Saturday, October 18

Non-Review: Illusions of Fate

Illusions of Fate
Kiersten White

Published By: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Date Read: DNF
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray

This was one book that I was really looking forward to reading. I absolutely adored Kiersten White's Paranormalcy series and so when I heard about this and saw the cover I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I was so excited when I got approved for this through Edelweiss. However it really fell flat for me and I ended up DNF'ing it.

I still absolutely love Kiersten's writing style. She truly has a talent. I put my not liking this book down to my own fault. I didn't research this book well enough and had I done my research into this book a little bit more I doubt I'd have even picked it up.

This book is very much more on the historical side of things than the fantasy sides of things and I really don't like historical books. They bore me so much and as intrigued as I was by the fantasy side of the book I was just not interested enough. I didn't invest in the characters enough to see this through.

Illusions of Fate has the potential to be amazing for those who enjoy historical fantasy book but for me it just wasn't my kind of book.


Netgalley November Is Back



Hey guys,
So I'm running Netgalley November again next month.

The Origin of Netgalley November:

Netgalley November was created last year after discussing with a few other bloggers and reviewers that we had way too many Netgalley books to read. If you are a Blogger/Reviewer I'm sure you're familiar with Netgalley and Edelweiss... two wonderful sites where publishers can allow us access to e-book editions of ARCs for review.

Last year Netgalley November was hosted by myself, Laura @ Bookish Treasures and Faye @ A Daydreamer's Thoughts. This year it's just me.

So what do you need to do?

This is completely a personal challenge so if you want to join in with Netgalley November just sign-up below.
On the first of November, write a blog post/twitter or Facebook status saying you are joining #NetgalleyNovember and how many books you plan to do and then keep us updated on how many you manage to read.


Challenge Categories:

Easy: 1-4
Medium: 5-10
Hard: 11-15
Difficult: 16-20
Netgalley Superstar: 21+
This year I'm finding it so hard to find time to read so I am going for Medium 5-10 and for me lately that really is a challenge!
The proper banner is still waiting to be made so this will be updated as soon as that is done.

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Friday, October 17

Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
Sarah J Maas

Published By: Bloomsbury Childrens
Publication Date: September 11, 2014
Date Read: September 7, 2014
Genre: YA - Epic Fantasy
Source: ARC from Bloomsbury Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 562
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From Goodreads:
Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

There are absolutely no words to describe the excitement that ensued when I finally held a copy of this book in my hands. Considering a year or two ago I wasn't really a big fan of epic fantasy this series is without a doubt one of my favourites. It was Throne of Glass, the first installment in this epic series, that made me love fantasy. So thank you Sarah J Maas. You are a queen!

Celaena has been forced to leave Erilia on a mission that could save not only herself but her dearest friends as well. Seperated from the one person she has grown to love and trust and knowing that when she returns nothing will be the same Celaena embarks on the next step of her journey alone. Alone in the land of Wendlyn all eyes are on her. But will she change who she is to succeed and survive?

Heir of Fire is without a doubt the best installment of this six-part-series to date. It is absolutely phenomenal and I could barely put it down. Saying that it did take me quite a while to read this book. It's a huuuuge book. But I wouldn't have it any other way because it is pure genius and perfection. Heir of Fire is one of those books that you have got to take your time with. Otherwise it could be information overload. This is definitely a game changer in this series and you are faced with so much stuff that you have to go slow and savour every last moment of it.

Celaena, Chaol and Dorian, our favourite three characters from the first two installments of the series are not our only lead characters anymore. I still adore all three of these characters and they remain to be my favourites but we have some new main characters and I love, love, love them. First let's start with our three main ones from the beginning. Celaena is going through a tough time. She not only faces an upcoming battle for real she really has an internal battle going on in this book and she grows so much as a character. I love her. I really think she is one of the strongest female YA heroines we have right now. Even when she is vulnerable and shows her weaker side she is still totally kick-ass! Dorian and Chaol have their own little struggle going on... with their friendship. They are not the same and I really wish they would go back to their brotherly bond because I love these two. They need to work it all out and go back to the bromance!

