Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MINI REVIEWS: NA EDITION - RULE by Jay Crownover and I WANT IT THAT WAY by Ann Aguirre

Rule (Marked Men #1)
by Jay Crownover
Publisher - HarperCollins
Release Date - July 3rd 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

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.
Now you all know that I started this series with Rome, which I then continued to the latest novel, Nash. I thought it was about time to start from the very beginning with Rule.

Rule doesn't do attachments. Since the death of his twin, Remy, all his family have done is blame him for his death. Rule won't live up to his parent expectations of what they wanted Remy to be. Remy was smart, intelligent and had a life planned through uni and his love for football and he also had the love support of not only his parents but of Shaw, his best friend. What I loved was that I got more of a background story of Remy, you only saw glimpses in Rome's story, but I also saw the conclusion to Remy's chapter of the series through his novel. Rule has lived to purposely to avoid his family, to work hard of his shop and develop their business and to enjoy the odd one night stands. I loved Rule, his story although slightly cliche does hold that fact, that this is one of the more emotionally thought- driven plotlines of the series so far.

What Rule didn't anticipate is the one person that reminded of Remy everyday, stood by him, baby sat him and was there for him even though he didn't know why. But deep down their friendship was only the beginning. Rule, as well as the rest of the family thought Shaw was in love with Remy, when in fact that was very much the wrong end of the stick. However, Shaw couldn't really tell as it wasn't her story to tell. With the alternate POV in place, I was able to really see the depth of each character, how they depend and it effects each other. Shaw was such a sweet girl, that she had her own troubles through her family, that was only in her teen years that she became a part of Remy's and Rules family. Together, Rule and Shaw are so perfect and adorable together that they really bring real passion and emotion to such a novel.

When you find a series such as the Marked Men, when you have a family of characters, brothers, cousins and friends each with their own story, you want to know what happened to them. For me Rule and Jet are some of my favourite even just from the background.

Rating - 4.5


I Want It That Way (2B Trilogy #1)
by Ann Aguirre
Publisher - Harlequin HQN
Release Date - August 26th 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true—for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths cross, and soon they can't stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can't know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.
Moving into an apartment, with her roomates, Lauren, Angus and Max, Nadia was just your average, hard-worker and dream career enthusiast. Going to uni, getting a degree in teaching, specialising in special needs and gradually building her career to be a teacher. But undeniably, she has passion, courage and drive to succeed. As you do, Nadia met her match falling down the stairs. All was hurt was her pride and possibly a sore bum. She didn't realise that the man downstairs, Ty, was going to be a handful. 

Ty has the tendacy to be tight-lipped around others, but once he saw Nadia, everything seemed a little brighter. Nadia saw that Ty was more than just Mr Hot. Ginger (as Lauren would say) but also a father. That didn't stop their relationship from developing into friendship,with some added benefits. This makes it somewhat complicated when there feelings are so much more. There is an aspect of insta-love, as you may have gathered, bet yet again, surprising me it didn't really bother me. Insta-love probably doesn't bother me if the novel is well developed and character driven. Whilst working at Rainbow Academy teaching, 2-4 year old, she had the pleasure of teaching little Sam, Ty's son! Oh Sam was such a little spark of the novel, that you wish you could just squidge his cute little cheeks. Despite the relationship being a bit rocky in places, it was Sam that brought them both together. 

I Want it That Way isn't your typical NA, this novel showed more character development, able to see inside the mind of Nadia, rather her descriptive of her sexual urges. NA is changing....whilst this novel had no bad boys, or emotional past/backstory, but more of a need to grow, mature, overcome and be dependent on someone for them to share, listen and care, adding another layer to the genre of New Adult.

Rating - 4

Monday, September 15, 2014

COVER REVEAL - WICKED by Jennifer L. Armentrout




Hello Everyone! Today I have exciting news from New Your Times Bestselling Author, Jennifer L. Armentrout. A Cover Reveal of her latest New Adult Paranormal Romance WICKED! A combination of both of my favourite genres from this author what could be better. This is the first in a trilogy.. so we have lots to look forward too! So without further ado...


