7 October 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - The Final Move by Victoria Denault

"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 Final Move (Hometown Players, #3) by Victoria Denault
Expected Publication: 8th December 2015

Sexy, rich, and one of the biggest stars in the NHL, Devin Garrison has always been the one who had it all. That is until his marriage falls apart and he realizes he has to start over. If he’s honest, there has only been one woman who ever really excited him-Callie Caplan. They shared a night that was hotter than the late-summer sun, but in an instant-Callie was gone, pretending it never happened.
Callie Caplan isn’t the wild child people think she is. It’s true she’s avoided relationships, but only because she’s seen how crazy love can be. And her messy, imperfect life is crazy enough without opening her heart to a man-even one as picture perfect as Devin. But when fate brings them back together-just as they need each other most-Devin is determined to convince Callie that what she’s feeling is real. And this final play may be their chance at forever . . .

I have really enjoyed the Hometown Players series so naturally I'm really excited for the last book in the series.

What are you waiting on?

5 October 2015

Book Review: Wide Awake (Wide Awake, #1) by Shelly Crane

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Indie
Published: 22nd March 2013
Pages: 202
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance, Thriller
Main Characters: Emma, Mason
Date Read: 20th September - 27th September 2015

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:A girl.A coma.A life she can't remember.
When Emma Walker wakes up in the hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, she learns that she's been in a coma for six months. Strangers show up and claim to be her parents, but she can't remember them. She can't remember anyone. Not her friends, not even her boyfriend. Even though she can't remember, everyone wants her to just pick up where she left off, but what she learns about the 'old her' makes her start to wish she'd never woken up. Her boyfriend breaks up with the new girl he's dating to be with her, her parents want her to start planning for college, her friends want their leader back, and her physical therapist with the hazel eyes keeps his distance to save his position at the hospital.
Will she ever feel like she recognizes the girl in the mirror?

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

The cover isn't a cover that stands out but after reading the book I feel like it's more of a fitting cover for this story. I do love the colours used on the title as I think they work well with the rest of the cover.

I've had this book sitting on my kindle for a long while now but after reading another Shelly Crane book and loving it I just couldn't keep away from Wide Awake. I really enjoyed this book and the only reason why I didn't give it the full five stars was I didn't love it as much as my previous Shelly Crane book. I don't know what it was about the book that made me not love it as much as there was nothing at all that I didn't enjoy. I have read a few books where there was something bad happened without knowing who did it but even though I have read similar books Wide Awake did have some differences that made it stand out over the other similar books. I enjoyed that this book focused more on the after effects of the accident and the road to recovery. The romance side of the story was so cute and I loved them both together, I especially liked their friendship as well as their chemistry. The ending was great as I felt everything was cleared up and ended with no loose ends but I am still looking forward to reading their novella to see more of them as a couple... well hopefully...

I really liked all the characters especially the main characters. I thought Emma was such a good character in the way in which she had to learn how to live as a person she wasn't before the accident. I hated the way all her friends and family treated her, I felt so sorry for her especially with some of the things that was said to her by her own father. Mason was a great character, he may have some of his own issues but that didn't stop him treating Emma in the way she deserved. 

Overall a very enjoyable read, and I can't wait to read more from this series as well as other books written by Shelly Crane.

4 October 2015

Showcase Sunday #118

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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I have a few more books that I usually do as it was my 30th Birthday in September so naturally I got a Amazon voucher which I have spent a bit of but I still have some left over. Here's what I received in the month of September!

Paperback Books Recieved
I received Yours Tonight and Nymphs for review from the publishers. I got the rest for my Birthday.

Kindle Books Bought
I've wanted to read all these books since the moment I had heard about them and now I've finally gotten around to buying them thanks to my voucher.

Free Kindle Books
I didn't get many free books this month as there wasn't many that I really wanted to give a try this past month.

Kindle Review Books
Looking forward to reading these books in the upcoming months.

What did you receive this month/week?

1 October 2015

Book of the Month - September

I had the worst reading month I've read in a long while as I only managed to read 5 books this month. I may have had a bad reading month but I also had an amazing month personally as I turned 30 and went to Ireland a place where I have always dreamed of going so I just didn't have time to get through my books like I usually do.

Here's the books that I did get through in September:

  • Making A Play (Hometown Players, #2) by Victoria Denault - 4/5
  • Real (Real, #1) by Katy Evans - 3/5
  • Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2) by Tahereh Mafi - 4.5/5
  • Wide Awake (Wide Awake, #1) by Shelly Crane - 4.5/5
  • Providence (Providence, #1) by Jamie McGuire - 3.5/5

And the book of the month goes too...

I didn't read any books that rated the full 5/5 but these two books I did love enough to rate them 4.5/5 and where by far my favourite books that I read in September.

What did you read in September?

Book Tag: Social Media

The Reading Pile has taken inspiration from the vloging Book Tag community over to the blogging world. Like her I'm not actually going to tag anyone but you're more than welcome to give it a try like I have just head over to her page and leave a link in her comments or in mine as I'm nosey and love to know what everyone else has done.

Over at The Reading Pile she has done the posts every Thursday and has already done a few so I thought I would go through the ones she has already done and do the ones I like the look of.

My Book Tag post this week is: Social Media:

1. Twitter: What is your favourite short book?
My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey - This was actually one of my first short books that I have read and when I saw how short it was I was actually disappointed as I thought it can't have much story if it's so short but boy was I wrong. 

