Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Promise of Amazing
Blurb (From Goodreads):
Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who's always done what she's supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.


The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


The Promise of Amazing(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
16-year-old Wren is a quiet girl who doesn’t like being told that she’ll never go to Harvard, not that it really matters, because what she really wants to do is take over the family hotel/restaurant business.

17-year-old Grayson has been kicked out of school, and doesn’t like to tell why. When he nearly chokes at his cousin’s wedding, Wren rescues him, and it’s love at first sight.
Why was Grayson kicked out of school? Will Wren get to take over the family business? And is this book amazing?


Well if the title refers to the book, then someone needs to add the word ‘Not’, because this book was anything but Amazing.

I can’t say that I liked any of the characters in this book. Wren was a pretty nothingness character, and when she moaned about people saying she was quiet, I couldn’t help but agree with them. She was quiet, and meek, didn’t stick up for herself, and allowed herself to be very easily lead all the time. She also had problems saying what she meant, and admitting how she felt about things, and I got pretty sick of it.

Grayson was a character that I wasn’t even indifferent to; I really disliked him in fact. He was nothing but a cheap con artist, and I really didn’t care for the things he got up to. He was always showing off, always hitting on girls just to see what he could get, and didn’t seem to mind breaking rules, especially real-life, legal rules. I’m sorry, but theft, cheating, and playing the clown just don’t do it for me.

The storyline in this was fairly average boy-meets-girl, with all of Grayson’s sh*t thrown into the mix. The things that Grayson did were bad and immoral, and I just wasn’t impressed.

When Wren first met Grayson, I really couldn’t believe that she liked him. Showing off by throwing hot dogs in the air and catching them in his mouth, and then choking on one, is not sexy, and I really didn’t get why she was thinking of him after the incident, and thinking that he was ‘hot’. I just thought he was immature and a bit gross really.
I didn’t really fathom the romance from then on either, because it was like a romance between a piece of cardboard and a slug, and I really wished that Wren would just squish him and move on.

The ending to this was pretty pathetic too, and I wasn’t impressed with the sort-of ‘happily ever after’. I was pleased with how things turned out for Wren’s family, but I wasn’t impressed at Wren and Grayson.
Overall; most definitely Not Amazing.
4.5 out of 10.


Monday, 30 December 2013

Review and #Giveaway - Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (The Dowser #2) by Meghan Ciana Doidge

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Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (The Dowser, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works.
Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me.

Note: This 82,000 word urban fantasy is the second book in the Dowser SEries by author Meghan Ciana Doidge.



Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (Dowser #2)

by Meghan Ciana Doidge

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (The Dowser, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Meghan Ciana Diodge.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Dowser’ series.
Sienna has gone, but Jade is far from out of trouble.
After being asked to view a ‘collection’, Jade and her crew set off on a little road trip, taking plenty of cupcakes with them, although things are never as straightforward as they seem.
Is Sienna really gone for good? What exactly is Jade? And how long can a girl go without chocolate?


This was an action-packed urban fantasy, and I still really love the cupcakes!

Jade was a strong character in this book, and she wasn’t afraid to take the bull by the horns. She made a point of trying to protect herself, and those she loved, even if it meant wrestling bears! I loved her hidden knife and how she used it, and I loved how much she loves chocolate. Can’t help but love a girl who loves chocolate as much as I do!

The storyline in this was pretty-action packed, and there was plenty of excitement. We once again had a lot of different supernaturals turning up in this story, and the cupcakes weren’t forgotten, I really want to try those dark chocolate cupcakes with blueberry buttercream frosting now!
The ending of this one was also quite interesting, as we were left with Jade finding out some very important information with regards to her heritage, that was really quite surprising and clever. It will be interesting to see what happens to Jade from here onwards.
Overall; good urban fantasy sequel, recommended for fans of Karen Chance.
7 out of 10.


The Author -
Meghan Ciana Doidge


Meghan Ciana DoidgeMeghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock yarn.
Novels – After The Virus, Spirit Binder, Time Walker, Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic – Dowser #1, Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic – Dowser #2, Novellas – Love Lies Bleeding

Giveaway:

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Fracture (Night School #3) by C.J. Daugherty


Fracture (Night School, #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Devastated by the loss of her friend and under constant threat from an unknown spy at Cimmeria Academy, Allie Sheridan is finding it hard to cope.

In Fracture, the third book in the Night School series, she’s not the only one losing it – everything is falling apart. And when Nathaniel begins to reveal his game plan, Isabelle starts to lose control.

