Friday, 24 February 2017

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Long May She Reign
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Long May She Reign “I couldn’t be queen. I couldn’t. So many people would have to die for me to inherit the throne, and they couldn’t be gone.”

This was a YA fantasy story featuring a girl who was never meant to be queen.

Freya was an okay character, and I liked how she used her strengths to her best advantage, even when it didn’t seem obvious how she could possibly do that.

The storyline in this was about the King and his court all being killed by poison, and Freya who was twenty-third in line to the throne suddenly becoming queen. We then had a bit of mystery over who had killed everybody, and Freya had a lot of issues with knowing how to be queen and knowing how to rule a kingdom. We did get a little touch of romance, but not a lot, and although the pace was a little slow, the story was enjoyable.

The ending to this was quite action-packed, and probably the best part of the book for me.

6.5 out of 10

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Cashmere (Velvet Trilogy #2) by Temple West

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Cashmere (Velvet, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
This high-stakes sequel to Velvet proves that when you’re the only human caught in a paranormal war, high school can get a little tricky. With Adrian’s brother trapped in hell, the Praetorian Guard has made Stony Creek their base-of-operations, but Caitlin has a bad feeling they’re more interested in her than in finding Lucian. Caught in a sea of conspiracies and lies, Caitlin and Adrian perform a risky magical procedure in an attempt to protect Caitlin from compulsion.

Relieved that her nightmares have ended, Caitlin is disturbed to find that something even stranger has taken their place.

Determined to get on with her life, even amid a crazy paranormal manhunt, she applies for a competitive summer fashion internship in New York. Searching desperately for answers about what Caitlin might be, how Adrian’s father is involved, and where Lucian has been kidnapped to, Caitlin and Adrian must rely on each other to survive. But when the truth finally comes to light, the consequences are unimaginable.

And the question still haunts them both: even if they survive, how will they deal with the fact that Adrian is immortal and Caitlin is not?

Cashmere by Temple West

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cashmere (Velvet, #2)This was a YA paranormal romance story featuring vampires.

Caitlin was an okay character in this, although it was a shame that she and Adrian had to spend so much of the book apart from each other. She seemed to be really passionate about her fashion designing though, and put a lot of effort into that part of her life.

The storyline in this was about Caitlin going to New York on a fashion internship, and taking a couple of vampire body guards with her. We got lots of information about the internship, Adrian and Caitlin were not allowed to see each other, and Lucien remained missing unfortunately. The pace in this was very slow though, and the fashion stuff seemed to overshadow the vampire stuff quite a bit.

The ending to this was the most action-packed part of the story, although I did get a bit confused as to how Caitlin did what she did.

6 out of 10

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

What's a Soulmate? by Lindsey Ouimet

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free. Thanks to Evernight Teen Publishing and NetGalley.
What's a Soulmate?
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Libby Carmichael has just met her Soulmate. It’s just too bad he’s behind bars.

When you only see the world in black and white until you meet yours, it's pretty simple to figure out when you’ve found your Soulmate. What Libby can't figure out is why fate/destiny/the powers-that-be have decided that Andrew McCormack is her one, true match. Libby is smart, organized, and always has a plan for what's coming next. So when she sees Andrew for the first time and her world is instantly filled with color, she's thrown for a loop.

Namely because he's in a dingy grey jumpsuit.

And handcuffs.

And being booked into a juvenile detention facility.

Surely a boy who's been convicted of a headline-making, violent crime isn't the person she’s meant to be with. There's no way she belongs with someone like that... Right?

What's a Soulmate? by Lindsey Ouimet

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What's a Soulmate?This was a YA paranormal/fantasy romance story, about a world where everything was black and white until you met your soulmate.

Libby was an okay character, although I expected her to tell her parents what had happened a lot sooner than she did.

The storyline in this was about Libby finding her soulmate just as he was being arrested for attacking a police officer. She then tried to work out what had really happened, and started visiting Drew in jail to try and work out a way to get him off the charges against him. The story seemed quite dull for me though, as it seemed that not a lot was really happening, and the slow pace really put me off.

The ending to this was okay, and things did end happily enough. This book just didn’t wow me though, and I felt like more could have been made of the storyline than really was.

6 out of 10

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

Sponsored post: I viewed an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Ronit & Jamil
Blurb (from Goodreads):
This beautiful and lyrical novel in verse delivers a fresh and captivating retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that transports the star-crossed lovers to the modern-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza.

Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the barrier fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict—much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred. Ronit and Jamil fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can be kept secret for only so long. Soon, the teenage lovers must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both.

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ronit & Jamil “so I know
she thinks of me
as a man
who would lift her skirt
and love her,
not the foolish boy
my Abi
thinks I am.”

