Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Perfection (Perfection #1) by J.L. Spelbring

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.
Perfection
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The personification of Aryan purity, Ellyssa's spent her whole life under her creator's strict training and guidance; her purpose is to eradicate inferior beings. She was genetically engineered to be the perfect soldier: strong, intelligent, unemotional, and telepathic.
Only Ellyssa isn't perfect.
Ellyssa feels emotions--a fact she's spent her life concealing. Until she encounters the epitome of inferiority: a dark-haired boy raised among renegades hiding since the Nazis won the war a century ago. He speaks to her telepathically, pushing thoughts into her mind, despite the impossibility of such a substandard person having psychic abilities.
But he does.
His unspoken words and visions of a place she's never visited make Ellyssa question her creator. Confused and afraid her secret will be discovered, Ellyssa runs away, embarking on a journey where she discovers there is more to her than perfection.


Perfection by J.L. Spelbring

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Perfection(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.)

I tried really hard to like this book, but I just couldn’t get into it.

Ellyssa was an okay character, but I just couldn’t connect with her properly. I felt sorry for her at points, but I just got a bit bored.

The storyline in this could have been good, but the pace just ruined it. I felt like this book was more like 500 pages than 300, and the pace was just so slow. There was so much going on in there that didn’t need to be there, and it just made the story drag! I tried really hard to get into this, but it just dragged and dragged and dragged, and I got to the point where I didn’t really care what happened next, I just wanted it to end!

I did struggle through this to the end, even though it got to the point where it wasn’t even making sense any more I was so uninterested. Needless to say, I really don’t want to read the sequel.
Overall; too slow, and too long,
4 out of 10.


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Blue (Blue #1) by Lisa Glass

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Quercus and Edelweiss.
Blue (Blue #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Surfing is sixteen-year-old Iris’s world, and when the ultra-talented Zeke walks into her life, it soon becomes her passion.

Over one amazing summer, as she is drawn into his sphere, she experiences love, new friendships, but also loss, with an intensity she never dreamed of.

But is Zeke all he seems? What hides beneath his glamorous and mysterious past? When Iris decides to try for her own surfing success, just as her ex-boyfriend comes back into her life, she will test her talent, and her feelings for Zeke, to the limit…


Blue by Lisa Glass

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Blue (Blue #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Quercus and Edelweiss.)

This was an okay story, but it just didn’t really grab me.

Iris and Zeke were okay characters, but I didn’t really love them. I did laugh at the double entendres that Iris kept accidentally saying, but I just didn’t connect well with either of them.

The storyline in this was again okay, but it just didn’t grab me. I kept reading but I just couldn’t get into the story. I don’t think there was anything particularly wrong with the story, I just couldn’t get into it, and the romance didn’t interest me. The surfing thing couldn’t even grab me, and I was basically just glad to get to the end.
Overall; okay surfing story, but not for me,
6 out of 10.


Release Day Launch - No In Between by Lisa Renee Jones



The fourth in the Inside Out erotic romance series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, this steamy novel resolves Chris and Sarah's relationship and leads into Mark's story.



"Chris and I have faced our demons and bared our souls to one another in Paris. Now that we are back home in San Francisco, I want to believe that nothing can tear us apart. Not Ava’s accusations against me to the police, or Chris's fear that he will destroy me as he feels he did Amber. And not Mark, who was once too intimately a part of our lives, and who I can see crumbling inside out. He believes he is invincible, just as I want to believe Chris and I are invincible. We have to be invincible. We need each other too much for any other ending."

Lisa 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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Monday, 18 August 2014

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson


Since You've Been Gone
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just...disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night?
Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn?
Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger?
Um...

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she'll find?

Go skinny-dipping?
Wait...what?


Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

My rating: 3.12 of 5 stars


Since You've Been Gone(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This was an okay story, but it felt really long.

Emily was an okay character, and I did feel a bit sorry for her that her only friend had disappeared. She did seem to do quite well to find new friends all things considered, but she seemed a bit clueless when it came to Frank.

