Saturday, 30 August 2014

Tears of the Fallen

Written by: K.M Hager
Published by: Titan Publishing
Pages: 222
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

Amy Coleman on a mission to find her son, the only problem was up until two days ago she never knew she had a child. 
Life for Amy is not worth living anymore; she has been brutally attacked; her nightmare of an abandoned child is seeping into her reality. 
There is only one person who can stop Amy's mission for death, a fallen angel Stephen. However, what Amy doesn't realise is falling helplessly in love with the angel will just lead her down a dark and deadly path and right into the middle of an angelic war.

My Rating: 3.5/5

I received this copy in return for an honest review by the author and I was extremely interested because the blurb of the book immediately caught my attention. This book has already been published as a Kindle edition and is the first book in a brilliant series. The book features Amy as she goes on the hunt for her child and ends up falling in love and being dragged into the middle of a war. Everything about it just seemed action-packed and thrilling but I was a little wary of the angel part because in my experience angel books and I just don't click that well. But because every other part seemed right up my street I really wanted to give it a go and I was not disappointed when it turned out be a great read. 
They were soulless, without a touch of humanity. He was the devil, the devil on his darkest day.
Right from the get go, I got sucked into the story and could not put it down. The very beginning was full of action that really made you feel for Amy and want to help her in any way possible. It was beautifully written in a way that made you feel sorry for Amy yet you were able to see how strong a character she was, even when she herself felt as if she was weak. I felt the same with Stephen, he was caring but also deadly. They were both so contrasting and the perfect opposites for each other. I got to admit, that at times I was put off by his slightly stalkerish and possessive behaviour, but then it was sort of his job so it did kind of make sense. Like most fantasy books I did feel as if the romance was slightly unrealistic due to the instant connection and love they have for one and other but then it is what I have come to expect in these types of genres so I wasn't really disappointed by it. And because the romance was so instant it gave way to the other main storyline in the book, which was Amy's mission to find her son.
We did very little from that point; it was as if we knew everything about each other, so there was no need for words.
As much as I enjoyed the story there were times were it seemed slightly disjointed, like it suddenly jumped from one thing to another with little reason. But again it didn't really lessen the story so it wasn't as bad as it could of been and it still kept me gripped throughout the book. There were so many twists and turns that it was easy to get lost in the action and absorbed in trying to find out what it going on.
I just wanted a bit of normality to forget about the supernatural occurrence that had been destroying my life so far. 
Overall, this book was very enjoyable and extremely gripping because as soon as you thought it was safe another twist would be thrown at you making it really hard to put down. There were times when I felt slightly lost as to what was going on but they didn't last very long, as I was once again quickly engrossed in the story as soon as I figured out what was happening. I thought that all the characters were written really well as it was easy to relate to them, even if many of them were supernatural. But the thing I liked most about this book was the writing. There were so many beautifully written sections and amazing quotes that I found it hard to decide the right quotes to put in this review. The way the attack scene in the beginning was written was amazing because it was able to flow throughout the story and the emotion within it was absolutely excellent. I for one was expecting great things from this story, and even though there were things that I didn't exactly click with, I really enjoyed it. So much so that I am looking forward to see where things go with the next book in the series and how things are picked up from the where this book ended. Because that ending was just brilliant and the emotion in it was simply fantastic.

tears of the fallen
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Top 5 Wednesday

August 27th

Top 5 Spines

This week's top 5 is your Top 5 favourite book spines.

  1. My Life Next Door - Huntley Fitzpatrick
    • This Spine! I love it, the stripes, the colours, the font! I just love it all. It is so simple, yet so pretty.
  2. A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness
    • What I love most about this spine is the way some of the letters are like water smudged, which if you connect it with the story add so much more value to the whole cover. And the vines from the front curl round over the spine, which I think is cool
  3. Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
    • Basically I really love this spine because of the font and the colours. Simple I know but I can't help it, I just think its so pretty. 
  4. Across the Universe - Beth Revis
    • What is there not to love about this spine? It is Gorgeous! The colours and space/galaxy theme. Just simply stunning! I see it on my shelf and I sigh with happiness, that's how much I love it.
  5. Breathe - Sarah Crossan
    • This one is a fairly new love. Again I really love the contrasting and mixing colours of green, blue and purpley pink. But I also love how the front cover image is also on the spine, so they basically match, which I really like because I don't really have any other books like that.
And there you have it all my Top 5 book spines. Again they follow a theme of simplicity. The more simple a spine is the more I love it. They just look so cute and neat on my shelves.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Top 5 Wednesday

August 20th

Top 5 Worlds

This week's Top 5 is your Top 5 favourite Worlds in books.

