Monday, March 27

Review: Wrong (Wrong #1)

Wrong (Wrong #1)
Jana Aston

Publication Date: October 7, 2015
Date Read: January 21, 2017
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
I have a history of picking the wrong guy. Gay? Player? Momma’s boy? Check, check and check.

Now I can’t stop fantasizing about one of the customers at the coffee shop I work at between classes. It’s just a harmless crush, right? It’s not like I ever see this guy outside of the coffee shop. It’s not like I’m going to see him while attempting to get birth control at the student clinic. While wearing a paper gown. While sitting on an exam table. Because he’s the doctor. Shoot. Me.

But what if, for once, the man I’ve had the dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies about turned out to be everything but wrong?

Wrong is without a doubt the most hilarious book I think I have ever read. Now I am not a major fan of NA books as a whole but I had seen this one around quite a lot. Jana was at the Romance Author and Reader Event (RARE) I went to last year in Edinburgh but I never went to see her as I had never read any of her books. Then a few months ago, while I was scrolling through facebook I came across a promo picture for this book that made me literally laugh out loud. It was also at a time when I was just looking for a funny, cute quick read that I didn't need to think a whole lot about it and one-clicked this book. I was not disappointed. I finished it in such a short period of time as I just couldn't stop reading. It is addictive and absolutely hilarious.

Sophie is a 23 year old student who while working her part time job as a barista is completely crushing on a customer who comes in every week. He is older and completely gorgeous. But it doesn't matter because it's not like she will ever meet him outside of work. But then when she goes to the student sexual health clinic for an exam and some birth control she realises he is a gynacologist.... HER gynacologist and things just got all kinds of awkward.

This is one of the most awkward, embarassing and hilarious books I have ever read. I don't know how anyone would cope with the situations Sophie gets herself into, but they were just so amazingly enjoyable to read about. You really cringed with her throughout the embarassing situations and were just laughing so much at what was happening. I loved Sophie. She was such an amazing character to read about. I also adored her best friend, Everly, as she is just a ball full of hilarious one-liners. I am so excited Everly has her own book as that is going to just be amazing.

I loved Luke. Luke was just one of those heroes of a romance book that everyone loves. He is sweet and hot and he really makes you fall for him. The more I read the more I loved him and I really would have liked to see some of the scenes from his point of view. I think it would've just been that much more hilarious seeing some of those awkward situations from his perspective.

Wrong was such a hilarious, sexy and amazing book. I couldn't put it down. It was just the kind of book that I needed. Something that was easy to read and funny and enjoyable. I loved every moment of it and I cannot wait to read more from this author.


Thursday, March 23

The Struggle Buzz Tour

Hey Guys,
I'm so excited to be a part of the Buzz tour for The Struggle, the third installment in the phenomenal The Titan series by Jennifer L Armentrout.

~ About The Book ~

 The Struggle (The Titan Series #3)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Publication Date: March 20, 2017
Genre: NA - Paranormal Romance

From Goodreads:
A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

~ Kayleigh's Dream Casting ~

I have been asked to give a dream casting for the Titan series. This was so so hard for me to do and to be honest I'm not even sure if some of the people I have chosen are even actors but what the heck!

I choose the 5 main characters of The Titan series to dream case so here they are...


 Seth - Colton Haynes


I really really struggled to dream cast Seth. I mean I absolutely cannot picture anyone other than Drew as Seth but I thought it was cheating to include him in my dream casting so I chose Colton Haynes.

I absolutely love Colton Haynes, he is gorgeous and would make the perfect Seth. He can be the sexy brooding character that Seth is, yet totally romantic and self-sacrificing at the same time.








 Josie - Indiana Evans




 Indiana Evans is an Australian actress who used to be in soap Home and Away years ago. I don't even know if she is still acting or not but looking at this picture I just thought she looked like the perfect Josie. She is beautiful and delicate but I still think she looks fierce and stubborn which is perfect for our favoirite demi-god.







Deacon - Jonathan Whitesell




Deacon is one of my all time fave characters. I loved him in the Covenant series and I loved him even more in The Titan. 
I think Jonathan Whitesell is the perfect Deacon. I loved him in recent series Beyond and I just think he is perfect as Deacon.






Luke - ???





Honestly, I don't even have a clue who the hell this is but I came across the picture online and I thought he looked like the perfect Luke. He just looks great for Luke. 









Apollo - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau



It took me so long to think of someone who to me would be the perfect Apollo. I am a massive fan of Game of Thrones and while rewatching some of it just thought that Nikolaj would be the perfect Apollo. 









