Thursday, 31 January 2013

A Review for Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend, #2)
Posted by Donna
Release Date: January 29th, 2013
Finished Date: January 18th, 2013
Publishers: Penguin 
Source: For Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. 

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action

The Review: 4.5 Stars!

"The first time I saw you, when you stepped into that skiz ring against Kaede, I thought you were the most beautiful girl I'd ever seen. I could've watched you forever. The first time I kissed you......well, that might as well have been my first kiss ever." 

Prodigy is finally here and my god is it good! I feel like I've been ticking down the days until I finally had this book in my hands, and when I did get it, I started it immediately. But firstly I'd like to say, BRAVO to Marie Lu because she really does know how to raise the bar on this fantastic series!

Prodigy continues as we see June and Day arriving in Las Vegas so they can track down the Patriot group and help bring the Republic down. However, upon arriving it is announced to the world that Elector Primo is dead, leaving his son Anden to take his place. Everyone in the Patriot group is happy about the death of the Elector because Anden is young and naive, and he will be an easier target to assassinate than the Elector would have been. In order for June and Day to seek refuge with the Patriot group, they want something in return. They want June and Day to help assassinate Anden but June suddenly starts to question everything she is being told. Leaving her questioning like are the Patriots really the good people? 

Well, I certainly didn't expect ANY of that! Wow! In my head, I kind of thought I knew where Prodigy would lead us.  It seemed like everything was set up a certain way after the events of Legend, but I was so very wrong. It was just so unpredictable! Everything you learnt from the first book is twisted and turned around and it honestly leaves you questioning everything. Who really is the bad guy? Honestly, I couldn't even guess! Marie Lu does create a fascinating read that is so heart-pounding and full of adrenaline, that I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat from nerves and anticipation. Not only that but we do get a total different experience reading this time around because we finally get to see the Patriot's in the act. It's more military based with the fire fighter jets, street bombing, and we see more runners - which I really enjoyed.  Everything just comes together so well and it really brings it more to life. I'm so excited to see this book on the big screen - if it ever happens. 

Now not only is the story line fantastic but the dual point's of view does not disappoint. They are written perfectly and they complement each other so well. Not once do you get lost in either of the narratives. June and Day are unique and such well rounded characters that it's hard not to love them. Their faced with a lot of tough decisions through out this book - if not, more than before. They seem to have to take everything will a little bit of faith. Everywhere they turn, there seems to be someone there who is using them and it's a shame they can't confide in anyone - other than themselves and possibly even one unlikely ally, which is honestly going blow your mind. And there also a lot of uncertainty about June and Day's relationship which really throws a spanner in the works and then of course, that ending. HOLY SMOKES THAT ENDING!! I felt like screaming "WHY MARIE, WHY DID YOU HAVE TO DO THAT TO US?!" No!!! It can't possibly be true....I refused to believe it. It's safe to sending the ending of Prodigy will leave you completely blown away but it will also leave you wanting to pull your hair out. It's that good! 

"We're in this together, right?" he whispers. "You and me? You want to be here, yeah?" There's guilt in his questions. "Yes," I reply. "I chose this." Day pulls me close enough for our noses to touch. "I love you."

All in all, there are many things that make Prodigy is a fantastic book and the only way you're going to find out, is by reading it yourself. I urge you to pick up this series because it just becomes even more mind-blowing with each book. 

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (#31)

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

Jess's WoW
Unbeautifully (Undeniable, #2)
Unbeautifully (Undeniable #2)
by Madeleine Sheehan
Release date: Winter 2013
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The story of Ripper and Danny.

The first time I fell in love it was with a pair of blue eyes and a wide dimpled grin.

“Your old man loves ya, Danny girl,” He whispered. “You never ever forget that, yeah?”

I never did. And I never thought I could ever love any man as much as I loved my father. But as we grow, we change, we begin to make our own decisions and thus become independent and self sufficient and start turning away from our parents and turning to others. We form friendships, strong bonds and ties and begin experiencing life outside of the bubble we grew up inside of.

And we fall in love…a second time.

