3 September 2015

Book Tag - Inside Out

The Reading Pile has taken inspiration from the vloging Book Tag community over to the blogging world. Like her I'm not actually going to tag anyone but you're more than welcome to give it a try like I have just head over to her page and leave a link in her comments or in mine as I'm nosey and love to know what everyone else has done.

Over at The Reading Pile she has done the posts every Thursday and has already done a few so I thought I would go through the ones she has already done and do the ones I like the look of.

My Book Tag post this week is Inside Out:

1. Joy - What book brings you the most joy?
The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank - This was such a funny and light hearted book, I would definitely recommend this one if you need a little pick me up and watch out for Megan's Grandmother she was hilarious.

2. Disgust - Which book grossed you out?
At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey - The thought of anyone selling their virginity disgusts me and yes I knew that was what the book was about but I thought maybe it would be written in a way that would make me understand where the character was coming from but it never it just left me feeling disgusted in the character.

3. Fear - Which book scared you the most?
The Departed by J.A. Templeton - I don't read scary/horror books and generally stay away from them so the most creepiest book I've read would be the MacKinnon Curse. This series did have a bit of a creepy factor with ghosts that where evil and I would say that the more I went into the series the creepier it got with this one (book 3) scaring me a little.

4. Sadness - Which book made you cry the most?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - I cried like a baby at certain points in this book it was just so sad I couldn't even stop crying once I put it down.

5. Anger - Which book pissed you off?
Avoiding Commitment by K.A. Linde - Everything about this book got my back up. The characters really did piss me off with all their back and forwards with one another and all the cheating they just didn't fit together yet they kept going back for more heartache.

2 September 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Wild Crush by Simone Elkeles

"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...

Wild Crush (Wild Cards, #2) by Simone Elkeles
Expected Publication: 22nd September 2015

When the only girl you want is the one you can't have... 
Bad boy Vic Salazar breaks all the rules except one: Don't make a move on your best friend's girl. It’s a Guy Code that Vic lives by. It doesn't matter that he's had a crush on her for years. Monika Fox is off limits. 
Monika has a secret of her own and when a tragedy throws her and Vic together, the only boy she trusts is the one she shouldn’t confide in. Vic. 
As Vic struggles to keep his distance, and Monika struggles with her secrets, will their wild connection violate every rule both vowed never to break—about relationships, about friendship, about love?

It's been a while since Wild Cards was released I was starting to think there wasn't going to be a book 2  so I'm so excited to finally see it's going to be released in September I just hope the release date isn't pushed back.

What are you waiting on?

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1 September 2015

Book of the Month - August

It felt like a slow reading month as there was days when I didn't even read but I did read 8 books so it wasn't too bad in the end.

Here's what I read in August:

  • His Forbidden Princess (Royal Holiday, #4) by Jeannie Moon - 3.5/5
  • The Accidental Assassin (The Assassins, #1) by Nichole Chase - 4.5/5
  • Catching Heat (Feeling the Heat, #3) by Alison Packard - 4.5/5
  • Sentinel (Covenant, #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout - 4/5
  • The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1) by J. A. Redmerski - 3.5/5
  • Never Never by Brianna Shrum - 2.5/5
  • The Elite (The Selection, #2) by Kiera Cass - 3/5
  • Deep (Stage Dive, #4) by Kylie Scott - 5/5

And the book of the month goes too...

This was an easy pick this month as it was my only 5 star book. I was starting to think that it was going to be my first month in a long time that I never read a  5 star book but I knew I was on to a winner with a Stage Dive book and I wasn't wrong it was just as good as the others in this series.

What's your favourite book you read in August?

31 August 2015

Book Review: The Elite (The Selection, #2) by Kiera Cass

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Harper Collins
Published: 23rd April 2013
Pages: 326
Genre: YA, Romance, Dystopian
Main Characters: America, Maxon, Aspen
Date Read: 20th August - 29th August 2015

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:The Selection gets fierce as rivals stake their claim on the prince. Six girls, one life-changing prize...America Singer will leave her pre-destined life for a world of glamour and luxury, if she wins...But surviving The Selection is tough. Rivals are battling to become Prince Maxon's bride as the threat of rebel violence just beyond the palace walls escalates into war. Only six girls are left and sworn friendships are tested to breaking point. America's feelings for Maxon grow stronger, but she suspects darker mysteries in his royal past. With ex-lover Aspen waiting for her in the shadows, where do her loyalties truly lie?

I have been putting this one off for a while now as I wasn't a huge fan of the first one but I thought I would give it a go, and to be honest I'm still not a huge fan...

I do like this cover with that dress it looks stunningly luxurious. The colours are also what makes this a gorgeous cover. The only thing I don't like about this cover is the expression on the girl as she looks so mardy which I kind of get but it still lets down the cover.

When I first started The Elite I did think it was going to be better than the first one as I was really into the story, however, for me the more I read the more everything wound me up. The things that really got me annoyed was the love triangle, which I don't usually mind love triangles but this one just didn't feel realistic. America would go back and forward with who she loved but it seemed she would only go with one when the other one annoyed her. I did like the rebels as it added something more to the story but even that felt like it was rushed and not explained well. The ending did pick up for me to the point that has me wanting to read the next one which was why I gave The Elite 3 stars otherwise it could have been a lot less but because of the beginning and the ending I couldn't give it any less.

It was mainly the characters that put me off this book as they all annoyed me apart from Marlee as she seemed the nicest and most genuine character. America in the beginning I thought was so much more likeable than in the first book, however, the way she acted was nothing more than a spoilt brat. She was such a hypocrite as it was all right for her not to know who she wanted but god forbid Maxon liked someone else. Maxon really annoyed me in this book as he acted like America but I could understand his actions (even if I didn't approve). Aspen wasn't really in this as much as the other characters so it was hard to like him or dislike him.

