Category: Romance


Review: 4 stars to Across The Universe by Beth Revis #YA #Scifi

Posted 5 November, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

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A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

 

 

Review:

I enjoyed Across The Universe with much surprise. I’d been a bit behind on book reading and thought I’d give this ago, and yeah. The premise is certainly different  to other sci-fi books I’ve read and the characters are strong, determined souls.

Stuck on a shit going to New Earth, everyone has a part to do and they all look the same. They have a season to reproduce and they have pretend stars. They’re told they are close to arriving, but actually…

Yeah that’s where things get interesting. Lies are told and we find out people we thought were good, aren’t. I liked the dynamics between them and the plot twist was seriously twisty. I couldn’t stand Elder. I liked Eldest, but I had a feeling he was hiding something, and gradually we find out what it is.

The fact that we are made to wait until near the end to get answers, is a good thing. Sometimes if the story is slow to begin with then maybe that isn’t so good, but this was full of twists and turns that had me glued to the pages. Pacing was well done, and points of views weren’t too confusing.

The romance was there between Amy and Eldest. I could sense it, but it wasn’t the over all point of the story. I have book two to read and I want to see what happens next, which I always think is how books should make you feel. Amy’s a strong character, sensible and logical, and it made me want to hug her so much. How she coped without her parents, I do not know, and I would have been begging for them to be let out. I rate it 4 stars, however, because Eldest pissed me off. And okay, so maybe there the odd moments where it got a bit slow.

There’s not much else I can really say…It was a good book and that’s what counts. I wasn’t bored or let down. Thumbs up from me. 🙂

Kat

 

 

four-stars
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Review: 5 stars to The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin #YA @MichelleHodkin

Posted 4 November, 2014 by katheryn13 in Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

five-stars

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

 

 

 

 

Review:

I wish I could rate this 10 stars! Maybe even 50 stars. How about 100?

You have NO idea how long I’ve waited for this book. Okay, so maybe you do. It’s been…a long wait and now it’s over. Now I’ve read it in…well…a DAY! HOW. IN. THE. WORLD?!

I practically INHALED this book. The words, the sentences, the paragraphs, the pages…the chapters were PERFECT! Now, I am not a person to claim anything is perfect. God knows I’m always rolling my eyes at reviews that say “omg this was perfect!” but seriously…this was.

After the horrendous cliff hanger of The Evolution of Mara Dyer that we had to live with for 2 WHOLE YEARS I couldn’t wait to find out answers to so many questions:

Was Noah alive?

What the HELL was going on with the Doctor Kells (or Doctor Hell as I like to call her)?

WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?

Thankfully, we got our answers, but if you haven’t read this yet…well I’m not going to tell you twice. GO!

We’re thrown right back into Mara’s hellish experience of a life and let me tell you…it’s pretty disturbing shit. There were even a few moments where I felt physically sick (I wasn’t ACTUALLY…yeah). It takes a lot to gross me out.

I’m glad Jamie got a much bigger role this time and we also see a lot more of Stella. After the collapse of Horizons, Mara, Jamie and Stella wake up in a different hospital on an Island just off No Name Key. Mara, specifically has been drugged up to high heavens. Jude does a massive disappearing act.

The book starts out as intense and mysterious as ever, and there are also more flashback memory chapters. They take up as much of the book as before, and it finally….gradually….begins to make sense. Sort of.

The character development is CRAZY and I spent most of the time holding my breath (not all at once though…duh!) because I felt like I was on one huge roller coaster. I wanted to find out who had funded Horizons as much as Mara and Co. We see less of her family than I liked. (Joseph….I miss you!) but Daniel is in quite a bit. Noah…Well that’s something you’ll have to discover for yourself. I can’t really say without spoiling…

If you want a book full of sexy, intensity, thrills and chills, this is the book for you (preferably after you’ve read books 1 and 2, though) and I can’t thank Michelle Hodkin enough for creating this world and these amazing characters and the SHIP OF A LIFETIME! (I am going down with this ship, I tell ya!) and for never letting us down, even if it took you forever to write it. I am going to sorely miss these darlings and I look forward to your next adventure to be published. 😀

-Kat

five-stars
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Review: 4 stars to A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey #Witches #YA #London

Posted 29 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

four-stars

Emma Day and her two cousins, Gretchen and Penelope, are uninterested in their debutante lives. All the boring balls, tiresome curtsying and polite conversation leave much to be desired.

