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I'm a 20-something Psychology Lecturer and Literacy specialist who is obsessed with anything bookish. I run K-Books, a book-blog that has been going for 2 and a half years. I am also a publicist for Spencer Hill Press.

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1)

Fifty Shades of Grey  - E.L. James

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind - until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more. But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view ...

 

 

 

When I got this whole series for my birthday I was super excited about it. I had heard so many amazing things and couldn't wait to start it. I think the covers are pretty beautiful and I am a sucker for a pretty cover. My thoughts after reading? What a disappointment. I am very disappointed in this book. I think it is no where near as good as everyone is making it out to be and I don't really understand why there is so much hype surrounding this book. In my honest opinion I am quite shocked and horrified that this is what is being classed as bestseller material.


Innocent student Anastasia meets the mysterious attractive billionaire Christian Grey. Following her instant attraction to him, something she has never experienced before, Ana is introduced to a new dark world. But will she follow Christian into the dark or will she follow herself and separate from his dark and seductive world?


This book has so many positive reviews and I know it has a huge fan base and there is a lot of love out there for this series. I don't see the appeal of this book at all. I find it all quite disturbing to be honest and I felt physically sick through reading most of it. I only continued this book to it's conclusion because of friends convincing me too. I am glad that I did because it isn't as bad as I thought. I thought it was a terrible story... well it kind of is but it's not as bad as I first thought. The writing style is absolutely horrendous and I don't think I've ever read a book with a worse writing style than this one. I really hated the writing in it and it really made me dislike the book straight away.

I find the characters the most dislikable characters I have ever read about. I don't see the appeal of Christian Grey. I find his the most unlikable masochistic dick I have ever read about. Even at the end of the book I still don't like him. Ana was worse. She is the stupidest idiotic character I've ever read. Reading through her narration I wanted to beat my head against the wall... repeatedly. I know a lot of people are going to disagree with me but I honestly hated both characters through the majority of the book. I find it actually unbelievable and unrealistic that this innocent girl who believes in true love would go into a relationship like this with Christian. I don't care how good looking he is I'd have punched him! I just find is horrifying that she would choose to be in this abusive relationship. Yes I said abusive as that is how I see it. Christian is completely emotionally abusing her in my opinion and she is so innocent and to me comes across as if she is frightened to displease him. 


The only thing that appeals me with this book is the fact that Christian has many psychological problems. As a psychologist I found him intriguing an wondered why he would act this way. Is it because he has unspeakable things happen to him while he was a child that now he needs to control every aspect of his life. I will continue with the series, mainly because I am very curious to see why he is this way and what happened to him to make him this way. 


The ending of the book is what redeemed it a little for me. I heard a lot of people were sad with the ending of this book. I was overjoyed. I thought Wow, so Ana has some sense after all. Finally! And by god, I almost had a heart attack, Christian showing some emotion, could it be that there is something human in him afterall?


It's fair to say I not a fan of this book. At. All! I am shocked that this is what is classed as bestseller material. I have read and enjoyed many indie books so much more than this. However I am going to persevere and try and read the rest of the series and I really hope I enjoy it more.  I wanted to like this series so much and if you love this series good, I'm glad you love it. I wish I did but this just fell short for me.

My Soul To Take (Soul Screamers #1)

My Soul to Take  - Rachel Vincent

She doesn't see dead people, but…

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…
 
 
I had this book sat on my bookshelf for a while before finally picking it up. After reading the first book in Rachel Vincent's adult urban fantasy series, Blood Bound, I instantly wanted to read her other series so I finally picked up this one.

I loved this book, I thought it was amazing. I always enjoy original storylines and I thought the storyline of this book is definitely original and not something I have read before. I loved that we got to see the characters grow a lot in this book.
Kaylee, I think she's a great character (duh, she shares my name ;p ) I thought you saw her grow a lot, she went from carefree teenager to a very strong lead character. We felt all her confusion and surprise as she slowly came to terms with her powers and discovered what she actually was. I was so surprised to find out what she actually is.
I love Nash, he's definitely the male character that I fell in love with in this series. I loved how sweet he was to Kaylee and really supported her throughout the entire book. Everything she was confused or upset about and he was there for her and when all the drama started to unfold not once did he think of leaving and letting her sort it out herself and I really loved that about him.

I really loved the story and the characters in this book and I can't wait to see what happens in this series.
I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series.
Yet another amazing story by Rachel Vincent.
 

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3)

Forever  - Maggie Stiefvater

The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stiefvater 

then. 

When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love moved from a curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives. 

now. 

That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt. 

forever. 

Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment - a moment of death or life, farewell or forever!

 

 

 

I was so excited when this book finally got released. I absolutely loved the first two installments in this series and both were so emotional and heartfelt I couldn't wait to read the conclusion of the series and didn't really know what to expect. After the ending of Linger I really couldn't think of a way that Maggie could wrap up the series but she did an amazing job.

