Thursday, 30 April 2015

ARC Review: Through Fire & Sea (Otherselves #1) by Nicole Luiken

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25338152-through-fire-seaGoodreads Synopsis:
Mirror mirror, hear my call…

In the Fire world, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm's most powerful lords. She's hot-blooded—able to communicate with the tempestuous volcano gods that either bless a civilization or destroy it. But then Leah discovers she's a Caller, gifted with the unique—and dangerous—ability to “call” her Otherselves in mirror worlds. And her father will do anything to use her powers for his own purposes.

In the Water world, Holly nearly drowns when she sees—and interacts with—Leah, a mirror image of herself. She’s rescued by Ryan, a boy from school with a secret he’d die to protect. Little do they know, his Otherself is the son of a powerful volcano god at war in the Fire world…and he’s about to fall.

As Leah and Holly's lives intersect, the Fire and Water worlds descend into darkness. The only way to protect the mirror worlds is to break every rule they've ever known. If they don’t, the evil seeping through the mirrors will destroy everything—and everyone—they love… 


Review:
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the publisher Entangled Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

For a very long time Through Fire  & Sea was a 3 star book for me, because I lacked any solid emotional investment to the characters, also it was clear from the start that I’d favour one out of the two perspectives - Holly and Leah - since they were both so different. After reading about so many strong heroines lately, Holly’s more feeble attitude rubbed me up the wrong way and even Leah had moments where I rolled my eyes in exasperation.

It was only when I found myself crying half way through, that I realised it was nothing more than a rocky start and I had actually grown attached. Maybe it took a little longer than I’d have liked but by the end of the book I had a new appreciation for the characters, which was worth the initial “oh come on” stage.

What kept the pages turning was my interest to see how everything would come together. The premise for this story with its multiple worlds is incredible and I applaud Nicole Luiken for the amount of depth she’s given the idea. As a reader it’s great to see this in books, but only when you don’t get lost trying to follow the complex plotlines which thankfully didn’t happen in Through Fire & Sea. For the most part.

What’s more, is that when looking up what other books the author has written I found her other series Violet Eyes which actually plays an important (but subtle) part to this book’s plot and for some reason that really stuck out to me as a mind-blowing moment!

There were plenty of these treasurable moments like this which made it worth the read. Including an ending which tied everything together beautifully and has made me eager for a sequel I'm yet to hear anything about…

Conclusively, I would recommend Through Fire and Sea to YA fantasy lovers along with this one piece of advice: stick with it.

Favourite Quotes:
“Leah and Gideon were left staring at each other with hollow expressions. Armies marching. War on the way.”
“Don't go.”

“I have to." A regretful sigh. “And it's best if you don't remember any mermen.” He tucked a strand of wet hair behind her ear. His voice stroked her skin like velvet. “Forget me.”
And she did.”


“He’d stepped off the straight path for her. More clearly than words, the act told Holly that Ryan loved her.”

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Release Blitz: Rise of the Nephilim (Fire and Flood #1) by N.J. Paige

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Goodreads Synopsis:
“Soon they will all be dead. And it will be because I have failed them.”
     Before she was Nephilim, a progeny of the Fallen, she was just a girl from Brewster, New York. A freak of nature. The strange. The different. The other. But then she received the calling to find her true home and take her rightful place in the subterranean world of Babylon. There she would learn that she was the last hope for the survival of Humanity. And she would be forced to choose between the world where she found nothing but pain and rejection, and the world where she was accepted and revered.

Amazon.com: Rise of The Nephilim: Fire And Blood eBook: N. J. Paige: Kindle Store

About the Author:
N. J. Paige lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. Her favorite motto is “Life is but a journey best taken one step at a time.” And she enjoys hiking in her local forest, where she gets inspiration from Tree-Sprites and other woodland creatures. Twitter * Website

My thoughts:
I'm incredbly excited for the release of this book - it looks so interesting and nephilim books have always caught my interest so I'm excited to now have the chance to pick it up! A review will be coming soon.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

ARC Review: The Leveller (The Leveller #1) by Julia Durango

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17852690-the-levellerGoodreads Synopsis:
Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them. 

