4 March 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Black Iris by Leah Raeder

"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...

Black Iris by Leah Raeder
Expected Publication - 28th April 2015

The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA Todaybestselling author of Unteachable.
It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn't worth sticking around for.
If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.
She's not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.
But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it's time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.
Which was the plan all along.
Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.
She's going to show them all.

This sounds like this will be my kind of book and I'm looking forward to see if it's as good as it sounds. That cover is stunning!

What are you waiting on? 

3 March 2015

At Any Price (Gaming the System, #1) by Brenna Aubrey

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Silver Griffon Associates 
Published: 9th December 2013
Pages: 298
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Mia, Adam,   
Date Read: 24th February - 28th February 2015

Rating Given:
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Achievement Unlocked: Geek Virgin
When Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she'll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.
It's a desperate step, but it's the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother's mounting hospital bills.
Difficulty Level: Millionaire CEO 
Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he's sexy, driven and--as CEO of his own gaming company--he's used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what's happening, he's found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she's made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.
She can't tell if he's playing her...or if he's playing for keeps.
This New Adult book is intended for readers over the age of 18 due to adult language, sexual content and adult situations.

I found this kindle for free on the Amazon website which I still think is free on both the UK and USA website.

I kind of like this cover as it looks sweet and romantic however, I don't feel as though this is fitting for this particular story as I don't feel as though it was a completely romantic story.

This book was like a tale of two halves in which I didn't like the first half but then by the end I enjoyed it although I still wouldn't say I loved it. At the started I did want to stop reading this book yet when I would put it down I would think about it so I thought that maybe I should keep at it which happened to me through out the first half of this book. I think what made me not want to read it was the fact she did act like a prostitute in the way she was selling herself to the higher bidder but when people told her that that was what she was doing she disagreed, I just didn't find this book that believable. The second half came a little bit of chemistry between the two main characters which did have some sweet moments. I felt like we got a better understanding of the two main characters during the second half but I do wish this was done in alternating pov's so I could see where Adam was coming from. I did feel as though the second half was more able to keep my attention and I was able to enjoy it. The ending did disappoint me a bit as I felt as though it ended a bit too abruptly for my liking even though I know that there is other books and expecting a bit of a cliff hanger I just didn't expect it to end the way in which it did.

I wasn't a fan of the two main characters but I did like some of the secondary characters including Mia's best friends and her Mum. I have to admit for the first half of this book Mia was definitely my least favourite female character ever as she just wasn't likable and I especially hated how much of a walking contradiction she was. She did start to redeem herself towards the end but I'm still not too sure about her. Like this book I have a love/hate relationship with Adam as there was moments when he would do something sweet especially towards the end but then there was time when I couldn't stand the things he would do especially when he kept on getting her things as it made me see her as more of a prostitute than the initial feeling of her.

Overall the second half far outshone the beginning so if you are going to read it stick with it as it did end up enjoyable but I'm not sure it will be enough for me to continue on with this series unless they where free.

2 March 2015

Book Review: Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3) by Veronica Rossi

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: ATOM
Published: 6th February 2014
Pages: 389
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Romance, 
Main Characters: Perry, Aria   
Date Read: 14th February - 19th February 2015

Rating Given:
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Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it's time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.
The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.
Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won't even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.
Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission - because Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.
In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

I thought I would get the whole series before I even read the first book and I'm glad I did as I ended up reading the whole series one after the other which I hardly ever do.

Out of the three covers I think that this one is my least favourite as I don't like the colours, however, I do prefer the patterns that are in the background more than the other books.

There was a little time missing from this book to the last book but not by many weeks so I didn't mind plus Rossi explained what had been happening. I think this book is my favourite of the series as there was so much happening keeping me on the edge of my seat with no dull moments. I would say that this one out of all of the series was the saddest book but I didn't mind as there was a little humour to make it a less depressing read. There was a bit more romance in this book which I loved as it was written so well you just knew that these two characters where meant for each other plus we got to see more of an interaction between them unlike the other books. I'm in two minds about the ending as I did love some of the outcome but there was a few bits that I felt was left unanswered which was why I couldn't give it the five stars I had wanted to up until the ending.

More growth for pretty much each of the characters. Aria showed just how strong of a person was and even through she seemed to cry more in this book I still feel like she was a stronger person. In each of the books Perry has shown a new side of himself and this is no different as he showed a vulnerable side to himself this time. Roar started off like he had at the end of the last book but by the end he started to go back to the Roar we all know and love.

Overall a good ending to a brilliant series I just wish that I had all the answers to some of the unanswered questions.

Book of the Month #41

I read quite a few books in February which I was surprised at as I didn't think I read as many as what I had done until I wrote them down.

Here's what I read in February:

  • The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending, #1) by Rachel Harris - 5/5
  • Forever Fae (Forever Fae, #1) by L.P. Dover - 4/5
  • Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) by Veronica Rossi - 4.5/5
  • Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2) by Veronica Rossi - 4.5/5
  • Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3) by Veronica Rossi - 4.5/5
  • Hero by Samantha Young - 5/5
  • More Than Exes (Chasing the Dream, #0.5) by Elizabeth Briggs - 3/5
  • Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1) by Sawyer Bennett - 5/5
  • At Any Price (Gaming the System, #1) by Brenna Aubrey - 3.5/5
  • Hot & Bothered by Liz Maverick - 3/5
And the book of the month is...

I had a really good month of amazing books so it was really hard for me to pick which I was close to having more than one book of the month but in the end this book just out shone everything I have read this year so far so in the end it wasn't any contest! My full review will be live next week so keep you eye open for that.

