Sunday, 1 March 2015

Blog Tour and #Giveaway - The Inifinite Love Series by Kira Adams

Genres: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance
The Infinite Love series is a realistic fiction series that begins as a young adult series, but gradually grows into a new adult series by the last book. It comes with hard-hitting subjects such as suicide, depression, disorders, abuse, addiction, fears, love, grief, death, and more. This box set includes four books in the series: Learning to Live, My Forever, Beautifully Broken, & Against All Odds.
Let Ciera & Topher tell you their heartbreaking story in Learning to Live.

Dive into Madalynne & Parker's lives and experience the highs and lows of their long-term relationship in My Forever.

 Let the spiciness of Lee & Jacqueline transport you in Beautifully Broken.

Feel the intensity of Austyn & Avery's love in Against All Odds.

Their stories aren't going to be pretty--but they are going to be REAL.

The Infinite Love series by Kira Adams - honest, heartbreaking, and oh so real.

*THE INFINITE LOVE SERIES BOX SET IS FREE DURING TOUR!

Books in the Box Set 
 

Learning to Live by Kira Adams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(reposted) Learning to Live (Infinite Love, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Kira Adams.)

“We made no sense. She was oil and I was water… but somehow, we worked” - Topher
“He taught me how to live and I taught him how to let go.” - Ciera





This was a moving and emotional story of young love, and heartbreak.



I loved Ciera and Topher in this story. Ciera was such a loving person, who would do anything for those that she loved, and while Topher started out as a bit of ass, after a while his true colours really started to shine through. I felt really sorry for Ciera, both with the things she was going through personally, as well as the way she was treated by the ‘A-Team’, and I was pleased when finally someone started to be nice to her, and to not treat her like she didn’t matter.

“Wait… were you kissing me with your eyes open?”
“I was trying to commit this moment to memory. Commit you to memory.”




The storyline in this was really good, I had a feeling early on in the book that something upsetting was coming, and unfortunately I was right. I really felt for both Ciera and Topher as they dealt with the big bad monster in their lives, and I loved how they made every second count.

“I kind of have this list of things I want to try to do within the next couple of months.”
He raises his eyebrows. “Like a bucket list?”
The air between us grows thick. “Yeah, something like that. I just realized I haven’t really been living for a while now, and what better time to start?”




The romance in this was so sweet, and Ciera and Topher made such a cute couple. They really did compliment each other perfectly, and the way they grew to love each other was really special.

“I learn more about you every day,” he murmurs softly.
I tuck my hair behind my ears nervously. “Yeah, I guess you do.”




“I love you,” she whispers.
I swallow, digesting her words. There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that I love her.




The ending to this book was really sad and emotional, and it was really sad that the book had to end the way it did. It was a really beautiful kind of sad though, and the epilogue was also fitting.

“You always say that I am the best thing that ever happened to you. But you’re the best thing that ever happened to me.”



9 out of 10




Krista Pakseresht has always been a dreamer. From the first time she opened her eyes. Creating worlds through words is one thing she is truly talented at. She specializes in Young adult/New adult romance, horror, action, fantasy, and non-fiction under the pen name Kira Adams.

She is the author of the Infinite Love series, the Foundation series, the Darkness Falls series, and the Looking Glass series.




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Stage Fright (Bit Parts #1) by Michelle Scott


Blurb (from Goodreads):
Cassandra Jaber’s dream of acting becomes a nightmare when she blacks out on stage during a private audition. She awakes, sore and disoriented, with a three-hour hole in her memory and a crippling fear of the spotlight. Although she tries to piece her shattered life back together, she remains at the mercy of the dark secret locked away in her mind. But when a mysterious man, who calls himself a guardian of the night, rescues her from a terrifying attacker, Cassandra’s eyes are opened to a fantastic world she never guessed existed. She soon realizes that her midnight rescuer holds the key to her salvation. And her heart.

Stage Fright by Michelle Scott

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


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“Vampires! I should have known.”



This was a good adult paranormal romance story, and I liked all the vampires!

I liked the characters in this book, although as typical of a lot of fantasy books, the heroine was maybe a little too ready to jump into dangerous situations!

“I fought Victor, but there was no escaping him. Now that he’s gotten the outlay of my mind, he could travel those dark passages as easily as I could navigate my parent’s house.”



The storyline in this was pretty good, and I liked that it wasn’t your average ‘murder behind the scenes at the theatre’ kind of theatre book! I liked the idea of vampires feasting on souls, or ‘shine’, but I did find some of the Buffy-type things a bit irritating, like the way the vampires exploded into dust, and the holy water in a water gun was straight out of ‘From Dusk Til Dawn’ (love that movie).



“This time, when the monster exploded, I remembered to lose my eyes and mouth.”



There was a bit of romance, but not a lot, and it didn’t go any further than a kiss.

The ending to this was pretty good, but we did then get left with a little bit of a cliff-hanger.

“Houston, we’ve got a problem.”