The second time I fell in love it was with a badly scarred face, the stuff of nightmares; the sort of disfigurement that mothers steer their children away from. Ugly, jagged slashes marred the skin from the top of his skull, down over his right eye, an eye that had been dug out of his face with a serrated blade. The scars continued across his cheek, over his lips and down his neck, ending at the top of his shoulder. His chest was a hundred times worse; scar tissue as far as the eye could see.

“Baby,” He said gruffly, “Man like me got no business with a girl like you. You’re nothin’ but fuckin’ beauty and I’m a whole lot of fuckin’ ugly who’s already halfway to hell.”

But he was wrong.
Everything has beauty. Even the ugly. Especially the ugly.
Because without ugly there would be no beauty.
Because without beauty we would not survive our pain, our sorrow, and our suffering.
And in the world I lived in, the world he lived in, a secret world within the world, a world of of constant crime and cruel, cold, death, there was almost nothing but suffering.

“You may not be beautiful the way you were before,” I whispered, cupping his ruined cheek. “But you’re still beautiful. To me.”
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Jess's Thoughts: LOVED the first book. Sooooooooooooooo excited to read this one. Madeleine's books are awesome. Full of gritty stories, sexual tension and violence. I have pretty high expectations of this one, because I can't wait for Ripper and Danny's story. It's going to be FRACKING AWESOME! The cover is weird, but so will the story be! 

Donna's WoW
The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us
by Kasie West


Release date: July 2nd, 2013


Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.
Donna's thoughts: I have to admit, I didn't even know about this book until I seen it on Rachel over at The Reader Den's WoW for last week. It sounds AWESOME!! Why isn't it July already??? P.S Thanks Rachel for the heads up! =)
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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

A Review for Because of Low (Sea Breeze #2) by Abbi Glines

Because of Low (Sea Breeze, #2)Posted by Jess
Release Date: February 7th, 2012
Finished Date: January 17th, 2013
Publishers: Wild Child Publishing
Source: Bought
Format: Kindle
Pages: 304
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo

In my debut novel, Breathe, Sadie may have fallen in love with the teen rock star, Jax Stone, but readers fell head over heels for Marcus Hardy. This is his story…

Marcus Hardy had hoped to enjoy a year away at college while he put the summer he’d rather forget behind him. But instead, he’s jerked right back to the coastal town of Sea Breeze, Alabama due to a family crisis. His dear ol' dad found himself a girlfriend only a few years older than Marcus. So now his sister needs help dealing with their mother who is mentally falling apart. The only bright spot to returning is the fascinating red head who sleeps over several times a week. The problem is she's sleeping in bed with his new roommate, Cage York.

Willow “Low” Foster needs a place to live. Running to Cage’s apartment every time her sister kicks her out isn’t exactly a long term solution. Juggling her courses at the local community college and a part time job doesn’t produce excess income. But Cage has a new roommate and suddenly sleeping over at her best friend’s apartment isn’t such a bad thing. Not when she gets to see those sexy green eyes of Marcus Hardy’s twinkle when he smiles at her like he wants her there.
Even though Cage seems a little territorial where Low is concerned, Marcus finds time to spend with Low without upsetting his roommate. Cage may use his small college baseball star persona to sleep with every hot female in his path but he’s still under the disillusion that when he’s through sowing his wild oats, he’s going to marry Low. Marcus intends to change that assumption for both Cage and Low. Until his carefully laid plans come crashing down with a revelation he never expected. He’ll have to choose between Low or his family. Because once the truth comes out.... there’s no other choice.

The Review: “I don’t think I’m making myself very clear Low,” he’d lowered his voice and the effect made goose bumps break out over my body. “I was only interested in one person at that bar last night. I only came to see one person,” he tucked a strand of hair behind my ear and softly caressed my earlobe before tracing the line of my jaw. “I was there for you.” -Marcus

Ugh. I'm so in love with this series!! I loved Marcus in Breathe and I hated that he was so sad and lost in that one, so I absolutely couldn't WAIT to read his story, he deserved an HEA.

