10 February 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Stay With Me by Mila Gray

"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 that I can't wait for...

Stay With Me by Mila Gray
Expected Publication: 28th February 2016

Synopsis:Firebrand Emerson Lowe and popular ice-hockey player Jake McCallister have been best friends since third grade but just as their friendship starts to morph into something more a terrible event occurs that heralds the end of innocence for both of them.
Within a week Jake’s living on the other side of the country and Emerson is left alone to pick up the pieces of her life in a small town determined to paint her as a liar.
Seven years on and Emerson is still living on the beautiful Pacific West island of Bainbridge, helping her family run their outdoor adventure company. The last thing she needs is Jake turning up, bringing with him old memories and opening up old wounds. But Jake - even better looking than Emerson remembered and on the cusp of a bright sporting future - seems determined to revive their friendship no matter how much Emerson tries to push him away.Forced to work alongside him for the summer Emerson soon starts falling for Jake despite her ex-boyfriend Rob throwing obstacles in their way, and soon they’re in the midst of a passionate summer romance that neither of them wants to end.
But if they’re to have any kind of future they’re first going to need to confront the past, a past that most people want to stay buried.

How did I only just hear about this one? I have loved Mila Gray/Sarah Alderson's books so I am so excited for this one plus it sounds so good, also there's not long to wait for this one either!

What are you waiting on?

9 February 2016

Book Review: Oblivion (Lux, #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Entangled Teen
Published: 1st December 2015
Pages: 350
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance,
Main Characters: Daemon, Katy, Dee
Date Read: 10th January - 28th January 2016

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…
I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it. 
And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are. 
But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can't stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game. 
Falling for Katy—a human—won't just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen...

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

I do love this cover as it matches the old covers which I like seeing as it will slot nicely in between books one and two. I love that it's just Daemon in the cover as it is his book plus I love the colours used as well.

I was really excited about this book but I did feel like I didn't fall in love with this one like I had with Obsidian and I don't really know why as I got to know why Daemon treated Katy the way he did yet I still couldn't forgive him like I was able to in the first book. For me the beginning to a little too long to get into but by the end I end up loving it just as much as the other Lux books. I didn't feel the chemistry between Katy and Daemon which surprised me I think this might be because I know how they can be together so I just didn't feel this time around but I guess it was the beginning. I loved getting to know what Daemon got up to when Katy wasn't around plus I loved knowing what on earth he was thinking about, it was also nice to see some of my favourite scenes from Daemon's point of view. There was some great action that took place which is always nice to have in any book so that it doesn't drag. The ending was good and left me wanting more from Daemon so I may have to get the kindle version of Oblivion as there are more scenes from the other books from Daemon's point of view.

For some reason I didn't warm up to Katy and Daemon as they both seemed to annoy me more than they ever had done. Daemon came across as such a jerk for most of the book and even though I understood where he was coming from I feel as though he maybe took things too far as he was close to being nasty. In the other books Katy came across as such a strong person yet when reading this book I felt she was a bit of a push over. I loved meeting Dee again as she was just as endearing as she was in the first book.

Overall, it was a good read in the end but for the beginning I felt like I had my eyes open to how Daemon really was.

7 February 2016

Book Review: Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Entangled: Crush
Published: 11th January 2016
Pages: 234
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Hazel, Felix
Date Read: 24th January - 25th January 2016

Rating Given:
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Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart...
Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.
Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.
With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge...or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.
WARNING! This book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can't have.

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

I think that this is a cute cover although a bit cheesy but I don't mind that for this particular cover as it's in keeping with the story. I wouldn't say that the models are a perfect match for the main characters although the guy reminds me a little bit of Felix.

Not Okay, Cupid was an okay book but some of the things that happened just didn't sit right with me. I felt like the book never really took off, I think it needed to be a bit longer so parts of the story wasn't rushed. The romance side of the story wasn't completely believable as I didn't see them as a couple as well as it coming out of the blue. There was some moments that I felt there was some spark but in the end there just wasn't enough chemistry. The whole reason for the revenge was awful I can't believe someone who love and trust would do something like that and then not to take responsibility for what she had done was even worse. I didn't get that people was still unaware of what took place especially when it was in front of a full canteen. I thought the ending was really cute but I do wish it went into the future to see how things are going.

