Thursday, April 17, 2014

REVIEW - STORM by Brigid Kemmerer

Storm (Elemental #1)
by Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher - Much-in-Little
Release Date - April 17th 2014 (UK)

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Secrets are hard to keep when your life's at stake.

Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys; all the ones she doesn't want. When she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot, everything is about to change. Chris is different from the guys at school... really different. He can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. The brothers are powerful and dangerous. And now that Becca knows the truth, so is she.

When the mysterious new kid, Hunter, turns up, Becca thinks she can trust him. But when he goes head-to-head with Chris, Becca's left wondering who's hiding the most dangerous truth of all.
Like any hyped series and it's debut novel, you are a little apprehensive to start this series. But as it was finally officially being published in the UK, I couldn't resist the temptation to read it. Most of you are probably way a head of me, (so don't spoil it for me) but it's been a long time since I've thoroughly enjoyed a paranormal young adult novel. This is totally addictive and the best paranormal YA I've read this year.

One girl, Four hot guys with powers of the elements and secrets that bring them together indefinitely. That's probably the best one liner synopsis of this book I can sum up with. That's all you need to know because the book completes you with everything you desire from a book. I was addicted from the first page, maybe it's been a while since sinking myself into a paranormal, but I loved the concept of it. We are introduced to the Merrick brothers, each able to control one aspect of the elements (earth, air, fire and water); Michael - Earth, Gabriel - Fire, Nick - Air and Chris - Water. (Oh and did I mention that Nick and Gabriel were twins, yummy!)

Storm focuses on Chris, the youngest of the brothers and the control of water. We are first introduced to him as the 'damsel in the distress' when he is caught between Seth and Tyler, two guilty, troublesome senior's with a history to Chris's extra curricular activities. Seth and Tyler are out to destroy Chris's family, their kind. A war is raging between them that has carried on for years, since the deaths of both of their parents... We are instantly thrusted into an action-packed novel, and there is no where out for you but to continue. Chris is your average teenager who just wants to continue his life as normal as possible. He has only just started to control his element, only to be thrown into the deep end. Until Becca saves his life...

Becca was a challenging character, she was a very hot n' cold person as you didn't really know a whole lot about her. It was as you progressed through the novel that you gradually saw the person she is and she has had to endure from horrible rumours roaming at school. Once the word is around school about her saving Chris, it's only a matter of days until she's involved beyond her capability or understanding. A mixture of bad weather and trouble is attracting to her, and she can't seem to get away from it. Becca is in more deeply than she knows, and she can't seem to stop herself from getting closer to Chris. I really enjoyed how their relationship was like an electric shock, they immediately were attracted to each other but didn't commit to each other until they truly knew...

This novel ticked all the boxes on my check-list and what I really enjoyed was that it contained every emotion possible. Sometimes you were sad, sometimes your were happy and sometimes you could laugh out loud especially at this point:

“Casper, she said someone has to hold your leash.” 
The dog barked. 
Then he dipped his head, picked up the end of the leash in his mouth, and trotted after his master.” 

The secondary characters, whether you want to include the Merrick Brothers in that, were spectacular. I thought Hunter was such a loud and outrageous character in comparison to everyone else that he was the one that shone out of the novel. Tattoos, piercings and his dog, Casper, so cute, really made up the novel for me and he was tied so neatly into the plotline like a bow that his character didn't diminish from the rest of them, it progressed and developed to the right pace.

I'm very much looking forward to reading Spark to see Gabriel's story, and how he is defined against his twin, Nick! I can tell that this is the start of a very powerful series, so hold on to your seat, ladies and gentleman because it's about to get bumpy!

Rating - 5

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

RELEASE DAY LAUNCH - DON'T LOOK BACK by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

Well I got a surprise to say I'm part of the release day launch of Jennifer L. Armentrout's  new YA Suspense novel, Don't Look Back. I'm delighted to be a part of this and today I share with you an excerpt of what's to come. I will be reviewing my copy in the next couple of week so be sure to stay tuned for that. 

