Wednesday, February 15

Review: All About The Hype (Jessie Jefferson #3)

All About The Hype (Jessie Jefferson #3)
Paige Toon

Published By: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: July 28, 2016
Date Read: December 28, 2016
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
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From Goodreads:
The third super hot, super fun Jessie Jefferson novel from internationally bestselling author, Paige Toon.

Is the life of a famous rockstar's daughter all it's cracked up to be? And what about dating your fellow band-member just as you hit the bigtime?
Jessie is still getting used to being a celebrity, and the daughter of one of the world’s biggest rock stars. With her own music career on the rise, a gorgeous love interest and a fun group of friends, it seems Jessie’s glamorous LA life couldn’t get any better . . . but things are about to get really complicated.

There are no words to explain how much I loved this third and final book in the Jessie Jefferson series. I am so glad that I waited to start this series when all of the books are out because I loved being able to binge read the whole series.

Jessie Jefferson has been on quite a journey. From finding out her real dad is superstar rock singer Johnny Jefferson, to getting used to being famous herself to being the front woman of an up and coming rock band. Her life has changed dramatically and I loved following her story throughout the trilogy. It was such an incredible read.

Before starting this series I loved Paige Toon. She was my favourite chick lit author and the reason I am such a big reader now but from reading this series she has shown that she can write just about anything. I'd absolutely love to see Paige try her hand at another genre, like fantasy or paranormal or dystopia or something. That would be awesome. Paige's writing is stunning, addictive and funny and I absolutely loved every moment of it.

I love the characters, the story and absolutely everything about this book. One of my favourite things was seeing Meg and Johnny and their family. I loved their own novels so much and it was amazing to see that. One thing I adore about Paige's books is that they all interlink together and it's amazing. I'd love to see Paige write a book about Lottie and Brandan as they need their own story.

I loved All About The Hype so much. It was a perfect ending to a perfect series, and one that I will re-read again and again. I can't recommend Paige's books enough and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. If you're wanting a book that will steal your heart then this is the one for you. It's stunning and phenomenal. A must read for everyone.



Wednesday, February 8

Review: I Knew You Were Trouble (Jessie Jefferson #2)

I Knew You Were Trouble (Jessie Jefferson #2)
Paige Toon

Published By: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: July 30, 2015
Date Read: December 22, 2016
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
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From Goodreads:
Jessie Jefferson's dad is a global superstar. But life as the secret daughter of a world-famous rock god isn't easy. After a whirlwind summer in LA, with celebrity parties and a certain hot guitarist to keep her occupied, Jessie's finding it hard to work out who she is. And who she wants...

The world's press is closing in, and LA is calling. How long can Jessie keep her secret life hidden?

Summer may be over, but this story's just beginning...

Paige Toon is without a doubt one of my all time favourite authors. I absolutely love her and I've been on such a Paige Toon binge read lately. I devoured all of her adult books that I had left to read and finally turned onto her YA series. Ever since I first heard about this series I was so excited but decided to wait until it was complete so I could binge read it. And I am so, so glad that I did. I Knew You Were Trouble was just as addicting as the first novel in the series and I couldn't put it down.

Jessie has had the time of her life over the summer with her rockstar dad in LA. But now she is back in England and back to school and nobody knows who she really is. But as the press start to get closer to discovering the identify of Johnny Jefferson's daughter Jessie has to decide who she is and what she wants.

Jessie was so great to read about and follow through this novel. She has gone on such a journey since hte beginning of the first book. She has gone from wild child who is coping with her mothers death to a mature and wonderful young woman. I loved reading about her and I loved seeing what she was going through. Once again we have the love triangle of Jessie, hottest-guy-in-school Tom and gorgeous rockstar Jack. I like Tom enough he is a super sweet guy and I did love the parts with him and Jessie but man he has nothing on Jack. Jack is just awsome and perfect and his and Jessie's relationship kind of reminded my of the early days of Johnny and Meg's relationship and I freaking love Johnny and Meg. They are awesome.

I Knew You Were Trouble was a stunning and amazing instalment in the Jessie Jefferson series and I loved every moment of it. I couldn't put it down. Paige Toon once again knocked my socks off and made me fall in love with all of her characters. If you're looking for a new series to fall in love with I highly recommend this one. I cannot wait to find out how it all ends in the next book.



Saturday, February 4

Zoella Book Club Challenge

Hey Guys,
So I've been reading loads recently and I have quite a few challenges going already this year but as I was staring at my bookshelves I realised that I bought all of the Zoella Book Club books but have yet to read quite a lot of them so I have decided that this year I would really like to catch up on these books so my aim is to have read them all by the end of the year.

This will not include the Zoella Book Club rounds that may release this year, I'll still be buying those and wanting to read them but my aim is to get the 2016 rounds read by the end of the year.

So here are the Zoella Book Club Books that are out and the ones I have already read.

Round 1:


Round 2:


Books Read before the start of 2017:


Click For Reviews:
Everything Everything
The Sky is Everywhere
The One We Fell in Love With
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily

Have you read any of Zoella's Book Club books?
Which ones would you recommend most?

Thursday, February 2

Wrap Up: January 2017


Hey Guys,
Can you believe January is over? I for one am sooooo happy it is. I hate January. it is like the worst and most depressing month of the year right? I mean christmas is over and I have to go back to work after a nice 2 week break. On the bright side I read so many amazing books this month. It was soooo hard to pick a top 3!

