Monday, 16 September 2019

Stolen Songs by Samantha Armstrong

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Maddison is a survivor. An unstable childhood has taught her to depend on no one but herself, which is exactly how she’s gotten to where she is today. With a scholarship to one of the most prestigious schools in the country, she’s finally able to settle into one location until she graduates. But with foster parents hooked on drugs, Maddison is forced to steal to make ends meet, not only for herself but her foster siblings.

Kingsley is filthy rich. An only child, he lives with a mother who is dependent on alcohol, a father who doesn’t talk to him, and his chef, the only real family he has. His life changes when he overhears Maddison playing the cello. She’s snappy, hot, and wants nothing to do with him, and he’s obsessed. As they spend time together, she begins to lower her guard. She’s everything he needs, everything he wants, and for the first time, he’s able to tell someone about his past. Everything is perfect. Until he ruins it.

Maddison has had a really hard time of it so far in her life and the one thing that has made it better for her is Music. Maddison has been awarded with a scholarship at her school which has really saved her. The school she goes to if for rich kids and she doesnt really have any friends at all until she meets Kingsley. 
Kingsley doesnt understand this connection he feels towards Maddison and they both try to fight it but they are connected in their pain and their past. Kingsley just wants to take care of Maddison like nobody else has before. 

When this relationship is good its really really good but when its bad its disastrous.

I love all of the characters in this book and I am glad that this story touches on things that are not usually approached in YA books. I don't think I have ever read a story about a foster child before so it was definitely something different. Tilly (Maddisons sister) is actually the sweetest little girl I have read about. 

I really enjoyed this and I can't wait for the second book in this series. 

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Blood and Other Matter by Kaitlin Bevis

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Derrick Hernandez and Tess D’Ovidio have been best friends forever. There’s nothing they wouldn’t do for one another. But their childhood bond is put to the test when Tess shows up on Derrick’s porch covered in blood…Tess has no memory of what happened. She’d gone to a bush party with one of the football players. She remembers the bonfire…and then, nothing. Working backward, Tess and Derrick learn that she and seven other players were the only ones to make it back from the party alive.

During the next few weeks, each of the survivors is plagued with nightmares that reveal fragments of memories from the horrific night. But when the young men start dying under mysterious circumstances, Derrick can’t figure out if Tess is next—or if she’s somehow responsible. All he knows is that he has to save his best friend—or die trying…

Imagine if your best friend went to a party and then turned up at your house in different clothes and also covered in blood! It would be terrifying but its actually becoming normal for Derrick and his best friend Tess.
I don't want to give too much away about this book at all because I think it is a book that you should go into completely blind. There were so many twists and turns and the way that snippets of information are fed to us is really amazing. 
Kaitlin Did an amazing job at approaching some scary situations in this book. I really appreciate that she didnt shy away from anything and that the ending wasn't necessarily what everyone would have wanted. I have never read a book quite like this one before.                                                                                                     All of the characters were interesting and I enjoyed that Kaitlin didnt spend too much time describing each individual character when it isn't needed. 
I would 120% recommend this book! You can grab it here if you are interested: Amazon
I honestly did not put this book down once I had started it because it was that good! 
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Monday, 9 September 2019

Kozart (a rockstar romance) by J Nathan

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Kozart Savage is the world’s biggest rock star. 
At twenty-five, he’s got it all. Money. Fame. And the adoration of fans everywhere. 
He thought that was enough to make him forget his past. 
Enough to transform his distrusting heart. 
Turns out that’s not how it works... 
Then he meets a bridesmaid hiding out in a hotel bar. 
Probably the only girl on the planet who doesn’t know who he is. 
But she seems to be the one girl who can give him something no one else can. 

Aubrey Prescott just discovered her boyfriend cheating—at her sister’s wedding. 
Trying to escape humiliation, she seeks refuge in a hotel bar. 
While trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of what was supposed to be an amazing senior year in college, a handsome stranger interrupts her wallowing. 
A stranger who quickly makes her forget why she’s there. 
One who, after an unforgettable night, disappears without a second glance. 

But walking away doesn’t always mean letting someone go.

I have never read a book quite like this before. I thought the story line was a really interesting concept. 
Kozart was a really interesting character to me because I have never ever read about a rock star and just like Aubrey I wouldn't even be able to name you a Rock Star. Kozart can have any girl he likes because he is one of the biggest rock stars in the world. When he sees a sad looking bridesmaid in a bar at a hotel he feels the need to see if she is ok. When he finds out that she has been cheated on by her boyfriend who also happens to be her brother in law brother, Mozart decides to return to the wedding with her. 

That is when the story got exciting for me, I liked how Kozart went through and figured out his feelings towards Aubrey. 

Aubrey has no idea who Kozart is (other than a handsome man from the bar). It isn't until her sister tells her the next day that she realises she has been hanging out with a celebrity. It didnt really faze Aubrey because she didnt even like Rock music. 
This created a really interesting dynamic between the two as their relationship grows. 

I really enjoyed this story, It wasnt full of drama but instead it was a story of an odd couple trying to make a relationship work.

I would give this book a 4/5 out of 5 if I could. I would definitely recommend this as a good summer read! 

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Stay: Odd Jobs 1 by aj Alexander

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Cole knows he doesn’t deserve the white picket fence kind of life, and he’s always been fine with that, until her. The last thing he ever expected when he knocks on his client’s door is the answer to his deepest fantasies. One look and he knows Addison is out of his league, but that won’t stop him trying to make her his. 

