Sunday, 29 June 2014

Stacking The Shelves #10

Stacking The Shelves in a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviewswhere we share what new books we have added to our shelves whether it be physical copies, Ebooks or books borrowed from the library.

This week I searched my local charity shops and second hand book stores for some bargains and I was extremely happy with my finds!

Physical copies:

Audrey Porter is a "good girl": a good student, a great daughter, an amazing friend. She's also the last person anyone expects to be hanging out with Luke DeSalvio, the hottest guy at Audrey's school. But Luke is a liar, a player, a dream, and Audrey knows it. She dumps him at her friend's Halloween party with no intention of looking back, but not before giving him one last goodbye gift...

The next Monday, messages begin popping up on people's phones and email inboxes. Somebody has taken a picture of her and Luke together and soon everyone knows, including her teachers, her mum and her dad… Now she must discover strength she never knew he had, find friends where she didn't think she would, and learn that life goes on – no matter how different it is to how you think it's going to be.

I saw this book and just had to buy it, it sounds like my kind of read and it was two books for £1 so I couldn't go wrong.

Popular Gossip Girl character Jenny Humphrey is leaving Constance Billard to attend Waverly Academy, an elite boarding school in New York horse country where glamorous rich kids don't let the rules get in the way of an excellent time. Jennys determined to leave her crazy Manhattan past behind and become a sophisticated goddess on campus. But first she'll have to contend with her self-absorbed roommates, Callie Vernon and Brett Messerschmidt. Hot guys, new intrigue, and more delicious gossip all add up to more trouble than ever for Jenny. But if getting caught with boys and going up against the Disciplinary Committee is what it takes, Jenny is ready. She'll do all that and more to be The It Girl.

There wasn't any other books I fancied but I thought I might as well get the two for £1 so I picked up this spin off of Gossip Girl, I have never actually read the books but I love the TV show, so I am looking forward to see what this book had to offer.


Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

I adore Beautiful Disaster and I have this book as an eBook, so I am really pleased to now have a physical copy and it was only £1!

Elise is dead.
And someone must pay.

Anna, her boyfriend Tate, best friend Elise and a group of close friends set off on a debaucherous Spring Break trip to Aruba. But paradise soon turns into a living nightmare when Elise is brutally murdered.

Soon Anna finds herself trapped in a foreign country and fighting for her freedom. As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone is questioning her innocence. To the rest of the world, Anna isn't just guilty, but dangerous. As the court case unfolds the truth is about to come out, and it's more shocking than you could ever imagine...

I was lucky enough to receive the second book Dangerous Boys recently for review and I really enjoyed it. Everyone was telling me to pick up the first book and read that too, so I was excited to see this book for just £2 and can't wait to start it!

For Review via Netgalley:

The Beautiful Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.
Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn't have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with her first weekend off in almost a year.
Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt. 
Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlour to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red. 
As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she'll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever - even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.
In the first instalment of The Maddox Brothers series, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.

I am so excited for this one!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Feature And 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:

Post a photo of your favorite coffee mug (or mugs if you can’t choose just one).

I am not a coffee drinker but I do love a good cup of tea in a array of different mugs, it is hard to pick!
My Buffy The Vampire Slayer mug, I have had this mug for so many years and I always use it. I adore the show and have seen every season a million times!

My Animal mug, I love the Muppets and especially Animal so this cup is just the best!

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - After Us By Amber Hart

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

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: December 30th 2014

I just finished the first book Before You in this series and absolutely loved it, so I was extremely happy to see the next book is out this year too! I can't wait for this one!

Review - Before You By Amber Hart

Expected Publication: July 29th 2014

Some say love is deadly. Some say love is beautiful. I say it is both.

Faith Watters spent her junior year traveling the world, studying in exquisite places, before returning to Oviedo High School. From the outside her life is picture-perfect. Captain of the dance team. Popular. Happy. Too bad it’s all a lie.

It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don't care.

Eighteen-year-old Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn’t stand a chance of fitting in. Nor does he want to. His only concern is staying hidden from his past—a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him everything. Including his life.

At Oviedo High School, it seems that Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez do not belong together. But fate is as tricky as it is lovely. Freedom with no restraint is what they long for. What they get is something different entirely.

Love—it will ruin you and save you, both.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Before you is an an amazing young adult contemporary read from an outstanding new voice. Amber Hart has given us characters to fall in love with and a plot that had me hooked.

