30 July 2015

Book Review: Her Secret Prince (Royal Holiday, #2) by Madeline Ash

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Tule Publishing
Published: 9th April 2015
Pages: 117
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Dee, Jed
Date Read: 21st June - 28th June 2015

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:At sixteen, Dee Johnson gambled her heart on her best friend Jed Brown – and lost when he disappeared without a trace.
Ten years on, Dee’s life is uprooted when Jed turns up on her doorstep, asking for her help.
Dee has been left behind by everyone she’s loved: her parents, her close friend Alexia, and a stream of lovers. She moves fast with men and suspects this is why they move on fast. Now that’s Jed’s back in her life, she’s taking no chances. Despite the attraction ripping at her seams, she holds back, knowing she wouldn't recover from being loved and left by him a second time.
A constant traveler, Jed has only felt at home once in his life – with Dee. Now that he’s found her again, he's determined to make up for lost time. He'll never leave her again.
Until an unexpectedly royal revelation threatens to strip Jed of his freedom and future – including his place by Dee’s side.

 I received a review copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The cover for this the second book is pretty much the same as the first book just with a different pose and a new model, so still no improvement to the cover.

I really enjoyed the beginning of this book so much so I really thought I was going to give it more than the three but the more I went into the story the more I felt it was too rushed. The beginning was intriguing I found myself hooked, there was so much that had happened just in the short space of time it didn't give me time to feel bored. The second half of the book just felt like it dragged and I found myself bored. The romance side of the story was interesting in the beginning but in the end it felt all too rushed as really they hadn't even been in a relationship yes they where friends when they where younger but that wasn't for long and I felt she forgave him far too soon. I think the ending was rushed and that maybe if it was a full length novel then maybe this would have been a much more likeable book.

With this being a short novella I don't feel that we got to know each of the main characters well enough. Dee started of being such a funny and unique character even with everyone she loved left, however, in the end she got annoying and gave up everything for someone she didn't trust for most of the time. Jed started of a sweet guy but the adult Jed was a little annoying as he seemed to change his mind a lot. I would liked to have seen more from their friends as they all seemed better characters.

Overall, the beginning was really good and the end could have been just as good if it wasn't such a short novella.

29 July 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

"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...

Hunter (Hunter, #1) by Mercedes Lackey
Expected Publication: 1st September 2015

Synopsis:Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.
Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.
With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.

This sounds like it's going to be an epic read and I hope it lives up to it!

What are you waiting on? 

28 July 2015

Book Review: Significance (Significance, #1) by Shelly Crane

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Format: Kindle 
Publishers: Indie
Published: 12th June 2011
Pages: 320
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance, 
Main Characters: Maggie, Caleb
Date Read: 23rd July - 26th July 2015

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but her mom left, her dad is depressed, she's graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has. 
Then she meets Caleb. 
She saves his life and instantly knows there's something about him that's intriguing, but she's supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. Things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally. 
They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she's ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive. Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb's enemies know he's imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him. 
Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?

This was one of my first ever book that I got for my first ever kindle which was years ago now and I can't believe I waited this long as it was amazing and I could have read most of the series by now! This is also still on amazon UK and US for free in kindle format which all I can say is BARGIN!!

The cover isn't a favourite of mine but I do feel as though it is in keeping with the story as they have to be together and you can tell that it's going to be a romantic book just by looking at the cover.

Why oh why did I wait so long to read this book? It was so addicting and it had me transported to the world in which Shelly Crane depicted. When I was reading it I found myself talking to myself about how on earth I am able to enjoy a book that in theory I shouldn't like especially with the whole love at first touch and then they can't leave one another without the other one telling them that it's ok yet I couldn't help but not care and I think that has everything to do with the brilliance of Shelly Crane's writing. It was written in a way that made me believe all of these unbelievable things that was happening. There was a lot of things that had happened in this book and most of it happened right in the beginning which I'm not used to especially with no secrets between Caleb and Maggie which I loved as usually it isn't until the end everything comes out about their abilities but not in this case. I loved the relationship between Maggie and Caleb as even though they where complete strangers the love they felt for one another rolled off the pages. They where so cute together and even though you can tell they love one another in the beginning it still felt like it grew into something even more. There was a lot of action that happened as well which kept me on the edge of my seat especially towards the end when everything came to head. As well as sweet and tender moments there was some very funny moments in there as well which was a nice addition to the story. The ending was great because even though this isn't the end of their journey I still felt like there was a bit of closure I just can't wait to see what else is thrown at Caleb and Maggie.

I loved pretty much all of the characters maybe not the bad guys and Maggie's Mum but what's a story without evil? Maggie was a great female character because even though she came across as this confidant person she still had her hang ups that made her all the more relatable. I loved how well she took everything but what I loved the most was that she was able to care of herself and not need anyone to rescue her. Caleb is one of the sweetest guys I've had the pleasure to read about as usually the guys I like are the ones that where a bit of a bad boy to start with but that wasn't Caleb yet I adored him. I have mixed feelings about Kyle as he did seem nice but there was moments when I wanted to throttle him but I guess I understood where he was coming from. I would loved to have seem more from Maggie's brother Bish as he was great but I do have a feeling we will see more of him sooner rather than later.

