Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Life After (Infinite Love #1.5) by Kira Adams

Life After (Infinite Love #1.5)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Before her.

I was empty inside. I was lost. I was settling. I had no idea of the potential I had inside of me.

After her.

I was whole. I was happy. I was in love. She made me better.

I never imagined I would find someone who completed me, just to lose her. I never imagined the love I felt could be overshadowed by the deepest depression I've ever lived through.

It's been two years since she touched my life. Since she was taken from me. I don't know that I'll ever experience an ounce of the love she made me feel. I hope I'm wrong.

My name is Topher, and this is my story.


Life After by Kira Adams

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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This was an interesting story, as we found out what happened to Topher after Ciera’s death. I really didn’t expect him to get caught up in illegal drugs though!

I liked both Topher and Destiny in this book, although Destiny could be a little brash. She also seemed to think she could go up against drug dealers on her own, which was maybe a little naïve.

The storyline in this was about Topher and Destiny meeting, and Topher realising that he actually liked her, in a way he hadn’t liked anyone since Ciera. We also got a storyline about Destiny getting mixed up with the family drug dealing business, and finding it hard to get back out of it.

The ending to this was okay, and it was nice that Topher and Destiny could get a happy ending after everything that happened.


6.5 out of 10

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

What the Dead Want by Norah Olson

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
What the Dead Want
Blurb (from Goodreads):
16 -year-old Gretchen takes photographs to understand the world around her, a passion her mother Mona fostered and encouraged when she was still around. Since her mom disappeared years ago, Gretchen and her dad have lived on their own in New York City, haunted by Mona’s absence.

When Gretchen’s great aunt Esther calls unexpectedly to tell her that she has inherited the pre-Civil War mansion on her mother’s side of the family in upstate New York, Gretchen understands nothing except that her aunt needs her help. But what she finds there is beyond her imagination. The house is crumbling apart, filled with stacks of papers and journals from decades, even centuries past, and it’s crawling with rodents. It’s also full of secrets and a legacy of racism and violence so reprehensible that the ghosts of the past are exacting revenge on the living.

Somehow the mystery of Mona’s disappearance and the atrocities that happened on the land during the Civil War are inextricably intertwined, and it’s up to Gretchen to figure out how…before even more lives are lost.


What the Dead Want by Norah Olson

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars


What the Dead Want "No one," Hope said, "can know what the dead want."


This was a YA fantasy story about a girl who inherited a haunted house.

Gretchen was an okay character, although she did seem a little quick to agree to go to her aunt’s house, even though she had never even heard of her before.

The storyline in this just lost me, we started off with Gretchen going to her aunt’s house and some talk of taking photos of the dead, but I really lost interest, and found it really difficult to get to the end of this one.



5 out of 10

Monday, 25 July 2016

The Healer (The Healer #1) by C.J. Anaya

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author C.J. Anaya.
The Healer (The Healer, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
#1 Hot New Release in Multicultural Folk Tales
#2 Hot New Release in Folk Tales & Myth Collections
Top 10 Amazon Bestseller in Teen & Young Adult Country & Ethnic Fairy Tales & Folklore


A girl, a prophecy, and two warring gods equals destiny!

Hope Fairmont longs for a normal teenage life, but with a gift like hers, normal equals healing illnesses and injuries instantly. Keeping a secret like that isn’t easy, but a small town is the perfect place for her to heal those who can’t heal themselves, and an even better place for her father, James Fairmont, to hide his daughter from the rest of the world.

Life takes an unexpected turn when two handsome strangers move into town and begin unearthing other secrets concerning Hope's future and past, revealing to Hope that her gift for healing may be the fulfillment of an ancient, Japanese prophecy gone wrong.

Staying away from these mysterious newcomers would be the smart thing to do, but Victor's gentle, easy manner, and Tie's mixed signals and strange mood swings draw her hopelessly closer to revealing the secret she and her father have been so desperate to hide.

Hope's life is complicated further with visions of a previous life and the arrival of a supernatural demon sent to assassinate her before she learns what she is truly capable of.

With the support of her father, the fiery loyalty of her best friend Angie, and the child-like love of Kirby, a ten-year-old patient, Hope must fight against the forces of a relentless demon god while unwinding the tangled pieces of her past, proving to herself and those she loves that destiny isn’t determined by some cosmic reading of the stars, but by the individual choices one makes.


