Thursday, January 31

Early Review: The Collector (Dante Walker #1)

The Collector (Dante Walker #1)
Victoria Scott

Published By: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Date Read: January 27, 2013
Genre: YA - Paranormal / Reapers
Source: Review Copy from Entangled Publishing
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13449677-the-collector
From Goodreads:
He makes good girls...bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big, red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.
"I see the good in you, Dante. Even if you don't. I do."

There are no words to quite explain how excited I am to have read this book. I heard about it months ago while searching for new books from one of my favourite publishers Entangled Publishing. I am quite obsessed with their 'Entangled Teen' imprint and have loved so many of their books. After hearing of The Collector I instantly wanted to read it. To be put into the 'ARC Lotto' I was so excited... never did I expect to be one of the names pulled out in Round 1. After jumping up and down in excitement and squealing for well about an hour I instantly dived into The Collector... and all I can say is Oh! My! God! This book is freaking phenomenal and Dante... well.... Dante Walker can corrupt me anyday!

Dante Walker is the best of the best! He is the best damn soul collector out there and he knows it. So when he is given a 'tricky' job by Boss Man Dante thinks no problem. He has 10 days to collect Charlie Cooper's soul. But what Dante doesn't count on is Charlie being the nicest, sweetest person in the world... she may even have the power to cause Dante's long-dead heart beating. Can Dante really deliver Charlie's soul to Boss Man when he is starting to question everything he has known as a Soul Collector?

I am just completely and utterly in love with this novel. I don't know what I was expecting but this surpassed all of my expectations and more. I was completely sucked in from the first page and founf the book extremely difficult to put down until I had reached the end. Victoria Scott is one author to look out for. I just cannot believe that this is her debut novel because it is phenomenal and of such a high standard that I would expect from an author who had been publishing books for years. I was just blown away by The Collector and I think it is one of the best debut's I have ever read in my life.

Charlie is such a great lead character. She is described as someone who has been 'smacked with an ugly stick' Dante's words... not mine! I love that Charlie is not the most beautiful super-model gorgeous girl in the world. To me that makes her more realistic and it's so much easier to identify with her. None of us are perfect (well except Dante of course) and Charlie doesn't pretend to be. She is a nerd (like me) and proud of it! But she also has emotions and is hurt by the thoughts of those around her... She is not weak and is definitely not a damsel-in-distress character who will annoy you, she is strong willed... she's just human. And it makes her so likable and I think she's one of my all time favourite female characters. Yes she's not a kick-ass strong heroine but realistically how many of us are? She is human and real with real emotions and acts like any normal person would when going through what she goes through. I just adore her!

Dante... Okay *fans self* Dante is just your typical hot bad boy that no girl can resist. He is bad with a capital B and I am completely guilty of having bad boy syndrome while reading this book. I fell head-over-hees in lust... err... I mean LOVE... yeah love that's what I mean. Dante is just the epitome of bad boy and even when he was acting like an ass I still loved him and all the mean things he thought I just found hilarious. I just love him. He is the typical bad boy who you know is good deep down in there somewhere and just needs the right girl to find the good guy in him *jumps up and down* I'll be her! I'll be her! *jumps up and down*

I just loved every second of The Collector. There was absolutely nothing wrong with it. The story was strong and perfect the characters were just epically amazing. It has everything, heart-warming uplifting romance, hilarious best friends, action and a heart-shattering emotion. This book will make you laugh out loud loads and also make you cry. It made me laugh, it made me cry so much I couldn't see the words and it just made me swoon so much. The Collector has everything you will ever want in a book and more. I loved every single second of it and this one is not to be missed out on under any circumstances. It was uttery perfect in every way and a must-read for everyone.
DO NOT miss out on this one, it is a must-have and you will not be disappointed!

"I love you, Charlie. I fucking love you so much."



Early Review: Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)
Katie McGarry

Published By: HarlequinTEEN
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Date Read: January 11, 2013
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Review Copy from Netgalley
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13561164-dare-you-to
From Goodreads:
"I dare you..."

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all...
"This isn't me giving him a memory. This is me giving him my heart."

First of all I just have to give a crazy big squeal! Dare You To is everything I wanted in a Katie McGarry book and more. It was just amazing. Pushing the Limits was one of my all time favourite books of 2012 and Katie McGarry was one of my breakthrough authors of 2012. Pushing the Limits just completely and utterly blew me away and left me reeling and not being able to wait for more. Dare You To did not disappoint at all. I was just sucked up into Beth's story and I loved every single second of it.

