28 May 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Come Back To Me by Mila Gray

"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...

Come Back To Me by Mila Gray
Expected Publication: 19th June 2014

Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.
But Kit's not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa's falling for his irresistible charms.
What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.
When summer's over and it's time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa's finally following her dreams and Kit's discovered there's someone he'd sacrifice everything for.
Jessa's prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they're forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.
A breathtaking, scorchingly hot story about love, friendship, family and finding your way back from the edge of heartbreak.

This book is actually by Sarah Alderson who is going under the pen name of Mila Gray.
I only found out about this book last week on Facebook but now that I know about it I am very excited to read it. Come Back To Me is a New Adult Contemporary Romance book which at the moment seem to be my favourite reads so I'm hoping this is no different. I have actually been sent an arc copy of the book so I don't have too long of a wait I just need to get a couple of other books read first!

What are you waiting on?

27 May 2014

Book Review: Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, #4) by Katie McGarry

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Format: Kindle (earc)
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
Published: 27th May 2014
Pages: 544
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Haley, West
Date Read: 13th May - 22nd May 2014
Rating Given:
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Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.
Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.
West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.
Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

"Because you're the girl I've been waiting for. If you want to break up, then you're going to have to do it because I won't. You're it for me and I'm not walking away."

I have been waiting on this book for what feels like forever so when it was available from Netgalley I obviously jumped at the chance to read it. I would say it was worth the wait but for me it wasn't as good as the previous books in this series...

I'm in two minds about this cover as it does continue on with the same feel as the other books. My favourite part of this cover is the font and layout of the title as it makes it a bit different to other books. I'm not a huge fan of the models as I don't feel like they are the right look for Haley and West.

When I first started Take Me On I thought I was loving it just as much as the rest of the series but when I stopped for a bit I realised for me it didn't have that wow factor that the others had. I felt it was a little on the dull side at times but for the rest of the time I did enjoy it especially the fight scenes as these where entertaining. I think for me the dull part of the book was the romance as it for me it didn't feel like there was any real connection between the pair of them until near to the end. What I love about Katie McGarry's Pushing the Limits series is that it isn't all about the romance but about family as well even if they have dysfunctional families it doesn't matter there is still some love there especially from the siblings on both sides. The ending was as sweet as all the others in this series but also left open to revisit them.

Like in the previous two books we get to see some of the characters from other books in this series although there wasn't as many as they usually have but it was still nice to see Rachel and Isaiah. With Haley I wasn't quite sure I liked her at times as she was very annoying and I just wanted to shake some sense into her but when we find out more and more about her past and what she is still dealing with I do have a better understanding about her. I loved West even more than I did in Crash Into You as we got to know him a lot better and he was a great character to get to know better and there was time that I felt so sorry for him.

Overall this one just didn't stand up to the other books but it still was a very enjoyable read.

25 May 2014

Showcase Sunday #83

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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Last week I was away at a (outstanding) show from Cirque Du Soleil so I never did a showcase so this weeks is a mixture of last week and this weeks books.
While at the show I got myself a programme which was great to see the show in pictures.

Kindle Books Bought
I had some Amazon GC left so when this book was released I jumped at the chance of getting a copy for my kindle. I am so excited to read this book I just hope it lives upto my expectations!

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23 May 2014

Cover Reveal - Facing the Music by Andrea Laurence

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Author: Andrea Laurence
Release Date: September 15, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Five years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup, called “Size Matters”; hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships.

When a tornado whips through town and destroys the high school gymnasium and stadium, a committee is formed to help rebuild and plan some charity fundraisers. Blake’s grandmother requests that Ivy return to Rosewood for the events. Forced back together for the good of their hometown and their careers, Ivy and Blake have no choice but to put aside their differences, stop running from their pasts, and finally face the music.

God must be rewarding him for his patience. That had to be the answer. There was no other reason why he would trip over a scenario this sweet. Ivy was outside wearing nothing but a pair of bikini bottoms and a frown.

Blake killed the engine and slowly pulled his boat up to the dock. He tied it up, taking careful steps to secure his baby and make Ivy wait as long as humanly possible. From what he could see, she wasn’t going anywhere, even if she wanted to.

He climbed onto the dock and strolled causally over to the Hudson cabin with his hands thrust into his pockets. Taking his time, Blake soaked in every delicious detail, from Ivy’s irritated scowl to the full globes of her breasts pressed beneath her inadequate hands. He’d never been so jealous of a pair of hands in his life.