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, thanks to Julia Durango’s cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance adds some heart to Nixy’s vivid, multidimensional journey through Wyn’s tricked-out virtual city, and constant twists keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end.


Review:
***I received the ARC ebook free as a review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

One sit read: check.
Heart pounding action: check.
Twists and turns: check.
No nonsense heroine: check.
Love/hate relationship with swoon worthy guy: check.
The Leveller ticked all the boxes!

To top it off, this book kept my interest. The whole virtual world idea isn’t something I’d seen explored before but it’s definitely something I want to see more of. There’s so much potential in a sequel, the only problem being, I’m going to have to wait god knows how long for it! Patience is not my strong suit, and the ending was so abrupt I had to double check there hadn’t been a mistake. It’s okay though… I can move on… eventually…

Personally I’m not much of a gamer (with the exception of Pokémon, because come on; it’s Pokémon!) though I loved how it worked with the story. It was easily to pick up on what was going on and what weapons were being used etc, and I never felt out of the loop. There might have been an undercurrent about the extent online gaming has taken over people’s lives, but it wasn’t trying to force a message on its readers and I simply enjoyed it for what it was to me: an interesting story.

The characters were great, and real easy to root for. Nixy was infinitely sarcastic and sometimes even cocky at her success with levelling; something that just made her more engaging. You could hear her voice so clearly, sucking you into the world, and first person narrative is brilliant to do just that. Wyn on the other hand was often polar opposite, though he did have a funny side and they had obvious chemistry even though we don’t see too much romance first hand. Hopefully there’ll be more in the sequel… Speaking of which, where is it?!

The Leveller is such a brilliant, fast-paced story that I couldn’t help but love, which I recommend not just to gamers, but readers and everyone alike.
Favourite Quotes:
“I wake up in the Landing. “Wyn Salvadorm you son of a rasshøl!” I yell into the mall.”

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned about levelling teenage boys, it’s this: when in doubt, follow the hot girls.”

“Little Miss Bauer sat in her tower, eating a burger and fries. Along came a spider who sat down beside her and said “I prefer zee French flies.”

“You’ve seen what your perfect self looks like in the MEEP, so when you look in the mirror now, all you see are your flaws.”

Friday, 24 April 2015

Review: Light of Lorelei (Tales of Skylge #2) by Jen Minkman

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23439989-light-of-loreleiGoodreads Synopsis:
There is no light without shadow,
no truth without sacrifice,
and no way to keep us all from harm.


Aska wants more out of life than being a temple girl in the St. Brandan Convent of Brandaris. Her life-long service to the Baeles-Weards is the only reason she wasn’t killed immediately after birth – she is atoning for the sins of her parents. Her Anglian mother and Skylger father were never supposed to love each other and have children, and Aska is reminded of her low status and illegitimacy by her fellow temple girls every day.

But then she meets Tjalling, a young, mysterious, and charming Skylger fisherman who doesn’t seem to care that he is not supposed to befriend her. Soon after they meet, the island falls prey to the largest Siren attack in the history of Skylge and Aska is beginning to doubt the wisdom of the priests. If the Light in the Tower really keeps the people from harm, why are the Shriekers taking more and more lives each day?

Adding to her inner turmoil is a secret meeting with Royce and Enna, who want to recruit her into their resistance movement, an unexpected confession from her best friend Melinda, and Aska’s realization that she likes Tjalling a bit too much for her own good.

Soon, she is going down a road there is no turning back from, forcing her to make choices that shake the foundations of her world.
For Aska, there is only one true choice – to bring the truth to light.


Review:
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review***

Admittedly, it took me a while to get my head around the fact that this book was from a different person’s perspective to the last book, and it definitely took me longer to warm up to the main character who spent more time that I’d have liked reflecting on what she couldn’t do, rather than doing something about it…

That said, she was not a weak heroine and makes many tough choices where she’s thinking about more than just herself. Breaking out of a mould and letting go of the people who try to keep you there is something that takes a great deal of courage; and sacrifice. Aska knows this but she still tries to live her life and grows to not be afraid of standing up for what is right, rather than going with what is easy.

