Sunday, 30 November 2014

Bloodline (Forgotten Origins Trilogy #1) by Tara Ellis


Bloodline (Forgotten Origins Trilogy #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Sixteen-year-old Alex has always suspected her father’s death wasn’t random, but she never guessed how deep the mystery runs or what it involves. When a rare meteor shower is followed by a highly contagious infection, the people she once knew so well start acting like they have a similar purpose that doesn’t include her. Alex can now only rely on her friend Chris and loyal dog Baxter as she plunges into a strange, new world predestined since ancient times. Wandering the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, deciphering cryptic messages left by her father, desperately searching for a cure-will Alex have the courage and faith to even survive?

Bloodline is the first book of the Forgotten Origins Trilogy.


Bloodline by Tara Ellis

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


Bloodline (Forgotten Origins Trilogy #1)(Downloaded for free from amazon.co.uk.)

This was an interesting sci-fi story with a bit of a twist.

I liked Alex, she seemed to be a nice girl, and was happy to give up her free time to look after her mother and take care of her brother. It was obvious how badly she wanted to help rid the world of the virus that had been unleashed, and she really did go to great lengths to achieve that.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and I enjoyed the idea that the world was being threatened by an evil virus, even if I did get a little confused by the explanation of how the virus chose who to infect.
I liked the mystery and suspense, and I liked the danger in this book, the pace meant that the story flowed quite nicely as well.

The ending to this was good, and I was happy that things worked out okay, I do wonder what will happen in the next book now though, as things were tied up quite nicely.
6.5 out of 10


Saturday, 29 November 2014

Famous in Love (Famous in Love #1) by Rebecca Serle

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley.
Famous in Love
Blurb (from Goodreads):
She fell in love with him in the books - now she has the chance to star opposite him in the film . . .
Paige doesn't think she's particularly special, but after getting the starring role in a massive film adaptation of the bestselling Locked trilogy, the rest of the world would disagree. Now she's thrown into the spotlight, and into a world of gossip, rumour and deceit. The only people who know what she's going through are her two male co-stars, and they can't stand the sight of each other. Paige knows it's a mistake to fall in love on the set of a movie, but days of on-screen romance and intensity start to change her mind. The question is, can she keep what happens behind the scenes a secret when the world is watching her every move?

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Famous in Love(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley.)

I really liked ‘When You Were Mine’ by this author, but every book I have read since has been a huge disappointment. Including this one.

Paige was a little dull. All she cared about was movies and acting, and she bored me. Then, she finally gets cast in a major film production, doesn’t turn up to work on time, and is surprised when the press start taking her picture and spreading rumours. Surely she should have been expecting that?

The storyline in this bored me, and it got worse the further into the book we got. I didn’t really care about what was going on on the film set, and I just got bored!
The romance was in the form of a love triangle, square… triangle, er square? This girl had 3 guys who she was trying to juggle, and she got all upset when one of them started dating someone else. I mean, how many guys do you want at once? Surely one of them can get with someone else considering he’s not exclusively your boyfriend? I mean, ugh. Just make up your mind! Or at least be honest that you’re snogging more than one person at a time?

The ending to this didn’t feel like much of an ending, but I was just glad that it was over. I am tempted to read ‘Locked’ just to see what all the fuss is about, but if it’s anything like this, I’m just going to be bored. I don’t think I want to read the next book in this series.
Overall; dull,
6 out of 10.


Friday, 28 November 2014

Lilly Noble & Actual Magic (Actual Magic Series) by Deborah McTiernan


Lilly Noble & Actual Magic (Actual Magic Series)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
After the collision claimed her mother's life and left her with a memory full of holes, Lilly Noble is sent away to boarding school on the gloomy island of Raven's Landing, Maine. Though feeling exiled and abandoned by her father, she is determined to fill in the blanks the accident left in her mind. When she meets the hypnotically charming and strangely intense Murosky Skaggs, his unnatural curiosity and careful attentions toward her raise her suspicions. His stories don't add up. Lilly's search for the truth beneath his lies causes her life to take a thrilling and terrifying twist. What she doesn't realize is the closer she gets to revealing his dark secret, the closer she comes to regaining her memory and unmasking her mother's murderer. But something else, something far more sinister is lurking just off the coast. It's been there, waiting for her. Lilly's quest for answers puts her and those around her in mortal danger, and once she starts down that path, there is no turning away from her destiny, if she can survive. Young Adult Paranormal.

