Thursday, July 21

Blog Tour: Torn (Wicked Saga #2)



Hey Guys,
I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Torn, the second book in The Wicked Saga by the phenomenal Jennifer L Armentrout.

If you haven't read the first book in the series check out my spoiler-free review of Wicked

Torn (Wicked Saga #2)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Date Read: July 7, 2016
Genre: NA - Paranormal Romance
Source: eARC from Ink Slinger PR
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

~ My Review ~

When I was asked if I wanted to review Torn, the second book in the Wicked Saga, I jumped at the chance. It's no surprise to anyone that Jennifer Armentrout is my favourite author of all time. I loved the first installment of this series, Wicked, and I was so super excited to find out what was going to happen next. Torn completely blew me away and surpassed all of my expectations.

Ivy found out a major secret about herself and if anyone else finds out she could be in grave danger. Now she is faced with having to lie to the one person she doesn't want to lie to, Ren. But in addition to that the Fae Prince starts to get closer to Ivy and she could be facing more danger than she has ever known before. She could do with Ren's help but if she tells him her secret will he still be there for her?

Torn was everything I thought it would be and more. As soon as I started this book I was completly hooked. Once again Jen hooked me in with her phenomenal story telling skills and I couldn't put the book down. I was drawn back into this amazing world with these incredible characters and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next.

Tink remains to be my favourite character in this series. If you loved Tink in the first book just wait for this one. He is so much more amazing and hilarious and full of secrets. I adored every single one of his scenes. He is pure literary genius. 
Ivy and Ren remain to be two of my favourite characters of Jens. Ivy is totally kick-ass and this came off in the first book but is so much more evident in Torn. She goes through some awful things but stays kick-ass and sarcastic through everything. Ren is just the most amazing character. He is a mix of bad boy and good guy and although he broke my heart slightly in this book he certainly put it back together.

Torn was such a fantastic instalment of this series. I just love the fact that this series is NA but also a parnormal fantasy type book. I, personally, get a little bit bored with NA books as with the contemporary romance books I find them so similar I can get a little bored. I am absolutely loving getting more diverse genres in NA and this, in my opinion, is one of the best.

If you love heart-racing action, swoon-worthy characters and breath-taking romance then this series is a must-read for you. I urge everyone to read this series. It is most definitely one of my favourite series of all time. I cannot wait to read the third book in this series, Brave. It cannot get here fast enough. 


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 About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

#1 New York Times and #1 International 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, 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. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

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

Wednesday, July 20

Review: The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater's Daughter #2)

The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1)
Melinda Salisbury


Published By: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: February 4, 2016
Date Read: June 12, 2016
Genre: YA - Epic Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
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From Goodreads:
Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

The Sin Eater's Daughter was one of my favourite reads from last year. Last year I found myself obsessed with Fantasy books and I adored The Sin Eater's Daughter. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel. I was so excited for The Sleeping Prince but also utterly terrified as I know Melinda takes pleasure in the suffering of her readers. The Sleeping Prince was amazing. I loved every moment of it but oh how it broke me!

I was a little sad to discover that The Sleeping Prince was no longer following, or told from the point of view of, Twylla as the first book was. In the first book I fell in love with Twylla. She was such a fantastic character, she was amazing and kick-ass. I was super sad we weren't with Twylla and Merek any more as I loved them. This made the first couple of chapters a bit of a struggle for me. I couldn't really connect with Errin and Silas as much as I did Twylla and Merek. But I persevered and after a few more chapters I did fall in love with them. Still not as much as Twylla and Merek but I did fall in love with them.

The Sleeping Prince was a bit more of slow-paced book for me. It didn't have that addictive quality I found the first one had until about 2/3 of the way through. After that I couldn't put it down. I am unbelievably excited for the next book and for the last 1/3 of the book I was tweeting Sally going 'OMG this just happened' and 'OMG I can't believe this'. It really does have a shock factor at the end and I can't wait to continue the story.

If I were to compare how I loved the first and second book of this series I would most definitely say I loved the first book more. But I always find that is the case with me and trilogies. The second book is just never quite as amazing... but the third book is phenomenal. I can't wait to see how it all ends in the next book and I would be thrilled if Melinda announced there would be more than just teh 3. I love this story!

If you're looking for a great new fantasy series you definitely need to pick this one up. The romance in the first one is not the most original storyline but when you get to this one it really does stand out as it's own unique series and storyline. The third book is bound to be awesome and I cannot wait!


Wednesday, July 13

Review: Salvage

Salvage
Keren David

Published By: ATOM
Publication Date: July 3, 2014
Date Read: June 3, 2016
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
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From Goodreads:
Aidan Jones was my brother. But I couldn't really remember his face. I couldn't remember talking to him or playing with him. He was just a gap, an absence, a missing person.