At first I really couldn't get into the book but I'm pretty sure that's because it had been so long since I'd read this series and couldn't really remember some of the things that happened. Once I had been and got Linger off my shelf and skimmed through it I started to love Forever, which I was really glad about.

This instalment is definitely the most emotional of the series and I had to wait until today to write the review because it was such an emotional rollercoaster I couldn't even think straight. I think this is definitely my favourite of the series.
As always I fell head-over-heels for Sam all over again. All the way through I just wanted to hug him and tell him that everything would be alright. I thought the characters really grew in this book and I loved Cole.
I love how from Linger to Forever Cole has changed so much, he went from bad boy who didn't really care about anything especially whether he lived or died to seeing the love between Sam and Grace and doing everything in his power to find a cure so that they could be together.

One of this things I love about this series is that you sort of have two love stories going on. You have the main love story that started in Shiver between Grace and Sam but then in Linger we were given the perspective of Isabelle and Cole and how they start to feel about each other.

To be honest, I really wasn't looking forward to reading the ending, I really wanted a great ending and had heard from others that the didn't like the ending and that they were disappointed with it. For me this wasn't the case at all. I loved the ending.
A lot of endings of series are completely set in stone, this is the end, this is what happened no questions asked. I loved that the ending of Forever was open and that it hinted what was going to happen and the reader was left to make their own interpretation of that. I have no doubts in my mind that people will have different interpretations and have a different perspective of what happened and that's what I love about it.
To me it was the perfect ending to Sam and Grace's story and I was very happy with the ending.

However I feel like there is so much more of a story there for Isabelle and Cole, I was a little disappointed with their ending but it wasn't their story. I would love to read more about them. What happened to them both after Sam and Grace's ending? Even if it was just a single book to tie up their ends and not a full series I would love it.

Overall, I loved this book, definitely my favourite in the series and this is a series I will read over and over again.
I can't wait to read Maggie's other books, she is definitely one of my favourite authors and I praise her for her amazing story and amazing wrap up.

 

The Dark and Hollow Places (Forest of Hands and Teeth #3)

The Dark and Hollow Places - Carrie Ryan

There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face when she and Elias left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the horde as they found their way to the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters. 

Annah's world stopped that day and she's been waiting for him to come home ever since. Without him, her life doesn't feel much different from that of the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Then she meets Catcher and everything feels alive again. 

Except, Catcher has his own secrets—dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah's longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah—can she continue to live in a world drenched in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?

 

 

I really didn't know what to expect from this book and really had no idea how the trilogy would end. I really enjoyed this first book of the trilogy and I loved the second book and I couldn't really see how the author would be able to top The Dead-Tossed Waves. I didn't like this book more than the second but I loved it just as much.
I was a little disappointed to find out it was not from Gabry's POV because I really loved seeing the story from her perspective. However after a couple of chapters I was completely hooked and loved seeing the world through Annah's eyes.

Annah has always seen the dark side of the world. She feels incredibly guilty for leaving her twin sister alone in the forest of hands and teeth years ago and not knowing what happened to her. So when he comes face to face with her sister she has so many emotions to deal with. Guilt, love and even a little bit of hate that the boy she believe that she loved chose her sister over her.

I could really associate with Annah throughout the book, she has such low self-confidence after getting scarred all down one side of her body. I felt that this book concentrated more on fighting the humane evil of the recruiters rather than the Unconsecrated and I liked that. Although the Unconsecrated were a huge part of the book as they have for the entire series I got the impression that the characters were more worried about escaping the clutched of the humans and heading for a better way of life than the one they have with the Recruiters.

I really did love this book. It was action-packed and exciting and I just couldn't stop reading because I needed to know what was going to happen next. I loved the ending as it gave hope that the world could evolve and finally become better. I think it was a great optimistic ending that I am happy with for the series. It is open so that Carrie Ryan could write another and I would love it if she did but it's also a great ending where you don't need another book as you are not left wondering what is going ot happen.

A great ending to a great series that I loved. I loved diving into this dystopian world and could read this series again and again.

 

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)

Dead Until Dark  - Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much. Not because she's not pretty. She is. It's just that, well, Sookie has this sort of "disability." She can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He's tall, dark, handsome - and Sookie can't 'hear' a word he's thinking. He's exactly the kind of guy she's been waiting for all her life.

But Bill has a disability of his own: He's a vampire. Worse than that, hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble - of the murderous kind.

And when one of Sookie's colleagues is killed, she begins to fear she'll be next.

 

 

I absolutely loved this book.
I decided to read it after hearing that True Blood had been based off these books and i have to say I was not disappointed.

The story follows Sookie, a waitress in small town Bon Temps who isn't what she seems. Sookie is telepathic, she can hear others thoughts and life is hard for her as most people in town think she is crazy. Love is not easy for Sookie when she can hear everything the guy is thinking. But then Bill comes into town, a vampire and she can't hear a word he is thinking. This is perfect for Sookie, and life becomes better. But then someone starts killing women in town, including one of her friends. The book follows Sookie's relationship with Bill blossoming and how they go about trying to find out who the killer is before they strike again.

