Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Right where you are by L.E. Bross

23202655Avery Melrose is used to having it all. So when her boyfriend cheats on her, she reacts like any spoiled rich girl-she freaks out and vandalizes his new truck, Carrie Underwood style. Now she's stuck with 300 hours of community service doing road-side garbage duty.
Seth Hunter just got out of prison, and after a few hundred hours picking up litter on the side of the highway, he can finally put his mistakes behind him. If he can string together some kind of existence, maybe it'll be enough to get his sister away from their stepfather, the man who sent Seth to prison in the first place.
A romance between these two is doomed from the start. Girls like Avery want castles and white horses, and Seth is no prince charming.
But sometimes, being around Avery makes Seth think he could make something of himself. Maybe even be worthy of a girl like her. It's just too bad real life gets in the way first, tearing these two apart before they have any chance of getting to Happily Ever After.

I was expecting the story to be a bit cheesy but it wasn't it was lovely. It is kind of your average rich girl meets poor bad boy story but its a lot better than normal as well. There was obviously the romance that ran through the book and this was the main focus, it didn't need anything else to make it exciting it just was.

The relationship between Seth and Avery develops so nicely that it is hard to not care for them. Avery is wealthy and has everything that she would ever need at the drop of a hat. I quite liked the little princess routine at the beginning because I thought she was interesting if not a little arrogant but it made her different to the nicey nicey average lead girls you normally find in new adult books. Avery went psycho when she found her boyfriend cheating on her and ended up doing community service. For me Avery grew a lot during the story, she went from a little daddies girl to an adult who knew what she wanted for herself and that she was just going to go out and grab what she wanted instead of waiting for her parents plan for her to come together. 

Seth was a convict, a bad boy but not really. I like that he was a bit of a player before prison. He was a little irritating about half way through the story Seth got extremely soppy with Avery. He began to call her Babe a lot and we know how I hate reading that. Personally this lovely dovey behaviour didn't strike me as how Seth would have acted, possessive maybe yes, protective definitely after everything that has happened in his life but mushy not really but hey that's just my opinion. 

I think Bross did an excellent job at creating two characters that complement each other so perfectly that it seems crazy that they would not be together. Avery is the calm to Seth's crazy and he helps her discover herself. 

I really enjoyed Right Where You Are. I was kindly sent this book in return for an honest review.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Friday, 23 October 2015

Ugly by Margaret McHeyzer

25987654If I were dead, I wouldn't be able to see.
If I were dead, I wouldn't be able to feel.
If I were dead, he'd never raise his hand to me again.
If I were dead, his words wouldn't cut as deep as they do.
If I were dead, I'd be beautiful and I wouldn't be so...ugly.
I'm not dead...but I wish I was.

*This is a dark YA/NA stand-alone, full-length novel. Contains violence.

First off I think it is very brave for Margaret McHeyzer to attempt such an upsetting topic and also to just get straight into it from page one but I really appreciated her for it. The whole story is not only terrifying but also thought provoking and extremely powerful. It could teach a lot of people a lesson, myself included. Ugly did not feel like fiction to me, it could have been the story of any girl that has ever been mistreated and I think that is what made it such a heart wrenching read. 

How an adult can treat a child the was that Lily is treated is beyond me and this happens in real life not just in stories The book starts with a little Lily hiding from her dad in the closet because he beats her when he has had a drink, he also starves her and calls her horrid names. It is obviously not the ideal start to Lily's life but she gets on with it and survives however she can. 

Lily meets a boy named Trent and I got excited because he was wonderful...... to begin with. He shows her what she has been missing out on and helps her when she needs it. Turns out Trent was the Devil in a teen boy's body. He was wicked and vile. 

Lily doesn't really understand kindness until she starts to work in a local supermarket and meets Shayne. Who I love by the way. She cares for Lily like a sister and pushes her just enough for Lily to realise that she can do whatever she wants.  

Lily is such a likeable character that it is hard to imagine all of these horrid things happening to her but then I suppose that the point isn't it? That you don't really know what is going on behind closed doors or sometimes even right in front of your face.

What I enjoyed the most about this story is that because it is a standalone I got to read about Lilly at several different stages of her life from childhood (If you can call it that).

I like a book that has a message and this one has a strong one. Never give up. Be strong. You're worth it. pick any of those and it will be true. 

