Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#52) Black Ice

This is a weekly meme 'Waiting on Wednesday' that I take part in, it is hosted by Breaking the Spine
It is a meme where you post about a yet-to-be-released book that you are looking forward to reading. Here is a book I have been highly anticipating:

Black Ice

by Becca Fitzpatrick

Release date:
October 7th, 2014


Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late. 

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. 

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. 

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? 

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…


I can't wait for this next Becca Fitzpatrick novel, it sounds so damn amazing, plus that cover is simply gorgeous. Black Ice looks like the best kind of thriller, so excited for this one!

What are you waiting on this week?

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Cover Reveal: Parallel Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller

Parallel Triangles

by Kimberly Ann Miller

Release date: April 28th, 2015 - by Spencer Hill Press

Book Blurb:

How does a cruise change your life?
By sailing through the Bermuda Triangle.
Carly Carmichael has one goal in life--to perform on Broadway. She refuses to have a Plan B because she's never needed one--until now. When Carly's parents send her on a cruise as a graduation present, she takes her best friend and their boyfriends along with her. Once the ship sails into the Bermuda Triangle, Carly finds herself unable to sing or walk, much less preform. And things just go downhill from there. Hoping for help from the ship's doctor, she ends up with more questions than answers about the mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle and why her life is now unrecognizable. If Carly can't get her real life back on track, she may end up spending the next sixty years trapped in a life the Triangle chooses for her. 

Author Bio:
Kimberly Ann Miller received Bachelor's degrees from Georgian Court University and Rutgers University and a Master's degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She’s an avid reader and particularly enjoys true crime and young adult novels. She grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in Monmouth County with her husband and three cats. When she's not writing, she loves to travel to sunny islands where she snorkels by day and stargazes by night. She always takes her Nook.


I absolutely CANNOT wait to read Parallel Triangles, I read Triangles (that novel that this book will be a companion to) and I loved it, so this one is definitely a must read!

*You can read my 5 star review of Triangles here

The cover of Triangles and Parallel Triangles together: 

Both totally gorgeous don't you think?!

Waiting on Wednesday (#51) The Young Elites

This is a weekly meme 'Waiting on Wednesday' that I take part in, it is hosted by Breaking the Spine
It is a meme where you post about a yet-to-be-released book that you are looking forward to reading. Here is a book I have been highly anticipating:

The Young Elites

(The Young Elites #1)
by Marie Lu

Release date:
October 7th, 2014


I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.


I loved Legend by Marie Lu and the premise for this one is so interesting that I'll definitely be checking it out!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Blogging Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme is all about list-making, with a new topic each week.

This weeks Topic:
Top Ten Blogging Confessions

1. I will probably never read "classics" like Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, A Tale of Two Cities, etc. The sound of these books does not entice me to read them even a tiny bit. I was meant to read Wuthering Heights last year for school, but couldn't stand the characters (Catherine is the BIGGEST brat), and I ended up reading only the first and last 3 chapters and just paid extra attention to class discussions of the book as a means of learning about it enough to write essays on it. 

2. I always place too many books on hold at the library.

3. I buy more books than I read - sad but true, I'm trying to fix this.

4. I get really hyped up about new book, whether they are by a favourite author or the latest in a series, I get beyond excited for them, but if I haven't read that series or other books by that author recently, I tend not to read them for ages even though I really want to. Also, I am somewhat (ok, more than "somewhat") paranoid about what will happen with a sequel or whether I'll like it.

5. Since i started blogging, I DNF more books, am more picky about what I read - I think this is because I've been exposed to more genres and writing styles so I have a better grasp of what good writing is and what contributes to a good story, as well as what works for me personally.

6. I'm not a huge fan of lending out my books, I'm more than a little OCD about keeping my books in perfect condition (I'm not as fussed if I bought the book second-hand and it's old or a tiny bit damaged) and have lent out books before only to have them returned in less than perfect condition - bent pages, bent of creased cover and spine and it drives me crazy.

7. I somewhat shy away from books that are very much hyped up by everyone, as I have found on more than one occasion that my opinion vastly differs.

