24 February 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - The Problem with Forever 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 that I can't wait for...

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Expected Publication: 17th May 2016

Synopsis:For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.
Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

I saw this book on Jennifer L. Armentrout's website last week, I'm surprised I hadn't heard about it before then. It sounds really good and I've pretty much enjoyed everything that Armentrout has written (that I have read so far), so I'm hoping this one will be no different.

What are you waiting on?

17 February 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling

"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 that I can't wait for...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #7.5) 
by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany
Expected Publication: 31st July 2016

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016 
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

I'm sure this one will be around a lot today. I first saw it around last week and I'm so excited to read it I just hope it lives up to the originals but I'm sure it will be just as epic. As for the show I wish I was able to go but I don't think that's going to happen so I'm just going to have to settle for the book. Come on July!

What are you waiting on?

16 February 2016

Book Review: Irresistibly Yours (Oxford, #1) by Lauren Layne

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Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US 
Format: Kindle
Publishers: Loveswept
Published: 6th October 2015
Pages: 236
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance,
Main Characters: Penelope, Cole
Date Read: 10th February - 13th February 2016

Rating Given:
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Meet the men of Oxford magazine! In the first captivating spin-off of Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series, a not-so-friendly battle of the sexes turns into a scorching office romance. Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxfordfor years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her. Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.

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

I love this cover it looks like it could be a scene take out of the book as there is actually a part where Cole has a shirt on with his jacket off which I loved that part so it made me love the cover even more. I also think that the male on the cover looks like what I imagine Cole to look like so that's a plus.

As soon as I started this book I knew I was in trouble as from the very second that I started I was hooked, to the point where I didn't want to put it down and when I had to I kept thinking I can't wait to continue reading it. I enjoyed the relationship between Penelope and Cole as it was nice to see them start as friends plus I thought they brought out the best in each other. There was a couple of sweet moments but what I enjoyed was the humour running throughout. What I really enjoyed about this book was the whole body issues with Penelope as I'm so used to reading about the 'perfect' body and love the skin their in however with Penelope she was really thin and what was different was she was unhappy with being that way. Cole's brother was a great addition especially with his disability as it was done in a great way. What did bug me was at the end of some of the chapters kept me guessing what was going to happen next yet when I went on to the next chapter it was a couple of days later with not much of an explanation about what happened in between. I loved the ending I just wish it was extended a bit but with them appearing in the next book I didn't mind too much.

I loved every character in this book apart from one character which was Penelope's ex-friend he was just a jerk. Penelope was a great character as she was such a tomboy and I loved that about her as we don't see it often plus she was just a nice person. Cole is definitely one of my favourite ever male characters as he was so sweet and had a great sense of humour but he also had a vulnerable side to him as well. I can't wait for Lincoln's book he was great and there's a secret hidden with him that I can't wait to find out. It was great to see characters from the Stiletto girls and their partners to see where they are with their lives.

Overall, a great start to the spin off series and I can't wait to read more from this series.

12 February 2016

Book Review: Flesh (Flesh, #1) by Kylie Scott

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Momentum
Published: 1st October 2012
Pages: 288
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Ali, Daniel, Finn,
Date Read: 1st February - 9th February 2016

Rating Given:
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Ali has been hiding in an attic since civilisation collapsed eight weeks ago.
When the plague hit, her neighbours turned into mindless, hungry, homicidal maniacs.
Daniel has been a loner his entire life. Then the world empties and he realises that being alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Finn is a former cop who is desperate for companionship, and willing to do anything it takes to protect the survivors around him.
When the three cross paths they band together; sparks fly, romance blooms in the wasteland and Ali, Daniel and Finn bend to their very human needs in the ruins of civilisation.
Lust, love and trust all come under fire in Flesh as the three band together to survive, hunted through the suburban wastelands.

As soon as I finished reading Kylie Scott's Stage Dive series I went and brought this book and was hoping that it was just as good but I'm afraid for me it didn't come even close...

I love the dark colours used for this cover as it gives it a creep feel to the cover which is good as it is about zombies. I also feel that everything else about the cover is in keeping with the story which is always a favourite thing of mine in the covers that I love.

When I first started reading Flesh I really thought I was going to love it as it captured my attention and after reading the Stage Dive series I knew that she liked doing insta-love so I thought that I would learn to love Ali and Daniel together as Kylie Scott is usually brilliant at writing powerful romances which she did do for a little while. Flesh really started to take a nosedive as soon as Finn came on to the scene and once that happened the relationship between Ali and Daniel changed and after that I didn't feel any chemistry between any of the characters. I think that some of the things that happened was a bit too unbelievable and then for them to decide on making a family in a world that is full of zombies it just doesn't make any sense what so ever. For me there wasn't enough zombie action as I was expecting more from that area. The ending was a bit too rushed for me to like it I thought there was more to say and yes I understand there is going to be another book in the series but it's with new characters so I'm not sure everything I wanted clearing up will do so in the next book.