I Love Love Loved this story.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Die for me by Amy Plum

9462812In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

Amy Plum takes Paranormal somewhere different. It was refreshing to read about something other than vampires and werewolves. The Revenants were really something special, they were lively and full of character. 

Kate is a shadow of herself when she arrives in Paris due to her parents death and her grandparents are worried about her. Until she meets a boy and she seems to brighten up a little. 
I don't think I have read a book set in Paris before but I have been to Paris so I found it interesting to read about the streets and the destinations.

I liked all of the characters except Georgia, there was just something about her that annoyed me. She went out to bars and clubs all the time and still maintained school. She was the one that got the Revenants into trouble in the story because of her stupid antics. I found Charlotte bouncy and fun and in a dark story sometimes you need a little bit of that. 

It was quite dark for a YA with the main characters focusing on death quite a lot, Its kind of what they do. There was also the romance going on between Kate and Vincent which was quick but still nice. I liked that Kate still went to school because it really annoys me when a character manages to spend every second with a new boyfriend like nothing else exists. 

Obviously Vincent is gorgeous, mysterious, powerful and romantic as are the majority of boys in YA books. I thought that he was interesting in the way that he explained everything to Kate. 

I enjoyed the read and it was very well paced. I read it quite quickly and wanted to continue reading the story. I gave it a 4/5 on Goodreads. I am not sure if this has a series but if it does then I will be picking it up. 

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

This is the second book in the darkest minds series so if you have not read this book and you plan on reading it I would suggest giving this review a miss.

If I remember correctly I enjoyed the Darkest Minds quite a lot more than I enjoyed this instalment.

16150830I found the first half of the book quite boring and things started to pick up just as I was about to put it down. Ruby was boring, probably because she was sad and scared but she could be those things and interesting at the same time. There was no Liam until near the end of the book but we did have his less exciting older brother to read about. No Zu at all!! instead we had a whole new lot of characters who were fun but they were not the characters I wanted. 

The plot in Never Fade dragged on quite a lot and we didn't really get anywhere. Parts of the story are great and then it is ruined by a completely stupid or irrelevant scene. I just wanted so much more from the book and from Ruby because there was all of this action and romance and amazing relationships between the characters but there you go. 

The story still has an interesting concept and I do still like Chubbs and Liam so maybe that will win it for me but we will have to wait and see. 

I can't decide if I will continue on with the series but I am interested in what has become of Zu so maybe if I pick it up somewhere then I will read it but it is not at the top of my list. 

Thanks for reading

Em x

Friday, 16 October 2015

Strange Question Tag

1. How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?
If I didn't know how old I was then I must be a baby or an elderly person with memory loss I guess

2. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don't like and like so many things we don't do?
A lot of the time we do things that we need to do rather than what we want to do because it needs doing and some of the time we do things that make other people happy. 

3.What is one thing you would like to change about the world?
I think that there is more than one thing that needs to change but if I had to pick one then I would like to change the way people view people who are different from them. We are all the same really so why does it matter what country someone is from? It absolutely doesn't change them as a human at all 

4. If the average human life span was 40 how would you live your life differently?
I would want to have retired by now haha. Maybe I wouldn't have worked at all. I would spend as much time as possible doing things I enjoy and seeing the people I like. 

5. Are you worried about doing things right or doing the right thing?
Admittedly I don't like when I do something wrong but I know that doing the right thing is much more important

6. If you could offer a child one piece of advice what would it be?
Be themselves. It doesn't matter who they turn out to be as long as they are being the best them that they can.

7. Would you brake the law to save a loved one?
Errr. In theory yes but I would not do well in prison so I suppose it depends on what the law breaking involves.

8.One thing you have not done that you would like to? Why not?
I would like to learn the Saxophone but I have not because it looks hard and I have not had the time to try.

9. If you had to move to a different country where would it be?
Probably France because it is beautiful and there is Disneyland.

10. Why are you, you?
Because I'm not you!

11. What is worse, when a good friend moves away or when they are right there and you loose contact?
When you loose contact with someone who lives close

12.What are you most grateful for?

13. Would you rather loose all of your old memories or never make new ones?
I would rather never make new memories. I am lucky and have a lot of great memories so I would hate to loose them

14.Has your greatest fear ever come true?
No. I have never fallen off a bridge into a river and drowned

15. Do you remember that time about 5 years ago when you were really upset? Does it matter now?
Something's that I have been upset about matter but I am usually upset because I am tired so probably not.