8. Spoilers are incredibly off-putting to me, if I stumble across a spoiler for a book I want to read or am told of the spoiler, it makes me very reluctant to read that novel, and I outright hate it when people completely disregard the fact that I am planning on reading a book that they have already read (and they know this for a fact) yet competely disregard this and purposely tell me something that happens - I find it to be extremely inconsiderate and it really pisses me off.

9. I don't mind having books suggested to me to read, but if someone really pushes a book in my face, it makes me less inclined to pick it up, as I like to get to books in my own time and to make my own choices on what to read next, rather than feeling pressured.

10. I disagree with this: people saying that they are more of a fan of a book/series/author than I am (or anyone else is) simply because they have either read the book more times or read it first - neither reading a book earlier or more times means that someone is more of a fan, anyone can discover a book at any time, or read a book only once or twice, and still enjoy it as much as the next person - it shouldn't be a competition.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Blog Tour: UNDERSTUDY by Cheyanne Young

Author: Cheyanne Young
Publication date: February 15th, 2014
Publisher: 336Love
Number of pages: 142
Date read: June, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Review Copy provided by Oops I Read Tours
Format: Ebook
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(Description source: Goodreads)

The high school play is in two months and senior Wren Barlow just became director. Wren still isn't over the fact that she got stiffed as a stagehand instead of the lead role that she totally deserved. Now she is in charge of rehearsals, costumes, navigating around cast member hookups and managing the real life drama at home.

The principal counts on her to succeed because tickets have been sold and the money has been spent. But when he drops a gorgeous bad boy on her and wants him to help the play for extra credit, she falls hard for someone she knows she can't date. With everything spinning out of control, the mysterious and secretive detention king named Derek has a few tricks up his sleeve and wants to help—too bad Wren is scared to give him a chance to prove himself.

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Wren is only auditioning for the school play as it will help her get into her dream college, however Wren gets lumped with the roles of understudy and stagehand. 
Add a guy only known as trouble and she almost has her hands full.

When their director, Wren's overly dramatic aunt, quits her jobs as their teacher and director, Wren is coerced into taking over the reins and then she really does have her hands full. Busy dealing with set designs, casting issues and personal troubles, the "bad" boy is her one bright spot, but will she give him the chance he's hoping for?

Understudy is a very fast-paced read, time passing is a little difficult to tell throughout the novel because of the fast pace, as in months have passed in the story but it doesn't quite feel like it.

Wren is very self-absorbed, she doesn't tend to consider how others feel or anything except how circumstance affect her chances at her dream college and how she isn't getting what she wants. Despite not really caring much about acting, she really is quite dramatic. This is not to say that I didn't like Wren's character, but she did irritate me a great deal.
The times I liked her character best were when she was being nice and relaxed while having fun hanging out with Derek.
It was also awesome to see how she loved creating things in her wood workshop class and was interested in interior decorating.

Her friendship with her best friend is tried throughout the novel but I loved the resolution between the two.
Derek is my favourite character in this story, I just loved him, he had to deal with rumours and comments and yet managed to always remain the sweetest guy. 
I really like how even though Wren has heard had things about Derek, she stills hangs out with him and gets to know him.

Although, Wren does struggle with the fact that Derek can't tell her the whole truth about his situation and I feel she really should have been more understanding and less over-the-top about it all, but the situation was unique and the truth is something you will find yourself wondering about until the very end of the novel when it is all revealed.

The secondary characters are well-rounded, each of them had their own issues going on, and I liked the way Gwen seemed to end up happy.
Wren's aunt however, is unchanging and poorly behaved.

I liked the ending, although I would have liked Wren to apologize for her hot-and-cold behaviour which was a little much.

A very quick read, with a sweet romance and theatrical characters - Understudy contains some really cute moments. 

I rate UNDERSTUDY Three out of Five!!!



