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."


 

Wednesday, October 18

Review: Inferno (Blood for Blood #2)

Inferno (Blood for Blood #2)
Catherine Doyle

Published By: Chicken House
Publication Date: January 7, 2016
Date Read: August 26, 2017
Genre: YA - Romantic Thriller
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25022128-inferno

From Goodreads:
Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather in the second installment of Catherine Doyle's Blood for Blood series.

Sophie's life has been turned upside-down, and she's determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she's trying to forget, won't give up on their love - and it's Luca's knife she clutches for comfort. Soon another mafia clan spoils the fragile peace - and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie's in deeper than ever.

"There is light and shade in all of us, pain and hardship, and some of us rise from it while others are darkened by it."

After devouring Vendetta, I was so glad that I had book 2 waiting for me already because I absolutely needed to know what was going to happen. I loved Vendetta and I couldn't wait to see what was happening with Sophie, Nicoli and Luca. I already has such high expectations and Inferno surpassed them all. I couldn't put this book down. Every second of it was phenomenal.

Sophie's life was turned upside down when the Falcone boys walked into her life. Now, suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Sophie is determined to keep her distance from them. But a part of her just can't help herself. As she gets dragged in to the mafia fights even deeper than she already was, Sophie's life is in danger... but so is her heart.

Inferno was far more superior to Vendetta. Vendetta had set the foundations for this story to be even more dangerous and explosive than it already was. The more I read, the more I fell in love with the story. I just couldn't believe what was happening and when the big twist hit I was sat with my jaw on the floor. I never ever saw it coming and I couldn't believe it. Catherine is such a fantastic author and she spins her tale expertly in this installment of the amazing Blood for Blood series.

In Vendetta, I already liked Luca but I also really liked Nicoli... I never expected to start disliking Nicoli but I did. The things he did in this book made me start to hate him slightly. He's still a great guy but he's caught up so much in the mafia family business and that will always come first for him. The more I read, the more I fell head over heels in love with Luca. He is so amazing and he values life and peace and Sophie above all else. I just love him.

Inferno was faster paced, full of action, intrigue, mystery and danger and I couldn't stop reading. I devoured this book in pretty much one day and I just loved every single second of it. It was even better than Vendetta and I'm now left reeling needed book 3 like right now. If you haven't read this series, it's a definite must. You won't be disappointed.

"You're a bright spark, Sophie. I don't want anyone to snuff you out."



Wednesday, October 11

Review: Vendetta (Blood for Blood #1)

Vendetta (Blood for Blood #1)
Catherine Doyle

Published By: Chicken House
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Date Read: August 20, 2017
Genre: YA - Romantic Thriller
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24638201-vendetta

From Goodreads:
When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell's life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys' dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties - the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.

"There is beauty everywhere; even in the dark, there is light, and that is the rarest kind of all."

Vendetta is one of those books that I've had sat on my shelf for years and I just never picked it up. I can't really explain why. The book sounded really good and interesting but for some reason I just never picked it up. Even when I did pick it up, after friends told me how amazing it was, when I picked it up from my shelf I was not sure whether I wanted to read it or not. Vendetta is a romantic thriller/mystery which is not typically my kind of book but once I started reading Vendetta I could not put it down.

Sophie is a normal girl, living in her small town when her life changes forever. When five mysterious brothers move into town Sophie is automatically drawn to them. I mean who wouldn't be, they're gorgeous and Italian. But the closer Sophie gets to them the more secrets comes out... not only about them but about her own family too. Can Sophie survive falling in love with a dangerously secretive boy?

Vendetta was utterly thrilling. Considering I thought maybe it wouldn't be my kind of book, I was just completely captured by this amazing storyline and incredible characters. I was swept away in Sophie's story with Nic and Luca and the other characters. I could not put this book down as I needed to know what was going to happen to them all.

Sophie is a great character to follow in this storyline. She is determined to find out the mystery surrounding the brothers and although she has next to no regard for her own safety I could totally understand why she acted the way that she did. I really liked the Falcone boys too. I really liked Nicoli but my heart lies with Luca. He's a bit of an ass but I just feel like there's so much more to him that we will come to see in the other books.

