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Blog Tour: Athena’s Ashes

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Welcome to the blog tour for the brilliant new book by Jamie Gray. Included in this post is some teasers from the book, a great giveaway for you to enter and of course a review of the book. A huge thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for organising this tour and for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Now on with the fun 🙂

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Author: Jamie Grey

Series: Star Thief Chronicles (#2)

Genre: science fiction, romance

Audience: New Adult/ Young Adult

Publication Date: 26th August 2014

Publisher: Clever Crow Press

Blurb:

It’s Renna’s biggest job yet – convincing MYTH leadership that she’s put away her lock picks and is ready to save the galaxy, despite the dangerous implant in her brain. But with the Athena on the run, she’s working solo and facing her most ruthless enemy, the traitor Pallas, who’ll go to any lengths to destroy the MYTH organization. Including framing Renna for a devastating assault on MYTH HQ that leaves their defenses crippled and hundreds dead.   Now that MYTH believes she’s a dangerous double-agent, Renna escapes their firing squad before they put more holes in her than a pair of fishnet stockings. But the ticking time-bomb in her head is the one thing Pallas needs to complete his master plan and he’s not about to let her get away. Even worse, he’s discovered the only thing that will bring Renna to her knees – threatening Captain Nick Finn.  Out of time and options, Renna’s got one shot to take down the traitor before he annihilates everything she loves, even though winning this battle may cost her everything.

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My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

 

My Review:

Wow! Jamie Grey has created a completely unique science fiction novel.  The reader was once again drawn into Renna’s world. Although I enjoyed the first book this sequel was ten times better. Despite the fact this novel is written in third person it was easy to become attached to the characters. Particularly Renna as she was feisty and easy to relate to. Sometimes I find it hard to keep up with what’s going on in these kind of books but I had no problem with this one. From the very beginning the readers attention is grabbed and they find themselves desperate to find out what will happen next. The author leaves her readers on the edge of there seats and leaves them wanting more. This novel is jammed full of action, drama, romance and adventure.

Overall this was a brilliant sequel full of action and romance. I can’t wait to read more of Jamie Grey’s books as I enjoyed this series very much. I would recommend anyone looking for something a bit different to read to give this series a try.

 

 

 

 

 Get to know the author:

Jamie Grey spent most of her childhood writing stories about princesses who saved the day and pretending to be a daring explorer. It wasn’t until much later that she realized she should combine the two. Now, as a tech-obsessed gamer geek, her novels mix amazing scientific developments, future worlds, and the remarkable characters that live in them.  Jamie lives in Michigan with her boyfriend and their pets, who luckily tolerate her overspending on tea, books, and video games. You can learn more about her at www.jamiegreybooks.com, or follow her on twitter via @jamie_grey.

 

 

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Review: You Make Me

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Author: Erin McCarthy

Series: Blurred Lines (#1)

Genre: romance, contemporary

Audience: New Adult

Publication Date: 17th April 2014

Source: A big thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book.

Goodreads Blurb:

The guy she wants…

Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word. The betrayal devastated Caitlyn and made her vow to forget the compelling bad boy. But forgetting his sensual touch and their deep all-consuming friendship is easier said than done.

Isn’t the guy she needs…

Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend. Pre-law major and frat president, Ethan, is thoughtful and always laughing, and he makes her feel happy, calm. He also gives her the social acceptance she craves.

But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Caitlyn remembers all the reasons why she loves him, even if they don’t make sense to anyone but her. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her…

And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

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My Review:

This novel draws you in from the very beginning. The opening prologue grabs the readers attention and leaves them desperate for more.  Although I really enjoyed this book there was a few things that let me down and meant I had to lower my rating. The main problem I had with this book was the leading girl as I found it difficult to connect with her. Despite this I did enjoy this book overall and wished it had been longer. Erin McCarthy created a brilliant book packed full of angst, drama and heart ache  that was pulled together by the wonderful ending. The conclusion of this novel was perfect it allowed the reader to finally understand the characters and understand their at times selfish actions. Before the ending though was a captivating plot that although predictable at times was fantastic.

Overall anyone who enjoys a tormented love story should give this book a try. Although there was some things that let the me down reading this book was worth it. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series to see what the author does next.