Enter our new characters. We have the insanely evil and fabulous Manon. Manon is a witch with Iron Claws and Teeth and she is most definitely going to be out antagonist in coming books and stir up some trouble. I love her! She is fantastic! I just love the extra layer she gives this story. It's utterly fantastic. Then we have the amazing Fae Prince Rowan. I FREAKING LOVE ROWAN! He is Celaena's new companion/trainer. He is hard and cruel with a softer side undearneath just waiting to show. I love him. I love his and Celaena's relationship and how it grows. It's one of the things I loved most about this book. Still Team Chaol guys.

Heir of Fire was without a doubt the most epically amazing book I have read so far this year. It was utterly phenomenal, heart-stopping and heart-breaking all at the same time. I couldn't put it down and it just took me on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. This book has really shown me that Sarah J Maas is not only a great author she is a phenomenal author. She is absolutely fantastic and she really knows how to build not only a great fantasy world but a storyline with lots of layers that keeps you guessing and guessing about how it will all work out in the end. I can't wait to ride out this storyline until the end.

The Throne of Glass series, is definitely one of my favourites of all time and is definitely my favourite Epic Fantasy series. It's just utterly phenomenal. We are officially half way through the series and I am dying to get my hands on the next installment of the series. I am both excited and terrified for the next 3 books and to see what will happen in this amazing series. I loved Heir of Fire and I can't wait for book 4.


Thursday, October 16

Early Review: Miles from Kara (Charlston Haven #2)

Miles from Kara (Charlston Haven #2)
Melissa West

Published By: Penguin / InterMix
Publication Date: December 2, 2014
Date Read: August 10, 2014
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Beta Copy from Author
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Kara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices—especially when she finds herself falling in love…

Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen.

Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt.

Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do—even if it means committing another undeniable sin...

Miles from Kara is one of those books that I literally could not wait to read. Ever since reading Melissa West's YA Sci-Fi series, The Taking, I have fallen absolutely head over heels in love with her books. I absolutely adored Pieces of Olivia and when I heard she was writing Kara's story I was so freaking excited. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and it 100% did not disappoint. Melissa met all of my expectations and more.

Kara has been trying to forget her past for a long time. Living in a different place helps, but it also means she is apart from her Highschool Sweetheart Ethan. But as she and Ethan grow further and further apart, she and his housemate, Colt grow closer. As sparks continue to fly between Kara and Colt, can she put all of her past behind her and look to her future? And just which boy will be a part of that future?

Miles from Kara is absolutely phenomenal. Once again Melissa West drew me in with her absolutely stunning narratives and I couldn't put the book down. One think Melissa is amazing at is her characterisation. She writes this amazing characters that you completely identify with and fall absolutely head over heels in love with. The characters in this book were no different. I cared about them so much I genuinelly read this book in one sitting as I just needed to know what was going to happen to them. I adored them so much.

Kara is one of those characters that you just love. She is quirky and fun and just so identifiable. I really believe that every person who reads this book will identify with her, sympathise with her and really just want her to be their best friend. She is really that awesome!

The boys of this book are what makes it absolutely great. We had already met Ethan very briefly in Pieces of Olivia and even then I wasn't the biggest fan of his. He came off really douchy. Well that doesn't change and the more I read of him the more I just didn't really like him and thought he just needed to do one. Colt on the other hand is everything any girl could possibly want. He is sweet, caring, protective and smexy! I absolutely loved Colt. He is officially my favourite Melissa West boy. He is just utter perfection!

Miles from Kara was just utterly phenomenal. I could not put the book down from the moment I started it to the moment I finished it. I fell in love with Melissa's NA Contemporary novels from the moment I read Pieces of Olivia and let me just tell you the more she writes them the better she gets at writing them. Miles from Kara completely blew the others out of the water. It was perfect! It had everything you could possibly want in a NA novel. Smart and funny heroine, smexy guy, romance, drama and steaming hot chemistry between the characters.

Melissa West is definitely one of my favourite authors of all time and no matter what she writes, what it is about I will buy it and read it purely because it has her name on the cover. She is absolutely phenomenal. If you haven't read anything by her I highly suggest that you do. Everything she writes is just amazing. Miles from Kara was no different. If you are looking for a book that is smart, funny, emotional and sexy then this series is for you. Go read it now!


