30 April 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Here's this week's book I can't wait for...

Beautiful Oblivion (Maddox Brothers, #1) by Jamie McGuire
Expected Publication - 1st July 2014

Synopsis:
The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.
Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.
Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt. 
Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red. 
As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.
In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.

I have only just jumped on the Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster bandwagon and I am now eager for more. I loved Trent in Walking Disaster so I am even more excited as his is the first Maddox brother!

What are you waiting on?

29 April 2014

Book Review: Out of Control by Sarah Alderson

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16080353-out-of-control
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Format: PDF (earc)
Publishers: Simon & Schuster UK
Published: 22nd May 2014
Pages: 320
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Thriller
Main Characters: Liva, Jay
Date Read: 18th April - 26th April 2014
Rating Given:
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Synopsis:When 17 year old Liva witnesses a brutal murder she’s taken into police custody for her own protection. But when the police station is attacked and bullets start flying it becomes clear that Liva is not just a witness, she’s a target.
Together with a car thief called Jay, Liva manages to escape the massacre but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit two killers who will stop at nothing to find them.
When you live on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.

He is blown instantly backwards, the force of the bullet throwing him several feet across the room. Gunfire detonates all around. But I don’t notice. I’m just staring at the body of the cop, lying on the floor not fifteen feet from me, his face no longer recognisable as a face, just a crater foaming with red, with shards of white poking out of it.

Out of Control was my Waiting on Wednesday post a couple of weeks back and when Sarah Alderson had noticed she kindly offered me a copy as a thank you, which I am so grateful for as it was a great book.

I love this cover and was the second thing that drew me into the want of having this book. It looks different to any book cover that I have seen before with its vivid colours and different style of font. I feel like it is one of the most eye catching covers that I have seen in awhile.

As soon as I started this book I was hooked as I haven't read anything like it before and there was a lot of action happening but it wasn't too over powering. I loved that I never knew what was going to happen next which sure kept me guessing throughout the book with some shockers that I was not expecting. The added romance to this book that I wasn't actually expecting but I am glad of it as I do love romance in the books I read. With Out of Control being set within a day or two it was surprising how believable the romance was as in some books it feels rushed but not in this case as it was more of a grower. I would have liked a bit more in the romance department as I didn't feel like there was much closure for them. I think this is because the ending didn't feel like 'The End' as for me there seemed to be a couple of unanswered questions which is why I couldn't give it the full 5 out of 5 that I was going to give it until the end.

‘Why are you here?’ I ask, still reeling from shock but trying not to show it. Seeing him again has sent my pulse rate rocketing, even as my stomach folds over on itself. It’s not just the surprise of seeing him, it’s the fact that I wanted to be mad at him, expecting to be, but I find I'm not. I’m relieved. So relieved I could cry.

I loved all the characters even though I wasn't quite sure who Liva could trust. I didn't think I was going to like Liva as at the beginning she seemed a bit annoying as she seemed to be one of those weak characters that no one likes but this wasn't the case and after everything she went through anyone would understand the way she was at the beginning. She was really smart and knew how to hold her own which really surprised me but in a good way. Jay was great and like Liva I had a different idea of who he was at the beginning where he came of as a bad boy he was actually just misunderstood and he had me laughing out load at times too. There was a couple of other secondary characters that I liked mainly Yoyo he was great especially the dance scene.

Overall this book was great and if it wasn't for the ending it would have been amazing.

My mind chugs desperately, trying to piece together all the events of the last thirty or so hours, probing to see where the fear has gone. I come up empty. There’s no more fear. Gently it tests to see what else I'm feeling. Am I still numb? No. There’s an unrelenting pain in my chest, like a bullet has tracked a path right through me, and lodged in my heart. There’s hurt and grief and guilt and regret thrown into the mix too. 

24 April 2014

Book Review: Recklessly Royal (Suddenly, #2) by Nichole Chase

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18103891-recklessly-royal
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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Avon Books
Published: 25th March 2014
Pages: 384
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Cathy, David
Date Read: 18th April - 23rd April 2014
Rating Given:
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Synopsis:Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . . 
When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?

