Friday, 2 December 2016

From the Ashes (Into the Night #2) by Jade Fowler

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From the Ashes (Into the Night Book 2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Logan, still reeling from the death of his closest friend, has reunited with his parents. He has escaped Thomas Gerard and the estate, but he knows it isn’t over. Gerard will come after them all again. He won’t stop at just one attack.

As if that wasn't enough, Logan can't shake his growing feelings for Pepper. But when the girl you have a crush on is the vampire who slaughtered a man in front of you, things can get a little complicated. And complications are the last thing Logan needs. As he’s drawn into the search for Pepper's remaining family, what they don’t know is that Pepper’s sister is alive and on a search of her own.

And what none of them know is that Thomas Gerard may not be their only threat.


From the Ashes is the second novel in the young adult paranormal fantasy series, Into the Night. Suitable for readers 16+.



From the Ashes by Jade Fowler

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



From the Ashes (Into the Night Book 2) “When you died, I remembered everything.”


This was a YA paranormal story, featuring supernatural creatures.

Firstly, I have to say that I am so glad that (highlight to view spoiler - Zane bought Penny back from the dead! Even if she is some weird kind of zombie, I’m glad that she isn’t dead! )

The storyline in this was about Zane and Penny, and in alternating chapters, Logan, Pepper, and Gena. We had Penny and Zane trying to figure out what exactly Penny was, and Logan, Pepper, and Gena trying to track down Pepper’s family. We did eventually get all the gang back together again though, although I found the second half of the story less entertaining than the first half, and I lost interest a bit.

The ending to this was okay, although I did feel really sorry for Logan.



6 out of 10

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Dead Is a State of Mind (Dead Is #2) by Marlene Perez

Dead Is a State of Mind (Dead Is, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A creepy, campy new mystery series

Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the psychic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom- shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case!

There’s a gorgeous new guy at Nightshade High: Duke Sherrad, a fortune-teller claiming to have descended from Gypsies. Even though she’s psychic herself, Daisy is skeptical of Duke’s powers. But when a teacher who was the subject of one of his predictions ends up dead, she begins to wonder if Duke is the real deal after all.
Maybe if Daisy can track down the teacher’s killer, she can find out the truth. The only trouble is, all signs point to the murderer being of the furry persuasion. Is Daisy any match for a werewolf? Maybe she is . . . in more ways than she bargained for!


Dead Is a State of Mind by Marlene Perez

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Dead Is a State of Mind (Dead Is, #2) “Poppy’s dating a ghost,”


This was a YA paranormal story featuring psychics and werewolves.

Daisy was an okay character and she didn’t seem quite so immature as she did in the previous book. It was a little sad the way her relationship with Ryan seemed to be going though.

The storyline in this was about a teacher being killed in the park and Daisy and her sisters trying to work out who did it, as well as a storyline about a new boy at school who seemed determined to take Daisy to the prom, even though she was still going out with Ryan. The pace wasn’t too bad in this one though, and I preferred it to book 1 in the series.

The ending to this was okay, but I’m beginning to wonder if everyone in this town is going to turn out to be a supernatural being.



6 out of 10

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Secret Life of a Dream Girl (Creative HeArts #4) by Tracy Deebs

The Secret Life of a Dream Girl (Creative HeArts, #4; Dahlia and Keegan, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, references to drinking and drugs, and a kiss so steamy it’ll fog up your ereader.

Hiding in plain sight is harder than it looks…

Dahlia Greene—aka international pop superstar Cherry—is undercover as a normal high school student. She just wants to experience what real life is like, so when she overhears hottie Keegan Matthews nervously talking about liking a girl, she sees the perfect opportunity to live a real life and play a little matchmaker. What was not part of the plan was falling for a guy she can never tell the truth.

