Welcome! My blog is all about my love of books, in an ideal world I would blog about a specific genre but my taste is so broad I just love to read! I do however have a massive soft spot for anything dystopian and at the other end of the spectrum young adult! I have far too many books and I need more! I thought it would be a good idea to set up a blog so I can share my passions but I will occasionally also ramble about a lot of other things such as tv series and films and my love of Orlando plus did I mention I love books!!! I have a bit more info in my About Me page so please have a look!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

REVIEW - Cipher by Aileen Erin

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

Cipher is the first in the Shadow Ravens series from Ink Monster author Aileen Erin, with more books scheduled in this series over the next couple of years from authors Lola Dodge and Christina Bauer.

Set in the future where a helix tattoo shows how your DNA has been modified, green for smart, black for warrior and red? Well it is the sign of having unstable DNA and Cipher our leading lady made the mistake of showing it to her uncle when she was young, she has hiding from him ever since, he killed her parents and tried to kidnap her.

Cipher is an expert hacker but her hacking is bring her to the attention of the wrong people but she may be in luck, Black Helix Knight is out to capture Cipher for Seligo, the ruling classes but he has a hidden agenda one that may help save her and any other red helix out there.

She doesn't know but Knight is the supplier of her processors and he unbeknown to her has known her for a very long time.  He wants to save her and help her control her skills notably her manipulation of electricity but most all he wants her, period.

Cipher is a very quick paced novel, the dialogue gets you to where you want to be with the feisty characters helping the story move along, the world building is also really good, especially the futuristic transport that they use to escape, it reminded me of the pod things at Heathrow Airport.

A great read for fans of dystopia, young adult and sci fi.

Awarded 4 out of 5

REVIEW - Lips Touch by Laini Taylor

Thank you to Hodder / Bookbridgr for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

To say that Laini Taylor has a way with words is an understatement, she has such a unique way of expressing her stories, a way that creates sumptuous, delicious tales that totally pull you in and leave you breathless, Lips Touch is her short story collection and I am pleased to say it has the same glorious style of writing.

The book contains three stories the first being Goblin Fruit which has goblins trying to tempt a teenage girl but will their tried and tested method of sumptuous fruits work or will they have to resort to a different method to ensnare their young victim?

Spicy Little Curses is set in India during the last century, a young British girls soul is fought over by a demon and the ambassador to hell, a curse has been placed upon her, what will happen when she decides to test it?

Hatchling features Esme, nearly fourteen she is shocked to find her left eye has turned from brown to blue, not knowing what changes this may bring she continues her life but slowly it begins to unravel.

If I had to pick a favourite out of the three I think I would pick Spicy Little Curses, the story set in an India still very exotic and far away back then is just amazing the characters especially The Old Bitch are just fantastic.

Lips Touch is a perfect addition to your bookshelf, if you have read the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series then you will definitely appreciate it, if not still give it a go, Laini has mastered the art of transporting you in to the pages of her books and they are very good places to be.

Lips Touch is awarded 5 out of 5

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

RELEASE DAY - Rowdy by Jay Crownover

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We are over the moon excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for ROWDY by Jay Crownover!! ROWDY is the fifth novel in her Marked Men Series published by William Morrow, and imprint of HarperCollins and you do NOT want to miss it!


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EXCERPT: WHEN I PUT THE key he had given me in the door to his apartment it felt like the end of a long journey. Really it was only a little over twelve hours and I had stopped to nap once along the way, but it still felt like too long since I had seen his face or been able to touch all that toned and tattooed skin. Jimbo greeted me at the door when I pushed it open. His tongue lolled out of his mouth and he jumped up and put his paws on my legs. He was going to be huge when he finally grew into his fuzzy body and I was overwhelmed at how happy I was to see him. I dropped to my knees and rubbed my face in his neck as he licked me all over my face. I was obviously missed and I had to say it was just one more reason I knew I was finally where I was supposed to be. It was late, so the apartment was dark. I checked the dog’s food and water, trying to be quiet in case Rowdy was already asleep. I was winding my way toward his bedroom when a haphazardly discarded sketch pad lying on the couch caught my eye in the dim light. I paused for a minute to pick it up and felt my heart stop and then start to race as I flipped through the first few pages. There were a couple of drawings that were obviously for clients, tattoos that hadn’t made it from paper to skin yet, but most of the pristine white pages were covered with images wearing my face. There was mermaid me, and naughty- sailor- girl me. There was sassy Indian girl me with long Pocahontas braids and there was sexy devil me standing next to angelic me. There were dozens of them all in different shapes and sizes, but every single image was undoubtedly modeled after my distinct look. I wasn’t sure if he had drawn them all over this last week while I had been gone or over the months we had been chasing each other in circles. Either way it made my heart swell and the full certainty that I was it for him settle deep inside my bones. I set the pad down and tiptoed through the hall. Jimbo took one look at where I was going and huffed out a disgusted- sounding snort. The poor guy had learned early on that he wanted no part of what happened between his humans when they were together in the bedroom. The light was off and Rowdy was sprawled on his stomach across the covers. His blond hair was sticking up every- where and he hand one arm bent up under his head. The only thing that could have made the sight better would have been if he hadn’t bothered with the black boxers before crashing out. Even with them obscuring the view, I couldn’t complain. I let out a breathless sigh and crept closer so that I could lean over and touch my lips to that anchor on the side of his neck. I felt his pulse leap and tasted the salt on his skin as he murmured sleepily and rolled over onto his back. Those infinitely blue eyes glowed at me in the dark as a grin pulled up the corner of his mouth. “Hey.”