Before You is a tale of two star-crossed lovers. Everyone thinks Faith and Diego shouldn't be together, she is a respected daughter of a pastor who doesn't want to ruin the reputation of her dad and he is an ex gang member from the wrong side of the tracks, complete opposites, but the heart wants what the heart wants.

Faith is a good girl, she wears what people would expect a pastors daughter to wear, she acts the way she is expected to act and dates who other people find appropriate for her. She is living a lie, drowning in the pressure to not disappoint and to keep up appearances for the sake of her father. I like that Faith has two sides to her, the real her who is dying to break through and the fake her, the act she puts on to please everyone around her who think she should be a certain way. Faith has had troubles and has herself gone into dark place and that is why I think she connects with Diego so much, they have both been through things that have damaged them in a way.

Diego is your typical arrogant bad boy at first, he is adjusting to life in Florida after moving from Cuba, where he led a very different life inside a cartel. I loved that deep down he is so vulnerable when it comes to Faith, his feeling for her have changed him, he is a softer, more caring person. Their relationship instantly had sparks and I really enjoyed seeing their relationship develop.

Before You tackles some difficult topics such as drug abuse and gangs. I found reading about gangs interesting, I think there was a lot of information about Cuba and life in Cuba for some people that I would not have known about if it wasn't for this book. I think the gang related parts of this book were done realistically and I liked reading about them.

Before You gives us love, action and some amazing characters. I loved going going on the journey with the characters in this book, and especially with Faith who has to learn to be true to herself. I really can't wait for the next installment of this series, After Us, to catch up with the characters. Before you made me laugh, cry and most of all keep turning the pages!

Rating: 5/5

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Review - One Two Three By Elodie Nowodazkij

Expected Publication: 26th June 2014

When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love. 

Last year,seventeen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.

But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.

At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present. Keeping him an arabesque away proves to be a challenge for Natalya and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell. 

When upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.

Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?

I received the book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

After seeing this book being described as “Perfect Chemistry meets Save The Last Dance” I knew I had to request this book and I was not disappointed. One Two three is a young adult contemporary about Natalya a ballerina who’s hopes and dreams have been smashed and how she copes with her life that is unraveling around her.

Natalya is an interesting character who I instantly connected too. She is in a bad place in the book and we join her on her journey to find out who she is when ballet can no longer be her life. She is dealing with loss and is grieving and at the same time is having to deal with difficulties with her mother at home. Natalya has a lot on her shoulders and I think her character is written very realistically and it is interesting to see how she coped with the issues she has in her life.

I enjoyed the character of Antonio, he is a good contrast to the character of Natalya, he is a bad boy with a big heart. He is dealing with his own problems and is rebuilding his life. Together Natayla and Tonio help each other to become the people they want to be and are there to support each other.

I like how One Two Three dealt with some serious issues of alcohol abuse, loss and gangs. I think it is written in a realistic way, the book doesn't have over dramatized, unbelievable situations and I enjoyed that, it is a story about people and their relationships about  and finding yourself.

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Elodie Nowodazkij in the future.

Rating: 4/5

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike About Book Covers

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

This weeks topic is things we like and dislike about books covers, I have chosen to some of both!

What I Like:

1. Minimalist Covers

2. Beautiful Dresses

3. Nature

4. Galaxy

5. When the text is the main focus

What I Dislike:

1. When the cover of a book in a series is suddenly completely changed and the series is no longer unified.

2. A cover that is really busy and you don't know where to look.

3. I don't particularly like neon colours on book covers.

4. When a book has a close up face, it always freaks me out a bit.

5. When the same models are used on the front of different books.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Stacking The Shelves #9

Stacking The Shelves in a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviewswhere we share what new books we have added to our shelves whether it be physical copies, Ebooks or books borrowed from the library.

For Review From Netgalley:

Physical Copies:

Friday, 20 June 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:

What are your favorite books of 2014 so far?

I have already read some fantastic books this year but I have to say my favourites have been Pushing the Limits and Crash Into You by Katie McGarry, Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park.

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - Forget Me By K.A Harrington

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

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: August 7th 2014

On the three-month anniversary of her boyfriend Flynn’s death, Morgan uploads her only photo of him to FriendShare to get some closure—but she’s shocked when the facial recognition software suggests she tag him as "Evan Murphy." She’s never heard of Evan, but a quick search tells her that he lives in a nearby town and looks exactly like Flynn. Only this boy is very much alive.

Digging through layers of secrets and lies, Morgan is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her boyfriend, her town, and even her parents' involvement in this massive web of lies.

I am really excited for this one! I can't get enough of contemporary mysteries at the moment and this one sounds intriguing.