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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.

Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5)

Fracture Me (Shetter Me #2.5) - Tahereh Mafi

In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel Me, Fracture Me is told from Adam's perspective.

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam's focus couldn't be further from the upcoming battle. He's reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend's life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James's safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It's time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam's newly discovered half brother, won't be that easy. The Reestablishment can't tolerate a rebellion, and they'll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi's epic dystopian series. It's a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.



As soon as I heard about Fracture Me I couldn't wait to read it. I am such a huge fan of dystopia series and this is one of my favourites. When I heard that this was told from Adam's perspective I was so beyond excited about it. I am totally Team Adam and I hated Warner right from the beginning and I still do. Because of this I couldn't wait to read from Adam's POV... but honestly I'm a little bit disappointed in it.

I loved seeing things from Adam's point of view so I am so glad we got this novella so that we finally saw Adam's feelings... however I just don't think this novella was necessary for the storyline at all. When we got Destroy Me although I didn't love that it was necessary as we got the inside look at Warner and why he acts the way that he does. It gave more understanding to his actions within the main books. With this one I just didn't see how it was necessary. It just retold some key points from Adam's POV. It didn't really add anything to the storyline and this makes me very sad.

I liked Fracture Me but I certainly didn't love it and don't really see the point in it. I love Adam and I always will and I'm happy we got to see inside his head but I am mainly disappointed with this novella. It wasn't necessary, it didn't add anything to the story and to me it seemed kind of pointless.


Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.



Ever since starting my new job I have been finding it really difficult to get into a book and having a book constantly keep my attention throughout. Then I stumbled across this little gem of a book. I am a huge fan of Disney and fairytales and Peter Pan is one of my favourite so when I came across this book I knew I just had to read it. I was not disappointed. Tiger Lily is such a unique little gem that I was just taken away right from the beginning and even though it took me a while to finish because of work it still captured my attention and every free moment I had all I wanted was to read it.

Tiger Lily has always been taught to stay away from Pan and the Lost Boys. They are dangerous! So when Tiger Lily comes face to face with Peter Pan she is wary at first. But Tiger Lily's wild streak is drawn to the beautiful, mysterious and misunderstood boy. The more time she spends with Peter the more she falls for him. But when her people, pirates and Englanders against them will they be able to stay together or are the destined to fall apart?

First of all let me just say how talented Jodi Lynn Anderson is. The way she wrote this book was so clever and well thought out it really does take a truly talented writer to pull it off and she did so effortlessly. I was so pleasantly surprised to find that Tiger Lily is wrote from neither Tiger Lily's nor Peter Pan's perspective. No it isn't in third person either. The thing that makes this book such a gem and so cleverly written is that it is told from the perspective of an outside party... Tinkerbell! Now in case you don't know Tinkerbell is my favourite fairytale and Disney character so I was practically jumping with joy to discover this. Tinkerbell cannot speak but she can head thoughts and feelings from others and she has taken a liking to Tiger Lily. Jodi Lynn Anderson... seriously I bow down to you! This book is so superbly and expertly written. There are times where I was caught up in Tiger Lily's and Peter's story that for a moment I would forget that Tink was telling the story and there would just be one little simple sentence that brings you right back into realisation and includes Tink more where you realise just how incredibly clever this book is. I am seriously mind blown by the way it is written. Only a truly talented author could pull this writing style/perspective off and Jodi does it expertly.

Tiger Lily gives a completely new perspective of the Peter Pan fairytale and it compeltely changed my perspective of everything. I felt for Tiger Lily so much! I just adore her. Prior to this book I never really saw Tiger Lily as a competant character in the story but this just completely span that around and she is such an important part of Peter and how he acts and everything. I just loved getting caught up in this new spin on the story while also hinting at such important aspects of the original tale that you find yourself delighted as to how it all links in.

Tiger Lily is a action-packed, emotional ride of a novel and I am still emotional thinking about it days later. This is probably one of my favourite reads of the year. It's so unique, fresh, clever and touching. I cannot praise this book enough. I purely bought it on a whim and read it straight away which is very out of character for me. Usually my books sit on the shelf for ages. There was just a feeling I had about this one and the feeling was right. I would recommend this book to everyone. Even my non-bookish friends it is just THAT good. I absolutely adored it and I will most definitely be looking for Jodi's next novel.


Pawn (Blackcoat Rebellion #1)

Pawn  - Aimee Carter

Are you more than the number on the back of your neck?

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered. The same one that got her killed…and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.



"Even if we'd never met, even if you never existed, I would still love you beyond all reason for the rest of my life."

Wow what an amazing gripping book. I didn't quite know what to expect from Pawn. I have read Aimee's Goddess Test series and really enjoyed it but didn't know what to think about her writing a dystopia. I love dystopia so automatically wanted to read it but after sure a huge surge of dystopia novels in the recent years I was unsure how it would compete with those phenomenal novels out there. Aimee Carter's dystopia world is possibly one of the most addictive and unique that I have ever read. Pawn had everything you could have ever wanted in a YA Dystopia novel. I am incredibly impressed.

Aimee's writing style is so fluid that you just find yourself getting completely lost in her story and her world. I soon found myself completely emerged in this story and so invested that I just couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I was completely enthralled by this unique and compelling world that I just couldn't stop reading. Aimee has done such a fantastic job of joining the dystopia and I hope she cotinues to write dystopia novels because this one was fantastic.