School has been out for thirty minutes so I’m surprised to find a student in the back of the warehouse using the skill saw. I don’t recognize him from behind, but from what I can see of his backside, he’s too hot for Lawson High. Maybe he’s a movie star researching his next film role. He’s wearing jeans a tight fitting black shirt. His brown hair touches his shoulders and is as silky smooth as mine is after an hour of flat-ironing it to death. Ugh, why do guys always get the best hair?
Mr. Harrison gives an old man arthritic grunt as he settles onto his work stool. He slides the longest piece of molding across the workshop table toward me. “Cut this on the chalk line.”
I slide open my tape measure, but he stops me. “Use the square. Come on girl, I taught you better than that.” Of course he did. The normal me would have known to grab the square to mark a perfect line, but right now I can’t think over the thudding of my heart in my chest. How is it that I’m more nervous standing across the room from a guy who hasn’t even noticed that I exist, than I was moments ago while auditioning for the biggest role in the school play?
I head over to the pegboard wall with all the tools on it. The square, which actually looks like a triangle, should be on the lower left corner but it’s not. I check the workspaces around me but still can’t find it. I’m about to tell Mr. Harrison that someone stole his tools again when I see it.
It’s shoved in the back pocket of the hottest ass I’ve ever seen. I make my way over to the possible movie star, miraculously not dropping dead from cardiac arrest. A sheepish grin falls over my face. “Can I have that square?”
Hot Boy turns around, a carpenter’s pencil sticking out of his mouth. He takes the square from his pocket and hands it to me. “Thanks,” I say. He glances over at my project and then back at me, and I’m pretty sure his eyes graze over my entire body in a split second, but it feels like it takes an hour.
“Crown molding?” He says it like he’s confused. Like we’re in a shoe factory instead of wood shop.
I give an awkward shrug. “I want my room to look like a French boudoir.”
He nods and this smirk spreads across his lips as he looks at the molding and then back at me, as if suddenly understanding my entire personality.
There’s something in his smile that makes me want to rip off my shirt and throw myself into his arms, declaring my soul as his love slave, like some lunatic in an Axe body wash commercial. He holds out his hand. “I’m Derek.”


About Cheyanne Young

Cheyanne is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, nail polish and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her family, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world.

She also writes under the pen name Amy Sparling.

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#50) Kids In Love

This is a weekly meme 'Waiting on Wednesday' that I take part in, it is hosted by Breaking the Spine
It is a meme where you post about a yet-to-be-released book that you are looking forward to reading. Here is a book I have been highly anticipating:

Kids In Love

(Saturn #1.5)

by Nikki Godwin

Publication date:
August 2014

Description (from Goodreads):

As one of the original Saturnites, Darby McMillon has been a longtime face of the fandom. From the days when the boys were just a YouTube band trying to gain fans up through their recent lockdown, Darby's channel - Darby's Daily Dose of Drama - was the "go to" spot for all things Spaceships Around Saturn. 

Until now, she's been trusted by most and envied by few, but her meet up with SAS girlfriend Chloe Branson shakes Darby's world. She learns quickly that when you're with the band, everything isn't always red carpets and music videos. 

And the closer she gets to her SAS crush Tate Kingsley, the closer she comes to losing her Saturnite status forever.


Love, Love,  LOVE Nikki's books and I am through and through a Saturnite!
If you don't know what that means then you obviously need to pick up American Girl on Saturn and read it quick smart ;)

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Young Adult DNF Review: V IS FOR VIRGIN by Kelly Oram

Author: Kelly Oram
Series: V Is For Virgin (#1)
Publication date: December 5th, 2012
Publisher: Bluefields
Number of pages: 360
Date read: June 24th, 2014 - DNF
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Ebook
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(Description source: Goodreads)

When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation. 

After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy. 

As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.

How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?


"Dish the drama."

I've read up to 60% of the way through this story on my Kindle Cloud Reader, and sadly, I jut cant' bring myself to read anymore, I'm really just tired of this book and it's characters.

Valerie is determined, assertive and blunt, but she is also very short sighted, I felt.
She takes on the cause of letting teens know that not everyone is having sex and encourages abstinence - which is great, it's an awesome thing to read about. 

However, she's very short-sighted in that she does everything because of what happened to her birth mother and she's so sure that she is never going to change her mind about the subject of not having sex before marriage, even though she has never been in a serious or loving relationship, she's never been put in a situation where her resolve is genuinely tested as it seems as though she tries to avoid such situations. 

