Category: Romance


Review: 4 stars to Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris #YA #scifi

Posted 15 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Mature, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 2 Comments

STOP THE COUNTDOWN. SAVE THE WORLD…

Leaving the beach, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit head on by a pickup truck.

And killed.

Then Ben Michaels, resident stoner, is leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows Ben somehow brought her back to life…

Meanwhile, Janelle’s father, a special agent for the FBI, starts working on a case that seems strangely connected to Ben. Digging in his files, Janelle finds a mysterious device – one that seems to be counting down to something that will happen in 23 days and 10 hours time.

That something? It might just be the end of the world. And if Janelle wants to stop it, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets – and keep from falling in love with him in the process…

 

Review:

Having searched long and hard in the library for this book, I was beyond excited to finally read it. At first I thought this was just a kind of ‘whodunnit’ book (which in all fairness, aren’t my kind of books) but thank god it wasn’t! The opening chapters sucked me in to Janelle’s world (although not as quickly as I’d have liked) and I was fully intrigued by the time the “incident” happened.

Ben Michaels is a man of mystery. He has these weird powers that made me think supernaturally…if that’s even a word. And he had this whole image about him that made Janelle unsure. But she wanted to know what had happened – how she was alive. She had died! I mean, jeez. But no one around her believed her when she said she’d been dead. They passed it off as her being silly. Ben’s friends, Elijah and Reid are two guys I just didn’t connect with at all. The same with Nick, Janelle’s sort of boyfriend.

Alex, Janelle’s best friend, is one of those guys that I kept on getting vibes that he liked her more than he let on, but that was still supportive despite this? I don’t know. He’s a cool dude, but I just… yeah.  Then there’s Jared, Janelle’s younger brother who, though he’s only something like three years younger than her, sometimes acted like he was 9. It was a bit odd.

I liked the whole detective vibe in the story, but also because it wasn’t technical (well, not always) and I could go along with it without getting confused. Until half way-three quarters through the book, when I was so close to throwing the book out the window. The plot took a rather silly turn and I was like “WTF? That is ridiculous.” Alternate universes.  It’s not that I don’t like those kind of plots, but the first half never even whispered the idea. It just came out of nowhere, as though the author didn’t know the reason herself and thought “oh hell, why not?”

This didn’t necessarily stop me from reading, though. It took a few chapters and some eye rolling to get over it, but it did kind of take away from the over all feeling. Hence why I dropped a star rating. I thought I was going to love this book, but that plot twist was awfully set out in my opinion. I wouldn’t have minded so much if I’d been warned earlier on so I could grasp what I was reading. lol.

So, anyway, excluding the set back I had, this is really a good book full of mystery, romance, loss, angst and some serious shit going on that had me looking like :O. I think this is a one off, which is good because it ended perfectly and I couldn’t imagine it going anywhere else.

-Kat

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Blog Tour: COURAGE AND OTHER DEMONS by Jill Daugherty

Posted 9 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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Courage

Courage and Other Demons by Jill

Daugherty is on tour from  September

8-13. We would love for you to join us!

 

Title: Courage and Other Demons

Author: Jill Daugherty

Age: YA

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Open Mike Publishing

Release date: January 2013

BLURB:

“It occurred to me as I stared into the darkness that it was probably a good thing

it had taken so long for me to see Simon for who he truly was. If I hadn’t fallen in

love with that sweet and kind boy, I wouldn’t have gotten on a plane with him to

fly halfway across the world; I wouldn’t have trusted him enough to do what he

was asking me to do. And as angry as I was, as much as I hated what my life had

become, I knew I had to do what Simon and the others were asking me to do. It

all came down to one inescapable belief. I would have to kill or be killed. There

were certainly other pieces of the puzzle that were more complex and harder to

understand, but that one piece was very clear and unrelenting and it drove me

forward, even in those moments when giving up seemed like the most sensible

choice I could make.”