In the beginning I kind of liked the two main character but like I said before I really didn't like Finn for me he ruined the book. With Ali I started off thinking she takes no prisoners however, that wasn't to be the case as she came across as a bit of a whiner and very annoying. Daniel was my favourite character in this particular book as he was so sweet and very protective but in a way where he didn't come across as controlling which happens a lot in other books I've read and with Finn. Finn came across as a controlling and far too arrogant and not in an endearing way that I can sometimes like.

Overall, Flesh started off strong but by the end I just wanted to get the book over with so I could get onto something I may enjoy more than I had with this one. This hasn't put me off reading Kylie Scott books as this was one of her more earlier books plus I know she can do an amazing series.

11 February 2016

Book Review: VIP (Rock & Release, #1) by Riley Edgewood

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Indie 
Published: 17th November 2014
Pages: 128
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Cassidy, Gage
Date Read: 25th January - 31st January 2016

Rating Given:
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VIP is the first act of Rock & Release, Riley Edgewood's three-part new adult romance serial!
When Cassidy Evans scores VIP tickets to a concert, she decides to use them for one carefree night before beginning a summer internship at her father’s Fortune 500 company. But one carefree night turns into a few too many martinis—with two unexpected twists: A steamy encounter with Gage Logan, sexy singer and guitarist, and a tempting job offer from Gage's boss to work at the concert venue she now knows quite intimately. 
She definitely can't take the job. Her internship is an opportunity any business major would kill for. But the thought of working with her father, a man furious with grief over a family tragedy that struck six months ago, fills her with dread. 
Then there's Gage. Working with him all summer could be hot. Cassidy can't stop flashing back to their night together. Molten kisses. His hands smoothing across the skin of her belly. The weight of his body above her own… 
And suddenly the decision about how to spend her summer is much, much harder to make. 

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

I usually like books that have a simplistic look about them but for some reason I'm not a fan of this one, I think it may have something to do with the washed out look about the background. I do think that the actual cover is fitting for this book.

When I first started this book I thought okay maybe this will be a good book and I had a look to see if I have the complete Rock & Release novel and I did so I went over to that one, but in the end I couldn't get into it so I went back to this one so I could read to the end of VIP. Maybe this would have got better but I just couldn't read anymore after VIP as I just couldn't warm up to the characters, plus I made the mistake of reading reviews about the complete version and found out something that I just didn't want to get up to. I didn't feel any chemistry between Cassidy and Gage and I just didn't like the way Cassidy was with Gage. I didn't understand how Cassidy moved in with a girl she had only met the night before and she was drunk for most of the night, the person she moved in with could easily have been a serial killer for all Cassidy knew. Also Cassidy was given a job in a bar without any hint of training and she was offered the job whilst she was drunk it just seemed unbelievable. The ending wasn't anything that made me think that I must read more from this series.

I don't think there was one character that I loved or even liked. Cassidy was so annoying I can't believe some of the things that she did it was so impulsive. Although Gage was the only character I felt I could grow to like I still didn't like him throughout VIP and I think it was because I just couldn't warm up to him and he felt very flat as a character. I don't know what was up with Cassidy's best friend she just came across awful I didn't like her one bit which isn't good when one of Riley Edgewood's other book is about her. Cassidy's new friends where okay but like I said above they could've been anyone and yet Cassidy seems to trust them.

Overall, the very beginning I thought this could've been a good book but the more I read it the more I was put off by it to the point that I don't think I will be able to read any more from this series.

10 February 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Stay With 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 that I can't wait for...

Stay With Me by Mila Gray
Expected Publication: 28th February 2016

Synopsis:Firebrand Emerson Lowe and popular ice-hockey player Jake McCallister have been best friends since third grade but just as their friendship starts to morph into something more a terrible event occurs that heralds the end of innocence for both of them.
Within a week Jake’s living on the other side of the country and Emerson is left alone to pick up the pieces of her life in a small town determined to paint her as a liar.
Seven years on and Emerson is still living on the beautiful Pacific West island of Bainbridge, helping her family run their outdoor adventure company. The last thing she needs is Jake turning up, bringing with him old memories and opening up old wounds. But Jake - even better looking than Emerson remembered and on the cusp of a bright sporting future - seems determined to revive their friendship no matter how much Emerson tries to push him away.Forced to work alongside him for the summer Emerson soon starts falling for Jake despite her ex-boyfriend Rob throwing obstacles in their way, and soon they’re in the midst of a passionate summer romance that neither of them wants to end.
But if they’re to have any kind of future they’re first going to need to confront the past, a past that most people want to stay buried.

How did I only just hear about this one? I have loved Mila Gray/Sarah Alderson's books so I am so excited for this one plus it sounds so good, also there's not long to wait for this one either!

What are you waiting on?