  1. The Darkest Minds Series - Alexandra Bracken
    • This is one of my top 5 favourite worlds because I Love the idea of kids having powers, anything that deals with superhuman powers and I'm sold. But I also love the aspect of the children being hunted and feared because it adds more to the book and shows their vulnerability and naivety and contrasts it with their strength, which to me is pretty awesome.
  2. Legend Series - Marie Lu
    • I have recently reviewed these books and I have just fallen in love with the world. It is slightly complicated I think, but I still love the mystery and action that impacts it all. You don't know who to trust and you don't know what is going on but that just adds to the brilliance of it all. 
  3. Percy Jackson Series - Rick Riordan
    • This one I wasn't sure I could add because it is set in a pretty normal modern world. But It uses and intertwines greek myths and mythology into it, which is how it is different from modern day society. And that is why it is one of my favourite world because it has simplicity and uses the idea that all this could be happening and us 'mortals' are just not seeing it. 
  4. Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
    • I love the magic, assassins and the unjust leadership. Practically everything that makes up the world in Throne of Glass I adore because it just is so gripping and interesting you can't help but get sucked in.
  5. The Lunar Chronicles - Melissa Meyer
    • This world I love because of how it uses fairytales, that everyone knows about, and adapts them into a brilliant society on the brink of war. I just love the idea of taking something well known and changing them into a completely unique and different world.
And there you have it, my Top 5 Worlds in books. All world focus on the fantasy aspect because I love how contrasting the worlds are to everyday yet there is always something similar with them. 

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Stupid Girl

Written by: Cindy Miles
Published by: TKA Distribution
Format: Kindle
Pages: 333
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

Only fools fall in love...
After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She's no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston College, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love - astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course.

A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity's hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia's virginity. But he doesn't plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona.

As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia's whole world upside down reappears, and "harmless" pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love.

My Rating: 3.5/5

I received this book in return for an honest review from publishers through NetGalley. Stupid Girl revolves around Olivia with her move from home to college and her troubles with a traumatic event that changes her outlook on life. I was really interested with this book because the premise just seemed really heartfelt and sounded like a really good contemporary read that I would be able to just sink into. At first I gotta say I loved the beginning prologue scene. The fact that you were with Olivia when she realised what had happened and you got to witness the event from her perspective, I felt, was really distinctive because you immediately feel protective of her. So much so that when Brax was introduced I really did not like him, at all. He just felt way to pushy and forward and the protectiveness that I felt with Olivia just immediately made me weary of him and untrustworthy. But this was in the beginning of the book, so my first impression of him changed dramatically.
Then, his head lowered, and full, firm lips covered mine. And he kissed me.
There were many things I liked about this book, the cover being one of them, but there were times when I did feel like the story was a tad predictable and it could drag a little. I mean there have been so many stories of the bad boy and the good girl falling in love and yet, I still felt that the story was so cheesy and cute and just lovable. It made me smile in so many places because Brax and his adorable accent made everything lighter when it was drowning in darkness. In turn, I was literally unable to put the book down when it got into the swing of things. 
And sometimes, what seemed like the stupid choices turned out to be the only choices.
At times there were parts were I felt that the characters were a little undeveloped for my liking, like Miles just focused on the main characters so much that the other characters just lost a little something in the process. Such as the main character Kyle, I had no clue as to what he added to the book, apart the beginning, he just seemed to be plonked straight in the middle and used as a scapegoat so much that it just added to the predictability of the story. It just didn't sit well with me. Plus I wasn't entirely pleased on how Olivia was so sure she was strong and it seemed to be screamed at you from all angles, yet at the first hurdle she crumbles to the charm and constantly needs saving. But then I was in two minds on this because I did sometimes like this flaw because it just added to the cuteness and made the character more relate-able and likable.
"You don't accept anything less than the one who puts you first, Olivia. Above anything else."
All in all Stupid Girl is a cute and cheesy contemporary that mixes in dark and thrilling story-lines to make the story that more gripping. I fell a little bit in love with Brax and the constant reminders of his Boston accent. But there were some little things that for me, personally just niggled at me and made the experience slightly disappointing in the fact that I found the story a little predictable. Having said this, I would recommend this to anyone who loves a little bit of cheesiness and are not put off by new adult clichés

Stupid Girl
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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Anna and the French Kiss

Written by: Stephanie Perkins
Published by: Usborne Publishing
Pages: 401
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

Here is everything I know about France: Amélie and Moulin Rouge. The Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe...And, I'm moving to Paris for a year. To boarding school. Alone.
Anna had everything figured out - she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere...Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.
But Despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including étienne St Clair, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he's taken - and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with the french kiss she's been waiting for?