Because of Low was fantastic, everything about was awesome and I just couldn't put it down. As I've said before with my other Abbi Glines reviews, she has a way of sucking you into her books and her stories keep you riveted from page to page. There is never a character of her that I don't like or enjoy reading about. The story in Because of Low was no different, this story was better in the sense the story was slightly grittier, and the twist that came about which you'll see yourself working out before it comes to be revealed causes disruption and chaos between Marcus and Low. I found myself having worked it out before it was fully revealed and everything then turned to poo after that. For a while...

Because of Low is most certainly steamier than the first, and getting in Marucs' head was a complete treat for the mind. I mean seriously the boy is fracking HOT, and you will mostly definitely love the more intimate moments between him and the gorgeous Willow. I love his and Low's relationship and the way it developed throughout the story. Their relationship goes through some serious hurdles but thankfully love really did conquer all in the end.

Overall Because of Low was a fantastic read, great pacing, messed up characters, real issues, hot scenes and great romance. Marcus will have you fanning yourself and swooning. Abbi seriously hasn't let me down as a reader so far and I don't think she intends to start. So I suggest you pick up this book (I think you can skip ahead of Breathe) and just get down to it with Marcus and Low.


Monday, 28 January 2013

A Review for Breathe (Sea Breeze #1) by Abbi Glines

Breathe (Sea Breeze, #1)
Posted by Jess
Release Date: May 17th, 2011
Finished Date: January 15th, 2013
Publishers: Wild Child Publishing
Source: Bought
Format: Kindle
Pages: 166
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US 

Sadie White's summer job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother's increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationship's never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can't breathe without Sadie.

But can their love overcome the disparity in their lifestyles? Or will they have to learn how to breathe again?

The Review: I went backwards in the Abbi Glines reading, and read her Sea Breeze series last. I did enjoy this one, having now read all 4 books so far, this one is just ok. It's not great, but I think I put that down to it being her debut novel, and the rest of the books do get better.

I really enjoyed this story;  I've always liked the idea of falling for a rock star and having them love you back just as much. So this was one of those stories that girls dream about sometimes.

Sadie as a character was great, I really liked her, she had a lot to deal with and she handled her home situation well. Her relationship with Jax was a good start; I liked the start as a friendship and then slowly moving onto romance.

The pacing of the story was good, I don't feel it lacked story, it was right there. I do believe something was missing. As a New Adult genre this was pretty tame, but I don't know maybe that's because it was a debut novel and Abbi was just starting out. Overall the pacing was great. The secondary characters were awesome to have around especially Marcus who bought a new dimension to the story with his sweetness and being able to show Sadie that he would be the better choice, but her heart was already taken.

Overall Breathe I thought was a good first start to what ended up being a great series. I think it's best to give this one a go, you'll get a sense of the characters to start with, but you can also skip it if it's not for you. I enjoyed it, probably wouldn't read this one again but I'd definitely start from Marcus' story.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Showcase Sunday (#28)


Showcase Sunday is a new weekly meme hosted by Vicky @ Books Biscuits and Tea. We will now be taking part in Showcase Sunday instead of In My Mailbox. If you'd like to join see HERE for more details.

Hey everyone, hope your all well. I've been slacking on my showcases over the last few weeks so prepare yourselves for a big one. I've had a ton of awesome books, which I can't wait to read.
Hard to Love Nobody Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2) Ethan (Brightest Kind of Darkness, #0.5)

Hard to Love: Got this for a blog tour in Feb and I managed to read it last weekend in the space of a few hours. Great read!

Nobody: Umm... heard so many mixed thoughts about this book but it sounds awesome, guess I'll find out soon.

Dare You To: READ IT! LOVED IT! You need to read it! Review coming on Tuesday.

Ethan: Love this series and I can't wait to see what this has in store for us.


From Simon & Schuster UK 

The Evolution of Mara Dyer: Can you believe I still haven't read the first one? Well, now I have the perfect excuse.
Everbound: Enjoyed the first book so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.
Gathering Dark , GiltWhat the Spell: I've not heard of either these one but it sounds interesting. Thanks S&S!

