No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way. Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan's courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets. Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan's son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point. The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she'll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.
My review - This book was everything I needed and more. I had heard from a few of my friends, that they loved this book so I jumped right in...and it was fantastic. I was gripped from the very beginning, where we meet Lada when she is born and all the way to the end of the book where Lada has grown into one badass anti-princess and it was just brilliant. I didn't put this book down once and finished it in one sitting-it is such a page turner that you have to keep reading to see what will happen next.
Lada is brutal. Ever since she was younger she is sassy, argumentative and would rather solve problems with her fist then talk. Other people are afraid of her, even her younger brother but, she does stick up for him even when he get's on her nerves. This story goes over quite a few years so we read from when Lada was born until she is around 18 years old. We follow her and her brothers story as they travel to different places and are traded of by their father and given to the sultan...there they meet his son and friendships blossom. Radu doesn't like to fight and he prefers to be friendly to people. He can strike up a conversation with anyone-him and Lada are polar opposites. But then trouble arises and they have to come up with a plan to stop this from happening but, feelings are going to get in the way and family and friendships are going to be broken, can they deal with all of this and the danger that is coming?
Lada and Radu weren't close growing up as she would prefer to fight and play with her friend and Radu wasn't the fighting kind but as they grow older things change and they both have to come to terms with growing up and things changing and how Mehmed could get between them.
I was amazed to see that this story was taken from Vlad the impaler which Kiersten has changed to Lada which I loved. Beside from action and romance this book also has a lot of history, drama and religion in it and it all ties together nicely in this action packed book. I was so happy to see that this would be a trilogy. I am not ready to let go of these characters, especially after that ending! Everything is going to change and I don't know if it's going to be for the best or if everything will get worst and I cannot wait to see where Kiersten goes with this trilogy. I really enjoyed the history of this book. I'm not really good with history fiction but I love what Kiersten did with this and gave it her own twists and this book was filled with them! I was not expecting certain twists and turns in this book but I loved it and I am just too excited for the next book.
Skye is looking for an escape from the reality of last summer when her sister died in a tragic accident. Her parents think that a camp for troubled teenagers might help her process her grief. All of the kids at the summer camp have lost someone close, but is bringing them together such a good idea? And can everyone at camp be trusted? When Skye starts receiving text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister, she knows it's time to confront the past. But what if the danger is right in front of her?
~I was sent a free copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What a creepy, suspenseful, wonderful read!
I was very intrigued by this book when I got it and I happily dived right in and I really enjoyed this book. You are pulled into this story by finding out what happened to Skye and her sister and then it goes straight to Skye going to the camp, which she isn't looking forward too. Her and her family are still in mourning and she misses her sister. She arrives at the camp and meets the others she will be spending her time with, who are all in the same boat as her, as they've all lost someone close to them.
But then she starts receiving texts from her dead sister, it's freaking her out and she trying her hardest to find out whose behind it...but, is that the only danger? There is more danger at this camp then she ever expected and can she figure it all out before it's too late?
I really liked that there was more to this story then her getting those texts. That there was more danger, more then she could ever imagine. She is going through a rough time and I really think that even though the camp isn't what she expected she does make quite a few friends and she finds herself talking about the accident. She gets really worried about the texts and what is going on with her roommate Faye, she has a lot to deal with summer and adding a boy to the mix isn't making everything easier.
This was a fantastic debut book from Sue and I cannot wait to see what she writes next. The perfect creepy summer read!
It starts like any other day for Jess - get up, draw on eyeliner, cover up tattoos and head to school. But soon it's clear this is no ordinary day, because Jess's best friend Eden isn't at school...she's gone missing. Jess knows she has to do everything in her power to try to find Eden before the unthinkable happens. So she starts to retrace their steps, looking back over the summer she and Eden have just spent together. She starts to notice new things. She starts to question everything she thought Eden's summer had been about...A tense and thrilling journey through friendship, loss, betrayal and self discovery.
