Sunday, 31 July 2016

There's No Crying in Rock-n-Roll (Guitar Face #2) by Sasha Marshall

There's No Crying in Rock-n-Roll (Guitar Face, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Henley Hendrix, Queen of Rock-n-Roll, finds her world shattered again. She attempts to pick up the pieces of her life, but finds it difficult to claim her title in the world of rock when her personal life is turned upside down. Life begins to spin out of control, and so does her behavior. The Guitar Goddess loses her footing on reality when she feels betrayal from everyone she thought loved her. As the turmoil seems to proliferate, so does her attitude and conduct. Will she find herself amid all the chaos, or will the bright lights consume her?

This book is not recommended for those under the age of 18. It is also not recommended for those who take offense to profanity, sexual situations, drugs, or violence.


There's No Crying in Rock-n-Roll by Sasha Marshall

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


There's No Crying in Rock-n-Roll (Guitar Face, #2) “I will always love you, no matter what.”


This was an adult contemporary romance, which picked up where the previous book left off.

Henley was an okay character in this, and she certainly went through a lot. She did self-destruct a bit at times though, and choosing to take drugs to numb the pain possibly wasn’t the best idea.

The storyline in this was about the cliff-hanger at the end of book 1, I can’t say too much without dropping spoilers, but boy did it make things hard to Henley! Pretty much the whole book was about how hard things were for Henley with regards to her on-and-off relationships, getting arrested multiple times, and then drug abuse.

The ending to this was another cliff-hanger.



6.5 out of 10

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Because I Love You by Tori Rigby

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Blaze Publishing and NetGalley.
Because I Love You
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.

Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.

Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she's forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.


Because I Love You by Tori Rigby

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


Because I Love You “I’m pregnant.”




This was a YA contemporary romance novel, featuring a pregnant 16-year-old.

I felt really sorry for Andie in this, it was such a nightmare for her to find out that she was pregnant, and then things just got worse and worse. I especially disliked Carter though, the way he outright lied and left Andie alone was awful.

The storyline in this was about Andie finding out that she was pregnant, and her friends all turning their backs on her. Things just seemed to go from bad to worse though, and soon it seemed like Andie’s relationship with Neil was the only good thing in her life.

The ending to this was okay, and I was satisfied with the way things worked out.



6.5 out of 10

Friday, 29 July 2016

Guitar Face (Guitar Face #1) by Sasha Marshall

Guitar Face  (Guitar Face, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Henley Hendrix has been a guitar prodigy since the age of 12, and has grown up in rock-n-roll her entire life. By the age of 22 she was the Queen of rock-n-roll, and lead singer/guitarist in her band Abandoned Shadow. Women wanted to be her, and men simply wanted her. Tragedy strikes and she walks away from music for four years. She spends four years attempting to pick up the pieces of her life, then she is slowly pulled back to the only things she has ever loved, music and Jagger Carlyle.

Jagger is People's Sexiest Man Alive, and rock's biggest bad boy, and every woman wants to bed him, while every man wants to be him. Jagger presses her to tour with his and her brother's band, Broken Access, and sparks fly. Her eyes are opened back up to music, and to the boy she fell in love with in the sixth grade.

The journey is marked by Henley's fears of her past, and how to proceed with her music career. She is surrounded by comic relief, and most of all love, but will the pressures of the rich and famous be too much after her sabbatical? Will the cameras and the women be too much for her?


Guitar Face by Sasha Marshall

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


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This was an adult contemporary romance about a group of rock stars.

Henley was an okay character, and I felt quite sorry for her with regards to the car accident that she was involved in.

The storyline in this was about Henley coming back to music after a break, and starting a relationship with Jagger, a man she had been friends with for most of her life. The romance was probably the best part of the story for me, and we did get a couple of steamy sex scenes.

The ending to this was a giant cliff-hanger!



6.5 out of 10

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Songs About a Girl (Songs About a Girl #1) by Chris Russell

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Songs About a Girl
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Charlie Bloom never wanted to be 'with the band'. She's happiest out of the spotlight, behind her camera, unseen and unnoticed. But when she's asked to take backstage photos for hot new boy band Fire&Lights, she can't pass up the chance.