Following your heart is a clear theme in Jen Minkman’s stories, which continue to astound me with beautiful imagery, of not just the different worlds but the deep emotions of its people. As soon as you open one of her books, the writing draws you in and multiple plot twists keep you on your toes. I thought I knew where the plot was going, but the next second a revelation came to light and turned everything upside down; much like it did for Aska.

This wonderfully written book weaves a delicate balance fantasy and reality, where lines are blurred and untold secrets threaten everything the characters have come to know.
Favourite Quotes:
“I want the truth, and increasingly I’m finding out that the truth is never straightforward or uncomplicated.”

“I’m standing on the edge of something new,” I say softly. “My life will change so much from here on in. But I’m not ready to leave all the old stuff behind.”

“I’m Aska Westerhuus,” I reply proudly. “And the people running this island think my life is worthless. But I’ll show them otherwise.”

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

WWW Wednesday (2)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading where you answer three questions:
1) What are you currently reading?
2) What did you recently finish reading?
3) What do you think you'll read next?

A couple days back I started Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon after I loved Outlander (the first installment) so much, only since I jumped straight in and didn't read the synopsis so it was a big shock to discover that the book takes place 20 years later! My heart kind of fell and now I'm having a hard time getting through the pages.

Yesterday I once again picked up The Orphan Queen after reading the first part's ARC a few months back as my pre-order finally arrived. Amazon pre-order may take waaaaay too long for my tastes but the wait was totally worth it because It. Blew. Me. Away.

I swear every time I get out of a reading slump, another amazing book comes along and I'm back to where I started; plus a broken heart (I'm looking at you The Orphan Queen!) So for now I'll carry on binge-watching Supernatural and when a new book catches my interest I'll see where it takes me.

I'd love to hear your answers to the questions in the comments and if you've done the meme leave a link so I can check it out :)

Monday, 20 April 2015

Review: Awakening (Children of the After #1) by Jeremy Laszlo

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19216865-awakening?from_search=trueGoodreads Synopsis:
It has been six months since their father locked them in the security vault with a promise to return. But he never came back. With supplies running out and vital life support systems failing, Jack, Samantha, and Will have no choice but to ignore their father’s warnings and leave the vault. With no knowledge of what befell the world outside, or what they might expect once the door is opened, they find themselves in a world they do not recognize. 

Thrust into the remains of the world they remember, how will they survive on their own, not knowing what or who else remains amongst the ruins?


Review:
***I received the ebook free as a review copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review***

For such a short book, Awakening dragged like no-one’s business. There was so much repetition in not just the writing but the plot; for a story of survival there was plenty of actual existing and not much fear that something might disrupt it. The only horror aspect was disregarded so quickly, until we get a glimpse of something else at the end – and I just don’t know if it’s enough to peak my interest for obtaining next instalments.

This is definitely one for younger audiences (which feels weird to say since it’s labelled as horror) but following the journey of 3 kids there was definitely a juvenile theme running through. The characters themselves were incredibly well developed, and had adapted to the circumstances. You see them move on from blindly following their parents’ wishes, to making their own choices.

I did love seeing the relationships between the three because it captures how tragedy can bring people together so well, and was enjoyable to see (if a bit predictable with regards to their roles as a unit).

To be honest, this wasn’t the book for me because there wasn’t enough substance. Too many questions went unanswered – and they mainly came from the characters themselves who were fixated and had to prove it by repeating them again… and again… and again…
Favourite Quotes:
“It was odd how the world could change you just by changing around you.”

“It was those small moments of playfulness that still made them feel like family. Like kids. Those moments were the speck of light in an otherwise vacant world of darkness and uncertainty. She could only hope that after today. There would be more reason for such moments.”

Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Reader Problems Tag

A long, long, long time ago the lovely Megan @ Books of Fascination tagged me to do the reader problems tag and so today I am finally doing it!

1) You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide to read next?
I'd like to say I have some fascinating way of deciding, when in fact I simply go for whatever I feel like at that moment! Granted it sometimes results in multiple books at once (a habit I'm trying to stop... and failing) but that's also down to reading slumps: a whole other thing.