16. What is your happiest childhood memory?
When we went to Disneyland with my Family and my dad took me on the run away train. he got scared and swore. 

17. If you won the lottery would you quit your job?
I would quit the job I am in now and take my time to find a job i like more

Thanks For Reading
Em x

Thursday, 15 October 2015

We were Liars by E Lockhart

16143347A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you ho
w it ends, just LIE

First off there was a map and it was a nice map. I like maps and I thought it was interesting in such a small book but it does really help me to get my bearings.
It was a nice sized book for a quick read.

I loved that in such a short space of time I went from laughing to crying. It was an emotional journey. I don't usually enjoy a mystery book but this one was different somehow.

I won't say anything about the plot because anything I do say will ruin the mystery for others but I will say that it ends beautifully. All wrapped up with a little bow on it. 

My one problem and I know it was a problem for a lot of other people as well, The Title just doesn't work for me. I get why they are called the Liars and that its a name for that group of them but it could be something far more dramatic. 

Its tricky to review a book without saying anything so I will leave it at that and just let you know that I really really liked it

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

16096824When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is i
mpossible to put down

I picked this up because I heard that it was a beauty and the beast retelling and I love a good retelling but this was so much more than that. It wasn't really YA but its also not New Adult either. 

Tamlin was a brilliant main man, he was strange and quirky until you began to understand what was going on under the crazy masks and the bad attitude. He is not really a beast in the true sense of the word. He basically turns into a massive wolf like creature but the majority of the time he is in man form but I think the point is that he is cursed and also the enemy. he must make Feyre love him even though he is Fae. 

The world was intricate and difficult to understand at first as humans are only allowed to reside in certain areas and the rest is kept for the faeries. The humans are either very rich or very poor there is little in between. Feyre was once rich but her father lost his money leaving them with nothing so that is why Feyre began hunting and a good little hunter she is too. Chuft with herself at the beginning of the story because she killed a doe for food and a wolf for its skin but thats kind of how the real story begins. 

The Fae are mostly wicked and cruel and come in many different forms as we discover in the story but Tamlin is a High Fae so one of the most important. 

The whole plot is focused on the blossoming romance between Tamlin and Feyre and it does seem to blossom for a time. Its nice to have the world building and the character building intertwine in such a compelling way. 

My favourite parts of the book were the imaginative ways the Queen lady thought up to challenge Feyre. I think it takes guts to have a heroine treated badly in a book without annoying the readers. There is noway that Feyre would that easily shoot Tamlin though. 

I thought the ending was wonderful, I would have preferred something a little different but it didn't really matter other than preference. 

I could't have guessed what was coming next in this story which is great for a retelling of another story. I would 100% recommend this book.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

11112619Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ring mistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the any means necessary.
In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.

Poor Rhine has no luck. Her and Gabriel manage to escape but end up dancing for strangers and full of the flu. The poor things have to go through hell just to find a place to survive and then they end up at the circus. There is no instant love between the two although they do clearly care for one another. This is refreshing when you think of how often we are asked to accept that characters are madly in love after a single meeting. 

I think Rhine and Gabriel are really sweet together. I like how gentle and caring he is because it compliments Rhines confident personality. They look after one another as much as they can which is sweet and Gabriel tries to comprehend why Rhine wanted to escape so badly.

Maddie was introduced to us at the circus. She is bright for her age but doesn't speak. She is well behaved and clings to Gabriel always. I liked her as a character and she was adorable to read about and even though she was an extra person to worry about for Rhine and Gabe they took it all in their stride.

Fever gives us more questions than it does answers but I think that is fine as long as they are answered in the next book. I still don't enjoy the sciencey stuff but that is neither here nor there. 

I like the writing style for both of the books so far and I have found the series easy to read. I am hoping for a happy ending but the way things are going it wouldn't be very believable. 

