Wednesday, 30 November 2016

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

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

Hiding in plain sight is harder than it looks…

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

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

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


The Secret Life of a Dream Girl by Tracy Deebs

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


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

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

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

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

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



6.5 out of 10

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Blue Orca (Hourglass #2) by Scarlet Risque

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

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

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



Blue Orca by Scarlet Risque

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 


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

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

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

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



6 out of 10


Monday, 28 November 2016

Butterfly Bones by Rebecca L. Carpenter

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

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

And now nature is hell bent on revenge.

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

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

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

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

But nature has her own plans for Bethany.

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


Butterfly Bones by Rebecca L. Carpenter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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


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

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

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

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



6 out of 10

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Before Life Happened (Before #1) by Isabel Curtis

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

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

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

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

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

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


Before Life Happened by Isabel Curtis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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


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

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

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

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



6 out of 10

Saturday, 26 November 2016

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

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

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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

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

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

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



6 out of 10

Friday, 25 November 2016

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

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

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

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


Dead Is the New Black by Marlene Perez

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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


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

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

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

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



6 out of 10


Thursday, 24 November 2016

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

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

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

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


Falling for the Girl Next Door by Tera Lynn Childs

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars



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

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

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

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



6.5 out of 10

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Starriest Summer by Adelle Yeung

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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


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

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

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

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



6 out of 10

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Of Fire and Stars
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.


Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Of Fire and Stars “But some things are stronger than years of lessons.
The draw of fire.
The longing for freedom.
Or a girl on a red horse.”


This was a YA fantasy story about a princess with a fire affinity, who fell in love with her fiancĂ©e’s sister.

Dennaleia was a strong character and it was easy to see why she was so scared of the truth about her abilities getting out when everyone seemed to be on the hunt for magic users. Mare was also a strong character and she had real grit and determination to do what she felt was right. I did feel sorry for the Prince though, as he was really screwed over by Denna and Mare’s relationship.

The storyline in this started with Denna going to Mynaria in preparation for her wedding to the Prince, and developing a friendship with the Princess (Mare) instead. We then got lots of horse riding, as well as trouble brewing in the form of magic, with blame being laid on a neighbouring kingdom, whilst Denna and Mare were convinced that they were being framed. We also got a GLBT romance between Denna and Mare, although it took a long time for me to really get invested in the relationship.

The ending to this was pretty good, and I would definitely be interested in reading a sequel.



7 out of 10

Monday, 21 November 2016

Infinity (The Infinity Division #1) by Jus Accardo

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.
Infinity (The Infinity Division #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
There are three things Kori knows for sure about her life:

One: Her army general dad is insanely overprotective.

Two: The guy he sent to watch her, Cade, is way too good-looking.

Three: Everything she knew was a lie.

Now there are three things Kori never knew about her life:

One: There’s a device that allows her to jump dimensions.

Two: Cade’s got a lethal secret.

Three: Someone wants her dead.


Infinity by Jus Accardo

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars


Infinity (The Infinity Division #1) “Real love, she always said, knew no bounds.”


This was a YA sci-fi story, featuring people who travelled between dimensions.

I can’t say I loved Kori, but she did have a strong stubborn streak and liked to do what she wanted to do, not what people told her to do. She did start to irritate me after a while though.

The storyline in this was about Kori being attacked whilst out painting a mural (illegally), and then finding out that the person who was trying to kill her was from another dimension. The story then went on from there, but I was a bit bored to be honest, and I didn’t really enjoy it.

The ending to this was a bit of a cliff-hanger, but I don’t think I’d want to read the next book in the series.



5 out of 10

Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.
The Homecoming
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Forced to return to his estranged family, John discovers how hard it is to truly go home.

It's been a year since John lost his girlfriend, Leah, to suicide. Living with his uncle keeps his mind from the tragedy and his screwed up family-until he gets into trouble and a judge sends him back home. With a neglectful mother and abusive brother, John's homecoming is far from happy.

As he tries to navigate and repair the relationships he abandoned years ago, Emily, the girl next door, is the only bright spot. She's sweet and smart and makes him think his heart may finally be healing. But tragedy isn't far away, and John must soon face an impossible decision: save his family or save himsel
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The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Homecoming “I want to argue with her – drinking helps me - but maybe we’re looking for different things. I just want peace, and she wants to make things right.”


This was a YA contemporary story about a boy whose brother had suffered a brain injury.