Then a girl is found dead, frost clinging to her lifeless body, and the murder is traced to Emma. As their world is turned upside down, Emma discovers more about herself and her cousins, from her connection to the murders to the secrets of her family legacy.

Now the girls must embrace their true Lovegrove inheritance in order to stop the chaos, even if that means risking their lives.

Dangerously handsome Cormac Fairfax wants to help Emma – but, with secrets of his own to hide, can she trust him?

Review:

I’ve had this book on my shelf for quite some time, but I’m glad I read it. Having been a fan of Alyxandra Harvey for a good few years, there was no doubt that I’d be sucked into yet another of her worlds. Although I suppose sometimes you can’t always be sure.

I needn’t have worried, though. Set in Regency London era, we’re immediately introduced to a character that has a part to play through out, although in retrospect, it would have made more sense to show Emma first, as she is the main character and what the story is set around. Moira is a madcap, a sort of homeless person but who practically lives on rooftops. She steals from the rich and, well, anyone who has anything worthwhile to steal.

Then it goes straight into Emma Day story. She’s a witch, but she doesn’t know it at first, and it’s such a natural journey as her and her cousins, Penelope and Gretchen discover their true heritage. And then there’s Cormac, a Keeper – someone who works to keep the nature of witches a secret from regular humans, and acts as a sort of protector to Emma.  He’s also a really charming love interest who made me swoon quite a lot, also made me want to smack Emma because of how stupid she was. I mean, it was so obvious WHY he was acting aloof about his feelings towards her, because if the Order (kind of like the Witch police) they’d see him compromised. But then Emma would think he hated her, even when it was clear he didn’t. I wanted to slap her and tell her to get real!

There are plenty of amusing moments, mostly coming from Gretchen. Also Cormac’s sisters who make appearances occasionally. The girls are feisty and rare, never bowing down to authority and it’s so refreshing. I couldn’t describe any of them as weak or pathetic.

As far as keeping true to the settings go, I was a little put off at first because there were certain words the British wouldn’t use – like ‘blocks’ to describe an area. We don’t do blocks here. And the spelling of words in the American way…In fact there were quite a few Americanisms that bugged me, otherwise I’d have rated this five stars. I guess that if you’re an author and you have a lot of American readers, you’d be inclined to make it easy for them to understand, but it just doesn’t suit the story to do that.

The pacing and writing style were good, although on the odd occasion I found myself wanting to fast forward because certain chapters involved memories. And the change of font doesn’t help either. I hear there’s a second book to this so I look forward to getting my hands on that soon. Definitely worth a read.

-Kat

four-stars
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#CoverReveal: No Angel by Pippa Jay #Angels

Posted 29 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural / 1 Comment

COVER REVEAL

It’s time…

Check out the beautiful cover for Pippa Jay’s No Angel below!!

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Blurb:

How far would you fall for love?

Centuries ago, guardian angel Lucien committed a terrible sin. He gave into his own desires and revealed himself to the mortal woman he’d been charged to protect. By kissing her, he condemned himself. Torn of his wings and his angelic powers, thrown down into the City Below, Lucien now serves Satan as an incubus who claims souls for his master from the City Above, and who feeds on the energy stolen from his mortal lovers. Dark, sexy and charming, he’s been top of his league for decades uncounted.

Until His Infernal Highness decides to send Lucien looking for a lost angel. Lucien has no idea what he did to deserve such a punishment, and the touch of an angel could destroy him. Yet the challenge and the potential kudos of seducing one of his former heavenly kin leads him on.

But when he finds the angel, he learns he still has more to lose than his already forsaken soul.

