Cinder & Ella – Kelly Oram

Blurb

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything


 STATS

Page Length: 254
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Romance
Characters: Cinder and Ella


Story: 

As you can probably tell from the title, this is a re-telling of Cinderella but with a twist. Ella is not your traditional Cinderella. She has been left scarred and damaged from a car crash that also killed her mother. After 8 months in a coma, she wakes up to find that she must move across the country to live with the father that abandoned her and his new family. The only bright spot in Ella’s life is her online friend Cinder.

I really liked how this book didn’t follow tradition, there was only one super-mean step sister, the other was relatively ok and no wicked step-mother. Instead, the partial bad guy in this was Ella’s step-dad and the mean kids from Ella’s school. The fairy god mother came in the form of Ella’s Vivien and her two dads and prince charming is of course Cinder.

This story is told in first person and from the perspectives of both Ella and Cinder.

Characters:

Ella’s battle with accepting her disability and scares after the accident is heartbreaking, but I think she was an amazingly strong character. After everything she has lost she is stilling getting up each day and trying to live. I think that she is really brave, from re-connecting to Cinder to going back to school even after the bullies attack, emotionally and physically.

Her friendship with Cinder is sweet. The banter between the is just so funny and I can defiantly see why she falls for him without even meeting him. I

I really liked Cinder (who is really Brian Oliver, a Hollywood actor) from the moment that he finds out that Ella is still alive you can really tell that he has genuine feelings for her. The thing that I absolutely loved the most about him was that he didn’t care that Ella is scared and uses a cane. He still loves and her wants her in his life even if it does damage his career. I feel his character was written with a lot of heart.

Favourite Quote

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Conclusion:

I really loved this book, its such an emotional rollercoaster lots of lows and lots of highs and come chapters particularly towards the end made me have tears in my eyes. But untimely this is a feel good read. If you are a Cinderella fan and enjoy re-tellings you will like this book.

My Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Rhapsodic (The Bargainer#1) – Laura Thalassa

Blurb

Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first, it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one


STATS

Page Length: 326
Publication Year: 2016
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal/ Romance
Characters: Callie, The Bargainer (Des)


Story: 

It’s amazing how you can read a blurb and interpret how you think a story is going to go and then BOOM get blown away about just how epic it is! This is pretty much how this made me feel. I really wasn’t expecting to love this as much as did, I heard a lot of talk about it Facebook when it first came out and so added it to my TBR list.

I loved the storyline, it’s emotionally charged and you can really feel the tension between Callie and Des.

It’s told from Callie’s perspective and is in the first person. The first half of the book is split between past and present, so you get a nice balance of learning the history Callie has with the Bargainer, whilst still being in engaged in the events that are currently happening. I really liked that it was written this way because even though it was all told from Callie’s POV I could easily interpret what the Bargainer was feeling even when Callie couldn’t, which really helped me to connect with both characters.

Continue reading “Rhapsodic (The Bargainer#1) – Laura Thalassa”

Update

Recommended Reading

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Holiday in the Hamptons – Sarah Morgan

Blurb: 

The perfect summer escape…?

Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him – too gorgeous, and still too good for her – and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in The Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the perfect way to escape her past…

Their relationship might only have lasted a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss – if she’s run away to The Hamptons, it’s because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn’t know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he’s never stopped loving her…


STATS

Page Length: 384
Publication Year: 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Characters: Fliss, Harriet, and Seth


I received an advance copy of this through NetGallley in exchange for my review.

Professional Reader

Story

I felt this story was very well written, however it was a bit slow going in the beginning. I really liked the storyline, it’s definitely a bit different to what I’ve read recently. I thought the attention to detail was really excellent, the descriptions of the beach and surroundings were really good. I had no trouble in picturing what I was reading.

I felt that Sarah Morgan really nailed what it was like to grow up in an emotionally abusive home. The damage this did to Fliss was very accurately portrayed, I think any adult who witnessed this and experienced this as a child (myself included) will relate to some if not all of what Fliss felt.

Characters 

Fliss is such a complex character, in the beginning, I did get a little frustrated with her, her opinion of herself but as I learned more about her upbringing how her father treated her it all came together and made sense.

Seth is your typical good guy who made mistakes in his past and is now working towards fixing them. I liked how patient and understanding he was about how Fliss was feeling for the most part.

Harriet, who is Fliss’s identical twin. To begin with its plays out as if she is the complete opposite of Fliss, and this is somewhat true but here is a passage towards the end where you see she has the same feisty and protective streak that Fliss, she just hides it well.

Conclusion

To conclude I did enjoy this book. I felt it was a little drawn out with in the beginning but overall it was a good read. My Rating 3/5.