 

Get to know the author:

Find her at http://www.erinmccarthy.net/

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Thanks for stopping by and another thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book 🙂

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ARC Review Tour: See Through Me

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Welcome to the blog tour for the brand new book See Through Me. Included in this post is a great giveaway for you to enter as well as a review of the book. Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for organising this tour.

Now on with the fun 🙂

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Author: Sera Bright

Series: Lose My Senses (#1)

Genre: romance, contemporary

Audience: New Adult

Publication Date: May 2014

Blurb:

There’s only one person I want to see when I return home. But I know he won’t be waiting. It’s the reason I feel safe enough to come back.

I’m so wrong.

Ash Townsend isn’t the same quiet boy from next door. He’s tall, dark, and demanding answers. He wants me, but he doesn’t trust me. Who can blame him? When his own family tried to break him down, he still sheltered me in this town full of liars. And I repaid it by leaving him without a word.

Because I’ll do anything to protect Ash. I have the scars on my wrist to prove it.

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My Rating: 4.25/5 stars

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My Review:

Where to begin? This is a phenomenal book that would sit proudly on any readers shelf. The reader is instantly drawn into this novel and it’s brilliant characters lives. The only reason I couldn’t give this book a full five stars is because it was slightly cliche at times. Despite this I really enjoyed this novel as I don’t mind a cliche plot if the overall book is good. Sera Bright slowly built on her characters stories bit by bit which leaves the reader desperate for more. Although the plot of this novel is a tad cliche at times it still manages to have the reader hooked from the very start.

Buying Links:

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Get to know the author:

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When I’m not plotting elaborate schemes in my head, I’m having a fabulous time with my own real life story. That’s what happens when you have three awesome kids, two fluffy (useless) cats, and one very patient husband.

I can cook like a fiend but prefer to eat doughnuts with sprinkles for breakfast. Sprinkles make everything taste better. An avid reader of all genres, I shamelessly admit romance will always be my favorite. And while I enjoy the safe and familiar, I’m always up for an adventure.

My debut New Adult Contemporary Romance novel SEE THROUGH ME will be released in May. You can contact me at https://www.facebook.com/authorserabright , https://twitter.com/SeraBright , or through my website http://www.serabright.com

 

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Blog Tour: Running on Empty

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Welcome to the blog tour for the brilliant book Running on Empty. Included in this post is a review of the book and the link for its fantastic trailer. Thank you to Sherry at Tulip Romance for organising this tour.

Now on with the fun 🙂

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Author: Colette Ballard

Genre: romance, thriller, contemporary

Audience: YA/NA

Publication Date: 6th May 2014

Publisher: Tulip Teen

Source: Thank you to Netgalley and Tulip Romance for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Blurb:

What does it feel like when you die—in those final moments? Do you feel the physical pain, or just the pain of your regrets? What does it feel like when you realize you can’t answer these questions because you’re not the victim?

You’re the killer.

River Daniels lives an ordinary life as a high school junior growing up in the confines of rural Texas until her boyfriend’s brutal attack leaves her both a murderer and a fugitive. When River’s closest girlfriends come to her aid, they make a hasty decision to not only help her, but leave their own troubled lives behind and join in her escape. The girls manage to elude police for months, but with every near-miss, River’s life spirals further out of control, until she finally hits rock bottom. Realizing she must stop endangering her friends and find evidence proving she acted in self-defence

, the girls decide to make a risky move. River must face her ugly past and the one person she was protecting the night her world caved in, the guy she has loved for as long as she can remember.

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My Rating: 4.25/5 stars

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My Review:

One word….. Amazing! Colette Ballard has an exceptional gift, she had the reader hooked right from the start. There was a few things which lowered this books rating such as many things seemed to fall into place a bit to easily at times but the raw emotions throughout the book make it all worth it. The author instantly grabbed readers attention with her opening lines.

“I always assumed my final moments on this planet would be more dramatic- that I would at least go out fighting. I thought I would be filled with panic, desperately clawing for that last breath like they do in the movies. But all I really felt was an eerie calmness, a peacefulness that wrapped around my whole body like a warm blanket.”

