Sunday, 31 May 2015

Shatter Me (Entangled Brazen) by Tori St. Claire

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Shatter Me (Entangled Brazen)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...


Bound by honor, caught by desire...

Former Marine Alex McCray is ripped up inside over the knowledge that his best friend died saving him. Now he's returned to his hometown to honor a promise he made-to take care of his buddy's widow. Semper fidelis. "Always loyal." But Alex's loyalty is about to be tested, because there's never been a time when Reagan Sanders didn't make him burn with desire.

All it takes is one night for Reagan and Alex to give in to the deep, carnal need they've denied themselves for so long. But Reagan has secrets of her own?secrets Alex can never know about her marriage, or the kind of man her husband really was. But one night with Alex isn't enough. Not even close. Now Alex must choose between his sense of honor...and his heart.


Shatter Me by Tori St. Claire

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Shatter Me (Entangled Brazen)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“I am starved for you, Reagan,” he confessed huskily. “I’ve been starved for five goddamn years. And if you were smart, you’d run like hell.”



This was an okay story, but it took me a long time to feel anything for the characters.

Reagan seemed to have had a rough time of things with her husband, but I disliked the way she covered for him. She didn’t seem to want to admit that he had been abusive to her, and was happy to let Alex think they had had some kind of fairy tale marriage, which was far from the truth.

The storyline in this was about the romance between Reagan and Alex, and we got some steamy sex scenes thrown in. I found it hard to really care about the characters though, and their sex life seemed to go from zero to sixty in about 3 seconds flat. One moment Reagan is moaning about some bad contractors, and the next she’s thinking that Alex would look beautiful naked. I mean where did that come from?

The ending to this was fairly happy, but I was pretty pleased to be finished really.
6 out of 10

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Blurb (from Goodreads):
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore. When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and NetGalley.)

I know a lot of people aren’t going to like me because of this review, but I can’t lie, I really didn’t like this book.

Fayre was a stubborn girl, and she did everything she could to keep her family alive, even when she was the youngest and started hunting at only 14. The way her sister’s treated her wasn’t very nice at all, and her father’s laziness didn’t help matters either. I really wanted her family to actually care about her and all that she did for them, but it just didn’t happen.

The storyline in this okay, but the pace was way too slow, and after a while every page felt tedious! This is probably just because I wasn’t enjoying the story, and I’ve come to the conclusion that this author’s writing just really isn’t for me anymore, but this book was a struggle to get through. It felt long, it felt slow, and I had problems even caring what was happening.

I didn’t get the romance either. Yes, this is supposed to be a beauty and the beast retelling, but I didn’t fall in love with the beast, and I didn’t get why Fayre did either. One moment she’s making plans to escape, and the next she wants him to kiss her?! I mean really?! Talk about Stockholm syndrome!

The ending to this had a bit of action, but I totally guessed the answer to the riddle straight away, and I just couldn’t wait for this to be over. I don’t have problems with retellings, I don’t have problems with fantasy stories, or stories about the fae in general, but this book just killed me slowly with every page, and I am delighted to be able to delete it from my kindle.
4 out of 10

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Letting Go by Jessica Ruddick

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Letting Go
Blurb (from Goodreads):
How long do you hold on?

Cori Elliott likes order. Her schedule, her social life...even her GPA is perfect. Then she finds out her high school boyfriend's death wasn't an accident—it was suicide. The devastating revelation is enough to fracture her perfectly structured life, sending Cori in a downward spiral of self-doubt and impulsive decisions.

And right into the arms of Luke Evans.

But Cori's life isn't perfect anymore. In fact, it's all coming apart. The only way she can save herself is to let go of everything—including the girl she used to be. Even if it means losing the one guy who might just be perfect for her in the process...


Letting Go by Jessica Ruddick

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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

“Tyler’s car accident wasn’t an accident.”
“It was suicide.”




This wasn’t a terrible story, but I just found it a bit boring.

Cori seemed obsessed with the death of her ex-boyfriend, and I didn’t really like Luke at all. None of the characters in this really called out to me. They were all just blah.

