Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - Every Last Promise By Kristin Halbrook


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: April 21st 2015

Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Gayle Forman, Every Last Promise is a provocative and emotional novel about a girl who must decide between keeping quiet and speaking up after witnessing a classmate's sexual assault.

Kayla saw something at the party that she wasn't supposed to. But she hasn't told anyone. No one knows the real story about what happened that night—about why Kayla was driving the car that ran into a ditch after the party, about what she saw in the hours leading up to the accident, and about the promise she made to her friend Bean before she left for the summer.
Now Kayla's coming home for her senior year. If Kayla keeps quiet, she might be able to get her old life back. If she tells the truth, she risks losing everything—and everyone—she ever cared about.



I love a young adult contemporary read that tackles difficult issues so this one really grabs my attention. Every Last Promise sounds like its going to be an emotional read and I can't wait to sink my teeth into it!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Waiting On Wednesday Every Last Word By Tamara Ireland Stone


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: June 16th 2015

If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.

Samantha McCallister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

As a sufferer of obsessive compulsive disorder myself, I am looking forward to a book that has a main character with the same disorder. This one sounds like a great read but I am not looking forward to the long wait!

            



Review - The "She" Stands Alone By Nadine C. Keels

Published: July 29th 2014

She can't seem to catch any guy's notice for anything. No, a pick-up pitch from a stranger gawking at her around Pump #2 at the gas station doesn't count. And that attractive salesman at the one-stop-for-all-you-want store in town shouldn't have been flirting with her in the first place, being ultra customer-friendly in an establishment notorious for its pathetic customer service.

Now, is this young woman's dateless predicament unfixable? Not in the least. New plan: Sheridan Jones is going to date herself.

I received this Novelette directly from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The "She" Stands Alone is a quick, fun read that kept me entertained and turning the pages.

The main character Sheridan is a strong, independent woman who decides to date herself after a failed relationship. The "She Stands Alone" tells us you need to be good to yourself, comfortable in who you are and independent before you can commit yourself to someone else and open your heart to love.

I loved the concept of this Novelette and was excited to have the opportunity to read it and was not disappointed. An enjoyable read with a great message. 

Rating: 4/5
         

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Book Reading Habits Tag

Thank you to Vicki for nominating me for the book reading habits tag, it is always so much fun to participate in tags :)


1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?

I read in bed a lot, I love snuggling up under the covers reading a great book.



2. Do you use a bookmark or a random piece of paper?

I have lots of bookmarks that I love to use, but I have a habit of losing them!




3. Can you just stop reading or does it need to be at the end of a chapter or a certain number of pages?
I can't stop reading! once I pick up I book I have to read it until the end, usually in one sitting.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
I usually snack on whatever is near me as don't want to move once I am hooked in the book.

5. Do you read one book at a time or several at once?
I like to read one book at a time so then I am dedicated to that one book and I can fully emerge myself in the world.

6. Do you read out loud or silently in your head?
Silently, I hate reading out loud. 

7. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
I have been known to read the last page of a book first to see how it ends...

8. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
Breaking the spine but I don't enjoy it! I just always happen to do it :(

9. Do you write in your books?
Never!!

10. What are you currently reading?
I am trying to decide what to read next..any suggestions?

I nominate Vi at She Read & Eileen at Book Cat Pin.


            


Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

It has been a while since I have joined in on Top Ten Tuesday so I am happy to be back and participating once again!

This weeks topic is ten places books have made me want to visit, what a fun choice this week!

1. Narnia

Who doesn't want to walk through a wardrobe and end up in a magical land with a talking lion!

2. Hogwarts

I think pretty much everyone wants to visit Hogwarts and pretty much and place in the Harry Potter universe.

3. Rivendale

A beautiful magical place, I don't think I cold ever leave!

4. Forks

Twilight makes Forks seem mysterious and full of amazing magical creatures. It seems like a place where anything can happen and I have always wanted to live in a small community where everyone knows everyone.

5. Meryton

Just so I could bump into Elizabeth Bennett!

6. America

I have read so many books set in America such as The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer, The Fault In Our Stars..the list is endless! I have always wanted to visit America especially Florida and New York.

7. Amsterdam

Amsterdam never appealed to me but after reading The Fault In Our Stars I would love to visit and learn the history of the place.

8. Mystic Falls

A mysterious, magical place full off vampires, werewolves and witches! Opportunity to bump into the Salvatore brothers...count me in!

9. London

I have visited London many times but it such a big place and I feel I have so much more to explore. I love books set in places i have visited.