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  About  ROWDY: The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances. After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned. Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister. Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.    

Sensual portrait of beautiful girl with tattoo lying on bed.

  Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this last summer starting with BETTER WHEN HE's BAD. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.Website ** Blog ** Facebook ** Twitter

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Monday, 20 October 2014

RELEASE DAY - Runaway by Brina Courtney

Runaway (Camryn Cruise #1) by Brina Courtney


Camryn Cruise is not human. But she doesn’t know what she is. Not yet.

The world is falling apart and her only escape is Camp Silverlake where she frequently stayed as a child. But Camryn’s summers weren’t filled with crafting and swimming, they were spent learning combat skills and how to protect herself from the outside world.

Now she must return to Camp Silverlake to learn the truth, about who she is and she’ll discover the secret hidden within her blood. A secret that could save them all.

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Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She's spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.


REVIEW - ENDGAME: The Calling by James Frey & Nils Johnson-Shelton

Thank you to Harper Collins for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

About a month ago I read a a sample of this book, I really liked it, the whole thing intrigued me and I waited it out till the full thing became available for review.

A couple of weeks back it came up and I hastily requested it, the last two days I have enjoyed reading it totally unaware of James Frey's history, I had never heard of him till I saw the sampler, he seems to have had a run in with the all mighty Oprah but I feel as a reviewer I am reading the book not judging the writer unless that writer happens to be someone who is a complete.....

I digress, I wanted to read this book with no opinion on the man/men who wrote it so hear goes my thoughts on the matter.

Endgame is real, Endgame is now, this is very true not only is this a book series you can also solve the puzzle of this book yourself and win a fortune which I am sure will help sell a few copies from some adventurous types, I believe the prize is on display in Las Vegas.

It has been compared to the Hunger Games, why?, this is why, the number 12, Tens of thousands of years ago aliens came to Earth, they chose 12 cultures to represent humanity in the Endgame, a game that would decide the fate of mankind, a game that thousands trained for but never knew when it was coming.  

Fast forward to present day, the earth is struck by a dozen meteorites, each with a token for the twelve youngsters who are to play the game.  This also leads to another HG comparison, the age of the players, young teenagers who have been training for this all their short lives.

Yes there is a slight HG comparison but wasn't HG slightly similar to Battle Royale, anyway back to Endgame there is a lot going on, first you have twelve different players, different sexes, different ages, different cultures all out to basically do one thing, win the game for their lines.

The chapters are all written from different characters POV's, the one thing and this may sound stupid is that there are a lot of quick sentences, I think it is geared towards the young adult market though some of the scenes may not be indicative of that.

I did enjoy the book, the twelve youngsters with bad ass skills are like ninja James Bond's but I felt that some characters where hardly mentioned and others where overused, it just seemed a bit rushed in its presentation.

I hate to compare it again to something else but I kept thinking of the film the Fifth Element when I was reading, could be the aliens I don't know, it is a good comparison, I love the Fifth Element.

It is an enjoyable book and I did like reading it, maybe as a older reader it is just a little young for me (I'm over the hill at 35) but it does have the hallmarks of a successful franchise, I believe it's film rights have been snapped up already, and because of all the different settings in the book it will love fantastic.

It has been hard to review this book without giving away any plot spoilers but it's one of the books that you should try for yourself, Let me know what you think!

Awarded 3.5 out of 5

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Friday, 17 October 2014

COMING SOON - The Body by D Nichole King

So a few months back I read and loved the amazing The Spirit by D, Nichole King, so imagine my excitement when I found out The Body is coming out soon, book 2 in this series!  

