Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Book Review: Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
Published October 23rd 2014 by Macmillan Children's Books
Paperback, 432 pages

The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen. 

Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Blog Tour: Eren by Simon P. Clark Review

Eren by Simon P. Clark
Published September 18th 2014 by Corsair

People are keeping secrets from Oli - about where his father is, and why he hasn't come to join them at his uncle's house in the country.

But Oli has secrets too.

He knows what lives in the attic. Eren - part monster, part dream, part myth. Eren who always seems so interested, who always wants to hear more about Oli's life. Eren, who needs to hear stories to live, and will take them from Oli, no matter the cost.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine. Its a chance to spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I'm waiting on...

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Expected Publication: November 4th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
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I have been waiting semi-patiently for this book for almost two years now. It hasn’t been easy—in fact it’s been painstakingly hard—and I’ve found myself rereading the final scene of Evolution over and over. The release date has been pushed back so many times I was starting to think I’d be dead before I got the chance to read it. However, I’ve tried to stay positive during this wait as I know that Michelle has put everything she’s got into making sure this series gets the finale it deserves and I admire her for that. With only 34 days left until release my excitement is building. I can’t wait to pick this badboy up, get some long awaited answers and hopefully (fingers crossed) some Noah Shaw action too…

Friday, 11 July 2014

Feature & Follow Friday #16

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by AlisonCanRead and Parajunkee, its a simple way to gain some appreciated exposure to bloggers and to make friends while doing so. The two hosts feature a blog for the week, so you never know it could be you one day! If you'd like to follow me then you can do so using Bloglovin or GFC, leave a comment below to say Hey and I'll be sure to follow you back :) Be sure to check out the hosts sites as well as they're awesome.

Q. If you had a time machine (i.e. a TARDIS), where would you go?

If I were to own a time machine I would travel back to the Victorian era so I could wear fancy gowns. I hope that I’d get invited to a ball while visiting but they may take note of me or a royal could fall madly in love with me, so I’d probably mess the future up. If that plan fell through then I’d also go back in time to 1912 so I can roam the Titanic and see if it was as luxurious in person as it was said to be.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Book Review: Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
Published June 15th 2014 by R.S. Grey
Kindle Edition, 410 pages
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.” 
My Thoughts:
If Scoring Wilder hasn’t made its way to your summer reading list yet then what are you playing at? C’mon people, step it up already! This is a fast paced, fun read that is scorching hot and will have you squirming in your seat. 

There’s no denying the fact that I love a good college/high school themed book. I could read this genre (is that what you’d call it?) all day, everyday, so if you have any recommendations then you know where to comment. I was slightly wary of this one as its main focus is soccer—or football as us Brits call it—and I’m not particularly interested in the sport. However my doubts vanished once I’d gotten into the book and I actually found myself enjoying that aspect of the story. 

Scoring Wilder opens up with our heroine—Kinsley Bryant—catching her boyfriend Josh, at it with a complete bimbo. This is nothing new for Kinsley as her previous boyfriend also cheated on her. She sure knows how to pick them! As she takes in the scene she keeps her exterior cool, calm and collected while her inner monologue is making snide comments that had me crying so hard from laughter. Fast-forward two weeks, Kinsley’s arrived at college and is on her way to becoming a soccer superstar. All is going well…that is until she meets the tenacious Liam Wilder at an LA Stars party. Immediately sparks are flying and Kinsley can think of nothing more than getting to know his tattoos on a more personal level. Things aren’t always what they seem though and soon Liam lets it slip that he’ll be coaching her at ULA. Uh-oh!

While reading forbidden romances I’ve often felt discouraged, as a lot of the time they’ve turned out to be quite cheesy and over exaggerated. But when done right they can make for an excellent read. I feel that R.S. Grey has nailed it perfectly with this book. She has created swoon worthy characters that are realistic, loveable and downright hilarious. But don’t get me wrong; there are a couple of characters that made me want to rip my hair out. I wont be naming these particular characters or why they did this, as you should read the book to find out for yourself. The authors writing flows beautifully throughout the novel, there’s never a dull moment and you’ll find yourself staying up till all hours to complete it. 

I’d like to point out that this is a New Adult novel so I’d recommend it to those of you that are 17+. The book contains mature content that younger teenagers parents may be uncomfortable with their child reading.

I hope that this review is enough to encourage you to give this gem of a book a go; believe me when I say it’s definitely worth the read. You’ll be left in a delirious state of mind as you ache for more Liam Wilder action. I also think that it’ll open your eyes to independently published authors. We as readers don’t give them enough credit and often go for overhyped books by well-known, big-name authors. This isn’t always a bad thing but its great to show some support every once in a while! I cant wait to see what else this author has to offer as her storytelling is superb and I don’t think I’ll be able to find much else better this summer.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

An explanation for my blogging hiatus.