7 out of 10


The Ship-Shape Shop (Janet and Sam #2) by Frank Rodgers

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hungry Horse and NetGalley.

Blurb (From Goodreads):
Salty’s junk shop is Janet, Sam and Granny’s favourite shop. But snooty Mrs Grimbly-Whyte wants it knocked down, and the town council agree with her. But ‘never say die’ is Granny’s motto… she comes to the rescue with a brilliant plan and soon the whole family is busy creating a wonderful new shop.

The Ship-Shape Shop by Frank Rodgers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Ship-Shape Shop (Janet and Sam #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hungry Horse and NetGalley.)

This was a really cute children’s story about a man called Salty who owned a junk shop. A busy-body lady called Mrs Grimbly-Whyte tried to get it closed down by the council because she wanted a new antiques shop, but the crew cleverly found a replacement for the old shop in the form of a boat!

This really was a lovely story, and the illustrations were nice too, I’m sure we’ll read this book more than once.
8.5 out of 10


My Grandma's a Ninja

Sponsored post: I was able to view a digital galley of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to North South Books Inc. and NetGalley.

Blurb (from Goodreads):  
 
When Ethan s grandma suggests they take a zip line to school, Ethan realizes that his grandma is a little different. In fact, she s a ninja! Ethan is soon the hit of the school when his grandma drops from the ceiling at show-and-tell, and teaches the kids karate moves and how to do backflips in slow motion. But when his grandma deflates his team s soccer ball, everyone is upset including Ethan. Why can t he just have a regular grandma? But when Ethan tries out his new karate movesduring the championship game . . . he s happy that his grandma isn t ordinary."

 

My Grandma's a Ninja by Todd Tarpley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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This was such a good children's book! I loved Grandma as a ninja, and I also liked how the little boy learned that he shouldn't dislike someone because of who they were. This book was really fun, and I'm sure my 4-year-old will be wanting to hear this one again ☺

Saturday, 28 February 2015

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row. Now, at age sixteen, she's come back to stay - in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.


All Fall Down by Ally Carter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.)

“I can apologise in seven different languages. It’s just something you pick up when you’re me.”



This was an interesting YA mystery story, and I really liked the details revealed at the end of the book!

I liked Grace although she did make some questionable decisions at times. I felt really sorry for her in the way she’d lost her mother though, and it must have been really hard for her. Even though she came across as nuts, she really did have good intentions though, and was intent on finding her mother’s killer and bringing them to justice no matter what.

“Yes, it was dark,” I snap back. “Yes, I was young, and it was traumatic. Yes, I have never been the most reliable girl in the world, but I know what I saw. And I’m telling you, I saw a man with a scar on his left cheek shoot my mother. I heard the bomb that burned her shop to the ground.”



The storyline in this was pretty good, and the good moments overshadowed the slower moments. Grace’s questionable decisions actually made for some amusing situations, and Grace came out with some brilliant lines, and she really made me laugh!

“Oh my gosh,” I mutter to myself. “That guy is hot.”
“That guy’s my dad.” Noah says it like he’s said it like he’s said it a lot. “The ambassador.”




There were some things that I didn’t really understand, because I don’t know anything about international relations, but I managed to get the gist of it.

“It’s not like it’s an international incident.” I look from Lila to Megan to Rosie, and then finally I let my gaze linger on Noah, who eases closer, lowers his voice.
“Actually, Grace, it kind of is. We’re Israeli. And that is Iran.”
When I look back at the blue-and-white scarf, I realise that, from a distance, it bears a striking resemblance to the flag of Lila and Noah’s home nation.
“The Israeli ambassador gave that scarf to our mom. In fact, he gave scarves like it to all of the women on his senior staff,” Noah says. “If anyone sees that up there…”




The ending to this was interesting, and I liked the details that were revealed. I did guess one thing very early on, but I didn’t guess the rest, and I did enjoy this book overall.
7.25 out of 10

“You should go home now, Grace.” His face is covered in shadow. His voice is soft but strong. “I don’t want to see you get hurt.”



Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #1) by Melanie Card



Blurb (from Goodreads):
Twenty-year-old Ward de’Ath expected this to be a simple job—bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon—the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying—so bringing people back from the dead it is. But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she’s been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her. However, nothing is as it seems—including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive…

Ward Against Death by Melanie Card

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, #1) “It’s just that I don’t tend to work on live patients.” He reached for his scissors, leaning so close he could feel the heat radiating from her body.
“Let me put you at ease.” She blew against his neck. The cavern grew uncomfortably warm. “I’m not alive.”




This was an interesting story, but I have to admit to getting very confused in places.

The characters in this were quite different. Celia was a dead assassin, trying to figure out who had killed her, and very much rocking to the beat of her own drum (and screw everybody else), whilst Ward was at times a gifted doctor, but at other times a bit of a bumbling idiot.

“He didn’t know where he was going or what he was doing, and now he stood in the middle of the street carrying a corpse.
Sh*t.”




