Saturday, September 28

Early Review: The Burning Shadow (Origin #2)

The Burning Shadow (Origin #2)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Tor Teen
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Date Read: September 8, 2019
Genre: YA - Sci-fi
Source: eARC from Jennifer L Armentrout
Format: E-Book

From Goodreads:
#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with The Burning Shadow, the steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux―only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is―and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.


The Burning Shadow was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, so you can imagine my utter excitement when I got an ARC. My love for this world has been building and getting stronger for years. From the moment I read Obsidian back in 2011, I was in love with this sci-fi world and it's characters and today it's stronger than ever. The Burning Shadow was everything that I could have wanted and more. I loved every single second of this book.

The Burning Shadow picks up where The Darkest Star left off, with Evie and Luc still trying to recover her memories from 'before'. Just when they thought they had uncovered the extent of Evie's moms secrets, they are struck by more revelations... each one more surprising and dangerous as the last. There is a virus happening and the Luxen are caught in the middle of it. Can Evie and Luc figure out what is going on before there are more fatalities?

I loved this book so much and Jennifer L Armentrout just cemented herself as my favourite author ever. I have read every single book Jen has wrote and just when I think that she can't surprise me any more, she writes this beast of a book. And I mean that... it is a beast... it's over 700 pages!! I think this may well be her longest book and I loved every single word of it. Right from the start I was completely in love with the world and characters all over again and once I hit the half way mark I couldn't put it down.

The Burning Shadow was in my opinion... perfection! It was filled with all my favourite Lux characters and the new ones I fell in love with back in The Darkest Star. It was filled with swoon-worthy romance, jaw-dropping surprises and heart-pounding action. I loved every single moment of it and I cannot wait to get my hands on book 3. If you haven't started this series before, I highly recommend it. Even if sci-fi isn't your thing... I promise this will be. Absolutely stunning!

Wednesday, September 25

Review: Deadly Cool (Deadly Cool #1)

Deadly Cool (Deadly Cool #1)
Gemma Halliday

Published By: Harper Teen
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
Date Read: August 11, 2019
Genre: YA - Thriller / Mystery
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book

From Goodreads:
Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren’t enough, now he’s depending on Hartley to clear his name.

But as much as Hartley wouldn’t mind seeing him squirm, she knows he’s innocent, and she’s the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school’s resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer’s next victim.

Deadly Cool has been on my kindle sat unread for years. It's one of those books that you hear about, instantly buy and then newer, shinier books steal your attention. I'm glad I finally picked up Deadly Cool as I did find it quite enjoyable. To be honest it wasn't the best book I've read but it certainly wasn't the worst.

Deadly Cool is a cute YA mystery/thriller story. I have only recently started getting into mystery/thriller books and honestly I don't why it took me so long to give this genre a go as I'm finding that I love them. Deadly Cool is enjoyable and easy to read. It's the sort of book you can pick up after a long day and just got lost in. I found the writing style lovely. It was easy to follow and I really enjoyed her characterisation. The characters were great and likeable.

My main issue with this book is that I found it incredibly predictable and I'd already figured out 'who done it' within a few chapters. This makes me a little sad because I was so looking forward to changing my opinion over who I thought the culprit was and I just... didn't. And then for it to turn out to be correct it was a little disappointing for me. I love books that keep me guessing and throw some major twists and turns in there and on that front this one fell a little flat for me.

If you're a fan of YA thriller/mysteries then I recommend you give this one a go. It's cute and I did enjoy reading it. Will I continue with the series? Probably not. If I'm to pick up another book in this genre I'd probably go for a different one that might keep me guessing a little bit more.

Saturday, September 21

Early Review: The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1)

The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1)
Renee Ahdieh

Published By: Hoddel and Stroughton
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Date Read: August 26, 2019
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC from Hodder
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432

From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underworld, known as Le Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's leader, the enigmatic Sèbastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of Le Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sèbastien's guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.

"When life becomes difficult, the only source of strength we have is love. Love of others, love of self, love of life in its entirety."