Keegan Matthews has been secretly crushing on Dahlia ever since she started at his school. Sure, Dahlia thinks he’s crushing on some other girl—not realizing his Dream Girl is actually her—but he figures, play along with her tips to woo someone else, let her get to know him, and then make his move. But with so many secrets in the mix, their romance is doomed from the start…

Dahlia and Keegan, Book 1 of 3
Dahlia and Keegan Book 2 coming March 2017


The Secret Life of a Dream Girl by Tracy Deebs

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


The Secret Life of a Dream Girl (Creative HeArts, #4; Dahlia and Keegan, #1) “The sooner he gets Dream Girl, the sooner I can stop thinking about him as anything more than a friend.”

This was a YA contemporary romance featuring a pop star pretending to be a normal teenager.

Dahlia and Keegan were both okay characters and they both seemed like good people. I felt quite sorry for both of them at times, as they were both going through tough stages in their lives.

The storyline in this was about Dahlia trying to help Keegan get his dream girl, without realising that his dream girl was her! I felt like the story took quite a long time to get going, but then was quite sweet when things actually started to happen, and Dahlia and Keegan were really cute together.

The ending to this was pretty good, but I was shocked by Keegan’s mother’s behaviour.



6.5 out of 10

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Blue Orca (Hourglass #2) by Scarlet Risque

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free. Thanks to author Scarlet Risque.
Blue Orca (Hourglass, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
AN UNFORGIVABLE BETRAYAL sets Mimi on a quest for vengeance. Janet killed Liza. Now Mimi has to kill Conan Casey, Janet's lover.

Mimi follows them to Shanghai. She's given a new identity and perfects her powers of seduction until she can manipulate men at will. Mimi is installed as a hostess at the elite Sky Club, keeping company with Shanghai's most privileged men as she awaits the arrival of her prey.

She catches the attention of a patron before her mission is complete. Thomas falls under Mimi's spell and proposes exclusivity. Will she take his offer? Or will she seek vengeance in a foreign land despite all the odds?



Blue Orca by Scarlet Risque

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 


Blue Orca (Hourglass, #2)This was an adult contemporary story, about a girl trained to be an assassin.

Mimi was an okay character and she seemed dedicated to her job. I was surprised at how often she suggested killing people though when she’d had such a hard job killing a chicken during training.

The storyline in this was about Mimi being rescued by The White Queen, and being trained to kill. She was then sent on a mission in China, trying to find Janet (from book 1) who had run off and married her target instead of killing him. The pace in this was a bit slow again though, and it made the book drag a bit.

The ending to this was okay, but ended up being quite similar to book 1.



6 out of 10


Monday, 28 November 2016

Butterfly Bones by Rebecca L. Carpenter

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Lakewater Press and NetGalley.
Butterfly Bones
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Bethany should be dead, just like the doctors predicted.

But along came the butterflies, altering the order of nature.

And now nature is hell bent on revenge.

Because when fate's path is disrupted, it's only a matter of time before balance must be restored.

At birth, Bethany Keatley was diagnosed with a rare bone disease and sent home from the hospital to die. Despite losing her mother to cancer before she turned two, Bethany defeated her prognosis and now, at fifteen, with hindered growth making her appear ten years old, she is alive and well thanks to the hormone injections which her scientist father developed.

But if growing up isn’t hard enough already, being small makes her a target and a social outcast. The only way she's been able to escape her high school tormenters so far is by working hard, achieving good grades, and through her unusual friendship with star football player Jeremiah Wright. That is until a misunderstanding with new girl Zoey Margold. Beautiful and brazen, Zoey and her followers make it their focus to break Bethany.

Yet dealing with the bullies becomes the least of Bethany's worries. The mice on which her dad tests the butterfly hormone are showing side effects no one saw coming and now her plan to leave the small minded town of Springs, Georgia and become a scientist has all but shattered. Her world becomes a prison and her existence a life sentence.

But nature has her own plans for Bethany.

Haunting and twisted. Like nothing you've ever read before.


Butterfly Bones by Rebecca L. Carpenter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Butterfly Bones “When one alters the order of nature, it’s only a matter of time before nature screams for revenge.”


This was a YA story featuring a girl with osteogenesis imperfecta.