Beth's always had it rough, growing up with a mother who depends on her to do everything and her mother's boyfriend who treats her like a punching bag. All Beth knows is that she is safe with her two best friends Isaiah and Noah. But suddenly everything changes. Beth is shipped off to live with her Uncle and his wife, who hates her and forced to go to a new school where nobody understand her.
Ryan is the town's perfect guy. He is popular, a jock... who could want anything more? But Ryan loves dares and when he is dared to ask out the bad skater girl Beth everything changes. Can a dare really turn into something more? Beth and Ryan are about to find out... one thing is certain when they are togeteher sparks fly... but can they find love or are they destined to burn out?

I just loved every single second of this book. I am completely in awe of Katie McGarry and she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I just love her. Her writing is just phenomenal. She has this incredible talent of pulling you in right at the start and not letting you go until the book is finished and you are left reeling dying for more. Katie I bow down to you because you are just epically awesome and I love you.

The characters in this book are incredible. We met Beth in Pushing the Limits so I was instantly excited to find out about her story. I love Contemporary books where we get other people's stories so having already met Beth and loved her in Pushing the Limits it made me so crazy excited for this book. Beth did not disappoint. She is just the epitome of awesome. She is a kick-ass girl who wont take no crap from no one and man I freaking adore her. She is just amazing and one of the best lead female characters in a book. She has this amazingly kick-ass tough exterior while we also get to see a softer side to Beth and I loved seeing that.

Ryan... well Ryan is pretty damn perfect. He is the good guy and as much as I have a weakness for bad boys I just cannot resist those perfect sweet guys... they are just so..... *dreamy sigh* and Ryan is no exception... I will admit he is no Noah that's for sure and Noah is my guy... always but Ryan stole my heart in this book. He is just so amazing and all he wanted was to prove to Beth that people could care about her and I just loved him in the book.

Pushing the Limits was one of my favourite books of last year and I already know that Dare You To will continue to be one of my favourites of this year. I am so excited for anything by Katie McGarry and I don't even need to know what it's about. I will read it just because she wrote it. There are no words to explain just how excited I am for Isaiah's story. Katie McGarry is officially and writing goddess and I will continue to stalk her and read every single one of her books. I am a fan for life and I will always re-read her books over and over. Dare You To was just phenomenal and it is not to be missed out on. If you want a book that will have your heart-racing and you swooning like crazy then this book is for you. A must-read!

"This must be love: when everything else in the world could implode and you wouldn't care as long as you had that one person standing beside you."



Tuesday, January 29

Blog Tour: Reaper by LS Murphy


Hey Guys,
I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for the new novel Reaper by L.S Murphy. I have not yet had time to read and review the book because of University but I cannot wait to read it.

Here is some info about the book.

Reaper
LS Murphy

Published By: JTaylor Publishing
Publication Date: January 7, 2013
Genre: YA - Paranormal
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Blurb:
There's no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth grim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue Mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.

She’s supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.

It doesn’t take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along especially since Death can find her anyway, anywhere, anytime. And does.

Like when she’s reassuring her friends she wants nothing to do with former best friend Ben Moorland, who’s returned from god-knows-where, and fails. Miserably.

Instead of maintaining her coveted popularity status, Quincy’s goes down like the Titanic.

Maybe ... just maybe ... that’s okay.

It seems, perhaps, becoming a grim reaper isn’t just about the dead but more about a much needed shift in Quincy’s priorities—from who she thinks she wants to be to who she really is.

Doesn't it sound awesome? It sounds like something I would really love so I can't wait to read this one.

Now I am so excited to welcome the author to the blog to talk to us about Reaper. Welcome LS Murphy.

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Hi L.S
Thanks for joining us on K-Books today
Thanks for having me and being a part of the Reaper Blog Tour.

When did you first discover that you wanted to be a writer?
Really, it all started in eighth grade when my English teacher had us read “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut. I fell in love with the idea of writing something so haunting that made me think about the way the world really works.

Your book Reaper is in the paranormal genre. Did you always want to write in this genre?
No, I thought I’d write literature like the masters  and that was what I read a lot of as a teen. I didn’t discover a love of YA and paranormal until college.

What genre book do you enjoy reading?
As long as a book hooks me, I’ll read any type of fiction. Most of what I read is young adult these days since that is what my focus is.

Do you have any authors that you look up to or that inspire you?
There are so many. J I love Jane Austen and Kurt Vonnegut, of course. As for more modern authors, I love Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Libba Bray.

