Sunday, 29 March 2015

Love Struck by Siobhan Davis Review


Lovestruck (True Calling, #1.5)


Love Struck is a short story from the True Calling Series. It introduces us to Cal who we have not had much of an insight too before. 
The story is set before the Calling takes place and we see one of Cal and Ari's first proper meetings.

It is amusing to see how Cal feels towards Ariana from the beginning because it comes across differently from Ariana's prospective. Cal is not just in love with her but he is obsessed with Ari because she is the only girl that seems to resist his charms. 
We also get to read about Ben!! I loved Ben in the series but the plot here is a normal teenage boy and his best friend which is lovely to read into a little. 

I read this short story after I read Beyond Reach and although it could be read at any point in the series I think personally it worked well for me there. I was not a massive fan of Cal before I suppose I didn't feel connected to him and I couldn't really understand the connection between him and Ari but now I think I do.

This was lovely and fun to read and I was excited to be back in the True Calling world. 

Thanks For Reading

Em x

The Duff by Kody Keplinger Review

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I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the DUFF for review through NetGalley. 

Admittedly I probably would not have got round to purchasing this book for myself for a couple of reasons. Firstly I had decided that although there is a lot of hype surrounding The Duff it was not going to be my cup of tea. (I was Wrong) and Secondly the film is out really soon and I thought that might be good enough. 

This book was everything I could have asked for and more. It was funny, confusing, sad, romantic and honest through out. 

Bianca is told early on in the plot that she acts as the DUFF (designated ugly fat friend) to her best pals Jessica and Casey. At first she doesn't really care, it was only something that Wesley had said and she didn't like him anyway. I enjoyed Bianca's battle with her feelings towards the term Duff. Bianca struggles to forget what Wesley called her and the insecurity follows her, jumping out in unexpected ways. 

Bianca is pretty charmless to be honest but that is kind of why you love her so much, she doesn't change for anyone. I loved her anger and moodiness because it all felt honest. Bianca's home life is not ideal, her mum has left her dad and her dad is not taking it well. throughout all of this Bianca is strong and a little bit stubborn. In need of a distraction B decides its a good ideas to sleep with resident play boy Wesley Rush. 

Wesley was a lovely strong character. he is supportive of Bianca even when she says there is nothing between them and he does change, for the better. At first his character annoyed me a little, I didn't really get it. Wesley was not initially interested in Bianca he was chatting to her to get to her pals but once their relationship grew I understood him a little better and by the end of the book he was pretty darn swoon worthy.    

I liked the morals in this story.

* Don't change who you are for a boy (or for anyone). Be yourself because thats what the people who love you love you for.
* Follow your heart
* Fight for what you want and what you believe in. 

I think these are nice things to keep in mind not only for teenage readers but everyone could do with a reminder. 

Having seen the trailer for the Duff I cant see that it follows the book completely but then films are usually a bit different but I hope I enjoy the movie as much as I enjoyed the book.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo Review


I loved the first book in this series. I loved the second book in this series. I liked this book. 
There was action and there was romance but there was not enough of the Darkling for my liking. 

This part of the story did help me better understand Baghra and the Darklings story which was interesting. I grew to love Baghra a little more each time she turned up in a scene. Baghra really loved her son and we get to see that actually the Darkling loves her right back. It shows that he is still human. 

The Darkling has been a character that I love to hate. He has been swoon worthy and complicated, evil and considerate. He has surprised me at every turn. I wonder if he actually had any feelings for Alina at all. He is definitely a character that should be hated but its confusing when you love him instead.

Mal was much better in this book than he has been so far in the series. He was actually interesting. I enjoyed following him in their search.  

Alina could have been a queen but instead she made a decision that was easy and predictable. The ending kind of let the story down for me, I mean it was nice but that wasn't what I expected (or wanted) from this series. I mean I get it. I understand the choices Alina made but I wanted more for her, for her to have the power and the future that she truly deserved. 

I cant go too deep into the book without risking giving too much away. I 100% enjoyed the series as a whole.

Thanks for reading

Em x

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs Review


Kenna is tired of being "normal". The only thing special about her is that she isn't special at all. Which is frustrating in a world of absolutes. Villains, like the one who killed her father, are bad. Heroes, like her mother and best friend, are good. And Kenna, unlike everyone else around her, is completely ordinary— which she hates.

