26 November 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

"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 Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1) 
by Jodi Meadows
Expected Publication: 10th March 2015

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.
She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.
She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

I have read one of Jodi Meadows books before and I really enjoyed it and this one sounds just as good but I must admit this is more about cover lust!

What are you waiting on? 

25 November 2014

Book Review: Illuminated by Erica Orloff

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Speak
Published: 8th December 2011
Pages: 244
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Callie, August, 
Date Read: 9th November - 20th November 2014
Rating Given:
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Some loves are not made to last . . . Like Romeo and Juliet, Heloise and Abelard were doomed from the start, and their romance was destined to pass into history. Yet when sixteen-year-old Callie Martin discovers a diary hidden within an antique book, their story - and hers - takes on another life. For the diary leads Callie to the brilliant and handsome August, who is just as mysterious as the secret the diary hides. Their attraction is undeniable. As the two hunt down the truth behind the diary - and that of Heloise and Abelard's ancient romance - their romance becomes all-consuming. But Callie knows it can't last . . . love never does. Will their love that burns as bright as a shooting star flame out, or will these star-crossed lovers be able to defy history?

I have had this book sitting on my shelf for a while now but thankfully I got around to reading it as I really enjoyed it...

From a distance I absolutely adore the cover but when I look up close at the physical book I'm not such a fan. The reason why is that around all the shapes there's a line of stars and circles which I just think there wasn't a need for.

Usually when I'm in two minds about a book it's usually the end that saves the book but in this case it wasn't to be. I was enjoying this book so much at the beginning that I thought I was going to give it five stars but by the end I felt a little let down as it lost its steam. With me now reading a lot of new adult books I have now got used to the instant love but even for them books this was far too quick and at times felt a bit unhealthy. I loved the other romance stories involved in this book. I also learnt something new from this book as I never knew the story of Heloise and Abelard was real which really surprised me as I love a good love story and theirs seemed epic. There was a part of the story that wasn't utilized to its full potential as it just seemed to be randomly added and then nothing else was said about it. I think that maybe if this book was longer so that things was cleared up in more detail rather a quick update.

All the characters in this book was really sweet and at times too sweet with no back bone. Callie I felt for at times but then some of the things she did just seemed too childish and she was definitely a hypocrite. August I kind of liked throughout the book but there was moments when he really did annoy me. My favourite character in this book was Callie's Uncle Harry as he seemed to actually have the most character in him making him feel the most real.

Overall I really enjoyed the beginning but it just didn't hold up and by the end I just felt it lacking.

23 November 2014

Showcase Sunday #104

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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Kindle Books Bought
These two books where on offer this week with Pivot Point being 99p and Dark Light only 77p I just couldn't help myself.

Free Kindle Books

Review Kindle Books
Some more Christmas books to get stuck into over the holiday period and I for one can't wait!

What did you receive this week?

19 November 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole

"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...

Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles, #3) 
by Kresley Cole
Expected Publication: 6th January 2015

Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole's Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.
Heartbreaking decisionsEvie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her, until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, The Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death's uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts and stolen glances from a former love.
Uncertain victoryDespite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a frozen and perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on The Lovers and the vast army they command. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them once and for all may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn't know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana or convincing Jack and Death to work together.
Two heroes returnedThere's a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn't know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first?

I have only read the first book as I wanted to wait closer to the release of book three before I read book two. I am really excited by this book as I can't wait to see what is going to happen next. The only thing I don't like is that it looks like the covers have changed hopefully this cover isn't the final as it doesn't match and it doesn't look as stunning.

What are you waiting on? 

18 November 2014

Book Review: An Unlikely Match (Match, #1) by Barbara Dunlop

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Indie
Published: 28th January 2014
Pages: 164
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Morgan, Amelia, 
Date Read: 11th November - 17th November 2014
Rating Given:
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Morgan Holbrook has a PhD in jet propulsion, a plum research position at CalTech and a sexy, new neighbor who is way out of his league. He’s got all the confidence in the world where it comes to applied physics, but he’s never been the guy who gets the girl. 
Cheerleader Amelia Camden has sworn off boyfriends, focusing instead on her budding acting career. But when her nerdy, next door neighbor passes up his high school reunion, party enthusiast Amelia is determined to change his mind. 
Wanting his former classmates to appreciate Morgan the way she does, as a brilliant, compassionate, engaging man, she goads him into a haircut, a great suit and a pair of contact lenses. Morgan plays along with the sexy Amelia. Who wouldn’t? But when her flattery turns to flirtation, he knows it’s all part of the act.