10. Morganville

I am a huge fan of the Morganville Vampires series and would love to be able to visit the town. It is such a dark place and I would love to visit a town run by Vampires!
                



Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Little Update And Explanation For My Absense

Hey guys, I just want to apologize for my absence from the blogging world at the moment. Unfortunately I have been very unwell and my time has been taken up by doctor and hospital appointments and I haven't really felt well enough to read :( Also I am moving into my first home with my fiance soon so getting ready for that has taken up so much time...buying everything for the first time is overwhelming and I have found myself getting rather excited about owning an iron and mop! 

When I am feeling better I will be back and posting regularly. All book requests I have accepted I apologize for the delay in my reviews and I will get round to them I promise.

Thank you everyone for sticking with me and being supportive.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Blog Tour! Excerpt & Giveaway - Adrian Lessons By L.A Rose


I am really excited to be apart of new and upcoming author L.A Rose's blog tour for her exciting new book Adrian Lessons!



If there’s one thing Cleo Reynolds knows, it’s that she’s not into Adrian King.

The son of a model with the looks to prove it, the experienced author of her school newspaper’s sex advice column, the cocky playboy with a hint of darkness. That Adrian King.


Nope. Nuh-uh. No way. 


The problem is, he’s very into her.


After accidentally flashing him, and slightly-less-accidentally-but-still-totally-unintentionally making out with him in front of the whole class, she expects to be called crazy. Instead, he asks her out. 


Cleo’s determined not to end up as another notch on his bedpost. Except she hasn’t done…you know…it in a while. (Read: ever.) And as a girl who pays her tuition by writing all the sex scenes in her roommate’s bestselling romance series, the lack of inspiration has served up a fat slice of writer’s block.


Until her roommate proposes that Cleo and Adrian act out all the steamy scenes in her book.


It’s just research. No feelings involved.


Nope. Nuh-uh.


No way.
About the author

L.A Rose recently made it out of college alive and with an English degree. She's a habitual beach bum and a not-exactly-recovered romance addict. She's also plucked up the courage to become an indie author! ADRIAN LESSONS, a New Adult contemporary romance to be released on August 25th, is her first book - if you don't count the ones she wrote before she finally came up with something publishable. (She prefers not to.)

Find L.A Rose:


Excerpt

“Christ,” Adrian finally mutters after a good half minute of staring at my body. He runs his hand through his hair.
I’m not saying my grand plan is to make him so worked up he’ll have to satisfy me. And then I can move on with my life.
I’m not saying that’s my plan, but if it were, I’d be an evil genius.
“You too,” I smirk, trailing my fingers down my bare waist. “That shirt looks expensive. Wouldn’t want to mess it up.”
Not taking his eyes from me, he pulls his shirt off, back over front in that casual way boys have. I gasp. Doves zoom overhead, sprinkling golden confetti. A chorus of angels sing. Okay, not all that actually happens, but it’s the first time I’ve seen him shirtless.
And that chest deserves some fanfare.
His torso is tan, lithe and strong, the hard contours of a six-pack-verging-on-eight-pack begging to be licked. Every ounce of him is sculpted, refined. Just looking at him floods my abdomen with tension. There’s a swirling tattoo on the left side of his ribs, but I’m too busy thinking about how I want to mount his torso on my mantelpiece like a serial killer to dwell on it.
My roommate looks between us, her eyes narrowed. “You two seem to be getting along much better today.”
If by ‘getting along’ she means ‘staring at each other with enough sexual tension to hoist the Titanic from the bottom of the sea’ then yes.
“Remember, guys,” she says. “Last time was more about the romance between the characters. Their first kiss. This is purely sexual.”
At the words ‘purely sexual’, a shiver grips my spine. I think Adrian might be similarly affected, because he hardens all over. And I mean all over.
“Come on, then,” I muster up the courage to say, fingering the lacy edge of my panties. “Inspire me.” 

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Feature & Follow Friday



Feature & Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison can read where we make new friends and find new followers!

This weeks question:

 Before blogging (dark times people!) how would you find out about new books or did you?
I would find out about new books by searching local book stores and the library and from recommendations from friends. 



Or add me on Google+, I always follow back :)


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Top Ten Underrated Book In The Fantasy/Paranormal Genre

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.


This weeks topic is underrated authors or books in a specific genre. I have decided to go for underrated books in the young adult fantasy/paranormal genre. I know not everyone can agree but all these books I enjoyed thoroughly and think they need more recognition.