Bethany was an okay character, and I felt really sorry for her with all the bullying she was going through, especially when the teachers did nothing about it.

The storyline in this was about Bethany having osteogenesis imperfecta, and about her scientist father coming up with a cure which involved injecting her with butterfly hormones. We also had Bethany being bullied by another girl at school, and a crush that she wanted to be more. This was an enjoyable story, but it did drag in places, and I thought that Bethany’s Dad’s ideas weren’t always well thought out.

The ending to this was okay, but I can’t help but think there will be repercussions for Bethany after what she did to her father’s house.



6 out of 10

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Before Life Happened (Before #1) by Isabel Curtis

Before Life Happened
Blurb (from Goodreads):
*The Outsiders meets Speak*

A distinctive young-adult coming-of-age debut novel about grief, loss and life choices set in a modern day troublesome neighbourhood.

After a devastating loss, sixteen-year-old Hayden Wilson finds herself stuck between a past she can’t let go of and a future that struggles to make sense. Gangs, drugs and shootings are the background to this fast-paced page-turner where every wrong choice leads Hayden one step closer to self-destruction.

A series of events will force her on the run, wanted by the police, and Hayden will have to face the consequences of her mistakes. But will she get another chance?

From a talented new voice comes an intense gripping realistic novel that tackles the issues of teenage depression through a powerful narration which will take readers through an emotional journey about an adolescent’s transition into adulthood - blending visceral experiences with authentic and poignant diary entries.

“Before Life Happened” is the first book in the “Before” series.


Before Life Happened by Isabel Curtis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Before Life Happened “Does it get easier at least?”
“No, it doesn’t. You just get used to the grief.”


This was a YA contemporary story about a girl whose parents died in a car accident.

Hayden was an okay character, and it was clear that she was depressed after her parent’s deaths, she was a little too whiney for me at points though.

The storyline in this was abut Hayden’s life after her parent’s deaths, and all the problems she had to deal with. These weren’t just everyday problems though, with Hayden getting into real trouble and even ending up in jail. I did feel quite sorry for Hayden and the way things kept going from bad to worse, but the story did feel a little unrealistic at times.

The ending to this was okay, but things seemed to be solved a little too easily for me.



6 out of 10

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga #1) by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Would you risk it all to change your destiny? The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. But that's exactly what happened.
 

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)This was a paranormal/fantasy story about a prince cursed to be a tiger.

Kelsey was an okay character although it was a little odd the way she talked to a tiger all the time, especially before she knew he could understand her.

The storyline in this was about Kelsey travelling to India with a tiger whilst he was being rehomed, and then discovering that the tiger was in fact a 300-year-old prince who had been cursed. Kelsey then spent the rest of the book trying to break the curse, and falling in love with the prince while she was at it. This book felt really long though, and there seemed to be a lot of stuff in there which didn’t need to be in there which made the book drag quite badly.

The ending to this was okay, although the epilogue left us with a bit of a cliff-hanger.



6 out of 10

Friday, 25 November 2016

Dead Is the New Black (Dead Is #1) by Marlene Perez

Dead Is the New Black (Dead Is, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the pyschic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom-shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case!

Teenage girls are being mysteriously attacked all over town, including at Nightshade High School, where Daisy Giordano is a junior. When Daisy discovers that a vampire may be the culprit, she can’t help but suspect head cheerleader Samantha Devereaux, who returned from summer break with a new “look.” Samantha appears a little . . . well, dead, and all the most popular kids at school are copying her style.

Is looking dead just another fashion trend for Samantha, or is there something more sinister going on? To find out, Daisy joins the cheerleading squad.


Dead Is the New Black by Marlene Perez

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Dead Is the New Black (Dead Is, #1) “I think what’s happening to Rachel is supernatural, and even the best hospital can’t cure that.”


This was a paranormal/fantasy story featuring vampires and psychics.

Daisy was an okay character, and I could see why it might be annoying to be the only normal one in a family of psychics. Taking it upon herself to investigate a murder was probably taking things a little too far though.