"But if we date-even just one date to the movies, or a quick lunch in a hospital cafeteria, you're going to become tabloid fodder. Strangers meet and decide to date all the time. People have one-night stands all the time. Couples break up all the time. But with me? Or anyone in my family? All of that makes front-page news.” 

After reading and loving Suddenly Royal I couldn't wait to read the next one in the series Recklessly Royal, although I was scared that I wasn't going to enjoy it as much but I did love it and only a smidgen less than Suddenly Royal.

I have the same feelings with this cover as I did with Suddenly Royal that I wasn't a huge fan until I actually read the book so now when I see the cover it makes me smile as I know the scene in which it was referencing. I love the colours that have been used especially the pale blue it looks beautiful in the background.

As soon as I started this book I knew I was going to fall in love with it especially as we got t see a little more of Sam and Alex. Like Suddenly Royal this book had me laughing out loud especially one of the scenes involving the bachelorette party it was so funny. There was also some sad moments that nearly had me in tears but when it comes to these books I don't care if they make me cry it just shows me how talented the author is when they can get me so involved into a book. I loved the way in which the romance grew even though they had instant chemistry it was nice to see where it went during the book. They had great banter with one another as well as some sweet and tender moments that made me feel like they where destined to be together. As well as romance there was also the love of family and friends which was so sweet to see. I loved the ending but the epilogue I adored but am not going to spoil anything by telling you what happened just that it had me smiling like an idiot!

“I stared down into his handsome face while my mouth gaped like a fish. Oh my good God. No wonder I had thought he was a stripper. I had asked him to take his clothes off. If I had been alone I would have beat my head against the wall. An image of Sam stopping his hands fluttered through my mind and my cheeks heated. I really had told him to take his clothes off.” 

With most of the characters being in the first book I was able to get an instant liking to them and the more we got to know about each of them the more I thought they where great characters. Cathy was such a sweetheart as she was so selfless even when she should have been selfish but I did love the way in which she grew into herself. I loved David from the moment we met him in Suddenly Royal and that love only grew when we got to see even more of his caring side as well as his mischievous side, the only thing was I preferred Alex over David. We got to see a lot of Max in this book which has got me very excited for his book as I loved him he was so funny, protecting and even sweet, I think Alex might have a run for his money in favourite ever male lead!

Overall the second book in the Suddenly series is amazing just not as much as Suddenly Royal but I think that had more to do with missing Alex!

“There was something special about the way his eyes met mine, the way his hands felt on my skin. It hit me like a ton of bricks when I realized that it was because he saw me, the woman, not the princess. I never thought that would happen, and the feeling was intoxicating.” 

23 April 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Here's this week's book I can't wait for...

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Expected Publication - 7th October 2014

Synopsis
Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late. 
Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. 
In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. 
But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? 
BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

I never knew there was a new book from Becca Fitzpatrick until a couple of weeks ago when I saw it in someone else's WOW, but now I know about it the more excited about it I get!

What are you waiting on this week?

22 April 2014

Book Review: Suddenly Royal (Suddenly, #1) by Nichole Chase

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16143323-suddenly-royal
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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Avon Books
Published: 26th November 2013
Pages: 400
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Samantha, Alex
Date Read: 29th January - 31st January 2014
Rating Given:
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Blurb:

Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.


“Are they donating money to the programme?"
"No." I let that rattle around their heads for a minute. "Apparently I'm royalty." You could've heard a pin drop because I was pretty sure they had both stopped breathing. "Go figure, right?”

I had seen this around on Goodreads and I thought it sounded like something I might like so I brought it of Amazon as it was really cheap and I am so glad I did as I thought it was an amazing book.

 The cover didn't really grab me at first as I felt it was a bit simple but when I read the book the cover reminded me of a scene so naturally I felt different about the cover and it makes me smile thinking about that scene.