To be honest I just dont know where I am with this series at the moment but I think I am enjoying it

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Monday, 12 October 2015

Deviation by M C Cerny

Deviation: an action, behavior, or condition that is different from what is usual or expected; an act or instance of deviating; a noticeable or marked departure from accepted norms of behavior.
Edith Willows has escaped the drugs, abuse, and poverty of her early years, but the scars remain. She is imperfect and damaged. Eager to complete her college degree and leave the past behind, Edith doesn’t anticipate the return of a forbidden crush, threatening to destroy her carefully crafted peace…
Jack Hamilton has the perfect life…a woman who fulfills his needs, a successful business, and an adjunct position at his former school. However, a past indiscretion has haunted him for years and, now, the beautiful dark-haired girl he had no business getting involved with sits just rows away from his podium, all grown-up…
Edith and Jack deviate from the acceptable student/teacher relationship.

I was kindly sent a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I did not find Edith very likeable at all and that probably didn't help with my overall review. Edith worked hard to get to where she is because she has alcoholic parents, I would have liked that to be focused on a little bit more because its admirable. Edith first met Jack at high school when he was her student teacher. They shared a sneaky kiss and she thought nothing more of it until he turns up in a class that she isn't doing so well in. 

They start a forbidden romance which I exciting and if this was the main focus of the story then I think that my review would have been top end but the story has so many different elements that there is just soo much going on. 
Here is a list of all of the different subjects touched upon in this one short story:
* Teacher student forbidden love. 
* Depression
* Sexual assault
*Alcohol abuse
*Mental Illness
and Cutting
These subjects are only ever mentioned briefly so you are not given enough time or information to process what is happening before the next thing is thrown at you.

Overall I gave this story two stars on Goodreads but it did have lots of potential. 

Thanks For Reading 
Em x  

Sunday, 11 October 2015

My life next door by Huntley Fitzpatrick


"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another

This book started with a forbidden love, Samantha wasn't supposed to have anything to do with the noisy, messy Garret family but she had been dreamily watching them from her rooftop for years. When she final met Jase she was not only in love with him but also with his crazy family. 

There wasn't the usual teenage drama in this book which helped to focus on the story rather than reading about the characters moaning. Both Jase and Samantha had jobs over the summer and were not able to see each other every second of everyday which made the story more believable because normal people have to work. 

The people that made up the Garrett family were dysfunctional but lovely and every character in this book had their own life with its own story. Most of these characters could have their own book especially Tim but it was nice that they were not all focused on Sam and Jase. 

Sam was wealthy but not princessy or spoilt like you would expect. Her moral compass was pointing in the right direction and although it took her a little while to do the right thing she did it eventually.
Each character in the story has their own stuff going on they are not just focused on Sam and Jase which is interesting. We could of had this story from many different points of view, Tim's, Nannys, Jase's but the fact that we stuck with Sam from the beginning to the end made connecting with her really easy. 

Fitzpatrick touches on drug and alcohol abuse and how it is not easy to get back off of these things but Tim manages to begin this process during this story but it isn't brushed over. 

I enjoyed this story a lot. It was a nice speedy read and I got through it in a couple of sittings. 

Give this one a go!!

Thanks for reading

Em x

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Wither (The chemical garden Series) by Lauren DeStefano


By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have sky rocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. 
When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can't bring herself to hate him as much as she'd like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband's strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?
Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

I loved this idea and it was unlike any thing I have ever read before. its a grim concept and not a very nice world to be born into but the girls have to keep on having babies to keep the human race alive. 
The story starts with Rhine and her Twin brother who both have one blue eye and one brown eye. They look after one another because their parents died trying to create a cure for the horrible virus. 
Girls in this book are not treated nicely. they are sold, killed or married off at any age. Rhine doesn't feel lucky that she was sold as a bride but she is terrified of the alternative. 

Becoming a bride happens quickly and Rhine has two sister brides. One older than her and one younger. I liked that  through the three girls you got to read about a variety of reactions to their situation. Rhine just wanted to escape nothing else. That was her plan from day one and she stuck to it. 
I found it scary to imagine being locked in a van, not knowing where you are going and then watching the terror unfold around you as you get kidnapped and gassed. 

A lot of the negative comments relate to the child bride aspect of this story and yes its disturbing but that's the point!! Its not normal to have a bride aged 13 but then this book isn't talking about normal things. It's just the world that the story is set in.

I liked the characters, I found them all interesting because they all had their own back story and as each story unfolded you were able to understand the character a little bit more.
I am hoping that we learn more about this mysterious virus and I hope they manage to find a cure. Maybe I will find out in the next instalments. I will be picking them up shortly because it was a quick fun read. 
I read this book in two sittings and it was a really easy read. 

Thanks for reading

Em x