The Plus One by Sophie Money-Coutts

Publication date : 9th Aug 2018
Genre: Womens Fiction
Rating:★★★.5

About the book

Three little words all single ladies dread…
Polly Spencer is fine. She’s single, turning thirty and only managed to have sex twice last year (both times with a Swedish banker called Fred), but seriously, she’s fine. Even if she’s still stuck at Posh! magazine writing about royal babies and the chances of finding a plus one to her best friend’s summer wedding are looking worryingly slim.

But it’s a New Year, a new leaf and all that. Polly’s determined that over the next 365 days she’ll remember to shave her legs, drink less wine and generally get her s**t together. Her latest piece is on the infamous Jasper, Marquess of Milton, undoubtedly neither a plus one nor ‘the one’. She’s heard the stories, there’s no way she’ll succumb to his charms…

The Review

I was very curious about this book… why? Its summer and this time of year calls for a fun light-hearted read to lift your mood.
Also, I am a huge Bridget Jones fan and thought this was right up my street.
So Polly is 30, single and apart from writing great articles about celebrity babies and pets for her job at Posh! magazine, she can’t seem to hold down a decent relationship. Her best friend is engaged and while she doesn’t have a plus one for the wedding she is determined to get her life on track and accomplish everything she has been dreaming of.

What did I think? So…. this book…. It was actually an enjoyable read. The story although quite predictable didn’t quite get executed in a way that I loved, but all the same it was fun from start to finish. Let’s talk about the characters first.
Polly, while I liked her I found her quite frustrating but then again that’s what makes her quite personable. The conversations she has with herself are so relatable (not about the sex though) and watch out for lots and lots of wine… Bill, he was not my favourite character, hugely annoying and very whiney. I actually ignored him throughout the story. I think I wanted a bit more depth from him that made me want to get to know him. But he is that best friend who is the voice of reason that you just don’t want to listen to at the best of times. Lex, that loud annoying friend that tells you the truth no matter what. I really enjoyed their friendship and the realness that they share. Their bonding moments made me miss my besties. Friends like that are rare to come by.
Lala, I really did not like her…. need I say more. Read it and you will understand why. Susan (Polly’ mum) I really loved her, she was such a warm character. Finally Jasper – playboy, Marquess, millionaire….. I actually liked him. He sounded so dreamy and perfect (but we all know that’s too good to be true). There really wasn’t much more about him.
There were parts of the story that were seriously cringey in that ‘how the hell could that happen’ kind of way. To quote someone else ‘This book doesn’t take itself seriously’ it was an emotional rollercoaster. From crazy cringe moments to sad moments and silly funny moments. Overall it is really a fun read and I would recommend it to fans who just want to have a good laugh.

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Midnight (The Romany Outcasts #3) by Christi J Whitney

Midnight by Christi J Whitney
(The Romany Outcasts #3)
Publication date: May 25th 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating:★★★★★

About the book

Sebastian Grey’s sole purpose is to be a guardian for secretive gypsy clans and to protect the girl he loves, Josephine Romany. But what happens when your guardian is the one in trouble?
When Kari Corsi is found dead in his trailer, all evidence points to him being killed by a shadow creature. This is a threat to the entire clan: frightened, rumours begin to spread among them, and Sebastian becomes the main suspect.
Josephine must risk everything to find the inner strength to save Sebastian and uncover the true killer. Then, and only then, can they be together? Can they prove that love is stronger than stone?

The Review

My very first review of the year and I am so glad that I started off with this series which I have been wishing to conclude for a while now.
So let’s start from where we left off, if you haven’t read the previous books then please stop right now….. spoiler alert!
Karl Corsi is dead, Augustine has reappeared with a sinister plan, Sebastian is in a cage being transported to goodness knows where and Josephine is caught between saving her guardian and her duty to her clan.

What did I think?
This book has by far one of the best in the series as it was charged with a lot of raw emotion and action. Sebastian’s strength is showcased in such a cool way that even I was willing him to keep going despite the odds.
Favorite characters in this book 3 were Ezzie, she was just a boss with how she was kicking butt and yes you guessed it! Hugo. Big burly tattooed gypsy that is not afraid of anything.
Characters I was irritated with were Katie…. need I say more. At some moments I wanted to scream, I was wishing she would die so I don’t have to deal with her non-stop talking.
The pace of the book was just right and also some unexpected and surprising twists and turns that had me flipping pages even faster to get to the end. I finished this book at 2am because I couldn’t sleep without finding out the end. Josephine was the only character that I kinda loved and hated at the same time. I wanted her to be more ballsy especially when it came to Quentin and the things he said and did.