I can not begin to describe how much I adored this book and it definitely moves to the top of my favourite ever books which I think is going to be hard for any other book to overtake this one that's for sure. From the very beginning I was captivated by the world that Nichole Chase created and I was also captivated by the characters. Other books have made me laugh but nowhere near like how I was laughing in this book as it had me in stitches. As well as being a very funny book it was also a sad book and I was in floods of tears it was so moving and very beautifully written. The attraction between Alex and Samantha was great to see develop and from the moment they shared the same pages I wanted no I needed them to be together as they had great chemistry but what was nice to see was they had a great friendship. I loved the ending as it was so beautiful and again had me in tears but for happiness this time but also this is a part of a series so I have a feeling we will get to see more of Alex and Samantha.

“Alex landed on my carefully laid trap. "Pay up Prince Yummy." The nickname burst out of my mouth as I mentally screamed in slow motion, trying to stop my lips from uttering the words.”

Every character in this book I loved they where all brilliantly written I could imagine them very clearly. Samantha has to be one of my favourite female characters ever as she was funny, strong and independent who would do anything for the people she loved even if that meant she would be hurting herself. When she found out about her Royal background I felt she handled it really well and with a lot of dignity especially the way the media treated her. As for Alex (or as it was said many times Prince Yummy) I loved him from the very first moment we met him he was charming, funny and fiercely protective for me he could do no wrong especially in his very sweet moments that had me swooning. I'm not going to mention all the characters as we could be here all day as I loved everything about them all but I will say is watch out for Chadwick he is hilarious.

Overall this is an amazing book that enchanted me from the very beginning until the very end and I already can't wait to read it again!!

“You're not just anything." His voice rose a little and he snapped his mouth shut for a minute. He pulled out of the parking lot and headed toward the city. "Y're not just anything. Even 'just Sam' is something special.”


20 April 2014

Showcase Sunday #81

Showcase Sunday is a weekly Meme that I am taking part of. This weekly meme is hosted by Vicky over at Book, Biscuits and Tea.
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Physical Books

  
I received these three books for Easter from my lovely Mum. I have read Suddenly Royal on my kindle a couple of months ago but I wanted a copy for my book shelves. Looking forward to reading the other two books although I can't remember what happened in the Dark Divine books before this one.

Free Kindle Books

 
I still need to read the book before Fire into the Darkness but with this one being free I just had to get it. I must admit the only reason why I got Freaking Freak (apart from being free) was the stunning cover!

Review Kindle Books

  
  
All but one of these books was from Netgalley. Out of Control was a review copy from the lovely author Sarah Alderson who after seeing my Waiting on Wednesday post asked me if I wanted a copy and I of course jumped at the chance.

Thanks to...
Mum
Netgalley
Sarah Alderson


What did you get this week?

17 April 2014

Book Review: Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2) by Jamie McGuire

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15766911-walking-disaster
Format: Paperback
Publishers: Simon & Schuster UK
Published: 16th April 2013
Pages: 432
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Travis, Abby
Date Read: 9th April - 13th April 2014

Rating Given:
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Blurb:
How much is too much to love?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.
In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.
“One of these days you're going to fall in love, son. Don't settle for just anyone. Choose the girl that doesn't come easy; the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting. Never” 

I bought Walking Disaster back when it was released over here in the UK without reading the first one and without reading the blurb. When I found out it was the same as Beautiful Disaster but from Travis's POV I was put of reading it, however as soon as I read Beautiful Disaster I knew it wouldn't take me long to pick up Walking Disaster and on the plus side I loved it maybe even more than Beautiful Disaster.

I'm not a huge fan of this cover and the only reason is because I much prefer the American version so for me this one is a bit of a let down. I do like that it's in keeping with the first book though.

