Saturday, 24 January 2015

Review: {sampler} The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)The Orphan Queen

Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen
Pages: 400
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date:

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars

This is a review of the sampler that was on edelweiss, Part 1 of the complete book.

The Orphan Queen so far has everything I tend to enjoy in a Fantasy YA novel - betrayals, conspiracies and kick butt action; it is a wonderful start to the series.

Our MC is Wilheminia Korte, the heir to the Aecor throne, a kingdom that was invaded and every living adult in the place slaughtered. Aecor forced other kingdoms into signing a no-magic agreement in an effort to curb the wraith – a toxic form of magic. 

Wil is an illegal magic user and one of the Ospreys, a small group of orphans who are determined to reclaim Aecor. She is an interesting heroine, full of snark, passion and with a great wit she was extremely likeable. The side characters were each interesting, I am curious about Black Knife and I look forward to finding out more about him.

The world-building so far in the Orphan Queen is complex but was done well, I was intrigued by the differing worlds, the magic and the unique wraith; it came together well and made for an interesting read but there was a lot of information to take in in such a small amount of time.

Overall, The Orphan Queen has a fresh new world with an engaging plot. I am looking forward to reading the complete book when it is released.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Review: How (Not) to Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Richards

How (Not) to Fall in LoveHow (Not) to Fall in Love

Author: Lisa Brown Richards
Series: -
Pages: 352
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release date: 3rd February 2015

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington never had to worry about money or where her next shopping spree was coming from. Even her dog ate gourmet. Then one day, Darcy’s car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. As her father’s business hit the skids, Dad didn’t just skip town, he bailed on his family.

Fortunately, Darcy’s uncle owns a thrift shop where she can hide out from the world. There’s also Lucas, the wickedly hot fix-it guy she can’t stop crushing on, even if she’s not sure they’ll ever get out of the friend zone. 

But it’s here among the colorful characters of her uncle’s world that Darcy begins to see something more in herself...if she has the courage to follow it.

Review: 4/5

How (Not) to Fall in Love was such a fun, sweet feel-good book that I devoured in a short amount of time, it had everything I find myself enjoying in a contemporary YA novel.

When Darcy Covington’s motivational speaker, high-profile dad disappears it sends her life into chaos; her once comfortable life is no longer – her car is repossessed, her mother is on a downward spiral and everything she once believed of her father is being questioned. I thought Darcy was wonderful! She handled the drama and upheaval of her cushy life with dignity, she was strong and resilient and I loved her initial awkwardness around hottie Lucas, it was endearing.

I have a new book boyfriend! Lucas {swoon} is a dreamy, perfect in every way fix-it guy. He was the ideal match for Darcy and understood what she was going through, he was a tad pushy at times but he did it out of kindness. I enjoyed their banter, sweet stolen moments and the way they looked out for one another.

As the book progresses we see Darcy go in search of her father, we watch a successful family being uprooted from their comfortable life, we get some fabulous side characters who are each supportive and wonderful, we get alcoholism and also betrayal. It all came together perfectly and by the end of the book I really wanted more.

Uncle Charlie was wonderful, I loved his hippie thrift shop and Liz was fabulous, Pickles was a cutie and I came to like Darcy’s mother despite her checking out for a little while; they were a great support network to one another.

The writing is engaging and kept me hooked from the first page, I flew through this book and can’t wait to read more books by Lisa Brown Richards.

Overall, a wonderfully uplifting story about love, hope and growth.

Thank you to Entangled Teen via Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review How (Not) to Fall in Love.

Lisa Brown RobertsAbout the author: Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn't recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life's painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way.

Her almost forever home is Colorado, though she occasionally pines for the days when she lived within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Her house is full of books, boys, several four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Review: Mayhem by Jamie Shaw

Mayhem (Mayhem #1)Mayhem

Author: Jamie Shaw
Series: Mayhem
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: New Adult
Release date: 20th January 2015

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

When college freshman Rowan Michaels meets gorgeous, up-and-coming rock star Adam Everest, she knows a player like him is the last thing she needs after her ex-boyfriend shattered her heart. But she can't stop thinking about the kiss they shared on his tour bus.
On the first day of school, Rowan is stunned when Adam saunters into her French class. He's soon failing miserably, and, on a whim, she offers to tutor him. But Adam doesn't recognize her as a makeup-free, glasses-clad college student—a far cry from the beautiful, mysterious "Peach" he met at his concert.
During a wild weekend on tour with the band, Rowan can't help falling for the sweet guy buried beneath Adam's rocker persona. Yet she knows she could never compete with the girls constantly throwing themselves at his feet. She'd just end up hurt … again.
Peach is all Adam thinks about, though, and when Rowan realizes this, she has a decision to make: stay just friends to protect her fragile heart … or reveal the truth about the night they met and admit she's fallen completely, hopelessly in love with him.

Review: 4½ out of 5 stars

Mayhem isn’t the sort of book I tend to read and enjoy, rock stars just aren’t for me – only because I can’t see myself liking the groupie and touring aspect personally.