This book is due for release on 15th June 2017, Pre-order here.

The Struggle (Titan #3) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

*Major spoilers ahead!*

Blurb

 A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…


STATS

Page Length: 368
Publication Year: 2017
Genre: New Adult/Supernatural
Characters: Josie, Seth, Luke, Deacon, Alex, Aiden etc


Overview

I loved it!! I’m so hooked to this series! I discovered after devouring this book that there is going to be fourth! (thank the gods!)

I’m going to review this a bit differently as I’ve already done character analysis in the last two reviews and I don’t want it to become repetitive. So I’m just going to go through and tell you what loved and didn’t love so much because let’s be honest I didn’t hate anything about this book!

What I loved:

  • Seth is a freaking GOD now! I thought after the last book he would just be the god killer but no he’s a legit god who is absolute, meaning that there are only a few gods that could take him down. It also means he is no longer destined to be Hades bitch as he is now immortal!
  • It finally seems as though  Seth ahs come to his senses and has committed to Josie! Hooray!
  • Josie is pregnant! Holy daimen babies I cannot wait to find out just how powerful their child is going to be!
  • Seth DESTROYING Titans!
  • All the references to Supernatural

This book gave me so many feels I can’t even tell you!

What could have been better:

  • I would like to have seen more of the new demigods that had been found.

 Favorite Quote:

The Struggle

Conclusion:

This installment is the best one yet! I highly recommend! My rating 5/5

The Power – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Blurb

 With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.

Fate has other plans.

The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve.  Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.

But the gods are sensing a greater threat. 

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.

The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.

Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.

 And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.


STATS

Page Length: 344
Publication Year: 2016
Genre: Paranormal, New Adult
Characters: Josie, Seth, Deacon, Luke, Alex, Aiden etc


Story: 

This book picks right up from where The Return finished. It’s also dual perspective. This book sees the return of Alex and Aiden (Yes!)  and we are also introduced to a couple of new characters; Hercules (Yes the Hercules!)  and a second Demigod Gable who is Poseidon’s son.

I really liked how this story played out, I thought that bringing Alex back in particular was a stroke of genius! I definitely recommend you read the Covenant series before you start this one as it will give you a full back story.

Characters

Seth’s struggle with his pull to aether takes up a large part of this story. He even goes as far as breaking things off with Josie because he feels he can’t control himself around her. The thing that I most like about Seth is that he still see’s himself as this big bad guy who deserves bad things to happen to him because of some mistakes he has made in his past, but then he does really selfless things and your like hang on a minute this guy isn’t as bad as he is making himself out to be and I think this is what makes him quite endearing.

Josie really grew in this story, I like what a badass she is starting to become! Particularly towards the end when she stood up to Alex and Aiden and defended Seth. I like that she sees passed Seth facade, in her words she see’s him as a whole person, not just his mistakes.

I would like to make a special mention for Hercules! He manages to irritate almost everyone apart from Deacon, at one point Seth refers him as “Herc-The-Dickface” 😆 and for me, these passages were a highlight of the story!

Conclusion:

Overall this was a really enjoyable installment and well worth the 6-month wait to read!  I cannot wait to read The Struggle! My Rating: 4/5

A Poem

I’ve been meaning to share this for a while but I keep forgetting. 

This is a poem by Danielle Steel it features, in the beginning, of her book Lone Eagle

a thousand years,
a thousand fears,
a thousand tears
we shed
for each other,
like moth
to flame,
a deadly game,
lost children
looking
for their mother,
and when hearts sing,
the music brings
magic
like no other,
the winter cold,
no hands to hold,
the summer
brief
and sunny,
and in the mornings,
pressed
close to you,
cherished moments,
tender, loving,
funny,
we danced,
we laughed,
we flew.
we grew,
we dared,
we cared
more than any soul
could know
or reason,
the light so bright,
the fit so right
for a hundred
precious
seasons,
the moth,
the flame,
the dance
the same,
then broken wings
and treasured
things
in pieces
all around us,
the dream
the only one
I long for,
here or there,
our souls
laid bare,
a million years
from now,
my heart
will
ever
hold you.

I’ve not actually read the book, it was sat on my mum‘s bookshelf when I was younger and remember picking it up, finding the poem and being completely blown away by it, so I wrote the whole thing out on a piece of paper and have been carrying it around with me in my purse ever since. Needless to say that this is one of my all-time favorite poems. 