From Penguin UK 
Prodigy: YAY!! I feel like I've been waiting for this book forever. I've read it and I loved it but that ending, what a killer.

On Dublin Street: Read and loved this - you can view my review here and read an interview with the author.

Reason to Breathe: Another review book, sounds right up my street.

Unremembered: Love the cover! 

Born Wicked: Hopefully I can get this read by next week as we have the author on the blog.

Scarlet: Looks like I have to read Cinder...finally.





From Quercus

Drowning Instinct: This sounds....interesting but I'm almost scared to read it. Doesn't sound like a happy ever after book.

From Vintage:

Warm Bodies: I can't wait to read this before watching the film and they sent a second copy for a giveway....coming soon.
Gifted & Won

BeastlyThrough the Ever Night, 7 Clues to Winning You & Rise:  Gifted from my friend Nat for Christmas and just because -  She's the best! Thank you so much!! I have read Rise, so if you want to read my review check out my Goodreads page - here

Forever Summer: Won this book over at Stuck in Books, so thank you Valerie.

Thank you Kendall Ryan, NetGalley, Harelquinn Teen, Simon & Schuster UK, Penguin UK, Valerie @ Stuck In Books, Natalie, Vintage & Quercus.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

A Review for Her Heart's Secret Wish by Juliana Haygert

Her Heart's Secret Wish
Posted by Donna
Release Date: December 12th, 2012
Finished Date: January 21st, 2013
Publishers: Decadent Publishing 
Source: For Review
Format: Kindle
Pages:  Unknown
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US 

With a renowned reputation as a player, she had everything figured out...

Twenty-year-old college student, Natasha is the life of every party and the reason behind many celebrations. The easiest girl on campus has all guys at her feet and more than a few in her bed.

…until he came into the game…

Having entered the academic world by chance, Professor Jason Stone is surprised to find one of his young students a huge temptation. The infamous Natasha has caught his attention. But is there more to her than meets the eye?

…and changed the rules.

As their unexpected friendship grows, so does their attraction to each other. When Jason’s Christmas plans are cancelled and he ends up at the same party as Natasha, sparks flare, destroying the safe zone around them. Will they figure out how to break through their self-imposed barriers to be together, or lose one another forever?

**New Adult contemporary romance novelette**

The Review: Aw, what a sweet read this was. I'm not quite sure what to say about the book other than, Her Heart’s Secret Wish is tremendously sweet book that’s very well written. 

It's about twenty year old girl named Natasha, falling in love with a professor at her college, however they fight their attraction because of her being a student . The story is told in a third narrative meaning we do get to see chapters from each character - which I really enjoyed. It's quite interesting to watch the story play out - even with the problems the characters have. The author managed to fill the story with all the information you need to understand why the characters were a certain way or what was holding them back from doing what they wanted. Not many author can pull that off with a novella but Juliana Haygert does it very well. 

I do have a slight regret about this book though, and that’s not reading it sooner and really I should have read it during the Christmas build up. It would have been the perfect read before Christmas - because of the Christmas theme and it sends the right message that everyone can find love, especially at Christmas rather than being alone. 

With it only being a novella, it's quiet short and so there isn't really anything to hate from this book but then, there isn't anything to really love. Don't let that put you off because still, I really enjoyed it and I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for more work by this author. 

A Review for Hooked by Liz Fichera

Hooked
Posted by Donna
Release Date: January 31st, 2013
Finished Date: January 4th, 2013
Publishers: Harlequinn Teen
Source: For Review
Format: Kindle
Pages: 368
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo

When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done. 

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile...

GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.

The Review: Get hooked on a girl named Fred? Well, it's Fredricka - which I totally prefer to Fred but Ryan sure does get hooked on our girl. I really enjoyed Hooked once I got past the first number of chapters. The start was pretty slow to start with but I'm really glad I stuck with it because once I got past that, the story is full of goodness.

When Fred is offered to play golf for her high school team, it's an opportunity she can't miss. It could possibly win her a scholarship and that means she could actually make something of her life by doing something that she loves. But, to allow Fred to join the team, her coach has to drop another member, which doesn't go down well with her team mates - who are all boys. It's safe to say Fred takes to slack but so enough, she can't hide the fact that Ryan - the handsome rich boy on the team is making his way into her heart. But how can they ever have a relationship when they're from two different walks of lifestyles?