Catapulted into a world of paparazzi and backstage bickering, Charlie soon becomes caught between gorgeous but damaged frontman, Gabriel West, and his boy-next-door bandmate Olly Samson. Then, as the boys' rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles upon a mind-blowing secret, hidden in the lyrics of their songs..


Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Songs About a Girl “I knew this was impossible, and completely crazy – but somehow… the song was about me.”


This was a YA contemporary story about a girl and a boy band.

Charlie was an okay character, and she did come across as fairly normal. I felt quite sorry for her when she was getting bullied, and the way things got out of control because of a single photograph, but I also thought her idea about the song lyrics being about her was a little far-fetched.

The storyline in this was about Charlie being invited to take some photos of the band backstage, and her getting to know Gabriel a little better. I actually expected there to be more of a love triangle in this book from the description, and for me there wasn’t much made of the love triangle at all, in fact I really wanted there to be more romance than there was.

The ending to this wasn’t much of an ending so much as a cliff-hanger which I wasn’t expecting.



6 out of 10

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Life After (Infinite Love #1.5) by Kira Adams

Life After (Infinite Love #1.5)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Before her.

I was empty inside. I was lost. I was settling. I had no idea of the potential I had inside of me.

After her.

I was whole. I was happy. I was in love. She made me better.

I never imagined I would find someone who completed me, just to lose her. I never imagined the love I felt could be overshadowed by the deepest depression I've ever lived through.

It's been two years since she touched my life. Since she was taken from me. I don't know that I'll ever experience an ounce of the love she made me feel. I hope I'm wrong.

My name is Topher, and this is my story.


Life After by Kira Adams

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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This was an interesting story, as we found out what happened to Topher after Ciera’s death. I really didn’t expect him to get caught up in illegal drugs though!

I liked both Topher and Destiny in this book, although Destiny could be a little brash. She also seemed to think she could go up against drug dealers on her own, which was maybe a little naïve.

The storyline in this was about Topher and Destiny meeting, and Topher realising that he actually liked her, in a way he hadn’t liked anyone since Ciera. We also got a storyline about Destiny getting mixed up with the family drug dealing business, and finding it hard to get back out of it.

The ending to this was okay, and it was nice that Topher and Destiny could get a happy ending after everything that happened.


6.5 out of 10

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

What the Dead Want by Norah Olson

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What the Dead Want
Blurb (from Goodreads):
16 -year-old Gretchen takes photographs to understand the world around her, a passion her mother Mona fostered and encouraged when she was still around. Since her mom disappeared years ago, Gretchen and her dad have lived on their own in New York City, haunted by Mona’s absence.

When Gretchen’s great aunt Esther calls unexpectedly to tell her that she has inherited the pre-Civil War mansion on her mother’s side of the family in upstate New York, Gretchen understands nothing except that her aunt needs her help. But what she finds there is beyond her imagination. The house is crumbling apart, filled with stacks of papers and journals from decades, even centuries past, and it’s crawling with rodents. It’s also full of secrets and a legacy of racism and violence so reprehensible that the ghosts of the past are exacting revenge on the living.

Somehow the mystery of Mona’s disappearance and the atrocities that happened on the land during the Civil War are inextricably intertwined, and it’s up to Gretchen to figure out how…before even more lives are lost.


What the Dead Want by Norah Olson

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars


What the Dead Want "No one," Hope said, "can know what the dead want."


This was a YA fantasy story about a girl who inherited a haunted house.

Gretchen was an okay character, although she did seem a little quick to agree to go to her aunt’s house, even though she had never even heard of her before.

The storyline in this just lost me, we started off with Gretchen going to her aunt’s house and some talk of taking photos of the dead, but I really lost interest, and found it really difficult to get to the end of this one.



5 out of 10

Monday, 25 July 2016

The Healer (The Healer #1) by C.J. Anaya

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author C.J. Anaya.
The Healer (The Healer, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
#1 Hot New Release in Multicultural Folk Tales
#2 Hot New Release in Folk Tales & Myth Collections
Top 10 Amazon Bestseller in Teen & Young Adult Country & Ethnic Fairy Tales & Folklore


A girl, a prophecy, and two warring gods equals destiny!

