Wednesday, December 7

Early Review: Frostblood (Frostblood #1)

Frostblood (Frostblood #1)
Elly Blake

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From Goodreads:
The first in a page-turning young adult fantasy series perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen and Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series.

In a land governed by the cruel Frostblood ruling class, seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has spent most of her life hiding her ability to manipulate heat and light - until the day the soldiers come to raid her village and kill her mother. Ruby vows revenge on the tyrannous Frost King responsible for the massacre of her people.

But Ruby's powers are unpredictable...and so are the feelings she has for Arcus, the scarred, mysterious Frostblood warrior who shares her goal to kill the Frost King, albeit for his own reasons. When Ruby is captured by the Frost King's men, she's taken right into the heart of the enemy. Now she only has one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her - and in doing so, she must unleash the powers she's spent her whole life withholding.

Frostblood is set in world where flame and ice are mortal enemies - but together create a power that could change everything.

Frostblood was a book I heard of months ago when I was at YALC and with it being dubbed as a YA fantasy perfect for fans of the Throne of Glass series I knew that it was something that I would absolutely love. I am such a huge fan of epic fantasy series and this one sounded so unique and amazing I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it. My good blogger friend Donna from Book Passion for Life was wonderful enough to send me her ARC of it when she had finished reading it and I am so thankful for her because oh my god this book phenonenal. I couldn't put it down.

Ruby has always had to live in fear. As a forbidden fireblood, in a country ruled by frostbloods she has to hide her power or be killed. But when Ruby is discovered and the evil frostblood soldiers kill her mother Ruby vows to develop her powers in order to kill the Frost King. When some mysterious frostblood warriors seeming to want the same thing as Ruby offer to help her train and develop her powers Ruby starts training. But is she getting in too deep? And can she truly trust the frostblood warriors?

Frostblood was seriously one of the best books I have read so far this year. I loved every single moment of it and I cannot put my feelings and emotions towards this book into words. I couldn't put it down. I loved this unique story of different powers that used to work together now be enemies. In true epic fantasy fashion this book is filled to the brim with magic, intrigue and politics and I loved every second.

Ruby was such an amazing character. Even though she made some decisions that I felt were silly I loved seeing her grow and develop throughout this book. She was such an amazing character to experience this story through her eyes. She is fantastic and she grew so much, as she developed her magic she developed as a character too and I loved seeing that.

Arcus... I adore Arcus. He is mysterious and forth coming and although he seemed like a dick at the start, by the end I loved him. I looked forward to every scene he was in and when he wasn't in it I couldn't wait to see him again. He is a fantastic character and I loved reading about him. All the way through the book I was totally rooting for Arcus and Ruby to get together, even though frostbloods and firebloods hate each other.

Frostblood was an epic, amazing start to what I know it going to be a fantastic, if not a heart-breaking series. I loved every thing about it, the history of this world, the characters, the magic... everything. I loved it all and I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2. The ending left me reeling and needing more.

If there is one epic fantasy series that you pick up next year make sure it is this fantastic novel. You will fall head over heels in love and be unable to read fast enough. I loved every second.



Friday, December 2

Wrap Up: November 2016


Hey guys,
Can you actually believe it is December? I certainly can't. Well I had a much much better reading month in November than I did the past two months so check it out.

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:


Bought:

Shadows (Lux #0.5) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon
Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Dash and Lily #2) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithian
If I Was Your Girl by Meridith Russo
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella


Illumicrate:

So November saw me receive my first ever bookish subscription box, Illumicrate and I am so so excited and happy I subscribed to this because it was just beautiful and amazing. Check it out.



