Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Frozen Dreams by Cori Williams

25019648My life was perfect. I had everything I wanted, including the love of a man that intended to make all of my dreams come true. 
“…the night my life as I knew it ended.” 

In the blink of an eye, all I'd once known was ripped away. Suffering in limbo, full of fear and regret, I had only memories and dreams to comfort me, urging me to fight. 

"...marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled..." 
But they stole it all. 
Awakened to betrayal and pain, I struggle to find a new beginning. Yet the past seeps in, pulling me under. No matter how hard I try to keep my head above water, it threatens to ruin me. 

How can I really live with my hopes for the future still frozen? And if the ice thaws, will I have the courage to build new dreams? 
Contains mature content, suitable for 17+ 
This is a standalone

The beginning of this story is gripping!! its absolutely terrifying thinking that the main character had been kidnapped to teach her a lesson. Grasping my interest so early on in the story made me interested for the entire story. 

Emmy is a very likeable character. She is the right kind of vulnerable before she grows stronger and she isn't dependant on a boy, she doesn't stick with Austin because he is her first love but instead kicks him to the kerb to  better herself. This girl spend very little time moping around and actually does things that will help her improve as a person. I like that.

Gannon is a perfect companion for Emmy and the romance isn't instant which makes it more believable. She actually doesn't like him very much to begin with but he gets under her skin and he listens. Gannon takes that time to understand what Emmy needs and eventually she begins to fall for him. 

There are a few twists and turns in the plot which keep it fresh and lots of characters to keep things exciting. It didn't take long to read at all and was very enjoyable. I expected a soppy romance but I got a well thought out story about two people who fall in love. The plot is part past part present, A little bit Austin, A little bit Gannon a lot Emmy, sound confusing? it actually is not!! the multiple perspectives help to create a well rounded story.

this is the only book by Cori Williams that I have read and I cannot wait to grab another.  

I received this story in exchange for an honest review.

Thanks For Reading
Em x

Friday, 6 November 2015

As I Am by Annalisa Grant


“You’re not invisible. You’re invaluable.”

When Kinley Carmichael looks in the mirror, she doesn’t see her blonde-haired, blue-eyed, size 4 twin sister. She sees her dark-haired, brown-eyed, size 12 self. 
Kinley and her twin sister Addison are excited to start their second summer as counselors at The Camp at Lake Hollis. All Kinley wants is to earn enough money to meet up with her mother so they travel the world as professional photographers. All Addison wants is to work on her tan, seduce a boy, and build her fashion budget. And while Kinley and Addison couldn’t be more opposite, nothing has ever stopped them from being the best of friends. 
It’s an especially great summer for Kinley as the official camp photographer and Notre Dame Quarterback Cal Harper showing interest in her. But when poet Miller Conrad arrives and rejects Addison’s advances, showing more interest in Kinley, true colors will shine and the sisters’ bond will be tested.
As Kinley and Miller’s connection deepens, Kinley feels like she can truly be herself without the internal scrutiny she’s developed in the shadow of her sister. But when Kinley inadvertently uncovers a terrible secret at the camp, Miller is left facing the demons of his own reasons for coming to Lake Hollis.
What was supposed to be the greatest summer of Kinley’s life turns out to be more life-changing than she ever imagined.

I was kindly sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.

First off I am not really keen on the cover for this book but I don't think it would put me off reading it. 

So Kinley and Addison go to camp to be counsellors and earn some cash while having a fun summer. They are twins but they don't really look alike and they are different people so they have different personalities. 

Kinley was a really cute and sweet character, she helped other people out and forgave things that I consider unforgivable but she is not really into arguing so it makes sense. She is curvier than Addy and Addy makes sure that she knows about it. She has quite low self esteem but is working on it. Kinley has a great group of friends at camp and they all love and support her which is clear in the book, it helps her get through her problems.

I love books that have a moral and this one does. As I Am is teaching us to love ourselves for who we are not what we look like. Miller doesn't judge Kinley by what she looks like but instead he gets to know her and that is what we all should do. 
As I Am also tells us to take control of our own lives and do things that you want to do because you want to do it not because somebody else has told you to. 