~I was sent a proof copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What a fantastic book! I was gripped from the beginning and didn't put it down until I finished it and I loved this story.
In this story we follow Jess. Jess has had it quite hard for the past few years. She prefers to dress differently and get's ridiculed for it until one time she gets badly hurt and her best friend Eden is there for her to help her get through it all. A year later, Eden is going through a rough time and one day goes missing. Jess is freaking out about possibly loosing her best friend and she starts looking around trying to find her with Eden's boyfriend Liam. Can Jess find Eden before it's too late? Can she save her this time?
A lot comes to light in this story. You find out more about both Jess and Eden and their past. What they've been through and what Eden is currently dealing with. They are both hiding secrets from each other.
This book is really focused on friendship. Yes, there is family drama and relationships. But it is about two girls, growing older and dealing with a lot of problems. They get on each others nerves sometimes and they are hiding things from each other but with Eden going missing you can really tell that Jess loves her a lot and will do anything to find her best friend.
I really loved the characters in this book. Jess is trying to get past to what happened to her by running and drawing. Eden has started to drink to take away the pain. They have seem to swap lives with how they're going. They where both interesting characters and I really love where Liz went with this story. It was intriguing from the start and I couldn't stop reading until I knew what was happening with them and what was going to happen.
This summer, Summer's saying goodbye to her best friend, her secret crush and her single mom and is off on a trip of a lifetime to visit her estranged artist father in France. But right before she's about to board, her phone rings. Should she answer it? Either way, it's going to be a summer Summer will never forget. BUY HERE!
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all thoughts are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - This was the perfect summer read! Romance, friendship, family relationships and some drama was all wrapped up in this fantastic book by Aimee!
I was very intrigued once I started reading this book. As it is about a girl named Summer who makes a last minute decision of answering a phone. We follow both stories where she does answer and stays home and where she doesn't answer and heads to France. I thought that was a really interesting story line and I was hooked from the very beginning.
Summer is quite shy but she knows she wants to be a bit more out-going this summer. When we follow her in France she is nervous to see her dad again, loving the sights and food and a waiter at the local cafe isn't so hard on the eyes. She has to deal with her father's houseguest, including a teenage girl who hates her for no reason. Back home Summer has decided to take her aunties photography class and there she runs into an old crush and some new friends. Her best friend is off having a summer romance and she's starting to feel lonely and wondering what could have been if she went to France. But, at least she has the cute Hugh as her photography partner and things start looking up for her, until drama hits. Will this tear her family apart?
What I really liked about this book is how it was told. Each few chapters would be about her adventures in France then it would be a few chapters on her life back home. I also like how at certain points in the book, it would kind of be the same story-line. Even though they where both so different these things happened at the same time and I really like how Aimee did that.
I loved Summer. All she wants is to have a great summer. She will be turning 16 and she seems to have a really great time in both worlds. She becomes more out-going. She's able to speak up for herself and go for what she wants. Everything is changing for her and she doesn't know how to handle it at first but she grows in this story and tries her best and I really enjoyed reading both of her stories.
Aimee ended this book in the most perfect way but I could go for more from all of these characters! This was a brilliant book that I am going to recommend to everyone this summer!
The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
When Mallory was a kid, she was bounced from one horrible foster home to another. At thirteen, a terrible accident got her removed from the group home where she was living to a hospital where she met the parents who would adopt her. But when she starts a new school and encounters an old friend from the foster system sparks start to fly When Mallory was a kid, she was bounced from one horrible foster home to another. At thirteen, a terrible accident got her removed from the group home where she was living to a hospital where she met the parents who would adopt her. But when she starts a new school and encounters an old friend from the foster system sparks start to fly.
~I got a review copy from Netgalley-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - This book gave me all the feels.
