25 April 2016

Book Review: The Aftermath (The Hurricane, #2) by R.J. Prescott

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Format: Kindle 
Publishers: Forever
Published: 15th December 2015
Pages: 231
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sport Romance
Main Characters: Emily, Cormac
Date Read: 3rd April - 8th April 2016

Rating Given:
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When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose. But what happens when you have everything you ever wanted? You fight to keep it.
Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell’s star is on the rise. Billed as the most promising young boxer of his generation, his new career is taking him to places he never dreamed. But O’Connell only needs one thing in life: his wife. In her final year of college, Em cannot follow him around the world but together they make it work.
Just when everything they ever wanted is on the horizon, the past resurfaces to haunt them and O’Connell realizes that justice might not be a part of his happy ever after. 
He couldn’t protect Em once before, but in the aftermath of the hurricane, he will make sure that never happens again.

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

I love the cover as it's in keeping with the actual story plus it kind of ties in with the first cover which I always love when they tie in as you then know it's a part of a series. The male model used on the cover I can see as O'Connell.

After loving the first book so much I couldn't wait to start book two and even though it wasn't as out standing as the first I couldn't bring myself rating it any lower as if I could book one would have received way more than five stars but this one deserves the full five stars. I love that in this book we get to read from O'Connell's perspective which was great as we were able to see inside his head to see what he was going through. The Aftermath was set after the event of the Hurricane and not everything happened that you would think it was even shocking at times as I didn't see the events coming. There was times when it was harrowing to the point it had me in tears and broke my heart but as well as that it also had me laughing and on the edge of my seat. I loved seeing more of O'Connell and Emily together as they make such a great couple with smoking chemistry to boot. The ending was perfect and even though I would love to see further into their future I didn't mind as the end was good enough for closure and hopefully we will hear more from them if there is more from this series.

Even though it was pretty much the same characters I still felt there was growth and I loved the new addition to the book. Reading this book from O'Connell's point of view I was able to get a better understanding of him than I did in the first book. I felt so sorry for him and he broke my heart when he wasn't able to get over certain things that had happened. It was nice to see Emily continue to grow into a much stronger person than she ever was in the first book.

Overall, I love this series and I hope we get more from some of the secondary characters in their own story. Fingers crossed.

24 April 2016

Book Review: The Other Side of Gravity (Oxygen, #1) by Shelly Crane

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Kiss Me Publications LLC
Published: 15th March 2016
Pages: 262
Genre: YA, Romance, Sci-fi
Main Characters: Sophelia, Maxton
Date Read: 28th March - 3rd  April 2016

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:My name is Maxton and I’m a trader. 
I live on a soulless planet where gravity, oxygen, and everything else are sold to the highest bidder on the black market. People are sold on the black market, too. You have to work really hard not to become one of those people. Pay your taxes, keep your friends and family close, and more than anything else—don’t get caught by the Militia. But all the rules changed for me the day I found her. 
My name is Sophelia and I’m a stowaway. 
I’ve been a slave for almost as long as I can remember. Waiting for the one day, one second, for my proprietor to turn his head so I could run and never look back. Now I'm on the run. And on a planet where no one is on your side and people would turn you in for a good meal or a piece of a silver, being on the run on Landu is the last place you want to be. Until he found me. 
I won't survive without him. 
I can't breathe without her.

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

As soon as I saw this cover I fell in love with it, it's stunning, eye catching and one of the reasons why I wanted to read it. There's not one thing that I don't like about this cover it all works well with the actual storyline.

To begin with this was a hard one to get into but the further I went into the story the more I got into it but during the book there was moments when I started to not like it again. What I really liked about this book was how different it was to what I've ever read before so it was a nice change to not know what's going to happen with the storyline plus it kept me guessing through out. I liked the slow building romance between the two characters. They had good chemistry throughout most of the book apart from the very beginning which considering the circumstances they are living in as well as how they actually met it's understanding that they didn't hit it off straight away. I really enjoyed the ending as it was left on a cliff hanger that I can't wait to find out how everything is going to unfold.

I liked the two main characters as well as some of the secondary characters even if there was some that I wasn't a fan of. Sophelia is the character that goes through more than most and yet she still comes across strong even if there was times when she  came across weak but that makes her what she becomes in the end. Maxton was a good male character and even though there was times when I wasn't quite sure whether he could be trusted he was still a likeable character.

Overall, I was expecting more from this book but it slowly became a very interesting read and I can't wait to find out what's going to happen next.

20 April 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

"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...