2) You're halfway through a book and you're just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
I quit. There's no point reading a book which I don't like when there are so many others I already know (or at least hope) I'll love.
3) The end of the year is coming and you're so close, yet so far from your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
As any of you who've been following my blog since December know, I don't pay much attention to reading goals nor do I really care if they're not completed (evident through the fact I failed last year's epically). Though I did set a goal this year of 140 books, I'm more excited about the individual reads. Plus there's no point adding stress, something I'd advise anybody to avoid.

4) The covers of a series you love does not match. How do you cope?
There are too many series on my bookshelf with this problem to buy new editions for each (I envy those who have the money too) and so long as I don't look at it for too long it's alright... and it forces me to be more creative with arrangements, that's for sure.

5) Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don't like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
As Megan said in her post, this happens a lot so I'll be open with my opinion; it's either that or avoid all mention of the book when among friends! But I always go to Goodreads reviews and see who else thinks similarly since there's such a wide variety of people with thoughts just as diverse.

6) You're reading a book and you're about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I cry. I cry and glare at anyone daring to judge me because who really cares what they think? The only problem I've had is when the shock of a character death hit me after putting the book down and I started crying in the middle of a GCSE exam - Thunderlight by Adrienne Woods I'm looking at you!
^^ This is an accurate representation of how it looks

7) A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you've forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a summary on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!
Rarely I'll re-read, and I'll never skip so instead I go back and read both my review and the synopsis to try and jog my memory. If the book doesn't hint at things that happened previously, that says more about the book than anything because usually it's easy enough for everything to fall in place.

8) You do not want anyone - ANYONE - borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
See here's what you do: you say yes, and then just so happen to forget all about it... Or downright shut them down and say how no-one borrows them.

9) Reading ADD. You've picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
Don't force it. Take a break and do something else (tv shows work perfectly, unless you get obsessed like someone I know *cough*me with Supernatural*cough*. Personally, I can't go a day without picking up a book so reading slumps are the bane of my existence. That's when I read multiple books at once.

10) There are so many new books coming out that you're dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
BUY ALL THE BOOKS! duh

11) After you've bought the new books you can't wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
Anywhere between minus 2 minutes when I'll be reading it before leaving the shop, or months when there are others which have caught my interest instead.

So that's all for today :D I hope you enjoyed this post and I'd love to know your answers to some of the questions in the comments. My wi-fi won't last long enough to tag people so I'll cheat my way out of it and whoever would like to do this can consider themselves tagged by me!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Review: Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy #2) by Sally Green

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20814989-half-wild?from_search=trueGoodreads Synopsis:
"You will have a powerful Gift, but it's how you use it that will show you to be good or bad."

In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he's on the run--but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.


Review:
Phenomenal. I understand how this series isn’t for everyone which is the case for all books, but it’s safe to say that I loved it! Half Bad always stuck in my mind because it was original with a creative writing style that I hadn’t experienced before, and its sequel was no different – plus more.

Action was present from the start along with the development of some truly fascinating relationships. Nathan is a brilliant main character because he’s not “purely good”; yes he kills, and yes he’s not always remorseful about it though the decisions are not at all easy. Being inside his head could be chilling at times but meant also meant there was never a dull moment! The way his mindset changed at the very end blew me away, and I was So. Damn. Glad. Finally one of his so called “friends” who I’ve never liked will *fingers crossed* get their just desserts.

Helping him along the way is Gabriel: easily my favourite character. The way he stands by Nathan through thick and thin (even when he’s undeserving) just warmed my heart and makes me want to give him a hug! Such a beautiful, kind, caring soul I’m anxious to see where his story goes. Just a warning – if it doesn’t end with him and Nathan walking happily towards the sunset in their happily ever after… I won’t be held responsible for my actions.

Which brings me to Annalise, who I don’t even want to talk about. Let’s just say I don’t like her. At all. And wish she died instead of going into the magic coma. But moving on… We are introduced to new characters who are weaved perfectly into the fast-pace story and make it that much more enjoyable.