There are no words to explain just how excited I am to have already read The Beautiful. I am a huge fan of Renee Ahdieh and have read all of her books to date and loved them all. I was so excited to see her go into a new genre and I have to say I loved every single second of this book.

The Beautiful is very different from Renee's previous books and honestly, I think this may be my favourite of hers to date. It's dark, romantic and unputdownable. The Beautiful is set in 1800s New Orleans, a city ran by vampires. Celine has just arrived in New Orleans and finds that there seems to be a string of murders. Never one to back away from danger she is determined to find the culprit before someone else is killed... but has she just put herself in the killers sights?

One thing I adored about this book is that it is not your typical YA vampire book. I was so excited to see a new vampire book but at the same time a little bit worried, as I feel like vampire romance books were so overdone back a few years ago after the rise of Twilight. I needn't have worried at all! This is not your typical vampire romance. It is so, so much more and it was beautiful and perfect. I am a sucker for anything serial killer-eske so to find that at the forefront of this story was perfect for me. I was so engrossed in this story and trying to figure out who the killer was. I loved that it was essentially a murder mystery but with vampires and magical creatures. I loved every single second of it.

Renee Ahdieh is one of my all time favourite authors and this book shows why. She's strayed away from her typical genre of epic high fantasy, and honestly she does paranormal/mystery even better. I don't think there is anything this woman can write that I won't fall in love with. The world was incredible. Her world building of 1800s New Orleans was fantastic and I truly felt like I was in that time period while I was reading it. The glitz, the glamour and the danger was all entwined in this fantastic tale. The characters were just incredible. I loved Celine and how she is warring with a darkness within herself and how she is drawn to the magical Court of the Lions. And don't even get me started on Sebastian. He is just the most incredible character and I am well and truly in love!

The Beautiful was everything I could have wanted and more. It was stunning and beautiful and there are no words to truly describe my utter love and obsession with this book. It is one of my favourite reads of the year so far. I already just want to go back and read it again and cherish every word. I am so excited for the second book already. If there is one book you're going to read this Autumn/Fall then make sure it is this one. You will not be disappointed. Come to the dark side and get caught up in the gorgeous and dangerous Court of the Lions.

"Love of any kind is a weapon to be used against you, when weilded by the right hand."


Wednesday, September 18

Review: Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1)

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1)
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Published By: Rock the Boat
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Date Read: August 8, 2019
Genre: YA - Sci-fi
Source: Illumicrate
Format: Hardback
Pages: 470

From Goodreads:
From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They're not the heroes we deserve. They're just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

"A lot of those stars actually died millions of years ago. It’s just they’re so far away, the light they created before they died hadn’t finished reaching us yet. You’re looking at a sky full of ghosts."

Aurora Rising is a book that I had seen lots about online before it's publication and I know a lot of people were super excited for this one. It wasn't until I got this in my Illumicrate box that I genuinely considered reading it. Don't get me wrong, this book sounded like the sort of thing I would love. I love sci-fi books and this just sounded amazing. My reservations came from the fact that I had read one of Amie Kaufman's previous sci-fi books and ended up not finishing it as I didn't like it. This kind of put my off reading any of her other books. However, I am so very glad that I gave Aurora Rising a go because I would have missed out on one hell of an amazing book!

Aurora Rising follows the story of Tyler, a team leader with a streak of heroism. When he saves Aurora he ends up with a team of misfits for his squad... pretty much everyone nobody else wanted! But things are much bigger than Tyler and his squad ever realised and if they want to save Aurora and find out the truth of what happened to her... things are going to get messy and dangerous. Will the boy who never breaks the rules go against everything he has been taught for the greater good? And will everyone survive it?

Aurora Rising has to be one of the biggest surprises for me this year. I don't know what it was about it but I just didn't expect to love it quite as much as I did. The first few chapters were a little slow paced for me but I persevered. I'm so glad that I did because once this story got into full swing, I could not put it down. I was racing through these pages as fast as I possibly could and I couldn't get enough of this world and it's characters.