The end of the world will start in the suburbs of Denver with a faery transfer

student from Ireland. If you think that’s totally ridiculous, then you understand how

Maggie O’Neill feels. In all of her sixteen years, faeries were something you read

about in children’s books. They didn’t actually show up on your doorstep. They

didn’t kiss you and make your knees go weak and whisper sweet nothings in your

ear. Until Simon Brady, that is. Simon changed everything. He makes her heart race

and her skin burn with excitement, but he has also changed her core beliefs about

the world and made her see it as a dark and dangerous place filled with monsters

that belong only in the lines of faery tales. There is no doubt in Maggie’s mind that

she loves Simon, but can she see past who he is and find a place for him in her heart?

 

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 Excerpt:

I walked down the steps of the small plane, my fingers skimming the thin layer of moisture that clung to the rail. A light mist was still falling, dampening my hair and clothes, and the thick fog seeped into the pores of my skin, adding to the general creep factor that had been building inside of me for weeks. It didn’t matter. Creepy fog or no, I couldn’t turn back. I had to move forward and face my new reality, which was wrapped up in the ring and the prophecy and everything else—and by everything else, I mean Simon Brady.

“We’re almost there,” Simon assured me as he reached down and took my hand in his.

I pulled away and tucked my hand inside the pocket of my fleece jacket, not ready to be nice to him. The cold or the fog or the fear of the unknown made me shiver as we walked toward the waiting car. I noticed Simon’s arm twitch, the compulsion to offer me his coat or wrap his arm around my shoulders an automatic response, but we both knew I would reject any offer of kindness he made. I wanted to punish him for being who he was—for not letting me be who I wanted to be—and rejection seemed like an appropriate punishment. He’d challenged the way I saw the world. He’d taken away my security and the view I’d had of myself and replaced it with one I couldn’t come to terms with. He’d made everything around me seem cold and harsh and perilous—including him.

A man I didn’t recognize opened one of the back doors of a black SUV (the apparent car of choice for Simon and the others). Simon acknowledged him with a brief hug before turning to me as I slid into the back seat.

“Sit in the front,” Simon suggested with kindness. “It’ll be warmer up there.”

“I’m fine,” I said.

“Maggie, you’re shivering.”

“I’m fine,” I repeated, not even making an attempt to hide my hostility.

Simon sighed, a look of regret pushing down from his brow and into his eyes, which were clear and blue and reminded me of tropical waters. He nodded and walked to the back of the car where he helped our driver load the luggage into the back. When we were all inside, Simon introduced me to our driver, but I wasn’t listening and missed his name.

“Nice to meet you,” the man said to me in a thick Irish accent.

“You too,” I told him, trying to pull every bit of politeness I had out of me and into those two words. It wasn’t this guy’s fault that I hated the world and everyone in it.

Simon turned around and looked at me. I wasn’t fooling him. I looked away and rested my forehead on the cold glass of the window. It was dark outside, and the farther we drove from the small airport at the northern tip of Ireland, the darker it became. I could see the faint glow of the moon as it strained to be seen behind the thick cloud cover, and a few stars made brief appearances in the breaks in the clouds, but it wasn’t enough light to show me what was waiting for me here.

I watched Simon for a few minutes as he stared out the front windshield. I knew the sweet and kind boy I’d first gotten to know was still there, but I also knew there was so much more to him. Whose fault was it that I hadn’t seen the rest before? Had he deliberately hidden the prophecy and everything I’d have to do and everything that he was? Or was it my fault for turning a blind eye so I could focus only on what I wanted to see? There had been signs, I know that now, but had those signs been enough for me to figure things out sooner? It occurred to me as I stared into the darkness that it was probably a good thing it had taken so long for me to see Simon for who he truly was. If I hadn’t fallen in love with that sweet and kind boy, I wouldn’t have gotten on a plane; I wouldn’t have trusted him enough to do what he was asking me to do. And as angry as I was, as much as I hated what my life had become, I knew I had to do what Simon and the others were asking me to do. It all came down to one inescapable belief. I would have to kill or be killed. There were certainly other pieces of the puzzle that were more complex and harder to understand, but that one piece was very clear and unrelenting and it drove me forward, even in those moments when giving up seemed like the most sensible choice I could make.

I didn’t want to think about any of that or sort through all the incongruous information that was constantly shifting inside my brain, so instead I leaned back against the seat and willed myself to fall asleep.

