elements. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Inkspell Publishing, Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She’s also a professional flutist in New England.
Please visit her website: www.authoraubrie.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2964057.Aubrie_Dionne
Twitter: @authoraubrie
Blog: http://authoraubrie.blogspot.com

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Friday, 27 July 2012

Taken by Selena Kitt

This review and book is for over 18s only!

Title; Taken

Author; Selena Kitt

Publisher; Self published through her own publishing company; Excessica

Publication Date; November 14th 2008

Format; Kindle

Price; Free for kindle.

Where I got it from; Amazon.co.uk

Series; It isn't a part of one.

Can it stand alone? It is a stand alone, so yes.

Description; Lizzy's friendship with her older boss, Sarah, turns into something deeper and much more exciting one rainy day after work, and Lizzy finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed. Sarah has a dominant streak, and as she leads Lizzy into the role of a submissive, the two women become closer than they ever thought possible. But while Sarah, hurt too many times, wears a ring, and tells guys she's "taken," Lizzy knows she secretly longs for a man. Determined to find one for them both to share, Lizzy is just about to give up when a dark, handsome, virile answer shows up right under her nose. Lizzy may think she and Sarah are going to seduce David--but she underestimates their handsome co-worker, and David turns the tables on them both. But will he be able to tame the untameable Sarah?

Any warnings for this book; Ménage, M/F/F, F/F, if you don't like those themes don't read on or purchase the book.

Star Rating; 4.5*s

Could I ever read it again? Yes I could read it again.

Would I ever read it again? I could easily pick up this book again in a few years and probably still enjoy it.

Would I recommend it? Yes.

Who would I recommend it to? Over 18s who enjoy erotica books, Selena Kitt fans. I probably wouldn't recommend this if you are just starting out with the erotica genre, make sure you're comfortable with the genre first.

Review; Selena Kitt is easily becoming one of my favourite erotica authors. In fact I think she is my favourite at the moment. Then again I don't read a lot of erotica. This is my third book from Selena Kitt, but it won't be the last.
The other two books I have read were called Connections and Under Mr Nolan's Bed. Out of all of these stories/books/novellas I found this one had more emotion. Some actual emotions were shown. Not that they weren't in the other two, I just felt they were more on show within this work.
Because more emotion was displayed I found I could connect more with the characters. This to me is always a good this when it comes to books. Another thing that I rarely enjoy with book, are the endings, this ending however was more satisfying. It was an end. It wasn't just open for the world to guess what happens next. It was final and kind of sad.
Sure this book had a lot of sex in it, most erotica's do. But if you are going to buy book porn from anyone make it Selena Kitt. Her books, and writing are amazing. The sex scenes are well written, always different, and real. None of them feel fake, or over done. If you have not bought a Selena Kitt book yet, then you should buy one now!

Monday, 23 July 2012

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Title; Insurgent

Author; Veronica Roth

Publisher; HarperTeen

Publication Date; May 1st 2012

Series; Divergent Book Two

Can it stand alone? Nope.

Description; One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

"New York Times" bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian "Divergent" series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

Star Rating; 4.75

Would I recommend it? Yes

Who would I recommend it to? Those of you who enjoyed the first book.

Review; This book, though I still enjoyed it, was not as good as Divergent. A lot of things happened, but the book seemed to have a bit of a slow start. I have waited for so long to read this book and I expected more.
There were revelations. There were lots of things in this book. I could have devoured it in one sitting, I really wanted to, but I also didn't want it to end. Which is why I read it over two days rather than one. The ending, though it isn't really a cliffhanger, like the first wasn't, makes me want to read more, as the first one did. Of course we have two wait until 2013! Why must authors and publishers make us wait so long?
The characters. Well Tris was slightly more annoying. And didn't like her as much. Four/Tobias was less understanding when he needed to be. I found myself getting slightly annoyed with them at points, but I understood why they were like that and I still didn't mind them in the end. The other characters were, as always, likeable or unlike able depending on where they stood. Marcus for instance was still a major douche. I hate him. I has my suspicions about Evelyn. All the characters are believable to me.
Though this book didn't really live up to the first in my eyes, it is still a book I could read over and over again, much like the first. I can't wait to find out what happens next! If you have not read Divergent and Insurgent you need to get your copies now. You cannot miss this series, it is a must-read!

Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Title; Divergent

Author; Veronica Roth

Publisher; Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins

Publication Date; April 28th 2011

Series; Divergent Book One

Can it stand alone? Not really.

Description; In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Star Rating; Five out of five.

Would I recommend it? Yes.

Who would I recommend it to? Anyone and everyone! According to the HarperCollins website this book is 14+, but I'd recommend it to 12+.

Review; Divergent is an amazing novel. Set in future Chicago this is a Dystopia novel. The world building was believable. I found myself thinking that this could be the actual future. I have not seen a bad review for this book. Not a single one. I'm sure if I was looking for one I'd find it, but the majority of reviews praise this book and its author.
The characters. None of them were particularly annoying as you usually find in a book. I found I liked most if not all of the characters. Well with an exception of the characters you are not supposed to like of course.
This book is well written. This book is amazing and it is definitely a must read!

Under Mr Nolan's Bed (Revised) by Selena Kitt

This book is for over 18s only!

Title; Under Mr Nolan's Bed

Author; Selena Kitt

Would I read anything else by this author? I'd like to try another Selena Kitt book, yes.

Publisher; CreateSpace (Self Published)

Publication Date; June 8th 2011

Series; Stand Alone Book

Can it stand alone? Of course it can, it's a stand alone book.

Description; Leah and Erica have been best friends and have gone to the same Catholic school since just about forever. Leah spends so much time with the Nolans—just Erica and her handsome stepfather now, since Erica’s mother died—that she’s practically part of the family. When the girls find something naughty under Mr. Nolan’s bed, their strict, repressive upbringing makes it all the more exciting as they begin their sexual experimentation. Leah’s exploration presses deeper, and eventually she finds herself in love for the first time, torn between her best friend and her best friend’s stepfather. 


This title contains erotic situations, lesbian sex, sex toys, some very naughty stepfather/stepdaughter incest and also makes mention of pornography, salmon, amusement parks, chocolate covered strawberries, brownies (as well as girl scouts), plaid skirts, naughty uses for confessionals and some sacrilegious humor.

Excerpt (You will find this on most sites);  “I saw you, Mr. Nolan.”

His jaw dropped and he looked at me, incredulous. “Saw me?”

“The night you came into the bathroom. Do you remember that?”

Glancing at him, I saw him nod, his face pale again.

“I watched you,” I admitted, my voice almost a whisper. “Touching yourself.”

“Oh Christ,” he whispered, closing his eyes.

“I can’t stop thinking about it,” I confessed. “Seeing you stroking yourself while you watched that man on the screen fuck those two girls…”

His eyes met mine, and I saw the shock in them at my language, but there was something else too, that wasn’t just shock. I’d seen it before, in the kitchen when he’d looked up my skirt, and a moment ago too, when he’d walked in and caught me masturbating.

“I can’t stop thinking about you,” I whispered, moving my hand up his thigh, high enough to feel that he was hard. I was encouraged by that, and the alcohol made me feel more free, like I’d drunk some liquid courage.

“Leah, I know this kind of thing can be confusing.” He took my hand and put it in my lap with a shaky sigh.

“I’m not confused,” I insisted, sliding down to the floor and kneeling between his legs. He shook his head, but I wrapped my arms around his waist, pressing my cheek against his crotch and nuzzling there.

“Oh hell,” he whispered, and I felt his hand moving in my hair, the lightest of touches.

“Please,” I murmured, turning my face, so my mouth moved over the hard length of him in his trousers. “I want to.”

I had him unzipped quickly, reaching in to find him, looking up into his eyes. He was dazed, startled, even a little horrified, but there was something underneath that, and whatever it was kept him from stopping me. He didn’t say no as I freed his cock and took it into my hand.

Star Rating; Four Stars for this one.

