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Book Blogger UKYA Awards - Time To Vote!

Monday, 1 September 2014
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Hey Guys! Today I am here with VERY exciting news! It is the shortlist of the Book Blogger UKYA Awards! This is the time for YOU to vote for your favourite from the list! Voting is open until 21st September. Make sure you don’t miss out! Voting will also be happening a little differently than the nominations. On this blog you will be voting for: Best Self-Published, Most Social Author (Online), Most Social Author (Offline), Author Whose Mind You Wish Was Yours And then you will hop along to the next blog to vote for more awards! There are five different awards to jump to (and five/six bloggers hosting each group, but you only need to visit five blogs!). This doesn’t have to happen all at once, it gives you the chance to vote in your leisure – but make sure you do so before 21st September.
 
 
Jump To (choose which blog for each category you want to visit!)
 
Best Contemporary, Best Historical, Best Crime/Mystery, and Best LGBT
 
Funniest Book, Most Heartbreaking Book, Best First Sentence, Best Ending
 
Best Horror, Best Sci-fi/Fantasy, Best Paranormal, Best Adventure
 
Best Protagonist, Best Couple, Best Friendship, Best Villain

Stacking The Shelves / Showcase Sunday #51

Sunday, 31 August 2014
Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky @Books, Biscuits, and Tea and Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and they both give bloggers the opportunity to share the books they have received in the past week.
 
It has been MONTHS since I last did a stacking the shelves post but I miss sharing what books I have got and receiving your suggestions on what I should read first. I am not going to share all of the books I have got over the past few months or we would be here forever so I am just going to go with the last 2 weeks. As usual if you click on the book cover you will be taken to the books Amazon page (or goodreads if it isn't yet on amazon).

For Review

Paperbacks

I am so excited about all of these books, most notably The Memory Keepers by Natasha Ngan. I loved Natasha's debut novel The Elites last year and she is also a lovely person so I am very much looking forwards to reading this one. I am also very happy to have a paperback of Heir Of Fire (though I have actually already read it in ebook) and Firelight was unexpected but sounds great. I am also so excited to read This Book Is Gay by the uber funny James Dawson, Chained By Night by Larissa Ione which is the sequel to a book I loved last year and Red Rising which I keep hearing great things about.

Thank you to Hot Key Books, Bloomsbury, Hodder & Stoughton, Piatkus Entice and Pocket Books.
 
 
 
Ebooks

I have already read The Innocent Assassins and that was pretty fantastic. I am also really looking forwards to Dire which I have JUST received.

Thank you to Pema Donya and Alyssa Rose Ivy for these ebooks.
 
NetGalley & Edelwiess

I saw Red Queen as someone's WOW last week and it sounded so good I had to try and read it immediately. Luckily it was on Edelweiss! I also downloaded Unborn, Divinity, Yours To Uncover and Dark Sacrifice (all from NetGalley). Dark Sacrifice I have already read and it was such a fantastic and unique NA novel!
 
 
Bought

Paperback

The other week I did something I have not done in a very long time, bought a book in a bookshop that I had never heard of before. I'm really looking forwards to reading this with pretty much no expectations caused by reviews, people talking about the book etc.
 
 
Ebooks

I bought three ebooks and have read them all. Debt Inheritance I was NOT impressed with (you can read my review here) but I loved both Oath Bound and Trust. Oath Bound is an Urban Fantasy novel - a genre I am completely into at the moment.
 
 
Freebies

So many freebies! These all look great and I think most if not all are still free. I was very excited about River's Remorse as it is a sequel and I went specifically on amazon to see if it had been released yet only to find that not only it had but it was also free!
 
 
So what do you think? Have you read or want to read any of these books? Feel free to link to your own Stacking The Shelves or similar post in the comments.

Review of Uncovered

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Synopsis

My name is Lizzie Connelly, and I have it all. The gorgeous apartment. The new job most women would rip out their own souls for—working for Margaret Emerson at Emerson & Taylor. I have one of those lives you’ve always dreamt about, the kind you only see on HBO. But, the thing is, that life is a lie. A fa├žade.

It all started with one call. “Everything you know about your story—your father’s story—is a lie. It’s up to you to uncover everything.” One call, and I turned my world upside down to dig my way into Margaret’s life—the woman who I’d never laid eyes on until recently. My stepmother who took everything after my father died fourteen years ago.

The plan was simple—figure out what role she played in my father’s death and expose her to the world.

But here’s another thing: simplicity doesn’t exist, and my plans are flawed from the beginning because I never anticipated Oliver. Sexy, too smart for his own goddamn good, and infuriating, he’s the one person who could blow my plans to uncover Margaret. She’s his mother, and in another life, that would have made him my stepbrother.

I want to pretend that none of that matters, that I can simply finish what I came to do without sparing him a second glance and another thought.

Like I said, though, there’s no such thing as simplicity.

