Monday, April 25, 2016

REVIEW - WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord

When We Collided 
by Emery Lord
Publisher - Bloomsbury
Release Date - April 7th 2016
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Seventeen year old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he's not. Now Jonah must numbly take care of his family as they reel from their tragedy. Cue next change: Vivi Alexander, new girl in town.


Vivi is in love with life. A gorgeous and unfiltered hurricane of thoughts and feelings. She seems like she's from another planet as she transforms Jonah's family and changes his life. But there are always consequences when worlds collide …

A fierce and beautiful love story with a difference, When We Collided will thrill fans of All the Bright Places and I'll Give You the Sun.

My Review

Ever since reading Open Road Summer, I am indebted to Miss Lord's swoon-worthy romances and now with When We Collided being brought across the shores to the UK I think the entire country will fall at the knees of both Jonah and Vivi's journey in Emery's latest novel.

Emery Lord isn't short of creating such individual characters and this one includes the famous Vivi. Believe me when I say this but you haven't read a character like it! Just imagine her at the top of the hill, arms spread and saying - HELLO WORLD, I'M VIVI ALEXANDER - COME AND MEET ME! From page 1, Vivi character was like a breathe of fresh air, what I felt was that she was like the sun - gorgeous, one of kind, bright, vibrant and raw but also can have fiery, burning self to her. That there is basically the essence of Vivi. After living here there and everywhere because of her mum's art and her business, she takes everything in her stride literally. What I loved was that as soon as you meet you think she is totally bonkers, exactly the way Jonah Daniels met her. Vivi is eccentric to the core, she is individual, strong and determined, traits in a girl that we aspire too, we connect too and we want to be her. We want to have that breath of fresh from everyone perspective. She hated being nothing if not perfect or totally indistinguishable from the rest of the world. She wants to be nothing but her, no matter what!
“I keep wondering if it'll ever hurt less. This...this hole in our lives." "Oh, I imagine it'll hurt less eventually. I think there will always be a hole, though. But lace is one of the most beautiful fabrics, you know. All those holes and gaps, but it's still complete somehow- still lovely.” 
Jonah and the Daniels made my heart beat just that little bit faster. You will be falling all over them with how big each of their hearts are as a family. Emery really creates a thoughtful, heartfelt and just adorable family. There isn't a bad bone in each of their bodies and they are just so lovely. They just keep everything going even with the pain and struggles that have endured as a family, they just keep on going...Jonah keeps them going. With the absence of their father and their locked in her room it's hard for Jonah to really keep everything up to keep it all in perspective. He fixes the kids lunch, cooks, cleans and works. What more do you need to fall in love with him. It's hard for Jonah to really open up and be honest with himself and what he wants in life especially it being surrounded by his father restaurant and his culinary skills.

Until he meets Vivi. Together they fall impossibly and irrevocable for each other. It's the like they were meant to be. Feeding off each other's personalities and creating something that each of them can just be themselves without anyone or complications getting in their way. It's a classic Emery Lord tactic of her YA novels and particular aspect I will always fall for... hard. This is the reason that this book is one of my most anticipated becomes my most favourite too.

Lately there has been a growing number of authors really trying to make the sensitive subject of mental health more apparent especially in the likes of YA. I absolutely love these types of books because it just explores the realism of the world and that not everyone is perfect even if they act like it. Vivi is a clear semblance to this. It's also let's me really help those in my line of work recommend books that can make young people speak up or connect with this world that we aren't afraid to speak of anymore. I'm honored and inspired by this and there is so much more to Vivi than just her mental health and I think we don't look beyond that and I know that Miss Lord wants us to see her vibrancy and just boldness of beautiful character that she is.

Emery Lord took a very different approach to her usual genres, country singers and the like. I love that she is diversifying her work to really build better relationships with her reader's and her audience. Personally I loved it and there is not enough words in the world to really convey any more about it. To see the beauty in things you have to get to know them especially with When We Collided.