The Return (Titan #1) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Blurb

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

STATS

Page Length: 335
Publication Year: 2015
Genre: New Adult/Paranormal/Fantasy/Mythology
Characters: Seth and Josie


Story:

Technically this is a re-read! but as its only, my second read I’m just gonna roll with. The first time I read this was last summer. I have chosen to re-read it now because the 3rd book is out next week! and because of this, I haven’t read the 2nd book either so I’m planning on reading that next in preparation!

Anyway back to this book. This book is a spin-off from the Covenant Series and is set after all the events that happen in this series. I wasn’t a huge Seth fan when I read that series so I was intrigued to see what this one was about.

This story is told in the first person and from both Seth and Josie’s point of view, the flow of the story is good I really liked the transition between the two characters dialogues.

I really liked the storyline and the chemistry between Seth and Josie is off the charts! I don’t know how she does it but Jennifer L. Armentrout always manages to create characters that are dripping with sex appeal and Seth is sex personified! I had no problems imagining his smoking hotness!

 

Characters:

Seth really grows in this book, I definitely had more empathy reading about him from his perspective and I can now say I’m a huge fan of his. I really hope he gets his happy ending.

I really liked Josie’s character, she is emotionally strong and takes everything in her stride. I also liked that she accepted all of Seth’s mistakes and saw passed them to the person he really is.

 

Conclusion:

It’s pretty obvious that I really liked this book, as it is a re-read and I’m planning on reading The Power next. My rating: 4/5


*PSA:  Jennifer L. Armentrout is having a Teaser Tuesday giveaway over on her facebook page today:

“No.” His face contorted. Tears filled his eyes as he lifted my head, pressing his mouth to my forehead. “I’ll never let you go, Josie. Never.”

THE STRUGGLE is out March 20th!

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Giveaway: Up for grabs is a signed copy of The Return and The Power.

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Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

Blurb

 My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

STATS

Page Length: 310
Publication Year: 2015
Genre: Young Adult
Characters: Maddy, Olly


Story: 

After lots of badgering from my Sister, I finally gave in and read this book. I loved how it quirky it was. The cute little illustrations throughout were really enjoyable and helped to give this book a light feeling. I consumed this book in one sitting, which is a good indication of how much the story pulled me in. The only slightly negative thing I will say was that I did see the “big” plot twist coming at the end but even so this didn’t really hinder my enjoyment.

Characters:

Maddy was such an enjoyable character. I liked that even though she lived the way she did, she still managed to have a positive outlook most of the time. I also liked how genuine she was, there was no hidden agenda she just wanted things that not sick people take for granted, like going outside, having a boyfriend and seeing the world.

I also liked how much we learned about Olly (plus other supporting characters)  just from Maddy’s observations. Olly comes from a troubled family, his father is an abusive drunk and there are near constant arguments at home. This gave really good symmetry to the both characters as they both long to escape a situation that they have no choice about being in. It gave me a greater understanding of why they would be drawn to one another.

Conclusion:

I’ve been reading a lot of YA recently and this is definitely one of the better ones. It had the right blend of drama, heartache, romance and suspense to keep me hooked to the end. My rating 4/5

Fan Girl – Rainbow Rowell

Blurb

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


STATS

Page Length: 445
Publication Year: 2013
Genre: Young Adult
Characters: Cath, Wren, Levi


Story: 

hmmm ok time to be constructive! I’ll start by saying that this has got to be the oddest book I’ve read for a while. I liked it 95% of the time despite its oddness. I found the parts that touched on mental health strange and not properly explained. It’s told entirely from Caths point of view, which was ok, but I would have liked to read about what Wren was going through. I didn’t get the Simon and Baz parts and I have to admit that I skipped passed most of it. I think that Cath and Wren’s mom leaving them when they were 8 affected more that what was shown, it explains Caths anxiety and Wrens drinking but the book never divulged this information, I more or less figured it out for myself.

and then there was the ending. Nothing annoys me more when reading a book is poor ending and this one was a corker! The best way I can think to describe is the author got to the end of the paragraph and just stopped writing…. like nothing was tied up. We don’t know if Cath passed her fiction course, or what she and Levi decided to do over summer.

Characters:

Cath is a stereotypical nerd, quiet, introverted and loves books I liked her character for the most part and I definitely felt like I could relate to her. I felt a lot like her when I was in secondary school/college. I think these aspects of her personality truly represents what-what a lot of people go through when a big change takes place in their lives.

Wren is the total opposite but in ways exactly the same as Cath. Wren is outgoing, loves to party and drink, but she also has her bookish side. I would like to have seen more from her as there was a huge chunk of the story where she and Cath aren’t speaking and it would have been interesting to read her thoughts during this time.

Conclusion:

Overall I would say that this was an ok read I can’t say that I’d recommend it because I felt the ending just kinda ruined the whole thing. My rating 3/5