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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)

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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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Review: “The Runaway Princess” – Hester Browne

May 13, 2016 Book Review 2

Review: “The Runaway Princess” – Hester BrowneThe Runaway Princess by Hester Browne
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Published on: October 2nd 2012
Published by: Gallery Books
Pages: 431
Genre: Romance
Format: Paperback

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The Story
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If Amy Wilde’s new boyfriend, Leo, treats her like a queen, that’s because he’s secretly a prince himself: Leopold William Victor Wolfsburg of Nirona, the ninth most eligible royal bachelor in the world. Amy soon discovers that dating an heir to a throne has many charms—intimate dinners, glittering galas, and a dazzling new wardrobe with tiaras to match.

But there are also drawbacks: imagine the anxiety of meeting your boyfriend’s parents multiplied by “riding in a private jet,” “staying in a castle,” and “discussing the line of succession over lunch.” Not to mention the sudden press interest in your very un-royal family.

Amy would do anything for Leo, but is finding her Prince Charming worth the price of losing herself?

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My Thoughts

I am not an adult genre reader, it just doesn’t happen. And on the rare occasions when it does happen I get bored very quickly and stop reading. But I couldn’t get enough of this book. It really was a feel good story, with characters I couldn’t help but love and a romance that gave me butterflies.

So, exactly why did I love this book?

(Warning! Because I am a massive geek I have decided to fill this review with princess gifs. Prepare yourself for the Disney Princess love!)

I LOVED Amy. She was just such a normal, down to earth character who I really can’t say a bad word against. I love seeing her, as a London garden designer trying to adapt to this new royal world and it made for some great moments. I also really liked the relationship that she had with her parents, and her concern for them and their well being when things get a little crazy.

Leo is most definitely every single girls prince charming. So much of the time male characters in romances are bad boys, or rich boys or just too much of something that makes them annoying. Leo was a nice guy (and a hot guy) who was just perfect in every way. I found myself swooning with so many of the things he would say or do, and although he does make mistakes, everything he does is with his family or loved ones in mind. Everyone needs a Leo in their life!

The romance between Amy and Leo is incredibly sweet, and Browne makes sure to get us heavily invested in their relationship before inevitable obstacles make there appearance. Sadly no steamy sex scenes in this one, but I liked that it wasn’t all about the chemistry and passion behind closed doors. Instead it focused on Amy and Leo’s genuine respect and admiration for one another, which made their romance all the sweeter and their relationship all the stronger which showed as usually the problems that occurred in their relationship were from the others actions, rather than any underlying problems in their own sense of self or in their love for one another.

Browne does a fantastic job at conveying the emotional rollarcoaster that goes along with an average girl being swept up into a royal world. She gives us a girl to route for, a prince to swoon over and an epic romance to fall in love with. My only complaint would be that I wanted more of it!

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Final Thoughts

The title and blurb gives away some big spoilers for this book, but the beauty in it for my is the journey of Amy and Leo’s romance and how they get to that place. I wish there was more of this book, or possibly a sequel, but if not then I am more than happy to read this one over and over again.

Re-Readability: Hells Yes!

I would recommend this book to fans of: adult romance, royal romances, average girl meets non average boy, books set in london, books set int he UK

Rating Loved it

Have you read any Royal Romances recently? Are you a fan?

What are you most excited for in the final book?

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Review: “Wild Swans” – Jessica Spotswood

May 6, 2016 Book Review 4

 Review: “Wild Swans” – Jessica SpotswoodWild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
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Published on: May 3rd 2016
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: eARC

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The Story
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The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse.

Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past….

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My Thoughts

I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about this one when I requested it on Netgalley, but I thought I’d give it a shot. Turns out I probably should have gone with my first instinct.

I didn’t hate it, but it was just such a vanilla book (I hate using that phase because I LOVE vanilla, but it works, so I’m going with it!). It just felt like nothing happened, I couldn’t connect with the characters and then it just ended.

She told my sisters I’m their aunt. Her little sister.

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Review: “The Winners Kiss” – Marie Rutkoski

April 11, 2016 Book Review 1

Review: “The Winners Kiss” – Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
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Published on: March 29th 2016
Published by: Farrar Straus Giroux
Pages: 496
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #3
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the The Winner’s Trilogy. You can find reviews for the rest of the books below:
The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)
The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)
The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3)

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Some kisses come at a price.

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

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My Thoughts

I feel like I have been waiting for this book to be released FOREVER and it was definitely one of my most anticipated reads of 2016.

After the way Rutkoski ended The Winner’s Curse we were left absolutely desperate for the final book in this trilogy. I have always loved the way that she has weaved this story with all it’s different elements together and she really showed her talent in this final book which was full of the tension and the ‘almost’ moments which make this trilogy incredible.

“You don’t need to be gifted with a blade. You are your own best weapon.”

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