Monday, 22 September 2014

Made for You by Melissa Marr

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):
Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.


Made for You by Melissa Marr

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars


Made for You(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Eva is surprised when she wakes in hospital and is told that she has been involved in a hit-and-run. She’s even more shocked when it appears that the accident wasn’t an accident, but someone was actually trying to kill her!
Who tried to kill Eva? And why is it that whenever someone touches her now, she sees how they will die?


This was an interesting story, but the pace was a little slow in places.

I liked Eva, and I liked how she tried to help people when she knew they were in danger. She didn’t always do the mature or sensible thing though, and didn’t always draw logical conclusions, which was a little frustrating at times.

The storyline in this was okay, and the paranormal element was worked into the story quite well. The pace was a little slow though, and I wanted to know what was going on faster!
There was some romance, and Eva and Nate made a pretty cute couple. Eva’s reaction her ex-boyfriends news was certainly calm though!

The ending to this was okay, and I was glad that we got a bit of a happily ever after in the end.
Overall; okay murder/mystery story, but a little slow,
6.75 out of 10.


Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Hit (The Unknown Assassin #1) by Allen Zadoff

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The Hit
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die -- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target.

When his own parents died of not-so-natural causes at the age of eleven, Boy Nobody found himself under the control of The Program, a shadowy government organization that uses brainwashed kids as counter-espionage operatives. But somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the boy he once was, the boy who wants normal things (like a real home, his parents back), a boy who wants out. And he just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's next mission.


The Hit by Allen Zadoff

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars



The Hit(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.)

This book started out well, but after about 20% it just got worse and worse.

Boy nobody started out as quite an interesting spy-type character and he actually seemed pretty competent at his job, but unfortunately that all changed. After a point he totally came off his game, was unable to do as he was tasked, and basically turned in to a right wimp!

The storyline again started out well, but at the 20% mark it went rapidly downhill and I really lost interest. I didn’t get why Boy Nobody was suddenly off his game, why he couldn’t do what he was supposed to be doing, and why the story was going the way it was!
The romance in this was a little dodgy, and again, Boy Nobody really needed to get his head back in the game!

The ending to this wasn’t too bad, but I had really lost interest by that point.
5 out of 10.


Saturday, 20 September 2014

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

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The Good Girl
Blurb (from Goodreads):
“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the colour of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”
Mia Dennett can’t resist a one-night stand with the enigmatic stranger she meets in a bar. But going home with him will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.
Mia comes from a prominent society family and her mother will stop at nothing to find her, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter…



The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


The Good Girl(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and NetGalley.)

This was an okay story, and I didn’t guess the twists at the end.

I found this story a little weird, because it was told from three points of view, at two different times (before and after) and one of these points of view wasn’t the main character! Because of this, and because we were only learning about the main character by hearing what other people had to say about her, it was a little difficult to connect to her properly.

I did feel quite sorry for Mia, but I also felt her behaviour became a little strange towards the end of her ordeal, although I’m guessing that her behaviour could probably be explained as Stockholm syndrome.

The storyline in this was alright, although the slow pace began to irritate me after a while, and the middle of the story seemed to really drag.

The end was interesting, and it wasn’t how I expected the book to end, as there were a couple of twists that I really didn’t see coming!
Overall; okay mystery story,
6.5 out of 10.


Friday, 19 September 2014

My Control - Blog Tour and Giveaway

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My Control Synopsis: 

Mark's POV novella I have lost the man I once was, letting guilt and heartache define who I am. Darkness has controlled me, and one woman has seen what no one else has seen in me, what I do not wish to exist. My hunger for her has driven me to the edge of sanity, but no more. She's about to find out that the Master has returned.

My Control by Lisa Renee Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


My Control (Inside Out, #4.1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley.)

This was short, sexy, and filled with both emotion and intrigue! I really didn’t want it to end!

I have to say that I love reading about Mark and Crystal, they’re so right together, but she also pushes him out of his comfort zone, and forces him to feel things that he doesn’t want to feel. It is so good to see Mark not in control for once!

The storyline in this was good and led on from the previous two novellas about Mark and Crystal. It was really good to see more of these two, and to also see the effects of things we discovered in ‘No In Between’ on Mark and his relationship with Crystal. I got so into this book that I didn’t want it to end, and I can’t wait to find out what happens in ‘I belong to you’!
There were some sexy scenes in this, and as usual they were steamy, but I loved how the sex wasn’t the only thing about this book, there was mystery too.