Hope Fairmont longs for a normal teenage life, but with a gift like hers, normal equals healing illnesses and injuries instantly. Keeping a secret like that isn’t easy, but a small town is the perfect place for her to heal those who can’t heal themselves, and an even better place for her father, James Fairmont, to hide his daughter from the rest of the world.

Life takes an unexpected turn when two handsome strangers move into town and begin unearthing other secrets concerning Hope's future and past, revealing to Hope that her gift for healing may be the fulfillment of an ancient, Japanese prophecy gone wrong.

Staying away from these mysterious newcomers would be the smart thing to do, but Victor's gentle, easy manner, and Tie's mixed signals and strange mood swings draw her hopelessly closer to revealing the secret she and her father have been so desperate to hide.

Hope's life is complicated further with visions of a previous life and the arrival of a supernatural demon sent to assassinate her before she learns what she is truly capable of.

With the support of her father, the fiery loyalty of her best friend Angie, and the child-like love of Kirby, a ten-year-old patient, Hope must fight against the forces of a relentless demon god while unwinding the tangled pieces of her past, proving to herself and those she loves that destiny isn’t determined by some cosmic reading of the stars, but by the individual choices one makes.


The Healer by C.J. Anaya

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


The Healer (The Healer, #1) “I should have seen what was coming, but his kiss took me by surprise. He wasn’t timid at all, and there was nothing soft about the way he caught my lips with his own. He kissed me as if he’d been waiting hundreds of years to do so, crushing me to him, no longer polite and reserved as he had been earlier.”


This was a YA paranormal romance story, with a bit of mythology.

Hope was an okay character, and she certainly went out of her way to help others, even when it put her own life in danger. She was also very good at lying about her healing abilities when she needed to.

The storyline in this was about Hope having magical healing abilities, and about two new students at her school who somehow knew all about her. It’s hard to say more without dropping spoilers, but Hope found out a lot more about her abilities, we got some mythology, and a love triangle. I did find the pace quite slow in this book though, and it was a little too information-heavy in places for me.

The ending to this was good, and I am curious to see where the second book goes.



6.5 out of 10

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Yours Forever (Reign #3) by Joya Ryan

Yours Forever (Reign)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
For fans of J Lynn, Jodi Ellen Malpas and Sylvia Day comes the final book in the Reign trilogy. Time is running out, who will Lana choose?
One man has her heart . . .
Lana's life has shattered around her. Callum and Jack have been lying to her, the truth behind her family is turning out to be darker than she'd ever have suspected and it seems as though she can't trust anything - especially her own desires.
The other her soul
Torn between two men and surrounded by secrets, Lana is forced to make an agonising choice, one that could destroy not only her, but the people she loves. What - and who - does she really want?
An all-consuming, powerfully addictive love story, the Reign trilogy is not to be missed

  Yours Forever by Joya Ryan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Yours Forever (Reign)This was an okay end to the series, but it was a little unrealistic in my opinion.

Lana really needed to make a choice in this book, stringing both Jack and Cal along seemed wrong to me, and she just needed to pick one!

The storyline in this was partly about working out who was trying to kill Lana, and partly about her trying to choose between Cal and Jack. Admittedly she loved both of them, but having sex with one and then the other just seemed like she was betraying them both.

The ending to this was the unrealistic part (highlight to view spoiler - I just can’t believe that they would happily become a threesome! )



6.5 out of 10

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Yours Completely (Reign #2) by Joya Ryan

Yours Completely (Reign #2)
BLurb (from Goodreads):
For fans of J Lynn, Jodi Ellen Malpas and Sylvia Day comes Yours Completely, an all-consuming, raw and powerful love story . . .

Lana Case knows what it feels like to be tossed aside - first by her family and then by the man she naively believed was her true love. But when Jack leaves, reconfirming that she isn't worthy of love, her world shatters. The last person Lana thought to find refuge in is an adrenaline-junky firefighter, let alone Jack's best friend. Yet Callum Malone's easy-going, playboy persona is just what she needs.

When Lana finds herself the target of a stalker who isn't going away, Callum not only welcomes her into his home, but also into his bed. Unable to deny the chemistry between them, Lana gives in and after a night of fiery passion discovers what it finally feels like to not only be cherished - but safe. Lana and Callum are falling fast, knowing they're both far out of their depth. And then Jack returns to claim the woman he left behind . . .