1. Forgotten by Cat Patrick
This is not one of the first books that people mention when talking about young adult paranormal/fantasy and I think it is often 'forgotten'...see what I did there? Ha ha I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking to start reading this genre.


2. Splendour Falls

This is one of my favourite all time books and I know nobody that has even read it and a lot of people who haven't even heard of it and it is such a shame! Such beautiful writing!


3.By Midnight By Mia James

A really enjoyable paranormal romance that had me hooked, I can't wait to read the rest of the series!


4. Night School

I adore this book and I can't understand why everybody isn't talking about it, they should be! 


5. Mercy By Rebecca Lim

Another fantastic enjoyable book that no-one seems to talk about! I just love the cover of this one!

6. Evernight By Claudia Gray

Evernight is a fantastic series which I think is overlooked. It has everything this series to keep you entertained but I don't think I have ever heard anyone say its their favourite and that's a shame..i love this series!


7. Finding Sky By Joss Stirling

I loved everything about this book, so much so I gave it a 5 star review! Read read read this book!

8. Entangled By Cat Clarke
You should all know by now how much I love Cat Clarke's writing and I think Entangled is a fantastic book, I can not recommend it enough, If you haven't read anything by Cat Clarke yet, do so! 

9. The Dark Divine By Bree Despain

I have so much love for this series and I love the simplicity of the covers. I still need to get my hands on the last book! I recommend this series to everyone I know all the time!

10. Pride, Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Two of my favourite things, Pride & Prejudice and zombies! This is such a fun entertaining book which is underrated and moaned about all the time and not taken with humour. 




  

Back To School Blog Hop



I am really happy to be apart of the Back To School Blog Hop where we can share the works of young adult author Linda Ulleseit. 


Author Bio: Linda Ulleseit was born and raised in Saratoga, California, and has taught elementary school in San Jose since 1996. She enjoys cooking, cross-stitching, reading, and spending time with her family. Her favorite subject is writing, and her students get a lot of practice scribbling stories and essays. Someday Linda hopes to see books written by former students alongside hers in bookstores.
Her first novel, ON A WING AND A DARE, was published in 2012. It is a Young Adult fantasy set in medieval Wales, complete with flying horses, a love triangle, and treachery. It’s sequel, IN THE WINDS OF DANGER, was released March, 2013. The focus of that book is the misty past of a groom and the murky future of a rider. The last book in the trilogy is UNDER A WILD AND DARKENING SKY, May 2014. It follows a brother and sister, new to High Meadow, who become involved in a plot to steal flying horses.

As a child, Linda always loved to write. She took her first creative writing course in seventh grade, accumulating a closet full of stories that she never showed anyone until 2007. At that time, she gave the first draft of a flying horse book to a teacher colleague to read. ON A WING AND A DARE began as a NaNoWriMo novel in 2009. It was revised with the help of reviewers on thenextbigwriter.com over the next two years. For NaNo 2011, Linda drafted the sequel, IN THE WINDS OF DANGER. NaNoWriMo 2012 brought the first draft of UNDER A WILD AND DARKENING SKY, and NaNoWriMo 2013 saw the completion of UNDER THE ALMOND TREES. This last is a historical fiction that follows three women who struggle for women’s rights in early California.

Linda has also written a novella titled WINGS OVER TREMEIRCHSON, released as an ebook in Fall 2013. It follows the story of Hoel and Neste, parents of a main character in ON A WING AND A DARE. 

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Linda is willing to do interviews and guest blog posts as well as have her books reviewed.

ON A WING AND A DARE

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Book Blurb: Flying horses…a love triangle…poison….Welcome to Tremeirchson.

In Tremeirchson, a barn leader’s children are expected to follow their parents into the sky, becoming riders of the magnificent winged horses that are the medieval Welsh village’s legacy. Neither Emma nor Davyd, however, want to follow that tradition.

Sixteen-year-old Emma risks losing her family by following her heart. Eager to take her place in the air, she longs to ride a forbidden winged colt born in barn of her father’s biggest rival. She also dreams of the rival’s sons, not sure which she truly loves. Bold and exciting, Evan will someday lead his father’s barn. Davyd is quieter, more dependable, with an ability to get things done. Her father disapproves of both boys and pushes her toward an ambitious newcomer. He also insists she ride the colt he’s picked for her.

Davyd, also sixteen, is plagued with a secret—he is afraid of heights. Refusing to become a rider means public humiliation, his parents’ disappointment, and lifelong ridicule from his brother, Evan. He reluctantly prepares to join his family aloft in the Aerial Games that provide the entire village with its livelihood and tries desperately to think of an alternative.

