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Blog Tour ‘A Veil of Vines’ – Tillie Cole

December 2, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 0

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Blog Tour ‘A Veil of Vines’ – Tillie ColeA Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole
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Published on: 29th November 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 352
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.

But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.

For some, they are real life.

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all. I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.

I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all. The Savonas still hold power where it counts most. In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more. And I am soon to become one of them.

I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife… or at least I was, until I met Achille.

And everything changed.

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My Thoughts

This book is VERY different from Tillie’s usual dark gritty romances, but it definitely proves that she belongs up there with the greats when it comes to contemporary romance. The story wasn’t too heavy, there was no death or drama, and I didn’t have to raid my mums tissue supply to stop my tears from flooding the house!

The blurb doesn’t give too much away which is something I have always loved about Tillie’s books. I never quite know what I’m going into but I trust her completely and I’m always repaid with a great story.

One of my favourite things about this book is that it is set in Italy. I love reading stories set in other countries and have found it a really great way to learn about some of the most interesting parts of different cultures. For example, AVOV is centered around the old royal families of Italy who no longer hold any title but are still seen as royalty. It was so interesting to read about, and then google the heck out of later!

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Blog Tour: “Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend” – Kay Marie

October 13, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 1

Blog Tour: “Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend” – Kay MarieConfession's of an Undercover Girlfriend by Kay Marie
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Published on: 11th October 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 236
Series: Confessions #2
Genre: Romance
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the Confessions series. You can find reviews for the rest of the books below:
Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist (Confessions #1)
Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend (Confessions 2)

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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

So, I’m no longer a virgin sex columnist—thank you, Ollie—but if I thought that was going to make my life easier, boy was I wrong! John is back in town determined to win my forgiveness. Blythe is more ready than ever to take me down. Bridget is totally onto the new twinkle in my eye. And, well, Ollie is just as distractingly delicious as usual.

So, naturally, I have a few more confessions to make.

Confession #1: I came up with what I thought would be the perfect plan to keep my relationship with Ollie a secret—pretend to get back together with John!

Confession #2: It backfired. A lot.

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My Thoughts

I was slightly disappointed when I finished reading Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist that it ended on a cliffhanger. I really liked the first book and didn’t feel that it needed a sequel. In saying that, when I was offer the chance to take part in the blog tour for the sequel I jumped at the chance!

I really love Skylar as a character, she has to be one of my favourite when it comes to rom-com style books. She is like the modern day Bridget Jones! Queen of being clumsy, word vomit and just basically really bad ideas that result in us yelling at her through the pages about what an idiot she is being! This book was no different, more stupid decisions which made no sense to any sane person, but had me laughing through most of the book!

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Review: “Breaking Through” – Juliana Haygert

October 3, 2016 Book Review 0

Review: “Breaking Through” – Juliana HaygertBreaking Through by Juliana Haygert
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Published on: August 22nd 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 306
Series: Breaking #3
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

From the outside, Hilary Taylor has it all—beauty, money, a caring family, good friends—but inside she’s struggling, full of fears. Events from the past forever changed her, and though years of therapy have helped, she still has a long way to go…. No matter how much progress she’s made, Hil isn’t sure she’ll ever be able to trust men again. Especially one who sees her as nothing more than a pretty face. But Hil knows it’s time to face her fears, and the best way to do that is to start small.

To Guilherme Fernandes life is about three things: polo, parties and pretty girls—only one of which he takes seriously. Gui is too focused on his polo career to waste time on relationships, however he can’t help but be intrigued by the beautiful yet troubled Hil. So when she decides she’d like to learn more about horses, Gui is happy to find himself in the right place at the right time. But what was supposed to be a one time thing, soon turns into a weekly date.

As Gui helps her discover a new found love for horses, Hil’s guard begins to crumble. The more support Gui offers, the more she wants to accept…and the more the lines of friendship blur. Despite knowing better, Hil can’t help it as Gui slowly breaks through the walls she’s built. Now she has to decide if she’ll stop him there, or if she’ll finally let her fear go and allow Gui to reach for her heart.