As soon as I started to read Walking Disaster I knew that I was going to love it as it was the same as Beautiful Disaster yet different at the same time. I loved that we got to see some of the same scenes from Beautiful Disaster but in Travis's POV as I felt we understood more about what on earth he was thinking about and even better we find out why Travis calls Abby Pigeon. There was also some great new scenes that we didn't get in BD but I did know when some of my favourite scenes in BD was missing which is the only thing I can think of from being perfect. I felt more involved in this book this time around and I think that has to do with the fact the build up of the story was in BD. What I loved the most was that we got to see a different ending in WD by going further into the future which I am always a fan of books that do that.

“A toast” I yelled, climbing onto a chair. On my way to the top, I stole someone’s beer and held it out in front of me. “To douche bags!” I said gesturing to Brad. “And to girls that break your heart.” I bowed to Abby. My throat tightened. “And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her. ” 

I thought I would have the same views on the characters as BD but surprisingly I never. The only character that I had similar feeling as BD was Travis but even he was so much better this time around which is most likely because we knew how he was feeling and he seemed so much sweeter because of it. Abby went down in my estimations in this book but  I guess that has more to do with knowing how she kept hurting Travis. I thought I would like Shepley more this tim around but if anything he got on my nerves even more as to me he felt a bit too selfish. I loved that we got to see more of Travis's brothers especially Trent they where great and has me very excited for their own books.

Overall this book is one of my new favourites even more than Beautiful Disaster which I didn't think was possible.

“I took a deep breath, and shut the bedroom door behind me. Even though we'd put each other through hell, we'd found heaven. Maybe that was more than a couple of sinners deserved, but I wasn't going to complain.”

16 April 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Out of Control by Sarah Alderson

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Here's this week's book I can't wait for...


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16080353-out-of-control
Out of Control by Sarah Alderson
Expected Publication - 22nd May 2014

Blurb:
When 17 year old Liva witnesses a brutal murder she’s taken into police custody for her own protection. But when the police station is attacked and bullets start flying it becomes clear that Liva is not just a witness, she’s a target.
Together with a car thief called Jay, Liva manages to escape the massacre but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit two killers who will stop at nothing to find them.
When you live on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.

I have read a couple of Sarah Alderson's books and enjoyed them so I'm hoping that this book will be no different and with a blurb like that it won't be.


What are you waiting on this week? 

15 April 2014

Book Review: Frigid (Frigid, #1) by J.Lynn

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16122034-frigid
Format: Kindle
Publishers: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Published: 15th July 2013
Pages: 252
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Sydney, Kyler
Date Read: 8th April - 13th April 2014

Rating Given:
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Blurb:
For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love. 
Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect and she's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have. 
But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.
 I was the friend who knew everything about him and whom he trusted above everyone else. I was Kyler's best friend. And because of that, he would never love me the way i loved him.

I have had this one on my kindle for awhile now but I just kept forgetting about it until now but I'm glad I have read it now as just like all J.Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout's other books Frigid was just as addicting.

I'm not a huge fan of this particular cover as I don't like the look of the male model as Kyler. I do love the background of the cover though as it's visually stunning with the use of snow and the colours it just works well with the story as well as eye catching.

Frigid for me was very enjoyable and so addicting as I never seemed to want to put it down. The only reason why I couldn't give it the full rating was because at the time I was also reading another book Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire which I prefered over Frigid. I loved the story of Frigid in the way that they where best friends first it made it that much sweeter. There was so much chemistry between them that I found found myself wanting to smack them upside the head. Even though I love romance in my books I also love some mystery which Frigid had plenty of as I tried my hardest to think of who would want to scare Sydney and Kyler throughout the book but I didn't actually guess correctly.  I loved the ending as it was perfect and so so sweet, although there is a part of me that wishes it went into the future but I guess we might see them a little bit in the second book.

He held his hands out to his sides and looked around slowly before his gaze settled on me. “I am awesome.” I could barely breathe. “Yeah.” A knock sounded on my bedroom door a second before it opened. Dad popped his head in, eyes wide. “I’m just making sure he made it up here alive.” I nodded and Kyler flashed a grin. “I’m in one piece.” “That’s good to see.” Dad started to close the door, but stopped. “Next time, use the front door, Kyler.” “Yes, sir,” Kyler said.”