I found this book on Amazon UK for free so I thought I would give it a try. I'm glad I did as it was an enjoyable read...

The cover on goodreads doesn't show off the colours that this cover has when it's on my kindle as the yellow is from top to bottom where this picture doesn't show this. I do like the simplicity of the cover as there isn't too much going on although it does seem a bit cheesy I can see this as a part of the actual story.

When I started this book it did actually confuse me a little bit as the first persons point of view was from a grandad and I wasn't sure about the age of the people he was talking with at first I though they where younger than they where but when it went further I was able to find out and then it made more sense. After the first chapter it mainly changed points of view between Amelia and Morgan which I liked as I was able to understand where both of them where coming from. The relationship between Morgan and Amelia felt a bit too rushed with no real chemistry I just didn't believe they felt anything but friendship. I think that maybe if the book was longer then it probably would have been better. There wasn't any real action and at times it was a little dull. I kind of liked the ending as it was how I would liked it to end but I felt like there was a chunk missing before the end.

There was some sweet characters in this book. I was surprised I liked the main female character Amelia because at first she seemed a bit shallow but the more we got to know her the more she showed a bit of depth about her. I liked Morgan he was so sweet but there was a few moments when I wanted to shake him so he could open his eyes.

Overall it was a sweet quick read but it just felt like there was something missing. 

16 November 2014

Showcase Sunday #103

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 Book
I wasn't a huge fan of the first one but I did get the second one (which I haven't read yet) for review so when I saw this hardback copy of the final book for only £1.46 I just had to get it which was a lot cheaper than the paperback version!

Kindle Books Bought
Looking forward to reading both of these books as I have read other books by these authors which I have loved so I'm hoping that I will love these ones just as much.

Free Kindle Books

Review Kindle Books

Really looking forward to these books especially a few of them that have been on previous W.O.W posts.

What did you receive this week?

13 November 2014

Book Review: A Taste of Winter (Lakeside, #2) by Laila Blake

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Lilt Literary 
Published: 28th October 2014
Pages: n/a
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance,
Main Characters: Moira, Owain, 
Date Read: 3rd November - 10th November 2014
Rating Given:
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Picking up where BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON left off, A TASTE OF WINTER is the second book in a romantic paranormal fantasy trilogy, set in alternate history medieval times. It follows the life of young Moira, a half fae noblewoman who fell in love with her shape-shifter guard and ran away from her ancestral home. 
Traveling the country, searching for a safe place to stay, the two of them soon realize that life is not as kind to them as they might have hoped. They feel the sting of prejudice and bigotry in each town they visit, and the reality of poverty and winter begin to erode Moira and Owain’s blossoming love. 
In the castle they left behind, darker plans are afoot. The fae spy Brody is slowly taking over, and he has no love for humans. He needs to be stopped before he can seize power and trigger another war between the races. But Moira and Owain are long gone, and Brody always seems two steps ahead.

I was asked by the author if I wanted to review the first and second book in her Lakeside series which I said yes to, however, after reading the first one and feeling so-so about it I was a bit worried that I wouldn't like this book but I actually liked it a little bit more...

I do like the covers in this series and the way in which they both tie in with each other but also they are different which makes sense as they are different books. I do prefer the first one to this one though as this one you can really tell they are hand drawn unlike the first one.

 When I first started this book I wasn't sure I was going to like this second book but I kept going hoping that it would get better and I'm really glad it did it just took a little longer than I would've liked. I seemed to be able to get through this one a lot quicker than the first one which is always a plus in my eyes. I loved that we got to see more of Laila and Owain together but there was times when I just didn't believe in their connection. I was able to stay with the story with the change of point on view throughout the book which I think is because I was able to get used to it in the first book and then I read this book straight after which I don't usually do. There was a scene that happened that came out of nowhere and then seemed to have not happened in the next moment which did confuse me a bit. With this book I felt like it was a bit to predictable as I could tell how it was going to end before I even read the last page. The end of the book did leave me wanting to know how everything is going to get resolved.

I felt that most of the characters grew up a lot in this book especially Moira, I just didn't like it sounded like even though she said she didn't blame Owain for what was happening she wouldn't have kept thinking about it but really it wasn't his fault as it was all to protect her. I felt sorry for Owain throughout this book as he really did feel like everything was his fault and then with everything happening to hurt his pride more and more I'm surprised he was able to even get up in the morning.

Overall this one was a bit better than the first book and I am looking forward to see how this series is going to end.