The Healer by C.J. Anaya

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


The Healer (The Healer, #1) “I should have seen what was coming, but his kiss took me by surprise. He wasn’t timid at all, and there was nothing soft about the way he caught my lips with his own. He kissed me as if he’d been waiting hundreds of years to do so, crushing me to him, no longer polite and reserved as he had been earlier.”


This was a YA paranormal romance story, with a bit of mythology.

Hope was an okay character, and she certainly went out of her way to help others, even when it put her own life in danger. She was also very good at lying about her healing abilities when she needed to.

The storyline in this was about Hope having magical healing abilities, and about two new students at her school who somehow knew all about her. It’s hard to say more without dropping spoilers, but Hope found out a lot more about her abilities, we got some mythology, and a love triangle. I did find the pace quite slow in this book though, and it was a little too information-heavy in places for me.

The ending to this was good, and I am curious to see where the second book goes.



6.5 out of 10

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Yours Forever (Reign #3) by Joya Ryan

Yours Forever (Reign)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
For fans of J Lynn, Jodi Ellen Malpas and Sylvia Day comes the final book in the Reign trilogy. Time is running out, who will Lana choose?
One man has her heart . . .
Lana's life has shattered around her. Callum and Jack have been lying to her, the truth behind her family is turning out to be darker than she'd ever have suspected and it seems as though she can't trust anything - especially her own desires.
The other her soul
Torn between two men and surrounded by secrets, Lana is forced to make an agonising choice, one that could destroy not only her, but the people she loves. What - and who - does she really want?
An all-consuming, powerfully addictive love story, the Reign trilogy is not to be missed

  Yours Forever by Joya Ryan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Yours Forever (Reign)This was an okay end to the series, but it was a little unrealistic in my opinion.

Lana really needed to make a choice in this book, stringing both Jack and Cal along seemed wrong to me, and she just needed to pick one!

The storyline in this was partly about working out who was trying to kill Lana, and partly about her trying to choose between Cal and Jack. Admittedly she loved both of them, but having sex with one and then the other just seemed like she was betraying them both.

The ending to this was the unrealistic part (highlight to view spoiler - I just can’t believe that they would happily become a threesome! )



6.5 out of 10

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Yours Completely (Reign #2) by Joya Ryan

Yours Completely (Reign #2)
BLurb (from Goodreads):
For fans of J Lynn, Jodi Ellen Malpas and Sylvia Day comes Yours Completely, an all-consuming, raw and powerful love story . . .

Lana Case knows what it feels like to be tossed aside - first by her family and then by the man she naively believed was her true love. But when Jack leaves, reconfirming that she isn't worthy of love, her world shatters. The last person Lana thought to find refuge in is an adrenaline-junky firefighter, let alone Jack's best friend. Yet Callum Malone's easy-going, playboy persona is just what she needs.

When Lana finds herself the target of a stalker who isn't going away, Callum not only welcomes her into his home, but also into his bed. Unable to deny the chemistry between them, Lana gives in and after a night of fiery passion discovers what it finally feels like to not only be cherished - but safe. Lana and Callum are falling fast, knowing they're both far out of their depth. And then Jack returns to claim the woman he left behind . . .

Addictive and unforgettable, Lana's story will seduce, surprise and stay with you. A brand new romance by the #1 Bestselling author of Break Me Slowly, the Reign series is an emotional roller coaster you'll want to keep riding forever.


Yours Completely by Joya Ryan

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Yours Completely (Reign #2) “I loved him. Had loved him. Maybe a part of me always would.”




This was an adult contemporary romance that picked a month after the end of the previous book.

Lana was strong in this book, even in the wake of Jack leaving her. She did need that strength with Brock’s continued unwanted attention though.

The storyline in this was about Lana starting a relationship with Cal, which I have to say took me a long time to get used to. I just didn’t think it a good idea to start sleeping with the best friend of the man you’re in love with. No matter which way things worked out, there would always be the fact that you know what the best friend looks like naked to make things awkward! We did get lots of steamy sex scenes in this one again though.

The ending to this was a big cliff-hanger, and Lana was definitely in a predicament.



7 out of 10

Friday, 22 July 2016

Yours Tonight (Reign #1) by Joya Ryan

Sponsored post: I received a finished paperback copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group.
Yours Tonight
Blurb (from Goodreads):
For fans of J Lynn, Jodi Ellen Malpas and Sylvia Day comes the Reign trilogy, an all-consuming, raw and powerful love story . . .