Sydney was a great character who was a smart woman until it came to Kyler then she wasn't so smart but in those moments she was so strong I don't think I could be as strong as she was. Kyler was very much a male whore but like all the other male characters that are portrayed in this way I just couldn't help but love him. There was times when he did annoy me but so did Sydney and this makes for more realistic characters that are not flawless. I also loved some of the secondary characters including Tanner and Andrea (which I'm glad about as the next book in the Frigid series is about these two), but also I loved Sydney's Dad as there was something about him that was so endearing.

Overall another strong book from J.Lynn I just wish I wasn't reading Walking Disaster at the same time as I might have loved it even more.

I lifted my head so my chin rested on his chest. “But you love me?” His lips tipped up at the corners. “I love you as much as a kid loves Santa.” I laughed. “That’s serious.” “Hardcore,” he murmured.” 


10 April 2014

Book Review: Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1) by Kresley Cole

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13450339-poison-princess
Format: Hardback
Publishers: Simon & Schuster
Published: 2nd October 2012
Pages: 369
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Romance
Main Characters: Evie, Jackson, Matthew, Selena
Date Read: 1st April - 8th April 2014
Rating Given:
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Blurb:
She could save the world—or destroy it.
Sixteen-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.
But she can't do either alone.
With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can't totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?
Who can Evie trust?
As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it's not always clear who is on which side.

“Remember my titles? I don't get poisoned, I do the poisoning. I'm the Princess of it”

I received this book for Christmas the year that it came out and I have only now just gotten around to reading it. I seriously don't know why it took me so long to start it as it was amazing...

At first I wasn't quite sure about the cover as I felt the guy looked far too old for her so it looked creepy. Now that I have read it I now understand that he is only a couple of years older but looks a lot older so now love the cover. I love the use of colours and the way that it is in keeping with the story and I can completely imagine those two models as Evie and Jackson.

“The corners of his lips curled. “You and your secrets. Ah, peekôn, just when I think I’ve solved one mystery about you, up comes another one. I will figure you out one day. En garde, cher. Consider yourself warned.”

I have read a few of Kresley Cole's adult books which I loved and I knew as soon as I started this book that Poison Princess would be no different.  It was just so different to any other book that involved Torot cards I have never read anything like it which made a refreshing change. It was so captivating that I never wanted to put it down even when I knew I had to, it did help that the chapters was short so I could read that next chapter. I was so involved with this story I felt the way that Evie did as I never knew who she could trust. Poison Princess had so many things going on that it never had any boring moments it was just thrilling from beginning to end. I loved the slow build up of the romance which shocked me as usually I love the big romance from the get go but not with Poison Princess as it seemed more believable. You could feel the chemistry between Evie and Jackson even when they wouldn't admit it to themselves. The ending was a bit of a biggie with major shocks and a promise of more to come, thankfully I have the second book so I won't have a long wait.

“Damn, cher, you still smell like a blossom. Been so long since I've seen a flower that I'd nearly forgotten what they smelled like." He took a lock of my hair, rubbing it between his thumb and forefinger. "You're dressing up and using expensive perfume? Ole Jack senses a trap. Consider me snared.” 

The characters in this book where great with a lot of self discovery on Evie's part. Evie was such a strong character even though she wasn't physically strong for the most part of the book that didn't matter as she was mentally strong when anyone else would have crumbled. I wasn't sure I was going to like Jackson but the more we see of him the more I fell for him as for the most part he was just misunderstood but there was times when he did stupid things but that made him a more believable character.

Overall this was a great start to what I hope will be an amazing series!

“The Empress doesn't get collared, or caged, or tortured. How artfully she beckons, how perfectly she punishes....”