Ward seemed very quick to forget that Celia was dead in this story, even though he was the necromancer who had re-animated her, and at times I was worried that he was going to totally throw caution to the wind, and indulge in a bit of necrophilia (which is a bit gross really).

“Besides, he couldn’t let a pretty, beautiful, stunning, sexy, bod- face distract him.
She. Was. Dead.
There was a law against what his body wanted.”


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The storyline in this really confused me. Celia was killed, but we didn’t know who by, and then when they started to work things out, the explanation as to what had been going on was as clear as mud. Having read a couple of chapters twice I still couldn’t figure it out! Something about Celia’s father, an Innecroestri, a scholar, the Dominus, and a shadow walker. I really do not have a clue.

The ending to this was likewise confusing, but I’m pretty sure the good guys won… I think.



6 out of 10


Friday, 27 February 2015

Thoughtful (Thoughtless #1.5) by S.C. Stephens - Blog Tour!


Sponsored post: I received a digital copy and a finished copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Clara Diaz, Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley.

Blub (from Goodreads):
A new novel in the Thoughtless series from #1 New York Times bestselling author S. C. Stephens! Every story has two sides, and in this new book, the epic love story between Kiera and Kellan is shown through his eyes. All Kellan Kyle needs is his guitar, and some clean sheets of paper. Growing up in a house that was far from a home, he learned a hard lesson: You're worthless. Now his life is comfortably filled with passionate music, loyal band mates, and fast women...until he meets her. Kiera makes him ache for more. Makes him feel for the first time that he's worth more. But there's one problem - she's his best friend's girl. Just when Kellan thought his emotional defenses were rock solid, Kiera's indecisive heart wreaks havoc on his soul, changing him forever. Losing Kiera is not an option.


Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Thoughtful (Thoughtless, #1.5)(Source: I received a digital copy and a finished copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Clara Diaz, Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley.)

“I saw hundreds of girls every night, some plain, some beautiful enough to be highly sought-after cover models, but this girl… even seeing her through a crowd, there was something about her that sang to me.”



This was a sexy contemporary romance, and it was really good to hear Kellan’s side of the story.

I really liked Kellan in this story, unlike Kiera he seemed to feel guilty about their affair, and it was obvious how much he was in love with her.
Kiera on the other hand kept flitting from Kellan’s bed to Denny’s, didn’t seem to see anything wrong with this, and kept continually hurting Kellan, as if she couldn’t see how much he loved her, and how much her having sex with Denny hurt him!

“Denny was home. He was here, in my house, screwing the girl I’d just made love to. My girl. No… his girl.”



The storyline in this was pretty much the same as in Thoughtless, only from Kellan’s side. We once again got the flirting, the passion and heat, and of course the cheating. I really hated the way Kiera cheated, even though I knew how the story ended, and because she kept going back and forth between Kellan and Denny, it was like she was cheating on both of them!

“I loved her? Loved. As in, I couldn’t live without her, and I didn’t want anybody else? Crap, that felt so right. But I couldn’t actually be in love with her. Could I?”



Kiera and Kellan definitely had passion and heat in this story though, and the sex scenes were seriously hot! This pair could set fire to the pages just be looking at each other!

“She swivelled her hips, desperate for more. “Please, Kellen… take me to your room. Please. Oh God… please,” she whispered.”



The ending to this had some ups and downs the same as the rest of the story, but it was a good ending. I had forgotten some of what happened, so I was a little surprised at points, but I was really happy with the way things ended. This story really makes me want to re-read the books in the series!
8 out of 10


About the Author:

S. C. Stephens


S.C. Stephens is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.

Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellan Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stephens has been writing nonstop ever since.

In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer's block reducing music, heading out to the movies, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children.




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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Farmer Fisher by Jonathon Coudrille

Sponsored post: I received a finished copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Daniel Nanavati

Blurb (From Goodreads):
Children's Book of the Year 1976. Music free from www.footsteps.co. New edition of highly popular children's picture book.

Farmer Fisher by Jonathon Coudrille

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Farmer Fisher(Source: I received a finished copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Daniel Nanavati)





This was such a funny story about a farmer with a very dirty truck, and lots of animals and produce on board, who breaks down, and has to stop other motorists to help him, with disastrous effects!

"Farmer Fisher pulled the choke
And off they drove in a cloud of smoke.
Rattle went the tappets and the crank-shaft broke
On the way to market."


This was a really lovely children’s book, my 4-year-old loved the pictures of the animals and cars, and he also liked the rhyming and repetition. He liked counting how many cars had broken down as the story went along, and looking for the frog that kept appearing in the pictures.



"And with it went the oil,
the coil,
the piston rings,
The steering,
gearing,
the valves and springs,
And the doors
and the floors
and a lot more things
On the way to market."


I thought that the music available online for this book was a lovely touch too as it basically meant that you got a free cd with your book!
9 out of 10

You can check out the music here - http://www.footsteps.co/farmer_fisher