4 August 2015

Book Review: Faking It (Losing It, #2) by Cora Carmack

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Ebury Press
Published: 6th June 2013
Pages: 352
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Max, Cade
Date Read: 27th July - 29th July 2015

Rating Given:
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Every girl likes a bad boy...

And Max’s current boyfriend is as bad as they come. She knows her family would freak if they saw his tattoos and piercings.

So when her parents turn up unannounced Max grabs the most wholesome guy she can to play her boyfriend.

But Cade Winston is so perfect that Max needs him to keep playing the part. And the more they have to fake their relationship, the harder it gets to just pretend…

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

I kind of like the Losing It series covers as they match but have different models on the front which is in keeping with each of the books as they have different main characters. I think that the guy in the cover is a good likeness of Cade but Max has more tattoos but apart from that she's not too bad liking of her.

I was so excited about reading Faking It after reading and loving the first book Losing It but in the end I felt a little let down by Faking It as I didn't love it nearly as much as the first book. Don't get me wrong it is a nice book to read with some good moments but when I read a book I want more than nice I want it to grab me and never let go and Faking It just doesn't do that. I liked that it was a good boy meeting the bad girl as a lot of books it's the other way round so it made a nice change. The chemistry between Max and Cade I could tell there was something there but I didn't like the way in which Max treated Cade especially after the huge favour he was doing for her. For me I felt the ending was a little too rushed with no real closure, I would have preferred it if it went further into the future than just a few months especially with Max's past relationships are to go by. I didn't feel like there was much of a happy ending it just felt a bit too forced.

I loved Cade but the rest I only liked, although I did love seeing more from Bliss and Garrick. Max seems to have a couple of different personalities as she comes across as this strong, independent woman who doesn't care about what people think about her unless those people are her parents. When around her parents Max was somebody completely different but I did understand why this was especially after we find out about her past. Cade was such a sweet character and I felt so sorry for him at times as he seemed to have terrible luck with who he has feelings for.

Overall, a nice enough read but it just didn't live up to the first book but I will continue with this series in hope that the rest are as good as the first book.

2 August 2015

Book of the Month #39

July started off a slow read month but by the end of July I'd read a lot more books than what I thought I would have done.

Here's what I read in July:

  • Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers, #2) by Jamie McGuire - 4.5/5
  • Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey, #2) by Sawyer Bennett - 4.5/5
  • Lead (Stage Dive, #3) by Kylie Scott - 5/5
  • The Cinderella Princess (Royal Holiday, #1) by Melissa McClone - 2.5/5
  • Her Secret Prince (Royal Holiday, #2) by Madeline Ash - 3/5
  • His Defiant Princess (Royal Holiday, #3) by Kathleen O'Brien - 2.5/5
  • Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1) by Colleen Houck - 2/5
  • This Is One Moment by Mila Gray - 4/5
  • Significance (Significance, #1) by Shelly Crane - 5/5
  • Faking It (Losing It, #2) by Cora Carmack - 3/5

And the book of the month goes to...

I couldn't choose out of my two 5 star books so I've decided to have a joint winner as they where both brilliant in their own way.

What's your book of the month?

Showcase Sunday #116

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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Here's what I received in the month of July!

Kindle Book Bought
I finally read Significance last month and loved it so much I couldn't stop myself from buying book 2!

Free Kindle Books

Kindle Review Books
I have a few more netgalley books but I've decided to showcase the ones I am super excited about.

What did you get last month/week?

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!