2. Facebook: A book everyone pressured you into reading?
Angelfall by Susan Ee - If I hear about a book that everyone has read and loved I feel as though I need to see what all the fuss is about. This book I'm glad everyone kept going on about how amazing this book was as I don't think I would have heard about it otherwise which would have bee a shame because everyone was right as this is one amazing book.

3. Tumblr: What book did you read before it was cool?
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry - This question was hard as I am always behind on starting series and end up jumping on the bandwaggon when it's been out for years. The only time this doesn't happen is when I have a book for review and actually get around to reading it before the release date which is what happened with Pushing the Limits so technically I read it before it was cool as I read it before the release date.

4. Myspace: Pick a book you don't remember whether you liked or not?
Sabriel by Garth Nix - I read this before I even knew what Goodreads was so when I first read this I didn't review it. I actually thought I really enjoyed this book but then when I went on Goodreads to look at 3 star ratings this was there so now I can't remember whether I loved it or not I think a reread is in order.

5. Instagram: Pick a book that was so beautiful you had to instagram it?
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick - I don't actually use Intagram but if I did this cover would be the one I would instagram as it's stunning and it is by far my favourite cover and the story matches as well.

6. Youtube: Pick a book you wish could be turned into a movie?
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - This question was hard because pretty much every book that I adore I want to see on the big screene. Angelfall would definitely have been the answer to this one but i already used that in a previous question so I thought I would randomly pick another one and found Shatter Me which I think would translate well on film.

7. Goodreads: A book you recommend to everyone?
Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase - Again a tough question when I've read so many amazing books that I would highly recommend. I went with this one in the end as I don't think it is as well known in the UK as my other favourites.

30 September 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Mind Games by Jana Oliver

"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...

Mind Games (The Demon Trapper's, #5) by Jana Oliver
Expected Publication: 15th November 2015

Synopsis:Riley Blackthorne’s life as a Demon Trapper is about to hit the wall. Knowing she will always be a target for those who want to exploit her “connections” with Hell, she’s learning defensive magic. It seems the only way to ensure she and her fiancé, Denver Beck, have a future together. But not everyone in Atlanta, or at the Vatican, is pleased by this news. In fact, some want to ban the use of all magic, and Riley would make the perfect scapegoat.
As a new demonic enemy stalks her, Guild politics roil the city, throwing the trappers into chaos. To protect herself and the man she loves, Riley will be forced to choose: continue in her legendary father’s footsteps, or carve her own path. A path that may well lead to her losing everything she so desperately seeks to protect.

I didn't know that there was going to be another full length novel in the Demon Trapper's series so it was a nice surprise to see that there is going to be another one and I for one can't wait as I have loved this series. 

29 September 2015

Book Review: Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2) by Tahereh Mafi

May contain spoilers from the first book!

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Harper Collins
Published: 31st December 2013
Pages: 461
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance, 
Main Characters: Juliette, Adam, Warner
Date Read: 1st September - 24th September 2015

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:The New York Times bestselling sequel to the groundbreaking dystopian novel Shatter Me! Kami Garcia, coauthor of the #1 New York Timesbestselling Beautiful Creatures series, says Unravel Me is "dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense. I dare you to stop reading."
Juliette is still haunted by her deadly touch. But now that she has teamed up with other rebels with powers of their own, she'll be able to fight back against The Reestablishment to save her broken world. With the help of these new allies, she'll also finally learn the secret behind Adam's—and Warner's—immunity to her killer skin.
Unravel Me is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, raves: "A thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love, the Shatter Me series is a must-read for fans of dystopian young-adult literature—or any literature!" 

I've had this book sitting on my bookshelf for a little over a year now and I have just gotten around to reading it and I don't know why I have taken this long to get to it as I loved the first one and this one was no different, it may not have been as brilliant as the first but it was still a great read...

I love the cover change as this cover is stunning, even if it did take me awhile to get to that point but I love it now. I would have liked to have seen the same cover as the first one's original cover as that was lovely too but that was only because now my Shatter Me series won't match.

It may have taken me a long while to get Unravel Me read but that was not because I didn't enjoy it in fact I loved it, it was just a busy few weeks and didn't have time to pick it up. I loved that there was always something going on even when there wasn't any fighting it still had something that kept me enthralled which is nice to see that it doesn't just have to have fight sequence after fight sequence to be entertaining. There was a bit of a twist that I didn't expect with the whole revelation of why Adam can touch Juliette. I didn't like the way Adam kept pushing Juliette as she thought she was doing the right thing but for him to make her feel bad keeping arms length I didn't like that. I did love seeing Adam and Juliette together in the beginning but in the end I was rooting for Warner and Juliette and I can't wait to see what comes out of that pairing they just seem so good together, team Warner all the way. I loved the ending as it felt very epic with the fighting and the light bulb moment for Juliette I for one can't wait to see what on earth is going to happen in the end.

I pretty much love all the characters but there was one that I hated and that would be Warner's Dad he is just pure evil. Juliette is such a good character in the way that she would do anything for anyone and she hates to hurt anyone even if they deserve it, but that all changed in the end so I can't wait to see how she is in the last book. I loved Adam in the beginning but during the book he annoyed me a bit as he seemed a bit too whiney for my liking. I loved Warner he showed a different side to himself in this book that just warmed my heart.

Overall, I loved this book but I do feel like it wasn't as outstanding as the first book but a great book nonetheless.