Addictive and unforgettable, Lana's story will seduce, surprise and stay with you. A brand new romance by the #1 Bestselling author of Break Me Slowly, the Reign series is an emotional roller coaster you'll want to keep riding forever.


Yours Completely by Joya Ryan

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Yours Completely (Reign #2) “I loved him. Had loved him. Maybe a part of me always would.”




This was an adult contemporary romance that picked a month after the end of the previous book.

Lana was strong in this book, even in the wake of Jack leaving her. She did need that strength with Brock’s continued unwanted attention though.

The storyline in this was about Lana starting a relationship with Cal, which I have to say took me a long time to get used to. I just didn’t think it a good idea to start sleeping with the best friend of the man you’re in love with. No matter which way things worked out, there would always be the fact that you know what the best friend looks like naked to make things awkward! We did get lots of steamy sex scenes in this one again though.

The ending to this was a big cliff-hanger, and Lana was definitely in a predicament.



7 out of 10

Friday, 22 July 2016

Yours Tonight (Reign #1) by Joya Ryan

Sponsored post: I received a finished paperback copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group.
Yours Tonight
Blurb (from Goodreads):
For fans of J Lynn, Jodi Ellen Malpas and Sylvia Day comes the Reign trilogy, an all-consuming, raw and powerful love story . . .



He will give her everything she's ever wanted . . .


Jack Powell's confidence is matched only by his intensity. The darkness in him comes from years of secrets and memories he'd rather forget. Lana has an exotic innocence that draws him in and Jack wants a taste of her. She's a light in the darkness of his world - and she needs help, which he agrees to give her.


The only rule? He makes the rules.


Lana gives up her control, letting Jack take her body however he needs, while she works her way into his heart. But Jack's past catches up to them and Lana finds herself wrapped up in a scheme that will expose every secret she's worked so hard to keep. She clung to Jack once when her world was crashing down, but this time, she loves him. She'll continue to reach for him - her only fear is if he'll reach back, or go on his way, taking her soul with him . . .


Addictive and unforgettable, Lana's story will seduce, surprise and stay with you. A brand new trilogy by the #1 Bestselling author of Break Me Slowly, the Reign series is an emotional rollercoaster you'll want to keep riding forever.

  Yours Tonight by Joya Ryan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Yours Tonight “It was obvious this man was all things alpha and in control. And prey or not, I was caught. And I liked it.”


This was an adult contemporary romance, featuring a girl who had been raped at 13.

Lana was a strong character, and had the sense to get out of a situation if she was feeling uncomfortable. I felt quite sorry for her and what she had been through, and I really, really disliked Brock.

The storyline in this was about Lana meeting a man called Jack, and starting up a romance with him, whilst still being hounded by her step-brother and rapist Brock. We also got some steamy sex scenes, and a hint of a love triangle.

The ending to this wasn’t really of the happily ever after variety, but that was kind-of expected by the tag line of ‘not every love story is meant to last’.



6.5 out of 10

Thursday, 21 July 2016

A Hero's Curse (The Unseen Chronicles #1) by P.S. Broaddus

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A Hero's Curse (The Unseen Chronicles #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Essie Brightsday has never heard a rock basilisk scream. She has never worn magical armor, stood up to a queen, or run from dragons. Instead, Essie, her sarcastic cat Tigrabum, (just call him "Tig"), and her secretive family struggle to survive on their small farm nestled against the forbidding cliffs of the Valley of Fire.

But all that is about to change when a rebellion against the cruel interim ruler is sparked. Forced to flee for their lives, Essie and Tig lose themselves in the twisting labyrinth of the ancient lava flow. When Essie finds proof that the missing King Mactogonii may be alive, she is given the opportunity to help restore stability to the kingdom. But the course of her journey will force her to face her deepest fears and unravel the mystery behind her own blindness...if Essie can survive the encounter.



  A Hero's Curse by P.S. Broaddus

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A Hero's Curse (The Unseen Chronicles #1)
“Tig is right – we do need to move – but we have nothing to return to. No plan. No hope.”


This was a middle-grade/young-adult fantasy-adventure story, featuring a main character who was blind.

Essie was a strong character, and she kept battling on even when things seemed rough. I did feel quite sorry for her with regards to her blindness, but she seemed to cope quite well with it.