The storyline in this was about Cori and Luke botching their relationship, and Cori feeling guilty over the death of her ex-boyfriend. There was romance, but I just didn’t really care to be honest.
5 out of 10

Death Wish (Ceruleans, #1) by Megan Tayte

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Blurb (from Goodreads):
IN SEARCH OF THE MEANING OF DEATH, SHE’LL FIND THE MEANING OF LIFE. The Ceruleans: mere mortals infused with power over life and death. Five books; one question: If the might of the heavens were in your hands, would you be sinner or saint? Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her estranged sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit. Running away from school, joining a surfing fraternity, partying hard: that sounds like Sienna. But suicide? It makes no sense. Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to the isolated cove of Twycombe, Devon, with grand plans to uncover the truth. Alone. But she hasn’t reckoned on meeting two boys who are determined to help her. Luke: the blue-eyed surfer who’ll see the real Scarlett, who’ll challenge her, who’ll save her. And Jude: the elusive drifter with a knack for turning up whenever Scarlett’s in need. As Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Warmth. Power. What transpires is a summer of discovery. Of what it means to conquer fear. To fall in love. To choose life. To choose death. To believe the impossible.

Death Wish by Megan Tayte

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Death Wish (Ceruleans, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Megan Tayte.)

“The end is coming; no escape.”



This was an okay story, but I have to say that I am very disappointed with that ending.

Scarlett was a bit of a mess as characters go. She was out there trying to find out what happened to her sister, and at the same time making some very irresponsible decisions such as trying to surf when she had no idea what she was doing, and didn’t even have a decent surf-board. I know that she was grieving, but boy was she a mess.

“you got a death wish or something?”



The storyline in this had a little touch of mystery, and a little touch of romance, but was mostly just Scarlett being messed up over her sister’s death, and finding out very little. The pace in this book was just so slow, and I didn’t feel like we really found out anything significant until quite late on in the story, and certainly the paranormal aspect of the story (and the whole point of the series title) didn’t emerge until the 95% mark, which for me was way too late. I felt like I’d read 94% of a contemporary romance/mystery story, to then have a paranormal aspect dropped on me, seemingly out of nowhere, and then the book ended! Argh! What a place for the book to end?! Just as we were finally about to learn something!
6 out of 10.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Wicked Magic: A Weeping Willow Novel (Weeping Willow #2) by Sandra Madera

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Blurb (from Goodreads):
After a time of peace, Willow's world is turned on its side when Nalin is captured and taken into the Underworld. (YA Fiction Novel, intended for ages 16 and up). Just when Willow and Nalin were ready to bind their life forces in a marriage ceremony, their time of peace has ended. Willow finds out a secret that is both the cause of their union and exile. Daphne, Nalin’s evil sister, has gathered a group of powerful allies in her quest to regain the Ljósálfar kingdom and overthrow their newly formed government. Hoping to separate Willow and Nalin forever, Daphne casts her brother into the darkest and deadliest realm imaginable... Hades. However, Daphne never expected Willow to delve into the depths of hell to reunite with her lost love and try to set things right. Rules have been broken... Deals have been made... How much is Willow willing to risk to save Nalin’s soul?

Wicked Magic: A Weeping Willow Novel by Sandra Madera

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Wicked Magic: A Weeping Willow Novel (Weeping Willow Series #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Sandra Madera.)

“He is in a place that dare not be named… for fear of spending eternity there. A door that must never be opened in this realm,” she answered ominously. “A place that nothing good can dwell. He has been taken… stolen into the Underworld.”



This book picked up where the previous book left off, and followed Willow as she searched for kidnapped Nalin.

Willow came across as quite immature in this book. In the previous books she seemed to have the right ideas, but in this one she was whiney. I understood that she wanted Nalin back, and that she’d do anything to achieve that, but instead of coming across as confident and determined, she came across like a teenager throwing a paddy.

“They could have killed him already, and I may never what happened to him,” I said, sobbing. “I feel broken. My heart is broken… You must help me find him!” Rosalyn didn’t understand the connection I had with Nalin. She had never had her soul ripped apart. I felt lost. I felt empty.