Anyway such a fantastic series, I hope to read more from this author in the near future, if you love dragons and mythical creature then this is one for you.

Book review: Moonbreeze (The Dragonian series #4) by Adrienne Woods

Moonbreeze (The Dragonian Series #4) by Adrienne Woods

Publication date: 15th October 2015

Rating:★★★☆☆

Synopsis

The life or a star-studded royal has not been kind to eighteen-year-old Elena Watkins. With a Council breathing down her neck and a dragon that refuses to accept her as his rider, she must convince everyone that she is ready to rule Paegeia like her parents before her. But she has made a promise to her father, King Albert, that she will not go looking for him and free the people of Etan. Elena has promised to never truly fulfill her destiny.

However, situations out of her control will soon force her to confront herself and the evil that seeks to destroy her. Elena must look inside of herself to discover if she can defeat the approaching darkness, be accepted by the people of Paegeia, bring her dragon back to light and fulfill the destiny written in their stars.

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The Review

First off let me start by saying that this is book 4 and there is still soo much in the story to cover. I honestly thought this would be the last book in the series but boy was I wrong.
So let us get into it! Elena has claimed the Rubicon but where the heck is Blake? no one seems to know exactly. The one time he makes an appearance is because he can’t seem to handle Elena’s feelings through their “connection”.
Elena’s true identity has been discovered and she is slowly learning that being the princess is really hard especially when the decisions you make have terrible consequences. One night when she is ready to give it all up some events happen that will force Elena to decide on what kind of future she wants for the people of Paegeia.

What did I Like? Well, I had mixed feelings for this particular book. I have been hooked on this series from the first book so I was racing through this.
The author included a whole lot of fillers in this book which made it seem pretty long and frustrating at some moments.
The one thing I didn’t really like that the author did was how Elena is treated in part of the book. To me it was highly unnecessary, I mean this is a YA book for crying out loud. I don’t actually see how this made the story even better.

I was so upset after reading it. That being said, the rest of the book was ok. I think Blake was the star in this particular book, I know he was annoying in other books but he was just amazing to Elena, I was swooning every time he had something to say.
I won’t lie, I skim read a lot of the book because Elena started to annoy me that I just wanted to smack her or something.
I enjoyed seeing Blake and Elena’s relationship grow, I don’t even understand why Becky and George featured so much at some point I was ready to give up the story.
This book is setting up for the epic finale which I honestly can’t wait to read. Watch this space for even more action when I finally finish book 6!

Book review: Awakening (Lost Legacy #1) by C.E Dimond

Awakening (Lost Legacy #1) by C.E Dimond

Publication date: 9th July 2015
Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis

Finn Adams thought she knew what her life had in store for her; a mundane existence of day to day life. The arrival of a stranger in town turns her world upside down. When her mother goes missing, Finn soon discovers that she is a witch and she is being hunted for her power. Ripped from the only life she’s ever known, Finn is transported across the country to Broadhaven, Maine to discover the secrets she never knew about herself, her heritage, and the tremendous power that’s been kept from her for so long. Her loyalties are tested when she learns of her true parentage and discovers she is part of a prophecy, destined to awaken an ancient power that has been lost for centuries. As she struggles to learn from her mother’s past, she is faced with the ultimate struggle of good and evil, family or friends, she must learn who she can trust and find the power within herself to stop the prophecy from coming true.

The Review

Apologies to the author regarding the delayed review

Witches, Warlocks, magic and a formidable villain, what more do you need from an awesome fantasy story?
The story centers around Fionnuala or Finn. She has just turned 16 and lives with her mom. Life of a teenager seems pretty mundane for her as it seems she just has 2 friends and is a bit of a social outcast.
Everything is normal until she meets Eamon, the new kid. He doesn’t seem friendly but also for some reason she seems drawn to him. Soon everything seems to be falling apart, her mom is missing and someone is after her plus she just found out she is a witch. In search of answers, she follows Eamon to Maine where her family coven lives and soon Finn makes some shocking discoveries about who she is and if she can truly trust the people around her.