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 Bio:

After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), a scifi romance novella—Tethered—published by Breathless Press, a YA paranormal romance—Restless In Peaceville—published by Lycaon Press, four self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply, The Bones of the Sea, Reboot and Hallow’s Eve), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Wattpad

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#ReleaseDay Blitz: Two Faced by Melissa Pearl #YA #NA #Paranormal

Posted 12 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Mature, New Adult, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Two Faced

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TWO FACED BY MELISSA PEARL

RELEASE DATE: October 12, 2014

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 Caitlyn Davis has an unusual gift. She knows exactly how people feel. Everyone wears a mask, but she sees the hidden truth. This ability has changed her life, both for the better and worse. She can choose to ignore what she sees…but what happens when it involves the guy she loves?

Eric Shore knew getting involved with a girl who could read people was risky, but he couldn’t help himself. Caitlyn is gorgeous and he loves being with her. Their relationship is going great…until she tells him that his step-brother and star basketball player, Connor, is doing drugs. Having looked up to the guy for years, Eric just can’t buy it. Things only get worse when Caitlyn questions the true nature of Eric’s favorite teacher.

The first year at college is supposed to be amazing, but theirs is off to a rocky start. As masks are peeled away, secrets will be exposed, dangers will be revealed, and both must decide out of the people closest to them, who is telling the truth…and who is being two-faced.

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~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~

Melissa

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book was released in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books releasing in 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

MMW

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#ReleaseDay Blitz: Heat by Kailin Gow

Posted 6 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, New Adult, Romance / 0 Comments

 

Release Day Blitz

 

 

 

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Bobby Cummings went to Paris to study at the same international culinary institute as his sister Taryn Cummings. Instead of taking it seriously as she did, he wanted to sample all the goods in Paris, especially the pretty girls there. Why not? He was 19 and the world was his oyster. He wanted to be just like Errol King, a Master Chef, who taught at the Institute and was a notorious bad boy chef.

The only thing was someone was going to walk into his life and put a wrench into his plans…someone with eyes like violets and hair like chocolate silk, and a smoldering passion that consumes him whenever they’re together.

He didn’t think she would be his type at all. He didn’t think he would be hot for Lily, his teacher at the Culinary Institute. Now what would Taryn think? What would Errol think?

Whatever they thought…there’s one thing he knew for certain, things with Lily and at the Institute had just gotten heated.

This is a 4 book serial.

Heat is a spin off of Kailin’s Master Chef’s Series. Enter to win an ebook set all three, Devour Me, Savor Me and Consume Me!

 

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Kailin Gow’s life is sometimes more fascinating and stranger than fiction, which is being chronicled in a feature film based on a treatment optioned and in development for a release date of 2018. (IMDB.com – The Colorful Worlds of Kailin Gow 2018). Her true life experiences as a world traveler where she has traveled to over 25 countries, logging hundreds of thousands of miles, absorbing the cultures and collecting stories relating to places and the romance of the land, and incidents in her personal life, has inspired her to write and publish over 170 books with over 30 series.

She is noted as an indie pioneer, as one of the first to publish in 2001. Breaking stereotypes, her books has crossed traditional and indie lines, gaining recognition in schools and libraries, as well as the indie community. Her action adventure young adult fantasy series, The Frost Series, an ALA YALSA Reader’s Choice Nominated book series – had been optioned by an international film company and is currently in development as a game and a film at http://www.facebook.com/thefrostseries. Five of her fantasy/action adventure series have been optioned to be made into worldwide games.

Kailin Gow has been known in The World Journal, an international newspaper, to be a phenomenon. She was profiled on the homepage of Amazon.com as an Author Success Story who overcame personal obstacles to become a bestselling author, appeared as one of Amazon’s top authors for the Kindle Fire launch release, and is one of the earliest indie authors who have sold over a million books. She writes for Fast Company as a publishing expert, had appeared on a major network Television News as a bestselling author who writes fiction and non-fiction with a social conscious, and has made speeches and appearances across the U.S. and on top 15 national radio regarding self-esteem and issues relating to women.

Kailin Gow was an invited speaker and signing author at Book Expo America (BEA)2014.