My Rating: 5/5

To sum it up Anna and the French Kiss is a totally cute and adorable read about a girl falling in love in the city of romance, Paris. To be honest I was really dubious going into to this story because it had so many good reviews and it was slightly over hyped and I was scared that it was going to be one of those books that every one else seems to love but I don't. But that was definitely not the case. 
For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.
I gotta admit I wasn't sure wether I would like Anna because I felt that the beginning she seemed a little snooby? If thats the word. But then I put myself in her shoes and I was like yeah you know what if I was being forced to go somewhere and uprooted from my home and everyone I love I would also be a little peeved. And there were times when I felt as though it was a little predictable on how things would turn out, but then I couldn't help but get lost in the pages and before I knew it, it was the end and everything turned out perfect. It all turned out to be so sweet and you were just rooting for them to get together and everything to end out perfect no matter how they behaved. 
I mean, really. Who sends their kid to boarding school? It's so Hogwarts. Only mine doesn't have cute boy wizards or magic candy or flying lessons. 
My heart literally melted when Anna finally noticed that her and St Clair were more than just friends, they were best friends and then more. It was just so sweet. How she found out that she was in love, the way it was written was just perfect because it felt as though you were one of the bystanders asking if she was okay because the realisation actually made her go fuzzy and knees weak, which just makes you wish for that kind of feeling of love. To be overcome with that much emotion that you can't stand and get floored by the feelings.  
I wish for the thing that is best for me. 
This book just ticked all the right boxes and I am literally head over heels in love with it. It was perfect on so many levels. The characters were gorgeous and not always perfect so they felt more real. I love that it was set in Paris because it just automatically created a romantic atmosphere throughout the entire story. It was a chick-lit story that there were so many 'aww' moments and moments when you were just rooting for all the characters to have their own little happy endings and things to be resolved. You get so caught up in the story that it makes you itch for more. So I cannot wait to buy more books of Stephanie Perkins', starting with Lola and the Boy Next Door, and to once again to get caught up in the romance and lost within the pages. 

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
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Sunday, 10 August 2014

The Hit

Written by: Allen Zadoff
Published by: Orchard Books
Format: Kindle
Pages: 366
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die -- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target.
When Boy Nobody was just eleven, he discovered his own parents had died of not-so-natural causes. He soon found himself under the control of The Program, a shadowy government organization that uses brainwashed kids as counter-espionage operatives. But somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the boy he once was, the boy who wants normal things (like a real home, his parents back), a boy who wants out.
And he just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's next mission...

My Rating: 4/5

The Hit, also known as Boy Nobody and I Am The Weapon, is a really quick and thrilling read that follows a young assassin on his most difficult mission yet. My main thought throughout reading was 'Wow this is way too gripping'. I literally could not for the life of me stop reading. It was just too hard to try and put it down so in the end I just ended up reading it all in one sitting finishing it in a day and being blown away at how fast it ended. It seemed as though time just flew right on by because I was just so caught up in what was happening.
"There is always a moment before you choose, isn't there?" the mayor says. "A moment when you realise the choice you are about to make could affect a number of people."
At the beginning I was sorta dreading the book because it was written in a way that I was not really used to. It was written from the main character, a deadly trained assassin, so everything was written in a detached and cold way. But after the first three pages I got into it and understood it better, which lead to me realising that the way it was written was really effective in portraying the main character's mind. You really understand that he is a deadly assassin by the way he evaulates his surroundings and constantly assess what is happening around him. He is never once taken by surprise because he is always aware. Which I really loved because it was so interesting to see how unemoutional the assassin is. He really distances himself from things that we as 'normal' people would automatically feel and that to me is really interesting. Plus there was never an redeeming qualities about the main character, even he knew that, to him everything that was important was his mission and he could not understand when something made him deviate from it. It added a real naivety to his personality and I really felt for him even though to be honest he was a very nice person.
There will be another choice, a better choice, a choice I didn't have the courage to make.
Another thing I loved was the fact that Zadoff does not reveal the character's real name until the end of the book because it adds a constantly layer of mystery to the characters and takes away a layer of personality that we as readers are so prone to automatically see because we get to know the main things about the main character from the pages of books. But as this was taken away from us in The Hit, we look at the main character from a different perspective and it keeps that mystery alive. Plus when we do eventually find out his name I literally felt more connected to him because it was revealed at a time of great distress so you get the shock value and more from the announcement.
This is not part of my training, grieving people and aftermath. I do not stay for aftermath. Not usually. When in doubt, emulate.
There were a lot of things that I loved about The Hit. It was fast and exciting from page one and literally drew you in so much that I found it extremely hard to stop reading. It was like my eyes were glued to the page, nothing could distract me from it. The only thing that really prohibits me from giving it the full 5 stars was I did predict what was going on from quite early on so I was a little spoiled as too how it ended because I had already guessed what would happen. Apart from that I really enjoyed this book and I am really excited to see what the future holds for Boy Nobody and look forward to the following books in the series.