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My Thoughts

I absolutely loved the first two books in this series and I am ashamed to say that I totally forgot about it until the author emailed me about an ARC and remembering how much I loved the previous books I jumped at the chance!

Firstly, I would advise that you read at least book 1 before reading this book. A lot of Hilary’s issues and fears come from an event that happened in the first book so if you want the full explanation then I would definitely suggest it. Book 2 isn’t as important to read prior to this book, but it’s so good that you really should!

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Blog Tour: “Unstable” – S.E.Hall + Giveaway

September 29, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 0

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Blog Tour: “Unstable” – S.E.Hall + GiveawayUnstable by S.E.Hall
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Published on: 15th September 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 302
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

After eight years, Henley Calvert is headed home. Back to the family farm and small town she left behind, never to be thought of again.

Too much regret and shame to bear.

But she’s the only one left to see to her family’s legacy, so she must return to Ashfall and face all the ghosts that haunt her.

Gatlin Holt, the family farmhand, awaits her arrival, and lends a hand—in more ways than one. He reacquaints Henley with the lay of the land while helping her heal her soul with a new outlook on life.

Yet every time she thinks some peace may be within reach, Henley hits another roadblock. The biggest of which is Keaton Cash—her childhood nemesis who owns the farm next door.

And no, it’s not a love triangle. That’s impossible when Henley’s heart is closed, incapable of love.

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My Thoughts

I loved S.E.Hall’s Evolve series and seriously can not recommend it enough. The series has to have one of the BEST groups of characters I’ve ever read about and so I jumped at the chance to read something else by S.E.Hall when it was offered to me.

I seem to have read a lot of books featuring horses and ranches/farms recently and for someone who knows nothing about them I really do enjoy them! Unstable was a good addition to this new to me setting/genre there were some really great things about it that I enjoyed.

“There’s not a damn things that could go wrong that I wouldn’t die fixing for you. Do you trust me when I tell you that?”

II struggled to connect with Henley at first, she seemed determined to hate and be horrible to everyone and it really put me off her. But Hall did a great job of developing her as a character and by 50% I was starting to like her and by the end of the story her character had been redeemed.

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Review: “The Pain Eater” – Beth Goobie

September 16, 2016 Book Review 0

Review: “The Pain Eater” – Beth GoobieThe Pain Eater by Beth Goobie
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Published on: September 13th 2016
Published by: Second Story Press
Pages: 236
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: eARC

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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

She hadn’t told anyone. Not a single soul. Not one word about that night and what had been done to her had ever passed Maddy Malone’s lips. She’d thought about it at first – had been desperate, even frantic, to tell. But then had come the shame, and the intimidation from the boys who raped her – and the one who held her down.

Now it’s the beginning of a new school year and Maddy is hoping that she can continue to hide, making herself as quiet and small as possible. She is consumed with keeping the memories at bay, forcing them down through small cuts and the burn from the end of a cigarette.

But when her English class is given the assignment of writing a collaborative novel about a fifteen-year-old girl, The Pain Eater, fact and fiction begin to meet up. When the boys spread rumors about Maddy, she realizes that continuing to hide the truth will only give them more control, and she slowly gains the courage to confront them.

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My Thoughts

Last week after reading Asking for It I decided that I was going to take a mini break from any books featuring sexual assault and maybe read a couple of fantasy books instead. Then the next day I got an email from Netgalley saying that I had been approved for this book and I just couldn’t not read it!

“The necessary words felt enormous, like tombstones leaving her mouth. They would change everything: she knew this. Nothing would be the same ever again.”

I really liked Maddy. She was a genuinely nice person who just didn’t know how to deal with what had happened to her. Having to spend her days at school in the company of the boys who raped her is torturous for her and so she has ended up internalising her pain and self harming. My only negative for Maddy would have to be that I feel like I would have connected to her and her emotions more if the story was told in first person, rather than third person.

