Friday, 17 October 2014

Review: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

Title: All Broke Down (Rusk University #2)
Author: Cora Carmack

Release date: October 28th 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 245

Source: Edelweiss

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, education—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail for a few hours, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and not at all her type, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

All Broke Down is a companion to All Lined Up, and it follows Silas Moore, whom we met in the previous book. This is different to the first in terms of storyline as well as characters. Silas and Dylan are very different from Carson and Dallas. And sadly I found I didn't like them as much, and that affected my enjoyment of the book.

Silas is in a bad place after his best friend Levi is arrested for possession and sale of drugs, and people think it's just a matter of time before Silas follows his friend's path. Football is all he has, and without it he'll be lost. So he needs to figure things out before things become worse than they already are. Dylan (yes, that's a girl name apparently) is an activist. She fights for causes she believes in, and when she meets Silas (in jail!).. Well, he becomes one of them. But Dylan's kind of goody-goody, while Silas is the complete opposite. Will she fix him, or will he change her?

I really didn't like Silas in All Lined Up. If you've read it, you'll know what I mean. A few apologies and kind words can't totally change a person. Silas isn't the kind of guy you'd want to be in a relationship with. I did soften towards him in this book, especially when we find out about his past, but he's no Carson. And I really didn't get how Dylan overlooks everything he is and just decides she wants to be with him.

Dylan's supposed to be a smart girl. Emphasis on supposed. Yet she willingly gets herself freaking arrested like it's no big deal, saying it'll draw more attention to her cause. You're in college, I'm pretty sure getting arrested is a big deal! But Dylan's dad is some rich bigwig, so of course she'd just do whatever she wants, since he can get her out of anything. Except that she claims she doesn't want his help. Well, girl, you clearly need it if you think getting arrested and having a heavy makeout session with the guy you met in jail is no big deal.

I liked seeing Carson and Dallas again, though. And even Stella and Ryan and a couple other guys on the team. They're a fun lot, and totally what I'd imagine college football players to be like. If there had been more of these guys and less of Dylan and Silas and their problems, I'd have enjoyed the book more. I was practically skimming at some points, when it's just those two and they're talking and arguing and there's just so much angst.

All Broke Down is a cool NA romance, don't get me wrong. I'm sure loads of people will love it. But the main characters just pissed me off, and that's not a good sign in a book which features them prominently. I am still looking forward to the next book, though. I won't say who it features, but they're two very different characters and I'm curious to see how they fit together.

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: The Hazards of Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Who is ready for an amazing new Hazards series novella? We are so happy to bring you the cover reveal for Alyssa Rose Ivy's THE HAZARDS OF MISTLETOE! THE HAZARDS OF MISTLETOE is a novella in Alyssa's New Adult Romance, Hazards series and it's set to be released November 20, 2014!

The Hazards of Mistletoe

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One snowy Christmas Eve, one mistletoe kiss, one friendship changed forever.

Don’t underestimate the power of mistletoe. It looks innocent enough, but a single branch has the potential to change your life. One mistletoe kiss led to the most embarrassing night of my life, but thankfully by the next Christmas I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be.

Release date: November 20th 2014
Publisher: Self-published

About the author:

Alyssa Rose Ivy- Author PhotoAlyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Review: Empire of Shadows by Miriam Forster

Title: Empire of Shadows (Bhinian Empire #2)
Author: Miriam Forster

Release date: November 4th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eARC
Pages: 339

Source: Edelweiss

Cast out of her family three years ago, Mara turned to the only place that would take her—a school where students train to protect others. But Mara is stunned when guarding a noble girl in the Empire’s capital turns out to be more dangerous than she could’ve imagined. More shocking still, she finds the boy she thought she had lost forever outside the gates of her new home.

Mara knew her life in the dizzying Imperial city would hold dangers. How could she have known that her heart, as well as her life, would be at stake?

Empire of Shadows will take readers on a spellbinding journey into the world Miriam Forster first introduced in City of a Thousand Dolls—a world with a divided society, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and deeply laid conspiracies.

Empire of Shadows is a companion to City of a Thousand Dolls, but I think it'd be better to call it a prequel. If you've read the previous book and remember things about it, I'm sure you'll know exactly who this book is about. I was thrilled as soon as I started reading, because the names clicked immediately! And that got me even more excited.

Mara is a Sune, a shape-shifting human. We came across these first in City of a Thousand Dolls, with the spotted cats. Well, Mara is bigger and way more terrifying than them! Anyway, she's been cast out because of something she did, something she's not proud of. And she decides to join the Order of Khatar, for people who want to regain lost honour. When her decisions lead her to the Imperial Palace itself, she finds that there's way more danger lurking around than she'd realized.