Boy Nobody (Boy Nobody, #1)
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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Elemental Reality

Written by: Cesya MaRae Cuono
Published by: Revolution Publishing
Pages: 249
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

When Callie Pierce was ten, her mother disappeared without a trace. On the eve of her disappearence twelve years later, the Earth seemingly comes alive. The elements speak to Callie, and that's only the beginning. Everything she has ever known was a twisted fabrication to protect her. Now the truth is set free. Callie and her sister are more powerful than any faerie ever born. Now they have to use their powers to save their mother nd family from the evil hands of fate that threaten to tear them apart. 
Welcome to her Elemental Reality. 

My Rating: 2.5/5

Elemental Reality follows Callie as she deals with her growing elemental abilities and her trying to find out information about her mother who disappeared when she was younger. I have to be honest I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, even from the beginning. I just sometimes found it a little boring and slightly cheesy in terms of the writing.
He kissed my nose and leaned his forehead against mine. "Epic win," I whispered and opened my eyes.
The concept of the book is really interesting. I love the idea of elemental magic type abilities where you are in turn with nature and the elements. But I just did not enjoy the faerie aspect. I have never really enjoyed books that deal with faerie myths and mythology so when it was brought into the book, I just lost complete interest. When the idea of a war being brought in I did gain interest but then I was slightly confused as to why the war started and I never did find out completely. It felt as though the reasons were rushed such as there is a war but we are not entirely sure why and the mother left for a really good reason we just don't wanna go into it. So I was constantly lost and trying to catch up and find out why all this was happening but I never completely got it.
"we're connected, Kitten," Oli said earnestly. "I wasn't lying when I told you we're soul mates. If we didn't have that connection I wouldn't even be here."
I wasn't entirely sold on the main character, I felt as though she was trying to hard to be funny. Her arguments with herself, in the beginning of the book, just went on and on and I felt as though it was overly trying to be entertaining. After the first couple of lines I was just like I get it your in two minds, okay you can move on now, stop arguing with yourself over and over again. Having said this, I really did like the fact that she was in her twenties because I felt as though I could relate to her more as she was around my age. Plus it was quite refreshing because I normally read books that the main characters are around 17 so when I saw that she was 22 I was like 'Oh this is different, I like this'.
What had I gotten myself into? An Aussie, you idiot.
Overall, Elemental Reality is a good quick read that has an interesting concept and at times little beacons of hope that shine through when things got slightly irritating for me. I gotta be honest in saying that I was not overly thrilled by the book but there were somethings that I did seriously like. Such as the relationship between Oli and Callie could be, at times, really cute and sweet and I did like the relationship Callie had with her two best friends. The more the story went on, the more I liked it. However I don't think I would be continuing on with the series because I got quite lost at points and as a result lost interest in the book that I had in the beginning. 

Elemental Reality (Elemental, #1)
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Dark Sacrifice

Written by: Angie Sandro
Published by: Forever Yours
Format: Kindle
Pages: 384
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

Mala LaCroix sees dead people—really. After using her psychic gifts to catch a killer, she's locked in a psych ward and must strike a deal with the devil to secure her release. Apprenticed to a dark arts practitioner, Mala vows to free herself and save her loved ones from danger. But she doesn't know who to turn to when her crush on Landry Prince turns into something more serious.