Lilly Noble & Actual Magic by Deborah McTiernan

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


Lilly Noble & Actual Magic (Actual Magic Series)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book as a gift. Thanks to author Deborah McTiernan.)

This was a charming story about one girl at a school for magic.

Lilly was a sweet girl, and it was clear how much she loved her father. Her talent for being able to spot a lie was pretty useful, even if it was a bit smelly, and she certainly seemed loyal to her friends.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and I think fans of Harry Potter would really enjoy this. There were quite a few twists, and some really inventive plotlines. I liked that Lilly gained both friends and enemies at her new school, and I liked how difficult it was for the reader to know whether to trust certain people or not.

The ending to this was pretty good, and we got some action. The very end did leave us with the impression that this is not the end of Lilly’s troubles though!
Overall; good MG/YA fantasy/magic story, recommended for fans of Harry Potter,
6.5 out of 10


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #1) by J.L. Bryan

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author J.L. Bryan, and Megg Jensen.
Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Ellie Jordan’s job is to catch and remove unwanted ghosts. Part detective, part paranormal exterminator, Ellie operates out of Savannah, Georgia, one of the oldest and most haunted cities in North America.

When a family contacts her to deal with a disturbing presence in the old mansion they’ve recently purchased, Ellie first believes it to be a typical, by-the-book specter, a residual haunting by a restless spirit. Instead, she finds herself confronting an evil older and more powerful than she’d ever expected, rooted in the house’s long and sordid history of luxury, sin, and murder. The dangerous entity seems particularly interested in her clients’ ten-year-old daughter.

Soon her own life is in danger, and Ellie must find a way to exorcise the darkness of the house before it can kill her, her clients, or their frightened young child.


Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper by J.L. Bryan

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author J.L. Bryan, and Megg Jensen.)

This was a creepy ghost story, and it reminded me a bit of the TV show ‘Supernatural’.

I liked the characters in this book, I did think Ellie was maybe a little crazy for wanting to hunt down ghosts for a living, but once she explained why she did it, it seemed more noble than nuts! Stacey was certainly enthusiastic, and Jacob the psychic seemed fairly genuine.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and there were plenty of creepy moments. What is worse than visiting an old abandoned insane asylum? Visiting an old abandoned insane asylum’s basement. Rather you than me Ellie! And investigating a creepy old house full of nasty ghosts? I’m not going there either.

The ending to this was wrapped up nicely, but still left us wanting to know what happens next for Ellie. There were quite a lot of creepy moments and surprise twists in this book, so overall it was a pretty good ghost story.
7 out of 10.


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Prophecy (Calypso #1) by Julie Anne Lindsey

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley.
Prophecy (Calypso, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
On the other side of death, is destiny.

Callie Ingram is spending her senior year focused on one thing: swimming. Her skill as a competitive swimmer is going to secure a scholarship and her future, or so she hopes. She has big plans, and Liam Hale, her gorgeous new neighbor, isn’t going to affect them. But when Callie sees Liam beheading someone, she learns his family has a secret that will change everything. The Hales are Vikings, demi-gods who’ve been charged by The Fates to find their new destined leader.

Callie’s caught in the middle of a budding Norse apocalypse, in love with Liam Hale and desperate to protect her best friend…who the Hales believe is marked for transformation. Putting the clues together as fast as she can, can discovers she has the power to rewrite destiny, for herself and all humankind.



Prophecy by Julie Anne Lindsey

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Prophecy (Calypso, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley.)

I really did not like this book at all.

I didn’t really like the characters, they came across as hasty and immature, and I just couldn’t like them. The things they said annoyed me, and they just generally irritated me.

The storyline in this also bugged me. It seemed less than believable, and Vikings? Oh, no thank you!
There was romance, which seemed to be turning into a love triangle, and I wasn’t interested. There was some sex in this too, so not suitable for younger readers.

The ending to this was a relief, but I had really, really lost interest by that point. This was another book that I was just glad to see the end of.
4 out of 10


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

On the Edge by Allison van Diepen

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
On the EdgeBlurb (from Goodreads):
From Allison van Diepen, author of Snitch and Street Pharm, comes a sexy, dangerous novel about a teen who witnesses a murder and gets caught up in the seedy world of Miami’s gangs.

