Sunday, 31 May 2015

Alpha Girl #3

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Book: Alpha Divided
Author: Aileen Erin
Published: 14th October 2014
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis: 

Life has been crazy since Tessa McCaide moved to Texas. She’s gone from being a normal-ish girl with visions to a super-powered werewolf. She’s fought off vampires and broken a nearly unbreakable curse. And she’s got a hot mate, Dastien Laurent, to keep her busy. 

Things are looking up until the full moon ceremony rolls around. Before Tessa can strengthen her bond with Dastien, the local coven crashes the gates, demanding that Tessa—their heir apparent—be returned. If the pack wants to avoid a war with the witches, handing Tessa over is the only option.

Tessa doesn’t want to cause an all-out fight, but joining a dark-magic coven isn’t on her to-do list, especially if embracing her magic side means parting with Dastien. When the coven leader tries to control Tessa with dark-magic, Tessa realizes she has to dismantle the coven or prepare the pack for war. Either choice will change her life—and her world—forever.

Finally!!!!

This book was so much better than the last! I feel like the author has ever so slightly reined in on Tess's nature of complaining which made it much more joyful to read! :)

There wasn't much romance in this book since Tessa is compelled to make a choice at the tribunal as to whether or not joining her cousin's coven. I don't know how to react, whether think she is stupid for thinking that I mean come on has she forget what happened last time?

I felt for Dastien watching his mate go :(


Alpha Girl #2

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Book:  Avoiding Alpha
Author: Aileen Erin
Published: 13th May 2014
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis: 

Seventeen-year-old Tessa McCaide has come a long way since her abrupt entrance into the world of werewolves, but she still has just as far to go before she’s comfortable with turning full wolf. In the meantime, she’s avoiding the topic of shifting to four legs any way she can. Thankfully her mate, Dastien Laurent, is quite the distraction.

When she finds her best friend, Meredith, getting sick in the bathroom, Tessa knows something’s majorly wrong. Meredith was cursed years ago, and the dark magic kept her wolf dormant—only now the wolf is awake, and that same spell is killing her.

Tessa has no intention of sitting around while Meredith wastes away. Even if it means playing with magic she doesn’t understand, she’ll do anything to save Meredith’s life. Including bargaining with the local coven of witches and its crazed leader, whose only goal is getting Tessa to join the witchy ranks.

Can Tessa save her friend without losing herself?

I did enjoy this a little bit more than the other one but this primarily focused on Meredith and her illness.

In this book, Tess kind of portrayed the role of wonder woman I think; fighting to safe her best friend's life between the cliché like a life and death situation!

At least, there was much more communication and romance between Dastien and Tess! But I honestly think Tess was a bit naïve thinking she could bargain with Luciana like that


Overall, a okay read


Alpha Girl #1

Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl, #1)
Book: Becoming Alpha
Author: Aileen Erin
Published: 17th December 2013
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:  

Tessa McCaide has a unique talent for getting into trouble. Then again, it isn’t easy for a girl with visions to ignore what she sees. Luckily Tessa and her family are leaving California and moving halfway across the country, giving her the perfect opportunity to leave her reputation as “Freaky Tessa” behind. 

But Tessa doesn’t realize that kissing the wrong guy in her new Texas town could land her in far more trouble than she ever imagined. Like being forced to attend St. Ailbe’s Academy, a secret boarding school for werewolves.

Even if the wrong guy did accidentally turn her into one of “them” and doom her to attending the weirdest high school ever, Tessa can’t help her growing attraction to the mysterious Dastien Laurent.

When vampires attack St. Alibe’s and her visions pinpoint an enemy in their midst, Tessa realizes that boy drama and her newfound canine tendencies might just be the least of her problems.

I so wanted this book to be different, I guess in some sense you could say it was! But does Tess need to have a problem with anything the guys says to her? And Why does she always have a tantrum? Like seriously?

I did love Dastien and Meredith's characters; Meredith was a kick ass chick who did not care what others think! I enjoyed the action scenes since that was the only time Tess did not complain about anything!

Oh and did Dastien have to speak French? *swoons*


See Me #1

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Book: See Me
Author: Wendy Higgins
Published: 14th March 2014
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis: 

While most seventeen-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he’ll look and imagining his cute Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own, however when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle she discovers there’s more to her betrothal and McKale’s clan than she was led to believe. 

What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands in the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants—and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn’s family and McKale’s clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their people.


I was looking forward to this book, since the last book by Wendy was off the charts!

I had so much expectations for this book, but they popped like a balloon!


I wanted to like this story so much but I felt like the pace and romance between Robyn and Mckale dragged on a bit, I didn't understand why it was difficult for Mckale to accept Robyn and just move on instead of making her feel insecure!