Rating - 5

Friday, April 08, 2016

BLOG TOUR - THE WINNER'S KISS:COVER ART AND PHOTO SET by Marie Rutkoski

Hello Everyone.. as you can see I am part of a few blog tours lately. But I will resume my reviews shortly by next week hopefully. Anyways today I'm super excited to be part of The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski - the final book in the trilogy. I have to say I was unsure as the second book in the series, I DNF-d but I reread the first book and I absolutely loved it even more and I am going to read the sequel and finale very shortly. Today I bring to you a special post behind the Cover Art of the books - they are simply stunning aren't they?! and also some of my very own Book Photography. But before that, here is a little bit more about the book. 
The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3)
by Marie Rutkoski
Publisher - Bloomsbury
Release Date - March 24th 2016
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?


Cover Art
What I love about this series is just how gorgeous these covers are and just wanted to see how these were created...so the lovely publishers of Bloomsbury let me into their secret...

UK covers


So all covers were designed by Elizabeth Clark at Macmillan Children's Publishing Group in the U.S., small tweaks like dress colour were made here in the UK by our designers Katie Everson and Maia Ford. I’ve attached our three covers.

Katie Everson is also a recent debut author with her book Drop which I have yet to read. These covers originate from the US here and you can see the subtle changes that were made. I think that the UK covers just add that something extra - don't you think?!


And also here are the new covers from the US too----->

- personally I prefer the old one of the US and the current ones of the UK. I think the original covers stand out more - these don't really feel like they are portraying Kestrel or what she stands for. What do you think?

Photo Set
The lovely publishers have also noticed my Instagram and that they enjoyed my photos, personally I think there are people with better book photography than me but I tried to be a bit creative by adding a bit of Bite and Sting to the photos. Hope you enjoy! For more of my photo's please visit my Instagram here!


Friday, April 01, 2016

BLOG TOUR: REVIEW & EXCERPT - WALK THE EDGE by Katie McGarry










Hello Everyone! Long time no see! I've been away on holiday and now I'm back to my home roots so slowly getting back into reading and blogging once again. Seems to be the same story of late. Anywho, I'm digressing - Today I'm so excited to be part of Katie McGarry's tour of the second novel in the Thunder Road series and it's a smokin' read. Today I bring to you, my review, an excerpt and a giveaway. So be sure to keep reading till the end of the post. But first here is a little more about the book...

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road #2)
by Katie McGarry
Publisher - MIRA Ink/Harlequin TEEN
Release Date - March 29th 2016
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.

My Review

We return once again to Kentucky, home to the Reign of Terror motorcycle club where trust, love and family matter more than anything. Breanna Miller is number 5 of a family of 9, but she is also the odd one out - she's invisible, she hides, but what she is is freakishly smart and people just don't know how to handle her apart from label her. She has a photographic memory although she doesn't like admitting to that. She gets twitchy when her brain can't shut down. It isn't her fault. So when she's stranded at orientation - the stuff of nightmares aka Razor of the Reign of Terror comes to her rescue. Thomas Turner aka Razor has always been the troublemaker of the group. But the day when a detective turns up on his doorstep about his mother, he's been having second thoughts. But not only does he rescue her, but they each rescue each other.

What I love about all Katie's novel is the sheer depth of them. Not just in one aspect but all - the plotline, the characters, the romance, the connection, the passion - family, trust, and honor. Through dual POV you really do get the bigger picture and I never for once did Katie's writing to disappoint me on that. I don't really know if I can put Breanna's and Razor's relationship into context. What I felt is an explosion of emotions right now, just know that your heart will beat that bit faster, you'll have butterflies in your stomach and your forever smiling throughout this book. 

Reign of Terror is just the beginning of that, I sort of imagine them as a family tree as it just keeps on growing and growing, whether they are blood related or not. They are the source, of both the pain, the fear which transcends into love, happiness and most of all family. It's who they are, it's how Kate perceives their life to be that I find just magical. The Reign of Terror just keeps on evolving... 

Another thing I loved was the integration of labels. We use them all the time without really realising it. They are harmless but they can also be poison. I think that what Katie explores through both the RoT as whole, Razor and through Breanna's character as well.

Katie McGarry is just one of those authors you will always love. I mean every year a new novel comes out and it's on the top of my most anticipated list. I'm always there reading it, I'm always loving it, and I'm always lusting after the bad boy. Katie creates a stonking smokin' read. What I found bizarre but in a good way. was that I tend to fall for her sequels. I did the same with her Pushing the Limit series, my ultimate favourite was Dare You Too and now I find myself that Walk the Edge will be the favourite of the Thunder Road series.

Rating - 5


Please do keep reading for an excerpt and a giveaway....


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