1 September 2014

Book Of The Month #35

Another slow month of reading for me, it just seems that my reading pace has slowed down drastically!
Here's what I did read in August:

  • All Lined Up (Rusk University, #1) by Cora Carmack - 5/5
  • Nothing Like The First Time by Keren Hughes - 4/5
  • Off Sides (Off, #1) by Sawyer Bennett - 4.5/5
  • Apollyon (Covenant, #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout - 3.5/5
  • Relentless Liberation by L.J. Fine - 4/5
  • The Real Thing by Cassie Mae - 4.5/5
  • Getting Off by Abby Green - 3/5
  • Suddenly Last Summer (O'Neil Brothers, #2) by Sarah Morgan - 4.5/5
  • Crewel (Crewel World, #1) by Gennifer Albin - 3/5
And the book of the month goes to...

Only the one 5* book in August but what a book it was. I really enjoyed this book and now I can't wait to continue on with this series. For my full review click here.

28 August 2014

The Real Thing Blog Tour - Review & Excerpt plus a giveaway!

The Real Thing by Cassie Mae
Published by Flirt
August 19, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-553-39253-1

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In this electrifying novel from Cassie Mae, two close friends surprise themselves by shifting from platonic love to sexual attraction.
Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.
When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.

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About Cassie Mae
Cassie Mae is a full-time writer and mother from Utah. She loves being glued to the computer, thinking up new stories, and writing the day away while the kids run wild at her feet. When she finished her first novel, she started a blog that now gets more than five thousand hits a month. Her group blog is also dedicated to reaching out to aspiring authors by providing critiques and other marketing tools to help them succeed in the industry. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

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My Review:

As soon as I started this book I fell in love with it. What I love the most about this book is that it is so realistic with the use of social media and it also made me see just how much we all seem to use it. Another part of the story that I loved was that it wasn't all about the romance and social media but body issues and what is so unique about this is that it isn't the girl that is hung up about her body but the guy which was great to see. I loved the relationship between Eric and Mia as they was friends first which I felt like it made the book even more realistic than if they had jumped into a relationship without knowing each but in this case they had know each other for year whilst secretly wanting each other for pretty much the same amount of time. When they where together it was sweet but also hot I just needed them to be together forever as they made such a cute couple. I loved the ending for this book as it was the kind of ending that I always feel like I need in a stand alone book, as we got to see what was happening a year later.

I absolutely adored Eric he is the sweetest guy ever he seemed so genuine that I just couldn't help but love him. He did break my heart a lot of the time but not because of anything he had done but the issues that he has had to deal with. With Mia I had a love/hate relationship with her as there was a lot of times when I felt she was sweet especially when she was in the same room as Eric but she was annoying at times and I wanted to slap her phone/computer away from her. It was great that in this book we got to read from both Eric and Mia's perspective as this gave us the chance to get to know what each of them was thinking which I always want to know what the other person was thinking and in this book we get to know.

Overall this was a great modern day romance book that everyone who loves contemporary romance should read.

“Should I reply?”
I raise an eyebrow, glancing at her profile. She pulls at her bottom lip, tilting her head back and forth as she stares at the screen.
“What would you say?” I ask.
Her fingers tap the home row, and she gives a little shrug. “Not sure. But I feel bad if he thinks the right Mia is ignoring him. But seriously, you’d think he’d know her email if they were going out.”
“I don’t know.” I point to her email address at the top. “How many Mia Johnsons are there in the world? And not all people have relationships with their computers.”
She turns to face me, almost smacking me in the nose. I must’ve gravitated toward her without thinking.
Instead of making it majorly awkward, she presses her forehead to mine and says, “But some online relationships are the best kind.”
I gulp, and then my mouth goes dry. I can’t argue with her. It was because of the Internet that we’ve been able to keep up with each other—the reason we’re here together now like we just talked yesterday. We did talk yesterday.
I’m about to make a stupid move by tucking hair behind her ear just to touch her, but then I remember I’m still in my sweaty clothes, and I get a dizzy spell and pull back.
“Uh, I’m gonna jump in the shower,” I stutter as I slide from the bed.
Em nods and clicks her mouse pad a few times. “Okay. I’m going to order some food. You still like Hawaiian pizza?”
I think I do, but I don’t eat pizza anymore.
“Get what you want. I’ve already eaten.” It’s bullshit, but if I have one slice of pizza, before I know it, I’ll have eaten five more.
Her brow furrows and her eyes drop to the bottom corner of her screen. “Oh crap, I’m sorry. I didn’t realize what time it was. And you’re probably still in a different time zone in here.” She pats her stomach, flicking her eyes from the screen to me.
“It’s no big deal.” I smile and go to hit her door frame on the way out, but she
stops me.
“Oh, Eric?”
“The whole ‘make yourself at home’ thing goes both ways.” She nods toward my chest. “I don’t care if you walk around without a shirt on.”
She points at my neck, and I look down and see the tag sticking out under my chin. Inside out . . . and backward.
She laughs and her eyes rest on the screen again. I let her return to her email, but I keep my shirt covering me until I’ve locked myself in the bathroom. Twenty more pounds and I’ll walk around buck-ass naked if I want to.