Landry has sacrificed everything to protect Mala. A near-death experience changes him forever, and now he, too, possesses supernatural powers he doesn't understand. Mala and Landry must band together to defeat the dark forces—both human and otherworldly—who would use their abilities for evil. Even as they fall for each other, they must prepare to battle for their very souls... 

My Rating: 3/5

I received this book in return for an honest review through NetGalley. Dark Sacrifice is the second book in the Dark Paradise series and it picks up a couple of months where the last book left off. The series follows Mala and her discovery and troubles around magic and her ability to see the ghosts of the dead. I was really excited to read this book because I just loved how the premise and story sounded and I really wanted to see what it was all about. Plus, i'm not going to lie, I am in love with the covers of these series so that was another deciding factor for me. If it looks pretty, i'm going to want to give it a try.
Moonlight peeks through the branches above our heads, shining across her face. She glows like an angel sent down from heaven.
First let me start off by saying that I really like Sandro's writing style because it is so descriptive that you are pulled into the story that much quicker. The dual perspective and fast paced style are some of the things I like about this book because it allows you to understand her characters more as well as creating a gripping and captivating atmosphere, even though for me there wasn't really a lot going on. So I was genuinely sucked into the story, but in some cases not understanding why because I was slightly disappointed on how not a lot was happening. As well as this, there were times when I got lost as to what was going on because the skipped through points and jumped to others, which in turn made it hard to follow. Having said this there was a really creepy atmosphere throughout the book because it felt as though the characters were being watched and followed, so you were constantly wondering what the fudge was going on, which I really like because it showed that the characters were in danger and something big could happen at any minute. 
Or I got lucky. The Goldilocks who has been living in my house, sleeping in my bed, and eating my food left before I arrived.
Unfortunately I wasn't really thrilled with the relationship of Laundry and Mala, the constant does he, doesnt he feel was just annoying and irratating to me because I just wanted them to make up their minds and to get on with it already. On one side you have Laundry who is constantly questioning himself and whether if he is good enough for Mala. Then on the other you have Mala who also loves Laundry but doesn't want to make a move due to her guilt. So both sides are hiding their feelings which made me lack the emotion to care about it because they were both being annoying in their feelings and were taking a long time to notice them. Plus this stopped me from connecting with them which is why I wasn't really invested in their happiness.
A grim tension makes her steps heavy. Silence has it's own weight.
All in all I thought that Dark Sacrifice was a fast paced sequel that reveals some answers that were needed and keeps you gripped with some pretty interesting twists. However for me personally, it didn't thrill me as much as I hoped. Yet this may be because I hadn't read the first book before I read the sequel so I wasn't as invested as I would have been if I had read the first book. I did really like the concept and the writing style of Angie Sandro was fantastic, but unfortunately I didn't click with the characters so I just didn't care whether or not they ended up with each other or what would happen to them. 

Dark Sacrifice
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Thursday, 7 August 2014


Written by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
Format: Kindle
Pages: 456
Purchase from:  Amazon  |  Book Depository

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.
She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. 
But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.
War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

My Rating: 5/5

Opposition is the last and final conclusion to the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and it was absolutely epic. I have been a fan of the Lux series from the very beginning, it is one of my favourite book series of all time so while i'm a little sad so see the end I am so happy as to how it ended. Everything that need to happen, happened and there were still so many things that I didn't see coming. I love how everything tied up and rounded together so you were never left thinking that this could of been better or it should of happened this way because you see the genius of why they ended that way, even if you didn't particularly like that it had to happen like that. 
Hell, I'd keep her in Bubble Wrap if it weren't so damn creepy and also inconvenient, considering I had a terrible habit of obsessively popping the damn things until not a single bubble was left.
The writing style is just so witty and funny but still epically gripping that you just fall into it and cannot for the life of you put it down. I found myself seriously arguing with myself over the fact of if I needed to sleep because I only had a couple of chapters left. So I ended up being really tired but completely enthralled by the events that were happening. Not to mention there wasn't a bit in it when there was a break from the action, after something big ended another twist happened that started the action again. Which is why it was completely fantastic and gripping throughout the entire story.
 I knew how hard loss was. It never went away, but stayed with you like a faint shadow that was thicker some days than others.
Another thing that I have loved throughout the entire series but especially in this book is the characters. Oh my Gee I love them. I can't get into how much I love Daemon because I will be going on for hours otherwise, but to sum it up every single character has so much depth and are just so amazingly written that they become real to you and you can't help but really love them or seriously hate them. 
"You'd get jealous if she hugged a tree," tossed out. "Maybe." Daemon coasted to a stop in a parking space behind the car. "I'm needy like that."
All in all, opposition is a stunning conclusion to a brilliant series. It has everything you would ever need in a book, amazing romance, fantastic action and funny one liners throughout the entire story. It was brilliant and I am sad to see it end but really happy on how everything ended. I would recommend this series to every young adult fan because it mixes and brings together so many genres that you can't help but caught up with it and fall in love with it from the very beginning. So if your looking for a funny, fast and action packed read that features gorgeous aliens and thrilling romance then pick up this series and by the time you get to this book you will be head over heels in love with Daemon Black.

