20 October 2014

Book Review: Someday Maybe (Definitely Maybe, #2) by Ophelia London

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Embrace (Entangled)
Published: 20th October 2014
Pages: 239
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Retelling
Main Characters: Rachel, Oliver, 
Date Read: 11th October - 17th October 2014
Rating Given:
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Synopsis:
Some guys are impossible to forget.
Rachel Daughtry has a 10-year plan that leaves no room for mistakes. Or not-so-serious boys—including Oliver Wentworth, the freshman boyfriend she's never forgotten. Now she's back in San Francisco with an awesome-slash-scary new job. Unfortunately, The Plan doesn't cover things like meeting her best friend's new “secret” guy...Oliver.
Fortunately, no one knows that Rachel and Oliver were ever together, and endless bikini wax torture couldn't make Rachel hurt her friend. But it's killing Rachel. She's not over him. Not even a little. And as her 10-year-plan crumbles around her, Rachel realizes that maybe—just maybe—Oliver feels the same way.
Now Rachel is on the verge of losing all control. And her best friend. And the love of her life...

I never knew there was going to be another book in the Definitely Maybe series but once I found out I just had to read it even if it was new characters I didn't care. I was hoping that it was going to be just as good as the first one or even better but that wasn't to be...

I love this cover as it looks like it's a romantic scene and after reading the book I can even picture one of the scenes that this could be taken from. I like that it's similar to the first book but with it being about different people I'm glad of the differences. Even though it's a dark cover I still love the colours used as they all work well together.

Throughout most of the first half of this book I found myself not enjoying it but I kept on with it and I'm glad I did because boy did it pick up. For the first few chapters it kept going back in time and then would go back to the present which I couldn't always keep up with as when it went back to the resent there wasn't any indication that, that had happened but I soon picked up that it was alternating the past with the present. I did like reading about how Oliver and Rachel became an item but I did feel like it was too instant and that she was far to dependent on him. I felt the break up didn't feel real as it seemed like it happened out of the blue with not much of an explanation, I was expecting something more dramatic to be behind the splitsville but that wasn't the case. I loved that we where able to see a little more of Spring and Henry to find out what they where up to and the scenes that they where in had me laughing out loud. When the main focus of the book stayed on the present was when I really got into the book and the chemistry between the two main characters where undeniable even if they couldn't see it. This book is a retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion which I have never read so I can't really compare this book and Austen's but to me there didn't seem to be any real persuasion in Someday Maybe it was all down to what Rachel thought she wanted. I loved the ending it was so sweet and the fact it went a little into the future was amazing.

For me Rachel could be very annoying at times especially her reasoning behind breaking up with Oliver. I did feel as though she grew throughout the book though which was nice to see her just letting go. I absolutely adored Oliver he was so sweet and my heart broke for him. I would have loved to have had some of this story from his point of view to find out what he was actually feeling. Sarah, Oliver's sister was my favourite female character as she was adorable and a great friend to Rachel. 

Overall this book was not as good as the first one throughout the first half but once it really got going I loved it just as much with me hanging on every word that was being said.

19 October 2014

Showcase Sunday #101

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 Book Bought
I have seen this book around a lot recently which I wasn't too sure about at first but after seeing so many great reviews I couldn't resist especially after I got a Amazon gc to buy it with.

Free Kindle Books
  
At the minute I'm into contemporary romance novels and found these for free on Amazon so I couldn't pass on them.

Kindle Review Books
  
There was a couple of other books that I got from netgalley however blogger was playing up :(

What did you receive this week?

15 October 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Inspire by Cora Carmack

"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...

Inspire by Cora Carmack
Expected Publication: 15th December 2014

Synopsis:
Kalliope lives with one purpose.
To inspire.
As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.
Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.
Her presence may inspire genius.
But it breeds madness, too.

I saw Cora saying about this book on her website awhile back now and I was excited about it then and now there's a cover for it I'm even more excited, the cover is stunning and the synopsis sound very interesting.


What are you waiting on? 

14 October 2014

Book Review: Lost and Found (Lost and Found, #1) by Nicole Williams

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Indie
Published: 7th May 2013
Pages: 353
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Rowen, Jesse, 
Date Read: 2nd October - 9th October 2014
Rating Given:
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Synopsis:
There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.
After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing.
Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded.
Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right-now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn't care, the harder she falls.
When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years, Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.

“You think you deserve this. You think you deserve to be alone and suffer. You've convinced yourself you’re so worthless that you've gone to the extreme to punish yourself. You think you deserve a life of misery.” 

I bought this book last year not long after it was released as it was 77p which I thought was a bargain (at the minute on Amazon UK its free!!). I don't know why it has taken me so long to start this book but I now wish I had started it sooner...

I love this cover and the main reason is the use of colours they are stunning especially used together, although now that I have read the book I'm a little surprised that the cover used these particular colours as throughout the book colours was mentioned but only dark colours well until closer to the end when she started using brighter colours.

With this book when I first started it I wasn't sure I was going to like it as Rowen seemed far too troubled and had done really bad things including drugs but I carried on reading it and I am so glad that I did as I found it one of the most enjoyable reads that I I have read this year. I have read a few new adult books now and they are pretty much the same kind of story (but I don't care as they are mostly all brilliant) but instead of having a bad boy it was a bad girl with the good boy which I kind of liked it this way which surprised me as I do usually like the main boy characters to be a bit bad but not this time. I loved the romance side of the story as it felt like I could feel their chemistry sizzling of the ages but as well as lust there was some sweet moments when both Rowen and Jesse opened up to one another. I did feel like there was a lot of emotions throughout as one minute I would be laughing out loud but there was also moments that had me in tears I was a bit up and down with my emotions. The ending was sweet with a lot of questions answered but obviously with there being another two books there was still questions that needed to be answered making me very excited to find out what is going to happen with Rowen and Jesse.

