Saturday, 10 December 2016

The Secrets We Keep by Deb Loughead

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The Secrets We Keep
Blurb (from Goodreads):
First she blamed herself. Now she doesn’t know who to trust.



When Kit disappeared at a party and was found drowned in the quarry the next day, Clem knew who to point the finger at: herself. She was the last person to see him alive, the last person who could have helped. If she had just kept a closer eye on him instead of her crush, Jake, maybe Kit would still be here. She knows she made a mistake, and wishes she could just forget about it — but Clem’s friend Ellie says she’ll expose Clem’s secret if she doesn’t play along with Ellie’s lies.



Jake seems to have his own difficult secrets, and when he and Clem start to talk, they make a plan to help themselves move on. But when an unexpected discovery at the quarry makes everyone question what they thought they knew, Clem and Jake decide it’s up to them to uncover the truth.


The Secrets We Keep by Deb Loughead

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Secrets We Keep “My first thought was like a boulder hitting me in the chest, knocking the breath right out of me – it’s my fault.”


This was a YA mystery story, with several people all blaming themselves for one boy’s death.

Clem was an okay character and I understood why she felt responsible for Kit at the party, and blamed herself for his death.

The storyline in this was about discovering what happened to Kit the night he died, and finding out how other people also blamed themselves for Kit’s death. I did lose interest after a while though, and the second half of the book really dragged.

The ending to this was okay, although I think a flashback from Kit’s point of view might have been interesting to give full closure.



6 out of 10

Friday, 9 December 2016

Sweet (True Believers #2) by Erin McCarthy

Sweet (True Believers, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally make her free of her parents’ constant judgments and insistence she play chastity club role model for their church events, but if anything, the freedom has made her realize she can’t go home and be a hypocrite anymore. Tired of dodging their questions, she stays at school over the summer and lands in an unexpected crash pad: Riley Mann’s house.

Sarcastic, cocky, and full of opinions, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working as a roofer all day. Not the right guy for her even if Jessica was looking for a relationship, which she is definitely not. But Jessica knows that Riley hides the burden of having to raise his younger brothers behind that grin and as she helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall hard for each other, and she is forced to question what she’s hiding herself.

Jessica has never had a problem getting naked with a guy, but when it comes to showing Riley how she truly feels inside, her fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing—the best guy—to ever happen to her…


Sweet by Erin McCarthy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Sweet (True Believers, #2)This was an NA contemporary romance with a very slow build up.

Jessica was an okay character, and I understood why she didn’t want to go home to her parent’s house for the summer, even if I didn’t like the way she lied.

The storyline in this was about Jessica staying at a friend’s house for a week over the summer, and slowly falling in love with Riley (the owner of the house). The romance in this was extremely slow building though, and I did get a little inpatient.

The ending to this was okay and we did get a happy ending. I didn’t enjoy this as much as the previous book in the series though.



6 out of 10

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Swarm II - A Zombie Series (Outbreak Escape #2) by Alex South

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Swarm II - A Zombie Series
Blurb (From Goodreads):
A group of survivors is on the run from the undead. Amongst them is Laura. Injured from a grenade blast, she alone knows the way to their new destination. If she loses consciousness, the group loses the only plan they have.

But a new threat is waiting for them. Not quite human. Not quite zombie – her presence will force them to face more dangers, and ultimately more choices – choices that will decide not only their fate, but possibly the fate of all humankind.

Then there is Rob. To him, the undead are essential – they are what sustain him. He has plans to experiment further on them. But what are his true intentions? And can he be trusted?

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Swarm II - A Zombie Series by Alex South

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Swarm II - A Zombie SeriesThis was an interesting zombie story, but I did find myself getting a little confused towards the end. We did get some interesting storylines though, with a little girl who appeared to be controlling the zombies, and a revelation from one of the gang about a possible cure. Things did start to get a bit wild towards the end though, and I did get a little confused about what was happening.



6 out of 10

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Did I Mention I Miss You? (Did I Mention I Love You (The DIMILY Trilogy #3) by Estelle Maskame

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Did I Mention I Miss You? (Did I Mention I Love You (DIMILY) Book 3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
"Readers will root for [Eden and Tyler], like they would with Edward and Bella-the mutual attraction and need for one another is palpable. It rings of passion, excitement, and first love." — VOYA Magazine on Did I Mention I Love You?
It's been a year since Eden last spoke to Tyler. After his sudden departure, she left for Chicago for college and found a new boyfriend-someone who (hopefully) won't run when things get tough, like Tyler did. But as school breaks up for the summer, she heads back to Los Angeles. And she's not the only one with that idea...
Despite their break-up, Tyler's determined to rekindle what they once had. He's restarted his life and he wants her in it. Eden's not sure where to begin in finally forgiving him. But when a tragedy draws them together, Eden must search her heart and decide if Tyler is worth the risk once and for all.
In Did I Mention I Miss You?, the explosive finale to Wattpad senstation Estelle Maskame's DIMILY trilogy: three unforgettable summers of secrets, heartbreak, and forbidden romance.
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Did I Mention I Miss You? (Did I Mention I Love You by Estelle Maskame

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


Did I Mention I Miss You? (Did I Mention I Love You (DIMILY) Book 3) “The biggest difference between your dad and Tyler?” Mom says quietly. She hesitates for only a moment. “Your dad never came back.”