Maddie Diaz never should have taken that shortcut through the park. If she hadn't, she wouldn't have seen two members of the Reyes gang attacking a homeless man. Now, as the only witness, she knows there’s a target on her back.

But when the Reyes jump her on the street, Maddie is protected by a second gang and their secretive leader, Lobo, who is determined to take down the Reyes himself. Lobo is mysterious and passionate, and Maddie begins to fall for him. But when they live this close to the edge, can their love survive?

On the Edge is a compelling story about fighting for what’s right and figuring out where you belong. The novel showcases a gritty, realistic voice and earth–shattering romance that will intrigue readers of Simone Elkeles and Paul Griffin and captivate fans of Allison van Diepen's other novels.


On the Edge by Allison van Diepen

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars



On the Edge(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
18-year-old Maddie is walking home through a park late at night when she witnesses a brutal attack which ends in the victim dying. Maddie identifies the killers to the police, but then she worries that the gang that the boys were in will take it personally, and she’ll get killed herself.
Should Maddie have testified? And is she really being watched?


This was an okay story, but I got bored.

Maddie was an okay character, but she was a bit dumb at times. Surely she should know by now not to walk through a park, especially alone, late at night? Obviously not. I was impressed that she had the strength to identify the killers, even though she knew that she’d get labelled a nark, but the way she then continued walking around on her own late at night was silly.

The storyline in this was okay, I just lost interest quite early on. I just got bored, and the story dragged.
There was some romance, but I wasn’t really interested in that either unfortunately.
The ending was okay, and it was fairly happy. The only complaint I have is that we never find out what happens at the trial!
Overall; okay story, but I got bored,
5 out of 10.



Monday, 24 November 2014

Stolen Child by Laura Elliot

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, Avon and NetGalley.
Stolen Child
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It's every mother's worst nightmare.

Carla Kelly wakes to find her two-day-old baby daughter's cot empty.

Isobel has been taken.

Susanne Dowling has been keeping a terrible secret following her fifth agonising miscarriage. But when at last she welcomes her new baby daughter into her life nothing else matters. They will both be safe as long as Susanne keeps her daughter close and confesses her lie to no one. Ever.

Carla, a top model, launches a fierce national campaign to find her child – but the trail is cold. She receives threats and recriminations from strangers – she flaunted her pregnancy in the media, she cashed in on it, she deserves everything she gets – and, encouraged by well-meaning loved ones to move on, she begins to fall apart.

But one letter Carla receives stands out from the rest. It offers support from a surprising quarter. And it sets in to motion a chain of events that opens wounds and exposes shocking secrets from Carla’s past that suggest what happened to her daughter was revenge a long time planned.

And it will bring Carla unknowingly close to the stolen daughter she has sworn she will do anything to get back …


Stolen Child by Laura Elliot

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Stolen Child(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, Avon and NetGalley.)

This was an okay story, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.

I felt a little split over the characters in this, because while I felt sorry for Carla and the way her baby was stolen, I also felt for Susanne and the way her baby died. Losing more than one baby and not having anyone to talk to about it must have been beyond difficult.

The storyline in this was okay, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I expected there to be more of a search for the baby, but instead it took years for Carla to find out what happened to her daughter! I found the pace to be quite slow, and it felt like the book would never end. 515 pages seemed way too long for the number of events that actually happened.

The ending was as much of a ‘happily ever after’ as you could expect in the situation, but I didn’t expect it to take place such a long time after Clara’s baby disappeared.
Overall; okay story, but not quite what I was expecting,
6 out of 10.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending #1) by Rachel Harris

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 Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.


The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending, #1)(Source: 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 story, but I lost interest.

Aly and Brandon were okay characters, and there was some obvious chemistry between them. I didn’t really love either of them though, and kind-of just wanted them to get a clue and get together.

The storyline in this was alright, but it seemed to drag for me. This pair just seemed to be a bit clueless, and I wanted them to get together and realise how right they were for each other, instead of messing about!
There were a couple of hot kisses in this book, and there was some real chemistry between Aly and Brandon. It was a shame that we didn’t get more of this pair together.

The ending was a classic ‘happily ever after’, and I was glad that these two finally wised up and worked out what they wanted.
Overall; okay YA contemporary romance,
6 out of 10.