The Fine Art of Pretending #1

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Book: The Fine Art of Pretending
Author: Rachel Harris
Published: 30th September 2014
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis: 

According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.

This book was one of those where as a reader you are just screaming "PLEASE TELL THE OTHER PERSON ALREADY!!!"

Both Aly and Brandon are your typical teenage characters where the guy is the one of the popular crowd and the girl is unnoticeable as they consider her as one of the 'guys' as Aly is someone who should be dated as 'commitment' and not as a one night stand. I did like the story even though it is a very generic plot where the girl falls in love with her best friend.

I loved Gabi and Kara, they made the story more likeable and the plot more interesting!



Tempest #1

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Book: Tempest
Author: Julie Cross
Published: 17th January 2012
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:  

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

WOW!!!! *Does happy dance*

This book was off the hook! :)

I loved every minute of this book! The suspense and tension that was building up inside of me, dying to know what happens next was killing me! I literally thought I was going to faint before reaching the end of the book!

I love, love, love, love, love Jackson! He was absolutely charming and amazing to read, I love reading from a male's POV especially if you can truly relate to the person emotionally which I can't often do.

I was absolutely devastated by the choice Jackson had to make because of Holly, I felt like my heart broke in to a million pieces


Thursday, 28 May 2015

The Camelot Shadow: A Novel

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Book: The Camelot Shadow
Author: Sean Gibson
Published: 31st October 2014
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:

Lord Alfred Fitzwilliam spends each day in much the same way: caring for his terminally ill wife and trying to lose himself in the dusty tomes that fill his library. Everything changes when he receives a visit from a man representing a clandestine organization operating with the backing of Queen Victoria herself. The group seeks his aid in finding an Arthurian artifact that, legend holds, can cure its bearer of any wound or disease.

Skeptical but desperate to help his wife, Alfred is convinced that the fabled item might actually exist after witnessing a seemingly impossible display of power by the organization's leader, James Nigel. He decides to pursue the treasure, accompanied by an eccentric scholar, a deadly druid, and his best friend, a sardonic bookseller who is far more than he seems. As he follows an arcane trail of clues from the gas-lit streets of London to the wilds of Scotland and deep into ancient catacombs in Italy, Alfred becomes enmeshed in a web of hidden agendas, secret societies, and ancient enchantments. Along the way, he learns a dark secret about Nigel’s past—and the true power of the artifact he seeks.

Steeped in a compelling mythology and filled with unexpected twists, The Camelot Shadow will leave readers stunned, breathless, and wrestling with an impossible question: what do you do with an object that has the power to both save the world and destroy it?


I received this book in an exchange for an honest review, kind regards to the Author

You know that moment when you experience something and you cannot contain your emotion and your just like "omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomg". Well this was one of those experiences for me.

I am utterly speechless about this book. This book had me captivating at a moments notice, I was intrigued by how the front cover looked. I have to say I love Alfred in this book so much, his fierce determination and loyalty for the greater good was absolutely astonishing. I also enjoyed seeing the friendship between Alfie and Will, it was truly remarkable. I was quite surprised by two things in this books; Quinn's sudden turnout and Nigel's secret, I wasn't expecting that at all!

This is book was written very eloquently, and the language is quite decipherable. Although, at the beginning it was hard to decipher what I was reading but as you continue reading certain events that took place earlier in the book start to make sense. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it!


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

The Sheysu's Gold Series #1

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Book: Revive
Author: Sunita Venchard
Published: 26th October 2014
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes/ No
Synopsis:

Sheysu is thrust from her peaceful family life onto a dangerous quest to find a cure for her dying twin sister. The illness is strong and threatens to claim Sheysu’s life too.
Terrified and alone, she travels through unfamiliar kingdoms in search of the elusive, legendary healer, Similia—her only hope of survival. Queen Platina of Mineralia offers her help and assigns her number one, the reluctant Aurum, to accompany her. But can Sheysu trust either of these Mineralians she just met?
Their journey pulls them through a maze of emotions and terrifying battles against the deadly tribes of Animalia, who live by a different code.
Sheysu uncovers a dark secret from her past, causing her to question everything she has ever known.
Will Sheysu find the cure in time? What is the secret from her past and how will it change her future?

I received this book in an exchange for an honest review


I am not too sure entirely how I feel about this book. I like this book, but there are certain things contributing towards not me liking this book. The kingdom or tribes that are described in Animalia are very hostile and even vile, there were a lot of things about these tribes which were very convoluted which made it very difficult for me to understand some of it.

[ If Sheysu is a mixed blood, does that make her sister too? Personally I would love it if she were a mix of everything, that would the make story line much more interesting (spoiler)].

I can't decide if I liked the characters of Sheysu or Aurum; they were very interesting but I did find times where I was not very impressed with Sheysu. I did like Lupinum and Simione a lot better, Lupinum represented the strength and courage, whereas Simione I thought symbolised Wisdom and more healer alike qualities.

