28 March 2015

Book Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Format: Hardback
Publishers: Dial 
Published: 14th June 2012
Pages: 394
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Samantha, Jase
Date Read: 11th March - 24th March 2015

Rating Given:
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"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another. 

I received this a couple of years ago for my birthday but never got around to reading it until now.

Not sure about this cover I do like parts of it just not all of it. I'm not sure that I see Jase in the guy on this cover as he is far too skinny to be him just not how I pictured him. I like the huge fence as it could be in keeping with the story.

I am in two minds about what I think about My Life Next door as there was moments that I really enjoyed but there was a lot of moments that I didn't like. It started off ok and I thought that I was going to fall in love with it but the more I read the more I thought nothing was truly happening, it was just to slow. It wasn't until closer to the end when something huge happened when everything really kicked off. The romance between Jase and Samantha was cute and I loved reading about them together but there was times when I felt sorry for Jase with the way she kept him a secret. I liked that it wasn't just about the romance between Jase and Samantha but also about families and how not every family has the same relationship. The Garrett's was such a cute family and I could see why Samantha was in awe of them especially seeing how Samantha's Mum is. I felt like the ending was a bit rushed as there was things that was left unresolved but I'm hoping with there being a companion novel that some things might be resolved during that.

I loved the Garrett's they where my favourite characters especially George but the rest I wasn't a huge fan of. Samantha was an ok character as she was sweet enough but she didn't have a backbone as she just let everyone walk all over her. Jase was a great character as he was fun but he was also there for everyone that needed him, I loved the way he was with Samantha. I hated Nan she was so selfish and I especially hated the way in which she treated Samantha and at times Tim. Tim I started off not liking at all which I wasn't happy about as I know he has his own book so I wanted to like him but in the end he made up for his behaviour in the beginning.

Overall this book was ok but I would have liked more to happen just so it was more interesting.

26 March 2015

Book Review: Play (Stage Dive, #2) by Kylie Scott

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Format: Kindle 
Publishers: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: 25th March 2014
Pages: 288
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Anne, Mal 
Date Read: 19th March - 22nd March 2015
Rating Given:
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Readers the world over fell in love with sexy drummer Mal in Kylie Scott’s first Stage Dive novel. Now, Kylie Scott is back, and this time it’s bad-boy Mal’s turn to fall in love. 
The drummer in a wildly successful rock band, Mal’s never had trouble with the ladies. It doesn’t hurt that he’s sexy as hell with a wicked sense of humour. But as much as Mal loves his ladies, romance and happily-ever-after just isn’t in his set of cards. Until one night, Mal meets the woman of his dreams. But can this cynical rocker ever trust in love? 

After reading the first book in this series (Lick) I had to buy the next book which is what I did and after reading it I just knew I should have started this series sooner...

I do love the covers for this series especially with them being similar so they match. I would have loved to see more of the model only to check that he is Mal, the body seems to be fitting to Mal even the tattoo's.

I was a bit wary about reading this one as I saw a lot of reviews saying that this book was a disappointment but I sure didn't feel that way even from the very first page I loved this book. I absolutely adored every minute of this book there was no moments when I lot interest as it kept me captivated. When I wasn't reading the book I would be thinking about when I could start reading it again. I loved the build up of feelings I felt like I could feel the chemistry leaping out of the pages they where great together even when they where pretending to be in love. I have not laughed as much at a book as I had done with this book but there was sad moments as well but I didn't mind. The ending was just as good as the rest of the book with a couple of months into the future which I always love, although I don't mind in this series as I know I will be seeing more of them in the next books. It also ended with a bit of a set up for the next book which never happened in the first book so that has got me even more excited for book 3.