I always love stories like this - when opposites attract. There's just something about them that no matter how many times I read this type of story, it never gets old. It's exciting and thoroughly enjoyable to read and that's what Hooked is. However, I do feel it lacked on the intense side. That's the only reason I couldn't rate this book higher. I've lost count now how many times I've read a story based around football, soccor, basketball or swimming but never have I read anything based around golf and it was....interesting to say the least. I have to say though, I did feel there was a little bit 'too' much golf talk at some points of the story, I wanted a little more action between the characters but still, Hooked was an enjoyable read.

If you're looking for a easy to read contemporary romance book, then I'd highly suggest Hooked and I'll be definately keeping my eyes peeled for Riley and Sam's story.

Friday, 25 January 2013

A Review for Undone by Cat Clarke

Undone
Posted by Donna
Release Date: January 31st, 2013
Finished Date: January 6th, 2013
Publishers: Quercus
Source: For Review
Format: Paperback 
Pages: 352
Buy: Amazon UK /  The Book Depo
Jem Halliday is in love with her gay best friend. 

Not exactly ideal, but she's learning to live with it. 

Then the unspeakable happens.

Kai is outed online ... and he kills himself.

Jem knows nothing she can say or do will bring him back. But she wants to know who was responsible.

And she wants to take them down. 

A searing story of love, revenge and betrayal from a bestselling author.

The Review: 3.5 stars! 

This is my first book by British author Cat Clarke and she has definitely lived up to my expectations as an author. I've heard how good she is at writing stories that deal with hard situations, and well, as you can see, she certainly hasn't disappointed me. Undone is a well written and heart-wrenching story - one that is raw and intense, and I’m glad I’ve finally read something by this talented author. 

Undone follows the life of Jem - a teenage girl who is in love with her gay best friend; Kai. Not to many people that Kai is gay, however when a video of him is posted online, Kai can't deal with the situation so he kills himself, leaving Jem shattered. How is Jem suppose to go on without her best friend? She can't, and now she's determined to kill herself too, but not before she finds out who posted the video online and gets her revenge.

What an emotional rollercoaster this story was. I felt so many different emotions while reading it that it was hard to try and put everything I was feeling into words. It's gripping, compelling and it felt so very real that I was literally a crying like baby during many parts of the story.

I really enjoyed both Jem & Kai as characters. They had such a strong bond - even in death, that was so very touching to read. Kai dies pretty early in the story, but Cat Clarke lets us gets to know him just as much as she did with Jem. He's present in Jem's memories but not only that, Kai leaves Jem twelve letters; one for each month for a whole year, and it's very heart-breaking to read as we discover how Kai feels about everything. He's letter's are upbeat and fun to start with but at times, you can see he starts to crack and you feel the emotions poor out of him through the pages. I felt Jem had a lot to deal with but did Kai's letters help her? In a way yes, but in another way, I believe they only made her that much worse which lead to her revenge. She was blinded by it and ended up hurting more people along the way. I wished she would have opened up a bit more to the people around her but if she had then this story would be completely different.

Overall, Undone is a story that will stick with me for a long time because of how emotional and intense it was and I can't wait to try some more of Cat Clarke's stories. It really is such shame that this something like this happened in real life because it saddens me that people can be so cruel and hopefully Cat's story can bring awareness to people and make them think twice before they bully.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

A Review for On Dublin Street + Author Interview with Samantha Young

On Dublin Street
Posted by Donna
Release Date: January 17th, 2013
Finished Date: January 19th, 2013
Publishers: Penguin 
Source: For Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 414
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo
 
Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare . . .

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street, where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he's determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won't be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her . . . down to the very soul.


The Review: “I know you love me, Jocelyn, because there’s no f*****g way I can be this much in love with you, and not have you feel the same way. It’s not possible.”