Overall, this was an amazing start to what I hope will be an amazing series. This may be my first book that I have read of Shelly's but I know for certain it won't be my last!

25 July 2015

Book Review: Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1) by Colleen Houck

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Hodder & Stoughton
Published: 26th May 2011
Pages: 498
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance, 
Main Characters: Kelsey, Ren 
Date Read: 1st July - 21st July 2015

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:Passion. Fate. Loyalty.Would you risk it all to change your destiny?
The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. 
But that's exactly what happened. 
Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.
Tiger's Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

I've had this book sitting on my shelf for a little while now and after reading it I'm not too sure I'm happy I've read it...

Love the cover it was the main reason why I wanted to read it. The tiger is beautiful and reminds me of Ren in the book. I also love the colours as they all work well together.

I absolutely loved the beginning so much so I thought it was going to be a five star book. The story started of so intriguing and enthralling it was just so colourful and different to anything I've read before.  The further I went into the book I would lose more and more interest to the point where there would be days in which I just didn't want to read it. I felt the chapters where far too long with too much information and not all of the information was useful to the story it felt like everything was dragged out. A lot of the book was far fetched and completely unbelievable. What I also didn't like about the book was that some of the words mainly the Indian language was hard to pronounce I would spend ages just trying to sound them out and then there was a couple of times when certain Indian words used wasn't translated. The relationship between Kelsey and Ren felt forced, I just didn't believe their relationship was one of love. At times both of them annoyed me in the way in which they treated one another, I found myself rolling my eyes a lot. The ending did pick up a little bit as now I do want to know what's going to happen next I just wish I didn't have to go through all through those long books to get to the end of the saga.

None of the characters ended up being 3D as in the end they fell flat. In the beginning I did like some of the characters especially the people who worked at the circus but they weren't in it for very long. Kelsey started of a nice enough girl but the more we got to know her the more I didn't like her. She was far too trusting I mean who in their right mind would go to a new country with a complete stranger no matter if they seemed trust worthy. I couldn't believe her foster parents let her do this especially when it came across that they treated her like one of their own and in the end it seemed like they where forgotten. Ren was a sweet tiger but once we found out about him able to turn into a man he wasn't so sweet yes there was a lot of times when he was nice enough but he seemed a bit too controlling for my liking. I actually liked Kishan even though in the beginning it sounded like he was supposed to be a bad guy when really he wasn't. Mr. Kadam seemed like a nice guy and he was through out the book but she still shouldn't have gone off with him as she didn't know him.

Overall, the beginning seemed to be the beginnings of an amazing and different book it was just a shame that it didn't stay that way!

24 July 2015

Book Review: The Cinderella Princess (Royal Holiday, #1) by Melissa McClone

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Tule Publishing
Published: 2nd April 2015
Pages: 151
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Emily, Luc
Date Read: 5th July - 20th July 2015

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:Thanks to a philandering father, ad exec Emily Rodgers knows happily ever after doesn’t exist. Relying on a man only leads to heartache. She takes care of herself, and work defines her life. But Emily soon finds herself in the hands of a real-life prince who defines the words charming and sexy. Not to mention reckless. If Prince Lucas doesn’t find a royal bride, Emily’s dream of being named a partner at the advertising firm will die.
Luc’s fun-loving ways have made him a magnet for scandal. His father gives Luc an ultimatum—find a wife on a reality TV show or be disowned. Rules require him to marry nobility, but after he meets the uptight American sent to find him find a princess bride, his search for Cinderella might be over. Too bad Emily wants nothing to do with him. Perhaps he can show her that fairytale endings can happen in real life…

 I received a review copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It's a very soft and romantic looking cover which is in keeping with the story. There isn't much else to say about the cover as for me it's just a little too plain with nothing really standing out and I know if I saw it on a book shelf it would be the title that drew me in not the actual cover.

This book felt a lot longer than it actually was which I think is down to how slow it started and I just couldn't get into it in the beginning. The first few chapters I found myself rolling my eyes at the thing said and done. In the beginning I didn't believe in the growing feelings between them both especially on Emily's side as she seemed to really hate the idea of love so in the end everything seemed to be a bit of a contradiction. It was towards the end when I started to get into this book so much so I ended up being intrigued as to what was going to happen next. Once I was able to get into it I found it a sweet and quicker read. The end felt a little rushed and I would have liked to have seen a little further into the future to see if they where still together and how they where coping especially Luc, since everything he had given up.

As the actual story the characters where also hard to like especially Luc he seemed so annoying and a bit of a brat however the more we got to know about why he was the way he was and actually he wasn't even like that in the end he was a sweet and caring guy. Emily was hard to like as she seemed so cold but like Luc she also changed through out the book.

Overall, once I was able to get over the slow and disinterested beginning I was able to enjoy it.

23 July 2015

Book Review: Lead (Stage Dive, #3) by Kylie Scott

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Format: Kindle 
Publishers: Pan
Published: 29th July 2014
Pages: 300
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Lena, Jimmy
Date Read: 12th July - 16th July 2015

Rating Given:
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Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.
As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it's booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.   
Lena's not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.