I loved Mara, she was perfect and flawed and though that makes no sense, you'll get it when you read the book. She's strong, she's tough, and she's also so very kind-hearted. I loved her first interaction with Emil, the boy she keeps running into, and that started a light but powerful romance that I know carries on forever.

Emil was just as amazing. He's a part of the Kildi tribe, and is being groomed to be leader. Except that he doesn't want to be. His twin brother is exceedingly jealous of him anyway, and when his rashness leads him into trouble, Emil goes after him. Which of course leads him to the Imperial Palace as well, where Mara is.

This book is fantastic - everything about it. I loved seeing Esmer again, and she plays a big role in this, which was awesome. And the whole world-building, the stories, the magic... it's all brilliant. No wonder I loved this more than the first book!

There's lots of danger infused throughout, which keeps the story going. And though Mara is primarily looking for someone she can 'pledge' to, someone she can swear to protect forever as she needs to as someone from the Order, she's also on a self-discovering journey. Mara has ghosts in her past that she can't get rid of, but maybe she doesn't have to. She learns to embrace who she is, and who she's always been. And that's a great message that Empire of Shadows tells us.

I've already fallen in love with this world, and I desperately want more! Be it the rest of Nisha's story, or something that tells us what happens to Mara and Emil after this, because though I know the general story, I want details! For those of you who don't remember much from the previous book, the end will come as a shocker to you! And a very good one at that. But I'd recommend a reread of City of a Thousand Dolls, because I think you'd want to know as much as you can while reading this.

I feel like nothing I say can live up to how amazing this book is and how much I loved it. Just read it! It'll blow your mind with its beauty. Since it's a companion, you don't even have to read the first one - though I'd say you should. I found Empire of Shadows more enjoyable, though. Gosh, I want to read this over and over, I loved it that much!

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 5/5

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Title: A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1)
Author: Claudia Gray

Release date: November 4th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: eARC
Pages: 248

Source: Edelweiss

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parents' handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

A Thousand Pieces of You is an awesome YA sci-fi with a really interesting take on parallel universes. I love sci-fi of any kind, especially stuff like this. I love how no matter how many books I read based on a multiverse concept, I'm always intrigued because they're all so different from each other.

Marguerite's parents are genius physicists, and they've invented a device that can allow someone to enter parallel universes. Their lives should be amazing now, yeah? Except that Marguerite's father is killed and her parents' assistant Paul runs away with the device. Escapes into another dimension. So Marguerite takes it upon herself to go after him and get justice for her father, using an earlier prototype of the device (called the Firebird) and her parents' other assistant, Theo. Marguerite and Theo encounter things they'd never even dreamed of, and as they chase Paul through the universes, Marguerite soon realizes that he may not be guilty after all.

I was initially expecting quite a few different dimensions, but in fact a major part of the book is spent in a certain olden-style universe, in Russia. I really liked that, mostly because I've studied Russia and the Romanov family in history, and it was interesting to see how similar this universe was to that. Oh, and Marguerite is royalty in that one, since her mother is apparently a Romanov descendent. I grew quite attached to characters in that dimension, as did Marguerite, and after a while it was hard to believe Marguerite hadn't been there very long at all.

Marguerite herself didn't really stand out to me too much. She's not like her parents - she's the artsy type while they and her sister are science people. Marguerite's an awesome artist though. But honestly they way she described anything scientific... It got on my nerves. And it felt like every time some physics would come up and people would try to explain it to her, they'd dumb it down so she'd get it. And yeah, okay that's for readers as well because we're obviously not going to get complicated physics theories. But I myself am really interested in that, so it frustrated me when we didn't really get an explanation at all.

Okay I'm digressing. Anyway, I meant to say that since Marguerite's parents are like freaking amazing and invented a dimension-travelling device for crying out loud, she should at least show some interest in how it works, right? Thank god she had Theo and sometimes Paul with her so they could tell her how things work.

Which brings me to the love interests. Yes, two. It's okay, not much of a love triangle really. It's very obvious who Marguerite is more drawn towards. We get a lot of flashbacks of their interactions, all three of them, and I definitely liked Paul better from those. He's the smart and quiet type, and I loved that. Not overly confident or boisterous like Theo. Although I kind of liked Theo too.. But Paul better for sure. And then when we get to know Paul in present time, I liked him then as well. Though things get very weird and different in the whole dimension-travelling thing, because there are already other versions of you in other universes. You just take over their body. It's a lot less confusing in the book, don't worry! 

