Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Waiting for April by Jaime Loren. Review

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I chose to read this book because of this on the back of the book: 
April Fletcher has died nineteen times... but she doesn't know it. How exciting does that sound?  

The story was really different to anything else I have ever read which is hard to find. The romance in this book was one of the most beautiful and complex loves. This is the first book by Jamie Loren and its amazing that this book is so amazing for a first shot. The book was written in alternative POVs, Firstly Aprils and then Scott's. Sometimes the chapters overlapped and I thought this was really helpful to read from both of them.

I liked April, she was different not only because she died and was reincarnated but because she was strong. April was often confused and occasionally gave Scott the cold shoulder rather than instantly forgiving him like other heroines. 

We all want someone like Scott in our lives. Committed 100% to April throughout her 19 lives, Loves her unconditionally every little quirk and charm. Protective, invincible he is an amazing human but Scott is also sad because 19 times he has lost the love of his life to death. He searches out April with each of her new lives and tries to save her.

I am really hoping that there is a book number two. I can not deal with that cliff hanger. I am really hoping Scott returns.   


Thanks for Reading

Em x
 **An electronic ARC was provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Soul Crossed by Lisa Gail Green Review

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One Demon.

One Angel.

One Soul.

Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam's beautiful friend, Grace.

Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.

It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous. 

And only one can claim Cam’s soul.


I gave this book a two or three stars on goodreads. I was really enjoying reading the love story between Josh and Grace. The characters were described really well, Grace was angelic but believable and Josh well he is a diamond in the rough. I gained interest in the story as their relationship grew, I like the references to Romeo and Julliet as though trying to describe Josh and Gracie's relationship through the story of the other tragic lovers.

Now to what I didn't like. Cam - I get that I was not supposed to like Cam and he is evil however it didn't seem very believable. I could forgive this and accept that the villain is not very strong because the love story is good but then Cam goes and kills a dog!! For me that is not an acceptable topic for a YA book and I was quite disturbed by this part of the story to be honest.

I liked the morals in the book though, basically we all know that we should be good and forgiving and kind but this book really sends that home.

Thanks For Reading

Em xx


  ARC provided by Full Fathom Five via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick Review

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Nora was happy, a normal teenager until her biology teacher decides its time for a change by mixing up the seating plan and sitting Nora next to Patch. Nora leaves normal behind when she feels like the dangerous looking Patch is not only stalking her but causing crazy things to happen to her.

The cover is just stunning however it didn't get me excited to read the book and it did sit on my shelf for a little while before I picked it up. This was one of the first books about angels that I have read.

Patch was very screwed up. Dangerous and Safe, Evil and Kind, Capable of both Murder and Love. That is why I liked him as a character. He is sexy and unpredictable. I liked how the little moments were described in the plot, a big deal is made out of looks and brushes of touches and I know as a teenage girl these moments were most certainly reviewed several times.

The only problem I really had with this book is that Patch out right says he wants to kill Nora but she is OK with that. Who would be OK with that? When Nora was being attacked in here home rather than use a downstairs window she runs up the stairs. What is wrong with you Nora??? I really hate weak female characters that rely on a boy whether he is good for them or not. Nora made some really dumb decisions.

Villains are always my favourites in stories and this story had a whole collection of them to choose from. Patch, Elliot, Jules and the therapist.  

I read this book in just over one sitting and I really enjoyed it. There was nothing to not like really. I would recommend it for an easy read.

Thanks for reading

Em x

Sunday, 15 February 2015

The Selection by Kiera Cass Review

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There are some really negative reviews about this book but my review is an extremely positive one. 
Its a good, bad, simple and complicated world that America Singer lives in. In a dystopian world where castes exist with ones being royalty and then eight being the homeless. America is a five. 
Entering a competition to become the princess and marry the prince America is one of 35 Girls who get accepted and take up residence in the palace. 

All of the 34 other girls either want the prince, the money or the power and they are fighting for their place but America is different. America is not interested in prince Maxon she does not want to be a princess, she just wants to look after her family. 

In a cute twist to the plot America finds friendship for almost the first time in here life and I for one am excited to watch these friendships develop. The book has a sort of TV programme feel to it which I really liked, I found the structure interesting.

I enjoyed reading a Dystopian story that didn't involve magical powers or Vampires or Zombies. I got through this book in one sitting and I will be picking up the next two books.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Beyond Reach (True Calling #2)by Siobhan Davis Review


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There was not a single page in this book that was not full of excitement and adventure.Beyond Reach has the cliff hanger of all cliff hangers, leaving me in desperate need for any other piece that gives me a few more details into the lives of Ari, Zane and Cal.

I loved True Calling but Beyond Reach has taken the story to a whole new level. I was instantly drawn back in to the plot and it was like I never stopped reading. One moment I was happy and then the next moment the book was heart breakingly sad. Thank god for Siobhan Davis who is releasing the next instalment this year!

I was crazy for Cal in True Calling however Beyond Reach gave us a better understanding of what Zane is all about. I really feel for Zane because unlike Ari and Cal he has his memories, He remembers everything. He remembers his feelings for Ari and the way she used to feel for him. Zane is fighting for the girl he lives and that made me switch sides and back Zane.

Look at the beautiful cover, I don't even have words to describe how amazing this book is and how amazing Siobhan is so i am going to leave it there before I spoil any parts of this book.

I was lucky enough to be sent an advance copy of this book to read and review and I am so grateful. So far this is the best book I have read in 2015.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Monday, 9 February 2015

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Review


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I always feel worried about the second book in a series because they are not normally as great as the first. Sometimes they turn into a kind of filler book, Seige and Storm was not bad at all. 
I found this book darker than the first book and I actually believed in the plot a lot more than I did in the first book. Its tense and it feels like I went pages and pages without taking a single breath. There was very little time to spend relaxing into the story we got stuck in almost immediately and that's just the way I like it.


I want to talk about the Darkling for just a second. He is sooo evil but why cant I hate him? In this book the darkling has amazing new skills but we didn't get to see him much in this book. The Darkling was the nice sort of evil in the first book where I kind of thought that he could be the good kind of bad and maybe Alina could still get it on with our Darkling but this book he shows us whose boss. I cant figure out if I am supposed to love him or not but I know I am supposed to hate him which makes me like him so much more.

I kind of want Mal to grow a pair and show Alina how he feels. Who cares that she is Grisha and he is not? I do like the new bad ass version of Mal. He is way hotter when he is getting into fights. He should be supporting Alina while she tries to save the who frickin world not causing even more drama.

Alina has managed to transform from a fragile girl to a strong woman who can control armys and save the world. I like the changes. The struggles that she has emotionally with Mal are so realistic that I found myself siding with her when Mal was being an idiot.

I cant really say much more without spoiling it so I will leave it there.

Thanks For Reading

Em x




Sunday, 1 February 2015

January Wrap Up

I wanted to begin to create a series of monthly wrap ups and this month I finished six books. I am very happy with this number as I balanced the reading with a full time job and wedding planning. So the Six books I read are: 

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin    Love Edy by Shewanda Pugh Broken Skies by Theresa Kay
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig  Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi



The highest rating this month goes to Ignite Me its wonderful and you can read my review for it here.
its tricky to pick a worst book however i do want to put them in order so:
6. Broken Skies - Theresa Kay
5. Love Edy
4. The fire Sermon 
3.Shadow and Bone 
2. The retribution of Mara Dyer
1. Ignite Me

Let me know what your wrap up looks like

Thanks for reading

Em x