Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Written on My Heart by Cole Gibsen

Official Blurb:

It's been six months since Ashlyn Daniels was kicked out of her home. Six months since she stood up to her abusive stepfather and got a busted rib—and seeing all her things set ablaze in a backyard bonfire—for her trouble. Never going back. She doesn't need trouble...especially if trouble is tattoo artist Lane Garrett, who's six-feet-plus of tattooed hotness and a complete ass.

Lane has spent the last decade fighting to support his family. To protect them. There's no room for romance, even with a fragile (yet amusingly feisty) stunner...even if she somehow manages to invade his world and his heart.

But while some secrets are as visible as ink on the skin, others must remain hidden at all costs...

You know when you finish a book and you just have to...sit and stare at a wall for, oh, i don't know, THE REST OF YOUR LIFE just to contemplate all the things you learned and the characters you met and...

My Review:

NOTE: I was given this book as an ARC by Entangled Publishing

Oh, my god.

I think I need to take a few deep breaths and start again.

Alright, here goes nothing...

This book should not have stood out to me. I don't mean that in a mean way, all I mean is that this book fits the regular formula, and should've been the same as every other book, but it wasn't. I can't tell you why it stood out; I can't identify whether it was the down-to-earth everything, the writing, the characters, or just that I was looking for a good book, but this book just got me. It totally got me, right where I am right now, and I just can't think of a better book to read, or a better person to be than the one that WoMH just made me.

Oh, my god.

I feel like every second sentence that I state when talking about this book will have to be those three words, because I am just starstruck. Gibsen has crafted a magical novel which, for some reason, had me almost in tears. It had me begging to wallow in the depth of this book. It had me kicking and screaming to hold onto the novel just a little longer when I saw I was at 96%

And, when I finally finished the book, it had me calmly closing my kindle app and clicking on Cole Gibsen's name on my goodreads page. But, when I saw the multitude of books there, it also had me exiting the page and writing this review because this book was too perfect to marr with any other forms of perfection. This book must be framed and placed where it is, where it should stay, up on a pedestal of human existence because

Oh, my god.

Those words are the ones I will always come back to.

Oh, my god.

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Friday, 24 April 2015

Through Fire & Sea by Nicole Luiken

Official Blurb:

Mirror mirror, hear my call…

In the Fire world, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm's most powerful lords. She's hot-blooded—able to communicate with the tempestuous volcano gods that either bless a civilization or destroy it. But then Leah discovers she's a Caller, gifted with the unique—and dangerous—ability to “call” her Otherselves in mirror worlds. And her father will do anything to use her powers for his own purposes.

In the Water world, Holly nearly drowns when she sees—and interacts with—Leah, a mirror image of herself. She’s rescued by Ryan, a boy from school with a secret he’d die to protect. Little do they know, his Otherself is the son of a powerful volcano god at war in the Fire world…and he’s about to fall.

As Leah and Holly's lives intersect, the Fire and Water worlds descend into darkness. The only way to protect the mirror worlds is to break every rule they've ever known. If they don’t, the evil seeping through the mirrors will destroy everything—and everyone—they love…

My Review:

NOTE: I was given this book as an ARC by Entangled publishing


This was my first of Luiken's books, although on finishing I discovered that she has previously written other books which I'm sure I'll be exploring soon enough ;)

This book was AWESOME! It mixes high and low fantasy with two stories which could almost exist as totally separate from one another. I found myself entwined in both books so much that I didn't even care which main character I was reading about, I was just happy to be there! The plot, the complexity of the story, the interwoven tales and the writing was what really grasped me and enticed me, creating a great novel! Some parts of the plot fell short and a lot of the characters were missing depth and complexity, but the narrative spoke for itself in this manner.

The premise and overarching idea was very well thought out; complex from any side you looked at it! I commend Luiken tremendously for this whole idea - it's incredible! Brava!

Overall, this was a great book when I was in the thick of it! The stories kept me engaged and the language was sophisticated enough that I did't feel like I was reading a picture book but not too complex that I needed my dictionary by my side! After the post-novel haze faded, the book overall seemed less incredible, but either way it was a fun read!

Definitely worth a try, and probably worth a re-read if you're ever in the mood!


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Collide (Taking #3) by Melissa West

Collide (Taking #3) - by Melissa West

Title: Collide
Series: The Taking (#3)
Author: Melissa West
Release Date: February 9th 2015
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-fi

Official Blurb:

Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson—the only boy she's ever let herself care about—to get to her, Ari has no choice but to surrender. 