As the school slides into a deadly morass of paranoia and suspicion, everyone is guilty until proved innocent. Anyone can be held without proof, and convicted without a trial. No one is safe.

This time Nathaniel doesn’t need to hurt them. This time they’re hurting themselves.


Fracture by C.J. Daugherty

My rating: 2.75 of 5 stars


Fracture (Night School, #3)
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 3 in the ‘Night School’ series.
Allie is reeling from Jo’s murder, and people seem to be noticing. For Allie, they’re not doing enough to find her murderer though.
Is Gabe still stalking the students? What does he want? And is running away ever the answer?


This was an okay story, but again, Allie was pretty stupid at times, and I got bored.

Allie continued her stupidity in this book, and continued to do whatever she pleased, never once seeming to worry that she might end up dead. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it ten times – if you see a suspicious man lurking in the woods, don’t run off after him alone in the dark! It is not a good idea.

The storyline in this did become a little unbelievable, even more so than the previous books. Allie’s stupidity continued to be a factor, and some of the things she did were just ridiculous. When there are evil doers lurking around your school, do you go outside gardening alone at 6 am? If someone sees someone suspicious in the old church, do you go running off to see if you can find them?
Also some of the things that Allie came out with were ridiculous. I’m sorry, but not wanting to believe a hypothesis because it involves someone having sex with a 40-year-old man, (because that would be gross), is just ridiculous.
This book really did bore me in places, and the stuff going on got more and more ridiculous. At the moment I really don’t want to continue with this series at all.
Overall; Allie was just stupid, and I got bored.
5.5 out of 10.


Sunday, 29 December 2013

Angelbound (Angelbound #1) by Christina Bauer

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to INscribe Digital and Netgalley.
Angelbound (Angelbound, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Eighteen year old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your every day quasi-demon, half-demon and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she hasn’t lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights aren’t enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it’s not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and doesn’t like the answers she finds. What happened seventeen years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is? Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what’s a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla’s not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla’s going to shake up Purgatory.


Angelbound by Christina Bauer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Angelbound (Angelbound, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to INscribe Digital and Netgalley.)
18-year-old Maya is a Quasi-Demon, who loves nothing more than fighting. One thing that annoys her though is how many secrets her mother keeps from her, especially those concerning the identity of her father.
What is her mother hiding? Who is her biological father? And why won’t her mother just tell her?


This was an okay story, but I found it difficult to keep focused all the way through.

Myla was an okay character. She had a bit of an issue with authority, and liked to do things her own way, so she was a fairly typical teen really. She liked to fight, and went out of her way to try and do that as often as possible, even when it meant going against her mother’s wishes.

The storyline was okay, but there seemed to be a bit too much bulk to the story. There were quite a lot of things that could maybe have been trimmed down a bit to make the story more streamlined, and there was also quite a lot of information in there that I had very little intention of learning and remembering. I think that the story might have been a little easier to get through that way, but to be honest I think this maybe just wasn’t the book for me. Some of the plot points I guessed very early on, and so when we eventually got confirmation of my suspicions, it felt like a long time coming.

There was some romance in the story, although most of the time it didn’t really hook me. There was one moment that I thought was sweet, but there were also some scenes which were maybe a little too close to the edge of what is acceptable in terms of sexual situations in a YA book. Although there wasn’t any actual sex, or graphic encounters, some of the descriptions of Maya’s responses, and some of the physical manifestations of their passion were a little risky, and I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone younger than 17. Certainly if my friend with teenage daughters asks me if her 13 year old could read this – I’ll be saying no.

The ending was okay, but it was also clear that the story will continue on in the next book.
Overall; an okay read, but didn’t keep me interested all the way through.
6 out of 10.


Favourite books of 2013


As we're at the end of the year, I wanted to share with you my favourite books of 2013, and as I have been very picky this year, I only have 15 favourites this year (compared to last years 35), so I thought I'd just share all of them... (I've put them in the order I read them because I can't choose between them!)

Sister Assassin (Sister Assassin, #1) Defying Mars (Saving Mars, #2) Delirium (Delirium, #1) Breathless (Elemental, #2.5) Taken (Taken, #1) The Elite (The Selection, #2) Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1) Every Little Piece (Second Chances, #1) Inbetween (Kissed by Death, #1) Gravity (The Taking, #1) Losing Mars (Saving Mars, #3) Here (On the Otherside, #1) It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2) We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3) Defy (Defy, #1)

So what about you guys? Have you read any of these? What did you think? What are your favourite books of 2013?