He will give her everything she's ever wanted . . .


Jack Powell's confidence is matched only by his intensity. The darkness in him comes from years of secrets and memories he'd rather forget. Lana has an exotic innocence that draws him in and Jack wants a taste of her. She's a light in the darkness of his world - and she needs help, which he agrees to give her.


The only rule? He makes the rules.


Lana gives up her control, letting Jack take her body however he needs, while she works her way into his heart. But Jack's past catches up to them and Lana finds herself wrapped up in a scheme that will expose every secret she's worked so hard to keep. She clung to Jack once when her world was crashing down, but this time, she loves him. She'll continue to reach for him - her only fear is if he'll reach back, or go on his way, taking her soul with him . . .


Addictive and unforgettable, Lana's story will seduce, surprise and stay with you. A brand new trilogy by the #1 Bestselling author of Break Me Slowly, the Reign series is an emotional rollercoaster you'll want to keep riding forever.

  Yours Tonight by Joya Ryan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Yours Tonight “It was obvious this man was all things alpha and in control. And prey or not, I was caught. And I liked it.”


This was an adult contemporary romance, featuring a girl who had been raped at 13.

Lana was a strong character, and had the sense to get out of a situation if she was feeling uncomfortable. I felt quite sorry for her and what she had been through, and I really, really disliked Brock.

The storyline in this was about Lana meeting a man called Jack, and starting up a romance with him, whilst still being hounded by her step-brother and rapist Brock. We also got some steamy sex scenes, and a hint of a love triangle.

The ending to this wasn’t really of the happily ever after variety, but that was kind-of expected by the tag line of ‘not every love story is meant to last’.



6.5 out of 10

Thursday, 21 July 2016

A Hero's Curse (The Unseen Chronicles #1) by P.S. Broaddus

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A Hero's Curse (The Unseen Chronicles #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Essie Brightsday has never heard a rock basilisk scream. She has never worn magical armor, stood up to a queen, or run from dragons. Instead, Essie, her sarcastic cat Tigrabum, (just call him "Tig"), and her secretive family struggle to survive on their small farm nestled against the forbidding cliffs of the Valley of Fire.

But all that is about to change when a rebellion against the cruel interim ruler is sparked. Forced to flee for their lives, Essie and Tig lose themselves in the twisting labyrinth of the ancient lava flow. When Essie finds proof that the missing King Mactogonii may be alive, she is given the opportunity to help restore stability to the kingdom. But the course of her journey will force her to face her deepest fears and unravel the mystery behind her own blindness...if Essie can survive the encounter.



  A Hero's Curse by P.S. Broaddus

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A Hero's Curse (The Unseen Chronicles #1)
“Tig is right – we do need to move – but we have nothing to return to. No plan. No hope.”


This was a middle-grade/young-adult fantasy-adventure story, featuring a main character who was blind.

Essie was a strong character, and she kept battling on even when things seemed rough. I did feel quite sorry for her with regards to her blindness, but she seemed to cope quite well with it.

The storyline in this was about Essie running away from people who wanted to harm her, and trying to then find a way home, and a way back to her parents. There was quite a bit of adventure and strange creatures, but my attention did lapse a bit as the book went on.

The ending to this was fairly happy, and things seemed to work out quite well in the end.



6 out of 10

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Royal Arcanum (The Royal Arcanum #1) by Keefe R.D

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Keefe R.D.
Royal Arcanum (The Royal Arcanum #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Royals have secret, as much as anyone else’s.

17-year-old Cathy Charlotte thought that her mom still keeping a secret about their family. Until one day, odd things are starting to happen—the white hair girl who has been haunted her dreams is coming to reality as their so-called distant relative—Sylvia Elle who acts all strange and mysterious. Meanwhile, everyone in the small town of Bisbee are welcoming a new detective—Chantel Herron who later becomes co-worker to Cathy’s dad.

A sudden circumstance has caused her mom to coma after unknown demons are failed to kidnap her. At that hard time, Sylvia Elle finally reveals herself as a guardian angel who is currently assigned to help her discovering the whole things that her mom has been keeping.

