Category: Contemporary


Review: 4 Stars to The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Posted 11 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, YA / 1 Comment

four-stars

 

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it. 

 

Review:

I’m on a contemporary kick lately, ever since I read Anna and the French Kiss. Not much seems to have lived up to it, but The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight definitely comes close.

I read this in one day. It was so sweet, and not what I was expecting at all. It’s funny, about 75% in I was like “I can guess what’s going to happen” but it never did…well…it did but not at the time I was expecting.

I had no idea, going in to this, what it would be like, and I was surprised. The writing style was so damned easy to handle and I found myself flying through this without caring so much that the story itself was slow. I thought it was going to be like the other Contemps I’ve read, but it was so different. Oliver and Hadley meet at the airport and they spend hours in the terminal and flying across the atlantic to London getting to know each other. Sparks seem to fly and it looks promising. But then when they arrive at Heathrow, they go their separate ways and Hadley doesn’t know if she’ll ever see him again. She just knows she must see him.

She has a wedding to go to – her dad’s – and rushes there, almost late, and she’s bridesmaid! So after the chaos of that scenario, she still can’t stop thinking of Oliver. And to be fair, neither can I. She knew he had something to go to in Paddington, and during photos, she escapes her father to travel half way across London (and she’s never been before, so it’s kind of funny) to find Oliver. When she does, she’s emotional and shocked because she realises it isn’t like she thought.

I got the predictability factor about this point of the book. But weirdly, nothing really happened until a chapter or two before the end, which both annoyed and also pleasantly surprised me. It was nice, because it made things more dramatic.

When it did end, I just wanted more. I felt it was just getting started and we see nothing of Oliver and Hadley’s relationship – or what is the start of one, even after 24 hrs of them meeting. It made me aww so much, though because as I said, it was a sweet and heartwarming story. I’m not sure if it helped my book hangover from before, but I certainly enjoyed it.

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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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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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PBA Release Event Blitz + Alloy Entertainment Press Release

Posted 30 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Cover Reveals, Dystopian, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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Release Day Event

 

Alloy Entertainment Launches New Digital-First Imprint with Amazon Publishing

 

First three books release today 

SEATTLE—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—July 29, 2014—Today, Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction. The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. Powered by Amazon enables publishers and authors to leverage Amazon’s global distribution and personalized, targeted marketing reach.

 

Today also marks the publication date for the imprint’s first three titles:

 

  • Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand, which follows Ven, the clone of a wealthy, 18-year-old named Raven. Imitations like Ven only leave the lab when their Authentics need them—to replace the dead, be an organ donor, or in Ven’s case, serve as bait when Raven’s life is threatened. It is Ven’s job to draw out Raven’s assailants, but she must decide if she is prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she has never met.

  • Every Ugly Word by Aimee Salter, a coming-of-age story about a teenager named Ashley who sees her 23-year-old self when she looks in the mirror. Her older self has been through it all before, and helps Ashley survive torment from high school bullies, unrequited love for her best friend and a volatile relationship with her mom. But her older self also carries the scars of a terrible and imminent event in Ashley’s life that she’s powerless to stop.

  • Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart, a sci-fi fantasy adventure set in the war-torn Dominion of Atalanta. For Aris, the fighting is worlds away from the safety of her seaside town until her boyfriend Calix is drafted into the military. When Aris herself is recruited to become a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping to be reunited with Calix. But what starts as mission driven by love turns into one of duty as Aris becomes a true soldier determined to save her Dominion…or die trying.

 Alloy Entertainment acquired the books based on the unique voices of the authors and originality of the stories. The company worked closely with each of the writers throughout the publishing process in an effort to gain the widest possible readership. The books will be published under the Alloy Entertainment publishing banner, which currently includes more than 75 New York Times bestsellers.

“One of our strengths is working with talented authors to create and develop properties that have mass entertainment appeal,” said Leslie Morgenstein, President of Alloy Entertainment. “This program is an exciting extension of our business and will allow us to leverage Amazon’s ability to distribute to an incredibly diverse and broad readership.”

“Rebel Wing is the book of my heart. It’s a story I felt compelled to tell, both from the perspective of an Army wife and as someone who believes you can never have enough strong female characters in the world,” said author Tracy Banghart. “Being given the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented folks at Alloy to make it the best version of itself was an exciting and affirming process, and knowing that its distribution will be handled by Amazon—a company that has already made so much possible for me as an indie author—is pretty much the definition of win-win as far as I’m concerned.”

