Wednesday, November 15

Early Review: Moonlight Sins (de Vincent #1)

Moonlught Sins (de Vincent #1)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Avon
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Date Read: October 7, 2017
Genre: Adult - Romantic Thriller
Source: eARC from Avon Publishing
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35068738-moonlight-sins

From Goodreads:
Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent . . . her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia. . . .
"Incredibly sexy? Hot. Stunning. Extremely clever? No. Wait. I got it. I'm irrisistble and irreplaceable."

Moonlight Sins is a book that I didn't really know anything about before I started reading it. All I knew was that Jennifer L Armentrout wrote it and everyone who knows me knows that I will read anything wrote by this woman. She is my absolute favourite author and I have loved everything that she has ever wrote. Moonlight Sins is no different. This was such an incredible and amazing book.

Now... I'll be honest. When I first saw this book I thought it was the new spin off from the Lux series. Luc... Lucian... I guess the names were just too similar for my brain to cope with. Due to this confusion I was totally unaware that this was a romantic thriller. This is definitely not the kind of book that I usually pick up as I usually find any thrillers (regardless of whether there's a good romance or not) a little boring and I don't typically like them. However, Moonlight Sins was phenonenal and as always Jennifer is making me love genres that are not usually my kind of thing.

Lucian is a myterious and dangerous lead male character but he also has a really sweet side and this is the side that will make everyone fall in love with. He can be pretty threatening when it comes to anyone hurting those that he loves. Julia is the only woman that has ever caught his attention and when she moves into his house as the nurse for his sister he just can't stay away.

I loved that this book is told in two points of view and than we get to know Lucian and Julia really well. I loved both of these characters and I loved the romance that starts to develop between them. Moonlight Sins is mainly their love story with a little hint of a thriller along with it. I loved every sigle moment of it and I couldn't wait to get to Lucian and Julia getting together.

Moonlight Sins is such an amazing and gorgeous book. I loved every moment of it and couldn't read it fast enough. It's not my favourite JLA book but it was so so good. I really liked it and I cannot wait to read the other books about the other brothers. Even if you're not a fan of thrillers, like me, I highyl recommend that you give this one a try.

"I love you. And because I love you, I'm not going to give up on you - on us. I'm going to fight for you. So get used to it. I'm yours. You're mine."


 

Saturday, November 11

Blog Tour: Otherworld

Hey Guys,
I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for this amazing new YA novel, Otherworld.

Below there is information on the amazing book and then my spoiler-free review.












 Otherworld (Otherworld #1) 
Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Published By: Delecourte Press / Rock the Boat
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Date Read: October 21, 2017
Genre: YA - Sci-Fi
Source: Review Copy from Nina Douglas PR
Format: Hardback
Pages: 368
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35963670-otherworld

From Goodreads:
The Company Welcomes you To
OTHERWORLD
The new generation of gaming.

Welcome to real life 2.0.
Are you ready to play?

There are no screens. There are no controls.
You don’t just see and hear it—you taste, smell, and touch it too.
In this new reality there are no rules to follow, no laws to break.
You can indulge your every desire.
Why would you ever want to leave?
Step into Otherworld.
Leave your body behind.

Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller have created a brilliant and terrifying view of a possible future that’s not far away. OTHERWORLD asks the question we’ll all soon be asking: if technology can deliver everything we want, how much are we willing to pay?

Otherworld is a book that I came across in the summer when I was at the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) in London and I already couldn't wait to read it. It sounded so awesome and something that I knew I would really enjoy. When I was given the chance to review it I couldn't turn that down. Otherworld is an addictive and fascinating book about our reliance on technology and what would happen if it consumed us.

Otherworld is the story of Simon. A typical nerd who loves video games and would spend all day in his little bubble playing them. When a revolutionary game is created called Otherworld, Simon can't wait to play it. But all is not as fun as it seems with Otherworld. There's characters that have a mind of their own and this game may be a little bit more dangerous that it first seems. Now Simon must race against the clock both in and out of the game to save his friend... and himself.

Otherworld is such a fascinating and interesting story about artificial intelligence and virtual reality games. I already find this topic area really interesting so I knew that it would be a book I would be really interested in. I loved the storyline and once I got into the book I really couldn't put it down. Now honestly, it took me quite a while to really get into this book. For the first 50-80 pages I found the book interesting but it just didn't grab me. However, once I pushed through and got to the main storyline going I couldn't put it down and finished the rest of the book within a day. I loved every moment of it from that point. So yes I found it a little slow but looking back I understand why it was slow. We really did need that time to set up the premise of Otherworld and the storyline.