I really enjoyed this, and I really can’t wait to read ‘I belong to you’ now!
8 out of 10




Lisa-Renee-Jones-Headshot-275Lisa Renee Jones Bio: 
 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today and USA Today lists. Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann. Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine. Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.
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The 100 (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan

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The 100 (The Hundred, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.


The 100 by Kass Morgan

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


The 100(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley.)

This was an enjoyable sci-fi story, and there were lots of individual stories going on within the main storyline.

I liked the characters in this, and it was interesting the way the story followed so many characters, and each characters individual problems all fitted into the main storyline. Each character had their own problems and agenda’s though, and it was clear how things could become difficult when all these agenda’s didn’t mesh!

The storyline itself took place over quite a short period of time, so it felt like we got lots of beginnings of individual storylines, but not a lot else. If I had one complaint I think that would be it!

There were a couple of romances going on, which were fairly interesting, but the story seemed to end too quickly, and I want to know what happens next!
Overall; good sci-fi story,
7 out of 10.


Thursday, 18 September 2014

The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery

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.
The 100 Society
Blurb (From Goodreads):
For sixth-form student Grace Becker, The 100 Society is more than just a game; it's an obsession. Having convinced her five friends at Clifton Academy to see it through to the end, Grace will stop at nothing to carry out the rules of the game: tagging 100 locations around the city. With each step closer to the 100-mark they get, the higher the stakes become. But when the group catches the attention of a menacing stalker - the Reaper - he seems intent on exposing their illegal game, tormenting Grace with anonymous threats and branding their dormitory doors with his ominous tag.

As the once tight-knit group slowly unravels, torn apart by doubt and the death of a student, they no longer know who to trust.

With time running out, Grace must unmask the Reaper before he destroys everything she cares about for ever...


The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars



The 100 Society(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.)
17-year-old Grace is trying to spray paint a ‘tag’ on 100 locations across the city, all with the hope of becoming notorious, and getting her art recognised.
When it seems that someone is undoing her work though, and people start dying, she knows that this is one stunt that has gone too far.
Who is targeting Grace’s classmates? And can she stop them before it’s too late?


I nearly didn’t read this, but I am so glad I did because it was actually pretty good!

I really liked Grace, I liked her spunk, and I liked how much she loved her friends, as well as her drive to be brilliant. I felt quite sorry for her when things started going wrong though, as she was really unprepared to be targeted the way she was.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and although it started out a little slowly, it got better. There were some pretty creepy moments, and it was really hard to guess who the bad guy was! I suspected one person, then another, but I never guessed at who the culprit really was!

There was some romance, but it was a side-story; I did like the it at the end though, even if the love-triangle was a little irritating at one point.

The ending to this was good! We got a bit of action, and again – I did not guess who the killer was at all!
Overall; good YA mystery/horror story,
7 out of 10.


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Get Even (Don't Get Mad #1) by Gretchen McNeil

Sponsored Post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Get Even
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process. 

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.


Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars


Get Even(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

I wasn’t sure about this book from the start, and as I got further into it I really lost interest.

I didn’t really like any of the characters in this book. They all annoyed me at some point, and the way they thought so highly of themselves was a joke. Everything they did was a ‘mission’ and they even had headsets to talk to each other with! It’s like they thought they were in mission impossible, and it just wasn’t entertaining.

The storyline just bored me. I didn’t really like the spy stuff, and other things were unbelievable. I just didn’t buy that the headmaster would give them a period off from school to help solve a murder, and asking someone to look at a photograph and work out who took it? I’m not happy about that either.
Another thing that let this book down was the pace. It dragged, and dragged, and there was so much stuff in there that didn’t move the story along and wasn’t really necessary.
There was a touch of romance, but it didn’t interest me at all.

The ending also drove me nuts. After forcing myself to get to the end so that I could find out who the murderer was – we weren’t told! Instead we got left with a cliff-hanger ending, and not even an inkling of who the killer was! Talk about a Pretty Little Liars ending! So not impressed with that! I really don’t want to have read another 400 pages of this poop to find out!
Overall; not impressed,
4.5 out of 10.


Landry Park (Landry Park #1) by Bethany Hagen


Landry Park (Landry Park, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Downton Abbey meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won't allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty - her family and the estate she loves dearly - and desire.


Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Landry Park (Landry Park, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)

This was a different kind of dystopian story, with some interesting science thrown in.