I love Sookie. She is one of my favourite heroines in a book ever. She doesn't sit around waiting for men to help her but she does it for herself.
I cannot wait to continue with this series.

 

Trouble

Trouble - Non Pratt

In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.

When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.”

Told in alternating perspectives between Hannah and Aaron, Trouble is the story of two teenagers helping each other to move forward in the wake of tragedy and devastating choices. As you read about their year of loss, regret, and hope, you’ll remember your first, real best friend—and how they were like a first love.

 

 

 

"Kittens are about as sexy as granny pants."

Trouble, the debut novel from Non Pratt is totally breathtaking. This is definitely one of those incredibly rare books that you find every once in a while that totally blows you away and you know that it will stay with you for a long time afterwards.

It is incredibly rare for me to pick up a book and read it immediately after buying it but Trouble was one of those. After hearing so many amazing things about this book I just had to read it. Everything that I heard about Trouble was completely right. This book is something special. It is not your typical YA Contemporary novel. It's raw, edgy and fresh. If there was only one book that I could recommend and urge people to pick up this year it would be this one.

Hannah is fifteen and pregnant. Suddenly faced with motherhood alone she doesn't know what to do or who to turn to. When new guy in school offers to pretend to be the father to protect her from the students, who have turned into vultures, at school, Hannah accepts. They are thrown into a beautiful friendship but both Hannah and Aaron are keeping big secrets. What will happen when they all come to light? Will it tear the best friends apart or can their friendship stand all weathers?

Trouble is so amazing. I seriously can't praise it enough. I find it difficult accepting that this in Non Pratt's debut novel. It reads like she has been doing this for years. Her incredible writing completely captures you and pulls you in at the start and won't let you go until you have demolished the book. Trouble is told from split perspectives from our two lead protagonists, Hannah and Aaron. Non completely nailed split perspectives. Both characters voices were superb and there was no 'hang on who is speaking here' confusion that sometimes happens in split perspective novels. She completely nailed them both and made the characters voices so authentic. The writing really is phenomenal.

Hannah and Aaron are the perfect characters to read about because they are so totally not perfect. They both have had tough pasts to deal with and all I wanted to do was hug them both. They have to deal with so much and it's truly beautiful and inspiring to see their friendship blossom and see them conquer everything together.

One of the most amazing things in this book is that Non Pratt doesn't sugar coat what teenagers are like in the 21st century Britain, nor does she hide what they get up to. I admit not all teenagers act like this but you can't deny that a lot of them so. Every school has a Kate, who will backstab and step on anyone to get to the top of the popularity cycle. (By the way I hated her so much. I wanted to jump in the book just to punch her.)

Non most definitely did a very brave thing writing a YA Contemporary book with no main romance. Yes this book isn't a romance. It is so much more and about something so much more important. True Friendship. And how true friendship can withstand everything, It is truly beautiful, uplifting and moving. I loved that there was a little hint of romance at the end. Hannah and Aaron have such a beautiful and perfect friendship so that little hint that it could be more had the hopeless romantic in me aww-ing and squeeing a little.

My one little issue with Trouble is the ending came way too fast. I really wanted more and I as left with so many questions. What happened with Katie? What happened to Aaron and Hannah afterwards? What happened to Jay? I felt the ending was a tad bit rushed but I still loved it and it does not take away from the beauty of this masterpiece. I would love to see a sequel to see what happened to everyone after the end of the book.

Trouble is such a raw, emotional ad beautiful story. This is not just a book. It is something that gives you perspective on everything in life. This book truly moved me and I know it will stay with me for a very long time. It truly is a masterpiece. Nothing will ever really live up to the beauty that is in those pages in Trouble.

"Now, when I look at her, I finally see someone I trust. Someone I love."

 

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) - Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

 

 

 

"He was so far out of realm, her world, that she should have stopped thinking about him the second the door had closed. Should stop thinking about him immediately. Should never think about him again, except maybe as a client - and her prince. And yet, the memory of his fingers against her skin refused to fade. "

I don't know what I expected from Cinder but it surpassed all of my expectations completely. I had heard so many amazing things about this book but didn't really read too much into the book as I like to be completely surprised when I read the book. Cinder was so different and unusual and unique from any other Cinderella retelling and that is what is awesome.

Cinder is a cyborg. A gifted mechanic she is recruited by Prince Kai to fix his old android. But is all as it seems? As Cinder is dragged more and more into the world of politics in New Beijing she discovers that all is not as she originally thought. She is thrown headfirst into a intergalactic struggle and she must discover the secrets of the other planet in order to save herself... and those she loves.

Cinder was so much better than I thought it would be. I never imagined when I started listening to this book that I would be stuck in a world of cyborgs and aliens. It was so much more awesome than I thought. I know the thoughts of a cyborg cinderella and a world of aliens may put some people off but honestly it was just the most awesome thing I could have asked for. I loved this book.