One thing Aimee is fantastic at is character development. No matter which book by her I read I always love the characters. Kitty is one of the best heroines ever. She goes through so much of a journey throughout the book. From the poor orphan to one of the most powerful players in this war she grows in her confidence, in her kick-assery (is that a word? it is now!) and just in herself. She decides who she is and what she will do and you really root for her all the way through.

Benjy and Knox make up the two extra pieces in our love triangle and I genuinelly love both of them, which is extremely rare for me. Benjy is just super sweet and completely in love with Kitty and you just end up loving how cute they are together. Enter Knox. Knox is the bad boy but all he wants is to make sure that Kitty is safe and I adore that about him. They are seriously so many awesome characters in this book you can't possibly choose a favourite.

Pawn was a fantastic, addictive story set in a scarily realistic dystopia future. You really look at this future and you can completely see this happening and see the links between now-society and that extreme dystopic society. I was completely taken away into this world and many times I couldn't turn the pages fast enough because I just had to know what was going to happen.

This is a fantastic start to what is bound to be a heart-stopping, spell-binding series. It completely stole my heart and took my breath away. I loved every single second of it and I am left wanting more. I can't wait for the second book in this series to see what was going to happen. Considering I wasn't sure how much I would like Pawn I am completely taken away with this society, the story and the characters and it is definitely one of my favourite reads of the year. It was utterly phenomenal and for sure one of my favourite dystopian series. A must-read.

"If you protect your pawns and they reach the other side of the board, do you know what happens then? Your pawn becomes a queen. Because they kept moving forward and triumphed against impossible odds, they became the most powerful piece in the game. Never forget that, all right? Never forget the potential one solitary pawn has to change the entire game."


Alienated (Alienated #1)

Alienated - Melissa Landers

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.



"The fact that you purchased an inferior gift hardly seems like any failing on my part. It's common knowledge that shiny rocks are preferred among human females."

Oh my alien goodness. This book was so freaking awesome. Ever since reading and devouring the Lux series by Jennifer L Armentrout I have been searching for the next big YA Alien series... people I have found it. Alienated has everything you could possibly ever want in a book. It has romance, action and nail-biting drama.

Cara has always been top of her class. She excels in everything and when she defeats the other students for valadictorian she is thrilled... until she finds out that she has been chosen for the foreign student exchange program. And by foreign they mean from another planet. Cara never asked to do this but when she meets cold, clever and stunning Aelyx she can't help but like him. But the longer he is there the more angry the community starts to get against the L'eihr's. Suddenly Cara is the most hated person in school... well other than the alien next to her. As things get more and more dangerous can Cara abandon the one person she feels more for than she ever has been or will she continue to love him and damn the consequence.

Melissa Landers is an author to watch out for in the future. Alienated may be her debut YA novel but it is right up there with the long-standing bestsellers. I fell head over heels in love with Alienated and Melissa's fantastic and addictive writing style pulled me in right from the start and spat me out breathless and begging for more.

Cara is such a fantastic character. At first I wasn't sure about her she was the girl dating the jock and I immediately thought oh no I'm so not going to be able to identify with her (yes people I was the nerd in school). But the more I read the more I liked her. I could really identify with her and I just loved her more and more. I started to get really angry at her best friend for what she put Cara through and many times just wanted to jump in the book and defend Cara. I adored her.

Aelyx... oh bestill my heart I freaking loved him. He may be cold and aloof at first but his race really don't know emotions well and I loved how much he grew throughout the novel. Although there are times when you wanna throttle him for ignoring his feelings you understand him and by the end you can't help but be head-over-heels in love with him.

Alienated just had everything that I love in this book. I am in love with this story and these characters and by the end of the book I was just dying to know what was going to happen next. I need the next book... like right now.

Alienated is filled with lovable characters that you will fall for and be so invested in you feel like it's happening to your best friends. Alienated left me breathless on the edge of my seat dying for more. I would recommend this book to everyone. It's just the perfect book. Filled to the brim with nail-biting drama, heart-stopping action and breath-taking romance.
A must read for everyone... and yeah I'm a L'annabe!

"She's part of me. A threat against her is a threat against me."


Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3)

Crash into You  - Katie McGarry

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.



"Each tattoo represents the only happy memories I've had. And you, Rachel, you're the happiest."

There are no words to explain just how incredibly excited I am to have this book in my hands. I have been an enormous Katie McGarry fan from when I got an eARC of her debut novel, Pushing the Limits. Since then I have been dying to read everything that she writes. When reading the first book in this phenomenal series, Pushing the Limits, I fell in love with Isaiah and I have been dying to get my hands on his story and see him get the happy ending that he definitely deserved. Well I can honestly say that Katie McGarry pulled it out of the bag and did not disappoint at all. Crash Into You was everything I wanted and more. It was fantastic.

Rachel's life should be perfect. She has the perfect family and goes to the best Private School money could buy. But her life is anything but. Keeping her secrets from her family, even her twin brother is taking its toll and Rachel just wants to get away. With a need for speed she races away in her Mustang. Enter Isaiah. He is everything that Rachel should be afraid of. Typical bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks covered in tattoos. But she isn't. Embarking on a dangerous and thrilling journey and feeling the need to speed draws the unlikely couple together... but as they try to race away from their secrets sparks start to fly. Can they make it through the danger lurking together... and even more important alive?

Crash Into You was everything I cold have wanted and more. I have been dying to read Isaiah's story for what feels like forever. I loved Isaiah in Pushing the Limits and man my heart just hurt for him all the way through Pushing the Limits and Dare You To. I am so happy to say that Isaiah's is the story that I loved the most. It was utter perfection and Katie McGarry has once again proven herself as a fantastic author in this genre. There is nobody better at YA Contemporary than Katie and it has been proven once again with Crash Into You. It's addictive and moving and I couldn't put the book down until I had devoured the entire thing.