Vendetta was an incredible start to a new series. I loved every single moment of it. I couldn't put it down and I found this book just so thrilling. It will take you away into the mystery and danger of everything and leave you wanting more. This is a definite must-read.

"I knew I couldn’t trust my illogical heart, and that meant I had to do everything in my power to stay away from him so I wouldn’t have to."


Wednesday, October 4

Review: Roar (Stormheart #1)

Roar (Stormheart #1)
Cora Carmack

Published By: Tor Teen
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Date Read: August 9, 2017
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29939048-roar

From Goodreads
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

"What might seem a careless phrase for one can cut deep as a blade for another."

Roar is a book that I have been dying to read ever since I first heard about it. Cora Carmack is one of my all time favourite authors. I have loved every single one of her books that I have read and when I heard that she was releasing a YA fantasy series I could not have been more excited. Fantasy is my all time favourite genre and I couldn't wait to read Cora's fantasy story. Roar is one of the best YA fantasy books that I have ever read. I loved every single moment and couldn't read it fast enough.

Aurora is the princess of Pavan, and heir to the Pavan throne. Her whole family are talented Stormlings, powerful with the power to protect people from the vicious storms. But Rora does not have any power and when she is betrothed to a powerful Stormling she believes the marriage is the answer to all of her dreams. She can still take her throne but have a partner who will help her protect her people. But when she comes across a group of hunters, people who were not born with power but gained it anyway, Rora realised that marriage is not her only chance. Going undercover as Roar, she joins the team of stormhunters and she is going to find out more about herself that she has ever known.

Roar was utter perfection. I loved every single moment of it. Cora is a total natural for writing fantasy books. I often find that with a lot of fantasy series, I don't like the first book as much because I can find them a little bit slow with all the world building that is required in a start of a new fantasy world. I did not find this in the slightest with Roar. There wasn't a single slow moment in this book. Right from the start I couldn't stop reading this book. It was absolutely phenomenal.

Roar/Rora is one of my favourite characters that I have ever read about. I loved that she's not the strongest person in the world. It was refreshing for me. She is highly intelligent but because she has been shielded for the majority of her life, she is quite weak but very head strong. I found this so refreshing because so many of these series have a main character who is already really strong and kick-ass but what I loved so much about this book was that I got to experience and see Rora become strong and kick-ass as the book went on. I adore her.

Locke is without a doubt my favourite character in this series. He is so stern but with such a sweet and soft side. I fell head over heels in love with him the more I read this book. I just wanted he and Rora to get together so so bad. I loved him, and his whole band of stormhunters. They were such a fantastic band of characters for you to get behind.

Cassius is one of the more... interesting characters for me. He is bad.... but then I do think he has a good side as well. He is very manipulative and secrative but I do think that there is another side to him and a reason behind his behaviour. I am really looking forward to seeing this progress more in the following books.

Roar was one of the best books I have ever read. I loved every single moment of it and I cannot wait to read more in this series. If you like YA fantasy this one is an absolute must-read. You will be blown away, your heart will be stolen and you will be wrapped up in heart-melting romance and amazing magic. A definite must-read and one of the best books I've read so far this year!

"Feeling this way, the way I do about you, Roar, it's scarier than any storm I've ever faced."


 

Sunday, October 1

Wrap Up: September 2017


Hey Guys,
Can you believe September is over already? This year is going by so damn fast. September was a bit of a slower reading month for me as it's a crazy busy work month for me each year. Anyway here is my month in books.

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:




Bought:

Golden (Heart of Dread #3) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Frostblood (Frostblood #1) by Elly Blake
The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu
The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu
The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J Maas

For Review:

Otherworld (Otherworld #1) by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

E-Books:


For Review:
Books Read in September 2017:


Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern - 5 Stars
Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare - 5 Stars (Re-Read)
Poise (Balance #2) by Janelle Stalder - 4 Stars

Reviews Posted in August 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 last month.


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?