Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Case for Jamie


"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: The Case for Jamie
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Series: Charlotte Holmes #3
Release Date: 6th March 2018
Synopsis:

The hotly anticipated final book in the New York Timesbestselling Charlotte Holmes trilogy, in which Charlotte and Jamie finally face their longtime enemy…and their true feelings for each other.

It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken. Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can’t seem to fall for. Until strange things start happening to him. Strange things that might mean nothing at all—or that someone is after him again.

Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex. Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows that her Watson can’t forgive her.

Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but there is someone who wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time. Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.

In this final explosive book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Holmes and Watson face the ultimate test: they must unravel the case of their lives without unraveling each other.
 



I love this gif so much!


Woahhhh, I never realised that I would see this coming, I really loved the first two covers. Each cover has an exceptional colour but I think the first cover is my favourite. I am still yet to read this series but I am sure this book is also phenomenal!

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Monday, 27 November 2017

The Selection #0.4


Title: The Queen
Author:  Kiera Cass
Published: 2nd December 2014
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:

Before America Singer's story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince….
Don't miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series. This prequel story takes place before the events of The Selection and is told from the point of view of Prince Maxon's mother, Amberly. Discover a whole new Selection with this inside look at how Maxon's parents met—and how an ordinary girl named Amberly became a beloved queen.



I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! I TOTALY FORGOT I EVEN OWNED THIS BUT IT WAS SUCH A PLEASURE TO FINALLY BE IN MAXON'S HEAD THAT I HAVE LOST SENSE OF HOW TO WRITE A REVIEW, CAN YOU TELL?

But seriously.. this book was epic (okay is not really a book more of a novella but still it was nice to view the selection from Maxon's POV and his first encounter with America (who would later on become the love of his life...shhhhh don't tell Maxon!).

I loved how Kiera Cass had done this from before the selection even started, she showed us a glimpse of Maxon's friendship with Daphne and gave us the subtle hint of how there could have been more and maybe she is the one? But it was nothing like that and it was more than I could have imagined. I really loved this short novella so much, I kind of wish now that the Selection series had been a dual POV it would have been so much more fun to read.

Maxon is such a sweetheart, he has a heart full of gold. I am not sure if Kiera intended this but I did think some times Maxon was oblivious and naive to certain things? Or maybe that's just me...? Although I might think that, he does always try to see what he has done wrong and then correct it (seriously can he get more adorable than that?)


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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Ravenspire #3

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Title: Traitor Prince
Author: C.J. Redwine
Series: Ravenspire #3
Release Date: 13th February 2018
Synopsis:


Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.

After barely escaping the imposter’s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king — and reveal Javan’s identity — is to fight in Maqbara’s yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acing competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena, but also a band of prisoners allied against him, and even the warden herself.

The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive — but she has dangerous secrets.

Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight the deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, they’ll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda’s been hiding will bury them both.





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I haven't read this series but I have only heard good things about this author. And I know this author is a very genuine and caring person so I know I am going to enjoy her evil mind in these devilish plots. Also each of these covers are so insanely beautiful!!!!!! 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖😍😍😍


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Monday, 20 November 2017

The Selection #5



Title: The Crown
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: 3rd May 2016
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend:  Yes
Synopsis:

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.




Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review, thank you to the publisher

Oh wow. The series has finally ended. Can you believe that? I have been delaying this book for so many reasons and now I can't even comprehend what just happened. All I can I say is that was very unexpected, I did not at all even see that coming.

This book is a lot different to the fourth one, we see Eadlyn a bit different. She tries to become more like her mother but what she doesn't realise is she already is. Eadlyn is stubborn just like America, she is also very protective of her loved ones and would do anything for them. I really liked Eadlyn in this book (a lot more than the first one anyways). She tries to show more of her personality in this book, her compassion to her people who she deeply cares about. She really shows that she is destined to be a Queen.

Ahren my love, what did you do? I love Ahren so much, I am bit upset that he moved all the way to France because I did enjoy reading about him. *sighs* oh well. Oh. Oh... what a surprise that Ahren's wife ends up being Daphne's daughter? 