I loved Simon. He was such a great character. Me being able to love and identify with Simon really shows the incredible skill of these two authors as usually when I read YA books that have a male narrator I find it difficult to identify with, you know with me being a 20-something woman but the authors really made me identify and get on board with Simon really quickly. He is a fantastic narrator and I was totally taken on this journey through Otherworld with him.

I loved Otherworld. It was a fantastic book and I really urge anyone who is interested in AI and VR games. It was a fantastic insight and I cannot wait for book 2 to see what happens next.



Wednesday, November 8

Review: Poise (Balance #2)

Poise (Balance #2)
Janelle Stalder

Publication Date: January 2017
Date Read: September 27, 2017
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: For Review
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30815128-poise

From Goodreads:
When everything hangs in the balance, would you do all that you could to stop it from crumbling down around you? Would you ruin lives? Separate lovers? Lie? Cheat? Kill?
The age old fight between light and dark rages on, while the innocent are caught between. Will love conquer all? Or will one fallen angel's love for a simple mortal destroy the world?
Sometimes, there simply is no happily ever after.

It's not surprise to anyone who knows me how much I adore Janelle Stalder's books. I have devoured every single one of them and I am always left dying to read more. Poise was no different. I was so excited for this book after I absolutely adored Balance, the first instalment of this series. Poise was so incredible and definitely a must-read.

To be honest, I found Poise a little more on the slow side than Balance. I am such a huge fan of Vivian and Caleb and to find them apart (as it expected from the ending of Balance) just broke me. I wanted them together so much and with the flashback to the past in the beginning of this book I just found it took me a little longer to get into it than any of the other Janelle books. That's not to say that it's bad because once I got into it I couldn't put the damn thing down.

I completely devoured Poise and couldn't read it fast enough. I love the characters in this series so much and I am so emotionally invested in this series it's unreal. The whole thing had me on tenter hooks dying to find out what was going to happen. The ending totally broke me and I am so heartbroken. I need the third book like yesterday!

Poise was the perfect sequel to Balance and I cannot wait for the third book of this amazing trilogy to release. I know it will be utterly perfect. If you haven't read this series yet then I highly recommend that you do.


Sunday, November 5

Netgalley November


Hey Guys,
So every year in November I host my challenge 'Netgalley November'. This is where I try to catch up on my eARCs that I've gained from Netgalley. If you're like me you won't be able to resist the amazing books but then don't get a whole lot of time to read them. So this month I will be reading only eARCs for the entire month of November.

Want to join me let me know by tweeting me. I'll be doing a weekly update each weekend in November on my progress.

I am aiming to read at least 4, which shouldn't be too hard as that's one a week. I always select 10 books for my monthly TBR... I never read more than 5 but I like to have a bigger selection.

Here are the books I will be selecting from.



Have you read any? Which ones must I read this month?
Are you joining in?



Saturday, November 4

Wrap Up: October 2017


Hey Guys,
I cannot believe that October is over already. The countdown to Christmas is getting scarily close. I didn't really read very much in October but here's my significantly shorter than usual wrap up.

Book Haul

Hardcopies:




Bought:

It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition

For Review:

The Wanderes (Wanderes #1) by Kate Ormand

E-Books

 For Review:


Bought:


Books Read in October 2017:


Moonlight Sins (de Vincent #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 4 Stars
Otherworld (Otherworld #1) by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller - 4 Stars
It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne - 5 Stars

Reviews Posted in October 2017:


2017 Challenges Update:

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



I finished this one in August.


Challenge Total: 12/12
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 2017 Debut Author Challenge
 
 
Unfortunately I was unable to read any other debuts this month.
 
Challenge Total: 4/5
 
The 2017 'Continue a Series' Challenge
 
 

Unfortunately, I was unable to do anything else for this challenge this month.

Challenge Total: 3/5


The Zoella Bookclub Challenge 


Unfortunately I didn't read any more for this challenge this month.
 
Challenge Update: 7/16
 
Due to me only reading three books this month there is no Top 3 for September. 
 
What did you read this month?
 