“Alloy has a tremendous track record developing stories, like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries, that our customers love,” said Jeff Belle, Vice President of Amazon Publishing. “We’re thrilled to promote these books from Alloy Entertainment with our Powered by Amazon program. It’s a great fit.”  

Authors who publish with Alloy Entertainment’s new digital-first imprint receive an advance and royalties paid on a monthly basis. Alloy Entertainment will also look for opportunities to develop acquired titles as television series, feature films, and digital entertainment.

 

About Alloy Entertainment

Alloy Entertainment, a division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, develops and produces original novels, television series and feature films. More than 75 of AE’s books have been on The New York Times bestseller list, including The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Luxe, Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, and The 100. AE has successfully adapted several of its properties into hit television shows for broadcast across multiple networks, including The CW, ABC, ABC Family and Nickelodeon. Current Alloy Entertainment television series include Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The 100. AE feature films includeSisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2, Sex Drive and The Clique, with several additional projects currently in development including Sisterhood Everlasting, The Merciless and The Brokenhearted.

 

About Amazon.com

Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, and long-term thinking.  Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

 

 

 

 

When seventeen-year-old Ashley Watson walks through the halls of her high school bullies taunt and shove her. She can’t go a day without fighting with her mother. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t make her best friend, Matt, fall in love with her. But Ashley also has something no one else does: a literal glimpse into the future. When Ashley looks into the mirror, she can see her twenty-three-year-old self.

Her older self has been through it all already—she endured the bullying, survived the heartbreak, and heard every ugly word her classmates threw at her. But her older self is also keeping a dark secret: Something terrible is about to happen to Ashley. Something that will change her life forever. Something even her older self is powerless to stop.

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Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.

When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw-out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?

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The Dominion of Atalanta is at war. But for eighteen-year-old Aris, the fighting is nothing more than a distant nightmare, something she watches on news vids from the safety of her idyllic seaside town. Then her boyfriend, Calix, is drafted into the Military, and the nightmare becomes a dangerous reality.

Left behind, Aris has nothing to fill her days. Even flying her wingjet—the thing she loves most, aside from Calix—feels meaningless without him by her side. So when she’s recruited to be a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping she’ll be stationed near Calix. But there’s a catch: She must disguise herself as a man named Aristos. There are no women in the Atalantan Military, and there never will be.

Aris gives up everything to find Calix: her home. Her family. Even her identity. But as the war rages on, Aris discovers she’s fighting for much more than her relationship. With each injured person she rescues and each violent battle she survives, Aris is becoming a true soldier—and the best flyer in the Atalantan Military. She’s determined to save her Dominion . . . or die trying.

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Author Info:

Aimee L. Salter writes novels for teens and the occasional adult who, like herself, is still in touch with their inner-high schooler. She never stopped appreciating those moments in the dark when you say what you’re really thinking. And she’ll always ask you about the things you wish she wouldn’t ask you about.

Aimee blogs for both writers and readers at www.aimeelsalter.com. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life.

You can find out more about her and her books at www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com

 

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Tracy Banghart is a cheesy movie-loving, fantasy football-playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family’s cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake.

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3.5 stars to Panic by Lauren Oliver

Posted 21 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, YA / 0 Comments

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them-and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

In this gritty, spellbinding novel, bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping narrative of friendship, courage, survival, and hope

 

 

Review:

 

I got this book from the library, and damn…am I glad I did. Okay so despite the low rating, I really did enjoy this. But it took me a long time because it was quite a long book (or at least, at times it felt like it) and I had distracted myself with other books.

I’m still trying to figure out if this book had a point or if it was more for the ‘ride’ because the characters were interesting and the plot was different, but the moral? Was there a moral to the story? I’m not sure. Maybe ‘don’t play games’? lol Who knows.

So anyway, I have loved Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series and thought I’d try out Panic. It was certainly different in terms of style and story, even language because there’s quite a bit of swearing. Not that I mind that. I couldn’t tell, though, if this was a dystopia or a contemporary. It was hard to place it.

Even in terms of it being young adult, I wasn’t sure, because of the language used. Despite that, Heather was one character I was hooked on.

