Saturday, March 31

In My Mailbox (#37)



The Goddess Test (The Goddess Test #1) by Aimee Carter
Goddess Interrupted (The Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter
Surrender (Haunting Emma #3) by Lee Nichols*
The Pledge (The Pledge #1) by Kimberly Derting**
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge***
Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi****
Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Thanks To:
*Bloomsbury Publishing
**Allison & Busby Publishing
***MacMillian UK Pubishing


Review: Shimmerspell (Shimmer Trilogy #1)

Shimmerspell (Shimmer Trilogy #1)
Kimberly Spencer

Publication Date: April 8, 2011
Date Read: March 31, 2012
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book

From Goodreads:
When sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war, she soon learns that faeries aren't made of sparkly goodness. They're vicious. And worse, they're after her. With the help of Liam Casey, she delves into their world to find her missing sister and begins to suspect that her whole life has been nothing more than a faerie tale.

But maybe some truths should never be revealed...

I don't even know where to start with this review. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. This book is definitely not for me and I found I didn't enjoy it at all. I got this book as I had heard good things about and it was free on kindle. The story surrounds around Fae and usually I love books about Fae but for me this book was a disappointment.

Jensen has always believed she was normal, moving from town to town with her con-artist sister but her sister may not be exactly who she thought and she is thrown into the world of the Fae in the middle of a war.

Sounds good right? I was really looking forward to reading this and thought it sounded incredible. It's a novella and I thought it sounded like a great short story about the Fae. It does have a promising storyline and at times I found myself wondering what was going to happen and that did keep me reading but sadly it did not give me enough to enjoy it. I am really disappointed as I really wanted to enjoy this book. I know some people will enjoy this book and I am in no way saying it is bad but I personally couldn't enjoy it.

The main reason I didn't like this book is a felt like nothing really got explained properly through it. It poses all kinds of questions but none of them get answered. Usually I am fine with questions being left unanswered as the chances are they will be answered later on in the series. However with Shimmerspell it just left me confused and frustrated because I didn't understand anything. There are bits of conversations that hint at myths but there is no explanation on how these myths are related to the story it's like the characters just say it for no reason at all. 

The writing style was the other reason I didn't like this book at all. I am not a fussy reader at all and if the storyline is good I can totally overlook a flawed writing style. This was not the case, I felt like the writing didn't flow at all and found myself getting confused as to how we have gotten to this scene and having to go back and re-reading as I felt like I'd missed something. I hadn't. It just goes from one scene to the other with no way of connecting them and it just felt very choppy and left me confused. 

I think this book has potential and the storyline is promising but I just didn't like it. I did finish the book but afterwards wished I had spent my time reading a different book. I will definitely not be continuing this series.

Friday, March 30

Review: Burn Bright (Night Creatures #1)

Burn Bright (Night Creatures #1)
Marianne de Pierres

Published By: Random House
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Date Read: March 30, 2012
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Borrowed from Emily @ The Book Geek
Format: Paperback
Pages: 303
From Goodreads:
Into a world of wild secrets and deadly pleasures comes a girl whose innocence may be her greatest strength.

In Ixion music and party are our only beliefs. Darkness is our comfort. We have few rules but they are absolute . . .

Retra doesn’t want to go to Ixion, the island of ever-night, ever-youth and never-sleep. Retra is a Seal – sealed minds, sealed community. She doesn’t crave parties and pleasure, experience and freedom.

But her brother Joel left for Ixion two years ago, and Retra is determined to find him. Braving the intense pain of her obedience strip to escape the only home she’s ever known, Retra stows away on the barge that will take her to her brother.

When she can’t find Joel, Retra finds herself drawn deeper into the intoxicating world of Ixion. Come to me, whispers a voice in her head. Who are the Ripers, the mysterious guardians of Ixion? What are the Night Creatures Retra can see in the shadows? And what happens to those who grow too old for Ixion?

Retra will find that Ixion has its pleasures, but its secrets are deadly. Will friendship, and the creation of an eternal bond with a Riper, be enough to save her from the darkness?

Listen well, baby bats. Burn bright, but do not stray from the paths. Remember, when you live in a place of darkness you also live with creatures of the dark.