This was a YA contemporary retelling of Romeo and Juliet.

Ronit and Jamil were both okay characters, but at times it was really hard to know whose viewpoint I was reading from, as the chapters weren’t labelled with the character’s names.

The storyline in this was about Ronit and Jamil meeting once and having feelings for one another. They then found ways to meet in secret and began a romance. I did find the lack of the character’s names at the start of each chapter irritating though, and I lost interest as the story went on.

The ending to this was okay, and a non-traditional ending for a Romeo and Juliet story. I was pleased to be finished though.

6 out of 10

Monday, 20 February 2017

The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2) by Brittany Cavallaro

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The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie and Charlotte are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers.

So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2) “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”
“That’ll be written on a few tombstones before this is over,”

This was a YA mystery story featuring a missing uncle and some art forgeries.

Watson (Jamie) and Holmes (Charlotte) were okay characters. Charlotte did come across as slightly crazy at times though, and also seemed to have problems expressing her feelings.

The storyline in this was about a missing uncle and some art forgeries, and we also had Charlotte’s mother being poisoned. I did get a little lost as the story went along though, and was quite confused by the end. I think I may have to re-read this one at some point to see if it makes more sense the second time around.

6 out of 10

Sunday, 19 February 2017

There's Something About Nik by Sara Hantz

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.
There's Something About Nik
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Nik Gustafsson has a secret: He’s not really Nik Gustafsson.

He’s not a spy. He’s not crazy.

He’s just the son and heir to one of the most important families in Europe—one where duty always comes first. And his posh, too-public life is suffocating him. So when he gets the chance to attend boarding school in America, pretending to be an average exchange student is too big of a temptation to pass up.

Then he literally runs into Amber on campus. And she hates him at first sight.

It’s kind of exhilarating to be hated for who he is, not for his family name or his wealth. Maybe if he turns up the charm and turns down the aloof mask he habitually wears, he can win her over. Even though a bad past experience has made her swear off dating this year.

But the more he gets to know her, the more uncomfortable he is keeping things from her.

Because Nik Gustafsson has a secret. And it’s a big one.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a hot boy who's the strong and silent type, a studious girl who refuses to believe in fairy-tale romance, and one epic secret that could be disastrous if it comes to light.

There's Something About Nik by Sara Hantz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There's Something About Nik “Hey. I’m teasing,” Amber interrupted. “Don’t they tease where you’re from?”

This was a YA contemporary romance featuring an undercover prince.

The characters in this were a bit irritating to be honest. Amber constantly criticised Nik and teased him for his mannerisms, which wasn’t very nice, especially when he was from another country and couldn’t help that his life was different to hers.

The storyline in this was about Amber and Nik spending time together after meeting through their friends, and I didn’t really get the attraction between them at all. In fact, one moment Amber was criticising him and the next they were kissing, which seemed to come out of nowhere!

The ending to this was a happily ever after, but I didn’t really buy it. Things seemed to just come together quite unrealistically, and I just found it a little unbelievable.

6 out of 10

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas (Creative HeArts #6) by Emily McKay

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.
Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas (Creative HeArts, #6; Willa and Finn, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Falling in love with the best man wasn’t on the program.

Willa is happy to be the maid of honor in her dad’s upcoming wedding to uber-celeb Mia McCain. Not as happy about the best man being her soon-to-be stepbrother, the infuriating—and infuriatingly gorgeous—Finn McCain. Every time their paths cross, the attraction simmering between them grows a little harder to ignore. Willa knows all about guys like Finn—they only want what they can’t have. What’s between them isn’t real.

Finn has never felt anything more real than what’s developing between him and Willa. Sure, her dad warned him to steer clear, but it’s not just about forbidden temptation. He’s determined to prove to Willa he’s not going anywhere—and that happily-ever-after will always be worth the risk.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a wedding so crazy it’ll make you laugh, a stepbrother so hot he’ll make you swoon, and a heroine so real she’ll make you cry.

Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas by Emily McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas (Creative HeArts, #6; Willa and Finn, #2) “Of all the girls in Austin, why did he want the one he could never have?”

This was a YA contemporary romance featuring the Willa and Finn from How Willa Got Her Groove Back.

I liked Willa and Finn in this book and it was nice to see how tortured Finn was over Willa, and how in denial Willa was!

The storyline in this book was about Willa and Finn trying to hide their feelings from one another, and concentrate on their parents wedding instead. We got a slow burning and very forbidden romance though, and Finn and Willa were really sweet together. I also loved the tension of the ‘will-they-won’t-they’ storyline.

The ending to this was pretty good, and I was pleased with the way things worked out.