His jeans tightened uncomfortably as his inspection ran over her mostly bare body. He was frankly surprised by the reaction. Not because she wasn’t a beautiful and sexy woman—she was; that was a given—but because his dick had a deep, abiding hatred of Ivy. So did the rest of him, but it was his penis that had become the center of national attention for being woefully inadequate. At the moment, however, he had ample evidence to the contrary.

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Andrea Laurence has been a lover of reading and writing stories since she learned to read at a young age. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to finally be able to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she's working on her own "happily ever after" with her boyfriend and their collection of animals including a Siberian Husky that sheds like nobody's business.

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22 May 2014

Book Review: Storm (Elemental, #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Kensington
Published: 24th April 2012
Pages: 353
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Becca, Chris
Date Read: 12th May - 21st May 2014
Rating Given:
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Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.
Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.
And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.
Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.
The storm is coming . . .

“Lightning struck five feet away. Becca screamed. Then lightning hit the other end of the bridge, almost directly hitting the Guide. Chris froze. Another bolt, five feet off. The man darted back, away from the bridge, fighting to keep his footing in the wind. Another bolt. And another. Lightning rained from the sky, targeting their enemy. The Guide ran. "Yeah," growled a voice from behind them. "Watch that fucker run now. ” 

I have wanted this book for quite a while but when I did get I still didn't read it straight away and I don't know why because I loved this book...

 I'm not a huge fan of this cover and I think that mainly comes down with the model used, I really don't think they represent any of the brothers even the one at the front looks too old to be Chris, there should be two that look identical as well seeing as they're identical twin brothers. I do love the colour as it represents the element that is portrayed in the book.

As soon as I started Storm I fell in love with it, I was so drawn into the world in which Brigid Kemmerer created I wanted to read just one more chapter and even read the end so I know how everything turns out. There was a few twists and turns that I never expected and even though I did read the last page there was still surprises along the way.There was so much action going on throughout Storm that I was never bored and it was interesting the way the use of elements was used as it made it different to other books using the elements. What I liked was that the romance wasn't the main focus of the story which surprised me as usually I love loads of romance in the books I read but because the rest of the story was so entertaining I didn't feel like I missed out on the romance. The ending was good as there was a bit of a cliff hanger but not much of one which for me is the best way to end a book in a series.

I loved nearly all of the characters and the only ones I didn't like were the ones that we weren't supposed to like. Becca was a great female role who started off being the one to help the guy out of a fight but even though she seemed like this strong person there was also a weak side to her but that was just because of the things she goes through so it was very understandable. I loved Chris he was so sweet and caring with a hint of danger which made him a great male lead character. I'm not sure what I think of Hunter as at the beginning I liked him then towards the end not so much so I'm hoping that when I read Hunter's book that I will like him more than I do at the moment. I loved all of Chis's brothers especially Gabriel he was so funny but also had a very dark side to him, I can't wait to read his book so I can hopefully see a softer side to him.

Overall this was a great start to the series and I am so glad I have the next two books waiting for me because I have a feeling this series could just get better and better!

“So let me get this straight.”... “He threw the note at Tommy and then told him to fuck off? Or do I have it backwards?” “I’m detecting some sarcasm.” “And then got himself sent the principal’s office because he was ready to defend your honor?” “Quinn.” “Her friend waved a hand. “No, I think you might be on to something. This is clearly an elaborate plot to screw with you. He asks you out, he defends you from that meathead—what next?” Quinn’s eyes flashed wide in mock surprise. “Crap, Bex, do you think he will do something truly horrible like buy you flowers?”

21 May 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - On the Fence by Kasie West

"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...

On the Fence by Kasie West
Expected Publication: 1st July 2014

She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door…
Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.
Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

Only found out about this one a couple of weeks ago but now I know about it I am really excited to read it as I am loving contemporary romances at the moment.

What are you waiting on?

15 May 2014

Book Review: Flight (The Crescent Chronicles, #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Indie
Published: 16th August 2012
Pages: 268
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Allie, Levi
Date Read: 8th May - 12th May 2014
Rating Given:
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Sometimes you just have to take flight.
A summer in New Orleans is exactly what Allie needs before starting college. Accepting her dad’s invitation to work at his hotel offers an escape from her ex-boyfriend and the chance to spend the summer with her best friend. Meeting a guy is the last thing on her mind—until she sees Levi.
Unable to resist the infuriating yet alluring Levi, Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

“I’d sworn off men, or really boys, because those were the only type of males I tended to attract.” 