Wow. I can barely speak right now. I have spent the past 3 or 4 days completely torn with this book wondering what the hell I could say in my review. It's positively the strangest, weirdest book I have ever read in my life. BUT that is not in any way a bad thing. I spent most of the book not really knowing what was going on and I was confused for the most part but Marianne just hooks you and I just had to know what was going to happen and that curiosity kept me reading. I am so glad I didn't give up because I was confused because what a fantastic book.

Retra is determined to find her brother Joel. He left the 'Seal' community to travel to the mysterious place of Ixion. Ixion is a place that only the 'younglings' are allowed to go. A place of party and pleasure, but a place where it is always night and the sun never rises. But can you really be safe in this place where you are warned to never stray from the lit paths. What is hiding in the dark? Where do the people go when they are older? Retra is determined to find out. But will she endanger her life while searching for the truth? Ixion is not as it seems, is the place of fun and pleasure really a place of darkness and danger?

I loved this book. By the end I had fallen in love with the story, the characters and this new world. While reading I was just confused. You have to be a really patient reader to really appreciate the genius of this book. It takes a long time to get into and for the first half of the book you are just really confused. I didn't really understand the world at all and for the most part I just kept complaining that it was weird and I didn't really know what was happening. But this world was so new and I've never read anything quite like it I had to keep reading to see what happens.

There were so many questions floating round in my head, what are the Ripers? What do they do? What is this place Ixion and why does everyone go there? What happens to the older people? You don't really get all of the answers to there questions but by the end I didn't really care. I was so caught up in this incredible unique world where there is no sunshine and people get stalked by creatures of the night that all my questions came insignificant in comparison with the new questions that formed in my head. They were: What is going on with this world? Will Retra find out? Will she survive? Ixion is dangerous and Marianne's incredible writing style had me sat with bated breathe on the edge of my seat wondering what could possible happen next. There's plenty of twists and turns that I never saw coming and it definitely kept my interest and kept me reading.

This is a fantastic start to a new fantasy series. Before reading this I heard it was a dystopia book. If you go into this thinking is is dystopian prepare to be disappointed because this is nothing like dystopian. It's a great fantasy book and while in a way it can be seen as dystopia because of the world and how everyone live it's main focus is this new fantasy world which will keep you reading and wondering what could possibly happen next.

I for one am very excited about this new series and if book 2 is half as good as this one then it will be phenomenal. Marianne is definitely an author to watch out for and you will be amazed at her incredible writing which leaves you with the weird but wonderful fantasy world that you cannot forget or get out of your head. The only think I am incredibly sad about is that the series in not available in the UK. Burn Bright ended with a bang and I am left reeling dying to know what it going to happen next with no way of getting my hands on the next book.

This was my first Aussie YA book that I read and I loved it, I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because of how confusing it was at first but I am so impressed with this book and I cannot wait to see what's going to happen. I will definitely be trying to read more Aussie YA in the future. A must-read for any fantasy fans waiting to be consumed by a fantastic new series.


C.K. Kelly Martin

Expected publication Date: September 25, 2012
Finish Date: March 30, 2012
Format: e-book
Source: from NetGalley

From Goodreads: THEN: The formation of the UNA, the high threat of eco-terrorism, the mammoth rates of unemployment and subsequent escape into a world of virtual reality are things any student can read about in their 21st century textbooks and part of the normal background noise to Freya Kallas's life. Until that world starts to crumble. NOW: It's 1985. Freya Kallas has just moved across the world and into a new life. On the outside, she fits in at her new high school, but Freya feels nothing but removed. Her mother blames it on the grief over her father's death, but how does that explain the headaches and why do her memories feel so foggy? When Freya lays eyes on Garren Lowe, she can't get him out of her head. She's sure that she knows him, despite his insistence that they've never met. As Freya follows her instincts and pushes towards hidden truths, the two of them unveil a strange and dangerous world where their days may be numbered. Unsure who to trust, Freya and Garren go on the run from powerful forces determined to tear them apart and keep them from discovering the truth about their shared pasts (and futures), her visions, and the time and place they really came from.

I really enjoyed this book. The story is so good! It was an emotional read for me, although that may have to do with my current state of mind. I really had to put down the book a few times because the subject was a bit heavy and I just needed to read something lighter. But I kept picking it up again and again, it was such an original and intriguing story.