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Review: “Asking For It” – Louise O’Neill

September 8, 2016 Book Review 2

Review: “Asking For It” – Louise O’NeillAsking For It by Louise O'Neill
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Published on: April 5th 2016
Published by: Quercus
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Review Copy

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The Story

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It’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain. But everyone else does.

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don’t want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town’s heroes…

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My Thoughts

Whilst at YALC I attended a panel which features Louise O’Neill and hearing her talk about her book really made me want to read it. Luckily I discovered that I actually already had a review copy from Netgalley (I really should keep up with my Netgalley books more!). The response to this book at YALC and online was great, so it was a little disappointing when I finally got round to reading it that I didn’t really feel the same way.

“When did we all become fluent in this language that none of us wanted to learn?”

I really struggled with the beginning 30% of this book. To put it bluntly Emma is a b*tch. I hated her, like really hated her. I have read about a lot of evil characters who have done really horrible things, but I have always been able to read them. But Emma just got to me. Her selfishness, her bitchiness, her scheming and just plain horrible thoughts about people who thought she cared about them. And my hatred for her worried me even right at the beginning because I wondered how I was ever going to be able to like this girl when it got down to the darker parts of this story.

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Review: “Unboxed” – Non Pratt

August 25, 2016 Book Review 0

 Review: “Unboxed” – Non PrattUnboxed by Non Pratt
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Published on: August 15th 2016
Published by: Barrington Stoke
Pages: 140
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Paperback

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The Story

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Unboxed is about four teenagers who come together after several months apart. In previous years, they had put together a time capsule about their best summer with a friend who was dying. Now that their friend has passed, they reunite to open the box.

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My Thoughts

It was short and sweet and everything I love about Non Pratt. I’m not one for short books, I like chunky books full of words about worlds and battles and love, but this was none of that and yet I really really liked it.

“I know why we all fell apart, that’s just what happens. But things that fall apart can be put back together, right? Even if there’s a piece missing.”

The whole book is from one POV, Alix’s, although it focus’ on the entire group of Alix, Ben, Dean and Zara. (Zara’s boyfriend Ash is also there, but he is a douche bag so I will be ignoring his presence!). I was only with these characters for 139 pages but I feel like I got to know them all so well even in such a short space of time.

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Review: “Beautiful Funeral” – Jamie McGuire

August 17, 2016 Book Review 2

 Review: “Beautiful Funeral” – Jamie McGuireA Beautiful Funeral by Jamie McGuire
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Published on: August 15th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 234
Series: Beautiful #3, Maddox Brothers #5
Genre: NA Contemporary
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the Beautiful/Maddox Brothers Series. You can find more of my reviews via the links below:

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1)
Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2)
Beautiful Oblivion (Maddox Brothers #1)
Beautiful Redemption (Maddox Brothers #2)
Beautiful Sacrifice (Maddox Brothers #3)
Beautiful Burn (Maddox Brothers #4)
Beautiful Funeral (Beautiful #3, Maddox Brothers #5)
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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Losing has never been easy for a Maddox, but death always wins.

Eleven years to the day after eloping in Vegas with Abby, Special Agent Travis Maddox delivers his own brand of vigilante justice to mob boss Benny Carlisi. Vegas’s oldest and most violent crime family is now preparing for vengeance, and the entire Maddox family is a target.

The secret Thomas and Travis have kept for a decade will be revealed to the rest of the family, and for the first time the Maddoxes will be at odds. While none of them are strangers to loss, the family has grown, and the risk is higher than ever. With brothers against brothers and wives taking sides, each member will make a choice—let the fear tear them apart, or make them stronger.

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My Thoughts

I have loved this series right from the start. Even when there was all the controversy about Travis and bad boys not making good boyfriends etc etc. I loved it then. And I have stuck with it ever since and have loved all the books, but then this one…I can’t deny I am totally conflicted.

“Sometimes it felt like the whole world was dying.”

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