Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

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

Blurb (from Goodreads):
When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection. After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all. Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Things We Know by Heart(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Four hundred days and too many heartbeats to count.
Four hundred days and too many places and moments where Trent no longer exists.”




This was an okay story, but it felt quite average, which is odd considering what it’s about.

I felt quite sorry for Quinn, she obviously really missed Trent, and losing him so suddenly was really difficult for her. I understood the way she wanted to meet the people that his organs had gone to though, as a way of keeping his memory alive, and showing that his death resulted in something amazing.

“When she took a deep breath with Trent’s lungs and brought my hand to her chest so I could feel them fill and expand, my heart had filled right along with them.”



I liked the storyline in this book, but I wasn’t a fan of the lying. I know Quinn didn’t outright lie, but the lie of omission just went on for so long that it became an even bigger thing than it was to start with.

“Finding the guy who got Trent’s heart isn’t gonna bring him back. Neither is acting like you died.”



There was some romance, but again, I was a little hesitant about it because of the secret between them.

“Because this is the part where you fall in love.”



The ending to this was okay, and I was pleased that things worked out okay in the end, this book was just missing a little something for me though.
6 out of 10


Forever (The Abandoned #1) by Eric Marier


Blurb (From Goodreads):
Rich, popular Kate Hewitt destroys lives at Sussex High. Mute, violent Kev Anderwaith hasn't been to school in months. On the day Kev does return, Kate is shocked when the overgrown, social outcast sits next to her in class and claims they've both lived previous lives, and keep finding each other, throughout the centuries, falling in love every time.

Forever by Eric Marier

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


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“It doesn’t matter who I am. It just matters who you are. Years ago… before you were born… you were my mother.”



This was a story about a teenage mean girl, and reincarnation.

The main character in this book, Kate, was an absolute Grade A. mean girl. She would have eaten Regina George for breakfast and then complained that she was too chewy. Practically every word out of her mouth was hateful, every thought she had was purely selfish, and she couldn’t even be civil to her own mother!

“Are you a farmer or something? You seem like you’re straight off a pile of cow-plop.”



The storyline in this revolved around mean girl Kate, and another boy at school (who she thought was scum), and a shared problem with an old man who thought they were his reincarnated parents, and some sort of supernatural thing that was going on.

“Christ, this guy’s going to try to make me believe I was a farmer’s wife. This is so f*cked.”



There was some romance, although Kate really did not want to admit that she liked this boy who was supposed to be her soul-mate at all. I was quite surprised when she actually started to act like she cared though, as it seemed really out of character!

“She kissed him, wanting to protect him from all hurt.”



The ending to this was pretty good, and I liked that we got a bit of action. I also liked the little surprise twist at the end.
7 out of 10.


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The Remedy (The Program 0.5) by Suzanne Young

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.
The Remedy (The Program, #0.5)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.


  The Remedy by Suzanne Young

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Remedy (The Program, #0.5)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.)

“Aaron Rios and I are closers – a remedy for grief-stricken families.”



This was the best book of this series so far for me, and I actually enjoyed it.

I liked Quinn in this story, she had a really tough job, and her father pushed her so hard all the time. The way she was thrust into the homes of people recently bereaved and expected to make them feel better did not sound like the easiest or least-stressful of jobs!

“I’ll monitor Mr. and Mrs. Barnes for physical reactions to their grief,”



The storyline in this book followed Quinn as she became Catalina Barnes, complete with mother, father, sister, and boyfriend. The job came too fast on the heels of her previous job, and with the added complication of a boyfriend to boot. It was so easy to see why Quinn might have problems distinguishing her own life from that of the people she played, and so horrifying the way she even felt like she was losing her own identity at times.

“Anna and I were close enough to be sisters, and I miss her. I miss the thought of her.
Because I’ve never met Anna Granger. She belonged to someone else’s memory.”




There was some romance in this book, and it was a little triangle-like, with Quinn having to deal with both her ex-boyfriend, and Catalina’s boyfriend Isaac.

“I saw you,” he says miserably. “I saw you kiss him.”



The ending to this was good, and there was also a bit of a twist at the end. I’d really like to know more about what happens to Quinn next!
8 out of 10


Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
When Oakley Nelson loses her brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend the summer in California with Aunt Jo, Oakley isn’t sure that a change of scenery will alter anything, but she’s willing to give it a try. In California, Oakley discovers a sort of safety and freedom in Aunt Jo’s beach house. Once they’re settled, Mom hands her a notebook full of letters addressed to her—from Lucas. As Oakley reads one each day, she realizes how much he loved her, and each letter challenges her to be better and to continue to enjoy her life. He wants her to move on. If only it were that easy. But then a surfer named Carson comes into her life, and Oakley is blindsided. He makes her feel again. As she lets him in, she is surprised by how much she cares for him, and things get complicated. How can she fall in love and be happy when Lucas never got the chance to do those very same things? With her brother’s dying words as guidance, Oakley must learn to listen to and trust herself again. She soon realizes that second chances are ways to learn from the past, and you don’t always have to leave the past behind to find happiness in the future.

Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Love, Lucas(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss.)

“Is it possible to find happiness when it feels like you’ve lost not only yourself, but everyone you love?”



This was an okay story, but it just didn’t hold my attention.

I felt sorry for Oakley, and she was obviously going through a difficult time after her brother’s death. I thought her mother was being a bit harsh on her at times, and it did seem like everyone was expecting her to move on a bit too quickly.

“Honey, you should go. Go have fun. I’m worried about you. Ever since Lucas…” Her voice squeaks as she says his name. She clears her throat and takes a shaky breath. “Ever since we lost Lucas, you’ve built a wall around yourself. Maybe if you make some friends, you could be yourself again.”



The storyline in this was okay, but it felt like every other story I’ve read where a loved one has died. The things in Lucas’ letters were sentimental, but there wasn’t really anything new, and his words didn’t move me. I just didn’t really feel anything for him, and I didn’t feel the grief from Oakley either.

“Don’t let the fear of what other people may think of you stop you from pursuing the thing that might make you great.”



The only interesting bit of the story didn’t happen until the 80% mark, and unfortunately that didn’t even last long.
There was romance, but I wasn’t really interested in that either.

The ending to this was okay, but other than the event at 80%, I didn’t really enjoy this story.
6 out of 10.



Monday, 4 May 2015

From the Ashes (Legend of the Liberator #1) by Shelby K. Morrison

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Shelby K. Morrison.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
For eighteen years Aia Wynnald has lived a lie. Raised as a highborn in the Kingdom of Tharien, she’s filled her days with tutors and archery lessons. But simmering beneath her polite surface is a dangerous gift, one which she must keep a secret. Aia is a Bender. And in Tharien, Benders are feared and hunted. When her unruly power breaks free with dire repercussions, Aia’s lifelong goal of independence shatters. As she scrambles to piece her life back together while evading capture, she disturbs a vengeful force intent on destroying the kingdom. Now, with the help of an unlikely ally, Aia will decide the fate of Tharien. To rescue those she cares about will require accepting what she is. But can she risk becoming the monster she’s dreaded to save the very citizens baying for her blood?

From the Ashes by Shelby K. Morrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


From the Ashes (Legend of the Liberator #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Shelby K. Morrison.)

“That’s why we call them Benders. Because they can bend the world around them.”



This was a good YA fantasy story, with several shocking revelations.

Aia was a strong character, even if she didn’t always make the best choices. It was clear how much she loved her parents though, and she always tried to do the right thing, even when it was hard.

“She refused to believe all Benders were destined to be inevitably evil. If she could control herself, so could others.”



The storyline in this was good, and there were lots of surprises and twists. I did find the story a little hard to follow at points, but I think that was just me! There was plenty of action, and even a bit of gore at points, and I did feel sorry for Aia and Cole.

“The war has shown everyone the true nature of these Benders. They allow themselves to be hosts for demonic creatures. They are pure evil.”



There was a little bit of romance, but not a lot, and I’ll be interested to see where that goes in the future.

“He didn’t care what the Emperor said. He knew who Aia was. And he’d stand by her.”



The ending to this was good, and it will be interesting to find out what happens to Aia and Cole in the next instalment.
7.5 out of 10




Sunday, 3 May 2015

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

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

Blurb (from Goodreads):
The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.  With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


All the Rage(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.)

“His hands are everywhere and he’s a vicious weight on top of her that she can’t breathe against so she cries instead, and how do you get a girl to stop crying?
You cover her mouth.”




I have to say that this book is aptly named; because boy did I feel rage!



I felt so sorry and angry and frustrated for poor Romy in this story. Not only had she gone through one of the most terrible things that a woman could possibly experience, she then had to deal with her classmates calling her a liar and bullying her, and even the local police force calling her a liar and belittling her.

"He said my son raped your daughter."
"Of course, no one believes it."




The storyline in this really got me angry. At every turn it seemed like someone was doing or saying something unnecessarily cruel to poor Romy, and the way things were held against her, the way she was bullied, and the way she was generally treated like trash just really annoyed me. Rage was definitely what I was feeling, and life was just so unfair to Romy.
The murder mystery was almost a secondary storyline in this, but it was good, and it was right to have it there to keep the story interesting.