This book has been waiting on my kindle for just under a year now and finally I got around to reading it I just wish I loved it as much as I thought I was going to.

I'm not a huge fan of this cover the only thing I kind of like is the colour and mystical feel to it. What I really don't like is the male model as he is not how I would picture Levi, this model looks too young and a bit too lanky for Levi.

Flight for me was a bit hit and miss as there was parts that I loved but there was parts that I just didn't like but I do feel like this series could get better as they go on as Flight improved throughout the book. The beginning felt a bit off as there was just nothing happening and there was a lot more trust between the paranormal and the human that I am not used too. Usually it takes a while for us to find out what the paranormal is but we found out pretty much straight away which I just didn't find believable. Towards the end a lot more action in the book which I liked I just wish it wasn't just at the end because then this would have been so much more interesting. For once I didn't like the romance side of the story but that is only because it felt forced and also one minute she was saying on and then the next minute they where together which I felt came out of the blue. I do feel like it ended well as it has made me want to find out what happens next but no huge cliffhanger which is always a bonus in my eyes.

I'm not a huge fan of any of the characters but some where more likeable than others. I kind of liked Allie as she wasn't as whiny as some other female lead characters which was a refreshing change. I also liked that she didn't give in easily which was also a nice change. I'm not too sure about Levi as there was times when I liked him as he was funny but there was a lot of times when I couldn't stand him especially after finding out what he did to Allie and then blamed her when something happened to her when in fact it was his fault.

Overall I liked this book I just didn't love it but I will continue with the series as I really need to know how everything will play out next.

"You're so beautiful. So unbelievably beautiful..." he trailed off as his lips met mine. The kiss started off gentle but neither of us could keep it that way for long. It might have been our second kiss, but it was our first real one.

14 May 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Sway by Kat Spears

"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...

Sway by Kat Spears
Expected Publication: 16th September 2014

High school senior Jesse Alderman, or Sway as he's known, could sell hell to a bishop.  He also specializes in getting things people want—term papers, a date with the prom queen, fake IDs.  It's all business with Jesse.  He has few close friends and he never lets emotions get in the way.
But when Ken, captain of the football team, leading candidate for homecoming king, and all around jerk, hires Jesse to help him win the heart of the angelic Bridget Smalley, Jesse finds himself feeling all sorts of things.  While following Bridget and learning the intimate details of her life, he falls helplessly in love for the very first time. He also finds himself in an accidental friendship with Bridget's younger brother who's belligerent and self-pitying after spending a lifetime dealing with cerebral palsy.  Suddenly Jesse is visiting old folks at a nursing home in order to run into Bridget, and offering his time to help the less fortunate, all the while developing a bond with this young man who idolizes him.  The tinman really does have a heart after all. 
A Cyrano De Bergerac story with a modern twist, Sway is told from Jesse’s point of view with unapologetic truth and biting humor. His observations about the world around him are untempered by empathy or compassion--until Bridget's presence in his life forces him to confront his quiet devastation over a life changing event a year earlier and maybe, just maybe, feel SOMEthing, again.

I saw this book on someone's WOW last week (sorry can't remember who's blog it was) and thought it sounded like my kind of book plus it sounds a little like the film 10 Things I Hate About You which I love so I'm sure this book will be just as good, well here's hoping!

What's your WOW this week?

13 May 2014

Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Greenwillow Books
Published: 27th March 2012
Pages: 472
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, re-telling
Main Characters: Azalea
Date Read: 1st May - 10th May 2014
Rating Given:
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Come and mend your broken hearts here. In this retelling of the classic tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," the eldest princess must fight to save her family—and her heart—from an ancient dark magic within the palace walls. "Full of mystery, lush settings, and fully orbed characters, Dixon's debut is both suspenseful and rewarding."—ALA Booklist
Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her—beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing—it's taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. So he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest, but there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late. "Readers who enjoy stories of royalty, romance, and magic will delight in Dixon's first novel."—Publishers Weekly

“You cannot dance up there," he said, quietly. "I can see you are in mourning. But you are welcome to dance here, among the magic. Please. Come and mend you broken hearts here. Come back, every night.”

