Friday, May 22, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Sweet, romantic and organically developed
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: Simon and Schuster, UK
My ratings: 5 out of 5 stars
Released: 30th June, 2010
After reading the fantastic Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols, I had high expectation from Forget Me. Thankfully it does not disappoint. Zoey is struggling coping with her family breaking apart, her mom turning suicidal and her dad getting his 24 year assistant pregnant. Then one day she has an accident and the next morning her memory is hazy. She remembers tiny bits of her memories which unsettles her but the next day her old time nemesis Doug turns up at her house and behaving in all intents and purpose her boyfriend.
With a premise like that how could I not be intrigued. Zoey was a sad person. With her family in shambles her own state of mind is further from normal. She is struggling to cope and goes and loses her virginity to her long time friend who doesn't even fancy her. to be honest while I liked Zoey I didn't love her. I understood her reasons and personality but I think she came across slightly snobbish. While Doug was pretty presumptuous and manipulating. While he may or may not have understood her reasons for acting strange, he withholds information which may be for Zoey's benefit or perhaps for his own.
What I did like about this book is how it makes two people closer organically. The small glances and conversations make all the difference and you can feel the 'connection' palpable in the air. Jennifer Echols have never shied from laying the smexy on and I applaud her for taking that stance and portraying the real lives of Teens.
Once more Forget You was fun. breezy and alive with the tension between Zoey and Doug. the moment between them in the bus and the car were so poignant and thick with tension that I was ready to scream, "Just do it already!" If you like sweet and romantic contemporary book, Forget You not is for you.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
A worthy sequel to Reckoning
Series: Silver Blackthorn
Author: Kerry Wilkinson
Publisher: PanMacmillan, UK
My ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
Released: 7th May, 2015
W hen I read Reckoning last year, I thought it was a good book with potential. Then Renegade comes out and nails it. It picks straight up from where it ended with Silver running with the rest of the Offerings. They are starving and cold and to the point of exhaustion until they come across a refuge. But who are these people who are willing to help her and go against the King. There is a prize on Silver’s head and she is s fugitive of the Crown.
In Reckoning we get to see only a small amount of the iron core that Silver was made of but in Renegade she comes out as the leader of the group. They all look up to her guidance and I think she fits the role perfectly. She is smart, loyal, determined and brave and reading from her point of view was kept the story going.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the author explores a few more characters from the first book which I really liked. I really enjoyed Silver’s slow bonding with the other Offerings and them playing a bigger role in the story.
I still think the King is a pig who deserves to die a painful death and my hatred for him increases ten folds when new events unfold. Thing also come full circle with Silver meeting friends and allies but some of them less trust worthy then the others.
Unfortunately, there is the dreaded YA troupe of a love triangle brewing but thankfully it does not overpower the story but instead appears from time to time. I know which Team I’m supporting but only time will tell what will happen next.
Overall, Renegade is a worthy sequel of Reckoning and in my humble opinion a tad bit better too. All problems with Reckoning were addressed and while it had slow parts the rest of the plot made up for it. The climax had me on tenterhooks and left on somewhat of a cliff hanger. Renegade was clever with plot twists when you least expect it, with a hint of romance and adventure to keep everyone interested. I’d recommend it to YA dystopian lovers.
Review copy provided by the publisher
Released on the 7th May, 2015
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Unique, sexy, unconventional with shiver inducing romance
Author: L. H. Cosway
Publisher: Self Published
My ratings: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Releases: 16th December, 2012
P ainted Faces has been on my TBR for a long time when it took over Goodreads by storm. Finally I gave in and immersed my self in the engrossing and encompassing story the L. H. Cosway built.
Freda lives in Dublin, works at a charity shop and bakes cupcakes for am living. She is completely happy in her life until one day Nicholas moves into the apartment next door. Handsome, charming, and debonair, she is intrigued by him. But Nicholas has another side. He cross dresses as a girl and performs on a stage. Before Freda knows it, she is swept in Nicholas life full of high heels, glittery dresses and wigs.
Painted Faces was a beautiful love story in which love grows out of a friendship and acceptance. I think that is the most important message that can be taken from this book. The moment Nicholas literally bumps with Freda in the stairway, we know that nothing is going to be the same again. The attraction between them is instant but it simmers and intensifies before both do anything about it. The sexual tension is thick and I loved how both of them were struggling to keep away from each other but failed.
The most unique thing about this book is that Nicholas is a cross dressing guy. Hunky, muscular alpha males are a staple as romance novel heroes but not Nicholas. He likes his dresses and his trousers alike. Cosway wrote him beautifully that even if the side characters and even Freda at that start have difficulty assessing his sexuality, there is not doubt in the readers and (later Freda) that he is all male. Even in his get up as Viv, he still felt male and his sexual appeal never diminishes. Now that is what I call good writing!
