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Review: “Summer Shadows” – Joss Stirling

July 22, 2016 Book Review 0

Review: “Summer Shadows” – Joss StirlingSummer Shadows by Joss Stirling
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Published on: July 7th 2016
Published by: Oxford University Press
Pages: 320
Series: Benedicts #6
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the Benedict Series. Check out my reviews for other books in the series below:
Misty Falls (Benedict Boys #4)
Angel Dares (Benedict Boys #5)
Summer Shadows (Benedict Boys #6)

 

The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Summer lives under a terrible shadow. It drains her, manipulates her and threatens to steal her future.

A high-stakes mission offers a temporary escape. She must use her mind-shadowing abilities to hunt down her target and find the truth.

Hal Robinson is a soldier. He does not get distracted. He wins. But what Hal wants begins to shift once he meets Summer.

They must learn to trust each other if they are going to protect the Savant community. But will their secrets allow them to find a happy ending of their own?

 

My Thoughts

This book was the perfect continuation of the series and I really wish that I had had the time to reread the previous books before this one.

We’ve met Summer before in previous books, but we’ve never properly gotten to know her and she is such a great character. She’s got a pretty difficult family situation but is such a strong character who sacrifices so much to keep her family together.

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Review: “This Savage Song” – Victoria Schwab

July 14, 2016 Book Review 0

Review: “This Savage Song” – Victoria SchwabThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
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Published on: July 5th 2016
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 464
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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The Story
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There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music.

When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

 

My Thoughts

I wasn’t sure about This Savage Song when I first saw it, I’m not into monster stories so I really didn’t think I was going to like it. But I had seen some very positive reviews for the book and heard amazing things about Victoria Schwab and so thought I would take the chance. Well I am glad I did because this book was amazing!

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Blog Tour “Deep Redemption” – Tillie Cole

July 11, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 0

Blog Tour “Deep Redemption” – Tillie Cole

Blog Tour “Deep Redemption” – Tillie ColeDeep Redemption by Tillie Cole
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Published on: July 12th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 524
Series: Hades Hangmen #4
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the Hades Hangmen Series. You can find more of my reviews via the links below:
It Ain’t Me Babe (Hades Hangmen #1)
Heart Recaptured (Hades Hangmen #2)
Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen #3)
Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen #4)
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The Story
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Only through blood can the deepest redemption be found…

He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.

Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.

Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear…

But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.

As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves…

… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.

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My Thoughts
I was scared about reading this book, very very scared. Worried that for the first time that I might not actually like a Tillie Cole book. A book about the most hated character in the entire series, about a character who betrayed us, who hurt the characters we loved, who allowed terrible things to happen. How could I ever feel anything but hatred for a character like that. As I said, I was so very worried…

…but I had no need to be.

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Review “Saving Liberty” – Helena Newbury

July 7, 2016 Book Review 0

Review “Saving Liberty” – Helena NewburySaving Liberty by Helena Newbury
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Published on: May 31st 2016
Published by: Foster and Black
Pages: 387
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eBook

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The Story
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Emily is the President’s daughter. Gorgeous but innocent…not the kind of woman who should get involved with me, an ex-Marine with a bad boy rep. But when a sniper opens fire, the need to protect her is stronger than anything I’ve ever felt. Suddenly, we’re on the ground, my body covering hers. I save her life then walk away, sure that I’ll never see her again.

But when a shaken Emily asks me to become her bodyguard, I can’t turn her down. Now I have to wear a suit and call her ma’am when all I want to do is slam her up against the wall and tear her clothes off. Neither of us can resist…but I can’t let her get close, not with what’s lurking in my past. And the danger is far from over. The White House is under threat…and I’ll do whatever it takes to protect the woman I’ve fallen for.

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My Thoughts

I was looking for a book that was easy to read, required no thinking and that I could finish in an evening so when I saw someone chatting about this on twitter I grabbed it, and ended up getting more than I had expected!

I was a good easy read but not boring or bland in any way. The story just flowed so well, everything made sense (even the politics bits!) and it had my attention from page one. I am a massive fan of forbidden romances, so the whole President’s daughter and the Bodyguard romance had me immediately interested, and it definitely lived up to expectations. And the action! There was just so much action and it was awesome!

“I’m fucking crazy for you. Every inch of you. Every scrap of you. Every atom of you. I’m not going to let anyone hurt you but right now I’m going to make you mine.

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Review: “The Sleeping Prince” – Melinda Salisbury

June 30, 2016 Book Review 0

Review: “The Sleeping Prince” – Melinda SalisburyThe Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury
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Published on: May 31st 2016
Published by: Scholastic
Pages: 336
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the Sin Eater’s Daughter series. You can find links to my reviews for the rest of this series below:
The Sin Eater’s Daughter (Sin Eater’s Daughter #1)
The Sleeping Prince (Sin Eater’s Daughter #2)
The Scarecrow Queen (Sin Eater’s Daughter #3)

.The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater’s Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself.