If her resolve had actually been tested she may still have decided to stay a virgin until marriage, but we don't get to see anything like that which I feel is a let down to the plot, as is the fact that she never thinks about any method, other than abstinence, of preventing teen pregnancy - like contraception, or being careful with your decisions. Val is extremely one-sided.

I will admit that the whole reason I wanted to read this book, the (pretty much) whole reason I picked up V Is For Virgin is because it sounded as if it had a really compelling romance - this is not the case.
Kyle was not very charming and was rather obnoxious and arrogant, I wanted to like him despite him not really being very sexy, nice or likable. His song was something I actually found to be disrespectful.

Cara started out witty and definitely wearing the best friend shoes, but Val became concerned with her cause and Cara got a boyfriend and... their friendship seemed to very quickly evaporate, with Cara seeming like the one to blame, being jealous of Val's new friends and being too concerned with her boyfriend.

This book started out strong (witty, audacious and funny), but quickly dwindled until I couldn't be bothered with the characters or the story, or any of it anymore, so I decided to not finish the book.
After deciding to DNF V Is For Virgin, I read a few spoilerific reviews to find out how the story ended, and from what I read, I'm glad I put this one down - it covers some great points but fails with the romance and doesn't cover more than one side of the issue.

Did Not Finish!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Cover Reveal: Watch Your Back by Tracy Bilen

Watch Your Back
by Tracy Bilen

Release date: April 2015
Publisher: Tulip Romance

When sixteen-year-old Kate hears the boom that ends her parents’ life, she doesn’t even realize it has anything to do with her. Until the police arrive at her front door.
Sent to live with her aunt at a ski school in Vermont, Kate tries to adapt to her new life. But then Kate’s aunt is hit by a speeding car and a rogue FBI agent tries to force Kate into his car at gunpoint. She’s saved by Ryan, the risk-taking skier she’s only just met.

On the run, the two must unravel the truth about her parents’ murder in order to stop a terrorist plot and save their own lives.


Watch Your Back sounds really exciting and interesting, I will definitely be checking this one out!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Young Adult Review: BABE IN BOYLAND by Jody Gehrman

Author: Jody Gehrman
Publication date: February 17th, 2011
Publisher: Dial Books
Number of pages: 292
Date read: June 21st, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Borrowed from Library
Format: Paperback
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(Description source: Back of Bookcover)

What do guys REALLY think?

is going to find, 
even if it means disguising herself as a guy, 
enrolling at an all-boys prep school, 
and trying not to crush on her hot roommate
to get the answers.


“The point is, feelings can change - and often do - abruptly. It's one of the riskiest aspects of falling for someone, especially during these tumultuous years when we're young and restless.” 

I've been wanting to read this book for SO long, so it was great to finally get my hands on a copy and get to read it.

Natalie has an alter-ego, Dr Aphrodite - her schools newspapers' love columnist, and that alter-ego is receiving a lot of hate from the male population of her school. They're saying things like: she doesn't know what she's talking about, and her advice never takes a guy's view point into consideration, so she's come up with a plan to remedy this.

Natalie decides to undercover at the local all-boys prep school as Nat.
She thinks that this way she can get honest answers to the seven questions girls' most want answered, but she never counted on having a hot roommate...

Natalie isn't very experienced in the love department, in fact, she doesn't really know much at all. She is amazingly determined and does her best to do right by people, she grows so much throughout this novel and becomes a better person along the way, however she does struggle as her situation becomes more and more convoluted.

Chloe and Darcy are Natalie's best friend and wholly support her with her undercover mission. Chloe is strong-willed and often comes across as bitchy, she also is somewhat obsessed with cleanliness. Darcy is sweet and friendly, she is a little weak-willed about a guy in the beginning, and acts as a kind of mediator between her two best friends upon occasion.
I love the friendship between these girls, it's so real and full of the ups and downs and unconditional support of real-life friendships.

Tyler is a sweety, he's totally awsome.
Emilio is gorgeous, sweet and down to earth, however he loves his privacy.
The friendship that starts awkward but quickly developes between Nat(alie) and Emilio is intriguing and very well written.