What book was your favourite in February?

1 March 2015

Showcase Sunday #112

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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This may look like a lot of books for just one week but this is from the last few weeks.

Physical Books

The first two where surprise review books as I hadn't even requested them but I'm so happy that I have them as I have wanted to read them for awhile now so I'm very excited to read them. The las two books my mum brought them for me which I am so pleased about as I have loved both of these series and I can't wait to see how it ends especially The Ruby Circle.

Bought Kindle Books
I loved Lost & Found so when Finders Keepers was only 99p I had to get it. Although Near & Far wasn't as cheap I had to get it as I can't have book 3 without book 2.

Free Kindle Books
Free Samantha Young and Sawyer Bennett you can't go wrong!

Kindle Review Books

What did you receive this week?

26 February 2015

Book Review: Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1) by Sawyer Bennett

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Format: Kindle 
Publishers: Loveswept
Published: 14th October 2014
Pages: 224
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Sutton, Alex   
Date Read: 20th February - 24th February 2015

Rating Given:
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Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn't afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn't so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be molded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy . . . not even by a tempting redhead with killer curves. As a social worker, Sutton Price is accustomed to difficult people--like Alex, who's been assigned to help her create a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth as part of the team's effort to clean up his image. What she doesn't expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips to stir her most heated fantasies. But Sutton isn't one to cross professional boundaries--and besides, Alex doesn't do relationships . . . or does he? The more she sees behind Alex's bad-boy façade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers."

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

I do love the look of this model..I mean cover ;) I can definitely see him as Alex as that's how he is described in the book. I love the sepia tone to the cover as it makes a change of either too bright or black and white which I like as well but the tone works for this cover as well as the book.

As soon as I started this book I knew I was going to be hooked and I wasn't wrong as throughout the book I just needed to know what was going to happen next. This will be my third book by Sawyer Bennett and the third that I loved I think this may even be my favourite of the bunch as well as being up there with my favourite book of the year so far. I loved every minute of this book because not only was the chemistry between the two main characters smoking hot it also brought up some difficult issues which I felt where done brilliantly. The interaction between Sutton and Alex sizzled from the very beginning but not only that but they also brought out the best in one another and the banter that they had had me laughing out loud at times. I would have to say the last few chapters where one of my favourites ever especially the part that used inspiration from Love Actually which I adored as what was used was also my favourite part of the film so I was swooning a LOT. It may have been cheesy but I didn't care what so ever as it was so sweet and romantic that I couldn't bring myself to care I just loved it. I absolutely adored this book and now I can't wait to read Garrett's book I just hope it live's up to this book.

I liked that this book had the two main characters that had a similar childhood yet they both turned out completely different. I really liked Sutton as she didn't have the best of starts in her life but she made up for that in the way in which she helps others. She was such a sweet person I especially loved her relationship with her family. The way Alex was portrayed at the beginning you would think that I wouldn't like him but in the end I loved him especially the softer side that Sutton brought out in him. I did love some of the side characters especially Garrett as he brought some much needed light relief and I'm so glad that his books next. I also loved Sutton's little brother as he was so endearing.

Overall another hit for Sawyer Bennett as I for one loved every minute of this book and I can't wait to read more from her.

25 February 2015

Book Review: Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2) by Veronica Rossi

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: ATOM
Published: 8th January 2013
Pages: 341
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Romance, 
Main Characters: Perry, Aria   
Date Read: 14th February - 19th February 2015
Rating Given:
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Aria has struggled to build a life for herself outside Reverie. It hasn't been easy adjusting to life in the wilderness but that struggle has been worth it with Perry by her side. 
But Perry has other challenges. His people are looking to him for answers. Answers about what happened to his nephew and what's happening to their world. And they don't trust the priviledged Aria, one of the enemy, in their midst. 
Soon he'll be forced to chose between the tribe that looks to him for leadership and the girl that looks to him for love.

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

This cover was just as beautiful as the first book and I may even like it more than the first one as the backdrop looks absolutely stunning. I am also a fan that each of the books in this series match but also have their own feel about them.

Through the Ever Night picked up from the very last moment that Under the Never Sky finished which I liked as it flowed better without any going back to the moments that where missed. I think I like this one just as much as the first one maybe even a smidgen better which I think had a lot to do with Roar being in it a lot more than the previous book. This was an action packed novel which some of the things that had happened I hadn't expected. Even though there is a lot of sadness in this book (more than even the first one) there is still some moments that had me chuckling along or awwing away at some of the things that had happened. I loved the relationship between Aria and Roar as it was nice to see a guy and girl being just friends and thats what they where the best of friends as this doesn't happen often in the books that I read. I also love the growing feelings between Aria and Perry but with things happening I don't think we got to see enough of them together. I liked the ending as it did leave me wanting more but there wasn't a huge cliff hanger, however I still have gone on to read the last book straight away.

I never feel like there is much to say about the characters in a sequel that hasn't already been said in a previous review but I felt like in this book most of the characters changed and in a good way. Aria has really become this strong person mentally and physically, yeah she was strong in the first book but in this book she had really come into her own. Perry is even more likable in this book than he was in the first book as we got to see a more softer side to him especially when in the presence of Aria. With Roar being in this book more than the first one we got to know a lot more about him and the more I found out about him the more I loved him. There was a change in him at the end of the book that broke my heart I'm just hoping that in the next book he starts to become the Roar he was at the beginning but I'm not sure that's going to happen.

Overall another great book in the Under the Never Sky series and I am very eager to see how it will all come to an end.