To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train others to fight. What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to heal by turning the fighters into aliens—half-breeds like her. If she succeeds, together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever.

Once again, everything Ari’s come to believe is thrown into question. In a world of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.

My Review

NOTE: I was given this book as an ARC by Entangled publishing.

This book is the long awaited conclusion to the Taking series (note the word CONCLUSION, yes this is the FINAL book to those who weren't sure) and I was very eager to get my hands on a copy *grabby hands* In fact, as soon as the email came with the link I screamed so hard that people looked at me weirdly (not really, but there was definitely internal screaming)

This book was awesome! It was jam-packed with all the things that books one and two were filled with; assholery, friendship, love-ship, family-ship, war, action, fighting, bad-assery and everything else you could want in a book. I was also Hooked with a capital H (with much hookage; very hooked). I had to physically hide my kindle so that I would work instead of read, and even then it took me under twenty four hours to finish the book.

PACING: The pacing was great for most of the book - I got action but nothing whizzed by me too fast, and there weren't any times when I was flicking forward looking for action. EXCEPT (oh oh) - except for like the last three chapters. Everything came to a close too fast for me - we were in the thick of things and I was looking at the page count going "oh shit, oh shit, she's gonna end it on a cliffy - there's going to be another book! I CAN'T HANDLE ANy MORE OF THIS". And then I got to the end and I was like....what? I actually went back and reread those chapters and re-downloaded the book in case I missed some pages. Not because it didn't close everything off but because it was too fast, because it...wasn't enough. I don't know, the last chapters just left me feeling a little...empty

PLOT: The plot was incredible. Honestly, from some of the teasers I was expecting this book to take a bit of a different turn than it took, but it was still amazing. Again...looking back on it a few days after reading (because I had to have a few days of space before writing this) I feel like the plot was a bit thin, like there were some things that could've been explored a little more, that some characters and events lacked the depth that they could've possessed. As much as it might've killed me...this book almost could have been split in two, or had a little bit more oomph added to it in the form of a hundred more pages (I wouldn't have minded!)

WRITING: I cannot fault Melissa's writing. Although I had an ARC and there were a few word kefuffles (isn't that an incredible word!) and some minor grammar issues, I was hooked (as mentioned before) and drawn into the story, and all the credit for that goes to Melissa. The writing drew me in and had me on the edge of my seat.

OVERALL: Overall, I give this book a 4/5. The book is amazing and contributes to an amazing series, even if this last book could have been a little more. Congrats, Melissa, and I look forward to more books in the future!!


Monday, 3 November 2014

Nocte by Courtney Cole - RELEASE DAY LAUNCH

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We are beyond excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Courtney Cole's NOCTE! NOCTE is a New Adult dark romantic psychological suspense novel. Hang on tight because this book will blow you away...


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 NOCTE Synopsis:


My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole. My other half-- my twin brother, my Finn-- is crazy.

I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me.

I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline.

Dare DuBray.

He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me. He has the power to destroy me.

Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt.

 Why? Because of a secret.

A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming.

You won’t either.

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Glancing up, I suck my breath in when I find dark eyes connected to mine, eyes so dark they’re almost black, and the energy in them is enough to freeze me in place.

A boy is attached to the dark gaze.

A man. 

He’s probably no more than twenty or twenty-one, but everything about him screams man. There’s no boy in him. That part of him is very clearly gone. I see it in his eyes, in the way he holds himself, in the perceptive way he takes in his surroundings, then stares at me with singular focus, like we’re somehow connected by a tether. He’s got a million contradictions in his
eyes….aloofness, warmth, mystery, charm, and something else I can’t define.

He’s muscular, tall, and wearing a tattered black sweatshirt that says Irony is lost on you in orange letters. His dark jeans are belted with black leather, and a silver band encircles his middle finger.

Dark hair tumbles into his face and a hand with long fingers impatiently brushes it back, all the while his eyes are still connected with mine. His jaw is strong and masculine, with the barest hint of stubble.
His gaze is still connected to mine, like a livewire, or a lightning bolt. I can feel the charge of it racing along my skin, like a million tiny fingers, flushing my cheeks. My lungs flutter and I swallow hard.

And then, he smiles at me.

At me.

Because I don’t know him and he doesn’t know better.

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ABOUT COURTNEY COLE: Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people. Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.        