Addison never knew if someone’s interest was in her or her family’s wealth, which caused her to keep her guard up. Doubly so when the new dog walker showed up on her cousin’s doorstep with his good looks and sexy smiles. After his relentless pursuing, Addison finds herself wondering if Cole could be someone worth letting her walls down for. That is, until his past rears its ugly head, leaving Addison with the choice to run or fight for what she wants.

Cole has been hurt by girls before. He was in a long term relationship with a girl who thought that she was too good for Cole when he decided to become a dog walker. He caught her cheating on him in his own home and this caused him to become a player. 

Addison had also been cheated on by her fiancé who is a disgusting human. He didn't care about Addison at all but did care that her dad could help boost his career.

I enjoyed the back and forth between Cole and Addison and how they were both struggling with their feelings for each other. They were not very nice to each other in the beginning and it was quite funny to read about. 
I thought it was a fun quick read, There was a lot of drama and a lot going on which kept the book speedy and interesting. 

The only thing I didnt really like was the possessive way that all of the men in this book were towards the girls. It wasn't portrayed in a playful way and it was quite over the top!.

This is definitely not a PG book so if you are going to pick this up just be aware of that. I would recommend this book and it actually got me out of a reading slump!. 

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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Slumber by Becky Bird


A YA retelling of classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty
Prince Thomas cannot take the throne without a queen. Though the problem isn’t his lack of suitors but his refusal to marry a princess that is less than perfect. 

The cardinal presents him with an opportunity: a quest to find the most beautiful princess in the land who has been in slumber for a century. But, unbeknown to the prince, the cardinal plans to kill him as soon as the prince embarks on his quest, and take the throne for himself. 
Luckily, Prince Thomas’s path crosses with Lucy, a spirited orphan runaway, who saves his life and convinces the prince to continue the quest. When they eventually find Princess Aurora, they also find another contender – Prince Philip – vying for the princess’s heart. 

Despite their mutual disdain for each other, Lucy agrees to assist the prince, and Thomas accepts her help to keep him alive long enough to beat out his competition and return to rule his kingdom alongside his perfect bride. 
They just don’t count on falling for each other in the process.

As a massive Disney fan you know I expected a lot from this book! If you are going to write a Sleeping Beauty retelling then I will obviously expect it to be Sleeping Beauty standards. That being said Sleeping Beauty is one of my least favourite Disney Princess movie. 
I didn't read the full blurb because I already knew I wanted to read the book.

This story was a quick read and so much fun! I enjoyed following the story of Lucy and Thomas in his quest to find the beautiful princess Aurora. I loved the way Aurora was portrayed as a beautiful but a bit dim witted princess. Aurora is only worried about looks and how beautiful she can be, Usually this would be really annoying however it was actually funny! Prince Philip was a lot like Aurora but a little more annoying and he was also a lot of fun. I enjoyed this different take on two characters that we know really well. 

Thomas and Lucy didn't get on at all in the beginning and that is what made them such a fun pair to read about. 

I would love to read more about these two. 

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Thursday, 25 July 2019

Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.

In the lucrative world of finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are at the top of their game. They’ve mastered the art of the deal and celebrate their success in style—but a life of extreme luxury always comes at a cost.
Invited to participate in an escape room as a team-building exercise, the ferociously competitive co-workers crowd into the elevator of a high rise building, eager to prove themselves. But when the lights go off and the doors stay shut, it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary competition: they’re caught in a dangerous game of survival.
Trapped in the dark, the colleagues must put aside their bitter rivalries and work together to solve cryptic clues to break free. But as the game begins to reveal the team’s darkest secrets, they realize there’s a price to be paid for the terrible deeds they committed in their ruthless climb up the corporate ladder. As tempers fray, and the clues turn deadly, they must solve one final chilling puzzle: which one of them will kill in order to survive?

There are so many movies out right now about escape rooms and obviously Escape rooms themselves are really popular so I thought I knew what I was getting myself into when I started this book but I did not!

I want to start off with the characters because nearly all of the characters in this book were unlikable. They were all selfish and brutal when it came to getting what they wanted but that is the whole point! We are not supposed to like these people. 

I dont normally enjoy a thriller but I really enjoyed this book because its just crazy!
The story had motivation and interest. I didnt guess the ending too much before it happened. 

I do wish that there was a little bit more focus on the clues and things but I guess that is not really what the escape room was about. 
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a decent thriller to read.

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Thursday, 4 July 2019

Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison


Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.
In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.

But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.

I have never read a book by J.T. Ellison before and I always love to find new authors to enjoy. Good Girls Lie was exciting from the get go. It reminded me of wild child in the beginning but then the story took so many twists and turns that it truly was its own unique story. 

I liked the characters a lot, I thought Ash was really interesting and the way that the story was written allowed us to really get to know her quite well. 
The Girls at Goode were not just your typical rich girls (well some of them were) but they had a lot of personality too. 
I enjoyed reading from the POV of the headmistress, I think it gave the book a lot of depth and kept the story from being a bit long and boring. 

I don't normally read mystery books because they can't alway keep my attention long enough for me to finish a whole book but I didn't have that problem with Good Girls Lie. There was enough going on in the school that we didn't spend a ton of time dragging out descriptions or unnecessary conversations. I liked that the relationship/ friendship between Becca and Ash wasn't always easy and pleasant because that's real. Teenage relationships are often portrayed as easy but we all know that isn't true. 

I love that Ellison didn't drag the story out into a series because I don't think it needed it, I think the story was finished nicely (Well not nicely) with no loose ends which isn't always the case. 

I really enjoyed this book. I gave Good Girls Lie a 4* on GoodReads 

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Em x