It was generally good to read, especially if you are in to all the animal prophecy stuff. I hope the next book is more elaborated in areas where it wasn't so much in the first and gain a bit more background knowledge about Sheysu

Monday, 4 May 2015

I've Got Your Number!

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Book: I've Got Your Number
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Published: 14th February 2012
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis: 

I’ve lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive :) !!


Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!
Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.
What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

This book is absolutely amazing!


This is literally one of those books where your like the character did not just do that and burst out laughing. There were very funny scenes in this book, with a hint of romance and drama.
I absolutely love Poppy and Sam!! Throughout the whole book, I was cheering Poppy on :P there were also moments when you were, like NOOO POPPY NOO!!! LOL

I have to give it to Sophie Kinsella, she is one awesome writer, this books is written fantastically, no errors whatsoever. The pace, storyline, characters, the drama, suspense was spot on!

I would definitely recommend this book, once you have read it you won't be disappointed! :)


Hashtag #3

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Book: Player
Author: Cambria Hebert
Published: 9th March 2015
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis: 

Players gotta play.

Hate is like a poison. It contaminates everything.


So does doubt.
Even though I deny what I overheard, even though I insist it isn’t true, the seed of doubt has been planted. I can’t help but be tormented with the endless what-if’s that have taken over our lives.
Romeo and I were happy in love. The future stretched before us brighter than any star in the darkest sky. Now everything is broken. Literally broken. Romeo’s entire career is at stake, my entire future is threatened… and my past?

It’s coming back to haunt me.
To haunt us.

Romeo says we’re in this together and right now the only sure thing is us. But how far can a love so new be pushed? The lengths we will have to go to save each other puts everything at risk.
Romeo is a #player but how much of the game can one person play?

This book was off the hook!!!

I enjoyed this book more than the first two. The action and suspense both combined in this book was too much for brain to comprehend!
Romeo and Rimmel are both stretched and bended in ways it becomes hard for them to cope, throughout the book I often wondered if there was a chance at either of them surviving.

I really disliked what Romeo's mother accuses of Rimmel, especially after time and time again she proves that she really does love Romeo and not his wealth.

Finally!!

It was about time for justice to be served to Rimmel and Romeo, it was kind of getting really tedious for both of them to be played all the time in someone's plan.

[ The most action would probably be when those guys from the underworld threaten Romeo as a result of Rimmel's past (because of her father mostly) (spoiler)]


Hashtag #2

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Book: Hater
Author: Cambria Hebert
Published: 12th January 2015
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:   

It started with unspoken animosity. The bitter bite of jealousy. And now its full blown hate.

It was during my first football game that I first felt the first chill of hate. I looked it right in the eyes and felt its sticky tentacles reach out for me. I’d never experienced something so cold and empty before.

The effect of that look lingered, like an unspoken promise, long after it was gone.

Becoming a couple – becoming the other half of a campus celebrity wasn’t easy. I let down walls guarding my heart and he looked past my glasses and accident prone tendencies. Romeo and I are an unlikely match, a #nerd and a jock. But we made it.

And we’re happy.

Zach doesn’t want us to be happy. He wants Romeo to pay for getting him kicked out of Omega and for the night he spent in jail. He’s going to use anything and everything he can to get his revenge. Including me.

As the weather on campus grows cold and the days become dark, revenge becomes the center of someone’s life and the happiness Romeo and I worked so hard for is threatened.

I can’t help but worry that our love is going to be overshadowed by hate.

I absolutely loved this book, the second book is even better than the first!

If I didn't hate Zach before, I absolutely abhorred him in this one. I cannot believe how deluded he is, it makes me think something is wrong with him mentally!

The chemistry between Rimmel and Romeo in this book is intense, their love is tested and twisted in harsh ways. It was either a make or break it situation. I really loved the pace and action in this book. The suspense was so intense it kept me on the edge of my seat!!

I loved the tenacity both Rimmel and Romeo had on each other, it was worthwhile to reading the book!

[ It's a shame what Zach does to them, it breaks my heart for both of them. More so for Romeo (spoiler)]


Hashtag #1

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Book: Nerd
Author: Cambria Hebert
Published: 1st November 2014
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:  

Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together…

In more ways than one.

She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn’t even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo’s relationship.

But that’s about to change.

It starts with a dare. An initiation. A challenge.

Quickly, it turns into more. But when you’re a victim of your status, there is no room for anything real. The rules are clear and simple.

Stick to your circle.

And never fall in love with anyone on the outside.

WOW, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. When I first read the title of the book I thought it was generally be about a nerd getting bullied and one of the popular lads coming to her rescue, but it was not like that at all!