The ending stole the show and means I simply cannot stop thinking about Half Wild. From going to a possible 4 star rating to 5 (I’d give it more if I could without a doubt) it has set the scene perfectly for Half Lost coming out, oh damn, March next year! Right now that feels like forever away, but it certainly gives me time to re-read the books as I can guarantee I’ll be doing sometime in the future.
Favourite Quotes:
“I always thought a person’s Gift reflected something about that person and all I can think is that my Gift reflects my desires, and my desires are to be totally wild, totally free.”

“I have to hope that when it’s over I’ll have the life I want. A life without persecution, outside a cage. I’d like to have one day free like that. To think that nobody was after me. Nobody was hunting me. A day to enjoy. But first I have to fight.”

“The point of being good is doing it when it’s tough, not when it’s easy.”

“I can’t not be with you, Nathan. I wanted to leave you in that grave and walk away but I couldn’t. I can’t walk ten paces away from you without it hurting me. I treasure every second with you. Every second. More than you know.”

Sunday, 12 April 2015

ARC Review: Caught in Crimson (Sword of Elements #2) by Heather Hamilton-Senter

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24959903-caught-in-crimsonGoodreads Synopsis:
Rhi’s ability to see magic as color, and her hunger to consume it, have brought her to Las Vegas to seek out the bard Taliesin’s help in understanding the true nature of what she is—a Leannan Sidhe, a kind of vampire. Armed with Excalibur, she’s torn between the factions looking to control the destiny of the earth. When an ancient artifact of the earth magic calls to her, filling her with fire, Rhi must decide whether to follow her heart or the path to power before her father Merlin decides she’s outlived her usefulness and destroys her mind.

The choices caught up in color and magic are never black and white.


Review:
***I received the ARC ebook free as a review copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review***

For lack of a better word – wow! I think I need a minute to get my wits about me before writing much more. This book took such an unexpected turn from the second it started to an end which left me gaping at the pages. Bound in Blue was a walk in the part for its characters compared to the sequel!

The plot takes a turn for the dark side when we lay witness to consequences from the first book’s revelations and boy do they get dark! It was written beautifully and the unique idea of seeing emotions as colours flowed into everything so well I couldn’t help thinking on multiple occasions “Why can’t I write like this?” Which in my eyes is the sign of a great author.

What’s more is that I was engaged throughout and if it was up to me I would have never put it down. Unfortunately when kindles die from lack charge and then go missing for a couple days (no I did not put it on my shelf by accident hidden behind the other books, psch) that doesn’t exactly happen! However that didn’t stop me thinking about what was next and looking forward to sitting down and immersing myself in the world.

A war is brewing where loyalties are unclear and no-one is safe. Looks to be fun right? Well the characters don’t exactly think so. Rhi is continuing to struggle with who she is and what that means for a future with those around her, which while captivating was hard to read about, especially when she had to make some decisions where neither outcome was good.

There were so many moments when I just sat in shock and even more where I wanted to scream for one reason or another (usually it was because a character wouldn’t just die already). Looking back there wouldn’t have been nearly as much heartbreak if characters died when I wanted, and then stayed dead. The way it played out made the story that much more interesting, but still!

A quick and enticing read, Bound in Blue was the perfect continuation of a story I can’t wait to see more of. Recommended to fans of fantasy who crave something with a unique twist.
Favourite Quotes:
“Believe in yourself and you’ll never be deceived.”

“There is magic everywhere if you know where to look. The world is filled with it. It is, at its purest, simply life.”

“Have mercy on us, Child of Blood. Have pity on us, oh thou destroyer Destroyer of Worlds.”

“Not all evil things hide in the night.”

Friday, 10 April 2015

Cover Reveal: Ashes in the Sky (Fire in the Woods #2) by Jennifer M. Eaton

Late January this year I read a book called Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton which has the most beautiful cover - so naturally I was hoping the contents would be just as amazing, and what do you know? It was! Read in one sitting and still left reeling, I'm waiting for the next book which is going to be released September 1st 2015 and has just had a cover reveal :D
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23344658-ashes-in-the-sky?from_search=true&search_exp_group=group_b
Isn't it gorgeous <3 Apparently there's also a scene which emulates the cover perfectly which is always great. Plus it matches the first book, so what more could you ask for?