Rachel was such a great character. When we were first introduced to her I wasn't sure how it would work with Isaiah as they are so different but that is the magic of Katie's books. Showing us the unlikely and the different and showing us how it can work. I loved that Rachel has her own problems and was strong enough to handle them. A lot of YA heroines need to lean on someone else to be able to handle their problems but Rachel was super strong and the more I read about her the more I adored her.

Isaiah... oh my Isaiah how happy I am to have finally read your story. I already loved Isaiah from the moment I met him in Pushing the Limits and then even though I adored Ryan with Beth my heart just hurt for him in Dare You To. Crash Into You made me love Isaiah even more. He is just the sweetest, perfect guy. And did I mention he has tattoos? Man I can't resist a super hot tattooed guy. I fell head over heels in love with him even more and he has claimed one of the top spots in my heart as one of my top book boyfriends. I just adore him!

Crash Into You was without a doubt one of the best books I have read this year. I absolutely loved every single second of it. I just couldn't put it down and ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting. Katie McGarry has cemented her place as one of my 'auto-buy' authors. It doesn't matter what she writes about just knowing she has wrote it is enough fro me to buy and read it. Yeah I adore her that much.

One thing I adored about Crash Into You is that I fell in love with pretty much all of the smaller characters. Rachel's brothers were just awesome. I cannot wait to read West's story. Don't know who West is... don't worry YOU WILL! I loved him in this book and I can't wait to see what he gets up to in Take Me On. I am also keeping my fingers crossed that we get an Ethan and Abbi novella or novel as I loved them both so much. Crash Into You was fantastic and is a must-read for everyone. Go get it now!

"Maybe this is what happens when you fall in love. On the outside a lighter is nothing amazing, but it holds all the ingredients that can create something wonderful. With a few pushes in the right direction, you can inspire something so brilliant that it pushes back the darkness."


Inhuman (Fetch #1)

Inhuman - Kat Falls

In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.

America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.

Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught.

Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy.



Inhuman was a book that I hadn't heard of but when I saw it was available on Netgalley as a "Read Now" book as part of the Waiting to Catch Fire promotion I had to download to read. I am such a massive fan of YA Dystopia novels and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. One thing I have been dying and waiting for is to find that incredibly unique and fresh dystopia novel/series that stands completely apart from the rest... Well... I have finally found it. Inhuman is that book. It's brilliant and unqiue and new and it may be one of my favourite dystopia novels to date.

Lane lives behind the wall and even though she is curious to see if her Dad's crazy stories about the ferals beyond the wall are true she knows that it's safer where she is. However when her Dad's life and reputation is in jeapordy she must cross the wall and do the impossible to save him.

Inhuman was so incredible. I am without a doubt blown away by this book. I had never heard of Kat Falls before but I am officially a fan. I adore her writing style it sucked me in right from the start and I just couldn't put this book down. I loved the entire thing, from the unique storyline to the amazing characters... everything was just amazing.

Lane is such an awesome heroine. I seriously love her. She goes on such an incredibly journey thorughout inhuman and you really see her grow. From the innocent girl from the west to the wild-child at the end I just loved living this story through her. She is a great character to experience everything through as you can really feel every emotion she goes through. There were many times I was almost in tears just because of what she was going through.

Rafe... oh my Rafe I am in love. My beautiful wild boy! I have so much love for him and he breaks my heart so much. Rafe is the snarky bad boy that you just can't help but love and I fell head over heels in love with him. He is just the guy that nobody could resist.

One thing I love about this book is that the romance takes a backburner approach in this book. You are so taken away in this incredibly unique, new world and story that you don't even need the romance. The romance does come but it's very slowly developed and I LOVE THAT! So many YA reationships happen so fast so I love that this one takes its time to develop.

Everything about Inhuman was perfection. I loved every single moment and the ending left me reeling heartbroken and cripped. Ms Kat Falls well done you captured my heart and threw a dagger in it at the end. I am emotionally crippled yet again by the hands of a book and its author. Inhuman is the perfect book for fans of YA Dystopia novels. If you're looking for a book that will capture your heart, take you on a heart-pounding adventure full of action and intrigue with a dash of romance then Inhuman is a must-read. It stole my heart and left me breathless. I am counting down until I can get my hands on book 2.


Bitter Sweet Love (Dark Elements #0.5)

Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements, #0.5) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series THE DARK ELEMENTS, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining balance between good and evil. He was her everything...right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again...



"Nothing in this world is stronger than love. It should always be enough, no matter what."

Oh. My. Gargoyles!
AAAAAHHHHHH I cannot believe I have read this book! Ever since I heard about Jen writing a series about Gargoyles I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I mean after the initial Gargoyles? Really? It's such a weird yet wonderful thing to write about. Bitter Sweet Love was incredible and possibly one of the most unique stories I have ever read.

Jasmine is torn between her head and her heart when her first love appears in her life again after three years. He wants to pick up where they left off but Jasmine knows she shouldn't trust him. Why did he up and leave without a word three years ago? Where has he been and what was he doing? The more time they spend together the more Jasmine finds it hard to resist Dez. Can she trust him and be able to follow her heart or will her head get in the way?

I love love loved this novella. White Hot Kiss is one of my most anticipated books of next year. I am seriously counting down for it I cannot wait so when I got a eARC of this one I just had to dive right in. It was utter perfection. I loved learning about this fantastic world of the Gargoyles and it's such a new creature to read about and I love that we get this little background to them in Bitter Sweet Love.