The story starts with the lead person just moving to Canada, she has some problems here, because she feels like nothing is real and then strange things start to happen. The begin of the book is quite slow, but still enjoyable. I realized that the pace was slow, but it didn't bother me too much.

The story is very intriguing, I just wanted to know what was going on and that kept me reading. Quite late in the book it finally becomes clear what's going on. I didn't totally like the explanation, but I think that is very personal because I think the explanation just doens't make sense on some points. That being said it was really thought through and the author really tried to let it make sense. I do have to say that before the explanation bit came, I actually had no idea what's going on. I really had no idea and was really surprised when the explanation finally came.

This story also gives us a view of a very bleak, but still realistic future. I liked the view and the message this book convines wiht this. The focus isn't entirely on this, but this book makes it clear what kind of wrong direction our world can go.

I just really liked the story, the story sucked me in and although I did put the book down a few times I just kept thinking about it and wanted to know how it ended. I also liked the characters, Freya and Garren get landed in a very difficult situation, but they act brave and try to make the best of it. I think both are very strong characters and I like how the author tried her best to make them act believeable.

I also want to say something about the ending. It was a nice ending in many ways, open, but still enough closure to give a sense what will happen with the characters. I did think that there where a bit too much questions left unanshwered, but that's mainly because I like endings that explain everything and leave me with no questions left.

To conclude: a very good and enjoyable story. The pace is a bit slow at times and some topics felt a bit too heavy because of my current state of mind. I really liked this book and would certainly recommend it to others. It is a very original story and I liked how the author dealt with the topic. I am really glad I got the change to read this great book.


Review: Untouched (Denazen #1.5)

Untouched (Denazen #1.5)
Jus Accardo

Published By: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: March 28, 2012
Date Read: March 30, 2012
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book

From Goodreads:
Until he met Dez, Kale’s days were filled with violence and death. He was used as a weapon of destruction by the power hungry men of Denazen. He’s a Six. A person with an abnormal ability. Some people call them gifts, but not Kale. Kale’s touch means instant death.

But now there’s Dez, the girl he can touch, and they’re hunting down Sixes and warning them about Denazen. Kale is learning about the world outside captivity and trying to put his dark past behind him. But they underestimated how badly Denazen wanted him back.

When Dez sacrifices herself to save the new Six they’d rescued from falling into the corp’s hands, Kale is lost. Denazen has brought out its best to get the job done. Samsen, a nightmare from Kale’s past—the only person he’s ever truly feared—has come for them, and it soon becomes obvious he has his own twisted agenda.

Kale will need all his training to get Dez back and ensure they make it out, free—and alive. But will it be enough?

Wow, what a novella. I was completely and utterly sucked back into this incredible world that Jus Accardo has built. Usually novellas are not my favourite books and most don't get over a 3 star rating. I just usually feel like it's so short you can't really enjoy it as much as by the time you get into the book it's over. This is one of the exceptions. I absolutely loved Untouched and it has made me very excited for the upcoming second Denazen novel.

Dez and Kale are on the move looking for other Sixes to warn and protect them from the evil Denazen cooperation who will do anything to get the Sixes working for them. But while Dez and Kale are on the move looking for the Sixes danger from Denazen is not far behind. When they catch up with a Six they find themselves in a battle. Can Kale overcome his past and save the new Six and Dez when no matter what the Denazen cooperation will always hold something against him?

This is an incredible fast paced novella set between Touch and the upcoming Toxic. It is a fast-paced novella that is difficult to put down and I loved every moment of it. It picks up where Touch left off with Dez and Kale on the lookout for the other Sixes. Even though I read Touch a while ago when it was just released I didn't have trouble catching up on the book at all. Once you start reading all of what happened in book 1 easily comes back to you without Jus having to repeat it and sound repetitive.

I loved Kale so much in book 1 and I couldn't wait to read more about him and Dez so to find that this novella was told from Kale's point of view made me even more excited to read it. I loved reading this from Kale's point of view and it really gives you a new perspective of him. I always loved him but I just love him even more after reading this novella. I really felt for him and you really get a look at the effects that Denazen really had on him and how it impacts everything that he does.

I thought this novella was really good, one of the best novella's I have read. It's action-packed and fast-paced and I found it very unputdownable and I loved every moment. This is just an incredible series and I am so excited for Toxic to find out what happens.
This novella is definitely a must-read for fans of Touch.

