Friday, February 27

Audio Review: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
Marissa Meyer

Published By: Fiewel and Friends
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Date Read: February 13, 2015
Genre: YA - Fairytale Retelling
Source: Bought
Format: Audiobook
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From Goodreads:
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

"But you're the only one, Scarlet. You'll always be the only one."

Cinder, the first installment in the amazing Lunar Chronicles, was one of the first audiobooks I listened to and I loved it. Regardless of this and me already having the audiobook of Scarlet I didn't start listening to it straight away even though the ending of Cinder had me going 'THAT CANNOT BE THE END'. After listening to Scarlet I don't know what took me so long to listen to it. Once again I was captured by this phenomenal storyline and space world I couldn't stop listening. This is fast becoming one of the audio series that I know I will listen to again.

Scarlet is looking for her grandmother. Ever since her grandmother went missing weeks ago Scarlet has not been able to let go of the feeling that something sinister is going on within her Grandmothers disappearance. Enter Wolf, the mysterious and slightly frightening new guy in town with a strange tattoo Scarlet enlists his help to search for her Grandmother. But when secrets come out Scarlet must accept that her Grandmother might not be who she thought she was.

I will admit I was very disappointed when I started listening to Scarlet and discovered that we were not following Cinder and Prince Kai all the way through like we did in Cinder. Cinder ended in such a cliffhanger I wanted it to pick up right where we left off with Cinder and Kai so to find out we were being introduced to a new storyline with Scarlet, Wolf and her Grandmother I was very disappointed. Throughout the first half of the book I just kept wishing the chapters with Scarlet would hurry up so I could get back to Cinder and honestly the chapters with Cinder were my favourite parts of this book. However the more I read the more I warmed to the Scarlet storyline and ended up liking it. I see that with this series we get many different characters storylines that interconnect further down the line. I'm just a far too impatient reader to want to wait to get back to those characters that I already love.

Scarlet was such an awesome character and the more I read the more I really started to love her. She is totally kick-ass and snarky and I just loved that about her. Enter Wolf. Wolf is a total tough-guy who is rough around the edges but has a heart of gold. He isn't your typical YA character that I would automatically fall for but the more I read about him the more I just wanted to push all of the differences he and Scarlet had aside so they could just get together already. I loved them.

Scarlet was a fantastic follow-up to the amazing Cinder and the narrator once again did a phenomenal job of bringing all of the characters to life. There wasn't one moment of it where I wanted to turn the audiobook off. I love this narrator and will definitely be looking out for any more audiobooks that she has narrated. Scarlet was packed full of action and the stakes were definitely higher in this one. I cannot wait to read Cress, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles and I am jumping straight into the audio of that one. I would recommend the audio editions of this series to anyone.

"I knew they would kill me when they found out, but… I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you."


Thursday, February 26

Review: Spartan Frost (Mythos Academy #4.5)

Spartan Frost (Mythos Academy #4.5)
Jennifer Estep

Published By: K-Teen
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Date Read: February 2, 2015 
Genre: YA - Mythology
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
I'm Logan Quinn, the deadliest Spartan warrior at Mythos Academy. At least I was--until the day I almost killed Gwen Frost.

Professor Metis and Nickamedes say that I'm fine, that Loki and the Reapers don't have a hold on me anymore, but I can't risk it. I can't risk hurting Gwen again. So I'm leaving Mythos and going somewhere far, far away.

I know Gwen wonders what's happening to me, whether I'm safe. I can't tell her, but this is my story. . .
Note: Possible Spoilers from the previous books in the series!

Spartan Frost was utterly perfect. A novella from my favourite character. The gorgeous, protective, swoon-worthy Logan Quinn. I was utterly heartbroken at the end of Crimson Frost. I genuinelly couldn't believe it. My beautiful Logan being taken over by Reapers really had to have messed with his head and I was utterly heartbroken that he had left Mythos Academy and Gwen.

Jennifer Estep had really set up grounds where readers could have turned on Logan. Leaving Gwen at a time like this how could he? But that is what Spartan Frost really changed. She made us see Logan's side as to why he left and I really loved seeing things from his point of view... his love for Gwen... his hurt that he hurt her so badly... and why he needed time away from it all.

I loved this novella and it really made me fall even more in love with Mythos. I wish it had been a bit longer and I wish maybe we had seen him go back to Mythos... if he goes back... no I am refusing to believe that he will not reappear in the next book so yeah... I'd have liked for it to last a little bit longer and maybe if he had gone back to Mythos Academy in it we'd have seen a scene between him and Gwen as I would have loved to get that in Logan's point of view.