I didn't know what to expect when I first started this book but I didn't put it down once and read it till the very end. It was so gripping and interesting that I loved every second of it. This book isn't just about romance, it is about two kids dealing with what happened to them when they where younger, coming to terms with and trying to get past it.
We follow Mallory in this book. She is very shy, hardly speaks and that is because of what happened to her when she was younger. She was in terrible foster homes when something bad happens to her when she's 13 and she's taken to hospital. There she meets two doctors who take her in. It jumps to 4 years later. Mallory has been home schooled but she wants to go to a public school for her last year, she wants to feel normal. She is still very shy and she tries to use her words as much as she can. When she gets to school she meets a new friend and an old friend, a protector. She runs into Rider. He protected her when they where younger from their abusers, they're both surprised to see each other and both so very happy about it.
Sparks begin to fly between these two, even though he has a girlfriend and a foster brother who is constantly in trouble and she has to deal with her new parents pushing her to become their daughter that died a few years back.
This was such a beautiful story. I felt sorry for Mallory but throughout the story I started to feel more sorry for Rider. He protected Mallory when they where younger but, he never had anyone to protect him and he has never gotten over it or dealt with it and it is going to make or break their relationship.
I loved the romance part of this story but I really enjoyed the friendship and family relation parts. Mallory has a friend who she knew from home schooling and they are always there for each other, which I loved and Rider has his foster brothers and tries to always keep the youngest one safe and stop him from making stupid mistakes. Mallory's relationship with her parents is strained. She knows what she wants to do but they are obviously still not over the death of their daughter but, they care for each other and it was lovely to read.
All in all, this was a brilliant story on friendship, trauma, relationships, love and about two teens coming together again, dealing with what happened and trying to get past what happened to them when they where younger by protecting each other, for being there for each other and I really enjoyed every second of this book!
Twelve hours, two boys, one girl ...and a whole lot of hairspray. Seventeen-year-old Sunny's always been a little bit of a pushover. But when she's sent a picture of her boyfriend kissing another girl, she knows she's got to act. What follows is a mad, twelve-hour dash around London - starting at 8pm in Crystal Palace (so far away from civilisation you can't even get the Tube there) then sweeping through Camden, Shoreditch, Soho, Kensington, Notting Hill ...and ending up at 8am in Alexandra Palace. Along the way Sunny meets a whole host of characters she never dreamed she'd have anything in common with - least of all the devilishly handsome (and somewhat vain) French 'twins' (they're really cousins) Jean Luc and Vic. But as this love-letter to London shows, a city is only a sum of its parts, and really it's the people living there who make up its life and soul. And, as Sunny discovers, everyone - from friends, apparent-enemies, famous bands and even rickshaw drivers - is willing to help a girl on a mission to get her romantic retribution. A fast-paced, darkly funny love letter to London, boys with big hair and the joys of staying up all night. BUY HERE!
~I was sent a free copy-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - Fast paced, witty, humorous story! For me, I adore London so I jumped at the chance to accept a copy of this book. Once I started this book I couldn't stop. I was gripped from the very beginning and it made me feel like I was right there in London with Sunny and her friends going all around the place.
We follow Sunny in this story. She's 17 and not very out-going-until she gets a picture sent to her of her boyfriend kissing another girl. She tries to think that it's not what it seems and all she wants to do is talk to him and that has her running around London looking for him like a wild mouse chase and along the way she meets a bunch of interesting characters plus, some of her friends who join in with the journey. All she wants is answer but instead-she ends up having the best 12 hours of her life. Her morning might have started out bad but her journey was so fun and I felt like I was with her the whole time.
I really loved the diversity in this book. Sunny is mixed race and it was interesting to read from her POV how she gets treated by others and especially the name calling. But Sunny takes no crap from anyone and after the crazy 12 hours she comes out a lot more stronger, sassier and more willing to not take any crap from anybody and I loved every second of it.