I really have the need to just dedicate a whole paragraph to who Eadlyn chose, I cannot decide if I agree with her or not. I can see why she chose him but I perhaps would of chosen someone else but then again you don't choose who you get to love. As long as they are both happy, I will be too.

I DID ENJOY ONE PART THOUGH, HOW MAXON'S AND AMERICA'S LOVE DID NOT FADE EVEN AFTER THEY HAD CHILDREN. AND THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY. THEY ARE TRULY THE EPITOME OF #TRUELOVE GOALS!!!

I was very surprised by the plot, I though it would take me ages to read this but I was constantly surprised at every twist and turn. Some of the antagonist that popped up (you know who you are) I never really expected, such a fab series Kiera.


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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Movie Review: Fast and Furious 8




Movie Details:
Title: Fast and Furious 8
Release Date: 14th April 2017
Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron 
Rating: 4.5/5
Synopsis:

With Dom and Letty married, Brian and Mia retired and the rest of the crew exonerated, the globe-trotting team has found some semblance of a normal life. They soon face an unexpected challenge when a mysterious woman named Cipher forces Dom to betray them all. Now, they must unite to bring home the man who made them a family and stop Cipher from unleashing chaos.


The intense chemistry of Dom and Letty is high in this movie, the hope and love is fought against all odds. The story picks up where it left off in FF7, after the demise of Paul Walker there was sudden need to change the ending of the film. Sadly, this also meant no more Mia or Brian. I admit, when I still think of FF7, I find it hard to admit to myself that Paul is really gone, I wish instead he had retired. I am happy though that their characters did get some mention in this movie.


I can't help but feel that I truly have missed out, you know one of those things you tell yourself you need to do only to realise you have a really long list and before you know it you forget about it? This is one of those moments, I need to still watch the first few films, I've had a few glimpses but every time I sit down to watch it something alway comes up.

The story line was not one I expected, from the trailer all you can tell is Dom betrays his family. For any who is a fan of this franchise know that Dom lives by protecting and supporting his family so for someone to all of a sudden turn his back on those same people he claims are the world to him? It doesn't make sense.

With a sense of something not quite right, you walk in to this film with anticipation of Dom's betrayal. What made him betray his own family? Why is he working with Cipher? Who is Cipher? Although I have to admit I never really did believe Dom would ever betray his family, you just instantly knew he would have some kind of reason that is being used against him, only I never expected what. 

Two things that stood out for me in this movie were the acting skills and the cast. Fast and Furious are known to bring in people with such high recognition so it was no surprise to see actors such as Charlize Theron being apart of the film and initially taking the role of the villain. I really admired her acting skills in The Huntsman: Winter's War (you can read the review here) she was absolute spectacular in this role.  Whilst I love his attempt for playing it cool and being Mr. know it all, Scott Eastwood couldn't quite match the pace as the other actors. I feel like each character has a specific role within the film and a title that goes with it but I really just didn't understand how Scott's character fit in to that (I do think he is absolutely gorgeous though!).

It's quite hard to top the stunts taken in FF7, but nevertheless the dramatic entrances, the near to death incidents never fail to amaze you and they just get better and better.

If you enjoy the thrill of adrenaline, love shiny sport cars, amazing cast with a stellar personality then this is the franchise for you. What are you waiting for, pick up this film and enjoy the ride. 

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Heart of Iron



"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



Title: Heart of Iron
Author: Ashley Poston
Series: N/A
Release Date: 27th February 2018
Synopsis:


Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?









OH MY WORD!!! Here is yet another stunning cover, what am I going to do with myself? Right now all the blood is pumping in my own heart and in my unborn child. But I wonder if I would faint in this condition just by seeing this stunning cover!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍


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Monday, 13 November 2017

Descended of Dragons #2


Title: Origin Exposed
Author: Jen Crane
Published: 6th October 2015
My Rating: 2/5
Recommend: No
Synopsis:

A Dangerous Secret 
In fiery redhead Stella Stonewall’s new world magic and shape-shifters are everyday life. Scales, sorcery, shifters—no big. Stella has learned she’s not only descended of dragons, but of something more, too. She struggles to keep this rare form a secret, even from her closest friends. 

