20 August 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

"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...

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1) by Amanda Hocking
Expected Publication: 6th January 2015

Synopsis:
Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. Set apart by her heritage and her past, Brynn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royalty. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden. But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero who she once loved – appears to be up to something dangerous, kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

This book is a spin off to the Tryelle trilogy which I am so excited about as I absolutely loved the Tryelle series so I'm hoping this one will be just as good.
On another note that cover alone would draw me in (yes I so judge a book by its cover)


What are you waiting on?


19 August 2014

Book Review: Apollyon (Covenant, #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9897164-apollyon
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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Spencer Hill Press
Published: 4th April 2013
Pages: 343
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Alex, Aiden
Date Read: 13 July - 13th August 2014
Rating Given:
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Synopsis:
Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.
Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.
The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.
Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.


“Tipping my head back, I screamed.
Unlocked from the depths of my soul, it kept coming and coming. I couldn't stop it. I couldn't comprehend what I'd become—the things I had done. And when I stopped, it was only because my throat was raw.” 


I have had this book for a little while now and so I thought I should try and finish the series by the end of the year and with only one book to go I think I will be able to succeed I just wish I loved this book as much as the previous books in this series...

As I say every time I review these books this series of covers are so beautiful and are by far one of my favourite covers in a series. I love the way that all the books tie in with the series and this one is no exception. I love the use of colour for this cover as for me it makes it stand out a lot more than if a different colour was used.

I can't believe it took me over a month to finish this book which is one of the longest amount of time its taken me to read a book that isn't even 400 pages long! To be fair though it wasn't all because I didn't like the book as there was just over a week when I hardly read anything and when I did it was on my kindle. When I first started this book I was completely confused I had no idea what was happening so I did go and read Elixir before I went any further which did help but I really should have read Deity again as I could not for the life of me remember what happen in that book making it so much harder to get into this book. Once I got over the initial confusion I actually really enjoyed the book but every time I put it down I just couldn't get the enthusiasm to pick it back up. After I hit the halfway mark I really started to enjoy it especially closer to the end as there was so much going on that I just had to find out what was going to happen next. What I really enjoyed in this book was the way in which Aiden and Alex's relationship seemed stronger and stronger, it felt like I could feel Aiden's love for Alex through the pages. I really did love the way that Armentrout really had me going through the emotions as one minute I would be laughing out loud then the next minute I would want to cry. I loved the ending as it has set me up for what I hope will be an epic finale.

My feeling towards certain characters changed throughout Apollyon and some from previous book I actually liked! Alex was the main one who had so many different personalities throughout this book that it was hard to keep up until she settled down (that's all I will say as I don't want to give anything away but put it this way it was heartbreaking). I loved Aiden even more in this book which I didn't think was at all possible but he just really stepped up and it was sweet/heartbreaking to see.

Overall a disappointing beginning but once I got into it I really enjoyed it.

“He was there. Like always, holding me up when I couldn't stand and letting me go when he knew I needed him to. He was more than just a shelter. Aiden was my other half, my equal.”

17 August 2014

Showcase Sunday #94

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 Review Books
 
Received both these books this week only requested Better Than Perfect (which is Wild Cards but with a new name). 
Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending both of these books.

Free Kindle Books
  
 

Kindle Review Books
  
  


What did you receive this week?


13 August 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - On the Edge by Allison van Diepen

"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...

On the Edge by Allison van Diepen
Expected Publication: 25th November 2014

Synopsis:
From Allison van Diepen, author of Snitch and Street Pharm, comes a sexy, dangerous novel about a teen who witnesses a murder and gets caught up in the seedy world of Miami’s gangs.
Maddie Diaz never should have taken that shortcut through the park. If she hadn't, she wouldn't have seen two members of the Reyes gang attacking a homeless man. Now, as the only witness, she knows there’s a target on her back. 
But when the Reyes jump her on the street, Maddie is protected by a second gang and their secretive leader, Lobo, who is determined to take down the Reyes himself. Lobo is mysterious and passionate, and Maddie begins to fall for him. But when they live this close to the edge, can their love survive?
On the Edge is a compelling story about fighting for what’s right and figuring out where you belong. The novel showcases a gritty, realistic voice and earth–shattering romance that will intrigue readers of Simone Elkeles and Paul Griffin and captivate fans of Allison van Diepen's other novels.

