Monday, 22 December 2014

The Boyfriend App (App #1) by Katie Sise

The Boyfriend App (App, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Get the app. Get the guy.

Computer-whiz Audrey McCarthy feels most at home in a tech lab, surrounded by her fellow geeks. Once popular and fearless, she hasn't been the same since her dad died. And her ex-best friend, gorgeous queen bee Blake Dawkins, has turned into her worst nightmare. Audrey is counting the minutes until high school is over and she can get the hell out of Dodge and go to college-that is, if she can find a scholarship.

So when Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high schooler-with $200,000 in prize money-Audrey is spurred to action. She comes up with an idea so simple, yet so brilliant, she can't believe it hasn't been done: the Boyfriend App. With a simple touch of the screen, romance blooms among the unlikeliest couples in high school, and people start to take notice. But it's not quite enough.

To beat out the competition, Audrey will have to dig deeper. And she does-right into a scandal that would rock Public to its core. Suddenly the Boyfriend App lands Audrey where she never expected to be: in the middle of the limelight, passionately kissed by the hottest guys in school, causing complete and utter mayhem. But can it bring her true love?

The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Boyfriend App (App, #1)This was a good YA contemporary romance with some computer science thrown in.

I liked Audrey, even though her ideas were a little unethical at times. She did seem pretty clueless when a certain person was flirting with her as well.

The storyline in this book got better as it progressed, and the little twists really livened the story up, and kept things interesting. I did think that some of Audrey’s ideas were a little impractical though!
Audrey was pretty clueless when it came to romance really, so it was quite surprising that her app worked as well as it did! I did like how things turned out romantically though.

The ending to this was pretty good, and I’m interested to see where the story goes in book 2. I have to say that overall I was surprised by this book as I expected it to be aimed at younger readers which it wasn’t at all.
7 out of 10

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Starling (Starling #1) by Lesley Livingston

Starling (Starling, #1)
Mason Starling is a champion fencer on the Gosforth Academy team, but she's never had to fight for her life. Not until the night a ferocious, otherworldly storm rips through Manhattan, trapping Mason and her teammates inside the school. Mason is besieged by nightmarish creatures more terrifying than the thunder and lightning as the raging tempest also brings a dangerous stranger into her life: a young man who remembers nothing but his name—the Fennrys Wolf. His arrival tears Mason's world apart, even as she feels an undeniable connection to him. Together, they seek to unravel the secrets of Fenn's identity as strange and supernatural forces gather around them. When they discover Mason's family—with its dark allegiance to ancient Norse gods—is at the heart of the mystery, Fennrys and Mason are suddenly faced with a terrifying future.

Set against the gritty, shadowed back-drop of New York City, this first novel in award-winning author Lesley Livingston's epic Starling Saga is an intoxicating blend of sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.

  Starling by Lesley Livingston

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Starling (Starling, #1)There wasn’t anything horribly wrong with this book, it was just slow, and I found it pretty put-down-able.

Mason was an okay character, but I didn’t love her. She had a bit of a rough time of it with her dad and being attacked repeatedly, but I just didn’t love her.

The storyline in this had plenty of action, but I found it really put-down-able. I would read a couple of pages, then I’d find something else to do. It just didn’t engage me the way I wanted it to.
There was some romance, but it was a little odd how everybody seemed convinced that Mason liked Fennrys, even when she’d barely met him!

The ending to this was a bit of a cliff-hanger. I can’t say I’m desperate to pick up book 2 though.
5 out of 10

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Life As We Knew It (The Last Survivors #1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)This was an enjoyable story, but it felt long.

I liked the characters in this book, but they did make some poor decisions. Not wanting to conserve food? Not worrying about running out of water? Wanting to give blankets away? Not eating because God doesn’t want you to? Going swimming even though there are mosquito-borne illnesses going about? Not the smartest bunch really.