Saturday, 28 December 2013

Crush (Crash #3) by Nicole Williams


Crush (Crash, #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Football glory. A giant diamond. A wandering eye.

Jude and Lucy are happily engaged . . . but that doesn't mean life's a bed of roses.

Once again, Jude and Lucy are torn apart by football training and a summer job that creates new tensions. This time Jude's the one with trust issues. Will Lucy's life-changing news bring them back together or end their relationship for good?


Crush by Nicole Williams

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Crush (Crash, #3)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 3 in the ‘Crash’ series.
Luce and Jude are fairly happy, and now Jude is about to be drafted into the big leagues as a football player. What does fate hold in store for Jude and Luce though? And will Luce ever say yes?


This was an okay story, but once again Jude and Luce mainly just fought.

Jude and Luce were no different in this book to how they were in the previous books. Every little thing they argued over, and things were never simple. Every little problem was an immovable mountain, and arguments quickly escalated to epic proportions.

The storyline was fairly predictable, and we once again had arguments, sex, and jealously, and not much else. The fact that Jude was drafted as a football player, and suddenly worth millions was a bit of a fairy-tale, but even this couldn’t halt their arguments!
The ending was also fairly predictable, and we once again had Jude and Luce having sex in an unconventional place. At least the madness is over now though!
Overall; sex, arguments, and jealousy.
6 out of 10.


Friday, 27 December 2013

Curse the Dawn (Cassandra Palmer #4) by Karen Chance


Curse the Dawn (Cassandra Palmer, #4)
Blurb (From Goodreads):
Cassandra Palmer may be the all-powerful Pythia now, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped trying to kill her. Most of the supernatural power players don’t want the independent minded Cassie as chief clairvoyant—and they’ll stop at nothing to see her six feet under.

The Vampire Senate does support Cassie in her position, but their protection comes with a price: an alliance with the sexy master vampire Mircea, who has claimed Cassie as his own.

But even the vampires will have trouble keeping Cassie alive now that the self-styled god Apollo, the source of the Pythia’s power, has it in for her in a big way. To save her life—and the world—Cassie’s going to have to face down her creator…


Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars


Curse the Dawn (Cassandra Palmer, #4)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 4 in the ‘Cassandra Palmer’ series.
Cassie is in trouble again; Mircea is trying to keep her in line, and the silver circle are still out to get her, not to mention everyone else who seems to want her dead.
Does being Pythia have to be so deadly? And what does a girl have to do to get a decent pair of shoes and some lunch?


This was another okay book in this series, but I continue to get confused by the storyline, and even a little bored at points.

Cassie continued to be a trouble magnet in this book, although at times she really didn’t make things easy for herself. She continually moaned about the fact that people wanted to keep her safe, and that she wasn’t allowed to do what she wanted, but then went right ahead and did something incredibly dangerous as soon as she was able. She could hardly blame people for thinking that she was an accident waiting to happen when all she did was try to get herself killed.

The storyline in this was once again all action. The book took place over quite a short period of time, and Cassie was constantly on the run, constantly in danger, and constantly ending up in hot water. We actually seemed to have a couple of different storylines going on, and also had some very strange musings when Cassie accidentally ended up in a man’s body!
There were a couple of scenes of the steamy variety with Mircea, and again a very strange moment when Cassie had to deal with the man’s body she was trapped in, in a sexual scenario.

I did find myself getting confused at points in this book, which always seems to happen with this series. I find myself having to go back and re-read stuff just to try and keep track of what is going on.
I did get a bit bored towards the end, but the ending turned out to be okay once I got there.
Overall; an okay adult urban fantasy, if you can keep up with the plotline.
6.75 out of 10.


{Nerd Blast} and #Giveaway - Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

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Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic
by Meghan Ciana Doidge



 
Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works.
Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me.
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Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock yarn.
Novels – After The Virus, Spirit Binder, Time Walker, Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic – Dowser #1, Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic – Dowser #2
Novellas – Love Lies Bleeding

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Dead Silence (The Body Finder #4) by Kimberly Derting


Dead Silence (The Body Finder, #4)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.


Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars


Dead Silence (The Body Finder, #4)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 4 in the body finder series.
Violet is now coming to terms with her own imprint, and it hasn’t been easy. The dead still want to be found though, and this time Violet finds a family of 3 all murdered. But where is the missing member of the family? And why does one of them not have an echo?
Who killed the family and why? Why doesn’t one of them have an echo? And can Violet learn to live with her own imprint?


This was a bit of an odd end to the series, mainly because it doesn’t feel like an end!