Hello all! I’m sure some of you have noticed by now that I haven’t updated my blog in a while and I’m feeling slightly guilty for not doing so. I’ve got some serious explaining to do. First things first, Id like to say thank you to you all for sticking around while I went off the radar. It amazes me that people are still reading my blog even if I’m not posting and for that I’m extremely grateful.

2014 has been a shit year. Maybe that’s a slight overstatement as not everything’s been too horrendous but lets just say, it could’ve been a lot better. And I know there are millions of people in the world that are facing far worse problems but for me personally, this year has been a hard one. Anxiety issues are at an all time high and stress induced psoriasis has graced its presence upon me. Although these two things are only the tip of the iceberg I don’t wish to go into further detail as I feel that this stuff is private to me.

With everything that’s been happening lately blogging hasn’t been at the top of my priorities. I miss it dearly but not having to worry about when my next post will go up is quite nice. I am going to try and post more now but it will be a slow process getting back into things. Especially as right now I’m at the point in my life where I have to focus more on myself. I’m currently figuring out what I want do and have finally mustered the motivation to get my photography business going. Though I need something else to fall back on so job searching has begun again. I’m also trying to get my health in order but it’s proving to be quite the task and that is upsetting. I hate feeling like I’m failing myself but some things take time and patience, two things that annoy me greatly.

If you follow me on Instagram then you would’ve seen a snap I uploaded while reading on holiday a few weeks ago. My mum and I decided that we needed a dose of sun and relaxation so we went to Greece for a little while. It was great to be away from everything even if it was only for a week. Everyone should escape reality every once in a while as you come back feeling relieved of previous stress. Though I did get post holiday depression when I returned to rainy England! If you ever get a chance to visit any of the Greek islands then I encourage you to take it, as it’s simply stunning there. 

Since I’ve been away from blogging I have been reading more than ever. I haven’t been reading because I know I needed to review a certain book, no, I’ve been picking up any book that has caught my attention. I think from now on I wont get so caught up in the hype of certain books. Instead I’m going to read whatever takes my fancy at the time. However I would like to point out that I am still going to be reading books I receive for review just without the stress of feeling like I have to rush. A review is better late than never. Am I right?

If you’ve actually stuck around until this point then wow… I didn’t think anyone would! These are just some of the things that I wanted to get off my chest and I feel so much better for doing so. This post has been on my mind for a while now but I haven’t been able to concentrate on writing it down until today. I hope you guys understand why I’ve been away from blogging and can forgive me; I will be trying much harder to write posts more frequently from now on.  Happy Reading!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Book Review: Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins
Published 29th April 2014 by HarperTeen
Paperback, 400 pages
It’s time.
Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.
The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.
In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.
My Thoughts:
My bittersweet heart feels nothing but euphoric joy. Sweet Reckoning—which should be renamed to Sweet Feels…okay so maybe that sounds like an uber cheesy erotic novel but yeah, feels—has given me everything from intense sadness too immense happiness. I don’t think my heavy heart can take all of the emotion. 

As the saying goes, everything comes at a price and it really does fit in with this series. Throughout the books we’ve seen our main protagonist overcome many problems but it doesn’t always end well. In this epic finale Anna has to decide whom she’s fighting for and what she’s willing to give up in the process. I’ve really enjoyed watching Anna blossom from the weak, timid little girl we first met into a hardcore all singing, all dancing badass! 

Because this is the finale book in the trilogy I don’t want to give too much away by rattling on. However, can we just take a moment to discuss the ever so sexy and endearing Kaiden Rowe? Like Anna, he has taken on many challenges throughout the trilogy. We’ve seen him question his purpose and deny himself of what is natural to him in order to save the people he loves. As far as character development goes I think Wendy nailed this one perfectly.

Truth be told, I never thought we’d see the day that Kaiden and Anna have the chance to be happy together but it seems that Ms Higgins ships them just as much as we do. Enough so she’d give us what we all want and damn, I’m not one to read and tell but… it was mighty fine! How can something be so sensual yet so sweet at the same time? 

In this action packed, mind blowing conclusion we see Anna do everything she can to not only save the Nephilim but also mankind from the terrible demons that prowl the earth and revel in all things evil. The book isn’t always serious though, we get some heartwarming and humorous scenes that’ll either have you giggling like a schoolgirl or shedding a tear or two. Sweet Reckoning sees the return of many favourite characters as they join together in order to help Anna rid the world of all things horrendous. This trilogy is so much more than your average paranormal/fantasy novel and I think that the finale was definitely worth the wait as it was everything I could’ve hoped for.

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