Jennifer is just phenomenal at everything and yet again she captured my attention and my heart from the very beginning and left me begging for more... literally begging. I am begging the publisher for White Hot Kiss right now. She is cemented as the best author in the entire world in my mind and nobody is going to beat her based on this.

One extra thing I LOVED is that not only do you get the fantastic heart-pounding story of Dez and Jaz but you get a little glimpse of what is to come in White Hot Kiss. We get a little preview and meet Zayne and Layla briefly as well as a little glimpse of who I assume is Roth. Let me tell you I'm in love with Zayne already and I seriously cannot wait to see what happens with them. I seriously need White Hot Kiss NOW!

If you are a fan of Jennifer L Armentrout then I highly suggest that you pick this one up. I love love loved it. It's a heartstopping novella filled with heartpounding romance and breathtaking adventure and action. It has everything you could possibly want and more. A must-read for everyone and I am counting down the days until I can read White Hot Kiss.

"I loved you the night you brought me pudding and stayed with me until I fell asleep. That was eleven years ago and my love for you has never faded. Not for one second."



Alice Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles #2)

Through the Zombie Glass - Gena Showalter

Zombies stalk the night.
Forget blood and brains.
These monsters hunger for human souls.
Sadly, they've got mine...

Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong. After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things. She s never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her... from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole s secret and learn to fight the darkness.

But the clock is ticking...and if she fails at a single task, they're all doomed



"I love you, Ali. Do you understand? I love you."

Alice Through the Zombie Glass was probably one of my most anticipated reads. I read Alice in Zombieland last year and fell in love with it. With it being my first book by Gena Showalter it made me an absolute fan. Alice Through the Zombie Glass was everything I could have wanted... though parts of it I didn't particularly like.

Alice has lost a life... but gained another. Determined to fight the zombies that destroyed her family Alice puts herself in danger everyday. But when the one stable thing in her life, her boyfriend Cole, starts withdrawing from her with no explanation why her new life starts unravelling before her eyes. Add that to the fact that there is a darkness growing inside of Alice things just got a whole lot more complicated. Can she fight the darkness pulsing to get out and salvage her relationship with Cole?

Okay first of all I'm gonna have my little rant and here is your SPOILER ALERT!
Dear Authors,
Please note that you DO NOT have to break couples up in the second book for there to be a story. Like seriously it's one of my pet hates! It makes me feel like the author doesn't think their story is strong enough so they must split their characters up to make it more interesting. It does NOT make me want to keep reading it makes me want to put the book down and never pick it back up. I very nearly put this book down and if it wasn't for the encouragement from my friends who had already read this I probably would have.
Sincerely, Overly Emotional Reader

Alice Through the Zombie Glass threw me right back into this addictive world of spirit zombies and slayers and it was like I'd never been away. Gena has this incredible talent of subtly reminding you what happened in the previous book so it feels like you have just read it and all of it is fresh in your mind... and she does it without it feeling repetitive. I adore Gena's writing style and it completely captured you from the start.

Alice is without a doubt one of my favourite heroines in a YA series ever. She is vulnerable and shows weakness but never once feels needs or like she is moaning. She takes all the horrible things happening to her and just takes it on, head on. I love her for that.

Cole... oh Cole I love you but I hate you. I AM SO DAMN MAD AT YOU! Cole takes the dive into stupidsville in Alice Through the Zombie Glass. The majority of his scenes I was seething at him wanting to jump in the book and strangle him and yell at him to stop being stupid. All of the scenes with Cole and Alice together I just wanted to bang their damn heads together!

One thing that I got frustrated at with this book is, my spoilery rant up there ^, and the fact that something happens and to the reader it is obvious what it means and NONE OF THE CHARACTERS SEE IT! I was literally yelling at the book going DUH CONNECT THE DOTS IDIOT! *takes a deep breath* yeah it frustrated the life out of me!

Alice Through the Zombie Glass is perfect in all the ways that count. It focused more on the storyline than the romance and I love that. Don't get me wrong I am so a romance girl but seriously I love books where the love story takes a back seat and this one does. Alice Through the Zombie Glass has all of the feels going on. I went through love to anger to despair to heartache back to anger and frustration and back to love. It's such an emotional rollercoaster but it's fantastic. It's packed full on action and it will steal your heart and take your breath away. It was fantastic.

"I've heard we need darkness to balance light, and light to balance darkness. I say we have no need of darkness, period. It confuses. It hurts. It tortures. And really, drkness cannot remain with light. Light will always chase it away."


No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die #0.5)

There's No Place Like Oz - Danielle Paige

In this digital original novella, Dorothy travels back to Oz to reunite with old friends, but her story may not have a happy ending. No Place Like Oz is a prequel to the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.

After returning to Kansas, Dorothy Gale has realized that the dreary fields of Kansas don’t compare to the vibrant landscapes of Oz. And although she’s happy to be reunited with Aunt Em, she misses her friends from the yellow brick road. But most of all, Dorothy misses the fame and the adventure. In Kansas she’s just another prairie girl, but in Oz she was a hero. So Dorothy is willing to do anything to get back, because there really is no place like Oz. But returning to the land she left comes at a price, and after Dorothy is through with it, Oz will never be the same.

Perfect for fans of Alex Flinn, Marissa Meyer, and Gregory Maguire, No Place Like Oz is a dark reimagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Building off of its rich mythology, Danielle Paige creates an edgy, thrilling story for teens that chronicles the rise and fall of one of the literature’s most beloved characters. This digital original novella is a prequel that sets the stage for the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.