She’s secretly working on an experiment that will land her a place among the Heroes, but when a Villain saves her life during a break-in at her lab, Kenna discovers there’s a whole lot of gray area when it comes to good and evil and who she can trust.. After all…not all strength comes from superpowers


I requested this book mostly because of the cover, It looked intriguing and I know that is not the right way to pick a book but I didnt even read the blurb I just went for it. I then started to read. When I realised this was a Hero vs Villain hoo haar I wasn't excited to continue on but I did. I am so so glad that I did because if i had not of carried on I would not have had this amazing adventure. 

Kenna is our main girl she is an ordinary, no powers to speak of. She works with her super smart mum in a laboratory which is run by the Heroes. She conducts her own little experiments and takes a special injection that her mum gives her weekly to protect her for powers. She was funny!!! It was unexpected but I was amused by Kenna's sarcasm and ability to argue constantly.

Talk about Bad Boy, Draven is not only a Villain but he is dark and has a temper that he can only just control obviously for Kenna's sake. I enjoyed the wide selection of powers that were briefly discovered in this book and I am excited to learn more about them in the next book.The unlikely bunch have a really hard time trying to rescue villains from a good lab turned bad and the ending left me a little more than sad and needing the next instalment.     

I like that the plot sort of has a moral. Are the good guys always good? are the bad guys always bad or does everyone have a bit of both inside?

Amazing book, Terrific plot.  5 out of 5.

Thanks for Reading

Em x

Monday, 16 March 2015

Matched by Ally Condie Review

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First off I want to say that overall I did enjoy this book so if this review comes off negative then that is not intentional and some of the things that are important to me in a book may not be for you so I would always hope somebody would give a book a go and form their own opinions.

The cover to not just this book but the whole series are beautiful and intriguing which if I am honest drew me in to the series. I gave this book a 3 out of 5 on goodreads

With that said lets get on with it. So the distopian world that Cassia lives in is modern and structured and predictable. I found the system could have been taken out of any YA book. The members of society are Matched at the age of 17. They have pill to keep them well or calm them, the food is full of everything that the individual needs to be in optimum health. 

I liked Cassia and Ky i think that they developed well and I would pick up the next book to follow their journey. I wasn't as struck on Xander I thought he was a little dull and should have maybe fought for Cassia a little bit more. Usually I find the female lead annoying but Cassia was just fine, She wasn't always trying to save the world or anything like that.

I don't understand how the society came to be and why some people are allowed to live inside society and some outside. Nothing is really explained about the way society works or why it even needs to be there. Also Cassia mentions that they are monitored constantly, then why are they not watching the hill and the hikers?  I also dont understand why Cassia cant just change her mind and be single and then she can date Ky all she likes?

This was a fairly easy and quick read for me I finished it in two sittings. I was neither captivated or bored, just somewhere in-between and sadly I feel like this sums up the whole book.

Thanks for Reading

Em x



Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Seed by Lisa Heathfield


I requested this book from NetGalley and I was thrilled when my request was accepted. I have never picked up a book like Seed and I had really high hopes.

I was right to expect so much from this book and every expectation I had was met within its pages. I found Seed captivating from start to finish. It was beautiful and creepy at the same time.

This is the story of Pearl and her life at Seed. Nature provides everything Pearl needs to be happy at Seed with her loving if not strange family. Seed is ruled by a man named Papa S, he has been chosen by nature to lead the group. I liked Pearl a lot, she was confused for most of the book but that is understandable, I would be too. She loves everyone, she is kind and caring and innocent. I enjoyed the moment of realisation when it finally came. 

When Pearl finally becomes a women at 15 things start to become a little strange. Ellis and his family are invited into Seed from the outside and he kind of turns Pearls world upside down. He points out all of the things that are wrong with the family and there are a lot of things wrong. 

I found Papa S exactly as he was cruel, manipulative, greedy and excuse the pun but Seedy. Its amazing to me that this story is not far from real life for some who live in cult like communities. 

I have loved this story from start to finish. I thought the plot had great development of the characters even the younger children had a spot in my heart. I gave this book a 5/5 on Goodreads and will be purchasing a physical copy for my bookshelf to reread in the future. 

Thanks for Reading

Em x

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.**