Having just found out something that broke her heart, she rushes into joining the game Panic that is supposedly illegal, but a way for the teens in Carp to let loose, to celebrate the end of school. It’s kind of like a daring thing. You get challenges and then once it’s down to the last 4 they make each person have a different task, and trust me when I say some of the tasks were deadly. *shudders*  Some things go wrong and yet these teens are determined to keep going.

There are elements of romance, but not really. (That makes no sense!) There’s a lot of angst and some violence, but a lot of the story  focuses around desperation. Desperate to live, desperate to feel, desperate to prove to others their worth.

Mistakes are made and they learn lessons. I think at the end of it, though, it’s just about creating a new life for each other.

I listened to the second half of this book by audiobook that I borrowed and I have to say, that did help liven it up for me. The narrator added individual voices to the characters and gave them…a life. I mean, a lot of narrators read in mono-tone which bores me. And what was nice was her voice fitted the story. It wasn’t annoying. I would have rated this book more but that’s just it…I liked it But I didn’t think “OMG I LOVED THAT SO MUCH EEP I MUST REREAD” yknow? I didn’t get goosebumps, or cry, or feel attached to any of the characters, though they did grow on me. What I did like was how easy the writing style was and the voices, and generally being able to read it without struggling to understand.

So from me, this is a good book to definitely try out if you’re a fan of Lauren Oliver and/or you like stories that tell of troubled lives who want to experience more. That make sense? Good. No? Well read it,and you’ll understand.

Kat

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4 stars to Pieces of Olivia by Melissa West

Posted 19 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, New Adult, Reviews, Romance / 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Olivia Warren used to be a normal girl with a bright future. 
But on one fated night, everything changed.

Hiding the scars of her past up her sleeves, Olivia transfers her enrollment from Columbia University to The College of Charleston, determined to pursue her own dreams for the first time in her life.

She intends to allow herself a bit of alone time to heal… that is, until she meets Preston.

Preston is best friends with her roommate, completely hot, and off-limits. But the chemistry between them is instantaneous—and as the pair begins to spend more time with one another, their feelings for each other build into something undeniable, something powerful enough to heal Olivia’s deepest scars.

Olivia tries to put her own past behind her and trust Preston, but she discovers that his past might be more present than she ever bargained for…

 

Review: There may be the odd spoiler but that depends on your classification.

I have made it clear that I am not a fan of ebook format. Mostly because I have trouble concentrating and it hurts my eyes and also because I don’t own a kindle, oh and also because I just prefer the feeling of an actual physical book in my hands. You know?

But this time….I read the free chapter samples on my kindle app for mac and I really liked the idea. The only reason I bothered to check it out (given that it’s NA) was because someone said this story concentrates more on plot than on adding sex in anyway it could. Which I appreciated. BOY did I appreciate that. I’m not a big unnecessary sex scene fan. And if I’m honest, the sexy scenes there were in this I actually skimmed by, if not skipped.

Starting off Pieces of Olivia, I was really sucked in by the voice. The style and mostly Olivia’s humour and way of behaving. She seemed real. Even if she is fictional. Given that I don’t usually real many contemporaries because I prefer to escape, this was impressive for me. My other reason for continuing and eventually purchasing this book was…yes…Preston. Granted, I wished he wasn’t described as hot, or with “ripped abs” (because really, who HAS those?”and some day I’d like a relatively ordinary looking guy in a book to be the hero, to be the one who gets the girl. They don’t all need to be Thor knock-offs yknow! :P)

What made me not turn away from Preston was probably his manner and his hair. He didn’t get described as having quaffed hair with crap loads of gel in. And it was reddy-brown which at first I thought “He’s ginger?” but soon realised not so much.

I liked that Preston and Olivia didn’t just hook up straight away. She was at first attracted but because of her past, she decided she didn’t want a relationship. And what’s more, Preston was Kara’s (her roommate) best friend. Awkward, right?

The set up was nicely done and I found the banter between these two characters fun to read. I was grateful they didn’t just fall into bed by chapter 3 or 4 because really….really? But instead stayed friends for quite some time before they realised their affections. Most of this was sweet, if not sappy. I guess I am a cynical person because my there-lack-of experience but I find teenagers in these books who find love tend to get overly irrational and emotional. The slightest change and they’re practically a bunny boiler.