Rowan Michaels is the sort of character I tend to love, naïve and innocent but still takes no rubbish from anyone. At the beginning of the book she is out with her fabulously amazing best friend, Dee dressed up in gear she wouldn’t normally wear and at a bar watching a band, Rowan is in a long term relationship and it’s here she catches her cheating boyfriend and is then consoled by the bands lead singer Adam Everest, they share an amazing kiss and its left at that.

Adam was a sweetheart! nicknaming Rowan, Peach, he never expected to see her again – I love these types of tropes and they then end up in the same French class, unbeknownst to him, when he is failing French miserably it’s Rowan that steps forward and offers to tutor him, the only way this could come about was if she toured with the band and at this stage he is still clueless about who she is. The events over the course of the weekend they spent together were fun; we get touring, fun banter, study sessions and some really sweet moments. The band members were amazing and I can’t wait for future instalments to read more about them. We do have a few clichés but I was able to overlook them and enjoy the overall story.

I liked all of the side characters (except of course the ex), Dee was a fabulous best friend, Leti was great and Shawn was especially amazing as were the other band mates. We get a small snippet of Dee and Joel Gibbon’s book at the end and I can’t wait to get hold of it.

Mayhem has great writing, a fun storyline, wonderful characters and an amazing romance that balanced this book out beautifully.

Thank you to Avon Impulse via Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review Mayhem.

Jamie  ShawAbout the author: Author of the MAYHEM series, JAMIE SHAW earned her M.S. in Professional Writing from Towson University before realizing that the creative side of writing was her calling. An incurable night-owl, she spends late hours crafting novels with relatable heroines and swoon-worthy leading men. She’s a loyal drinker of white chocolate mochas, a fierce defender of emo music, and a passionate enthusiast of all things romance. She loves interacting with readers and always aims to add new names to their book boyfriend lists.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst.

Hi everyone!! thank-you so much for stopping by today.

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My WoW’s for this week are The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst.

The Edge of Forever
Author: Melissa E. Hurst
Series: -
Genre: Young Adult
Amazon pre-order
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release date: 2nd June 2015

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

In 2013: Sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea of how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.

In 2146: Seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder.

And that someone is named Alora.

Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.

Top Ten Tuesday - Freebie - top ten books I am really eager to read this year

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie. I have decided to list the top ten books I am really eager to read this year!

Rogue (Relentless #3) by Karen Lynch (No cover)
The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel (No cover)
The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
Burn (Rephaim #4) by Paula Weston
Trail of Tears by Josephine Angelini (No cover)
The Wrath & Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Untitled (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J Maas (No cover)
Untitled (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews (No cover)
Crash by Eve Silver

The Stars Never Rise (Untitled Series, #1) Burn (The Rephaim, #4)
 The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) The Return (Titan, #1) Crash (The Game, #3)

What is on your Top ten list this week?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen
Pages: 320
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release date: 10th February 2015
Amazon – TBD

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

A thrilling new fantasy trilogy for fans of DIVERGENT and THE HUNGER GAMES.

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

Review: 4 out of 5 stars

The few reviews I had seen for Red Queen prior to reading it were high in praise so I started this one expecting greatness and I’m pleased to say it didn’t fail to disappoint.

Our MC is Mare Barrow who lives in a world divided by blood – silver and red; she is from a family of poorly reds who are destined to serve the elite silvers that are differentiated by their supernatural abilities. The concept is extremely unique and I liked the details we are given about the different classes.

Mare is a skilled thief and an extremely likeable heroine, she was strong and determined with a cunning and stubborn personality; when her best friend is conscripted into the army she does everything she can to win his freedom, but when her own unusual ability is discovered it brings out a whole new saga and a plan by the royals to arrange a marriage between Mare and their son so the knowledge that reds have powers isn’t revealed – she becomes a lost silver princess, her time at the palace is also an opportunity for Mare to secretly plot with the Scarlet Guard who lead the red rebellion.

There are a number of mind blowing plot twists and turns I never expected, there were secrets, political conspiracies and betrayals and it all came together nicely, the world-building is beautifully imagined with an ending that left me gaping. The action had me sitting on the edge of my seat and the smidgeon of romance was well written but certainly wasn’t at the forefront of the story.

All of the characters are fascinating and written to perfection; each played a pivotal role in the overall story, I had no idea who could be trusted and in the end I was spot on. Cal and Maven had me intrigued!

Red Queen is a fabulously thrilling YA Fantasy, it all came together perfectly and I’m more than eager to read the next book in the series.

Thank you to Harper Teen via Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review Red Queen.

Victoria AveyardAbout the author: I'm a screenwriter/YA author who likes books and lists. This site is the nexus of my universe.

My book RED QUEEN will be published Winter 2015 from HarperTeen at HarperCollins. I'm repped by the incomparable Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. 

The genres I'm into include YA, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure, Apocalyptic - if people are dying, I'm buying.