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Cover Reveal (and giveaway) - Captured Love

Thursday, 21 August 2014
Today I am helping to reveal the cover for Captured Love by Juliana Haygert. This cover is lovely and the book sounds great so I am really looking forwards to it.


Synopsis

It’s been four years since twenty-year-old Jessica Hayes has been home, but when she discovers her father is dying, she must return to her hometown in South Carolina and face her past. Jessica thought patching up her relationship with her father would be her biggest challenge, but when she runs into Ryan Dawson—the catalyst of all her problems—she wonders if coming home was a mistake.

Ryan knows he screwed up. Hell, he paid the price…with interest. But when he runs into his best friend’s little sister, Jessica, he’s reminded that his debt will never truly be paid. He may have turned his life around, but he can’t undo the damage. So, he does what he should have done all those years ago. He stays away from Jessica, and all the other personal demons that still haunt him.

Jessica thought she wanted nothing to with Ryan, but something is different about him and she needs to know why. When she discovers the truth behind his change, she puts her troubles aside and tries to help him. But is putting her heart back in the line of fire worth disrupting her stable life back in Ohio, or will the past repeat itself, leaving her broken-hearted once again?

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About The Author


While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.
 
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Waiting On Wednesday - The Fire Prince

Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and it allows readers to share the books that they are most looking forwards to reading.

This week the book I have chosen to feature is The Fire Prince by Emily Gee.



Title: The Fire Prince

Author: Emily Gee

Series: The Cursed Kingdoms trilogy #2

Publisher: Solaris

Publication date: 11th September (UK), August 26th (US)

Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon UK


Synopsis

The long awaited and much anticipated sequel to 2011's The Sentinel Mage. The Fire Prince continues the saga of Prince Harkeld, Innis the shapeshifter and the imperiled Seven Kingdoms.

The Seven Kingdoms are in the grip of an ancient and terrible blood curse. Thousands have died. Thousands more will die. Only one man can end the curse.

The fugitive Osgaardan prince, Harkeld, is that man—whether he likes it or not. But the bounty on Harkeld’s head is high. He has outrun his father’s soldiers, but he can’t outrun the assassins who seek him—Fithians, trained in the art of killing. Even the Sentinel mages who guide and guard him are no match for Fithian steel. Faced with the ever-present threat of death, Harkeld must learn to use his fire magic. Or die.

Meanwhile, dark plots are unfolding in Osgaard’s gold-tiled palace, snaring Princess Brigitta and those she loves. And in the eastern kingdoms, young orphan Jaumé journeys with a band of mysterious and dangerous fighters, heading north for a purpose he does not understand.


My Thoughts

I have been waiting for this book for over 3 years! I first read The Sentinel Mage back when it first released and loved every single aspect of it. It is an incredible epic fantasy series that just ticks every single box (in fact most of the characters are in their early 20s so you could even kind of call this NA :P). I have been looking forwards for a long time to find out what will happen next to all the characters and I'm so glad I don't have to wait much longer!

What are you waiting for this week?

Review of Liar

Monday, 18 August 2014
This book is the second in a series, to read my review of book 1 go here.


Synopsis

Worse than a thief, is a liar.

Kayli Winchester can finally let go of her thieving past and for once walk on the right side of the law. She’s had enough of the hustle and is determined to become the good girl.

But her brother, Wil, is still missing. On the hunt for him, she discovers something worse than a missing sibling: Marc, Raven, Axel, Corey and Brandon. These aren’t just scoundrels with hearts of gold. They’re flat out criminals. But they’re criminals who need her.

In a ruse to draw them away from her brother and learn more about this so-called Academy, Kayli joins them on a mission to Florida in search of a missing little girl. Kayli will do anything to make sure her brother is safe. She’ll find their leader. She’ll discover their intentions. She’ll infiltrate their ranks. And if they try to threaten her brother or herself, she’ll burn them all.


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Review

After events in book 1, Kayli is now unsure of who she can trust. The Academy boys seem nice enough but when she discovers secrets from their past, she now wonders if The Academy is something she should get mixed up in or if she should run as fast as she can.

Parts of Liar seemed a little rushed to me. All Academy books take place over the span of just a few days but I have never really had a problem with it before. It works well in some of the other books but not so much for this one. I think it is in part because this book is more mature in terms of sexual content (though it is mainly just kissing) and the multi-boy/don't know who to choose aspect. The romance(s) seem incredibly rushed and less realistic than they would be if the storyline was simply altered to span weeks instead of days.

Despite the romances feeling too rushed I did enjoy them. C.L Stone is very good a creating characters and romances that you can root for. I like how all the guys have very different personalities rather than being carbon copies of both one another and the typical NA love interest (though don't worry ladies - there is both a tattooed bad boy and a millionaire, no rock stars though, sorry :P). Some of the guys haven't quite won me over as much as others and so far in this series I DO have a favourite; it simply has to be Corey with his nerdy cuteness and you also know he would be such a romantic.

If you have read all of the Academy books so far including The Ghost Bird series then you will love some of the revelations in this book. Like with Thief, there are moments that relate to occurrences and mysteries from the original Academy series. These are fantastic little gems for fans of the original series.