As Tremeirchson’s barns prepare for the Rider Ceremony, winged horses suddenly start dying. Shocked, the adults hesitate, mired in tradition and politics. Is it a disease or poison? Accidental or purposeful? Someone must discover the answer and act before all the winged horses in the world are gone forever.

IN THE WINDS OF DANGER
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Book blurb:
Nineteen year old Nia is shocked when she is secretly offered the leadership of Third Barn. This new barn full of flying horses will need someone confident, experienced, and innovative, so why are both warring factions pursuing an untried girl? Suspicious that both sides want a puppet instead of a leader, Nia races to discover their secrets before making the biggest decision of her life.

Some of those secrets are unknowingly buried in the disconnected memories of a young groom named Owain. Terror and guilt haunt Owain’s dreams – and then a face from his nightmare arrives in High Meadow. Owain looks for answers in his past and uncovers a dangerous plot that could doom High Meadow's future. How can he foil the plot and save his people as well as the winged horses?

UNDER A WILD AND DARKENING SKY

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Ralf knows he must take over his father’s bakery, but is it wrong to want some adventure before he does? New to High Meadow, he is befriended by the beautiful and dangerous Branwen, who has her own goal—to entice Ralf to help her steal a winged horse and return it to Tremeirchson.

Meanwhile, Ralf’s sister, Alyna, dives into barn life. Becoming a groom to a winged foal is a lot of responsibility to the horse, to the barn, and to her father, who idolizes the wrong barn leader. Politics, greed, and revenge swirl around the teenaged siblings as they struggle to be true to their family and their future.

WINGS OVER TREMEIRCHSON (a flying horse novella)

Book Blurb: Eighteen year old Neste rides a winged horse in Tremeirchson's Aerial Games and she is betrothed to the barn leader's son, Hoel. Life would be wonderful if Hoel wasn't so unpleasant to the other riders. Adam, on the other hand, is handsome and nice but a terrible rider. Together, Hoel and Adam are the perfect man. Obviously she can't have both of them. When Neste's winged horse is involved in a terrible accident, her life changes and she must make different choices about her future. Can she go against her father's dying wish that she marry Hoel? Can she forgive Adam? Can she make a life away from the barn and the winged horses she loves? 


ALSO BY LINDA ULLESEIT:

UNDER THE ALMOND TREES

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Under the Almond Trees is the story of my family – three ordinary women in California who lived extraordinary lives. It started with a falling tree branch that killed Ellen VanValkenburgh’s husband in 1862, forcing her to assume leadership of his paper mill, something women weren’t allowed to do. Women weren’t allowed to vote yet, either. Ellen decided that had to change, and became a suffragette. In 1901, Emily Williams , Ellen’s daughter-in-law, became an architect – very much against her family’s wishes. No one would hire a woman, but Emily would not be deterred. She and her life partner Lillian set out to build homes themselves. By the 1930’s women enjoyed more freedom, including the vote. Even so, Ellen’s granddaughter Eva VanValkenburgh chose a traditional life of marriage and children, even closing her photography business at her husband’s insistence. When he later refused to pay for their daughter’s college education, Eva followed the example of her Aunt Emily and reopened her photography business. I am proud to call these women family and honored to share their story.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Review - Rewind to You By Laura Johnston

Expected Publication: September 15th 2014

One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away. 

But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street. 

When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now…


Rewind to You is an exciting new young adult contemporary romance dealing with loss and new love. With some fantastic characters and a story-line that leaves you swooning, Rewind to you keeps the audience turning the pages until the very end.

Sienna is a fragile character, she is dealing with the loss of her father and the guilt she feels about the accident. She is stuck in a relationship where the feelings just aren't there anymore and is trying to keep her family from falling apart when at the same time she is falling apart herself. 

Enter Austin Dobbs, he saves her in more ways than one. Austin is a sweet genuine character who I instantly loved. He has problems of his own but he is positive and trying to make something of his life. I love the relationship they share, the realism of their feelings and how it grows into something so meaningful.

I enjoyed the journey Sienna and Austin share together, it has its up and downs and is realistic. I did find myself at times shouting at Sienna to see what a great thing she had in front of her and that is what should happen in a good story! I want to feel what the characters are feeling and with Rewind to You I could do just that.

Rewind to You is excellently written, fills you with emotion and leaves you craving more. A clean romance that is sweet and romantic and fulfills the summer romance! I am looking forward to seeing what Laura Johnston has to share with us all next!

Rating: 4/5