Opposition (Lux - Book Five)
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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Top 5 Wednesday

August 6th

Top 5 blue covers of books I own

This week's top 5 is the Top 5 blue covers of books that you own.

  1. Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
    • I love how the different blues merge and swirl together, plus the little bit of pink it just so pretty, which is why it is one of my top 5.
  2. The Broken Heart Diet - Tom Formaro
    • This cover is just so cute, with the clouds and the little reference to the San Francisco bridge that is mention in the book. Plus the fork and typography all just adds up to a really cute cover.
  3. Ignite Me - Tahereh Mafi
    • What is there not to like about this cover? The colours, the eye, the typography, and the contrast of orange on the blue blackground is just pretty that it couldn't not be one of my top 5. 
  4. The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer
    • I mentioned in a previous top 5 post that I love this cover. Its just simple and elegant and gorgeous all rolled into one. 
  5. No Time For Goodbye - Linwood Barclay
    • I choose this one because the cover just screams thriller. So you get the atmosphere of the book before even reading it.
Well there you have it my Top 5 favourite blue book covers that I own.

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

LAUNCH DAY BLITZ: Dark Sacrifice by Angie Sandro

It's Dark Sacrifice Launch Day!
It's August 5th 2014 which means that today is the official release of Dark Sacrifice. The second book in the Dark Paradise series which, if you remember, came out on the 1st July 2014! Let's start by learning a little more about the book and the author and then you can check out an except along with all the places to buy the book.

Written by: Angie Sandro
Published by: Forever Yours (Hachette Book Group)
Pages: 384

Mala LaCroix sees dead people -really. After using her psychic gifts to catch a killer, she's locked in a psych ward and must strike a deal with the devil to secure her release. Apprenticed to a dark arts practitioner, Mala vows to free herself and save her loved ones from danger. But she doesn't know who to turn to when her crush on Landry Prince turns into something more serious.
Landry has sacrificed everything to protect Mala. A near-death experience changes him forever, and now he, too, possesses supernatural powers he doesn't understand. Mala and Landry must band together to defeat the dark forces-both human and otherworldly-who would use their abilities for evil. Even as they fall for each other, they must prepare to battle for their very souls . . . 

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About Angie Sandro
Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen.
Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father's family in Louisiana inspired this story. Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador.

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Now for the thing that you have all been waiting for... a sneak peak of Dark Sacrifice!