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27 August 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - The Return 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 I can't wait for...

The Return (Titan, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Expected Publication: 17th February 2015

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody – which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet. 
Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to “puree”. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of an ancient myth is gunning for her.
But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.
Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.Seth's Story.

I haven't finished the Covenant series yet (just one more to go) but I am already excited by the spin-off. It may not be out until next year but it is getting ever so closer!

What are you waiting on?

20 August 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

"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...

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1) by Amanda Hocking
Expected Publication: 6th January 2015

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. Set apart by her heritage and her past, Brynn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royalty. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden. But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero who she once loved – appears to be up to something dangerous, kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

This book is a spin off to the Tryelle trilogy which I am so excited about as I absolutely loved the Tryelle series so I'm hoping this one will be just as good.
On another note that cover alone would draw me in (yes I so judge a book by its cover)

What are you waiting on?

19 August 2014

Book Review: Apollyon (Covenant, #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Spencer Hill Press
Published: 4th April 2013
Pages: 343
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Alex, Aiden
Date Read: 13 July - 13th August 2014
Rating Given:
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Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.
Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.
The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.
Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

“Tipping my head back, I screamed.
Unlocked from the depths of my soul, it kept coming and coming. I couldn't stop it. I couldn't comprehend what I'd become—the things I had done. And when I stopped, it was only because my throat was raw.” 

I have had this book for a little while now and so I thought I should try and finish the series by the end of the year and with only one book to go I think I will be able to succeed I just wish I loved this book as much as the previous books in this series...

As I say every time I review these books this series of covers are so beautiful and are by far one of my favourite covers in a series. I love the way that all the books tie in with the series and this one is no exception. I love the use of colour for this cover as for me it makes it stand out a lot more than if a different colour was used.

I can't believe it took me over a month to finish this book which is one of the longest amount of time its taken me to read a book that isn't even 400 pages long! To be fair though it wasn't all because I didn't like the book as there was just over a week when I hardly read anything and when I did it was on my kindle. When I first started this book I was completely confused I had no idea what was happening so I did go and read Elixir before I went any further which did help but I really should have read Deity again as I could not for the life of me remember what happen in that book making it so much harder to get into this book. Once I got over the initial confusion I actually really enjoyed the book but every time I put it down I just couldn't get the enthusiasm to pick it back up. After I hit the halfway mark I really started to enjoy it especially closer to the end as there was so much going on that I just had to find out what was going to happen next. What I really enjoyed in this book was the way in which Aiden and Alex's relationship seemed stronger and stronger, it felt like I could feel Aiden's love for Alex through the pages. I really did love the way that Armentrout really had me going through the emotions as one minute I would be laughing out loud then the next minute I would want to cry. I loved the ending as it has set me up for what I hope will be an epic finale.

My feeling towards certain characters changed throughout Apollyon and some from previous book I actually liked! Alex was the main one who had so many different personalities throughout this book that it was hard to keep up until she settled down (that's all I will say as I don't want to give anything away but put it this way it was heartbreaking). I loved Aiden even more in this book which I didn't think was at all possible but he just really stepped up and it was sweet/heartbreaking to see.

Overall a disappointing beginning but once I got into it I really enjoyed it.

“He was there. Like always, holding me up when I couldn't stand and letting me go when he knew I needed him to. He was more than just a shelter. Aiden was my other half, my equal.”

17 August 2014

Showcase Sunday #94

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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Physical Review Books
Received both these books this week only requested Better Than Perfect (which is Wild Cards but with a new name). 
Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending both of these books.

Free Kindle Books

Kindle Review Books

What did you receive this week?

13 August 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - On the Edge by Allison van Diepen

"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...

On the Edge by Allison van Diepen
Expected Publication: 25th November 2014

From Allison van Diepen, author of Snitch and Street Pharm, comes a sexy, dangerous novel about a teen who witnesses a murder and gets caught up in the seedy world of Miami’s gangs.
Maddie Diaz never should have taken that shortcut through the park. If she hadn't, she wouldn't have seen two members of the Reyes gang attacking a homeless man. Now, as the only witness, she knows there’s a target on her back. 
But when the Reyes jump her on the street, Maddie is protected by a second gang and their secretive leader, Lobo, who is determined to take down the Reyes himself. Lobo is mysterious and passionate, and Maddie begins to fall for him. But when they live this close to the edge, can their love survive?
On the Edge is a compelling story about fighting for what’s right and figuring out where you belong. The novel showcases a gritty, realistic voice and earth–shattering romance that will intrigue readers of Simone Elkeles and Paul Griffin and captivate fans of Allison van Diepen's other novels.

I haven't read or even heard of Allison van Diepen before I came across it on someone's WOW post and now I am really looking forward to welcoming a new author to my collection. I love the sound of this book as it sounds similar to one of my favourite books Perfect Chemistry so if it is anything like it then I'm sure I will enjoy it!

What are you waiting on?