Your book ___ has been released. What was the inspiration behind that story?
Reaper was inspired by a “What if” question. What if Miss Popular learned it was her destiny to become a grim reaper? How would she react to that?

How do you feel about unleashing this story into the world?
Nervous. LOL. You want everyone to love it, and to go on this journey with you and your characters, but not everybody likes the same thing. It’s nerve wracking. 

Do you take any personal experiences and adapt them into your writing?
For Reaper, no.

Are there any particular scenes that you enjoy writing more than others?
There’s a scene at a party that I enjoyed quite a lot.

And finally what can we expect to see from you in the future?
In June, I signed with literary agent Julia Weber with a YA contemporary novel about a seventeen-year-old girl who sneaks onto a boy’s summer baseball team without her famous father’s knowledge.

Getting to Know You – Quick Fire Round

Hardcopy or E-Book? Both
Bookmark or Dog-Ear? Bookmark!!!!
Book or Movie? Book
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
Summer or Winter? Winter
Ice-Cream or Cake? Frozen Yogurt
Coffee or Tea?  Coffee and Tea, although more coffee.
Nice guy or bad boy? Nice guy with a bad streak. J

Thank you so much for being here on K-Books with us today.
Thanks so much for having me.


Author Bio: 
L.S. Murphy lives in the Greater St. Louis area where she watches Cardinals baseball, reads every book she can find, and weaves tales for teens and adults. When not doing all of the above, she tends to The Bean (aka her daughter), her husband and a menagerie of pets. “A Reason to Stay”, a contemporary romance novella, is available as of November 2, 2012. Reaper is her debut young adult novel and will be released on January 7th, 2013.
She is a co-rep for the Southern Illinois region of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and a member of the St. Louis Writer’s Guild.
Links:
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Monday, January 21

Double Cover Reveal

Hey Guys,
So I have two crazy awesome cover reveals going on today and thought I would put them both in the same post... why not right?

I am so excited about both of these cover reveals as they are from two of my a time favourite publishers.

So first of all I have the cover of the second book coming from Spencer Hill Press' new imprint Spencer Hill Contemporary. You seriously have no idea how excited I am about this book. I found out about this one from the author herself on Goodreads and I am seriously dying to read this book.

Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
http://spencerhillcontemporary.com/

Publication Date: October 15, 2013

Blurb:
Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two.  
All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother.  She's determined she'll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers—one that isn't tainted by her family's past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets.
Ian McAlister doesn't want to start over; he wants to remember.
Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months—and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle.
The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget.
  
Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna—which is the trigger that makes Ian's memory return.
Jenna, Ian & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.

What do you think?
I am so excited for this book? It sounds just epically amazing and I am on such a crazy Contemporary kick right now. I cannot get enough. I am so excited for this book I just know it will be amazing.
I adore the cover too it's beautiful isn't it?
I am just so in love with it.

Now I have our second cover reveal of the day... Burred by Tara Fuller. This is the second book in the Kissed By Death series and let me tell you I adored the first book, Inbetween, so I am dying to get my hands on this one.

 Blurred (Kissed by Death #2) by Tara Fuller

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: July 2, 2013

Blurb:
Cash is haunted by things. Hungry, hollow things. They only leave him alone when Anaya, Heaven’s beautiful reaper, is around. Cash has always been good with girls, but Anaya isn’t like the others. She’s dead. And with his deteriorating health, Cash might soon be as well.

Anaya never breaks the rules, but the night of the fire she recognized part of Cash’s soul—and doomed him to something worse than death. Cash’s soul now resides in an expired body, making him a shadow walker—a rare, coveted being that can walk between worlds. A being creatures of the underworld would do anything to get their hands on.

The lines between life and death are blurring, and Anaya and Cash find themselves falling helplessly over the edge. Trapped in a world where the living don’t belong, can Cash make it out alive?

Isn't it gorgeous?
I have to say I absolutely drooled when I saw this cover it is just gorgeous! I love the darkness of it and the good girl and bad boy. AHHH I cannot wait for this book!

Pre-Order:
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 About Tara:

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Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers​. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North  Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.
Kissed by Death Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/KissedByDeath?fref=ts

Now because Entangled is just... well amazing they are offering a chance to win the first eARC of Blurred. Check it out below...

a Rafflecopter giveaway


So what do you guys think of our new covers?
Let me know... leave me a comment.