About the author:

 JillDaugherty

Jill Daugherty lives in Denver with Bailey, the world’s cutest puppy. By day, she

works with gifted children and their teachers, but somewhere on the drive home

every evening, she transforms into a writer. When she’s not working, writing

or cleaning up Bailey’s latest mess, she likes to…uh, no, that’s pretty much her

life.

 

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Review: 4 stars to Vivian versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle #YA #Contemporary #RoadTrips

Posted 30 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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A chilling vision of a contemporary USA where the sinister Church of America is destroying lives. Our cynical protagonist, seventeen-­year-­old Vivian Apple, is awaiting the fated ‘Rapture’ -­ or rather the lack of it. Her evangelical parents have been in the Church’s thrall for too long, and she’s looking forward to getting them back. Except that when Vivian arrives home the day after the supposed ‘Rapture’, her parents are gone. All that is left are two holes in the ceiling…

Viv is determined to carry on as normal, but when she starts to suspect that her parents might still be alive, she realises she must uncover the truth. Joined by Peter, a boy claiming to know the real whereabouts of the Church, and Edie, a heavily pregnant Believer who has been ‘left behind’, they embark on a road trip across America. Encountering freak weather, roving ‘Believer’ gangs and a strange teenage group calling themselves the ‘New Orphans’, Viv soon begins to realise that the Rapture was just the beginning.

 

 

Review:

 Well. I didn’t expect to actually like this book, if I’m honest. I’d seen some mixed reviews and I guess I have mixed feelings, but certainly this was worth a read.

I’m going to have to be very careful about what I say now because I’m not religious, much like the non believers in this book. I am cynical. So I don’t want to offend anyone who maybe is religious. I know how over sensitive some people can be. 

I found myself liking Vivian and Harp  almost instantly. I liked their bond, their personalities that made them each so different from the other. Harp especially. She’s wild, funky, she takes no crap. Whereas Viv starts out prim and proper, with only a little rebellion. Then throughout the book she gradually becomes more open and as she calls herself – Vivian 2.0. She’s less sure of anything, and does things that would shock her previous self. 

Viv and Harp find a guy named Peter who has connections to the Church of America, and they go on a road trip to find the original owner of The New Orphans across the country. Along the way they pick up someone they knew at school, Edie, who is heavily pregnant, and every where they go they have to avoid Believers. Because these people are not nice. They will kill you if they feel it will help them get taken in the Rapture. The first Rapture left behind several Believers and they did not take kindly to that. 

The story behind this Rapture and the Apocalypse is interesting and it definitely made me want to know more. This book is a journey in itself. The people they meet, the problems they encounter, it brought me closer to them. Vivian and Peter’s gradual relationship (well, it was quick but in the time frame it was also slow) was sweet and heartbreaking. I grew attached them. 

The reasons behind Frick, the man who prophesied the Rapture, and the Church of America, was certainly rather…I guess what I’m trying to say is…it holds certain parallel to this world with what religion can do to people. But I won’t go into that.

Anyway, the ending was a big bowl of “what the f***?” and not in a bad way. More like I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! kind of way. 

I would recommend this to anyone that likes  a contemporary with romance and a killer premise that will open your eyes to what happens in real life. There is quite a lot of swearing involved so maybe not suitable for young teens. I don’t know. Go for it! 🙂

Kat

four-stars
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Review: 4.5 stars to Idols (Icons #2) by Margaret Stohl #YA #Aliens

Posted 30 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us.

Most of us. 

Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon’s power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated – and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol’s dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives — and stop one heart forever.

 

Review:

Completely intense and gripping, this sequel to Icons blew my mind. There are reasons why I didn’t rate this 5 stars, but I’ll get to those later.

First off I want to point out how well paced this story is, and how diverse the characters are. Also, the development! Crazy.  I found myself questioning everything, thinking I’d solved one mystery only to find out I was wrong. It had me turning the pages faster than I thought possible simply to find out what the hell was going on. Granted, it took me longer than I wanted to read this, but that was due to not reading it continuously. Y’know, I like to sleep and eat and take breaks. So sue me!

