Thursday, 24 March 2016

Book of Lies by Teri Terry - NEW RELEASE + REVIEW


Book of Lies


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They are trapped, frozen. Waiting. Straining against the wood that holds them. The unwary catch a glimpse now and then - feel their desperate hunger, see a glint of red eyes - and scurry out of the shadows of the wood, back to the light.
She's coming; it will be soon.
They will run free on the moors again. The Hunt will return. 
And the ground will run with blood.

An ancient curse placed on a family of witches foretells that twins will be born - one good, one evil; and one will destroy the other. But who can be trusted when no one is as they seem?



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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Mean Sisters by Lindsay Emory - NEW RELEASE

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A sassy, hilariously funny murder mystery where the closest bonds of friendship might just kill you…!
Margot Blythe is a twenty-something year old who can’t seem to let her college glory days go. After all, everyone deserves a family of ‘sisters’ like she had. When she’s invited to speak at her alma mater, her homecoming reception isn’t exactly what she expected. Tragedy strikes and Margot has to step up, especially when foul play is suspected.
She’s going to save her fifty frazzled ‘sisters’, keep the suspicious (but dangerously cute) police officer at bay and find out the truth – could a sister have committed such an unimaginable sin as murder?
Margot is going to learn the real bond of sisterhood and maybe, just maybe, discover where she truly belongs.

This book was certainly amusing. Setting a murder mystery within a sorority setting is always a good idea because it allows for an extra element of secret keeping from those not pledged. Margot was a fun narrator, somehow both whip smart and dumb as a post as she looks after her sisters and decides to solve the murders on her own.

Margot is a character who toes the party line with regards to what to expected of a Delta Beta sister and she expects everyone else to hold these values, because why else have they pledged? It was nice to see a character so steadfast in their beliefs and not doing it in an overtly cult-like manner. For me, I've always found sororities to be a bit weird - yes to sisterhood, maybe a no to secret chants etc. I was a huge Greek fan so I have a good understanding of the Greek system but thankfully even if I didn't not only does this book explain the institution very well, the UK version comes with a handy glossary in the back for those of us without institutions as complex as the Greek system.

Other characters introduced were fun and you can definitely see them being familiar drop-ins in further books. The mystery element was pretty good, I think it was obtuse enough to move the story along, but also relatively easily solvable for a reader that likes to guess ahead, which I guess is the best of both worlds.

One last thing; how cute is the cover!



Recommend to: fans of the Heather Wells Mysteries, fans of mysteries
Rating: 3.5 stars

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram

The Avery Shaw Experiment (Science Squad, #1)
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When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically. 

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.
Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Kulti
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“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.”

When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to. 

It didn’t take a week for twenty-seven-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon—why she’d ever had his posters on her wall, or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies. 

Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man that hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive, shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been.

Nothing could have prepared her for the man she got to know. 
Or the murderous urges he brought out in her.

“Sal, please don’t make me visit you in jail. Orange isn’t your color.”This was going to be the longest season of her life.

Review after the jump!

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare



Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)
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It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.



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Monday, 7 March 2016

Breathless and Bloodstained by Bethany Kris REVIEW

Breathless & Bloodstained (The Chicago War, #4)OUT NOW
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No war is won without a few bloodstains. 
Tommas Rossi wants what belongs to him—he wants it bad. At thirty-years-old, he’s on course to become the youngest boss in the Chicago Outfit’s history. He just has to make it to the end alive. But being the boss of the Outfit means nothing to Tommas if a certain blue-eyed girl isn’t standing with him when the city finally crumbles. The crown is so close he can taste it. Blood paves his way. Every king needs a queen, but he doesn’t know how to get his anymore. 

Abriella Trentini has always been the rebel. She’s quicker than most men, dangerous when she wants something, and more careful than anyone knows. Her relationship with Tommas Rossi has been a dangerous game she loved to play, but someone always has to lose. With choices to make, the kind that determines who will live and who will die, Abriella doesn’t know what to do. This should have been easy, but nothing ever is, and her time to choose is running out. 