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Sunday, January 20

Review: On Dublin Street

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1)
Samantha Young

Published By: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 17, 2013
Date Read: January 2, 2013
Genre: Adult - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 414
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15760001-on-dublin-street
From Goodreads:
Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare . . .

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street, where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he's determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won't be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her . . . down to the very soul.

"I feel like I'm missing something really important when you're gone. So important I don't feel like myself."

WOW! I had no idea what to expect when I first picked up this book. I won a amazon giftcard and was looking for some good Adult or New Adult Contemporary book and my sister from across the pond Tara from Tater's Tall Tales recommended this one and so I got it. I knew nothing about it except that it was a contemp. Oh. My. God! This book just blew me away. It is amazing. I was moved emotionally it is such a touching book and I also snorted and giggled all the way through. This book is just amazing.

Jocelyn has been constantly hiding from her past. Her inner demons interfere with her personal life all the time. Determined to stay on her own forever Jocelyn is terrified by the idea of 'more'. Enter Braden, he is drop-dead gorgeous, cocky and scottish. Everything no woman can resist. Terrified by what she feels Jocelyn tries to stay away but she can't deny the attraction between then. Braden has never been so attracted to someone as he is with Jocelyn. Seeing her fear of the future he proposed a deal: give in to their desire with no strings attached. It seems perfect for them both. But can they both deny their feelings? Can they keep going with no strings attached or is Braden the one person who can touch deep down in Jocelyn and win her heart?

I just utterly melt just thinking about this book. It is perfect in every way. It has sizzling hot chemistry, characters that you just utterly fall in love with and heart-stopping romance. I was completely sucked in right from the start and just could not put this book down. All of the main characters are just so real and amazing you feel like these could be the things happening to your housemates. I just got so attached to them I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to them.

Jocelyn... Oh my heart just breaks for her. She has just been through so much crap and trauma and I totally understand her fear for the future. There were times I wanted to hit her over the head and scream at her. I mean hello this crazy gorgeous amazingly sweet scotsman wants you and you run? WTF is wrong with you girl? If you won't have him I sure will.

Oh Braden... *melts* I just feel head-over heels in lust... err... I mean love... yeah love... with Braden. He is just teh perfect guy and I just melted and swooned all the way through. I just love him. I love the sweet side we see of him as well as the cocky, I can get what I want side. Him and Jocelyn are such a great match and I loved the parts with their banter where she gives as good as she gets. Its such a 'real' relationship and I just loved every second of it.

I seriously cannot praise this book enough. Being the first of Samantha Young's books I had read I really had no idea what to expect and I was just completely blown away. Samantha's writing style is just epically amazing that sucks you in right from the first page and doesn't let you go until you have finished. She is definitely an author I will be searching out all of her other books to read when I have time. I am definitely a fan now!

If you are looking for a great contemporary read On Dublin Street is a must-read. It is definitely not to be missed out on. I loved every single second and was left reeling dying for more of thier romance. It will have your crying with laughter one moment, almost snorting you are laughing so hard and then it is so emotional and heart-wrenching the next. If you want a book with sizzling heat as well as breath-taking romance this is definitely the book for you. I would recommend On Dublin Street to everyone! A Must-Read!

"I know you love me, Jocelyn, because there's no fucking way I can be this much in love with you, and not have you feel the same. It's not possible."



 Now because I love this book so much I am offering ONE Copy of the UK Edition of On Dublin Street. I'm sorry guys this one is UK and Ireland only because of the shipping costs. There'll be an international giveaway next month so look out for that International peeps.

All you have to do to enter is fill in this form...

Friday, January 11

Cover Reveal: Eden-South (Eden #3)

Hey Guys,
So when I was asked by my very awesome friend Janelle if I wanted to take part in the cover reveal for the third book in her Eden series I think my reply was "YES! YES! YES! ARRRRGGGGHHHH" I was so damn excited.
Janelle is one of my all time favourite authors and I hold her in very high regard, up there with the liked of JLA. Yeah... she is THAT amazing.

So here you go the cover of Eden-South


Publication Date: March 2013

Isn't it gorgeous?!?!?!
And don't hate me but... yeah I already read this book and it's freaking PHENOMENAL!
If you're a fan of this series it's even better than the previous two... hands of my wolf guys... he is MINE!
And if you haven't read the series yet... well... what the heck are you waiting for? Go! Go! Go!

And just because I love the series look at all the cover together...


Aren't they awesome? I just love how different they are from any other series and they just get better and better with each cover.... droooooool.

What do YOU think?