But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

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My Thoughts

I was a little bit nervous going into this one as it was from a totally different POV (from a character we had never met before) than The Sin Eater’s Daughter, and I have been burned by this is the past. However, I had absolutely nothing to worry about, and I loved these new characters just as much, if not more than the originals!

I am a massive fan of the world in this series and I loved that in this book we got to see even more of it. We even get a map! (BIG fan of maps).

“Mysterious boys are not as enjoyable in reality as they are in stories.

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Review: “The Sin Eaters Daughter” – Melinda Salisbury

June 13, 2016 Book Review 2

Review: “The Sin Eaters Daughter” – Melinda SalisburyThe Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
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Published on: February 24th 2015
Published by: Scholastic
Pages: 336
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the Sin Eater’s Daughter series. You can find links to my reviews for the rest of this series below:
The Sin Eater’s Daughter (Sin Eater’s Daughter #1)
The Sleeping Prince (Sin Eater’s Daughter #2)
The Scarecrow Queen (Sin Eater’s Daughter #3)

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy.

Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins?

Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess

Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice.

Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

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My Thoughts

I am ashamed to say that this book has been on my bookshelf for over a year and I only just picked it up this month. It was such a captivating book and once I had started it I could not put it down and actually ended up ordering the next book when I was only at chapter 2 of this book!

I loved the world, it was incredibly built. I loved the history of it, with the war ad the myths of the sleeping prince and the gods that they pray to and the different religious beliefs. The world had everything and was written in such beautiful detail I found myself rereading pages hoping for more and more of the world.

“I am the perfect weapon, I can kill with a single touch.

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Review: “Some Kind of Perfect” – Becca & Krista Ritchie

June 8, 2016 Book Review 0

Review: “Some Kind of Perfect” – Becca & Krista RitchieSome Kind of Perfect by Becca and Krista Ritchie
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Published on: May 20th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 742
Series: Addicted #3.5, Calloway Sisters #4.5
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series. You can find reviews for the rest of the books (in their reading order) below:
Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
Ricochet (Addicted #1.5)
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Kiss the Sky (Addicted #2.1, Calloway Sisters #1)
Hothouse Flower (Addicted #2.2, Calloway Sisters #2)
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)
Fuel the Fire (Addicted #3.1, Calloway Sisters #3)
Long Way Down (Addicted #3.2, Calloway Sisters #4)
Some Kind of Perfect (Addicted #3.5, Calloway Sisters #4.5)
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The Story
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Falling in love was just the beginning

The conclusion to the epic ten-book series about the unbreakable strength of family, friendship, and love.

Lily & Lo are back one final time. Childhood best friends and soul mates.

Ryke & Daisy are back one final time. Wild risk-takers and flirty adventurers.

Connor & Rose are back one final time. Genius rivals and intellectual teammates.

Ten years of laughter. Of heartache. And love.

***Authors’ Note***
Some Kind of Perfect is a full-length epilogue novel. It is highly recommended to read this book after Long Way Down. Otherwise, it will spoil the entire series. Some Kind of Perfect is meant to be the 10th book in the series.

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My Thoughts

So I know that I said that the previous book was the last book (and it kind of was), but this one really is the last book and in fact it is an epilogue novel spanning ten whole years in a massive 742 pages!

I have to start with the size of this book, because wow is it mega. I bought my copy as an ebook, but I imagine anyone with a physical copy having very sore arms! It seems strange for a contemporary book to be this big, this page amount is usually reserved for fantasy/sci-fi type books, but it worked really well and at no point did I feel like it was too much and that I just wanted it to end. It was the perfect amount of pages to end this story.

“We speak of moving mountains, but sometimes people can completely rotate the world, just so someone else can land upright on their feet.

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Review: “The Next Together” – Lauren James

June 2, 2016 Book Review 4

 Review: “The Next Together” – Lauren JamesThe Next Together by Lauren James
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Published on: September 3rd 2015
Published by: Walker Books
Pages: 356
Series: The Next Together #1
Genre: YA Romance, YA SciFi
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of The Next Together series. You can find more of my reviews via the links below:
The Next Together (The Next Together #1)
Another Together (The Next Together #2)
The Last Together (The Next Together #3)

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(summary from Goodreads)

How many times can you lose the person you love?

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles.

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My Thoughts

Oh wow, why have I not read this book sooner?! It’s been sat on my bookshelf for 9 whole months and yet I have only just read it! But I am so so glad that I finally did.

I love anything time travel/takes place over different times related. Now this one isn’t time travel, but it’s more of one of those ‘the same two people born over and over again’ type of stories and I loved seeing all the different versions of Katherine and Matthew and how they changed over time and through each time period they were in.

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