Someone Like You (Oxford, #3) by Lauren Layne
Expected Publication: 13th December 2016

Synopsis:Lauren Layne’s alluring Oxford series—perfect for readers of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase—is steamier than ever as the office’s resident pickup artist chases the one woman who’s capable of resisting him.
Lincoln Mathis is legendary for his exploits with the ladies. AsOxford’s go-to guy for one-liners, one-night stands, and all things no-strings-attached, Lincoln has yet to meet a woman he couldn’t charm into his bed—until he meets the magazine’s new copy editor. Shy, bookish, and adorably awkward, she should be grateful for the attention of a handsome bachelor. But to Lincoln’s surprise, the harder he tries to win her over, the more she dodges him. Lincoln swore he’d never make himself vulnerable again—but for Tori, he’s going to have to break all his rules.
Victoria Blake knows Lincoln’s type all too well, and she has zero interest in becoming one more notch in his belt. After winding up as the butt of a mean-spirited prank in college, Tori learned not to believe that a gorgeous playboy could truly be interested in someone like her. And Lincoln is definitely a gorgeous playboy. But the more she gets to know him, the more she suspects that Lincoln’s sleazy swagger is a façade, carefully crafted to hide his pain. And maybe Tori can be the one to heal his broken heart—even if it means risking her own.

I have enjoyed this series so far and I'm hoping that this one will be no different as this is the one I've been waiting for!

What are you waiting on? 

18 April 2016

Book Review: My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2) by Rachel Vincent

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
Published: 29th December 2009
Pages: 276
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Kaylee, Nash,
Date Read: 13th March - 31st March 2016

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.
So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn’t wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can’t cry for someone who has no soul.
The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand.
Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk...

I have had this series sitting on my shelf for a while now and I'm slowing getting around to reading the series as I really enjoyed the first one, however, I felt book two fell flat...

I like the cover as it matches my first cover but for me I prefer the new UK covers this one feels a little plain compared. I love the colours but what I love the most is the mystical look to it which is in keeping with the series.

When I first started this book I thought I was going to enjoy it as I loved the first one plus it started off strong, however, the further I went into the story the more I got bored I just wanted to get it over and done with. I think for me the reason why I couldn't stay with this book was because of the storyline was a bit too far fetched as I just couldn't see how much they would risk for someone they don't even know plus there just wasn't much action going on until closer to the end. I kind of liked the growth of Kaylee's and Nash's relationship but I feel like there's doubts starting to creep in on how Nash really feels so therefore I wasn't able to stay involved in their relationship. There is some funny moments but not enough for me to start to love the book. The ending has made me want to continue with the series.

I fell out of love with all the characters in this book plus I never could warm up to the new characters introduced. Kaylee seemed to annoy me a lot in this book and I don't really know why I just couldn't warm up to her like I did the first book. Nash was the only one who had some sense but there was times when I didn't like his attitude. Todd annoyed me in this one as he was willing to risk everyone's lives for a past love. Addison was a new character who I just couldn't warm to as she came across as a selfish rich girl.

Overall I was so disappointed in this book but I will continue the series in the hope it will go back to the goodness of the first book.

14 April 2016

Book Review: My Perfect Mistake (Over the Top, #1) by Kelly Siskind

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Forever Yours
Published: 5th April 2016
Pages: 340
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance,
Main Characters: Shay, Kolton
Date Read: 23rd March - 27th March 2016

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:What happens in Aspenis definitely not staying in Aspen. . .
A girls’ trip to Aspen was exactly what Shay needed to forget about her toxic ex-boyfriend. She’s got her girls, pristine slopes for skiing, and hot guys everywhere. Of course, her epic self-rediscovery goes completely to hell when a wild (and deliciously hot) skier knocks Shay on her ass . . . and war is declared. 
Kolton doesn’t know what it is about Shay that makes him lose it. Not just his cool—although she does have an unholy gift for that—but his restraint. When anger gives way to explosive chemistry, they’re both shaken with the intensity of it. But somewhere between lust and hate, Kolton and Shay realize they could have something real . . . if they don’t kill each other first.

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

I do love this cover but then there's no surprise there as I love black and white images so when it's used in a book cover I am immediately drawn to the book. What I also love when a black and white image has been used is the colour that's used in the title and this is no different.

This is one of the most funniest book I have ever read especially in the beginning where I was laughing in pretty much every chapter. It was a little bit too predictable but in the end I didn't mind too much. The relationship between Kolton and Shay was brilliant in the beginning as that's where all the humour was with all the love/hate banter going on. You could definitely feel the chemistry oozing out of the pages they were so good together plus I felt they brought out the best and worst in each other. I loved that Siskind has set up their friends stories and I can't wait to see what's going to happen between them. I felt the ending was a little too rushed as I felt like Kolton and Shay's story wasn't over and even though this book is a part of a series it's not them which is a shame as it's these two that I need to see more of.

Loved pretty much all of the characters in this book especially the two main characters which is always a good thing when starting a new book. Shay started of strong as some of the things she did/said had me howling with laughter. There was times when she showed her vulnerable side and not in a good way as she had lost some of her confidence so it was nice to see it grow again and I think that had a lot to do with Kolton. Kolton was my favourite character in this book even if there was times when I wanted to smack him upside the head.

Overall, a great start to this series which I'm very much looking forward to continuing. 

13 April 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

"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...

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
Expected Publication: 25th October 2016

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.
Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

I haven't read many books by Aprilynne Pike but I did enjoy Wings and even though the next two books in that series declined I am still looking forward to this one.

What are you waiting on?