The storyline in this was about Essie running away from people who wanted to harm her, and trying to then find a way home, and a way back to her parents. There was quite a bit of adventure and strange creatures, but my attention did lapse a bit as the book went on.

The ending to this was fairly happy, and things seemed to work out quite well in the end.



6 out of 10

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Royal Arcanum (The Royal Arcanum #1) by Keefe R.D

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Keefe R.D.
Royal Arcanum (The Royal Arcanum #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Royals have secret, as much as anyone else’s.

17-year-old Cathy Charlotte thought that her mom still keeping a secret about their family. Until one day, odd things are starting to happen—the white hair girl who has been haunted her dreams is coming to reality as their so-called distant relative—Sylvia Elle who acts all strange and mysterious. Meanwhile, everyone in the small town of Bisbee are welcoming a new detective—Chantel Herron who later becomes co-worker to Cathy’s dad.

A sudden circumstance has caused her mom to coma after unknown demons are failed to kidnap her. At that hard time, Sylvia Elle finally reveals herself as a guardian angel who is currently assigned to help her discovering the whole things that her mom has been keeping.

Further, she found out that Chantel is the evil witch with demons works under her command. They want to hunt Cathy for their welfare sake to empower the hidden world of Caecus by experimenting her royal blood. That magical realm is concealed behind an abandoned castle in Austria—where her mom’s family secrecy is also buried in there. Eventually, Cathy is the key to open the door and to save the world.


Royal Arcanum by Keefe R.D

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Royal Arcanum (The Royal Arcanum #1) "The stars weren't falling from the skies, but to make them greener. If you could count them, your fingers would be infinite to condemn the immortality."


I don’t really know what to say about this book, because I really struggled with it, but at the same time I think the biggest problem was that English wasn’t the author’s first language, and a lot of the book didn’t make sense. I managed to gather that the storyline had something to do with angels and demons, but other than that I spent the entire book confused and wondering what on earth was going on. I feel really bad only giving this 2 stars, but I really can't recommend this book to anyone.



4 out of 10

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and NetGalley.
All Is Not Forgotten: The gripping thriller you'll never forget
Blurb (from Goodreads):
‘Deeply intriguing and provocative,… ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN is not to be missed’
–KARIN SLAUGHTER
You can erase the memory. But you cannot erase the crime.
Jenny’s wounds have healed.
An experimental treatment has removed the memory of a horrific and degrading attack.
She is moving on with her life.
That was the plan. Except it’s not working out.
Something has gone. The light in the eyes. And something was left behind. A scar. On her lower back. Which she can’t stop touching.
And she’s getting worse.
Not to mention the fact that her father is obsessed with finding her attacker and her mother is in toxic denial.
It may be that the only way to uncover what’s wrong is to help Jenny recover her memory. But even if it can be done, pulling at the threads of her suppressed experience will unravel much more than the truth about her attack.
‘Original, compelling and very, very clever’
-B.A. Paris, bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


All Is Not Forgotten: The gripping thriller you'll never forgetThis was an adult mystery story, about a girl who was raped.

It’s hard to say who the main character in this was because the story was told from the point of view of the psychiatrist of the girl who was raped, which was a bit weird really. I was expecting the story to follow Jenny, or to at least follow her part of the time.

The storyline in this was about trying to find out who had raped Jenny, and the psychiatrist’s fears that it was his own son who had done the deed. I found the way this book was written to be a little unusual though, and it wasn’t really what I was expecting. The pace in this was also pretty slow, which bugged me.

The ending to this was okay, but I did struggle to get there a bit.



6 out of 10

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Archer (Arrow's Flight #2) by Casey Hays

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The Archer (Arrow's Flight Book 2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It took some heavy convincing, a few white lies, and the death of her leader to pull her away from that village, but finally, Kate is with me. I have never felt such relief. I will keep her safe. I will protect her with my last breath if I have to. I won't let my fears get in my way. And in time, I will tell her the whole truth. About me. About Eden. Even if she hates me afterwards . . .

The Village is a mere memory. The world stands before Kate a wide-open door to the unknown. It is her life now. And her greatest fear.