What did I think? I absolutely loved reading this book! No word of a lie, I was pretty sad when it finished and now I need to get my hands on book 2 to find out what happens.
The plot is pretty solid, with bits of new revelations here and there and there was one piece of info I kind of thought of that I would like to confirm in the next book.
I liked the characters although a lot of them came across pretty insensitive towards Finn, which is understandable due to the volume of testosterone in the coven.
I thought Eamon was cute with his macho exterior, but we know he is like a marshmallow on the inside. I am not a fan of keeping information from the rightful owners so I was pretty upset with the way they were drip feeding Finn information about her heritage.
Also, I found Finn a bit frustrating, then again what more do you get from a 16-year-old. I do like that she can stand her ground, though.
Carmac sounds like a villain I would like, all the other characters in the story just seemed like background noise. It might have been better if they weren’t there.
Overall it was a great fun read, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

 

Book review: Editing Emma by Chloe Seager


Editing Emma by Chloe Seager

Publication date: August 10th 2017

Rating:★★★★☆

About the book

When sixteen-year-old Emma Nash is ‘ghosted’ by the love of her life Leon Naylor, she does what any normal teenage girl would do…Emma spends the summer lurking in her bedroom, avoiding all human contact (and the shower), surrounded by the collection of chewit wrappers she saved from packs Leon gave her, back when he actually acknowledged her existence…

The Review

After being in a reading slump for ages, I honestly never imagined a book like this would get me back into reading.

This is not a book I would normally read but after checking the synopsis I thought why not. Trust me I wasn’t disappointed.

The story is about 16 year old  Emma, she has just been dumped by the love of her life and here begins her process of dealing with it. From dating random guys to bad advice from friends, Emma is determined to get over Leon Naylor and move on to a better life. Do you think she can? or will she somehow find her way back in Leon’s life?

What did I like?

Where shall I start? Let me just say that this book is probably not for everyone, for me this book brought back memories of high school and how funny some of the things you did were. This felt like a teenage Bridget Jones to me, and of course that made it even more fun.

The book made me laugh so much and at times I was sad because I really wanted more for Emma, it also made me angry purely because now I’m older I know better and it made me disgusted….. uhm you have to read the book to work that one out.

My favourite characters were her best friend Steph because she was just rebellious and we all had or have a Steph in our lives. I also liked Faith because she kept it real all the time when she had to give her opinion. I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the lead character- Emma, maybe because I always felt that she should know better or maybe because I saw a little bit of my 16 year old self in her.

I really enjoyed the pace of the book, even though I thought it was a weird way to blog but as a personal blog you can write it any way that suits you. The author openly writes about sex and the sexuality of the characters which made it quite realistic. These are the thoughts and pressures of the average 16year old, it’s not always roses and unicorns. Also the way technology has consumed our lives, I mean i could relate with a lot of what was in this book.

It had a nice realistic ending and also the growth of the main character made me smile while I turned the last page of the book with satisfaction. I really recommend this book to people out there but as I said, you either love it or you don’t! But I 100% loved it.

Book Review: Crazy for Alice by Alex Dunn


Crazy for Alice by Alex Dunn

Publication date: August 1st 2016

Rating:★★★★★

About the book

 Donnie Darko meets Pleasantville in this dark urban fantasy about sixteen-year-old Ben Howard. When Ben accidentally kills his father and is sectioned after a failed suicide attempt, he escapes the guilt by seeking solace deep within the recesses of his own mind.

Waking in a strange ethereal black and white world, where most people exist as living statues, Ben leaps from New York skyscrapers into African jungles without fear of injury, severed from his emotions, until he meets and falls in love with Alice. But, no sooner does he settle into this strange, new existence, he’s traumatically catapulted back to the brutal reality he left behind.

Nobody believes he’s spent the last six months in a Gray World. Not his neurotic mother, his policeman brother Gavin, or his friends Mitch and Wendy, and certainly not Dr. McKenzie who’s threatening to give him even more pills. They all think he’s crazy, and why wouldn’t they when he’s been in some strange coma locked up in a mental asylum?