This isn't my favourite book in this series or it's sister series as the were several elements that just didn't work for me but overall it was a good book. I definitely plan to stick with this series as I know from experience that C.L Stones books just get better and better as each series goes on.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way*

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Laura

Review of Scoring Wilder

Thursday, 14 August 2014
Synopsis

What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder—soon became a goal she had to score.

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He's a professional soccer player, America's favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.
• A face that makes girls weep – check.
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check.
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.
Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley's already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.

Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”

Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK 

Review

I first have to say that the synopsis is a little misleading as it implies that the heroine pursued her coach solely for the challenge. Fortunately, it was more of case of instant attraction and her friends teasing her about their apparent chemistry. There was a lot on the line for the characters so it would have frustrated me if that were the case as I tend to get turned off by utter recklessness. Now, as for my opinion of the book as a whole, I loved it. I would classify it as a guilty pleasure book because it wasn’t particularly deep, dark, or even realistic but I loved it all the same. I mean, who hasn’t had the hots for their coach and wished he was a crushing on them just as hopelessly? Fortunately, this is new adult (adult being the operative word) so it doesn’t have any of the potentially seedy ramifications that crushing on your high school coach could result in.

The heroine is a badass soccer player, is remarkably self-assured when it comes to interactions with the opposite sex, is a loyal friend, and is grounded. Not everyone can be a top tier soccer player but I loved the fact that the heroine was constantly working her tail off. That is a big pro for me as I hate stories where the character is somehow the best of the best and yet, magically, doesn’t do much more than show up for practice like everyone else. The heroine has some insecurities regarding fidelity but does a pretty good job of not letting it hijack her every thought.

The hero: Well he is pretty much perfect. He is gorgeous, rich, successful, faithful, romantic… So, yeah, that is the only part that might be a negative for some people as he has a bit of a too good to be true vibe going but, like I stated above, I loved it anyways. I have a serious girl-crush on the heroine and want to be just like her when I grow up. I found the premise relatable, though on a much grander scale. The conflicts weren’t particularly dark but were effective nonetheless. And…the author wraps everything up with a tidy bow, because she can.

For those of you from the rest of the world, I apologize for the gratuitous use of the term “soccer” and any frustration experienced as a result.

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK 

Katie

Waiting On Wednesday - Trial By Fire

Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and it allows readers to share the books that they are most looking forwards to reading.

This week the book I have chosen to feature is Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini.



Title: Trial By Fire

Author: Josephine Angelini

Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (US), Macmillan (UK)

Publication Date: August 28th (UK), September 2nd (US)

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK


Synopsis

The exhilaratingly seductive new series from the author of the bestselling Starcrossed series

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted...which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

My Thoughts

Not only have I loved Josephine Angelini's previous books, the synopsis for this one is incredible. It sounds like something unique, fresh and exciting. I also love the UK cover which is always an added bonus :P I hope to be able to read this one very soon.

Book Blogger UKYA Awards

Monday, 11 August 2014
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Hello! As you know from my recent Bookish Treasures Recommends post I love UKYA and today I am proud to announce that the Book Blogger UKYA Award Nominations are open! This is a new awards for the best UKYA books, authors and characters as voted for by book lovers and ran by bloggers. Use the form below to nominate the books and authors that you love! You can nominate up to three books and authors per category - choose wisely! Nominations will stay open until 24th August. (That's two weeks!) Then the shortlist will be sorted and voting will begin on the 1st September. Good luck to all the lovely books and authors!


Review of How to Kill Your Boss

Saturday, 9 August 2014
Synopsis

Because murder is cheaper than therapy.

Tatum Wood murders her boss on a daily basis. Daydreams, real dreams, it doesn’t matter. In her opinion, it’s better than therapy. That is until he takes a swan dive off the roof of a building and all evidence points to her as the main suspect.

Enter Franklin Reed, her mysterious, overprotective and drop-dead gorgeous coworker. His injection into her life couldn’t have come at a better time. Two men are brutally attacked across the hall from her apartment and she has a stalker with a penchant for roses.

Franklin is all too eager to play the hero in and out of bed. Their attraction is undeniable, their heat level, searing. As they scramble to discover who’s behind the murders, secrets are unearthed that call to question Franklin’s motives as well as his identity. Tatum discovers that life is never what you expect and love isn’t always hearts and flowers. Sometimes, it lurks in the shadows and bites you on the ass when you least expect it.

Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK 

Review

First thoughts? This was one odd book. The dark humor associated with fantasizing about murdering her boss appealed to me because, frankly, I have a slightly warped sense of humor. Unfortunately, there were other odd things in the book that didn't appeal to me in the same manner.

First and foremost was that the synopsis didn't quite correlate to the book. I kept waiting for the boss to die and was confused when the event didn't take place until the midpoint of the story. To be fair, everything noted in the synopsis does happen but the order and emphasis on events in the story is not consistent.