Who would you cast as the characters of The Titan Series?

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Look out for my review of The Struggle going up in the next few days.


Wednesday, March 22

Review: The Struggle (Titan #3)

The Struggle (Titan #3)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Hodder and Stroughton
Publication Date: March 20, 2017
Date Read: March 21, 2017
Genre: NA - Paranormal Romance
Source: eARC from Jennifer L Armentrout
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

It's no surprise to anyone who knows me how much I adore everything wrote by Jennifer L Armentrout. I have been completely in love woth her and her books since I first read her books back in 2011. My favourite Jennifer series is the Covenant and Titan series so you can imagine how excited I was for this book. I was so excited for The Struggle and it was without a doubt my most anticipated book of the year. It absolutely did not disappoint. Every second of this book is just magical!

The ending of The Power was such a killer so I have been dying to get my hands on this book for way over a year and I was so so happy to finally have my hands on this book. Seth killed me in this one. He killed me with his selflessness and protectiveness over Josie and I just fell even more in love with him. Josie... I just love her. She has been through so much and she certainly goes on one hell of a journey throughout The Struggle and she comes out stronger than ever.

The Struggle is one of those books that once you start you just absolutely cannot put down. Right from the first word Jennifer just sucks you in to her amazing world with her phenomenal characterisation and storytelling and I absolutely couldn't put this book down. I loved every single moment of it. I loved seeing more characters that we knew from the Covenant series and I loved the new characters as well. The Struggle is full of twists and turns that I never saw coming and I just couldn't read this book fast enough.

The Struggle was a phenomenal instalment into the amazing Titan series. I loved every moment of it. It's such an emotional rollercoaster. I laughed, I cried and my heart broke while also slowly getting put back together. I absolutely cannot wait for the final book in this series to see how everything will end. If you haven't read this series yet I highly recommend it. It's a definite must-read.



Wednesday, March 15

Review: Secret (Elementals #4)

Secret (Elementals #4)
Brigid Kemmerer

Published By: K Teen
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Date Read: January 28, 2017
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 328
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From Goodreads:
EARTH. FIRE. AIR. WATER.

Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He's trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won't get in to college. He's trying to keep his brother's business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He's trying to keep the secret of where he's going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel - or he fears he'll lose his family. And he's trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his 'girlfriend's' partner.

And then Quinn takes to hanging around his sworn enemy, and an Elemental Guide is counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. Storms are brewing. On all sides.

SECRETS IN THE WIND. DANGER IN THE AIR.

There are no words to decribe just how excited I was to finally start reading this book. I am absolutely in love with this whole series but I was especially in love with Breathless, Nick's novella. Nick is without a doubt my favourite Merrick brother and after the revelation at the end of his novella I couldn't wait for his story.

First of all, let's just mention how disappointed I am with this cover. I adore the covers of this series but I loved that all of the boys were on them and when I saw this one I was a bit sad that we didn't have the other guys in the background. As much as I didn't like the cover very much, this was without a doubt my favourite of the Elementals books so far. Nick's story was so beautiful and touching.

Nick is just a character that you can't help but love. He has accepted who he is but daren't tell his brothers as he doesn't think they will understand and accept and love him because of it. I couldn't read this book fast enough. Seriously. I was turning the pages so damn fast as I just wanted everything to be okay. I loved Nick's development through this book. You saw his weaknesses and his worries about his brothers reactions and I was so emotionally invested in his journey and I loved every second of it.

Secret is just as much Quinn's book as Nick's and I genuinelly started falling for someone I never thought I would. Everytime we changed perspective (Nick or Quinn) I ended up just wanting the other one back as well because I needed to know what was happening next with both characters. Enter Tyler, Tyler is one of the bullies from the very first book and he is kind of an asshole. I never thought that I could ever like him but the more time he spent with Quinn, the more I saw a different, softer side to him and I genuinelly started to love him. You really start to see things from his point of view and see why he acts like he does. That doesn't excuse his behaviour but you understand it a bit more. I mean he is still a hot-headed asshole but I fell for him so much in this book.

While the previous book was all about the Guides, Secret is all about the romance and I loved that. I am such a sucker for a good romance with a paranormal/fantasy backdrop and that is what this book was. It was just utterly perfect. Secret was without a doubt the most emotional book of the series so far. I loved every single second of it and it is the first Elementals book that genuinely made me cry. Not in a bad heartbreaking way but in a heartwarming, family-relationship that is just so beautiful and amazing kind of way. I loved every single second of it. It was just perfect.

