Thursday, April 16

Review: Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5)

Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5)
Jennifer Estep

Published By: K-Teen
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
Date Read: February 28, 2015
Genre: YA - Mythology
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Here we go again …

Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there …

The Mythos Academy series is fast becoming one of my favourites. It's no surprise to anyone how much of a mythology fan I am so I instantly adore the majority of the YA series that have mythology in. This one is most definitely one of my favourites. I love that there isn't just Greek mythology or Norse mythology it incorporates all of them together adn that just makes this series even better.

Gwen and her friends are still left reeling after the latest fight against Loki and his Reapers. Dealing with that and the blow of one of their own leaving Mythos Academy indefinitely things just aren't quite the same for Gwen and the others. But life must go on and after having a lead that takes them away from their Academy Gwen, Daphne, Carson and the gang must go looking for a mystical plant that can head one of their loved ones. But will they be able to find it... or is it a wild goose chase and a trap with the Reapers.

Midnight Frost is one book I loved... but it is my least favourite of the series so far... for one main reason. I missed Logan so freaking much. Logan is one of my favourite characters and he really left a hole when he left Mythos Academy at the end of the last book. All the way through I just found myself wondering when will Logan come back. I need Logan to come back and that completely took away from my overall enjoyment from the book.

As per usual Gwen was a kick-ass heroine and she is always pushing on and doing what she needs to do as Nike's Champion. I love Gwen. She is absolutely one of my favourite heroines ever and her 'Geek Squad' are so freaking amazing. I adore them. I want friends like Gwen's.

Midnight Frost was a great addition to the series and I just cannot wait to get my teeth into the final book of this series. As sad as I am to see this series end I just cannot wait to see how it all ends.


Wednesday, April 15

Waiting on Wednesday


Ash and Bramble
Sarah Prineas

Published By: Harper Teen
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Genre: YA - Fairytale Retelling
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From Goodreads:
When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit…

The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.

Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.

Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.

Sarah Prineas’s bold fairy tale retelling is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight.

As soon as I saw the cover reveal for this book in my newsfeed via Epic Reads I fell in love. This cover is gorgeous. hen you can imagine my excitement when I, a huge fan of fairytale retellings, found out this was a twist on the Cinderella fairytale. I genuinelly cannot wait to get my hands on this book. It sounds and looks amazing.

Tuesday, April 14

Audio Review: Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)

Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)
Marissa Meyer

Published By: Penguin
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Date Read: March 4, 2015
Genre: YA - Sci-Fi / Fairytale Retelling
Source: Bought
Format: Audiobook
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From Goodreads:
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

"It always came back to love. More than freedom, more than acceptance—love. True love, like they sang about in the second era. The kind that filled up a person's soul. The kind that lent itself to dramatic gestures and sacrifices. The kind that was irresistible and all-encompassing."

Cress, the third installment in the phenomenal Lunar Chronicles was everything that I could have hoped for and more. This is such an amazing series that I have loved reading so far. I am a huge fan of fairytale retellings and I am a huge fan of sci-fi-eske books but never could I have imagined putting the two of them together until reading this series... and it works... amazingly well. I fell in love with the characters and the world and the storyline in Cinder and Scarlet and I absolutely loved them. Cress was an amazing installment of the series.

Cinder and Captain Thorne are on the run with Scarlet and Wolf. Their only hope of overthrowing Queen Levana and her army is getting some inside information. This comes in the form of Cress, a girl who has been trapped in a Satellite all her life and doing things under Queen Levana's orders. But when the rescue of Cress goes awry everyone is seperated. Can they find a way back together along with the information and plan that they need? Or are they to be forever torn apart from each other?

I absolutely loved Cress. I think this is most definitely my favourite of the series to date. I loved every single moment of it. One thing I love about this series is that although we have the main characters from the first book in each book we get their continuation as well as somebody else's own individual story. In Cinder we had Cinder and Prince Kai's story which was continued in Scarlet with the addition of Scarlet and Wolf's story. And then both of those stories were continued on in Cress with the addition of Cress and Thorne's story. I loved Cress and Thorne's story. They are both just too awesome and cute to deal with.

Cress is unlike any of the other heroines in the series to date. We had Cinder who is crazy smart and daring, then Scarlet who was fierce and loyal. Cress is shy, meek and timid which was totally refreshing. The wonderful thing that Marissa Meyer did with this one was although we had a very shy and timid character was very much in need of rescuing she wrote her in a way that didn't come across as annoying or needy. We got to see Cress grow into a strong character who can deal with everything in her own individual way. Just because she is shy and timid doesn't mean she isn't just as strong and fierce as the others. I loved that. Cress has just become my favourite heroine of the series so far. I love her.

