Wednesday, March 4

Waiting on Wednesday


Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn #1)
Lori Goldstein

Published By: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.

To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.

Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.

YA Fantasy is fast becoming my favourite genre so I have been on the look out for new YA Fantasy titles. This one sounds absolutely amazing. I am so excited for this one. It sounds like an epic/high fantasy with a dash of mythology, and I LOVE mythology. I cannot wait for this one.


Monday, March 2

Wrap Up: February 2015

Hey guys,
Can you believe it's March already? This year is going so crazy fast.
Here's my wrap up for the past month.


Books Read in February 2015:




Crimson Frost (Mythos Academy #4) by Jennifer Estep - 5 Stars
Spartan Frost (Mythos Academy #4.5) by Jennifer Estep - 4 Stars
 Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer - 4 Stars
Simple Beginnings by Janelle Stalder - 5 Stars
All That Glitters (Geek Girl #4) by Holly Smale - 5 Stars
Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5) by Jennifer Estep - 4 Stars

Reviews Posted in February 2015:


Top 3 Books of February 2015:


That's it for this month.
What was your favourite book of February 2015?


Early Review: All That Glitters (Geek Girl #4)

All That Glitters (Geek Girl #4)
Holly Smale

Published By: Harper Collins
Publication Date: February 26, 2015
Date Read: February 21, 2015
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Source: eARC from Harper Collins and Netgalley
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
"My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek." The fourth book in the award-winning GEEK GIRL series. Harriet Manners has high hopes for the new school year: she's a Sixth Former now, and things are going to be different. But with Nat busy falling in love at college and Toby preoccupied with a Top Secret project, Harriet soon discovers that's not necessarily a good thing...

Please Note: Contains spoilers from the previous books in the series.

Harriet Manners is back with more hilarious antics from her Geeky and Modelling world... and I could not have been more excited. Geek Girl is fast becoming one of my favourite series so you can imagine my excitement when I saw this come up in my auto-approved Netgalley feed. I absolutely adore this series. I know this series is not for everyone but I for one adore it. When you just need a cute, fun and easy read this is the series that I love to go to because that's exactly what I've come to expect from this series. A book that will make you laugh-out-loud and will satisfy my inner-Geek.

Harriet Manners' year is going to be different. She is a sophisticated Sixth-Former now and she is ready to make new friends and forget all about her Geeky past... but things don't always go as planned. Nat, her best friend is off at another college and Toby, her other friend is off working on a very secret-project and doesn't have time for her so Harriet finds herself all alone. That's not always a good thing. When the whole sixth-form suddenly finds out about Harriet's modelling she is surrounded by new friends... but are they really wanting to be friends with Harriet or friends with her new star status?

One thing I absolutely adored about All That Glitters is that we finally get to see a different side to Harriet... a POPULAR side to Harriet. She is surrounded by friends and it was so awesome to see our favourite Geek to react to that and it really brought some hilarity to the book. There were times when I just wanted to hug Harriet so hard I felt so sorry for her and then within a few pages I just laughed so much at her. I just adore her and this book definitely brought me out of my reading slump. Even though these books are around 400+ pages long I can easily get through them in a couple of hours because they are just so enjoyable to read.

Harriet is going through something that she has never gone through before... A heartbreak. Harriet is still dealing with her breakup with Nick, her Lion Boy. She never thought it would be so hard to move on but everything reminds her of her time spent with Nick.

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I absolutely adored this book. I thought Holly Smale couldn't get better than Picture Perfect but she utterly blew me away. All That Glitters really ups the stakes in the Geek Girl world. It's without a doubt the best book in the series. It had absolutely everything that I could have wanted from a Harriet Manners book. Geeky facts, hilarious antics and a cute and fun fast-paced read. But Holly brought something else to the table that I wasn't expecting. The emotion of this book is unreal! This beautiful funny book with the quirky cover and hilarious blurb brought me one of the biggest heartbreak that I may have ever endured at the hands of a book. The last 50-100 pages had me in tears. TEARS! I have truly never cried at a Geek Girl book before now but Holly really upped the emotion of the series in this book. I am so utterly heartbroken it's unreal! Evil Holly!!!

All That Glitters was without a doubt the best book in teh series so far. It had everything I wanted in it plus it upped the emotion so much. This book will make your sides hurt from laughing so much and make your heart hurt from crying so much. I loved every single second of it and I cannot wait for the next book. It's a must-read. Go buy it now.




I Still Haven't Read...






This week's pick...




Unbound Series by Rachel Vincent:

#1 Unbound (Already Read)
#2 Shadow Bound (Already Read)
#3 Oath Bound

Have you read this series yet?
What did you think?


Cover Reveal: Ready to Love Again (Sweet Romance #2)

Hey Guys,
I could not be more excited to be bringing you the cover reveal for my good friend, Keren Hughes', brand new book. The second in the wonderful Sweet Romance Series.
I absolutely loved the first book in this series so I cannot wait for it and this cover is gorgeous.


Introducing....