The storyline in this followed Willow as she tried to rescue Nalin, who had apparently been transported to the realm of the fae. We got a lot of travelling in this book, to several different locations, and we found out a bit more about the fae. We also got a bit of action, and some riddles to solve.

“What is considered a stairwell to the divine
Which can mend the soul at the same time,
Can cause wars to spread quicker than wildfire,
And, yet, can be thought of as a crime?

(can you guess what the answer is? I thought this one was pretty easy)
(highlight to read answer - Faith)

The ending to this was okay, but we were left with a pretty big cliff-hanger. It will be interesting to see how Willow deals with this new threat in the next book.
6 out of 10.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Center Ice (Corrigan Falls Raiders #1) by Cate Cameron

Sonsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.
Center Ice
Blurb (From Goodreads):
The hometown hockey hero won’t know what hit him…

Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother’s death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers—her dad and his perfect, shiny new family—and there doesn’t seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald.

But Karen isn’t interested in starting something with a player. And that’s all she keeps hearing about Tyler.

Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler’s the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey—except Karen. Now they’ve managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps…



Center Ice by Cate Cameron

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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

“It felt like he was kissing my whole body, even though his lips barely left mine.”



This was an okay story, but I found the pace a bit slow.

Karen was in a bad situation with having to live with her father and his legitimate family after her mother died, and Tyler was also in a bad situation with him father basically wanting to use him for cash!

“He’s not an asshole,” my dad said angrily. “He’s your agent! He looks out for your interests!”

The storyline in this was about Karen fighting with her step-sister, and Tyler trying to do what was best for his career, even if it wasn’t what he wanted to do.
The romance in this was okay, but it was a little predictable in places.

“So you need to make a choice. If you can be the right kind of girlfriend for Tyler? If you can be supportive, someone he comes to for fun and relaxation, someone who knows her place and her role?”

The ending to this was okay, but overall I didn’t really enjoy this one much.
6 out of 10

The Novice (Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help. As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.

The Novice by Taran Matharu

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Novice (Summoner, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley.)

“If it wasn’t for the summoners, we would be in serious trouble.”



This book felt like a cross between Harry Potter and how to train your dragon, with some politics and racism, and backstabbing thrown in too.

Fletcher was a boy who had never had much, and who had always worked hard. He stood up for people, even when he was being bullied himself, and went out of his way to be a good person. He was also a good friend to the people he met, and a good son to his adoptive father.

“He had been abandoned with nothing, not even a basket or swaddling. Just a naked baby in the snow, screaming at the top of its lungs outside the gates.”



The storyline in this followed Fletcher as he summoned his first demon, and then travelled to a place where he could continue his studies. We got bullying, racism, action, and demon fights, not to mention sword fights too.
I have to say that bullying and racism were a big thing in this book, and the way Fletcher and the dwarves were treated was just shocking and awful.

“What have we told you dwarves about carrying weapons in public? Why can’t you get it through you thick, dwarven skulls? Only humans have that privilege!”



The ending to this was good, but was also a massive cliff-hanger! I hate Didric so much!
6 out of 10


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
I loved romances because when you opened the first page, you knew the story would end well. Your heart wouldn't be broken. I loved that security, that guaranteed love. In real life, you never knew the ending. I hated that. Sixteen-year-old Eva has never been in love. But when she meets Will, everything changes. With him, her grief over her father's death fades, and she can escape from her difficult relationship with her mother. Then, without any warning, Will picks up and moves to California. So Eva—with the help of her best friend, Annie—concocts a plan to travel across the country to see him again. As they leave New York City for the first time and road-trip across America, they encounter cowboys, kudzu, and tiny towns without stoplights. Along the way, Eva and Annie learn the truth about love and all its complexities.

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars



Kissing in America(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“I loved romances because when you opened the first page, you knew the story would end well. Your heart wouldn’t be broken.”

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This started out okay, but then it just got silly.