7.5 out of 10

Summer Unplugged (Summer Unplugged #1) by Amy Sparling

Summer Unplugged (Summer Unplugged, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Bayleigh is addicted to her cell phone and her mom has had enough. After catching her sending a less than lady-like photo to a boy who barely knows her, Bayleigh's mom sends her away to her grandparent's house for the summer--sans cell phone, laptop and Ipod. Bayleigh thinks the summer will be torture without social media...that is until she meets the boy next door.

Summer Unplugged by Amy Sparling

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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This was a YA contemporary romance novella.

Bayleigh came across as quite immature and selfish in this book, and she constantly moaned about her sort-of boyfriend - Ian, and about her mobile phone being taken away from her, and didn’t seem to really care all that much about anyone else at all.

The storyline in this was about Bayleigh being sent to stay with her grandparents for the summer after behaving badly, and basically finding some other boy to fixate on instead. It was a little predictable in places, but it wasn’t a bad story, and the new guy, Jace, seemed fairly sweet.

The ending to this was fairly happy, but I am interested to see what happens in the rest of the series.

6 out of 10

Friday, 17 February 2017

A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
A Season of Daring Greatly
Blurb (from Goodreads):
When eighteen-year-old Jill Cafferty makes history as the first woman to be signed by a major league team, she goes head-to-head against coaches, players, and fans who are determined to keep baseball an all-male sport. The first step? Proving she’s talented enough to be there. An engrossing story about defying conventions and living up to impossible expectations, for fans of John Corey Whaley and Catherine Gilbert Murdock.

Jill Cafferty just made history as the first woman signed by an MLB team, joining the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate only days after high school graduation. Despite the reassurances of coaches and managers alike, not everyone is happy to have her there. A few of her teammates are giving her trouble, making crude jokes and claiming there’s no way she can play at this level. The media presence following Jill at each of her games adds to her own misgivings about choosing pro baseball over a normal college experience. And to top it all off, Jill is struggling with the responsibilities of being a national hero and a role model for young women everywhere. How can she be a role model when she’s not even sure she made the right choice for herself? Featuring a strong female character trying to mark out a place for herself in a male-dominated world, this literary and accessible book is a great choice for fans of John Corey Whaley and Catherine Gilbert Murdock.

A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A Season of Daring GreatlyThis was a YA contemporary story about a girl playing for a major-league baseball team.

Jill was an okay character, and she seemed to take things in her stride pretty well. She also didn’t let fame get to her, and came across as generally a nice person.

The storyline in this was about Jill becoming the first woman to play major-league baseball, and all the pressures and problems that came along with it. I did find a lot of the baseball terms a bit confusing though (I have never even watched a baseball game before), and I did lose interest in the story once it became apparent that the whole book was about baseball and very little else.

The ending to this was okay, and it was good that Jill was able to prove her worth.

6 out of 10

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Release (The Prey #3) by Tom Isbell

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Release (The Prey #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Who will survive? In the thrilling conclusion to the gripping YA postapocalyptic trilogy that began with The Prey, Book and Hope must risk everything—including their lives—in order to defeat the enemies who deem them “Less Thans” in the Republic of the True America.

This heart-pounding, fast-paced survival adventure is perfect for fans of The Maze Runner.

I knew it couldn’t have been as idyllic as it looked on the page, but a part of me ached for a return to that life, where everyone was a part of the whole and there weren’t men on ATVs hunting down the weak and different. A return to a world without Less Thans.

Two months have passed since Book, Cat, Hope, and the others rescued the remaining Less Thans, but no one is safe yet. The group must leave Liberty for good and escape the wolves, the Brown Shirts, and the Hunters. Most important, they need to stop Chancellor Maddox before she executes her Final Solution and grows even more powerful.

While the others are seeking freedom, for Hope the battle has become personal. She wants revenge, no matter what the cost.

Tom Isbell’s suspenseful postapocalyptic series comes to a thrilling conclusion as the group must risk everything in order to defeat their enemies.

The Release by Tom Isbell

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

The Release (The Prey #3) “Any final words of advice?” Book asks Goodman Dougherty.
“Yeah, don’t piss anyone off.”

This was a YA dystopian, and the end of the series.

Book and Hope were strong characters in this, but they were also quite separate for most of the book, with Hope’s dislike of her scars causing a rift between them.

The storyline in this was about rescuing the remaining Less Thans, running from wolves and hunters, and also about Hope getting revenge on Chancellor Maddox. We did get some action, but it felt like there was quite a lot of travelling going on as well, and the pace was quite slow because of it.

The ending to this was pretty good, and I was happy with the way things were resolved.

6.5 out of 10