 

Wednesday, November 1

Review: Perfect (Flawed #2)

Perfect (Flawed #2)
Cecelia Ahern

Published By: Harper Collins
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Date Read: September 3, 2017
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 428
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32804295-perfect

From Goodreads:
When we embrace all our flaws, that’s when we can finally become perfect…

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine's life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed. And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed…?

Perfect was a book that I absolutely could not wait for. Cecelia Ahern has been a favourite author of mine for such a long time and I absolutely adored Flawed, the first book in her debut YA series. It was such an increduble read and I truly couldn't wait to read more about Celestine's journey. I loved Perfect even more than Flawed. It was unputdownable.

Celestine is in hiding. She is a wanted criminal for daring to help someone and be different to the crowd. Now on the run she finds herself being the face of a revolution. Can she change such a flawed and unfair society?

Celestine is such a fantastic character and I absolutely loved experiencing everything through her. She is so strong while still showing a littel vulnerability which I love seeing in a main character. It's great to have such an amazing character while still showing that they are realistic and things do get to them.

The more I read this book, the more I couldn't put it down. It was absolutely stunning and perfect and I couldn't read it fast enough. I was sat on the edge of my seat, unable to turn the pages quick enough, dying to find out what was going to happen to Celestine. I was rooting for her so much. Cecelia's writing style in this book is just addictive and so amazing. I really hope she intends to write more YA as she is clearly amazing at it.

Perfect was an amazing sequel to Flawed and I loved reading both of them so much. If you're a fan of YA and dystopia this is definitely the series for you. You will absolutely love it. Definitely a must-read.

"It can take a lifetime to build up a friendship - it can take a second to make an enemy."



Wednesday, October 25

Review: Mafiosa (Blood for Blood #3)

Mafiosa (Blood for Blood #3)
Catherine Doyle

Published By: Chicken House
Publication Date: January 5, 2017
Date Read: August 27, 2017
Genre: YA - Romantic Thriller
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25059637-mafiosa

From Goodreads:
A blood war rages on the streets of Chicago.

Protected by an infamous mafia family, Sophie is living a dangerous lie, pretending to lead a normal life. But the deceit can’t last for ever. Her heart belongs to a killer and Sophie’s the prime target of a rival clan. She’s determined to seek revenge on her mother’s murderers, but can she pay the price – can she be a mafiosa?

The third and final instalment in the explosive YA Blood for Blood series which started with Vendetta and Inferno.

"Allowing yourself to be vulnerable does not make you weak, it makes you strong. It makes you brave."

Mafiosa is the final book in the Blood for Blood series and I could not be more sad about it. I have gone from someone who was unsure about the series to never wanting it to end because I love it so, so much. After the ending of Inferno, I couldn't wait to read the finale of this series and it was perfect, yet utterly heartbreaking.

Sophie's life is in more danger than ever before. Living with the Falcone's she is the number one target of a rival mafia family. She has to choose whether to run and be safe or fight alongside the family she has grown to love. But can she actually find it in herself to kill someone? Can she be a mafiosa?

Mafiosa was the most incredible finale to a series I have ever read. From the moment I read the very first word I couldn't put the book down and I devoured it in mere hours. Every spare second of the day I had my nose in this book. It was utterly perfect, yet it broke my heart into little pieces.

The finale of this series is definitely the most emotional. I was so emotionally invested in this story and in Luca and Sophie. I just kept reading so I could see them finally admitting their feelings for each other, and although it took forever (almost 300 pages people!!!) it was worth every single second. Luca is just such a sweetie and the more I read the more I fell head over heels in love with him. He is just incredible.

Mafiosa was perfect... but it totally broke me. I sobbed like a baby... and I mean like ugly crying... I could not breath from crying. I was a total mess! Although Catherine made me cry like a baby, I am in such awe of her incredible writing talent. She is totally amazing and I will definitely be picking up anything else she writes. Although she broke me she also gave me the most perfect ending I could have possibly ever wished for this series.

Mafiosa was beautiful and perfect and I loved every single moment of it. I am super sad that this series is over, and I am praying that Catherine decides to write a fourth book surrounding Nicoli as I really want to see what happened after this.

The Blood for Blood series is utterly incredible and I would recommend it to anyone. Even if you think it doesn't sound like your sort of thing I urge you to give it a go. I didn't think it would be my sort of book and I adored every single second of it and I will definitely be re-reading this series over and over again.

"I would go into the darkness with you, but you won't come into the light with me."