Overall I was not able to enjoy this book all the way through but I liked it enough in the end to warrant a read of the next book.

28 August 2015

Book Review: Never Never by Brianna Shrum

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Spencer Hill Press
Published: 22nd September 2015
Pages: 368
Genre: YA, Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy
Main Characters: James Hook
Date Read: 20th August - 26th August 2015

Rating Given:
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James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.
When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.
But grow up he does. 
And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.
This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.
Except one.

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

I adore his cover it's so eye catching and very apt for this book and I must admit that it was the cover that drew me in first. I love the colours used in this cover with the hint of red and green which works well for the story as well.

I was so excited about getting my hands on this book as not only was the cover stunning but also it was a Peter Pan retelling which I love retellings but I felt so disappointed in the story. When I first started it I thought it was going to be a really good book but the further I went into the story the more it dragged. I felt a little confused with whether this was supposed to be a young adult or an adult book as the beginning was very child like but then when Hook grew it had a lot of adult themes yet an underlining of young adult. I do like this particular take on Peter Pan with Pan being the bad guy, I think it is very easy to think of him as evil when you think back to the original and then add on what Pan did to Hook wasn't good. I also like that it was how James Hook became Captain Hook as well as aligning the story with the story of Peter Pan that we all know and love. There was a bit of a romance in the story which I feel that it fell a bit flat as I just didn't believe in either of their intentions. I really didn't like the ending as we all know how Peter Pan ends and there's no difference there but I felt sad that, that was how it all ended plus I felt it was a little rushed.

I'm not too sure about most of the characters I guess my favourite would have to be Hook but he still wasn't a character that I loved all the way through. I felt so sorry for Hook and everything that Pan had done to him but even with everything Pan had done I didn't understand the depth of his hatred. Peter Pan wasn't a nice character at all he was so arrogant and annoying. I did like some of the Lost Boys as they where sweet enough but easily led by Peter Pan. I also liked some of the pirates as they would always try and help Hook do the right thing even when he didn't always listen. I didn't like Tiger Lilly as she kept leading Hook on and a bit of a hypocrite.

Overall this book was a bit of a let down but there was moments when I did enjoy it, it just wasn't enough for me to enjoy it.

27 August 2015

Cover Reveal - The Other Side of Gravity by Shelly Crane

 Title: The Other Side of Gravity
Author: Shelly Crane
Series: The Oxygen Series, Book One
Genre: Sci-Fi
Cover Reveal Date: August 27th
Release Date: TBA

Goodreads Link: http://bit.ly/1NTsnHw

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.

Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay-at-home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She hoards paperbacks, devours sweet tea, searches year-round for candy corn, and loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants, site-see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music, and, of course, loves to read, but doesn't have much time to these days with all the characters filling her head begging to come out. She is author to over twenty books and counting!

Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn’t go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.

Book Tag: Disney Book Tag

I saw this Book Tag post over on K-Books and loved it so I thought I would also give it a go.

The Reading Pile has taken inspiration from the vloging Book Tag community over to the blogging world. Like her I'm not actually going to tag anyone but you're more than welcome to give it a try like I have just head over to her page and leave a link in her comments or in mine as I'm nosey and love to know what everyone else has done.

Over at The Reading Pile she has done the posts every Thursday and has already done a few so I thought I would go through the ones she has already done and do the ones I like the look of.

My Book Tag post this week is Disney:

1. The Little Mermaid - A character who is out of their element (A "fish out of water")
Evelyn from Lick by Kylie Scott - Evelyn was your average 21 year old after a night spent celebrating her 21st birthday wakes up the next day married to a rock star. I would definitely say Evelyn was a fish out of water in the world of celebrity.

2. Cinderella - A character who goes through a major transformation.
Sydney Sage - Bloodlines by Richelle Mead: Sydney is like a completely new character from how she was in Vampire Academy to the last in the Bloodlines series.

3. Snow White - A book with an eclectic cast of characters.
Intertwined by Gena Showalter - This character has so many different paranormal creatures thrown into this book that I can't think of mythological being that isn't in it.

4. Sleeping Beauty - A book that put you to sleep.
Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck - I really wanted to love this book as that cover was stunning and the concept sounded intriguing but when I was reading it I was so bored that I found myself nodding off a couple of times.

5. The Lion King - A character that had something traumatic happen to them in childhood.
Kellan Kyle - Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens: Kellan's childhood was definitely traumatic and by the hands of his own parents which for me makes it all the more traumatic.

6. Beauty and the Beast - A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - I'm not a fan of big books as a 400 page book is huge. So when I was first reading the Harry Potter series they seemed to get bigger and bigger and at 870 pages long for this one I was very nervous to read it but I needn't have been as it was a stunning book just like the whole series was.

7. Aladdin - A character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse.
Miranda from The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees - Miranda want to be Juliet in her school play and to get her wish she does a spell to get her way, but not everything goes to plan...

8. Mulan - A character who pretends to be someone or something they are not.
Scarlet from Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen - I don't think I'm giving anything when I say this (as it's in the blurb) but Scarlet is known as Will Scarlet for most of the book when really he is a she.

9. Toy Story - A book with characters you wish would come to life.
The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices - This one was so hard because every book that I adore I wan the characters to be real. In the end I went for both of these series as technically they are from the same world and I would love for them to all be real especially Jace and Will.

10. Disney Descendants - Your favourite villain or a morally ambiguous character.
Owen from The Accidental Assassin - Owen is an assassin who kills for a living even if he only kills evil people I still can't hate him.