Including lots of amazing bookish swag, socks, a candle and The Diabolic by SJ Kincaid 😄😍


Books Read in November 2016:


Balance (Balance #1) by Janelle Stalder - 4 Stars
Dream of You (Wait for You #4.5) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
Fire in You (Wait for You #6) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
Frostblood (Fireblood #1) by Elly Blake - 5 Stars
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon - 5 Stars
Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon - 5 Stars
The Sun in her Eyes by Paige Toon - 4 Stars

Reviews Posted in November 2016:

The Next Together (The Next Together #1) by Lauren James
Another Together (The Next Together #1.5) by Lauren James
The Last Beginning (The Next Together #2) by Lauren James
The Longest Holiday by Paige Toon
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J Maas
Balance (Balance #1) by Janelle Stalder
Twisted Palace (The Royals #3) by Erin Watt
Dream of You (Wait for You #4.5) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Top 3 Books of November 2016: 





What did you read this month?

 

Thursday, December 1

Blog Tour: Fire in You (Wait for You #6)


Hey guys,
I am so beyond excited to be a part of the feature tour for Fire In You, the phenomenal final instalment in Jennifer L Armentrout's Wait For You series. I absolutely adored this book. It was everything I could have wanted for the end of this series and more. Even if I am totally heartbroken that this series is ending.

Some are born with fire in them.

✮✮✮SECOND CHANCES, HOPE, & RED-HOT CHEMISTRY…FIRE IN YOU, the final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Wait For You World, releases November 28, 2016! Don’t Miss Brock and Jillian’s passionate and richly moving story in this standalone contemporary romance! And check out each stop on the FIRE IN YOU Feature Tour taking place November 21-December 3!✮✮✮

Let the FIRE IN YOU burn and order your copy today!


Fire In You (Wait For You #6)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Publication Date: November 28, 2016
Date Read: November 14, 2016
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC from JLA and InkSlingerPR
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J.Lynn, comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…

Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.

She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.

Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the past sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.

~ My Review ~

"I loved you when I was eight. I loved you when I was twelve. I loved you when I was twenty, and I... I love you now."

There are seriously no words for me to describe how excited I was for this book. It is no surprise to anyone who knows me how much I adore all of Jennifer L Armentrout's books. She is without a doubt my favourite author of all time and as sad as I am that we are saying goodbye to the Wait for You series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Fire In You, was without a doubt a phenomenal ending of the series. Although it's not my favourite of the series (Hello Fall with Me) it was just perfect to me.

Jillian has always had a hard life. From a young age she was head over heels in love with Brock, the guy who was welcomed in to her family. But he broke her heart and she moved away never wanting to see him again. Brock has never been able to forget that night. The night he let Jillian down in the most important way. Now Jillian and Brock are thrown back together in their work and sparks fly. Can Brock show Jillian just how much he has changed? And can Jillian ever trust the guy who broke her heart and let her down in a life changing way?

I loved this book. I knew this book was going to be abour Brock and I couldn't wait. From when he had appeared in previous books I loved him and couldn't wait to see what would happen with his story. I'll be honest and say I was hoping for a Katie book as she is one of my all time favourite characters but it only took me a couple of chapters reading about Jillian to know that this was 100% the right thing for both of these characters. Once again, Jen smashed it!

Jillian and Brock's story was very different from all of the others in this series. I loved reading about them and the more I felt for the both of them, the more I couldn't read quick enough to see what was going to happen. Jennifer is such a phenomenal author and I seriously couldn't read fast enough. One of the things I loved the most in this book is how we got to see pretty much every other couple from the previous books and I loved seeing how they were all doing. It was totally perfect.

Jennifer wrapped this series up in the most perfect way. Not only did our main characters get a very deserved ending but she wrapped everything up for the previous couples too which was utterly perfect. This is a series I will read again and again and never get bored of it. I loved every single moment of it.

If you haven't read the Wait for You series then what the hell are you waiting for? You definitely need to. Fire in You was everything I could have hoped for and more and while I am still hoping for at least a novella about Katie I am more than happy about the way everything ended. A phenomenal read. Loved every moment of it.

"I love you because you have this fire in you that you don't even recognise, but I do. You're strong and you're a survivor."