The storyline in this was about teen girls being attacked, and one turning up dead, and Daisy believing it to be the work of a vampire. We did also get a bit of romance, but I found the story a little dull really.

The ending to this was okay, but I’m not sure I’ll continue the series.



6 out of 10


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Falling for the Girl Next Door (Creative HeArts #5) by Tera Lynn Childs

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.
Falling for the Girl Next Door (Creative HeArts, #5; Sloane and Tru, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
 Sloane Whitaker never expected to like living in Texas, but after a few months in the Lone Star State, she has to admit she likes the food, the school, and the boy next door. What she doesn’t like is the fact that half her family is still back in New York. Convincing her dad to relocate to Texas requires making their upcoming visit as perfect as possible. The perfect dinner, the perfect daughter…with the perfect boyfriend.

But when her not-so-perfect boyfriend Tru Dorsey is suddenly not-so-available, Sloane has to find another dad-impressing guy to show off at dinner. Tru himself suggests enlisting the help of a fake boyfriend, but the reality of another guy with Sloane on his arm might be more than Tru can manage. Add in a mysterious blackmailer and a divided family, and Sloane and Tru’s relationship might not be able to handle the heat.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bad boy next door, the good girl who snags his heart, and one epically disastrous ruse-gone-wrong. Join the fun at your own risk.


Falling for the Girl Next Door by Tera Lynn Childs

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars



Falling for the Girl Next Door (Creative HeArts, #5; Sloane and Tru, #2)This was a YA contemporary romance, featuring Sloan and Tru from Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru.

Sloan and Tru were both okay characters, and Sloan’s opinion of Texas had changed a lot from the first book. I also thought that Tru was quite brave to admit what he did to Sloan.

The storyline in this was about Sloan having to find a fake boyfriend to try and impress her father at their Christmas eve dinner, as well as Sloan wanting to talk her dad into moving to Texas. Thankfully the fake-boyfriend part of the story didn’t last too long though, as things got a bit silly when Tru got jealous.

The ending to this was okay, and it seemed like things were good between Sloan and Tru again.



6.5 out of 10

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

The Starriest Summer (The Cycle of the Six Moons #1) by Adelle Yeung

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free. Thanks to author Adelle Yeung.
The Starriest Summer (The Cycle of the Six Moons, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads0:
Fifteen-year-old Michelle saves the world on a daily basis…with her trusty video game controller, of course! Naturally, she jumps at the chance to play an experimental virtual reality game.

The beautiful fantasy world of Starrs? Check. The power to mold matter? Check. No reset button? Wait, she didn’t sign up for this!

Turns out Starrs is really real, and to make matters worse, Michelle’s interference awakens the Cycle of the Six Moons, a series of devastating trials that will devour the universe.

Fighting the apocalypse was way easier when danger stayed on the other side of the screen, but Michelle finds a secret weapon in her new-found powers. She uses them to rescue the crown prince of a powerful magic kingdom from their sworn enemies, a technologically-advanced cult that strives to eradicate magical blood.

Michelle starts to fall for Prince Jayse, the only one who believes Michelle to be a savior rather than a curse. But not even video games could prepare her for what the cult has in store for them…


The Starriest Summer by Adelle Yeung

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Starriest Summer (The Cycle of the Six Moons, #1) “I’m in a video game!”


This was a YA fantasy story about a girl sucked into another world.

Michelle was an okay character but she was a bit too laid back for me. She got sucked into another world, had no way home, and was stuck there for the unforeseeable future, and she didn’t even seem to care! I would have been freaking out, or at the very least be worried about how I was going to get back to Earth, but she didn’t seem all that bothered at all.

The storyline in this was about Michelle’s brother sending her to another world, which she initially thought was actually a video game. We got lots of adventures as Michelle was thought to be a goddess and went about completing missions in this new world, but the book felt very long to me, and the story dragged because of it.

The ending to this was okay, although I wouldn’t personally have called it a happy ending. Michelle would probably disagree with me though, ha ha.



6 out of 10