Found this cover on Jennifer's website... 

Don't Look Back
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date - April 15th (US)
Publisher - Disney-Hyperion
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Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her—even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory—someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Click on 'Read More' to read an excerpt of this brilliant upcoming novel. 

Monday, April 07, 2014

REVIEW - RINGER by C.J. Duggan

I'm very pleased today to be a part of the exclusive Ringer Blog Tour on the behalf of C.J. Duggan herself. My post is a little late due to having a rather busy week, but better late than never right! :) I absolutely adore this series, I have reviewed every single one so if you would like to read them from the very beginning, please do so. The Boys of Summer #1, An Endless Summer #2, That One Summer #3, and now Ringer, a novella #3.5, with further ado her is my review.

Ringer (Summer #3.5)
by C.J Duggan
Release Date - March 18th 2014
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They say it’s the quiet ones you have to worry about, and she was quiet, very quiet—when she wasn’t busy despising me with a burning passion.

Ringo ‘Ringer’ James has a no-strings-attached policy.

Love them, leave them, and remain the eternal bachelor.

After a summer in which every one of his mates has succumbed to settling down, or so it seemed, Ringer is on the lookout for a quick exit. Having had enough of the stomach-turning love fest witnessed over the past three months, Ringer jumps at the opportunity to help out his mate, Max, by heading to Max’s dad’s property for a working holiday.

It’s just what he’s looking for. A remote, dusty homestead in Ballan, with only hard work, a cold beer and a comfy bed to worry about – no women.

Until Miranda Henry.

The privately educated daughter of his boss has returned home from overseas and things are about to get very complicated, very fast. As summer draws to its end, Ringer is about to learn that sometimes attraction defies all logic, and that there really is such a thing as ‘enemies with benefits.’
C.J really turned the tables with Ringer's story as a novella in one sense it didn't match the rest of her Summer series with it not being in a full book. But actually it really worked in her favour, I have to remind myself that any previous or future novels were from a female's protagonists perspective. Reading Ringer's and Miranda's story really opened up C.J's writing as well as the plotline between both of the characters. 

Ringer needs to escape Onslow, with his surrounding buds enthralled with the own lives and those of their girlfriends and love. It's very hard being within a group going 'stag' for the night's activities. So he decides to help his old friend Max and go down his parents to help on the estate while he was away. He for one wasn't counting on Max's sister, Miranda Henry being there. He knew he would have his work cut for him. 

Ringer's character doesn't shine through the rest of the Summer series, he's a quiet part of the group and the only drama would be in That One Summer when he stepped on a piece of glass and hurt his foot. So he has drama previously, but I think we still don't really see the true Ringer. But like most guys you very rarely see them open up unless you truly know them. Ringer gave as good as he get and when he wants something he will try not to walk away...

....unlike Miranda Henry, she will run away from anything, anywhere with the confines of Austailia. Living in Paris was her comfort zone, now she is pulled out of it. When her brother wasn't returning, she had to like she had no choice. But running over the first bloke she see and having to live with him for the week or so wasn't on her agenda. Nor was it to fool around, mock him and then face the unfortunate fact that she might be falling in love with him. Like all female protagonists in YA contemporaries, they have a past, a guilty past, which has haunted her since. What I liked about it being a novella was that she didn't beat around the bush, she was honest and forward about the relationship that she faces with no better than Ringer. 

Like all of the Summer series I really enjoyed this one as a novella and I think it would make a brilliant novel as well. C.J. Duggan creates the perfect summer read! Why don't you get into the sunshine spirits with this series. 

Rating - 4

C.J Duggan is the number one bestselling Australian author of the Summer Series! C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90’s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.
Novels in the Summer Series includes: The Boys of Summer (December 2012), An Endless Summer (July 2013), That One Summer (December 2013), Ringer (March 2014) and the highly anticipated, soon to be released Forever Summer (July 2014).

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