I have had Entwined on my bookshelf for awhile now but I have only just gotten around to reading it, I just didn't enjoy it as much as what I thought I would...

For me this was very much book cover lust and as soon as I saw it I just had to have it which I should really try and not do that as in some cases the story isn't as stunning as the cover which was the case for this book. I love everything about this cover from the beautiful dress to the flowers around the edging and don't forget the beautiful font for the title.

When I first started Entwined I just couldn't get into it and it took awhile as well. There was moments in the beginning when things would pick up but then it would be uninteresting again, I would say it wasn't until closer to the end when I really got into this book. I think maybe at a different time this would have been amazing for me but I have read so many better re-tellings that this one just doesn't live up to them. The little touches of magic was what had me enjoying parts of the book as it was the most interesting thing to happen in the book also some of the household appliance was very much like Beauty and the Beast except in this book they didn't talk. Even though there was a lot of sadness there was also some very funny and sweet moments. The romance in this book for me was a little forced and in most part unbelievable as to me it seemed like some of the men where just that men and it felt like they where a lot older than the girls. I kind of liked the ending as it was really sweet with everything cleared up which is always a plus for me.

There was so many characters which I felt there was just too much as for me I didn't feel like we got to know all the characters if there was less people but we did get to know more about the 12 daughters. We did get more of an idea of who Azalea was as the book was from her point of view. She was a really good character for the most part and she was fiercely protective of her sisters but there was times when she was a bit selfish but for the most part I understood where she was coming from.

Overall it was an ok read I just didn't feel like it was for me even if it was a re-telling which I always thought I would love but not in this case.

"When are you going to kiss her?"
They pulled away.In the ballroom windows, noses and hands pressed against te glass, were the girls. They stood among the prickly rosebushes, beaming wicked little grins. Delphinium and Eve whispered and giggled to each other;Bramble wore a magnificent grin on her face and a spark of light in her yellow-green eyes.
Another figure stood among them.This one had his arms folded across his chest, stiff and firm and formal...
...Yet he did not look displeased.
"Those rotten little spies!" said Azalea.”

11 May 2014

Showcase Sunday #82

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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Kindle Books Bought

I had an Amazon GC so I just had to get this as I have loved the books that I have read by Nichole Chase.

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Can't wait to read Take Me On I have loved all the Pushing the Limits books.

What did you receive this week?

8 May 2014

Book Review: Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend, #1) by J.K. Rock

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Format: Kindle (earc)
Publishers: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Published: 2nd July 2013
Pages: 324
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Lauren, Matt, Seth
Date Read: 1st may - 7th May 2014
Rating Given:
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The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.
They said it couldn't be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren's nerves and she can't wait to return to summer camp where she's valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she's broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn't even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.
But Matt isn't giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn't really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she's more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren's friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she's changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?

I have wanted this book for awhile now, so when I spotted it on Netgalley I jumped at the chance to request it and I'm glad I did as it was an enjoyable read but just not the best read...

I don't think that the cover is amazing but I do like the composition and the lines down the sides which makes it stand out a little more than it would have done without it. I do like that the title is just as simple as the rest of the cover as it ties in with the rest of the cover.

When I first started Camp Boyfriend I thought it was going to be a five star book, however the more I read the more things started to annoy me. I do usually have a love/hate relationship with the love triangles in the books I read but with this one I didn't hate it and I didn't love it. I did like that I never knew who she was going to choose which I liked that it kept me guessing but for the most part I didn't feel like either of the boys was worthy of her attention. For the most part it was heavily based on the romance side however, there was a lot about friendship and family which I for the most part enjoyed. I really enjoyed the book closer to the end and found myself not wanting to put it down which was what it was like at the beginning which I also loved it was just the inbetween that I wasn't a fan of.

For the most part I wasn't sure what I felt about Lauren as she had a lot of selfish ways but then at the same time she was also selfless. I did feel really sorry for her at times and I just wanted to tell her their not worth it. At first I didn't think that the boys she 'liked' didn't really know the 'real' Lauren but the more we got to see of Matt the more I realised that he loved no matter what. Both the boys had there moments when I loved them but they also had moments when I didn't as Seth didn't believe her and Matt was a jerk a few times. I really couldn't stand Lauren's old friends as they were all selfish and never seemed to be there for Lauren when she needed them the most but some of them did have moments of sweetness.