I haven't read or even heard of Allison van Diepen before I came across it on someone's WOW post and now I am really looking forward to welcoming a new author to my collection. I love the sound of this book as it sounds similar to one of my favourite books Perfect Chemistry so if it is anything like it then I'm sure I will enjoy it!


What are you waiting on? 


12 August 2014

Book Review: Off Sides (Off, #1) by Sawyer Bennett

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17407683-off-sides
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Format: Kindle 
Publishers: Big Dog Books
Published: 21st February 2013
Pages: 166
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Danny, Ryan
Date Read: 6th August - 12th August 2014
Rating Given:
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Synopsis:
“I'm not sure what possessed me to do it. Maybe it was the impossible expectations I faced, maybe it was my own self-loathing. But I just knew I needed something different to happen. I needed someone... something... to derail me from my current path. Otherwise, I would become lost... a hollowed out shell of a man. So I did it. I approached her, then I pursued her, then I made her mine. And my life was saved...”
Ryan Burnham is the privileged son of a U.S. Congressman and captain of his university’s hockey team. While he is on the verge of fulfilling his dreams to play in the NHL, his parents want him on a different course. One he is expected to accept for the sake of his family’s public image.
Forced her to abandon her music career after the heart breaking death of her parents, Danny Cross exists on the opposite side of the tracks from Ryan. She is struggling to make her own way, working two jobs, attending college part time and volunteering in a homeless shelter. She is on a mission to build her own success.
With a chance meeting, their vastly different worlds collide, causing each to evaluate whether they are truly on the correct path to self-fulfillment and happiness. Can their relationship survive? Particularly when others are against them every step of the way. A lot can happen in just ten short days...


"She definitely is not dating material because my parents would have a fit if I showed up in the media with her on my arm. This thought is disappointing to me. It's been a really long time since someone has interested me like this and now I'm pissed off that I have to live by my parents' standards."

I found this book for free ages ago on Amazon so I obviously got it as it sounded like something I would very much enjoy and I wasn't wrong...

I like the top half of this cover as it's more interesting but the bottom half I felt just added those things as an after thought and even though it's in keeping with the book I (surprisingly) didn't like it. I love the use of colour as I am a sucker for black and white with one other colour as I think it looks so artistic and this is no different plus purple is used in the book so it fits with the story.

It has taken me well over a year to actually start this book and I do wish I had started it sooner as I loved it so much. The reason why I actually got around to reading it was after reading and loving one of Sawyer Bennett's other books and as soon as I picked it up I didn't want to put it down. The only thing I can think of that is wrong with this book is the length at only a 166 pages everything felt rushed and a few things that where a little on the unbelievable side. As soon as Danny and Ryan meet one another they instantly fall in lust and within a week they are madly in love and after two weeks there is also talk of marriage, usually I don't mind this instant love but I just felt like in this case it was too much too soon. Even though I was too sure on their quick feelings I still enjoyed them together as there was definitely chemistry and maybe if it was a longer book then maybe the love would have had a longer timeline to grow instead of instantly. It was a predictable book but I don't mind guessing what is going to happen next as long I don't guess everything as I do like a few things that take me by surprise which in this case it does. I loved the blend of music and sport but then again I do love my athletic men! I did like the ending as all the questions where all answered and after the 'The End' part it also said we will get more from Danny and Ryan so I'm pleased about that.

I loved Danny and Ryan and a few of their friends but there was a lot of other characters that where pure evil. Danny was a strong independent women who had a lot of bad things happen in her life but this just makes her stronger. She may seem like she doesn't care about what anyone says about but we soon find out that that wasn't the case. Ryan was just amazing he was so sweet and he was always there for Danny, I just loved everything about him and what I love about him the most is that he isn't the one that screws everything up. Paula and Mike were a great addition to the story as they was so funny I just wish we would've got to see more from the both of them. Ryan's sister wasn't in it that much but when we first met her I didn't like her but then we see her again and she seemed to be a bit nicer so I'm hoping that this change will be here to stay as it's her book next.