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Monday, January 7

Early Review: Finn Finnegan (Adventures of Finn Finnegan #1)

Finn Finnegan (Adventures of Finn #1)
Darby Karchut

Published By: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: March 12, 2012
Date Read: December 10, 2012
Genre: Middle Grade - Fantasy
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13486992-finn-finnegan
From Goodreads:
Finn (not bleedin' Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures.

Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn's survival. Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of "fighting Irish."

Wow! I really don't even know where to start with this review. This book was so awesome and I really didn't expect to like it quite as much as I did. After finding out this book was Middle Grade my instant reaction was 'Oh'. I just don't 'do' MG books but I thought I will give it a go anyway just because it is Spencer Hill Press and I just love all of their books. I was so pleasantly surprised by Finn Finnegan... it completely took my pre-conceived thoughts about Middle Grade books and completely threw my expectation out of the window and blew me away. I am sad to say that I am one who before reading this book went Middle Grade? No thanks I will pass and never give the book a second thought. Darby has completely changed my mind about Middle Grade books and I will never be one to pass on a book just because of it being MG ever again.

Finn is dying to start his apprenticeship. Growing up with a family that never cares or notices him isn't the best so he can't wait to go start his apprenticeship and find out how to use his powers. Finn is a descendent from an ancient celtic race of warriors from Ireland. Paired with his 'Master' Sir Gideon, Finn find that his apprenticeship is much harder than he first expected. He must learn manners and how to act as well as how to use his powers... but danger is brewing for Finn and Gideon... can they both come out of it? Things for Finn will never be the same.

I genuinelly loved this book. I sat down with the intention of reading just a few chapters and the next thing I knew I was finished with the book. Having not read any Middle Grade nor anything by Darby Karchut before I was very impressed. I was completely drawn into this addictive story and I loved every single second of it. Darby is a fantastic author and her writing style is just so amazing. It's such a laid back and easy read and you just find yourself completely sucked in and unable to stop reading. This book will give you 'Just One More Chapter Syndrome' and let's face it those are the best kinds of books.

Finn is such a great character. I was worried about how much I would connect with the character with him being younger than the characters in the books that I usually read but I really needn't have worried at all. I instantly loved him. I love his carefree nature and his talking back to Gideon. Finn really grows a lot as a character throughout the book and goes from this carefree young boy who just wants to have fun to learning the lessons and the danger of training to be a Tuatha De Danaan warrior. I just loved seeing his adventures and his journey throughout this book and I really couldn't put the book down and I was dying to see what would happen to Finn.

I really fell head-over-heels in love with this book. It's such a great story and I will be counting down until the second book will come out to see what happens next. I genuinelly loved it and Darby totally proved me wrong about MG books. I never wanted to read a MG book and never thought I would enjoy them but I really loved this one. It's true that I won't go out of my way to look up MG books to read but if I come across one that sounds good I won't instantly go 'Oh It's Middle Grade... I Don't Think So' I will pick it up and give it a go and that is a massive improvement from what I was like before reading this book.

Finn Finnegan is such a great fantasy adventure that reminds me of Harry Potter... but it is way better written! It has Fae, Goblins and magic... everything you could ever want. If you are looking for a fun light read that will have you giggling into your book and have your heart pounding fast not able to wait to see what is going to happen next this is the book for you. It is brilliant and definitely worth a read!



Sunday, January 6

Showcase Sunday - Christmas Edition

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So I haven't done a Showcase Sunday post for about 2 or 3 weeks so today's is massive. It included all of the books I got for Christmas so I've named this one Christmas Edition. I was going to do a vlog but my computer program I film them on was just freezing all the time so I will try and get one done for next week.

Hardcopy Books:


Gifted:
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
The Raven Boys (The Raven Boys #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Bitter Blood (The Morganville Vampires #13) by Rachel Caine
Two Weeks Notice (Revivalist #2) by Rachel Caine
Siren (Siren #1) by Tricia Rayburn
The Forsaken (Forsaken #1) by Lisa M Stasse
The Marked Son (Keepers of Life #1) by Shea Berkley
Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones
Burn Bright (Night Creatures #1) by Marianne de Pierres
Angel Arias (Night Creatures #2) by Marianne de Pierres
Shine Light (Night Creatures #3) by Marianne de Pierres
Iced (Dani O'Malley #1 / Fever #6) by Karen Marie Moning *Review Here*

Loaned:
Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard

E-Books:



 For Review:

The Boys of Summer (The Boys of Summer #1) by CJ Duggan
The Dark (Portal Trilogy #0.5) by Heather Self

Bought:

A Dance with Darkness (Angelfire #0.5) by Courtney Allison Moulton

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Saturday, January 5

Review: Iced (Dani O'Malley #1 / Fever #6)

Iced (Dani O'Malley #1 / Fever #6)
Karen Marie Moning

Published By: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
Date Read: January 1, 2013
Genre: Adult - Urban Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 495
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12444166-iced
From Goodreads:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning comes the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban paranormal trilogy, set in the world of her blockbuster Fever series.