All the characters where so interesting and they really added to the story. I also loved how when they went to somewhere different there was a little bit of history of that place in the chapter and for people who don't know that much about London, it's a great thing and I really enjoyed reading those facts.
If you're looking for a fast paced, witty story filled with friendship, relationships, and dealing with boys who mess with your head then this is the story for you! You will fall in love with Sunny and her friends and wish you where there with them.
The stunning sequel to Sarah J. Maas' New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses and a No.1 New York Times bestseller. Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court - but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms - and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future - and the future of a world cleaved in two.
My review - Bow down to the wonderful Sarah J. Maas. I always worry about sequels, some have let me down in the past but this book, THIS BOOK was fantastic. In my opinion, better than ACOTAR, which is hard to do since that book was fantastic as well.
Sarah has blew it out of the park with this book. I loved being back in this world and reading about Feyre and her adventures...and Rhys...
In this book we are dealing with the aftermath of ACOTAR and if you haven't read that yet, then go read it and love it as much as I did. I think this has to be one of my favourite series of all time. The world, the characters, the storyline just everything was perfect.
I also loved the new characters! We get to read about old and new characters and how they're dealing with everything and how they're going to deal with things that are going to happen.
My hatred for Tamlin grew in this book. I wasn't a big fan of him in the first book and that hasn't changed with this book. He's gotten more controlling as he's letting his beast control him and becoming more of a arsehole.
Feyre is fantastic in this book. She's gotten more stronger, sassy and knows what she wants and how she wants to fight for it.
Of course we are introduced to a new bad guy, but I won't spoil any of this book for people who haven't read the first one. But if you're a big fantasy lover, this is the series for you.
And of course there's Rhys....my love for him has grew in this...plus the steamy scenes! This book is defiantly not for younger readers for the steamy scenes but it really adds to this story, with all the fighting going on.
All in all, this book killed me. One of the best fantasy books I have read this year and I cannot wait for more in this series. I was gripped from the very beginning and read it in one sitting...until the middle of the night. With it being over 600 pages I thought it would have taken me forever but, as soon as I started I couldn't stop and the time just flew by. I wish I would have taken my time with this book but I had to keep knowing what was going to happen next and now I'm 'patiently' waiting for the next one.
Thank you Sarah J. Maas for writing one of my most favourite books ever.
Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother. For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a 'normal' girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths ...
My review - Is it too early to say this has to be, possibly, my favourite book of the year? No? Good.
I devoured this book in one sitting, I was so gripped from the beginning that I couldn't put it down until I had finished it, even then I didn't want the story to be over, it was so beautiful.
I don't know too much about Agoraphobia so when I first heard about this book it really intrigued me. We are introduced to Norah in this story. Norah has Agoraphobia, which means she can't leave the house or she will have a panic attack and shut down. It's been 4 years ever since it started and she's trying to get better. She lives with her mother who is always there to help her. One day a new family move in next door and she meets Luke, a boy who is intrigued by her and she's intrigued by him and she doesn't know how to deal with it. She likes things in a certain way and doesn't like to be touched and she's worried how things will work once he finds out about her and what happens if he wants to be more than friends?
My favourite character in this book has to be Norah's mum. She loves her daughter and I loved the scenes where she teased and acted like a best friend as well as a mum and I really loved that about this book. With this book being about mental illness and relationships, I really loved the relationship they had.
Norah is such a strong person. She had to deal with a lot and she knows she wants to get better and she's trying too and it was really interesting to read about her journey.
It was very interesting reading a book on a mental illiness that I don't that much about and it really opened my eyes. I felt sorry for Norah most of the time and kept hoping that things would work out for her and Luke. Luke is in the same boat as the reader. He doesn't know too much about Agoraphobia but he tries his best to understand and he knows not to push his limits, but to him she's just Norah and I also loved their relationship.
This was a fantastic debut novel from Louise and I cannot wait for everyone to read it and love it as much as I did. I cannot wait to see what Louise writes next as she is just a brilliant author and really knows how to tell a story.
