Friday, January 27

Early Review: Till Death

Till Death
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: William Morrow Publishing
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Date Read: January 23, 2017
Genre: Adult - Thriller / Mystery
Source: ARC from Jennifer L Armentrout
Formar: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29772434-till-death

From Goodreads:
In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . .

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

"People don't get second chances often, Sasha, but we got one, and I'm not going to let that pass us by."

It is no surprise to anyone how much I adore Jennifer L Armentrout. She is without a doubt my favourite author of all time and I couldn't wait to read Till Death. I'll be honest and say this is not my usual kind of read. I very rarely read adult books as I much prefer YA books and thrillers are usually the kind of books I avoid. I don't particularly like them but I just had to read this one with it being by Jen and oh my god it was phenomenal. I loved every moment of it.

Till Death is the story of Sasha, the one and only surviving victim of serial killer The Groom. When she moves back home everything is starting all over again and she is right in the middle of all of the targets. It seems that The Groom is at large once more. Cole has never forgiven himself for not walking Sasha to her car that night years ago and when she comes back Cole will not allow anything else to happen to Sasha. This time he will protect her, like he should have done ten years ago.

I loved every single second of this book. It was just utter perfection. The characterisation, the world, the pace... everything was perfect. I loved it all. Jen once again captured me right at the beginning and I absolutely couldn't put it down until I had finished it. I ended up reading this one in under 24 hours as I just needed to know what was going on, what would happen and I adored every second.

Cole is just a perfect character. He is adorable and amazing and the more I read the more I fell in love with him. He was just utterly perfect. Sasha was such an amazing character. I loved seeing her grow throughout the book. You see the softer side to her as she deals with the fact that a serial killer is once again at large and you see the stronger side of her where she will not allow herself to be a victim again and I loved reading from her point of view.

Till Death was perfect and it is the perfect thriller for people who don't like thrillers. I adored every moment and I usually dislike thrillers so much. Usually I prefer a good romance or fantasy book. This book has the perfect mix of mystery, thriller and romance and I genuinely loved every moment of it. Thanks to Jen I will no longer think of thriller/mystery books and avoid them. I will actually give them a go because this was such an amazing book.

If you love a good romance with a dash of mystery and intrigue this is the book for you. I have read every single one of Jen's books and this one is way up there as one of my all time favourites. It's one I will read again and again. I loved it so much. A must-read for sure.

"For a while I thought you were the one who got away. That one day I would somehow piece it all back together, but I was wrong. You were the one. You ARE the one."


 

Wednesday, January 25

Non-Review: The Year I Met You

The Year I Met You
Cecelia Ahern

Published By: Harper Collins
Publication Date: October 9, 2014
Date Read: December 17, 2016
Genre: Adult - Chick Lit
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 337
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23344960-the-year-i-met-you

From Goodreads:

A thoughtful, captivating and ultimately uplifting novel from this uniquely talented author
The year that changed my life. For Jasmine, losing her job felt like losing everything.
The year I found home. With a life built around her career and her beloved sister Heather, suddenly her world becomes the house and garden she has hardly seen and the neighbours she has yet to meet.
The year I met you. But being fired is just the beginning for Jasmine. In the year that unfolds she learns more about herself than she could ever imagine – and more about other people than she ever dreamed. Sometimes friendship is found in the most unexpected of places.

This review is actually killing me to write. I have been a humongous fan of Cecelia Ahern for around 10 years ever since I read her debut, PS, I Love You, when I was at sixth form. Since then I have read pretty much every book she has wrote and loved all of them. I was so excited for new stuff from Cecelia and I am absolutely devastated that I just couldn't get into this book.

I first started this book 2 years ago, when it was first released and I got around half way through, and I struggled through the first half. I tried to power through because it was a Cecelia Ahern book and I love Cecelia Ahern books. I decided that I just wasn't in the mood for the book and decided to try it at another point. I have now tried this book 3 different times and I just can't get through it. I am totally heartbroken about this as I have loved Cecelia's books so much.

Jasmine, our lead character just didn't grab me. I didn't really like any of the main characters and it's really hard for me to get into a book when I don't like, or care, about the characters. Their stories bored me and I just couldn't force myself to keep reading. This book to me, just seemed to lack the magic and beauty that Cecelia's previous books had.

I will definitely still be reading Cecelia's other books as I am convinced that this is just a one-off for me. I've loved all of her earlier books, and her new YA novel Flawed was amazing. The Year I Met You just wasn't for me and as much as I am devastated that I didn't like it I am looking forward to reading more of Cecelia's newer books. I have faith that the others will be better.