Overall I did enjoy Camp Boyfriend for the most parts but a lot of the characters annoyed me which I think is the main reason why I didn't enjoy it all the way through.

7 May 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

"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...

Opposition (Lux, #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Expected Publication: 5th August 2014

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.
Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.
War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.Now you can see them all together.

I am so excited for this book it seems like it's been ages! Even though I am excited I'm a little sad that it's coming to an end.
I am a little disappointed that the covers changed after the first four books was released but I also like the new covers especially this one.

What are you waiting on?

2 May 2014

BOTM #31

Not a huge amount of books this month as there was a book the I DNF so I wasted a bit of time on (which doesn't happen very often but because I didn't finish it I won't add it to the list and maybe try it again another time) plus it was Easter. Apart from that April was a good month as only one book I read was below 3/5!

Here's the books that I read in April:

  • The Winner's Curse (Winner's Trilogy, #1) by Marie Rutkoski - 2.5/5
  • Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1) by Kresley Cole - 5/5
  • Frigid (Frigid, #1) by J Lynn - 4.5/5
  • Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2) by Jamie McGuire - 5/5
  • Suddenly Royal (Suddenly, #1) by Nichole Chase - 5/5 (reread, originally read in February)
  • Recklessly Royal (Suddenly, #2) by Nichole Chase - 5/5
  • Out of Control by Sarah Alderson - 4/5
  • Into the Deep (Into the Deep, #1) by Samantha Young - 5/5
And the Book of the Month goes too...

This one was a really hard choice so for the first time it's a three way tie. I just couldn't decide which was better because for me they where all amazing in their own way. It would have been four but Suddenly Royal was a reread so I took it out of the running. For my review of each of these three books click on each of the pictures.

1 May 2014

Book Review: Into the Deep (Into the Deep, #1) by Samantha Young

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Indie
Published: 8th August 2013
Pages: 315
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Charley, Jake
Date Read: 27th April - 1st May 2014
Rating Given:
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Live young. Live hard. Love deep.
Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.
Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.
As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.
And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…

“From the moment we’d met, he’d dragged me into the deep, swearing to me he was in there with me. It was a lie. He’d waded back out to the shallows and left me to drown.”

I have heard so many great things about this book and some of Samantha Young's other books, so once I finally got around to starting this book I just knew they where right...

I love the simplicity of this cover and with black and white my favourite colours this cover just stands out even more for me. I do like the hint of blue in the title as otherwise the title could have just gotten lost this way it stands out.

As soon as started this book I thought I wasn't going to be able to get into as every chapter for most of the book goes back and forth in time, but somehow I got hooked and found that I wanted no needed to find out what happened in the past. It did take a long time for everything to come out but I didn't mind as I loved all the build up and the aftermath. I did find it a very heartbreaking book which made me cry at times, I didn't expect what had happened to make everything so complicated but as soon as we knew I understood. I could feel the chemistry between Charley and Jake even when they wasn't together I just felt like they needed to be as it was obvious how much they cared about each other. Even though there was a lot of sadness in this book there was also plenty of humour which had me laughing out loud at times. The ending was great even though there was still some issues to be resolved I didn't mind as I knew there is another book to come although after reading some of the reviews I'm not so sure I want to continue but I will hopefully give it a go eventually.

Nearly every character in this book I loved as it was so easy to warm to each and every one of them. Charley was a great female lead as she was a strong person who has some trust issues which the more we find out what happened the more I understood where she was coming from. I really did feel for Charley and wanted her to come out on top. I really thought I was going to hate Jake and I wanted to as well but the more we found out about him the harder it was to hate him. My other favourite characters was Claudia, Beck and Lowe they where so funny and made great additions to the story I just hope they get there own book! One of the only characters that I didn't like was Melissa and not just because she was the other woman but I felt she was sly with the way in which she spoke to Charley while being nice as pie about it I just didn't like her.

Overall I loved this book it was so well written that I felt I was living and feeling every moment with Charley and Jake.

“I wish I could go back to that scared-shitless kid and tell him to be brave like his girl. I can't take that back though. All I can do is attempt to make up for it. I want you to give me that chance, but if you don't, I need you to know I never lied when I told you that you're extraordinary, Charley. Whatever your answer is, just know that I will always believe that, and I will always believe in you.”