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Monday, 15 September 2014


Title: COURAGE Anthology
Release Date: September 16, 2014
All proceeds will be donated to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer via the Fifty Shades of Pink team. www.avonwalk.org/goto/50shadesofpink
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J.L. Berg- Never been ready(The Ready Series Book 2)

Leah Morgan was done with men. After barely surviving a horrendous childhood, and a boyfriend who bailed when things got rough, Leah had given up on love. Then she met him, Hollywood’s new golden boy who suddenly had eyes only for her. She tried to convince herself that one night couldn’t hurt, but after six months, the memories of his mesmerizing gaze and searing touch still invaded her every thought. Declan James had just one rule when it came to women. Keep it simple, and never linger. That all changed the moment he met Leah. Even across a crowded bar, he could tell she was different. Sweet, with just the right amount of sass, she made him break his golden rule and now he couldn’t walk away. When casual becomes anything but, and emotions run deep, will Leah and Declan fight their fears, or let old insecurities tear them apart? When Declan’s past comes roaring back in a way neither of them could have expected, will they stand united or be torn apart by the challenges that lie ahead? It was only supposed to be one night, but only forever will do.
L.A. Casey- Dominic(Slater Brothers #1)

WARNING: If you don't like leading males that are possessive pr**ks, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don't like leading females that are stubborn bi**hes, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don't like characters who have bad tempers, Dominic is NOT for you. Most of all, if you don't like characters who CURSE A LOT and say EXACTLY what they feel and are thinking without sugar coating it then Dominic is REALLY NOT for you. After a car accident killed her parents when she was a child, Bronagh Murphy chose to box herself off from people in an effort to keep herself from future hurt. If she doesn't befriend people, talk to them or acknowledge them in any way they leave her alone just like she wants. When Dominic Slater enters her life, ignoring him is all she has to do to get his attention. Dominic is used to attention, and when he and his brothers move to Dublin, Ireland for family business, he gets nothing but attention. Attention from everyone except the beautiful brunette with a sharp tongue. Dominic wants Bronagh and the only way he can get to her, is by dragging her from the boxed off corner she has herself trapped in the only way he knows how...by force. Dominic wants her, and what Dominic wants, Dominic gets.
Kirsty Mosely- The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window

Amber Walker and her older brother, Jake, have an abusive father. One night her brother's best friend, Liam, sees her crying and climbs through her bedroom window to comfort her. That one action sparks a love/hate relationship that spans over the next eight years. </ span> Liam is now a confident, flirty player who has never had a girlfriend before. Amber is still emotionally scarred from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Together they make an unlikely pair. Their relationship has always been a rocky one, but what happens when Amber starts to view her brother's best friend a little differently? And how will her brother, who has always been a little overprotective, react when he finds out that the pair are growing closer? Find out in The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window.
Erin Noelle- When The Sun Goes Down(Dusk Till Dawn Book 1)

A story of deception... Trina is a quiet, reserved music teacher at an inner-city elementary school. Because of the traumatic events of her childhood, she’s skittish of people in general, but men especially frighten her. However, when Lucca Ellis appears in her life, he refuses to take no for an answer. Will he be able to help her overcome the past that has kept her a prisoner for over eight years? Kat is a woman scorned and out for revenge. Wronged by the men in her life, she thrives on belittling and dominating all men that she comes in contact with. Her end goal is to make the one man, the one who stole her life away as a child, pay for his actions, and she doesn’t care who she has to destroy to get there. These two lives that both thrive on control, were never supposed to overlap, but anything can happen... When the Sun Goes Down.
Tess Oliver- Freefall: Custom Culture #1

Ever since a tragic accident killed her family and left her alone in the world, Scotlyn James hasn't spoken one word. Up until now she didn't care that she had no way of talking to people. Her awful aunt would never have listened, and Lincoln Hammond the arrogant, selfish man who pulled her from the streets of Los Angeles wouldn't hear her words if she could speak. But when Lincoln insists she get a tattoo to cover up a scar on her side, Scotlyn meets the artist, Nix Pierce. And now she longs for her voice. Now she has found someone who will hear her.
Kate Perry- All for You (A Laurel Heights Novel)

Anna Godwin likes it spicy. At least she used to. Somewhere between law school and real life, she lost her sparkle. Now she wears boring business suits to boring dates in her boring life. The last time Anna remembers feeling that sizzle was with the one man who's all cayenne and passion: Max Corazao, the one who got away. Except Max still sees Anna as a woman full of spice. And Anna intends to do whatever she can to be that woman again—with his (unknowing) help...
Julie A. Richman- Searching For Moore

