Friday, 21 November 2014

Wait For You Review

Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)Wait for You by J. Lynn

Some things are worth waiting for…
Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.
Some things are worth experiencing…

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Review: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5)Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.
For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off

Kerry-Mae's Review - 5 out of 5 Stars

I was going to do this review along with the ones that Shona and Claire posted back in August, but I was still trying to come to terms with all the twists and surprises contained with this book. Now my brain (and heart) have finally gotten over it here is my review of Silver Shadows.

I've Richelle Mead's books since I persuaded my dad to buy me the first Vampire Academy book way back in high school. Since then I've read every book in the series and its spinoff Bloodlines on the day that they were released. Silver Shadows was no exception. I started reading it as soon as I got up (it was automatically loaded on my Kobo thanks to preordering) and I didn't stop until I had devoured it entirely about four hours later. So clearly it was a pretty good book. After the cliff-hanger ending of the previous book, Fiery Heart, fans have been desperate to find out what happens to their favourite fictional couple Sydney Sage and Adrian Ivashkov, dubbed 'Sydrian' by Mead's large fan base. Much of the book focuses on the heart breaking separation of the couple, with Sydney trapped in 're-education' and Adrian struggling to hold it together back home and desperately searching for any clue to his girlfriend's location. 

There's not really a lot I can say about this book without giving away spoilers, so I'm just going to say that this book somehow manages to be heart breaking, exciting, surprising and happy all in an action packed thrilling 400 or so pages. Throughout the book you also get to see how each character grows through their darkest moments, becoming better people despite the bad things going on around them. Also, as per usual, Mead ends the book with a torturous cliff-hanger meaning that all us fans will have to wait until February next year to find out if 'Sydrian' will ever manage to find their happy ending. 

I definitely recommend both the Vampire Academy series and this spinoff series to readers, especially anyone like me who loves supernatural fiction and vampires. 

Now I just have to kill time for another three months until the next book, The Ruby Circle, comes out and I can return to the epic awesomeness of 'Sydrian' and all their friends...

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Rule (Marked Men #1) Review

Rule (Marked Men, #1)
Rule by Jay Crownover


Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want—and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Small Town Love Series Reviews

My Summer Cowboy (Small Town Love)My Summer Cowboy by Nicole Clark

Amber’s summer is about to begin and she’s spending it as she always does, or is she? When Amber goes to see her brother, she meets the farm hand, Steven. She soon learns that her past doesn't matter, only her future. With Steven, she’s able to do just that and look forward to her future.But, no summer fling is without its share of drama. There are two people who are out to pull Amber and Steven apart.Will Amber and Steven be able to survive the summer?~This book contains sexual content. Reader discretion is advised~
Claire's Review 4 of 5 Stars

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Review: Crocheter's Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrensein

The Crocheter's Skill-Building Workshop
This fresh, fun guide from expert Dora Ohrenstein covers all of the basic crochet techniques and so much more, from choosing yarns to finishing! It includes more than 70 stitch-along swatches that each teach a particular technique, as well as five projects (a hat, shawl, neck warmer, bag, and scarf) that put those techniques to use. The swatches offer not just a variety of stitch patterns but also a variety of shapes and can serve as the building blocks for sophisticated and creative projects of your own design.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Lily White Author Spotlight

Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. Most of the time she can be found wandering around aimlessly while her mind is stuck in some twisted power play between two characters in her head. You may recognize her in public by the confused expression, random mumbling, and occasional giggle while thinking up a scene. Lily's favorite things in life are reading, thinking about reading, buying books for reading....and writing. Her other secret pleasure is meeting with her plot editor in public to discuss her books and watching the shocked expressions of the people around her that don't realize she's talking about a book. When Lily is not reading, writing, wandering or freaking out innocent bystanders, She's sleeping.

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Blog Tour: Three Little Birds by Carol E. Wyer

Fantastically fun author Carol E Wyer is flying high at the moment,  as her latest release Three Little Birds soars into the ether to land at various different blogs over the coming weeks. There will be reviews, guest posts and giveaways along the way, and this life-affirming read is sure to set your heart a-flutter!

TLB cover 'If your friend challenged you, would you dare? Charlie Blundell cannot get over the tragic death of her only daughter. She drifts between her job at the Art cafe and her hospital radio show, the only things which give her life purpose. Her best friend, the madcap Mercedes, cajoles Charlie into writing a 'carpe diem' list, but then swaps Charlie's list with her own. Now, each must complete the other's challenges, and the outcomes will astound both of them. The challenges begin as a series of relatively harmless, fun activities. Soon, though, the stakes increase when Charlie has to complete her challenges to save the hospital radio station. As the tasks become more demanding, a handsome stranger takes an interest in her, but he is not what he seems. One challenge causes a secret buried deep within her to surface, which may prove to be her undoing. Three Little Birds is a story of love, friendship and discovery, laced with hilarity and topped by a wickedly funny parrot called Bert.'