Having experienced bullying firsthand and slander as a woman, Kailin Gow is an active advocate against bullying in the workplace and in schools. She has written Shy Girls Social Club Handbook Against Bullying and has helped launch Stories for Amanda where all proceeds go towards the Amanda Todd Foundation against bullying. She has written several books with the theme of abuse towards women and children, especially the steamy international bestselling The Protégé Series, which launched a book club initiative in battered women’s shelters and won The Indie Excellence Awards at NIEA for Erotica in 2014.

She holds a Masters Degree in Communications Management from The University of Southern California, and degrees in Drama and Social Ecology.

She resides in the American West with her husband and daughter, but had lived for a decade in Texas, and briefly in England. Besides being a full-time author, she volunteers for many organizations, is active in church helping build homes for the homeless and visit orphanages. A voracious reader, when she is not writing, she loves reading an entire series in one sitting! She spends way too much time on Facebook than she is supposed to at http://www.facebook.com/kailingowbooks, but loves meeting new people from all walks of life.

She has over 30 Series, written under Kailin Gow, and more under her middle grade, women’s fiction, and mystery pen names:

***For 16 and up***

The Frost Series – COMPLETED. Bitter Frost Series Consists of 8 full-length novels.
The Wolf Fey Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 2 full-length novels and one novella.
Fairy Rose Chronicles – age 13 and up.
The PULSE Series – Next Book – Blood Ring (PULSE #9), releasing due to readers’ demand to continue the series. Consists of 9 full-length novels and one novella.
FADE Series – COMPLETED. ALL Full-length novels.
DESIRE Series – All Full-length novels. Last Book, FRENZY – 2015.
Fire Wars Series – All Full-length novels.
Alchemists Academy – All Full-length novels.
Wordwick Games – All Full-length novels.
Wicked Woods Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 5 full-length novels.
Steampunk Scarlett – All Full-length novels.
The Phantom Diaries – All Full-length novels. Last Book, DARK VICTORY – 2015.
Stoker Sisters – All Full-length novels. Last Book, SISTER OF THE STRIGOIS – 2015.

Beyond Crystal River – 2015 NEW SERIES.

SHADES – 2015 NEW SERIES. This is a high concept psychological thriller.

***For 18 and up (New Adult/Coming of Age)***

Loving Summer – All full-length novels.
The Donovan Brothers – All full-length novels.
Saving You Saving Me (You & Me Trilogy)- COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Never Knights – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Rock Hard Love Hard – 1st book, Rock Hard Love Hard is now Available.

Sawyer House Chronicles (Spin-off of You & Me Trilogy) – Coming in 2015
Canvas – Coming in 2015

***For 18 and up (Adult/Steamy Romance)***

The Protege – COMPLETED. 3 Full-length novels.
Master Chefs – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
The Blue Room (Spin-off of Never Knights Trilogy) – Romantic Suspense.
Barely Legal (Spin-off of The Protégé) – Romantic Suspense.
The Oyster House – Artistic Romantic Thriller set in Hong Kong and England.
– Coming in 2015.

For information on the series, new series and new book releases, contests, appearances, KG-Convergences, and more, sign up at http://www.KailinGowBooks.com.

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Review: True Colors by Melissa Pearl #DNF

Posted 5 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, DNF, Mature, New Adult, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

two-half-stars

Caitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama. That is, until a chance encounter with a strange, homeless man changes everything.

Suddenly, Caitlyn has the ability to see behind people’s masks. She discovers that her life isn’t as simple as she imagined and high school is filled with secrets…some very sinister ones.

Unable to ignore her new gift, Caitlyn embarks on a mission to learn why one of her friends suddenly appears terrified, but masks her fear with a bright, smiling veneer. Will Caitlyn’s new ability lead her into hot water? Or is her new found vision a blessing that will expose her friends’ true colors?

Her quest will lead Caitlyn to lose friends, stand up for those in need, and even find love.