It was a perfect novella and I can't wait to jump into the next Mythos Academy book... Midnight Frost here I come.

Wednesday, February 25

Waiting on Wednesday

Until the Beginning (After The End #2)
Amy Plum

Published By: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Genre: YA - Dystopia
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From Goodreads
When Juneau's clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family. She soon discovered everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie. Her people's gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village.

Juneau and her new companion Miles's cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico. Now Juneau's people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them. But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything. To rescue her people - and herself - Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.

Okay so I haven't actually read After The End yet but I am such a massive fan of both dystopia and Amy Plum that I am already eagerly awaiting the sequel. I'm super excited for this.

Tuesday, February 24

Review: Crimson Frost (Mythos Academy #4)

Crimson Frost (Mythos Academy #4)
Jennifer Estep

Published By: K-Teen
Publication Date: December 24, 2012
Date Read: February 1, 2015
Genre: YA - Mythology
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
For a moment, a face flashed before my eyes—the most hideous face I’d ever seen. No matter how hard I tried to forget what had happened, I saw him everywhere I went. It was Loki—the evil god that I’d helped set free against my will.

I should have known that my first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. If we’d gotten into a swordfight, or been ambushed by Reapers, I’d have been more prepared. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? I didn’t see that one coming.

I’ve been accused of purposely helping the Reapers free Loki from his prison—and the person leading the charge against me is Linus Quinn, Logan’s dad. The worst part is that pretty much everyone at Mythos Academy thinks I’m guilty. If I’m going to get out of this mess alive, I’ll have to do it myself…
"What was it with people always trying to kill me in the library? Nickamedes so needed to put up warning signs. Danger: Working here could be hazardous to your health."

Crimson Frost picked up right where we left off, with Loki free and Gwen having been one of the only ones to witness it. This book was absolutely everything that I ever could have imagined it to be. It was action-packed and I could not put it down, I ended up devouring it in less than a day.

Gwen Frost is forgetting all of the crap that has happened, forgetting that Loki is free, and going on her first official date with Logan Quinn. The last that they both expected was for Gwen to be arrested. The Protectorate is certain that Gwen was the one that freed Loki and now Gwen and her friends need to do everything to show them what really happened that fateful night. But when Loki's champion intervenes again Gwen clearing her name is the least f her problems.

Crimson Frost was possibly the best book of the series to date. I absolutely loved every moment of it. From the drama of Gwen being accused to the action and heartbreak of Loki and The Reapers coming back and wreaking havoc, I couldn't put this book down.

This installment had me on an emotional rollercoaster from the heartwarming moments between Gwen and Logan to the heartbreak of the ending. Crimson Frost had the mother of all cliffhangers and Jennifer Estep once again left me heartbroken in tears. I cannot wait to continue this series of mythology, action and romance. I love it.

"No matter what happens I'll always come back to you."


Monday, February 23

I Still Haven't Read...

This weeks pick...

Destined Series by Jessie Harrell:

#0.5 Before
#1 Destined

Have you read this series?
Let me know and leave me a comment.

Sunday, February 22

Early Review: Simple Beginnings

Simple Beginnings
Janelle Stalder

Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Date Read: February 19, 2015
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Beta Copy from Author
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Ella Page planned to spend her summer before college like most girls her age - shopping, tanning, swimming, repeat. Instead she finds herself helping out on her grandma's farm, where she is forced to work side by side with her ex-best friend, Gage Hunter. Despite her attempt to stay cool around the boy she no longer feels like she knows, the heat in the summer air just won't stop rising. And with it, old feelings she's not so sure were forgotten after all.

"I want to be everything to you the way you're everything to me."

There are no words to explain just how freaking excited I was when this book arrived in my inbox. I have been such a huge fan of Janelle Stalder ever since I read her debut Eden and now I can't help but devour each and every book she puts out. Simple Beginnings was everything I could have wanted and more. It melted my heart and utterly blew me away.

Ella wanted to spend her summer before college with her friends, shopping, swimming and working on her tan. The last thing she wanted to do was move two hours away to work on her Nan's farm but Ella will do anything for her Nan. But when she finds herself face-to-face with her childhood best friend Gage. The person who unknowingly broke her heart years ago and now she has to work side-by-side with him on her Nan's farm. As she tried to keep her distance Ella finds her feelings towards Gage growing. Can she trust him with her heart or is she going to end up broken again?