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy by Liz Maccie

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Diversion Books and NetGalley.
Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy
Blurb (from Goodreads):
"Liz Maccie's debut novel is as tough, optimistic, and beautiful as her heroine, Roberta Romano. Roberta's voice is heartfelt and funny. Her story is exceptionally moving and honest. I love this book and the hope it has for young women everywhere." ​—​Stephen Chbosky, New York Times bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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The most important lessons aren't learned in the classroom.

It’s the first day of sophomore year for Roberta Romano, but instead of the comfort of her local high school, she's been thrust into the elitist embrace of the affluent Meadowbrook Academy.

Surrounded by wealth, Roberta battles her own insecurities, as well as evil teachers and mean girls, to prove her worth and maybe land the boy of her dreams. With the help of two unlikely allies—​and an inflatable toy raft—​Robert embarks upon a journey of dark secrets and self-discovery to learn the true meaning of friendship and acceptance.

"Roberta will charm and delight you with a voice that’s candid, hilarious, and hopeful, as she narrates her first day at a new high school, reminding us of the epic nature of each hour in our adolescent lives. Lessons I Never Learned at Meadowbrook Academy will make you laugh, cringe, cry, and cheer for the power of friendships that can change us in a single day." —​Ava Dellaira, author of Love Letters to the Dead

"You wish your first day of prep school was this epic! Every single page of Lessons I Never Learned sparkles with heart and humor. Like a teenage Bridget Jones, Roberta Romano will make you laugh, cry, and cringe as she tries to navigate her first day at Meadowbrook Academy. She finds friends and enemies, earns detentions and serious respect, and makes memories that will last her a lifetime." —Siobhan Vivian, author of The List.


Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy by Liz Maccie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Diversion Books and NetGalley.)

This was an okay story, but I didn’t like the main character.

Roberta wasn’t a bad person, but she was selfish and stupid. Why she was surprised that her parents wanted her to change schools when she was drinking, smoking, and failing all her classes was a bit silly. Did she really expect them to just let her carry on that way? And why didn’t she consider how much it was costing her parents to send her to the new school?

The storyline in this took place over the course of Roberta’s first day at her new school, so actually covered only a small amount of time. It seemed that Roberta had learned nothing concerning her behaviour at her old school though, as she spent most of this book slacking off, and getting herself into trouble, both at school, and with the law! I couldn’t believe that she thought ‘I didn’t feel like going’ to be an acceptable excuse for why she didn’t go to class, and lying about her Nonna being dead was just disgusting!

There was some romance in this in the way of a major crush that Roberta had concerning a boy at her new school, and there was some kissing. Considering that this book was about her first day at school, she certainly moved quick.

The ending to this was alright, but I was just glad it was over really. I don’t think I’d want to read another book if this turned into a series.
6 out of 10.


Friday, 21 November 2014

The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1) by Amy Engel

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.
The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…


The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

This was an interesting dystopian story, but I felt like it took a while to get going.

Ivy was a bit like a limp lettuce leaf for the first half of this book. She did as she was told, she didn’t complain, and she was amenable. It wasn’t until the second half of the story that she actually started to show what she was made of, and started to make her own decisions.

The storyline in this didn’t really interest me until the half-way mark. The pace felt a bit slow, and I just found it all a bit dull. It wasn’t until the halfway mark that things got a bit more interesting. We finally got a bit of action, and some big decisions needing to be made.

I liked the slow and gradual romance in this. Ivy didn’t immediately fall for Bishop which I liked, and I liked how they grew to like each other over time. Bishop’s actions towards Ivy at the end were incredibly sweet, and I liked his assurances that he knew her after their time together.

The ending to this was quite bold, and very self-sacrificing of Ivy, I am really interested to see what happens to Ivy in the next book!
Overall; good dystopian once it got going,
6.5 out of 10.


Thursday, 20 November 2014

A Breath of Frost (The Lovegrove Legacy #1) by Alyxandra Harvey


A Breath of Frost (The Lovegrove Legacy, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their family lineage of witchcraft when a binding spell is broken, allowing their individual magical powers to manifest. Now, beyond the manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, an alluring underworld available only to those with power is revealed to the cousins. By claiming their power, the three cousins have accidentally opened the gates to the underworld.

Now ghouls, hellhounds—and most terrifying of all, the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters—are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers. And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies.

Can the cousins seal the gates before another witch is killed…or even worse, before their new gifts are stripped away?