At Palisades High School every face tells a story…

 

 

 

Review:

I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review. I made it to 64% so I think I have enough to base a review on. (By the way, the spelling of ‘colors’ makes me want to claw a chalkboard. I wanted to put ‘colours’ on principle but thought better not confuse people)

Unfortunately, I really couldn’t finish this. At the start, it seemed like a good premise. Interesting characters and a decent over all story. But the further in I got, the more I realised Caitlyn behaved more like a 12 year old than a near 18yr old. Not that you have to act really mature at 18, but it just…her attitude and general behaviour was really childish.

She was so nosy, prying into people’s business and I know she wanted to help these people, because she could see their real intentions, it got to the point where I was wanting to scream at her to JUST. STOP! The whole “seeing past their masks” thing was cool at first, but then it became ridiculous. It was also cheesy the way she got the ‘powers’ but that’s …meh.

Sure, you can maybe get emotions shown in an expression, but not descriptive feelings. I mean, there are only so many expressions a person can make on their face. Y’know?

I had liked her best friend Stella, but then she also became irritating. Selfish and bratty, but then Caity did realise this and essentially dumped her. Or was it the other way around?

The bad guys were more pantomime bad guys, and I didn’t really believe it. It just seemed pathetic and stupid. Eric Shore was a character I thought would be good for Caity but actually it was weird. He was something like 20 years old and the way he spoke was more like a 30yr old. I got confused, wondering exactly who he was.

Writing style wise, I thought it was well put together, and I didn’t see anything wrong (asides from a few minor errors but nothing worth pointing out). I suppose it was just believability and although this was more a paranormal-ish story, or something like that – it wasn’t plain contemporary – I’d still like some characters I can feel a connection with.

I always feel bad about writing these kind of reviews, but there you go.

Kat

two-half-stars
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Review: 4.5 stars to Eternal Dawn (Vampire Queen #3) by Rebecca Maizel

Posted 28 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

four-half-stars

Lenah has sacrificed everything — including the love of her soulmate Rhode — to save Rhode and the world from a vampire plague. But when the only good vampire left is murdered, she knows she must avenge his death.

The problem is that the murderer is her former boyfriend, Justin, who has not only become a vampire himself, but one of the most evil she has ever encountered. Lenah knows she will have to kill him in order to save her twenty-first-century friends, but can she do it?

The answer is clearer when she discovers that Justin’s taken her beloved Rhode hostage and is slowly turning him into a vampire too. But Rhode no longer remembers Lenah, and killing anyone is now against her nature.

Will the heartbreak of seeing Rhode corrupted lead her to take a path from which she may never be able to return?

 

 

Review:

It took me by great surprise when I heard there would be a third and final book to this amazing series. Okay, so the second book, Stolen Night, did end on a bit of a cliff hanger, so maybe I just forgot to be excited.

Wow. This is one of these stories that remain underrated. Based around love and how love can conquer all, so to speak, I was glad to have Lenah back in my life. At the end of Stolen Night she’s thrust back into her middle ages home life and plans on living a normal, human life. But out in the fields one day with her sister, she’s given a shock when Sulleen, an ancient vampire who has helped her on various areas of her vampire life, appears. And he’s dying. She’s told that she has to go back to modern day at Wickham Boarding school to find Justin, her ex, who has become a vampire. And kill him. He wants Lenah. And it’s just a matter of time before everything Lenah has ever known and loved gets destroyed.

I loved the story line for this final book. It seemed to flow so well and I found I was half way through the book before I’d realised. Although at times it did maybe drag on a little, but that was rare. I got irritated by Justin, because he was just acting like a spoiled brat who wasn’t getting what he wanted. Sigh.

Anyway, Tony is back! yay! You also have Tracy who wasn’t really Lenah’s friend back before she time travelled home. Everything has changed because supposedly everything should have reverted back to the way they were before Lenah had ever gone to Wickham in the first place. The problem is, not everything DID change back. It’s like some kind of parallel universe stuff going on and it’s fascinating how they discover it.

The action was great, and for someone like me who isn’t really an ‘action in books’ fan, I found it was easy to get into. The appearance of some new vampires that are to protect Lenah (I can’t spell the name of their group) was fun and gave another edge.