The storyline in this had promise, but it was just too long. The story was dragged out for so long, and there was so much stuff in there that didn’t move the story along that I got bored. I wanted her to complete the list, get with Frank, and find out what happened to Sloane, but I wanted it to happen quicker!
There wasn’t much romance in this, although it was obvious to me that Frank liked her as more than a friend. Emily didn’t seem to notice at all though, which was slightly puzzling.
The end to this was okay, and I was glad with the way things turned out, it just seemed to take a long while to get there though.
6.25 out of 10


Sunday, 17 August 2014

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi


My Life After Now
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Lucy just had the worst week ever. Seriously, mega bad. And suddenly, it's all too much—she wants out. Out of her house, out of her head, out of her life. She wants to be a whole new Lucy. So she does something the old Lucy would never dream of.

And now her life will never be the same. Now, how will she be able to have a boyfriend? What will she tell her friends? How will she face her family?

Now her life is completely different...every moment is a gift. Because now she might not have many moments left.


My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars



My Life After Now(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This was an okay story about a difficult subject.

Lucy was an okay character, although I was pretty shocked at the massive mistake she made. That being said, she’s not the only person to ever lose herself in a moment and regret it later, this was just a humongously major complication to be left with.

The storyline in this was okay, and I felt Lucy’s panic and fear. It was such a horrible thing to happen to her, and it was almost unbelievable at first. You just don’t expect that to happen to a perfectly normal 17-year-old girl, which kind-of proves that it can happen to anyone.
I can’t say I really liked the romance aspect of the book, and I didn’t really like some of the choices Lucy made after what happened.
The ending to this was okay, although certain aspects were predictable. This was an enjoyable (if uncomfortable in places) story overall.
7 out of 10.


No In Between (Inside Out #4) by Lisa Renee Jones

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Lisa Renee Jones, and Emily McGee.
No In Between (Inside Out #4)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The fourth in the Inside Out erotic romance series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, this steamy novel resolves Chris and Sarah's relationship and leads into Mark's story.

"Chris and I have faced our demons and bared our souls to one another in Paris. Now that we are back home in San Francisco, I want to believe that nothing can tear us apart. Not Ava’s accusations against me to the police, or Chris's fear that he will destroy me as he feels he did Amber. And not Mark, who was once too intimately a part of our lives, and who I can see crumbling inside out. He believes he is invincible, just as I want to believe Chris and I are invincible. We have to be invincible. We need each other too much for any other ending."



No In Between by Lisa Renee Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


No In Between (Inside Out #4)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Lisa Renee Jones, and Emily McGee.)

This is book 4 in the 'Inside Out' series.

This was a story full of intrigue and suspense, and I can't wait for the final book in the series!

Sara learned how to lean on Chris a bit more in this book, and it was nice to see that she had such solid support. I did feel really sorry for poor Mark though, as he seemed to be having a really rough time of it.

I liked the storyline, and I liked the suspense! It was good to find out more about what happened to Rebecca, and good to find out the roles certain people played in her disappearance.

The romance was good, and we got a few steamy love scenes with some BDSM thrown in there too. It was nice the way that Chris and Sara's relationship developed too.

The ending was good, and I can't wait now to get my hands on the final book, and get some real closure!
Overall; steamy sex and plenty of intrigue,
7.5 out of 10.


Saturday, 16 August 2014

Friend is a Four Letter Word by Steph Campbell


Friend is a Four Letter Word
Blurb (from Goodreads):
They both have secrets...But whose past will catch up to them first?

Shayna Gillan is on a mission: start fresh in a new state without the small town gossip that has haunted her since her bad girl days of high school.

Carter MacPherson has long been the most together member of his crazy family—until now. With a secret threatening to crumble everything he's worked for, he wishes he could forget the recent past, too.

The last thing Shayna and Carter are looking for is a relationship. It's best to be alone while they sort out their issues.

Friends. That's all they can ever be.

But even the best laid plans always have a flaw, and once Shayna and Carter cross the line between friendship and more, there's no turning back...

The only question left is—whose past will catch up to them first?


Friend is a Four Letter Word by Steph Campbell

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Friend is a Four Letter WordThis was an enjoyable story, but I felt like it ended a little abruptly.
I liked both Shayna and Carter in this book; they both had their issues and they had both made bad decisions. I liked the way they changed, even if it was a difficult process, but it was clear that they needed each other.
It was also nice to catch up with Quinn and Ben again, although I once again thought that Quinn was a totally different person to who she was in ‘Grounding Quinn’.