A Bitter Betrayal 
Stella turns to her mentor Rowan Gresham for help. The charming but enigmatic Gresham forms a plan to improve her troublesome public image. The problem? The plan revolves around betraying the only family she has left. 

A Potential for Something Real 
When Gresham’s motives come into question Stella must rely on the new friends she’s made at a college for magical shifters. The feral bunch helps set Stella’s inner beast free. As these friendships flourish, so does the magnetism she’s always felt toward fierce and noble Ewan Bristol. But it’s so strong it threatens to overwhelm her. 

Can Stella afford to open her heart now, when her entire future’s at stake, or is it bolted shut for eternity?



Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review

I am actually quite disappointed with this book, I really did not enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the first book. I really wanted to but by the end of the book I really just wanted to finish it off and be done with it.

Stella finds out she is an Omni (having the ability to take multiple forms), coming from such a powerful background Stella is in danger, with trouble being around the corner Stella has no choice but to turn to her friends.

I am not sure why but I find Stella quite annoying, she never did what she said. I found her being told what to do rather than thinking for herself. Also, moving from one guy to another after stating she doesn't want to that quickly but then turns on her word? Like what is up with that. I found her decisions to be impulsive at time, she never really was thinking what she was doing or how her decision would impact her and other people.

Ewan, I am not so sure how I feel about him. I have mixed feelings. In the first book, I was really enjoying getting to know him, he is perceptive, smart, a loyal friend not to mention a hottie. What could be more perfect than that? But in this book I don't quite like how he goes after Stella even though she says to him she doesn't want to move on to another guy yet. Like Stella I also found him to be impulsive sometimes but I wonder if that is due to him changing in to a wolf?

Boone and Timbra really saved the story with this one, its unfair of how other forms of animal cannot fall in love and produce offspring? Stella is a clear example of that you can so I am confused.

Also, Gresham lies too much, I wonder if he has an ulterior motive? It was good to see Stella join her Uncle who only turns out to be the President of Thayer.

There was too much stuff happening and too quick, I felt like I did not have time to adjust myself to one dilemma before I had to move on to another one. I suppose one issue could be the length of gap I have left between the two books which is only myself to blame really.


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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Queen's Rising




"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Title: The Queen's Rising
Author: Rebecca Ross
Series: N/A
Release Date: 6th February 2018
Synopsis:



When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?






GUYS!!! When I first saw this cover on the Epic Read website, I went absolutely insane. Honestly, this one of the most simplistic yet such a breath taking cover I have ever seen. I really do love their list, you should check it out here




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Monday, 6 November 2017

Stalking Jack the Ripper #1


Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Published: 20th September 2016
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: HELL YES!!!!!
Synopsis:

Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

I really loved this book, this is one of those books where you are like why did I put off reading this book so long.

Where do I begin with Kerri's writing? From the moment I first heard about this book and glimpsed the first ARC cover, I just knew it. I knew it would be love at first sight.

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Since then the love has expanded and grown.

The writing is exquisite, the plot twists you in knots, the characters are creeping on you. They all have one question is mind, Who is Jack the Ripper? Is the butler? Is it the officer? Is it Father? Or maybe it is YOU? These are the questions that enters the young minds of Thomas and Audrey when a series of deaths specifically women start showing up. The manner in which Kerri describes these dead bodies with their horrifying wounds will have you peeing in your pans. It is like watching a horror movie but without the pictures just with words instead.

I was so at the edge of my seat with this story, I took my time in reading this book and never wanting it to end but sadly I had to read to the end to know who Jack the ripper was didn't I? I like the way this book is set, what I mean by this if you look at the pages, the designs, chapters and the creepy evidence that Thomas and Audrey find? It really made it kind of spooky. Also, the ending? SO not what I expected my heart kind of broke a little.