Janelle Stalder is without a doubt one of the best authors I have ever had the pleasure of reading her work. It really saddens me that she isn't as well known as she really should be. Her writing style is just utterly phenomenal. Within a few paragraphs of chapter one I was totally hooked yet again and I could not put her book down... not for anything. It's a good job I was off work the day I picked this up because I literally forgot about everything and ended up devouring the book in one sitting. I adored it so much.

Ella was such a fantastic character. We were introduced to her briefly in Brush Strokes and I was so excited that she was getting her own book and I loved her even more in this. She was so feisty and the more I read the more I adored her. She reminded me a little bit of me as she was so hard-headed and determined which I definitely am. I just adored her.

Gage... Oh. My. Gage! I am officially in love with a new fictional boy. Gage is the guy everyone will fall in love with because he is smexy and swoony and will make everyone's hearts just melt. He was beautiful and wonderful and I adored him so much. I am completely and utterly head-over-heels in love and I remember thinking that if Ella didn't want him then I would gladly take him off her hands.

Simple Beginnings was just the perfect book that I needed. I adored every moment of it. It really was phenomenal which is a lot coming from me as I find myself repeatedly bored with a lot of NA Contemporary novels as I find them pretty much the same but this one just kept me hooked it was wonderful and read so differently to all the others. It was pure perfection.

Simple Beginnings was everything I could have wanted and more. It was a perfect love story with phenomenal characters and an addictive writing style. It kept me hooked from start to finish and I cannot wait for more books from Janelle Stalder. I would recommend this book to everyone it was utterly perfect! A must-read!

"You've had me bewitches my whole life, Ella Page. There's never been anyone else that could hold my heart the way you do."

Review: Scarlet (Scarlet #1)

Scarlet (Scarlet #1)
A.C Gaughen

Published By: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: February 14, 2012
Date Read: January 31, 2015
Genre: YA - Fairytale Retelling
Source: Review Copy from Bloomsbury Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 292
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From Goodreads:
Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

Scarlet is one of those books that I was dying to get my hands on but after I got it it just sat on my shelf for forever unread. After reading this book I cannot believe I took so long before reading this. It was absolutely amazing. It was way better than I could have ever expected and I cannot wait to continue with this series.

Will Scarlet is part of Robin Hood's band of merry men. Trying to help the people fro the horrible reign of Prince John they steal from the rich to give to the poor. But what the people don't know is Will Scarlet, one of Robin's best men is actually a woman. When a new threat comes to town in the form of a thief hunter, Scarlet is faces with the past that she has tried her best to forget. Faced with that, and her growing feelings for Rob, Scarlet must make a decision about giving into her heart or saving her band of brothers.

Scarlet was one of the most surprising books for me. I was definitely not expecting to love it quite as much as I did. I have always loved YA Retellings but I never really thought of a Robin Hood one as something I will love but my god did I love it. I was right there in Sherwood Forest living all of this out along with Scarlet. I absolutely loved all of the characters, and I loved all of the twists and turns throughout the novel.

Scarlet was filled to the brim with heart-stopping action with tastes of breathtaking romance. This is such a perfect first start to what's set to be a phenomenal series. I cannot wait to continue this series.

Wednesday, February 18

Waiting on Wednesday

Court of Fives (Court of Fives #1)
Kate Elliott

Published By: Little Brown
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott begins a new trilogy with her debut young adult novel, weaving an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.

Jessamy's life is a balance between acting like an upper class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But at night she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom's best competitors. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between a girl of mixed race and a Patron boy causes heads to turn. When a scheming lord tears Jes's family apart, she'll have to test Kal's loyalty and risk the vengeance of a powerful clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.

I am becoming such a fan of YA Fantasy and this one sounds all kinds of awesome. I can't wait to read this one.

Monday, February 16

I Still Haven't Read...

This weeks pick...

Glaze by Kim Curran

Have you read this book?
Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, February 11

Waiting on Wednesday

Dream a Little Dream (Silver Trilogy #1) 
Kerstin Gier

Published By: Henry Holt and Co
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yep, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially this one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys perform dark magic rituals.

The really weird thing is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where’s she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But they seem to know things about her in real life that they couldn’t possibly know, which is mystifying. Then again, Liv could never resist a good mystery...

I'll be honest I'm totally drawn to this book because of the cover... but I can't help it it's gorgeous. And it sounds weird... and kinda awesome. To me it sounds like a bit of a fairytale vibe and I love those kinds of books so I wanna read this one.

Monday, February 9

Blog Tour: Collide (The Taking #3)

Hey Guys,
I am so excited to be on the blog tour for Collide, the final book in the breathtaking The Taking Series. This is without a doubt one of my favourite series of all time and I am so excited that the finale is finally in everybody's hands.