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced
**Please Note: There will be spoilers for the whole of Fever series. Do Not Read on if you have not yet finished Shadow Fever**

Oh. What. The. Feck! I am so torn about this book. On the one hand it was amazing and epic and everything I expected from Karen Marie Moning. On the other hand it was just... well... not Fever.

The walls of Dublin have fell and the fae are taking over. Dublin is now an incredibly dangerous place to be and Dani O'Malley is one of two people able to save the people. In possession of one of only two weapons in the world that can kill the fae Dani takes control as protector of the people. As if that wasn't bad enough she must deal with the unwanted attention of Ryodan, a seductive nightclub owner. Parts of Dublin are Icing... literally freezing over and exploding and Ryodan enlists Dani's help to figure out how and why it's happening. Ryodan and Dani must find a way to stop it before the whole of Dublin ices over, including the people.

Well... I have such mixed feelings about this book. I loved it and I kinda didn't at the same time. I was very reluctant to start this book. I am such a massive fan of the Fever series and in my opinion it is the best adult Urban Fantasy series I have ever read and I could read it over and over and love it just as much as the first time I read it. However I was not such a massive fan of Dani in the Fever series so to find that this book (and the next two) were from Dani's perspective I was just disappointed and unsure if I would like this book at all... I did like it. I loved it. Karen Marie Moning has proven herself as queen of Urban Fantasy. I'm not sure there is anything this woman could write that I wouldn't love as her books are just addictive. And Iced was no different. Right from the first page I was pulled back into the Fever world and reminded just how much I adore it. I just love this world. I love the setting and I love the characters... well most of them... and I love the story of the fae. Karen Marie Moning's writing is just addictive and you just cannot help but love everything she writes.

Dani... Oh... Dani... Dani... Dani... I didn't like her in Fever at all. I found her irritating and annoying and the small part she narrated in the Fever series I found myself skipping over it because I just found her irritating as hell... this did not change much in Iced. I found her so freaking irritating and annoying I just kind of wanted to slap her... at first. The more I read the more I got used to her narration and by the end of the book I had warmed to her a little and just found a lot of her irritating behaviours and sayings quite amusing and at times funny. By the end I kinda liked her and I am genuinelly looking forward to the next book and I don't think I'll have as much as a problem as I did with this one because I am now accustomed to her point of view.

One thing I genuinelly loved about this book was seeing different perspectives. Some chapters are told from the perspective of Christian and Kat and I loved seeing their side of things and what happened... most of the time. Kat is now taking over the sidhe-seers and I loved reading her perspective of how she dealt with it and what was happening with the sidhe-seers as for the most of it Dani is far away from them. Christian... well I kind of enjoyed his perspective of how he was dealing with what was happening but his perspective is icky sometimes. And that is one of the major problems I had with this book.

As much as I loved this book I has two major problems with it.
1. It's just gross and disgusting and wrong. Some things literally made me feel physically sick and made my skin crawl. Mainly the 'relationship' between Dani and Ryodan and Christian. Dani is a fourteen year old girl and she has two grown men having sexual thoughts and feelings towards her... that she does not understand at all... why? Because she's a freaking child that's why. For the most part I found it a little icky but I could deal with it... Until we got Christian's perspective and we get the 'inside' of his 'feelings' for Dani and it made me feel physically sick! No I do not want to know that your dick is getting hard because of a fourteen year old girl... you wanna know why? Because it's fecking disgusting and I just... *shudder* You know I find it sick and wrong enough without having to read something like that. Just... NO!

2. I miss Barrons and Mac. I tried not to but while reading this book my mind was just constantly going 'I wonder what Barrons and Mac are doing'. I just really missed them. I missed Barrons because... well let's face it IT'S BARRONS! And I missed Mac's kick-ass attitude. I just love Mac she is one of my favourite literary heroine's ever and reading a book set in the fever world without Mac's point of view is just wrong. For me anyway. I just really missed them and although I do love and have become attached to the new characters I just don't have the feelings I do when reading about Mac and Barrons.