Well if that's not full of steaming hotness and gorgeousness, I don't know what is! 

Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher - Unknown
Release Date - December 8th 2014
Pre-Order - Amazon

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

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# 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.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ARC REVIEW - TOP TEN CLUES YOU'RE CLUELESS by Liz Czukas

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless
by Liz Czukas
Publisher - HarperTEEN
Release Date - December 9th 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.
After reading so much positive reviews of Ask Again Later, I was interested to see what made Mrs Czukas's books. As the lovely Sam from Realm of Fiction has recommended this book plenty we thought to do a buddy read of it together. I rather enjoyed the simplicity, the ease and relaxation that comes with a novel like this. Top Ten Clues You're Clueless is a very good expectation to behold with me, I know Sam had higher expectation after reading her previous novel. I thought to do my review a little differently, to compliment the style of the book and Chloe's character. 

TOP TEN THINGS I LOVED ABOUT THIS BOOK:

10) Tyson - This isn't so much a criticism on the book more like...I NEED MORE of him. He was always in the shadows of the book. It was only towards the end of the novel that I really saw his loyalty and kind heart that I wanted him and maybe Chloe's and Tyson's relationship to develop more.

9) The Detective Angle - It really felt like towards the middle of book that we were in a detective story which I loved. This angle intensified the story and the pace. Gathering intel Chloe's fellow colleagues, and to find them to be quite interesting as well as uncovering some saucy truths and tales. 

8) A Christmas feel - Both Sam and I were feeling quite Christmassy when it was set on Christmas Eve, with the xmas songs blasting through the sound system. It was certainly a book, that you could read by a warm fire, and a hot cup of coco. 

7) The Written Style - (see point 6...as well) Is there anything else to say apart from this lady know how to write about the feels of friendship, and to make your heart swell towards the end. 

6) The Lists - The Lists added a texture to the book and the connection between reality, and how someone mind works as well as getting to know Chloe and the people around her in a strategic way. Sort of like a battle plan throughout the novel.

5) The Plotline - After hearing so much on Ask Again Later, I sort of did but didn't know what to expect. If you get my meaning. However, the plot itself was more character driven, with the diversity of it and it entwined with each other. It also highlighted the truth of today and reality and how we perceive others. 

4) The Characters - They each have their own set of weirdness, drama and heart in one. We find that throughout this book, these character like a collection of genres mixed together. We get a flare of the diverse world we live in, each character with their contrasting and unique personalities. 

3) The MC - Chloe was just an average girl with Type 1 Diabetes and working towards an unknown future. Who also has a major crush on one of her work colleagues, a red head, working her way through her mum's detective novels, a control freak of a mother and the 'new' girl at school. We very rarely see a glimpse at her everyday life, the first chapter see's a beginning and end to what life is like at home. (Which isn't a bad thing.) But the whole novel for me wasn't entirely focused on Chloe, but more as a narrative for the whole story. It's as if Liz didn't want us to judge or solely focus on her but on everyone. 

2) GoodFoods - I must admit a novel set in a supermarket was a revelation in terms of YA novels. I don't think I've ever read one quite like TTCYC! 

1) The Friendship - I'm a huge fan of novel that relinquish in the values of friendship and basic 'friendship 101'. Chloe seemed like an outcast when in fact everyone was throughout the novel. It was only when she and her co-workers where accused of stealing money that they really bent their heads together and figured each out as we well as the thief!

TOP TEN THREE THINGS I WASN'T KEEN ON ABOUT THIS BOOK*:

1) The timing of the book - The whole is set in one day...unless for me I'm not used to it. I found that it was rather slowing going at first, which didn't give me the hopeful start I was looking for. The pace was rather annoying if I'm honest, but then as we headed towards the middle of the book it really started to kick back into action.

2) Predictable - At times it was a little cliche at times with the theft of the money and 'who done it?' scenario. 

3) Romance - We could have done with more romance throughout the book, but maybe that's just because I'm a huge fan of friendships to romances in these sort of novel. We instead only got a glimpse at it towards the very end. But it still ended the book marvelously. Although, any snipped we saw were cleverly and subtly done. 
*A working progress 

Rating - 3.5
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