Before she was adopted by a loving family and raised in a leafy Home Counties town, Cass Montgomery was Cass Jones. Her memories of her birth family disappeared with her name. But when her adopted family starts to break down, a way out comes in the form of a message from her lost brother, Aidan. Having Aidan back in her life is both everything she needs and nothing she expected. Who is this boy who calls himself her brother? And why is he so haunted?

I glance at the paper. There's a big picture on the front page. A girl with dark red hair. A girl with eyes that might have been green or they might have been grey. I sit down and stare at Cass, and it is her, it is. My stolen sister.

Aidan's a survivor. He's survived an abusive step-father and an uncaring mother. He's survived crowded foster homes and empty bedsits. His survived to find Cass. If only he can make her understand what it means to be part of his family. . .

Salvage was one of those books that sits on your shelf for forever and then when you finally pick it up to read, it blows your mind and you're left kicking yourself, asking yourself 'why the hell didn't I read this sooner'. I seriously wish I had. I acquired this book during the first Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) in London in 2014. Hot Key Books had this great Book Swap going on where you put in a book and get to take another. I took Salvage as I thought it sounded great and it had only released a month earlier. Here I am almost 2 years later, preparing to go to YALC again and as Keren is there signing I thought it was about time to read this book.

I started reading Salvage at a time when I wasn't really getting into many books. I had just finished reading Sarah J Maas' A Court of Mist and Fury which had blown me away and stolen my heart so completely, every other book I picked up just paled in comparion... until I picked up Salvage. Right from the start Keren's fantastic writing style and amazing characterisation had me unable to put the book down. Right from the start  I loved these characters and I sympathised with them so completely for their situation and I just had to know what was going to happen to them.

Salvage is a perfect example of why I love UKYA. It's a not a romance or a first-love 'look how cute this book is' story. It's gritty, it's raw and it's real. Right from the start you are thrown into this situation with the characters and you simultaneously want to cry for them, reach into the book and hug them and push everyone towards a happy ending. It's such a beautiful, motivating and moving book that will touch the heart of even the coldest of people. It's so beautifully realistic and you really feel this happening to you and your family.

Salvage was stunning. I absolutely adored it and I really do urge everyone to read it. It's realistic, moving and motivational. It shows us just what the most important things in life are. It teaches you to love your family no matter what... because they are the most important thing that so many people take for granted. I would recommend this book to everyone. It's beautiful, moving and without a doubt a must-read. If you're only going to pick up one contemporary book this year, please make sure it is Salvage. You won't be disappointed.


 

Monday, July 11

Recapping The Best Day of my Life... aka #RARE16

So Saturday July 9th was without a doubt the most exciting day of my entire life. I left home around 7am to travel the 2 and a half hours to Edinburgh, Scotland. It was the day I have waited since like October 2015 for. The day I was going to meet my favourite author of all time. The moment I heard that Jennifer Armentrout... yes THE Jennifer L Armentrout was going to be in Scotland for the Romance Reader and Author Event in Edinburgh I knew I had to go. I've only waited like 5 years to meet her... I was not missing out on this chance.

When I arrived in Edinburgh I immediately met up with my friend, Lesley and we headed to the event together. I was so excited I felt slightly sick. As soon as I got in I headed for JLA's table. She was ticketed you see so I just had to get a number straight away so I could see her as soon as I possibly could. After that I decided to head over to Wendy Higgins' table. I mean if I was asked my favourite ever author it's obviously Jen... my second favourite author is a joint between Sarah J Maas (whom I have already met) and Wendy Higgins. I love Wendy! So I went and joined her queue. Her table just so happened to be right next to Jen's and as I am excitedly waiting to see Wendy and slightly Stalker-like staring at Jen because JLA was in the same freaking room as me and I was freaking the hell out! Anyway while I was waiting for Wendy all I heard was Jen saying "excuse me for a moment" to the girl she was signing books for and then when I looked over she was walking towards me and she hugged me. JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT CAME OVER AND HUGGED ME!!!!! And I cried so hard. I couldn't believe I was actually there hugging my favourite author of all time and she was talking to me and she recognised me and I couldn't stop crying!!!!!!

Then I got to Wendy's table and I was so excited to meet her and she seemed to excited to meet me. I don't understand why anyone would be excited to see me but I was so happy and I can't believe the first time I met Wendy I was crying but I think she understood! She was the sweetest and she also hugged me and she was sat with Elizabeth May!! THE Elizabeth May and I was so devastated that I didn't know she was going to be there! The Falconer is one of my favourite books but she was super nice and signed a post-it note for me to stick in my book. Wendy even told her how awesome I was and that I read everything. I love Wendy! She is so awesome and I hope she comes to the UK again so I can meet her. If you love Wendy keep reading for a signed bookplate!