On Saturdays, the local farmers set up a market in Paradise Park. I plan to do my veggie shopping there since I didn’t get my garden planted this year. The streets bordering the park are packed. I’m lucky to find a spot in the parking lot of First National Bank kitty-corner from the Memorial Rose Garden. Colorful tents are lined up in orderly rows in the square. Each section is separated, with the organic foods in one row and regular folk who want to sell extra produce in the other. Local shops also set up booths selling everything from pastries, coffee and tea, handmade clothing and soaps, fresh eggs, organic meat, and toys and games. A freaktastic clown stands on the street corner with a tank of helium and a gaggle of kids around him. I’m tempted to buy Landry a balloon to cheer him up.
The passenger door slams shut as soon as I shut off the engine. Landry wastes no time coming around to open my door and lift me to the ground before I can squawk in protest. He strides off while I grab my cloth shopping bag, leaving me to stare after his retreating back in shock. When he’s halfway across the street, he pauses and turns around.
“This is your idea. Hurry,” he yells. 
“I’m coming.” I shut the door and run to catch up. When I reach him, he moves around me until I’m on his blind side. He starts forward again, but slows his steps so they match mine. If I didn’t know him so well, I’d think he didn’t have a care in the world, but I do. He walks like he did in jail—shoulders back and tight, chest slightly raised. He scans the area, alert for a threat.
I take his hand, squeezing when he tries to pull away.
We blend into the crowd, strolling up and down the rows. It’s a mix of people of all ages. A few people say “hi.” Most don’t. A large percentage of them stare. I feel like I’m at the mercy of paparazzi.
“Smile and wave,” I mutter from the corner of my mouth, jabbing Landry in the side with my elbow.
“You’re acting like you’ve done something wrong, but you haven’t. Don’t let these fools see you sweat. Weakness breeds violence. Like a silverback gorilla in the jungle, you need to beat your chest and fling your poop at someone.”
His snort-laugh doubles him over, and I pat him on the back. “That’s perfect,” I say. “No worries.”
He turns and lifts me into a breath-stealing hug. “Thanks,” he whispers in my ear and presses a brotherly kiss to my forehead. Wish he’d move his lips a little lower. Would a few inches kill him?
My voice comes a little thick and raspy too, and I cough to clear my throat. “No problem.”
How long has he been standing here holding me? We have an even larger audience than before. Now we really are the object of paparazzi-like behavior as people snap pictures of our embrace with their phones. I wrap my arms around his neck and press my cheek against his. “Cheese,” I say, grinning for the cameras.
A couple of high school kids start to laugh.
One yells, “Give her another kiss, Landry.”
“Yeah, Landry. Give me a kiss.” I bat my eyelashes, whispering in his ear, “I swear if you drop me on my ass in public—”
I don’t have to finish the threat.
His mouth steals across mine.
 I lean into him, head tilting. My arms tighten around his neck. His lips are soft and juicy, like peaches. Yum. My thoughts scatter and swirl, leaving only the sensation of his mouth on mine.
He breaks free first and lowers me to my feet. He avoids my gaze. “Did it work?” he asks, running his fingers through his black hair so it falls forward to shield his eye again. He shifts from his forward foot to his back which somehow puts distance between us without him having to move.

I laugh, playing off the hurt. “Yeah, we gave our fans a titillating bit of new gossip to take the place of the old. Rumors about our relationship will be flying through town before lunch.” I glance around to be sure. The crowd drifts away, realizing there’s nothing more to see. Even better, nobody hurls insults or throws dead animals at our heads. “Let’s go.”

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Saturday, 2 August 2014


Written by: Marie Lu
Published by: Penguin Books
Pages: 353
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He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
They thought their country was on the brink of a peaceful existence.
But a plague outbreak deadlier than any other has arisen and war threatens.
June is the only one who can save her county. But Day would lose everything he has as a consequence.
Who will be Champion?

My Rating: 4.5/5

Champion is the third and final book in the Legend series by Marie Lu and I can honestly say that this series has been fantastic! (read my reviews of Legend and Prodigy here) After finishing Prodigy I couldn't wait to start Champion because how could you not with that ending?! But I honestly was a little timid to start the third book because I didn't want it to end and I didn't know how it could top what happened in Prodigy. But then I started it...and from the very first page of Champion I was completely and totally sucked in. 
"Sometimes, the sun sets earlier. Days don’t last forever, you know. But I’ll fight as hard as I can. I can promise you that."
Seriously I have no idea on where to begin with this review. Everything I loved about the other two books just grew in this one. I absolutely adored the strength and development of the characters, even at their weakest they still are amazingly powerful. It was so nice to see the flaws of them as well, because it made them more realistic as it just shows that they are not these perfect and flawless beings that excel in everything. They have weaknesses and they make mistakes, but they always counter-act them and fix things and never give up, which I find so inspiring and encouraging.
It hurts every day, the absence of someone who was once there.
The book is again written beautifully and I cannot get enough of Marie Lu's writing style because it is simply gorgeous. She has quickly become one of my favourite authors because of the little gems of writing stamped in between the pages. The way that the book ended was something that had me crying in sadness but then holding on for hope because you fall so in love with the characters that you can't help but want the very best for them. 
“He loves you, really he does. He'd love you even if it destroyed him. He matches you.”
Champion had me crying in so many places and being on the edge of my seat in so many others. From the very beginning it seems to hit the ground running, packing in action wherever there is space making it a fantastic fast read that stays with you at the very end. Blink and before you know it is over. I cannot get enough of the characters and of the story. Every part of it is simply stunning. The only reason why the book didn't reach the full five for me was that I was just a little bit more in love with Prodigy, but apart from that it is the stunning conclusion to a brilliant series.

Champion (Legend, #3)
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