Marissa Meyer has definitely made me into a fan with this book. I loved her writing style and even though I was listening to the audiobook and not particularly reading I still couldn't put it down. I was constantly going round with my headphones in as I couldn't stop listening. I needed to know what was going to happen. Marissa's writing style, along with her amazing world-building and characterisation had me completely hooked.

Cinder was one of the most unique and original retellings I have ever come across. I am a huge fan of fairytale retellings but I do admit that after reading a few you can start to be a bit bored as they seem similar and you always know how it's going to end. Cinder does not fall into this. It's so unique and amazing and the ending had me going WHAT? It's over? I completely was not expecting so many of the twists and turns especially the ending.

The only thing that stops this being a 5* read for me was the ending. I'd heard that Cinder had a cliffhanger and I was completely prepared for it but I didn't feel like it was. I expected there to be more and when I heard the end of the audiobook I was more surprised. I was going oh really? It's over? The end just happened so fast and I feel like there should have been an extra chapter or two. I just felt like it was left hanging... not in a cliffhanger way but in a 'doesn't feel like an ending' way.

As this is an audiobook review I always like to add something about the narrator. The narrator if this audiobook was fantastic. She is the best narrator I have come across so far. She really gave life to all of the characters. You didn't feel like she was just somebody telling us the story, she really became those characters and had you dying for more.

If you love fairytale retellings then Cinder is one that you cannot miss out on. It's fantastic. The storyline, the world, the characters. Everything is amazing. I loved this book and even though I was a little disappointed with the ending I still loved the whole of the book. It's got everything that you could ever want. Romance, action, mystery, intrigue. Cinder is a fantastic start to the series and I'm really looking forward to starting Scarlet, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles.

"Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth."

 

The Falconer (The Falconer #1)

The Falconer - Elizabeth May

One girl's nightmare is this girl's faery tale.

She's a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title — and drop-dead beauty.

She's a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. She's leading a double life: She has the rare ability to sense the sìthichean — the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans — and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She's a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her abilities and her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons — from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols — ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She's a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with the gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother's murder — but she'll have to save the world first.

 

 

 

"This has nothing to do with my vow. I want to be there with you until the end."

Holy crap on a cracker. This book was utterly phenomenal. I seriously have no words.
I do admit that I started The Falconer late last year and put it to the side. Not because it wasn't good, it was amazing but The Falconer is the kind of book that is so intense that you need to have the time to sit down and enjoy it and be able to really think about it. At that time I didn't have the time to be able to do that so rather than take away the true experience of what I knew was going to be an amazing book I decided to put it aside for another time. Now is that other time and holy crap it's possibly one of the best book I have ever read in my life. Nothing compares to The Falconer people. You need to read this book now. Need more reasoning okay read on.

Aileana is a debutante by day and a murderess by night. Let's not get all high and mighty and judgy now. She doesn't just kill anybody... she kills the Fae. The evil fae that hurt people. Aileana wasn't always like this. She was completely oblivious to it all until she witnessed her mother brutally murdered by a Fae. Now she is determined to get revenge. To kill the one who killed her mother and she is going to kill every single one that she sees from now until then. Trained by the mysterious Kiaran, a fae who doesn't hurt humans but instead chooses to kill others of his kind, and befriended by a pixie named Derek, Aileana is determined to kill all Fae that she finds... But then she finds out she is special. She is The Falconer, the last in an ancient line of women born to fight the Fae and now the Fae know she is alive they are after her. Things just got more serious.

The Falconer seriously just blew me away. I could not have even guessed how amazing this book was going to be. Elizabeth May drew me in with her incredible steampunk-era Scotland, the crazy fae and the beautiful and kick-ass character of Aileana I was hooked. I could not put this book down and ended up finishing it in one day. It was incredibly.

Aileana is amazing. She is already a kick-ass fighter and stubborn-as-hell chick at the beginning of the book but she goes through such a journey that she just becomes more and more awesome the more you read. When she figures out that she may need to leave her whole life, family and friends, behind does she sit and moan and cry about it? Hell no she creates a new weapon that she can use in her battle against the Fae. She is amazing. She just gets better and better and I think she is possibly one of my favourite heroines in YA fiction of all time.

The Falconer genuinelly blew me away. I could not stop reading. Everything about it is just amazing, the setting, the characters, the storyline. Everything. The more I read the more I fell in love with this world of the Fae. I have to admit that I have a love-hate reationship with Fae books. I either love them or I hate them and this is one that I loved. It was amazing. It reminded me a little bit of Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. It has that dark grittiness to it that Fever has. I loved it so much and it's possibly the best YA Paranormal/Fantasy book I have ever read. I can't praise it enough.

The Falconer has everything. Action, intrigue, romance and a bit of gorey violence. I loved every single moment of it and I am left reeling dying for the second installment. You think you've seen cliffhangers before? You've seen nothing yet until you have read this book. You need to stop what you are doing and go and buy this book right now. It's beautiful, and funny, and heartwrenching all at the same time. This is THE debut of the year and it is not to be missed out on.

Utterly Phenomenal!

"Aoram dhuit. I will worship thee."