Olivia wasn’t quite that bad…well…*coughs* until a particular scene when a secret is announced and she flies off the handle like she just got burned. Uh…again. I’m not kidding, I was shouting so loudly at the screen for her to calm down and get over yourself, woman and well, okay if you follow me on twitter you’d understand. I was ready to put my fist through my laptop and strangle the girl. And then FINALLY Taylor, who is a classmate of Olivia’s and also helps her move in (out of context so technically not a spoiler) actually tells her what I’d been screaming. He didn’t lie. He didn’t actually tell her anything. So how can someone, who doesn’t actually say anything, have LIED?

You see my point? Well, the bloody neurotic teenager didn’t.

I get that she had problems, but for Christ’s sake. Why do they go off on one for no reason? *sighs*

This review is turning into a rant.

My other favourite character was probably Rose, Olivia’s therapist. She’s wildly out there in her methods (or at least, maybe just wild) and I loved her quirkiness. She really tried to be there for Olivia even if she was getting paid to do said thing. Kara, Olivia’s roommate was pretty much your average perky roommate who seemed to love shopping and drinking. She was kind of the light mood to Olivia’s storm cloud.

Over all I did enjoy this story, but I preferred the first half. The part before the romance really started. I have always preferred sexual tension and the trying to stay away from said person part. It makes things far more interesting. Pieces Of Olivia was finely written and well paced out and I might  not have given it much of a chance had it not been written by one writer that I admire and love her other works. Honestly, If I hadn’t gotten so angry at Olivia near the end, I would rate this 4.5 stars. lol. It’s not them, it’s me. That’s my excuse.

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4 stars to My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris

Posted 16 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy. Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged. As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities. Well, and the stalkerazzi.

 

 

Review:

 

I’m not usually a fan of overly cheesy romantics. But Rachel Harris manages to make cheese…cool.

Cat Crawford is someone who tries to avoid the limelight, but with every effort, something somehow pushes her further into it. I have followed Cat through each book and each time I’ve enjoyed myself. I love the idea of time travel, through whatever means.

I thought the lack of Alessandra was disappointing but actually it left room for more drama with Cat’s mother who makes an unexpected appearance. Caterina Angeli is pretty much like any one of your high profile, camera ready, obnoxious celebrities. Although, it appears at first she wants to get close to Cat, we soon find out the real reason. Some new family truths are revealed, and damn, it’s a turn and a half. I like new additions.

There was only one thing that irritated me about this book and that was Lucas. His overly protective manner toward Cat and how he was all mucho man “If anyone hurts her…” attitude was quite tiresome sometimes, but I didn’t let that slow me down. Most of the romance was sweet, if not a little nauseating (but that might be just me…) but in spite of this, it left me with a smile on my face.

There’s such a feeling of realism that it makes me a little easier to feel empathy toward the characters, even if their lifestyle is so far beyond what normal life is like for most of us. It’s a shame that Cat’s story is done, but I would love LOVE to read a book from Ransom’s POV. This guy was a delight to read.

I liked that there was more of Austin, and his ability to calm down a tense atmosphere was refreshing. If there’s one thing in fiction I love, it’s a good sense of humour.

I look forward to seeing what Rachel has next in store for us, whether with some of the same characters, or a new story altogether. You go, girl! 🙂

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4 stars to This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

Posted 19 June, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Paranormal, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review

Well this was different to what I usually read, but I think that was part of the appeal. I had heard about This Is Not A Test for so long, but when I first opened the book, I had no idea zombies were involved.
Many on reviews say this is not strictly a zombie apocalyptic story, because while they are apart of the plot, they are not CENTRAL. The story is about the teenagers and their survival. They don’t know how long they’ll be alive for before the zombies fight their way through. It was definitely gruesome in parts, but I have read some pretty gruel stories and this was tame in comparison. The characters were intriguing and tough. Some were more central than others, and Sloane was the main character. Since her twin left her to her abusive father, Sloane has just wanted to end her life. But then she runs away when the dead come to life and start attacking, and her reasons to die become less coherent. It’s quite a powerful story, and at times I thought: this is it. She’s going to kill herself. But you gradually see she’s getting stronger and finding a reason to live, even if it takes time.

I’m really glad I picked this up from the library and will look out for more books by this author.

–Kat

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4.5 stars to The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

Posted 14 June, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final instalment of THE SELECTION trilogy!

For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.

Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

 

 

Review:

PRAISE YOU, KIERA! *high fives* I loved that bit in the Acknowledgements! lol

If I had any doubts about how this would pan out, then I wish I could go back to myself three days ago and slap my face. Shake my shoulders and tell me that I’m being silly. I won’t spoil it because it’s a pretty  big ending.