Her only comfort is Ian with his promises of a new life in Eden. A refuge abundantly full of every good thing. A sanctuary of hope. A place of wonder. A paradise where the Archer doesn't exist, and Fate can't reach her. Together with the other boys from Eden, they embark on a harsh journey full of harrowing surprises and heart-wrenching secrets that forces them to prove their devotion to one another time and again.

But the boys of Eden? Just who are they with their unnatural abilities and dark secrets? Will entrusting her life–her heart–to one of them place her in graver danger than ever before?

Will Eden finally be enough? Or will her heart continue to ache for something greater? 


The Archer by Casey Hays

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


The Archer (Arrow's Flight Book 2) “The world is big,” Ian continues, trapping me beneath his strong arm. “It may be scary, but you don’t have to be afraid of it. Not even when somebody is throwing knives at you,”


This was a YA dystopian sequel, picking up where the first left off.

Kate was still a strong character in this book, and I thought it quite bad the way the boys had been lying to her about Eden. Seeing as she was leaving everything she had ever known behind, they should have been truthful with her.

The storyline in this was all about Kate, Ian and crew travelling from Kate’s village to Eden, and Kate discovering that the boys had been lying to her about what Eden was really like along the way. We did get a bit of action, and a very unfortunate death, but the pace was quite slow, and the book did drag in places.

The ending to this was a giant cliff-hanger! And there was literally a cliff involved!



7 out of 10

Sunday, 17 July 2016

This Years Love by Kristen Forever

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Kristen Forever.
This Years Love
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Love : a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person; the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration.

This isn't a love story; but it is a story about love. Avoir is loved. She has always been loved. But there is something wrong with the love she is given and at age 16, Avoir just isn't sure how much more of this kind of love she’s going to be able to take. It’s exhausting, and it’s lonely. When she is paired up as lab partners with her enemy’s younger brother, she has no idea how much her life is going to change, and how different love will feel to her in just a year. All she needs to do is survive it.


This Years Love by Kristen Forever

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This Years Love “I don’t want you to be happy with someone else. I can’t stand the thought of someone else getting to be with you. I know it’s not fair but I hate the idea of anyone else ever getting to love you.”


This was a contemporary romance story, with a mad-scientist twist.

Avoir was an okay character, although she did seem to have problems making up her mind who she loved. I did feel sorry for her in the way that her mother abandoned her, but that all seemed to be a bit weird.

The main storyline in this was about how people would ‘attach’ to Avoir, and then suddenly (around her birthday it seemed), un-attach themselves, and want nothing to do with her. It happened with her mother, her aunt, the next door neighbour, her father’s girlfriend, her teachers, her boyfriend, her girlfriend, and on and on and on. This was all a bit weird, and not explained very well, but had something to do with the experiments that her father was doing with Avoir in his basement laboratory.
We also got a love triangle between Avoir, and two brothers – Charlie and Jack, and it was a bit of a mystery as to whether either of them liked her because they had ‘attached’ to her.

The ending to this was also poorly explained, with Avoir trying to kill herself in an attempt to get someone to un-attach from her! Bit weird really, but could have worked better with a bit more explanation.


6 out of 10

Saturday, 16 July 2016

The Spirit Tree by Kathryn M. Hearst

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The Spirit Tree
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Tessa, a southern girl with a crazy family and a brand new college degree, wants nothing more than for her life to start. When her uncle dies unexpectedly, she inherits more than his old truck. Lifetimes of family secrets unravel and nothing will ever be the same. After learning that she is not only a Fire Bird, but also half Nunnehi—the Cherokee equivalent to a fairy—Tessa is forced to fight for her life. Good thing she was raised by two tough southern ladies.

The Spirit Tree by Kathryn M. Hearst

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars


The Spirit TreeThis started out okay, but I just couldn’t keep track of the plot.

Tessa was an okay character, and she seemed to care deeply for her family. I did feel sorry for her with regards to the way her mother treated her though.

The storyline in this started out okay, with Tessa going to visit her great-uncle in the hospital who was dying after a heart attack, we then got an attack on Tessa with loads of snakes and wolves at her aunt and uncle’s house, and a strange event where the wolf Tessa shot turned into a naked man. The plot just lost me after that though, and I struggled to get through the rest of the book. Not sure if this was just me, but I really didn’t enjoy this book.



5 out of 10