Let me tell you a bit about the first two books in the series.

~ Gravity (The Taking #1) ~

Gravity (The Taking #1)
Melissa West

Published By: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: December 18, 2012
Genre: YA - Sci-Fi
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From Goodreads:
In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

Click HERE for my review of Gravity

~ Gravity (The Taking #2) ~

Hover (The Taking #2)
Melissa West

Published By: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: August 13, 2013
 Genre: YA - Sci-Fi
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From Goodreads:
On Earth, seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander was taught to never peek, but if she hopes to survive life on her new planet, Loge, her eyes must never shut. Because Zeus will do anything to save the Ancients from their dying planet, and he has a plan.

Thousands of humans crossed over to Loge after a poisonous neurotoxin released into Earth's atmosphere, nearly killing them. They sought refuge in hopes of finding a new life, but what they became were slaves, built to wage war against their home planet. That is, unless Ari and Jackson can stop them. But on Loge, nothing is as it seems...and no one can be trusted.

~ Collide (The Taking #3) ~

Collide (The Taking #3)
Melissa West

Published By: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: February 9, 2015
Date Read: December 26, 2014
Genre: YA - Sci-Fi
Source: Beta Copy from Melissa
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson—the only boy she's ever let herself care about—to get to her, Ari has no choice but to surrender.

To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train others to fight. What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to heal by turning the fighters into aliens—half-breeds like her. If she succeeds, together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever.

Once again, everything Ari’s come to believe is thrown into question. In a world of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.

"I told you. I go where you go. I will never leave you."

There are no words to describe my excitement when Melissa sent me a early copy of Collide, the final installment of the breathtaking The Taking Series. I fell head over heels with this series, and Melissa, when Entangled Teen sent me an ARC of Gravity back in 2012 before it's release. It was not long after I'd fallen head-over-heels in love with Jennifer Armentrout's Lux series and I just couldn't get enough of alien books... actually I still can't. Gravity took my breath away and I fell in love with Melissa's amazing writing. I definitely had a new favourite author for life. Since that moment I have been dying to get my hands on the final installment, to find out what was going to happen to my favourite characters. I can honestly say Collide is one of the best series finales I have ever read. Melissa sure knows what her fans want and she delivers it expertly.

Ari's life has changed a hell of a lot since she was that littel girl in Gravity. Finally faced with the war between the humans and the aliens Ari finds herself stuck in the middle. Half-breed Ari needs to find which side to fight on.. or discover whether both species can survive together. Ari must fight with both human and alien in order to save her love, Jackson and get to the end of the war with Zeus... not everyone can survive and sacrifices must be made. Can Ari and Jackson find a way to survive and be together or will the war tear them apart? One thing is for certain... nothing will ever be the same.

Collide was one of the most epic and phenomenal books I have ever read. Everything in the previous two books had been leading up to this and I just couldn't handle the excitement of finding out how everything would end and play out. Collide was fast-paced and action-packed and I was sat on the edge of my seat dying to turn the pages faster and faster so I could find out how it would end. It was phenomenal and amazing. Ari and Jackson were as awesome and wonderful as they were in the previous two books and I couldn't get enough of them... they are just so freaking adorable and all I kept thinking was that things better end up well for them!

Melissa West has secured her place as one of my favourite authors of all time. She is just utterly phenomenal at her job. I have had the pleasure of reading her NA Contemporary books as well and as utterly fantastic as they are I do think her place is in YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Paranormal whatever you want to call it because as great as she is with her characters and romance she is just 100% better at her action and story-lines. She is made for this genre. She is definitely on my auto-buy list. No matter what she writes as long as it's Melissa I will be reading it.

Collide was everything I could have wanted and more. It was utter perfection. It was such a roller coaster ride. It broke my heart and had me in complete tears one minute and then full of hope the other. It was just so amazing. It's filled to the brim with breathtaking romance and heart stopping action. I absolutely loved everything about this book. I cannot praise this series more. It just has that something special that no matter what words you say it will never truly explain how amazing this series is. It's a must-read.

The Taking Series is definitely one of my favourite series of all time and it is one that I will read over and over again. It is utterly phenomenal and a must-read for absolutely everyone. Go read this book right now!

"And no matter what, no matter what happens, I want you to know that you are the best thing to ever happen to me. I love you."

About Melissa West:

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.


I Still Haven't Read...

This weeks pick...

Left Drowning by Jessica Park

Have you read this book?
Let me know in the comments.