The storyline in this was okay, but it also had some dodgy moments. I’m not sure how big their car/van was, but the number of cart-fulls of stuff they put in it, not to mention themselves, and some candles and other stuff, it would have had to have been a freaking lorry to fit it all in! And the people’s expectations were ridiculously high too; even though they had no food, heat, or electricity, they expected the school to have it? Hmm.

The ending to this was okay, although it did seem a little unlikely that things were resolved the way they were.
6.5 out of 10

Friday, 19 December 2014

Girl Online (Girl Online #1) by Zoe Sugg,

Girl Online
Blurb (from Goodreads):
I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has - I can't believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! - and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes...

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family - and the panic attacks she's suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Girl OnlineThis was a good YA contemporary romance story, and I was pleased we got a happy ending!

I really liked Penny, she did have her dodgy moments, and she seriously said the wrong things at times, but I could empathise with her a little. I really felt for her when it came to her friend Megan – what an absolute b*tch she was!

The storyline in this was pretty good, although it was a little predictable at times. I liked it overall though, and towards the end I really didn’t want to put it down and go to bed! I got really sucked into Penny’s story, and I really wanted things to go right for her, even if it seemed against the odds.
The romance in this was pretty good, although I liked Noah a lot more than Ollie! I really didn’t see what Penny saw in him at all, and I was glad when she realised that he wasn’t who she thought he was.

The ending to this was definitely the best part of the book. I did worry that we were going to get left with a cliff-hanger, but thankfully we didn’t, and we instead got a happy ending! Yay! I Loved the little twists we got at the end, obviously Penny’s love for twisty endings is something Zoe likes too ;)
8 out of 10

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Sarah Negovetich and NetGalley.
Rite of Rejection
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.

A life behind barbed wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love.

But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.

 Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rite of Rejection(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Sarah Negovetich and NetGalley.)

This story started out okay, but I lost interest.

I didn’t really love any of the characters in this book; Rebecca was sweet but naïve, but the rest of them didn’t make me feel anything at all.

The storyline in this dragged a bit for me, and I began to lose interest. I didn’t initially understand the relevance of ‘the PIT’, or why people were really sent there, and I started to not really care either.
There was some romance, but I wasn’t really interested in it.

The ending was okay, but it just didn’t feel like anything had really been solved. Sure they had a plan, but it was half-baked, and I really didn’t see anything major coming from it!
6 out of 10

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Untouched (Florence, Arizona #1) by Lauren Hawkeye

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Untouched (Florence, Arizona #1)Blurb (from Goodreads):
Some secrets are best left locked away in the past….

Alexa Kendrick has no recollection of the car accident that left her scarred and sent her life careening wildly off course. When the half-sister she thought she’d never meet shows up at her door with an invitation to a new life, Alexa finds herself in Florence, Arizona, a town notorious for being populated with more prison inmates than actual citizens…a town that has done its best to hide its own dark secret.

After Ellie is called out of town, she leaves her sister with the keys to her flower shop and Alexa finds herself swapping lives with her sibling: running Ellie’s business, living in the house left to them both by their absentee father…and forging a smoldering relationship with sexy-as-sin penitentiary officer, Nate Fury—a man with his own demons.

But arranging flowers by day and tangling with the only man who has ever seen her real self by night isn’t enough to silence the mysterious panic that fuels Alexa’s dark dreams. When Nate brings home a book written by an inmate, one describing an unspeakable crime, the shackles binding Alexa’s own lost memories begin to shatter. And as the devastating truth comes to light, she realizes that Nate holds the key to unlocking her past, as well as her heart.

Untouched by Lauren Hawkeye

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Untouched (Florence, Arizona #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lauren Hawkeye, INscribe Digital, and NetGalley.)

I was looking forward to this book, but unfortunately I just couldn’t get into it.

Alexa was a girl who had obviously lost her spark a bit, what had happened to her was difficult for her to come to terms with, especially considering her memory loss.

The storyline in this revolved around Alexa discovering what had really happened to her, what her memories were that she had lost, and learning more about the girl who claimed to be her half-sister. This was all okay, but I just couldn’t get sucked into the story, and I just couldn’t stay focused at all.
There was some romance, and a couple of intimate scenes, but again, I just couldn’t get into it.