A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


A Breath of Frost (The Lovegrove Legacy, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This was an interesting story about witchcraft, but the pace was a little slow.

I liked the characters in this book, Emma wasn’t afraid to do things that society would frown on, and Cormac was a bit of a bad boy, and a total flirt.

The storyline in this was good, although I did find the pace a little slow. It seemed to take a long time to get through this one, and even though the story was good, it dragged a bit. I liked the witchcraft storyline, and I l didn’t guess who the murderer was!
There was a little bit of romance, but it didn’t detract from the main storyline. I would have liked the romance to be a little more developed really, because I really liked Cormac.

The ending was good, and I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
7 out of 10.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

I Belong to You (Inside Out #5) by Lisa Renee Jones

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lisa Renee Jones and Emily McGee.
I Belong to You (Inside Out, #5)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Master…

Being that person, that man is how I define myself, how I allow the rest of the world to define me as well. And now, with a terrible loss shredding me inside out and someone trying to destroy my family to punish me, control is more important than ever. It is everything. It is what I need. It is all I need. Or maybe I just need…her.

 

I Belong to You by Lisa Renee Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I Belong to You (Inside Out, #5)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lisa Renee Jones and Emily McGee.)

This started out quite slow, but turned out to be a really great end to the series.

I liked Mark and Crystal in this book, and it was really good to finally get a full-length story about them! Mark was as usual assertive and bossy, but I loved how well Crystal could put him in his place, and how much she affected him! Go Crystal!

The storyline in this was good, although it did start out a little slow. Once it got going it got good though, and I was hooked and hoping to finally find out what was going on with Ava!
The romance in this was steamy, and I liked how Crystal didn’t immediately let Mark dominate her the way he wanted to, and how she caused him to change the way he acted in the bedroom.

The ending to this was good, and we finally got some action with regards to Ava! Yay! Can’t wait for the final book in the series ;)
Overall; great romantic suspense,
7.5 out of 10


The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley.
The Walled City
Blurb (from Goodreads):
There are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife. Right now, my life depends completely on the first. Run, run, run.

Jin, Mei Yee, and Dai all live in the Walled City, a lawless labyrinth run by crime lords and overrun by street gangs. Teens there run drugs or work in brothels—or, like Jin, hide under the radar. But when Dai offers Jin a chance to find her lost sister, Mei Yee, she begins a breathtaking race against the clock to escape the Walled City itself.


The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Walled City(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley.)

This was an okay story, but it wasn’t for me.

The characters in this just didn’t appeal to me, and I found it had to keep up with the unusual names. This is probably just because I don’t come across many people with these names, but they started to blur together a bit for me, and I kept having to go back and remind myself who each person was.
I got that Jin wanted to find her sister Mei Yee, but I just didn’t particularly care.

The storyline in this was based on real-life issues of children being sold into the sex slave industry, and problems with illegal drugs. While these are real-life and important issues, I just couldn’t get into the story much at all, and I ended up feeling a bit bored at points. It’s not that I don’t see the importance of these topics; I just didn’t find the story entertaining.

The ending was okay, and I was glad that the characters got a happy ending, even when it seemed extremely unlikely! There were parts of this story that were alright, but overall I didn’t enjoy this one much, it just didn’t hold my attention well, and I felt like I was forcing myself to keep reading.
6 out of 10.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Forget Me by K.A. Harrington


Forget Me
Blurb (from Goodreads):
An edge-of-your seat psychological thriller with a romantic twist

On the three-month anniversary of her boyfriend Flynn’s death, Morgan uploads her only photo of him to FriendShare to get some closure—but she’s shocked when the facial recognition software suggests she tag him as "Evan Murphy." She’s never heard of Evan, but a quick search tells her that he lives in a nearby town and looks exactly like Flynn. Only this boy is very much alive.

Digging through layers of secrets and lies, Morgan is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her boyfriend, her town, and even her parents' involvement in this massive web of lies.


Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Forget Me(Source: I own a copy of this book.)

This was a really good mystery story, and it kept me guessing ‘til the end!

