Sunday, 19 April 2015

Review: Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson

Conspiracy GirlConspiracy Girl

Author: Sarah Alderson
Series: -
Pages: 320
Publisher/Source: Simon & Schuster Australia
Release date: 12th February 2015

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation.
There was only one survivor - a sixteen year-old girl.
And though the killers were caught they walked free.

Now eighteen, Nic Preston - the girl who survived - is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.

But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant. 

Finn Carter - hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.

Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.

To survive she has to stay close to him.
To keep her safe he has to keep his distance.

Review: 5 out of 5 stars

I am a huge fan of Sarah Alderson and I have been so intrigued by Conspiracy Girl since I first heard about it so as soon as I received a copy (Thank you S&S Australia) I instantly devoured it – real life was put on hold and it was a one day read, I loved every moment of this thrilling book.

Our MC is Nic Preston, her life was changed forever at the age of sixteen when she became the sole survivor of a break-in where her mother and step-sister were both brutally murdered. The case was high profile, everybody knew about the Cooper Killings and she has taken extreme measures to keep a low profile and safe, moving from LA to NY and installing a state of the art security system as well as buying a trained dog as a companion to allay some of her fears but her life turns to turmoil when her apartment is broken in to an attempt is again made on her life. Thrown into protective custody which was also breached she ends up at the home of Finn Carter, professional hacker, rule breaker and player; he is also the reason her family’s killers walked free from court so their reunion isn’t exactly pleasant.

Nic was a little high maintenance initially – understandably so but she came across as an ingrate, as the story progresses you get an understanding of what she has had to endure and why she is the way she is and I was able to sypathise with her and like her as a character. Finn was amazing! I absolutely adored him and I enjoyed learning about  his interesting past; the way he put himself constantly in harm’s way for Nic was extremely noble, he didn’t need to help her but he put his own life on hold to help her out and protect her. Their slow to burn chemistry and the progression of their relationship was done very well.

There were many frantic, edge of your seat moments; the action was aplenty and the bad guys were relentless but I was clueless about who they were and what their purpose was – trying to work out the conspiracy kept me flipping the pages; I enjoyed every moment of this thrill-ride!

Sarah Alderson kept us guessing right to the end of the book; her writing gripped me and the many surprise twists and turns kept things exciting; I loved the storyline, the sweet budding romance and the characters.

I highly recommend Conspiracy Girl to fans of thrillers with action and romance to balance it all out. This is my favourite Sarah Alderson book to date, a must read!

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for the opportunity to read and review Conspiracy Girl.   



Sarah AldersonAbout the author
: Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and princess-obsessed daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. After several months in India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days writing by the pool and trying to machete open coconuts without severing a limb.

She finished her first novel, Hunting Lila (winner of the Kingston Book Award), just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel on the beach in India and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they had reached Bali.

A third book, Fated, about a teenage demon slayer, was published in January 2012.

The Sound, a thriller romance set in Nantucket, was published in August 2013 and this was followed by the critically acclaimed Out of Control in May 2014. 

She also writes New Adult romance for Pan Macmillan (UK) / Simon & Schuster (US) under the pen name Mila Gray.

You can find Sarah on facebook and atwww.sarahalderson.com or follow her blog atwww.canwelivhere.com
 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep and The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 
Hi everyone!! thank-you so much for stopping by today.

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I have two WoW’s this week, Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep and The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade, #2)
 Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Black Blade #2
Amazon pre-order
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release date: 27 October 2015


Synopsis. (Goodreads)

Something Wicked This Way Comes...

As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there's no escaping the spotlight—or the danger.

Even though he's my competition, Devon Sinclair thinks I have the best shot at winning what's supposed to be a friendly contest. But when the competitors start having mysterious "accidents," it looks like someone will do anything to win—no matter who they hurt.

As if I didn't have enough to worry about, mobster Victor Draconi is plotting against Devon and the rest of my friends, and someone's going around Cloudburst Falls murdering monsters. One thing's for sure. Sometimes, humans can be more monstrous than anything else..

The Fixer (The Fixer, #1)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Fixer
Amazon pre-order
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release date: 7 July 2015


Synopsis. (Goodreads)

When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy, she has no idea that the infamous Ivy Kendrick is Washington D.C.'s #1 “fixer,” known for making politicians' scandals go away for a price. No sooner does Tess enroll at Hardwicke Academy than she unwittingly follows in her sister's footsteps and becomes D.C.'s premier high school fixer, solving problems for elite teens.