I've never been so thankful for a snow day in all my life and because of it, I managed to devour On Dublin Street, a 400 plus page book within around 24 hours and it's something I probably wouldn't have been able to do if I had to go to work. On Dublin Street definitely lived up to all the hype and it's a very unputdownable book.

Based in Edinburgh, On Dublin Street opens up your eyes to the wonderful attractions that Edinburgh has to offer. Being based in the UK myself, it's pretty easy and actually pretty cheap for me to hop on a plane to visit and now, I intend to do so. While reading this book, I felt like I was actually there with the characters walking the streets of Edinburgh. It was almost magicial.

Jocelyn and Braden are two strong and feisty characters. There was an immediate connect and attraction to them and how they managed to fight their attraction for so long was beyond me. It was scorching hot at time and even gave me little butterflies too. It was fascinating to watch their relationship grow because they are such an entertaining couple. I also loved - and I mean loved the secondary characters, Ellie and Adam. I kind of wished they get their on little book. I'd love to see more from them, especially from the past. 

On Dublin Street does not lack emotion nor does it lack fun, actually this story really didn't lack anything. Samantha Young wrote perfectly and I honestly wouldn't change a thing. Adult contemporary romance at it's best right here. 
Samantha Young
Author Interview with Samantha Young
 
When did you first start writing?
I began writing when I was very young, about eight years old. My obsession began after I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. It was just so magical, and I wanted to imagine somewhere as equally magical as Narnia. 
 
 Do you have a favourite place to write?
 I have a balcony that has a great view of Wallace’s Monument in Stirling. I love to sit out there, cozied up, with my earphones in while I scribble out notes for my latest book.
 
What’s the best part about writing a story?
 The characters are definitely the best part of writing a story. I never start writing until I’ve worked out who my characters are. Once I start weaving them into the plot they become these three dimensional beings I can’t get out of my head, as I add layers to what’s already there—quirks, foibles, all the things that make them more real to the reader.
 I love when a reader tells me they related to a character I’ve written. That’s most definitely the best part of writing a story.
 
Can you tell us a little bit about what you’re working on now?
 Right now I’m working on Down London Road, the second book in the On Dublin Street series, as well as Darkness, Kindled (Fire Spirits #4), the fourth installment in my young adult urban fantasy series.
 
Questions relating to On Dublin Street.

What was your inspiration for writing On Dublin Street?
 Edinburgh, very quickly followed by Jocelyn. I wanted to write a contemporary novel set in a location I knew so well it would be a secondary character in the book. And once I’d decided on Edinburgh as my setting, Jocelyn quickly came to me. Most of my readership at that time was based in the U.S, and I wanted my heroine to be American so they’d identify with her. Her personality, her past, her story, was all inspired by the people around me, and as soon as I had Edinburgh and Jocelyn, the rest of On Dublin Street quickly fell into place.
 
Can you tell us how you chose Jocelyn & Braden names?
 I had this idea in my head that the character of Jocelyn would have a name that most people would shorten to a nickname, and that the only people who didn’t were her parents. So upon suffering their loss, her full-name was a painful reminder of their loss and from then on she’d introduce herself with the nickname. Having Braden’s character insist on using her full name was a subtle step toward Joss dealing with her grief. I chose Jocelyn because I appreciated how different it was to the nickname Joss, and I thought it mirrored the two contradictive parts of her that intrigue Braden - the confident, self-possessed young woman, and the prickly, almost tomboy-ish commitment-phobe girl. 
As for Braden… I’ve always loved it, and it fit the character. It’s Celtic and it’s masculine. 
 
Who would play your dream cast if your book was optioned for a film?
 My dream cast… probably Jennifer Lawrence as Joss, Chris Hemsworth as Braden, James McAvoy as Adam and Rosamund Pike as Ellie.
 
Do you have a favourite character?
 Joss is my favourite character. I love how complex she is as a person and her journey in the book was wonderful to write.
What’s your favourite quote from On Dublin Street?
My fav quote: “Babe, nice lingerie is for seducing a man. I’m already f*****g seduced.” - Braden Carmichael. 