 

Relic (Relic #1)

Relic - Renee Collins

After a raging fire consumes her town and kills her parents, Maggie Davis is on her own to protect her younger sister and survive best she can in the Colorado town of Burning Mesa. In Maggie’s world, the bones of long-extinct magical creatures such as dragons and sirens are mined and traded for their residual magical elements, and harnessing these relics’ powers allows the user to wield fire, turn invisible, or heal even the worst of injuries.

Working in a local saloon, Maggie befriends the spirited showgirl Adelaide and falls for the roguish cowboy Landon. But when she proves to have a particular skill at harnessing the relics’ powers, Maggie is whisked away to the glamorous hacienda of Álvar Castilla, the wealthy young relic baron who runs Burning Mesa. Though his intentions aren’t always clear, Álvar trains Maggie in the world of relic magic. But when the mysterious fires reappear in their neighboring towns, Maggie must discover who is channeling relic magic for evil before it’s too late.

Relic is a thrilling adventure set in a wholly unique world, and a spell-binding story of love, trust, and the power of good.

 

 

I have to admit that when I accepted this book for review I honestly had no idea what it was about. I hadn't read the blurb I just saw the pretty cover and knew it was published by Entangled Teen. It wasn't long after starting this that I realised that this book was something special.

After Maggie loses the majority of her family in a eerily magical fire she is left to fend for herself and her little sister. Working in a local saloon she just wants to get by. It isn't long until she find out that the reason her boss employed her is she has a talent with relics. In Maggie's world magic is held by relics. The bones of the ancestral magical species and Maggie is talented. Forced into a glamorous life of magic and intrigue it's easy for Maggie to get lost in all the glitz. But soon there is another fire, exactly like the one that destroyed her home. She must find out who is causing these magical fires before hte whole land is destroyed.

With so many other YA fantasy books out there it really is hard to find that one special book that not only blows you away but also takes you by surprise as it's so unique and incredible. Relic is that book. Relic is a gem that is better than all the rest but is hidden behind the more sparkly ones. But the unknown ones are usually the best and Relic is. I fell head over heels in love with this book.

It's really hard to accept that this book is Renee Collins debut book. It's just so phenomenal and her writing style is so polished and perfect that you would think she had been in this business for years. Her words captured me completely and her world and character building is amazing. I was gripped right from the start and I couldn't put the book down.

Maggie is such a unique little character. I adore her. She isn't kick-ass like other YA heroines but she isn't a damsel in distress either. She is the perfect mixture of both. She takes whatever is thrown at her and deals with it. She is determined to do the right thing and she will do everything it takes to do it. Even if it means risking her life... but then she isn't afraid to admit when she needs help. I love that about her. It makes her a fresh and different character to read about.

Relic was incredible. I don't know what I was expecting when I started this book but I definitely was not expecting it to be as incredible as it was. I was genuinelly shocked, in a good way by how amazing this book was. If you're looking for books that have magic, romance, adventure and action then Relic is definitely the book for you. It hooked me in and took me on one amazing magical journey that left me breathless. The ending was pure perfection but I am holding on my hope that there will be a sequel. This storyline is too much of a hidden gem to not continue I loved it!

 

Earthbound (Earthbound #1)

Earthbound - Aprilynne Pike

If love can survive death, are soul-mates eternal?

Eighteen-year-old Tavia is the only survivor of a plane crash that killed her parents. Grieving and lonely, she starts having strange visions; of a boy she's never met but feels compulsively drawn to. A boy who tells her to do things she never dreamed of.

Tavia begins to suspect that secrets are being kept from her, and that her kindly aunt and uncle know more than they are letting on. Was the plane crash really an accident? Or is Tavia part of something bigger than she ever imagined?

With only her instincts and long-time crush, Benson, to rely on, Tavia must decide where her destiny lies, and who with.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike has created a heart-stopping romance built on a love triangle like you've never seen before and filled with epic stakes and a centuries-long conspiracy. Give it to fans of Nightshade and Fallen.

 

 

"We're both dancing our routine of deception, and neither of us wants the other to find out. So we dance. We laugh. We smile."

I got an eARC of Earthbound, the first installment in a new series by Aprilynne Pike about a year or so ago and I just never got round to it until now. I hadn't read anything by Aprilynne Pike before this and has heard mixed things about her Wings series so didn't really know what to expect. All I knew was that I thought Earthbound sounded interesting. My response after reading? Oh. My. God! Why didn't I pick this up sooner? Why didn't I pick up anything by Aprilynne Pike sooner? I fell head over heels in love with this book.

Tavia's life has been uprooted. The lone survivor of a horrific plane crash she has lost everything. Her family, herself and even her brain function. Living with the mysterious aunt and uncle she has never met before Tavia doesn't know who to trust. When she starts seeing visions of a strange boy that she has unexplained intense feelings for Tavis must face some truths. Why is it she can do things nobody else can? Are those people really her family? Was the crash really an accident? Running away from home Tavia goes on a journey of discovery. To discover the secrets that everyone is keeping from her.