Secrets pile up as each sister lives a double life. . . . until their worlds come crashing together and Tess finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy with one of her classmates and a client of Ivy's. Suddenly, there is much more on the line than good grades, money, or politics, and the price for this fix might be more than Tess is willing to pay.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for more in this exciting new series.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Review: Shaken, Not Stirred (Last Call #5) by Sawyer Bennett

Shaken, Not Stirred (Last Call, #5)Shaken, Not Stirred

Author: Sawyer Bennett
Series: Last Call #5
Pages: 274
Publisher: Big Dog Books
Release date: 17th March 2015
Amazon

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Casey Markham is a man-eater in a rut. Swearing off relationships may keep her heart safe, but she's beginning to question if her casual flings will ever leave her satisfied. She's wondering if it's finally time to let go of the past and stop letting history control her future. 

Bad boy biker, Tenn Jennings can't get Casey off his mind. A chance encounter with the beautiful blond has left its mark, and now he's determined to prove her wrong about everything she thought she knew about men. 

It’s safe to say… Casey Markham has met her match. 

Review: 4 out of 5 stars

I have been wanting to read a Sawyer Bennett book for a while now, Ellen from Always’s YA at Heart is a big fan so when I saw Shaken, Not Stirred on Netgalley, it was an instant request and despite it being book 5 in the Last Call series, I never felt lost at any time.

Our main character is Casey Markham who had previously been hurt by an ex so she uses rich men for casual flings but never lets them get close emotionally; she likes to be the one in control. Things certainly change with the arrival of biker, Tenn Jennings who sees Casey for what she is and slowly sneaks past her well-built boundaries.

I enjoyed Casey and Tenn’s initial meeting, her car had a flat tyre and he was there to help change it – they then end up at the bar her brother owns and where she is working to make ends meet when Tenn shows up with his mate Kyle and the banter starts, their chemistry is off the charts but she promises him a one night only hook up but after this Tenn can’t get her out of his mind and it seems the feeling is mutual, her control is slowly slipping.

Casey and Tenn were great characters, Casey was stubborn, reluctant and very confident and Tenn was all sexy alpha male! He was also the father of a fourteen year old daughter and despite not liking children/teens involved in the romance books I read I felt this one was done well and she didn’t take up a lot of page time. There also wasn’t a lot of unnecessary angst and drama; they dealt with any miscommunications in a way that was believable, mature and well done.

There were a lot of smexy times, maybe I read too much YA these days but I found myself skipping these scenes because they became repetitive.

I enjoyed the secondary characters and hope to read the other books in the series to get to know them a little more; I am especially intrigued about Brody and his past.

The writing is engaging and the storyline kept me entertained from the first page, I will definitely be reading more books written by Sawyer Bennett.

Thank you to Big Dog Books for the opportunity to read Shaken, Not Stirred.



About the author: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series, the Last Call Series and the Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Review: The Fearless by Emma Pass

The FearlessThe Fearless

Author: Emma Pass
Series: -
Pages: 400
Publisher: Random House Children’s Publishers
Release date: 24th April 2014

Synopsis (Goodreads)

The Fearless. An army, powered by an incredible new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster than their enemies. Intended as a force for good, the serum has a terrible side-effect - anyone who takes it is stripped of all humanity, empathy, love. And as the Fearless sweep through the country, forcing the serum on anyone in their path, society becomes a living nightmare.

Cass remembers the night they passed through her village. Her father was Altered. Her mother died soon after. All Cass has left is her little brother - and when Jori is snatched by the Fearless and taken to their hellish lair, Cass must risk everything to get him back.

Review: 3 out of 5 stars

Our MC is Cass who is only a young child at the beginning of the book and living a seemingly normal life until The Fearless arrive – a powerful army of soldiers who have been injected with a serum created by scientists trying to find a cure for PTSD which inadvertently turned them into a strong, emotionless lethal zombie type of creatures who now run rampant and pretty much now rule forcing Cass and her family to move offshore to Hope Island in order to survive.

After the death of her mother and father it leaves Cass to look after her brother Jordi and make a life for them on the secluded island. When the Fearless enter the island and kidnap her brother, there is no option but to flee with an intruder who was being kept as a prisoner, using his knowledge to help and  to save her brother,

The Fearless was a fast-paced book and wasn’t without action, danger and death; I found the concept to be entertaining and it was great to get the POV’s from Cass, Myo who was quite secretive and Sol, Cass’s childhood friend but there were a number of plot holes and the world-building I found to be lacking – I needed more information which I’m hoping to get in the sequel but there was a lot of telling rather than showing in this book which became tiresome.