Cress was action-packed to the brim and just when I thought that I had everything figured out a massive twist was thrown in that threw me way off course. I love it when authors can do this as I really hate it when I can predict everything as that becomes really boring. I loved the development of the story and Cress was really the book that was putting all the pieces into place leading up to the big finale.

I could not be more excited to read Winter. We were briefly introduced to Princess Winter in this book and I already love her and am very intrigued to find out more about her. As sad as I am going to be to see this fantastic series end I cannot wait to see how it all pans out and I have my fingers crossed that we can have a nice happy fairytale ending for Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf and Cress and Thorne.

Overall Cress was a phenomenal installment to this amazing series. It was action-packed and breathtaking. If you haven't already read this series you certainly need to do so. I absolutely adore it.

"Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves."

Monday, April 13

I Still Haven't Read...






This weeks pick...





The Descendents Series by Mayandree Michel:

#1 Betrayal
#2 Sacrifice
#3 Mercy (Not Yet Released)

Have you read this series?
What did you think?


Thursday, April 9

Non-Review: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)

The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)
James Dashner

Published By: Chicken House
Publication Date: August 4, 2011
Date Read: March 14, 2015
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 371
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From Goodreads:
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

Dear The Maze Runner by James Dashner,
                                                                     I wanted to love you so very much. I really really did. You seemed to perfect for me. YA which is all I ever love. Dystopia which is a favourite genre of mine and so many friends who adored you. You even have a blockbuster movie based on you which I loved. Maybe it's my fault. Maybe I should have read your pages before watching the movie that is based on you. But I didn't. I watched the movie first and loved it. Maybe that's why I went into reading you with such high expectations that you didn't seem to reach. I'm sorry.

Just so you know I do believe your author is amazing. James did a wonderful job in writing you. The writing style in which he used was great and made me relate to your characters so well so he is clearly a very talented author. And your story is undoubtedly wonderful. I loved it translated to the big screen and I can't wait to watch the movie based from your sequel, The Scorch Trials. And really I gave you a chance. This is they third time I have picked you up to read you and the third time I have had to put you down. You are undoubtedly wonderful but you are just a little but too slow getting to the plot for me. I'm not a patient person and I have decided that you and I are just not meant to be. Please forgive me. I will watch your movies.

Sincerely,
Kayleigh


Wednesday, April 8

Cover Reveal: Every Last Breath (Dark Elements #3)


We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for EVERY LAST BREATH, the hotly anticipated conclusion to the Dark Elements trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout!! EVERY LAST BREATH is a Young Adult Paranormal being published by Harlequin Teen and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dark Elements Series. It is being released on July 28th, 2015. Pre-order EVERY LAST BREATH and then be sure to read the first books in this amazing series before its release!

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EVERY LAST BREATH Synopsis:

Some loves will last 'til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!”

--New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.”

--#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

And we have a surprise for you! The first books in the series have been given a new look too!!

Don't miss the previous titles in The Dark Elements Series-now with new covers! Readers interested in downloading the new cover jackets for their previously purchased Dark Elements Series titles, can download them HERE!
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White Hot Kiss - New Cover

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WHITE HOT KISS synopsis:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Stone Cold Touch - New Cover

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STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis:

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

"Constantly entertaining...the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance."

Kirkus Reviews on White Hot Kiss

And the Prequel Novella, BITTER SWEET LOVE...


Bitter Sweet Love - New Cover

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BITTER SWEET LOVE Synopsis:

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

"With her signature flare for combining humor, romance and action, Armentrout weaves a fast-paced read that will have readers' hearts racing in more ways than one. Like Armentrout's previous heroines, Jasmine is fun and full of attitude, while Dez is as snarky as he is sexy. This is a must read for new and old fans alike!" -RT Book Reviews



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Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY 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, working out, 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.

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


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Waiting on Wednesday


Sweet Temptation (Sweet Trilogy #4)
Wendy Higgins

Published By: Harper Teen
Publication Date: September 8, 2015
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
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From Goodreads:
Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.

So it totally irritates me that it says 'Sweet Trilogy #4' it's not a trilogy if there is a book 4... but I do know that really it's a companion novel so I guess it's not that bad...

The Entire Sweet Trilogy from Kaidan Rowe's perspective?
AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHHHHH give this to me NOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!
I cannot wait to have this in my hands... is it September yet?