Oh. My. Word. There are no words to explain just how amazing this novella is. When I first heard of Dorothy Must Die I thought hmm that sounds interesting. With me being a massive musicals fan I have, of course, watched The Wizard of Oz a gazillion times and memorised every word. So anything to do with Wizard of Oz I instantly was interested in. Dorothy Must Die was on my radar of a 'I want to read... eventually... at some point." When seeing there was a prequel I decided to get it to get a taste of what Dorothy Must Die would be like. After reading it is now a "I must have this book... like seriously... RIGHT NOW."

No Place Like Oz gives us a backstory and a sequel all at the same time. Dorothy has returned to Oz after her adventure when she was younger. Now 16 years old all she wanted was to get back to Oz and now she's there with her beloved aunt and uncle. But as they start to have more and more disagreements Dorothy starts to change... and it will impact not only her family but the whole of Oz.

No Place Like Oz was so much better than I ever expected. I love that we get a kind of sequel from the original Wizard of Oz story. In a lot of books that have a new take on a already known story it tends to take the viewpoint of retelling the story in a different, more magical or supernatural or more modern way. One thing I adored about this one is that it doesn't. It take The Wizard of Oz having already happened and gives you a "What happened next" story.

I completely expected this to be a very quick short read with it being a novella but I felt like it was more like a full story. I have a very love-hate relationship with novellas. I love getting the back story for books but I feel like there isn't a whole arc of the story because as soon as you get into it and are dying to find out what happens it's over. But that's what novellas do. That's their job. No Place Like Oz is more like a whole full-length novel. It may not be in length but it feels like it as there is everything you want in a novel included in it. You have the characterisation, the story arc. Everything is there.

Get ready to see a whole new side of Dorothy. From the original story I always liked Dorothy. I hate her now! Dorothy has changed from the innocent girl she once was who only wanted to go home. She has grown up and I really felt more and more dislike for her the further I read. She is selfish and pretty bitchy right throughout the book. She's just awful.

I am completely surprised that Dorothy Must Die will be Danielle's first novel as just from this prequel novella you can really feel the talent, passion and love for her writing. I was completely drawn in right from the start and I seriously couldn't put it down. I am a fan for life now. I cannot wait for her work.

No Place Like Oz was incredible and I don't even see it as a novella... to me it's a book. It has everything you could possibly want in a book. It completely sucked me in and took me on this journey to Oz. It made me fall back in love with the characters I loved in The Wizard of Oz as well as introducing me to new ones. Ozma... I adore her! It also makes you rethink everything you ever thought about the characters. I am so beyond excited to get my hands on Dorothy Must Die. It's going to be absolutely phenomenal and breathtaking if the prequel is anything to go by. I went ahead and pre-ordered as soon as I finished this. If you are curious about Dorothy Must Die then I urge you to go and read this prequel. It will make Dorothy Must Die one of your most anticipated books of 2014... I know it is mine. March cannot get here fast enough. The countdown begins!


Fireblood (Fireblood #1)

Fireblood - Trisha Wolfe

To save a kingdom, Zara must choose between a prince who could be the answer and a rising rebellion that threatens to take control.

When Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart, son of the man who ordered her father’s capture, Zara knows she must fight to save everything she loves from ruin.

Being betrothed to the prince means a life trapped behind the towering stone walls of the Camelot-forged realm. Under the watchful eye of the prince's first knight, Sir Devlan Capra, changing her future becomes difficult.

When an unlikely rebel reveals the truth about the deadly secrets that fuel King Hart’s twisted world, Zara’s path to rescue her father becomes clouded by deception. The Rebels clear her path by forcing Zara’s hand with an ultimatum: sway Prince Sebastian to join the Rebels, convincing him of his father’s evil nature, or they will take him out.

But Zara is uncertain about a future under the Rebels’ command and where the prince’s heart truly lies. She must decide who to trust, what to believe, and what she’s truly fighting for before the king destroys all of Karm, including her heart.



Wow I genuinely don't even know where to start with this review. I have been such a massive fan of Trisha Wolfe's ever since she sent me her self-published novella, Unveiled, for review a few years back. Notice the title? Yes? That's because it's the novella that then turned into the prequel for this series. From having read that before this was even wrote I instantly loved this world and could not wait till I could get my hands on this book and continue this story.

Zara is chosen. Everyone thinks Zara is the luckiest girl on earth. She has been chosen to marry Prince Sebastian. But Zara wants nothing to do with him. All she wants is to look after her father and stay as far away from teh royals as possible. But she can't. After her father is taken she must face her future. But when an unlikely rebel befriends her Zara has to choose between staying safe or helping to put all that is right in this society. She must choose between her head and her heart... or could both be leading her in the same direction?

I loved this book so much but I have to be honest and say I was incredibly disheartened to learn that we would be seeing this book through Zara's eyes. I fell in love with Fallon as a character in the prequel and she was such a awesome kick-ass heroine I was really sad to find that we wouldn't be seeing the story from her side. However it didn't take long for Zara to seep into my heart as a great lead female character. Within a few chapters I was rooting for her and dying to know what was going to happen to her. Trisha Wolfe really pulled it out of the bag. With her fantastic characters, her phenomenal world building and her 'can't stop reading' writing style this book has everything and it unputdownable.