Make sure to check out Fire in the Woods (you can see my review here for convincing) because it's definitely worth the read.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

WWW Wednesday (1)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading where you answer three questions:
1) What are you currently reading?
2) What did you recently finish reading?
3) What do you think you'll read next?

20613470Right now I am reading 2 books plus an audiobook - something I continuously tell myself I'll stop doing, but to no avail... The reason I picked up Caught in Crimson (Sword of Elements #2) by Heather Hamilton-Senter after I'd already started Heir or Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas was because my attention span is about as short as a goldfish's (that isn't the right comparison but let's go with it) and when the lovely author to Bound in Blue sent me the sequel I just had to pick it up! Then there's Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten White which I've been listening too on my walks and have nearly finished. There will be a review coming for all these books at some point.

I recently finished re-reading the Study Series by Maria V Snyder which I loved so damn much! It'd been a while since I'd returned to a book for a re-read and I enjoyed every second.

Carrying on with Maria V Snyder's work, I'm hoping to read the companion series Glass #1 , #2 & #3 before reading Shadow Study which looks so so good and has just been released - finally!!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Audio Review: The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1) by Aimee Carter

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9681214-the-goddess-testGoodreads Synopsis:
Every girl who had taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.
It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld - and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he's crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.
If she fails...

Review:
As an audiobook, the story was told beautifully – the problem is: the story was awful.

From the synopsis I was intrigued by a plot which looked so promising, and it could have been with the intricate references to Greek mythology but the characters ruined it. I couldn’t stand a single one, and even after discovering their true identities (something I predicted from the beginning) they continued to annoy the hell out of me.

Kate was by far the worst. It largely fell down to the fact that she blamed everything on herself. Someone tries to kill her and she feels guilty for the person’s twisted reasoning which wasn’t under her control. Someone basically imprisons her and she blames herself for when things go wrong and they get their just deserts.

Not only this but she is the most selfless protagonist I have ever read about – and it felt like a bad thing. She never spared a thought about herself, doing everything within her power to aid others when she shouldn’t have had to and they didn’t deserve it anyways! It was unbelievable and frankly unhealthy at times.

Henry wasn’t much better and they were constantly trying to outdo each other with the “I’m not worth you” nonsense. Arghh I wanted to shake some sense into them! Or at the very least slap them upside the head until they started thinking like normal people. Eventually it turned from me virtually tearing my hair out, to laughing aloud at the idiocy. Needless to say I got some weird looks as I walked along the street muttering to myself.

It was one of those things where if I didn’t laugh I’d cry; something I didn’t even know was possible in a book, let alone a bad one! I wanted to give The Goddess Test 2 stars for bringing some out sort of emotion, but I can’t. I just can’t, because I can’t recommend this.

Unless of course you like uninteresting Greek Gods who abide by morals. You heard me – morals. I mean come on, seriously? What myths has Aimee Carter been reading? They murder and sin and marry their family: they don’t “test” mortals by examining their character to see if they are worthy of immortality.

Unless of course you like bland characters that you want to stab.

Unless you want predictable “plot twists” STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK! You see it in a bookshop and you hide it behind something else before running away; save yourself the time and mental wellbeing. It’s safe to say I won’t be touching the sequel with a ten foot pole.
Favourite Quotes:
“Sometimes we misjudge what is possible and what is not.” 

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Cover Reveal: Light (Dream Casters #1) by Adrienne Woods

I can't stop staring at this gorgeous cover <3 It definitely peaks my interest and since I already love Adrienne Woods' writing, this is a must-read the second it's released May this year.

Synopsis:
Mr. Sandman, send me a dream, ta da da da.....Seventeen year old Chasity Blake knows the Sandman is just a silly children's story parents tell their children to get them to sleep. At least she thought it was, until the day a mysterious, light golden sand appeared in her hands during a high school prank that went horribly wrong. A sand that has the power to send anyone it touches into a deep, sound sleep.
Fearing she had lost her mind, Chasity soon discovers the shocking truth of her heritage- she is a Dream Caster. Chasity was never supposed to be raised on the Domain, or what humans call Earth and she is determined to return to her true birth place, Revera – the world of Dreams.
However, in Revera there is no balance between good, the Light Casters, and darkness, the Shadow Casters, and Chasity is caught square in the middle. She soon learns that there is no place for anyone containing both the light and the darkness within them, and the shocking truth that if anyone in Revera ever discovered her shadow self, Chasity would be thrown into the Oblivion – the world of Nightmares.
Dreams are always more than they seem, and this time Chasity is going to discover just how different they can be.