The pace in this book is quite fast, you jumping from wagon to wagon with so many mysteries and things are not adding up. I won't say much more than this because I had no idea how to talk about the plot without ruining for you instead let us swoon about Thomas!

Thomas, oh my he is sooooo dreamy. I wish he would exist, I would so make him my boyfriend. I love incredibly articulate, well spoken, intelligent and how perceptive he is. You can truly tell by his mannerisms and words how truly magnificent he is and how he really misses nothing. What he sees you may not see and what you see he sees something else (that sounded way cooler in my head than it did typing it). He is an enigma which I have not deciphered, his interactions with Audrey are incredibly rude and super cute that you want to just kiss him instead.

Audrey is a breath of fresh air, she is strong minded, stubborn, extremely intelligent, has a knack for arguing with Thomas and is immediately interested in all darkly/deathly things. I am surprised as well as proud that a young girl would be taking apart dead corpses and finds enjoyment in that (especially where it is set, no idea if that actually happened but I like to think it did)

I can't wait to read the next book, not long left now!


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Friday, 3 November 2017

ARC Review: Moonlight Over Manhattan

Hello everyone, how are you all doing? I know I have not posted in a while but I am going to try my best to post from now on. I hope you enjoy this review! :)




Title: Moonlight Over Manhattan
Author: Sarah Morgan
Published: 5th October 2017
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:


She'll risk everything for her own Christmas miracle… 

Determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, Harriet Knight challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But when dog walker Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list—dealing with Madi's temporary dog sitter, gruff doctor Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry. 

Ethan thought he was used to chaos, until he met Madi—how can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution is simple—he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide twenty-four-hour care. But there's nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel. 

Ethan's kisses make Harriet shine brighter than the stars over moonlit Manhattan. But when his dog-sitting duties are over and Harriet returns to her own home, will she dare to take the biggest challenge of all—letting Ethan know he has her heart for life, not just for Christmas?




Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review thank you to HarperCollins


Harriet Knight is such a fun loveable character, you will fall in love with her instantly. I really do love reading these type of Christmas books this year. Being born in December, I really do love the Winter and Fall seasons. Who wouldn't want any excuse to curl up in bed and read?


I have been trying to read books for the last two months, ever since I got pregnant I find it hard to read. This book was what I was seeking desperately without evening know it, I loved how light it was and how much I enjoyed reading about Harriet and Ethan.


Harriet is an animal lover, more specifically her business entails dog walking because she is absolutely in love with that animal. Harriet is a very fun loving girl and someone who is very generous to the young and old. She takes care of everyone, neighbours, family, friends, strangers and even animals. She always does more than what is required of her and she is an incredible sweet girl, this is shown when she agrees to take care one of her client's dog and finds herself dog sitting. One thing that lacks in her life is someone to reciprocate and take care of her, all Harriet wants is to challenge herself this Christmas and hopefully find herself someone to love too. I was very surprised to find out she has a twin sister Fliss who was totally opposite Harriet, I loved seeing her protective and fiesty side. I also fell in love with Daniel and his girlfriend, now all I need to do is find my own Daniel!


Ethan is a workaholic but that is thanks to his job, he is a Doctor in the Trauma or ER department (like A&E in the UK I think). He does very long shifts and is barely home. Ethan may be a genius in his professional life but the same cannot be said for his personal life. Due to a very bad marriage he believes he would spend the rest of his life alone. Unknown to him, a interaction with Harriet in the ER would change his life forever.


Ethan and Harriet's love story is quite not what I expected, this is the first time I was reading a book where the main interest is a Doctor so I had no idea what to expect. I did assume they would be not really tuned with their emotions due to the heaviness that comes with the job but I would assume that must depend on the person themselves. Harriet on the other hand is very aware of what her emotions are, with these two opposites being paired together it really is that opposite attracts.


Sarah Morgan has become one of my favourite writers in the Chick Lit genre, every since I read Miracle on 5th Avenue I totally favour her writing style and her ability to take me to New York.



If you love reading Christmas stories around this time of year then you should definitely give this a try!


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