Violet continued to be naïve, and downright stupid at times in this book. It seemed that she had learned nothing from her near-death experiences, and continued to go around hunting down serial killers all on her own, and thought nothing of randomly wandering into murder scenes.

The storyline in this was okay, and was a bit different to that in the previous books. This time, the bodies that Violet found weren’t buried, and there was more of an on-going investigation happening. This book was also different in that Violet wasn’t actually a target for the killer this time!
I found Violet’s handling of her own imprint interesting, and I did get sucked into the story at points, but for the majority I felt a little bored though. I don’t know why this was, but I felt this way with the previous two books also, so maybe it’s just me.

The ending to this was a little odd. It really didn’t feel like an ending at all, as very little was tied up. I wouldn’t have expected there to be so much more ground to cover, and so many more things to explore when the series has finished! It all just seems a little incomplete, as if the author is keeping her options open in case Violet wants to re-emerge at some point in the future.
Overall; an okay story, but not much of an ending.
6.75 out of 10.


Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Legacy (Night School #2) by C.J. Daugherty


Legacy (Night School, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In the last year, Allie's survived three arrests, two breakups and one family breakdown. The only bright point has been her new life at Cimmeria Academy. It's the one place she's felt she belongs. And the fact that it's brought dark-eyed Carter West into her life hasn't hurt either. But far from being a safe haven, the cloistered walls of Cimmeria are proving more dangerous than Allie could have imagined. The students and faculty are under threat, and Allie's family - from her mysterious grandmother to her runaway brother - are at the centre of the storm. Allie is going to have to choose between protecting her family and trusting her friends. But secrets have a way of ripping even the strongest relationships apart...

Legacy by C.J. Daugherty

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


Legacy (Night School, #2)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Night School’ series.
Allie is back to school, and happy about finally getting the opportunity to join night school. When she’s given an assignment that means investigating her own boyfriend, she’s a little worried though.
What has happened to Gabe? Is he still a threat? And does Carter have something to hide?


This was an okay story, but it had its annoying moments.

Allie was a bit naïve and stupid, she really liked to rush head first into dangerous situations without thinking things through first. She reminded me a bit of Violet in the Body Finder series, who also thought it a good idea to go out alone for a walk after dark, whilst a killer was on the loose.
I thought that some of the things Allie did in this book were a really bad idea. If you’ve seen a strange man in the woods, I wouldn’t recommend going out for a walk alone in the dark. A letter from a known traitor turns up in your room? How about telling someone, rather than sneaking out to meet said traitor? Pretty stupid really.

The storyline in this was okay, but I still find the whole idea of the ‘night school’ pretty lame. A class inspired by politics doesn’t really excite me I’m afraid. I was a little surprised that Allie was so happy about being asked to join night school, and it really didn’t seem like she’d really thought it through properly.
There was some romance in this, but I can’t say I really enjoyed it. Carter was jealous and petty, and caused arguments over nothing, and the romantic scenes weren’t all that fantastic.

The ending to this was okay, but I found certain parts a little annoying. I’ll read the next one because I’ve already got it, but I really hope that Allie stops making such poor decisions.
Overall; an okay read, but a bit silly in places.
6.5 out of 10.


Tuesday, 24 December 2013

A Christmas Carol (Christmas Books #1) by Charles Dickens


A Christmas Carol
Blurb (from Goodreads):
One of the best-loved and most quoted stories of “the man who invented Christmas”—English writer Charles Dickens—A Christmas Carol debuted in 1843 and has touched millions of hearts since.

Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn’t like...and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity, kindness, and goodwill. Experience a true Victorian Christmas!


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


A Christmas Carol(Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.co.uk.) I would never have thought to have read this book if it wasn't a group read for group on goodreads, and having read it I have mixed feelings! Let's start by saying that 'The Muppets Christmas Carol' is one of my favourite films. I know that might sound odd but it is, I love it ☺  

So when I started reading this book, this film was all I could think about. And thus Bob became Kermit, his wife Miss Piggy, etc. and I have to say that if I didn't love this film, I wouldn't have liked this book. I really do think it's that simple. 

 

I was actually really pleased to realise that a lot of the spoken lines in the film are the same as they are in the book, and this is probably why I liked it. 

  

I was also really pleased to see how closely the characters in the film resembled those in the book - especially the ghosts! 

 
 I did struggle at points during this book. Some of the descriptive bits went on for too long, and some of what was said was also lengthy and dull. I really do think that if I wasn't for the film this would be getting 2 stars instead of 3.5, but for now I just really want to watch the Muppets Christmas Carol!  

If only I could find the DVD...