I was skeptical about how I would find the narration and the writing style. Like I said, I'd read one of Amie's other books and hadn't liked it but I've come to realise that it wasn't her writing style as much as it was the nature of that book. I'm a very plot-driven reader and the book I didn't like was very character-driven and therefore I found it slow and boring. I'm not sure whether it's due to Amie pairing up with Jay Kristoff in this, but honestly this is a writing partnership made in heaven! They are so incredible writing together. The plot was fast-paced but it still had this incredible character development that made me love each and every character.

There are no words to explain my utter love for this book. It was incredible and I am actually super sad that I got through it so fast, because I now have to wait what will feel like forever for the next book. If you're on the fence about giving Aurora Rising a read then I highly recommend that you just give it a chance. This was the biggest surprise for me this year and I loved it so much. I can't wait to read more from Jay and Amie. Aurora Rising was incredible and 'out of this world'. Amazing!

"Who am I to deny gravity, Aurora? When you shine brighter than any constellation in the sky?"


Wednesday, September 11

Review: Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3)

Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3)
Samantha Young

Published By: Penguin
Publication Date: January 16, 2014
Date Read: August 1, 2019
Genre: Adult - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 405

From Goodreads:
Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex—usually, she can’t get up the nerve to approach guys she’s interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it’s time to push past her fears and go after what she wants.

Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he’s as loyal as they come. So when Olivia turns to him with her relationship woes, he offers to instruct her in the art of flirting and to help her become more sexually confident.

The friendly education in seduction soon grows into an intense and hot romance. But then Nate’s past and commitment issues rear their ugly heads, and Olivia is left brokenhearted. When Nate realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he will have to work harder than he ever has before to entice his best friend into falling back in love with him—or he may lose her forever…

"You'll end up living a lonely life if you're waiting around for perfect."

Before Jamaica Lane has been sat on my shelf unread for years. I am so bad at starting series and not finishing them so one of my 2019 challenges is to catch up on my unfinished series. I was a little bit worried about picking this one up as the more I read the more I realise contemporary books just aren't typically my kind of thing. However, I am so glad I picked up Before Jamaica Lane. I loved this book and couldn't put it down.

The On Dublin Street series follows a group of friends and each book is the love story of another person from that group. One thing I love about this series is that before you get their story, you already know the character and a little bit about them. Another thing I love about it that because they are friends you get to see how the couples you've already fallen in love with are doing. I have to say that Before Jamaica Lane is probably one of my favourite of the series so far. I love how the storyline was more 'fun' and playful than the other books with something majorly serious being in the characters lives. That's not to say this doesn't have that serious issues in their past but the emotional relationship of the main characters seemed more fun and playful.

Once again Samantha Young showed herself to be a fantastic author. She just has this special way of drawing your attention and not letting it go. Considering I am not a huge contemporary lover, I couldn't put this book down. It was stunning and phenomenal! I was just so emotionally invested in these characters and it was a beautiful and heartwarmingly romantic story. I am so happy I finally picked this book up and I will definitely be finishing the series soon. If you're a lover of adult contemporary, I can't recommend these books enough. They even make me, a usual contemporary avoider, love them. These are highly recommended.

"I do need you to know that I'm going to fight for you. I'm not making the mistake of walking away from you again. The only man in you future is me, Liv. The only kids in your future are mine."

Wednesday, September 4

Wrap Up: August 2019

Hi All,
Can you believe it's September already? I'm super sad as that means that I'm back to work and I'll have less time to read *cries*.

Anyway, here is my month in books.

Book Haul:



Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Gemina (Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Obsidio (Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Nevernight (Nevernight Chronicles #1) by Jay Kristoff
Godsgrave (Nevernight Chronicles #2) by Jay Kristoff


Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House #1) by Tamsin Muir


 For Review:

Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack
The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Books Read in August 2019:

Before Jamaica Lane (Down Dublin Street #3) by Samantha Young - 5 Stars
Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - 5 Stars
Deadly Cool (Deadly Cool #1) by Gemma Halliday - 2 Stars
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - 5 Stars
The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh - 5 Stars
Review Posted in August 2019:
Top 3 Reads of August 2019:

How were your August reads?