Morgan was a girl who loved her friends and family and would do anything for them. I felt really sorry for her at having to witness her boyfriend’s murder, and then again as the book progressed and it seemed like everyone she loved was hiding something from her.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and it kept me guessing all the way through. There were so many different clues to what was going on, and we learned enough as the story progressed to keep me happy.
There was some romance, but I really did wonder how Morgan was going to introduce her new squeeze to her parents! (I can’t say any more because of spoilers)

The ending was pretty good, and I was glad that we got a happy ending. I really did enjoy this story overall, and I would definitely read another book by this author.
8 out of 10.


Monday, 17 November 2014

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley.
A Little Something Different
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together...


A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A Little Something Different(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley.)

Well, I have to say that the title is right. This is definitely different.

This book is told from multiple points of view, which are all different people working around a university campus, who all see these two students Lea and Gabe and think that they should get together. We also get the points of view of a park bench and a squirrel. Certainly different.

While this book was certainly different, I wasn’t 100% sure why these people (park bench and squirrel too) were all so interested in Lea and Gabe’s lives? Did it really matter to them if these two students had the same classes, liked the same foods, and looked cute together? Did the bus driver really care that two random passengers might have a romantic relationship in the future? Did the Chinese delivery man really think that it was so unusual that two people liked the same foods that they should be together because of it?

Other than this book having this slightly strange method of delivery, I didn’t really find it all that great. It was basically a story about two people finding each other, and because I didn’t feel like I really knew the two people, I found it quite difficult to have any feelings about their romantic relationships or what happened to them at all. It was like listening to a friend discussing a cousin’s relationship, when you have never met said cousin, are unlikely to ever meet said cousin, and could not really care less if you ever met said cousin, or what happened to their relationship.

Overall; interesting delivery, but the story didn’t grab me,
6 out of 10.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen


Evil Librarian
Blurb (from Goodreads):
#EvilLibrarian He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s . . . the librarian.

When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him. Before long Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact . . . a demon. Now, in addition to saving the school musical from technical disaster and trying not to make a fool of herself with her own hopeless crush, Cyn has to save her best friend from the clutches of the evil librarian, who also seems to be slowly sucking the life force out of the entire student body! From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen, here is the perfect novel for teens who like their horror served up with a bit of romance, plenty of humor, and some pretty hot guys (of both the good and evil variety).


Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Evil Librarian(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.)
This was an okay story about a girl battling a demon in human form in an effort to save her best friend.

Cynthia was an okay character, although she did sometimes speak without thinking. Obviously people were going to think that she was nuts when she started talking about the school librarian being a demon, and obviously the demon wasn’t going to like that information getting out.

The storyline in this was okay, and there were a couple of interesting plot points. As expected Cynthia was immune to the demon’s influence, but I found it amusing that rather than this having some awesome name, she got called a super-roach! I did find the pace a little slow, and wanted things to move a little quicker throughout this story, and it did feel like it dragged a bit.

There was some romance, and it was a little weird between Cynthia’s best friend Annie and the Demon! Cynthia finally getting to talk to the boy she liked was pretty good though.

The ending was alright, and we did get a bit of action. This book was okay for me overall, but I think it would probably appeal more to younger YA readers.
6.25 out of 10


Saturday, 15 November 2014

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige



Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I've been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.



Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This was a really good ‘Wizard of Oz’ story, and I enjoyed it.

Amy was an interesting character, I felt quite sorry for her at the beginning in the way she was bullied, and then the way she was initially treated in Oz wasn’t much better! I did have my doubts as to whether she was really up to the task she was given, and these doubts seemed to play out fairly well.

The storyline in this was good, and I liked that it was believable as a ‘Wizard of Oz’ story. I did find the story to be long, and it did seem to take a long while to get through it, but the story was enjoyable. The plans for Dorothy’s assassination seemed a little suspect at times, and I wasn’t surprised that they didn’t really work very well.
There was a little bit of romance in this, but it really was tiny.

The ending to this was good, and gave us an idea of where the story will take us in the next book. There were some twists that I didn’t see coming, and Amy’s behaviour shocked me at points as well. Looking forward to the next book now!
Overall; Good ‘Wizard of Oz’ story,
7.5 out of 10.


Friday, 14 November 2014

No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die 0.1) by Danielle Paige


No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die #0.1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In this digital original novella, Dorothy travels back to Oz to reunite with old friends, but her story may not have a happy ending. No Place Like Oz is a prequel to the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.