I was pleased with the way the mysteries were revealed at the end of the story, although we got a bit of a cheesy happily ever after.
6 out of 10

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Hit List by Nikki Urang

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Contemporary and NetGalley.
The Hit List
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.

When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dancer to have a partner, Sadie’s fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn’t know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.

Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual conquest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.

The girl worth the most points? Sadie.

The Hit List by Nikki Urang

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Hit List(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Contemporary and NetGalley.)

This was an okay contemporary dance story, but it didn’t hold my interest well.

Sadie was a girl who had issues, and you couldn’t really blame her considering what she’d been through. I did think she was maybe less introverted than I would have possibly been in the same situation though.

The storyline in this consisted of Sadie’s day-to-day activity during dance classes etc. with ‘Gossip Girl’ type online updates to the ‘Hit List’ game. I thought that Sadie took it quite well that her name was on the list really, and I did sort-of see where she was coming from when she was bothered that her name was taken off the list. While I personally wouldn’t want people thinking that I had slept with someone when I hadn’t, I also wouldn’t have wanted to see my name put back on the list! At least with your name crossed off you could be certain that potential suitors weren’t just in it for the points!

The ending to this was okay, and there was a little bit of a surprise over who was running the hit list. The romance was a little predictable though, and I didn’t really enjoy it.
Overall; okay contemporary dance story, but didn’t hold my attention well.
6 out of 10

Monday, 15 December 2014

Savior (Savior #1) by A. King Bradley

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author A. King Bradley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Once bullied to the brink of suicide, 16 year-old Adam Reaper discovers extraordinary powers within himself. As the ungovernable changes within unleash a burning hatred for all who once wronged him, Adam is faced with choosing between using his gifts to save the world from impending doom or to take vengeance against his enemies.

For a time, Monica, the love of Adam’s life, is able to keep the newfound darkness in his heart at bay, but tragedy strikes when Adam’s older brother, PJ, is murdered after insidious forces give rise to a formidable domestic terror cell known as The Strangers.

As he pursues his brother’s killers, Adam and his friends, Howie and Ace, find themselves thrust into an unthinkable conflict that could ultimately lead to the destruction of the world. As Adam storms farther away from Monica and deeper down the dark path of revenge, the edges of his own darkness begin to fade once again.

Daring, complex, and unforgettable, this unique take on the Hero’s Journey delivers a perfect blend of captivating action and suspense.

Savior by A. King Bradley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Savior(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author A. King Bradley.)

This wasn’t the sort of book I would typically read, but it was enjoyable.

I felt quite sorry for the main character Adam. He hadn’t had an easy life, he’d had to deal with hunger, bullying, and watching his father abuse his mother. As the book went on and people started dying on him, I felt even more sorry for him.

The storyline in this wasn’t quite the sort of thing I’d normally read. This felt a bit like a superhero story, crossed with a contemporary story, and I did find myself picking this up and putting it back down again a few times.

There were some surprises in this story, and there were also some bits that I found predictable. I was also really disappointed in Adam at points, and didn’t always understand the links between things. I think this was me rather than the book though, as the author did seem to take the time to explain things.

There was a little bit of romance, but not a lot. Adam’s relationship with Monica was quite nice though.

The ending had a bit of action, but we also got left with a bit of a cliff-hanger.
Overall; interesting superhero YA story,
6 out of 10

Sunday, 14 December 2014

The In Between by Olivia Pierce

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Full Fathom Five and NetGalley.
The In Between
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Tara Jenkins and Justin Westcroft used to be childhood BFFs. Now in high school, Justin’s a popular, all-star athlete, and Tara spends her days admiring him from afar. But when Tara saves Justin from nearly drowning in a freak accident, he’s unable to get her out of his mind. In no time at all, Tara and Justin fall deeply in love. And even though it’s only high school, they seem destined for a Happily Ever After.

