31 March 2013

Showcase Sunday #35

Showcase Sunday is a new weekly Meme that I am taking part of. This weekly meme is hosted by Vicky over at Book, Biscuits and Tea and for more info click on the SS image which will take you straight to the blog. Click images to take you to Goodreads (well some of them will blogger decided to play me up).

Kindle Books
 All kindle books are either free from Amazon or from Netgalley. I bought one ebook which was The Opportunist as it was only 77p!!

28 March 2013

Book Review: Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Penguin
Published: 2nd February 2012
Pages: 103
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Main Characters: Day, June
Date Read: 1st March - 6th March 2013
Rating Given:
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Blurb from Goodreads:

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.


I had heard so many great things about this book that I just had to buy it, but once I got it it took me ages to actually pick it up and now that I have read it I wish I read it sooner.

I'm not too sure about this cover I prefer the US version or the new UK covers as they are more interesting. I do like the font of the title as I think it looks very fitting to the story.

There has only been a couple of dystopian books that I have actually loved so I was nervous about reading this book but I didn't need to be nervous as I did love it and the world that Marie Lu created. When I first started reading this book I wasn't sure I was going to like it as it wasn't grabbing my attention but once it did I loved it and I just didn't want to put it down. There was always something happening that had me guessing what was going to happen next and yet I never guessed right. The romance was also really gripping and I found them really cute together. I loved the ending as it was really sad but also it gave hope for a brilliant sequal which I can't wait to read.

I loved the two main characters. Day was a bit like Robin Hood (which if I remember rightly was mentioned in the book) as he was always helping out the poor by taking from the rich. He had many different sides to him which was nice to see all those sides. June was also a great character as she was very smart but also there was times when she wasn't so smart but it made her more relatable. Both characters never saw the good in each other from afar but when they where thrown together they saw that not everything is as it seems.

Overall this is a great dystopian novel and I for one can't wait to see what happens next.

25 March 2013

Book Review: Deadly Drive by Justine Korman Fontes

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Format: Kindle (e-arc)
Publishers: Learner Classroom
Published: 1st May 2013
Pages: 103
Genre: YA, Contemporary,
Main Characters: Rob 
Date Read: 28th February 2013
Rating Given:
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Blurb from Goodreads:

Everything can change in an instant. Rob Ramirez thinks he's in love. Gabi Montoya is beautiful, smart, and maybe a little wild. But when Rob and Gabi skip out of school with two friends, the group makes a terrible mistake. Rob and his friends end up in a deadly accident, and suddenly Rob's world has changed. The girl of his dreams is even blaming him for what happened. Will Rob be able to deal with the pain?

I stumbled across this book on Netgalley and thought it sounded like something I would enjoy and for most part it was good I just felt it was a little too short to be as enjoyable as I thought it would be.
I do like the top half of the book as it is like a scene from the book but I think the bottom part of the cover isn't right for the story especially 'Surviving the South side' as it just doesn't feel like the right saying.
The beginning started of alright but not that interesting, it did pick up once the accident happened which then had me hooked. I loved the main point of the story as it showed that bad things can happen when drink driving. The ending wasn't that good as I felt there was some unanswered questions which was a shame as it could have been a much better book if they had been answered. I think that this book could have been better if it was maybe a 100 pages longer so things could have had more developments.
I didn't feel like there was enough character development.The main character Rob seemed like a nice guy and would do anything for his friends even if it was a bad thing. Rob seemed to be a bit of a doormat but towards the end he did grow a bit as he seemed to understand his part in the accident. We started of thinking Gabi was a nice girl but then all of sudden she changed and she changed even more once the accident happened and not in a good way, plus she never really took responsibility for her part in the story. As for the rest of the characters they seemed a bit pointless.
Overall this book showed a lot of promise but it just fell a bit short.

24 March 2013

Showcase Sunday #34

Showcase Sunday is a new weekly Meme that I am taking part of. This weekly meme is hosted by Vicky over at Book, Biscuits and Tea and for more info click on the SS image which will take you straight to the blog. Click images to take you to Goodreads (well some of them will blogger decided to play me up).
              Ink by Amanda Sun     With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent
Both for review from Mira Ink.
Kindle Books

21 March 2013

Changing Covers #16

Hi everyone welcome to my new weekly feature which all about covers that change either in the middle of the series or even when the series had finished. (The covers will mainly be UK changes but also from the USA.) I decided to do this feature as there has been so many cover changes it's hard to keep up.
I am not sure if anyone has done this particular feature so feel free to let me know so I can start linking it up to them. It is similar to other features that are out there but I'm hoping that this is different enough.
Click on the covers to take you to Goodreads.

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Another series that I have no idea which was published first or even where they was published but there was a few different versions of the cover that I thought I would share them with you.
There isn't much difference in these books they all have a purple (which I like) tone going on in the background even if it's ever so slightly.
The first and the third covers look to be almost exactly the same just a bit more cropped and the title has been moved but apart from that they are the same so I don't understand why the changes where made.At least the other two have more of a change I think if your going to change your cover it should be exactly that a change. I love the hint of red in these two books as the rest is purple so without the red I think it would have been boring.
The second book I really don't like as it just doesn't stand out like the other books do it just seems a bit too plain.
The last book is the most different but I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I do like that it has more colours but I'm not sure about the way in which they have been used works.
Out of all these cover My favourite would have to be number three as it has more tones in it and it looks more finished than the others do.
What's your thoughts on these cover changes?