About the Author
Adrienne Woods was born and raised in South Africa, where she still lives with her husband and two beautiful little girls. She always knew she was going to be a writer, but it only started to really happen about four years ago. In her free time―if she gets any because moms don’t really have free time―she loves to spend it with friends, whether it’s a girls night out, or just watching a movie. She’s a very chilled person. Her writing career started with Firebolt, book one in the Dragonian series. There will be four books in total, including a further two to three books, which will be stories that take place within the Dragonian series. Her other series, Dream Casters, will be released mid 2015. She also writes in different genres, and her woman’s fiction, The Pregnancy Diaries, will be published under a pseudonym. And then, she has a paranormal series by the name of the Aswang series, which will consist of about ten novels. And if that wasn’t enough, there is another series, Guardians of Monsters, which will be released in 2016.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Review: Bound in Blue (The Sword of Elements #1) by Heather Hamilton-Senter

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22021271-bound-in-blue?from_search=trueGoodreads Synopsis:
Gods walk among us—all you have to do is See.

High school senior Rhiannon Lynne couldn’t get noticed even if she walked stark naked into the cafeteria and started playing the ukulele. While tap dancing. As if that weren’t strange enough, Rhi has synaesthesia—she feels in color. It takes being almost drowned by a Celtic river goddess for her to discover she’s been bound by a spell that has hidden her from the world and her own mysterious heritage. 

As Rhi starts to see that her colors belong to magic, she finds herself at the center of a conflict between gods, humans, and the lost world of Avalon. She’ll need to figure things out fast if she wants to be a player in the coming conflict and not a pawn. Each side has a claim on her loyalty, but each one could decide she’s the real threat. 

Hopelessly attracted to a god of thunder; deeply connected to a boy with no memory of his past; irresistibly drawn to a creature with a taste for flesh—Rhi’s choices could decide the fate of worlds, but their choices could decide hers.

Maybe not being seen wasn’t so bad after all.


Review:
***I received the ebook free as a review copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review***

It has been such a long time since I looked at Celtic/ Arthurian legends – the last time must have been while watching the TV drama Merlin when I was 11, so this took me back! I loved that though, especially when the story is so different to everything I’d heard before.

Hamilton-Senter definitely knows what she’s talking about when it comes to the original lore and it helps a newbie like me understand exactly what’s happening and who everyone is! There were so many names, that initially it was hard not to get bogged down and lost, but once the background information is out of the way and the action kicks off, everything falls into place.

Of course there were multiple times when I thought the bad guy(s) was obvious, and looking back I could see the evidence practically screaming at me which I was blindly ignorant to. It didn’t help that there was never a clear “right” and “wrong” side – something more books need.

Every character had their place in the story (though that didn’t mean I had to like them *cough*Lacey*cough*) so it was interesting to see their changing roles. As a main character Rhi is likeable as well as relateable, and relationships she had with other characters were beautifully crafted. However a major connection I couldn’t get behind at first was the romantic interest between her and Daley; when the l-bomb dropped it was out of nowhere, and considering the circumstances… you’d understand my doubt of its genuineness.

That aside, this was such an enjoyable book that takes a fresh-spin on old tales, and I’m looking forward to more.
Favourite Quotes:
“There are no good sides, only a chance to gain enough power to be free of them all.”

“Miko rolled her eyes. “Forget all the crap in all the teen paranormal romance books you’ve ever read. I wish they would. Vamps have bought into their own press in the last few years; they all think they’re tortured and misunderstood. The truth is they just like to drink blood.”

“I believe fear is white and thickly veined with blue the colour of the sea. I believe it is an icy edifice which keeps me from my true self. But ice melts.”