Wednesday, October 15

Waiting on Wednesday

The Orphan Queen
Jodi Meadows

Published By: Katherine Tegan Books
To Be Released: March 10, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

I haven't read any of Jodi's books yet but this one sounds absolutely phenomenal. The cover is gorgeous and I genuinely cannot wait to read this one. It sounds absolutely amazing.


Tuesday, October 14

Review: Tested (New World #3)

Tested (New World #3)
Janelle Stalder

Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Date Read: August 10, 2014
Genre: NA - Dystopia
Source: Beta Copy
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

Faced with the scariest decision of her life, Missy is going behind enemy lines to save the rebel that seems to haunt her every dream. Finding courage is one of the hardest things she’s ever done, especially when she comes face-to-face with a terrifying reality. The green eyes that have fascinated her, no longer gleam with recognition. Now Missy must find a way to not only get them out alive, but to save the mind of the man who is quickly capturing her heart. And she must do it all without getting caught. Put to the test, will Missy be able to rise above her fears and find love, or watch it all blow up in smoke?

Having devoured each and every one of Janelle Stalders books I could not wait to get my hands on this book. Dystopia is one of my all time favourite genres and this is the only amazing NA Dystopia series I have come across. Add to that the fact that Janelle freaking Stalder, one of the most amazing authors EVER wrote it there are really no words for my excitement when Janelle asked me to beta read this book.

Missy has had an awful time in her life. Always hiding away after a traumatising event Missy is forced to go out behind enemy lines to help and save the ones she loves. It's the most terrifying this she has ever had to do. But when she is faced with Tyler, the one man who both terrifies and excites her all at the same time Missy's life is sure to change forever.

Ever since finishing Masked, the second book in the New World series I've been dying to read Missy's and Tyler's story and well, Janelle definitely does not disappoint. She built upon the wonderful world that was developed in the previous two books, not to mention the wonderful characters that she has created. One thing I love about this series is that even though we are getting Missy and Tyler's story we still see glimpses of the other couples that we loved in the previous books.

Tested is a fantastic installment in the New World series. It's is filled with heart-stopping action and breath-taking romance in an amazing dystopic society. It's a must-read for any NA and Dystopia fans. I'm dying to get my hands on the next book.


Audio Review: Nash (Marked Men #4)

Nash (Marked Men #4)
Jay Crownover

Published By: Harper Collins
Publication Date: August 14, 2014
Date Read: August 9, 2014
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Audio
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From Goodreads:
Will their past determine their future?

Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down... and now he’s trying to do it again.

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.

When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?

Having read and devoured the first three books in the Marked Men series I couldn't wait to read the fourth book, Nash. Nash was a fantastic installment in the Marked Men series. I became completely obsessed with Nash's story right from the start and I couldn't stop until I had finished the whole book.

Nash has had it pretty tough all his life. From the nightmare with his family all he wanted was to feel like he belonged. And he has that along with his friends. They are his real family and he is perfectly happy bouncing from one girl to the next. At least until Saint, a beautiful young nurse that seems somewhat familiar to Nash. Embarking on a romance, there are fireworks sparking between Saint and Nash. But when Nash's past comes back to haunt him can he hold on to the one perfect thing in his life or are the destined to fall apart?

Nash was a fantastic installment of The Marked Men Series but Rome remains to be my favourite. There was a lot of high expectations after I'd fallen hard for the ex-marine in the previous book. Nash definitely met the expectations but did not surpass them. Regardless of that I absolutely adored this book. I found myself falling head over heels in love with Nash.

One thing I adored about Nash is that it's different to the other boys stories. Nash's story had a very heavy focus on family as well as the romance you have come to expect from Jay's books. It was just as much about his family and his want for a normal family than his romance with Saint and I loved that. I found that very refreshing and wonderful in this book.

Nash is a fantastic installment of the series. I couldn't stop listening to this audiobook. The two narrators did a fantastic job of portraying Nash and Saint and I loved listening to them. I fell head over heels in love with not only Nash but also Rowdy in this book and I am dying to get my hands... or my ears.... on Rowdy's story. I can't wait for it to be released. If you love NA Contemporary novels then this is definitely not a series that you should miss.