So much blood has spilled for this. The Outfit is in shambles, grieving and angry. The families just want peace. No one knows who will take the Chicago throne because too many men have a stake in this game. In wars like these, no one will let it go easily.

They’ll be bloodstained until the very bitter end. 

And left breathless in the devastation of it all. 

Has it been worth it? 

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Please Note: Breathless is the fourth book in a series and should only be read after the first three books have also been read. It is NOT a standalone. 


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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Bad Girls by Rebecca Chance

Bad Girls

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They met in rehab - but some of them had rather more therapy than they bargained for. Supermodel Amber Peters should have the world at her feet. But her secret addiction has led her down a dangerous path. Lap dancer Skye Ellwood is desperate to get out of the life she's living, but has no idea how - until a client makes her an unusual proposition. Following an ultimatum from his fiance, A-list movie star Joe Jeffreys is finally heading to rehab to sort out his sex addiction - and save his squeaky-clean image. Spoiled daughter of a legendary rock god, Petal Gold is convinced she's a huge star in waiting, and she'll trample on anyone she thinks is standing in her way. Passion, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and scandal: during their tumultuous thirty days at Cascabel clinic, the lives of Amber, Skye, Joe and Petal will be transformed forever. But for one of them, the stakes could not be higher - or more dangerous.


Yesterday I found out that one of favourite authors had another book coming out this summer so I knew had to do another review of her books! Bad Girls is probably a joint favourite along with Divas with regards to Rebecca's books. I believe I first read it in 2010 and it's yet to be dated or any less fun with every read in 2016. 

All of Rebecca Chance's books take part in the glitzy world of celebrity/high society and I honestly think it's adds an extra layer of deliciousness to her stories. It always makes you think back to real life celebrity events like maybe, just maybe, you've been duped. Another great aspect of these books is the underlying mystery. It's always the person you'd least expect even when you go into the book mistrusting everyone.

Bad Girls takes place in a rehab facility (Cascabel) in which, honestly, only two of the four main characters need to be in. Having two characters in the facility for duplicitous reasons only causes the book to be more intriguing as regardless of the reasons they are in there, they do need to complete the programme to get out. We get a lot of backstory before our main characters go to rehab -Cascabel is a great meeting point for them all as irrespective of whether their issues are "real" or not, we learn that these characters need each other anyway if only to make each other better people.

As always, there's always a throwaway reference to previous character (which I love, because as constantly mentioned I have issues with saying goodbye!). Additionally, I believe Rebecca Chance does a wonderful job at making you root for potentially unsympathetic characters. It's important to realise that your characters can have flaws but if you allow them to accept them and continue to grow, the characters can and will steal your heart.

Recommend to: fans of glitz and glamour, fans of mystery
Rating: 5 stars

Scarless and Sacred by Bethany Kris REVIEW

Scarless & Sacred (The Chicago War, #3)

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Secrets and wars leave the deepest scars.


Evelina Conti has always worn a mask. She is an Outfit principessa, respected and adored. She wasn’t allowed to be anything else. Her father went from a grieving husband to the Outfit boss, and now that Riley heads the family, Eve is more suffocated than ever. No matter how much she hates it, the Conti princess still has a role to play. A little attention from Theo DeLuca seems innocent enough, but nothing is when it comes to him. And certainly not when everyone believes that Theo is out to kill her.

Theo DeLuca has a target on his back. His biggest problem is figuring out who put it there when everyone is aiming at him. He doesn’t need a woman causing him issues, but the Conti princess keeps showing up at the worst times, and he’s the one left saving her. Between the men surrounding him that Theo can’t trust, and the past he can’t outrun, Evelina might be the one thing he doesn’t have to question. But when Riley decides to use Eve as his next move, even Theo might not be able to save her.

The war in Chicago is not even close to being over. This game is deadly. Each hand played cuts another mark into someone else. The Outfit boss is struggling while the men around him are rallying. As the body count continues to rise, the families keep losing.


Sacrifices are a part of war. No one will walk away from this without scars.

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PLEASE NOTE: Scarless & Sacred is not intended to be read as a standalone in this series. It is the third book in the series and should be read after the first two books. Trigger Warning: Scarless features graphic violence and scenes of past abuse. 


Review ahead!