(Also, they're doing multiple covers of this in PB. In all different shades of pink and I kind of need them all...)
Not out till July but a definite pre-order as you will not be disappointed.
The eleventh sexy novel in the Play-By-Play series from New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton. Perfect for fans of Lori Foster, Maya Banks and Jill Shalvis. This player has all the right moves...to break all the rules. It seems as though Barrett Cassidy's dreams are coming true - he's playing defense for the Tampa Hawks and he may have found his ideal woman. Harmony Evans is smart, gorgeous and hard to resist. If only she wasn't his best friend's sister...Harmony has always gone after what she wants with single-minded determination. She never expected her youthful crush on Barrett to develop into something deeper, and she's not about to let some ridiculous guy code - or her brother - stand in her way. With chemistry this combustible, lines are easily crossed. But when Barrett and Harmony's secret gets out, it just might be game over...Want more sexy sporting romance? Don't miss the rest of this steamy series which began with The Perfect Play. And check out Jaci's gorgeously romantic Hope series beginning with Hope Flames.
~I received a free copy of this book-this does not change my opinion~
I give it - 5/5
My review - What I love about this series is that you can read each book as a stand-alone. Which works for me as I've read book one and now book 11. I defiantly need to read the rest of the series as I absolutely love Jaci's writing and just the stories.
In this story we follow Harmony and Barrett. Harmony has known Barrett for many years, with him being her brothers best friends so they are kind of of limits to each other but, there is sparks between them, something they can't control and they decide to let it take over and just have fun. But, can they really have fun without letting their feelings getting involved? And what would Harmony's brother say?
Harmony knows what she wants and she wants Barrett. She wont let anything or anyone stop her from getting what she wants. She was such an interesting and fun character to read about. She is a very strong woman. She works in a career she loves and can hold her own. Barrett was interesting. He tried to stop himself from letting his feelings take over as he doesn't want to ruin his relationship with his best friend by sleeping with his sister. But sometimes he did let the 'bro code' take over instead of doing what he knew he wanted.
I loved this book in this series! Full of interesting and funny characters and of course some steamy scenes that just makes these books what they are. It was filled with laughs, romance and some drama and I think it was a perfect summer read.
Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill - the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
My review - You're probably thinking Beth, why has it taken you so long to pick up this book? And I'm not sure! I did pick it up last year but I wasn't feeling it at the time and now that ACOMAF is out I new I had to read it before I get really behind in this series.
AND NOW I'M THINKING WHY HAS IT TAKEN ME THIS LONG TO READ IT?! I love Throne Of Glass by Sarah by good lord this was fantastic! The world building was amazing and the characters where so intriguing and gripping that this has to be my favourite Maas book(I am currently reading ACOMAF so that may change)
Feyre is a great character. She has spent the majority of her life providing for her family. Her father can hardly walk and her two sisters don't like doing labour so she is left to hunt for her family, until one day one of the beast she kills isn't actually a beast-it's a faire and that is a really bad thing to do. A beast comes to her house and gives her an option-live with him or she will be torn to shreds. She obviously decides to live with him to the magical kingdom. She finds that his court have a spell cast upon them. All of them have mask attached to their faces and they believe there is no cure. Feyre meets a handful of characters but Tamlin means something to her, but can she save him from the curse without getting killed herself?
First things first, I've thought about Tamlins character for a good few hours and even though I liked him at first I feel like he is a tad fake. I feel like there is a lot he is hiding and he's so forceful and don't even get me started on Lucian. I get he is just doing his job but I really hope things change.
This was a great first book in what I can tell will be a fantastic series from Sarah. I cannot wait to read more about the other courts and how and if the human world and magical world will combine!
One thing I really loved about this book is how Sarah lets you know some of the history on the characters and their lives and I find that really interesting! I cannot wait to finish ACOMAF and *patiently* wait for the 3rd book.