Wednesday, April 26

Review: Lying About Last Summer

Lying About Last Summer
Sue Wallman

Published By: Scholastic UK
Publication Date: May 5, 2016
Date Read: February 5, 2017
Genre: YA - Thriller
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27860794-lying-about-last-summer

From Goodreads:
You can't hide the truth forever.

Skye is looking for an escape from the reality of last summer when her sister died in a tragic accident. Her parents think that a camp for troubled teenagers might help her process her grief. All of the kids at the summer camp have lost someone close, but is bringing them together such a good idea? And can everyone at camp be trusted? 

When Skye starts receiving text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister, she knows it's time to confront the past. But what if the danger is right in front of her?

Lying About Last Summer was a book I picked up as part of my Zoella Book Club challenge. I'm aiming to read all of the books included in the first 2 rounds of Zoella's Book Club this year. Lying About Last Summer is a mystery/thriller which is usually not my kind of book, however after reading and loving Jennifer Armentrout's recent thriller, Till Death, and loving it I decided to try reading more of this genre. I really enjoyed Lying About Last Summer. It wasn't the best book I've ever read but it was a nice quick and enjoyable read.

Skye has been suffering ever since her sister died in a drastic accident last summer. Now she is at summer camp for bereaved teens. Skye doesn't really want to be there and she doesn't want to talk about what happened last summer. But then her private messaging group she had with only her sister becomes active... with messaged from her dead sister. Who is pretending to be Skye's sister? And what do they want?

Lying About Last Summer was a short and enjoyable read. It was very much a page turner. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen and read this book pretty quick. I was interested and I liked the characters. I wouldn't personally call this book a thriller. I would consider it more a mystery than a thriller and I did really enjoy it.

I personally didn't find mtself emotionally involved in this book as I get with most books. It was good, it was enjoyable and I couldn't wait to see what happened but I felt like it was with a more detached feeling rather than associating with the characters and being addicted to the book as I usually get.

Lying About Last Summer was a good, enjoyable read. If you're a fan of mystery/thriller books then I have no doubt you will love this book. I enjoyed it and I will definitely look out for more from this author.


Wednesday, April 19

Review: Sacrifice (Elementals #5)

Sacrifice (Elementals #5)
Brigid Kemmerer

Published By: K-Teen
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Date Read: January 30, 2017
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 324
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17149158-sacrifice

From Goodreads:
Earth. Fire. Air. Water.

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick understands pressure. He's the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he's all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She's got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael's defiance, his family's 'bad luck'. Before he knows it, Michael's enemies have turned into the Merricks' enemies, and they're armed for war.

They're not interested in surrender. But Michael isn't the white flag type anyway. Everything is set for the final showdown.

Four elements, one family. Will they hold together, or be torn apart?

The Elementals series has fast become one of my favourites. From the moment I started reading the second one I have just devoured the entire series, and now here I am writing my review for the final book in the series and feeling very bittersweet. I loved every single second of this series but I was definitely not ready to say goodbye to these amazing characters and this incredible story.

Right from reading the first novella in this series, Elemental, I couldn't wait to read Michael's full length novel. I fell in love with Michael right at the start of the series and this book just cemented that love all the more. All Michael has ever wanted was his family safe and his love for his brothers shines through this book so much. This book is much more about the family bonds than the romance like the other books and it made me love it so much more.

Sacrifice is without a doubt one of the most heart-tugging of the books. Things happen that really broke me and I just couldn't put the book down. I just needed to see if it was all going to be okay. Brigid really does bring all the emotion for this finale of the Elementals series.

I loved every second of this series and although this one made me sob like a baby it was phenomenal. It was the perfect ending to the series and although I wish she would write more, even just a novella to see what they're all up to, I absolutely loved the ending. It was perfect and it was optomistic and hopeful for the future of Elementals.

If you haven't started this series then what the heck are you waiting for? It's a definite must read. I am so glad I finally read this series. It is was up there with my favourite series, Covenant by JLA, as series I will happily re-read over and over again if I only had the time. It was perfect and Brigid has definitely gone on my auto-buy list. I can't wait to read more from her.



Wednesday, April 12

Review: Trust (Wrong #3)

Trust (Wrong #3)
Jana Aston

Publication Date: November 8, 2016
Date Read: January 27, 2017
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32571587-trust

From Goodreads:
“Knock knock!”
“Um… Who’s there?”

Yeah. That was me, on my last date. Before you feel sorry for me
you should know that I was the one telling the jokes. Jokes as in
plural, because I didn’t stop with just one. Of course not.

Hi, I’m Chloe Scott. The most awkward single girl in the city.
But I’m going to get it together. I am.

I’m going to learn how to date like a grown up.
I’m going to have an orgasm not given to myself.
I’m going to fall in love and live happily ever after.

Right after I get out of this interrogation room.

"This kiss is the best of my life. Every kiss with Chloe is the best kiss of my life."

I cannot believe just how fast I am getting through this series. Considering I am not usually a fan of NA books this is book 4 and I have read all of them in a week. They are so addictive and I was so exicted to read Chloe's story.

Chloe suffers from anxiety which makes dating a nightmare. Everytime she gets nervous she starts cracking really bad jokes. This is probably why she is still single. Then she meets Boyd. Her friend, Sophie's brother and he is a federal agent. Chloe feels so nervous everytime she sees him. I mean she is bound to when she is obsessed with crime shows, especially ones with hot FBI agents. Boyd has never met someone like Chloe and so he persuades her that he needs a favour from her. Pretend to be his girlfriend for a family wedding. It's not real so she has no need to be nervous, but as Chloe keeps doing favours for Boyd she is convinced it's all pretend... but is it for Boyd?