Would I recommend it? To a certain audience.

Who would I recommend it to? To those who love erotica and are not squeamish when it comes to step-dad/step-daughter getting involved.

Review; I have heard good things, and good things only when it comes to Selena Kitt's sex scenes. In no way was I let down. Her sex scenes were amazing. The plot was original and daring. But, yes unfortunately there is a but, the story itself was lacking in my eyes. Sure the book is an erotica, but I felt there was too much sex and not enough plot. Or maybe it wasn't the plot that lacked, but the writing outside of a sex scene.
Now I would still recommend this book because: One; There are a lot of mixed views because of the "taboo" subject. (Sorry for the ""s, but I just don't feel the Step-Father/Step-Daughter sex or relationships are particularly taboo.) Two; If you're going to try out something erotica it should at least be a book with a good sex scene, or you know several. Three; Whilst a few things were lacking for me - mainly the emotion, which is probably why it didn't 5*s - this book was still good enough to get four stars and I really enjoyed it.
Not all self published authors edit their work. Or have an original plot. Selena did. There were still a few mistakes with grammar and stuff, but who cares about a few grammatical mistakes when most of it is edited?
This book is a definite recommendation for lovers of erotica and taboo. And a recommendation to adults who are interested in starting to read the erotica genre.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Redemption (Redemption Series #1) by Lindsey Gray

Title; Redemption

Author; Lindsey Gray

Publisher; The Writer's Coffee Shop

Publication Date; May 17th 2011

Series; The Redemption Series Book One

Format; E-Book

Price I Paid; £0.00 (From Publisher) The Price is £12.25 at its cheapest on Amazon.co.uk

Where I got the book from; From the publisher for review.

Description; Life is for living. Afterlife is a chance at redemption. As the only remaining female vampire in existence, Lily attempts to make her way towards her ever after. But with best friend Becca, new beau Ian, human husband Ryan, Archangel Peter, and a host of demons all standing in the way of Lily’s chance at a peaceful eternity, how can she possibly survive?

Star Rating; Four Point Five (4.5)

Would I recommend it? Yes.

Who would I recommend it to? Due to a few very short scenes I'd say over 18s that have a love of Paranormal Romance and just Paranormal/Supernatural altogether.

Review; The prologue of this book really sucks the reader in. I wanted to read on. I had to find out more. It was so mysterious. Now when the beginning sucks you like that (like its supposed to) you know it's going to be a good book.
Twists and turns. A lot of things I wasn't expecting happened. Shock, disbelief, and excitement. Those were my primary emotions throughout most of the book. You find out so much, yet there is still a big sense of mystery which makes you want to read the other books in the series. Something that I need to do right about now. A review for the second one will be up soon, but I have a feeling I'm going to hate waiting for the third. And by hate I mean love, because the anticipation always makes the story better.
This book is not a book you can just skim through and still understand. You need to pay attention if you are going to read this book, otherwise you might miss some of the events that happen. A lot happens in this book. Some wondrous events, some not so much, but all events that make you want to keep reading.
Another thing I loved about this book was the way it was written! This book was written so well. Books these days usually either have a good plot and bad writing or a bed plot and good writing. This book has both! The plot is good and the way it is written is just, wow. I think I'm going to have to find more of Lindsey Gray's work if it's all written like this.
Now I bet you're thinking; if you loved this book so much why didn't you give it five stars? Honestly I'm not 100% sure why I just can't give it the full five stars. I found that I couldn't read it as quick as other books. Usually it takes me a day to read a book, but this book took me several days and not because of its length. I think this may be because of the format, the writing was too small for me. I feel that this made me miss out on the book. This is why I prefer physical copies.
This book has Vampires, Angels, Nephilim, Demons, you name it. This is totally new take on the Supernatural/Paranormal. Finally! This is the something new/different you have been searching for!
It may not get a full five stars from me, but that does not mean that this book is lacking. Its far from it in fact. If you're looking for a new supernatural/paranormal book to read, well you've found it. You cannot miss out on this gem of a book!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Hana (Delirium #1.5) by Lauren Oliver

Title; Hana

Author; Lauren Oliver

Publisher; HarperCollins

Publication Date; February 28th 2012

Series; Delirium Book 1.5

Can it stand alone? I would say no

Format; Kindle E-Book

Price; £1.99

Description; Lauren Oliver's riveting, original digital story set in the world of her New York Times bestseller Delirium.