After returning to Kansas, Dorothy Gale has realized that the dreary fields of Kansas don’t compare to the vibrant landscapes of Oz. And although she’s happy to be reunited with Aunt Em, she misses her friends from the yellow brick road. But most of all, Dorothy misses the fame and the adventure. In Kansas she’s just another prairie girl, but in Oz she was a hero. So Dorothy is willing to do anything to get back, because there really is no place like Oz. But returning to the land she left comes at a price, and after Dorothy is through with it, Oz will never be the same.

Perfect for fans of Alex Flinn, Marissa Meyer, and Gregory Maguire, No Place Like Oz is a dark reimagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Building off of its rich mythology, Danielle Paige creates an edgy, thrilling story for teens that chronicles the rise and fall of one of the literature’s most beloved characters. This digital original novella is a prequel that sets the stage for the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.


No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die #0.1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
I’d like to start this review by saying a big ‘well done’ to Danielle Paige, because not once during this story, did I ever doubt that this was Dorothy Gale, which in itself is pretty impressive!

Dorothy was as I expected her, and I did feel pretty sorry for her at points. I totally got where she was coming from when everyone who heard her story thought she was crazy, and when girls started being nasty to her because her aunt and uncle couldn’t afford to buy her a beautiful new dress. I could also see why she would want more from life than to farm pigs.
Dorothy did become awkward, rude, and drunk on magic as the book progressed, but I could even see how that happened, at the end of the day she was just a normal 16-year-old girl with a heck of a lot of powerful magic at her fingertips, and that’s unlikely to be easy to cope with.

The storyline in this was good, although this felt more like a full-length book to me rather than a novella! So much happened, and so much was revealed, and I really got sucked into the story. I’m not sure where the next book goes from here, but there was a lot of information in this book, which I can only guess will become important in ‘Dorothy Must Die’.
I really loved how well the author had managed to bring Oz back to life in this book though, and how well she had done to make this so convincible as a ‘Wizard of Oz’ story, so again, a big well-done!

There wasn’t any romance in this one, but the story didn’t lack for it.
The ending to this was really good, and things happened that I really didn’t expect. I’m really intrigued as to where the story goes from here!
Overall; great ‘Wizard of Oz’ story,
8 out of 10


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Saving Grace Devine by Catherine Cavendish

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Samhain Publishing and NetGalley.
Saving Grace Devine
Blurb (from Goodreads):
"Can the living help the dead...and at what cost? "

When Alex Fletcher finds a painting of a drowned girl, she s unnerved. When the girl in the painting opens her eyes, she is terrified. And when the girl appears to her as an apparition and begs her for help, Alex can t refuse.

But as she digs further into Grace s past, she is embroiled in supernatural forces she cannot control, and a timeslip back to 1912 brings her face to face with the man who killed Grace and the demonic spirit of his long-dead mother. With such nightmarish forces stacked against her, Alex s options are few. Somehow she must save Grace, but to do so, she must pay an unimaginable price. "



Saving Grace Devine by Catherine Cavendish

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Saving Grace Devine(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Samhain Publishing and NetGalley.)

This was another one of those books that wasn’t horrible, but just couldn’t keep my interest.

Grace was a bit of an odd character. Why she didn’t see how nuts she sounded when she was going on about seeing ghosts I don’t know. I really didn’t blame her husband for thinking that she was mentally ill, as she seemed fairly happy to tell people that she had seen ghosts!

The storyline in this dragged for me, and it really couldn’t hold my interest. Even the bits that should have been creepy were bogged down in the rest of the book, and I got really bored.
There wasn’t really much romance in this one, but I didn’t really expect this to be an adult book, and I didn’t expect the main character to be married. Maybe it’s just that I’m used to reading YA books, but this did put me off a bit.

The ending was a little unexpected, but to be honest I was just glad that the book was over!
Overall; not for me,
6 out of 10.


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Cherish Me, Cowboy (Montana Born Rodeo, #2, Wildflower Ranch, #1) by Alissa Callen

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Tule Publishing and NetGalley.
Cherish Me, Cowboy (Montana Born Rodeo, #2, Wildflower Ranch, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Working cowgirl, Payton Hollis, has no time for hairdryers, heels and helplessness. She must save her home, Beargrass Hills Ranch. She also has no time for men. She already is boot-deep in blue-eyed cowboy trouble.

City-boy, Cordell Morgan, isn’t who he seems. His fancy suit and slow smile hide dark secrets. Secrets as to why his hands are callused, why he never stays around and why he has really come to Marietta, Montana.