Until tragedy strikes—and this time, Justin’s not so lucky. Tara passes through her days as a shell of her former self: Justin’s dead, but she can still feel his presence, and she can’t seem to let him go.

But there’s a reason for that, and it’s not just grief: Justin is In Between, and he’s still holding on.

They say that when someone saves you, you’re tied to them for life. But what about in the afterlife?

The In Between by Olivia Pierce

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The In Between(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Full Fathom Five and NetGalley.)

This was an okay story, but the pace was a little slow for me.

Tara and Justin were characters that didn’t really make a big impression on me. Tara was ‘nice’, but I didn’t really feel strongly about her, Justin wasn’t a typical jock, and again was ‘nice’, there wasn’t really anything outstanding about either character for me though, and I didn’t really feel involved in their story.

The storyline in this was basically about Justin dying, and his time in the ‘in-between’. I felt like I spent a big chunk of the book just waiting for Justin to die though (that sounds so horrible), and I didn’t feel sucked in by the romance the way I would have liked. I would have liked to have actually felt something other than relief when Justin eventually died, and I would have liked to have felt like I had some sort of desire for the couple to be reunited, which I didn’t.

The ending didn’t really work for me. I don’t want to drop spoilers, but I just didn’t really like it, and while it was happy, it wasn’t necessarily the most believable ending in my opinion.
Overall; slow paranormal romance,
6 out of 10

Saturday, 13 December 2014

My Lea (A Broken Love Story #1) by E. Mellyberry

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author E. Mellyberry.
My Lea (A Broken Love Story, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A simple girl.

A broken guy.

One horrible incident.

When Lea Amelia landed her feet in San Francisco for her overseas study, her idea of freedom was simple, like eating junk food ten times a day, sitting in front of the TV in her PJs, or going out late with her friends without the need to check in with her mother constantly.

Then she met Andrew Jaya, her brothers’ best friend. A twenty-two-year-old guy whose physical appearance looked like he was crafted straight from God’s heavenly hands, but possessed a past as bleak as if it was drawn by Evil himself. A conflicted guy who wore sadness like nobody’s business beneath his mask, a perfect-looking mask she slowly peeled away.

He was also the guy who hurt her.

Suddenly, everything about her was no longer simple.

Andrew Jaya had convinced himself that not feeling was good for him. He'd been doing it splendidly for almost his entire life. But that was before his best friend’s sister stepped into his life and ruined it. After weeks of knowing Lea, all of those warm and wonderful feelings he’d long ago denied to himself started to reappear. Problem was, the brighter the light, the bigger the shadows that came with it.

His traumatic past refused to let him go.

When the unthinkable happened, the easiest thing to do was to run. But life often proves that the easiest way is usually the hardest.

My Lea by E. Mellyberry

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

My Lea (A Broken Love Story, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author E. Mellyberry.)
18-year-old Lea has come to America to study at university, when she meets her brother’s friend Andrew. Andrew has secrets, a troubled past, and may have more troubles in his future.

I’m not sure how much sense this review will make, because I am really angry with the male lead in this book. Steaming angry.

Lea was a sweet girl, and put up with her mother’s moaning, and even wanted to help Andrew after everything that happened.
Andrew was obviously a bit messed up from the start of this book, but no matter how messed-up he was, it didn’t give him free reign to do what he did.

The storyline in this started out quite slowly, but then picked up in the second half. It was in this second half that the ‘incident’ from the blurb happened, and boy was I mad. I don’t want to drop any spoilers, but let’s just say that this event was not good, and definitely not recommended for people under the age of 18. The way Lea acted after this event was admirable, and I understood where she was coming from, but I just could not forgive Andrew for his part in the ‘incident’.

I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to drop spoilers, but I would like to say that the title of this series is very appropriate. This most definitely is a broken love story, with a lot of angst, and big questions over right and wrong, as well as some dodgy ethics. Don’t go into this expecting a normal romance, expect to read something a bit uncomfortable, that you won’t easily forget.
6.5 out of 10.