I loved nearly every character in this book as for the most part they where so nice but there was a few exceptions making it a more thrilling journey. Rowen seemed to be the most troubled character in this particular book and it showed in her attitude. Once she went to Willow Springs she starts to work through her issues and therefore opening up to the Walker family. Speaking of the Walker family they where so sweet and was always there for each other and even Rowen. Obviously my favourite Walker would have to be Jesse as he was so good but also a bit of an edge to him which I think we will get to know more about in the next book. There was also Garth who came off as the bad boy but I have a feeling that there is more to him than meets the eye and I can't wait until book 3 which he will have his own book.

Overall this was a great start to what I hoe will be an amazing series. This was my first book by Nicole Williams and seeing as I loved it so much I know it won't be my last.

“He bent his face into the curve of my neck. “We don’t deserve anything Rowen. We don’t deserve punishment, we don’t deserve happiness, life owes us nothing. Realize that.” His voice wasn't gentle anymore; it was as strong as I’d ever heard it. “So we have to take what we want because life sure as shit isn't going to freely hand it over.” He kissed the skin just above my collar bone. “And I want you.” 

12 October 2014

Showcase Sunday #100

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 Books
 
I received Whisper the Dead for review from Bloomsbury I just need to read the first one. I bought Black Ice in hardback from Asda for £5 which I think was a great bargain.

Review Kindle Books
 
  
  
 
I couldn't believe the Grave Mercy and The 100 was available on netgalley considering they are both out in the shops but I couldn't help myself as they where on Read Now. I am looking forward to reading all of these books for review.



What did you receive this week?

8 October 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Someday Maybe by Ophelia London

"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...

Someday Maybe (Definitely Maybe #2) by Ophelia London
Expected Publication: 20th October 2014

Synopsis:
Some guys are impossible to forget.
Rachel Daughtry has a 10-year plan that leaves no room for mistakes. Or not-so-serious boys—including Oliver Wentworth, the freshman boyfriend she's never forgotten. Now she's back in San Franciso with an awesome-slash-scary new job. Unfortunately, The Plan doesn't cover things like meeting her best friend's new “secret” guy...Oliver.
Fortunately, no one knows that Rachel and Oliver were ever together, and endless bikini wax torture couldn't make Rachel hurt her friend. But it's killing Rachel. She's not over him. Not even a little. And as her 10-year-plan crumbles around her, Rachel realizes that maybe—just maybe—Oliver feels the same way.
Now Rachel is on the verge of losing all control. And her best friend. And the love of her life...

I never realised there was going to be another book to accompany Definitely Maybe but I'm so glad there is because if its half has good as DM then it will be amazing.

What are you waiting on?... 

6 October 2014

Book Review: 13 to Life (13 to Life, #1) by Shannon Delany

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: 22nd June 2010
Pages: 308
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Jessie, Pietr, 
Date Read: 18th September - 28th October 2014
Rating Given:
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Synopsis:
Everything about Jessie Gillmansen’s life changed when her mother died. Now even her hometown of Junction is changing.  Mysterious dark things are happening. All Jessie wants is to avoid more change. But showing a hot new guy around Junction High, she’s about to discover a whole new type of change. Pietr Rusakova is more than good looks and a fascinating accent—he’s a guy with a dangerous secret. And his very existence is sure to bring big trouble to Jessie’s small town.It seems change is the one thing Jessie can’t avoid.

“What makes a man a man are his deeds, his responsibilities, and his reactions... These things are also what makes a man a monster.” 

I was actually gifted this book awhile back now but I have finally gotten around to reading it and I'm glad I have gotten around to reading it as it was a really good book.

I do like this cover especially with the blending more than one image into the one cover which I always think looks effective. I also love the colour as it is one of my favourite colour. Just by looking at this cover you can tell straight away what the book is going to be about which doesn't happen much any more.

It did take me a little while to get into this book as I was easily distracted about what was going on around me rather than what was happening in the book which for me is never a good thing. Once I got a little further into the story more things was happening making it more entertaining. In nearly every series I have read the first book always takes its time to tell us readers the paranormal aspect and this one was no different but there was a lot more hints of what was to come that I don't usually get. The romance side of the story kind of annoyed me as Jessie never seemed to make her mind up until it was too late. Also for most part there was no romance and then all of a sudden it was like they where together when in fact they couldn't have been as the guy was seeing someone else even if he didn't want to. I really enjoyed the second half of this book as there was a lot of things that happened with a few twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. The end was kind of good because it did leave me wanting more but there was a lot of unanswered questions.

For the most part I liked the characters. Jessie was a strong female character but she did annoy me at times as she changed her mind a lot and it usually came out of no where. I did feel for her with everything that had happened with her family life. Pietr I really liked as he was a lot more open than most male characters but obviously there was a few secrets but he did want those secrets aired with Jessie. He was always there for Jessie even when she couldn't see it which made me feel for him. I did like both of Jessie's and Pietr's family with only one exception. Max would have to be my favourite of Pietr's family as he was really funny. I thought I wasn't going to like Derek but there was a moment when I thought I wouldn't but that was cleared up and I understood where he was coming from but he was no Pietr. The one character I didn't like was one of Jessie's friend Sarah as even though a lot of the time she seemed sweet there was times when she went back to her mean ways from before her accident.

Overall it did take a little while to get into but in the end it was a good start to this series and I do look forward to seeing what is going to happen with the rest of the series.

“Beauty's only skin deep.
Everybody has ugly days.
We're all made of the same stuff underneath.
Acting right is better than looking right.
Realize what make you special beyond looks.
Evil can look pretty on the outside.”