Wednesday, January 18

Review: The One We Fell in Love With

The One We Fell in Love With
Paige Toon

Published By: Simon and Schuster UK
Publication Date: May 19, 2016
Date Read: December 7, 2016
Genre: YA - Chick Lit
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29283036-the-one-we-fell-in-love-with

From Goodreads:
Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?

Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be vanishing before her eyes.

Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…

But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…

The One We Fell in Love With is another one of Paige Toon's books that has been sat on my shelf for so so long before I actually picked it up to read and I am now kicking myself for not reading this one sooner. The One We Fell in Love With is so different to other Paige Toon books but for all the right reasons. I have always been in love with Paige's book since her debut because of their fun, beautiful and romantic stories that are amazingly girly and although this one has all of those aspects it is emotional and heartwrenching at the same time which gave this book just another beautiful layer that her previous books doesn't have. I loved every second of it.

The One We Fell in Love With follows three identical triplets, Phoebe, Rose and Eliza. They have always been different people as much as they look alike but one thing they have in common is Angus. The boy that all three of them fell in love with. All three of them have dilemmas in their life but can they come together after a tragedy? And can Angus bring them together or will he tear them apart?

I absolutely loved this book. What a stunningly emotional read. For the first time ever I cried reading a Paige Toon book. This book just has so much emotion running through it I will seriously doubt if you have a heart if you can read this book without shedding a tear. One of the things I adored the most about this book is that running theme of sisterhood throughout it. All of Paige's books have this amazing romance going on but while that happens in this book I feel like it is more of a back burner to the relationships between the sisters and it was amazing to read about and experience and it made me love this book even more. It made me laugh, cry and it broke my heart before putting it back together again. It was such a phenomenal read.

The One We Fell in Love With is one of the most emotional, sad, moving and uplifting books I have read in so long. It was absolutely stunning and I loved every moment of this book. I cannot recommend it enough. It is so beautiful book, in both story and writing. Paige Toon has proven helself once again to be at the top of her game. She is phenomenal and I am now heartbroken that I have no more Paige books to read. If there's one book you pick up this year to devour make sure it is this one.


Wednesday, January 11

Review: The Sun in Her Eyes

The Sun in her Eyes
Paige Toon

Published By: Simon and Schuster UK
Publication Date: May 21, 2015
Date Read: November 30, 2016
Genre: Adult - Chick Lit
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 420
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24549194-the-sun-in-her-eyes

From Goodreads:
Blinding sunshine… A bend in the road… What became of the little girl with the sun in her eyes?

Amber was three when a car crash stole her mother's life. She doesn't remember the accident, but a stranger at the scene has been unable to forget. Now, almost thirty years later, she's trying to track Amber down.

Amber, meanwhile, is married to Ned and living on the other side of the world in London. When her father has a stroke, she flies straight home to Australia to be with him. Away from her husband, Amber finds comfort in her oldest friends, but her feelings for Ethan, the gorgeous, green-eyed man she once fell for, have never been platonic.

Paige Toon is without a doubt one of my favourite authors. Right from the moment I read her phenomenal debut, Lucy in the Sky, I fell head over heels in love with her books. I couldn't wait to dive into The Sun in her Eyes when it was released but as many amazing books do, it ended up sat on my shelf for forever before I read it. The Sun in her Eyes was a little different from Paige's other books but it was still a beautiful amazing read.

Amber has her own life in London. Married to Ned, she is happy-ish. Her and Ned are fighting a lot and all she wants is to work things out. But when she has to jet back home to sunny Australia Amber's life turns upside down. Looking after her father and hanging out with the guy she fell in love with when she was younger Amber's life with Ned feels a million miles away.

Amber was a good character to read about. Not my favourite Paige Toon character, actually in terms of the other main characters Amber is probably my least favourite because of the questionable actions she does throughout this book which although understandable I did not agree with at all. She was still a great character to read about and you really sympathise with her situation but I feel like she could have made some much better choices throughout the book.

The Sun in her Eyes was a fantastic and heartwarming story, as all of Paige's novels are but honestly I was a little bit let down with this one. It didn't have that gorgeous, amazing Paige Toon feel that her other books have had. I am always so excited to read a Paige Toon book and as I was reading I just felt like this wasn't her usual amazing writing and storyline as her other were. This by no means this book isn't good becase it was so amazing and I throughly enjoyed this book. I just didn't love it quite as much as the others.

The Sun in her Eyes is the perfect summer read. It's a gorgeous, adventurous and heart-melting storyline and I love that all her old characters popped up in it somewhere. I can't wait to read her next novel. I adore Paige Toon and I highly recommend her books. If you want a good romance this is definitely the book for you.