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 Pre-Order a digital or paperback copy of FIRE IN YOU by Jennifer L. Armentrout, writing as J.Lynn, AND fill out THIS FORM by December 3rd, and get an exclusive bonus scene-an Epilogue featuring POVs from all the major couples throughout the Wait For You World!

FIRE IN YOU will be available in paperback and eBook November 28th, 2016!

Just enter your name, age, email address, and the order number from your digital or paperback pre-order receipt athttps://a.pgtb.me/M7KhMCto receive your exclusive FIRE IN YOU bonus scene! All entrants will receive the bonus scene on December 5th, 2016 through email using the email given when the entrant filled out THIS FORM.





FIRE IN YOU Feature Tour
November 21
The Book Bratz-Review
This Wacky Mama Reads!-Review & Excerpt
Booklovers For Life-Character Q & A-Jillian
November 22
The Reading Geek-Review
Words With Sarah-Review & Author Interview
November 23
November 24
A Bookish Escape-Review
Star-Crossed Book Blog-Review & Author Interview
November 25
Book Bitches Blog-Review & Excerpt
The Irish Banana Reviews-Review & Author Interview
November 26
Stuck In YA Books-Review & Top 5 List
Step Into Fiction-Review & Excerpt
November 27
Less Reality, More Books-Review & Character Q & A-Kristen
My YA NA Book Obsession-Review & Author Interview
November 28
November 29
Milky Way of Books-Review
Love Between the Sheets-Review & Character Q & A-Brock
Book Boyfriend Reviews-Review
November 30
The Cover Contessa-Review & Top 5 List
Deity Island-Review & Excerpt
All Romance Reviews-Review & Excerpt
December 1
Cocktails and Books-Review
Readers Live 1000 Lives-Review & Character Q & A-Avery & Cam
K-Books-Review
December 2
Tome Tender-Review & Excerpt
The Book Hookup-Review & Excerpt
December 3
Nose Stuck in a Book-Review & Excerpt
Kimberlyfaye Reads-Review & Top 5 List




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About Jennifer L Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International 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, 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. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

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


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Wednesday, November 30

Review: Dream of You (Wait for You #4.5)

Dream of You (Wait For You #4.5)
Jennifer L Armentrout

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From Goodreads:
Abby Erickson isn't looking for a one-night stand, a relationship, or anything that involves any one-on-one time, but when she witnesses a shocking crime, she's thrust into the hands of the sexiest man she's ever seen - Colton Anders. His job is to protect her, but with every look, every touch, and every simmering kiss, she's in danger of not only losing her life but her heart also.

It's no surprise to anyone that I am a major fan of Jennifer L Armentrout and I absolutely love her Wait For You series. I was super excited when she announced that she was releasing a novella about Abby as I adored her in previous novels in this series. I didn't actually read this book for so long. It wasn't until I was about to start my ARC of book 6, Fire in You, that I decided to read this one first.

As expected, I adored this novella. It was absoltely amazing. I already loved Abby so I was super excited to read her story. As soon as I found out our leading man was Colton, brother of Reece from Fall With Me, which was my favourite book in this series. I loved every second of this novella and as I was reading it I was just hoping that it would last forever.

Dream of You was a phenomenal instalment in the Wait for You series and I loved every single moment of it. I wish it was a full size novel but I'm just glad we got Abby's story told. This is definitely a must-read for any fans of JLA and this series.


Saturday, November 26

Wrap Up: October 2016


I cannot believe October is over already. This year has gone by so quickly hasn't it?
Anyway, here's my wrap up for October.

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:






Bought:

The Last Beginning (The Next Together #2) by Lauren James
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter #2) by JK Rowling


E-Books:


For BETA:
Balance (Balance #1) by Janelle Stalder

For Review:

Fire in you (Wait for You #6) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Bought:

Twisted Palace (The Royals #3) by Erin Watt

Books Read in October 2016:


Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J Maas - 5 Stars
Another Together (The Next Together #1.5) by Lauren James - 5 Stars
Twisted Palace (The Royals #3) by Erin Watt - 5 Stars
The Last Beginning (The Next Together #2) by Lauren James - 5 Stars

There were no reviews posted in October

Top 3 Books of October 2016:



What did you read this month?