Earthbound is one of those gems of a book that you discover every once in a while and it blows you away. I have instantly become a fan of Aprilynne Pike. I was sucked in right from the start with her addictive storytelling skills and I couldn't put it down. I just needed to know what was going to happen with Tavis. Who was she? What is she and why does she keep seeing this strange boy? The fantastic thing about this book is that it's a journey of discovery and it doesn't bug you that you don't know what is going on because Tavia doesn't know what is going on and so you are on the journey with her to figure it out. It definitely holds your attention because you really want to find out the secrets.

The one negative thing I could say isn't really a negative thing. It has a love triangle. I have to admit I have a love-hate relationship with love triangles. I either love them or hate them. In this particular case I loved it and that is probably because it takes a back-burner to the more important storyline. There's a love triangle between this mysterious boy in her dreams and her best friend and confident Benson. I liked both of the guys and actually started to be suspicious of them both. The best thing is that the love triangle is also a suspicion triangle as either guy could actually be after Tavia for her powers. The most important part of the book and the main plot is finding out what Tavia is and discovernig the answers to all the questions. I love that the love triangle is just a sub-plot rather than the main plot.

I was really pleasantly surprised with Earthbound and I am dying to get my hands on the sequel Earthquake, that is due out in a couple of months. I will most definitely be checking out Aprilynne Pike's other works and I am most definitely a fan now. Earthbound surpassed all of my expectations and I am really looking forward to finding out what happens next.

"The chance to choose my own heart's desire and to be with the person I want is worth it."

 

Red At Night

Red At Night - Katie McGarry

In Red at Night, Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She's the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He's a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella's favorite refuge…the local cemetery.

Stella knows she should keep her distance—after all, she spent her girlhood being bullied by Jonah's friends. Once he's sorted out his tangled emotions, Jonah won't have time for her anymore. Too bad she's already fallen for him.

 

 

 

"It changed me. You... changed me."

Naturally as soon as I heard about this novella from Katie McGarry I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I have been an enormous fan of Katie McGarry since I got an ARC of her debut novel Pushing the Limits. I fell head over heels in love with the book, and her writing. To date I have read every single thing she has published and each book I devoured in one sitting. I adore her. Red At Night was no different. This short novella set in the same universe as the phenomenal Pushing the Limits series it has everything you have come to expect from a Katie McGarry book.

Stella doesn't know what to do when popular guy Jonah started showing interest in her. Matched in an unlikely friendship sparks start to fly but Stella knows one thing. Love doesn't exist and letting people in only means getting hurt. Can Jonah convince her to give love a chance before she destroys the one true thing in her life?

I loved Red At Night. It's perfect if you're looking for a short one-sit read. Katie once again drags you in with her addictive writing style. I was sucked into the storyline of Stella and Jonah. It didn't take long for me to empathise with Stella. She has had such an awful life so far and all I wanted was for her to have her happy ending. Jonah is super sweet and what I love most about it is that he's not perfect. He makes mistakes and learns from them. That's what I love about Katie McGarry boys. They aren't perfect they prove that they are human.

Red At Night is a must-read for any Katie McGarry fan. It's set in the same world as our favourite series and we even get a glimpse of the awesome Mrs Collins. Red At Night was everything I wanted from a Katie McGarry book and it's just made me more excited for her next novel.

"I know who I want to be and I want you by my side as I become that person."

 

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)

A Song of Ice and Fire (3) – A Storm of Swords Complete Edition (Two in One) - George R.R. Martin

Here is the third volume in George R.R. Martin's magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. Together, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress who holds him in her thrall. Young Robb still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world. And as opposing forces maneuver for the final showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost limits of civilization, accompanied by a horde of mythical Others—a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

 

 

"Every man must die, Jon Snow. But first he must live."

The third installment in George RR Martin's phenomenal Song of Ice and Fire series brings more drama, more death and more destruction. You are once again swept up the lives of those fighting to be the one ruler of the lands of Westeros. With one of the contenders dead the other contenders just want the throne even more. But when The Others return it may not be a matter of who will rule but a matter of who will survive.

The end of the second book left me reeling. Wanting to know more about the mysterious others and I really couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. The Song of Ice and Fire series is fast becoming one of my favourite series of all time. It is most definitely one of the most amazing, incredible, well-thought-out and most cleverly written books I have ever come across.

I definitely have my favourite characters out of all of them but I also have the ones that I truly hate. Surprisingly one that I hated in previous books I actually started to warm to in this book so I am excited to see how that will play out in book 4. A Storm of Swords is definitely a turning point for many characters in the series. We see different sides to them and many, particularly Jon and Jamie go through a huge life change that changes their lives, and themselves. I really loved that. Like I said in previous reviews not one character is good or bad but a mixture of both and I loved seeing one character I had depicted as mainly bad having good parts to his personality.