The storyline in this was enjoyable, and I liked the romance. I liked how Shayna and Carter came together, and I even stayed up late reading this because I didn’t want to put it down!
The end to this wasn’t quite what I expected though, and I just felt like the end came really suddenly. Whether this was in part due to the fact that the ebook ended at the 84% mark I don’t know, but I just felt like we hadn’t really had all of the story, and there were questions left unanswered for me, which was disappointing.
Overall; enjoyable story, but the ending left me hanging,
7 out of 10.


Friday, 15 August 2014

One Moment by Kristina McBride

One Moment
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Following on the heels of her "must read" debut novel (New York Times best-selling author Jay Asher) One Moment is perfect for fans of Sara Zarr and Gayle Forman .

This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party. She remembers climbing the trail with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below–dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

The latest novel from the author of The Tension of Opposites, One Moment is a mysterious, searing look at how an instant can change everything you believe about the world around you.



One Moment by Kristina McBride

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


One Moment(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This was an okay story, but it was quite predictable.

Maggie was an okay character, although she did come off a little needy and weak when she couldn’t remember what had happened on the cliff. To be honest I didn’t really feel much sympathy for her, even when what had been going on was revealed, she just seemed a bit clueless, and easily led.

The storyline in this started off by giving me de-ja-vu, the beginning of this book was so much like another book that I read that it wasn’t funny. Then as the story progressed I just wanted to find out exactly what had happened and get the book over with. I thought the whole romance part of the storyline, which tied in with the mystery to be quite predictable, and I would have been surprised that Maggie hadn’t already figured it out had she not been quite so clueless.
The romance that then developed at the end was again pretty predictable, and once again showed Maggie to be pretty easily led.

The ending to this was a bit of a relief. I was pleased that the mystery element had been solved, but I didn’t really enjoy the rest of the book all that much.
Overall; okay, but predictable, and I didn’t really like the main character.
6 out of 10.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Blackout (Newsflesh #3) by Mira Grant


Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Rise up while you can. -Georgia Mason

The year was 2014. The year we cured cancer. The year we cured the common cold. And the year the dead started to walk. The year of the Rising.

The year was 2039. The world didn't end when the zombies came, it just got worse. Georgia and Shaun Mason set out on the biggest story of their generation. They uncovered the biggest conspiracy since the Rising and realized that to tell the truth, sacrifices have to be made.

Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies-and if there's one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it's this:

Things can always get worse.

Blackout is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that began in the Hugo-nominated Feed and the sequel, Deadline.


Blackout by Mira Grant

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This book once again had too much information, and in a new development, had some really unbelievable bits in there too.

I was glad in some ways that we got Georgia back. I was so sick of Shaun talking to her in his head, and I liked her better than Shaun anyway. Unfortunately though, the manner in which we got her back had so many holes it was ridiculous. How she had her memories just made no sense whatsoever, which was a bit annoying.

The storyline in this was more news, more news, more stupid risks, more travelling, more being in captivity or being in trouble or being zombie food, and with this being the third ridiculously long book in this series, I’ve had enough. I have to say that I am really pleased to have finished this series, and if I hadn’t already read a book by this author and liked it, I wouldn’t be picking up another of her books again.
Overall; it’s over!
6 out of 10.


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Deadline (Newsflesh #2) by Mira Grant


Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has.

But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.

Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.


Deadline by Mira Grant

My rating: 3.12 of 5 stars


Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This was an okay story, but it was very much like the first.

Shaun was irritating in this book again, he wasn’t quite so into poking zombies, but he was being reckless. At times it seemed like he was purposefully putting himself in danger so that he too would die. The talking to a certain deceased person was also pretty weird to.

The storyline in this was okay, but again there were tonnes of information, and the whole thing was very news heavy. I did find that we got some interesting bits towards the end, but not that much unfortunately.
There was romance in this one, which was pretty unexpected, and I didn’t really like it.

The ending left us with a big cliff-hanger, but while the way the story ended was supposed to be unexpected, I predicted what would happen quite early on, so it wasn’t really unexpected for me.
Overall; okay story, but still too much info,
6.25 out of 10.