Overall a short but sweet book it just could've done with being a bit longer so there would be more depth to the story.

"You are more important to me than anything else in the world. As long as I have you, I don't need anything else. It's you Danny. It will only ever be you."


10 August 2014

Showcase Sunday #93

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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Books Won
 
I won these two signed books which I am so happy about as I only have a couple of signed books but no other books personally signed for me! Thanks to Book Passion for Life for hosting an amazing competition!

Kindle Books Bought
  
I sold a book for postage so I was able to get a few cheap kindle books. The first one was 77p and the other two was 99p so I just had to get them before they went back up. I have read Come Back To Me which I loved so much that I had to get a finished copy, now I just have to wait until October to get the paperback version!

Review Kindle Books
  
  
  
Some books here I am so excited to have to read especially Black Ice as I loved Becca's Hush Hush series.


What did you receive this week?


9 August 2014

Book Review: All Lined Up (Rusk University, #1) by Cora Carmack

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18505845-all-lined-up
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Format: Kindle 
Publishers: William Morrow Paperbacks
Published: 16th September 2014
Pages: 320
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Dallas, Carson
Date Read: 20th July - 3rd August 2014
Rating Given:
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Synopsis:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.
In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.
Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.
But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.
Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.
Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.
And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.


“I don't know that dancing fixes anything. I don't feel magically happy because of it. My problems don't disappear when the music ends. But I understand life better when I dance, and understanding is half the fight of surviving.” 

I had only ever read one of Cora's books before reading this one but I enjoyed it so much that every book she brings out I try and get my grubby hands on it and this one was no different. I'm glad I did get this book as I loved it...

I do feel as though the cover is a little bit cheesy but I can imagine the couple on the front cover is Carson and Dallas. I do like the font used for the title as it reminds me sport which is heavily involved in this story.

I can't believe I forgot to do a review for this book (but in my defence I thought I already had) and that it took me so long to read it as there was nothing wrong with this book and as a matter of fact I loved it. From the very beginning I felt strongly invested in the story as I was completely hooked and just wanted everything to turn out the way I felt like it needed to end. Even though there was an instant attraction between the two main characters it still felt like it was longer before they felt anything more than lust for one another even if it wasn't as long as what I had initially thought. The chemistry between these two characters definitely felt like it jumped out of the pages even when they wouldn't admit to their feelings I felt like us the reader knew better. For some strange reason I love books that are sport related as I can't stand to watch most sports but it doesn't seem to matter when reading about the sports. I think the reason why I love the sports related books is because I feel like I can feel their passion in what they want to do and it adds another dimension to the book. All Lined Up isn't just about sport and romance but also about the relationship between father and daughter as well as pressure you get from family and team mates. What I really enjoyed about this book is that it made me laugh out loud but there was also some really heartbreaking parts as well which sure kept me on my toes. I loved the ending as it felt like a lot of things was cleared up but not everything was perfect which makes me want to see if we find out more about hose in the up and coming books even if they are from different characters perspectives I'm sure we will still see more from Carson or least hear about him.

I loved the two main characters as well as some of the side characters but there was a couple that I couldn't warm up to main one being Levi not sure I even want him to get his own book. I loved Dallas's character as even though on the outside she seems fine but the more we find out about here everything is far from fine with her making her a more real character. Carson I absolutely adored he was so sweet as I am used to the male characters in New Adult books being the bad guy but he is far from a bad boy but I love him all the same. There was a couple of characters that I wasn't too sure about but then by the end they really grew on me which I'm pleased about as one of those characters was Silas and his book is next!

Overall another hit from Cora Carmack and now I need to read some more of her books and I hope that is sooner rather than later.

“Carson McClain, you scare me like nothing has ever scared me before. You drive me crazy and make me laugh and push my buttons on purpose. You make me feel safe and smart and pretty. Sometimes I think I might actually melt when you wrap your arms around me, and right now I feel a little bit like I might die if you don't kiss me.”