The two main characters where the most likeable characters in this book with the rest annoying the hell out of me well apart from Hazel's mum she came across well. Hazel I really felt for with everything that had happened to her and then for her still show strength was amazing. There was moments that Hazel did annoy me though. Felix I liked and even though he was portrayed as a 'bad boy' I felt like he was more of the good guy. As for Hazel's best friend she just didn't come across well at all and I don't understand why they where friends in the first place. Then Hazel's ex-boyfriend came across just as bad as the best friend.

Overall, there was some really cute moments but for the most part I felt that it just didn't go anywhere for me to really get into it.

Showcase Sunday #122

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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Here's what I got in January...

Brought Kindle Books

I've seen so many great things being said about this book plus I'm a fan of sport romance books so hopefully I will enjoy this one as well.

Free Kindle Books
Some more sport romance books that was free as well so it's win win I hope.

Review Kindle Books

What did you receive this week/month?

3 February 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

"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 that I can't wait for...

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1) by Danielle Paige
Expected Publication: 27th September 2016

Synopsis:Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.
Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn't what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid--her true home--with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she's sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything...including Snow's return to the world she once knew.
This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.

There's quite a bit of a wait for this one but I just had to share this one as it sounds so good and I can't wait to get my hands on this one, I just hope the cover changes as I'm not a fan of it.

What are you waiting on? 

1 February 2016

Book of the Month - January 2016

I can't believe January is over already!
Seeing as I haven't been working I've had a little bit better reading this month but it's still down to what I used to do.

Here's what I read in January 2016:

  • Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1) by Leisa Rayven - 3.5/5
  • The Deal (Off-Campus, #1) by Elle Kennedy - 5/5
  • Runaway Groom (The Logan Series, #1) by Sally Clements - 3/5
  • Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling - 3/5
  • Oblivion (Lux, #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout - 4/5
  • VIP (Rock & Release, #1) by Riley Edgewood - 1.5/5

And the winner is...

This was by far my favourite book of the month! I enjoyed it so much and I can't wait to read more from this series.

What was your book of the month?

31 January 2016

Book Review: Runaway Groom (The Logan Series, #1) by Sally Clements

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Indie
Published: 7th June 2013
Pages: 185
Genre: Adult/New Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: April, Matthew
Date Read: 20th January - 23rd January 2016

Rating Given:
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Seven years ago, Matthew Logan ran out on his wedding to June Leigh.
Life is good for fledgling dress-designer April Leigh. She couldn’t be happier that her sister has found a new love, and is excited about her very first commission, June’s wedding dress.When April discovers June has invited runaway groom Matthew Logan to the wedding, she has to intervene. Matthew’s presence will ruin everything – her father hates him, and just the sight of him in the church might give her mother a heart attack.
Matthew Logan has no intention of going to June’s wedding, but when intriguing April arrives on his doorstep, he can’t resist getting to know her better. When a disaster forces them together neither can deny the passion that combusts into a red-hot affair.
Discovering the truth about the past shifts April’s feelings from lust to love, but bitter experience has taught Matthew to guard his heart.
When it looks as though Matthew will lose her forever, will he fight or flee?

  I received a review copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I also got a finished copy from Amazon whilst it was free.

I'm not a fan of the cover as I don't feel like it's in keeping with the actual story plus I don't feel as though this is what the characters would even wear. I don't like the blurriness in the actual image as it just doesn't look professional enough. I do however like the blurred in the title as it ties in with the story.

When I first started this book I did actually think that I was going to love it as it was addicting and intriguing, however the more I read the more I got fed up. I think what really put me off was the speed of everything that was happening which I think was due to the length of the book as it was a very short book so it felt like everything was getting crammed in, in a short space of time. I didn't feel like the romance side of the story was believable as it just happened far too quickly especially after that happened between the pair in the past, I also didn't really feel the chemistry although there was moments when I saw glimmers of something between them but not often enough. The ending was cute with everything cleared up (well to a point anyways).

I kind of liked the two main characters although both had their moments. April had moments when I liked her as she came across as a strong person but then the other times when I didn't like her was because she was too forgiving and easily led. Matthew for the most part I really liked as he wasn't like he was made out to be in the beginning. There was moments when I wasn't too happy with how he acted but I could also forgive him those moments especially when we find out about what had happened to him. I liked April's friends and Matthew's family. There was one character that I just couldn't warm to especially the more we find out about her the more I wanted to slap her.

Overall, not too bad of a book but it wasn't a long enough book for me to really fall in love with it which was a shame as I think it could've been a really good book if only it was longer.