A Storm of Swords is definitely a turning point in the series and I am so beyond excited to see what is going to happen next. If you love books that are action-packed and full of drama, bloodlust and violence this series is for you. Just when you thought things couldn't get worse George RR Martin throws another spanner in the works. I cannot wait to find out what happens next. Roll on Book 4.

"We are puppets dancing on the strings of those who came before us, and one day our own children will take up our strings and dance in our steads."

 

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2)

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, # 2) - George R.R. Martin

Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead...victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky—a comet the color of blood and flame—six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard’s son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King’s Landing. Robert’s two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.

A Clash of Kings transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge, wizardry and wartime. It is a tale in which maidens cavort with madmen, brother plots against brother, and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside.

Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory may be measured in blood. And the spoils of victory may just go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when rulers clash, all of the land feels the tremors.

Audacious, inventive, brilliantly imagined, A Clash of Kings is a novel of dazzling beauty and boundless enchantment—a tale of pure excitement you will never forget.

 

 

**Please Note: This Review may contain spoilers from Book 1 in the Song of Ice and Fire series, A Game of Thrones**
 
"A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you'll know the debt is paid."
 
After being left reeling by the end of A Game of Thrones I couldn't wait to get started on the second book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. I have to admit after finishing Book 1 I was shocked. George RR Martin certainly has some guts. It is highly courageous to kill of your main character at the end of book 1. I know I said that there isn't really a main character as we have so many but if you could name one main character from the first book Ned Stark is the name that comes to mind. I wasn't sure how I would feel about continuing the series without Ned but man this series is just so amazing and George RR Martin is so talented that there is no way you can't keep reading.
 
Following the death of two major characters in the war for the Iron Throne the other contenders are more motivated than ever to win the throne. With two kings in Westeros, Joffrey in the South and Robb in the North things are about to get more messy. Not forgetting Danerys as she continues her mission to get back to Westeros and take her throne. Only one thing is certain, you can trust no-one and not everyone is going to survive.
 
Clash of Kings was without a doubt a lot better than A Game of Thrones in my opinion. You are already in the world of Westeros so there isn't that super long-winded world building that you have in the first installment of the series. You are shot headlong straight into the action and storyline. A Clash of Kings is a phenomenal follow up to A Game of Thrones and you, as the reader, pays no mind to the fact that the book is 800+ pages you just can't stop reading because the storyline just completely takes you over.
 
I won't comment of specific characters like I do in my other reviews as it would make this review the length of a novel as there are just too many characters. What I will say is that the narrator does an incredible job of portraying them. He really gives Joffrey the evilness and brattiness that truly makes you hate him, gives Tyrion the humour and cheekiness that makes you love him and gives Danerys the emotion of just wanting to go home. Kudos to him... he does a fabulous job.
 
A Clash of Kings is exactly what you want in the next installment of this epic fantasy series. It makes you fall in love with your favourite characters *cough* Tyrion *cough* even more, makes you hate others even more than you thought possible. It has more action and bloodshed than thought possible and I loved every dramatic moment of it. Roll on Book 3.
 
"A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good."
 

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)

A Game of Thrones  - George R.R. Martin

The first volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. GAME OF THRONES is now a major TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean.

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

 

 

 

"The things we love destroy us every time, lad. Remember that."

Reading these books has honestly been quite a long time coming for me. I am absolutely obsessed with the TV adaptation of this series and I have forever been wanting to give these books a go. I tried to read A Game of Thrones quite a while back and gave up because I really couldn't get into it. George RR Martin's writing is phenomenal but extremely wordy and sometimes it can be extremely difficult to read. After trying (and failing) to get into this book more than once I decided to give the audiobook a try... and I loved it.

Game of Thrones is the book that has so many characters that it follows you can't really pinpoint a main character. It follow the story of many lives and how they all interlink somehow in the fight to be King (or Queen) of the Iron Realms.

I have to admit that if it weren't for my love of the series I probably would have given up on this book (again). This first installment in the Song of Ice and Fire series is slow... very slow. There's a hell of a lot of world building that you can't miss out as the reader needs to know about this fantasy world in which we are following. We need to know it and god knows there would be complaints if we just went right into the story being confused as to why any of this was happening. The world-building is necessary but it is long-winded and can be a tad boring at times. It's nothing we can change and honestly if you can get through this bit it is absolutely worth it.

After getting through the long-winded world building I started to fall more and more in love with this story. Honestly George RR Martin may just be some kind of genius as I don't know how he came up with this amazing world and storyline. From families fighting to the throne to the relationships between them I love everything about it. One of his strengths has got to be his characterisation. In this series you will find that there are no good or evil characters, Every character has shades of grey and you don't really know who is the good guy... and I LOVE that!

I do think having seen the TV series adaptation helped a lot while listening to this book. There are times when this book, especially in the audiobook, where you can get really confused about what character is what. There are so many characters that we have in this book and we have so many different perspectives so we can follow the story of them all that had I not seen the show I would have probably gotten confused about them. The narrator did a great job of coping with the infinite amount of characters and perspectives in this book but there are only so many different voices you can put on and sometimes I got a little confused over who this part of the book was about.