Between a shrewd old rancher, a cantankerous rodeo horse and a stud bull called Trouble, Payton and Cordell have no chance to lead separate lives. No matter how much their futures may depend upon them doing so.

Can a sassy cowgirl lower her guard for a man who will soon be gone? And can a man who believes emotions are nothing but a liability take the ultimate risk?


Cherish Me, Cowboy by Alissa Callen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Cherish Me, Cowboy (Montana Born Rodeo, #2, Wildflower Ranch, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Tule Publishing and NetGalley.)

This was an okay story, but I lost interest.

Payton was an okay character, but she was so stubborn! She didn’t like to let anyone help her with anything, and wouldn’t even entertain the notion of a romantic relationship. Cordell was likewise stubborn, but he did at least flirt a little bit. Generally these two were like two peas in a pod.

The storyline in this was alright, but after a while it started to drag, and I got a little fed-up with it. The characters were so stubborn and neither wanted to budge an inch, it took forever for the romance to actually start happening, and it wasn’t all that great when it eventually happened.

This was a clean romance, so it was basically have a kiss, then go to the bedroom, end of scene. I don’t know whether it’s just because I’m not used to clean romances at the moment, but this just felt like a massive let down for me. I think if I’d been more involved in the romance this wouldn’t have bothered me, but it just felt like one more blow for me.

The ending was okay, and there were a couple of plot points thrown in that I hadn’t expected. This book just felt like a bit of a let-down for me though.
6 out of 10.


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Dehumanize Us (Fabricated World #1) by Emmanuelle Grey

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Emmanuelle Grey and NetGalley.
Dehumanize Us (Fabricated World, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Circe is fine with watching the world burn as long as it's from afar. When her twin is taken by beings known as the Others, she is willing to do anything to rescue him. Including enlisting the help of an injured, though handsome, cyborg and facing off against the charismatic leader of a less than benevolent human Resistance.

However, she isn't prepared for the new reality after coming out of isolation. The Earth she once knew is decimated by an unknown virus, former humans are made into vicious cyborgs, and the brother she is desperate to get to might be better off as he is. With shocking discoveries along the way, Circe is forced to lead a life she's never imagined and abide by this New World's rules: love only when convenient and play pretend every hour of the day.


Dehumanize Us by Emmanuelle Grey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Dehumanize Us (Fabricated World, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Emmanuelle Grey and NetGalley.)

This was an okay story, but I lost interest.

Circe was an okay character, but I didn’t love her. She seemed to go on about stuff a little too much for me, and her waffling started to annoy me; this was may have been more to do with the writing, but it was irritating.

The storyline in this was okay, but again, the pace was slow, and I felt like there were a lot of descriptions and other stuff that didn’t need to be in there. I got a bit bored of this to be honest, and felt like the story dragged because of it.
There was romance but it didn’t really interest me. The love triangle seemed a little unnecessary, and I just didn’t care for it.

The end was okay, and we got a bit of action, I felt like we hadn’t really achieved much during the course of the story though, and I was mainly glad that it was over.
Overall; too slowly paced and didn’t hold my interest well,
6 out of 10.


Monday, 10 November 2014

Puppet by Pauline C. Harris

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Patchwork Press and NetGalley.
Puppet
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.

When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.

As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.

As Penelope struggles with her past, her disturbingly new present, and her uncertain future, she is thrust into a magically twisted world of mayhem in search of the one thing she wants, but knows she can never have. The chance to be just a girl again. To be normal. To be real.


Puppet by Pauline C. Harris

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


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

This was an imaginative retelling of Pinocchio, and I enjoyed it.

I felt quite sorry for Pen, she hadn’t had the happiest life, and it was awful how things kept getting worse and worse for her. All she wanted was to feel like she had a family and someone who cared about her, and instead she just got used, and had her emotions toyed with.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and I was really impressed by how the ‘inability to tell a lie’ plotline was worked in. I liked how the story both mimicked that of Pinocchio, and had its own originality, and it most reminded me of the way Cinderella’s story was retold in Cinder.
There was a bit of romance, but it wasn’t all that big of a storyline really, and fitted in well with the rest of the book.

The ending to this was good, and I was really pleased that Pen finally got a happy ending!
Overall; imaginative retelling of Pinocchio,
7 out of 10.