In general the story is a feel good story. I loved that the characters all seemed to act the ages that they are not older or younger.I think it might have been interesting to have dual perspectives and read a bit from Addison's point of view.

I gave it a 3 star on Goodreads

Thanks for Reading

Em x


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


These are the two cover styles that I have come across for the first book in this series, personally I much prefer the second one. 

This book was lots of fun to read. There are tons of different characters with different powers and abilities to read about. Hex Hall is kind of Harry Potter meets Wild Child meets Saint Trinians.

Sophie was easy to relate to because she was a bit of a wally. She isn't a very good witch and she is just on the wrong side of awkward. Sophie certainly is not a popular kid. Sophie has sarcasm which I love a heroine to have, basically she just seems like a normal teenage girl with magical powers. I like that she is a bit naughty and doesn't really care about being in trouble.

Archer was a bit dull. he was the same as every other male character until he turned out to be the baddie. Obviously something fishy is going on there and I will need to read the next book to find out what it is but it made him that little bit more interesting. It was Cal that was described as sexy and lumber jacky which makes me think that we will get to see more of him as the sequel continues. 
Jenna was my favourite because she was funny, sad and confused all at the same time. I loved her spirit.

It did take me a few goes to get into this book but once I did I sped through it.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Right where you are by L.E. Bross

23202655Avery Melrose is used to having it all. So when her boyfriend cheats on her, she reacts like any spoiled rich girl-she freaks out and vandalizes his new truck, Carrie Underwood style. Now she's stuck with 300 hours of community service doing road-side garbage duty.
Seth Hunter just got out of prison, and after a few hundred hours picking up litter on the side of the highway, he can finally put his mistakes behind him. If he can string together some kind of existence, maybe it'll be enough to get his sister away from their stepfather, the man who sent Seth to prison in the first place.
A romance between these two is doomed from the start. Girls like Avery want castles and white horses, and Seth is no prince charming.
But sometimes, being around Avery makes Seth think he could make something of himself. Maybe even be worthy of a girl like her. It's just too bad real life gets in the way first, tearing these two apart before they have any chance of getting to Happily Ever After.

I was expecting the story to be a bit cheesy but it wasn't it was lovely. It is kind of your average rich girl meets poor bad boy story but its a lot better than normal as well. There was obviously the romance that ran through the book and this was the main focus, it didn't need anything else to make it exciting it just was.

The relationship between Seth and Avery develops so nicely that it is hard to not care for them. Avery is wealthy and has everything that she would ever need at the drop of a hat. I quite liked the little princess routine at the beginning because I thought she was interesting if not a little arrogant but it made her different to the nicey nicey average lead girls you normally find in new adult books. Avery went psycho when she found her boyfriend cheating on her and ended up doing community service. For me Avery grew a lot during the story, she went from a little daddies girl to an adult who knew what she wanted for herself and that she was just going to go out and grab what she wanted instead of waiting for her parents plan for her to come together. 

Seth was a convict, a bad boy but not really. I like that he was a bit of a player before prison. He was a little irritating about half way through the story Seth got extremely soppy with Avery. He began to call her Babe a lot and we know how I hate reading that. Personally this lovely dovey behaviour didn't strike me as how Seth would have acted, possessive maybe yes, protective definitely after everything that has happened in his life but mushy not really but hey that's just my opinion. 

I think Bross did an excellent job at creating two characters that complement each other so perfectly that it seems crazy that they would not be together. Avery is the calm to Seth's crazy and he helps her discover herself. 

I really enjoyed Right Where You Are. I was kindly sent this book in return for an honest review.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Friday, 23 October 2015

Ugly by Margaret McHeyzer

25987654If I were dead, I wouldn't be able to see.
If I were dead, I wouldn't be able to feel.
If I were dead, he'd never raise his hand to me again.
If I were dead, his words wouldn't cut as deep as they do.
If I were dead, I'd be beautiful and I wouldn't be so...ugly.
I'm not dead...but I wish I was.

*This is a dark YA/NA stand-alone, full-length novel. Contains violence.