Second, I couldn't seem to grasp why the heroine was willing to have sex with the hero when she wasn't sure whether she hated him, loved him or thought that he was a creepy, delusional stalker. The love/hate thing I could have probably been persuaded of but I felt the need to settle the stalker question prior to rolling around in a bed.

I enjoyed the action and I enjoyed the female friend the heroine picked up along the way. I also enjoyed that there was an actual mystery. Unfortunately, the hero didn't endear himself to me. I enjoyed him in the beginning but as the weird back-story came to light, I started to lose interest in him. Especially if he was entitled to attempt a normal life when he deprived someone else of the same opportunity.

And, on the final note... If a story is going to focus on the fantasy of murdering one's boss, there should be clear evidence that it would be pure karmic retribution. The boss was not a nice guy but there really wasn't much focus on his grievous faults as a human being prior to his death.

*A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an HONEST review*

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK 

Katie

Review of Fall

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Synopsis

A savagely wicked new adult sci-fi serial blasts off with Fall, the first installment in The Cold Mark Saga...

Only one thousand Humans survived The Travel from the shattered Earth. Some Humans say it was their penance for crushing such beauty. Eighteen-year-old Braita merely thought it was pathetic - pathetic that her people had been that blind.

Now, the Humans live in the solar system, Kline, where three planets are habitable. Joyal, the smallest planet, is embraced by the Humans - their family to love as they had never loved Earth. Though a planet covered mainly in water is dangerous real estate to dwell upon.

Their worry turns into devastating reality when Braita’s blessed village is struck by a tsunami. Population numbers must be kept to a minimum. Drastic measures must be taken. Braita’s life is twisted in brutality when she is chosen as one of the three hundred Humans to be removed from Joyal…and sent to the Mian, the aliens to fear, on the planet Triaz.

Thrown head first into a barbaric world she knows nothing of, Braita must adapt to a dark life as a slave of the Mian society. Her existence depends on it…and possibly, the fall of her heart.


Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Review

This book is rather fantastic. Fall introduces us to the world and the characters in the Cold Mark Saga as well as being a great little read in its own right. I often find that the start of serials can be pretty boring as they focus too much on introduction and nothing really happens but that wasn't the case here. For such a short book, Fall packs one hell of a punch!

I like Braita, she is one heck of a tough cookie and does a good job of staying afloat when her whole world is turned upside down. The planet she ends up on is a patriarchal warrior like society with a lifestyle that adds interest and conflict into the book.

I didn't really understand the reasoning behind 300 of the remaining humans being sent to other planets. It seemed to be a survival of the species type thing but considering they are all split up to be slaves they can hardly continue the human race. I'm probably missing something but it could have done with being clearer as I am not the type to not get something. Normally I'm the person explaining the reasoning behind an event in a book to other people :P

The only slight issue, I was expecting this book to be a full length novel and it is in fact a short novella. However, that disappointment about length was entirely my fault as in my excitement about this book I didn't look to find out how long it was. The fact it is a serial is now mentioned in the synopsis so hopefully less people will make the same mistake I did.

This doesn't end too much on a cliffhanger but it did leave me incredibly excited for the next book. I am loving the Cold Mark Saga so far and hope that book 2 isn't a long wait. Especially as I am guessing it will also be rather short! Scarlett Dawn is a fantastic writer of non-contemporary New Adult novels and this is a great addition to her available works.

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK


Laura

August 2014 Debut Of The Month Announcement

Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Debut Of The Month is back! This is a monthly feature that focuses on a debut author and their novel that is releasing that month through an interview, review etc. To learn more and apply to be Debut Of The Month for September or beyond please visit my Authors/Publishers page.

The book I have chosen to feature this month is Blood Entwines by Caroline Healy. This book released on August 1st from Bloomsbury Spark and so is available already. An interview with Caroline will be following next week so that you can find out a little more about Blood Entwines.


Synopsis

In the aftermath of a blood transfusion that saved her life, Kara feels different. Her senses are stronger ... she can hear whispered comments not meant for her ears ... she can hear the person following her.

When Jack, her stalker, reveals himself and insists that Kara has something that belongs to him, she does her best to avoid him. But he’s determined to talk to her, convinced that they’re linked through the blood she received during her transfusion.

Jack is struggling against a dark and dangerous demon. His body is host to the evil power that wants Kara’s blood and will stop at nothing to get it, but when Jack himself is able to regain control he tries to warn her away. Can Kara save Jack without risking her own life?


Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Five Weeks release day blitz

Tuesday, 29 July 2014





 
Synopsis
 
Izzy has always loved the freedom and adventure of life on the road, but she’s recently decided to settle down—as much as a rogue wolf can. When her boyfriend gets her a job working at a hot Shifter bar, she runs into the last person on earth she expected to see again.

Jericho isn't the famous rock star he once was, though he still plays in a local band and loves to party. Beautiful women come and go, but music is his only passion—until a sassy redhead named Isabelle Monroe shows up unexpectedly.

Fate reunites two former friends living with one foot in the present and the other in the past. But will they have a future when one of them is forced to choose between life and death? Old habits die hard, and sometimes the toughest addictions to shake are the ones that control our hearts.




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