John was an okay character and it was clear that he was struggling with grief over his older brother’s accident, I wished that he would stop smoking pot though, especially when he had drug tests to pass.

The storyline in this was about John going back home to live with his mother, brother, and sister after living with his uncle for a time and getting in trouble with regards to smoking pot. We had a bit of a mystery going on over the exact events which lead to his brother’s accident, and why John felt so guilty about it, and some sessions with John’s therapist which let us know a bit more about him, and we also got a bit of a romance happening with the girl next door. I did feel like the storyline about John’s girlfriend committing suicide wasn’t as well developed as it could have been though, and the story was much more focused on John’s brother’s accident and the blame associated with it.

The ending to this was fairly happy, and I was satisfied with the way things turned out.



6.5 out of 10

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.
Unnatural Deeds
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Secrets. Obsession. Murder. Victoria is about to discover just how dangerous it can be to lose yourself.

Victoria Zell doesn’t fit in, but she’s okay with that. All she needs is the company of her equally oddball boyfriend, Andrew. She doesn’t care what anyone else thinks…until magnetic, charming, mysterious Z comes into her life, and she starts lying to everyone she knows in an effort to unravel his secrets.

And then something terrible happens. Someone is dead and it’s time for Victoria to come clean. Interspersed with news clippings and police interviews, Victoria tells her story to Andrew, revealing her dark, horrible secrets…secrets that have finally come back to haunt her.


Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Unnatural Deeds“I thought I knew you inside and out, but… I was wrong.”



This was a YA mystery story, told by one girl to her boyfriend.

I liked Victoria as a character and I felt quite sorry for her that she had no friends at the school she had transferred to. I could also empathise with her anxiety issues, but the cheating thing was not a good character trait at all, and her obsession with Z just seemed destined to land her in trouble.

The storyline in this was about a new boy starting at Victoria’s school – Z, who Victoria seemed to become totally obsessed with. Z flashed hot and cold – calling her ‘precious’ one minute and standing her up the next, and all the while Victoria seemed desperate for the attention, which was quite sad really. While this was going on though Victoria had a boyfriend, who she did end up cheating on, which wasn’t very good. I have to say that I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the story though, and spent the whole book wondering who the heck ended up dead at the end!

The ending to this was quite twisted, and a little confusing, but was a good end to the story none-the-less.



8 out of 10

Friday, 18 November 2016

The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.
The Bad Boy Bargain
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder… Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways.

Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.

Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer—dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer—is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, “dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.

But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Sawyer’s biggest secret of all…and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.

Disclaimer: This book contains drop-the-book-and-fan-yourself kisses...and touches. Fall in love with a bad boy at your own risk.


The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



The Bad Boy Bargain “Because this didn’t feel like just messing around. This felt too big for just a quick hookup.”



This was a sweet YA contemporary romance about a bad boy and a ballerina.

I really liked Faith and I felt really sorry for her having such a mean boyfriend. The way he treated her was totally unacceptable, and I was pleased when she dumped him. Kyle was also a sweetheart, although I still don’t understand where he got his bad-boy rep from.

The storyline in this was about Faith asking Kyle to pretend to be her boyfriend to stop the rumours that he ex had spread about her being frigid, but slowly things changed and Faith and Kyle both realised that they were falling for one another. This was a really sweet contemporary romance story, and I really liked the chemistry between Faith and Kyle.

The ending to this was good, and I was satisfied with the way things ended.



8 out of 10

Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.
The Best Possible Answer
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A contemporary YA novel about growing up and learning that loving yourself is more important than trying to be perfect.

AP Exams – check
SAT test – check
College Application – check
Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you’ve spent your whole life working for– check

Ultra-high-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has always had a plan—and no room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection comes to a screeching halt when her boyfriend leaks racy pictures of her to the entire school. Making matters worse, her parents are getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Viv feels like a complete and utter failure.

Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new group of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she’d do again: trust. For the first time in her life, Viv realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it’s okay to be less than perfect, because it’s our imperfections that make us who we are.


The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


The Best Possible Answer “I will not fail.
Not again.”


This was a YA contemporary story about a girl who had sent nude pictures to an ex-boyfriend and had them published publicly.

Viviana was an okay character, and I could understand why she was so against having another relationship after her last one ended so badly, but the way she kept telling her best friend that it was alright to go after a boy who wasn’t interested in her (he was interested in Viviana), seemed like asking for trouble.