Read a little below about what's in store!!

They vowed to never return.

Their lives depend on it. With last summer behind them, Lucas and Carrie think they’re safe.

Only the Moore House isn’t through with them.

When Lucas receives bad news, the search for the elusive half-demon who holds the key to Lucas’s death becomes first priority. The creature might be Lucas’s only shot at finding his soul. Problem is he doesn’t want to be found.

Dead ends and blocked attempts leave them wary.

Lucas seems to be fading away. His eyes no longer glow, his skin pales. Exhaustion consumes him, leaving him distant when he’s with Carrie. Not knowing what’s happening to him kills her.

From all around, shadows creep in, and there’s nowhere to hide.

Then, a mysterious stranger suddenly appears in town and unlocks a deadly secret from Lucas’s past. When the Moore House becomes their only escape—

No one is safe.

RELEASED 18th November 2014

REVIEW - The Circle by Dave Eggers

Thank you to Penguin for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

So I have just returned from holiday and during said holiday I read in two weeks the grand total of one book!  

Yes just one book, I was just as shocked as you were!  

Last night whilst my body clock was all to hell following my uncomfortable plane journeys I decided to start reading this book that had been sitting on my virtual TBR pile for a couple of weeks, I'd heard a lot of good stuff about it and by three am I was 60% in.

The Circle is crazy good, from the first paragraph only sleep stopped me reading this scarily realistic look at what the Internet could become in our near future.

Mae has left her dead end job to work for the world largest and most powerful Internet company, The Circle, helped in to her new position by her college room mate Annie who is high up inside this tech giant.

The Circle is everything that you would imagine a Silicon Valley behemoth to be like, glass walls, shiny surfaces, airy rooms, vast buildings full of bright young things with amazing ideas, though in the case of The Circle's campus it has been on steroids, it is huge.

I could tell you about Mae's job and her ascension from working in customer services to becoming the face of the company but I really want to tell you about the technology that comes up in this book, as Mae fully immerses herself in the world of The Circle.

The Circle is big on community, so imagine Facebook and Twitter, merge them together with You Tube and Pinterest and you have TruYou, one place on the net where you can do everything, no more multiple accounts for different things TruYou does it all.

Because TruYou requires the real you to sign up it has done away with false identities wiping out identity theft, it has revolutionised the way we use the Internet.  The company has been set up by three tech geniuses known as The Three Wise Men and they are worshipped by their staff members, everyone loves working at The Circle, it has everything you could possibly want from weekly health checks to vegan food on the cafeteria menus.

As Mae gets further in to her career, the job really does take over her life, she is required to document everything, she has to share what she loves, what she hates, she has to have a huge online presence and everything is tracked, the higher ups can tell if you have not participated in an event or have not been keeping up with your social duties.

The whole concept of The Circle's systems really scared me, I use Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest along with Blogger to write this but I can't say that I am on Facebook every five minutes telling everyone what I've just had for breakfast, but The Circle wants you to share this and as the book progresses a motto appears-

Secrets are Lies
Sharing is Caring
Privacy is Theft

Bam!, straight in to Nineteen Eighty Four territory, The Circle introduce cameras called SeeChange, tiny things that can be stuck anywhere and soon places remote or previously off limits are there for everyone to see, people are wearing the cameras round their necks, politicians become Transparent, their constituents love it, there are no secrets anymore.

Little by little as we follow Mae on her journey with The Circle you realise that they have pretty much virtually taken over the World, and as the story draws to a conclusion the Wise Men are impressing upon everyone the need to complete their circle and as they draw up plans to do this you can envision exactly what this entails and it really does start to become scary in their grand plan for their community at large.

Mae I feel is just so eager to please and very competitive but she is also a little naive, meeting a stranger on site, one who won't tell her where her works and seems to disappear for weeks on end would certainly set alarm bells ringing in my head but she is charmed by this man but as she finds out more about him how will she react.

The Circle was pretty astounding, I read some reviews of it saying its long and yes it is but I really felt it was all necessary, there is a lot of focus on Mae's parents and their problems along with her ex-boyfriend and his lack of passion for this digital revolution, it all adds up to the amazing essence of this story.  

What makes it so good is that it is happening now, social media is everywhere, years back nobody had a mobile phone or an email, now everyone has it in spades, The Circle gives us an insight in to what we are in for, I'm sure someone in Silicon Valley is working on something like this just now, my money is on Apple they pretty much rule the world just now anyway!

Read it, it has great tech savvy, a bit of sex and romance, humour and just feeling part of the awesome Circle campus is something you should experience for yourself.

Awarded 5 out of 5