My real name is Gemma Emerson.

And this is my story.


Review

I really enjoyed this book.  The mystery progressed nicely with a teaser in the beginning and little clues throughout the book.  The romance was what I would expect from the author, which is intense.  It had a lot of the elements I’ve seen in this genre such as an escort, a playboy, and a wicked witch (or two) but it was woven in a way that really worked.  One of the things I enjoyed was that the playboy didn’t transform overnight.  He simply grew more and more attached as he waited for the opportunity to consummate their affair and by the time he did, he wasn’t quite willing to call an end to things.  I also totally loved the best friend/partner in crime.  I have a real soft spot for resourceful women.

One of the things that didn’t quite work for me was that while the character’s action felt logical, I didn’t feel a strong connection to them.  I mean, I couldn’t quite understand how the heroine ever got involved in the career path she had chosen as that part of her life was glossed over.  I was also kind of surprised by the apparent lack of conflict for the son.  Again, there was enough of a foundation that I could understand his decisions but I felt like there should have been more of a struggle early on considering the fact that, while he disliked his mother, he didn’t hate her.  Lastly, I wanted more from the ending.  It was a happily ever after but I found myself full of questions wondering where things would go from there on the business front.  It was probably a good call to end things the way they were rather than gloss over what would have to be a complicated mess but I prefer an ending with at least a direction for each of the major elements of the heroine’s life.

While there are clearly some areas I would have preferred more elaboration, I enjoyed the story.  The mystery, and betrayals, felt unique, there was plenty of steam, and there were characters that I really liked.  I’m looking forward to the next book, which is a companion book, and will follow the best friend.  There is a lot of potential there and I am looking forward to reading it.

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK
Katie

Review of Debt Inheritance

Sunday, 24 August 2014
**Disclaimer - This is a dark erotic romance and is not under any circumstances suitable for under 18's**


Synopsis

Warning: Please note this is book one of a series. It is a Dark Romance that will unfold slowly with many twists and turns. In true Pepper fashion there will be a HEA. You just have to see past the darkness for the light.

“I own you. I have the piece of paper to prove it. It’s undeniable and unbreakable. You belong to me until you’ve paid off your debts.”

Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Being the first born daughter, her life is forfeit to the first born son of the Hawks to pay for sins of ancestors past. The dark ages might have come and gone, but debts never leave. She has no choice in the matter.

She is no longer free.

Jethro Hawk receives Nila as an inheritance present on his twenty-ninth birthday. Her life is his until she’s paid off a debt that’s centuries old. He can do what he likes with her—nothing is out of bounds—she has to obey.

There are no rules. Only payments.

A modern day Dark Erotic Romance

Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Review

Now this is a review that is incredibly hard for me to write. Pepper Winters has written several fantastic books, is a lovely person and is in my opinion one of the top authors for dark romance. Unfortunately this book didn’t have the magic of some of her past works. In fact I highly disliked it.

The overall premise of this book is just ridiculously unbelievable and I found it impossible to wrap my head around. I didn’t give up on this book and in fact read it all in one go as I was desperately hoping there would be some explanation that made everything believable but unfortunately that never came.
Also this book is categorised by the author as a dark romance and for me when you are reading romance, even dark and twisted ones, the “hero” should have some redeemable feature or attractive quality. In this case though, Jethro was just a monster from start to finish and I felt absolutely nothing for him but hatred.

Nina also wasn’t a particularly fantastic character. She does have moments of strength but most the time is incredibly weak, more than a little stupid and somewhat annoying. Hell she lets herself be kidnapped at the start of the book! It takes her an incredibly long time to even think to fight / try to get away and even then it is the most pathetic attempt ever. She just confused me as she had the bright moments of strength and intelligence that almost made it seem like she was developing as a character only to then regress back to exactly where she had been.
To me debt inheritance felt very incomplete. I know it is the first in the series so I wasn’t expecting everything to be perfectly wrapped up but this just kind of ended without feeling like it had reached anything. It seemed to me like half a book – a part 1 and that part 2 was missing.

The closest book I can think to compare this too is Consequences by Aleatha Romig though that was hundreds of times better. Both have a similar “kidnap” (in a way) element as well as the MC paying for the sins of her ancestors. The reasoning behind Consequences was somewhat more believable and the “hero” had redeeming qualities. You may hate that you love him but there is a little love in that one. Debt Inheritance had the potential to be as good as Consequences but it just didn’t fulfil its potential.
Plot wise I would give this book 1 star but the few good moments and the lovely writing throughout pulls it up to 2 stars. Pepper Winters really done excel in beautifully descriptive writing. I wouldn’t really recommend this book, go and read one of Pepper’s previous titles instead. At the moment I don’t plan to read book 2 of this series though I may simply in the hope that it will be better and redeem this book as I really want to like this one more than I do.

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK 
Laura