The storyline in this was about Viviana taking a summer job at the local pool with her best friend Sammie, and hanging out with Evan, the boy she had had her first kiss with when she was younger. We got a bit of a mystery over what was going on with Viviana’s father, and Viviana being quite anti-relationship after her ex-boyfriend posted naked pictures of her online. Because of this the romance side of the story was quite slow, and we even got a bit of a triangle when Viviana kept telling her best friend to go after Evan instead!

The ending to this was pretty good, although the truth about what Viviana’s father was up to was quite shocking.



7 out of 10

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Hleo by Rebecca Weller

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free. Thanks to author Rebecca Weller.
Hleo
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Our choices seal our fate. Hannah Reed is about to learn just how important one little decision can be. Hannah's plans for a nice, quiet senior year of high school are rapidly disintegrating. It all starts when she innocently bursts in on Ethan Flynn in the change room of the clothing store where she works. Ethan's presence in Hannah's world is subtle but constant, and when he saves her life, they become linked by the workings of an ancient society and Ethan's sworn duty to protect Hannah. Working together to figure out what destiny wants with Hannah, the two of them stumble on a baffling mystery that leaves even Ethan questioning what is in store for her future. With Ethan's help, Hannah learns there is far more to this life, to her life, than she ever realized. As they attempt to untangle Hannah's unique past and emerging abilities, an unknown danger from Ethan's past looms ever closer. While racing to put together the pieces of the puzzle before it's too late, Hannah wrestles with the idea that she is anything but average, and that perhaps she is also more to Ethan than just a job. Hleo is the first book in the series with the same name. A story of destiny and how one decision can change everything. When you buy a copy of Hleo, your one decision also has the ability to change the lives of others across the globe. $2.00CAD from every copy of Hleo purchased goes towards the amazing efforts of the Because I am a Girl Education initiative. Fighting to bring literacy and safe learning resources to girls living in some of the poorest nations in this world.
 

Hleo by Rebecca Weller

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars



HleoThis was a YA paranormal/fantasy story with a touch of romance.

Hannah was an interesting character, and I liked Ethan also, even if they were a little bit clueless when it came to their love lives. I actually felt quite sorry for Ryan though as it seemed like nobody wanted to go out with him.

The storyline in this was about Hannah meeting Ethan and starting a friendship with him, and slowly discovering that he was hiding some massive secrets from her. We got a bit of action, some unusual happenings, and a bit of romance too, and I liked the little twists we got thrown towards the end.

The ending to this was pretty good, and it will be interesting to see where the story goes from here.



7 out of 10

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Echo Across Time (The Echo Saga #1) by Skye Genaro

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Skye Genaro.
Echo Across Time
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Fall in love with the achingly beautiful story of Echo and Connor, supernaturally gifted teens, as they fight to live out their destiny together.

Echo had it all—she lived in a mansion in the wealthiest neighborhood and was a member of the Partychicks, the elite high school clique. But her enviable life was ripped apart when a bullying incident put her in a coma. When Echo wakes up, she's gained paranormal powers that she can't control.

Objects magically fly through the air. Lights flicker. Trees snap in half.
Echo's untamed abilities wreak havoc on her life, and she will do just about anything to get rid of them. Even if it means sharing her secret with Connor, the gorgeous, frightening stranger who appears out of thin air and possesses shocking supernatural abilities. He promises to teach her things beyond her wildest dreams—if Echo has the courage to trust him.

Soon, she is pulled into a world of mystical possibility and starts falling hard for the enigmatic Connor. As Echo uncovers the truth about him, she discovers a dark secret brewing within her city: people with paranormal gifts are being kidnapped and murdered. Escaping with Connor would keep Echo alive, but at a high cost to him and to the future they both believe in. Echo must choose between her love for Connor and her own safety, but she can't have both.


Echo Across Time by Skye Genaro

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Echo Across TimeThis was a YA paranormal/time-travel romance story about a girl with special powers.

Echo was an okay character and she seemed to really care about Connor.

The storyline in this was about Echo meeting Connor, and Connor teaching her how to use her special powers. We got quite a quick romance between Echo and Connor, and also some time travel which upped the stakes a bit. There were a couple of times where the book lost my interest a bit though.

The ending to this was okay, but it was clear that the story would continue in further books.



6.5 out of 10