The summer before they're supposed to be cured of the ability to love, best friends Lena and Hana begin to drift apart. While Lena shies away from underground music and parties with boys, Hana jumps at her last chance to experience the forbidden. For her, the summer is full of wild music, dancing—and even her first kiss.

But on the surface, Hana must be a model of perfect behavior. She meets her approved match, Fred Hargrove, and glimpses the safe, comfortable life she’ll have with him once they marry. As the date for her cure draws ever closer, Hana desperately misses Lena, wonders how it feels to truly be in love, and is simultaneously terrified of rebelling and of falling into line.

In this digital story that will appeal to fans of Delirium and welcome new admirers to its world, readers will come to understand scenes from Delirium through Hana's perspective. Hana is a touching and revealing look at a life-changing and tumultuous summer.

Would I recommend it? Yes.

Who would I recommend it to? Fans of Delirium. The short story is best fitted between book one and two. It's rightful place.

Star Rating;
Overall; 5 out of 5.
The Cover; 4 out of 5, I do like the cover, but it is not amazing.
The Plot; 4.75 out of 5, I loved seeing Hana's side of things.
The Way It Was Written; 5 out of 5, I like Lauren's style of writing, you're getting the information, but it still feels like there is a lot of mystery. It makes me want to read more.
The Story Itself; 5 out of 5, like I said I liked seeing Hana's side of things. It was well written and the way the whole story was pulled together. I loved it.
The Ending; 5 out of 5, wow, I did not see that coming. The ending was amazing, but I'm really having a love/hate relationship with it!

For People Who Haven't Read Any Of Lauren Oliver's Work; Delirium, Hana, and Pandemonium should be next on your wishlist! I'd also recommend Before I Fall, but unfortunately I haven't read it yet, so that's one of the books on my very large wishlist as well as Requiem the final book in the Delirium Trilogy! And if you have not read Delirium it's probably best you skip this review as it will contain spoilers Delirium.

Review; I had been wanting to read this short story ever since I heard of it. I am a big Delirium fan so I wanted more. A year is a long time to wait for a book. So when I came across the short story again I just couldn't put off buying it. Do I regret buying it? Of course not. Lauren is an amazing author. I really need to read more of her work. Did I find anything wrong with the story? Not at all!
I was always curious about Hana's side of things. Okay, so I'm more curious and eager to have something in Alex's POV, but I was also curious about Hana. The beautiful best friend who introduces Lena to the Underground parties. The one who was so for the movement and Underground parties and then suddenly wasn't. The best friend who once was in the front of Lena's life and then suddenly wasn't. I was always curious about her, especially considering she wasn't in Delirium a lot near the end. In this short story all of my questions about Hana were answered, even some I didn't really have until they were answered. If that makes any sense.
The ending of this story was shocking to say the least. A really big twist that you will not see coming. I had to reread the word several times to make sure I wasn't seeing things! I'm thinking I may have to read Delirium and Pandemonium again because of that explosive ending. When you read this story I'm sure you will not believe your eyes either.
Are you looking for more from the Delirium series? Looking for something to clear the deprivation while you wait for the final book? You've found it. It may leave you wanting more. It may satisfy your deprivation. Either way you must read this book.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Cover Reveal!

Title; The Star Child

Author; Stephanie Keyes

Publisher; Inkspell Publishing

Description; The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. 
Only one can stop the night.

Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?

About The Author; 
Stephanie Keyes was born in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania and has worked for the past twelve years as a corporate educator and curriculum designer in the Telecommunications industry. She holds a Master's degree in Education with a specialization in Instructional Technology from Duquesne University and a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Robert Morris University. She is a classically trained clarinetist, but also plays the saxophone and sings. When she's not writing, she is a wife to a wonderfully supportive husband and mother to two little boys whom she cites as her inspiration for all things writing. The Star Child is Mrs. Keyes' debut novel.