I genuinely did enjoy this book and I have to say I am totally and utterly in love with Ryodan *fans self* and Dancer. Dance is just the sweetest guy ever and I so want him and Dani to end up together. They are just perfect for each other. I guarantee that if you liked Fever series you WILL love this book. I do love it... but I don't at the same time. It's just an epic chapter in the phenomenal unmissable Fever series but it just doesn't quite live up to the standard that is Fever. Fever is just so in a league of it's own and at least to me Iced just failed to live up to that standard.

Iced is absolutely worth the read and I still loved every moment of it and can't wait to see what will happen next. I love this series and it is still one of my favourites. I just had some problems with this book but not enough to stop my enjoyment of it and I was still completely hooked unable to turn the pages fast enough dying to find out what was going to happen. Because of my problems with Iced I was so torn between giving it 3 stars and 4 stars. I eventually decided to go with 4 as this book is so worth more than 3... I so desperately want to give it 5 because I did love it and found it pretty damn unputdownable but I just... I just can't because of my problems with it. I can't wait for the second book in the Dani O'Malley saga and I really hope that my problems with this drop away.



Friday, January 4

Review: The Dark (Portal Trilogy #1.5)

The Dark (Portal Trilogy #0.5)
Heather Self

Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Date Read: December 31, 2012
Genre: YA - Paranormal
Source: Beta Copy from Author
Format: E-Books
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17183317-the-dark
From Goodreads:
Mary Anne Moore doesn't know what she is. She can’t explain why she has lived so long.

Or why she never gets sick.

Or why the dreams she has come true.

She has hidden herself as a lowly servant to the households of Dublin's English elite for decades, until the night that changes her life. Now her sole purpose is the child she never expected to have. She will do anything in her power to keep the black-eyed monsters from discovering him and turning him into one of them.

For Kieran Moore, the dark is an ever-present parasite, waiting to devour his humanity. His mother’s love and the girl in his dreams has kept it at bay for years, but the more time that passes—the longer he has to wait for her—the more it grows. When tragedy strikes, it is all he can do to keep from being consumed by the darkness that infects him. He must continue to hold on to the hope of peace her presence will bring him, because it’s not just his fate on the line, but that of the entire world.

Oh. My. God! I just freaking loved this novella. I never wanted it to end. Heather Self is just epically amazing. I knew I would like this novella because... well.. Heather wrote it... DUH! But I didn't think I would love it just as much as I did and now I am so freaking torn. Damn you Heather... Damn You!

For Anna nothing has been easy. Running from the evil that is after her Anna flees her home town in order to protect her unborn son. But as she settles into her new life she soon realises that it will not be that easy and that she can't escape her past. Kieran is not the same as him mother, there is something dark in him that he nor his mother understand but will Kieran be able to fight it and be good or is the darkness just too much to resist?

I loved this novella and it was just amazing. As soon as Heather told me she was writing a novella about Kieran's past I just couldn't wait to jump into it. After reading The One I just fell in love with Heather's writing and couldn't wait to get my hands on her next book. I was not disappointed. You quickly get sucked right back into the word of kin and nereda and I was so hooked I just needed to read more and read the entire thing in one sitting. It's just so incredible.

I liked Kieran already from what I read of him of The One but this made me just fall head over heels in love with him. He has been through so much and I just want to give him a big hug. He is just the niest sweetest guy who is always seen as bad when deep down he just wants to do the right thing. This is where I have to say DAMN YOU HEATHER! When I finished The One as much as I liked Kieran I was totally Team Chase... I mean Chase is just amazing and your total snarky cheeky boy... seriously who can resist that. But then I read The Dark and ARGH I love Kieran too (Sorry Chase). Now I just don't know what to think. I loved seeing Kieran's background story and it really gives you a better perception of him.

I genuinely loved every single second of this amazing novella and I just need The Key... like now. This is fast becoming one of my all time favourite series and I just can't wait to see what is going to happen next. If you haven't read this series I would strongly advise picking it up as this is one series that is not to be missed out on... under ANY circumstances.



Wednesday, January 2

Review: Down To You (The Bad Boys Series #1)

Down To You (The Bad Boys Series #1)
M. Leighton

Publication Date: September 21, 2012
Date Read: December 20, 2012
Genre: Contemporary - Adult
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16001893-down-to-you

From Goodreads:
The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not. Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white. But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.

Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her. Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them. Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. She wants them both. And they want her. How will she ever choose between them?

Wow. I don't even know where to start with this review. I had no idea what to expect when I picked this book. The only reason I got it was that my sister from across the pond, the very awesome Tara from Tater's Tall Tales (if you don't follow her go do it now) was helping me pick some contemp books when I won a giftcard and she suggested this one. So after hearing great things I decided it would be my first (from many) of the contemps I would read. I had never read anything from M. Leighton before and I was just totally blown away by this book. It's just such a phenomenal read I couldn't believe I hadn't picked it up earlier.

Olivia has always been attracted to the wrong kind of guy... yeah the bad boy who will always break her heart and this time is turning out to be no different. When at her friends bacholorette party Olivia meets the drop dead gorgeous Cash and he is everything that she wants... but her head is telling her that he is the typical bad boy who will end up breaking her heart. Soon she finds that Cash has a twin brother Nash and she is torn between two gorgeous irrisistable guys. Nash is the good guy and everything that she should want but she can't resist the dangerous streak in Cash. She can't possibly have both of them but how is she supposed to choose?

I freaking loved this book. I just sat and read it in one sitting I just could not put it down. M Leighton's writing style is just crazy addictive. I was completely hooked right from the first page and I just could not put the book down until the end. Down To You is such an addictive contemporary novel that you will not be able to put down until you have read the entire thing. It's one of the best contemporary books I have ever read and I already just want to re-read it.

Olivia is such an awesome character and you are really put in her shoes and feel what she feels. Starting with her embarassment at her hilarious meeting of Cage to her confusion and want of the two irrisitable guys. I loved reading her story and she is without a doubt one fantastic character to read about. I never found her irritating at all as I do with some characters in contemp books but I just loved her and was rooting for Olivia and Cash's relationship to work out.

Cash... Oh God somebody save me now because I am totally head over heels in lust... err... I mean love... yeah yeah I mean love. He is just..... *droooooooool* Don't get me wrong Nash is equally as hot and all but Cash is just... I mean really what girl can resist a bad boy who is hot, sexy and sweet? I don't think anyone is. I just love Cash he is one amazing sex on legs and you can't not fall for him... it's physically impossible!

I genuinelly loved every second of this book. It's just such an addictive story that will have your heart-racing... in many different ways *wink wink*. I was just completely enraptured with this book and could not put it down for anything... not to even eat! I genuinely loved every second of it and I was left with my heart-racing and totally breathless in all the right ways. I just cannot wait for the second book to come out... and it is out in a few days *squeal*. I am so glad I got this book so I wanna say a massive thank you to Tara for making me get it and I will definitely be reading M. Leighton's other books now as she is incredible. She is definitely a author to look our for in the future and even after only reading one of her books I can totally see her becoming one of my all time favourite contemp writers. If you love contemporary's with a whole lot of heart-pounding romance and some super hot smexy scenes you definitely need to pick up Down To You. You will not be disappointed.



Tuesday, January 1

January New Releases

Hey Guys,
So first of all a bit Happy New Year. I hope your 2013 will be amazing. 2013 is due to be a EPIC book year so this year I am starting a new thing. One the first day of each month I am going to do a New Releases post which will show some books that I personally want, some new releases from series on my TBR and some new ones altogether. This is just showing the books that I have my eye on.

You can see all of them for the whole year by clicking HERE or by clicking on the 2012 Release Calender button at the top of the sidebar.

So here you go... this is the January New Releases I have my eye on.



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Jan 1st:
Splintered by A. G Howard
The Essence (Pledge #2) by Kimberly Derting US Edition

Jan 8th:
Broken by A.E Rought
Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi
Rise (Nightshade Prequel #2) by Andrea Cremer
Just One Day by Gayle Forman US Edition

Jan 10th:
Just One Day by Gayle Forman UK Edition

Jan 15th:
Touch of Death (Touch of Death #1) by Kelly Hashway
No Cover: Consumed (Devoured #2) by Emily Snow
Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis US Edition

Jan 22nd:
Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton US Edition
Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand US Edition
Love All (Game, Set, Match, Heartbreak #1) by Kelly Hashway

Jan 28th:
The Essence (Pledge #2) by Kimberly Derting UK Edition

Jan 29th:
Till the World Ends (Blood of Eden #0.5) by Julie Kagawa
Shadows in Silence (Angelfire #3) by Courtney Allison Moulton

So there you go those are the books I am looking forward to that are released this month. 

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