This book tells the readers to accept different kinds of people in the world. Be it slightly chubby (not skinny) Freda or the cross dressing hero that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I adored the banter between Freda and Nicholas which was intense, fun and sexy. However the last bit dragged a little and felt unnecessary. Also there was a scene where a disliked character has a threesome which is criticised by the whole party of people. It felt out of character to look down on someone who had a threesome when they themselves were dating someone unusual.
My little tripe aside, I loved this book. It was fast paced, intense and sexy. The banter was a thing of beauty and the tension in the air was gave me shivers. Highly recommended for contemporary romance readers.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Light-hearted, breezy and fun
Series: The Boys Next Door
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: Simon and Schuter, UK
My ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
Releases: 26th June, 2007
L ately I have been on a Jennifer Echols binge and reading up on all her back titles. After being impressed by Going Too Far, I was looking forward to reading The Boys Next Door.
Lori lives next door to her life long crush Sean. This year she has decided to girlify herself and finally get Sean attention but instead it is Adam who keeps butting in. Slowly as the summer progresses Lori is determined in her quest to finally make Sean her boyfriend but his younger brother Adam may have different plans.
The Boys Next Door was meant was an younger audience than Going Too Far and it shows. The protagonist is younger with a voice of a 15 year old which Jennifer managed to capture effortlessly. Lori was naive, impulse and stubborn. She had her mind set on something she was determined to get it. This may annoy some people but I enjoyed reading about a strong willed girl.
Sean was definitely hot but I think he wasn't able to hold a candle in front of Adam who was protective,broody and yet funny. He had liked Lori for a long time but Lori is completely oblivious to it.
The slice of life at the Lakeside was fun and I really enjoyed the summery feel it gave to the story.
Light-hearted, fun and sweet, The Boys Next Door felt breezy and short. Recommended to contemporary YA romance readers.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Author: Nick Louth
My ratings: 3 out of 5 stars
Releases: 7th May, 2015
W ith a tag line like ‘The most gripping thriller you’ll ever read’ I was rather curious as to what this book had in store for me. Unfortunately, it did not live up to the hype. .
Premise goes like this: Max is a former coast guard who is in Amsterdam to watch his new girlfriend present her research which will save millions of lives. However before she could do so, she disappears and soon Max is sucked into a plot bigger than he could have anticipated. .
When I read the blurb I immediately likened this book to Dan Brown’s thrillers. I don’t know why I did so but that is where it all went a little downhill. .
It had a solid start but slowly it lost its grip on me. The plot seems slow and confusing. It was missing the essential ‘it’ factor which would have had me turning the pages. While a lot of research had been done for this book, it was the execution which let it down. .
Overall, Bite was a promising book, with a good start and everything going for it, but along the way it loses its grip on its reader. It will appeal to crime fiction and lovers of Thrillers. .
Review copy received by Sphere
Releases on the 7th May, 2015
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Sunday, May 3, 2015
Dragons, forbidden romance and Julie Kagawa, don't need anything more.
Series: : Talon
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: MiraINK, UK
My ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
Released: 28th April, 2015
Rogue is the sequel to the Talon, the new series by Julie Kagawa. She is most known for her Iron Fey series but I'm a fan of her Blood of Eden series.
Rogue picks up pretty much where Talon stops. After Garret is taken prisoner it is Ember's turn to rescue Garrett. However to do so she has to get help from Cobalt. This results in a lot of Cobalt spread out in the book. While I did enjoy reading about Cobalt, I have my suspicions that Kagawa is up to no good. I've pretty much read everything written by her and I understand her style of writing. Which means that the story is going in a direction I'm not sure I like. If I can see a love triangle forming which in some ways excites and fills me with dread. I want Ember and Garrett to be together forever but Cobalt seems to be getting in the way and then I'll be a puddle of tears at the end as I won't know whom to chose. Either way my heart will be broken.
I loved Ember. She is a character which I can genuinely root for. She is struggling on the inside and I think this is what readers are able to relate most. She is trying to do the right thing and her inner struggle gives her depth, loyalty and strength of character. The action is exhilarating and the forbidden romance aspect adds excitement to the relationship.
Overall, Rogue was full of action, romance of the best kind, angst and fast car ride without breaks. I fell and fell until it it came to an abrupt stop with the cliff-hanger. Now I'm literally hanging on the edge of my seat to find out what will happen next. Julie Kagawa knows to write and she toys with her readers. I cannot wait for the next book with which I'll trust Julie to deliver another amazing instalment which will be long and agonising.
To sum it all, I only have a few words. Dragons, forbidden romance and Julie Kagawa. I don't need much to pick this series up.
Review copy provided by MiraINK, UK
Releases 28th April, 2015