I am so excited to start the next book but at the same time I'm terrified as it's the final book. I can't wait to see how it all ends but I just never want this series to end, it is so incredible. I've loved binge reading these books and I cannot recommend them enough. They really are incredible and one of the best series I've ever read. Roll on Sacrifice.



Wednesday, March 8

Review: Spirit (Elementals #3)

Spirit (Elementals #3)
Brigid Kemmerer

Published By: K Teen
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Date Read: January 15, 2017
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 301
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From Goodreads:
With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.

He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…

The Elementals Series is fast becoming a favourite of mine. I am just so in love with this series that the more books I read the more addicted I become and the more I need to know what's going to happen. I genuinely have not loved a series this much since I read Jennifer L Armentrout's Covenant series. It is just as addictive and it makes me feel like I did reading that one where I just couldn't get enough of the world and the characters.

I was so so happy to finally get a book all about my boy, Hunter. Hunter is a great source of confusion in this series. He was raised by a Guide so technically should be an enemy to the Merrick brothers but the more of this series I read, the more I see him for what he is. Confused. About what is right and wrong and the more I read the more I realise he is a good guy. He just wants to do the right thing and is confused about what that is due to his upbringing. I loved this book. I loved Hunter's story. He is such an amazing character and he really did go through such a growth in this book. He realised who he is. He realised who the Guides are, and he realised where he belongs and I loved every single moment of his journey.

Now Kate is our lead female character in this book. A fellow Guide, she has been sent to survey the Merrick's and find out if they are dangerous or not. Now I have to say at the beginning of this book I really hated Kate. I didn't like her at all!! But the more I read, the more I realised that just like Hunter she has layers. I ended up really loving her and I loved the friendship and relationship that slowly developed between her and Hunter.

Spirit was definitely more about the Guides than the romance, which is a stark contrast from the other books. The other books are heavily on the romance with the stuff with the guides added in for the storyline and the paranormal aspect of the elementals. This was the opposite but it did not take away any enjoyment from this book at all. I loved seeing more of the Guides and learning more about them and their ways and their justification for their actions. It was really amazing to finally see things starting to make sense and come together, ready for what I'm assuming is going to be an explosive and action packed conclusion to the series, even though there's at least 2 more novels after this one.

This is definitely the most emotional book of the series so far. I didn't quite cry but it definitely pulled at my heartstrings more than the previous novels. It was honestly a perfect instalment to the Elementals series. I loved every moment of it and I certainly can't stop reading now. I am hooked and I need to know what is going to happen to all of my beloved characters. Seriously, if you haven't read this series yet I cannot recommend it enough. It's amazing. Go pick up the first book now. You will not regret it!



Monday, March 6

Review: Breathless (Elementals #2.5)

Breathless (Elementals #2.5)
Brigid Kemmerer

Published By: K-Teen
Publication Date: April 30, 2014
Date Read: January 14, 2017
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Too many secrets. Not enough time.

Nick Merrick is supposed to be the level-headed one. The peacemaker. Since it’s just him and his three hotheaded brothers against the world, that’s a survival tactic.

But now he’s got problems even his brothers can’t help him survive.

His so-called girlfriend, Quinn, is going quick as mercury from daring to crazy. Meanwhile, Quinn’s dancer friend Adam is throwing Nick off balance, forcing him to recognize a truth he’d rather shove back into the dark.

He can feel it—the atmosphere is sizzling. Danger is on the way. But whatever happens next, Nick is starting to find out that sometimes nothing you do can keep the peace.

After devouring the first two novels of The Elementals Series I couldn't wait to see what happens next and get inside another brothers head. After loving Gabriel's story I was really excited to see that this novella was from Gabriel's twin brother, Nick's perspective. Although I am hoping Nick will also get his own full length novel later in the series too.

Nick is the calm and collected of the Merrick brothers. While his brothers are super hot-headed he is the calm one who always chills them out. But Nick is keeping secrets from his brothers, secrets he just doesn't think they could ever understand or accept. Secrets he himself isn't sure he understands or accepts.

I loved this novella so much. Seriously, I like devoured it in one single sitting. I adore Nick's perspective and I believe he may just be my favourite of the Merrick brothers. He is so awesome and he is very unsure of himself and although he exudes confidence that is very far from what he feels internally. In Fearless he feels himself accepting himself a little bit more and finding who he is more and I loved experiencing that. I also love Quinn. She is such a great character and you really appreciate the friendship/relationship she and Nick have.