I lost the love of my life when she disappeared without even a goodbye. It was the 80's - there was no internet, no Google, no cell phones.</ span> If you wanted to disappear, you could. And she did. She crushed my soul. A friend just told me he saw her on Facebook. And now I'm a keystroke away from asking her the question that's haunted me for two decades. "Why did you leave me?" Two decades after she broke his heart, sexy entrepreneur Schooner Moore uncovers the truth and betrayal his life has been built on when he Facebook friend requests college love, Mia Silver. Determined to win Mia's love once again, Schooner embarks on a life-altering journey that could cost him everything.
Aurora Rose Reynolds- Until Trevor (Until Series Book 2)

Trevor Mayson had his life planned out - make the family business successful and play the field for a few more years before eventually settling down. Then he sees her. Liz Hayes was beautiful, shy and everything that he could ever want...but she didn't fit into his plans. After Trevor painfully rejects her, Liz finally starts to move on, but Trevor is finding it difficult to truly let her go. It seems the more he tries to stay away, the more intense his feelings for her become. Like a stretched rubber band, he can only take so much before snapping. Liz Hayes is done waiting for Trevor and isn't interested in getting her heart broken by him again, but Trevor is making it difficult for her to forget him when he shoves his way back into her life. Can Trevor prove to her that he is worth falling in love with again, and is he ready to change his life plan to let her into his heart?
Hilary Storm-In A Heartbeat (Rebel Walking #1)

Eaven Bennett is a college student with a passion for photography. She has high hopes of completing college and starting a new life as she moves away from her hometown with her best friend, Ivy Adams. Her last boyfriend ruined any chance of her trusting ever again. Talon Walker is the dark and intriguing drummer for the up and coming band ‘Rebel Walking’. A tragedy in his past has left him empty with no desire for a relationship. That is until he meets Eaven. One minute your heart is filled with love, the next your entire life comes crashing down. Everything can change in a heartbeat. Can Eaven and Talon overcome the obstacles in their way and find love?
Pepper Winters- Tears Of Tess

"My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect. Then it all changed. I was sold." Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility. For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world. But lusty paradise is shattered. Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror. Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can't save her from the horror of being sold. Can Brax find Tess before she's broken and ruined, or will Tess's new owner change her life forever? A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and hard to read subjects. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.
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Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout - COVER REVEAL

Holy cow, y'all! We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout's WICKED! WICKED is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked Trilogy. It is being released on December 8th, 2014. So make sure you pre-order it today!!


WICKED Synopsis: Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans. Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun... and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants... she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her. But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

  About Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories....which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Dont Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Don't Look Back - by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Official Blurb:

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. 

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on, But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

My Review:

To be honest, I was a little reluctant to start this book just because it didn't look like "my" kind of thing. Well let me tell you, I am not going to let what's "my" thing hold me back anymore, cause this book was frigging amazing!

I started reading this book on camp - I had downloaded it to my phone and I didn't have my other book on me so I decided to give it a shot, and within a few chapters I was hooked. On the way home from camp I ditched my other book to read this, and was so enraptured that I totally lost track of where I was and forgot to text my mum to come pick me up until my destination was in sight. Oops.

Things I loved about this book (in absolutely no order whatsoever):

1. The Writing:Jen (yes i call her Jen, cause we sah close brah) is an amazing author and reading another one of her books felt like coming home. The witty banter, engaging characters and all rounded amazingness exudes from every one of her books. No matter the different themes, different characters, different styles, different everything the writing is always amazing and just traps you. 

2. The Story Line:I have a thing against outlining the plot because I don't really read plots. Or I do when I download or buy a book and then after that forget about it totally - it makes for a nice surprise when you read the book. But if you're here you've probably read the book or the plot - so you know that it's a mystery, that there's something you don't know. And that wanting to know is so strong. At first you're a little bit like "eh, I know some of her past I just want to see what she becomes" but as you keep going you so want to know that the desire to skip ahead is such a temptation. It's like a murder mystery "*gasp* it was the maid!" (it wasn't the maid...)

3. The Characters and their Relationships:I swear, I need Jen's secret. How does she have an endless supply of different original, amazing characters? How does she create different relationships that are still so ideal and amazing and....gah! But seriously, I want the relationship that was a main feature of this book. I want a relationship where we are so open and brutally honest, where we can literally say anything without fear of offence. Where we can be just so....argh just read it and then talk to me!

There's about a bazillion more things that I could say about this book but life is going on around me and I have no more time to write this review, but everything about this book is incredible. As always, Jen has created a masterpiece beyond belief that I am so thankful to have read.

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