The main character in this was, I’m sorry, but she was a bit of an idiot. I understood that she liked this boy, but who finds a way to travel from New York to L.A. just because a boy they kissed once is working there over the summer? When you don’t exactly have a relationship, and have to talk your best friend into a random contest to try and get there? Oh yes, meet Eva.

“I had to find a way to get there. I kept thinking that if I could find a last-minute internship out there, or some reason that my mom would approve of, then I wouldn’t even have to mention Will to her.”



The storyline in this was a little bit of romance at the beginning, which was then followed by this crazy girl trying to find a way to go across the country after this random boy that she liked. This involved roping her friend into a ‘smartest girl in America’ contest as a way to get free travel, when basically all she was doing was following after this boy!

“I had no idea how I was going to get to California.”



The only other real storyline was that Eva’s dad had died in a plane crash, and I did feel a bit sorry for her because of it, but chasing this boy across the country was not going to fix that. If anything she needed to reconnect with her mother instead of taking it out on her.

“When people ask how my dad died, I lie. I say he died of a heart attack, in his sleep.”



The romance just irritated me, because while I got that Eva liked Will at the start, I just got the feeling that this relationship was going nowhere, and the way Will kept leading her on was just annoying!

“Actually, I’m not sure if I’d use the word “together.” We kissed on a street corner and made out in a roof garden and now we write letters.



The ending to this was just what I expected basically, which as I’m sure you can guess wasn’t exactly a happy ending for Eva, and the way she treated her best friend wasn’t nice either.

“I know you didn’t do it on purpose. I just -” She sighed. “I thought you’d be there for me, you know?”



Overall, I think that people who like road-trip stories might like this, but for me, I just wanted this girl to come to her senses and stop acting like a 12-year-old with a crush.
5 out of 10


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2) by Lisa Burstein

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.
Mia and the Bad Boy
Blurb (from Goodreads):
This good girl’s about to meet her match…

Ryder Brooks is living the dream—he’s famous, loved by millions of girls, and miserable. All he really wants is to write his own music, not Seconds to Juliet’s sugary sweet pop. In order to do that, though, the “bad boy” of the band will have to play by the rules. And that includes behaving with his new—and super cute—über-good-girl tutor.

Mia Reyes is in fangirl heaven. Tutoring her favorite member of her favorite band? It’s a dream come true…until it turns into a complete nightmare. Ryder is nothing like she thought. He’s crude, arrogant, and pretty much a total jerk. And the worst part? She’s roped into pretending to be his girlfriend so that no one finds out he’s being tutored. Fake kisses, plenty of PDA, and even sharing his hotel room…

But sometimes even the baddest of bad boys needs a little redemption.


Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Mia and the Bad Boy(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“You are one weird girl,” Ryder said, but in his head he really meant, You are like no girl I have ever met. You are like no girl I ever thought I would meet.



This was a cute YA contemporary romance with a bad-boy rock star.

I liked both Ryder and Mia, Ryder was a bit of a bad-boy and was adorably rude, whilst Mia was very much a good girl, and not the type to drop everything for a fling.

“Her mother would do whatever was necessary to make sure Mia’s future was safe.
Unfortunately, alone in a room with Ryder, she had no idea how she would be.”




The storyline in this was pretty good, even if it was a little predictable, and I liked the way the romance moved slowly. Ryder and Mia made a really cute couple, and it was so sweet the way they gave things up for love.

“You get a question right,” she flirted, “You get a kiss. You get it wrong…”
“I still get a kiss?” he replied with a devilish smile.
Amusement teased her lips. “Let’s just hope for your sake that you don’t get one wrong.”




The ending to this was pretty good, and I liked the happy ending.
7 out of 10

Whispers in the Dark by Chase J. Jackson

Sponsored post:  I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Boutique of Quality Books Publishing and NetGalley.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
College graduate Adrian Ramirez has finally landed his first job, and it's the opportunity of a lifetime: teaching at the elite Finley Academy in his hometown of Newnan, Georgia. Life is on the upswing, and Adrian returns home with girlfriend Lea and high hopes---but the Academy is not the idyll he imagined. Along with the new pressures of adulthood, and a rising anxiety disorder he's having trouble hiding, Adrian discovers there's been a string of unexplained dropouts at the school. He suspects something is amiss with two of his students, identical twins Raven and Robin. One outgoing, one withdrawn, both keeping a secret. When Adrian is accused of being at the center of a student's breakdown, he is forced to dig deeper to unravel the mystery, finding influences of the paranormal along the way. Will Adrian be able to unlock the dark secrets of Finley Academy---and his own past---in time?