Enter Adam. Oh my god I love Adam. He is hilarious and amazing. I just love that he accepts who he is and will come on to anyone he finds attractive whether they are gay or straight. He is just an amazing character and I ship him and Nick so freaking hard. I loved every second that they interacted in this novella and I am praying that he is going to pop up in some of the other books as I may just have another favourite character in this series.

Breathless is a perfect novella to get you even more addicted to this series. It is the perfect length so you can just devour it in one sitting and it really leaves you needing to read more. I loved every moment and I cannot wait to read more of this highly addictive series.



Thursday, March 2

Wrap Up: February 2017


Hey Guys,
Can you believe it's March already? I can't believe how fast the first 2 months of this year have gone by. I'm super excited that it's March. There's lots of exciting things happening this month, Beauty and the Beast movie is out, the Before I Fall movie is releasing and the Fallen movie is releasing here in the UK too. Not to mention all the exciting books coming out this month.

Anyway here's my wrap up post for February.

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:






Heartless by Marissa Meyer
The Scarecrow Queen (The Sin Eater's Daughter #3) by Melissa Salisbury
Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton
Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber


E-Books:

Bought:


For Review:


Books Read in February 2017:


Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman - 3 Stars
Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber - 5 Stars
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - 5 Stars


Reviews Posted in February 2017:

2017 Challenges Update:

This year I am challenging myself to:
  • The Totally Doable 2017 Reading Challenge
  • The 2017 Debut Author Challenge
  • The 2017 'Continue a Series' Challenge
  • The Zoella Book Club Challenge
The Totally Doable 2017 Reading Challenge:


I am so happy with my progress on this challenge so far. I decided this month that instead of selecting books that fit in and adding them to my to read list I would just read what I want and see if they fit into the challenge. That is working so far. 
This month I read:
  • Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman (a book that was recommended to me but wasn't one I would have picked for myself) 
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber (a book released in 2017)
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (a book with a woman on the cover)
Challenge Total: 5/12



The 2017 Debut Author Challenge



I am so so happy to have made a start on this challenge. I am incredibly bad at reading books the year they come out, particularly debuts. I loved Caraval so if you haven't already read it, I highly recommend it.

Challenge Total: 1/5

The 2017 'Continue a Series' Challenge


No further update on this challenge. I read the Elementals series in January. Hoping to get another one added onto this in March.

Challenge Total: 1/5

The Zoella Book Club Challenge

I have loved the Zoella books I've read so far so I decided to start this challenge to read all of the others. I had already completed Everything Everything, The Sky Is Everywhere, The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily and The One We Fell in Love With before 2017. I read Lying About Last Summer this month. It was really good. I recommend you definitely read it.

Challenge Total: 5/16

Top 3 Books of February 2017:

What did you read this month?

Wednesday, March 1

Review: Spark (Elementals #2)

Spark (Elementals #2)
Brigid Kemmerer

Published By: K-Teen
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Date Read: January 13, 2017
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 345
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From Goodreads:
Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can't. Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he's not doing it. And no one seems to believe him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Because Layne has a few secrets of her own...

I read the first book in The Elementals series, Storm, what feels like forever ago. I can't honestly explain why I didn't continue the series then because I absolutely loved it. And now, after finishing Spark I am absolutely kicking myself for not continuing the series sooner.

Gabriel Merrick is hot headed. The Merrick brother that controls fire, he has always struggled to control his gift. When an arsonist starts setting deadly fires Gabriel tries to control his gift and help the victims of these fires. Enter Layne, a quiet subdued girl at school and the more Gabriel spends time with her the more he wants to protect her. But Layne has secrets of her own and can she open up with this wild, fiery boy without getting burned?

I seriously loved Spark so much. It was such a fantastic book. Right from the start Brigid grabbed my attention and didn't let it go. I couldn't turn the pages fact enough. One thing I adore about this series is that we have the paranormal storyline with the elementals but there is such a strong romance storyline and I loved that more than anything.

Gabriel was such an awesome character to read about. He is very strong and hot headed and won't think twice about beating the crap out of someone if he gets to protect his family and friends but then when he is with Layne he is so sweet and gentle with her and her brother and it just made me fall in love with him so much. Layne was such a great character. I think she is so relatable and awesome. She is quiet, nerdy and generally just an amazingly kind and generous person. I adored her and loved reading her point of view in the book.

This book was completely filled with amazing romance and I loved every single second of it. Right from the start I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen with Gabriel and Layne. I loved the reminder of the Guides that I am sure will become a much bigger role in future books in the series and I cannot wait to see what is going to happen.

If you love a book filled with magic and romance then you need to read this series. Honestly, I think the first book in the series was better but I just cannot wait to read the rest of the series.