Bottom line, I loved Paul. Though honestly I don't get how both of them are so interested in Marguerite, like romantically I mean. They don't have much in common, and both guys are older than her. Paul just by two years, but Theo by three and a half! Which is quite a lot when you're teenagers/young adults. So that was a bit hard to wrap my head around. But the romance is actually quite powerful in this book. And I'm sure it'll be more in the next.

This review is already getting way longer than I meant it to. I probably shouldn't say anything else now because I don't want to give anything away. Just read the book! Especially if you love science fiction. Because you will adore this then. I can't wait to find out more about this concept and this world!

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

Friday, 10 October 2014

Storm Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Storm (Salt #2) by Danielle Ellison. Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for letting me participate! You can check out the full tour schedule here. Check out my review of the book below and enter the giveaway!

Title: Storm (Salt #2)
Author: Danielle Ellison

Release date: September 29th 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Format: eARC
Pages: 362

Source: NetGalley
Purchase links: AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo Books

Up until recently, Penelope was a witch with no magic. After having it stolen by a demon when she was just a child, Penelope had been forced to rely on sharing others’ powers as she went through the grueling training required to become an elite demon hunter. Now Penelope has more magic than she’s ever known. And when you’re this powerful, who needs salt to keep the demons away?

But power has a dark side.

Carter Prescott just wants to hunt demons and be with Penelope. But suddenly, witches who formerly had no magic are developing terrible, out-of-control powers. Now the world Carter swore to protect isn’t just endangered by malicious demons―it’s threatened by the same witches who once defended it. And Carter is horrified to see his girlfriend starting to change. Stronger. More powerful. Unrecognizable. It’s just a matter of time before Penelope changes into something far beyond his worst fears...

Salt was an awesome start to this paranormal series, and I was really excited when I heard about the release of Storm. Though I did enjoy being back in this world and learning more about how magic works here, I didn't love it as much as I did Salt.

After the events of the previous book, Penelope now has access to the void. She and Carter are both halflings, but both deal with it in different ways. Penelope begins to change, and Carter doesn’t know what to do about it. She wants her magic back, and she’ll do whatever it takes. But when Statics suddenly start gaining uncontrollable power, things become chaotic. Penelope and Carter know they have something to do with it, but can they stay on the same side long enough to fix it?

Storm is told in a dual POV of Penelope and Carter. I think that was a great move, because if it were just Penelope, I don’t know if I could’ve gotten through the entire book! It was interesting to read Carter’s thoughts on everything, and definitely sweet to see how deeply he cares about Pen.

I loved Penelope in Salt, but in this one? She’s so different! The magic she’s gained from the void has gotten to her head, and she’s reveling in a power she knows pretty much nothing about. She’s in way over her head, and doesn’t want help from anyone – especially Carter. The only one she goes to is Lia, the mauve demon she met in the previous book. Not a good choice, Pen!

Carter, though. He’s absolutely perfect. Like, honestly. He’s the same Carter we met in Salt, but sweeter in this book. He’s really protective of Penelope, and I wanted to yell at her to open her freaking eyes and see that she’s taking such an amazing guy for granted! Carter has to deal with his own personal issues as well – regarding his family, specifically his father and the Prescott line. He’s under a lot more responsibility now, but all he really wants is to make sure Penelope is okay.

A lot happens in this book, and it’s actually pretty long. Though I did feel it dragged quite a bit in the middle, I was still intrigued by everything that was happening – especially the situation with the Statics. I wish we could’ve seen more of Ric, though. He’s an awesome character and incredibly funny and supportive.

I felt like the plot was dragged out for the most part and then the ending was rushed a little. Things wrap up quite fast, and it’s kind of unexpected. I don’t know if there will be another book in the series, so I’m glad there’s nothing really left hanging. But I would’ve liked more of an explanation as to how everything got sorted out so fast. Either way though, Storm is an enjoyable sequel to Salt, and if you like series about witches, I’d certainly recommend this one.

*Thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5

About the author:

Danielle Ellison is from a small town in West Virginia. She spent her childhood pretending to fly, talking to imaginary friends, and telling stories. She hasn’t changed much since then. You can still find her pretending to work, talking to imaginary characters, and writing stories.

When she’s not writing, Danielle is probably drinking coffee, fighting her nomadic urges, watching too much TV, or dreaming of the day when she can be British. She is the author of five upcoming novels and you can find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Cover Reveal: Fall with Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

Release date: March 31st 2015
Publisher: Avon
Purchase links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo

About the author:

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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