Wednesday, March 28

On My Kindle (#2)

On My Kindle is a weekly meme hosted by Totally Bookalicious.

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Tuesday, March 27

Review: Goddess Interrupted (The Goddess Test #2)

Goddess Interrupted (The Goddess Test #2)
Aimee Carter

Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Date Read: March 27, 2012
Genre: YA - Mythology
Source: ARC from Netgalley
Format: Ebook

From Goodreads:
Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she'll have to fight for it.Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.Henry's first wife, Persephone.

Wow, that is all I can say right now, just Wow. This book was incredible. I was a little reluctant to start it as I heard some people say it wasn't as good as the first one but I loved the first book and the novella, The Goddess Hunt, so much that I just had to start it. I was not disappointed, I was completely hooked from the first few chapters and couldn't stop reading, I just needed to know what happened.

Kate has passed the tests, she has been granted Immortality and she cannot wait to be reunited with her husband Henry. But her happiness is short lived when they are attacked and Henry is taken prisoner. Kate will do whatever she can to save him, but the one thing she must do is face her biggest threat. The person who could destroy her marriage and take Henry away from her forever. The one who destroyed his heart and left him broken, Persephone.

This instalment in the Goddess Test series just completely blew me away. I love books that include mythology so when I received the first one for review last year I just fell in love with it. I adore Greek Mythology and my favourite myth is that of Hades and Persephone so to find a series centred around them is the perfect series for me. I loved the first book and this one just had me completely sucked back into this world and hanging on every word waiting in anticipation for what was going to happen next. I was definitely not expecting the events that followed and I couldn't stop reading.

Kate is incredible, I really felt for her so much throughout this book. I know some people call her whiny and annoying but I do not get this feeling at all. She has been thrown into this world where she finds she is gaining powers she does not understand and all she wants is to have Henry by her side to help her. Kate really goes through a lot in this book and I just wanted to reach into the book and give her a hug, especially when seeing the way Henry reacts to Persephone.

I loved seeing Kate and Henry's relationship throughout this book. They definitely have their obstacles even though they are married. I feel like their relationship is just so different from those in other YA literature. I love that Kate is not afraid to show her feelings and goes through hell to make sure Henry knows how she feels whereas Henry is the one always holding back and afraid to show his feelings. It's so opposite from other books and I love that. 

I really had mixed feelings about some of the characters throughout this book. The main one being Henry. Oh, I love Henry so much but man did I want to hit him sometimes in this book. It's one of those times where you wanna reach into the book and just rearrange it a little, i.e pushing him and Kate together. My heart really broke for her when their relationship was so difficult and I wanted to hit Henry so bad for treating Kate as he did and he just broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes. But, he definitely redeemed himself by the end and I loved him again so much. The end scenes with him and Kate are just so cute and sweet I couldn't help love him and sit there going 'AWWWW'

This book was without a doubt incredible and boy did it end with a bang. I could not believe the ending and it made me rethink which characters I actually wanted to kill. It's such a twist and I definitely did not see it coming. It left me gaping and shocked by what had happened and I cannot wait for the third book. I just need the third book now and I cannot wait to see what happens. It's such a cliffhanger ending that I know I will be reading the next one as soon as I can get my hands on it. 

A fantastic instalment of a great mythological series and I can't wait to see what happens next. Roll on October.

Monday, March 26

It's Monday What Are You Reading (#26)

It's Monday... What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

Kayleigh's Books

Currently Reading!

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins (Re-Reading)
Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter *For Review*


The Goddess Hunt (Goddess Test #1.5) by Aimee Carter

Up Next!

Chosen Ones (The Lost Souls #1) by Tiffany Truitt *For Review*
Burn Bright (Night Creatures #1) by Marianne de Pierres


Lolita's Books

Currently Reading!

Yesterday by C.K Kelly Martin *For Review*


Darkness & Light (Holloway Pack #1) by JA Belfield
Fated Encounter by JA Belfield
Between (Heven & Hell #1) by Cambria Hebert *For Review*
Howl by Annalise Grey
Immortal Desires by Laura Eno *For Review*

Up Next!

Oppression (Children of the Gods #1) by Jessica Therrien
My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves #1) by Amanda Hocking