The book starts off with Dol, Ro, Lucas (<3 him!) and Tima with Fortis crashing a helicopter (or is it a plane? I can’t remember.) And from there we’re led on their journey to escape Sympas chasing them and the Icons that threaten to invade their world. Wherever they go, they’re not safe. Fortis goes missing and suddenly four teenagers are alone, lost, and out of water and food. They travel across deserts. They have to do a number of crazy things that nearly get them killed. It’s quite a journey. Dol finds out her family might not be completely gone, and also who to trust. And who not to.

I found that I both liked and hated Fortis. He was mysterious, for sure, but there was also a sense of caring. He seemed like he actually did care for these kids and even though he had his reasons for what he did and what he plans to do, he wouldn’t have hurt them. At least, I’d like to think so. Knowing the ending, however, I’m not sure. I don’t know how to feel.

Doc, the Virt, as they call it, was just as entertaining as in Icons. I like the humour that eased us from the tension.

Now, there were a couple issues that bugged me, and the reason why I didn’t rate this 5 stars was because…well you know my feelings – sort of – about Fortis, but that is why the rating. He was too complicated to understand at time. Also, Ro. His behaviour was pathetic. Towards Dol and Lucas and just everything. I get he’s got anger issues, but it just got a lil irritating. Lucas and Dol were so sweet together and I didn’t even think of Ro being an option. He’s like family to Dol, so yes she can love him but it’s obvious she feels in love with Lucas. They all have so much chemistry and such life threatening moments, of course they’d  feel things for each other. Love triangles don’t bother me, because usually I only feel something for one of them.

We encounter a new character – actually, two – Bibi, and a fifth Icon Child – Sparrow. There is a lot of mystery (That word is used a lot, but it’s true!) around this character and it’s intriguing. I wanted to know who she was because Dol dreams about her once. Bibi is a kind of Monk that is involved with the story behind how the Icon children came about. Then there’s Null. There’s so MUCH to think about and talk about. But I won’t spoil too much.

The ending was well done. It led up to something epic and tragic, but I didn’t know what would happen, and I liked that. That it wasn’t at all predictable. They find out who they are, what they are, how they were made and it’s 100% mind blowing (well, for me) and I cannot wait for book three. I need conclusions. I need to find out how they take down the Icons (because I assume they do) Also the major thing that happens at the end was heartbreaking and I have my theories but argh.

Margaret Stohl is a genius in the making at writing books that leave you wanting more.

Definitely worth reading (even if you didn’t like Icons. Read this.)

Kat

four-half-stars
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Review: 3.5 stars to Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins #YA #Contemporary #Romance

Posted 21 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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The café is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee. 
Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: “Josh!”
His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me. 
And then…he blinks. “Isla?”

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

 

 

Review:

I wasn’t expecting to not enjoy this as much as I’d hoped I would. The previous books had been 5 stars, brilliant and romantic. But this left me somewhat deflated and…annoyed.

Isla can only be described as an obsessed stalker when it comes to Josh. Ever since her first year at the School of America in Paris (which is…in France) she’s been infatuated with him. He barely knew she existed, or so she thought.

Upon stumbling into a cafe in Manhattan where Josh is sitting quietly, his pen sketching away idly, Isla babbles on and on, drugged up on painkillers. It is kinda funny.

Months later, though, she hasn’t seen or heard from him and she has her best friend Kurt do most of the spying because she’s too much of a wimp to look herself.

I actually didn’t mind Kurt. Yeah he had his problems, but in honest, he was harmless. A bit too truthful, maybe. Blunt, yes. But he cared for Isla, and not in the whole romance way. Although there were times I was expecting him to declare his love. I think that’s just from reading too many love triangle centred books.

So when Josh actually enters Isla’s life, Kurt’s thrown out of the picture and I feel so bad for him because he doesn’t deserve it. I’m a strong believer in that if you get a boyfriend/girlfriend, whatever, you shouldn’t just ditch your friends (however unintentional) just because “you’re in loooove” I mean, really. NO!