She then keeps the  reader interested by going back and describing the events which lead up to River’s life changing forever. By doing this Colette Ballard allows her readers to connect with and understand her fantastic characters. One of my favourite things about this novel for me as the reader was the overall plot and the many emotions that the characters experience throughout the course of the book.

River can’t understand why all of her friends hate her boyfriend. She is blind to his controlling and possessive nature. When her mum dies prior to the tragic events of this book River is left to care for her younger sister. Having faced rejection many times all River wants is to feel wanted which is exactly what she gets when she is with Logan. After on fatal night when Logan’s true colours are shown River is left on the run with her two best friends. Being chased by the police for suspected murder and missing the only man she has ever truly loved River must come to terms with her new life on the run. Throughout this novel the author created a dark underlying tension which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. One of the many things which was particularly good about this book was the final few chapters  as they show the aftermath of the trial and the changes it made to the characters lives. This cleverly allows an insight into the characters futures but also the trouble River’s friends and family faced during the time River was on the run.

Colette Ballard has created brilliant characters who throughout portrayed believable emotions which let the reader connect with them very quickly. River is a fantastic characters she has to adapt quickly when her life is turned upside down and she stayed strong with the help of her friends. It was incredibly easy for the reader to like River as she was always putting those she loved before her. Although I really liked her as a character I did think once or twice River came across as acting slightly naïve. For example whilst she was in hiding she answered Justice’s home phone which could have been the police phoning to question Justice again. Justice was another great character all he was focused on was keeping River safe. It was very clear how much he loved her he was willing to do anything for her. On top of this he was an incredibly sweet, caring and don’t forget sexy man. Each of the authors fantastic characters had a coping mechanism whether it was alcohol or drugs and in a strange way this made them seem more real and helped the reader connect with them easily.

Overall this was a brilliant book full of twist and turns. Colette Ballard keeps the reader on their toes when many unexpected events take place and new shocking characters are introduced. I would definitely recommend people give this book a try as despite a couple tiny things which lowered my rating I really enjoyed reading Running On Empty.

 

Trailer:

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ARC Review: Red by Alison Cherry

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Author: Alison Cherry

Genre: Teen/Contemporary

Audience: YA

Source: Thank you to Netgalley and Quercus Books for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Blurb:

Felicity St. John has it all—loyal best friends, a hot guy, and artistic talent. And she’s right on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her long, wavy, coppery red hair.

Having red hair is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power—and everybody knows it. That’s why Felicity is scared down to her roots when she receives an anonymous note:

I know your secret.

Because Felicity is a big fake. Her hair color comes straight out of a bottle. And if anyone discovered the truth, she’d be a social outcast faster than she could say “strawberry blond.” Her mother would disown her, her friends would shun her, and her boyfriend would dump her. And forget about winning that pageant crown and the prize money that comes with it—money that would allow her to fulfill her dream of going to art school.

Felicity isn’t about to let someone blackmail her life away. But just how far is she willing to go to protect her red cred?

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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My Review:

This book has left me extremely conflicted. As a red head myself I wanted to feel connected to this novel and the characters. Unfortunately this didn’t happen for the majority of the book. Despite the lack of a connection the reader may feel the plot is very unique and made this book worth the read. Alison Cherry has created an original novel full of drama. It deals with many issues such as discrimination against people because of the way the look. The main ideas this book creates is the desperation some teenagers feel to fit in and whether popularity is really worth hurting those closest to you. This book is a frustrating read as there are a lot of good aspects within it but it is difficult to feel any connection with the characters.

Felicity is a secret Strawbie and in a town like Scarletville where only the true and darkest red heads are popular, her mother takes drastic measures to secure her daughters popularity. Now in her final year of High School and with the towns beauty pageant looming keeping her secret has never been more important. When her darkest secret is discovered and she begins to be blackmailed Felicity must do everything she can to stop her world from crumbling around her. Despite her mothers constant training for the pageant all Felicity wants out of it is the winner’s money to pay for art school and discover her dreams. Felicity’s mother is a very self-centred woman who seems to care extremely little for her own daughters happiness and only worries about her own reputation. She appears to want to re-live her pageant days through her daughter. Felicity’s mum is a horrible woman who I strongly disliked throughout the book. One thing Alison Cherry has done very well is she has allowed the reader to understand a variety of issues within society in her own original way. Despite the problems I had with this novel I thought this really added to the book overall and made it worth the read.