Anyway, America…wow she became so much more in The One. I’ll admit she got on my nerves a bit in The Elite because of her “indecision” over Maxon and Aspen. I mean, really. There is NO comparison. (pssst I love Maxon!) But I could also see her point of view. She’d only ever known Aspen and change isn’t always good, sometimes it’s freaking scary and if you don’t know what’s waiting on the other side, why would you want to change?

There were plenty of sad moments, however in this final instalment. I cried. I know, I know, I try not to. But…those letters. *zips lips* I can’t. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve read it.

I wanted to slap America at one point, though. Her attention to secrecy regarding Aspen was bound to slip at one point and when it did I was ready to start an intervention. This girl…hasn’t she learned anything by now? Secrets aren’t good.

The romance in this is swoooooon worthy and awww man….can i just grafitti my love for Maxon MAXON MY DARLING MY DEAR COME TO MEEEE! (I’m not crazy, I promise!)

I love her family, though. May…however overly giddy, she is a sweetie. Kota bugged me. Such a self-righteous git. Grr. We get to meet Kenna properly this time.

There are also new characters involving the Northern Rebels, and there are some surprises that took me by surprise.

I’m so sad this is the end of America’s story but I will forever love it. Such a roller coaster of feelings. I wish I could be a princess. *sighs*

Kat

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!!!TEASER!!! from Runaway by SM Knowles

Posted 9 May, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Mature, YA / 0 Comments

HELLO EVERYONE!

We have a great surprise for all your lovely readers. Anyone a fan of SM Knowles? Well today is your lucky day. Here at Perks, we have a special teaser from her latest novel, Runaway (written as Aubrey Kendall)!Check it out below and then go add this book to your lists on Goodreads and check out the link where you can buy:

EXCERPT:

Another loud bang beats at the door. Her father growling as he begins to speak. “Courtney! You had best get your ass out!” He hits the door just right, it busts open, and catches her ankle…. She looks down, watching a line of blood surge from her opened skin. A tear falls from her face. She knows what’s next. Her father is like clockwork. Immediately, she covers her head as her towel slips down her waist and she leans over trying to get as close to the floor as possible. If she leans into the floor, she won’t have to worry about her face bouncing, causing more bruising.
He begins pushing his way through the door. “God damn it girl! You get out when I tell you to.”
A hard punch to the back of the head. She shivers as she waits for him to hit her again, pushing her way deeper into the back of the toilet. Anything to keep him from hurting her. This time he uses an open hand slap to her lower back. She jumps hugging the toilet. “Please,” she whimpers.
“Please, what? More?” He kicks her rear at that, and her legs are the only thing exposed by this time.
She continues laying down, shoved as far as she can get herself beside the toilet. Waiting for whatever else her dad might throw at her. Courtney is shaking uncontrollably, tears are streaming down her face and mingling with the snot coming out of her nose. More whimpers as she lays, waiting…..

 

Goodreads

Amazon UK – Kindle

Amazon UK – Paperback!

Amazon U.S – Kindle  – There’s also a paperback version for U.S.!

~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~

S.M. Knowles was born in Elmira, New York where she was swept away in a whirlwind to the Land of Oz—Independence, Kansas. Her parents were relocating for working opportunities and decided that this would be the perfect place to start new roots. Little did she know that this place would contribute to the inspiration for the first book she wrote in her Rylee Everley Series.

While growing up, S.M. would travel the roads around her house while imagining she was somewhere else. Her imagination would take her everywhere, making the long hot summer days seem shorter throughout her fantasies.

At the age of twelve, she decided to write her first book. Filled mostly with dialog, she filled up one-hundred pages, front and back. After taking the book downstairs to show her mom, and persuading her to buy her more paper, she excitedly ran back to her room. As she barreled through the door, S.M. tripped over items left on her floor, and her papers came raining down in her room. Discouraged, she stood there in tears, picking up her papers and throwing them in the trash. Her work had no organization, no numbers on her pages, just a child fulfilling a joy that she would put down and not pick up again.

When she became older, she joined the military for something different. In that time, she was able to explore many places and even met her husband in Iraq. After coming home, she started her family in Arizona and went back to school, earning a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Training.

~*BOOK LIST*~

The Rylee Everley series

Runaway (as Aubrey Kendall)

 

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