Romeo and Rimmel are two very different people from two different worlds, how they first started to communicate with one another is actually quite hilarious, I enjoyed reading the development and chemistry between them. Their relationship starts off with something that is both new and fresh to both of them, however what Rimmel doesn't know is what Romeo is hiding from her. I felt so sorry for Rimmel, I felt all her emotions and cried when she cried.

I absolutely loved Braeden's character, and the way he called Rimmel 'tutor girl!

A great, romantic read 

Saturday, 2 May 2015

The Delta Girls #1


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Book: Sight
Author: Juliet Madison
Published: 14th July 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis: 

I spent my birthday fast asleep. In a coma to be exact.


When Savannah wakes up after two months in the hospital, she sees a whole lot more than expected, things that could put those close to her at risk.

The five Delcarta sisters have never believed in the paranormal, not like their woo-woo mother. Instead they believe in the power of sisterhood, of romance, and rebuilding their lives after their father's mysterious disappearance nine years earlier. Starting anew in the small town of Iris Harbor, they see potential in all.

But Savannah's awakening after having surgery on a life-threatening aneurysm brings a unique ability to the Delcarta sisters–together, each can predict the future with one of the five senses. And Savannah has the gift of sight.

A serial arsonist has been terrorizing the tight-knit community, and the Delcarta sisters have their suspicions on who could be to blame, including a boy who starts as an adversary to Savannah and then very quickly becomes her whole world. Investigating these crimes, trying to stop them before the next flame is sparked will call upon Savannah to use her newfound abilities with the help of her sisters, and will put each of their lives in danger.

This stunning new paranormal series blends the sweetest of romances with breathless suspense, and introduces five young women who share a haunted past, an extraordinary gift, and an uncertain future.

I received this from Net Galley in an exchange for an honest review


I really enjoyed this book, and it is not what I expected. I initially thought Savannah would be the leader of the group and take charge in most matters. That is not how it happened, each of the sisters had an equally important role to the plot; together stronger, weaker apart (they needed to be 'connected' in order for them to have some sort of understanding of what Savannah was seeing).

What I most liked about this book was how the quick the pace was, it was not slow or very fast that you could not understand what the plot was about!

I really enjoyed Riley's character. He was a perfect combination of mystery and being drop dead gorgeous. I liked how the chemistry between him and Savannah did not take long at all, I also liked the fact that neither characters were in much denial of their feelings for one another, as it prolongs the story further which can either make the story really boring or interesting. 

Friday, 1 May 2015

See you Again! #ForPaul



I have been seeing this everywhere, on the net, radio, social networking sites, even from random strangers playing on their phone/radio.
This song I would have to say has a symbolic meaning to everyone, I'm sure everyone can relate to this in one way or another, losing a friend; relationships not working or a demise of a loved one. I'm sure I speak for some people when they heard that Paul Walker had died all of a sudden, I remember thinking I can't wait to watch this film and then all of sudden you hear the news of his passing. I was shocked to the core, utterly speechless.

From what I have heard and seen about Paul, I only have kind words to say about him. I can't imagine it being easy for his family with losing the eldest sibling who they admired and adored so much. I can only hope that Paul is in a better place and time heals his family wounds and makes it easier with each passing day. #Gonebutnotforgetton

From A Distant Star


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Book: From A Distant Star
Author: Karen McQuestion
Published: 19th May 2015
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes/No
Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn’t given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else—his family, his friends, his doctors—believed that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered.

As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she’s always known. When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family’s farm—and government agents come to claim it—she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma’s out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true.

 I received this book, in an exchange for an honest review from Net Galley




I have very conflicting feelings about this book from the beginning up until the end. I found the whole scenario of an alien latching on or imposing in someone's body both a concept of freakiness and total awesomeness, I have not read many Sci-Fi novels but I did thoroughly enjoy this book. I wanted to rate this book higher but I found a couple of things annoying me about this book:

- It was kind of hard to stay with the story since the chapters didn't have subheadings; I found it difficult to stay with who's POV it was.

- I found both Emma and Mrs Walker being irritated characters, particularly Emma at times. She could see things were different with Lucas, yet when Scout told her the truth she refused to acknowledge it first and did not want to believe him (kind of like acting the way Mrs Walker was towards her when Lucas was ill). She did progress though and I began to like her character even more when all the action started and she set on a mission with Scout to get him home


Out of the whole book, I would have to say Eric and Scout would have to be my fav characters. I loved the way Eric was open to possibilities and, he trusted Scout and immediately was offering his help in any way whatsoever. I instantly fell in love with Scout's character from the beginning and enjoyed his discoveries and progress with the Human World.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and I loved the concept behind it and how Scout always represents peace, calm, tranquillity and most of all his innocence. I did think, however, there could have been slight improvements made which would have made the whole story much better.

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