Madeline was an interesting character, and I did feel for her with her insistence that she wanted to go to university rather than to get married. It was an awful situation for her to be in, and her father’s insistence that he would force her to do as she was told and produce an heir was pretty bad.

The storyline in this was quite interesting, with issues about nuclear power and caste systems. I felt sorry for the rootless, but I also felt like the world-building wasn’t very well explained, so I wasn’t sure what the heck these castes were about or why they were formed until the end of the book!

There was some romance, but I wasn’t overly interested. We ended up with a love triangle, and one of the boys just seemed to be a bit of a flirt, and not really invested in having a relationship. It did get to the point where it seemed a bit silly that Madeline didn’t just tell him to make a choice or leave her alone, because he seemed to be with someone else, whilst Madeline still seemed to be holding out for him, which annoyed me a bit.

The ending to this was quite interesting, and there were a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming. Things didn’t end quite how I expected them to, but I was satisfied with the way things ended.
Overall; interesting dystopian story, with some science thrown in,
6.75 out of 10.


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Blackbird (Blackbird Duology #1) by Anna Carey

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blackbird
Blurb (from Goodreads):
This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.



Blackbird by Anna Carey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Blackbird(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
A teenage girl wakes up paralysed on a railway track with no idea what her name is, or how she came to be there. She finds a note in her back that says to call a number for information, and when she bumps into a boy in the process of making this call, she uses the alias ‘Sunny’.
Who is ‘Sunny’ really? How did she end up on the train track? And why can’t she remember anything of her life before?


This book wasn’t what I expected, and the lack of answers grew tiresome.

‘Sunny’ was an okay character, but I didn’t love her. I felt a bit sorry for her, but the writing and her jumpy way of thinking bothered me. I think this was probably more the writing than anything, how many sentences can start with the word ‘you’ before you get irritated with it?
You don’t hear the kids laughing.
You raise your head.
You can sense this.
You only have one choice.
You lie back.
You stare into the train’s dark underbelly.
You are still lying there.
Your voice surprises you.
You can’t look.
You are watching the bottom.
You’re able to sit up.
You glance down at your outfit.
You’re wearing new jeans and shoes.
You push yourself to sit.
You pull your bag closer.
You don’t have any.
You search your mind.
You stand.
You’re still dizzy,
You push through the turnstile,
You give the intersection a quick glance
You just need some time to think.
You need to call the number,
You turn,
You hold the straps of the knapsack.

Had enough yet? I hope not, because that is only chapter 1!

The storyline in this was a little odd. ‘Sunny’ has no idea what her name is, where she has come from, what is happening to her, or anything really, and neither does the reader. I mean I can put up with that for a certain length of time, but I didn’t feel like I really discovered anything until the 90% mark, which for me was just too late. I got to the point where I wanted this book to just be over because I was sick of the writing, and sick of the lack of answers.
There was some romance, but I wasn’t really feeling it. It felt rushed, and I just couldn’t get into it.

The ending was okay, and we did get a little smidgen of information right at the end. There was one twist that I didn’t see coming, but we were then left with a massive cliff-hanger.
I’d have to say that after reading and liking this author’s other series, this was a big disappointment.
Overall; quirky writing, and a lack of answers,
6 out of 10.


Book Blitz - Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry


Release Date: 05/27/14
Harlequin Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

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Excerpt from West’s Point of View
(This excerpt, for me, is the heart of the book.)
I’m used to people talking, saying words aloud to prove they know more than me, that they’re better than me. But they’re just words. Syllables strung together between breaths to fill uncomfortable silences.
Meaningless words.
Haley, on the other hand, speaks volumes with a touch. The way her hand clutches mine, it rips out my heart and tosses it onto a platter.
This moment, it’s too raw. It’s too real. And the instinct is to snatch my hand back and slam the door shut on the sharing, but the other part of me—the part that feels as if my remaining sanity is a gift on the verge of being returned—it clings to her.
I knot my fingers with Haley’s and turn my head so I’m focusing out the driver’s side window—away from her. If I look at Haley, I’m terrified of what I might say, what I might feel. And fuck me, I’ve already said too much.
If she understands this, being without a home, will she understand the rejection? Will she understand the devastation that everything you have ever loved doesn’t love you in return? And because I can’t face those fears, I’m unable to face Haley.
She squeezes once and it’s like her voice caresses my mind: I’m here. I get it.
I squeeze back.
Seconds pass into moments. Moments into minutes. No words. No meaningless conversation. No eye contact. Just our hands combined.
My throat swells. Haley’s the only string holding me together.