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:


Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard
Balance (Balance #1) by Janelle Stalder
Spirit (The Elementals #3) by Brigid Kemmerer
Secret (The Elementals #4) by Brigid Kemmerer
Sacrifice (The Elementals #5) by Brigid Kemmerer

E-Books:

Bought:


For Review:



Books Read in January 2017:



Spark (Elementals #2) by Brigid Kemmerer - 4 Stars
Breathless (Elementals #2.5) by Brigid Kemmerer - 5 Stars
Spirit (Elementals #3) by Brigid Kemmerer - 5 Stars
Secret (Elementals #4) by Brigid Kemmerer - 5 Stars
Wrong (Wrong #1) by Jana Aston - 5 Stars
Till Death by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
Right (Wrong #2) by Jana Aston - 5 Stars
Fling (Wrong #2.5) by Jana Aston - 5 Stars
Trust (Wrong #3) by Jana Aston - 5 Stars
Sacrifice (Elementals #5) by Brigid Kemmerer - 5 Stars
 

Reviews Posted in January 2017:

Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon
The Sun in Her Eyes by Paige Toon
The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon
The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern
Till Death by Jennifer L Armentrout


2017 Challenges Update:

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


 Woop!! I ticked two off the list this month. I think this is a great start to my challenge!! I read an amazing ARC of Till Death by my fave author of all time Jennifer L Armentrout and I read the other 4 books of the Elementals series that I started years ago! Go me!!

How are you doing on the challenge?











The 2017 Debut Author Challenge

I am so so bad at reading debuts the year they come out so this year I am aiming to read a minimum of 5 of them.

This month I didn't read any debuts *sad face* but hopefully next month.

The 2017 'Continue A Series' Challenge

Another thing I am terrible at is finishing series I started so this year I'm aiming to complete at least 5 ongoing series.

I don't know if it's cheating counting this towards two challenges but hey... I read 4 of these books this month so I think I can right? I completed The Elementals Series by Brigid Kemmerer. 😁

Top 3 Books of January 2017:





What were your reads this month?
 

Wednesday, February 1

Review: The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson (Jessie Jefferson #1)

The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson (Jessie Jefferson #1)
Paige Toon

Published By: Simon and Schuster Childrens Books
Publication Date: January 17, 2014
Date Read: December 19, 2016
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
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From Goodreads:
Meet Jessie, small-town girl turned wild child ... Jessie has never known her real dad, and when her mum dies she thinks any hope of finding him is gone. As she goes off the rails, her stepdad announces that her father is Johnny Jefferson - legendary rockstar and former hell-raiser. Still dealing with her loss, and now the daughter of a superstar, Jessie is sucked into the LA lifestyle - paparazzi, parties and hot guitar-wielding boys included. But is Johnny up to the job? And, more importantly, is Jessie?

There are no words to describe just how excited I was to hear about this book when it was first announced. I am a huge fan of Paige Toon's books, having read every single one of her adult books. My favourites are her first two novels, one of which was Johnny Be Good. I absolutely adore reading about Johnny and Meg and so to have a YA series as a spin off of their books I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I can't really explain why I waited so long to read a book I was so excited for but I am now kicking myself for not reading it sooner. It was so good. However, now I can binge read the entire series so it's not all bad.

Jessie has had a hell of a 6 months. Her mother suddenly and unexpectedly passed away and with her Jessie's hope of ever knowing who her biological father was. She turns into the resident wild child with smoking, alcohol and partying her main focusses of life. But then she finds out her step father knows who her biological dad is. Suddenly Jessie is on her way to meet her father and his family, the one and only Johnny Jefferson, legendary rock god and former bad-boy. Her life is thrown upside down.

I loved this book. Like loved, loved, loved it. I haven't read any of the books including Johnny and Meg for a while and I really forgot how much I loved their books. I do think I appreciated this book so much more because I had read the books about Johnny and Meg before hand. Even if you are not a fan of adult chick lit books I would really recommend reading Johnny Be Good, Baby Be Mine and Johnny's Girl before reading this series because they are so worth it and make you appreciate the characters so much more. I really forgot how much I loved them and reading this made me really want to re-read those three books again.

Jessie was such a great character to read about. I really loved reading about her and even though she did some questionable actions I still really liked her and I could understand why she acted the way that she did. I loved seeing her change so much throughout the book. You see her go from this insane wild chid who just wants to drink and smoke and party her pain away to seeing a more vulnarable side to her when she meets Johnny and his family. I loved seeing that evolution of her and I love her as a main character.

Now the boys, as always in Paige Toon books and certainly in YA books we have the love interests. I really like both boys. Tom is the normal guy back home who Jessie really likes and he is quite adorable. He is sweet and was there for her throughout her breakdowns about her mother's death and I really liked him. Then we met Jack, lead guitarist in hot new band All Hype in LA. He is the epitome of the party bad boy but I loved him so much. He is a sweet guy and I really loved him, even if he is a bit of a womaniser. I ship Jessie and Jack so hard 😍💓

The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson was everything that I wanted and more. I adored every single moment of it and I am so excited to read the next book in the series. I absolutely love this book and I couldn't recommend it enough. If you're looking for a new series to read this is it. And if you're a fan of Paige Toon books already, what the heck are you waiting for. Go read this now. It's filled to the brim with romance, drama and rock music. A definite must read.



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
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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
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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.