Wednesday, January 4

Review: Thirteen Weddings

Thirteen Weddings
Paige Toon

Published by: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: May 8, 2014
Date Read: November 26, 2016
Genre: Adult - Chick Lit
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18280725-thirteen-weddings

From Goodreads:
Last year, Bronte left Sydney for a wedding in England, where she met newly single Alex. After a night of passion they parted ways, and Bronte returned to Australia. Now working on a picture desk for a magazine in London, Bronte is about to meet her new colleague, who turns out to be all too familiar. Although awkward at first, as Alex is now engaged to the girl he was on a break from when they met, they soon become friends. But as the two get closer, and the wedding day looms, it is clear that Alex and Bronte have unfinished business…

Thirteen Weddings has sat on my shelf for what feels like forever. Paige Toon is one of my all time favourite authors and it is thanks to her that I am the avid reader that I am today. I recently bought the 8 book bundle of Zoella's Book Club which included Paige's more recent book The One We Fell in Love With. As much as I was dying to dive into that one I wouldn't allow myself to. The thing I adore about Paige's books is that they all interconnect so the later books always include characters from the previous books so I like to read their stories first. That led me to finally picking up Thirteen Weddings and I am so so glad that I did. I loved every moment of this book, as per usual for a Paige Toon book.

A year and a half ago Bronte flew to England for her friends wedding and while on her hen night met the gorgeous and newly single Alex. After a night of passion she flew back to Sydney and they expected never to see each other again. Now she has moved to England to work for a magazine in London and what Bronte doesn't expect is to bump into Alex again. Alex never expected to see Bronte again, and now he is engaged to the girl he was on a break from that night. Can they both go their seperate ways or are their lives destined to entwine once again?

I loved this book. Right from the start I was convinced that I would know how this book would end. You know how it goes with a romance book. You think you have it all sussed out. Thirteen Weddings did not end how I thought it would and I couldn't be more pleased about it. I loved every single moment of it and I loved all of the characters.

Bronte is an awesome character and although I don't agree with some of her choices I understand why she did what she did. She was in an awful situation and her reactions were realistic. Nobody is perfect and I absolutely love how real Paige makes her characters. Yes they make mistakes but so does every other person in the world.

The boys.... Well I loved Alex to start and then the more I read the book the more I kinda went off him. I like him okay but he just messed with Bronte's emotions so much in this book that I just wanted him to decide. Was he staying with his fiance or was he going to leave her for Bronte? I just wanted him to decide and stop stringing her along. Lachie on the other hand I fell head over heels in love with. A gorgeous, cheeky Australian wedding singer he was sweet and adorable and the more I read the more I fell in love with him.

Thirteen Weddings was a fantastic chick lit novel and I can't praise it enough. Paige once again turned me into a total fangirl with all of the mentions of the other characters from her previous novels. Every time some of them were mentioned I totally squealed and it just made me want to re-read all of the previous books. I just love all of her books so much.

Thirteen Weddings was full of romance, friendship and the importance of family and I loved every second. If you haven't read Paige's stuff yet I highly recommend that you do as every single one of them is perfection in the form of a paperback.



Sunday, January 1

Wrap Up: December 2016


May can you believe that 2016 is over already? It's flown by but I think I speak on behalf of everyone to say THANK GOD 2016 is finally over. It's been a hard, surprising and awful year for a lot of people but it was a good year of books and that's what matters. Here's to a fantastic 2017 with lots of awesome books.

Anyway, here are the books that I read, reviewed and collected in December.

Book Haul:






A Faerie's Curse (Creepy Hollow #6) by Rachel Morgan
Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares (Dash and Lily #1) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
The Shadow Hour (Girl at Midnight #2) by Melissa Grey
All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon
Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Screenplay by JK Rowling
Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Companion
The Case of Beasts (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them)
Musicals Book


Books Read in December 2016:


The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon - 5 Stars
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares (Dash and Lily #1) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - 4 Stars
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Dash and Lily #2) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - 3 Stars
The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern - DNF
The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson (Jessie Jefferson #1) by Paige Toon - 5 Stars
I Knew You Were Trouble (Jessie Jefferson #2) by Paige Toon - 5 Stars
All About the Hype (Jessie Jefferson #3) by Paige Toon - 5 Stars
Fearless (Elemental #1.5) by Brigid Kemmerer - 4 Stars
Irons Prophecy (Iron Fey #4.5) by Julie Kagawa - 3 Stars

Reviews Posted in December 2016:

Fire in You (Wait for You #6) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Frostblood (Frostblood #1) by Elly Blake
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares (Dash and Lily #1) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Dash and Lily #2) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Top 3 Books of December 2016:





What did you read this month?