After falling in love with both of the books before this one I knew I needed to read Lead even if I was a little wary of Jimmy especially with how he was in book 1!

I do love this book and I can picture the model as Jimmy because even if you can't see his eyes you can tell he is gorgeous! Out of the first two books this is my least favourite out of the three and I think that only has to do with you can tell the microphone has been photoshopped into the image if it was less obvious it may have been my favourite.

From the absolute first page I was enthralled by Lead which shocked me as I didn't think I was going to love Jimmy's book half as much as David's and Mal's but I was completely wrong. I now cannot honestly pick a favourite book in this series, I have loved each book just as much as the last which I think has everything to do with the brilliance of Kylie Scott as she is able to change my mind in every book. The chemistry between Lena and Jimmy was undeniable even when they didn't want to admit to it. I loved the banter between them as Lena never took any of Jimmy's crap but she was also there for him when he desperately needed someone. What I loved about these two was the friendship that they started off with as they where so cute together and helped each other over the loneliness. As well as some very dark issue's being dealt with there was still a lot of humour it was just so funny at times. Like all the other books there is a bit of a epilogue to see what's happening with them and even though it isn't a few years later I'm still able to love the ending as I know I will get to see more of them in the next book.

Loved the characters, there was a few secondary characters that I hated but that's supposed to happen. Lena has to be one of my favourite all time female character as she is so funny, she had some great one liners. I also liked to see her vulnerable side as well as it made her feel like a more realistic character. Jimmy wasn't the nicest of characters to start with but I was able to forgive him especially when we find out why he is the way he is. He wasn't just a jerk though as he to had his funny, sweet and caring side as well which is another reason I was able to forgive his jerkiness towards Lena. It was great to see more from David and Mal there was some very hilarious goings on with Mal.

Overall another great book in the Stage Dive series and now I'm even more excited to see more about Ben bring on Dive is all I can say!

22 July 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

"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...

A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale, #1) by Liz Braswell
Expected Publication: 1st September 2015

Synopsis:Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie? 
When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.
What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

I was sold at Aladdin retelling as I love retellings plus I love Aladdin so I'm sure this will be amazing as it sure sounds it!

What are you waiting on? 

21 July 2015

Book Review: Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey, #2) by Sawyer Bennett

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Loveswept
Published: 17th February 2015
Pages: 278
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sport Romance
Main Characters: Olivia, Garrett
Date Read: 5th July - 11th July 2015

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:Carolina Cold Fury star Garrett Samuelson never wants to miss out on a single minute of fun. Whether he’s playing hockey, hanging out with friends, or walking the red carpet with a new date on his arm, he lives every day to the fullest. When he meets Olivia Case, he sees someone who’s exactly his type—confident, sexy, smart . . . his next fling. But the more he pursues her, the more Garrett shares a side of himself that other women don’t normally get to see.
Olivia has been keeping a secret. While Garrett lives for the next thrill, Olivia’s not sure she’ll live to see the next day. She’s undergoing treatment for some serious medical issues, and she doesn’t have time for a relationship with no guarantees—especially one with a hot-as-sin womanizer who won’t take no for an answer. But as she gets to know the real Garrett, Olivia can’t help falling for him . . . hard. To reveal the truth would mean risking everything—but you can’t score without taking the tough shots.

  I received a review copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I do like this cover and the fact that it ties in with the first book is always a plus for me. I don't feel like the model portrays Garrett as much as the first one did with the male lead character as for a start his hair is too short and he doesn't even cut it in the story. I also don't think he's muscular enough either.

I was a bit wary of starting this book as for me Cancer is a harrowing subject especially after losing my Uncle a couple of years ago to Cancer, but I was surprised at how uplifting the whole story actually was. I spent quite a lot of the book laughing rather the tears I thought I was going to shed, yes there was a couple of sad moments and the most heartbreaking part of the story didn't have anything to do with Cancer. I feel Sawyer did this very tough subject in a beautiful and empowering way. I loved the relationship between Garrett and Olivia as they had smoking hot chemistry but what was also nice was the way a friendship came across as well, they had great banter but they had some very sweet moments that just melted my heart. There was a couple of moments that did annoy me especially how Olivia pushed Garrett away but I guess I can understand that but I didn't understand they way in which she went about it. It was also great to see more from Alex and Sutton just to see how they where getting on. The ending was great as we got to see quite a few years into the future which was very much needed with what was said throughout the book.

There was no character that I didn't not like yes there was moments when each of them annoyed me but overall they where fab characters. Olivia was an amazingly strong character with everything she was getting thrown at her she was still able to have a smile on her face, she was for the most part a very positive person which is nice to see as most of the books I've read they're quite negative people. Garrett was your typical man-whore to begin with but what sets him apart from all those other characters that where the same is his humour as well as not having a reason why he was that way he just was. He was such a sweet guy especially how he was with Olivia and her Cancer.

Overall I loved this book maybe not as much as the first book, Alex but still enjoyable and fun.