This was a YA contemporary romance which picked up a year after the previous book.

I felt quite sorry for Eden in this book as it seemed like she’d had to put up with a lot during the course of a year, whilst Tyler had just left and put everything but Eden behind him.

The storyline in this was about Eden and Tyler meeting up again after a year apart, and having to decide where their relationship would go, especially given how against the relationship it seemed Eden’s father was. I did feel like it took a while for the book to really get going though, and there wasn’t enough romance for me, as the story was more about the arguments and conflict than the romance.

The ending to this was happy though, and I was pleased for Eden and Tyler.



6.5 out of 10

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Split the Sun (Inherit the Stars #2) by Tessa Elwood

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Perseus Books Group, Running Press and NetGalley.
Split the Sun (Inherit the Stars, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The Ruling Lord of the House of Galton is dead, and the nation is in shock—or celebrating, depending on the district. Kit Franks would be more than happy to join him.

Kit’s mother bombed the digital core of the House, killing several and upending the nation’s information structure. No one wants the daughter of a terrorist. Kit lost her job, her aunt wants her evicted, her father is using her as a shield against a drug lord, a group of political rebels need Kit to ignite an interplanetary war, and the boy two floors down keeps jacking up her suicide attempts—as if she has a life worth saving.

When Mom-the-terrorist starts showing up on feeds and causing planet-wide blackouts, everyone looks to Kit for an answer. The rebels want Mom on their side. The government needs to stop Mom’s digital virus from spreading before there’s no record of government left. Both sides will do anything, destroy anyone, to make Kit crack. They believe she’s the key to Mom’s agenda and the House’s future. Worst of all, they may be right.

Kit’s having dreams she can’t explain, remembering conversations that no longer seem innocent, understanding too much coded subtext in Mom’s universal feed messages. Everyone, from Mom to the rebels, has a vision of Kit’s fate—locked, sealed, and ready to roll. The question is, does Kit have a vision for herself?

Tessa Elwood’s final book in the Inherit the Stars series introduces readers to a strong, unique heroine who must chart her own destiny against a minefield of family ambitions and political agendas.


Split the Sun by Tessa Elwood

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Split the Sun (Inherit the Stars, #2)This was a YA sci-fi story, but it wasn’t quite what I expected.

Kit was a bit of a mess in this book, she gave in to people, ran away from people, got dosed, hit, and was generally just all over the place, and it was hard to know what she was going to do next.

The storyline in this was about Kit, following her mother bombing somewhere, and having problems with her family who all wanted to take her apartment from her basically. I did find the storyline in this quite confusing though, and I struggled to see how it related to the first book at all until right at the very end. Needless to say that I didn’t really enjoy this book, and was quite disappointed with it after loving the first book so much.
6 out of 10


Monday, 5 December 2016

Blood Passage (Dark Caravan Cycle #2) by Heather Demetrios

Blood Passage (Dark Caravan Cycle, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A jinni who's lost everything.

A master with nothing to lose.

A revolutionary with everything to gain.


When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfil Malek's third and final wish she's not expecting it to be easy. Though Nalia is free from the shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she's in more danger than ever before.

Meanwhile, Malek's past returns with a vengeance as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what's more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.

Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this dazzling second installment of the Dark Passage Cycle.


Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Blood Passage (Dark Caravan Cycle, #2) “Solomon’s sigil was closer than ever and once it was on his finger, Nalia – and every Jinni that ever stepped foot on Earth – would be under his control.”


This was a YA fantasy story featuring jinn.

I actually felt quite sorry for Malek in this story, as it was clear how much he loved Nalia, whilst she had no similar feelings for him at all. Nalia was an okay character but I did wonder how long she could keep the secret about killing Raif’s best friend from him.

The storyline in this was about locating a ring which would give the wearer power over all the jinn, and there were several other storylines happening too, I did once again get quite confused though, and struggled to follow what was going on. We also had the love triangle between Malek, Nalia, and Raif popping up again, although it seemed pretty clear that Nalia only had feelings for Raif.

The ending to this was okay, but I was really quite lost by that point. I don’t think I’ll be reading the next book in this series as I find them too hard to follow.



6 out of 10

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Dead Is So Last Year (Dead Is #3) by Marlene Perez

Dead Is So Last Year (Dead Is, #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Something very strange starts happening in Nightshade the summer that the eldest Giordano sister, Rose, gets a job working at Dr. Franken's research laboratory. People are starting to see double. Doppelgängers of Nightshade residents are popping up all over town. Daisy, Rose and Poppy think it's a coincidence, until the rumors start that their father, who disappeared several years ago, has been spotted in town. Meanwhile, Daisy's beau, Ryan is spending all of his time training for football, and like the other guys on the team, he's grown enormous almost overnight. Samantha Devereux's boyfriend's neck has doubled in size since school ended. Could the football players be resorting to extreme measures to win? Between summer jobs, sugar rushes, and beach parties, the Giordano girls get to the bottom of these mysteries and more.
 