First off I think it is very brave for Margaret McHeyzer to attempt such an upsetting topic and also to just get straight into it from page one but I really appreciated her for it. The whole story is not only terrifying but also thought provoking and extremely powerful. It could teach a lot of people a lesson, myself included. Ugly did not feel like fiction to me, it could have been the story of any girl that has ever been mistreated and I think that is what made it such a heart wrenching read. 

How an adult can treat a child the was that Lily is treated is beyond me and this happens in real life not just in stories The book starts with a little Lily hiding from her dad in the closet because he beats her when he has had a drink, he also starves her and calls her horrid names. It is obviously not the ideal start to Lily's life but she gets on with it and survives however she can. 

Lily meets a boy named Trent and I got excited because he was wonderful...... to begin with. He shows her what she has been missing out on and helps her when she needs it. Turns out Trent was the Devil in a teen boy's body. He was wicked and vile. 

Lily doesn't really understand kindness until she starts to work in a local supermarket and meets Shayne. Who I love by the way. She cares for Lily like a sister and pushes her just enough for Lily to realise that she can do whatever she wants.  

Lily is such a likeable character that it is hard to imagine all of these horrid things happening to her but then I suppose that the point isn't it? That you don't really know what is going on behind closed doors or sometimes even right in front of your face.

What I enjoyed the most about this story is that because it is a standalone I got to read about Lilly at several different stages of her life from childhood (If you can call it that).

I like a book that has a message and this one has a strong one. Never give up. Be strong. You're worth it. pick any of those and it will be true. 

I Love Love Loved this story.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Die for me by Amy Plum

9462812In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

Amy Plum takes Paranormal somewhere different. It was refreshing to read about something other than vampires and werewolves. The Revenants were really something special, they were lively and full of character. 

Kate is a shadow of herself when she arrives in Paris due to her parents death and her grandparents are worried about her. Until she meets a boy and she seems to brighten up a little. 
I don't think I have read a book set in Paris before but I have been to Paris so I found it interesting to read about the streets and the destinations.

I liked all of the characters except Georgia, there was just something about her that annoyed me. She went out to bars and clubs all the time and still maintained school. She was the one that got the Revenants into trouble in the story because of her stupid antics. I found Charlotte bouncy and fun and in a dark story sometimes you need a little bit of that. 

It was quite dark for a YA with the main characters focusing on death quite a lot, Its kind of what they do. There was also the romance going on between Kate and Vincent which was quick but still nice. I liked that Kate still went to school because it really annoys me when a character manages to spend every second with a new boyfriend like nothing else exists. 

Obviously Vincent is gorgeous, mysterious, powerful and romantic as are the majority of boys in YA books. I thought that he was interesting in the way that he explained everything to Kate. 

I enjoyed the read and it was very well paced. I read it quite quickly and wanted to continue reading the story. I gave it a 4/5 on Goodreads. I am not sure if this has a series but if it does then I will be picking it up. 

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

This is the second book in the darkest minds series so if you have not read this book and you plan on reading it I would suggest giving this review a miss.

If I remember correctly I enjoyed the Darkest Minds quite a lot more than I enjoyed this instalment.

16150830I found the first half of the book quite boring and things started to pick up just as I was about to put it down. Ruby was boring, probably because she was sad and scared but she could be those things and interesting at the same time. There was no Liam until near the end of the book but we did have his less exciting older brother to read about. No Zu at all!! instead we had a whole new lot of characters who were fun but they were not the characters I wanted. 

The plot in Never Fade dragged on quite a lot and we didn't really get anywhere. Parts of the story are great and then it is ruined by a completely stupid or irrelevant scene. I just wanted so much more from the book and from Ruby because there was all of this action and romance and amazing relationships between the characters but there you go. 

The story still has an interesting concept and I do still like Chubbs and Liam so maybe that will win it for me but we will have to wait and see. 

I can't decide if I will continue on with the series but I am interested in what has become of Zu so maybe if I pick it up somewhere then I will read it but it is not at the top of my list. 

Thanks for reading

Em x