The Review

So this will actually be my first 5-star review for the year.
Special thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this awesome title.
The story centers around 17year old Ben, he is about to be sectioned due to a failed suicide attempt. His family cannot understand why he doesn’t want to live. Ben blames himself for his father’s death and so he falls into despair and depression escaping his guilt when he accidentally wakes up in a gray world where there is no color and of course no more pain. Continue reading “Book Review: Crazy for Alice by Alex Dunn”

Book review: Daybreak : Flatlined by Elle Arcie

daybreakDaybreak: Flatlined by Elle Arcie

Publication date: December 21st 2015

Rating:★★★★☆

About the book

She’s supposed to be just a job… a useless pawn.

But to a Paul, she is everything.

19-year-old Lorena is just an ordinary girl trying to live her life. But when she meets Paul, a handsome and mysterious vampire, her world changes beyond recognition. But just when she thinks their relationship is going well, he leaves her without an explanation. To make things worse, she becomes a target because of the relationship she just lost.

Paul is struggling to find his footing amidst the radical changes in the vampire community. He wants to side with the angels so he can be human again. His superiors, however, are against it and will do anything to keep him from going to the other side. Now, he is faced with a difficult choice: stay true to his vampire instincts or work with the angels to save himself and the people he cares for.

Daybreak is a tale of two people fighting to keep their love alive as the centuries-old war between angels and vampires rages on. Will they succeed? Will darkness win or will light finally prevail?

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The Review

Apologies to the author for the delay in reviewing this title.

I don’t always read a lot of vampire books as they can a bit dry sometimes and the story lines are the same but this one grabbed my interest from the start.
The story centers around Lorena, she is a twin and is living some semblance of a normal life except her boyfriend is a vampire. And due to that, she is brought before the vampire council and their Leader Primus for questioning.
In the midst of it all, she realizes that she is part of something a lot bigger than she imagined. Lorena is part of a prophecy and the only person who can get her through it is a vampire named Paul. Racing against time and the vampire council it’s up to Paul and Lorena with the help of God to fulfill the prophecy that will redeem all flatliners. Continue reading “Book review: Daybreak : Flatlined by Elle Arcie”

Book review: Frostbite (The Dragonian Series #3) by Adrienne Woods

frostbite-sigilFrostbite (The Dragonian Series #3) by Adrienne Woods

Publication date: 8th March 2015

Rating:★★★★☆

Synopsis

Losing Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of her heart and discovering her true identity has made Elena Watkins’ life almost unbearable. However, new trials will test the 17 year-old’s strength and push her to limits she didn’t think were possible.

Only a mysterious offer from Blake Leaf, the Rubicon and a dragon predestined for evil, reveals there may be a light at the end of Elena’s dark tunnel.

With the life she thought she knew crashing down around her, Elena will have to face a monumental decision about the fate of Paegeia. She can either make peace with Blake’s demands or try once again to unravel the Queen’s secrets that lie deep within her dragon, Tanya La Frey’s, heart.

The third heart pounding novel in The Dragonian Series by Adrienne Woods.

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*Please note this review may contain spoilers from the previous books in the series.

The Review

It has been a while since I was seriously addicted to a series and I will be honest, this series is like a drug for me. I will be really sad when it is completely over because I just love it soo much.
S0…. a brief recap from the previous book, Elena is not a dragon (Surprised?) first a Thunderlight and now she is changing into a Rubicon just like Blake. Plus Lucian is dead and Elena just can’t seem to shake off the sadness she feels, the only comfort she feels is when Cara shows up (Don’t worry it will all make sense). Master Longwei has asked Blake to help Elena and even though she knows Blake hates her guts she can’t help but be drawn to him, especially when he is being nice.
Elena still knows that Lucian found out something that can help with the claiming of the Rubicon which is going to happen soon and she is determined to find out what it is but first she must find the Queen’s long-lost dragon.

What did I like? So back again for the 3rd book and I tell you it just keeps getting better. The story picks up from where book 2 left off, although we spend quite a bit of time reminiscing about Lucian (I sound like I don’t care right? but I really do). Elena started to get on my nerves a bit with her pity party, and I guess having the dragon Cara in the mix it made things a bit more fun.
I liked Blake better in this book, maybe because he just seemed a lot more gentle until he decides to self-destruct then things take a turn for the worse.
There is still a lot of information in the book which I thought was pretty pointless as it seemed to just fill in space. It was nice for Cheng to have a much bigger role, I think I like him…..
As usual, the author just plays with my emotions, because whenever I think I have the plot figured, she does the old switcheroo. There is soo much to this series that you can’t help but be entertained.
I loved the end of the book, that just means book 4 will be way way way better and I just can’t wait.