The thing that really bothered me in this book, is how quickly Josh and Isla’s relationship moved on and it was a bit too eye-rollingly annoying. In the past two books, sure the girls/guys have liked each other from the start, but nothing has really happened until near the end because in that way, they can grow closer, and we (the reader) can understand them as people instead of them being thrown together and it’s just like those ‘insta-love’ stories. I have no time to process anything when that happens. Instead, I end up disliking Isla because she’s whiny, paranoid, and thinks so little of herself. And I guess in a tiny way, she reminds me of me. Minus the romance.

She was just too…much. And Josh was…a little over the top. Obsessive. It always makes me laugh when they say “I’ve been in love with you since I first saw you” REALLY? I hate to say this but…that’s SO cliche.

Okay, negatives aside, there were some moments that I liked and didn’t feel like I wanted to slap Isla and Josh over the head with a piano. The past characters showing up was probably my favourite. Later in the book than I’d anticipated, but it never fails to get me all excited. I miss the rest of them so much. And the little surprise that happened…aww. Although I have my thoughts, I just can’t say them without spoiling what happened.

The writing as always throughout this book reads just as effortlessly as the past books. How easily it is to slip into someone’s world just fascinates me.

Isla made a lot of mistakes and she was annoying (to me) but  in a way, she came out of it stronger. I’ll miss these characters that have left an imprint on my heart and I will probably reread them at some point, just to refresh the memories.

Over all, not a bad read. But sadly it wasn’t up there with the others. I guess, like with a lot of Calliope’s skating, 3 times in a row is not always guaranteed.

Kat

three-half-stars
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Review: 5 stars to Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins @NaturallySteph

Posted 14 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 2 Comments

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Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola’s past be the love of her future?

 

Review:

HOW DO I GO ON WITH MY LIFE? a story by me.

So  I literally (well, twenty minutes ago) just finished this amazingly, well written, well romanced, really sweet book and I just have one thing to say: I’m done. I can’t continue anymore. How is it possible for fictional boys to get BETTER?!

I thought I had it all figured out and that there were at least some decent guys in the world, and not all the good ones were fictional, but then Cricket Bell came along and shoved them all out of the park!

But then there was Max, Lola’s boyfriend, who I liked at first. But then a side of him started to show and it was ugly. He wasn’t nice to Lindsay, Lola’s best friend, and he got jealous at any person in the Male category.

OH! I know this is supposed to be continued on from Anna and the French Kiss, but I was like “How is that possible? It’s different characters!” But then…St Clair appeared. And Anna. I tell ya, I freaked out. In a good way, of course. I was so happy to see them because I missed. They weren’t in lots  but it was just nice…y’know?

Cricket…Yes I’m going back to him, if you don’t mind. 🙂 I love him. Who can resist him? He actually reminds me of Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. (If you haven’t read that, you so should! It’s hilarious and sweet.). Y’know, tall, skinny, nerdy…and adorable. He just kinda seemed similar. But that’s okay because I like them all. It’s so sad, though, how his story panned out and it wasn’t until the very end that anything was redeemed. His twin sister, Calliope (what an odd name!) is an extreme ice skater and is entering into the Olympics. The Bell family have constantly had to move locations because of her career, and Cricket has put most of his life on hold because he wants to support his sister. But then he falls for the girl next door and things turn bumpy.

It’s sods law, really. When you realise something but then when you’re ready to say anything, that other person has moved on. I was kicking myself (and Cricket!).

So without saying too much, I adored the chemistry between Lola and Cricket, and also…I liked her parents, who are two men. It was certainly a…different set up. I didn’t mind it, it was just odd to get used to. Andy and Nathan were interesting people, and Andy made me laugh sometimes. Nathan was very serious and strict when it came to Lola. Lola’s mother is out of the picture…for the most part. She’s a person who isn’t really in it enough to get a feel of her personality much, I didn’t think.

There was just nothing wrong with this story, and everything RIGHT.

I cannot wait for Isla and the Happily Ever After. No doubt that will leave me hopeless, too. I wish these characters were real. *sigh* If I could rate this a thousand stars, I would.