Wednesday, November 23

Review: Twisted Palace (The Royals #3)

Twisted Palace (The Royals #3)
Erin Watt

Publication Date: October 17, 2016
Date Read: October 27, 2016
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

There are no words to explain how excited I was to get my hands on Twisted Palace. I absolutely adored the first two books in The Royals series. For me to love a NA series is quite a big thing as I often get quite bored with them. However once I got my hands on this book I was scared to read it. After the ending of the second book I just knew this was gonna be such a hard book to read that would put my heart through the ringer. I wasn't wrong but oh my god the angst was so so worth it because this was such a great ending to Ella and Reed's story.

For about 96% of this book I was the most stressed out I have ever been reading a book. I was just so anxious and worried about what was going to happen and the more I read the more I couldn't see it working out. It was just so intense and the worse it got for Reed and Ella the more I just couldn't stand it. If there's one thing these authors know how to do it's keep you in suspense unable to stop reading.

Twisted Palace is the third and final book in The Royals series. It's full of angst, romance and drama. I couldn't stop reading and it hurt my heart so much all the going on in this book. I loved every single moment of it and I was so happy with how it ended. Erin Watts certainly knows what she is doing. I loved it so much and it really is one of those books that I will re-read over and over again. Every moment was amazing. I can't wait to read a book about Easton because man, I love these Royal boys so much. They are fantastic characters and this is without a doubt my favourite NA romance series I have read to date. You have converted a NA sporadic reader into a love of NA.



Saturday, November 19

Early Review: Balance (Balance Series #1)

Balance (Balance Series #1)
Janelle Stalder

Publication Date: November 2016
Date Read: November 12, 2016
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: BETA Copy from Janelle
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
A love written in the stars, or born in the depths of darkness?
Where fate has brought them together, so will it tear them apart.
This is not a story of chance, but one that was destined to come to pass, and with it the fall of the darkest shadow to roam the earth.
Vivian French will soon realize that monsters are not just characters from story books, but creatures who can tear your soul apart and leave nothing in its place.
This is not a love story. This is a tale, of a fallen angel and The One who will bring about a change in the Balance.

As soon as I heard of Balance, I absolutely could not wait to get my hands on it and read it. I am such a ginormous fan of Janelle Stalder and I am so so honoured to be one of her BETA readers. I am not usually a fan of fallen angel stories but I just knew that this would be amazing because Janelle wrote it. I was not wrong. I loved every moment of it and I just couldn't read this quick enough.

Vivian has the chance of a lifetime. To be an intern for the best defence lawyers in the city before she heads of to college to study Law. Besides there's also the Banks sons there. Lawyer extraudinaires and super hot boys that is nice eye candy for any girl. But what Viv doesn't know is that the Banks family are keeping a big secret and when she develops feelings for the mysteriously hot but broody silent Caleb her life is going to change forever.

I was absolutely hooked to this story from the very very start. I was just drawn into this amazing story and I really connected with Viv right from the start. She is a great main character and I loved that we saw her develop and change as a character the further we got through this book. I absolutely loved her and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

Caleb... oh my word he is officially my favourite book boy ever right now. I went from being curious but kind of angry at him for his brusque behaviour but the more I read the more I fell in love with him. My favourite parts of this book were without a doubt the parts told from Caleb's point of view. He is amazing and I just loved him more and more the more I read.

Balance is such a phenomenal book. I loved every moment of it and I can't even describe the emotional journey Janelle sent me on throughout this book. It made me laugh and swoon, cry and mourn. This book completely broke my heart into a million pieces and I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2 to find out what will happen next.

This book was a phenomenal start to what I know is going to be an amazing series. It is filled to the brim with mystery, danger and intrigue with just the right amount of heartstopping and breathtaking romance. It made me fall in love head over heels and then slowly destroyed my heart. If there's one new series you start this year make sure it's this one.