9 April 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Here's this week's book I can't wait for...

The Queen of Zombie Hearts (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #3) by Gena Showalter
Expected Publication - 30th September 2014

Blurb:
I have a plan.
We'll either destroy them for good, or they'll destroy us.
Either way, only one of us is walking away.
Alice 'Ali' Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers; until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters; and the worst has only begun.
As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing and turning Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

I loved the first book in The White Rabbit Chronicles and even though I haven't read the second one (yet) I am really excited to read the third book.


What book are you waiting on? 

8 April 2014

Book Review: The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1) by Marie Rutkoski

Format: Kindle (Review)
Publishers: Bloomsbury
Published: 3rd July 2014
Pages: 368
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Main Characters: Kestrel, Arin
Date Read: 2nd April - 7th April 2014
Rating Given:
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Blurb:
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.
Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. 
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

I felt like I needed to read a good YA book as at the minute NA and Adult books are so much better, so I thought I would be ok with this one especially after all those rave reviews. Oh boy was I wrong...

Before I even read all the reviews I wanted this book just because of my love of the cover. The cover stands out for me because of the dress with all those ruffles it reminded me of The Luxe series. I loved the layout of the title and the authors name as it worked really well with the rest of the cover.

When I first started this book I was going to stop reading it as not only could I not get into it but it was a review book from Netgalley with every other line having no spaces so it was very difficult to understand. For quite a lot of the book there was anything of interest happening you just knew that something was going to happen and it did which made it a lot more interesting. There was moments in this book where I couldn't put it down but for the most part I just didn't get all those five star ratings. I thought the romance was very much lacking and I would loved to have a bit more focus on it but it was more believable than some books as it wasn't love at first sight and it took awhile for them to understand their attraction towards one another. Towards the end I was thinking about giving it a higher rating as I really got into it but then the ending happened and it put me off, although I do feel like I am more likely to read the next book than what I did in the beginning.

For the most part of this book I didn't really have any feelings towards the characters and it wasn't until closer to the end when I started liking them. Kestrel I felt grew up a lot during this book because at the beginning she seemed a little too naive and annoying but on the other hand you could tell she was a clever person. I thought I was going to really like Arin but I just couldn't warm to him until the end when he started to be sweet. There was a few other characters in there but I wasn't really sure who to like as they all seemed to have a hidden agenda.

Overall the beginning should have started off more like the second half of the book as then it would have been amazing but in the end I just found this book a bit lacking.

6 April 2014

Showcase Sunday #80

Showcase Sunday is a weekly Meme that I am taking part of. This weekly meme is hosted by Vicky over at Book, Biscuits and Tea and for more info click on the SS image which will take you straight to the blog.
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3 April 2014

Book Review: The Haunted (MacKinnon Curse, #2) by J.A. Templeton

May contain spoilers from the first book
Format: Kindle
Publishers: Indie
Published: 8th January 2012
Pages: 214
Genre: Mature YA, Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Riley, Kade, Shane
Date Read: 29th March - 1st April 2014
Rating Given:
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Blurb:
After battling a malevolent ghost that held the spirit of her friend Ian MacKinnon bound to the land for two hundred years, sixteen-year-old reluctant psychic, Riley Williams, felt as if she was finally easing into her new life in Scotland.
Or so she thought.
Laria, the spirit of the witch who had cursed Ian wants revenge for Riley’s interference and she’s bringing along friends—dark entities who thrive on evil.
The one bright spot in Riley’s world is Ian’s descendent, Kade MacKinnon, who could easily be Ian’s modern day twin. The parallels between the two guys are undeniable. As Riley’s relationship with Kade blossoms, she begins to realize Laria has grown in her power since their last confrontation—a power that could very well manipulate the living just as effectively as the dead.
Please note: THE HAUNTED is a mature YA. Due to strong language, mention of alcohol and drug use, cutting, and sexual content, it is not recommended for younger teens.

This is the second in the MacKinnon Curse series which I have had on my kindle ages which I am surprised at as I have loved the books before this and was told by my Sister that it was a great series, which I now believe her...

I kind of like the cover as it matches the rest of the series. I especially the the font for the title as the red slashes do tie in with the story.