Kat

five-stars
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Teaser Post: Dirty Blood (Book #1) by Heather Hildenbrand

Posted 11 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Supernatural, Teasers, YA / 0 Comments

PROMO

Dirty Blood – Heather Hildenbrand

Book 1 – Dirty Blood Series

Paranormal Romance

I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock… And that was the moment he showed up.

Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And Two, I was born to kill them.

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I felt the air in the car begin to change as I stared back at him. It felt warm and thick, like a humid, post-rain summer day. And even though we were already touching, palm to palm, I suddenly had an intense desire to be closer to him, pressed to him. My muscles ached with it and I had to restrain myself from scooting across the seat, and wrapping my arms around his shoulders, and burying my face in his neck.

The image wouldn’t remove itself from my mind and I finally had to wrench my gaze from his to keep from acting on the impulse. I was breathing heavier, partly because of the thickness in the air and partly from wanting to touch him. I wondered if he was affected, too, but I couldn’t look at him again or I wouldn’t be able to stop myself.

His hand slid free from mine, and he started the car and busied himself with checking the rearview and easing us out of the lot. I pressed the button for the window, letting in a gust of cold air. For once, I didn’t curse the cold, and was relieved when I felt the tension melt away.

When we were on the road, Wes cleared his throat. “Well, that was …”

I lifted my head from where I’d been leaning closer to the open window and looked over at him. He was running a hand through his hair, still searching for a word to describe what had happened. He’d noticed it, too. “Different,” I finished.

He sent me a half smile. “Yeah. Definitely that.”

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5 stars to Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins #YA #Contemporary #Romance

Posted 9 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

 

 

 

Review:

I just..I just need a few minutes/hours/days/months/perhaps years to catch my breath. This book blew me away. I’m serious. I’m across the pond in Paris right now. (hahaha yeah right!) But I wish I was. I had this sudden urge to go there while reading this. It’s only a couple hours away. *sigh*

Right, back to the book. How many I LOVED THIS BOOK can I fit on this page? Not enough. Not. Enough.

I finished this in 2 days and yesterday I was suffering, horribly, with a book hangover. I was at a loss. What did I read next? I’m still in that funk and it’s the funk that keeps on giving. lol

Anna and Etienne.

I.

Can’t.

Form.

Words.

 

I had this book for months, having just casually picked this up at the shop, thinking “ah well, why not?” And I didn’t bother reading it straight away. And then I had a friend read it and she didn’t like it. So I didn’t read it. But another friend read it and loved it so I gave it a shot. I’m pretty sure I lost my heart in the process. I just…words cannot describe my love for this story, these characters. The writing was phenomenal, funny, sad, intense, heartbreaking (different from sad) and just all around Sweet! I aww’ed so much my jaw nearly stuck. haha

I had a grin on my face nearly the whole time and butterflies in my stomach. It’s bad when that happens, because I know that the book has to end and when it does I’ll be lost.

I am now in one of those Contemporary zones where I can’t seem to read anything besides contemp, but nothing seems to reach the epic level that is Stephanie Perkins. I’m even concerned about Lola and the Boy Next Door, because I fear it won’t be as good. Although I have heard it is. But you know when you get a book you adore so much you hug it after you’ve finished the last page…nothing else comes close to keeping you satisfied afterwards.

Etienne is the perfect…everything. Okay so I got a bit annoyed with Anna calling him beautiful all the time but I get that way with any book that has that in, so it’s not necessarily a new thing. The fact that, despite Anna’s obvious infatuation with Etienne, they became friends first. Not just rushed into anything. Yeah, we know he has a girlfriend, but that has never stopped anyone before, y’know.

He was kind, sweet, funny, romantic…just everything. And the best of friend, because he listened and he cared and he stuck up for Anna when others were mean to her. He had his problems, but who doesn’t? But I was glad they weren’t the usual issues that often appear in YA Contemporary these days.

Anna was funny as hell, and just a gem to read. She reminded me a little of myself the way she is with friends and not wanting to rock the boat and when she does she runs away. I know that feeling all too well.