The next thing I did was head over to meet the very awesome Amy Plum. I absolutely love her Revenents series and I just had to go and get the three books signed. Amy is so nice and it was so so funny. Amy had just been talking to another authors cover model and she was quite affected by him. It was so funny and adorable.




At RARE this year there were a lot of authors attending that I hadn't heard of or read anything by so since hte majority of the authors I wanted to see were ticketed and I was waiting for my numbers to be called I thought I'd just walk round and see who was there. As I was walking round I saw my long time Goodreads and Facebook friend Terri E Laine. She was so so awesome and I loved finally meeting her. She got so super excited and told one of the event organisers how she had finally met me which was so adorable and nice to hear. By this point when 3 authors had recognised me and got excited to meet me I kind of felt a bit like a rockstar. It was so awesome and I was so starstruck to meet them.





Just after that mine and Lesley's numbers were called for Kresley Cole. Kresley... freaking... Cole. And this is where it got crazy. I had 1 book to be signed by Kresley. Lesley on the other hand had like 25+ to be signed. It took both of us to carry her books. Kresley was super nice and she is so pretty! She was adorable and I loved meeting her. I really need to read some more books of hers for sure!



Soon after this me and Lesley decided to go have some lunch and after lunch it was time. The moment I had been waiting for for my entire life... okay not my entire life but the past 5 years for sure. Jennifer L Armentrout came back from her lunch and they called my number so I went and joined the queue for her signing and this is where me and Lesley swapped places. This time she had 1 book for Jen and I had like a billion. Okay more like 15. The closer I neared to the table the more I started to shake. I couldn't believe it. I know Jen had already hugged me but I was about to actually talk to Jen. I couldn't believe it. I got to the front put my books down and Jen got up and hugged me so much before telling the rest of the queue how I was one of her very first readers. I was so speechless and couldn't believe it. Wendy Higgins even got how big of a moment this was and took a sneaky picture of us from her table! Me and Jen just stood and talked about how this was such a long time coming. Looked like she had wanted to meet me for the past 5 years too and she is coming back to the UK next year and I am so excited as I will get to meet her again. This right here was the most amazing moment of my life and I am still in shock that I finally got to meet Jen. Jen even saved me a super awesome poster of Seth from her Titan series and she signed by JLA shirt too. She is the most awesome person I have ever met in my entire life.

Following Jen I went and saw Samantha Young and Christina Lauren. They were both super nice and super awesome. Their books are awesome and I just loved getting to finally meet them. #RARE16 was one of the best events I have ever been to and it was absolutely incredible getting to meet so mant authors, seeing so many fellow book lovers in one place and getting to meet my favourite author of all time. It was surreal, exciting and just downright amazing.

Keep reading for a super awesome RARE giveaway



GIVEAWAY!!!!!

To celebrate this wonderful event and my meeting the most awesome authors in the world I have some prizes for you all.





There will be 3 winners:

Winner 1: Signed copy of The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout
Winner 2: After the End bookmark and signed bookplates from Amy Plum
Winner 3: Signed bookplates from Wendy Higgins



Wednesday, July 6

Review: See Me (See Me #1)

See Me (See Me #1)
Wendy Higgins

Publication Date: March 17, 2014
Date Read: May 30, 2016
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 282
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From Goodreads:
While most seventeen-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he’ll look and imagining his cute Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own, however when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle she discovers there’s more to her betrothal and McKale’s clan than she was led to believe.

What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands in the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants—and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn’s family and McKale’s clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their people.

See Me was one of those books that I couldn't wait to read as soon as I heard about it. I was very lucky to BETA read this one for Wendy way back before it was published and I loved it so much back then. At the time Wendy decided to put the book on hold so when I heard she was publishing it I was so beyond excited. I knew everyone would love this book and the final copy has sat on my shelf for so long. Considering I am meeting Wendy this summer, I decided it was the perfect time to dust off my copy and re-read it.

See Me is a book set in Ireland and it involves all kinds of mystical creatures like Fae and Leprachauns... yes, you heard that right Leprachauns. Before reading this book I probably would have said Leprachauns... well I don't think that's my kind of book... but it is. Oh. My. God. It is. I absolutely adored this book. It was fanatstic and I couldn't put the book down from start to finish.

Wendy's writing is just so enamouring. Every book she has wrote I have loved. I have picked it up and within a couple of chapters have been unable to put it down... this one was no different. I was taken to a world of magic with a backdrop of the beautiful country of Ireland and with the characters going-ons I just couldn't put it down.