By going undercover as Nat, Natalie learns so much more than she ever expected, about girls and boys, and what it really means to appreciate being a girl. She also learns that there's more to people than looks or social status, and that everyone has different faces they put on when with different people.
She sees a whole new side of her friends and of herself as well.

The part of the story concerning Emilio's sister was really awkward, mostly at the end of it, while I understand how most of that story-line served a purpose of illustrating how girls' put up fronts when trying to impress guys and it was successful in getting that message across, I just felt that it shouldn't have ended the way that that single branch of the story did - it was a bit too much and it's really the only thing I didn't like in the story.

Aside from that, I LOVE the way that the overall story wrapped up, how all the facets came together. This is a fast-paced, light and fluffy kind of read that you can get through easily, it has depth, humour and is incredibly well thought out.

Anyone who likes the movie She's the Man will absolutely love this novel, without a doubt.

“Supposedly, guys think about sex every eight seconds. If that's true, how can they talk to their grandmothers?” 

I rate BABE IN BOYLAND Four and a Half out of Five!!!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Young Adult Review: ASSAULT by Brian Falkner

Author: Brian Falkner
Series: Recon Team Angel (#1)
Publication date: November 1st, 2011
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Number of pages: 365
Date read: June 19th, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Adventure, Suspense
Source: Borrowed from Library
Format: Paperback
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(Description source: Goodreads)

The first in a high octane sci-fi adventure series by best-selling and award-winning author, Brian Falkner.

It is 2030, and the world is at war with an alien race. The Bzadians. The battleground: Earth. 

Recon Team Angel, made up of teenagers from around the world, has been training for years. They have learned Bzadian languages. Learned how to operate their weapons. How to work, eat, and think like them. 

Now it is time to act. Recon Team Angel must slip behind enemy lines, work their way into the top-secret alien facility under Uluru, and uncover the truth. But what they discover will shock not just them, but all of humanity.


What drew me to this novel was the name of the series (Recon Team Angel) - it just sounds so cool, and the cover - it's so intriguing.

Set in the year 2030, Earth has been invaded and what is left of humanity is at war with an alien race: the Bzadians - a race of ugly, vomit-coloured beings who have no care for human life, other than the desire to eradicate it.
Recon Team Angel is a group of teenager of multiple nationalities joined together to go undercover, infiltrating the enemy to learn their secrets and report back.
Disguised as their enemies, a team of six "Angels" goes behind enemy lines to learn truths, but their mission is compromised from the get-go: there's a traitor.
Not every Angel is going to make it out alive...

Very interesting introduction, it surprised, but then again I probably should have actually read the blurb before I started reading the actual book...
There is also a glossary that helps you to understand some of the language the characters in the story use.

Chisnall is brave and easy for anyone and everyone to under-estimate. Seargeant Holly Brogan is tough and icey, "Phantom" Price is awesome (one of my favourite characters) - she's fast and determined, Monster likes to talk about "The Monster" in third person which is amusing, Wilton is funny and skilled, and Hunter is a smart-arse.
They all come together to make one hell of a team. The story os told from Chisnall's point of view, with a few scenes evry now and again from the view point of a Bzadian.

The author does reiterates the meaning of words that are included in the glossary at the start of the book, throughout the novel for the first time each of the words is used, which is useful as it means you don't have to keep racking your brain to remember the definitions or keep flipping back to where the glossary is.

There is suspense throughout the novel as you are kept genuinely wondering who the traitor is, I did have a feeling about who it would be but it wasn't even slightly confirmed until about halfway through part two of this book.

The story only reveals small amounts of information pertaining to the plot at a time, and only as they become relevant - this allowed the story to continually hold my interest as I had no idea what was coming next.

Assault sticks to a steady pace and has an incredibly interesting concept.

I thought some of the names/labels in the novel were a little juvenile, but they add some fun to the story, especially when paired with witty and sarcastic banter and general teenage antics.

Intriguing, pacey, funny and action-packed - definitely an enjoyable read.

I don't know how I feel about the epilogue, it seemed not very happy, and a little too final, plus it made me a little sad,  and it made it so I really, really want to read book two: I have to know what happens next, I need to know everything!

....just ordered book two.

I rate ASSAULT Four out of Five!!