About Author: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Samantha Young, is a 26 year old writer from Stirlingshire, Scotland. After graduating from the university of Edinburgh, Samantha returned to Stirlingshire where she happily spends her days writing about people she's keen for others to meet, and worlds she's dying for them to visit. Having written over ten young adult urban fantasy novels, Samantha took the big plunge into adult contemporary romance with her novel 'On Dublin Street'. 'On Dublin Street' is a #1 National Bestseller and has been re-published by NAL(Penguin US).
 
For more info on Samantha's adult fiction visit:
http://www.ondublinstreet.com
For info on her young adult fiction visit:
www.samanthayoungbooks.com

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

A Review for Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2) by Katie McGarry

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)
Posted by Jess
Release Date: May 21st, 2013
Finished Date: January 13th, 2013
Publishers: Harlequinn Teen
Source: For Review 
Format: Kindle
Pages: 304
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo

"I dare you..." 

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does.... 

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him. 

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all.

The Review: "My fingers lightly trace her arm and I swear she presses closer to me. I'd love to kiss her right now. Not the type of kiss that makes her body come alive. The type of kiss that shows her how much I care - the type that involves my soul." - Ryan


I thought Pushing The Limits was awesome. Dare You To was even better. Katie McGarry totally pulled it out of the big fat book bag once again with Beths story.

Katie McGarry has a a good way of sucking you into her stories, that when you start, you just simply cannot stop. This was no different. We're thrown drastically into Beths world and it's just a total rollercoaster of emotions. 

All of Katie McGarry's characters manage to have so much depth to them, so many internal demons, that you simply wish you could comfort them. So many different real issues are concentrated in this book that it's handled wonderfully. 

I liked Beth, I did, it's just in parts I honestly found her completely frustrating with some of the decisions she made regarding her dead beat of a mother. She just had this whole plan worked out and it's a stupid plan and you get extremely frustrated with her and the way she sometimes treats Ryan when he's trying to help her out. But I guess that's what makes this story good, you get so caught up and invested that every moment, every scene becomes an obstacle to conquer. Ryan is the good boy, I liked Ryan a lot. He knew what he wanted, what he was capable of and when it came to his feelings for Beth, he wasn't going to stop until she was his. He's a great hero for our Beth, he helps her grow and become who she's meant to be, help her create a new life for herself and that's the greatest part of the story that I overly enjoyed. I love how Beth just developed over the course of the pages. I felt for Isaiah a lot through this. He loves Beth more than anything, and to be let down like that isn't nice, I'm so glad he gets his own book, I can't wait for Crash Into You.

Dare You To, wasn't as dramatic as Pushing The Limits, but it's a great story, a force to be reckoned with. 

Overall Dare You To was a thrilling read full of love, betrayal, sexual tension and real issues, set to leave you wanting more each chapter. So if you haven't picked up any of the books in this series, then you really really should. I can assure you you won't regret it a single bit.

One more thing-Can I just give a mention to this AMAZING cover. It's probably one of the greatest book covers ever, and those cover models are perfect for Beth and Ryan. I'd like to know who the Ryan model is...because he's really really yummy! That is all.

Thank you to Harlequinn & NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Waiting on Wednesday (#30)

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

Jess's WoW

Never Too Far (Fallen Too Far, #2)Never Too Far (Fallen Too Far #2)
by  Abbi Glines
Release date: February 26th, 2013
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He had held a secret that destroyed her world.

Everything she had known was no longer true.

Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him.
Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again.
What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately?

You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.
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Jess's Thoughts: O.M.G. I  cannot WAIT to read this book. I'm on a super Abbi kick right now, and she's become my favourite author of 2013 so far...and we're only in January. I loved the first book, and I really can't wait to get into this one. It's going to be epic. With double POV's it's going to be amazing. Very  high expectations, and I don't think Abbi will let us down with this one.

P.S-I LOVE RUSH FINLAY. That is all.

Donna's WoW
Apollyon (Covenant, #4)
Apollyon (Covenant #4)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release date: April 9th, 2013


Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.
Donna's thoughts: My favourite series EVER and it's slowly all coming to an end. Apollyon is book four in the series and I'm so excited to see what happens. 
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