Whispers in the Dark by Chase J. Jackson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Whispers in the Dark(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Boutique of Quality Books Publishing and NetGalley.)

“The bet was that I had to take a girl’s virginity.”



This book had its flaws, but it was still an enjoyable read.

Adrian was quite dedicated to his job it seemed, even if he was a newbie. I understood where he was coming from most of the time, and it was admiral the way he stepped in and tried to stop what he thought of as bullying, when it seemed like nobody else was doing anything to help. That being said he did make some strange decisions at times though.

"Maybe I can show Robin's parents this," I suggester. "They're the ones who need to know what's going on with her."



The storyline in this was okay, and book did surprise me at times. I thought there were some clues as to what was going on at points, and some things seemed a bit unbelievable. I did guess parts of it, whilst other parts were a mystery. This was a proper ghost story though, so that was good!

"I leaned over to look at the baby, and as the blanket pulled away, I noticed that the baby's eyes were completely black."



The ending to this was alright, but the epilogue was a bit weird. This was an enjoyable story though, and I’ve certainly read much worse.
6.25 out of 10


Monday, 25 May 2015

A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
It’s senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready—ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning and dreaming. But there are some things Annabeth isn’t prepared for, like the constant presence of Noe’s new boyfriend. Like how her relationship with her mom is wearing and fraying. And like the way the secret she’s been keeping hidden deep inside her for years has started clawing at her insides, making it harder to eat or even breathe. But most especially, she isn’t prepared to lose Noe. For years, Noe has anchored Annabeth and set their joint path. Now Noe is drifting in another direction, making new plans and dreams that don’t involve Annabeth. Without Noe’s constant companionship, Annabeth’s world begins to crumble. But as a chain of events pulls Annabeth further and further away from Noe, she finds herself closer and closer to discovering who she’s really meant to be—with her best friend or without.

A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A Sense of the Infinite(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This was a story about one girl’s last year of high-school, and her ups and downs as the year went along.

I felt quite sorry for Annabeth in this story; her relationship with Noe meant so much to her, and the way she was so easily discarded was awful.

The storyline in this basically covered Annabeth’s last year of high-school and all the things that happened to her, touching on some teenage problems such as eating disorders, teenage pregnancy, and falling out with her best friend. There were so many small storylines in this that it didn’t really feel like there was a main storyline to me, just loads of little things happening to Annabeth over a year of her life, which was okay, but felt a little disjointed at times.

There wasn’t really any romance in this one, other than seeing other people’s failed romances.

The ending to this was okay, and it was clear that Annabeth had been through a lot during the course of the book, I just felt like there was a little something missing for me though.
6 out of 10.


All Our Pretty Songs (Metamorphoses #1) by Sarah McCarry


Blurb (from Goodreads):
This is a story about love, but not the kind of love you think. You’ll see… In the lush and magical Pacific Northwest live two best friends who grew up like sisters: charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora, and the devoted, watchful narrator. Each of them is incomplete without the other. But their unbreakable bond is challenged when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between them. His music is like nothing I have ever heard. It is like the ocean surging, the wind that blows across the open water, the far call of gulls. Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most: friendship, or love. What both girls don’t know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined. They're not the only ones who have noticed Jack’s gift; his music has awakened an ancient evil—and a world both above and below which may not be mythical at all. We have paved over the ancient world but that does not mean we have erased it. The real and the mystical; the romantic and the heartbreaking all begin to swirl together in All Our Pretty Songs, Sarah McCarry's brilliant debut, carrying the two on journey that is both enthralling and terrifying. And it’s up to the narrator to protect the people she loves—if she can.