I fell hard for these characters. From our unlikely dreamy rebel who stole my heart and kept it for the entirety of this book to the torn prince. Yes I loved the prince... sometimes. The thing I found about Sebastian is that right until the very end I didn't really know whether he was a good guy or a bad guy. At times I despised him and thought oh yeah he's bad but then you'd have these scenes between Zara and Sebastian where you'd see a softer side to him and think you know he's not that bad. His character conflicts had me guessing right until the very end.

I genuinely loved every single moment of this book. I could not put it down. From it's non-stop action, to it's heartwarming romance I just could not stop reading until I had finished and found out what was happening. Fireblood is without a doubt a must-read and gives you this brand new spin and perception of this world than the one you initially start out with in Unveiled. It gives you new characters that churn your heart while still giving you enough about the characters in Unveiled that you really see the whole picture and what happens to all of the characters you love.

Fireblood is phenomenal. It had me laughing and cheesy grinning at my e-reader like a crazy person one minute and then heartbroken in tears the next. It really pulls on your heartstrings in a good way and leaves you breathless. This book was phenomenal and the ending was just purely perfect. I am dying to see where Trisha is going to go next with this world. Fireblood is one book that is not to be mixed. It is perfect for fans of Fantasy and perfect for readers who don't read fantasy. It has everything there which makes this the perfect must-read for everyone.


Johnny's Girl (Johnny Be Good #2.5 / Jessie Jefferson #0.5)

Johnny's Girl - Paige Toon

Meg's life has taken a turn for the perfect. She is the envy of millions with her drop dead gorgeous husband, their two beautiful sons and her new mansion in Henley. Her celebrity PA days are over. But desperate to keep up with her rock star husband, Johnny Jefferson, she uproots her perfect family and moves back to LA.
Meg has to learn to live with her new celebrity status and the insecurities of her old life, which keep reappearing. Under the paparazzi flash of an A-List party, complete with red carpet, champagne and canapés, Johnny's rock star past catches up with him and Meg's worst nightmare becomes a reality…



"I should've known this was going to happen when I married you!
But you did marry me! For better or for worse."
Right from the moment I heard about this short novella I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I have devoured everything Paige Toon has ever written and I've adored all of them. Ever since I read her debut Lucy in the Sky I have been in love with everything Paige Toon and Johnny's Girl is no different.

Meg's life is perfect. She's married to the love of her life and has two beautiful children. The only thing Meg finds difficult is the life in the spotlight since her husband is a rock star. Caught up in the whirwind that is Hollywood life Meg is slowly starting to love her life again. But then a bombshell is dropped and Meg's worst fears are realised. Can she and Johnny come out of this stronger than ever or is it just too much for Meg to handle?

I loved Johnny's Girl. I love the title, I love the inside, I love everything about it. Once again Paige Toon drew me in and I couldn't stop reading until I had devoured the entire thing. It was just fantastic being back in the A-Lister world of Johnny Jefferson. He is one of my favourite characters of all time. I just adore him and Meg. My one complaint about Johnny's Girl would be that it just wasn't long enough. I came to the end and was still pressing the next button on my e-book because it couldn't be over. It just couldn't.

Johnny's Girl was the perfect conclusion to Meg and Johnny's love story and the perfect beginning for the next chapter of their life. I look at Johnny's Girl as a sort of prequel to the upcoming The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson. I am so excited to read about Jessie and see everything from her point of view. It's going to be absolutely amazing and Johnny's Girl has got me so excited for the YA series. January cannot get her fast enough.

"I'll always love you, Johnny. I always have and I always will."


Stir Me Up

Stir Me Up - Sabrina Elkins

Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She'll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father's French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami's family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Julian's all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami's starting to feel. And Cami can't stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He's got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated…



"It's like I'm numb. Except for with you. With you, I feel too much almost."

As soon as Stir Me Up appeared on Netgalley I just had to request it. I had heard incredible things about this one from my favourite author Jennifer Armentrout and thought if Jen loved it then it's a must read. I couldn't wait to get started on this book. Unfortunately this book just fell a little flat for me. It was a good read but I do believe my expectations for this one were just a little bit too high.

Stir Me Up had so much potential but I do feel like the execution let it down a little bit. I didn't really connect with the characters at all and though there was a strong storyline hinting in there I was just getting a little bit bored and my mind was wavering. I am very much a character driven reader. I have GOT to like the characters for me to enjoy the story and with this one I just couldn't connect with them. However the more I read the more I started to enjoy the book and by the end of the book I did enjoy it.

Cami really annoyed me. All of her actions were that of a character that I want to jump in the book and give a slap. She was just acting spoilt and sometimes like a downright idiot. I seriously wanted to knock some sense into this girl.

Julian... what. an. asshole! I didn't like him. I understood that he had a traumatic thing happen to him and trust me as a Psychology grad I understand what that can do to your psyche. HOWEVER I think Julian took it way to far. He was so beyond rude! I just didn't like him at all.

I believe Stir Me Up is a great strong storyline. It's not just a love story. There's great characterisation and back story and it's a story of finding yourself. That was a great part of the story but for me there was just something missing. I didn't like the characters and it took me around 45% of the book for me to start enjoying it and wanting to continue reading and honestly if it wasn't a review book I probably just would have DNF'd it. It shouldn't take 45% of a book for me to want to keep reading.

Stir Me Up had great potential but unfortunately it was just let down a bit by the writing and characterisation. I ended up liking it in the end but it just took too long for me to get to the point of enjoyment. There was definitely something missing for me.

"I'm all yours and have been ever since you threw that muffin at me."


Unhinged (Splintered #2)

Unhinged (Splintered #2) - A.G. Howard

Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head



"You've already proven you're the guy I always knew you were. The guy I love."