Website: http://www.stephaniekeyes.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephaniekeyes
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephanie-Keyes/150860604966160

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Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Title; Saving June

Author; Hannah Harrington

Publisher; Harlequin

Publication Date; May 1st 2011

Series; Stand-Alone

Description; ‘If she’d waited less than two weeks, she’d be June who died in June. But I guess my sister didn’t consider that.’

Harper Scott’s older sister has always been the perfect one so when June takes her own life a week before her high school graduation, sixteen-year-old Harper is devastated. Everyone’s sorry, but no one can explain why.

When her divorcing parents decide to split her sister’s ashes into his-and-her urns, Harper takes matters into her own hands. She’ll steal the ashes and drive cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going, California.

Enter Jake Tolan. He’s a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession and nothing in common with Harper’s sister. But Jake had a connection with June, and when he insists on joining them, Harper’s just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanour and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what she needs.

Except June wasn’t the only one hiding something. Jake’s keeping a secret that has the power to turn Harper’s life upside down again.

Stars; Five!

Would I recommend it? Totally. I loved this book, I'm sure you'd love it too!

Review; This book. What can I say about this book other than I loved it? This is the kind of book I could read over and over again. It is definitely going on to my favourites shelf. It's the kind of book that can make you laugh while you're still sobbing over the previous scene. You feel so many emotions all at once. Grief and regret are Harper's main emotions, other than anger and for me that was realistic. This whole book was realistic.
I loved the way music was weaved into the book. I am an avid listener and lover of music, the way Jake explained music to Harper, well that's how I feel about music. Music can help a person a lot, and I'm going to be checking out all the music that is in this novel. If I haven't already that is.
Saving June is a powerful book, if I didn't have to go to bed halfway through I would have never put this book down. The copy I read was an e-book, and ARC so I cannot wait to go out and buy my very own physical copy. I need to own this book because I will definitely be reading it again.
There has only ever been one or two other books that I felt as deeply about as I do this book. I'm going to be thinking back to this book for months to come. It has opened up suppressed emotions within me. I cannot fully relate to the story, but I feel like I can relate to parts. It is such a powerful and emotional book.
I'm saddened that the book had to end, but the ending was perfect for me. If you pick up any of the one books I have recommended this year, it should be this one. This book is beyond amazing. If you are looking for a book that makes you feel, then this is it!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor

Title; What I Didn't Say

Author; Keary Taylor

Publisher; CreateSpace

Publication Date; April 30th 2012

Series; Stand-Alone

Description; Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat. 

His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He's been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it's too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again.

When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he'll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn't limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you. And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she'll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she'll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn't say before, even if he can't actually say it.

Stars; Five out of five

Would I recommend it? I do recommend it. If you haven't picked up a copy already, then you should order it ASAP!

Review; This was a well written book for a heavy subject. The subject was not taken lightly and the book felt realistic to me. I liked how only the important days and events were written about, there was no need for filler chapters which I loved. The author's note that was at the end of this book made me like the book even more. How would you react to the news that you could never speak again? I'd want to scream, but I wouldn't be able to. To not be able to speak after being able to for so many years would be beyond difficult, for any of us. Which is why I am glad the subject was not taken lightly.
Sometimes you find with a book involving not-so-light subjects the story is just about the love and not the hardship. This is not the case with What I Didn't Say. Sure, the story has elements of love, that is what the story is about, but the love is not the main focus. The hardships and problems are front, as they should be.
I loved this book so much I want a sequel. I'd love to find out what happens with the rest of Samantha and Jake's life. I hope to see more of them in the future, but if not this one and only book was enough because it was amazingly written.
 I cannot wait to see more work by Keary Taylor. This is definitely one of my favourites and I recommend you pick up your own copy now. Don't forget to read the author's note, that for me made the story more precious and likeable. A must-read.