Dead Is So Last Year by Marlene Perez

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Dead Is So Last Year (Dead Is, #3)This was a YA paranormal story, featuring a mystery regarding doppelgangers.

Daisy seemed a little more responsible in this book, and she seemed to be working hard at her new job as well.

The storyline in this was about a mass of doppelgangers being seen around town, and Daisy and her sisters trying to work out what was going on. We also got a storyline about werewolves on the football team as well, and a surprise arrival in town too. The book did drag a bit though.

The ending to this was quite surprising, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the next book.



6 out of 10

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Figment (Insanity #2) by Cameron Jace

Figment (Insanity, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
After her encounter with the Cheshire Cat, Alice Wonder can hardly tell reality from imagination. But when kids have their head chopped off and stuffed in watermelons all over the city, it's clear that another Wonderland Monster has arrived, possibly scarier than the Cheshire. Alice, along with Professor Pillar, have to solve the killer's puzzles before a horrible event threatens the death of millions. Then Jack Diamonds appears again. This time, Alice must know who he really is.

Figment by Cameron Jace

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Figment (Insanity, #2) “Either I am mad beyond all madness, or I can travel through time.”


This was another crazy story about Alice, but unfortunately I got lost along the way.

Firstly, I really liked the first book in the series, but because it’s been nearly two years since I read it, I have to say that I had forgotten what had happened a bit. I did read the recap in this book, but it didn’t jog my memory all that much, so that was possibly a bad place to start.

Anyway, I found this book to be pretty crazy, and unfortunately not in a good way. I got confused as to what was going on, and as the story progressed it only got worse. It was really hard to tell what was actually happening, and who was real and who wasn’t, and why things were happening that I got really quite lost, and I really lost interest.

The ending to this was likewise confusing, and I didn’t really enjoy this book overall.



6 out of 10

Friday, 2 December 2016

From the Ashes (Into the Night #2) by Jade Fowler

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From the Ashes (Into the Night Book 2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Logan, still reeling from the death of his closest friend, has reunited with his parents. He has escaped Thomas Gerard and the estate, but he knows it isn’t over. Gerard will come after them all again. He won’t stop at just one attack.

As if that wasn't enough, Logan can't shake his growing feelings for Pepper. But when the girl you have a crush on is the vampire who slaughtered a man in front of you, things can get a little complicated. And complications are the last thing Logan needs. As he’s drawn into the search for Pepper's remaining family, what they don’t know is that Pepper’s sister is alive and on a search of her own.

And what none of them know is that Thomas Gerard may not be their only threat.


From the Ashes is the second novel in the young adult paranormal fantasy series, Into the Night. Suitable for readers 16+.



From the Ashes by Jade Fowler

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



From the Ashes (Into the Night Book 2) “When you died, I remembered everything.”


This was a YA paranormal story, featuring supernatural creatures.

Firstly, I have to say that I am so glad that (highlight to view spoiler - Zane bought Penny back from the dead! Even if she is some weird kind of zombie, I’m glad that she isn’t dead! )

The storyline in this was about Zane and Penny, and in alternating chapters, Logan, Pepper, and Gena. We had Penny and Zane trying to figure out what exactly Penny was, and Logan, Pepper, and Gena trying to track down Pepper’s family. We did eventually get all the gang back together again though, although I found the second half of the story less entertaining than the first half, and I lost interest a bit.

The ending to this was okay, although I did feel really sorry for Logan.



6 out of 10

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Dead Is a State of Mind (Dead Is #2) by Marlene Perez

Dead Is a State of Mind (Dead Is, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A creepy, campy new mystery series

Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the psychic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom- shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case!

There’s a gorgeous new guy at Nightshade High: Duke Sherrad, a fortune-teller claiming to have descended from Gypsies. Even though she’s psychic herself, Daisy is skeptical of Duke’s powers. But when a teacher who was the subject of one of his predictions ends up dead, she begins to wonder if Duke is the real deal after all.
Maybe if Daisy can track down the teacher’s killer, she can find out the truth. The only trouble is, all signs point to the murderer being of the furry persuasion. Is Daisy any match for a werewolf? Maybe she is . . . in more ways than she bargained for!


Dead Is a State of Mind by Marlene Perez

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Dead Is a State of Mind (Dead Is, #2) “Poppy’s dating a ghost,”


This was a YA paranormal story featuring psychics and werewolves.

Daisy was an okay character and she didn’t seem quite so immature as she did in the previous book. It was a little sad the way her relationship with Ryan seemed to be going though.

The storyline in this was about a teacher being killed in the park and Daisy and her sisters trying to work out who did it, as well as a storyline about a new boy at school who seemed determined to take Daisy to the prom, even though she was still going out with Ryan. The pace wasn’t too bad in this one though, and I preferred it to book 1 in the series.

The ending to this was okay, but I’m beginning to wonder if everyone in this town is going to turn out to be a supernatural being.



6 out of 10