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There was a little bit of romance in this, but not a lot, and it wasn’t really necessary.

The ending to this was pretty good, and I really hope that Romy’s life will improve from here in.
7.5 out of 10


Saturday, 2 May 2015

Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Regan Flay has been talking about you. Regan Flay is on the cusp of achieving her control-freak mother's "plan" for high school success―cheerleading, student council, the Honor Society—until her life gets turned horribly, horribly upside down. Every bitchy text. Every bitchy email. Every lie, manipulation, and insult she's ever said have been printed out and taped to all the lockers in school.

Now Regan has gone from popular princess to total pariah. The only person who even speaks to her is her former best friend's hot but socially miscreant brother, Nolan Letner. Nolan thinks he knows what Regan's going through, but what nobody knows is that Regan isn't really Little Miss Perfect. In fact, she's barely holding it together under her mom's pressure. But the consequences of Regan's fall from grace are only just beginning. Once the chain reaction starts, no one will remain untouched...

 Especially Regan Flay.

Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Life Unaware(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“I had no idea that I was… destroying people.”



This was a really good story, about one girl and how her bullying ways backfired on her.

“It all started with a text.”



I liked Regan, although she really did say some nasty things about people at the start of the book. I did feel like she was only saying nasty things because she herself felt insecure, but that didn’t stop her words from hurting people.

“Regan Flay should just do the world a favour and kill herself.”



The storyline in this was pretty good, although I did feel really sorry for Regan and what she was going through. It seemed quite unfair that she was the only one singled out, when other people had been just as guilty as she was.

“Here’s what Regan Flay thinks about you.”



There was some romance, although I did find it awfully predictable. I guessed really early on who the love interest was going to be, even when Regan claimed to not like him.

“Welcome to the other side, Flay. You won’t last a week.”



The ending to this was okay, although it wasn’t my favourite part of the book. Everything seemed to end reasonably happy though.
7.5 out of 10.


Tricks (Take It Off #6) by Cambria Hebert


Blurb (from Goodreads):
Love can play tricks on your heart… After serving several years in the United States Marine Corps, Sergeant Tucker Patton decides to hang up his uniform and go to work at a private investigative firm owned by his buddy. His boxes are packed and he’s got one foot out the door when a phone call changes everything. Instead of going to North Carolina, he heads to New York City to literally step into the life of his twin brother, who died under suspicious circumstances. But pretending to be someone else isn’t easy. Especially when the person you’re supposed to be is wanted dead. Not only that, but he’s going from being blissfully single to living with his brother’s woman. An uptight, no-nonsense lawyer. Charlotte Rose Carter doesn’t have time for fun and games. She graduated with honors and made all the right moves fresh out of college to jumpstart her career as a successful young lawyer. She even snagged the most eligible bachelor in New York City’s corporate world. So what if her and Max’s relationship isn’t burning up the sheets? So what if their life doesn't read like a chapter from a sizzling romance novel? This is the real world, and in the real world that stuff is just fantasy. Until it isn’t. Suddenly, just the slightest touch or a single glance from Max has her heart doing somersaults. Suddenly, the lackluster relationship begins to spark, and Charlotte finds herself tied in a knot of desire. But she has no idea about the tricks being played right under her perky little nose.

Tricks by Cambria Hebert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Tricks (Take It Off, #6) “It’s never felt like this before,” she said, her voice a low whisper.
“Darlin’, you haven’t felt anything yet.”




Well, this was definitely my favourite book of the series, and it was actually worth reading the 5 previous books to get to this one!

I really liked Tucker in this book, I mean, he was just dreamy. I mean, my, oh, my, this boy was hot!

“I practically squirmed under his stare, not because I didn’t like it, but because I did.”



And Charlie wasn’t bad either, although I did find it a little odd how long it took her to tell the difference between her boyfriend and his twin brother.

“When did you get the tattoo?” she asked, her voice low and slightly off.

The storyline in this was okay, but it was the romance/sex scenes that made this book enjoyable. I found the storyline where Tucker stepped in and basically took over his brother’s life to be a little unbelievable, and I really wasn’t impressed that he then even took over his brother’s job? Really?

“We need you to step in where Maxwell left off. To assume the identity of your brother.”



Anyway, forget all that, because we actually got really good, steamy, hot, ‘I need to read this twice’, OMG sex scenes! Something that has really been lacking in the previous books in this series, but finally! Finally! Cambria got it right! And boy will I be reading those naughty chapters again!

“Everywhere he touched I felt the kiss of longing. The only thought in my head in that moment was, Don’t stop.”



So I’m going to ignore the unbelievable bits of the storyline, and give 4 stars to super-sexy Tucker, and those naughty little sex scenes. Yay!
8 out of 10