The biggest let-down for me was the weak characterisations; I wasn’t a fan of Cass right from the beginning, she came across as na├»ve being raised on the island believing the outside world was now being run only by silver eyed fearless; she could show strength in one scene only to weaken in the next, I wasn’t completely sure where her loyalties were. Sol was also an ass, supposedly in love with Cass, this guy was rash and acted rather than thought, I did like mysterious Myo but I thought he lacked conviction and held back too much.

I did like the bond the book showed between siblings, this aspect was done well there was also a mysterious element that I quite enjoyed you could tell there was something going on with Hope island and with Myo right from the onset it was just working out what it was, the element of surprise and the shock twists and turns kept the story entertaining.

Thank you to Random House Children’s Publishers and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review The Fearless.

 


About the author: Emma Pass grew up at an environmental studies centre near London, went to art school in Cornwall and now lives in the north-east Midlands, UK. Her YA dystopian thriller ACID is out from Random House Children's Books on 25th April 2013 (UK), Mondadori on 13th June 2013 (Spain) and Delacorte on 1st April 2014 (US). Another standalone thriller, The Fearless, will follow in the UK in 2014.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Cover reveal - Every Last Breath (Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout

We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for EVERY LAST BREATH, the hotly anticipated conclusion to the Dark Elements trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout!! EVERY LAST BREATH is a Young Adult Paranormal being published by Harlequin Teen and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dark Elements Series. It is being released on July 28th, 2015. Pre-order EVERY LAST BREATH and then be sure to read the first books in this amazing series before its release!

Every Last Breath - Cover

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  EVERY LAST BREATH Synopsis: 

Some loves will last 'til your dying breath Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust. Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction. Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell… 

“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!” --New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter “Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.” --#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

And we have a surprise for you! The first books in the series have been given a new look too!!

Don't miss the previous titles in The Dark Elements Series-now with new covers! Readers interested in downloading the new cover jackets for their previously purchased Dark Elements Series titles, can download them HERE!

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White Hot Kiss - New Cover

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  WHITE HOT KISS synopsis: 

One kiss could be the last. Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

  Stone Cold Touch - New Cover

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  STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis: 

Every touch has its price Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could. But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

"Constantly entertaining...the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance." Kirkus Reviews on White Hot Kiss

And the Prequel Novella, BITTER SWEET LOVE...

 Bitter Sweet Love - New Cover

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  BITTER SWEET LOVE Synopsis: 

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 the 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… 

"With her signature flare for combining humor, romance and action, Armentrout weaves a fast-paced read that will have readers' hearts racing in more ways than one. Like Armentrout's previous heroines, Jasmine is fun and full of attitude, while Dez is as snarky as he is sexy. This is a must read for new and old fans alike!" -RT Book Reviews  

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Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Jennifer L. Armentrout Goodreads | EVERY LAST BREATH Goodreads | STONE COLD TOUCH Goodreads | WHITE HOT KISS Goodreads | BITTER SWEET LOVE Goodreads

 

Waiting On Wednesday - The Drafter by Kim Harrison and White Hot by Ilona Andrews

 
Hi everyone!! thank-you so much for stopping by today.

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I have two WoW’s this week, The Drafter by Kim Harrison and White Hot by Ilona Andrews – the first book in this series, Burn for Me was fabulous!

The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles, #1)
Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles
Amazon pre-order
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release date: 1st September 2015


Synopsis. (Goodreads)

The Bourne Identity meets Minority Report in this first highly anticipated installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison’s sexy new suspense trilogy, featuring a brilliant special task agent at the top of her field and set in a futuristic Detroit.

White Hot (Hidden Legacy, #2)
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy
Amazon pre-order
Publisher: Avon Books
Release date: 27th October 2015


Synopsis. (Goodreads)

Nevada Baylor and Connor Rogan are back in the fight against corruption and the dark forces of Houston’s elite. Once again, they’ve been drawn together to fight a common enemy, but something is growing between them, too. Something that’s becoming more difficult to ignore with every heated touch and meaningful glance. But with new foes rising from all sides and danger ever present, they’ll have to work that much harder to protect one another - and any future they might have together.

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