All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


All Our Pretty Songs (Metamorphoses, #1) “This is a story about love, but not the kind of love you think.”



This was a bit of a strange story, but at least it was quick.

Firstly, I don’t like that the main character doesn’t have a name – or rather we’re not told her name, but either way – she’s a human being! She deserves to have a name! So for that reason I’m going to pretend her name is Jane. Anyway, I felt quite sorry for Jane and Aurora in this story, their father’s were completely absent (Aurora’s father was dead through a suicide/overdose I think), and although Aurora and Jane’s mothers were originally friends, they are not talking, and Aurora’s mother is pretty awful person. She didn’t care what Aurora did, where Aurora was, or whether Aurora even ate on a daily basis. Pretty darn awful.

The storyline in this wasn’t easy to find, very little happened in the first half of the book, other than Aurora and Jane behaving badly, drinking, taking drugs, etc. the sort of typical things that teenagers behaving badly do.

The second half brought about the arrival of a boy called Jack, who wanted to be a famous musician. He and Jane seemingly fell in love in less than 20 minutes, but then he and Aurora ended up with something going on too, and Jack and Aurora then left to go to (I think Los Angeles?) in order for Jack to be a musician? Not very nice really. What kind of a best-friend runs off with her best-friends boyfriend? Especially when you have been best friends since birth?

Anyway, this whole book was a bit strange, and the ending was a bit of a non-ending for me, partly because I’ve read it twice and still can’t really work out what’s going on.
So, I’m really not sure what to make of this.
6 out of 10

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Fantasy of Flight (The Tainted Accords #2) by Kelly St. Clare

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Kelly St. Clare.
Fantasy of Flight (The Tainted Accords #2)Blurb (from Goodreads):
Fantasy of Flight is the highly anticipated second installment of The Tainted Accords.

My veil is off and I need it back.

Stuck in the lethal outer rings of Glacium, I must fight to survive until I can find the answers I seek and find a way back to the Bruma castle. Being a Solati from the enemy world of Osolis would be bad enough, but being the Tatuma, the next in line to rule…No one can find out who I really am. Especially now the veil is off.

Has the Tatum refused King Jovan’s peace offers and declared war? Do my brothers and Aquin know I’m alive? Who are my enemies and who are my friends? Nothing is certain. Though, if I think about it, nothing has been certain in a long time.
All of my worries must all be put aside.

I can’t imagine many distracted fighters survive The Pit.

Warning: Fighting, adventure, action, fantasy, sexual themes and heartbreak (about twice that found in Fantasy of Frost. Watch out for the cliff-hanger ending, too!



Fantasy of Flight by Kelly St. Clare

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Fantasy of Flight (The Tainted Accords #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Kelly St. Clare.)

“Tomorrow morning, Newbie will be joining the rest of you in the main gym. She’ll be fighting in the rings this week.”



This was a great fantasy sequel to Fantasy of Frost, and Lina continued to be a strong female lead.

Well, Olina was one heck of a kick-ass chick in this book! After the events of Book 1, she managed to not only look after herself, even though she was a very strange place and completely cut off from all that she had ever know, but she also managed to become a top fighter, and best men twice her size! Go Olina! There is seriously no stopping this girl once she knows what she wants, and if you get in her way – look out!

“Shard shoots me an amused glace. He is the only one I couldn’t beat.”



The storyline in this was good, although I did despair of the situations that Olina got herself into at times! This poor girl was constantly out of the fire and into the frying pan, and even when it looked like things might finally be looking up, she was in trouble again!

“I’m half standing when I remember he can’t possibly recognise me.”



There was a touch of romance in this, and it was surprising, but good! I don’t want to say too much, but I was so upset for Olina after when happened with Kendrick in Fantasy of Frost, and I really want her to have a chance to be happy!

“His kiss is firm, but his lips are devastatingly soft. It’s the direct opposite of Sin’s kiss. And then the tingles start. The ones I’ve only felt a couple of times before.”



The ending to this once again left me desperate for the next instalment! Well done Kelly for another fabulous fantasy adventure!
8 out of 10

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