Lenah and Rhode’s relationship wasn’t smooth sailing. But I love those two so much. Rhode lost his memories, which made it more interesting to see him figure his connection to Lenah out.

Everything wrapped up neatly and in a way it was sad to have the story come to an end. Like a puzzle, all the characters went back into their rightful place. Asides from a few…but I won’t spoil. It’s a thumbs up from me. I’d have rated it 5 stars if not for the couple of bits that bugged me, but they’re not that bad so don’t worry.

I feel like I’m rambling.

If you haven’t read this yet, go get it!

-Kat

four-half-stars
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#BookSpotlight: I Know Lucy by Melissa Pearl #YA #Romantic #Suspence

Posted 25 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Romance, Spotlight, YA / 0 Comments

 

BOOK SPOTLIGHT

I Know Lucy by Melissa Pearl

Genre: YA Romantic Suspense

Lucy Tate is on the run. After witnessing the brutal murder of her parents, she’s spent five years in hiding – taking on different personas and faking her way through life. The authorities can’t be trusted, so she remains in the shadows, always one beat ahead of the man who is forever hunting her. That is, until she meets Zach Schultz, a senior at Monte Vista High and the one guy she can’t bear to leave. Suddenly her natural instincts to lie, steal, and run are overshadowed by something else…the desire to stay. It’s her
one shot at a normal life.

Curious by nature, Zach is immediately drawn to the new girl at school. How can a person look both confident and vulnerable all in the same moment? Determined to learn more about her, he tries to get close, but is thrown into a world of lies and confusion. The only thing that becomes apparent is that discovering the truth may get him killed.

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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Review: 3.5 stars to The Trouble With Flirting by Rachel Morgan #Contemporary #YA

Posted 20 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, New Adult, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Labelled a nerd for most of high school, Livi sees her first year of university as a chance to redefine herself.

She can finally enter the popular crowd and maybe even land herself a super hot boyfriend.

But Livi’s about to discover that the price of popularity may be more than she’s willing to pay, and that what—and who—she wants most has always been right in front of her.

 

 

Review:

Okay so it’s probably somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars but putting that in the title is weird.

I was given a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review, and honest is what you’ll get.

I didn’t NOT like this. That’s something, at least. I didn’t love it, either. I wanted to. But there were far too many cheesy cliche’s (man, i hate that word!) and just some of the stuff that Livi thought and did were annoying. So that’s why the score isn’t higher.

What I DID like?

There were funny moments that just made me LOL like when Livi tries to be all sexy and cool but then it all turns out wrong. She tried far too hard, and I think she realises that by the end. Her attempts at being popular are pathetic, though, and just made me roll my eyes. And when she went into Uni with her slippers on….OMG.

I liked the bond between her and her best friend Adam. Also, Sarah. The emails between them were sweet and natural. I wanted to slap Livi whenever she messed up with Adam. It was clear how he felt. It was also clear she was an idiot. lol I wish we had seen or heard more of Sarah, but I haven’t read the first in this series. Realising I could this on its own was why I did, but now I’m wondering if Sarah was in the first book or maybe she’s in the 3rd? I don’t know.

The problems with her parents and the incident Livi gets told…well that can happen in any family, and I thought it was portrayed fairly well.

I realise that the over all story is about a girl finding out she doesn’t need to be someone else to get the guy, but it also just makes me incredibly sad that there are girls out there who care so much about image that it destroys who they really are. They take for granted the things that matter.

Okay rant over. The over all feel of this book was good and I found myself getting into it and awwing quite a lot, even if it was mind-blowingly cheesy, which I guess was the point. I also thought it was going to be predictable, but every time I thought I knew what would happen next, I was surprised.

Allegra turned out to be somewhat of a dark horse. I thought she had been lost for good but it was nice how things turned around. There were a couple of fairly real-life serious issues covered in the story and it really brought to light what can happen if you’re not careful. Pick your friends carefully, that’s all I can say. And then you have Carl…

The ending came at me with no warning and I found myself going “that’s it? noo!” but hey that’s a good thing, right?

As contemporary’s go, this was a pleasant surprise.

Kat

 

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