A Game of Thrones is a phenomenal start to the series and it just reminded me how incredible George RR Martin is for coming up with this amazing story. I loved it and it made me really appreciate the incredible job the showmakers have done creating a series from this book. It is no easy feat and my hat comes off for them. Bravo. I do admit that they stuck so close to this book that I did find it a little boring at times because I already knew everything that was going to happen but I still adored every second of it and I can't wait to get my hands on the second book in the series.

"When you play a game of thrones, you either win or you die."

 

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3)

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, Book 3) - Richelle Mead

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets--and human lives."
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

 

 

 "And hey, if I keep loving you, maybe you'll eventually crack and love me too."

After finishing the audiobook of The Golden Lily I couldn't help but download and start listening to the audio of The Indigo Spell. I had truly forgotten how much I adored the world that Richelle Mead has built in the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series. I have to admit that lately I have really gone off vampire books and I don't particularly enjoy them as much as other paranormal books. This series is the exception. With the mixture of the addictive storyline and Richelle Mead's phenomenal writing the Bloodlines series is without a doubt unputdownable.

Sydney finds herself torn between everything she has ever been taught and her heart. She can't ignore the wrongness of her feelings but at the same time she can't ignore her growing feelings for vampire Adrian. But when Sydney discovers some rogue Alchemists she realises that the cause she has always believed in may not be as great as she was taught. And that is the least of her worries when the group discover that there are young girls going missing without a trace. Something magical is happening and Sydney must discover how to stop it before someone she knows (or herself) falls victim to it.

The Indigo Spell really enraptured me. I couldn't stop reading (or listening). It was phenomenal and Richelle really knows how to capture her audience. With a mixture of heart-stopping action where the reader cannot wait to find out what is going to happen and breathtaking romance that makes the reader want them to finally get together. Either way it is very hard to put this book down.

Aiden is amazing in this installment. I loved him even more in this book and everytime he said that he would just keep on loving Sydney even if she didn't love him back it made you just want to hit Sydney upside the head and knock some damn sense into her.

The Indigo Spell was phenomenal. It is heartstopping and breathtaking. A must-read in which this series finally hits it's stride. I can see all these small things connecting together in which I know will be important in the next 3 books. I can't wait to follow this series to it's conclusion and I think I love this series even more than the original Vampire Academy series. This audio series is great and although sometimes some of the voices used sound a bit stupid the story outshines everything. I can't wait to get my hands on The Fiery Heart.

"I don't care if you say we can't be together. I don't care if you think I'm the most evil, unnatural creature walking on earth. You can think whatever you want, go whatever you want. I'm going to just go on loving you, even if it's hopeless."

 

Tremble (Denezen #3)

Tremble - Jus Accardo

Dez Cross has problems. She’s almost eighteen and on the verge of losing her mind thanks to the drug Denazen used to enhance her abilities. People close to her have turned their back on the underground and are now fighting for the wrong side. And then there’s Kale... Things couldn’t get any worse.

Until of course, they do. Denazen is about to start a new trial—this one called Domination—and it works. But that means out with the old and in with the new. The order has been given to terminate all remnants of the second trial—including Dez. The good news is that there’s a survivor from the original trial. A woman who’s blood may hold the cure for the second generation of Supremacy kid’s defect. But the underground Sixes aren’t the only ones who know about her….

Cross is willing to throw everything he has to keep Dez from getting the cure—including the one thing that might tear her apart from the inside out.

 

 

 

Having read the first two books in the Denezen series I was so excited to get my hands on Tremble. I absolutely adored the first two books in the series and Denezen has fast become one of my favourite series of all time. Jus Accardo has a serious talent for writing and I have loved everything that she has wrote to date. After the major cliffhanger that Toxic had I needed this book so bad.

Kale has gone and Dez will do everything in her power to find him. But Kale happens to be the least of her problems as the rest of the Sixes will do anything to save Dez. She is nearing 18 which means her powers are getting stronger and the stronger they get the weaker she gets. Can Dez survive long enough to find Kale? Will Kale be the same person he was when he left? And can they find something to save Dez's life? They are in a race against the clock and it is unsure whether all of them will survive.

I have to admit that for the first half of this series I didn't like it all that much. Well... I liked it but it hurt my heart too much. To have Kale apart from Dez and not know what had happened to him made me very sad. All I wanted was to have them together again and some of this book just made me angry with what was happening. The second half was a hell of a lot better and I ended up adoring this book and feeling like it is the best of the series to date.

The Denezen Series is known for it's heart-pounding storyline and non-stop action. Tremble is no different. I couldn't read this book fast enough. I was dying to find out what was going to happen to these characters and I couldn't stop turning the pages. Tremble is fast-paced and heartstopping. It is packed with action and romance and is everything that you could possibly want in a book.

It's true that this book is tough. It's physically hurts for the most part and if you're a fan of Dez and Kale your heart will break... but it is totally worth it and it just makes everything better once you are through the hard part. I loved Tremble and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the Denezen series.