I adored pretty much all of the characters even Jimmy who wasn't as annoying as he was in the first book plus we got to see a bit more of Ben making me even more excited to read his book not long now. It was great to see more of David and Ev to see how they are getting on. I never thought any of the band was going to be better than David but how wrong was I, Mal by far outshone him he is my new favourite band member. Mal was so funny and I think it was down to his character that I loved this book as much as I did because not only was he funny but he also had dark moments as well as being vulnerable. Anne was another great female main character because even though there was times when she was a bit of a push over she still had her fiery moments plus I think that both Mal and Anne together brought out the best in each other.

Overall book 2 was just as good as the first one maybe even (slightly) better. I can't wait to read the rest of this series.

25 March 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski

"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...

The Moment of Letting Go by J. A. Redmerski 
Expected Publication: 11th August 2015

You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart...
Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she'd always craved-until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.
Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he's convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can't deny the deep connection he feels. But there's a reason Luke doesn't do long-term. He can't promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .

I haven't read anything from this author as of yet but I am still so excited for the release of this book as it sounds like it's right up my street.

What are you waiting on? 

22 March 2015

Book Review: Red by Alyxandra Harvey

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Entangled Teen
Published: 10th March 2011
Pages: 198
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance, 
Main Characters: Kia, Ethan 
Date Read: 14th March - 18th March 2015

Rating Given:
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Bad girls burn hot…
Red is the colour of Kia Alcott's hair.It's her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble. And it's the colour of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.
When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It's an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.
Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.
But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn't stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family… 

 I was given a review copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

With this book cover I wasn't too sure that I liked it as I couldn't really tell what was going on in the cover, however, when I looked at it bigger I found I loved the cover. I love the creepy look of the cover even though the story didn't have a creepy feel about it but the location definitely reminded me of the story.

This book started off good enough but nothing really grabbed me in fact parts of it got me a little lost on what was actually going on. There was so much happening in the beginning of the book with no real explanation which annoyed me a bit as I wanted more reasoning sooner than what we got at the beginning. I liked the different kinds of mythical creatures as usually there's one or two creatures so that was interesting. The romance side of the story was a little slow to begin with which was a nice change to insta-love. I would have loved a bit more from this new romance so I am hoping there's another book to come but there's nothing on Goodreads as of yet. There was a lot more action happening towards the end with things happening that I wasn't expecting. I really enjoyed the end half of this book with explanations to what was happening. The end didn't have any cliff hangers but I do feel like I wanted more and I'm sure there could be more to come.

I pretty much liked all of the characters with a few exceptions to some of the characters that I couldn't tell if they where good or bad. Kia was a great female character as she was smart and strong as well as showing her vulnerable side at times. I wasn't sure about Ethan at first as he never showed what he was feeling but because this book had alternating points of views I was able to understand why he was the way he was to Kia.

Overall I did like this book but I didn't love it as much as Alyxandra Harvey's other books, but I do think that if there are more books to come from this world it will get better.

19 March 2015

Book Review: Exiled (Immortal Essence, #1) by RaShelle Workman

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Polished Pen Press 
Published: 2nd October 2011
Pages: 340
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance, 
Main Characters: Venus, Michael   
Date Read: 8th March - 12th March 2015

Rating Given:
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Worlds divided them. Chance brought them together. Only love will save them. 
An alien princess exiled to Earth. An arrogant boy. One week to get back to her planet or she'll die. And, her only chance for survival? She must help the boy find his soul mate. Piece of cake!

Stubborn, sixteen-year-old Princess Venus of Kelari wants one thing, to become immortal, that is, until someone exiles her to Earth, kills her irrihunter and takes her family. 
Now she wants revenge. 
First she’s got to get home. But before she can return to Kelari, the Gods have commanded her to help an arrogant boy named Michael find his soul mate. 
Only she doesn't know the first thing about love. 
Rather quickly, her inexperience with human emotion is obscured by other matters--alien-controlled psychotic teens that are out to kill her, and a government group that is set on capturing and dissecting her. 
Worst of all, Venus will suffer a painful death-by-poisoning, thanks to Earth’s atmosphere, if she remains on the planet longer than one week. 
Still, Venus is a Princess and she's got a plan. Surely, with her help, Michael will fall in love with a human. 
But time is running out and Michael is falling for the wrong girl--her.