There were seriously no words as to how excited I was to receive an eARC from Amulet Books and Netgalley of this book. I have only just recently read Splintered and fell head over heels in love... or obsession with it. It is seriously one of my favourite books of all time and I could not wait to get my hands on Unhinged. Unhinged is everything that I hoped for and more. It was complete and utterly mindblowing.

Alyssa survived wonderland with her life, and sanity, in tact. But no matter how she tries to go on with her life Wonderland is always with her. So when the madness of Wonderland starts to bleed into the real world Alyssa knows she must embrace her power and her crown to protect the people she loves and both of the worlds she belongs to.

Unhinged was just epically awesome. I saw a few reviews where people didn't like this one as much as the first because there isn't quite as much Wonderland as Splintered has it in. This didn't bother me in the slightest. Right from the start Anita's awesome writing had grabbed me in and I just couldn't put the book down. The story and the characters are just so addictive that it didn't bother me that we were in the real world for the majority of the book. I was so caught up in the characters and their relationships that that was all that I cared about.

Alyssa has grown so much since the first book. I really loved that. She isn't this girl scared of ending up like her mother anymore. She is strong and powerful and she can kick some ass. I love that about her. You really feel like her experiences are shaping her into a better person and I adored that.

Jeb is the adorable, protective person he always has been and everyone is bound to fall even more in love with him in Unhinged. He is completely perfect for Alyssa and everytime you read about him you just can't help but want to jump in the book and hug him. He goes through an awful lot in Unhinged and deep down I'm totally rooting for him.

Morpheus... oh my beautiful, eccentric Morpheus. Let's face is Morpheus is the best character in this series by a mile. He is beautiful, eccentric and flamboyant. We see more of Morpheus in this book and this is one of the reasons that I loved this one more than the first. Morpheus is my man I am completely head over heels in love with him. You see that he really does care about Alyssa even if he does have underlying manipulative intensions. The more I read Unhinged the more I fell for Morpheus. I adore him and I'm just about ready to scream to Anita that she needs to write me in book three. Morpheus is my man. I adore him and I would so move to Wonderland and be his queen. There may have been lots of Morpheus but I want more. A whole novella or novel of Morpheus would do me just fine. Face it... he's the best and he's completely and utterly stolen my heart.

Unhinged is one of the best books I have read this year. It was complete and utter perfection. I devoured this book. It's eccentric, mad and just down right awesome. You may not see the Wonderland aspects quite as much as Splintered but it's so enrapturing and fast-paced that you don't even notice. It's perfect and wonderful and the ending leaves you reeling. I am dying to get my hands on Ensnared and to be honest I seriously want to cry that I have to wait over a year for it. I need to know the conclusion of the series and see what happens to my Morpheus, Alyssa and Jeb right now.

Unhinged was the perfect sequel to Splintered. It has everything you could have possibly wanted. Eccentricness, magic and danger. It was amazing. If you are looking for a book that will take you on a magical journey of danger, action and romance this series is a must-read. It will take your breath away and have you on tenter hooks dying for the third book. Let's start the Ensnared count-down.

"Nothing can break the chains you have on my heart. For you are Wonderland."


The Moth in the Mirror (Splintered #1.5)

The Moth in the Mirror - A.G. Howard

An original ebook-only novella in the Splintered series, told from the points of view of both Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus wants to know more about his rival for Alyssa's affections, so he digs into Jeb's memories of his time in Wonderland. But he may be surprised by what he finds.

This brand-new story and perspective from A.G. Howard's dark, magical world stands alone, but also provides a tantalizing glimpse of what's to come in Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.




Having just read Splintered when a friend mentioned to me that this novella was out in this series I just had to immediately download it onto my kindle. And I wasn't disappointed. I am such a massive fan of this series that The Moth in the Mirror was a must-read.

The Moth in the Mirror revisits some scenes in Splintered that we don't really get to see. As Splintered is told soley from Alyssa's POV then we don't get to see the things that happens to Jeb when he is away from Alyssa. That is what this gem of a novella does. It shows us some things from Jeb's POV that is guaranteed to make you adore him even more!

Morpheus... oh my Morpheus. I can see that he's going to be trouble in Unhinged... and I can't wait! I just love love love him. Even when I'm angry at him I still love him and I have a feeling there's a lot more anger to come.

One thing I adored about this novella is we get to see inside the heads of the two boys. It's so cleverly written so even though scenes are being told from Jeb's POV you can still see hints that Morph is actually telling it also. I think that's an incredible skill and only a few writers are talented enough to pull it off. AG Howard being one who can pull it off effortlessly! She is phenomenal.

I don't usually love novellas as I find them too short to really love. By the time you're starting to really get into it it's over. However as I was already way into it with Splintered I thought this novella was fantastic. I absolutely loved it and it made me love Jeb an Morph even more. It has me itching to get my hands on Unhinged and continuing this addictive story.


Splintered (Splintered #1)

Splintered - A.G. Howard

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.



"Normal is subjective. Don't ever let anyone tell you you're not normal. Because you are to me. And my opinion is all that matters."

Holy Hell I want to go to Wonderland!

Splintered was without a doubt the surprise of the year so far for me. I bought Splintered quite a few months ago and never read it. To be honest I was a little bit skeptical... Why? Because (and don't shoot me) I am not a fan of the classic original tale of Alice in Wonderland. I find it a bit stupid, it bored me a bit and it has the worst ending in the history of endings. So when I got Splintered and everytime I picked it up to read I was reminded of my disappointment in Alice in Wonderland and I put it back down. But after seeing so many of my friends adore this book and seeing as how the sequel is out in January I decided to pick it up....
Oh my goodness Splintered was so freaking good. I am in love with Wonderland and have decided I would very much like to go and live there. My mind is blown! AG Howard I bow down to you!