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Book Review: Frostbitten by Heather Beck

frostbitten-coverFrostbitten by Heather Beck

Publication date: 23rd June 2014

Rating:★★★☆☆

Synopsis
Great beauty hides dark secrets…Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.

Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?

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The Review

I always enjoy reading about wolves (Call it a Lupine fascination) so this one was no exception. The story revolves around Anastasia. A teen with a troubled past and a strained relationship with her mother is sent to live in Cedar Falls with her grandparents. She is initially not happy to return to this small town of her childhood but soon she starts to try to blend in. fbbaordEveryone seems welcoming but there is a secret she can tell that everyone is hiding. And then she meets Frost, a name just as mysterious as the owner. Even though she is warned countless times by her grandfather to stay away from him she just can’t help but be drawn deeper into Frost’s world. When rumors of the Cedar falls urban legend begin to come true, its up to Anastasia to decide on what she wants to believe. She also knows there is secret Frost is keeping from her will this new found love be able to withstand the truth Anastasia desperately seeks.

What did I think? This was actually a really great story but it just took me ages to finish the book. To be honest I got bored somewhere in the middle because Anastasia was just so super stupid.
I found the story a bit unrealistic because Anastasia was making decisions that any normal 17 year old would not make. Read it for yourself and tell me what you think.
I didn’t like that the family kept secrets as this caused more harm than good.
I really liked Frost, he was just super dreamy and who wouldn’t love someone like him. He just seemed extra clingy although I guess with the way he was brought up I can understand it.
The story moved a bit slow at the beginning, I enjoyed the final 30% of the book as that’s where the action and fun stuff was happening.
A great end to the book and I won’t lie I am keen to find out what will happen and I think the author is holding out on some secret with Anastasia. I kept expecting some revelation, but that’s just me so you can imagine my disappointment.
An overall good read would recommend if you like a good supernatural read.

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Book Review: Hell or High Water(Gemini #3) by Hailey Edwards

hellorhighHell or High Water by Hailey Edwards

Publication date: 30th July 2016

Rating :★★★★☆

 

About the book

Camille Ellis has gone rogue agent, and there’s no turning back now. The conclave might have put the Charybdis case to bed, but Cam isn’t willing to let it lie. No badge doesn’t mean no backup these days.

As mate to an alpha warg, she has access to new and lethal resources. A whole pack full of them. And they all want justice for the sins committed against them.

But the stakes are higher than she knows, the secrets exposed darker than she feared, and the cost of winning higher than she ever imagined.

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The Review

I was so excited to get an ARC for this book and even though I had agreed on what to read next, I have to bump that aside to read this book as I just needed to know what will happen to Charybdis.

The story picks up where book 2 left off. Cord has chosen to leave Bessemer’s pack and some of the defected Wargs who are loyal to him are coming along. Cam needs all the help she can get to also locate her cousin and her aunt who have mysteriously gone missing, no thanks to Charybdis. The conclave seems to be running investigations but without great results. It’s now up to Cam to call in her least favorite cousin Theo to help.
This, of course, brings up old squabbles and rivalries which in order to survive they must put aside. Charybdis is getting closer attacking the people Cam loves, which puts the pack on edge.
Cam will need to figure out what exactly Charybdis wants before more lives are lost and she must also come face to face with her past and the secrets that have been kept from her.

What did I think? I think this book was my favorite in the series. I took my time to read it slowly as I was sad that this part was going to end.
The twists in this book were mind blowing as I never really expected things to turn out how they did.
I really liked the characters in this book, Graeson was the best, his jokes and comments were so good. Kudos to the author for that.
Dell, I found very annoying sometimes but also I think I liked her openness and strength.
It was nice to see Thierry again, albeit for just a short time but I think this paves the way for the next part of the series which I can’t help but be impressed with how the author executed that.
Charybdis as a villain was really awesome, he had that creepy edge that made you watch your back all day every day. He was one of those that it pretty much stomped me about how he could be defeated.
I like that we finally got to meet Theo and in all honesty, I think I like him more. Hopefully, the next chapter of the series will allow us to get to know more about the pack members.

Truly a series worth reading…..