I bought this book when it was free on Amazon UK back when I got my first ever kindle but now I wished I put it off a bit longer but I'm glad it was a freebie!

The cover is stunning it is pretty much the same as this image that I found on Goodreads but it didn't have the actual cover that mine has, but this one is better than mine. I love everything about this cover from the use of colours to the butterflies to the shining light effect, overall it gives it another world feel which is in keeping with the story.

I haven't read many alien books apart from Jennifer L. Armentrout's series which I adored so I was hoping that this would be another alien book that I would love but I couldn't be more wrong. For some reason I couldn't get into this book as I just couldn't follow it, plus I was easily distracted while I was supposed to be reading it. There was a lot of times when I just wanted to stop reading it and I would've done if I hadn't needed it for a challenge that I was taking part in. Things did happen and then I would be thinking here we go it's going to get better now but it never really did until the last few chapters. In paranormal books that I read and love they seem real yet with this book nothing seemed real it was just too far fetched and unbelievable. I felt the romance side of the story was far to unbelievable and her feelings for another character came out of the blue the same with the guy she started to like his feelings also came out of know where. I did kind of like the ending as it did make me want to read the next book although I won't be in a rush for it but the last page did end a bit abruptly to the point I thought I had missed something.

There wasn't many characters that I liked in this book which would probably be the reason why I couldn't get into the book. Venus was an annoying character that didn't feel realistic as there was no real depth to her character. I didn't like Michael as he was just as annoying as Venus plus he just seemed too angry all the time and yes I understand why he would feel that way but I didn't get why Venus would start to like him especially after what he did to her for me it was unforgivable. Zaren was my favourite character in this book as he seemed to have more depth to his character but there was times I didn't understand what was going on with him.

Overall I was very disappointed with this book and if it wasn't for near the end of the story I wouldn't bother with the rest of the series even now I'm not 100% sure if I will continue on with it even if I do want to know what happens in the end.

18 March 2015

Waiting On Wednesday - Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

"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...

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine
Expected Publication: 7th July 2015

Synopsis:In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.… 

ONly read some of Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series and I have loved them so now anything she brings out I want to read plus this one sounds really good. I'm very much looking forward to this being released. 

17 March 2015

Book Review: Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5) by Richelle Mead

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Puffin 
Published: 29th July 2014
Pages: 380
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance, 
Main Characters: Sydney, Adrian   
Date Read: 3rd March - 10th March 2015

Rating Given:
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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.
Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 
For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .
Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

 I received this a little while ago from Puffin publishers in exchange for a honest review.

I love that all of the covers in this series match but I would say that this one is one of my least favourites as I'm not a huge fan of the silver. I have never been a huge fan of the covers in this series as they have never really drawn me into the book.

For the first time in this series I wasn't liking this book and I thought I was thinking that I wasn't going to get into it at all. For me the being was so slow and Adrian did disappoint me a bit as well. During the beginning it was Sydney's parts that kept me going as it was what captivated me. It was about just before half way through when the book completely took off and in a good way and I didn't want to put it down there was so much happening that kept me on the edge of my seat. There was a scene in this book that I absolutely adored which I'm not going to say what it was as I don't want to give it away but it was so heart warming and not what I was expecting. The ending I just wasn't expecting a complete cliff hanger I'm just glad that I have the last book on my shelf so that I don't have to wait as long as others did.

Some of the characters had some setbacks in this particular book. There was a few new characters in this book which some of them I liked but some of them not so much. I feel that Sydney outshone every character in Silver Shadows as she showed just how strong of a person she was, without letting anything or anyone get to her. Like I said above Adrian did disappoint me in the beginning as he had seemed to give up but then just before halfway through he was back to the Adrian we all know and love.

Overall once I got over the beginning I was able to thoroughly enjoy this book and I'm very excited to see how this series is going to end.