I felt for her, hard, when she realised her feelings for Etienne but things weren’t going to plan. I’ve never been in that situation, but it hurt to read it. I was frustrated at Etienne because of how he was acting. And then you have Anna’s friends: Meredith, Rashmi, Josh..they were all fantastic. I thought their connections were special and I loved their interactions, even in the troubled times. It seemed so genuine and real. Anna’s friends back home were a bit hit and miss. I liked Bridge at first but I didn’t see enough of her to really paint a picture. The same with Matt.

The Paris setting was amazing and it took me back to when I visited years ago, but I’ve never done the touristy stuff and I long to now. To see Paris properly would be grand. Also, wouldn’t mind going to a boarding school and meeting a guy….*sighs dreamily*

 

So there ya go. I can’t recommend this book enough. It has taken over my thoughts, my being, my life. I heart it so much and I hope you do too.

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Review: 5 stars to Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead

Posted 9 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

 

Review:

Wow. I absolutely adored this book. Compared to the previous 4, this tops them by…miles. MILES I TELL YOU! Richelle Mead’s writing forever astounds me, but not just that, but the characters. How…deep they are. How they all have their own issues, own problems to get through and we see that, we see them develop and grow and I just love them more in the end.

If you remember, at the end of The Fiery Heart, Sydney is caught by the Alchemists because her father and sister sold her out. Essentially because Sydney fell in love with a Moroi, Adrian. I love Adrian and I hate the Alchemist. They are their own worst enemies because they refuse to see the truth or accept that maybe the Moroi aren’t as bad as they portray them to be.

At the beginning of Silver Shadows, we continue on from Sydney’s isolation in “Re-Education” in an unknown location. After months, she decides on a plan of action, but when it comes to the Alchemists, they’re always going to be one step ahead of whatever Sydney thinks out.

The pacing throughout this was fantastic and always kept me on my toes. I was eager to find out what would happen next. Pages turned one after the other and I was sucked in. Well and truly.

The two POVs for Adrian and Sydney were as intense as each other and I felt so bad for both characters. Adrian was a little bit annoying at first though because he was obviously sinking back into depression because of his Spirit use, and his Aunt Tatiana’s voice in his head was not helping the situation. I was like “GET UP AND GO!” shouting at him. Even though, obviously, he couldn’t hear me.

I won’t spoil too much, but there is one character in Re-Education that I hate. HATE. And I don’t say that often. Sheridan. That bitch can go die now, please. She was the most evil cow in the whole thing and I just…arghhh…I wanted to punch my fist into the book and strangle her. I’ve not hated a character that much in a long time. I became grateful for the POV switch to be honest so that I could have a break. haha

There were moments when I thought, what with Sydney risking her life most of the time, that something awful (more awful?) would happen.

Okay so I probably shouldn’t mention that there’s a BIG thing that happens a few chapters from the end. If you’ve read it, you’ll know. I usually don’t like this happening, but well…okay.  And don’t get me started on that cliff hanger… Enough, Kat. Stop speaking! Let’s just say, it stunned everyone. Even the characters in the book.  *zips lips*

*unzips lips* It was great to see (read?) Lissa and Rose again, as well as Dimitri. We see a lot more of Nina who was introduced with her sister, Olive, in Fiery Heart. Also Sydney’s older sister, Carly.

So, as you can tell, this is one hell of a ride and I sincerely plead for you to read the series if you haven’t already, in which case…uh…dude, what are you reading this for? *shuffles you all to the book store*

I can’t wait for the next book…I think it’s the last one, which will make me cry so hard because Adrian is mine…MINE! I haven’t rated a book 5 stars in a while but this…THIS…amazing book…deserved far more than  5. Maybe 7 or 8? MAYBE 100!

 

Kat

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Oooh what’s this? “Bout Of Books 11” August fun!

Posted 30 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Based on true events, Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fun, Mature, New Adult, Romance, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Fancy doing something different for August?

Why not do what I’m doing? Sign up to Bout Of Books 11!

Don’t know what it’s about?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

It’s gonna be so much fun and it’s non-competitive so don’t feel like you have to read more than others (although, that would be super cool if you did!) and dig through that pile of books you’ve been dying to get read!

 

I’ll be taking part. Will you?

 

 

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