I loved everything about this book. The fun storyline, the characters and the magic. I am seriously dying for Wendy to write a sequel to this book as I just adore it. It's so amazing and addictive. If you want a fast-paced fun read then this is the book for you. It is not to be missed. I loved every moment of it!



Sunday, July 3

Wrap Up: June 2016


Hey Guys,
I'm so excited that June is over... you know why? I am now off work for 6 blissful weeks for the summer. Which means lots of reading time. WOOP! Also means this month I get to go to the Romance Author and Reader Event (RARE) in Edinburgh and my favourite author in the entire world is going to be there!!! After that I am again going to YALC in London so it's gonna be a crazy book filled month and I am soooooo excited!!!! Of course I will blog it and keep you all posted on all the bookish shananigans!

Now onto the post...

Book Haul:


For Review:

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Bought:

The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey
Under Different Stars (Kricket #1) by Amy Bartol

E-Books:

 

Eternal Sacrifice (Mortal Enchantment #3) by Stacey O'Neale
The Witch's Kiss (The Witch's Kiss #1) by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr
Torn (Wicked Trilogy #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Books Read in June 2016:



Salvage by Keren David - 5 Stars
No Falling Allowed (No Kissing Allowed #2) by Melissa West - 5 Stars
The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater's Daughter #2) by Melinda Salisbury - 5 Stars
Eternal Sacrifice (Mortal Enchantment #3) by Stacey O'Neale - 5 Stars

Reviews Posted in June 2016:


Challenge Update:

 Guys... I am epically failing this challenge :(


 January
Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
February
Didn't read any of them
March
The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) by Danielle Paige
Ensnared (Splintered #3) by AG Howard
April
Didn't read any of them
May
Didn't read any of them
June
Didn't read any of them

Top 3 Books of June 2016:

 #3 The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater's Daughter #2) by Melinda Salisbury
#2 Eternal Sacrifice (Mortal Enchantment #3) by Stacey O'Neale
#1 No Falling Allowed (No Kissing Allowed #2) by Melissa West

What did you read this month?


Saturday, July 2

Early Review: No Falling Allowed (No Kissing Allowed #2)

No Falling Allowed
Melissa West

Published By: Entangled Embrace
Publication Date: July 18, 2016
Date Read: June 8, 2016
Source: BETA Copy from Melissa
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
My life just went South…

Twenty-four hours. That’s how long it took my life to flip upside down.

Wake up in bed alone after the best night of my life? Check.

Get fired instead of the promised promotion? Check.

Wealthy parents cut me off when I refuse to follow their path for my life? Check.

Now I’m in Cricket Creek, SC—a place where no New Yorker belongs—disowned and broke, with a new job that I can’t mess up. Oh yeah, and staring at my one-night stand, who happens to be the complete opposite of my type.

Southern.

Cocky.

Bartender.

Noah Hunter never should have made it back to my apartment in NYC, and I definitely shouldn’t be in his small town. But fate had another plan. Or a horrible sense of humor.

Who knew Mr. Wrong could feel so right…

There are seriously no words to explain how much of a fan of Melissa West's I am. Ever since I was lucky enough to get her YA debut Gravity for review from Entangled Teen, I have been obsessed. When Melissa asked me to start BETA reading for her I just about started crying and having heart failure I was so excited. I loved the first book in this series, No Kissing Allowed and No Falling Allowed absolutely did not disappoint. Right from the very start my inner fangirl was completely squealing for being able to read this book.

Grace was such an incredible main character and completely relatable to the audience. She has been kind of suppressed by her family, who will not allow her to follow her own dreams. When she meets Noah, a sexy but cocky bartender he is usually the kind of guy that she avoids. He is just too risky for her perfect life. But sparks fly and when they find themselves in the same small town due to Grace's new job it's hard for Grace to remember just why she should stay away from Noah.

I absolutely adored this book. The two main characters are awesome. I find Grace to relatable and awesome and Noah is just the kind of guy that every romance book needs. He is funny and sexy with confidence just overlapping into cockiness. I loved both of the characters as they met and flirted and genuinelly this book is hilarious.

I couldn't stop reading. Once again Melissa drew me in on that first page and wouldn't let me go. I finished this book in one sitting. I was forgetting that I even had to eat... it was more important for me to finish this book. I haven't found a book that grabbed me like that for such a long long time.

No Falling Allowed was everything I ever could have wanted in a book. It was utter perfection and I loved every single moment of it. If you're going to read one New Adult Contemporary book this year make sure it is this one. Coming from someone who is very very particular about NA books and who isn't impressed by a lot of them this one is without a doubt one of the best ones you will ever read.