Further, she found out that Chantel is the evil witch with demons works under her command. They want to hunt Cathy for their welfare sake to empower the hidden world of Caecus by experimenting her royal blood. That magical realm is concealed behind an abandoned castle in Austria—where her mom’s family secrecy is also buried in there. Eventually, Cathy is the key to open the door and to save the world.


Royal Arcanum by Keefe R.D

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Royal Arcanum (The Royal Arcanum #1) "The stars weren't falling from the skies, but to make them greener. If you could count them, your fingers would be infinite to condemn the immortality."


I don’t really know what to say about this book, because I really struggled with it, but at the same time I think the biggest problem was that English wasn’t the author’s first language, and a lot of the book didn’t make sense. I managed to gather that the storyline had something to do with angels and demons, but other than that I spent the entire book confused and wondering what on earth was going on. I feel really bad only giving this 2 stars, but I really can't recommend this book to anyone.



4 out of 10

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and NetGalley.
All Is Not Forgotten: The gripping thriller you'll never forget
Blurb (from Goodreads):
‘Deeply intriguing and provocative,… ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN is not to be missed’
–KARIN SLAUGHTER
You can erase the memory. But you cannot erase the crime.
Jenny’s wounds have healed.
An experimental treatment has removed the memory of a horrific and degrading attack.
She is moving on with her life.
That was the plan. Except it’s not working out.
Something has gone. The light in the eyes. And something was left behind. A scar. On her lower back. Which she can’t stop touching.
And she’s getting worse.
Not to mention the fact that her father is obsessed with finding her attacker and her mother is in toxic denial.
It may be that the only way to uncover what’s wrong is to help Jenny recover her memory. But even if it can be done, pulling at the threads of her suppressed experience will unravel much more than the truth about her attack.
‘Original, compelling and very, very clever’
-B.A. Paris, bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


All Is Not Forgotten: The gripping thriller you'll never forgetThis was an adult mystery story, about a girl who was raped.

It’s hard to say who the main character in this was because the story was told from the point of view of the psychiatrist of the girl who was raped, which was a bit weird really. I was expecting the story to follow Jenny, or to at least follow her part of the time.

The storyline in this was about trying to find out who had raped Jenny, and the psychiatrist’s fears that it was his own son who had done the deed. I found the way this book was written to be a little unusual though, and it wasn’t really what I was expecting. The pace in this was also pretty slow, which bugged me.

The ending to this was okay, but I did struggle to get there a bit.



6 out of 10

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Archer (Arrow's Flight #2) by Casey Hays

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Casey Hays.
The Archer (Arrow's Flight Book 2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It took some heavy convincing, a few white lies, and the death of her leader to pull her away from that village, but finally, Kate is with me. I have never felt such relief. I will keep her safe. I will protect her with my last breath if I have to. I won't let my fears get in my way. And in time, I will tell her the whole truth. About me. About Eden. Even if she hates me afterwards . . .

The Village is a mere memory. The world stands before Kate a wide-open door to the unknown. It is her life now. And her greatest fear.

Her only comfort is Ian with his promises of a new life in Eden. A refuge abundantly full of every good thing. A sanctuary of hope. A place of wonder. A paradise where the Archer doesn't exist, and Fate can't reach her. Together with the other boys from Eden, they embark on a harsh journey full of harrowing surprises and heart-wrenching secrets that forces them to prove their devotion to one another time and again.

But the boys of Eden? Just who are they with their unnatural abilities and dark secrets? Will entrusting her life–her heart–to one of them place her in graver danger than ever before?

Will Eden finally be enough? Or will her heart continue to ache for something greater? 


The Archer by Casey Hays

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


The Archer (Arrow's Flight Book 2) “The world is big,” Ian continues, trapping me beneath his strong arm. “It may be scary, but you don’t have to be afraid of it. Not even when somebody is throwing knives at you,”


This was a YA dystopian sequel, picking up where the first left off.

Kate was still a strong character in this book, and I thought it quite bad the way the boys had been lying to her about Eden. Seeing as she was leaving everything she had ever known behind, they should have been truthful with her.

The storyline in this was all about Kate, Ian and crew travelling from Kate’s village to Eden, and Kate discovering that the boys had been lying to her about what Eden was really like along the way. We did get a bit of action, and a very unfortunate death, but the pace was quite slow, and the book did drag in places.

The ending to this was a giant cliff-hanger! And there was literally a cliff involved!



7 out of 10