The main issue I had with this book is I did not understand some of the relationships between characters. Particularly between Felicity and Brent at the start of the novel. At some points when they were together Felicity seemed genuinely happy but then within a few minutes she just appeared to be with him for the sake of it. When they broke up neither of them seemed particularly upset and the break up was very quick and abrupt. In the beginning as the reader I found it difficult  to like Felicity as all she appeared to care about was her popularity but as the book progresses we discover this is only due to her mother drilling it into her from a young age. What really saved the book   for me were the characters Ivy and Jonathan. Ivy is one of Felicity’s best friends she is an extremely easy character to like, unlike a lot of the characters her whole life doesn’t revolve around the beauty pageant. Also she cares for Felicity and supports her decisions. Jonathan is another brilliant character he is kind, sweet, charming and despite having brown hair he is not bitter.

Overall this was not the best book I have ever read but it is worth the read as it has many good factors. The second half of the book is much better than the first and the characters are also much easier to like. I would recommend readers give this book a chance as it is worth your time especially the end.

Links: If you like the sound of this book here are the buying links

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Review: ARC Twisted by Holly Hook

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Genre: fantasy/ urban fantasy

Audience: young adult

Received : thank you to Holly Hooks team for allowing me to review this book

Goodreads blurb: Sixteen-year-old Allie isn’t like other girls. Instead of spending her summer break sitting around on the beach, she takes the epic vacation of a lifetime.

Tornado chasing.

And she’s not disappointed. Just a few miles from the town of Evansburg, Nebraska, Allie meets her dream of seeing a tornado. In person. She can’t wait to tell her friends back home. Never mind that her parents are going to kill her.

But her dream soon turns into a nightmare, and a strange event leaves her shocked. Confused. When she returns home to Wisconsin, something’s…different. Allie now bears a curse so awful, it could destroy everyone and everything she’s ever known.

With her best friend, Tommy, Allie must return to the plains to find a way to reverse it. She enters a world that she had never imagined, where she becomes a pawn in a fight to save the people of Evansburg from her fate…or to destroy them.

My rating: 4/5 stars

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My review:

Wow! Holly Hook has done it again with an action packed introduction to her new Deathwind series. The author managed to immediately grab my attention by diving straight into this novels drama filled plot. This is a fast paced book which doesn’t slow down – not even on the very last page. Holly Hook has an amazing gift which allows her to keep the reader on the edge of their seat throughout. This book is full of action, suspense, betrayal and drama. The author has done a brilliant job of making this novels plot move seamlessly.

Allie is a normal teenage girl apart from her slight quirk. She loves tornadoes! During her holiday instead of spending her time at the beach with other girls her age, her uncle takes her tornado chasing. Although all seems well at the beginning of the chase Allie’s life is about to be turned upside down. After a tornado hits their truck Allie wakes up in a foreign barn with the sound of peoples voices surrounding her. Allie later awakens again only to find out she has become the very thing she has spent her whole life fascinated with. Throughout this novel Allie is faced with her uncles repeated betrayals, the reason she was turned and the discovery she is not alone in her new life. During this book there were small hints of a love triangle between Allie, Tommy her best friend and Dorian another out breaker who Allie appears to have a connection with. Although there seems to be a love triangle it is not evident as that is not what the book was about. This novel is purely about Allie herself and the new life she is forced into. The only criticism I have for this book is although there is mention  of a connection being formed between Dorian and Allie very little is mentioned about it. I would have liked to have seen more reason behind it and a bigger reaction to it.

Allie was an easy character to like she had to deal with large changes in a short space of time and her uncles constant betrayals. Both Tommy and Dorian were great characters in my opinion, some parts of  their personalities were quite similar. This meant if you liked one chances are you would like the other.

Overall this was a fast paced book which I enjoyed apart from one small thing. This was a fantastic start to a new series and if you likes Holly Hook’s other books you will love this one as well. I would definitely recommend people try this books as soon as it is released.