I loved this book so much. I really associated with Chloe so much. Her anxiety and the barriers that came with it. She made me laugh and I loved seeing her point of view. Boyd was just the sweetest guy. He is so amazing and patient and I loved all of the favours he kept coming up with that Chloe owed him and he owed her just so he could spend time with her, the real her where she is relaxed and not nervous and anxious. It was so beautiful watching them fall for each other but with Chloe having no idea what was really happening.

Trust was a much more romantic book than the others in the series. In the other books the sex is such a major part of the romance starting. Like the characters have sex very early on and then they start falling for each other but this one was so much more beautiful watching them fall for each other first. It was so romantic and beautiful.

I adored this book so much. Once again Jana Aston knocked it out of the part and gave a fantastic and amazing book. I am so so sad that I have no more of her books left to read. I have loved reading them all so much and I cannot wait for her next book. Regardless of what it is you can guarantee I will be reading it. I love her books so much and I cannot recommend them enough. Go pick them up now!

"Her confidence is safe with me. I want to protect it, cultivate it. Watch her flourish."


Wednesday, April 5

Review: Fling (Wrong #2.5)

Fling (Wrong #2.5)
Jana Aston

Published On: November 1, 2016
Date Read: January 25, 2017
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32502626-fling

From Goodreads:
I have a crush on my boss’ best friend.
At least it’s not my brother’s best friend.
Or my best friend’s brother.
Or… never mind. It’s all pretty cliche.

And worse? My boss’ best friend is his business partner. Which sort of makes him my boss too. Okay - it’s not sort of. It’s definite. Gabe Laurent is off limits. Totally off limits.

Which is fine. I make do with my imagination. He’ll never know. Ever. Unless my work bestie passes me an eighties-style teen movie sex quiz during a meeting and I fill it out.

And it ends up in Gabe’s hands…

"Jesus fuck, am I going to have to resort to getting girl advice from my gay assistant?"

I was so so excited to see that Fling was a novella with the story of Sandra and Gabe. I absolutely loved both of them when they popped up in the second book in the Wrong series, Right. Fling happens around the same time as the events in Right and they really cross over. I loved seeing all of the characters that I fell in love with in the previous books too.

Sandra has been crushing on Gabe for 2 years. Ever since she got a job at the company that he co-owns. He's not her boss but he's her boss' best friend and she just can't go there. When her best friend at work passes her a hilarious made up sex quiz in a meeting Sandra answers the questions... including who in this room would you most want to have sex with... she never imagined that it would be picked up and handed to the guy she named on that sex quiz. Now she is dying of embarassment... but at least it was anonymous!

I loved this novella. Ever since I was introduced to Sandra and Gabe in the second book of the series I so wanted them to get together and I couldn't wait to see how everything went down. One of my favourite parts of this novella was the fact that we got to see Everly and Sawyer again and we saw just how much Everly's meddling played a part in Gabe and Sandra's story. I loved that.

I loved Fling way more than the previous two novels in this series. I love the characters but even more than that I loved the fact that this is told from split points of view. All the way through reading both Wrong and Right I so wanted to read some of it from the guy's POV and to see that in this we got Sandra and Gabe's point of view I just loved it and it made the book just so much better in my opinion. I loved it so much.

My only complaint about Fling is that I really wish it was a full length novel rather than a novella. It really wasn't long enough. Gabe and Sandra are without a doubt my favourite characters in this series and as much as I loved getting to just see their story I wish that it had been much much longer.

Fling was perfect, and definitely my favourite book in the Wrong series so far. It was hilarious, cute and romantic. I loved every second of it and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. I really hope Sandra and Gabe will pop up a few times so I can see my favourite characters.

"Women are complex creatures, Gabe. They think it means something when a man takes his sweet-ass time asking her on a date. They think it means you’re just interested in the sex. Obviously that’s not the case here, as based on the way you look at that girl it’s clear you’re already half in love with her."


Monday, April 3

Wrap Up: March 2017


Hey Guys,
Can you believe that March is over already? I can't believe how quick this year is flying by. March was a bit of a slow reading month for me, so I'm hoping April will be better.

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:


Beauty and the Beast: Book of the Film
The Struggle (Titan #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Big Little Lies by Liana Moriarty
On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Rooms by Lauren Oliver
Wintersong by S Jae Jones
Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence 

E-Books
 
Mercy (Guardians #1) by Wendy Saunders

Books Read in March 2017




The Struggle (Titan #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by JK Rowling - 5 Stars

Reviews Posted in March 2017:


2017 Challenges Update:


This year I am challenging myself to:
  • The Totally Doable 2017 Reading Challenge
  • The 2017 Debut Author Challenge
  • The 2017 'Continue a Series' Challenge
  • The Zoella Book Club Challenge
The Totally Doable 2017 Reading Challenge

 I am so happy with my progress in this challenge so far this year. Like last month rather than selecting books for the categories I just read what I wanted and then saw if any of them fit.

This month I read:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition (a book with a name in the title)

Challenge Total: 6/12








The 2017 Debut Author Challenge

 

I didn't read any books for this challenge this month so I'm hoping to continue with this series next month.
Challenge Total: 1/5

The 2017 'Continue A Series' Challenge


Again I didn't end up reading anything for this challenge this month. 

Challenge Total: 1/5

The Zoella Book Club Challenge

 No further update on this challenge. I'm hoping to read more in April.

Challenge Total: 5/16

There's no top 3 of April as I only read 2 books however my favourite read of the month was...



What was your favourite read of March?