Ready To Love Again

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Book Info

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Ready To Love Again (Sweet Romance #1)
By Keren Hughes

Publication Date: TBA

Synopsis

For Alyssa Young, life has never been easy. But the hardest thing of all was two years ago when her husband Ethan committed suicide…
Moving town was her only option, she had to get out of the town where she grew up and all the buildings and people reminded her of what she had lost. 
She found a new job at Emerging Butterfly Publishing House and that was where she met editor, Chase Williams.
Although she has no romantic interest in him, he pursues her…
Of course he's good looking. He's also smart, funny, and she loves spending time with him. But Alyssa can't put the past to rest. 
He wants Alyssa to open up to him and fall in love with him the way he fell for her the moment he met her.

Can Chase convince Alyssa that the time is right and she’s ready to love again?

Author Info:

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Keren lives in the UK and is an avid bookworm. She fondly remembers the days where she would lie in her bedroom away from distraction and get lost in the world of make believe. Her first real memory of reading something she fell in love with was The Hobbit. In her teenage years, she became addicted to Point Horror books like RL Stine's The Boyfriend, but she also enjoyed light Summer reads like What Katy Did and What Katy Did Next. 
Over the years she has come to realise that she is a bit of an OCD freak about books. They have to be in perfect condition without the slightest bit of damage. 
She has been a book reviewer for the last few years and a book hoarder for a LOT longer. You can NEVER have too many books! Her shelves are bulging and overflowing but she always wants "just one more book".
Keren had her first book published by Limitless Publishing in November 2013. It's a YA Paranormal Romance novel called Stolen. Her second book was published with LP in May 2014. This time, an NA Contemporary Romance called Nothing Like The First Time. 
She couldn't have been more surprised when NLTFT appeared on the Amazon Best Seller list. That was a dream come true. 
Keren is currently working on more NA Contemporary Romances for you to fall in love with. 
Keren loves hearing from her readers.
You can reach her by email at kerentshughes@gmail.com 
Visit her author blog here: www.authorkerentshughes.wordpress.com
Facebook Profile: www.facebook.com/keren.hughes.92 
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/kerentshughes 

Buy Links for Nothing Like The First Time (The Sweet Romance Series Book #1)

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Barnes and Noble


Sunday, March 1

Book Haul: February 2015

Hey Guys,
Can you believe that another month is over? This year is going so freaking fast already.
Well here are the, very few, books that I got this month.



Hardcopy Books:

 For Review:





The Bell Between Worlds (Mirror Chronicles #1) by Ian Johnstone
Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry
^Thanks to Harper Collins and MiraINK Publishing

Gifted:




Losing Logan (Losing Logan #1) by Sherry D. Ficklin
Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire #1) by Sherry D. Ficklin
^Thanks to Sherry D. Ficklin

E-Books:

For Review:

All That Glitters (Geek Girl #4) by Holly Smale
^Thanks to Harper Collins

What did you get this month?

Friday, February 27

Audio Review: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
Marissa Meyer

Published By: Fiewel and Friends
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Date Read: February 13, 2015
Genre: YA - Fairytale Retelling
Source: Bought
Format: Audiobook
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From Goodreads:
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

"But you're the only one, Scarlet. You'll always be the only one."

Cinder, the first installment in the amazing Lunar Chronicles, was one of the first audiobooks I listened to and I loved it. Regardless of this and me already having the audiobook of Scarlet I didn't start listening to it straight away even though the ending of Cinder had me going 'THAT CANNOT BE THE END'. After listening to Scarlet I don't know what took me so long to listen to it. Once again I was captured by this phenomenal storyline and space world I couldn't stop listening. This is fast becoming one of the audio series that I know I will listen to again.

Scarlet is looking for her grandmother. Ever since her grandmother went missing weeks ago Scarlet has not been able to let go of the feeling that something sinister is going on within her Grandmothers disappearance. Enter Wolf, the mysterious and slightly frightening new guy in town with a strange tattoo Scarlet enlists his help to search for her Grandmother. But when secrets come out Scarlet must accept that her Grandmother might not be who she thought she was.

I will admit I was very disappointed when I started listening to Scarlet and discovered that we were not following Cinder and Prince Kai all the way through like we did in Cinder. Cinder ended in such a cliffhanger I wanted it to pick up right where we left off with Cinder and Kai so to find out we were being introduced to a new storyline with Scarlet, Wolf and her Grandmother I was very disappointed. Throughout the first half of the book I just kept wishing the chapters with Scarlet would hurry up so I could get back to Cinder and honestly the chapters with Cinder were my favourite parts of this book. However the more I read the more I warmed to the Scarlet storyline and ended up liking it. I see that with this series we get many different characters storylines that interconnect further down the line. I'm just a far too impatient reader to want to wait to get back to those characters that I already love.

Scarlet was such an awesome character and the more I read the more I really started to love her. She is totally kick-ass and snarky and I just loved that about her. Enter Wolf. Wolf is a total tough-guy who is rough around the edges but has a heart of gold. He isn't your typical YA character that I would automatically fall for but the more I read about him the more I just wanted to push all of the differences he and Scarlet had aside so they could just get together already. I loved them.

Scarlet was a fantastic follow-up to the amazing Cinder and the narrator once again did a phenomenal job of bringing all of the characters to life. There wasn't one moment of it where I wanted to turn the audiobook off. I love this narrator and will definitely be looking out for any more audiobooks that she has narrated. Scarlet was packed full of action and the stakes were definitely higher in this one. I cannot wait to read Cress, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles and I am jumping straight into the audio of that one. I would recommend the audio editions of this series to anyone.

"I knew they would kill me when they found out, but… I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you."