19 March 2013

Book Review: The Deepest Cut (A MacKinnon Curse #1) by J.A. Templeton

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Indie
Published: 27th June 2011
Pages: 306
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Riley, Ian
Date Read: 22nd February - 27th February 2013
Rating Given:
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Blurb from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother’s life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she’s somehow responsible for her mom’s death, Riley is desperate to see her mother’s elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.

When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn’t get worse––that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley’s falling hard for Ian.

Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she’s not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, the spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she’ll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace.


I got this free from Amazon when I got the one before this and seeing as I loved that one so much I wanted to read this a lot sooner than I thought I would but I'm glad I did as I loved this even more than the one before it.

 The thing that really draws my eye to this cover is the way the T has been used in a way that matches what the title is saying. That is the only thing I love about this cover the rest is nice enough just similar to most books out there.

From the moment I started this book I fell in love with it, it just had me hooked. I loved the different take on ghosts the good and the bad as it kept me interested to find out what happened next. There was also a part of the story that was sorted out in this book which did surprise me as I thought that would be the main storyline through out the series but I don't mind and it just has me even more intrigued to see what happens next. The romance of the story was great it was so sweet and believable. This book did have me on a bit of a roller coaster ride as there was moments when I was laughing, smiling, awwing and even crying and i loved every dip in the ride. The ending I loved as it was left on a cliff hanger but a bearable one.

I loved all the characters in this book even the bad ones as without them it wouldn't have been half as interesting. Riley seemed a bit depressed for most part with her blaming herself for the death of her mother and her cutting herself I really felt for her. Ian I loved from the previous book and this one was no different. I loved his relationship between him and Riley it was very touching and he was there for her when she needed someone.

Overall a great ghost story that I would recommend everyone to read it as it's a brilliant read.


18 March 2013

Book Review: Her Dark Angel (Her Angel Romance #1) by Felicity E. Heaton

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Dark Rose Publishing
Published: 20th August 2010
Pages: 103
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Apollyon, Serenity
Date Read: 20th February - 22nd February 2013
Rating Given:
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Blurb from Goodreads:

An angel without a mission, Apollyon lives trapped in Hell guarding the bottomless pit. Surrounded by endless darkness, he longs to fly free on Earth once more but his master hasn’t called him in centuries. When the call finally comes, it’s to serve a new master, a beautiful woman he has often watched over, a woman who has always captivated him.

Serenity is shocked when a gorgeous black-winged angel shows up in her city of Paris claiming that she called him when she was only casting a simple vengeance spell. He’s no other than the angel of death! When Apollyon offers to obey her and help her have revenge on her cheating ex-boyfriend, she can’t resist the temptation, but can she resist him? Can an angel as dark as Apollyon ever fall for a mortal woman like her?

Their charade as lovers quickly becomes reality when one dance leads to another and Apollyon proves that he’s as sinful as he looks. His sensual and hungry touch brings Serenity back to life, freeing her from the hurt of being betrayed and reigniting her passion, but she can’t ignore her growing fear. Lost in their moment together, Apollyon realises that there is a reason he heard her call—he’s in love with her.

But will Serenity see past the wings and believe that Apollyon returns her feelings and won’t hurt her? When her ex-boyfriend asks her to forgive him and be with him again, will she take the easy route or will she find the courage to fly away with her dark angel?

I was recommended this book from my Sister so I thought I would give it a try which I'm glad I did as I really enjoyed it.

The cover stands out for me because of the wing as I love angels. I also love the way that it's really dark as it matches the what the title is. The title font also stands out to me as I love it and so it draws my eye to it.

When I first started this book I wasn't sure I was going to like it but the further I went into the story the more I started liking it. I found the paranormal side of the book was great as even though they're are so many angel books out there this was still very different to them. The romance side of the story was good but not great as I felt like the feelings came out of the blue but once they did happen it was very steamy. Even though this was a short book I still feel as though I was given enough background information to know what was happening. I found the ending good although I prefer books to go into the future so that I know what had happened with them but it wasn't too bad as there wasn't many unanswered questions which was a good thing as even though this is a part of a series every book has new characters.

With Apollyon being an angel you would expect him to be a good guy and even though for most of it he was, there was times when I never knew if he was all that good, I did love his character though. Serenity I wasn't too sure about for most of the book as she was annoying at times but by the end she grew on me.

Overall this was a good, quick read that made me wish it was longer.

17 March 2013

Showcase Sunday #33

Showcase Sunday is a new weekly Meme that I am taking part of. This weekly meme is hosted by Vicky over at Book, Biscuits and Tea and for more info click on the SS image which will take you straight to the blog. Click images to take you to Goodreads (well some of them will blogger decided to play me up).
These are some of the books I received in the past two weeks.
This week I decided to just show pictures rather than doing a vlog. I did have some trouble with putting all the images on the same row so I haven't put the title with them.

Books Recieved

 Won this book from Facebook giveaway.


Kindle Books


These are just a few kindle books that I got in the past two weeks, I chose these few as these are the ones I am most excited about reading. Only a couple of these were free from Amazon the rest were either review copies or I bought them.