When I first started this book I didn't think I was going to remember what had happened in the previous books as it has been a while since I read them but there was a few little reminders throughout the book that helped me understand. This book was a lot more creepier than the previous books as the ghosts seemed a lot stronger than before, but I didn't mind this as it kept me hanging on their every move. I loved that I never knew what was going to happen next with a lot of things that shocked me it was just that enthralling I felt like I was there with Riley. I didn't think that I was going to like the romance side of the story as I thought it wouldn't be believable considering how she felt for Ian but the more we got to see Riley and Kade interact the more I felt their chemistry through the pages. I felt so many different emotions throughout this book especially sadness but there was a couple of light moments that had me smiling away to myself. I loved the ending as some of the things kind of got sorted out but there was a lot more that didn't which has me excited to read the next book that I will try and read a lot sooner than I did with this one and the first one.

I loved all of the returning characters and some of the new ones introduced was just as loveable. It was hard to know which characters where acting like themselves and which wasn't but like Riley I started to twig on which where which. Riley seemed a lot stronger in this one which was surprising with all the things that kept happening to her and she kept her head held high which was great to see. Kade was another great character who wasn't in the first one as much as he was in this one so I felt we got a better understanding of him. There was a moment I was a bit scared when he did something really bad but I understood what happened. One of the new characters was Madison who I would loved to have seen more of as she seems like a great character.

Overall another great book in the MacKinnon Curse series that had me addicted from page one!

2 April 2014

BOTM #30

Another great month of books but a few that I wasn't a fan of and felt like it took me ages to read.
Here's the books that I read in March:


  • Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout - 5/5 
  • The Rising (The Painted Maidens, #1) by Terra Harmony - 2.5/5
  • Existence (Existence, #1) by Abbi Glines - 3.5/5
  • Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) by Jamie McGuire - 5/5
  • Private Air by Billie Bates - 2/5
  • Her Best Laid Plans by Cara McKenna - 4/5
  • Juilliard or Else by Nichele Reese - 3.5/5
  • Playing With Fire (Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, #1) by Gena Showalter - 5/5
  • Pregame by Taylor Wade - 4.5/5
  • A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn - 3.5/5
  • The Haunted (MacKinnon Curse, #2) by J.A. Templeton - 5/5
And the book of the month is...

I had a few 5/5 books this month but when looking through them there was no other book that I could choose from that was better than Beautiful Disaster. I really enjoyed this book it is definitely up there with my all time favourites and I can't wait to read it from Travis's POV which I am hopefully reading in April!

Waiting on Wednesday - Reluctantly Royal by Nichole Chase

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Here's this week's book I can't wait for...

Reluctantly Royal (Suddenly, #3) by Nichole Chase
Expected Publication - 26th August 2014

Blurb:
Maxwell Jameson Trevor, prince of Lilaria, hates his royal role. Despising the limelight, he takes solace in his art studio and steers clear of any drama. But when one of the newly discovered royals passes away, Maxwell's brother Alex asks him to break the news to the old man's granddaughter. Though he hates to be the bearer of doom and gloom, he doesn't want the poor girl to find out from the tabloids. For Maxwell knows all too well how devastating that could be.
Coming from a broken home and modest background, newly ordained Lady Meredith Thysmer has seized her chance to make a better life for herself and her son. She's not afraid to use her best assets to get what she wants. But when the unpretentious yet devastatingly handsome Max delivers his news, her plans for the future come crashing to a halt. In the challenging days ahead, Max's compassion, humor, and steadfast loyalty to Meredith and her son win her over. She quickly finds herself doing something she swore would never happen again: falling in love. And yet Maxwell still refuses to completely drop his guard. Somehow Meredith's got to find a way to seduce this reluctant royal.

I still haven't got the second one yet (I will be getting it for Easter instead of an egg!) but I am still really excited to read this one especially if it's anywhere near as good as the first one Suddenly Royal which so far is my favourite read of this year and of all time!!