Alyssa hears things that aren't real. The plants and insects talk to her and she knows there is one place she is going to end up. The same place as her mother. The Asylum. But when Alyssa discovers that she may not actually be crazy... her ancestor Alice... yes THAT Alice has cursed the family and now Alyssa must go down the rabbithole and to Wonderland to right Alice's wrongs. What she doesn't count on is her swoonworthy overprotective crush Jeb following her down. Now he's determined to ride the craziness that is Wonderland with her in order to protect her. Can they get back to the mortal world? Or has their guide, Morpheus, have other intentions?

OMG I am so obsessively in love with this book. Not only is it possibly one of the best books I have read this year but it may well be one of the best books I have read IN MY ENTIRE LIFE! There is not one thing I don't like about this book. I love it all. I love the creativity of it, I love the madness of it. It's all just utterly brilliant.

Alyssa is such an awesome heroine. I really loved that we got to see her really grow in this book. She goes from the girl thinking she is crazy to her being this super-strong 'I can do anything to save my family' heroine that will take everything thrown at her in her stride. She sure ain't going down without a fight! I love her!

Now I am very much torn between out two beautiful boys in this book. Of course I love Jeb. He is the perfect, sweet guy. Everything I love in a fictional guy. Sure I love the bad boys but in love triangles I always, always root for the good guy. I always love the good guy more! And I adore Jeb and am completely Team Jeb! But that;s only so I can have Morpheus myself!

Morpheus, my gorgeous gorgeous Morpheus. I LOVE HIM! I love everything about Morpheus. He's so incredibly flamboyant and flirtatious and every scene Morph is in I just find myself with a big cheesy grin on my face. He is without a doubt my favourite character. He is just brilliant! I have decided that I would quite like to move to Wonderland and be with Morpheus.

Splintered completely surprised me and blew me away. Everything about it was fantastic. It's such an incredibly addictive book. I literally couldn't put it down and I devoured it in one day! It was amazing! I have so much love for it and I need to read Unhinged like NOW! Splintered has firmly taken a place in my heart as one of my favourite series of all time. It was utterly fantastic.

"But she knows the truth. That you're it for me, Al. Only you."



Panic - Lauren Oliver

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.



"The bravery was in moving forward, no matter what."
Oh. My. Goodness!
Where are my socks... they've gone. Why? Because Panic blew them off!

There were no words to describe just how unbelievably excited I was to get an ARC of this book. Naturally I had to dive right in and holy crap it may be of the best books of the year. I... there are seriously no words. It completely and utterly blew me away.

Heather never planned on entering into Panic. The dangerous summer game that seniors play for a lot of money. It's dangerous and terrifying but Heather finds herself entering in the spur of the moment. Now Heather has everything to lose. With her home life getting worse Heather knows there is no backing down. She is in it to win it so she can save herself and her sister. As the competition hots up she finds the relationships between her and her best friends getting more and more tense. Can she survive it with her friendships still in tact... and more importantly her life?

Panic just compeltely blew my socks off! It was seriously phenomenal! I didn't really know what to expect from it. I am a huge Lauren Oliver fan and have read and loved her Delirium series. But that's all I have read from Lauren, her dystopia. So going into her realistic fiction novel I really didn't know what to expect. I think Lauren Oliver has found her calling. Her writing style was just incredible and it sucked me in right from the start and I just couldn't put the book down. I think this is even better than her Delirium series and I really think she has found her calling with this genre and this book. It's just breathtaking.

Heather. Oh Heather what an emotional journey you took me on. I love love love her. She has so much more pressure on her shoulders than any 18 year old kid should have. Yet she just trudges on and does what needs to be done. I think she is so strong and in a different way to other strong YA heroines. A lot of YA heroines are completely kick-ass "you can't mess with me" personas... Heather isn't. Heather is strong in a more subtle way. Her strength comes from her emotions and the people she loves. Her strength is doing everything she can to save her family and her friends and by not letting the world win. She is just incredible.

One thing I loved about this book is that it completely took me by surprise. By reading the blurb on this book I already had expectations of the romance/love story within the book and it went in a completely different direction that I had anticipated. There is romance within the book but it is completely not expected and it completely took me by surprise. I loved that it was different and I love that Lauren goes in a completely different direction than what readers would expect. I adored that!

Another thing that I thought was awesome was that the romance was just a back-story. In a lot of realistic fiction the romance is very front and centre and I loved that Panic wasn't. It tells the story of the game Panic and the relationships between families and friends with just a dash of romance in there. I loved that. I love that the romance wasn't necessary to keep the story going. It was just fantastic and moving and brilliant without the romance being necessary. That shows just was a talented author Lauren is.

Panic moved me and left me breathless. It was one of the most perfect books I have ever read. There isn't a whole lot of books that I can look back on and go you know what? That book was perfect. There was no way it could have been better. But Panic I can truly and honestly say that. It was perfect. There is nothing I would change. In a lot of books I look back and go I wish there was more this or I wish there was less of that... not in Panic. It was utterly perfect and had the perfect balance of everything.

Panic is phenomenal and probably one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I completely loved every single second of it. If there is one book you must buy next year then make sure it is Panic. It was blow your mind in more ways that one and leave you completely breathless. Incredible. A must-read!

"There was always light - beyond the dark, and the fear out of depths; there was sun to reach for, and air and space and freedom."